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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Thursday, August 22, 2019

Rainbow in Kīlauea Iki. Celebrate America's Best Idea, with free admission to all U.S. state parks on Sunday, Aug. 25.
See details, and more events at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, below. NPS photo/Janice Wei
HAWAIIAN HOME LAND BENEFICIARIES responded to plans to reserve water for Kaʻū farms, ranches, and homes on Hawaiian lands, during a meeting this evening at Pāhala Community Center. DHHL representatives said the agency plans to ask the Hawaiian Homes Commission to agree to ask state Water Commission to reserve some 2.75 million gallons per day for Hawaiian Home Lands in Waiʻōhinu and down South Point Road at Kam-āʻoa-Puʻuʻeo. The sources would be Mountain House and Ha‘āo Springs. The sources also provide water for the county to serve Nā‘ālehu, Waiʻōhinu, Green Sands, Discovery Harbour ,and along Kamāʻoa Road.
 
Ranchers Dean and Tissy Kaniho said they welcome more water to Hawaiian
Home Lands at South Point and also suggested using well water.
Photo by Julia Neal
     DHHL and the state Department of Land & Natural Resources are coming up with long term leases for water users. Thirty percent of the income from the leases will go to DHHL, which also has the right to reserve a portion of the water for use by its beneficiaries.
     One former Hawaiian Homes commissioner described South Point ranching as "cattle eating rocks," calling them "cracked seed." He said water is also needed to fight fires and for those traveling to Green Sand Beach. He and others said homesteaders have been waiting for many decades.
     DHHL is planning to build a million-gallon water tank along South Point Road and to replace water lines. Ranchers Dean and Tissy Kaniho said they welcome increased access to water and suggested also drilling wells. "Don't chase the mountain. Don't chase the rain," said Dean Kaniho.  He said there is one well that is partially completed that could be available for DHHL to purchase.
     Kaniho said that with little water the South Point area can only grow out 1.75 head of cattle per acre. During rainy years, five cattle can be raised per acre.
     Concerning a planned housing development by DHHL above SeaMountain at Punaluʻu, the water would likely come from a deep well, perhaps in partnership with the owners of the SeaMountain resort, said DHHL officials.
     Rancher Kyle Soares said he is concerned about future ranchers and farmers makai of Hwy 11, below Pāhala, receiving water, should water leases be tied up by the mauka macadamia, coffee, and cattle operations.
     See more on the water meeting in upcoming Kaʻū News Briefs, including presentations of water lease proposals from Edmund C. Olson Trust II, Wood Valley Water and Farm Cooperative, Kaʻū Mahi, and Kuahiwi Ranch. Comments on the plan are due Sept. 23. Contact andrew.h.choy@hawaii.gov.

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HOW GROWTH WILL AFFECT people and environment of this island is a major focus of the Draft Hawaiʻi County General Plan. The Draft Plan, which will be the subject of a community meeting and public input in Nā‘ālehu this Sunday, is available online. The plan provides historic data and forecasts into the future through 2040, applying statistics from the state Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism.
     The plan points out that forecasts of growth will influence decisions and those decisions can change the expected outcomes. For instance, if a wastewater facility goes unbuilt because low growth is expected, but the population increases above the projected density, the environment, health, jobs, housing, and more can be impacted.
     The plan states the obvious: Hawai‘i County is rural. Only 60 percent of its population is within its eight urban areas. In both urban and rural areas, population density is low. The County is expected to grow by 50 percent by the year 2040.
     The Draft Plan notes that visitors make up about 15 percent of the population. Seventy percent of the population growth is from immigration.
     The Draft Plan also predicts that a disproportionate percentage of residents from 2025 and beyond will be seniors.
     Rates of job growth are expected to match population growth, but due to the economy's reliance on lower-paying service sector jobs, median incomes are likely to remain low.
     Findings of the research done for the Plan also state that roughly half of county households find housing unaffordable. Many are struggling to make ends meet, often living in overcrowded conditions. Much of the affordable housing is not located in or near job centers, so commutes are getting longer.
     Hawaiʻi County Draft General Plan draws from the Community Development plans of each district. To learn more about the Kaʻū Community Development Plan, see hawaiicountycdp.info/kau-cdp. Give input, see an overview, or download the Draft General Plan at hiplanningdept.com/general-plan/general-plan-comprehensive-review
      The public is invited to give input on, Sunday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, at Nāʻālehu Community Center.

