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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021

Made in the shade, these goats were removed from a national park without killing them. Local folks picked them up from under the shade of palm fronds, driving up with their trailers last week at Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park. Photo from NPS

REMOVING LIVE GOATS FROM PARKLANDS AND GIVING THEM AWAY was successful last week, according to the management of Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park. The method could be used in Kaʻū and elsewhere.

    On Aug. 11, National Park Service, along with state Department of Land & Natural Resources Division of Forestry & Wildlife removed 458 goat from Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park. According to a statement from the Park, the project was complex and took months to design, plan and implement. The goal was to remove live goats that were negatively impacting cultural and natural resources in the park lands.
    From July 8 to 21, Department of Forestry & Wildlife received 185 application from the public for a lottery to give the goats away and issued 14 permits for 20-50 goats per permit. The goats were free to recipients, provided they provided approved trailers to load and haul them away.
    On Aug. 9, a team of wildlife specialists and fence builders from Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park worked with resource management staff from Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail and Puʻukohola National Historic Site to install a temporary wing fence to help contain and corral the goats into a long chute where they could divide the goats for distribution. The temporary chute was assembled along a service road just past the picnic area. at Pu'uhonua.

Wild goats hanging out and becoming a bother to people and natural resources at Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic
Park led to giving them away to the public last week. NPS photo
   At the end of the day on Aug.10, staff from both parks began a soft drive to move the goats to the south side of the park where the wing fence kept them contained over night. At the crack of dawn, staff from the four parks joined together for a safety briefing, and the diverse crew slowly moved the goats into the chute, ready for pickup by 7 a.m.. The goats remained cool and calm under the shade of old palm fronds placed over the chute.
    The first recipients of free goats arrived at 7:30 a.m., went through the DOFAW checkpoint, and proceeded south of the picnic grounds to load the goats into their trailers. Park staff, stationed at the entrance, informed visitors of the park closure.
    With the operation running smoothly and ahead of schedule, Superintendent John Broward reopened the park to the public at 2 p.m. The participating park crews dismantled the wing walls and chute by the following morning and returned to their parks. At the closing briefing, Broward expressed his gratitude to everyone involved for a job well done.
    See more about Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park at https://www.nps.gov/puho/index.htm

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HURRICANE LINDA BECAME A TROPICAL STORM TODAY and her projected track is headed over the north side of this island as a Tropical Depression on Sunday, bringing some rain and muggy weather. According to the 5 p.m. report from the National & Central Pacific Hurricane Centers, her winds were 50 mph.
    The report says "Linda continues to come unhinged. Dry and stable air has wrapped almost completely into the cyclone's circulation, as indicated by the low-level stratocumulus cloud field that now primarily characterizes the system." The report also notes that Linda moved into the Central Pacific and her path has changed from moving to the northwest to moving west, toward the Hawaiian Islands.

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WHILE COFFEE LEAF RUST AS NOT BE FOUND ON KAʻŪ COFFEE FARMS, University of Hawai'i Agricultural Extension Service agent Andrea Kawabata warns farmers of the danger. "Please be aware that while wind is the primary carrier of rust spores, human-aided movement of CLR is also very real, especially during the harvest season," which has already begun in Kaʻū. Coffee Leaf rust is responsible for destroying many coffee plantations around the world.
     In a message sent out today, Kawabata noted that "Coffee leaf rust (CLR) has been found on all major Hawaiian Islands from Kaua'i to the Big Island. But, as far as I understand, CLR has still not been found on farms in Kaʻū, Puna, Hilo, Hamakua (except a site in Paauilo), Kohala, and on select farms in Kona and on other islands."
    Kawabata said that disinfection and sanitation can help to prevent the spread. Protocol procedures include protection from vehicles bringing farm workers from other areas of the island where there may be CLR:
Coffee leaf rust has devastated coffee farms worldwide. Photo from University of Hawai'i
   Park vehicles outside of the property and away from coffee trees. Thoroughly clean and sanitize vehicles used in and around coffee. Send the vehicle through a car wash or power wash the vehicle on gravel, near a drain, and away from coffee trees.
    Before and after visiting any coffee sites, clean and disinfect hands, gloves, hat, shoes, tools, supplies, equipment, and vehicle, and/or change into clean clothing and footwear. Clean shoes and boots with a brush to remove debris and spray with a disinfectant upon exiting a farm. A sanitizing footbath/mat with disinfectant can also be used. Sanitize the brush. If using coveralls, put on disposable or clean coveralls upon arrival to the farm. Prior to leaving the farm, remove the coverall and place it in a plastic bag or bucket and seal. Then, disinfect hands with alcohol and footwear with the alcohol or bleach solution. Disposable coveralls should be sanitized before disposal. Machine wash field-worn clothing with detergent and hot water and dry under high heat.
    Kawabata also recommends spraying before harvest: Spraying with an approved CLR fungicide before harvest can help reduce the number of live CLR spores in the field as well as its subsequent spread, by killing the rust spores on contact. Follow all pesticide label directions, including the Re-entry Interval (REI), which states the number of hours or days after a (organic or non-organic) pesticide application that workers and other people must remain out of the sprayed field. REI information is usually found on the label under "Agricultural Use Requirements."

