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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.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Thirty Meter Telescope image from its proponents. The state Land Use Commission will hold a hearing tomorrow
for input on whether the proposed site should be classified Urban. Photo from TMT
ARE PERMITS FOR USE OF CONSERVATION LAND FOR URBAN ACTIVITY LEGAL ON MAUNAKEA? This is a question coming before the state Land Use Commission, which holds a public hearing this Thursday in the Crown Room of the Nanailoa Hotel in Hilo, beginning at  9:30 a.m., and possibly continuing on Friday and moving to UH-HIlo on Monday, if needed.
     The hearing focuses on use of the Maunakea summit for telescopes on 525 acres owned by the state and classified Conservation. The LUC will entertain a petition from Kuʻulei Higashi Kanahele and Ahiena Kanahele, who contend that use of the land for the dozen observatories and planned Thirty Meter Telescope is Urban activity on Conservation land, without legal process.
     The petition describes the use for telescopes as Industrial, which would require Industrial county zoning within a state-classified Urban district. It contends that the state and its lessees for the telescope campus should have applied for reclassification from Conservation to Urban, rather than depending on state Board of Land & Natural Resources Use Permits since 1968. The Kanaheles claim that the Use Permits circumvent the law and deprive citizens of the process of giving input on whether the land should be subject to Urban use.
     Input to the LUC from TMT proponents includes the contention that Conservation Use Permits for the telescopes were properly considered by the Board of Land & Natural Resources, which approved them and that court proceedings led to confirmation that the process as legal.
     TMT proponents contend that the BLNR Use Permits were properly considered and approved and that state courts have confirmed the legal use of the land for telescopes.
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Kumu Hula Debbie Ryder, right, will present hālau from Japan to Hawaiʻi, Mexico, and the mainland
on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Pāhala Community Center. Photo from Ryder
HOʻOKUPU NO KAʻŪ – the gathering of hālau, musicians, and cultural practitioners in Pāhala on Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center – has announced its final lineup. Kumu Hula Debbie Ryder said that participants will come from as far away as Mexico, Japan, and the U.S. mainland.
     Participating are Ryder's Hālau Hula O Leionalani; Hoʻomakaʻi Hula Studio from Oʻahu, led by Kumu Hula Shona LamHo; Hālau Ola O Kalani, led by Kumu Hula Kahoʻokele Crabbe; Kawehileimamoikawekiu o Kohala, led by Kumu Hula Lorna Lim; Uluhaimalama, led by Kumu Hula Emery Acerat; Aloha Pumehana/Vero Cruz Mexican Dances of Mexico, led by Professor Vero Ramirez; Hālau Kahanuola of Virginia, led by Instructor Keiko Alva; Ballet Bali Hai of Mexico, led by Director Clara Snell; the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Filipino Dance Ensemble; and the UH-Hilo Samoan Dance Ensemble.
     Participating musical groups are Taiko Drummers, led by Paul Sakamoto; Keaiwa; Times 5; Victor Chock; Steven Sioloa; Wailau Ryder & Friends; Kaleo Maoli; and local Kaʻū band, Shootz.
A traditional ceremony on the Kaʻū Coast before the day of dance,
song, and culture. Photo by Julia Neal
     Participating cultural practitioners are Hawaiʻi Island Kuʻi Kalo ‘Ohana, with Poi Pounding, Kalo Education displays, and a chance to talk story with the farmers; Kupuna Chucky Leslie, the Last Traditional Opelu Fisherman, from South Kona, offering one-on-one learning to sew net and listen to Uncles Fishing Moʻolelo, stories; Waltah Wong, Traditional Hale Builder, offers talk story on traditional house design layout and construction; Ika Vea, from Kohala, Master carver of Pahu, hula implements, and many more crafts; Wally Ito, seaweed propagation and cultivation; Aunty Winnie, with Laʻau Lapaʻau, traditional Hawaiian medicinal plants and their uses; Kupuna Barbara Meheula, with coconut weaving; and Irene and Bully Davis, lauhala weavers from Lanaʻi.
     The event is free and open to the public for all ages. Food will also be for sale.
     Learn more about the performers in future Kaʻū News Briefs. See hookupukau.com.

