|Keiko and Morton Bassan with their Ka`u Gold oranges. Photo from www.organic-kau-orange.com|
In 2001, Ka`u Gold had 18,000 orange trees on 150 acres. The company started growing oranges in Ka`u in 1979, eventually producing 95 percent of the state’s orange crop, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.
The Ka`u Gold Orange website offers opportunities for domestic and international work exchange and volunteer vacations. “We encourage a diverse group of individuals from all over the U.S., Canada and throughout the world to come here to learn organic food production and to network,” it says. The farm also produces tangerines and tangelos. See organic-kau-orange.com.
Most public workers have already accepted the pay cut. The Department of Education is also trying to reform the school system, which will require additional negotiations with the teachers’ union.
HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK road repairs start Monday on Crater Rim Drive, beginning at Jaggar Museum and working toward the parking lots at Volcano House and Kilauea Visitor Center. There will be one-lane traffic in the area as repairs progress. Also scheduled for repaving is two miles of Mauna Loa Road, including paved areas at Tree Molds and the picnic grounds at Kipukapuaulu.
THE GILBERT & SULLIVAN PLAY called Patience continues tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Kilauea Military Camp Theatre. Directed by Suzi Bond, it stars Cristina Hussey as Patience. The poets are Mark DeMoss as Bunthorne and Byron Karr as Archibald Grosvenor. There is a large cast of maidens, lads and dragoons. A matinee will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. It continues every weekend through July 24.
THE FRIENDS OF HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK sponsor a three-mile hike from Mauna Ulu parking lot to Pu`u Huluhulu tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Non-members are welcome to join in order to attend. Call 985-7373 to register.