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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.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Location of planned Pāhala wastewater treatment plant. Read testimony given to the county council today at the first
reading of Bills 75 and 76, to fund the proposed facilities, below. 
County map
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WOULD GO TO HAWAIʻI IN THE FEDERAL SPENDING BILL that passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. Congressman Ed Case, who serves on the House Committee on Appropriations, issued a statement, saying that increased funds for Native Hawaiian programs are approved for healthcare and education.
     Agencies to be funded include Partners In Development, which operates Tutu & Me in Kaʻū; Alu Like; INPEACE; Keiki O Ka ʻĀina; and University of Hawaiʻi Center on Disability Studies. Funding for the East West Center would be restored, should it be included by the U.S. Senate, providing $17 million. Last term, the House zeroed out the funding.
One of the local agencies that would be funded
if the Federal spending bill passes.
     The budget calls for an increase in military spending in Hawaiʻi for missile defense, computer modernization, and Impact Aid for the continued education of dependent children whose parents are based in Hawai‘i. Hilo harbor is budgeted for $582,099 in improvements. Additional money is budget for Flood Plain Management Service; a National Shoreline Management Study; and Planning Assistance to State and Coastal and Deep-Draft programs. The Energy and Water Development budget supports programs that will mitigate and adapt to climate change and improve the water infrastructure in Hawai‘i.

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WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANS FOR NĀʻĀHALU AND PĀHALA received unanimous approval, on first reading, from the County Council today. Bills 75 and 76 would authorize the Mayor to apply to qualify for bonding the projects, which would allow the county to borrow, at low interest, $10 million for the Nāʻāleju project, and $37 million for the Pāhala project.
     Marine biologist Megan Lamson-Leatherman, who works on coastal cleanups and restoration in Kaʻū, testified in favor of the county's plan to create lagoon-style wastewater facilities. The design calls for treatment of sewage through aeration and absorption through soil, plants, and native trees. She said they are "well worth the money."
Red lines indicate where sewer lines are planned in Nāʻālehu. County map
     Sandra Demourelle, of Nāʻālehu, referred to a petition she submitted last year, urging the county council conduct a fiscal and performance audit of both projects to ensure compliance with federal and state environmental statutes and the Kaʻū Community Development Plan.
     In testimony submitted today, she wrote: "The Kaʻū community is going to stop begging for a legislative audit." She called it "too expensive" and accused the county of "public corruption." She said she plans to take her case to the FBI Public Corruption Officer. She said, "This fraud needs an investigation."
     Via video conferencing from Nāʻālehu, Demoruelle said she is concerned that the proposed Nāʻālehu site is too close to a viable water well. She said there is a "big lie" about the well failing, that it has "100,00 gallons a day of overflow." She also said there are alternatives to the lagoon-style facilities, but that the county cannot move forward until a final environmental impact statement is done. She opposed the lagoon facility in favor of a less expensive septic system.
William Kucharski. Photo 
from WestHawaiiForum.org
     Jerry Warren, of Nāʻālehu, also expressed concerns for the high cost of the lagoon systems and the location "next to the county water well." He contended the "original 2007 septic tank plan" would save $20 million over a lagoon-style system in Pāhala.
     Director of the county Department of Environmental Management, William Kucharski, explained that both projects must move forward. He said the EPA has issued an administrative order of consent on the projects, and the current Large Capacity Cesspools, which are illegal under federal law, must be closed "as soon as possible." He said they were to have originally been closed in 2005.
     Regarding cost, Kucharski said $8 million is "a direct result" of moving the proposed location away from Nāʻālehu Elementary School. He said he worked "very hard" to find the new location.
     Kucharski said the purpose of the new wastewater treatment facilities is to "not endanger" the communities, but to make them "cleaner and safer." He said he didn't know what to say about having to "spend a lot of money to do the right thing."
     With today's approval, the measure to fund the projects moved to a second reading before the council. Watch all the testimony from today at hawaiicounty.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=1440. See more testimony in the June 14 Kaʻū News Briefs.

