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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.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Thursday, August 29, 2019

The annual memorial DDD Surf Contest, last weekend at Kāwā Bay, drew families.
See winners and more photos, below. Photo by Jaimie Ferner
COMMUNITY PLACEMAKING was one of the topics Sunday at the county Planning Department SpeakOut, held in Nāʻālehu and designed to gather input for the update of the Hawaiʻi County General Plan. Read the draft plan at hiplanningdept.com/general-plan. Submit questions and comments to generalplan@hawaiicounty.gov or Planning Department, 101 Pauahi St. Suite 3HiloHI96720. Here are some of the public comments and questions regarding Community Placemaking in Kaʻū from Sunday's SpeakOut:
     Need more strict enforcement of historic and cultural preservation laws. Need comprehensive management plan for South Point with its many unsurveyed archaeological sites. Need to consider danger in the cliff jumping at South Point.
     Develop a master plan of scenic viewsheds to protect.
     Volcano community has been trying to develop design guidelines – needs county assistance.
     Need more "Friends of" for cultural sites. Preserve Nāʻālehu Theatre. Convince owner to apply to put on register of historic sites.
     Hospital needs to expand services, including ability to offer blood transfusions, and cardiology. Need for access to health care, especially for seniors. High turnover of homeowners in Discovery Harbour attributed to lack of health care.
     Need services to deal with mental health issues.
     Need more medical specialists on the island – always have to go to Oʻahu. Need airline competition to lower airfares.
     Need limitations on building heights, including for hotels.
     Concerned about "non-local misinterpretation and disrespect" of cultural, historic sites. Need to "restrict outside changes to historic sites – protect and preserve."
     Need to make sure new sewage plants are not near burial sites.
     General Plan needs to address volcanic hazards and vog concerns as "Volcanoes are not in the plan."
     Hospitals need to be more resistant to earthquakes and natural disasters. "Shelter ability is negligible."
     Deal with public access issue at Pohue Bay.
     For senior living, give more support for active senior centers for seniors to socialize and engage so more  can "live in place."

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THE DDD MEMORIAL ANNUAL SURF CONTEST at Kāwā Bay drew many families and competitors on Saturday, Aug. 24. The memorial meet honors lost surfer and fisherman Devin Johnson; the late owner of FBI Delta; and the late bodyboarder Davie Boi. DDD stands for the names.

ʻOhana sit at picnic tables as surfers head out over the rocky
shoreline of Kāwā to try the waves. Photo by Jaimie Ferner
     Winner of the Men's Open was Goddy Leopoldino.
     Winner of the Women's Open was Starsea Kahikina.
     Winner of the Guys Surf 13-18 Division was Nalu Alameda.
    Winner of the 13-18 Boys Bodyboard was Manoa Dawson.
     Winner of Men's Bodyboard was Willy Petrovich.
     Current sponsors include Nathan McCasland, co-organizer of the event and provider of bodyboards; DVM - dedicatedtovisionaryminds.com, with its deck pads and stickers; Pacific Vibrations for its Hawaiian flag; Keikai Organics, for its sunscreen and lotion; Kalae Coffee, for its gift cards; Thomas
Foley, for his surfboards; and Concious Riddims, for the sound system.

Boards and braddahs hang loose at Kāwā during the DDD Surf Contest.
Photo by Jaimie Ferner
     McCasland said that many friends gathered for the event and offered fresh fish and potluck foods for all to enjoy. Donations included a sound system, stages, and music. A post-contest beach cleanup at Kāwā showed "Malama da ʻĀina with perfect weather and many waves for all."

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PUBLIC ACCESS ROOM IS IN OCEAN VIEW Tuesday, Sept. 10, noon to 1 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center, 92-8924 Leilani Circle. The free session will help residents understand the legislative process, deadlines, and power dynamics at the state Capitol. Residents can also learn how to effectively navigate the legislature's website to find pertinent information.
Surfers of all ages had fun at the DDD Surf Contest. Photo by Jaimie Ferner
     The free session offers: tips and techniques on effective lobbying, testimony, and communication with state senators and representatives; helpful handouts, guides, and resources; and experienced, non-partisan guidance on how to participate in the legislative process.
     Every year, about 3,000 bills are introduced at the state capitol, and some bills will affect Kaʻū residents. Newcomers, seasoned advocates, and everyone in between are welcome to come learn more about the process and to get involved.  
     Other Hawaiʻi Island locations will host outreaches: Kona, Sept 9; Pāhoa, Sept. 11; Waimea, Sept. 12; and Hilo, Sept. 13, all from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wave caught. Photo by Jaimie Ferner
     Questions? See lrbhawaii.org/par; par@capitol.hawaii.gov; or toll free, 808-974-4000, ext. 7-0478.
     Kona, Sept 9; Pāhoa, Sept. 11; Waimea, Sept. 12; and Hilo, Sept. 13, all from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., will also have outreaches.
     Questions? See lrbhawaii.org/par; par@capitol.hawaii.gov; or toll free, 808-974-4000, ext. 7-0478.

