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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Sunday, December 31, 2017

In the street and in the air, fireworks lit up the sky, celebrated with sound and explosions on the streets and yards
throughout Ka‘ū, starting just after sunset on New Year's Eve. Photo by Julia Neal
PUBLIC TELEVISION ON HAWAI‘I ISLAND through Nā Leo ‘O Hawaiʻi, Nā Leo TV will open new Hilo studios in 2018, its President and Executive Officer, Stacy Higa, announced on New Year's Eve. Nā Leo is one of four independent Public, Education, Government entities in the State of Hawaiʻi. These P.E.G. organizations are responsible for providing services as demonstrated by Nā Leo for the Island of Hawaiʻi. 
      More than 60 independent producers contribute to the broadcast at Nā Leo, noted Higa during Nā Leo's appreciation event in Hilo on Thursday, Dec. 28.
Audrey Wilson offers a new episode in the kitchen on Nā Leo.
Photo from Nā Leo
     "In an increasingly commercial world, we’re proud to be a non-profit organization with over 20 years of public, educational and governmental programming and broadcasting. Here at Nā Leo TV we work hard to form a thriving and well-rounded digital media destination committed to building community through media," Higa said.
   One new show is Ukulele Lady hosted by BJ Soriano, which premiered Friday, Dec. 29, and can be seen with other Nā Leo programs online at at naleo.tv/vod/
     Nā Leo broadcasts on Channels 53, 54 and 55 and online at naleo.tv/channel-53.
   Financing for Nā Leo public access TV is provided through a portion of the franchise fees collected from cable subscribers in each respective County in Hawaiʻi. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), through the Cable TV Division, handles the regulatory oversight for the P.E.G. franchises in Hawaiʻi.
   Nā Leo is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 governed by a nine member Board of Directors. Board members are non-compensated and are representatives of various identified stakeholders throughout the Island of Hawaiʻi.
    
The Ukulelele Lady, BJ Soriano, produces a show for Nā Leo and
its CEO Stacy Higa. Photo from Nā Leo
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BUILDING NEGOTIATING SKILLS FOR 2018 is the aim of two courses coming to the island. University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, U.H.-Hilo Women’s Center, Hawai‘i Women’s Leadership Forum, Y.W.C.A. of Hawai‘i Island, and Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center are collaborating to present two workshops with Elizabeth Kent in East and West Hawai‘i. 
      Negotiation Skills for Women runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Communication Skills of Highly Effective People runs from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, in Hilo and Friday, Jan. 12, in Kona. The Hilo workshop location is University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, UBC 127, and the Kona workshop location is Hawai‘i Community College -  Palamanui, Panini Building, Room 127.
      “We negotiate constantly—with our spouses, partners, bosses, children, peers, and others,” states Kent. “Do you want to develop the skills you need to negotiate successfully and narrow the gender gap?”
Elizabeth Kent
     In Negotiation Skills for Women, participate in simulated negotiations, plus learn the stages and components of negotiation, including offers, counter-offers, and modes of communication.
     In Communication Skills of Highly Effective People, increase emotional intelligence (EQ) and communication, including being patient, personable, positive, and respectful. Explore what to do when someone doesn’t communicate effectively and how to offer a great apology when you don’t.
     “You can learn to listen with your head, heart, and body—and to articulate clearly and directly using ‘I’ statements,” says Kent. 
      Elizabeth Kent, J.D., has helped people and institutions find solutions to sticky problems for over 25 years. A trained facilitator and mediator, Kent teaches graduate classes in conflict system design and negotiation at U.H.-Manoa and a variety of conflict resolution skills classes around the state. 
      Tuition is $50 for Negotiation Skills for Women, $30 for Communication Skills of Highly Effective People, or $75 for both workshops. Partial scholarships are available. To register or apply for a scholarship, contact Erika Ginnis at Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center: (808) 935-7844 x 1 or erika@hawaiimediation.org.

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Acrylic painting by Margaret "Peggy" Stanton.
Photo from Volcano Art Center
MARGARET "PEGGY" STANTON leads an ongoing series of acrylic painting workshops for artists of all levels in Painting with Peggy, with the first of the series taking place Monday, Jan. 8, and again on Monday, Jan. 15, from noon to 3 p.m. at Volcano Art Center's Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. "Each three hour class, is a hands on painting session where participants learn to approach their painting process with a new awareness and understanding of color dynamics and composition... Margaret helps artists to heighten and accentuate their own unique vision with bold colors, lines and shapes...She guides artist on painterly ways to put on the finishing stokes," says volcanoartcenter.org.
     Stanton says she "blends expressive brushstrokes and vibrant colors to create bright seascapes and other sunny Hawaiian Island Acrylic Paintings." Stanton's murals can be found along the Hamakua Historical Heritage Coast and in Hilo Hospital. Stanton has been a resident of Hawai‘i Island for 22 years. She is a painter and a musician.
     Painting with Peggy offers tips on Acrylic Paints and Mediums, allowing artists to create a painting on canvas using a "more immediate and intuitive process." Stanton also offers individual instruction for artists during each session. Cost for each session is $20/$15 for VAC Members. Students bring supplies and easels. Register online at volcanoartcenter.org. Address questions to Stanton at peggystanton007@yahoo.com. To see Stantons artwork online visit peggystanton007.wixsite.com/stanton-painting.

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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

Boys Basketball: Tuesday, Jan. 2, @ Kea‘au.
     Saturday, Jan. 6, Laupahoehoe @ Ka‘ū.
     Monday, Jan. 8, @ Honoka‘a.
     Wednesday, Jan. 10, @ St. Joseph.
     Monday, Jan. 15, Pāhoa @ Ka‘ū.

