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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.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Ka`u News Briefs Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

The Ka`u High Trojans are ready play their first game since returning from Moloka`i, where they battled the Farmers.
Tonight, they travel to Kealakehe to meet the JV Waveriders. Photo by Tanya Ibarra
KA`U RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY on the Hawai`i Marriage Equality Act of 2013. The bill recognizes marriages between individuals of the same sex and extends to same-sex couples the same rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities of marriage that opposite-sex couples receive. If passed, it would become effective on Nov. 18, and Hawai`i would be the 15th state to legalize full marriage equality.
Sen. Malama Solomon is on the Judiciary
& Labor Committee.
      A special session of the 27th Legislature of the state of Hawai`i convenes Monday to consider the bill. After the bill is introduced on Monday, the Senate Judiciary & Labor Committee will hold a hearing on it at 10:30 a.m. Sen. Malama Solomon, of Hawai`i’s fourth senatorial district on the Big Island, is a member of the committee.
      The committee would like to hear from as many individuals as possible and is anticipating a large volume of present testimony.
      Testimony may be submitted up to 24 hours prior to the start of the hearing. All written testimony must clearly indicate that is being submitted to the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee, the measure number (SB1), the date and time of the hearing, and whether the testifier will be testifying in person.
      Testimony may be submitted in one of the following ways:
      A link to the hearing notice and instructions on how to submit testimony is available at capitol.hawaii.gov/splsession2013b/Hearing%20JDL%2010-28-13.pdf.
      All testimony received is accessible to the public on Hawai`i Legislature’s website. The committee asks that testifiers refrain from including private information that they do not want disclosed to the public.
      See capitol.hawaii.gov.
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Sen. Brian Schatz's wife Linda, shown at his swearing in, will testify
 in favor of the Hawai`i Marriage Equality Act.
Photo from Office of Sen. Schatz
“PEOPLE ACROSS THE STATE ARE GATHERING together to show support for our families, friends, and neighbors who are simply asking for the rights and protections that everyone deserves,” said U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz regarding the Hawai`i Marriage Equality Act. “This should be a bright moment for our state.
      “Although I will be in Washington, our family feels so strongly about this issue and moment in history that my wife Linda will testify on our behalf next week.”
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AFTER A 7.3 MAGNITUDE THAT HIT off the east coast of Japan at 7:10 a.m. this morning, “based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected, and there is no tsunami threat to Hawai`i, reported the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on O`ahu.
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DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service are asking boaters to notify authorities immediately if they see a dead whale floating at sea.
      Each year, approximately one to four sperm whale carcasses drift ashore in Hawai`i, particularly in May and August. Data also suggests they are coming into Hawaiian waters from east and north directions, which results in most carcasses landing on the windward side of islands.
      William Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson, said, “It is critical that we do our best to keep these whales out at sea to avoid attracting large tiger sharks close to shore. Fishing is also good around these carcasses, and by notifying DLNR and NOAA early, we can take the necessary steps to tow the carcass back out to sea, which can extend these opportunities and benefit public safety.
      “Although summer is peak season for sperm whale carcasses, other large whale carcasses, like humpbacks, make their way to shore throughout the year.”
      To report a floating whale or any marine mammal incident, call USCG channel 16 or the NOAA marine mammal hotline at 1-888-256-9840.
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AMERICA RECYCLES DAY, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful, earned a state proclamation yesterday, declaring the day as Nov.15. Gov Neil Abercrombie’s proclamation will be presented to Paul Buklarewizc, executive director of Recycle Hawai`i.
     The goals of America Recycles Day are to inform and educate across the country about the importance of recycling and to encourage people to create recycle opportunities in their communities, not just for one day, but throughout the year.
      Recycle Hawai`i is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes resource awareness and recycling enterprises through educational outreach on recycling, zero waste, composting and sound resource management. It serves as the lead state recycling organization for Keep America Beautiful. Recycle Hawai`i sponsors Artists and the Environment presentations for schools and composting workshops and partners with nonprofits, organizations and businesses in zero waste events.
      Marsha Hee, education director of Recycle Hawai`i, said the organization will work with organizers and participants at the eighth annual Kahumoku `Ohana Hawaiian Music and Lifestyle Workshop Nov. 2 through 10 at Pahala Plantation House to help make the week of music education a zero waste event.
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Hono is Na`alehu Elementary School's mascot.
BIDS FOR COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL of Na`alehu School Elementary School cafeteria swill/garbage are being accepted until Friday, Nov. 15. Applications are available at the school office. Pickup start date is Thursday, Dec. 12. For more information, call Eileen Naboa at 929-7352.

NA`ALEHU SCHOOL PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES are taking place today at Ocean View Community Center. Individually scheduled appointments were sent home with Na`alehu School students. For more information, call 939-2413.

KILAUEA MILITARY CAMP’S HALLOWEEN Costume Party is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Lava Lounge in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Cover charge is $5, with music by DJ Tiki and prizes for best costumes. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8371 for more information.

IN SPORTS, KA`U HIGH TROJANS’ football team travels to play Kealakehe Waveriders today. Homecoming game is Friday, Nov. 8 against the Moloka`i Farmers. Homecoming coronation is Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the gym. 

TUTU & ME’S `OHANA DAY is tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Pahala Community Center. Activities represent a typical day at Tutu & Me. Families, keiki and kupuna from the local community are invited to participate in 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.