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Monday, January 21, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Monday, January 21, 2019

Preventing a wall of plastics from growing along the Kaʻū Coast, Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund spent the
holiday weekend cleaning up ocean debris. See more below. Photo from Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund
THE MOST SPOKEN MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. QUOTES during this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend perhaps come from his 1964 visit to the Berlin Wall. Speaking at a church nearby, King called the Berlin Wall, "a symbol of the divisions of men on the face of the earth. For here on either side of the wall are God's children and no man-made barrier can obliterate that fact. Regardless of the barriers of race, creed, ideology, or nationality, there is an inescapable destiny which binds us together. There is a common humanity which makes us sensitive to the sufferings of one another."
     Standing near the Berlin Wall that was three years old back in 1964, King said, "America is proving to be the testing ground of races living together in spite of their differences....wherever reconciliation is taking place, wherever men are breaking down the dividing walls of hostility, which separate them from their brothers, there Christ continues to perform his ministry of reconciliation."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Berlin Wall in 1964. His assessment
is much quoted on Martin Luther King Day, today.
     MLK's daughter, Dr. Bernice King, talked about the current political climate and repeated many times during her sermon this morning, "We are in a state of emergency." During services, celebrating MLK's 90th birthday at Ebenezer Baptist Church where he was pastor, his daughter said, "We are in a state of emergency because of our humanitarian crises, and it's not at our southern border." She also proclaimed, "The concern for human welfare is being threatened. When prejudice and bigotry are emboldened, when schools continue to be unsafe spaces because of impotent gun control laws; this is a humanitarian crisis and we are in a state of emergency."

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REP. TULSI GABBARD SENT OUT THIS MESSAGE ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY:
"Responding to white religious leaders from the confines of his Birmingham jail cell, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, 'We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.'"
     Said Gabbard, "We reflect on his legacy of love, courage, and nonviolence as we face the trials of our time. Our people, our country, and our planet are in turmoil brought upon by greedy self-serving politicians intent on dividing us in their pursuit of power and profit.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking during Civil Rights Week at University of Hawaiʻi in 1964.
Photo from University of Hawaiʻi News
     "Dr. King recognized that it was a loss for humanity as a whole when we fail to see each other as brothers and sisters. We must commit to putting service before self, in a spirit of aloha – love and respect – to lift each other up and reach his vision of a world where we are 'judged not by the color of our skin, but by the contents of our character.'"
     According to Gabbard, "When I look around today, despite tremendous progress, it's clear that we are fighting the same forces that he organized against. The same political establishment that led our country into the Vietnam War and has now led us into Libya, Iraq, Syria, and begun the drum beats for Iran; the same corporate oligarchy that exploits workers without a living wage or adequate health care; the same forces of white supremacist ideology spread by people like David Duke, Richard Spencer, and Steve King, continues to give rise to institutional racism and racial violence.
     "It's only when we march together as one movement – as Dr. King showed that we must – that we can reach the mountaintop of freedom and equality for all.
     "When we put service before self out of love for our country and planet, we can build a bright future with freedom, justice, peace, and prosperity for all. A future worthy of Dr. King's dream."
     Gabbard asked for readers to contribute their messages of aloha in honor of Dr. King
for a space to feature "these words of love and service in remembrance of this great American leader."

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U.S. SEN. KAMALA HARRIS IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, making her announcement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and bringing the number of Democrats seeking their party's nomination to eight. They are: Kaʻū's congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard; Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren; Julian Castro, who served as mayor of San Antonio and as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; businessman and former Maryland Congressman John Delaney; former West Virginia state senator and veteran Richard Ojeda; and universal basic income supporter and former tech executive Andrew Yang, of New York.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard faces seven competitors, so far, in the
race for the Democratic nomination for president.
Kamala Harris, left, announced today.
     In a social media message broadcast today, Harris, the U.S. senator and former attorney general of California, said, "Decency. Justice. Truth. Equality. Freedom. Democracy. These aren't just words: they're the values we, as Americans, cherish. Right now, they're all on the line. We face the greatest crisis of leadership we've seen in our lifetimes, and powerful voices are filling the void, sowing hate and division among us.
     "We've witnessed an Administration that aligns itself with dictators and refers to white supremacists as 'very fine people.' They've torn babies from their mothers' arms and put children in cages. They've slashed taxes for corporations and the wealthiest among us – placing the burden on the middle class. They've actively fought against efforts to combat climate change. Time and again, they've sabotaged our country's health care. And they've attacked our free and independent press at every turn. We know America is better than this – but it's on us to build it. We're going to have to fight for it."

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STATE SEN. KAI KAHELE ANNOUNCED HE WILL RUN FOR U.S. CONGRESS. The seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently held by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, serves residents of Volcano, Kaʻū, and South Kona, along with the rest of the Neighbor Islands and rural Oʻahu.
     Kahele stood on Moʻoheau Bandstand in Hilo and proclaimed: "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired generations with the simple idea that one person can make a difference, one person can change the world. Dr. King once asked 'Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?'"
     He also said it was on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, three years ago, that he found his father, Sen. Gil Kahele, collapsed at home. The longtime member of Hawaiʻi's Democratic Party died nine days later. Kai Kahele said he felt a call to public service and a desire to follow in his father's footsteps.
     "Our family needed leadership. Our community needed leadership. There was work left undone and a legacy to carry on inspired by his dream – the dream of this gentle Hawaiian man from Miloilʻi, to build a better Hawaiʻi for all of us," Kai Kahele said.
Sen. Kai Kahele announced his run for Congress today for a district that serves Kaʻū.
Image from film of his speech today at Moʻoheau Bandstand
     Kahele said during his time serving in the State Senate, he has met with a host of residents. Their many concerns include the future for Hawaiʻi's children.
     "When I think of them, I think of my own daughters and your children and the Hawaiʻi of the future they will grow up in. And like every parent, we all want more for our children than we had for ourselves. We want the brightest future for them. We want them to have a secure job sustained by a strong and thriving economy. We want them to grow up in a safe community, and a clean environment. We want them to be able to attend outstanding public schools and have access to quality healthcare when they need it. We want them to be able to walk in our ʻōhiā forests, swim in our oceans rich with marine life, and see the Hawaiʻi that we have seen through our eyes."
     But in order to achieve this, Kahele said, "Hawaiʻi needs teamwork, focus, and dedicated leadership. We need passion and compassion. We need courage and collaboration. We need commitment and humility. We need elected leaders working together, leaders who put the common interests of Hawaiʻi's people ahead of their own."
     Kahele acknowledged some will ask, why now? He answered, "In Dr. King's now famous I Have a Dream speech, he talked about what he called 'The Fierce Urgency of Now.' That there is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency, the time is now for vigorous and positive action. I am also reminded of President Obama who said, 'Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.'"
     Kahele is a combat pilot, a Major in the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard, a commercial pilot for Hawaiian Airlines, and a State Senator representing Hilo.  See and hear his speech. 

