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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, June 09, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Sunday, June 9, 2019

King Kamehameha's statue in Emancipation Hall drew Sen. Mazie Hirono to talk about the preservation
of Hawaiian language today in the U.S. Capitol. Photo from Hirono's Facebook
THE 50TH ANNUAL KING KAMEHAMEHA LEI DRAPING CEREMONY at the U.S. Capitol's Emancipation Hall today drew leimakers, singers, hula dancers, the Hawaiʻi State Society, and Senators Mazie Hirono and Ed Case.
     Hirono said, "Every day, and in very concrete ways, including confirmation of Trump appointed judges, we must fight to ensure respect for the Native Hawaiian community and indigenous communities everywhere.
Hula, song and lei embellished the King Kamehameha Day
ceremony in Washington, D.C. today. Photo from Hirono's Facebook
     "That is why I am encouraged and proud of the next generation of Hawaiian language speakers who understand what it means to ensure the survival of the language, and indeed, the culture. Language tells the story of who we are, where we come from, what we value, and how we view the world. When we lose the language, we lose the history and knowledge of the people passed down over generations. Without the language, we can not preserve the culture. In Hawaiʻi, we weave Hawaiian words in an out of our everyday vernacular. By doing so, we recognize and honor native Hawaiians, and demonstrate our cohesion as a community. And as part of that community, we have a responsibility to care for one another and we strive to treat each other with aloha, with care, mālama – care for each other."
     Kamehemahema Day, a state public holiday this Tuesday, June 11, celebrates the life of the king who unified all the Hawaiian Islands – from the Big Island to Niʻihau – in the decades just before the arrival of missionaries. Kamehameha I formally established the Hawaiian Kingdom as an internationally recognized government in 1810.
Congressman Ed Case joined in the ceremonies. Photo from Case's Facebook
During King Kamehameha's reign, from 1795 to 1818, merchant ships picked up Hawaiian sandalwood to market in China. Cattle and goats roamed the islands and locals began to plant such foreign crops as pineapple. A new economy emerged.
     Kamehameha's great-grandson, Kamehameha V, established the holiday in 1871, and Kamehameha Day quickly grew to include carnivals, horse and foot races, and parades featuring paʻu riders – the flower-bedecked horses and riders representing each island. Celebrations grew to include hula competitions and hoʻolauleʻa.
     Kamehameha Day was one of the first holidays to be written into law when Hawaiʻi became a state in 1959.
     There are three other statues of Kamehameha, two on this island – in Hilo and Kapaʻau – and a third in Honolulu at ʻIolani Palace. All are the sites of lei ceremonies each year around Kamehameha Day.
The Hawaiʻi State Society helped to organize the 50th annual event. Photo from Hirono's Facebook
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ADVOCATES FOR STEWARDSHIP of special lands acquired through Public Access, Open Space, and Natural Resources Commission process made some headway when the County Charter Commission approved it on Friday. The Charter Amendment, with approval of the County Council, would go on the 2020 ballot for a decision by Hawaiʻi County voters.
Makahiki Grounds near Nāʻālehu are PONC acquired lands stewarded by
a nonprofit organization, with volunteer Aina Akamu at right.
 Photo by Nohea Kaʻawa
       It would allow nonprofit organizations stewarding special lands purchased by the county through the PONC process, to build toilet facilities, shelters, paths and trails. The stewardship grant process would be clarified and streamlined and PONC would provide citizen oversight. The Maintenance Fund administration would be transferred to the county Department of Finance.
     A measure to allow payment of board members of nonprofits, for specific work budgeted, was turned away, but could be revived when the County Council reviews proposed Charter in July.
    Sammie Stanbro, a long time advocate of the 2 Percent Land Fund and preservation of the Ka`u Coast, encouraged adoption of proposals for more stewardship projects and to use 2 Percent Land Funds to hire a full time county employee to work exclusively on the Land Fund program and land stewardship.
Sammie Stanbro testifies in support of 2 Percent Land
Fund proposals. Photo from Big Island Video News

