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Friday, October 18, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Friday, October 18, 2019

The Visitor Information Station at Maunakea has been closed since July, while Maunakea Stewardship Director Greg
Chun says, "Everyone is right," in the standoff that blocks the road. See story below. Photo by Julia Neal
TULSI GABBARD CALLED OUT HILLARY CLINTON today for Clinton implying that
Gabbard is being "groomed" to be a "Russian asset" and a third party candidate to ensure Pres. Donald Trump wins again. Without mentioning the Hawai`i congresswoman's name, Clinton put forth her theory on the podcast Campaign HQ, saying, "She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her, so far.”
      Gabbard, a combat veteran and Major in the Army National Guard, said that she won't run as a third party candidate. She also defended her oath to the U.S. and her position of seeking peace through ending "regime change wars." She tweeted "Great! Thank you @Hillary Clinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know - it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose. It's now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don't cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly."
Tulsi Gabbard says that the DNC can't control her in her opposition to
endless regime change wars. Photo from PBS
     A statement from Gabbard's campaign, released tonight, says that during the Democratic National Committee debate among presidential candidates on Tuesday, Gabbard said, "when I look out at our country, I do not see deplorables, I see fellow Americans." The statement says that with those words, Gabbard "was standing up to a corrupt party elite that holds exactly this kind of contempt for We, the People.
     "The utter disdain for the truth — and refusal to face their own failures and hypocrisy — shown by establishment warmongers and their corporate media lackeys is not only insulting, it's a threat to our democracy. From media blackouts, to baseless smears about Tulsi's religion and progressive record, to outright despicable attacks by the New York Times, CNN, Neera Tanden and now Hillary Clinton on Tulsi's loyalty to the country she risked her life to serve: Hillary Clinton and her establishment cronies have their knives out for Tulsi, using her as an example in their campaign to intimidate and silence those who dare to stand up for peace....they are attacking Tulsi because she is calling for an end to the regime change wars and new Cold War that fuel the military industrial complex. If they can do this to Tulsi — a soldier, a veteran and a Congresswoman — they can do this to anyone who stands up for peace.
Hillary Clinton says the Russians want a third party candidate to ensure that
Donald Trump stays in office and implies that Gabbard is the candidate.
Photo from National Review
     "Don't let them bully our people-powered movement into silence. Here's the truth: They are against Tulsi, against us, because they know they can't control us. They want a puppet in the White House who will blindly carry out their decades-long failed regime change foreign policy, who will maintain the corrupt and ineffective status quo. Tulsi is the only candidate willing to take on the corrupt DNC elite who cost us the election in 2016. The only candidate who knows the cost of war, and is ready to serve as our commander in chief on Day One."
     The statement ends quoting Mahatma Gandhi: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
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"EVERYONE IS RIGHT" said University of Hawaiʻi's Executive Director for Maunakea Stewardship, Greg Chun. On Thursday, he joined UH-Hilo students and staff to discuss the standoff between those opposing building the Thirty Meter Telescope and those who stand by its government approvals. See the gathering on Big Island Video News.
     Chun posed the question, "Why are we stuck?" He reviewed the history of the standoff, saying that the arrest
Kupuna stay on the road at Maunakea to block
construction vehicles from building TMT.
Photo by Julia Neal
of the protectors, the kiaʻi kupuna blocking construction vehicles from going to the telescope site in July, was a major event that drew support to continue the blockade. In the situation, he concluded, "Everyone is Right. The kiaʻi are right, for any of a number of reasons. The Nationalists are right – yeah, we haven't totally addressed the injustices of the overthrow. The state is right. Yes, sitting in the middle of the road and blocking a public access is illegal. TMT is right, they did everything they were supposed to do so they should have the right to move forward. One of the reasons why we're stuck is because everybody's right." The TMT hui has the permission of the University of Hawaiʻi to move forward, after years of review by the courts and permissions from other government agencies.
     Chun reviewed ideas on the table, including new management for the mauna and observatories, with more involvement of Native Hawaiians. He said that astronomy's future "will be defined by community," here and around the planet. He said there is a simple reason. "The best places to do ground-based astronomy are mountain tops. Mountain tops are always going to be sacred to someone. If we don't figure out a way to earn the privilege to do astronomy on the mountaintops, we've lost the battle."
     Big Island Video News reported: "At the conclusion of Chun's talk, Wally Ishibashi, a senior cultural advisor for the Office of Mauna Kea Management, asked about the efforts being made towards having a direct dialogue with TMT opponents. 'We haven't got to the point where people are willing to come and sit down and even talk, much less negotiate,' Chun answered." See the video.


