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Monday, May 27, 2024

Kaʻū News Briefs May 27, 2024

 

Kaʻū's own Makana Kamahele will emcee Kaʻū Coffee Festival's Ho'olaulea on Saturday, June 8, along with
another native son Kurt Dela Cruz from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photo from HVNP
KU'UIPO KUMAKAHI, DARLENE AHUNA AND VICTOR CHOCK WILL join the entertainment
Ku'uipo Kamakahi
lineup at Kaʻū Coffee Festival Ho'olaule'a on Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Pāhala Community Center. Emcees will be Makana Kamahele and Kurt Dela Cruz. Talent will include Demetrius Oliveira & Gene Beck, Halau Hula O Leonalani, Puna Taiko, Pāhala Hongwanji Taiko, Vasayan Danc Club of Hilo and Latino Duo.
    Ku'uipo Kumakahi is called "The Darling of Hawaiian Music." A native of Hawai'i Island who grew up on family lands north of Hilo, she is a cultural practitioner whose father was as a native Hawaiian speaker. She is noted for her skill in slack key guitar and her soothing voice. She has won numerous Na Hoku Hanohana awards.    
    She is a cofounder of The Hawaiian Music Perpetuation Society. Kumakahi's most famous songs include Kumukahi, 'Ainahau, Hawai'i, Pono'i, Koni Au I Ka Wai and Ka Lehua I Milia.
    Darlene Ahuna is famous for her falsetto renditions of traditional Hawaiian, hula and hapa-haole standards. Bestowed with numerous
Darlene Ahuna
Na Hoku Hanohano awards for her vocals, Ahuna has performed many times at Merrie Monarch Festival and has represented the island of Hawai`i while entrancing audiences in Japan and across the U.S. mainland. She has performed in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's Heavenly Voices series.
    Her most famous songs include Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai, Blue Hawai'i/ Sweet Leilani, Akaka Falls and Papalina Lahilahi.
    Victor Chock has been called "one of Hawai'i's great musical treasures who is equally at home on 'ukulele and slack key guitar." He has played and taught Hawaiian music at the Seattle Slack Key Festival, Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila, for Destination Hilo, Hilo Hula Tuesdays and many other venues.
    Demetrius Oliveira and Gene Beck are native sons of Kaʻū and have been long identified with the band Keaiwa with roots going back to the band named Kaʻū. Oliveira grew up in a family of Hawaiian music, dance, religion and culture. 
Kurt Dela Cruz
Victor Chock

  Oliveira and Beck often accompany Kumu Debbie Ryder's Halau Hula O Leionalani, which teaches and acts as Kaʻū's ambassador of hula and Hawaiian music when they travel to Merrie Monarch, performances in Japan and Mexico, and other places. They are also regulars at many events around this island.
    Kurt Dela Cruz is another son of Kaʻū, well known for his humor and inspirational speaking. He serves on the University of Hawai'i's faculty in its Division of Student Affairs as a Senior Advisor, Career & Academic Affairs. He remains heavily involved with  life in Kaʻū with storytelling about growing up here, the plantation days and encouraging everyone to stay involved in guiding and the crafting the future of this place. He is also a musician.

    Makana Kamahele, whose parents live in Kaʻū, has been a radio personality for KAPA and The Beat. He is also a musician. He is well known for serving as emcee and. playing music at many venues throughout the state.

Gene Beck and Demetrius Oliveira.

    The Ho'olaule'a on Saturday, June 8 will be the grand finale of the Ka'ū Coffee Festival. It is planned as a full day of fun and celebration, coffee tasting and interaction with Ka'ū Coffee farmers on the grounds of Pāhala Community Center.
    In addition to the live music, enjoy hula, local food and crafts, keiki activities, educational displays, guided coffee tastings and farm and mill tours. Talk story with Ka'ū Coffee growers and learn more about their passion and dedication. Within Pāhala Community Center, The Ka'ū Coffee Experience will offer Ka'ū Coffees prepared with a variety of brewing methods by professional baristas from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Taste the difference and discover a favorite Ka'ū Coffee.
    See more on the full week of Kaʻū Coffee Festival activities that begin Saturday, June 1 at www.kaucoffeefestival.com.

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Malama Kai Foundation's Reef Talk on Friday, May 30 will be live streamed on
YouTube channel@malamakai. This is a free event, but donations are always welcome.
 Contact Kater Hiney, Malama Kai Foundation, Reef Talks Coordinator, for more information
 at kateralisha@gmail.com,










Sunday, May 26, 2024

Kaʻū News Briefs May 26, 2024

Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hara retires as Adjutant General for State of Hawai'i on Oct. 1. He has led Hawai'i National Guard
and state Department of Defense. His military career spans some 40 years.

