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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Ka`ū News Briefs Sunday, August 12, 2018

The preservation of Waikapuna, under consideration by the County Council, faces opposition from Sandra Demoruelle,
who wants the county to first consider part of the property for the Nā`ālehu wastewater site. See story, below. 
Others testified last week that they want preservation efforts to go forward -- see tomorrow's Ka`ū News Briefs
Photo from facebook.com/tplhawaii
FINAL NUMBERS FROM THE PRIMARY ELECTION on Saturday are released. In races impacting Miloli`i through Ka`ū to Volcano:
     Maile David received 3,068 to Yumi Kawano's 499 and Richard Abbett's 422, sending David back to the County Council after the nonpartisan race.
Fred Fogel
     Richard Onishi, a Democrat, received 2,997 votes versus Raina Whiting's 2,456 in the east Ka`ū into Hilo state House of Representatives race. In the General Election, Onishi faces Libertarian Fred Fogel, who received 16 votes.
     Richard Creagan, a Democrat, received 2,359 votes to Jeanné Kapela's 1,872 and Bucky Leslie's 447. He stays in the west Ka`ū into Kona House of Representatives seat as there is no competitor in the General Election.
     Dru Kanuha, a Democrat, received 4,322 votes to Brenda Ford's 3,600 in the race for east Ka`ū through Kona's state Senator. He faces Michael Last, the Libertarian who received 19 votes.
     In the Governor's race, David Ige won the Democratic nomination statewide, at 124,533 to Colleen Hanabusa's 107,585. However, in the County of Hawai`i, Ige took 17,714 votes to Hanabusa's 17,863 votes. The winning Republican Andria Tupola won the Republican nomination, with 2,149 votes in Hawai`i County, 17,284 statewide.
Michael Last
     In the Lt. Governor's race, Josh Green, a Democrat, won statewide with 74,825 votes to Jill Takuda's 68,107. The Republican winner Marissa Kerns received 9,749 votes. In Hawai`i County, Green took 19,805 to Takuda's 6,992 votes. Republican Kerns won the vote statewide at 9,750. Lipscomb took Hawai`i County with 1,539 to Kern's 1,436.
     Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat, had no opposition in the primary, receiving 201,611 votes. The Republican winner, Ron Curtis, received 6,366 votes. In Hawai`i County, Hirono took 32,373 votes, while Curtis took 1,047.
     Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, won with 94,637 votes statewide. In Hawai`i County she won 30,395. The Republican Brian Evans won with 12,332 votes statewide and 3,498 in Hawai`i County.

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VOTES BY PRECINCT ARE RELEASED by the state elections division:
Andria Tupola
     At Volcano Precinct, 456 voters mailed in their ballots, 66 walked in ahead of election day, and 440 voted on election Day. The total number of voters was 962 out of the 1,953 registered. In the race for state House of Representatives, 241 voted for Onishi and 588 for Whiting. Whiting received 290 votes on election day and Onishi received 80. The early walk in voting gave Onishi 23 votes to Whiting's 40. Mail in ballots gave Onishi 138 votes to Whiting's 258. Ige beat Hanabusa, 522 to 410. Green won over Tokuda, with Carvalho and Iwamoto following.
     At Pāhala Precinct, 175 voters mailed in their ballots, 35 walked in ahead of election day, and 108 voted on election Day. The total number of voters was 318 out of the 840 registered. In the race for state House of Representatives, 161 voted for Onishi and 119 for Whiting. Whiting received 48 votes on election day and Onishi received 42. The early walk in voting gave Onishi 17 votes to Whiting's 13. Mail in ballots gave Onishi 102 votes to Whiting's 58. Hanabusa won over Ige, 161 to 116. Green won over his contenders.
     At Nā`ālehu precinct, 342 voters mailed in their ballots, 21 walked in ahead of election day, and 201 voted on election Day. The total number of voters was 564 out of the 1,444 registered. In the race for state House of Representatives, 260 voted for Ford and 197 voted for Kanuha. Ford received 99 votes on election day and Kanuha received 64. The early walk in voting gave Ford 14 votes to Kanuha's 5. Mail in ballots gave Ford 147 votes to Kanuha's 128. Hanabusa won over Ige, 229 to 194. Green won over his contenders.
     At Ocean View precinct, 400 voters mailed in their ballots, 29 walked in ahead of election day, and 337 voted on election Day. The total number of voters was 766 out of the 2,219 registered. In the race for state House of Representatives, 425 voted for Ford and 219 voted for Kanuha. Ford received 149 votes on election day and Kanuha received 104. The early walk in voting gave Ford 16 votes to Kanuha's 10. Mail in ballots gave Ford 197 votes to Kanuha's 105. Hanabusa won over Ige, 315 to 235. Green won over his contenders.
Marissa Kerns
     At Miloli`i precinct, 128 voters mailed in their ballots, 14 walked in ahead of election day, and 99 voted on election Day. The total number of voters was 241 out of the 677 registered. In the race for state House of Representatives, 120 voted for Ford and 79 voted for Kanuha. Ford received 59 votes on election day and Kanuha received 27. The early walk in voting gave Ford 7 votes to Kanuha's 4. Mail in ballots gave Ford 54 votes to Kanuha's 48. Ige won over Hanabusa, 108 to 93. Green won over his contenders.