Video by David Corrigan, BIVN

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More rodeo events are planned for the Fall by Kaʻū Roping & Riding Association, with a family rodeo day and
no admission fee this Saturday and gymkhana events on Sunday. Photo by Julia Neal
MORE RODEO IS PLANNED THIS WEEKEND AT NĀʻĀLEHU ARENA, as Kaʻū Roping & Riding Association expands its schedule. Keiki and family rodeo will be held Saturday, Oct. 19  beginning with slack roping at 8 a.m. and competition at noon. There is no admission fee.
     Organizer Tammy Kaapana said, "If we don't support the historic paniolo culture with more of these family events, these Kaʻū traditions will die off."
     Saturday's events include team roping, double mugging, kane wahine ribbon mugging, poʻowaiu, calf roping, calf riding, goat undecorating, dummy roping, and barrels.  Gymkhana events will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20. Participants, check in at 7:30 a.m.

Barrel racing is on the agenda for a family rodeo day on Saturday,
sponsored by Kaʻū Roping & Riding Association at Nāʻālehu Arena.
Photo by Manu Yahna, Volcano School of Arts & Sciences
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THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY RESOLUTION that passed the County Council on Thursday calls for a "Just Transition," to "an economy that is ecologically sustainable, equitable, and just for all its members" It talks about phasing out industries harming "workers, community health, and the planet, while also providing just pathways for workers into new livelihoods." It attempts to guide the county toward "just transition initiatives" to shift the economy "from dirty energy to energy democracy, from funding highways to expanding public transit, from incinerators and landfills to zero waste, from industrial food systems to food sovereignty, from car- dependent sprawl and unbridled growth to smart urban development without displacement, and from rampant, destructive over-development to habitat and ecosystem restoration."     The resolution says that "justice requires that frontline communities, which have historically borne the brunt of the extractive fossil-fuel economy, participate actively in the planning and implementation of this mobilization effort at all levels of government and that they benefit first from the transition to a renewable energy economy, and recognizing fairness demands a guarantee of high-paying, good-quality jobs with comprehensive benefits for all..." It supports these and other tenets of a Green New Deal effort "as the mobilization to restore a safe climate is launched."
     The resolution contends that "County of Hawaiʻi has an opportunity to continue to be a global leader by rapidly organizing a regional emergency climate mobilization effort and converting to an ecologically, socially, and economically regenerative economy at emergency speed, and by catalyzing a unified regional just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort this year."
Helping farmers with sustainable practices is part of the County Council Climate Emergency Resolutions. These
farms are Kaʻū Coffee growing at Moaʻula. Photo by Julia Neal
     The council puts for the recommendation for the county to "implement a just, equitable, countywide emergency climate mobilization effort to reverse global warming, by drastically reducing countywide emissions of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases, and safely drawing down carbon from the atmosphere no later than 2030, while accelerating adaptation and resilience strategies in preparation for intensifying climate change impacts."
     It calls for  County of Hawaiʻi to revise "its existing policies, priorities, processes, and use and distribution of resources to implement emergency climate mobilization efforts countywide, including the development of an environmentally preferable purchasing policy to guide efficient, consistent, and just action."
     It asks that County of Hawaiʻi commit "to rapidly completing the Hawaiʻi Island Climate Action Plan by establishing ambitious goals, consistent with or exceeding State goals and objectives. The resolution asks the county to work immediately to implement the paths laid out in the plan, including "phasing out existing sources of greenhouse gas emissions and implementing initiatives such as tree planting, to sequester carbon from the air."
     Educating county  employees and residents about the climate crisis and the work needed is also on the agenda proposed in the resolution "to allow our community to more proactively respond to inevitable disruption of our communities by rising sea levels and egregious weather disasters."
     The agenda calls for the county to integrate "science-based and cultural-based approaches to combating climate change locally involving researchers, cultural practitioners, and other community organizations integral to the emergency climate mobilization effort." It asks for "full community participation, inclusion, and support, and commits to working with and keeping the concerns of vulnerable communities central to all just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort planning."
Food security is part of mitigating the Climate Emergency, as put forth in the County Council resolution, requiring bees to grow produce and other crops. These bee hives are located on a Kaʻū Coffee farm. Photo by Julia Neal
     It asks that that county be involved in reducing emissions related to transportation "by supporting both affordable housing and transit-oriented development while implementing a robust Transportation Demand Management Program calling on the Hawaiʻi County Department of Planning, Mass Transit Agency, and the Department of Public Works, alongside other appropriate local agencies, to participate in this regional emergency climate mobilization effort, as well as actively encourage and promote the use of emission-free vehicles, and enable a rapid expansion of public EV charging infrastructure."
     The resolution calls on the County of Hawaiʻi to joins a nationwide effort to transform "our region and rapidly catalyzing a mobilization at all levels of government to restore a safe climate." It urges cooperation with State of Hawaiʻi, the United States of America, "and all governments and peoples worldwide, to initiate a just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort..."
     The resolution goes to: Mayor Harry Kim; the Director of the Department of Public Works; Mass Transit Administrator;  Director of the Planning Department; Corporation Counsel; and the Hawaiʻi Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission.

