About The Kaʻū Calendar

Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
A locally owned and run community newspaper (www.kaucalendar.com) distributed in print to all Ka`u District residents of Ocean View, Na`alehu, Pahala, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village and Miloli`i on the Big Island of Hawai`i. This blog is where you can catch up on what's happening daily with our news briefs. This blog is provided by The Ka`u Calendar Newspaper (kaucalendar.com), Pahala Plantation Cottages (pahalaplantationcottages.com), Local Productions, Inc. and the Edmund C. Olson Trust.

Friday, April 01, 2022

Upcoming Events for Kaʻū and Volcano

Aumākua, personal family Hawaiian gods that are often wildlife, are depicted in the David Maes Gallegos
 show at Volcano Art Center Gallery through Sept. 18. His new art also focuses on hula. 
Image from Volcano Art Center


THE JOB FAIR: PROJECT HOMEGROWN HIRES is this Friday, Aug, 26 at Nāʻālehu Elementary School Gym from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the state Department of Education, the slogan is Growing Our School Communities. Workers are sought for Nāʻālehu Elementary and  Kaʻū High & Pahala Elementary. Bring government ID, Social Security Card, COVID info and TB info.

ʻĀina Akamu, Joyce Iwasihta and Kelson Gallano at the book launch on May 5
  at Kaʻū High with the image of Pu'u Makanauby Gallano gracing the cover. 
Gallano and Iwashita will present the book again at Basically Books
 in Hilo on Saturday, Aug. 27. Photo from Hawai'i Executive Collaborative
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW, the new book by Kaʻū High School 2022 graduate and artist Kelson Gallano and educator and Kaʻū alumna Joyce Iwashita, will be featured at a Petroglyph Press event at Basically Books in Hilo, with talk story and book signing this Saturday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m.
Subtitle of the book is A Guide for Helping Kids Make Good Choices. See the story at http://kaunewsbriefs.blogspot.com/2022_05_05_archive.html. Proceeds of the book sales benefit art education and literacy at Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School. 

HAWAI'I POLICE DEPARTMENT IS RECRUITING WITH PAY STARTING AT $65K+. Applicants must apply using the County of Hawaiʻi Job Opportunities web page and create an account. Deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Jean Pierre Thoma
JAZZ IN THE FOREST returns to Volcano Art Center Niaulani campus on Saturday, Sept. 10. The Tribute to Duke Ellington is called A Prelude to a Kiss. JP and the Jazztones will feature Jean Pierre Thoma on clarinet, and soprano, alto and tenor saxophones; Vocalist Binto Bailey, pianist Alex Czerny, bassist Brian McCree, and percussionist Noa Eads. 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. Doors open at 5 p.m. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $30/ $25 for VAC members.

CIRCLE OF LIFE: KA PO'AI O KE OLA is the David Maes Gallegos show at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The images are of hula and 'aumākua, personal gods. The exhibition runs through Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. A reception for the artist will be Saturday, Aug. 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. While admission is free, park entrance fees apply.

SIGN UP FOR KAʻŪ COFFEE TRAIL RUNS with a change of date from July 3 to Sept. 17. Registration deadline for the annual event is Sept. 14. Organized by Hawaiʻi Island Racers, the 50K begins at 6 a.m., Half Marathon at 7 a.m., and 5K at 7:15 a.m., all starting from Kaʻū Coffee Mill at 96-2696 Wood Valley Road in Pāhala. Proceeds go to support ʻO Kaʻū Kakou. For more details on the event and registration fees, visit https://www.kaucoffeetrailruns.com/.
IRA ONO'S TRASH ART SHOW HAS ISSUED A CALL FOR ENTRIES. The 33rd annual event, founded by the artist who lives in Volcano at his Volcano Garden Arts compound, will be held at East Hawai'i Cultural Center in Hilo from Oct. 7 through Nov. 25. The address of the venue is 141 Kalakaua St., Hilo.
    Entries are due on Oct. 1 at East Hawai'i Cultural Center for delivery between 9 a.m. and noon. Entry forms are available at https://ehcc.org/content/call-entry-trash-art-show-2022.

TREE CANOPY FELLOWSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE: Each fellow will receive a stipend of $5,000 and be supported by mentors to guide research and connect to a network of agency and industry partners. Applications due online by Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. See Tree Canopy Viewer Fellowship Application at
Big trees provide huge shaded areas for outdoor gatherings in Kaʻū. Tree Canopy Fellowship applications are
 due Sept. 15.  
Photo by Julia Neal


GRANTS UP TO $5K FOR SMALL-SCALE GARDENING, HERDING AND LIVESTOCK to reduce food insecurity are available from the state Department of Agriculture. A zoom webinar is this Wednesday, Aug. 24 at noon. The link is  https://zoom.us/j/93608996520; or one tap mobile : US: +12532158782,,93608996520# or +13462487799,,93608996520#.
    The money is to be used for Small-Scale Gardening – purchase tools or equipment, soil, seeds, plants, canning equipment, refrigeration, composting equipment, towers, hydroponic and aeroponic farming. 
    It can also be used for Small-Scale Herding and Livestock Operations – purchase animals, buy, erect or repair fencing for livestock.
    The Micro-Grants for Food Security Program aims to help produce food in areas that are food insecure. The program has $3 million to distribute, $2 million for this year’s grant funds plus $1 million carried over from last year when 177 grants were awarded statewide. Funding is provided through U.S. Department of Agriculture under the 2018 Farm Bill.
    The online application form and program information are available at the Market Development Branch website at: https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/add/md/. Deadline to apply is noon, Sept. 19.

