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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.

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Saturday, February 8, 2020

Starting early, keiki strolls a baby through the volleyball scene at Kaʻū District Gym on Saturday as players from five to 16 years compete in their age groups through Sunday. Miloliʻi-Kaʻū Volleyball Club sponsors the event to raises money to take the club to national tournaments in Las Vegas and Phoenix. To donate, see more below. Photo by Julia Neal
KAʻŪ'S REP. IN CONGRESS IS UP IN THE PRESIDENTIAL POLLS, according to a message today from the campaign of Tulsi Gabbard. It reports on two polls in New Hampshire where Gabbard has been campaigning from town to town, surf spots to snowboard slopes.
     The CNN-University of New Hampshire poll puts her at 6 percent, in fifth place above Amy Klobuchar.
     According to Tulsi 2020, the Caledonian Record newspaper, which has covered six counties in northeastern New Hampshire since 1837, took a poll with the question, "The New Hampshire Democratic Primary is Feb. 11. Who in this list of candidates would you like to see win the Primary?" The poll showed Gabbard leading in a landslide with 70.4 percent naming her preferred nominee. Bernie Sanders followed Gabbard with 9.4 percent, Pete Buttigieg with 5 percent, and Andrew Yang and Joe Biden tied at 2.2 percent, according to Tulsi 2020.
     Gabbard was not included in Friday night's national debate among candidates for the Democratic Party nomination. The Federalist reported that Gabbard supporters carried signs outside of the debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, chanting "Let Tulsi Speak." She declined to attend but released a statement: "You can call this by many names: Media bias. Election interference. Political gamesmanship by the Democratic establishment. But regardless of motive, the end-result is that the
American people lose. They lose the ability to hear directly from a candidate with a broad, inclusive message for change. They lose the opportunity to show their support and spread the message, about a dynamic, anti-establishment candidate breathing fresh life into the Democratic Party. And they lose the freedom to make educated political decisions without media manipulation."
     Gabbard claims to have held more town hall meetings in New Hampshire than any other candidate.
Supporters of Tulsi Gabbard for President protested her exclusion from the Democratic debate on Friday.
Photo from The Federalist
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AN ALERT FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS POSTED FOR KAʻŪ. It predicts very windy conditions and coastal flooding Sunday night into Monday, with winds expected to increase late in the day Sunday into Sunday night as a surface low develops to the northeast of the
islands. Depending on the exact track and strength of this low, very windy conditions are possible in some lowland areas Sunday night and Monday, along with a chance of localized wind damage.
     Coastal flooding is possible Sunday night through Monday along exposed north- and west-facing shores due to a combination of strong winds and warning-level surf.
     The greatest potential for coastal flooding impacts will be during the peak daily high tide, which will occur during the early morning hours between midnight and daybreak.
     Coastal impacts may include significant beach erosion, flooding of beaches that normally remain dry, and overwash onto vulnerable low-lying coastal roads and other coastal infrastructure.
     A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday. A Gale Watch remains in effect from Sunday evening through Monday afternoon.

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PĀHALA-KAʻŪ HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI have announced their annual Las Vegas school reunion plans for June. Organizer Pricilla Kai Shimamoto, class of '66, said all alumni and friends of the school are invited, from the younger alumni to senior citizens.
Joe Tatayama, who spreads the
news of the Kaʻū High Alumni
Association. Photo by Julia Neal
     Joe Tatayama who publishes the alumni newsletter reports that events of the 2020 reunion will follow a similar format as last year, with dinner buffet on Friday night and the hors d'oeuvres stations on Saturday night; no-host bar both nights. Cost for the evening events: $80 per person for both nights. The Dinner Banquet will be held Friday, June 12 at California Hotel, ʻOhana Room, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. for registration and picture-taking, dinner 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The dinner buffet with no-host bar on Hospitality Night will be held Saturday, June 13 at Main Street Station, Pullman Room, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. As in previous years, generous donations will be used to subsidize reunion costs to keep a reasonable registration price.
     As in previous years, rooms can be reserved at the California Hotel by direct contact. Rooms are blocked off for attendees from Wednesday June 10 to Tuesday June 16. Call 800-634-6255 and give the Pāhala-Kaʻū Reunion 2020 Group Code: AOCPAHA Reserve rooms no later than May 11. The Hawaiian Package rate includes room, tax, and three meals a day. Rates remain the same as last year: four nights, $370.00/double or $273.00/single; three nights, $340.00/double or $250.00/single; two nights, $320.00/double or $235.00/single. A $50 deposit is due at time of booking. Cancellations and changes can be made up to 48 hours before check-in. Additional nights are $80 each plus 13% tax, based on availability; no meals. All additional nights have a daily resort fee of $19.20.
     Questions? Contact: Neal Kanda: (808) 284-1066 Gary Ota: (808) 622-2900 Roxanne Gacayan: (808) 979-1180 Wanda Lau: (818) 800-9337 Eva Taylor: (713) 653-3377 or Priscilla Shimamoto: (808) 391-7901.
     Shimamoto notes that this year is the Class of '66's fifth and final year of planning and hosting the reunion. Class of '61 has volunteered to plan and host the 2021 Pāhala-Kaʻū High School Alumni Reunion in Las Vegas. She praised Glenn Kawachi and his "super skill of persuasion for gathering a group of his classmates to take the helm and continue this event which has become such a mainstay in the lives of all of us who grew up in or have connections to Kaʻū."

