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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
A locally owned and run community newspaper (www.kaucalendar.com) distributed in print to all Ka`u District residents of Ocean View, Na`alehu, Pahala, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village and Miloli`i on the Big Island of Hawai`i. This blog is where you can catch up on what's happening daily with our news briefs. This blog is provided by The Ka`u Calendar Newspaper (kaucalendar.com), Pahala Plantation Cottages (pahalaplantationcottages.com), Local Productions, Inc. and the Edmund C. Olson Trust.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ka`u News Briefs Thursday, July 2, 2015

Lorilee Lorenzo has represented Hawaiian islands in many parades, and, in Saturday's Na`alehu Fourth of July Parade, she is Ka`u's first-ever Pa`u Queen. Photo by Julia Neal
SUBDIVIDING AG LOTS INTO SMALLER PARCELS, with opposition from the Planning Department, Community Development Plan and General Plan, received a no vote from Ka`u County Council member Maile David yesterday. The issue involves the Puna CDP and Mountain View and could be precedent-setting for Ka`u.
Maile David
      The Planning Department said the property owner’s application doesn’t meet minimum water concurrency requirements and is not in step with either Puna Community Development Plan policies that discourage further subdivisions of ag or county General Plan policies requiring adequate water utilities to support an increase in density. It also has substandard road conditions, county planners said.
      Nancy Cook Lauer, of West Hawai`i Today, reported that the County Council plans to “fast-track changes to concurrency laws to accommodate a Hilo District Court judge’s application.” She said Dennis “Fresh” Onishi is drafting an amendment to the county’s 2011 concurrency law to change water requirements for areas that meet certain rainfall levels, such as East Hawai`i. Planning Committee Chair Greggor Ilagan said he’d waive the bill through his committee to move it along more quickly.
      When a lawyer representing the applicant suggested approving the application as an example of a necessary change in policy, David argued, “I see we as policy makers as setting a precedent that it’s OK to … disregard the letter of the law because we’re going to fix it later.”
      Regarding concurrency, David said, “This is a perfect example of one-size-fits-all does not work” and that the council should keep this in mind when creating policy. She said concurrency was adapted with Kona in mind, where dry conditions make catchment unsuitable, not wetter areas where residents can usually count on rain for their water needs.
      The Planning Committee forwarded the application to the County Council with a negative recommendation on a 4-4 vote.
      See westhawaiitoday.com.
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SOLAR VOLTAIC FINANCING is available from the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, which is accepting loan applications. Green Energy Market Securitization is the name of the state program for consumers unable to afford upfront costs or traditional financing for solar. The aim is to save money on power bills from the first day of operating the home PV system, no money down. 
      The GEMS 20-year, fixed-rate loans on this island are for PV systems at single-family residences hooked up to Hawaiian Electric Light Co.
      This new Residential Financing Program follows a GEMS program that began in March for nonprofit organizations. See more, including application instructions, at gems.hawaii.gov.
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Progress of Solar Impulse shows weather obstacles to overcome
on its flight from Japan to Hawai`i
AFTER FOUR DAYS OF NON-STOP SOLAR FLIGHT, André Borschberg is well on his way to Hawai`i aboard Solar Impulse, a plane using no liquid fuel. One record Borschberg has broken is Steve Fossett’s 2006 record of the longest solo endurance flight: 76 hours and 45 minutes. 
      After what he called the longest and most tiring night of this flight and bringing the pilot and aircraft to their limits, Borschberg is now back under the oceanic sunlight and has reached energy neutral, where the batteries' states of charge are now going up again. After several days with very short naps, Borschberg said he is tired but also enjoys living this incredible and intense day-and-night experience at the controls.
      Now Solar Impulse is crossing a weather front that blocks the way to Hawai`i. Borschberg is climbing above the clouds, referred to as “jumping over the wall.” The flight team now is finding final solutions to reach Hawai`i.
Black Coral Photo by Chris Kelly/NOAA
      Borschberg said he is quite happy about the flight so far and about the reliability and endurance of the clean technologies used on the airplane.
      First possible estimated time of arrival is 16:00 UTC – tomorrow at sunrise at Kalaleo`a Airport on O`ahu.
      See solarimpulse.com.
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A NEWLY NAMED BLACK CORAL SPECIES LIVES AS LONG AS 4,000 years. Widely dispersed in deep Hawaiian waters, it is the longest living known marine species, according to scientists who conducted studies that led to its new designation. The species is reported in an article in Zootaxa by Daniel Wagner and Dennis Opresko of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and the Museum of National History at the Smithsonian. 
      This Iiving black coral, now named Leiopathes annosa, is bright orange on the outside. It lives at depth of up to 1,600 feet and was collected by the Hawai`i Undersea Research Lab’s Pisces submersible. See more at http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2015/f/zt03974p289.pdf.