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Sen. Marzie Hirono to the right of the image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during an ILWU march today.
Photo from Mazie Hirono
SEN. MAZIE HIRONO, ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY, joined members of the ILWU in Hawaiʻi. Hirono said she marched "in solidarity with all those fighting for justice in Hawaiʻi and across the country." She quoted MLK who said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
     Hirono also asked supporters to sign a petition for the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Hirono wrote: "Remember when the Trump administration cruelly separated thousands of children from their families at the border last summer, and then claimed they never instituted such a policy? Last week, we found out that not only did the Department of Homeland Security separate potentially thousands more children than originally reported, but they also premeditated this 'zero tolerance' border strategy in a December 2017 memo, directly contradicting DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's claims that no such policy or plan existed.
     "What happened at the border was no accident: the Trump administration crafted a step-by-step plan to 'Increase Prosecution of Family Units' and 'Separate Family Units.' They knew what they were doing when they targeted and separated families seeking asylum, and then lied about it when they got caught. Now, thousands of children and their families have been traumatized, many have yet to be reunited, and it's possible thousands more are still separated and experiencing life-altering harm at the hands of this president.
     "As an immigrant and an American, I am appalled by this administration's cruelty and lies. In June 2018, I called on DHS Secretary Nielsen to resign over the migrant family separation. As we continue to uncover more information we realize the situation gets worse and worse. Again, I call on Secretary Nielsen to be held accountable and resign.
     "Join me and sign your name to demand Secretary Nielsen resign after overseeing this inhumane family separation policy and then lying about it to the American people," urges Hirono.

 Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund and volunteers battle marine debris so
Kamilo and other Kaʻū beaches don't stay looking like this.
Photo from Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund
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FIVE KEIKI AND 22 ADULT VOLUNTEERS REMOVED MARINE DEBRIS totaling about 1,907 lbs. from Kamilo on the Kaʻū Coast over the weekend. They filled 61 bags and five trucks. Marine debris includes 1,000 lbs. of derelict fishing line and net bundles. Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund and volunteers also conducted the 100 meter NOAA Accumulation Survey #22. Volunteers donated labor, and use of four-wheel drive vehicles and four-wheelers.
     With volunteers Hawaiʻi Wildlife fund hauled over 258.9 tons of marine debris from the shores of Hawaiʻi Island from 2003 - 2018.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
Kaʻū High Winter Sports Schedule
Girls Basketball:
Jan. 25, Fri., BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Jan. 26, Sat., BIIF Div. II Finals
Feb. 6-9, Wed.-Sat., HHSAA
Boys Basketball:
Jan. 23, Wed., @Laupāhoehoe, 6pm, Varsity
Jan. 28, Mon. host Kanu, 6pm, Varsity
Feb. 5, Tue., BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Feb. 6, Wed., BIIF Div. II Finals
Feb. 21-23, Thu.-Sat., HHSAA
Wrestling:
Jan. 26, Sat., @HPA
Feb. 2, Sat., @Hilo
Feb. 9, Sat., @BIIF @Keaʻau
Feb. 20-21, Wed.-Thu., HHSAA
Soccer:
Jan. 22, Tue., Boys @Kohala
Jan. 23, Wed., Girls BIIF Div. II Finals
Jan. 28, Mon., Boys BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Jan. 30, Wed., Boys BIIF Div. II Finals
Jan. 30-Feb. 2, Wed.-Sat., Girls HHSAA
Feb. 7-9, Thu.-Sat., Boys HHSAA
Swimming:
Jan. 25, Fri., BIIF Trials @KCAC, 3:30pm
Jan. 26, Sat., BIIF Finals @KCAC, 1pm
Feb. 8-9, Fri.-Sat., HHSAA
Feb. 9, Sat., Oʻahu

NEW and UPCOMING
FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR KĪLAUEA DRAMA AND ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK is hosted on Friday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m., at Amalfatano's Italian Restaurant - located in Waiakea Villa complex at 399 Hualani Street, Hilo.
     The all-you-can-eat buffet dinner includes: pizza, pasta dish, lasagna, and salad. Iced tea and water is provided. Guests are asked to provide their own beverage if they prefer a different option.
     Proceeds will help fund KDEN's upcoming productions, including the 2019 summer musical, Flower Drum Song. Tickets are $20 cash or check - available at the door. Reservations may be made by calling KDEN at 982-7344.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 22
Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tue., Jan. 22 (Committees), Wed., Jan. 23, (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

HOVE Road Maintenance Board Mtg., Tue., Jan. 22, 10am, HOVE Road Maintenance office. hoveroad.com, 929-9910, gm@hoveroad.com

The Wonderful World of Wine and Watercolor, Tue., Jan. 22, 4-7pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus. Nancy DeLucrezia shows how to transfer a photo onto watercolor paper and introduces basic techniques. Participants enjoy a sampling of several wines from Grapes store in Hilo. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $17 supply fee/person. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

The following event is cancelled due to partial government shutdown: Volcano Awareness Month - What Happened at the Summit of Kīlauea in 2018?, Tue., Jan. 22, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. USGS geophysicist Kyle Anderson presents. Free; donations accepted. Park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23
Lei - ‘Ike Hana No‘eau - Experience the Skillful Work, Wed., Jan. 23, 10-noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Free; park entrance fees apply. Co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24
Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thu., Jan. 24, 12-1:30pm, Punalu‘u Bake Shop. Monthly meeting provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

