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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, October 09, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Monday, October 9, 2017

Sunrise onto peaceful Discovery Harbour, as captured by photographer Peter Anderson.
HEED REPUBLICAN SENATOR'S WARNINGS about Pres. Donald Trump's repeated calling out of North Korea, advised Hawai‘i Sen. Brian Schatz in national media outlets on Sunday. Schatz was referring to Republican Senator Bob Corker saying that Trump threatening other countries could lead the U.S. on "the path to World War III."
Schatz says to heed Republican
Senator's warning of war.
     Schatz tweeted that "War on Korean Peninsula could shut down trade to and from Asia for months or years." He tweeted, "War on the Korean Peninsula would cause millions of lives to be lost." He noted that "There are nearly 200,000 Americans living in South Korea and Japan."
     Over the weekend, Trump said North Korea made "fools of the U.S. negotiators." He tweeted, "Sorry, but only one thing will work!" When reporters asked Trump what he meant, he said they would soon find out.

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HAWAI‘I AIR NATIONAL GUARD IS MAKING FLIGHTS TO PUERTO RICO. The Air Guard was dispatched by Gov. David Ige last week to assist with relief efforts after the devastating Hurricane Maria struck the island. A statement from the Ige team: "With more than three million U.S. citizens residing in Puerto Rico, Governor Ige knows how imperative it is to continue to provide support to our our fellow citizens, not only in the aftermath but also throughout the long recovery period to come.
The flag of Puerto Rico with flowers.
     "Twenty-five years ago, Hurricane Iniki devastated the island of Kaua‘i, and we cannot forget the long road they faced when recovering and rebuilding. We were horrified to witness the damages caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. In times of crisis, we are reminded that the people of Hawai‘i always come together and support our friends and family when they are the most in need... government is a shared responsibility. From environmental issues to immigrant rights and now disaster relief..."
Gov. David Ige with Hawai‘i National Guard
Troops dispatched to Puerto Rico.
Photo from Hawai‘i Dept. of Defense
       The statement noted that "Weeks later, the entire island is still in need of necessities like running water, access to fuel, and electricity. The road to rebuilding these communities will be long and difficult."
C-17 Globemaster III.
Photo from Hawai‘i Dept. of Defense
      Members of the Hawai‘i Air Guard left Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam last Monday on a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft. Aboard were two flight crews and maintenance personnel. They picked up more personnel and supplies from Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington State and flew to Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina, where they are making flights with relief supplies and a disaster relief crew with bedding, tents and other supplies to Puerto Rico. They are also able to make relief flights to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
     A fundraiser for Puerto Rico relief was co-sponsored last weekend by east Ka‘ū Senator Russell Ruderman.

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A TOWN HALL FOR EAST KA‘Ū SENATE DISTRICT 3 will be at Volcano Art Center campus on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. State Sen. Russell Ruderman hosts the meeting and promises "an evening of legislative discussion and insight. Take advantage of this opportunity to weigh in on the 2018 legislative session. Additional information will be provided about participating directly in the legislative process." The address is 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd.
     A separate meeting will be held in Puna on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pāhoa Community Center, 15-2910 Ku‘uhome St.
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A PĀHALA FARMER IS THE NEW STATE V.P. FOR HAWAI‘I FARMERS UNION UNITED. During last weekend's Hawai‘i Farmers Union United Convention on O‘ahu, Kyle Suder, who grows corn and other crops on the Hester Farm above Pāhala, was elected Vice President. Suder, who was also recently elected President of the Ka‘ū chapter, said, "I hope to bring a louder voice for Ka‘ū farmers at the state level. I'm focused on the Ka‘ū farmer's needs and I hope to meet and hear from more Ka‘ū farmers to see how the farmers union can help support them."
     In Ka‘ū, Suder's leadership is supported locally by Vice President Greg Smith, who operates Earth Matters Farms at Kama‘oa Road and South Point Road, and Secretary/Treasurer Raina Whiting, a Nā‘ālehu School teacher and school garden and community Farm School advocate.
Hawai‘i Farmers Union: Simon Russel, HFUF president; Keith Ranney, 
Communications director; Karen Reid, Treasurer; Raina Whiting, 
Ka‘ū Chapter Secretary/Treasurer; Irene Plunkett Mina, Maui member; Kyle 
Studer, Vice President HFUU and Ka‘ū Chapter President; Vincent Mina,
HFUU President; Sean Robinson, Waimānalo Chapter President; and
Christian Zuckerman, Waianae Chapter President.
     During the convention, Hawai‘i Farmers Union United received its charter from the National Farmers Union. Its President Roger Johnson arrived from its headquarters in Washington, D.C to provide the first charter issued to any state in the last decade.
     National Farmers Union was founded in 1902 to protect and work with family farms and ranches. It cooperates with organizations, such as the U.S. Cattlemen's Association. It recently joined more than 200 groups to urge Congress to level the playing field for farmers workers and consumers through fair competition in the food system. It also works on climate issues relating to agriculture. See nfu.org.
     For more on Hawai‘i Farmers Union United, see hfuuhi.org.

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HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DREAMERS, "are at risk of deportation because of the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA," Sen. Mazie Hirono emailed today. "Ending DACA is a cruel and hateful way to treat people who were brought here as children – people who work hard for a better life and contribute to our society and our economy.
       "I will keep fighting to give these young people the opportunities this country gave me, and I’m standing with DREAMers in Hawai‘i and across the country. She asks that constituents sign up to tell congress to Defend DACA and protect these DREAMers.
      The Trump administration today announced conditions to proposed legislation related to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which allows those who grew up here with illegal parents to stay in the country. He tied it to building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, increasing internal enforcement, and reforming the immigration system. The dispute could lead to a government shutdown, some Democrats warned today.

