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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.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs Thursday, September 13, 2018

Crew members of Hikianalia, Hōkūleʻa's sister canoe, bundled up - mostly - as they cross the Pacific, nearing 
San Francisco. Gov. David Ige is set to meet up with the vessel after attending the Global Climate Action Summit.
See story below. Photo from Polynesian Voyaging Society/Hye Jung Kim
TROPICAL DEPRESSION OLIVIA, almost 500 miles away from the islands this evening, left a tail of rain, swelling streams in Kaʻū and some thunderstorms in Kona. On Oʻahu, some 10,000 residents received a warning they might have to evacuate their homes should Nuʻuanu Reservoir dam overflow. This evening, public officials called off the emergency as pumps continue to reduce the water level in the reservoir.
After the tail of Olivia dragged rain across Kaʻū today, Kaʻū Coffee trees
 stand strong below the misty mountains. Photo by Julia Neal
     On Maui, some residents returned to flooded valleys where some taro farms, homes and cars washed away. Gov. David Ige received disaster declaration approval from the federal government before Hurricane Olivia arrived as a Tropical Storm, crossing Maui and Lanaʻi yesterday.

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GOV. DAVID IGE AND LEADERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD ARE ATTENDING THE GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT this week in San Francisco. Ige will participate in climate action panels, workshops, tours, exhibits, and other special events. One of the hot topics is the reduction of fossil fuel emissions worldwide, according to statement from the governor's office.
     Participants will strategize on Health Energy Systemes, Inclusive Economic Growth, Sustainable Communities, Land and Ocean Stewardship and Transformative Climate Investments.
     Also attending are former Vice President Al Gore, House Democratic Leader Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment program Erik Solheim, Vice-Chair of Conservation International Harrison Ford, Primatologist Jane Goodall, and Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
     While in San Francisco, Ige will also take part in Sunday's arrival ceremony for Hikianalia, the sister canoe to the Hōkūleʻa.
     The governor is traveling with one staff member, the release says. Lt. Gov. Doug Chin will serve as acting governor until Ige returns to Hawaiʻi on Sunday, Sept. 16, reports Ige's office.

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WITHIN 60 DAYS OF THE GENERAL ELECTION, CANDIDATES HAVE TO BE CAREFUL TO REPORT ADS FOR THEIR CAMPAIGNS within 24 hours after buying them. The rule, only recently enforced, applies to all ads purchased after a candidate spends more than $2,000 in the calendar year.
     For the August Primary Election, dozens of candidates, including Kaʻū contenders Rep. Richard Onishi, Jeanné Kapela, and Brenda Ford, were penalized. Ford was strapped with $250, Kapela with $166.67, and Onishi with $583.33. Eleven other Hawaiʻi candidates on the ballot in Hawaiʻi County were charged fines, with Sen. Lorraine Inouye levied a $3,333.33 penalty. In total, more than 80 candidates statewide were fined for the Primary.
     Executive Director of the state Campaign Spending Commission, Kristin Izumi-Nitao, told West Hawaiʻi Today that the commission made every effort to educate candidates about the rule, with some 100 first-time candidates running in the Primary Election.
     The rule applies to newspaper, television, and radio ads, mailers, and internet ads, including boosted Facebook posts. They all must be reported to the commission within 24 hours in the 30 days before a Primary and the 60 days before a General Election. Each ad can acquire a $500 fine if not filed for within 24 hours of placing the ad, and $250 if filed late, no matter how small the cost of the purchase - sometimes only a few dollars for a boosted Facebook post.
Rep. Richard Creagan's expenditures on a graph, as an example. Reporting of
campaign funds is crucial for transparency in the election process.
Graph from data.hawaii.gov 
     The commission is accepting settlements from candidates, reducing the fine by two thirds for first time offenders, and half for second time offenders, according to the West Hawaiʻi Today story.
     Another rule, with enforcement beginning on Aug. 20, requires that all candidate committees and non-candidate committees, including Super PACs and ballot issue committees, place advertisement disclaimers on all advertising, including postcards, brochures, signs and banners. Failure will result in an administrative fine.
     A statement from the Campaign Spending Commission explains: "By law, any political advertisement that is broadcast, televised, circulated, published, distributed, or otherwise communicated, including by electronic means, shall: (1) Contain the name and address of the candidate, candidate committee, noncandidate committee, or other person paying for the advertisement; (2) Contain a notice in a prominent location stating either that the advertisement has not been approved by the candidate or has the approval and authority of the candidate (unless the advertisement was paid for by a candidate, candidate committee, or ballot issue committee); and (3) Not contain false information about the time, date, place, or means of voting."

