Today is International Plastic Bag Free Day, dedicated to heightening awareness about the challenges with temporary bags that take 100-500 to decompose. Here's a throwback to 2012, when Mayor Billy Kenoi signed the plastic bag ban for Hawaiʻi County. #MahaloMayorBilly #ImuaBillyKenoi
At the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2016, Mayor Billy Kenoi spoke about the importance of long term vision when it comes to protecting our environment, and the courage it takes to work toward important initiatives that transcend political cycles. See Mayor Billy's entire manaʻo on this at https://youtu.be/YpV-RIGzHWw. #MālamaHonua #MahaloMayorBilly #ImuaBillyKenoi
The Aloha+ Challenge is a commitment to achieve six interconnected sustainability targets by 2030 in Clean Energy, Local Food Production, Natural Resource Management, Solid Waste Reduction, Smart Sustainable Communities and Green Workforce & Education. In July 2014, Mayor Billy Kenoi joined his fellow Hawaiʻi mayors, the governor, and the CEO of OHA in signing on to the Aloha+ Challenge - two years before the U.S. signed the Paris Agreement. On stage at the World Conservation Congress in 2016, Mayor Billy shares why signing on was important to him. #MālamaHonua #MahaloMayorBilly #ImuaBillyKenoi
As Hawaiʻi prepares to welcome Hōkūleʻa home this Saturday, the focus turns to where we go from here to #MālamaHonua - to take care of our world. During Mayor Billy Kenoi's time in office he focused on sustainability initiatives to care for Hawaiʻi Island, including hosting this 2016 Hawaiʻi Island Sustainability Forum. See his entire opening speech at https://youtu.be/IhbavB7uKGI.
Building a healthier Hawaiʻi Island was Mayor Billy's focus during his time in office. Mahalo to the Blue Zones Project for keeping it going!
We're celebrating Hawai‘i Island for being the first county in the nation to be selected as a Blue Zones Project participating community! We're no longer three ...designated Blue Zones Project communities--we are now one county, one island, one effort towards a healthier and happier future!🙌✨
Mahalo to the County of Hawai‘i and our wonderful sponsor HMSA for caring about the health and well-being of our people to make this happen!
All of our Hawaii Island Facebook pages are now merged! Learn more about Blue Zones Project and how you can get involved at hawaii.bluezonesproject.com.
Congratulations to the newest residents of Kamakoa Nui! When Mayor Billy and his team took office in 2008, the Waikoloa Workforce Housing project was on the brink of failure with millions spent and nothing built. By the end of 2011, sales began in the 91-lot affordable neighborhood for people employed along the Kohala Coast. #MahaloMayorBilly for getting it done for working families! #ImuaBillyKenoi
For veteran Champions Tour volunteer Harvey James, it was a Big Island celebrity - not a PGA Tour Hall of Famer - who provided the most memorable experience on the Four Season’s championship course.
“Probably the most fun I’ve had all-time here was two years ago in a pro-am when I drew former mayor Billy Kenoi,” Harvey said. “He was so funny. We’d be waiting to tee off and he’d cross under the ropes and go shake hands with people in the crowd. And I’d have to say, ‘Billy it’s time to tee off!’
“That’s probably the highlight of my time here.”
Did you catch Mayor Billy Kenoi's mahalo ad in this Sunday's paper? Amazing to see how his family has grown through Billy's eight years in office, just as our community has grown. Mahalo to the Kenoi ʻohana for supporting Dad as he served all of us on Hawaiʻi Island! #MahaloMayorBilly #ImuaBillyKenoi
Our friend and client, Mayor Billy Kenoi, ends his second and final term as Mayor of Hawai'i Island. Mayor Kenoi has accomplished many things for his 4,028 squa...re miles in the middle of the Pacific.
Mayor Kenoi has reduced Hawai'i Island's unemployment rate. In 2009 the Island's unemployment rate was 11.2 percent, today the county's unemployment rate is well under 4 percent. Mahalo nui, Mayor Kenoi!
Mayor Kenoi has completed more than 160 major projects on Hawai'i Island and investing over 630 million dollars in this project over the eight years he has been Mayor. Mahalo nui Mayor Kenoi!
Hawai'i Island has not seen this type of leadership, growing the island while maintaining fiscal responsibility even during economically challenging times. Mahalo nui Mayor Kenoi!
Mahalo nui, Mayor Kenoi!
2,400 families getting rental assistance. 96 families in transitional or affordable rental housing at Ulu Wini. 31 beds at the West Hawaiʻi Emergency Shelter. And now, 23 micro units at Hale Kīkaha for people who are chronically homeless. #MahaloMayorBilly for your commitment, and for a legacy of housing our community that will make a difference for generations to come. #ImuaBillyKenoi
Waimea celebrated their new district park on November 28. The 24 acre park was built with state and county funds on land donated by Parker Ranch. The community pushed it forward for years, and Mayor Billy Kenoi pushed it to the finish line. With three covered play courts, a multi-purpose field with lights, and a playground, it will be a gathering place for North Hawai'i families for generations to come. #MahaloMayorBilly #ImuaBillyKenoi
In a week, our Mayor Billy Kenoi will leave office after eight years of service to the people of Hawai'i Island. He sat down with HPR's Sherry Bracken to talk story about what his administration accomplished, and about what's next. #MahaloMayorBilly for eight years that our island will never forget! #ImuaBillyKenoi
After extensive renovations and construction of a brand new clubhouse, Mayor Billy Kenoi welcomed golfers back to the Hilo Municipal Golf Course. After a short ceremony and blessing, local junior golfers and the team from UH Hilo untied the maile lei to reopen the facility. With over 57,000 rounds of golf played every year, everyone from kupuna to keiki golfers will enjoy the improvements for decades to come. #MahaloMayorBilly #ImuaBillyKenoi
The South Kona community joined Mayor Billy Kenoi on Saturday to celebrate the new and improved Hōnaunau Rodeo Arena. The $5.4 million facility was christened with a blessing and rodeo exhibition featuring area paniolo, rodeo queens, and even a few of our elected leaders. The renovation project rebuilt the rodeo arena, improved on-site utilities, installed new covered seating for over 700 people, a new judges’ stand, restrooms, parking lot, and a pavilion for community events - the only facility of its kind in the area. #MahaloMayorBilly for not forgetting our island’s rural communities and rural lifestyles! #ImuaBillyKenoi