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Thursday, April 04, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Thursday, April 4, 2019

Storybook Theatre visited Pahala Elementary, Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences and Kamehameha School this week.
 The marine education was sponsored in part by Pahala Plantation Cottages. The children enjoyed an inflatable humpback 
whale and her baby, with storytelling inside the mama whale's belly. See story below. Photo by Julia Neal
A COMPROMISE THAT COULD EXTRACT KAʻŪ RANCHERS AND FARMERS from a fight over water has been crafted by Hilo state Sen. Kai Kahele. The measure would make way for farmers and ranchers using less than two million gallons a day to more easily renew their water permits from the state. The Kaʻū agricultural community was caught up in proposed legislation that would have made new permits onerous, by requiring environmental assessments in the near future and possibly putting the permits out to public auction. The aim of the legislation that put fear into local ranchers and farmers was to manage large volumes of water diverted by large landowners from streams and small farms. The water was carried long distances across ahupuaʻa and district lines for irrigation during sugar plantation days.
Kaʻū ranchers and farmers have spent much money to make use the
 old sugar cane water to feed new crops. Hike along some of the irrigation 
lines and flumes on Wednesday, May 1, during Kaʻū Coffee Festival week,
See story below. Photo by Jessie Tunison/Kaʻū Coffee Festival
     With sugar gone, companies like Alexander & Baldwin on Maui want  to retain rights to divert water and sell the water rights along with their real estate. However, Hawaiʻi courts ruled that the diverted water shall be returned to the natural stream beds. To keep the diverted water, A&B sought delays through the legislature.
     In Kaʻū, all of the ranchers and farmers are small users. Combined, they use far less than two million gallons a day, said John Cross. Unlike on Maui, there is no long distance diversion of water from streams. He said this evening that water in Kaʻū stays in the local ahupuaʻa and district when used in agriculture. Most of the ag water here comes from horizontal wells drilled into Mauna Loa more than a century ago by sugar planters.
     The proposal from Kahele would authorize the state Board of Land & Natural Resources to reissue permits in good standing to those farmers and ranchers whose use less than two million gallons a day. It would require BLNR to be tough on renewing permits to those who use more than two million gallons a day. It would exempt small farmers growing Kalo (taro) along streams, in watershed wetlands.
     The Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. issued a statement today, saying, "Finally, we have courageous leaders willing to champion the rights of Native Hawaiians and small farmers in the face of powerful corporate interests all too accustomed to using our laws to inflict unnecessary suffering upon our people and their ʻāina."
Kaʻū's old sugar plantation water systems are now in use  for irrigation
of diversified agriculture. Photo from the Olson Trust
     Office of Hawaiian Affairs issued a statement urging the state to "uphold its public trust responsibilities in its management of our precious water resources by not allowing any bad faith diverter from continuing to flout a court order... For far too long, our state has managed Hawaiʻi's water in favor of for-profit enterprises at the expense of our environment and the rights of Native Hawaiians..."
     Senate Committee on Water & Land, chaired by Kahele, passed his measure today, 3-2, with one member voting 'aye' with reservations; Ways & Means deferred the measure.
     In her testimony at the legislature this week, Marti Townsend, of the Sierra Club, addressed the  ranchers of Kaʻū, noting that they use a small amount of water, "and have been actively producing food for many, many years. The water used by these ranchers is sourced from naturally impounded water, not streams." She said it would be "reasonable to extend the temporary revocable permit regime to the ranchers of Kaʻū while they complete their water lease, including a state-funded environmental review."
     Townsend called it "extremely disappointing to see local agriculture and renewable energy production used a shields for blatantly excessive stream diversions for the private profit of a few. The Sierra Club has a long history of supporting local agriculture and renewable energy. We know that our watersheds are abundant and can support all of these endeavors and more if the water is shared."
In 2011, Edmund Olson, Glenn Panglao, and John Cross celebrated one of 
the first water restoration projects from old plantation tunnels. 
Photo by Julia Neal
     Legislation to extend the permits received supportive testimony from Kapapala Ranch; Kaʻū Agricultural Water Cooperative; Hawaiʻi Cattlemens Council; Hawaiʻi Farm Bureau; Hawaiʻi Electric Light Co.; Kaʻū Mahi, LLC; Kaʻū Soil and Water Conservation District Board; Mahi Pono; and many more.
     Those in opposition to the permit extension for the large landowners diverting water include: Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i; Hawaiʻi Advocates for Consumer Rights; Hawai‘i Center for Food Safety; Young Progressives Demanding Action; Ke One O Kākuhihewa; We Are One, Inc.; Sierra Club of Hawai‘i; Hawaiian Affairs Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi; Hawaiʻi Audubon Society; Sustainable Agriculture Committee; Earthjustice; The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs; Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club; Hui O Malama ʻĀina, LLC; and numerous individuals.

