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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Sunday, July 14, 2019

Native plant seeds, including ʻōhiʻa, were handed out at Saturday's Cultural Festival at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, 
Kahuku Unit. See story and more photos below. Photo by Manu Yahna
A PEACEFUL VIGIL ON MAUNA KEA DREW NO SWEEP OF PROTESTERS by law enforcement officials on Sunday. Mayor Harry Kim arrived unexpectedly, to watch over the nonviolent ceremony at Puʻu Huluhulu, to reconsecrate it as a puʻuhonua, a refuge. The event, near the intersection of Saddle Road and the Mauna Kea access road, was held in anticipation of the beginning of construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope near the summit. Some native Hawaiians and others object to the telescope, saying the site is sacred and that the top of the volcano, under public management, has been mistreated. Transportation of equipment and materials to start construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, requiring closure of the road to the summit.
Hula at Puʻunohnua o Puʻu Huluhulu on Sunday. Community members and 
cultural groups are standing vigil against construction of the Thirty Meter 
Telescope, slated to begin tomorrow. Photo from Big Island Video News
     Gov. David Ige announced this afternoon that rumors spread about a possible sweep of the area tonight at 8 p.m. "I can let you know that there is no planned sweep of Mauna Kea. We are concerned that these false rumors and speculation about state law enforcement activities creates anxieties in our community, and we just really want to remind people that the men and women of law enforcement are your neighbors. Their commitment is to their responsibility, which is to keep our community safe, to keep the roads passable so that truck drivers and construction workers can get to their work site and keep order," said the governor.
     "As construction begins, our number one priority is keeping our community safe," said Ige. "Law enforcement's mission is to ensure that everyone can do their job, that truck drivers can drive and deliver equipment and materials as they are asked to do, that construction workers are able to proceed to their work site."
Mayor Harry Kim visited Puʻu Huluhulu on Sunday. He assured protesters
that their vigil can continue uninterrupted by law enforcement.
Photo from Big Island Video News
     Ige said he expects any protests to remain peaceful but that "law enforcement has been preparing in a number of different ways and we are prepared to respond to whatever the situation may be.
     "We expect, and I expect, the best behavior from our community. We don't expect protesters to get out of line. But, in terms of preparation, law enforcement has gone through and prepared for every scenario you might be able to imagine."
     Mayor Harry Kim made a visit to Puʻu Huluhulu today. Big Island Video News reported the mayor talking about the ceremony and the people who gathered there. "I think it's a very appropriate place. They've been more than good at keeping their promises that safety is first for everybody. And I admire them for it, I respect them for it, and I surely do appreciate them for that." He said the groups gathering at Puʻu Huluhulu told him in advance of their intentions.
     Kim supports the Thirty Meter Telescope project.
     The HULI organization released a statement saying that, should the State of Hawaiʻi sweep the Puʻuhonua, Hawaiian groups "will stand as a lāhui to affirm the establishment of the puʻuhonua and protect their right to seek refuge there."
Cultural practitioners at Puʻu Huluhulu. Photo from Big Island Video News
     Kim said those gathered at Puʻu Huluhulu would be allowed to carry on their vigil. "They need a place, now we need to see if we can minimize any parking problems," said Kim. The mayor said the group is working with him. "We shouldn't block the main highway, and they agreed to that. And they're working with us all the way through."
     HULI member Andre Perez said that the mayor "affirmed several times that he was not going to have his police kick us out of here, or arrest us, or harass us in any way," reported Big Island Video News.
     A joint statement about Sunday's ceremony to reconsecrate Puʻu Huluhulu as a puʻuhonua, came from The Royal Order of Kamehameha I, HULI, Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge-UH Mānoa, Hui Aloha ʻĀina, Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, Mauna Kea Hui, and Nā Wahine ʻĀpapalani:
     "Through the Aliʻi authority of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, and with the support of the kia‘i of Maunakea, Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu was formally consecrated."
     Alika Desha, Kālaimoku of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, said, "In fulfillment of our kuleana, we are committed to upholding the sanctity and safe haven of this space for our akua, our ‘āina and our people."
A wahine displaying a Hawaiian Kingdom flag at Puʻu Huluhulu today.
Photo from Big Island Video News
     Leilani Lindsey, Pelekikena of the Hui Aloha ‘Āina, said, "Puʻuhuluhulu has been recognized as a Puʻuhonua for generations and that has been reaffirmed by the Royal Order of Kamehameha I. We will stand here together in the spirit of our kūpuna and in deep aloha for our ʻāina."
     John Osorio, Dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea, said, "We are a living people with a living culture. Any attempt to intrude on this Pu‘uhonua is a direct attempt to erase our people and culture and divides all Hawaiians."
     Ku Ching, member of Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, said, "We are doing a religious thing that is constitutionally protected. We are having an indefinite religious retreat."
     Kealoha Pisciotta, of Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, said, "This is further evidence that of state violence hostility and disrespect for our aloha and our religious freedom."
     "In the wisdom of Liko Martin and Aunty Pilahi Paki, Hawai‘i loa, kū like kākou. All Hawai‘i stands together," concluded the statement.