FARMERS AND RANCHERS CAN APPLY FOR HELP WITH TRANSPORTATION COSTS, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Services Administration.  Funding for the Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment program has increased in Hawaiʻi and Pacific Basin to $3 million for fiscal year 2022 and enrollment is being taken through Sept. 2. Farmers and ranchers can obtain applications and other documents by calling toll-free 1-866-794-1079 or by contacting FSA at the local USDA Service Center.


ST JUDE'S HOT MEALS are free to those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until they run out, no later than noon. Volunteers from the community are welcome to help and can contact Karen at pooch53@gmail.com. Location is 8606 Paradise Circle Drive in Ocean View.
Image from St. Jude's Episcopal Church.

OCEAN VIEW KA’Ū PANTRY FOOD DISTRIBUTION, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m. - Pau. at St. Jude's Episcopal Church above the county Kahuku Park, Sponsored by Hawai'i Island Food Basket.

O KA’Ū KAKOU FOOD PANTRY DISTRIBUTION, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. - Pau. Ka'u District Gym in Pahala. Sponsored by Hawai'i Island Food Basket.

COOPER CENTER COMMUNITY PANTRY FOOD DISTRIBUTION, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. at 19-4030 Wright Road in Volcano. Sponsored by Hawai'i Island Food Basket.

KUPUNA FOOD BASKET, Thursday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Kaʻū District Gym. Sponsored by Hawai'i Island Food Basket.


VOLCANO EVENING MARKET, Cooper Center, Volcano Village on Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with live music, artisan crafts, ono grinds, and fresh produce. See facebook.com/Volcano-Evening-Market-105888795330870.

VOLCANO SWAP MEET on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come check them out for a large variety of vendors with numerous different products. Tools, clothes, books, toys, local made healing extract and creams, antiques, jewelry, gemstones, crystals, food, music, plants, fruits, and vegetables. They also offer cakes, coffee, and shave ice.

VOLCANO FARMERS MARKET, Cooper Center, Volcano Village on Sundays, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., with local produce, baked goods, food to go, island beef and Kaʻū Coffee. EBT is used for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps. Call 808-967-7800.

‘O KA’Ū KĀKOU MARKET, in Nāʻālehu, open Wednesday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Nadine Ebert at 808-938-5124 or June Domondon 808-938-4875. See facebook.com/OKauKakouMarket.

OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY MARKET, open Saturdays and Wednesdays, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the corner of Kona Drive and Highway 11, where Thai Grindz is located. Masks mandatory. 100-person limit, social distancing required. Gate unlocked for vendors at 5:30 a.m., $15 dollars, no reservations needed. Parking in the upper lot only. Vendors must provide their own sanitizer. Food vendor permits required. Carpooling is encouraged.

OCEAN VIEW SWAP MEET 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.

ALOHA FRIDAY MARKETPLACE is hosted by Nāʻālehu Main Street on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Old Shirakawa Estate in Waiʻōhinu. It features Made in Hawai’i products, organic produce, creative crafts, art, flowers & plants, food, music, and more. Email AlohaFridayMarket@gmail.com.

THE BOOK SHACK is open every Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Kauahaʻao Congregational Church grounds, located at 95-1642 Pinao St. in Waiʻōhinu.


PICKLEBALL at Kahuku Park in Ocean View on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. To learn more and register, contact Jaquie Woodmansee at (808) 929-7092.

YOGA at Kahuku Park in Ocean View on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 - 10 a.m. To learn more and register, contact Trisha Meyer at +1 (208) 353-3594.

NET RECOVERY PATROL on Mondays with Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund. The team and core volunteers conduct marine debris recovery efforts targeting large debris items, including derelict fishing net and line bundles, that are especially hazardous to marine wildlife. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, these events are limited to current HWF volunteers. Contact kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com for more info. Check https://www.wildhawaii.org/ with its HWF calendar for more opportunities to get involved with its bi-weekly net recovery patrols.

ST. JUDE'S SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SHOWER MINISTRY on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. If interested in volunteering, contact Cynthia Cutts at cynthiaanncutts@gmail.com or call the Church phone number (808) 939-7000.

ST. JUDE'S SHOWER MINISTRY open to the public on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, with hot water, soap, shampoo, conditioner, and clean towels. Masks and social distancing are required before and after showering. The long standing public shower service, put on pause by Covid, is supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi's Commission on Mission Beyond Church and St. Jude's own outreach fund. Location is 8606 Paradise Circle Drive in Ocean View. Members of the congregation built the facility.

ST. JUDE'S COMPUTER LAB open Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Work-Station Laptops will be provided. Printing and shredding is available. Training sessions on Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint and assistance with setting up email accounts, Facebook, Zoom, and more are provided. Assigned times are available for individual help. Game playing is limited and no streaming is allowed. Privileges can be suspended by Administrator or Lab Coordinator. 

FREE HELP WITH FAMILY HISTORY in Kaʻū is available 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday. All are welcome to the Family History Center. The aim is to "Come Discover Your Past," says the statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which hosts the weekly sessions at 95-5682 Hawaiʻi Belt Road in Nāʻālehu. The drop-in assistance includes free Ancestry.com, Familysearch.org, and other online resources.

KAHUKU RANGER GUIDED HIKES, Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Join a Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park ranger to learn about the history, geology, and ecology of Kahuku while hiking through varied landscapes. Meet at the Visitor Contact Station. See www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/kahuku.htm.