|Volcanologist Don Swanson presents his Big Island research Tuesday at After Dark in the Park. Photo from Geo M I|
Another incentive under consideration would waive course requirements for longtime private school teachers who want to move into the public school system. According to a story in this morning’s Honolulu Star Advertiser, this plan could be approved by the state school board this fall. Reporter Mary Vorsino wrote that Teach for America will provide Hawai`i schools with about 100 unlicensed teachers this fall, and University of Hawai`i will provide about 80. Many are recent college graduates, but some are mid-career professionals seeking to move into teaching, the story says.
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by Julia Neal
Kahele currently serves Ka`u as state senator, but the recent reapportionment puts his Hilo residence in the District 1. Ka`u will be divided. District 2 which runs from Punalu`u into Puna, is sought by Rep. Bob Herkes, Wendell Ka`ehu`ae`a, Russell Ruderman, Gary Safarik and Steve Hirakami. Herke’s House seat is sought by current Ka`u Council member Brittany Smart, Marlene Hapai and Fred Fogel.
Ka`u’s District 3, running from Honu`apo to Kona airport, is sought by incumbent senator Josh Green, a physician who worked at Ka`u Hospital and lived at Punalu`u during his early years on the island. Others running for the seat are Michael Last and John Totten.
|Volcano Farmers Market promotes a farm-to-table|
lifestyle. Photo by Julia Neal
“These grants will put resources into rural and urban economies and help strengthen efforts to provide access to nutritious and affordable foods,” said Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan. “This program not only supports the health and well-being of local communities but also the economic health of their farms and businesses.”
Projects that expand healthy food choices in what are called “food deserts” or low-income areas (where the percentage of the population living in poverty is 20 percent or above) will receive additional consideration.
See the application and rules to apply at www.ams.usda.gov/FMPP. Applications are due May 21.
|Brad Hirata has been a judge at Ka`u Coffee Festival Recipe|
Contest each year since it began. Photo by Julia Neal
KALAEKILOHANA Bed & Breakfast on South Point Road presents Ka`u Farmers’ Table: A Feast for the Senses on Saturday, May 5. The Ka`u Coffee Festival event features dinner by Chef Morgan Starr of Mi’s Italian Bistro and an evening of music with Robert Cazimero. Tickets are $100 and call be purchased by calling 939-8052.
KA`U COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN’S Steering Committee meets on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Pahala Community Center. Planner Ron Whitmore will give a project update. Contact him at 961-8137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DON SWANSON, A GEOLOGIST with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, is the speaker at After Dark in the Park this Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Swanson explains how Kilauea’s eruptive cycles were recently recognized, what they mean in terms of how the volcano works and hazards implied by long explosive periods. Two-dollar donations support park programs, and park entrance fees apply.
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