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.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Thursday, May 26, 2022

May Day Goes Live for Junior High in Pāhala
A May Day program for middle school students, with families invited, recently graced the grounds of Kaʻū High
& Pāhala Elementary School, under the direction of Kumu Hula Debbie Ryder. May Day has been an annual tradition for
the historic school campus where the school year ends on Friday.  Photo by Otis Salmo

Members of the May Day Court at the junior high at Kaʻū High
 & Pāhala Elementary. Photo by Otis Salmo
LOUIS DANIELE IS THE NEW COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSIONER covering Kaʻū, a post formerly held by John Replogle. The other Planning Commissioner from Kaʻū is Michelle Galimba, its Vice-Chair who serves at large.
    Daniele, who lives in Ocean View, is General Manager of Olson Trust's Kaʻū Coffee Mill, having begun with the company picking coffee, working his way up through sales. He has also represented Ka'u Coffee at Specialty Coffee Association conventions around the country and has served on the board of Hawai'i Coffee Association.
    He was appointed to the Windward Planning Commission and confirmed by the County Council in April.
    Daniele was raised in New England, attending St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont, class of 1984, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford Connecticut, class of 1988. He worked in Hartford for an advertising firm until 1991 when he moved to Maui. For the first year on Maui, Daniele spent his time doing pastel landscapes of his new home with famed Maui artist Richard Letney. During his early years in the Islands, Daniele worked with Maui sculptor Tom Faugh.

New Planning Commissioner Louis Daniele,
representing Kaʻū Coffee at the Hawai' Coffee
Association booth in Boston this Year.

    While on Maui, Daniele became involved with Campaign Recycle Maui. He recalls its mission was twofold: "Educating the public and businesses on diverting green waste from the county land fill waste stream and to grind up the green waste and wind row the material until it became rich soil for sale back to the community." Daniele worked as the nursery manager for Haiku Farms Nursery and Landscape Co., on Maui, learning of the flora of Hawai'i. In 2004 he moved to the Big Island, settling in Ocean View two years later where he lives with his wife Kalikoweo Keolanui, Assistant Manager of Kaʻū Coffee Mill.
    He said that Kaʻū Coast preservation is very important to him, along with policies that encourage economic development of the area and create more employment, particularly in the agricultural sector.

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THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS HAVE  THE HIGHEST NEW CASE RATE FOR COVID IN THE  COUNTRY, according to The New York Times Covid tracker, which shows 86 new cases a day per 100,000 people in its May 27 report, a 56 percent increase in the last two weeks. The Hawai' County rate reported is 78 new cases per 100,000 people, a 53 percent increase.

    The state reports about 1,260 new cases a day throughout the islands, not including unreported home tests, which are widely used in this state. It also reports the presence of new strains from South Africa, including one case on this island. The strains are reported to be more transmissible than previous strains.
   Dr. Josh Green, the Lieutenant Governor, said in his update on Wednesday that lots of people are contracting Covid but the illness is less severe than in previous surges. He called it more "like a subacute illness like a cold or a flu." He recommended masking "if you are vulnerable" and noted that very few people are hospitalized with Covid, with nine statewide in the ICU. "Not many people are in the hospital. You have been fighting this off very well."
    CDC recommends staying home for five days after the onset of symptoms, or if testing positive but asymptomatic. Dr. Scott Miscovich, who is known for running Covid tests on Hawai'i Island and throughout the state, said five days is not long enough, and recommended a negative antigen test before interacting with people after testing positive.
    The CDC and state Department of Health recently recommended COVID-19 boosters for keiki five to 11 years of age and second boosters for those 50 and older, as well as younger folks who are immunocompromised. State Department of Health Director Elizabeth Char, MD said, “It’s exciting that children 5 to 11 years of age can now get added protection from a booster shot. This is especially important at a time when COVID-19 case counts are increasing across the state.”
    COVID shots and boosters are available at the Longs/CVS pharmacy in Pāhala and through Bay Clinic in Nāʻālehu and Ka'u Hospital & Rural Health Clinic in Pāhala.

