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Kaʻū News Briefs, Thursday, August 3, 2023

New Kaʻū High Head Football Coach Todd Marinovich at the South Point Cliffs. Photo from Marinovich

Keyson Pagan on the Kaʻū Trojans team
helped referee this summer for 'Ohana
Flag Football. Photo by Mark Peters
A FORMER USC AND LA RAIDERS QUARTERBACK IS KAʻŪ TROJANS HEAD COACH this year. Todd Marinovich led University of Southern California to a Rose Bowl victory when he was a freshman.
    Marinovich also started up ‘Ohana Flag Football for Ka‘ū youth this summer. He now makes his home in Ocean View.
    Other coaches for Ka‘ū High School football are Garrett Greedy, Ted Blanco and Mark Peters. The trainer is Moses Whitcomb.
    Trojans go on the road for the first two games Thursday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. to play Pāhoa at Kea‘au, and Saturday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. to play Kohala.
    The first home game is Saturday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. against Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, followed by a road game against Kamehameha Schools on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. Trojans play home games against Honoka‘a on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m., followed by Kohala on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. and Pāhoa on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. On the road again in October, the Trojans travel to Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. and return home to take on Kamehameha on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.
    Ka‘ū High School's football team is comprised of students from its own campus and students from Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences.

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MONITORING 'UA'U, THE HAWAIIAN PETREL, IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF HELICOPTER FLIGHT OPERATIONS FOR AUGUST, announced by Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Its staff will look for 'ua'u native seabirds that nest on Mauna Loa between 4,000- and 9,000-ft. elevation. The flights will be Aug. 8, 11, 21, 25 and 30 between 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Five flights by helicopter are planned for August to survey the native 'ua'u
 petrel on Mauna Loa. The seabird nests there, at 4,000-9,000 ft. elevation.
NPS photo by Jim Denny
    On August 14 between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., a flight operation is set to survey and control invasive banana poka on Mauna Loa between 3,800- and 6,800-ft. elevation west of Mauna Loa Road.
    On August 15 between 5:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. an aerial ungulate operation at Kahuku between 4,000- and 6,000-ft. elevation will look for sheep and goats. Flights to survey and control invasive guinea grass along the Keauhou Trail from 2,400-ft. elevation to sea level will also occur.
    On August 18, 21 and 24 between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. a flight operation will carry external sling loads, equipment and shuttle crew to Mauna Loa Summit Cabin for repairs and maintenance between 8,750- and 13,250-ft. elevation.
    On August 28 and 31 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., a flight operation will carry external sling loads and shuttle crew to Red Hill Cabin for repairs and maintenance between 8,750- and 10,035-ft. elevation.
    On August 29 between 5:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., a flight operation will survey ungulates at Kahuku between 4,000- and 6,000-ft. elevation.
    In addition, the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory will conduct numerous helicopter flights in the park during August:
    Through August 10, near-daily flights are planned by USGS to deploy and retrieve temporary magnetotellurics instruments across the entire Kīlauea volcano, from sea level to 3,300-ft. elevation. The flights will occur within and outside Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
Volcanoes National Park crews will be airlifted
to make repairs and maintain Red Hill Cabin.
this month. Photo from NPS
    USGS HVO may conduct additional flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation. A statement from the park says it "regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather. Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities.

HAWAI‘I SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER has announced small grants available nationally. PayPal Holdings, Inc., has brought back the Venmo Small Business grant for a second round. The $10,000 grant can be used for anything, including rent, or to digitize or promote a business. Apply by August 7.
   Pet food brand Cesar, part of Mars Inc., launched a grant program to help small-business owners make their workplaces more dog-friendly. The grants, for either $2,500 or $5,000, can be used for new dog programs or expanding existing ones. Deadline is August 11.
    The America's Seed Fund program from the National Science Foundation, open to early-stage companies that need to prove their technology and find their market potential, has made about 3,400 awards to startups and small businesses since 2012. The grant program gives out roughly $200 million per year to eligible businesses. Click here to find out more.

POLICE SEEK ANDREW AMON OF OCEAN VIEW. Amon, 27, is wanted for two outstanding warrants for arrest, as well as for questioning in nine other criminal investigations. Hawai'i Police Department
Andrew Amon of Ocean View is sought by HPD.
 describes him as 5 ft- 5 in tall, 130 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He is known to frequent the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision. Police caution members of the public not to approach Amon and rather to immediately contact police by calling 911. HPD reminds 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 Amon’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact Detective Donovan Kohara at (808) 960-3118; or via email at donovan.kohara@hawaiicounty.gov.
Citizens who wish to remain anonymous can make an anonymous tip through 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.

COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES will visit Hawai'i Island next Monday, Aug. 7 through Thursday, Aug. 10. CALEA is a non-profit organization governed by a board of 21 law enforcement professionals from the public and private sectors that provide accrediting

for law enforcement agencies upon meeting an established set of professional standards. The accreditation 
process is entirely voluntary.
    Hawai‘i Police Department obtained its first CALEA accreditation award for advanced law enforcement in 2012 and was last re-accredited in 2019. The current re-accreditation process occurs every four years.
    A CALEA Site-Based Assessor must complete an on-site assessment during the re-accreditation process. During the evaluation next week, the assessor will interview police officers and civilian employees to ensure adherence to the CALEA professional standards and departmental policies and procedures. During this assessment, the assessor will focus on four areas: Crisis Intervention/Homeless Outreach, Body-Worn Cameras, Training, and Use of Force.
    Community members can view the list of the CALEA professional standards at the Hawai’i Police Department’s website at www.hawaiipolice.com. Also, those who would like to comment on the agency’s compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status may do so on the CALEA Accreditation Public Comment Portal at https://cimrs2.calea.org/90.
   For additional information regarding CALEA and the accreditation process, contact Lt. Levon Stevens of HPD’s Accreditation Section at (808) 961-2260.

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OF HAWAI'I ISLAND. The compact Category Four hurricane intensified quickly this week. The 5 p.m. NOAA National Weather Service report on Thursday said that Dora is a Major Hurricane with 140 mph winds.
      However, she is expected to weaken to 90 mph before reaching waters south of Hawai'i Island. She could intensify again if she drifts further south into warmer waters.