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

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Wednesday, August 21, 2019

It was Trojans versus Vikings last night at Kaʻū District Gym. See scores for the first game of the season for the Trojans
Girls Volleyball team, and upcoming games for volleyball, football, and cross country, below. Photo by Julia Neal
DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS WILL HOLD A MEETING ABOUT WATER in Kaʻū tomorrow, Thursday, at Pāhala Community Center, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In a letter to Hawaiian Home Lands Beneficiaries, DHHL states that it intends to request a water reservation from the sate Department of Land & Natural Resources and the state Commission on Water Resource Management as part of a proposed water leasing process. The leasing process is also being pursued by Kuahiwi Contractors, Kaʻū Mahi, Wood Valley Water and Farm Co-op, the Edmund C. Olson Trust, and Kapāpala Ranch.
Hawaiian Home Lands are outlined in red. DHHL map
     "The reserved water would serve potable uses for development on DHHL-owned lands at Kam-āʻoa-Puʻuʻeo, Wailau, Waiʻōhinu, and Discovery Harbor," says the letter signed by William Ailā Jr., Chair of the Hawaiian Homes Commission. DHHL could develop house lots, homes, and farms to lease to Hawaiians on those lands that it owns.
     DHHL will share information and accept comments o the proposed water reservations at the meeting. Called a Beneficiary Consultation Meeting, it is open to the public. Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiaries are encouraged to "share your manaʻo regarding the proposed water reservation request. Your comments will be presented to the Hawaiian Homes Commission to assist in their decision-making process. As a beneficiary on the island of Hawaiʻi, your input is important, and we encourage you to attend," states Ailā.
     Questions can be addressed to E. Halealoha Ayau, Water Resource Management Specialist at 808-9233-3272 or email e.halealoha.ayau@hawaii.gov.

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A COMMUNITY SPEAKOUT AT NĀʻĀLEHU COMMUNITY CENTER this Sunday, Aug 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will focus on the Draft Hawaiʻi County General Plan. All residents are invited to drop in to give input on the Plan.
     Using figures from 2013, the Plan states the number of jobs in Kaʻū, at 2,085, is the third lowest in Hawaiʻi County, following Keaʻau-Kurtistown with 1,463 jobs, and North Kohala with 1,988 jobs. Only Hilo and North Kona boast more than 5,000 jobs. Projecting into 2040, Kaʻū's job offerings are forecast to increase to 3,145, about a 50 percent increase and consistent with other county sectors.
     The General Plan says that as of 2013,  most jobs were in government, with 419 positions; agriculture, mining, and construction, with 352 jobs; retail trade, with 292 jobs; educational and health services, with 271 jobs; and arts, entertainment, hotels, eating, and drinking, with 265 jobs.
     The projections for 2040 show less growth in government - 9 percent; agriculture, mining, and construction increasing by 28 percent; and educational and health services by 33 percent. Projections for retail trade show a decrease of about 3 percent. Other services are projected to have little growth, or to decrease.
     Arts, entertainment, hotels, eating, and drinking, show a projected growth of 57 percent, higher than the sector average. Employment in the information industry is projected to increase by about 200 percent. Wholesale trade is expected to rise from no jobs in Kaʻū in 2013 to four jobs in 2040, a 400 percent increase.
     The Plan states that the number of jobs statewide is "expected to increase at a decreasing rate through the next 25 years from about 100,000 in 2014 to about 150,000 in 2040."
     In September, Topic Workshops will be open to the public, where any items in the Draft Plan "emphasized or brought up repeatedly" will be the focus of the sessions. Dates will be announced.
     In December, after the public comment period ends, planners will "incorporate comments" before sending the Draft through the legislative process.
     The General Plan draws from the Community Development plans of each district. To learn more about the Kaʻū Community Development Plan, see hawaiicountycdp.info/kau-cdp. Give input, see an overview, or download the Draft General Plan at hiplanningdept.com/general-plan/general-plan-comprehensive-review.

