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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.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Honoka‘a wastewater treatment facility while it was under construction. A similar aerated
lagoon system is being considered for Pāhala. In addition, Pāhala would have acres of trees for screening
and also trees planted to absorb water and nutrients. The county is offering to organize a field trip for Pāhala
residents to see the finished and operating Honoka‘a system. Photo from Goodfellowbros.com
NARROWING DOWN AN AVAILABLE AND APPROPRIATE SITE AND SYSTEM for the Pāhala Wastewater Treatment Plant drew more people to talk story at the Ka‘ū District Gym on Thursday morning. They discussed not only waste disposal, but their appreciation for life in the village.
     As with all of the talk story meetings about the future sewage system, county consultant Berna Cabacungan, of Earthplan, began with questions regarding the community's concept about the village itself. When asked what people like about Pāhala, they responded. Ka‘ū Coffee farmer Milton DaCalio said, "Everything is slower here." A woman named Trinidad said, "It's my home." Dexter Lee said, "The lifestyle, no hustle and bustle, slow and easy."
Ed Olson's house across the street from the proposed Pāhala
Wastewater Treatment Plant site. Photo by Julia Neal
     Ed Olson said, "Real nice community" and mentioned recent economic development, including his construction of Ka‘ū Coffee Mill with employment and leasing land to more than 30 farmers with irrigation. He also brought up his current work on a hydroelectric plant up Wood Valley Road. He said there is nothing better than employment to give people hope.
   Sammie Stanbro, with Olson Trust, called Pāhala, "a hidden jewel."
    When asked about challenges for the community, Trinidad said, "More jobs for children so they don't go away." Lee said during old days people used to be able to go up to the mountains and down to the ocean at any time, without restrictions. New landowners have restricted some access. DaCalio said, "Same thing."
    Regarding the planned location for the treatment facility, Olson noted that he is the only one whose house is across the street. He owns his house and the Old Pahala Clubhouse mauka of the proposed site at the corner of Lower Moa‘ula and Maile Streets.
     Stanbro recommended researching the possible siting of the wastewater treatment plant on the Nā‘ālehu side of the Norfolk pine lane along Maile Street to put it a bit farther from the town. Like the current preferred site, some 42.5 acres, the land across Maile Street is owned by Kamehameha Schools. It is about the same size and also has a macadamia orchard that could serve as an immediate buffer, she noted.
Old Pāhala Clubhouse across the street from the proposed Pāhala Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Photo by Julia Neal
     A preferred location would be downhill - downgradient - from the village for gravity flow to and through the site. Enough space for the proposed treatment plant and an area to expand in the future would be ideal. Easy access, electricity, a source of water, and land without archaeological sites and environmentally sensitive places such as gulches and stream beds would also be top qualities for the most appropriate site. The soil composition and other qualities will be considered. 
      Michelle Sorenson, a wastewater engineer working on the project for Brown and Caldwell, a firm contracted by the county, said it is difficult to find an available site with all the boxes checked off. She said that the county is talking with Kamehameha Schools about the preliminary site but that other possibilities could be considered.
    When asked for a main point to take back to the county about the wastewater treatment plan, most attending the meeting named the cost to the people living in Pāhala.
     Read about the Thursday night meeting in the Friday Ka‘ū Calendar News Briefs.

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A FIELD TRIP TO THE HONOKA‘A WASTEWATER TREATMENT SITE is being offered by Hawai‘i County. The Honoka‘a plant has aerated lagoons, like those in the concept for Pāhala. Those interested may call Department of Environmental Management at 961-8339, or Iris Cober at the Brown and Caldwell Maui office at 808-442-3300.

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KEIKI CHRISTMAS AT KAHUKU PARK, a new event organized by Ocean View community members Ian and Kathie. The free event is scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kahuku Park, which is located on Paradise Circle, four blocks mauka of hwy. 11 and Ocean View Town Center in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. Food, activities, games and exhibits will be open to all and santa gifts and photos will be available to keiki, from newborn to age 14. An all day long gift raffle will be available to kūpuna. It is a drug and alcohol free event. For more information or to participate or make a donation, call Ian at 758-6351 or Kathie at 937-5865.

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December print edition of The Ka‘ū Calendar is
free to 5,500 mailboxes throughout Ka‘ū, from Miloli‘i 
through Volcano. Also available free on stands throughout
the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com.
KA‘Ū TROJANS SPORTS SCHEDULE

Girls Basketball: Saturday, Dec. 16, Kohala @ Ka‘ū.

Boys Soccer: Saturday, Dec. 16, Kamehameha @ Ka‘ū.

Boys Basketball: Tuesday, Dec. 19, Hilo @ Ka‘ū.

Swimming: Saturday, Dec. 23, @ Hilo.

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A GILBERT & SULLIVAN CHRISTMAS CAROL, a Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network musical production, premiers Thursday, Dec. 14, with performances continuing through Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m. at Kīlauea Military Camp Theater in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 per senior/student, and $12 per child. For more information call 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com. Park entrance fees apply.

HULA & OLI WITH KAHO‘OKELE CRABBE is the feature of Aloha Friday on Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Volcano Art Center. Learn the basics of hula, Hawaiian language and chant. For more visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-7565.

A FREE HAWAIIAN CULTURAL DEMONSTRATION, ‘Ike Hana No‘eau (Experience the Skillful Work), is offered Friday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Kahuku Unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

HELP NATIVE PLANTS GROW IN THE HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK by volunteering to remove invasive non-native plant species at three remaining Stewardship at the Park events that take place this December. The upcoming event is Friday, Dec. 15, with the event also taking place Dec. 23 and 30. Volunteers should meet leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at 8:45 a.m. Free; park entrance fees apply. Fore more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

JOIN DISCOVERY HARBOUR RESIDENTS FOR BUNCO & POTLUCK on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m., in the Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Bunco, also known as Bonko or Bunko, is a popular game played with nine dice. Bring a dish to share. For more, call Margie Hack at 541-954-8297.

A HULA KAHIKO PERFORMANCE & NĀ MEA HULA DEMONSTRATION are offered on the hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at on Saturday, Dec. 16. Under the direction of Kumu Hula Sammye Ku‘ualoha Young, Hālau Hula Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Ku’ualoha performs Hula Kahiko at 10:30 a.m.
     Following the performance until about 1 p.m., Kumu Hula Kaho‘okele Crabbe with Halauolaokalani provides a hands on cultural demonstration, Nā Mea Hula. For more and to confirm date, contact Desiree by calling 987-7288 or emailing volcanohula@gmail.com.

