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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.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Thursday, January 31, 2019

Experience Volcano Hawaiʻi reaches out to visitors and locals to draw them to culture, art, and
 nature experiences in and around Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Photo from Experience Volcano
EXPERIENCE VOLCANO HAWAIʻI held a meeting last week at Cooper Center to bring out ideas on rebuilding the economy after last year's volcanic eruption and earthquake disaster. Representatives from the County administration and County Council attended. Big Island Video News recorded the meeting.
     Artist and Volcano Garden Arts owner Ira Ono noted that "Our beloved Volcano National Park was closed indefinitely. Our village economy was decimated and where do we go from here? Our unique community of 
Volcano Art Center Executive Director Mike Nelson
Photo from Big Island Video News
scientists, bird people, geologists, artists, and business people inspired the creation of Experience Volcano Hawaʻi. We are a gateway community to the number one visitor destination in the state, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The visitors we host in our vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and other venues, come here in search of an authentic experience and that is what we offer."
     One woman asked, "But what can we do to keep people up in this area and spending money up here and supporting this area, supporting our artists, supporting our restaurants, and supporting all of the people who make those things function?"
     Volcano Art Center Executive Director Mike Nelson said one need is a "Welcome to Volcano Sign. Turn here folks. This is the place to be." He said land has been identified to place the sign.
     Nelson said, "We are a community of artists, a community of persons who have been in a position of withdrawal because all we heard about was how bad things were and things were going down the road and it was not what we really wanted to be. The key area that we're working on right now is just to get the people to know that Volcano is here. We are a great thriving artist community and we have food and beverage, restaurants, hospitality, and accommodations."
Council member Maile David
Photo from Big Island Video News
     County Council member Maile David said she would like to see more organizations to come together to work on planning the future, including community policing organizations. "They have a lot to do with this community." She called the Experience Volcano meeting 'a good start.'
     Said David, "Being a generational native, my suggestion would be that in addition to the art focus, that you include some of the native and spiritual community that have so much information about this area which is basically very important. If you are going to educate people who are going to come here, it's a lot more than arts and forest. The important part about this place as far as I can remember as a child was this was a spiritual area and I would like to see that continue and incorporated into this whole brand new idea. This is a new time in our lives and I think we need to move forward with that in mind."
     County Research & Development Director Diane Ley, herself a Volcano resident, talked about resources being brought to the Volcano community and the entire island affected by the eruption and earthquakes. She said there is much help from state and federal partners. She mentioned University of Hawaiʻi research and marketing. She said a disaster risk assessment could help the community to plan for the future. "We're here for you. We care for you," she said.
     See www.experiencevolcano.com for more on the organization's outreach.

County Research & Economic Development Director Diane Ley offered assistance in marketing and research.
Photo from Big Island Video News
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FRED KOREMATSU, THE CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATE WHO RESISTED JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT during World War II, will likely receive the Medal of Honor. On what would have been his 100th birthday on Wednesday, U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono, Lisa Murkowski, Chris Coons, and Cory Gardner, along with Rep. Mark Takano, introduced bicameral legislation to posthumously honor Korematsu.
     Said Hirono, "Fred Korematsu stood up for the rights of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II, and continued his fight for decades to expand civil rights and overturn his own false criminal conviction. Awarding the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress' highest civilian honor, to Fred Korematsu is a fitting tribute to his lifelong pursuit of justice and equality."
     Murkowski said, "The placement of Japanese Americans in internment camps during WWII is a reprehensible part of our nation's history, and the bravery demonstrated by Fred Korematsu in the defense of freedom is something that all Americans should aspire to... Korematsu's legacy is an inspiration for all who believe our nation is stronger because of our diversity."
     Karen Korematsu, founder and executive director of the Fred Korematsu Institute, said her father "dedicated his life to 'stand up for what is right,' and he worked to ensure what happened to him and other Japanese Americans will never happen again to any other minority group."
     In 1942, at the age of 23, Korematsu was arrested for refusing to enter the internment camps for Japanese Americans. After his arrest, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court, which upheld Executive Order 9066 based on military necessity. After 40 years, on November 10, 1983, Korematsu's criminal conviction was overturned in a federal court in San Francisco. Korematsu remained a civil rights advocate throughout his life and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton in 1998. He passed away on March 30, 2005, at the age of 86.

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FoodCorps position at Pāhala Elementary School, applications open through March 15.
Photos from FoodCorps
A JOB TO HELP KIDS WITH HEALTHY EATING AND LIVING IN KAʻŪ is available through FoodCorps Applications are being accepted through March 15 to work for a year at Pāhala Elementary School. FoodCorps "connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy" in schools across the country, says the job description. AmeriCorps service members who serve with FoodCorps in Hawaiʻi are "emerging leaders" who dedicate one year to full-time service in public schools where they expand hands-on nutrition education programs, build, and tend school gardens, support schoolwide wellness initiatives, and serve as positive role models in the school lunchroom and community.
     Service Member position is a full-time 11.5-month commitment from August 1, 2019 through July 15, 2020. Applicants must be 18 years or older by Aug. 1; hold a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent; be a legal, permanent resident of the United States. Service members should have passion for building a healthier future for school children; commitment to working hard in service of local communities; demonstrated leadership ability; motivation to serve full-time in a limited resource community; perseverance in the face of challenges and creativity in finding solutions; respect for diversity of opinion, experience, and background; experience working in or studying food systems, agriculture, public health, education, community organizing, or public service; experience working or volunteering in education, youth development, or other teaching setting; knowledge of the culture, history, and/or language of the community served; desire to gain hands-on experience.
     In exchange for service, members receive: $22,000 living stipend paid bi-weekly over the 11.5-month term; $6,095 AmeriCorps Segal education award upon successful completion of service; Student loan deferral or forbearance, if eligible; partial childcare reimbursement, if eligible; Health insurance; Ongoing training, mentorship, and professional development.
     To supplement their income, service members can hold part-time jobs outside of their service hours, or apply for SNAP benefits, which is usually around $340 per month.
     Apply at foodcorps.org/apply. See the service member position description for more details. Visit foodcorps.orgFacebook page, or contact seri.niimi-burch@foodcorps.org for more information.

