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Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021

Hurricane Lane, which approached Hawai'i as a Category 5 in 2018, created raging gulches and streams in Kaʻū  and is seen
 as an example of stronger hurricanes to arrive in the future, prompting recommendations to strengthen homes and other
buildings. Hurricane season ends Nov. 30. See more below. Photo by Shalan Crysdale

PREPARING FOR A CATEGORY FIVE HURRICANE across the Hawaiian Islands is the goal expressed by Dr. Kioni Dudley, who invites homeowners to a Zoom meeting on How to Fortify Your Home, this Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. Hurricane season for Hawai'i, with few threats so far this year, ends Nov. 30.
    Dudley talks about  HI-EMA, the Hawai'i Emergency Management Agency under the state Department of Defense. He says it's "the Hawai'i form of FEMA" and says, "HI-EMA tells us that if we have a Category 5 hurricane, 420,000 our people will seek shelters," statewide but there are few shelters for hurricanes Category 2 or above. "So people will stay in their homes. But 184,000 homes are unsafe, so 334,000 of us are expected to die in our homes in a Category 5," Dudley contends.
    Dudley points to Hurricane Lane in 2018, a Category 5 that passed by the Big Island, caused flooding here, and headed toward O'ahu before turning away and losing strength.  As Hurricane Lane approached, the LA Times and other media carried headlines saying the Category 5 posed a rare, direct threat to Hawai'i.
Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_
      Dudley said the threat has increased. "Climate change has caused more spawning of hurricanes in the mid-Pacific. We are now expecting twice as many to spawn below Hawai'i as in previous years. Climate change has also made hurricanes broader and stronger. It’s only a matter of time," predicts Dudley. 
    To attend the session on strengthening homes, Register at: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2zoFLjlvRFeivbszdq3wcQ.

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WITH FIVE TO 11 YEAR OLD CHILDREN ELIGIBLE FOR COVID-19 VACCINES, Ka`u High & Pāhala Elementary School is recommending that parents and other guardians of students look at a series of state Department of Health films on vaccinating young people. They can be seen on the school's website at 

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COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECTS are eligible to compete for National Institute of Food & Agriculture grants for up to $400,000. The grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture support development of projects with a one-time infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining. Some matching funds are required.
    Community Food Projects are designed to create community-based food projects with objectives, activities and outcomes in alignment with Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program primary goals. See more and applly at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336427
    Other grants are available for Planning Projects that would plan toward the improvement of community food security. Projects and plans are to focus on a defined community and describe in detail the activities and outcomes of the plan or project.
    Those eligible to apply include, public food program service providers, tribal organizations, and private nonprofit entities, including gleaners. For more, contact lydia.kaume@usda.gov.
    Closing date for both grants is Dec. 20. See  the wide range of projects and descriptions of programs already receiving these grants at https://cris.nifa.usda.gov/cgi-bin/starfinder/0?path=fastlink1.txt&id=anon&pass=&search=GC%3Dln.b;ln.c%2A%20AND%20IY%3D1862%3A2020&format=WEBTITLESG.

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HAWAI'I COFFEE ASSOCIATION WILL HOST A VIRTUAL TALK STORY on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. University of Hawai'i agriculture agent Andrea Kawabata who works with.many Kaʻū Coffee farmers, said she will join panelists including legislators, Hawai'i Department
of Agriculture leaders, University of Hawai'i College of Tropical Agriculture faculty, plus USDA researchers and industry stakeholders. "The purpose of the event is to discuss coffee industry priorities, with an emphasis on Coffee Leaf Rust. We also expect HDOA to highlight its CBB/CLR subsidy program," said Kawabata.
    Presenters will give an overview of their past and potential contributions. Following this portion of the event the HCA will host a round table discussion among the participants with the goal of establishing actionable items that support Hawai'i's coffee industry. 
    The event is free and welcomes all coffee producers and stakeholders. Everyone will have the opportunity to submit written questions during this session. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DY2Q8a-eSJG3j1QuCPlILQ

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NEXT KAʻŪ HIGH TROJANS FOOTBALL GAME is against Kamehameha this Thursday, Nov. 11 at
5 p.m. Joining the Trojans on the team this year are players from Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences.        The first game brought the Kohala Cowboys to the Pāhala campus to wrangle the Trojans into a 27-0 loss on Oct. 30. The second game saw the Trojans travel on Nov. 6 to Hawai' Preparatory Academy where they suffered 51-0 loss. See the entire game against HPA at: https://khpes.org/news/2021/11/4/football-vs-hpa-live-stream-info        
    Other sports for the Trojans are Cross Country, also with Volcano School joining in. The Trojans completed a meet hosted by Kealakehe High School at Makani Golf Club.
  For the Trojans, Alden Wells come in 26th out of 78 male runners in the 5K. Maria Aurelio and Saskia Sarbin-Dela Cruz finished within the top 60 girl 5K runners. The next meet comes up at Kamehameha this Saturday, Nov. 13.       
    Bowling has seen the Trojans at Kilauea Military Camp, with competition on Nov. 4, with Candace Keahuloa as the standout.
     Girls volleyball, usually a huge community draw for attendance at home, is not in play for the Trojans this year, following a lack of practice opportunity during the pandemic, said Coach Joshua Ortega.

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A FREE THANKSGIVING MEAL WILL BE OFFERED BY ST. JUDE'S Episcopal Church in Ocean View on Saturday, Nov. 20. The food is take-out only and masks are required to be worn. Thanksgiving meals will be provided from 10 a.m. to noon or until the food runs out.

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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 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.