Thursday Night at the Center: Stories from the Summit, Thu., Jan. 24, 6:30-8:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus. An evening of personal accounts by Volcano residents from the 90 consecutive days of earthquakes this past summer. Hosted by Volcano novelist Tom Peek. Includes tales from USGS HVO Scientist-in-Charge Tina Neal and others living and working at Kīlauea's summit. Free, $5 donation suggested. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25
Human Trafficking Workshop, Fri., Jan. 25, 9:30-12:30pm, PARENTS, Inc. Office, Nā‘ālehu. Conducted by Melody Stone. Open to interested educators and community leaders: non-profit organizations, police dept., etc. Pre-registration appreciated. 430-5710

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26
Kīlauea Crisis Support Group Mtg., Sat., Jan. 26, 10-11am, Ocean View Community Center. Drinks and snacks provided. Last Saturday, monthly. Sponsored by CARE Hawai‘i, Inc. - Team Ahā, Crisis Counseling Program. 329-4817

Kula Kai View Estates Annual Mtg., Sat., Jan. 26, 10-11am, Ocean View Community Center. ovcahi.org

Mixed Media Encaustic w/Mary Milelzcik, Sat. Jan. 26, 10-2:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus. $55/VAC member, $60/non-member, plus $25 supply fee/person. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Mo‘olelo - Stories - of Volcano, Sat., Jan. 26, 11-2pm, Volcano Garden Arts, 19-3834 Old Volcano Rd., Volcano Village. Hawaiian historian and storyteller Kepa Maly shares traditions and history of Kīlauea and the lands upon which Pele dances in the Pu‘ulena wind. $35/person, lunch included. Limited space. Register w/Volcano Community Foundation, volcanocommunity@gmail.com, 885-1011


MONDAY, JANUARY 28
Public Meeting on Future of Pāhala Transfer Station, where people take their recyclables and other trash, happens Monday, Jan. 28, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center.
     The County of Hawaiʻi Department of Environmental Management Solid Waste Division invites the Pāhala community and users of the Pāhala Transfer Station to attend the informational meeting. The Solid Waste Division will join community members to discuss operating days and the possibility of modifying the current schedule. 
     "We welcome any input and participation from the community and users of this facility," said a statement from the county.

ONGOING
Applications for the first annual Acton Children's Business Fair in Pāhala are open through Friday, Jan. 25. The fair, on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., aims to inspire children to "discover their inner entrepreneur," states childrensbusinessfair.org. "The largest entrepreneurship event for kids in North America, this one-day market gives children the opportunity to showcase their very own businesses."
     Planned for keiki ages 7 to 18 from all over the island, the event is hosted at River of Life Assembly of God, 96-2345 Paʻauau St., Pāhala.
     The flyer for the event says, "Whether an entrepreneur is famous like Elon Musk or Oprah Winfrey, or they are one of the thousands of unsung business owners across the country, these are the people who make sacrifices to innovate, create jobs, and serve their communities. We want to encourage our youth to reach whatever goals they may have in owning their own businesses. This event gives them the experience at doing so."
     The application asks kids to think through elements of their business: What product or service do you plan to sell? What price will you charge for each product/service? How much will each product/service cost you? How will you pay for your startup costs? If someone is helping you with your startup costs, how will you pay that person back? How will you advertise/market your business before the fair? At the end of the fair, how will you determine if your business was a success?
     Up to 15 businesses will be accepted to show their business at the fair. Up to three children are allowed per business. A donation of $5 per business is required. Booths will not have electricity. Parents are not allowed to sell or promote a child's product or service, though parents of younger children may sit in the booth so long as the child is responsible for set up, customer interactions, and sales. Parents may help their child fill out the application; however, the child should do as much as possible by themselves.
     To submit an application, visit childrensbuisnessfair.org/pahala. For more details, contact Regina Walker at 400-4722 or email pahalacbf@gmail.com.
     The Pāhala event is sponsored by Acton Academy, the Acton School of Business, Wiki Wiki Mart, KRW Enterprises, and individual donors and volunteers. "We all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation," states the website.

Harry McKee Foundation Scholarships for Kaʻū Students are open through Feb. 15. Harry McKee Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors invites college bound high school seniors and current college students to apply for a $1,000 scholarship. Students must be residents of Kaʻū District and plan to attend any accredited college, university, technical institute, or vocational school, anywhere in the U.S. Students must enroll full time in the fall of 2019.
     The application and more information are at mckeescholarshipfoundation.weebly.com. Applications must be mailed to the foundation office in Ocean View by February 15.
     The website says that Harry McKee "left a legacy of commitment to the youth of Kaʻū. His foundation exists to give students an opportunity for higher education. Harry was a musician, a gardener, a WWII decorated veteran, an outdoorsman, and an active civic leader. Harry was well known for reaching out to local youth to support their education goals, and to encourage young people to share aloha and celebrate ʻohana." See more about the foundation at mckeescholarshipfoundation.weebly.com.

Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi classes include Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) in Ka‘ū on Wednesdays through Feb. 19. See more at hmono.org.

Preschool Opens Doors Applications are open for the 2019-2020 school year. The Department of Human Services encourages families to apply before March 29. This program is for families seeking aid in paying for preschool. Applications, available at patchhawaii.org, received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. For more information, visit bit.ly/2TolEOm or call 800-746-5620.

Applications for a Paid Internship in Kaʻū for Kupu Hawai‘i and The Nature Conservancy are being accepted. The year-long, full-time position is in TNC's Hawai‘i Island Terrestrial Program, which stewards native forest preserves in Ka‘ū and South Kona.
     Benefits offered include: a $1,600 monthly living allowance (before taxes); a $5,920 education award towards higher education; health care and childcare benefits (if eligible); and receiving an entry-level conservation career experience.
     Applicants must be at least 17 years old, and possess or be working towards a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants must also have their own housing and transportation, a driver's license, and be able to pass a criminal history check.
     The internship is offered through Kupu Hawai‘i. Those interested are asked to fill out an application at kupuhawaii.org/conservation under Conservation Leaders Program as soon as possible. For more, call The Nature Conservancy at 443-5401 or call Kupu Hawai‘i at 808-735-1221.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Sunday, January 20, 2019

The historic Moʻoheau Bandstand in Hilo is familiar to state Sen. Kai Kahele. His late father Sen. Gil Kahele (above)
 spoke there many times. Kai Kehele is expected to announce his candidacy Monday at the Bandstand, vying for
 the U.S. House of Representatives seat now held by Tulsi Gabbard. Gabbard announced her candidacy for
U.S. president last week. Photo by William Neal
STATE SEN. GIL KAHELE WILL ANNOUNCE HIS RUN FOR REP. TULSI GABBARD'S SEAT IN CONGRESS, reports The Hill, a Washington, D.C. newspaper. The Hill refers to a story on Saturday from the Honolulu Star Advertiser, which reported that its sources confirmed the move.
     See last Tuesday's Kaʻū News Briefs, which stated that Kahele would possibly announce his bid for Gabbard's seat tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m., at Moʻoheau Bandstand in Hilo.
     According to The Hill, "Niether Kahele's nor Gabbard's offices immediately responded to requests for comment," regarding Kahele running for the U.S. House of Representatives.
     Gabbard, in her fourth term in Congress, announced last week that she will run for president in 2020.
     Kahele's announcement will be carried live on Nā Leo TV beginning at 11:00 a.m., on Spectrum Channel 53, online at naleo.tv, and streaming via mobile app.