Help clean-up old nets and trash that has washed up onto the shore at
Kamilo, below Nā‘ālehu. See event at right.
Photo from Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund
HELP IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR SEA TURTLES AND OTHER MARINE ANIMALS BY volunteering to remove plastic debris, trash and old nets from Kamilo during a community beach clean-up organized by Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited in HWF 4WD vehicles. To volunteer, email kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com in advance to reserve your spot. Meet at Wai‘ōhinu Park.

OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM meets at the Ocean View Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more, call 939-7033.

A FREE PUBLIC HEALTH SHOWER WITH HOT WATER, soap, shampoo and clean towels is offered at St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View every Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with a free hot meal.

ATTEND A FREE ZENTANGLE INSPIRED ART EXHIBIT & RECEPTION at the Volcano Art Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. Volcano Art Center says, “Bring your friends, your art and a light holiday pupu to share." The event is open to the public and offers door prizes, a slideshow and videos. Guests are encouraged to create and take home a Zentangle inspired ornament. Donations are welcome. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-7565.

A MONGOLIAN BBQ takes place Saturday, Dec. 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kīlauea Military Camp's Crater Rim Café in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The event is open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8356 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

ENJOY A FILIPINO LUNCH, MUSIC AND DANCE AND VIEW DISPLAYS OF FILIPINO ITEMS from the plantation days at Sakada Day on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center. The Sakadas are the workers who came to Hawai‘i from the Philippines between 1906 and 1946, recruited by the Hawai‘i Sugar Planters Association.
      Sakada Day celebrates the Sakada legacy in the agricultural development of Ka‘ū and honors the Sakada's work, economic and cultural contributions to society in Hawai‘i. The event, including a Filipino lunch, is free and offers Filipino dance and music, displays of Filipino artifacts, tools, housewares, apparel and items from plantation days. A Filipino fashion show is also on the agenda, along with Filipino entertainment from around the island.
     Formal recognition will be given to Sakadas and their families from Nā‘ālehu and Pāhala at Sakada Day.

JOIN RANGERS ON A FREE MODERATELY DIFFICULT GUIDED HIKE, entitled People & Land of Kahuku, on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The 2.5 mile hike takes visitors over rugged terrain and focuses on the human history of Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

KA‘Ū AND VOLCANO MUSICIANS will perform at the Chamber Orchestra of Kona's Holiday Favorites concert on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Resort & Spa. Among those performing are Susan McGovern from Volcano on viola and Ocean View residents Arlene Arai on trumpet, Steve Moon on trumpet, Michael Cripps on cello and Peter Bosted on oboe.
     Tickets are $10 and $20. Children under 18 are free. Beer, wine and champagne are served before the concert and during the break. Validated parking on the Sheraton's grounds.

REGISTER KEIKI GRADES K-8, FOR A MINI GINGERBREAD HOUSE craft class that has been announced for Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Register until Tuesday, Dec. 19. For more, call Nona Makuakāne or Elijah Navarro at 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

HAWAI‘I COUNTY COUNCIL MEETS Wednesday, Dec. 20. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. See agendas and more at hawaiicounty.gov.

AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL ARTIST KEN MAKUAKĀNE PERFORMS Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Makuakāne has won 15 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award, and six Big Island Music Awards. Free, park entrance fees apply.

OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETS Wednesday, Dec. 20, from noon to 1 p.m., at Ocean View Community Center. For more, call 939-7033.

CU HAWAI‘I FEDERAL CREDIT UNION OFFERS EMPLOYMENT as a Member Service Representative in Nā‘ālehu. CU Hawai‘i seeks energetic individuals for full time positions who enjoy working with people and can provide professional, courteous and efficient service to valued members.The ideal candidate must be service oriented and possess good communication and computer skills. Cash handling and customer service experience is preferred. Must be able to work Saturdays. CU Hawai‘i offers medical, drug, dental, vision and retirement benefits.
     Email, mail or fax application to: Attn: Human Resources, 476 Hinano Street Hilo, HI 96720, Fax: (808) 935-7793. Applications can be found online at cuhawaii.com/careers.html.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wild turkeys live in the macadamia trees next to the proposed Pāhala sewage treatment site.
Photo by Julia Neal
INTEREST IN PROTECTING THE PINE TREE AND MACADAMIA ENTRANCE TO PĀHALA came up Wednesday morning and evening at talk story meetings on the proposed site and operation of the new Pāhala wastewater treatment facility. The tentative site, 42.5 acres owned by Kamehameha Schools, runs from the corner of Lower Moa‘ula Road and Maile Street, out to Hwy. 11 on the Hilo side of the Norfolk pine lane.
     The perimeter of the existing macadamia orchard and Norfolk Pines would screen the wastewater treatment site. The preliminary design calls for aerated lagoons and native tree plantings to filter and treat the effluent and protect the groundwater and ocean. The concept minimizes mechanical and repair costs and uses the environment to help filter and dispose of the effluent.
     Michelle Sorensen, a consulting engineer on the project, explained that the buffering by the Norfolk Pines and macadamia trees would be substantial with the current design.
Maile Street, the Norfolk pine tree lane to Pāhala from Hwy. 11.
Photo by Julia Neal
     The facility would process wastewater from homes along the old plantation sewer lines. The engineer said that the site could accommodate the entire community, by later expanding the treatment facility on the 42.5  acres. Additional macadamia would be removed and a new landscape design, preserving the Norfolk pines and adding other plantings to buffer the site, would occur should expansion be needed, possibly decades from now.  
     Several mentioned the beauty of the pine tree lane coming into town. Colleen Milligan noted that wild turkeys and pheasants live in the macadamia orchard. Kamakani Dancil, representing Kamehameha Schools, noted that locals hunt pigs in the macadamia orchards. He also said that taking down macadamia trees could mean reducing employment and income from the nuts. The engineer said that economic impacts will be studied.      
     Several Pāhala residents attending, including Les Iverson and Jean Hanoa, recommended that the county revisit site possibilities below Hwy. 11. Iverson said he didn't believe the selected property above Hwy. 11 is large enough to include the needs of the entire village and for future growth.
     The engineer said that the county has been looking at alternate sites and could possibly review them and others and explain in more detail why the targeted site was chosen. Kamehameha Schools owns other land below the highway, below macadamia orchards.
     Jan Kaleohana talked about growing up with old plantation treatment system in Portuguese Camp, without thinking about it until the sugar company that operated it closed in 1996. She asked that the community be involved in site selection and making sure the cost is not too much of a burden on local residents.
     Atta Kaleohana and Gilbert and Cecilia Ito also brought up the cost of hooking up to the system and the bills that will come from the county for the ongoing service. The consultants explained that the construction of the treatment system is being paid for in part by grants and county funding spread across the island and that the burden of cost will not be solely on Pāhala residents.
Preliminary site chosen for the Pāhala wastewater treatment facility would use aerated lagoons and
planting areas to use nature to help clean wastewater. 
        Alfred Ibarra, who is not on the old sewage system, asked if he will be required to hook up to the system when it goes by his house on Pikake Street. County regulations do require everyone to hook up when the line goes by their houses. Council member Maile David, who attended last night's meeting, said she would look for funding to help with the hookup costs.
      The preliminary cost estimate for the project is $20 to $21 million. The timeline is to acquire the property for the wastewater facility and finish environmental studies by the end of 2018, complete construction of the facility and the piping in the streets in the middle of 2021 and hook up the system by the end of 2021.
     Two more meetings will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, the first from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Ka‘ū District Gym Multipurpose Conference Room, and the last from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center.
     The consultants explained again that the county is under order by the EPA to secure a site and begin construction or face fines for operating the old plantation system which takes the effluent into two large gang cesspools, where there is no treatment.
     For more information, contact Berna Cabacungan of Earthplan at eplan1@aol.com, Department of Environmental Management at 961-8339, or Iris Cober at the Brown and Caldwell Maui office at 808-442-3300.
    
