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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Trini and Francis Marques, two of the founders of the Ka`u Coffee industry, moving from sugar plantation work to coffee nearly
 two decades ago, took first in the Ka`u division. Photo from Ali`i Hawaiian Hula Hands
ALI`I HAWAIIIAN HULA HANDS COFFEE, grown by Francis and Trinidad Marques, won the Ka`u division of Hawai`i Coffee Association’s annual cupping competition last weekend at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou. Second place went to FL Farm, founded by the late Fanny Lilly, of Wood Valley, and operated by Thaddeus Lilly. Third went to Ka`u Coffee Mill, founded by Edmund C. Olson. Ali`i Hawaiian Hula Hands Coffee earned a score of 88.7 out of a possible 100, followed by FL Farm with a score of 88.5. Ka`u Coffee Mill scored 87.5.
      Ali`i and FL took first and second in the statewide Creative Division. Miranda’s Farm took eighth, and Rusty’s Hawaiian 100 Percent Ka`u Coffee took ninth. Rusty’s also won People’s Choice during Roast & Roots, a coffee tasting and culinary competition attended by 1,000.
      In the Commercial Division, Ka`u Coffee Mill took fifth statewide.
Jose Miranda, along with wife Berta and family,
scored in the top 10 for Creative Coffees.
      Three representatives of the Ka`u Coffee industry were elected to the board of Hawai`i Coffee Association: John Cross, of Ka`u Coffee Mill; Ralph Gaston, of Isla Custom Coffees; and Chris Manfredi, of Ka`u Farm and Ranch.
      John Cross was a presenter at the conference, speaking on farmers being proactive on the possible arrival of coffee rust, a disease that has devastated farms in Latin America. "Coffee rust has been called the most economically damaging coffee disease in the world," Cross told coffee farmers and marketers, referring to a report from the American Phytopathological Society. Hawai`i is the only coffee growing region in the world that does not yet have coffee rust, Cross warned.
      HCA also hosted coffee buyers, brokers and other industry professionals for a Reverse Trade Mission to expand markets in Canada.
      HCA brings together people from all facets of the Hawai`i coffee industry – growers, processors, roasters, wholesalers and retailers. Its purpose is to educate, increase awareness and promote research and consumption of Hawaiian coffees.
     Among the Ka`u Coffee farmers who attended were Leo and Hermie Norberte and Lorie Obra.
     The new President of the Hawai`i Coffee Association is a major buyer of Ka`u Coffee, Jim Wayman, president of Hawai`i Coffee Co. Wayman is also a major donor to the Miss Ka`u Coffee scholarship fund.
     See more and complete scoring at www.hawaiicoffeeassociation.org.
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COUNCIL CANDIDATE Richard Abbett testified last Friday in favor of County Council member Margaret Wille’s non-binding resolution asking the mayor to revise the Request for Proposals for a bid solicitation for the waste reduction facility. The resolution calls for the RFP to be more inclusive of recycling, upcycling, mulching and other green initiatives. “Even though not sited in our district, it is an islandwide issue,” Abbett told The Ka`u Calendar. Ka`u’s Council member Brenda Ford voted in favor of Wille’s resolution, but it failed 6-2.
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Proposed site of Lehua Court is highlighted.
LEHUA COURT PROFESSIONAL AND RETAIL PLAZA in Ocean View has received favorable recommendations from the Windward Planning Commission and Hawai`i County Planning Committee. The property is on the mauka side of Hwy 11 and connects with Lehua Lane and Keaka Parkway.
      The applicant, William C. Foulk, is seeking to change the site’s zoning from Agricultural to Village Commercial. The 4.143-acre site would be developed with 54,000 square feet of commercial space and another 12,500 square feet of open, landscaped area for periodic craft fairs, thespian events and public gatherings.
