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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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

Tropical Storm Iselle knocked down macadamia nut trees in Wood Valley. Photo by Gloria Camba
THE MAJOR STORM DAMAGE TO AGRICULTURE in Ka`u was to Pear Tree coffee farmers and Wood Valley coffee and macadamia nut growers, said Ka`u Coffee Growers Cooperative President Gloria Camba.
Coffee trees laden with this year's crop suffered lost branches and lost Ka`u
Coffee beans. Photo by Gloria Camba
      She said Pear Tree farms were damaged by flooding, which undermined at least 10 coffee trees on her farm alone. Iselle stripped leaves from trees and blew thousands of pounds of unripened coffee beans onto the ground, making the upcoming picking season less prosperous that expected.
      Iselle broke branches and knocked over young trees at Pear Tree and in Wood Valley. About 20 new coffee farms on Edmund C. Olson Trust property in Wood Valley suffered damage. About half of the farms are operated by farmers who also grow coffee at Pear Tree or Moa`ula. Moa`ula had the least damage, Camba said.
      Trees weakened by storm damage can lead to more disease, said Camba, noting that farms are already suffering from the coffee berry borer and twig borer.
      Lisa Dacalio, who farms with her husband Jimmy along Hwy 11 near Pahala and at Cloud Rest, said he is propping young coffee trees back up in the fields.
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IN LIGHT OF DAMAGE CAUSED BY HURRICANE ISELLE, Ka`u farmers may consider signing up for 2015 NAP crop insurance through Farm Service Agency. The deadline to sign up is Sept. 1. There is a fee waiver for those farmers/ranchers that can certify Socially Disadvantaged, which now includes gender, limited resource or beginning farmer.
      FSA also has a Tree Assistance Program that helps with cost to rehabilitate or replace trees that produce a commercially grown crop or are grown as a nursery commodity.
      FSA’s Emergency Conservation Program helps with technical assistance and cost share reimbursement to make conservation changes on land damaged by a natural disaster.
      The agency’s Livestock Indemnity Program assists producers of cattle, poultry, swine, sheep, emus, goats, llamas, etc.
      For more information about FSA’s programs, including what to do in advance of the next disaster, see fsa.usda.gov/hi. For a more comprehensive look at USDA disaster assistance, see usda.gov/disaster.
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KA`U FARMERS & RANCHERS ARE INVITED to a tropical storm recovery rally today in Kea`au. Agencies on hand with information about resources for farmers and ranchers include University of Hawai`i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Kiva Zip micro-loan Program, Farm Credit Services of Hawai`i, County of Hawai`i Research and Development: Enterprise Zone and Force Majure, Hawai`i state Department of Agriculture and Natural Resource Conservation Service.
      The event takes place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at W.H. Shipman Office, 16-523 Kea`au-Pahoa Road at the intersection with Hwy 11.
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Ka`u's U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard reviews storm damage with Armed Services
personnel. Photo from Office of Rep. Gabbard
KA`U’S U.S. REP. TULSI GABBARD HAS RELEASED details on the next steps that must be taken to quickly and effectively bring federal aid to residents on Hawai`i Island whose homes and properties were damaged by Hurricane Iselle.
      Gabbard spent Friday with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials and employees of Hawai`i County’s Office of Housing visiting people’s homes and meeting with residents as FEMA assessed the cost of damages and gathered information for a detailed report that will be submitted to Gov. Neil Abercrombie. The governor will then be able to request federal aid from President Obama through a disaster declaration.
      “I’m urging FEMA, Hawai`i County, the governor and President Obama to expedite the process of declaring Iselle’s devastation a natural disaster so that the people of Puna can receive immediate help,” said Gabbard, whose congressional district includes all of Hawai`i Island. “I’ve met with residents who have lost everything, and though they’ve shown strength, resiliency and compassion for their neighbors, many families in Puna are looking for federal assistance to start putting their lives back together after this overwhelming storm.”
Brenda Ford
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KA`U’S COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER BRENDA FORD is proposing a change to council procedures that currently allow the council to end discussion on issues without all members being heard. 
      Ford’s Resolution 485 would allow each council member to speak at least once on the motion that is under consideration before any council member may “call for the question,” which, if approved by a two-thirds vote of the Council, ends debate.
      Ford told West Hawai`i Today reporter Nancy Cook Lauer that council meetings have lost transparency because some council members have increasingly been using the parliamentary maneuver to stifle debate. “We live in a democracy,” Ford told Cook Lauer. “In a democracy, everyone gets the chance to at least state their position.”
      Ford said ending debate before all council members have an opportunity to speak does them a disservice.
      “It’s gotten worse and worse and worse,” Ford said. “I’ve never seen this kind of abuse in three previous terms on the council.”
      Ford said ending debate prematurely is a disservice to the public, as well. “It’s denying the right of the public in this county to hear from their particular council representative,” she told Cook Lauer. “It’s un-American.”
      The council meets at 10 a.m. tomorrow at West Hawai`i Civic Center in Kona. The Planning Committee meets at 9 a.m., and Finance Committee, 9:15 a.m. Ka`u residents can participate via videoconferencing at Ocean View Community Center.
      See westhawaiitoday.com.
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Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park monitors petrel by air
next week. Photo from Jim Denny
HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK ANNOUNCED upcoming flight plans for August and September 2014:
  • Tuesday, Aug. 26 between 8 a.m. and noon to transport fence materials and equipment for a fencing project in upper Kahuku; 
  • Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 26 and 28 between 8 a.m. and noon for petrel monitoring from the summit of Kilauea to Mauna Loa; 
  • Tuesday, Aug. 26 between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. for ungulate surveys and control work in Kahuku between elevation of 3,000 and 7,000 feet; and
 
