About The Kaʻū Calendar

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.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ka`u News Briefs Friday, May 12, 2017

Miss Ka`u Coffee Pageant will take place Saturday evening at 6 p.m. at Ka`u Coffee Mill, under the direction of
Ka`u Coffee farmer Trini Marques who also directed the 2016 pageant with winners above.
Photo by Pamela Taylor
PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS WHEN THEY RUN OUT OF RELATIONSHIPS, declared Dr. Kimo Alameda on Thursday when speaking at the Exchange Club, a service organization operating for more than 40 years on the island. Alameda is the Executive Director of the Hawai`i County Office on Aging and was responding to this week's report on a reduction in homelessness on the Big Island.
      "People become homeless not because they ran out of money, initially at least. I think they become homeless because they ran out of relationships. Think about it. If I lose my house tomorrow, I get one sister that can take me in. I think anybody in here would say Kimo, I get one extra garage, right?"
Dr. Kimo Alameda talked about improvements in the homelessness
situation on the island and the need to help the homeless with their
relationships, in addition to providing housing.
Photo from Big Island Video News
     "I think when we stop caring and we stop connecting, the result is homelessness," he said.
     Alameda talked about the idea of supportive housing that can help people with more than their money problems. "Your house is not affordable if you're on drugs. Because that's not the priority. Your house not affordable if you get mental health issues and you cannot sustain employment, right? So, in addition to one house, you need that support, and that support comes from the community - us. not them guys - you now.
     "It's not Hope Services problem. It's not the county's problem. It's all of our problem," said Alameda. He applauded the success of the county and agencies working on homelessness and it being reduced 32 percent over the last year. He credited Mayor Harry Kim for looking at the homelessness as not a project but as "people."
     He also credited kupuna for whom he works at the Office on Aging with inspiring him with a positive outlook to help with such issues as homelessness.
     See his complete speech at www.bigislandvideonews.com.

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PROJECTS FOR KA`U are in the new State of Hawai`i budget, recently passed by the Hawai`i Legislature. More than $300 million in funding goes to Hawai`i Island. Some $5.4 million is for nonprofit organizations on this island.
     Ka`u projects include covered walkways for Na`alehu Elementary School, costing $1.2 million. Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will have money for projects in this area as part of $2 million for Big Island development.
     Both airports used by Ka`u residents receive funding with $14.8 million for Kona International Airport and $19.3 million for Hilo International Airport.
     Road and Highway improvements are budgeted for $20.8 million for Mamalahoa Highway alone. In Ka`u the Ninole and Hilea Bridges, which have elderly wooden construction beneath the pavement, are set for replacement.
      A medium security housing project for Hawai`i Community Correctional Center is funded with $13.2 million.
      Telehalth at Hilo Medical Center receives $2 million in funding.
      Hawai`i Community College receives $700,000 for a trades and apprenticeship program and new physics lab and classroom. University of Hawai`i at Hilo gets $3 million in air conditioning.

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MY HAWAI`I STORY, the statewide environmental writing contest for middle school students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade, has announced the top 25 poems and short stories. This year's theme was He Wa'a, He Moku- Mālama Honua, celebrating the return of Hokule'a to Hawai'i from the Worldwide Voyage.
       An anthology of the stories and poems will be published and distributed to schools, libraries and online at the website of Hawai`i Conservation Alliance, which sponsored the competition. Locally, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai`i Department of Land & Natural Resources, Hawai`i Department of Education and other agencies are partners in the project.
     The students' writing represents personal reflections on the environment, cultural values, kuleana, stewardship and place-based writing.  See the winners and how to become involved for next year at www.hawaiiconservation.org.

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MISS KA`U COFFEE PAGEANT is Saturday, May 13 at Ka`u Coffee Mill at 6 p.m.
     Competing for Miss Ka`u Coffee are Jami Beck, Alysha Gustafson-Savella and Shanese Tailon.
     Scholarship Sponsors are the Edmund C. Olson Trust, Ka`u Mahi, Ka`u Valley Farm, Pacific Quest, Punalu`u Bake Shop, CU Hawai`i Federal Credit Union, Ka`u Local Products, Sen. Russell Ruderman, Sen. Josh Green, Rep. Richard Creagan and County Council member Maile David.
    Younger ladies will compete in Jr. Miss Ka`u Coffee, Miss Ka`u Coffee Peaberry and Miss Ka`u Coffee Flower competitions.
    The pageant is directed by Ka`u Coffee farmer Trini Marques with much support from the Ka`u Coffee Growers Cooperative members and other coffee farming families in the region.
     Judges are Joyce Ibasan, Maria Miranda, Christina Tandoc Rana and Tara Compehos.
     The event marks the first activity of the ninth annual Ka`u Coffee Festival. See www.kaucoffeefest.com.

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Haunani's Aloha Expressions perform next Wednesday at 
Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
HAUNANI'S ALOHA EXPRESSIONS entertain next Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Enjoy an evening of music and hula of Haunani’s Aloha Expressions. With their handmade colorful costumes and lei, these energetic kūpuna have competed at, and won, various hula festivals. They bring to life the magic of old Hawai‘i. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu Heavenly Voices presentations. Free.

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