About The Kaʻū Calendar

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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Kaʻū Valley Farms offers a few more spaces for its farm tour this Thursday above Nāʻālehu.
See more below. Photo by Lee Neal
AIRBNB AND OTHER VACATION RENTAL MARKETING AGENCIES will have to pay Transient Accommodation taxes directly to the state, on behalf of owners, unless Gov. David Ige vetoes the bill. A last minute floor vote at the Hawaiʻi Legislature today passed the measure 13-12. Last week, the bill failed 12 to 12, essentially killing Senate Bill 1292. In both votes, west Kaʻū Sen. Dru Kanuha voted "aye," and east Kaʻū Sen. Russell Ruderman and Hilo Sen. Kai Kahele voted "no."
     The approved version of SB1292 allows the online marketing firms hosting rentals to keep information collected about home-rental operations confidential, instead of sharing it with the state. It will pay the TAT on behalf of the owners of the properties. In the past, owners have been responsible for paying, and state representatives lobbied the legislature saying many were avoiding paying the tax, which could generate millions of dollars for state government.

Coffee College will be this Sunday at Pāhala Community Center.
Photo by Julia Neal
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KAʻŪ COFFEE COLLEGE OFFERS PROCESSING AND GROWING EXPERTISE at the free event Sunday, May 5. Starting at 9 a.m. at Pāhala Community Center, this open-ended annual educational series is part of the Kaʻū Coffee Festival.
     Leaders in the specialty coffee industry and orchard research will present a host of educational opportunities for island coffee farmers. Coffee College has proven to be a place of learning, sharing, and networking, featuring coffee's leading professionals from around the globe while bringing industry experts to Kaʻū to interface with local growers and make valuable connections.
     Long-time Festival organizer Chris Manfredi said, "This year's college focuses on needs expressed by local growers. In particular, we've found that estimating the harvest can be elusive and challenging and has caused some issues, particularly in the wake of last year's volcanic eruption. Being better able to accurately predict yields helps bolster good business practices."
Demonstrations for coffee farmers will bring
the coffee community to Pāhala Sunday.
Photo by Julia Neal
     Admission to the Kaʻū Coffee College is free, though donations are appreciated. Refreshments will be served.
     The following are offered during Coffee College:
     Increasing Coffee Production in Kaʻū. Based in Kona, Andrea Kawabata is an assistant agent for coffee and orchard crops with UH's CTAHR cooperative extension service. Since 2011, she has been on the forefront of coordinating and providing coffee berry borer integrated pest management recommendations to growers throughout the state and beyond. She also conducts research applicable to farmers.
     A Rapid Visual Estimation of Coffee Yield in Hawaiʻi is explored by Dr. Adel Youkhana, a Ph.D. researcher and lecturer in the Natural Resources and Environmental Management department at UH-Mānoa. With his colleagues, Youkhana has published numerous research papers and his efforts have delved into shade coffee agroecosystems, biofuel feedstock production, and silviculture of coffee hybrid Leucaena.
Coffee College at Pāhala Community Center on Sunday offers innovations and education.
Photo by Julia Neal
     Learn how to process distinctive coffee with added yeast strains during a presentation by Brittany Horn, owner and founder of Pacific Coffee Research. Located in Kealakekua, PCR is a specialty coffee education center and the Specialty Coffee Association's premier training campus in Hawaiʻi. It is home to a Coffee Quality Institute-certified cupping lab. PCR has partnered with Lallemand, a global leader in the development and production of yeasts, to introduce its line of Lalcafe coffee yeasts. PCR provides support for producers wanting to add yeast strains to their fermentation process by assisting in designing trials and providing cupping feedback.
     Pesticide Safety Training. Cal Westergard, an environmental health specialist with the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Branch, offers a talk on safely mixing and applying pesticides in the coffee orchard. He is an expert on the updated federal Worker Protection Standards regarding proper pesticide use and safety, and can share what the standards are, to whom they apply, and what is needed to be compliant. Westergard previously worked in pesticide enforcement in Saipan prior to moving back to Hilo in 2015.

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Kaʻū Mountain Hike and Lunch is tomorrow, Wednesday.
Photo by Lee Neal
KAʻŪ COFFEE FEST IS UNDERWAY and all activities are open to the general public; some require a fee. The Festival started Friday with a Paʻina at Pāhala Plantation House and the Miss Kaʻū Coffee Pageant on Saturday – see the new Miss Kaʻū Coffee court on Kaʻū News Briefs from April 27, 28, and 29.
     The festival continues this week with a variety of fun and interactive activities at different venues:
     Kaʻū Mountain Hike and Lunch, tomorrow, Wednesday, May 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting at Kaʻū Coffee Mill. Ride through the coffee plantation, up the mountains, and into the rainforest to walk along waterways from sugar days of old. Reservations required; $45 per person. Call 928-0550.
     Kaʻū Valley Farms Tour and Lunch, Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m. to noon. Above Nāʻālehu, visit a plant nursery, food farm, coffee and tea plantings, native forest, and hidden valley. $40 per person, reservations required. Meet Miss Kaʻū Coffee, who will be there with her songs and ʻukulele. Call 987-4229 or 731-5409.
     Kaʻū Coffee and Cattle Day, Friday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Aikane Plantation Coffee Farm. Includes farm tours, BBQ buffet, and hayride. Visit this historic Ka‘ū Coffee farm and ranch. $25, reservations required. Call 927-2252.
John Cross, of Kaʻū Valley Farms, will explain the nursery
development above Nāʻālehu. Photo by Lee Neal
     Kaʻū Stargazing on Friday, May 3, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., takes guests to the top of sacred Makanau during a new-moon. Learn about the ancient Hawaiian temple and see the Hawaiian night sky and stars. Reservations required; $45 per person, includes refreshments. Call 938-0550.
     Kaʻū Coffee Festival Hoʻolauleʻa, Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Full day of music, dance, coffee tasting, demonstrations, food, snacks, educational booths, and games. Free entry. Vendor deadline is Friday, April 26. 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. No campaign or other political displays. Fifty percent discounts for non-profit organizations and cooperatives selling food, crafts, and coffee. Vendors must also obtain county vendor permits costing $30 each and a Department of Health permit, if serving food. Call Gail Nagata 933-0918. Space for booths and presentations are limited, reservations required. Vendor applications at KauCoffeeFest.com.
     Kaʻū Coffee College closes out the Kaʻū Coffee Festival at Pāhala Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 5. It features education and demonstrations for coffee farmers and Kaʻū Coffee enthusiasts.
Lee Segawa is farm manager at Kaʻū Valley Farms. Photo by Lee Neal
     Kaʻū Coffee Festival is founded in coffee traditions hailing to the 1800s. With the hard work of former sugar plantation workers, Kaʻū coffee burst onto the specialty coffee scene by winning numerous coffee quality awards. These accolades highlight the unique combination of people and place that makes Kaʻū coffee a favorite across the globe.
     The festival's mission is to raise awareness of Kaʻū as a world-class, coffee-growing origin. Support for Kaʻū Coffee Festival is provided by the Edmund C. Olson Trust and Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority through its Community Enrichment Program.
     Visit kaucoffeefestival.com, follow Kaʻū Coffee Festival on Facebook and @kaucoffeefest on Twitter, or call 808-929-9550.