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Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser
HAWAIʻI BOARD OF AGRICULTURE ACTING CHAIR is Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser. Gov. David Ige made the designation after Denise Albano resigned for personal reasons on Jan. 29. Albano was the governor's nominee for Board of Agriculture chairperson. She would have replaced long time Chair Scott Enright.
     Under HRS 26-33, Shimabukuro-Geiser will serve in this position for up to 60 days from the date of vacancy or until the position is filled.
     Shimabukuro-Geiser has served as deputy to the chairperson since 2015. She was also recently re-appointed to the position. The governor's statement says that Shimabukuro-Geiser is a long-time agriculture advocate who was previously employed at Mikilua Poultry Farm, Inc. in Waiʻanae where she served as vice president and administrative fiscal assistant. She was also vice president at Associated Producers Corp. in Honolulu.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD STATE PLAN 2019-2024 launched yesterday with agreement between state government leaders to work together. The plan aims to guide public and private efforts to improve lives of keiki and their families, said an announcement from Gov. David Ige.
     The plan helped the state secure a $1 million Preschool Development Grant - Birth through Five, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will help ensure implementation of the state plan.
     The Executive Office on Early Learning – the lead state agency charged with overseeing the development of a statewide early-childhood learning system – will continue to facilitate the five-year plan along with the Early Learning Board and stakeholders across the state.
Executive Office on Early Learning Director 
Lauren Moriguchi
     The plan sets foundation for a statewide early-childhood system for pre-natal through age 8 that goes beyond academics to include children's health, safety, and well-being; family partnerships and support; and early care and learning.
     The plan starts with: the approximately 154,000 children under the age of eight who reside in Hawai‘i; some 17,500 annual births; the 40 percent of four-year-olds not served by any early learning programs; about 109,000 keiki under age six with working parents and who need care; and 1,622 homeless kids under age five, whom in 2017, received shelter and outreach services.
     Ige said, "Starting with prenatal care, we are setting the foundation to ensure that all keiki develop to their fullest potential and with them, our communities. I am excited that this new plan will drive collective action to improve the lives of our children, their families, and our communities by preparing our keiki for their future and the 21st century workforce."
     Early Learning Director Lauren Moriguchi said, "We position our young children and Hawai‘i for success when we leverage and invest our resources in them wisely, ensuring that public and private communities coordinate and collaborate with each other. To make a difference for our keiki, we need a support system that addresses their holistic needs. It must start from the earliest years and continue throughout a child's educational career."

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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:
Feb. 6-9, Wed.-Sat., HHSAA
Boys Basketball:
Feb. 1, Fri., hosting St. Joseph, 7pm
Feb. 5, Tue., BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Feb. 6, Wed., BIIF Div. II Finals
Feb. 21-23, Thu.-Sat., HHSAA
Wrestling:
Feb. 2, Sat., @Hilo
Feb. 9, Sat., @BIIF @Keaʻau
Feb. 20-21, Wed.-Thu., HHSAA
Soccer:
Jan. 30-Feb. 2, Wed.-Sat., Girls HHSAA
Feb. 7-9, Thu.-Sat., Boys HHSAA
Swimming:
Feb. 8-9, Fri.-Sat., HHSAA
Feb. 9, Sat., Oʻahu

NEW and UPCOMING
SUPER BOWL PARTY at Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge kicks off Sun., Feb. 3. Doors open at 11 a.m., games starts at 1:30 p.m. Food and beverages available for purchase. 967-8365 after 4 p.m. for more. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees may apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Story Time with Lindsey Miller - PARENTS, Inc., Fri., Feb. 1, 2:30-3:15pm, Nā‘ālehu Public Library. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

KDENte Fundraising Dinner at Amalfatano's Italian Restaurant in Hilo happens Friday. Feb. 1, 6-8pm. $20 for all-you-can-eat buffet to support Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network. Call 982-7344 for more.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Abstract Painting Workshop w/Darcy Gray, Sat., Feb. 2, 10-2pm, Volcano Art Center. For those with basic painting background. Supplies provided. $85/VAC member, $90/non-member, plus $20 supply fee for 5 sheets 300 lb. 18"x24" watercolor paper, pre-gessoed. Advance registration required. Limited to 8 adults. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Art Express, Sat., Feb. 2, 10-3pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 1st Saturday monthly. Learn something new or work on a forgotten project. Instructions on oil, acrylic, watercolor, and other mediums. Class size limited to 25. Meliha Corcoran 319-8989, himeliha@yahoo.com, discoveryharbour.net/art-express