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MORE THAN FOUR WEEKS OF PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN is leading to increased issues for the approximate 800,000 federal workers that aren't being paid – about half of whom will not get paid at all, when the shutdown ends. Today, millions of Americans with SNAP (food stamp) benefits received their February food money early. However, if the shutdown continues, the allocation for March is not certain.
     Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park's support group Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park received more than $100,000 in donations last week to keep the park open, and they expect more generous gifts. It is unsure, however, how long the visitors center and those trails and roads that are open can remain accessible without the normal funding stream.
     Tens of thousands of federal workers, such as scientists at the National Weather Service, are forced to work or lose their jobs, while paying expenses with no paycheck in sight. More federal employees are simply out of work, with no idea when they will be able to go back to providing for themselves and their families.
     Kaʻū's U.S. Senators and Representative continue to make their opinion known:
     "Open the government," Sen. Brian Schatz tweeted this weekend, "and we will be happy to talk about whatever proposals the executive may have. But risking health and safety, hurting the economy, and delivering pain to families can never be the start of a fruitful negotiation. So, open the government, and let's talk… But if we reward this behavior it will never end, and the pain and chaos will be worse in the future. Let this be the last shutdown. They always backfire."
     Sen. Mazie Hirono said, "Instead of succumbing to @realDonaldTrump's strategy of negotiating through hostage taking, @senatemajldr should bring the House passed bills to the floor of the Senate for a vote and end the #TrumpShutdown." She also praised "staff and volunteers at @hawaiifoodbank for your efforts to support our federal workers and contractors during the government shutdown. Your work this morning demonstrated once again how Hawaiʻi comes together to help those in need."
     Rep. Tulsi Gabbard called the shutdown "reckless," saying Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump "must pass the House's bipartisan legislation and re-open the government now," not "continue to put politics before their responsibilities to serve the American people, leaving our working people unable to pay medical bills, afford their rent and mortgage, and put food on the table for their children." She also praised "everyday Americans," who "haven't hesitated to take this charge, share their aloha, and care for each other."

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Kaʻū Coffee First Princess Helena Sesson, performing at the 2018 kick off party for the Kaʻū Coffee Festival. This year's event will be on Friday, April 26. See the ten day schedule of the Kaʻū Coffee Festival, below. Photo by Julia Neal
KAʻŪ COFFEE FESTIVAL DATES ARE SET FOR 2019. The Festival begins with a free Paʻina & Open House on Friday, April 26, at Pāhala Plantation House beginning at 6 p.m. Meet the Miss Kaʻū Coffee Court on the evening before their pageant. Enjoy live entertainment and refreshments.
     Miss Kaʻū Coffee Pageant will be held Saturday, April 27, at the Kaʻū District Gym.
     Kaʻū Coffee Recipe Contest invites everyone to join in on Sunday, April 28, at Kaʻū Coffee Mill. 
     Kaʻū Mountain Hike will be held Wednesday, May 1, starting at Kaʻū Coffee Mill. Visit the old waterways of the sugar plantation and hike through the rain forest. 
     Kaʻū Valley Farms tour will be on Thursday, May 2.
     Kaʻū Coffee & Cattle Day will be held on Friday, May 3, at Aikane Plantation Coffee Farm on Kalaiki Road between Pāhala and Nāʻālehu.
     Kaʻū Stargazing on Friday, May 3, will take guests to the top of Makanau with a dark, new-moon sky for excellent viewing.
     Kaʻū Coffee Festival Hoʻolauleʻa will be on Saturday, May 4, on the grounds and within Pāhala Community Center.
     Kaʻū Coffee College will be held on Sunday, May 5, with education for coffee farmers and Kaʻū Coffee enthusiasts.
     See updates in future stories about the events. Also see kaucoffeefestival.com

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A TOTAL LUNAR "BLOOD MOON" ECLIPSE began before moonrise at 5:58 p.m., ending at 9:48 p.m. Maximum coverage happens at 7:12 p.m. Full coverage ran from 6:41 p.m. through 7:43 p.m. The start of the eclipse was hard to see in Hawaiʻi, as the eclipse began before moonrise. Kaʻū may or may not have visibility due to cloud cover. The next full lunar eclipse visible in Hawaiʻi happens in May of 2021. See more details at timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/hilo.
Phases of a full lunar eclipse. Images from space.com
     The Ka‘ū Calendar's astronomy writer Lew Cook offers an explanation:
     When the moon rises on the 20th, it will be nearing the total eclipse phase of this evening's eclipse. The total part of the eclipse will begin about 40 minutes after moonrise. 1 hour 2 minutes later, the total phase ends. Hold on – all isn't over then. The moon will move out of the shadow of the earth gradually until it leaves the edge of the darkest part of the shadow. Still, all is not over until the moon exits the penumbra, the gradual shading of the shadow where the earth covers part – but not all – of the sun's disk. This happens at 9:48 p.m., but isn't really that noticeable.
     The eclipsed moon is often called the "blood moon" because the dust in our atmosphere causes the light that is scattered through the earth's atmosphere to be reddish, like a sunset. How red and dark will it get? If it is clear, check it out.
     See Lew Cook's monthly column in The Kaʻū Calendar Newspaper online at kaucalendar.com.