      In its report to County Council, the Windward Planning concluded that the project “will give residents an opportunity to shop closer to their homes and provide a location for service-oriented businesses, like offices for doctors, tax preparers, hairdressers and the whole host of commercial needs generated by a large residential population.”
      In April 2012, many supporters sent in testimony saying, “Such a development will upgrade the area, create businesses, jobs, shopping and service opportunities. Having new services in our area will allow residents to stay close to home for their professional and shopping essentials. At the same time, it will alleviate traffic and driving requirements to meet those needs.
      “The Lehua Court Plaza will enhance the value of my property and spur resurgence of the overall economic growth of the Ka`u area.”
      At Thursday’s meeting of Hawai`i County Council’s Planning Committee, most testimony was in support of the proposed commercial development across from the entrance to Ocean View’s water spigot site. County Council candidate Richard Abbett encouraged the committee to approve it and work out details on traffic and water.
      All 12 people who came to testify at Ocean View Community Center supported the development.
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Ka`u residents participate in county meetings at Ocean View Community Center.
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES IN THE BROADCAST OF COUNTY MEETINGS to and from remote sites from Ka`u to Kohala are making it difficult for testifiers to be assured that their input is entered into the public record. The breakdowns also leave those in remote communities unable to see and hear all of the public meetings.
      County Council candidate Richard Abbett said he has been attending council meetings through the remote feed in Ocean View for the last ten months. If elected, he said, one of his priorities will be to acquire funding to upgrade the system to provide stable service with current technology. He said a number of Ka`u people have expressed frustration after driving to Ocean View Community Center only to wait hours to provide their testimony because of technical difficulty. “Some people simply have to leave because of work obligations and other time constraints.” In Ocean View, five people left on Thursday, and three on Friday, he said.
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This historic photo of Hilea Bridge was submitted to bridgehunter.com
by Erick Castillo.
TWO KA`U BRIDGE PROJECTS ARE BEING EXPEDITED through a federal/state partnership. Hawai`i Department of Transportation is partnering with Federal Highway Administration’s Central Federal Lands Highways Division to replace bridges over Hilea and Ninole Streams on Hwy 11.
      “We have experienced great results (on past projects) because of the strong partnership we have with the HDOT and the incredible support of the Big Island communities,” said CFLHD Division Engineer Rick Suarez.
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VOLUNTEER ATTORNEYS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT KA`U LEGAL CLINIC to provide free legal advice to low-income Ka`u residents. This will be an opportunity to get information on the following types of cases:
  • Family Law – Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Paternity, Guardianships and Adoptions; 
  • Employment – Unemployment Benefits, Wrongful Termination; 
  • District Court – Landlord-Tenant, Small Claims, Collections; and 
  • Probate/Estate Planning – Wills and/or Trusts, Power of Attorney, Healthcare Directives. 
      Ka`u Legal Clinic is being planned for Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The site is yet to be determined.
      Interested residents must pre-qualify and pre-register to participate in this special service. Call 313-8210 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      This event is co-sponsored by Hawai`i Access to Justice Commission and Volunteer Legal Services Hawai`i, a 501(c)(3) legal service provider dedicated to removing the income barrier to access to justice.
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HAWAI`I CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY IS BRINGING speakers to Ka`u this Sunday, July 27. Filipino leaders Dr. Romeo Quijano and Gilbert Sape speak with farmers, farm workers and others at 6 p.m. at Pahala Community Center. A potluck begins at 5 p.m.
      Dr. Romeo Quijano and Gilbert Sape speak about farming and agriculture issues as they affect Filipinos across Hawai`i and the Philippines, including health and environmental impacts of pesticide exposure and genetically modified crops.
      The speakers will equip audiences with knowledge and tools needed to empower themselves as stakeholders in the farm and food movements, as well as a renewed sense of communal resiliency.
      For more information, contact Kasha Ho at 808-681-7688 or kho@centerforfoodsafety.org.