Keiki Science Class, Sat., Feb. 2, 11-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. 1st Saturday, monthly. acehardware.com

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Super Bowl Sunday Party, Sun., Feb. 3, doors open 11am, kick-off 1:30pm, Lava Lounge, Kīlauea Military Camp. Food and beverages available for purchase. 967-8365 after 4pm for more. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees may apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com
Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun., Feb. 3, noon-2pm, Manukā State Park. 1st Sunday, monthly. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or sites.google
.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Hawai‘i County Council Meetings, Mon., Feb. 4 (Committees), Kona and Tue., Feb. 5, (Council), Hilo. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon., Feb. 4, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. Parent-led homeschool activity and social group, building community in Ka‘ū. Confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Mon., Feb. 4, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
AdvoCATS, Tue., Feb. 5, 7-5pm, Ocean View Community Center. Free Cat Spay & Neuter Clinic. 895-9283. advocatshawaii.org

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Mtg., Tue., Feb. 5, 6-8pm, Pāhala Community Center.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Arts & Crafts Activity: Mardi Gras, Wed., Feb. 6, 3:30-5pm, multi-purpose room, Ka‘ū District Gym. Register keiki ages 5-12 through Feb. 5. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Hula Voices, Wed., Feb. 6, 5:30-6:30pm, 1st Wed. monthly, Volcano Art Center Gallery. Desiree Moana Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free, 967-7565

Open Mic Night, Wed., Feb. 6, 6-10pm, Lava Lounge, Kīlauea Military Camp. Call 967-8365 after 4pm to sign-up and for more details. Park entrance fees may apply. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests, 21+. 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Women's Support Group, Thu., Feb. 7 and 21, 3-4:30pm, 1st and 3rd Thursday monthly. PARENTS Inc. office, Nā‘ālehu. Women welcome to drop in anytime. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org.

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thu., Feb. 7, 6-7pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thu., Feb. 7, 6:30pm, Aspen Center. okaukakou.org

ONGOING
A Lifeguard Training Course is offered at Pāhala Pool Feb. 4 through 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the county Department of Parks and Recreation, Aquatics Section, and the American Red Cross, the course fee is $75.
     Participants are required to pass a prerequisite test at Pāhala Pool, scheduled by contacting 928-8177. The course fee and registration forms, available at Pāhala Pool, are due immediately following completion of the test. The test includes: 300-yard continuous swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both; two minutes treading water, without using hands; and completion of a timed event in 1 minute 40 seconds. The timed event is: Starting in the water, swim 20 yards, retrieve a 10-pound brick from the deep end, return the brick to the starting point, and exit the water.
    Participants are responsible for providing their own supplies, including CPR mask, swim suit, goggles, towel, American Red Cross Lifeguard Manual, etc. The manual can be downloaded for free at redcross.org/take-a-class/lifeguarding/lifeguard-preparation/lifeguard-manual.
     For more information about becoming a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard, contact the nearest county swimming pool, or the Parks and Recreation Aquatics Specialist at 961-8694.

Money is Needed to Travel to State Championships for Kaʻū Trojans Girls Basketball Team. To donate, call Kaʻū High Athletic Director Kalei Namohala at 808-313-4100 or send a check to Kaʻū High School at 96-3150 Pikake StPāhalaHI96777, with the notation "Girls Basketball."
     The Trojans Girls basketball team will fly to Honolulu for the tournament, Feb. 6-9.

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 offered in Ka‘ū include:
     Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) on Wednesdays through Feb. 19. See more at hmono.org.
     Diabetes Management Classes on Mondays in February. Sign up by calling 969-9220 or online at hmono.org/classes.

Volunteer on Midway Atoll for Six Months. Sought by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Friends of Midway Atoll NWR, the volunteer will serve as a communication assistant out on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, according to Wayne Sentman, President of Friends of Midway Atoll. The position begins on or about March 12 through August. Applications are due by Feb. 28.
     While USFWS is seeking a volunteer for six months, there is potential to be extended to a full year--at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. The mission is to upstart and sustain implementation of social media postings and website updates while assisting with development of internal refuge reporting.
     For more information, and instructions on how to apply, visit fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Region_1/NWRS/
Zone_1/Midway_Atoll/Sections/What_We_Do/Get_Involved/MANWR_Volunteer_COMMS_Announcment
_12_11_2019.pdf. See Friends of Midway Atoll NWR for news from the Refuge, updates on projects, and photos that tell the story of life on Midway Atoll NWR. Follow on Instagram at @FriendsofMidwayNWR.

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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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A volunteer in communications for Midway Atoll is sought by Friends of Midway Atoll and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service. The stint could be six months to a year for the right person, who would live at the wildlife refuge.
See more below. NOAA photo
HEARINGS ON RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE will be held in the state Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday, with several bills seeking different outcomes.
     House Bill 1191 is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m. See the hearing notice, links to the bill, and links to provide testimony online. It proposes a two tiered minimum wage: $17 by 2025 for workers without employer provided health insurance and $14 by 2025 for workers with employer provided health insurance.
     Senate Bill 1248 would increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024. Senate Bill 789 would increase the minimum wage to $12 by 2022. Some advocates are calling for a minimum wage of $17 with annual adjustments for inflation. Hawaiʻi Chamber of Commerce opposes both measures, saying they will harm small businesses and create unemployment should companies be unable to afford the increases. Their hearings are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. See the hearing notice, and links to read the bills and submit testimony online.
     HB96scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m., would allow counties to determine a higher minimum wage than the state minimum wage. Read the bill and submit testimony. 

