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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.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Volunteers brought discarded mattresses, large appliances and other trash to the Ocean View Deep Clean, with
containers and shipping provided by Matson Navigation Co. Photo from Ocean View Community Association
THE DEEP CLEAN, sponsored by Ocean View Community Association in late October, drew more than 30 volunteers and many trucks and their drivers who brought in large item rubbish to be hauled off in two 40 foot shipping containers donated by Matson Navigation Co. The event was so successful, however, that some of the bigger items brought to the Ocean View Community Center remain. According to Ocean View Community Association President, Ron Gall, 73 pick-up loads of appliances and scrap metal still need to be removed. 
Items from 56 small truckloads fit into the container.
More items from 76 small trucks remain to be hauled.
Photo from Ocean View Community Association
      A statement from Ocean View Community Center said it was a "first time event to remove debris of all kinds from the community." Gall said, "Hopefully this will become a twice a year event. It takes a lot of planing and getting people and vehicles together to help. Flyers, emails, Facebook and word of mouth helped get volunteers and get the word out. Yes, the coconut wireless does work!"
     Volunteers brought in everything from mattresses, furniture, refrigerators and stoves to scrap metal. Two container trailer loads from 57 small trucks were hauled to Hilo on Wednesday to be dumped. 
     Greg Goodale, of the County Department of Solid Waste, was contacted for help from County of Hawai‘i. "We need help from the County to remove the big stuff, so hopefully we will get a response from the County soon," said Gall.
Appliances and scrap metal make up a large amount of
the items gathered during the Ocean View Deep Clean.
Photo from Ocean View Community Association
     Ocean View is the largest community in Ka‘ū. "Our temporary transfer station has few recycle options presently, so the community has to take their recycling to Wai‘ōhinu, which for many people is not possible or convenient. A lot of people complain about the trash in Ocean View, along with too many abandoned vehicles, so with Matson's help, and lots of volunteers, the Ocean View Community Center decided to take on this project," Gall said.
     He also advised that the community refrain from bringing more discarded items to the Community Center until help is arranged to remove what still needs to be hauled away.

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THE HEALTH CONDITION OF SEN. MAZIE HIRONO who represents Ka‘ū on Capitol Hill, was provided by Hirono on Monday. "Many of you have asked me about my health, and I thank you for your concern. I wanted to give you an update. After surgery for kidney cancer, I have been
Sen. Mazie Hirono
meticulously followed by my doctor. A recent scan showed some small spots in my thyroid gland.
     "I will be undergoing immunotherapy, a cutting-edge treatment, to enable my own immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells. This is different than chemotherapy, which suppresses the immune system. The most recent public person who has benefited from immunotherapy is President Jimmy Carter in his fight against melanoma. I expect to continue to do my job during the course of this treatment.
     "And of course I will be running for re-election in 2018. Having cancer sucks, but I know that there are people in our country facing major health issues every single day. We are all in this together.
     "Mahalo for your continued support," said Hirono.
     Hirono has barely taken off any time from work during her cancer treatment.

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TAI CHI AT THE KA‘Ū DISTRICT GYM IN PĀHALA has become a regular class. The teacher is Dr. Myrtle Miyamura, who is a dentist in Hilo in addition be being tai chi teacher. Sponsors are Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association and the County Parks & Recreation. Classes are on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon.
     Miyamura practices and teaches Medical Qigong and is a Certified Instructor for the Tai Chi for Health Institute’s Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Diabetes, and Tai Chi for Rehabilitation programs in Hilo. She has presented information on teeth and gum care for diabetics at Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi, the ‘Akaka Falls Lions Diabetes Conference, and the Senior Learning Lecture series.
     She has given presentations on Medical Qigong as part of a required course on Alternative and Complementary Medicine at the Daniel K. Inouye School of Pharmacy at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Miyamura has also conducted interactive presentations on Tai Chi and Fall Prevention for the Hawai‘i State Rural Health Association, the Hawai‘i Island Rural Health Association, Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association, Life Care Center of Hilo and Daniel K. Inouye School of Pharmacy health fairs.

