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Friday, November 30, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs, Friday, November 30, 2018

Hurricane Lane raged through Paʻaʻau Gulch, as seen from the bridge on Hwy 11 near Pāhala on Aug. 24.
Six hurricanes came through the Central Pacific during the 2018 hurricane season that ended today.
Photo by Julia Neal
THE DESTRUCTIVE 2018 HURRICANE SEASON ENDED TODAY, following threats from six hurricanes in the Central Pacific, some of them causing harm to the islands.
     The number of hurricanes in the area was higher than usual - the average is four to five. The last four years varied wildly with 16 cyclones in 2015, seven in 2016, two in 2017, and six this year.
     Here are the hurricanes that traveled by in 2018: Hurricane Hector, Aug. 6 - 15, passed south of Hawaiʻi Island. Hurricane Lane, Aug. 18 - 28, threatened Hawaiʻi Island as a major hurricane, hung off South Point for several days, and passed south. Meriam, Aug. 29 - Sept. 3, turned north before reaching the Islands. Norman, Sept. 4 - 8, also turned north before reaching Hawaiʻi. Olivia, Sept. 7 - 12, was a weak hurricane but made landfall on Maui and Lanaʻi.
Hurricane Lane seen from space. Photo from NASA
     Walaka, Sept. 29 - Oct. 6, came near as a Category 5, made a sharp turn. Walaka tore through the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, drowning French Frigate Shoals, and eliminating East Island, a major birthing place for endangered Hawaiian monk seals, threatened green sea turtles, and endangered and threatened seabirds.
     Bob Ballard, of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, said the 2018 hurricane season brought many violent island threats. He noted that Lane and Walaka were difficult to forecast, just like Hurricane Iniki. All were recurving systems. Forecasters knew they would make a turn, but found it hard to predict the timing.

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A 7.0 EARTHQUAKE JUST NORTH OF ANCHORAGE, Alaska, at 7:39 a.m. today, Friday, prompted a tsunami alert for Cook Inlet but not for Hawaiʻi and the other states. The quake, 25 miles underground, and followed by destructive aftershocks, damaged many buildings, roads, and bridges. The tsunami warning was cancelled. The earthquake was felt within 400 miles of its epicenter.

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Mauka Kea, where the largest telescope on Earth has permission to be built, despite objections on cultural grounds.
HAWAIʻI SUPREME COURT REJECTED RECONSIDERATION OF PERMITS FOR THE THIRTY METER TELESCOPE PLANNED FOR MAUNA KEA. The decision, handed down on Thursday, paves the way for the $1.4 billion project. KAHEA: The Hawaian Environmental Alliance, along with Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, Deborah Ward, Paul Neves, Kealoha Pisciotta, Clarence Kukauakahi Ching, and Flores-Case ʻOhana, filed a motion for the justices to reconsider the case.
     Instead of reconsidering the case, the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court jufhrd changed some footnotes in their original decision handed down on Oct. 30. The footnotes contend that the telescope will not degrade cultural resources because they are already degraded by previous use of the location. Justice Michael Wilson dissented from the majority in both the October and yesterday's decisions.

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NOW IS AN EXCITING TIME AT KĪLAUEA, begins this week's Volcano Watch, a weekly article and activity update written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates:
     This is, without a doubt, the most intellectually exciting time to be a volcanologist at the USGS HVO. The current inactivity at Kīlauea has so many possible outcomes that it is a real challenge to figure out what might happen next. And intellectual challenges are stimulating and exciting.
What is next for Kīlauea Volcano? This is a view of the summit area from the southwest, showing the collapsed area of Halema‘uma‘u and the adjacent caldera floor. A section of Crater Rim Drive preserved on a down-dropped block is visible at the far right. Volcanic gases rising from magma stored beneath the summit continue to escape to the surface, as they have for as long as Kīlauea has existed, resulting in deposits of sulfur on the crater walls. USGS Photo by Don Swanson
     What will happen? New summit lava lake, resumption of eruption at Puʻu ʻŌʻō, lava flows in Puna, further summit collapses, explosive eruptions from the summit, eventual collapse of the entire summit, renewal of caldera filling with lava eventually overtopping the caldera rim, decreased magma supply so that the quiet lingers for years, increased magma supply so that the quiet ends in months, resumption of Mauna Loa activity… or something else?
     Any of those possibilities could happen, and we are challenged by having to weigh all of them and more. And this is hard. No matter how much we may know, the truism remains: there are no facts about the future.
     One thing is clear: It is not the duration of the present quiet period that is so intriguing. There have been many other longer periods in the past 150 years with no lava visible, some lasting years. But those were times when monitoring was sparse and crude, ideas were rudimentary, and the scientific involvement was limited to a small number of generalists.
     Now the monitoring capability is enormous and sophisticated, ideas about what might happen are varied and thoughtful, and the intellectual workforce spans the globe as local scientists receive input in near-real time from specialized, experienced, and insightful colleagues around the world. Much more can be made out of the current quiet than could be done before, and therein lies the challenge.
USGS scientists use an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS, or drone) to fly a 
MultiGas instrument along Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone to 
determine concentrations of volcanic gases in small plumes rising from the 
now inactive fissures. The UAS is barely visible in the distance, just 
to the upper left of fissure 21 (larger cone at right). USGS photo
     With all this firepower, can we get the outcome right, and if we can't – perhaps realistically the most likely outcome – then can we be within striking distance and learn enough to do better the next time? This is exciting stuff!
     Research scientists need intellectual challenges. We are buffeted by daily personal and societal triumphs and failures, as are most people, while at the same time trying to find order in the chaos of the natural world that operates on a 24/7 schedule.
     Creativity is the hallmark of research scientists, and it demands, almost paradoxically, an approach that is both focused on the problem at hand and broad enough to consider as many eventualities and ramifications as we can imagine.
     Creativity is as important to research scientists as it is to artists. Both pursuits are limited by personal ability and the availability of tools of the trade. All artists and research scientists share the same need to come up with something new, to be different in ways that stimulate others to follow new directions or novel ways of thinking. The process of creating is exciting, no matter what the field, and it can lead to enjoyment and enlightenment for society when things fall into place.
     There are differences, however. Creativity for a research scientist is bounded by physical and chemical realities, whereas the artist can pursue supernatural approaches. And, a research scientist strives to adhere to observations, facts, and logical inferences, whereas an artist is free to ignore such constraints.
A close-up of the Unmanned Aircraft System used by USGS 
scientists to measure volcanic gases in remote areas of 
Kīlauea. The fissure 21 cone is visible in the 
far right background. USGS photo
     The writer of this essay is nearing the end of a long eventful research career. It is no exaggeration to say that the current quiet at Kīlauea is the most exciting and challenging research time in 50-plus years of investigating the earth. Younger colleagues might think that's hyperbole, but with time they will realize the marvelous intellectual experience that the inactivity of Kīlauea provided them. Perhaps they will be lucky enough to experience something even more exciting before they hang up their boots. This writer hopes so but is doubtful.
     Opportunities such as 2018 Kīlauea are unusual. When they happen, seize the day!
Volcano Activity Updates
     Kīlauea is not erupting. Low rates of seismicity, deformation, and gas release have not changed significantly over the past week. Deformation signals remain consistent with slow refilling the middle ERZ. At the summit, tiltmeters showed little significant change this week. No Hawaiʻi earthquakes received three or more felt reports this past week.
     Visit HVO's website, volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo for past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa updates, volcano photos, maps, recent earthquake info, and more. Call 808-967-8862 for weekly Kīlauea updates. Email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.