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A MUSICIAN AND A TEXTILE ARTIST will be the January 2018 Artists-in -Residence at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Musician Will Oldham – who performs under the name Bonnie Prince Billy – and his wife, textile artist Elsa Hansen Oldham were selected by the non-profit National Parks Arts Foundation, Hawai‘i Friends of Volcanoes National Park and Friends of Volcanoes National Park.
Elsa and Will Oldham will be Artists-in-Residents at Hawai‘i
Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Christian Hansen
     Singer/songwriter Oldham's music is described as an alternative blend of country, folk and punk. His wife's quilting and cross stitch work puts a folksy pop-art spin on history and modern culture.
     The pair will present a dual multimedia performance on Jan.  26  in the Kīlauea Visitor Center at 6 p.m. Will Oldham will sing and play music while Elsa Hansen Oldham stitches on stage as her handiwork is projected on the auditorium’s movie screen.  
     “As the park enters our fourth year of the Artist-in-Residence Program, we look forward to our second musician and first textile artist,” said Laura Carter Schuster, Chief of Cultural Resources at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. “Hawai‘i has such a long tradition of both music and quilting, this pair seems like a match for our location. And the park will inspire both the musician and the fabric artist alike,” she said.
       The couple lives in Louisville, KY, and will reside in the park for a month. Oldham has performed since 1998 as Bonnie Prince Billy, and prior to that as Palace Brothers and Palace Music. His songs have been performed by Johnny Cash, Marianne Faithful and others. His new record, Best Troubadour, is a collection of Merle Haggard songs. 
     Hansen Oldham’s textile art is displayed at the Dickinson Roundell Gallery in New York, and she was recently profiled in the New York Times.
     The project is supported by the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and other benefactors. The NPAF is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the national parks through creating dynamic opportunities for artwork based in the natural and historic heritage of America. All NPAF programs are made possible through the philanthropic support of donors. Visit nationalparksartsfoundation.org for details.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL SAW KA‘Ū AT KEA‘AU on Wednesday, Dec. 13. The final for Jayvee was Kea‘au 32, Ka‘ū 13. In Varsity play, Ka‘ū scored 34, with Kianie Mederios Dancel scoring 16 points. However, Kea‘au scored 69.

See public Ka‘ū events, meetings entertainment at 
 kaucalendar.com/octnovdec/decemberevents.html
See Ka‘ū exercise, meditation, daily, weekly events at 
kaucalendar.com/octnovdec/decembercommunity.html.
December print edition of The Ka‘ū Calendar is
free to 5,500 mailboxes throughout Ka‘ū, from Miloli‘i 
through Volcano. Also available free on stands throughout
the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com.
KA‘Ū TROJANS SPORTS SCHEDULE

Girls Basketball: Saturday, Dec. 16, Kohala @ Ka‘ū.

Boys Soccer: Saturday, Dec. 16, Kamehameha @ Ka‘ū.

Boys Basketball: Tuesday, Dec. 19, Hilo @ Ka‘ū.

Swimming: Saturday, Dec. 23, @ Hilo.

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BRING YOUR KEIKI FOR A FREE STORYBOOK READING AND CRAFT ACTIVITY with Auntie Linda of Tūtū & Me on Thursday, Dec. 14, at Nā‘ālehu Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more details, call 929-857.

FREE MEDICAL SERVICES ARE OFFERED TO THE COMMUNITY by The Medical Van at St. Jude's Episcopal Church on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Call 939-7000 or visit St. Jude's at 92-8606 Paradise Circle, Ocean View.

OPENING NIGHT IS THURSDAY, DEC. 14, for Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network's musical production A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol. The show is presented Thursday, Dec. 14, through Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m. at Kīlauea Military Camp Theater in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 per senior/student, and $12 per child. For more information call 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com. Park entrance fees apply.

HULA & OLI WITH KAHO‘OKELE CRABBE is the feature of Aloha Friday on Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Volcano Art Center. Learn the basics of hula, Hawaiian language and chant. For more visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-7565.

EXPERIENCE THE SKILLFUL WORK, ‘IKE HANA NO‘EAU, a free Hawaiian cultural demonstration, is offered Friday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Kahuku Unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

HELP REMOVE INVASIVE NON-NATIVE PLANT SPECIES that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at three remaining Stewardship at the Park events that take place this December. The upcoming event is Friday, Dec. 15, with the event also taking place Dec. 23 and 30. Volunteers should meet leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at 8:45 a.m. Free; park entrance fees apply. Fore more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

BRING A DISH TO SHARE AND PLAY A GAME CALLED BUNCO on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m., in the Discovery Harbour Community Hall for Bunco & Potluck. Bunco, also known as Bonko or Bunko, is a popular game played with nine dice. For more, call Margie Hack at 541-954-8297.

OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM meets at the Ocean View Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more, call 939-7033.

JOIN VOLUNTEERS FOR A COMMUNITY BEACH CLEAN-UP AT KAMILO hosted by Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited in HWF 4WD vehicles. To volunteer, email kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com in advance to reserve your spot. Meet at Wai‘ōhinu Park.

Hālau Hula Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Ku‘ualoha performs Hula Kahiko Dec. 16.
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
USE OF CLEAN TOWELS, SHAMPOO, SOAP AND A FREE PUBLIC HEALTH SHOWER WITH HOT WATER are offered at St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View every Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with a free hot meal.

UNDER THE DIRECTION OF KUMU HULA SAMMYE KU‘UALOHA YOUNG, Hālau Hula Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Ku’ualoha performs Hula Kahiko on the hula platform Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16.
     Following the performance until about 1 p.m., Kumu Kaho‘okele Crabbe with Halauolaokalani provides a hands on cultural demonstration, Nā Mea Hula. For more and to confirm date, contact Desiree by calling 987-7288 or emailing volcanohula@gmail.com.

MAKE AND TAKE HOME A ZENTAGLE INSPIRED ORNAMENT at the Volcano Art Center's Zentagle Inspired Art Exhibit & Reception from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. Volcano Art Center says, “Bring your friends, your art and a light holiday pupu to share." The event is open to the public and offers door prizes, a slideshow and videos. Attendance is free, donations are welcome. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-7565.

MADE TO ORDER MONGOLIAN BBQ DISHES are offered during Kīlauea Military Camp's Crater Rim Café's Mongolian BBQ event on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The café is located in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The event is open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8356 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

HONOR THE SAKADA'S WORK AND ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY IN HAWAI‘I and join community members in celebrating the Sakada legacy in the agricultural development of Ka‘ū on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center. The Sakadas are the workers who came to Hawai‘i from the Philippines between 1906 and 1946, recruited by the Hawai‘i Sugar Planters Association.
     The event, including a Filipino lunch, is free and offers Filipino dance and music, displays of Filipino artifacts, tools, housewares, apparel and items from plantation days. A Filipino fashion show is also on the agenda, along with Filipino entertainment from around the island.
     Formal recognition will be given to Sakadas and their families from Nā‘ālehu and Pāhala at Sakada Day.

JOIN RANGERS ON A FREE MODERATELY DIFFICULT GUIDED HIKE, entitled People & Land of Kahuku, on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The 2.5 mile hike takes visitors over rugged terrain and focuses on the human history of Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

Register keiki aged 5-6 for Tee Ball and aged 7-8 for Coach
Pitch Baseball in Nā‘ālehu and Ocean View until January.
See Dec. 11 Briefs for more details. Photo by Elizabeth Crook
REGISTER KEIKI GRADES K-8, FOR A MINI GINGERBREAD HOUSE craft class that has been announced for Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Register until Tuesday, Dec. 19. For more, call Nona Makuakāne or Elijah Navarro at 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

CU HAWAI‘I FEDERAL CREDIT UNION OFFERS EMPLOYMENT as a Member Service Representative in Nā‘ālehu. CU Hawai‘i seeks energetic individuals for full time positions who enjoy working with people and can provide professional, courteous and efficient service to valued members.The ideal candidate must be service oriented and possess good communication and computer skills. Cash handling and customer service experience is preferred. Must be able to work Saturdays. CU Hawai‘i offers medical, drug, dental, vision and retirement benefits.
     Email, mail or fax application to: Attn: Human Resources, 476 Hinano Street Hilo, HI 96720, Fax: (808) 935-7793. Applications can be found online at cuhawaii.com/careers.html.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Michelle Sorensen, consulting engineer on the project from Brown and Caldwell, explains the rationale for shutting
down gang cesspools that can pollute groundwater and the ocean. Photo by Julia Neal
ENTHUSIASTIC INTEREST IN THE LOCATION, COST AND OPERATION OF THE PROPOSED PĀHALA WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT came from a core of a dozen community members at the first talk story session on the project sponsored by the county and consultants on Tuesday. Held at the Ka‘ū District Gym activity room, the meeting introduced the logic of the preliminary siting of the wastewater treatment plant at the corner of Hwy. 11, extending the length of the Norfolk Pine Tree lane on Maile Street to the village. Berna Cabacungan of Earthplan led the meeting, accompanied by an engineer with the company designing the facility.
     They explained that providing the community with a wastewater treatment facility is mandated by the federal government to protect water resources. The proposed location is downhill and away from town, in a macadamia orchard, which would provide a buffer around the facility and unlikely to have many archaeological sites.
Berna Cabacungan leads the meeting on the siting and function
of the new Pāhala Wastewater Treatment Plant.
     Michelle Sorensen, an engineer with Brown and Caldwell, who lives in Waimea, is on the team designing the new system. She explained the reasons for changing over from the old plantation sewage lines and the two gang cesspools - one of them in a homeowner's yard on Maile Street - and the other near the old Pāhala Theatre site. She explained that wastewater not only has pathogens that can cause disease, it has chemicals used by people in their homes and businesses that can affect groundwater and the ocean.         The federal government banned new gang cesspools like those in Pāhala in 2000 and banned existing ones in 2005. The Environmental Protection Agency could fine the County of Hawai‘i some $32,500 a day for noncompliance but has given more time and is looking for a plan forward.
     Vicki Pa‘aluhi said her family has two properties and is concerned about the cost of hooking up to the new sewage system and also said she has problems with sewage from a neighboring property. Helena Hashimoto, Sandy Tomondon and Lilly Ledergerber said they too are worried about cost, with Tomondon saying she is concerned about the expense for the next generation. The consultants explained that the cost of construction comes from EPA and other government funding. The county sewage system charges to users is the same across the island.
The wastewater treatment facility would process the sewage through four lagoons and planting
areas that would use the water and its nutrients to grown native trees. Image from Brown and Caldwell
     County Council member Maile David said she would look into possible funding to help pay for the hookup cost for homeowners. She praised the county and consultants for their talk story sessions with residents.
     The collection system and the new wastewater treatment facility could cost $20 to $21 million. It would serve the buildings on the old plantation sewage system plus the additional buildings along the lines. The system is also being designed to be expandable.
     Gary Tomondon said he is concerned about flooding at the proposed site. The engineer said that she will look into it and that flooding will be carefully considered in the design. Tomondon asked that the head of the county department in charge of the treatment system come to Pāhala for the next round of meetings. The consultants said they would let him know and said the meetings could be as early as January.
The area in green consists of houses that are on the old sewer line and
will be hooked up to the new one. The purple areas would be able
to also hook up to the new sewage treatment lines. The facility
would be able to accommodate the entire community and some
expected growth in the population. Image from Brown and Caldwell
     Gwen Sorensen suggested that the county consider land below Hwy. 11 for the site, away from the town. Pa‘aluhi said she remembered underground burial sites in a lava tube on the selected property.
     A representative from Kamehameha Schools, which owns the selected site, was on hand to listen to the consultants and Pāhala citizens. The engineer pointed out that the waste treatment preliminary plan would involve about 16 acres of the 42-acre site, and include lagoons and about eight acres of native, water-loving trees to absorb the liquids and nutrients from the sewage.
     Albert Ledergerber, a retired engineer from Ka‘ū Sugar Co., said the sewage lines worked fine during the plantation days and asked whether there could be a waiver for Pāhala to prevent the expense of the new system. The consultants took down the suggestion.
     Michael Worthington said he hopes any additional archaeological studies be done on the chosen site soon, in order to prevent delays, such as those that occurred with the building of the new Ka‘ū District Gym, when a graveyard was found underground in a lava tube.
     Four more first-round public meetings will be held: Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center;  Thursday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Ka‘ū District Gym Multipurpose Conference Room; and Thursday, Dec. 14, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center.
     For more information, contact Berna Cabacungan of Earthplan at eplan1@aol.com, Department of Environmental Management at 961-8339, or Iris Cober at the Brown and Caldwell Maui office at 808-442-3300.