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THIS MORNING'S DEEP, MAGNITUDE 4.2 EARTHQUAKE did not cause any reported damage. U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recorded the center of the 4:33 a.m. offshore quake about 57 km (35 mi) southeast of Pāhala, at a depth of 46 km (29 mi).
     Weak shaking, with maximum Intensity of III, was reported from around the island. There were 30 "felt" reports within two hours of the quake.
     Brian Shiro, HVO's Seismic Network Manager, said the quake was located 10 km (6 mi) south of the summit of Lō‘ihi seamount, but does not appear to be associated with the submarine volcano. "The earthquake was most likely due to bending of the Earth's crust under the weight of Hawai‘i Island," he said.
     Lō‘ihi is an active submarine volcano located on the seafloor south of Kīlauea Volcano, about 30 km (19 mi) off the southeast coast of the Island of Hawai‘i. The seamount is 969 m (3,180 ft) below sea level. It last erupted in 1996. 
     Today's earthquake had no apparent effect on Kīlauea or Mauna Loa volcanoes, states HVO, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported that no tsunami was generated by it.
     See volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo.

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HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK continues to share Hawaiian culture and tradition through ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau demonstrations, After Dark in the Park talks, volunteer programs, and opportunities to explore the Park's Kahuku Unit. Unless otherwise noted, events are free:
     Celebrating the 103rd anniversary of the National Park Service, all National Parks – Hawaiʻi Volcanoes included – offer free entry, this Sunday, Aug. 25.
Damage from the Keauhou Fire was still apparent in 
March of this year. NPS /Janice Wei photo
     Wildfire Recovery and Restoration, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m. at Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. On August 5, 2018 a wildfire ignited near Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park burning nearly 4,000 acres. More than 100 people from different organizations worked together to suppress the Keauhou Fire. Park Botanist Sierra McDaniel will discuss recovery and restoration efforts as the fire provided an opportunity to restore biodiversity, control invasive plants, and build fire resilience by planting fire-tolerant native species. In a warmer, drier world, wildfires are expected to be more frequent. This project illustrates the value of preparing for wildfire events. Part of the After Dark in the Park series.
     Hawaiian Cultural Artifacts in the 21st Century, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. at Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Using simple tools, Hawaiians shaped, carved, wove, braided, and fashioned items essential for everyday life. From fishhooks to feathered capes, from poi pounders to canoe hulls, from children’s toys to the weapons of war, the skillful work of the Hawaiian people can be seen in the artifacts they left behind. Today, using both traditional and modern tools, a new generation of skilled craftsmen carry on these traditions. Join Rangers Keoni Kaholoʻaʻā and Rick LaMontange for an incredible opportunity to both see and touch 21st Century Hawaiian artifacts. Part of the After Dark in the Park series.
     Hoʻoponopono, Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Making right, more right the path, is the Hawaiian traditional method for "reconnecting" Self to Self-Greatness in the ancient Hawaiian teachings, and pragmatic values within the Aloha Spirit. Join Aunty Mahealani Kuamoʻo-Henry and friends on a journey through the teachings of, Ho’opono Pono Ke Ala. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ‘Ike Hana No‘eau, Experience the Skillful Work, workshops.
Kanaka Tree in Concert on Wednesday, Sept. 8.
Courtesy photo
     New Discoveries in Hawaiʻi Lava Tubes, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., at Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Come meet the remarkable animals living beneath your feet. Join Dr. Megan Porter, cave biologist and University of Hawaiʻi associate professor, in learning about what lives in Hawaiian lava tubes. Dr. Porter will introduce you to the unique community of lava tube animals found on the big island of Hawaiʻi, and how these species are intimately linked to native forests on the surface. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' After Dark in the Park series.
     Kanaka Tree in Concert, Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Come listen to Hawaiian music by Kanaka Tree. Kiliona Moku Young, T.R. Ireland, Kalei Young, and the Young ‘ohana will blend the classic sounds of Hawaiian music with fresh rhythms and melodies. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu - Heavenly Voices series.
     Kahuku ‘Ohana Day, Sunday, Sept. 22 from noon to 3 p.m., Kahuku Unit of the Park. Everyone is invited to find their park and experience live music, family-friendly activities, hikes, and more.
     Operatic Theater with Artist-in-Residence, Alan Olejniczak, Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. September's Artist in Residence, playwright and librettist Alan Olejniczak (pronounced OH/la/KNEE/check), will present excerpts from the first draft of an audio drama about the natural history and future of Hawai‘i Island. Olejniczak's operatic verses and performances usually center around human impacts on the environment, but his work during his residency in the park will incorporate active volcanoes and other natural forces beyond our control. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' After Dark in the Park series.
Hawaiʻi Volcano's September Artist in
Residence Alan Olejniczak.
Courtesy photo
     Pū ʻohe Demonstration, Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. The pū ʻohe is the Hawaiian bamboo trumpet. With a deep sound similar to a conch shell and like other native instruments, it takes the spirit breath to produce the proper sound. Join rangers and Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association partners as they share their knowledge and help you make your own pū ʻohe. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ‘Ike Hana No‘eau, Experience the Skillful Work, workshops.
     Fee-Free Day: National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 28, 8:45 a.m. to noon. Meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center lanai. NPLD is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Help ensure the future of the Hawaiian rainforest. Volunteers will help remove invasive, non-native plants that prevent native plants from growing. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Under 18? Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent is required. No advance registration is required. Park entrance is free, and NPLD volunteers will receive a pass to return and enjoy the park fee-free on another day of their choosing.
     Stewardship at the Summit. Volunteer to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at 8:45 a.m. at Kīlauea Visitor Center: Thursday, Sept. 5, 12, 19, and 26; Friday, Sept. 6 and 20; Saturday, Sept. 14 and 28. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Under 18? Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent is required. Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm.
     Stewardship of Kīpukapuaulu. Help remove troublesome plants at Kīpukapuaulu, home to diverse native forest and understory plants. Meet every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in September 6, 14, 20, and 28; at Kīpukapuaulu parking lot, Mauna Loa Road, off Highway 11 in the Park. Bring clippers or pruners, sturdy gloves, a hat, and water. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that can get permanently stained from morning glory sap. Be prepared for cool and wet, or hot and sunny, weather. New volunteer? Contact Marilyn Nicholson for more info, nickem@hawaii.rr.com.
Pu‘u o Lokuana Trail at Kahuku. NPS/Janice Wei photo
     A Walk into the Past with Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar. Meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center Tuesdays in September at 10 a.m.noon, and 2 p.m. Each performance is about an hour. Walk back to 1912, and meet the founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar, at the edge of Kīlauea Volcano. Dressed in period costume, Ka‘ū actor-director Dick Hershberger brings the renowned geologist to life. Dr. Jaggar leads a tour of his tiny lab located below Volcano House, showing original seismograph equipment and other early instruments. Learn what motivated Dr. Jaggar to dedicate his life to the study of Hawaiian volcanoes and how his work helps save lives today. Space is limited; pick up free ticket at Kīlauea Visitor Center's front desk the day of the program. Program includes climbing stairs and entering a confined space. Supported by the Kīlauea Drama Entertainment Network.
     Explore Kahuku. Kahuku Unit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free. Take a self-guided hike, or join rangers on Sundays in April for a two-hour guided trek at 9:30 a.m.; the trail will vary depending on visitor interest. Enter the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i VolcanoesNational Park on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Kahuku is located in Ka‘ū, and is about a 50-minute drive south of the park's main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended for all hikes.
     See updates on the Park's online calendar of events, and look for program flyers posted after 9:30 a.m. on the bulletin board at Kīlauea Visitor Center.
     Park programs are free, but entrance fees apply. Some programs are co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
2019 Kaʻū High School Athletics Schedule through September
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates

