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Monday, November 01, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021

Ancient Punalu'u, a painting by Tanya Masaniai Ibarra, of Pāhala, whose art and design recently rebuilt the website, branding
 and image for University of Hawai'i in Hilo. See more below. 

PLANS FOR PUNALU'U in a recent application to the Hawai'i County Planning Director for a Special Management Area permit to begin several projects, states that applicant Eva Liu and her Black Sand Beach, LLC are aware of community concern for the Ka'ū Coast property. Liu bought the 434 acres at Punalu'u in mid-2020, following several development plans by former prospectors and owners that never materialized. Zoning includes resort, commercial, open and residential.
    Liu's Phase I application for an Open Market close to the Black Sand Beach and a Welcome Center, pool, tennis, camping and other facilities near the Colony One condominiums, begins by saying that Liu has spent many months living at Punalu'u. It says she spent time "visiting with members of various local community organizations, businesses and individuals in order to understand the importance of these lands and the hopes and needs of various communities within the district, and the concerns of people who have kuleana lands within the immediate area."
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    The application for the SMA permit says, "The following messages have been made abundantly clear to Ms. Liu:
    "Take sincere steps towards correcting the neglect that has occurred on these lands over many decades before efforts are made to find other development and economic opportunities within this former resort community; 
    "Provide open and transparent lines of communication with the community regarding the intended of use and potential development of these lands. 
    "Promote a community-driven, collaborative approach towards defining the type of uses and forms of development within Punaluʻu that would best compliment the valued resources that make Punaluʻu so special while providing for cultural, historical, recreational and economic opportunities." 
    The application states that "With this guiding principle in mind, the Applicant has worked diligently towards establishing relationships with area kūpuna, area residents and various community organizations to seek their collective guidance on how these sacred lands can be properly nurtured as a historical, cultural, environmental and economic resource and find opportunities to sustain it going forward. Ms. Liu has encountered a number of local champions who are willing to guide her and her company towards revitalizing Punaluʻu. But that guidance is conditional upon the Applicant providing and maintaining constant communication with the broader community and especially with those who have kuleana within the project site."
    See more details on the Punalu'u proposal in Sunday's Ka'ū News Briefs, The Ka`u Calendar newspaper November issue, and upcoming Ka'ū News Briefs. Read the complete application to the county at http://kaucalendar.com/news/SMAABlack_Sands_10_2021.pdf.

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Samoan Legend Turtle Shark by Tanya Masaniai Ibarra, whose designs have rebuilt branding and the website for U.H. Hilo.

KA`U ARTIST TANYA MASANIAI IBARRA has created the new graphics and website design for University of Hawai'i at Hilo after much input from students, faculty, administrators and community. Her accomplishment is part of a new rebranding for the university.
Tanya Masaniai Ibarra. See tanyamasaniai.com
   Masaniai Ibarra said, "The design reflects the experiences of aloha that UH Hilo students will have, and to be sure they understand that aloha experience will continue to guide them throughout the rest of their lives."
    She designed the website and an image with the words Connecting, Learning, Life & Aloha that are being employed widely in the new UH Hilo branding program. She works for UH Hilo in its Media and Graphics department.
   Ibarra has also helped The Ka'ū Calendar with design and production for some 15 years. She has also designed many logos, labeling and packaging for businesses and non-profits in Ka'ū and beyond, including Ka'ū Coffee Mill, Ka'ū Chamber of Commerce, Ka'ū Coffee Growers Cooperative, and O Ka`u Kakou's annual Ka`u Coffee Trail Run.
    She also creates fine art about Pasifika culture with a studio in Pāhala, reflecting her life raising a family in Ka'ū and growing up in Samoa. See tanyamasaniai.com. Read more on the U.H. Hilo rebranding at 

This wording and design are part of the new website and branding for University of Hawai'i
in Hilo with design by Tanya Masaniai Ibarra.

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HO'OLA FARMS HAS RECEIVED FUNDS TO TRAIN BEGINNING VETERAN FARMERS AND RANCHERS ON HAWAIʻI ISLAND. The three-year, $750,000 grant will help to fund its Bridging the Gap: Growing Veterans pilot program.
    "Over the last few years weʻve recognized that one of the barriers to entry for veterans and their families into the agriculture sector is lack of access to exposure-based, hands-on experiences," said Emily Emmons, Executive Director of Hoʻōla Farms.
Veterans learn to grow food in the Hoʻōla Farms program,
which will soon offer scholarships. Photo from Hoʻōla Farms
    "This new funding will help us increase the number of veterans seeking and securing educational, employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities in the food and agriculture sector on Hawaiʻi Island. We're excited and grateful to have this opportunity to expand and strengthen the network of veterans working in agriculture here."
    Hoʻōla Farms will soon offer scholarships to participate in the pilot program. Those who are interested or who would like additional information can visit www.hoolafarms.org 
     The grant is one of many from U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food & Agriculture, which announced last week an investment of over $50 million to 140 organizations and institutions around the country that teach and train beginning farmers and ranchers.
    The program is designed to support military veteran beginning farmers, ranchers, and their families on Hawaiʻi Island by providing exposure, skill-based training, and a professional network aimed to help them succeed in agricultural careers. Veterans, their families and civilians can participate in a variety of one-day Intro to Grow workshops, or they may enroll in Groundwork to Grow, a more comprehensive four-week program that focuses on specific agriculture topics relevant to the Pacific Region. Experts and guest speakers from agencies such as the College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR), UH-Hilo, USDA, and the U.S. Forest Service will provide additional resources to support participants' goals.
    For more information about National Institute of Food & Agriculture's Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program, visit https://nifa.usda.gov/program/beginning-farmer-and-rancher-development-program-bfrdp.

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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.