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Kumu Hula Mamo Brown's hālau at Kahuku on Saturday. Photo by Manu Yahna
KAHUKU UNIT'S 38TH ANNUAL HAWAIIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL on Saturday offered island visitors and the local community a chance to connect to Hawaiian cultural practices through hands-on crafts and demonstrations, hula and Hawaiian music, and food. The festival's theme was E Ho‘omau: to continue; last year's festival was canceled due to the 2018 Kīlauea eruption.
     The free five hour celebration offered entertainment from two hālau hula and three local bands from Hawai‘i Island: Debbie Ryder and Hālau O Leionalani; Russell Mauga and Da Kahuku Mauka Boyz; Mamo Brown and Hālau Ulumamo O Hilo Palikū; Demetrius Oliviera and Gene Beck of Keaiwa; and Brandon Nakano and the Keawe Trio.
Hula in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park during the Cultural Festival this weekend. Photo by Manu Yahna
     The Ka‘ū Multicultural Society shared their popular paniolo, cowboy, photography exhibit, a glimpse into Kahuku Ranch's not-so-distant past.
     Capt. Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa exhibited his authentic Hawaiian sailing canoe.
     The National Park Service and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association staff demonstrated ‘oli, chant, and showed attendees how to make ti leaf leis, how to weave lau hala, and ‘ohe kapala, bamboo stamping.
     Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death education and outreach handed out native plant seeds. One seed type, ʻōhiʻa, is suffering a devastating fungal epidemic on several Hawaiian islands.
     The ‘Alalā Project, ‘Imi Pono no ka ‘Āina, and NPS Natural Resources Management educated on how to protect native species and about their latest conservation efforts.
The discovery of this island was by canoe, as honored in this hula. Photo by Manu Yahna
     Food from Volcano House, shave ice from the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and Ka‘ū coffee from Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association were available for purchase. Attendees were also encouraged to bring a picnic lunch.
     The event was co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano House, and the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. The Park's official social media has video, festival photos, and more.
Park rangers make ti leaf lei with cultural fest goers. Photo by Manu Yahna
See more festival photos in this week's Kaʻū News Briefs.

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A MISSING MAN SWIMMING OFF GREEN SANDS BEACH is the target of a search that began Saturday night and continued today in the waters of Mahana Bay and beyond, along the South Point shoreline. The U.S. Coast Guard reports the 24-year old man is from Massachusetts. He was noticed missing in the waters while swimming at about 6 p.m., his belongings left onshore. Rescue crews searched the coast on foot while the C1 helicopter searched from the air until dusk. The Coast Guard joined the search this morning, joining the Hawaiʻi Fire Department. There was a High Surf Advisory at the time the man entered the water.  It was later changed to a High Surf Warning as a huge south well pounds the coast.
     The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands manages land access to Mahana Bay and is working on a plan for safety and protection of natural and cultural resources.

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HIGH SURF WARNING for south facing shores of Hawaiʻi Island continues through Monday. The National Weather Service said the most dangerous time along the coast is during periods of high tide. A High Surf Warning means large breaking surf, significant shore-break, and dangerous currents make entering the water very hazardous. 
Green Sands Beach at Mahana Bay, where a swimmer went missing Saturday night, during a high surf warning. The 
state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands manages land access and is creating a plan for safety and 
protection of the natural and cultural resources. Photo from DHHL
     NSW stated that oceanfront residents and beachgoers are advised to be on alert; inexperienced persons should remain off beaches and adjacent beach front areas; fishermen should pay close attention to the surf; and boat owners and oceanfront residents should take action to secure their property. Closures of roads and beaches may occur at any time.

