BIO for Graceson Ghen:
Graceson grew up in Puna in the surrounding neighborhoods, and has been a Hawaiian Acres resident since 2012. He often volunteers on Road D, and is also D Road representative for HARC. For the last 7 years he has held a Capoeira class at the HACA Center for adults and children.
Bio for Joshua Jacobs:
Joshua has been living in Hawaiian Acres since 2017. He will be completing his Bachelor Degree in Political Science and Creative Writing from UH Hilo at the end of the 2020 semester. For some reason he loves knocking on doors for local candidates, challenging the status quo. On nice days he'll be working in his yard, chopping trees and planting new ones. On rainy days he'll be reading or writing. He believes very strongly that real change starts at the most ground roots of levels. Making the roads of Hawaiian Acres drivable is his end-all ambition. He'll learn how to fill a pothole.
BIO for Margie Nelson:
I moved into Hawaiian Acres in Sept of 2019. My husband and I retired in 2019 and moved here from the Chicago area. We have no living children, but lots of nieces and nephews. Our house here in the Acres is a real fixer upper and my husband is doing all the work.
I was first introduced to bookkeeping in 1978. I was living in Honolulu at the time and got a job at a small construction company. The accountant trained me in the various phases of the monthly accounting. It was interesting to me how all the steps came together at the end of the month and produced the financial reports. Since then my life has taken many turns and here I am back in Hawaii. Along the way I worked at several different bookkeeping jobs.
I spent 4 ½ years at the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas. I worked for 21 years at Creative Technology in Schiller Park, Illinois. For 6 years I worked at Classic Snacks in West Chicago, Illinois. My last job was working for Animal Care Clinic of Fox Valley in Algonquin, Illinois.
In retirement I plan on doing a lot of reading and spending time enjoying this beautiful island.
BIO for Doug Schabell:
My name is Doug Schabell and I would like to serve on the board of directors of the Hawaiian Acres Road Corporation in the position of Vice President. I have lived in Hawaiian Acres for the past 9 1/2 years and I find Hawaiian Acres a unique and rewarding place to live. I have always lived a rural life and I believe in keeping Hawaiian Acres agricultural.
I am presently serving as the president of Hawaiian Acres Community Association. I feel there is a need for the two corporations to work together more closely in the future.
Our roads have fallen into disrepair. Some of the problems are lack of funding, extraordinary weather events and, a voluntary road maintenance system that has to be upgraded if we wish to have passable roadways.
We can work together to search out and apply for funding both on the federal, state and county levels. Our community can no longer go it alone. I would like to work on finding these opportunities that are directed towards rural development and maintaining the quality of life we all want.
Mahalo for your consideration,