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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A Trunk or Treat entry in the vehicle decorating contest last year. Starbucks offered blends of Zombie Brains, Vampire Blood, and Witches Brew. See story below. Photo by Julia Neal
DO NOT USE E-CIGARETTES OR VAPING DEVICES OF ANY KIND until the cause of vaping-associated illnesses is determined, advised the Hawai‘i Department of Health in a statement yesterday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 1,000 cases of lung and stomach illnesses associated with vaping have been reported in 48 states, including one case involving a minor in Hawai‘i. CDC reported there were also 18 deaths reported in 15 states. The majority of illnesses were reported by people between the ages of 13 to 34 years.
     CDC and health departments across the nation, including Hawai‘i, are investigating hundreds of lung and stomach injuries associated with the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products.
     Dept. of Health advised e-cigarette or vaping device users to stop, and for those not using to not start. "E-cigarettes and vaping products are unsafe and unregulated. While there are claims that vaping devices help smokers kick their cigarette habits, not enough time has elapsed, nor has testing been done, to verify this claim or the potential for other health impacts," stated DOH.
     Adults using vaping devices with medical cannabis products are urged to consider changing to another form of medical cannabis. Using off-market products – available through the internet, on the street, or homemade – especially THC-containing liquids, is especially warned against. DOH stated that "while evidence points to a higher incidence of negative health impacts among users of off-market THC products, some patients suffering negative health impacts report using only nicotine products or products obtained on the market."
     Vaping, stated DOH, involves inhaling aerosol from a device that heats a liquid containing nicotine, marijuana (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), or other substances. These devices come in all shapes and sizes, including colorful vape pens, modified tank systems, and devices that can look like USB flash drives, cell phones, credit card holders, and highlighters. They are frequently referred to as e-cigarettes, ecigs, vapes, vape pens, electronic vaporizers, pod mods, or pod systems. No one type of vaping device has been positively identified as a common cause of the lung injuries and illnesses reported nationwide.
     DOH stated pregnant women should not use e-cigarettes and vaping products of any kind at any time during pregnancy; children and youth should never use e-cigarettes or vaping devices. DOH reminds the public that the act of selling any vaping product to anyone under the age of 21 is illegal in Hawai‘i, and it is also illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase, use, or possess these products. "Vaping devices were never intended to be used by children or youth and should not be used by them," stated DOH.
Example of a
vaping device
for THC and
     Anyone who has recently used a vaping device and experiences symptoms including coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, or abdominal pain, are urged to see a healthcare provider and/or call the Hawai‘i Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 at any time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
     For adults using vaping devices to kick a cigarette habit, DOH advised not return to smoking cigarettes but to consult a doctor, pharmacist, or call the Hawai‘i Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-7848-669), which is a free and confidential call.
     Download a PDF version of the health advisory here. For more information about ongoing investigations of vaping associated illness in Hawai‘i and additional resources for the public and clinicians, visit the Disease Outbreak Control Division's page. Vaping prevention resources for parents and educators can be found at HawaiiNoVape.com.

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CHANGES IN HELE ON TIMES AND ROUTES, going west and up the Kona Coast, will be in place until further notice according to the county's Hele On Bus system.
The South Kohala Route that leaves Pāhala at 3:30 a.m. remains as scheduled.
     The 5:40 a.m. bus to South Kohala will service the South Kohala Resorts as follows: 8:45 a.m. Four Seasons; 9:10 a.m. Hilton; 9:25 a.m. Fairmont Orchid; 9:30 a.m. Mauna Lani; 9:40 a.m. Mauna Kea
     The 8 a.m. Pāhala-South Kohala route has been rescheduled to start its run at 11:30 a.m. as follows: 11:30 a.m. Pahala; 11:50 a.m. Nāʻālehu; 11:55 a.m. Wong Yuen Store; 12:20 p.m. Ocean View; 12:50 p.m. Fujihara; 12:55 p.m. Yano/Captain Cook; 1:10 p.m. Kainaliu/Honalo; 1:25 p.m. Keauhou Shopping Center; 1:30 p.m. Aliʻi Drive;  1:40 p.m. Makala Blvd.; 1:45 p.m. Kamakaeha Stop/Court house (Kmart); 1:55 p.m. Kona Palisades; 2:10 p.m. Four Seasons; 2:35 p.m. Hilton Waikoloa; 2:50 p.m. Fairmont Orchid; 2:55 p.m. Mauna Lani Bay; and 3:05 p.m. Mauna Kea Beach.
     The bus service in Kaʻū has changed due to a shortage of buses islandwide, according to an announcement from the county.

