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Friday, September 17, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Friday Sept. 17, 2021

Young Brothers has sailed into profitability with its 46 percent emergency rate hike during the
pandemic. An auditor for the state suggests price reductions, but Young Brothers calls the higher
rates a lifeline. See more below. Photo from Young Brothers

COFFEE LEAF RUST HAS BEEN FOUND IN KA‘Ū COFFEE in Pāhala. Andrea Kawabata, the University of Hawai'i Agricultural Extension Agent who works with Kaʻū Coffee farmers, made the announcement today, with permission from the farmer who discovered it. 
     CLR has devastated coffee regions around the world. Kawabata urged: "Kaʻū  coffee farmers, please continue to be vigilant and scout for the first signs of coffee leaf rust on your coffee trees." 
    Early stage and more progressive CLR photos along with descriptions can be found at Kawabata's website www.HawaiiCoffeeEd.com/CLR. Surveying, sampling and monitoring infocan be found  
Early signs in Pāhala of Coffee Leaf
Rust. Photo taken by farmer
at www.HawaiiCoffeeEd.com/CLRhttps://www.hawaiicoffeeed.com/uploads/2/6/7/7/26772370/surveying_and_identifying_clr_publication_122020_final.pdfhttps://www.hawaiicoffeeed.com/uploads//2/6/7/7/26772370/surveying_and_identifying_clr_publication_122020_final.pdf
The underside of a coffee leaf with CLR
Photo taken by farmer
    Kawabata said farmers should follow disinfestation and sanitation protocols when going from farm to farm to prevent the spread of CLR.                 Farmers who suspect CLR are welcome to send Kawabata clear photos of the tops and bottoms of coffee leaves. Send photos to andreak@hawaii.edu or 415-604-1511.

COFFEE LEAF BORER IS COVERED BY CROP INSURANCE. Kaʻū Coffee farmers can learn more about it starting Sept. 28th, when they can watch pre-recorded crop insurance presentations at https://bit.ly/3kbxRGr.
    On Tuesday, Oct. 5th at 10:30 a.m., a live Q&A panel discussion with the presenters will be on Zoom.
Register at www.HawaiiCoffeeEd.com/coffeeinsur or by calling Matt at 808-322-0164 at least two days prior to the event to receive the Zoom link. See the flyer below for additional information. For those who can't make it on Oct. 5, join  another Q&A session with presenters on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 10:30 a.m.
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YOUNG BROTHERS IS SAILING IN BUOYANT FINANCIAL WATERS with its interisland tug and barge shipping service, prompting auditors to question whether prices should be reduced. A story in today's Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that a 46 percent rate hike authorized by the Public Utilities Commission, as an emergency, is producing profits, according to an audit.
    The audit, provided to the PUC last week, stated that starting June 30, Young Brothers has generated a $2 million profit per month, "primarily due to the rate increase, raising a question of whether rates should be reduced," reports the Advertiser. 
    The audit by Nevada-based Munro Tulloch Inc. stated, “On this basis there is a strong argument to be made that the commission should now consider reducing the ERI (emergency rate increase) to reflect the improvements in the company financial position and to provide some rate relief to customers.” The audit stated the emergency rate hike was “to keep the company afloat, NOT as a mechanism for the company to recoup losses from past management mistakes.” At the time of the rat hike proposal, Young Brothers argued that it would have to cease operating, which would have devastated the interisland shipping option for farmers and others transporting goods.
    Young Brothers recently called the emergency rate a “vital lifeline,” allowing it to retain its dozen interisland shipping routes per week. Young Brothers asked the PUC to allow the current rates to continue through the end of 2023. 
    Young Brothers asked for the increase when shipping slowed during the pandemic, making it difficult to fund the interisland service. 

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KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS AND NA LEO TV invite the public to learn about King Kamehameha and his legacy and enjoy the schools' 20th annual tribute tomorrow, Saturday with an 'aha mele (concert) broadcast at 6 p.m. on Channel 54.
    The two-hour production features the sites and sounds of this island, Moku o Keawe, with live music and hula performances by Keolanui, Hālau Kaʻeaikahelelani, Chadd Paishon & Friends, and Kainani Kahaunaele; and hosted by emcees Jaz Yglesias and Kaʻea Lyons.
    The program premiers locally on Spectrum Channel 54 and the island of Oʻahu on ʻŌlelo Community Media's Channel 53, and worldwide at www.ksbe.edu/kaukeaouli.
     Kamehameha Schools posted the following bio on King Kamehameha III, noting that he was born Kauikeaouli Kaleiopapa Kuakamanolani Mahinalani Kalaninuiwaiakua Keaweawe‘ulaokalani. He was the longest reigning Hawaiian monarch. His birth was at Keauhou Bay in March of 1814.

