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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.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Saturday, September 7, 2019

Trash piled high against the Pāhala Transfer station this week on a day when the facility was closed
due to a shortage of labor. See the fines and story below. Photo by Yvette Slack
KAʻŪ BEEKEEPERS will represent Hawaiʻi honey and beekeeping practices at the planet's largest gathering on the subject. It begins tomorrow, Sept. 8 in Montreal. Going from Ka‘ū are Allison and Manu Yahna. Manu is a
Allison Yahna and her bees.
Photo from Yahna
student at Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences. Her mother Allison represents Hawaiian Queen Co., Inc, a queen bee producing company on Hawaiʻi Island. Allison has rescued many wild bee colonies and advocates natural beekeeping practices, including allowing bees to swarm. She said on Friday that there is a revival in the number of beekeepers in Ka‘ū, with new enterprises emerging.
     Presentations at the conference include preventing honey fraud by establishing multi-parameter ingredient fingerprints from thousands of authentic honeys from many parts of the world. It would allow targeted verification of geographic origin and variety – even in honey where pollen has been removed. See more at apimondia2019.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/API_abstractbook.pdf.

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MORE STRICT ENFORCEMENT ON DUMPING OUTSIDE OF KA‘Ū TRANSFER STATIONS is being carried out. Attendees are telling the public that any business, no matter how small or whether doing jobs as regular as mowing a neighbor's lawn for pay, must involve taking waste to the Kona landfill.
     In the meantime, some people are frustrated and leaving trash at the transfer station gates when the place is unexpectedly closed, due to a shortage of labor. Some of the rules and fines are:
     Everyone is responsible for properly removing solid wastes to facilities permitted by the Department of Health.
Illegally disposing large amounts of waste can lead to
a $25,000 fine per day. This trash left by one or more
people was thrown in front of the Pāhala Transfer
Station's closed gate last Tuesday.
Photo by Yvette Slack
     Anyone including property owners, lessees, contractors, and waste haulers may be subject to administrative, civil, or criminal penalties and held responsible for property cleanup.
     Illegal dumpers may be subject to enforcement action and administrative and civil penalties of up to $10,000 per day for each offense (§342H-9, HRS).
     Those who knowingly dispose of solid waste equal to or greater than one cubic yard and less than ten cubic yards are subject to criminal penalties of up to $25,000 per day for each offense (§342H-39, HRS).
     It is a class C felony offense to knowingly dispose of solid waste equal to or greater than ten cubic yards anywhere other than a permitted solid waste management system without the written approval of the Director of the Department of Health (§342H-37, HRS).
     Each day of violation is a separate offense.

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DONATIONS TO SPONSOR KA‘Ū CHILDREN to explore the rest of the island are being solicited by the Academic Coach at Pāhala Elementary School. In a letter to the public, Academic Coach Catherine Williams said, "It is my belief that children love to learn by exploring the world around them. Last year we created many opportunities for our students at Pāhala Elementary School to experience different places here on the Big Island. We took excursions to Kona and Hilo. We were able to ride on a submarine off the Kona coast, look at the stars at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center Planetarium, and we explored cultural locations in Ka‘ū and West Hawaii."
     This year's plan includes trips to Honuʻapo, Kahuku, Volcano, and Panaʻewa Zoo. Fifth graders are slated to go to Dolphin Quest to swim with the marine mammals and sixth graders are scheduled to overnight at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Williams suggests that that upper grade students tour local businesses for college and career readiness. Younger students could experience the botanical gardens and a waterfall north of Hilo. Williams said transportation alone for a field trip costs about $10 per student. Individuals and businesses can make donations to Pāhala Elementary School, Pāhala, HI, 96777.

Police officer guards the road to protect drivers from a fallen branch on
Maile Street in Pāhala. Photo by Julia Neal
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WINDS BLEW THROUGH KAʻŪ OVER THE WEEKEND, leaving fallen branches, some large enough for police to guard the spot until utility pole crews arrived to clear them. Strong trade winds are expected over the weekend as the result of Tropical Storm Akoni, which was passing to the south but has dissipated.

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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. 14, 11 a.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala
Thu., Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Pāhoa hosts Kaʻū

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

8-Ball Pikleball 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

Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Friday, Sept. 13, 9a.m.-noonOcean View Community Center. Free disability legal services provided by Hawai‘i Legal Aid. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Community Dance, Friday, Sept. 13, 7-10p.m.Cooper CenterVolcano Village. Minors allowed with supervision only. Alcohol-free event. Variety of music. Snacks provided; additional pūpū welcome. Free. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

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.

Nationwide 2019 Congressional App Challenge submissions from middle and high schoolers are open through Nov. 1. Submit to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, CongressionalAppChallenge.us, apps "designed to promote innovation and engagement in computer science." All skill levels, all devices and platforms, and all programming languages, accepted. 

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