  • Monday, Sept. 22 between 8 a.m. and noon to fly camp supplies and drinking water from the end of Chain of Craters Road to `Apua Point, Keauhou and Halape campsites for monitoring of hawksbill turtle nesting season. 
      Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather. A statement from the park said officials regret any noise impact to residents and park visitors.
      Management of the park requires use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources and to maintain backcountry facilities.
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KA`U HIGH’S EIGHT-MAN FOOTBALL GAME against Kealakehe Junior Varsity this Friday has been cancelled. “Students have not passed their grade checks and having students with insufficient number of days in full pads are our main reasons we have to forfeit our game this week,” said Athletic Director Kalei Namohala.
      Namohala said she appreciated the opportunity to play the team and hopes to be able to schedule a game in the future.
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Ka`u farmers and ranchers can still sign up for a Healthy Soils Workshop.
HAUNANI’S ALOHA EXPRESSIONS PRESENT a hula performance tomorrow from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply.

ATTENDEES LEARN HOW TO OPTIMIZE INPUTS, protect against drought and increase production during a Healthy Soils workshop at Pahala Community Center Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event features vendor booths, food and door prizes. Seating is limited. Sign up with Jennifer at 933-8350.

KA`U HIGH CLASS OF 1979 REUNION takes place Friday at 6 p.m. at Rays on the Bay at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Contact Margo Lu Takata or Holli Wade on facebook for information.

