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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 27, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Monday, November 27, 2017

The heaviest boar was captured by Team 12 led by Tyrell Mason, of Ka‘ū, weighing in at 150 lbs.
See story below. Photo by Guy Sesson
ENCOURAGING THE COMMUNITY TO BUY LOCAL FOR THE HOLIDAYS while promoting and supporting small businesses of Ka‘ū was the goal of the second annual Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26 at Ka Lae Coffee and Hawaiian Flowers Orchid Farm on South Point Road.
Holiday wreaths made by Pom Pom Proteas were on
display and for sale at this year's Small Business Saturday
at Ka Lae Coffee shop and Hawaiian Flowers orchid farm
on South Point Road. Photo by Kate Haynes
       Ka Lae Coffee owner Kate Haynes and Heidi's LuLaRoe owner Heidi Flores co-hosted the public event on the grounds of Ka Lae Coffee shop and Hawaiian Flowers orchid farm. Participants included: J&J Farms, MoLaEa Mountain Farm, Karen Duserbery doTerra Wellness Advocate, Heidi's LuLaRoe, Sticks and Stones, CROOKed C Ranch, Hawaiian Inspired Jewelry by Malta, Hawaiian Grinds, Fresh Pit, Nucerity, Tropical Trappings, Abundant Health Acupuncture, Massage with Lori Boyle, Kanahele Jewelry, Salty Mermaid, Pom Pom Protea, Navarro Farms, Ohia Soap Lodge and an effort called Jonah Beck World Stride Washington D.C. spring 2018. Ocean View resident Layne Mills serenaded event attendees as she played her guitar and sold homemade jewelry.
     The event was hosted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will likely be hosted again in 2018 on Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday.  
     The location of Ka Lae Coffee and Hawaiian Flowers is 94-2166 South Point Road.

Vendors displayed their wares at the Small Business Saturday
event that took place Nov. 26. See story above.
Photo by Kate Haynes
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CHANGING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY is the call by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Tim Kaine, who was the Democratic Party's nominee for Vice President in 2016. According to Gabbard, "Political outsiders, independents, and grassroots activists are not the only ones who have grown disillusioned with insider Democratic Party politics." She said that Kaine "is joining our call for the DNC Unity Reform Commission to eliminate superdelegates from the primary process. With his announcement, we have gained an important ally in our effort to ensure a more transparent, open, and democratic primary process."
     Gabbard said, however, the effort needs "all of the support we can get before the final Unity Reform Commission meeting on December 8. She asks for Democrats in Ka‘ū and the rest of her Congressional District to sign on to a petition calling for DNC reform. Gabbard said, "We need a primary process that is decided by the voters, not predetermined by party insiders."
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, right, and Sen. Tim Kaine, left, on fact finding
mission to the Middle East in 2015. Kaine and Gabbard are
working on a campaign to change the Democratic Party.
    The Congresswoman stated, "Doing what is right should always outweigh political ambition or partisanship. For me, this has sometimes put me at odds with the Democratic Party establishment, and compelled my resignation as DNC Vice-Chair during the last presidential primary to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders. We must come together to put the strength of our democracy and the future of our country first and foremost, and work to make necessary reforms."
      She said that in addition to eliminating the superdelegate process, "we must also commit to open primaries and caucuses or same-day registration, and create more transparent, accountable processes that do not unduly favor one campaign or candidate."

