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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022

Volcano Golf Course reopened earlier this year under new oversight and has announced golf instruction and more, under
 the ownership of Kamehameha Schools and management of Troon Indigo Sports. Photo from Volcano Golf Course
VOLCANO GOLF COURSE has announced its new golf instructor, Richard "Joe" Zazzi. Volcano Golf Course is owned by Kamehameha Schools and is under the new management of Troon and its subsidiary Indigo Sports, which also manages the Mauna Lani golf course on this island. On Maui, it manages Ka'anapali Golf Courses, Kapalua Golf and King Kamehameha Gold Club.
KS Hawai‘i Kahu Kaunaloa Boshard, left, and two members
 of KS Hawai‘i Golf Team, Jayden Alonzo-Estrada and Adriana
 Lynn Volpe, take part in the blessing of reopening Volcano Golf
 Course earlier this year. Photo from Kamehameha Schools
    On Kaua'i, Troon manages Ocean Course at Hokuala, Princeville Makai Golf Club and Kukuiolona Park & Golf Course. On O'ahu it manages Kapolei Golf Cub and Pearl Country Club.
    Dawn Crozier, a General Manager at Indigo, said that "As part of Volcano Golf Course's continued evolution, we are happy to offer an acclaimed teaching professional to our club and community."
    She noted that growing up, Zazzi was a multi-sport athlete who played golf and semi-pro baseball. His teaching resume for golf includes diverse experiences at Discovery Harbour Golf Course, The Club at Hokuli'a,
Joe Zazzi offers individual and group
 lessons at Volcano Golf Course, under its
 new management. Photo from VGC

Mountain Falls Country Club in Nevada, Community College of Southern Nevada, 880 Driving Range in California and Lawrence Links McClellan Air Force Base Golf Course in California.
    Zazzi offers individual and group lessons to all ages and skill levels. "His holistic approach incorporates the full swing and short game," said Crozier. One-hour lessons are $50 for adults. A value package of three, one-hour lessons is $120 for adults.
   To book advanced tee times and lessons, visit wwwvolcanogc.com.
    Crozier also noted that Volcano is Hawai'i Island's first and oldest golf course. "Nestled next to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, we are ready to welcome you with friendly service, quality instruction and beautiful golf course scenery."
    A statement from Troon says that "For more than 100 years at Volcano Golf Course, guests have been treated to panoramic views of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea while playing alongside endemic 'ohia trees that bloom vibrant red, and Nēnē, Hawai'i's state bird that nest throughout the property. This 18-hole golf course is set on the active Kīlauea volcano, 4,000 feet above the sea, making it a truly unique golfing experience."
Volcano Golf Course, the state's oldest, made international
 news in 2018 when Kīlauea erupted. Photo from CNN
   The notice describes the management company Troon, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona: "Troon is the world's largest golf management company providing services at 630-plus locations around the globe, including managing 65-plus 18-hole equivalent courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon's award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 615-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities, With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon's family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Prive', Troon International, Indigo Sports CADDIMASTER, True Cub Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, Casa Verde Golf and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design." See www.troon.com and www.volcanogc.com.

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An interisland airfare war between Hawaiian Air and Southwest is ongoing with Southwest one way flights at $39
 each way through the end of the year. Photo by Tim Wright
AN INTERISLAND AIRFARE WAR is allowing locals to visit families, see their own Hawai'i and travel for business at a more affordable cost. Southwest is advertising $39 one-way tickets, every flight, every seat until the end of the year. It began with a Southwest $78 round trip, followed by Hawaiian cutting its fares in half. Southwest began competition in the interisland market with Hawaiian in 2019.

