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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, June 6, 2017

Ka`u News Briefs Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Josh Stanbro, who heads the new Office of Climate Change, Resiliency and Sustainability, joined Gov.
David Ige and Mayor Kirk Caldwell in Honolulu to sign commitment in support of the Paris Accord.
HAWAI`I BECAME THE FIRST STATE TO SIGN LEGISLATION TO COMMIT TO THE PARIS ACCORD. Gov. David Ige and representatives of the counties and Hawai`i Legislature gathered at the Capitol rotunda in Honolulu to sign the measures on Tuesday.
     Will Okabe, representing the Big Island as county Managing Director, said that there is no question "as far as trying to go green needs to be clean." He said the Big Island is trying to establish biofuel and looking at hydrogen and different ways to "be green on the Big Island." He said the mayor sends a clear message to the world and the rest of the nation. "In order for Hawai'i to be an active participant in going green and looking at alternative energy, we want to be the first, and we want to be the trendsetter for the rest of the world."
County Managing Director Will Okabe committed to the
Big Island "going green."
    Josh Stanbro, known for his land conservation work in Ka`u, is the new Chief Resiliency Officer of Honolulu and heads the new Office of Climate Change, Resiliency and Sustainability. He was introduced by Mayor Kirk Cladwell as representing Honolulu as one of the new 100 Resilient Cities, a hui established by the Rockefeller Foundation.           Honolulu was chosen to join the group of 100 from the 1,100 cities in the world applied. Caldwell said that Stanbro learned that, "We need to survive, adapt and grown the face of change and uncertainty."     
       The governor signed SB 559 (Act 032) which expands strategies and mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide in alignment with the principles and goals adopted in the Paris agreement. He also signed HB 1578 (Act 033) which establishes the Carbon Farming Task Force within the Office of Planning to identify agricultural and aquacultural practices to improve soil health and promote carbon sequestration – the capture and long-term storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide to mitigate climate change.
     Said Ige, “Hawai‘i is committed to environmental stewardship, and we look forward to working with other states to fight global climate change. Together, we can directly contribute to the global agenda of achieving a more resilient and sustainable island Earth. The Hawai‘i State Legislature understands the importance of taking action, and I applaud its work this session to ensure that we continue to deliver the island Earth that we want to leave to our children.”
Gov. David Ige signed measures to further commit Hawai`i to Paris Accord initiatives.
     Sen. J. Kalani English, senate majority leader who introduced SB 559 on greenhouse gasses, said, “The measure adopted relevant sections of the Paris agreement as state law, which gives us legal basis to continue adaptation and mitigation strategies for Hawai‘i, despite the Federal government’s withdrawal from the treaty.” 

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MODERNIZING THE MARINE CORPS' ground tactical and combat vehicles is one of Sen. Mazie Hirono's efforts in the U.S. Senate.
     Hirono, the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, calls for continued innovation and testing of technology to support Marines in Hawai`i and around the world. She is speaking at hearings as the Armed Services Committee considers the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which sets Department of Defense funding levels.
Sen. Mazie Hirono testifies in hearings supporting innnovation for
the Marine Corps.

     “In the years to come, these Marines will continue to be an integral part of supporting our strategic interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,. Given the evolving nature of the threats we face, it is also crucial that our Marines remain ready and capable to address contingencies at a moment’s notice. We owe it to these men and women to ensure that the resources are available for training and readiness activities and to ensure they have the best, most advanced, and fully functional equipment to get the job done,” said Hirono.
     Witnesses from the Marine Corps answered questions on the development and testing of amphibious and ground vehicles that will replace vehicle models that have been used for up to 40 years. The Third Marine Regiment at Marine Corps Base Hawai`i is scheduled to receive approximately 300 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) in 2020. The JLTV is being developed to replace the Humvee.

