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Saturday, October 14, 2023

Kaʻū News Briefs Saturday, Oct.14 , 2023

Applications are open to become an intern to digitize and safeguard historic images for
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Photo from NPS

THE HISTORIC IMAGE COLLECTION AT HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES National Park needs help. An intern is sought. "We're searching for an intern to digitize and safeguard our invaluable historic image collections representing geology, biology, and culture. Dive into over 31,000 items, including archaeological, ethnological, historical, biological, and geological materials, as well as records and audio-visual content," says the post from the Park.
    The mission is to scan and catalog images from significant collections following the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative. Primary duties are to scan and write metadata for photographic prints, cellulosic negatives, and transparencies for digital preservation and public accessibility. 
    The Park offers an online look at one of the completed albums from the Charlotte Lovejoy Wescott collection at https://www.nps.gov/media/photo/gallery.htm...
     The internship opportunity is funded by the National Council for Preservation Education and in collaboration with the National Park Service. Check out eligibility and application details at https://ow.ly/PGIK50PVNQX#PreserveHistory #InternshipOpportunity

HAWAI‘I WILL BECOME THE THIRD STATE TO LAUNCH THE CIVIL RESOURCE VIOLATION SYSTEM. Following Vermont and Oregon, state conservation resource officers in Hawai‘i will issue tickets and fines on the spot for violations of rules. The officers carrying out the program will be from state Department of Land & Natural Resources' Division of Conservation & Resources Enforcement (DOCARE). They enforce the rules of Division of Forestry & Wildlife (DOFAW), Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) and Division of Boating & Ocean Recreation (DOBOR). The program begins with a three-month-long pilot project.
    Officers from DOCARE will have the ability to write civil citations for rule violations. Civil Resource Violation System penalties are civil and carry non-criminal penalties. 
    Their “toolbox” also contains 
DOCARE officers issuing citation at illegal camping spot.
Photo from DLNR

criminal actions the DLNR can take, such as the physical arrest of violators, or the issuance of criminal citations which carry criminal penalties. Criminal penalties and board actions can result in high fines or jail time, so these penalties are often ordered for egregious violations.
    The Civil Resource Violation System functions like a traffic ticket. DOCARE officers issue a ‘Notice of Violation” to a suspected violator, who can respond in one of three ways: Admits the violation and pays the fine; admits the violation, with mitigating circumstances and waits for a response from the CRVS hearing officer; or contests the violation and waits for a hearing notice from the CRVS hearing officer.
    A statement from DLNR says, "The system is unique from pursuing cases through the criminal justice system in that violations are processed by the DLNR Administrative Proceedings Office, rather than going through the district court system. Fines are collected in a Special Fund account rather than being deposited in the State General Fund. Considered a civil fine, the Standard of Proof is lower.
    DLNR expects to fully deploy CRVS in February 2024. The three-month pilot will provide time for DOCARE officers to be trained, and develop guidance for office discretion, and other protocols.
    Board of Land & Natural Resources Chair and DLNR Chief Dawn Chang said, “We expect the civil violation system will provide our DOCARE officers with greater latitude in addressing resource violations; will reduce the amount of time they need to be in court and away from the field; and let violators know immediately the penalties for violating natural and cultural resources laws and rules and give them an opportunity to immediately settle their cases.”

BEING AN ALLY: CARING FOR THOSE IN CONFLICT is this month's free talk, sponsored by the non-profit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center on Oct. 19 for its Finding Solutions, Growing Peace Brown Bag Lunch Series. Talks are Third Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom.
Darlene Viggiano is speaker on Being an Ally:
Caring for those in Conflict
 on Oct. 19.
Photo from Ku'ikahi Mediation Center
    This month's speaker is Darlene Viggiano, Ph.D. (MFT) who said, "Anyone can end up at odds with themselves or others over an issue or decision. Being an ally is a way to accompany yourself or another during times of conflict when resolution seems far off and unclear. Allying can help you and those you care about by offering a source of hope and support."
    In this talk, learn what it means and how it feels to be an ally--at home, school, work, and in the larger community.
    Viggiano is Board Vice President for Puna Community Medical Center Foundation and adjunct Faculty of the College of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University. She is an online therapist licensed in marriage and family counseling and a psycho-educator who is dedicated to helping adults grow psychologically and spiritually. Dr. Viggiano has authored two books, been published in peer-reviewed journals, and presented internationally.
    Ku‘ikahi's Brown Bag Lunch Series is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy an informal and educational talk-story session and connect with others interested in Finding Solutions, Growing Peace.
   To get the Zoom link, register online at https://freebrownbagtalk.eventbrite.com.
    For more information, contact Ku'ikahi Mediation Center at (808) 935-7844 or info@hawaiimediation.org. Or visit www.hawaiimediation.org.
Third annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway will be on
 Nov. 4 next to Malama Market, 8:30 a.m. to noon,
sponsored by West Hawai'i Master Gardeners.

  This lunch-and-learn series is made possible thanks in part to funding from the County of Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i Island United Way.

ARBOR DAY TREE GIVEAWAY IN NOVEMBER will be sponsored in Ocean View by West Hawai‘i Master Gardeners. Arbor Day - when individuals and groups worldwide are encouraged to plant trees – was first held in the U.S. in 1872. Though usually observed in the spring, Hawai‘i celebrates Arbor Day in November, due to the mild temperatures and winter rainy season for most of the state.                        
    West Hawai‘i Master Gardeners will hold its third Hawai‘i Arbor Day event on Saturday, Nov. 4 beside Malama Market in Ocean View from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Both native and non-native trees will be available for free to the public. Quantities will be limited on a per-family basis depending on species.          Tree planting guides will be available. Master Gardeners will be present to answer gardening questions. Also, free seeds will be available from the WHMG Free Seed Library.

VENDORS ARE INVITED TO KAUAHA‘O CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH FALL BAZAAR on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the church campus. Location is the corner of Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamaoa Road and Pinao Street just above the Wong Yuen Store.
    Individuals, schools, clubs, sports/athletic groups are invited to be a vendor at the flea market on the church lawn. Charge for a 10' X 10' space is $10. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own tents, tables and chairs, and if power is needed, a generator. Vendors can sell anything except hot foods/plate lunches.
    Vendors must submit a Vendor Application with the $10 fee by Friday, Nov. 10. To request a Vendor Application, and for more information contact Dave Williams at 808-657-5256.
    Church members will be selling Teriyaki Beef plate lunches, Rotisserie Chicken with gravy bowls, drinks, baked goods, popcorn and have a Craft and Rummage sale.