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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.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Friday, June 21, 2019

A new Hale under construction inside Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park in honor of Kumu Hula Ab Valencia, with
assistance from Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and many others. See story below.
Photo from Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
THE COUNTY OF HAWAIʻI'S $585.5 MILLION BUDGET became law this week for the fiscal year beginning July 1, without Mayor Harry Kim's signature. The mayor allowed it to stand without his veto, but said he believes, "we should be more conservative with spending." With a 9-0 vote of approval for the budget by the County Council, a veto would have likely failed.
     The mayor wrote to the County Council this week saying he is concerned that the council approved extra expenditures of $1.6 million plus $1 million from county reserves. He pointed to $630,000 that the County Council members will spend through their contingency funds. He said the reserves come from county departments cutting their own budgets to save money for expected increases in county spending for employees from union bargaining.

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Keliʻi Freitas at a new ʻahu on Mauna Kea. Photo from Big Island Video News/Leinaʻala Sleightholm
NEW ʻAHU – TEMPLES – WERE ERECTED ON MAUNA KEA TODAY, after the state removed four "unauthorized structures" yesterday to make way for "safe" construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, reports Big Island Video News. See more on the removals on yesterday's Kaʻū News Briefs.
     A press release from Mauna Kea ʻOhana, received by Big Island Video News, said the ʻahu were erected in the area where "the State destroyed and desecrated ʻahu as a direct attack against our cultural practices and rights yesterday." The release states the ʻahu were not erected "as a protest to the proposed devastating TMT development, as falsely inferred by the State," but "in the exercise of our traditional and customary rights and practices as Kanaka Maoli (aka Native Hawaiians)." The statement said ʻahu "were traditionally erected to honor and connect in lōkahi and aloha to our beloved mountain in alignment with summer solstice ceremonies on this day. The hundreds of ʻahu found in this area are evidence of our ancestors' pilgrimage to Mauna a Wākea. As such, we continue in the footsteps of our kupuna. We are Mauna Kea."

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Coral reefs support clouds of reef fish. DLNR photo
TO PRESERVE, SUSTAIN, AND RESTORE CORAL REEF ECOSYSTEMS via a prize competition is the goal of legislation introduced on Thursday by Sen. Mazie Hirono and Rep. Ed Case. The Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act of 2019 addresses threats to U.S. coral reef ecosystems by directing the 12 federal agencies on the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force to use existing funding to carry out a coral health prize competition. The legislation allows federal agencies to work with private entities to both fund and administer the prize competition.
      Said Hirono, "The waters surrounding Hawaiʻi are home to more than 620 square miles of coral reef and a quarter of the world's marine life, including thousands of native species found nowhere else in the world.  Hawaiʻi's coral reefs generate nearly $800 million in economic activity each year for our state. We cannot afford to sit by as the health of our oceans continues to decline. This bill encourages federal agencies as well as the private sector to come together to find innovative solutions to help our declining reefs. Collaborative partnerships such as these are desperately needed to ensure that our marine environments and the numerous services they provide will be around for future generations."
Coral bleaching and other forms of coral death lead to a lack of reef fish.
DLNR photo
     Said Case, "This no-cost bill amends the proven Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000... Prize competitions that encourage public-private partnerships, such as the one that this bill proposes, have an established record of spurring innovation that can be integrated into a next-generation federal ocean management strategy. This small step could generate huge leaps forward in the preservation and protection of one of the most critical and endangered corners of our natural world."
     A peer-reviewed study commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates the total economic value of coral reefs in the main Hawaiian Islands alone to be nearly $34 billion. Healthy reefs contribute to local economies through tourism and provide shoreline protection during severe weather events by mitigating damaging wave action.
     Threats to coral reefs include climate change, bleaching, disease, overfishing, pollution, and more.
     Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is a cosponsor of the bill. Read the full text here. A one-page summary and fact sheet about the bill is available here.