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THREE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS INCUMBENT trustees were reelected yesterday. They are John Waihee IV, Lei Ahu Isa, and Rowena Akana.

Ron Curtis
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63 PERCENT CONTAINMENT for the Keauhou fire today, stable at 3,739 acres, says a report from Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. The fire -- mostly on the northeastern slopes of Mauna Loa, and mostly within the park -- has slowed, thanks to continued favorable weather and progress by 117 firefighters. The favorable weather -- cooler temperatures with light-to-moderate tradewinds -- is expected to last through tomorrow.
     Firefighters continue to strengthen existing firelines and patrol for hot spots along the eastern edge of the fire. The southern edge, south of the Kīpuka Kī Special Ecological Area, is still being secured. Additional firelines are being made on the northern and western parts of the fire.
Brian Evans
     The fire remains about one mile north of Highway 11.
     For updates, more information, and photos, visit inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6114. Rangers and firefighters say they are thankful for the continued support from the community.

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A GROUP OPPOSING A NEW WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT NEXT TO NĀ`ĀLEHU SCHOOL, led by Sandra Demoruelle, is opposing the project in several ways.
     A petition is posted online. Named after Demoruelle's great grandson, a first grade student at Nā`ālehu Elementary, the petition is called Daniel's `Ohana and has this to say: "The County of Hawai`i has been trying to close the illegal large-capacity cesspools in Ka`ū since 2004, but ended up with proposing placing a full-size secondary sewage treatment plant with four open sewage lagoons adjoining the Nā`ālehu Elementary School."
     The petition asks the county for a a legislative fiscal and performance audit of the process of attempting to close the large capacity cesspools, an effort that has been taking place since 2007 when septic tanks were considered an appropriate solution. Since then the approach has changed, and a lagoon style system was planned.
     Comments on the petition site oppose a sewage treatment plant close to the school. One anonymous commenter calls it, "of course, a stupid idea." Jeudi J. states it "is totally wrong and can't be healthy for the kids." Julie and Thomas P. say, "While closing the large-capacity cesspools is long overdue, locating the alternative directly adjacent to the school with no EIS available for public scrutiny seems like the worst possible solution. It is imperative that we get this right the first time."
Site 29 is the location most opposed by Nā`ālehu residents for the proposed wastewater treatment site, as it is
next door to Nā`ālehu Elementary School.
     In the meantime, following a series of public meetings in which parents, teachers, and administrators from the school objected to placing a wastewater treatment plant next to the campus, the county has been looking for an alternate site.
     Demoruelle identified a possible site on Waikapuna property, makai of Hwy 11. It is 2,013 acres under consideration by the county for conservation. She testified at the recent Public Access, Open Space, and Natural Resources Commission meeting, asking the county to refrain from purchasing Waikapuna lands, until the wastewater treatment site is settled.
     She has filed complaints with government agencies, contending the county is failing to follow legal procedures in its planning and selection of the site, including environmental statutes and the frequency of public input in decision making. She also stated that she is afraid the lagoon style treatment plant -- designed to use oxygen, microbes, plants and trees to treat effluent -- could pose a risk for children drowning.
     According to the county's presentation on the project, no matter where they would be located, treatment lagoons would be fenced.
     In addition, Demoruelle writes that septic tanks would be a more affordable option than lagoon treatment. The county, which took over the operation of the old sugar plantation sewer lines and gang cesspools is under orders to replace them, as they are now illegal under federal law.
    
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KA`Ū TROJANS FALL SPORTS SCHEDULE
Football:
   Fri, Aug 17, 10am, Scrimmage @ Kea`au
   Sat, Aug 25, 10am, Scrimmage @ Waiakea
   Thu, Sept 6, 6pm, @ Pāhoa
   Sat, Sept 15, 1pm, @ Kohala
   Sat, Sept 22, 3:30pm, host Lanai @ Kea`au
Girls Volleyball:
   Tue, Aug 14, 6pm, host Waiakea
   Fri, Aug 24, 6pm, @ Mauna Lani
   Wed, Aug 29, 6pm, @ Hilo
   Fri, Aug 31, Kamehameha Tourney
   Sat, Sept 1, Kamehameha Tourney
   Wed, Sept 5, 6pm, host Pāhoa
   Wed, Sept 12, 6pm, @ Christian Liberty
   Fri, Sept 14, @ Kamehameha
   Mon, Sept 17, 6pm, host Lapahoehoe
   Wed, Sept 19, 6pm, host Kohala
   Thu, Sept 20, 6pm, @ Honoka`a
   Tue, Sept 25, 6pm, @ HPA
   Fri, Sept 28, 6pm, host Kona
Cross Country:
   Sat, Aug 25, @ CLA (preseason)
   Sat, Sept 1, 10am, @ HPA
   Sat, Sept 8, 10am, @ Kamehameha
   Sat, Sept 15, 10am, Kea`au
   Sat, Sept 22, 9am, @ HPA