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STEWARDSHIP MAPPING AND ASSESSMENT PROJECT, organized by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, is the "first intensive effort in Hawaiʻi to take stock of the diverse community of groups that care of our many special places, mauka to makai," says dlnr.hawaii.gov. Groups who care for Hawaiʻi ʻāina (land) and kai (ocean) can fill out a survey, get recognition for their hard work, then be added to a map and database; a resource that "will promote collaboration across communities, landscapes, and topics."
     The project collects survey data to create a public online stewardship database and map of community, civic, and other organizations that mālama ʻāina and kai.
     Groups that already received a survey are encouraged by DLNR to fill it out "today." If not, go to StewMapHawaii.net to learn more and sign up to receive a survey. While the first portion of the map will focus on Oʻahu, more regions and outlying islands are planned for mapping.
     The project aims to answer the questions: Who takes care of this region? Where are there gaps and concentrations of care? Where are groups working, on what issues, and who is working in your community or topic?
     Groups of at least two people may benefit by: Being part of stewardship maps and diagrams of neighborhood, Ahupuaʻa, and Moku. Getting students engaged with places that participate in ʻāina based learning. Identifying ways to share information, ideas, and other resources with groups, non-profits, and agencies.
     Environmental educators, gardeners, canoe club or hālau hula members, researchers, community organizers, and those that care for a loʻi or clean up the beach are encouraged to get on the map.

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ALL RECYCLING AND TRANSFER STATIONS ARE CLOSED tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Says Hawaiʻi County: "We respectfully ask for your kōkua. Please do not litter or illegally dump any solid waste at the closed Recycling and Transfer Stations. Mahalo for your cooperation and helping to keep our island a clean and beautiful paradise for everyone."
     Contact the Solid Waste Administrative Office at (808) 961-8270 or (808) 961-8339 with questions.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
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Kaʻū High Winter Sports Schedule
Girls Basketball:
Jan. 25, Fri., BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Jan. 26, Sat., BIIF Div. II Finals
Feb. 6-9, Wed.-Sat., HHSAA
Boys Basketball:
Jan. 21, Mon., @Hilo6pm
Jan. 23, Wed., @Laupāhoehoe, 6pm, Varsity
Jan. 28, Mon. host Kanu, 6pm, Varsity
Feb. 5, Tue., BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Feb. 6, Wed., BIIF Div. II Finals
Wrestling:
Jan. 26, Sat., @HPA
Feb. 2, Sat., @Hilo
Feb. 9, Sat., @BIIF @Keaʻau
Soccer:
Jan. 21, Mon., Girls BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Jan. 22, Tue., Boys @Kohala
Jan. 23, Wed., Girls BIIF Div. II Finals
Jan. 28, Mon., Boys BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Jan. 30, Wed., Boys BIIF Div. II Finals
Jan. 30-Feb. 2, Wed.-Sat., Girls HHSAA
Feb. 7-9, Thu.-Sat., Boys HHSAA
Swimming:
Jan. 25, Fri., BIIF Trials @KCAC, 3:30pm
Jan. 26, Sat., BIIF Finals @KCAC, 1pm
Feb. 8-9, Fri.-Sat., HHSAA
Feb. 9, Sat., Oʻahu

NEW and UPCOMING
GROUP ART PROJECT for keiki ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the multi-purpose room at Ka‘ū District Gym, on the Ka‘ū High School campus on Kamani Street in Pāhala. Registration open through Tuesday, Jan. 22. Free.
     For more, contact Recreation Director Nona Makuakane at 928-3102. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/ for hours of operation.

SPECIAL MOVIE NIGHT EVENT OPEN TO ALL AGES, on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Ka‘ū District Gym, on the Ka‘ū High School campus on Kamani Street in Pāhala. Registration open through Wednesday, Jan. 23.
     For more, contact Recreation Director Nona Makuakane at 928-3102. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/ for hours of operation.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 21
Discovery Harbour Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Mon., Jan. 21, 5-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22
Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tue., Jan. 22 (Committees), Wed., Jan. 23, (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

HOVE Road Maintenance Board Mtg., Tue., Jan. 22, 10am, HOVE Road Maintenance office. hoveroad.com, 929-9910, gm@hoveroad.com

The Wonderful World of Wine and Watercolor, Tue., Jan. 22, 4-7pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus. Nancy DeLucrezia shows how to transfer a photo onto watercolor paper and introduces basic techniques. Participants enjoy a sampling of several wines from Grapes store in Hilo. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $17 supply fee/person. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

The following event is cancelled due to partial government shutdown: After Dark in the Park: Volcano Awareness Month - What Happened at the Summit of Kīlauea in 2018?, Tue., Jan. 22, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. USGS geophysicist Kyle Anderson presents. Free; donations accepted. Park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23
Lei - ‘Ike Hana No‘eau - Experience the Skillful Work, Wed., Jan. 23, 10-noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Free; park entrance fees apply. Co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24
Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thu., Jan. 24, 12-1:30pm, Punalu‘u Bake Shop. Monthly meeting provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

Thursday Night at the Center: Stories from the Summit, Thu., Jan. 24, 6:30-8:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus. An evening of personal accounts by Volcano residents from the 90 consecutive days of earthquakes this past summer. Hosted by Volcano novelist Tom Peek. Includes tales from USGS HVO Scientist-in-Charge Tina Neal and others living and working at Kīlauea's summit. Free, $5 donation suggested. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25
Human Trafficking Workshop, Fri., Jan. 25, 9:30-12:30pm, PARENTS, Inc. Office, Nā‘ālehu. Conducted by Melody Stone. Open to interested educators and community leaders: non-profit organizations, police dept., etc. Pre-registration appreciated. 430-5710

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26
Kīlauea Crisis Support Group Mtg., Sat., Jan. 26, 10-11am, Ocean View Community Center. Drinks and snacks provided. Last Saturday, monthly. Sponsored by CARE Hawai‘i, Inc. - Team Ahā, Crisis Counseling Program. 329-4817

Kula Kai View Estates Annual Mtg., Sat., Jan. 26, 10-11am, Ocean View Community Center. ovcahi.org

Mixed Media Encaustic w/Mary Milelzcik, Sat. Jan. 26, 10-2:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus. $55/VAC member, $60/non-member, plus $25 supply fee/person. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Mo‘olelo - Stories - of Volcano, Sat., Jan. 26, 11-2pm, Volcano Garden Arts, 19-3834 Old Volcano Rd., Volcano Village. Hawaiian historian and storyteller Kepa Maly shares traditions and history of Kīlauea and the lands upon which Pele dances in the Pu‘ulena wind. $35/person, lunch included. Limited space. Register w/Volcano Community Foundation, volcanocommunity@gmail.com, 885-1011

