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.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Halau Hula O Leionalani greeted the sunrise at Punalu`u this morning with a ceremony to open Ho`okupu Hula No Ka`u Cultural Festival, with music, hula and cultural presentations from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Pahala Plantation House. Photo by Julia Neal
HAWAI`I COUNTY’S LAW PROHIBITING genetically modified organisms is pre-empted by state law, argued a lawyer who convinced a U.S. judge to invalidate a Kaua`i law requiring disclosure of use of GMO crops and pesticides. 
      According to a story in Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Margery Bronster said at a hearing yesterday, “We believe that the same ruling should follow here.” Bronster represents Hawai`i Floriculture and Nursery Association, Hawai`i Papaya Industry Association, Big Island Banana Growers Association, Hawai`i Cattlemen's Council, Pacific Floral Exchange, Biotechnology Industry Organization and various farmers.
Cultural Exchange between Lana`i, Japan and the Big Island kicked off last night
with dance and music in Pahala. Photo by Julia Neal
      Bronster argued that the Hawai`i County ordinance is more onerous than the Kaua`i one and adds to the challenges farmers face on the Big Island including blight and viruses, pests, hurricanes and vandals.
      Bronster also said the ordinance is in conflict with the state constitution that promotes diversified agriculture, including small farmers, flower growers, cattle and big seed companies.
      County Deputy Corporation Counsel Katherine Garson argued that the intention of the ordinance is to “promote non-GMO agriculture, plants and crops” and that the Big Island wanted to “promote itself as an eco-friendly place.”
      Earthjustice attorney Paul Achitoff, who represents the Center for Food Safety and some organic farmers, said supporters of the law do so to keep the Big Island from becoming like other counties.
      Achitoff argued that counties shouldn't have to rely on the state to regulate agriculture. He compared the situation to albizia trees that caused power outages when Tropical Storm Iselle hit the Big Island.
      “If the court is going to say only the state can regulate vegetation that may cause a problem, what happens to the county’s ability to say, ‘We have to get rid of these albizia trees before they fall on any power lines,’” he said.
      See staradvertiser.com.
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Triangle shows front of flow as it is expected to follow route marked by blue line toward Pahoa Transfer Station. Map from Hawai`i County Civil Defense

