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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.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Experience Volcano offered many venues around the village last weekend to bring new attention to the culture,
art, cuisine, winery, and places to visit. See more below. Photo from Experience Volcano
KAʻŪ REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, TULSI GABBARD, TOOK ON KAMALA HARRIS' SOCIAL JUSTICE RECORD in tonight's presidential debate between Democratic candidates, moderated by CNN. She said "I'm concerned about this record of Senator Harris'. She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana."
     Harris defended her record, without addressing the marijuana convictions. She noted she opposed the death penalty and took on the tough work to reform the criminal justice system when she was California's Attorney General, heading the second largest criminal justice department in the country, following the U.S. Department of Justice.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard during the second round of Democrat
presidential debates. Photo from CNN
     Gabbard took on the issue of health care: "Unfortunately, we don't have healthcare in this country – we have sick care. We've created a massive for-profit entity incentivized to keep people sick and on drugs. As president, I will work to build a healthcare system incentivized to increase health and prevent and heal disease."
     Concerning the war in the Middle East, Gabbard said, "14,000 service members are deployed to Afghanistan right now. This is about leadership – the leadership I will bring to do the right thing, to bring our troops home, within the first year in office."
     When questioned about her visit with the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad during her trip to the Middle East, after he was accused of using nerve gas on his own people, Gabbard referenced the complexity of finding out who is responsible for inhumane acts during war. She hearkened back to Iraq. "We were all lied to. We were told that Saddam had WMD, was working with Al Qaeda, and that this posed a threat to the American people. But not only have we not gone after Al Qaeda, they are stronger than they were on 9/11."
     Regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade agreement of Pres. Barack Obama, abandoned by Pres. Donald Trump, Gabbard said, "TPP gave away our sovereignty to a panel of international corps whose rulings would supersede our laws. This goes against our values as a country, would have a negative impact on domestic jobs and lacked clear environmental protections."
     In assessing the current president, Gabbard said "Donald Trump is not a patriot," and pointed to her years in the National Guard. She said, "Trump and warmongering politicians have failed us. They continue to escalate tensions with other nuclear armed countries pushing us closer and closer to the brink of nuclear catastrophe. As president, I will end this insanity."
     Gabbard's Twitter feed showed a Google Trends accounting of most searched Democratic presidential candidates during tonight's debate. It reported Gabbard first, Kamala Harris second, Cory Booker third, Joe Biden fourth, Andrew Yang fifth, Kirsten Gillibrand sixth, Jay Inslee seventh, Bill de Blasio eighth, Julián Castro ninth, and Michael Bennet tenth.

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Erick approaching the Hawaiian Islands. Flossie is hot on his heels. Image from nhc.noaa.gov
IN PREPARATION FOR HURRICANE ERICK, Hawaiʻi County closed South Point Road, and Punaluʻu and Whittington Beach Parks, today. Residents of South Point Road and Punaluʻu will be allowed to proceed to their homes. Camping permits and pavilion rentals will not be useable until further notice at both beach parks. With an expectation of increasing winds, Civil Defense Chief Talmadge Magno urged area residents and business owners to secure loose items and canopy tents on their properties.
     A High Surf warning is issued for east and south facing shores of Hawaiʻi Island. A Flash Flood Watch is forecast for east and south districts of Hawaiʻi Island for tomorrow.
    Erick, with winds of 105 mph, was located 480 from South Point at 5 p.m., moving at 14 mph. The projected path will take Erick south of South Point early Friday. However, winds and rain are expected early tomorrow. Erick is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm before passing the islands.
     Tropical Storm Flossie – 1,800 miles from South Point, traveling at 16 mph, with 65 mph winds – is predicted to hit Hawaiʻi Island on Monday. Earlier forecasts predicted that Floose would maintain a powerful hurricane strength through the weekend. However, she diminished to a tropical storm, and is expected to return to hurricane strength and die back down to a tropical storm before reaching Hawaiʻi and passing north of the islands.
Image from nhc.noaa.gov
     Officials and forecasters remind the public that tropical storms can cause wind, rain, and surf damage, and to be prepared.

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USING SANDBAGS AGAINST FLOODING is one way to prepare for oncoming storms in Hawaiʻi County. In a release today, Department of Public Works said the county is "susceptible to flooding from hurricanes and heavy rain events during which streams, rivers, and drainage channels can flood quickly with little warning. The best way to protect yourself from flooding is to be prepared."
     The release states the county "generally does not provide sandbags to the public," and that placing sandbags before flooding is important. Sandbags, says the release, can help direct water away from a structure, but should be used in tandem with plastic sheeting or tarps. Sandbags should weigh about 35-40 pounds, be half filled with sand or soil, to allow them to lie flat, says DPW. They recommend placing sandbags like bricks, closely together, limiting height to 3 layers.
     Learn more at hawaiicounty.gov/pw-flood.