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SUPPORT A ROLLER SKATE RINK FOR OCEAN VIEW by attending a fundraising concert tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m., at Tiki Mama's. Featuring Dave Lawrence & Green Machine, tickets at the door are a suggested donation of $15, plus one can of food, which goes to the Hawaiʻi Island Food Bank. To donate to the rink or become involved with the project, contact Lzena Barrett, Kaʻū Skate Club President, at 808-747-1147.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
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2019 Kaʻū High School Fall Athletics Schedule
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates

Football, Division II:
Sat., Oct. 19, 11 a.m., Kaʻū hosts Pāhoa
Sat., Oct. 26, 1 p.m., Kohala hosts Kaʻū
Fri. and Sat., Nov. 1 and 2, Div II BIIF Championship
Fri. and Sat., Nov. 15 and 16, HHSAA Div II Semifinals
Fri., Nov. 29, HHSAA Div II Championship

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Wed.-Sat., Oct. 23-26, HHSAA DII Tournament, Oʻahu

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UPCOMING
SATURDAY, OCT. 19
Food from Wood: Growing Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps & Wood Chips, Saturday, Oct. 19, 9a.m.-2:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. $55/VAC member, $60/non-member; includes shiitake mushroom log kit and King Stropharia mushroom kit. Pre-registration required. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Free Haircut Day, Saturday, Oct. 19, 9a.m.-1p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church. Kady and Drew Foster. 12 slots available. Also, Free Shower Day and The Big Island Giving Tree to hand out clothes and various items like razors and toothbrushes. 939-7000, stjudeshawaii.org

Birth of Kahuku, Saturday, Oct. 19, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, easy-to-moderate hike. nps.gov/havo/

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Mtg., Saturday, Oct. 19, 10a.m.-1p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting and training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hula Kahiko - Kumu Hula Manaiakalani Kalua with AKAUNU, Saturday, Oct. 19, 10:30-11:30a.m., hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Hula performance. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.comvolcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mea Hula with Loke Kamanu and ‘ohana, Saturday, Oct. 19, 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery porch. Hands-on cultural demonstration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.comvolcanoartcenter.org

Ka‘ū Skate Club Fundraiser for Kahuku Roller Rink in Ocean View: Dave Lawrence & Green Machines Concert, Saturday, Oct. 19, 4p.m., Tiki Mama's, Ocean View. Suggested donation of $15 per person for Ka‘ū Skate Club, plus one can of food for Hawai‘i Island Food Bank. Ka‘ū Skate Club President Lzena Barrett, 747-1147

Oktoberfest, Saturday, Oct. 19, live music, pretzels and beer from 4p.m., dinner served 5-7p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Brats, sauerkraut, German potato salad and more. Bring Cooper Center mug for $1 off beer; purchase one for $10. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

Pupule Papales Band performance, Saturday, Oct. 19, 7-10p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. Open to eligible patrons; certain Terms of Service. Free; park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

SUNDAY, OCT. 20
Pu‘u Lokuana, Sunday, Oct. 20, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, short, moderately difficult, 0.4 mile hike. nps.gov/havo/

45th Anniversary: Party Like It's 1974, Sunday, Oct. 20, 3-5p.m., Volcano Art Center. More details to be announced. Details to be announced. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

TUESDAY, OCT. 22
Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 8-10a.m., Kīpukapuaulu - Bird Park - Parking Lot, HVNP. Led by retired USGS Biologist Nic Sherma. 2 hour birding tour. $40/person. Register online. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

H.O.V.E. Road Maintenance Corp. Board Mtg., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10a.m., H.O.V.E. RMC office, 92-8979 Lehua Lane, Ocean View. 929-9910, hoveroad.com

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23
Nāʻālehu School Parent Conferences, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23 and 24, Nāʻālehu Elementary School; Friday, Oct. 25, Ocean View Community Center. Times to be determined via letter home.