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A VOLUNTEER TO WORK ON MIDWAY ATOLL FOR SIX MONTHS is sought by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Friends of Midway Atoll NWR. The volunteer will serve as a communication assistant out on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, according to Wayne Sentman, President of Friends of Midway Atoll.
     While USFWS is seeking a volunteer for six months, there is potential to be extended to a full year of living at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. The mission is to upstart and sustain implementation of social media postings and website updates while assisting with development of internal refuge, reporting on or about March 12 through August. Applications are due by Feb. 28.
     For more information, and instructions on how to apply, visit this website link or go to 
     See Friends of Midway Atoll NWR for news from the Refuge, updates on projects, and photos that tell the story of life on Midway Atoll NWR. Follow on Instagram at @FriendsofMidwayNWR.

Work with albatross and other endangered bird and marine life at Midway Atoll, with a volunteer position
from March through August. Photo from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
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KAʻŪ COFFEE FEST invites non-profits, clubs, cooperatives, and businesses to sign up for booths to serve the public at the 11th annual Kaʻū Coffee Fest Hoʻolauleʻa on Saturday, May 4 at Pāhala Community Center. The all-day event comes with music, hula, coffee tasting, and meeting the famous Kaʻū Coffee farmers.
     Booth fees are $100 for food vendors; $60 for non-food items and crafts, including coffee and coffee samples; and $35 for pre-approved information displays. Campaign and other political displays are not invited. Fifty percent discounts are provided to bona fide non-profit organizations and cooperatives selling food, crafts, and coffee.
Kaʻū Royal Coffee is one of many Kaʻū Coffee presenters at the Kaʻū 
Coffee Festival Hoʻolauleʻa on May 4. Photo by Geneveve Fyvie
     In addition to Kaʻū Coffee Festival fees, each vendor is responsible for a Department of Health permit, if serving food. Call Gail Nagata 933-0918. Vendors must also obtain county vendor permits costing $30 each, to be displayed at each booth.
     Vendor and display booths are the responsibility of sponsors who provide their own equipment, including tents – up to 10' x 10' square – tables, chairs, signs, and other equipment. Hot food must be served under metal roofs that Kaʻū Coffee Festival provides. There is no electricity available. Generators are allowed.
     Set up before 8 a.m. on May 4, day of Hoʻolaule‘a, and be ready to serve the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No smoking, drugs, alcohol, propaganda, political speech, or activism allowed.
     Kaʻū Coffee Festival is a Green Event. All vendors are encouraged to use biodegradable products whenever possible.
     Deadline to apply is Friday, April 26. First come, first served. Find application at KauCoffeeFestival.com. Mail to Brenda Iokepa-Moses, P.O. Box 208, Pāhala, HI 96777, email biokepamoses@gmail.com, or call 808-731-5409.

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Ed and Audrey Case during a visit to
Kaʻū where he works on Kaʻū Coast
preservation and Hawaiʻi Volcanoes
funding. Photo by Julia Neal
THE U.S. HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES is the latest appointment of U.S. Rep. Ed Case, who is back in Congress. "This critical committee has jurisdiction over public lands and natural resources, and is ground zero for our efforts in Congress to preserve the natural heritage that was gifted to us for generations to come," said Case. "It is also responsible for our national oceans policy which is becoming even more critical as the threat to our world's oceans from climate change, resources degradation, and pollution become even more acute."
     Case, who worked on preserving the Kaʻū Coast during his previous term in the House, said his appointment to Natural Resources will enable him to work on key areas for Hawaiʻi within the committee's kuleana, including ocean and fisheries programs through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Parks and Monuments, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
     "Our state is special and distinctive in all the world – we are lucky to live Hawaiʻi with one of the most unique natural heritages anywhere," said Case. "But our flora and fauna are also fragile – so much so that Hawaiʻi is considered by experts as the 'Endangered Species Capital of the World' - and we need constant vigilance and innovative programs to assure their survival."
     Projects on which Case said he will focus include repairs at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park left severely damaged by the last year's volcanic and seismic activity, and the preservation of the 583-
Honuʻapo is one of the coastal areas preserved. Keiki learn about salinity of
water through Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund. Photo from Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund
square-mile Papahānaumokuākea National Marine Monument located in waters off the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which Case worked to establish during his prior service in Congress.
     The Committee also has jurisdiction over federal programs administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior on behalf of Native Hawaiians. "We are at an especially critical time as our Native Hawaiian community charts the best course toward establishing a direct relationship with our federal government akin to that recognized with other indigenous peoples for some 150 years now," said Case. "My role on the committee will be to oversee and support that effort in Congress in close partnership with Native Hawaiians."
     Case was also recently appointed to the House committee on Appropriations, one of the U.S. House's few exclusive committees, meaning that members are not usually permitted to serve on others, but was asked by the House leadership to add Natural Resources to his portfolio. "This combination of Natural Resources and Appropriations should be especially effective for programs under Natural Resources in being able to focus not only on the programs themselves but on adequately funding them," said Case.

