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.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Santa is on his way to Ocean View Community Association's Keiki Christmas Party today. Will he arrive in a classic car, as he did last year? Photo by Melissa Tveter
BAY CLINIC, WITH HEALTH CARE FACILITIES in Na`alehu, is receiving recognition and a $15,253 award as part of $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to health centers across the nation in recognition of quality improvement achievements and to invest in ongoing quality improvement activities.
      Health centers receiving awards are proven leaders in areas such as chronic disease management, preventive care and use of Electronic Health Records to report quality data.
Bay Clinic Ka`u Family Health Center opened last December.
Photo by Joe Febo/Hana Hou Photography
      These health centers are being recognized for high levels of quality performance in one or more of the following four categories: health center quality leaders; national quality leaders; clinical quality improvers; and electronic health record reporters.
      Bay Clinic received recognition and a $15,253 award in the clinical quality improvers category. Clinical quality improvers are recognized if they demonstrated at least a 10 percent improvement in clinical quality measures between 2012 and 2013, showing a significant improvement in the health of the patients they serve.
      “This funding rewards health centers that have a proven track record in clinical quality improvement, which translates to better patient care, and it allows them to expand and improve their systems and infrastructure to bring the highest quality primary care services to the communities they serve,” said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “With these funds, health centers in all 50 states will continue to provide access to high quality, comprehensive primary and preventive health care to the patients that need it the most.”
      See hawaiitribune-herald.com.
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KA`U RESIDENTS COULD SEE improvements in Hele-On bus service following the county’s purchase of three new buses and donation of five more by Honolulu’s transit system. Nancy Cook Lauer reports in West Hawai`i Today that the donated buses will be used as backups and put into service when other buses are being repaired.
      The county purchases the new buses, which cost $450,282 each, with federal funds.
      See westhawaiitoday.com.
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Fire Chief Darren Rosario
WITH HAWAI`I COUNTY RESIDENTS preparing for New Year’s Eve festivities, Fire Chief Darren Rosario ask for everyone’s kokua in helping prevent fires and also to avoid unnecessary injuries caused by fireworks each year. 
      It is illegal for anyone to:
  • Remove the powder or pyrotechnic contents from any firework; 
  • Throw fireworks from, at or into any vehicle; 
  • Set off any fireworks: 
  1. At any time not within the specified time periods; Within 1,000 feet of any hospital, convalescent home, care home for the elderly, zoo, animal hospital or shelter or church when services are held; 
  2. On any school property without authorization from the said school official; 
  3. On any public way such as a highway, alley, street, sidewalk, or park. 
  4. Offer for sale, sell or give any fireworks to minors; or for any minor to possess, purchase, sell, or set off, ignite or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks, except under the immediate supervision of an adult; 
  5. Set off any aerial luminary devices, commonly called Sky Lanterns or Hawai`i Lanterns, or any other aerial devices, such as bottle rockets, sky rockets, roman candles, cakes, mortars or shells. 
      Use extreme care when setting off fireworks. Children playing with fireworks should be under an adult’s close supervision at all times. Even the smallest of fireworks can cause severe injuries that will quickly ruin the holidays.
      Fireworks should be set off in an area well away from dry grass or flammable materials.
      Be sure fireworks are completely extinguished before being disposed of.
      Have a fire extinguisher and/or a water hose ready to use in the event of an unplanned or unexpected fire. Be sure water hoses can reach all areas where fireworks activities are being conducted, especially around the entire house. It’s also a great idea to wet down any dry, grassy area before and after setting off fireworks.
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Palila on mamane tree, its food source. Photo from USGS
A STATE ATTEMPT TO TRY TO EXTEND PROTECTION of endangered palila, whose critical habitat is on Mauna Kea, outside its habitat has been stopped by a state judge, according to a story in Hawai`i Tribune-Herald
      Currently, state employees and contractors can hunt sheep, goats, cattle and axis deer from the air within the birds’ critical habitat through an exemption to a ban on aerial hunting. The state wanted to extend the area available for aerial hunting to keep ungulates from migrating to palilas’ habitat, where they destroy mamane trees, palilas’ main food source. However, Hilo Circuit Court Judge Glenn Hara ruled that state law doesn’t “specifically provide an exemption for the state from the aerial hunting ban” outside of the critical habitat.
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U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is the first
Hindu in Congress. Photo from
U.S. India Relationship Blog
KA`U’S U.S. REP. TULSI GABBARD is visiting India at the invitation of the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who she recently met with during his visit to the U.S. During their first meeting, the two spoke of the priorities shared by India and the U.S., including defeating threats posed by ISIS and other Islamic extremists, collaborating to address environmental concerns and maximizing economic opportunities. Gabbard’s visit to India as the Prime Minister’s guest will work towards these efforts.

 
      “The potential for the relationship between the United States and India is extremely bright, and I wish to enhance this important partnership through my visit to India,” said Gabbard. “I was honored to accept the invitation of Prime Minister Modi and look forward to meeting with him again. Throughout this visit, I will have the opportunity to meet with a variety of people from different industries in five major cities, with the objective of investing in and strengthening the relationship between the world’s largest and oldest democracies.”


      While in India, Gabbard will build relationships with high ranking officials in government and the military, as well as meet with individuals and leaders in different industries, agencies and organizations that promote business, technology and innovation, renewable energy, tourism, education, opportunities for women and children and environmental protection. She will address the India Ideas Conclave in Goa, deliver welcoming remarks at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Conference, speak to students at Goa University and participate in the Bangalore Innovation and Start-Ups technology conference. She will also meet with leadership of the Indian Film Industry to create more opportunities for the industry in Hawai`i, as well as promote eco-tourism and other investments in the Aloha State.

      Gabbard serves on the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, which was established in 1994 and has been the driver of the India-U.S. bilateral relationship. Gabbard said that, due to increased efforts of this Caucus, among other things, the friendship and opportunities between these two countries has been strengthened and continues to grow.


      Gabbard will return to Washington, DC before Congress reconvenes on Jan. 6. No U.S. tax dollars are used to fund the travel and associated costs of her trip to India.

OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER hosts its annual keiki Christmas party today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event includes gifts, a visit from Santa Claus, food, fun and celebration. Volunteers are still welcome to help with the event.

Yellow `ohi`a lehua are one of many forms participants learn about tomorrow.
Photo by David Boyle
LUCKY LIZARDS PERFORM TONIGHT at Gilligan’s Café in Discovery Harbour. The restaurant is open Friday and Saturday nights from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to support Ka`u Learning Academy.

PARTICIPANTS BRING LUNCH AND LEARN about the vital role of `ohi`a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, the many forms of the `ohi`a lehua tree and its flower during a free program tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. 985-6011

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