Football, Division II:
Sat., Aug. 24, 1 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha
Sat., Sept. 7, 2 p.m., HPA hosts Kaʻū
Sat., Sept. 14, 11 a.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala
Thu., Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Pāhoa hosts Kaʻū

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Wed., Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala
Wed., Sept. 4, 6 p.m., Christian Liberty hosts Kaʻū
Fri., Sept. 6, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha
Tue., Sept. 10, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kealakeha
Fri., Sept. 13, 6 p.m., Honokaʻa hosts Kaʻū
Tue., Sept. 17, 6 p.m., Waiakea hosts Kaʻū
Thu., Sept. 19, 6 p.m., Keaʻau hosts Kaʻū
Tue., Sept. 24, 6 p.m., Makualani hosts Kaʻū
Fri., Sept. 27, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts HPA

Cross Country:
Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty
Sat., Sept. 7, 10 a.m., @Kamehameha
Fri., Sept. 13, 3:30 p.m., @HPA
Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m., @Kealakehe
Sat., Sept. 28, 10 a.m., @Keaʻau

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UPCOMING
THURSDAY, AUG. 22
Registration Open: Handprint Trees, Thursday, Aug. 22-Sept. 3, Ka‘ū District Gym multipurpose room. Program for grades K-8 takes place Wednesday, Sept. 4, 3:30-5p.m. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thursday, Aug. 22, 3-4p.m., Classroom 35, Building F, Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. Provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

SATURDAY, AUG. 24
Free Spay and Neuter Clinic for Dogs Saturday, Aug. 24, Ocean View. KARES, Kohala Animal Relocation and Education Service brings the clinic to Kaʻū in an effort "to reduce the high euthanasia rate within our community." For more and to register, call 328-8455.

