Aloha and welcome to the
official candidate website for

Frederic (Ric) Wirick

Hawai’i County Council District 5


Putting the people of Puna first

Aloha Residents of County Council District 5:

Vote for Frederic (Ric) Wirick on August 11, 2018

It is my duty and responsibility to step up now — to serve as your County Council Member from District 5.

Why Rick? Let’s get back to the basics – representation, accountability and workable solutions.

I would like the opportunity to serve and represent YOU — over 20,000 residents in County Council District 5: W.H. Shipman Industrial Park, 9-1/2 Mile Camp, Kea’au Ag Lots, Kurtistown, Mountain View, Glenwood, Orchidland Estates, Ainaloa, Hawaiian Acres, Fern Acres, Eden Roc, Fern Forest Estates, Mauka of Pahoa Town, Kaohe Homesteads, Kamali’i Homesteads, Kalapana, Opihikau, Kehena and Kaimu.

Community service and representation has been the focus of my life for many years, over the past 3-years, I have served as an elected volunteer, a Board of Director and the corporate Secretary for Orchidland Community Association.

My primary concerns as your Council member:

  • Agriculture
  • Affordable housing
  • Improved infrastructure
  • Education
  • Safe communities

With the recent lava eruptions and flows I’ve had the opportunity to help coordinate community volunteers and services, and volunteered with a local-community-based relief effort called Pu’uhonua o Puna located in Pahoa. This is community in action – an island community working together in the time of natural disaster. I am familiar with natural disasters; I worked for years as a wildland/ forest firefighter for both the National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service in western Colorado. I also worked as a safety officer, emergency medical technician and park ranger at Mesa Verde, National Park and Dinosaur National Monument.

Vote for Frederic (Ric) Wirick on August 11, 2018.

Food Independence

Why Rick? Let’s get back to the basics – representation, accountability and workable solutions.

The Roots of the WIRICK campaign for County Council District 5

We currently import about 90% of our food. But what happens if the shipping containers are disrupted for a day, a week, a month – this is a disaster waiting to happen.

This artificial abundance and lower priced imported food has driven most of our local farmers and ranchers out of the market.

We are an Island Community, we the people must be willing and able to feed ourselves!

We the people must elect representatives that are willing and able to supplement our local farmers and ranchers with County, State and Federal tax dollars (our tax dollars) to regain balance and promote local food production and local food sustainability.


Diversified Island Community Agriculture has been with us since the first canoes arrived, it was growing strong in our grandparents’ generations – and the time is now to start growing again! It is the only means to provide our generation and future generations with a sustainable life — a sustainable future.

As your County Council member for District 5, working with a newly unified coalition of County Council members — we can move forward quickly to help support, help supplement, the growing efforts of our island farmers and ranchers.