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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021

Unauthorized drones are prohibited at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. See more below. NPS photo
UNAUTHORIZED DRONES ARE UNWELCOME IN HAWAI'I VOLCANOES National Park. The  message is posted Sunday on the Park's facebook page: "Coming to the park? Please leave your drone at home.
    "Recreational and commercial use of unoccupied aircraft systems (UAS, or “drones”) are not allowed in the park. A Department of the Interior policy prohibits flying UAS in all national parks without a permit. Currently, the park only allows UAS missions that are critical to the planning for, mitigation, and better understanding of threats and hazards to human life and park resources. For example, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory holds an NPS permit for UAS missions in the park.
    "Plus, no one wants a drone buzzing around when they are trying to enjoy the remarkable volcanic experience the park offers. UAS disturb wildlife, interfere with park operations, and pose safety threats to hikers and drivers. Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/.../manage.../2015_unmanned_aircraft.htm.

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NON-TRADITIONAL ITEMS ARE BEING LEFT AT THE SUMMIT OF KILAUEA, apparently as offerings for Pele, but National Park Service asks the public to refrain, according to a recent post:
    "People are drawn to Kaluapele, the sacred summit area of Kīlauea, especially during an eruption, and are often compelled to leave offerings to pay respect to Pelehonuamea, elemental deity of volcanism and creation.
Non-traditional gifts to Madame Pele can be harmful to the environment and a detraction from
the beauty of the crater, says National Park Service. Photo from NPS
     "Native Hawaiians have honored deities at Kīlauea for centuries, and many express their reverence with hoʻokupu (offerings) of personal pule (prayer), or oli (chant) to Pele. Others offer her hula kahiko (ancient dance) or mele (songs) as a way of honoring this wahi kapu (sacred area).
    "Recently, rangers have collected an overload of non-traditional items left at various places surrounding Kaluapele. Although well intentioned, these offerings harm the environment and detract from the natural beauty of Kīlauea. We have removed roasting pans filled with meat, unopened packages of cookies, rotten fruit, candy bars, burning incense sticks, plastic-wrapped flowers and more. These offerings attract, or could introduce, non-native invasive species to the park, including fire ants, coqui frogs, mongoose and rats.
    "Please respect Native Hawaiian culture, the ‘āina, and our hard-working staff, and refrain from leaving items behind in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Help us fulfill our mission of protecting the natural and cultural resources of the park. Consider honoring this wahi kapu simply with an oli or a pule instead.
#Respect #MalamaAina #RecreateResponsibly".  

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ALL OF KAʻŪ AND VOLCANO WOULD HAVE THE SAME STATE SENATOR, according to the statewide reapportionment plan released last week.
    Currently, Sen. Dru Kanuha represents District 3, from Kailua-Kona to Honu'apo and Joy San Buenaventura, represents District 2, from Honu'apu through Puna.

         In the proposed legislative plans for reapportionment, Kanuha's Senate District 3 would run from Kailua-Kona all the way through Kaʻū and Volcano into the outskirts of Puna. Buenaventura's District 2 would be geographically smaller, focused on Puna to represent its significant population growth in recent years. Since Kanuha lives in Kona and Buenaventura in Puna, should they stay in office, neither would lose their residency from the district they now represent. Kanuha's District would be adding Pāhala and Volcano onto Nāʻālehu and Ocean View plus Miloli'i and all the other communities up the west side of the island to Kailua-Kona.
    The proposed reapportionment map for the state House of Representatives would leave Kaʻū with two House members. District 3, now served by Rep. Richard Onishi would run from Honu'apo into Hilo, but lose Orchidland and Hawaiian Acres. District 5, now represented by Jeanné Kapela, would run from Punalu'u into Kona, with the addition of Holualoa. Punalu'u would be in the state House District running to Kona. Pāhala would be in the state House District running to Volcano and on toward Hilo.
    Learn more about reapportionment and redistricting at https://elections.hawaii.gov/about-us/boards-and-commissions/reapportionment/

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would be unrefrigerated and could be useful worldwide, particularly in poor countries, according to Dr. Axel Lehrer, a vaccine developer in the medical school's Department of Tropical Medicine. He told Hawai'i News Now last week that developing the vaccine is in its final stages but needs more funding for manufacturing followed by clinical trials costing up to $2. million.
    The two-dose Covid vaccine was shown to have efficacy in non-human primates and needs human trials and manufacturing before it can be approved by the FDA. The vaccine would be stored in a dry form with water added for the injection. Lehrer told Hawai'i News Now, “If we are not vaccinating the poor regions or the regions where distribution of products is really difficult, I think we’re not going to be able to stem this pandemic.”
    The way the vaccine works is different from all three of the vaccines being used in the U.S. It is based on "protein subunits," according to Dr. Altert To, a post-doctoral fellow at U.H. working on the project who spoke to Hawai'i News Now.

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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.

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.