|Kamehameha Schools is investing $10 million into a Food Systems Fund and 'ulu. The Hawai'i-grown breadfruit, is one of|
the target crops with funding going to Hawai'i 'Ulu Cooperative. See more below. Images from Hawai'i 'Ulu Cooperative
|Coastal lands at Punalu'u may be considered|
for preservation through the PONC program.
Photo by Bob Martin
that have fallen into disrepair, as well as improving some of the infrastructure at Punalu'u including fire hydrants, and water and sewage services.
The original minor SMA application included setting up an outdoor market near Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, building a swimming pool near the tennis courts and creating camping sites and other amenities.
Liu said that she wants to concentrate on improving the tennis court area and dilapidated facilities first and will include other proposals in the larger plan that will require a major Special Management Area permit. She said she plans to hold community meetings to go over short-term and long-term plans in early December and will soon confirm the meeting places and dates.
She also said she is considering working with the county to possibly place conservation land along the coast into public ownership, perhaps with acquisition through the Public Access, Open Space. & Natural Resources program that acquires special properties with funds from two percent of property taxes generated on this island.
An initial investment of this Food Systems Fund is $300,000 for Hawai'i 'Ulu Cooperative to build its operations of encourage more farmers to grow the breadfruit trees and distribute the fruit for local consumption as a dietary stable. The processing facility for the 'Ulu Cooperative is on KS lands at Alae.
“This investment from Kamehameha Schools will help the co-op grow to the next phase,” said Hawai'i Ulu Cooperative General Manager Dana Shapiro. “For us, that is scaling from demonstrating the
Kyle Datta, who operates an 'ulu farm on KS agricultural land in Umauma and serves as president of the 'Ulu Cooperative Board, said, “Kamehameha Schools’ investment is extraordinarily catalytic to the entire food chain.” He noted that the KS investment helps to draw other financial support for expansion of manufacturing and increasing employment, as well as the marketing of 'ulu.
|Congressman Kai Kahele with TSA dog|
and handler. Photo from Kahele
KA`U'S CONGRESSMAN KAI KAHELE LAUNCHED his Thanksgiving weekend by giving thanks for TSA - The Transportation Security Administration - and its canine support. He tweeted: "Mahalo to the hard working men, women & canines of the @TSA & @DHSgov for helping keep us safe this Thanksgiving holiday."
FREE TURKEY DINNERS will be available at the Ocean View Community Center from noon to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The drive-thru will be on the upper parking lot.
tour and sale begins the day after Thanksgiving.
Every November on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday following Thanksgiving Day, Hui members open their studio and/or showroom doors for the annual Volcano Village Artists Studio Tour and Sale. Visitors, art collectors and holiday shoppers are invited to meet and talk with the artists, view their latest works, and purchase unique hand-crafted items at reasonable prices. Maps to the studios and exhibit locations are available at businesses and galleries in Volcano Village and on the Artist Hui's website at https://volcanovillageartistshui.com/.
|Volcano Village Artist Studio Tour is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Volcano Village.|