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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.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Friday, February 22, 2019

ʻO Kaʻū Kākou volunteers finished a carport for the multi-passenger shuttle van of Kaʻū Hospital in Pāhala. 
See story below. OKK photo
THE NEED FOR A NEW RUBBISH TRANSFER STATION IN OCEAN VIEW is exemplified by illegal trash dumping. Volunteers, including cavers, are stepping up to clean up trash, including what's found in pukas.
     Ocean View residents note that disposal of household refuse in Ocean View has become more difficult since the Waiʻōhinu transfer station was damaged in a storm about a year ago. The main platform was damaged so the three dumpsters of waste collected in Ocean View each Saturday cannot be directly emptied into larger bins for hauling to the County dump. Instead, a mechanical grabber is used to lift garbage piece by piece.
Berson Jitiam, a local resident, enthusiastically supports the team of cavers in 
hauling bags of trash and illegally dumped items from the puka in Ocean 
View. Hard at work behind him are Tomislav Gracanin, Ric Elhard, 
and Steve Lewis. Photo by Annie Bosted
     A permanent transfer station was promised to Ocean View in 2007, when the proliferation of "informal dumps" on several lots became an issue. In 2010, the county established a temporary transfer station on a lot in Paradise Circle, which, by deed, can only be used for recreational purposes. This lot bordered an established county park, which angered residents.
    The county appropriated $3 million in 2011 for a permanent transfer station in Ocean View. In 2012, the 21-acre lot, located mauka of the highway near Iolani Blvd., was purchased. The lot then became an informal dump littered with furniture, machinery, appliances, tires, and bulky items, some of which have been cleared.
     This week, new road signs were posted in Ocean View to notify drivers of planned improvements to the Hawaiʻi Belt Road for the New Ocean View Transfer Station, due to start this month.
     On Thursday, local resident Berson Jitiam, and cavers Peter Bosted, Ric Elhard – the owner of Kula Kai Caverns, Ocean View's only show cave – Steve Lewis, and Tomislav Gracanin, hauled up three truckloads of rubbish from a puka in Ocean View. The illegally dumped trash included twenty-five bags of garbage, plus furniture, rugs, old appliances, luggage, tires, a stroller, and an air compressor.
The volunteer clean-up crew poses behind some of the illegally dumped trash they recovered. From left: Peter Bosted, 
Steve Lewis, Tomislav Gracanin, Ric Elhard, and Berson Jitiam. A comparable pile was also created 
between the two white trucks in the photo. Photo by Annie Bosted
     The clean-up was compromised by a steep slope covered with loose rocks. The cavers had to rig two long ropes to safeguard moving about on the loose rocks and help them gain purchase on the slope. Smaller items were collected in trash bags, while larger items had to be individually man-handled out.
     The puka is owned by the Cave Conservancy of Hawaiʻi, an organization of lava tube stewards that is dedicated to saving underground features from destruction and desecration. The Conservancy raises funds to purchase properties with cave entrances, largely in the Ocean View area. Keeping this puka clean and ridding it of illegally dumped junk is an unpleasant chore with which the conservancy voluntarily tasks itself.
Tomislav Gracanin hangs onto the black rope with his right 
hand while hauling an abandoned suitcase, now full of 
garbage, out of the puka. Photo by Annie Bosted
     Gracanin, an Ocean View resident and President of CCH, commented, "As a geologist and cave explorer, and like many people, I am really fascinated by lava tubes and flow features, such as pukas. It amazes me that there are still people who would rather toss their garbage into a beautiful natural feature, like this puka, than take it to the temporary transfer station.
     "It is true that the long waits at the temporary transfer station in Ocean View are creating incentives to find other dump sites, but I wish the people of Ocean View could realize that Kaʻū is the home of world class lava tube systems and take a pride in the stewardship of these features. We have this tremendous gift, so to deliberately toss trash into a puka is the ultimate insult to the ʻāina and shows a lack of respect for the community and our heritage."
     Asked about a solution to the trash in the puka problem, Gracanin said "I'm thankful that the county opened the temporary transfer station to make it easier for the thousands of residents to dispose of their trash each Saturday. Uncollected garbage is disgusting, and having to spend hours picking it up to save a puka should never need to happen."

