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Kaʻū News Briefs, Thursday, June 1, 2023

Roping will highlight the July 8-9 rodeo in Nā'ālehu, sponsored by Kaʻū Roping & Riding. Photo by Brenda Iokepa Moses

Lily Dacalio was 2022 Kaʻū Roping &
Rodeo Queen. Search is on for
2023. Photo by Brenda Iokepa-Moses

KAʻŪ ROPING & RIDING RODEO WILL RETURN IN JULY. Rodeo will take over Kaʻū Roping & Riding Rodeo Grounds in Nā'ālehu for the weekend of July 8 and 9, to honor Fourth of July. During June, the search is on for Rodeo Queen, ages eight to 18.
    Sponsorships for belt buckles and arena advertising, as well as contributions to the nonprofit Kaʻū Roping & Riding Association, are welcomed. The group is raising money to purchase land to expand the rodeo grounds to include more parking. For more information and to nominate a young lady for Rodeo Queen, call or text Tammy Kaapana at 808-854-7917.   
    The annual rodeo starts with Slack Roping at 8 a.m. both days, with competition beginning at noon. Paniolo will vie for the titles of All Around Cowgirl and All Around Cowboy. Working and recreational paniolo from keiki to kupuna compete. 
    Events include: Open Dally, Kane-Wahine Dally, Century Team Roping, Ranch Mugging, Double Mugging, Rescue Race and Po'o Wai U, Tie Down, Wahine Breakaway and Youth Barrels. Events for keiki include: Goat undecorating and dummy roping.
    Kaʻū Roping & Riding is considered the organization that puts on one of the most traditional family style rodeo experiences in all of Hawai'i.
Po'o Wai U is a traditional Hawaiian competition that evolved from catching cattle in the wild and tying them to trees
while gathering the rest. Photo by Leilani Esperanza
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HAWAI'I SENATORS VOTED FOR THE U.S. TO PAY ITS BILLS on Thursday, lifting the nation's debt ceiling for two years. The vote among Democrats, Republicans and Independents was 63 yea and 36 nay.       Sen. Mazie Hirono said, "That America will pay its bills should not be questioned. And yet, MAGA Republicans not only questioned this constitutional responsibility, but engaged in hostage negotiations to massively cut government services seniors, keiki, and our communities rely on.
U.S. Senate passed the debt ceiling bill Thursday
evening to allow the federal government to 
pay its bills. NPR image
    "Today, I voted to avoid a default on the national debt, which would have been catastrophic for our country, the global economy, and families across Hawaii. While I appreciate President Biden rejecting Republicans' most extreme demands and preventing default, certain provisions in this bill take our country in the wrong direction, including those that increase work requirements for federal assistance and permit the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
    "The House MAGA majority's dangerous political brinksmanship shows all too clearly their willingness to hold our country hostage to advance their radical and harmful political agenda. This outrageous behavior must stop. Elections matter.
    "Now that we've avoided default, we need to act to take the threat of default off the table moving forward. We cannot continue to allow the full faith and credit of the United States to regularly be taken hostage as a political weapon. Whether through legislative action, clarification of Section 4 of the 14th Amendment, or another path, eliminating the debt limit is critical in order to prevent these MAGA-manufactured crises moving forward. I'll continue working with my colleagues to do exactly that."

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POLICE ARRESTED 22 FOR DUI during the week of May 22 through May 28. Hawai'i Police Department made the arrests for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three drivers were involved in a traffic collision. Three were under the age of 21. So far this year, there have been 416 DUI arrests compared with 443 during the same period last year, a decrease of 6.1 percent.
    Hawai‘i Police Department’s Traffic Services Section reviewed all updated crashes and found 362 major collisions so far this year compared with 317 during the same period last year, an increase of 14.2 percent. To date, there have been eight fatal crashes, resulting in nine fatalities, (one of which had multiple deaths); compared with 14 fatal crashes, resulting in 16 fatalities (one of which had multiple deaths) for the same time last year. This represents a decrease of 42.9 percent for fatal crashes, and 43.8 percent for fatalities. Police promise that DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue island wide.