A hayride is part of Coffee & Cattle Day this Friday.
Photo by Lee Neal
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FLIGHT PLANS in May for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park are announced:
     May 1, 9:30 a.m. to noon – Transport fence material and field equipment and supplies to the Ka‘ū desert boundary between sea level and 3,000 ft. elevation.  
     May 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Conduct a firefighting operations training at the Mauna Loa quarry.
     May 13 and 17, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Fly camp supplies and equipment from Chain of Craters Road near Hōlei Pali to ‘Āpua Point, Keauhou, and Halapē campsites for annual monitoring of hawksbill turtle nesting season.
     May 14, 6:15 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. – Ungulate surveys and control work in Kahuku Unit, between 4,000 ft. and 6,500 ft. elevation.
     U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory may conduct flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation. The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors.
     Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather. Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities.

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Join Rick Hazlett on a journey through last year's eruption.
Photo by Annie Bosted
THE GREAT KĪLAUEA ERUPTION OF 2018 AND WHAT MAY SOON FOLLOW presentation happens at Ocean View Community Center on Friday, May 3, starting at 6:30 p.m. Join Rick Hazlett, the author of Roadside Geology of Hawaiʻi, who will share his unique insight on the first anniversary of the devastating event with an Ocean View audience.
     The hour-long talk will be followed by questions from the audience. Hazlett, a geologist and faculty member at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, was one of the many scientists monitoring and observing the three month long eruption. From his vantage point, Hazlett was able to photograph the fast moving event, and in the past year has been able to learn from the immense pool of knowledge that the eruption afforded. He will share that knowledge with his audience, as well as talk about the future faced by residents on an island that was built by eruptions. 
     Ocean View audiences have long enjoyed talks and presentations by volcanologists each January, a month dubbed Volcano Awareness Month.  However, due to the government shut-down for much of January 2019, those annual talks were never scheduled.
     The talk, which marks the first anniversary of the start of the eruption, is free and open to all members of the public.

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HAWAIʻI SOUTH TŪTŪ & ME HOME VISITING PROGRAM FUNDRAISER features dōTERRA Oils Travel Kits. The therapeutic-grade oil kit comes with a set of three 5ml rollers for $35. The oils are Hauʻoli – tangerine and lemon; Lōkahi – "Blends of Balance and Serenity;" and Mana – peppermint and wild orange.
     Available while supplies last, email orders to avitorino@pidfoundation.org. Funds raised help support Tūtū & Me's parent organization, Partners in Development Foundation. Copies of the PIDF Annual Report are available for review at the Tūtū & Me office in Nāʻālehu.

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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 Trojans Spring Sports Schedule
Baseball:
Wed.-Sat., May 8-11, HHSAA
Softball:
Wed., May 1-4, HHSAA
Boys Volleyball:
Thu.-Sat., May 2-4, HHSAA
Track:
Fri.-Sat., May 3-4, HHSAA

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UPCOMING
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Mountain Hike & Lunch, Wednesday, May 1, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., meet at Ka‘ū Coffee Mill, Wood Valley. $45; includes lunch. Reservations required. Limited to 30 people. 928-0550, kaucoffeemill.com, kaucoffeefestival.com

Early Head Start, Wednesday, May 1 – 1st Wednesday, monthly – 10 a.m. – noon, Ocean View Community Center. Social get together for keiki and parents; open to public. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

May Day is Lei Day, May 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Hands-on lei making demonstrations, live music and hula. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Hula Voices with Musician Christy Leina‘ala Lassiter, Wednesday, May 1 – 1st Wednesday, monthly – 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Desiree Moana Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Open Mic Night, Wednesday, May 1, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Lava Lounge, Kīlauea Military Camp. Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up and for more details. Park entrance fees may apply. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests, 21+. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

THURSDAY, MAY 2
Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Coastal Net Patrol, Thursday, May 2. Free; donations appreciated. Limited seating available. RSVP in advance. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, 769-7629

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Valley Farms Tour, Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m. – noon, Ka‘alaiki Rd., Nā‘ālehu. $40; includes lunch and transportation from meeting site. Reservations required. 987-4229/731-5409, kauvalley.comkaucoffeefestival.com

Keiki Jiggle Bums, Thursday, May 2 and 16 – 1st and 3rd Thursday, monthly – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 17 – 3rd Friday monthly – 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Ocean View Community Center. Discover the joy of early learning through song and musical instruments. For keiki 0-4 years. Nicola, 238-8544

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, May 2, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Women's Expression Group, Thursday, May 2 – 1st Thursday monthly – 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. Women welcome to drop in. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, May 2, 6:30 p.m., Aspen Center. okaukakou.org

FRIDAY, MAY 3
Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Coffee & Cattle Day, Friday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Aikane Plantation Coffee Company. $25; includes BBQ buffet and hayrides. Reservations required. 927-2252, aikaneplantation.com, kaucoffeefestival.com

Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser, Friday, May 3, doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner served 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Enchiladas, Tamales, Charro Borracho Beans (Mexican Cowboy Drunken Beans), Drinks and Dessert. $8/person, $15 for two, $20/family. stjudeshawaii.org

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Star Gazing, Friday, May 3, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Makanau summit. $45, includes refreshments and shuttle ride. Reservation required. 928-0550, kaucoffeemill.com, kaucoffeefestival.com

KDENte Fundraising Dinner for Kilauea Drama Entertainment Network, Friday, May 3, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Amalfatano's Italian Restaurant, Hilo. Italian food buffet, $20 cash or check at door. 984-7344

