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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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The foreground is hula but the background is Mexico where Vero Ramirez lives with her acclaimed hālau.
They travel to Ka‘ū to perform Saturday, Nov. 4, at Pāhala Community Center at Ho‘okupu Hula No Ka‘ū Cultural
Festival and will start performing around 1 p.m. Other performers include Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner
 Raiatea Helm from Moloka‘i.
AMBASSADORS OF HULA, DANCE AND MUSIC from Mexico, Philippines, West Virginia, Osaka, Saitama, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Honolulu, Lana‘i and Moloka‘i will converge on Pāhala Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 4, for Ho‘okupa Hula No Ka‘ū Cultural Festival. The final line-up was announced today.
     Headliner for music will be Hawaiian singer Raiatea Helm, of Moloka‘i, an eight-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee, and recipient of a Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship. Helm is not only known for her Hawaiian music with her "high-voiced throwback leo ki‘eki‘e style," said the New York Times, she is also known for her work with jazz musicians.
Raiatea Helm in 2012, when she completed a Native Arts & Cultures
Foundation Fellowship and her album Sea of Love, propelling
her careers. She performs at 3:15 p.m. at Pāhala Community
Center on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Ho‘okupu Hula No Ka‘ū
Cultural Festival. Photo from Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
     Also in the lineup will be
Pāhala's own Hālau Hula O Leionalani, scheduled to start performing around 5:30 p.m., under the direction of Debbie Ryder, the organizer of the festival. Joining in the performances will be Lorielei's Hula Studio, who will start performing at 2:30 p.m.
    The Bayanihan Performing Club from University of Hawai‘i Hilo will present dances of the Philippines around 1:45 p.m. Puna Taiko Drummers will share their ethnic sounds from Japan starting around 2 p.m.
     A kukui ceremony, scheduled for around 6 p.m., will honor and remember the late Bull Kailiawa and the late Uncle Bobby Gomes.
    The Inoue Ohana from Japan will entertain at 7 p.m.
    Hawaiian cultural practitioners will give classes and demonstrations, including experts in restoration of heiau. Live music will also feature local musicians.
     For more, call Festival Director Debbie Ryder at 315-7032 or 808-649-9334.

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A LOSE-LOSE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE, the market, families and the government, is how Sen. Brian Schatz described, today, Pres. Donald Trump's assault on health. Last week Trump took "two steps further by signing an executive order allowing second-rate insurance plans and scrapping subsidies that help low-income families afford care," said Schatz.
      Schatz claimed that Trump's "executive order raises Obamacare premiums by over 20 percent and strips critical protections and essential benefits from many insurance plans. Experts are saying it will actually cost the government over $194 billion dollars over the next ten years. And his decision introduces unprecedented chaos to health care markets -- just three weeks before enrollment opens."
 "Tell Congress to block Trump’s attacks on health care and pass legislation to keep costs low for millions of families." Said Schatz, "Since taking office, Trump has had no problem playing the repeal Obamacare card to score political points at the expense of millions of Americans’ health care. And now that he’s exhausted all of his options and failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act twice, he’s reverting to the worst use of presidential power: sabotaging our health care system on his own without experts, hearings, or members of Congress."
    The Hawai‘i Senator said he and colleagues "are working to resist Trump’s attacks on health care at every turn, but we cannot win this fight alone." Schatz asks Hawai‘i constituents to add names to a petition to stop the destruction of Obamacare. "When Trump and the Republicans tried to repeal Obamacare, you stepped up and put enough pressure on Congress to save health care. Now it’s time to fight back again, and I hope you’ll join me in that effort." See the petition.

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HAWAI‘I IS ONE OF THE LEAST VULNERABLE STATES FOR IDENTITY FRAUD, according to a study released today by WalletHub. "With Equifax losing its $7 million anti-fraud contract with the IRS after a major data breach at the credit bureau exposed the confidential information of more than 145 million American consumers, the free credit-monitoring website WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across eight key metrics."
     The data set ranges from identity-theft complaints per capita to average loss amount due to fraud in the following categories: Hawai‘i ranked 51st in Identity-Theft Complaints per Capita; 28th in Average Loss Amount Due to Online Identity Theft; 47th in Fraud & Other Complaints per Capita; 23rd in Avg. Loss Amount Due to Fraud; 23rd in State Security-Freeze Laws for Minors’ Credit Reports; 46th – Persons Arrested for Fraud per Capita and 24th in Compliance with REAL ID Act.
     For the full report and how to avoid identity theft and other scams, see WalletHub.

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Pick up the October 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 now at kaucalendar.com 
UPCOMING FALL TROJAN SPORTS:

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

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INPUT 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, is invited at meetings outside Ka‘ū. Those unable to attend may contact Ka‘ū's County Council member Maile David at maile.david@hawaiicounty.gov or email the consultants at heleonsuggestions@ssfm.com.
     Meetings are 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, at Waimea Elementary School and Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lū‘au Hale in Hilo.
     For more, call 808-356-1260.

HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUB OF KA‘Ū MEETS THURSDAY, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. For more, call 929-9731 or 936-7262.

TROPICAL FRUIT YIELDS will be discussed at a co-meeting of Hawai‘i Tropical Fruit Growers and Hawai‘i Farmers Union United on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 81-6393 Mamalahoa Hwy in Captain Cook. Guest speaker Peter Salleras, of Queensland, Australia, will discuss Tatura trellis in Hawai‘i and Bush Tucker native fruits of Australia. Hawai‘i Farmers United state President Vince Mina reports on the recent state convention and legislative outlook. The potluck dinner meeting starts at 5 p.m. For more, contact Brian Lievens, President West Hawai‘i Chapter, 808-895-8753greenwizard@hawaii.rr.com; or Ken Love, Executive Director, 808-323-2417kenlove@hawaiiantel.net. Learn more about Hawai‘i Tropical Fruit Growers at: facebook.com/group.phpgid=127197321932&ref=mfhawaiitropicalfruitgrowers.org and hawaiifruit.net.