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Trojans Girls Basketball team, with Coach Cy Lopez and Jennifer Makuakani. Photo from Kaʻū Athletics
MONEY IS NEEDED TO TRAVEL TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THE TROJANS GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM. To donate, call Kaʻū High Athletic Director Kalei Namohala at 808-313-4100 or send a check to Kaʻū High School at 96-3150 Pikake St, Pāhala, HI, 96777, with the notation "Girls Basketball."
     The Trojans Girls Basketball Team will fly to Honolulu for the tournament, Feb. 6-9.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
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Kaʻū High Winter Sports Schedule
Girls Basketball:
Feb. 6-9, Wed.-Sat., HHSAA
Boys Basketball:
Feb. 1, Fri., host St. Joseph, 7:30pm
Feb. 5, Tue., BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Feb. 6, Wed., BIIF Div. II Finals
Feb. 21-23, Thu.-Sat., HHSAA
Wrestling:
Feb. 2, Sat., @Hilo
Feb. 9, Sat., @BIIF @Keaʻau
Feb. 20-21, Wed.-Thu., HHSAA
Soccer:
Jan. 30-Feb. 2, Wed.-Sat., Girls HHSAA
Feb. 7-9, Thu.-Sat., Boys HHSAA
Swimming:
Feb. 8-9, Fri.-Sat., HHSAA
Feb. 9, Sat., Oʻahu

NEW and UPCOMING
PANAʻEWA STAMPED takes place this year just outside of Hilo, the weekend of Feb. 16-18, with rodeo competitors from Kaʻū and around the island joined by rodeo clowns and other entertainers. See HawaiiRodeoStampede.com.

DIABETES MANAGEMENT CLASSES offered by Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi happen in Ka‘ū on Mondays, in February. "Did you know that about 13% of the adult population in Hawai​ʻi have diabetes?" says the announcement on Facebook. For more information about this statistic, see diabetes.org, the American Diabetes Association. "If you have diabetes and want more info about your diagnosis, join us for Diabetes Management classes. Sign-up by calling 969-9220 or online at hmono.org/classes.


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THURSDAY, JANUARY 31
Craft Class, Thu., Jan. 31, 9:30-10:30am, PARENTS, Inc., Nā‘ālehu. For keiki 2-12 years old and caregivers. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Volcano Friends Feeding Friends, Thu., Jan. 31, 4-6pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Free community dinner for all. Additional packaged goods to take home for those in need. Donations and volunteers encouraged. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Story Time with Lindsey Miller - PARENTS, Inc., Fri., Feb. 1, 2:30-3:15pm, Nā‘ālehu Public Library. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

KDENte Fundraising Dinner at Amalfatano's Italian Restaurant in Hilo happens Friday. Feb. 1, 6-8pm. $20 for all-you-can-eat buffet to support Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network. Call 982-7344 for more.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Abstract Painting Workshop w/Darcy Gray, Sat., Feb. 2, 10-2pm, Volcano Art Center. For those with basic painting background. Supplies provided. $85/VAC member, $90/non-member, plus $20 supply fee for 5 sheets 300 lb. 18"x24" watercolor paper, pre-gessoed. Advance registration required. Limited to 8 adults. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Art Express, Sat., Feb. 2, 10-3pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 1st Saturday monthly. Learn something new or work on a forgotten project. Instructions on oil, acrylic, watercolor, and other mediums. Class size limited to 25. Meliha Corcoran 319-8989, himeliha@yahoo.com, discoveryharbour.net/art-express

Keiki Science Class, Sat., Feb. 2, 11-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. 1st Saturday, monthly. acehardware.com

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Super Bowl Sunday Party, Sun., Feb. 3, doors open 11am, kick-off 1:30pm, Lava Lounge, Kīlauea Military Camp. Food and beverages available for purchase. 967-8365 after 4pm for more. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees may apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun., Feb. 3, noon-2pm, Manukā State Park. 1st Sunday, monthly. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Hawai‘i County Council Meetings, Mon., Feb. 4 (Committees), Kona and Tue., Feb. 5, (Council), Hilo. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon., Feb. 4, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. Parent-led homeschool activity and social group, building community in Ka‘ū. Confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Mon., Feb. 4, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
AdvoCATS, Tue., Feb. 5, 7-5pm, Ocean View Community Center. Free Cat Spay & Neuter Clinic. 895-9283. advocatshawaii.org

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Mtg., Tue., Feb. 5, 6-8pm, Pāhala Community Center.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Arts & Crafts Activity: Mardi Gras, Wed., Feb. 6, 3:30-5pm, multi-purpose room, Ka‘ū District Gym. Register keiki ages 5-12 through Feb. 5. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Hula Voices, Wed., Feb. 6, 5:30-6:30pm, 1st Wed. monthly, Volcano Art Center Gallery. Desiree Moana Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free, 967-7565

Open Mic Night, Wed., Feb. 6, 6-10pm, Lava Lounge, Kīlauea Military Camp. Call 967-8365 after 4pm to sign-up and for more details. Park entrance fees may apply. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests, 21+. 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