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THE APPEARANCE OF A "BLACK STREAK" ON THE WALL OF KĪLAUEA CALDERA sparked a response from U.S. Geological Survey, after the National Park Service posted to Facebook, "Something new has appeared on the southwest side of Kīlauea caldera resembling a large crack. What is going on?"
     USGS Research Geologist Don Swanson replied, "What I have dubbed a 'black streak' on the caldera wall is flowing water. The water comes from a shallow perched aquifer impounded by dikes in the southwest rift zone. Water flows southward along and in the sand flat below Crater Rim Drive but is stopped by the dikes, which form a dam. For one of several reasons – increasing water pressure, failure of wet sand, small rock fall – water breaks out of the aquifer and pours into the caldera. This phenomenon was first noted on July 4, 2018, and has been observed repeatedly since then. There are at least two different sites for such water flow, both just north of the southwest rift zone. The flowing water has eroded ravines or gullies that resemble cracks. Water flow generally lasts several hours and then stops as water in the aquifer is depleted. But, days to weeks later, water reappears."
A "black streak" on the side of Kīlauea Caldera is caused by water seeping from the aquifer. NPS photo

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A DISASTER PREPARATION FAIR, hosted by Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Agency, happens Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bringing together an array of emergency response agencies to heighten community readiness for disasters, the event at West Hawai‘i Civic Center, 75-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kona, features presentations on the 2018 Lower East Rift Zone eruption and the 2019 hurricane season. More than 30 emergency response agencies will be on hand to answer questions. The event includes kids' activities and giveaways. Parking is free.
     For more information, contact Civil Defense at 935-0031.

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Summer Algebra Camp: Grades 6-8, Monday, June 10, to Friday, June 21, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ka‘ū High & Pāhala Elementary. Supplies provided, free. Registration required, 313-4913, dexsilyn.navarro@k12.hi.us

Early College: High School Students, Monday-Thursday, June 12-July 11, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ka‘ū High & Pāhala Elementary. Registration required. 313-4100

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Monday, June 10, 1p.m., contact for location. Parent-led homeschool activity and social group, building community in Ka‘ū. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Kapa Kuiki with Cultural Practitioner Cyndy Martinez, Wednesday, June 12, 10a.m.-noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Hawaiian traditional quilting methods demonstration and discussion. Free; park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/havo

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, June 13, 6:30p.m., United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkley Yoshida, 747-0197

Register by June 14 - Basic Hunter Education Certification Program - see separate listing, June 28 and 29, for details. Space is limited. Call 887-6050, code KAU

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Coastal Net Patrol, Friday, June 14. Free; donations appreciated. Limited seating available. RSVP in advance. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, 769-7629

Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Friday, June 14, 9a.m.-noon, Ocean View Community Center. Free disability legal services provided by Hawai‘i Legal Aid. ovcahi.org, 939-7033

Arts and Crafts Activity: Father's Day Card, Friday, June 14, 1:30-2:30p.m., Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. Register keiki ages 6-12, June 10-13. Free. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Community Dance, Friday, June 14, 7-10p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Minors allowed with supervision only. Alcohol-free event. Variety of music. Snacks provided; additional pūpū welcome. Free; donations appreciated. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Mtg., Saturday, June 15, 10a.m.-1p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting and training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hula Kahiko - Kumu Hula Lorna Lim with Hālau Kawehileimamoikawekiu‘okohala, Saturday, June 15, 10:30-11:30a.m., hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Hula performance. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mea Hula with Kumu Moses Kaho‘okele Crabbe, Saturday, June 15, 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery porch. Hands-on cultural demonstration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Drawing Mandalas as Meditation w/Lisa Maria Martin, Saturday, June 15, 11a.m.-2p.m., Volcano Art Center. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. All supplies provided. Open to all levels. No art or meditation experience needed. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Ham Radio Mtg., Saturday, June 15, 2-3p.m., Ocean View Community Center. ovcahi.org

Opera Concert w/D'Andrea Pelletier, Saturday, June 15, 5:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. Tickets are $20/VAC member, $25/non-member. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Community Clean-Up, Sunday, June 16. Free; donations appreciated. Space available and BYO-4WD ok. RSVP in advance. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, 769-7629

Father's Day Buffet, Sunday, June 16, 5-8p.m., Crater Rim Café, Kīlauea Military Camp. Main entrees: Prime Rib, Lemon Butter Fish and Vegetable Stir Fry w/Tofu. $29.95/Adults, $14.95/Child (ages 6-11). No reservations required, 967-8356. Open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Seamless Summer Program, open to all people under age 18, no registration required, offers free breakfast at Nāʻālehu Elementary and Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School cafeterias. Meals are available weekdays through July 11; no meals Tuesday, June 11 and Thursday, July 4. Kaʻū High serves breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call (808) 939-2413 for Nāʻālehu Elementary mealtimes.

