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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, January 17, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Thursday, January 17, 2019

The main gate to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park remains open without entry fees. Staffing of Kīlauea Visitor Center
and other park destinations that are open during the partial federal government shutdown are staffed through donations
provided to Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and manpower through Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association.
Photo by Peter Anderson
AN ANONYMOUS DONATION OF $76,320 has gone to Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park to keep Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park open with limited services during the partial federal government shutdown. County of Hawaiʻi gave $38,160. The combined total of $114,480 funds approximately nine days of service, said Friends Executive Director Elizabeth Fien.
     "We are very grateful to Mayor Harry Kim for his support" and for the anonymous donation, said Fien. "It is wonderful to know that so many care for our public lands."

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AN APPEAL TO THE LEGISLATURE from pensioners, retired unionized sugar workers, went to Kaʻū's state Senators and state members of the House of Representatives yesterday. On opening day of the 2019 Hawaiʻi Legislature, Clyde Siva, President of Pāhala International Longshore and Warehouse Union Pensioners Club, took the ILWU platform to the Capitol offices of state Senators Russell Ruderman and Dru Kanuha, and Representatives Richard Onishi and Richard Creagan, who serve Kaʻū.
Clyde Sylva, President of the Pāhala Pensioners Club, takes
the ILWU priorities list to Rep. Richard Onishi and
Kaʻū's other state Representative and Senators.
     ILWU Legislative Priorities support an increase in the minimum wage, with annual adjustments in accordance with increases in the Consumer Price Index. The ILWU supports the continuation and improvement of the Prepaid Health Care Act of 1974, which made Hawaiʻi the first state to require health insurance for all employees working 20 hours or more per week, leading Hawaiʻi to become the state with the highest rate of health-insured residents.
     The union supports programs for the growing population of seniors and the disabled. An ILWU statement distributed to legislators says, "Such programs include Kupuna Care, caregiver support (including the CARE Act), protection of the vulnerable elderly, resources for caregivers and care recipients, financing for long-term care (including funding through a proposal to increase the General Excise Tax), and home and community-based care. Support for programs to educate the general public about long-term care needs and costs."
     The ILWU also asks the legislature ensure the state receives its fair share of taxes from vacation rentals and ride share services.
     Additionally, the ILWU calls for the development of more harbors in Hawaiʻi. "Priority should be given to the development and maintenance of facilities to sustain the growth of operations for manifested cargo without compromising safe working conditions for workers."

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Harry McKee
HARRY MCKEE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR KAʻŪ STUDENTS ARE OPEN THROUGH FEB. 15. Harry McKee Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors invites college bound high school seniors and current college students to apply for a $1,000 scholarship.
     To be eligible, students must be residents of Kaʻū District and plan to attend any accredited college, university, technical institute, or vocational school, anywhere in the U.S. Students must enroll full time in the fall of 2019.
     The application and more information are at mckeescholarshipfoundation.weebly.com. Applications must be mailed to the foundation office in Ocean View by February 15.
     The website says that "Harry McKee left a legacy of commitment to the youth of Kaʻū. His foundation exists to give students an opportunity for higher education. Harry was a musician, a gardener, a WWII decorated veteran, an outdoorsman, and an active civic leader. Harry was well known for reaching out to local youth to support their education goals, and to encourage young people to share aloha and celebrate ʻohana."  See more about the foundation at

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COFFEE PRUNING, COFFEE BERRY BORER, AND BANANA MACROPROPAGATION CLASSES are open for registration. University of Hawaiʻi College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources holds the free workshops at Kona Cooperative Extension Center, 79-7381 Mamalahoa Hwy, in Kealakekua. Registration is required for all classes.
Free Coffee Berry Borer 101 Workshop held by
CTAHR in February.
     Coffee Pruning Field Day, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m. to noon. Educates coffee growers on traditional and experimental pruning methods. Includes hands-on pruning. Speakers include Dr. Stuart Nakamoto, Andrea Kawabata and Matt Miyahara of CTAHR, and Dr. Traice Mastumoto of USDA. Register at hawaiicoffeeed.com/pruning or contact Gina at 322-4892 by Jan. 28. Class size limited to 30.
     Coffee Berry Borer 101 Workshop, Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., or Friday, Jan. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. New and beginning coffee farmers or those seeking a refresher are welcome at CBB 101 Workshop. Learn about CBB biology and current integrated pest management techniques. The Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture Beauveria subsidy program coordinator will be on hand to discuss subsidy of Beauveria products. Register at HawaiiCoffeeEd.com/cbb101 or contact Gina at 322-4892 at least 2 days before the workshop. Registered participants will receive one CBB IPM and record keeping binder per farm.
     Banana Macropropagation Workshop 2, Thursday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Learn how to propagate healthy, disease-free banana plants. The field day includes multiplication of corms using materials from Part 1, and review of propagation of clean banana plants through macropropagation techniques; identification and management of Banana Bunchy Top Virus; and a demonstration on rapid BBTV detection using AmplifyRP® Acceler8® test kits. Participants are welcome to bring in one sample for testing. Register at eventbrite.com/e/kona-banana-macropropagation-workshop-part-2-tickets-54812580905?aff=erelexpmlt.