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THE LIFT THE BAR ACT IS NEW LEGISLATION aiming to reinstate access to federal benefits for immigrants, who must wait five years after entering the country before becoming eligible. Sen. Mazie Hirono, who introduced the legislation this week, said the delay in federal benefits to immigrants is "due to unjust policy enacted nearly 30 years ago. In 1996, Congress passed restrictive welfare and immigration legislation that created unnecessary barriers, including an arbitrary five-year waiting period, that delay access to crucial benefits and services for millions of immigrants."
    The Lifting Immigrant Families Through Benefits Access Restoration Act would remove these barriers and restore access to public programs including Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program,

and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for lawfully present immigrants, enabling them "to access the benefits they need and deserve," said Hirono. Rep. Pramilla Jayapal (D-WA)  introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
    Hirono noted that "Immigrants have kept us healthy, safe, and fed on the frontlines of this pandemic—highlighting just how critical they are to our communities, while also bearing the brunt of this crisis. Despite the vital role they play, unjust policy enacted nearly 30 years ago prevents tax-paying immigrants, including women and their children, from accessing critical services and programs, including health care, food and housing assistance, and more. As we work to build a more equitable society, the LIFT the BAR Act will help end decades of injustice and strengthen our entire economy by removing these arbitrary barriers and allowing millions of immigrants to live healthier, safer and more economically secure lives," said Hirono.

       "The COVID-19 pandemic exposed deep inequities and made clear that our communities are stronger and healthier when all of us have access to services that meet our basic needs," said Marielena Hincapie, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center. "For 25 years, millions of people in the United States have been denied access to care and economic supports because of their immigration status. We are proud to support the LIFT the BAR Act, which would rectify a decades-old injustice and take a major step forward in addressing racial, wealth, and health disparities in this country." 

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A FREE KANAKAPILA CONCERT on Sunday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at the Outdoor Pavilion behind United Methodist Church in Nāʻālehu. Students from Keoki Sereno's free ukulele classes will be performing. Refreshments to follow.
Become a Vendor at the 3rd Annual Experience Volcano Festival
The festival will be on Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Last year, over 2,500 visitors attended and over 40 events were featuring during the EVH festival. All vendor spaces are $50 for both days of the festival. Sign up as a vendor or sponsor at experiencevolcano.com. With questions, contact experiencevolcano@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Summer Fun Program Still Open for Registration Until Enrollment is Full
County of Hawai'i Parks & Recreation Summer Fun will be from June 6 till July 15, Monday through Friday
from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kaʻū District Gym and Nāʻālehu Community Center. Open to keiki in grades K through 6.
Registration packets can be picked up at both facilities during working hours. For more info, contact Nona
Makuakane at (808) 928-3102. Also of note, OKK's Independence Day Parade returns to Nāʻālehu on July 2.  
Photo by Julia Neal

WITH ITS SECURITY BUDGET STRETCHED TO OVER $1 MILLION, County of Hawai'i Department of Parks & Recreation is asking for public assistance to notify law enforcement immediately when seeing "active vandalism or theft at any County park and/or beach." Parks & Recreation Director Maurice Messina urged, "If damage or vandalism is found at any County park and/or beach, please inform Parks & Recreation as soon as possible at (808) 961-8311.
    “We are in constant struggle with people who do not respect our public facilities and feel that vandalizing County vehicles to steal gas or breaking into our maintenance supply rooms to rip off cleaning supplies has no consequences. Every time we have to repair a vandalized facility or replace stolen
equipment, it costs public tax dollars which should be used in other areas like programs and services,” said Messina.
    The plea came as Mayor Mitch Roth condemned the actions of arsonists responsible for destruction of four County of Hawaiʻi vehicles serving the Elderly Activities Division of Department of Parks & Recreation. The vehicles were stored at the Kamana Senior Center in Hilo and destroyed by fire last Sunday, May 22. The damage estimate is about $100,000.
    The mayor, who perviously held the post of County Prosecuting Attorney, said, “It’s a shame to think that there are folks in our community who would intentionally destroy vehicles that are specifically meant to serve our kupuna. We urge anyone who sees or hears of this type of activity to report it directly to the police. We will not stand for it and will ensure that any individual who attempts this type of egregious action is punished to the fullest extent of the law."
    “These vehicles were used for elderly transportation services and meal deliveries to home-bound seniors, so the idea of someone setting them on fire is senseless to me,” said the Director of Parks & Recreation. “
    To report information about the vehicle fires at the Kamana Senior Center, contact the Police nonemergency number at 935-3311. ###

