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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, November 03, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs Saturday, November 3, 2018

Kumu Hula Debbie Ryder's Hālau Hula O Leionalani, celebrating George Na‘ope and Mary Kawena Pukui.









HAWAIIAN, SAMOAN, FILIPINO, JAPANESE AND MEXICAN CULTURE came together today during the annual Ho‘okupu Hula No Ka‘ū Festival at Pāhala Community Center. Organizer Kumu Hula Debbie Ryder told the crowd throughout the day and evening that during these times it is "aloha, love and forgiveness" that are important. She said she and the community celebrate the cultural diversity of Ka‘ū and the welcome hearts of Ka‘ū people who take in visitors from afar.
     Dancers traveled to Ka‘ū from Mexico, Virginia, Japan and other Hawaiian places. University of Hawai‘i's Samoan and Filipino dancers joined in.
     Lorie Lei Shirakawa, hula sister to Ryder and long time kumu in Ka‘ū, brought in students from her home in Hilo. She brought her Ka‘ū members who recently excelled in the island wide Kūpuna hula competition.
Kaho‘okele Crabbe opened the cultural festival today in Pāhala.

Photos by Julia Neal
     Ka‘ū residents turned in names of those who passed away They  and ancestors were honored in a kukui nut burning ceremony conducted by Kawehi Ryder. "Look into the flames," said Debbie Ryder. "You may see something," she told those who recently lost loved ones.
     Local community groups raised money and put forth their missions. The Ka‘ū High School Culinary Club, mentored by ‘Āina Akamu, provided pork plates to bring in funding for a culinary educational trip to Japan next year. The journey will offer the opportunity for a number of students from Ka‘ū to travel, most of them signing up for passports for the first time.
     Donations can be made to Ka‘ū High.
     A reforestation group urged people to plant trees and to pick up native seedings on Arbor Day, next April. Representatives of the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park promoted their educational presentations, events and hikes.
     Hawaiian cultural practitioners presented many skills, from building rock walls and grass houses to making drums and using native Hawaiian plants for healing.
     See more in Sunday's Ka‘ū News Briefs.
   
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THE NEW VACATION RENTAL BILL FROM THE COUNTY COUNCIL MOVED FORWARD THIS WEEK.
     Hawai‘i Life, a real estate company, broke it down for property owners, saying, "it is certain some version of this bill will be passed by the end of this year."
Ka‘ū High School Culinary Club members, raising money today, to travel
on a culinary education adventure to Japan next year.
     The current version before the County Council would give vacation rental owners in residential districts until Oct. 1, 2019, the opportunity to be grandfathered in, to show they are current in paying for Transient Accommodations Tax, General Excise Tax, and that their houses are approved by the county.
     Hawaiilife.com explains it this way:
     "The bill applies to 'unhosted' rentals, where the owner does not live on site. That means the property is a second home, vacation home, or investment property.
     "Hotel, resort, and commercial zonings expressly allow short term rentals. The focus of this bill is to limit vacation rentals on homes in residential and agricultural districts.
     "All short term vacation rentals must register. The proposed fee is now $500.
     "Existing rentals that are a non-conforming use, meaning in zoning that does not allow them, are eligible to be 'grandfathered.' They will be allowed to continue to operate under certain conditions. In order to obtain the non-conforming use certificate, they must show evidence of rental history, that
Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park invites
everyone to hike and learn. Photos by Julia Neal
General Excise Tax and Transient Accommodations Tax are being paid, and that the property has proper, closed building permits.
     "The non-conforming use certificate will transfer to a new owner, as long as annual renewals have kept it current.
     "To conform with state land use designation, special use permits will not be issued for short term accommodations in farm dwellings (which is technically what homes and guest houses in agricultural districts are considered)."
      The restriction on agricultural property is of particular concern to vacation rental owners in Wood Valley, Ocean View and Volcano where the zoning is agriculture.

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NEW and UPCOMING
KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP HOSTS A THANKSGIVING BUFFET, on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at their Crater Rim Café, located within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The buffet menu includes "Roast Turkey, Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham and all the fixins," states a press release issued by Kīlauea Military Camp. Attendees are asked to purchase meal tickets at $22.95 per adult and $12.95 per child, ages 6 to 11 years old.
     Kīlauea Military Camp is open to all authorized Kīlauea Military Camp patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8356 or 967-8371 for additional information. See kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

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THANKSGIVING NATURE WREATH, AN ARTS & CRAFTS ACTIVITY for keiki ages 6 to 12 years old, at Kahuku Park (on Paradise Circle in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates), is held on Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Register Nov. 13 to 22. For more, call 929-9113.

