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.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ka`u Multicultural Society held its first annual pig tournament Saturday with islandwide hunting
and the weigh in at Wai‘ōhinu Park. See more below. Photos by Helena Sesson
THE OCEAN VIEW DEEP WELL CLOSURE is the subject of research and story by West Hawai`i Today reporter Max Dible, who is looking into the history of its operation by the county Department of Water Supply. The story in the Sunday newspaper states that "HOVE deep well appears to be another in a string of downed Hawai`i Island wells that have fallen victim to premature equipment failure. It’s not possible yet to make that determination with certainty, as HOVE failed Thursday and the Hawai`i County Department of Water Supply has only just begun troubleshooting to assess the cause. But if the well went down due to a problem with the pump or motor, the timeline provided by DWS via email Friday would place HOVE in a group of deep wells that all failed far more quickly
Ka`u Multicultural Society promises the
new pig hunt will be an annual event.
Photos by Helena Sesson
than expected — including those at the Hualalai, Keahuolu, Waiaha and Honokohau sites in North Kona."
     According to West Hawai`i Today, the Department of Water Supply reports the Ocean View Well was repaired in September 2016 and April 2013. It went online to provide potable water for residents and for commercial operators to haul water in May 2011.
     The purpose of the Deep Well is to serve Ocean View and Ranchos neighborhoods and commercial operations through pickup of the water at spigots and a standpipe. There is no piping of water in the Ocean View area and most residents rely not only on the well but on catchment tanks and water hauling by commercial trucks. 
     With the well inoperable, the county is allowing pickup of potable water only by local residents and directing commercial haulers to  Nā‘ālehu. Department of Water Supply cautions those with catchment to conserve water in their tanks until the well is repaired.
     Money has been approved by the Hawai‘i
Legislature to plan for a second well in Ocean View to help support the economy and services to the community. Rep. Richard Creagan said he would work next session, starting in January, to secure it toward developing the second well.
     The West Hawai`i Today story reports that in North Kona, "four wells remain down — those at Hualalai, Keahuolu, Waiaha and Keopu. Thus, a mandatory 25 percent water usage restriction remains in effect for the entire system. The Keopu deep well, undergoing its first repair since it was constructed in 2009, is slated to return to service Dec. 20," reports West Hawai`i Today See more at West Hawai`i Today.

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A HUNTER AND HIS DOGS WERE RESCUED out of the Volcano forest on Saturday after he became lost beyond the end of Kahaulea Street. Through e911, fire dispatch was able to locate a GPS position. The Hawai`i Fire Department helicopter located the the man, in his 60s, and lifted the hunter, his gear and hunting dogs in a Billy Pugh Net to a landing zone.
     The call at 3:12 p.m. came from the hunter's friend who said he was unable to orient the lost hunter back to the vehicle using a horn. The hunter was missing for about 1.5 hours. According to the Hawai`i County Fire Department report, the hunter was "lost after following dogs in pursuit of a wild pig in the forest." The state Department of Land & Natural Resources is investigating, according to the Fire Department.

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The No-Gun Hunt relied on dogs and
knives to bring the pigs home.
Photos by Helena Sesson
THE FIRST KA`U MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY PIG HUNT drew many enthusiasts to Kaʻū for the weigh-in and celebration Saturday at Wai‘ōhinu Park. The No-Guns Hunt was islandwide. It was organized by Darlyne Vierra, President of Kaʻū Multicultural Society, Vice President Liz Kuluwaimaka, and Kalani Vierra who headed up the pig hunt and the weigh-in. They promise it will be an annual event.
      Categories included: heaviest boar (lahoʻole), biggest tusk, heaviest sow, heaviest overall. Hunting was allowed with dogs, no firearms, and at least one teammate was required to have a hunting license.
      Supporters included ACE Hardware, Wikiwiki Mart, Ka‘ū Gas, R&G Mini Mart, Kaʻū Business Services LLP, Kahuku Gifts and Garden Shop; Delʻs Feed Store, Miranda's and Hilo Surplus Store; Aloha Gas;  J. Hara's Store Inc.;  Pearl's, Oshima's, Mauka Napa, Lako St. Chevron, Fujihara's Store and Paul's Place. See the results in the December issue of The Ka`u Calendar newspaper.

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THE OFF ACT, a bill in congress designed to get America Off Fossil Fuel, received a push from its co-sponsor Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Sunday following a Keystone Pipeline oil spill and the U.S. House of Representatives passing a bill to axe electric vehicle and solar tax credits.
      Gabbard sent out a statement: "The Keystone Pipeline just spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota, near the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation. Clean up crews are racing to protect surrounding wetlands, aquifers, and land, but the worst damage has already been done. The pipeline should never have been operating in the first place.
     "The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe, who remain vehemently opposed to the pipeline, will be the ones dealing with the long-term repercussions of this spill, not TransCanada and big bank executives. It was for reasons like this that thousands of people traveled to the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock, just a few hours north of where this spill occurred, to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline last year.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard visited Standing Rock last winter, opposing the Keystone 
Pipeline. It spilled 210,000 gallons of oil last week. She called for support of
 OFF Fossil Fuel, a bill she co-introduced into the House of Representatives.
    
