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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, August 28, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island opens weekdays Sept 3 at Ocean View Community Center to serve up to 40 keiki 
and youth in the after school hours with transport, homework help, snacks, and activities. 
Photo from Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island
A $3,000 CHECK TO BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF THE BIG ISLAND was presented by Enterprise Holdings Foundation to the organization's board today in Hilo. The money will, in part, help to open free, weekday, after school Boys & Girls Cub services on Sept. 3 at the Ocean View Community Center. It is a partnership with the state Department of Education, Nāʻālehu Elementary School, and Ocean View Community Association.
BGCBI encourages interaction and schoolwork, while providing a safe space
and nutrition, after school. Photo from BGCBI
     Representing Enterprise at this morning's presentation were Philip Mootmag, Ilo Ma Sun, and James Green. Enterprise Holdings is the parent company of Alamo, National, and Enterprise car rental companies. Its foundation was established in 1982, to give back to the communities where partners and employees live and work. Since then, Enterprise Holdings Foundation has contributed more than $354 million to thousands of local nonprofits focused on community improvement, education, and environmental stewardship. Commitments range from global philanthropic initiatives to community-focused projects, such as the recent development of a wildflower roundabout and the donation to Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island.
     The new Ocean View program, weekdays from after school until 5:30 p.m., serves up to 40 children six to 17 years of age. The Department of Education will drop children who sign up for Boys & Girls Club directly to Ocean Community Center after school. Boys & Girls Club vans will take them home.
    The three staff members are from Kaʻū and all work at Nāʻālehu Elementary School, including the new Ocean View Program Coordinator Natasha Hu and Ocean View Youth Development Specialist Sash Hu, both of Nāʻālehu. Ocean View resident Garrett Greedy is also an Ocean View Youth Development Specialist.
BGCBI allows keiki and youth to work on school projects in a safe and
guided environment after school. Photo from BGCBI
     Chad Cabral, Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island's CEO, commented, "This program has been a long time coming. Ocean View kids, for the most part, have no real safe and supervised resource to go to after school. This new and more impactful support offering will have the potential to positively impact youth and, in turn, the greater Ocean View community by providing daily nutritional supplementation, homework assistance, support resources (like clothing, slippers, and school supplies), safe and conducive spaces to host essential youth development programming, and shuttle transportation for kids home each day."
     The after school program offerings for Ocean View will include:
     -DOE public school bus drop-off (for our youth members) from Nāʻālehu Elementary School direct to the OV Community Center.
     -Daily Homework Assistance.
     -Nutritional Supplementation (Snacks for now, developing a plan to provide OV youth with a full meal).
     -Recreational youth development activities.
     -BGCBI van shuttle transportation for OV youth direct to their homes
     Ocean View program inquiries can be received through the BGCBI Administrative office at 961-5536 and locally through Natasha Hu at 339-8634.
     The slogan of the Boys & Girls Club is "A child's path is inspired by the people and communities they engage."
     To donate or sign up for Boys & Girls Club, which serves, Pāhala, Nāʻālehu and Ocean View, as well as other Hawaiʻi Island communities, see www.bgcbi.org. Contact info@bgcbi.org or call 808-961-5536.
Enterprise Holdings Foundation presents a $3,000 check to Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island, which will
help, in part, with the new weekday services for after school youth at Ocean View Community Center.
Photo from Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island
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PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TULSI GABBARD, who represents Kaʻū in Congress, joined Tom Steyer today to become the two candidates who most narrowly missed the deadline to be qualified for the next Democratic debate.  Both Steyer and Gabbard characterized the Democratic National Committee's selection of polls for rating candidates as unfair, and neither said they would give up the race. Gabbard pointed to her sufficient ranking in such polls as The Economist and The Boston Globe, saying she ranked at 2 percent or higher in some 20 polls.
     Unless they drop out, both are able to apply to be on the fourth debate stage for Democratic presidential candidates in October.
     Before the DNC deadline today for candidates to show 2 percent or more support in four of the DNC chosen polls, Gabbard's campaign staff sent out her message, as she returned from active duty in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard:
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, on the campaign trail. Photo from her Twitter
     "It's so good to be back on the campaign trail. And not a moment too soon! This is a critical moment for our campaign – and a critical moment for our country. 
     "While I was away on a two-week active-duty drill with the Army National Guard, my campaign called on the DNC to ensure transparency and fairness in the debate qualification process. Whether we have the opportunity to be on the debate stage again or not, we will remain focused on getting our message out to the American people in the same way we've been doing all along – through the grassroots efforts and word-of-mouth momentum that has supporters lined up around the block from Iowa, to South Carolina to New Hampshire. That means we're relying on you – not the DNC, PACs, or the establishment. "