Girls Basketball: Friday, Jan. 5, Konawaena @ Ka‘ū.
     Wednesday, Jan. 10, Honoka‘a @ Ka‘ū.
     Friday, Jan. 12, @ Laupahoehoe.
     Monday, Jan. 15, @ HPA.

Swimming: Saturday, Jan. 6, @ Kamehameha.
     Saturday, Jan. 13, @ HPA.

Boys Soccer: Saturday, Jan. 6, Konawaena @ Ka‘ū.
     Tuesday, Jan. 9, Pāhoa @ Ka‘ū.

Wrestling: Saturday, Jan. 6, @ Kea‘au.
     Saturday, Jan. 13, @ Konawaena.

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GET FIREWORKS AND A FIREWORKS PERMITS until midnight Sunday, Dec. 31.
     Setting off of Fireworks for the New Year celebrations are allowed between the hours of 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, and 1 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Permits should be visibly displayed at the site of use, during the time of the firing.
     Each permit costs $25.00 and will entitle the holder to purchase 5,000 individual firecrackers - multiple permit purchases are authorized. Permits will only be issued to persons 18 years of age or older and are non-transferable, and non-refundable.
     For more information on the purchasing of Fireworks permits, or the use of Fireworks, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2911 (Hilo) or 323-4760 (Kona). For a list of places to purchase fireworks permits visit Dec. 23 Ka‘ū News Briefs

KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP'S CRATER RIM CAFÉ hosts a New Year's Day Brunch to take place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1. Celebrate the new year over Roast Pork, Chicken Picata, Omelet Station, Pancakes, Breakfast Potatoes, Rice, Patties, Bacon, Fresh Fruit, Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Brownies and Beverage. Attendees pay an entry fee of $16.95 per adult and $9.50 per child (6-11 yrs). KMC is open to all authorized KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8356 for more details.

LIGHTS AND DECORATIONS BEDECK THE STONE AND WOODEN COTTAGES at Kīlauea Military Camp. They are open for outdoor strolling within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park through Friday, Jan. 1.Vote on the best decorated cottage. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8371 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

OCEAN VIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETS Monday, Jan. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. For more details, call 939-7033, or ovcahi.org.

KA‘Ū COFFEE GROWERS MEET Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center.

DISCOVERY HARBOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETS Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Discovery Harbour Community Hall. For more call 929-9576, or visit discoveryharbour.net.

‘O KA‘Ū KĀKOU WALK FOR SENIOR HOUSING IN NĀ‘ĀLEHU begins Tuesday, Jan. 2, in Lapahoehoe and continues through Friday, Jan. 5 to Nā‘ālehu. ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou President Wayne Kawachi will walk 100 miles to raise $250,000 in an effort to purchase 1.9 acres in Nā‘ālehu for future senior housing. Make a donation to support his quest at okaukakou.org. For more call Kawachi at 937-4773.

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP'S LAVA LOUNGE is Wednesday, Jan. 3, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. welcoming singers, bands, comedians and other performers to take the stand. Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests 21 years and older. The lounge is inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more, visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

HAWAI‘I COUNTY COUNCIL committees meet Wednesday, Jan. 3, with a full council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 4. Both meeting days take place in Hilo. The committees will meet again on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and a full Council meets Thursday, Jan. 24, both in Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

OCEAN VIEW NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH meets Thursday, Jan. 4, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m, at Ocean View Community Center. For more, call 939-7033 or visit ovcahi.org.

Volunteers remove invasive plants like this one (Morning Glory)
from Kīpukapuaulu to help native plants thrive.
Photo by Janice Wei/NPS
STEWARDSHIP OF KĪPUKAPUAULU begins at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, with volunteers meeting in the Kīpukapuaulu parking lot on Mauna Loa Road off Hwy. 11 in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Volunteers will help remove invasive plants like morning glory from an area said to be home to an "astonishing diversity of native forest and understory plants." The event will take place again on Jan. 11, 18, and 25. Free; park entrance fees apply. For more, contact Marilyn Nicholson at nickem@hawaii.rr.com or visit nps.gov/HAVO.

TROPICAL FLOWER ARRANGING WITH HAWAIIAN CULTURAL PRACTITIONER Kaipo Ah Chong takes place Friday, Jan. 5, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Ah Chong offers a popular tropical flower arranging workshop and provides flowers for all those in attendance, however individuals must bring their own clippers. Pre-registration is required. The class fee is $45 plus a $20 supply fee per person. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org.

FEARLESS ABSTRACT PAINTING, an acrylic paint art class, is set for Saturday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village. Professional artist Samantha daSilva shares her unique method of painting using rollers, tables, lots of paint and water, canvas manipulation and plaster, sand and wood shavings to create textured abstracts. No experience necessary. Class fee is $85 for VAC members and $90 for non-members, plus $15 supply fee per person. Register online, at volcanoartcenter.org, or call 967-8222.

Visitor on Hi‘iaka and Pele hike at lava tree mold in Kahuku.

Photo by Janice Wei/NPS
STEWARDSHIP AT THE SUMMIT offers four days in January for volunteers to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The upcoming meeting is Saturday, Jan. 6. Interested volunteers should meet Paul and Jane Filed at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m. Other opportunities this month take place Jan. 13, 19, and 26. Free, park entrance fees apply. For more see nps.gov/HAVO.

DISCOVER THE HAWAIIAN GODDESSES HI‘IAKA & PELE and the natural phenomena they represent on a free, moderate, one-mile walk on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more, see nps.gov/HAVO.