HAWAI`I ATTORNEY GENERAL DOUG CHIN said he is working with the Gov. David Ige, the University of Hawai`i and Departments of Land and Natural Resources and Public Safety to see the road to Mauna Kea’s summit re-opens with safe access to all. UH closed the road following blockages or rock walls and boulders that were placed in the road to keep construction crews from reaching the construction site of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
      “We respect those who choose to exercise their First Amendment rights within the boundaries of the law,” Chin said. “What the state cannot allow is for people to take the law into their own hands. Our courts are the proper place for people to seek legal remedies.
Mehe's Ka`u Bar & Grill is now open in Ocean View. Photo by Charles Tobias
      “Mauna Kea is a protected conservation district, forest reserve and hunting area. While we appreciate the effort of volunteers who helped clean up the summit road, the actions of certain individuals in the past week led to the University of Hawai`i’s closure of the road. Deliberately building a rock wall in the middle of a road without warning threatens public safety. Purposely placing boulders in a road could get someone killed. Commercial activities and camping in this protected area without a permit are against state regulations. This is not a statement against the content of the protest, but the conduct.”
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MEHE’S KA`U BAR & GRILL opened today at the former site of Lava Tube Restaurant in Ocean View. Dale and Shannon Meheula, of Ocean View, are the owners. They are former manager and bartender at Drysdale’s restaurants at Kona Inn Shopping Village and Keauhou Shopping Center. 
      Opening menu items include pupus, salads, burgers, main dishes and, on Saturday only, prime rib. Beverages include beer and wine.
      Current hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call 929-7200 for more information.
Southside Boys 16's are champions of the Silver Bracket.
Photo from Julie Enriques
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CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE SILVER BRACKET went to Southside Boys 16’s, who completed play at the United States Association of Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships being held in Columbus, Ohio.  Sam Thomas reported that the team was led by timely blocking of Nalu Kahapea and Kamahao Kawelu in the semifinal match against Ocean Bay Volleyball Club of California, and the SS boys were able to sweep the match by scores of 25-15 and 26-24.
      In the championship match, they played the hard-hitting Gigantes from Puerto Rico. It was a match Thomas deemed to be highly entertaining due to long rallies on both sides of the net and which drew an increasing crowd as the match went on. The SS boys eventually won as they rode the hitting of Addie and Avery Enriques to a three-set victory with scores of 25-16, 22-25 and 15-12.
      Members of the team are Addie Enriques, Avery Enriques, Nai`a Makuakane, Kameron Moses, Daylan Kalai, Logan Thomas, Nalu Kahapea, Jarvis Benito, Kamahao Kawelu and Kainoa Downing II.

VOLCANO VILLAGE’S FOURTH OF JULY PARADE begins Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Post Office. It continues to Cooper Center on Wright Road, where the celebration continues until 1 p.m.
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`Ohi`a lehua is the topic of a program Saturday. Photo from NPS
PARTICIPANTS LEARN ABOUT THE VITAL ROLE of `ohi`a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, the many forms of the `ohi`a tree and the lehua flower Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Visitors will be able to identify the many differences of the most prominent native tree in Kahuku on this easy, one-mile (or less) walk. 985-6011