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Kaʻū High December Sports Schedule
Girls Basketball:
Dec. 3, Mon, @Konawaena, 6pm
Dec. 5, Wed., @Waiakea, 6pm
Dec. 15, Sat., JV host
     Laupāhoehoe, 2pm
Dec. 17, Mon., host HPA, 6pm
Dec. 19, Wed., host Kohala, 6pm
Dec. 22, Sat., host JV
     Christian Liberty, 2pm

Boys Basketball:
Dec. 15, Sat., host Pāhoa
Dec. 18, Tue., @Keaʻau
Dec. 22, Sat, host Parker
Dec. 27, Thu., @Kealakehe

Wrestling:
Dec. 1, Sat., @Hilo
Dec. 8, Sat., @Waiakea
Dec. 15, Sat., @Oʻahu
Dec. 22, Sat., @Oʻahu

Soccer:
Dec. 1, Sat., @Honokaʻa
Dec. 5, Wed., host Pāhoa
Dec. 8, Sat., Boys host Kohala
Dec., 11, Tue., @Kamehameha
Dec., 13, Thu., Girls host Makualani
Dec. 19, Wed., host HPA
Dec. 22, Sat., host Waiakea
Dec. 29, Sat., @Konawaena

Swimming:
Dec. 8, Sat., @HPA, 10am
Dec. 29, Sat., @Kamehameha, 10am

NEW and UPCOMING
HAWAI‘I WILDLIFE FUND PATROLS FOR NETS ALONG THE WAI‘ŌHINU COASTLINE three times this December, with volunteers welcome to join in. The patrols are scheduled to take place on Mondays, Dec. 3 and 17, and Thursday, Dec. 27. Those interested in participating are asked to email kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com or call 769-7629. Limited seats are available in Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Transport vehicles; volunteers willing to drive their own 4WD vehicles are welcome.
     Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund partners with Konawaena Middle School Recycling Club on Friday, Dec. 14, and with Hawai‘i Academy of Arts & Sciences on Friday, Dec. 21, to perform coastal clean-ups in Ka‘ū. Both days require participants to be current volunteers willing to drive their own 4WD vehicles to the site. Those interested in participating are asked to email kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com or call 769-7629.
     Participating in any of these events is free; however, donations are appreciated.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
Multi Family Yard Sale, Sat., Dec. 1, 9-1pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033

Palm Trail, Sat., Dec. 1, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, 2.6-mile loop. nps.gov/havo

Art Express, Sat., Dec. 1, 10-3pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Monthly. Instructions on oil, acrylic, watercolor, and other mediums. Meliha Corcoran 319-8989, himeliha@yahoo.com, discoveryharbour.net/art-express

Keiki Science Class, Sat., Dec. 1, 11-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030, and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. First Saturday, monthly. acehardware.com

Disney Sing-Along, Sat., Dec. 1, 2:30-3:30pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room. For ages 5-8. Open registration. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Keiki Jump Rope for Fitness, Sat., Dec. 1, 4-4:30pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room. For ages 5-14. Open registration. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
Hi‘iaka & Pele, Sun., Dec. 2, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit. Free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/HAVO

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun., Dec. 2, noon-2pm, Manukā State Park. Monthly. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or
sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward,
938-3058

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3
Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Net Patrol along Wai‘ōhinu Coastline, Mon., Dec. 3, 17, and 27, contact for meet up time at Wai‘ōhinu Park. Limited seats available for all three days. BYO-4WD welcome. Free; donations appreciated. RSVP to kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com or call 769-7629 for more.

Spay and Neutering Clinic, Monday, Dec. 3, 7:30-4pm, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View.

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon., Dec. 3, 17, and 31, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. Parent-led homeschool activity/social group building community in Ka‘ū. Confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Story Time with Lindsey Miller from PARENTS, Inc., Mon., Dec. 3, 2:30-3:15pm, Nā‘ālehu Public Library. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Nā’ālehu Tee Ball - Sign-Ups, Mon., Dec. 3, 3-4pm, Nā‘ālehu Community Park. Ages 5 and 6, practice every following Mon. & Wed., 3-4pm. Fees TBA. Josh/Elizabeth, 345-0511

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Meeting, Mon., Dec. 3, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Free Diabetes Management Program, Mon., Dec. 3, 5pm. Registration required and for location of class in Ka‘ū. For those with Type 1 or 2 diabetes. Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi, hmono.org, 969-9220

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4
Health Insurance Sign-up, Tue., Dec. 4, 9-4pm, Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored by Hawai‘i Department of Health. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Family Yoga Class, Tue., Dec. 4, 9:30-10:30am, PARENTS, Inc., Nā‘ālehu. 3-12 years old and caregivers. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothes. Bring mat, if can, as supplies are limited. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

A Walk into the Past w/ Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar, Tue, Dec. 4, 11, and 18, 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m., meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Tour Jaggar's tiny lab located below the Volcano House to see original seismograph equipment and other early instruments with Dick Hershberger as "Dr. Jaggar." Supported by the KDEN. Free; park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/havo

Ocean View Tee Ball - Sign-Ups, Tue., Dec. 4, 3-4pm, Kahuku Park, Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. Ages 5 and 6 practice every following Tue. & Thu., 3-4pm. Fees TBA. Josh/Elizabeth, 345-0511

Ocean View Coach Pitch Baseball - Sign-Ups, Tue., Dec. 4, 4-5pm, Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. Ages 7 and 8 practice every following Tue. & Thu., 4-5pm. Fees TBA. Josh/Elizabeth, 345-0511

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting, Tue., Dec. 4, 4-6pm, Dec. 18, 4:30-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Meeting, Tue., Dec. 4, 6-8pm, Pāhala Community Center.

After Dark in the Park, All About Anchialine Pools, Tue., Dec. 4, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Hawai‘i State Parks Dena Sedar presents. Free; donations accepted. Park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5
Basic Stretch & Strengthening Exercise Class, Wed., Dec. 5 and 12, 9:30-10:30am, Nā‘ālehu Community Center. Designed for all ages; geared toward those needing to maintain or increase mobility, and those wanting a gentle stretch. Call 969-9220 to sign-up. Free; donations accepted.

Arts & Craft Activity: Paper Tree Table Top, Wed., Dec. 5, 3:30-5pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room. Register through Dec. 5; open to keiki Grades K-8. 928-3102

Open Mic Night, Wed., Dec. 5, 6-10pm, Kīlauea Military Camp inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Call 967-8365 after 4pm to sign-up and for more details. Park entrance fees apply. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests 21+. 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6
Basic Stretch & Strengthening Exercise Class, Thu., Dec. 6 and 13, 9:30-10:30am, Pāhala Senior Center. Designed for all ages; geared toward those needing to maintain or increase mobility, and those wanting a gentle stretch. Call 969-9220 to sign-up. Free; donations accepted.