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Volcano Art Center's educational campus was one of many Experience Volcano venues.
Photo form Experience Volcano
THE FIRST EXPERIENCE VOLCANO FESTIVAL brought crowds numbering about 3,000 and a boost of continuing revitalization to Volcano Village on July 27 and 28. Never giving up, the residents and businesses of the Volcano Village gateway community to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park want the place known for more than its proximity to the now-gone lava lake at Halemaʻumaʻu. Despite the tough economic times brought on by last year's eruption, when there were air quality concerns and constant earthquakes, the community pulled together to invite visitors to come back and see Volcano through the eyes of the people who live there.
     Jesse Tunison, one of the organizers, said today that Experience Volcano will likely continue in 2020.
Hula at the Lava Rock Café in Volcano Village.
Photo from Experience Volcano
     Saturday and Sunday showed off the eclectic and creative community's talents, from one end of the village to the other. Art, food, music, and performances spanned the whole of the Volcano Village area, from Akatsuka Orchid Gardens to Volcano Winery, with a concentration of activities in the heart of the historic village. Organizers plan to hold a second event in July of 2020.
     Restaurants – like ʻŌhelo Café, Lava Rock Café, Aunty Pon's Thia Food Truck, Kīlauea Lodge, Café Ono, Lava Lounge, Chicken N' Ribs at Volcano Art Center, and Tuk Tuk Thai Food Truck – featured special menus.
     A variety of musical performances were offered: Lauren Elle Broido, Veronica Rose, The Brown Boys, Makana Kamahele, William Kauhane, Grand Slam Band, Lito Arkangel, Loyd Longakit & Doug Espejo, Randy Lorenzo, Loren & Lauren, Keoki Kahumoku, Ola Tripp Jr., and Rupert Tripp Jr.
     Keiki could enjoy Kids Activity Corner and Keiki & ʻOhana Time Activities, as well as Lili Farm House Petting Zoo.
     Hawaiian culture activities include an opening oli, chant, both days at 9 a.m., ʻukulele lessons, hula performances, and lei making.
Volcano enthusiasts went from one location to another to enjoy the
diversity of the village. Photo from Experience Volcano
     Winery and orchid tours were offered each day. Those who came to visit Volcano Garden Arts could get their hands dirty with make-and-take projects. Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus featured art demonstrations all day, both days. Workshops and demonstrations focused on tea, quilting, ceramics, pottery, orchids, batik, bansai, raku, wine, and more. Walks to learn about Volcano Village's Historic Homes or the surrounding rainforest were open to all.

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RATIFICATION OF THE LAW OF THE SEA was requested by Sen. Mazie Hirono last week during the 25th anniversary of the U.S signing of the treaty, but not fully adopting it.
     U.S. Senate Resolution 284 calls on the U.S. Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. UNCLOS has been ratified by 167 nations and the European Union. It lays out the rights and responsibilities of countries, relating to the world's oceans, including guidelines for businesses and the management of marine natural resources. Similar legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in June.
     Said Hirono, "The United States and our allies face aggressive and often hostile threats to international freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, the South China Sea, the Arctic, and the Black Sea, among many other regions of the world. This is why it is so important for the United States to become party to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which
provides a legal framework enshrining rights key to our nation's maritime interests. Becoming party to UNCLOS protects our right of free passage through territorial seas and ensures we have a seat at the table on decisions impacting Hawaiʻi and the ocean around us. I am proud to join Senator Murkowski in calling for the long-overdue ratification of UNCLOS."
      The Nature Conservancy Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations Lynn Scarlett said, "Ratification ensures that the United States may fully engage with other countries and international organizations on the many issues addressed by UNCLOS that are critical to U.S. interests, positions and expertise, including protecting the health and biodiversity of the world's oceans."
Law of the Sea gives geographic guidelines for ocean management. Image from Law of the Sea
     Ralph Cossa, Pacific Forum President Emeritus, said, "Tensions are rising in hotspots like the South China Sea as a result of China's increased assertiveness. This treaty is critical to ensuring freedom of navigation, peacefully resolving disputes, and upholding the international rules-based order that has contributed not only to our national security but to Hawaiʻi's security given our state's reliance on open maritime commerce and ocean resources. U.S. ratification is long-overdue. Failure to ratify puts us at a disadvantage when promoting our vital national security interests."
     Originally adopted in 1982, UNCLOS was further revised by a 1994 agreement to modify provisions related to seabed mining and has been in force ever since. The United States signed the 1994 agreement, which was subsequently transmitted to the U.S. Senate for its advice and consent. The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in support of ratifying the agreement in 2004 and in 2007. However, a U.S. Senate floor vote has yet to take place. Support for UNCLOS ratification comes from a wide range of environmental, scientific, labor, and industry organizations.
     The full text of the U.S. Senate resolution is available here.

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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS happen 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 3 at the Francis Wong Baseball Stadium Parking Lot (entry via Manono Street) and Saturday, August 10 at the Kealakehe High School Parking Lot (entry via Pū‘ohulihuli Street).
     County of Hawaiʻi's Department of Environmental Management holds these regular collection events, at no charge to the public, so households can conveniently dispose of acceptable household hazardous waste in a manner that protects both public health and the environment.
     These events are for household-generated and self-hauled waste only. Business, government agency, non-profit agency, or farm wastes are not allowed. No latex paint, no electronic waste, and no tires will be accepted. Acceptable household hazardous waste includes automotive fluids, used batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and pesticides. Reusable latex paint will be not be accepted. For a more complete list of acceptable or unacceptable household hazardous waste, see hawaiizerowaste.org /recycle/household-hazardous-waste. The website includes other useful information on solid waste diversion and recycling. The next collection events will be in February 2020.
     Contact Chris Chin-Chance, Recycling Specialist with the Department of Environmental Management, at 961-8554 recycle3@hawaiicounty.gov with questions.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
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2019 Kaʻū High School Athletics Schedule through August
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates; Bowling TBA.