KA`U HORSE RIDERS’ SKILLS are on display and put to the test this weekend. Pa`u riders participate in Na`alehu Fourth of July Parade Saturday at 12 p.m.
      Lorilee Lokenani Lorenzo will be the 2015 Ka`u Pa`u Queen, becoming the first Pa`u Queen ever in Ka`u history, said her parents, Frank and Mahina Lorenzo. Their 13-year-old daughter earned the title by being the first person ever to have represented all eight Hawaiian Islands in Ka`u parades. She rode her first island, Maui, in Pahala in October 2008 when she was seven years old. Lorenzo will be escorted by her parents, brothers and sisters-in-laws.
      Ka`u paniolo test their skills at Ka`u Roping & Riding Association 38th annual Fourth of July Rodeo. Slack roping starts Saturday at 8 a.m., and shows begin at 12 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVITIES sponsored by `O Ka`u Kakou begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Na`alehu Park, with food and fun for keiki and kupuna. 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ka`u News Briefs Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Na`alehu Fourth of July Parade begins at 12 p.m. Saturday at Na`alehu Elementary School and ends at Na`alehu Hongwanji.
Photo by William Neal
WHILE HAWAIIAN AIRLINES has been one of the fastest growing airlines in the county, other major airlines have slowed growth and cut back on flights, a strategy that has drawn the attention of antitrust officials in the federal government. The Associated Press is reporting today that the “U.S. government is investigating possible collusion between major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high.” The story by reporters David Koenig, Scott Mayerowitz and Eric Tucker says that a document obtained by The Associated Press says, “The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.” 
      The Justice Department, in a letter sent yesterday, demands “copies of all communications the airlines had with each other, Wall Street analysts and major shareholders about their plans for passenger-carrying capacity,” reports AP.
      AP explains that “American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United now control more than 80 percent of the seats in the domestic travel market. Since the trend began in 2008 when more mergers were allowed, “they have eliminated unprofitable flights, filled a higher percentage of seats on planes and made a very public effort to slow growth in order to command higher airfares... . The average domestic airfare rose 13 percent from 2009 to 2014, when adjusted for inflation, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. And that doesn’t include the billions of dollars airlines collect from new fees: $25 each way to check a bag and $200 to change a domestic reservation.
      “During the past 12 months, the airlines took in $3.6 billion in bag fees and another $3 billion in reservation change fees,” reports AP. “All of that has led to record profits for the industry. In the past two years, U.S. airlines earned a combined $19.7 billion.” These airlines could be more profitable this year with a huge drop in fuel prices, “their single highest expense,” the reporters write.
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Solar Impulse is two-thirds of the way to Hawai`i this morning.
ENTHUSIASTS CAN FOLLOW THE SOLAR IMPULSE 120-hour flight from Japan to Hawai`i at http://www.solarimpulse.com/leg-8-from-Nagoya-to-Hawaii. Endeavoring to reach Hawai`i from Japan to encourage the use of clean technologies the solar-powered aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg attempts the longest exploration leg of Solar Impulse’s round-the-World mission.
      The website explains that the plane “flies within very tight margins – the batteries must be full at peak altitude in order to make it through the night, and the pilot cannot start climbing again until the sun provides enough power in the mornings.