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A FREE CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY EVENT kicks off Child Passenger Safety Week, at the Nāʻālehu Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Certified Child Passenger Safety technicians will be there to demonstrate proper car seat installation, selection, and usage. Seat Belt Fit tests will also be done on-site, to demonstrate proper usage of booster seats.
     The Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation, together with all four county police departments and child passenger safety advocates, will participate in National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 15 through 21. This campaign is dedicated to "helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible – every trip, every time."
Three of the youth competition winners.
Photo by Jaimie Ferner
     According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most parents are confident that they have correctly installed their child's car seat, but in most cases – 59 percent – the seat has not been installed correctly. However, if installed correctly in passenger cars, car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers one to four years old. For infants and toddlers in light trucks, the corresponding reductions were 58 percent and 59 percent, respectively.
     According to NHTSA data, in 2015, about 25.8 percent of children 4 to 7 years old were prematurely moved to seat belts, when they should have been riding in booster seats. 
     To keep all children safe, states NHTSA, parents and caregivers should use a child safety seat that best fits their child and vehicle. Complimentary public educational events will be held statewide, starting with one in Nāʻālehu.
Nathan McCasland, center, with other organizers and
 families of the surf tournament. Photo by Jaimie Ferner
     In Hawaiʻi, children under 4 years old are required to ride in a child safety seat; children 4 through 7 years old must ride in a child passenger restraint or booster seat. Violators are required to appear in court, and if convicted, must attend a four-hour class. They may also be assessed a penalty of up to $500.
     Parents and caregivers can check the following to determine when a child can be moved from a child safety seat to a booster seat: the shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest, and not cross the neck or face; the lap belt must lie snugly across the child's upper thighs, not the stomach; the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the seat when his or her back and bottom are against the vehicle seat back; the child can stay seated properly during the entire trip.
     NHTSA recommends registering all car seats and booster seats with the manufacturer for a notification in the event of a recall. For more information on car seat safety and to locate a certified child passenger safety technician, visit nhtsa.gov/carseat.
     Hawaiʻi has more than 300 certified child passenger safety technicians, including firefighters, law enforcement officers, medical professionals, and parents. All technicians have been trained to provide instruction on choosing the right car seat, installing it, and using it correctly.
     Nationwide child passenger safety statistics from NHTSA states that:
     A child under 13 years old was involved in a passenger vehicle crash every 32 seconds in 2017. From 2013 to 2017, there were 3,313 children under 13 killed while riding in passenger vehicles. Fatalities decreased in 2017 from 2016, the first decrease since 2014. On average, nearly two children under 13 were killed every day in 2017 while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans. In 2017, over one-third (35 percent) of children under 13 killed in passenger vehicles were not restrained in car seats, booster seats or seat belts. In 2017, among children under 5, car seats saved an estimated 312 lives. A total of 371 children could have survived if they had been buckled up 100-percent of the time.
     NHTSA's latest research shows that nearly two out of three car seats are misused.
     Child Passenger Safety Week is sponsored by NHTSA. For more on child safety, as well as a list of child restraint inspection stations and community car seat checks, visit kipchawaii.org or safercar.gov/parents.

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WE ARE ALL KAʻŪ: ʻO KAʻŪ KĀKOU is the subject of this month's Coffee Talk tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Visitor's Center in the Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Learn about all of their many community projects and find out how to get involved.
     Formed in 2006, OKK is a grass-roots, 100 percent volunteer, community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the people of Kaʻū. From the Nāʻālehu 4th of July parade, to the Keiki Fishing Tournament, to the Kaʻū Coffee Trail Run, to providing scholarships for Kaʻū kids – only a very few of their projects – OKK promotes a healthy community through education, culture, and economic opportunity. Their biggest project to date is developing much-needed, low-cost senior housing on two acres of land in Nāʻālehu. "Remember Uncle Wayne Kawachiʻs ʻslippa’ walk to raise funds?" asks the event announcement. 
     Coffee Talk at Kahuku is an opportunity to get to know the Park and neighbors. Join informal conversations on a wide variety of topics. Kaʻū coffee, tea, and pastries will be available for purchase. Entrance located just south of the 70.5 mile marker, on the mauka side of Hwy 11.