The epicenter of this morning's quake was near Lōʻihi
Seamount. Image from USGS
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A 3.6 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE about 24 miles southeast of Pāhala this morning at 3:05 a.m. originated at Lōʻihi Seamount. The nine-mile-deep quake sparked reports from all over the island, including as far away as Waimea. Maximum reported shaking was reported as light with no damage reported.

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TŪTŪ & ME HOME VISITING PROGRAM is a free service to Pāhala families with keiki, birth to five years old. This caregiver support program offers those taking care of young keiki "a compassionate listening ear, helpful parenting tips and strategies, fun and exciting activities, and wonderful educational resources" from Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Home visits are one hour in length, two to four times per month, for 12 to 15 visits. Snacks are provided. See pidfoundation.org or call Tata Compehos and Melody Espejo at 808-938-1088.

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Trunk or Treat last year at Kaʻū District Gym. Organized by Kaʻū High and Pāhala Elementary school, the event
offers prizes to the best decorated cars and treats for keiki and youth. Photo by Julia Neal
TRUNK OR TREAT at Kaʻū District Gym will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Organized by Kaʻū High and Pāhala Elementary school, the free event offers a haunted house, healthy recipes, a family-friendly atmosphere, and Trunk or Treat, where keiki and youth go from parked car to car, asking for treats.
     For those interested in participating in Trunk or Treat, distributing goodies, prizes will be awarded for the best decorated car: Most Beautiful, Most Original, Spookiest, and a special awards for teachers or staff who decorate; decoration not required. Contact Nona at 928-3102 or Angie Miyashiro at 313-4100.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
2019 Kaʻū High School Fall Athletics Schedule
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates

Football, Division II:
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:
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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AdvoCATS, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7a.m.-4:30p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Final Day to Register at Volcano School of Arts & Sciences, Thursday, Oct. 10. Grades K-8. 808-985-9800, volcanoschool.net

Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Thursday, Oct. 10, 8-10a.m., Kīpukapuaulu - Bird Park - Parking Lot, HVNP. Led by retired USGS Biologist Nic Sherma. 2 hour birding tour. $40/person. Register online. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:30p.m., United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkeley Yoshida, 747-0197

Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Friday, Oct. 11, 9a.m.-noon, Ocean View Community Center. Free disability legal services provided by Hawai‘i Legal Aid. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Community Dance, Friday, Oct. 11, 7-10p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Minors allowed with supervision only. Alcohol-free event. Variety of music. Snacks provided; additional pūpū welcome. Free. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

Every Kid Outdoors Day, Saturday, Oct. 12, all National Parks. Kid-friendly activities offered throughout the park. New Junior Ranger program at Kahuku unit. 4th grade students earn a free entrance pass to all national parks - everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm, print voucher and present, completed, at main entrance station. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo/

Nāʻālahu Hongwanji Rummage Sale, Saturday, Oct. 12, 8a.m.-noon. Baked goods, clothing, crafts, books, household item, kitchen items, and garden tools. 95-5695 Mamalahoa Hwy.

Pancake Breakfast and Raffle, Saturday, Oct. 12, 8-11a.m., Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Ka‘ū Skate Club Fundraiser for Kahuku Roller Rink in Ocean View: Yard Sale, Saturday, Oct. 12, 9a.m.-3p.m., 92-8907 Paradise Parkway, Ocean View. Donations welcome. Ka‘ū Skate Club President Lzena Barrett, 747-1147

Pastel On-Site Landscape Painting Workshop with Patti Pease Johnson, Saturday, Oct. 12, 9a.m.-12:30p.m., outside (weather permitting) at Volcano Art Center. Students complete one 9"x12" project. $45/VAC member, $50/non-member, plus $10 supply fee per person. All materials supplied. Beginner and intermediate artists welcome. Register - 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mamo o Kāwā ʻOhana Work Day, Saturday, Oct. 12, meet 9:30a.m., Northern Gate, Kāwā. RSVP to James Akau, jakau@nmok.org, 561-9111. Bring a water bottle, lunch, closed toed shoes, long sleeved t-shirt, and pants. Tools, gloves, water, and light refreshments provided. nmok.orgfacebook.com/NMOK.Hawaii

