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, September 11, 2017

Ka'ū News Briefs Monday, September 11, 2017

Locally grown breadfruit are sought by the 'Ulu Cooperative. According to a Hawai'i Public Radio story
that calls breadfruit a Tropical Superfood, breadfruit is high in protein and suitable
for feeding populations in the tropics. See story below and The Salt.
Photo from Hawai'i Public Radio
REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, the terrorist attack that took down commercial airliners and the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon, has drawn statements from Ka'ū's elected officials.
     Gov. David Ige: "It's been 16 years since our nation was changed by the events of Sept. 11. Often, we see man’s inhumanity to man, but I’ve witnessed compassion and aloha in times of need. Our nation has demonstrated its strength, courage and will as a result of this tragedy. Of the nearly 3,000 people who perished, at least nine had ties to Hawai'i. To the families and loved ones of Georgine Rose Corrigan, Richard Keane, Maile Hale, Michael Collins, Rich Y.C. Lee, Patricia “Patti” Pitchford Colodner, David Laychak, Christine Snyder, and Heather Ho, we will never forget."
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard attended the 9/11 ceremonies in New York today.
Photo from Office of Tulsi Gabbard
      Sen. Mazie Hirono: "Each Sept. 11, we come together in remembrance of the thousands who were killed, and the first responders and ordinary men and women who came to the aid of their fellow Americans. We continue to honor those who defend our country in Hawai'i and around the world and their families."
     Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: "During times like this, remembering 9/11 and devastation from hurricanes, we are reminded what's most important: life, love, family, friends."
    Gabbard visited the National September 11th Memorial and Museum to honor not only the "3,000 innocent men, women, children, and first responders killed on 9/11," but also "the more than one million men and women who have served in the U.S. military since 9/11, including thousands who have made the ultimate sacrifice."
911 victims from Hawai'i were honored with lei during ceremonies
Sunday at Honolulu Hale. Photo from Office of the Mayor
       She said, “That fateful day changed everything for our country and still weighs heavily upon my heart. We must never forget the memory of those who lost their lives on that day, and those who continue to serve the American people and our country, at home and abroad."
     A lei ceremony was held on Sunday at Honolulu Hale to remember the Hawai'i victims and to honor first responders and agencies dedicated to keeping the community safe.

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HAWAI'I IS THE THIRD HAPPIEST STATE IN AMERICA, according to the ratings released today by WalletHub.com. According to WalletHub, Hawai'i has the fewest depressed adults of any state. The separation and divorce rates is fifth lowest in the country. It is tenth in safety. The suicide rate is sixteenth lowest in the country. Income growth ranks as number 28. The Happiest State, according to WalletHub, is Minnesota, followed by Utah. After Hawai'i are California, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and New Hampshire. For the full report, see
https://wallethub.com/edu/happiest-states/6959/ 

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Sen. Mazie Hirono joins Stand Up for Cancer, and advocates
for health care for everyone.
TO STAND UP TO CANCER means "we have to have health care," said Sen. Mazie Hirono last Friday during Stand Up for Cancer Day. She is fighting kidney cancer that spread to a rib and has undergone surgeries and other treatments.
      Hirono said, "There are lots of people who come up to me and say, 'I have cancer, I'm a cancer survivor.' Yes, as am I. That's Standing Up to Cancer, which means that in order to Stand Up for Cancer we actually have to have the where with all to treat our cancers and that means that we have to have health insurance. It defies everything that is human why everybody can't figure that out - that these serious illnesses - we have to have treatments for, we have to have health coverage for. That's what I'm standing up for."

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EQUIFAX SHOULD END FORCED ARBITRATION, says U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono, Al Franken and Catherine Cortez Masto. Equifax—the credit bureau that recently made public a data breach affecting 143 million Americans—used forced arbitration agreements, "which limit the ability of consumers to pursue actions in public courts in response to corporate wrongdoing," the Senators said in a statement today.
Image from cnet.com
     In a letter sent today, Hirono and 19 Senate Democrats pressured Equifax CEO Richard Smith to drop support for and the use of forced arbitration clauses in consumer agreements. “Forced arbitration provisions in consumer contracts erode Americans’ ability to seek justice in the courts by forcing them into a privatized system that is inherently rigged against consumers and which offers virtually no way to challenge a biased outcome. Forced arbitration clauses, like the one that appeared in the TrustedID Terms of Use, require consumers to sign away their constitutional right to seek accountability in a court of law," wrote the Senators. “Although Equifax has since removed the clause from the TrustedID Terms of Use – a move we applaud – we are concerned that the company may still support the use of forced arbitration more broadly.”

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HAWAI’I ‘ULU COOPERATIVE SEEKS TO AQUIRE LOCALLY GROWN BREADFRUIT, according to The Kohala Center's Rural and Cooperative Business Development Services.
     Hawai'i 'Ulu Cooperative's west side aggregation and processing facility is now open for business in Honalō. Members and non-member farmers are welcome to drop off fruit. Co-op members receive $1/lb and non-members $0.75/lb. The co-op only accepts semi-ripe or fully mature fruit at this time.
Breadfruit trees have been bred for hardier, more productive trees.
Photo from National Tropical Botanical Gardens
Fruit must be unbruised and not  visibly lacerated.
     View the Harvesting Guide at eatbreadfruit.com, email info@eatbreadfruit.com, or call 808-238-8869 for more information about membership, quality standards, and drop-off locations.
      Hawai'i Public Radio's story called Productive, Protein-Rioch Breadfruit Could Help The World's Hungry Tropics talks about breadfruit being edible at any stage or its ripening, its traditional role in Hawaiian diet and its nickname, the tree potato. It is high in vitamins and minerals and requires less labor, fertilizer and pesticides than wheat and rice. See The Salt.