AUDITIONS FOR A GILBERT & SULLIVAN CHRISTMAS CAROL, the December play by Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network are Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol will play for one weekend only Dec. 14 to 17; Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.. For more information, read the Ka'ū News Briefs from September 13, call 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.
21, at 10 a.m. at KMC's Kīlauea Theater. Auditioners prepare a song that best features vocal ability. There are parts for all ages, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim.

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.

TAI CHI FOR HEALTH will be presented this Friday, Oct. 20, at the Ka‘ū District Gym, with Dr. Myrtle Miyamera, from 10 a.m. to noon, sponsored by Ka‘ū Resource Center and Pāhala Parks & Recreation.

EXPERIENCE THE SKILLFUL WORK, ‘IKE HANA NO‘EAU, Hawaiian cultural demonstrations will be given the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the third Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. The upcoming event will be Friday, Oct. 20, with programs also scheduled for Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. This event is free.

THE OCEAN VIEW DEEP CLEAN project is gearing up for Saturday, Oct. 21. Supported through a grant from Matson Navigation, it will provide containers for large items being disposed of, including broken appliances and furniture. The event begins at 8 a.m. at Ocean View Community Center. Those who would like to volunteer can call 939-7033, Mondays through Fridays from 8 am. to noon and 217-7982 in afternoons and evenings, said Ocean View Community Association President Ron Gall.
     Volunteers need to wear sturdy shoes and gloves, sunscreen, long pants/jeans and hat. OVVC will provide bottled water and lunch for volunteers. "The Community Association is seeking a tire recycler to haul off the many tires dumped in the community," Gall said.
     In addition to Matson, the Hawai‘i County Solid Waste Division is providing some assistance.

A HULA KAHIKO PERFORMANCE will be given on the hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Saturday, Oct. 21, starting at 10:30 a.m. Nā Kumu hula Micah Kamohoaliʻi and Hālau Na Kipuʻupuʻu will perform. Also see Nā Mea Hula with Halauolaokalani from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A youngster learns to weave lau hala bracelet at the 2017 Cultural Festival.
NPS Photo/Janice Wei
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.

NATURE & CULTURE: AN UNSEVERABLE RELATIONSHIP, a moderate hike approximately 2 miles takes place tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Kahuku Unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Palm Trail hikers visit a place where catastrophic change (hulihia) and subsequent restoration (kulia) can be observed as the land transitions from the 1868 lava flow with its pioneer plants to deeper soil with more diverse and older flora. Learn about native plants that play a vital role in Hawaiian culture. Free. The hike will be offered again on Nov. 25. Visit nps.gov/havo for more.

RECYCLING WILL BE ACCEPTED AT NĀ‘ĀLEHU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GYM on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Atlas Recycling. Redeem HI-5 sorted by type; receive 5 cents per container and additional 20 cents per pound on all aluminum. Atlas Recycling donates 20 cents per pound on all aluminum redeemed to the school. For more, call 939-2413, ext. 230.

WRITING ON THE WILD SIDE, a workshop at Volcano Art Center will take place Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tom Peek’s techniques and exercises help students explore their creative minds and unique voices. The class is $75 per person or $65 per person for VAC members. For more, call 967-8222.

JOIN A GUIDED HIKE ALONG THE PALM TRAIL in the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The hike will also be offered on Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 23.
     Palm Trail is a moderately difficult 2.6-mile loop traversing scenic pastures along an ancient cinder cone, with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer. Highlights include relics of the ranching era, sections of remnant native forest and amazing volcanic features from the 1868 eruptive fissures.
     For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

START REGISTERING KEIKI GRADES K-8 FOR AN EDIBLE HALLOWEEN CRAFT CLASS scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pāhala Community Center. Register until Tuesday, Oct. 24. For more, call 928-3102.

HAWAIIAN OCEAN VIEW ESTATES ROAD MAINTENANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS meet Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View. For more, call 929-9910.

EVENTS CELEBRATING WORLD FOOD DAY, presented by Hawai’i Island Food Alliance, KTA Super Stores, and The Kohala Center, are set for Tuesday, Oct. 24, at KTA locations - Puainako, Waimea, Waikoloa, and Keauhou - from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     The Kohala Center describes the event as following, “Support local farmers showcasing their value-added products at this in-store event. Enjoy tastings, samples, and purchase a selection of products direct from farmers." The Kohala Center will distribute plant starts as supplies last. Farmers and value-added producers who would like to distribute samples at KTA for World Food Day, may contact Nicole Milne at nmilne@kohalacenter.org or 808-887-6411. See a short slide show called The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World by the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

REGISTER KEIKI AGES 6-12 FOR A BAT FINGER PUPPET class at Kahuku Park scheduled for Friday, Oct. 27, from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Register until Friday, Oct. 25. For more, call 929-9113.

CU HAWAI‘I FEDERAL CREDIT UNION IS OFFERING EMPLOYMENT as a Member Service Representative in Nā‘ālehu. CU Hawai‘i seeks energetic individuals for full time positions who enjoy working with people and can provide professional, courteous and efficient service to valued members.
     The ideal candidate must be service oriented and possess good communication and computer skills. Cash handling and customer service experience is preferred. Must be able to work Saturdays. CU Hawai‘i offers medical, drug, dental, vision and retirement benefits.
     Email, mail or fax application to: Attn: Human Resources, 476 Hinano Street Hilo, HI 96720, Fax: (808) 935-7793. Applications can be found online at cuhawaii.com/careers.html.