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, July 01, 2012

Ka`u News Briefs July 1, 2012

Hawai`i County Band marched through downtown Na`alehu at yesterday's Independence Day Parade.
Photo by Peter Anderson
BIDS ARE IN FOR CONSTRUCTION of Ka`u District Gym & Shelter. All bids are higher than County of Hawai`i’s estimated cost of $16.5 million. Summit Construction, Inc. gave the lowest bid of $17,388,856. Other bids are: Jacobsen Construction Co., Inc. $18,183,000; Yamada Paint Contracting, Inc., dba GW Construction $19,972,862; Honolulu Builders, LLC $19,980,000; F&H Construction $18,573,000; Nan, Inc. $18,539,779; Isemoto Contracting Co, Ltd. $18,253,000. The final bid will be awarded after the county reviews the proposals in depth.

ALL OF THE KA`U COUNTY COUNCIL CANDIDATES marched the Independence Day Parade in Na`alehu yesterday and attended the candidates’ forum at Ocean View Community Center Friday.

Brenda Ford joined the Na`alehu Parade, campaigning for County
Council  District 6.  Photo by Charles Tobias
BRENDA FORD talked about the Ocean View trash processing station. “What’s holding it up is money.” She said it was top on the list until another transfer station collapsed and had to be replaced. She said it is next. She said she is not happy with taking on debt for the county but suggested that a bond could help pay for the Ocean View facility, which could include recycling and composting. She predicted the county “will never get to zero waste, but we can get to five percent.” She also talked about the Council receiving a lot of proposals on handling waste. “One is a Material Recovery Facility, which employs intensive reuse and recycling principals. She said one is likely to be built near Kona.

County Council District 6 candidate Maile David walked
in the parade. Photo by Charles Tobias
MAILE DAVID said the trash recycling and transfer station for Ocean View is critical for health and welfare. “Whoever gets in office needs to really bird dog and work with state representatives to resolve whatever is holding it up.” David said her proudest achievement is “coming to realization that my 30 years of community activism and community service has brought me to where I am today.” She sued and stopped dredging of shoreline at Kukui, where “they were doing it over the weekend” without permits. She said within the “beautiful reefs,” remnants of ponds they were attempting to dig can be seen. She also litigated to preserve a historic site in Kona, resulting in it being purchased for $600,000.

Lee McIntosh helped organize the parade and is running for County
Council District 6. Photo by Peter Anderson
LEE MCINTOSH said he is “a problem solver. I can identify problems and listen to problems other people have identified and look for solutions that best meet the end result that we want to accomplish.” He said, “I will work hard to represent constituents in my district and do my best to follow through. McIntosh noted the parade he and his family organized for yesterday’s Independence Day in Na`alehu. Three years ago, he and his family “were waiting for them to do the parade. I found out that they weren’t going to do it. My family scrambled to figure out the process and worked with the county and Police Department.” He said his family continues to organize the parade through `O Ka`u Kakou.

Bradley Westervelt, running for County Council District 6.
Photo by William Neal
BRADLEY WESTERVELT said he supports farm-to-table initiatives and that it is a “tragic thing we have to import so much food.” He noted that he has worked on sustainability for the island and supports building code modification to allow the use of such materials as `ohi`a and lava rock. He works with the Hawai`i Sustainable Community on modifying the building code. Westervelt also said he worked on the Ocean View temporary transfer station and called the disposal situation a tragedy with Ocean View residents driving far to get rid of their garbage. He suggested opening the transfer station north of Ocean View more hours a week so people can dispose of their trash on the way to work in Kona.

SEE TOMORROW'S NEWS BRIEFS reporting on Lincoln Ashida's participation in the candidate forum.

Antonio Rocha performs tomorrow at Ka`u's libraries.
ANTONIO ROCHA brings the sights and sounds of Brazilian and African rainforests to Ka`u in his solo shows at local libraries tomorrow. Rocha performs at Na`alehu Public Library at 9:30 a.m. and at Pahala Public & School Library at noon. All ages are welcome. 

VIRTUAL SEISMOLOGY is the topic at After Dark in the Park Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory seismologist Wes Thelen introduces new online tools available to interpret earthquakes. Two-dollar donations support park programs, and park entrance fees apply. Call 985-6011 for more information.

VOLCANO VILLAGE’S annual Fourth of July Parade & Celebration takes place Wednesday. The parade begins at 9 a.m. at the post office and follows Old Volcano Rd. to Wright Rd., turning left to Cooper Center, site of craft fair, entertainment, food, games and silent auction.
      The silent auction, sponsored by Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, starts at 9 a.m. in Cooper Center. Items include bed & breakfast stays, adventure tours, massage and acupuncture sessions, golf packages, admissions to area attractions, retail store and restaurant gift certificates, original art, photography, prints, jewelry, crafts & more. The auction supports volunteer and educational projects in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Call 985-7373 or email admin@fhvnp.org for more about the auction.

FUN ON THE FOURTH IN KA`U runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Na`alehu Park. `O Ka`u Kakou provides seniors with bingo & free luncheon, while keiki enjoy free games, hot dogs & shaved ice. 

KILAUEA MILITARY CAMP celebrates Fourth of July with a Country Hoedown & Western Dance
Party at Lava Lounge in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park with BBQ pork on a hoagie bun, corn, baked beans and warm buttermilk biscuits for $10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Dance Party is set for 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., with no cover charge. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8371 for more information.