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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.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Ka‘ū News Briefs Saturday, March 3, 2018

Rutted roads to Mahana Bay, Green Sand Beach, are discussed in the South Point management plan which calls for 
designating specific roadways, trails and walkways and possibly charging admission to help pay for management of 
the area. See the plan online with its history, cultural, wildlife and archaeological studies.
SOUTH POINT HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS are the subject of the final draft of of a management plan that was recently filed with the State of Hawai‘i. It calls for setting protocol for traveling through the area, including: defining trails, and walking and driving routes; protecting historic sites and natives species; establishing parking areas; and the possible levying of entrance fees.
See many maps, illustrations and proposed management
idea for South Point online.
     The plan covers little-known historic places, along with locations popular with locals and visitors, such as Green Sand Beach, and the South Point cliffs frequented by fishermen, campers, and those risking diving into the ocean. One proposal is to allow walking along a trail to Green Sand Beach, and reserve driving for an emergency road that would be located mauka.
     The plan for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands was compiled by the planning firm Townscape, after years of research and gathering public input.
     The document includes not only a plan for management of South Point, but its history, an Archaeological Survey, and a Cultural Impact Survey. Many Ka‘ū residents are quoted with their ideas for the future of South Point. The document can be read online. See a series of upcoming stories on the plan in Ka‘ū News Briefs and in The Ka‘ū Calendar newspaper.

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FAIRNESS IN LABELING READY-TO-DRINK COFFEE, which is often promoted as being from Hawai‘i when most of the coffee content is from elsewhere, is the aim of HB1757HD1. The measure crossed over from the state House of Representatives to the Senate this week. It was introduced by Ka‘ū Rep. Richard Creagan and numerous cosponsors.
     At a hearing in February, coffee farmer Bruce Corker said that Ready to Drink beverages are on the market "using Hawai‘i origin names on their products without disclosing what percentage, if any, of the coffee is from the region on the label." He gave examples.
     "What we are asking for the protection of consumers and for the protection of the economic interests of farmers, is that this simple change be made: to add to the current labeling requirements, one, have a minimum of ten percent origin coffee in the product and, two, have the percentage on the label."
Ready to Drink Coffee by Trader Joe's proclaims its content
is 100 Percent Kona. The new legislation would require all
Ready to Drink Coffees to provide the origin of the coffee
by percent on each label.
     He said that truth in labeling can be enforced through a procedure developed by University of Hawai‘i called Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. He said it is a straightforward and inexpensive method developed by scientists at UH Manoa, and can be used to authenticate coffee origin and blend, both roasted and in brew.
     Supporting testimonies came in from County Council member Dru Kanuha, who is running for state Senate for west Ka‘ū and Kona, and Brenda Ford, who is running for state House of Representatives for west Ka‘ū and Kona.
     Ford wrote: "Please protect our heritage coffee crop and pass the RTD bill, HB1757. Hawai‘i is known for many wonderful things and our coffee is one of them. Our farmers need the protection provided by HB 1757 and our consumers need protection from fraudulent vendors who use the Hawaiian regional names to sell cheap out-of-country coffee blends with very low amounts of Hawaiian regional coffee but labeled as a Hawaiian regional coffee. Our farmers work very hard to support their families, pay their taxes, and provide consumers with a fine product. They should not need to compete with 'knock-off' blends using our great Hawaiian regional names."
Sundrop uses the name Ka‘ū for its Ready to Drink
Coffee. How much Ka‘ū is in each can?
     Kanuha wrote that false claims of coffee origins diminish the true coffee reputation and "potentially, (bring) economic harm to our local coffee farmers. This measure should help protect consumers from fraud and deception in coffee labeling, support the economic interests of Hawai‘i's coffee farmers, protect the integrity and reputation of Hawai‘i grown coffees."
     Jeanne Kapela, whose family owns a coffee farm, stated, "Labeling and advertising requirements are intended to resolve any consumer confusion and allow consumers to 'make an enlightened choice,' as stated in Act 289, Session Laws of Hawai‘i 1991, by promoting a truthful representation of a coffee product's geographical origin and protecting fraud and deception in coffee labeling and advertising. Local farmers are the heartbeat of West Hawai‘i, where I grew up and where my family owns a small coffee farm. Kona and Ka‘ū coffees, likewise, are two of Hawai‘i's most iconic treasures. Our farmers who grow these products provide economic security for our community. When farmers prosper, our economy thrives, our families are nourished, and our children grow strong. We must support local coffee farmers by fighting to protect the Kona name from misuse by commercial exploitation."
     Lynne Matusow, self-described coffee drinker - and one of the few non-farmers who testified on the bill - opined, "Unethical businesses should not be selling their product giving the impression that it contains 100% coffee from Hawaiʻi, when in fact it does not. Caveat emptor should be caveat seller. Please pass this bill."
     Read more testimonies.

