About The Kaʻū Calendar

Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
A locally owned and run community newspaper (www.kaucalendar.com) distributed in print to all Ka`u District residents of Ocean View, Na`alehu, Pahala, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village and Miloli`i on the Big Island of Hawai`i. This blog is where you can catch up on what's happening daily with our news briefs. This blog is provided by The Ka`u Calendar Newspaper (kaucalendar.com), Pahala Plantation Cottages (pahalaplantationcottages.com), Local Productions, Inc. and the Edmund C. Olson Trust.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Sunday, June 16, 2019

Fathers and father figures are saddling up for the Independence Day Rodeo in Nāʻālehu on Saturday and Sunday,
July 8 and 9. They often introduce keiki to the paniolo life at the Kaʻū Roping & Riding Association arena.
 See more on the rodeo, below. Photo by Julia Neal
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY comes from Gov. David Ige's Team Ige, recognizing "all the fathers, including Governor Ige and the father-figures in Hawaiʻi, on this holiday. This Father's Day, we express sincere gratitude for their love, commitment, and sacrifices they make for our families and for our community. "
     Team Ige states that the governor "was one of six siblings, and he has said that even though his family did not have much, he never knew it, because of his father's love and support. Since leading Hawaiʻi, he sees the impact that father figures have across the state, and even as a father of three children, he experiences firsthand how vital this role contributes to the community. So today, Team Ige wishes your families a happy Father's Day!"

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Kamehameha School volleyball players at home last
 week at Pāhala Plantation House, with coach Guy
 Enriques and host Julia Neal. The historic Kaʻū High
 Gym hosted the team's workout and strategy sessions
before the girls headed to national USA Volleyball
 play on the mainland. Photo by Yvette Slack
HEADED FOR THE MAINLAND, volleyball players entering seventh, eighth, and ninth grade at Kamehameha School Hawaiʻi Island will compete in Anaheim and Indianapolis after four days of practice at the historic Kaʻū High School Gym and in Kona.
     Coach Guy Enriques said these girls should become excellent high school players with their experience on the national stage. Many volleyball players are scouted during national play and receive college scholarships. Scouts will show up in Anaheim and Indianapolis where the girls will play in USA Volleyball tournaments.
     Team members include ninth grader Alisha Andrade, with Kaʻū roots in the Andrade, Kaapana, Emmsley, Eleneki, Freitas and Wroblewski families; and Kaiyana Troy with Kaʻū roots in the Evangelista, Breithaupt and McComber families. Pāhala Plantation House hosted the team for their preparation for their trip to the mainland.

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Telia Espejo-Navarro when she
won Miss Kaʻū Coffee Flower
in 2018. Photo by Julia Neal
MISS KAʻŪ COFFEE FLOWER 2018, TELIA ESPEJO-NAVARRO, took her beauty, grace, and fans to the Mini Miss Tropical Island Beauty Pageant at the Grand Naniloa Hilo Hotel yesterday. She is daughter of Elias and Alyssa Navarro, of Nāʻālehu, and headed to second grade.
     Miss Kaʻū Coffee Pageant Director Trini Marques attended with Miss Kaʻū Coffee 2019 Helena Nihipali-Sesson, Miss Peaberry 2019 Lilianna Marques, and Junior Miss Kaʻū Coffee 2017 Calaysa Koi.
     Miss Teen Tropical Island Beauty is Ava Aiona. Little Miss tropical Island Beauty is Madison-Rose Marsh, and Mini Miss Tropical Island Beauty is Lilly-Marie Spalding-Carriaga.
     Mini Miss Tropical Island Beauty Pageant is one of three held simultaneously, for ages five through 13, to also name Jr. Teen Tropical Island Beauty and Little Miss Tropical Island Beauty.

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TAIKO DRUMMING WITH KENNY ENDO and his Ensemble comes to Pāhala Public & School Library Friday, July 19, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. The event is free.
     "Like all phenomena in this universe, taiko (Japanese drumming) is a result of forces interacting and affecting one another. Master taiko artist Endo has been inspired by space, the heavens, and universal energy in his original compositions," says a statement from the library.
Kenny Endo, master taiko artist, brings his ensemble to
Pāhala Public & School Library on Friday, July 19
at 1:30 p.m. Photo from festivalofsacredmusic.org
     The Taiko Ensemble will perform contemporary pieces such as SoaringJugoya (Crystal Clear Moon), Moonwind (Backside of the Moon), and Winds of Change.
     The 45-minute presentation is suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.
     Sponsored by Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i and the 2019 Summer Reading Sponsors, the program is a production of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College's Statewide Cultural Extension Program with funding and support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the UH-Mānoa.
      For a list of upcoming library events, visit librarieshawaii.org/branch/pahala-public-and-school-library or call 808-928-2015.

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THE FORTY-SECOND ANNUAL BUCKLE JULY 4 RODEO will kick up action and dirt at the Kaʻū Roping & Riding Association arena in Nāʻālehu on Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7.
     Last year, bulls won the bull riding competition, as no paniolo could stay on board. A collateral event invites folks to pray and praise at Cowboy Church on Sunday at the arena.
Last year, the bulls won, as no rider could keep their seat at the 
41st Annual Buckle July 4 Rodeo. Photo by Richard Taylor
     Competitions are: Open Dally, Kane-Wahine Dally, Century Roping – where ages of the team members add up to 100 years or more, Ranch Mugging, Kane-Wahine Ribbon Mugging, Double Mugging, Wahine Mugging, Rescue Race, Poʻowaiʻu, Tie Down, Wahine Breakaway, Youth Barrels for children under 12, Dummy Roping for children four and under, Dummy Roping for children five to eight, Goat Undercorating for children four and under, Goat Undercorating for children five to eight, Calf Riding for children five to 12, and Bull Riding.     
     Slack starts at 8 a.m., show starts at noon, at the rodeo grounds behind Nā‘ālehu Park. Tickets are available at the gate for $8 per person. Pre-sale tickets are available for $7 person around town from Rodeo Queen contestants. Contact Ralph or Tammy Kaʻapana, 929-8079.
     Entry blanks available at docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/09756f_1bbb3c630e8f499195b81a919c07db24.pdf, due by June 23, postmarked by June 19. Entries for most events are between $8 and $25 per person; bull riding is $50. Waivers available at docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/09756f_faf8e6653d064af9ac3327064b81e9f0.pdf.

