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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Wednesday, February 6, 2019

"Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar," portrayed by Ka‘ū actor-director Dick Hershberger, explains his studies of Kīlauea in the 
early 1900s to visitors at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Join a free Walk into the Past event, or another 
activity, at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park this month. See story, below. NPS Photo/Janice Wei
THE NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT ACT which would support volcano science, youth conservation opportunities, and land preservation in Kaʻū, received supportive testimony today on the U.S. Senate floor. Sen. Mazie Hirono urged swift passage of Senate Bill 47, a sweeping bipartisan public lands package. It includes, among Hawaiʻi priorities, a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, legislation to expand Conservation Corps programs like KUPU, and legislation Hirono introduced in the 115th Congress to expand and improve volcano monitoring across the country. See and hear Hirono's full speech.
     On the Importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund for Hawaiʻi, Hirono testified: "The Natural Resources Management Act is a great example of what the Senate can accomplish when we come together on a bipartisan basis to get things done. Although we certainly have disagreements on energy and climate policy, a broad bipartisan consensus supports strengthening and expanding conservation programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund – a program whose transformative impact is felt in every state in our country.
Young adults working with KUPU at Kāwā help with restoration of 
rock walls along a fresh waterway. Photo from Nā Mamo O Kāwā
     "Over the past 50 years, the LWCF has provided nearly $250 million in funding for Hawaiʻi to protect some of our most cherished public spaces – including Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, and the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. LWCF funding has also gone towards protecting state and private forests, as well as efforts to protect our native species and watersheds.
     "The LWCF also funds the Forest Legacy Program, which helps states and private owners protect and enhance forested habitats. The program has leveraged over $22 million of federal funding for Hawaiʻi's forests over the past 50 years.
     "Forest protection and conservation is particularly important as we face the threat of catastrophic climate change. Protecting these lands and forests can help mitigate climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide, cooling the earth, and regenerating our watersheds."
     On passing the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act, Hirono said, "The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps bill included in the Natural Resources Management Act supports programs like KUPU that seek to nurture the next generation of environmental stewards.
KUPU volunteers experience traditional Hawaiian salt gathering 
from pukas in the rocks at Kāwā. Photo from Nā Mamo O Kāwā
     "In testimony before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee last Congress, KUPU's CEO John Leong spoke to the transformative impact of participating in a conservation corps program. He cited two inspiring examples of Corps members who have gone on to do meaningful work in the environmental and conservation space.
     "He shared the story of Jon Brito from Molokai, who was awarded the White House Champion of Change award in the years following his participation in KUPU programming and who has since chosen a career in conservation.
     "Another KUPU Corps participant, Justine Espiritu, recently helped to launch Honolulu's popular and revolutionary Biki bike share.
     "More young adults in Hawaiʻi and across the country will have their own transformative experiences if we pass this legislation."
     On passing the National Volcano and Early Warning and Monitoring System Act, Hirono testified:
      "Last year, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory was instrumental in studying and responding to the three-month-long eruption of Kīlauea.
Students build traditional shelters with KUPU. Photo from KUPU
     "This eruption devastated a number of communities – destroying more than 700 homes and displacing thousands of people, including United States Geological Survey staff and scientists who operated out of the HVO facility in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
     "Over the coming months and years, impacted homes, farms, and even the observatory will need to be rebuilt. At the same time, it will be critically important to have the most updated monitoring and communication technology to alert and protect impacted communities from future events.
     "Our legislation will unify and connect the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory with the other four observatories across the country into one National Volcano Early Warning System.
     "It will also create a Volcano Watch Office that will operate 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to provide continuous situational awareness of all active volcanoes in the U.S. and its territories, including Kīlauea and Mauna Loa in Hawaiʻi.
     "Our legislation will also create a grant program for the research and development of emerging technologies for volcano monitoring," said Hirono.