A NARROW CHANNEL IS ALLOWING LAVA to advance more quickly toward Apa`a Street on the outskirts of Pahoa. Civil Defense has closed Apa`a Street in anticipation of lava reaching the area today. At 7:45 a.m., lava was 250 yards from the area and had advanced approximately 300 yards since Civil Defense’s previous report. It is also currently about one mile from Pahoa Village Road.
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Kathryn Matayoshi
PRAISING HER “SUPERIOR ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS,” the Hawai`i State Board of Education has given Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi a 2014 overall rating of “Exceeds Expectations.” 
      “The overall performance grade is ‘Exceeds Expectations,’ which is one step below the prior year, said BOE Chairman Don Horner. “The grade change reflects the increased bar of expectations and goals. Ms. Matayoshi continues to perform well by increasing departmental transparency, accountability and executing our joint strategic plan initiatives. We have made exceptional progress under her leadership. However, much work remains to be done, and effective communication with all stakeholders will be critical as we continue to move forward together.”
      In her 2013 evaluation Matayoshi was rated as “Exceptional.” The overall rating is based on the evaluation of the Superintendent’s overall management abilities and attainment of performance objectives and program accomplishments.
      The Board noted the forward movement of the department despite hiring and funding challenges and highlighted Matayoshi’s efforts in building stronger partnerships in areas that are critical to student success.
      “This has been a very challenging year for the Department, and I appreciate that the Board recognizes the progress in our strategic reforms,” Matayoshi told the Board. “We set very high goals, and we still have work to do in reaching our targets. The results show that our teachers and students are performing well and that we are making transformative change for the future of public education in Hawai`i with the help of community partners.”
      Matayoshi was named Superintendent in September 2010. In June 2014, the BOE re-appointed Matayoshi to serve another three years. The BOE/DOE Joint Strategic Plan focuses on three main goals: Student Success, Staff Success and Successful Systems of Support. The BOE monitors the DOE’s progress through its aligned committees – Student Achievement, Human Resources, Finance and Infrastructure – to increase both accountability and efficiency.
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Participants in Ho`okupu Hula No Ka`u Cultural Festival gathered last night to prepare for performances. The festival takes place at Pahala Plantation House today and tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Workshops take place tomorrow. See hookupukau.com.
Photo by Julia Neal
HAWAI`I STATE SENATE HAS CONFIRMED Margaret Masunaga’s appointment to a six-year District Court term. Supreme Court Justice Mark Recktenwald chose Masunaga from a list of six nominees.
      Masunaga is deputy corporation counsel for Hawai`i County. While she had support from Mayor Billy Kenoi, U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusas, Hawai`i State Bar Association said she was not qualified due to a lack of civil and criminal law experience, according to a story in Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Anna Peach Photo by Ron Johnson
      “There is little reservation, if any, that Margaret Masunaga is qualified and will do a good job as the District Court judge of the Third Circuit,” said state Sen. Clayton Hee, chair of the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee.
      See staradvertiser.com.
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ANNA PEACH, OWNER OF THE COMMERCIAL Squash & Awe Farm on the dry side of Kamuela, gave presentations about her farming methods in Ka`u this week. Peach turned a quarter-acre plot of land into a commercial operation in 16 months. She uses all-organic methods to grow squash inter-planted with many other vegetables and native Hawaiian plants to attract a variety of pollinators from honeybees and bumble bees to butterflies, including Monarchs and the native Kamehamehas.
      Peach has learned to compost, build soil, raise worms, fix cars, make fish emulsion and even battle some of the world’s most destructive tropical ag pests, all while using sustainable methods. Using the local library, a few purchased books and some Internet research, along with simply working hard, she was able to learn these things. “So, if you feel like farming is beyond you, think again,” Peach said. “We can do whatever we set out to. The important thing is to try out your dreams.”
      According to Peach, “A farmer is only as good as their soil.” The soil where she farms is lower in quality than she needs, so she uses raised composting beds to build soil and grow her produce. “Although it is much more labor intensive than traditional till farming, the reward is a much more bountiful crop in a very small space. Another very important benefit is that you are building topsoil for yourself and the generations that will follow. A healthy plant fights off disease and pests, so a good feeding of nutrients gets you started strong.”
      See more at squashandawe.com.
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Sign along Hwy 11 directs motorists into Pahala, where walk-in voting takes place weekdays through Friday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Pahala Community Center. Photo by Julia Neal
Cultural exchange continues in Pahala today and
tomorrow, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Photo by Julia Neal
WALK-IN VOTING IN ADVANCE OF THE NOV. 4 General Election is available at Pahala Community Center weekdays through next Friday, Oct. 31. Hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

HO`OKUPU HULA NO KA`U CULTURAL FESTIVAL takes place on the grounds of the Plantation Manager’s House in the afternoons and evenings today and tomorrow. 
      The festival begins with `Ohana Night and an Opening Pule at 4 p.m. today, followed by Ho`okupu by Kumu Hula Haumana and others wishing to participate. At 4:30 p.m., Ernest Kalani takes the stage, followed by Keoki Kahumoku at 5 p.m. A Kukui Ceremony honoring ancestors will be held at 5:45 p.m., followed by music from the South Side Serenaders at 6 p.m. Music by Makanau begins at 7 p.m., followed by Steven Sioloa, Wailau Ryder and Ricky Masaoka at 8:15 p.m.
      All entertainment is open to the public with no fees.
      For more, see www.hookupukau.com.
      See more on the festival in this week’s Ka`u News Briefs and in this month’s issue of The Ka`u Calendar.

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR COSTUME PARTY is a week from today on Friday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. at Kilauea Military Camp’s Lava Lounge in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.
      Cover charge is $3 with costume or $5 without.
      Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply.
      Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. for additional information.


