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, March 6, 2015

Ka`u News Briefs Friday, March 6, 2015

A ranger leads a hike to the top of Pu`u o Lokuana at Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park Sunday.
NPS Photo by Jessica Ferracane
KA`U LEARNING ACADEMY WON unanimous approval of the county Windward Planning Commission to begin teaching classes at Discovery Harbour July 29 for the 2015-2016 school year. At the meeting yesterday, founder Kathryn Tydlacka told commissioners the academy plans to use the golf course clubhouse for three years and would then move to Lehua Court in Ocean View, according to Nancy Cook Lauer, of Hawai`i Tribune-Herald. She also said two other sites, one in Discovery Harbour and one in Ocean View, are available if Lehua Court isn’t built in time.
Discovery Harbour's Golf Course Clubhouse has been approved as a schoolhouse
for Ka`u Learning Academy.
      Requirements imposed by the commission include removing alcohol and terminating bar operations at the clubhouse, where KLA currently operates Gilligan’s Café as a nonprofit to raise funds for the charter school. School operators must also install a fire alarm, which Tydlacka said they are prepared to do, although it would add to the cost.
      Documents submitted to the commission by KLA included a petition of support signed by area residents and a letter of support from Ka`u’s state Rep. Richard Creagan.
      See westhawaiitoday.com.
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HAWAI`I HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS in its public schools as a result of its systemic reforms, according to the latest U.S. Department of Education monitoring report. USDOE yesterday provided Hawai`i’s Department of Education its Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Monitoring Report with across the board ratings of “meets expectations.”
Kathryn Matayoshi
      “The progress that Hawai`i has made in its educational transformation is incredible. Much credit goes to the state’s educators and school leaders for showing tremendous courage and doing the hard work to improve outcomes for all students,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “From instituting afterschool and summer enrichment programs at the state’s lowest performing schools to providing toolkits and resources to help teachers smoothly transition to the state’s new, higher academic standards, Hawai`i is a model for the rest of the country. I congratulate the state for its accomplishments, and I hope the state continues its leadership in improving outcomes for all students."
      Beginning School Year 2013-14, DOE was granted its ESEA flexibility waiver, which resulted in Hawai`i’s new school accountability and improvement system, the Strive HI Performance System. Strive HI replaced many outdated requirements of the No Child Left Behind law with meaningful benchmarks aligned with goals of the DOE and Hawai`i State Board of Education Strategic Plan.
      “A critical step in our transformation was getting approval for multiple measures of success, so that recognition and supports can be tailored to the needs of Hawai`i’s students, educators, and schools,” Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi said. “The amount of change that has taken place has not been easy. There have been bumps in the road, and we’re still making adjustments based on ongoing feedback from teachers and principals. However, this report validates our strategic direction and our momentum in keeping Hawai`i public schools on an upward trajectory.”
      Among achievements highlighted in the report was establishment of the CAST system. CAST, or Complex Area Support Teams, were created to assist schools in planning, resources, staffing and support to the six Priority Strategies. These strategies are the DOE’s academic focus within the Strategic Plan for measurable progress.
      In addition to the work of CAST, the report pointed to state achievements in its data collection mechanisms to “evaluate and revise its project implementation across all principles of ESEA flexibility based on multiple sources of data.”