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NEW and UPCOMING
PĀHALA COMMUNITY CENTER OFFERS SIX FREE ARTS AND CRAFTS ACTIVITIES on Wednesdays (excluding August 29), from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., over the next two months, for keiki in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
   - On August 15, keiki can make a Straw Beaded Bracelet. Register through August 14. On August 22, keiki are invited to make Silhoutte Art. Register August 16 through 21.
   - On September 5, in observance of Grandparents Day, keiki can make a Craft Stick Puzzle Hanging. Register August 30 through September 4.
   - On September 12, keiki are invited to make a Dove Foldable For Peace. Register September 4 through 11.
   - On September 19, keiki can make Handprint Tree Art. Register September 13 through 18.
   - On September 26, keiki are invited to make a Beaded Wind Chime. Register September 19 through 25.
     For more, call 928-3102 or visit the community center during business hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m., or Friday, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.
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MONDAY, AUGUST 13
Ka`ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon, Aug 13 and 27, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. A parent-led homeschool activity/social group building community in Ka`ū. Contact prior to attending to confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14
C.E.R.T. Discovery Harbour/Nā`ālehu, Tue, Aug 14, 4-6pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Public invited to see what Community Emergency Response Team is about, and participate in training scenarios. Dina Shisler, dinashisler24@yahoo.com, 410-935-8087

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15
Ocean View Community Association Board Meeting, Wed, Aug 15, 12:30pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
Story Time with Auntie Linda from Tūtū & Me, Thu, Aug 16, 10:30-noon, Nā`ālehu Public Library. 929-8571

Hawai`i Disability Legal Services, Thu, Aug 16, 9-noon, Ocean View Community Center. ovcahi.org, 939-7033, ovcahawaii@gmail.com

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka`ū, Thu, Aug 16, 6:30pm, United Methodist Church in Nā`ālehu. Pres. Berkley Yoshida, 747-0197

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
Hawai`i Wildlife Fund Kamilo Beach Clean-up and Debris Survey, Fri, Aug 17, contact in advance for meet up time at Wai`ōhinu Park. Pending volcanic activity/air quality. Space limited. Free; donations appreciated. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, wildhawaii.org

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
Volcano Forest Runs Race Day, Sat, Aug 18; 7 am - 1/2 Marathon, 7:45 am - 5k, 8 am - 10k, 10 am - Keiki Runs. Volcano Village, start and finish at Cooper Center on Wright Road. Fees: 5K - $35, 10K - $55, 1/2 Marathon - $95. See pre-registration fees online. No race day registration for 1/2 Marathon. Race Director Sharron Faff, 967-8240. volcanorainforestruns.com

Pancake Breakfast & Raffle, Sat, Aug 18, 8-11am, Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org.

Paths and Trails, Sat, Aug 18, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately-difficult, 2-mile hike with some of the most spectacular overlooks in Kahuku. Discover the ways people, animals, and plants got to Kahuku and the paths they followed. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Hands-On Fermented Foods Workshop: Pickled Veggies & Yogurt with Jasmine Silverstein, HeartBeet Foods, Sat, Aug 18, 10-1pm, Volcano Art Center. $50/VAC Members, $55/non-Member. Pre-registration required. Supplies and organic ingredients provided. No cooking skills necessary. heartbeetfoods.com. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Meeting, Sat, Aug 18, 10-1pm, Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting/training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hula Kahiko - Kumu Hula Iwalani Kalima with Hālau Kou Lima Nani E, Sat, Aug 18, 10:30-11:30am, hula platform near Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Hula performance. Free. Desiree, 987-7288, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mea Hula - Kumu Hula Kaho`okele Crabbe and Halauolaokalani, Sat, Aug 18, 11-1pm, Volcano Art Center Ni`aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Hands on cultural demonstration. Free. Desiree, 987-7288, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Bunco & Potluck, Sat, Aug 18, 6pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Popular game played with nine dice. Bring dish to share. Margie Hack, 541-954-8297

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
People & Land of Kahuku, Sun, Aug 19, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Guided, 2.5-mile, moderately difficult hike over rugged terrain focuses on the area’s human history. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

ONGOING
Cross County Assistant Coach Needed for Ka`ū Trojans, says Coach Erin Cole. The Boys & Girls team starts running Aug 25. Contact Cole for more, or if interested in applying, at erinlcole@hotmail.com.