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The County will make another round of picking up discarded items stored
at Ocean View Community Center, following the Deep Clean in October. 
Matson already sent two containers that were filled
and hauled away. Photo by Ron Gall
HELP TO FINISH THE OCEAN VIEW DEEP CLEAN is coming to Ocean View Community Association, according to its President, Ron Gall. Gall said on Tuesday that his request to Mayor Harry Kim has been answered. The overwhelmingly successful call to turn in broken appliances, old mattresses and many other discarded and stored items in Ocean View resulted in 110 small pick-up loads of things coming to Ocean View Community Center in late October.
     Matson supplied, at no charge, two containers, which were filled, leaving some 73 small pick-up loads of items on the grounds of the community center.
     Bill Kucharski, Director of the Department of Environmental Management for Hawai‘i County, wrote to Ocean View Community Association, saying: "Mayor Kim asked that I contact you and let you know that the County will supply dumpsters and transportation for the collected waste materials your community has collected. The Mayor can (and did) make this happen."
   
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Sen. Mazie Hirono objects to the
nomination of the Texas Supreme
Court Justice Don Willett.
Photo from Wikipedia
OBJECTION TO THE TRUMP FEDERAL JUDGE NOMINATION will come from a group of Senators and advocates who plan to make their case against the federal judge nomination of Don Willett. Sen. Mazie Hirono announced that she, Sen. Jeff Merkely, and National Women’s Law Center President and CEO Fatima Goss Graves will go before the U.S. Senate on  Wednesday to highlight Judge Don Willett’s "troubling views on women’s equality, especially in the workplace." The Senate is currently considering Judge Willett’s nomination to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
     Wrote Hirono, "As a member of the Bush administration, Judge Willett made clear his outrageous views on women in the workplace, saying, 'I resist the… talk of ‘glass ceilings,’ pay equity, the need to place kids in the care of rented strangers… I strongly resist anything that shows we believe the hype.'
    "Judge Willett is just the latest in a series of Trump judicial nominees to espouse views against the LGBT community, minority rights, abortion rights, and other critical issues," said Hirono.
     Willett is a Supreme Court Justice for the state of Texas.

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KA‘Ū HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL hosted Kamehameha School Monday at the Ka‘ū District Gym. In the Junior Varsity matchup, Kaohinani Grace scored 19 points for Ka‘ū. She was the highest scoring J.V. player of the night from either team. Kamehameha won, 54-25. In Varsity play, Kiana Mederios-Dancel made 8 points and Mei Lin Galban Kin In made 6. The final was Kamehameha 58 and Ka‘ū 17.

THE TROJANS PLAYED KOHALA AND HILO in soccer on Tuesday. The scores for the boys were Kohala 5 and Ka‘ū 0. For the girls, scores were Hilo 9 and Ka‘ū 0.

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December print edition of The Ka‘ū Calendar is
free to 5,500 mailboxes throughout Ka‘ū, from Miloli‘i 
through Volcano. Also available free on stands throughout
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KA‘Ū TROJANS SPORTS SCHEDULE

Girls Basketball: Wednesday, Dec. 13, @ Kea‘au.
     Saturday, Dec. 16, Kohala @ Ka‘ū.

Boys Soccer: Saturday, Dec. 16, Kamehameha @ Ka‘ū.

Boys Basketball: Tuesday, Dec. 19, Hilo @ Ka‘ū.

Swimming: Saturday, Dec. 23, @ Hilo.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER KEIKI, GRADES K-5, for the Annual Christmas Coloring Contest that takes place Thursday, Dec. 14, starting at 5 p.m., at Ka‘ū District Gym. For more or to register, call Nona Makuakane/Elijah Navarro at 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER KEIKI, AGES 6-12, for a Holiday Collage Wreath Class that takes place Friday, Dec. 15, from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., at Kahuku Park (H.O.V.E.). For more, call Teresa Anderson at 929-9113 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

FREE DENTAL CARE IS AVAILABLE TO THE COMMUNITY in Ocean View at St. Jude's Episcopal Church on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Call 939-7000 or visit St. Jude's at 92-8606 Paradise Circle, Ocean View.

