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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.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Ka‘ū News Briefs Friday, February 9, 2018

The church dedicated to Henry ‘Opukaha‘ia above Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach will be the site of services on 
Saturday, Feb. 17, and Sunday, Feb. 18. Henry O grew up in Punalu‘u and Ninole. He left on a ship to New England 
and helped bring Christianity to Hawai‘i. Photo by Julia Neal
CELEBRATIONS AT PUNALUU WILL HONOR HENRY ‘OPUKAHA‘IA with a bell ringing ceremony and gathering at Hokuloa Chapel above Punaluu at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17.  A Remembrance Service will be Sunday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m., also at the tiny chapel above the sea.
     Debbie Wong Yuen, Kahu of Kauahaao Congregational Church in Waiohinu, announced that the church will celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the life and death of ‘Opukaha‘ia, "Hawaii's first Christian, who was born in Ninole, Ka‘ū - yes a Ka‘ū boy."
     On Sunday, the service at Punaluu will replace the regular worship service in Waiohinu, she said.
     Hokuloa Chapel was dedicated to ‘Opukaha‘ia by the Women's Board of the United Church of Christ in Hawaii in 1957. The walk up the unpaved drive takes visitors to the chapel, mauka of Punaluu black sand beach park. From the rock wall gate at the chapel, one can look down upon ‘Opukaha‘ia's childhood home, that stretches from Punalu‘u to Ninole.
     ‘Opukaha‘ia was born at Ninole in 1792. After spending an early childhood in this native Hawaiian fishing village, ‘Opukaha‘ia was orphaned when his father, mother, and brother, were slaughtered during Hawaiian tribal warfare. After living with his captors, he was eventually adopted by his kahuna uncle, a native Hawaiian priest.
     In 1808, ‘Opukaha‘ia left on a ship, and landed in New England where he was taken in by families, educated in American schools and churches, and became an orator. He translated the book of Genesis from Hebrew into Hawaiian. He urged Christian church congregations to go to Hawai‘i, and help Native Hawaiians whose ways had become corrupted with the arrival of trading ships and contact with the outside world. He wrote the booklet Memoirs of Henry Obookiah, and was groomed to lead missionaries to Hawaii, but died of typhus in New England before missionaries set sail. See more in the book by Christopher Cook, entitled The Providential Life and Heritage of Henry Obbkiah. See the blog at www.obookiah.com.
The open cross in the Henry O Church at Punaluu.
Photo by Julia Neal
     In Hilo, also on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m., a special worship service will be held at Haili Congregational Church, 211 Haili St. In Kona, at 10 a.m., an ‘Opukaha‘ia Memorial Plaque Dedication will take place at Mokuaikaua Church, followed by a memorial concert. The church will also honor him during services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
     In Honolulu, a 10 a.m. service on Saturday, Feb. 17, will be at Kawaiaha‘o Church, followed by special activities at the adjacent Hawaiian Mission Houses. On MissionHouses.org, the organizers state: "This important celebration honors the man who inspired the Sandwich Island Mission, and is the first event in the bicentennial of the arrival of the American Protestant mission to Hawai‘i in 1820." The Mission Houses and grounds will be open, free of charge. Hawaiian Mission Houses printing press will be continuously operated and interpreted, with the Ho‘onani Doxology and the Hawaiian Primer, the first print struck in Hawai‘i, printed all day, for participants to take home. Activities include those used in Hawaiian Mission Houses School program. One will emphasize the distance between Hawai‘i and the Eastern U.S., another will offer the opportunity to create one's own work on an individual mini printing press, and another will allow users to experience writing with a quill pen while copying a letter from one of the ali‘i from Hawaiian Mission Houses archives.  
Cynthia Lehua Nani Hoʻomanawanui-Akiu, left, and cousin Deborah
Liʻikapeka Lee, at ʻŌpūkahaʻia Memorial Chapel during a history tour.
Photo by Chris Cook
     On the mainland, a remembrance of ‘Opukaha‘ia will take place at his original grave site in Cornwall, Connecticut, where he died in 1818, with a service on Sunday, Feb. 18, at United Church of Christ in Cornwall.
     On Hawaii Island on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 9:30 a.m., a commemoration service will be held at Kahikolu Congregational Church on Napo‘opo‘o Rd. where his body was reinterred in 1993.
    