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, on the floor of
the House today, condemning
the Trump Administration for their
actions regarding Syria. Photo
from Gabbard's YouTube
 
U.S. REP. TULSI GABBARD CONDEMNED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION today, speaking on the House floor, calling on Congress to condemn the administration's protection of al-Qaeda in Idlib, Syria.
     Gabbard said: "Two days ago, President Trump and Vice President Pence delivered solemn speeches about the attacks on 9/11, talking about how much they care about the victims of al-Qaeda's attack on our country. But they are now standing up to protect the 20,000 to 40,000 al-Qaeda and other jihadist forces in Syria, and threatening Russia, Syria, and Iran with military force if they dare attack these terrorists.
     "This is a betrayal of the American people, especially the victims of al-Qaeda's attack on 9/11 and their families, first responders, and my brothers and sisters in uniform who have been killed or wounded in action and their families. For the President, who is Commander in Chief, to act as the protective big brother of al-Qaeda and other jihadists must be condemned by every Member of Congress."
Map from NPR
     Earlier this year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard questioned Secretary of Defense James Mattis on President Trump's lack of authority to attack Syria without Congressional authorization. To date, Syria does not pose a direct threat to the United States, and Congress has not authorized the use of force or declared war against the Syrian Government, contends the statement from Gabbard.

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SEED FEST ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, will promote conversations on the hows and whys of growing seeds specifically adapted for Hawaiʻi. Check out variety trials in progress, learn how to conduct successful trials, talk story with local seed growers, and meet others in the community interested in improving local food security, says an announcement from organizers.
      The West Hawaiʻi location will be in Honalō at Kawanui Farm from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -  only eight tickets left. The East Hawaiʻi location is in Pāhoa at Milk and Honey Farm, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Attendees of last year's Seed Fest. Photo from Seed Fest
     Event tickets are $8 each. Register online at kohalacenter.eventbrite.com or by calling The Kohala Center at 808-887-6411. Site addresses and directions will be provided upon completion of registration.
     Local seeds will be available for fall planting. The Hawaiʻi Seed Growers Network produces a wide variety of seeds naturally adapted for Hawaiʻi's diverse growing conditions. Order seeds online at hawaiiseedgrowersnetwork.com. Seeds cannot be shipped outside of Hawaiʻi.

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A WILL AND ESTATE SEMINAR is being offered as a special community event at Nāʻālehu Assembly of God on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chuck Knocks is the Vice President of Advancement/Planned giving at Church Extension Plan and has more than two-decades of experience helping Christians become effective stewards of the resources that God has given them.
     This seminar will help attendees understand the importance of preparing for the future, says the announcement. The goal is to help individuals take a closer look at their own estate and the options available to them. "Learn biblical principles of stewardship and how to apply them to their live and provide for their family in the future. Don't leave your Legacy to Chance!"
     A new recurring event is Filipino Sunday, held at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. Call Minda Brown 808-640-4742 for more. Special Speakers in November on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. include Police Chaplain Renee Godoy on the 4th, Pastor Damien Shrinski from Kurtistown on the 11th, and Pastor Ricky Eilerman from Nāʻālehu on the 18th. For more information call 808-929-7278.

