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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021

A cozy Christmas cottage at Kilauea Military Camp where the lighting and decorations
contest is ongoing and open for folks to stroll and vote. Photo by David Berry

A NEW ENTITY WOULD MANAGE MAUNA KEA WITH MORE NATIVE HAWAIIAN REPRESENTATION, according to recommendations from the state House of Representatives' Mauna Kea Working Group, released during the past week. In a draft report called A New Day for Mauna a Wākea, the Working Group recommends omitting University of Hawai'i from managing Mauna Kea, its telescope campus and Hawaiian cultural and natural resources.
    U.H. Mauna Kea Stewardship Executive Director Greg Chun responded to the suggestion that U.H. be removed from management. “Many of the criticisms about UH are not necessarily tied to our management, but they’re tied to this larger issue. Of whether people want to see a future for astronomy on Maunakea, whether they want to see observatories up there. That is not a management question. That is a policy question that the state of Hawai'i has to decide on.” U.H. has its own 20-year management plan for Maunakea.

Classes in the history, culture and environment of Mauna Kea were given free to everyone in 2019 when an 
encampment developed at the mauna to protest the Thirty Meter Telescope. Photo by Julia Neal
     The public can weigh in with comments on the Draft Management Report through Jan. 4. Read it at: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/CommitteeFiles/Special/MKWG/Document/MKWG%20Draft%20Report%2012-17-2021.pdf
    Chair of the Working Group that authored the report is Mark Nakashima who represents Hamakua and is Vice Speaker of the state House of Representatives. In addition to Nakashima, Mauna Kea Working Group includes native Hawaiian community representatives: Jocelyn Leialoha M. Doane, Lui Hokoana, Pualani Kanaka'ole Kanahele, Joshua Lanakila Manguil, Brialyn Onodera, Shane Palacat-Nelsen and Noe Noe Wong-Wilson.

Noe Noe Wong-Wilson, arrested at Mauna Kea, is now a Mauna Kea Working Group member. Photo from amazonnews.com     

    Other Working Group members are: Sterling Wong, Chief Advocate for Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Robert Masuda, First Deputy of Board of Land & Natural Resources; Bonnie Irwin, Chancellor, University of Hawai'i at Hilo; and Rich Matsuda, Chief External Relations Officer and interim Chief 
Operating Officer, W.M. Keck Observatory.
    Serving on the Working Group from Hawai'i Legislature, in addition to Nakashima, are: Rep. David Tarnas, who chairs the House Water & Land Committee and serves North Kona, North and South Kohala; and Rep. Ty Cullen and Rep. Stacelynn Eli, both serving O'ahu.
    The report says the authors decided to use the nomenclature Mauna a Wākea interchangeably with Mauna Kea "to honor the significance of this mauna to the environment, island, and people." It notes that "Mauna a Wākea stands 13,803 feet above sea level near the center of Hawai‘i Island, more than 2,300 miles away from any other large land mass in the Pacific Ocean. Measured from base to peak at more than 33,500 feet, Mauna a Wākea is the tallest mountain on earth. Its physical stature as well as the neighboring Mauna Loa, which is 13,679 feet above sea level, dominate the landscape of the Island of Hawai‘i and create the myriad of climates which contribute to the island communities experiencing eleven of the world's 13 different climate zones.
     "Significantly, Mauna a Wākea and Mauna Loa's immense height affect the meteorology and hydrology of Hawai‘i Island, uplifting clouds pushed against the mountains by prevailing northeast tradewinds, inducing rainwater to percolate through layers of volcanic rock causing more than a billion gallons of fresh water to discharge from deep artesian aquifers into the ocean every day."
Flags waived in Ka'u in support of preservation
of Mauna Kea. Photo by Julia Neal
    The report goes through the history of establishing astronomical facilities on the summit area of Mauna a Wākea, beginning in the 1960's. "In 1968, the Board of Land & Natural Resources provided a 65-year lease to the University of Hawai‘i. In 1970, the University of Hawai‘i built the first UH 88-inch telescope. By the end of the decade, five more telescopes were built, including the United Kingdom Infra-Red Telescope, the Canada-France- FOREWORD 3 Hawai‘i Telescope, the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility and two smaller instruments. By 1999, 14 telescopes were built on the summit area, including the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, Keck I, Very Long Baseline Array, Keck II, Subaru, Gemini Northern Telescope, and the Smithsonian Submillimeter Array."
    The report reviews concerns for the stewardship of Mauna Kea including an audit in 1998, following complaints filed by the Sierra Club and other community members. The State of Hawai‘i Legislative Auditor's office "issued a scathing report of the mismanagement of the Board of Land and Natural Resources and the University of Hawai‘i citing little had been done to protect natural resources of the mauna and lack of follow through on recommended actions. Subsequent reports, which still identified shortcomings, were filed by the State Legislative Auditor's office in 2005, 2014, 2017, and 2019."
    The new House report states that BLNR "granted a Conservation District Use Plan to the Thirty-Meter Telescope Project to develop a site near the summit area of Mauna a Wākea, which created a groundswell
Rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Image from TMT
of opposition from communities across the State of Hawai‘i. After exhausting legal challenges opposition to the project resulted in a stand-off with hundreds of kia‘i, or protectors, halting construction on the proposed project site in 2015. In 2019, a second attempt by the project to begin construction was met with even more opposition which resulted in 38 kupuna being arrested in a peaceful protect and a backlash from across the islands and supporters outside of Hawai‘i."
    The report states that "in 2021 the Board of Land & Natural Resources Chair has granted the controversial Thirty-Meter Telescope a permit to begin construction. The project remains on hold,
however, as they seek additional funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation."
    The introduction to the report says that, "It is with a renewed sense of hope that the new Entity and its partners will be further equipped to care for Mauna a Wākea with consistent and earnest application of the Kumu Kānāwai in all of its activities." Learn about the concept of Kānāwai in the full report at: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/CommitteeFiles/Special/MKWG/Document/MKWG%20Draft%20Report%2012-17-2021.pdf.