Football, Division II:
Sat., Aug. 24, 1 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Tue., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Hilo
Fri., Aug. 23, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts St. Joseph
Wed., Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala

Cross Country:
Mon., Aug. 5, 2:30 to 4 p.m., first day practice
Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty

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UPCOMING
THURSDAY, AUG. 1
Volcano Winery's Annual Fundraising Harvest Festival tickets go on sale Aug. 1 at volcanowinery.com or (808) 967-7772. Proceeds benefit Volcano School of Arts & Sciences; last year's event sold out. This sixth festive evening of live music, food, wines and craft beers under the stars happens Sunday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The $50 per person tickets include live music entertainment by Young Brothers; delicious food and drink from local restaurants; award-winning wines and teas from the Volcano Winery; tours of the vineyards and a huge raffle.

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

Mayor Kim & Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, Aug. 1, 6-7p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, Aug. 1, 6:30-8:30p.m.Aspen Centerokaukakou.org

Registration Open: Sunflower Craft, through Monday, Aug. 5, Kahuku ParkHawaiian Ocean View Estates. Program for ages 6-12 takes place Tuesday, Aug. 6, 12:45-3:30p.m. Free. 939-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Registration Open: Shrink Art Keychain, through Tuesday, Aug. 6, Ka‘ū District Gym multipurpose room. Program for grades K-8 takes place, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 3:30-5p.m. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

FRIDAY, AUG. 2
Stewardship at the Summit, Aug. 2, 10, 16, 24, and 28, 8:45a.m.-noonKīlauea 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

SATURDAY, AUG. 3
Edible Landscaping for Backyards and Beyond with Zach Mermel of Ola Design Group, Saturday, Aug. 3, 9a.m.-2:30p.m.Volcano Art Center. Learn how to transform lanai and lawn, field, and fence into an abundant oasis of edible and multifunctional plants. $30/VAC member, $40/non-member, plus $15 materials fee. Class size limited; register early. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, Aug. 3 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11a.m.-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

Flameworking - An Introductory Class with Nash Adams-Pruitt, Saturday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 4, 2-4:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. $155/VAC member, $160/non-member, plus $40 supply fee. Class size limited; advanced registration required. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

SUNDAY, AUG. 4
Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, Aug. 4 – 1st Sunday, monthly – noon-2p.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/viewith southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

MONDAY, AUG. 5
Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool Accepting Enrollment Applications - orientation for enrolled families begins Aug. 5 and 6, with programs in Nā‘ālehu/Wai‘ōhinu at Kauaha‘ao Church on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:45-10:45a.m., and Pāhala Community Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-10:30a.m. Limited space. 939-8573, pidfoundation.org

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Monday, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2, 4-6p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

TUESDAY, AUG. 6
Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, Aug. 6 (Committees), Wednesday, Aug. 7 (Council), Hilo. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

AdvoCATS, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7a.m.-4:30p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Mtg., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 6-8p.m.Pāhala Community Center.

Paniolo: Hawaiian Cowboys, After Dark in the Park, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Dr. Billy Bergin, local author and expert on Hawaiian ranching and all things paniolo, presents. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7
Registration Open: Instructional Volleyball (8+, 10+, 12+, 14+), Aug. 7-15, Ka‘ū District Gym. Program takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 20-Oct. 17, 6-7:30p.m. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Hula Voices with Kumu Hula Kimo Awai, Wednesday, Aug. 7 – 1st Wednesday, monthly – 5:30-7p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Desiree Moana Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Nā‘ālehu Elementary School Kindergarten Registration, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 9a.m.-5p.m, Ocean View Community Centerovcahi.org

ONGOING
Enroll at Volcano School of Arts and Sciences for the 2019-2020 school year, which starts Aug. 5; orientation for new students is Aug. 2. Spaces are available in 1st through 8th grades of the expanding Kula ‘Amakihi Community-Based Education (CBE) Program; the school may also have space or short wait lists for certain grades in the regular on-campus programs. Contact 808-985-9800 or email enrollment@volcanoschool.net to enroll.

Talk Action, Take Action: surveys available through Aug. 4recovery.hawaiicounty.gov/connect/impact-status-survey-suite. The surveys focus on different areas of recovery after the 2018 Kīlauea eruption: households, businesses, and community.

Exhibit -The Joy of the Brush: Paintings by Linda J. Varez, daily through Sunday, Aug. 4, 9a.m.-5p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Free; park entrance fees may apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Enroll in Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Orientation for enrolled families begins Aug. 5 & 6, with programs continuing following week in Nā‘ālehu on Monday & Wednesday, 8:45-10:45am, and Pāhala, Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30-10:30am. Space is limited. pidfoundation.org

6th Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run Registration, webscorer.com/register?raceid=166020. 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon races through mac nut and coffee fields along slopes of Ka‘ū starting at 7a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Sponsored by Ka‘ū Coffee Mill and ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Prices increase after July 9. okaukakou.orgkaucoffeemill.com


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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Tuesday, July 30, 2019

