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Please “Join In!” for the 14th Annual Democratic Party July 4 Picnic from 2-4:30 p.m., Saturday, July 4, 2015, at the Old Kona Airport Makaeo Pavilion. Our theme this year is "JOIN IN!" and that’s the whole idea – coming together to celebrate American Independence and champion shared progressive beliefs and campaigns to improve the quality of life and ensure social justice for all!

The picnic is free and has become a very popular Hawai’i Island tradition hosted by Hawai’i County Democrats. Everyone is welcome and there are always terrific door prizes contributed by our state’s elected officials, prospective candidates and party members.

It’s a potluck feast and everyone is encouraged to contribute a dish that reflects their heritage or that is a family favorite that serves about 12-20. Suggested items range from a salad, entrée or dessert to a platter of sushi, cheeses or other finger foods, fruit or veggies, or even a July 4 tradition – chilled watermelon! If bringing a prepared dish, the contributor is asked to make a card describing it and an appropriate serving utensil. Also, we’re all urged to use locally grown foods whenever possible to support local farms and ranches.

Complementing the potluck spread will be free hotdogs with fixings contributed by the party and grilled by ILWU members. (Thank you, ILWU!) Also, iced water and compostable plates, cups, napkins, forks and spoons will be provided.

Special guests at the picnic will include both the state’s top elected Democrats and prospective candidates gearing up for the 2016 elections, plus author Brendan Burns, the grandson of Hawai’i’s late Gov. Jack Burns. Brendan's recent book, "An Aura of Greatness," explains "the core principles that defined Burns throughout his life.” The book also shares revealing insights that can serve today’s leaders well as they strive similarly to develop their own place in history.

Gov. Burns was Hawai’i’s second Governor and he had a tremendous impact on Hawai’i Island’s post World War II transformation, ensuring educational and diversified employment opportunities and social justice regardless of ethnicity.

Also during the picnic there will be informational tables sharing information about various Hawai’i County public officials, 2016 campaigns and the party’s various caucuses which focus their attention on party beliefs, ranging from protecting and nurturing keiki to kupuna, to the environment and various public policy issues.

After the picnic, you are invited to walk or ride in the annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade with our Democratic Party unit. The parade starts at 6 p.m. at the nearby County pool. This year’s honorary Grand Marshals are Korean War Veterans, West Hawai’i Chapter 279.

Parade organizers have once again made it clear that no overt campaigning is allowed (no signs or campaign materials may be distributed) by anyone in the Hawai’i County Democratic Party unit. However, participants may wear T-shirts bearing the name of a candidate or elected official or cause of their choice. (Many thanks to District 5 Democrats who have agreed to design the parade entry under Abby Au's guidance.)

(Also, any candidate or cause wanting to fully show their colors with signs, banners, and/or give-aways may enter the parade as a separate unit paying the $300 entry fee to parade sponsors.)

The evening's festivities will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show at 8 p.m..
We hope that you can join us in this fun filled day, which is hosted both to remember the privilege of being an American citizen and voting, and also to help recruit community members to become active members of the Democratic Party.

If you would like to help out with the event, please contact our West side Co-chair Barbara Dalton for further information. She may be reached by email at barbiedalt@gmail.com or by phone at 333-0484.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 4th!

Phil Barnes, Hawai’i County Chair

Kuakini Highway between Loloku Street and Palani Road; Palani Road between its intersection with Kuakini Highway and Ali’i Drive; and Ali’i Drive from Palani to Walua Road will be closed on Sat., July 4, 2015 from 5:45 p.m. to about 8:15 p.m. for the annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day parade. The parade starts at 6 p.m. at Kekuaokalani Gymnasium and ends at Walua Road. Announcer stations will be located fronting West Hawai’i Today, Big Daddy’s, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Queen Emma Square, Pancho & Lefty’s Mexican Cantina, Hale Halawai, Island Lava Java, and Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse.

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County Chair  Phil Barnes Hawaii County Democrats
East Hawaii Vice Chair  John Ervin   Hawaii County Democrats
West Hawaii Vice Chair Barbara Dalton Hawaii County Democrats
Secretary Gretchen Klungness Hawaii County Democrats
Assistant Secretary Brandy Lonokapu Hawaii County Democrats
Treasurer Amy Miwa  Hawaii County Democrats
Assistant Treasurer Jay Kimura Hawaii County Democrats
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