 Efficient sun is the term used to describe the time in which the energy generated from the solar cells is sufficient to fully power the motors. This period begins around two hours after sunrise and ends around two hours before sunset. At all other times, the batteries must at least supplement the power going to the motors. If the pilot begins climbing too early in the morning, then he could run the batteries below their minimum level (around 10 percent), which causes permanent damage.”
Ka`u residents can join Joe the Shark in tracking Solar Impulse's flight
from Japan to Hawai`i. Image from Solar Impulse
      There is also discussion about fueling the future with alternative energy, including news updates such as “USA & Brazil announced a joint clean energy plan, promise 20 percent of energy from renewables by 2030: ‪goo.gl/mPUCI8 ‪@guardianeco ‪#COP21.”
      A message about the pilot this morning: “André Borschberg is resting now. Let’s hope Joe the Shark won’t make too much noise to wake him up. In the meantime, the solar team monitors every minute of this flight, paying a close attention at André Borschberg’s spirit and health.”
      A message about the solar batteries needing a charge: “The batteries state of charge is now 55 percent and with the current trend, they should be below 40 percent in one hour. Sunrise is close now, and in three hours and 45 minutes the solar cells should receive enough energy to charge the batteries again. Will we make it through the night this time?!”
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GOV. DAVID IGE SIGNED THREE BILLS relating to Native Hawaiian communities’ customs, cultural practices and rights into law yesterday during bill signing ceremonies at the State Capitol.
Kamana`opono Crabbe, Ka Pouhana
(CEO) of OHA
      Effective today, HB 207 (Act 169) requires certain state councils, boards and commissions to attend a legal training course administered by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on native Hawaiian customs and rights. The law ensures that state decision makers have the information necessary to carry out their constitutional responsibilities and ensure that places, practices and values are sustained for the benefit of all Hawai`i’s people. OHA will fund development and administration of the training courses.
      Those to receive training include members of the state Land Use Commission, Board of Land and Natural Resources, Commission on Water Resource Management, Environmental Council, Agribusiness Development Corp., Board of Agriculture, Legacy Land Conservation Commission, Natural Area Reserve Systems Commission, Hawai`i Historic Places Review Board and Board of Health.
      Also effective today, HB 209 (Act 170) provides OHA with nearly $3 million in general funds from the state in each of the next two fiscal years, matched by more than $6.4 million a year in OHA funds. More than 70 percent of the general funds will be used to support direct services for individuals, families and community groups.
      SB 1166 (Act 171) helps to perpetuate the sacred Native Hawaiian traditions of preparing deceased beloved family members for burial. This law clarifies ambiguities in state law and allows these traditions to continue without the threat of criminal prosecution.
      “This measure just makes it crystal clear that our laws will allow for anyone wanting to exercise the traditional burial practices of Native Hawaiians, that they would be allowed to do so,” Ige said.
      “Hawai`i is a special place, and these new laws will help educate government officials on cultural protections guaranteed by the State Constitution and protect Hawaiian cultural practices. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs thanks Gov. Ige and the State Legislature for their support of Native Hawaiian traditional and customary rights,” said Kamana`opono Crabbe, Ka Pouhana (CEO) of OHA.
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THE COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. seeks public comment regarding Hawai`i Police Department’s policies and procedures, administration, operations and support services. CALEA is reviewing HPD to verify that it continues to meet National Standards that are required for the department to maintain voluntary accreditation. 
      Of the roughly 23,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, Hawai`i Police Department is one of only about 1,200 that have been awarded CALEA accreditation. The department was initially awarded accreditation on Nov. 17, 2012.
      The review includes a public comment session at 5 p.m. on July 14 at Hawai`i County Council chambers in Hilo. The session will be hosted by the visiting assessment team, which is seeking the community’s input as to whether accreditation should be maintained.
      Individuals who cannot attend the session are encouraged to phone in their comments to 961-2270 on July 14 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
      Written comments may be sent to CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA, 22030-2215 or through the CALEA website at www.calea.org.
      Comments are limited to the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.
      A link to CALEA Standards is available on the Accreditation page of www.hawaiipolice.com. A full copy of the Standards may be viewed at the Police Department’s main station at 349 Kapi`olani Street in Hilo.
      For more information, call Lt. Kenneth Quiocho at 961-2260.
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Early registration for Kahuku `Ohana Day includes free lunch.
Photo from NPS
INTERESTED KA`U RESIDENTS should sign up for Kahuku `Ohana Day by tomorrow to be included in the free lunch count. The event takes place Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Register at 985-6019.

“COME CELEBRATE OUR NATION’S BIRTHDAY in Na`alehu Saturday, July Fourth,” said `O Ka`u Kakou board member Lee McIntosh. “We have a full day of festivities planned for the whole family.” 
       First, the Na`alehu Independence Day Parade starts at 12 p.m. “Be sure to come early to find a good spot as the road will be closing at 11:55 a.m.,” said McIntosh, who is also parade committee chair. The route begins at Na`alehu Elementary School and ends at Na`alehu Hongwanji Mission.
      There are 35 parade entries this year that include elected officials, a train, a bagpipe player and horses, among others.
      After the parade, there will be a giant water slide and bounce houses for the kids to enjoy, along with free hot dogs, watermelon and shave ice at Na`alehu Park. While the kids are busy playing, senior bingo will begin after a free lunch at Naalehu Community Center, with prizes for everyone to win.
      Call 929-9872 for more information.

KA`U ROPING & RIDING ASSOCIATION'S 38th annual Fourth of July Rodeo is Saturday and Sunday, with shows at 12 p.m. both days. Slack roping begins at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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




