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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.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Thursday, September 26, 2019

Young Brothers has carried and tugged cargo between the island for more than a century and is asking
for a rate increase. It is the only inter-island cargo service in Hawaiʻi. Photo from Young Brothers
A 34 PERCENT RATE INCREASE FOR YOUNG BROTHERS shipping is the new proposal filed Wednesday with the Public Utilities Commission. Young Brothers, LLC filed the case, contending it needs the $27 million to modernize its fleet of barges and tugboats and to cover its inter-island operating expenses. The last increase approved by the PUC for Young Brothers was 4.3 percent in February.
     While Young Brothers has increased its rates by 4.9 percent since 2014, Matson rates increased by 20.9 percent and Pasha rates increased by 16.9 percent.
     Young Brothers has reported running at a loss over the last three years, losing some $11.4 million in 2018, $8.9 million in 2019 and a projected loss of $12.3 million in 2020. Without Young Brothers interisland shipping, cost of foods, household goods, construction materials and more could increase substantially.
     Paul Stevens, interim-president of Young Brothers wrote, "Our priority is to ensure that customers on all islands can depend on Young Brothers for the consistent, on-time delivery and high-quality service that are hallmarks of our 100-year legacy in the Islands." He said operating costs are steadily increasing and Young Brothers running eight "with no significant boost in revenue makes it necessary for us to reset our rates."
Young Brother employs some 360 workers in Hawaiʻi.
Photo from Young Brothers
     If approved over the next year, as the PUC reviews the case and the state Consumer Advocate issued an opinion the rates could go up late next year.
     According to Young Brothers' representatives, current rates have not generated enough revenue to sustain its expenses and earn "a fair return" on investment. Since 2016, the company's profits have been steadily declining year-over-year – from $2.5 million in 2016 to $0.6 million in 2017, to losses of $11.4 million in 2018, $8.9 million in 2019, and projected losses of $12.3 million in 2020.
     Pacific Business News reported this morning that since 2017, Young Brothers "has invested more than $88 million — $80 million of which went to purchasing new Kapena class tugs, $2.7 million on shoreside fleet equipment, $3 million on lifts, ramps and other key facility equipment and $2.8 million in vessel and harbor infrastructure improvements. These modernization and maintenance upgrades were investments made to optimize fuel efficiency and service reliability for customers, while reducing carbon emissions."
     Keith Kiyotoki, manager of sales, told PBN earlier this year, "That $80 million investment will carry us for the next 20 years."

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A LIAISON TO THE U.S. CLIMATE ALLIANCE is Gov. David Ige's appointee to become Chief Executive of the newly formed Hawaiʻi state Energy Office. Scott Glenn has served as director of the state Office of Environmental Quality Control since 2015, where he led the modernization of the state environmental review process by developing new administrative rules and updating best practices.
     Scott was co-chair of the Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative, and liaison to the U.S. Climate Alliance – a coalition of U.S. governors committed to the Paris Agreement. In these roles, he worked with state, county, and federal agencies, as well as communities across the state, and stakeholders nationally and internationally to coordinate state policy development on energy, climate change, and key sustainability initiatives.
Scott Glenn, appointed Chief Executive of the state
Energy Office. Photo from the governor's office
     Said Ige, "The newly created Hawai‘i State Energy Office will lead Hawai‘i in implementing our goals on clean energy, clean transportation, and a clean, resilient economy. I am confident that Scott will bring the same balanced, innovative, collaborative perspective to move us forward as we strive to reach our goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.
     Said Glenn, "Hawai‘i has shown tremendous leadership through the years on energy and climate change. I am deeply honored and humbled for Gov. Ige to entrust me with these critical initiatives for Hawai‘i's future. I look forward to working with everyone to implement our ambitious clean energy and decarbonization goals."
     Glenn's appointment is effective Oct. 16, and is subject to Senate confirmation.

