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Thursday, September 05, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Thursday, September 5, 2019

Kaʻū Coffee farmers are seeking pickers for this season, saying the crop is expected to be "full blast," with
twice as much as last year. These candidates for Miss Kaʻū Coffee, years ago, tried out picking as they
learned details of the industry. Photo by Nalani Parlin
KAʻŪ COFFEE GROWERS COOPERATIVE members are looking for people to work as pickers to help with a huge crop this Fall. Co-op President Gloria Camba said the farmers are expecting this year's crop to be "full blast," with "heavy, heavy picking." There may be twice as much coffee as last year, when the harvest followed a volcanic eruption. Camba said there has been much more rain this year and the crop is so abundant that farmers are looking for people to try out coffee picking. Some of the best coffee pickers are making three hundred dollars a day and more.
     To contact the Kaʻū Coffee Growers Cooperative for picking jobs, call Camba at 928-8558. Also hiring pickers are Kaʻū Coffee Mill at 928-0550 and other individual farmers in Kaʻū.
     Last Saturday, Kaʻū Coffee Growers Co-op elected its board and officers. Camba continues as President. Vice President is Willie Tabios. Secretary is Deborah Dickerson. Treasurer is Karen Dusenbery. Directors are Myles Mayne, Leo Norberte, and Lorie Obra.
     The annual meeting was held at Punaluʻu Beach following the blessing of the installation of two water tanks for the farms at Cloud Rest and Pear Tree. The tanks were donated by coffee buyer Starbucks, coffee broker Kaʻū Local Products, and coffee farms land owner Kaʻū Mahi, said Camba. Entertainment was by Chase Cabudol and Friends.

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A NAVAL RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS PROGRAM at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is approved by the Secretary of the Navy, after years of advocacy by Hawaiʻi's congressional delegation. Sen. Mazie Hirono, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, and Sen. Brian Schatz, Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, made the announcement.
     Hirono asked for a Naval ROTC program at UH in 2015 letters to then-Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and then-Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson. The Senators continued their advocacy following the change in administrations, raising the issue with senior Navy leaders.
     Said Hirono, the program "underscores the Navy's commitment to the Indo-Pacific region and represents a tangible step toward increasing the diversity of its officer corps. I want to thank Secretary Spencer for his support in approving this request, and will continue to work with leaders like him to deepen the Navy's commitment to Hawaiʻi and the Indo-Pacific region."
     Said Schatz, "This new ROTC program at UH will give more Hawaiʻi students a chance at earning scholarships and gaining an education, while helping the Navy strengthen its diversity to make sure its sailors and Marines better reflect the American public and our values in Hawaiʻi. I thank Secretary Spencer for his partnership and his recommitment to the Navy's longstanding relationship with Hawaiʻi."
     UH President David Lassner said, "We are grateful and proud that the Navy has selected UH Mānoa to host a new NROTC unit. We are already the home of exceptionally successful Army and Air Force ROTC units, and the establishment of a Navy ROTC unit will provide scholarship opportunities that enable more Hawaiʻi students to attend college affordably and serve their country. Our thanks to Senator Hirono, Senator Schatz, and our entire Congressional delegation for their sustained support."