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IMPROVEMENTS TO HELP STROKE AND HEART ATTACK VICTIMS in Ka‘ū and other remote places, through the state legislature funding for Hilo Medical Center, has strong support from Sen. Gil Kahele. His family is rooted in Miloli‘i, one of the communities most isolated from medical care in all of Hawai‘i. On Friday, he issued the following message:
     "Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the nation, including the State of Hawai‘i. In Hawai‘i, 22 percent of all hospital costs are a result of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks are responsible for almost 4,000 deaths per year. A heart attack is life-threatening and must be treated quickly and effectively. The sooner a heart attack is treated, the more heart muscle saved, which results in a greater chance of surviving and recovering. For over 25 years, the gold standard treatment for heart attacks has been Percutaneous Coronary Interventions, aka balloon angioplasty and stent placement.
 A helicopter, lifting a stroke or heart attack patient out of Ka‘ū Hospital for
treatment in Honolulu or Maui, is a long-distance, expensive effort that could
have better results with more cardiac capabilities at Hilo Medical Center.
Photo by Julia Neal
     "At first, only hospitals that offered open heart surgery would operate these cardiac catheterization labs due to the risk of complications that required surgical intervention. Studies have consistently shown that the complication rates have dropped significantly over the years and according to a 2012 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, 'Door-to-balloon times may be shorter, and outcomes consequently better, if primary PCI is widely available.'
     "However, many of the barriers to offering interventional cardiology for heart attack treatment to Hawai‘i Island residents have been reduced or eliminated. Distance, transportation issues, and more importantly, access to available medical services present real challenges for patients at Hilo Medical Center and other isolated areas. Access to available medical services aside, emergency medical transportation alone costs upwards of 30k – 75k from Hilo to O‘ahu.
     "Hilo Medical Center is committed to providing exceptional and compassionate care for the community. Cardiac interventions are complicated procedures performed in an emergent and stressful environment and it is important that Hilo Medical Center supports an organizational culture of high quality and patient safety. Once an interventional cardiology program is established in East Hawai‘i, a gradual expansion of service to most of the Hawai‘i Island is expected. Most patients on Hawai‘i Island, will be able to receive definitive heart attack care more quickly with an interventional cardiology program on island, than they would with care provided only on O‘ahu."
     For testimony that came from Ka‘ū and Volcano on this issue, see yesterday's Ka‘ū News Briefs.

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Learn to experiment with watercolor painting using broken glass as a catalyst on Mar. 17.
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
AN EXPERIMENTAL WATERCOLORS WORKSHOP, with pre-broken glass as a catalyst to spark creativity, has been announced by Volcano Art Center. The class, taught by Big Island artist Patti Pease Johnson, takes place from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 17.
     Each student will create three to five separate, 8 x 8 inch watercolor paintings on hot press paper. Students will also be taught theories of good composition, along with color theory and color wheel use. Abstract qualities are the focus of the workshop, using three to four paints right out of the tube with the glass. After the first drying and glass removal, each piece is brought to further expressiveness by using detailed watercolor techniques of washes, spatters, lifting, value gradations, dry brush, and more.
     When asked to describe the experience, Pease Johnson explained, "You can't help but wonder what is going to happen after your first piece of glass is put on watercolor paper. In painting, the more chances you take, the more you will stretch the limits of your understanding, and in turn the more you will grow as an artist."
     Cost for the workshop is $45 for VAC members and $45 for non-members, plus a $10 supply fee per person. Beginner and intermediate artists are welcome. Register online at volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.

