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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Sunday, September 15, 2019

Nāʻālehu School Library will close Monday and reopen Oct. 3 in temporary quarters at the state office building
 next door. After renovations, the library will have three times the space. Photo from Google Street View
NĀʻĀLEHU PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSES MONDAY to move and expand. The long-awaited project requires closure, tomorrow, Sept. 16 through Oct. 2. The library re-opens at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 at a temporary location in the Nāʻālehu State Office Building, just next door on Highway 11.
     Expected to be completed next October, the expansion is a partnership between the Hawaiʻi State Public Library System, Friends of the Library of Hawaiʻi, and the United States Department of Agriculture, which provided funding.
     The renovations will triple the size of Nāʻālehu Public Library from 775 square feet to more than 2,300 sq. ft. The library opened in 1994 in a portable building. Nāʻālehu Public Library is considered the southernmost public library in the U.S.
     During the temporary closure, the book drops will be open. Fines for books and materials due during the closure period will be waived.
     All programs scheduled during the closure period are cancelled. Nāʻālehu Public Library staff will work on rescheduling new programs once the temporary site is open.
The "portable" building, which has housed Nāʻālehu Public Library since,
1994, will be replaced with a facility three times the size.
Photo from Nāʻālehu Public Library
     Nāʻālehu Public Library will continue the same service schedule, but close on Hawaiʻi County Council Committee and Council Meeting days, the first and third Tuesday and Wednesday of the month. For more details about the dates and times of the Hawaiʻi County Council meetings, visit hawaiicounty.gov.
     Except for these meeting dates, the library's hours will be: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; and closed on Saturday and Sunday.
     The library apologizes for any inconvenience the closure and program cancellations may cause patrons.
     See more in future Kaʻū New Briefs.

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A PETITION TO CHALLENGE URBAN AND INDUSTRIAL USE OF MAUNAKEA was filed with the state Land Use Commission recently by Hawaiian cultural practitioners Ku‘ulei Higashi Kanahele and Ahiena Kanahele. The two oppose building the Thirty Meter Telescope on land that is classified Conservation. The petitioners contend that the five-plus acre telescope campus should be located on the planned site only if classified Urban by the LUC and zoned Industrial by the county. The Land Use Commission sets the classification of lands and the county sets the zoning.
     Ku‘ulei Kanahele is a student and daughter-in-law of Hawaiian cultural practitioner Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele, who was one of the kūpuna arrested in mid-July for obstructing Maunakea Access Road. Ahiena Kanahele is Pualani Kanahele's son and a former Maunakea ranger.
     The Kanaheles point to the 13 research facilities and associated subleases on Maunakea summit as "evidence of industrial uses suited to the state's 'urban' classification and not the conservation district." Research facilities are generally considered industrial uses under the county's zoning laws.
     Ku‘ulei Kanahele wrote, "Industrial development at the summit of Maunakea desecrates the very nature and essence of my akua. It destroys the open, unobstructed space of the conservation district."
     The Kanaheles state they consider this area a wao akua, sacred realm, which is "supposed to be free from the encroachments of human activity and construction."
Review of Maunakea from September 2018. Photo from University of Hawaiʻi
     The Land Use Commission assigns lands to Conservation, Agricultural, Rural, and Urban classifications. Members of the public propose changes and the LUC votes on whether to approve them. The proceedings are called "boundary amendments."
     The petition states the "absence of boundary amendment proceedings for this de facto industrial use precinct" on Maunakea "deprived the Kanaheles of their opportunity to raise and protect their rights." The Kanaheles also state they would "strongly oppose" any reclassification efforts.
     The Land Use Commission must respond to the Kanaheles' petition within ninety days.

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The red swirl of Hurricane Kiko, right, is expected to die before reaching Kaʻū. The two yellow X's, which indicate
weather disturbances, are not expected to form into storms that will threaten Kaʻū. NOAA image
CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE KIKO was 2,172 miles from South Point, at 5 p.m., moving west at 8 mph. The National Hurricane Center forecasts that Kiko will weaken to a Category Two Hurricane tomorrow and to a tropical storm by the end of the week, while still over 1,500 miles from here.
     Two weather disturbances popped up nearer the islands, one southwest, one southeast. The one to the southwest has a ten percent chance of forming into a major storm. The other has a zero percent chance. Two other disturbances, both south of Mexico, each have a 30 percent chance of forming into major storms. None of these weather systems are expected to impact Kaʻū.

