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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021

South Point U-Cart has gone up for sale and has been serving the Ocean View community and
beyond since 1980. See more below. Photo from Irena Korleva
VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTER LIZZIE STABO, TWO MONTHS IN THE STRAUB BURN UNIT IN HONOLULU, IS COMING HOME to Hawai'i Island on Monday. She reported this evening that Nāʻālehu Volunteer Fire Department Captain Ron Ebert will be her escort to Kona where she will stay at The Regency at Hualalai assisted living facility. She will receive physical therapy and pain management connected with the second and third degree burns she suffered when fighting a fire at Honu'apo. While pulling a fire hose, Stabo fell into an underground fire pit that was impossible to see from above ground. She has received skin grafts and other intensive burn care since being medivacked to Straub in September.

Volunteer firefighter Lizze Stabo
 comes home to the island Monday,
after treatment for severe burns in
a Honu'apo fight against a wildfire.
    Since being burned, Stabo has heaped praise on the volunteer and county fire departments who have given her support since the accident. "I've had so much support, not only from our island, from around the world." She said fire companies have contacted her "from Alaska, from New Zealand, one from Australia. So in all the negative there has definitly been some positives. And I can't wait 'til I actually get home!" She called her fire captain who has flown to O'ahu more than once to be by her side during difficult procedures, "my hero."
    Since the accident, and with the frequency of fires in the wildlands of Honu'apo, the County of Hawai'i has shut down much of the land to the public, until it can decide how to reduce the underground fire risk. Wildfires blow across the open land and burn into the underground where there are lava tubes and other spaces, and continue to smolder there. The area was once a dumping ground for sugar cane waste and also an area of thick grass for cattle grazing in the past, which may provide some of the underground fuel.
    Lands at Honu'apo were  purchased for conservation and the county in partnership withe the Ka 'Ohana O Honu'apo community group steward the property and have helped to bring back the marine life in the bay and organisms living in the brackish water of the ponds. It also includes a stretch of the Ala Kahakai ancient trail and numerous tiny inlets frequented by sea turtles.
    The Whittington Beach Park area of Honu'apo and the Nāʻālehu side of the ponds remain open to the public.
    A fundraiser for Stabo's expenses can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-lizzy-recover, where more than $20,000 has been raised. More than $12,500 has been raised at https://www.facebook.com/donate/379759600195220/

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SOUTH POINT U CART IS UP FOR SALE IN OCEAN VIEW.  Established in 1980, South Point U Cart has been in continuous operation. 
    The listing from Irena Korleva R(S), of Kona Pacific Realty, says, "This business fulfills the needs of those living in the South or doing a building project or any investment activity. Electricity is expensive on the island, so propane is often used for heating water or for powering gas appliances. Propane sales have been number one in total income for years because propane is half the cost of electricity.
    "South Point U-Cart not only sells sand, road base, red and black cinder, decorative rock, rebar, concrete, pier blocks but also rents a lot of equipment and tools such as generators, compressors, hydraulic and electric Jack-hammers, a wide range of aggregates and tools to get things done. Most rental tools that 
you can think of. Concrete sales and rental have been number 2 and 3 in total income for years."
    The listed price is $899,000 with 3,000 sq. ft. of interior space on 3.79 acres of agriculturally zoned land, with commercial permits from the county. According to Korleva, gross profit of South Point U-Cart is directly related to the purchase rate of real estate on the south side of this island. There has been a 12 percent increase in investments in this region from January through early October, she said. The property is located at 92-1297 Prince Kuhio Blvd. See more on Korleva at https://own-hawaii.com/contact.

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An Amakihi on a blooming māmane.
Photo by Sheeley Ballam
NATIVE PLANTS OF KAʻŪ, the monthly column printed in The Kaʻū Calendar newspaper and published in Kaʻū News Briefs has drawn submission of photos of native birds and māmane, along with numerous comments following the māmane story in October. Photographer Sheeley Ballam captured an image of an Amakahi on māmane and wrote, "I just bought new camera and lens just to capture the beautiful endemic birds here on the island!"
    Gary Baily noted many māmane "on our property. And they keep coming. Hope to have a forest some day. The birds love them. Some after nectar, others seem to be after insects that come to flowers."
    See the column on māmane by Jodie Rosam with art by Joan Yoshioka in the Saturday, Oct. 23 Kaʻū News Briefs. See the column on Pāʻū o Hiʻiaka in the upcoming November Kaʻū Calendar newspaper and Kaʻū News Briefs.

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Amakihi on ‘ōhi‘a lehua.
Photo by Sheeley Ballam
ARBOR DAY IN HAWAI'I IS THE DAY TO PLANT A TREE, according to arbordayhawaii.org. This year, the date is Saturday, Nov. 6. "Arbor Day is a formally designated holiday around the world dedicated to honoring, planting and enjoying the benefits of trees. It has been recognized in Hawai’i for over 110 years, and every November communities across the islands gather to celebrate trees!
    "November marks the beginning of the rainy season in Hawai‘i, which is the perfect time to plant a tree! Arbor Day in Hawai’i officially falls on the first Friday in November, however, tree giveaways and celebrations across the state typically take place on the first Saturday."

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THE 'OHIA LOVE FEST WILL CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY from Wednesday, Nov. 3  - Saturday, Nov. 6. The events are online and sponsored by the College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources at University of Hawai'i, as well as state Department of Land and Natural Resources - Division of Forestry &  Wildlife, local Invasive Species Committees and Omidyar `Ohana Fund of the Hawai'i Community Foundation.
    The online program provides a tour of Hawai'i’s ‘ōhi‘a forests and "celebrates native Hawaiian biodiversity, especially ‘ōhi‘a lehua, a tree that’s critical to providing the water we drink, keeping our ocean reefs healthy, and revered in Hawaiian culture. You will also learn ways you can protect our forests 
by reducing the spread of diseases like Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death."    The program includes special presentations, hands-on demonstrations, and fun keiki giveaways to celebrate ‘ōhi‘a lehua. Events include an ‘ōhi‘a seed collecting video, ‘ōhi‘a seed sowing video, and How 
to Plant a Seedling video. See more at https://cms.ctahr.hawaii.edu/rod/EDUCATION-OUTREACH/%CA%BB%C5%8CHI%CA%BBA-LOVE-FEST.

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

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.