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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, June 8, 2016

Ka`u Calendar News Briefs Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Meet Hawai`i Island potters and view their works at the eighth annual Volcano Pottery Sale. See more below.
Photo from Volcano Art Center
MORE WATER IS ON ITS WAY to Ocean View. Gov. David Ige released $725,000 in capital improvement budget funds to finance plans and designs to develop a secondary Hawai`i County potable water source there.
Gov. David Ige
      “Projects such as these are critical components of the public infrastructure and contribute to building a better home for our kupuna, keiki and all the residents of Hawai`i,” Ige wrote in a letter to Ka`u’s state Rep. Richard Creagan announcing the action. “By working collaboratively, we can climb the mountains of challenges that face Hawai`i.”
      “The release of the money for a second source and the willingness of the Water Department to agree to use it is very important,” Creagan said. “An ample and secure source (sources really) of water for Ocean View is a health and safety issue. The mosquito, dengue and zika problem is water-related, and having another reliable and high quality source of water may help people find solutions to mosquitoes breeding in catchment tanks. The need for a public restroom at the highway intersection and restaurant area is critical and should be helped by a second source of water.”
      “Mahalo a nui loa Gov. Ige, Rep. Creagan and Sen. (Josh) Green for your support of this very important CIP funding for our Hawaiian Ocean View Community,” Hawai`i County Council member Maile David said. “I also want to aloha and mahalo Mayor Kenoi; Keith Okamoto, Manager, Chief Engineer for the Department of Water Supply; Warren Lee, Director of Public Works; and their awesome staff who worked so diligently to timely submit the necessary request for allocation to Gov. Ige and the state Finance Department.
      “I am humbled to have been a part of a very positive and successful multi-agency collaborative effort and look forward to our continuing relationship.”
      Green said he was very pleased for the community. “Good work on your part, Maile, and mahalo to the administrations.”
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YESTERDAY WAS THE DEADLINE for potential candidates to register to run in this year’s upcoming elections. The ballot will include county, state and federal offices.

