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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.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Monday, January 14, 2019

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources gave an award to Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund on Saturday.
The organization thanked the public for helping to clean up the coast. Photo from Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund
A FOUR YEAR TERM FOR COUNTY COUNCIL members could be a ballot question in 2020, if the proposal passes the County Charter Commission. On Friday, the commission voted six to five to approve the measure for the ballot. The question faces two more readings by the Charter Commission
County Council member Maile David
 and County Charter Commissioner
for Kaʻū, Michelle Galimba.
Photo by Annie Bosted
and a public hearing before approval to place the measure on the ballot.
     County Council terms would be expanded from two to four years. The proposal is to keep the term limit to eight years. Instead of limiting council members to four, two-year terms, they would be limited to two four-year terms.
     Kaʻū's County Charter Commissioner, Michelle Galimba, voted against extending council members' terms of office from two to four years. She said the shorter term is important for accountability.
     State and U.S. House of Representatives members serve for two years, requiring them to go back for validation from the voters.

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A honu made from lids graces the Kalae Coffee celebration space, as
Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund Program Director Megan Lamson reviews the
 history of cleaning up the coast. Photo from Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund
HAWAIʻI WILDLIFE FUND WON A CITIZEN CONSERVATION AWARD from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources last weekend. The award arrived on Saturday night as staff and dozens of volunteers marked reaching 250-tons of marine debris collection from the shores of this island. The celebration was held at Kalae Coffee, which donated the venue.
     Hawaiʻi Wildlife Funds beach clean-ups on Hawai‘i island began in 2003. Its work has been the subject of numerous international media reports, particularly along a stretch of south Hawai‘i island coastline from Ka Lae (South Point) to Waiʻōhinu, including Kamilo Beach, which has popularly become known as "plastic beach."
     From October into January, Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund added to its tonnage tally to reach more than 515,000 pounds of marine debris collected on Hawai‘i Island, plus more collections on Maui, Midway Atoll, and French Frigate Shoals.
     It's a never-ending project, according to Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Program Director Megan Lamson. "It's hard to envision 250 tons of marine debris. But if you can picture the largest trucks possible and
Bill Gilmartin, Founder of
Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund
fill 250 of them to the brim with plastics, nets, and all the other stuff that washes onto the reefs and onto shore, you get an idea of the scope of our efforts." The group relies heavily on volunteers, many them recognized at Saturday's celebration. Over the past decade, HWF reports more than 43 thousand hours of volunteer time dedicated to beach clean ups and debris removal.
     A statement from DLNR said, "A good example of their good work is what happened a year ago at Kamilo Beach. An enormous tangled ball of discarded fishing net washed onto the reef just off shore. Before it could be recovered vandals lit it on fire. Typically, HWF staff and volunteers spend hours cutting through the tough netting to reduce it to manageable lengths to haul to shore. It’s then loaded into pick-up trucks and taken to a rubbish transfer station. From there, the mass of netting is shipped to O‘ahu where it contributes to fueling the H-Power plant which produces electricity for the island."
     Every year, for a decade or more, HWF has provided manpower and support for a major beach clean-up along the coastal section of the Manukā Natural Area Reserve, the largest in the State of Hawai‘i's Natural Area Reserve System.
     "The work is tough and normally occurs in hot and dry conditions, which is further testament to the dedication of the organization and its volunteers," the DLNR reports.
Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund staff and volunteers celebrate cleaning up 250 tons
 of marine debris. Photo from Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund
     Lamson said that when the Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund started in 1996, the organization's co-founder Bill Gilmartin was often told, "Why bother? Debris is just going to keep coming ashore." At that point, the plastic debris at Kamilo Beach was shoulder-high, which gave it its moniker of plastic beach.
     "Undaunted, HWF, through its educational efforts with school groups and other organizations, has made a huge difference in the appearance of the coastlines where it works, and more importantly in helping keep debris from washing back into the ocean where mammals and other aquatic creatures often get entangled in derelict netting," said the DLNR report.
     In recognizing HWF with a DLNR & You Citizen Conservationists Award, DLNR noted "the group and its passionate and dedicated volunteers go way beyond any call of duty to help protect, preserve, and repair Hawai‘i's natural and cultural resources."
     See short films with Megan Lamson at https://vimeo.com/311086602.