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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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Monday Movie Night: Fire & Sand (Local Documentary), Monday, July 15, 7p.m., $5 donation suggested. Popcorn and snacks available for purchase. Bring cushion. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

The Wonderful World of Wine & Watercolor, Tuesday, July 16, 4-7p.m, Volcano Art Center. 
$30/VAC member, $35/non-member, $17 supply fee. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

After Dark in the Park -Texas Rancher and Painter Alice Leese, HVNP July Artist in Residence, Tuesday, July 16, 7p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. 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. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

Ocean View Community Association Board of Directors Mtg., Wednesday, July 17, 12:30-1:30p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Learn About Water Law and how to advocate for water at a Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiaries meeting at Pāhala Community Center on Wednesday, July 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ka Huli Alo will provide a brief overview of Hawaiʻi legal framework governing water resource management. It will be followed by a discussion on "how homestead communities can advocate for pono, righteous, use and protection of wai, water," says the announcement.
     The session is free and open to all DHHL beneficiaries. RSVP by Sunday, July 14 to Tereariʻi at 808-956-4025 or nhlawctr@hawaii.edu. Include community name in RSVP. Dinner and refreshments are provided for those who RSVP.

Hawai‘i State Little League Tournament, Friday through Tuesday, July 19-23, first game at 11:30a.m., second game at 2:30p.m. Nā‘ālehu Community Center Ball Field, Hwy 11. Winners go to regionals. Concessions available. No admission charged. Josh Crook, 345-0511

Taiko Drumming Presentation by Kenny Endo, Friday, July 19, 1:30-2:15p.m, Pāhala Public & School Library. Suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by parent or adult caregiver. Free. Carol Dodd, 928-2015, librarieshawaii.org

Free Haircuts, Saturday, July 20, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Kady and Drew Foster. Sign-up sheet on church bulletin board. stjudeshawaii.org

Giving Tree, Saturday, July 20, lower parking lot, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Free clothing and self care items. stjudeshawaii.org

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Data Survey and Clean-up at Kamilo, Saturday, July 20. Free; donations appreciated. Full - waitlist only. RSVP required. 769-7629, kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com

Mobile Spay & Neuter Waggin', Saturday, July 20, 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, 796-0107, hihs.org

3rd Annual Ka‘ū Multicultural Society Pig Hunt, Saturday, July 20, weigh-in open 10 a.m.-5p.m., parking lot adjacent to 96-3258 Maile Street, Pāhala, near old Radio Station Building. Food booths and variety of contest categories. Kalani Vierra, 938-2005, Darlyne Vierra, 6408740, or Liz Kuluwaimaka, 339-0289

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Mtg., Saturday, July 20, 10a.m.-1p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting and training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Beginner & Intermediate Mixed Media Encaustic with Mary Milelzcik, Saturday, July 20, 10a.m.-2p.m., Volcano Art Center. $55/VAC member, $60/non-member, plus $25 supply fee. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Hula Kahiko - Kumu Hula Moses Kaho‘okele Crabbe with Hālauolaokalani, Saturday, July 20, 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 Loke Kamanu & ‘Ohana, Saturday, July 20, 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

Ham Radio Mtg., Saturday, July 20, 2-3p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org
Sounds at the Summit, Desiree Moana Cruz & the Bill Nobel Quintet performance, Saturday, July 20, 5:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. Be-bop, swing, bosanova, salsa, and smooth-jazz-funk. $20/VAC member, $25/non-member. Tickets available for purchase online. Beer, wine, and pupu available for purchase at event. volcanoartcenter.org

Ka‘ū Chamber of Commerce Mtg., Sunday, July 21, 4-6p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

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.

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.

Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network's Summer Musical: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., through July 28 at Kīlauea Military Camp's Kīlauea Theater. Tickets are available at Kīlauea General Store, Kea‘au Natural Foods, Basically Books, The Most Irresistible Shop, and at door. $20/general admission, $15/student or over 60, $12/age 12 and under. Park entrance fees may apply. 982-7344, kden73@aol.com, kden.org

Enroll at Volcano School of Arts and Sciences for the 2019-2020 school year, which starts Aug. 5; orientation for new students is Aug. 2. Spaces are available in 1st through 8th grades of the expanding Kula ‘Amakihi Community-Based Education (CBE) Program; the school may also have space or short wait lists for certain grades in the regular on-campus programs. Contact 808-985-9800, or email enrollment@volcanoschool.net to enroll.

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

Enroll in Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Orientation for enrolled families begins Aug. 5 & 6, with programs continuing following week in Nā‘ālehu on Monday & Wednesday, 8:45-10:45am, and Pāhala, Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30-10:30am. Space is limited. pidfoundation.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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