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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, September 04, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Youth interact with one another at the new Ocean View Boys & Girls Club Big Island program at Ocean View
Community Center. See story, below. Photo from BGCBI
MILITARY FUNDS SLATED FOR HAWAI`I, TOTALING $32 MILLION, would be diverted to build a $3.6 billion southern border wall on the mainland, under Pres. Donald Trump's plan. Sen. Mazie Hirono stated today that the Department of Defense informed her that $26.5 million for security improvements to Mokapu Gate at Marine Corps Base Hawaiʻi and $5.5 million for a Consolidated Training Facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam will be removed from the federal budget.
     Hirono's response: "It is now clear to all of us that Donald Trump and his complicit allies in Congress will sacrifice projects crucial for military readiness in order to appease his base and build his vanity wall. The Trump administration's cuts to military construction projects for service members in Hawaiʻi include a critical repair to the Marine Corps Base Hawaii perimeter and improvements to an Air Force training facility that is necessary to maintain readiness.
Youth are transported from Nāʻālehu Elementary by bus to
Ocean View Community Center. Photo from BGCBI
     "Our men and women in uniform took an oath to put their lives on the line in service to our country. The least they deserve in return is a commitment to provide the resources they need to fulfill their duty, and I will continue to fight to see this funding restored."

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FIRST DAY OF BOYS & GIRLS CLUB AT OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER on Tuesday drew 22 registrations for youth from the area. Chad Cabral, CEO of Boys & Girls Club Big Island, said the program can accommodate up to 40. .
     The program is free and runs after school to 5:30 p.m.
     Cabral said the first day was "amazing, everything went so well." He said his "heart was full," seeing the program at the OV Community Center "come to fruition."
A special area to do homework for the youth at Ocean 
View Boys & Girls Club. Photo from BGCBI
     He pointed to the bus ride to the center from Nāʻālehu Elementary School. The "kids were excited and grateful to be there, the staff preformed amazingly, and the facilities kept our youth safe and protected well into the evening."
Cabral said quiet study space for homework was set aside, the youth received snacks, and played and engaged with each other. He said every Ocean View child "got home safe with a shuttle ride straight to their residence.
     "Throughout today's program I kept reflecting on how important this is for them and for Ocean View. We are keeping these kids safe and off the streets, and showing them the support, love, and attention needed for them to thrive. This could not happen without all of you."
     The new program is organized by state Department of Education, Nāʻālehu Elementary School, and Ocean View Community Association.
     The leaders of the program are: Ocean View Program Coordinator Natasha Hu, of Nāʻālehu; Ocean View Youth Development Specialist Sash Hu of Nāʻālehu; and Ocean View Youth Development Specialist Garrett Greedy, of Ocean View.
All lined up and ready to go at Boys & Girls
Club, Ocean View. Photo from BGCBI
     To sign up Ocean View children, or donate to the program, see bgcbi.org. Contact info@bgcbi.org or call 808-961-5536. BGCBI also serves Pāhala, Nāʻālehu, and other Hawaiʻi Island communities.

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AN ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE AT NĀʻĀLEHU ELEMENTARY School invites families of students this Friday, Sept. 6. Classrooms will be open for visitation on the following schedule: 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Pre-school, Kindergarten, and first grade; 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., fourth through sixth grade; and 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., second and third grade. Parent activities and refreshments will be available from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in room 35, located in the new building. Visitors should check in at the school office upon arrival.

     In other news, Nāʻālehu Elementary's student picture day will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The school-sponsored Family Reading Night, which includes stories and fun activities, will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Nāʻālehu Elementary library, and at Ocean View Community Center on Thursday, Sept. 19, also from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For questions or more information, contact the school office at 313-4000.

Connect Four, a strategizing game, one of many activities
available to the youth at Ocean View Boys & Girls Club.
Photo from BGCBI
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"BE A CHAMPION FOR NATIONAL WILDLIFE DAY," urged state Sen. Kai Kahele today. He said that recent changes to Department of Interior regulations "significantly scale back the Endangered Species Act and limit protections for our nation's most endangered animals."
     He said Hawaiʻi is the endangered species capitol of the world, and "needs someone in Washington who understands and has fought for strong environmental protections. Over 25% of the species found on the United States' endangered species list are endemic to Hawaiʻi. Therefore, the current rollbacks can have a particularly devastating impact to Hawaiʻi's fragile ecosystem."
     Kahele said National Wildlife Day brings awareness to endangered wildlife across the globe and the efforts of those who "do the tireless work of protecting endangered animals and ensuring their survival for future generations.
Circle time at Boys & Girls Club, Ocean View. Photo from BGCBI
     "Three years ago, I proudly supported Senate Bill 2647, a measure that targeted the illegal wildlife trade in Hawaiʻi. In the months leading up to the IUCN World Conservation Congress, it was critical to highlight Hawaiʻi's leadership in conservation. Upon passage, Act 125 became the nation's broadest wildlife trafficking ban, a distinction that remains in place today.
     "Together, we can work to leave future generations a resilient planet - rich in biodiversity - but I need your help," said Kahele, asking for a donation to his campaign fund. He is running for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's seat.

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Tropical depression Twelve-E is expected to miss the
islands, but surf might be affected. NOAA image
HURRICANE JULIETTE IS WEAKENED TO 90 MPH, according to the 8 p.m. report from the National Hurricane Center. Juliette is spinning southwest of Baja California, heading northwest. However, Juliette is predicted to weaken to a tropical storm Thursday night or Friday morning. Juliette is still more than 2,400 miles from Hawaiʻi.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION TWELVE-E is forecast to miss the Hawaiian Islands by a wide margin. The storm is more than 1,000 miles southeast of South Point, with 30 mph winds,  traveling northwest at about 7 miles per hour. Central Pacific Hurricane Center reports that Twelve-E has a "poorly defined center" but my turn into a tropical storm by Friday.

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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:
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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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 VolcanoSchool of Arts & Sciences. 967-7772, volcanowinery.com

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Ka‘ū Net Recovery Patrol, Monday, Sept. 9. Free; donations appreciated. Limited space available; B.Y.O.-4WD okay. R.S.V.P. required, kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com. 769-7629, wildhawaii.org

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Monday, Sept. 9 and 23, 1p.m., field trips - contact for location. Parent-led homeschool activity and social group, building community in Ka‘ū. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Public Access Room in Ocean View, Tuesday, Sept. 10, noon to 1 p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Free session helps residents understand the legislative process, deadlines, and power dynamics at the Capitol. Residents can also learn how to effectively navigate the legislature's website to find pertinent information. See lrbhawaii.org/parpar@capitol.hawaii.gov; or toll free, 808-974-4000, ext. 7-0478.

Free Flu Shot Clinic, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 6:30-8p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored by Long's Drugs Pāhala.

Hawaiian Cultural Artifacts in the 21st Century, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Guests welcome to see and touch artifacts during presentation by Keoni Kaholo‘a‘ā and Rick LaMontange. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Applications are Open for the Online High School Internship Program under Sen. Brian Schatz through 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8. The program provides a hands-on learning opportunity about the U.S. Senate. It also encourages students to be leaders and advocates in their schools and communities. Interns are selected based on their involvement in their community – jobs, activities, and responsibilities – and diversity of interests and life experiences. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or better and have personal access to email.
     This is not an office position. The program uses online communication tools and methods, so students from all islands are encouraged to apply. Strong preference is given to students in their last year of high school. Apply at schatz.senate.gov/services/internships.

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. 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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