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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.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Ka‘ū News Briefs Sunday, January 28, 2018

Winners of Largest Kuipi, from left: Jyzeiah Garcia, 1st; Rylan Egusa, 2nd; and Evelynn Ornellas, 3rd. 
Photo by Lee McIntosh
SOME 1,000 KEIKI AND FAMIY MEMBERS WERE DRAWN TO PUNALU‘U on Saturday to ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou's 10th Annual Keiki Fishing Tournament, The community group announced an increase in participation of 16.2 percent.
Winners of Largest Po‘opa‘a, from left: Rain Nihipali-Sesson, 3rd; Anjahlee 
Garcia, 2nd; and Kendall Akana-Avenue, 1st. Photo by Lee McIntosh
     The catch-and-release tourney was open to keiki up to 14 years old - with keiki doing the fishing and parents assisting. ‘O Ka‘ū Kakou reported 376 participants total, with 70 being under the age of three. A free lunch, along with music and shaved ice, was offered to keiki and their families - about 1,000 people including volunteers - as judges ran scores.
     For Largest Aholehole, first place went to Desirae Barrios, second to Isaiah Pascubilo, and third to Hulali Torres. For Largest Hinale‘a, first place went to Ocean Nihipali-Sesson, second to Jezekial Jara, and third went to Lily Dacalio. For Largest Kuipi, first place went to Jyzeiah Garcia, second to Rylan Egusa, and third to Evelynn Ornellas. For Largest Po‘opa‘a, first place went to Kendall Akana-Avenue, second to Anjahlee Garcia, and third to Rain Nihipali-Sesson.
Winners of Largest Hinale‘a, from left: Lily Dacali, 3rd; Jezekial Jara, 
2nd; and Ocean Nihipali-Sesson, 1st. Photo by Lee McIntosh
     For Most Fish Caught, first place went to Loa‘a Kaupu, second to Jycetin Mukini, and third to Andrea Antonio. The 15 prizes awarded to these winners were donated by S. Tokunaga Store, Inc., in Hilo.
     ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou supplied the awards for a newly added category, Other Fish, which saw Grace Smith taking first place and Kircia Derasin taking second. Every participant at the event received a participation prize. ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou supplied them with: bamboo hand poles, barbless hooks, lines, sinkers, and wheels, donated by S. Tokunaga Store, Inc.; shrimp bait donated by Suisan Company, Ltd.; and buckets.
Winners of Largest Aholehole, from left: Desirae Barrios, 1st; Isaiah 
Pascubilo, 2nd; and Hulali Torres, 3rd. Photo by Lee McIntosh
     Keiki were allowed to use their own hand pole rods as long as they used barbless hooks. The event was also supported by a grant from County of Hawai‘i. Participants under three years of age were given personal fishing ponds to “fish” little duckies.
     The organization also collected cans as part of its Canned Food Drive. A date for next year's event has yet to be announced. Visit okaukakou.org to learn more.
     For more photos from the event, visit Jan. 27 Ka‘ū News Briefs.

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Winners of Most Fish Caught, from left: Andrea Antonia, 3rd; Jycetin 
Mukini, 2nd; and Loa‘a Kaupu, 1st. Photo by Lee McIntosh
MEMBERS OF THE HAWAI‘I STATE CHARTER SCHOOL COMMISSION come to Ka‘ū on Monday for a public meeting on the future of Ka‘ū Learning Academy. The commission is expected to explain how it reached a decision to put charter school KLA on notice that it may rescind its charter. The school, with 95 students, operates in the former Discovery Golf Course Clubhouse. The meeting, however, will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Discovery Harbour Community Association Assembly Hall, at 94-1604 Makaliʻi Street in Discovery Harbour.
     The administration and board members of KLA said they hope for strong community support at the meeting. KLA has also asked for a public hearing on the matter, which largely involves accounting practices.
     Read more on Dec. 8 Kaʻū News BriefsJan. 26 Ka‘ū News Briefs, and on Page 18 of The Kaʻū Calendar newspaper, January edition, at kaucalendar.com.