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POSSIBLE FUNDING FOR AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD BUSINESSES can come through AgHui for "shovel ready" projects added to its Ready To Grow dashboard. Contact Michelle Galimba at michelle@kuahiwiranch.com to schedule a discussion with the AgHui team about the dashboard, policy work, or project investment opportunities. See more on AgHui at www.aghui.org.

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Volunteers and participants for the IRONMAN triathlon in Kona will wait until February for the
world championship event, postponed due to COVID. Photo from IRONMAN World Championship

THE ANNUAL IRONMAN TRIATHLON IS POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY in Kona. Organizers released the following statement today: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the postponement of the 2021 Supersapiens IRONMAN World Championship until February 5, 2022.
    "Covid-19 is worse in Hawai`i than at any point in the pandemic. This risk affects athletes, volunteers, partners, staff, the community – everyone. After deep and careful consultation with county and state officials and other important constituents, we agree: the risks right now are too great to bear."
    Mayor Mitch Roth today said: "We are honored to work alongside the fantastic IRONMAN staff, amid a global pandemic, to reach an equitable solution that ensures our island’s premier sporting event may persist at a later date. Since the first race in 1978, the event has become an integral part of our county’s global identity, and we look forward to welcoming the thousands of athletes and spectators from around the world to our shores once again when it is safe to do so. Mahalo IRONMAN for your commitment to the health and safety of our community!" 
    IRONMAN was originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9.

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KAʻŪ COFFEE MILL & VISITOR CENTER. Buy online at kaucoffeemill.com and in person at 96-2694 Wood Valley Road, daily, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PUNALUʻU BAKESHOP online at bakeshophawaii.com and in-person 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week in Nāʻālehu.

ALIʻI HAWAIʻI HULA HANDS COFFEE. Order by calling 928-0608 or emailing alihhhcoffee@yahoo.com.

AIKANE PLANTATION COFFEE COMPANY. Order online at aikaneplantation.com. Call 808-927-2252

MIRANDA'S FARMS KAʻŪ COFFEE. Order online at mirandafarms.com or, in person at 73-7136 Mamalahoa Hwy, Nāʻālehu.

KUAHIWI RANCH STORE, in person. Shop weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 am to 3 p.m. at 95-5520 Hwy 11. Locally processed grass-fed beef, live meat chickens, and feed for cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, horses, dogs, and pigs. Call 929-7333 of 938-1625, email kaohi@kuahiwiranch.com.

ST. JUDES'S IS HOLDING SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, with COVID protocol in place, including wearing masks. For those unable to attend in person, a Zoom link is offered at
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85798655114?pwd=QW5YSmQwNFAyWVZud3QvSVBiNXJ0Zz09. Meeting ID is 857 9865 5114. Passcode is Aloha. Except when COVID counts are high,
St. Jude's offers free food and showers, live church services and community outreach in Ocean View. St. Jude's Episcopal Mission is at Paradise Circle - mauka at Keaka.
The Sunday service is also broadcast on Facebook through the St. Jude's web page at http://www.stjudeshawaii.org.
Free hot showers, during lower COVID counts on the island, are open to anyone on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Last sign up is at 11:30 a.m. There are two private stalls. The church provides body wash, shampoo and a clean towel.
Attendants take the temperatures of the shower users and ask that all wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. The monitors sanitize the shower stalls after each use. However, St. Jude's assumes no liability in the transmission of any illness and posts the cautionary, "Use at Your Own Risk." On Saturdays, free lunches (take out only) are available between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
St. Jude's is also working with Kaʻū High & Pahala Elementary for educational outreach and better internet for the entire Ocean View Community.

