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.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

Keoki Kahumoku, at left, and his students entertained Ka`u Coffee Trail Run & `Ohana Day participants at Ka`u Coffee Mill yesterday. Photo by Julia Neal
HAWAI`I ISLAND SUSTAINABILITY is getting help from the federal government with a more than $2 million grant. Ka`u’s U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced the U.S. Economic Development Administration will invest $2,178,250 to support the design and construction of an agricultural business accelerator for small farmers and agricultural markets in Kamuela.
Keoki Kahumoku performed and was emcee at
`Ohana Day. Photo by Julia Neal
      The project is expected to save 39 current jobs, create 28 new jobs and generate greater food self-reliance and sustainability.


      “Earlier this month, I visited Kamuela and met with farmers who were passionate about increasing local food production, reducing dependence on imports and strengthening the overall sustainability of Hawai`i Island,” Gabbard said. “This important investment will boost the efforts of local farmers and businesses by providing assistance with self-sustaining value-added food and fiber production. Supporting the agricultural business accelerator is a smart move and a ‘win-win’ across the board for our local economy, the jobs market, farmers, consumers and sustainability efforts across the state.”


      The investment funding will be managed through The Kohala Center, an independent, community-based center for research, conservation, and education that works to turn research and traditional knowledge into action so that communities in Hawai`i and around the world can thrive ecologically, economically, culturally and socially. The organization’s main areas of interest are energy self-reliance, food self-reliance and ecosystem health.
      The Kohala Center’s President and CEO told Bret Yager, of West Hawai`i Today, “We are very pleased to be able to further support and invest in Hawai`i Island’s vibrant farming and food-producing community through this project.”
      Yager said design for the project will probably begin in January and take two years to complete.
      See westhawaiitoday.com.
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MORE ROOFTOP SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC systems may receive approval from Hawaiian Electric Co. and its subsidiaries, including Hawai`i Electric Light Co. on the Big Island. The utilities have put PV systems that export electricity to the utilities grids on hold, claiming that exporting more electricity to the grids could compromise safety and service.
      At a state Senate and House hearing Friday about the current status of solar interconnection and future plans for distributed generation, HECO senior vice president of customer service Jim Alberts said, “There is a whole series of solutions we have proposed to implement. We just have to keep using that logical stepwise approach to implement customers over time. There isn’t a silver bullet that just says everyone can interconnect.”

`Ohana Day featured Halau Hula O Leionalani under the direction of Kumu
Debbie Ryder. Photo by Julia Neal
      According to a story in Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Rep. Cynthia Thielen asked why HECO doesn’t approve solar systems that don’t connect to the grid but provide power to houses where they are located.
      “Why not move ahead with that, which would put people back to work? It lets the 4,500 people and more have some hope to move ahead,” Thielen said.
      Alberts said the utility could approve such non­export PV systems in a matter of weeks.
      Thielen said she wanted to see data from HECO in the next three to four weeks that small-scale PV applications are being approved.
      “Why don’t we move ahead with fast-tracking the interconnections of the photovoltaic systems that don’t export and provide the ability to shift the exports on peak times? That, I understand, is technology that is available at this time,” Thielen said.
      Reporter Kathryn Mykleseth said Sen. Donna Mercado Kim questioned the utilities’ planning for solar. “You were talking about just a six percent (per year) increase when we have grown far greater than that, as you’ve shown. That is my problem. Nobody anticipated this growth,” Kim said. “You supported tax credits. You supported us giving loans. You supported all of these programs to encourage people, encourage the industry.
      “I’m concerned about the people who went out and took out loans based on what they were paying for their electric bill,” Kim said.
      See staradvertiser.com.
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Miss Ka`u Coffee Amery Silva greeted
Ka`u Coffee Trail Run participants.
Photo by Julia Neal
PARTICIPANTS IN KA`U COFFEE TRAIL RUN YESTERDAY got to enjoy entertainment after crossing the finish line. Keoki Kahumoku emceed the event, announcing his `ukulele kids, hula halau led by Debbie Ryder and Sammi Fo, and Hui Okinawa Kobodu Taiko.
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HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY SCIENTISTS reported that the flow front has advanced toward Pahoa only a minor amount over the past day. They said the drop in advance rate over the past two days may be due to a reduction in lava supply related to ongoing summit deflation. They also warn that as the summit resumes inflation, the flow advance rate could rise again in the coming days.
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KA`U YOGIS CAN PARTICIPATE as National Yoga Month Goes Global. Yoga Month invites all yoga studios, teachers and students to unite on Tuesday, Sept. 30 for a worldwide yoga practice and be a part of the third annual Time for Yoga Global Community Practice at Na`alehu Hongwanji Mission.
      At 7 p.m. local time on Sept. 30, yoga students of all experience levels are encouraged to practice yoga as an international observance and the culmination of Yoga Month. A gentle one-hour yoga practice will be followed by savasana beginning at 8 p.m., and a 15-minute meditation for universal peace and well-being at 8:15 p.m. “By participating during your own local time, a wave of yoga will take place around the globe,” said yoga teacher Stephanie Pepper.
      September is the official National Yoga Month, a national observance designated by the federal Department of Health & Human Services, designed to build awareness of yoga’s health benefits and provide people with actionable guidance and tools to enhance their own well-being. This grassroots awareness campaign inspires both youths and adults to take responsibility for their well-being by focusing on prevention and healthy lifestyle choices.
      To get a free yoga card, see yogamonth.org. To get more details on the event at Na`alehu Hongwanji, click on Free Events, scroll to the bottom and click search for events near you.
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Taiko drumming reverberated through
Ka`u Coffee Mill. Photo by Julia Neal
KA`U FIFTH-GRADE GIRLS HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY 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 are available at public and private schools.
      The program is designed to stimulate interest and bolster the confidence of girls in these fields that use math and science, as well as provide positive role models, and may also stimulate a girl’s interest in a new career goal.
      The fee is $20 per girl, and scholarships are available. No girl will be turned away for financial reasons. Sponsorship of girls by individuals or businesses will be accepted.
      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.