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Saturday, December 30, 2017

Glow from an active ocean entry on Kīlauea Volcano’s Kamokuna lava delta was visible on the evening of 
Sept. 27, when the 2017 delta was near its maximum size of eight to ten acres. Since then, the edges
 of the delta began to crumble into the sea. With no lava entering the ocean since November, ocean waves 
slowly erode the lava delta, further reducing its size. See story below. USGS image.
REPUBLICANS ARE RAISING PILES OF CASH, according to Sen. Brian Schatz. He said this comes after last week’s tax “reform” vote, the donations coming from "the wealthiest Americans - the same people who benefit from the tax bill that transfers trillions of dollars from working families to the richest individuals and corporations, repeals the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, and guts Medicaid and Medicare."
    In a statement released on Saturday, Dec. 30, Schatz wrote, "I voted against that devastating legislation, and so did every other Democrat in Congress. As you can guess, most billionaires aren’t interested in supporting our re-election campaigns - especially after we voted against their tax breaks - and so instead, I’m reaching out to you. We need to support Democrats running for federal office - the ones serving now who are up for re-election and the candidates looking to join our fight for progressive values in Washington."
     According to Schatz, "G.O.P. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has even admitted that
Democrats have a strong chance of winning back a majority in both the House and Senate in 2018. But that will only be possible if we’re all willing to put in the work and invest in this movement. As long as we’re all willing to come together now to create change, I know we can win back the majorities in the House and Senate and save our country," Schatz predicted.

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS ALSO AN END OF THE YEAR TWEET for Sen. Brian Schatz: "Maybe the most reckless thing about the modern Republican Party is its position on climate change. I’m hoping there’s a new generation of conservatives who realize that there are free market solutions to this problem, and moral and religious reasons to solve it," he tweeted on Saturday, Dec. 30.

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HAPPY 35th BIRTHDAY EAST RIFT ZONE and Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō is the message of U.S.G.S. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's Volcano Watch this week:
        Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō on Kīlauea Volcano’s East Rift Zone reaches its 35th birthday. Since it began in 1983, the eruption has produced a range of volcanic processes and hazards, from captivating high lava fountains to majestic ocean entries. And after 35 years, it’s still going strong.
     For Puʻu ʻŌʻō and its lava flows during 2017, the year started with a bang, or rather, a collapse of the eastern Kamokuna lava delta formed by an ocean entry during the last five months of 2016. By New Year’s Day 2017, most of the delta was gone, along with part of the adjacent sea cliff. Approximately 25 acres collapsed into the ocean, piecemeal over a period of 4 hours, leaving only 2.5 acres of the original delta in place.
Lava comes from deep within the volcano
as shown by this image from U.S.G.S.
    Kīlauea’s Episode 61g lava tube was abruptly exposed in the sea cliff as a result of the collapse. With nothing to hinder it, lava poured from the tube and plummeted into the ocean several meters (yards) from the sea cliff. This formed a spectacular lava fall referred to as a “firehose flow” that continued from early January through the end of March.
    During that time, the ocean entry slowly rebuilt the underwater support needed for new lava delta formation. By April, the Kamokuna lava delta had begun to reform, growing outward from the sea cliff.
     In early May, this delta became unstable and collapsed. But little of the subsurface support was removed, so the Kamokuna lava delta soon began to form again.
     Over the next two months, a ramp of crusted lava built up on the delta, reaching the lava tube’s exit point on the sea cliff, and ultimately forming a hard shell around the lava fall. Multiple cracks formed across the delta as it slowly slumped into the sea.
     By August, the Kamokuna lava delta was about 8 to 10 acres in size. It remained that size through November, as lava continued to create new land, although bits of the delta edges occasionally crumbled into the sea. However, between August and November, enough material was added to the lava delta to double its height above sea level!
     In October, an apparent blockage within the lava tube system caused many overflows on the sea cliff. This created dozens of new, small lava flows cascading over the sea cliff just west of the Kamokuna ocean entry. But this activity lasted only two months before the lava became too viscous (or sticky) to continue exiting the tube.
    Where is all the lava going now?
Small channelized ‘a‘ā flow moving through a kīpuka in 
late December. USGS Photo
     Although eruption rates remained low (as best the U.S.G.S. can tell), breakouts from the blocked tube occurred frequently in 2017. With the western, primary lava tube becoming increasingly blocked, lava emerged from the tube in many locations along its entire length.
     Some breakouts remained in the upper flow field while others flowed from the top of Pulama pali and ponded at its base. On the lower flow field, numerous and sustained breakouts were scattered across the coastal plain. Few of them formed coherent flows and, as a result, lava resurfaced the same areas numerous times.
     Nearly all of the breakouts were active for several weeks to months, allowing intrepid visitors who braved the rugged cross-country trek to witness active lava. As described in last week’s Volcano Watch, the flow field is currently creating a new tube on the east side of the flow field.
     Back at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, the lava pond at this vent was active all year. It rose and fell in concert with large deflation-inflation events at the summit of Kīlauea. The Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō lava pond circulation is slower than that in the Halemaʻumaʻu lava lake, causing a thicker crust to form on the pond’s surface. This crust was disrupted during several small rockfall events throughout the year.
     As the Puʻu ʻŌʻō eruption turns 35, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory staff prepare for another year of dynamic activity on Kīlauea. The public is invited to a number of Volcano Awareness Month presentations in January. Details are posted on the HVO website (volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/). You can also email askHVO@usgs.gov or call 808-967-8844 for more information.
     Visit the HVO website (volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo) for past Volcano Watch articles, volcano updates and photos, recent earthquake info, and more. Call for summary updates at 808-967-8862 (Kīlauea) or 808-967-8866 (Mauna Loa). Email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.

