About The Kaʻū 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, January 17, 2017

Ka`u News Briefs Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

O Ka`u Kakou volunteers for the annual Keiki Fishing Tournament at Punalu`u are busy organizing the event for this Saturday.
Photo by Peter Anderson
HAWAI`I'S TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE 2017 OPENS WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18 with House of Representatives and Senate members representing Ka`u in good positions. Sen. Josh Green chairs the Senate Human Services Committee. Sen. Russell Ruderman is Vice-Chair of the Government Operations Committee, Rep. Richard Creagan chairs the House Agriculture Committee and Rep. Richard Onishi chairs the House Tourism Committee.

The 2nd State Senate district  includes a large territory in Ka`u
from Volcano toward Miloli`i for Sen. Russell Ruderman to
cover. Map from Hawai`i State Legislature
     Most legislators are prepared with their new bills, with the deadline for non-administrative bills, grants and subsidies this Friday, Jan. 20.
     As the Legislature begins, the State of the State address will be given by Gov. David Ige on Monday, Jan. 23. and the State of the Judiciary address will be given by the Hawai`i Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald next Wednesday.
     On Thursday, major issues will be taken up in briefings to the House Finance Committee, including the funding and future of the Hawai`i Health Systems Corporation, which includes Ka`u Hospital. Whether to privatize elements of the quasi-state run hospital system has been an issue in many recent legislative sessions. On Thursday, many state departments will provide briefings on responsibilities from environmental protection, to disease outbreak control, child protective services and vocational rehabilitation.
     Representing Ka`u in the Hawai`i Legislature are two Senators and two members of the House of Representatives:
Th 3rd Senate District, includes a vast expanse
in Ka`u around the south end of the island to
Honu`apo for Sen. Josh Green to cover.
Map from Hawai`i State Legislature
     Sen. Josh Green, representing West Ka`u, chairs the Human Services Committee and serves on the Hawaiian Affairs Committee. He can be reached by phoning 808-586-9385, emailing sengreen@captiol.hawaii.gov, or writing to or visiting him in Room 407 in the Hawai`i State Capitol, 415 South Beretania St. Honolulu, HI 96813.
     Sen. Russell Ruderman, representing East Ka`u,  serves on the Senate Agriculture and Environment Committee and is Vice-Chair of Government Operations Committee and serves on the Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health Committee. He can be reached by phoning 808-586-6890, emailing senruderman@capitol.hawaii.gov, or writing to or visiting him in Room 203 in the Hawai`i State Capitol, 415 South Beretania St. Honolulu, HI 96813.
     Rep. Richard Creagan, representing West Ka`u,  chairs the House Agriculture Committee. He serves on the Education Committee, Higher Education Committee, the Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs Committee and Public Safety Committee. He can be reached  by phoning 808-586-9605, emailing repcreagan@Capitol.hawaii.gov,  or writing or visiting him in Room 331 in the Hawai`i State Capitol, 415 South Beretania St. Honolulu, HI 96813.
Top scorer for Ka`u in Tuesday's win over
Hawai`i Preparatory Academy is Raishlyn
Jara. Photo by Pam Taylor
     Rep. Richard Onishi, representing East Ka`u, chairs the House Tourism Committee, serves on the Education Committee, Higher Education Committee, Interstate Commerce Committee and Veterans, Military, & international Affairs, & Culture and the Arts. He can be reached by phoning 808-586-612, emailing reponishi@Capitol.hawaii.gov or writing or visiting him in Room 441 in the Hawai`i State Capitol, 415 South Beretania St. Honolulu, HI 96813.
     Visit http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov to submit testimony, sign up to receive a public hearing notifications, follow legislation and to read more about legislators, committees and reports
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KA`U BEAT HAWAI`I PREPARATORY ACADEMY IN Big Island Interscholastic Federation girl's basketball on Monday. Top scorer for the Trojans was Raishy Jara. Final score was Ka`u 37 and HPA 31.