      The report also made recommendations to strengthen the impact of recent changes to the use of the Tripod Student Survey in the Educator Effectiveness System. Work on the recommendations is already underway.
      “Teachers and principals play a critical role in ensuring that we have a performance system that supports success,” Matayoshi said.
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REBECCA KAWEHI INABA IS THE NEW HEAD of Hawai`i County’s Department of Research and Development, replacing Laverne Omori, who retired. Hawai`i County Council unanimously approved Mayor Billy Kenoi’s appointment Wednesday.
Rebecca Kawehi Inaba
      Inaba founded Mokulele Airlines as well as several other companies. She is also involved with many community organizations, including Daniel Sayre Foundation, Jonathan Dale Miller Foundation, Ulumau Leadership Series and Hawai`i Community Foundation. She is also a Life Plan Program mentor at Kealakehe High School. 
      “I realized I couldn’t tell our mayor no,” Inaba said about her nomination. “This is a gift, and there is something I can do to help.”
      Ka`u’s County Council member Maile Medeiros David said, “In the time that I have known you, you have made me so proud to be … born and raised on this island… . I really am so humbled by your success and everything you do for this community. I thank the mayor, and because I know all the good things you are definitely capable of doing, I really look forward to the 22 months (left in Kenoi’s tenure) to work with you.”
      R&D Department oversees several programs.
      Agriculture Program provides facilitative leadership to public and private sectors to support sustainable development of agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and other natural resources.
      Business and Community Economic Development Program facilitates development of a sustainable economy that enhances residents’ standard of living of and economic viability of businesses.
      Energy Program develops and initiates energy efficiency programs and renewable energy projects based on renewable energy resources.
      Big Island Film Office promotes and supports film production, expands infrastructure to sustain production and builds a supportive climate between business, government, community and filmmakers on Hawai`i Island.
      Tourism Program provides active leadership to strengthen and enhance Hawai`i Island’s visitor industry.
      Information Resources Program collects, maintains and disseminates statistical, reference and program information to county and state agencies and the general public.
      “It’s not a big department, but it’s an important department,” Kenoi said. 
      See more about the county’s Research & Development Department at hawaiicounty.gov.
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During the March on Selma 50 years ago, marchers, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
worn lei presented by Rev. Abraham Akaka. Photo from Hawai`i News Now
SEN. MAZIE HIRONO TRAVELS TO ALABAMA to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday this weekend. Tomorrow, Hirono will join civil rights leaders, President Obama and a bipartisan group of lawmakers in marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Hirono plans to present flower lei to civil rights leaders commemorating the march, just as Rev. Abraham Akaka did for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965. 
      This is Hirono’s second trip to Selma to commemorate Bloody Sunday; she previously went in 2009.
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WORKSHOPS ON RAINWATER CATCHMENT SYSTEMS take place today at Ocean View Community Center 
from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 and tomorrow at Na`alehu Community Center 
from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
 and Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