A KA`U PLANTATION DAYS MEETING takes place tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Pahala Community Center. For more information, call Darlyne Vierra at 640-8740.

THE TOPIC AT AFTER DARK IN THE PARK Tuesday at 7 p.m. is Hawai`i’s Big Earthquakes. Paul Okubo, a seismologist with USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, presents an overview of damaging earthquakes in Hawai`i, including current theories on where and why they occur and what to do when they happen.
      The free program takes place at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Donations of $2 support After Dark programs. Park entrance fees apply.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Refreshments await runners as they are greeted by Miss Ka`u Coffee Amery Silva, at right, at the finish line of Ka`u Coffee Trail Run. Photo by Julia Neal
BILLY BARNETT, OF VOLCANO, WON THE FIRST annual Ka`u Coffee Trail Run Half Marathon this morning as runners from Germany to Japan competed. Barnett described the course as one of the toughest Half Marathons he’s ever raced. He also won the recent Volcano Rain Forest Runs Half Marathon. Barnett said he will be back next year.
Half Marathon winner Billy Barnett with race
director Raylene Moses. Photo by Julia Neal
      Runners of all ages competed in the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon, followed by Portuguese horseshoe and Kendama tournaments.
      The races and `Ohana Day are sponsored by `O Ka`u Kakou, which promises to use money raised to benefit the Ka`u community. Activities continue until 3 p.m.
      Entertainment includes hula halau led by Debbie Ryder and Sammi Fo, Keoki Kahumoku and his `ukulele kids and Hui Okinawa Kobodu Taiko.
      Numerous community organizations sponsor educational displays on the coffee drying floor along with vendors selling arts and crafts.
      County of Hawai`i and Ed Olson Trust are two of the sponsors. Olson said he is proud of the partnership between the community and Ka`u Coffee Mill.
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“REFORM AND RESTRUCTURING OF OUR STATE’S health care safety net … will be critical to prevent any loss of jobs or reduction of services, said Ka`u’s state Sen. Josh Green. “A partnership with a local entity will likely be necessary in 2015 to maintain the safety net.”
      The Senate Health Committee chair and emergency room doctor’s comments to Honolulu Star-Advertiser reporter Kriesten Consillio follow Hawai`i Health Systems Corp.’s request to the state Legislature for emergency funds to continue operations.
      Consillio said HHSC has lobbied the state for several years to allow a partnership with a private entity. Earlier this year, the Legislature rejected a proposal to allow HHSC to partner with a local nonprofit provider such as Hawai`i Pacific Health, the Queen’s Health Systems or Kaiser Permanente Hawai`i.
      The Legislature appropriated $102 million to HHSC, $48 million less than requested for 2015. The organization has called for layoffs and other cost-cutting measures, but it still expects a $30 million deficit next year.
      See staradvertiser.com.
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Ka`u Rural Health Community Association offers health screenings.
Photo by Julia Neal
HAWAI`I’S MAIN WEB PORTAL AT HAWAII.GOV has been named Best Government Website as part of the Web Marketing Association’s 2014 WebAwards (webaward.org). The annual competition is recognized as the premier industry-based website award program in the world. 
      More than 1,500 entries from 40 countries were judged in 96 industry categories on design, ease of use, copywriting, innovation, content, interactivity, navigation and use of technology.
      “This award proves our amazing transformation into the digital age that we started for Hawai`i three years ago is ahead of schedule,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said. “We are so proud of the entire team that has represented us in this achievement for the state.”
      The newly designed Hawaii.gov was developed via a collaborative effort with Hawai`i Information Consortium, LLC, Hawai`i’s state Internet Portal Manager and the Office of Information Management Technology (OIMT).
Ka`u Coffee grower Berta Miranda is one of several vendors at Ka`u Coffee Mill
for `Ohana Day until 3 p.m. Photo by Julia Neal
      Hawaii.gov was re-launched in 2013 as a comprehensive update to the state’s main web portal. It was released in conjunction with upgrades to webpages across all state departments and agencies, enhanced mobile, touch and speech capability, increased consistency and improved accessibility. The update was part of OIMT’s award-winning Business & Information Technology/Information Resource Management (IT/IRM) Transformation Plan unveiled in 2012.
      Another highly visible change from the plan includes the launch of data.hawaii.gov, the state’s new data portal for access to state government information, in turn leading to increased transparency, driving civic innovation, and engaging participants in a more collaborative form of government.
      The state’s progress in the use of technology across state government was recognized earlier this month with a B+ grade in the Center for Digital Government’s biennial Digital States Survey. This grade is the best-ever score for Hawai`i  and a major improvement from a B- in 2012.
Tutu & Me presents information about its early education programs available
in Pahala and Na`alehu. Photo by Julia Neal
      In addition, Hawai`i was recently one of six states (Hawai`i, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma and Utah) to receive a perfect score in this year’s State Open Data Policies and Portals report by the Center for Data Innovation. Hawai`i also earned a 2013 Federal 100 award from Federal Computer Week magazine (the only state government in the nation to receive such an award that year) and the 2014 Government Innovator of the Year award from the Government Technology Research Alliance.
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KA`U’S U.S. REP. TULSI GABBARD, an Iraq War veteran, is cosponsoring legislation that would temporarily suspend the Visa Waiver Program for countries with citizens known to be fighting for Islamic extremist groups like ISIL. Hundreds of passport holders from European countries and the U.S have already traveled to fight with extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.

