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Saturday, October 28, 2023

Kaʻū News Briefs Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023

Award winning Kaʻū Coffee Farms shared their brew and their knowledge at the Coffee Tea & Water Expo and
concert at Nāʻālehu
Park last Saturday. Among them was Kaʻū Coffee Growers Cooperative President Gloria
 Camba, (l), joined by Taiko Drumming
enthusiasts Kayo Munnerlyn and Lucy Makuakane.
Photos by Brenda Iokepa Moses
KAʻŪ COFFEE GROWERS CAME OUT TO SHOW THEIR BRANDS at the Coffee Tea & Water Essential Elements Expo last Saturday, Oct. 21 at Nāʻālehu Park. Ahead of the next Kaʻū Coffee Festival, set for June 2024 in Pāhala, the coffee displays were part of the event organized by Christine Kaehuaea and her enterprise, Stargazer Industries. In a wrapup statement she released this week Kaehuaea said, "Between the 16 coffee and tea farmers and other retailers, products were purchased, while some were connected to future sales avenues."
Navarro Coffee Farm with its Hawaiian Monarch brand of Kaʻū Coffee.
  The day of entertainment and booths brought into Kaʻū some highly sophisticated staging, sound system and tenting for attendees. Many goers said they appreciated the layout, the sound and the live music. Kaehuaea said many of the ten food vendors sold out.
    Kaehuaea, who emceed the show, said she was happy that she was able to host the event free to the public. In the press release, she said, "I feel that we could have had 10,000 more people to really bolster the entire community beyond the event itself. However, the smiles on people's faces; the dancing throughout the event by vendors and attendees; the surprise for many, even driving by seeing the Show System's 32-foot,
Will and Grace Tabios with Rising Sun Kaʻū Coffee.
fold-out semi-truck professional stage; the comments from the artists that felt the love of the crowds.... it was worth it to make this event a reality."
    She also gave a report on the fundraising for charitable causes carried in the event promotions and through her Kaʻū Wish List Fund, with its QR Code. She said, “We wanted this event overall to benefit people on multiple levels. We felt that we pretty much accomplished that goal, however, in the end, it was the fundraising side that didn’t have as much momentum as we had planned. We feel very blessed to have been able to raise $376.52 from two cash boxes at the event
Pohaku Kaʻū Estate family members and coffee.
thanks to attendees, with online donations drawing $125.00, however it does show us where to improve for the next one. Sponsors paid the for the entire event, while event and media coordinating, production and the task of emcee was on my plate. Again, it was worth it to see people enjoying themselves.”
    Kaehuaea said, "The current event funds raised will be provided to Stacy Bello, Superintendent East Hawai'i DOE at 75% and Christopher Chang, UniServ Director for the Lahaina office of the Hawai'i Teacher’s Association at 25%. It has been decided to keep the Kaʻū Wish List Fund operational until the end of 2023 to enable local schools around Hawai'i Island the ability to
purchase those items 'not in the budget' as needed
without red tape. Stargazer Industries will be working with the East and West DOE Superintendent to make 'wishes' by educators or 
Miles Mayne's Silver Cloud Farm Kaʻū Coffee crew.
schools a reality through this fund. 
    "Currently, post event, Stargazer Industries is seeking sponsors for a, 'Shared Mahalo' radio spots campaign to be airing on KWXX stations and KOA Country stations starting sometime next week. Expansion into additional media avenues to include shared digital and TV to highlight the businesses that choose to take part is under consideration."   
Ralph Gaston and Lori Obra with Rusty's Hawaiian Kaʻū Coffee.
    She thanked Waiakea Water for two pallets of water it donated; and delivery by James Hirayama, V.P and Lead Electrician of Hirayama Bros. Electric of Hilo. She noted that Event Medics Hawai'i was "on staff, alongside some of the Na’alehu Police Department’s finest special detail officers, Officer Akiu and Officer Takata."
    She said mahalo for sponsorships from KTA Superstores, Paradise Helicopters, Hawai'i MedSpa Kailua-Kona, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel’s WS Restaurant, Lion Energy, HPM Building Supply,
Ruanne Manuel, Jan Kaeza Penera and Nick
Bottomley with Kaʻū Coffee Mill.

