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.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Ka`u News Briefs Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

Joe Aglia emcees a presentation by Pahala Filipino Club. Photo by Julia Neal
OCTOBER IS FILIPINO-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH. Filipinos have been leaders in the Ka`u community, working in the Ka`u coffee industry, on sugar plantations and helping to develop the macadamia industry. They are known for hard work and high rate of home ownership and self-sufficiency skills.
Gloria Camba and friends present
Filipino dance. Photo by Julia Neal
      The Sakadas, a group of Filipinos who came to Hawai`i in the 1940s, are represented by a trio still living, who arrived on a boat in 1946 to work in the Ka`u sugar industry. They are Eufemia Cruz, known for making pastries in the community and having run a boarding house for workers, as well as Carmen Belido and famous farmer Hildo Mercardo.
      People of Filipino heritage who contribute to the Ka`u community include `O Ka`u Kakou founder, volleyball coach and former county councilman Guy Enriques; Na`alehu school principal Darlene Javar and Pahala Elementary vice principal Wilma (Tabios) Roddy; Dexasilyn Navarro, who heads the math department for Pahala public schools; Gloria Camba, president of the Ka`u Coffee Growers Cooperative, who operates the R&G store and owns rental homes and a coffee farm with her partner Bong Aquino; the Alfred Galimba ranching family; famous coffee farmers Lorie Obra, Will Tabios,  Leo Norberte and Trini Marques, whose father Mateo Dancel came with the Sakadas to work in sugar in Ka`u. He is also the grandfather of Connie Koi, manager of Punalu`u Bakeshop. Pahlaa Filipino Community Association President Hilaria Panglao runs an adult care home in Pahala with her husband Sam Panglao.
Pahala Filipino Club gets youth involved in
their culture. Photo by Julia Neal
      Police officers Sheldon Salmo and Shawn Ibarra, high school volleyball coach and school counselor Otis Salmo, Coconut Auto shop owner Tony Villegas, former Volcano House food and beverage executives Cyril Lopez and Cy Lopez, banker Melani (Camba) Manantan, retired realtors Joe and Donata Aglia, retired union leaders Franco Longakit and Alfred Galiza, Ka`u High teacher David Santos, Ka`u Hospital phlebotomists Lester Ibasan and Alan Blanco and singer Eunice Longakit, member of the musical group One Journey, which won Brown Bags to Stardom talent competition, are among the many contributors to the community of Filipino heritage.
      Others include Royal Hawaiian Orchards hand-harvesting foreperson Emie Peralta, mechanical harvesting foreperson Guillermo Bolo, Jr., field supervisor Rollie Peralta, harvesting superintendent Clayton “Sonny” Avenue, garage supervisor Brian Davis-Natividad, quality lab technician Imelda Assistin, irrigation supervisor Mark Erald Aurelio and Volcano Golf Course grounds manager Arnel Libunao.
Guy Enriques
      Middle East war veteran Gary Tomondon and Vietnam veterans Dane Galiza, a well known landscaper and floral designer, and Felipe Sales, who runs veterans services, are among the many Filipino community members.
      To add Filipino residents who contribute to the Ka`u economy and community to this list, email The Ka`u Calendar at mahalo@aloha.net or call 928-6471.
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BREEDING “SUPER CORALS” THAT CAN SURVIVE in warmer and more acidic ocean waters is a University of Hawai`i researcher’s idea that won a global competition seeking new ways to deal with climate change. Ruth Gates, a researcher at the Hawai`i Institute of Marine Biology, won the $10,000 prize in Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s first Ocean Challenge: Mitigating Acidification Impacts contest.
      Gates studies stress impacts on coral at Coconut Island on O`ahu and worked on the idea with Madeline van Oppen, a senior principal research scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. The researchers plans to breed coral species that find can survive rapidly changing ocean conditions.
      “Some attribute in their biology is making them better suited to their environment,” Gates told Honolulu Star-Advertiser reporter Marcel Honore.
      Honore reports that studies have found that the world’s coral reefs — ecosystems that are crucial to generating life in the oceans — are especially vulnerable to man-made climate change. “If they’re to survive, they’ll have to adapt,” he said.
      Fast-moving warming and acidification in the ocean don’t give coral “the normal timelines to do these things themselves,” Gates said. “We’re trying to accelerate the natural process.
      “There is such a pressing need,” she added.
      The process would be similar to breeding traits into dogs to make them able to do specific tasks. “It’s just never been applied in a marine setting like this,” Gates said.
      The researchers’ next step is to submit a formal proposal for the foundation’s consideration. If the foundation accepts it, they hope to begin the project by early next year, Gates said.
      See staradvertiser.com.
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Miloli`i Community Enrichment and Historical Center is to be complete
by fall of 2015. Photo from Pa`a Pono Miloli`i
PA`A PONO MILOLI`I, INC. HAS BROKEN GROUND on a $1 million community center in Miloli`i. Pa`a Pono Miloli`i is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the residents of the native Hawaiian fishing village. 
      Through a 2006 Congressional Housing and Urban Development grant championed by the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, the project completed all design and planning requirements this summer and broke ground in September.
      The facility will feature a 3,200 square foot, open air community center with enclosed areas designated for classrooms, historical library, office space, gift store and a certified kitchen.
      Adjacent to the main facility will be a comfort station/restroom, guest quarters and a hale wa`a for storage and maintenance of Miloli`i canoes.
      The entire facility is being built on a 40,000 square foot parcel leased from the Department of Land & Natural Resources and will include a parking lot, native Hawaiian landscaping, water storage and solar photovoltaic power system.
      Pa`a Pono Miloli`i, Inc. completed federal and state Chapter 343 EIS requirements, county Special Management Area requirements, National Historic Preservation, Archaeological Survey, Conservation District Use Permit and Hawai`i County Plan and Building Approval in order to begin construction on the facility.
New informational signs at the scenic point just south of Ocean View
will be blessed Wednesday. Image from Ka`u Scenic Byway Committee
      The design and planning team of Farber and Associates, Honua Consulting, Lewellyn Architectural and Design, Robert C. Smelker Associates, Island Survey and Engineering Partners of Hilo completed all planning and design requirements over a two-year time period.
      The center is being built by JCP Construction, of Hilo, and is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2015.
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NEW SCENIC BYWAY SIGNAGE at Mile Marker 75 on Hwy 11 will be blessed on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Ka`u Scenic Byway Committee of the Ka`u Chamber of Commerce will celebrate completion of its first project, installation of wayside signs at the scenic point just south of Ocean View on Mamalahoa Hwy. For more information, contact Dennis Elwell at 929-7236.
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HA`AO SPRINGS & MOUNTAIN HOUSE AG Water Co-op meets Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Wai`ohinu Park. Agenda items include approval of the user agreement and a survey group update. For more information, email katywhite@hawaiiantel.net