Early College Summer Program at Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary registrations are open for high school students. Program runs Wednesday, June 12 through Thursday, July 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Program requires registration by calling 313-4100. No classes Tuesday, June 11 and Thursday, July 4.

Purchase Tickets for Miss Hawaiʻi Island Teen USA and Miss Hawaiʻi IslandSunday, June 15 at The Grand Naniloa Hotel in Hilo, from Teen USA candidate Kailee "Kamalani" Kuhaulua-Stacy. Tickets are $25; contact Kamalani at 808-315-4252 through Saturday, June 14 to purchase. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the pageant begins at 6:30 p.m. The evening includes both competition for Miss Hawaiʻi Island Teen USA, for contenders 14 to 18 years of age, and Miss Hawaiʻi Island, for contestants 18 to 28.
     Supporters can vote for the candidate called Kamalani, contestant #7, for the People's Choice award, by liking her photos on the pageant Facebook. Deadline to vote by liking the contestant photo is this Sunday, June 9 at 7 p.m.
     See misshawaiiisland.com.

Exhibit – Hulihia, A Complete Change: The Hawai‘i Nei Invitational Exhibition, runs through Sunday, June 16, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Volcano Art Center Gallery. Multi-media exhibition of seven artists. Free; National Park entrance fees may apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou's Annual Nāʻālehu 4th of July Parade and Summer Fun Fest happens Saturday, June 29. The Nā‘ālehu Independence Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. at Nā‘ālehu Elementary School and ends at the Nā‘ālehu Hongwanji Mission. The parade features floats, Paʻu riders, Kaʻū Coffee Court members, and more.
     The Fest, which begins after the parade, features water slides and bounce castles, hot dogs, watermelon, and shave ice, plus Senior Bingo and lunch at the community center for seniors. The free event is open to the public, no registration required.
     To participate in the parade, volunteer, or donate, contact Debra McIntosh at 929-9872 by Thursday, June 20okaukakou.org

Full-Time Teaching Assistant Sought by Tūtū & Me to implement curriculum for caregivers and keiki in Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool in Kaʻū. Competitive salary and benefits package, including medical, dental, drug, and vision; flexible spending plan; 403b retirement plan; vacation, sick days, and 14 paid days off; and more.
     Minimum requirement is a high school diploma. Early Childhood Education, related coursework, and/or experience working children preferred. For more, visit pidf.org/about/careers. Apply by emailing resume and cover letter to hr@pidfoundation.org or fax to 808-440-6619.

Hi-Employment Seeks Student Employees to work in a macadamia nut orchard on weekends and holidays. Duties include hand-harvesting macadamia nuts, filling and transporting nut bags and buckets, loading 25-plus pound bags into truck beds, and possible clearing of brush and branches. Applicants must be at least 15 years old, have a work permit, two forms of ID, and transportation to "Panaʻewa Stretch." Call for more details, 238-3741, hi-employment.com.

Experience Volcano Festival is still looking for vendors. Booths for the event are $25 per day for Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28. The event is coordinated with the new ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 5K, and Keiki Dash on the 27th. Apply at experiencevolcano.com/vendor-application.
     Experience Volcano is a group of businesses and residents helping to rebuild the economy of Volcano, following last year's volcanic disaster that shut down Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and drastically reduced the visitor county which is now recovering.

ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 5K, and Keiki Dash happens Saturday, July 27 in Volcano Village, It replaces the Volcano Rain Forest Runs. Register at ohialehuahalf.com.

6th Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run Registration, webscorer.com/register?raceid=166020. 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon races through mac nut and coffee fields along slopes of Ka‘ū starting at 7a.m., Sept. 21, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Sponsored by Ka‘ū Coffee Mill and ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Prices increase after July 9. okaukakou.orgkaucoffeemill.com

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