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Nāālehu Public Library Branch Manager Sara Kamibayashi posed
with the last remaining attendees after a very successful Fall Costume
Pizza Party. Photos by Geneveve Fyvie 
KEIKI AND ‘OHANA ENJOYED HALLOWEEN THEMED PUBLIC EVENTS in Nā‘ālehu on Tuesday.
     Starting at 3 p.m. all were invited to Nā‘ālehu Public Library to enjoy free pizza made and delivered by Hana Hou Restaurant, mini water bottles, and candy. Raffle tickets were awarded to all who were dressed up in costume for the Fall Costume Pizza Party. Every family walked away with something - and in many cases multiple items - as there was an abundance of prizes to be won, even though there were well over sixty people in attendance. Guests were encouraged to write down a guess for how many candy corn were in one sealed jar and how many strawberry shaped candies were in another. Throughout the event keiki could be seen treasuring wooden bookmarks and Halloween themed prizes ranging from books to figurines and DVD's.
A Trunk or Treat "booth" in Nā‘ālehu represents
the Kansas City Cheifs and poses with
Ka‘ū resident Joel Loman, who dressed up as a
carton of milk.
Photo by Kacey Loman
     After 6 p.m., a Trunk or Treat event was hosted on the ball fields of the Nā‘ālehu Community Center. Keiki marveled at the Volunteer Fire Fighters and their rig. Attendees were encouraged to collect 9 stickers as they visited the booth-like trunks of over a dozen vehicles. Candy was available from every trunk. Those with stickers were staged to support a different National Football League team - Seahawks, 49er's, Steelers, Green Bay Packers, etc. Once all 9 stickers had been collected, keiki would announce their favorite team and then spin a wheel of fortune before picking a prize from a large selection of goodies - stuffed animals, figurines, play dough and other items.
     A handful of businesses were also available to trick or treaters, in addition to many of the houses centrally located in Nā‘ālehu town.

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OPEN MIC NIGHT AT KĪLAUEA MILITARY'S CAMP'S LAVA LOUNGE in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
     Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up. The event is open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. 
     See kilaueamilitarycamp.com for more.

Wiki Wiki Mart and 76 Gas Station owners Carl Okuyama
and his wife, Amy Lou, dressed up as Queen Cleopatra and
Marcus Aurelius and offered free Icee's to trick or treaters.
HAWAI‘I COUNTY COUNCIL MEETS WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1, and Thursday, Nov. 2. Participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

HULA VOICES, moderated by Desiree Moana Cruz is this Thursday. Nov. 2 fro 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kumu hula Iwalani Kalmia of Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani E presents her hula experiences. The event takes place at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org.

THE NEXT OCEAN VIEW BLOCK WATCH MEETING will be Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. All are invited and the organization will entertain nominations and elect officers. For more, call 939-7033.

Bee Boys stayed open late and offered
candy and snacks to trick or treaters. 
NATURE WORKS EVERYWHERE GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE is Friday, Nov. 3. Applications are open for public/charter schools to build or maintain a Nature Works Everywhere school garden, greenspace or green infrastructure project. For more, visit NatureWorksEverywhere.org/#grants.
     See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Thursday, Sept. 14.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP REMOVE INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANTS that prevent native plans from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This Stewardship at the Summit event is Friday, Nov. 3, at 8:45 a.m.
Jelly Fish Takes First 
First Place at the annual Kilauea Military
Camp Halloween Party went to
a woman dressed as a jellyfish.
Photo from KMC
     To join the effort, meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers should wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants and bring a hat, rain-gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools will be provided. No advance registration is required, and there is no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply. Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/
summit_stewardship.htm. More events are planned for Nov. 11 (fee-free day), 18 and 25.

A FUNDRAISER FOR KĪLAUEA DRAMA & ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK, which is in production for A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol,  will be at Amalfatano's Italian Restaurant in Waiakea Villas in Hilo this Friday, Nov. 3, starting at 6 p.m. Featured menu includes a pasta dish, eggplant parmesan, lasagna, pizza, and an Italian salad. Ice tea is included in the meal. The cost is $20. Diners are welcome to bring a bottle of wine or other beverages to consume.
      Reservations for the fundraiser are not necessary, but suggested. Call KDEN at 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com to make a reservation or for more information on A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol.
     See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Thursday, Oct. 26.