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HOME TURF FOOTBALL on Saturday saw the Kaʻū High School Trojans run the field in the fourth quarter, and take their first game of the season, beating Kohala Cowboys, 28 to 22.
     "The 11-man revolution is on," wrote Hawaiʻi Tribune Herald writer Matt Gerhart, who came out to cover the game Saturday. "The run-heavy mantra was grounded, and the air was open for business… Yet, when the rubber met the road, the Trojans turned to an old eight-man reliable, hit the ground and plowed their way to 28-22 Division II victory that doubled as the BIIF game of the year so far."
     The Trojans debuted their five-receiver spread on Saturday, Gerhart reports, and Trojans coach DuWayne Ke told him, "Every week, we're bringing something different to the game, so no one knows what we're doing."
     Kohala took the first score of the game, but Izaiah "Bobby" Pilanca-Emmsley, the national eight-man rushing leader last season, and Loea Kaupu worked together to tie the game. By halftime, Keliʻikoa Reyes-Nalu and Kainalu Satkofsky also made strides, achieving a 22-14 lead for Kaʻū. In the third quarter, Kohala tied the game, but Kaʻū came through strong, with Luke Watson and Jonah Beck sacking players in the backfield, leading the Trojans to end the game 6 points ahead.
     Reyes-Nalu, after his first game as a passing quarterback, told the Tribune Herald, "It was better than I thought it would be. Just staying calm, trusting my lineman and trust your receivers."

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KAʻŪ TOOK ALL SETS in Girls Volleyball games at Honokaʻa on Friday. The Dragons defended their home turf, but were overcome by the Trojans' efforts on the court.
     Kaʻū Varsity had to fight hard in the first set, but triumphed over Honkaʻa at 25 to 23. The next two sets were also close, 25 to 17 and 25 to 21, but Kaʻū took the game.
     Junior Varsity Trojans ladies also stormed the court, scoring 25 to 14 and 25 to 21.

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ARTISTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT PIECES for the 31st Trash Show: Hawaiʻi Artists Recycle. Trash Art will be accepted Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The annual event will be held Oct. 4 through 25, with an opening reception 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, at the East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center in Hilo. For more information, see ehcc.org.
     During the event, the Upstairs Theater will feature An Exploration of Light, Sound & Spirit, a presentation of "amazing imagery and synthesizing music," created by Ken Goodrich of Hawaiʻi Photo Retreat.
     Tickets at the door: general admission, $15; seniors and children, $12. See iraono.com and volcanogardenarts.com.

