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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.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Saturday, December 9, 2017

Eddie Andrade and his family and friends have produced the Pāhala Christmas Parade for 39 years. This year's event is
Sunday at 1 p.m. through the town to the hospital and on to the Holy Rosary Church on Pikake Street
for a community celebration. Photo by Julia Neal
THE NATIVE AMERICAN HOUSING ASSISTANCE AND SELF DETERMINATION ACT was introduced for reauthorization in the U.S. House of Representatives this week and has also been introduced to the U.S. Senate.
The late Tommy Kaniho advocated for decades for
funding for water for Hawaiian Homesteaders at
South Point. Photo from Hawai‘i
Beef Industry Council
     Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said the measure has empowered more than 1,400 Hawaiian families over the past two decades, along with native communities across the country. “Reauthorizing NAHASDA is critical to fulfill our nation’s trust responsibility to Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Safe, secure, and affordable housing is essential to the wellbeing of our country’s native people which leads to better health, education, and economic outcomes that strengthen native communities," she said. 
     "In Hawaiʻi, almost 30 percent of the homeless population is comprised of Native Hawaiians—a statistic that is far too high in the most prosperous country in the world."
     NAHASDA was first established in 1996, consolidating separate assistance programs provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development into a single block grant program. In 2000, NAHASDA was amended to add Title VIII – Housing Assistance for Native Hawaiians. The amendment adds similar programs for Native Hawaiians who reside on Hawaiian Home Lands to the NAHASDA legislation. 
     In Hawaiʻi, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is the sole recipient of the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant as provided for by the law. DHHL administers 203,000 acres of trust land; 99 percent of those lands are located in Hawai‘i’s Second Congressional District: from the southernmost tip of Hawai‘i Island to Kauaʻi and Niʻihau; it includes every Hawaiian Island, but excludes urban Honolulu.
     DHHL is working on a plan to manage its land in South Point, its houselots at Discovery Harbour and other land that could be used for homesteads above Punalu‘u and also in Wai‘ōhinu. DHHL is also planning to improve water delivery to homesteaders as proposed for many years by the late Tommy Kaniho, a native Hawaiian rancher. Read the DHHL Ka‘ū Regional Plan.

Hawaiian Home Lands in Ka‘ū are colored reddish in this map
from Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
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THE UNITY REFORM COMMISSION came up with Democratic Party reform proposals this weekend in Washington, D.C. They are aimed at helping revamp Democratic Party procedures for nominating candidates for President of the United States. The 21 member commission was set up last year at the Democratic National Convention. Commissioners were selected by Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez.
     Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said she supports the effort, following her own decision to quit the position of Vice President of the Democratic National Committee during last year's campaign.
     On Saturday, the commission voted to recommend that Democratic Party super delegates be cut by 400 - reducing their number of unpledged delegates by 60 percent. Super delegates are those delegates to the Democratic National Convention who are not required to vote for the candidates selected by the community they represent. Not only will the majority of them be eliminated, those remaining would be required to tie their votes to election results. Another suggestion is calling for automatic voter registration and same-day voter registration. The commission also wants caucus states to report raw votes.
      The recommendations go to the subcommittee of the Democratic National Committee on rules and bylaws. If approved, it would go to the 447-members voting at the Democratic National Convention late next year and require a vote of two-thirds for adoption.
     Gabbard has called for open primaries and caucuses, same-day registration, and elimination of all super delegates. She also called for "DNC leadership that is transparent, fair, and accountable."
      She supported Bernie Sander for President and issued a statement this week saying, "The grassroots energy and organizing that fueled Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign started a movement, bringing the American people together around ending our costly failed regime change wars overseas, implementing a $15 minimum wage and Medicare and College for All, protecting our water and environment, and investing in clean, sustainable energy.
     "The American people are also in agreement, across party lines and ideologies, that the backroom dealing and pay-to-play politics of our time are simply unacceptable. We must eliminate the undemocratic system of super delegates and commit to open or same-day registration for primaries and caucuses to put our democracy back in the hands of the people."

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ENROLLMENT  FOR THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE PLAN ends on Friday, Dec. 15.  See healthcare.gov for 2018 plans and prices before renewing or signing up for the first time, says the federal government website.
       Under federal law, anyone who doesn’t have coverage through a job, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Plan, or other qualifying coverage must pay a fee. Also called Obamacare, the coverage under the Affordable Health Act is designed to reduce the number of people without health insurance.
     The website, operated by the Department of Health and Human Services, offers easy calculators to see what kind of coverage in Hawai‘i is available at what cost and also whether Medicaid, CHIP or Medicare would be the appropriate coverage.

