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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021

Will honu, the green sea turtle be harvested for cultural purposes? Western Pacific RegionalFishery Management Council is
taking up the issue. At the same time, NOAA is urging people to send reports of dead, injured and marked turtles, including
this one, which was brought back to good health and released. NOAA photo

TAKING HONU FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES is on the agenda for study by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. The Council pointed to last week's meeting and a report "on honu, green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, management in Hawai'i, noting continued requests from the fishing community to allow harvest for cultural purposes." Council members supported developing a way forward with NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service.
    "Manny Dueñas, Council member from Guam, expressed deep concern at the erosion of respect for indigenous cultures in our region, where turtles have been valued for medicine, food and sustenancefor more than 4,000 years. The Council will work with communities to document the history of cultural harvest and use of honu in Hawai‘i," said the statement from the Fishery Management Council.
    The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council also recommended that the National Marine Fisheries Service implement a 291,010-pound annual catch target for uku in the main Hawaiian Islands. This would include an in-season accountability measure to avoid surpassing this level for fishing years 2022 to 2025. The previous catch limit, effective from 2019 to 2021, was nearly half the amount at 127,205 pounds, but only applied to commercial fishers, whereas the new limit combines the commercial and noncommercial sectors.
    At its meeting last Thursday, The Council deferred taking final action on the rebuilding plan for the federally managed bottomfish complex in American Samoa, and will organize an intercessional meeting for the week of Oct. 18, 2021. Several Council members expressed their dismay at the low catch limit alternatives and the potential fishery closure. Archie Soliai, Council chair and director of the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, said the extra time would allow him time to consult with the governor on the coordinated management of the bottomfish fishery in territorial and federal waters.
    “We carefully balance the economic development aspirations with sustainable management of the bottomfish resource based on available scientific information,” said Soliai. The territory is working with local communities to develop a Territorial Bottomfish Fishery Management Plan that is in line with Fa’a
Samoa, the Samoan identity and way of living.
  Howard Dunham, Council member from American Samoa and president of the American Samoa Alia Fishing Association, said, “Fishing is how we keep in touch with Fa’a Samoa…our God-given right and our way of feeding our communities,” “We need to revive our alia fleet instead of further marginalizing a small underserved fishing community. Some alia still use wooden reels because modern reels are expensive.” The territory has a population of approximately 58,000 people, with more than 54 percent living in poverty.
    The Council requested that the NMFS Stock Assessment Program separate the shallow- and deepwater-bottomfish into separate stock complexes in its next assessment. The Council also requested that the data workshop sharing information with the American Samoa fishing communities currently planned for November 2021 be held in-person.
    The Council manages federal fisheries operating in waters offshore of the State of Hawai‘i, the Territories of American Samoa and Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and the U.S. Pacific Remote Islands Areas. It manages thousands of species under five Fishery Ecosystem Plans: American Samoa FEP; Hawai`i FEP; Mariana FEP; PRIA FEP; and Pelagic FEP