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UNPAID NĀʻĀLEHU SEWER BILLS are soaking some residents in hot water, according to a recent article by Nancy Cook Lauer in West Hawaiʻi Today. She reports that some Nāʻālehu residents haven't been paying their sewer bills, and are now subject to fines, penalties, and warrants to appear in court.
     Sewer bills are $18 per month, up from $15, as of April 1. The county is tasked with maintaining the old system of sewer lines going to now-illegal gang cesspools and is planning to build a new sewer plant to meet federal standards.
     Lauer reports county Environmental Management Director Bill Kucharski saying that those not paying apparently reason that "since they're not getting (the new) sewer service, there shouldn't be a charge. But it costs money for the maintenance of the existing system. All of our sewer rates are in the code passed by the County Council… It's not something that was just whimsically imposed upon the people of Nāʻālehu." WHT reports Kucharski said that since 2010, 13 households haven't paid their bills, even after being notified by county Corporation Counsel.
The green area is where the new wastewater treatment facility is expected to be put. County map
     Nāʻālehu only has 143 sewer customers, states Lauer, with an additional 160 houses on gang cesspools. All 303 buildings are required to be hooked up to the new $40 million wastewater treatment plant that, though being protested by some, is in the process of conducting an environmental assessment. The planned location of the new plant is makai of Nāʻālehu Hongwanji.
     WHT reports that one family now has a sewer bill of $1,909.22: a $1,104.59 past-due bill, $695.63 in interest, an $85 service fee, and $24 for the process server's mileage. Others have similar experiences, according to court records, reports Lauer, and bench warrants have been issued for those who don't appear in court.
     Nāʻālehu resident Jerry Warren told WHT that he has a 2004 letter, signed by Mayor Harry Kim, "saying residents on the gang sewer won't have to pay until a new system is installed.' Warren old WHT that "the current gang cesspool is illegal and unlicensed and residents shouldn't have to pay… It's extortion and it's mail fraud to be sending out extortion bills. We need a lawyer to file a class action suit and get all of our money back." He told Lauer that the community was given a ballot to choose their preference for the new system "and they chose a septic tank system."
     Kucharski told Lauer that a septic system won't work in Nāʻālehu, so the more expensive wastewater treatment plant design is being used.
     Nāʻālehu resident Sandra Demoruelle is also fighting against the plant. She filed a lawsuit in Environmental Court. She wants both the Nāʻālehu and Pāhala sewer projects halted until after the environmental review process is complete. Demoruelle states the county didn't follow proper procedures; that sites were evaluated and technologies chosen without a chance for the public to give input.
     Demoruelle told Cook, "They don't want to put all options on the table; they just want their option on the table."

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2019 Kaʻū High School Athletics Schedule through September
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates

Football, Division II:
Sat., Sept. 7, 2 p.m., HPA hosts Kaʻū
Sat., Sept. 14, 11 a.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala
Thu., Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Pāhoa hosts Kaʻū

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Wed., Sept. 4, 6 p.m., Christian Liberty hosts Kaʻū
Fri., Sept. 6, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha
Tue., Sept. 10, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kealakeha
Fri., Sept. 13, 6 p.m., Honokaʻa hosts Kaʻū
Tue., Sept. 17, 6 p.m., Waiakea hosts Kaʻū
Thu., Sept. 19, 6 p.m., Keaʻau hosts Kaʻū
Tue., Sept. 24, 6 p.m., Makualani hosts Kaʻū
Fri., Sept. 27, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts HPA

Cross Country:
Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty
Sat., Sept. 7, 10 a.m., @Kamehameha
Fri., Sept. 13, 3:30 p.m., @HPA
Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m., @Kealakehe
Sat., Sept. 28, 10 a.m., @Keaʻau

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Volcano Friends Feeding Friends, Thursday, Aug. 29, 4-6p.m.Cooper CenterVolcano 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: ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou - We Are All Ka‘ū, Friday, Aug. 30, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit Visitor Contact Station. Learn about OKK and all their community projects. Free. nps.gov/havo

Kaʻū Skate Club Garage Sale Fundraiser, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, at 92-1780 Aloha Blvd. in Ocean View. All proceeds go directly to Kaʻū Skate Club, which recently became a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in Ocean View, toward their goal of building a roller skating rink in OV. Contact Lzena Barrett, president of Kaʻū Skate Club, at (808)747-1147 or kauskateclub@gmail.com with questions or to help the skate club grow. kauskateclub.com

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Ka‘ū Community Clean-up, Saturday, Aug. 31. Free; donations appreciated. Full – waitlist only; B.Y.O.-4WD okay. R.S.V.P. required. 769-7629, kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com

Food from Wood: Growing Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps, and Wood Chips with Zach Mermel, Saturday, Aug. 31, 9a.m.-2:30p.m., Volcano Art Center and Shaka Forest Farms. $50/VAC member, $55/non-member, includes take home shiitake and King Stropharia mushroom kits. Pre-registration required. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Paths and Trails, Sat., Aug. 31, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult, 2-mile, hike. nps.gov/havo