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THE 2019 HAWAIʻI LEGISLATURE IS CONSIDERING MORE THAN 3,000 BILLS in the House of Representatives and Senate. To review bills and testify on the Legislature's website, go to Reports and Lists page, and click on the first two links.
     Hawaiʻi Legislature's website, capitol.hawaii.gov, provides each bill with its own webpage. Learn about a bill's status, history, title, any companion bill in House or Senate. Find out who introduced the bill. Check on hearing notices, reports, testimonies, and the ability to submit testimony if a hearing has been scheduled. Search for the names of Kaʻū's legislators – Sen. Dru Kanuha, Sen. Russell Ruderman, Rep. Richard Onish, and Rep. Richard Creagan – to learn about the bills they introduced and other bills they support.
     Search for bills, by number, by subject, or by words in the bill. Sign up for hearing notices, ask for a hearing, and keep an eye on deadlines at capitol.hawaii.gov. Certain bills not passed this year can become "zombie bills," with another opportunity for testimony and passage next year.
     Learn more at Hawai‘i Legislature's Public Access Room. PAR is open Monday through Friday, through May 1, 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., and offers nonpartisan support to the public.
     Meet the PAR team:
   - Keanu Young is in his fifth session as year-round Assistant Coordinator of PAR. He worked at the State House of Representatives and Honolulu City Council for several years beforehand. When he is not at work, said Young, he enjoys stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, and watching Korean Dramas.
Public Access Room team members: Keanu Young, Allison Chai, Olivia Perkins, and Virginia Beck. Photo from PAR
   - Allison Chai is on the PAR team for the 2019 session as a Legislative Research Assistant. After completing her Bachelor's degree in Natural Science from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, she worked in the medical field as well as at a local nonprofit, assisting with Kīlauea lava recovery efforts. Chai recently moved to Oʻahu and said she enjoys the city life of Honolulu, hiking the valleys and ridges, biking through traffic, and exploring all the beaches and cheap eats.
   - Olivia Peterkin joined the PAR team as a Legislative Research Assistant for the 2019 session. She grew up in Kalihi Valley before earning her bachelor's degrees in Journalism and International Peace Studies from the University of Missouri. She said she hopes to leverage her position as an assistant researcher as a way to invest in the community, teach others about the legislative process, and become a more informed citizen. Peterkin said she loves spicy food, live jazz music, and haggling at open-air markets.
   - Virginia Beck said she continues to enjoy her role as the Coordinator of PAR. She's been working with the office for more than ten years after serving with various government and university offices. She earned a master's degree in public administration.

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A WEATHER ALERT FOR KAʻŪ FOR THIS WEEKEND was issued this evening by the National Weather Service. The alert includes the southern Big Island, North and East Kohala, and the interior, including Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea summits. NWS predicts "strong winds and coastal flooding" due to "a powerful low pressure system" moving toward the islands form the north. The low "will send a large swell toward the islands that will impact exposed north and west facing shores. Expect dangerously high seas and surf from late Friday through Sunday night, with the threat of significant coastal flooding and beach erosion that could damage infrastructure and property. While the details and exact timing remain uncertain, the low will bring the potential for strong and damaging north to northwest winds Friday through the weekend. These winds would be strongest over ridges and mountaintops, and where they accelerate downslope.
     "If you have outdoor plans for the weekend, be prepared for very windy conditions. If your plans include marine activities, you may want to consider postponing them."

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SPEAK NOW ANTI-BULLYING MOBILE APPLICATION is available to middle and high school students at Kaʻū High and Pāhala Elementary. Hawaiʻi Department of Education introduced the app, which is a reporting tool "that will provide another mechanism for students to report incidents of bullying on DOE campuses, transportation, and during DOE-sponsored activities that they have either experienced or witnessed," says an announcement on the school's website.
     "This Speak Now App does not replace the positive and trusting relationships that students have with campus educators and staff;" says the announcement. "We continue to encourage students to report bullying incidents to their teachers, counselors, and administrators."
     In order to report a bullying incident on the Speak Now App, students will need to download the app from Apple iTunes or the Google Play Store. Students may also go to speaknowhidoe.com, using an internet browser to submit a tip.
     A student is not required to submit any personally identifiable information in order to use Speak Now. Personally identifiable information will only be accessible through Speak Now if a student voluntarily includes it within the content of an incident report. 
     For instructions on how to use the Speak Now app, go to speaknowhidoe.com, and/or watch the informational video at speaknowhidoe.com/Video/media/Video.mp4.
     Speak Now is just one piece of the Hawaiʻi Department of Education's anti-bullying approach: hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/AntiBullyingWork/Pages/home.aspx.