Steve Lewis carries a red garbage can of trash on his back, while Peter Bosted 
and Tomislav Gracanin collect illegally dumped garbage lower down 
the puka's steep slope. Photo by Annie Bosted
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KAʻŪ HOSPITAL GOT A NEW CARPORT thanks to the efforts of ʻO Kaʻū Kākou volunteers. The carport will shelter the multi-passenger shuttle that takes hospital residents on outings. OKK posted to Facebook the feat, and a photo featuring Wayne Kawachi, "a guy named Jay," Glenn Okumura, Kaʻū Hospital Administrator Merilyn Harris, Walter Wong Yuen, and Mike McDonough.

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GOV. DAVID IGE APPOINTED CO-CHAIR OF U.S. COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS by the White House. A defense-related body consisting of five Democrats and five Republicans, one as co-chair from each party, the Council was created by the National Defense Authorization Act and formally established by President Obama's Executive Order 13528, issued Jan. 11, 2010. It serves as a mechanism for governors and key federal officials to address matters pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense. and defense support to civil authorities.
     Former Governor Neil Abercrombie previously represented Hawaiʻi on the Council.
     Said Ige, "Hawaiʻi is home to the United States Indo-Pacific Command and well over three-hundred thousand Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Hawaiʻi National Guardsmen, Army Reservists, and Department of Defense civilian employees.
Gov. David Ige
     "As governor of the State of Hawaiʻi, I am uniquely positioned here in the Pacific to partner with the federal administration to identify security challenges and seek solutions across our complex global environment."
     The Council consists of 10 governors appointed by the president. The other Democratic members are: Ned Lamont (CT), J. B. Pritzker (IL), Tim Walz (MN), and Steve Bullock (MT). The five Republican members are: Co-chair Asa Hutchinson (AR), Doug Ducey (AZ), Mike Parson (MO), Pete Ricketts (NB), and Mike DeWine (OH).
     The Governor is attending this week's National Governors Association's 111th annual Winter Meeting in WashingtonD.C., where he will meet with the Council for the first time. Lt. Gov. Josh Green is serving as acting governor.

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NO TSUNAMI THREAT from a 7.5 magnitude earthquake at 12:17 a.m. HST near the Peru-Ecuador border region. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports "based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat because the earthquake is located too deep inside the Earth."

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DISPOSE OF HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD WASTE FOR FREE Sunday, March 3 at Pāhoa Recycling and Transfer Station, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 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.
     Acceptable household hazardous waste includes automotive fluids, used batteries, fluorescent lights, and pesticides. For a more complete list of acceptable or unacceptable household hazardous waste, visit hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/ household-hazardous-waste. The website includes other useful information on solid waste diversion and recycling.
     These events are for household-generated and self-hauled waste only. Business, government agency, non-profit agency, and farm waste not allowed. No electronic waste or tires accepted.
     The next collection events happen June 1 in Kona and June 15 in Hilo. Questions? Contact Chris Chin-Chance, Recycling Specialist with the Department of Environmental Management, at 961-8554, or recycle3@hawaiicounty.gov.

