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Sunday, August 27, 2023

Kaʻū News Briefs, Sunday, August 27, 2023

Kaʻū Hospital & Rural Health Clinic held its first Community Health Fair on Saturday. Photo by Julia Neal

Pāhala Taiko set the beat for the Kaʻū Hospital & Rural Health Clinic's
 first Community Health Fair on Saturday. Photo by Julia Neal
THE FIRST COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR, sponsored by Kaʻū Hospital & Rural Health Clinic, brought in the community for education and testing on Saturday. It also drew entertainment, including singer Tai Chun, Shesley Martinez and Hālau Hula ‘O Leionalani with Demetrius Oliveira and Gene Beck.
    Pāhala Hongwanji Taiko Drummers launched the event. Food vendors 4 Scoops of Aloha, Good to Go Grindz, Sel's Lunch Wagon and Triple 7 Shave Ice fed the crowd.
    KTA Pharmacy offered routine vaccines, consultation and screening. Project Vision tested eyes and provided info on healthy eating for the eyes and health info about the retina. 
    East Hawai‘i Family Guidance Center explained its children's mental health service and telehealth psychiatry services information. Shine Sisterhood Initiative of Kaʻū Women's Health Collective advocated prenatal care to prevent
Dr. Jen Shrestha and new baby celebrate the Go Malama slogan
with the team from East Hawai'i Health Care system that includes
 Kaʻū Hospital & Rural Health Clinic.
 Photo by Julia Neal
problems during delivery and to ensure long-term health for mothers and children. 
    Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association presented its programs.
    Hawai‘i County police officers entertained and provided Keiki ID Cards. Elderly Activities Division of the County of Hawai‘i Parks & Recreation issued Kupuna Cards and shared opportunities to use its island-wide services for seniors 55 years of age and older.
    Hawai‘i Keiki educated children and parents about sugary drinks. 
    The Public Health Nurse Branch of state Department of Health gave a pep talk for entering the field of Public Health Nursing. DOH also shared its Take 10 essential items for Disaster Preparedness, and Hawai‘i Family Guide to Health Emergencies. 
    Alzheimer's Association Aloha Chapter offered opportunities for testing, care and support services and invited participation in the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimers on Saturday, Sept. 23. See https://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=16500&pg=entry#:~:text=Saturday%2C%20September%2023%2C%202023
Attendees were able to receive testing and vaccines.
Photo by Julia Neal
    Hawai‘i Island Community Health Center gave out evidence-based information to assist with tobacco cessation, carbon monoxide testing, and important contact information for all of their clinics.
    Kaʻū High &  Elementary shared educational activities on the school campus along with academic programs, health services and extracurricular activities available to students.
    Nā‘ālehu & Pāhala Public Libraries presented health resources available through library books and online, with the libraries now open five days a week. 
    Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i welcomed new members to Girl Scouts.  
    See more in upcoming Kaʻū News Briefs.
Kaʻū Community Health Fair offered eye testing of the retina from Project Vision. Photo by Julia Neal

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Lani Cran Petrie's Kapāpala Ranch, leased
 from the state, will be managed under the
Department of Agriculture. A member
 of the Paniolo Hall of Fame, she is
shown here with a certificate from 
the County Council.
SOME 24,800 ACRES OF KAPĀPALA RANCH LANDS WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. It has been the goal of lessees Lani Cran Petrie and Bill Petrie for decades.
    The Kapāpala ranchers, who run cattle, goats and horses, have been operating under the state Department of Land & Natural Resources and feared that the agency could halt the ranching operation. Kapāpala is one of the oldest continuously operating ranches with perhaps the oldest working ranch house in the state, built in the mid-1800s. It is located mauka of Hwy 11 between Pāhala and Volcano. 
    On Friday, the Board of Land & Resources voted unanimously to allow the transfer, under the leadership of BLNR Chair Dawn Chang. Lani Cran Petrie said, "Chair Chang and the Board of Land & Natural Resources started taking down the wall between conservation and agriculture. There is a place for cooperation in achieving landscape goals that will benefit all of society. What most advocates of the DLNR donʻt realize is that itʻs the Administrative Rules governing the agency that cripples lessees from doing long-term meaningful practices.
    "Generating highest lease rents with short-termed land tenure is not an environment that lends itself to important things like invasive weed management and reforestation. The Department of Ag has different rules which have long term tenure. Also, the DLNRʻs mandate for public auction removes any long-term investment potential that the land
Nearly 25,000 acres of Kapāpala Ranch land will be transferred to
 the state Department of Agriculture. Photo from Kapāpala Ranch
can support. Who is going to plant a koa forest with a 35-year term on a piece of land? At the expiration of a lease all assets belong to the State and you aren't going to grow a marketable tree in that window of time."
    Cran Petrie said she was "pretty confident going into the meeting that it would pass. What I wasn't expecting was the landslide of support. The Nature Conservancy and Office of Hawaiian Affairs raised their concerns but had to concur that it was a good decision." 
    State Department of Forestry & Wildlife Administrator Dave Smith said, "We at DOFAW will get more done quicker and better with Bill and Lani Petrie than we could ever do on our own".
    The BLNR Chair said, "Our decision today is pono. It is right for the land."
Kapāpala Ranch is famed for raising goats and cattle. Photo from Kapāpala Ranch
    Chang said she expects the growth of "a collaborative relationship to support what you guys are doing in the ranching industry and how you can work with us to ensure that our interests as DLNR are met. I’m very optimistic.” 
     Board of Agriculture Chair Sharon Hurd told the BLNR that conservation would remain important for the land transferred to the Department of Agriculture. "Please don’t worry about conservation being ignored. It’s not a zero-sum game. It’s very much a complementary game.”
    As part of the transfer, Kapāpala Ranch is releasing 7,000 acres of its leased land that have “high natural resource value” to Department of Land & Natural Resources. It may be annexed to Kapāpala Forest Reserve. It is also ensuring that native Hawaiian hunting and gathering rights as well as access to trails will not be impeded on lands transferred to Department of Agriculture.

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