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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.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ka`u Calendar News Briefs Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

Ka`u High's cheeleading squad is in its second year after a near 10-year hiatus. Photos from cheerleading Coach Jessica Carroll
REP. TULSI GABBARD AND HAWAI`I FARMERS UNION UNITED are offering to help Ka`u Coffee farmers with land security issues. Miss Ka `u Coffee Maria Miranda, Ka`u Coffee Growers Cooperative President Gloria Camba and Ka`u Coffee Growers land security chair Trini Marques attended the annual statewide meeting of the Farmers Union over the weekend on Maui. They met with Congresswoman Gabbard, who said she would study the issue and further meet with farmers.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard met with Gloria Camba and Trini Marques about Ka`u
Coffee growers' lack of land security.
      Greg Smith, President of the Ka`u chapter of Hawai`i Farmers Union United, said Miranda served Ka`u well, giving a speech to the meeting of Farmers Union presidents. “Maria Miranda did a great job representing the Ka`u Coffee family of farmers,” Smith said. He said the Farmers Union will make every effort to help them with land security.
      Miranda gave a speech about her family history of fleeing Central America for freedoms offered by the United States of America, winding up on California and Kona farms and eventually in Ka`u, where she grew up and her family has a successful Ka`u Coffee business.
      She said the farmers are seeking land security. A new owner, Resource Land Holdings, is expected to close on the property on Nov. 19 and is offering 15-year licenses that transfer ownership of the coffee trees to the new landowners and require the farmers to cooperate with subdividing the land and withdrawing land to put in infrastructure for development. The proposed licenses also give landowners oversight on farm practices and what can be grown on each farm. Under previous ownership, approvals were gained from the county planning director to subdivide the farms into smaller lots than zoning allows. Farmers say they fear they will be unable to afford to buy their farms if they are turned into coffee estates where houses would be allowed. Ka`u Coffee Growers Cooperative voted recently to ask the new owners for an option to buy the land ahead of infrastructure development.
      A statement from Ka`u Coffee Growers Co-op Pres. Gloria Camba read by Miranda during the convention reviewed the success of the farmers in creating successful economic development and entrepreneurship through their coffee farms following the shutdown of the Ka`u sugar industry almost 20 years ago.
      Scott Enright, head of the state Department of Agriculture, also attended the convention and said he plans to come to Ka`u soon.
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Purchase of Kahua `Olohu is on Hawai`i County Council's meeting agenda.
COUNTY PURCHASE OF KAHUA `OLOHU is again on the agenda of Hawai`i County Council’s meeting on Wednesday. 
      Ka`u Council member Maile David’s resolution authorizes the county to negotiate the purchase of the Makahiki grounds in Na`alehu. During an October council meeting, David postponed the resolution after Council member Aaron Chung asked her to investigate property owner James Weatherford’s interests in the property.
      According to the resolution, the property is listed as a key priority for purchase in Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Committee’s 2014 Annual Report for its historical significance and cultural importance.
      Ka`u residents can participate via videoconferencing at Na`alehu State Office Building. The meeting in Kona begins at 9 a.m.
      See hawaiicounty.gov for agendas and to view the meeting streamed live.
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Sen. Josh Green
FOLLOWING FRIDAY’S REPORT of 11 more confirmed cases of dengue fever, Ka`u’s state Sen. Josh Green asked Hawai`i Island residents to be vigilant. “I suspect due to delayed and incomplete testing the number will climb before this outbreak is eradicated,” Green said. “Please take all precautions to avoid mosquito bites on the island, especially where the larger clusters of cases have been (South Kona Region). Wear insect repellent (large new supplies have been ordered and donated), and remove standing water from your property at all times. ...
      “Call or see your doctor, or go to the ER if you have a high fever or other classic Dengue symptoms such as severe headache (especially behind the eyes) or terrible muscle and bone pains.
      Green said that symptoms start five to seven days after exposure and last about a week. Take Tylenol for high fevers.” 
