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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Ka‘ū News Briefs Sunday, February 18, 2018

Volunteer to help remove invasive, non-native, plant species from a Special Ecological Area, Kīpukapuaulu. See story below. Photo from nps.gov/HAVO
YEAR OF THE HAWAIIAN is 2018 and it's official. Last week Gov. David Ige signed Resolution 74, passed by the Hawai‘i State Senate. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is cooperating to help bring the Hawaiian community together this year, with cultural and educational events.
     There is much to celebrate, the Governor said, noting that "2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Hawaiian Language immersion programs that have brought the Hawaiian language back from the brink of extinction. Hawaiian language is now thriving, spoken by more than 20,000 people." 
     This year marks important anniveraries in Hawai‘i's history: It is the 100th anniversary of the first Hawaiian Civic Club, founded by Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole - an association and movement which continues to this day; it is the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs by the 1978 Constitutional Convention; and it is the 25th anniversary of the formal apology from Congress and the President of the United States to the Hawaiian people, for America's role in the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom on January 17, 1893.
Senator Kai Kahele and family.
     Sen. Kai Kahele, whose family roots are among outrigger canoe fishermen in Miloliʻi and Kaʻū, weighed in. "The ingenuity, knowhow, and brilliance of the Kānaka Hawai‘i has a legacy of creating great change, not just in Hawai‘i, but around the world. Designating 2018 as the Year of the Hawaiian is a good opportunity for the state to continue to recognize this and remind ourselves of our commitments to the Hawaiian community."
     Sen. Brickwood Galuteria said, "It is important to me to continue to remind Hawai‘i and kānaka of our collective movements, successes, and goals we have yet to achieve. Our stories may have impacts across the globe, but hold the most meaning nowhere else in the world but here in Hawaiʻi."
     The proclamation was signed during a ceremony, also attended by Former Gov. John Waihee, First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige, OHA Chair Colette Machado, and Hawaiian language students, who took part in the signing ceremony and festivities.
     Kahele issued a statement about Year of the Hawaiian, saying, "Giving pause and recognizing the accomplishments of Native Hawaiians is important. Culture is the cornerstone of identity and language is how a culture is shared and communicated through. As a Hawaiian, I feel the need to communicate to my family the importance of learning and living in the language. By creating an environment of complete cultural immersion, our children are able to experience the Hawaiian culture in its most authentic form."
     He shared that his children attend a Hawaiian language school, and concluded with, "Today was a great day for our community and I know there will be more to come. As the session continues, please don't hesitate to share your manaʻo on those issues you feel similarly passionate about. If you need help navigating the legislative process, don't hesitate to contact me or my staff at 808-586-6760 or senkkahele@capitol.hawaii.gov."

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Justin Kripps, front, in PyeongChang, 
South Korea. Photo from Justin Kripps
KAʻŪ-BORN JUSTIN KRIPPS FINISHED SECOND IN TWO-MAN BOBSLEIGH heats at PyeongChang in the wee hours of Sunday morning. He piloted the team Canada sled twice to finish 0.10 second behind the first-place German team and 0.19 seconds ahead of the third place German team. In two races, the first place team sailed down the 1,376.38 meters (.86 miles) distance with an average time of 39.39 seconds.
      After two more races early Monday morning, times for the four races will be averaged to determine the medal winners.
     "I think we have a great shot," said Kripps. "I really like this track. It is fun to drive. I put together two pretty good runs - wanted a little bit better - but all-in-all a great start. We just have to put together two runs that are a little better tomorrow. We'll buckle down and get a few more hundredths out of the start."
     The third and fourth two-man races will be Monday morning at 1:15 a.m. and 4 a.m. HST. They can be viewed live at http://stream.nbcolympics.com/bobsled-two-man-3-4.
     Kripps' two man team for Canada is a favorite for the gold. He will also pilot the four-man races, which will culminate on Sunday, Feb. 25.

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A volunteer helps remove invasive ginger at Hawai‘i 
Volcanoes National Park Stewardship event. Photo from NPS
MARCH DATES FOR STEWARDSHIP VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site, have been announced. Both programs offer volunteers the opportunity to help native Hawaiian forest plant species thrive by removing invasive, non-native, plant species.
     Stewardship of Kīpukapuaulu, which takes place in an area said to be home to an astonishing diversity of native forest and understory plants, is scheduled for every Thursday - Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 - at 9:30 a.m. Participants meet at the Kīpukapuaulu parking lot, on Mauna Loa Road, off Highway 11, in the park. Volunteers should: bring clippers or pruners, sturdy gloves, a hat, and water; wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that you don't mind getting permanently stained from morning glory sap; and be prepared for cool and wet or hot and sunny weather. New volunteers are asked to contact Marilyn Nicholson at nickem@hawaii.rr.com for more information.
     Stewardship at the Summit will take place on Mar. 3, 9, 16, 23, and 31. Participants meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center on any of the above dates at 8:45 a.m. Volunteers should: wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants; and bring a hat, raingear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Parental or guardian accompaniment, or written consent, is required for volunteers under 18. Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm.