Arsonists set these vehicles on fire. They provided transportation and meal deliveries for seniors.
Photo from County of Hawai'i

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NUMEROUS COMMENTS ON THE CLOSING OF PĀHALA POOL have come to The Ka'u Calendar newspaper. Jo Barnard said, "I spent so many hours in that pool, it’s so sad to hear it’s not open for kids."  Irene Perrigo Eklund said, ..."no pool for the kids and families? Our elected officials need to get with it, we deserve better." Bob Bouffiou asked, "A machine issue should take two weeks to fix at most. What's the issue? And why is is taking all summer?" Annie Ridgely said, "Keiki need to learn to swim. This should be a priority. Open the job up for outside contractors to fix." Dave Shaffer said, "I am a certified pool technician. I'll be happy to look at it for ya!"
    Rosa Stewart said, "Aww so sad...I learned to swim there." Dawn Liza said, "I had so much childhood memories swimming in that pool. So sad it is closed." Josh-Elizabeth Crook said, "third year without swim team. So sad because the kids loved it and were doing so well." Chelsae-Lynn Rosario Kobzi said, "That was the one thing I looked forward to during the summer as a kid. That's sad."
    Megan Denny said, "It was such a blessing to this community... literally was so important to my kids' growth and learning. A huge part of their life. (And our memories) This little town needs that pool greatly." 
    The message on the pool's phone says, "We are currently closed. Possible reopening of the pool may take up to eight to 12 months due to ongoing mechanical issues. All keiki Learn to Swim Summer Classes will be cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience." Messages can be left at 808-928-8177. The pool is operated by the County of Hawai'i Department of Parks & Recreation's Aquatics Division.

An empty and closed Pāhala Pool with some portable equipment and repair time estimate of eight months to a year. 
Photo by Julia Neal
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EXPERIENCE VOLCANO FESTIVAL, coming up July 30 and 31, is open to volunteers and those wanting to show and sell their arts and crafts and services. The vendor deadline is July 11, noon. 
    Organizers report that last year more than 2,500 attended the festival with venues dispersed throughout the Volcano Village area. There were 36 vendors and more than 40 events.
    This year Experience Volcano Festival continues to partner with previous host locations that included Volcano Garden Arts, Lava Rock Cafe, Kilauea Lodge, Volcano Winery, and the Volcano Art Center - all of the providing locations for  vendors. See vendor application and more at 
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VIBRANT HAWAIʻI MICRO-INVESTMENT DEADLINE TO APPLY is Thursday, May 26 at 11:59 p.m. Micro-investments are intended to support quick action to demonstrate the feasibility of solutions and are available in amounts up to $2, 500. Investments should be spent within a 3-6 month time period. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in mid-June. This opportunity is open to all Hawaiʻi Island residents, businesses, nonprofits, associations, and civic groups. To apply, visit https://www.vibranthawaii.org/economy

NATURE & ART AS THERAPY: WINDS & CHIMES is a free workshop offered by Root & Rise Hawaiʻi on Friday, May 27 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Root & Rise Outdoor Studio in South Kona. This FREE program is open to anyone seeking mental health support, family/friends of those with mental challenges, social service & mental health professionals, and interested community members. The goal of the program is to reduce stress, improve mood, and restore hope. Space is limited, so please call 617-543-8065 to reserve a spot and for more information.