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HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture, After Dark in the Park talks, and stewardship programs during February 2019. Visitors are encouraged to check the Park's online calendar of events, and look for program flyers posted after 9:30 a.m. on the bulletin board at Kīlauea Visitor Center.
NPS Volunteer Marius Arigot removing invasive Himalayan ginger 
during a Stewardship at the Summit program. NPS Photo/J. Ferracane
     Park programs are free, but entrance fees apply. Some programs are co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
     Stewardship of Kīpukapuaulu: Help remove troublesome plants at Kīpukapuaulu, home to diverse native forest and understory plants. Bring clippers or pruners, sturdy gloves, a hat, and water. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that can be permanently stained from morning glory sap. Be prepared for cool and wet, or hot and sunny, weather. New volunteer? Contact Marilyn Nicholson for more info: nickem@hawaii.rr.com. Meet at the Kīpukapuaulu parking lot, Mauna Loa Road, off Highway 11 in the Park, every Thursday at 9:30 a.m., Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28.
     Stewardship at the Summit: Volunteer to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Under 18? Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent is required. Visit the Park website for additional planning details. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center in February at 8:45 a.m. on Friday 8 or 15, or Saturday 23.
     A Walk into the Past with Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar: Walk back to 1912, and meet the founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar, at the edge of Kīlauea Volcano. Dressed in period costume, Ka‘ū actor-director Dick Hershberger brings the renowned geologist to life. Dr. Jaggar will lead a tour of his tiny lab located below the Volcano House to see original seismograph equipment and other early instruments.
Members of the ‘Aha Pūhala o Puna weaving club show park visitors how to weave 
leaves (lau) of the pandanus plant (hala) into simple ornamental designs. NPS Photo
     Learn what motivated Dr. Jaggar to dedicate his life to the study of Hawaiian volcanoes, and how his work helps save lives today. Program includes climbing stairs and entering a confined space. Supported by the Kīlauea Drama Entertainment Network (KDEN). Space is limited; pick up a free ticket at the Kīlauea Visitor Center's front desk the day of the program. Each performance is about an hour on Tuesdays: Feb. 12, 19, and 26, at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.
     Climbing Waterfalls: Freshwater Fauna of the Pacific Islands: Learn about the unique underwater world of streams in Hawai‘i, Guam, and American Sāmoa, and the amazing animals that call them home. These animals have special adaptations that allow them to live part of their life in the ocean and even climb 400-foot waterfalls. Join Anne Farahi of the National Park Service's Inventory & Monitoring program to learn more about long-term monitoring of these important ecosystems. Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.
     Lau Hala Weaving Demonstration: Learn to weave lau hala with leaves (lau) from the ‘Aha Pūhala o Puna weaving club. Hawaiians have used the hala (pandanus) tree for centuries to create many useful and beautiful items. Come create and take home a small piece of lau hala art. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ‘Ike Hana No‘eau, Experience the Skillful Work, workshops. Kīlauea VisitorCenter lānai, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to noon.
Making and spinning the hū, or kukui nut top, 
is a popular Hawaiian pastime. NPS Photo
     Volcanoes at the Movies: Join volcanologists Cheryl Gansecki and Ken Hon from the University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo as they examine - and possibly make fun of - the history of volcanoes portrayed in the movies. From The Last Days of Pompeii to Mount Doom and beyond, how realistic are cinematic volcanic eruptions? How likely is lava in Los Angeles, or New York? What is it with flaming rocks, anyway? And why do they explode? Come be entertained and learn a little more about both genuine and completely faked volcanic phenomena. Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.
     Hū (kukui nut top) Demonstration: Early Hawaiians devoted much of their time to games, amusements and relaxing. Top spinning was an absorbing activity for children and making hū was equally engaging. Join rangers and staff from Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association as they share their knowledge and love of this popular Hawaiian traditional art. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ‘Ike Hana No‘eau, Experience the Skillful Work, workshops. Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m. to noon.

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MILOLIʻI-KAʻŪ JRS. VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT, to benefit Miloliʻi-Kaʻū teams, happens at Kaʻū District Gym this weekend, Feb. 9 and 10. The public is invited to show support and enjoy the play in this third annual tournament.
     Teams playing are Miloliʻi-Kaʻū, Cuzins I, Cuzins II, Cuzins Girls, Cuzins Co-Ed, Mau Loa, Cuzins 14 Boys, and Cuzins 16. The tournament levels run from 10s through 16s.
     Entry fees are $50 per team, slots may still be open. Contact Kaʻimi at 937-1310, Landa at 443-7133, or Tene at 333-7232.