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KAʻŪ HIGH FALL SPORTS SCHEDULE IS SET,  following the launch of training tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 27.
    Football kicks off the season on Friday, Oct. 15 at Kamehameha School in Kea'au, under Head Coach DuWanye Ke. The first home game will be Saturday, Oct. 30 when Kohala comes to town. The Trojans head to Hawai'i Preparatory Academy in Kamuela on Saturday, Nov. 6. The Trojans come home to host Honoka'a on Saturday, Nov. 20. They invite Pahoa for the game on Kaʻū campus on Saturday, Nov, 27.
   Football playoffs for this island begin with Semi's on Saturday, Dec 7 and the finals on Saturday, Dec. 11.
Kaʻū High Trojans start the season tomorrow, with the first football
game at Kamehameha on Saturday, Oct. 16. Photo by Dave Berry
    Cross Country gets going at Kamehameha in Kea'au on Saturday, Oct. 16 under Head Coach David Wells, followed by another day of racing at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy in Kamuela on Saturday, Oct. 23, more cross country competition at Pahoa on Saturday, Oct. 30, and at Makani GC (Kealakehe) on Saturday, Nov. 6.
    Cross Country Finals for this island are Saturday, Dec. 4 at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy.
    Girls Volleyball, under Head Coach Joshua Ortega, goes to Waiakea in Hilo for the first games of the Fall on Thursday, Oct. 21. The second game is away  at Kea`au High on Thursday, Oct. 28. Volleyball comes home to Kaʻū when the Trojans host Kamehameha on Tuesday, Nov. 2. The Trojans host again, playing Pahoa at home on Thursday, Nov. 11 and Hilo High on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
    Girls Volleyball Finals for this island are Nov. 29 - Dec. 4.
    Bowling, under Head Coach Hi'i Lepera, will be in the lanes Oct. 12, 16, Oct. 20-23, Oct. 26-30 and Nov. 2-6. Team finals for this island will be Saturday, Nov. 13. Individual finals will be Saturday, Nov. 20.
    Cheerleading, with Head Coach Carma Hanshew, is also underway.
     Co-Athletic Director Matthew Roddy and Athletic Director and Vice Principal Kalei Namohala are managing sports at the high school.

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A KAʻŪ HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT TRAINS TO BECOME FOOD INGREDIENT SAFETY SPECIALIST. That's the announcement from founder of Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute, Renee Dufault, Phd., a resident of Kaʻū. She said Collin Hanshew is the first recipient of the Food Ingredient Safety Specialist training award. The 2021-2022 school year is the first year the fellowship award is offered to Kaʻū High School students.
  "Congratulations go to Collin Hanshew, a motivated junior, who hopes to learn more about food ingredient safety," said Dufault. "Colin will participate in a rigorous training program that will enable him to sit for the Food Ingredient Safety Specialist exam at the end of the Fall semester. In addition to completing the training program, Collin will design an educational tool for teaching his peers about the allowable contaminants in the food supply and their role in creating conditions for disease. The work Collin produces will encourage us to reflect on, and deepen, our understanding of highly processed foods."
    Hanshew also studies with the Kaʻū Global Learning Lab at Kaʻū High.  
    Dufault said that demand for certified Food Ingredient Safety Specialists is expected to increase as healthcare providers become aware of new recommendations for diagnosing and treating children with autism and ADHD. These recommendations were published by Dufault and her research team in July 2021 in the World Journal of Methodology, which is indexed by PubMed at the National Library of Medicine.
    Dufault noted that "recommendations come after extensive clinical trial work and many years of model refinement." The original gene-environment model was published by Dufault in the Behavioral and Brain Functions journal in 2009, refined in 2012 (Clinical Epigenetics Journal, Dufault et al.) and finalized after extensive, worldwide clinical trial work in 2021 (World Journal of Methodology).
    The title of the new recommendations article is Connecting inorganic mercury and lead measurements in blood to dietary sources of exposure that may impact child development.
    Dufault said that ADHD and autism have been shown to be conditions of heavy metal toxicity resulting from gene-environment interactions, the overconsumption of processed foods, and nutritional deficits occurring prenatally, after birth, and during childhood. Many food ingredients (e.g., certified food colors, some preservatives, corn sweeteners, food processing chemicals) contain legally allowable levels of inorganic mercury, lead and/or arsenic.
    Dufault retired early from her position at the Food and Drug Administration to publish her findings of mercury in high fructose corn syrup in 2008. She will serve as Collin Hanshew's mentor and trainer.
    See more on Dufault's work at http://foodingredient.info/whoweare.html

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Read the entire Kaʻū Calendar and back issues at 
www.kaucalendar.com. Find it in the mail from Volcano
through PāhalaNāʻālehu, 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.

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.

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 The Old Shirakawa Estate   in Waiʻohinu.  It features: Made in Hawai'i Products, Organic Produce, Creative Crafts, ARt, Flower and Plants, Food, Ka`u Coffee, Gluen Free Low Carb Goodies, Wellness Services and Products, Clothing, Hand Crafted Treats, Music and more. Vendor and customer 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.