Women's Support Group, Thu., Dec. 6 and 20, 3-4:30pm, PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. 1st and 3rd Thu. of every month thereafter. Women welcome to drop in anytime. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Thu., Dec. 6, 6-7pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Volcano School of Arts and Sciences Middle School Theater Night, Thu., Dec. 6, 6pm, Kīlauea Military Camp's Kīlauea Theater, inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade each perform a one-act play: The Invisible Man by Tim Kelly, Last Stop Till Christmas by Pat Cook, and The Quest: A Fairy Take with Attitude by Eddie McPherson. Free; donations gratefully accepted. Park entrance fees apply.

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Meeting, Thu., Dec. 6, 6:30pm, Aspen Center. okaukakou.org

Hula Voices w/Kumu Hula Micah Kamohoali‘i, Thu., Dec. 6, 7-9pm, Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Desiree Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. Final program for 2018. 967-7565

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
PATCH Class #425, More Than Counting: Math in Preschool, Fri., Dec. 7, 8-11am, PARENTS, Inc. office, Nā‘ālehu. Teaching strategies that support the development of mathematical concepts in preschool-age children. Sponsored by Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. No childcare provided. 238-3472, rhall@patch-hi.org

PATCH Class #309, Together in Care, Fri., Dec. 7, noon-3pm, PARENTS, Inc. office, Nā‘ālehu. Creating close caregiver/child relationships within a group. Sponsored by Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. No childcare provided. 238-3472, rhall@patch-hi.org

Stewardship at the Summit, Fri., Dec. 7, Sat., Dec. 15 and 22. Meet Paul and Jane Field at 8:45am in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers help remove invasive, non-native plants species that prevent native plants from growing. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools provided. Parental/guardian accompaniment or written consent required. Free; however, park entrance fees apply. No advance registration required. nps.gov/havo

Youth Group, Fri., Dec. 7 & 21, 6:30-8:30pmOcean View Community Center. Sponsored by Lamb of God Baptist Church.

ONGOING
Christmas in the Country and 19th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibition are open at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 
     Christmas in the Country runs through Wednesday, Dec. 26. Enjoy an abundance of art and aloha as VAC creates a merry scene of an old-fashioned Christmas inside its 1877 historic building. In addition to artwork, find unique holiday offerings of island-inspired gifts, ornaments, and decorations made by Hawai‘i Island artists, including VAC exclusives.
     The Wreath Exhibition is available through Tuesday, Jan. 1. The exhibition presents one-of-a-kind wreaths in a variety of imaginative media, techniques, and styles, from the whimsical to the traditional, with this year's theme of Home for the Holidays - inspired by the four month closure of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
     Admission is free; Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8222, or visit volcanoartcenter.org.

Kīlauea Military Camp's Holiday Challenge is open for viewing through Monday, Dec. 31. The event features a row of cottages along the front of the camp decorated in with various characters and Christmas decor - with Kīlauea Military Camp employees responsible and competing for a popularity vote. The public is invited to admire the decorations and vote for their favorite decorated cottage. Kīlauea Military Camp is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8371 for additional information. See kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

Basic Stretch and Strengthening Exercise Class, sponsored by Hui Mālama Ola Nū ʻŌiwi, happens Wednesdays at Nāʻālehu Community Center and Thursdays at Pāhala Senior Center; no classes between Dec. 14 and Jan. 8. The free classes – donations accepted – run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The class offers "basic stretches and muscular endurance exercises that will help improve your flexibility and strength. Designed for all ages; geared toward those needing to maintain or increase mobility, and those wanting a gentle stretch." Learn more at hmono.orgfacebook.com/HMONO.org/, @hui_malama_ on Instagram, or call 808-969-9220.

Substitute School Health Assistant Positions are available. Qualifications: CPR and First Aid certifications, and a high school diploma or equivalent. Training begins in 2019. Contact Kristy Loo for more at look@hkkk.k12.hi.us.

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 tuition-free traveling preschool, for keiki birth to five years old and their caregivers, has twice a week meeting in Pāhala, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Pāhala Community Center. In Nāʻālehu, meetings are at Kauahaʻao Church in Waiʻōhinu, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m.
     Tūtū and Me also offers home visits to aid caregivers with parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate, listening ear. Visits last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, total of 12 visits. Snacks are provided.
     To enroll in either free program, fill out enrollment forms found at pidf.org/programs/tutu_and_me/enrollment_forms, or call Linda Bong at 929-8571, or Betty Clark at 464-9634 or eclark@pidfountation.org.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs, Thursday, November 29, 2018

Polypropelene is banned from county recycling bins but acceptable at all transfer stations in the general garbage disposal.
Also banned from recycling but not general trash are plastic grocery bags, and clam shell type plastics. Above is
a plastics display created by Green Peace in the Philippines showing what plastics making it to the ocean can do.
Photo from Greenpeace
WARMING OCEAN WATERS leading to a change in location of food for humpback whales is likely a reason for the steep drop off in sightings of the whales in Hawaiian and Alaskan waters. This was the theory put forth by scientists from across the globe, wildlife managers, and federal officials, who met Tuesday and Wednesday in Honolulu. Sponsored by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the sessions included discussions about the marked decline, since 2014, in humpback sightings and songs.
     NOAA officials told Associated Press reporter Caleb Jones this week's meetings "will help them to form a plan and get funding to help ensure the species' continued success."
     Marc Lammers, research coordinator for NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, told Jones, "At least in Alaska, there's something happening with the prey. What we didn't really resolve is whether that applies more broadly to a larger area like across the North Pacific."
Humpback whales, who come to Hawaiʻi to give birth and raise calves in
the winter, are drastically lower in numbers since 2014. 
Photo from NOAA
     It is possible, say officials, that whales are moving to other waters to hunt, and then finding other places to calve and mate.
     "There is no question that the world is changing, the oceans are changing," Lammers continued. "The humpback whales are reflecting those changes and we now need to try to understand whether this is something that will eventually correct itself, and time will tell, or whether this is something that points to a more sustained change."
     Susan Pultz, NOAA's chief of conservation planning and rulemaking in the Pacific island region, told AP, "I don't think there's necessarily panic, but I think just the fact that we came together today tells you that there is some sense of urgency about the whales. One of the reasons we're all together, and obviously this has not yet gelled into a plan, is to identify where there are data gaps - if there are data gaps - what we need to look at next, and then that will inform our next actions that we take."
A variety of zooplankton, which sustain the humpbacks
during feeding season, are sensitive to warmer ocean
temperatures. Photo from NOAA
     Christine Gabriele, a federal wildlife biologist who monitors humpbacks at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, said to Jones, "It was more favorable for the whales when we were in a cold period, and then less favorable when the (Pacific Decadal Oscillation) switches to warm. In Glacier Bay we have definitely seen a much lower calving rate and much lower calf survival as well as juvenile survival. I think there are metabolic issues that are probably related to the production of a calf. We're not clear if it's a lack of pregnancy or lack of ability to carry it to term."
     About half of Northern Pacific humpbacks, a number estimated at 11,000, are expected to make the trip to Hawaiian waters each winter. Since 2014, those numbers have declined 50 to 80 percent. Humpbacks are no longer considered endangered, but are still federally protected.
     Learn more from Nov. 27Sept. 6, and Aug. 26 Kaʻū News Briefs.