Guided Hike On A 60 Year Old Lava Lake, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10a.m.-2p.m.Kīlauea Iki Overlook Parking Lot, HVNP. Moderate to challenging 2.4 mile hike (one way). $80/person. Register online. Park entrance fees may apply. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Lei Kukui Demonstration, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10a.m.-noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Make hīpu‘u - a style of lei making in which the steams and leaves of the Kukui tree are tied together - with rangers and staff. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo/

THURSDAY, OCT. 24
Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Thursday, Oct. 24, 8-10a.m., Kīpukapuaulu - Bird Park - Parking Lot, HVNP. Led by retired USGS Biologist Nic Sherma. 2 hour birding tour. $40/person. Register online. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thursday, Oct. 24 - fourth Thursday monthly - 3-4p.m., Classroom 35, Building F, Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. Provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

FRIDAY, OCT. 25
Kahuku Coffee Talk: Creatures That Have Evolved in the Dark, Friday, Oct. 25, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit Visitor Contact Station. Join local experts to learn about lava tubes and some interesting animals that call them home. Free. nps.gov/havo

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Mele & Hula ‘Auana Performances, Friday, Oct. 25 - fourth Friday monthly - 4-5:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. Free and open to public. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Chicken Skin Stories, Friday, Oct. 25, 7-9p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Theater, in HVNP. DJ KTA. $20/person in advance, $25/person at the door. Open to eligible patrons; certain Terms of Service. Free; park entrance fees apply. Purchase online at bigisland.ticketleap.com (+$2 fee online). mariner@kimurabrands.com

Halloween Party, Friday, Oct. 25, 7p.m.-midnight, Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. DJ KTA. $5 cover with costume, $7 cover without. 21+. Open to eligible patrons; certain Terms of Service. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8365 after 4p.m.kilaueamilitarycamp.com

ONGOING
Help Shape Hawaiʻi Island at upcoming SpeakOuts and workshops on the General Plan. The community is encouraged to "come share your manaʻo," opinion.
     The last scheduled SpeakOut meeting will be held in Waikaloa, Thursday, Oct. 246 p.m. to 8 p.m., Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School.
     Topic Workshops will be held in Kona at West Hawaiʻi Civic Center Council Chambers on Saturday, Oct. 19 on Infrastructure from 9 a.m. to noon and Natural Resources from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m; and Hilo at County of Hawaiʻi Office of Aging on Saturday, Oct. 26, on Infrastructure from 9 a.m. to noon and Natural Resources from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
     Submit feedback online by Thursday, Oct. 31. See more Info on the Draft General Plan at hiplanningdept.com/general-plan/.


Trunk or Treat at Kaʻū District Gym will be held Thursday, Oct. 315:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Organized by Kaʻū High and Pāhala Elementary school, the free event offers a haunted house, healthy recipes, a family-friendly atmosphere, and Trunk or Treat, where keiki and youth go from parked car to car, asking for treats.
     For those interested in participating in Trunk or Treat, distributing goodies, prizes will be awarded for the best decorated car: Most Beautiful, Most Original, Spookiest, and a special awards for teachers or staff who decorate; decoration not required. Contact Nona at 928-3102 or Angie Miyashiro at 313-4100.

Nationwide 2019 Congressional App Challenge submissions from middle and high schoolers are open through Friday, Nov. 1. Submit to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, CongressionalAppChallenge.us, apps "designed to promote innovation and engagement in computer science." All skill levels, all devices and platforms, and all programming languages, accepted.

Hoʻokupu Hula No Kaʻū Cultural Festival Booths can be reserved. The free event on Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center, will feature cultural practitioners and demonstrators; workshops; crafts; food; music and entertainment from artists such as Bali Hai from Mexico, Vero Cruz Folklore Dancers, taiko drummers, UH-Hilo Filipino/Samoan dancers; and hula from Mexico, Japan, Virginia, ʻOahu, and Hawaiʻi Island. Interested vendors can apply for food, craft, or information booths. Email leionalani47@hotmail.com or call 808-649-9334. See hookupukau.com.

Tiny Treasure Invitational Exhibit at Volcano Art Center gallery in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park runs through Sunday, Nov. 3. Open to the public, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free; Park entrance fees apply. The exhibition also celebrates VAC's 45th anniversary, Oct. 21.
     Artists include Daniel Rokovitz, Stone O'Daugherty, Kristin Mitsu Shiga, Pat Pearlman, and Amy Flanders, Karen and Mark Stebbins. Also on display, small works from the annual Volcano Art Collaboration from June, featuring Rose Adare, Nash Adams-Pruitt, Lisa Louise Adams, Ed Clapp, Amy Flanders, Bill Hamilton, Liz Miller, Joe Laceby, and Erik Wold. volcanoartcenter.org

Vendor Booth Space is Available for the Kamahalo Craft Fair. The 12th annual event will be held Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, Nov. 299 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cooper Center. Booths are open for crafters with quality homemade and homegrown products. Food vendors must prepare all food items in a certified kitchen and must have a Department of Health permit displayed prominently at their booth. Application online at thecoopercenter.org. Direct questions to 936-9705 or kilaueatutu@gmail.com.