Pick up the October edition of The Ka‘ū Calendar delivered
free to 5,500 mailboxes throughout Ka‘ū, from Miloli‘i 
through Volcano. Also available on stands throughout
the district. See it online now at kaucalendar.com 
A THREE-DAY WORKSHOP, MANDALA MOSAIC, teaches basic glass cutting techniques as well as specialized pattern-cutting skills with Volcano Art Center guest artist Mark Brody. The program takes place Friday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village.
     Class limited to 10 people, 15 years +. $225/$200 VAC members, plus $25 material fee. All students receive free $25 valued substrate at workshops end. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

BIRTH OF KAHUKU, a guided easy-to-moderate hike, traverses the vast 1868 lava flow, with different volcano features and formations as hikers explore the rich geologic history of Kahuku. The free hike is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

A HOLIDAY AFFAIR is set for Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Ocean View Community Center. The art sale also offers maps to Ka‘ū galleries for attendees to continue their Ka‘ū art exploration. Gift wrapping and/or boxing for easy mailing will be available for items sold. To reserve a booth or space call Mars Cavers at 938-9760 or email starmars@mac.com. For more about the event, see Ka‘ū News Briefs from Sunday, Oct. 22.

A HEALTH FAIR will take place at Discovery Harbour Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along with exercise demonstration - Yoga, hula, pilates, Tai Chi, and Qigong - the fair will also offer healthy cooking demonstrations, flu shots, massages and health presentations from various organizations, including Unsafe at Any Meal author Dr. Renee Dufault. For more, visit discoveryharbor.net or call 929-9576. See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Sunday, Oct. 1.

JOIN RAIATEA HELM WITH HULA AND MUSIC ARTISTS FOR THE Ho‘okupu Hula No Ka‘ū Cultural Festival on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Enjoy free music and entertainment and visit vendor booths offering crafts, food, games and information. For more details see Ka‘ū News Briefs published Wednesday, Oct. 18, or contact Kumu Debbie Ryder at 649-9334.

A GILLIGAN'S NIGHT to raise funds for Ka‘ū Learning Academy is Saturday, Nov. 4, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Gilligan's Restaurant former site in Discovery Harbour, which is now KLA.
      It is the first in a series of charter school fundraisers with music and food.
      Foggy will play from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Solomon and Tiger will play from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. The food will feature pizza, pasta, lasagna, salads, desserts and chicken parmesan.
     See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Monday, Oct. 23.

FREE HEPATITIS C TESTING IS AVAILABLE on Sunday, Nov. 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m.,  at Volcano Farmers Market on Wright Rd in Volcano. Volcano Community Association, the organization hosting the event, says that one in 30 baby boomers have Hep. C and most don’t event know it. For more details visit Ka‘ū News Briefs from Thursday, Oct. 12, or email vcainfo@yahoo.com. 

HAM RADIO OPERATORS HOST A POTLUCK PICNIC Sunday, Nov. 5, at Manukā Park. All American Radio Emergency Service members, anyone interested in learning how to operate a ham radio and families are invited to attend. For more, call Dennis Smith at 989-3028.

PU‘U O LOKUANA, a free moderately difficult 0.4-mile hike, takes visitors to the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is offered Sunday, Nov. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Learn about the formation and various uses of this grassy cinder cone and enjoy a breathtaking view from the top of lower Ka‘ū.
CU HAWAI‘I FEDERAL CREDIT UNION IS OFFERING 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.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Monday, October 30, 2017

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor staff, as seen in a Big Island School, brought the thrill of flight to
inspire science, technology, engineering and math at Pāhala Elementary School last week. See story below.
Photo from Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
GO FOR BROKE, AN ORIGINS STORY, was prescreened on Monday at the U.S. Capitol. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard hosted an event entitled The 75th Anniversary of the Japanese American Incarceration during WWII. It featured a panel discussion, ‘ukulele performance by famed musician Jake Shimabukuro who composed for the film, and a special advance screening. Gabbard was joined by California Congressman Mark Takano; S. Floyd Mori, President and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies; and Stacey Hayashi, Historian of Japanese American Incarceration - who is also the Executive Producer of the film.
Ka‘ū Go for Broke heroes, Iwao Yonemitsu and
the late Tokuichi Nakano. Photo by Julia Neal
     Go For Broke: An Origins Story shows many scenes of sugar plantation life, reminiscent of old Ka‘ū, from a young Japanese boy running through a cane field and a young Japanese girl in her room at a sugar plantation cottage, to a Japanese American parent being taken away to an internment camp in World War II.
Japanese enjoyed local life in 1941 until World
War II began. Image from Go For Broke










