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.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Ka`u News Briefs Monday, July 10, 2017

Wahine get ready to compete at the annual July 4  Rodeo in Na`alehu held this Saturday and Sunday.
Photo by Gabriel Cuevas
KA`U ROPING & RIDING ASSOCIATION'S great family, paniolo rodeo drew many riders, ropers and muggers to Na`alehu Rodeo Grounds on Saturday and Sunday. Families stayed the weekend through hot, dusty fun days. Keiki calf riders, teen and adult wranglers showed off their ranching and equestrian skills.  Rodeo Queen was Beanna Gomes.
Before he went wild and scattered
the crowd. Photo by
Gabriel Cuevas
Brown and blue are the colors of this year's Ka`u Roping
and Riding Association 4th of July Rodeo.
Photo by Gabriel Cuevas
     Near the close of the rodeo, an angry bull showed off his jumping skills by leaping a fence just before a paniolo was going to ride him. The bull ran across the arena into the the roping events starting gate near the food concession. Trapped, he charged the fence with horns and hoofs. People yelled, "Run," and the crowd scattered, including the food vendor with her money bag.
Rodeo Queen
Breanna Gomes
Photo by Gabriel
Keiki stands tall to watch the rodeo.
Photo by Gabriel Cuevas
    The bull became entrapped in a narrow shoot and began to destroy it. About a half dozen paniolo on horseback surrounded and lassoed him, while others cut away fencing to free him.
   Here are the winners and sponsors of the Ka`u Roping & Riding Association's July 4 Rodeo:
       Dummy Roping, 4 and under, winner was Manaia Balucan, sponsored by Wikiki 76. 
      Dummy roping 5 to 8 went Mauka Balucan, sponsored by Kaiser Motorcycles.
     Goat Undecorating, 4 and Under, went to Manaia Balucan, sponsored by Zia Tita Wroblewski.
     Goat Undecorating, 5 to 8, went to Mauka Balucan, sponored by Punalu`u Bake Shop.
           Po`o Wai U first place went to Lexis Andrade, sponsored by Mona Wroblewski.
    Team 90s winners were Danny Joseph, sponsored by 3-D Welding and Bill Derasin, and
Tying the ribbon on the tail of the steer is a favorite
 rodeo event. Photo by Gabriel Cuevas
Dusty Miranda, sponsored by Steven and Phina Wroblewski.
     Youth Barrels winner was Mauka Balucan, sponsored by Zia and Li`i Wroblewski Kaluna.
     Kane Wahine Day winners were Keola Loando, sponsored by Ka`u Andrade Contracting and Macey Loando, sponsored by Pahala Pops.
    Open Daly winners were Brian Dematto, sponsored by Umi Ranch- Robert Kawamoto, and Gregg Mehino, sponsored by Edwin DeLuz Trucking.
This calf waits peacefully after being
lassoed and tied.
Photo by Gabriel Cuevas
   Kane Wahine Mugging winners were Jere Benevides, sponsored by Ryan  Towing, and Chelsey Fuerte, sponsored by Ryan Auto Parts.
     Double Mugging winners were Lexis Andrade, sponsored by Al and Nancy Cabral, and Kaumaka Bean.
     Tie Down winner was Keola Loanda, sponsored by CU Hawai`i Federal Credit Union.
     Wahine Mugging winners were Nane Nobriga and Corina Stevens. Sponsors were  Kim J. Iona, Christine Beck, Denicia Derasin and Gen Shibuiya.
     Wahine Breakaway winner was Macey Loando.
     Calf Riding winner was Chance Miranda, sponsored by Hana Hou Restaurant.
     See more in upcoming Ka`u News Briefs.

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WOULD FBI DIRECTOR NOMINEE Christopher Wray be an independent check on the Trump administration? On Monday, Sen. Mazie Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pressed Wray on his commitment to supporting the independent investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election and fighting hate crimes. Hirono will have further opportunity to question Wray at his nomination hearing Wednesday.
Sen. Mazie Hirono interviewed FBI Directory nominee Chris Wray.
      “The unprecedented circumstances surrounding Mr. Wray’s nomination require a commitment to the rule of law," said Hirono. “During his hearing, I will ask him more about his ability to be an independent check on this administration and his approach to fighting the influx of hate crimes we’ve seen since the election.”

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THE BODY OF A 38-YEAR OLD MAN was recovered by park rangers early Sunday morning near the bottom of Kīlauea caldera, reports Jesica Ferracane, Public Affairs Specialist for Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.
     On Saturday, July 9, two visitors discovered a backpack on Crater Rim Trail at approximately 7 p.m. Park dispatch was notified, and rangers searched the caldera rim and floor on foot, but were unable to locate the owner. The search was suspended due to unsafe conditions at night, and resumed at first light yesterday morning, Sun., July 9.
      Rangers aboard a helicopter, around 5:35 a.m., found the victim about 250 feet below the caldera rim, in an area that is not currently erupting.
      The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. An investigation is underway.
Lei Making Demo will be Wednesday at Hawai`i Volcanoes.
NPS Photo 

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What We Can Do Now to Data Recorded Way Back When, Tue, July 11, 7 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geophysicist Paul Okubo describes a current look into seismograms from HVO’s first 100 years. Free; park entrance fees apply.

Lei Making Demo, Wed, July 12, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Local cultural practitioner Pua O’Mahoney teaches how to make traditional Hawaiian lei with natural materials that include leaves, flowers and more. Free; park entrance fees apply.