See kaucalendar.com/Directory2014.swf.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Lava has increased its advance rate toward Pahoa, with Civil Defense reporting this morning that it is 0.3 miles from Apa`a Street, on which the transfer station is located. Photo from USGS/Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
LACK OF A WASTE TRANSFER STATION IN OCEAN VIEW is the subject of a story in West Hawai`i Today. According to reporter Bret Yager, residents are dumping trash along the access road at the future site of a transfer station.
      The story says that although residents are able to dispose of their trash for free on Saturdays when the county sets up temporary containers, it can take a half hour to get through the line. On other days, residents must travel to Wai`ohinu or South Kona.
Illegal dumping continues to be an issue in Ocean View. This photo was posted on
Ka`u News Briefs in March, 2011. Photo from Ocean View Recycling Point &
Convenience Center EIS
      Ocean View Community Association President Fortune Otter told Yager, “The garbage down there has gotten incredibly bad. It’s not just refrigerators and tires and generators. It’s also bags of diapers, which means that people are definitely just not waiting for Saturday.”
      Hawai`i County Environmental Management Director Bobby Jean Leithead Todd told Yager, “We will clean it up if there is an issue.” She added that the county is dealing with issues including damage from Tropical Storm Iselle and the lava flow threatening Pahoa, its transfer station and highway access to lower Puna.
      She said the county is considering expanding the temporary services.
      Yager reported that Ka`u’s Council member Brenda Ford said she was disgusted by the trash and displeased the transfer station hasn’t been built.
      “I’m so frustrated about this project and many other public safety projects that have not been completed in Ka`u and Kona,” she said.
      Ford acknowledged that county departments are currently in crisis mode but said that doesn’t explain years of inactivity on a project that has been on the county’s capital improvement projects list since 2007.
      See westhawaiitoday.com.
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Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists investigated the leading edges of the Puna
lava flow on foot yesterday. Photo from USGS/HVO
HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY GEOLOGISTS conducted investigations of the leading edges of the Puna lava flow on foot yesterday. The flow was moving downslope in a small gully, which increased the flow’s advance rate from about 87 yards per day during the previous week to as much as 330 yards per day at times during the past two days.
      See hvo.wr.usgs.gov.
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HAWAI`I COUNTY CIVIL DEFENSE reported today that, while flow activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities, the flow is now 0.3 miles from Apa`a Street, and Apa`a Street and Cemetery Road will be closed between Pahoa Transfer Station and Kaohe Homesteads Road. Civil Defense and public safety personnel will begin conducting round-the-clock observations of the flow.
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LOW-INTEREST FEDERAL DISASTER LOANS are available to Ka`u residents and business owners affected by Tropical Storm Iselle. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following the Oct. 16 denial of the state’s appeal for a major disaster declaration. The loans are available to farmers, ranchers, business owners and homeowners.
SBA loans are available to Ka`u farmers, ranchers, businesses and residents who
suffered damage from Tropical Storm Iselle. Photo by Gloria Camba
       “The U.S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing Hawai`i with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for residents and businesses affected by the disaster,” said administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”
      Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster.
      Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
      Businesses of any size and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
      For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.
      Interest rates can be as low as 2.063 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and four percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
      Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
      Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339.
David Alexander McFadden
      For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, see www.sba.gov/disaster.
      The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Dec. 22. The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 22, 2015.
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DAVID ALEXANDER MCFADDEN, of Na`alehu, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly growing marijuana with intent to distribute and made his initial court appearance yesterday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled at 2 p.m. today in Kona District Court.
      Documents filed by police indicate that officers found 85 marijuana plants, 52.66 pounds of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
      Freitas maintained McFadden’s bail at $19,000, and he remained in custody Wednesday evening at Hawaii Community Correctional Center.

MUFI HANNEMANN, INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE for governor, mentioned Ka`u Coffee in his response to a question during a recent candidate forum in Hilo.
      Moderator Sherry Bracken asked the candidates, “What steps would your administration take to increase profitable farming in Hawai`i?”
      Hannemann said, “Farmers often have difficulty with long-term leases. Farmers have difficulty getting loans from the banks. We have to go back with an understanding and appreciation of agriculture. If we want food security, if we want to make sure that we grow more of our products here and be able to put out in the world products from Hawai`i that are grown here … whether it’s Kona Coffee, now Ka`u Coffee, all those things is what I want to do.
      Hannemann also said his years with C. Brewer on Hawai`i Island gave him a deep appreciation for diversified ag. “Let’s begin with changing the status of the Department of Agriculture,” he said. “Currently they get only 0.7 percent of the budget of state government. How can they afford to go out and do what they need to do?”
Sen. David Ige, Democratic candidate for governor, met with Ka`u residents
at Marion Villanueva's Pahala home in July. Photo by Julia Neal
      Hannemann concluded, “I want to bring back the agriculture industry and make them understand there’s someone in the executive office that understands the importance of agriculture.”
      Democratic Sen. David Ige said that before meeting with farmers across the state during his campaign, he thought agriculture was dead in Hawai`i. “I am more bullish about agriculture now than I ever have been because of my many interactions with farmers across the state. 
      “We need to help and support all farmers, big and small. We need to turn the Department of Agriculture upside down so they understand that it’s also about supporting the small farmers.”
      “We need to make investments in the University of Hawai`i so we can have the extension agents that can be the conduit to the farmers across the state to teach them about new technologies and ways to be more profitable. We need to start with the farmers and ask them, ‘What would it take to double your production?’”
      Republican Duke Aiona replied, “Agriculture is a big part, I believe, in regards to what we call our naturally competitive industries. We know that we can have diversified agriculture in this state across the board.
Kumu hula Debbie Ryder is director of Ho`okupu Hula
No Ka`u Cultural Festival taking place tomorrow
and Saturday. Photo by Julia Neal
      “I’m a proponent, and I’m a supporter of all forms of agriculture.
      “I’m prepared to do what it takes. I know that the Legislature has tried to incentivize farmers to get into agribusiness by making some modifications and amendments, increasing the funding for agricultural loans.
      “I know we need to do much more so that we can help our agriculture industry thrive.”
      Aiona said he wants to meet with farmers and communities to identify their needs regarding agriculture.
      See bigislandvideonews.com.
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WALK-IN VOTING IN ADVANCE OF THE NOV. 4 General Election is available at Pahala Community Center weekdays through Friday, Oct. 31. Hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