     The film follows the story of a group of University of Hawaiʻi ROTC students, including the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, and their families, in days leading up to and following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It shines a light on the distrust, prejudice and discrimination against Americans of Japanese ancestry whose loved ones were thrown in internment camps, and the story of young men who, in the face of this adversity, volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army. They formed the historic Varsity Victory Volunteers, and eventually the Nisei-only 100th/442nd Infantry Regiment—the most highly decorated unit in Army history. Some of who were from Ka‘ū.
A young Japanese boy running through a sugar field.
Image from Go for Broke
    This year marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of certain communities based only on ethnicity and country of origin.
     During Monday's event in Washington, D.C., Congresswoman Gabbard said: “Despite facing ugly and persistent prejudice and discrimination after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the Nisei-only 442nd volunteered to serve under the American flag – carrying out innumerable acts of heroism and valor and becoming the most highly decorated unit in Army history. The Go for Broke spirit and the unwavering loyalty for America carried the 442nd through the war and onto a lifetime of public service. As we look around our country and the world today, we continue to see the same divisiveness and prejudice that targeted Americans of Japanese ancestry in World War II. We must continue to be inspired by the Aloha spirit and confront hatred and bigotry with courage, love, and respect.” 
A young Japanese girl at home in a sugar camp house.
Image from Go for Broke
     Congressman Takano said, “The 442nd Regimental Combat Team, in which three of my great uncles served, was comprised entirely of Japanese American soldiers who families were unjustly designated as 'enemy aliens' and, in many cases, held in remote incarceration camps across the country. In the face of racism and mass incarceration, this all-Japanese American force—the most decorated military unit in American history for its size—was crucial to the Allied victory in Europe, often called upon to undertake seemingly impossible missions on the front lines. Today, as we reflect on the 75th anniversary of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans, I am proud to honor the brave soldiers of the 442nd, including my own family members, who were willing to die for an America that did not fully recognize them as Americans.”
Men in hats take away a Japanese parent from the family.
Image from Go for Broke
     Stacey Hayashi, Executive Producer of Go For Broke, An Origins Story, said, “It's critical for folks in our nation’s capitol to see it, especially today, the 73rd anniversary the rescue of the 'Lost Battalion' of Texas in the Vosges Mountains of France, by the Japanese Americans of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Especially coming on the heels of a racist 'joke' from the Houston Astros' first baseman and condoned by the MLB Commissioner, during a World Series game, recent events around the country have shown we need to appreciate our diversity instead of fear it.  
     She said: "The 100th/442nd RCT proved this with their blood on the battlefields of Italy and France over 70 years ago—all the while being distrusted by their own government and fellow
The Go for Broke production team presented an advance showing
of the film Monday at the Capitol with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Americans and other immigrants—with many of their families locked up in America's concentration camps. This should never be forgotten. America's strength comes from her diverse people; there is no place for racism in the United States, a nation of immigrants. Americans who love America are not all Christian, blond-haired, or blue-eyed. Some of us have almond eyes, brown and black hair, and are Buddhist.”
     Floyd Mori, President and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, said, “Go For Broke helps us to understand a chaotic time in our history, when patriotism overcame the negativeness of bigotry. It is a very important lesson taught in the movie that people of color always being suspect is a false notion that fosters racism and heartache - Japanese American incarceration is just one example.” 
     Jake Shimabukuro also weighed in: “As a Japanese American living in this country, I realize that I have a much better life because of the sacrifices that they made.” 
     See the Go for Broke trailer. The film premiers at the International Film Festival in November.

The excitement of airplanes and flight are used as an inspiration
by pacific Aviation Museum's Barnstorming Program.
Photo from Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
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AVIATION CAME TO PĀHALA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL last week, courtesy of Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s free STEM program. Called the Barnstorming Tour, it offered sixth graders in Pāhala and Hilo a look into the science behind aviation. The term “barnstorming” refers to a style of stunt piloting that was performed in the 1920’s to showcase pilots’ skills and the sturdiness of the planes they flew.
The Pices Robatics vehicle that is
prepared to travel on Mars was shown
off for sixth graders at Pāhala last week.
      Pacific Aviation Museum’s Barnstorming Tour was developed in 2008 by staff at the Museum in collaboration with educators and science advisors from University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, and since over 26,000 sixth graders in their classrooms on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and, this year, for the first time, Hawai‘i Island. The 90-minute curriculum is aligned to the Hawai‘i State Content Standards for Grade 6, and uses hands-on activities that incorporate all elements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to help students understand the scientific principals of flight, as well as introduce them to aviation and aeronautic engineering as a viable career. The Museum’s Barnstorming Team conducted 90-minute sessions at each of the schools.
     Costs incurred to bring the Barnstorming Tour and equipment to Hawai‘i Island was underwritten by a $5,000 grant from Boeing.
     Schools interested in having the Museum bring the free Barnstorming Tour to their classrooms should contact nick.kann@pacificaviationmuseum.org or call 808-441-1001.