ONGOING
Applications for the first annual Acton Children's Business Fair in Pāhala are open through Friday, Jan. 25. The fair, on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., aims to inspire children to "discover their inner entrepreneur," states childrensbusinessfair.org. "The largest entrepreneurship event for kids in North America, this one-day market gives children the opportunity to showcase their very own businesses."
     Planned for keiki ages 7 to 18 from all over the island, the event is hosted at River of Life Assembly of God, 96-2345 Paʻauau St., Pāhala.
     The flyer for the event says, "Whether an entrepreneur is famous like Elon Musk or Oprah Winfrey, or they are one of the thousands of unsung business owners across the country, these are the people who make sacrifices to innovate, create jobs, and serve their communities. We want to encourage our youth to reach whatever goals they may have in owning their own businesses. This event gives them the experience at doing so."
     The application asks kids to think through elements of their business: What product or service do you plan to sell? What price will you charge for each product/service? How much will each product/service cost you? How will you pay for your startup costs? If someone is helping you with your startup costs, how will you pay that person back? How will you advertise/market your business before the fair? At the end of the fair, how will you determine if your business was a success?
     Up to 15 businesses will be accepted to show their business at the fair. Up to three children are allowed per business. A donation of $5 per business is required. Booths will not have electricity. Parents are not allowed to sell or promote a child's product or service, though parents of younger children may sit in the booth so long as the child is responsible for set up, customer interactions, and sales. Parents may help their child fill out the application; however, the child should do as much as possible by themselves.
     To submit an application, visit childrensbuisnessfair.org/pahala. For more details, contact Regina Walker at 400-4722 or email pahalacbf@gmail.com.
     The Pāhala event is sponsored by Acton Academy, the Acton School of Business, Wiki Wiki Mart, KRW Enterprises, and individual donors and volunteers. "We all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation," states the website.

Harry McKee Foundation Scholarships for Kaʻū Students are open through Feb. 15. Harry McKee Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors invites college bound high school seniors and current college students to apply for a $1,000 scholarship. Students must be residents of Kaʻū District and plan to attend any accredited college, university, technical institute, or vocational school, anywhere in the U.S. Students must enroll full time in the fall of 2019.
     The application and more information are at mckeescholarshipfoundation.weebly.com. Applications must be mailed to the foundation office in Ocean View by February 15.

     The website says that Harry McKee "left a legacy of commitment to the youth of Kaʻū. His foundation exists to give students an opportunity for higher education. Harry was a musician, a gardener, a WWII decorated veteran, an outdoorsman, and an active civic leader. Harry was well known for reaching out to local youth to support their education goals, and to encourage young people to share aloha and celebrate ʻohana."  See more about the foundation at
mckeescholarshipfoundation.weebly.com

Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi classes include Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) in Ka‘ū on Wednesdays through Feb. 19. See more at hmono.org.

Preschool Opens Doors Applications are open for the 2019-2020 school year. The Department of Human Services encourages families to apply before March 29. This program is for families seeking aid in paying for preschool. Applications, available at patchhawaii.org, received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. For more information, visit bit.ly/2TolEOm or call 800-746-5620.

Applications for a Paid Internship in Kaʻū for Kupu Hawai‘i and The Nature Conservancy are being accepted. The year-long, full-time position is in TNC's Hawai‘i Island Terrestrial Program, which stewards native forest preserves in Ka‘ū and South Kona.
     Benefits offered include: a $1,600 monthly living allowance (before taxes); a $5,920 education award towards higher education; health care and childcare benefits (if eligible); and receiving an entry-level conservation career experience.
     Applicants must be at least 17 years old, and possess or be working towards a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants must also have their own housing and transportation, a driver's license, and be able to pass a criminal history check.
     The internship is offered through Kupu Hawai‘i. Those interested are asked to fill out an application at kupuhawaii.org/conservation under Conservation Leaders Program as soon as possible. For more, call The Nature Conservancy at 443-5401 or call Kupu Hawai‘i at 808-735-1221.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Saturday, January 19, 2019

A keiki full of kindness met the Kaʻū Voices group at the Women's Wave March in Hilo today.
See more below. Photo by Laurie Boyle
PRES. DONALD TRUMP'S SPEECH TO THE NATION ON THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN drew a response from Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, following his talk that was broadcast from the White House today. Said Hirono, "This is yet another bogus offer from a president who changes his mind on a whim and can't be trusted. Instead of succumbing to the president's strategy of negotiating through hostage taking, Mitch McConnell should bring the House passed bills to the floor of the Senate for a vote and end this shutdown."
     Hirono referred to bills to reopen the federal government that already passed the U.S. House of Representatives but are held up by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, who could put them to a vote in the Senate and reopen the government. In a letter to constituents, Hirono said that Trump
"negotiates through hostage-taking, which hurts federal workers, contractors, and their families. House Democrats have taken the responsible course of action and passed numerous bills to reopen the government. If the president's 'hostage-taking' negotiations are successful, he will resort to this tactic again and again. We need to send a clear message this tactic is not only unacceptable, but unconscionable. That's why it's beyond time Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stop hiding and continuing to enable the president to wreak havoc on millions of families, our economy, and our country." She asks for constituents to sign a petition to help bring the House-passed legislation to end the shutdown up for a vote in the Senate immediately.

     Instead, McConnell announced that he would put Trump's plan before the Senate. The plan calls for $800 million in urgent humanitarian assistance; $805 million for drug detection technology to help secure ports of entry; an additional 2,750 border agents and law enforcement professionals; and 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce the court backlog of 900,000 cases.
     The president said that in order to build trust and goodwill, he proposes three years of legislative relief for 700,000 DACA recipients brought here unlawfully by their parents at a young age - many years ago. The extension would give them access for work permits and social security numbers, and protection from deportation. Trump said he would also give a three-year extension of temporary protective status - affecting 300,000 immigrants whose protective status is facing expiration. He said the extensions would give time to come up with a larger immigration policy.
     Trump's plans still includes $5.7 billion for a wall to block immigrants from coming across the Mexican border. He also refrained from promising to reopen the government.
The Coast Guard, on Friday, became
 the first branch of the military to go
without paychecks during a
government shutdown.
     Critics said the president failed to mention the federal workers suffering from the shutdown - accusing Trump of holding them hostage until he receives his wall money. Democrats said they would refrain from negotiating on immigration until he reopens the government.
     Sen. Brian Schatz tweeted, "There are three separate and coequal branches of government and there is no stunt, press conference, or tweet that will change that." House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Trump's plan a "not starter."
     In the meantime military insurance giant USAA and other financial institutions are offering government employees delayed insurance payments and other services until their income is restored. USAA also provided a donation to the U.S. Coast Guard, where more than 40,000 service members went without a paycheck on Friday, becoming the first military branch to go unpaid during a government shutdown.