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A HIKE ALONG OLD PLANTATION WATERWAYS refurbished for agriculture in Kaʻū is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1 starting at Kaʻū Coffee Mill.
Agricultural water in Kaʻū comes from horizontal shafts drilled
into Mauna Loa Volcano. Learn about their development on
a Hike on May 1. Photo by Jessie Tunison/Kaʻū Coffee Festival
     An activity of the Kaʻū Coffee Festival, it begins with a walk into the rainforest. Follow old wooden flumes that carried water down the mountain to float sugar to the mill. Learn about the water's use for Kaʻū Coffee, macadamia, and other crops. Hear about a plan for a new hydroelectric plant for electricity to use at Kaʻū Coffee Mill and beyond. Talk story with local conservationists John Replogle and Shalan Crysdale, and Kaʻū Coffee Mill manager Louis Danielle, who will share stories and facts about the journey.
     This hike is limited to 30 people, so reserve a spot as soon as possible, by April 30. The $45 ticket includes lunch. Meet at Kaʻū Coffee Mill, 96-2694 Wood Valley Road, Pāhala, before 9 a.m. Hike concludes around 2 p.m. To reserve a spot, call 808-928-0550. See kaucoffeemill.com.

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A "TRY WAIT" TO GO FISHING program along a Hawaiʻi Island shoreline led to dramatic recovery of marine life, according to a study by The Nature Conservancy. The organization surveyed waters in North Kona where a ban on fishing, the "Try Wait" initiative, is resting the reefs of Kaʻūpūlehu Marine Reserve. "Try Wait" is year three of a ten-year rest period, and some fish populations increased more than 60 percent in the first two years.
     The initiative is led by Kaʻūpūlehu Marine Life Advisory Committee, comprised of kūpuna, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kamehameha Schools, Kona Hawaiian Civic Club, and local kamaʻāina, landowners, and lineal descendants who have observed fish decline for decades.
School of manini at Kaʻūpūlehu. Photo from TNC
     In 2009, the committee invited scientists from TNC to conduct coral reef and fish surveys at Kaʻūpūlehu and neighboring Kūkiʻo. TNC's monitoring documented decreases in important food fish observed by community members. The community led a rule-making process to rest the reef for 10 years to replenish depleted fish stocks to levels that could support sustainable harvest. After numerous public meetings, the Department of Land and Natural Resources created the Kaʻūpūlehu Marine Reserve in July 2016.
     Hawaiʻi Island marine program director for TNC, Chad Wiggins, said TNC's 2018 surveys supported what community members witnessed. "On more than 183 dives over seven miles of coastal reefs, we observed more fish – fish we hadn't seen in the area before – and bigger fish. While it is too early to determine the long-term effects of the rest area, these signs of recovery show promise for the community's goal of supporting a sustainable subsistence fishery in the region."
     Baseline surveys conducted from 2009 to 2016 showed no difference in reef fish communities inside or outside the rest area. TNC's September 2018 monitoring data shows populations of some fish are on the rise. Increases inside the rest area are higher than in adjacent areas. The surveys found 62 percent increase in some wrasses (hogfish) inside the rest area, and 3 percent outside; 30 percent increase in some parrotfish (uhu) inside the rest area, and 3 percent outside; 46 percent increase in some surgeonfish (kole) inside the rest area, and 21 percent outside; and evidence of spillover – fish populations increasing just outside the reserve boundary.
Kaʻūpūlehu shoreline. Photo from TNC/Christine Shepard
      Coral surveys showed stable or slightly increasing coral cover, said TNC, following the mass bleaching event in 2015-2016 when high ocean temperatures killed about 50 percent of the coral in waters off  West Hawaiʻi. This is another indicator that reducing impact on an area can help promote reef resilience, said TNC.
     Said Wiggins, "The reef resilience survey findings we completed last year showed that reefs with the most recovery from the coral bleaching events are in areas with limited exposure to human impacts. Resilient reefs can resist or recover from stressors such as warmer ocean temperatures, land-based pollution, or high fishing use."
     Leinaʻala Lightner, a lineal descendent of Kaʻūpūlehu and curator of the Kaʻūpūlehu Interpretive Center at Kalaemanō, said, "We've been hearing from long-time fishermen that the area is starting to remind them of 'old Hawaiʻi.' Divers who came to our invasive fish removal event last summer said they were seeing big schools of weke, pualu, uhu and manini, as well as healthy coral, limu, ʻopihi, and wana. Many of them shared that seeing the recovery completely changed their opinion of the rest area and community-based fishery management."
     Kekaulike Tomich, a fisherman from the area, said, "Auntie Lei is right, it's better than it was three years ago, but not like I remember when I was a kid, not yet."
     Dr. Eric Conklin, Hawaiʻi director of marine science for TNC, said: "This is preliminary data and these fish have a long way to go before they are fully recovered. But after decades of documenting decline for highly prized food fish like uhu that are so important in keeping reefs healthy, it's a big step in the right direction."
School of opelu at Kaʻūpūlehu. Photo from TNC
     Resting an area is one of the best ways to increase fish populations in coral reef ecosystems, concluded TNC, with populations of certain species needing years to recover. During the remaining seven years of the rest period, Kaʻūpūlehu Marine Life Advisory Committee and community members plant to continue resource management efforts and work with the state to develop a fisheries management plan to guide sustainable harvest once the area reopens. 
     Recent science shows that populations of some favorite reef fish in Hawaiʻi have declined by up to 90 percent. To address this decline, the state Division of Aquatic Resources has committed to manage 30 percent of Hawaiʻi's nearshore marine environment by 2030. The Marine 30x30 Initiative aims to collaborate with communities and other stakeholders to develop management strategies for specific marine areas, modifying fisheries rules based on current knowledge and traditional practice, increasing education and enforcement, and improving monitoring of marine resources and management actions.
     Brian Neilson, Administrator of Aquatic Resources, said, "The results at Kaʻūpūlehu are very promising in terms of what can be achieved through the Marine 30x30 Initiative. By increasing public awareness and engaging our communities and fishers to find solutions to the many threats facing our oceans, we have the best chance of restoring thriving fisheries and healthy reefs that can feed our families into the future."