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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ka`u News Briefs Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ka`u Roping & Riding Association's 38th annual Fourth of July Rodeo is this Saturday and Sunday. Photo by Julia Neal
A PROPOSAL FOR STEWARDSHIP of Kawa, which Hawai`i County purchased for preservation, comes before Hawai`i County Council's Finance Committee tomorrow. Uhane Pohaku Na Moku O Hawai`i is requesting $9,500 to purchase supplies, plants and power tools toward a project that it estimates to cost $131,088.
      Kawehi Ryder, of Pahala, is organizing the stewardship program. He and his family, including kumu hula Debbie Ryder, who is from the Big Island, moved here from Lana`i almost two years ago. According to the application, Ryder’s hui proposes to restore the area’s cultural sites, including Kawa Fishpond, grave sites and Ke`eku Heiau, while also removing invasive species. These activities would be in conjunction with developing a community work plan involving youth, with a special focus on at-risk keiki, who would be taught traditional farming and other cultural practices.
Stewardship of Ka`u is on tomorrow's Finance Committee agenda.
Photo by Julia Neal
      The hui's application listed other projects it has worked on, including Mauanlei Stream restoration and Fisherman’s Alanui Trail stewardship maintenance on Lana`i. It also lists organizations the hui has worked with, such as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center. In Ka`u, the Ryders work on programs with the Salvation Army and organize the annual Ho`okupu Hula No Ka`u Cultural Festival.
     Other nonprofits are asking the county to help steward places around the island. Kohala Kahakai has a plan for Pa'o'o and Kaiholena in North Kohala. Pohaha I Ka Lani and Friends of the Future have plans for Waipi'o Valley.
      Finance Committee meets at 1 p.m. at County Council Chambers in Hilo. Also meeting tomorrow are the full council at 9 a.m. and Planning Committee at 10:30 a.m. Ka`u residents can participate via videoconferencing at Na`alehu State Office Building. Meetings are also streamed live at hawaiicounty.gov. Click on Council Meetings.
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ORGANIC FARMING IS MORE PROFITABLE that conventional agriculture, according to researchers at Washington State University. Professors David Crowder and John Reganold examined the financial performance of organic and conventional agriculture among 55 crops grown on five continents. They found that organic agriculture was significantly more profitable (22–35 percent) and had higher benefit/cost ratios (20–24 percent) than conventional agriculture. 
      The researchers pointed out that although organic agriculture is rapidly growing, it currently occupies only one percent of global cropland and has room to expand. “Moreover, with its environmental benefits, organic agriculture can contribute a larger share in sustainably feeding the world,” according to the report.
      See pnas.org/content/112/24/7611.abstract.
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New tipping fees at Kona and Hilo will help finance expansion of greenwaste recycling
at facilities such as Pahala Transfer Station. Commercial dumping is not allowed at
local transfer stations. Photo from Hawai`i Zero Waste
NEW TIPPING FEES ON COMMERCIAL greenwaste recycling go into effect tomorrow and the county reminds residents that commercial disposal of waste at local transfer stations is not allowed.
      Hawai`i County Department of Environmental Management will charge $21.25 per ton for businesses that drop off greenwaste at recycling facilities in West Hawai`i and East Hawai`i. Revenue will help finance an expansion of greenwaste recycling services across the island.
      The new fees do not affect residential customers with self-hauled greenwaste from their private residential properties.
      For more information, see HawaiiZeroWaste.org.
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Mufi Hannemann 
MUFI HANNEMANN HAS RETURNED to Hawai`i Lodging & Tourism Association as president and CEO, according to a story in Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hannemann previously held the posts in 2011 and 2012. 
      In recent years, Hannemann has toured Ka`u during his campaigns for higher office. Decades ago, he lived in Ka`u when he worked for C. Brewer and lived in what is now Punalu`u Bake Shop, which was established under Hannemann management and Brewer ownership originally at the SeaMountain at Punalu`u resort development location.
      “We had excellent candidates come forward wanting to lead HLTA, but the search committee felt that Mufi was the best choice considering his superb record of leadership, experience and drive in supporting tourism’s best interests,” said Kelly Hoen, chair of HLTA’s board of directors. “Mufi did a stellar job in leading HLTA previously, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to advance initiatives that build on our success for Hawai`i’s lodging industry and its thousands of employees statewide.”
      Hannemann replaces George Szigeti, who became president and CEO of Hawai`i Tourism Authority.
      See staradvertiser.com.
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GOV. DAVID IGE HAS INFORMED the state Legislature of his intent to veto eight bills passed by the 28th legislative session before it adjourned on May 7.
      HB540 would extend authority of University of Hawai`i to maintain separate accounting and financial management system. “The University of Hawai`i believes, and I agree, that this measure contains provisions that violate the Hawai`i state constitution regarding autonomy for University System management over university finances,” Ige said.
      HB553 would allow UH graduate student assistants employed by UH to collectively bargain their wages, hours and other terms. Ige said these concerns can and should be addressed internally.
Gov. David Ige
      SB105 would require estimated future debt service for proposed capital improvement projects to be included in budget documents submitted to the Legislature. Ige’s rationale for vetoing this bill is that it would be difficult to implement given the uncertainty of capital finance markets.
      SB218 calls for clarification in the order of succession to the lieutenant governor’s office. Ige said the existing order of succession is adequate and appropriate and that these changes might leave a gap in succession that would be difficult to address in a state of emergency or disaster.
      SB265 changes wording in statute from “promoting prostitution in the first degree” to “sex trafficking.” The state Attorney General and three of four county prosecutors advised Ige that this bill may result in fewer prosecutions for these types of crimes. Ige asked the state attorney general and county prosecutors to propose a bill that would allow for prosecution of the full range of prostitution and sex trafficking offenses.
      SB349 would repeal ethanol facility tax credit and establish a five-year renewable fuels production tax credit. The state attorney general advised Ige that the definition of qualified taxpayers doesn’t allow for companies outside of Hawai`i to be qualified. “This potentially violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution and could subject our state to potential litigation,” Ige said.
      SB569 would increase the dollar threshold with respect to property or services, for theft in the second degree, from the current $300 to $750. County prosecutors advised Ige that increasing the threshold for felony theft would eliminate the deterrent effect within retail markets.
      SB1324 provides authority for Employees’ Retirement System to make direct payments of benefits to a non-member former spouse of a member on order of court judgment, order or divorce decree. Ige said this can be accomplished without state law by working with the Employee Retirement System Board and administration.
      This Intent to Veto list gives the governor the option to veto any, but not necessarily all, of the bills on the list by July 14.
      Bills that are not on this list will become law with or without the governor’s signature no later than July 14.
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Ka`u residents are invited to join an Interfaith devotional meeting
today and every Tuesday.
INTERFAITH DEVOTIONAL MEETINGS are held each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 96-1164 Holei Street at the corner of Ohia Street in Pahala. “We pray to praise God and to seek understanding. We pray for our loved ones. We pray for assistance in hard times and gratitude for good times,” says a flyer in the community. The gathering is also for music and fellowship for healing and elimination of racial prejudice. It is sponsored by the Bahai community and open to all. 