The Great Kīlauea Eruption of 2018 and What May Soon Follow, Friday, May 3, 6:30pm, Ocean View Community Center. Presented by Geologist Dr. Richard "Rick" Hazlett, Free. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

SATURDAY, MAY 4
Parenting Class & Saturday School, May 4 and 18, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Ocean View Community Center, Downstairs. Sponsored by Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Stewardship at the Summit, May 4, 9, 17, 25, and 31, 8:45 a.m. – noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers remove invasive, non-native plants. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves/tools provided. Parental/guardian accompaniment or written consent required for those under 18. Free; park entrance fees apply. Paul and Jane Field, field@hawaii.edu, nps.gov/havo

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ho‘olaule‘a, Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pāhala Community Center. Music and hula, coffee tastings (Ka‘ū Coffee Experience, 9:30 a.m. – noon, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., free). Talk story with coffee growers and industry professionals. Food, craft and information booths. Free entry. Coffee farm and mill tours, $20, offered 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. kaucoffeefestival.com

Abstract Painting Workshop with Darcy Gray, Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Basic painting backgroup suggested. Tools provided, can bring own supplies. $85/VAC member, $90/non-member, plus $20 supply fee. Advanced registration required. Limited to 8 adults. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, May 4 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11 a.m. – noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

Fiesta in the Forest, May 4, bar opens 4 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Food, margaritas, beer, wine and live music. Bring Cooper Center mug for $1 off beer – purchase one for $10 – can be used at all Cooper Center events. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

SUNDAY, MAY 5
Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Coffee College, Sunday, May 5, 9 a.m. – noon, Pāhala Community Center. Coffee industry professionals come to Ka‘ū to share their knowledge with coffee growers and enthusiasts. Free; donations welcome. kaucoffeefestival.com

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, May 5 – 1st Sunday, monthly – noon – 2 p.m., Manukā State Park. 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-THURSDAY, MAY 6-9
Summer Fun Registration, Monday-Thursday, May 6-9, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at Nā‘ālehu Community Center and at Ka‘ū District Gym, Pāhala. Program, for keiki completing grade K-6, runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., June 12-July 19. $40 fee. $50 portion of registration fee funded by Councilwoman Maile David. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

MONDAY, MAY 6
Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Monday, May 6, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

TUESDAY, MAY 7
Family Engagement Night, Tuesday, May 7, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored by Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Mtg., Tuesday, May 7, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Pāhala Community Center.

Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, May 7 (Committees), Wednesday, May 8 (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

ONGOING
Full-Time Teaching Assistant Sought by Tūtū & Me to implement curriculum for caregivers and keiki in Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool in Kaʻū. Competitive salary and benefits package, including medical, dental, drug, and vision; flexible spending plan; 403b retirement plan; vacation, sick days, and 14 paid days off; and more.
     Minimum requirement is a high school diploma. Early Childhood Education, related coursework, and/or experience working children preferred. For more, visit pidf.org/about/careers. Apply by emailing resume and cover letter to hr@pidfoundation.org or fax to 808-440-6619.

Hi-Employment Seeks Student Employees to work in a macadamia nut orchard on weekends and holidays. Duties include hand-harvesting macadamia nuts, filling and transporting nut bag and buckets, loading 25-plus pound bags into truck beds, and possible clearing of brush and branches. Applicants must be at least 15 years old, have a work permit, two forms of ID, and transportation to "Panaʻewa Stretch." Call for more details, 238-3741, hi-employment.com.

Exhibit: On Sacred Ground by Dino Morrow is open daily through Sunday, May 5 at Volcano Art Center Gallery. The public is invited to see documentary and protrait photography of Hula Arts at the Kīlauea Program. Visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Nāʻālehu Independence Day Parade happens Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. The parade route begins at the Nāʻālehu Elementary School and ends at the Nāʻālehu Hongwanji Mission. To participate, call Debra McIntosh, 929-9872.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Monday, April 29, 2019