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DRAGONFRUIT AND AVACADO GROWERS can provide information on their pesticide and biopesticide needs by taking a survey for Hawaiʻi’s IR-4 Program, run by the University of Hawaiʻi’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.  The response, says a release from CTAHR, will help ensure that needs of Hawaiʻi growers are met by directing resources and funds in through prioritizing and supporting the industry.
     The surveys are anonymous. If a grower grows both fruits, please fill out both surveys. Avocado growers, https://bit.ly/2CNp9e7. Dragonfruit growers, https://bit.ly/2NA4hv3. The surveys close Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
KAʻŪ TROJANS FALL SPORTS SCHEDULE
Football:
   Sat., Sept. 15, 1pm, @ Kohala
   Sat., Sept. 22, 3:30pm, host Lanai @ Keaʻau
   Sat., Sept. 29, 11am, host Pāhoa
   Sat, Oct 6, 12pm, host Kohala
   Sat, Oct 13, BIIF Semi-Finals at Kamehameha
Girls Volleyball:
   Fri., Sept. 14, @ Kamehameha
   Mon., Sept. 17, 6pm, host Lapahoehoe
   Wed., Sept. 19, 6pm, host Kohala
   Thu., Sept. 20, 6pm, @ Honokaʻa
   Tue., Sept. 25, 6pm, @ HPA
   Fri., Sept. 28, 6pm, host Kona
   Mon., Oct. 1, 6pm, host HAAS
   Tues, Oct 2, 6pm, @ Kealakehe
   Fri, Oct 5, 6pm, host Keaʻau
   Wed, Oct 10, 6pm, @ Parker
   Fri, Oct 12, 6pm, host St. Joseph
Cross Country:
   Sat., Sept. 15, 10am, Keaʻau
   Sat., Sept. 22, 9am, @ HPA
   Fri., Sept. 28, 6pm, host Kona
   Mon., Oct. 1, 6pm, host HAAS
   Sat, Oct 6, 2pm, @ Kealakehe
   Sat, Oct 13, BYE

NEW and UPCOMING
ALLISON LEIALOHA MILHAM IS SEPTEMBER ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a program held in collaboration with The National Parks Arts Foundation. The songwriter and book artist is originally from California, but is of Hawaiian descent and has family ties to the island. She performs Friday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m., at the Park's Kahuku Unit.
September Artist in Residence at Hawai‘i Volcanoes
National Park, Allison Leialoha Milham. NPS photo
     Milham is a professional musician, who also has an advanced degree in book arts from The University of Alabama. "She has combined these two areas in an unusual project combining research, printing, bookbinding, and recordings of the compositions of Hawai‘i’s beloved last Queen," states the release from Hawai‘i Volcanoes. Milham's record and letterpress printed project, Uluhaimalama: Legacies of Lili‘uokalani, is a selection of some of the 200 compositions that Lili‘uokalani and others composed while under house arrest and smuggled out.
     For her public event, Milham plans on playing some of her own music as well as the Queen's, accompanied by the ‘ukulele and her keyboard. This event is free and open to the public. For more, call 985-6000.
     While at the park, Milham says she will focus mostly on songwriting, states the release. "My goal will be to complete three to four new songs, which will eventually be released as a seven song record with accompanying hand printed and bound artwork," Milham says. "Though my focus will be on the songwriting, I think I'll also be inspired to do some sketching and mockups of the design while immersed in the beauty of the park and my experience being there."
     Milham's work is held in multiple public collections including Yale University Arts Library and The Library of Congress, and is represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers and Brooklyn in New York City.
     The Artist In Residence program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, and other generous benefactors. The National Park Arts Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the national parks through creating dynamic opportunities for artwork based in the natural and historic heritage of America. All National Park Arts Foundation programs are made possible through the philanthropic support of donors. Visit nationalparksartsfoundation.org for details.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 14
Free Community Dance, Fri., Sept. 14, 7-10pmCooper CenterVolcano Village. Minors allowed with supervision only. Alcohol-free event. Variety of music. Coffee, tea, water, and snack provided. Free admission; donations appreciated. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15
Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund "Get the Drift and Bag It" International Coastal Cleanup, Sat., Sept. 15, contact in advance for meet up time at Waiʻōhinu Park. 4WD needed, some space available but limited. RSVP. Free; donations appreciated. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, wildhawaii.org

Palm Trail, Sat., Sept. 15, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, 2.6-mile loop traverses scenic pastures along an ancient cinder cone, with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer. nps.gov/HAVO

John D. Dawson Studio Sale, Sat.-Sun., Sept. 15-16, 10-3pmVolcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Sale includes original acrylic and watercolor paintings, rough sketches, and pen and ink drawings from decades of work as a well-known professional illustrator. Special preview to VAC members Fri., Sept. 14, 4-6pm. Contact Emily C. Weiss, 967-8222, or visit volcanoartcenter.org.