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SANCTUARY OCEAN COUNT DATES for 2019 are the last Saturday of January, the 26th, February, the 23rd, and March, the 30th. Sponsored by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, volunteers count sightings of humpback whales - from spouting to breaching - in NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park's Kaʻena Point, located at the end of Chain
of Craters Road, is one of the closest of 21 places Kaʻū residents can sign
up for to participate in the annual Sanctuary Ocean Count
of humpback whales. Photo from wayfaring.info
     Locations in Kaʻū include Kaʻena Point in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Miloli‘i Lookout, Ka Lae Park, and Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach Park. Volunteer shifts normally last from 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., orientation included.
     Ocean Count promotes public awareness about humpback whales, the sanctuary, and shore-based whale watching opportunities. The sanctuary holds Ocean Count three times each year during peak whale season. Participants tally humpback whale sightings and document the animals' surface behavior during the survey, which provides a snapshot of humpback whale activity from the shoreline.
     Ocean Count, the yearly volunteer-dependent sighting for humpback whales in Hawaiian waters, takes place on Hawaiʻi Island, Kauaʻi, and Oʻahu. A new website with important information and resources, and where volunteers can register, is oceancount.org. The site will be up and ready for the December 15 registration launch date. A similar effort, the Great Whale Count by Pacific Whale Foundation, takes place on Maui on February 23.

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Kalo-taro-became an official menu item for the first 
time in memory at a Hawaiʻi public school today. 
Photo from ʻEleʻele School
KALO - TARO - WAS OFFICIALLY SERVED FOR THE FIRST TIME in recent memory at a public school in Hawaiʻi today. The ‘Āina Pono Hawai‘i State Farm to School Program celebrated the milestone today on Kaua‘i with ‘Ele‘ele Elementary School becoming the first Hawai‘i Department of Education school to put kalo on its food service menu. Kalo was used in a Poi Breakfast Parfait, made with poi, plain yogurt, pineapple chunks and granola.
     "It's very gratifying to see how much the ‘Āina Pono Hawai‘i State Farm to School Program has revolutionized school meals," said Lt. Governor Doug Chin. "So many students, farmers and state legislators have already praised the program for providing healthy meals made with locally produced ingredients."
     Everyone wants the program to succeed and grow, which has been the goal for the Office of the Lieutenant Governor since it launched the program in 2015 and began working with public and private sectors.
Kalo growing on the public school campus at 
ʻEleʻele. Photo from Doug Chin
     Kaina Makua, of the Aloha ‘Āina Poi Company, emphasized the importance of sustaining local farmers and producers so they can continue to supply public schools with fresh, local ingredients. One example was in the taro field right there on the ‘Ele‘ele school campus, where a Kumu Sabra Kauka and Kumu Chad Shimmelfennig's fifth grade class presented a cultural program to celebrate the land and the coming together to be able to feed keiki healthy food while they’re in school.
     The Lt. Governor, state Department of Education and state Department of Agriculture have been working together with private stakeholders to transform HIDOE's School Food Services Branch. "The work in progress is making a difference that public school students will be able to taste and enjoy for years to come," said a statement from Chin's office.
     For more on public schools participating in the program see ltgov.hawaii.gov/farm-to-school-initiative.

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SOME PLASTICS ARE BANNED FROM COUNTY RECYCLING BINS at Volcano, Pāhala, Waiʻōhinu, Ocean View, and other transfer stations, beginning Dec. 1.
     The new rules are due "to changes in global recycling markets," according to a statement from County of Hawai‘i. No longer acceptable in the mixed recyclable bins at the Recycling & Transfer Stations countywide are: #5 plastics, plastic grocery bags, nor any clam shell-type plastic (salad, bentos, fruit, and similar containers). All of these should go in the general garbage chute at the transfer stations for landfill disposal. There is no need to keep them at home or dump them elsewhere where they could make their way into gulches and the ocean.
     Examples of the #5 (polypropylene) plastics which will no longer be accepted: yogurt and hummus containers, syrup bottles, margarine tubs, prescription bottles and bottle caps along with #5 food containers that can be purchased for home use.
Without a recycling market, these kinds of containers
and plastic grocery bags must go into general trash,
not recycling at county transfer and recycling stations,
starting Saturday, Dec. 1. Image from Ziploc
     The plastics the county will continue to accept in mixed recyclable bins are clean #1 (PETE) and #2 (HDPE) plastic bottles, plastic jars, and jugs such as milk, jam, mayonnaise, juice, detergent containers, and household cleaner containers, etc.
     The following clean materials are also accepted in the mixed recycling bins: aluminum and steel cans (non-HI-5); newspapers and magazines; corrugated cardboard boxboard/paperboard (like cracker, cereal and cake mix boxes); and mail and office type paper (no shredded paper)
     Visit hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/2-bin/ for a full list of recyclables which are accepted at the County of Hawai‘i Recycling & Transfer Stations.
     The county statement says: "The intent of the County of Hawai‘i Recycling program is to collect materials that can be diverted from the landfill by reusing the products or transporting the materials to market to be remanufactured into new products. Currently, markets for certain types of plastics are being saturated and the markets are demanding higher quality recyclables.
     "When incorrect or contaminated materials are thrown into the recycling bins, it can cause the entire bin to become contaminated and turns what could have been recycled into trash. Please only recycle what is now being accepted to avoid contamination.
     "The County of Hawai‘i community can be proud of how much is diverted from the landfill, however we can do better by placing the correct materials in the recycling bins.
     For further information, visit www.hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/2-bin/ or call 961-8942.

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THE PROPOSED SEWER FEE HIKE gained traction at the County Council yesterday. Sewer fee charges in Kaʻū are limited to the old plantation housing camps in Nāʻālehu and Pāhala where those hooked up are paying $30 every two months for the county to maintain the sewage lines and gang cesspools until they are replaced, as required by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. They would go up to match the county wide fees when the new treatment plants are completed.
      Others hooked up around the island pay $54 every two months. The proposal islandwide is to hike the fee to $42 per month next March, followed by incremental increases until the fee reaches $55 per month in March of 2021. The increased feed would bring some $17 million over three years to the county, making it less dependent on outside funding.
     The proposal faces two additional readings and votes by the County Council before it would become law.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
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Kaʻū High December Sports Schedule
Girls Basketball:
Dec. 3, Mon, @Konawaena, 6pm
Dec. 5, Wed., @Waiakea, 6pm
Dec. 15, Sat., JV host
     Laupāhoehoe, 2pm
Dec. 17, Mon., host HPA, 6pm
Dec. 19, Wed., host Kohala, 6pm
Dec. 22, Sat., host JV
     Christian Liberty, 2pm