KANAKAPILA CONCERT on Sunday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at the Outdoor Pavilion behind United Methodist Church in Nāʻālehu. Students from Keoki Sereno's free ukulele classes will be performing. Refreshments to follow.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes Expands Hours & Increases Access to Kahuku 
The Kahuku Unit of HVNP is now open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, adding an additional hour to explore trails and views from the slopes of Mauna Loa. In addition, the rugged portion of Kahuku Road above the cross fence will reopen to 4WD vehicles, providing easier access to Kona Trail and Glover Trail. Learn more about Kahuku trails, ranger programs and coffee talks on the park website at nps.gov/havo
See more below. NPS photo

FLAGS WILL FLY HALF STAFF AT ALL STATE AND FEDERAL BUILDINGS in Hawai'i to honor the 19 children and two adults killed by on Tuesday by an 18-year-old high school student who shot them at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas just north of San Antonio. The announcement came from Gov. David Ige who said, "I join our nation in mourning the tragic and senseless loss of these innocent victims, and I stand with the families of those affected by this horrific act of violence. On behalf of the State of Hawai'i, I express my deepest condolences to the victims' families, the faculty, staff and student body at Robb Elementary School, and the Uvalde community in Texas."
    Lt. Gov. Josh Green said, "My wife Jaime and I are heartsick to see another mass shooting in our country. We are praying for the victims of this tragedy and their families. As we mourn the senseless loss of 19 children and two adults in Texas, let us come together to support the survivors and their community, and do everything we possibly can to bring an end to gun violence in America."
    Congressman Kai Kahele and his wife Maria said, "It would be our worst nightmare to have dropped our daughters off at school only to never see them again. We are gutted and devastated for the families, students and faculty in this Texas community."
     Sen Mazie Hirono said, "I'm horrified and heartbroken for the Uvalde community and our nation.
It's been nearly 10 years since Sandy Hook, and still, our children are getting gunned down in our schools.
What is it going to take for Republicans to find the basic decency to help us end this nightmare?"
    Pres. Joe Biden said, "So tonight, I ask the nation to pray for them, to give the parents and siblings the strength in the darkness they feel now. As a nation, we have to ask when in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God's name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?"
   Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said, "People that are shooting people that are killing kids- they're not following murder laws; they're not going to follow gun laws. I'd much rather have law-abiding citizens armed and trained so that they can respond when something like this happens because it's not going to be the last time."  The gunman shot his grandmother before heading to the school. She remained in critical condition Tuesday evening.

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A CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN WITH $102 FINES has been launched by Hawai'i Police Department through Sunday, June 5  in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The goal of the public awareness campaign during the Memorial Day holidays is to remind drivers that seat belts save lives. Hawai‘i Island police along with state and local law enforcement agencies across the country will issue tickets to drivers who choose not to buckle up. In Hawai’i County, the fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $102 per person.
     “As we continue to see an increase in traffic deaths across the country, risky driving behaviors, like failing to wear a seat belt, continue to be a contributing factor,” said Dr. Steven Cliff, NHTSA Deputy Administrator. “This campaign is designed to remind drivers that a seat belt is truly your best defense in a crash. Click It or Ticket isn’t about citations; it’s about saving lives.”
     The HPD statement says, "No matter what type of vehicle you drive, wearing your seat belt is the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Even if your car has airbags, the safest way to ride is properly buckled up. It is simple. Always place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck, and place the lap belt across your hips, not your stomach. You should never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm. When purchasing a new car, be sure to check that its seat belts fit you."
    In 2020, more than half of all young adults’ ages 18 to 34 killed in crashes were completely unrestrained. Men make up the majority of those killed in crashes, representing 67% of all passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2020. Data show 55% of men killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt, compared to 43% of women killed in crashes. "Remember: every trip, every time, buckle up," says the HPD statement.