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FOCUS SHIFTS FROM SULFUR GAS to another volcanic gas, in this week's Volcano Watch, written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates:
     Low sulfur emissions mean a new focus on a different volcanic gas
     With the end of Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption, the Island of Hawaiʻi was able, at long last, to say goodbye to strong vog—volcanic smog produced by voluminous sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions.
     Currently, SO2 emissions on Kīlauea are drastically lower than they have been for decades. However, as mentioned in our November 21, 2018, Volcano Watch article, some SO2 is still present, in addition to rotten egg-scented hydrogen sulfide (H2S).
     So, sulfur smells are still sometimes detected around the island, but it's another gas emitted by Kīlauea that has become more important lately—carbon dioxide (CO2).
     CO2 is a significant volcanic emission, along with the familiar sulfur gases, water vapor, and trace amounts of other gases, such as hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride, and helium. What's important about CO2 specifically is that it can give clues about the depth of magma.
A USGS pilot and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory gas geochemist prepare to conduct a test flight of an unmanned aerial
 system on Kīlauea Volcano in November, 2018. The UAS was outfitted with a prototype miniaturized multi-gas
 sensor for the detection of volcanic gases emitted by Kīlauea, including 
sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide. USGS photo/Patricia Nadeau
     To explain, we'll use something familiar to everyone: a bottle of soda, which has only one gas, CO2, dissolved in it. This CO2 stays dissolved as long as the bottle is sealed, because the bottle creates enough pressure to keep the CO2 in the liquid. As soon as the bottle is opened, pressure on the liquid decreases and the CO2 creates bubbles that escape to the atmosphere.
     Unlike soda, magma has many different gases dissolved in it, and they don't all behave the same way. With soda, one pressure decrease is enough to release all the gas from it, but with magma, different degrees of pressure decrease result in the release different gases.
     Since pressure on magma is created by the weight of the earth above it, the deeper magma is, the higher the pressure it feels. As magma rises to shallower depths, it feels lesser amounts of pressure and different gases are able to escape along the way.
     When magma is shallow or actually reaches the surface, the pressure on it is quite low, so SO2 can easily escape, leading to the vog that impacted island residents for so long. But when magma is deeper, as is the case now, there is enough pressure to keep the SO2 dissolved.
     However, CO2 is less soluble than SO2 in magma and can escape even when magma is deep and the pressure is high. This is why, even with no lava erupting at the surface, Kīlauea is currently producing significant amounts of CO2. It's important to note that these amounts are very small compared to anthropogenic, or human-caused, CO2 emissions. It's this CO2, in conjunction with the small amounts of sulfur gases still being emitted, that can provide clues to how deep Kīlauea's magma is.
     Because CO2 can escape even when magma is deep but SO2 mostly stays dissolved until the magma is shallow, deeper magma produces a high ratio of CO2 to SO2. Geochemists typically use this CO2/SO2 ratio as an indication of magma depth.
     Deep magma may begin with a high CO2/SO2 ratio, but that ratio will drop as magma moves to shallower depths and more SO2 begins to escape. Therefore, if we can measure Kīlauea's CO2/SO2 ratio over time, any changes in it could tell us whether magma is once again rising through the system.
Sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide gases themselves are not visible, but 
dramatic plumes are sometimes visible at Kīlauea Volcano's summit and 
Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. These plumes are a result of atmospheric conditions rather than 
increased volcanic activity, and frequently occur when warm volcanic gases 
condense as they are released into cooler air temperatures of 
early mornings or evenings. USGS photo
     The catch is that we must be able to measure the CO2/SO2 ratio. However, accurately measuring the CO2/SO2 ratio in volcanic gas is tricky because of the large and variable amount of CO2 that already exists in the atmosphere. At Kīlauea, the situation is further complicated by collapse events that rearranged the summit caldera and damaged roads and other means of access to degassing areas.
     As this new phase of inactivity at Kīlauea continues, gas geochemistry scientists at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory will explore new avenues for measuring the helpful CO2/SO2 ratio, including the installation of multi-gas sensors at Kīlauea's summit and the use of gas sensors mounted on unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Our goal in collecting such gas data is to document changes that could eventually indicate an increased likelihood of renewed activity at Kīlauea.
Volcano Activity Updates
     Kīlauea is not erupting. Rates of seismicity, deformation, and gas release have not changed significantly over the past week. Deformation signals are consistent with refilling of Kīlauea Volcano's deep East Rift Zone (ERZ). Sulfur dioxide emission rates in the lower ERZ have been below detection limits since early September 2018. Sulfur dioxide emissions at Kīlauea's summit and middle ERZ remain low, with rates steady over the past several weeks.
     Three earthquakes with three or more felt reports occurred in Hawaiʻi during the past week: a magnitude-1.6 quake 4 km (2 mi) southwest of Volcano at 3:02 a.m. HST on Feb. 17;  a magnitude-3.0 quake 10 km (6 mi) south of Kapaʻau at 12 km (7 mi) depth on Feb. 17 at 12:04 a.m. HST; and a magnitude-3.3 quake 13 km (8 mi) east of Honokaʻa at 6 km (4 mi) depth on Feb.13 at 4:42 p.m. HST.
     The USGS Volcano Alert level for Mauna Loa remains at NORMAL.
     Visit volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo for past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa updates, volcano photos, maps, recent earthquake info, and more. Call 808-967-8862 for weekly Kīlauea updates. Email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.