King Cab 2016 Nissan Frontier for Sale by Holy Rosary Church of Pāhala and the Sacred Heart Church of Nāʻālehu. The parishes are selling the truck to raise funds to benefit both churches. The truck is a great 6 cylinder, 2WD automobile. The churches are asking for $21K or best offer. Only cash or cashier's check will be accepted. Anyone interested should contact the parish secretary Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at 928-8208.

Tūtū & Me Home Visiting Program is a free service to Pāhala families with keiki, birth to five years old. This caregiver support program offers those taking care of young keiki "a compassionate listening ear, helpful parenting tips and strategies, fun and exciting activities, and wonderful educational resources" from Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Home visits are one hour in length, two to four times per month, for 12 to 15 visits. Snacks are provided. See pidfoundation.org or call Tata Compehos and Melody Espejo at 808-938-1088.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Thursday, October 17, 2019

Island people and island wildlife are particularly in danger from climate change, according to the new Hawaiʻi
County Council resolution declaring a Climate Emergency. It was issued during National Wildlife Refuge Week.
Photo from Sen. Mazie Hirono's Twitter.
A CLIMATE EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED BY THE HAWAIʻI COUNTY COUNCIL on Wednesday. The resolution, approved during National Wildlife Refuge Week, seeks to "rapidly complete the Hawaiʻi Island Climate Action plan, establish goals and objectives to reduce the use of fossil fuels, and support transition to climate-smart agriculture in an effort to immediately reverse global warming." Kaʻū's councilwoman Maile David voted for it.
     County Council Chair Aaron Chung blamed the crisis on worldwide overpopulation. Unless population is controlled, "its just gonna be a slow death, sorry to say....We must do our best to try to control it." The resolution calls for changing practices; not only to contribute to slowing climate change, but also for living with it.
     The resolution points to findings of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, calling for practices to temper global warming to reduce risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, economic growth, and plant and animal life this century.
     It mentions recent research indicating that warming is likely to accelerate in the next decade. It refers to last year's report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program, comprised of 13 federal agencies, which detailed "the massive threat that climate change poses to the American economy," and underscored "the need for immediate emergency action by every level of government to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other green houses gases."

An ʻōpaeʻula, one of the most climate sensitive and endangered organisms in Kaʻū. This photo of the
shrimp was posted on Sen. Mazie Hirono's Twitter feed, celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week.
     The resolution states that warming, with destructive climate events, is already demonstrating that "the Earth is already too hot for humanity to safely and justly exist, as attested by increased and intensifying wildfires, floods, rising seas, diseases, droughts, and extreme weather. It refers to the World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice, which included "15,364 signatories from scientists representing 184 countries formally supporting the work, declaring humans have pushed Earth's ecosystems to their breaking point, and that we are well on the way to ruining the planet, as climate change and the global economy's overshoot of ecological limits are driving the sixth mass extinction of species, which could devastate much of life on Earth for the next 10 million years."
     In the resolution, the Hawaiʻi County Council declares that the United States "has disproportionately contributed to the climate and extinction emergencies, and has repeatedly obstructed global efforts to transition toward a green economy, and thus bears an extraordinary responsibility to rapidly address these existential threats."
     The resolution says that "restoring a safe and stable climate requires a whole-of-society Climate Mobilization at all levels of government, on a scale not seen since World War II, to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors at emergency speed, to rapidly and safely draw down or remove all the excess carbon from the atmosphere, and to implement measures to protect all people and species from the consequences of abrupt climate change."
Hawaiian green sea turtles live at Punaluʻu black sand beach, but nest in the northern Hawaiian Islands which
have been devastated by recent hurricanes and are subject to rising waters due to climate change.
Photo from Sen. Mazie Hirono's Twitter feed.
     It foresees that "actions to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and/or draw down greenhouse gases may include improving resilience to the effects of climate change, i.e. targeting food security in our region that is a critical action in the face of climate change, which will continue to place added pressure on existing food and water resources."
     The County Council declares that "the safety and wellbeing of our citizens is the prime directive of our local governments, and the cumulative impacts of climate change upon Hawaiʻi will be particularly severe over the next several decades."
     The resolution talks about islands being particularly at risk, with climate change impacts in the Pacific Islands "expected to amplify existing risks and lead to compounding economic, environmental, social, and cultural costs. In some locations, climate change impacts on ecological and social systems are projected to result in severe disruptions to livelihoods that increase the risk of human conflict or compel the need for migration. Early interventions, already occurring in some places across the region, can prevent costly and lengthy rebuilding of communities and livelihoods and minimize displacement and relocation."
Endangered birds are subject to rising waters
 that cover their nesting grounds.
Photo from Sen. Mazie Hirono's Twitter 
     The County Council notes that more than 1,000 cities, districts, counties, and local governments across the world representing over 221 million people "collectively have declared or officially acknowledged the existence of a global climate emergency and have committed to action to drive down emissions at emergency speed."
     In tomorrow's Kaʻū News Briefs, read the resolutions' plan for the County of Hawaiʻi to tackle the climate change problem.