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The encampment of Protectors of Maunakea at Maunakea Access Road. Photo from David Corrigan/Big Island Video News
HAWAIʻI COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT COSTS FOR THE STANDOFF AT MAUNAKEA ACCESS ROAD HAVE TOPPED $3.2 MILLION, according to a letter from Gov. David Ige to the state Finance Committee, dated yesterday. Today is day 38 of the standoff of those who object to the Thirty Meter Telescope project.
     The breakdown, published by KHON, states that, as of July 31, overtime costs for Police are $3,065,124.06; Civil Defense, $27,461.04; Fire, $145,377.34; and Public Works, $195.17.
     In his letter, Ige stated "the State has agreed to reimburse HCPD for overtime costs" and "associated costs," which include food, water, equipment, portable waste facilities, and solid waste collection. Those costs, through Oct. 19, total $33,808.40.
     Ige stated reimbursement will continue "so long as HCPD remains committed to maintaining control of the pertinent roadways." He wrote that HCPD is "critical to ensuring the current astronomers and their support staff obtain access to Mauakea for purposes of continuing longstanding astronomical exploration, and to ensuring TMT may engage in the lawfully permitted construction of its telescope."
     Big Island Video News reported that Police Chief Paul Ferreira said the reason for "the big numbers" is that, island wide, HCPD staff "went into 12-hour shifts… to ensure that there was adequate coverage." He said costs will drop as of July. 28 because all districts went back to 8-hour shifts on that date. "The contingency on the mountain was reduced drastically. And that's what we're operating with now."
Some observatories on Maunakea, where staff now have limited access. Photo from Mauna Kea Observatories

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"WE NEED TO FIGHT BACK," is the message from Sen. Mazie Hirono today, in response to an announcement regarding immigrants made by the Trump Administration. On Wednesday, the administration changed the Flores Settlement Agreement, which would alter the maximum holding period for immigrant children from 20 days to an indefinite period. The children would be held with their parents or guardians, in family detention centers. However, PBS reports that there are only three family detention centers, that two are operated by "private prison operators" and the other "has been criticized for poor treatment of immigrants."
     Said Hirono, "This is an administration that apparently sits around trying to come up with at least one cruel thing they can do to immigrants every single day. Now, the same people behind separating families, holding children in dangerous and unsanitary conditions, and constantly dehumanizing immigrants, want a rule to indefinitely detain children and families fleeing terrible violence in Central America. No amount of cruelty is enough for this administration. We need to fight back."

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TŪTŪ & ME NOW OFFERS FREE HOME VISITS IN PĀHALA on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Bring keiki between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 22, to the Pāhala Multipurpose room, next to Kaʻū District Gym.
     Tūtū & Me is also accepting applications for Traveling Preschool in Nā‘ālehu and Wai‘ōhinu, at Kauaha‘ao Congregational Church on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Limited space available.
     Call 929-8571 for Pāhala, 939-8573 for Nā‘ālehu. See pidfoundation.org.

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FREE SPAY AND NEUTER CLINIC FOR DOGS comes to Ocean View Saturday, Aug. 24. KARES, Kohala Animal Relocation and Education Service, brings the clinic to Kaʻū in an effort "to reduce the high euthanasia rate within our community." For more and to register, call 328-8455.

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HIGH SURF ADVISORY remains in effect for all Kaʻū shores through Thursday at 6 p.m. National Weather Service says to expect "strong breaking waves, shore break, and strong longshore and rip currents, making swimming difficult and dangerous."

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Kaʻū Wahine Can Jump. Varsity Trojans faced off against the Hilo Vikings last night at Kaʻū District Gym.
Photo by Julia Neal
THE FIRST GIRLS VOLLEYBALL GAME OF THE SEASON for the Trojans last night saw Kaʻū host the Hilo Vikings. With three sets per game for Varsity, two sets for Junior Varsity, the Kaʻū teams fought against the larger school for over two hours.
     JV Trojans scored 5 and 3, but Hilo won with 25 each game.
     Varsity scored 13, 13, and 18, but Hilo again won with 25 each game.
     Next, Kaʻū hosts Kohala on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. Come out to support the Trojans.

