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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, July 04, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Thursday, July 4, 2019

Harmony in the U.S.A. and Love, along with the patriotism of the American flag, were the messages from
these paraders in Volcano Village today. Photo by Leilani Esperanza
A JULY FOURTH MESSAGE FROM STATE SEN. KAI KAHELE, who is running to serve Kaʻū and the rest of rural Hawaiʻi in the U.S. House of Representatives:
A Color Guard marches for Independence Day
in Volcano. Photo by Leilani Esperanza
     "Today, on the anniversary of our nation's independence, we celebrate the declaration of our unalienable human rights, upon which this great nation was founded. As we gather with our friends and families, let us honor those Americans who have sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we all enjoy.
     "Just over two centuries ago, the founders of our democracy proclaimed that all individuals have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Now, the need for a belief in these founding ideals is more important than ever, and we must continue to strive to secure equality and liberty for all."

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AN INDEPENDENCE DAY TWEET FROM SEN. MAZIE HIRONO: "With tanks in the streets for the Trump Show and immigrant children locked in cages, the 4th of July is not a celebration of @realDonaldTrump's cruelty and vanity. Today, I'm celebrating a country that welcomes immigrants, diversity, and strives to become a more perfect union."
     Her tweet was met with many responses of support for the military air show and the President's talk in Washington, D.C. today. See Hirono on Twitter.

Uncle Sam strolls through Volcano Village with Lady Liberty holding the torch. Photo by Yvette Slack

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A JULY 4th TWEET FROM REP. TULSI GABBARD: "The self-serving politician that he is, Trump has succeeded in making July 4th about himself, and in doing so, further divided our country. This on a day when our nation's president should be uniting us. #IndependeceDay." Her tweet received similar responses as those sent to Hirono, supporting Pres. Donald Trump.

The Royal Order of Kamehameha is a regular in the Fourth of July Parade in Volcano. Photo by Yvette Slack

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NEW FIREWORKS LAWS were signed this week by Gov. David Ige, a little ahead of today's festivities. On Tuesday, Ige signed three of four pending bills that have to do with pyrotechnics.
Red, white, and blue decorated motorcycle joins the parade.
Photo by Leilani Esperanza
     Said Ige, "Hawaiʻi has a long history with fireworks, but I do believe that these measures really help us do a better job of regulating fireworks as appropriate and most importantly keep our communities safe."
     Act 184 requires a new report from an illegal fireworks taskforce that was created in 2011, by Dec. 1. The taskforce was created to help stop importation of illegal fireworks and explosives, and develop a strategy to protect airports, harbors, and "other facilities and institutions."
     Act 185 clears up language about dimensions issue on fireworks labeling, "from nine inches by nine inches to nine square inches."
     Act 186 clarifies how fireworks can be used by movie, television, and theatrical productions, and how law enforcement can test, dispose of, and destruct illegal fireworks.
     HB89 was not signed Tuesday, but is not on Ige's Intend to Veto list. The bill would establish liability of and criminal penalties for the property owner when illegal fireworks are set off on the property. It would also establish probable cause for fireworks offenses arrests "may be based on statements from witnesses and photographs, video, and other recordings." Governor Ige did not name HB89 to his list of bills he intends to veto.

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Grand Marshal of the Volcano Parade  and Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory Chief Scientist Tina Neal, left, 
rode a silver convertible, draped in flag.  Photo by Leilani Esperanza

VOLCANO'S FOURTH OF JULY PARADE today drew people from many walks of life, community interests, and avocations, including Grand Marshal Tina Neal, Chief Scientist of Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory. See photos on this page and more about the Volcano Fourth of July Parade in upcoming Kaʻū News Briefs, including images of paniolo from Kaʻū who hauled horses from Mauna Loa to Kīīlauea Volcano to participate in the parade. See Miss Kaʻū Coffee and her court, along with Science Camps of America who made the journey from Kaʻū.

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Volcano firefighters in the rain. Photo by Yvette Slack

HURRICANE BARBARA is forecast to be downgraded to a Tropical Storm by tomorrow afternoon, then a Tropical Depression by Sunday Afternoon. The former category 4 Hurricane is now moving northwest at 12 miles per hour with 100 mph winds. She was 1,560 miles east southeast of Hawaiʻi at 5 p.m.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
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2019 Kaʻū High School Athletics Schedule through August
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates; Bowling TBA.

