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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.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs, Monday, December 10, 2018

Donna Gascon drapes herself in Kaʻū Coffee beans, in the height of their season, in Sunday's Pāhala
Christmas Parade, with Kaʻū Coffee Growers Cooperative President Gloria Camba to her left.
See more parade photos in the events section below, and photos of Kaʻū Coffee princesses and queens
in tomorrow's Kaʻū News Briefs. Photo by Julia Neal
THE SUPREME COURT SURPRISED ANTIABORTIONISTS TODAY when new Justice Brett Kavanaugh voted with the liberals to prevent the court from taking up appeals from two states wanting to ban Planned Parenthood Medicaid funding.
Leana Wen, president of Planned
Parenthood Federation of America
     Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts joined Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan to say no to appeals from Louisiana and Kansas. Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gosuch, and Samuel Alito voted in favor of hearing the appeals. 
Kristan Hawkin
of Students for Life of America
     Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, issued a statement on the decision: "We are pleased that lower court rulings protecting patients remain in place. Every person has a fundamental right to health care, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much they earn. As a doctor, I have seen what's at stake when people cannot access the care they need, and when politics gets in the way of people making their own health care choices. We won't stop fighting for every patient who relies on Planned Parenthood for life-saving, life-changing care."
     Kristan Hawkin of Students for Life of America, an anti-abortion-rights group, issued a statement on the Supreme Court decision: "Taxation without representation lives on today in a decision by a majority on the court that ignores the wishes of state leaders who no longer want to be coerced into funding abortion. Abortion is not healthcare, and women's needs are better met by real, full-service medical locations, not abortion vendors. This is a legitimate question and a missed opportunity – whether abortion vendors have a right to taxpayer monies."
     Planned Parenthood says that only 3 percent of the services it provides are abortions.

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THE 14,700 HAWAIʻI RESIDENTS FROM THE MARSHALL ISLANDS, MICRONESIA, AND PALAU will have an easier time with travel and work status, as well as driver's licenses, health care, and other services. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation today, supported by Sen. Mazie Hirono, that would remove existing barriers that limit citizens of their Freely Associated States from accessing long-term, REAL ID compliant, state-issued driver's licenses, health care, education, housing, and identification.
     The bill, H.R. 3398, the REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act, corrects a mistake in the 2005 REAL ID Act that inaccurately identifies citizens of the Freely Associated States as citizens of the "Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands." Representative Don Young (R-AK) introduced the legislation in the House of Representatives in July, 2017, where it passed in September, 2018.
     Hirono said: "It makes no sense that FAS citizens, who are freely able to live and work in the United States, cannot obtain permanent, REAL ID compliant identification because Congress made a mistake. By fixing it, this legislation will make it much easier for FAS citizens to maintain stable employment and contribute to their adopted homes."
     Jocelyn Howard, Program Director at We Are Oceania, said. "This issue has been an unnecessary social and economic barrier for the FAS community and we appreciate Senator Hirono's continued support."
     Today's vote comes days after Senator Hirono urged quick consideration of the bill in a letter she sent to her Senate colleagues, stating that the bill will relieve an unnecessary burden, not just on FAS citizens residing in the United States, but also on their employers and state agencies, as current practices have resulted in higher administrative costs on states and local authorities to annually renew and process identification cards and driver's licenses.
     The bill also adds a subsection under the "Evidence of Lawful Status" that expands the ability of citizens from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau to access longer-term identification.

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The brown tree snake, an invasive species that decimated Guam's endemic bird populations, will be brought
to Hawaiʻi by the Department of Agriculture to train dogs to detect any that may make it onto
Hawaiʻi-bound ships or planes. See more, below. Photo from i.imgur.com/umNYk17.jpg
Brown tree snake. USGS photo
UNWANTED FROM OCEANIA ARE BROWN TREE SNAKES, which devastate native birds. However, the state Department of Agriculture is bringing them to Hawaiʻi to train dogs to detect the snakes in shipping containers and other means of arrival.
     Max Dible of West Hawaiʻi Today, reports the story:
      Acting manager of Dept. of Ag's plant quarantine branch, Jonathan Ho, told people meeting on the subject last week that four sterile, radio transmitter-equipped male snakes will be brought into the state to train a selection of terriers to detect the snakes, which could enter Hawaiʻi via ship or plane.
     Ho told West Hawaiʻi Today the reason for bringing in the specific species of snake is trouble in Guam, where the brown tree snake became established and "nearly wiped out the island's bird species." Ho told Dible the terriers will generalize, so the training will be effective for any species of snake.
     The last time a snake was detected in Hawaiʻi was 1998. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services runs a program that checks vessels when leaving the mainland, and the state conducts more inspections on arrival. The program started in the 1990s, was discontinued in 2009, and was reinstated by Dept. of Ag in 2016.
     Read the West Hawaiʻi Today article.