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TROJAN BOYS VOLLEY BALL IS RAISING MONEY with an invitational tournament on Friday, Feb. 15. The funding will help the team fly to Maui for a preseason tournament, beginning Friday, Feb. 22.
     The Feb. 15 tournament at Kaʻū District Gym will see the Trojans hosting Kamehameha teams from Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island as well as teams from Kealakeke and Pāhoa High Schools.
     Donations can be sent to Kaʻū High School, c/o Athletic Director Kalei Namohala 96-3150 Pikake St, Pāhala, HI, 96777, with the notation "Boys Volleyball Tournament on Maui."

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
Kaʻū High Winter Sports Schedule
Girls Basketball:
Feb. 6-9, Wed.-Sat., HHSAA
Boys Basketball:
Feb. 21-23, Thu.-Sat., HHSAA
Wrestling:
Feb. 9, Sat., @BIIF @Keaʻau
Feb. 20-21, Wed.-Thu., HHSAA
Soccer:
Feb. 7-9, Thu.-Sat., Boys HHSAA
Swimming:
Feb. 8-9, Fri.-Sat., HHSAA
Feb. 9, Sat., Oʻahu

NEW and UPCOMING
LEARN TO DECORATE FRESH GOURD with examples of ancient Hawaiian motif. Olivia Ling, three time recipient of Hawaiian Culture and the Arts: Artist/apprenticeship program, is offering a one-day class with instruction on how to dye fresh gourd, using island plant dyes. Limited to 5 students, call 929-8174 to reserve your spot. Class date will be either Saturday, Feb. 9 or 16. Meet in Greensand subdivision community park, 9 a.m. until pau.
     Cost is $25.00 plus $10 for a "large, not quite perfect, round gourd," says Ling. "The seed and traits are very Polynesian, probably from Tahiti, so you will get good seed when pau."

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

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

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

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Free Community Dance, Fri., Feb. 8, 7-10pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Minors allowed with supervision only. Alcohol-free event. Variety of music. Snacks provided; additional pupus welcome. Free admission; donations appreciated. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Pancake Breakfast and Raffle, Sat., Feb. 9, 8-11am, Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Nā Mamo O Kāwā ʻOhana Work Day, Sat., Feb. 9, meet 9:30am, Northern Gate, Kāwā. RSVP to James Akau, jakau@nmok.org, 561-9111. nmok.org, facebook.com/namamo.kawa

1st Annual Acton Children's Business Fair, Sat., Feb. 9, 10-1pm, River of Life Assembly of God, 96-2345 Paauau St., Pāhala. Support young on-island entrepreneurs in this one day marketplace for keiki ages 7 to 18 and their personal businesses selling their own brands, products, or services. childrensbusinessfair.org

15th Annual Love the Arts Fundraiser, 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, Sat., Feb. 9, 5-9pm, Volcano Art Center. Funds raised support classes, exhibits, workshops, and programs at Volcano Art Center. Music, gourmet buffet, and fine wines and brews. Live and silent auctions. $55/VAC member, $65/non-member. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Women's Wave meets the 2nd Sunday of the month, 2 p.m., at Punaluʻu bakery. Feb. 10 topic is expected to be comparing Women's Walk stories.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Free STD Testing, Mon., Feb. 11, 9-noon, 2nd Monday, monthly, Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored by Hawai‘i Department of Health. Call for appt. on different day or time. Teenagers 14+ do not need parent/guardian consent. Always confidential. Free condoms and lube. 895-4927

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Arts & Crafts Activity: Valentine's Day Card, Tue., Feb. 12, 2:45-3:30pm, Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. Register keiki ages 6-12 Feb. 4-8. Free. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

C.E.R.T. Discovery Harbour/Nā‘ālehu, Tue., Feb. 12, 4-6pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Community Emergency Response Team info and training scenarios. Public welcome. Dina Shisler, dinashisler24@yahoo.com, 410-935-8087