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KAʻŪ COFFEE TRAIL RUNS saw sunny skies Saturday after a night of rain. Participants, numbering 229 racers of all ages, entered 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and 50 K events that started and finished at Kaʻū Coffee Mill. See the times and much more at https://www.webscorer.com/startlist?raceid=290678.
Medals for Kaʻū Coffee Trail Runs events at Kaʻū 
Coffee Mill on Saturday. Photo by Julia Neal
    Race Director Kelly Muragin said, "Could not have had better weather for the 8th Annual Trail Run. We had a great turnout with helpful and enthusiastic volunteers. I was happy to have the return of the Youth Challenge Academy cadets this year volunteering throughout the entire course. Mahalo to Louis Daniele at the Kaʻū Coffee Mill and the 'O Kaʻū Kakou board members and organization for their outstanding support in this event. General feedback I receive is that, this event is a favorite amongst many, as the course is so unique and special. Myself as well as the entire race directing team and participants always enjoy the hospitality of the Pāhala community in welcoming everyone for the weekend."
    Overall winner in the 50K, with 14 competitors, is Sergio Florian, of O'ahu, in 4 hours, 40 minutes and 37.5 seconds. In the male age groups, Ryan Cochran won the 30-39, Michael Rains 40-49, and Shawn Mishler 50-59.      In the female age groups, Jolene Giles, of Lahaina, won in 6:52, also taking the 30-39 age group, with Judy Carluccio winning the 50-59 age group. 
    Overall winner the the Half Marathon, with 53 racers, is Bobby Brokmueller, of Souix Falls, South Dakota, in 1:42:45.6. In the male age groups, Nick Petelos won the 30-39, Patrick Baker 40-49, Keith Marrack 50-59, Tom Cross 60-69 and Delance Wiegele 70 and over.
    Overall female winner in the Half Marathon is Noe Waller, of Hilo, in 2:01. In the female age groups, Abby Obryant won the 20-29, Eva Schemmel 30-39, Julia Scharwaechter 40-49, Sally Marrack 50-59, and Teri Takahiro 60-69.
    Overall winner in the 10K, with 42 racers, is Matt Holton, of Volcano, in 44:27:6. In the male age groups, Dimas Rodriguez won 20-29, Brendan McQuillan 30-39, David Uriarte 40-49, Kurt Simon 50-59, Richard Gillingwater 60-69 and Joseph Loschiavo 70 and over.
Darcy May, running the half-marathon in the 50-59 age group at
 Kaʻū Coffee Trail Runs on Saturday. Photo by Julia Neal
    Overall 10K female winner is Stephanie M. Mlandinich, of Hilo, in 50:15. In the female age groups, Ashly Flores won 20-29, Molly Jaedtke 30-39, Michelle Young 40-49, Kristin Chiboucas 50-59, Cathy Dedak 60-69 and Morgan Bahurinsky 70 and over.
    Overall winner in the 5K, with 120 racers, is Thomas Djerboua, of Puteauz, France, in 18:01:6. In the male age groups, Shaydon Andrade-Aiona won 19 and under, Noah Hunt 20-29, Dylan Garrision 30-29, Mark Story 40-49, Jacob Head 50-59 and Gary Beuschel 60-69.
    Overall female 5K winner is Hulali Halpern, of Hilo, in 21:55. In the female age groups, Harman Nali'oaimoku won 19 and under, Anjulie Morales 20-29, Wiona Chen 30-39, Megan Denny 40-49, Kari Hock 50-59 and Maria Del Rocio Medina 60-89.
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Tanya Ortega, President of National Parks Arts Foundation
 will give an overview of its Artists in Residence program
 at After Dark in the Park on Tuesday at Kīlauea Visitor
 Center auditorium. It's free. Photo from HVNP

AFTER DARK IN THE PARK on Tuesday will feature National Parks Arts Foundation President Tanya Ortega. She will provide an overview of National Parks Arts Foundation's Artist-in-Residence program with the National Park Service. Ortega plans to highlight some of the visiting artists to Hawai'i Volcanoes, sponsored by NPAF and Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park
   This After Dark in the Park series event is free; park entrance fees apply. It's Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium.

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PACIFIC ISLAND CONFERENCE OF LEADERS last week focused on accessibility to food, climate change and other island issues. Called Puʻuhonua: The Pacific Way Forward, it was convened by the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program on O'ahu. The Conference of Leaders also prepared representatives for a meeting at the White House Sept. 28 and 29.
    David Panuelo, President of Federated States of Micronesia, said, “In the bigger countries, you may be going into the supermarkets to buy your food. But guess where your food is coming from? It’s coming from the farms and the ocean. And if we don’t work together to combat the challenges of climate change, we will all be impacted in the most negative ways we can imagine."

Major culture areas of Oceania: Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia, with island nations
belonging to the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders. Image by Maximilian Dörrbecker
    Panuelo said climate change "is really the greatest threat to the existence of our island nations. We small island countries are the ones that are paying the price. We are the front-liners in terms of feeling the effects of climate change.”
    Pacific Island Conference of Leaders was founded in 1980 by Hawai'i Gov. George Ariyoshi and the late Fijian statesman Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara. This was the 12th annual meeting. In addition to the East West Center meetings, Gov. David Ige hosted the group for a dinner at Washington Place.
    Island countries participating were Cook Islands, Federated states of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa,
Gov. David Ige invited Pacific Island leaders to 
Washington Place last week during their conference
at the East West Center. Photo from Ige
Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuavu and American Samoa. Representatives of Hawai'i, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Japan also attended and promised financial support.
    The U.S. Department of State sent a delegation to the conference and issued an advisory, saying, " The United States is a proud Pacific nation with a long coastline, a state, and territories in the Pacific. We have deep and longstanding ties to the countries of the Pacific: our neighbors, allies, and friends. The Pacific Islands are an essential part of the Indo-Pacific region. Our histories and futures are inextricably linked, and we are deeply committed to the security and prosperity of the region.
    "Just as we faced historical challenges together, we will address current and future challenges together, including by strengthening our shared democratic values and developing our economic links to combat the climate crisis, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to protect the free and open Pacific."
Deputy Sec. of State Wendy Sherman
came to Honolulu last week to the 
Pacific Island Conference of Leaders. 
    Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who traveled to Honolulu for the conference, reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the Pacific Islands. She led a high-level U.S. interagency delegation, including representatives from the National Security Council, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Agency for International Development. During the sessions, Sherman highlighted areas of cooperation with the Pacific Islands and announced new programs that will provide assistance for governance, people-to-people programs, climate resilience, and information and communications technology. She also met with Tongan Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni to discuss the establishment of a U.S. Embassy in Tonga.
    Participants in the conference also talked about improving their scientific data gathering, storage and presentation regarding climate change effects on their islands. Various institutions promised help, which would enable them to more successfully apply for funding from such entities as the Green Climate Fund and U.S. government.

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