ONGOING
A Lifeguard Training Course is offered at Pāhala Pool Feb. 4 through 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the county Department of Parks and Recreation, Aquatics Section, and the American Red Cross, the course fee is $75.
     Participants are required to pass a prerequisite test at Pāhala Pool, scheduled by contacting 928-8177. The course fee and registration forms, available at Pāhala Pool, are due immediately following completion of the test. The test includes: 300-yard continuous swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both; two minutes treading water, without using hands; and completion of a timed event in 1 minute 40 seconds. The timed event is: Starting in the water, swim 20 yards, retrieve a 10-pound brick from the deep end, return the brick to the starting point, and exit the water.
    Participants are responsible for providing their own supplies, including CPR mask, swim suit, goggles, towel, American Red Cross Lifeguard Manual, etc. The manual can be downloaded for free at redcross.org/take-a-class/lifeguarding/lifeguard-preparation/lifeguard-manual.
     For more information about becoming a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard, contact the nearest county swimming pool, or the Parks and Recreation Aquatics Specialist at 961-8694.

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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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Miss Kaʻū Coffee Pageant 2018, held for the first time at Kaʻū District Gym. The pageant is looking for young wahine, 
age three to 24, to enter the annual scholarship pageant. See details, below. Photo by Julia Neal
THE CHALLENGE OF GARBAGE, and how to fund and organize recycling and disposal, was the subject of a meeting last evening at Pāhala Community Center. County representatives focused on dropping the number of days open from four to three per week at Pāhala Recycling & Transfer Station. Hours would remain from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
     Greg Goodale, Solid Waste Division Chief, said the county wants the community to help choose which day to close it. Several attendees suggested Sunday, saying Saturday is a popular day for home projects and yard work, with much use of the transfer station. They also asked for an explanation for reducing the number of days open.
     Goodale said it is a matter of tonnage. Other communities with about the same tonnage produced in Pāhala are open three days a week. Adding a fourth day for Pāhala was a recent addition, under the mayorship of Billy Kenoi. The county needs to cut costs and one way is to reduce the days that Pāhala is open, said Goodale. He also noted that Waiʻōhinu Transfer station, about 14 miles from Pāhala, is open seven days a week, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Many Hawaiʻi county residents drive farther to dispose their garbage.

Pāhala Recycling & Transfer Station will be open three instead of four days a week. The county wants to
known which day should it be closed? Photo from County of Hawaiʻi Solid Waste Division
     The Soild Waste Chief also spoke about planned improvements to Waiʻōhinu Recycling & Transfer Station, which could create more services and opportunities. He said that once improvements are complete, commercial disposal would be available for businesses, construction, and institutions with food service. The nearest commercial disposal place is the one drive to the East Hawai`i Sort Station in Hilo or the five hour round trip drive to Puʻuanahulu Landfill, near Waikoloa.
     The distance makes it difficult for businesses in Kaʻū to comply and for the county to charge for commercial disposal of garbage in Kaʻū. With an improved Waiʻōhinu facility, the county would be able to charge commercial users to help offset the transfer station costs.
     When asked whether there is any way to create income from the transfer stations, Goodale said the reuse center at Waiʻōhinu transfer station helps offset discarded items going into the landfill, but the venture is not profitable to the county. He said green waste mulching might be another opportunity at Waiʻōhinu. In addition, perhaps commercial garbage collection operations could be developed by private citizens in Kaʻū, once there is a centralized commercial disposal place in Waiʻōhinu.
     Also being improved, said Goodale, is the design of garbage chutes, to make them easier to use. Eventually the Pahala station would more closely resemble the one at Volcano. Pāhala resident Eddie Andrade said he would appreciate the improvement.
Waiʻōhinu Transfer Station, where commercial disposal is planned and enough land is available for making mulch from
green waste. Photo from County of Hawaiʻi Solid Waste Division
     County Council member Maile David attended and asked the county administration to consider opening transfer stations, when possible, the day after a holiday closure. Goodale said that cost would be consideration. She and Goodale said they will continue to reach out to the Pāhala community regarding which day to close Pāhala Transfer Station and will hold another meeting on March 19 at Pahala Community Center at 5:30 p.m. See more on recycling and solid waste at www.hawaiizerowaste.org and http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/dem-solidwaste-division.

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USGS scientists measure and document temperature, crack width, and any
visual or audible changes such as steam and water boiling
heard in the hottest cracks. USGS photo
KĪLAUEA VOLCANO REMAINS QUIET, with no major changes in the last month. The summit and south flank regions continue to experience low rates of seismicity. Inflationary tilt in the middle East Rift Zone slowed over the past week. Sulfur dioxide emission rates from the summit and Puʻu ʻŌʻō remain low.
     Tuesday's update from U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory reminds residents and visitors that hazards remain, especially near recently active fissures and lava flows, and to "heed Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense and National Park warnings, and be prepared, if necessary, to self-evacuate in the unlikely event of renewed activity. Please note that Hawaiʻi County maintains a closure of the entire lava flow field and vents and prohibits access unless authorized through Civil Defense."
     Through the 35-day government shutdown, USGS HVO continued monitoring Kīlauea's seismicity, deformation, and gas emissions for sign of reactivation.

