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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.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Sunday, January 13, 2019

Experience Volcano invites area residents and business representatives to a forum on Thursday, Jan. 24
to discuss the challenges of recovering from the 2018 eruption and earthquakes and new vacation
rental laws and rules. See story, below. Photo from experiencevolcano.com
TULSI GABBARD, WHO DECLARED HER CANDIDACY FOR THE PRESIDENCY this weekend, faced a 24 minute interview with CNN's Van Jones, aired Saturday evening. See the full interview.
     Jones called the veteran of Middle East wars and Hawaiʻi Congresswoman "a tough soldier," "a soldier for peace," and "a hawk on terrorism but a dove on regime change wars." She explained there is a "vast distinction.... We have to make sure we defeat those threats" from terrorists. However, "My opposition to regime change wars comes from not only my personal experience but looking throughout history at what the consequences of those wars are.
Gabbard revealed her candidacy for President on the Van Jones show
on CNN yesterday. See the entire interview.
     "Time and time again, we see how our intervention regime change wars have not only not made the lives of the people in those countries better. The lives of people in those countries have been made far worse specifically because of our regime change wars, not better.... It has made us less safe.... The trillions of dollars we spend on these regime change wars are dollars that are not going to fixing our infrastructure. They are not going to improve our health care system, not going to improve our education system, not going to rebuild our communities right here at home."
     Jones said he thinks Gabbard sees things differently because "you have done things differently. You are a veteran of this most recent round of wars. I think the wisdom of veterans of your generation is something we're going to need, maybe in much higher office."

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KAʻŪ HOSPITAL IS IN BETTER FINANCIAL SHAPE with a bright future, according to a presentation by its board and executives on Saturday. The annual community meeting at the hospital, held by the East Hawaiʻi Regional Board of Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corp., which manages the hospital and its rural health clinic, drew community health advocates.
     Regional Health Executive Officer Dan Brinkman explained Kaʻū's special position as a Critical Care Access Hospital. The federal designation not only allows insurance to pay more for care here, it allows Kaʻū to reach out to other rural communities. Under Kaʻū's designation, new clinics can be opened in Puna and even more urban Hilo to provide medical care for the underserved. With new clinics comes more staff, which can help stabilize the staffing at Kaʻū and the entire region.
     The partnership of Kaʻū with other clinics and Hilo Hospital benefits this area with more specialists on staff at Hilo, including cardiologists and orthopedic surgeons. New cardiology capabilities at Hilo will soon make it less likely for heart attack victims to be airlifted to Honolulu. Life saving treatment will be carried out more quickly here, said Brinkman. He also said more specialists in dermatology, endocrinology, and other fields will be available through telemedicine.
The regional board for Kaʻū Hospital met with the community yesterday to take input and assure residents that the 
hospital and clinic are on better financial footings with more sophisticated health care planned. Photo by Julia Neal
     Brinkman said that Kaʻū Hospital is not as dependent on the state for funding as in the past. He said the hospital is not making money but is much better at covering its costs.
     Jessie Marques, founder and executive director of Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association, urged the hospital and its clinic to coordinate with her organization in the use of its HMSA telemed kiosk at its facility on Puahala Street in Pāhala.
     She also asked whether patients can receive same-day appointments at the Kaʻū Hospital Rural Health Clinic. Hospital Administrator Merilyn Harris said the clinic makes every effort to make same day appointments. Depending on the patient's insurance, referrals from such providers as Bay Clinic may be needed for the hospital to be compensated for the visit. However, the clinic will not turn away patients, she said.
     Making it easier for veterans to see doctors locally was another topic. One physician clarified that veterans in Kaʻū, who live far from the veterans clinics in Hilo and Kona, can apply through the Veterans Administration to choose a local primary physician. The vet would still go once a year to Hilo or Kona for a checkup at the VA clinic. Marques said she is working with veterans to establish regular telemedicine in Ocean View.