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Loren Opsteldhal, the sheep shearing champion
hosts a clinic this Saturday, Sept. 16.
A SHEEP SHEARING CLINIC with National Champion Shearer Loren Opsteldahl, is being offered by the Hawai’i Sheep and Goat Association, on Saturday, Sept. 16, starting at 9 a.m., at Ahualoa Hog Farm.
      HSGA says, “This is a once in a life time event to see a Master Shearer at work and learn the art of sheep shearing!” General sheep care will also be discussed.
     The workshop is open to all those interested, from beginners to experiences sheep handlers. The event fee is $25 for members, $40 for non-members, with lunch included. Register hsga.net/events.

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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENROLL NOW in the The Kohala Center’s High School Sustainable Agriculture Program.
     The next session is at TKC's Demonstration Farm in Honoka’a, Oct. 9 to 13, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Kohala Center's Rural and Cooperative Business Development Services says, “The weeklong program features hands-on training in sustainable agriculture practices and visits to important traditional Hawaiian agricultural sites and farms. Students will also learn about opportunities in farming and supporting Hawai'i's food security. Contact Dave Sansone at 808-887-6411 or dsansone@kohalacenter.org for more information.”

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BEGINNING FARMERS AND RANCHERS can look to a newly launched USDA website, farmanswers.org, for resources, says The Kohala Center's Rural and Cooperative Business Development Services.
     Newfarmers.usda.gov is a USDA website with resources targeting new farmers, women, veterans, and young people engaged in agriculture. Farmanswers.org
is USDA-NIFA's beginning farmer and rancher clearinghouse, providing resources to help farmers get started and more seasoned producers succeed.

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UPCOMING EVENTS FOR FALL TROJAN SPORTS:

Girls Volleyball: Wednesday, Sept. 13, Kamehameha vs. Ka'ū, home game.
Competitive Cheerleading: Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Hilo.
Eight-Man Football: Saturday, Sept. 16, Ka'ū vs. Kohala, away game.
Cross Country: Saturday, Sept. 16, Ka'ū vs. Kea'au, away game.
Bowling: Saturday, Sept. 16, Ka'ū vs. Hilo & Konawaena at Kona Bowl.

Register online by Sept. 21.
For more details, see the Ka'ū News Briefs from Aug. 30, 2017.
REGISTER KEIKI GRADES K-8 FOR ART CLASSES IN PĀHALA.
     Tree of Life Thumbprint Art: Register until tomorrow, Sept. 12. The art class will take place at Pāhala Community Center on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 3p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 928-3102.
     Tissue Art: Register until Sept. 19. The art class will take place at Pāhala Community Center on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call 928-3102.

FRIENDS OF THE KA'Ū LIBRARIES will hold its annual meeting at Pāhala Plantation House on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 96-3209 Maile Street beginning at 6 p.m. Interested persons are invited to attend.

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY LEGAL SERVICES will be available at Ocean View Community Center on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more details, call 939-7033.

RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS MEET THURSDAY, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., in the HOVE Road maintenance Corp. office. The meeting is meant for volunteers and those interested in becoming volunteers. For more, call Hannah Uribes at 929-9953.

REGISTER KEIKI FOR SUNFLOWER CRAFT until Sept. 15. The craft class, for keiki ages 6 to 14, will take place on Monday, Sept. 18, at Kahuku Park from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 929-9113 for more.

REGISTER 5TH GRADE GIRLS FOR GEMS BY SEPT. 15. Ka‘ū fifth grade girls are invited to start registering for GEMS, Girls Exploring Math and Science. The annual all day event has been set for the Crown Marriot King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel for Nov. 9.
     Registration is on a first come, first served basis, and space is limited. Registration fee is $20 and scholarships are available. No girl will be turned away because of financial need.
     All fifth grade girls residing in the West Hawai‘i School complex in public, private, or home-schooled are welcome. Sponsorship of girls by individuals or businesses will be accepted. For more information about GEMS, to sponsor a girl, or to request a registration packet, contact Cindy Armer, GEMS chairperson at cbarmer@hotmail.com or 808-896-7180. Remember GEMS registration form must be postmarked by 9-15-17. See more details on Ka'ū News Briefs from August 15, 2017.

Pick up the September 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 at kaucalendar.com

WOOD VALLEY WATER COOPERATIVE will hold its annual meeting at Pahala Plantation House, 96-3209 Maile St. on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

REDEEM HI-5 RECYCLABLES AT NĀ'ĀLEHU SCHOOL GYM on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and receive 5 cents per container (sorted by type) and an additional 20 cents per pound on all aluminum. Atlas Recycling donates 20 cents per pound on all aluminum redeemed to the school. For more details, call 939-2413, ext. 230.

DISCOVER THE HAWAIIAN GODDESSES HI'IAKA & PELE and the natural phenomena they represent on a free, moderate, one-mile walk this Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. within the Kahuku Unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. For more, visit nps.gov/havo.

PEOPLE & LAND OF KAHUKU is a free, guided, 2.5 mile, moderately difficult hike over rugged terrain through the Kahuku Unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park that focuses on the area’s human history from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17.