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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021

Fely Villegas, community volunteer and leader of Pāhala Senior Garden, accepts the help of 
Youth Challenge cadets and Kaʻū Global Learning Lab students. Photo by Jennifer Makuakane
KAʻŪ GLOBAL LEARNING LAB COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS have begun at Kaʻū High School. The program called Mālama Kaiāulu, which means helping the community, partnered with Youth Challenge Academy cadets last week to improve Pāhala Senior Garden. Global Learning Lab coordinator for the project is Jennifer Makuakane. Pāhala Senior Garden leader and volunteer is Fely Villegas. Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School Farm Manager is Jesse Denny, who mentors students in agriculture.
    Students who committed to a combined total of 90 hours per month to Pahala Senior Garden are Kelson Gallano, Collin Hanshew, Cody Ah Yee and Cyrus Eder. 
Produce from the expanding Pāhala Senior Garden will be 
provided to senior citizens. Photo by Jennifer Makuakane
    Makuakane described Pāhala Senior Garden as the first of several community service projects from the Kaʻū Global Learning Lab, the new approach to education at Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary. "The purpose of this project is for students to develop the idea of ability and better thinking to work for the betterment of the community, enhance student knowledge and gain a sense of responsibility for their community, for students to realize they can make a difference and to give students the tools to do so, to develop awareness and gain a better understanding of the community they live in, and to positively direct the students' commitment to their communities and beyond for a sustainable future."
    With the partnership and help of Youth Challenge Academy cadets and Assistant Commandant Michael Orcino, the Kaʻū team spent over 12 hours in the past two months overhauling the garden to prepare for fresh crops to be planted. The produce grown here will be harvested and delivered to senior citizens of Pāhala, said Makuakane.
Making way for a more prosperous Pāhala Senior Garden with help of Kaʻū GlobalLearning Academy and Youth Challenge.
Photo by Jennifer Makuakane

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Kaʻū runners Saskia Sarbin-Dela Cruz and Maria Aurelio (above) are serious at the
islandwide high school track meet at Kamehameha School last weekend. 
Photo from Coach David Wells

KAʻŪ HIGH AND VOLCANO SCHOOL OF THE ARTS & SCIENCES runners head to the Big Island Interscholastic Federation's Cross Country island championships this Saturday at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy in Waimea. The track meet 
begins at 9 a.m.
    Fans, who are relatives of the runners, are allowed as spectators providing they are vaccinated for COVID and wear masks.
    During the islandwide high school track meet at Kamehameha School last weekend, sophomore Alden Wells finished in the top third of 78 runners in the 5K. Ninth grader Cheska Aurelio finished just ahead of Saskia Sarbin- Dela Cruz with a Kea'au runner between them in the girls 5K. Also finishing from Kaʻū High is senior Desiree Mae Sembran.  All four qualified for the championships track meet this weekend.