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THE FUTURE OF VOLCANO VILLAGE and its extended community is the topic of a forum at Cooper Center, Thursday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. The public and county, state, and Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park officials are invited to attend and answer resident's questions, says a statement from Experience Volcano Hawaiʻi. The group formed last May to face challenges of recovering from the 2018 volcanic eruption, "its accompanying earthquakes and its devastating effects on the local tourism industry. We're very proud of the low-impact model that we've evolved as a gateway community, serving thousands of national park visitors annually by integrating restaurants, galleries, and lodging into the community and its upland rainforest environment." 
Many opportunities for cultural and art experiences are available
in the area, including those at Volcano Art Center.
Photo from experiencevolcano.com
     Experience Volcano points out that Volcano is different than the visitor industry "resort node" model. "The community needs to keep that model and build on it, but faces upcoming hurdles as the park rebuilds it infrastructure."
     One of the challenges, says the statement, are new "state and country regulations such as County Council Bill 108." The bill passed the County Council and the county Planning Department is finalizing regulations to regulate vacation rentals. The statement says the bill threatens "vacation rentals on which Volcano has built its success. Many folks in our community may be confused about how these changes may affect all of us."
     Experience Volcano is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization of Volcano-area businesses and community members "dedicated to sharing the Village's special brand of aloha with the world. The group's mission includes promoting the Volcano area in a sustainable way through social media platforms, print media, and media tours."
     Since launching last May, Experience Volcano has printed and distributed 5,000 brochures promoting the area as a destination and has "helped Volcano businesses to develop a unified voice and to pursue common goals. Forums such as this one give the Volcano community a change to refine its vision and mission."
     Cooper Center is on Wright Road in Volcano. For more information, contact experiencevolcano@gmail.com. See experiencevolcano.com and Facebook.

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Kīlauea Visitor Center is open thanks to Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes
National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, which continue to
provide donations and manpower to keep it running.
Photo from InspiredImperfection.com
AREAS OF HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK WILL REMAIN OPEN, despite the partial federal government shutdown - the longest in U.S. history. A statement from Volcanoes, issued today, reports that some visitor services, including cleaning restrooms, trash collection, and entrance stations, will now be completed using revenue generated by recreation fees. See nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes for latest information on accessibility and available services.
     Areas accessible to park visitors include: Kīlauea Visitor Center, exhibits, picnic tables, and restrooms; Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association store in Kīlauea Visitor Center; Crater Rim Drive from the park entrance to Kīlauea Military Camp; Crater Rim Drive from the park entrance to the intersection at Devastation Trail Parking Lot; Crater Rim Drive to viewpoints of Halema‘uma‘u near Keanakāko‘i (pedestrians/bicyclists only), and Crater Rim Trail between Volcano House and Kīlauea Military Camp.
     Also open are Volcano House lodging, gift stores and restaurants; Kīlauea Military Camp; Volcano Art Center Gallery; 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; Kīpukapuaulu and trail; Ka‘ū Desert Trail to the new Footprints exhibit; Escape Road from Highway 11 to Crater Rim Drive (no vehicles); and Namakanipaio Campground
     The rest of the park is closed, including Chain of Craters Road, Kulanaokuaiki Campground, all backcountry areas, and Kahuku.
Backcountry spaces of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, like Halapē on the coast, remain closed until the
partial federal government shutdown is resolved. Photo from HVNP
     National Park Service officials determined that by using Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement funds to immediately bring back park maintenance crews to clean restrooms, remove trash, and complete health and safety operations, the park will be able to continue providing accessibility to the park for visitors while ensuring health and safety.
     Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues to provide donations to bring in park interpreters, natural resource protection and monitoring to keep areas of the park and  Kīlauea Visitor Center open. Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association provides volunteers and staff.
    "Since Jan. 1, 2019, Friends has given the park $114,000.00. This is a clear part of our mission, as we are the official Philanthropic Partner to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park," said  Elizabeth Fien, President and CEO of Friends.
     During the partial shutdown, park entrance stations are open to provide safety and information protection messages to arriving visitors, but entrance fees and camping fees are not collected.
     "We greatly appreciate the generous contributions of park partners, especially Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes Lodge Company, Volcano Art Center, and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association who have provided tens of thousands of dollars in financial and in-kind donations during the lapse in appropriations," said park superintendent Cindy Orlando. "Their efforts have contributed significantly to our ability to provide access and basic services to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park."
     While basic visitor services continue, other services may be limited or unavailable during the lapse in appropriations, including special events, ranger talks, and programs. Additional information is available at nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoesFor updates on the shutdown, visit doi.gov/shutdown.