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/janfebmar/februaryevents.htmlSee Ka‘ū exercise, meditation, daily, 
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.
KA‘Ū TROJANS SPORTS SCHEDULE
Girls Softball: Wednesday, Mar 7, Waiakea @ Ka‘ū
   Friday, Mar 9, @ Hawai‘i Prep
   Tuesday, Mar 13, @ Hilo
   Saturday, Mar 17 @ Konawaena
   Monday, Mar 19, KSH @ Ka‘ū
   Saturday, Mar 24 @ Kealakehe
   Saturday, Mar 31 @ Honoka‘a
   Monday, Apr 2, @ Kohala
   Saturday, Apr 7, Hawai‘i Prep @ Ka‘ū
   Monday, Apr 9, @ Pāhoa
   Wednesday, Apr 11 @ KSH
   Saturday, Apr 14, Kea‘au @ Ka‘ū
Boys VolleyballMonday, Mar 5, @ Hawai‘i Prep
   Friday, Mar 9, @ Kohala
   Monday, Mar 12, @ Makua Lani
   Wednesday, Mar 14 Ehunui @ Ka‘ū
   Friday, Mar 16 @ Konawaena
   Monday, Mar 19 @ KSH
   Friday, Mar 23 Pāhoa @ Ka‘ū
   Tuesday, Apr 3, @ Waiakea
   Wednesday, Apr 11, Kea‘au @ Ka‘ū
   Friday, Apr 13, Honoka‘a @ Ka‘ū
   Monday, Apr 16, @ Hilo
   Friday, Apr 20, Parker @ Ka‘ū

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KAHA KIʻI CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION is open to high school students. Digital files of 2D artwork due by March 5 at haearts@gmail.com. More info at: gabbard.house.gov/serving-you/student-resources/art-competition

ARTS & CRAFTS: SPRING BUTTERFLY CRAFT, register until Mar 6. Event is Wed, Mar 7, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.Pāhala Community Center. For grades K-8 years. Free. Nona Makuakane/Elijah Navarro, 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation 

MY HAWAI‘I 2018 CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST is open to all 6th through 8th grade students in the state. Submit story or poem that addresses the theme, "Ulu ka lālā i ke kumu: From a strong foundation grows an abundant future," to align with the 2018 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference. Submit online at hawaiiconservation.org/my-hawaii/my-hawaii-story-project-2018 by 5:00 p.m., March 9. Email questions to myhawaiistory@gmail.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4
Kaha Kiʻi District One winner from 2016.
Competition deadline is March 5. Details above.
HAWAI‘I WILDLIFE FUND NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP LOAD NETS - previously collected from the coast - into a container at Wai‘ōhinu Transfer Station on Sunday, March 4, starting at 9 a.m. Bring personal drinking water. To sign-up, email kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com.

TWO SUNDAY CLAY - HIGH FIRE! WORKSHOPS WITH ERIK WOLD, a morning and an afternoon class that each meet once-weekly for eight weeks, start on Mar. 4. Morning session takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; afternoon session takes place from 2:45 to 5:45 p.m. Both courses run through Apr. 22. $180 VAC members/$200 non-members, plus $15 materials fee for 6 pounds of clay - includes glazes and firing. Register online at volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.

HAM RADIO POTLUCK PICNIC, Sun., Mar. 4, noon to 2 p.m., Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. Sponsored by South Point Amatueur Radio Club and Amateur Radio Emergency Service. View sites.google.com/site/southpointartc
 or sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058.

MONDAY, MARCH 5
OCEAN VIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETING, Mon, Mar 5, 4 - 6 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

TUESDAY, MARCH 6
WALK INTO THE PAST WITH DR. THOMAS A. JAGGAR, Tuesdays, Mar. 6, 20, and 27, at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m., at Kīlauea VisitorCenter. Each performance lasts about an hour. To find out more about this living history program, visit the park website: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/walk_into_the_past.htm

DISCOVERY HARBOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. Meeting, Tue, Mar 6, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

KA‘Ū COFFEE GROWERS MEETING, Tue, Mar 6, 6 - 8 p.m., Pāhala Community Center.