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In the belly of the inflatable whale, children settle in for Storybook Theatre 
presentations on marine life. Photo by Julia Neal
MARINE EDUCATION THROUGH STORYTELLING was on the agenda of area schools this week when children sat in the belly of an inflatable mama humpback whale.
     Storyteller Mark Jeffers and his Storybook Theatre visited Pāhala, Volcano, and Kamehameha school campuses to make the presentation on the importance of clean oceans and respect for marine creatures.
     Jeffers employs humor in presenting his 40-foot long humpback and calf as a classroom. Young children learn about their human connection with whales, as both are mammals, born live from their mothers, and both drink milk. The local presentations were sponsored, in part, by Pahala Plantation Cottages.
     Storybook Theatre also produces a television show called Russell Da Rooster. Led by puppet friends, the show educates children in a wide array of areas, including native species, solid waste management (reduce-reuse-recycle), and greater environmental awareness.
     In its 20th year, Russell Da Rooster airs on OC16 on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays at 2 p.m., Thursdays at 6:30 a.m., Fridays at 7 a.m., and Saturdays at noon.
     See storybook.org and facebook.com/StorybookTheatreOfHawaii, or call (808) 335-0712.

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TSUNAMI AWARENESS MONTH includes many events at the Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo:
     Saturday, April 6 – Keiki Day Open House. Free. During the event, guests can learn how to best prepare for tsunamis.
     Saturday, April 13 – Tsunami subject matter experts. Guests can speak with scientists, natural hazard planners, and others.
     Saturday, April 20 – Survivor Stories from April 1, 1946.
     The Pacific Tsunami Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tsunami awareness and education through a combination of science, history, and personal accounts. Former Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense head Darryl Oliveira became the new museum board president this week.
     Tom Travis, Administrator of Emergency Management at Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency, said, "We cannot stress how important it is that residents be prepared for a possible tsunami that can strike at any time. Being aware of potential hazards and knowing how to be notified of an impending catastrophe is key to surviving a disaster. Just as imperative are emergency preparedness kits to be used in the aftermath period as well as the information on knowing how to evacuate and find shelter during a catastrophic event. A tsunami cannot be outrun."
     HI-EMA encourages the public to prepare for tsunami in a recent release:
     "Over seventy years ago, on April 1, 1946, one of the deadliest tsunamis to ever hit Hawaiʻi caused widespread devastation on all islands. Generated by an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands, the massive tsunami took 159 lives and caused more than $26 million in damage. April was chosen as Tsunami Awareness Month to honor and remember the lives lost in all tsunamis that hit the state.
     "Due to Hawaiʻi's location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, we are extremely vulnerable to the threat of tsunamis. Distantly generated tsunamis can reach Hawaiʻi within several hours and are triggered by earthquakes that take place along the Ring of Fire, which circles the Pacific Rim.
Hilo, after the 1946 tsunami.
Photo from starbulletin.com
