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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Hawaiian honeycreepers that could go extinct in a few years are the target of rescue through 
federal funding for ecosystem restoration in Hawai'i. Photo from DLNR

FOURTEEN MILLION DOLLARS FOR HAWAI'I ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION is headed to this state, according to an announcement from the state Department of Land & Natural Resources. One of the projects will help address the extinction crisis facing at least four species of native Hawaiian birds.
The funding comes from money appropriated in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, described as a major investment in the conservation and stewardship of America’s public lands. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, which will administer the law’s $1.4 billion for Ecosystem Restoration and Resilience, this amount…“is a significant down payment in protecting our shared natural heritage.” Department of Interior is collaborating with states, Tribes, and local communities to invest millions of dollars annually to restore habitat connectivity for aquatic species around the country

and advance habitat restoration, invasive species control, conservation of at-risk and listed species and benefits to several significant ecosystems.
    Gov. David Ige said, “Several species of native Hawaiian forest birds are on the verge of extinction, possibly within the next two years. This federal funding could not come at a better time and will add significantly to projects and efforts already underway to try and save species, like ‘akikiki and kiwikiu from vanishing forever.”
    The Interior funding announcement was made Friday. In April, federal and state conservation officials revealed results of a bio-cultural study which describes the near-future extinction plight facing four Hawaiian honeycreeper species.
        The report indicated that without intervention the birds have grim prospects. There are many fewer of these birds when compared to the last two decades, and even the last few years. Their available range has been significantly reduced as species move higher into the mountains to escape mosquitoes.
    Avian malaria, carried by mosquitoes, is wiping out birds. Both the disease and the mosquitoes that carry them are not native to Hawai`i. Already a large group of government agencies and conservation organizations have banded together in the Birds, Not Mosquitoes working group to develop a program to introduce incompatible male mosquitoes into the habitats of ‘akikiki and ‘akeke‘e on Kaua‘i, and kiwikiu and ‘ākohekohe on Maui, to suppress the populations of wild mosquitoes and to engage with local communities on this issue.
    Dr. Chris Farmer is the Hawai`i Program Director with the American Bird Conservancy and helps facilitate the Birds, Not Mosquitoes initiative. “We have a huge group of scientists, conservationists, land managers, and others from non-profit, private, and government organizations engaged in a collaborative process to break the avian disease cycle and save these birds as quickly as we can. We can only do that by controlling non-native mosquitoes where our honeycreepers have their last mountain refuges,” Farmer said.
    The DLNR is receiving $6.5 million, through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), for the development of novel mosquito management using non-compatible mosquitoes on a landscape-scale basis and for the development of additional captive propagation facilities at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s Maui Bird Conservation Center.
    Other initiatives receiving funding:$1 million – USFWS Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office to supporting inter-bureau endemic species extinction prevention efforts: novel eradication techniques for invasive mosquitoes $592,000 – US Geological Survey Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center for
supporting inter-bureau endemic species extinction prevention efforts: vector management for invasive mosquitoes
$6 million – National Park Service to stand up an interagency field deployment team and develop tools to suppress non-native mosquito populations at Haleakalā National Park
        Dr. Lainie Berry, Wildlife Program Manager for the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) noted, “With an estimated 45 ‘akikiki remaining in the wild on Kaua‘i, and 135 kiwikiu left in the wild on Maui, it’s easy to see we have daunting and urgent work ahead of us. This tremendous level of additional federal dollars will go a long way toward supplementing and increasing earnest efforts already in place to save these species; as well as the ‘akeke‘e and ʻākohekohe, whose wild population numbers are slightly higher.”
    Ulalia Woodside, the Hawai‘i and Palmyra Director for The Nature Conservancy, a core partner in the Birds, Not Mosquitoes effort, added “With climate change moving mosquitoes to higher and higher elevations, the loss of more native species is imminent without clear action. The millions in extra funding
will support the development and implementation of the tools needed to give these endemic Hawaiian birds a fighting chance.”
    “When faced with such bleak prospects for our beloved honeycreeper species, there are certainly no guarantees,” commented DLNR Chair Suzanne Case. “However, the federal infrastructure aid targeted at preventing the extinction of these forest birds is a clear demonstration that the federal administration and lawmakers recognize the urgency with which we must use every tool available now, and in the future, to ensure the natural and cultural resiliency of our forest birds.”
    See the story on the mosquito program in the May 13 Ka'u News Briefs at http://kaunewsbriefs.blogspot.com/2022_05_13_archive.html.