Kaʻū Trojans culinary students presented their chocolatier skills at last weekend's Big Island Chocolate Festival in Kohala.
See story, below. Photo by Fern Gavalek
KAʻŪ TROJAN CULINARY STUDENTS MADE A SPLASH ON THE KOHALA COAST over the weekend. They shared their skills with a sold-out crowd of 700 attendees at the eighth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival gala, which benefited seven island non-profits, including high school and college culinary programs. The Kaʻū Trojans team, mentored by Aina Akamu, offered Smoked Meat with Kaʻū Coffee Chocolate Barbecue Sauce. Another offering from the local high school students included Kaʻū Gold Orange Chocolate Drizzle.
     Indoors and outdoors, the event spread throughout the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort on Saturday. Chocolate recipes by chefs, chocolatiers, and culinary students were critiqued on taste, texture, appearance, and creativity by a team of celebrity judges. Competitions spanned the annual two-day festival.
Food made with chocolate. Photo from konacacaoassociation.com
     In addition to culinary contests, farmers entered competitions for their production of the beans that are processed into chocolate. Ken Melrose of Primavera Farm bested 13 other entries for the Best Cacao Bean while Kealia Ranch earned Best Criollo Bean. 
     The festival also offered knowledge on planting to plating: a Kona cacao farm tour, cacao growing and processing seminars, how-to culinary demonstrations by chocolate industry experts and a unique chocolate and tequila pairing.
     Kaʻū students, as first time competitors at the Chocolate Festival, were in the mix with famous chefs and food creators, including Mike Winder of Kailua-Kona's Loko Wraps for Best Savory, who offered a vegan dish, and Anna Hohenberger of Puna Chocolate Company for Best Plated Dessert. Pastry Chef Kalani Garcia of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai took Best Bonbon while Michelle Yamaguchi of Oʻahu's Waialua Estate Chocolate won Best Bean-to-Bar Chocolate.
     Those who best dazzled the crowd with their creations earned the People's Choice Awards: Chef Dayne Tanabe of Hilton Waikoloa Village for Best Savory and Pastry Chef Daniel Sampson of the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaiʻi for Best Sweet.
     Farsheed Bonakdar, president of the Kona Cacao Association, the organization that produces the festival noted, "It's great the field of competition is growing in the bean division, which basically critiques the quality of beans after fermentation and drying. Proper fermentation optimizes the flavor profile of chocolate."
Big Island Chocolate Festival beneficiaries.
     Kaʻū, at the festival for the first time, was one of four Hawaiʻi Island high school culinary teams that vied for People's Choice Awards Saturday night. Kealakehe High culinarians took top honors for both savory and sweet offerings, a dual repeat winner from last year. 
     The event theme, Black and White, was depicted at culinary stations and Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory of Kona was tapped Best Decorated Booth.
     For Friday's college competition, seven two-person teams from Kona's UH-Palamanui and UH-Maui College vied in a timed dessert competition that incorporated chocolate. Winners included Team 5 Marion Sidon and Daniele Sulliban of Maui, Team 6 Bristol Anae and Tiffany Figeroa of Maui, and Team 1 Thomas Elarco and Lily Frazier of Palamanui. 
     Judges for the competitions hailed from throughout the state and Mainland: Chef Alicia Boada CEPC, CCA, CCE, ACE of Cacao Barry; Chef Stephane Treand MOF of The Pastry School; Chef David Brown of Kapiolani Community College, Dr. Nat Bletter of Madre Chocolate, Chef Connor Butler of Kona Butcher Shop; Neal Campbell of Healani Orchards; Chef Ricky DeBoer of Fairmont, Kea Lani; Chef Muzzy Fernandez of Hokulia, Chef Yoshikazu Kizu of The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua; Chef Daniel Sampson of Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii; Chefs Teresa (Cheech) Shurilla and Hannah Stanchfield of UH-Maui College; and Maddy Smith of Barefoot Chocolatini and Weston Yap.
     The real winners of the annual festival are the seven 2019 beneficiaries: the culinary programs at Hawaiʻi Community College Palamanui, Kealakehe High School, Hawaiʻi Island High Schools and Maui Community College, plus Hawaiʻi Institute of Pacific Agriculture, Waimea Country School, and Kona Dance & Performing Arts.
     The mission and goal of the Kona Cacao Association is to promote the cacao industry on Hawaiʻi Island by presenting BICF as an educational and outreach opportunity for local cacao farmers, the hospitality industry, and cacao enthusiasts. 2019 sponsors are: Cacao Berry, Callebaut, The Coconut Wireless Weekly, Cocoa Outlet & The Chocolate Guy Hawaiʻi, DHX, Guittard Chocolate Company, Hawaiʻi Coffee Connection, Hawaiʻi Community Federal Credit Union, Kona Business Center, Kona Brewing Company, Mehana Brewing Company, Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, Primavera Farm, Purely Artisan Foods, Restaurantware, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, Tattoo Tequila, Valhrona Chocolate, Waialua Estate Coffee & Chocolate, The Wave@92FM, and The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort.
      Visit bigislandchocolatefestival.com or floowo @BIChocoFest for updates on next year's event.

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KAʻŪ CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS have been funded by the Hawai`i Legislature to help with health and education in Kaʻū and Volcano, reports east Kaʻū Sen. Russell Ruderman:
     Kaʻū Hospital, $500,000 for equipment and renovations.
     Big Island Substance Abuse Council, $100,000 for operating expenses.
     Volcano School of Arts & Sciences, $15 Million for building a new campus.
     Kaʻū High and Elementary School, $200,000 for cafeteria, equipment, and site improvements.
Pohoiki Boat Ramp, landlocked. A new boat ramp location will be chosen.
Photo from Sen. Russell Ruderman's Facebook
     After School All-Stars, $150,000 to continue various programs in all Kaʻū and Puna high schools.
     Puna Boat Ramp on the Puna coast, $500,000 for planning and design of a new boat ramp to replace Pohoiki boat ramp, which is now land-locked due to lava. Ruderman said a study has been completed showing Pohoiki is not repairable, and a new location will be determined.
     Ruderman also reported :
     Habitat for Humanity Hawaii Island - $100,000 to help families to become homeowners through their own sweat equity and volunteerism.
     Mauna Kea Fence, $500,000 for fencing for ungulate control. Ruderman said this will protect native species and habitat.
     Ulu Coop Facility / Honalo Yard, $1.1 million for improvements. Ruderman said this Kona facility supports local food island-wide as host of the Ulu Cooperative. Hawaiʻi Ulu Producers Coop was also awarded $150,000.

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Miss Kaʻū Coffee Pageant contestants all donned costumes as one of the judged categories. From top left: Helena
Nihipali Sesson, Miss Kaʻū Coffee; Bernadette Ladia, First Miss Kaʻū Coffee; Kysha Manini Kaʻupu, Miss Coffee
Flower; First Miss Kaʻū Coffee Flower and Miss Popularity, Adilyn Aetonu; Helen Miranda, Second Miss Peaberry;
Kendall Haddock, First Miss Peaberry; Miss Flower, Kysha Manini Kaʻupu; Lilianna Marques, Kaʻū Peaberry.
Photos by Kamalani Kaluahine Salmo
MISS KAʻŪ COFFEE COURT begins a schedule of appearances this week, as the Kaʻū Coffee Festival continues through Sunday, May 5. All events are open to the public; some require reservations. Celebrate Kaʻū Coffee at:
     Kaʻū Mountain Hike and Lunch, Wednesday, May 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting at Kaʻū Coffee Mill. Ride through the coffee plantation, up the mountains, and into the rainforest to walk along waterways from sugar days of old. Reservations required; $45 per person. Call 928-0550.
     Kaʻū Valley Farms Tour and Lunch, Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m. to noon. Above Nāʻālehu, visit a plant nursery, food farm, coffee and tea plantings, native forest, and hidden valley. $40 per person, reservations required. Call 987-4229 or 731-5409.
New Miss Kaʻū Coffee Helena Nihipali Sesson, center,
with major sponsor Ed Olson to her right, and Kaʻū
Coffee Growers Cooperative President Gloria Camba
to her left. Photo by Kamalani Kaluahine Salmo
     Kaʻū Coffee and Cattle Day, Friday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Aikane Plantation Coffee Farm. Includes farm tours, BBQ buffet, and hayride. Visit this historic Ka‘ū Coffee farm and ranch. $25, reservations required. Call 927-2252.
     Kaʻū Stargazing on Friday, May 3, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., takes guests to the top of sacred Makanau during a new-moon. Learn about the ancient Hawaiian temple and see the Hawaiian night sky and stars. Reservations required; $45 per person, includes refreshments. Call 938-0550.
     Kaʻū Coffee Festival Hoʻolauleʻa, Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Full day of music, dance, coffee tasting, demonstrations, food, snacks, educational booths, and games. Meet the Kaʻū Coffee court. Free entry. KauCoffeeFest.com.
     Kaʻū Coffee College at Pāhala Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 5 closes out the festival. Get served education and see demonstrations for coffee farmers and Kaʻū Coffee enthusiasts.
     See KauCoffeeFestival.com.