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TROJANS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COMES HOME TO KAʻŪ  this Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Pāhala field against the Honoka'a Dragons. The game begins at 11 a.m. The team combines Kaʻū High and Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences students.
    Big Island Interscholastic Federation issued COVID rules, requiring all spectators to show proof of vaccinations and wear masks. Unvaccinated children are not allowed to attend. Spectators are limited to two family members of each athlete and cheerleader, with their names on a list of approved attendees to check in at the gate. The gate fee is $7 per spectator.
    Trojan football is led by Head Coach Tammy Ke, Assistant Coaches Duwaye Ke, Donovan Emmsely,Kainalu Ke, Nainoa Ke and Maiava Fuatagavi, Jr. Team Manager is Precious Mareko-Ke.
Trojan cheerleaders will be on the ground to support the football team this
Saturday at the home game. Photo by Athletic Director Kalei Namohala
    Stats are recorded by Cynthia Emmsley, Sasha Ka`upu and Laniokai Manini.
    Athletic Directors are D. Kalei Namohala and Matt Roddy with Assistant AD's Joshua Ortega, Samuel Ah Yee and Moses. Whitcomb, who is also Athletic Trainer.
    Here is the roster for the Trojans football team with jersey numbers and grade levels:
    Jersey No. 1 is Jezekial, Jara, a senior. No 2 is Keenan Toriano, a senior. No. 3 is Kaimana Kaupu-Manini, a junior. No. 6 is Joseph Joseph, a senior. No. 7 is Adadiya Ellis-Reyes, a freshman. No. 8 is Lois Emmanuele Badua, a junior. No. 9 is Jance Pomai Kajiwara-Ke, a junior. No. 11 is Jonah Beck, a senior. No. 12 is Buck Kala'i Ka-ne Kala, Jr, a freshman. No. 14 is Kealiikoa Reyes-Nalu, a senior. No. 15 is Jycetin Mukini, a junior. No.16 is Kalem Libunao-Martinez a sophomore.
    No. 17 is Gabriel Sesson-Paaluhi-Young, a junior. No. 18 is Toby Kekoa-Burgos, a junior. No. 20 is Shyne Davis, a senior. No.21 is Shemayah Doi, a senior. No. 22 is Vladimir Fedruck, a freshman, No. 26 is Collin Hanshew, a junior. No. 30 is Chaz Laakea Kajiwara-Ke, a sophomore. No. 31 is Dylan Davis, a junior. No. 32 is Dimitry Fedruk, a sophomore. No. 49 is Ocean Nihipali-Sesson, a sophomore. No. 50 is Chloe Velez, a sophomore. No. 51 is Shyla Byrd, a junior. No. 53 is Triton Blanco, a freshman.
    No. 60 is Braysen Andrade, a sophomore. No. 61 is Alize Beck-Chong, a senior. No. 63 is Jysen Jara, a freshman. No. 64 is Caius Jensun, a junior. No. 66 is Micah Espejo, a senior. No. 67 is Eddzachary Badua, a freshman. No. 69 is Jocyia Bulla Mukini, a senior. No. 70 is Cyrus Eder, a senior. No. 76 is Cody Ah Yee, a senior. No. 81 is Hezekiah. Keohuloa-Aldaya, a junior. No. 82 is Kelson Gallano, a senior and No. 89 is Ethan Biason, a senior.

Trojan Candace Keohuloa qualified for the 
islandwide individual finals in high
school bowling.
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TROJAN CHEERLEADERS WILL BE ON THEIR HOME TURF this Saturday for the football game against Honoka'a. Led by Coach Carman Hanshew, they are: Laci Ah Yee, Janeea Bonoan, Jasmin del Rosario, Keahionalani Forum, Lilyana Haina, Erica Tabilin and Amelia Uribe-Bounos.

CANDACE KEOHULOA OF THE TROJANS BOWLING TEAM QUALIFIED and heads to the Big Island Interscholastic Federation's high school individual championships at Kona Bowl this Saturday, Nov. 20. Led by Coach Hi'i Lapera, Keohuloa is a senior.

TRYOUTS WILL BE HELD SOON FOR WINTER SPORTS AT KAʻŪ HIGH. They are: Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Swimming and Wrestling.

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To contact Community Social Service Navigators in Ka`u,
reach out to Marcia Masters at 808-936-5639 or

THE BE HEARD IN THE WORKPLACE ACT was submitted to the U.S. Senate this week by U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and colleagues. The long form of the legislation's name is Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination in the Workplace Act. Hirono said it would  take critical steps to prevent workplace harassment and ensure workers can seek accountability and justice.
    A statement from Hirono says, "Even years after the #MeToo movement first began, workers across the country continue to face sexual harassment at work. For some workers, the pandemic has only made already pervasive sexual harassment even worse—particularly for women in the food service industry, who have reported a dramatic increase in sexual harassment, including customers harassing them to take off their masks in order to judge their looks. The continuing epidemic of sexual harassment at work highlights the urgent need to pass the BE HEARD Act, particularly as workers across the country return to in-person work."
    The legislation would end mandatory arbitration and pre-employment Non Disclosure Agreements "to help ensure transparency, expanding civil rights protections for workers—including independent contractors and interns, extending the time limit for reporting and challenging harassment, and ending the tipped minimum wage—a key reform to ensure workers don’t have to endure harassment from customers because their wages depend on tips," says Hirono's statement. She said, “Even with the laws we have on the books and the #MeToo movement shedding light on this problem, it’s still way too easy for employers to get away with committing these offenses. Every worker deserves to be treated with dignity and respect no matter their sexual orientation, gender identity, or their personal decision to start a family."

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The Community Mosaic Projects is complete with a public event Saturday at
Volcano Art Center'; Niaulani Campus. Photo from VAC
COMPLETION OF THE COMMUNITY MOSAIC PROJECT is a public event this Saturday, Nov. 20 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village, from 4 p.m. – 6.p.m. "We are excited to honor the talented artists and their creations, enhancing public art at the Niaulani Campus," says a statement from Volcano Art Center. Location is 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd in Volcano Village. Call 808-967-8222.

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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.