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KA'ALAIKI ROAD HAS BEEN REOPENED BETWEEN PĀHALA AND NĀ'ĀLEHU. The old sugar cane haul road through the mountains serves ranches and farms, is considered a scenic road, and becomes the emergency access road during fires and traffic accidents along Highway 11. It was shut down by the county last Thursday after a sinkhole appeared. The closure made it difficult for many coffee farmers and ranchers to reach their lands.
     The breach in the road was about 2-ft wide, 4-ft. long, 8-ft. deep about 1.5 miles above Pāhala. The temporary repair is a metal plate. The section of Ka'alaiki Road is owned by Kaʻū Mahi, a subsidiary of Colorado land development company Resource Land Holdings, which subdivided land around the road and is selling parcels to existing Kaʻū Coffee farmers and other buyers. Kaʻū Mahi recently paved roads to the properties. According to John Cross, who works for Kaʻū Mahi, a metal plate covering the sinkhole was installed Tuesday morning, allowing traffic to proceed. 
Kala'aiki Road is used by farmers and ranchers and as an emergency
route between Pāhala and Nāʻālehu. It reopened today after being
 shut down due to a sinkhole. Photo by Julia Neal
     A spokesman for the company repairing the road said that it would be best if the public would self-limit traffic to farmers and ranchers needing access to the area until more repairs are completed. The road has been used recently for heavy trucks hauling gravel and heavy equipment to build and pave roads for the subdivision. 
    Cross said that Kaʻū Mahi will repair the hole in the road and a culvert that has failed after many years of use. He said the damaged section of the road was build by Kaʻū Sugar Co. in 1972 and 1973. He said that roads belonging to Kaʻū within the agriculture subdivision and is section of Ka'alaiki will be turned over to a landowners association once the subdivision is completed.
     Kaʻū Farm Bureau President Phil Becker and state Farm Bureau President Randy Cabral have both written to the county asking for help in maintaining Ka'alaiki as a Road in Limbo (a road with unclear ownership), especially since it is used as an emergency route by the public. A county Department of Public Works staffer said that the county is happy to have Kaʻū Mahi repair the section with the sinkhole and broken culvert, particularly since Kaʻū Mahi claims ownership of the section that abuts its lands.
        The county is helping to maintain the Old Government Road section, which begins in Nāʻālehu and extends about two miles inland and toward Pāhala. The rest is owned by whomever holds title to the adjacent properties along Ka'alaiki Road.

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ABUNDANT HEALTH ACUPUNCTURE (AHA) provides compassionate, high quality natural health care for women, men, and children of all ages in a small community setting. In a caring and safe environment, AHA educates and empowers patients about their individual situation so they can sustain an active, healthy, and balanced life. AHA is located at 94-2166 South Point Rd. Preferred providers with AlohaCare, HMAA, HMSA/American Specialty Health, Ohana, United Healthcare/Optum Health, and VA Community Provider. For more information, call Cassandra Cupples, L.Ac. at (808) 209-9977.

AIKANE PLANTATION COFFEE COMPANY offers 100% Hawaiian gourmet coffee, grown on Phil & Merle Becker's family estate located on the slopes of majestic Mauna Loa Mountain in the District of Kaʻū. To purchase online and learn more about their catalogue and history, visit www.aikaneplantation.com or call (808) 927-2252.