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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

Boys Basketball: Tuesday, Jan. 2, @ Kea‘au.
     Saturday, Jan. 6, Laupahoehoe @ Ka‘ū.
     Monday, Jan. 8, @ Honoka‘a.
     Wednesday, Jan. 10, @ St. Joseph.
     Monday, Jan. 15, Pāhoa @ Ka‘ū.

Girls Basketball: Friday, Jan. 5, Konawaena @ Ka‘ū.
     Wednesday, Jan. 10, Honoka‘a @ Ka‘ū.
     Friday, Jan. 12, @ Laupahoehoe.
     Monday, Jan. 15, @ HPA.

Swimming: Saturday, Jan. 6, @ Kamehameha.
     Saturday, Jan. 13, @ HPA.

Boys Soccer: Saturday, Jan. 6, Konawaena @ Ka‘ū.
     Tuesday, Jan. 9, Pāhoa @ Ka‘ū.

Wrestling: Saturday, Jan. 6, @ Kea‘au.
     Saturday, Jan. 13, @ Konawaena.

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CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY, FEATURING THE ANNUAL INVITATIONAL WREATH EXHIBITION, wraps up on Sunday, Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
     It includes the Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit with one-of-a-kind wreaths in a variety of imaginative media, techniques and styles, from the whimsical to the traditional. “Those looking for truly original wreaths as well as one-of-a-kind, handmade gift items will not be disappointed by the selection created by our local artistic community, ” states gallery manager Emily C. Weiss.  Free, park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-7565.

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FIREWORKS AND A FIREWORKS PERMITS are available until midnight on Sunday, Dec. 31.
     Setting off of Fireworks for the New Year celebrations are allowed between the hours of 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, and 1 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Permits should be visibly displayed at the site of use, during the time of the firing.
     Each permit costs $25.00 and will entitle the holder to purchase 5,000 individual firecrackers - multiple permit purchases are authorized. Permits will only be issued to persons 18 years of age or older and are non-transferable, and non-refundable.
     For more information on the purchasing of Fireworks permits, or the use of Fireworks, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2911 (Hilo) or 323-4760 (Kona). For a list of places to purchase fireworks permits visit Dec. 23 Ka‘ū News Briefs.

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Fireworks and power lines don't mix. Call HELCO at 969-6666 if any object gets 
tangled in a power line. Photo by Julia Neal
HAWAI‘I ELECTRIC LIGHT CO. URGES SAFETY during this year's New Year's Eve festivities: When setting up fireworks, be sure the area is clear of overhead power lines, and keep ladders/
tools at least 10 feet away from any power lines. Keep setups away from utility poles. If an object does get entangled in a power line, do not try to get it loose; call the electric company trouble line.     Call HELCO at 969-6666.

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REGISTER BY SUNDAY, DEC. 31, FOR THE 2018 MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROGRAM which begins Saturday, Jan. 23 and continues for 13 weeks. The program is open to Ka‘ū applicants through the UH Cooperative Extension Office.
     Each person enrolling in the Master Gardener Program commits to completing 39 hours of instruction plus nine field trip hours, an open-book Midterm and Final Exam, plus 40 hours of  volunteer service within 12 months of completing the Master Gardener instruction. To continue being Certified as a Master Gardener, on-going service of 30 hours of volunteer time is required every year.
     Classes are held at The Kona Cooperative Extension Service office in Kainaliu, with field trips and workshops in the area. The next program will be held for three hours every Tuesday morning through April 17. Classes will be involved with current Master Gardener projects and will include hands-on orientation to the Helpline and Outreach programs.
     Apply online by googling West Hawai‘i Master Gardeners. For more information, call the UH Cooperative Ext. Office at 322-4884.

A NEW YEAR'S EVEN TOAST is hosted by Kīlauea Military Camp’s Lava Lounge in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Sunday, Dec. 31, from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more details call 967-8356 or 967-8371.

KMC wraps up the Christmas and New Year's holiday season with
a New Year's Day brunch from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the last
day to vote on the outdoor decorations put together by the staff.
Photo from KMC
KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP'S CRATER RIM CAFÉ hosts a New Year's Day Brunch to take place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1. Celebrate the new year over Roast Pork, Chicken Picata, Omelet Station, Pancakes, Breakfast Potatoes, Rice, Patties, Bacon, Fresh Fruit, Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Brownies and Beverage. Attendees pay an entry fee of $16.95 per adult and $9.50 per child (6-11 yrs). KMC is open to all authorized KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8356 for more details.

LIGHTS AND DECORATIONS BEDECK THE STONE AND WOODEN COTTAGES at Kīlauea Military Camp. They are open for outdoor strolling within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park through Monday, Jan. 1.Vote on the best decorated cottage. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8371 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

OCEAN VIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETS Monday, Jan. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. For more details, call 939-7033, or ovcahi.org.

KA‘Ū COFFEE GROWERS MEET Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center.

DISCOVERY HARBOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETS Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Discovery Harbour Community Hall. For more call 929-9576, or visit discoveryharbour.net.

‘O KA‘Ū KĀKOU WALK FOR SENIOR HOUSING IN NĀ‘ĀLEHU begins Tuesday, Jan. 2, in Lapahoehoe and continues through Friday, Jan. 5, to Nā‘ālehu. ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou President Wayne Kawachi will walk 100 miles to raise $250,000 in an effort to purchase 1.9 acres in Nā‘ālehu for future senior housing. Make a donation to support his quest at okaukakou.org. For more call Karachi at 937-4773.