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NOVA WILL PROFILE THE 2108 ERUPTION ON THIS ISLAND in a new PBS documentary—Kīlauea: Hawaiʻi on Fire — premiering this Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. It will also stream on NOVA's websiteThe documentary includes interviews of Volcano residents Tom Peeks and Catherine RobbinsPeeks said, "While the documentary, like other NOVA programs, will focus on the scientific aspects of the eruption, it will also likely include discussion of its human impact and cultural and socio-political aspects, topics we discussed on camera as Volcano residents and former eruption rangers at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
Hawaiʻi On Fire is the PBS NOVA documentary, profiling the 2018 eruption. It airs this Wednesday, 
Jan. 23, at 9 p.m.  Image from NOVA/PBS
     "We have not seen the film yet, but based on the questions we were asked by the filmmakers during the early stages of the eruption, we are hopeful that its rendering of this life-changing Big Island event will be probing and respectful. We'll see on Wednesday," Peeks said.
     Peeks, author of Daughters of Fire and other works, will host a workshop, Writing for Inner Exploration and Life Reflection, Saturday, March 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Volcano Art Center's Niaulani Campus. To register, contact the Art Center at 808-967-8222.

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STORIES FROM THE SUMMIT will feature ten Volcano-area residents sharing personal, sometimes harrowing, stories of the 2018 summit eruption with its explosions, earthquakes, ashfalls, and collapsing caldera. The presentation is this Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m., in the Dietrich Varez Hall at Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus. Tom Peek will emcee the event.

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Kaʻū Voices: Melissa Tveter, Missi Wheeler, Linda Berry, Larry Jonas, and visitor at the Women's Wave March in Hilo.
Photo by Laurie Boyle
KAʻŪ VOICES group registered voters today at the Women's Wave March in Hilo. Signs posted at the booth included Medicare for All; Invoke the 25th Revoke #45; Rise Above Fear, Inequality and Complacency; and Liar Liar (with drawing of pants on fire.)
Laurie Boyle and Judy Knapp
Meliha Corcoran and
Linda Morgan from
Kaʻū.
    Today was the third march in three years. Among the group's chants: "This is what Democracy Looks Like."
    Marches took place in Kona, Washington, D.C. and many cities and towns across Hawaiʻi and the country.

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ROOFTOP SOLAR IN HAWAIʻI INCREASED BY 5.3 PERCENT from 2017 to 2018, reports Hawaiʻi Electric Light. Hawai‘i is first in the nation in private rooftop solar, at 18 percent, with Hawaiʻi Island increasing from 15 percent to 16 percent from 2017 to 2018.
Rooftop solar produces 63 megawatts on Hawaiʻi Island.
Photo by Annie Bosted
     Statewide, nearly 4,000 new systems came online in 2018, supporting the drive to reach the state's next milestone of 30 percent renewable energy by 2020. Hawai‘i's percentage is more than double that of Connecticut, which is second at 6.8%. Hawaiʻi Island produces 63 megawatts from rooftop solar.
     Hawaiian Electric senior vice president of customer service Jim Alberts said, "We are extremely proud of the progress we've made as a company and as a state to build steady growth in residential rooftop solar. Rooftop solar is a critical piece of the renewable mix that will move the state toward a 100 percent clean energy future, and we're excited to see the numbers increase year after year."

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FREE CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS happen in Pāhala on Tuesday. Jan. 22, and Waiʻōhinu on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program is sponsored by Partners for Safe Keiki, Tūtū and Me, and Hawaiʻi County Fire Department, a coalition of Partners of Keiki, and Safe Grant Hawaiʻi.
     "Three of four car seats are not installed correctly," say the sponsors. "Feel free to post, share and circulate to help us to reach as many Kaʻū residents as possible. There is no eligibility requirement for these inspections. Just come with your vehicle, keiki and car seat(s)!" To make an appointment, call 896-1336.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
Kaʻū High Winter Sports Schedule
Girls Basketball:
Jan. 25, Fri., BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Jan. 26, Sat., BIIF Div. II Finals
Feb. 6-9, Wed.-Sat., HHSAA
Boys Basketball:
Jan. 21, Mon., @Hilo6pm
Jan. 23, Wed., @Laupāhoehoe, 6pm, Varsity
Jan. 28, Mon. host Kanu, 6pm, Varsity
Feb. 5, Tue., BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Feb. 6, Wed., BIIF Div. II Finals
Wrestling:
Jan. 26, Sat., @HPA
Feb. 2, Sat., @Hilo
Feb. 9, Sat., @BIIF @Keaʻau
Soccer:
Jan. 21, Mon., Girls BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Jan. 22, Tue., Boys @Kohala
Jan. 23, Wed., Girls BIIF Div. II Finals
Jan. 28, Mon., Boys BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Jan. 30, Wed., Boys BIIF Div. II Finals
Jan. 30-Feb. 2, Wed.-Sat., Girls HHSAA
Feb. 7-9, Thu.-Sat., Boys HHSAA
Swimming:
Jan. 25, Fri., BIIF Trials @KCAC, 3:30pm
Jan. 26, Sat., BIIF Finals @KCAC, 1pm
Feb. 8-9, Fri.-Sat., HHSAA
Feb. 9, Sat., Oʻahu

NEW and UPCOMING
PARKS AND RECREATION TRACK AND FIELD PRACTICE, for keiki ages 6 to 14, continues at Kahuku Park on Fridays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., through Feb. 22. Athletic shoes are required. Open registration.
     For more, contact Recreation Technician Teresa Anderson at 929-9113. Kahuku Park is located at 92-8607 Paradise Circle Mauka, Ocean View. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/ for hours.

