About The Ka`u Calendar

Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
A locally owned and run community newspaper (www.kaucalendar.com) distributed in print to all Ka`u District residents of Ocean View, Na`alehu, Pahala, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village and Miloli`i on the Big Island of Hawai`i. This blog is where you can catch up on what's happening daily with our news briefs. This blog is provided by The Ka`u Calendar Newspaper (kaucalendar.com), Pahala Plantation Cottages (pahalaplantationcottages.com), Local Productions, Inc. and the Edmund C. Olson Trust.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ka`u Calendar News Briefs Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Volcano Village Artists Hui members welcome the public to their tour and sale this Friday through Sunday. See more below.
AS CONFIRMED CASES of dengue fever near 100, Ka`u’s state Sen. Russell Ruderman is calling on the state to do more to control the outbreak. 
      “I urge the state Department of Health to urgently do even more to control the dengue fever outbreak. Among the things that can be done is to establish a testing lab on the Big Island, which would reduce the response time from over a week to just a few days, allowing faster reaction to new cases and new locations of concern. And much more could be done to control the relevant mosquito populations and to reach suspected cases for testing.
Click to enlarge and read letter sent to Hawai`i Island
residents and visitors.
      “I applaud DOH Director Virginia Pressler for restoring Dr. Lorrin Pang’s involvement. He is one of the most knowledgeable officials in our state regarding mosquito-born illness, and his removal from the project this past week was deeply troubling. His involvement is reassuring, as he is clearly more concerned with public health than with efforts to save face, build reputations or minimize the publicity about the outbreak. This cannot be said about all those involved thus far. 
Unfortunately, it is perceived in our community that this was not treated as urgently as the situation deserved. Every resource available should be used, including asking the Centers for Disease Control for local help, now.
      “This outbreak is in imminent danger of becoming endemic on the Big Island. If it is entrenched here, Hawai`i will be on travel advisories worldwide. It is unlikely to remain only a Big Island problem, and it will affect the whole state financially as well as medically.”
      An informational meeting about dengue fever takes place at Ocean View Community Center on Friday at 6 p.m. There will be handouts, fliers and pamphlets available, including in Marshallese.
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HAWAI`I TOURISM AUTHORITY is monitoring confirmed cases of dengue fever on Hawai`i Island. “We are working with the State Department of Health and our marketing contractors to keep visitors to Hawaii Island informed of the situation,” the agency said.
      “As a precaution, we recommend that visitors familiarize themselves with information on DOH’s website prior to arriving in the state and encourage our stakeholders on Hawai`i Island to share this information with their visitors and guests.
       “We will continue to work with industry stakeholders and our global marketing contractors to ensure that visitors to Hawai`i know that it is safe to travel to the Hawaiian Islands and what precautions should be taken if they are planning to visit areas where cases have been found.”
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Deputy Police Chief Paul Ferreira, holding file, attended the CALEA conference
in Miami, Florida. Photo from HPD
HAWAI`I POLICE DEPARTMENT has earned renewal of its accreditation status, keeping it part of a group of police departments accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. Accreditation renewal was announced Nov. 21 at the CALEA fall conference in Miami, where Hawai`i Police Department was one of 96 law enforcement agencies being evaluated for accreditation or re-accreditation. 
      “The CALEA staff has worked tirelessly these past three years to ensure that this department would maintain its honored status of CALEA accreditation,” Chief Harry Kubojiri said. “Because of their commitment, the community can be assured that their police department meets the highest of professional law enforcement standards. I also commend all the department’s sworn officers and civilian employees for participating in the accreditation process and for embracing the CALEA standards.”
      Of the roughly 23,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, only about 1,200 have been awarded CALEA accreditation. A team of out-of-state certified CALEA assessors conducted an on-site assessment in July. The team visited district police stations and facilities and examined all aspects of the department’s policies, procedures, management, operations and support services. The team interacted with department personnel by riding along with patrol officers and conducting interviews with sworn and civilian personnel. Various community leaders were also interviewed.
      During the on-site assessment, the team took comments from residents in a public session and by telephone to give members of the community an opportunity to comment on the department’s ability to maintain CALEA standards. The CALEA Standards Manual was made available for public review.
      From this point forward, the department must undergo a CALEA reassessment every four years to demonstrate that it remains in compliance with more than 400 applicable CALEA standards.
      Goals of CALEA are to improve the delivery of public safety services by developing and maintaining a body of standards, establishing and administering an accreditation process for law enforcement agencies and recognizing professional excellence in public safety.
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Keli`i Akina Photo from Grassroot Institute
FOLLOWING A FEDERAL JUDGE’S ruling last month that a Native Hawaiian election for convention delegates may take place this month as scheduled, plaintiffs in the case of Akina v. Hawai`i have filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court. They ask for an injunction that would halt the Na`i Aupuni election while the case is being determined.

