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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.

Monday, April 04, 2022

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Monday, April 4, 2022

Free 'ukulele classes for all will be taught by Keoki Sereno in Nāʻālehu each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. from April 13 to
May 15 with a final Kanikapila on Sunday May 29. See more below.
  Photo by Julia Neal

FREE COVID-19 TESTS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT LONG'S DRUG STORES, according to an announcement from Medicare on Monday. While the free tests have yet to reach the Longs in Pahala, they will be free to those with Medicare Part B outpatient coverage. The coverage allows for up to eight free at-home tests per month for older people and those with disabilities with Medicare coverage. The federal government estimates that more than 59 people will be covered. Last week the federal government authorized a second round of booster shotes for people 50 and older, plus those with weakened immune system.
    In addition to the Longs-CVS in Kaʻū, on this island, Costco Pharmacy and Walmart will offer the free test kits. This is the first time that Medicare has covered an over-the-counter self-administered test at no cost to beneficiaries. This new initiative enables payment from Medicare directly to participating eligible pharmacies and other health care providers to allow Medicare beneficiaries to receive tests at no cost, in addition to the two sets of four free at-home COVID-19 tests Americans can continue to order from covidtests.gov.

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THE COUNTY ELECTRONIC WASTE COLLECTION PROGRAM IS SUSPENDED DUE TO LACK OF STATE FUNDS. County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division

announced suspension of its E-Waste Collection Program, effective immediately, with a statement saying, "Therefore, all residents and businesses should make alternate plans for disposal or consider holding on to their e-Waste until the program restarts." E-waste refers to electronics at the end of their useful life, such as televisions, computers, cell phones, radios, fax machines and VCRs. They are considered dangerous to the environment due to toxic chemicals that leach from metals when buried in landfills.
    State funding Count of Hawai'i's e-waste collection has been exhausted for Fiscal Year 21-22, and the program is suspended. Residents and businesses may still elect to utilize services provided by Mr. K’s Recycle & Redemption, located in Hilo for a fee. Mr. K’s offers pick-up services for customers with larger quantities of electronics.
    According to the statement from the county, its e-waste collection program will be restructured, and a redesigned program will be available to the public again sometime after July 1, 2022. "We apologize for the inconvenience and would like to thank the public for doing their part in responsibly disposing of their e-waste." For more information on available electronics recycling, call Mr. K’s Recycle & Redemption at (808) 969-1222. Also visit www.hawaiizerowaste.org website. Call the county's  Solid Waste Division Office at (808) 961-8270.

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POLICE ARRESTED 17 MOTORISTS FOR DUI between March 28 and April 3. Of the motorists charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicant, two of the were involved in a traffic accident. Two were under the age of 21. So far this year, there have been 286 DUI arrests compared with 326 during the same period last year. This is a decrease of 12.3 percent.

    There have been 187 major accidents so far this year compared with 196 during the same period last year. This is a decrease of 4.6 percent.
    To date, there were 10 fatal crashes, resulting in 12 fatalities (one of which had multiple deaths), compared with 7 fatal crashes, resulting in 7 fatalities for the same time last year. This represents is an increase of 42.9 percent for fatal crashes, and 71.4 percent for fatalities.
    Police announced that DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue islandwide.

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Free 'Ukulele classes will be held
Wednesdays from April 13 at the
Na'alehu Methodist Church Pavilion.
This 'Ukulele Pu'uwai was crafted
by Woodley White
KEOKI SERENO TEACHES A FREE 'UKULELE CLASS for seven weeks beginning Wednesday, April 13. The sessions will be every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Outdoor Pavilion behind United Methodist Church in Nāʻālehu. A Kanakapila Concert will follow the classses on Sunday May 29 at 11 a.m. at the Pavilion, with refreshments to follow.
    Nāʻālehu Methodist's Pastor Woodley White, himself a maker of fine guitars and 'ukulele, said," We welcome children of all ages, from six to 106, to learn how to play 'ukulele and also a little about Hawaiian lifestyle. These classes are free. If you don;t have an 'ukulele, we will provide one to use at no cost. If you would like to take an 'ukulele home to practice, you can sign out a loaner 'ukulele.          Also Nāʻālehu Library has loner 'ukulele to borrow."
    The Pastor noted that Sereno is a talented player and teacher whose music is featured in many venues in Nāʻālehu, Ocean view and outer Ka'u. The Location of the classes at Nāʻālehu United Methodist Church is 95-5668 Mamalahoa Hwy. For more, call Pastor Woodley White at 808-854-9483 or email jkwhite57@aol.com.

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The Hawai'i Philippines Business Economic Council hosts a zoom meeting on the home furnishings business
 between Hawai'i and the Philippines on Thursday, April 7 as part of its monthly Talk Story Sessions. 


HAWAI'I PHILIPPINES BUSINESS ECONOMIC COUNCIL, which advocates for residents who consider both Hawai'i and the Philippines as home, will hold one of its Talk Story Sessions this Thursday, April 7. The topic is. major import and export enterprise: Home Furnishings & Accessories.
      Speakers include Christina Borromeo-Gaston,Creative Director of Hacienda Crafts Company, which has exported since 1996. She is an officer of the Association of Negros Producers, a business support organization, and a trustee of the Cebu Furniture Industries and its  Cebu Design Week and Visayas Art Fair. She chairs the Philippines International Furniture Show, alongside other furniture
industry partners and assists with the  DTI-Go Negosyo Kapatid Mentor Me Program.
    Also featured is Diane Bobek, an award-winning interior designer known for island styles, Hawai'i modern, and coastal. Her grandfather, from Lucban, Quezon was The Rev. Pedro Racelis who came to Hawai'i to minister to Protestant Filipino immigrants in 1920. She specializes in residential, new construction, and remodel/refurbishing of vacation homes.
    Jet Yabut is an architect, graduate of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, with an MBA from Waseda University in Tokyo. He has managed multi-million-dollar projects, including high-rise commercial developments and luxury hotels in Singapore and Japan. He designs social spaces and home furnishings. He said his aim is to elevate Filipino furniture design and quality to a level on par with the best available around the world.

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