KA`U IS GEARING UP FOR A CELEBRATORY Fourth of July. Na`alehu’s patriotic parade begins at 12 p.m. Saturday, with participants walking and riding in classic cars. Pa`u riders and lei-bedecked horses join decorated trucks and floats. `O Ka`u Kakou sponsors the parade and festivities at Na`alehu Park that begin at 12:30 p.m. Participants enjoy shave ice, hot dogs, watermelon water slides and bounce houses. Senior bingo and luncheon takes place in the community center.
      For more information, call 929-9872.

KA`U ROPING & RIDING ASSOCIATION’S 38th annual Fourth of July Rodeo begins Saturday with slack roping at 8 a.m. Shows start at 12 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, Thy Word Ministries-Ka`u Pastor Bob Tominaga presents Cowboy Church at 10 a.m. 
      Paniolo events scheduled include Open Team Roping, Kane/Wahine Dally Team Roping, Team 90s, Double Mugging, Kane/Wahine Ribbon Mugging, Wahine Mugging, Tie Down Roping, Wahine Break Away, Po`o Wai U and Bull Riding.
      Dummy Roping, Goat Undecorating, Calf Riding and Youth Barrel Racing events are set for youngsters.
      For more rodeo information, call Tammy Kaapana at 929-8079.
      
VOLCANO VILLAGE’S FOURTH OF JULY PARADE begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the post office and travels to Cooper Center, where festivities continue. Volcano Rotary will be selling pulled pork and other goodies. Volcano Friends Feeding Friends sponsors the Great American Bake Sale. Volcano Community Association offers keiki face painting, games and toy giveaways. Friends of Hawai’’i Volcanoes National Park raises funds through its popular silent auction.
      See thecoopercenter.org for more information.

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



See kaucalendar.com/KauCalendar_June2015.pdf.
See kaucalendar.com/Directory2015.swf
and kaucalendar.com/Directory2015.pdf.