Healing Through Words creative writing workshop with Dr. Heather Rivera, Saturday, Aug. 31, 10-11:30a.m., Volcano Art Center. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Bon Dance Festival and Twilight Lantern Parade, Saturday, Aug. 31, 6-10p.m., Nā‘ālehu Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Lantern Parade at 7:30 p.m. Taiko drums, Hachimaki headbands, saimin, teriyaki bowls, vegetable bowls, and fun for the whole family. First time the temple has held this event in over 10 years, a Celebration of Remembrance. All are welcome. Free. Temple President Robert Kobzi, robertkobzi@aol.com

Kaʻū Skate Club Garage Sale Fundraiser, continues Sunday, Sept. 1, at 92-1780 Aloha Blvd. in Ocean View. All proceeds go directly to Kaʻū Skate Club, which recently became a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in Ocean View, toward their goal of building a roller skating rink in OV. Contact Lzena Barrett, president of Kaʻū Skate Club, at (808)747-1147 or kauskateclub@gmail.com with questions or to help the skate club grow. kauskateclub.com

Pu‘u Lokuana, Sunday, Sept. 1, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, short, moderately difficult, 0.4 mile hike. nps.gov/havo

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, Sept. 1 – 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/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

Empower Meeting, Monday, Sept. 2 and 16 – 1st and 2nd Monday monthly – 3-4:30p.m., PARENTS, Inc. office, Nā‘ālehu. Empowering girls group. Registration required. Diana, 935-4805

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Monday, Sept. 2, 4-6p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, Sept. 3 (Committees), Wednesday, Sept. 4 (Council), Hilo. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Mtg., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 6-8p.m.Pāhala Community Center.

Wildlife Recovery and Restoration, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 7p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Park Botanist Sierra McDaniel discusses recovery and restoration efforts after the Keahou Fire which ignited near HVNP and burned nearly 4,000 acres in 2018. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Hula Voices with Kumu Hula Sammye Young, Wednesday, Sept. 4 – 1st Wednesday, monthly – 5:30-7p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Desiree Moana Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Talk Action, Take Action Surveys Deadline is Saturday, Aug. 31. The surveys ask for information regarding 2018's Kīlauea eruption recovery. Hawaiʻi County residents are encouraged to take the surveys at recovery.hawaiicounty.gov/connect/impact-status-survey-suite. Hard copies of the surveys can also be picked up at Council member offices, the Department of Research & Development, and the Planning Department. Unless one chooses to be contacted individually, the information from the surveys will be anonymous.

Applications for Grants to Steward PONC Protected Lands on Hawaiʻi Island are open through Friday, Aug. 31. In Kaʻū, areas of the Kahuku Coast, Kahua Olohu, and Kāwā Bay are eligible. Only 501(c)3 non-profits or organizations that operate under the umbrella of a 501(c)3 non-profit should apply.
     Applications are available at records.hawaiicounty.gov/weblink/1/edoc/95324/2018-19%20PONC%20Stewardship%20Grant%20Request.pdf. Information and applications are also available at the P&R office, Aupuni Center, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6, Hilo. Completed applications must be submitted or postmarked by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018. Questions? Contact Reid Sewake at 961-8311.

Volcano Winery's Annual Fundraising Harvest Festival Tickets are on sale at volcanowinery.com or (808) 967-7772. Proceeds benefit Volcano School of Arts & Sciences; last year's event sold out. This sixth festive evening of live music, food, wines and craft beers under the stars happens Sunday, Sept. 84-7p.m. The $50 per person tickets include live music entertainment by Young Brothers; delicious food and drink from local restaurants; award-winning wines and teas from the Volcano Winery; tours of the vineyards and a huge raffle.

Applications are Open for Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool in Nā‘ālehu and Wai‘ōhinu, at Kauaha‘ao Congregational Church on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Limited space available. Pāhala Home Visits also available. Call 939-8573 for Nā‘ālehu,  929-8571 for Pāhala. pidfoundation.org

Exhibit - Nani Ka ‘Ikena by Volcano local photographer Jesse Tunison, daily through Sunday, Sept. 15, 9a.m.-5p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Nani Ka ʻIkena, that which is seen is beautiful, features vibrant colors and crisp, wide vistas which highlight the character and drama of Hawaiʻi Island’s landscape. The collection of ten photographs were captured over the past decade by Tunison and also document the dynamic changes which have occurred in such a short period of time. "While the landscape has changed the beauty has endured." Free; park entrance fees 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

Tutoring for Kaʻū Hugh & Pāhala Elementary is Available to All Students of the school, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Grades Kindergarten-2nd will be in room 3; grades 3-6 will be in room 6 on Mondays, room 11 on Tuesdays through Thursdays; middle school students, will be in building Q; and high school students will be in room M-101 in the science building. Contact khpes.org or 808-313-4100 for more.

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