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2019 Kaʻū High School Athletics Schedule through September
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates

Football, Division II:
Sat., Aug. 24, 1 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha
Sat., Sept. 7, 2 p.m., HPA hosts Kaʻū
Sat., Sept. 14, 11 a.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala
Thu., Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Pāhoa hosts Kaʻū

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Wed., Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala
Wed., Sept. 4, 6 p.m., Christian Liberty hosts Kaʻū
Fri., Sept. 6, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha
Tue., Sept. 10, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kealakeha
Fri., Sept. 13, 6 p.m., Honokaʻa hosts Kaʻū
Tue., Sept. 17, 6 p.m., Waiakea hosts Kaʻū
Thu., Sept. 19, 6 p.m., Keaʻau hosts Kaʻū
Tue., Sept. 24, 6 p.m., Makualani hosts Kaʻū
Fri., Sept. 27, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts HPA

Cross Country:
Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty
Sat., Sept. 7, 10 a.m., @Kamehameha
Fri., Sept. 13, 3:30 p.m., @HPA
Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m., @Kealakehe
Sat., Sept. 28, 10 a.m., @Keaʻau

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UPCOMING
TUESDAY, AUG. 20
Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, Aug. 20 (Committees), Wednesday, Aug. 21, (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Concert with Artist-in-Residence Andy Jarema, After Dark in the Park, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 7p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. The Detroit-based musician and composer uses a mixture of sound-collage techniques, his trumpet, and traditional scoring to make site-specific work. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21
Ocean View Community Association Board of Directors Mtg., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 12:30-1:30p.m.Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Registration Open: Kickball Instruction, Wednesday, Aug. 21-28, Kahuku Park. Program on Fridays, 2-3:30p.m, from Aug. 30-Sept. 27, for ages 6-12. Athletic shoes required. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

THURSDAY, AUG. 22
Registration Open: Handprint Trees, Thursday, Aug. 22-Sept. 3, Ka‘ū District Gym multipurpose room. Program for grades K-8 takes place Wednesday, Sept. 4, 3:30-5p.m. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thursday, Aug. 22, 3-4p.m., Classroom 35, Building F, Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. Provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

SATURDAY, AUG. 24
Free Spay and Neuter Clinic for Dogs Saturday, Aug. 24, Ocean View. KARES, Kohala Animal Relocation and Education Service brings the clinic to Kaʻū in an effort "to reduce the high euthanasia rate within our community." For more and to register, call 328-8455.

Pickleball at KMC, Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, Kīlauea Military Camp Tennis Courts, HVNP. $10 in advance. Registration forms at KMC recreation Lodge. 967-8352 or Jim Buck, kilaueajimmy@gmail.com. KMC open to all patrons, and has certain Terms of Service. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com 

Kapapala Ranch Tour by Volcano Community Foundation, Saturday, Aug. 24, time TBA, Volcano Art Center. Travel along the Peter Lee Road that runs between Pāhala and Volcano, built in 1988. See Volcano Art Center's partner event listed for Aug. 8. $50/person includes lunch. Reserve a space, 895-1011, volcanocommunity@gmail.com


Realms and Divisions, Sat., Aug. 24, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult, two-mile, hike. Bring snack. nps.gov/havo

Dances of Universal Peace, Saturday, Aug. 24, 6-7:30p.m., Methodist Church hall, across from Nā‘ālehu post office. Fun, easy to learn dances from many traditions evoking peace. Donations welcome. No registration necessary. 939-9461

SUNDAY, AUG. 25
Free Entry to all National Parks - NP Service 103rd Anniversary, Sunday, Aug. 25. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Give Input on the Draft General Plan for Hawaiʻi County on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Nāʻālehu Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. Drop in anytime to talk with planners. Download the Draft General Plan.