Alan Moores displays his art on the coffee drying platform at Ka`u Coffee Mill.
Photo by Julia Neal
      “My first priority, at all times, is to ensure the safety of the American people,” Gabbard said. “If there is a weakness in our national security, we have a responsibility to fix it. This legislation will close a loophole in our visa process to prevent possible terrorists from entering the U.S. freely. As things presently stand, Islamic extremists holding certain European passports can simply get on a plane and fly to the U.S. without a visa. By temporarily suspending the Visa Waiver Program, all visitors from these countries will be vetted and have to go through a visa application process before they are allowed to step on U.S. soil. If we do nothing to close this loophole and allow a terrorist to carry out an attack on our homeland, the impacts will be devastating. Action is needed now.”
 

      The legislation would suspend the VWP for any country that has identified passport holders fighting with Islamic extremist organizations. Restoration of a country’s VWP participation would be determined by the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence. Restored participation would be based on the ability of the suspended country and the U.S. to identify, track and negate the risk of terrorists from entering the U.S.


Francis and Trini Marques offer coffee samples at `Ohana Day.
Photo by Julia Neal
      The VWP currently allows eligible citizens of 38 countries to visit the United States for up to 90 days without first obtaining a visa.
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U.S. SEN. MAZIE HIRONO HAS VOTED in favor of a stopgap spending bill to fund the government through Dec. 11, which includes authorization for the Obama Administration to train and equip moderate Syrians to fight against ISIL.
      “The President, Secretary Hagel, and Chairman Dempsey have made a strong case regarding the threat ISIL presents to the Middle East, Europe, and our nation,” Hirono said. “I share many Americans’ concerns about ISIL’s growing strength. This is a ruthless, well-funded and organized group that is attracting recruits from all corners of the world, including the United States. Defeating ISIL will require a unified effort and resources from a multi-national coalition.
      “Currently, the President is relying on existing authorities to strike ISIL, but a prolonged military campaign will require specific congressional authority. The President has assured us that U.S. forces will not have a combat mission and I will hold him to that assurance.
Duke Aiona supporters waved signs to motorists traveling through Pahala
on their way to `Ohana Day and Ka`u Coffee Trail Run.
Photo by Julia Neal
      “While I will support the authorization to train and equip moderate Syrians to fight ISIL, it must be done with adequate safeguards to ensure that we do not create a scenario where this training and equipment are turned against us or our allies in the future. There are no easy answers to the complexities confronting the U.S. and our allies. The evolving situation in Syria and Iraq requires the people of the region to respond clearly and decisively against ISIL.”
      The bill, which passed 78-22, now heads to the President’s desk for his signature.
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HAWAI`I WILDLIFE FUND HOLDS A KA`U COAST CLEANUP tomorrow. Volunteers meet at 7:45 a.m. at Wai`ohinu Park to carpool to Ka`u Coast locations for this annual cleanup as part of an international effort.
      Call 769-7629 or email kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com.