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ASPEN INSTITUTE, which formerly operated a venue in Kaʻū, released a statement about last Monday's 125th annual Labor Day celebration as an official federal holiday, reviewing the accomplishments of labor movement forbearers:
     These working women and men of extraordinary determination and courage waged the battles that secured rights and working conditions we often take for granted today, such as an eight-hour workday, dramatic improvements in workplace safety, an end to child labor, retirement and other employment benefits, and, of course, weekends.
     More recently, however, participation in labor organizations and the labor movement has been on the decline. The upshot? Researchers at The Hamilton Project, a policy group at The Brookings Institution, conclude that the dramatic drop in US private-sector union density, which fell from 24.2 percent in 1973 to 6.4 percent today, reduced American workers' bargaining power and contributed to growing economic inequality.
     For most U.S. workers, working hard and playing by the rules has yielded limited and declining returns over the past several decades. According to research by Raj Chetty, the chances of a child earning more than their parents dropped from 90 percent in the post-World War II era to only 50 percent by the 1980s. And this troublesome trend of economic immobility continues. Millennials, despite being better educated than previous generations, have lower earnings and less wealth than their predecessors did at the same age.
     The U.S. unemployment rate is remarkably low, but today, roughly one in four working adults earns a wage that, even with full-time, year-round work, won't lift a small family out of poverty. There is too much month and not enough paycheck for millions of households. Working people struggle with basic costs – housing, healthcare, child care, transportation – leaving little to cover the ever-escalating cost of higher education for oneself or one's children.
     Limited opportunity and systemic bias continue to disproportionately burden women and people of color. The gender pay gap has slightly narrowed. But women still earn only 80 percent of what men earn, and the pay gap widens at higher education levels. Black unemployment is generally twice that of white unemployment – and that holds true even when accounting for education level – and the typical black family has just 10 percent of the wealth of the typical white family.
     Data suggest the trend of too few good jobs and too many poorly paying jobs may continue and possibly intensify. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data on median occupational wages, combined with some information from the MIT Living Wage Calculator, show in the graphic below that by 2026, an estimated 39 percent of projected employment will be in jobs where median earnings are insufficient to support a small family.
     But this picture is just a projection based on current trends, which means that it can be changed. Work, after all, is a human endeavor, shaped by laws people choose to enact, business decisions people make, individual actions people choose to take, and values society shares.
Future jobs projections. Chart from Aspen Institute
     To change our current trajectory, however, we need a range of ideas and actors to work together toward a common goal of good jobs. And there has been good news on this front recently. The Business Roundtable released an updated statement on the purpose of the corporation. Central to the group's new commitment is the recognition that businesses have multiple stakeholders to serve, including employees. Meanwhile, the CEO of insurance giant Allstate, writing recently in The New York Times, called on fellow corporate leaders to focus on creating good-paying jobs. This shift in business perspective is critical, as good jobs are hard to come by when companies don't recognize their employees as important and worthy stakeholders.
     But we can't rely on business alone. Policymakers at all levels should consider ways in which they could reduce the cost of living for working people, as well as how they could support working people with updated labor market regulations that protect workers' interests. The cost and quality of essential services such as healthcare, transportation, child care, housing, and education are greatly influenced by the decisions of policymakers. These are all major and often challenging expense items for working individuals and their families. Child care, for example, constitutes 19.8 percent of expenditures for a family in the calculation of a living wage in the model used in the graphic above. Reducing this cost or other expenses for working people lessens the need for businesses to rapidly raise wages, something that can be especially challenging for smaller businesses.
     Education institutions and civic organizations also play a critical role in helping people prepare for and connect to work. Worker advocacy and labor organizations can play a vital role both through collective bargaining and by providing a communication channel for workers to receive and share information with company leadership. Such a channel can provide workers the opportunity to offer insight into how to improve work processes and productivity and gain meaningful recognition for their contributions.
     The future of work is today’s hot topic. What will we do to ensure that the next 125 years of labor history gives more Americans a fighting chance at the economic mobility we all deserve?

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CONGRESS IS ASKING MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT APP DEVELOPERS to submit their work. The nationwide 2019 Congressional App Challenge requests applications "designed to promote innovation and engagement in computer science." Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will accept entries for Hawaiʻi.
     Officially launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, this nationwide effort allows students to compete against their peers by creating an app for desktop computer, tablet, mobile, raspberry Pi, or other devices. The Challenge accepts any programming language, such as C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, or "block code."
     Students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and learn how to create their own apps. Winners will be selected by panels of judges, drawn from the community in Hawaiʻi, and honored by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Their apps are eligible to be featured on display in the U.S. Capitol building, on house.gov, and CongressionalAppChallenge.us.
     The Challenge's submission portal is open through Nov. 1. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience.
     Said Gabbard, "The United States may be short as many as one million coders by 2020. The Congressional App Competition is an opportunity for Hawaiʻi's students to showcase their talents and creativity, while exploring opportunities for success in America's rapidly changing, technology-driven, 21st century economy."

Tropical Storm Akoni is forecast to miss the islands. NOAA image
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TROPICAL STORM AKONI, formerly Tropical Depression Twelve-E, is the first named storm to form in the Central Pacific this season - meaning it received a Hawaiian name.
     The storm is over 800 miles southeast of the islands. There are no weather advisories. The storm is expected to pass south of Hawaiʻi sometime next week. Winds are not forecast to have any effects on Kaʻū, but passing storms can cause storm surge even from hundreds of miles away.
     Hurricane Juliette is still over 2,000 miles southeast, and is expected to dwindle away before nearing Hawaiʻi enough to have effect.

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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:
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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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

Ho‘oponopono Demonstration, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 10a.m.-noonKīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Aunty Mahealani Kuamo‘o-Henry and friends journey through the teachings of Ho‘opono Pono Ke Ala. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Registration Open: Coffee Filter Art, Thursday, Sept. 12-17, Ka‘ū District Gym multipurpose room. Program for grades K-8 takes place Wednesday, Sept. 18, 3:30-5p.m. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, Sept. 12, 6:30p.m.United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkeley Yoshida, 747-0197

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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