ALIʻI HAWAIIAN HULA HANDS COFFEE is a gourmet coffee is grown and nurtured on the stomping grounds of Kamehameha, in Moa`ula, in an area fit for kings, better known as the "Cloudrest" area. For more information on their story and to purchase their coffee online, visit www.aliihhhcoffee.com or call (808) 928-0606.

ALOHA BROADBAND has been serving Kaʻū with fast, unlimited internet for 20 years with no hidden fees. With Aloha Broadband, connect to the internet 100s of times faster than dialup. No phone line or cellular phone is required. Your connection is always on so you can enjoy instant high speed internet access anytime. 24/7 live support is offered if you call (808) 929-7668. To learn more and sign up for a plan, visit http://alohabroadband.com/.

AUTOTECH believes keeping your vehicle in a good state of repair is essential, not only for your safety and the longevity of your car, but your ability to live life to the fullest! At AutoTech in Kealakekua, HI, honest, comprehensive auto repair is what we do. Their ASE Certified master technicians are able to handle whatever you may need, from a state safety inspection to a full engine replacement. Call (808) 322-8881 for a quote. Visit AutoTechHi.com for more information.

BAY CLINIC is a community-directed healthcare organization that provides quality primary and preventive care services to the people of Kaʻū and East Hawaiʻi. Bay Clinic will ensure that patient-centered, culturally responsive, and affordable healthcare services are locally accessible in our communities. QUEST and most major insurances accepted. Call (808) 333-3600 for an appointment at any one of their health centers. Learn more at www.bayclinic.org.

BENNETT FARM & NURSERY offers sweet white pineapple starts as well as grafted fruit trees and windbreak trees. The nursery is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 94-6299 Kamaoa Rd in Nāʻālehu or by appointment. Nursery owner, Ted Bennett is dedicated to helping "make Hawaiʻi more self-sustaining in its food supply." To learn more, visit bennettfarmandnursery.com or call (808) 333-4573. 

B&E PROPANE is open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and located on Melia St. in Nāʻālehu. For more information, call (808) 896-0841. 

BJ'S EXCAVATION & HAULING is your best choice when it comes to heavy equipment hauling services. With over 16 years of experience in heavy equipment hauling, they can provide you with exceptional services. From septic tank and house pad to rock wall excavation work, their experts are capable of handling a variety of excavation projects. They provide military and veteran discounts on their services! Call (808) 333-0789 for a free estimate.

CAMINO PROPERTIES is a professional quality real estate agency. They specialize in Big Island real estate, Nāʻālehu real estate, South Point real estate, Camino properties, homes for sale, condos for sale, land for sale, Kaʻū real estate, listing agent, buyers agent, seller agent, first time home buyer, and more. A large part of their success has been due to a reputation of professionalism, honesty and their skill in this field. For more information, call (808) 315-5343 or email Francis B. McClelland (Mack), RB at mack717@hawaii.rr.com.

CU HAWAII FEDERAL CREDIT UNION believes good things happen when we work together. From buying your first house, selecting a lot to build your dream residence or boosting up your home with renovations, their mortgage experts are ready to get you started! Learn more at cuhawaii.com/mortgages. For questions, call (808) 933-6700 or email info@cuhawaii.com.

DISCOVERY RENOVATIONS offers home renovations, handyman services & maintenance, and much more. Learn more about their custom renovations today by calling (808) 430-5117.

DODO MORTUARY, INC. & CREMATORY is one of Hawaii’s most respected and oldest mortuaries on the island of Hawaii. Located at 199 Wainaku Street in Hilo, Dodo Mortuary is very close to downtown Hilo and within the historic suburb of Puueo. Dodo Mortuary, Inc. & Crematory also has had an office facility in the Kona area since the 1980s and also maintains other agents island-wide. To learn about their services and discuss options available to you, please contact their professional staff at (808) 935-5751 or visit their website at dodomortuary.com.