AFTER DARK IN THE PARK: THE FIRST TEN YEARS OF KĪLAUEA VOLCANO'S SUMMIT ERUPTION, Tues., Mar. 6, 7 p.m., at Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Free; park entrance fees apply - nps.gov/HAVO

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7
DEMOCRATIC PRECINCT MEETING, Wed, Mar 7, 6 - 8 p.m., New Thought Center in Kealakekua. Democratic Party Precincts of Ho‘okena, Miloli‘i & Ocean View. ovcahi.org, 939-7033, ovcahawaii@gmail.com

OPEN MIC NIGHT, Wed, Mar 7, 6 - 10 p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp’s Lava Lounge in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Singers, Bands, Comedians, etc. Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests 21 years and older. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

THURSDAY, MARCH 8
STEWARDSHIP OF KῙPUKAPUAULU takes place every Thursday in March: 8, 15, 22, and 29. Participants meet at Kīpukapuaulu parking lot, Mauna Loa Road, off Highway 11, at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers should bring clippers or pruners, sturdy gloves, a hat and water; wear closed-toe shoes. Clothing may be permanently stained by morning glory sap. New volunteers, contact Marilyn Nicholson at nickem@hawaii.rr.com.

DISABILITY LEGAL SERVICES, Thu, Mar 8, 9:30 - 1 p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Provided by Paula Boyer of Big Island Disability. ovcahi.org, 939-7033, ovcahawaii@gmail.com

Learn the art of traditional Japanese Woodblock
printmaking with Sensei Glenn Yamonoga. 

Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
MOKUHANGA: TRADITIONAL JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINTMAKING, Thursdays, Mar 8 - Apr 5, 1 - 3:30 p.m.Volcano ArtCenter. Five hands-on sessions w/ Sensei Glenn Yamanoha. Water-based printing by hand using non-toxic natural materials. No experience necessary. $72/VAC members, $80/non-members, plus a $40 supply fee. Registration online, volcanoartcenter.org

EXPLORE! FAIR, Nāʻālehu School Gym, Thurs, Mar 8, 4 - 6 p.m., free. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) is the theme, with hands-on experiments, make-and-take activities, student-work showcases, and brain-challenging games. Enjoy free food and refreshments, and a chance to win door prizes.

FOUR DAYS OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP COMING TO KA‘Ū, with Big Island Faith Crusade, at Ka‘ū District Gym, 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; free. Contact Thy Word Ministries Pastor Bob Tominaga at 936-9114 or Herb Schneider at 327-9739 for more information.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9
STEWARDSHIP AT THE SUMMIT Fri, Mar 9. Participants meet Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m. Volunteers should wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants, and bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools provided. Parental or guardian accompaniment, or written consent, required for volunteers under 18. Visit park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm

REGISTER FOR KAʻŪ RURAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL MEETING by March 9 by calling Kaʻū Resource & Distance Learning Center at 928-0101. The gathering will be Fri., March 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10
PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND RAFFLE, Sat, Mar 10, 8 - 11 a.m., Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

KĀWĀ VOLUNTEER DAY, Sat, Mar 10, 9:30 a.m., Kāwā. Sign up with James Akau, Nā Mamo o Kāwā, at namamookawa@gmail.com or 430-3058.

REALMS AND DIVISIONS OF KAHUKU, Sat, Mar 10, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, two-mile, guided hike on Kahuku Unit's newest trail, Pu‘u Kahuku, explores the traditional Hawaiian classification system. Bring a snack.

ZENTANGLE: HALF-PAST PAIZLEY, Sat, Mar 10, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Lydia Menses incorporates a paisley motif as Zentangle string, using a mixture of Zentangle's official and non-official tangles to fill. No experience necessary. $30/VAC members, $35/non-members, plus $10 supply fee. Light refreshment provided. Register online, volcanoartcenter.org

RED CROSS MEETING, Sat, Mar 10, 3 - 5 p.m., Ocean View Community Centerovcahi.org, 939-7033, ovcahawaii@gmail.com

MISS KA‘Ū COFFEE PAGEANT - REGISTRATION DEADLINE, Sat, Mar 10, 6 p.m. Event held Sat, Apr 21, Ka‘ū District Gym. Those who sign up early will be offered more opportunity for training and sponsorships. Ka‘ū Coffee Pageant Director Trinidad Marques, 928-0606, TrinidadMarques@yahoo.com, or Facebook Trinidad Marques.

AN EVENING WITH REBECCA FOLSOM, Sat, Mar 10, 7 - 9 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Awarding-winning artist. $20 per VAC member and $25 per non-member. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

ONGOING
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.

KDEN HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES - March 9 through 24. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m, Kīlauea Military Camp’s Kīlauea Theater, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network performance. KMC open to authorized KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call KDEN for ticket info, 982-7344.

TĪ AND SEAS 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.

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