Pickleball at KMC, Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, Kīlauea Military Camp Tennis Courts, HVNP. $10 in advance. Registration forms at KMC recreation Lodge. 967-8352 or Jim Buck, kilaueajimmy@gmail.com. KMC open to all patrons, and has certain Terms of Service. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com 

Kapapala Ranch Tour by Volcano Community Foundation, Saturday, Aug. 24, time TBA, Volcano Art Center. Travel along the Peter Lee Road that runs between Pāhala and Volcano, built in 1988. See Volcano Art Center's partner event listed for Aug. 8. $50/person includes lunch. Reserve a space, 895-1011, volcanocommunity@gmail.com


Realms and Divisions, Sat., Aug. 24, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult, two-mile, hike. Bring snack. nps.gov/havo

Dances of Universal Peace, Saturday, Aug. 24, 6-7:30p.m., Methodist Church hall, across from Nā‘ālehu post office. Fun, easy to learn dances from many traditions evoking peace. Donations welcome. No registration necessary. 939-9461

SUNDAY, AUG. 25
Free Entry to all National Parks - NP Service 103rd Anniversary, Sunday, Aug. 25. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Give Input on the Draft General Plan for Hawaiʻi County on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Nāʻālehu Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. Drop in anytime to talk with planners. Download the Draft General Plan.

Palm Trail, Sunday, Aug. 25, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult hike - 2.6-mile loop. nps.gov/havo

A Taste of Tea & Pottery 2019, Sunday, Aug. 25, noon-4p.m., Volcano Art Center. Annual fundraiser for VAC's Fire Arts Programs. $30/VAC members, $35/non-member, includes choice of one handmade tea cup or bowl, tasting of several freshly brewed Hawai‘i grown teas, and option to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Door prizes, silent auction, and cookies, packaged tea, and tea cups available for purchase. Vote for favorite Hawai‘i grown tea through Taster's Choice Award. Hands-on experiences with clay and demonstrations. Eva Lee speaks. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

MONDAY, AUG. 26
Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Monday, Aug. 26, 1p.m., contact for location. Parent-led homeschool activity and social group, building community in Ka‘ū. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

TUESDAY, AUG. 27
Registration Open: Door Knob Hangers, Tuesday, Aug. 27-Sept. 6, Kahuku ParkHawaiian Ocean View Estates. Program for ages 6-12 takes place Tuesday, Sept. 10, 12:45-3:30p.m. Free. 939-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation 

H.O.V.E. Road Maintenance Corp. Board Mtg., Tuesday, Aug. 27, 10a.m., H.O.V.E. RMC office, 92-8979 Lehua Lane, Ocean View. 929-9910, hoveroad.com

Ka‘ū Food Pantry, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 11:30a.m.-1p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View. Volunteers welcome. Dave Breskin, 319-8333

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28
Kōkua Kūpuna Project, Wednesday, Aug. 28 – last Wednesday, monthly – 9-11a.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Seniors 60 years and older encouraged to attend, ask questions, and inquire about services offered through Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i – referral required, 961-8626 for free legal services. Under 60, call 1-800-499-4302. More info: tahisha.despontes@legalaidhawaii.org, 329-3910 ext. 925. legalaidhawaii.org

Palai‘e Demonstration, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 10a.m.-noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Make a traditional Hawaiian ball-and-loop game using natural materials. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Private Guided Hike: Kīlauea Iki Crater, Thursday, Aug. 28, 10a.m.-2p.m.Kīlauea Iki Overlook, HVNP. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate to challenging, 2.4 mile (one way) hike. $80/person. Park entrance fees may apply. 985-7373, fhvnp.org

THURSDAY, AUG. 29
Volcano Friends Feeding Friends, Thursday, Aug. 29, 4-6p.m.Cooper CenterVolcano Village. Free community dinner for all. Additional packaged goods to take home for those in need. Donations and volunteers encouraged. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

ONGOING
Talk Action, Take Action Surveys Deadline is Saturday, Aug. 31. The surveys ask for information regarding 2018's Kīlauea eruption recovery. Hawaiʻi County residents are encouraged to take the surveys at recovery.hawaiicounty.gov/connect/impact-status-survey-suite. Hard copies of the surveys can also be picked up at Council member offices, the Department of Research & Development, and the Planning Department. Unless one chooses to be contacted individually, the information from the surveys will be anonymous.

Applications for Grants to Steward PONC Protected Lands on Hawaiʻi Island are open through Friday, Aug. 31. In Kaʻū, areas of the Kahuku Coast, Kahua Olohu, and Kāwā Bay are eligible. Only 501(c)3 non-profits or organizations that operate under the umbrella of a 501(c)3 non-profit should apply.
     Applications are available at records.hawaiicounty.gov/weblink/1/edoc/95324/2018-19%20PONC%20Stewardship%20Grant%20Request.pdf. Information and applications are also available at the P&R office, Aupuni Center101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6Hilo. Completed applications must be submitted or postmarked by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018. Questions? Contact Reid Sewake at 961-8311.

