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.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Sunday, September 24, 2017

Taiko Drums sounded the celebration for the fourth annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run.
Photo by Peter Anderson
THE COMPLETE RESULTS OF THE KA‘Ū COFFEE TRAIL RUN are out after yesterday’s sunny and sturdy trail conditions. Sponsored by ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou and the Edmund C. Olson Trust, the venue was Ka‘ū Coffee Mill and its trails through coffee fields and macadamia orchards into the rainforest above Wood Valley. Taiko drummers sounded the applause and community groups offered entertainment, food and information.
     In the Mens Half Marathon, Matt Peharda, 29, of Portland, Oregon, won in 1:41:40.9. Second was Alec Richardson. 27, in 1:48:34.4. Third was Lyman Perry, 50, in 1:48:51.0. Fourth was Joe Barica, 47, in 1:50:13:3. Fifth was Justin Young, 39, in 1:56:29:4.
     Dylan Saragosa, 19, took first in the 19 and under group, in 2:09:57.4. Kyle Ignacio, 10, came in second in 2:21:29.5. He was the youngest runner in the race.
     Some of the older runners did well, with 52-year old Shawn Mishler taking seventh overall, and 52 year-old Kai McBride taking tenth overall. 
Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run took competitors high into the forest
 above Wood Valley, past wooden water flumes that 
formerly served the sugar plantation. Photo by Peter Anderson
     The eldest runner in the Half Marathon was Don Zimbeck, 76, who came in ahead of six younger runners.
     First in the Women’s Half Marathon was Bree Wee, 37, of Kona, in 1:51:37. Second was Harmony Wayner, 20, in 2:12:06.8. Third was Sally Marrack, 46, in 2:19:00.9. Fourth was Christina Lundgren, 23, in 2:19:26.3. Fifth was Elda Carreon, 37, in 2:20:54.3. The eldest in the race was 63 year-old Lee Otani. The youngest was the second place finisher.
     The Mens 10K saw Kip Niewlse, 22, coming first across the finish line in 45.51.8, Zachary Hines, 35, second in 46.03.1 and Brian Shiro, 39, in third at 46.24.8. The eldest in the race was 74 year-old Donald Choquette, who beat three younger men. The youngest was the overall winner.
     The Womens 10K saw Megan Lamson, 34, take first in 1:01:04:7, Melissa Kunz, 31, in 1:04:20.9, and Michelle Young, 39, in 1:05:52.5. The eldest in the race was 71 year-old Linda Gross. The youngest was 22 year-old Sarah Bermingham, who finished 15th.
     The Mens 5K saw Troy Aukai, 17, coming in first in 22.08.7, followed by Sumuo Engichy, 17, in 32.25.2 and Alexander Keely, 16, in 23.43.7. The youngest competitor to finish, was Takami Munnerlyn, 4 years of age, who beat four other competitors, 12 to 16 times his age. The eldest in the race was Jay Cable, 74, who finished 20th.
     The 5K women’s competition saw 46 year-old Kendra Ignacio come in first in 25:56:4, and 65 year-old Janet Schleifer second in 27:43.5 and 25-year old Victoria Hines third in 29:19:5. The eldest to finish the race was Madalyn McWhite-Lamson, 73, who beat eight younger women. The youngest was eight-year old Anabella Anthony who placed 17th.
     See all the results at www.webscorer.com and look for the Sept. 23 race date and Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run.

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FriendRaiser welcomes community
support for the November event.
Photo from Nā‘ālehu School
RAFFLE PRIZES AND INFO BOOTHS ARE WELCOMED by Nāʻālehu Elementary Student Council for its second annual FriendRaiser to be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, on the school grounds. The event, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to include games, food, booths, fun and, "most importantly, opportunities to build and strengthen friendships," says a statement from organizers. Community organizations are invited to host information booths.  For more information, contact Amber Keohuloa at ajavar@naalehu.org or 345-9283.