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U.S. SEN. MAZIE HIRONO VOTED AGAINST THE BUDGET that reopened the federal government before dawn, Friday morning. She explained: "Throughout the debate on government spending, I have consistently supported efforts to fund critical domestic priorities without pitting groups against one another. A lot of hard work and compromise went into this budget deal, which includes a number of provisions I strongly support.
Sen. Mazie Hirono
     "However, Dreamers were left out of the bill to allow this deal to go forward. I voted against this legislation because Dreamers are not included in it," she said, referring to the 800,000 young people who grew up in the United States after being brought here illegally by their families. They could be deported.
     "An overwhelming majority of the public supports legislation to protect Dreamers, and Democrats will be fighting hard for them during the upcoming debate on immigration," said Hirono.
     Thursday evening, after Sen. Rand Paul held up a vote on the budget over increasing the country's debt, the White House notified federal agencies to be ready to close down at midnight. The Senate passed the budget bill after 1 a.m., and the House took the vote early Friday morning, passing it by a vote of 240-186.
     Approval of the budget prevented days of closure for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and other federal entities, and loss of work and income for numerous federal employees and Ka‘ū and Volcano businesses.

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Arch on the way to Kaʻawa campsite where Hawaiʻi Volcanoes crew will fly in by
helicopter, for maintenance and to survey a lava flow. Photo by Nash Rambla, MD
CONTROLLING INVASIVE GRASS, SURVEYING A LAVA FIELD,  AND CLEANING A REMOTE CAMPSITE, are some of the jobs by helicopter at Hawaiʻi National Park through February. Here is the schedule:
· Feb. 16, between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., for invasive fountain grass surveys and control from Kīlauea southwest boundary to Keauhou, below 2,500-ft. elevation.
· Feb. 20 and 27, between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m., from the summit area of Kīlauea to the coastal Ka‘aha campsite, to haul rubbish and to survey lava flow fields.
· Feb. 22, from 7 a.m. to noon, to shuttle crew to the coastal flats at Kamo‘oali‘i between 200- and 600-ft. elevation, for control of invasive fountain grass.
· Feb. 26, between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., to haul material off Mauna Loa Road at the 7,000-ft. elevation. 
Servicing a compost toilet at Kaʻawa campsite is one of the
tasks when cleaning up the area with crew lifted in by
helicopter. Photo by Nash Rambla, MD.
     In addition, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory may conduct flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation.
     A statement from Hawaii Volcanoes says, "The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather.
     "Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities."

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TWO NEW PRIVATE ROOFTOP SOLAR PROGRAMS are offered by Hawai‘i Electric Light Co, with applications being accepted starting Feb. 20, through the Customer Interconnection Tool. Feb. 6 saw Public Utilities Commission approve the new programs - Smart Export and Customer Grid-Supply Plus - designed to help maintain service reliability and stability, as the Islands move toward more renewable energy usage.
     Smart Export would see HELCO customers receive credits at 11 cents per kilowatt hour on their electric bill, for exporting energy during peak hours - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Other hours would not be credited.
Photo from hawaiianelectric.com
     Customer Grid-Supply Plus - an addition to the program that reached capacity last fall - would see HELCO customers receive credits at 10.55 cents per kilowatt hour on their electric bill, based on grid needs.
     To learn more about these and other programs available locally, go to hawaiielectriclight.com/renewableprograms or call 969-0358.

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SUPPORT BOYS & GIRLS CLUB locations at Pāhala and Ocean View by purchasing tickets and sponsoring persons to attend the annual Youth of the Year celebration, Friday, March 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. For 66 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs on Hawaii Island have provided a safe and educational place for children after school.
     During Youth of the Year, Boys and Girls Club members will perform ‘oli, mele, mo‘olelo, and kalena, to celebrate ‘ohana, community, and ‘āina. The event will include a banquet-style meal, youth led entertainment, silent and live auctions, guest speakers, and honoring outstanding community
Boys & Girls Club members marching in a Ka‘ū parade. Youth of the Year celebration is Friday, March 2. Photo by Julia Neal
supporters. One highlight will be hearing from the 2018 Youth of the Year, selected for leadership, academic achievement, and community service. Learn more about Youth of the Year helping to create Great Futures at bgca.org.
     To purchase tickets, contact Ka‘ū Boardmember Julia Neal at 928-9811 or mahalo@aloha.net. To purchase an ad in the Gala program, become a Gala sponsor, make a financial donation, or to donate an auction item, contact Gail Hamasu at 961-5536 or gail@bgcbi.org.

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Jerry Savelle will preach during a Faith 
Crusade in Pāhala, March 8-10.
BIG ISLAND FAITH CRUSADE IS COMING TO KA‘Ū, announcing it will kick off four days of praise and worship on March 8 at Ka‘ū District Gym, next to Ka‘ū High School, at 96-1219 Kamani St. in Pāhala.
     The four admission-free services for the public will be held: Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m.; Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 10, at 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 11, at 9:30 a.m. Doors open one hour beforehand. International speaker Jerry Savelle is on the agenda. Contact Thy Word Ministries Pastor Bob Tominaga at 936-9114 or Herb Schneider at 327-9739 for more information.