Palm Trail, Sunday, Aug. 25, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult hike - 2.6-mile loop. nps.gov/havo

A Taste of Tea & Pottery 2019, Sunday, Aug. 25, noon-4p.m., Volcano Art Center. Annual fundraiser for VAC's Fire Arts Programs. $30/VAC members, $35/non-member, includes choice of one handmade tea cup or bowl, tasting of several freshly brewed Hawai‘i grown teas, and option to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Door prizes, silent auction, and cookies, packaged tea, and tea cups available for purchase. Vote for favorite Hawai‘i grown tea through Taster's Choice Award. Hands-on experiences with clay and demonstrations. Eva Lee speaks. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

MONDAY, AUG. 26
Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Monday, Aug. 26, 1p.m., contact for location. Parent-led homeschool activity and social group, building community in Ka‘ū. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

TUESDAY, AUG. 27
Registration Open: Door Knob Hangers, Tuesday, Aug. 27-Sept. 6, Kahuku ParkHawaiian Ocean View Estates. Program for ages 6-12 takes place Tuesday, Sept. 10, 12:45-3:30p.m. Free. 939-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation 

H.O.V.E. Road Maintenance Corp. Board Mtg., Tuesday, Aug. 27, 10a.m., H.O.V.E. RMC office, 92-8979 Lehua Lane, Ocean View. 929-9910, hoveroad.com

Ka‘ū Food Pantry, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 11:30a.m.-1p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View. Volunteers welcome. Dave Breskin, 319-8333

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28
Kōkua Kūpuna Project, Wednesday, Aug. 28 – last Wednesday, monthly – 9-11a.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Seniors 60 years and older encouraged to attend, ask questions, and inquire about services offered through Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i – referral required, 961-8626 for free legal services. Under 60, call 1-800-499-4302. More info: tahisha.despontes@legalaidhawaii.org, 329-3910 ext. 925. legalaidhawaii.org

Palai‘e Demonstration, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 10a.m.-noonKīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Make a traditional Hawaiian ball-and-loop game using natural materials. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Private Guided Hike: Kīlauea Iki Crater, Thursday, Aug. 28, 10a.m.-2p.m.Kīlauea Iki Overlook, HVNP. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate to challenging, 2.4 mile (one way) hike. $80/person. Park entrance fees may apply. 985-7373, fhvnp.org


ONGOING
Talk Action, Take Action Surveys Deadline is Saturday, Aug. 31. The surveys ask for information regarding 2018's Kīlauea eruption recovery. Hawaiʻi County residents are encouraged to take the surveys at recovery.hawaiicounty.gov/connect/i
mpact-status-survey-suite. Hard copies of the surveys can also be picked up at Council member offices, the Department of Research & Development, and the Planning Department. Unless one chooses to be contacted individually, the information from the surveys will be anonymous.

Applications for Grants to Steward PONC Protected Lands on Hawaiʻi Island are open through Friday, Aug. 31. In Kaʻū, areas of the Kahuku Coast, Kahua Olohu, and Kāwā Bay are eligible. Only 501(c)3 non-profits or organizations that operate under the umbrella of a 501(c)3 non-profit should apply.
     Applications are available at records.hawaiicounty.gov/weblink/1/edoc/95324/2018-19%20PONC%20Stewardship%20Grant%20Request.pdf. Information and applications are also available at the P&R office, Aupuni Center101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6Hilo. Completed applications must be submitted or postmarked by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018. Questions? Contact Reid Sewake at 961-8311.

Volcano Winery's Annual Fundraising Harvest Festival Tickets are on sale at volcanowinery.com or (808) 967-7772. Proceeds benefit Volcano School of Arts & Sciences; last year's event sold out. This sixth festive evening of live music, food, wines and craft beers under the stars happens Sunday, Sept. 84-7p.m. The $50 per person tickets include live music entertainment by Young Brothers; delicious food and drink from local restaurants; award-winning wines and teas from the Volcano Winery; tours of the vineyards and a huge raffle.

Applications are Open for Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool in Nā‘ālehu and Wai‘ōhinu, at Kauaha‘ao Congregational Church on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Limited space available. Pāhala Home Visits also available. Call 939-8573 for Nā‘ālehu,  929-8571 for Pāhala. pidfoundation.org

Exhibit - Nani Ka ‘Ikena by Volcano local photographer Jesse Tunison, daily through Sept. 15, 9a.m.-5p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Nani Ka ʻIkena, that which is seen is beautiful, features vibrant colors and crisp, wide vistas which highlight the character and drama of Hawaiʻi Island’s landscape. The collection of ten photographs were captured over the past decade by Tunison and also document the dynamic changes which have occurred in such a short period of time. "While the landscape has changed the beauty has endured." Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

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

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