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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.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

`O Ka`u Kakou's annual Keiki Fishing Tournaments are family affairs. This year's tournament is on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Photo by Julia Neal
IN HIS FOURTH STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS before the Hawai`i Legislature, Gov. Neil Abercrombie emphasized the state’s restored financial stability, along with his administration’s long-term plan to sustain it, as an opportunity to act with confidence on key investments in Hawai`i’s future. Areas highlighted by the governor included efforts to expand early childhood education, tax relief and support for seniors, an increase in the minimum wage and collaborative efforts to address homelessness, climate change and invasive species.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie gave his fourth State of the State address yesterday.
Photo from Office of the Governor
      “I am able to report to you, our state government’s financial house now stands on solid ground,” Abercrombie said, extending his appreciation to legislators, public employees, local businesses and the people of Hawai`i for sharing in the decisions and sacrifices that made the state’s financial turnaround possible. “We are now entering a new phase. The administration’s package and supplemental budget do not rely on any new taxes or fees. On the contrary, I believe we may be able to reduce taxes in key areas. We also have the resources to deliver services to the people of Hawai`i while living within our means.”
      Abercrombie concluded his address by remembering the late Loretta Fuddy, a lifelong supporter and advocate of public health measures. “Loretta Fuddy was their champion,” the governor said. “I am asking for specific attention to make funding for Early Intervention Services a priority. This will serve as a fitting tribute and appropriate legacy to honor Loretta. There will be lasting benefits for the affected families and children – the children she loved and cared for passionately to her last day.”
      The entire text of the State of the State Address is posted at governor.hawaii.gov.
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West Ka`u Sen. Josh Green
East Ka`u Sen. Russell Ruderman
KA`U’S REPRESENTATION BY TWO STATE SENATORS will continue, with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upholding Hawai`i’s 2012 reapportionment plan.
      Plaintiffs argued that reapportionment after the last U.S. Census was unconstitutional, claiming that a senatorial post was unconstitutionally removed from O`ahu to give Hawai`i Island an additional senator and leaving non-resident military and out-of-state students – most of them on O`ahu – without representation. Hawai`i Island state Sen. Malama Solomon and others argued that including the military skewed the population in favor of O`ahu, and left Hawai`i Island and its growing population underrepresented.
      The O`ahu group appealed to the U.S. District Court, which rejected their argument on July 11, 2013, ruling that the state redistricting commission upheld the constitutional guarantee of one man, one vote.
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THE HAWAI`I RENTAL BY OWNER AWARENESS ASSOCIATION is watching bills in the 2014 state Legislature. Some of the bills would require owner-operators to have professional property managers operate their facilities. “If they succeed, we will no longer have the direct communication that we enjoy today with our guests. Nor the direct relationship with our housekeepers, our contractors and our neighbors. Our revenues will plummet, and a substantial portion will disappear as management fees. Many of us will be forced out of business,” according to a statement from the organization. HROAA vice-president Meera Kohler wrote that the organization seeks to retain “our ability to own and manage our Hawaiian homes and to enhance the vacation experience for visitors to Hawai`i.” 
      See rboaa.org.
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HAWAI`I DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES Division of Aquatic Resources has launched a newly recast and mobile-friendly freshwater fishing license website. The online resource allows Hawai`i residents and non-residents to purchase a license required to fish in the state’s freshwater streams and waters from their computer or mobile device.
      Customers may visit the website to purchase a Hawai`i freshwater fishing license directly and immediately. Upon successful purchase, licensees will receive a copy of their fishing license and any other required permits by email.
      See freshwater.ehawaii.gov.
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APPLICATIONS FOR KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS’ summer programs are due by Saturday, Feb. 15. Parents and caregivers should plan now and apply their child for one of the three Explorations Series programs and/or Summer School programs. 
      The Explorations Series consists of three different summer boarding programs, each targeted at specific grade levels. Each program offers an opportunity for students to turn summer into an adventure, with activities and field trips designed to introduce and expand upon Hawaiian cultural traditions and knowledge. Programs take place in a variety of locations.
      Summer School programs have a limited number of seats available for both current and non-Kamehameha campus students. Hawai`i Summer School courses will take place from June 12 to July 10.
      For more information about Explorations Series, see apps.ksbe.edu/hcbe or call 808- 534-8272. For Hawai`i Campus Summer School, see hawaii.ksbe.edu/summer or call 808-982-0033.
      Applications are available at ksbe.edu/admissions.
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THE MELLON-HAWAI`I DOCTORAL AND POSTDOCTORAL Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year. The application deadline is Feb. 28.
      Entering its seventh year, the Mellon-Hawai`i fellowship program was established in 2008 for Native Hawaiian scholars early in their academic careers and others who are committed to the advancement of knowledge about the Hawaiian natural and cultural environment, Hawaiian history, politics, and society.
Kohala Center executive director
Matthew Hamabata
Photo from Kohala Center
      The program is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Kamehameha Schools and administered by The Kohala Center. The Kahiau Foundation joined in support in the academic years 2010-2011 and 2012-2013. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s recent award of $500,000 will enable the fellowship program to support three additional cohorts of doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in the academic years 2014–2015, 2015–2016, and 2016–2017. 
      Applicants accepted to the program as doctoral fellows receive $45,000 in support to complete their dissertations before accepting their first academic posts. Postdoctoral fellows receive $55,000 in support to publish original research early in their academic careers.
      In addition, the program provides fellows with opportunities to prepare presentations of their research; network with community leaders, mentors, and previous fellows; and meet academic publishers who may be interested in their work.
      “We are delighted and honored to support the work of Hawai`i’s finest thinkers and writers,” said Dr. Matthew Hamabata, executive director of The Kohala Center and senior support staff to the Mellon-Hawai`i Fellowship Program. “The Mellon-Hawai`i fellows have successfully established themselves as intellectual and educational leaders from Hawai`i — for Hawai`i and the world.”
      Since its inception, 25 doctoral and postdoctoral scholars have been accepted to the program, with many subsequently receiving academic appointments or offers to have their manuscripts published.
      Mellon fellows gather at Pahala Plantation House annually to share their research.
      Award notifications will be made by April 4.
      More information and application materials are available at kohalacenter.org/mellon/abot.html.
      For further information, contact Cortney Hoffman at choffman@kohalacenter.org or 808- 887-6411.

