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Saturday, September 04, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Saturday , Sept. 4, 2021

Rigan "Cowboy" Ka'apana and team won the overall category by bringing in the heaviest
in Ka`u Multicultural Society's Ka`u Pig Hunt today, with weigh-in in Pahala; organizer
Kalani Vierra on the right. See more below. Photo by Julia Neal

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER LIZZIE STABO was burned yesterday while fighting a wildfire at Honu'apo. A facebook fundraiser has been set up for her by her longtime employer and friend Judy Knapp, owner of  Flyn' Hawaiian Coffee in Nāʻālehu, who wrote:

Volunteer firefighter and all around community
volunteer Lizzie Stabo suffered burns while
fighting a fire at Honu'apo Friday. A fundraiser
is underway at https://m.facebook.com/story.

    "Our friend Liz Stabo was badly burned while fighting a brushfire yesterday. She's at Straub Hospital on O'ahu and faces a lengthy recovery. She worked for me at Flyn' Hawaiian Coffee for eight years. She's been a volunteer firefighter in Kaʻū for over a decade, has worked with Red Cross and Team Rubicon, as well as manning Covid test sites in Kaʻū. I feel it's time for our 
community to help Liz."
    Stabo's daughter Meghann wrote that Liz Stabo was in a fire accident while fighting the fire at Honu`apo. "She fell into an imu (a hole in the ground, not a cooking imu) that had burning embers in it. She went in up to her chest, burning both legs, her arm and hand. She has second and some possible third degree burns. Thankfully she was with a great crew who worked quickly and efficiently to get her help."
   Liz's daughter said that "Uncle Ron Ebert is praying, and I'm praying. Can I ask that if you are a praying person, blanket my mom in your prayers over the next while, please? Pray for healing, strength, for her pain, for her Dr.'s, and paramedics involved and those going back to the fire.
    Liz Stabo was transported to Kaʻū Hospital and to Hilo and then onto a life flight to Straub on O'ahu.
    The Fire Captain for Nāʻālehu, Ron Ebertl said, Stabo "is a dedicated, faithful firefighter. She has burns over 30 percent of her body. It happened at Honu'apo where she fell into a puka that had burning embers. At the time of the freak accident, she was helping pull a hose out to a lot of smoke and flames. Another fire captain pulled her from the fire and piggybacked her out."
    Ebert said, "For the Company 11 medic and staff and Kaʻū Hospital - Lizzie has nothing but praise for all of them." Ebert noted that the county Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief came to the Kaʻū Hospital to visit with Stabo before she was transferred. Ebert said, "She's in good spirits. She's a giver for the community. It's time for the community to give a little back to her." He said he also hopes the county will help out since the volunteers and county firefighters work as a team to fight fires.
    The Facebook fundraiser asks for $10,000 to be spent for Stabo's care and recovery. See https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=379760390195141&id=100006916120475.

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A NA`ALEHU ELEMENTARY STUDENT HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID. A letter went out from Principal Darlene Javar on Friday: "Dear Parents and Guardians, I have been made aware that a student was diagnosed with COVID-19. This person was on campus one day this week, Wednesday, September 1, 2021. I am in contact with the family and have sent our aloha and hope for a speedy recovery. Out of respect for their privacy, I will not be sharing additional information.

  "Nāʻālehu Elementary School uses many layers of mitigation strategies. At this time, due to strategies used and the nature of the student's program, potential close contacts are limited. These families have been notified directly. Regardless of all we have in place, no parent wants to receive this call. I do not make the call lightly. If you have not been contacted by a member of our administration team, this means that you or your child are not considered a close contact. Because of strategies used, we are hopeful that potential 
close contacts will remain healthy. It is extremely important to be consistent in using safety and preventive measures.
    "Our school is taking the necessary precautions including coordinating next steps with the Department's COVID-19 Core Response Team. The Department of Health is the lead agency when it comes to contact tracing. If you have any concerns, I encourage you to speak with your healthcare provider or DOH using these options, 
    "Reminder, students should not come to school if: Student is ill, has fever, cough, and other signs of illness, please refer to DOH guidance; a member of your household, or the student, is in quarantine; multiple members of your household are ill; a member of your household or the student is waiting for COVID-19 test results; your child is in quarantine due to travel. If not sure, contact the school.
    "We continue to seek your support in maintaining the health and safety of our keiki and our extended 
school 'ohana." wrote the Nāʻālehu Principal.
    Both the Nāʻālehu and Pāhala schools are rolling out free testing for staff and students. The next free vaccine clinic in Kaʻū is on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Robert Herkes Gym in Pāhala.

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ONE-HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHT NEW COVID CASES were announced today for this island. Statewide there were 888 new cases.  The number of COVID patients hospitalized statewide is 448. The positivity rate from testing during the last two weeks is 8 percent.

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Pig hunting is a family affair at the annual Kaʻū Multicultural
Association Pig Hunt in Pāhala on Saturday. Photo by Julia Neal
KAʻŪ MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY'S ANNUAL PIG HUNT was on again today, with the weigh in and awards on the grounds of Edmund C. Olson's historic Pāhala Clubhouse and Residence. Organizers Kalani and Darlyne Vierra said it was inspiring to see the 33 entries, mostly from Kaʻū, but from as far away as Waimea.
    It has been held four times during the last five years, with last year postponed due to the pandemic. This year, Donald Garo, one of the event helpers emphasized Covid protocol, with a drive-thru weigh in for the pigs and mask wearing.   
   The Vierras thanked Ed Olson and Troy Keolanui for use of the grounds and facilities at Olson Trust, as well as Carquest Auto Parts in Kona and Deanne Delmar for her homemade sauces donated to the event where all of the participants received a free lunch. They also thanked Aloha Beck/Tete, Aloha Vierra and sons, Paulette Ke, Josh Ratagan and Liz Kuluwaimaka for their donations.
     All around winner was Rigan "Cowboy" Ka'apana, with his 191.6 lb. boar. He won $575 and a machete. 
     The Heaviest Boar  (other than the overall winner's) was brought in at 154.8 lbs. by Onomi Hanoa, followed by Jerome Tayamen at 142 lbs. and Roy Freitas at 140.2 lbs.
    The Heaviest Sow was brought in also by Onomi Hanoa at 138.9 lbs., followed by Crispin Navarro, Jr. at 124 lbs. and Kawika Santiago at 115 lbs. 
     The Biggest Tusk was on a pig brought in by Billy Watson at 6.49 inches long, followed by Conrad Wagner at 6.48 inches and Jerome Tayamen at 5.75 inches long.
    The Vierras said they look forward to holding the Kaʻū Pig Hunt sponsored by Kaʻū Multicultural Society again next year.

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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 x.

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.

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

To read comments, add your own, and like this story, see www.facebook.com/kaucalendar/. See latest print edition at kaucalendar.com. 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.


Resilience Hub at Nāʻālehu Hongwanji, Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 12:30 to 4 p.m. Drop-in wifi and laptop access. Free meals. 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 https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/hawaiian-volcano-observatory High & Pāhala 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. Pāhala 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.

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.Vendor applications are being accepted for its Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale on Saturday, Nov. 13. 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.