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Monday, May 09, 2022

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Monday, May 9, 2022

This book with scenes from the Kaʻū High campus and other sites in Kaʻū made the KITV news Sunday night.
Its illustrator is senior Kelson Gallano, the writer Joyce Iwashita. See more below. Illustration by Kelson Gallano

A PARK FOR EVERY CLASSROOM has selected Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park to work collaboratively with local teachers and community partners to create professional development workshops for climate change education.
    Hawaiʻi Volcanoes is partnering with the Ke Kula 'Amakihi Community-Based Education program at the Volcano School of Arts and Sciences and the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center
Hawai'i Volcanoes is one of eight parks chosen for a
 national pilot program Park for Every Classroom.
NPS photo
to explore what students and families need to learn about climate change and how it affects Hawaiʻi.
    Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is one of eight parks chosen to be part of the national pilot of the Park for Every Classroom program. The PEC program has collaborated with teachers, park staff, and community educators in the northeastern United States since 2011 and is now expanding its reach with a national pilot. The advantage of the PEC model is that schools, park staff, and local organizations share resources and knowledge to tackle specific issues facing a community.
    To learn more about this program or to schedule education huakaʻi (field trip) with staff at the park, contact havo_education@nps.gov.

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DEDICATING AN AHUPUA'A for a non-profit place-based research center and living scientific laboratory "to develop sustainability solutions rooted in ancestral knowledge and indigenous practices," is a plan from Hawai'i Community Foundation. Called 'Iole, the name of the ahupua'a, the project is set to bring together academic experts, Native Hawaiian practitioners, community members, students and government leaders to plan and execute the future use of that ahupua'a.
    Mayor Mitch Roth said, “The ʻIole ahupuaʻa is the epitome of potential for sustainable action and community resilience here on Hawaiʻi Island. Our administration has committed to fostering a Hawaiʻi Island where our keiki can thrive and succeed for generations to come, and in that, we are excited to support ʻIole and its partnering organizations in every way possible.”
    Initial programing prioritizes around three focus areas, "energy security, food security and place-based learning, with expertise and resources from partners at the University of Hawaiʻi and Arizona State University, which is already working on this island with marine resource conservation at Miloli'i and mapping forests and reefs.
    Micah Kane, CEO and President of Hawai'i Community Foundation, said, "The world needs authentic solutions to our planet’s most urgent issues, from food security to climate change, to ensure a sustainable future for all people. Solutions that combine ancestral knowledge and indigenous practices with revolutionary science will produce a culturally sound framework that protects the well-being of both people and place, Through our collaborative work at ‘Iole, Hawaiʻi has the opportunity to continue to lead the fight against climate change and affect social issues impacting communities here, and across the globe.”
New Moon Foundation
    The site for the effort is on approximately 2,400 acres in Kohala, gifted to Hawai'i Community Foundation from New Moon Foundation and Kohala Institute. Thuy Nguyen Fujimoto, President and co-founder of the New Moon Foundation; Bennett Dorrance Jr., Vice-President and co-founder of the New Moon Foundation; and Jason Fujimoto, President of the Kohala Institute, shared the following in a joint statement: “Our vision is for ‘Iole to be a place and values-based living classroom that practices and models collaboration for the benefit of our Hawai‘i and global communities. We believe and trust in the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and its partners to bring new capacity to ‘Iole and carry the important responsibility of this place into its next chapter.”
    The vision for ʻIole, according to the statement from Hawai'i Community Foundation, is based on the Native Hawaiian sense of shared responsibility to care for, learn from, and thrive off of defined, self-sustaining sections of land known as ahupuaʻa. "The nonprofit will restore and cultivate the ʻIole ahupuaʻa, while developing solutions-based models that can be scaled and replicated" in other parts of Hawai'i and beyond.
    The idea is for the ahupua'a to be "deeply connected and rooted to the richness and resilience of the the broader historic community of the area."
Alapaki Nahale-a
  Alapaki Nahale-a, former senior director of community engagement and resources for Hawaiʻi Island at Kamehameha Schools, will serve as Interim CEO of ‘Iole. Nahale-a will be responsible for overseeing operations, staffing and the execution of programming. His initial priorities will be to develop the mission, vision and values for the nonprofit; establish a collaborative community process for discussions and program development. “I am honored and humbled to begin the necessary process of establishing a strong foundation for ʻIole,” said Nahale-a. “We have the opportunity to restore this special place back to abundance, much like our ancestors before us did. As we listen to ʻIole and do what is right for the land, it is my hope that others will be inspired to take responsibility for their own place and share in the belief that humans can live as a healthy part of earth’s ecosystem.”
    The statement from Hawai'i Community Foundation says, "‘Iole is an opportunity to bring together place, people, belief, commitment, and action in a way that changes how people behave in the world, ensuring future generations the chance for prosperity."
    Hawai'i Community Foundation, University of Hawai'i and Arizona State University have committed to jointly raising $6.75 million for operations during the first three years of the project. "The funding allows ʻIole to focus on properly implementing programming and creating impact without being burdened by financial stress or constraint," says the statement on the project.
    UH President David Lassner said, “We are excited at this opportunity to collaboratively envision a 21st century ahupuaʻa. ʻIole can be a place grounded in Hawaiian values and knowledge where we are jointly committed to the innovation and courage necessary to integrate traditional and modern ways of learning, doing and living. The faculty and students of our ten UH campuses can bring to ʻIole our wealth of traditional knowledge of our islands, our understanding of hundreds of years of sustainable living here, our decades of cutting edge research across every discipline and on every island, and our deep commitment to learn how we can all live together sustainably.”
    Arizona State President Michael Crow said, "Iole is a unique opportunity to bring together the people of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i community
groups, Hawai‘i government leaders, and university partners to advance community engagement, scientific research and educational opportunities—all in one place. Our hope is to come together and work collaboratively to improve the health of our lands, waters and planet.”
    Hawai'i Community Foundation has engaged additional local organizations, including Kamehameha Schools and Hawaiian Electric Industries, which are directly interested and impacted by ʻIole’s focus areas. "Their interest and involvement will further direct and enhance the global value of the solutions developed at ʻIole," says the statement from Hawai'i Community Foundation.