Second place winner of the newest OKK Keiki Fishing Tournament,
Other Fish, Kircia Derasin. Photo by Lee MacIntosh
‘O KA‘Ū KĀKOU'S SENIOR CITIZEN SURVEYS are due Thursday, Feb. 1. Senior citizens over the age of 62, who are interested in the Nā‘ālehu Senior Housing Project, are asked to fill out a quick five-question survey to help OKK gather general data essential to the planning of the project. To get a survey or for more information, contact Raylene Moses, 365-3788, or Nadine Ebert at 938-5124 or ebertn004@hawaii.rr.com.

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LA‘AU LAPA‘AU, A BEGINNER LEVEL CLASS, meets three times in Pāhala at Ka‘ū District Gym in February. The class will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday - Feb. 3, 17 and 24. Po‘okela Ikaika Dombrigues of Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi leads and shares traditional health at this free class. To register or for more details, call 969-9220 and ask for the Traditional Health team. Visit hmono.org to learn more about the organization.

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A VALENTINE'S DAY BUFFET, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., has been announced by Kīlauea Military Camp, to take place in the KMC Crater Rim Café, located in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The main entrees will be Prime Rib au Jus, Lemon Butter Fish with Tropical Salsa, and Vegetable Stir Fry with Tofu. The buffet is $28.00 per adult and $14.50 per child (6 to 11 years old). KMC is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. For more, visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com or call 967-8356.


MILOLI‘I-KA‘Ū VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT IS SET for Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Ka‘ū District Gym. Miloli‘i Volleyball Team, in this second annual Miloli‘i-Ka‘ū Volleyball tournament, will host Keaukaha Cuzins, KS Southside, Mauloa, Nawahi Na‘auao, Yosh, Big Island Boys, Nawahi Hanohano, and Hi-Intensity.
Coach Yolanda Kauhuia and her Miloliʻi Volleyball 
girls. Photo from Kaimi Kaupiko
     Organizers and coaches are Yolanda Kuahuia and Kaimi Kaupiko. Kaupiko explained that "Miloli‘i-Ka‘ū Volleyball began five years ago. Our history in volleyball is long and extensive - we all grew up playing on a concrete court in the hot sun, but it has been a favorite pastime throughout the years in Miloli‘i."
     He said the outreach started five years ago after making the team official. The team played Parks & Recreation games with Ka‘ū and Pāhala, and through that connection, "we started to practice at the Nā‘ālehu elementary gym. Many of the ‘ohana from Ka‘ū wanted to join our club as they saw our little village kids play volleyball at a high level. We invited and encouraged them to team up with us.
     "Throughout the past three years, we have grown and built our club from its humble beginnings. We have participated and won numerous tournaments from the annual Haili tournament in the spring, the Moku o Keawe regionals, and tournaments in Maui and Kaua‘i. Last year we took our girls to play in the Anaheim volleyball tournament in which we placed 10th in the 12U in a tournament with over 400 teams." Food concessions both days support the effort.

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KA‘Ū TROJANS SPORTS SCHEDULE

Boys Basketball: Monday, Jan. 29, @ Parker.
     Wednesday, Jan. 31, Kealakehe @ Ka‘ū.
     Saturday, Feb. 3, @ Kamehameha.

Wrestling: Saturday, Feb. 3 @ Kealakehe.

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JOIN ASTRONOMER AND CO-HOST OF PBS STAR GAZERS, DEAN REGAS, as he hosts Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's first-ever Star Party at Kīlauea Overlook (on Crater Rim Drive, before Jaggar Museum) on Monday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. Explore nearby planets and deep-space celestial wonders above the glow of Halema‘uma‘u Crater. Dark Skies Rangers will answer questions. Powerful telescopes will be available at the Kīlauea Star Party event. Free, but subject to weather conditions; park entrance fees apply. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

KA‘Ū FOOD PANTRY, INC., distributes Tuesday, Jan. 30, at St. Jude's Episcopal Church on Paradise Circle-Mauka, Ocean View, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All participants are asked to respect the grounds where this will be held. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of each month.

A LEARNING TOGETHER WORKSHOP AT THE OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER, sponsored by Nā‘ālehu School, is offered Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more, call 939-7033 or visit ovcahi.org.