PARTICIPANTS DISCOVER THE TWO HAWAIIAN goddesses Hi`iaka and Pele and the natural phenomena they represent tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.
      Call 985-6011 or see nps.gov/havo for more information.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

From left, Kahu Paul Neves led the blessing for beginning of renovations at Naniloa Hotel in Hilo. Willie K's plans to return Hilo to its Hawaiian music glory days at the hotel received support from Mayor Billy Kenoi and Ed "Z" Bushor, managing partner for the new Naniloa. Photo by Julia Neal
“HELPING HILO WILL HELP KA`U,” said Ed Olson yesterday after the blessing of the start of renovations at Naniloa Hotel. Olson, who founded Ka`u Coffee Mill Visitor Center and has macadamia and coffee orchards in Ka`u, is a major investor in the Naniloa Hotel on Hilo Bay. He was joined yesterday by former Big Island Visitors Bureau Executive Director George Applegate, who said he is making it his mission to help the east-side visitor industry from Ka`u into Hilo and up the Hamakua Coast. Applegate pointed to Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park as a major visitor attraction and said more good accommodations, like a renovated Naniloa, will only encourage people to spend more time on this side of the island, including more time in Ka`u.
Ed "Z" Bushor, at  left, Willie K celebrated the beginning of renovations
at Naniloa Hotel with Sammie Stanbro of Ed Olson, of Olson Trust.
Photo by Julia Neal
      Mayor Billy Kenoi said he welcomes the project for economic development and to enrich the entertainment industry.
      Kahu Paul Neves led the blessing and said he looked forward to the many jobs that a new Naniloa will create. He urged all involved with the project to treat each other with respect. Neves also took a moment to pray for people of Puna, where a lava flow is approaching the Pahoa community and said the entertainment center at the new Naniloa will be for them, too.
      At Neves’ side was famed Hawaiian musician Willie K, who said it will be his mission to return Hilo to its entertainment glory days. He said he got his start in the Crown Room at the Naniloa. Everyone played there. He said he wants to help make Hilo the world’s capitol for Hawaiian music. He recalled that his own father played at the Crown Room and said Hilo was a beacon for entertainment.
      “I am here to bring that back. I said I will help you to bring it back. Bring this town back to what it was. This is my place; this is my world. This is where I stand,” declared Willie K. “Hilo, I am here for you.” He talked about the days when everyone had so much aloha for visitors, with live music welcoming at the harbors and airports. “The core of the visitor industry was entertainment, not just shows and fire knives,” said Willie K.
      Managing partner for the new Naniloa, Ed “Z” Bushor, of Tower Development, Inc., said, “Every piece of real estate needs a heart.” He described the “one heart on this property, Hawaiian music.
      “We need Willie K to represent Hawaiian music and bring it back,” Bushor said. He lamented that many hotels in Waikiki “get rid of music and bring in retail shops.”
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Lava may reach Pahoa Village Road within two weeks. Arrows show
projected path. Map from USGS/HVO
“LIFE IN PUNA WILL CHANGE DRAMATICALLY if lava buries Hwy 130,” Ka`u’s state Sen. Russell Ruderman told Dan Nakaso, of Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Ruderman owns the natural food chain Island Naturals with a store in Pahoa, where USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists expect lava to reach in around two weeks. 
      “Some people will not be able to make the very long and inconvenient commute, which is going to cause some people not to be able to go to town and back,” Ruderman said. “Some people will have to relocate for the sake of their jobs and their kids. We’re not going to have a free flow of trucks and gasoline, and we'll have to improvise some basics. Some people will commute by fishing boat.
      “Everyone talks about sustainability,” Ruderman said. “This is going to force real sustainability. It’ll force people to do gardening and farming and feed each other and have micro-communities that don’t depend on traveling to town every day. It’s going to force a situation that everyone’s been imagining for a long time, like more solar-powered homes and co-ops and community-based businesses.”
      Ruderman expects tourists wanting to see lava will inundate Puna and the emergency roads being built for residents to get to and from work and school.
      According to Nakaso, Ruderman is preparing for the possibility that the entire town may be evacuated. “The hard part is the slow, agonizing dread of having weeks to worry and not knowing what’s going to happen. It’s kind of unique, in many ways, as a natural disaster.”
      See staradvertiser.com.
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Hawai`i County is expanding its little fire ant treatment at county parks.
Photo from Hawai`i Department of Agriculture
HAWAI`I COUNTY’S DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION has received grant funds from the state Department of Agriculture and the Hawai`i Invasive Species Council to expand its little fire ant treatment program at various county parks.