KA`U COFFEE TRAIL RUN EARLY REGISTRATION FEES are still available. Today is the last day to sign up for the Half Marathon for $50, the 10K for $40 and the 5K for $30. Fees increase by $5 tomorrow.
      The Saturday, Sept. 20 event at Ka`u Coffee Mill also has a special rate of $10 for each race for high school team members.
      Registration for all races and the free Kendama tournament is available at race360.com/21357.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Students of the late Edna Aguil's halau performed at the Ka`u High potluck reunion yesterday. Photo by Julia Neal
WATER AND POWER ARE RESTORED TO WOOD VALLEY, according to Mayor Billy Kenoi’s executive assistant Reed Flickinger.
      HELCO crews drove from Kona yesterday to work on power lines that were down for more than eight days after Tropical Storm Iselle came ashore along the Ka`u Coast on Aug. 8.
Power and running water have been restored to Wood Valley, according
to county officials. Photo by Anne Celeste
      Road crews had cleared the roads of debris prior to HELCO’s arrival yesterday, including debris at the intersection of Wood Valley and Kapapala Ranch roads, where live electricity transmission lines were tangled in trees as they fell across the road.
      At the urging of the county, Hawai`i Electric Light Co. sent a crew on Tuesday, Aug. 13 to determine that the wire was live. They turned off the power and posted a sign on pole number 123 on the Pahala side of the gulch stating “Danger, Do Not Operate this Switch.” After the power was turned off, road crews quickly cleared tree trunks and other debris, making all of the access roads in Wood Valley passable.
      Flickinger had previously visited Wood Valley to meet victims of the storm and to help assess damage, along with executive assistant Sissy Pittulo, Deputy Planning Director Bobby Command, Annie Bailey, with the Office of Housing & Community Development, and a group from the National Guard.
      Flickinger said if any residents are still without water or power, they should contact him at 323-4702.
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Sentry became a sea creature sporting a Hawaiian flower before one of its
deployments off the Ka`u Coast. Photo by Carlie Wiener/SOI
DURING NEARLY TWO WEEKS ONBOARD THE RESEARCH VESSEL Falkor in June and July, scientists studying Loihi Seamount off the Ka`u Coast gathered enough data to keep them busy for six months. Brian Glazer, an oceanographer at University of Hawai`i-Manoa, led the expedition, along with colleagues from University of Minnesota, IFREMER Centre de Brest and Woods Hole Oceanographic. They mapped the seamount’s base using Woods Hole Oceanographic’s Sentry autonomous underwater vehicle and collected water samples to better understand the processes impacting delivery and dispersion of hydrothermal fluids from Loihi to the Pacific Ocean.
      The researched had seven AUV Sentry deployments to the two deep regions of Loihi Seamount: FeMo Deep and Shinkai Deep. This provided a closer look at these lesser-known regions of the ocean’s floor.
      Sentry shared information from its sensor data like temperature and how much oxygen is in the water as well as visuals including high-resolution maps and 49,130 photos. This information will help scientists better understand the area and hone in on hydrothermal plumes for future research.
      The crew also deployed a conductivity, tempature and depth rosette for 18 different hydrocasts. This instrument can also go down to the deepest parts of this underwater volcano and collect water samples at different depths to get a better idea of the water chemistry related to hydrothermal plumes. Some areas explored were Pele’s Pit, Pit of Death and Loihi Summit.
      Seventeen scientists worked around the clock to gather as much information as they could during their time onboard Falkor. “We are excited to see what comes of all of this data and to be part of the science that is helping researchers know more about this mysterious underwater volcano,” said Carlie Wiener, of Schmidt Ocean Institute.  To comment on or like this story, go to facebook.com/kaucalendar.

Vince Mina and his daughter Kahaulani came from their family farm on Maui
to support the Ka`u chapter of Hawai`i Farmers Union United at Earth
Matters farm yesterday. Photo by Julia Neal
HAWAI`I FARMERS UNION UNITED and Earth Matters farm at Kama`oa and South Point Roads held a food, music and farm tour event yesterday to support small, family farms.
     Hawai`i Farmers Union United president Vince Mina traveled from his family farm on Maui to support the recently organized Ka`u chapter of Hawai`i Farmers Union United. He said he is also on island to help with the organization of a Kohala chapter and a Hilo chapter.
     Mina said that it is important for people to know who is producing food locally and called farmers to the microphone. Growing food “is the kind of behavior that is a primal expression of what we do each day, eating wholesome food that is nutrient rich.
Sally Yamaguchi, of the Class of 1943, was the oldest
to attend the reunion. Photo by Julia Neal
     Mina talked about Hawai`i Farmers Union United’s efforts at the state Legislature. He noted that state budget to support agriculture is 0.4 percent, far less than many programs not as dear as food security. Mina talked about agriculture supporting soil health. He said, “It is important to help educate our legislators as to importance of what regenerative agriculture means to becoming food-secure. Regenerative agriculture builds resiliency to the land being farmed on a consistent basis. Land responds in a way that supports healthy plants and healthy people.”
      He said state legislators look to national farming organizations to help guide them in developing policy around local agriculture.
      He talked about Hawai`i Farmers Union United preferring to support small farms. He said the organization is not retreading and used the term “agvance.”
 We are the ones in the trenches, the small holder farmers. We want to clear the way for them.”
      Mina reported that Hawai`i Farmers Union United recently received a 