 In an Emergency Application for Injunction Pending Appellate Review, the plaintiffs stressed the timing of the Native Hawaiian election and the fact that in one week, on Nov. 30, the election for delegates will be completed and the votes would be counted, forever closing off the plaintiffs’ rights to participate in the process. 
      “We are glad to bring this issue to the Supreme Court,” Grassroot Institute President Keli`i Akina said. “As more and more people hear about this case, we have seen tremendous public support for our effort to stop this divisive and unconstitutional election.
      “Native Hawaiians have been vocal in denying that they have ever been – or should be – a tribe. They would, however, prefer to see the money being wasted on this election spent instead on education, health care, job training and other efforts to make a real and tangible difference in their community. The election process has been a farce and has only served to alienate and divide Native Hawaiians. It is time for the state to get out of the nation-building process and focus on the issues that really matter.”
      According to Akina, the emergency filing reiterated the point that the impetus and funding for the election came from the State of Hawai`i, disputing the defendant’s contention that this is a private election.
      “This ruling is literally unprecedented,” the appeal states in reference to the District Court’s initial denial of an injunction. “It is the first decision in American history (not subsequently vacated) to find a compelling justification for a State to prohibit individuals of a certain race from voting in an election.”
      To see filings and documents associated with the case, go to http://new.grassrootinstitute.org/2015/10/akina-v-hawaii-the-documents/.
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      Shaka’s Restaurant in Na`alehu offers lunch beginning at 11 a.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. For more information or reservations, call 929-7404.
      Hana Hou Restaurant, also in Na`alehu, is open with a lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Call 929-9717.
Volcano Art Center's Niaulani Campus hosts a preview exhibit
and is on Volcano Village Artists Hui's Tour & Sale.
Photo from VAC
      Ocean View Community Center’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call 939-7033.
      Thanksgiving Buffet is available from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kilauea Military Camp’s Crater Rim Café in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. No reservations required. KMC is open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8356 for more information.

VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI Tour & Sale starts Friday and continues through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Meet artists in their studios throughout the village. For a map and more information, call 987-3472 or 985-7487, or see VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com

VOLCANO ART CENTER IN VOLCANO VILLAGE holds its 2016 program preview exhibit Friday and Saturday, featuring displays of workshops, events and classes with some new and some returning favorites. The exhibit features work by artists who will be offering classes and workshops at VAC in the upcoming year. Browse through program proposals from painting and block printing classes to stained glass, pottery, horticulture, Zentangle, Hawaiian language, music and more.
      The exhibit also features work by artists who are scheduled to show at VAC Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park in 2016.
      In addition, VAC’s Hale Ho`omana will be on the Volcano Village Artists Hui Tour with works by Tim Freeman, Elizabeth Miller and Cynee Gillette-Wenner.
      Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park will be selling poinsettias, and VAC logo-wear and holiday treats will be on sale too.
      Call 967-8222 for more information.


See kaucalendar.com/KauCalendar_November2015.pdf.