      To ensure the public’s safety and maximize treatment effectiveness, county parks or designated areas in the parks will be temporarily closed for a few hours on days spraying is scheduled. Every effort will be made to reopen the affected parks or areas as quickly as possible.
      Signs will be posted at each park to notify the public. In a statement, the Department of Parks and Recreation thanked park patrons for their patience and cooperation while efforts are made to eliminate little fire ants from Hawai`i County parks.
      For more information, contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.
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HCEOC has an office in Na`alehu. Photo from Hawai`i County
HAWAI`I COUNTY ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL is receiving a capital improvement grant of $170,000 from the state for three vehicles for its transportation program and equipment to help maintain its fleet at lower costs by being able to perform some maintenance work in-house. 
      HCEOC is a private, nonprofit organization established in 1965 under provisions of the federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Its purpose is to prevent, alleviate, and eliminate poverty in Hawai`i County by mobilizing and channeling private and public resources into anti-poverty actions, to stimulate new and effective approaches to the solution of problems, to strengthen communication, mutual understanding, planning, coordination and implementation of anti-poverty programs in the community, and to educate children and youth to become responsible, contributing adults in society.
      Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced the grant as part of a release of more than $1.52 million for various capital improvement and operating grants to Hawai`i-based nonprofit organizations whose missions benefit island communities.
      “Nonprofits play an integral role in addressing the needs of our communities,” Abercrombie said. “These funds will provide important services and facilities to those in need to create a better Hawai`i for all of us.”
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U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
KA`U’S U.S. REP. TULSI GABBARD HAS CALLED for greater U.S. military aid and weapons for Kurdish Peshmerga forces who are fighting against ISIS in Iraq. The congresswoman is an original cosponsor of H. Res. 718, a bipartisan resolution to call on the Department of Defense to expedite all necessary military equipment, weapons and ammunition to the Kurdish Peshmerga to defeat ISIS.
      “We have the ability to support the Kurdish Peshmerga forces as they bravely fight off the surge of ISIS fighters in the region,” said Gabbard, a captain in the Army National Guard who served two tours of duty in the Middle East. “The Kurds have the will and the motivation to destroy our common enemy in these Islamic extremists. We need to do everything we can to empower these courageous fighters who are serving on the front lines right now. H. Res. 718 expresses support for our allies and calls on the Defense Department to provide heavy weapons and other substantial, meaningful assistance to the Kurds, so they can take the fight to our enemy, and defeat them. They can’t fend off this threat with small arms; they need the full backing and aid of the United States so they can get the job done.”
       In Washington. Gabbard met with Falah Mustafa Bakir, Minister of Foreign Relations for the Kurdistan Regional Government, to get an update on the situation their forces are facing. He reiterated the serious need for heavy weapons and military aid and KRG’s strong commitment to working to defeat Islamic extremists.
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`OHANA DAY & KA`U COFFEE TRAIL RUN is tomorrow at Ka`u Coffee Mill. Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races begin at 7:30 a.m.
      Packet pickup is available at 6:30 a.m.
      Family activities, entertainment, silent and live auctions, free giveaways, information and vendor booths are on site from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      See okaukakou.org for more information.

HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK’S KAHUKU UNIT offers two programs this weekend. Palm Trail Hike takes place tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This moderately difficult 2.6-mile loop trail provides one of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer.
      During Hi`iaka & Pele on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., participants discover the two Hawaiian goddesses and the natural phenomena they represent.
      Call 985-6011 or see nps.gov/havo for more information.

LISA LOUISE ADAMS TEACHES THE AGE-OLD technique of paper making tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. $25 supply fee. $60 VAC members; $70 nonmembers.
      Call 967-8222 for more information.

GET THE DRIFT & BAG IT IS THE GOAL of Hawai`i Wildlife Fund’s Ka`u Coast Cleanup on Sunday. Volunteers meet at 7:45 a.m. at Wai`ohinu Park to carpool to Ka`u Coast locations for this annual cleanup as part of an international effort.
      Call 769-7629 or email kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com.

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