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP'S LAVA LOUNGE is Wednesday, Jan. 3, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. welcoming singers, bands, comedians and other performers to take the stand. Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests 21 years and older. The lounge is inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more, visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

HAWAI‘I COUNTY COUNCIL committees meet Wednesday, Jan. 3, with a full council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 4. Both meeting days take place in Hilo. The committees will meet again on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and a full Council meets Thursday, Jan. 24, both in Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

OCEAN VIEW NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH meets Thursday, Jan. 4, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m, at Ocean View Community Center. For more, call 939-7033 or visit ovcahi.org.

STEWARDSHIP OF KĪPUKAPUAULU begins at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, with volunteers meeting in the Kīpukapuaulu parking lot on Mauna Loa Road off Hwy. 11 in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Volunteers will help remove invasive plants like morning glory from an area said to be home to an "astonishing diversity of native forest and understory plants." The event will take place again on Jan. 11, 18, and 25. Free; park entrance fees apply. For more, contact Marilyn Nicholson at nickem@hawaii.rr.com or visit nps.gov/HAVO.

TROPICAL FLOWER ARRANGING WITH HAWAIIAN CULTURAL PRACTITIONER Kaipo Ah Chong takes place Friday, Jan. 5, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Ah Chong offers a popular tropical flower arranging workshop and provides flowers for all those in attendance, however individuals must bring their own clippers. Pre-registration is required. The class fee is $45 plus a $20 supply fee per person. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Friday, December 29, 2017

Neighborhood fireworks are popular in Ka‘ū. Photo by Julia Neal
A SURVEY ON CITIZEN OPINIONS has been posted for residents to fill out online, sponsored by Sen. Mazie Hirono. She also weighs in on her end of the year sentiments: "What is happening in Washington right now is deeply concerning. Just recently, the G.O.P. passed a tax scam that will eventually gut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to pay for more than a trillion dollars in tax cuts to the richest Americans and corporations. Meanwhile, Donald Trump and his administration are once again threatening DREAMers with deportation and turning their backs on the values that make
our country truly great. But before the year ends, I want to make sure I get the chance to hear where you stand. Will you take a moment to share what’s on your mind right now?" The link is: surveys.signforgood.com/hirono-prioritiessurvey

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OPPOSITION TO THE NEW TAX BILL that recently passed Congress is the subject of a message from Ka‘ū's Representative in the U.S. House. Tulsi Gabbard wrote, "The corporate and elite donor class' influence over the tax scam that the G.O.P. passed and signed into law could not have been made any more apparent. Many Republicans in Congress made their donors' ultimatums public—to either pass a bill that directly benefits them or lose their donations. While many wealthy legislators personally benefited from this bill, others dragged their feet until they couldn't hold out any longer, knowing that a 'Yes' vote was the only way, in their minds, to keep their political coffers full and their political careers intact.
Citizens United allows corporations to donate to campaigns as
if they were individual citizens. Image from Bill Moyers.com
     "While we are all aware that not all PACs and lobbyists are created equal and some do great work on behalf of everyday people, I do not accept money from any of these entities to make it clear that my priority is people. I continue the fight to overturn Citizens United. The stakes have never been higher. Dark money donors and special interests are simultaneously bankrolling PACs for the 2018 midterm elections and fighting in court to keep their identities anonymous. It undermines our democracy by giving undue influence to corporate interests over the voices of the people," wrote Gabbard.
     According to Gabbard, "There is plenty of misinformation being spread by those who are simply working to bolster their bottom line with no regard for the consequences. The pharmaceutical, health insurance, fossil fuel, private prison, defense, and other industries all lobby for policies that benefit themselves, levying a heavy toll of consequences on the people and our communities. Government's role is to serve the people—not these special interests. We need to get their outsized influence out of the political process.
     "I believe it is the power of the people, coming together in the spirit of aloha, that will give us the strength, courage, and inspiration to put our democracy back where it belongs—in the hands of the people," she concluded.

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Professional Artist Samantha daSilva teaches an acrylic painting workshop
on Saturday, Jan 6, in Volcano.
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
SAMANTHA DASILVA, born in Brazil but living and working on Hawai‘i Island, shares her unique method of painting using rollers rather than brushes, tables instead of easels, lots of paint and water, canvas manipulation and plaster, sand and wood shavings to create "ethereal" textured abstracts.
     The workshop, Fearless Abstract Painting, covers a basic overview of acrylic paints and mediums, the "emotional language" of color and more and takes place at Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No artistic experience is required. The class fee is $90 for non-members and $85 for VAC members plus a $15 supply fee per person. Additional materials are required. Register online at volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222. See samathadasilva.com.

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HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK ANNOUNCES a new volunteer opportunity entitled Stewardship of Kīpukapuaulu which begins at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, with volunteers meeting in the Kīpukapuaulu parking lot on Mauna Loa Road off Hwy. 11 in Volcano. Volunteers will help remove invasive plants like morning glory from an area said to be home to an "astonishing diversity of native forest and understory plants." The event will take place again Jan. 11, 18, and 25. Free; park entrance fees apply. For more, contact Marilyn Nicholson at nickem@hawaii.rr.com or visit nps.gov/HAVO.

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See public Ka‘ū events, meetings entertainment at 
See Ka‘ū exercise, meditation, daily, weekly events at 
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

Swimming: Saturday, Dec. 30, @ Kamehameha.
     Saturday, Jan. 6, @Kamehameha.

Boys Basketball: Saturday, Dec. 30, Konawaena.
     Tuesday, Jan. 2, @ Kea‘au.
      Saturday, Jan. 6, Laupahoehoe @ Ka‘ū.

Girls Basketball: Friday, Jan. 5, Konawaena @ Ka‘ū.