This historic plantation era cottage will soon become a gallery in Nāʻālehu, after serving as the location for
Kamaʻaina Kutz for many years. See story below. Photo by Peter Anderson
TWO MORE YEARS TO BEGIN THIRTY METER TELESCOPE CONSTRUCTION on Maunakea were authorized today by the state of Hawaiʻi. TMT asked for the extension from the deadline of September of this year.
     University of Hawaiʻi, which leased the telescope site to the TMT organization, issued a statement today. UH Pres. David Lassner said, "there are no imminent plans to move TMT construction equipment up the mauna." He said the University appreciates the extension of the deadline so that negotiations can continue with those who oppose the telescope. Protectors of Maunakea said they also appreciate the time extension.
     Protectors said they may leave their encampment at Puʻuhuluhulu, where they established a blockade on the Maunakea Access Road, should the arrival of either of the hurricanes heading toward Hawaiʻi become imminent.
     The governor today withdrew his emergency proclamation, which he declared earlier, stating security concerns with the blockade at Maunakea.
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Winds from Erick are expected to start affecting Hawaiʻi Island on Thursday. Image from nhc.noaa.gov
TWO HURRICANES HEAD TOWARD HAWAIʻI THIS WEEK. Erick, a Category Four, with winds of 133 mph this evening, 750 miles south east of  Hilo, is expected to pass south of South Point overnight Thursday. Erick is running into shear which is expected to knock the hurricane down to a tropical storm before reaching Hawaiian waters. Winds and rains may be the threat to Kaʻū.
     On the heels of Erick is Category One Flossie, still more than 2,300 miles to the east and strengthening. The forecast track takes Flossie over Hawaiʻi Island early next week, weakening before reaching here as a hurricane.
     Civil Defense officials said now is the time for preparation to avoid long lines at gas stations, grocery stores, and ATMs across Hawaiʻi.
     Said Gov. David Ige, "Hurricane season brings the very real threat of high winds, rain, storm surge and potential flooding to the Hawaiian Islands. There could be significant impacts even if a hurricane doesn't hit us directly. I urge Hawaiʻi's residents and businesses to prepare now. Make an emergency plan, talk about it with your families and employees, and gather supplies to ensure that our communities are resilient."
Flossie is forecast to cross over Hawaiʻi next week -as a hurricane. Hawaiʻ Island can be seen, far left.
Image from nhc.noaa.gov
     Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency reminds residents and visitors to prepare an emergency kit, with a minimum of 14 days of food and water for humans and pets, and other supplies. The 14 day recommendation is due to the possibility of delayed disaster relief due to Hawaiʻi's mid-Pacific location. HI-EMA recommends residents verify and update housing and rental insurance, and make sure securing property is planned.
     HI-EMA recommends a family plan for possible storms and emergencies, and getting to know neighbors; keeping up to date on conditions via local media, websites, apps, and notification systems (i.e., HNL.Info); keep vehicle gas tanks filled; make sure medications and other required items are stocked up; and secure important documents.

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HalePlus examples. Photo from HPM
AFFORDABLE, PRE-APPROVED MODULAR HOMES will soon be available from HPM Building Supply outlets around the island. HPM announced last week that it is developing a new line of pre-approved, permittable, expandable homes. The HalePlus one-bedroom home will be available in 2020 for under $100,000, including basic home construction costs. It can be "easily expanded after initial construction with additional bedrooms, home offices, expanded kitchens, and more," said a statement from HPM.
     HPM is partnering with nonprofit Hope Services to provide 12 modified HalePlus studio units at reduced cost to build a low-income kūpuna housing community in Pāhoa, next to the micro-shelters constructed last year for lava evacuees.
     Factory-built at HPM in Keaʻau, a HalePlus one-bedroom could save a homebuilder up to 40 percent compared with the traditional building process. The homes will be delivered to the homebuyer within three months of the manufacturing start date. A unique feature is that they can be detached from the permanent footing and moved to another location intact, unlike standard pre-fabricated homes. Add-on modules can be built up front or after initial construction.
Using light to verify the structure is straight.
Photo from HPM
     Jason Fujimoto, president, CEO and fifth-generation owner of HPM Building Supply, said, "So many residents and families dream of having a home of their own but are faced with Hawaiʻi's high cost of living. Especially after the Kilauea volcano eruption last year, we wanted to do more to help our community and put homeownership within reach of more people. The future of housing in Hawaiʻi depends on speed, flexibility and affordability. We put our nearly 100 years of home experience and understanding of local family needs into developing HalePlus.
     "The beauty of the HalePlus modular housing solution is that it can be modified for whatever the community needs. It's the right size and price for a young family starting out or for retirees who are downsizing. It can be expanded over time as a family grows. And it provides a County of Hawaiʻi pre-approved, permittable, and high-quality option for developers, companies and government agencies seeking scalability and cost-effectiveness. We truly appreciate the partnership of the County of Hawaiʻi for their openness to explore innovative housing solutions in our community in partnership with the construction industry."
     Gilbert Aguinaldo of Pacific Rim Construction is collaborating on the project with HPM Building Supply. Said Aguinaldo, "After the devastation of last year's lava flow, and the impact I saw on friends, neighbors and our community, I wanted to make sure our solution provided mobility. With a little notice and a little work, these homes and their contents can be detached from their permanent footing and moved out of harm's way."
     Brandee Menino, Hope Services CEO, said, "The lack of affordable housing is the greatest obstacle to ending homelessness on Hawaiʻi Island. We're excited to work with HPM to make housing more accessible to members of our community."
HPM is offering affordable, moveable, modular housing to Hawaiʻi Island.
Photo from HPM
     Learn more about HalePlus at hpmhawaii.com/haleplus.


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COME DISPLAY YOUR SPECIAL ART WORKS. Well-known hair care specialist, Corrine Kaupu, will close her longtime business, Kamaʻaina Kuts, and reopen as Kaʻū Art Gallery and Gift Shop on Sunday, Sept. 1. She invites local artists to show their specialty works "for a possible placement at the gallery" on Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     Kaupu said she's "looking forward to helping local artists and our community. I'm open to see what our community wants."