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INCENTIVES TO BUY LOCALLY GROWN FOOD when using SNAP (food stamps) will be heard by the state House of Representatives' Committee on Agriculture tomorrow, Jan. 30, at 9 a.m. Introduced by west Kaʻū House Representatives Richard Creagan and east Kaʻū Rep. Richard Onishi, House Bill 262 seeks to start a dollar-for-dollar matching program for SNAP beneficiaries,
"of up to $20 per visit, per day, to be used exclusively for the purchase of Hawaiʻi-grown fresh fruits and vegetables at a farmers' market, farm stand, mobile market, community-supported agriculture site, grocery store, or other direct food retailer."
     Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United urges the public to submit testimony in favor of HB262 by going to capitol.hawaii.gov, registering, entering the bill number, and filling out the testimony sheet. Testimony submitted less than 24 hours before the hearing will be marked "late," but may be considered by the reviewing committee.


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EQUAL RIGHTS is Rep. Tusli Gabbard's focus today. She spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, urging lawmakers across the country to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Hawaiʻi became the first state to ratify the ERA on March 22, 1972, following a long history of advocacy.
     In 1920, the women's suffrage movement culminated in the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote. The 19th reads: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."
     In 1923, a broader equal rights amendment was proposed to cover equal treatment in employment, services, and other areas, declaring that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or United States or any State on account of sex." However, it did not win congressional approval until almost 50 years later, in 1972, when it was sent to the states for ratification. By 1977, 35 states had ratified the amendment - three short of the 38 required. In 2019, only one more state is needed for ratification.
The League of Women Voters sent out mailers and set up meetings to
help make Hawaiʻi the first state to ratify the ERA in 1972. Ratification
by one more state would add it to the U.S. Constitution.
     Gabbard said, "It's been nearly 100 years since women fought for and won the right to vote. Yet, we still do not have equal rights and protection under the United States Constitution. There are too many examples in our everyday lives where women still do not get equal pay for equal work and where we still face discrimination simply for being a woman.
     "In 1923, the ERA was introduced to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, and was reintroduced every session until it finally passed in 1972. In the past two years, we've inched forward with successful votes in Nevada and Illinois, and now we're just one state away from finally passing the Equal Rights Amendment.
     "This is not about politics. It's about equality. It's about humanity. It's long overdue that we pass the Equal Rights Amendment and include equality between men and women in the United States Constitution." Watch her speech here.

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ENSURING BACK PAY FOR FEDERAL CONTRACT WORKERS affected by the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government was Sen. Mazie Hirono's goal on Tuesday. She, other senators, and members of Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, held a press conference.
     Hirono said, "I don't think there is anything scarier for any family than to face the prospect of not receiving a paycheck. That was happening during this totally unnecessary, unconscionable shutdown."
Sen. Mazie Hirono, speaking up for federal contract workers
affected by the recent shutdown. Photo from Hirono
     She said she heard stories of people facing eviction and relying on Hawaiʻi Foodbank, where she volunteered last week. "This kind of support for our federal contractors needs to be enacted because as government privatizes jobs, every time something like this happens, more and more people are going to be harmed."
     Last week, 23 senators, including Hirono, introduced the Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act, which would "provide back pay up to $600 per paycheck for federal contractor employees who were furloughed or suffered reduces hours during the government shutdown." Hirono says the bill "aims to help low-wage federal contractor employees, including janitorial, food, and security services workers."
     In December, the Senate unanimously passed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act which would provide back pay for federal workers affected by the shutdown. Hirono was an original cosponsor of the bill.

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Miss Kaʻū Coffee 2018, Reishalyn Jara, at one of many
community events where she represented the Kaʻū
Coffee industry. Photo from OKK
MISS KAʻŪ COFFEE PAGEANT will accept applicants through Feb. 28. The pageant will be held again at the Ka‘ū District Gym on Saturday, April 27, 6 p.m.
     Miss Kaʻū Coffee and her court will represent the Kaʻū Coffee industry throughout the year at events in the community and beyond, her appearances sponsored by the Edmund C. Olson Trust, II. Pageant Director is Trinidad Marques. Scholarship Committee Directors are Julia Neal and Gloria Camba.
     The community can support the pageant through purchasing tickets, volunteering, and providing scholarships. Last year, Leahi Volleyball team provided a food concession and the Miloli‘i Volleyball team helped with tickets and other tasks on pageant day.

     Girls three to 24 years of age are encouraged to enter the pageant. Talents often include hula and singing. Competitive categories include Talent, Gown, Photogenic, Career-Interview, Characters Outfit, and Swimsuit for Miss Kaʻū Coffee. Pageant hopefuls contend for titles of Miss Ka‘ū Coffee, Jr. Miss Kaʻū Coffee, Miss Kaʻū Peaberry, and Miss Kaʻū Coffee Flower.
     The current court is comprised of Miss Kaʻū Coffee Flower Telia Navarro, Miss Peaberry Jacellyn Kekoa Jara, Jr. Miss Kaʻū Coffee Christina Kawehiwehi and Miss Ka‘ū Coffee Reishalyn Kekoa Jara.
      Email tmarques@yahoo.com.