IN SPORTS, KA`U HIGH SOCCER TEAMS traveled to Hilo yesterday. On the boys team, Carlos Uribe-Bounos scored a goal from a corner kick. Final score was Ka`u 1, Hilo 8. Next game is Tuesday, Feb. 4 at BIIF Division II as third seed. 
      Girls soccer team played the last game of their season with a loss to Hilo, 0 – 14.
      In yesterday’s boys basketball games at Kohala, Junior Varsity won 68 – 43, with Trojan Joven Padrigo scoring 41 points. Varsity lost 56 – 68. Larry-Dan Al-Navarro scored 20 points.

HA`AO SPRINGS & MOUNTAIN HOUSE AG WATER CO-OP meets tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Wai`ohinu Park.

Kahuku Junior Ranger Day is Saturday.
Photo from NPS
`O KA`U KAKOU HOSTS ITS ANNUAL Keiki Fishing Tournament Saturday. Children one to 14 can enter. Early registration is available at Mizuno Superette, Pahala Gas Station, B&E Union 76, Ace Hardware and Kahuku Mini-Mart. 
      Check-in is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and fishing begins at 10 a.m.
      For more information, call Wayne Kawachi at 937-4773.

KAHUKU JUNIOR RANGER DAY IS SATURDAY from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Keiki of all ages join park rangers for a day of activities and connect the culture, people and `aina through `oli, GPS and compass while taking a short and easy walk. Register at 985-6019.

KA`U HOSPITAL URGES RESIDENTS to complete its Community Health Needs Assessment at surveymonkey.com/s/93HQ5MX. The deadline is Jan. 31.

SEE THE DIRECTORY from the Ka`u Chamber of Commerce at http://snack.to/fzpfg59c.