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HAWAI‘I PUBLIC RADIO, with two stations, HPR-1 and HPR-2 reaching Ka‘ū, begins its semi-annual, on-air fundraiser this Wednesday, Sept. 27. The nonprofit is supported by 14,000 member donors, as well as nearly 200 businesses and foundations. Its reach covers the inhabited Hawaiian Islands, with Ka‘ū being the most recent area added, when it obtained the KAHU community radio license. In Ka‘ū, HPR-1 is found at 89.1 FM and HPR-2 is at 91.3 FM.
     During the anticipated ten-day campaign, statewide, the station seeks to break its own pledge drive record by enrolling 1,000 new individual members and growing the rolls of those who contribute monthly from 45 to 50 percent.
     In the last three years, despite steadily increasing costs, according to HPR, it has been able to lower its fund drive goals as more of its donors have opted to become monthly Sustaining Members. This fall's target of $875,000 continues this downward trend, and returns the station to a goal level not seen since the fall of 2013.
HPR President and GM José Fajardo
     HPR President and General Manager José Fajardo states, "A larger base of donors is essential to weather the uncertain future of federal funding for public broadcasting. We are confident that more and more of HPR's listeners have come to realize how much they count on us for their news and entertainment and how HPR, in turn, counts on their support. It's a unique symbiotic relationship and listening to each other is at its core."
     The station's realignment in February, "while generally well-received, elicited suggestions from listeners," says a statement from HPR. "Various programming adjustments have been made when listener demand warranted. The most recent, on Sept.  18, includes a new lineup at 7 p.m. on HPR-1, including the return of the popular weekly wrap-up Left, Right & Center, billed as a "confrontation over politics, policy and popular culture." Other returning shows during this hour are On the Media (Mondays) and Freakonomics Radio (Tuesdays). Two new programs round out the week: Reveal (Wednesdays) is dedicated to investigative reporting and Hidden Brain (Thursdays, starting Oct. 12) uses social science to help people understand the world, current events and themselves.
    Last month, HPR received a top rating from Charity Navigator, the nation's largest charity evaluator. "Attaining a four-star rating verifies that Hawai‘i Public Radio exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. Only 5 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least six consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that Hawai‘i Public Radio outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Hawai‘i Public Radio apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness," states the letter from Charity Navigator.
     Contributions to HPR may be made online at hawaiipublicradio.org, as well as through the HPR mobile app. Fund drive phone lines open on September 27 in the station's two studios. Donations to HPR-1 may be made at (808) 944-8800, toll-free (888) 970-8800, and to HPR-2 at (808) 941-3689, toll-free (877) 941-3689.

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CELEBRATING THE HISTORY OF THEIR FAITH, Bahá’í’s of Ka‘ū have issued a statement about the the story of their founder and the 200th anniversary of his birth. They also invite the public to a dinner and open house on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center.
Bahá’í’s of Ka‘ū adopted a two-mile stretch
 of highway and volunteer to keep it clean. 
Photo from Bahá’í’s of Ka‘ū
     The Bahá'í faith “originated in Iran in the mid-19th century. In less than 200 years it became a universal faith “present in every country in the world with adherents from virtually every national, ethnic, religious and tribal background,” says the statement from Bahá’í’s of Ka'ū.
    The name of the founder, Bahá’u’lláh, who lived from 1817 to 1892, means "The Glory of God.” He is considered by millions of Bahá’í around the world as “the Divine Educator for this age whose coming was foretold by all of the Divine Messengers of the Past.”
     In his writings, Bahá’u’lláh outlines a framework for the development of a global civilization which takes into account both the spiritual and material dimensions of human life. His teachings center around the recognition of the oneness of humanity and “offer a compelling vision of a future world united in justice, peace and prosperity.”
    Bahá’u’lláh’s coming was heralded by the Báb who lived from 1819 to 1850. He was a prophet with the name Báb meaning “the Gate. The Báb declared His Divine Mission in 1844, which is considered the beginning of the Bahá’í Era – a new cycle of human history and social evolution,” say the Bahá’í’s of Ka'ū.
To read more about the Bahá’í faith, see      bahai.us/bicentenary-resources. To contact the Bahá’í’s of Ka‘ū and to R.S.V.P. for the Oct. 21 gathering, contact Sandra Demoruelle. Email naalehutheatre@yahoo.com or phone 929-9244.

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A youngster learns to weave lau hala bracelet
 at the 2017 Cultural Festival. NPS Photo/Janice Wei 
“LEARN ONE OF THE GREAT TRADITIONAL ARTS OF HAWAI‘I, ulana lau hala” says Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park regarding its free Lau Hala workshop set to take place Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai.
     Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ press release for the event says “Hawaiians have used the hala (pandanus) tree to create many useful and beautiful items for centuries. Learn to weave lau hala and take home your own piece of lau hala art,” from this Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshop. Park entrance fees apply.