SEE AND TOUCH A VARIETY OF TRADITIONAL MEDICINE as Hawaiian herbal medicine practitioner Ka‘ohu Montfort demonstrates the power of local plants to nourish and heal on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. The program, Lā‘au Lapa‘au, takes place on the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free, park entrance fees apply. For more visit nps.gov/HAVO.

NĀ‘ĀLEHU PUBLIC LIBRARY INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO join Auntie Linda from Tūtū & Me for Story Time, followed by crafts, on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more details, call 929-857.

THE MEDICAL VAN SERVES THE COMMUNITY at St. Jude's Episcopal Church on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Call 939-7000 or visit St. Jude's at 92-8606 Paradise Circle, Ocean View.

A CHRISTMAS MUSICAL PRODUCTION titled A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol is presented by Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network Thursday, Dec. 14, through Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m. at Kīlauea Military Camp Theater in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 per senior/student, and $12 per child. For more information call 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com. Park entrance fees apply.

‘IKE HANA NO‘EAU (Experience the Skillful Work), a free Hawaiian cultural demonstration is offered Friday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Kahuku Unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK ASKS VOLUNTEERS to help remove invasive non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in at three remaining Stewardship at the Park events that take place this December. The upcoming event is Friday, Dec. 15, with the event also taking place Dec. 23 and 30. Volunteers should meet leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at 8:45 a.m. Free; park entrance fees apply. Fore more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

Kumu Hula Kaho‘okele Crabbe teaches the
basics of hula, Hawaiian language and
chant at Volcano Art Center on Dec. 15.
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
LEARN THE BASICS OF HULA, HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE AND CHANT with Kumu Hula Kaho‘okele Crabbe for Volcano Art Center's Aloha Friday: Hula & Oli on Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-7565.

OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM meets at the Ocean View Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more, call 939-7033.

A FREE PUBLIC HEALTH SHOWER WITH HOT WATER, soap, shampoo and clean towels is offered at St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View every Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with a free hot meal.

UNDER THE DIRECTION OF KUMU HULA SAMMYE KU‘UALOHA YOUNG HULA, Hālau Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Ku’ualoha performs Hula Kahiko on the hula platform Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. Following the performance until about 1 p.m., Kumu Kaho‘okele Crabbe with Halauolaokalani provides a hands on cultural demonstration, Nā Mea Hula. For more and to confirm date, contact Desiree by calling 987-7288 or emailing volcanohula@gmail.com.

JOIN DISCOVERY HARBOUR RESIDENTS FOR BUNCO & POTLUCK on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m., in the Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Bunco, also known as Bonko or Bunko, is a popular game played with nine dice. Bring a dish to share. For more, call Margie Hack at 541-954-8297.

A MONGOLIAN BBQ takes place Saturday, Dec. 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kīlauea Military Camp's Crater Rim Café in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The event is open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8356 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

Volunteer for a beach clean-up at Kamilo with Hawai‘i
Wildlife Fund on Dec. 16. Photo from HWF
DOOR PRIZES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT Volcano Art Center's Zentagle Inspired Art Exhibit & Reception from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. Volcano Art Center says, “Bring your friends, your art and a light holiday pupu to share." The event is open to the public and offers a slideshow and videos, in addition to inviting attendees to make a Zentangle inspired ornament to take home. Attendance is free, donations are welcome. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-7565.

VOLUNTEER WITH HAWAI‘I WILDLIFE FUND TO CLEAN-UP THE BEACH AT KAMILO on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited in HWF 4WD vehicles. To volunteer, email kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com in advance to reserve your spot. Meet at Wai‘ōhinu Park.

DISCOVER THE HUMAN HISTORY OF KAHUKU on a free moderately difficult ranger guided hike entitled People & Land of Kahuku, on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The 2.5 mile hike takes visitors over rugged terrain through Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

FORMAL RECOGNITION WILL BE GIVEN TO SAKADAS and their families from Nā‘ālehu and Pāhala at Sakada Day on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center. The Sakadas are the workers who came to Hawai‘i from the Philippines between 1906 and 1946, recruited by the Hawai‘i Sugar Planters Association.
      Sakada Day celebrates the Sakada legacy in the agricultural development of Ka‘ū and honors the Sakada's work, economic and cultural contributions to society in Hawai‘i. The event, including a Filipino lunch, is free and offers Filipino dance and music, displays of Filipino artifacts, tools, housewares, apparel and items from plantation days. A Filipino fashion show is also on the agenda, along with Filipino entertainment from around the island.

REGISTER KEIKI GRADES K-8, FOR A MINI GINGERBREAD HOUSE craft class that has been announced for Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Register until Tuesday, Dec. 19. For more, call Nona Makuakane or Elijah Navarro at 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

Positions are being offered at CU Hawai‘i's Nā‘ālehu location. Photo from cuhawaii.com
CU HAWAI‘I FEDERAL CREDIT UNION OFFERS EMPLOYMENT as a Member Service Representative in Nā‘ālehu. CU Hawai‘i seeks energetic individuals for full time positions who enjoy working with people and can provide professional, courteous and efficient service to valued members.The ideal candidate must be service oriented and possess good communication and computer skills. Cash handling and customer service experience is preferred. Must be able to work Saturdays. CU Hawai‘i offers medical, drug, dental, vision and retirement benefits.
     Email, mail or fax application to: Attn: Human Resources, 476 Hinano Street Hilo, HI 96720, Fax: (808) 935-7793. Applications can be found online at cuhawaii.com/careers.html.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Monday, December 11, 2017