MEET AND GREET COUNTY COUNCIL CANDIDATES Monday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. at Ocean View Community Association Center. OVCA President Fortune Otter said topics regarding Ocean View to be discussed include an additional water well, more bus transit times, schools, a medical facility, a bank, early childhood education, waste disposal and recycling, Lehua Court and beach access.
      “Come hear, and be heard,” Otter said.
      Refreshments will feature items from Ka`u.
      For more information, call 939-7033, or email ovcahawaii@gmail.com.

THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY. Students return to Na`alehu Elementary and Ka`u High & Pahala Elementary Schools on Tuesday, Aug. 5.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Monday, July 21, 2014

Thirty-six volunteers joined Hawai`i Wildlife Fund crew to clean the Ka`u Coast last weekend. Photo from HWF
HAWAI`I COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION facilities in Ka`u and islandwide will benefit from $375,000 obtained to control little fire ant infestations. 
      The State Department of Agriculture is providing $200,000, and the Hawai`i Invasive Species Council has awarded a grant of $175,000 that will allow Parks and Recreation to establish an LFA control program at county parks and facilities.
      Funding will be used to hire up to three full-time employees who will work exclusively fighting LFA infestations islandwide, purchase bait and equipment and finance transportation needs.
Hawai`i County has received funds to battle the little fire ant.
Photo from Hawai`i Department of Agriculture
      Once an infested park or facility has been identified, the LFA team will apply bait on a six-week cycle, rotate the bait type based on recommendations from Hawai`i Ant Lab and then continually monitor the treated area to ensure a reduction in ant infestations.
      Similar treatments conducted at Richardson Ocean Park in Hilo have reduced LFA populations in the affected areas by up to 40 percent, according to data collected during a recently completed pilot project involving the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Hawai`i Ant Lab.
      Ranked among the world’s worst invasive species due to the environmental harm they cause and ability to inflict painful stings that can blind animals, LFAs have established colonies in numerous areas following their discovery on Hawai`i Island in 1999.
      For more information, contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.
      The Nature Conservancy also offers assistance to Ka`u residents with LFA infestations. Contact John Replogle at 939-7171.
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Children from households with income at or below levels in the chart qualify
for free or reduced-price meals at school.
Chart from Hawai`i Department of Education
HAWAI`I STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION has announced its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Copies of the policy are available at public schools in Na`alehu and Pahala. Children from households with income at or below levels in the chart at left are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
      Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households should fill out one application and return it to the school where the child is enrolled or complete an online application via ezmealapp.com. Applications for the current school year (2014-2015) are now being accepted. The application information will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by the school or other program officials.
      For DOE officials to determine eligibility, households receiving SNAP or TANF must list the child's name, date of birth, grade, school code and their SNAP or TANF case number and the signature and name of an adult household member. Households not receiving SNAP or TANF must list: 1) the names of everyone in the household; 2) the amount of income received by each person, how often the income is received and the source of the income; 3) the name and Social Security number of either parent/guardian who is the primary wage earner or the adult household member who signs the form or the word “none” if neither adult household member has a Social Security number; and 4) the signature of an adult household member.
      Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.
      Under provisions of the free and reduced-price policy, the DOE will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the reviewing official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request for a hearing on the decision in writing to: Glenna Owens, SFA Director, 1106 Koko Head Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816. 
Phone number is 808-733-8414 or toll-free 1-800-441-4845.
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Microplastics made up much of the debris collected at HWF's most recent
Ka`u Coast cleanup. Photo by Sean King
HAWAI`I WILDLIFE FUND and 36 volunteers from around Hawai`i Island and as far away as Illinois, Pennsylvania and Japan removed 500 pounds of derelict fishing nets and 597 pounds of miscellaneous marine debris during the recent Ka`u Coast Cleanup. In total, 35 bags of debris, including several five-gallon bucketsful of microplastics, were removed and sorted for recycling.