Boys Soccer: Saturday, Jan. 6, Konawaena @ Ka‘ū.

Wrestling: Saturday, Jan. 6, @ Kea‘au.

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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.

EXPLORE THE RICH GEOLOGIC HISTORY OF KAHUKU on a easy-to-moderate guided hike that traverses the vast 1868 lava flow, displaying different volcano features and formations in the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday, Dec. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The hike, titled Birth of Kahuku, also offers hikers the opportunity to learn about the Hawaiian hotspot and the creation of Kahuku.

Volunteers remove invasive plant species to help native plants grow in
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Janice Wei/NPS
HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK ASKS VOLUNTEERS to help remove invasive non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing at a Stewardship at the Park event Saturday, Dec. 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.

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY, FEATURING THE ANNUAL INVITATIONAL WREATH EXHIBITION, continues through Sunday, Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Christmas in the Country features a fresh lineup of artists hosting special events throughout each weekend.
     The concurrent Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit presents one-of-a-kind wreaths in a variety of imaginative media, techniques and styles, from the whimsical to the traditional. “Those looking for truly original wreaths as well as one-of-a-kind, handmade gift items will not be disappointed by the selection created by our local artistic community, ” states gallery manager Emily C. Weiss. Free, park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-7565.

A NEW YEAR'S EVEN TOAST is hosted by Kīlauea Military Camp’s Lava Lounge in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Sunday, Dec. 31, from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more details call 967-8356 or 967-8371.

REGISTER BY SUNDAY, DEC. 31, FOR THE 2018 MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROGRAM which begins Saturday, Jan. 23 and continues for 13 weeks. The program is open to Ka‘ū applicants through the UH Cooperative Extension Office.
     Each person enrolling in the Master Gardener Program commits to completing 39 hours of instruction plus nine field trip hours, an open-book Midterm and Final Exam, plus 40 hours of volunteer service within 12 months of completing the Master Gardener instruction. To continue being Certified as a Master Gardener, on-going service of 30 hours of volunteer time is required every year.
     Classes are held at The Kona Cooperative Extension Service office in Kainaliu, with field trips and workshops in the area. The next program will be held for three hours every Tuesday morning through April 17. Classes will be involved with current Master Gardener projects and will include hands-on orientation to the Helpline and Outreach programs.
     Apply online by googling West Hawai‘i Master Gardeners. For more information, call the UH Cooperative Ext. Office at 322-4884.

GET FIREWORKS AND A FIREWORKS PERMITS now until midnight on Sunday, Dec. 31.
     Setting off of Fireworks for the New Year celebrations are allowed between the hours of 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, and 1 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Permits should be visibly displayed at the site of use, during the time of the firing.
     Each permit costs $25.00 and will entitle the holder to purchase 5,000 individual firecrackers - multiple permit purchases are authorized. Permits will only be issued to persons 18 years of age or older and are non-transferable, and non-refundable.
     For more information on the purchasing of Fireworks permits, or the use of Fireworks, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2911 (Hilo) or 323-4760 (Kona). For a list of places to purchase fireworks permits visit Dec. 23 Ka‘ū News Briefs

Fireworks permits are required for use of fireworks in Hawai‘i - see story above for guidelines. 








  NEW YEAR'S EVE is when tens of thousands of residents all over the islands celebrate by setting off fireworks. Hawaiian Electric Light Co. urges following these safety tips: Keep tools, ladders, fireworks effects, etc., away from power lines; do not use utility poles for fireworks setups.

     Should an object become entangled in an overhead power line, do not try to get it free; instead, call the local electric company for assistance: 969-6666.

KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP'S CRATER RIM CAFÉ hosts a New Year's Day Brunch to take place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1. Celebrate the new year over Roast Pork, Chicken Picata, Omelet Station, Pancakes, Breakfast Potatoes, Rice, Patties, Bacon, Fresh Fruit, Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Brownies and Beverage. Attendees pay an entry fee of $16.95 per adult and $9.50 per child (6-11 yrs). KMC is open to all authorized KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8356 for more details.

OCEAN VIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETS Monday, Jan. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. For more details, call 939-7033, or ovcahi.org.

Visit the decorated cottages at Kīlauea Military Camp until Jan. 1.
Photo from kilaueamilitarycamp.com
LIGHTS AND DECORATIONS BEDECK THE STONE AND WOODEN COTTAGES at Kīlauea Military Camp. They are open for outdoor strolling within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park through Friday, Jan. 1.Vote on the best decorated cottage. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8371 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

KA‘Ū COFFEE GROWERS MEET Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center.

‘O KA‘Ū KĀKOU WALK FOR SENIOR HOUSING IN NĀ‘ĀLEHU begins Tuesday, Jan. 2, in Lapahoehoe  and continues through Friday, Jan. 5, to Nā‘ālehu. ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou President Wayne Kawachi will walk 100 miles to raise $250,000 in an effort to purchase 1.9 acres in Nā‘ālehu for future senior housing. Make a donation to support his quest at okaukakou.org. For more call Kawachi at 937-4773.

DISCOVERY HARBOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETS Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Discovery Harbour Community Hall. For more call 929-9576, or visit discoveryharbour.net.

