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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, February 16, 2017

Ka`u News Briefs Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Wisdom, estimated to be at leat 66 years of age, has returned each year for more than six decades to Midway Atoll
and to the same nesting siteshe and her mate Akeakamai use each year. It takes the pair about seven months to
incubate and raise each chick, the most recent hatching in February. See story below.
Photo from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
A DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS saw protests across the country Thursday, with businesses shutting down to show how empty they would be without an immigrant workforce. The action drew the backing of Mazie Hirono, who represents Ka`u in the U.S. Senate. "I stand with families across the country participating in A Day Without Immigrants, but I came to work today to fight against President Trump's fearmongering, anti-immigrant agenda," she said.
     Hirono, and other Senators announced legislation to rescind Pres. Donald Trump's Executive Order on deportation.  She stated that "Most of us are not far from our immigrant roots and for myself I am an immigrant. I am living the American dream, where my mother brought me to this country as a single parent and raised three children by herself. The continuing attacks by President Trump on immigrants in this country are particularly painful and troubling to me." She contended that Trump "has done more harm to America in just a few weeks than most presidents do in the entirety of their term. She contended that Trump has tried to ban Muslims from entering the United States solely because of their religion."
Sen. Mazie Hirono called for Congress to rescind Pres. Trump's order
to deport undocumented immigrants. Image from U.S. Senate
     Hirono reported that "Instead of pursuing consensus on a comprehensive immigration bill, President Trump has launched a new assault on immigrants and their families. The stories we've all seen and heard over the past week have been heartbreaking. Families are being torn apart, lives are being destroyed. The vast majority of those arrested are not violent criminals. They are people that contributed to their community for decades."
     The Senator said that "We can trace this new assault directly to President Trump's Executive Order on so-called interior safety. It fulfills one of his own campaign promises...those promises should never have been made because of the damage that they do to millions of people in our country." She reported that nearly than 700 people have been arrested in raids across the country. "This is only a taste of what's to come and American people should be infuriated."
    Hirono pointed out that "waves of immigrants have played a major role in shaping my home state of Hawai`i. We need to band together to resist this executive order now. We need to stand up whenever our President, this President, tries to divide our country and targets minority groups for discriminatory treatment. And if we don't stand up, as we are doing on a regular basis these days, then we are complicit in what follows."
     She called the order "so sweeping that it will encompasses some eight million of the 11 million undocumented people in our country and this order is spreading fear throughout our community."  She called it unworkable and inhumane.

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WISDOM, THE OLDEST KNOWN WILD BREEDING BIRD IN THE WORLD, has a new offspring. The egg that she laid - see the Jan. 5 Ka`u News Briefs -  has hatched in the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The chick hatched approximately two months after Wisdom, at least 66 years old, was first spotted incubating an egg at the same nesting site that she and her mate, Akeakamai, use each year.
Wisdom and her new chick. Photo from U.S. Fish & Wildlife
     “Wisdom continues to inspire people around the world. She has returned home to Midway Atoll for over six decades and raised at least 30-35 chicks,” said Bob Peyton, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Project Leader for Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Memorial. “Because Laysan albatross don’t lay eggs every year and when they do, they raise only one chick at a time, the contribution of even one bird to the population makes a difference.”
     It takes nearly seven months to incubate the egg and raise a chick to fledge. In that time, Wisdom and Akeakamai, like all albatross parents, take turn incubating the egg or caring for the chick while the other forages for food at sea.
     Albatross and many other seabirds exhibit high nest site fidelity, returning to the same nesting site each year, and relying on protected nesting sites like the Refuge and Memorial to raise their young.
    "Laysan albatross and other seabirds depend on the habitat protected by Midway Atoll and other Pacific remote wildlife refuges to raise their young,” said Peyton. “Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, we have been able restore the native habitat that the birds need for nesting sites, ensuring a future for these seabirds.”
USFWS Refuge biologist Meg DuhrSchultz and volunteer Aisha
Rickli-Rahman gave Wisdom's 2016 chick a permanent adult
 band. Photo from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    Wisdom and Akeakamai are not alone in calling the Refuge and Memorial home. Midway Atoll is home to the world’s largest colony of albatross. Nearly 70 percent of the world’s Laysan albatross and almost 40 percent of Black-footed albatross, as well as endangered Short-tailed, all rely on the Refuge and Memorial. Albatross start to arrive to return from sea to breed in late October and by the end of November nearly every available nesting space on the atoll is claimed by a breeding pair.
       Located at the far northern end of the Hawaiian archipelago within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Midway Atoll Refuge and Memorial is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. One the oldest atoll formations in the world, the atoll provides nesting habitat for over three million seabirds, and was the site of the decisive Battle of Midway, one of the most significant naval battles of World War II, and in history. To learn more about Midway Atoll, visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/midway_atoll/.

