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Thursday, March 05, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Thursday, March 5, 2020

Internationally acclaimed violinist Eric Silberger will perform this Sunday, March 8, in Pāhala during the Hawaiʻi
International Music Festival. The performance features violin, piano, cello, and voice. Proceeds go to aiding Kaʻū's
Dryland Forests. See details on reservations and musicians, below, and in Friday and Saturday Kaʻū News Briefs.
Photo by Carlin Ma
TULSI GABBARD HAS TWO DELEGATES FOR HER RUN FOR DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE. The Democratic Party of American Samoa reported its final vote count today, upping her delegates from one to two.
     Gabbard's staff issued a press release saying she would continue her campaign at a town hall meeting in Las Vegas this weekend. "There, she will discuss criminal justice reform, and she will continue to share her vision for ending our engagement in costly regime change wars, the new Cold War and arms race, and investing U.S. resources in serving the needs of the American people."
     This morning, Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the presidential race, leaving Gabbard the only woman and only person of color still campaigning for the Democratic nomination.
     Gabbard said, "You know everywhere we go, we're continuing to draw large numbers of people who are really hungry for the truth, for strong leadership, and a candidate that's raising the issues that I am."
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's delegates in the presidential race reached two, today, both coming in the final count
from American Samoa's Super Tuesday primary. She is one of three Democrats remaining in the campaign. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, with 64 delegates; former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with 60 delegates; former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, with
 26 delegates; and Sen. Amy Kolbuchar, with seven delegates, all dropped out of the race in the last week.
Image from Yahoo! News
     To win the Democratic nomination, a candidate needs 1,991 delegates. The remaining candidates are Joe Biden with 626 delegates, Bernie Sanders with 551 delegates, and Gabbard with two delegates.
     The next Democratic presidential debate is scheduled for March 15 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Hawaiʻi Time) at Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, AZ, hosted by CNN, Univision, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
     Gabbard qualified and participated in four of the ten previous debates. While winning at least one delegate is a qualification to be in the 11th debate, it is unclear whether the Democratic National Committee will add additional requirements that will lead to her exclusion.
     Gabbard said that the rules for the DNC change in ways to leave her out and include others, such as billionaire Michael Bloomberg who was allowed on the last debate stage when the DNC dropped the requirement to show many individual donors to the candidates' campaigns. Bloomberg funded his own campaign.
     Xochitl Hinojosa, Communications Director for the DNC, said, "By the time we have the March debate, almost 2,000 delegates will be allocated. The threshold will reflect where we are in the race, as it always has."
     Hawaiʻi's 24 delegates will be determined on April 4, with voting by mail leading up to the primary day.

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AMY SHOREMOUNT-OBRA is one of six internationally acclaimed musicians who will grace the Pāhala Plantation House this Sunday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., at the annual Hawaiʻi International Music Festival. Shoremount-Obra is a member of the Lorie and Joan Obra and Ralph Gaston Kaʻū Coffee family, of Pāhala. The concert will feature music that celebrates native plants of the Kaʻū Dryland Forest and will raise funds for Hoʻomalu Kaʻū. Tickets are $30, available at kauconcert.bpt.me. See himusicfestival.com for more.
Amy Shoremount-Obra
     Shoremount-Obra is a co-founder and director of Hawaiʻi International Music Festival, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2016, which is dedicated to celebrating music and Hawaiʻi by bringing internationally acclaimed classical musicians to the communities of Hawaiʻi.
     Shoremount-Obra is a soprano with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and top prize winner of the 2018 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition - Wagner Division. She made her European Operatic debut in 2004 as "Ifigenia" in Handel's Oreste at the Spoleto Festival, Italy. She made her Met début in October 2014 as "First Lady" in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, and has covered many other roles. She has performed with many other companies; at festivals and recitals; and with symphonies, orchestras, and philharmonic ensembles; and in solo concerts, including five appearances at Carnegie Hall.
     A champion of new music, Shoremount-Obra has premiered and collaborated with some of today's most popular and notable composers including Tarik O'Regan, Dan Visconti, John Zorn, and Paola Prestini. She completed a one-year residency in 2011-12 with American Opera Projects as part of its Composers and the Voice Program, where she premiered music written specifically for her, by a team of six composers/librettist teams.
     Shoremount-Obra is a 2004 New York Regional Winner and National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has also won numerous awards from other organizations, including the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, which she was awarded at her graduation from The Julliard School and has since been supported with supplemental grants from the same foundation. She is the 2016 winner of the Ursula Springer Award from the Wagner Society of New York and 2019 Second Prize winner in the Joy In Singing International Art Song Competition.
     A native of New Jersey, she holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music (BM, MM) and The Julliard School (AD). In addition to her active performing career, Shoremount-Obra is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Voice at The Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College.
     See amyshoremount-obra.com for Shoremount-Obra's complete schedule.