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Pratt residence exterior, one of the homes on the
Volcano Design and Wine Home Tour. Photo from VCF
VOLCANO DESIGN AND WINE HOME TOUR returns Saturday, April 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year's tour will feature five homes - two in Volcano Village and three in the Volcano Golf Course subdivision - that were all designed by noted Volcano architect Boone Morrison, and built over a span of several decades, "illustrating an evolution in architectural design," says a statement from Volcano Community Foundation, who organizes the event.
     The architect will accompany the group to talk about each home, and point out special features that may be missed by the casual observer. The tour will conclude with an elegant catered bento lunch and wine at the Volcano Winery, and include a free optional tour of the winery.
     Participants must be comfortable walking up and down stairs and on uneven ground and will be asked to remove shoes before entering the homes on tour. The cost per participant is $50, and includes transportation, the tour, lunch, and wine. 
Hawk residence interior, one of the homes on the
Volcano Design and Wine Home TourPhoto from VCF
     Advance registration required. To reserve a space, contact Janet at Kilauea Lodge Monday-Friday at 967-7366 or email volcanocommunity@gmail.com. Payments should be made by check payable to the Volcano Community Foundation and mailed to the VCF at P.O. Box 94, Volcano Hawaii 96785, or dropped off at the Kilauea Lodge office. Please provide an email address along with payment. Registration confirmation and additional program information will be emailed prior to the tour date.

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MONDAY, FEB. 19
STEWARDSHIP AT THE SUMMIT PROGRAM volunteers meet Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center Mon., Feb. 19, at 8:45 a.m. Free; park entrance fees apply - nps.gov/HAVO.

PANIOLO FROM KA‘Ū ENTER THE THIRD AND FINAL DAY OF COMPETITION AT PANA‘EWA STAMPEDE Rodeo Grounds on Monday. Grounds open at 11 a.m.on  Monday. Buster Barton is the announcer and Rodeo Clown JJ Harrison protects paniolo and entertains - HawaiiRodeoStampede.com.

BASKETBALL CAMP AT KAHUKU PARK IN HOVE, sponsored by Ocean View Baptist Church, open to keiki in grades 1-6, begins Mon., Feb. 19, runs through Fri., Feb. 23, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Kicks off with pizza on the first day. Space is limited - register on Ocean View Baptist Facebook page or sign up at the park by calling Teresa Anderson at 929-9113.

DISCOVERY HARBOUR NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH meets Monday, Feb. 19, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Call 929-9576 or visit discoveryharbour.net.

TUESDAY, FEB. 20
See public Ka‘ū events, meetings, entertainment at kaucalendar.com
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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 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com.
BASKETBALL CAMP AT KAHUKU PARK IN HOVE, sponsored by Ocean View Baptist Church, open to keiki in grades 1-6, runs through Fri., Feb. 23, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited - register on Ocean View Baptist Facebook page or sign up at the park by calling Teresa Anderson at 929-9113.

REGISTER KEIKI GRADES K-8 BY FEB. 20 FOR A PRESIDENT'S DAY STAR HANGING arts and crafts activity, Wed., Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Pāhala Community Center. Free; call Nona Makuakane/Elijah Navarro at 928-3102 or hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.

REGISTER FOR GIRL'S DAY PAPER FLOWER CLASS from Feb. 20 to 27, for keiki grades K-8 Wed., Feb. 28, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Call Nona Makuakane or Elijah Navarro at 928-3102. For more about these and other recreation programs - hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

HAWAI‘I COUNTY COUNCIL COMMITTEES MEET TUES., FEB. 20, with a full Council meeting taking place the following day, Wed., Feb. 21. Both meetings occur in Kona. Ka‘ū; residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21
BASKETBALL CAMP AT KAHUKU PARK IN HOVE, sponsored by Ocean View Baptist Church, open to keiki in grades 1-6, runs through Fri., Feb. 23, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited - register on Ocean View Baptist Facebook page or sign up at the park by calling Teresa Anderson at 929-9113.

THURSDAY, FEB. 22
Ocean View Baptist Church offers
basketball camp all this week at Kahuku Park.
KA‘Ū COMMUNITY CHILDREN'S COUNCIL meets at Punalu‘u Bake Shop Thurs., Feb. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. The council meets on the fourth Thursday of each month - ccco.k12.hi.us.

BASKETBALL CAMP AT KAHUKU PARK IN HOVE, sponsored by Ocean View Baptist Church, open to keiki in grades 1-6, runs through Fri., Feb. 23, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited - register on Ocean View Baptist Facebook page or sign up at the park by calling Teresa Anderson at 929-9113.