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THIS IS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE WEEK,
observed the second full week of October each year to celebrate the network of lands and waters that conserves and protects the wildlife heritage throughout the nation.
     The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, provides vital habitat for thousands of native species, from marine mammals and sea turtles to endangered Hawaiian birds and bats. 
     National Wildlife Refuges also support the economy. In carrying out the Refuge System's wildlife conservation mission, under the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, wildlife refuges pump $3.2 billion per year into regional economies and support more than 41,000 jobs.
     The Refuge System includes 567 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts covering 95 million acres. A National Wildlife Refuge close to Kaʻū is the Hakalau Forest. See fws.gov/refuge/hakalau_forest/
The ‘Amakihi is a protected native Hawaiian bird in the Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge. USF&W photo
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AN INCREASING SUICIDE RATE AMONG NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS has drawn the concern of Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle. A bipartisan group of senators is calling on the Department of Defense to address recent suicide reports gathered by DoD, which found a suicide mortality rate for the National Guard consistently higher than among Active Duty and Reserve members.
     "We cannot continue to treat the National Guard as just another branch of the Active Army and Air Force while not paying special attention to their unique needs. We must ensure the National Guard has care and community that is comparable to the Active components," wrote the senators. "The National Guard maintains comparable operational tempos but lacks the support of a community that fully empathizes with their unique and sometimes isolating experience of being both soldier and civilian."
     In a letter to the Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the senators cited potential reasons for more National Guard suicides, from problems finding full time employment and a lack of access to quality mental health care- particularly in rural areas - to the institutional and conditional isolation from the broader military community.
     The senators emphasized that the unique position of National Guard servicemembers as both soldiers and civilians necessitates tailored solutions for accessing mental health care and community-based support. The senators also requested that DOD provide further analysis of the gaps in existing suicide prevention programs and the factors contributing to the discrepancy in National Guard suicide rates.
     Earlier this year, Hirono introduced the bipartisan Every Veteran in Crisis Act which would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve oversight and evaluation of its suicide prevention media outreach campaigns. She previously cosponsored the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act that became law in 2015.
     The full text of the letter is available here.

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FOR THE LATE U.S. CONGRESSMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS, FLAGS WILL FLY HALF-STAFF through tomorrow, Oct. 18. Gov. David Ige joined governors around the country to honor the congressman from Baltimore for his years of service in civil rights and social justice. He was known
for his civil tone and willingness to work with everyone.
     Both the United States flag and the Hawai‘i state flag will fly at half-staff at the State Capitol, and upon all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard in the State of Hawai‘i, said Ige.
Elijah Cummings this summer introducing the Baltimore
community to an urban park at the old location of an illegal
garbage dump. Called Nature Play Space, its creation was
co-sponsored by the National Wildlife Foundation and
many community and educational organizations.
Photo from Elijah Cumming's Facebook
     Cummings' hometown paper, The Baltimore Sun, this evening relayed his comments: "I'm here for a season and a reason," said the veteran Democratic lawmaker this summer, in his Capitol Hill office, sitting below framed photographs of civil rights leaders Nelson Mandela and Coretta Scott King. "I don't know why I'm here, I don't know how long I'll be here, but I'm here. And I'm going to make the best of it."
     Before Cummings died at age 68 this morning at a Baltimore hospital, he signed numerous documents for gathering evidence for the inquiry to impeach Pres. Donald Trump. Cummings was the chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and a member of congress since 1996.
     Also known for promoting neighborhood nature parks for children, Cummings said this summer that outdoor spaces "bring life to life. Our children are the living messengers we send to a future we will never see, and it is so vital they have outdoor places like this to play right here in their community."
     Presidential candidate and Kaʻū's congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard tweeted, "Very sad news this morning. My heart goes out to the Cummings family during this difficult time. Elijah Cummings dedicated his life to service and will truly be missed."