The world from high above, shown by the crew from
Pacific Aviation Museum to Pāhala sixth graders.
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A WOMAN APPARENTLY FELL OFF THE EDGE OF KĪLAUEA CRATER RIM and died, in an off-limits area of Hawai‘i Volcanoes Naional Park. Rangers recovered the body of a 63-year-old Kea‘au woman Sunday morning from Kīlauea caldera below Steaming Bluff.
    At approximately 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, the park received a report about a female resident missing since Friday. Family traced her phone to the park, and park rangers located her vehicle at the Steam Vents parking area. Rangers began to search for her by ground and air. At around 11:30 a.m., the woman's body was located by personnel aboard a County of Hawai‘i helicopter about 250 feet below the caldera rim, and removed.
    Her name is being withheld pending notification of family. An investigation is underway.
     According to Chief Ranger John Broward, the woman appears to have died after falling from the edge beyond Crater Rim Trail. The area where she fell is not currently erupting. Rangers stated it appeared that she left the trail and went around several barriers to access the edge.

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DRUNK DRIVING IN HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK can result in arrest by federal law enforcement. A 46-year-old woman from Mountain View was arrested Friday night for driving under the influence of alcohol in HVNP and refusing to provide a breath sample. Her name is being withheld during the preliminary investigation.
     National Park Service rangers conducted patrols over the weekend to detect and deter DUI behavior and other vehicle safety issues. Rangers have made three DUI-related arrests in 2017, and there has been one confirmed fatality due to drunk driving this year.  
     “Park officials are very concerned about the safety of people utilizing the park,” said Chief Ranger John Broward. “Our rangers are proactive in preventing drinking and driving and will continue to conduct road safety checkpoints and increase patrols to deter DUI and other vehicle-related safety incidents,” he said.

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Pick up the October edition of The Ka‘ū Calendar delivered
free to 5,500 mailboxes throughout Ka‘ū, from Miloli‘i 
through Volcano. Also available on stands throughout
the district. See it online now at kaucalendar.com 
NĀ‘ĀLEHU PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS A FALL COSTUME PIZZA PARTY on Halloween Day, Tuesday, Oct. 31, starting at 3 p.m.
   The annual Fall Costume Party features pizza, food and prizes. "Come in costume for an extra chance to win a prize," says the flyer. The prize drawing will take place at 4 p.m.
    The event is free and open to all, though young children should be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.
    For more details, call 939-2442.

KA‘Ū FOOD PANTRY gives food to those in need on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Ocean View.

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT KĪLAUEA MILITARY'S CAMP'S LAVA LOUNGE in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
     Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up. The event is open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. 
     See kilaueamilitarycamp.com for more.

HAWAI‘I COUNTY COUNCIL MEETS WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1, and Thursday, Nov. 2. Participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

HULA VOICES, moderated by Desiree Moana Cruz, features Kumu hula Iwalani Kalmia of Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani E. The kumu presents her hula experiences, Thursday, Nov. 2, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org.

THE NEXT OCEAN VIEW BLOCK WATCH MEETING will be Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. All are invited and the organization will entertain nominations and elect officers. For more, call 939-7033.

NATURE WORKS EVERYWHERE GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE is Friday, Nov. 3. Applications are open for public/charter schools to build or maintain a Nature Works Everywhere school garden, greenspace or green infrastructure project. For more, visit NatureWorksEverywhere.org/#grants.
     See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Thursday, Sept. 14.

A THREE-DAY WORKSHOP, MANDALA MOSAIC, teaches basic glass cutting techniques as well as specialized pattern-cutting skills with Volcano Art Center guest artist Mark Brody. The program takes place Friday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village.
     Class limited to 10 people, 15 years +. $225/$200 VAC members, plus $25 material fee. All students receive free $25 valued substrate at workshops end. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP REMOVE INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANTS that prevent native plans from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This Stewardship at the Summit event is Friday, Nov. 3, at 8:45 a.m.
     To join the effort, meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers should wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants and bring a hat, rain-gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools will be provided. No advance registration is required, and there is no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply. Visit the park website for additional planning details:nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm. More events are planned for Nov. 11 (fee-free day), 18 and 25.

