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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Proposals to the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents include more education about Maunakea and its
cultural importance to the Hawaiian people. Classes are ongoing on the mauna, sponsored by those who oppose
putting the Thirty Meter Telescope on top of the mauna. Photo by Julia Neal
MAUNAKEA MANAGEMENT PROPOSALS will come before the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 17. The Maunakea Governance Permitted Interaction Group recommends development of "a suite of educational programs regarding Maunakea including but not limited to Native Hawaiian culture, history, environmental, and biological considerations designed for tour guides and drivers, employees, contractors, recreational users, scientists and observatory workers, and visitors, as required by the Management Plans, by August 31, 2020."
     The Committee recommends asking the 2020 Hawaiʻi State Legislature "for monies to plan, design, and construct an educational center at Hale Pohaku and/or another appropriate site on Maunakea that will educate visitors on cultural, environmental, and astronomy related topics relating to Maunakea."
     The proposals include building a new educational telescope facility for the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, on already developed land at Hale Pohaku or elsewhere, "as soon as can be permitted, with a target date no later than April 30, 2021, to ensure the prompt availability of a teaching telescope. The Board of Regents shall support the funding of the planning, design, and construction of the new educational facility."
     The Committee asks for the Maunakea Master Plan update to accommodate uses by Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners. It asks the University to cooperate with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to resolve any outstanding issues relating to the roadway infrastructure on Maunakea and to seek opportunities to assist DHHL in its efforts "to fulfill its trust duties and responsibilities on the use of its Maunakea lands."
     It recommends that the University pursue a partnership with an appropriate agency or organization whose primary beneficiary is the Native Hawaiian community, to operate commercial shuttles and tours on Maunakea.
University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents will take up a proposal to ensure allowing cultural practices on the mauna, such
as those taking place where protesters of additional telescopes there are conducting ceremonies, including this
presentation of ʻawa by Pacific Islanders to Hawaiian kūpuna. Photo by Julia Neal
     The Committe calls for a reorganization and restructuring plan to be presented to the Board of Regents as to all advisory, operating, and funding bodies involved in the management of Maunakea by April 2020. It asks for an analysis to determine whether "management of the Maunakea Science Reserve would be better served if transferred to a governmental authority or other third party entity, or through alternate management mechanisms (e.g., conservation easement agreement, etc.). The results of this analysis will be presented to the Board of Regents by April 2020."
     The proposals include details and dates for decommissioning five telescopes already built on Maunakea. Decommissioning "shall mean the complete removal of all man-made structures at each respective site, bringing each site to as close as feasible to its natural state prior to construction."
     The proposals do not address the future of the Thirty Meter Telescope, which has been delayed by a group protesting its construction and blocking the road to the site near the Maunakea summit.

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A NON-BINDING RESOLUTION, CONDEMNING WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. TROOPS FROM SYRIA, PASSED the U.S. House of Representatives today with a vote of 354 to 60. Resolution 77 stated the withdrawal is "beneficial to adversaries of the United States government," which include Syria, Russia, and Iran. The measure also demanded the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, end military actions in northern Syria. Kaʻū's Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard, missed the vote.
     The measure and vote are in response to Pres. Donald Trump's decision to remove all U.S. troops from Syria last week. On Sunday, Trump announced that Turkey would take offensive actions against Syria. Kurdish forces in Syria are now under attack, 200,000-plus people have been displaced, and the New York Times reports that, due to these actions, the "threat of ISIS's resurgence looms."
     A companion measure in the Senate was introduced on Tuesday but has not yet been put to vote.