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ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS ARE INVITED to participate in the Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Parks' 2nd Annual Holidays at Kahuku, located at the Kahuku Unit in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The vent will be held Saturday, Dec. 14. There is a $20 booth fee. For information on applying, call 808-985.7373 or email admin@fhvnp.org.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
2019 Kaʻū High School Fall Athletics Schedule
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates

Football, Division II:
Sat., Oct. 19, 11 a.m., Kaʻū hosts Pāhoa
Sat., Oct. 26, 1 p.m., Kohala hosts Kaʻū
Fri. and Sat., Nov. 1 and 2, Div II BIIF Championship
Fri. and Sat., Nov. 15 and 16, HHSAA Div II Semifinals
Fri., Nov. 29, HHSAA Div II Championship

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Wed.-Sat., Oct. 23-26, HHSAA DII Tournament, Oʻahu

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UPCOMING
FRIDAY, OCT. 18
Forest Restoration Project, Friday, Oct. 18, 8:30a.m.-3p.m., HVNP. 12+; under 18 require adult co-signature. Pre-registration required - include first and last names, email address, and phone number of each participant. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Patty Kupchak, 352-1402, forest@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Guided Cultural Tour of the Ni‘aulani Forest, Friday, Oct. 18, 9:30-11a.m., Volcano Art Center. Kumu Hula Ryan McCormack leads. Tour focuses on Hawaiian protocol, traditional chants, history, and lifeways, as they relate to the native forest ecosystem. Free; open to public. Spaced is limited, reservations suggested. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Dances of Universal Peace, Friday, Oct. 18, 6-7:30p.m., Methodist Church hall, across from Nā‘ālehu Post Office. Fun, easy to learn dances from many traditions evoking peace. Donations welcome. No registration necessary. 939-9461, hualaniom2@yahoo.com

SATURDAY, OCT. 19
Food from Wood: Growing Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps & Wood Chips, Saturday, Oct. 19, 9a.m.-2:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. $55/VAC member, $60/non-member; includes shiitake mushroom log kit and King Stropharia mushroom kit. Pre-registration required. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Free Haircut Day, Saturday, Oct. 19, 9a.m.-1p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church. Kady and Drew Foster. 12 slots available. Also, Free Shower Day and The Big Island Giving Tree to hand out clothes and various items like razors and toothbrushes. 939-7000, stjudeshawaii.org

Birth of Kahuku, Saturday, Oct. 19, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, easy-to-moderate hike. nps.gov/havo/

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Mtg., Saturday, Oct. 19, 10a.m.-1p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting and training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hula Kahiko - Kumu Hula Manaiakalani Kalua with AKAUNU, Saturday, Oct. 19, 10:30-11:30a.m., hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Hula performance. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.comvolcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mea Hula with Loke Kamanu and ‘ohana, Saturday, Oct. 19, 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery porch. Hands-on cultural demonstration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Ka‘ū Skate Club Fundraiser for Kahuku Roller Rink in Ocean View: Dave Lawrence & Green Machines Concert, Saturday, Oct. 19, 4p.m., Tiki Mama's, Ocean View. Suggested donation of $15 per person for Ka‘ū Skate Club, plus one can of food for Hawai‘i Island Food Bank. Ka‘ū Skate Club President Lzena Barrett, 747-1147

Oktoberfest, Saturday, Oct. 19, live music, pretzels and beer from 4p.m., dinner served 5-7p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Brats, sauerkraut, German potato salad and more. Bring Cooper Center mug for $1 off beer; purchase one for $10. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

Pupule Papales Band performance, Saturday, Oct. 19, 7-10p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. Open to eligible patrons; certain Terms of Service. Free; park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

SUNDAY, OCT. 20
Pu‘u Lokuana, Sunday, Oct. 20, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, short, moderately difficult, 0.4 mile hike. nps.gov/havo/

45th Anniversary: Party Like It's 1974, Sunday, Oct. 20, 3-5p.m., Volcano Art Center. More details to be announced. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

TUESDAY, OCT. 22
Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 8-10a.m., Kīpukapuaulu - Bird Park - Parking Lot, HVNP. Led by retired USGS Biologist Nic Sherma. 2 hour birding tour. $40/person. Register online. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

H.O.V.E. Road Maintenance Corp. Board Mtg., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10a.m., H.O.V.E. RMC office, 92-8979 Lehua Lane, Ocean View. 929-9910, hoveroad.com

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23
Nāʻālehu School Parent Conferences, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23 and 24, Nāʻālehu Elementary School; Friday, Oct. 25, Ocean View Community Center. Times to be determined via letter home.