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JONATHAN KORTH, of Honolulu, is a renowned pianist and president of Honolulu Chamber Music Society. He has a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, collaborator, and a piano professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He will be one of the six internationally acclaimed musicians that will play at Pāhala Plantation House this Sunday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., at the annual Hawaiʻi International Music Festival. The intimate concert will raise funds for Hoʻomalu Kaʻū, and feature music that celebrates native plants of the Kaʻū Dryland Forest. Tickets are $30, available at kauconcert.bpt.me. See himusicfestival.com for more.
Jonathan Korth
     Korth is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and Stony Brook University, where he studied piano with Ann Schein, Boris Slutsky, and Gilbert Kalish, and chamber music with members of the Emerson and Julliard String Quartets, among others.
     Korth's deep love and appreciation for chamber music has led to collaborations with musicians such as violinists Martin Beaver and Robert McDuffie; cellists Zuill Bailey and Sung-Won Yang; and members of many of America's leading orchestras. Just as dedicated to the promotion of new music, Korth has worked closely with composers and premiered dozens of new works, many of which were written for him.
     Korth performs regularly in and around Honolulu and on the neighbor islands. He has performed recitals across North AmericaEurope, and East Asia to critical acclaim. Recent concert activities include performances in BangkokBeijingBrusselsLondonShanghaiSeoul, and Tokyo, as well as on the U.S. mainland at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, Washington DC's Phillips Collection, and Chicago's Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series.
     When not playing the piano, he enjoys hiking and sampling varied cuisines while traveling the world. 

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Hawaiʻi Community College students enrolled in an accounting class are volunteering with Goodwill Industries of Hawaiʻi 
to offer tax services for individuals and families. Left to right are: Jessica Cruz, Nelly Jenkins, Allegra Petras, Trisha Talon, 
Patricia Tebia Agres, Siniva Pota (Instructor), Laney Ray Pau, Keanu Mattos-Nathaniel, Aldine Arce, Lyndsey-Mae 
Carvalho, Christine Candelario, and Patrice Kirk. Not pictured are Tyana Cariaga, Vansa Chuon, and Jeehye Kim. 
Photo from Hawaiʻi Community College
IT'S TAX SEASON - HAWAIʻI COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS are out in the community using their newly acquired skills to help individuals and families prepare their taxes. This is the third consecutive year that Hawai‘i CC students enrolled in Accounting 134: Individual Income Tax Preparation have joined forces with Goodwill Industries of Hawai‘i to offer free tax services.
     Prior to serving at Goodwill, the students complete a rigorous training program and receive their tax certifications from the Internal Revenue Service as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
     Raymond Saludares, assistant director of Goodwill Industries, said, "I am very impressed with the group’s ability this year. They are all very quick to learn and ask appropriate questions."
     Hawai‘i CC accounting lecturer Siniva Pota is passionate about providing students with the ability to learn in the classroom and perform outside of the class. "Success isn't about only obtaining the 'A' letter grade; it's about connecting the dots both in and out of the classroom, while forming a meaningful connection to the community and its people, through giving," Pota said. "What better way to give than to share one's knowledge and professional skills? Hawai‘i Community College students are doing just that."

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Applications for the Kuleana Academy, which trains community leaders,are open for the 2020 session. Above are the 2019
Kuleana Academy graduates with HAPA Board President Gary Hooser, Executive Director Anne Fredrick,
Program Manager Aria Castillo, and assistant Natalia Hussey-Burdick. Photo from Kuleana Academy
THE KULEANA ACADEMY IS OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT. Former state Senator Gary Hooser released a statement, saying, "Have you noticed the political awakening sweeping across Hawaiʻi Communities on every island are organizing to make their voices heard by government. Direct-action protests are popping up on different islands. More Hawaiʻi residents are registering to vote. Exciting new candidates are throwing their hats in the ring and running for public office."
     Hooser wrote that "People are entering the civic arena for a reason. They feel the status quo isn't working. Many families in Hawaiʻi cannot make ends meet. Our natural resources are in peril. Our government is simply not delivering the kind of bold reforms needed. The title of the 2020 Kuleana Academy course is Addressing the Root Causes of Inequity. Applications are found here.
     The Kuleana Academy, a leadership training program, is sponsored by Hawaiʻi Alliance for Progressive Action. Hooser, its founder, said, "As graduates run for office, or lead campaigns serving the public good, they hit the ground running to restore humanity to public policy. Two of our alumni are now lawmakers serving in the State House of Representatives, three on the Maui County Council, and seven have been elected to neighborhood boards on Oʻahu. Dozens more are grassroots organizers and policy advocates." Check out the Kuleana Academy (and watch the short video).
     See hapahi.org.