STATE SENATOR DRU KANUHA who represents west Kaʻū into Kona, is reaching out to all of Kaʻū in anticipation of running for re-election. He has placed a message in The Kaʻū Calendar newspaper, February edition, saying: "It has been an honor representing parts of Kaʻū in the Hawai'i State Senate since 2018. Together, we've improved the schools and health care facilities our families count on, protected our Kona and Kaʻū coffee farmers, worked to expand access to broadband connectivity, and come together to care for our community through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

FRIENDS OF HAWAI’I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK (FHVNP) is a non-profit organization with members worldwide who have experienced the wonder and power of the park’s living volcanoes. FHVNP supports the National Park Service in the protection, preservation, and interpretation of the natural and cultural resources at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

HAWAII MACADAMIA NUT SERVICES, LLC., formerly known as Royal Hawaiian Services, LLC., farms about 5000 acres of orchards in Kaʻū and Keaau, Hawaiʻi. To learn more, call (808) 928-8341.

HUI MĀLAMA OLA NĀ ʻŌIWI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the wellness & well-being of Hawaiʻi Island, so that all residents can Live Longer & Feel Better, Together. Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi serves as the Native Hawaiian Health Care System for Hawaiʻi Island, providing medical, behavioral health, and community education services with the sole objective of improving access to quality healthcare, education, and services for the people of Hawaiʻi County.

KAʻŪ ANDRADE CONTRACTING, INC. is a land clearing and excavating business located in Nāʻālehu. They provide de-watering and wet soil mixing as well as other services.

KAʻŪ AUTO REPAIR is the southernmost Napa Auto Care in the U.S. specializing in taking the utmost care of your vehicle at all costs! They employ only the best ASE Certified Techs that have the abilities, knowledge and certifications to do most auto repair work your vehicle may need. Their techs specialize in engine repair, suspension and steering, brakes, auto maintenance and light repair, manual drive train & axles, electronic systems, heating and AC, engine performance, advanced engine performance and much more. They also offer 24 hour islandwide roadside assistance: jumpstarts, lockouts, tire changes and tows. They are able to meet all of your hauling needs with two flatbeds and one wrecker. They are a provider for AAA, Agero, Cross Country and most other insurances that also offer roadside assistance. Proudly serving our community since 1990! Family run business that values the people in our community and on our island! Mahalo Hawaiʻi!

KAʻŪ COFFEE MILL, LLC. is a full service coffee mill providing services and retail sales in the district of Kaʻū on the Island of Hawaii. The retail shop provides free tours of coffee orchards, as well as the milling and roasting facilities. The products available for sale include a wide variety of fine Kaʻū coffee, macadamia nuts, coffee treats and gifts. Visitors are greeted enthusiastically and welcomed to free tours, samples, and unique items for sale found nowhere else on the island. Learn more by visiting kaucoffeemill.com or by calling (808) 928-0550. 

KAʻŪ HOSPITAL RURAL HEALTH CLINIC offers a 24/7 emergency department, inpatient medical and rehabilitation care, long-term care, adult day health, x-ray and lab services, in addition to our on-site family practice rural health clinic. Walk-ins are welcome. Call (808) 932-4205 to schedule an appointment.

KTA SUPER STORES is a homegrown, locally owned family grocery chain, proudly serving Hawaiʻi Island’s grocery, household, and pharmacy needs for over 100 years. They have six (6) convenient locations located on Hawaiʻi Island waiting to serve you! Visit their website for more information - www.ktasuperstores.com.

KUAHIWI RANCH is a family business – run by three generations of the Galimba family. Begun in 1993, Kuahiwi Ranch operates on 9000 acres between Wood Valley and Waiohinu, with pasture between sea-level up to 2100′. We hope you enjoy Kuahiwi Ranch Natural Beef as much as we enjoy bringing it to you! To view their full retail list, please visit kuahiwiranch.com, call (808) 929-7333 or (808) 938-1625, or email Kaʻohi at kaohi@kuahiwiranch.com.

K'S GREENHOUSE is a garden store located in Ocean View offering vegetable, flower, and herb plant starts. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at 92-8376 Catamaran Lane, Ocean View, HI, 96737. Always spreading Aloha one plant at a time.