A FUNDRAISER FOR KĪLAUEA DRAMA & ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK, which is in production for A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol will be at Amalfatano's Italian Restaurant in Waiakea Villas in Hilo on Friday, Nov. 3, starting at 6 p.m. Featured menu includes pasta dish, eggplant parmesan, lasagna, pizza, and an Italian salad, with  ice tea included for $20. Diners are welcome to bring a bottle of wine or other beverages.
      Reservations for the fundraiser are not necessary, but suggested. Call KDEN at 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com to make a reservation, or for more information on A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol. See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Thursday, Oct. 26.

BIRTH OF KAHUKU, a guided easy-to-moderate hike, traverses the vast 1868 lava flow, with volcanic features and formations. Hikers explore the rich geologic history of Kahuku. It's free on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

A HEALTH FAIR will take place at Discovery Harbour Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along with exercise demonstration - Yoga, hula, pilates, Tai Chi, and Qigong - the fair will also offer healthy cooking demonstrations, flu shots, massages and health presentations from various organizations. Unsafe at Any Meal will be presented by author Dr. Renee Dufault. For more, visit discoveryharbor.net or call 929-9576. See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Sunday, Oct. 1.

A HOLIDAY AFFAIR is set for Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Ocean View Community Center. The art sale also offers maps to Ka‘ū galleries and workshops for attendees to continue their Ka‘ū art exploration. Gift wrapping and/or boxing for easy mailing will be available for items sold. To reserve a booth or space call Mars Cavers at 938-9760 or email starmars@mac.com. For more about the event, see Ka‘ū News Briefs from Sunday, Oct. 22.

JOIN ACCLAIMED RECORDING ARTISTS, including Raeatea Helm, and halau hula from Hawai‘i, Mexico, Japan and West Virginia at Ho‘okupu Hula No Ka‘ū Cultural Festival this Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. It is free and includes not only Hawaiian entertainment, but also vendor booths offering crafts, food, games and information. For more details see Ka‘ū News Briefs published Wednesday, Oct. 18, or contact Kumu Debbie Ryder at 649-9334.

A GILLIGAN'S NIGHT to raise funds for Ka‘ū Learning Academy is Saturday, Nov. 4, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the school, former site of Gilligan's Restaurant. This is the first in a series of charter school fundraisers with music and food.
      Foggy will play from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Solomon and Tiger will play from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. Menu features pizza, pasta, lasagna, salads, desserts and chicken parmesan.
     See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Monday, Oct. 23

FREE HEPATITIS C TESTING IS AVAILABLE on Sunday, Nov. 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m., at Volcano Farmers Market on Wright Rd in Volcano. Volcano Community Association, the organization hosting the event, says that one in 30 baby boomers have Hep. C and most don’t event know it. For more details visit Ka‘ū News Briefs from Thursday, Oct. 12, or email vcainfo@yahoo.com. 


HAM RADIO OPERATORS HOST A POTLUCK PICNIC Sunday, Nov. 5, at Manukā Park. All American Radio Emergency Service members, anyone interested in learning how to operate a ham radio and families are invited to attend. For more, call Dennis Smith at 989-3028.

PU‘U O LOKUANA, a free moderately difficult 0.4-mile hike, takes visitors to the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to a cinder cone one Sunday, Nov. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Learn about the volcanic and geologic formation and historic uses of the grassy cinder cone. Enjoy a breathtaking view from the top of lower Ka‘ū.

CU HAWAI‘I FEDERAL CREDIT UNION IS OFFERING 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.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Sunday, October 29, 2017