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RESULTS FOR THE KA‘Ū MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY PIG HUNT are official. The islandwide tournament with weigh-in at Wai‘ōhinu Park on Nov. 18, a No-Guns event, was organized by Darlyne Vierra, President of Ka‘ū Multicultural Society, Secretary/Treasurer Liz Kuluwaimaka, and Kalani Vierra.
     The Over-All Pua‘a prize for heaviest pig went to Team 17, led by Kyle Swett, from Volcano and Puna. It weighed in at 199.6 lbs.
Noah E. won the Packing Contest after the hunt. Photo by Guy Sesson
     Heaviest Boar/Laho‘ole came in with Team 12 at 150 lbs. with winning team headed by Tyrell Mason, of Ka‘ū. Second was Team 3, led by Royden Requelman, of Puna, with a 138.8 lb boar. Third was Team 19, led by Derek Nakagawa, of Ka‘ū with a 123.6 lb. boar.
     Heaviest Sow came in with Team 13, led by Aaron Gomes, of South Kona at 123 lbs. Second was a 112.4 lb sow, from Team 2, led by Kaipu Ka‘upu, of Holualoa in Kona. Third was Team 8, led by Johnathan Roddy, of Ka‘ū, with a 109.8 lb sow.
     Biggest Tusk winner was Team 20, led by Rodney Kuahiwinui, Sr., of Ka‘ū. It measured 5.25 inches length. Second was Team 15, led by Dedrick Saplan, of Ka‘ū. It measured 4.75 inches. Third was team 7, led by Frank Lorenzo, Jr, of Ka‘ū. The tusk measured 4.25 inches.
     The Packing Contest, in which the hunter ran with the pig, saw Noah E. coming in first. Rodney Kuahiwinui, Jr. was second and Aaron Gomes third.
     Thomas Mochizuki, of Volcano and Puna, won the Smoke Meat Contest.
Kalani Viera, second to right, organized the hunt and
Royden Requelman, right, won a gun.
Photo by Guy Sesson
     Donors included Kona Reload, Kula Kai Caverns, Hardwoods Hawai‘i, KTA of Keauhou, Mt. View Minimart, Pepsi of Kona, Blacksandsbeach.com, J.W. Glover, Oshiam, Doris Place, Ace Hardware-Nā‘ālehu, BYE-William Derasin, Navarro Coffee Farm, Rambla Clothing Co, Moke Banister, and Nadine and Aaron Kahananui.
     Supporters in providing the sign-up entries were 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.
     For more information about next year's event contact Drey Desas at avdesas@yahoo.com, Robert Chun at bigkaufarms@gmail.com, Liz Kuluwaimaka at konawaileo@yahoo.com, or Darlyne Vierra at dvierra22@gmail.com.

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KA‘Ū FOOD PANTRY is open for those who need food on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View. Food for three days is provided to help those short of money, benefits and nutrition at the month's end. Donations of non-perishables and money are welcome. Send to Ka‘ū Food Pantry, P.O. Box 6184, Ocean View, HI 96737 or drop by the church at 92-8606 Paradise Circle, on the corner of Keaka Parkway. For more, call 939-7000 or visit stjudeshawaii.org.

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HOVE ROAD MAINTENANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS meets Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m., in the HOVE Road Maintenance Corp. office. For more, call 929-9910.

LEARN TAIKO DRUMMING FROM MASTER KENNY ENDO. He comes to Nā‘ālehu Public Library Thursday, Nov. 30, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Endo and his Taiko Center of the Pacific ensemble will demonstrate and discuss taiko group and festival drumming.
     Recommended for ages five and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. For more information, contact 939-2442.
     For a schedule of other upcoming library programs visit librarieshawaii.org/events.

ALOHA FRIDAY: ‘Ukulele with Wes Awana is Friday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Volcano Art Center Gallery Porch in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The free event features family-friendly lessons on ‘ukulele. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-7565 or visit volcanoartcenter.org.

FIVE STEWARDSHIP AT THE SUMMIT events in which volunteers help remove invasive non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park take place this December. The first event is Friday, Dec. 1, with remaining events taking place Dec. 7, 15, 23, and 30. Volunteers should meet leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at 8:45 a.m. Free; park entrance fees apply. Fore more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

HI‘IAKA & PELE, a free, moderate, one-mile walk through the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, takes place Saturday, Dec. 2, 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.

VOLCANO FESTIVAL CHORUS will host its 23rd The Wonder of Christmas concert 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 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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JOIN RANGERS FOR A GUIDED HIKE, REALMS AND DIVISIONS OF KAHUKU, on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Experience the sense of place that evolves at the intersection of nature and culture on this moderately difficult two-mile, two-hour guided hike on the Kahuku Unit’s newest trail, Pu‘u Kahuku. Explore the realms and divisions of the traditional Hawaiian classification system at Kahuku. Bring a snack for the “talk story” segment of this hike.

GILLIGANS NIGHT WILL BENEFIT KA‘Ū LEARNING ACADEMY: Gilligans Cafe is back on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a special Gilligans Night, sponsored by The Innovation for Education Foundation, to benefit Kaʻū Learning Academy. The location is the Charter School campus at the old Discovery Harbour Golf Course Clubhouse.
     Joe Iacuzzo, Managing Director of KLA, described it as: “Pizza, Chicken Parmesan and our famous meatballs and pasta (so good the meatballs come first!).” There will be live music. Beer and wine will be served. All proceeds benefit Kaʻū Learning Academy. The Innovation for Education Foundation is a 501c3 public charity. See kaulearning.com and on Facebook.

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A CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER on Friday, Dec. 22, has been announced by Lamb of God Baptist Church. It begins at 7 p.m. The event is free to all and highlights include refreshments and gifts for children in attendance.

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CU HAWAI‘I FEDERAL CREDIT UNION OFFERS 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.