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"LEARN ABOUT YOUR ANCESTORS," encourages Jan Sweetin of the Family History Center, located at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Nāʻālehu. The center is open to the public, free of charge, on Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon and on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entrance is off parking lot with Family History Center sign on wall. "Please come check us out and learn more about the joy of finding your ancestors. We are happy to instruct beginners as well as supply resources for more experienced genealogists," says Sweetin. Call 808-731-7133 with any questions.

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THE QUANRDRY OF SELF CARE: TAKING CARE OF SELF TO HELP OTHERS, is a free Brown Bag Lunch Talk, featuring Lindsey Miller who works in Nāʻālehu at the PARENTS Inc. office. Attend the event Thursday, June 20, noon to 1 p.m., at Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, 655 Kīlauea Avenue, Hilo.
     In this interactive talk, learn simple self-care ideas, and mindfulness techniques like breathing and setting intentions.
     Said Lindsey, "In our culture of extroverts and outward appearances, it's important to take good care of ourselves in order to feel grounded and peaceful in our bodies and spirits. Focusing on ourselves and what we need in the day-to-day moment is often the best way to take care of others."
     Ku‘ikahi's Brown Bag Lunch Series is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch, enjoy an informal and educational talk-story session, and meet others interested in "Finding Solutions, Growing Peace." For more information, contact Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center Program Coordinator Majidah Lebarre at (808) 935-7844 x 3 or majidah@hawaiimediation.org. No RSVP needed – walk-ins welcome.

