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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.

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Sunday, September 1, 2019

 Nā‘ālehu Hongwanji held its first Bon Dance in many years Saturday night with moving around the yagura,
drumming, chanting, and a lantern parade. Photo by Julia Neal
THE FIRST BON DANCE IN MANY YEARS graced Nā‘ālehu Hongwaji last evening, with a celebration of movement around the yagura tower, singing, chanting, and drumming. People flocked to Nā‘ālehu from around the island, some who travel from Buddhist temple to temple all the summer Bon Dance season to celebrate the harvest by remembering ancestors.
A lantern lit by the Rev. Satoshi Tomiolka in remembrance of loved ones
who passed on. Photo by Julia Neal
     The Buddhist priest for Puna, Pāhala, and Nā‘ālehu Hongwanji, Sataoshi Tomioa, led a service and a lantern parade. Foods placed on the altar symbolized nourishment for those who passed on, whose presence is recognized as helping this generation. Sushi and other food for the celebrants warmed up a rainy evening with the lights sparkling under gentle showers.
     The Reverend followed up the Nā‘ālehu Bon Dance with a special service today at Puna Hongwanji, where he delivered the message Peace Begins with Me?
     It is available on Facebook.
Peace Day Weekend events are scheduled for Sept. 20, 21, and 22.
     Sept. 21 was first declared Peace Day in Hawai‘i on April 18, 2007, making Hawai‘i the first state in the U.S. to recognize Peace Day. See more.

Buddhists Clement Hirae and John Replogle
helped with the food. Photo by Julia Neal
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JURISDICTION OVER MAUNAKEA ACCESS ROAD BELONGS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, according to an official statement from the Department of the Attorney General, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and DOT. DOT "has control and jurisdiction over all state highways and Mauna Kea Access Road is designated to DOT's State Highway System as Route 210. This includes any portions of the road that cross over DHHL land," according to the statement.
     Since July, DOT has restricted access on Mauna Kea Access Road to "preserve public health and safety," according to the statement.
     Said DOT Deputy Director Ed Sniffen, "State DOT has controlled and maintained Mauna Kea Access Road since it became part of our highways system in 2018. Prior to that time, sections of the road situated on Hawaiian Home Lands were maintained by the County of Hawai‘i pursuant to a Memorandum of Agreement between DHHL and the County of Hawai‘i."
     Beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920 "do not own Mauna Kea Access Road," according to the statement. "Act 14 (1995) resolved all claims concerning the use of Hawaiian home lands for public roads and highways built before and after statehood.
     "In response to concerns that some compensation remains outstanding, DHHL and the Department of Land and Natural Resources have been working together to evaluate the terms of compensation and to confirm that it has been made in full. This process, however, does not alter the fact that all claims regarding use of roads and highways crossing DHHL lands have been resolved."
     Said Hawaiian Homes Commission Chair William J. Aila Jr., "Act 14 was a historic piece of legislation. It resolved long-standing claims associated with the use of Hawaiian Home Lands. We remain committed to seeing the completion of the few remaining items under Act 14, including ensuring that compensation for the use of roads and highways crossing DHHL lands has been received in full."
Minako Yamazaki, of Tokyo and Pāhala; Iwao Yonemitsu, of Nā‘ālehu; and an attendee of the Bon Dance.
Photo by Julia Neal
     Attorney General Clare E. Connors said, "The State is reviewing the compensation issues related to the use of Hawaiian home lands for public roads and highways, and will ensure they have been addressed. The public is reminded that Mauna Kea Access Road is a public road controlled by DOT and that the current blockade is unlawful."
Taiko drums accompanied the Bon Dance.
Photo by Julia Neal
     DOT also released a statement on Friday, reminding the public that road shoulders "are primarily
designed to provide for emergency storage of disabled vehicles, not to accommodate long term parking. HDOT does not permit long-term parking along any of its high-speed facilities."
     DOT's "safety and security measures" in place at the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway, Saddle Road, and Maunakea Access Road are temporary traffic signals and barriers at the intersection, installed in late July, and 80 "No parking, stopping, standing, loading and unloading" signs, installed in late August.
     The DOT release states that parking "is available in areas outside of HDOT jurisdiction and away from the highway. Information regarding the applicable statue can be found at the following link." The state also warned that "those interfering with the installed safety features may be subject to criminal property damage charges."