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First Miss Kaʻū Coffee Bernadette Ladio
won the gown competition.
Photo by Kamalani Kaluahine Salmo
COUNTY OF HAWAIʻI BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS are looking to fill vacancies. Members of most of these Boards and Commissions serve for staggered terms of five years, on a voluntary basis. These positions are open for Kaʻū:
     Cultural Resource Commission, two vacancies; seeking an Architect and a Planner respectively for these vacancies.
     Fire Board of Appeals, five vacancies. Applicants require education or experience in engineering or architectural design, building code enforcement, fire department operations, fire code enforcement, fire protection contracting, general contracting, or legal.
     Fire Commission, one vacancy.
     Kaʻū Community Development Plant Action Committee, nine vacancies.
     Tax Board of Review, one vacancy.
     For all Boards and Commission, travel expenses to and from meetings are reimbursed. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and residents of the state of Hawaiʻi. The Mayor's Office will fill the vacancies from a list of applicants. Application forms are available online at hawaiicounty.gov/office-of-the-mayor. For further information, please contact Rose Bautista, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, at 961-8211 or at rose.bautista@hawaiicounty.gov.

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AN OVERVIEW OF KĪLAUEA VOLCANO'S 2018 EVENTS  will be resented on Thursday, May 2 by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist Ingrid Johanson. Her talk begins at 7 p.m. in the University Classroom Building, Room 100, on the main University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo campus, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo.
Miss Kaʻū Coffee Pageant Director
Trini Marques.
     In 2018, the largest flank eruption and caldera collapse in at least 200 years occurred on Kīlauea Volcano. It began on May 3, when a fissure erupted in the lower Puna District. In all, 24 fissures eventually erupted along a 4.2-mile-long segment of Kīlauea's lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 became the dominant vent, erupting a voluminous lava flow that reached the ocean, destroying over 700 structures along the way.
     As magma drained from the summit reservoir to feed the lava flow, parts of Kīlauea's summit caldera collapsed, by more than 1600 feet in places, accompanied by dozens of earthquakes each day. In early August 2018, the summit subsidence and earthquakes abruptly ended, and the LERZ lava effusion declined until September 5, when active lava was no longer observed at fissure 8.
     Johanson presents an overview of last summer's unprecedented events on Kīlauea, including how tilt data, GPS, and satellite radar helped scientists understand what was happening in 2018, and what the volcano is doing now.
     Free and open to the public. No reservations required. For more information, email askHVO@usgs.gov.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
Kaʻū Trojans Spring Sports Schedule
Baseball:
Wed.-Sat., May 8-11, HHSAA
Softball:
Wed., May 1-4, HHSAA
Boys Volleyball:
Thu.-Sat., May 2-4, HHSAA
Track:
Fri.-Sat., May 3-4, HHSAA

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UPCOMING
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
Ka‘ū Food Pantry, Tuesday, April 30, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View. Volunteers welcome. Dave Breskin, 319-8333

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Mountain Hike & Lunch, Wednesday, May 1, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., meet at Ka‘ū Coffee Mill, Wood Valley. $45; includes lunch. Reservations required. Limited to 30 people. 928-0550, kaucoffeemill.comkaucoffeefestival.com

Early Head Start, Wednesday, May 1 – 1st Wednesday, monthly – 10 a.m. – noon, Ocean View Community Center. Social get together for keiki and parents; open to public. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

May Day is Lei Day, May 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Hands-on lei making demonstrations, live music and hula. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Hula Voices with Musician Christy Leina‘ala Lassiter, Wednesday, May 1 – 1st Wednesday, monthly – 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Desiree Moana Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Open Mic Night, Wednesday, May 1, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Lava Lounge, Kīlauea Military Camp. Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up and for more details. Park entrance fees may apply. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests, 21+. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

THURSDAY, MAY 2
Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Coastal Net Patrol, Thursday, May 2. Free; donations appreciated. Limited seating available. RSVP in advance. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, 769-7629

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Valley Farms Tour, Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m. – noon, Ka‘alaiki Rd., Nā‘ālehu. $40; includes lunch and transportation from meeting site. Reservations required. 987-4229/731-5409, kauvalley.comkaucoffeefestival.com

Keiki Jiggle Bums, Thursday, May 2 and 16 – 1st and 3rd Thursday, monthly – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 17 – 3rd Friday monthly – 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Ocean View Community Center. Discover the joy of early learning through song and musical instruments. For keiki 0-4 years. Nicola, 238-8544

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, May 2, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org
Women's Expression Group, Thursday, May 2 – 1st Thursday monthly – 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. Women welcome to drop in. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, May 2, 6:30 p.m., Aspen Center. okaukakou.org

FRIDAY, MAY 3
Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Coffee & Cattle Day, Friday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Aikane Plantation Coffee Company. $25; includes BBQ buffet and hayrides. Reservations required. 927-2252, aikaneplantation.comkaucoffeefestival.com

Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser, Friday, May 3, doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner served 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Enchiladas, Tamales, Charro Borracho Beans (Mexican Cowboy Drunken Beans), Drinks and Dessert. $8/person, $15 for two, $20/family. stjudeshawaii.org

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Star Gazing, Friday, May 3, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Makanau summit. $45, includes refreshments and shuttle ride. Reservation required. 928-0550, kaucoffeemill.comkaucoffeefestival.com

KDENte Fundraising Dinner for Kilauea Drama Entertainment Network, Friday, May 3, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Amalfatano's Italian Restaurant, Hilo. Italian food buffet, $20 cash or check at door. 984-7344

The Great Kīlauea Eruption of 2018 and What May Soon Follow, Friday, May 3, 6:30pm, Ocean View Community Center. Presented by Geologist Dr. Richard "Rick" Hazlett, Free. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

SATURDAY, MAY 4
Parenting Class & Saturday School, May 4 and 18, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Ocean View Community Center, Downstairs. Sponsored by Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Stewardship at the Summit, May 4, 9, 17, 25, and 31, 8:45 a.m. – noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers remove invasive, non-native plants. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves/tools provided. Parental/guardian accompaniment or written consent required for those under 18. Free; park entrance fees apply. Paul and Jane Field, field@hawaii.edu, nps.gov/havo