Volcano Winery's Annual Fundraising Harvest Festival Tickets are on sale at volcanowinery.com or (808) 967-7772. Proceeds benefit Volcano School of Arts & Sciences; last year's event sold out. This sixth festive evening of live music, food, wines and craft beers under the stars happens Sunday, Sept. 84-7p.m. The $50 per person tickets include live music entertainment by Young Brothers; delicious food and drink from local restaurants; award-winning wines and teas from the Volcano Winery; tours of the vineyards and a huge raffle.

Applications are Open for Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool in Nā‘ālehu and Wai‘ōhinu, at Kauaha‘ao Congregational Church on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Limited space available. Pāhala Home Visits also available. Call 939-8573 for Nā‘ālehu,  929-8571 for Pāhala. pidfoundation.org

Exhibit - Nani Ka ‘Ikena by Volcano local photographer Jesse Tunison, daily through Sunday, Sept. 15, 9a.m.-5p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Nani Ka ʻIkena, that which is seen is beautiful, features vibrant colors and crisp, wide vistas which highlight the character and drama of Hawaiʻi Island’s landscape. The collection of ten photographs were captured over the past decade by Tunison and also document the dynamic changes which have occurred in such a short period of time. "While the landscape has changed the beauty has endured." Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org


6th Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run Registration, webscorer.com/register?raceid=166020. 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon races through mac nut and coffee fields along slopes of Ka‘ū starting at 7a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Sponsored by Ka‘ū Coffee Mill and ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Prices increase after July 9. okaukakou.orgkaucoffeemill.com

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Wednesday, August 21, 2019

It was Trojans versus Vikings last night at Kaʻū District Gym. See scores for the first game of the season for the Trojans
Girls Volleyball team, and upcoming games for volleyball, football, and cross country, below. Photo by Julia Neal
DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS WILL HOLD A MEETING ABOUT WATER in Kaʻū tomorrow, Thursday, at Pāhala Community Center, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In a letter to Hawaiian Home Lands Beneficiaries, DHHL states that it intends to request a water reservation from the sate Department of Land & Natural Resources and the state Commission on Water Resource Management as part of a proposed water leasing process. The leasing process is also being pursued by Kuahiwi Contractors, Kaʻū Mahi, Wood Valley Water and Farm Co-op, the Edmund C. Olson Trust, and Kapāpala Ranch.
Hawaiian Home Lands are outlined in red. DHHL map
     "The reserved water would serve potable uses for development on DHHL-owned lands at Kam-āʻoa-Puʻuʻeo, Wailau, Waiʻōhinu, and Discovery Harbor," says the letter signed by William Ailā Jr., Chair of the Hawaiian Homes Commission. DHHL could develop house lots, homes, and farms to lease to Hawaiians on those lands that it owns.
     DHHL will share information and accept comments o the proposed water reservations at the meeting. Called a Beneficiary Consultation Meeting, it is open to the public. Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiaries are encouraged to "share your manaʻo regarding the proposed water reservation request. Your comments will be presented to the Hawaiian Homes Commission to assist in their decision-making process. As a beneficiary on the island of Hawaiʻi, your input is important, and we encourage you to attend," states Ailā.
     Questions can be addressed to E. Halealoha Ayau, Water Resource Management Specialist at 808-9233-3272 or email e.halealoha.ayau@hawaii.gov.