     "Locally generated tsunamis are caused by earthquakes or volcanic activity that occur in or near the Hawaiian Islands and can make landfall in a matter of minutes. For distantly generated tsunamis, outdoor warning sirens will sound statewide. For locally generated tsunamis, however, there may not be enough time to sound sirens. If you are near the ocean when an earthquake takes place, immediately move to higher ground.
     "Upon hearing any warning sirens, the public should tune immediately to a radio or television for updates and the latest information. Additionally, everyone should be able to recognize the natural warning signs that a tsunami may be imminent. Signs include: rapidly rising or receding water from the ocean, the sound of a locomotive or jet plane coming from the ocean, and empty beaches.
     "People located within a tsunami evacuation zone should quickly move to higher ground, or inland until they are at least 100 feet above sea level, while avoiding steep cliffs and watching for falling rocks.
     "To find out if you live, work or play within a tsunami evacuation zone, enter your address into the Tsunami Evacuation Zone Map Viewer on HI-EMA's website at ready.hawaii.gov or turn to the disaster preparedness pages in your local telephone book."

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Kaʻū Trojans Spring Sports Schedule
Baseball:
Sat., April 6, 11 a.m., @Kealakehe
Sat., April 13, 3 p.m., @Kamehameha
Fri., April 19, BIIF Semi-Finals
Sat., April 20, BIIF Semi-Finals
Fri., April 26, BIIF Finals
Sat., April 27, BIIF Finals
Softball:
Fri., April 5, 3 p.m., @Kealakehe
Fri., April 12, BIIF Semi-Finals
Sat., April 13, BIIF Semi-Finals
Fri., April 19, BIIF Finals
Sat., April 20, BIIF Finals
Boys Volleyball:
Fri., April 5, 6 p.m., @Christian Liberty, Varsity
Tue., April 9, 6 p.m., host Waiakea
Fri., April 12, 6 p.m., @Keaʻau
Wed., April 17, 6 p.m., Kamehameha
Fri., April 19, 6 p.m., host Honokaʻa
Mon. April 22, BIIF First Round
Wed., April 24, BIIF Semi-Finals
Thu., April 25, BIIF Finals
Track:
Sat., April 6, 9 a.m., @Waiakea
Sat., April 13, 9 a.m., @HPA
Sat., April 20, 9 a.m., @Kamehameha
Fri., April 26, 2 p.m., BIIF Semi-Finals
Sat., April 27, 3 p.m., BIIF Finals

JUST ANNOUNCED
HAWAIʻI COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION happens Saturday, April 13 at 45-527 Pakalana Street, Honoka’a, HI. Credentialing happens from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Program starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. Lunch is provided as part of the registration fee.
     Delegat, alternate, or observer applicants must register by Monday, April 8 at hawaiicountydemocrats.org/2019-convention-registration. Look up a code from your District Chair to register. Hawaiʻi County Chair Officers will be elected at the convention; see hawaiicountydemocrats.org/hccnominees to learn about the nominees.
     A release from convention organizers said, "The 2019 County Convention is almost here! We have an exciting program planned to include speakers covering the history of the Party in Hawaiʻi County, the 2020 Presidential Preference Poll, and organizing efforts at all levels of the Democratic Party. On behalf of DPH Environmental Caucus, we remind you of our goal to make the convention a 'zero waste' event. Please bring your own utensils and tableware if possible. We will also be offering a reusable DPH tote bag to store your supplies available at the check in table."
     Questions about the convention, contact Heather Kimball at hkimball98781@gmail.com, 808-333-1535, or Michael Janovsky at mjninole@gmail.com, 808- 963-5439.