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THE IDEA ACT, to help close the gap faced by women, minorities, and others in procuring patent rights, was introduced Thursday by Sen. Mazie Hirono. The bicameral, bipartisan legislation, Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement Act of 2019, reports a release from Hirono's office, references studies that show that women, minorities, and economically disadvantaged individuals apply for and obtain patents at significantly lower rates than their male, white, and wealthier counterparts. Only 21 percent of U.S. patents list at least one woman as an inventor. African American and Hispanic college graduates apply for patents at approximately half the rate of their white counterparts. Additionally, children born to families with incomes below the U.S. median income receive patents at less than ten percent the rate of children born to families in the top one percent.
Sen. Mazie Hirono
     The IDEA Act would close these gaps by directing the United States Patent and Trademark Office to collect demographic data – including gender, race, military or veteran status, and income level, among others – from patent applicants on a voluntary basis. It further requires the USPTO to issue public reports on the data, allowing outside researchers to conduct analyses and offer insights into the various patent gaps in our society. The full text of the IDEA Act is available here. A one-page summary of the bill is available here.

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THE NEWLY FORMED CONGRESSIONAL PACIFIC ISLAND CAUCUS is co-chaired by Rep. Ed Case, who formerly represented Kaʻū in congress and now represents urban Oʻahu. The bipartisan group will focus on issues "critical to the Indo-Pacific region Alliances and relationships," said a release from Case. "Defense, trade, and environmental challenges top the agenda." The other chairs are Congressman Don Young (R-AK), Dean of the House; Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation; and Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL), the ranking member of that Subcommittee.
Rep. Ed Case. Photo from KITV
     Case said the Caucus will serve as a resource in educating on the importance of the Pacific Islands and the issues they face. He said they seek to demonstrate the United States' commitment to the Indo-Pacific, specifically to the Pacific Islands, and wish to "facilitate communication and cooperation on issues of shared interest… including development, trade, and regional stability and security." They will formulate and implement "sound national policy in the Indo-Pacific over the next generation," said Case, and they will focus on trade, development, security, climate change, and ocean conservation.
     Said Case, "I have been convinced for some time that our country's and world's future are in the Indo-Pacific, and the islands of the Pacific are a key yet too-often-overlooked part of that region. These islands and their maritime exclusive economic zones are not only part of our own Pacific ‘ohana but encompass an area larger than the land areas of Russia and China combined.
     "We have longstanding partnerships and critical strategic and other interests throughout the Pacific Islands, not to mention that whole generations fought and won the Second World War and earlier conflicts here. Yet now they are increasingly under severe economic and environmental stress, and China is actively seeking to grow its influence. We cannot now turn away from the Pacific, and our new Caucus is dedicated to assuring that that does not happen."
     Said Young, "We will work hard to increase the understanding of the Congress on issues related to trade, economic development, and shared security in order to ensure the prosperity for all in the region."

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
2019 Kaʻū High School Athletics Schedule through August
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates; Bowling TBA.

Football, Division II:
Sat., Aug. 24, 1 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Tue., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Hilo
Fri., Aug. 23, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts St. Joseph
Wed., Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala

Cross Country:
Mon., Aug. 5, 2:30 to 4 p.m., first day practice
Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty

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UPCOMING
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31
Kōkua Kupuna Project, Wednesday, July 31 – last Wednesday, monthly – 9-11a.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Seniors 60 years and 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

THURSDAY, AUG. 1
Volcano Winery's Annual Fundraising Harvest Festival tickets go on sale Aug. 1 at volcanowinery.com or (808) 967-7772. Proceeds benefit Volcano School of Arts & Sciences; last year's event sold out. This sixth festive evening of live music, food, wines and craft beers under the stars happens Sunday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The $50 per person tickets include live music entertainment by Young Brothers; delicious food and drink from local restaurants; award-winning wines and teas from the Volcano Winery; tours of the vineyards and a huge raffle.

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

Mayor Kim & Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, Aug. 1, 6-7p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, Aug. 1, 6:30-8:30p.m.Aspen Centerokaukakou.org

Registration Open: Sunflower Craft, through Monday, Aug. 5, Kahuku ParkHawaiian Ocean View Estates. Program for ages 6-12 takes place Tuesday, Aug. 6, 12:45-3:30p.m. Free. 939-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Registration Open: Shrink Art Keychain, through Tuesday, Aug. 6, Ka‘ū District Gym multipurpose room. Program for grades K-8 takes place, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 3:30-5p.m. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

FRIDAY, AUG. 2
Stewardship at the Summit, Aug. 2, 10, 16, 24, and 28, 8:45a.m.-noonKīlauea 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

SATURDAY, AUG. 3
Edible Landscaping for Backyards and Beyond with Zach Mermel of Ola Design Group, Saturday, Aug. 3, 9a.m.-2:30p.m.Volcano Art Center. Learn how to transform lanai and lawn, field, and fence into an abundant oasis of edible and multifunctional plants. $30/VAC member, $40/non-member, plus $15 materials fee. Class size limited; register early. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, Aug. 3 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11a.m.-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

Flameworking - An Introductory Class with Nash Adams-Pruitt, Saturday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 4, 2-4:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. $155/VAC member, $160/non-member, plus $40 supply fee. Class size limited; advanced registration required. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

SUNDAY, AUG. 4
Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, Aug. 4 – 1st Sunday, monthly – noon-2p.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/viewith southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

MONDAY, AUG. 5
Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool Accepting Enrollment Applications - orientation for enrolled families begins Aug. 5 and 6, with programs in Nā‘ālehu/Wai‘ōhinu at Kauaha‘ao Church on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:45-10:45a.m., and Pāhala Community Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-10:30a.m. Limited space. 939-8573, pidfoundation.org

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Monday, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2, 4-6p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

ONGOING
Enroll at Volcano School of Arts and Sciences for the 2019-2020 school year, which starts Aug. 5; orientation for new students is Aug. 2. Spaces are available in 1st through 8th grades of the expanding Kula ‘Amakihi Community-Based Education (CBE) Program; the school may also have space or short wait lists for certain grades in the regular on-campus programs. Contact 808-985-9800 or email enrollment@volcanoschool.net to enroll.

