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Saturday, October 30, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021

BIIF referees during the first Kaʻū High Trojan game of the season, on home turf. They enjoyed the gift of Hawaiian 
Volcanic Water to keep them hydrated. Photo from Kaʻū High Athletics

Freshman Cheska Aurilio ran the 5K Saturday in
Kaʻū High Trojan's first competition this year
in Cross Country. The meet was held at Pāhoa
 High School. Photo by Coach David Wells

THE OPENER FOR KAʻŪ HIGH SCHOOL TROJANS FOOTBALL THIS SEASON withstood the heat from the weather and the force of Kohala Cowboys who took the game 27-0. Played on Saturday on Kaʻū's home field, this first game was without spectators.  
    Future games are expected to allow two family members per player to watch the competition. All attendees must be vaccinated for Covid. Another home game is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 27 against Pāhoa at 11 a.m.
    New to football at Kaʻū is the participation of students from Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences.     
    The three from Volcano School playing for the Trojans are Ocean Nihipali Sesson, Kalem Libunao-Martinez and Chaz Kajiwara-Ke. There are also two Trojan girls on the team, Chloe Velez and Shyla Bird.
    Kaʻū's Athletic Director Kalei Namohala and Co-Director  Matthew Roddy posted a mahalo to Hawaiian Volcanic Water for hydrating the Big Island Interscholastic Federation representatives who refereed the game, saying "It was a hot one!"  
      See a short video from the game against Kohala Cowboys at https://twitter.com/kauathletics?lang=en.
      See a story on the team by Hawai'i Tribune Herald reporter Matt Gerhart at https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2021/10/25/sports/gotta-run-now-kau-football-promises-to-maintain-ground-heavy-approach/.  The story mentions Tammy Ke starting out as head coach for the beginning the season, with the possibility of turning the top spot back over to her husband DuWayne Ke, with the couple continuing to run Trojan football as a family, including two of their sons on the staff. 
     Players mentioned include Kealiikoa Reyes-Nalu and  Adahidiyah Ellis Reyes, who are expected to suit up once they finish Covid vaccinations. Other standouts include Kelson Gallano, Mocyiah Mukini, Jonah Beck, Kaimana Kaupu Manini and Jycetin Mukini.

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WHILE FOOTBALL WAS LAUNCHED TODAY AT KAʻŪ, the Cross Country Trojan team competed at Pāhoa High in its first meet of the season. Coach David Wells said the team expects to go to all the upcoming BIIF track
Alden Wells, center, studies at Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences and has
 joined the Trojans track team. Photo by Coach David Wells
events with the Saturday, Nov. 6 meet beginning at 9 a.m. at Konawaena, followed by Saturday, Nov. 13 at Kamehameha at 9 a.m. and the BIIF Cross Country Varsity Championships on Saturday, Nov. 20 at HPA, beginning at 9 a.m. Spectators are allowed at all of the track meets.
    During Saturday's meet, participants were: Alden Wells, 10th grade. Time: 19:57 in the 5K; Cheska Aurelio, 9th grade. Time: 25:41 in the 5K and Desiree Mae Sembran, 12th grade in the 5K, her time unavailable until Monday.
    The Trojans have welcomed runners from Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences to team up with Kaʻū for the track team. Alden Wells studies there.

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Kahuku Unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park invites families to hike on a scavenger hunt with
a bingo card to win a Halloween treat bag from Hawai'i Parks Association this Sunday.
NPS Photo by M. Watanabe

HALLOWEEN SUNDAY AT KAHUKU UNIT OF HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK on Oct. 31 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. features trail exploration. It's a scavenger hunt for bingo. Those who make bingo can return to the tent or the visitor contact station for a treat bag provided by the Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association. Admission is free.

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O KAʻŪ KĀKOU'S HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION at this Saturday's market in Nāʻālehu drew adults and keiki to dress up and interact at the many vendor booths.
A young lady enjoying the face painting
by Joy Santiago at the OKK Halloween event.
Photos by Sue Barnett
     Trick-or-Treat baskets welcomed costumed characters at each vendor site. The dressing up was enriched with face painting by Joy Santiago, free Halloween masks and games. "Plenty of children showed off their costumes and had fun collecting Halloween goodies," said O Kaʻū Kākou volunteer Sue Barnett.

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T-Rex serves Aikane Coffee
TRICK OR TREAT SAFETY TIPS FROM HAWAI'I COUNTY POLICE are offered  for Sunday, Oct. 31 to  "ensure a fun time for children and adults alike. Being safe is no trick; using a few common-sense tips can help make Halloween enjoyable for everyone.'
   Hawaiʻi Police Department asks people to follow a few suggestions, especially on Halloween:
    For tick-or-treaters: One of the most important safety tips for Halloween trick-or-treating is having adult supervision of children at all times, especially when there is vehicle traffic. Not having an adult looking out or monitoring children may also be a violation of the law.
    Another safety tip for Halloween is making sure that each child’s costume is safe. Costumes should fit right to prevent tripping and heat exhaustion, should allow for clear and unobstructed vision, and be highly visible.
Tony of Aloha DeNada joining the
 fun as a unicorn.
   Parents, along with children, should have flashlights readily available to illuminate walking surfaces at night, as well as to provide a warning to motorist of your location from a greater distance. Having glow type sticks attached to a child’s costume is another way to increase their visibility at night.   Parents and trick-or-treaters should stick to trick-or-treating in neighborhoods that they are familiar with and stay away from homes with poor lighting to prevent falls and injury. Unfamiliar homes can also be dangerous as there might be dogs on the property which may bite unsuspecting children.
    Once trick-or-treating is done, parents should examine the candy which their child has received to make sure it was not tampered with and is safe to eat. Parents should also stress to their kids to not eat any candy that has not been checked by them while they are trick-or-treating.
A skeleton with a canine butterfly.

    For drivers traveling on Hawai‘i Island roads:
If you or a friend drink alcohol or consume an intoxicating substance, don’t drive. Have a sober driver or call for a ride. Avoid using handheld electronic devices. Using an electronic device while operating a vehicle is a crime and very unsafe. Those who see a drunk driver or impaired pedestrian on the road are urged to contact Police Dispatch at (808) 935-3311. It’s best to provide a license plate description of the vehicle and direction of travel on the road.
   Be on alert for all road users, including pedestrians, at night. Children may come from between vehicles or other unsafe locations.
    Slow down in areas where pedestrians are likely to be or where sight distances are limited. Keep vehicle windshields clean. 
Ramses Santiago checking out Halloween masks.
Trick or Treaters at the OKK event.
  For pedestrians walking on Hawai'i Island streets: Walk on a sidewalk if one is available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic, as far to the side as safely possible in order to move quickly out of the road if threatened by traffic. Drivers do not expect to see pedestrians in the roadway or to come out from between parked cars or behind shrubbery. Expect that drivers will not see and wait for them to pass.
Follow the rules of the road at driveways and intersections. Cross with a traffic signal if there is one, and even when having the right of way, make sure traffic has stopped or passed before stepping into the street. This will be easier to do if electronic devices do not distract from picking up visual and auditory information about traffic.
Sally of Sally Jane Homemade Delights
 dressed up as a cat, complete with wagging
 tail and wiggling ears.
A knightly Trick-o-Treater.
       Before Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to get home safely at the end of the night. Alcohol affects judgment, balance, and reaction time. Create a “buddy system” to get each other home safely. Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. 

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Pasture Fire and Smoke Over Nāʻālehu
A fire above Nāʻālehu today in a pasture. Pāhala and Nāʻālehu firefighters beat back the blaze.
Photo by Sue Barnett

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.