THE ANNUAL KEIKI FISHING TOURNAMENT AT PUNALU`U Beach Park has organizers hoping for good weather as families sign up for this Saturday, Jan. 21. Open to all keiki, from one to 14 years of age, the ninth annual event, sponsored by O Ka`u Kakou, is a catch and release event. Preregistration ends at noon on Wednesday, with applications at Pahala Elementary School, Mizuno Superette, Pahala Gas Station, Na`alehu Elementary School, Na`alehu Wiki Wiki Mart, Wong Yuen Store and Na`alehu -Ace Hardware,  as well as Kahuku Country Market and Ocean View Auto Parts.
Family watches the keiki fishing off the shore at Punalu`u. The annual OKK Keiki Fishing
Tournament is this Saturday. Photo by Peter Anderson
     The family affair requires parent or legal guardian with all children who are fishing. Hand-poles without reels are allowed. Barbless hooks for the catch and release are a must. For those without their own hand-poles, gear and bait, the tournament will provide them, while supplies last.
    Children and families are asked to bring non-perishable food - at least one item per fisherman to the tournament for its food drive.
     Check-in is at 8 a.m. with a welcome and review of the guidelines at 9 a.m. Distribution of fishing equipment is at 9:30 a.m. and the tournament is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A free lunch and shaved ice are served at noon and awards and prizes are presented from 1 p.m. For more information contact Wayne Kawachi at 937-4773 or Guy Enriques at 217-2253.
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A HILO SISTER MARCH IN SUPORT OF THE WOMEN'S MARCH IN WASHINGTON, D.C. will be held this Saturday, Jan. 21, the day after the Inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The Hilo event will begin with a Women's Initiative Gathering at Mo'oheau Bandstand, Downtown Hilo at 10 a.m. The March will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the bandstand talks and other events will continue until 3 p.m. A statement from organizers said, "This is a Pro Peace Movement - a family-friendly, non-partisan event and all peaceful marchers are welcome.  Gather together in solidarity ​with partners and children for the protection of women's rights, safety, health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country."  For complete information visit: http://bigislandwomensmarch.com/index.html

A KA`U FARM SCHOOL IS BEING ORGANIZED and classes begin on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Earth Matters Farm on the corner of South Point Road and Kamaoa Road. The session, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. is free and features speakers Gabriel Howearth, founder of Seeds of Change; Greg Smith, owner of Earth Matters and Marla McCasland, owner of Hawaiian Flowers. Attendess can learn about propagation and seed saving, different ways to grow food and what grows well in Ka`u. The class is both on concepts and hands-on learning. It is sponsored by Hawai`i Farmers Union United. To sign up, visit https://goo.gl/y87XtZ, call 808-721-6977 or call 808-721-6977. Leave name, email and contact number.
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Ka`u News Briefs Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

HI-SEAS dome welcomes eight crew members for an eight-month stay beginning this Thursday on
Mauna Loa. The goal is to simulate life confined to long-distance space exploration. See story below.
 Photo from HI-SEAS

THE NEW OCEAN VIEW PETITION FOR LOCAL POLICING can be signed by area residents at Ocean View Community Center daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and also at South Point U Cart and at Kahuku Gift and Garden Shop. The petition calls for more policing in Ocean View and a new police station there.
The petition calls for replacing the mini station with
 a larger Ocean View Police Station next to 
the fire station. Photo by Ann Bosted
    A supporter of the petition is Ocean View Community Association's newly elected President, Ron Gall, who met with the recently appointed Community Policing Officer Aron Tomota. Gall praised the Community Policing Officer, saying that Tomota has a “real initiative, and a good attitude. He is going to do well. He is not one to pass the buck.” Gall reported that when Tomota first took the Community Policing Officer position in Ka`u,  “The first thing on his desk was all the abandoned vehicles on our streets.  He quickly had seven hauled out of here, and now all ten are gone." Gall reported that Tomota is in favor of the localized policing, as called for in the petition.
     The petition calls for the new police station to be built next to the fire station in Ocean View where communications would be better for police officers, who could file their reports without driving to Na`alehu.
     Gall recommends: “The police officers should have input about the design of the new police station.  Among other needs - they would require a holding cell, where suspects can be kept before being transported to Kona. The County owns property in Ocean View – I have been told they have upwards of 20 one-acre lots." 
Community Policing Officer
Aron Tomota
      Gall said one of the problems with remote communities is that “the Police Dispatch is based in Hilo, and they know nothing about Ocean View. They could use electronic maps, which have been in use on the mainland since the early eighties. There, dispatch officers punch in the address and a dispatcher can tell the police officer where to go. As an example, the dispatch staff in Hilo have no idea where Lotus Blossom is,” exclaimed Gall. “Localized policing would end that problem.”
Ron Gall, President of
Ocean View Community
      Debbie Dubois, one of the organizers of the petition drive, said that having police more often in Ocean View would help with the following: “The criminals can get scanners and tune into the police channels, and know exactly where the police are and what they are doing.”
     Dubois also described interaction with the police and community: “We go to Neighborhood Watch meetings with the police, but they are very unsatisfactory. Key information is missing, and they won’t share stuff with us. Localized policing is crucial and this petition is a start."
     She gave an example of the long wait time in Ocean View for some victims of crime. “A few days ago, a resident saw his neighbor being robbed. He immediately phoned in the crime, and the police told him that under no circumstances should he interfere. Only after the burglary was over and his neighbor had been cleaned out, did the the cops show up. They took about 45 minutes to arrive. This is totally unacceptable, yet it happens over and over again. We need to take action. Every one knows who the repeat criminals are. But they are almost never arrested, and if they are nabbed, they are let go again. We have to stop this ‘catch and release’ pattern,” said Dubois.
       Concerning the petition drive, over 200 signatures have already been collected, and the team expects to collect about 500, Dubois reported.