MAUKA BOOKKEEPING & TAXES provides individuals, small businesses, and farmers with personalized tax preparation and accounting services. With years of certified training, let Mauka Bookkeeping help you climb over the obstacles of tax and financial obligations. As proud members of the South Kona and Kaʻū communities, Mauka Bookkeeping is dedicated to serving our community. Learn more and book a free consultation today by visiting maukatax.com or by calling (808) 731-5555. Their office is located at 82-6066 Mamalahoa Hwy Suite 12 in Captain Cook. 

MICHELLE GALIMBA is running for Hawai’i County Council representing District 6. Galimba was born in Kealakekua, spent her early childhood in Kapua and Honomalino in South Kona, and has lived in Volcano, Hīlea, Nāʻālehu and Waiʻōhinu in Kaʻū for most of her life. Galimba has a great love for our beautiful, vast district. “It would be an honor to serve this place and its people on the County Council, and I humbly ask for your vote. By working together we can make extraordinary things happen in this extraordinary place that is our ʻāina, our home.”
MIRANDA’S FARMS mixes a passion for high quality and 100% Kaʻū coffee from the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. From farming in El Salvador, across the Central America Coffee Belt, Jose and Berta and their four children Maria, Ana, Carlos, and Gabriel started Miranda Farms on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2006. They obtained their first coffee plantation of ten acres in Pāhala, Moaula Cloud Rest. As they gradually increased in business, they expanded to another 20 acres. Miranda's Farms is established on the foundation of faith, humility, and, most notably, God, the heart of the business.

MY THREE SONS offers handyman services, maintenance, home remodeling and repair, in-house drafting and design services, and more. Explore your dreams by calling My Three Sons today at (808) 480-1888. 

NĀʻĀLEHU ASSEMBLY OF GOD located at 95-5678 Hawaiʻi Belt Rd. in Nāʻālehu offers in-person Sunday Worship Service at 9:30 a.m. and online streaming begins at 10 a.m. at https://naalehuag.org/live-stream. Filipino Service is on the 1st & 3rd Sunday at 6 p.m. Whole Family Bible Adventure is every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. To learn more, visit naalehuag.org or call (808) 929-7278. 

OCEAN VIEW MARKET is a supermarket in Ocean View, Hawaiʻi located on Lotus Blossom Lane. It is your one-stop shop for all your grocery needs. Open from Sunday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Contact by calling (808) 929-8800. 

OCEAN VIEW PAINTING & POWER WASHING offers quality painting, cleaning, and property care in the Kaʻū area. With over 30 years of experience, Kirk Slack is an honest, friendly, and reliable handyman. Call Kirk for a free estimate at (808) 313-1698.

OHANA CARETAKERS offers quality, compassionate in-home care serving the Kaʻū community. They offer personal care & homemakers services, respite, and transportation for errands or assistance to appointments. Custom care plans are developed based on your needs. To learn more about their services or to join their team, visit www.ohanacaretakers.com or call (808) 990-1611.

PACIFIC BLUE CATCHMENT is a locally owned, full-service water conservation system design/build company on the Big Island of Hawaii. They specialize in Rain Water Harvesting Systems. They create rainwater harvesting, and irrigation systems, as well as drainage improvements and landscape solutions. Learn more by visiting pacificbluecatchment.org or by emailing admin@pacificbluecatchment.org or calling (808) 345-0335.

PĀHALA SHOPPING CENTER has openings for interested businesses or organizations. Join their anchors: Longs Pharmacy, Bank of Hawaiʻi, and the U.S. Post Office. To inquire about the openings, contact dan@olsontrust.com or call (808) 928-4128.