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HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK continues to share Hawaiian culture and tradition with its Cultural Festival in mid July, ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau demonstrations, After Dark in the Park talks, volunteer programs, and opportunities to explore its Kahuku Unit. Unless otherwise noted, events are free. Here are the July events:
     Celebrate Hawaiian culture at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's Cultural Festival at Kahuku Unit on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free, family-friendly day shares the connection of Hawaiian people to this storied place on Mauna Loa volcano. See more details in tomorrow's Kaʻū News Briefs.
Living history actor Dick Hershberger points out the large boulder in the Park 
that has "Wanderer" and "B Boyd" carved into it. NPS photo/Janice Wei
     Kīlauea 2018 Volcanic Pollution: from Source to Exposed Communities is the After Dark in the Park program on Tuesday, July 2, 7 p.m. at Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
     It will explain that gas and aerosol-rich volcanic plumes can have serious impacts on human health and the environment. While impacts from major components like sulfur dioxide have been the subject of multiple studies, the trace components such as lead, arsenic, and cadmium are poorly understood.
     Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone eruption of 2018 provided an unprecedented opportunity for volcanologist Dr. Evgenia Ilyinskaya and her team from the Universities of Leeds, Cambridge and Oxford, U.K., to collaborate with U.S. Geological Survey and the State Dept. of Health to deploy ground-based and aerial monitoring equipment for analysis. Come for a fascinating look at what volcanic pollution really contains and its potential implications for environmental impacts.
     Postcards from the Edge – Painting Workshop with Artist-in-Residence Alice Leese will be held Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m. to noon behind Volcano House. Artists of all abilities can participate in this rare opportunity to meet and paint with the Park's resident artist for July, Alice Leese, on the edge of Kīlauea Volcano. Leese, a Texas cattle rancher whose oil paintings and other mediums capture the colorful west, will provide one workshop during her residency. Limited to 12 people, attendees will receive a postcard-sized blank canvas but must bring their own paints and a small travel easel. Cost is $75, and includes lunch at Volcano House. Register with the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Co-sponsored by the Volcano House and National Parks Arts Foundation.
Ranger Keoni demonstrates how to ku‘i kalo, pound the 
kalo root. NPS photo
     New Insights from Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 Lower East Rift Zone Eruption, part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series, happens Tuesday, July 9, 7 p.m. at Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. The May to 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 volcano hazards. Matt Patrick, a geologist with USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, describes the expected and unexpected aspects of this eruption, and discusses how the activity might be used to improve his and other scientists' ability to forecast future hazards on Kīlauea.
     Kui Kalo Demonstration, part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ‘Ike Hana No‘eau, Experience the Skillful Work, workshops, happens Wednesday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Make poi, the staple food of the Hawaiian diet. The root of the kalo plant is cooked and ku‘i, pounded, to create this classic Hawaiian dish. Join Ranger Keoni Kaholo‘a‘ā as he shares his knowledge of kale for this authentic cultural experience.
     Texas Rancher & Painter Alice Leese – July's Artist in Residence, part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series, co-sponsored by the National Park Arts Foundation, happens Tuesday, July 16, 7 p.m. at Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Come see how Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will inspire Texan Alice Leese, who was chosen as July's artist in residence. Leese is renowned for her evocative and vibrant oil paintings of western landscapes – including wildfire – nature, and ranch life that she says don't necessarily capture a specific area, but instead, what it feels like to be there. While in the park, Leese – who works her family's 100-year-old ranch – will feel the volcanic panoramas, plants, and animals, then share her artistic interpretations with the public.
     A Rock in the Park: Tale of the Wanderer, part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series, happens Tuesday, July 23, 7 p.m. at Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. A rediscovered rock near an overgrown hiking trail within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reveals mysterious letters and words carved into it: Wanderer. What unfolds next are the amazing voyages of Benjamin Boyd and his yacht, Wanderer. Storms at sea, a daring rescue, pitched battles in the South Pacific: Join historian Hugh Montgomery and actor Dick Hershberger in a two-man play that brings this epic tale to life.
Kāhili feather standard. NPS photo
     Kāhili Demonstration, part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ‘Ike Hana No‘eau, Experience the Skillful Work, workshops, happens Wednesday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Create a small kāhili pa‘a lima, a handheld feather standard. Kāhili are a form of Hawaiian feather work that traditionally acknowledged a person's status and genealogy, and offered spiritual protection. They are beautiful examples of Hawaiian art.
     Stewardship of Kīpukapuaulu. Help remove troublesome plants at Kīpukapuaulu, home to diverse native forest and understory plants. Meet every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in July, except July 4: 5, 11, 18, and 25; at Kīpukapuaulu parking lot, Mauna Loa Road, off Highway 11 in the Park. Bring clippers or pruners, sturdy gloves, a hat, and water. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that can get permanently stained from morning glory sap. Be prepared for cool and wet, or hot and sunny, weather. New volunteer? Contact Marilyn Nicholson for more info, nickem@hawaii.rr.com.
     Stewardship at the Summit. Volunteer to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at 8:45 a.m. at Kīlauea Visitor Center on Friday, July 12 and 26, or Saturday, June 6 and 20. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Under 18? Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent is required. Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm
Oil painting of Frying Pan Fire by July 2019 Artist in Residence 
Alice Leese. Photo from Alice Leese
     A Walk into the Past with Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar. Meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center Tuesdays in July: 2, 9, 16, and 23, at 10 a.m.noon, and 2 p.m. Each performance is about an hour. Walk back to 1912, and meet the founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar, at the edge of Kīlauea Volcano. Dressed in period costume, Ka‘ū actor-director Dick Hershberger brings the renowned geologist to life. Dr. Jaggar leads a tour of his tiny lab located below Volcano House, showing original seismograph equipment and other early instruments. Learn what motivated Dr. Jaggar to dedicate his life to the study of Hawaiian volcanoes and how his work helps save lives today. Space is limited; pick up free ticket at Kīlauea Visitor Center's front desk the day of the program. Program includes climbing stairs and entering a confined space. Supported by the Kīlauea Drama Entertainment Network.
     Explore Kahuku. Kahuku Unit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free. Take a self-guided hike, or join rangers on Sundays in April for a two-hour guided trek at 9:30 a.m.; the trail will vary depending on visitor interest. Enter the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Kahuku is located in Ka‘ū, and is about a 50-minute drive south of the park's main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended for all hikes.
     See updates on the Park's online calendar of events, and look for program flyers posted after 9:30 a.m. on the bulletin board at Kīlauea Visitor Center.
     Park programs are free, but entrance fees apply. Some programs are co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association.