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STATE SEN. KAI KAHELE, WHO IS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS, announced today that he supports the U.S. House of Representatives vote to "condemn President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Northern Syria where they were engaged with our Kurdish allies in fighting and detaining thousands of ISIS terrorists.
State Sen. Kai Kahele said today he supports the U.S. House of
Representative's condemnation of Pres. Donald Trump for pulling
troops out of Syria and abandoning the Kurds. Kahele is running
for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's seat in Congress. Photo from Kahele
     "Unfortunately, the people of Hawaiʻi's 2nd Congressional District were left without a voice because Congresswoman Gabbard, yet again, failed to show up and report to duty. Appearing on national television the night before (Gabbard debated against 11 other candidates for U.S. President) is not an excuse to miss work. The people of Hawaiʻi deserve a representative who is committed full-time to this job."
     Kahele serves as Majority Floor Leader and Chairman of the Committee on Water and Land in the Hawaiʻi State Senate. He is an 18-year combat veteran aviator who was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard.
     He is running for Gabbard's seat.

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A FIRST OF ITS KIND - HAWAIʻI CANCER RESEARCH CENTER - WAS GRANTED $6.5 MILLION in federal funding, announced Sen. Mazie Hirono today. The National Institute of Health funds will support construction of a new clinical research center at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center to focus on early-phase clinical trials.
     The UH Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. Current cancer clinical trials in Hawaiʻi are provided through a partnership between the UH Cancer Center, the University of Hawaiʻi, and the Hawaiʻi Cancer Consortium.
     The Early Phase Cancer Clinical Research Center will serve an estimated 100 to 200 patients annually, with access to Phase 1 trials. They would have had to otherwise travel out of state for specialized treatment. Phase 1 trials are typically considered when standard treatments have been unsuccessful, or patients have a challenging form of cancer.
     Hirono, a kidney cancer survivor, said, "Cancer patients in Hawaiʻi currently have to travel to the mainland to access cutting-edge treatments through early-phase clinical trials, creating a financial challenge that not only burdens some patients, but limits access for others altogether." She said the new center will present a "great opportunity for patients to access novel treatments, while helping researchers broaden our understanding of the disease."
Sen. Mazie Hirono
     UH Cancer Center Director Randall Holcombe said, "We are extremely thankful for state and federal funds supporting the new state-of-the-art program. This will enable advances in cancer treatments that are of direct importance to our diverse population in Hawaiʻi. Patients in Hoʻōla will participate in a clinical research study, and therefore be provided the newest treatments without the expense and difficulties of traveling to another National Cancer Institute-designated center on the mainland."
Trojans Girls Volleyball showed well in
the BIIF season, placing third overall in
Div II. Photo by Julia Neal
     As a member of the Senate NIH Caucus, Hirono has consistently supported the agency's contributions to cancer research. In April, she signed a letter asking the Senate Appropriations Committee to reject Pres. Trump's proposed cut to NIH funding and to maintain a strong commitment to medical research funding for the upcoming fiscal year.

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KAʻŪ TOOK THIRD PLACE in the season finals of Big Island Interscholastic Federation Girls Volleyball, taking down Pāhoa, 25 to 22, 25 to 21, and 25 to 23. Kaʻū lost to Kohala today, 20-25, 18-25 and 23-25. Konawaena takes on Kohala for the Division II championship.
     The game tonight against the Ka Makani Daggers at Keaʻau High School is the final Division II BIIF game. Should Kaʻū win, it would earn a berth in the state tournament on Oʻahu.
     The Trojans take their place next to HPA in second and Konawaena in third, both much larger schools, in a field of nine total schools.

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

Football, Division II:
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:
Wed.-Sat., Oct. 23-26, HHSAA DII Tournament, Oʻahu