HO`OKUPU HULA NO KA`U CULTURAL FESTIVAL takes place on the grounds of the Plantation Manager’s House in the afternoons and evenings tomorrow and Saturday.
      On Saturday at the Old Pahala Clubhouse will be workshops, beginning with hula with Kumu Hula Debbie Leionalani Ryder at 8 a.m. At 9:30 a.m. will be lei-making, at 11 a.m., lauhaula weaving; at 12:30 p.m., an `ukulele workshop; and at 1:30 p.m., a slack key workshop. Some workshops have minimal fees.
      All entertainment is open to the public with no fees.
      For more, see www.hookupukau.com.
      See more on the festival in this week’s Ka`u News Briefs and in this month’s issue of The Ka`u Calendar.


See kaucalendar.com/Directory2014.swf.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Hula halau from Lana`i come to Ka`u for Ho`okupu Hula No Ka`u Cultural Festival Friday and Saturday. Photo by Malian Lahey
WORK BEGINS FRIDAY ON THE KA`U SIDE of Chain of Craters Road in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park to connect the district with Kalapana in Puna. The emergency route is being built to assist residents of lower Puna, whose access to the rest of the island would be cut off if lava from Kilauea Volcano’s June 27 flow reaches the ocean.
      Hawai`i County crews, overseen by the National Park Service and Federal Highways Administration, will grade the 5.4 miles through the park to the Kalapana boundary.
County workers are rebuilding Chain of Craters Road.
NPS Photo by David Boyle
      The half-mile section of paved road that pedestrians use to access the lava that covered it in 2003 will be closed as of Friday. The popular “Road Closed” sign enrobed in lava will be removed to become part of park history. Other closures include the historic flows and coastal area alongside the construction.
      Holei Sea Arch, the turnaround, bathrooms and concession stand near the turnaround will remain open.
      Motorists can expect traffic delays early tomorrow and Friday mornings as large bulldozers and heavy equipment are transported from the summit of Kilauea down the 19-mile stretch of Chain of Craters Road to the turnaround.
      “We intend to reopen the closed area as soon as it is safe to do so and the bulldozers move closer to Kalapana,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “But now is the time to take those last photos of the iconic ‘Road Closed’ sign before it is removed on Friday,” she said.
      Last week, bulldozers from the Kalapana side graded the 2.2-mile portion of Hwy 130 covered in lava to where it meets the park boundary and becomes Chain of Craters Road. Opened in 1965, Chain of Craters Road has been covered and blocked by lava for 37 years of its 49-year existence.
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A CIVIL DEFENSE OVERFLIGHT THIS MORNING found that the breakout on the June 27 lava flow in Puna that has been advancing about 90 yards per day along the southeast edge of the flow since early last week has overtaken the former leading edge of the flow. The former flow tip also advanced about 25 yards.
      According to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, geologists will conduct investigations of the leading edges of the flow on foot today.
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According to Hawai`i DOE, its budget has been flat while the Consumer
Price Index and collectively bargained salaries have increased.
Graph from DOE
SUPERINTENDENT KATHRYN MATAYOSHI HAS PRESENTED the Hawai`i State Department of Education’s 2015-17 Fiscal Biennium budget request, which focuses on investments in strategic reforms and basic school operations. More than 94 percent of the proposed budget request goes directly to fund school-level operations. 
      The proposed budget aims to provide the most benefit to students by preserving school funds for core instruction and enhancing technology. At a presentation before the Hawai`i State Board of Education’s Finance and Infrastructure Committee, Matayoshi reiterated that state funding for education has remained stagnant for the last seven years.
      Since starting reform efforts four years ago, the DOE is in the midst of executing its strategic plan to transform public education system to ensure graduates are prepared for success in college or careers.
      Matayoshi said, “Despite the flat budget, we have managed to increase school-level Weighted Student Formula funding, and our schools have performed extremely well over the last few years.”
Hawai`i Wildlife Fund collected 500 pounds of derelict
fishing net from the Ka`u Coast last month.
Photo from HWF
      Each request falls into one of two major categories: Basic Operations or Strategic Investments. Basic Operations expenditures include health and safety, compliance, facilities, staffing and employee benefits. Strategic Investments enhance the capacity of the public school system to improve student success, staff success and ensure successful systems of support.
      “This annual budget reflects input from the schools and complex area personnel from the field on the needs and priorities of the Department of Education, and we fully support the schools and the effort to improve student achievement consistent with our strategic plan,” said BOE Finance Committee Chair Brian De Lima.
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HAWAI`I WILDLIFE FUND SENDS MAHALOS to the 43 people who helped remove over 1,858 pounds of marine debris from along the coastline at Ka`u’s Kamilo Point during last month’s cleanup event. 
      This debris consisted of approximately 1,750 pounds of miscellaneous debris collected in 83 large bags, plus 100 pounds of derelict fishing nets. In addition, three participants picked up another 580 pounds of debris (180 pounds in 10 bags, plus 400 pounds of nets) of extra debris the following week. Of the 32,204 items removed and tallied by volunteers, over 91 percent were plastic, and the remainder were cloth/fabric, glass, rubber or glass/metal.
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HAWAI`I WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION will hold community input meetings next week to update Hawai`i County Community Wildfire Protection Plans for Volcano and Ka`u.
      “Community input is critical to the CWPP process to determine priority wildfire concerns, needs and action steps to better prepare and protect fire-prone areas from wildfires,” said HWMO representative Ilene Grossman. “Your input is vital to the plan being well rounded and informed.”
Fuel reduction workdays are part of some communities' Wildfire Protection Plans.
Photo from HWMO
      Meetings will be held Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Cooper Center in Volcano and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Na`alehu School. Another meeting takes place Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center.
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HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER HAS ENDORSED SEN. DAVID IGE in the race for governor. The endorsement mentions Ige’s action plan, Engineering Hawai`i’s Future and highlights his approach to balancing the state budget, supporting business growth through targeted tax credits and improving education by getting resources directly to each school’s leaders.
      The paper’s editorial board also described Ige as “a conciliator, one who has deep working relationships with lawmakers who can bring plans to fruition,” a reference to Ige’s 29-year history at the state Legislature.
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WALK-IN VOTING IN ADVANCE OF THE NOV. 4 General Election is available at Pahala Community Center weekdays through Friday, Oct. 31. Hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