Calm days at Punalu‘u where local fishermen launch small boats at dawn from a small ramp. In late
June, a planned lava tour boat operation for 24 passengers met opposition and the owner was cited
for damaging historic Punalu‘u Wharf through his attempt to make a bigger boat ramp.
Photo by Julia Neal
THE STATE FINALIZED FINES on Friday for destruction at the historic Punalu‘u Wharf and boat ramp. Simon Velaj must pay heavy penalties for damaging the rock retaining wall, pilings, concrete foundation, concrete footing and pad with the two large bolts, and the concrete pillar. After the fines were ordered, Velaj said that he will seek a contested case hearing on the matter.
Simon Velaj must pay heavy penalties for damages at Punalu‘u Wharf.
Photo from bigislandvideonews.com. See the film at
BLNR Issues Fines For Punalu'u Wharf Damage
      Velaj went before the Board of Land & Natural Resources in Honolulu on Friday to plead his case. He said that with no new permits available in Poho‘iki, the closest launch site to the lava flow where only four are allowed, he received permission from S.M. Investment Partners to launch from their private boat ramp at Punalu‘u. The boat trip, some 26 miles one way, would have taken about an hour and fifteen minutes each way, Velaj contended. Velaj told BLNR that the owners of the ramp were aware he was using the bulldozer to clean up the place and that he planned to operate tours from their boat ramp.
     However, local protectors of Punalu‘u, the only easily accessible beach and one of two shoreline parks in all of Ka‘ū, opposed the tour boat operations and the alterations at the wharf. They confronted Velaj. They camped out and guarded the wharf from further destruction. Complaints went to the county, state and owners of the wharf and boat ramp. S.M. Investments cancelled the $1,500 per month lease to Velaj.
Part of the historic Punalu‘u Wharf.
Photo from Ruth Beauchan
    Alan Downer, PhD, the administrator of the State Historic Preservation Division, presented recommendations for the fines, saying his office received numerous complaints about the destruction at the wharf and its pilings. He said Punalu‘u Wharf was constructed in 1916, appears in state Inventory of Historic Places, and was first inventoried by Bishop Museum. He explained that while it is not listed on the state or National Register of Historic Places, state statute says structures over 50 years are considered historic properties. The fines include $10,000 for each of four features destroyed plus $10,000 for overall damage plus $2,165 for administrative costs, proposed Downer.
    The formal charges by the state include "Unauthorized Alteration of Historic Properties and Unauthorized Land Use Within the Conservation District."
    Velaj claimed he never touched any pilings, that he rented the backhoe for $500 a day and cleaned the place of rubbish and batteries. He said he did cut two sharp metal objects that he described as dangerous to the local community and his customers. He said he is a small businessman trying to run a safe business. He said his boat is permitted by DLNR and that the Army Corps of Engineers investigated the situation and told him there was no wrongdoing. He asked for the board to drop the recommendation for the fine and allow him to walk away and continue his life.
Bulldozer illegally removing stones from Punalu‘u
Wharf. Photo by Gary Domomdon
     However, the board voted to enforce the fines. See Velaj's defense and the board's questioning, courtesy of Big Island Video news at BLNR Issues Fines For Punalu'u Wharf Damage.

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THE 2018 MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROGRAM 2018 is open to Ka‘ū applicants through the UH Cooperative Extension Office. Classes start January 23rd and run for 13 weeks. "many people from the Ka‘ū District are involved in this ongoing volunteer program," said Gary Kastle, Certified Natural Farmer, Certified Master Gardener and
Master Composter, of My Hawaiian Farm.
The value of bees is well understood by Master Gardeners.
Photo from Master Gardener Program
     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.
The Master Garden Program includes tours of gardens, from native to
market to specialized crops like vanilla and surinam cherry.
Photo from Mater Gardener Program
     Apply online by googling West Hawai‘i Master Gardeners. For more information, call the UH Cooperative Ext. Office at 322-4884.

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TWO NEW WAYS TO PAY WATER BILLS are offered by the county Department of Water Supply. Customers may pay online or by phone using debit and credit cards as well as an e-check, without incurring transaction fees. There is a $500 limit per transaction for credit and debit card payments and a $10,000 limit for e-check payments, which are restricted to U.S. financial institutions only. Returned payments are subject to fees.
    Customers may still pay their water bills by mail, in person, or by automatic bill payment.
    To use the credit, debit and e-check methods, see hawaiidws.org and follow the Water Bill link. For more information call 844-216-1994. The service starts immediately.

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Pick up the October edition of The Ka‘ū Calendar delivered
free to 5,500 mailboxes throughout Ka‘ū, from Miloli‘i 
through Volcano. Also available on stands throughout
the district. See it online now at kaucalendar.com 
NĀ‘ĀLEHU PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS A FALL COSTUME PIZZA PARTY on Halloween Day, Tuesday, Oct. 31, starting at 3 p.m.
     A Hawai‘i State Public Library System issued flyer states, "join us for fun, food and prizes at our annual Fall Costume Party - and this year it's a pizza party! Come in costume for an extra chance to win a prize!" The prize drawing will take place at 4 p.m."
    The event is free and open to all, though young children should be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.
    For more details, call 939-2442.

