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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021

A 2014 photo of drought conditions at South Point, leading to a fire. Photo by the late Isaac Davis

SEVERE DROUGHT AT SOUTH POINT is a feature of the latest Hawai'i Drought Statement from the National Weather Service. "A rancher operating in the South Point area reported deteriorating
pasture conditions," says the statement,  noting that "a localized area of severe drought was over or near South Point." The drought level at the affected area of South Point is classified as D2 where fire danger is high; pasture conditions are very dry and poor; cattle health is poor; crops struggle; reservoir levels are low; springs dry up, mandatory water restrictions can be implemented.
  The statement also notes that the portion of the South Kohala District. burned by the record-breaking brush fire in late July and early August has not been able to recover due to the lack of rain. "The
lack of grasses in the area is resulting in substantial top soil erosion due to periodic strong winds. Satellite-based vegetation health data also showed deteriorating rangeland conditions in the
Humu'ula Saddle region of the island."
USDA has declared Hawai'i County a Natural Disaster Area
for drought, with help available to ranchers and farmers.
2014 photo by Isaac Davis
    Some ranchers from drought and fire decimated areas on the island are looking for temporary pasture in Kaʻū, according to some land owners here.
    On June 28, Hawai'i County was declared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be a natural disaster
area due to drought. The declaration allows farm operators in the county to be eligible for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency.
    The Long-Lead Hawaiian Islands Outlook issued on Aug.19 by NOAA Climate Prediction Center showed probabilities tilted toward below normal rainfall into mid-fall 2021. Probabilities favor near normal temperatures into mid-fall, and are tilted toward above normal temperatures late in 2021 and into early spring 2022. 
    The next long-lead outlook will be issued by theClimate Prediction Center on Sept. 16. "With the exception of the Kona slopes of the Big Island, leeward areas of the state are expected to have a continuation of drought conditions into mid-fall 2021 due to the probabilities favoring below normal rainfall. Windward areas may have sufficient rainfall to mitigate the development of significant drought conditions," says the National Weather Service statement.

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VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER LIZZIE STABO IS RECOVERING FROM SURGERY TODAY for the skin graft required for burns on her leg, suffered at Honu`apo on Sept. 3. Two fundraisers are bringing in assistance for her care and living expenses. Medical expenses are covered as she was on duty when injured.
    Ahead of the surgery, Stabo said the skin graft would cover the lower half of her right leg. She described her care at Straub Hospital in Honolulu as excellent and said the founder of the burn unit is her surgeon. "I'm very blessed he was on call the day I was brought in."
Lizzie Stabo on a parade day, with her firefighter colleagues.
Photo from Meghan Proue

   Stabo also thanked the Hawai'i County Fire Department, saying it "has been amazing with any and everything needed, so grateful." Stabo's hospital stay in the sterile burn unit, where few visitors can go, could exceed a month.
     One facebook fundraiser was launched by Stabo's friend and employer at Flyn' Hawaiian Coffee, Judy Knapp, shortly after the freak accident. Stabo fell into an "imu," a hole in the ground in the Honu'apo wildlands, as a firefighter with Nā'ālehu Volunteer Fire Station. She was transported to Kaʻū Hospital, taken by ambulance to Hilo and life flighted to Straub Medical Center Burn Unit on O'ahu,         
    Connect to the fundraiser and read more about Stabo's recovery and her gratefulness for all who support her at https://www.facebook.com/donate/379759600195220/. More than $12,000 has been raised to date.
     Another effort to raise money is at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-lizzy-recover, launched by Stabo's daughter Meghann Proue, who shares her own gratefulness for all the community support that Lizzie Stabo has received. More than $15,000 has been raised to date.
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AN ENTREPRENEUR MENTORSHIP PROGRAM grant has been awarded by County of Hawai'i for Kaʻū, according to an announcement today from Nā'ālehu Main Street, Inc. Haumāna A'o 'Oihana 'O Ka'ū, Entrepreneur Mentorship / Apprentice Program is designed for Ka'ū young people who want to explore their creativity to start and operate a business, with the goal of becoming self-sufficient, self-reliant and to create more economic opportunities in the District of Ka'ū.

    Entrepreneurial candidates will be matched with and work hand-in-hand with seasoned business professionals who will offer technical support, resources, guidance, motivation and inspiration to assist, those selected, in creating a successful business. Those with an entrepreneurial spirit, between the ages of 18-32, can request an application by email to NaalehuMainStreetinc@gmail.com.

NEW YOUTH DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP SESSIONS are being held by Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi. Here are the details. The sessions are free and online, every Thursday from 3 p.m.- 4  p.m.. They are open to anyone under 18 who is living with diabetes - also open to the support ʻohana.
     Youth Diabetes Support Group is a safe place to learn about managing diabetes, share stories, and connect with healthcare professionals, according to Hui Mālama.  To sign up or learn more, visit hmono.org/services or call (808) 969-9220.

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OCEAN VIEW EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY CHURCH holds services on Sundays at 10 a.m.. In-person services follow CDC guidelines and Hawai'i mandates by using hand sanitizer, wearing face masks, and practicing social distancing. Sermons and additional information arre posted at www.ovevangelicalcommunity.church. Contact phone numbers as well as email contact information can also be found there. The church is located at 92-8977 Leilani Circle and the church phone number is 808-939-9089.

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www.kaucalendar.com. Find it in the mail from Volcano
through Nāʻālehu, Ocean View to Miloli'i.
Pick it up from newsstands.

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.  See latest print edition at kaucalendar.com..

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

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.

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.