|Santa reads a letter, gives a gift to keiki at St. Jude's in Ocean View. See more below.|
Photo by Ed Rau
|'Iliahi at 'Ainahou. Photo by J. Robinson|
Habitat: ʻIliahi species used to be found in all environmental ranges across the main Hawaiian Islands, although its range is now extremely limited. This species in particular (and its varieties) can be found in dry, mesic, and even wet forests in exposed lava fields, cinder cones, dry woodlands, and even upper elevation ʻōhiʻa forests. In Kaʻū, ʻiliahi are scattered throughout Kahuku (in Ocean View), and also in fragmented dry forest patches within Kiolakaʻa and Waiʻōhinu.
Growing and Purchasing: A super fun fact about ʻiliahi is that it is a hemiparasitic species, meaning that it obtains water and nutrients from a host plant growing nearby, and does not grow well in the absence of one (we all need a good friend, right?). If you are lucky to collect ripe (dark purple-black) fruits, sew them while they are fresh. Remove the fleshy pulp around the seed, scarify them with your favorite method (I like to knick the seed coat with nail clippers), and place them in a well-drained media mixture such as perlite and vermiculite. Keep them in the shade, and when seedlings need to be repotted, add a host plant to the pot. They prefer about 60% shade until they establish their roots to those of the host plant, at which point they are able to be hardened into full sun. Just make sure that they are not waterlogged. Adding ʻiliahi to your landscape will not only give you two new plant friends (ʻiliahi + host), but will give you the warm, fuzzy feeling knowing that you are doing your part to re-establish a special species and mend the mistakes of the past.
A NATIONAL SHARK FINNING BAN PASSED the U.S Senate Thursday with help from Sen. Brian Schatz. The bill previously passed the House under the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2023, which President Joe Biden is expected to sign. The Senate passed the bill with an 83 to 11 vote. The NDAA passed in the House on Dec. 8 with a 350 to 80 vote.
|Shark finning will be banned throughout the United States when |
President Joe Biden signs the 2023 National Defense Authorization
Act. Photo from Aquatic Life Divers and Big Island Divers
“And this bill on its way to the President’s desk also has a bunch of very important other ocean protections bills, authored by @SenWhitehouse and others, and including a coral reef bill w @marcorubio. By far the biggest package of oceans legislation in many years.”
Hawai'i banned the practice of finning - which usually leaves the rest of the shark in the ocean to die. It went into effect this year. It is the first state to do so. Governor David Ige signed Act 51 into law last year. The law makes it illegal for anyone to "knowingly capture, entangle, or kill any species of shark in Hawai'i waters." First offenders are charged with a misdemeanor and can be fined $500 with up to $10,000 for any repeat offenses. The fine applies to each individual shark captured or killed. Offenders may also have their vessel and fishing equipment seized and their commercial marine license suspended.
The NDAA authorizes Department of Defense activities for FY2023 and addresses other issues. According to the bill’s website, it will:
- authorize the procurement of various items, including destroyers and aircraft;
- modify inventory requirements for various Air Force programs;
- authorize DOD to furnish electric vehicle charging stations at commissary stores and military exchanges;
- require DOD to provide, subject to appropriations, support for the research and development of innovative bioindustrial manufacturing processes;
- require DOD to carry out a pilot program to facilitate the transition of certain nontactical vehicles to electric vehicles;
- require the Army and the Navy to jointly carry out a pilot program to evaluate the feasibility of using data recorders to monitor the operation of military tactical vehicles;
- prescribe end strengths for the branches of the Armed Forces;
- require the branches of the Armed Forces to notify Congress before taking certain actions regarding reserve units, such as the deactivation or reassignment of such a unit;
- require the Army to establish gender-neutral fitness standards for military occupational specialties that are higher than those for noncombat military occupational specialties;
- require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report to Congress recommendations for improving the retention and recruitment of members who specialize in Army air and missile defense systems, and requires the Army to implement the recommendations;
- require the GAO to report to Congress a review of a major military health contract after DOD has entered into the contract;
- temporarily prohibit certain TRICARE programs (health care programs that cover current and former members of the uniformed services and their dependents) from imposing cost-sharing requirements for prescription contraceptives and certain related services;
- require the Department of Homeland Security to designate a laboratory as the Chemical Security Analysis Center;
- require the Department of the Treasury to take actions to support international initiatives to provide debt restructuring and relief to developing countries;
- prohibit federal regulators from taking certain adverse actions against a depository institution solely for providing financial services to a cannabis-related business operating pursuant to state or local law;
- provide statutory authority for an April 27, 2021, executive order raising the minimum wage for the employees of federal contractors;
- prohibit barring a veteran from federal employment solely because the veteran consumes or has consumed cannabis;
- impose data standards requirements on certain federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and
- establish the San Gabriel National Recreation Area in California as a unit of the National Park System.