See kaucalendar.com/Directory2015.swf
and kaucalendar.com/Directory2015.pdf.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ka`u Calendar News Briefs Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Learn to play `ohe hano ihu tomorrow in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. See more below. Photo from NPS
IT’S STILL TO SOON TO TELL if Adventist Health is a good fit for Hawai`i Health System Corp.’s East Hawai`i Region, Robert Beehler, Adventist’s vice president for market development, mergers and acquisitions, told Colin M. Stewart, of Hawai`i Tribune-Herald.
      Adventist operates Castle Medical Center on O'ahu and 40 rural medical centers in California. Ka`u Hospital is one of HHSC East Hawai`i Region’s facilities where Castle could assume management.
Robert Beehler
      Regarding the status of East Hawai`i system’s union Civil Service employees under such an arrangement, Beehler told Stewart, “Adventist prefers to have a direct relationship with its employees.”
      He said an independent review mandated by the state Legislature in 2009 identified HHSC’s employment costs as the primary factor causing financial losses. “It said that if you continue with this current model, with Civil Service driving an expense base, with pensions, benefits and these work rules, it creates a lack of flexibility that becomes an equation that’s difficult to balance if you’re in a market that isn’t that great with demographics,” Beehler said. “It’s going to be not sustainable.”
      He said an arrangement like the one currently being pursued by Maui Region and Kaiser Permanente could also work in East Hawai`i, as long as legislators acknowledge that “some level of reduced subsidy will be necessary, because the demographics (in East Hawai`i) are not as good as Maui.”
      See hawaiitribune-herald.com.
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UH Pres. David Lassner
THIRTY METER TELESCOPE will be the last telescope site on Mauna Kea. In a letter to Department of Land and Natural Resources Chair Suzanne Case, University of Hawai`i President David Lassner confirmed that the Thirty Meter Telescope project site is the last new area on the mountain where a telescope project will be contemplated or sought. 
      Lassner’s letter stated that it “shall constitute a legally binding commitment and may be regarded as a condition of the University of Hawai`i’s current lease(s) and of any lease renewal or extension proposed by the University.”
      The commitment fulfills the second point of Gov. David Ige’s 10-point “Way Forward” plan that addresses future management and stewardship of Mauna Kea. UH has also fulfilled the third point of the plan, officially identifying three telescopes that will be decommissioned and permanently removed before TMT begins operations.
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HAWAI`I DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH reported one more confirmed case of dengue fever on Hawai`i Island today. Of the 93 cases, 80 are residents, and 13 are visitors.
      According to the Centers for Disease Control, dengue is endemic in environments housing about one third of the world’s population, mostly tropical and subtropical places that spawn about 400 million cases annually. Unusual amounts of rain this year has made the Ka`u climate more tropical and more friendly to mosquitoes that can spread the disease.
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Did you feel it? Map from USGS/HVO
AN EARTHQUAKE AWAKENED SOME KA`U residents in the middle of last night. The magnitude-2.8 quake struck at 3:26 a.m. in the mountains mauka of Pahala. According to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, low levels of seismic activity continue on Kilauea.
      Those who felt the quake can report it at hvo.wr.usgs.gov.
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THE SEASON FOR `AMA`AMA (striped mullet) closes on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and re-opens on Friday, April 1 of next year. `Ama`ama are about to enter their peak spawning season, which increases their vulnerability to fishing pressure. The annual winter closure is designed to help the fish reproduce successfully and protect the species from overfishing.