Kamehameha School's 20th annual tribute to Kamehameha III is tomorrow on Channel 54 and at www.ksbe.edu/kaukeaouli
Photo from Kamehameha Schools
     Under his rule the Hawaiian Kingdom received its first Constitution in 1840.
     The 1840 Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i titled "Ke Kumukānāwai a me nā Kānāwai o ko Hawai‘i Pae ‘Āina, Honolulu, 1840" was the first fully written constitution for the Kingdom of Hawai‘i.
    The constitution, compared to its predecessor, was extremely detailed. The June 7, 1839 document, sometimes called a constitution but more similar to a declaration of rights, stated simply that the government was based on Christian values and equality for all. Incorporating the 1839 document, the 1840 Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i was a turning point in Hawai‘i government.
    This constitution organized the power of government and its functions by defining the House of Representatives as the legislative body, giving their people the power to vote, proclaiming the House of Kamehameha, establishing of the office of Kuhina Nui, creating of the office of royal governors of the various islands and recognizing Christianity as an authority.
    In the same year of 1840, Kauikeaouli established the Chief’s Children’s School to groom Hawai‘i’s next generation of ali‘i. Also in 1840, Hawai‘i’s public school system is established by Kamehameha III. This is thirty years before Government-financed education became available in England in 1870 and forty years before the creation of the l‘ecole republicaine (Republican School) in 1880 where public instruction becomes mandatory for all children under the age of 15 in France.
    One of the most memorialized days in King Kamehameha III’s reign took place on July 31, 1843 when British Admiral Thomas officially restored the Hawaiian Kingdom to Kamehameha III after the illegal cession of the islands by British Captain Paulet.
Hālau Ka‘eaikahelelani will join in the celebration of Kamehameha III. It is virtual and can be viewed at 6 p.m Saturday on Channel 54 of Na Leo TV and at www.ksbe.edu/kaukeaouli. Photo from Kamehameha Schools

    At a 10 a.m. ceremony, the Union Jack was lowered and the Hawaiian flag was raised. This historic ceremony took place in the area known today as Thomas Square, in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. On the same day, addressing his people on the front stairs of Kawaiaha‘o Church, Kamehameha III spoke the words that would become the State’s motto:
    "Ua mau ka ea o ka ‘āina i ka pono.”
    “The life (sovereignty) of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.  “The sovereignty of the land is preserved through justice”
     A national holiday in the Hawaiian Kingdom known as Ka Lā Ho‘iho‘ï Ea, Restoration Day was established. 
    After Admiral Thomas restored the Hawaiian Kingdom to Kamehameha III, on July 31, 1843, the Hawaiian delegation sent previously by the King to acquire treaties that recognized Hawai‘i’s independence with other foreign powers continued their stay in Europe to witness a treaty signing between Britain and France that recognized the sovereignty of the Hawaiian Kingdom. The day the treaty was signed, November 28, 1843, became a Hawaiian national holiday known a Lā Ku‘oko‘a – Independence Day.
Kainani Kahaunaele will perform at the Kamehameha Tribute
on Saturday. See Channel 54 and www.ksbe.edu/kaukeaouli
   During the 1840s, the Kingdom of Hawai‘i faced multiple threats to its sovereignty by foreign powers, prompting King Kamehameha III, Kauikeaouli, to seek out ways that might protect Hawai‘i’s interests from external challenges and that would, internally, promote economic stability and development.
    Another momentous undertaking which happened during his tenure as Sovereign was the enactment of the 1848 Mahele Land Act (Great Mahele) that would forever change the land tenure system in Hawai‘i by redistributing lands between the government, king, nobles, and commoners and allowing foreigners to own land fee simple in Hawai‘i for the first time.
    The original plan of land distributions was to be divided in equal 1/3 parts between the Mō‘ī, the ali‘i, and the maka‘ainana. Instead, the maka‘ainana received much less than the intended allocation of land. The land conveyed unto the Mō‘ī were further divided into two categories, 1) Government lands and 2) Crown Lands. The Mō‘ī managed these latter lands personally, transferring some, acquiring others, mortgaging some, and raising revenues for them.
    Also during his reign, King Kamehameha III along with Alexander Cartwright founded the Honolulu Fire Department on December 27, 1850.
    His successor, Kamehameha IV, Alexander Liholiho, described his reign in his January 11, 1855 speech as:
    “The age of Kamehameha III was that of progress and of liberty—of schools and of civilization. He gave us a Constitution and fixed laws; he secured the people in the title to their lands, and removed the last chain of oppression. He gave them a voice in his councils and in the making of the laws by which they are governed. He was a great national benefactor, and has left the impress of his mild and amiable disposition on the age for which he was born.”Kamehameha IV, Alexander Liholiho. [Printed in “The Polynesian,” January 13, 1855.]

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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.  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.

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.

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.

KA‘Ū COFFEE TRAIL RUN  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.