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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.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Friday, October 20, 2017

The last Eight-Man Football game of the season will be Saturday at Ka‘ū High School. The Trojans
play Pāhoa at 1 p.m. Photo by Pamela Taylor
USA FOOTBALL HEADS UP PROGRAM FOR KA‘Ū HIGH SCHOOL has been approved, reports Athletic Director Kalei Namohala. She said she is proud that the school has been accepted and that parents are now eligible for free USA Football accounts with access to a digital parent guide, parent courses and newsletters that focus on "making your student's sports experience truly great." She recommends it for families with students in all sports, not just football.
Ka‘ū High Athletic Director Kalei Namohala
recommends that parents and student athletes
learn from the HeadsUp Program of
USA Football online.
     The website offers a guide for parents with such subjects as nutrition for athletes. "Eating and drinking right are just as important as improving skills and practicing plays to be successful on the field." The guide recommends foods to avoid and timing for consuming the foods that fuel the athlete. Dealing with weather, particularly heat, is reviewed with tips on best hydration practices. Treating minor injuries and protecting against concussions are additional topics covered. Others include how parents can help student athletes to remain inspired, particularly when they lose a competition or sit on the bench. Suggestions on parent interaction with coaches are also given.
     The guide also explains the values of student being sports that teach teamwork, foster perseverance, develop and improve cognitive skills, affect future career success, instill time-management skills, encourage goal setting, and nurture a healthy lifestyle.
    For the athletes, there are sections on sports psychology, strategy in athletic performance, training and opportunities to take classes.
     See more at USAfootball.com.
     
LAST GAME OF THE SEASON for Ka‘ū High School Trojans Eight-Man Football is tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 21, on the home field at the Pāhala campus. Game time against Pāhoa is 1 p.m.

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FIRE SEASON IN HAWAI‘I IS YEAR ROUND, warns the state Department of Land & Natural Resources which issued a media advisory this week warning that drought conditions have become more severe since mid summer. “Residents and visitors are urged to prevent fire ignitions from starting. Be careful with equipment that may spark, do not park or idle cars on dry grass, and completely extinguish all campfires.”
Waikapuna Fire in September near the Ka‘ū Coast.
    Given the Waikapuna wildfire that burned more than 1,600 acres last month in Ka‘ū and the devastating examples on the mainland this month, DLNR warns that "a wildfire can quickly turn into a subdivision fire, such as the recent and devastating wildfires in California and other states. This can happen in Hawai‘i too, but residents can take action to protect their homes and prevent the spread of fire.”
       DLNR recommends the following precautions: Plant noncombustible ground cover, or gravel and brick within 5 feet of each house; maintain 6 inches of clearance between siding and the ground. Clear debris from roof and gutters. Use noncombustible building materials where possible.
       Conditions can be made safer for firefighters by creating a defensible space within 30 feet of the house, trimming overgrown grass and shrubs, pruning tree branches that hang low to the ground or over the house. Take away debris piles and other combustible materials. “Have a family evacuation plan and practice it,” recommends DLNR.

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Discovery Harbour Volunteer Firefighters were honored by County Council member Maile David. praised by
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park ranger Greg Funderburk and representatives of Mayor Harry Kim and
the Hawai‘i Fire Department last weekend during their dinner that celebrated 30 years of history.
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF THE DISCOVERY HARBOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT was the focus of the evening gathering last weekend. The dinner and history night at Discovery Harbour Community Center began with Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Department Captain Kenneth B. Shisler telling the story, starting with the first volunteers in 1986. A wall of honor was filled with photos of Fire Chiefs, from Chief Chuck Horran to Chief James Masters, Chief Joe Klecak, Captain Wolf Morschl and Captain Terry James. 
     The Wall of Honor displayed two of the original fire helmets, one donated by Masters and the other by firefighter James Anderson.
      County Council member Maile David presented a Certificate of Appreciation, with lei presented by her assistant Dawn Magano. Assistant Hawai‘i Fire Department Chief Glen Honda thanked the volunteers and presented Mayor Harry Kim's Certificate of Appreciation. 