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A LIFEGUARD TRAINING COURSE is offered at Pāhala Pool Feb. 4 through 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the county Department of Parks and Recreation, Aquatics Section, and the American Red Cross, the course fee is $75.
     Participants are required to pass a prerequisite test at Pāhala Pool, scheduled by contacting 928-8177. The course fee and registration forms, available at Pāhala Pool, are due immediately following completion of the test. The test includes: 300-yard continuous swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both; two minutes treading water, without using hands; and completion of a timed event in 1 minute 40 seconds. The timed event is: Starting in the water, swim 20 yards, retrieve a 10-pound brick from the deep end, return the brick to the starting point, and exit the water.
Pāhala Pool, where the county and Red Cross will host a lifeguard training course starting Feb. 4.
Photo by Julia Neal
    Participants are responsible for providing their own supplies, including CPR mask, swim suit, goggles, towel, American Red Cross Lifeguard Manual, etc. The manual can be downloaded for free at redcross.org/take-a-class/lifeguarding/lifeguard-preparation/lifeguard-manual.
     For more information about becoming a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard, contact the nearest county swimming pool, or the Parks and Recreation Aquatics Specialist at 961-8694.

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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:
Feb. 6-9, Wed.-Sat., HHSAA
Boys Basketball:
Feb. 5, Tue., BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Feb. 6, Wed., BIIF Div. II Finals
Feb. 21-23, Thu.-Sat., HHSAA
Wrestling:
Feb. 2, Sat., @Hilo
Feb. 9, Sat., @BIIF @Keaʻau
Feb. 20-21, Wed.-Thu., HHSAA
Soccer:
Jan. 30, Wed., Boys BIIF Div. II Finals
Jan. 30-Feb. 2, Wed.-Sat., Girls HHSAA
Feb. 7-9, Thu.-Sat., Boys HHSAA
Swimming:
Feb. 8-9, Fri.-Sat., HHSAA
Feb. 9, Sat., Oʻahu

NEW and UPCOMING
A SURVEY ABOUT EARLY STUDENT RELEASE during Parent/Teacher conferences is being conducted by Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School. The school website states, "We would like to hear your feedback, concerns, or any other recommendations you may have." Fill out the survey at docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScw9u_XSY0QMjXHIUw6Xsj9GDrdLfxsFtra816u93H250YTFA/viewform.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30
Kōkua Kupuna Project, Wed., Jan. 30, 9-11am, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Monthly. Seniors 60 years & older encouraged to attend, ask questions, and inquire about services offered through Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i - referral required, 961-8626 for free legal services. Under 60, call 1-800-499-4302. More info: tahisha.despontes@legalaidhawaii.org, 329-3910 ext. 925. legalaidhawaii.org

Free Car Seat Inspections happen in 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.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31
Craft Class, Thu., Jan. 31, 9:30-10:30am, PARENTS, Inc., Nā‘ālehu. For keiki 2-12 years old and caregivers. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Volcano Friends Feeding Friends, Thu., Jan. 31, 4-6pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Free community dinner for all. Additional packaged goods to take home for those in need. Donations and volunteers encouraged. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

The Role of Unmanned Aircraft Systems During Kīlauea's 2018 Eruption is the focus of a public program on Thursday, Jan. 31, in the University Classroom Building, Room 100, on the main UH-Hilo campus at 200 W. Kawili St.Hilo.
     Dr. Ryan Perroy, Director of UH-Hilo's Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Laboratory, presents drone imagery and video collected by his team during Kīlauea's 2018 eruption and talks about lessons learned. 

     Free and open to the public. No reservations required. Details are posted on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website HVO News corner at volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo. For more information, email askHVO@usgs.gov or call 808-967-7328.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Story Time with Lindsey Miller - PARENTS, Inc., Fri., Feb. 1, 2:30-3:15pm, Nā‘ālehu Public Library. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Abstract Painting Workshop w/Darcy Gray, Sat., Feb. 2, 10-2pm, Volcano Art Center. For those with basic painting background. Supplies provided. $85/VAC member, $90/non-member, plus $20 supply fee for 5 sheets 300 lb. 18"x24" watercolor paper, pre-gessoed. Advance registration required. Limited to 8 adults. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Art Express, Sat., Feb. 2, 10-3pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 1st Saturday monthly. Learn something new or work on a forgotten project. Instructions on oil, acrylic, watercolor, and other mediums. Class size limited to 25. Meliha Corcoran 319-8989, himeliha@yahoo.com, discoveryharbour.net/art-express

Keiki Science Class, Sat., Feb. 2, 11-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. 1st Saturday, monthly. acehardware.com

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Super Bowl Sunday Party, Sun., Feb. 3, doors open 11am, kick-off 1:30pm, Lava Lounge, Kīlauea Military Camp. Food and beverages available for purchase. 967-8365 after 4pm for more. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees may apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun., Feb. 3, noon-2pm, Manukā State Park. 1st Sunday, monthly. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Hawai‘i County Council Meetings, Mon., Feb. 4 (Committees), Kona and Tue., Feb. 5, (Council), Hilo. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon., Feb. 4, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. Parent-led homeschool activity and social group, building community in Ka‘ū. Confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Mon., Feb. 4, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
AdvoCATS, Tue., Feb. 5, 7-5pm, Ocean View Community Center. Free Cat Spay & Neuter Clinic. 895-9283. advocatshawaii.org

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Mtg., Tue., Feb. 5, 6-8pm, Pāhala Community Center.

ONGOING
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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