      For more information on these and other professional workshops, see arcsa.org.

DR. CLAIRE HORWELL CONTINUES her vog surveys tomorrow at Ocean View Swap Meet. Horwell is researching how residents protect themselves and how those methods relate to official advice. Surveys take 10 to 15 minutes.

Pu`u Loa Petroglyph field is the site of this month's Sunday Walk in the Park.
NPS Photo by Jay Robinson
PU`U O LOKUANA PROGRAM TAKES PLACE Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Kahuku unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Participants learn about formation and various uses of this grassy cinder cone over time and enjoy a breathtaking view of lower Ka`u on this short, moderately difficult 0.4-mile hike to the top. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended.

FRIENDS OF HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK explore Pu`u Loa Petroglyphs led by Pohai Montague-Mullins Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Non-members may become members in order to attend. Preregistration is required at 985-7373

KILAUEA MILITARY CAMP’S CRATER RIM CAFÉ in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park hosts its monthly Mongolian BBQ Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Diners choose from an array of veggies and proteins for chefs to wok up. $.85 per ounce. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8356 for more information.


See kaucalendar.com/KauCalendar_March2015.pdf.
See kaucalendar.com/Directory2015.pdf and

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Ka`u News Briefs Thursday, March 5, 2015

While land adjacent to Honu`apo is back on the market, the owner hopes the community can find funding to purchase it.
Photos from Hawai`i Pacific Brokers
THE HILLSIDE TO THE SOUTH OF HONU`APO lookout and some four miles of land above the coastline are up for sale again. The 1,363 acres is listed by Hawai`i Pacific Brokers for $11.5 million. The listing describes the land: 
      “Located between Whittington Beach Park and Na`alehu Village, the Kaunamano Ranch offers approximately four miles of ocean frontage including a small rocky beach. Incredible ocean sunrise and coastal views all the way to Volcano National Park. Property currently provides excellent pasture for livestock. The ranch consists of nine separate Lots of Record, has subdivision potential and County Water commitments.”
Kaunamano Ranch includes almost four miles of ocean frontage.
      Ka Ohana O Honu`apo, which partners with the county in managing the public park adjacent to the parcel, has been working to purchase the section closest to Honu`apo and Whittington Beach Park through the county’s Two Percent funding set aside through property tax revenues and additional funding from other sources.
      Alexandra Kelepolo, of Hawai`i County Finance Department’s Property Management Division, said she sent a letter to Charlie Anderson, who represents owner E.W. Moody, saying the county is no longer pursuing the purchase at Honu`apo in the near future. Instead, it is concentrating on buying 3,000 acres along the coast, makai of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. She said that the Honu`apo property remains on the list and could be purchased in the future either in its entirety or a portion of it.
      Anderson said the owner of the property is hoping that the community could rally to find funding to preserve it. The parcel closest to Honu`apo is 700 acres, he said.
      The county has been working with Trust for Public Lands to partner with private, state and federal entities to preserve land in Ka`u.
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Ka`u Hospital Administrator
Merilyn Harris
THE FUTURE OF KA`U HOSPITAL is not affected by proposed legislation that would privatize Hawai`i Health Systems Corp. state-run hospitals in Maui County. “Our Board of Directors has been very clear in expressing the view that privatization is not the solution for the East Hawai`i Region (of HHSC),” Ka`u Hospital Administrator Merilyn Harris said. “They prefer to look at other options within our island to collaborate and partner with so that we can operate as efficiently as possible to meet the needs of our local communities. For example, our region is very interested in finding ways to achieve further efficiencies by joining efforts with Kona and Kohala, which comprise the West Hawai`i Region of HHSC. 
      “To date, we have been very successful in controlling costs while growing and improving our services, but we cannot exist without some funding from the state as over 76 percent of our patients are covered by either Medicare or Medicaid, neither of which covers the full cost of care. We’re very proud of the fact that we are safety net facilities because we believe that care should be available for everyone, but it sure is challenging.