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Dr. Martin Luther King was remembered in the writings of
Hawai`i Gov. David Ige today. Photo from Gov. Ige
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING was the focus of a message from Gov. David Ige on Martin Luther King Day, celebrated in Hawai`i and around the country.
    Wrote the governor: "Today, we honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, a mortal man with an immortal dream. Some will honor him with public service, some through quiet reflection.
     "While much may have changed since the time of Dr. King, inequality remains one of the primary issues that we must work together to resolve. Dr. King once wrote that  'Life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?'
     "Here in Hawai’i we believe in lifting up our fellow citizens by helping to raise the standard of living for all our residents. We have committed millions to ease the homelessness crisis and make housing affordable. We have worked to bring meaningful job opportunities to Hawai’i, jobs that pay well enough so people can live without being burdened with a life time of debt. We are 17th in the nation in personal income growth and we have the 3rd lowest unemployment rate in the country. For Dr. King economic equality was just as important as racial equality.
     "I want to encourage all our citizens, as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, to ask themselves how we can work to make our communities stronger for everyone and what can we do as individuals to make someone’s life better.
     "So I would like to end with the same call to action that Dr. King made so clear that night in Memphis: 'Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.'”
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At 8,000 feet, astronaut-like crew members in the HI-SEAS dome will live together in
close quarters, simulating long-distance space travel. Photo from HI-SEAS
SIX ASTRONAUT-LIKE CREW MEMBERS WILL ENTER THE HI-SEAS GEODESIC DOME ON MAUNA LOA this Thursday for an eight-month mission of isolation to simulate space exploration.
HI-SEAS crew member Samuel Payler, a doctoral candidate at UK 
Centre for Astrobiology, University of Edinburgh. He has been involved 
in NASA’s BASALT program, the MINAR project and BISAL,  the 
world’s first deep subsurface astrobiology laboratory. He has an MSci 
from University of Birmingham and prior to HI-SEAS was 
researching life in hypersaline deep subsurface environments.
     The Mission V crew has been selected, and research confirmed to study human behavior and performance in such a remote and confined environment.
     The NASA-funded project, in partnership with University of Hawai`i and its Hawai`i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation - HI-SEAS, aims to help determine the individual and team requirements for long-duration space exploration missions including travel to Mars. The HI-SEAS dome is located at the 8,000 feet elevation in an abandoned quarry on Mauna Loa. There are two stories within the dome. Ground floor is 993 square feet and second floor loft is 424 square feet. Another 160 square-fee of space is created by a shipping container attached to the dome.
      HI-SEAS principal investigator and UH Mānoa Professor Kim Binsted said she is proud of the project’s contribution to understanding human behavior and performance in space.
     “Since 2012, HI-SEAS has been contributing to NASA’s plans for long-duration space exploration. We are an international collaboration of crew, researchers and mission support, and I’m proud of the part we play in helping reduce the barriers to a human journey to Mars.”
Joshua Ehrlich is a systems engineer for 
Lockheed Martin working on test and 
verification of the Orion European Service 