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Department meets Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Photo from discoveryharbour.net
OPEN MIC NIGHT AT KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP'S LAVA LOUNGE is Wednesday, Jan. 3, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. welcoming singers, bands, comedians and other performers to take the stand. Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests 21 years and older. The lounge is inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more, visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

HAWAI‘I COUNTY COUNCIL committees meet Wednesday, Jan. 3, with a full council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 4. Both meeting days take place in Hilo. The committees will meet again on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and a full Council meets Thursday, Jan. 24, both in Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

OCEAN VIEW NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH meets Thursday, Jan. 4, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m, at Ocean View Community Center. For more, call 939-7033 or visit ovcahi.org.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Thursday, December 28, 2017

Keiki are invited to sign up now for the annual ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Fishing Tournaments taking place Saturday, Jan. 27,
at Punalu‘u Beach Park. Photo by Nalani Parlin
THE FIRST ACT OF CONGRESS in the new year should be approving the Children's Health Insurance Program, proclaimed Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. In an end of the year statement issued Thursday, she said that CHIP provides health insurance coverage to 8.9 million keiki across the country. "Their family incomes are above Medicaid eligibility but not enough to afford private insurance. Essentially, it fills in one of the many gaps in our patchwork healthcare system that exist in the absence of a Medicare for All program," she explained.
      "In Hawai‘i alone, 25,780 of our keiki receive their health insurance through CHIP. The clock is ticking for states like Hawai‘i where they are days away from running out of money and being forced to close the door on our keiki.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is calling on Congress to make renewal of the
Children's Health Insurance Program its first act of 2018 and asking
Hawai‘i residents to sign a petition to preserve the insurance for
more than 25,000 keiki in the Islands.
     "In addition to passing a permanent fix for DACA, and increasing disaster relief for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and states affected by hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, one of the first orders of business Congress must take on in the new year is authorizing funding for CHIP. Providing for children's health should not be about politics or partisanship. It is about taking care of our children," stated the congresswoman. She asked for her constituents to sign her petition calling on Congress to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program.
     She said she sees more opportunity to pass CHIP than the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, which she cosponsored. She stated that "People are angry with the pharmaceutical industry for lying and profiting from the opioid crisis that continues to ruin so many people's lives. They are upset with a system that leaves families caring for a loved one with crushing medical debt while health insurance executives boost their own pay. It is for these reasons that I am a cosponsor of H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. Unfortunately, our bill is blocked due to partisan politics."
     CHIP, however has received bipartisan support "in every Congress since its initiation in 1997, which is all the more reason why Congress needs to reauthorize this important program immediately," said Gabbard. "America is stronger and more unified when we work together in the spirit of aloha." 

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THE ANNUAL PUNALU‘U KEIKI FISHING TOURNAMENT sponsored by ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou is taking sign-ups. It happens Saturday, Jan. 27, at Punalu‘u Beach Park Pavilion.
   Designed for children one to 14 years of age, it offers marine education and competition along the rocky shoreline of Punalu‘u and its tidepools.
Joy Buyuan caught the most fish for several years in a row.
Photo by June Domondon
    Check in time is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The welcome will be at 9 a.m., with poles and bait distributed at 9:30 a.m. The fishing time is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
     A free lunch will be offered to participants and their families from noon to 12:30 p.m. Awards and prizes will be given out at 1 p.m.
     Keiki and their families can pick up and drop off registration forms at Nā‘ālehu Elementary School, Nā‘ālehu Ace Hardware, Pāhala Elementary School, Mizuno Superette in Pāhala, Pāhala Gas Station, Wiki Wiki Mart in Nā‘ālehu, Wong Yuen Store in Wai‘ōhinu, Kahuku Country Market in Ocean View and Ocean View Auto Parts.
     For more information, contact Guy Enriques at 217-2253 or Wayne Kawachi at 937-4773.
     Fishing guidelines allow: Hand Pole Fishing with barbless hooks only; brining own personal hand poles; providing hand poles, fishing gear and bait to those without fishing equipment, on first to register-first to receive bases. There will be no chumming or using palu (bread mackerel or other fish attractant).
     All fishing is Catch and Release.
     The fishing will last one hour and a half.
     Prizes are for size and the kinds of fish caught.
     The event is sponsored by Pacific Quest, DLNR Marine Wildlife Program; County of Hawai‘i, S. Tokunaga, Suisan Co., Ka‘ū Royal Hawaiian Coffee & Tea and Ka‘ū Mahi.

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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

Swimming: Saturday, Dec. 30, @ Kamehameha.
     Saturday, Jan. 6, @Kamehameha.

Boys Basketball: Saturday, Dec. 30, Konawaena.
     Tuesday, Jan. 2, @ Kea‘au.
     Saturday, Jan. 6, Laupahoehoe @ Ka‘ū.

Girls Basketball: Friday, Jan. 5, Konawaena @ Ka‘ū.

Boys Soccer: Saturday, Jan. 6, Konawaena @ Ka‘ū.

Wrestling: Saturday, Jan. 6, @ Kea‘au.

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ALOHA FRIDAY: ‘OHE KAPALA WITH NOE NOE KEKAUALUA is Friday, Dec. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Volcano Art Center. Learn about the various aspects of traditional hula arts - lei making, pa‘u styles, fabric stamping and more. For more details visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-7565.

KANE PŌ GOES TO WASHINGTON is the featured topic for Coffee Talk at Kahuku this Friday, Dec. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Kahuku Unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is located near the 70.5 mile marker on Hwy. 11. Kane Pō is the name of a large pōhaku (stone) from the Ka‘ū Desert on loan to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.  It was shipped to D.C. for the dedication of the Museum in 2004. Learn more about this pōhaku and the role it has on the National Mall. Keola Awong, former Cultural Anthropologist at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, will share her experience of this special event. Coffee Talk is free to attend. Ka‘ū coffee, tea and pastries will be available for purchase. For more details, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

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.

