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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.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The team from Hawaiʻi Behavioral Health, with offices in Hilo and Waimea, came to Hoʻokupu No Hula O Kaʻū
last Saturday to reach out for homes for foster children. Photo by Julia Neal
FOSTER PARENTS ARE SOUGHT FOR CHILDREN IN KAʻŪ, according to representatives of Hawaiʻi Behavioral Health who brought their message to the community at last Saturday's Hoʻokupu Hula No Kaʻū Cultural Celebration at Pāhala Community Center.
     Hawaiʻi Behavioral Health provides Transitional Family Homes through a voluntary out-of-home placement program for children and youth with mental health and behavioral health challenges. The youth receives comprehensive support services to make positive changes in their lives and to be reunified with their parents.
     According to its representatives, Hawaiʻi Behavioral Health embraces the philosophy of E Hānai i Nā Keiki, to lovingly nurture a child emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually. Its
Hawaiʻi Behavioral health is looking for families in Kaʻū to take in
youth in need. Photo from Hawaiʻi Behavioral Health
website notes that "Hawaiʻi has long practiced this method of raising children, which removed the stigma associated with the words 'foster child.' A hānai child is any child who is intentionally and lovingly cared for and nurtured as their own by extended (calabash) family members."
     The children are cared for by trained and licensed foster parents, therapists, and Family Support Specialists, who work to provide children a stable environment, including individual and family therapy.
     Families hosting the children are provided with an opportunity to make a monthly stipend of up to $1,800; an enrichment allowance to help each child explore an interest; bi-weekly group and individual consultation; ongoing communication and support for smooth transition; pre‑acceptance interviews with youth being considered for the home; an assigned therapist and other clinical staff to assist with problem-solving for youth; free 24 hours of pre‑service training specific to youth and families; extensive training and 24/7 on‑call support from a team of professionals, and respite care.
     Interested families can learn more at hibh.org.

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FUNDRAISERS FOR YOUTH dominated the food offerings at last weekend's Hoʻokupu No Hula O Kaʻū. Kaʻū High School Culinary Club raised money for a second trip to Japan. Other booths raised funds for student travel and scholarships. The offerings were multicultural, ranging from pork and sweet potato wontons to sweet Hawaiian kulolo dessert dishes. See photos below.
Kaʻū High's Culinary Club raised money to go to Japan
to study cooking. Photo by Julia Neal

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CARDIAC HEALTH SERVICES FOR HAWAIʻI ISLAND continue to expand at Hilo Medical Center, the sister to Kaʻū Hospital. Hilo Medical Center will seek $4 million for a second catheterization lab from the Hawaiʻi Legislature next session, according to hospital spokeswoman Elena Cabatu.
     Hilo Medical Center has one full panel of cardiologists, including its first interventional cardiologist, Dr. Carl Juneau, hired in January. Last year, Hilo could perform diagnostic catheterizations, to see if patients needed to be sent to Oʻahu, and give medication to break up blood clots. Now, the hospital can stop a heart attack in progress by performing interventional catheterizations and maintain blood flow by inserting stents.
ʻO Kaʻū Kākou sold shave ice and raised money for
Kaʻū youth scholarships. Photo by Julia Neal
     The hospital also treats chronic heart disease, taking care of those with high blood pressure or those who need cholesterol management or help with other types of chronic issues that can lead to heart disease. Cabatu said the focus of the staff is to help prevent heart attacks and give a greater shot of survival and good quality of life.
     The cardiology team also includes Dr. Jamison Wyatt, Dr. James Smith, Dr. T.J. Sawyer, and nurse practitioner Terri Vrooman.
     From Jan. 8 to Oct. 16, 286 heart catheterizations were performed, 43 heart attacks treated, and more than 6,000 Cardiology Clinic patients were seen. Cabatu said the hospital expects those numbers to quickly expand with a fully staffed cardiology unit.
     Cabatu said that Hilo Hospital's first lab is running at full capacity and additional resources are sought to save more lives. She said Hilo Medical Center seeks to serve people across the island with their cardiac needs. She also mentioned serving the whole person.
Poke Bowls were popular at the Cultural Fest.
Photo by Julia Neal
     In 2018, the state Legislature issued $1.5 million for the interventional cardiac catheterization program. The hospital requested more funding in 2019, but that bill did not pass.
     Nevertheless, Hilo Hospital was able to welcome four cardiologists and a nurse practitioner and build the program to the point of needing a second catheterization lab.
     Cabatu said that keeping people here for treatment rather then medivacking them to Honolulu saves many lives. She said that people around the island want to stay on this island for care.