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FREE BAGS OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD will be given away next Wednesday, Feb. 22 at noon at the Na`alehu Community Center. The  giveaway is a partnership between Tutu & Me Traveling Preschool and the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Hawai`i Island Food Basket. There are no income or financial eligibility requirements or age limitations for the distribution of food. For more information call Betty Clark, Site Manager for Tutu & Me at 929-8571.

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THE ALOHA GROWN MALAMA HONUA FUND has announced the competition this year for five $500 awards to local non-profits, schools, organizations or initiatives on the Big Island that embody Aloha Grown's philosophy to "Support Local. Sustain the `Aina. Share the Aloha."
     Interested groups must complete an application form and write a one-page essay explaining how their organization follows Aloha Grown's philosophy. Essays must include the organization's mission and vision, along with the specific project, program and/or effort that the $500 award would be used to fund.
     "Aloha Grown is committed to supporting efforts to care for our island, our people and our culture. That is why 2% of every Aloha Grown sale goes to the Malama Honua Fund, which makes awards to local nonprofits, schools, organizations and initiatives that embody our philosophy,"­­ says a statement from the organization.
     Previous award winners have included Na`alehu School, Kohala Elementary School, Punana Leo o Waimea, Hawa`ii Institute of Pacific Agriculture, Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School, and many more. Their sustainability programs and efforts have included community gardens, aquaponics systems, keiki farm stands, culinary programs, and outdoor classrooms.
     All submissions are due by March 31. For more on Aloha Grown or to see previous year's Malama Honua Fund award winners, visit www.alohagrown.com.
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GRANTS FOR HEALTH PROGRAMS are available through the statewide Hawai`i Chamber of Commerce. The organization’s president, Sherry Menor MacNamera, in a letter yesterday, stated: “As part of our initiative to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawai’i, the Chamber serves as trustee of the Public Health Fund.”
    The history of the Chamber’s involvement with community health is long, she explained: “In 1899, a bubonic plague epidemic closed Honolulu Harbor and quarantined part of Honolulu. In an effort to exterminate rats from the wharves and prevent future epidemics, a committee of shipping company representatives and importers assessed themselves 10 cents per ton of imports for rat control.
 Fifteen years later, the Public Health Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Honolulu accepted responsibility for collecting the voluntary assessments and disbursing funds for public health programs.
     In 1923, the Equity Court formally appointed the Chamber as trustee of what is now known as the Public Health Fund and directed it to limit grants to public health organizations based on O`ahu. Assessments were discontinued in 1950. Since then, grant awards have been made from interest and dividends received from investment of principal. The Chamber president announced that grants are made for projects involving public health education and research for which funds are not available from other sources. Preference is given to projects that are collaborative.
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Recycling at Nā‘ālehu School, Sat, Feb 18, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Nā‘ālehu School Gym. Redeem your HI-5 sorted by type; receive 5 cents per container and additional 20 cents per pound on all aluminum. Atlas Recycling donates 20 cents per pound on all aluminum redeemed to the school. 939-2413, ext. 230

Life of the Lands, Sat, Feb 18 – Mar 26, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Acrylic paintings by David K. Hayes and Daniel VanZyle feature Hawaiian flora and fauna. Opening reception Sat, Feb 18, 5 p.m.

New exhibit of paintings opens at Volcano Art Center this Saturday.

Pele & Hi`iaka, Sat, Feb 18, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Participants discover the Hawaiian goddesses and the natural phenomena they represent on this free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/havo

Kahuku ‘Ohana Day, Sat, Feb 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Keiki 17 and younger and their families are invited to explore Upper Palm Trail and learn to weave a lei. Free. Register by Feb 2 at 985-6020.

Zentangle Inspired Art: Five Ferns, on Sat, Feb 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village. Dina Kageler helps tanglers get inspired by nature. 967-8222

Mongolian BBQ, Sat, Feb 18, 5 – 8 p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp’s Crater Rim Café in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. $.85/ounce with complimentary rice and beverage. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. 967-8356

Rebecca Folsom Concert, Sat, Feb 18, 7 p.m., Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village. $25/$20 VAC members. 967-8222
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