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KAʻŪ TROJANS BOYS SOCCER had a rough game this weekend, hosting Kohala. Kaʻū scored zero points during the game, while Kohala scored 5. See more games for the rest of the year, below.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
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Kaʻū High December Sports Schedule
Girls Basketball:
Dec. 15, Sat., JV host
     Laupāhoehoe, 2pm
Dec. 17, Mon., host HPA, 6pm
Dec. 19, Wed., host Kohala, 6pm
Dec. 22, Sat., host JV
     Christian Liberty, 2pm

Boys Basketball:
Dec. 15, Sat., host Pāhoa
Dec. 18, Tue., @Keaʻau
Dec. 22, Sat, host Parker
Dec. 27, Thu., @Kealakehe

Wrestling:
Dec. 15, Sat., @Oʻahu
Dec. 22, Sat., @Oʻahu

Soccer:
Dec., 11, Tue., @Kamehameha
Dec., 13, Thu., Girls host Makualani
Dec. 19, Wed., host HPA
Dec. 22, Sat., host Waiakea
Dec. 29, Sat., @Konawaena

Swimming:
Dec. 29, Sat., @Kamehameha, 10am

NEW and UPCOMING
KAʻŪ HIGH AND PĀHALA ELEMENTARY'S HAWAIIAN WINTER CONCERT happens Friday, Dec. 14. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the concert begins at 6 p.m., at Kaʻū District Gym.
     An announcement from the school says, "Please join us and bring your ʻohana to Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary's Hawaiian Winter Concert. Enjoy student performances, live music, maybe a special quest, and help us spread the holiday cheer!"
     Need info? Have questions? Contact PCNC, Jennifer Makuakane at 313-4104 or jennifer_makuakane@notes.k12.hi.us.

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Kaʻū Coffee broker and Kaʻū Coffee Festival organizer Chirs Manfredi carries members of Kaʻū Coffee
Growers Cooperative in his classic truck during Sunday's Pāhala Christmas Parade. His dog pal Hobo sports
antlers as he shares his riding spot with the farmers. Photo by Julia Neal

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11
AdvoCATS, Tue., Dec. 11, 7-5pmOcean View Community Center. Free Cat Spay & Neuter Clinic. 895-9283. advocatshawaii.org

The Fascination Method w/Anthony Chrisco, Tue., Dec. 11, 2-4pmVolcano Art Center. Brief instruction of the method and tool Chrisco developed to bring more healthy awareness to bodies. See full list of ailments The Fascination Method can help alleviate at volcanoartcenter.org. $25/person. thefascianator.com. 967-8222
Some characters get to ride, in the Pāhala Christmas Parade on Sunday. Photo by Julia Neal
C.E.R.T. Discovery Harbour/Nā‘ālehu, Tue., Dec. 11, 4-6pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Community Emergency Response Team info and training scenarios/ Public welcome. Dina Shisler, dinashisler24@yahoo.com, 410-935-8087

After Dark in the Park, He Inoa No Hi‘iakaikapoliopele, Tue., Dec. 11, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free; Park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12
Volcano Bay Clinic Mobile Health Unit Visits: Dental, Wed., Dec. 12, 8-5pm; Medical, Thu., Dec. 27, 1-5pmCooper CenterVolcano Village. Must be Bay Clinic, Inc. patient. 333-3600 for appointment. thecoopercenter.org

Huewai Demonstration - ‘Ike Hana No‘eau, Experience the Skillful Work, Wed., Dec. 12, 10-2pmKīlauea Visitor Center lānai, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply. Co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

Compassionate Communication Group, Wed., Dec. 12 and 26, 2-3:30pm, PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. 2nd and last Wed. of every month thereafter. Free; registration required. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460

Santa's Workshop, Wed., Dec. 12, 5:30-7:30pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room. Register keiki of all ages Dec. 3-12. 928-3102

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13
Story Time with Auntie Linda from Tūtū & Me, Thu., Dec. 13, 10:30-noon, Nā‘ālehu Public Library. 929-8571

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thu., Dec. 13, 6:30pmUnited Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkley Yoshida, 747-0197

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14
Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Coastal Clean-Up with Konawaena Middle School Recycling Club, Fri., Dec. 14. Contact for meet up details. BYO-4WD welcome; no seats available. Free; donations appreciated. RSVP to kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com or call 769-7629 for more.