      “We’re asking for help from the state to fund the collective bargaining increases and the 10 percent increase in the cost of the employee benefit package that was passed into law last year. We’re also asking for support for the Primary Care Training Program in Hilo that provides a residency program for primary care physicians.
      “We know so well in Ka`u how hard it is to find and retain good primary care providers, so this is an especially important program for us.
      “Also, there is a bill before the Legislature to fund the installation of photovoltaics in our three facilities. Since the air conditioning and filtration was installed in our hospital, our energy costs have risen substantially, so this is a key issue as well.”
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One of Alaska Airlines' Boeing 737-800 jets carries passengers between Kona
and San Diego beginning today. Photo from Alaska Airlines
DIRECT SERVICE BETWEEN KONA and San Diego begins today. Alaska Airlines Kona Station Manager Peggy Nakagawa told Chelsea Jensen, of West Hawai`i Today, that flights are available Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. “We are excited to have this new route on board, and we look forward to flying all of our passengers to the mainland,” Nakagawa said. 
      Big Island Visitors Bureau Executive Director Ross Birch told Jensen, “This just isn’t a San Diego flight, this is the first time that the San Diego market has had a direct flight into Kona. It’s huge for both markets.”
      The new route is in addition to Alaska Airlines’ four other direct flights between Kona and other west coast cities.
      See westhawaiitoday.com.
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HAWAI`I’S THOUSAND FRIENDS HAS LAUNCHED a campaign against the nomination of Carlton Ching to head the state Department of Land & Natural Resources. The opinion piece being circulated depicts Ching, in a Honolulu Star-Advertiser cartoon, as the fox in the hen house.
      According to the campaign, if confirmed to lead DLNR, Ching will have the ability to make recommendations to the Legislature on what laws should be changed, decide if a board permit is required for uses in the conservation district, decide if a public hearing is required on an application for changes to and/or uses of conservation land, decide if conditions of a permit are being met, decide if a lessee is causing immediate danger to human or marine life or the environment and direct a suspension of commercial activities and not respond to an application within the required 180 days, allowing the requested use to be automatically approved.
Sen. Josh Green opposes Carleton
Ching as head of DLNR.
      The campaign lists past actions by Ching that it claims disqualifies Ching for the position:
  • supported the Public Lands Development Corporation and opposed its repeal,
  • opposed constitutionally guaranteed Native Hawaiian access and gathering rights by filing an amicus brief in opposition to Public Access Shoreline Hawai`i,
  • supported reducing the state Land Use Commission’s oversight of agricultural land from the current oversight of 15-plus acre parcels to oversight of parcels 50-plus acres in size,
  • successfully lobbied to reduce historical review by state Historic Preservation Division,
  • fought to reduce critical habitat designations,
  • opposed requirement that landowners provide lateral access along the coastline and
  • has worked to weaken Chapter 343 Hawai`i’s EIS requirement. 
      East Ka`u’s Sen Russell Ruderman sits on the state Senate’s Water and Land Committee, which is tasked with hearing testimony on the appointment next Wednesday, March 11.
      The Committee on Water and Land would like to hear from as many individuals as possible. Testimony can be submitted before or on the day of the hearing at capitol.hawaii.gov. The campaign also suggests submitting testimony at wtltestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov before March 11 or at capitol.hawaii.gov/login/login.aspx on March 11. Testimony not submitted 24 hours before the meeting may not be included in time for the hearing.
      Last month, west Ka`u’s state Sen. Josh Green, who serves as Senate majority leader, asked Gov. David Ige to withdraw his nomination of Ching as head of DLNR.
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Catchment system workshops are available in Ka`u tomorrow
and Saturday. Photo from ARCSA
KA`U RESIDENTS CAN GET IMPORTANT information about rainwater catchment systems, safety, monitoring and proper maintenance at workshops tomorrow and Saturday. Water quality testing kits and instructions will be provided to workshop attendees free of charge.
      Workshops take place tomorrow at Ocean View Community Center 
from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 and Saturday at Na`alehu Community Center 
from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
 and Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