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Join a brand new ranger guided walk through the fascinating geologic 
features of Kīlauea and learn about their deep connections to Hawaiian 
history and culture. NPS photo/Pono Christianson
HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK continues to share Hawaiian culture and tradition through ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau demonstrations, After Dark in the Park talks, volunteer programs, and opportunities to explore the Park's Kahuku Unit. Unless otherwise noted, events are free:
     Enjoy the annual Picnic in the Park at Kahuku Unit on Sunday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The evednt features taiko drumming and other live, musical entertainment from noon to 3 p.m. Food and shave ice will be available for purchase. Information booths will be set up. ʻOhana Day Hike & Craft Activity for attendees 18 and under runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon; registration required, leileni_rodrigues@nps.gov.
     E mākaʻikaʻi iā Kaʻauea: Explore the Summit, daily at 11 a.m., staring Oct. 1.  Meet in front of Kīlauea Visitor Center. Join a park ranger for a brand new ranger guided walk. Discover the fascinating geologic features of Kīlauea and their deep connections to Hawaiian history and culture. All ages.
     Shape America's Future: Find Your Fit in the Federal Government, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Join Park Ranger Ben Hayes as he shows how to find career opportunities in the Federal Government by navigating the USAJobs website, sharing resume writing tips, and explaining how people can "find your fit in the National Park Service" and other Federal agencies. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series.
Take a step back in time to 1912 and meet the founder 
of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Dr. Thomas A. 
Jaggar. NPS photo/Jamie Richards
     Every Kid Outdoors Day, Saturday, Oct. 12. Kid-friendly activities offered throughout the park, including the chance to complete the new Junior Ranger program at the Kahuku unit in Kaʻū. To celebrate the recently-passed Every Kid Outdoors Act, fourth-grade students can earn a free entrance pass to all national parks. To earn a pass, students must fill out and present the paper voucher at the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park entrance station. Everyone in the vehicle gets in with the student for free.
     Why Hawaiian Honey May Be the Best on Earth, Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Join local beekeepers and representatives from the Big Island Beekeepers Association to learn more about island varieties of honey and to taste some varieties first hand. Hawai‘i is one of the few places on earth that exposes honeybees to a vast variety of tropical fruit trees and flowers – some found nowhere else on earth. Hawaiian honeys include Lehua, Kiawe, Coffee, Mac Nut, and many more. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series.
     Lei Kukui Demonstration, Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., meet in front of KīlaueaVisitor Center. Join Park Rangers and staff from Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association to learn about, and how to make lei from, one of the most used plants in Hawaiian culture. Nearly every part of the kukui has a use. Hīpuʻu is a style of lei making where the stems of the leaves are tied together to produce lei. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ‘Ike Hana No‘eau, Experience the Skillful Work, workshops.
     Kahuku Coffee Talk: Creatures That Have Evolved in the Dark, Friday, Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Visitor Contact Station at the Kahuku Unit. Join local experts to learn about lava tubes and some of the interesting animals that call them home.
Join Park Rangers to learn about one of the 
most used plants in Hawaiian culture, the 
kukui. Nearly every part of the 
kukui has a use. NPS photo
     A Walk into the Past with Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar. Meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center Tuesdays in October at 10 a.m.noon, and 2 p.m. Each performance is about an hour. Walk back to 1912, and meet the founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar, at the edge of Kīlauea Volcano. Dressed in period costume, Ka‘ū actor-director Dick Hershberger brings the renowned geologist to life. Dr. Jaggar leads a tour of his tiny lab located below Volcano House, showing original seismograph equipment and other early instruments. Learn what motivated Dr. Jaggar to dedicate his life to the study of Hawaiian volcanoes and how his work helps save lives today. Space is limited; pick up free ticket at Kīlauea Visitor Center's front desk the day of the program. Program includes climbing stairs and entering a confined space. Supported by the Kīlauea Drama Entertainment Network.
     Explore Kahuku. Kahuku Unit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free. Take a self-guided hike, or join rangers on Sundays for a two-hour guided trek at 9:30 a.m.; the trail will vary depending on visitor interest. Enter the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i VolcanoesNational Park on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Kahuku is located in Ka‘ū, and is about a 50-minute drive south of the park's main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended for all hikes.
     See updates on the Park's online calendar of events, and look for program flyers posted after 9:30 a.m. on the bulletin board at Kīlauea Visitor Center.
     Park programs are free, but entrance fees apply. Some programs are co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association.

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

Football, Division II:
Thu., Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Pāhoa hosts Kaʻū
Thu., Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Kamehameha hosts Kaʻū
Sat., Oct. 12, 1 p.m., Kaʻū hosts HPA
Sat., Oct. 19, 11 a.m., Kaʻū hosts Pāhoa
Sat., Oct. 26, 1 p.m., Kohala hosts Kaʻū
Fri. and Sat., Nov. 1 and 2, Div II BIIF Championship
Fri. and Sat., Nov. 15 and 16, HHSAA Div II Semifinals
Fri., Nov. 29, HHSAA Div II Championship

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
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
Wed., Oct. 2, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Pāhoa
Fri., Oct. 4, 6 p.m., Parker hosts Kaʻū
Tue., Oct. 8, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Ehunui
Thu., Oct. 10, 6 p.m., Konawaena hosts Kaʻū
Mon., Oct. 14, 6 p.m., BIIF Div II First Round at Keaʻau
Tue., Oct. 15, 2:30 p.m., BIIF Div II Semifinals at Keaʻau
Wed., Oct. 16, 4 p.m., BIIF Div II Finals at Keaʻau
Wed.-Sat., Oct. 23-26, HHSAA DII Tournament, Oʻahu

Cross Country:
Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m., @Kealakehe
Sat., Sept. 28, 10 a.m., @Keaʻau
Fri., Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m., @HPA
Sat., Oct. 12, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty
Sat., Oct. 19, 10 a.m., @Waiakea
Sat., Oct. 26, 2 p.m., BIIF @Kamehameha
Sat., Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m., HHSAA @Maui