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KAHUKU UNIT OF HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK NOW OPENS AT 8 A.M. Thursdays through Sundays, adding an additional hour to explore the trails and views from storied areas on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano. There is no entrance fee, and reservations are not required for ranger programs or special events. The 116,000 acre rolling landscape became part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park in 2003.
    In addition, the rugged unimproved portion of Kahuku Road above the cross fence will reopen to 4WD vehicles, providing easier access to two trails: Kona Trail (highlights include ranching-era relics and 1887 lava flow formations), and upper and lower Glover Trail, which culminates near a huge pit crater that protects a pristine Hawaiian rainforest.
Puʻu o Lokuana in the Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. NPS Photo
    Hikers who venture past the cross fence must decontaminate their footwear to prevent the spread of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD), a deadly fungus that has killed hundreds of thousands of ʻōhiʻa trees on Hawaiʻi Island. It is also recommended that drivers spray the tires of their 4WD vehicles. A decontamination station is located at the cross fence gate.
    Kahuku Road above the cross fence was closed to vehicles in 2016 due to the presence of trees with ROD overhanging the road. The infected trees have since been removed to minimize the risk of vehicles spreading the spores. To protect park resources, vehicles are not permitted to drive off the roadway or go past the Upper Glover trailhead parking area.
    A dynamic kānaka maoli (native Hawaiian) history defines the Kahuku story and traces back to the earliest Polynesian arrivals. By the 1860s, Kahuku was one of the largest cattle ranches in Hawaiʻi, and also supported timber and pulu fiber industries. Today, hikers can experience native forests and birds, and the infamous 1868 Mauna Loa eruption, via its eight trails. Learn more about Kahuku trails, ranger programs and informal coffee talks on the park website. The entrance is located in the Kaʻū District on Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, about an hour's drive south of the main park entrance.

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CTAHR VIRTUAL INVASIVE PEST MINI-CONFERENCE on Wednesday, May 25 from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. HST. Join to learn about a successful eradication program of invasive fruit flies in the Pacific Islands, and two classical biocontrol programs implemented to manage invasive pests. In addition, this mini-conference features a discovery of viruses, parasitoid symbionts that can improve biocontrol of fruit flies, and a new smartphone app on IPM in Hawaiʻi. Register in advance for this conference: https://hawaii.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckf-yvrTosEt2rQgYpkdSKR44_pYsZYSqC.

RUBBISH TO RESOURCE is the topic of Speaker Series #34 hosted by the Kona Chapter of Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United on Wednesday, May 25 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Chantal Chung on Maʻona Community Garden & UH Hilo Sea Grant College Program and Evan Lam of Qan LLC and Circlepack will be sharing their manaʻo on how to create healthier soil by better managing the waste stream. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speaker-series-34-from-rubbish-to-resource-tickets-330337627737?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_eid=563999cc96&mc_cid=2f1f5e19a3.

VIBRANT HAWAIʻI MICRO-INVESTMENT DEADLINE TO APPLY is Thursday, May 26 at 11:59 p.m. Micro-investments are intended to support quick action to demonstrate the feasibility of solutions and are available in amounts up to $2,500. Investments should be spent within a 3-6 month time period. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in mid-June. This opportunity is open to all Hawaiʻi Island residents, businesses, nonprofits, associations, and civic groups. To apply, visit https://www.vibranthawaii.org/economy

NATURE & ART AS THERAPY: WINDS & CHIMES is a free workshop offered by Root & Rise Hawaiʻi on Friday, May 27 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Root & Rise Outdoor Studio in South Kona. This FREE program is open to anyone seeking mental health support, family/friends of those with mental challenges, social service & mental health professionals, and interested community members. The goal of the program is to reduce stress, improve mood, and restore hope. Space is limited, so please call 617-543-8065 to reserve a spot and for more information.

KANAKAPILA CONCERT on Sunday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at the Outdoor Pavilion behind United Methodist Church in Nāʻālehu. Students from Keoki Sereno's free 'ukulele classes will be performing. Refreshments to follow.

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