FRIDAY, FEB. 23
JOIN PARK RANGERS FOR COFFEE TALK, an informal conversation on a variety of topics. Fri., Feb 23, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Kahuku Park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Ka‘ū coffee, tea, and pastries available for purchase. Free - nps.gov/HAVO.

LAST DAY OF BASKETBALL CAMP AT KAHUKU PARK IN HOVE, sponsored by Ocean View Baptist Church, open to keiki in grades 1-6, Feb. 23, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited - register on Ocean View Baptist Facebook page or sign up at the park by calling Teresa Anderson at 929-9113.
There be whales in these here waters. Join the community for the
second of three weekends to count whale for sanctuaryoceancount.org.

BUDDY CAGE CANCER BENEFIT WITH EDGE OF THE WEST, held Fri., Feb. 23, 9 p.m., at Pāhoa Lava Shack; Sat., Feb. 24, 5 p.m., luau in Kona at King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel courtyard; and Sun., Feb. 25, 2 p.m., at Ocean View's The Terraces. Info 917-561-4800, www.edgeofthwest.band.


SATURDAY, FEB. 24
SANCTUARY OCEAN HUMPBACK WHALE COUNT, Sat., Feb 24, 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; arrive 30 min. prior for orientation. Four locations near/in Ka‘ū: Miloli‘i Lookout, Ka Lae Park, Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach Park, and Ka‘ena Point - hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov for directions; park entrance fees apply. Bring sun protection, water, snacks, and a cushion to sit on. Pre-registration required: sanctuaryoceancount.org.

LA‘AU LAPA‘AU, BEGINNER LEVEL CLASS, at Ka‘ū District Gym, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 24. Free; to register or for more details, call 969-9220 and ask for the Traditional Health team - hmono.org to learn more about the organization.

REALMS AND DIVISIONS OF KAHUKU, Sat, Feb 24, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This moderately difficult, two-mile, guided hike on Kahuku Unit’s newest trail, Pu‘u Kahuku, explores the traditional Hawaiian classification system. Bring a snack for the talk story segment of this hike.

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/.

ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BONSAI AND HOW TO GROW THEM, with Sensei Bill Newton, Volcano Garden Arts, Saturday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $36 per person per class, space is limited - 985-8979 or volcanogardenarts.com.

14TH ANNUAL LOVE THE ARTS fundraiser gala at the Ni‘aulani Campus, Sat., Feb. 24, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets, and sponsorship and artist donation forms, online at volcanoartcenter.org, or in person at Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Art Center Gallery, and Basically Books in Hilo - $55 per VAC member, $65 for non-members.

BUDDY CAGE CANCER BENEFIT WITH EDGE OF THE WEST, held Sat., Feb. 24, 5 p.m., luau in Kona at King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel courtyard; and Sun., Feb. 25, 2 p.m., at Ocean View's The Terraces. Info 917-561-4800, www.edgeofthwest.band.

SUNDAY, FEB. 25
TRAVERSE SCENIC PASTURES ALONG AN ANCIENT CINDER CONE, with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer, Sunday, Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Moderately difficult, guided, 2.6-mile hike along the Palm Trail in the Kahuku Unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Free - nps.gov/HAVO.

BUDDY CAGE CANCER BENEFIT WITH EDGE OF THE WEST, held Sun., Feb. 25, 2 p.m., at Ocean View's The Terraces. Info 917-561-4800, www.edgeofthwest.band.

UPCOMING
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, Mar. 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, in the Moku Ola Ballroom. For 66 years, its outreach to the Island has provided a safe and educational place for children after school.
    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.


ONGOING
TĪ AND SEAS, NEW ART EXHIBIT at Volcano Art Center Gallery featuring oil paintings by Pāhoa resident Steve Irvine, is open to the public through Sun., Mar. 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily - volcanoartcenter.org or 967-8222.

HULA WERK!, Mondays through Mar. 26, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ka‘ū District Gym, Pāhala. Workout class that incorporates Hula, Tahitian, and Hip Hop. Bring pareo (sarong), water, and shoes (optional). Free; donations welcome. Ulu Makuakane, 640-9694.

YOGA IN THE PARK hosted Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Wai‘ōhinu Park. Free, donations requested; open to all levels and taught by a Yoga Therapist and Pilates instructor - LaurieBoyle@AlohaTherapies.com.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR HALAU HULA O LEIONALANI classes, led by Kumu Hula Debbie Leionalani Ryder, Wednesdays at Pāhala Community Center. Keiki classes are 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., adult beginners 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and adult advanced 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Register by coming to class or call 649-9334.

TŪTŪ AND ME OFFERS HOME VISITS 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.

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