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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.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A typical Kaʻū backyard fireworks display on a farm in Wood Valley on New Years Eve. See more photos, below.
 Photo by Michael Worthington
A FEDERAL WORKERS UNION SUES OVER SHUTDOWN: As the partial federal government closure, starting Dec. 22, pressured Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and other federal entities to shutter facilities and programs, the American Federation of Government Employees sued. Lead attorney Heidi Burakiewicz filed suit on New Years Eve for employees labeled "essential" and "expected" who work during the shutdown without pay. They include those critical for security and infrastructure. Among those who could be covered by the suit are federal firefighters and law enforcement officers at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
     Burakiewicz told The Washington Post reporter Deanna Paul, "It's outrageous the government expects them to work without knowing when they'll get their next paycheck." 
     She said that nationwide, essential and expected federal employees face workplaces understaffed and unfair costs, like commuting to work, gas, and child care. "They may be paycheck to paycheck, have cellphone bills, mortgages...It's unacceptable for any employer, but especially for the U.S. government." She told The Washington Post that timing of the closure already qualified some employees to sue and that many more, some 420,000 across the country, would be eligible if the shutdown goes beyond the next pay cycle that ends midnight Saturday, Jan. 5.
     In addition to those in the National Park Service, the suit covers employees in the Departments of Transportation, Forest Service, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, and IRS. Those who work in border patrol and federal prison guards are included.
     The American Federation of Government Employees filing the suit is the largest union representing federal government workers.
     In the meantime, Hawaiʻi's congressional delegation promised to fight to fund the government and to break the standoff with Pres. Donald Trump who is holding up government funding until he receives  money to build a wall along the southern mainland border of the country to keep out immigrants.
   Nationwide, some 800,000 government employees were without paychecks at the beginning of 2019 and many may never see a dime for time they were involuntarily furloughed. Sen. Mazie Hirono vowed to work with congress to pay them, and offered her own pay during the shutdown to Hawaiʻi's food banks.
     As the shutdown continues, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes keeps its main gate open, without admission fees. Non-profits and Park business partners step up to help visitors.
     Should the shutdown roll through weeks in January, it would be difficult to keep the park open without funding, said park officials. However, just before the New Year, Mayor Harry Kim and Hawaiʻi County were expecting to commit money to assist Hawai`i Volcanoes. The state and its Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority also considered assisting, as it did for the Arizona Memorial on Oʻahu.
     Open at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park are: Volcano Art Center Gallery; Volcano House hotel, restaurants, and stores; Kīlauea Theatre; KMC accommodations, restaurant, store, and lounge; and Kīlauea Visitor Center displays and its Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association bookstore. Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks staff members keep the Visitor Center open 9 .am. to 5 p.m. every day.
Aerial fireworks displays over homes in Pāhalaon New Years Eve. 
Photo by Michael Worthington
     Also open are Kīlauea Visitor Center picnic tables and restrooms; Crater Rim Drive from Park entrance to KMC; Crater Rim Trail between Volcano House and KMC; Steam Vents and Sulfur Banks; Mauna Loa Road to Kīpukapuaulu (vehicles not permitted past the gate at Kīpukapuaulu); Mauna Loa Road to Mauna Loa Lookout – pedestrians and bicyclists only; Kīpukapuaulu day use picnic area (no trash or custodial services – pack it in, pack it out only); Kīpukapuaulu and trail; and Ka‘ū Desert Trail to the Footprints shelter and exhibit.
     The rest of the park is closed, including the Kahuku Unit near Ocean View, Chain of Craters Road, Escape Road, all campgrounds, and all backcountry areas.

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HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR WINDWARD FACING SHORES on Hawaiʻi Island is in effect through the morning of Thursday, Jan. 3. The National Weather Service reports surf heights will build tonight, peak Wednesday at 8 to 10 feet along east-facing shores, then begin to subside.
     The high surf, according to NWS, is produced by a northwest swell and waves "driven by strong, easterly trade winds."
     NWS issued this warning, "Expect strong breaking waves, shore break, and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous. Beachgoers, swimmers, and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution. Boaters should expect recreational surfers and body boarders utilizing harbor channels to access surfing areas."