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FLIGHT OPERATIONS for Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park for September schedule is as follows:
Keiki from all faiths enjoyed stamping headscarves at Nā‘ālehu
Hongwanji. Photo by Julia Neal
     Sept. 3, 6 a.m to 8 a.m, ungulate surveys and control work in Kahuku Unit, between 4,000 ft. and 6,000 ft. elevation. 
     Sept. 4, 8 a.m. to noon, invasive Guinea grass surveys and control along Keauhou Trail, from the coast to 2,000 ft. elevation.
     Sept. 9, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.,  shuttle supplies to control banana poka in the Keauhou burn area on Mauna Loa Strip between 5,000 ft. and 6,000 ft. elevation.
     Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to noon, survey Kipukapuaulu for Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death.
     Sept. 12, noon to 2 p.m., survey invasive fountain grass in Great Crack/Keaīwa sector.
     The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather. Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities.
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Tropical Storm Juliette is not expected to go on a Hawaiian vacation. Map from NOAA
TROPICAL STORM JULIETTE, expected to develop into a hurricane by tomorrow morning, should miss the Hawaiian Islands by a wide berth. The strength of the storm is forecast to lessen back to a tropical storm by Thursday, and the storm is estimated to hug the west coast, and not travel very far west.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
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., 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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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

Women's Expression Group, Thursday, Sept. 5 – 1st Thursday monthly – 3-4:30p.m., PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. Women welcome to drop in. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Registration Open: Finger Puppet, Thursday, Sept. 5-10, Ka‘ū District Gym multipurpose room. Program for grades K-8 takes place, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 3:30-5p.m. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, Sept. 5, 6-7p.m.Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:30-8:30p.m.Aspen Centerokaukakou.org

Stewardship at the Summit, Sept. 6, 14, 20, and 28, 8:45a.m.-noonKīlauea 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 those under 18. Free; park entrance fees apply. Paul and Jane Field, field@hawaii.edu, nps.gov/havo

Child Passenger Safety Event, Saturday, Sept. 7, 10a.m.-1p.m at Nāʻāehu Community Center. Certified Child Passenger Safety technicians will be there to demonstrate proper car seat installation, selection, and usage. Seat Belt Fit tests will also be done on-site to demonstrate proper usage of booster seats. kipchawaii.orgsafercar.gov/parents

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, Sept. 7 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11a.m.-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

The Business of Art with Ira Ono - Full-Day Workshop, Saturday, Sept. 7, 9a.m.-4p.m., Volcano Art Center. $50/VAC member, $55/non-member. Bring personal art samples. See Ono's work at iraono.com. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Sounds at the Summit featuring Hawaiian Style Band, Saturday, Sept. 7, 5:30-7:30p.m.VolcanoArt Center. Multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning band. Doors open 5 p.m. Tickets, $20/VAC member, $25/non-member, available for purchase online. Wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks available for purchase. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

‘Ohi‘a Lehua, Sunday, Sept. 8, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, easy one-mile walk. nps.gov/havo

8-Ball Tournament at Kīlauea Military Camp, Sunday, Sept. 8, tournament starts at 1p.m., check-in starts at noon, KMC's Recreation Lodge, HVNP. $10 in advance. Pre-registration required, forms at lodge or 10-Pin Grill. Open to all patrons, with Terms of Service. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com 

Medicine for the Mind: Teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, Sunday, Sept. 8 – 2nd Sunday, monthly – 3-5p.m.Volcano Art Center. Free; calabash donations welcome. Dress warmly. Patty Johnson, 345-1527, volcanoartcenter.org

Volcano Winery's 6th Annual Fundraising Harvest Festival, Sunday, Sept. 8, 4-7p.m. Vineyard and winery tours, live local music, souvenir glasses, heavy pūpū. Tickets available online - $50/person 21+ (includes two glasses wine/beer), $25/person under 21. Proceeds benefit Volcano School of Arts & Sciences. 967-7772, volcanowinery.com

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.

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

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 and Miloli‘i Home Visits also available. Call 939-8573 for Nā‘ālehu, 929-8571 for Pāhala. pidfoundation.org

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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