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WHAT WILL AGRICULTURE BE LIKE IN 100 YEARS? asked Kaʻū rancher Michelle Galimba during her talk at the state Agricultural Conference last week on Oʻahu.
     She answered, "I don't know, but I do know what I would like it to be, and that is: an ecological agriculture as part of an ecological civilization." See the beginning of her talk in the Monday and Tuesday Kaʻū News Briefs. Here is the final part:
     The anthropologist James C. Scott has written about the complex interrelation between political systems and agricultural systems in Asia. Intensive grain cultivation such as rice, wheat, and corn support the classic centralized state with its taxes, bureaucracy, military, and concentration of power in cities. On the other hand, hill tribes and other decentralized groups often adopt an agriculture based on root crops and other plant species that are inconspicuous, perennial, and not easily taxed. The point is that the kind of agriculture that we create, in turn creates us and the kind of social and political systems that we live within.
The sugar plantations were followed by Kaʻū Coffee, ranching, and new thinking about ecological farming.
Photo by Julia Neal
     Here in Hawaiʻi, our political history is closely tied with agricultural systems. We are still in the midst of grappling with the legacy of the sugar-cane plantations – an export-driven, highly extractive agriculture requiring immigrant labor from around the world. Many of us here trace at least part of our ancestry back to plantation immigrant laborers. At the moment, plantation agriculture has been replaced by the increasingly problematic tourism industry. We've gone from one sugar high to another. Which is why learning from indigenous agriculture is important because that was the last time Hawaiʻi had an agriculture and economy that was sustainable for the long run – that was not a short term sugar high. The way forward towards an ecological agriculture and an ecological civilization can be informed by our past. That is one paradox.
     The concept of an ecological civilization is, in itself, a bit of a paradox. Our economic systems assume infinite natural resources and our right to exploit them in order to achieve growth. Of course this planet does not have infinite resources, and part of the dissonance that we are experiencing comes from our inability to deal with that reality within our current economic and social paradigm. At the same time, civilization – this mode of organizing ourselves and working together on complex systems for the common good – this is a valuable skill that we humans have been working on for thousands of years. There have been many civilizations, some of them more ecologically sound than others. The one we happen to live within, is, as we are discovering, one of the more unsound ones. Highly successful, yes, but ecologically unsound.
On Kuahiwi Ranch in Kaʻū, thinking about agriculture evolves.
Photo from Kuahiwi Ranch
     And one of the keys to our success and our unsoundness is this story of economic growth that we tell ourselves over and over again. We must turn a critical eye on the pursuit of growth through ever increasing levels of resource extraction and consumption. It's not that growing is bad in itself. There are ways to "grow" that do not require increasing extraction and the short-sighted extermination of biodiversity, of life.
     We in agriculture probably know more about sustainability and resource limits than any other sector. the Chinese developed and practiced an agriculture that supported a high civilization for 4,000 years, and here in Hawaiʻi, indigenous agriculture fed a large population within the strict resource limitations of these remote islands for well over a thousand years. In contrast, industrial civilization is running into terminal problems after less than two hundred years.
     The paradox is that we must practice a resilient, re-localized, low-emission agriculture that is, at the same time, an agriculture that draws on and contributes to a global network of knowledge, technical skills, and best practices.
     We must embrace technological innovations and data-driven tools, but also recover and value what is best in traditional and indigenous agriculture.
      We must become re-enchanted by and passionately protective of the environment and its complex ecologies, but also be tough-minded, scientific, and pragmatic in evaluating the best courses of action at a global scale.
     We must look at agriculture holistically, not just as the production of material goods at any cost, but as an activity that shapes us socially, culturally, and environmentally.
     An ecological agriculture as part of an ecological civilization must work with these paradoxes, among many others.
     Paradox can be a way of finding generative spaces to think and work towards more ecologically sound ways of living on this planet. Paradox can be a space of innovation and creativity.
Nature meets agriculture at Kuahiwi Ranch. Photo from Kuahiwi Ranch
     We will need courage, a lot of courage, to face the often frightening contradictions of our times, the courage to turn fear and defensiveness into an embrace of paradox, to turn our anxiety into creativity, the courage to stay with the trouble.
  North Australia as translated by the anthropologist Deborah Bird Rose. This word, bir'yun, can be translated as brilliance or shimmer.
   Finally, I would like to leave you with an idea that is both very exotic and very familiar. It is something that we probably have all experienced – but the word for it comes from the Yolngu people of
     Bir'yun is the shimmer, the brilliance, and the artists say, it is a kind of motion. Brilliance actually grabs you. Brilliance allows you, or brings you, into the experience of being part of a vibrant and vibrating world. When a painting reaches brilliance, for example, people say that it captures the eye much in the way that the eye is captured by sun glinting on water.
     Or, in my case, by the waving of the tall grasses in the Kuehulepo wind of Kaʻū.
     If we do our job right as agriculturalists, we get to be there when the brilliance or shimmer happens, we get to be a part of the poetry of the living world. The poetry of healthy soils, healthy animals, healthy communities, and a healthier environment.
     See the complete speech at animasoul.com or Parts 1 and 2 in Monday's and Tuesday's Kaʻū News Briefs.