Boys Basketball:
Dec. 15, Sat., host Pāhoa
Dec. 18, Tue., @Keaʻau
Dec. 22, Sat, host Parker
Dec. 27, Thu., @Kealakehe

Wrestling:
Dec. 1, Sat., @Hilo
Dec. 8, Sat., @Waiakea
Dec. 15, Sat., @Oʻahu
Dec. 22, Sat., @Oʻahu

Soccer:
Dec. 1, Sat., @Honokaʻa
Dec. 5, Wed., host Pāhoa
Dec. 8, Sat., Boys host Kohala
Dec., 11, Tue., @Kamehameha
Dec., 13, Thu., Girls host Makualani
Dec. 19, Wed., host HPA
Dec. 22, Sat., host Waiakea
Dec. 29, Sat., @Konawaena

Swimming:
Dec. 8, Sat., @HPA, 10am
Dec. 29, Sat., @Kamehameha, 10am

NEW and UPCOMING
TEE BALL AND COACH PITCH BASEBALL SIGN-UPS TAKE PLACE NEXT WEEK for Nā‘ālehu and Ocean View teams with practices starting immediately afterwards. 
     Keiki ages 5 and 6 years old interested in joining the Nā‘ālehu Tee Ball team are encouraged to meet at Nā‘ālehu Ball Park (across the parking lot from the Nā‘ālehu Community Center) on Monday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. Practice takes place after registration that Monday, and continues the following Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Coach Josh Crook with previous Nā‘ālehu 
Tee Ball team. Photo by Kacey Loman
     The Ocean View Tee Ball team is also open to keiki ages 5 and 6 years old, with sign-ups taking place on Tuesday, Dec. 4, starting at 3 p.m., at Kahuku Park in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (92-8607 Paradise Circle Mauka). Practice takes place after registration that Tuesday, and continues the following Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
     Ocean View Coach Pitch Baseball is open to keiki ages 7 and 8 years old, with sign-ups taking place on Tuesday, Dec. 4, starting at 4 p.m. - also at Kahuku Park. Practice t takes place after registration that Tuesday, and continues the following Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
     Participation costs are to be announced; games snacks provided by team parents. Keiki encouraged to wear closed toe shoe and clothes they can easily move in. Gloves and bats available for loan, however, keiki encouraged to bring their own if possible. 
     Those interested are welcome to contact Josh and Elizabeth Crook at 345-0511.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Coffee Talk: Little Fire Ants in Ka‘ū, Fri., Nov. 30, 9:30-11am, Kahuku Park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Join the talk story with rangers and other park visitors. Ka‘ū coffee, tea, and pastries available for purchase. Free. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
Multi Family Yard Sale, Sat., Dec. 1, 9-1pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033

Palm Trail, Sat., Dec. 1, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, 2.6-mile loop. nps.gov/havo

Art Express, Sat., Dec. 1, 10-3pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Monthly. Instructions on oil, acrylic, watercolor, and other mediums. Meliha Corcoran 319-8989, himeliha@yahoo.com, discoveryharbour.net/art-express

Keiki Science Class, Sat., Dec. 1, 11-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030, and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. First Saturday, monthly. acehardware.com

Disney Sing-Along, Sat., Dec. 1, 2:30-3:30pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room. For ages 5-8. Open registration. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Keiki Jump Rope for Fitness, Sat., Dec. 1, 4-4:30pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room. For ages 5-14. Open registration. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
Hi‘iaka & Pele, Sun., Dec. 2, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit. Free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/HAVO

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun., Dec. 2, noon-2pm, Manukā State Park. Monthly. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3
Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Net Patrol along Wai‘ōhinu Coastline, Mon., Dec. 3, 17, and 27, contact for meet up time at Wai‘ōhinu Park. Limited seats available for all three days. BYO-4WD welcome. Free; donations appreciated. RSVP to kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com or call 769-7629 for more.

Spay and Neutering Clinic, Monday, Dec. 3, 7:30-4pm, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View.

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon., Dec. 3, 17, and 31, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. Parent-led homeschool activity/social group building community in Ka‘ū. Confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Story Time with Lindsey Miller from PARENTS, Inc., Mon., Dec. 3, 2:30-3:15pm, Nā‘ālehu Public Library. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Meeting, Mon., Dec. 3, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Free Diabetes Management Program, Mon., Dec. 3, 5pm. Registration required and for location of class in Ka‘ū. For those with Type 1 or 2 diabetes. Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi, hmono.org, 969-9220

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4
Health Insurance Sign-up, Tue., Dec. 4, 9-4pm, Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored by Hawai‘i Department of Health. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Family Yoga Class, Tue., Dec. 4, 9:30-10:30am, PARENTS, Inc., Nā‘ālehu. 3-12 years old and caregivers. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothes. Bring mat, if can, as supplies are limited. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

A Walk into the Past w/ Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar, Tue, Dec. 4, 11, and 18, 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m., meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Tour Jaggar's tiny lab located below the Volcano House to see original seismograph equipment and other early instruments with Dick Hershberger as "Dr. Jaggar." Supported by the KDEN. Free; park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/havo

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting, Tue., Dec. 4, 4-6pm, Dec. 18, 4:30-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Meeting, Tue., Dec. 4, 6-8pm, Pāhala Community Center.

After Dark in the Park, All About Anchialine Pools, Tue., Dec. 4, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Hawai‘i State Parks Dena Sedar presents. Free; donations accepted. Park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5
Basic Stretch & Strengthening Exercise Class, Wed., Dec. 5 and 12, 9:30-10:30am, Nā‘ālehu Community Center. Designed for all ages; geared toward those needing to maintain or increase mobility, and those wanting a gentle stretch. Call 969-9220 to sign-up. Free; donations accepted.

Arts & Craft Activity: Paper Tree Table Top, Wed., Dec. 5, 3:30-5pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room. Register through Dec. 5; open to keiki Grades K-8. 928-3102

Open Mic Night, Wed., Dec. 5, 6-10pm, Kīlauea Military Camp inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Call 967-8365 after 4pm to sign-up and for more details. Park entrance fees apply. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests 21+. 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6
Basic Stretch & Strengthening Exercise Class, Thu., Dec. 6 and 13, 9:30-10:30am, Pāhala Senior Center. Designed for all ages; geared toward those needing to maintain or increase mobility, and those wanting a gentle stretch. Call 969-9220 to sign-up. Free; donations accepted.

Women's Support Group, Thu., Dec. 6 and 20, 3-4:30pm, PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. 1st and 3rd Thu. of every month thereafter. Women welcome to drop in anytime. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Thu., Dec. 6, 6-7pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Volcano School of Arts and Sciences Middle School Theater Night, Thu., Dec. 6, 6pm, Kīlauea Military Camp's Kīlauea Theater, inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade each perform a one-act play: The Invisible Man by Tim Kelly, Last Stop Till Christmas by Pat Cook, and The Quest: A Fairy Take with Attitude by Eddie McPherson. Free; donations gratefully accepted. Park entrance fees apply.