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Kaʻū High Winter Sports Schedule
Boys Basketball:
Feb. 21-23, Thu.-Sat., HHSAA

Kaʻū Trojans Spring Sports Schedule
Baseball:
Tue., Feb. 26, 3p.m., @Honokaʻa
Thu., Feb. 28, 3p.m., @HPA
Mon., March 4, 3p.m., host Konawaena
Wed., March 6, 3p.m., @Kamehameha
Sat., March 9, 1p.m., host Kohala
Softball:
Wed., Feb. 27, @Honokaʻa
Tue., March 5, host Konawaena
Thu., March 7, @Kamehameha
Sat., March 9, 11 a.m., host Kohala
Mon., March 11, host Kemehameha
Wed., March 13, 5:30 p.m., host Pāhoa
Boys Volleyball:
Wed., Feb. 27, 6 p.m., @Konawaena
Fri., March 1, 6 p.m., host Pāhoa
Fri., March 8, 6 p.m., @Kealakehe
Tue., March 12, 6 p.m., @Makualani, Varsity
Fri., March 15, 6 p.m., host Waiakea
Track:
Sat., March 2, 9 a.m., @HPA
Sat., March 9, 2 p.m., @Keaʻau

NEW and UPCOMING
FREE VISION SCREENING FOR ALL AGES, Monday, March 4, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kauahaʻao Church in Waiʻōhinu, and Tuesday, March 5, 9-11a.m., Pāhala Community Center. All ages receive screening for near and far vision. Keiki are screened for color deficiencies, adults for eye diseases. Keiki receive free sunglasses, adults free reading glasses. Sponsored by Tūtū & Me and Project Vision Hawaiʻi, projectvisionhawaii.org, 808-282-2265.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Count Humpback Whales - Sanctuary Ocean Count, Sat., Feb. 23, 8-noon, Ka‘ū locations: Kaʻena Point in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Miloli‘i Lookout, Ka Lae Park, and Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach Park. Participants tally humpback whale sightings and document whale surface behavior during survey, providing valuable data to NOAA. Register at oceancount.org. Registration closes one week prior to event. Last 2019 count is on March 30.

Jazz in the Forest: A Tribute to Miles Davis happens Saturday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. Jazz in the Forest returns in 2019 at Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village, featuring Jean Pierre Thoma and the Jazztones performing Miles Davis compositions spanning 50 years of his original and groundbreaking creative directions.

     Tickets are $25, $20 for VAC members. Beer, wine, and pupus will be available for purchase. Tickets are available for sale at volcanoartcenter.org, at VAC's Administration Office in Volcano Village, and at VAC Gallery in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
HOVE Road Maintenance Board Mtg., Tue., Feb. 26, 10am, HOVE Road Maintenance office. hoveroad.com, 929-9910, gm@hoveroad.com

Ka‘ū Food Pantry, Tue., Feb. 26, 11:30-1pm, last Tuesday monthly, St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View.