Home Depot of Kona, and Kai Loki’s Restaurant & Bar of Oceanview. She also said mahalo to Brandon Nakano and his team of sound engineers, the group from Show Systems Stages, Sunset Tent Rentals of HPP, Big Island Portables of Honoka’a, SunBelt Kona, "with musical performers providing the icing on the cake: Maka Gallinger, Kala’e & Kalena Parish, Taulia Lave and the local Ka’u groups, Shootz and Keaiwa."
    Kaehuaea also said mahalo to "event troops on the ground, O’Ka’u Kakou, a local non-profit that kept the trash bins picked up and then was provided the ten trash cans, bags and some tarps along with a monetary donation. The 'day-of-event team' consisted of TJ James, Matt and Julie Ferguson, Gwen Lowe and Ron Chu working the event from 4:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. braving the eventual drizzle of rain. From Steve Pause, Director of Public Works, Maurice Messina, Director of Parks & Recreation, and Michael Une, Supervisor at the State Health Department Food & Sanitation Division, down the chain to County & State staff who were all extremely helpful in making sure this event took place successfully."
Coffee, Tea & Water Essential Elements Expo event producer Christine Keahuaea.
Photos by Brenda Iokepa Moses
   See more on Kaehuaea and the founding of  Stargazer Industries and its companies at   https://stargazerindustriesinc.com/about

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HO'OKUPU HULA NO KAʻŪ CULTURAL FESTIVAL IS NEXT SATURDAY. The annual event has transitioned from Pāhala to the Ke Ola Pu'uhonua cultural grounds in Nāʻālehu this

Hula dancers from Mexico will perform at next Saturday's Ho'okupu Hula
 No Kaʻū Cultural Fest and will also take their talents to Hilo and Auntie
 Sally's to entertain kupuna. Photo from Kumu Debbie Ryder
year. The outdoor venue, which has become a regular performance site for its sponsor Debbie Ryder and her Halau Hula O Leonalani, will welcome dancers and musicians from Japan, Mexico, Virginia, Maui, O'ahu and Hawai'i Island to perform free for the public on Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The halau from Mexico will also perform with Halau Hula O Leonalani at Auntie Sally's Lu'au Hale in Hilo on Thursday, Nov. 2 in a special presentation, organized by the county's Elderly Division Kupuna Program.
    On Friday, the halau travel to Kīlauea Crater for a special protocol, chants and
Tahitian dancers from Mexico City will perform
at the cultural festival next Saturday. Photo by Julia Neal
Ho'okupu. On Saturday, the halau go to Punalu'u at dawn to greet the day and experience Hi'uwai, honoring Akua, 'Aumakua and Kupuna. Ho'okupu continues at Ke Ola Pu'unonua at 9 a.m. with the public with the kumu inviting any family or group to participate in the protocol.
    Emcee for the day will be Alaka'i Paleka and Kaʻū's own Makana. Hula, mele, chant with Hawaiian, Tahitian and Island Reggae music begin at 10 a.m. From Maui, The Homestead Band and Wailau Ryder and Marsjae Atisiloma Duo will perform.
    Hawaiian Practitioners will be on site with hands on demonstrations such as poi pounding, lauhala weaving, net making, traditional hale construction and more. There will be craft vendors, food booth, shave ice, Hawaiian food, prize drawings and more.

KAʻŪ LADY TROJANS FOUGHT TO THE END with close scores against Hawai'i Preparatory Academy in the Saturday BIIF island playoff for girls volleyball at Kamehameha School. Kaʻū won the second and third sets 25-18 and 25-21, but HPA came back to win the last two, 25-15 and 20-18, after winning the first with 25-12.

The 5-3 results send HPA to the state high school championships on O'ahu. The Trojans, however, still own their perfect season, winning all 12 matches in regular season play, under the first-year coaching of Kamalani Fujikawa and Marley Strand-Nicolaisen, both veterans of winning Trojans volleyball teams.