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Escape from a California wildfire is detailed by a supporter of
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's OFF Fossil Fuel Act.
Photo from Food & Water Watch
THE CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES that have destroyed more than 800 structures and caused more than 200,000 residents to evacuate their homes have prompted the Hawai‘i congressional delegation to push the climate change agenda. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard tweeted: "Thinking of everyone affected by the #CaliforniaWildfires. We must move #OffFossilFuels with the OFF Act before climate change becomes any worse." She retweeted the experience of one of the OFF Act supporters who fled from his California home:
     Thomas Romales Rebecchi, who works with Food & Water Watch, wrote that he envisions that longer, more aggressive fire seasons, "fueled by climate change, will only worsen as we continue to burn fossil fuels. This is the new normal. This is how I experienced it firsthand:
Thomas Romales Rebecchi gives a blow by blow
account of his family's escape from wildfire and promises
to rededicate himself to climate change issues
with Food & Water Watch.
     "8 p.m. - After a long Ventura City Council meeting, where I was urging members to vote to join an important renewable energy program, I left to find that the winter super moon was eerily red. Friends told me a brush fire had started a few hours earlier in Santa Paula, a rural city 20 miles away.
     "8:15 p.m. - As I returned home, my wife and I became concerned that the smoke might affect our three-month-old daughter, but were still unaware of the imminent danger that lurked.
     "9 p.m. - After a long day, I headed to our local taco shop for a meal. Suddenly, the wind picked up to almost 40 miles per hour and it began to rain ash and smell like fire everywhere. I huddled in the tiny taco shop with five other patrons as the Santa Ana winds overturned tablecloths and umbrellas outside.
     "9:30 p.m. - My wife and I decided to head to a hotel to protect the baby from the smoke. Just then, the power went out. We quickly learned that nearby hotels in Carpinteria and Santa Barbara had also lost power.
     "9:50 p.m. - We got a hotel room in Solvang, about 70 miles north. As we gathered a few mementos and a day’s worth of clothing, we wondered if, as new parents, we were being overly cautious. Nearby friends were headed to bed. But we decided play it safe and go.
     "We could see flames destroying historical landmarks and parks, including the one where we hosted our baby shower just a few months earlier. Flames headed toward homes. Just then it hit us: Would we have a home to return to? Would our neighbors escape unharmed? I realized then that I had everything that was truly important to me in the car at that moment."
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard ties increase in wildfire destruction to climate change
and promotes her OFF Fossil Fuels Act. Photo from Food & Water Watch
   "10:45 p.m. - As we were trying pack the car in the midst of heavy smoke and ash, a neighbor came by to check on us. He pointed towards the hillside which had suddenly ignited into a roaring fire coming towards our neighborhood. We left immediately, as the dark streets filled with stunned and frantic neighbors. I drove toward the freeway, as my wife began calling friends to alert them to the imminent danger. There were still no official alerts as we entered the freeway.
      While their house survived, Rebecchi wrote that he will "redouble efforts to support local and federal bills to transition the country to clean, renewable energy. The OFF Fossil Fuel Act, introduced by Hawai‘i Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, is at once visionary and more urgent than ever. It would halt all new oil and gas projects and set the country on a path to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. Some claim those goals are unrealistic. I know that they are achievable —and desperately necessary—if we wish to prevent the loss of countless more homes and lives." See more at foodandwaterwatch.org.

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Girls Basketball: Monday, Dec. 11, Kamehameha @ Ka‘ū.
    Wednesday, Dec. 13, @ Kea‘au.
     Saturday, Dec. 16, Kohala @ Ka‘ū.

Boys Soccer: Tuesday, Dec. 12, Kohala @ Ka‘ū.
     Saturday, Dec. 16, Kamehameha @ Ka‘ū.

Boys Basketball: Tuesday, Dec. 19, Hilo @ Ka‘ū.

Swimming: Saturday, Dec. 23, @ Hilo.

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ANNUAL PĀHALA CHRISTMAS PARADE starts at 1 p.m. at Pāhala Armory and ends at Holy Rosary Church on Sunday, Dec. 10. Contact Andrade family at 928-0808 to participate or for more details, no entry fees.

SUNDAY WALK IN THE PARK is Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kahuku Unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. All attendees must be current Friends Member, become a new member by registering online at fhvnp.org. For more, email admin@fhvnp.org or call 985-7373.

SUNDAY CHILDREN'S LEARNING CENTER is a new educational service provided at Ocean View Community Center. The federally funded activity is free from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Sunday and is run by Rodney DuCossin.

Thomas A. Jaggar comes to life during A Walk in
the Past
on Tuesday.
LEARN ABOUT THE VITAL ROLE OF ‘ŌHI‘A LEHUA in native Hawaiian forests, the many forms of the ‘ōhi‘a tree and its flower on this free, easy, one-mile walk. The guided hike takes place Sunday, Dec. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more, visit nps.gov/havo.

A MĀLAMA MARKET TOWN HALL MEETING is Monday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Ocean View Community Center. For more, call 939-7033.