OUTDOOR PLAY EQUIPMENT - volleyball, basketball, dodge ball, football, jump rope, hula hoop - free for keiki ages 6 to 14 to use at Kahuku Park on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
     For more, contact Recreation Technician Teresa Anderson at 929-9113. Kahuku Park is located at 92-8607 Paradise Circle Mauka, Ocean View. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/ for hours of operation.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 21
Discovery Harbour Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Mon., Jan. 21, 5-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22
Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tue., Jan. 22 (Committees), Wed., Jan. 23, (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

HOVE Road Maintenance Board Mtg., Tue., Jan. 22, 10am, HOVE Road Maintenance office. hoveroad.com, 929-9910, gm@hoveroad.com

The Wonderful World of Wine and Watercolor, Tue., Jan. 22, 4-7pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus. Nancy DeLucrezia shows how to transfer a photo onto watercolor paper and introduces basic techniques. Participants enjoy a sampling of several wines from Grapes store in Hilo. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $17 supply fee/person. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

The following event is cancelled due to partial government shutdown: After Dark in the Park: Volcano Awareness Month - What Happened at the Summit of Kīlauea in 2018?, Tue., Jan. 22, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. USGS geophysicist Kyle Anderson presents. Free; donations accepted. Park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23
Lei - ‘Ike Hana No‘eau - Experience the Skillful Work, will take place, despite partial government shutdown on Wed., Jan. 23, 10-noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Free; park entrance fees apply. Co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24
Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thu., Jan. 24, 12-1:30pm, Punalu‘u Bake Shop. Monthly meeting provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us


Thursday Night at the Center: Stories from the Summit, Thu., Jan. 24, 6:30-8:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus. An evening of personal accounts by Volcano residents from the 90 consecutive days of earthquakes this past summer. Hosted by Volcano novelist Tom Peek. Includes tales from USGS HVO Scientist-in-Charge Tina Neal and others living and working at Kīlauea's summit. Free, $5 donation suggested. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25
Human Trafficking Workshop, Fri., Jan. 25, 9:30-12:30pm, PARENTS, Inc. Office, Nā‘ālehu. Conducted by Melody Stone. Open to interested educators and community leaders: non-profit organizations, police dept., etc. Pre-registration appreciated. 430-5710



SATURDAY, JANUARY 26
Kīlauea Crisis Support Group Mtg., Sat., Jan. 26, 10-11am, Ocean View Community Center. Drinks and snacks provided. Last Saturday, monthly. Sponsored by CARE Hawai‘i, Inc. - Team Ahā, Crisis Counseling Program. 329-4817

Kula Kai View Estates Annual Mtg., Sat., Jan. 26, 10-11am, Ocean View Community Center. ovcahi.org

Mixed Media Encaustic w/Mary Milelzcik, Sat. Jan. 26, 10-2:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus. $55/VAC member, $60/non-member, plus $25 supply fee/person. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Mo‘olelo - Stories - of Volcano, Sat., Jan. 26, 11-2pm, Volcano Garden Arts, 19-3834 Old Volcano Rd., Volcano Village. Hawaiian historian and storyteller Kepa Maly shares traditions and history of Kīlauea and the lands upon which Pele dances in the Pu‘ulena wind. $35/person, lunch included. Limited space. Register w/Volcano Community Foundation, volcanocommunity@gmail.com, 885-1011


ONGOING
Applications for the first annual Acton Children's Business Fair in Pāhala are open through Friday, Jan. 25. The fair, on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., aims to inspire children to "discover their inner entrepreneur," states childrensbusinessfair.org. "The largest entrepreneurship event for kids in North America, this one-day market gives children the opportunity to showcase their very own businesses."
     Planned for keiki ages 7 to 18 from all over the island, the event is hosted at River of Life Assembly of God, 96-2345 Paʻauau St., Pāhala.
     The flyer for the event says, "Whether an entrepreneur is famous like Elon Musk or Oprah Winfrey, or they are one of the thousands of unsung business owners across the country, these are the people who make sacrifices to innovate, create jobs, and serve their communities. We want to encourage our youth to reach whatever goals they may have in owning their own businesses. This event gives them the experience at doing so."
     The application asks kids to think through elements of their business: What product or service do you plan to sell? What price will you charge for each product/service? How much will each product/service cost you? How will you pay for your startup costs? If someone is helping you with your startup costs, how will you pay that person back? How will you advertise/market your business before the fair? At the end of the fair, how will you determine if your business was a success?
     Up to 15 businesses will be accepted to show their business at the fair. Up to three children are allowed per business. A donation of $5 per business is required. Booths will not have electricity. Parents are not allowed to sell or promote a child's product or service, though parents of younger children may sit in the booth so long as the child is responsible for set up, customer interactions, and sales. Parents may help their child fill out the application; however, the child should do as much as possible by themselves.
     To submit an application, visit childrensbuisnessfair.org/pahala. For more details, contact Regina Walker at 400-4722 or email pahalacbf@gmail.com.
     The Pāhala event is sponsored by Acton Academy, the Acton School of Business, Wiki Wiki Mart, KRW Enterprises, and individual donors and volunteers. "We all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation," states the website.

Preschool Opens Doors Applications are open for the 2019-2020 school year. The Department of Human Services encourages families to apply before March 29. This program is for families seeking aid in paying for preschool. Applications, available at patchhawaii.org, received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. For more information, visit bit.ly/2TolEOm or call 800-746-5620.

Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi classes include Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) in Ka‘ū on Wednesdays through Feb. 19. See more at hmono.org.

Applications for a Paid Internship in Kaʻū for Kupu Hawai‘i and The Nature Conservancy are being accepted. The year-long, full-time position is in TNC's Hawai‘i Island Terrestrial Program, which stewards native forest preserves in Ka‘ū and South Kona.
     Benefits offered include: a $1,600 monthly living allowance (before taxes); a $5,920 education award towards higher education; health care and childcare benefits (if eligible); and receiving an entry-level conservation career experience.
     Applicants must be at least 17 years old, and possess or be working towards a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants must also have their own housing and transportation, a driver's license, and be able to pass a criminal history check.
     The internship is offered through Kupu Hawai‘i. Those interested are asked to fill out an application at kupuhawaii.org/conservation under Conservation Leaders Program as soon as possible. For more, call The Nature Conservancy at 443-5401 or call Kupu Hawai‘i at 808-735-1221.

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