      For more information on these and other professional workshops, see arcsa.org.

STEWARDSHIP AT THE SUMMIT takes place tomorrow at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Volunteers meet at Kilauea Visitor Center to help remove invasive Himalayan ginger from park trails. Free; park entrance fees apply.

Dr. Claire Horwell
ALOHA FRIDAY CULTURAL DEMONSTRATIONS are held each Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Volcano Art Center Gallery’s porch in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Tomorrow is `Ukulele with Wes Awana.
      These free cultural events are supported in part by a grant from the County of Hawai`i, Department of Research and Development and Hawai`i Tourism Authority. Park entrance fees apply.

DR. CLAIRE HORWELL CONTINUES her vog surveys Saturday at Ocean View Swap Meet. Horwell is researching how residents protect themselves and how those methods relate to official advice. Surveys take 10 to 15 minutes.

A WORKSHOP ON EXPERIMENTAL WATERCOLORS takes place Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Patti Pease Johnson guides students in creating paintings on hot press paper using pre-broken glass to spark creativity. Register at 967-8222.


See kaucalendar.com/Directory2015.swf and
See kaucalendar.com/KauCalendar_March2015.pdf.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ka`u News Briefs Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A state House bill that would privatize Maui County's state-run hospitals could indicate the future of Ka`u Hospital. Photo by Julia Neal
KA`U HOSPITAL SISTER HEALTH CARE CENTERS, Maui Memorial and Kula and Lana`i Community Hospitals, could be peeled off from the state hospital system, according to a Kevin Dayton story in this morning’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
      The state House Finance Committee yesterday approved HB 1075, which would authorize the Maui regional system of Hawai`i Health Systems Corp. to enter into an agreement with a private entity to transition one or more of its facilities into a new private Hawai`i nonprofit corporation. Hawai`i Pacific Health, which operates hospitals on O`ahu and Kaua`i, would take over the Maui hospitals, as well.
      Terms of the transition include continued employment for no less than six months for current employees who fill qualifications of Hawai`i Pacific Health.
Randy Perreira
      The terms also call for continued subsidies “pursuant to a subsidy schedule in which the guaranteed maximum annual subsidy shall not exceed the 2014 fiscal year subsidy and may be lowered based on operating performance.” Also, for the first ten years, the state would jointly fund capital expenditures with Hawai`i Pacific Health.
      In testimony supporting the bill, HHSC CEO Linda Rosen said, “The involvement of a private nonprofit entity has been identified and recommended by several previous studies, including the requested report to the Legislature delivered in 2010 by Stroudwater Associates. …
      “Allowing experts in the healthcare industry to assume more of the responsibility for healthcare in our state can allow precious government dollars to be spent for other needed services. Support of this measure can optimize access to high quality healthcare services and thus contribute to the general economic growth of our state.”
      Randy Perreira, executive director of Hawai`i Government Employees Association, expressed concern to Dayton. He said the bill “would obligate taxpayers to pay operating losses and construction costs for a private operator for years to come.” He also said he is concerned about job losses for the union’s employees at the hospitals. "We’re their advocates, and the fact that so far there has been no promise of any job security beyond six months is very troubling,” Perreira said.
      See staradvertiser.com.
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HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANIES HAVE BEEN honored for work in applying research and development by the Electric Power Research Institute, an independent, nonprofit national organization that works to improve electric service to utility customers.
      The award honors “exceptional efforts to document research case studies in conjunction with the EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Projects” by Hawaiian Electric’s Grid Technologies Manager Darren Ishimura, Smart Grid Program Manager Shari Ishikawa, Project Manager Demetrio Bucaneg and Maui Electric’s Renewable Energy Projects Director Steven Rymsha.
      The EPRI gives awards annually to those who have led technology transfer efforts on behalf of their companies and the electric utility industry at large. For 2014, Technology Transfer recognition went to 46 individuals from 29 electric power companies.
      “The Smart Grid research and development led by these engineers promises significant benefits to customers of Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawai`i Electric Light Company, including better service, faster repairs and more control over their bills,” said Shelee Kimura, Hawaiian Electric vice president for corporate planning and business development. “Another benefit of a modern smart grid will be to help us maintain reliable service for all customers as we integrate more low-cost renewable energy, like wind and solar, which will reduce Hawai`i’s dependence on expensive imported oil.”
      Hawaiian Electric Companies plan to deploy Smart Grids across Hawai`i Island, Maui County and O`ahu in the next few years, pending filing of a full program application and approval from the Hawai`i Public Utilities Commission.