Help Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park remove non-native invasive plant
species, like Morning Glory, that prevent native plants from growing.
Photo by Michael Szoenyi/NPS
EXPLORE THE RICH GEOLOGIC HISTORY OF KAHUKU on a easy-to-moderate guided hike that traverses the vast 1868 lava flow, displaying different volcano features and formations in the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday, Dec. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The hike, titled Birth of Kahuku, also offers hikers the opportunity to learn about the Hawaiian hotspot and the creation of Kahuku.

HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK ASKS VOLUNTEERS to help remove invasive non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing at a Stewardship at the Park event Saturday, Dec. 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.

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY, FEATURING THE ANNUAL INVITATIONAL WREATH EXHIBITION, continues through Sunday, Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Christmas in the Country features a fresh lineup of artists hosting special events throughout each weekend.
     The concurrent Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit presents one-of-a-kind wreaths in a variety of imaginative media, techniques and styles, from the whimsical to the traditional. “Those looking for truly original wreaths as well as one-of-a-kind, handmade gift items will not be disappointed by the selection created by our local artistic community, ” states gallery manager Emily C. Weiss.  Free, park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-7565.

REGISTER BY SUNDAY, DEC. 31, FOR THE 2018 MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROGRAM which begins Saturday, Jan. 23 and continues for 13 weeks. The program is open to Ka‘ū applicants through the UH Cooperative Extension Office.
     Each person enrolling in the Master Gardener Program commits to completing 39 hours of instruction plus nine field trip hours, an open-book Midterm and Final Exam, plus 40 hours of  volunteer service within 12 months of completing the Master Gardener instruction. To continue being Certified as a Master Gardener, on-going service of 30 hours of volunteer time is required every year.
     Classes are held at The Kona Cooperative Extension Service office in Kainaliu, with field trips and workshops in the area. The next program will be held for three hours every Tuesday morning through April 17. Classes will be involved with current Master Gardener projects and will include hands-on orientation to the Helpline and Outreach programs.
     Apply online by googling West Hawai‘i Master Gardeners. For more information, call the UH Cooperative Ext. Office at 322-4884.

New Year's lights up peaceful Pāhala with fireworks at
family celebrations. Photo by Julia Neal
HAWAI‘I ELECTRIC LIGHT CO. is sending out a New Year‘s Eve Message in hopes that people will take care when using fireworks.
     “New Year’s Eve is a time of celebration across the world. In the islands, tens of thousands of people celebrate by setting off fireworks. Though they are beautiful and fun, some caution is suggested when using fireworks,” says the statement.
       HELCO suggests the following precautions:
     Always set off fireworks in a place that is far away from any dry brush or other items that can easily catch fire. Keeping a bucket of water for used fireworks, and keeping a hose handy, are good first steps to keeping any flying sparks or hot debris from starting any fires.
     Be aware that windy conditions can greatly affect fireworks, so always use caution when setting off fireworks in a breeze or light wind; postpone firework use when medium or higher winds are active.
     Fireworks are best handled by adults who are not presently under the influence of any altering medications or alcohol.
     Fireworks should not be set off while being held; always find a safe resting place before lighting one.
     HELCO also suggests the following fireworks safety tips: keep tools, ladders, fireworks effects, etc., away from power lines; do not use utility poles for fireworks setups. Should an object become entangled in an overhead power line, do not try to get it free; instead, please call HELCO at 969-6666.

GET FIREWORKS AND A FIREWORKS PERMITS now until midnight on Sunday, Dec. 31.
     Setting off of Fireworks for the New Year celebrations are allowed between the hours of 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, and 1 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Permits should be visibly displayed at the site of use, during the time of the firing.
     Each permit costs $25.00 and will entitle the holder to purchase 5,000 individual firecrackers - multiple permit purchases are authorized. Permits will only be issued to persons 18 years of age or older and are non-transferable, and non-refundable.
     For more information on the purchasing of Fireworks permits, or the use of Fireworks, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2911 (Hilo) or 323-4760 (Kona). For a list of places to purchase fireworks permits visit Dec. 23 Ka‘ū News Briefs

A NEW YEAR'S EVEN TOAST is hosted by Kīlauea Military Camp’s Lava Lounge in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Sunday, Dec. 31, from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more details call 967-8356 or 967-8371.

KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP'S CRATER RIM CAFÉ hosts a New Year's Day Brunch to take place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1. Celebrate the new year over Roast Pork, Chicken Picata, Omelet Station, Pancakes, Breakfast Potatoes, Rice, Patties, Bacon, Fresh Fruit, Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Brownies and Beverage. Attendees pay an entry fee of $16.95 per adult and $9.50 per child (6-11 yrs). KMC is open to all authorized KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8356 for more details.

Ka‘ū coffee cherries. Photo by Geneveve Fyvie
LIGHTS AND DECORATIONS BEDECK THE STONE AND WOODEN COTTAGES at Kīlauea Military Camp. They are open for outdoor strolling within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park through Friday, Jan. 1.Vote on the best decorated cottage. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8371 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

OCEAN VIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETS Monday, Jan. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. For more details, call 939-7033, or ovcahi.org.

KA‘Ū COFFEE GROWERS MEET Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center.

DISCOVERY HARBOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETS Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Discovery Harbour Community Hall. For more call 929-9576, or visit discoveryharbour.net.

‘O KA‘Ū KĀKOU WALK FOR SENIOR HOUSING IN NĀ‘ĀLEHU begins Tuesday, Jan. 2, in Lapahoehoe and continues through Friday, Jan. 5, to Nā‘ālehu. ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou President Wayne Kawachi will walk 100 miles to raise $250,000 in an effort to purchase 1.9 acres in Nā‘ālehu for future senior housing. Make a donation to support his quest at okaukakou.org. For more call Kawachi at 937-4773.

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