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Meeting, Thu., Dec. 6, 6:30pm, Aspen Center. okaukakou.org

Hula Voices w/Kumu Hula Micah Kamohoali‘i, Thu., Dec. 6, 7-9pm, Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Desiree Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. Final program for 2018. 967-7565

ONGOING
Christmas in the Country and 19th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibition are open at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 
     Christmas in the Country runs through Wednesday, Dec. 26. Enjoy an abundance of art and aloha as VAC creates a merry scene of an old-fashioned Christmas inside its 1877 historic building. In addition to artwork, find unique holiday offerings of island-inspired gifts, ornaments, and decorations made by Hawai‘i Island artists, including VAC exclusives.
     The Wreath Exhibition is available through Tuesday, Jan. 1. The exhibition presents one-of-a-kind wreaths in a variety of imaginative media, techniques, and styles, from the whimsical to the traditional, with this year's theme of Home for the Holidays - inspired by the four month closure of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
     Admission is free; Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8222, or visit volcanoartcenter.org.

Kīlauea Military Camp's Holiday Challenge is open for viewing through Monday, Dec. 31. The event features a row of cottages along the front of the camp decorated in with various characters and Christmas decor - with Kīlauea Military Camp employees responsible and competing for a popularity vote. The public is invited to admire the decorations and vote for their favorite decorated cottage. Kīlauea Military Camp is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8371 for additional information. See kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

Basic Stretch and Strengthening Exercise Class, sponsored by Hui Mālama Ola Nū ʻŌiwi, happens Wednesdays at Nāʻālehu Community Center and Thursdays at Pāhala Senior Center; no classes between Dec. 14 and Jan. 8. The free classes – donations accepted – run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The class offers "basic stretches and muscular endurance exercises that will help improve your flexibility and strength. Designed for all ages; geared toward those needing to maintain or increase mobility, and those wanting a gentle stretch." Learn more at hmono.orgfacebook.com/HMONO.org/, @hui_malama_ on Instagram, or call 808-969-9220.

Substitute School Health Assistant Positions are available. Qualifications: CPR and First Aid certifications, and a high school diploma or equivalent. Training begins in 2019. Contact Kristy Loo for more at look@hkkk.k12.hi.us.

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 tuition-free traveling preschool, for keiki birth to five years old and their caregivers, has twice a week meeting in Pāhala, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Pāhala Community Center. In Nāʻālehu, meetings are at Kauahaʻao Church in Waiʻōhinu, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m.
     Tūtū and Me also offers home visits to aid caregivers with parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate, listening ear. Visits last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, total of 12 visits. Snacks are provided.
     To enroll in either free program, fill out enrollment forms found at pidf.org/programs/tutu_and_me/enrollment_forms, or call Linda Bong at 929-8571, or Betty Clark at 464-9634 or eclark@pidfountation.org.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs, Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Santa and his helpers, Mrs. Clause Judy Andrade (left) and Mary Jane Balio. The annual parade through Pāhala
starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. Marchers, riders, drivers of classic vehicles line up at Pikake and
Pakalana Streets at noon. See more, below. Photo by Julia Neal
HAWAIʻI'S U.S. SENATORS and the majority of the U.S. Senate, dominated by Republicans, broke with Pres. Donald Trump today and voted 63-37 to move toward ending U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Tulsi Gabbard, who represents Kaʻū in the U.S. House of Representatives, also called for an end to U.S. participation. The measure in the Senate will go to the floor.
     Senators in both parties said they were upset that they were denied a briefing by the C.I.A. director after the agency found that Saudia Arabia likely planned and executed the murder of American resident and Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi.
     Sen. Mazie Hirono said, "I remain deeply concerned about the Trump Administration's policy toward Saudi Arabia. The President believes that we should overlook Saudi Arabia's role in causing the world's worst current humanitarian catastrophe, as well as their role in the death of Jamal Khashoggi, because they have 'billions' to buy weapons and will create 'over a million U.S. jobs.' These are not only lies, but represent a truly abhorrent position for a U.S. President to take.
     "Congress must act. Earlier this year I supported S.J. Res. 54, Senator Bernie Sanders' resolution to remove U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities in Yemen, and also voted against approving arms sales to the Saudis. Today I voted again to support the resolution to end our military's involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The President's policy is transactional and, in this case, morally bankrupt. We should instead focus U.S. leadership and resources on diplomacy to achieve a lasting ceasefire and peaceful resolution to the conflict. Following this procedural vote, I look forward to a vote on final passage."
Yemini children face starvation as the war continues, disrupting U.N. food distribution. The U.S. Senate, with support
from Hawai`i, voted today to move toward pulling U.S. involvement with the Saudi Arabia-led war. UNICEF photo
     Sen. Brian Schatz retweeted that "85,000 children have died of starvation and disease. U.S. made bombs have hit school buses/hospitals/weddings. Al Qaeda & ISIS are growing. The battle lines haven't moved in 3 years of fighting."

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THE HEALTH EQUITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT was introduced into the U.S. Senate today by Sen. Mazie Hirono. Senate Bill 3660 proposes a roadmap to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities, the LGBTQ community,  as well as rural and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.
     "Minority communities and other traditionally underserved populations have faced health care disparities for decades, and we have a long way to go to ensure that these communities have equal, affordable access to culturally competent health care services," said Hirono. "HEAA lays out a bold blueprint to deliver on the idea that quality, affordable health care is truly a right for all and not a privilege reserved for some. I thank my Senate and House colleagues, and the hundreds of advocacy groups who support HEAA, for their work to ensure that all Americans can access and afford the care that may save their lives."
     Rep. Barbara Lee, of California, introduced the bill's House counterpart, H.R.5942, in May. It is supported by over 300 advocacy groups.
     Kathy Ko Chin, President and CEO of Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, thanked the sponsors "for their leadership and commitment to putting us on a path toward health equity. Now more than ever, HEAA is needed to both build upon the historic reforms achieved by the Affordable Care Act and to look beyond them to truly create a more equitable health system for our nation."
     The bill has been introduced in every Congress since 2007. Its ten policy titles aim at "effectively addressing health disparities and barriers to access that disproportionately affect minority communities," said a statement from Hirono. Here are some of the policy titles:
     Title on Data Collection and Reporting  says that methods for collecting data should capture experiences of communities of color and other vulnerable populations. Without accurate data, health care policy decisions unintentionally exclude Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, sexual and gender minorities, and rural communities. Title I requires data to address health disparities and participation in health programs, housing, and nutrition. Title I includes a provision to implement national strategy to identify health status and needs of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
    Title on Mental Health  says that mental health services and treatments are still heavily stigmatized in communities of color. To help expand the understanding and participation of mental health services, Title VI seeks to address social barriers by investing in proper provider training, research on mental health disparities, promotion of mental health among minority populations, and by providing mental health services in schools.
     Title on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Health and Health Care  says that access to quality health care and providers are essential to address health disparities. Communities of color, people with limited English proficiency, and other minorities often experience challenges seeking care with providers that do not share their backgrounds, do not speak their language, or may lack appropriate cultural sensitivity to the experiences of minority patients. Title II proposes enhancing language access services and providing better information and training on cultural competency to providers. "More culturally and linguistically appropriate care will empower patients to access high quality care."
     Title on Health Workforce Diversity  focuses on improving diversity of the health workforce through grants to train underrepresented minorities and providers that treat under-served populations. Title III establishes scholarship and fellowship programs, including the Patsy Mink Health and Gender Research Fellowship program, which awards research fellowships to post-baccalaureate students to conduct research examining gender and health disparities. This title also provides additional supports for workforce development through loan forgiveness and other training programs.
     Title on Improving Health Care Access and Quality says that despite progress made through the Affordable Care Act, health care access for minority communities remains a problem in the U.S. Immigrant communities are particularly disadvantaged because under current law they are excluded from public health care and other social programs. Title IV will expand health care access by allowing immigrant communities to qualify for the Affordable Care Act’s premium tax credits and cost-sharing reduction payments, as well as allowing lawfully present individuals to qualify for Medicare. It also provides support for the improvement of rural hospitals and health services, for example, through the expansion of telehealth services in Medicare including across state lines. HEAA would also incorporate health equity into quality payment programs in Medicare and Medicaid to ensure that progress being made to improve health quality improves care for everyone. Finally, Title IV would restore access to Medicaid for Compact of Free Association (COFA) communities.