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Kumu Hula Ka‘ea Lyons and Lily Kahelelani Dudoit.
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org 
KUMU HULA KA‘EA LYONS AND LILY KAHELELANI DUDOIT WITH HĀLAU KA‘EAIKAHELELANI perform Hula Kahiko on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., on the hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery, inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
     Both Lyons and Dudoit are native residents of Kalaoa, Kona, coming from a family of hula dancers and musicians and "are proud to have the opportunity to carry on this legacy that was gifted to them by their mother Sally Alohikea-Toko," states the event description on volcanoartcenter.org. Their hula years span their lifetime, each with over 35 years of experience. As students of Hālau Nā Lei ‘O Kaholokū, under the direction of Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap and Leialoha Amina, they participated in the annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, traveled to Japan, New Zealand, Tahiti, Taiwan and all across the U.S.
Hālau Ka‘eaikahelelani. Photo from volcanoartcenter.org 
     This performance is part of a year-round series sponsored by the Volcano Art Center. For the series, hula hālau from across Hawai‘i are invited to perform each month in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This presentation will be presented authentically in an outdoor setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats.
     These free events are supported in part by a grant from the County of Hawaiʻi Department of Research and Development and the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority and individual funding from members of the Volcano Art Center’s ʻohana. For more, call Desiree Cruz at 987-7288, email volcanohula@gmail.com, or call 967-8222. See volcanoartcenter.org.

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Loke Kamanu.
Photo from 
volcanoartcenter.org
CULTURAL SPECIALIST LOKE KAMANU AND HER ‘OHANA DISPLAY OF NĀ MEA HULA, all things hula, on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
     Held once a month in conjunction with the Hula Kahiko performance at the kahua hula, the public is invited to view the Nā Mea Hula demonstration on the lanai of the gallery. Kamanu and her ‘ohana share a variety of instruments, implements and lei styles that play an integral role in the life of the hula practitioner. This memorable demonstration is hands-on and family friendly. Free; however, park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8222. See volcanoartcenter.org.

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REGISTER KEIKI, KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE, FOR ANGEL ORNAMENT, an Arts & Craft's Activity in the Ka‘ū District Gym's multi-purpose room held on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is open Nov. 19 to 27. For more, call 928-3102.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Palm Trail, Sun., Nov. 4, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, 2.6-mile loop traverses scenic pastures along an ancient cinder cone, with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun., Nov. 4, noon-2pm, Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. Sponsored by South Point Amateur Radio Club and Amateur Radio Emergency Service. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc
 or sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon., Nov. 5 & 19, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. A parent led homeschool activity/social group building community in Ka‘ū. Contact prior to attending to confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Story Time with Lindsey Miller from PARENTS, Inc., Mon., Nov. 5, 2:30-3:15pm, Nā‘ālehu Public Library. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Meeting, Mon., Nov. 5, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6
VOTE: General Election, Tue., Nov. 6, 7am-6pm. Area polling places are Cooper Center, 19-4030 Wright Rd., Volcano Village; Ka‘ū High/Pāhala Elementary School Cafeteria, 96-3150 Pikake St., Pāhala; Nā‘ālehu Elementary School Cafeteria, 95-5545 Mamalahoa Hwy.; Ocean View Community Center, 92-8924 Leilani Circle, Ocean View; Miloli‘i Halau Pavilion, Miloli‘i. elections.hawaii.gov

Family Yoga Class, Tue., Nov. 6, 9:30-10:30am, PARENTS, Inc., Nā‘ālehu. Wonderful way to embody connection. 3-12 years old and caregivers. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothes. Bring a mat, if can, as supplies are limited. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting, Tue., Nov. 6, 4-6pm, Nov. 20, 4:30-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

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

After Dark in the Park, Kolea: A Story of Hawai‘i and Beyond, Tue., Nov. 6, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Russell Cahill introduces his latest book, with selected readings and book signing. Program co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free; donations help support park programs. Park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Registration for P&R Boys & Girls, T-Ball/Coach Pitch Baseball League open Nov. 7-Jan. 16, Kahuku Park, H.OV.E. For ages 5-8. Programs run Jan. 22 through Apr. 18, game and practice times TBA. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Craft Stick Fall Sign, Arts & Crafts Activity, Wed., Nov. 7, 3:30-5pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room, Pāhala. For grades K-8. Register through Nov. 5. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Open Mic Night, Wed., Nov. 7, 6-10pm, Kīlauea Military Camp inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Call 967-8365 after 4pm to sign-up and for more details. For patrons 21+. Park entrance fees may apply. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests. 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Learn More About Becoming A Foster Parent, Thu., Nov. 8, 8:30-10:30am, Pāhala Community Center. Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool on-going; however, all are welcome to visit w/ Michelle Caravalho of Hui Ho‘omalu to discuss becoming a foster parent. East Hawai‘i, 987-5988, West Hawai‘i 896-3829

Health Insurance Sign-up, Thu., Nov. 8, 9-4pm, Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored by Hawai‘i Department of Health. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thu., Nov. 8, 6:30pm, United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkley Yoshida, 747-0197