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Nāʻālehu School Family Reading Night, Thursday, Oct. 17, Ocean View Community Center. 6-7p.m. Family reading, make & take activities, and snacks provided. Free. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Forest Restoration Project, Friday, Oct. 18, 8:30a.m.-3p.m., HVNP. 12+; under 18 require adult co-signature. Pre-registration required - include first and last names, email address, and phone number of each participant. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Patty Kupchak, 352-1402, forest@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Guided Cultural Tour of the Ni‘aulani Forest, Friday, Oct. 18, 9:30-11a.m., Volcano Art Center. Kumu Hula Ryan McCormack leads. Tour focuses on Hawaiian protocol, traditional chants, history, and lifeways, as they relate to the native forest ecosystem. Free; open to public. Spaced is limited, reservations suggested. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Dances of Universal Peace, Friday, Oct. 18, 6-7:30p.m., Methodist Church hall, across from Nā‘ālehu Post Office. Fun, easy to learn dances from many traditions evoking peace. Donations welcome. No registration necessary. 939-9461, hualaniom2@yahoo.com

Food from Wood: Growing Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps & Wood Chips, Saturday, Oct. 19, 9a.m.-2:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. $55/VAC member, $60/non-member; includes shiitake mushroom log kit and King Stropharia mushroom kit. Pre-registration required. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Free Haircut Day, Saturday, Oct. 19, 9a.m.-1p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church. Kady and Drew Foster. 12 slots available. Also, Free Shower Day and The Big Island Giving Tree to hand out clothes and various items like razors and toothbrushes. 939-7000, stjudeshawaii.org

Birth of Kahuku, Saturday, Oct. 19, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, easy-to-moderate hike. nps.gov/havo/

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Mtg., Saturday, Oct. 19, 10a.m.-1p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting and training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hula Kahiko - Kumu Hula Manaiakalani Kalua with AKAUNU, Saturday, Oct. 19, 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 Loke Kamanu and ‘ohana, Saturday, Oct. 19, 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery porch. Hands-on cultural demonstration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.comvolcanoartcenter.org

Ka‘ū Skate Club Fundraiser for Kahuku Roller Rink in Ocean View: Dave Lawrence & Green Machines Concert, Saturday, Oct. 19, 4p.m., Tiki Mama's, Ocean View. Suggested donation of $15 per person for Ka‘ū Skate Club, plus one can of food for Hawai‘i Island Food Bank. Ka‘ū Skate Club President Lzena Barrett, 747-1147

Oktoberfest, Saturday, Oct. 19, live music, pretzels and beer from 4p.m., dinner served 5-7p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Brats, sauerkraut, German potato salad and more. Bring Cooper Center mug for $1 off beer; purchase one for $10. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

Pupule Papales Band performance, Saturday, Oct. 19, 7-10p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. Open to eligible patrons; certain Terms of Service. Free; park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Pu‘u Lokuana, Sunday, Oct. 20, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, short, moderately difficult, 0.4 mile hike. nps.gov/havo/

45th Anniversary: Party Like It's 1974, Sunday, Oct. 20, 3-5p.m., Volcano Art Center. More details to be announced. Details to be announced. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 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

H.O.V.E. Road Maintenance Corp. Board Mtg., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10a.m., H.O.V.E. RMC office, 92-8979 Lehua Lane, Ocean View. 929-9910, hoveroad.com

Nāʻālehu School Parent Conferences, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23 and 24, Nāʻālehu Elementary School; Friday, Oct. 25, Ocean View Community Center. Times to be determined via letter home.

Guided Hike On A 60 Year Old Lava Lake, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10a.m.-2p.m.Kīlauea Iki Overlook Parking Lot, HVNP. Moderate to challenging 2.4 mile hike (one way). $80/person. Register online. Park entrance fees may apply. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Lei Kukui Demonstration, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10a.m.-noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Make hīpu‘u - a style of lei making in which the steams and leaves of the Kukui tree are tied together - with rangers and staff. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo/

Help Shape Hawaiʻi Island at upcoming SpeakOuts and workshops on the General Plan. The community is encouraged to "come share your manaʻo," opinion.
     The last scheduled SpeakOut meeting will be held in Waikaloa, Thursday, Oct. 246 p.m. to 8 p.m., Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School.
     Topic Workshops will be held in 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/.

Trunk or Treat at Kaʻū District Gym will be held Thursday, Oct. 315:30 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.

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.

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.

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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