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Kepa Maly. Photo courtesy of Kepa Maly
HE WAHI MO‘OLELO NO KA ‘ĀINA O KA MAKANI PUʻULENA, Stories form the Lands of the Puʻulena Wind, will be told in January by well-known Hawaiian historian and storyteller Kepa Maly. Funds raised through this program and donations will go towards awarding a scholarship to a college-bound Volcano student.
     An announcement from Volcano Community Foundation says, "Kīlauea and the volcanic landscapes of Hawaiʻi are richly layered with traditions, mele, hula, practices, beliefs, and history that spans generations. Maly will share traditions and history of Kīlauea, and the lands upon which Pele dances in the Pu‘ulena wind, also linking traditions of old to the recent events that have added new layers of history to this wahi pana – storied and sacred landscape."
     Maly, a graduate of Lanaʻi High School, became a student of Hawaiian language, history, and cultural practices at an early age. He studied traditional mele and hula. In 1975, he participated in an ‘uniki, becoming a ho‘opa‘a kumu hula.
Kepa Maly. Photo
courtesy of Kepa Maly
     Over the past 40 years, Maly and his wife Onaona conducted detailed research across the Hawaiian islands, translating Hawaiian language accounts and documenting cultural-historic sites, traditions, and oral histories. From 1979 to 1983, he worked for the National Park Service as an interpreter and instructor of Interpretive Skills. More recently, he was the founding Executive Director of the Hoakalei Cultural Foundation and the Lanaʻi Culture and Heritage Center.
     The program, slated for Saturday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m., will be held at Volcano Garden Arts and includes a gourmet lunch with coffee and wine, which follows the presentation. An optional short tour and history of the Volcano Garden Arts property will follow lunch. Cost for the program and lunch is $35. Space is limited, so reserve your seat by contacting VCF at volcanocommunity@gmail.com or calling 895-1011. Reservations will be confirmed via email once payment is received. Checks should be sent to Volcano Community Foundation, P.O. Box 94Volcano 96785; include email so reservation confirmation can be sent. Pay by credit card by calling 895-1011.

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Kaʻū Coffee grower Bong Aquino escorts women of Kaʻū Coffee
Growers Cooperative during last year's Pāhala Christmas Parade.
Photo by Julia Neal
PĀHALA CHRISTMAS PARADE will mark its 40th year on Sunday, Dec. 9, winding through the village under the direction of Eddie Andrade, family, and friends. It begins at 1 p.m. from the old Pāhala Armory at Pakalana and Pikake Streets, and makes its way through the neighborhoods, where residents gather and accept candy thrown by Santa on his sleigh.
     The procession stops in at Ka‘ū Hospital to visit with long term residents and patients, and to hand off a beer in a brown bag to the physician on duty. It ends at Holy Rosary Church on Pikake Street, with food and entertainment. Classic vehicles, walking groups, floats, farm trucks, four wheelers, and tractors are all welcome to join in, lining up beginning at 11 a.m. For more call Andrade at 928-0808.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
Kaʻū High December Sports Schedule
Girls Basketball:
Dec. 3, Mon, @Konawaena, 6pm
Dec. 5, Wed., @Waiakea, 6pm
Dec. 15, Sat., JV host
     Laupāhoehoe, 2pm
Dec. 17, Mon., host HPA, 6pm
Dec. 19, Wed., host Kohala, 6pm
Dec. 22, Sat., host JV
     Christian Liberty, 2pm

Boys Basketball:
Dec. 15, Sat., host Pāhoa
Dec. 18, Tue., @Keaʻau
Dec. 22, Sat, host Parker
Dec. 27, Thu., @Kealakehe

Wrestling:
Dec. 1, Sat., @Hilo
Dec. 8, Sat., @Waiakea
Dec. 15, Sat., @Oʻahu
Dec. 22, Sat., @Oʻahu

Soccer:
Dec. 1, Sat., @Honokaʻa
Dec. 5, Wed., host Pāhoa
Dec. 8, Sat., Boys host Kohala
Dec., 11, Tue., @Kamehameha
Dec., 13, Thu., Girls host Makualani
Dec. 19, Wed., host HPA
Dec. 22, Sat., host Waiakea
Dec. 29, Sat., @Konawaena

Swimming:
Dec. 8, Sat., @HPA, 10am
Dec. 29, Sat., @Kamehameha, 10am

NEW and UPCOMING
Anthony Chrisco, Founding 
Member of Fascia Research 
Society, comes to Volcano. 
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
THE FASCIANATION METHOD WITH ANTHONY CHRISCO, Founding Member of Fascia Research Society, is offered at Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Chrisco gives a brief introduction of the method and the tool he developed to "bring more healthy awareness to our bodies," states the event description on volcanoartcenter.org. There will be a guided full body ‘roll’ and Q & A afterwards. The cost for the workshop is $25 per person. Call 969-8222 or visit volcanoartcenter.org to register. Chrisco will bring rollers for the participants to use and for purchase along with a video presentation. 
     Chrisco, BS, is a Continuing Education Provider for the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. He is the developer of TheFascianatorTM Roller and the Fascianation MethodTM, used to find and eliminate stress in the body so the body can heal itself.
     "The fascia can exert up to 2000 pounds of pressure per square inch on our bodies and x-rays & MRI’s cannot see these areas of tension; referred to as myofascial adhesions. The FascianationMethodTM involves using a fitness roller to assist in the release of these myofascial adhesions.
volcanoartcenter.org suggests The Fascianation MethodTM can help alleviate the following ailments: Plantar; Fasciitis/Heel Pain; Gout; Diabetic Foot; Shin Splints; Anterior Compartment Syndrome; Creaky Knees; I.T. Band Syndrome; Sciatica; Low Back Pain; Migraine/ Tension Headache; Tennis/Golfer Elbow; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Trigger Finger (When the finger cannot straighten after bending.); Constipation; Hip Pain; Ovarian Cysts; Incontinent Bladder; and Frozen Shoulder Syndrome. See thefascianator.com for more information.
     "Rolling out the muscles relax the fascia that surround them causing the release of pressure on the nerves, arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels that cause pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and inflammation," states the event description.
     Chrisco lectures and teaches both professionals in health and fitness and other allied health professions about the human body’s fascial system, recently classified as an organ system in 2012. His techniques have helped hundreds of people suffering from numerous chronic pain disorders.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thu., Nov. 29, 12-1:30pm, Punalu‘u Bake Shop. Monthly meeting provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

