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.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Ka`u News Briefs June 26, 2011

Keaiwa Farm Lots farmer James Hanka harvests bok choy for the Ocean View Green Market.  Photo by Julia Neal

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY has finished another project in Ka`u, this one a home in Ocean View for the Martin `Ohana. Habitat for Humanity, West Hawai`i is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. The nonprofit works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to the family at no profit and with no interest charged. 
     Residents can sign up to become recipients of help from Habitat or to volunteer, donate money, labor, building materials and even houselots through habitatwesthawii.org or call 331-8010. 
     A blessing for the Ocean View house for the Martin family was planned for today.

HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY is proposing more geothermal energy for the Big Island. HELCO has issued a request for information to determine the best way to pursue geothermal development. The utility is seeking input from potential geothermal developers and interested landowners on next steps that take into account renewable energy goals and clean energy policy in “the state’s unique community, cultural, historical, and environmental context. See full RFI at http://GeothermalRFI.heco.com.
Geothermal already produces about 31 percent of renewable energy
statewide, and expansion is planned.  Photo by Puna Geothermal
     Questions or comments may be submitted via email, and answers will be posted on the site. Responses to the RFI are requested by Aug. 31.
     “Geothermal power is already a proven source of firm renewable power that can play an even larger role in Hawai`i’s clean energy future,” said Jay Ignacio, president of HELCO. “This is a first step, and with growing interest and discussions around the state we must consider the best approach because developing geothermal is unique.”
     Geothermal development differs from other renewable energy projects such as wind, solar, biofuel and biomass, waste-to-energy or hydro-electric, according the HELCO. “Community and cultural consultation are a critical part of the process. Typically, a geothermal project must begin with resource identification, resource evaluation, and drilling one or more test wells. These high-cost procedures must precede a formal project proposal. A resource verified through an exploratory well must be found before further steps, including production well drilling and plant construction can begin,” said a statement from the utility company. The RFI focuses on the early phase of geothermal development.”
     More than 30 percent of electricity on Hawai`i Island is generated from renewable resources, including hydro, wind, distributed photovoltaic, concentrating solar and geothermal.
     Puna Geothermal Venture, a subsidiary of Ormat Technologies, operates a 30-megawatt capacity geothermal plant and is planning to expand to 38 megawatts. A proposed purchase power agreement between HELCO and Puna Geothermal is now before the Hawai`i Public Utilities Commission.

MOSES ESPANIOLA III TEACHES `UKULELE today and every Sunday through July at the Old Pahala Clubhouse. The classes for beginning and intermediate youth and adults are held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Call Chelle at 808-896-1911 for more information.

The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are home to more than
7,000 marine species.  Photo by James Watt
THE PAPAHANAUMOKUAKEA MARINE NATIONAL MONUMENT is the topic at After Dark in the Park this Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. UH graduate Jennifer Nelson discusses the Northwestern Hawaiian Island Chain, which is the single largest conservation area under the U.S. flag and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. 

THE GREEN MARKET at Ocean View Community Center happens every Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Farmers are invited to sell their foods. So far farmers from growing places like Keaiwa, up Wood Valley Road, have been bringing fresh vegetables, including lettuce, bok choy, kai choi and other oriental vegetables grown by James Hanka and his family. Call 939-7033 for more information.

THE INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE in Na`alehu on Saturday, July 2 will be preceded by a free pancake breakfast for everyone at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the same village. The parade will be held at 11 a.m. along Hwy 11, followed by the annual Fourth of July Rodeo at the Na`alehu Rodeo Grounds, which continues through Sunday, July 3.