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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, January 17, 2017

Ka`u News Briefs Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

O Ka`u Kakou volunteers for the annual Keiki Fishing Tournament at Punalu`u are busy organizing the event for this Saturday.
Photo by Peter Anderson
HAWAI`I'S TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE 2017 OPENS WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18 with House of Representatives and Senate members representing Ka`u in good positions. Sen. Josh Green chairs the Senate Human Services Committee. Sen. Russell Ruderman is Vice-Chair of the Government Operations Committee, Rep. Richard Creagan chairs the House Agriculture Committee and Rep. Richard Onishi chairs the House Tourism Committee.

The 2nd State Senate district  includes a large territory in Ka`u
from Volcano toward Miloli`i for Sen. Russell Ruderman to
cover. Map from Hawai`i State Legislature
     Most legislators are prepared with their new bills, with the deadline for non-administrative bills, grants and subsidies this Friday, Jan. 20.
     As the Legislature begins, the State of the State address will be given by Gov. David Ige on Monday, Jan. 23. and the State of the Judiciary address will be given by the Hawai`i Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald next Wednesday.
     On Thursday, major issues will be taken up in briefings to the House Finance Committee, including the funding and future of the Hawai`i Health Systems Corporation, which includes Ka`u Hospital. Whether to privatize elements of the quasi-state run hospital system has been an issue in many recent legislative sessions. On Thursday, many state departments will provide briefings on responsibilities from environmental protection, to disease outbreak control, child protective services and vocational rehabilitation.
     Representing Ka`u in the Hawai`i Legislature are two Senators and two members of the House of Representatives:
Th 3rd Senate District, includes a vast expanse
in Ka`u around the south end of the island to
Honu`apo for Sen. Josh Green to cover.
Map from Hawai`i State Legislature
     Sen. Josh Green, representing West Ka`u, chairs the Human Services Committee and serves on the Hawaiian Affairs Committee. He can be reached by phoning 808-586-9385, emailing sengreen@captiol.hawaii.gov, or writing to or visiting him in Room 407 in the Hawai`i State Capitol, 415 South Beretania St. Honolulu, HI 96813.
     Sen. Russell Ruderman, representing East Ka`u,  serves on the Senate Agriculture and Environment Committee and is Vice-Chair of Government Operations Committee and serves on the Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health Committee. He can be reached by phoning 808-586-6890, emailing senruderman@capitol.hawaii.gov, or writing to or visiting him in Room 203 in the Hawai`i State Capitol, 415 South Beretania St. Honolulu, HI 96813.
     Rep. Richard Creagan, representing West Ka`u,  chairs the House Agriculture Committee. He serves on the Education Committee, Higher Education Committee, the Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs Committee and Public Safety Committee. He can be reached  by phoning 808-586-9605, emailing repcreagan@Capitol.hawaii.gov,  or writing or visiting him in Room 331 in the Hawai`i State Capitol, 415 South Beretania St. Honolulu, HI 96813.
Top scorer for Ka`u in Tuesday's win over
Hawai`i Preparatory Academy is Raishlyn
Jara. Photo by Pam Taylor
     Rep. Richard Onishi, representing East Ka`u, chairs the House Tourism Committee, serves on the Education Committee, Higher Education Committee, Interstate Commerce Committee and Veterans, Military, & international Affairs, & Culture and the Arts. He can be reached by phoning 808-586-612, emailing reponishi@Capitol.hawaii.gov or writing or visiting him in Room 441 in the Hawai`i State Capitol, 415 South Beretania St. Honolulu, HI 96813.
     Visit http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov to submit testimony, sign up to receive a public hearing notifications, follow legislation and to read more about legislators, committees and reports
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KA`U BEAT HAWAI`I PREPARATORY ACADEMY IN Big Island Interscholastic Federation girl's basketball on Monday. Top scorer for the Trojans was Raishy Jara. Final score was Ka`u 37 and HPA 31.

THE ANNUAL KEIKI FISHING TOURNAMENT AT PUNALU`U Beach Park has organizers hoping for good weather as families sign up for this Saturday, Jan. 21. Open to all keiki, from one to 14 years of age, the ninth annual event, sponsored by O Ka`u Kakou, is a catch and release event. Preregistration ends at noon on Wednesday, with applications at Pahala Elementary School, Mizuno Superette, Pahala Gas Station, Na`alehu Elementary School, Na`alehu Wiki Wiki Mart, Wong Yuen Store and Na`alehu -Ace Hardware,  as well as Kahuku Country Market and Ocean View Auto Parts.
Family watches the keiki fishing off the shore at Punalu`u. The annual OKK Keiki Fishing
Tournament is this Saturday. Photo by Peter Anderson
     The family affair requires parent or legal guardian with all children who are fishing. Hand-poles without reels are allowed. Barbless hooks for the catch and release are a must. For those without their own hand-poles, gear and bait, the tournament will provide them, while supplies last.
    Children and families are asked to bring non-perishable food - at least one item per fisherman to the tournament for its food drive.
     Check-in is at 8 a.m. with a welcome and review of the guidelines at 9 a.m. Distribution of fishing equipment is at 9:30 a.m. and the tournament is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A free lunch and shaved ice are served at noon and awards and prizes are presented from 1 p.m. For more information contact Wayne Kawachi at 937-4773 or Guy Enriques at 217-2253.
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A HILO SISTER MARCH IN SUPORT OF THE WOMEN'S MARCH IN WASHINGTON, D.C. will be held this Saturday, Jan. 21, the day after the Inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The Hilo event will begin with a Women's Initiative Gathering at Mo'oheau Bandstand, Downtown Hilo at 10 a.m. The March will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the bandstand talks and other events will continue until 3 p.m. A statement from organizers said, "This is a Pro Peace Movement - a family-friendly, non-partisan event and all peaceful marchers are welcome.  Gather together in solidarity ​with partners and children for the protection of women's rights, safety, health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country."  For complete information visit: http://bigislandwomensmarch.com/index.html

A KA`U FARM SCHOOL IS BEING ORGANIZED and classes begin on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Earth Matters Farm on the corner of South Point Road and Kamaoa Road. The session, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. is free and features speakers Gabriel Howearth, founder of Seeds of Change; Greg Smith, owner of Earth Matters and Marla McCasland, owner of Hawaiian Flowers. Attendess can learn about propagation and seed saving, different ways to grow food and what grows well in Ka`u. The class is both on concepts and hands-on learning. It is sponsored by Hawai`i Farmers Union United. To sign up, visit https://goo.gl/y87XtZ, call 808-721-6977 or call 808-721-6977. Leave name, email and contact number.
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