Many fire works displays sent lights, smoke, booms and bangs into the air 
across Kaʻū on New Years Eve. Photo by Michael Worthington
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NEW YEAR WISHES FROM Gov, David Ige and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard were posted to social media today. Ige's message was, "A dawn of a new year. Let us move forward together and make 2019 our best year yet. HAPPY NEW YEAR!"
     Gabbard posted: "As we begin this New Year, let us do our best to #livealoha, and commit to bringing the light of love, care and compassion into a world that so desperately needs it. Only light can drive out darkness; only love can drive out hate. #MLK #NewYearsDay." She also posted: "Aloha is deep love & respect for one another that transcends any differences. Aloha inspires us to take action - to serve, to care for, & protect others. Service before self. On this New Years, share examples of aloha in your own life & how you share aloha with others #LiveAloha."

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
Kaʻū High Winter Sports Schedule
Girls Basketball:
Jan. 4, Fri., host Hilo6pm
Jan. 7, Mon., @Honokaʻa, 6pm
Jan. 9, Wed., @Kamehameha, 6pm
Jan. 14, Mon., host Kealakehe, 6pm
Jan. 17, Thu., host Keaʻau
Boys Basketball:
Jan. 3, Thu., host Honokaʻa, 6pm
Jan. 5, Sat., @HPA, 6pm
Jan. 8, Tue., host Kamehameha, 6pm
Jan. 11, host Konawaena, 6pm
Jan. 16, Wed., host Waiakea, 6pm
Jan. 18, Fri., @Kohala, 6pm
Jan. 5, Sat., @Waiakea
Jan. 12, Sat., @Kealakeha
Jan. 3, Thu., Girls @HPA
Jan. 5, Sat., Boys host Kealakehe
Jan. 7, Mon., @Hilo
Jan. 9, Wed., @Keaʻau
Jan. 12, Sat., host Honokaʻa
Jan. 14, Mon., @Makualani
Jan. 16, Wed., Boys host Kona
Jan. 5, Sat., @KCAC, 10am
Jan. 12, Sat., @Kamehameha, 10am

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist monitors Kīlauea Volcano's 
Lower East Rift Zone lava flow on June 25. Photo from USGS
VOLCANO AWARENESS MONTH CONTINUES WITH A SECOND AFTER DARK IN THE PARK presentation taking place on Tuesday. Jan. 15, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium on Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with the title New Insights From Kīlauea's 2018 Lower East Rift Zone Eruption.
     The May through August, 2018, lower East Rift Zone eruption resulted in numerous new insights into how Kīlauea Volcano works and provided scientists new opportunities to improve their understanding of volcanic hazards. Matt Patrick, a geologist with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, describes the expected and unexpected aspects of the eruption and discusses how the activity might be used to improve his and other scientists’ ability to forecast future hazards on Kīlauea.
     For more, see nps.gov/HAVO. Free event; however, park entrance fees apply. Donation helps support park programs.

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Hula Voices w/Kumu Hula Leilehua Yuen, Wed., Jan. 2, 5-6:30pm, Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Desiree Moana Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free, monthly. 967-7565

Open Mic Night, Wed., Jan. 2, 6-10pm, Kīlauea Military Camp inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Call 967-8365 after 4pm to sign-up and for more details. Park entrance fees may apply. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests 21+. 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Women's Support Group, Thu., Jan. 3 and 17, 3-4:30pm, PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. 1st and 3rd Thu. of every month thereafter. Women welcome to drop in anytime. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Thu., Jan. 3, 6-7pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Meeting, Thu., Jan. 3, 6:30pm, Aspen Center. okaukakou.org

Story Time with Lindsey Miller - PARENTS, Inc., Fri., Jan. 4, 2:30-3:15pm, Nā‘ālehu Public Library. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Big Island Road Runners Hilo to Volcano 50 Kilometer Ultra Marathon and Team Relay, Sat., Jan. 5, 6am, Moku Ola (Coconut Island) parking area to Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Race Director David Cotter, 339-7210, bigislandroadrunners.org

