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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.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Monday, November 20, 2017


Thy Word Ministries Praise Team dances for Kauaha'ao Congregational Church's annual Bazaar
in Wai`ohinu last Saturday. See more below. Photo by Helena Sesson
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAY ELIMINATE NET NEUTRALITY. According to numerous reports, Ajit Pai, Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, plans to present plans to the FCC on Tuesday to dismantle rules that require internet providers like AT&T, Hawaiian Telcom and Spectrum to treat web traffic equally.
     Hawai`i  Sen. Brian Schatz said the move will hinder internet access needed to participate in democracy. Schatz explained, "The Internet works because the people who charge you for access to it cannot charge different amounts for different content, depending on their commercial interests. You pay the ISP, you get the whole Internet. What the FCC is doing is revoking that rule."
       The Hawai`i Senator said, "The truth is we don't know what will happen in the marketplace. But if this rule passes and is held up in court, the only reason that an ISP would honor net neutrality is if it would make them more money."
     According to Schatz, "Without Net Neutrality, companies can block, throttle or charge you more to visit certain websites. The FCC is making a grave error this week."
     Earlier this year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said that "Maintaining free, open, and equal access to the Internet is a cornerstone of our democracy in today’s digital age. The Internet is constantly defining and redefining what is possible—from breaking down barriers in education, to expanding access to jobs and employment, to driving innovation in healthcare, and so much more."
     She was responding to a federal court decision in June that, according to Gabbard, would "help ensure that access to the Internet continues to be a place of equal opportunity for all Americans, not reserved for those with the money to purchase special access rights.”
     The  D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling reclassified broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which allows the FCC to regulate internet service as a public utility. By regulating high-speed internet as a public utility, the FCC is able to prevent Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) from charging consumers to speed up certain online content over others, and require all online content be treated equally. The court upheld the FCC’s rules in a 2-1 vote.

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The bell tower at Kilauea Military Camp, with the cafeteria behind it.
Photo courtesy of the Geoffrey Mower collection
KMC'S ROLE AS DETENTION CENTER in World War II, confining Japanese Americans after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, will be explained on Wednesday, Nov. 22. A one hour guided walk at 1:30 p.m. is open to the public.
       Entitled KMC Remembered, it will be led by a Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park ranger and will begin at the Kīlauea Military Camp flagpole, within Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.                    "Learn why the citizens were detained, what their experiences at KMC were, and see new exhibits that interpret the history of the military camp," says a statement from Hawai`i Volcanoes National park. Park entrance fees apply.

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KA‘Ū COMMUNITY MEMBERS CAME TOGETHER at Kauaha'ao Congregational Church's annual event in Wai‘ōhinu last Saturday. Minister Debbie Wong Yuen said, "We would like to send out a heart felt Mahalo Nui Loa to the people of Ka‘ū for their wonderful support and participation. The bazaar was not just for the Church, but an outreach for the community, allowing various individuals and groups to participate as vendors in the open space flea market."
Kauaha`ao Church Bazaar brought its grace
and community gathering to 
Wai`ohinu Saturday.
Photos by Helena Sesson
     Vendors came from Kona and Puna "to be a part of this beautiful, spirit filled day," she said. "Everyone that came was blessed with entertainment from Thy Word Ministry Praise Team, and Hannah's Makana 'Ohana Halau, the perfect weather, fellowship, and a variety of handmade crafts, baked goods, goodies, books and rummage that were being sold by 23 different vendors."
       Many vendors have already committed to be a part of the Church's annual bazaar in November 2018. "Blessings and God's grace be with everyone throughout the Thanksgiving and Christmas season," said Wong Yuen.

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AN OPEN HOUSE FOR KA‘Ū COFFEE AND OTHER FARMERS will be held Thanksgiving Day, this Thursday, at Pāhala Plantation House  at 11 a.m. to meet representatives of the manufacturers of the Japanese Organic Plant Vitalizer called HB-101. Some Ka‘ū Coffee farmers are using HB-101.
     HB-101 is described by its proponents as a liquid growth-enhancing formula for plants, created through blending extracts of Japanese cedars, pines, cypress trees and plantain grass. Dr. Tomoaki Kato, HB-101's Laboratory Manager and a Doctor of Engineering, will give a workshop and host a question and answer session. Other workshops will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at University of Hawai`i's CTAHR Extension Office Conference Room in Kona  and on Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at USDA Agricultural Research Services facilities in Hilo.
       The Pāhala event is a potluck with turkey, ham and drinks provided. For more information, call Reggie Hasegawa at 960-6614 or Max Maemori at 756-4888.

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The first event will be the Miss Ka‘ū Coffee Pageant,
Saturday, April 27, 2018 at Ka‘ū District Gym. 
Photo by Pam Taylor
KA‘Ū COFFEE FESTIVAL COMMITTEE has announced its schedule for 2018.
    Miss Ka‘ū Coffee Pageant will be held Saturday, April 21at the Ka‘ū District Gym.
    Ka‘ū Coffee Pa`ina Open House will be Friday, April 27 at Pāhala Plantation House.
    Ka‘ū Coffee Recipe Contest will be Sunday, April 29 at Ka‘ū Coffee Mill.
    Ka‘ū Mountain Water System HIke will be Wednesday, May 2, leaving from Ka‘ū  Coffee Mill.
    Ka‘ū Coffee & Cattle Day will be Friday, May 4 at Aikane Plantation Coffee ranch and farm.
    Ka‘ū Stargazing will be Friday, May 4, leaving from Ka‘ū Coffee Mill.
    Ka‘ū Coffee Ho`olaulea will be Saturday, May 5 at Pāhala Comunity Center.
    Ka‘ū Coffee College will by Sunday, May 6 at Pāhala Community Center.

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REGISTER KEIKI, GRADES K-8, BY TUESDAY, NOV. 28, FOR A FELT WINTER HANGING CRAFT class that takes place Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center. For more, call 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

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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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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/coopercentervolcano/
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, mMuld 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. The hike will be offered again on Nov. 25. Visit nps.gov/havo for more.

JOIN A GUIDED HIKE ALONG THE PALM TRAIL in the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Sunday, Nov. 26, 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.

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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