Talk Story about Proposed Nāʻālehu Wastewater Treatment Plant Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Nāʻālehu Community Center, 75-5635 Mamalahoa Hwy. Nāʻālehu residents are invited to hear progress and changes that have been made to the project, and an outline the next steps of the environmental review process, and to share thoughts and ideas. RSVP to Brena Cabacungan Senelly at eplan1@aol.com, Mary Fujio at 808-961-8030, or Iris Cober at 808-442-3300.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Kōkua Kupuna Project, Wed., Feb. 27, 9-11am, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Last Wednesday monthly. Seniors 60 years & older encouraged to attend, ask questions, and inquire about services offered through Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i - referral required, 961-8626 for free legal services. Under 60, call 1-800-499-4302. More info: tahisha.despontes@legalaidhawaii.org, 329-3910 ext. 925. legalaidhawaii.org

Arts & Crafts Activity: Valentine's Day Card, Wed., Feb. 27, 2:45-3:30pm, Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. Register keiki ages 6-12 Feb. 19-25. Free. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Arts & Crafts Activity: Group Art Project, Wed., Feb. 27, 3:30-5pm, multi-purpose, Ka‘ū District Gym. Register keiki ages 5-12 Feb. 19-26. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Craft Class, Thu., Feb. 28, 9:30-10:30am, PARENTS, Inc., Nā‘ālehu. For keiki 2-12 years old and caregivers. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thu., Feb. 28, 12-1:30pm, Punalu‘u Bake Shop. 4th Thursday monthly. Provides local forum for community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

Volcano Friends Feeding Friends, Thu., Feb. 28, 4-6pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Free community dinner for all. Additional packaged goods to take home for those in need. Donations and volunteers encouraged. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

ONGOING
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.

Nāʻālehu Celebrates Craft Month with open crafting for all ages, while supplies last. Crafting starts off at 3 p.m. each Thursday in February. Free. Contact Sara Kamibayashi at (808) 939-2442 for more.

Kauahaʻao Congregational Church Fundraising Bazaar, Saturday, March 16, 9-2 pm, just above the Wong Yuen Store in Waiʻōhinu. Bazaar vendor spaces, located on the church lawn, are $10 for a 10' X 10' space. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own tent, table and chairs, and if power is needed, generator. Vendors can sell anything except hot foods or plate lunches. Submit vendor application with $10 fee by Sunday, March 10. Call Debbie at 928-8039 for application. Church members will sell kalua pig and cabbage bowls, and roast chicken with gravy bowls, as well as baked goods, produce, and crafts. Walter or Debbie, 928-8039.

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.

Niuhi-Shark Fine Art Exhibit is open daily through March 24 at Volcano Art Center Gallery. The public is invited to hear different perspectives on the life of Kamehameha the Great and experience a visual experience of important events in Kamehameha's life from the perspective of two styles of art. The exhibit and supporting events promise paint, prose, protocol, and conversations providing cultural, historical, and educational experiences, with original paintings by Carl F. K. Pao, paired with selections from the book Kamehameha–The Rise of a King by David Kāwika Eyre, with illustrations by Brook Parker. Visit volcanoartcenter.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.

Five Scholarships are available from American Association of University Women-Kona.
     Three $2000 scholarships will go to female college-bound Kaʻū High School and West Hawaiʻi high school students. Application packets were sent to high school counselors and are available on the AAUW Kona website at kona-hi.aauw.net. Criteria for choosing recipients are: academic achievement; community involvement; activities and experience; and financial need. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, April 1.
     Two $1,000 scholarships will go to any female high school graduate or women returning to school from home or workplace who are attending a two-year vocational program leading to a marketable skill at Palamanui Campus, 73-4225 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kona. Application packets are available on the AAUW Kona website at kona-hi.aauw.net and must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 10.
      AAUW promotes equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Contact sharonnind@aol.com.

Beginning Farmer Institute Cohort Applications are open through April 15. BFI is a free training program which "prepares new producers of any age or operation type for a successful future in agriculture," says the release from Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United. A quote from a former student says, "In our time together, we became more than just farmers and friends – we became a family. NFU's Beginning Farmer Institute is a truly valuable experience that you will not forget."

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. See KauCoffeeFestival.com.
     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. Email to biokepamoses@gmail.com; mail to Brenda Iokepa-Moses, P.O. Box 208PāhalaHI 96777; 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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