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.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ka`u News Briefs Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

HMSA's Medical Van offers free medical exams, athletic physicals and flu shots today and Thursday, as well as several
days next week, at Ka`u High & Pahala Elementary School. Photo from HMSA
KA`U HUNTERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO HELP CONTROL FERAL CATTLE at the Pu`u `O`o area of the Hilo Restricted Watershed. The Department of Land & Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife is opening special access and has extended the deadline for applications to this Friday, Oct. 25.
Ka`u hunters can help control feral cattle in Hilo Watershed.
      Special access will be granted to one hunter group each Saturday beginning Nov. 16 and running through the end of March 2014.
      Hunters will be selected through a random lottery drawing to be held Wednesday, Oct. 30 at East Hawai`i DOFAW office, 19 East Kawili Street in Hilo.
      Applications may be obtained at East and West Hawai`i DOFAW offices or online at hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw.
      Applications must consist of a minimum of five and maximum of 10 licensed hunters as a group. Applicants may only submit their name on a single application. Duplicate entries will be discarded.
      Permits will be issued and/or validated at the entrance gate into Pu`u `O`o near the 22-mile marker along Daniel K. Inouye Hwy (formerly Saddle Road) on the Saturday morning of the assigned hunt.
      Interested persons wanting additional details regarding the feral cattle control program, application process and/or special accommodations may contact Division of Forestry and Wildlife in Hilo at 974-4221.

HAWAI`I COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT reports a 30.3 percent decrease in traffic fatalities so far this year as compared to the same period last year. The number of major accidents is 7.6 percent lower, and DUI arrests dropped by 9.3 percent.

West Point is one military service academy for which Rep.
Tulsi Gabbard is accepting nomination request letters.
KA`U’S U.S. REP. TULSI GABBARD is accepting nomination request letters from individuals in Hawai`i’s Second Congressional District for admission to U.S. Service Academies in summer of 2014. Nomination forms are available at gabbard.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations. 
      “It is an honor to nominate Hawai`i’s best and brightest to attend our nation’s prestigious Service Academies,” Gabbard said. “There is no greater privilege than to serve our country in uniform, and I encourage anyone in the Second Congressional District who is qualified and interested to submit their application for a nomination.”
      Potential candidates must have reached their 17th birthday and not passed their 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year they would enter the academy; be a U.S. citizen; have graduated from high school; be unmarried; have taken the ACT and/or SAT; and meet the stringent entrance requirements of their preferred academy.
      While formal nominations will not be made until Jan. 2014, all applications are due by Thursday, Oct. 31. Applications can be submitted to John Towles, Office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, 300 Ala Moana Blvd Room 5-104, Honolulu, HI 96850.
      Constituents may also call the Gabbard’s Honolulu office at 808-541-1986 for additional information.

Helping serve food at UPLINK All-Stars' ho`ike are, from left, Mikela
Torres, Teani Grace andAlthea Ramones. Photo by Thu-Tam Doan
UPLINK ALL-STARS AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM held its fifth ho`ike on Friday, Oct. 4. Students served a feast to parents, `ohana, teachers and other guests. They prepared local dishes using mostly local ingredients. “This is something I emphasize greatly in Ka`u – a land full of riches, in terms of natural resources. My vision is that the students will gain a deeper appreciation for all the riches that Ka`u provides them,” said Thu-Tam Doan, After-School All-Stars site coordinator for Ka`u. 
      The menu included Ka`u-caught ono poke, Ka`u-caught ahi poke, wild Ka`u pork smoked meat with veggies, wild Ka`u kalua pork and cabbage, organic kalo from the after-school garden with sweet potatoes and coconut milk, fresh organic salad from the after-school garden, fried rice with Portuguese sausage, pancit with veggies, pork lumpia with veggies, crab rangoon, banana pudding and banana bread.
      For more information on the UPLINK All-Stars after-school program, contact Doan at 557-7414 or UPLINK program coordinator Liza Saplan at 333-4903 or 928-2006.

TUTU & ME HOSTS ITS FIRST-EVER `OHANA DAY this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Pahala Community Center. 
      Activities at the event represent a typical day at Tutu & Me. Families, keiki and kupuna from the local community are invited to participate in all of the fun learning activities that Tutu & Me provides every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the school year at the community center, along with live music, health screenings provided by Hui Malama Na `Oiwi and Ka`u Rural Health Community Organization, giveaways and a raffle.
      The purpose of the event is to demonstrate the unique, high-quality early childhood educational program Tutu & Me provides for free and to invite eligible families to enroll. “We serve families with keiki from birth to five years of age and their caregivers – whether that be mom, dad, Tutu, aunty, uncle or a friend,” said site manager Betty Clark. “An integral part of our program is a cultural component; Hawaiian language and Native Hawaiian values are incorporated into our curriculum on a daily basis.”

FREE HEALTH EXAMS ARE AVAILABLE today and Thursday at the HMSA Medical Van in Pahala on the school grounds near the band room. The van returns Monday, Oct. 28, Tuesday, Oct. 29 and Thursday, Oct. 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to free exams for the public, nurse practitioner Jackie Aprin offers free physicals for school athletes and free flu shots.

Anne Shimojima
KA`U SCENIC BYWAY COMMITTEE of the Ka`u Chamber of Commerce celebrates completion of its first project, installation of wayside signs at the scenic point just south of Ocean View at mile marker 75 on Mamalahoa Hwy, with a blessing tomorrow at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Dennis Elwell at 929-7236.

HA`AO SPRINGS & MOUNTAIN HOUSE Ag Water Co-op meets tomorrow 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.

STORYTELLER ANNE SHIMOJIMA TELLS TALES just right for the Halloween season Thursday at 3 p.m. at Na`alehu Public Library. This 45-minute program is suitable for ages 8 and older. 
      Described as a graceful, spirited and a mesmerizing storyteller, Shimojima tells literary stories, historical pieces and folk tales from her Asian heritage and around the world. She has performed for over thirty years before audiences of all ages across the country at schools, libraries, festivals, museums and conferences. She teaches graduate courses in storytelling and gives workshops on the use of storytelling in education and the creation of family history projects.
      For more information, call 939-2442.

Tim Tunison explains backyard reforestation.
Photo from VAC
BOTANIST TIM TUNISON HOSTS A BACKYARD REFORESTATION workshop Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Volcano Art Center’s Ni`aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Participants learn to begin developing a step-by-step plan of action and what the long-term requirements of restoring or recreating a native forest are. The day begins within the Ni`aulani Rain Forest, which VAC has been restoring since 1996. After examining the forest, attendees carpool to the botanist’s own backyard inside Volcano Village, where he is in the early stages of restoring it to native rain forest habitat. 
      “I explain the nuts and bolts of weed control, how to do it safely and not harm native plants intermixed with weeds. We also discuss how to identify a target forest community to model efforts after and the important differences between true ecological restoration, replacement communities, and general horticultural landscaping,” Tunison said.
      A brief demonstration on how to begin a simple propagation project completes the day. Students take home an informative supplemental CD. Tuition is $15, and pre-registration is required. Contact Volcano Art Center at 967-8222.