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UPCOMING
FRIDAY, APRIL 5
Stewardship at the Summit, Friday, April 5 and 26, Saturday, April 13 and 20, 8:45 a.m. – noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers remove invasive plants. Gloves and tools provided. Free; park entrance fees apply. RSVP to Paul and Jane Field, field@hawaii.edu. nps.gov/havo

Skateboard Movie Night, Friday, April 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Free; open to public. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

SATURDAY, APRIL 6
yART Sale, Saturday, April 6, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Gigantic rummage sale with proceeds to benefit VAC programs and workshops. Accepting donations of garden, kitchen, art, collectables, tools, appliances, and furniture. All items clean and in working condition. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, April 6, 1st Saturday monthly, 11 a.m. – noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

SUNDAY, APRIL 7
Sunday Clay - High Fire! with Erik Wold, eight week workshop starts Sunday, April 7. Morning session, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; afternoon session, 2:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Handmade functional pottery art – max. eight wheel throwers and three hand-builder spots per session. All skill levels. $180/VAC member, $200/non-member, plus $15 supply fee per person. Register: volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, April 7, 1st Sunday monthly, noon – 2 p.m., Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

MONDAY, APRIL 8
Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Coastal Net Patrol, Monday, April 8. Free; donations appreciated. RSVP to kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, 769-7629

Free STD Testing, Monday, April 8, 2nd Monday monthly, 9 a.m. – noon, 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. Confidential. Free condoms and lube. 895-4927

Kickball, Monday, April 8 through 29, 2:30 p.m – 3:30 p.m., Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. Register keiki ages 6-12 April 1-5. Free. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Pāhala Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Monday, April 8, 2nd Monday monthly, 5 p.m., activity room at Kaʻū District Gym.

Kaʻū Coffee Festival Meeting, Monday, April 8, 5 p.m. at Pāhala Plantation House.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9
Free Vision Screenings, Tuesday, April 9, Nāʻālehu Elementary. Students receive free comprehensive eye exam and sunglasses. If given a prescription, keiki will receive free eyeglasses with choice of frames, with parental consent. Mission co-sponsored by Tūtū & Me and Project Vision Hawaiʻi. pidf.org/programs/tutu_and_meprojectvisionhawaii.org, 808-430-0388

Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, April 9 (Committees), Wednesday, April 10, (Council), Hilo. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

C.E.R.T. Discovery Harbour/Nā‘ālehu, Tuesday, April 9, 4 p.m – 6 p.m., Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Community Emergency Response Team info and training scenarios. Public welcome. Dina Shisler, dinashisler24@yahoo.com, 410-935-8087

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10
Scholarship Application Deadline for American Association of University Women-Kona, Wednesday, April 10. Two $1,000 awards for two-year vocational program attendees. Application packets at kona-hi.aauw.net. sharonnind@aol.com

Volcano Bay Clinic Mobile Health Unit Visit: Dental, Wednesday, April 10, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Medical, Thursday, April 25, 1 p.m – 5 p.m. Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Must be Bay Clinic, Inc. patient. 333-3600 for appt. thecoopercenter.org

Ki‘i, Wednesday, April 10, 10 a.m. – noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Acclaimed artist James Kanani Kaulukukui Jr. shares his expertise and the essential role of ki‘i, statue, in Hawaiian society. Free; park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/havo

THURSDAY, APRIL 11
Free Vision Screenings, Thursday, April 11, Volcano School of Arts & Sciences. Students receive free comprehensive eye exam and sunglasses. If given a prescription, keiki will receive free eyeglasses with choice of frames, with parental consent. Mission co-sponsored by Tūtū & Me and Project Vision Hawaiʻi. pidf.org/programs/tutu_and_meprojectvisionhawaii.org, 808-430-0388

Story Time with Auntie Linda from Tūtū and Me, Thursday, April 11, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Nā‘ālehu Public Library. Free; includes craft activity. 929-8571

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkley Yoshida, 747-0197

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., Aspen Center. okaukakou.org

Tales of Forgiveness and Tales of the Three Monks, performed by Storyteller Jeff Gere, Thursday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., Volcano Art Center. $10/VAC member, $15/non-member. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

ONGOING
Two $1,000 Scholarships are available from American Association of University Women-Kona to any female high school graduate or older women attending a two-year vocational program leading to a marketable skill at Palamanui Campus. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 10.  Application packets available at kona-hi.aauw.net. Contact sharonnind@aol.com.

Beginning Farmer Institute Cohort Applications open through Monday, April 15. Free training program which "prepares new producers of any age or operation type for a successful future in agriculture." Applications at nfu.org/education/beginning-farmer-institute.

Kaʻū Coffee Fest invites non-profits, clubs, cooperatives, and businesses to sign up for booths 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. No campaign and other political displays. Fifty percent discounts for non-profit organizations and cooperatives selling food, crafts, and coffee. Vendors must also obtain county vendor permits costing $30 each and a Department of Health permit, if serving food. Call Gail Nagata 933-0918. 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.

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