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Ka‘ū High School's Homecoming Court, who reigned over a winning weekend with a 60-0 win by the
Trojan football team on Saturday, are, left to right: Juniors Keala Liu and Reishalyn Jara, Seniors Brandon Echalas and Malie Ibarra, King and football star Zachary Kai, Queen Dacy Davis-Andrade (center), Sophomores Kyson Toriano and Marilou Manantan, and Freshmen Lentron Jara and Johnette Llanes-Masters. Photo by Pamela Taylor
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UPCOMING FALL TROJAN SPORTS:

Girls Volleyball 
Wednesday, Oct. 11, Ka'ū vs. Kohala, away.
Friday, Oct. 13, Ka'ū vs. Honoka'a, home.

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

Cross Country
Saturday, Oct. 13, Ka'ū vs. BIIF, away.

Cheerleading
Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Kamehameha.

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REGISTER KEIKI GRADES K-8 FOR PAPER PLATE SILHOUETTE CRAFT, between until Tuesday, Oct. 17, for the class that takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Pāhala Community Center. For more, call 928-3102.

Last week's Harvest Moon over Ka‘ū, as captured
by photographer Peter Anderson.
INPUT IS INVITED FOR THE FUTURE OF HAWAI‘I COUNTY TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, including the Hele On Bus that takes many Ka‘ū residents to work, school and shopping. Those unable to attend may contact Ka‘ū's County Council member Maile David at maile.david@hawaiicounty.gov or email the consultants directly at heleonsuggestions
@ssfm.com with input.
     Meetings are from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Wednesday, Oct. 11, Kea‘au Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St.); Thursday, Oct. 12, Pāhoa Neighborhood Facility (15-2910 Kauhale St.); Thursday, Oct. 19, Waimea Elementary School; and Tuesday, Oct. 24, Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lu‘au Hale in Hilo.
     To request special assistance or an auxiliary aid to attend the event, contact Jo-Anna Herkes, SSFM International at 808-356-1260 at least 5 days prior to the event.

LOMI, the traditional massage practice of Hawaiian people, will be demonstrated by practitioner Annie Erbe in a free workshop on the lānai of Kīlauea Visitor Center at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Most of the many styles of lomi are a way to heal body and mind. The workshop is part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” and will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A HISTORY OF THE KAHUA HULA, will be given at the Volcano Art Center tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. Photographer and VAC founder Boone Morrison discusses construction, history, and dedication of the hula platform near VAC Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Attendance is free, though $5 donations are appreciated. For more, call 967-8222.

RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS and those interested in becoming volunteers are invited to meet tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., in the HOVE Road Maintenance Corp. office. For more, call Hannah Uribes at 929-9953.

ADULTS ARE INVITED TO REGISTER UNTIL FRIDAY, OCT. 13, for a Mold Ceramics class that takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 16 through Dec. 4. at Pāhala Community Center. For more, call 928-3102.

VOLUNTEERS CAN HELP REMOVE INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANT SPECIES that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Stewardship at the Summit takes place three more times in October - Fridays, Oct. 13 and 27, and Saturday, Oct. 21, at 9 a.m.
     Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m.. Volunteers wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants and bring hat, rain-gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools will be provided. No advance registration is required, and there is no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply. Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm.

FAR FROM THE TREE, a new Volcano Art Center art exhibit featuring Linda Peterson and Gregg Smith, opens Saturday, Oct. 14, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. An opening reception with both artists is on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
     The mixed media exhibition showcases each artists specialty, Petersons detailed acrylic paintings and Smiths segmented, wood turned vessels made mostly of Hawaiian hardwoods. It also features a collaborative collection of hand painted wooden bowls that combine both artists talents.  For more information, visit volcanoartcenter.org or contact VAC Gallery Manager Emily C. Weiss by calling (808) 967-8222 or emailing gallery@volcanoartcenter.org.

ATLAS RECYCLING ACCEPTS RECYCLABLES AT SOUTH POINT U-CART again on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

TWO EVENTS WILL BE HOSTED BY KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday, Oct. 14. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Crater Rim Café offers a Mongolian BBQ. Call 967-8356 for more details. At 8 p.m., Lava Lounge offers Comedy Night with Tom Clark. Call 967-8371 for more. Both events are open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply.

KANIKAPILA welcomes acoustic instrumentalists, drummers, singers and dancers on Saturdays, Oct. 14 and 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Nā‘ālehu Methodist Church Hall. For more, call Desmond at 937-6305.

EXPLORE THE HUMAN HISTORY OF KAHUKU, on a three-hour guided moderate two-mile hike, People and Land of Kahuku, that loops through varied landscapes in the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Emerging native forests, pastures, lava fields, and other sites hold clues about ways people have lived and worked on the vast Kahuku lands– from the earliest Hawaiians, through generations of ranching families, to the current staff and volunteers of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Learn about the powerful natural forces at work here and how people have adapted to, shaped, and restored this land. The guided hike is also offered on Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.

REGISTER KEIKI AGES 5-12 FOR A HALLOWEEN MASK MAKING CLASS that takes place Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Nā‘ālehu Community Center. Register through Friday, Oct. 20. For more, call 939-2510.