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KEONI SANDERSON OF OCEAN VIEW IS WANTED ON FIVE OUTSTANDING WARRANTS and for several other criminal investigations. Hawai'i Police Department announced on Thursday that it requests public assistance in locating the 21-year old.
Known to frequent the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision, Sanderson is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 125 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.
    Police caution members of the public not to approach Sanderson and rather to immediately contact police at (808) 935-3311.
    HPR reminded the public that anyone determined to be harboring or concealing a wanted person could result in criminal charges being filed against the person who harbored or concealed the wanted person.
    Anyone with information on Sanderson’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact Detective Donovan Kohara at (808) 960-3118; or via email at donovan.kohara@hawaiicounty.gov. They may also contact the Hawaii Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.
    Citizens who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers does not record any calls or subscribe to caller ID.

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Kaʻū News Briefs, Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Jessie Marques, center, founder of Ka'u Rural Health Community Association, holds a $3,000 check from CU Hawai'i Federal Credit Union. With her are CU Change Director Mark Peters (left) and Erin Santos, Naalehu Assistant Branch Manager (right) and KRHCA board members. Photo by Julia Neal

CU HAWAI'I FEDERAL CREDIT UNION HAS DONATED $3,000 TO KAʻŪ RURAL HEALTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION. The credit union released a statement on Wednesday saying, "CU Hawai'i continues to inspire more possibilities for Kaʻū with a recent donation to the Kaʻū Rural Heath Community Association!"
    The donation stems from CU Hawai'i offering a personal loan with a special low rate, and a pledged donation for each loan booked to go towards a local non-profit organization.
   "CU Hawai'i’s staff and management were honored to be able to promote and facilitate this amazing loan special. They are passionate about letting their hearts drive them towards opportunities that make a difference in the lives of their members and community." CU's motto is  “More Possibilities." Staff and members "are hopeful that this donation can do just that," says the CU statement.
     CU Hawai'i is a 67 year-old, member-owned not-for-profit cooperative financial institution, able to provide competitive rates, lower fees, free services and many opportunities for its membership and community. CU Hawai'i operates seven branches on the East, West and South sides of the Hawai'i Island, in addition to sponsoring a student credit union.

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KAʻŪ'S REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS JILL TUKODA VOTED to keep the federal government solvent on Wednesday night by paying its bills for money already spent. Tokuda, who represents all of rural Hawai'i, joined 314 Democrats and Republicans who voted aye to end a political battle that threatened to destroy the credit rating of the United States and to take away or cutback many federal programs. Kaʻū's former Representative, Ed Case, who now serves urban Hawai'i, voted the same. 

Tokuda met with farmers and ranchers around 
the island in mid May. Photo from Jill Tokuda

    Along with more centrist Democrats and Republicans they voted to increase the country's debt limit while 117 Democrats and Republicans voted against the measure to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. Tokuda wrote, "My constituents sent me to Congress to work for our shared priorities, to lead with aloha and strength, reach across the aisle when possible, and to help guide our nation to a more stable and healthier future. I will continue fighting for increased investments in our communities, to eliminate the debt ceiling once and for all, expand access to social safety net programs, and enhance protections for our environment." She said that after the vote Wednesday night, her work "is far from over. "I will keep fighting in Congress to get what our people and communities need." 

    She earlier wrote, "If my colleagues are serious about ensuring national, security, we must stand up against the GOP manufactured debt crises. we point a finger at foreign threats, but let's be clear: The biggest threat to our national security is holding everyday Americans hostage for political gain. We must do the right thing, invest in our country, and recognize that financial security is national security. Health security and national security. Food security is national security. Housing security is national security. Human security is national security." She said she would not lift the debt ceiling "on the backs of working families, our veterans, our seniors and our children. As Democrats, we will continue to do the right thing and put people over politics."  The debt ceiling bill is expected to pass the U.S. Senate this ahead of the deadline on Monday. It would increase the debt ceiling for two years and require some spending cuts and policy changes, including requiring recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to work, if they are under 55 years of age and not taking care of children.
     It would also change the National Environmental Policy Act in order to streamline permitting for development.
Ka'u High Athletic Director Jaime
Guerpo is looking for coaches.
Apply by June 23.

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COACHING POSITIONS FOR THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR have been announced by Kaʻū High School Athletic Director Jaime Guerpo. Deadline to apply is June 23. Open coaching positions are for: Air Riflery, boys Volleyball, Cheerleading, boys and girls Bowling, and boys and girls Cross Country. Applications are available at the Kaʻū High School office. With questions, call the AD at 808-313-4161.

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