Module. He has a BS in aerospace engineering 
from University of Florida, an MS in 
mechanical engineering from Embry-Riddle
 Aeronautical University. Experience includes 
integration and testing on the SpaceX Falcon
 9 launch vehicle and Veggie and Advanced 
Plant Habitat payloads at NASA’s
 Kennedy Space Centre.
Ansley Barnard is an engineer from Reno,
Nevada who has worked for NASA and
Boeing on advanced composite structures and
has designed aerodynamic bodywork for cars
 racing in the100th Indy 500. She has a BS in
aeronautics and astronautics from University
of Washington. Prior to HI-SEAS, she
worked in engineering optimization
 for Ford Motor Company.
    During the eight-month HI-SEAS Mission V the crew will perform exploration tasks such as geological fieldwork and life systems management. The isolated and confined conditions of the mission, including 20-minutes of delayed communication and partial self-sufficiency, have been designed to be similar to those of a planetary surface exploration mission.
James Bevington is a freelance
researcher with a passion for space.
He has a BSC from the University 
of Tennessee, an MSc from
University of Georgia and an MSc
from International Space University. 
Prior to HI-SEAS he was a researcher 
at International Space University and 
consulted for Northwestern University.
Daily routines include food preparation from only shelf-stable ingredients, exercise, research and fieldwork aligned with NASA’s planetary exploration expectations.
     Under watchful eyes of the research team and supported by experienced mission control, the crew will participate in eight primary and three opportunistic research studies. 
Brian Ramos is a Portuguese-
American with dual engineering
 degrees in biomedical and 
electrical engineering. He has 
a master’s degree in international
 space studies from  International
 Space University. Prior to joining 
HI-SEAS his experience included
 project work at NASA’s Johnson
 Space Centre and Engineering 
World Health to repair media 
equipment in Rwanda.
   The NASA-funded primary research will be conducted by scientists from across the U.S. and Europe who are at the forefront of their fields.
     The primary behavioral research includes a shared social behavioral task for team building, continuous monitoring of face-to-face interactions with sociometric badges, a virtual reality team-based collaborative exercise to predict individual and team behavioral health and performance and multiple stress, cognitive countermeasure and monitoring studies.
     HI-SEAS Mission V follows the successful 12-month Mission IV that was completed in August 2016. That mission placed HI-SEAS in the company of a small group of analogs capable of operating very long duration missions in isolated and confined environments similar to Mars500, Concordia and the International Space Station.
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Laura Lark grew up on a small farm
in Whatcom County, Washington. 
She has a BS in computer science 
from Brown University and, prior 
to joining the HI-SEAS crew, 
she spent five years as a software 
engineer at Google working on 
search serving and indexing 
Photos from HI-SEAS
TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF HALEMA`UMA`U CRATER is the topic of After Dark in the Park at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Kilauea Theater Auditorium in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Don Swanson, a geologist with USGS makes the presentation with history and personal anecdotes about his encounter with the crater. Free. Park entrance fees apply.To read comments, add your own, and like this story, see Facebook. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Ka`u News Briefs Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