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Tots to teens are competing in the fourth annual Miloliʻi-Kaʻū Volleyball tournament through Sunday
at Kaʻū District Gym, with 32 teams competing. Photo by Julia Neal
THE FIFTH ANNUAL MILOLIʻI-KAʻŪ VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT is underway at Kaʻū`u District Gym with play into this Saturday evening, starting again Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m into the afternoon.
     Thirty-two teams from Kona to Hilo fielded players with age categories from five to 16. The youth teams are considered key to the backbone of volleyball in Hawaiʻi, which is very successful in bringing up players to compete in high school to vie for college scholarships around the country.
     The Miloliʻi-Kaʻū program is raising money for its players to play in national tournaments in Las Vegas and Phoenix in June. To donate, call Jennifer Shibuya at 808-209-7137.

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Kaʻū Winter Sports Schedule
Boys Basketball
Thu. thru Sat., Feb. 13-15 HHSAA on Oʻahu
Fri., Feb. 21 HHSAA
Fri. and Sat., Feb. 14 and 15 on Maui

Kaʻū Spring Sports Schedule
Girls Softball
Saturday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m., JV Jamboree at Konawaena
Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m., @Waiakea
Boys Baseball
Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m., host HPA
Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m.. @Waiakea
Boys Volleyball
Friday, Feb. 21, 4:30 p.m., Preseason at Christian Liberty
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., host Christian Liberty
Saturday, Feb. 29, 10:30 a.m., @Kealakehe
Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.. @Kealakehe
Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m., @Waiakea
Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m., @Konawaena

Kaʻū Clean-Up with Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund, Sunday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, March 21. Volunteer spaces limited. RSVP to kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com.

Music in the American Wild, Tuesday, Feb. 11; seating begins at 6:30 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m. at Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. The American Wild Ensemble was formed to celebrate and tour America's national parks. They've performed in unconventional venues, from caves to mountaintops, commissioning new works and performing them in site-inspired and site-specific locations. Attend an evening concert with ensemble directors Emlyn Johnson (flute) and Daniel Ketter (cello) as they present a contemporary classical program featuring new works by Hawai‘i resident and Hawai‘i-born composers. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free; Park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Ki‘i Carving Demonstration, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to noon at Kīlauea Visitor Center lanai. Hawaiians carved ki‘i (statues) to represent forces of nature, gods, guardians and the spirit world. Acclaimed artist James Kanani Kaulukukui, Jr. will share his expertise and the essential role these ki‘i played in Hawaiian society. With a carrot, you'll learn how to make your own ki‘i. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ‘Ike Hana No‘eau, Experience the Skillful Work, workshops. Free; Park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

FRIDAY, FEB. 14 – Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day Buffet, Friday, Feb. 14, p.m. to 8 p.m., Crater Rim Café at Kīlauea Military Camp. Main entrees are Prime Rib Au Jus, Lemon Butter Fish with Tropical Salsa and Vegetable Alfredo Pasta Bake. Adults $35.95, $17.95 children 6 to 11 years old. Military ID card holders and in-house guests: Adults $28.76, $14.36 children 6 to 11 years old. No reservations required. Located in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, KMC is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more information call 967-8365 after 4 p.m.

Paint Your Own Silk Scarf with Patti Pease Johnson, Saturday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Enrolling a loved one in the class or the finished scarf, created in class, makes a great Valentine's Day gift, suggests the announcement. volcanoartcenter.org

Zentangle: Basics with Ellen O'Dunn, Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org

Valentine's Dance, Saturday, Feb. 15, p.m. to 10 p.m. Learn the Charleston, the Lindy Hop, and more. volcanoartcenter.org

Panaʻewa Stampede, Saturday through Monday, Feb. 15, 16, and 17. Rodeo begins at noon on Saturday, 11 a.m. on Sunday and Monday. Cowboy Church held 9 a.m. Sunday. Horse Races held 9 a.m. Monday. Panaʻewa Equestrian Center just outside of Hilo. Rodeo competitors from Kaʻū and around the island joined by rodeo clowns and other entertainers. Tickets are $8 pre-sale, $10 at the gate, free for keiki 12 and under. HawaiiRodeoStampede.com

Beginning Improv for Adults, Thursday, through Feb. 13, p.m. to 3 p.m. "Learn to live more in the moment, think on your feet, let go of self-judgment, bring more joy in your life, and recapture your playful spirit in the 6-week workshop series with improv legend Keli Semelsberger." Attendance to all 6 classes is not required – classes may be attended individually. No prior experience is necessary. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Fill Out the Survey for Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan 2020, from Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense, by Friday, Feb. 14. The survey is anonymous and will be used to develop portions of the plan, which is the County's hazard and risk assessment for natural disasters. The Plan will include proposed projects to mitigate potential loss of life and property. Fill out the survey at  surveymonkey.com/r/Ha
waiiCountyHMP. Learn more at hawaiicounty.gov/departments
/civil-defense/multi-hazard-mitigation-plan-2020. For further information, call the Civil Defense Agency at 935-0031.