FISHING PONO: LIVING IN HARMONY WITH THE SEA, the story of native Hawaiians using ancient conservation methods to restore fisheries, is being shown Thursday at Hilo’s Palace Theater as part of the Hawai`i International Film Festival. Producer of the documentary is Teresa Tico, who owns a home in Pahala and photographs for The Ka`u Calendar and Ka`u Chamber of Commerce’s Directory
      Tico has produced more than 30 short documentaries, most of them addressing pressing environmental issues, including coral reef degradation, climate change and rising sea levels impacting Polynesia. Her award-winning film Miss South Pacific documents the beauty event where competitors care about culture and the environment. Ulu Makuakane, the first Miss Ka`u Coffee, competes this December at the pageant in the Solomon Islands.
      Tico plans a feature documentary including fisheries in Ka`u. Fishing Pono was funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through its subsidiary, Pacific Islanders in Communication. It will be shown on the PBS series Pacific Heartbeat.

Jernest Breithaupt-Louis hits back a spike.
Photo by Tim Wright, KHS '77
FEED THE HUNGER FOUNDATION explains its loan program today at 6 p.m. at Na`alehu Community Center. The organization invites Ka`u low-income entrepreneurs and small businesses aiming to expand or start producing food for local consumption to apply for loans from $2,000 to $100,000. 
 information about FTHF, visit feed-hunger.com. For further information and to apply for a 
loan, email denisealbano@feed-hunger.com.

KA`U HIGH’S GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TEAM battled the Pahoa Daggers Saturday, hoping to qualify for the state tournament. The teams played five games, with Pahoa overcoming the Trojans to claim BIIF’s final state tournament berth. Scores were 25-23, 20-25, 21-25, 25-21 and 15-8.