Children of the Sakada was a theme in the Pāhala Christmas Parade on Sunday as the Filipino
community promoted Sakada Day for the public this coming Sunday at Pāhala Community Center.
See more below. Photo by Julia Neal
USE OF THE RECENT AUDIT OF KA‘Ū LEARNING ACADEMY to threaten revocation of the school’s charter and withhold funding has drawn concern from Carbonaro CPAs Management Group. The accounting firm conducted the independent audit of the Charter School in Discovery Harbour.
    In a letter on Monday to the Hawai‘i Board of Accountancy and Hawai‘i Society of Certified Public Accountancy, John Carbonaro writes that his company's “CPA audit findings are being used as sufficient legal evidence with no apparent follow-up or due diligence by the State to levy punitive damages” on Ka‘ū Learning Academy.
     Carbonero is referring to the state Public Charter School Commission’s recent notice that it is considering revoking KLA’s charter, citing the Carbonero audit findings.
    Carbonero questioned when such audits, designed, in part, to help improve business practices, should be used to levy “government consequences rather than client improvement as the perceived outcome?” Carbonaro sates that “In the audit report, management (at Ka‘ū Learning Academy) provided credible corrective actions.” He writes that, ”In our experience over thousands of audits and 30 years, Federal, State and County
governmental agencies viewed the corrective action plans favorably and appreciated a thorough audit."
      "Carbonaro states that it is better for clients, like Ka‘ū Learning Academy, to be told about any accounting and compliance issues rather than “not to know. But punitive damages from Government agencies relying on the audit report may prevent that growth from occurring.”
     In stating that the Charter School Commission’s threat to hold funding and take away the charter was made without any review by the State, Carbonera says this practice puts the accounting industry at risk, "creates legal exposure for CPA audits; creates an adversarial relationship between CPA auditors and their clients; and creates an environment where minimal auditing and minimal reporting is rewarded instead of discouraged.” He asks the Hawai‘i Board of Accountancy to consider these issues.
     In the meantime, Ka‘ū Leaning Academy continues its classes and services to 95 students, grades three-to-seven, and their families. Managing Director Joe Iacuzzo said on Monday that the Ka‘ū Learning Academy board and staff "greatly appreciate the support of the families of students and the community" as it continues to build the programs at the school. He described the parents of the students as pleased with their progress and said, "Our board of directors has expressed their very strong objections to what they believe is an abuse of the authority by the Charter Commission." 
     During the Charter School Commission meeting in late November, Hawai‘i Academy of Arts & Science Principal Steve Hirakami said that his charter school had many more bookkeeping and compliance issues during its startup than those described in the audit of Ka‘ū Learning Academy. He described the errors at KLA as "miniscule."

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Proposed location of new wastewater treatment plant for Pāhala
 at the corner of Hwy. 11 and the Norfolk Pine Tree lane
 on Maile Street. Public meetings Dec. 12 - 14.
LOCATION, COST, TIMING AND EXPENSE TO RESIDENTS for the proposed Pāhala Wastewater Treatment Plant will be the subject of five talk story meetings Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 12, 13 and 14.
     The proposed location is in the macadamia orchard at the corner of Hwy. 11 and Maile Street along the Norfolk Pine tree lane entering Pāhala.    
     The 44 acres are owned by Kamehameha Schools and would be condemned for purchase by the county.
     The county and its consultants scheduled the meetings for:
     Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Ka‘ū District Gym Multipurpose Conference Room;
     Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Pāhala Community Center;
     Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center;
     Thursday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Ka‘ū District Gym Multipurpose Conference Room and Thursday, Dec. 14, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center;
     For more information, contact Berna Cabacungan of Earthplan at eplan1@aol.com, Department of Environmental Management at 961-8339, or Iris Cober at the Brown and Caldwell Maui office at 808-442-3300.
Musician/singer/songwriter Ken Makuakāne will
perform a Nā Leo Manu concert on Dec. 20.
Photo from Ken Makuakāne
     The consultants sent out stamped return post cards to those homeowners currently on the old Brewer sewage system in order for them to R.S.V.P. Separate meetings will be planned for the Nā‘ālehu Wastewater Treatment Plant plan.

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A PERFORMANCE BY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL ARTIST KEN MAKUAKĀNE has been announced by Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium. Makuakāne has won 15 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award, and six Big Island Music Awards. Free, park entrance fees apply.

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TEE BALL AND COACH PITCH BASEBALL REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED until January for both Nā‘ālehu and Ocean View teams.
     The Tee Ball and Coach Pitch Baseball programs are offered by Hawai‘i County Department of Parks & Recreation but require community volunteers to coach each team. Travis Akamu has volunteered to coach the Coach Pitch Baseball team at the Nā‘ālehu Ball Field in front of Nā‘ālehu Community Center. Josh Crook has volunteered to coach the Tee Ball team in Nā‘ālehu and both Tee Ball and Coach Pitch teams at Kahuku Park in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.
Volunteer Coach Josh Crook takes a knee with his Tee Ball team.
Register keiki for the current season until January. See story for details.
Photo by Kacey Loman
     Tee Ball is open to keiki ages 5 and 6 (4 year olds may join if they will turn 5 years of age by May 1, 2018). Coach Pitch is open to keiki ages 7 and 8. The registration fee due in January is $40.00 per child - all paperwork is required before keiki can join practice.
     Practice has begun at both locations. In Nā‘ālehu, practice is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Tee Ball and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for Coach Pitch. In Ocean View, practice is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Tee Ball and from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. for Coach Pitch.
     For more details, contact Crook at 808-345-0511 or Akamu at 808-339-1165. Visit Ka'u Youth Baseball group on Facebook for updates.

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See Ka‘ū exercise, meditation, daily, weekly events at 
kaucalendar.com/octnovdec/decembercommunity.html.
December print edition of The Ka‘ū Calendar is
free to 5,500 mailboxes throughout Ka‘ū, from Miloli‘i 
through Volcano. Also available free on stands throughout
the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com.
KA‘Ū TROJANS SPORTS SCHEDULE

Girls Basketball: Wednesday, Dec. 13, @ Kea‘au.
     Saturday, Dec. 16, Kohala @ Ka‘ū.

Boys Soccer: Tuesday, Dec. 12, Kohala @ Ka‘ū.
     Saturday, Dec. 16, Kamehameha @ Ka‘ū.

Boys Basketball: Tuesday, Dec. 19, Hilo @ Ka‘ū.

Swimming: Saturday, Dec. 23, @ Hilo.

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LEARN HOW THE INNOVATIVE AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS OF PRE-CONTACT HAWAI‘I connect to Pacific societies in the past, present and future and how Hawai‘i and other Polynesian islands are used as models for living more sustainably at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's After Dark in the Park talk on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The presentation entitled Pacific Islands As Models For Culture, Agriculture & Sustainability begins at 7 p.m. in the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium. Free, park entrance fees apply. For more see nps.gov/HAVO.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE VOLUNTEERING will be on display as Discovery Harbour/Nā‘ālehu Community Emergency Response Team invites the public to participate in training scenarios. They will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Discovery Harbour Community Hall. For more, contact Dina Shisler by emailing dinashisler24@yahoo.com or calling 410-935-8087.

