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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.

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Thursday, Sept.1, 2022

   Keiki take their plans for an Ocean View Skatepark to Mayor Mitch Roth and Parks Director Maurice Messina.
Photo by Robert Adams
OCEAN VIEW KEIKI PRESENTED SKATEPARK PLANS TO THE MAYOR and Parks Director in late August. Mayor Mitch Roth and Parks and Recreation Director Maurice Messina met with the community members to discuss the ongoing community effort to create the skatepark in Ocean View. The keiki took the lead in the meeting, presenting their own concept designs for the park to the county officials. 
    Skatepark advocate Robert Adams reported that the county is looking into funding for an environmental assessment, and that the group hopes to hear back within the month. "This will really
Advocates for Ocean View skatepark take their plans to
 the mayor and Parks & Rec. Photo by Robert Adams

get the ball rolling for the Skatepark! Thank you for your community support," said Adams. The keiki were accompanied by Ka'imi Kaupiko, whose nonprofit organization out of Miloli'i is serving as a funding portal to help the youth with their skateboard park mission.
    The mayor's cabinet members said they have identified a source of funding from Capital Improvements Project appropriations for the new skatepark, which is planned for the land at Kahuku County Park in Ocean View. They promised that as they move forward in allocating funding, they will continue having meetings with Ocean View Skatepark project representatives and at some point with the broader community.
    The Parks & Recreation Director said, "It was great to meet the new generation of skate park users at the meeting - you folks have persevered through this process for them and never gave up on the Oceanview Skate Park project. We're looking forward to our continued partnership!'

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Laila Kaupu, of Miloli'i, is a featured speaker in the U.S. Coral Reef
Task Force meeting on Hawai'i Island this week. Participants visited
Miloli'i and its Community Based Subsistence Fishing Area.
Photo from DLNR
CO-MANAGEMENT OF THE CORAL REEF COMMUNITY is the theme of the United States Coral Reef Task Force annual meeting, which is being held on this island through Saturday. It involves representatives of seven states, territories, commonwealths and three Freely Associated States. Also involved are 13 federal agencies. 
    Site visits included Miloli'i for the Task Force Fisheries Working Group. One panel at the meeting on Thursday included Laila Kaupu of the Miloli'i Community Based Subsistence Fishing Area in a discussion on Co-Management and Collaboration in Hawaiian Natural Resource Management. Joining her were Ryan Okano and Luna Kekoa, of state Division of Aquatic Resources; Athline Clark of NOAA Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument; and Phil Fernandez, of Fishermen's Alliance for Conservative and Tradition, Inc.
     Participants also discussed the American Samoa U.S Coral Reef Task Force site at Faga'alu.  On hand was Seaina Vaigautolu Tuimavave, of the American Samoa Department of Marine & Wildlife Resources.
     Another panel discussion Thursday was called Protecting Reefs and People in a New Climate Reality.
Acting Police Chief Kenneth Bugado
Learn more about the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force and its work at www.coralreef.gov.

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POLICE CHIEF FOR HAWAI'I ISLAND on late Wednesday afternoon became Kenneth Bugado who stepped up from Deputy Chief with the retirement of Chief Paul Ferriera on the same day. 
    Bugado, as Acting Chief, will serve until the county Police Commission selects the next Chief and receives confirmation. Bugado could be in the running. Bugado has served as Deputy Chief since January 2017 when he was sworn in with Ferreira when he became Chief.
    A statement from HPD says, "Bugado will oversee the continuity of
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operations for administrative and line functions, as well as provide consistent performance and service delivery to the Big Island community during this transition period."
Inquiries regarding the selection process for the next Chief can be directed to the Commission office at (808) 932-2950.
     On Thursday, Bugado announced the promotion of six officers to Detective. They are Jason Foxworthy, Matthew Lewis, Len Hamakado, Steve Grace, Blayne Matsui and John Kari. Matsui and Kari are assigned to the Criminal investigations Division, Juvenile Aid Section.
    He also announced two officers promoted to Sergeant. They are Michael Matsumura and David Poohina. 

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LOWER ELECTRIC BILLS ARE EXPECTED IN OCTOBER for power used in September. Hawaiian Electric said the decrease in charges for electricity will follow lower fuel prices. The lower bills will be on Hawai'i, Maui, Lana'i and Moloka'i. However, O'ahu bills will continue to go up, following the shutdown of its coal burning plant. Kaua'i has its own electric cooperative and does not use power from Hawaiian Electric.
    The utility issued the statement Thursday, saying Hawaiian Electric is experiencing the first significant drop in oil prices since spring.

HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC IS ASKING FOR CONTINUED REDUCTION IN THE USE OF ELECTRICITY through Saturday. A statement Thursday from the utility said, "Rolling outages were not initiated on Hawai'i Island on Wednesday night thanks to conservation efforts by residential and business customers and sufficient wind generation." Three oil and biofuel plants are offline due to scheduled repairs for two of them, and a shortage of ammonia, used to reduce pollution at the largest one.
    "Customers are asked to continue to limit electricity use from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Saturday to ensure enough power is available during those hours. Conservation methods include turning off air conditioners and unnecessary lighting, shutting off water heaters, and delaying activities like cooking, showering, laundry, and dishwashing," says the Hawaiian Electric statement.  

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THE NEW BIVALENT COVID BOOSTER VACCINE is recommended by the state Department of Health. DOH made the announcement Thursday that these first bivalent booster vaccines are designed specifically to protect against original COVID-19 and the most common forms of COVID-19 in Hawai‘i, the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants.
    The BA.5 subvariant accounts for an estimated 91% of the COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i. The BA.4 subvariant accounts for an additional 4% of the cases in Hawai‘i.
    “The COVID-19 boosters we have been using do a good job of protecting us against severe illness. The new bivalent boosters are an upgrade because they take into account mutations of the COVID-19 virus to
specifically address Omicron subvariants,” said State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACEP.
    U.S. Food & Drug Administration issued Emergency Use Authorization for the bivalent COVID-19 boosters on Wednesday. U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and DOH recommend the bivalent booster manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech for people age 12 and older. DOH recommend the bivalent booster by Moderna for adults age 18 and older.
    The new bivalent vaccines are to be administered as a single booster dose to those who previously completed a primary series of COVID-19 vaccines and those who have had one or two booster doses. Bivalent boosters can only be administered if it has been at least two months since a person’s most recent vaccination. Bivalent vaccines replace previously authorized monovalent mRNA boosters for people age 12 and older. The DOH and CDC continue to recommend Pfizer’s monovalent boosters for children ages 5 through 11.
    The federal government allotted DOH initial orders totaling 37,800 doses of bivalent boosters. Those initial orders will arrive in the coming days. The state Department of Health will place additional orders weekly as needed, said its statement.

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A WAITING LIST FOR COUNTY HOUSING SECTION 8 VOUCHER PROGRAM will open Sept. 19 and close Oct. 3. The The County of Hawai'i Office of Housing & Community Development made the announcement for the Housing Choice Voucher Program on Thursday.
    The Office of Housing statement says that applications must be completed and submitted electronically through OHCD's online application portal, accessible with any computer or smartphone with internet access at: https://www.hawaiicounty.gov/i-want-to/apply-for-a-an
    There is no cost to apply. However, only one application per family is allowed on the waiting list.
    Those with a disability or a barrier to completing the online application may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting OHCD at (808) 959-4642.

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Ka‘ū News Briefs, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

Reaching for it at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy, the Kaʻū Trojans battled Hawai'i Preparatory Academy's Ka Makani after
traveling to Waimea. Photo by Tim Guild
Grabbing it for the Trojans
Photo by Tim Gould
THE FIRST HOME FOOTBALL GAME FOR KA'Ū TROJANS this year is this Saturday, hosting Kamehameha School at 1 p.m. Staff and team are set, combining the talents of Kaʻū High and Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences to compete islandwide, this season featuring the return of fans. 
    The Trojan roster is comprised of: Adahdiyah Ellis Reyes, Jaestin Karasuda, Keaka McDonnell, Loea Kaupu, Gabriel SessonPaaluhi-Young, Lois Emmanuele Badua, Jance Kajiwara-Ke, Josiah Manila-Louis, Eddie Wirtz, Roger Miguel, Jr., Kainalu Jr. Wanzer, Stephen Adler, Hezekiah Keohuloa-Aldaya, Toby Kekoa Burgos, Desmond Camba, Zayden Gallano, Vladimir V Fedoruk, Collin Hanshew, Chaz KajiwaraKe, Dylan Davis, Kaimana Kaupu-Manini, Joe Buyuan, Tyson Junior Kuahuia-Faafia, Ocean Nihipali-Sesson, Rylan Peralta, Edd Zackary Badua, Dakota Seaver, Kani Lee Konman, Raedyn Louis, CyZeiah SilvaKamei, Triton Blanco, Jovan Javar, Dominic Nurial-Dacalio, Blake Self-Ah Yee, Kamaehu Guerpo-Craft, Hunter Pascubillo, Isaiah Manila-Louis, and Treyton Calantoc. 
Diving it for the Trojans.
 Photo by Tim Gould
    Head Coach is Greg Rush, Assistant Coaches are Garrett Greedy, Ted Blanco and Mark Peters. Athletic Trainer is Moses Whitcomb. Athletic Director is Tim Gould. 
    The first game of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation 2022 football season saw the Trojans head to Honoka‘a on Aug. 18. The final score was 39 points for Honoka‘a, 6 for Kaʻū. See a video clip of the Trojans making their touchdown at https:// twitter.com/KauAthletics/status/1560507183388696576?cxt= HHwWgICh9f3AhKgrAAAA.
    The second game on Saturday, Aug. 27 saw Kaʻū travel to Hawai'i Preparatory Academy. The HPA home team won, 42-20.

