|FFA Ka'ū Chapter Competes: Laci Ah-Yee, Kaui Young, Joaquin Ross, Ezekiel Kaawa-Kamimura, and Collin Hanshew. |
Photo by Kaweni Ibarra
Kaʻū Sophomore Joaquin Ross captured third place in creed recitation, which requires memorizing the multi-paragraph FFA creed. Ezekiel Kaawa-Kamimura and partner Kaui Young, both sophomores, placed fourth in vegetable judging. In this category, competitors assess the market quality of vegetables according to weight, size and appearance.
Ibarra and the FFA members are paying homage to the many accomplishments of Kaʻū chapter members by hanging past FFA plaques on the wall, which run back to 1958. "They won all kinds of events every year and chapter awards, too," said Ibarra. The strong showing of the Kaʻū FFA Chapter dwindled when longtime ag teacher Terence Moniz vacated the position.
Those wanting to support the reemergence of Ka'ū FFA can look forward to the program's Valentine's fundraiser this month and future competitions alongside Ka'ū 4-H members. For more information, email email@example.com.
"Shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday, two officers went to a residence on the 92-1100 block of Kaumahana St. in Pāhala to serve a restraining order on a 52-year-old male. As officers knocked on the door and announced their presence, several dogs could be heard barking from within the residence however, there was no response from anyone within the home and the officers began to leave the premises. As the officers were walking back towards their vehicles, an individual within the home opened the door and four to five large dogs exited the residence and immediately ran towards one of the officers. Within seconds the pack of dogs began jumping up on him and clawing at his legs.
"As one of the dogs jumped up towards the officer’s upper torso, it snapped its jaw closed as if it was attempting to bite the officer.
"The residents were able to escort the remaining dogs back into the house where they were secured without further incident. The officer did not suffer any injuries and a dangerous dog investigation related to this incident has been initiated.
"Additionally, detectives from the department’s Office of Professional Standards responded and have
Hawai'i County's new Police Chief Benjamin Moszkowizca said, “Incidents in law enforcement can go from 0 to 10 in a matter of seconds. In this case, the officer was charged by several large aggressive animals and had less than three seconds to react and make a decision on how best to preserve his own life. That being said, any loss of life is tragic. We mourn the loss of the dog in this case, who ultimately, was a beloved family member,“ added the Chief."
|Science-based comedian Ben Miller will perform at Kahuku Unit of Hawai'i|
Volcanoes National Park on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m., as Artist in Residence
and sponsored by The National Park Arts Foundation. Photo from Miller
Miller is a New York City-based scientist-turned-comedian who has entertained at top clubs including the Broadway Comedy Club, Stand Up NY, The Stand, and as a child, had a picture in his bedroom of Mauna Loa erupting. During his month-long park residency, he will liaise with park rangers, scientists and other local residents and will ultimately combine humor and fact to explain volcanic processes in humorous context in a special Kahuku performance.
Feb. 2 between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.: Hawaiian petrel monitoring on Mauna Loa between 4,000- and 9,000-ft. elevation.
Feb. 3 between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.: Map Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death in east Kahuku paddocks between 2,300- and 5,300-ft. elevation.
Feb. 6 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: Transport native plants and water to support dry forest
|'Ua'u, Hawaiian petrel monitoring, and other helicopter flights for park maintenance,|
repairs and studies will take place in February at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
Photo by Jim Denny
Feb. 16 between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.: Sling load camp gear between the ʻŌlaʻa Koa unit and the agricultural station at the 3,500- to 4,000-ft. elevation.
In addition, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory may conduct additional flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation.