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Monday, November 13, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Monday, November 13, 2017

Lonoikamakahiki ceremony at the Kahua ‘Olohu where aho'okupu and ‘awa ceremony took
place. Location is Kaunamano, on the Makahiki Grounds between Nā‘ālehu and Honu‘apo.
Photo from Nohea Ka‘awa
THE MAKAHIKI CELEBRATION IN KA‘Ū last week "honored our Lonoikamakahiki and all participants at our Kahua ‘Olohu where a ho'okupu and ‘awa ceremony took place," said organizer Nohea Ka‘awa. The ceremony took place at Kaunamano, on the Makahiki Grounds between Nā‘ālehu and Honu‘apo, which was recently acquired by the County of Hawai‘i for preservation, restoration and public use.
Keiki join the Lonoikamakahiki ceremony with thanks for
agriculture, rainfall, music and peace. Photo from Nohea Ka‘awa
      The celebration included Ka‘ū folks joining in a Makahiki Relay, covering the Ka‘ū portion for the annual event with runners traveling through each district around the island.
     Explaining the significance, Ka‘awa said, "Our Kahua ‘Olohu is located within our Kaunamano ‘Ahupua’a and is one of only two Makahiki grounds left within Hawai‘i that has not been destroyed. Our Kahua ‘Olohu is where our Ka‘ū ancestors practiced the traditions of Makahiki. Makahiki is an ancient festival beginning about the middle of October and lasting about four months, with sports and religious festivities. A kapu was placed on war." 
     She said that Lono, the Hawaiian god for who the Lonoikamakahiki is named, is associated with fertility, agriculture, rainfall, music and peace. "He is the winter Kona storms that bring rain to the leeward areas. Lono is all of the heavy rain, dark clouds, thunder and lightning that we are experiencing at the moment… It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Our soils are being fed and there's mud between our toes, Lono gives life to our ‘Āina allowing all things to flourish."
Participants and volunteers gathered at Wai‘ōhinu Park after the
ceremonies to feed the runners and all who came there.
Photo from Nohea Ka‘awa
     Following the ceremony, the Ka‘ū community "came together, greeted and fed everyone at Wai‘ōhinu park before the runners continued their journey down to Miloli‘i," said Ka‘awa.
     Ka‘ū Lonoikamakahiki carriers included: James Akau, Mattie Mae Larson, Ulu Makuakane, Nicoli Makuakane, Trice Davis, Leiahi Ka‘awa and Kaiko‘o Ka‘awa.  
    ‘Ohana who brought food included the families: Ka‘awa, Davis, Ke, Keanu, Akamu, Kaupu, Akau, McCabe, Shibuya, Keli‘ikoa, Silva, Kanaka‘ole, Kekoa, Makuakane, Replogle, Ling, Yarrow and many more. 
     Ka‘awa said organizers offer a "Big Mahalo to Lanakila Mangauil who initiates this annual Hawai‘i Island makahiki run. This Makahiki Aha Pule ‘Āina Holo definitely brings the elements needed to restore the health and growth to our land and people," she said.
James Akau, Mattie Mae Larson, Ulu Makuakane, Nicoli Makuakane, Trice Davis, Leiahi Ka‘awa and
Kaiko‘o Ka‘awa carried the carved staff through Ka‘ū in the Makahiki Relay.
Photo from Nohea Ka‘awa
RIDE SO THEY CAN WALK fundraiser to end polio received a head start from Rotary Club's Polio Plus Chair for Hawai‘i, Charlene Meyers. She started pedaling and riding during the last month in Tahiti, in Tasmania, on a cruise ship, and on land in New South Whales, Australia. This week, she is riding at home in Volcano. She is asking for sponsors not only for herself but for others.
The Segway counts in Ride So They Can
Walk Fundraiser, as shown by Charlene
Meyers in Tasmania.
Photo by Amos Meyers
    Through Nov. 18, Rotarians, community members, biking groups and clubs riding bikes, motorcycles and those on stationary bikes in gyms are all riding in the support of eradicating polio. Each rider has friends and family sponsor the ride with all donations going to Rotary’s Polio Plus program.
     When Rotary started the campaign to eradicate polio in 1988 there were 350,000 cases a year in the world. As of today there are 13 cases worldwide – 8 in Afghanistan and 5 in Pakistan. "Zero is the magic number," says Meyers.
     Kīlauea Military Camp is offering Ride So They Can Walk participants use of its stationary bikes for the fundraiser. Make arrangements at the check in desk.
     To sponsor a ride or donate go to Rotary D5000 website and click on Ride for Polio in the right hand column and follow the steps.

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HAWAI‘I FARMERS UNION UNITED SPOTLIGHTS PĀHALA FARMER KYLE STUDER in its latest newsletter. Studer is the Ka‘ū chapter president and was recently elected as the new vice president to the state board. "Kyle is farming multiple acres of vegetables and is a shining example of someone who is committed to working at making a living farming while also stepping up to lead in the community and represent fellow farmers," said the newsletter.
Raina Whiting, Secretary/Treasurer
of the Ka‘ū Chapter of Hawai‘i Farmers
Union United, and Kyle Studer, Ka‘ū
President and statewide Vice President.
Photo from HFUU
    Secretary/Treasurer is Raina Whiting, a school gardens advocate and teacher at Nā‘ālehu School. She is also running for state House of Representatives to cover West Ka‘ū into Kona. See hfuuhi.org.

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TO MAKE SURE KA‘Ū AGRICULTURE IS COUNTED in the 2017 Census of Agriculture, local farmers and ranchers can sign up. In December, the twice-a-decade Census of Agriculture will go out to all U.S. farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers. Farmers will have until Feb. 5, 2018, to respond. Signing up will make sure each farm and ranch is counted and promoting the census to farmers and ranchers in the community, helps, says Kathy King, who is in charge of the data gathering locally.
     Data from the census informs critical policymaking and funding decisions at the federal, state, and local levels. Visit agcensus.usda.gov for more information or contact King at kathy.king@nass.usda.gov or 808-202-0731.

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KRHCA's annual floating lantern ceremony will be
on Saturday, Nov. 25. Deadline to register is Monday.
Photo by Julia Neal
REGISTRATION FOR THE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY AT PUNALU‘U remains open through next Monday, Nov. 20. The annual event to honor past, present and future generations will be on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach Park, Medicine Pond.
      Taiko Drummers will join the celebration, as will hula dancers, local musicians and Gi Gong practitioners. Floating lanterns for inscribing messages will be provided to the first 50 registrants. Donations are tax deductible and will be used toward college scholarships through the events sponsor Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association. Call 928-0101 to register.

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COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM members from Ka‘ū recently attended training in Kea‘au and Hilo to be prepared as initial responders in the event of natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires and volcanic eruptions. Recent graduates of the class live in Discovery Harbour, Mark Twain, Green Sands and Pāhala. Anyone interested in taking the next training, contact Dina Shisler, 410-935-8087.

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VOLCANO FESTIVAL CHORUS has announced its annual Christmas concert The Wonder of Christmas. The date is Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 pm at KMC's Kilauea Theater. The 25-member chorus is under the direction of Roch Jones with accompaniment by Walter Greenwood. Also joining the chorus will be Cheryl Shine on flute and piccolo, and Gillen Kauakahi on recorder.
     The chorus, started 1994 by renowned music director Camille Almy, is now sponsored by the Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network. For 23 years the concert has been presented as a gift to members of the Volcano community as a mahalo for all their support.
     This year's concert features both sacred and secular music. Many of the chorus' favorites will be performed. The Carols of Gathering by Joseph Martin will open the show and a medley of White Christmas and Happy Holiday by Irving Berlin will close the show. The program is varied and includes a spiritual Have You Heard the News?, an African Alleluia, an Irish Carol, and madrigals, All The Town Be Merry and Throw Open The Shutters. Popular carols Do You Hear What I Hear?, Ring, Christmas Bells and Pie Jesu are also featured.
Admission is free; however, donations will be accepted.

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THE ANNUAL PĀHALA CHRISTMAS PARADE is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 10, with participants touring the streets of Pāhala and finishing at the Holy Rosary Church on Pikake Street for treats and more entertainment. Produced by Eddie Andrade and family along with Mary Jane Balio for four decades, the parade features Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus greeting parade goers with a Ho Ho Ho and throwing candies to the keiki, community groups, musicians, churches, businesses and
Mr. and Mrs. Santa from the Eddie Andrade family and Santa's helper 
Mary Jane Balio have organized the annual Pāhala Christmas parade 
for four decades. This year it is Sunday, Dec. 10. Photo by Julia Neal
schools, along with the Miss Ka‘ū Coffee court, walking and riding on floats, trucks and classic vehicles.
     The parade starts at 1 p.m. at the old Pāhala Armory and stops at houses throughout the village, making a stop for the staff and long-term care residents at Ka‘ū Hospital before arriving at the Catholic Church.
     Parade participants should start lining up by 12:30 p.m. To be involved - there are no entry fees for participants - call the Andrades at 928-0808.

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REGISTER KEIKI AGES 5 TO 12 BY WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15, TO MAKE A THANKSGIVING POSTER at Nā‘ālehu Community Center on Wednesday, Nov.  22, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call 939-2510 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

JOURNEY FROM HAWAI‘I TO MARS and learn how an "out-of-this-world" lava landscape helps scientists understand how to conduct research on Mars in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's After Dark in the Park program on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium at 7 p.m. The event is free, but park entrance fees apply. for more information, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

HEALTH INSURANCE SIGN-UPS are offered at Ocean View Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more, call 939-7033.

REGISTER KEIKI, GRADES K-8, NOW FOR A PAPER CUP TURKEY CRAFT class taking place Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center. Register until Nov. 14. For more, call 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation to see the full program of events.

HAWAI‘I COUNTY COUNCIL MEETS TUESDAY, NOV. 14, and Wednesday, Nov. 15. Participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

A HĀLAU O AKAUNU PERFORMANCE takes place Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The event is free, but park entrance fees apply. For more details, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETS Wednesday, Nov. 15, at noon in the Ocean View Community Center. For more, call 939-7033.

HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUB OF KA‘Ū MEET Thursday, Nov. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Nā‘ālehu United Methodist Church. For more, call Pres. Berkley Yoshida at 747-0197.

STORY TIME WITH AUNTIE LINDA FROM TŪTŪ & ME is set for Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Nā‘ālehu Public Library. For more, call 929-8571.

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 events are scheduled for Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. This event is free.

FRIENDS OF THE KA‘Ū LIBRARIES will man a booth at the annual Kauaha‘ao Congregational Church fundraising bazaar in Wai‘ōhinu on Saturday, Nov. 18. Donations of baked goods, books and good condion, slightly used, reusable rummage are being accepted to raise money for Friends of the Ka‘ū Libraries.
     Drop off donation at Nā‘ālehu Public Library or Pāhala Public and School Library no later than Friday, Nov. 17, by 3 p.m. or bring to the Libraries tent on, Nov. 18, at Kauaha‘ao Congregational Church grounds at 8 a.m. For more info, call Linda Morgan at 785-2058.

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY, FEATURING THE ANNUAL INVITATIONAL WREATH EXHIBITION BEGINS Friday, Nov. 17, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This year’s event promises an abundance of art and aloha to kick start the holiday season. Free to the public, park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-7565.

HAND DELIVER REGISTRATION BY FRIDAY, NOV. 17, FOR THE INAUGURAL PIG HUNTING TOURNAMENT presented by the Ka‘ū Multicultural Society on Saturday, Nov. 18, with scales at Waiʻōhinu Park open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for weigh-in. Hunting is islandwide.
     Three-person teams are invited to enter for a registration fee of $55 per team. Registration forms must be hand delivered to Kalani Vierra in Pāhala no later than Friday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. (registration post marked by Nov. 13 is also accepted). Categories include heaviest boar (lahoʻole), biggest tusk, heaviest sow, heaviest overall. Hunting will only be allowed with dogs and no guns and at least one teammate must have a hunting license.
     Team registration forms are available in Kaʻū at ACE Hardware, Wikiwiki Mart, Ka‘ū Gas, R&G Mini Mart, Kaʻū Business Services LLP, Kahuku Gifts and Garden Shop; in Hilo at Delʻs Feed Store, Miranda's and Hilo Surplus Store; in Mountain View at Aloha Gas; in Kurtistown at J. Hara's Store Inc.; and in Kona at Pearl's, Oshima's, Mauka Napa, Lako St. Chevron, Fujihara's Store and Paul's Place.
     For more information, call Darlyne Vierra at 640-8740; Kalani Vierra at 938-2005; or Liz K. at 339-0289. See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Wednesday, Oct. 25.

THE ANNUAL KAUAHA‘AO CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH fundraising bazaar in Wai‘ōhinu has been announced. The date is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the church grounds. The church is located on the corner of Māmalahoa Hwy, Kama‘oa Road and Pinao Street just above the Wong Yuen Store and Gas Station.
     Individuals, schools, clubs, and sports/athletic groups are invited to be a vendor at the "flea market" on the church grounds. The charge for a 10' X 10' space is $10. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own tent, table and chairs, and if power is needed, a generator. Vendors can sell anything except hot foods/plate lunches.
     The Church will be selling Kālua Pig plate lunch and containers of Kālua Pig, as well as baked goods, produce, and crafts. Throughout the day, there will be free entertainment "provided by our talented community groups," said Walter and Debbie WongYuen at 928-8039.