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GRAFTING OF FRUIT TREES will be the workshop Saturday, June 17. Ocean View Community Association encourages gardeners and farmers to
A jack fruit tree photographed by Ken Love who will
teach a fruit tree grafting session on June 17.
head north for the grafting class presented by Ken Love of Hawai`i Tropical Fruit Growers. The session takes place at Ma`ona Community Garden in Honaunau, above the Rodeo Grounds Arena.
     The workshop is sponsored by The Kohala Center—Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program funded by the USDA and in collaboration with the Hawai`i Tropical Fruit Growers, University of Hawai`i Sea Grant College Program and Na Maka O Papahanaumokuakea.
     Ma`ona Community Garden is located at 84-5097 Keala O Keawe Road in Honaunau, just above the Rodeo Grounds Arena. See map below. For more information about The Kohala Center visit: http://kohalacenter.org/farmertraining. For more information about University of Hawai`i Sea Grant College Program visit: http://seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/ For more information about the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers visit: http://www.hawaiitropicalfruitgrowers.org/

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COFFEE BERRY BORER ALERTS are the latest innovation to help farmers monitor and prevent infestation by the pest. This month, University of Hawai`i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources announced that Luis Aristiabal, Junior Extension Agent, will start issuing the alerts to coffee producers "These alerts will contain information related to current on-farm CBB activity as well as general recommendations for its management on the Big Island. In the future, these alerts may be extended to other islands should resources be provided towards an expanded monitoring program," said a message from his colleague Andrea Kawabata.
     Farms in Ka'u are monitored for CBB activity for each farm's particular practices as well as individual micro-climate. During the last two weeks of May 2017, evaluations of CBB infestation levels and CBB positioning on berries were conducted. "Field monitoring, using the 30 Trees Sampling Method, showed high levels of green berries with holes caused by CBB. Additionally, many CBB were found in the A/B alive position,"
     In Kona and Ka`u, CBB infestation levels (% of green berries with holes) ranged from 1% to 26% with an average of ~10%. CBB in the A/B alive position, a position vulnerable to spraying, ranged from 16% to 67% with an average of ~43% .
     The sampling "indicates that CBB are actively pursuing and boring into new berries on farms monitored," the University reported.

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    SUPPORT FOR KUPUNA AND CAREGIVERS islandwide is the goal of two mediation centers combining their efforts and reaching into Ka`u.  The program is entitled Communication & Conflict rResolution for Kupuna & Caregivers, sponsored by Ku`ikahi Mediation Center and West Hawai`i Mediation Center, in partnership with Hwai`i County Office of Aging. The workshops aim to
help those taking care of parents and grandparents. Contact one of the mediation centers if caring for an adults 60 or older, or an individual with Alzheimer;s or a related disorder, age 60 or older. Caregivers can be spouses, adult children, siblings, relatives, friends, neighbors or other unpaid helpers. Workshops are entitled Communicating Needs to Family Members and Service Providers. The other is Communicating More Effectively in Challenging Situations.
     In East Ka`u, contact Kuʻikahi Mediation Center at 935-7844 or info@hawaiimediation.org. In West Ka`u, contact West Hawaiʻi Mediation Center at 885-5525 or info@whmediation.org


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Open Mic Night, Wed, June 7, 6 – 10 p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp’s Lava Lounge in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up and for more details. Park entrance fees apply.
   
ADOPT A BLOCK IS A NEW INITIATIVE for Fridays  in Ocean View. "Help keep Ocean View clean," urges the OV Community Association.  Sign up at the Ocean View Community Center and pick up street-side trash on Fridays. Free colorful trash bags will be available at the Community Center.  Those needing someone to take bags to transfer station, call 238-6025.

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Ka`u News Briefs Monday, June 5, 2017