      The derelict fishing nets will be stored at Wai`ohinu Park until there is enough to fill another 40-foot container via NOAA’s Nets-to-Energy Partnership, with support from Matson Navigation, Schnitzer Steel and Covanta Energy Group. More information is available at marinedebris.noaa.gov.
      NOAA Marine Debris Datasheets revealed that the group collected an estimated 63,404 pieces of marine debris, of which 96.5 percent were plastic in origin.
      Finds included a hand-painted buoy, two plastic dinosaur toys (brontosaurus and tyrannosauras rex), two full-sized tires and a partially used package of birth control pills.
      Hawai`i Wildlife Fund encourages Ka`u residents to join its Plastic-Free July campaign. Useful tips and ideas available to help give up plastic for the month of July are available at #plasticfreejuly and plasticfreejuly.org.
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Lego toy pieces have become marine debris that drifts onto the coast of Cornwall, England
and other worldwide beaches. Photo from BBC News Magazine
KA`U COAST ISN’T THE ONLY PLACE to find interesting plastic marine debris. The beaches of Cornwall, England are famous for Lego toy pieces that wash ashore after a shipping container fell into the sea in 1997 when the ship carrying it was hit by a massive wave. 
      U.S. oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, who has tracked the debris since 1997, told BBC News Magazine writer Mario Cacciottolo that pieces from the container could have drifted 62,000 miles, and since its 24,000 miles around the equator, they could be on any beach on earth. “Theoretically, the pieces of Lego could keep going around the ocean for centuries,” Cacciottolo concluded.
      See bbc.com/news/magazine-28367198.
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HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER HAS ENDORSED BRIAN SCHATZ to continue serving in the U.S. Senate, according to co-chairs for the Schatz for Hawai`i campaign.

The co-chairs list reasons mentioned by the Star-Advertiser as his collaboration on legislation promoting college affordability, universal preschool, securing funding critical to the East-West Center, the rail project and defense and other planks from the Democratic platform. “Schatz brings experience, idealism and vision to the job of shaping a future that his own children’s generation will inherit” and “represents a fresh perspective this state needs in its leadership.”

      “The Star-Advertiser recognizes that as chair of two subcommittees critical to our economy, Schatz is uniquely positioned to help Hawai`i,” the co-chairs state. 

“The Subcommittee on Tourism, Innovation, and Competitiveness has drawn Hawai`i industry leaders to two hearings so far. And for a state with a longstanding pledge to boost clean energy, chairing the Subcommittee on Water and Power is a fortuitous position, too,” said the Star-Advertiser.
      See brianschatz.com.
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Volcano Art Center hosts a presentation about native Hawaiian bees.
HAWAI`I WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION hosts a free community wildfire preparedness workshop today at 6 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. Those who attend will learn about Hawai`i’s wildfire issues, how they can mitigate those issues through proper home landscaping techniques and home structure modifications, how to develop a clear and achievable family emergency plan and what actions to take during a wildfire and proper evacuation procedures.
      More workshops are scheduled for Friday, July 25 at Cooper Center in Volcano Village and Monday, July 28 at Pahala Elementary School. Each workshop starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.
      For more information, email pablo@hawaiiwildfire.org, call 808-885-0900, or see hawaiiwildfire.org.

VOLCANO ART CENTER HOSTS a unique presentation about native Hawaiian bees Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at its Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.
      These largely overlooked bees are vital pollinators of native Hawaiian plants, and they have been vanishing with hardly any notice. The Hylaeus Project experiments with some creative ways of getting the word out about this imperiled and fantastic species.
      For this event, entomologist and drummer Lisa Schonberg presents audio and images gathered as part of the project.