SIGN-UP KEIKI BY MONDAY, DEC. 11, for a guided hike exploring wind patterns and a Hawaiian kite workshop at Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's Kahuku ‘Ohana Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. The event is geared towards kids 17 years old and under and their families. To participate or for more details, call 808-929-8075 or email Ranger Leilani at leilani_rodrigues@nps.gov. Bring water, lunch, sunscreen, ball cap, long pants, and shoes. Kahuku is located between the 70 and 71 mil markers. The program is co-sponsored by Hawaii‘i Pacific Parks Association. There is no charge to participate.

A WALK IN THE PAST on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. begins at Kīlauea  Visitor Center. It features a living history presenter, dressed in period costume and bringing back to life Thomas A. Jaggar, founder of Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and a prominent figure in the history of volcanology, the study of volcanoes.

DISCOVERY HARBOUR/NĀ‘ĀLEHU COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM meets Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Discovery Harbour Community Hall. The public is invited to come see what C.E.R.T. is about as well as participate in training scenarios. For more, contact Dina Shisler by emailing dinashisler24@yahoo.com or calling 410-935-8087.

Dr. Peter Vitousek talks about agriculture in pre-contact Hawai‘i and
Pacific Societies at After Dark in the Park on Tuesday.
PACIFIC ISLANDS AS MODELS FOR CULTURE, AGRICULTURE AND SUSTAINABILITY is the After Dark in the Park talk this Tuesday, Dec. 12,  at 7 p.m. in the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
     Dr. Peter Peter Vitousek explains how innovative agricultural systems of pre-contact Hawai‘i connect to Pacific societies in the past, present and future and how Hawai‘i and other Polynesian islands are used as models for living more sustainably. Free, park entrance fees apply. For more see nps.gov/HAVO.

REGISTER KEIKI, GRADES K-8, UNTIL TUESDAY, Dec. 12, for a Hanging Santa Craft Class that takes place Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. For more or to register, call Nona Makuakane/Elijah Navarro at 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

PĀHALA SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT PUBLIC MEETINGS will be held by the Department of Environmental Management on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 12, 13 and 14. The county and its consultants are expected to discuss the proposed site, the type of sewage treatment plant, costs to the community and a timeline. The meetings are set for:
     Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Ka‘ū District Gym Multipurpose Conference Room;
     Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Pāhala Community Center;
     Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center;
     Thursday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Ka‘ū District Gym Multipurpose Conference Room;
     Thursday, Dec. 14, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center.
     For more information, contact Berna Cabacungan of Earthplan at eplan1@aol.com, Department of Environmental Management at 961-8339, or Iris Cober at the Brown and Caldwell Maui office at 808-442-3300.
     The consultants sent out stamped return post cards to those homeowners currently on the old Brewer sewage system in order for them to R.S.V.P. Separate meetings will be planned for the Nā‘ālehu Wastewater Treatment Plant plan.

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REGISTER KEIKI, GRADES K-5, UNTIL WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, for the Annual Christmas Coloring Contest that takes place Thursday, Dec. 14, starting at 5 p.m., at Ka‘ū District Gym. For more or to register, call Nona Makuakane/Elijah Navarro at 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

REGISTER KEIKI, AGES 6-12, UNTIL WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, for a Holiday Collage Wreath Class that takes place Friday, Dec. 15, from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., at Kahuku Park (H.O.V.E.). For more, call Teresa Anderson at 929-9113 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

Ka‘ohu Monfort will share Lā‘au Lapa‘au at Kīlauea Visitor Center.
NPS photo by Steinkamp
THE DENTAL VAN COMES TO ST. JUDE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH to serve the community on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Call 939-7000 or visit St. Jude's at 92-8606 Paradise Circle, Ocean View.

HAWAIIAN HERBAL MEDICINE PRACTITIONER KA‘OHU MONFORT demonstrates the power of local plants to nourish and heal on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. The program, Lā‘au Lapa‘au, takes place on the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. See and touch a variety of traditional medicinal plants. Free, park entrance fees apply. For more visit nps.gov/HAVO.

JOIN AUNTIE LINDA OF TŪTŪ & ME FOR STORY TIME at Nā‘ālehu Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more details, call 929-857.

THE MEDICAL VAN SERVES THE COMMUNITY at St. Jude's Episcopal Church on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 939-7000 or visit St. Jude's at 92-8606 Paradise Circle, Ocean View.

"A GILBERT & SULLIVAN CHRISTMAS CAROL," a Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network musical production, is presented Thursday, Dec. 14, through Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m. at Kīlauea Military Camp Theater in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 per senior/student, and $12 per child. For more information call 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com. Park entrance fees apply.

HULA & OLI WITH KAHO‘OKELE CRABBE is the feature of Aloha Friday on Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Volcano Art Center. Learn the basics of hula, Hawaiian language and chant. For more visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-7565.

‘IKE HANA NO‘EAU (Experience the Skillful Work), a free Hawaiian cultural demonstration is offered Friday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Kahuku Unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

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.
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