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QUESTIONING WHETHER NEW RULES TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF KAUHAKO AT HO'OKENA AND OTHER SELECT BAYS during certain hours to protect spinner dolphins has drawn a letter from Sen. Brian Schatz who questions whether the rules are going too far. 
    The time-out areas are proposed by NOAA Fisheries. The time-out periods for humans would be from 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, in portions of the waters of Ho'okena, Kealakekua, Hōnaunau, and Makako Bays.   
NOAA proposes time out for humans daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. to
 protect spinner dolphins in several bays here. Sen. Brian Schatz objects.
Photo from NOAA
  "Spinner dolphins use theses socialize, nurture their young, shelter from predators, and rest in preparation for nightly hunting” out at sea. These bays are essential daytime habitat," according to NOAA. Another time-out area is proposed for La Perouse Bay on Maui. Public comment to NOAA on the time-out closures are welcomed through Dec. 27.
     Schatz wrote: "This heavy-handed proposal will limit local access to the ocean, and I question whether it is necessary.
    "The time-area closures have been justified as protection for spinner dolphins, but the dolphins that use these bays are already protected by a recent NOAA rule that clearly and unambiguously prohibits swimming with, approaching, or remaining within 50 yards of a spinner dolphin within 2 nautical miles of the Hawaiian Islands. With this strong protection for the dolphins already in place, it is easy to understand criticism that the time-area closures needlessly duplicate existing rules.
    "Worse, the indiscriminate scope of the closures apply to residents and visitors alike, regardless of whether their actions will impact the dolphins or not. This means that a range of activities that do not harm spinner dolphins will effectively be forbidden during the hours of the closure, including: shore casting, spear fishing, free diving, exercise swimming, and surfing. In addition, I note that these restrictions will apply regardless of whether dolphins are present or not, which only substantiates concerns that the proposed rule is not necessary.
    "In conclusion, the proposed rule will foreseeably deny Hawai‘i residents and visitors access to the ocean to protect dolphins that are already strongly protected under another, separate rule that went into effect on October 28, 2021. I believe NOAA owes it to the people of Hawai‘i to halt further action on time-area closures, and focus instead on how to implement its October 28th rule. In addition to requesting your personal attention to this matter, I ask that my letter be included with the public comments on the proposed rule," wrote Schatz.

Public comments on time-out periods for humans at Ho'okena and other bays here and on
Maui are due Dec. 27. Photo from NOAA

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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.