AUNTY EDNA BALDAD EXPLAINS ‘AI PONO, how to eat and live healthier with native Hawaiian foods like kalo (taro), ‘uala (sweet potato) and ulu (breadfruit), announces Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The free program is offered Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon, on the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. The event is part of the parks ‘Ike Hana No‘eau, Experience the Skillful Work, workshops. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

Aunty Edna Baldad explains how to eat healthy using native Hawaiian foods.
Photo from National Park Service
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HULA & OLI WITH KAHO‘OKELE CRABBE is featured Volcano Art Center's weekly Aloha Friday cultural demonstrations program, on Feb. 16, hosted on the porch of Volcano Art Center Gallery - located within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
     Kumu hula of Hālau Ke Ola o Ka Lani, Moses Kaho‘okele Crabbe shares his extensive knowledge to teach the basics of hula, language, and chant from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     The event is supported in part by a grant from the County of Hawai‘i, Dept. of Research and Development, and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. Park entrance fees apply. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org.

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February print edition of The Ka‘ū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Ka‘ū, from Miloli‘i through Volcano. Also available free on 
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PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND A RAFFLE are offered by Ocean View Community Association at Ocean View Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. To volunteer, call 939-7033. Visit ovcahi.org for more.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ENJOY THE MILOLI‘I-KA‘Ū VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT,  Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Ka‘ū District Gym. Miloli‘i Volleyball Team, in this second annual tournament, will host Keaukaha Cuzins, KS Southside, Mauloa, Nawahi Na‘auao, Yosh, Big Island Boys, Nawahi Hanohano, and Hi-Intensity.
     Organizers and coaches are Yolanda Kuahuia and Kaimi Kaupiko. Food concessions both days support the effort.

KĀWĀ VOLUNTEER DAY, arranged by Mā Mamo o Kāwā, is hosted Saturday, Feb. 10, starting at 9:30 a.m. Sign up with James Akau by emailing namamookawa@gmail.com or calling 430-3058.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HAWAIIAN HOSPOT AND CREATION OF KAHUKU on a hike, Birth of Kahuku, on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Explore the rich geologic history of Kahuku on this easy-to-moderate hike that traverses the vast 1868 lava flow, with different volcano features and formations. For more, see nps.gov/HAVO.

ZENTANGLE: THE ELEGANCE OF LIMITS, is offered Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Volcano Art Center. Learn how to use tangles for boarders, and how to create elegant frames to hold Zentangle art with Lois & Earl Stokes. Zentagle Basics is recommended but not required. All art supplies provided. Class fees are $30 for VAC members and $35 for non-members, plus a $10 supply fee. Bring a light refreshment to share. Register online at volcanoartcenter.org.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW OR WORK ON A FORGOTTEN PROJECT at The Art Express on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Classes held once monthly. Instructions will be on oil, acrylic, watercolor, and other mediums. Class size limited to 25. For more, contact Meliha Corcoran at 319-8989 or himeliha@yahoo.com. See discoveryharbour.net/art-express for future dates.

ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BONSAI AND HOW TO GROW THEM, a workshop taught by well-known Bonsai Sensei Bill Newton, is offered Saturday, Feb. 10, 17, and 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Volcano Garden Arts. Sign up for all three classes and receive a complimentary meal at award winning Café Ono. Space is limited. For more, call 985-8979 or visit volcanogardenarts.com.

FUEGO! WITH JEAN PIERRE THOMA AND THE JAZZTONES give two Jazz in the Forest performances on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Volcano Art Center. The matinee starts at 4:30 p.m. and the evening show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 per VAC member and $20 per non-member. The Wine and Beer Room will be open and an area will be set aside for dancing. Tickets are available online until Friday, Feb. 9. Call 967-8222 or visit volcanoartcenter.org for more details.

A PERFORMANCE OF NORA EPHRON'S LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE is offered Saturday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m., at Kīlauea Military Camp’s Kīlauea Theater in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to raise funds for Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network. The play is based on a best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman. Tickets are $20 per person. For reservations or more info, call 982-7344.

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.

THE VITAL ROLE OF ‘ŌHI‘A LEHUA in native Hawaiian forests, and the many forms of the ‘ōhi‘a tree and its flower, are presented on a free, easy, one-mile, guided walk on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

Volunteer at Kāwā Saturday.
Event details above. Photo by Nalani Parlin
JOIN VOLCANOLOGIST CHERYL GANSECKI for a Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Sunday Walk-in-the-Park event, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     This moderate three-mile hike explores the Mauna Ulu area. Due to the fragile nature of this significant cultural area, space is limited to 15 people, and reservations are required. The hike is free for, but restricted to, members of Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. If you are not a member, you can join at fhvnp.org/become-a-member/join-or-renew/. Call 985-7373 or visit their website to reserve a spot.

