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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021

Kahu Moses Crabbe leads a ceremony with artist students working on a mural for Kaʻū High.
Photo by Jennifer Makuakane

HELPING TO DESIGN A SCHOOL MURAL AT KAʻŪ HIGH & PAHALA ELEMENTARY, students gathered for a blessing on Monday. The project, involving Estria Foundation Artists Nainoaikapoliokaehukai Rosehill, Sarah Farris, and Todd Johnson, engaged high school students in workshops to come up with the concept.
    Estria Foundation Artists refined ideas from students for the final design for the wall located on the exterior of the athletic department's weight room. Kaʻū High art teacher Angela Natrasevschi is mentoring the students throughout the workshops and completion of the mural.
    During the ceremony, students joined in an oli, a chant provided by Kumu Debbie Ryder who will release the title of the mural during an unveiling next week. Guided by Kahu Moses Kahoʻokele Crabbe, the ceremony blessed the new mural and mana'o and mo'olelo that helped to inspire the sketch for the wall. The blessing opens up the space, honors ancestors, and asks the surrounding environment to guide the haumana in the creation of the mural.  
The new mural will be completed and named next week. Photo by Jennifer Makuakane
     The 11th and 12th graders heard mo'olelo about Kaʻū from cultural guides Uncle John Reploge, Kumu Debbie Ryder, and Kumu 'Aina Akamu. Afterwards, students were guided through meditations that inspired the student's sketches.
     The project is sponsored by state Department of Education's Kaʻū Keaʻau Pāhoa Complex Area through an Alo Grant and its Native-Hawaiian student leadership program called ʻAha Lamakū, involving student artists.
      Research Corporation of the University of Hawai'i, Hugh Dunn of the College of Education at University of Hawai'i, and district Educational Specialist Iwalani Harris support the project. The Kaʻū High art teacher said mahalo to all.

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KAʻŪ HIGH & PAHALA ELEMENTARY will receive $2 million to finance design and construction for improvements to comply with current ADA standards, and another $39,000 to replace the school cafeteria’s existing chill box and freezer. The announcement was made this week by Gov. David Ige.
     Statewide projects include $2,050,000 to finance land, design, and construction for ADA and pedestrian improvements, while $19,720,000 is being provided to fund for various projects in Hawaiʻi Department of Public Safety facilities.
     A cash infusion of $2 5 million will go into the Dwelling Unit Revolving Fund to finance construction of affordable housing projects. Another $50 million will finance construction of affordable housing projects in neighbor island counties with a population of less than 500,000, which includes Hawaiʻi County.
    To finance land, design and construction, the state Highway Safety Improvement Program has received $4,340,000, while $8 million has been released to finance additional construction for major pavement improvements statewide.
     A total of $2.5 million has been released to address rockfall and flood mitigation projects that pose imminent danger or hazardous conditions, and another $3.7 million for additional planning for scour evaluations of existing bridges, statewide.
     Funding of $450,000 has been released to provide funds for plans for multiple transit-oriented development projects in neighbor island counties, statewide.

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THE MARSHALLESE KONA-KAʻŪ CHURCH WILL OFFER COVID-19 VACCINES on Saturday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. Called Jarin Rarik Dron, the church is located at 92-1429 Kaiulani Blvd in Ocean View. The vaccines offered are Moderna and Pfizer for everyone five years and older. Booster shots will also be offered. Call 932-4205, Ext. 1 with questions. Sponsors include Ka`u Hospital and Rural Health Clinic and Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association.

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GRANT OPPORTUNITIES WITH DEADLINES IN THE NEXT THREE MONTHS are announced by County Council Chair Maile David and the Governor's Office. The funding comes federal sources and encourages programs, from wildland fire management to coral restoration and education in the Spanish language:
    Department of Agriculture's Community Forest Program grant application program through the Forest Service closes 1/10/2022. See https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336503
    Forest Service Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy RFA 2022 closes 1/14/2022. See
    A Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture closes 2/15/2022. See https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336501
 An Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture closes 1/28/2022. See https://www.grants.gov/web/
    Farm and Food Workers Relief Grant Program for Coronovirus, through the Agricultural Marketing Service closes 2/8/2022. See https://www.grants.gov/
    A grant for a Community-Based Workforce to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence, from the Health Resources and Services Administration, closes 12/10/2021. See https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336494
    Funding to Address Family Planning Services from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
Closes 12/14/2021. See  https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335742

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KAʻŪ COFFEE FARMERS AND ENTHUSIASTS ARE INVITED TO TOMORROW'S Hawai'i Coffee Association Virtual Talk Story with an Emphasis on Coffee Leaf Rust.
    Hawai'i Coffee Association hosts the Virtual Talk Story on Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. Invited panelists include key legislators representing coffee producing regions in Hawai'i, HDOA officials, UH CTAHR officials, plus USDA and other researchers and regulators.
    Hawai'i Coffee Association President Chris Manfredi said "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."
    Manfredi said that presenters will be given 7-10 minutes to introduce themselves and give an overview of their past and potential contributions. "Following this portion of the event we will host a round table discussion among the participants with the goal of establishing actionable items that support Hawai'i's coffee industry. The invited audience will be comprised of coffee industry stakeholders, including HCA members. You will have the opportunity to submit written questions during this session."
    Register ahttps://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DY2Q8a-eSJG3j1QuCPlILQ. Contact Manfredi at

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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. "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.