|A shaka and shorts for Santa at St. Jude's |
Keiki Christmas Party on Saturday. Photo by Ed Rau
CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY TO KEIKI AT ST. JUDE'S Episcopal Church in Ocean View on Saturday. There was the Giving Tree with loads of toys and clothing. St. Jude's provided books, bags of cookies, stockings filled with toys, and a small army of stuffed animals. Santa, in shorts, and Mrs. Claus arrived with the assistance of their helpers, Thom White and Marvelle Rau. Showers and free food from the soup kitchen were also part of the giving.
The upcoming Christmas into New Year event at St. Jude's is held Saturday, Dec. 24. Showers, soup, fellowship, haircut and decorating the church run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join the church for carols at 3:30 p.m. followed by the Christmas Eve Service at 4 p.m. with Aloha Hour after the service. No services will be held Sunday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day.
Cordelia Burt, the Rev. Elaine Barber, and Deb Johnson getting the stockings ready.
Photo by Ed Rau
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Christmas Lights & Icons Show brightens up the corner of Lehua and Palm in Ranchos at Ocean View every evening. Santa will be there on Christmas Eve to give 300 gifts, with a drawing for bikes to be given on Christmas Day. See story at kaucalendar.com.
Holiday Lighting and Decor are dressing up the cottages at Kīlauea Military Camp for the public to see. See story at kaucalendar.com.
Christmas in the Country is ongoing until the New Year at Volcano Art Center Gallery and VAC's Ni’aulani Campus. See story at kaucalendar.com.
The Hiking Incentive Program at Kahuku Unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park wraps up at the end of year. For the Kūkini Challenge, hikers, and walkers can turn in miles, recording them at the Visitor Contact Station for a chance to win a silver water flask and accolades for the fourth quarter of 2022.
Register as a Candidate for Discovery Harbour’s Community Association Board by noon on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the Community Association office. Candidates may submit their biography and have their name appear on the 2023 DHCA ballot. Two of the seven Board seats are up for election. See discoveryharbour.net.
Volcano Thursday Market Christmas Fair will be Friday, Dec. 23 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with crafts, food, produce, live music, and entertainment for kids at Cooper Center in Volcano, Wright Road.
|Pictures with Santa at Ocean View Community Center on Christmas Eve from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.|
St. Jude’s Hot Meals are free to those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until food runs out, no later than noon. Volunteers from the community are welcome to help and can contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Location is 96-8606 Paradise Circle Drive in Ocean View.
Free Meals Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are served from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Nāʻālehu Hongwanji. Volunteers prepare the food provided by 'O Ka'ū Kākou with fresh produce from its gardens on the farm of Eva Liu, who supports the project. Other community members also make donations and approximately 150 meals are served each day, according to OKK President Wayne Kawachi.
Volcano Evening Market, Cooper Center, Volcano Village, Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with live music, artisan crafts, ono grinds, and fresh produce. See facebook.com.
'O Ka'ū Kākou Market, Nāʻālehu, Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Nadine Ebert at 808-938-5124 or June Domondon 808-938-4875. See facebook.com/OKauKakouMarket.
Ocean View Community Market, Saturdays and Wednesdays, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., corner of Kona Drive and Highway 11, where Thai Grindz is located. Masks mandatory. 100-person limit, social distancing required. Gate unlocked for vendors at 5:30 a.m., $15 dollars, no reservations needed. Parking in the upper lot only. Vendors must provide their own sanitizer. Food vendor permits required. Carpooling is encouraged.
Ocean View Swap Meet at Ocean View makai shopping center, near Mālama Market. Hours for patrons are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Vendor set-up time is 5 a.m. Masks required.
The Book Shack is open every Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Kauahaʻao Congregational Church grounds at 95-1642 Pinao St. in Waiʻōhinu.