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THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR CYRIL LANI PAHINUI-KAHAHAWAI is announced. The Hawaiian music teacher, performer and recording artist, taught many young persons in Kaʻū and performed here many times. He was married to Chellle Pahinui whom he met in Kaʻū and with whom he sponsored Hawaiian music events here and on the mainland for the non-profit Nāʻālehu Theatre group.
Cyril Pahinui, 1950-2018
     Cyril passed away Nov. 11 at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu. The public is invited to a Celebration of Cyril's Life on Saturday, Jan. 19, at historic Kawaiahaʻo Church at 10 a.m., with formal services at noon. Kawaiahaʻo Church is located at 957 Punchbowl St., Honolulu.
     Musicians are encouraged to bring an instrument and join in kanikapila.
     Son of famed Hawaiian singer Gabby Pahinui - Phillip Kunio Pahinui-Kahahawai and Emily Polepule Kauha Pahinui, Cyril was born on April 21, 1950. Cyril is recognized in his own right as one of Hawaiʻi's most gifted guitarists and singers, capturing the attention of musicians and audiences alike with his delicate melodies, creative improvisation, and striking percussive sound. Learning music in the traditional way by listening and watching his dad and many of Hawaiʻi's foremost traditional musicians, Cyril developed a unique well-recognized sound that renders an intimate picture of Hawaiʻi, his beloved Island home.
     As an internationally roving slack-key ambassador, Cyril toured extensively in the U. S., Europe, and Japan, performing twice at Carnegie Hall. Cyril taught for seven years at the annual Chet Atkin's Appreciation Society guitar convention in Nashville and extended his love for teaching at worldwide workshops, and throughout the Hawaiian Islands, including providing 10 years of free instruction to over 800 elementary and high school students.
In lieu of flowers in remembrance of Cyril Pahinui, a
donation to Cyril's Hawaiian Music Masters program
at naalehutheatre.com, or purchase of his final
album Marketplace at cyrilpahinui.com,
is encouraged by the family.
     Over his long career, Cyril contributed to more than 50 recorded albums, with three receiving Grammy Awards and two others Grammy nominations. Cyril has also been recognized with 19 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and in 2014, received the prestigious Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. As a leader in the Hawaiian music industry, Cyril served on the Board of Directors of the Pacific North West Chapter of the Recording Academy (GRAMMY) and on the Board of Governors for the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts (HARA).
     In 2012, Cyril received the 2013 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowship for Music and, in support of his teaching, the Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award of the First Peoples Fund. In 2014, Cyril received the Duke's Hoʻokahiko Award, honoring those who "live, exemplify, and pass on the traditions of Aloha." Cyril was also honored with the 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship Award, the highest award for traditional Arts in America. In 2018, he received a Rotary Club of West Oʻahu David Malo Award.
     The family encourages, in lieu of flowers, a tax deductible donation to Cyril's Hawaiian Music Masters program at naalehutheatre.com or by purchasing his new CD, Marketplace, at cyrilpahinui.com.

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KAʻŪ TROJANS SPORTS: On Saturday, Jan. 12., Boys and Girls Soccer at Honokaʻa were both TKO, with Honokaʻa Boys and Girls each winning with 8.
     See below for scheduled home games for chances to root for the home team.

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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. 28, Mon., Boys BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Jan. 19, Sat., @KCAC, 10am
Jan. 25, Fri., BIIF Trials @KCAC, 3:30pm
Jan. 26, Sat., BIIF Finals @KCAC, 1pm

KAʻŪ HOMESCHOOL CO-OP GROUP holds meetings every other Monday, with the next on Feb. 4. The group aims to provide social activities in which their children can learn and thrive and form meaningful bonds with one another in a safe environment. It also provides support for those considering or new to homeschooling.
Keiki learn to make goat cheese from locally sourced 
goat milk. Photo by Geneveve Fyvie
     Meetings usually begin at 1 p.m., at the Ocean View Community Center; however, the group is known to take field-trips to other locations.
     Members are not required to attend every meeting, but each family is asked to lead a class a two to three times a year. There is no mandatory fee; however, donations of time or money help pay site fees.
     The group began early last year with activities ranging from whale watching boat trips, to family beach days, art projects, pirate scavenger hunts, gardening, making goat's milk cheese from scratch, learning about rainbows and light, clothing swaps, pom pom making and finger-knitting, and more.
     Laura Roberts the group's organizer, says "Recognizing the need for teen activities, a game nook has been added for our junior high and high schoolers. I feel that group is such a benefit to our community and can really help homeschoolers fill that need for social time." Her daughter Fierra, age 9, says, "You can learn how to do all kinds of things and have fun with friends."
     Upcoming events include a beatboxing presentation by Mr. Kneel, a guided hike in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and a field trip to Kula Kai Caverns.
     For more details or to join the group, call Roberts at 406-249-3351.

HAWAIIAN VALUE PRINTMAKING CLASSES, featuring donated linoleum block prints of Dietrich Varez, happens every Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.

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

CANCELLED: 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

Discovery Harbour Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Mon., Jan. 21, 5-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

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

Applications for the first annual Acton Children's Business Fair in Pāhala are open through Friday, Jan. 25. The fair, on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., aims to inspire children to "discover their inner entrepreneur," states childrensbusinessfair.org. "The largest entrepreneurship event for kids in North America, this one-day market gives children the opportunity to showcase their very own businesses."
     Planned for keiki ages 7 to 18 from all over the island, the event is hosted at River of Life Assembly of God, 96-2345 Paʻauau St., Pāhala.
     The flyer for the event says, "Whether an entrepreneur is famous like Elon Musk or Oprah Winfrey, or they are one of the thousands of unsung business owners across the country, these are the people who make sacrifices to innovate, create jobs, and serve their communities. We want to encourage our youth to reach whatever goals they may have in owning their own businesses. This event gives them the experience at doing so."
     The application asks kids to think through elements of their business: What product or service do you plan to sell? What price will you charge for each product/service? How much will each product/service cost you? How will you pay for your startup costs? If someone is helping you with your startup costs, how will you pay that person back? How will you advertise/market your business before the fair? At the end of the fair, how will you determine if your business was a success?
     Up to 15 businesses will be accepted to show their business at the fair. Up to three children are allowed per business. A donation of $5 per business is required. Booths will not have electricity. Parents are not allowed to sell or promote a child's product or service, though parents of younger children may sit in the booth so long as the child is responsible for set up, customer interactions, and sales. Parents may help their child fill out the application; however, the child should do as much as possible by themselves.
     To submit an application, visit childrensbuisnessfair.org/pahala. For more details, contact Regina Walker at 400-4722 or email pahalacbf@gmail.com.
     The Pāhala event is sponsored by Acton Academy, the Acton School of Business, Wiki Wiki Mart, KRW Enterprises, and individual donors and volunteers. "We all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation," states the website.

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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