KA‘Ū FOOD PANTRY gives food to those in need on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Ocean View.

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT KĪLAUEA MILITARY'S CAMP'S LAVA LOUNGE in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
     Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up. The event is open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. 
     See kilaueamilitarycamp.com for more.

HAWAI‘I COUNTY COUNCIL MEETS WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1, and Thursday, Nov. 2. Participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

HULA VOICES, moderated by Desiree Moana Cruz, features Kumu Hula Iwalani Kalmia of Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani E, who presents her hula experiences. The event takes place on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org.

THE NEXT OCEAN VIEW BLOCK WATCH MEETING will be held Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. All are invited and the organization will entertain nominations and elect officers. For more, call 939-7033.

NATURE WORKS EVERYWHERE GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE is Friday, Nov. 3. Applications are open for public/charter schools to build or maintain a Nature Works Everywhere school garden, greenspace or green infrastructure project. For more, visit NatureWorksEverywhere.org/#grants.
     See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Thursday, Sept. 14.

A THREE-DAY WORKSHOP, MANDALA MOSAIC, teaches basic glass cutting techniques as well as specialized pattern-cutting skills with Volcano Art Center guest artist Mark Brody. The program is Friday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village.
     Class limited to 10 people, 15 years +. $225/$200 VAC members, plus $25 material fee. All students receive free $25 valued substrate at workshops end. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP REMOVE INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANTS that prevent native plans from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This Stewardship at the Summit event is Friday, Nov. 3, at 8:45 a.m.
     To join the effort, meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers should wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants and bring a hat, rain-gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools will be provided. No advance registration is required, and there is no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply. Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm. More events are planned for Nov. 11 (fee-free day), 18 and 25.

BIRTH OF KAHUKU, a guided easy-to-moderate hike, traverses the vast 1868 lava flow, with different volcano features and formations as hikers explore the rich geologic history of Kahuku. The free hike is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

A FUNDRAISER FOR KĪLAUEA DRAMA & ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK, in production for A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol i will be at Amalfatano's Italian Restaurant in Waiakea Villas in Hilo on Friday, Nov. 3, starting at 6 p.m. Featured menu includes pasta dish, eggplant parmesan, lasagna, pizza, and an Italian salad. Ice tea is included. The cost is $20. Diners are welcome to bring a bottle of wine or other beverages to consume.
      Reservations for the fundraiser dinner are not necessary, but suggested. Call KDEN at 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com to make a reservation or for more information on A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol.
     See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Thursday, Oct. 26.

 A HEALTH FAIR will take place at Discovery Harbour Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along with exercise demonstration - Yoga, hula, pilates, Tai Chi, and Qigong - the fair will also offer healthy cooking demonstrations, flu shots, massages and health presentations from various organizations, including Unsafe at Any Meal author Dr. Renee Dufault. For more, visit discoveryharbor.net or call 929-9576. See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Sunday, Oct. 1.

A HOLIDAY AFFAIR is set for Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Ocean View Community Center. The art sale also offers maps to Ka‘ū galleries for attendees to continue their Ka‘ū art exploration. Gift wrapping and/or boxing for easy mailing will be available for items sold. To reserve a booth or space call Mars Cavers at 938-9760 or email starmars@mac.com. For more about the event, see Ka‘ū News Briefs from Sunday, Oct. 22.

JOIN FAMED HULA AND MUSIC ARTISTS, INCLUDING RAIATEA HELM,  for Ho‘okupu Hula No Ka‘ū Cultural Festival on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Enjoy the dance of halau from Pahala, Na`alehu, Honolulu, Mexico, Japan and West Virginia. There will be free music throughout and vendor booths offering crafts, food, games and information. For more details see Ka‘ū News Briefs published Wednesday, Oct. 18, or contact Kumu Debbie Ryder at 649-9334.


A GILLIGAN'S NIGHT to raise funds for Ka‘ū Learning Academy is Saturday, Nov. 4, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the school, which is Gilligan's Restaurant former site in Discovery Harbour.
      It is the first in a series of charter school fundraisers with music and food.
      Foggy will play from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Solomon and Tiger will play from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. The food will feature pizza, pasta, lasagna, salads, desserts and chicken parmesan.
     See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Monday, Oct. 23.

CU HAWAI‘I FEDERAL CREDIT UNION IS OFFERING 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.