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

Football, Division II:
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., 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
FRIDAY, AUG. 30
Coffee Talk at Kahuku: ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou - We Are All Ka‘ū, Friday, Aug. 30, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit Visitor Contact Station. Learn about OKK and all their community projects. Free. nps.gov/havo

SATURDAY, AUG. 31
Kaʻū Skate Club Garage Sale Fundraiser, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, at 92-1780 Aloha Blvd. in Ocean View. All proceeds go directly to Kaʻū Skate Club, which recently became a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in Ocean View, toward their goal of building a roller skating rink in OV. Contact Lzena Barrett, president of Kaʻū Skate Club, at (808)747-1147 or kauskateclub@gmail.com with questions or to help the skate club grow. kauskateclub.com

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Ka‘ū Community Clean-up, Saturday, Aug. 31. Free; donations appreciated. Full – waitlist only; B.Y.O.-4WD okay. R.S.V.P. required. 769-7629, kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com

Food from Wood: Growing Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps, and Wood Chips with Zach Mermel, Saturday, Aug. 31, 9a.m.-2:30p.m., Volcano Art Center and Shaka Forest Farms. $50/VAC member, $55/non-member, includes take home shiitake and King Stropharia mushroom kits. Pre-registration required. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Paths and Trails, Sat., Aug. 31, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult, 2-mile, hike. nps.gov/havo

Healing Through Words creative writing workshop with Dr. Heather Rivera, Saturday, Aug. 31, 10-11:30a.m., Volcano Art Center. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Bon Dance Festival and Twilight Lantern Parade, Saturday, Aug. 31, 6-10p.m., Nā‘ālehu Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Lantern Parade at 7:30 p.m. Taiko drums, Hachimaki headbands, saimin, teriyaki bowls, vegetable bowls, and fun for the whole family. First time the temple has held this event in over 10 years, a Celebration of Remembrance. All are welcome. Free. Temple President Robert Kobzi, robertkobzi@aol.com

SUNDAY, SEPT. 1
Kaʻū Skate Club Garage Sale Fundraiser continues Sunday, Sept. 1 at 92-1780 Aloha Blvd. in Ocean View. All proceeds go directly to Kaʻū Skate Club, which recently became a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in Ocean View, toward their goal of building a roller skating rink in OV. Contact Lzena Barrett, president of Kaʻū Skate Club, at (808)747-1147 or kauskateclub@gmail.com with questions or to help the skate club grow. kauskateclub.com

Pu‘u Lokuana, Sunday, Sept. 1, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, short, moderately difficult, 0.4 mile hike. nps.gov/havo

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, Sept. 1 – 1st Sunday, monthly – noon-2p.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, SEPT. 2
Empower Meeting, Monday, Sept. 2 and 16 – 1st and 2nd Monday monthly – 3-4:30p.m., PARENTS, Inc. office, Nā‘ālehu. Empowering girls group. Registration required. Diana, 935-4805

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Monday, Sept. 2, 4-6p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

TUESDAY, SEPT. 3
Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, Sept. 3 (Committees), Wednesday, Sept. 4 (Council), Hilo. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Mtg., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 6-8p.m.Pāhala Community Center.

Wildlife Recovery and Restoration, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 7p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Park Botanist Sierra McDaniel discusses recovery and restoration efforts after the Keahou Fire which ignited near HVNP and burned nearly 4,000 acres in 2018. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4
Hula Voices with Kumu Hula Sammye Young, Wednesday, Sept. 4 – 1st Wednesday, monthly – 5:30-7p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Desiree Moana Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

THURSDAY, SEPT. 5
Women's Expression Group, Thursday, Sept. 5 – 1st Thursday monthly – 3-4:30p.m., PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. Women welcome to drop in. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Registration Open: Finger Puppet, Thursday, Sept. 5-10, Ka‘ū District Gym multipurpose room. Program for grades K-8 takes place, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 3:30-5p.m. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, Sept. 5, 6-7p.m.Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:30-8:30p.m.Aspen Centerokaukakou.org

ONGOING
Applications for Grants to Steward PONC Protected Lands on Hawaiʻi Island are open through tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 30. 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.


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/impact-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.

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 Sunday, 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

Tutoring for Kaʻū Hugh & Pāhala Elementary is Available to All Students of the school, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Grades Kindergarten-2nd will be in room 3; grades 3-6 will be in room 6 on Mondays, room 11 on Tuesdays through Thursdays; middle school students, will be in building Q; and high school students will be in room M-101 in the science building. Contact khpes.org or 808-313-4100 for more.


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