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EUGENE SCALIA WILL BE THE NEXT SECRETARY OF LABOR for the U.S. He was confirmed by the U.S Senate today, though Hawaiʻi Sen. Mazie K. Hirono voted against him. She issued the following statement:
     "Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has consistently nominated individuals to serve in his cabinet who have major conflicts of interest and who are hostile to the Departments they are chosen to lead. The nomination of Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor fits squarely within this pattern, and his confirmation will result in serious harm to working people in Hawaiʻi and across the country.
Eugene Scalia confirmed as Labor Secretary.
Photo from PBS
     "Eugene Scalia has spent his entire career advocating for powerful corporations at the expense of America's workers. As a corporate lawyer, he fought to weaken protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He worked to undermine regulations that protect the health and safety of workers. He opposed increases in the minimum wage and helped his clients deny tips and overtime pay for their workers.
     "The American people deserve a secretary of labor who will advocate for workers, protect their health and safety, and stand up to wealthy corporate interests. Eugene Scalia, with his history of corporate advocacy, is the wrong person for this job and it's why I opposed his nomination today."

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TWO VETERANS PROGRAMS, SET TO EXPIRE SEPT. 30 ARE SAVED, if Pres. Donald Trump signs them. This week, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 4285, to extend Supportive Services for Veteran Families, and funding for the VA Regional Office and Outpatient Clinic in Manila. Both were sponsored by Sen. Mazie Hirono.
     Said Hirono, "I thank my Senate colleagues for quickly passing this comprehensive bill to ensure that veterans do not lose access to the services they depend on." The Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2019 includes two pieces of legislation authored by Hirono.
     The Keeping Our Commitment to Ending Veteran Homelessness Act of 2019 (S. 2489), introduced with Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas), extends the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program through September 30, 2021. This program provides grants for supportive services to assist very low-income veterans and their families who are either residing in permanent housing or transitioning from homelessness.
     The Keeping Our Commitment to Overseas Veterans Act of 2019 (S. 2484) keeps the VA Regional Office and Outpatient Clinic in Manila, Philippines open for business through September 30, 2020. The Manila VA provides health care, benefits, and services to thousands of U.S. veterans living in the Philippines.
     The Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act will now go to the President for his signature.

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A GOLD STAR WILL BE REQUIRED ON DRIVERS LICENSES to board flights and enter federal buildings, starting Oct. 1, 2020, as required by the federal Department of Homeland Security. Issuing licenses with the gold star began on Jan. 16, 2018, as motorists obtained and renewed Hawaiʻi driver's licenses.
     Those without drivers licenses will be able to use alternate identification to board flights.
     For those without gold stars on their drivers licenses: To obtain the gold star driver's licenses, which indicates the license is Real ID compliant, motorists must present the following documents to the Vehicle Registration & Licensing Division: A U.S. State, Local Government - issued Certificate of Birth; or a valid U.S. Passport or Passport Card; for married women who changed their names, a certified government-issued marriage certificate (showing name on birth certificate); Social Security card (unlaminated) showing current name; two documents showing driver's physical address (such as a HELCO bill). Those with a post office box number can submit one document with the post office box number and one document with the physical address.
     Motorists may obtain a limited-purpose driver's license, without a gold star, and only used to drive. For more information on Acceptable Documents visit:  hawaiicounty.gov/departments/finance/vehicle-registration-licensing/list-of-acceptable-documents.
     No change is required at this time to currently-valid licenses.

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AN UPDATE ON MAUNA LOA ACTIVITY today shows no significant changes to the volcano. Alert Level remains ADVISORY, Aviation Color Code remains YELLOW. The number of small earthquakes remains consistent with recent weeks, with about 40 small-magnitude earthquakes (all smaller than M2.5) detected beneath the upper elevations, most at shallow to intermediate depths of less than 10 km (~6 miles) below ground level.
HVO scientists deploy high-precision GPS receivers to collect data 
that will help refine models of Mauna Loa's inflation. HVO photo
     Global Positioning System and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) measurements show continued summit inflation, consistent with magma supply to the volcano's shallow storage system.
     Readings of fumarole temperature and gas concentrations at the Sulphur Cone monitoring site on the Southwest Rift Zone remain stable, but are slightly elevated from measurements from two weeks ago due to repositioning and servicing of instrument sensors during maintenance last week by HVO field crews.
     For more information on current monitoring of Mauna Loa Volcano, see volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/mauna_loa/monitoring_summary.html.