Arts & Crafts Activity: Holiday Pom Pom Wreath, Fri., Dec. 14, 2-3pmKahuku Park, Ocean View. Register keiki, ages 6-12, Dec. 5-12. 929-9113

Christmas Coloring Contest Entry Deadline, Fri., Dec. 14, by 4:30pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room. Register through Dec. 13; open to keiki Pre-K to Grade 6. 928-3102

Christmas Feast and Candlelight Service, Fri. Dec. 14, Nā‘ālehu Hongwanji. Registration at 5pm, Dinner at 6pm. Thy Word Ministries brings 14 churches together. Hula and music. Pastor Bob, 936-9114

Christmas Concert, Fri., Dec. 14, 6:30pmOcean View Community Center. Everyone invited. Singing, refreshments, and gifts for keiki. Sponsored by Lamb of God Baptist Church.

Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network's A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol, Dec. 14-23, Thu., Fri., Sat., 7:30pm, Sun., 2:30pm, Kīlauea Military Camp Theater inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. $20/person - cash or check, available at door. KMC open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. KDEN, 982-7344

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
Stewardship at the Summit, Sat., Dec. 15 and 22. Meet Paul and Jane Field at 8:45am in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers help remove invasive, non-native plants species that prevent native plants from growing. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools provided. Parental/guardian accompaniment or written consent required. Free; however, park entrance fees apply. No advance registration required. nps.gov/havo

Realms and Divisions, Sat., Dec. 15, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, two-mile, guided hike. Bring snack. nps.gov/havo

Keiki Christmas, Sat., Dec. 15, 10-2pmKahuku Park, Ocean View on Paradise Circle. Food for all, gifts for keiki, raffle prizes for kūpuna, activity booths, and music. Free. Kathie, 937-5865

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Meeting, Sat., Dec. 15, 10-1pmOcean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting/training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Santa's Coming to Town, Sat., Dec. 15, 10-1pm or until gifts run out, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Get a book at Rudolph's Reading Room. Get a stocking from Santa at North Pole. Get a cookie and drink at Mrs. Claus' Kitchen. Free. 939-7000, stjudeshawaii.org

Zentangle: Inspired Art Pop-Up Exhibit & Reception, Sat., Dec. 15, 10-1pmVolcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Reception and potluck for Zentangle artists and friends. Free; no cost to exhibit or attend. Open to public. Bring friends, personal art, and light holiday pupu to share. Make and take home a Zentangle-inspired ornament. Door prizes. Zentangle library. Donations welcome. Registration not required. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Hula Kahiko - Kapuaokalaniikapoliopele Ka‘au‘a w/Unuokeahi, Sat., Dec. 15, 10:30-11:30am, hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Hula performance. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mea Hula - Kumu Kaho‘okele Crabbe w/Hālauolaokalani, Sat., Dec. 15, 11-1pm, Volcano Art Center Gallery porch. Hands on cultural demonstration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Waiho‘olu‘u Ola Indigo Dyeing Workshop, Sat., Dec. 15, 12:30-3:30pmVolcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Learn the process of dyeing natural fibers with nature's oldest natural dye, indigo, using traditional methods of banding and folding in traditional and modern shibori styles. $50/VAC member, $55/non-member, plus $25 supply fee/person. Space limited; registration required. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Potluck and Parade of Lights & Sounds, Sat., Dec. 15, potluck at 3pm, parade at 6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. discoveryharbour.net, 929-9576

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16
Holidays @ Kahuku, Sun., Dec.16, 12-3pm, Kahuku Unit, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Music and hula by Russell Mauga, Kīpapa, Lori Lei Shirakawa's Hula Studio. Crafts, food booths, shave ice, coffee truck. Free. Sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Parknps.gov/havo

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17
Discovery Harbour Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Mon., Dec. 17, 5-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

ONGOING
Substitute School Health Assistant Positions are available. Qualifications: CPR and First Aid certifications, and a high school diploma or equivalent. Training begins in 2019. Contact Kristy Loo for more at look@hkkk.k12.hi.us.

Christmas in the Country and 19th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibition are open at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 
     Christmas in the Country runs through Wednesday, Dec. 26. Enjoy an abundance of art and aloha as VAC creates a merry scene of an old-fashioned Christmas inside its 1877 historic building. In addition to artwork, find unique holiday offerings of island-inspired gifts, ornaments, and decorations made by Hawai‘i Island artists, including VAC exclusives.
     The Wreath Exhibition is available through Tuesday, Jan. 1. The exhibition presents one-of-a-kind wreaths in a variety of imaginative media, techniques, and styles, from the whimsical to the traditional, with this year's theme of Home for the Holidays - inspired by the four month closure of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
     Admission is free; Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8222, or visit volcanoartcenter.org.

Kīlauea Military Camp's Holiday Challenge is open for viewing through Monday, Dec. 31. The event features a row of cottages along the front of the camp decorated in with various characters and Christmas decor - with Kīlauea Military Camp employees responsible and competing for a popularity vote. The public is invited to admire the decorations and vote for their favorite decorated cottage. Kīlauea Military Camp is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8371 for additional information. See kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

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

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