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A COMMUNITY SPEAKOUT AT NĀʻĀLEHU COMMUNITY CENTER this Sunday, Aug 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will focus on the Draft Hawaiʻi County General Plan. All residents are invited to drop in to give input on the Plan.
     Using figures from 2013, the Plan states the number of jobs in Kaʻū, at 2,085, is the third lowest in Hawaiʻi County, following Keaʻau-Kurtistown with 1,463 jobs, and North Kohala with 1,988 jobs. Only Hilo and North Kona boast more than 5,000 jobs. Projecting into 2040, Kaʻū's job offerings are forecast to increase to 3,145, about a 50 percent increase and consistent with other county sectors.
     The General Plan says that as of 2013,  most jobs were in government, with 419 positions; agriculture, mining, and construction, with 352 jobs; retail trade, with 292 jobs; educational and health services, with 271 jobs; and arts, entertainment, hotels, eating, and drinking, with 265 jobs.
     The projections for 2040 show less growth in government - 9 percent; agriculture, mining, and construction increasing by 28 percent; and educational and health services by 33 percent. Projections for retail trade show a decrease of about 3 percent. Other services are projected to have little growth, or to decrease.
     Arts, entertainment, hotels, eating, and drinking, show a projected growth of 57 percent, higher than the sector average. Employment in the information industry is projected to increase by about 200 percent. Wholesale trade is expected to rise from no jobs in Kaʻū in 2013 to four jobs in 2040, a 400 percent increase.
     The Plan states that the number of jobs statewide is "expected to increase at a decreasing rate through the next 25 years from about 100,000 in 2014 to about 150,000 in 2040."
     In September, Topic Workshops will be open to the public, where any items in the Draft Plan "emphasized or brought up repeatedly" will be the focus of the sessions. Dates will be announced.
     In December, after the public comment period ends, planners will "incorporate comments" before sending the Draft through the legislative process.
     The General Plan draws from the Community Development plans of each district. To learn more about the Kaʻū Community Development Plan, see hawaiicountycdp.info/kau-cdp. Give input, see an overview, or download the Draft General Plan at hiplanningdept.com/general-plan/general-plan-comprehensive-review.

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The encampment of Protectors of Maunakea at Maunakea Access Road. Photo from David Corrigan/Big Island Video News
HAWAIʻI COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT COSTS FOR THE STANDOFF AT MAUNAKEA ACCESS ROAD HAVE TOPPED $3.2 MILLION, according to a letter from Gov. David Ige to the state Finance Committee, dated yesterday. Today is day 38 of the standoff of those who object to the Thirty Meter Telescope project.
     The breakdown, published by KHON, states that, as of July 31, overtime costs for Police are $3,065,124.06; Civil Defense, $27,461.04; Fire, $145,377.34; and Public Works, $195.17.
     In his letter, Ige stated "the State has agreed to reimburse HCPD for overtime costs" and "associated costs," which include food, water, equipment, portable waste facilities, and solid waste collection. Those costs, through Oct. 19, total $33,808.40.
     Ige stated reimbursement will continue "so long as HCPD remains committed to maintaining control of the pertinent roadways." He wrote that HCPD is "critical to ensuring the current astronomers and their support staff obtain access to Mauakea for purposes of continuing longstanding astronomical exploration, and to ensuring TMT may engage in the lawfully permitted construction of its telescope."
     Big Island Video News reported that Police Chief Paul Ferreira said the reason for "the big numbers" is that, island wide, HCPD staff "went into 12-hour shifts… to ensure that there was adequate coverage." He said costs will drop as of July. 28 because all districts went back to 8-hour shifts on that date. "The contingency on the mountain was reduced drastically. And that's what we're operating with now."
Some observatories on Maunakea, where staff now have limited access. Photo from Mauna Kea Observatories

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"WE NEED TO FIGHT BACK," is the message from Sen. Mazie Hirono today, in response to an announcement regarding immigrants made by the Trump Administration. On Wednesday, the administration changed the Flores Settlement Agreement, which would alter the maximum holding period for immigrant children from 20 days to an indefinite period. The children would be held with their parents or guardians, in family detention centers. However, PBS reports that there are only three family detention centers, that two are operated by "private prison operators" and the other "has been criticized for poor treatment of immigrants."
     Said Hirono, "This is an administration that apparently sits around trying to come up with at least one cruel thing they can do to immigrants every single day. Now, the same people behind separating families, holding children in dangerous and unsanitary conditions, and constantly dehumanizing immigrants, want a rule to indefinitely detain children and families fleeing terrible violence in Central America. No amount of cruelty is enough for this administration. We need to fight back."

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TŪTŪ & ME NOW OFFERS FREE HOME VISITS IN PĀHALA on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Bring keiki between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 22, to the Pāhala Multipurpose room, next to Kaʻū District Gym.
     Tūtū & Me is also accepting applications for Traveling Preschool in Nā‘ālehu and Wai‘ōhinu, at Kauaha‘ao Congregational Church on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Limited space available.
     Call 929-8571 for Pāhala, 939-8573 for Nā‘ālehu. See pidfoundation.org.

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FREE SPAY AND NEUTER CLINIC FOR DOGS comes to Ocean View Saturday, Aug. 24. KARES, Kohala Animal Relocation and Education Service, brings the clinic to Kaʻū in an effort "to reduce the high euthanasia rate within our community." For more and to register, call 328-8455.

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HIGH SURF ADVISORY remains in effect for all Kaʻū shores through Thursday at 6 p.m. National Weather Service says to expect "strong breaking waves, shore break, and strong longshore and rip currents, making swimming difficult and dangerous."

