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.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Volunteers brought discarded mattresses, large appliances and other trash to the Ocean View Deep Clean, with
containers and shipping provided by Matson Navigation Co. Photo from Ocean View Community Association
THE DEEP CLEAN, sponsored by Ocean View Community Association in late October, drew more than 30 volunteers and many trucks and their drivers who brought in large item rubbish to be hauled off in two 40 foot shipping containers donated by Matson Navigation Co. The event was so successful, however, that some of the bigger items brought to the Ocean View Community Center remain. According to Ocean View Community Association President, Ron Gall, 73 pick-up loads of appliances and scrap metal still need to be removed. 
Items from 56 small truckloads fit into the container.
More items from 76 small trucks remain to be hauled.
Photo from Ocean View Community Association
      A statement from Ocean View Community Center said it was a "first time event to remove debris of all kinds from the community." Gall said, "Hopefully this will become a twice a year event. It takes a lot of planing and getting people and vehicles together to help. Flyers, emails, Facebook and word of mouth helped get volunteers and get the word out. Yes, the coconut wireless does work!"
     Volunteers brought in everything from mattresses, furniture, refrigerators and stoves to scrap metal. Two container trailer loads from 57 small trucks were hauled to Hilo on Wednesday to be dumped. 
     Greg Goodale, of the County Department of Solid Waste, was contacted for help from County of Hawai‘i. "We need help from the County to remove the big stuff, so hopefully we will get a response from the County soon," said Gall.
Appliances and scrap metal make up a large amount of
the items gathered during the Ocean View Deep Clean.
Photo from Ocean View Community Association
     Ocean View is the largest community in Ka‘ū. "Our temporary transfer station has few recycle options presently, so the community has to take their recycling to Wai‘ōhinu, which for many people is not possible or convenient. A lot of people complain about the trash in Ocean View, along with too many abandoned vehicles, so with Matson's help, and lots of volunteers, the Ocean View Community Center decided to take on this project," Gall said.
     He also advised that the community refrain from bringing more discarded items to the Community Center until help is arranged to remove what still needs to be hauled away.

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THE HEALTH CONDITION OF SEN. MAZIE HIRONO who represents Ka‘ū on Capitol Hill, was provided by Hirono on Monday. "Many of you have asked me about my health, and I thank you for your concern. I wanted to give you an update. After surgery for kidney cancer, I have been
Sen. Mazie Hirono
meticulously followed by my doctor. A recent scan showed some small spots in my thyroid gland.
     "I will be undergoing immunotherapy, a cutting-edge treatment, to enable my own immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells. This is different than chemotherapy, which suppresses the immune system. The most recent public person who has benefited from immunotherapy is President Jimmy Carter in his fight against melanoma. I expect to continue to do my job during the course of this treatment.
     "And of course I will be running for re-election in 2018. Having cancer sucks, but I know that there are people in our country facing major health issues every single day. We are all in this together.
     "Mahalo for your continued support," said Hirono.
     Hirono has barely taken off any time from work during her cancer treatment.

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TAI CHI AT THE KA‘Ū DISTRICT GYM IN PĀHALA has become a regular class. The teacher is Dr. Myrtle Miyamura, who is a dentist in Hilo in addition be being tai chi teacher. Sponsors are Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association and the County Parks & Recreation. Classes are on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon.
     Miyamura practices and teaches Medical Qigong and is a Certified Instructor for the Tai Chi for Health Institute’s Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Diabetes, and Tai Chi for Rehabilitation programs in Hilo. She has presented information on teeth and gum care for diabetics at Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi, the ‘Akaka Falls Lions Diabetes Conference, and the Senior Learning Lecture series.
     She has given presentations on Medical Qigong as part of a required course on Alternative and Complementary Medicine at the Daniel K. Inouye School of Pharmacy at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Miyamura has also conducted interactive presentations on Tai Chi and Fall Prevention for the Hawai‘i State Rural Health Association, the Hawai‘i Island Rural Health Association, Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association, Life Care Center of Hilo and Daniel K. Inouye School of Pharmacy health fairs.

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Nāālehu Public Library Branch Manager Sara Kamibayashi posed
with the last remaining attendees after a very successful Fall Costume
Pizza Party. Photos by Geneveve Fyvie 
KEIKI AND ‘OHANA ENJOYED HALLOWEEN THEMED PUBLIC EVENTS in Nā‘ālehu on Tuesday.
     Starting at 3 p.m. all were invited to Nā‘ālehu Public Library to enjoy free pizza made and delivered by Hana Hou Restaurant, mini water bottles, and candy. Raffle tickets were awarded to all who were dressed up in costume for the Fall Costume Pizza Party. Every family walked away with something - and in many cases multiple items - as there was an abundance of prizes to be won, even though there were well over sixty people in attendance. Guests were encouraged to write down a guess for how many candy corn were in one sealed jar and how many strawberry shaped candies were in another. Throughout the event keiki could be seen treasuring wooden bookmarks and Halloween themed prizes ranging from books to figurines and DVD's.
A Trunk or Treat "booth" in Nā‘ālehu represents
the Kansas City Cheifs and poses with
Ka‘ū resident Joel Loman, who dressed up as a
carton of milk.
Photo by Kacey Loman
     After 6 p.m., a Trunk or Treat event was hosted on the ball fields of the Nā‘ālehu Community Center. Keiki marveled at the Volunteer Fire Fighters and their rig. Attendees were encouraged to collect 9 stickers as they visited the booth-like trunks of over a dozen vehicles. Candy was available from every trunk. Those with stickers were staged to support a different National Football League team - Seahawks, 49er's, Steelers, Green Bay Packers, etc. Once all 9 stickers had been collected, keiki would announce their favorite team and then spin a wheel of fortune before picking a prize from a large selection of goodies - stuffed animals, figurines, play dough and other items.
     A handful of businesses were also available to trick or treaters, in addition to many of the houses centrally located in Nā‘ālehu town.

