Frederic (Ric) Wirick, Candidate for Hawai’i County Council District 5, Upper Puna

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

District 5 includes: 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.

Affiliations: Board of Director, Secretary, for Orchidland Community Association. Member of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Farmers Union United and the Big Island Poultry Farmers Association.

Advisors are from Hawai’i Island with extensive experience in agriculture, accounting, community services and County management.

Biography, education and work experience:
  • Active participant in the Orchidland Estates community, owning six acres of AG zoned land, complete with off-grid house, and continually working to develop a small family farm, all while operating our own container garden business.
  • By the mid-2000’s the Southwest had experienced a decade of drought. Water became the most important resource. We searched for many years and in 2005 found the Hilo-side of Hawaii Island -- and our new community and life in Puna.
  • In the early 1990s, Sharon and I were married and both worked for the National Park and US Fish and Wildlife Service in western Colorado. In the mid-1990’s I apprenticed in residential construction, and built our house from the ground up, all while operating our own garden design and installation business.
  • Attended college at the University of Utah for from 1979-82. Spent two years traveling: up to Alaska before sailing across the Atlantic from the Caribbean to Europe. Returned to the Southwestern States (Utah, New Mexico and Colorado) and worked in residential maintenance and construction.
  • Graduated from Skyline High School in 1979.
  • I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1960.

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