      Suggested donation to is $5.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hawai`i Health Systems Corp.'s East Hawai`i Board of Directors held a meeting at Ka`u Hospital yesterday, speaking with state Reps. Richard Creagan and Richard Onishi and members of the public. Photo by Julia Neal
“WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THE SAFETY-NET HOSPITALS SURVIVE,” said Howard Ainsley at Ka`u Hospital yesterday. The director of Hawai`i Health Systems Corporation’s East Hawai`i Region spoke about the status of Hawai`i’s state hospitals during the organization’s board meeting.
Howard Ainsley
      Ainsley said hospitals throughout the country are distressed because reimbursements, such as those from Medicare, are going down. He said, “Strategic system alliances are more important now” than ever, explaining that relationships with other local entities could help with “economies of scale.” He gave an example of larger hospitals being able to buy supplies cheaper, which in turn could help facilities like Ka`u Hospital save money.
      When questions arose regarding the future of Ka`u Hospital, Ainsley said no one at HHSC wants to see it close, and that recent funding of many improvements is evidence of that. He also said Ka`u Hospital and other HHSC facilities have to “continue to bring value” to communities they serve.
      Board member Wayne Kanemoto said maintaining state hospitals “is a social contract we should have” as taxpayers. He said the Legislature needs to provide funds for services and encouraged audience members to lobby legislators to continue essential services at rural hospitals. He also explained that the entirety of Hawai`i Island is considered rural. “We don’t have the population, but because we’re rural, we should expect services,” he said.
      Reps. Richard Creagan and Richard Onishi expressed their support for Ka`u Hospital. “Ka`u Hospital will survive,” Creagan said. He said he considers the hospital a “return on the investment” of taxpayers. “The services have to be maintained and grow,” he said.
      Onishi said the East Hawai`i Region of HHSC is a “standout.”
      Both representatives encouraged those involved with the hospital at all levels to talk to them about the facility’s importance to the community. “The Legislature is not going to listen to us; they’re going to listen to you,” Onishi said.
      Creagan said, “We may not have always appreciated what Ka`u Hospital means to this community, but we do now.”
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Nadine Ebert accepts a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of `O Ka`u Kakou from
state Reps. Richard Onishi, at left, and Richard Creagan. Photo by Ron Johnson
SEVERAL KA`U ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVED CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION from Hawai`i state House of Representatives yesterday. Reps. Richard Creagan and Richard Onishi presented the certificates at yesterday’s meeting of Hawai`i Health Systems Corporation’s East Hawai`i Region Board of Directors.
      All the organizations were recognized for their efforts to improve Ka`u Hospital. Nadine Ebert accepted a certificate on behalf of `O Ka`u Kakou, which has helped with several construction projects, including the lanai that allows patients to spend time outdoors. Ebert said Ka`u Hospital is “the soul of Ka`u.” Jesse Marques accepted a certificate on behalf of Ka`u Rural Health Community Association, and another went to Ka`u Hospital Charitable Foundation. To acknowledge their efforts in raising $150,000 for the hospital’s emergency room over a ten-year period, certificates also went to Ka`u Red Hat Ladies, accepted by Barbara Beatty, Ka Lae Quilters and Ka`u Golf Group.
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Hanabusa campaign personnel handed out pens, bumper stickers, pamphlets and T-shirts at Pahala Community Center. Photo by Julia Neal
U.S. REP. COLLEEN HANABUSA MADE STOPS IN KA`U TODAY. At Ka`u Rural Health Community Association in Pahala, she presented Special Congressional Recognition Certificates to Health Academy students. She then visited with Ka`u residents at Pahala Community Center as part of her around-the-island trek to campaign for U.S. Senate.
Colleen Hanabusa talks story with Ka`u residents at
Pahala Community Center. Photo by Ron Johnson
      About 40 residents listened as Hanabusa discussed issues. She focused on Social Security, saying she does not favor raising the age of eligibility and doing so is not a Congressional responsibility. She said a board of trustees annually examines the status of the trust that funds Social Security and makes adjustments based on their findings.
      Hanabusa said she favors lifting the cap on income that is taxed for Social Security. “People don’t know there’s a cap,” she said. “If you earn money, you should pay into Social Security.”