TODAY’S MEETING OF THE KA`U CHAPTER of Hawai`i Farmers Union United has been rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Na`alehu Community Center. 
      For more information, call 503-575-9098.

LANA`I COMES TO KA`U TO PARTICIPATE in Ho`okupu Hula No Ka`u Cultural Festival in Pahala. As a cultural exchange, practitioners will be coming from Lana`i to share their talents with Ka`u and Hawai`i Island.
      Kumu hula Debbie Ryder created the festival when she lived on Lana`i, and Pahala members of her Hula Halau O Leionalani traveled to Lana`i to participate. Ryder recently moved to Pahala and brought the festival with her.
      The festival takes place on the grounds of the Plantation Manager’s House in the afternoons and evenings this Friday and Saturday.
      All entertainment is open to the public with no fees.
Diane Ferlatte
      Workshops, some with minimal fees, are scheduled Saturday morning.
      For more, see www.hookupukau.com.
      See more on the festival in this week’s Ka`u News Briefs and in this month’s issue of The Ka`u Calendar.

DIANE FERLATTE, AN INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED and award-winning storyteller, will share ghostly tales, just in time for Halloween, at Pahala Public & School Library a week from today on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. In Haunted Bayou: Ghostly Tales, Spirits Have Souls, Too, Ferlatte uses expression, gesture and intense emotion to create multiple characters for each story. Through stories, songs, American Sign Language and humor, she brings her tales to life.
      Ferlatte is a native of New Orleans and has visited almost every state in the U.S., including Hawai`i and Alaska, to perform at libraries, major festivals, theaters, conferences and schools. Nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008, Ferlatte said she especially loves performing in public libraries, as she believes that they are one of the places where the tradition of storytelling is to be nurtured and lessons of the stories most need to be heard.
      This 45-minute program is suitable for ages 5 and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
      For more information, call 928-2015.


See kaucalendar.com/Directory2014.swf.