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FLYIN' HAWAIIAN COFFEE re-opens on Fridays in downtown Nāʻālehu tomorrow, March 6. The van, which serves Kaʻū coffee, lattes, smoothies, Killer Chillers, snacks, and more, will also be at the ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Judy Knapp or Liz at 808-640-4712, or follow them on Facebook.

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A GALE WARNING IS IN EFFECT for east-facing Kaʻū shores from tomorrow morning through late Saturday night. Forecasters advise winds of 39 to 54 miles per hour are possible. Mariners are advised to take this into account when planning an excursion.
     A Small Craft Advisory continues for all Kaʻū shores, and throughout the state, through tomorrow morning. 

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
See daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more at kaucalendar.com.

Kaʻū Spring Sports Schedule
Girls Softball
Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m., @Waiakea
Wednesday, March 11, 3 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m., host Kealakehe
Tuesday, March 17, 3 p.m., host Pāhoa
Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m., @Keaʻau
Boys Baseball
Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m., host HPA
Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m.. @Waiakea
Tuesday, March 10, 1 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m., host Kealakehe
Wednesday, March 18, 3 p.m., @Pāhoa
Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m., @Keaʻau
Boys Volleyball
Wednesday, March, 6 p.m., @Hilo
Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m., host Makualani
Friday, March 13, 6 p.m., host Konawaena
Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.. @Kealakehe
Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m., @Hilo
Saturday, March 21, 10:30 a.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m., @Waiakea
Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m., @Konawaena

Eco-Tour at Shaka Forest Farms with Zach Mermel, Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Stewardship at the Summit, March 7 and 14, Saturday, and Friday, March 20 and 27, 8:45 a.m. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteer to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Under 18? Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent is required. Additional planning details at nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm.

Mokuhanga: Japanese Woodblock Printing series with Glenn Yamanoha, four weeks starting Saturday, March 7 through 28, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Mixed Flock Glazing Techniques Demo by Artist Emily Herb, Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Recognition Gala, Saturday, March 7, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilo Hawaiian, Moku Ola Ballroom. The late Barry Taniguchi, whose KTA stores sponsor much outreach into the Kaʻū community, and Gerald De Mello, will be recognized for community involvement, leadership, and significant contributions made towards the strengthening of Hawaiʻi Island communities. The evening will include dinner and drinks, entertainment, and light humor, along with recognition of outstanding youth, including the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year. Sponsorships, including the purchasing of sponsorship tables, donating silent and live Auction items, and individual ticket sales are available. To donate and buy tickets, call Kaʻū board member Julia Neal at 808-928-9811 or email mahalo@aloha.net. See more about the Boys & Girls Club at bgcbi.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. Tickets are $30, available at kauconcert.bpt.mehimusicfestival.com

Toby Walker Concert, Sunday, March 8, 7 p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's ʻŌhiʻa Room, located in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Walker blends blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, old-time jazz, and rock. Tickets $25 by calling (808) 896-4845 or online bluesbearhawaii.com. KMC is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply.

OKK Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the future Nāʻālehu Senior Housing Site. Contact Sue Barnett for vending, 808-345-9374.

Hour-Long Lomilomi Massage, Mondays, March 9, 16, and 23, 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Hawaiʻi County Economic Opportunity Council, 95-5635 Māmalahoa Hwy in Nāʻālehu. Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi offers sliding-fee payment scale sessions with experienced Licensed Massage Therapist and lomilomi practitioner Lehua Hobbs. "Improve circulation, alleviate muscle pain, and improve your overall well-being." Call for appointment, 808-969-9220.

Paper Plate Rainbow Craft Registration Deadline, Tuesday, March 10. Program Wednesday, March 11, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kaʻū District Gym. Ages 5 to 12. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102

Legacy of Magic in Hawai‘i, Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Some of the world's most famous touring magicians traveled the world by steamship and performed in Hawai‘i. Some made Hawai‘i their home, and their legacy lives on today in local talented magicians, slight-of-hand artist,s and other performers. Join local award-winning magicians Bruce and Jennifer Meyers for an evening of history, mystery, and magic. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. nps.gov/havo

OKK Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the future Nāʻālehu Senior Housing Site. Contact Sue Barnett for vending, 808-345-9374.