      Green will update the community on his THINKTECH TV show at 2 p.m. tomorrow. See thinktechhawaii.com.
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GOV. DAVID IGE HAS RETURNED from a nine-day trip to Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan, where he participated in a series of business, government, educational and cultural discussions and exchanges. 
      “The relationships between Hawai`i and South Korea and Hawai`i and Japan are very important to our state, and we must continue to explore options for partnerships and exchanges as we continually seek new and innovative solutions to critical issues facing our state,” Ige said.
      In both Japan and Korea, the governor shared his 100 percent renewable energy goal and discussed ways in which the countries could collaborate in achieving those goals – where government and business can participate.
      This was Ige’s first trip to South Korea at the invitation of the South Korean government. Gov. and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige visited the Korean Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning, which is looking to transition South Korea’s economies to clean energy. “They are much aware of our 100 percent renewable goal that we have set for ourselves and they want to participate in the research and development side, as well as help solve the energy storage challenges that we must respond to,” Ige said.
Gov. and Mrs. Ige presented a wreath at the War Memorial of Korea.
Photo from Office of the Governor
      The governor and Mrs. Ige also presented a wreath at the War Memorial of Korea to honor Hawai`i residents who for their sacrifices in the war.
      At Seoul National University, the Iges discussed international student and faculty exchanges with Hawai`i. “They see the globalization of communities and see the significant value in sending faculty and students abroad. Hawai`i is the obvious choice,” Ige said.
      Ige attended the U.S.-Japan Council conference, where he met with a number of government and business leaders and took part in a panel discussion with five governors from various provinces in Japan. The discussion focused on expanding educational, economic and cultural exchanges between our communities.
      “As governors, we realize that many of the challenges that face our country can be improved by our relationships at sub-regional levels,” Ige said. “Working together, we can greatly enhance the relationship between Japan and the United States.”
      Ige applauded the increase in accessibility to Hawai`i from Japan and South Korea. Korean airliner Jin Air announced that it is adding one flight from South Korea to Hawai`i five times a week. All Nippon Airlines announced that it is adding more seat capacity from Japan to Hawai`i, demonstrating continued growth in Japanese visitors to the islands.
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Ka`u residents can support Trojan cheerleaders
at gofundme.com/kaucheer.
KA`U HIGH SCHOOL’S CHEERLEADING squad is in its second year after a near 10-year hiatus. Jessica Carroll, who works full-time at the high school as a behavioral health specialist, has coached the squad each year. 
      This year, the squad cheered at almost all of the football games, participated in Big Island Cheer’s Cheer-Fest in Hilo on Oct. 17 and competed on Oct. 21. The squad also performed an exhibition routine at BIIF Cheer Finals on Nov. 4. A smaller portion of the squad (because some squad members have left to play basketball and soccer this winter sports season) will be cheering the home basketball games.
      Squad members this year include (those with an asterisk are in their second year with the squad) Dacy Davis-Andrade, Destiny Beck*, Aislinn Carroll*, Sheena Flores, Layna Haina*, Malie Ibarra, Zyra Kailiawa, Cherish Kaliawa*, Taylor Kekoa-Burgos, Cassidy Louis, Jenny Mauricio*, Maria Miranda, Brittney Perry*, Kanani Petril-Abrojin and Jennifer Sanchez.
      The squad has also held a few fundraisers this fall. They sold Pahala Pops in September and have an ongoing GoFundMe campaign at www.gofundme.com/kaucheer. These funds have been used to purchase uniforms, pompoms, shoes and other supplies. The squad would also like to attend camp this summer to continue to develop their skills and prepare for next fall’s competition season.
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ADVOCATS SPAY & NEUTER CLINIC is Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. Call 939-7033 for more information.

MANAIAKALANI KALUA AND HALAU o Akaunu perpetuate the `aiha`a style, which Kalua said “was born of this landscape,” Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Kumu received his `uniki (training) from Taupouri Tangao, kumu hula for Unukupukupu, whose foundation comes from the traditions of Halau o Kekuhi. Free; park entrance fees apply.


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