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AIRBNB WILL SHARE RECORDS OF MANY HAWAIIAN HOSTS with state Department of Taxation officials, according to a story this morning from Pacific Business News.
Crispy Pork Belly Plate topped the menu of local favorites at
Hoʻokupu Hula No Kaʻū Cultural Fest. Photo by Julia Neal
     The reasoning, according to the article, is to track down and collect from AirBnB hosts who have not been paying taxes on income from their rentals.
     First Circuit Court Judge Bert Ayabe approved the agreement, per PBN, that records of the 1,000 highest revenue-generating hosts from 2016 to 2018 will be turned into the department. The records of any host who generated more than $2,000 per year during that period will also be provided, but anonymously, reported PBN.

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NĀʻĀLEHU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EVENTS in November focus on reading and family:
     The Scholastic Book Fair will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19 though Friday, Nov. 22 at the Nāʻālehu
Kulolo was a favored dessert at Hoʻokupu Hula No Kaʻū Cultural Fest.
Photo by Julia Neal
Elementary School Library. The public is invited to come browse and buy on Tuesday, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 2:07 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Wednesday, from 2:07 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Family Reading Nights will be held at Nāʻālehu School Cafeteria on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and at Ocean View Community Center on Thursday, Nov. 21, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. "Come join us for a night of family reading and fun make & take activities," stated the announcement from the school. Snacks will be provided.
Filipino cuisine was one of the many multicultural offerings
at Hoʻokupu Hula No Kaʻū Cultural Fest. Photo by Julia Neal
     The Nāʻālehu Elementary School Friend-Raiser will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nāʻālehu Elementary School. "A day full of fun and friendship building with food, games, prizes and more!" stated the announcement from the school.

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NOVEMBER ACTIVITIES AT KAHUKU in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park are shortened this month. Kahuku will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. The Park will not host a Coffee Talk this month on Friday, Nov. 29.
     There are no entrance fees at Kahuku and all programs are free of charge, including:
Any kine wantons ranged from savory to sweet deserts at
Hoʻokupu Hula No Kaʻū Cultural Fest. Photo by Julia Neal
     Ranger Orientation Talk: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 10 a.m. at the Visitor Contact Station.
     Guided Hikes: Saturdays and Sundays, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the VCS. Nov. 9, Birth of Kahuku; Nov. 10, Puʻu O Lokuana; Nov. 16, Realms and Divisions of Kahuku; Nov, 17, Hiʻiaka & Pele; Nov. 23, Nature and Culture; Nov. 24, ‘Ōhiʻa Lehua; and Nov. 30, Palm Trail.
     Kahuku invites he public to Holidays at Kahuku Craft Fair, on Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More details to be announced.

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Hula Voices with Kumu Hula Pele Kaio, Wednesday, Nov. 6 – 1st Wednesday, monthly – 5:30-7p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Desiree Moana Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. No December program. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Women's Expression Group, Thursday, Nov. 7 – 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, Nov. 7, 6-7p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30-8:30p.m., Aspen Center. okaukakou.org

Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Friday, Nov. 8, 9a.m.-noon, Ocean View Community Center. Free disability legal services provided by Hawai‘i Legal Aid. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Community Dance, Friday, Nov. 8, 7-10p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Minors allowed with supervision only. No alcohol. Variety of music. Snacks provided; additional pūpū welcome. Free. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

Pancake Breakfast and Raffle, Saturday, Nov. 9, 8-11a.m., Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

5th Annual Lā ‘Ohana, Saturday, Nov. 9, 9a.m.-3p.m., Miloli‘i Park. Live local entertainment. Free event for health and Hawaiian culture "celebrating generational knowledge." UH-Hilo Pharmacy health screenings, open enrollment for health insurance with Big Island Kokua Services Partnerships, cultural demonstrations, Hawaiian medicine from Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi, informational booths from marine conservation organization, arts and crafts from community vendors. Baked goods, drinks, shaved ice, ono grinds, and more. Kaimi Kaupiko, 937-1310, kkaupiko@gmail.com