One of thirteen candidates will replace Mayor
Billy Kenoi, who has reached his term limits.
IN HAWAI`I COUNTY AND STATE RACES, 13 candidates want to take over for Hawai`i County Mayor Billy Kenoi, who cannot run again due to term limits. Those who filed papers to succeed Kenoi are Alvin Akina, of Kailua Kona; Paul Bryant, of Papa`aloa; Daniel Cunningham, of Hilo; Marlene Hapai, of Kurtistown; former Hawai`i County Council member Pete Hoffmann, of Waikoloa; KAHU 91.7 FM radio station founder Wendell Ka`ehu`ae`a, of Hilo; former Mayor Harry Kim, of Hilo; former Hawai`i County Managing Director Wally Lau, of Kailua-Kona; Helen Luta, of Kealakekua; Shannon McCandless, of Kamuela; Gene Tamashiro, of Hilo; Timothy Waugh, of Hilo; and Eric Weinert, of Papaikou.
      Hawai`i County Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth, of Hilo, faces a challenge from Michael Kagami, of Kea`au.
      Hawai`i County Council District Six member Maile David, of Captain Cook, faces a challenge from Raina Whiting of Ocean View. David came into office in 2014, when former council member Brenda Ford reached her term limit.
      Three candidates are running for Ka`u Democratic state Rep. Richard Onishi’s office in District Three. Challengers are Libertarian Gregory Arianoff, Democrat Ainoa Naniole and Green Party candidate Kealoha Pisciotta, a Native Hawaiian opponent to the Thirty Meter Telescope. All four candidates are from Hilo.
      Ka`u’s state District Five Rep. Richard Creagan, of Na`alehu, is opposed by Michael Last, also of Na`alehu.
      In state Senate District Two, Ka`u’s Democratic Sen. Russell Ruderman, of Kea`au, faces challenges from Hawai`i County Council member and Democrat Greggor Ilagan, of Kea`au, and Libertarian Fred Fogel, of Volcano Village.
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U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz
U.S. SEN. BRIAN SCHATZ, following yesterday’s deadline to file papers to run for U.S. Senate, faces several challengers. He is the only U.S. senator from Hawai`i in the running this year, as Sen. Mazie Hirono is up for reelection in 2018.
      Schatz competitors in the Democratic Party are Makani Christensen, Tutz Honeychurch, Arturo Reyes and Miles Shiratori. Challengers in Republican Party are John Carroll, Karla Gottschalk, Eddie Pirkowski and John Roco. Others running against him are Libertarian Michael Kokoski, Joy Allison of the Constitution Party and John Giuffre of the American Shopping Party.
      Schatz, 43, became senator in December of 2012, appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie after the death of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. In a 2014 special election, Schatz was elected to continue.
      John Carroll, one of the Republican contenders, an 86-year-old attorney who owns a Hamakua farm, held a press conference yesterday in Honolulu.
      According to a report in this morning’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Carroll is “known for his outspoken opposition to the Jones Act, a post-World War I law that requires all shipping between U.S. ports be conducted with domestic vessels and crews. Carroll argues that the federal law has led to Hawai`i’s high shipping costs.
      “Carroll denounced Hawai`i’s high shipping costs, the soaring price tag of the Honolulu rail project, Hawai`i’s high cost of living and the state’s slow pace in moving qualified Native Hawaiians onto homesteads.”
      See staradvertiser.com.
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U.S. REP TULSI GABBARD, who serves Ka`u and rural areas of the state, faces challengers in the upcoming elections. Yesterday was the deadline to sign up to run against her.
      Challenging her in the Second Congressional District race is Democrat Shay Chan Hodges. Republicans against Gabbard are Eric Hafner and Angela Aulani Kaaihue. Nonpartisan Richard Turner is also running.
      Gabbard, 35, defeated former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in 2012. She campaigns for the Bernie Sanders movement and frequently appears on national TV as a veteran commenting on foreign policy.
      Democratic challenger Hughes contends that Gabbard is not a true progressive, scoring an F In the Progressive Punch ratings, compared to Schatz and Hirono each earning an A, according to a story in this morning’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
      See staradvertiser.com.
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MEET STATE SEN. RUSSELL RUDERMAN at a legislative talk story at Cooper Center in Volcano Village this evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

A SCREENING OF RIVERS AND TIDES takes place tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village. The documentary directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer depicts the engaging and interactive relationship between art and nature and follows artist Andy Goldsworthy all over the world as he opens up about his unique creative process and demonstrates how he engineers and collaborates with nature, space and time.
Volcano artist Liz Miller presents Rivers and Tides
and moderates a discussion afterward.
Photo from Volcano Village Artists Hui
      Local earth-media based artist Liz Miller, who has done many earthwork installations, presents the film and moderates a discussion afterward. There will also be a book collection of Goldsworthy’s work for people to peruse that show photos of his latest works as artist-in-residence at The Presidio/Golden Gate National Park.
      The film received a number of awards, including Best Documentary of the San Diego Film Critics Society and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. It is an Anglo-German co-production by Mediopolis Film and the British independent film company Skyline Productions.
      Call 967-8222 for more information.

JOIN 14 DIVERSE CERAMIC ARTISTS from Hawai`i Island for the eighth annual Volcano Pottery Sale on Friday afternoon and Saturday. The sale is held at Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
      This is a great opportunity to see a wide range of ceramic works, all in one location, and to meet and talk story with the artists. Functional pottery and ceramic sculpture ranging from low-fired raku wares to high-fired porcelain with crystalline glazes and soda-fired stoneware will be shown.
      There will be wheel-throwing demonstrations on Saturday.
      Bentos and sushi from Volcano Hanabi will be available on Friday, and Thai food from Aunty Pon’s Café will be available on Saturday.

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