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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
A locally owned and run community newspaper (www.kaucalendar.com) distributed in print to all Ka`u District residents of Ocean View, Na`alehu, Pahala, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village and Miloli`i on the Big Island of Hawai`i. This blog is where you can catch up on what's happening daily with our news briefs. This blog is provided by The Ka`u Calendar Newspaper (kaucalendar.com), Pahala Plantation Cottages (pahalaplantationcottages.com), Local Productions, Inc. and the Edmund C. Olson Trust.

Thursday, November 04, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021

    A HALF-ACRE OPEN MARKET NEAR PUNALU'U BLACK SAND BEACH is a new development proposed by Black Sand Beach, LLC on its 434-acre project site. The Open Market Conceptual Site Plan is included with the recent Special Management Area Permit application for Punalu'u Phase 1, submitted to County of Hawai'i for several projects proposed by the owner and its principal Eva Liu.
    The proposal says the Open Market, with its 33 tents, "will require clearing of existing vegetation and laying down of gravel to provide for a walkable site." It says the Open Market is anticipated to accommodate 20 individual 10' X 10' tents for a farmers market; eight individual 10' X 10' tents for retail activities; three 15' X 15' individual tents for retail activities; one 20' X 35' large tent for retail activities; and one 20' X 30' tent for visitor and entertainment activities. There would be two spaces for food trucks, plus portable restrooms. The proposal says the Open Market would be away from the shoreline, by some 200 feet.
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     The proposal shows the location to be mauka of the oceanfront Dahlberg A-frame house and the Black Sand Beach, and makai of Jeanette Howard's home. It describes the site as "currently situated within an area that has been extensively degraded and modified as part of a homesite as well as the boundary of a portion of the existing golf course. The project site is presently covered in haole koa and coconut palm with an understory of guinea grass and various common weeds with no known encounter with federally listed threatened or endangered plant or animal species."
    The proposal says, "Site will be machine grubbed and graded to provide a level surface upon which aggregate will be laid to provide a walkable surface. The site gently slopes toward makai with an elevation difference of less than 10 feet, therefore not requiring intensive grading to accommodate the proposed Open Market site. All structures to be erected will be temporary in nature,  consisting of tents, mobile food trucks, and portable toilets."
    Black Sand Beach, LLC states in its proposal that "the Open Market is anticipated to be open seven days per week. When the open Market is not operating, then tents will be removed. Parking will be provided within the existing paved parking lot located across Punaluʻu Road that was once part of the former Black Sands Beach restaurant complex, which would create a central parking area rather than the haphazard parking that occurs along area roadways and within the beach itself."
    The proposal notes: "No improvements are proposed within the entire shoreline frontage of the project site that is situated within the State Land Use Conservation District. Since the shoreline frontage of the project site is also used by the County as part of the Black Sand Beach Park complex, facility and ground maintenance by County work crews continue on a daily basis."
    The proposal says "the estimated cost associated with establishing site for Open Market is $10,000." It is a portion of costs estimated by the applicants for multiple projects in the SMA application, with a total cost of under $500,000, which would make them eligible for a minor SMA permit, without a public hearing and consideration by the Planning Commission.
    Whether to approve a minor permit request would be determined by Planning Director Zendo Kern. The other projects in the less-than $500,000 budget include a Welcome Center across from the Colony One condominiums with a swimming pool, new tennis courts, camping sites, amphitheater, food establishments, and more. They also include cleaning up the restaurant and museum area next to Punalu'u Black Sand Beach pond, with the total budget under $500,000.
    See the Welcome Center proposal for Punalu'u in Friday's Ka`u News Briefs. See the entire project proposal at http://kaucalendar.com/news/SMAABlack_Sands_10_2021.pdf.
See the entire project proposal at http://kaucalendar.com/news/SMAABlack_Sands_10_2021.pdf.

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HAWAI'I ISLAND invites the community to holoho with its MIssion Partners - HPM and The Wave 92FM for their Epic Islandwide Scavenger Hunt starting Black Friday, Nov. 26. Participants will complete a variety of missions for points while exploring the island and getting out into the local community.
    Registration is now open! Simply scan the QR code or go to the website and register before Nov. 26. Complete missions through Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30. Holoholo solo or complete missions with a team of up to five people. the event airms to help bring awareness of affordable housing issues on the island and raise funds to empower Hawai'i Island families in need of shelter.
    Questions? Contact Mission Specialist Shauna Falgout at (808) 331-8010 ext. 102 or at holoholo@habitathawaiiisland.org

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BUSINESSES WITH 100 PEOPLE OR MORE EMPLOYEES MUST MANDATE COVID VACCINES, or wear a mask and be tested once a week. The nationwide measure came from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration today as an Emergency Temporary Standard for fighting COVID. Exempted are people working remotely or exclusively outdoors and those with legally protected medical and religious reasons.
    OSHA's threshold of 100 or more employees applies company-wide, not each facility. The Emergency Temporary Standard does not require employers to pay for tests unless otherwise required by state or local law, or labor union contract. In Hawai'i, the governor's most recent proclamation states that private employers are not responsible for testing costs.
    Employers must provide up to four hours of paid time for workers to be vaccinated and ensure workers have paid sick leave to recover from any side effects that prevent them from working.
    Employers must comply with most provisions by Dec. 5 and with vaccination testing requirements by Jan. 4. Noncompliant businesses could face heavy OSHA fines.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the federal Department of Health & Human Services also ordered all workers at healthcare facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, no matter the number of employees.
    Also announced is that the deadline for the federal contractor vaccination requirement is delayed from Dec. 8 to Jan. 4.

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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.

EDUCATION

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.

COMMUNITY
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.

BUY LOCAL GIFTS ONLINE, IN-PERSON

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.



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HABIAT FOR HUMANITY HAWAI'I ISLAND invites the community to holoho with its MIssion Partners - HPM and The Wave 92FM for their Epic Islandwide Scavenger Hunt starting Black Friday, Nov. 26. Participants will complete a variety of missions for points while exploring the island and getting out into the local community.
Registration is now open! Simply scan the QR code or go to the website and register before Nov. 26. Complete missions through Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30. Holoholo solo or complete missions with a team of up to five people. the event airms to help bring awareness of affordable housing issues on the island and raise funds to empower Hawai'i Island families in need of shelter.
    Questions? Contact Mission Specialist Shauna Falgout at (808)331-8010 ext. 102 or at holoholo@habitathawaiiisland.org