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, May 06, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Giving back to the pageant, Miss Ka`u Coffee 2013 Tiare-Lee Shibuya provided congeniality scholarships to Miss Peaberry and
Ka`u Coffee candidates on Sunday night after the candidates and friends performed a paparazzi skit onstage. Photos by Julia Neal
Cristina-Nicole Kawewehi is
Miss Popularity
 Photogenic Chazlynn Pua-Queja
      MISS KA`U COFFEE AND PEABERRY TALENTS won over the weekend and Ka`u Coffee farmers donated the trophies at the annual pageant as part of the ongoing Ka`u Coffee Festival. While Amery Silva won the title of Miss Ka`u Coffee and Madison Okimoto won Miss Peaberry, Miss Peaberry Popularity was taken by Cristina-Nicole Kawewehi who received a trophy from Roberto and Maria Miranda. Miss Peaberry Photogenic Chazlynn Pua-Queja received a trophy from Franklin and Anabelle Orcino and Miss Peaberry Congeniality Queja-Pua received a $50 scholarship from 2013 Miss Ka`u Coffee Tiare-Lee Shibuya. Miss Peaberry Madison Okimoto received trophies for her title from Bong and Gloria Aquino, for Peaberry Sportswear from Don and Ku`uipo Dacalio, for Talent from Ruby and Amy Javar and for her Gown from Efren and Maile Abellera. Fourth Miss Peaberry Calaysa Koi earned a trophy from Pablo and Maria Mauricio, Third Miss Peaberry Christina-Nicole Kawewehi from Berta and Jose Miranda, Second Miss Peaberry Shanialee Silva from Leonardo and Jackie Castaneda and First Miss Peaberry Chazlynn Pua-Queja  from Jerffrey and Donna Gascon. Miss Ka`u Coffee Popularity went to Shayan Flores-Carvaho, who received a trophy from Milton and Verna
Miss Peaberry Madison
Okimoto also became
Miss Peaberry Scholar
Miss Ka`u Coffee Princess
Shanialee Silva
Dacalio. Miss Ka`u Coffee Photogenic Gloria Ornelas received a trophy from Melchor and Fely Fernandez. Amery Silva, who received her title trophy from Chris Manfredi of Ka`u Farm and Ranch and her $1000 scholarship from Edmund C. Olson, received her Congeniality $100 scholarship from 2013 Miss Ka`u Coffee Tiare-Lee Shibuya, her Sportswear trophy from Wayne and Danarie Dacalio, her Talent trophy from Leo and Herme Norberte and her Gown trophy from Ricardo and Mimi Sambajon. Second Miss Ka`u Coffee received her trophy from Will and Grace Tabios. First Miss Ka`u Coffee received her trophy from Lorie Obra.
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HAWAI'I COFFEE COMPANY, which provided $1,000 in scholarship money for the Miss Ka`u Coffee and Miss Ka`u Peaberry winners on Sunday, is prepared to sell all of the 100 percent Ka`u Coffee it can purchase, according to CEO Jim Wayman.
     Last weekend was the beginning  of Hawai`i Coffee Co. participation in the Ka`u Coffee Festival with a donation to the scholarship pageant. Over the last year, the company has become active in selling Ka`u Coffee through its brands Royal Hawaiian and Lion Coffee, The company also owns Royal Kona Coffee and Hawaiian Islands Tea. Its website states that Hawai`i Coffee Co. is  Hawai'i's leading supplier of coffee to the islands' hotels, restaurants and retail stores.
     Royal Hawaiian Coffee recently rolled out a a brand of 10 percent Ka`u Coffee, sold under the name Alan Wong. Wayman said that with the high market demand for Ka`u Coffee, he is hoping that thousands of acres will be planted in Ka`u Coffee. He said his company has given exclusive rights to the Royal Hawaiian brand to a company called Western Exports, which plans to sell 100 percent Ka`u Coffee into Japan and Europe.     