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KAʻŪ TROJANS BOYS BASKETBALL played strong games last night, hosting Waiakea.
     The Trojans JV team won. They wiped the court with their opponents, scoring 8 points in the first quarter, 17 in the second, then 10 each in the third and fourth, for 45 total points. Kealiʻikoa Reyes Nalu scored 11. Waiakea only managed 29 against the onslaught.
     Varsity scored 7, then 15, 8 and 11, to end at an impressive 41, with Shesley Martinez scoring 12. The bigger school managed 71.

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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. 25, Fri., BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Jan. 26, Sat., BIIF Div. II Finals
Feb. 6-9, Wed.-Sat., HHSAA
Boys Basketball:
Jan. 18, Fri., @Kohala, 6pm
Jan. 21, Mon., @Hilo6pm
Jan. 23, Wed., @Laupāhoehoe, 6pm, Varsity
Jan. 28, Mon. host Kanu, 6pm, Varsity
Feb. 5, Tue., BIIF Div. II Semi-Finals
Feb. 6, Wed., BIIF Div. II Finals
Jan. 19, Sat., @Keaʻau
Jan. 26, Sat., @HPA
Feb. 2, Sat., @Hilo
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. 30, Wed., Boys BIIF Div. II Finals
Jan. 30-Feb. 2, Wed.-Sat., Girls HHSAA
Jan. 19, Sat., @KCAC, 10am
Jan. 25, Fri., BIIF Trials @KCAC, 3:30pm
Jan. 26, Sat., BIIF Finals @KCAC, 1pm

MILOLIʻI-KAʻŪ JRS. VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT, to benefit Miloliʻi-Kaʻū teams, happens at Kaʻū District Gym on Feb. 9 and 10. 
     Teams playing are 10s: Miloliʻi-Kaʻū, Cuzins I and Cuzins II, with one more slot open; 12s: Miloliʻi-Kaʻū, Cuzins Girls, Cuzins Co-Ed, and Mau Loa, with three slots open; 14s: Miloliʻi-Kaʻū, Cuzins Girls, and Mau Loa, with four spots open; and 16s: Cuzins 14 Boys and Cuzins 16, with two slots open.
     Entry fees are $50 per team. Contact Kaʻimi at 937-1310, Landa at 443-7133, or Tene at 333-7232.

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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

Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tue., Jan. 22 (Committees), Wed., Jan. 23, (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

HOVE Road Maintenance Board Mtg., Tue., Jan. 22, 10am, HOVE Road Maintenance office. hoveroad.com, 929-9910, gm@hoveroad.com

The Wonderful World of Wine and Watercolor, Tue., Jan. 22, 4-7pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus. Nancy DeLucrezia shows how to transfer a photo onto watercolor paper and introduces basic techniques. Participants enjoy a sampling of several wines from Grapes store in Hilo. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $17 supply fee/person. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

WILL BE CANCELLED IF GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN PERSISTS: After Dark in the Park: Volcano Awareness Month - What Happened at the Summit of Kīlauea in 2018?, Tue., Jan. 22, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. USGS geophysicist Kyle Anderson presents. Free; donations accepted. Park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

Lei - ‘Ike Hana No‘eau - Experience the Skillful Work, Wed., Jan. 23, 10-noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Free; park entrance fees apply. Co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thu., Jan. 24, 12-1:30pm, Punalu‘u Bake Shop. Monthly meeting provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

Thursday Night at the Center: Stories from the Summit, Thu., Jan. 24, 6:30-8:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus. An evening of personal accounts by Volcano residents from the 90 consecutive days of earthquakes this past summer. Hosted by Volcano novelist Tom Peek. Includes tales from USGS HVO Scientist-in-Charge Tina Neal and others living and working at Kīlauea's summit. Free, $5 donation suggested. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

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.

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

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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