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The Hale under construction at pa hula in Volcano uses ironwood instead of ʻōhiʻa posts to prevent the spread of
Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death. Photo from Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
The late Kumu Hula Ab Valencia.
Photo by Dinno Morrow

THE HALE PROJECT, supported by Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Puʻuohonua O Honaunau, is building a traditional Hawaiian structure at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes. Friends reports that money raised since 2015 is going toward reconstruction.
     Friends Executive Director Elizabeth Fien said a promise was made to Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner Irenio "Ab" Kawainohoikalaʻi Valencia to rebuild the Hale. "He was the original FHVNP project manager, and we were devastated when he passed in 2017. Every time we pass the Hale, we can feel his presence and love.
     "The project started with the stripping of bark from ironwood logs (due to Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death, we no longer are able to use the ʻōhiʻa trees), and collecting materials to rebuild. The pa hula is a very special and significant cultural area. The Hale allows for dancers to get ready before a performance."
     Those interested in volunteering to help build the Hale can call 985-7373, See more on Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park at fhvnp.org.

Heaviest boar of 2017 was captured by Team 12 led by Tyrell 
Mason, of Kaʻū, weighing in at 150 lbs. Photo by Guy Sesson
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THE THIRD ANNUAL PIG HUNT HOSTED BY KAʻŪ MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY happens Saturday, July 20 at the parking lot adjacent to 96-3258 Maile Street, near the old Radio Station Building in Pāhala. The location for the home base of the event is provided by the Edmund C. Olson Trust.
     The scale for the weigh-ins for the wild pigs will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food booths and a variety of contests are featured, including Over-All Pua‘a prize for heaviest pig; Heaviest Boar/Laho‘ole; Heaviest Sow; Biggest Tusk; and the Smoke Meat Contest.
     Contact Kalani Vierra at 938-2005, Darlyne Vierra at 640-8740, or Liz Kuluwaimaka at 339-0289.

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DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF HAWAIʻI'S 4TH OF JULY ANNUAL PICNIC happens at Old Kona Airport Makaʻeo Pavilion on Thursday, July 4 from noon to 2 p.m.
     Entertainment is hula by Beamer-Solomon Hālau O Poʻohala. Hear and meet elected officials, candidates, and learn about 2020 presidential candidates. 
     Hot dogs provided, bring a potluck dish to share. Contact Bronsten Kossow at brons10kalei@gmail.com or 808-217-7285 with questions.

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CU HAWAIʻI FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, with branches in Nāʻālehu, Pāhala, and elsewhere on the island, launched new online banking services this week. Online banking, mobile banking, and bill pay services are now available to members.
     The new features include access to all each member's CU accounts through a single login, with Fingerprint Touch, Face ID, or PIN access available on mobile devices. Other online tools include stop payment requests on a consecutive series of checks; notifications on credits and debits; transaction search function; transaction memo and image attachment; and secure messaging with Member Service Representatives during business hours.
     Mobile Banking users will need to delete the old CU Hawaiʻi application and download the new app. Sub-account nicknames will not be converted to the new system and must be re-entered into Online Banking. All scheduled transfers will not be converted to the new system. All scheduled future transfers must be re-entered into Online Banking.
Future dated Bill Pay payments will continue to be processed on the new system as long as customers re-register. Once registered, Bill Pay payments may be made using any of the customer's checking accounts to any of their payees in Bill Pay. E Bills function in Bill Pay data will not be converted to the new system; re-input of information to the new E Bills system is necessary to ensure continuous payments. Availability of current E Bill payees may differ under the new system.
     For technical support with the new system, call tech support at (512) 436-0767. Stop by the nearest CU Hawaiʻi branch, email info@cuhawaii.com, or call (808) 933-6700 or toll free 1-800-933-6706, with other questions.

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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
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

Volcano Friends Feeding Friends, Thursday, June 27, 4-6p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Free community dinner for all. Additional packaged goods to take home for those in need. Donations and volunteers encouraged. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

Coffee Talk at Kahuku: Planting Pono, Friday, June 28, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit Visitor Contact Station. Learn how to identify plants at home that don't need removal and how to integrate natives and non-invasive plants into the landscape. Free. nps.gov/havo

The Sky is Full of Stories with James McCarthy, Friday, June 28, 1:30-2:15p.m., Nā‘ālehu Public Library. McCarthy, a trained actor, storyteller and musician will captivate audience with wide variety of sky stories from myths and science, using tales and songs. Suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Free. 939-2442

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. okaukakou.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.

Head Coaches for Coed Judo, Coed Swimming, and Boys Basketball are wanted by Kaʻū High School for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications, due Monday, July 8, can be picked up at the school office weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coaches hired by Hawaiʻi Department of Education are required to pass a criminal background check. Contact Kaʻū High Athletic Director Kalei Namohala 313-4161 with questions.

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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