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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 23, 2015

Ka`u News Briefs Friday, Oct. 23, 2015


Halau Kala`akeakauikawekiu, under the direction of Kumu Hula Aloha Victor, performs tomorrow in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.
See details below. Photo from Volcano Art Center
KAHUKU PARK IS THE SITE of the new Ocean View Boys and Girls Club. The club operates on Fridays (school days) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., when the park closes. Membership registrations are being handed out to all interested youth ages 6 to 17 at the club site. The club’s purpose is Play, Learn and Grow Together. The program is Fitness Fun For Youth!
      A grant for the program involves implementing the SPARK afterschool fitness program to increase fitness and physical activity. Goals are to instill physical activity habits early in life to prevent obesity and its many associated chronic diseases. Resources of the SPARK After School Physical Activity Program, identified by the Center for Disease Control as a model obesity prevention program, will be used to increase moderate to vigorous physical activity for youth participants.
      For more information, call Dolly Kailiawa at 756-5285.
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A tower on Mauna Loa connects with the statewide
ANUENUE Network. Photo from USCG
MAUNA LOA IS ONE OF 15 SITES that comprise the new ANUENUE digital microwave system throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Full operating capability has been achieved on shared infrastructure designed by State of Hawai`i and U.S. Coast Guard engineering professionals to provide robust and survivable communication links and facilities throughout Hawai`i.
      The ANUENUE Interisland Digital Microwave Network consists of high-capacity microwave links, radio towers and facility buildings that interconnect and support the systems and networks relied upon by first responders, search and rescue, law enforcement, emergency services and critical government operations. Twelve ANUENUE “high sites” on mountaintops, many at remote locations, connect with eight sites at state office buildings and USCG properties.
      “A shared vision and trust between the state of Hawai`i and the Coast Guard resulted in a partnership that shares resources and capabilities to achieve a common goal of protecting and serving the people of Hawai`i,” Gov. David Ige said. “As a result, Hawai`i is more secure and better prepared for emergencies.”
      The network was designed to survive disasters, natural or otherwise. Its towers and buildings are designed to survive the 155 mph winds of a Category Four hurricane, generators are ready to run for a week without commercial power and earthquake Zone Four-rated backbone facilities are located away from tsunami inundation zones. The microwave radio backbone provides a secure connection across the state.
      ANUENUE replaced the Rainbow Microwave System, a technologically outdated predecessor that initiated the concept of shared communications infrastructure and fostered the cooperation and resource sharing critical to the current success.
      Facilities were built or refurbished to minimize impacts to sensitive areas and view planes and to be environmentally friendly.
      Users of ANUENUE include the Statewide Shared Blended land mobile radio system; Maritime Wireless Network System; Hawai`i Emergency Management Agency; and the Departments of Public Safety, Transportation, Health and Land and Natural Resources. State-sponsored users include agencies of all counties, and USCG-sponsored federal users include the National Park Service.
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U.S. REP. TULSI GABBARD co-introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize #GivingTuesday, a global day of charitable giving and volunteerism. #GivingTuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, begins the holiday season in the spirit of service, following widely recognized shopping events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 
      “Every single day, each of us has the opportunity to find a way to give back to our communities, to help those in need and to have a positive impact on those around us,” Gabbard said. “#GivingTuesday highlights this opportunity and the special importance of service and giving back.
      “Too often, national politics and media focus on the issues that divide us, rather than those that unite us. Service, volunteerism and giving back are principles that unite us and allow us to transcend the many labels that can often divide us.”
      Giving Tuesday was launched by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation in 2012 and has since become a worldwide movement, harnessing the power of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change. In its first year, Giving Tuesday brought together more than 2,500 organizations in all 50 states, and it has continued to gain momentum every year since, with more than 35,000 partners in the United States and around the world.
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KA`U HIGH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TEAM ended their chances to move on in Big Island Interscholastic Federation Championships with a loss to Pahoa on Tuesday. The Trojan wahine won the second set to tie the match, but Pahoa took charge and won the next two. Finals scores were 20-25, 25-20, 21-25 and 14-25.
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BEAUTY OF KA`U ENTRY DROP-OFF is a week from today on Friday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 11a.m. for the Nov. 2 – 5 show at CU Hawai`i in Na`alehu. Winner of the popular vote is featured on the cover of The Directory 2016.
      For more information, see kauchamber.org, or call Donna Masaniai at 238-0505.

THIS AFTERNOON IS YOUR CHANCE to learn how to provide testimony and keep up with the Hawai'i Legislature. A free session 2:30 p.m. at Pahala Community Center will be led by Keaunu Young, of the state Legislature’s Public Access Room. Young will explain easy-to-use tools on the state Legislature’s website. At capitol.hawaii.gov Ka`u residents can access information easily, keep track of it and deliver testimony efficiently.
      See par@capitol.hawaii.gov or 974-4000 x7-0478 for more information.

LOPAKA KAPANUI PRESENTS Chicken Skin: Obake Stories tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Kilauea Military Camp Theater in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. The master storyteller, kumu and actor tells true ghost stories of Hawai`i. Tickets are $20 in advance at CD Wizard and Irie Hawai`i; $25 at the door. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests.
      Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8371 for more information.

A SOCIAL SECURITY PLANNING workshop is open to the public this evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. See ad below for topics covered. Reserve at 327-5410.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to purchase advance tickets for Jazz in the Forest performances tomorrow. A matinee begins at 4:30 p.m., with an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. Matinee tickets are $15 for VAC members ($20 non-members). Evening tickets are $20 for VAC members ($25 non-members). Tickets are available at VAC’s Administration Office in Volcano Village, VAC Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park and online at volcanoartcenter.org through Friday. Tickets will be sold at the door if not sold out.

ROBERT WEISS, WHOSE COLLECTION of plein air paintings is currently on display at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, offers a free teaching demonstration at the gallery tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
      Register at 967-7565 or volcanoartcenter.org. Park entrance fees apply.

KUMU HULA ALOHA VICTOR and Halau Kala`akeakauikawekiu poresent a hula kahiko performance tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.
      Free; park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8222 for more information.


THE ART EXPRESS COMES to Discovery Harbour Community Hall tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the painting workshop, participants can learn something new or work on forgotten projects. Instructions will be on oil, acrylic or watercolor.
      Sign up with and receive instructions from Meliha at himeliha@yahoo.com.

NATIVE DRYLAND PLANTS WORKSHOP takes place Sunday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Kahuku Park Pavilion in Ocean View. Presenters showcase plants well suited to Ka`u’s climate and environment and that can be used to great effect as landscape features.
      Email hoomalukau@gmail.com or call 929-8526.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE until next Friday, Oct. 30 for Hawai`i Community College Alumni & Friends 75th anniversary fundraising dinner. Hawai`i CC has been a member of the Hawai`i Island community since 1941, and the fundraiser dinner will be a chance to celebrate this milestone while also raising money for student scholarships.
      The event takes place on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the University of Hawai`i-Hilo Sodexo Dining Room from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. It includes a silent auction, door prizes and entertainment.
Net proceeds from the event will help Hawai`i CC Alumni & Friends establish an endowment to provide student scholarships.
For online ticket, see uhfoundation.org/HawaiiCC75. Alumni may also contact Anne Chung at 934-2547 or archung@hawaii.edu.

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for Retail Sales Associate: Full-Time, Competitive Wages, Medical & Dental Plans. Apply at Ka`u Coffee Mill. Call 928-0550 for an appointment.