      Criminal and civil penalties apply to seasonal violations. Criminal penalties are a petty misdemeanor punishable by fines of up to $500 per violation and/or 30 days in jail. There is no per specimen fine. First offense civil penalties are up to $1,000 per specimen and $1,000 per violation.
      “We ask the public’s compliance with the closed season,” DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources administrator Bruce Anderson said. “While it’s DLNR’s job to protect our marine resources, everyone shares in the responsibility to take care of important fish species like `ama`ama to ensure their survival into the future.”
      Copies of statewide fishing regulations for ‘ama‘ama and all other marine species are available in Honolulu at DAR offices. Fishing regulations can also be found on the DAR website at dlnr.hawaii.gov/dar. To report violations of fish catch size or net use, call DLNR’s enforcement hotline at (808) 643-DLNR (643-3567). 
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Sen. Brian Schatz met with refugees in Germany and Jordan.
Photo from Office of Sen. Schatz
U.S. SEN. BRIAN SCHATZ TRAVELED to Germany and Jordan on a fact-finding mission to meet with German and Jordanian government leaders and non-governmental officials over the weekend. He discussed regional and international efforts to combat the threat of terrorism and address the growing refugee crisis affecting Europe and the Middle East. 
      During his visit to the two counties, Schatz toured German relocation and Jordanian refugee facilities and met with German, Jordanian and UN officials to discuss daily operations of the centers and challenges they face in assisting the growing number of families seeking refuge and asylum. During his tours, Schatz also met with refugee families and listened to their experiences of coping with being displaced in Jordan and Germany.
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U.S. REP. TULSI GABBARD MET with Egypt President el-Sisi and other leaders in Cairo. After conducting meetings in Paris with senior level government leaders in the wake of recent terrorist attacks there, Gabbard, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, traveled to Cairo to discuss the threat of ISIS and Islamic extremist groups, how to strengthen the U.S.-Egypt relationship to ensure stability in Egypt and the importance of religious freedom.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard met with Egypt Pres. el-Sisi, at her left, and other
government leaders in Cairo. Photo from Office of Rep. Gabbard
      Gabbard had a discussion with President el-Sisi about how important Egypt’s stability and success is for the region and for the world. President el-Sisi “would like to strengthen and restore U.S.-Egypt relations so that we may work together urgently to ‘decimate’ ISIS and other Islamic extremist groups who pose a threat to us and to the world,” Gabbard said. “The recent attacks in Paris and Mali are just two examples of the devastation these groups have caused. President el-Sisi has shown great courage and leadership in taking on this extreme Islamist ideology, while also fighting against ISIS militarily to keep them from gaining a foothold in Egypt. The U.S. must take action to recognize President el-Sisi and his leadership, support Egypt’s progress and stability, and stand with him in this fight against ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other Islamic extremists who are our common enemy.”
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LEARN TO PLAY `OHE HANO IHU tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center lanai in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Participants learn about traditional uses of `ohe (bamboo), including its use in creating musical instruments like the Hawaiian nose flute.
      Free; park entrance fees apply.