Farms in Hawai`i like this one can not only grow healthy food but promote carbon sequestration and improve soil health.
Gov. David Ige plans to sign a bill on Tuesday to create a Carbon Farming Task Force. See story below.
Photo from Mother Nature Network
MAYOR HARRY KIM WILL HONOR THE PARIS ACCORD on Tuesday, with other Hawai`i mayors represented at the state Capitol rotunda in Honolulu. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and representatives from the office of Kim, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, and Kaua`i Mayor Bernard Carvalhho, along with members of the Hawai`i Legislature, will sign a commitment agreement to
Mayor Harry Kim has agreed to sign up Hawai`i
County to follow the Paris Accords.
follow the goals enshrined in the Paris agreement. That agreement, signed by all countries except Syria, Nicaragua and the Vatican, was rejected by Pres. Donald Trump last week, even though the Pope urged the President to comply.
     Since then, numerous cities and states have vowed to carry on the Paris Accord to reduce greenhouse gases worldwide and work toward clean energy to lessen threats of climate change and a warming planet. 
       Ige said, "Hawai`i and other Pacific Islands are already experiencing the impact of rising sea levels and natural disasters. That's why my administration and the Legislature are already taking concrete steps to implement the Paris Accord.
     "Hawai`i will continue to fulfill its kuleana on reaching our energy, water, land and other sustainability goals to make island Earth a home for all. The innovation economy is driven by technology, clean energy, and green jobs. We will continue to lead on this transformation and work collaboratively with people around the world."
    The governor also announced that he will sign Senate Bill 559, which expands strategies and mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide in alignment with the principles and goals adopted in the Paris agreement. 
     Ige said he will also sign House Bill 1578, which establishes the Carbon Farming Task Force within the state Office of Planning to identify agricultural and aquacultural practices to improve soil health and promote carbon sequestration in the state’s agricultural and aquacultural sectors.
    The gathering for the signing will be at noon and it will be streamed through Facebook Live at facebook.com/governordavidige.

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Gov. David Ige will sign bills Tueday to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to
start a Carbon Farming Task Force
HAWAI`I ATTORNEY GENERAL DOUG CHIN said today, "I am proud to stand beside both Governor Ige and many of my fellow attorneys general as a signatory to the We are Still In coalition. Climate change is of unique importance to our island state, and I will be working with my fellow attorneys general to find ways to act effectively, even when the federal government won't."
     Other state attorneys general joining the coalition today include California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.
     Chin pointed out that President Trump announced on June 1 that the United States would break ranks with more than 190 countries and leave the historic global commitment that entered into force in November 2016. The signatories to the We are Still In coalition, on Monday, released the following statement:
     “We, the undersigned mayors, governors, attorneys general, college and university leaders and businesses are joining forces for the first time to declare, that we will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.
     "In December 2015 in Paris, world leaders signed the first global commitment to fight climate change. The landmark agreement succeeded where past attempts failed because it allowed each country to set its own emission reduction targets and adopt its own strategies for reaching them. In addition, nations – inspired by the actions of local and regional governments, along with businesses – came to recognize that fighting climate change brings significant economic and public health benefits.
     "The Trump administration’s announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damages the world’s ability to avoid the most dangerous and costly effects of climate change. Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States.
Attorney General Doug Chin joined a a coalition of 
other AGs to support climate action.
    "In the U.S., it is local and state governments, along with businesses, that are primarily responsible for the dramatic decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in recent years. Actions by each group will multiply and accelerate in the years ahead, no matter what policies Washington may adopt.
     "In the absence of leadership from Washington, states, cities, colleges and universities and businesses representing a sizable percentage of the U.S. economy will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions.
     "It is imperative that the world know that in the U.S., the actors that will provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment are found in city halls, state capitals, colleges and universities and businesses. Together, we will remain actively engaged with the international community as part of the global effort to hold warming to well below 2°C and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy that will benefit our security, prosperity, and health.”
     "The Paris Climate Agreement requires participating countries to limit global warming to well below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit from preindustrial levels and encourages them to pursue efforts to keep temperature increases to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. The “We Are Still In” coalition pledges to ensure that despite the country’s exit from the agreement the United States will continue to be a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