EXHIBIT: From the Slopes Of Two Mountains, daily, Sat., Jan. 5 - Sun., Feb. 10, 9-5pm, Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Features glass works of Michael Mortara, Misato Mochizuki Mortara, W. Chris Lowry and Marianne J. Lowry. Opening reception with artists Jan. 5, 5-7pm. Free; park entrance fees apply. volcanoartcenter.org

Art Express, Sat., Jan. 5 and Feb. 2, 10-3pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Classes held once monthly. Learn something new or work on a forgotten project. Instructions on oil, acrylic, watercolor, and other mediums. Class size limited to 25. Meliha Corcoran 319-8989, himeliha@yahoo.com, discoveryharbour.net/art-express

Keiki Science Class, Sat., Jan. 5, 11-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. First Saturday, monthly. acehardware.com

Spiritual Healing, Sat., Jan. 5, 3-4:30pm, Ocean View Community Center. Led by Debra Zager. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Sunday Clay - High Fire (new sessions), Sun., Jan. 6-Mar. 3 (no class Jan. 20), morning session 11:30-2:30pm, afternoon session 2:45-5:45pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. 8 week session w/Erik Wold on potters wheel (7 slots open per session) or hand-building (2 slots open per session) techniques. Beginners and continuing students welcome. $180/VAC member, $200/non-member, plus $15 materials fee for 6 lbs clay, including glazes and firing for that material. Additional clay available for purchase. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun., Jan. 6, noon-2pm, Manukā State Park. Monthly. 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

Overflow 2019: Unleashing Your Untapped Potential, Sun., Jan. 6, through Sat., Jan. 16, 6 p.m., and Sun., Jan. 13, 9:45 a.m., Nā‘ālehu Assembly of God. Seven days of prayer and fasting. Music by Ola Shaw. Special Guest Musician Ricky "RNB" Brown. Event features five guest speakers. 929-7278, naalehuag.org

Painting w/Peggy, Mon., Jan. 7, noon-3pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Three hour Acrylic Painting Session for artists of all levels with Margaret "Peggy" Stanton. No pervious experience needed. Students bring own supplies and easels - suggested material list at margaretstantonart.com. $15/VAC member, $20 per non-member. Register at volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222. Questions, email peggystanton007@yahoo.com

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon., Jan. 7 and 21, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. Parent-led homeschool activity/social group building community in Ka‘ū. Confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Meeting, Mon., Jan. 7, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hawai‘i County Council Meetings, Tue., Jan. 8 (Committees), Wed., Jan. 9, (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, Tue., Jan. 8, 4-6pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Community Emergency Response Team in and training scenarios. Public welcome. Dina Shisler, dinashisler24@yahoo.com, 410-935-8087

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Meeting, Tue., Jan. 8, 6-8pm, Pāhala Community Center.

After Dark in the Park: Volcano Awareness Month - Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 Lower East Rift Zone Eruption, Tue., Jan. 8, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Carolyn Parcheta presents. Park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

Registration for P&R Boys & Girls, T-Ball/Coach Pitch Baseball League open through Jan. 16, Kahuku Park, H.OV.E. For ages 5-8. Programs run Jan. 22-Apr. 18, game and practice times tba. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Substitute School Health Assistant Positions are available. Qualifications: CPR and First Aid certifications, and a high school diploma or equivalent. Training begins in 2019. Contact Kristy Loo for more at look@hkkk.k12.hi.us.

Applications for a Paid Internship in Kaʻū for Kupu Hawai‘i and The Nature Conservancy are being accepted. The year-long, full-time position is in TNC's Hawai‘i Island Terrestrial Program, which stewards native forest preserves in Ka‘ū and South Kona.
     Benefits offered include: a $1,600 monthly living allowance (before taxes); a $5,920 education award towards higher education; health care and childcare benefits (if eligible); and receiving an entry-level conservation career experience.
     Applicants must be at least 17 years old, and possess or be working towards a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants must also have their own housing and transportation, a driver's license, and be able to pass a criminal history check.
     The internship is offered through Kupu Hawai‘i. Those interested are asked to fill out an application at kupuhawaii.org/conservation under Conservation Leaders Program as soon as possible. For more, call The Nature Conservancy at 443-5401 or call Kupu Hawai‘i at 808-735-1221.

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