Rubberband Turkey Shoot is tomorrow.
EVERYONE IS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN Pahala Community Center’s annual Rubberband Turkey Shoot tomorrow from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Register today at 928-3102. 

      In Na`alehu, Shaka’s Restaurant offers a special for lunch that starts at 11 a.m. with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams, cranberries and pie for $16.95. Dinner for $19.95 starts at 5 p.m. and adds soup or tossed green salad. For more information or reservations, call 929-7404.
      Hana Hou Restaurant is preparing its annual “all ya can stuff in” feast for $18 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet includes turkey, spiral ham and salad bar. Reservations are suggested. Call 929-9717.
      Ocean View Community Center’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner takes place from 1 pm. to 5 p.m. Turkey and all the fixings are free; donations appreciated. For more, call 939-7033.
      Thanksgiving Buffet is available from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kilauea Military Camp’s Crater Rim Café in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Menu items include roasted turkey, pineapple honey-glazed ham, sweet and mashed potatoes, steamed rice, green bean casserole, corn chowder, salad bar, desserts and a beverage. Cost is $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children six to 11 years old. No reservations required. KMC is open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8356 for more information.


See kaucalendar.com/Directory2015.swf
and kaucalendar.com/Directory2015.pdf.
See kaucalendar.com/KauCalendar_November2015.pdf.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ka`u Calendar News Briefs Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Pahala Community Center holds its annual Rubberband Turkey Shoot Wednesday. See more below.
A TRAVEL ALERT FOR THE THE UNITED STATES was issued today by the State Department, saying, “U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings, and avoid large crowds or crowded places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events.” The alert comes after 130 people were killed in terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13. The U.S. alert follows the city of Brussells announcing today another week of highest level of alert, as terrorists believed to be responsible for the Paris attacks are sought in Belgium. The U.S. has received numerous threats of terrorism coming here in the near future.
Susan Condie Jennings' Ka`u Landing won first
in Sculpture at Ka`u Chamber of Commerce's
annual art show. Photos by Peter Anderson
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FOUR MORE CASES OF DENGUE FEVER have been confirmed on Hawai`i Island, Hawai`i state Department of Health reported. The count today is 92, up four from Friday. Of the total, 79 are residents, and 13 are visitors. Onset of illness has ranged from Sept. 11 to Nov. 17.
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HAWAI`I STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH will deploy a web-based system that will provide 24/7 access to real-time data on medical marijuana inventory, sales and other tracking information required of dispensary licensees statewide, according to Keith Ridley, Chief of the Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance.
      The Office of Health Care Assurance performs all state licensing activities on healthcare facilities, agencies and organizations in Hawai`i and is tasked with implementing Act 241, which was signed into law by Gov. David Ige in July and became section 329D, HRS. Under the new program, a dispensary licensee may begin dispensing medical marijuana and manufactured marijuana products to qualifying patients or primary caregivers no earlier than July 15, 2016, with the department’s approval.
      A Request for Proposals was issued on Nov. 19. The notice of award of contract for the computer software tracking system is expected to be made by Dec. 23.
      “This is another major step forward to implement the medical marijuana program to ensure access for Hawai`i patients and caregivers,” Ridley said. “After researching various options, the department determined a web-based software system would be the most effective and user-friendly way for licensees and state officials to collect and report seed-to-sale tracking information to ensure public safety and patient safety, and licensees will be required to utilize a tracking system. We are also exploring how other entities such as law enforcement officers or laboratories can also securely access the information.”
Jewels of the Beach, by Ann Snow, placed
first in the Jewelry Division.
      The system will collect detailed inventory and sales information such as the total amount of marijuana at each dispensary, in the form of seeds or plants, including all plants that are derived from cuttings or cloning, until the marijuana, marijuana plants or manufactured marijuana products are sold or destroyed; the total amount of manufactured marijuana product inventory, including the equivalent physical weight of marijuana that is used to manufacture marijuana products or purchased by a qualifying patient and primary caregiver from all retail dispensing locations in any 15-day day period; the amount of unused plant material produced by each plant at harvest; and the transport of marijuana and manufactured marijuana products between production centers and retail dispensing locations, including tracking identification issued by the tracking system, identity of the person transporting the marijuana or manufactured marijuana products and how the products are transported.
      Under the new law, a total of eight licenses may be awarded, including two dispensary licenses for Hawai`i County. Each dispensary licensee will be allowed to operate up to two production centers and two retail stations for a total of 16 production centers and 16 retail dispensaries statewide. Each production center may have up to 3,000 marijuana plants.