PAINTING WITH PEGGY, an acrylic painting class with Margaret "Peggy" Stanton, is offered on Monday, Feb. 12, from noon to 3 p.m., at Volcano Art Center. The class is part of an ongoing series of workshops for artists of all levels and is offered again on Feb. 26. Class fess are $15 per VAC member and $20 per non-member per session. Email questions to peggystanton007@yahoo.com. Register online at volcanoartcenter.org.

DISCOVERY HARBOUR/NĀ‘ĀLEHU COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM meets Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., in Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Public is invited to come see what C.E.R.T. is about, as well as participate in training scenarios. For more, contact Dina Shisler at dinashisler24@yahoo.com or 410-935-8087.

LEARN ABOUT A BRAND NEW MEANS OF SAMPLING IN THE FIELD for dissolved gasses in groundwater that can sometimes precede volcanic unrest and earthquake activity, at an After Dark in the Park event on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The presentation, Development of a New Geochemical Tool to Predict Volcanic Unrest and Earthquake Activity, begins at 7 p.m., in the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Dr. Gary McMurtry of SOEST, University of Hawai‘i, describes its use in detecting any rapid changes, in time for effective hazard response and planning. Free; park entrance fees apply. Suggested donation of $2 to support park programs. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

REGISTER KEIKI, AGES 6 TO 12 YEARS, BY FEB. 13, FOR A VALENTINE'S DAY CARD Arts & Crafts class that takes place Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., at Kahuku Park, Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. Free. For more, call Teresa Anderson at 929-9113 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.

REGISTER KEIKI, GRADES K THROUGH 8, BY FEB. 13, FOR A VALENTINE'S DAY FLOWER & BEAR CRAFT class held on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Free. Call Nona Makuakane/Elijah Navarro at 928-3102 or visit  hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.

CHINESE NEW YEAR GUIDED HIKES - IN CHINESE - to celebrate the Year of the Dog are offered in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. On this easy, two-mile roundtrip, hike, Volunteer Janice Wei guides Chinese-speaking visitors through Ha‘akulamanu (Sulphur Banks) to the edge of Kīlauea Caldera at Akanikōlea (Steaming Bluff).
     People with respiratory or heart issues, infants, young children and pregnant women should avoid Sulphur Banks due to high levels of naturally occurring volcanic gas.
     The free hike is offered Tuesday, Feb. 13, Friday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon. Those interested should meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

VALENTINE'S DAY BUFFET, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., is hosted by Kīlauea Military Camp's 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. $28.00/adult and $14.50/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.

Little Fire Ants have reportedly reached Volcano.
The pest has been linked to pets losing sight from
repeated exposure. Attend a presentation and learn about
how to effectively control them. Photo from biisc.org
STORY TIME WITH AUNTIE LINDA FROM TŪTŪ & ME takes place on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Nā‘ālehu Public Library. For more, call 929-8571.

FAMILY READING is hosted at Ocean View Community Center on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more, call 939-7033 or visit ovcahi.org.

HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUB OF KA‘Ū meets Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m., at United Methodist Church in Nā‘ālehu. For more, call Pres. Berkley Yoshida at 747-0197.

LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO CONTROL LITTLE FIRE ANT, which has recently been found in Volcano, at a free presentation at Volcano Art Center on Thursday, Feb. 15. Little Fire Ant Presentation with Big Island Invasive Species Committee is part of the Thursday Night at the Center program and takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free; suggested donation of $5. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.

VOLUNTEER TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROTECTING vital and threatened native ecosystems by signing up for Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's February Forest Restoration Project event, held Friday, Feb. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Mauna Loa strip. 
     Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over rough, uneven terrain - through brush - in an area with a moderate slope. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. To volunteer, contact Linda Schubert at forest@fhvnp.org or 756-3694 by Monday, February 12, 2018. www.fhvnp.org

FRIENDS OF HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING is held Saturday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a free luncheon while learning about what's coming up for the organization, and be involved with the election of new board members. Luncheon is complimentary, registration is required; register and get more info at fhvnp.org/events/annual-membership-meeting-luncheon-2018/.

TŪTŪ AND ME OFFERS HOME VISITS. Tūtū and Me provides caregiver support to those with keiki zero to five years old: home visits to aid with helpful parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Home visits are free, last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, for a total of 12 visits, and snacks are provided. For info and to register, call Linda Bong 646-9634.

HFS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM IS OPEN to Big Island High School Seniors seeking a two or four-year degree at a College, University, or Vocational-Technical school in the 2018-19 academic year. Qualifications include: HFS member (in good standing), minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, full-time school schedule, and financial need. Applications due Wed., Feb. 28, available at hfsfcu.org/news/2018Scholarship or at any branch location: Kea‘au, Hilo, and Kona.

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