Talk Action, Take Action: surveys available through Aug. 4recovery.hawaiicounty.gov/connect/impact-status-survey-suite. The surveys focus on different areas of recovery after the 2018 Kīlauea eruption: households, businesses, and community.

Exhibit -The Joy of the Brush: Paintings by Linda J. Varez, daily through Sunday, Aug. 4, 9a.m.-5p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Free; park entrance fees may apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Enroll in Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Orientation for enrolled families begins Aug. 5 & 6, with programs continuing following week in Nā‘ālehu on Monday & Wednesday, 8:45-10:45am, and Pāhala, Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30-10:30am. Space is limited. pidfoundation.org

6th Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run Registration, webscorer.com/register?raceid=166020. 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon races through mac nut and coffee fields along slopes of Ka‘ū starting at 7a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Sponsored by Ka‘ū Coffee Mill and ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Prices increase after July 9. okaukakou.orgkaucoffeemill.com

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Monday, July 29, 2019

Hurricane Erick could pass south of Kaʻū overnight on Thursday as a strong Tropical Storm, if it continues its predicted course and intensities. 
See more below. Map by Dennis Mersereau
NEW INTEREST IN NĀʻĀLEHU THEATRE RECONSTRUCTION AND PRESERVATION is emerging following the purchase of the adjacent Nāʻālehu Shopping Center by Duane and Robert Kurisu, from the late Harry and Jeanette Weinburg's 300 Corp.
     Glen Winterbottom, of Nāʻālehu, a longtime advocate of restoration of the historic theatre, released a letter to the Kurisu's and the public, saying in part that he has made "some humble efforts over the past few years to promote the restoration or reconstruction" of the "1925 Hutchinson Plantation Company structure for some sort of beneficial usage, but those have regrettably been unsuccessful and the structure has continued to deteriorate."
     He said there was some interest among state and county officials in early 2018, but without response from the owners, and with much other work to do with the volcanic eruption disaster.
    Writes Winterbottom, "It just seems a terrible shame and waste that this economically-depressed town might lose its last major unaltered landmark associated with the incredibly transformative sugar industry that dominated the Big Island and state for over 150 years.
    "If restoration of the landmark, which looms over the town center and has anchored it for nearly a century, were to prove unfeasible, there's no overriding reason why it couldn't be faithfully reconstructed on the exterior from measured drawings, as was done with most of the structures at Waipahu's Plantation Village on Oʻahu. As for the interior, a capable architectural firm with historic building expertise probably wouldn't have much difficulty redesigning it for some sort of adaptive reuse, if reviving it as a theater-type venue is deemed impractical.
Interest in revival of Nāʻālehu Theatre is growing. Photo by Peter Anderson
     "The nearby Nāʻālehu Library is currently situated in a cramped single-wide trailer, so
perhaps the State would be interested in leasing space for an expanded facility with plenty of parking. Or the structure could also be an appropriate site for a wide array of retail and/or tourism-related ventures, and there's probably room within for a full second floor as well."
     Winterbottom says that the Kurisus' interest could help inspire others to join in with grants and in-kind donations "to achieve a positive outcome for this community."
     He said he was formerly employed by C. Brewer's Nāʻālehu Dairy. "My great-grandfather spent most of his 20-year contracting career doing masonry work for Castle & Cooke's various sugar plantations, including constructing a widely admired 125-foot brick chimney for the Kohala Sugar Company in 1892."

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HPD AND PARK RANGERS ARE LOOKING FOR CLUES to the cause of the fatal accident along Hwy 11 in the Kaʻū Desert last week. On Thursday, July 25, Jonathan Milo Brown, 57, of Iowa, a professor at Grinnell College, was driving Hilo-bound on Highway 11 in the Kaʻū Desert area of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, just before 2 p.m. His vehicle wrecked near mile marker 35. Brown was found by Park rangers, pinned beneath his older model SUV. He was pronounced dead at Hilo Medical Center later that day.
     Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park rangers, with the assistance of Hawai‘i Police Department, are investigating. Anyone with information regarding this accident can call Park dispatch at 808-985-6170 or HPD Officer Jason Foxworthy at 808-326-4646, ext. 229.