Nā Mamo o Kāwā ʻOhana Work Day, Saturday, Nov. 9, 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

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

Zentangle Introduction to Bitty BookZ with Lois and Earl Stokes, Saturday, Nov. 9, 10a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center. Art supplies provided (returning students encouraged to bring favorite supplies). Open to all levels. No experience required. Potluck, bring food to share. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $15 supply fee. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Sounds at the Summit featuring Constant as the Moon, Saturday, Nov. 9, 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, Saturday, Nov. 9, 7-10p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. $5 cover charge. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Pu‘u Lokuana, Sunday, Nov. 10, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, short, moderately difficult, 0.4 mile hike. nps.gov/havo

Medicine for the Mind: Teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, Sunday, Nov. 10 – 2nd Sunday, monthly – 3-5p.m., Volcano Art Center. Free; calabash donations welcome. Dress warmly. Patty Johnson, 345-1527, volcanoartcenter.org

P&R Coach Pitch Baseball League Registration, Nov. 11 - Jan. 6, Kahuku Park. Ages 7-8. Athletic shoes, glove, and uniform required. Program takes place Jan. 13 - Apr. 16, day and time TBA. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Free Entrance to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in honor of Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, sunrise to sunset. nps.gov/havo

AdvoCATS, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7a.m.-4:30p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Veteran's Day Celebration, Monday, Nov. 11, 9a.m., Nā‘ālehu Community Ball Park. Live entertainment. Free lunch for all. Informational booths. Free. All ages. Sponsored by ‘O Ka‘ū Kakou. 939-2510, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreationokaukakou.org

Veterans Day Ceremony, Monday, Nov. 11, 3p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Front Lawn. Keynote Speaker: Captain Dylan Nonaka, Commander of the 871st EN CO. All veterans that attend the ceremony invited as guests for free Prime Rib Buffet. Call 967-8371 to reserve voucher before Nov. 8, late registration can register on site. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. 967-8356, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Veterans Day Buffet, Monday, Nov. 11, 4-7.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Crater Rim Cafe. All veterans that attend the ceremony at 3p.m. on the front lawn of KMC are invited as guests for free Prime Rib Buffet. Call 967-8371 to reserve voucher before Nov. 8, late registration can register on site. All others - $29.95/adult, $15.95/child (ages 6-11). Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. 967-8356, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Turkey Trot Event Registration, Nov. 12-27, Ka‘ū District Gym. Event takes place Wednesday, Nov. 27, noon-2p.m. Grades Pre-K to 6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Turkey Windsock Activity Registration, Nov. 12-19, Ka‘ū District Gym. Program takes place Wednesday, Nov. 20, 3:30-5p.m., multipurpose room. Grades K-6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Mobile Spay & Neuter Waggin', Saturday, Nov. 12, 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

Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 8-10a.m., Kīpukapuaulu - Bird Park - parking lot, HVNP. Led by retired USGS Biologist Nic Sherma. Two hour birding tour. $40/person. Register online. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.org, fhvnp.org

Cultural Understanding through Art and the Environment: Lauhala Weaving with Ku‘uipo Kakahiki-Morales, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center. $10 per person supply fee. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

After Dark in the Park - Sixty Years Later: 1959 Eruption of Kīlauea Iki and its Impacts on Volcanology, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7-8p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist emeritus Don Swanson presents. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo/

Read To Me Activity Registration, through Wednesday, Nov. 6, Ka‘ū District Gym. Program takes place Thursdays, Nov. 7-213:30-5p.m., multipurpose room. Grades K-6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

West Hawai‘i Master Gardeners Program Accepting Applications through Friday, Nov. 15cms.ctahr.hawaii.edu/whmgprogram/HOME/West-Hawaii. Classes take place Jan. 14 - April 17, 2020, every Tuesday, 9a.m.-noon. $200/person.

P&R Track & Field Practice Registration, through Wednesday, Nov. 20Kahuku Park. Ages 6-14. Athletic shoes required. Program takes place Dec. 2 - Feb. 8, day and time TBA. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

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.

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.

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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