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Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, Sept. 17 (Committees), Wednesday, Sept. 18, (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Registration Open: Painting, Tuesday, Sept. 17-23, Kahuku ParkHawaiian Ocean View Estates. Program for ages 6-12 takes place Tuesday, Sept. 24, 12:45-3:30p.m. Free. 939-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Mobile Spay & Neuter Waggin', Saturday, Sept. 17, 7:30a.m.-4p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Low income pet parents and those with limited transportation qualify for mobile spay/neuter service. Free. Surgery by phone appointment only. Hawai‘i Island Humane Society, 796-0107, hihs.org

New Discoveries in Hawai‘i Lava Tubes, Tuesday, Sept. 17, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Cave biologist and UH associate professor Dr. Megan Porter introduces the unique community of lava tube animals found on the island. Free; park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/havo

Ocean View Community Association Board of Directors Mtg., Wednesday, Sept. 18, 12:30-1:30p.m.Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Community Mtg., asking for input from Kaʻū residents on what Kaʻū needs, happens Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center. Agenda TBA. oha.org

Kanaka Tree in Concert, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Hawaiian music. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Registration Open: Colorful Craft, Thursday, Sept. 19-24, Ka‘ū District Gym multipurpose room. Program for grades K-8, takes place Wednesday, Sept. 25, 3:30-5p.m. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

6th Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run Race Day, Saturday, Sept. 21, 7.a.m, Ka‘ū coffee Mill. 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon races through macnut and coffee fields along slopes of Ka‘ū. Sponsored by Ka‘ū Coffee Mill and ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Online registration open through midnight, Sept. 19: webscorer.com/register?raceid=166020. Race day (not online) registration closes at 6:30a.m. okaukakou.orgkaucoffeemill.com

Exhibit - 45th Tiny Treasures Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 21, daily, 9a.m.-5p.m.,Volcano Arts Center Gallery. Features small works created at the Volcano Collaboration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Free Haircut, Shower, Clothes, Saturday, Sept. 21, 9a.m.-1p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church. Kady and Drew Foster, 12 haircut slots available. Free hot showers. Big Island Giving Tree will hand out clothes and personal care items like razors and toothbrushes. 939-7000, stjudeshawaii.org

Hi‘iaka & Pele, Saturday, Sept. 21, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/havo

Zen Pen - Writing as Spiritual Practice with Tom Peek, Saturday, Sept. 21, 9:30a.m.-4p.m.Volcano Art Center. $65/VAC member, $75/non-member. Bring personal object, handheld mirror, and lunch. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

1st Annual Church Bazaar, Saturday, Sept. 21, 10a.m.-2p.m., Pāhala Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Auction, thrift shop, baked goods, craft goods, plants, and more. $10/steak plate; priority to pre-sale ticket holders. See church member or call Parish Office at 928-8208 for tickets.

Mixed Media Encaustic - Beginner and Intermediate with Mary Milelzcik, Saturday, Sept. 21, 10a.m.-2p.m.Volcano Art Center. $55/VAC member, $60/non-member, plus $25 supply fee. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Mtg., Saturday, Sept. 21, 10a.m.-1p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting and training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hula Kahiko - Kumu Hula Paul Neves with Hālau Ha‘a Kea o Kinohi, Saturday, Sept. 21, 10:30-11:30a.m., hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Hula performance. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.comvolcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mea Hula with Kumu Kaho‘okele Crabbe with Hālauolaokalani, Saturday, Sept. 21, 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery porch. Hands-on cultural demonstration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.comvolcanoartcenter.org

Ham Radio Mtg., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2-3p.m.Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Dances of Universal Peace, Saturday, Sept. 21, 6-7:30p.m., Methodist Hall, across from Nā‘ālehu Post Office. 939-9461, hualaniom2@yahoo.com

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Ka‘ū Community Coastal Cleanup and Debris Survey, Saturday, Sept. 22. Free; donations appreciated. Limited space available; B.Y.O.-4WD okay. R.S.V.P. required, kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com. 769-7629, wildhawaii.org

Palm Trail, Sunday, Sept. 22, 9:30-12:30p.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult hike - 2.6 mile loop. nps.gov/havo

Kahuku ‘Ohana Day, Sunday, Sept. 22, noon-3p.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Live music, family-friendly activities, hikes and more. Free. nps.gov/havo

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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