Miss Ka`u Coffee Princess
Calaysa Koi. Photos by Julia Neal
     Presenting the scholarships on behalf of Hawai`i Coffee Co. last weekend at Ka`u Coffee Mill was Roger Ka`iwi, of Royal Hawaiian Coffee Co.'s Kona operation. The $750 Miss Ka`u Coffee Scholar award co-sponsored by Hawai`i Coffee, Ka`u Chamber of Commerce, Masako Sakata and Alice Yonemitsu, went to Shyann Flores-Carvalho. Hawai`i Coffee Co. also co-sponsored a $450 scholarship with retired Na`alehu Principal Peter Volpe and his wife Fran for Miss Peaberry Scholar Madison Okimoto, as well as the $350 scholarship for the First Miss Peaberry winner Chazlynn Pua-Queja.
     Miss Ka`u Coffee pageant chair Gloria Camba, who is a retired school teacher, coffee farmer and president of the Ka`u Coffee Growers Cooperative, said she appreciated all of the funding that goes to the "education of our bright and talented young women and girls of Ka`u. We also appreciate all of the dedication and contributions of our cooperative farmers to make this event a reality," said Camba. To comment on or like this story, go to facebook.com/kaucalendar.

KA`U COFFEE FESTIVAL WEEK CONTINUES tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a Ka`u Mountain Water System Hike starting at  Ka`u Coffee Mill.  The $40 fee includes lunch. Call 928-0550.
     On Friday at 10 a.m. will be Coffee & Cattle Day at the Aikane Plantation coffee farm and ranch with an all-you-can-eat buffet for $25 . Call 927-2252. 
     Friday evening is the time for  Ka`u Star Gazing from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., starting at Ka`u Coffee Mill and traveling tot he table top mountain of Makanao. Participants enjoy Ka`u’s vast open landscapes and night skies unmarred by city lights. Fee of $35 includes refreshments. Call 928-0550.
     The annual Ho`olaule`a takes place on Saturday at Pahala Community Center, with entertainment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ka`u Coffee farmers show off their world-class beans with tasting and sales at their booths. Tours of Ka`u Coffee farms and Ka`u Coffee Mill are scheduled throughout the day. The Ka`u Coffee Experience presents the taste and aroma of select Ka`u Coffees, prepared by trained baristas, in a program organized by Ka`u Farm Bureau President Ralph Gaston, Joan Obra and Miguel Meza.
     Ka`u Coffee College closes the festival on Sunday, when visiting coffee experts offer educational talks from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Pahala Community Center.
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PREDICTED CLIMATE CHANGE IN HAWAI`I is front and center in a new study released by the White House yesterday. Science Insider reports: "From Hawai`i to Maine, from the fishing industry to manufacturing, the report’s 30 chapters emphasize that “evidence of human-induced climate change continues to strengthen and that impacts are increasing across the country.” The 1300-page document is available to read at http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/ . Pres. Barack Obama suggests dealing with climate change in a three prong approach: Cut greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to the impacts and lead internationally in dealing with the issue.
      Specific Hawai`i concerns include the bleaching of reefs, the change in fish populations including the tuna fishery as the ocean warms, more drought, infusion of ocean water into fresh water sources as the sea level rises and the risks of continued construction along the shoreline where increased severe weather and inundation threaten. Planning for future development, natural resources and invasive species management as well as populations moving inland and food production all come into play in planning for what the study describes as inevitable climate change.
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OCEAN VIEW SUMMER FUN AT KAHUKU PARK will from Mondays through Fridays from June 9 through July 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children must be five years or older as of Dec. 31, 2013 and enrollment is open to all elementary school students up to those who this year will have completed grade 6. Register through May 8 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Kahuku Park. Registration is first come first served, and will continue until the enrollment limit of 40 is met.  Cost has been reduced to $20 per child, thanks to donations and fundraising efforts by Friends of Kahuku Park, O Ka`u Kakou, the Edmund C. Olson Trust, Queen Liliu`okalani Children's Center, Ocean View Community Development Corp. and many community volunteers," said Ocean View Summer Fun recreation technician Teresa Anderson.
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