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ho‘olaule‘a, Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pāhala Community Center. Music and hula, coffee tastings (Ka‘ū Coffee Experience, 9:30 a.m. – noon, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., free). Talk story with coffee growers and industry professionals. Food, craft and information booths. Free entry. Coffee farm and mill tours, $20, offered 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. kaucoffeefestival.com

Abstract Painting Workshop with Darcy Gray, Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Basic painting backgroup suggested. Tools provided, can bring own supplies. $85/VAC member, $90/non-member, plus $20 supply fee. Advanced registration required. Limited to 8 adults. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, May 4 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11 a.m. – noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

Fiesta in the Forest, May 4, bar opens 4 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Food, margaritas, beer, wine and live music. Bring Cooper Center mug for $1 off beer – purchase one for $10 – can be used at all Cooper Center events. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

SUNDAY, MAY 5
Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Coffee College, Sunday, May 5, 9 a.m. – noon, Pāhala Community Center. Coffee industry professionals come to Ka‘ū to share their knowledge with coffee growers and enthusiasts. Free; donations welcome. kaucoffeefestival.com

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, May 5 – 1st Sunday, monthly – noon – 2 p.m., Manukā State Park. 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-THURSDAY, MAY 6-9
Summer Fun Registration, Monday-Thursday, May 6-9, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at Nā‘ālehu Community Center and at Ka‘ū District Gym, Pāhala. Program, for keiki completing grade K-6, runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., June 12-July 19. $40 fee. $50 portion of registration fee funded by Councilwoman Maile David. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

MONDAY, MAY 6
Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Monday, May 6, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

ONGOING
Full-Time Teaching Assistant Sought by Tūtū & Me to implement curriculum for caregivers and keiki in Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool in Kaʻū. Competitive salary and benefits package, including medical, dental, drug, and vision; flexible spending plan; 403b retirement plan; vacation, sick days, and 14 paid days off; and more.
     Minimum requirement is a high school diploma. Early Childhood Education, related coursework, and/or experience working children preferred. For more, visit pidf.org/about/careers. Apply by emailing resume and cover letter to hr@pidfoundation.org or fax to 808-440-6619.


Hi-Employment Seeks Student Employees to work in a macadamia nut orchard on weekends and holidays. Duties include hand-harvesting macadamia nuts, filling and transporting nut bag and buckets, loading 25-plus pound bags into truck beds, and possible clearing of brush and branches. Applicants must be at least 15 years old, have a work permit, two forms of ID, and transportation to "Panaʻewa Stretch." Call for more details, 238-3741, hi-employment.com.

Exhibit: On Sacred Ground by Dino Morrow is open daily through Sunday, May 5 at Volcano Art Center Gallery. The public is invited to see documentary and protrait photography of Hula Arts at the Kīlauea Program. Visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Nāʻālehu Independence Day Parade happens Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. The parade route begins at the Nāʻālehu Elementary School and ends at the Nāʻālehu Hongwanji Mission. To participate, call Debra McIntosh, 929-9872.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Sunday, April 28, 2019

Kehau Ke from Kaʻū is Princess of Kauaʻi in the Merrie Monarch Parade in Hilo yesterday. See more below.
Photo by Kamalani Kualahine-Salmo
THE WATER BILL AT THE LEGISLATURE involving small Kaʻū farms and ranches, and utilities and large landowners on Maui and Kauaʻi, could be brought to the floor of the state House of Representatives for a full vote on Tuesday, April 30. House Bill 1326 HD2 would extend water use permits for up to seven more years. Kaʻū agriculture is involved as, without the bill, state water licenses here could be in jeopardy, ranchers and farmers said. Kaʻū is caught up in the issue as the bill attempts to give large landowners that divert streams more time to put the water back into its natural flow. Kaʻū farmers and ranchers use water from horziontal wells in Mauna Loa rather than diverted streams but are considered under the same umbrella. For more, see Kaʻū News Briefs on April 20, April 7, and March 14.
Kercia Derasin, of Kaʻū, rides as a Panaʻewa Stampede Princess.
Photo by Kamalani Kualahine-Salmo
     The bill drew criticism from former state Sen. Gary Hooser, who directs a statewide organization called HAPA. "In my 20 years of experience in government, politics and policy-making, House Bill 1326 is the most egregious example of special-interest legislation I have ever seen.
     "Alexander & Baldwin (A&B) stands to gain or lose $62 million, depending on the outcome of HB 1326. In essence, it is attempting to sell public trust water rights derived from stream diversions in east Maui. The intended beneficiary of this transaction is Mahi Pono — a California-based LLC, financed by a Canadian pension fund — which recently purchased the majority of A&B lands on Maui.
     Hooser states that "A&B neither owns, nor has long-term control, over this water. In Hawaiʻi, whether beneath the ground or flowing through our rivers and streams, water is a public trust resource. Businesses may use the resource, but must secure a permit that ensures sufficient water remains in the stream to preserve its natural ecosystem and that down-stream users also have access.
Lorilee Lorenzo of Pāhala represents Hawaiʻi Island in the Merrie
 Monarch Parade on Saturday.Photo by Kamalani Kualahine-Salmo
     "Yet this one company, the last remnant of the Big five plantation era, and arguably the most politically powerful private landowner in Hawaiʻi, is attempting, with the Legislature's help, to secure those water rights without securing the proper long-term permits, and then transfer those water rights to Mahi Pono — pocketing a cool $62 million in the process."
     See statements from Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation and Earthjustice.

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Makana Gravela, of Kaʻū, rides for
 Hawaiʻi Island. Photo by
Kamalani Kualahine-Salmo
 
McKella Akana at Merrie Monarch.
Photo by Kamalani Kualahine-Salmo
KAʻŪ'S PANIOLO COMMUNITY gathered flowers and foliage, made lei, and loaded up horses to head for Hilo on Saturday to ride and walk in the Merrie Monarch Parade.
     Among the paniolo participating from this district were Kehau Ke, who represented Kauaʻi, wearing the purple color of the island, and Lori Lee Lorenzo, wearing the red color of Hawaiʻi Island. 
     Escorts included Makana Gravela, carrying the Hawaiʻi Island banner and Anthony Emmsley, with horse and rider bedecked in lei.
     Also riding were Kaʻū residents Mckella Akana and Kircia Derasin, who rode as a Panaʻewa Stampede Princesses.