PUNALUʻU BAKESHOP is the most visited bakery in the state of Hawaiʻi, welcoming over 200,000 visitors from near and far every year. Located on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) in the town of Nā‘ālehu, midway between Kailua-Kona and Volcanoes National Park, our visitor center is a must-stop! You know you’re close when you smell the sweet aroma of our world-famous sweet bread, malasadas, and baked goods. Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more about Punaluʻu Bakeshop and order online at www.punaluubakeshop.com

REALTOR LISA EDWARDS will help you find your slice of Paradise. Undecided which portion of the Big Island of Hawaii best suits your lifestyle and pocketbook? Lisa Edwards will 'WOW' you with her enthusiasm and her knowledge of our island homes. A 30 year resident of the Big Island of Hawaii, for the past 15 years she has sold homes and vacant land in the districts of North Kona, South Kona, and Kaʻū.

SOULLUTIONS BY ARLISS helps entrepreneurs, professionals, and busy human beings who are struggling in their life and business. Arliss’ personal journey to self-love and healing, combined with her extensive education and professional experience make her unique as a coach. To learn more and book a free 30-minute business strategy session online, visit soullutions.com. You can also contact Arliss at arliss@soullutions.com or by calling +1 (209) 471-4947.

SOUTH POINT U-CART INC.'s goal is to not only help you in your construction projects with a complete line of Rental Equipment. They have Redi Mix concrete by the Yard, as well as #4 Sand for your catchment water tank. In their inventory, they also have Bagged Cement and Sacrete, Rebar # 3 and #4, Base coarse, Gravel Cinder, and Construction Grade Pier Blocks in three designs for New Home Construction. Their concrete creations include Stepping Stones, Parking Blocks, and Custom Concrete requests. They also have a complete line of Small Engine Sales and Repair. Weed whackers, chain saws, and more are all part of their Rental Department. South Point U-Cart is well established, with 30 years in the Kaʻū community. They are open each day from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any questions, feel free to call Stanley and Mariann Troeller at (808) 929-9666. Pickup and delivery are also part of our service. 

TAWHIRI POWER LLC. is an independent power producer that supplies electricity for the State of Hawaii. The Pakini Nui Wind Farm is Tawhiri's principle project and is located near South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii. Since 2007, the wind farm has supplied approximately 18,000 Hawaiian homes per year with a green and renewable source of electrical power. Learn more by visiting www.tawhiri.us.

UNCLE TILO'S CLEAN WATER LLC. was founded in 2017 as a way to fill a need in the community for Clean Water through education, products and services. Their mission to provide Clean Water to our Community with sustainable, economical and environmentally-friendly solutions to achieve Clean Water for household use and consumption. With over 70,000+ catchment tanks on the island we can not get to all of them physically. However, we can through education! By sharing knowledge and tools we teach engagement in personal water supply. Learn more about the services provided by Uncle Tilo's Clean Water by visiting TilosCleanWater.com or by calling (808) 965-1026. 

VOLCANO ART CENTER is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational organization founded in 1974 by a band of eclectic and energetic artists. Today, Volcano Art Center continues to operate a successful fine arts gallery showcasing handcrafted artworks by over 230 local artists, as well as developing and offering programs for residents, keiki (children) and visitors alike, including the award-winning Na Mea Hawai‘i Hula Kahiko performance series at the kahua hula in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Learn more about their gallery, events, workshops, and store by visiting volcanoartcenter.org. Their office phone number in Volcano Village is (808) 967-8222. To reach the gallery phone number in HVNP, call (808) 967-7565. 

WAI MOKU WATER DELIVERY Serves the Big Island from Mountain View, Kaʻū, and South & North Kona. Operated by Kaupu Earthworks LLC, PUC# 5261-C. Call Rudy at 929-9222 for more information about booking.

UNION 76 WIKI WIKI MART is a locally owned grocery and convenience store located in Nāʻālehu on Hwy 11 next to Nāʻālehu Park towards Hilo. Open daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Food offerings include Managua, hot dogs, sandwiches, bentos, and snacks. Major credit cards and EBT Snap benefits are accepted. Propane is available daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit Wiki Wiki Mart on Facebook or call 929-7135 for more information.