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Kaʻū Wahine Can Jump. Varsity Trojans faced off against the Hilo Vikings last night at Kaʻū District Gym.
Photo by Julia Neal
THE FIRST GIRLS VOLLEYBALL GAME OF THE SEASON for the Trojans last night saw Kaʻū host the Hilo Vikings. With three sets per game for Varsity, two sets for Junior Varsity, the Kaʻū teams fought against the larger school for over two hours.
     JV Trojans scored 5 and 3, but Hilo won with 25 each game.
     Varsity scored 13, 13, and 18, but Hilo again won with 25 each game.
     Next, Kaʻū hosts Kohala on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. Come out to support the Trojans.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
2019 Kaʻū High School Athletics Schedule through September
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates

Football, Division II:
Sat., Aug. 24, 1 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha
Sat., Sept. 7, 2 p.m., HPA hosts Kaʻū
Sat., Sept. 14, 11 a.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala
Thu., Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Pāhoa hosts Kaʻū

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Wed., Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala
Wed., Sept. 4, 6 p.m., Christian Liberty hosts Kaʻū
Fri., Sept. 6, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha
Tue., Sept. 10, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kealakeha
Fri., Sept. 13, 6 p.m., Honokaʻa hosts Kaʻū
Tue., Sept. 17, 6 p.m., Waiakea hosts Kaʻū
Thu., Sept. 19, 6 p.m., Keaʻau hosts Kaʻū
Tue., Sept. 24, 6 p.m., Makualani hosts Kaʻū
Fri., Sept. 27, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts HPA

Cross Country:
Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty
Sat., Sept. 7, 10 a.m., @Kamehameha
Fri., Sept. 13, 3:30 p.m., @HPA
Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m., @Kealakehe
Sat., Sept. 28, 10 a.m., @Keaʻau

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UPCOMING
TUESDAY, AUG. 20
Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, Aug. 20 (Committees), Wednesday, Aug. 21, (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Concert with Artist-in-Residence Andy Jarema, After Dark in the Park, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 7p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. The Detroit-based musician and composer uses a mixture of sound-collage techniques, his trumpet, and traditional scoring to make site-specific work. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21
Ocean View Community Association Board of Directors Mtg., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 12:30-1:30p.m.Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Registration Open: Kickball Instruction, Wednesday, Aug. 21-28, Kahuku Park. Program on Fridays, 2-3:30p.m, from Aug. 30-Sept. 27, for ages 6-12. Athletic shoes required. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

THURSDAY, AUG. 22
Registration Open: Handprint Trees, Thursday, Aug. 22-Sept. 3, Ka‘ū District Gym multipurpose room. Program for grades K-8 takes place Wednesday, Sept. 4, 3:30-5p.m. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thursday, Aug. 22, 3-4p.m., Classroom 35, Building F, Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. Provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

SATURDAY, AUG. 24
Free Spay and Neuter Clinic for Dogs Saturday, Aug. 24, Ocean View. KARES, Kohala Animal Relocation and Education Service brings the clinic to Kaʻū in an effort "to reduce the high euthanasia rate within our community." For more and to register, call 328-8455.

Pickleball at KMC, Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, Kīlauea Military Camp Tennis Courts, HVNP. $10 in advance. Registration forms at KMC recreation Lodge. 967-8352 or Jim Buck, kilaueajimmy@gmail.com. KMC open to all patrons, and has certain Terms of Service. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com 

Kapapala Ranch Tour by Volcano Community Foundation, Saturday, Aug. 24, time TBA, Volcano Art Center. Travel along the Peter Lee Road that runs between Pāhala and Volcano, built in 1988. See Volcano Art Center's partner event listed for Aug. 8. $50/person includes lunch. Reserve a space, 895-1011, volcanocommunity@gmail.com


Realms and Divisions, Sat., Aug. 24, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult, two-mile, hike. Bring snack. nps.gov/havo

Dances of Universal Peace, Saturday, Aug. 24, 6-7:30p.m., Methodist Church hall, across from Nā‘ālehu post office. Fun, easy to learn dances from many traditions evoking peace. Donations welcome. No registration necessary. 939-9461

SUNDAY, AUG. 25
Free Entry to all National Parks - NP Service 103rd Anniversary, Sunday, Aug. 25. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Give Input on the Draft General Plan for Hawaiʻi County on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Nāʻālehu Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. Drop in anytime to talk with planners. Download the Draft General Plan.