HOPE DIA-MEND MINISTRIES holds outdoor services Sundays at 9:45 a.m. at 92-898 Ginger Blossom Lane in Ocean View. Masks and distancing required. For help and/or to donate, call or text 808-937-6355, or call the Ministry at 808-920-8137. See Facebook and at hopedia-mendministries.com.

DEPRESSED, ANXIOUS, NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO? Call Department of Health's expanded Hawai‘i C.A.R.E.S. program at 1-800-753-6879 – the same number previously used by Crisis Line of Hawai‘i. Individuals in crisis can also text ALOHA to 741741, available 24/7.

LEARN SELF-CARE THROUGH Big Island Substance Abuse Council's Practice Self-Care Series. For additional series that feature refreshing wellness tips, follow the Behavioral Health & Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group at facebook.com/bhhsurg

KAʻŪ WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE OFFERS HEALTH PROGRAMS. Piko focuses on reproductive health; increasing access, respect, cultural competence, education, and choice. Pilina aims to grow membership and establish a culture of collaborative decision-making. Follow @kau_womens_health_collective. Contact rootsmedieshawaii@gmail.com. Call 808-450-0498.

YOGA WITH EMILY Catey Weiss, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Advanced registration required; $5 per class. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222.

CHOOSE ALOHA FOR HOME is available to families, to provide a healthy way to grow together using neuroscience and positive psychology. Program uses a series of self-guided videos, activities, and "dinner table discussion topics." Sign up at chooselovemovement.org/choose-love-home.


Free WiFi Access for Students is available in Kaʻū, Nāʻālehu, and Ocean View through Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary. Questions? See khpes.org or call 313-4100.

Resilience Hub at Nāʻālehu Hongwanji, Monday-Wednesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Drop-in wifi and laptop access, free meals for participating keiki. Follows all county, state, and federal COVID-19 guidelines. Contact Michelle Galimba, 808-430-4927.

Register for Boys & Girls Club Mobile Outreach and Tutoring Programs at rb.gy/o1o2hy. For keiki grades 1-6. Contact Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island Administrative Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (808) 961-5536 or email mobiletutoring@bgcbi.org or info@bgcbi.org.

ʻOhana Help Desk offers online How-To Guides for Chromebooks and iPads at rb.gy/8er9wm. ʻOhana Help Desk also available by phone, weekdays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Invite Park Rangers to Virtually Visit Classes, through connecting with teachers and home-schoolers with distance learning programs and virtual huakaʻi (field trips). Contact havo_education@nps.gov.

Weekly Virtual Town Meetings, hosted by Kaʻū High & Ka'ū Elementary, Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Discussion topics include attendance, best practices, Grab-n-Go meals, school updates, questions and feedback, and more. Go to KHPES.org for Live WebEx link.
Public Libraries are open for WiFi, pick-up, and other services. Nāʻālehu open Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pahala open Tuesday, noon to 7 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., limited entry into library with Wiki Visits. Schedule a Library Take Out time at picktime.com/hspls. Open for library card account help and reference assistance from the front door. WiFi available to anyone with a library card, from each library parking lot. See librarieshawaii.org.

Free Book Exchanges, at laundromats in Ocean View and Nāʻālehu, provided by Friends of the Kaʻū Libraries. Open to all. Keep the books, pass them on to other readers, or return them. Selection of books replenished weekly at both sites.

Read Report on Public Input about Disaster Recovery from damage during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption.
View the Civic Engagement and Comment Analysis Report at rb.gy/awu65k.

Learn About Hawaiʻi's History & Culture through Papakilo Database, papakilodatabase.com.
Virtual Workshops on Hawaiʻi's Legislative Processes through Public Access Room. Sign up by contacting (808) 587-0478 or par@capitol.hawaii.gov. Ask questions and discuss all things legislative in a non-partisan environment. Attend Coffee Hour with PAR: Fridays at 3 p.m. on Zoom, meeting ID 990 4865 9652 or click zoom.us/j/99048659652. PAR staff will be available to answer questions and to discuss the legislative process. Anyone wanting to listen in without taking part in discussions is welcome. Learn more at lrb.hawaii.gov/public-access-room.ECONOMIC RELIEF