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HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC ASKED FOR ENERGY CONSERVATION BY CUSTOMERS FOR THE THIRD DAY RUNNING, on Wednesday. A statement from the utility directed to Hawai'i Island customers said, "Conservation efforts by residential and business customers prevented the need for rolling outages on Hawai'i Island Monday and Tuesday nights. Customers are asked to continue limiting electricity use from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the rest of this week.
   "The evening peak demand is when electricity use is highest. Using less electricity from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. helps ensure enough power is available during those hours. Conservation methods include turning off air conditioners and unnecessary lighting, shutting off water heaters, and delaying activities like cooking, showering, laundry, and dishwashing."
    Hawaiian Electric explained that "The request for conservation is prompted by the unexpected shutdown of the island's largest independent power producer, Hamakua Energy, due to the unavailability of ammonia used for pollution control. Hawaiian Electric's Hill Plant Unit No. 5 and Puna Steam Plant also are unavailable due to planned annual maintenance and repairs. These three plants normally generate 89 megawatts for the Hawai'i Island grid. In addition, wind resources are forecast to be lower than usual."
    Hawaiian Electric forecasted that "Conservation likely will be needed all week. If necessary, rolling 30-minute outages will be initiated to protect the electric system and prevent loss of power to an even greater number of customers. Hawaiian Electric will notify customers in advance through social media. Please check @HIElectricLight on Twitter for updates."
    See a list of Hawaiian Electric's sources of electricity in the Tuesday Kaʻū News Briefs at http://kaunewsbriefs.blogspot.com/2022/08/kau-news-briefs-tuesday-aug-20-2022.html 

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HIROSHIMA AND HAWAI'I LIBRARIES BECAME SISTERS on Wednesday. Gov. David Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige visited the Hiroshima Prefectural Library where they joined Japanese dignitaries in signing a Sister-Library Agreement between the Hawai'i State Public Library System and the Hiroshima Prefectural Library. The event was part of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Sister State Agreement between the State of Hawai'i and Hiroshima Prefecture.
    "This sister-library relationship, the first in Hawai'i's history, is just one example of Hiroshima and Hawai'i working together as sister states, promoting a love of reading and sharing the islands' unique
Books from Hawai'i and Japan were shared at the signing of the
 Sister Library Agreement signed on Wednesday between Hawai'i
 and Hiroshima, in Hiroshima. Photo from Gov. David Ige
culture and aloha through books," said Amano-Ige. She presented the Hiroshima Prefectural Library with two books -- Leilani Blessed and Grateful by Iolani School teachers Greg Bowman and Alan Suemori, illustrated by Jamie Tablason, and Snow Angel, Sand Angel by author, poet and educator Lois-Ann Yamanaka, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky.
    The books given to the Japan library include educational facts about Hawai'i, Hawaiian activities for children, a glossary of Hawaiian words and information about Hawai'i's ten climate zones.
    "I hope young readers and their families will come to the Hiroshima Prefectural Library and borrow these books to learn about Hawai'i, and perhaps visit us one day," said Amano-Ige.
    The governor and First Lady are scheduled to return to Hawai'i on Sept. 3.

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KU'IKAHI MEDIATION CENTER'S FINDING PEACE, GROWING SOLUTIONS event for September presents Fred Jandt on the topic Morality, Justice, and Conflict: What Do People Need to Accept a Resolution? The session is at noon on Thursday, Sept. 15 via zoom.
    Jandt said, "One tool for helping people reach a resolution is to become sensitive to each person's moral reality, justice reality, and conflict reality; that is, their assumptions about how disagreements should be handled. Understanding these assumptions can often explain why parties can't reach agreements." In this talk, learn how to become aware of personal and others' expectations about how conflicts should be handled.
Fred Jandt teaches mediators for the courts and
writes on the topic. He will share his skills
 at the Ku'ikahi event on Sept. 15.
    Jandt is professor emeritus and retired college dean. He authored several books, including Win-Win Negotiating: Turning Conflict into Agreement and Constructive Conflict Management: Asia Pacific Cases. Jandt previously conducted the training Managing Conflict Productively for major corporations and government agencies throughout the U.S. A mediator, he has trained hundreds of prospective mediators for court and community settings.    
    Ku'ikahi's Brown Bag Lunch Series is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy an informal and educational talk-story session and connect with others interested in Finding Solutions, Growing Peace. This lunch-and-learn series is made possible thanks in part to funding from the County of Hawai'i and Hawai'i Island United Way.
    To get the Zoom link, register online at https://freebrownbagtalk.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Ku'ikahi Mediation Center at (808) 935-7844 or info@hawaiimediation.org. Or visit www.hawaiimediation.org

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Kaʻū High, Sept. 1 - for students.