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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
Kaʻū High Winter Sports Schedule
Girls Basketball:
Jan. 14, Mon., host Kealakehe, 6pm
Jan. 17, Thu., host Keaʻau
Jan. 25, Fri., BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Jan. 26, Sat., BIIF Div. II Finals
Boys Basketball:
Jan. 16, Wed., host Waiakea, 6pm
Jan. 18, Fri., @Kohala, 6pm
Jan. 21, Mon., @Hilo6pm
Jan. 23, Wed., @Laupāhoehoe, 6pm, Varsity
Jan. 28, Mon. host Kanu, 6pm, Varsity
Jan. 19, Sat., @Keaʻau
Jan. 26, Sat., @HPA
Jan. 14, Mon., @Makualani
Jan. 16, Wed., Boys host Kona
Jan. 18, Fri., Boys host Pāhoa
Jan. 21, Mon., Girls BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Jan. 22, Tue., Boys @Kohala
Jan. 23, Wed., Girls BIIF Div. II Finals
Jan. 19, Sat., @KCAC, 10am
Jan. 25, Fri., BIIF Trials @KCAC, 3:30pm
Jan. 26, Sat., BIIF Finals @KCAC, 1pm

INTERESTED EDUCATORS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS - such as non-profit organizations, police, emergency response members, and more - are invited to register for a Human Trafficking Workshop conducted by Melody Stone on Friday, Jan. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the PARENTS, Inc. office in Nā‘ālehu. Advance registration is required to participate. Call 430-5710.

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Free STD Testing, Mon., Jan. 14, 9-noon, Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored by Hawai‘i Department of Health. 2nd Monday, monthly. Call for appt. on different day or time. Teenagers 14+ do not need parent/guardian consent. Always confidential. Free condoms and lube. 895-4927

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Mtg., Tue., Jan. 15, 4:30-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

After Dark in the Park: Volcano Awareness Month - New Insights from Kīlauea's 2018 Lower East Rift Zone Eruption, Tue., Jan. 15, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. USGS HVO geologist Matt Patrick presents. Free; donations accepted. Park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Thu., Jan. 17, 9-noon, Ocean View Community Center. ovcahi.org, 939-7033

Hui ‘Ohana Parenting Education and Skills for Life Class, Thu., Jan. 17, 10-noon, Ocean View Community Center. Meets every Thursday. Free. Register w/ Lindsey Miller, 333-3460.

Family Reading Night, Thu., Jan. 17, 6-7pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hawai‘i's White Terns - Manu-o-Ku - an Urban Seabird by Susan Scott, Book Release and Presentation, Thu., Jan. 17, 6:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus. Free, $5 donation suggested. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Lamb of God Baptist Church Revival, Thu, Fri., & Sat., Jan. 17-19, 7-9pm, Ocean View Community Association. All welcome. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Community Clean-Up at Kamilo, Sat., Jan. 19, contact in advance for meet up details. Space may be available; BYO-4WD welcome. Free; donations appreciated. RSVP to kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com or call 769-7629.

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Mtg., Sat., Jan. 19, 10-1pm, Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting and training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Ocean View Community Association Annual Members Mtg., Sat., Jan. 19, 12:30-1:30pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Ham Radio Mtg., Sat., Jan. 19, 2-3pm, Ocean View Community Center. ovcahi.org
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

Preschool Opens Doors Applications are open for the 2019-2020 school year. The Department of Human Services encourages families to apply before March 29. This program is for families seeking aid in paying for preschool. Applications, available at patchhawaii.org, received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. For more information, visit bit.ly/2TolEOm or call 800-746-5620.

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.

Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi classes in January include Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) in Ka‘ū on Wednesdays, from Jan. 16 through Feb. 19. See more at hmono.org.

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