Online Directory at shopbigisland.com, co-sponsored by County of Hawai‘i, has a signup sheet for local businesses to fill in the blanks. The only requirement is a physical address on this island.
Food Assistance: Apply for The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences COVID-19 Family Relief Funds. Funded by Volcano Community Association, and members of the VSAS Friends and Governing Boards, who have donated, the fund supplies KTA or Dimple Cheek Gift Cards, or gift cards to other locally owned business, to VSAS families in need. Contact Kim Miller at 985-8537, kmiller@volcanoschool.net. Contributions to the fund can be sent in by check to: VSAS, PO Box 845, Volcano, HI 96785 – write Relief Fund in the memo. See volcanoschool.net

ENROLL CHILDREN, from first through eighth grade, in Kula ʻAmakihi, a program from Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences. It started Aug. 3. Call 808-985- 9800 or visit www.volcanoschool.net.

REGISTER FOR THE KA‘Ū COFFEE TRAIL RUN, which returns on Saturday, Sept. 18. See more on the OKK event at https://www.kaucoffeetrailruns.com/

WALK THROUGH A GUIDED NATURE TRAIL & Sculpture Garden, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. at Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. No reservations for five or fewer – limited to ten people. Free; donations appreciated. Email programs@volcanoartcenter.org. Garden is open to walk through at one's own pace, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. www.volcanoartcenter.org. Call 967-8222.

KAʻŪ ART GALLERY is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Nāʻālehu. 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. Artists with an interest in being featured at Kaʻū Art Gallery and Gift Shop, contact gallery owner and director Corrine Kaupu at kauartgallery@hawaiiantel.biz.

GOLF & MEMBERSHIPS for Discovery Harbour Golf Course and its Clubhouse: The Club offers Social Memberships, with future use of the clubhouse and current use of the pickleball courts as well as walking and running on specified areas of the golf course before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. to enjoy the panoramiocean views. Golf memberships range from unlimited play for the avid golfer to casual play options. Membership is required to play and practice golf on the course. All golf memberships include Social Membership amenities. Membership fees are designed to help underwrite programs and improvements to the facilities.Call 808-731-5122 or stop by the Clubhouse during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 94-1581 Kaulua Circle. Email clubatdiscoveryharbour@gmail.com. See The Club at Discovery Harbour Facebook page.

ALOHA FRIDAY MARKETPLACE, hosted by Kaʻū Main Street, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., grounds of Kauahaʻao Congregational Church 95-1642 Pinao St. in Waiʻohinu, corner of Kamaoa and Hwy 11. Farmers Market, Arts & Crafts, Health Practitioners, Food, Music, Yoga, Keiki Fun & More. Inquiries: AlohaFridayMarket@gmail.com.

VOLCANO FARMERS MARKET, Cooper Center, Volcano Village on Sundays. 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., with much local produce, baked goods, food to go, island beef and Hawai‘i Coffee. Cooper Center's EBT Machine, used at the Farmer's Market, is out of service until further notice. EBT is used for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps. Call 808-967-7800.

OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY MARKET, open Saturdays and Thursdays, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the corner of Kona Drive and Highway 11, where Thai Grindz is located. Managed by Mark Council. Masks mandatory. 100-person limit, social distancing required. Gate unlocked for vendors at 5:30 a.m., $15 dollars, no reservations needed. Parking in upper lot only. Vendors must provide own sanitizer. Food vendor permits required. Carpooling encouraged.

O KAʻŪ KĀKOU MARKET, in Nāʻālehu, open Wednesday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. Limit of 50 customers per hour, 20 vendor booths, with 20 feet of space between vendors. Masks and hand sanitizing required, social distancing enforced. Contact Sue Barnett, OKK Market Manager, at 808-345-9374 (voice or text) or kaufarmer@aol.com for more and to apply to vend. See facebook.com/OKauKakouMarket.

OCEAN VIEW SWAP MEET is open at Ocean View makai shopping center, near Mālama Market. Hours for patrons are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Vendor set-up time is 5 a.m. Masks required.

VOLCANO ART CENTER ONLINE, in person. Shop at Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Virtual Shopping Appointments offered via Skype or FaceTime. Book at volcanoartcenter.org/shop for $5. Shop online gallery 24/7. Orders shipped or free local pickup available. See the VAC Virtual Classroom, which features over 90 videos. See volcanoartcenter.org/events, call 967-8222.