5th Annual Volcano Winery Harvest Festival tickets on sale for event on Sun, Sept 9. Benefit for Volcano School of Arts and Sciences. Music, food, wine, and raffle. $40/adult (21+). 967-7772, volcanowinery.com


5th Annual Ka`ū Coffee Trail Run Registration Open, online at webscorer.com/register?raceid=128145. Fees before Aug 13: 5K, $30/person; 10K, $40/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $50/person. As of Aug 13: 5K, $35/person; 10K, $45/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $55/person. Race Day Sat, Sept 22, 7 a.m.; begins and ends at Ka`ū Coffee Mill, kaucoffeemill.com. Event organizers: `O Ka`ū Kākou, okaukakou.org.

Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool's New, Temporary, Nā`ālehu Site Location is Kauaha`ao Church in Wai`ōhinu. Meeting days and times remain the same: Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Pāhala site program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Both Nā`ālehu and Pāhala site programs resumed August 7 and 8.
     Tūtū and Me also offers home visits to those with keiki zero to five years old, to aid with parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Free. Visits last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, total of 12 visits. Snacks are provided.
     To enroll in either program, fill out enrollment forms found at pidf.org/programs/tutu_and_me/enrollment_forms, or call Linda Bong at 464-9634. Questions: Clark at 929-8571 or eclark@pidfountation.org.

Harmony Educational Services, Home Based Educational Programs - Open Enrollment through Oct 15; harmonyed.com/hawaii. Partnered with four local public charter schools, Harmony offers benefits of homeschooling with resources available to public schools. Interested families can also contact Rayna Williams at rwilliams@harmonyed.com or 430-9798.

Disaster Recovery Center open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Kea`au High School Gym. See information applicants need to bring, or register online, at DisasterAssistance.gov. Salvation Army distribution center at Pāhoa Community Center on Tue, Thu, and Sat, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. To donate, contact 756-0306.

Volunteers Needed by St. Jude's Episcopal Church for Sat community outreach, especially soup cooks and shower organizers. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's. Contact Dave Breskin, 319-8333.

Ocean View Vet Center Visits Suspended until further notice. Veterans, call 329-0574 for VA benefit information. ovcahi.org

Find Your Park, invites Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, to kama`aina and tourist alike. Experience authentic Hawaiian cultural programs, guided hikes, After Dark events, and more from Ka`ū to Volcano to Hilo, while the partial closure of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park continues.
     Free of charge, with no entry fees, rangers offer new and familiar programs at Kahuku Unit, Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus, and Mokupāpapa Discovery Center and Prince Kūhio Plaza in Hilo.
Kahuku Unit
     Kahuku events are posted to the park website, nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/kahuku-hikes.htm.
     Regularly scheduled Guided Hikes, monthly Coffee Talk, daily Ranger Talks, with cultural demonstrations and activities on weekends.
     Guided Hikes on Saturdays and Sundays begin at 9:30 a.m. Meet the ranger at the welcome tent.
     Coffee Talkheld the last Friday of the month, 9:30-11 a.m., at the Visitor Contact Station.
     Ranger Talks on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., at the Visitor Contact Station.
     `Ike Hana No`eau: Experience the Skillful Work Cultural Demonstrations and ActivitiesSaturdays and Sundays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Visitor Contact Station.
Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus
     Find Park Rangers in Volcano Village daily, at the Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus at 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd. Rangers are there 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide talks and answer questions about the current eruption.
     After Dark …near the park at the Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus. Each event will have a different subject matter.
Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
     Find Park Rangers in downtown Hilo, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rangers provide daily eruption updates. At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., they give a talk about all five of Hawai`i Island's volcanoes, including Kīlauea. Get NPS Passport Books stamped. Located at 76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo.
Prince Kūhio Plaza
     Find Park Rangers alongside the park's non-profit partner, Hawai`i Pacific Parks Association, at their brand new mall store.
Grand Naniloa Hotel
     Find Park Rangers stationed at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in downtown Hilo on Sundays and Mondays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Rangers provide eruption updates at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The park film that is normally available to visitors at Kīlauea Visitor Center at the Summit, Born of Fire, Born in the Sea, is shown every half-hour beginning at 9:30 a.m.
     Park rangers also greet incoming arrivals at the Hilo International Airport, welcome cruise ship passengers as they disembark at the Port of Hilo, and inform visitors at `Imiloa Astronomy Center most Sundays.

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