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
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UPCOMING
MONDAY, JUNE 17
Help Keiki Learn About Alzheimers with Aunty Leona and Aunty Roxane, with Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, Monday, June 17, noon to 1:30 p.m., at Story Time and Activity Hour at Pāhala Public & School Library. Book by Hawaiʻi Island native Frances Kakugawa. Keiki are introduced to the concept that as grandparents age, they may become different, and even forget important things – but "that doesn't mean they aren't still a part of the family nor do they love us any less than they did before." Visit librarieshawaii.org/branch/pahala-public-and-school-library or call 808-928-2015.

TUESDAY, JUNE 18
Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, June 18 (Committees), Wednesday, June 19, (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

After Dark in the Park - Surviving Against the Odds: The Story of the Hawai‘i ‘Amakihi, Tuesday, June 18, 7p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Gabrielle Names, UC Davis PhD student, studying the mystery of how this unique little bird appears to be beating avian malaria, a deadly disease, on Hawaiʻi Island. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

AdvoCATS, Tuesday, June 19, 7a.m.-4:30p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19
Ocean View Community Association Board of Directors Mtg., Wednesday, June 19, 12:30-1:30p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hilinaʻi  Initiavtive Community Meeting happens Wednesday, June 19, 6 p.m., at Volcano School of Arts & Sciences Keakealani campus, second floor at 19-4024 Haunani Rd., in Volcano Village. Facilitated by Bob Agres and Keiko Mercado County of Hawaiʻi Kīlauea Recovery Initiative Community Engagement Team, the goal is to move toward a "comprehensive community resilience plan for upper Puna and Kaʻū." Hilinaʻi Kaʻū, kālele iā Puna; Hilinaʻi Puna, kālele iā Kaʻū: Kaʻū is independent, supported by Puna; Puna is independent, supported by Kaʻū, is the slogan on the announcement.
     Dinner is provided, and attendees are welcome to bring a local, healthy dish to share, if can. To get involved, email resilience@volcanoschol.net.

THURSDAY, JUNE 20
SIGN UP for Nā‘ālehu July 4th Parade, open until Thursday, June 20. Parade and Keiki Fun Day held June 29, 10a.m.-1:30p.m. - see separate event listing. Sponsored by ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Call Debra McIntosh, 929-9872. okaukakou.org

SATURDAY, JUNE 22
Dementia Caregiver Boot Camp, Saturday, June 22, 9a.m.-4p.m., Kaʻū Rural Community Health Assoc. in Pāhala. RSVP by June 17. Free. Three workshops, movie, and lunch. Attend one or all segments. Learn more and RSVP at alz.org/Hawaii or 800-272-3900.

A-Mazing Triangles, Bookbinding Workshop with Charlene Asato, Saturday, June 22, 9a.m.-noon, Volcano Art Center. $32/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. See supply list. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Abstract Collaging Workshop with Darcy Gray, Saturday, June 22, 10a.m.-2:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. $85/VAC member, $90/non-member, plus $20 supply fee. Advanced registration required. Limited to 10 adults. See supply list. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

The Joy of the Brush: Paintings by Linda J. Varez, daily, June 22 through Aug. 4, 9a.m.-5p.m., Opening Reception, Saturday, June 22, 2-4p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Free; park entrance fees may apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

ONGOING
Seamless Summer Program, open to all people under age 18, no registration required, offers free breakfast at Nāʻālehu Elementary and Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School cafeterias. Meals are available weekdays through July 11; no meals Tuesday, June 11 and Thursday, July 4. Kaʻū High serves breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call (808) 939-2413 for Nāʻālehu Elementary mealtimes.

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou's Annual Nāʻālehu 4th of July Parade and Summer Fun Fest happens Saturday, June 29. The Nā‘ālehu Independence Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. at Nā‘ālehu Elementary School and ends at the Nā‘ālehu Hongwanji Mission. The parade features floats, Paʻu riders, Kaʻū Coffee Court members, and more.
     The Fest, which begins after the parade, features water slides and bounce castles, hot dogs, watermelon, and shave ice, plus Senior Bingo and lunch at the community center for seniors. The free event is open to the public, no registration required.
     To participate in the parade, volunteer, or donate, contact Debra McIntosh at 929-9872 by Thursday, June 20okaukakou.org

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

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

Experience Volcano Festival is still looking for vendors. Booths for the event are $25 per day for Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28. The event is coordinated with the new ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 5K, and Keiki Dash on the 27th. Apply at experiencevolcano.com/vendor-application.
     Experience Volcano is a group of businesses and residents helping to rebuild the economy of Volcano, following last year's volcanic disaster that shut down Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and drastically reduced the visitor county which is now recovering.

ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 5K, and Keiki Dash happens Saturday, July 27 in Volcano Village, It replaces the Volcano Rain Forest Runs. Register at ohialehuahalf.com.

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., 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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