RSVP for the Bicentennial Celebration of Kauahaʻao Congregational Church, Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Henry ‘Opukahaʻia Memorial Chapel, Hokuloa Church, in Punaluʻu. Celebration begins at 10 a.m., followed by pot-luck fellowship at 11:30 a.m. in the large pavilion at Punaluʻu Black Sands Beach Park. For more information and to RSVP With the number of people attending, contact Debbie Wong Yuen, Kahu at Kauahaʻao Church, at 808-928-8039.

Sharp Turns – The Creative Art of Woodturning, Volcano Art Center Gallery exhibit, featuring the works of Aaron Hammer and Mark and Karen Stebbins, continues daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Feb. 16. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Aloha Kidney in Kaʻū, Thursday afternoons, p.m. to 3:30 p.m., through Feb 20, Kaʻū Resource Center, 96-3126 Puahala St. in Pāhala. The free class series on Chronic Kidney Disease lead by retired kidney doctor Ramona Wong. Bring a pen and whomever cares/cooks/shops for the person(s) with CKD. See alohakidney.com. Call (808) 585-8404 to enroll.

Register for a Free CERT Basic Training Course, four Saturdays starting Feb. 22 through March 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team encourages community participation and provides support to emergency response organizations when the need arises. Four consecutive classes are a 27-hour FEMA certification course. Sign up by emailing hawaiicert@gmail.com. Bill Hanson, 808-937-2181, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/civil-defense/hawai-i-county-cert.

Register for ʻO Kaʻū Kākou's 12th Annual Keiki Fishing Tournament and Canned Food Drive through Wednesday, Feb. 19 at noon. Event takes place Saturday, Feb. 22, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Poles, gear, and bait, and lunch for all, provided. Each child receives a prize, chosen during registration, in the order they register; register early. Keiki one to 14 years old register online at okaukakou.org, or pick up form at Nāʻālehu Elementary School, Nāʻālehu Ace Hardware, PāhalaElementary School, Mizuno Superette in Pāhala, Wiki Wiki Mart in Nāʻālehu, Kahuku Country Market in Ocean View, and Ocean View Auto Parts. Bring one can per person for food drive. For more information, contact Guy Enriques at 808-217-2253 or Wayne Kawachi at 808-937-4773. okaukakou.org

PETFIX Spay and Neuter Free Clinic for Cats and Dogs, Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6, Ocean View Ranchos. Registration: contact Bridget at (808)990-3548 or petfixbigisland@gmail.com.

Hawaiʻi International Music Festival, Sunday March 8, 6:30 p.m., Pāhala Plantation House. The concert will feature music that will celebrate native plants of the Kaʻū Dryland Forest and will raise funds for Hoʻomalu Kaʻū.
     Performers will include: Maya Hoover, Hawaiʻi based Mezzo-Soprano at Professor at Universityof Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Jonathan Korth, Hawaiʻi based Pianist and Professor at UH-Mānoa; and Joshua Nakazawa, Cellist from Hawaiʻi Symphony. They will be joined by the three HIMF co-founders: Amy Shoremount-Obra, Internationally Acclaimed Metropolitan Opera Soprano; Eric Silberger, Internationally Acclaimed Prize-Winning Virutuoso Violinist; and Carlin Ma, Multi-Media Artist and Pianist.
     Tickets are $30 and are available at kauconcert.bpt.me. See himusicfestival.com for more.

Sign Up to Vend at the New ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Nāʻālehu Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the site of the old Fruit Stand, mauka of Hwy 11 in Nāʻālehu. Vending focuses on Kaʻū products, including mushrooms from the new farm in Nāʻālehu, fresh breads, vegetables, fruits, and other products. The market may offer music in the future, and there are plans to acquire picnic tables for market goers. Call Manager Sue Barnett at 345-9374 to sign up.

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment, features classes on block printing, lauhala weaving, ti leaf lei making, and more. A free guided Cultural Forest Tour, and a Mele and Hula ‘Auana performance are also slated. Visit the website events calendar for the full lineup. volcanoartcenter.org

T-Ball and Coach Pitch Baseball League: Ocean View Team - Mondays and Wednesdays, Kahuku Park. Nā‘ālehu Team - Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nā‘ālehu Park. Pāhala Team (seeking coaches) - attend Nā‘ālehu practice. T-Ball, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm, ages 5-6. Coach Pitch, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., ages 7-8. Programs take place through April 16. Wear cleats or tennis shoes, bring a glove if possible. Extras gloves available for use. All skills and genders welcome. $35 per teammate. See Ka‘ū Youth Baseball on Facebook. Josh or Elizabeth Crook, 345-0511

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 808-938-1088.

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