     "Meanwhile, the corporate giveaway tax bill that just passed the House would eliminate tax credits for electric vehicles and solar energy, while cutting credits for wind power by one-third and eventually phasing them out completely—yet it protects $14 billion in federal subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and makes them permanent. This is unacceptable, and this oil spill is yet another example of how dangerous Big Oil is to the health of our planet and our future. We should be investing in the technology of the future now, not paying corporate welfare to prop up a poisonous industry.
     "Donald Trump, Scott Pruitt, and other friends of the fossil fuel industry will compromise the health of our people and our planet to secure greater profits for their corporate friends. We need your help to make sure that doesn't happen. She asks her constituents to "Sign your name as a citizen co-sponsor of the OFF Act and help us lead the way to create a 100% sustainable, clean energy economy by 2035."

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Aikido lessons will be every Saturday at 10 a.m. at Ocean View Community Center, sponsored by Sensei
 Alan Moores and 
Pāhala Dojo. Photo by Geri Childs.         

AIKIDO IN OCEAN VIEW: Aikido of Pāhala opened a dojo at Ocean View Community Center on Saturday.  Classes are every Saturday at 10 a.m. Sensei Alan Moores launched the Ocean View classes, accompanied by members of Pāhala Dojo. They presented a demonstration in Aikido for the Ocean View Community. For more information call 808-925-9677.

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.

REGISTRATION FOR THE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY AT PUNALU‘U remains open through 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.
See public Ka‘ū events, meetings entertainment at 
 kaucalendar.com/octnovdec/novemberevents.html
See Ka‘ū exercise, meditation, daily, weekly events at 
kaucalendar.com/octnovdec/novembercommunity.html.
November print edition of The Ka‘ū Calendar is 
free to 5,500 mailboxes throughout Ka‘ū, from Miloli‘i 
through Volcano. Also available on stands throughout
the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com.

A VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETING is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Ocean View Community Center. For more, call 939-7033.

REGISTER KEIKI OF ALL AGES FOR AN ANNUAL RUBBERBAND TURKEY art class at Pāhala Community Center that takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

REGISTER KEIKI AGES 6 TO 12 TO MAKE A THANKSGIVING NATURE WREATH at Kahuku Park on Wednesday, Nov. 22,  from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. For more, call 929-9113 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

CREATE A SMALL KĀHILI PA‘A LIMA, a hand-held kāhili, on Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, on the lānai of Kīlauea Visitor Center in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Kāhili are a form of Hawaiian leatherwork that traditionally acknowledged a person’s status and genealogy, and offered spiritual protection. Free, park entrance fees apply. For more, see nps.gov/HAVO.

A FREE COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER is hosted at the Ocean View Community Center on Thursday, Nov. 23, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the main hall. The dinner is open to all and boasts a full turkey dinner with "all the fixings." For more details, call 939-7033 or email ovcahawaii@gmail.com.

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES PERFORM Thursday, Nov. 23, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Kīlauea Military Camp’s Lava Lounge in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. No cover charge. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8356 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

A THANKSGIVING BUFFET takes place Thursday, Nov. 23, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at KMC’s Crater Rim Café in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The menu features Roast Turkey, Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham and all the fixings. $21.95/adult, $11.85/child (ages 6-11). Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8356 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORP. meet Friday, Nov. 24, at 5 p.m., in Hawaiian Ranchos' office.

VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI'S 31ST ART STUDIO TOUR & SALE is Friday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., six artists studios in Volcano Village. Meet artists, view and purchase wide variety of artwork from local artists. Special drawing held at sales end. For more call 987-3472. Find a map of the six participating artists studios at VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com.

THE ANNUAL DECORATED COTTAGES HOLIDAY CHALLENGE at Kīlauea Military Camp within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park takes place Friday, Nov. 24, through Friday, Jan. 1. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8371 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

THE TENTH ANNUAL KAMAHALO CRAFT FAIR has been announced for Cooper Center and is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 30 local artisans participate, offering unique gifts. See facebook.com/coopercenter
volcano/Email Linda Ugalde kilaueatutu@gmail.comThe event will be located at 19-4030 Wright Rd, Volcano.

KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP ANNOUNCES AUGIE T IN CONCERT on Saturday, Nov. 25, at KMC’s Lava Lounge in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Tickets on sale at Hirano Store or online at AugieT.com. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more call, 967-837, kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

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 Saturday, Nov. 25, 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, though park entrance fees apply. Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/
summit_stewardship.htm.

NATURE & CULTURE: AN UNSEVERABLE RELATIONSHIP, a moderate hike approximately 2 miles takes place Saturday, Nov. 25, 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. Visit nps.gov/havo for more.

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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