Guided Hike On A 60 Year Old Lava Lake, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10a.m.-2p.m.Kīlauea Iki Overlook Parking Lot, HVNP. Moderate to challenging 2.4 mile hike (one way). $80/person. Register online. Park entrance fees may apply. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Lei Kukui Demonstration, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10a.m.-noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Make hīpu‘u - a style of lei making in which the steams and leaves of the Kukui tree are tied together - with rangers and staff. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo/

THURSDAY, OCT. 24
Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Thursday, Oct. 24, 8-10a.m., Kīpukapuaulu - Bird Park - Parking Lot, HVNP. Led by retired USGS Biologist Nic Sherma. 2 hour birding tour. $40/person. Register online. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thursday, Oct. 24 - fourth Thursday monthly - 3-4p.m., Classroom 35, Building F, Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. Provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

ONGOING
Help Shape Hawaiʻi Island at upcoming SpeakOuts and workshops on the General Plan. The community is encouraged to "come share your manaʻo," opinion.
     The last scheduled SpeakOut meeting will be held in Waikaloa, Thursday, Oct. 246 p.m. to 8 p.m., Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School.
     Topic Workshops will be held in Kona at West Hawaiʻi Civic Center Council Chambers on Saturday, Oct. 19 on Infrastructure from 9 a.m. to noon and Natural Resources from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m; and Hilo at County of Hawaiʻi Office of Aging on Saturday, Oct. 26, on Infrastructure from 9 a.m. to noon and Natural Resources from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
     Submit feedback online by Thursday, Oct. 31. See more Info on the Draft General Plan at hiplanningdept.com/general-plan/.


Trunk or Treat at Kaʻū District Gym will be held Thursday, Oct. 315:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Organized by Kaʻū High and Pāhala Elementary school, the free event offers a haunted house, healthy recipes, a family-friendly atmosphere, and Trunk or Treat, where keiki and youth go from parked car to car, asking for treats.
     For those interested in participating in Trunk or Treat, distributing goodies, prizes will be awarded for the best decorated car: Most Beautiful, Most Original, Spookiest, and a special awards for teachers or staff who decorate; decoration not required. Contact Nona at 928-3102 or Angie Miyashiro at 313-4100.

Nationwide 2019 Congressional App Challenge submissions from middle and high schoolers are open through Friday, Nov. 1. Submit to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, CongressionalAppChallenge.us, apps "designed to promote innovation and engagement in computer science." All skill levels, all devices and platforms, and all programming languages, accepted.

Hoʻokupu Hula No Kaʻū Cultural Festival Booths can be reserved. The free event on Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center, will feature cultural practitioners and demonstrators; workshops; crafts; food; music and entertainment from artists such as Bali Hai from Mexico, Vero Cruz Folklore Dancers, taiko drummers, UH-Hilo Filipino/Samoan dancers; and hula from Mexico, Japan, Virginia, ʻOahu, and Hawaiʻi Island. Interested vendors can apply for food, craft, or information booths. Email leionalani47@hotmail.com or call 808-649-9334. See hookupukau.com.

Tiny Treasure Invitational Exhibit at Volcano Art Center gallery in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park runs through Sunday, Nov. 3. Open to the public, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free; Park entrance fees apply. The exhibition also celebrates VAC's 45th anniversary, Oct. 21.
     Artists include Daniel Rokovitz, Stone O'Daugherty, Kristin Mitsu Shiga, Pat Pearlman, and Amy Flanders, Karen and Mark Stebbins. Also on display, small works from the annual Volcano Art Collaboration from June, featuring Rose Adare, Nash Adams-Pruitt, Lisa Louise Adams, Ed Clapp, Amy Flanders, Bill Hamilton, Liz Miller, Joe Laceby, and Erik Wold. volcanoartcenter.org

Vendor Booth Space is Available for the Kamahalo Craft Fair. The 12th annual event will be held Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, Nov. 299 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cooper Center. Booths are open for crafters with quality homemade and homegrown products. Food vendors must prepare all food items in a certified kitchen and must have a Department of Health permit displayed prominently at their booth. Application online at thecoopercenter.org. Direct questions to 936-9705 or kilaueatutu@gmail.com.

King Cab 2016 Nissan Frontier for Sale by Holy Rosary Church of Pāhala and the Sacred Heart Church of Nāʻālehu. The parishes are selling the truck to raise funds to benefit both churches. The truck is a great 6 cylinder, 2WD automobile. The churches are asking for $21K or best offer. Only cash or cashier's check will be accepted. Anyone interested should contact the parish secretary Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at 928-8208.

Tūtū & Me Home Visiting Program is a free service to Pāhala families with keiki, birth to five years old. This caregiver support program offers those taking care of young keiki "a compassionate listening ear, helpful parenting tips and strategies, fun and exciting activities, and wonderful educational resources" from Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Home visits are one hour in length, two to four times per month, for 12 to 15 visits. Snacks are provided. See pidfoundation.org or call Tata Compehos and Melody Espejo at 808-938-1088.

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