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KAʻŪ CHURCHES ARE SELLING THEIR PARISH TRUCK to raise funds. The Holy Rosary Church of Pāhala and the Sacred Heart Church of Nāʻālehu are selling the truck, with funds raised from the sale to benefit both churches. The truck is a great 2016 Nissan Frontier King Cab, 6 cylinder, 2WD automobile. The churches are asking for $21K or best offer. Only cash or cashier's check will be accepted. Anyone interested should contact the parish secretary Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at 928-8208.

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

Football, Division II:
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:
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

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See monthly and weekly Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, and Meditation at kaucalendar.com.

Coffee Talk at Kahuku, Friday, Sept. 27, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit Visitor Contact Station. Free. nps.gov/havo

Fee-Free Day: National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 28. Park entrance is free. neefusa.org

National Public Lands Day Volunteering, Saturday, Sept. 28, 8:45a.m.-noon, meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools provided. Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent required for under 18. No advance registration required. Volunteers receive pass to return and enjoy park fee-free another day. No entrance fees. nps.gov/havo

Nature & Culture, Saturday, Sept. 28, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderate hike, approx. 2 miles. nps.gov/havo

Realms and Divisions, Sunday, Sept. 29, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult, two-mile, hike. Bring snack. nps.gov/havo

E māka‘ika‘i iā Ka‘auea: Explore the Summit, daily (beginning Oct. 1), 11-11:45a.m., in front of Kīlauea Visitor Center. New ranger guided walk exploring geologic features of Kīlauea and their deep connections to Hawaiian history and culture. All ages. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo/

Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, Oct. 1 (Committees), Wednesday, Oct. 2 (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, Oct. 1, 6-8p.m., Pāhala Community Center.

Hula Voices with Practitioner Randy Lee, Wednesday, Oct. 2 – 1st Wednesday, monthly – 5:30-7p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Desiree Moana Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Grand Opening of the Temporary Nā‘ālehu Library Location at the Nā‘ālehu State Office, Thursday, Oct. 3, 10a.m.. Popcorn, lemonade, and fines forgiveness offered in celebration. Library hours normal, except closed during Hawai‘i County Council Committee and Council meetings, first and third Tuesday and Wednesday, monthly. 939-2442, librarieshawaii.org

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

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-7p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, Oct. 3, 6:30-8:30p.m., Aspen Center. okaukakou.org

Nationwide 2019 Congressional App Challenge submissions from middle and high schoolers are open through Friday, 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.

Tiny Treasure Invitational Exhibit at Volcano Art Center gallery in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park runs through Sunday, Nov. 3. Open to the public, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free; Park entrance fees apply. The exhibition also celebrates VAC's 45th anniversary, Oct. 21.
     Artists include Daniel Rokovitz, Stone O'Daugherty, Kristin Mitsu Shiga, Pat Pearlman, and Amy Flanders, Karen and Mark Stebbins. Also on display, small works from the annual Volcano Art Collaboration from June, featuring Rose Adare, Nash Adams-Pruitt, Lisa Louise Adams, Ed Clapp, Amy Flanders, Bill Hamilton, Liz Miller, Joe Laceby, and Erik Wold. volcanoartcenter.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.

Vendor Booth Space is Available for the Kamahalo Craft Fair. The 12th annual event will be held Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, Nov. 299 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cooper Center. Booths are open for crafters with quality homemade and homegrown products. Food vendors must prepare all food items in a certified kitchen and must have a Department of Health permit displayed prominently at their booth. Application online at thecoopercenter.org. Direct questions to 936-9705 or kilaueatutu@gmail.com.

Girls Exploring Math and Science Registration is open to Kaʻū students The annual event for fifth graders will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. The mission of the American Association of University Women is to advance equity for women and girls though advocacy, education, and research.
     "First Come, First Served" registration forms were mailed to all West Hawaiʻi and Kaʻū schools on Sept. 9. Registration fee is $20 and scholarships are available. No girl will be turned away because of financial need. Once the 336 available spots are filled, no registrations will be accepted.
     All fifth grade girls residing in the West Hawaiʻi School complex and Kaʻū who attend public, private, or home schools are welcome. Sponsorship of girls by individuals or businesses will be accepted. For more information about GEMS, to volunteer or sponsor a girl, or to request a registration packet, contact Cindy Armer, GEMS chairperson at cbarmer@hotmail.com or 808-896-7180. Applications are also available at Kona-hi.aauw.net.

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