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Volcano Bay Clinic Mobile Health Unit Visit: Dental, Wed., Feb. 13, 8-5pm. Medical, Thu., Feb. 28, 1-5pm. Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Must be Bay Clinic, Inc. patient. 333-3600 for appt. thecoopercenter.org

Compassionate Communication Group, Wed., Feb. 13 and 27, 2-3:30pm, 2nd and last Wednesday, monthly, PARENTS Inc. office, Nā‘ālehu. Free. Registration required. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460

Arts & Crafts Activity: Valentine's Day Love Bugs, Wed., Feb. 13, 3:30-5pm, multi-purpose room, Ka‘ū District Gym. Register keiki ages 5-12 Feb. 4-12. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

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

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

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

Miss Kaʻū Coffee Pageant will accept applicants through Feb. 28. The pageant will be held again at the Ka‘ū District Gym on Saturday, April 27, 6 p.m. Miss Kaʻū Coffee and her court will represent the Kaʻū Coffee industry throughout the year at events in the community and beyond, her appearances sponsored by the Edmund C. Olson Trust, II. Pageant Director is Trinidad Marques. Scholarship Committee Directors are Julia Neal and Gloria Camba.
     The community can support the pageant through purchasing tickets, volunteering, and providing scholarships.
     Girls three to 24 years of age are encouraged to enter the pageant. Talents often include hula and singing. Competitive categories include Talent, Gown, Photogenic, Career-Interview, Characters Outfit, and Swimsuit for Miss Kaʻū Coffee. Pageant hopefuls contend for titles of Miss Ka‘ū Coffee, Jr. Miss Kaʻū Coffee, Miss Kaʻū Peaberry, and Miss Kaʻū Coffee Flower.
     Email tmarques@yahoo.com.

Volunteer on Midway Atoll for Six Months. The volunteer will serve as a communication assistant out on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, on or about March 12 through August. Applications are due by Feb. 28. Potential to be extended to a full year. Get more info and instructions on how to apply.

Applications for a Job to Help Kids with Healthy Eating and Living in Kaʻū are open through March 15. The position, through FoodCorps, is a full-time 11.5-month commitment from August 1, 2019 through July 15, 2020, at Pāhala Elementary School.
     In exchange for service, members receive: $22,000 living stipend paid bi-weekly over the 11.5-month term; $6,095 AmeriCorps Segal education award upon successful completion of service; Student loan deferral or forbearance, if eligible; partial childcare reimbursement, if eligible; Health insurance; Ongoing training, mentorship, and professional development.
     Apply at foodcorps.org/apply. See the service member position description for more details. Visit foodcorps.orgFacebook page, or contact seri.niimi-burch@foodcorps.org for more information.

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

Kaʻū Coffee Fest invites non-profits, clubs, cooperatives, and businesses to sign up for booths to serve the public at the 11th annual Kaʻū Coffee Fest Hoʻolauleʻa on Saturday, May 4 at Pāhala Community Center. The all-day event comes with music, hula, coffee tasting, and meeting the famous Kaʻū Coffee farmers.
     Booth fees are $100 for food vendors; $60 for non-food items and crafts, including coffee and coffee samples; and $35 for pre-approved information displays. Campaign and other political displays are not invited. Fifty percent discounts are provided to bona fide non-profit organizations and cooperatives selling food, crafts, and coffee. Each vendor is responsible for a Department of Health permit, if serving food. Call Gail Nagata 933-0918. Vendors must also obtain county vendor permits costing $30 each, to be displayed at each booth.
     Apply by Friday, April 26. Application at KauCoffeeFestival.com. Mail to Brenda Iokepa-Moses, P.O. Box 208PāhalaHI 96777, email biokepamoses@gmail.com, or call 808-731-5409.

Applications for a Paid Internship in Kaʻū for Kupu Hawai‘i and The Nature Conservancy are being accepted. The year-long, full-time position is in TNC's Hawai‘i Island Terrestrial Program, which stewards native forest preserves in Ka‘ū and South Kona. Benefits offered include: a $1,600 monthly living allowance, before taxes; a $5,920 education award towards higher education; health care and childcare benefit, if eligible; and receiving an entry-level conservation career experience.
     Application at kupuhawaii.org/conservation. For more, call The Nature Conservancy at 443-5401 or call Kupu Hawai‘i at 808-735-1221.

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