Fun Day is tomorrow, Saturday, at Ka‘ū Police
Station in Nā‘ālehu from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See event below.
       Hawai‘iVolcanoes National Park ranger Greg Funderburk praised the Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Department for devotion and service.
       A Red Thin Line Flag was presented to Pāhala Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Ron Ebert and his wife Nadine; Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Mack Goddard and his wife Debbie; and Assistant Rick Ward.
      Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Capt. Ken Shisler announced that a second fire truck, this one with four-wheel drive to help with brush fires, will be added to Discovery Harbour equipment. In addition, three new recruits are in training.
     Dina Shiler thanked everyone who assisted with the event, including Retired Training Captain Lloyd Narimatsu, who helped put on the history display and shared the stories of 30 years of protecting Discovery Harbour through its Volunteer Fire Department.

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THE FEDERAL BUDGET RESOLUTION PASSED CONGRESS yesterday. Hawai‘i Sen. Mazie Hirono voted against the resolution for federal fiscal year 2018, contending that it will severely cut Hawai‘i's education, criminal justice and transportation funding, as well as increase taxes for many 
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households in this state. The budget resolution passed on a 51-49 vote. Hirono explained that while the budget resolution does not become law, it outlines the budget and tax priorities that Congress will pursue in the coming year.
     "This budget reflects Donald Trumps misplaced priorities—giving tax cuts to the richest in our country and paying for it by inflicting pain on virtually everyone else. It's yet another broken Trump promise to the middle class," Hirono said.
    She said that the Republican tax plan would raise taxes for 123,000 Hawai‘i households in 2018. The budget's "cuts to Medicaid funding would mean that the State of Hawai‘i would be forced to cut K-12 education funding by 22 percent, higher education funding by 32 percent, criminal justice by 146 percent, and transportation by 32 percent."
     Hirono charged that the Republican budget includes "reconciliation instructions" that would allow Republicans to pass tax cut legislation that increases the federal deficit by over $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years, as well as legislation to approve drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with only simple majorities.

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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 
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.

THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KA‘Ū POLICE DEPARTMENT headquarters in Nā‘ālehu will be celebrated this Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nā‘ālehu Police Station.
    "Join us for a day of fun and community. Mahalo to County Councilperson Maile David, ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou and the Hawai‘i County Police Department," states the event flyer.
     Food - Chili and rice, hot dogs and shave ice - will be served. A water slide, bouncing castle, rock climbing, face painting, and keiki I.D.s will also be available at the event. Backyard Braddahs will provide music.
    The Food Basket will also give out food baskets to families at the event.

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.

AUDITION SATURDAY, OCT. 21, FOR A GILBERT & SULLIVAN CHRISTMAS CAROL, at 10 a.m. in Kīlauea Military Camps's Kīlauea Theatre. Auditioners prepare a song that best features vocal ability. There are parts for all ages, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim.
     The December play by Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network will be performed for one weekend, Dec. 14 through 17, Thursday, Friday, and 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.

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.

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.

REGISTER 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.

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.
     The final meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lū‘au Hale in Hilo.
     For more, call 808-356-1260.

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 urges everyone to “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.

SEN. RUSSELL RUDERMAN hosts a Town Hall Meeting at Volcano Art Center's campus on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road. A statement from the state Senator says it will be "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."

LEARN ONE OF THE GREAT TRADITIONAL ARTS OF HAWAI‘I, ulana lau hala, at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The free Lau Hala workshop takes place Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Hawaiians have used the hala (pandanus) tree to create many useful, artistic items for centuries. Those learning to weave lau hala can take home their own peice of lau hala art. The class in one of the ‘Ike Hana No‘eau, Experience the Skillful Work, workshops. Park entrance fees apply.

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.