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Anthony Emmsely riding for Hawaiʻi Island and coming from Kaʻū in yesterday's Merrie Monarch parade.
Photo by Kamalani Kualahine-Salm
MAGNITUDE 4.2 EARTHQUAKE yesterday, Saturday, April 27 at 5:26 p.m., caused no reported damage. The earthquake was located about 12 miles – 20 km – southeast of Volcano at a depth of about 4 miles – 6 km. Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory reports the earthquake as one of the continuing adjustments beneath the south flank of Kīlauea following the magnitude-6.9 earthquake on May 4, 2018.
     Weak to light shaking, with a maximum Intensity of IV on the Mercalli Intensity Scale, was reported primarily in East Hawaiʻi, with a few reports from West Hawaiʻi. The USGS "Did you feel it?" service – earthquake.usgs.gov/dyfi – received over 100 felt reports within an hour of the 4.2M quake.
Earthquakes yesterday, one a 4.2 in the continuing readjustment after
last year's 6.9 M quake on May 4. Map from USGS
     Neither quake caused any detectable changes in activity at either Kīlauea or Mauna Loa volcanoes. According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported no tsunami generated by the earthquake.
     Twenty seconds before the magnitude-4.2 earthquake, a magnitude-1.6 quake occurred deep beneath Kīlauea Volcano's Southwest Rift Zone, causing some initial confusion about the larger earthquake's location, reports HVO.
     See more details at earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/hv70927626 and volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo.

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PĀHALA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DANCERS headed to Merrie Monarch on Friday to perform for the public. Under the direction of Kumu Hula Debbie Ryder, both boys and girls traveled to Hilo to perform. They take hula at school and participate in many community activities, including the recent Unity Fair. Ryder also teaches her halau members, from keiki to kupuna, after school hours.
Pāhala Elementary School students, under the direction of Kumu Hula Debbie Ryder, performed on Friday 
in the Merrie Monarch Festival. Photo by David Berry
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COMPLETE RESULTS OF THE MISS KAʻŪ COFFEE PAGEANT ARE IN. Miss Popularity, across all candidates from ages 4 to 17, went to five-year old Adilyn Aetonu, of Pāhala, with a $200 scholarship and the title based on support she received from the community.
     In the Miss Kaʻū Coffee category, Kaʻū High School Sophomore Bernadette Ladia won Swimsuit
Miss Kaʻū Coffee Helena Sesson won the talent,
photogenic, career outfit, and interview categories.
Photo by Kamalani Kaluahine-Salmo
and Gown. Graduating Senior Helena Sesson took Interview, Career Outfit, Photogenic, and Talent to become Miss Kaʻū Coffee 2019. She takes home a $1500 scholarship from Edmund C. Olson and $400 for winning four categories in the competition, with scholarships provided by Pacific Quest, County Council member Maile David, state House of Representatives members Richard Onishi and Richard Creagan, and state Senator Russell Ruderman. First Miss Kaʻū Coffee takes home a $1000 scholarship from Kaʻū Mahi and $200 in scholarships from Rep. Richard Onishi.
Five year old Adilyn Aetonu is
Miss Popularity in the entire Miss Kaʻū
Coffee Courts, ages four -17.
Photo by Julia Neal
     In the Miss Peaberry category, Helen Miranda took the Gown and became Second Miss Peaberry, with a $350 scholarship from Pacific Quest and a $90 scholarship from Rep. Richard Creagan. Kendall Haddock took Talent and became First Miss
 Helen Miranda won the Miss Peaberry Gown
 category. Photo by Kamalani Kaluahine-Salmo
Peaberry, with $650 scholarship from CU Hawaiʻi Federal Credit Union and donors, and a $90 scholarship from Rep. Richard Onishi. Lilianna Marques won the Miss Peaberry title, taking Character Outfit and Photogenic. She takes home an $850 scholarship from Punaluʻu Bakeshop and Rep. Richard Onishi, as well as two $90 scholarships from County Council member Maile David and Sen. Russell Ruderman and donors.
     In the Miss Flower category, Kysha Manini Kaʻupu took home a $500 scholarship from Kaʻū Valley Farms, an $80 scholarship from Sen. Russell Ruderman for Miss Photogenic, plus an $80 scholarship for Character Outfit. First Miss Kaʻū Coffee Flower Adilyn Aetonu won a $350 scholarship from Big Island Toyota and an $80 scholarship for Evening Gown from Rep. Richard Onishi
      See more in yesterday's Kaʻū News Briefs.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
Kaʻū Trojans Spring Sports Schedule
Baseball:
Wed.-Sat., May 8-11, HHSAA
Softball:
Wed., May 1-4, HHSAA
Boys Volleyball:
Thu.-Sat., May 2-4, HHSAA
Track:
Fri.-Sat., May 3-4, HHSAA

JUST ANNOUNCED
MONDAY-THURSDAY, MAY 6-9
Summer Fun Registration, Monday-Thursday, May 6-9, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at Nā‘ālehu Community Center and at Ka‘ū District Gym, Pāhala. Program, for keiki completing grade K-6, runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., June 12-July 19. $40 fee. $50 portion of registration fee funded by Councilwoman Maile David. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

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UPCOMING
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
Ka‘ū Food Pantry, Tuesday, April 30, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View. Volunteers welcome. Dave Breskin, 319-8333

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Mountain Hike & Lunch, Wednesday, May 1, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., meet at Ka‘ū Coffee Mill, Wood Valley. $45; includes lunch. Reservations required. Limited to 30 people. 928-0550, kaucoffeemill.comkaucoffeefestival.com

Early Head Start, Wednesday, May 1 – 1st Wednesday, monthly – 10 a.m. – noon, Ocean View Community Center. Social get together for keiki and parents; open to public. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

May Day is Lei Day, May 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Hands-on lei making demonstrations, live music and hula. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Hula Voices with Musician Christy Leina‘ala Lassiter, Wednesday, May 1 – 1st Wednesday, monthly – 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Desiree Moana Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Open Mic Night, Wednesday, May 1, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Lava Lounge, Kīlauea Military Camp. Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up and for more details. Park entrance fees may apply. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests, 21+. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

THURSDAY, MAY 2
Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Coastal Net Patrol, Thursday, May 2. Free; donations appreciated. Limited seating available. RSVP in advance. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, 769-7629

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Valley Farms Tour, Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m. – noon, Ka‘alaiki Rd., Nā‘ālehu. $40; includes lunch and transportation from meeting site. Reservations required. 987-4229/731-5409, kauvalley.comkaucoffeefestival.com