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Aunty Ka‘ohu Monfort demonstrates lā‘au lapa‘au at the 
2017 Cultural Festival.  NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

FAMILIES ARE INVITED FOR A DAY OF FUN, CULTURE AND DISCOVERY for Kahuku ‘Ohana Day in the Kahuku Unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Registration required by Friday, Oct. 13).
     Hawai‘i Volcanoes' press release promoting the event says “Learn about the hidden powers that plants have to keep us healthy through the teachings of Aunty Ka‘ohu Monfort, a practitioner of lā‘au lapa‘au (Hawaiian herbal medicine). Collect seeds from native plants and help park rangers bring new life to Kahuku.”
     Kids 17 and under and their families must sign up by October 13 to participate by calling 808-985-6019. Bring water, lunch and snacks, sunscreen, hat, long pants, shoes and reusable water bottle. Kahuku is located between the 70 and 71 mile markers on Highway 11.

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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

UPCOMING FALL TROJAN SPORTS:

Girls Volleyball 
Wednesday, Sept. 27, Ka'ū vs. Ehunui, home.
Friday, Sept. 29, Ka'ū vs. Pahoa, away.

Eight-Man Football
Saturday, Oct. 7, Ka'ū vs. Kohala, home.
Saturday, Oct. 21, Ka'ū vs. Pāhoa, home.

Cross Country
Saturday, Sept. 30, Ka'ū vs. Waiakea, away.
Saturday, Oct. 7, Ka'ū vs. Kea'au, away.

Bowling
Saturday, Sept. 30, Ka'ū vs. Kamehameha at Kona Bowl.

Cheerleading
Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Konawaena.
Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Kamehameha.

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A VOLLEYBALL CLINIC for five to 14 year-old youth, co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Police Department, will be held at Ka‘ū District Gym from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 25. The instructor will be Ka‘ū High School girls volleyball coach Joshua Ortega and coaching staff, assisted by the Ka‘ū High School Girls Volleyball team. Gym or court shoes required. Participants must turn in a signed registration waiver form. For more information, and to register, call Ka‘ū District Gym at 928-3102.

http://kaucalendar.com/TheDirectory_2017.swf
ART ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED TOMORROW, MONDAY, SEPT. 25, for the Ka‘ū Chamber of Commerce's Annual Art Show. The art show will be open for public viewing from Tuesday, Sept. 26, to Friday, Sept. 29, in the CU Hawai‘i Federal Credit Union Annex Building (behind CU) in Nā‘ālehu, during normal credit union business hours.
   An Artist Reception for distribution of prizes and art pickup will be the morning of Saturday, Sept. 30.
     Categories include: painting, graphics, photography, craft, lei, weaving, jewelry, quilting, sculpture, and woodworking. There will also be categories for Youth and Keiki entries, for which the entry fee is $1 per artwork - CU Hawai‘i has offered to sponsor any and all keiki who ask.
     The winning popular vote piece will be displayed on the cover of The Directory 2018, according to new Chamber co-chairs Alan Stafford and Allen Humble who describe the annual art show as a fundraiser for the Ka‘ū Chamber of Commerce scholarship program. For more details, visit the Chamber website at kauchamber.org or call 936-5288.

REGISTER KEIKI GRADES K-8 FOR ART: For Metal Stamped Bracelets, register until Tuesday, Sept. 26. The art class will take place at Pāhala Community Center on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call 928-3102.

HOVE ROAD MAINTENANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS meet Tuesday, Sept. 26, starting at 10 a.m. at St. Jude's Episcopal Church. For more, call 929-9910.

KA‘Ū FOOD PANTRY OFFERS FREE FOOD FOR THOSE IN NEED on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View.

A SPECIAL OPEN HOUSE FOR VETERANS TO PREVIEW the newly installed Telehealth Medical Equipment at Ocean View Community Center is planned for Thursday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon.
     For more information, read the Ka'ū News Briefs from September 10, or call 939-7033.

OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORP. MEETS Friday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m., at the Hawaiian Ranchos office.

THE ENDANGERED HAWAIIAN PETREL, ‘UA‘U, will be the subject of discussion at Coffee Talk on Friday, Sept. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. inside the Visitor Center at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
     Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Avian Research Technician Charlotte Forbes-Perry will present a talk about the life of the ‘ua‘u and the National Park’s efforts to monitor and protect them.
    Ka‘ū coffee, tea and pastries will be available for purchase. Entrance to the event and park is free. Visit nps.gov/havo for more.

HAWAI‘I FARMERS UNION United has announced its annual Ka‘ū chapter meeting, to be held at Pāhala Plantation House, at 96-3209 Maile St., on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Members and friends are invited to participate in the Ka'ū Chapter business and Convention discussion, election of board members and a potluck dinner.

BIRTH OF KAHUKU a free hike within the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is offered Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Explore the rich geologic history of Kahuku on this easy-to-moderate hike that traverses the vast 1868 lava flow, with different volcano features and formations. Learn about the Hawaiian hotspot and the creation of Kahuku. Visit nps.gov/HAVO for more details.