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Kaylynne Santana and Toni Romp-Friesen had a great time during Volcano's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon.
  Photo from Mikey Brown Photography
THE INAUGURAL VOLCANO'S ʻŌHIʻA LEHUA HALF MARATHON & 5K last Saturday was well received by runners and locals. The Half Marathon recorded 119 participants, the 5K 107 participants. The youngest 5K entrant was 6; the youngest finisher, 8 year old Maya Limmolt. The youngest Half Marathoner to finish was 14 year old Parker Smith. There were also Keiki Dashes for 6 and under, and 7 to 10, held at The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences.
     The new race, organized by Keely McGhee, and Kelly and Nick Muragin, seeks to raise money to help save ʻŌhiʻa forests, and fill the gap left by Volcano Rain Forest Runs, which retired in 2018. See yesterday's Kaʻū News Briefs for comments on the races and the Half Marathon results. Here are the 5K results:
A seedling ʻŌhiʻa Lehua was given as a trophy to those who finished 
the races. Photo from Mikey Brown Photography
     Female 5K Top Five Winners
     Aria Heil, age 16, took first place for the 5K for women, sixth place overall, and first in her age group, 19 and under, in 24:55.6. Daniela Rebhan, in the 30-39 group, placed second for women, seventh overall, and first in her group, in 26:04.8. Cynthia Hartman finished third for women and second in her group, 30-39, in 28:13.0. Fourth overall for women went to Volcano local Aubrey Hawk, group 50-59, in 28:17.4. Hawk participates in the Volcano Winery fundraiser, which benefits VSAS; tickets are on sale as of Aug. 8. Jade Ivey, age 12, took fifth for women overall, and second in her group of 19 and under, in 29:03.5.
     Elaina Head, 12 year of age, took third in 19 and under, in 35:11.0. Helena Rataj, 10 years of age, took fourth, in 38:19.0. Maya Linnolt, age 8, took fifth, in 42:18.6.
     Age group 20-29 saw Midori Matsuo take second, in 30:28.4; Ariel Imoto third, in 35:02.4; and Emily Fernandes fourth, in 39:56.6. There was no fifth place finisher in the group.
     Elyse Cummins placed third in the 30-39 group, in 29:27.0. Fourth went to Jessie Deakins, in 31:51.3; fifth to Jessica Hartong, in 34:20.0.
     Women in the 40-49 group were led by Yuko White in first place, in 31:19.0. She was followed closely by Andrea Christensen in second, in 32:23.7; Jane Hansen, third, in 33:48.5; Jolene Head, fourth, in 35:11.1; and Heather Yost, fifth, in 35:25.5.
     Dawn Tillery followed Hawk in second for the 50-59 group, in 29:33.6. Third went to Kathy Baxter, in 35:35.6; fourth to Jeannette Heil, in 38:25.6; and fifth to Rachel Rimel, in 39:03.3.
 Shaka at the start of the first Volcano'sʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon.
Darian Basacdua, #147, took first in his 20-29 age group for the
Half Marathon. Photo from Mikey Brown Photography
     The 60-69 group in the 5K saw Marta Ciancio place first, in 34:02.5. In second, Kathy Sweo, in 36:47.4, and Margaret Wassner in third, in 37:47.9. Robin Stratton placed fourth, in 39:35.5, and Judy Ann Williams finished fifth, in 41:53.8.
     Fia Mattice, in 34:00.1, and Dee Wiecher, in 54:09.2, represented the 70+ group.
     Male 5K Top Five Winners
     Rylie Cabalse placed first overall in the 5K, and first in his 19 and under group, in 18:55.8. More than a minute and a half later, second place overall, and first for his 50-59 group, Todd Marohnic finished in 20:29.0. Ryan Williams was third, in 22:11.4, and second in his 19 and under group. Bryce Harada, 20-29 group, placed fourth overall and first in his group, in 22:14.5. James Twigg-Smith took fifth overall, and first in his 30-39 group, in 23:43.4.
     The 19 and under group top five was filled out by 11 year old Caleb Crook, third, in 27:08.0. Asher Rataj, 12, took fourth in the group, in 27:10.5. Eli Crook, one of two youngest males – at ten years old – to finish the race, placed fifth in the age group and 23rd overall, in 30:28.8.
     Ramaiah Ojeda, in the 20-29 group, placed second, in 26:15.4. Close on his heels was Francis Sakai-Kawada, third, in 29:26.5. Fourth went to Nick Jack, in 35:18.7. There was no fifth entrant in the group.
119 people entered the inaugural Volcano'sʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon.
Jesse Houlding, Sharla-Ann Fujimoto, and Nicole Lewien start the race
together. In the Half Marathon, Lewien took first in her 20-29 age group,
Fujimoto fifth in her 30-39 age group, and Houlding sixth in his
50-59 age group. Photo from Mikey Brown Photography
     Second place in the 30-39 group was achieved by Bastian Rebhan, in 26:29.8. Third was captured by Jonathan Leiner, in 30:18.4; fourth by John Monnette, in 32:02.2; and fifth by Daniel Loo, in 36:33.5.
     Jarvis Valera, first, in 31:18.5, and Andrew White, second, in 31:19.4, represented the 40-49 group. There were no more entrants in the group.
     Reed Brozen, in the 50-59 group, followed Marohnic, in 26:10.0. Swiftly thereafter came Jeffrey Hawk, in 28:14.8, at third place; Christian Engelhardt, in 28:39.6, at fourth; and Patrick Adams, in 30:48.3, at fifth.
     Zinn took the first place slot in the 60-69 group, in 35:59.1. He was followed by Timothy Kale, in 43:59.2. There were no more finishers in the group.
     Jeff Hamilton, the eldest runner to finish the race, represented the 70 and older males, in 32:47.5.
     See the event website, ohialeahuhalf.com.
     See race results at webscorer.com/race?raceid=189374.

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Erick, center, and Flossie, coming up from the west, wind forecasts. Image from nhc.noaa.gov
ONE HURRICANE AND ONE TROPICAL STORM ARE HEADED TOWARD KAʻŪ, with Hurricane Erick predicted to strengthen to a major hurricane, then weakening to a tropical storm as it passes south of South Point overnight on Thursday.
     Tropical Storm Flossie is much farther away, but forecasters expect the storm to develop into a hurricane by tomorrow and stay strong until at least the weekend. She is also on track to make her way toward the islands.
     See nhc.noaa.gov for more.