Keiki Jiggle Bums, Thursday, May 2 and 16 – 1st and 3rd Thursday, monthly – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 17 – 3rd Friday monthly – 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Ocean View Community Center. Discover the joy of early learning through song and musical instruments. For keiki 0-4 years. Nicola, 238-8544

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, May 2, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Women's Expression Group, Thursday, May 2 – 1st Thursday monthly – 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. Women welcome to drop in. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, May 2, 6:30 p.m., Aspen Center. okaukakou.org

FRIDAY, MAY 3
Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Coffee & Cattle Day, Friday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Aikane Plantation Coffee Company. $25; includes BBQ buffet and hayrides. Reservations required. 927-2252, aikaneplantation.comkaucoffeefestival.com

Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser, Friday, May 3, doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner served 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Enchiladas, Tamales, Charro Borracho Beans (Mexican Cowboy Drunken Beans), Drinks and Dessert. $8/person, $15 for two, $20/family. stjudeshawaii.org

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Star Gazing, Friday, May 3, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Makanau summit. $45, includes refreshments and shuttle ride. Reservation required. 928-0550, kaucoffeemill.comkaucoffeefestival.com

KDENte Fundraising Dinner for Kilauea Drama Entertainment Network, Friday, May 3, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Amalfatano's Italian Restaurant, Hilo. Italian food buffet, $20 cash or check at door. 984-7344

The Great Kīlauea Eruption of 2018 and What May Soon Follow, Friday, May 3, 6:30pm, Ocean View Community Center. Presented by Geologist Dr. Richard "Rick" Hazlett, Free. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

SATURDAY, MAY 4
Parenting Class & Saturday School, May 4 and 18, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Ocean View Community Center, Downstairs. Sponsored by Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Stewardship at the Summit, May 4, 9, 17, 25, and 31, 8:45 a.m. – noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers remove invasive, non-native plants. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves/tools provided. Parental/guardian accompaniment or written consent required for those under 18. Free; park entrance fees apply. Paul and Jane Field, field@hawaii.edu, nps.gov/havo

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ho‘olaule‘a, Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pāhala Community Center. Music and hula, coffee tastings (Ka‘ū Coffee Experience, 9:30 a.m. – noon, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., free). Talk story with coffee growers and industry professionals. Food, craft and information booths. Free entry. Coffee farm and mill tours, $20, offered 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. kaucoffeefestival.com

Abstract Painting Workshop with Darcy Gray, Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Basic painting backgroup suggested. Tools provided, can bring own supplies. $85/VAC member, $90/non-member, plus $20 supply fee. Advanced registration required. Limited to 8 adults. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, May 4 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11 a.m. – noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

Fiesta in the Forest, May 4, bar opens 4 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Food, margaritas, beer, wine and live music. Bring Cooper Center mug for $1 off beer – purchase one for $10 – can be used at all Cooper Center events. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

SUNDAY, MAY 5
Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Coffee College, Sunday, May 5, 9 a.m. – noon, Pāhala Community Center. Coffee industry professionals come to Ka‘ū to share their knowledge with coffee growers and enthusiasts. Free; donations welcome. kaucoffeefestival.com

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, May 5 – 1st Sunday, monthly – noon – 2 p.m., Manukā State Park. 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

ONGOING
Full-Time Teaching Assistant Sought by Tūtū & Me to implement curriculum for caregivers and keiki in Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool in Kaʻū. Competitive salary and benefits package, including medical, dental, drug, and vision; flexible spending plan; 403b retirement plan; vacation, sick days, and 14 paid days off; and more.
     Minimum requirement is a high school diploma. Early Childhood Education, related coursework, and/or experience working children preferred. For more, visit pidf.org/about/careers. Apply by emailing resume and cover letter to hr@pidfoundation.org or fax to 808-440-6619.

Hi-Employment Seeks Student Employees to work in a macadamia nut orchard on weekends and holidays. Duties include hand-harvesting macadamia nuts, filling and transporting nut bag and buckets, loading 25-plus pound bags into truck beds, and possible clearing of brush and branches. Applicants must be at least 15 years old, have a work permit, two forms of ID, and transportation to "Panaʻewa Stretch." Call for more details, 238-3741, hi-employment.com.

Exhibit: On Sacred Ground by Dino Morrow is open daily through Sunday, May 5 at Volcano Art Center Gallery. The public is invited to see documentary and protrait photography of Hula Arts at the Kīlauea Program. Visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Nāʻālehu Independence Day Parade happens Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. The parade route begins at the Nāʻālehu Elementary School and ends at the Nāʻālehu Hongwanji Mission. To participate, call Debra McIntosh, 929-9872.

KAʻŪ COFFEE FEST
Kaʻū Coffee Festival Events run through Sunday, May 5. All events are open to the public; some require reservations. Celebrate Kaʻū Coffee at:
     Kaʻū Mountain Hike and Lunch, Wednesday, May 19 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting at Kaʻū Coffee Mill. Ride through the coffee plantation, up the mountains, and into the rainforest to walk along waterways from sugar days of old. Reservations required; $45 per person. Call 928-0550.
     Kaʻū Valley Farms Tour and Lunch, Thursday, May 29 a.m. to noon. Above Nāʻālehu, visit a plant nursery, food farm, coffee and tea plantings, native forest, and hidden valley. $40 per person, reservations required. Call 987-4229 or 731-5409.
     Kaʻū Coffee and Cattle Day, Friday, May 310 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Aikane Plantation Coffee Farm. Includes farm tours, BBQ buffet, and hayride. Visit this historic Ka‘ū Coffee farm and ranch. $25, reservations required. Call 927-2252.
     Kaʻū Stargazing on Friday, May 35:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., takes guests to the top of sacred Makanau during a new-moon. Learn about the ancient Hawaiian temple and see the Hawaiian night sky and stars. Reservations required; $45 per person, includes refreshments. Call 938-0550.
     Kaʻū Coffee Festival Hoʻolauleʻa, Saturday, May 49 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Full day of music, dance, coffee tasting, demonstrations, food, snacks, educational booths, and games. Free entry. KauCoffeeFest.com.
     Closing out the Kaʻū Coffee Festival, Kaʻū Coffee College is held at Pāhala Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 5. Get served education and see demonstrations for coffee farmers and Kaʻū Coffee enthusiasts.
     See KauCoffeeFestival.com.

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