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Military Coloring Sheets, Arts & Crafts Activity, Fri.., Nov. 9, 2-3pm, Kahuku Park, HOVE. For ages 6-12. Register through Nov. 8. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund & Nā Mamo o Kāwā Estuary Volunteer Work Day, Sat., Nov. 10, meet 9:30am, Northern Gate, Kāwā. 2WD accessible, volunteers welcome. Free; donations appreciated. Sign-up w/James Akau, Nā Mamo o Kāwā, namamookawa@gmail.com, jakau@nmok.org, 561-9111, nmok.org. HWF - RSVP to kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, call 769-7629

4th Annual Lā ‘Ohana: Health and Hawaiian Culture, Sat., Nov. 10, 9-4pm, Miloli‘i. Hawaiian cultural demonstrations and medicine; free health screenings; open enrollment from healthcare.gov; arts and crafts vendors, informational booths, foods, snacks, and entertainment. Fundraising for Miloli‘i Hipu‘u online virtual academy of Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School. Free entry. Sponsored by Kalanihale, kalanihale.org. Potential vendors contact Ka‘imi Kaupiko, 937-1310, kkaupiko@gmail.com

Stained Glass Basics I, Sat. & Sun., Nov 10, 11, 17 & 18, 9-noon, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Four session workshop for beginners with Lois Pollock. $90/VAC member, $100/non-member, plus $15 supply fee. Advance registration required; class size limited to 6 adults. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Nature & Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Sat., Nov. 10, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate guided hike along the Palm Trail, approx. 2 miles. Learn about native plants that play a vital role in Hawaiian culture, and observe the catastrophic change and restoration of the land as it transitions from the 1868 lava flow to deeper soils with more diversity and older flora. Free. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Hawai‘i Human Trafficking Presentation, Sat., Nov. 10, 10-11:30am, Ocean View Community Center. Presentation of human trafficking in Hawai‘i based on research study at University of Arizona. 939-7033

Hawaiian LomiLomi Lapa‘au Breath of Ha Workshop, Sat., Nov. 10, 10-1pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Kahuna Kumu Leina‘ala Brown teaches this level 1 training. $90/VAC member, $100/non-member. 967-8222, volcanoartcetner.org

Zentangle: Botanical Boarders and Beyond w/Dina Kageler, Sat., Nov. 10, 10-1pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Returning tanglers encouraged to bring their favorite Zentangle supplies - loaner pens, pencils and watercolors available. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. Bring light refreshment to share. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Hula Kahiko - Ka‘ea Lyons and Lily Kahelelani Dudoit w/Hālau Ka‘eaikahelelani, Sat., Nov. 10, 10:30-11:30am, hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Annual Volunteer Appreciation - Ice Cream, Brownies & Tie Dye Social, Sat., Nov. 10, 3-5pm, Volcano Art Center, Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Volcano Art Center members welcome, others welcome to become members to attend. Julie Williams, 339-1699, volcanoartcenter.org

Ocean View Turkey Challenge, Sat., Nov. 10, 4-10pm, Terraces, 92-1885 Princess Kaiulani Blvd., Ocean View. D-Tech Solutions DJ Robert Unger, 4-7pm; K.O.A. band, 7-10pm. Adults only. Admission: One Keiki gift $10-15 value, unwrapped, no stuffed animals. Raffle Tickets $1 each, or 6 for $15; winners need not be present to win. Turkey plates available on site or to-go, $10. Proceeds fund Keiki Christmas at Kahuku Park. Competitors sign-up by Nov. 1. Contact Lee, 494-8835, or Kathie, 937-5865, peoplerdcare@gmail.com

ONGOING
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, and in Nāʻālehu 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.

Exhibit, Volcano Collaborations 2018: Artists Invitational, through Nov. 4, 9-5pm, Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Features pieces made by 18 artists at VAC's first Artists' Collaboration event. 967-7565

Registration for Track & Field Practice open through Wed., Nov. 21, Kahuku Park, on Paradise Circle in H.O.V.E. Program for ages 6-14 to be held Dec. 3-Feb. 8. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

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.

CU Hawaiʻi Federal Credit Union's Nāʻālehu Branch is taking applications for a Member Service Representative. The job description reads: Serve as a liaison between the member and the Credit Union. Provide a variety of financial services to members including savings, share drafts, and loan transactions, as well as sales of merchandise items: money orders, traveler's checks, postage stamps, etc., in accordance with Credit Union procedures and policies. CU Hawaiʻi offers medical, drug, dental, vision and retirement benefits.
     Mail, hand-deliver, or fax application to: CU Hawaii Federal Credit Union, Attn: Human Resources, 476 Hinano Street, Hilo, HI 96720, Fax (808) 935-7793. Applications can be downloaded online at cuhawaii.com/about-cu/career-opportunities.html

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