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SIGN UP for Nā‘ālehu July 4th Parade, open until Thursday, June 20. Parade and Keiki Fun Day held June 29, 10a.m.-1:30p.m. - see separate event listing. Sponsored by ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Call Debra McIntosh, 929-9872. okaukakou.org

Dementia Caregiver Boot Camp, Saturday, June 22, 9a.m.-4p.m., Kaʻū Rural Community Health Assoc. in Pāhala. RSVP by June 17. Free. Three workshops, movie, and lunch. Attend one or all segments. Learn more and RSVP at alz.org/Hawaii or 800-272-3900.

A-Mazing Triangles, Bookbinding Workshop with Charlene Asato, Saturday, June 22, 9a.m.-noon, Volcano Art Center. $32/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. See supply list. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Abstract Collaging Workshop with Darcy Gray, Saturday, June 22, 10a.m.-2:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. $85/VAC member, $90/non-member, plus $20 supply fee. Advanced registration required. Limited to 10 adults. See supply list. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

The Joy of the Brush: Paintings by Linda J. Varez, daily, June 22 through Aug. 4, 9a.m.-5p.m., Opening Reception, Saturday, June 22, 2-4p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Free; park entrance fees may apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Coastal Net Patrol, Monday, June 24. Free; donations appreciated. Limited seating available. RSVP in advance. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, 769-7629

Mobile Spay & Neuter Waggin', Tuesday, June 25, 7:30a.m.-4p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Low income pet parents and those with limited transportation qualify for mobile spay/neuter service. Free. Surgery by phone appointment only. Hawai‘i Island Humane Society, hihs.org, 796-0107

HOVE Road Maintenance Board Mtg., Tuesday, June 25, 10a.m., HOVE Road Maintenance office. hoveroad.com, 929-9910, gm@hoveroad.com

Ka‘ū Food Pantry, Tuesday, June 25, 11:30a.m.-1p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View. Volunteers welcome. Dave Breskin, 319-8333

Performing Arts Activity: Karaoke Sing Along, Tuesday, June 25, 2-3p.m., Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. Register keiki ages 6 & up, June 17-21. Free. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Kōkua Kupuna Project, Wednesday, June 26 – last Wednesday, monthly – 9-11a.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Seniors 60 years and older encouraged to attend, ask questions, and inquire about services offered through Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i – referral required, 961-8626 for free legal services. Under 60, call 1-800-499-4302. More info: tahisha.despontes@legalaidhawaii.org, 329-3910 ext. 925. legalaidhawaii.org

Lei Tī, Wednesday, June 26, 10a.m.-noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Hands-on demonstration with rangers and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association staff making tī-leaf lei. Free; park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/havo

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thursday, June 27, 3-4p.m., Classroom 35, Building F, Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. 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

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 meal 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.

‘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

Volcano Village 4th of July Parade, Festival, and Craft Fair happens Thursday, July 4 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The parade starts at the Volcano Post Office, travels down Old Volcano Road, and ends at Cooper Center on Wright Road. Free entry to activities, food, and entertainment. Leashed dogs allowed. Provided by Cooper Center Council, Volcano Community Association, and more. To be in the parade, download the entry form at volcanocommunity.org and email to vcainfo@yahoo.com. Vendors, download applications at thecoopercenter.org and email to idoaloha@gmail.com, or call Tara Holmes, 464-3625, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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