$150,000 grant from the 112-year old national Farmers Union United to help the Hawai`i organization reach charter status.
      He said the organization is open to matching funds and additional memberships. He explained that “you don’t have to be a farmer – anyone who eats food – consumers, gardeners, farmers, ranchers are members, those who value local agriculture.”
      He said membership numbers are important at the Legislature. “Having a voice in the Legislature is having a seat at a table so we are not part of the menu. The more members, the bigger the voice,” Mina said.
Augusto Ballo displays his Pahala-Ka`u reunion T-shirt with Dolores Natividad. More are available
at Pahala Plantation Cottages' office. Photo by Julia Neal
      The annual meeting for Hawai`i Farmers Union United will be on O`ahu on Nov. 7, 8 and 9, and state administrative and legislative leaders will be invited to tour farms and attend sessions. For more on the Ka`u chapter, call Malian Lahey at 808-280-2851.
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HUNDREDS OF KA`U HIGH & PAHALA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL graduates and their friends celebrated the school yesterday at their annual reunion at Pahala Community Center. The potluck event featured entertainment by Hands of Time, Ernest Kalani and the Back to the Fifties group and hula from students of the late Edna Aguil.
      Graduates also hold an annual event in Las Vegas. The next one is June 19 – 22, 2015. Contact Priscilla Obado at 808-225-9173 or pobadomtview@gmail.com.
      Ka`u High Class of 1959 graduates also held parties at the old Sasaki Store, now called the Market House, with cooks Robert Ahia and Lovey Grantz. Fish came from Vince Damazo, and Dane Galiza provided floral decorations.
Keiki runners got a glimpse of what Volcano Rain Forest Runs are like.
Photos from Sharron Faff
      Reunion T-shirts are still available at Pahala Plantation Cottages’ office in the Olson Building at Pikake and Maile Streets for $15 each.
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CLOSE TO 600 RUNNERS AND WALKERS ENJOYED Volcano Rain Forest Runs Saturday, challenging themselves to a Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race. Keiki between ages one and seven also had their own special 100- and 200-yard dashes, which were sponsored by Kilauea Lodge in Volcano Village.
      According to organizer Sharron Faff, participants had nothing but great things to report, from how well the course was set up to the many volunteers who came out to help with the event. Participants came from all over the United States and Canada.
      The successful weekend full of events was presented by Kona Marathon Events and sponsored by Volcano Art Center, Cooper Center, County of Hawai`i, Nutrex/BioAstin, Volcano Rotary Club, GU, Ultima and local businesses.
      “A big Mahalo goes out to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped in making this event be such a successful community day,” Faff said.
      Next year’s race will be on Saturday, Aug. 22. Keep up to date with all the news about the 2015 event on Facebook and at volcanorainforestruns.com.
Miss Ka`u Coffee Amery Silva started all
the races on Saturday.
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KA`U RESIDENT DICK HERSHBERGER brings Hawaiian Volcano Observatory founder Thomas Jaggar to life tomorrow and every other Tuesday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. A Walk into the Past program participants meet at Kilauea Visitor Center and walk to Whitney Vault near Volcano House in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, where they view instruments used by Jaggar.

HAUNANI’S ALOHA EXPRESSIONS PRESENT a hula performance Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. The halau greets visitors at Port of Hilo and Hilo International Airport. They also entertain patients at many of Hilo’s senior kokua organizations and have performed at the park’s annual cultural festival.Free; park entrance fees apply. 

PAHALA COMMUNITY CENTER HOSTS A HEALTHY SOILS WORKSHOP Friday, Aug. 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees learn how to optimize inputs, protect against drought and increase production. The event features vendor booths, food and door prizes. Seating is limited. Sign up with Jennifer at 933-8350.

KA`U HIGH CLASS OF 1979 REUNION is coming up on Friday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. at Rays on the Bay at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Contact Margo Lu Takata or Holli Wade on facebook for info.

SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS AT PAHALAPLANTATIONCOTTAGES.COM AND KAUCOFFEEMILL.COM. KA`U COFFEE MILL IS OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.






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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014

Runners cross the finish line at yesterday's fifth annual Volcano Rain Forest Runs. Photo from Facebook
THE FIFTH ANNUAL VOLCANO RAIN FOREST RUNS “were fabulous,” said organizer Sharron Faff. “It misted all day, and runners loved it – it’s a Rain Forest Run.”
When the weather is clear, Volcano Rain Forest
Runners enjoy majestic views.
Photo from Facebook
      The Half Marathon saw 250 registrants, and 231 crossed the finish line. Triple Crown winners numbered 63. They received medals for completing Half Marathons earlier this year in Hilo and Kona and today’s race in Volcano.
      Billy Barnett, of Volcano, won the Half Marathon with a time of 1:18:41. Kathleen O’Neil, of Honolulu, won the women’s division at 1:25:09.
      Jodie Schulten, of Na`alehu, placed 16th overall and first in her Half Marathon age division.
      Other local runners who completed the Half Marathon were Ocean View resident Christine Woods, Na`alehu residents Deen Tsukamoto and Eldrige Naboa, Pahala resident Denny Megan and Volcano residents Shawn Mishler, Megan Selvig, David Hoover, Rebecca Carvalho and Sheila Bruening.
      Hilo residents won the 10K. Stephen Hunter’s time was :38:57, and Carmen Garson-Shumway’s was :44:43. 
      Volcano residents Stewart Miyashiro and Genevieve McGough placed first in their 10K age divisions.
      Louie Ondo, of Kea`au, was first in the 5K with a time of :17:51. Women’s division winner was Eri MacDonald, of Kailua, at :19:34.
      Julia Williams, of Volcano, and former Ka`u resident Madalyn McWhite-Lamson placed first in their 5K age divisions.
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NINE `ALALA CHICKS HATCHED THIS BREEDING SEASON, reported San Diego Zoo Global’s Keauhou Bird Center in Volcano. The season began in April and concluded this month.
      `Alala, Hawaiian crows, are extinct in the wild. The last in their forest natural habitat were recorded in 2002, where habitat destruction, introduced predators and avian disease threatened them.
      The entire remaining population is managed in captivity through a collaborative effort by the Hawai`i Endangered Bird Conservation Program. Some of the chicks are fed and cared for by animal care staff, which the chicks never see to ensure they do not imprint on humans.
      “`Alala are very intelligent birds and are susceptible to imprinting,” said Bryce Masuda, program manager for San Diego Zoo Global. “We use puppets to hand-rear and feed the birds when they are young to keep them from imprinting onto us, so they will behave naturally as adults.”
`Alala have not been seen in the wild since 2002. Photo from The Kohala Center
      HEBCP has been working with the species in managed care since 1993, bringing the population from a low of only 20 individuals to 114 today.
      Planning and preparation efforts are currently underway to restore `alala back into its vital niche within the forest ecosystem on the Big Island of Hawai`i. It is hoped that the first reintroduction activities will begin in the near future.
      Hawai`i Endangered Bird Conservation Program is a field program of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research in partnership with the state Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
      See sandiegozoo.org.
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“THE BACK TO SCHOOL BASH IS ONE of the most exciting events that Ocean View Baptist Church puts on,” said Pastor Mike Landry. The church handed out over 400 bags of school supplies and that many slippers to children of Ka`u on Saturday, July 26 at Ocean View Community Center, where members meets for services every Sunday at 1 p.m.
Ka`u keiki enjoyed bounce houses, shave ice and other treats before picking up
school supplies at Ocean View Baptist Church's Back to School Bash.
Photo from Connie Landry
      “We also had shave ice, hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn and two bounce houses to give a carnival atmosphere,’ Landry said. “It was a great send-off to a new school year.”
      Over 50 volunteers from the church worked hard to make the event happen. “This is a large undertaking for our church,” Landry said. “We would also like to say mahalo for the businesses and individuals that came on board to help us with prizes, monetary support and school supplies to make this a success for our community.
      “Of course, the children and families who attend are great with their patience, enjoyment and gratitude. As a church, it is an honor to serve our community and represent the love of God.