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OPEN MIC NIGHT AT KĪLAUEA MILITARY'S CAMP'S LAVA LOUNGE in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
     Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up. The event is open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. 
     See kilaueamilitarycamp.com for more.

Wiki Wiki Mart and 76 Gas Station owners Carl Okuyama
and his wife, Amy Lou, dressed up as Queen Cleopatra and
Marcus Aurelius and offered free Icee's to trick or treaters.
HAWAI‘I COUNTY COUNCIL MEETS WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1, and Thursday, Nov. 2. Participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

HULA VOICES, moderated by Desiree Moana Cruz is this Thursday. Nov. 2 fro 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kumu hula Iwalani Kalmia of Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani E presents her hula experiences. The event takes place at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org.

THE NEXT OCEAN VIEW BLOCK WATCH MEETING will be Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. All are invited and the organization will entertain nominations and elect officers. For more, call 939-7033.

Bee Boys stayed open late and offered
candy and snacks to trick or treaters. 
NATURE WORKS EVERYWHERE GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE is Friday, Nov. 3. Applications are open for public/charter schools to build or maintain a Nature Works Everywhere school garden, greenspace or green infrastructure project. For more, visit NatureWorksEverywhere.org/#grants.
     See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Thursday, Sept. 14.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP REMOVE INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANTS that prevent native plans from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This Stewardship at the Summit event is Friday, Nov. 3, at 8:45 a.m.
Jelly Fish Takes First 
First Place at the annual Kilauea Military
Camp Halloween Party went to
a woman dressed as a jellyfish.
Photo from KMC
     To join the effort, meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers should wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants and bring a 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. More events are planned for Nov. 11 (fee-free day), 18 and 25.

A FUNDRAISER FOR KĪLAUEA DRAMA & ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK, which is in production for A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol,  will be at Amalfatano's Italian Restaurant in Waiakea Villas in Hilo this Friday, Nov. 3, starting at 6 p.m. Featured menu includes a pasta dish, eggplant parmesan, lasagna, pizza, and an Italian salad. Ice tea is included in the meal. The cost is $20. Diners are welcome to bring a bottle of wine or other beverages to consume.
      Reservations for the fundraiser are not necessary, but suggested. Call KDEN at 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com to make a reservation or for more information on A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol.
     See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Thursday, Oct. 26.

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 
A THREE-DAY WORKSHOP, MANDALA MOSAIC, teaches basic glass cutting techniques as well as specialized pattern-cutting skills with Volcano Art Center guest artist Mark Brody. The program takes place Friday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village.
     Class limited to 10 people, 15 years +. $225/$200 VAC members, plus $25 material fee. All students receive free $25 valued substrate at workshops end. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

BIRTH OF KAHUKU, a guided easy-to-moderate hike, traverses the vast 1868 lava flow, with different volcano features and formations as hikers explore the rich geologic history of Kahuku. The free hike is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

A HOLIDAY AFFAIR is set for Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Ocean View Community Center. The art sale also offers maps to Ka‘ū galleries for attendees to continue their Ka‘ū art exploration. Gift wrapping and/or boxing for easy mailing will be available for items sold. To reserve a booth or space call Mars Cavers at 938-9760 or email starmars@mac.com. For more about the event, see Ka‘ū News Briefs from Sunday, Oct. 22.

A HEALTH FAIR will take place at Discovery Harbour Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along with exercise demonstration - Yoga, hula, pilates, Tai Chi, and Qigong - the fair will also offer healthy cooking demonstrations, flu shots, massages and health presentations from various organizations, including Unsafe at Any Meal author Dr. Renee Dufault. For more, visit discoveryharbor.net or call 929-9576. See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Sunday, Oct. 1.

JOIN RAIATEA HELM WITH HULA AND MUSIC ARTISTS FOR THE Ho‘okupu Hula No Ka‘ū Cultural Festival on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Enjoy free music and entertainment and visit vendor booths offering crafts, food, games and information. For more details see Ka‘ū News Briefs published Wednesday, Oct. 18, or contact Kumu Debbie Ryder at 649-9334.

A GILLIGAN'S NIGHT to raise funds for Ka‘ū Learning Academy is Saturday, Nov. 4, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Gilligan's Restaurant former site in Discovery Harbour, which is now KLA.
      It is the first in a series of charter school fundraisers with music and food.
      Foggy will play from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Solomon and Tiger will play from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. The food will feature pizza, pasta, lasagna, salads, desserts and chicken parmesan.
     See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Monday, Oct. 23.

FREE HEPATITIS C TESTING IS AVAILABLE on Sunday, Nov. 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m.,  at Volcano Farmers Market on Wright Rd in Volcano. Volcano Community Association, the organization hosting the event, says that one in 30 baby boomers have Hep. C and most don’t event know it. For more details visit Ka‘ū News Briefs from Thursday, Oct. 12, or email vcainfo@yahoo.com. 

HAM RADIO OPERATORS HOST A POTLUCK PICNIC Sunday, Nov. 5, at Manukā Park. All American Radio Emergency Service members, anyone interested in learning how to operate a ham radio and families are invited to attend. For more, call Dennis Smith at 989-3028.

PU‘U O LOKUANA, a free moderately difficult 0.4-mile hike, takes visitors to the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is offered Sunday, Nov. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Learn about the formation and various uses of this grassy cinder cone and enjoy a breathtaking view from the top of lower Ka‘ū.
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.