Palm Trail, Sunday, Aug. 25, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult hike - 2.6-mile loop. nps.gov/havo

A Taste of Tea & Pottery 2019, Sunday, Aug. 25, noon-4p.m., Volcano Art Center. Annual fundraiser for VAC's Fire Arts Programs. $30/VAC members, $35/non-member, includes choice of one handmade tea cup or bowl, tasting of several freshly brewed Hawai‘i grown teas, and option to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Door prizes, silent auction, and cookies, packaged tea, and tea cups available for purchase. Vote for favorite Hawai‘i grown tea through Taster's Choice Award. Hands-on experiences with clay and demonstrations. Eva Lee speaks. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

MONDAY, AUG. 26
Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Monday, Aug. 26, 1p.m., contact for location. Parent-led homeschool activity and social group, building community in Ka‘ū. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

TUESDAY, AUG. 27
Registration Open: Door Knob Hangers, Tuesday, Aug. 27-Sept. 6, Kahuku ParkHawaiian Ocean View Estates. Program for ages 6-12 takes place Tuesday, Sept. 10, 12:45-3:30p.m. Free. 939-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation 

H.O.V.E. Road Maintenance Corp. Board Mtg., Tuesday, Aug. 27, 10a.m., H.O.V.E. RMC office, 92-8979 Lehua Lane, Ocean View. 929-9910, hoveroad.com

Ka‘ū Food Pantry, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 11:30a.m.-1p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View. Volunteers welcome. Dave Breskin, 319-8333

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28
Kōkua Kūpuna Project, Wednesday, Aug. 28 – last Wednesday, monthly – 9-11a.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Seniors 60 years and older encouraged to attend, ask questions, and inquire about services offered through Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i – referral required, 961-8626 for free legal services. Under 60, call 1-800-499-4302. More info: tahisha.despontes@legalaidhawaii.org, 329-3910 ext. 925. legalaidhawaii.org

Palai‘e Demonstration, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 10a.m.-noonKīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Make a traditional Hawaiian ball-and-loop game using natural materials. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Private Guided Hike: Kīlauea Iki Crater, Thursday, Aug. 28, 10a.m.-2p.m.Kīlauea Iki Overlook, HVNP. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate to challenging, 2.4 mile (one way) hike. $80/person. Park entrance fees may apply. 985-7373, fhvnp.org


ONGOING
Talk Action, Take Action Surveys Deadline is Saturday, Aug. 31. The surveys ask for information regarding 2018's Kīlauea eruption recovery. Hawaiʻi County residents are encouraged to take the surveys at recovery.hawaiicounty.gov/connect/i
mpact-status-survey-suite. Hard copies of the surveys can also be picked up at Council member offices, the Department of Research & Development, and the Planning Department. Unless one chooses to be contacted individually, the information from the surveys will be anonymous.

Applications for Grants to Steward PONC Protected Lands on Hawaiʻi Island are open through Friday, Aug. 31. In Kaʻū, areas of the Kahuku Coast, Kahua Olohu, and Kāwā Bay are eligible. Only 501(c)3 non-profits or organizations that operate under the umbrella of a 501(c)3 non-profit should apply.
     Applications are available at records.hawaiicounty.gov/weblink/1/edoc/95324/2018-19%20PONC%20Stewardship%20Grant%20Request.pdf. Information and applications are also available at the P&R office, Aupuni Center101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6Hilo. Completed applications must be submitted or postmarked by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018. Questions? Contact Reid Sewake at 961-8311.

Volcano Winery's Annual Fundraising Harvest Festival Tickets are on sale at volcanowinery.com or (808) 967-7772. Proceeds benefit Volcano School of Arts & Sciences; last year's event sold out. This sixth festive evening of live music, food, wines and craft beers under the stars happens Sunday, Sept. 84-7p.m. The $50 per person tickets include live music entertainment by Young Brothers; delicious food and drink from local restaurants; award-winning wines and teas from the Volcano Winery; tours of the vineyards and a huge raffle.

Applications are Open for Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool in Nā‘ālehu and Wai‘ōhinu, at Kauaha‘ao Congregational Church on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Limited space available. Pāhala Home Visits also available. Call 939-8573 for Nā‘ālehu,  929-8571 for Pāhala. pidfoundation.org

Exhibit - Nani Ka ‘Ikena by Volcano local photographer Jesse Tunison, daily through Sept. 15, 9a.m.-5p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Nani Ka ʻIkena, that which is seen is beautiful, features vibrant colors and crisp, wide vistas which highlight the character and drama of Hawaiʻi Island’s landscape. The collection of ten photographs were captured over the past decade by Tunison and also document the dynamic changes which have occurred in such a short period of time. "While the landscape has changed the beauty has endured." Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

6th Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run Registration, webscorer.com/register?raceid=166020. 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon races through mac nut and coffee fields along slopes of Ka‘ū starting at 7a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Sponsored by Ka‘ū Coffee Mill and ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Prices increase after July 9. okaukakou.orgkaucoffeemill.com

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