VOLCANIC GEOLOGY ALONG SADDLE ROAD is the topic of an After Dark in the Park presentation given by Rick Hazlett, affiliate geologist with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Hazlett describes the "outdoor classroom" along Saddle Road, in which visitors can learn more about how the Islands aloha ‘āina (precious land) came to be. Free; park entrance fees apply. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

WITNESS THE LUNAR ECLIPSE WITH ASTRONOMER DEAN REGAS, co-host of PBS Star Gazers, as he guides event participants through the total lunar eclipse expected Tuesday, Jan. 30, atop Kīlauea Volcano. Meet Regas at 8:30 p.m. at Kīlauea Overlook (on Crater Rim Drive, before Jaggar Museum). Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's event description says "the park will provide an excellent vantage point to view the spectacle – weather permitting." Free; park entrance fees apply. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

HULA VOICES WITH KUMU HULA STEPHANIE APOLO and Desiree Moana Cruz moderating takes place Thursday, Feb. 1, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The free, educational event occurs the first Thursday of each month - excluding April and December for 2018. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org.

OCEAN VIEW NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETS Thursday, Feb. 1, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Ocean View Community Center. For more, call 939-7033 or visit ovcahi.org.

‘O KA‘Ū KĀKOU'S SENIOR CITIZEN SURVEY's are due Thursday, Feb. 1. Senior citizens over the age of 62, who are interested in the Nā‘ālehu Senior Housing Project are asked to fill out a quick five-question survey to help OKK gather general data essential to the planning of the project. To get a survey or for more information, contact Raylene Moses, 365-3788, or Nadine Ebert at 938-5124 or ebertn004@hawaii.rr.com.

‘O KA‘Ū KĀKOU MEETS Thursday, Feb. 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Aspen Institute Building near Punalu‘u Black Sands Beach Park. For more, contact Secretary Nadine Ebert at okk-secretary@okaukaou.org.

Photo from amalfatanos.com
A FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR KĪLAUEA DRAMA AND ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK is hosted at Almafatano's Italian Restaurant on Friday, Feb. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event, KDENte, offers a buffet dinner and music entertainment. Tickets are $20 at the door. Call KDEN for reservations, 928-7344.

FOOD FROM WOOD:GROWING EDIBLE & MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS ON LOGS, STUMPS, AND WOOD CHIPS Workshop takes place at Volcano Art Center on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon. Zach Mermel teaches the basics of mushroom cultivation using locally sourced, undesirable exotic trees. The class fee, $50 per VAC member and $55 per non-member, includes one shiitake mushroom log kit and one King Stropharia mushroom kit. Pre-registration is required. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org.

DISCOVER THE HAWAIIAN GODDESSES, HI‘IAKA & PELE, and the natural phenomena they represent on a free, moderate, one-mile walk in Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

A PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTATION FOR ARTISTS WORKSHOP is hosted at Volcano Art Center, from 9 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, Feb. 3. Class fee is $35 per VAC member and $40 per non-member. Artist Gwendolyn O'Connor shows how to professionally prepare art for galleries and competitions. Register online at volcanoartcenter.org.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE STEWARDSHIP AT THE SUMMIT PROGRAM on Saturday, Feb. 3, and help native plants grow by removing non-native plant species from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Meet Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m. Free; park entrance fees apply. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO. This event will be offered again on Feb. 9, 17 and 19.

Learn how to make Zentangle frames at a class held at
Volcano Art Center on Feb. 10. Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
HEATHER METTLER'S GLASSWORK - handblown, chiseled, and etched - is showcased in a new Volcano Art Center Gallery Exhibit: Passage and Place. The display will continue to be shown until Sunday, Feb. 11, during normal gallery hours - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Mettler's unique collection of glass explores the themes of migration, navigation, and immigration - how plants, animals, and people find their way to Hawai‘i. Free; park entrance fees apply.

ZENTANGLE: THE ELEGANCE OF LIMITS class, with Lois and Earl Stokes, has been announced by Volcano Art Center to take place on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     The event description states, "Putting a frame around something makes whatever is inside important and special: a favorite photo, a child's name, a greeting card, a leaf or pressed flower, a feather, a page of poetry; even some of your Zentangle art."
     The class teaches participants how to use tangles for borders and how to create elegant frames. "You will have something special to cherish or to give away," says the description. "Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns." The description adds, "If you can draw a dot, line, curved line, S shape and circle… you can create Zentangle art." Zentangle art uses a repetitive nature of these patterns that can be seen as meditative.
     Zentagle Basics recommended but not required. All art supplies provided. $30/VAC members, $35/non-members, plus $10 supply fee. Bring a light refreshment to share. Register online, volcanoartcenter.org.

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