See public Ka‘ū events for November including monthly meetings at 
kaucalendar.com/octnovdec/novemberevents.html
See Ka‘ū exercise, meditation, daily and weekly community events at 
kaucalendar.com/octnovdec/novembercommunity.html.
Pick up the November print edition of The Ka‘ū Calendar, 
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
LĀ ‘OHANA, THE MILOLI‘I COMMUNITY celebration, held annually, has been announced for Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free, cultural, educational event is open to all and is co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.
     Auntie Diana Aki, Miloli‘i's famed falsetto Hawaiian songbird will sing. Also in the line-up are south Kona bands. Health screening and health insurance advice will be offered, along with local food and arts and crafts on display and for sale.
     Partners in putting on Lā ‘Ohana include Pa‘a Pono Miloli‘i, Kua O Ka Lā Charter School, Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust, Kalanihale, and Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.
     For more information, contact Kumu Ka‘imi Kaupiko at 808-937-1310 or kkaupiko@gmail.com. Vendors are welcome.
     For more about the event, see Ka‘ū News Briefs from Sunday, Oct. 22.

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM meets Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ocean View Community Center. For more details, call 939-7033.

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY is accepting reservations for its next volunteer day at its Ka‘ū Preserve for Saturday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reserving a spot in advance to go to the remote location in The Nature Conservancy's trucks is a must. Anyone interested in more information, and/or to reserve a spot can contact Linda Schubert at lschubert@tnc.org, or call 443-5401.
     Participants will need; long pants, protective shoes (boots preferred), a lunch and water. Everyone should be ready for a variety of weather conditions, from sun, rain, to cool temperatures.

HI‘IAKA & PELE, a free, moderate, one-mile walk through the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, takes place Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Discover the Hawaiian goddesses and the natural phenomena they represent. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

HULA KAHIKO AND NĀ MEA HULA is scheduled to take place on the hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday, Nov. 18. Hula Kahiko featuring Kumu Ha‘amauliola with Ke Kula o Nawahiokalani‘opu‘u PCS is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.. Nā Mea Hula, a hands on cultural demonstration, featuring Kumu Kaho‘okele Crabbe with Halauolaokalani will follow until 1 p.m.. Contact Desiree, call 987-7288 or email volcanohula@gmail.com, to confirm dates.

A MONGOLIAN BBQ WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Kīlauea Military Camp’s Crater Rim Café in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Call 967-8356 for more details. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP REMOVE INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANTS that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This Stewardship at the Summit event is Saturday, Nov. 18, at 8:45 a.m.
     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, park entrance fees waived in observance of Veteran's Day. Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm. Another event is planned for Nov. 25.

NĀ‘ĀLEHU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & STUDENT COUNCIL'S FRIEND-RAISER event takes place on the campus on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event focuses on building relationships and raising funds while providing a family fun day to the community. The event offers a bounce house and splash booth, games, food, informational vendors, face painting, makahiki games, prizes and a raffle. 

A ZENTANGLE INSPIRED ART: TANGLING ON EGGS class at Volcano Art Center is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join Lois & Earl Stokes, certified Zentangle teachers, for an “egg-citing” time tangling on duck and chicken eggs to create holiday ornaments. All skill levels are welcome. The class has a $10 supply fee per person, plus $35 per non-member. All materials and light refreshments are included. For more details, visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.

AN ANCHIALINE POOL VOLUNTEER WORKDAY hosted by Hawaii‘i Wildlife Fund is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. with volunteer meeting up at Wai‘ōhinu Park before heading the worksite. Space is limited in HWF 4WD vehicles. For more information or to reserve a spot, email kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com.

PEOPLE AND LAND OF KAHUKU, a free guided, 2.5 miles, moderately difficult hike over rugged terrain is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The guide will focus on the area’s human history. For more details, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

Stoneware Cover Jar by Erik Wold.
Photo from Volcano Village Artists Hui
TOUR SIX ARTISTS’ STUDIOS IN THE HEART OF VOLCANO VILLAGE over Thanksgiving weekend during the 31st Art Studio Tour & Sale scheduled for Friday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
     The event is hosted by Volcano Village Artists Hui. This years participating Hui members: Erik Wold, Ira Ono, Misato & Michael Mortara, Elizabeth Miller, Zeke Israel, Emily Herb, Pam Barton, Margaret Barnaby and Lisa Louise Adams, along with guest artists Joan Yoshioka, Randy Sutton, Ricia Shema, Scott Pincus, Tim Freeman, Charlotte Forbes Perry and Nash Adams-Pruitt. Meet the artists and view a wide variety of artwork for sale from hand blown glass, metal and wood sculpture, pottery, jewelry, and fiber art to paintings, prints and photography, plus more.
     A special drawing for artwork contributed by each of the artists will be held at the end of the sale. For more information, call 987-3472. Maps to the six artists' studios will be available at local businesses and galleries in Volcano Village and at: VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com.

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.








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