      “Mahalo, Ka`u,” Landry said.
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IT’S TIME AGAIN FOR KA`U FIFTH-GRADE GIRLS to register for GEMS – Girls Exploring Math & Science – workshops.
      On Thursday, Nov. 20, West Hawai`i’s fifth-grade girls are invited to the 2014 GEMS program at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou. Registration forms will be distributed to public and private schools on Tuesday, Aug. 26, and the deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 26.
Steering committee member Madalyn McWhite-Lamson urges Ka`u
fifth-grade girls to register for GEMS. Photo by Julia Neal
      This event is sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Kona Branch, whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls though advocacy, education, and research. The annual day of discovery features hand-on workshops and exhibits led by local women volunteers who work in math and science careers and who show the girls how they use math, science and technology in their daily work. The program is designed to stimulate interest and bolster the confidence of girls in these fields, as well as provide positive role models, and may also stimulate a girl’s interest in a new career goal. Last year, over 300 girls from West Hawai`i attended the program, and as many as 30 girls from Ka`u have attended in previous years.
       Each girl receives a GEMS T-shirt and a healthy breakfast and views many exhibits prior to the workshops. Some of the workshops this year include marine science, coral reef conservation, Zumba, cosmetics and kitchen chemistry, veterinary science, archaeology, GPS satellites, how rainbows solve mysteries, robotics, chemistry, Roll with the Sharkbots, chiropractic care, How to Make Your Money Grow, creative computer programming and more. Exhibits are varied and include space rocks, Working for the Ocean, Stand Tall with a Chiropractor, origami, energy conservation, robots, technology and tidepools, hospital careers and also Zumba dance during lunchtime.
      Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and all fifth-grade girls residing in the West Hawai`i School complex and who are in public or private schools or who are home-schooled are welcome. The fee is $20 per girl, and scholarships are available. No girl will be turned away for financial reason. Sponsorship of girls by individuals or businesses will be accepted.
      GEMS steering committee member Madalyn McWhite-Lamson encourages girls to register early to get their first choice of workshops. For more information about GEMS, to sponsor a girl or to request a registration packet, contact Laurel Gregory at 969-8833 or lgregory@hawaii.edu.
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KA`U RESIDENTS WITH DAMAGE CAUSED by Tropical Storm Iselle can visit a Disaster Assistance and Recovery Center at Mountain View Gym today until 8 p.m. The center is a joint effort by Hawai`i Emergency Management Agency (formerly State Civil Defense) and Hawai`i County.
      If possible, residents should bring photos of damage with them to the DARCs. Those who are unable to make it to the DARCs may call the Hilo office at 933-9975.
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Haunani's Aloha Expressions perform Wednesday. Photo from NPS
KA`U HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI & FRIENDS’ invite everyone to their 13th annual potluck reunion at Pahala Community Center today until 3 p.m.

EARTH MATTERS FARMS HOLD A COMMUNITY POTLUCK today until 3 p.m. at the corner of South Point and Kama`oa Roads. Guest speakers discuss Big Island agriculture. Call 939-7510 for more information.

HAUNANI’S ALOHA EXPRESSIONS PRESENT a hula performance Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. This halau, comprised of an all-Hawaiian volunteer group of kupuna (elders), shares the aloha spirit with malihini (visitors) on cruise ships and at Hilo International Airport. They also entertain patients at many of Hilo’s senior kokua (caring) organizations and have performed at the park’s annual cultural festival. Free; park entrance fees apply.

PAHALA COMMUNITY CENTER HOSTS A HEALTHY SOILS WORKSHOP Friday, Aug. 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees learn how to optimize inputs, protect against drought and increase production. The event features vendor booths, food and door prizes. Seating is limited. Sign up with Jennifer at 933-8350.

SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS AT PAHALAPLANTATIONCOTTAGES.COM AND KAUCOFFEEMILL.COM. KA`U COFFEE MILL IS OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

See kaucalendar.com/Directory2014.swf.