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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. 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

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Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Thursday, Oct. 24, 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

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thursday, Oct. 24 - fourth Thursday monthly - 3-4p.m., Classroom 35, Building F, Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. Provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

Kahuku Coffee Talk: Creatures That Have Evolved in the Dark, Friday, Oct. 25, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit Visitor Contact Station. Join local experts to learn about lava tubes and some interesting animals that call them home. Free. nps.gov/havo

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Mele & Hula ‘Auana Performances, Friday, Oct. 25 - fourth Friday monthly - 4-5:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. Free and open to public. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Chicken Skin Stories, Friday, Oct. 25, 7-9p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Theater, in HVNP. DJ KTA. $20/person in advance, $25/person at the door. Open to eligible patrons; certain Terms of Service. Free; park entrance fees apply. Purchase online at bigisland.ticketleap.com (+$2 fee online). mariner@kimurabrands.com

Halloween Party, Friday, Oct. 25, 7p.m.-midnight, Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. DJ KTA. $5 cover with costume, $7 cover without. 21+. Open to eligible patrons; certain Terms of Service. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8365 after 4p.m.kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Free Spay and Neuter Clinic for Dogs offered by KARES in Ocean View on Saturday, Oct. 29. For info and to register, 328-8455.

Paint Your Own Silk Scarf Workshop with Patti Pease Johnson, Saturday, Oct. 26, 9a.m.-12:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. Students complete one 8"x 53" scarf. $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

Nature & Culture, Saturday, Oct. 26, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderate hike, approx. 2 miles. nps.gov/havo/

Kimchi & Kombucha/Jun, Hands-On Fermented Foods Workshop with Jasmine Silverstein of HeartBeet Foods, Saturday, Oct. 26, 10a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center. $55/VAC member, $60/non-member, plus $15/person supply fee (includes organic ingredients). Pre-registration required. No cooking skills necessary. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Chicken Skin Stories, Saturday, Oct. 26, 7-9p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Theater, in HVNP. DJ KTA. $20/person in advance, $25/person at the door. Open to eligible patrons; certain Terms of Service. Free; park entrance fees apply. Purchase online at bigisland.ticketleap.com (+$2 fee online). mariner@kimurabrands.com

Hi‘iaka & Pele, Sunday, Oct. 27, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/havo/

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Kapa Aloha ‘Āina, the fabric of Hawai‘i with Puakea Forester, Monday, Oct. 28, 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center. Pre-registration required; class size limited. $10 per person supply fee. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Trail Less Traveled, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m., Devastation Trail Parking Lot, HVNP. Moderate, 2 mile, 2 hour roundtrip hike. $40/person. Register online. Family friendly. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Ka‘ū Food Pantry, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 11:30a.m.-1p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View. Volunteers welcome. Dave Breskin, 319-8333

Kōkua Kupuna Project, Wednesday, Oct. 30 – last Wednesday, monthly – 9-11a.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Seniors 60 years and older encouraged to attend, ask questions, and inquire about services offered through Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i – referral required, 961-8626 for free legal services. Under 60, call 1-800-499-4302. More info: tahisha.despontes@legalaidhawaii.org, 329-3910 ext. 925. legalaidhawaii.org

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.
     A Topic Workshop will be held in 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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