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

Zentangle Inspired Art: Milagros with Lydia Meneses, Saturday, Oct. 12, 10a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center. Art supplies provided (students encouraged to bring favorite art supplies). Open to all levels. No experience required. Potluck, bring snack to share. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $15 supply fee. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Jazz in the Forest with Jean Pierre Thoma, Autumn Leaves & Jeannine Guillory-Kane, Saturday, Oct. 12, 5:30-7:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. Doors open 5p.m. $20/VAC member, $25/non-member. Purchase tickets online, VAC Admin Office or VAC Gallery. Wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks available for purchase. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Soul Town Band performance, Saturday, Oct. 12, 7-10p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. $5 cover charge. Open to eligible patrons; certain Terms of Service. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

‘Ōhi‘a Lehua, Sunday, Oct. 13, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, easy one-mile walk. nps.gov/havo/

Medicine for the Mind: Teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, Sunday, Oct. 13 – 2nd Sunday, monthly – 3-5p.m., Volcano Art Center. Free; calabash donations welcome. Dress warmly. Patty Johnson, 345-1527, volcanoartcenter.org

Monday Movie Night: Moananuiakea, Monday, Oct. 14, 6-7:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. $5 donation suggested. Popcorn and snacks available for purchase. Bring a cushion. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, Oct. 15 (Committees), Wednesday, Oct. 17, (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.govThese meetings affect the temporary location of the Nā‘ālehu Public Library

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Ti Leaf Lei Making with Jelena Clay, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 11a.m.-1p.m.Volcano Art Center. Pre-registration required; class size limited. $10 per person supply fee. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Why Hawaiian Honey May Be the Best on Earth, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Local beekeepers and representatives from the Big Island Beekeepers Association discuss the island's varieties of honey, with samples to taste. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo/

Hawaiʻi Nei Art Contest is open to all Hawaiʻi Island residents. All artwork must be registered online by Friday, Oct. 11 at hawaiineiartcontest.org. Initial online screening and jurying will take place Saturday, Oct. 12. Featured Category is Kō ā kai: Marine Species of Hawaiʻi Island. Artwork is not limited to the Featured Category; however, all artwork entries must depict a native species to Hawaiʻi Island.
     Amateur and professional artists of all ages, who are residents of Hawaiʻi Island, are invited to submit original works. Entry fees are $15 per entry for adults, youth under 18 are free. Artists are encouraged to explore a variety of media, including the performing arts.
     Artists will be notified by October 14th if their artwork has been selected for the exhibition. Final jurying and selection for awards will occur on Oct. 30 and will be announced at the opening reception on Nov. 1. Artwork may still be juried out despite adhering to all guidelines.
     Learn more at hawaiineiartcontest.org.

Help Shape Hawaiʻi Island at upcoming SpeakOuts and workshops on the General Plan. The community is encouraged to "come share your manaʻo," opinion.
     SpeakOut meetings will be held in Kona, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., West Hawaiʻi Civic Center Liquor Commission Boardroom; Capt. Cook, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pukaʻana United Church of Christ; and Waikaloa, Thursday, Oct. 246 p.m. to 8 p.m., Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School.
     Topic Workshops will be held in Hilo at County of Hawaiʻi Office of Aging on Saturday, Oct. 12 on Land Use from 9 a.m. to noon and Economic Development from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m; Kona at West Hawaiʻi Civic Center Council Chambers on Saturday, Oct. 19 on Infrastructure from 9 a.m. to noon and Natural Resources from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m; and Hilo at County of Hawaiʻi Office of Aging on Saturday, Oct. 26, on Infrastructure from 9 a.m. to noon and Natural Resources from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
     Submit feedback online by Thursday, Oct. 31. See more Info on the Draft General Plan at hiplanningdept.com/general-plan/.

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.

Hoʻokupu Hula No Kaʻū Cultural Festival Booths can be reserved. The free event on Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center, will feature cultural practitioners and demonstrators; workshops; crafts; food; music and entertainment from artists such as Bali Hai from Mexico, Vero Cruz Folklore Dancers, taiko drummers, UH-Hilo Filipino/Samoan dancers; and hula from Mexico, Japan, Virginia, ʻOahu, and Hawaiʻi Island. Interested vendors can apply for food, craft, or information booths. Email leionalani47@hotmail.com or call 808-649-9334. See hookupukau.com.

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

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.

King Cab 2016 Nissan Frontier for Sale by Holy Rosary Church of Pāhala and the Sacred Heart Church of Nāʻālehu. The parishes are selling the truck to raise funds to benefit both churches. The truck is a great 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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