|HUMP is the word painted across Highway 11 in Nāʻālehu, introducing drivers to new|
raised crosswalks to protect pedestrians and slow traffic. Photo by Bob Martin
HUMP SIGNS IN NĀʻĀLEHU advise motorists of upcoming raised crosswalks, designed to keep people safe when crossing Hwy 11, while slowing down the traffic. The raised crosswalks are installed by the state Department of Transportation, particularly around schools and other places where drivers may exceed the speed limit in a neighborhood where many children and kupuna go walking.
| Speed Humps, also called raised crosswalks,|
are being installed in Na`alehu through Friday.
Photo by Bob Martin
In Nāʻālehu, installation is requiring one lane closures from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. through Friday for construction of five elevated crosswalks across Hwy 11.
Elevated crosswalks are about 3.5 inches tall and about six feet wide. They comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and can accommodate wheel chairs.
The state Department of Transportation is considering other locations for raised crosswalks on state roads. Email suggestions to email@example.com or phone 808-587-2160.To read comments, add your own, and like this story, see Facebook. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter. See our online calendars and our latest print edition at kaucalendar.com
TO TREAT AND PREVENT COFFEE LEAF RUST, the state Department of Agriculture asked the federal EPA on Tuesday for an Emergency Exemption to allow farmers to apply the systemic Priaxor (translaminar systemic fungicide) on coffee in Hawaiʻi. During the next few weeks, the state Department of Agriculture
|The state Department of Agriculture|
is asking the EPA for an exemption to
allow coffee farmers to use Priaxor.
Kawabata cautioned that over a three to five-month period, one CLR lesion can produce upwards of 400,000 spores that become airborne and easily spread. "Protect young and mature coffee leaves from CLR with approved fungicides and cultural practices such as weed control, pruning, and maintaining tree health with fertilization. For those without CLR, continued monitoring of CLR is recommended. Prophylactic treatment with currently approved contact fungicides, which can also help to control Cercospora and Anthracnose, may also be a consideration."
Coffee Leaf Rust has been found in Kaʻū Coffee farms, but more significantly in Kona. In other countries the disease has destroyed entire coffee regions. Hawaiʻi Coffee Association President Chris Manfredi told a meeting of Kaʻū Coffee farmers recently that the organization is working on importing resistant strains of coffee plants, advocating for the Emergency Exemption for Priaxor, lobbying for more research on the disease and assistance for farmers, and encouraging many practices to protect the orchards.
|Moa`ula Ka`u Coffee farm, among those going up for sale. Photo by Geneveve Fyvie|
|Rep. Ed Case, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Rep.|
Kai Kahele. Haaland is the first Native American to lead
the Department. Photo from Rep. Ed Case
Rep. Ed Case said, "So happy and proud of Senate confirmation of my House colleague, fellow member of our House Natural Resources Committee and friend @SecDebHaaland as our next Secretary of the Interior. Congrats and aloha, Madam Secretary!"
|The Kahuku Coastal county lands, bought with the Two Percent Fund from property|
taxes, is the subject of a public survey online and a meeting March 20. Photo from PONC
KAʻŪ ART GALLERY IS OPEN TO IN-PERSON TRAFFIC in Nāʻālehu, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. It features and sells works by local artists and offers other gift items.
Kaʻū Art Gallery's website has 24/7 access online and is frequently updated to show current inventory items. "We are always looking to collaborate with local artists in our community," said assistant Alexandra Kaupu. Should anyone have an interest in being featured at Kaʻū Art Gallery and Gift Shop, contact gallery owner and director Corrine Kaupu at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Read the March edition of The Ka`u Calendar at www.kaucalendar.com|