Football, Division II:
Mon., July 15, first day Conditioning, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Mon., July 22, first day Full Pads, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 24, 1 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Mon., July 29, 3 to 5 p.m., first day practice
Tue., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Hilo
Fri., Aug. 23, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts St. Joseph
Wed., Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala

Cross Country:
Mon., Aug. 5, 2:30 to 4 p.m., first day practice
Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty

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Ka‘ū Roping & Riding Association 42nd Annual 4th of July Buckle Rodeo, Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7. Slack starts 8a.m., show starts noon, at rodeo grounds behind Nā‘ālehu Park. Tickets available at gate, $8/person. Pre-sale tickets available $7/person around town from Rodeo Queen contestants. Ralph or Tammy, 929-8079

Stewardship at the Summit, July 6, 12, 20, and 26, 8:45a.m.-noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers remove invasive, non-native plants. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves/tools provided. Parental/guardian accompaniment or written consent required for under 18 yrs. Free; park entrance fees apply. Paul and Jane Field, field@hawaii.edu, nps.gov/havo

Edible Landscaping for Backyards and Beyond with Zach Mermel of Ola Design Group, Saturday, July 6, 9a.m.-noon, Volcano Art Center. Learn how to transform lanai and lawn, field and fence into an abundant oasis of edible and multifunctional plants. $30/VAC member, $40/non-member, plus $15 materials fee. Class size limited; register early. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Alternative Handbuilding - East African Pottery with Erik Wold, Saturday, July 6 through August 31, 10a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center. No class August 24. $180/VAC member, $200/non-member, plus $15 materials fee. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Zentangle Inspired Labyrinth Cartouches with Lois and Earl Stokes, Saturday, July 6, 10a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center. All welcome, no experience necessary. Potluck - bring dish to share. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, July 6 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11a.m.-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

Postcards from the Edge - Painting Workshop with Artist-in-Residence Alice Leese, Sunday, July 7, 10a.m.-noon, edge of Kīlauea, behind Volcano House. Meet and paint with Leese. Limited to 12 people. Attendees receive a postcard-sized blank canvas but must bring their own paints and a small travel easel. $75/person includes lunch at Volcano House. Register, fhvnp.org/events/postcards-from-the-edge-painting-workshop-with-artist-in-residence-alice-leese. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

Sunday Clay - High Fire! with Erik Wold, July 7 to Sept. 1, morning session 11:30a.m.-2:30p.m., or afternoon session 2:45-5:45p.m., Volcano Art Center. No class Aug. 25. Eight wheel-thrower and three hand builder slots per session. $180/VAC member, $200/non-member, plus $15 materials fee, per 8-week session. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, July 7 – 1st Sunday, monthly – noon-2p.m., Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or sites.google.com/viewith southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

Head Coaches Wanted for Ka‘ū High School, 2019-2020: Coed Judo, Coed Swimming, and Boys Basketball. Applications due Monday, July 8 - pick up at school office weekdays, 8a.m.-4p.m. Must pass criminal background check. Athletic Director Kalei Namohala, 313-4161

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Monday, July 8, 1p.m., contact for location. Parent-led homeschool activity and social group, building community in Ka‘ū. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Monday, July 8 (Committees), Tuesday, July 9 (Council), Hilo. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Couples Dinner, Monday-Friday, July 8-12, 4:30-6p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Followed by Couples Engagement, 6-8p.m. Hosted by Ocean View Baptist Church. Open to the public.

Flameworking - An Introductory Class with Nash Adams-Pruitt, Tuesday, July 9, 5-8p.m., Volcano Art Center. $75/VAC member, $80/non-member, plus $40 supply fee. Class size limited. Register early. Advanced registration required. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

After Dark in the Park - New Insights from Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 Lower East Rift Zone Eruption, Tuesday, July 9, 7p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. USGS HVO geologist Matt Patrick describes expected and unexpected aspects of the eruption and how the activity might be used to improve his and other scientists' ability to forecast future hazards on Kīlauea. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

Kui Kalo Demonstration, Wednesday, July 10, 10a.m.-noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Ranger Keoni Kaholo‘a‘ā shares knowledge of kalo and making poi. Free; park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/havo

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, July 11, 6:30p.m., United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkley Yoshida, 747-0197

Laysan Albatross (Mōlī) and Other Native Seabirds: Their Significance in Hawaiian Culture, Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8p.m., Volcano Art Center. Short documentary showing, book signing, and presentation by Kumu Sabra Kauka and Hob Osterlund, award-winning writer, photographer, and conservationist. Free; $5 donation to VAC suggested. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Friday, July 12, 9a.m.-noon, Ocean View Community Center. Free disability legal services provided by Hawai‘i Legal Aid. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Community Dance, Friday, July 12, 7-10p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Minors allowed with supervision only. Alcohol-free event. Variety of music. Snacks provided; additional pūpū welcome. Free. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

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 Friday, July 12. 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.

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.

Experience Volcano Festival is still looking for vendors. Booths for the event are $25 per day for Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, July 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.

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

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., Saturday, 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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