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From the new book What the World Needs Now by Joyce Yamashita with 
illustrations by Kaʻū High senior Kelson Gallano.

THE NEW BOOK FROM KAʻŪ HIGH SENIOR KELSON GALLANO and educator Joyce Yamashita gained statewide publicity on Sunday evening with a story on KITV. See the video at KITV 5/7 – 10pm news. The book is entitled What the World Needs Now. It is written by Yamashita and illustrated by Gallano and is for sale through Legacy Press, with income going back to school programs. Order from www.bookshawaii.net.

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RESTRICTING USE OF THE NAME KAʻŪ COFFEE and other regional names to coffees to coffees
that are least 51 percent from the region on the label, has gone from a bill in the state Legislature to a two-year study. 
    House Bill 1517D1 was changed this session to become a $100,000 study, with results due in 2024. It awaits Gov. David Ige's signature. 
    The funding for the study goes to the state Department of Agriculture to research and calculate the economic impact on disallowing labeling coffee with their regional names if they are less than 51 percent harvested in the region. Many coffees that say Kaʻū, Kona or other regions on the label, reveal that the coffee is blended and 10 percent is sourced from the region. The 90 percent is often imported, cheaper coffee from outside the U.S.
     Opponents to the labeling restrictions say that buyers, including tourists, will cut back on purchasing Hawaiian coffee because it will become even more expensive. Supporters point to labeling of such crops as peaches from Georgia and wine in Europe where labeling is heavily regulated to protect the brands and to keep the value higher.

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HAWAI'I IS SECOND TO LAST IN WALLETHUB RANKINGS ON BEST & WORST STATES TO WORK AS A POLICE OFFICER. There are 800,000 police officers nationwide, according to WalletHub research released Monday. The only state with lower overall ranking by WalletHub is Arkansas. The study, which also includes Washington, D.C., ranked Hawai'i as 51st in Law Enforcement Training Requirements, 44th in Opportunity
& Compensation and 28th in Job Hazard & Protection. Just above Hawai'i are Alaska, West Virginia, Mississippi and Nevada. The top places to be a cop, according to the study, are Connecticut, California, Illinois and District of Columbia.
    Other metrics released through the study show that D.C. has the most law-enforcement officers per capita, followed by New Mexico, New York and North Dakota. Highest median income for police officers is in Illinois, Washington, New Jersey and Alaska. Lowest violent crime rate is in Maine, New Hampshire Vermont and Connecticut.
    Highest violent crime rate is in Arkansas, Louisiana New Mexico and Tennessee. Lowest median income for police officers is in Mississippi, followed by Arkansas, South Carolina and Louisiana. Fewest law-enforcement officers per capita are in Oregon, Washington, Iowa and Kentucky.

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IS THE SUMMER PLAY FOR KDEN. Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network announced auditions for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24 at Kīlauea Theater within     Kīlauea Military Camp in Volcano.
    Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu offers parts for all ages and ability.
A vintage character poster from The Mikado,
composed in 1885. The play will be produced by
KDEN with auditions in late May.
Image from Encyclopedia Britannica

Auditioneers should be prepared to sing a song that best shows their vocal range and dress comfortably to move on the stage. There will be cold readings as well.
    Principal male characters are The Mikado, Nanki-Poo- his son, Koko- Lord High Executioner, Pooh-Bah – Lord High Everything Else, and Pish-Tush and Go-To both Noble Lords. Principal female characters are Yum-Yum, Pitti-Sing and Peep-Bo all wards of Koko, and Katisha- an Elderly Lady. There is also a chorus of school girls, noblemen and guards. Familiar tunes include I've Got a Little List, Three Little Maids from School, and A Wand'ring Minstrel, I. The show is being directed by Suzi Bond. Walter Greenwood is the music director will conduct the live orchestra.
    As with all Gilbert and Sullivan, the primary theme is duty and respect. It is about following through with commitments made and being responsible for the consequences. They are just set in different places: A pirate cove, a ship, a castle, Japan - that and taking aim at society and its foibles. Gilbert used foreign or fictional locales in several operas, including The Mikado, Princess Ida, The Gondoliers, Utopia, Limited and The Grand Duke, to soften the impact of his pointed satire of British institutions.
    When The Mikado was composed in 1885, Londoners had been enthusiastic about all things Japanese since the opening of Japan to the West in the mid-1850s. Bond said the musical "shows the limited knowledge of Japan and all of East Asia as it claims to be set in Japan, but the names of the characters and places are more Chinese-like. It shows how ignorant of other races the English (white people) were and to some aspect still are. The Mikado takes a swipe at 1880s English society and institutions while disguising it as foreign policies."
    The performance will be July 22 – Aug. 7, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. in KMC's Kīlauea Theater. For more information call 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.co

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MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID WORKSHOP on Tuesday, May 10 will be from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in adults. This is a free workshop (worth $100). Certification fee will be covered by Vibrant Hawaiʻi. To RSVP, visit vibranthawaii.org/get-involved.

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