Spring Flower Wreath Craft Registration, open Wednesday, March 11 to 18. Program Friday, March 20, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Kahuku Park in HOVE. Ages 6 to 12. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 929-9113

Lomilomi Demonstration, Wednesday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Lomilomi is a style of massage that incorporates the Hawaiian concept of aloha, which means to love, unify and breathe. Michelle Wall-O'Conner demonstrates the important spiritual components of lomilomi to promote personal harmony. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ‘Ike Hana No‘eau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. nps.gov/havo

Family Reading Night, Wednesday, March 11 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Nāʻālehu School Cafeteria. Family reading, make & take activities, snacks provided. Free.

Family Reading Night, Thursday, March 12 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ocean View Community Center. Family reading, make & take activities, snacks provided. Free.

Caring for Hawai‘i: How to Make Wise Plant Choices, Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Presentation by Jaya Dupuis teaches distinctions between native, Polynesian-introduced, and invasive plant species. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Kaʻū Art Gallery is looking for local artists. Call 808-937-1840

Mixed Flock Volcano Art Center Exhibit, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, March 29. Features prints by Margaret Barnaby and pottery by Emily Herb. Glazing techniques demo Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Sign Up to Be a Vendor at the Kauahaʻao Congregational Church Fundraising Bazaar by Wednesday, March 18. The annual event will be held Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located on the corner of Mamalahoa HwyKamaoa Road, and Pinao Street, just above the Wong Yuen Store in Waiʻōhinu.
     Individuals, schools, clubs, and sports/athletic groups are invited to be vendors at the "flea market" that will be located on the church lawn. The charge for a 10' X 10' space is $10. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own tent, table and chairs, and if power is needed, generator. Vendors can sell anything except hot foods or plate lunches.  
     Vendors must fill out and submit a Vendor Application with the $10 fee by Wednesday, March 18. Call Debbie Wong Yuen at 928-8039 for the application.
     The Church members will sell kalua pig and cabbage bowls, and smoked meat bowls, as well as baked goods, produce, and crafts.
     For more information, call 928-8039.

Sign Up Keiki for the Second Annual Kaʻū Children's Business Fair, to be held Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to noon at Pāhala Community Center. Open to young entrepreneurs ages seven and 18 to share their talents by selling handmade items and services. One application may be submitted for each business. Children can sign up for booth space at no charge. Children working as a group submit one application that includes each child's information; no more than three children per business.
     Kaʻū Children's Business Fair guidelines are designed to give children the experience of selling a product or service. Parents of younger children (under eight years old) may sit in the booth, but the children should be responsible for set up, customer interaction, and sales. Parents may aid a child, but the child runs the business.
    Learn more about participating at childrensbusinessfair.org/pahala. Visit Kaʻū Children's Business Fair's Facebook event page facebook.com/KAUCBF/. RSVP to the event at facebook.com/events/925342784527676/. Text KAUKIDSFAIR to 31996 for updates and information (message and data fees may apply).

Register for Ocean View Classic Car & Bike Show, Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owners of classic cars and bikes are encouraged to register early, as space is limited.
     This second annual event, a fundraiser for Ocean View Community Association, will also feature food and live music, and prizes for the most impressive cars and bikes. Contact organizers Dennis Custard at 831-234-7143 or Ron Gall at 808-217-7982 to register or for more info.

AdvoCATS, Saturday, April 25, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. Reserve spot in advance. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Sign Up to Vend at the New ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Nāʻālehu Farmers Market, Mondays and 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.

Register for Volcano's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Keiki Dash by Wednesday, July 22. The second annual event will be held on Saturday, July 25. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to University of Hawaiʻi for furthering research of Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death and The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences. See webscorer.com to register.
     Half Marathon registration is $70 through May 24, $80 May 25 through July 22, and $90 for late registration. Registration for the 10K is $50 through May 24, $55 May 25 through Jul 22, and $60 for late registration. Registration for the 5K is $35 through May 24, $40 May 25 through July 22, and $45 for late registration. Keiki Dash registration is $10. All registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.
     Late registration is only available at packet pickup or race day morning. Shirts are not guaranteed for late registration.  Race Shirts will be included for Half Marathon and 10K participants only. For all other participants, shirts are available to purchase online.
     Packet pick-up is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 in Hilo; Friday, July 26 in Volcano; and Saturday, July 27, 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at the race start.
     Half Marathon will start at 7 a.m. Other distances follow shortly after. Keiki Dash will begin at 10 a.m. on VSAS grounds. Race cut-off time for the Half Marathon is four hours. The races will begin and end in Volcano Village at VSAS.

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

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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