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HAWAI`I PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION has approved all 28 parties that requested to participate in its investigation of NextEra Energy’s purchase of Hawaiian Electric Companies. NextEra had filed memoranda in opposition to all parties except Hawai`i and Maui Counties, the state Office of Planning and the state Energy Department.
The state PUC has accepted Hawai`i County's request
to intervene in the HECO/NextEra merger.
      “The commission finds that it is in the public interest to ensure that a broad spectrum of interests are represented in the proceeding,” the decision stated. “Moreover, the commission observes that it has, in the past, granted intervention in investigatory and policy proceedings. Consistent with these conclusions, the commission finds, based on its review of the motions to intervene, and any opposition thereto, that each of the … entities has demonstrated that its property, financial and/or other interests are or may be affected if the proposed transaction is approved, and that each of the entities can assist the commission in developing a sound record.”  
      NextEra’s based its opposition to many of the applicants on possible attempts to broaden the issues or to unduly delay the proceeding. The commission stated that it will reconsider any interveners participation “if, at any time during the course of this proceeding, the commission determines that any intervener is attempting to unreasonably broaden the pertinent issues established by the commission in this docket, is unduly delaying the proceeding, or is failing to meaningfully participate and assist the commission in the development of the record in this docket.”
      Interveners are Hawai`i County, Hawai`i Island Energy Cooperative, Renewable Energy Action Coalition of Hawai`i, Tawhiri Power, Paniolo Power, Puna Pono Alliance, Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative, Hawai`i Water Services Company, Ka Lei Maile Ali`i Hawaiian Civic Club, Maui County, Hawai`i Solar Energy Association, Friends of Lana`i, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Ulupono Initiative, The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), Life of the Land, AES Hawai`i, Blue Planet Foundation, Sun Power, Hawai`i PV Coalition, Hawai`i Gas, Hawai`i Renewable Energy Association, Sierra Club, Sun Edison, Hina Power Corporation, Honolulu Board of Water Supply, state Office of Planning and state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. 
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HAWAI`I PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION DENIED a motion by a coalition of seven groups and two individuals asking the commission “for a deferral of merger proceedings until the Public Utilities Commission defines Hawai`i’s energy needs and fashions a merger policy that defines the public interest.”
      The entities are Life of the Land, Big Island Community Coalition, Puna Pono Alliance, Friends of Lana`i, Community Alliance on Prisons, Ka Lei Maile Ali`i Hawaiian Civic Club, I Aloha Moloka`i, Pahala resident Lynn Hamilton and Maui College Professor Richard Mayer.
Black Belt Francisco Villa, Jr., center, with Cliff Field (Sensei)
and Susan Field (Senpai) Photo from Cliff Field
      According to Brian Shimogawa, of Pacific Business News, the PUC ruled that matters addressed by the petition “have been rendered moot” by its decision to move ahead with its review of the proposed acquisition.
      See bizjournals.com/pacific.
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FRANCISCO VILLA, JR. SUCCESSFULLY TESTED for his Black Belt rank in karate on Feb. 20. Villa has been training in International Karate since 2009 when the dojo first opened in Pahala. International Karate League is a traditional Shorin Ryu style karate that was founded by Walter Nishioka Shihan.
       IKL trains every Tuesday and Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Pahala Community Center. It is open to enrollment year-round.
      For information about the league, call Cliff Field at 333-1567.
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Ka`u High boys volleyball team warmed up for tomorrow's season opener
at Christian Liberty's pre-season tournament. Photo from KHPES
KA`U HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS are beginning. The tennis team travels to Kea`au today for a match at 2 p.m., and boys volleyball team’s regular season begins tomorrow, hosting Kea`au at 6 p.m. 

WALK-INS ARE ACCEPTED by Project Vision for free vision screenings tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Pahala Community Center.
      Call 929-8571 for more information.

KA`U LEARNING ACADEMY seeks Windward Planning Commission approval tomorrow to begin teaching classes at Discovery Harbour Clubhouse, which is zoned open by Hawai`i County and is in the state land use agricultural district. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at Aupuni Center Conference Room in Hilo. Public testimony is welcome.
KA`U RESIDENTS CAN GET IMPORTANT information about rainwater catchment systems, safety, monitoring and proper maintenance at workshops this week. Water quality testing kits and instructions will be provided to workshop attendees free of charge.
      Workshops take place Friday at Ocean View Community Center 
from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 and Saturday at Na`alehu Community Center 
from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
 and Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
      For more information on these and other professional workshops, see arcsa.org.


See kaucalendar.com/Directory2015.pdf and