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`);'i16 !ICP ')r <br /> Debra Toledo-Ebreo <br /> P.O. Box 51 <br /> Honokaa, HI 96727 <br /> December 17,2016 <br /> Dear Hamakua CDP Steering Committee Members—Chair Kurokawa, Vice Chair <br /> Gomes, Mr. Enright, Mr. Moniz, Mr. Neff, Mr. Carvalho, Mrs. Mendoza, and Mrs. Pahio, <br /> I am submitting testimony in support of the Hamakua CDP. I encourage you to <br /> vote in favor of the CDP so we can move it along to the next phases. I have been <br /> following the progress of the CDP for years and am happy that you are finally at the point <br /> of a vote by the Steering Committee. <br /> Years ago I took part in a Talk Story session in Hamakua and helped distribute <br /> surveys to those who couldn't come to one of the Talk Story sessions. I did this because I <br /> felt it was essential that the voices of our residents be heard and included in the planning. <br /> My husband worked for the Hamakua Sugar Co. until its closure in 1994. Since <br /> the plantation closed, he has been working at one of the resorts on the Kohala Coast. I am <br /> employed in the health care and education fields. Our son graduated from Honokaa High <br /> School and now works in the construction industry. All three of us provided feedback to <br /> the two questions that were asked of us regarding our values and our vision for Hamakua. <br /> Please help us preserve what is left of the Hamakua that we know and remember. <br /> We shared our thoughts with you in hopes that you would help us protect what is left of <br /> those things that make this place so special to us. Please vote to approve the Hamakua <br /> CDP revised draft. <br /> Sincerely, <br /> aak) <br /> Debra Toledo-Ebreo <br /> 109023 <br />