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KA`U ARTISTS DISPLAYED THEIR TALENTS at Ka`u Chamber of Commerce’s annual Art Show earlier this month. Along with Peter Anderson’s Red Caldera, which won People’s Choice and will grace the cover of The Directory 2016, the chamber’s community and business index, a panel of judges chose Best of Show and first- through third-place winners as well as honorable mentions. Anderson donated his $100 winnings to the chamber’s scholarship program. Other winners follow.
      Best of Show: Suzanne Dix Kaliko, Aunty Shows Her Quilt.
Anela Angel, by Jeannette Howard, placed
first in Weaving.
      Photography: First Place Peter Anderson, Red Caldera; Second Place Ed Bruneau, Throw Net Fishing; Third Place Lee McIntosh, Pink Petaled Path.
      Sculpture: First Place Susan Condie Jennings, Ka`u Landing, Ni`ihau-technique gourd; Second Place Scott Manley, Navigational Fishhook, hand-engraved slate; Third Place Dave Golston, Honus and Manta, Koa wood.
      Woodworking: First Place Thomas King, Milo Loveseat; Second Place Dave Golston, Whales on Koa.
      Quilting: First Place Teri Jensen Phillips, The Reef; Second Place Nadine Ebert, Ron’s Seascape; Third Place Alice Hosticka, Proof of Concept.
      Jewelry: First Place Ann Snow, Jewels of the Beach; Second Place Toni Santana, Nene and Shells; Third Place Kathie Griffeth, Beauty and the Beans.
      Lei: First Place Elizabeth Kuluwaimaka, Liko Lehua.
      Graphics: First Place Dave Golston, Honu with Honu, image on wood; Second Place Nancy Lake, untitled block print; Third Place Marla McCasland, untitled block print.
      Painting: First Place Suzanne Dix Kaliko, Aunty Shows Her Quilt; Second Place Lynn Van Leeuwen, Punalu`u Palms; Third Place Tanya Ibarra, Girls of Kawa.
      Weaving: Jeannette Howard, Anela Angel.
      Youth: First Place Grace Smith, Ku Kae Kolea, lei: Second Place Lorilee Lorenzo, Ka`u Kountry Keiki, photograph.
      Keiki: First Place Audrey Meyer, Fin the Gecko, drawing; Second Place Kamali Compehos, untitled drawing; Third Place Nalu Compehos, untitled drawing.
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`OLELO COMMUNITY TELEVISION PLANS to televise Hawai`i Public Utilities Commission’s evidentiary hearings on the proposed merger of Hawaiian Electric Co. and NextEra Energy. The meetings are scheduled Monday through Friday from Nov. 30 to Dec. 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
      Proceedings begin with witnesses from the two companies. Intervenors and other parties begin their testimony on Dec. 10.
      See olelo.org.
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Grace Smith won first place in Youth Division with Ku Kae Kolea
BRIAN SCHATZ CO-INTRODUCED LEGISLATION to help prevent youth homelessness, improve support services and housing for youth and families, and help ensure children are raised in supportive, stable households. The Family Unification, Preservation and Modernization Act would improve supportive housing – programs that integrate housing with social services – and policies for children and families at risk of homelessness, keeping families together who might otherwise enter the child welfare system. It would also increase access to social services for youth aging out of the foster care system as they transition to adulthood.
      “It is our moral obligation to make sure the most vulnerable in our communities, especially children, have the resources and services they need to lead productive lives,” Schatz said. “The sensible changes in this bill will make the Family Unification Program work better for families on the verge of homelessness, as well as young people in Hawai`i who are aging out of the foster care system and need some help to secure safe, affordable housing.”
      Studies have shown that housing instability is linked to poor outcomes for children. Unsafe housing conditions and homelessness can threaten the safety of a child and can lead to an investigation by the local child welfare agency, out-of-home placement or a delay in family reunification. Homelessness may also lead families to voluntarily place their children in foster care while searching for housing, and families may be separated because of policies that exclude teenagers, especially boys, from shelters.
      Children aging out of the foster care system are particularly vulnerable to homelessness because they must make the transition to adulthood without support, financial or otherwise, from parents or other trusted guardians.
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Audrey Meyer placed first in Keiki division
with Fin the Gecko.
AFTER DARK IN THE PARK EXAMINES amazing birds and megafauna in Botswana tomorrow. Park Ranger Jay Robinson and Biologist Jack Jeffrey offer a fun-filled photo safari through the national parks and World Heritage Site, ending at Victoria Falls in nearby Zimbabwe.
      The vast expanse of the Kalahari Desert is punctured at its heart by the Okavango River, forming the largest inland delta in the world. These waterways and wetlands support one the most amazing collection of birds, bugs and brawling beasts on our planet.
      The free program begins at 7 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees apply.

LEARN TO PLAY `OHE HANO IHU Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center lanai in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Participants learn about traditional uses of `ohe (bamboo), including its use in creating musical instruments like the Hawaiian nose flute.
      Free; park entrance fees apply.

ANNUAL RUBBERBAND TURKEY SHOOT takes place Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Pahala Community Center. All ages can register by tomorrow. Call 928-3102.


See kaucalendar.com/KauCalendar_November2105.pdf.
See kaucalendar.com/Directory2015.swf
and kaucalendar.com/Directory2015.pdf.