The Police Ocean View Mini Station is not used enough to keep the police around the neighborhood, according to
Ocean View residents who have launched a petition drive for a larger station next to the fire station.
Photo by Ann Bosted
LOCALIZED POLICING FOR OCEAN VIEW is the goal of a group of residents who have launched a petition signing campaign. The petition asks Mayor Harry Kim for “Localized Policing” to include round-the-clock police presence so that the high crime rate can be reduced. 
     Although the county pays to rent a store in the Pahoe Plaza shopping center, this sub-station is not used by the police as an office as they claim that the internet lines are not secure, so their reports cannot be electronically filed there. Instead they drive about 20 miles to the Na’alehu police stateion to do their paperwork, reducing their time in Ocean View.
      According to the 2010 census, Ocean View has the largest population of any town in the Ka’u District. This, petition organizers point out, is a strong argument for having a fully functional police station in their town. They have suggested that the police station be located next to the fire station, which has the secure lines that the sub-station lacks.
The Mini Station is in Pohue Plaza but not used much because of its lack of
secure communication for police to file reports. Photo by Ann Bosted
      “The criminals can see the cops leaving town – one blue light following the other – so they know they can do what they like,” explained Mike DuBois, who drafted the petition.
      The petition reads in part: “We call upon the government to provide a permanent, around-the-clock Police Station in Ocean View, replacing the out dated and seldom used substation. This petition is in response to the area’s consistent excessive crime rate, and slow police response time in emergencies and the lack of full-time police presence.
     “In order to reduce crime and effectively quicken police response and more immediate police interaction with the criminally minded, we need a localized police station in Ocean View.
      “We, the undersigned, petition our Mayor, Police Chief and County Council to provide public safety and protection of our property for Ocean View residents by expeditiously establishing a 24-hour Police Station in Ocean View,” concludes the petition. 
      DuBois explained that at recent Ocean View community meetings, residents have asked that “a permanent operational station be established” next to the town’s fire station, “which has a secure communication system already in place. 
    “Signing this petition shows mutual support for a localized policing approach to reduce crime.  This is an important grassroots effort to show the island government that our town of 7,000 people knows what is needed to protect itself from the consistently extreme levels of crime,” explained Dubois.
      Debbie DuBois said, “We hope that Mayor Kim will take a fresh look at this situation. The petition has got people talking and thinking.  We have had community meetings with various people, like Prosecutor Mitch Roth and Assistant Chief Kealoha, and they have listened to our concerns."  
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MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY IS MONDAY, JAN 16, with a celebration at the Mo`oheau Bandstand in Hilo from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with speeches, artists and performers.
     The commemoration reminds some old timers of King's speech before the Hawai`i legislature in 1959. King said: "I come to you with a great deal of appreciation and great feeling of appreciation, I should say, for what has been accomplished in this beautiful setting and in this beautiful state of our Union.
Martin Luther King in Hawai`i in 1959.
     "As I think of the struggle that we are engaged in, in the South land, we look to you for inspiration and as a noble example, where you have already accomplished in the area of racial harmony and racial justice, what we are struggling to accomplish in other sections of the country, and you can never know what it means to those of us caught for the moment in the tragic and often dark midnight of man's inhumanity to man, to come to a place where we see the glowing daybreak of freedom and dignity and racial justice.
     "We have come a long, long way. We have a long, long way to go. I close, if you will permit me, by quoting the words of an old Negro slave preacher. He didn't quite have his grammar right, but he uttered some words in the form of a prayer with great symbolic profundity and these are the words he said: 'Lord, we ain't what we want to be; we ain't what we ought to be; we ain't what we gonna be, but thank God, we ain't what we was.' Thank you."
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Vince Mina, statewide President of
Hawai`i Farmers Union United
THE HAWAI`I FARMERS UNION UNITED has reached 1,020 members across ten chapters, its president Vince Mina announced on Sunday. 
     "This accomplishment is reflective of the tireless work of leaders within the HFUU who continuously focus on serving our growing membership along with those expanding our impact and effectiveness through grants, donations and sponsorships, said Mina.
     "Day after day, HFUU's mandate is to provide education and solutions for our family of farmers so that they are supported in growing the agriculture sector for Hawai`i.
     "Our preferred methods are ecologically oriented, economical and enfironmentally sustainable (regenerative) - to the farmer, rancher, fisherman and the consumer. While this is no easy task, we are continually inspired by those who have shown their commitment to the local regenerative food movement," said Mina.
     President for the Ka`u Chapter is Greg Smith from Earth Matters Farms and Vice President is Richard Creagan, a physician and chair of the agriculture committee in the state House of Representatives. Creagan lives on a Ka`u farm.
      Mina will represent the Hawai`i Farmers Union United at the National Farmers Union Convention in San Diego March 5-8. He formed and heads the National Farmers Union's Regenerative Agriculture Local food Committee, which will host talks by Jen Kuchera of the soil health division of the USDA and Mark McAffee, owner/operator of Raw Milk Dairy, Organic Pastures, in California.
     See more at hfuuhi.org.
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TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF HALEMA`UMA`U CRATER is the topic of After Dark in the Park at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Kilauea Theater Auditorium in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Don Swanson, a geologist with USGS makes the presentation with history and personal anecdotes about his encounter with the crater. Free. Park entrance fees apply.