A HANGING SANTA CRAFT CLASS takes place Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Register keiki grades K-8 until Tuesday, Dec. 12. For more or to register, call Nona Makuakane/Elijah Navarro at 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

Aunty Ka‘ohu Monfort will demonstrate Hawaiian healing plants and 
techniques at the ‘Ike Hana No‘eau workshop, Dec. 13. Photo by NPS
DISCOVER THE POWER OF LOCAL PLANTS TO NOURISH AND HEAL on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. Hawaiian Herbal Medicine Practitioner Ka‘ohu Monfort demonstrates and offers visitors the opportunity to touch a variety of traditional medicinal plants. The program, Lā‘au Lapa‘au, takes place on the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free, park entrance fees apply. For more visit nps.gov/HAVO.

AN ANNUAL CHRISTMAS COLORING CONTEST takes place Thursday, Dec. 14, starting at 5 p.m., at Ka‘ū District Gym. Register keiki grades K-5 until Wednesday, Dec. 13. For more or to register, call Nona Makuakane/Elijah Navarro at 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

ST. JUDE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH HOSTS THE DENTAL VAN TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Call 939-7000 or visit St. Jude's at 92-8606 Paradise Circle, Ocean View.

A HOLIDAY COLLAGE WREATH CLASS  takes place Friday, Dec. 15, from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., at Kahuku Park (H.O.V.E.). Register Keiki ages 6-12 until Wednesday, Dec. 13. For more, call Teresa Anderson at 929-9113 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

STORY TIME WITH AUNTIE LINDA OF TŪTŪ & ME is offered at Nā‘ālehu Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more details, call 929-857.

KĪLAUEA DRAMA & ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK PRESENTS A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol, a musical production, Thursday, Dec. 14, through Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m. at Kīlauea Military Camp Theater in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 per senior/student, and $12 per child. For more information call 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com. Park entrance fees apply.

FREE MEDICAL SERVICES FROM THE MEDICAL VAN are offered to the community at St. Jude's Episcopal Church on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Call 939-7000 or visit St. Jude's at 92-8606 Paradise Circle, Ocean View.

VOLCANO ART CENTER'S ALOHA FRIDAY PROGRAM offers Hula & Oli with Kaho‘okele Crabbe on Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn the basics of hula, Hawaiian language and chant. For more visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-7565.

A FREE HAWAIIAN CULTURAL DEMONSTRATION, ‘Ike Hana No‘eau (Experience the Skillful Work), is offered Friday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Kahuku Unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Free public health showers at St. Jude's in Ocean View. See event at right.
Photo from stjudeshawaii.org
A FREE PUBLIC HEALTH SHOWER WITH HOT WATER, soap, shampoo and clean towels is offered at St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View every Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with a free hot meal.

HĀLAU HULA NA LEI HIWAHIWA O KU‘UALOHA, under the direction of Kumu Hula Sammye Ku‘ualoha Young, performs Hula Kahiko on the hula platform Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. Following the performance until about 1 p.m., Kumu Kaho‘okele Crabbe with Halauolaokalani provides a hands on cultural demonstration, Nā Mea Hula. For more and to confirm date, contact Desiree by calling 987-7288 or emailing volcanohula@gmail.com.

BRING A DISH TO SHARE AND PLAY BUNCO on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m., in the Discovery Harbour Community Hall for Bunco & Potluck. Bunco, also known as Bonko or Bunko, is a popular game played with nine dice. Bring a dish to share. For more, call Margie Hack at 541-954-8297.

See event at left.
Zentangle artwork photo from volcanoartcenter.org
THE ZENTANGLE INSPIRED ART EXHIBIT & RECEPTION at Volcano Art Center invites participants to bring their art and a pupu. It is free from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, at VAC (no membership is necessary). The event offers door prizes, a slideshow and videos. Attendance is free, donations are welcome. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-7565.

KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP'S CRATER RIM CAFÉ offers a Mongolian BBQ Saturday, Dec. 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The café is located in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The event is open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8356 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

JOIN THE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM for Ocean View at the Ocean View Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more, call 939-7033.

HAWAI‘I WILDLIFE FUND HOSTS A COMMUNITY BEACH CLEAN-UP AT KAMILO on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited in HWF 4WD vehicles. To volunteer, email kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com in advance to reserve your spot. Meet at Wai‘ōhinu Park.

JOIN RANGERS ON A FREE MODERATELY DIFFICULT GUIDED HIKE, entitled People & Land of Kahuku, on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The 2.5 mile hike takes visitors over rugged terrain and focuses on the human history of Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

Celebrate the Sakada's cultural contribution to society in
Hawai'i on Dec. 17. See event details at right.
Photo from youtube.com
CELEBRATE THE SAKADA LEGACY in the agricultural development of Ka‘ū. The Sakadas are the workers who came to Hawai‘i from the Philippines between 1906 and 1946, recruited by the Hawai‘i Sugar Planters Association. The community celebrates Sakada Day on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center.
      Sakada Day honors the Sakada's work, economic and cultural contributions to society in Hawai‘i. The event, including a Filipino lunch, is free and offers Filipino dance and music, displays of Filipino artifacts, tools, housewares, apparel and items from plantation days. A Filipino fashion show is also on the agenda, along with Filipino entertainment from around the island.
     Formal recognition will be given to Sakadas and their families from Nā‘ālehu and Pāhala.

REGISTER KEIKI GRADES K-8, FOR A MINI GINGERBREAD HOUSE craft class that has been announced for Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Register until Tuesday, Dec. 19. For more, call Nona Makuakane or Elijah Navarro at 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

CU HAWAI‘I FEDERAL CREDIT UNION OFFERS EMPLOYMENT as a Member Service Representative in Nā‘ālehu. CU Hawai‘i seeks energetic individuals for full time positions who enjoy working with people and can provide professional, courteous and efficient service to valued members.The ideal candidate must be service oriented and possess good communication and computer skills. Cash handling and customer service experience is preferred. Must be able to work Saturdays. CU Hawai‘i offers medical, drug, dental, vision and retirement benefits.
     Email, mail or fax application to: Attn: Human Resources, 476 Hinano Street Hilo, HI 96720, Fax: (808) 935-7793. Applications can be found online at cuhawaii.com/careers.html.
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