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COFFEE FARMER ANDRES MAGANA ORTIZ  is the focus of an appeal by Sen. Mazie Hirono and the Hawai`i Congressional Delegation. They urge the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to stop the deportation of the Hawai`i Island coffee farmer.
Magana has drawn support from the Hawai`i Congressional delegation
to prevent his deportation. Photo from Hawai`i News Now
     A statement from Hirono points out that Ortiz, a well-respected coffee farmer on Hawai`i Island, faces deportation after living in the United States for nearly 30 years. Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court denied Magana Ortiz’s request to remain in the United States.
      Hirono said she spoke to the Homeland Security Secretary over the phone to asked that Kelly exercise his discretionary authority to allow Ortiz to stay in Hawai`i. The Secretary of Homeland Security has the authority to issue a stay that would stop the deportation, Hirono contended.
      A letter to Kelly, signed by Senators Hirono and Brian Schatz, and Representatives Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa, states:
      "We are writing to request that your Department exercise its prosecutorial discretion and re-evaluate the request for a stay of removal for Mr. Andres Magana Ortiz of Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. We believe the particular circumstances of Mr. Magana Ortiz’ case merits the extraordinary grant of a stay. Mr. Magana Ortiz is currently in the process of adjusting to legal status on the basis of his wife’s citizenship. In other words, he is trying to do the right thing. Mr. Magana Ortiz is an upstanding member of our community and does not belong in the category of dangerous individuals who should be prioritized for deportation.  In fact, during his immigration proceedings, the government itself conceded that Mr. Magana Ortiz possesses good moral character. 
Magana cares for his own and 15 other coffee farms.
Photo from Hawai`i News Now
      "We agree that persons that pose a threat to national security and public safety should be a priority for deportation proceedings. However, Mr. Magana Ortiz poses no such threat to national security or public safety and therefore should not be a priority for removal. Rather, it is in our national interest for Mr. Magana Ortiz to remain in the United States where he can continue to work, pay taxes, and raise his family
      "The Department has the authority under 8 CFR 241.6 to issue an administrative stay of removal—essentially, to decide whether to keep families together or tear them apart—and in 2014 Mr. Magana Ortiz received a stay. At that time, presumably the Department found his arguments compelling and consistent with federal law, which has not changed. He filed subsequent stays, one of which was not acted upon by the Department, and another that was denied in March of this year. As a result of this denial, Mr. Magana Ortiz received a Final Order of Removal and has been ordered to report to ICE for deportation on Thursday, June 8, 2017.
      "The Department’s most recent denial wastes the government’s time and resources on proceedings for an individual who poses no threat to our nation, while a parallel proceeding that could resolve the issue remains open. In 2015, Mr. Magana Ortiz’s wife filed an I-130 Relative Petition for Alien Relative. According to the District Court’s record, this petition was filed in September of 2015 but receipt had not been acknowledged by the Department until March 29, 2016. Given that this avenue is still open and unresolved and has taken what appears to be an extraordinarily long time, we fail to see the value in the Department’s aggressive approach to Mr. Magana Ortiz’s deportation.
Image result for Ortiz Magana deportation
Many national news services have published the story on the
probable deportation of the coffee farmer and illustrated it
with such images as this in Mother Jones
     "In his concurring opinion to the denial of the motion, Judge Stephen Reinhardt noted that Mr. Magana Ortiz entered the United States from Mexico in 1989, at the age of fifteen, and has since built a house, started his own business, paid taxes, married a U.S. citizen, and had three U.S. citizen children. He wrote that Mr. Magana Ortiz is by all accounts “a pillar of his community and a devoted father and husband.” Judge Reinhardt further stated that deportation would deprive Mr. Magana Ortiz’ children of a parent and source of financial support, and possibly of a home and an opportunity for education, unless they follow him to Mexico, a country where they have never lived, and where they do not speak the language.
     "The Department has the power to keep this family together, or to break them apart. Given the urgent nature of Mr. Magana Ortiz’ situation, we request that you exercise prosecutorial discretion by granting a stay of relief.  In addition, we ask that you expedite review of his wife’s I-130 petition."

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ADOPT A BLOCK IS A NEW INITIATIVE for Fridays  in Ocean View. "Help keep Ocean View clean," urges the OV Community Association.  Sign up at the Ocean View Community Center and pick up street-side trash on Fridays. Free colorful trash bags will be available at the Community Center.  Those needing someone to take bags to transfer station, call 238-6025.

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Meeting, Tue, June 6, 6 – 8 p.m., Pahala Community Center.

I, Mosquito: Our Changing World, Tue, June 6, 7 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. USGS Research Biologist Dennis LaPointe, Ph.D. explains the life cycle of one of the planet’s most maligned insects. While sharing information from recent wildlife studies here in Hawai‘i and sobering projections of the future, LaPointe offers practical advice and innovative adaptive strategies for coping with a changing world. Free; park entrance fees apply.

Open Mic Night, Wed, June 7, 6 – 10 p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp’s Lava Lounge in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up and for more details. Park entrance fees apply.