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Meeting, Sat., Sept. 15, 10-1pmOcean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team Monthly meeting/training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hula Kahiko - Paul Neves w/ Hula Hālau Kou Lima Nani E, Sat., Sept. 15, 10:30-11:30am, hula platform near Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Hula performance. Free. Desiree, 987-7288, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mea Hula w/ Loke Kamanu and ʻOhana, Sat., Sept. 15, 11-1pm, Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Hands-on cultural demonstration. Free. Desiree, 987-7288, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Potluck and Dance, Sat., Sept. 15, 5:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Live music by Shootz Band. BYOBeverage. $5/ticket. Register at office by Sept. 12. Discovery Harbour Community Association, 929-9576

Bunco and Potluck, Sat., Sept. 15, 6pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Popular game played with nine dice, also known as Bonko or Bunko. Bring dish to share. Margie Hack, 541-954-8297

SUNDAY, SEPT. 16
Kaʻū ʻOhana Day: Picnic In The Park, Sun., Sept. 16, 12-3pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park; entrance near 70.5 mile marker on Hwy 11). Family-friendly event. Shave ice, food vendors, children's activities, hula, and music. nps.gov/HAVO

MONDAY, SEPT. 17
Discovery Harbour Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Mon., Sept. 17, 5-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18
Hawaiʻi County Council Meetings, Tue./Wed., Sept. 18 (Committees)/19 (Council), Kona. Kaʻū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nāʻālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

Wonderful World of Wine and Watercolor, Tue., Sept. 18, 4-7pmVolcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Artist Nancy DeLucrezia shows how to transfer a photo onto watercolor paper and introduces basic techniques in watercolor painting. Sampling of several wines from wine store "Grapes" in Hilo. $30/VAC member, $35/non-members, plus $17 supply fee. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19
Ocean View Community Association Board Meeting, Wed., Sept. 19, 12:30pmOcean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Arts and Crafts Activity: Friendship Bracelets, Wed., Sept. 19, 3-4pm, Kahuku Park, Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. For all ages. Register Sept. 10-14. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Arts and Crafts Activity: Handprint Tree Art, Wed., Sept. 19, 3:30-5pm, Pāhala Community Center. For keiki in grades K-8. Register Sept. 13-18. Free. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20
Hawaiʻi Disability Legal Services, Thu., Sept. 20, 9-noon, Ocean View Community Center. ovcahi.org, 939-7033, ovcahawaii@gmail.com

ONGOING
5th Annual Kaʻū Coffee Trail Run Registration Open, online at webscorer.com/register?raceid=128145. Fees through Sept. 20: 5K, $55/person; 10K, $65/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $75/person. On Race Day, $75 per person, any race. Race Day is Sat., Sept. 22, 7 a.m.; begins and ends at Kaʻū Coffee Mill, kaucoffeemill.com. Event organizers: ʻO Kaʻū Kākou, okaukakou.org.

Activities at Kahuku Park - within Hawaiian Ocean View Estates - over the next two months, include two physical activities, three arts and crafts activities, and a Park Beautification Day.
     For all ages:
     - Friendship Bracelets: Wed., Sept. 19, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration open through Sept. 14.
     - Park Beautification Day: Fri., Sept. 28, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Registration open Sept. 19 through 26.
     Activities are free to attend. For more, call Teresa Anderson at 929-9113 or visit the park during business hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

Free Arts and Crafts Activities at Pāhala Comunity Center happen on Wednesdays in September, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., through the end of Sept., for keiki in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
     - Sept. 19: Handprint Tree Art. Register through Sept. 18.
     - Sept. 26: Beaded Wind Chime. Register Sept. 19 through 25.
     For more, call 928-3102 or visit the community center during business hours: Monday-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.

Volunteers Needed by St. Jude's Episcopal Church for community outreach, especially soup cooks and shower organizers, towel laundry, alter guild, and for the computer lab. Volunteers do not have to be members of the church. "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.

Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschools Temporary Nāʻālehu Location is Kauahaʻao Church in Waiʻōhinu. Meeting days and times remain the same: Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Pāhala site program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Pāhala Community Center.
     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 Closes Sept. 29. Open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Pāhoa Neighborhood Center at 15-3022 Kauhale St. Survivors who have left the area, call 800-621-3362.

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