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Some 2,500 peacefully marched on Kauaʻi Sunday, in solidarity with the Kiaʻi, Protectors, of Maunakea.
Photo from Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu Maunakea Facebook
MAUNAKEA NEGOTIATIONS WERE THE SUBJECT OF MAYOR HARRY KIM'S press conference today. The mayor said he aims to help normalize operations on Maunakea, hoping that Maunakea Access Road will reopen to the public, telescope operators, religious practitioners and stargazing businesses.
A youth, walking down Daniel K. Inouye Hwy, with an inverted Hawaiian
state flag - the sign of a distressed nation.
Photo from Ikaika Marzo Facebook
     Kim said he met with Protectors of Maunakea and state officials involved with the Thirty Meter Telescope on Friday. He said there were no conclusions drawn regarding ending the blockade by Protectors who propose constructing the TMT, and that parties acknowledge their "different viewpoints," and plan more meetings. Kim said he supports construction of the world's most powerful telescope on Maunakea, "I support TMT as a resource of science. I support TMT to be done in a good way, a right way." He also called for any solution to be peaceful.
      While the mayor has visited the Protectors of Maunakea encampment at the Access Road several times, University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner visited on Sunday. "I am committed to try to find a peaceful way forward for all people of Hawaiʻi," said Lassner. He said it "requires that I understand better than I did before I came here."
     Also visiting and performing at the encampment along Maunakea Access Road was Damian Marley, a recording artist and son of the late Bob Marley. The gatherings have grown to thousands of people, according to Protectors. On Kauaʻi this weekend, thousands marched in support.

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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
2019 Kaʻū High School Athletics Schedule through August
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates; Bowling TBA.

Football, Division II:
Sat., Aug. 24, 1 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Tue., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Hilo
Fri., Aug. 23, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts St. Joseph
Wed., Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala

Cross Country:
Mon., Aug. 5, 2:30 to 4 p.m., first day practice
Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31
Kōkua Kupuna Project, Wednesday, July 31 – last Wednesday, monthly – 9-11a.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Seniors 60 years and 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

THURSDAY, AUG. 1
Volcano Winery's Annual Fundraising Harvest Festival tickets go on sale Aug. 1 at volcanowinery.com or (808) 967-7772. Proceeds benefit Volcano School of Arts & Sciences; last year's event sold out. This sixth festive evening of live music, food, wines and craft beers under the stars happens Sunday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The $50 per person tickets include live music entertainment by Young Brothers; delicious food and drink from local restaurants; award-winning wines and teas from the Volcano Winery; tours of the vineyards and a huge raffle.

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

Mayor Kim & Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, Aug. 1, 6-7p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, Aug. 1, 6:30-8:30p.m.Aspen Centerokaukakou.org

Registration Open: Sunflower Craft, through Monday, Aug. 5, Kahuku ParkHawaiian Ocean View Estates. Program for ages 6-12 takes place Tuesday, Aug. 6, 12:45-3:30p.m. Free. 939-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Registration Open: Shrink Art Keychain, through Tuesday, Aug. 6, Ka‘ū District Gym multipurpose room. Program for grades K-8 takes place, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 3:30-5p.m. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

FRIDAY, AUG. 2
Stewardship at the Summit, Aug. 2, 10, 16, 24, and 28, 8:45a.m.-noonKīlauea 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

SATURDAY, AUG. 3
Edible Landscaping for Backyards and Beyond with Zach Mermel of Ola Design Group, Saturday, Aug. 3, 9a.m.-2:30p.m.Volcano Art Center. Learn how to transform lanai and lawn, field, and fence into an abundant oasis of edible and multifunctional plants. $30/VAC member, $40/non-member, plus $15 materials fee. Class size limited; register early. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, Aug. 3 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11a.m.-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

Flameworking - An Introductory Class with Nash Adams-Pruitt, Saturday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 4, 2-4:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. $155/VAC member, $160/non-member, plus $40 supply fee. Class size limited; advanced registration required. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

SUNDAY, AUG. 4
Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, Aug. 4 – 1st Sunday, monthly – noon-2p.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/viewith southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

MONDAY, AUG. 5
Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool Accepting Enrollment Applications - orientation for enrolled families begins Aug. 5 and 6, with programs in Nā‘ālehu/Wai‘ōhinu at Kauaha‘ao Church on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:45-10:45a.m., and Pāhala Community Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-10:30a.m. Limited space. 939-8573, pidfoundation.org

ONGOING
Enroll at Volcano School of Arts and Sciences for the 2019-2020 school year, which starts Aug. 5; orientation for new students is Aug. 2. Spaces are available in 1st through 8th grades of the expanding Kula ‘Amakihi Community-Based Education (CBE) Program; the school may also have space or short wait lists for certain grades in the regular on-campus programs. Contact 808-985-9800 or email enrollment@volcanoschool.net to enroll.

Talk Action, Take Action: surveys available through Aug. 4recovery.hawaiicounty.gov/connect/impact-status-survey-suite. The surveys focus on different areas of recovery after the 2018 Kīlauea eruption: households, businesses, and community.

Exhibit -The Joy of the Brush: Paintings by Linda J. Varez, daily through Sunday, Aug. 4, 9a.m.-5p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Free; park entrance fees may apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Enroll in Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Orientation for enrolled families begins Aug. 5 & 6, with programs continuing following week in Nā‘ālehu on Monday & Wednesday, 8:45-10:45am, and Pāhala, Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30-10:30am. Space is limited. pidfoundation.org

6th Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run Registration, webscorer.com/register?raceid=166020. 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon races through mac nut and coffee fields along slopes of Ka‘ū starting at 7a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Sponsored by Ka‘ū Coffee Mill and ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Prices increase after July 9. okaukakou.orgkaucoffeemill.com

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