      She also said Social Security income should not be taxed at all. “If we want to take care of seniors, we have to revise the tax structure,” she said.
      Hanabusa also expressed concern about the status of rural hospitals such as Ka`u Hospital. She said 80 of rural hospitals’ income comes from Medicare reimbursements and that she was the only representative who voted against a two-percent cut in reimbursements.
      Regarding the status of the Micronesian community in Ka`u and the rest of the state, she said she is working toward getting the federal government to compensate the state for expenses involved in their care. The estimated cost is $187 million per year. She suggested making Micronesians eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.
      Other issues Hanabusa brought up as important to her were education, Native Hawaiian recognition, the appropriate role of the military in Hawai`i and the pivot to the Asia-Pacific region as a center of defense.
      Regarding her race against Sen. Brian Schatz for Senate, Hanabusa referred to her experience in government at state and federal levels as qualifications. She was elected to the state Senate in 1998, serving as Senate Majority Leader before being elected the first woman President of the Senate in 2006 – making her the first Asian American woman to preside over a state legislative chamber in the United States. 
      “To do what I’ve been able to do is the best training,” she said.
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Apollo 11 landed on the moon 45 years ago today.
TODAY IS TRANQUILITY BASE DAY IN HAWAI`I. The Hawai`i state Legislature unanimously passed SCR 82 during the 2014 Session, marking the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969, when Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans in history to walk on another world. This seminal event helped launch humankind’s first steps beyond Earth, and the state of Hawai`i played an instrumental role in both training the Apollo astronauts for their historic mission at multiple lava fields on the Big Island and in providing a communications link with the Apollo spacecraft through the Koke`e Tracking Station on Kaua`i during its sojourn to the lunar surface. 
      In recognition of this occasion and Hawai`i’s support for and continued involvement with space exploration, Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin is also commemorating this historic occasion through a video presentation in which he discusses Hawai`i’s role in the Apollo program, as well as the substantial scientific, educational, social, and commercial opportunities and benefits the aerospace industry in general, and space exploration in particular, can bring to the state.
      “Hawai`i has positioned itself to become an active participant in the aerospace industry,” said Sen. Will Espero, chair of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs. “Space tourism, regional unmanned aerial systems test site, small satellite launches, a research park on the Big Island based on space exploration, robotics, and laser telecommunications are areas that Hawai`i can be a leader in the aerospace world.
      “We are on the verge of expanding and establishing a niche market around science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” he added. “This industry will be good for Hawai`i residents, our nation, and the world.”
      For more information, contact the office of Sen. Will Espero at 808-586-6360 or the Hawai`i Office of Aerospace Development at 808-383-9811.
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HAWAI`I WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION is hosting a series of free community wildfire preparedness workshops. Those who attend will learn about Hawai`i’s wildfire issues and how they can mitigate those issues through proper home landscaping techniques and home structure modifications.
      They will also learn about how to develop a clear and achievable family emergency plan, what actions to take during a wildfire and proper evacuation procedures. HWMO makes each workshop a fun, interactive and casual event that the whole `ohana can enjoy. Each family will also receive a free copy of the Ready, Set, Go! Hawai`i Wildland Fire Action Guide that can be used as a step-by-step tool for carrying out the recommended actions. HWMO will also be holding a raffle at the end of each workshop.
      Elizabeth Pickett, Executive Director of HWMO, explains, “It is essential that Hawai`i’s residents learn about the important role they play in protecting their family, home, community and natural resources from wildfires. Participants will be safer and empowered after attending these workshops.”
      Workshops take place tomorrow at Ocean View Community Center; Friday, July 25 at Cooper Center in Volcano Village; and Monday, July 28 at Pahala Elementary School. Each workshop starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.
      For more information, email pablo@hawaiiwildfire.org, call 808-885-0900, or see hawaiiwildfire.org.