Volcano Friends Feeding Friends, Thu., Nov. 29, 4-6pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Free community dinner for all. Additional packaged goods to take home - for those in need. Donations and volunteers encouraged. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

Craft Class, Thu., Nov. 29, 9:30-10:30am, PARENTS, Inc., Nā‘ālehu. For keiki 2-12 years old and caregivers. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Coffee Talk: Little Fire Ants in Ka‘ū, Fri., Nov. 30, 9:30-11am, Kahuku Park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Join the talk story with rangers and other park visitors. Ka‘ū coffee, tea, and pastries available for purchase. Free. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
Multi Family Yard Sale, Sat., Dec. 1, 9-1pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033

Palm Trail, Sat., Dec. 1, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, 2.6-mile loop. nps.gov/havo

Art Express, Sat., Dec. 1, 10-3pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Monthly. Instructions on oil, acrylic, watercolor, and other mediums. Meliha Corcoran 319-8989, himeliha@yahoo.com, discoveryharbour.net/art-express

Keiki Science Class, Sat., Dec. 1, 11-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030, and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. First Saturday, monthly. acehardware.com

Disney Sing-Along, Sat., Dec. 1, 2:30-3:30pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room. For ages 5-8. Open registration. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Keiki Jump Rope for Fitness, Sat., Dec. 1, 4-4:30pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room. For ages 5-14. Open registration. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
Hi‘iaka & Pele, Sun., Dec. 2, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit. Free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/HAVO

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun., Dec. 2, noon-2pm, Manukā State Park. Monthly. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or
sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3
Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Net Patrol along Wai‘ōhinu Coastline, Mon., Dec. 3, 17, and 27, contact for meet up time at Wai‘ōhinu Park. Limited seats available for all three days. BYO-4WD welcome. Free; donations appreciated. RSVP to kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com or call 769-7629 for more.

Spay and Neutering Clinic, Monday, Dec. 3, 7:30-4pm, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View.

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon., Dec. 3, 17, and 31, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. Parent-led homeschool activity/social group building community in Ka‘ū. Confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Story Time with Lindsey Miller from PARENTS, Inc., Mon., Dec. 3, 2:30-3:15pm, Nā‘ālehu Public Library. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Meeting, Mon., Dec. 3, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Free Diabetes Management Program, Mon., Dec. 3, 5pm. Registration required and for location of class in Ka‘ū. For those with Type 1 or 2 diabetes. Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi, hmono.org, 969-9220

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4
Health Insurance Sign-up, Tue., Dec. 4, 9-4pm, Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored by Hawai‘i Department of Health. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Family Yoga Class, Tue., Dec. 4, 9:30-10:30am, PARENTS, Inc., Nā‘ālehu. 3-12 years old and caregivers. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothes. Bring mat, if can, as supplies are limited. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

A Walk into the Past w/ Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar, Tue, Dec. 4, 11, and 18, 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m., meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Tour Jaggar's tiny lab located below the Volcano House to see original seismograph equipment and other early instruments with Dick Hershberger as "Dr. Jaggar." Supported by the KDEN. Free; park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/havo

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting, Tue., Dec. 4, 4-6pm, Dec. 18, 4:30-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Meeting, Tue., Dec. 4, 6-8pm, Pāhala Community Center.

After Dark in the Park, All About Anchialine Pools, Tue., Dec. 4, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Hawai‘i State Parks Dena Sedar presents. Free; donations accepted. Park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5
Basic Stretch & Strengthening Exercise Class, Wed., Dec. 5 and 12, 9:30-10:30am, Nā‘ālehu Community Center. Designed for all ages; geared toward those needing to maintain or increase mobility, and those wanting a gentle stretch. Call 969-9220 to sign-up. Free; donations accepted.

Arts & Craft Activity: Paper Tree Table Top, Wed., Dec. 5, 3:30-5pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room. Register through Dec. 5; open to keiki Grades K-8. 928-3102

Open Mic Night, Wed., Dec. 5, 6-10pm, Kīlauea Military Camp inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Call 967-8365 after 4pm to sign-up and for more details. Park entrance fees apply. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests 21+. 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

ONGOING
Christmas in the Country and 19th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibition are open at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 
     Christmas in the Country runs through Wednesday, Dec. 26. Enjoy an abundance of art and aloha as VAC creates a merry scene of an old-fashioned Christmas inside its 1877 historic building. In addition to artwork, find unique holiday offerings of island-inspired gifts, ornaments, and decorations made by Hawai‘i Island artists, including VAC exclusives.
     The Wreath Exhibition is available through Tuesday, Jan. 1. The exhibition presents one-of-a-kind wreaths in a variety of imaginative media, techniques, and styles, from the whimsical to the traditional, with this year's theme of Home for the Holidays - inspired by the four month closure of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
     Admission is free; Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8222, or visit volcanoartcenter.org.

Kīlauea Military Camp's Holiday Challenge is open for viewing through Monday, Dec. 31. The event features a row of cottages along the front of the camp decorated in with various characters and Christmas decor - with Kīlauea Military Camp employees responsible and competing for a popularity vote. The public is invited to admire the decorations and vote for their favorite decorated cottage. Kīlauea Military Camp is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8371 for additional information. See kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

Basic Stretch and Strengthening Exercise Class, sponsored by Hui Mālama Ola Nū ʻŌiwi, happens Wednesdays at Nāʻālehu Community Center and Thursdays at Pāhala Senior Center; no classes between Dec. 14 and Jan. 8. The free classes – donations accepted – run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The class offers "basic stretches and muscular endurance exercises that will help improve your flexibility and strength. Designed for all ages; geared toward those needing to maintain or increase mobility, and those wanting a gentle stretch." Learn more at hmono.orgfacebook.com/HMONO.org/, @hui_malama_ on Instagram, or call 808-969-9220.

Substitute School Health Assistant Positions are available. Qualifications: CPR and First Aid certifications, and a high school diploma or equivalent. Training begins in 2019. Contact Kristy Loo for more at look@hkkk.k12.hi.us.

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 tuition-free traveling preschool, for keiki birth to five years old and their caregivers, has twice a week meeting in Pāhala, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Pāhala Community Center. In Nāʻālehu, meetings are at Kauahaʻao Church in Waiʻōhinu, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m.
     Tūtū and Me also offers home visits to aid caregivers with parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate, listening ear. Visits last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, total of 12 visits. Snacks are provided.
     To enroll in either free program, fill out enrollment forms found at pidf.org/programs/tutu_and_me/enrollment_forms, or call Linda Bong at 929-8571, or Betty Clark at 464-9634 or eclark@pidfountation.org.

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