MAJ. GEN. KENNETH HARA WILL RETIRE AS ADJUTANT GENERAL for State of Hawaiʻi, Commander of Hawaiʻi National Guard, and Director of Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency. Gov. Josh Green announced Friday that Hara's retirement will be Oct.1, followed by retirement from the military on Nov 1, after 40 years of military service.
    The Governor appointed Deputy Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Stephen F. Logan, a commander of the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard, to take Hara's place. The appointment requires state Senate confirmation.
    Green praised Hara, saying, “Throughout his entire career, Maj. Gen. Hara led by example, providing a steady hand through some of the most challenging times in the history of our state and nation. I can say with confidence that the state of Hawaiʻi is better because of Maj. Gen. Hara’s dedicated service, commitment, and sacrifices. I wish him all the best in retirement.
   "With that said, I could not be more thrilled that he is leaving the Hawaiʻi National Guard under the exceptional leadership of Brig. Gen. Stephen Logan. He is a key component of the Hawaiʻi National Guard’s success and his appointment as Adjutant General marks another historic milestone in a storied military career.”
Brig. Gen. Stephen Logan is nominated to be the
next Adjutant General for State of Hawai'i.
    As Adjutant General, Logan will serve as Commander of the Hawaiʻi National Guard and Director of the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency. He will be responsible for daily operations and oversee approximately 5,600 Army and Air National Guard servicemembers, including approximately 2,100 full-time federal and state employees.
   State of Hawaiʻi's Department of Defense will conduct its official Change of Responsibility ceremony on Oct. 1.
   Hara said, “I am grateful and proud to have served with the extraordinary members of the state of Hawaiʻi, Department of Defense, who accomplished every assigned state and federal mission during extremely challenging times. And I have full faith and confidence in Brig. Gen. Steve Logan and know that he will successfully lead the department into the future.”
    Hara served on three combat deployments to Baghdad, Iraq; Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; and Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was appointed Adjutant General in December, 2019. He served as the state’s overall incident commander from 2020-2023 during the COVID-19 pandemic response. Hara serves as the state’s incident commander for the Maui wildfire response.
    Logan, a combat veteran who has served in Afghanistan, has been the Deputy Adjutant General since
Kilauea Military Camp Memorial Day begins at 10 a.m. with
speakers, Boy Scouts, music, hula, prayers from a chaplain and a
speech from Brig. Gen. Ray Gandy, Jr.

Dec. 2019 and Commander of the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard since Oct. 2021. He most recently served as the dual status commander of the Hawaiʻi National Guard’s Joint Task Force 50, which was activated in response to the 2023 Maui wildfire disaster.
    “I’m truly honored and humbled to be selected as the Adjutant General for the state of Hawaiʻi, and extremely proud to be a member of Governor Green’s Cabinet,” said Logan. “I also want to thank the dedicated efforts of the many great leaders who’ve held this post before me, most notably Maj. Gen. Hara for his decisive leadership through these challenging times.”
    Logan grew up on the island of Oʻahu and enlisted as an Infantry Soldier in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard during his senior year in high school. He then commissioned through the Guard’s Officer Candidate School and later attended the U.S. Army’s Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training Course and flew both rotary and fixed-wing aircraft for almost 30 years. He has served honorably in the military for more than 40 years.
    Prior to being selected as the State Army Aviation Officer, Logan was a traditional National Guard soldier holding positions in the Honolulu Police Department, retiring as a Metropolitan Police Lieutenant in 2004. Logan’s successor will be named to the position of Deputy Adjutant General in the coming months.

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THE MILITARY'S LEASE RENEWAL FOR PŌHAKULOA TRAINING AREA from State of Hawai'i is subject of an Environmental Impact Statement that went to public hearings in May. Public comments, which can be provided online and through the mail, are due June 7. 
    The U.S. Army uses the 22,750 acres in the saddle between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea along Daniel K. Inouye Hwy in cooperation with other branches of the military from the U.S. and foreign countries. They  conduct land and air live war games with munitions and other training. 
    The Army wants to extend the 65 year lease beyond 2029.The Army already removed some 250 acres of Hawaiian Home Lands from the original proposal to renew its 23,000 acre lease.
The majority of testifiers at hearings in Waimea and Hilo opposed the extension, citing cultural, environmental and anti-war concerns. Those in support stated that Pohakuloa is critical from a global view of U.S. security and training, particularly with challenges in the Pacific. They also noted firefighting and other services provided to the local community by the military and that the training area is used by local police and firefighters.

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Malama Kai Foundation's Reef Talk on Friday, May 30 will be live streamed on
YouTube channel@malamakai. This is a free event, but donations are always welcome.
 Contact Kater Hiney, Malama Kai Foundation, Reef Talks Coordinator, for more information
 at kateralisha@gmail.com,






Saturday, May 25, 2024

Kaʻū News Briefs May 25, 2024

The first graduating class of Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences on Saturday, May 25, 2024
at ceremonies in traditional Hawaiian attire. Photo by Ophir Danenberg
Trinity Faye Young, aspiring Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, will
head off to study animal science. Photo by Ophir Danenberg
THE FIRST HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING CLASS OF VOLCANO SCHOOL OF THE ARTS & SCIENCES received diplomas on Saturday.
    The Charter School began classes 20 years ago with elementary students and kept building its student body toward high school graduation.
   On Saturday, twelve students graduated with one of them having attended the school since kindergarten. 
    Student Leahi Ka'awa gave the Welina, the greeting for the opening. In her Puakula Address, Principal Kalima Kenney welcomed the students and families and said she was very grateful to be with the first graduating class.
   Lanakila Manguail gave the Special Address. Raised in Honoka'a and graduating from Kanu O Ka `Aina Charter School, he is considered a cultural and environmental protector, cultivator and educator. A Kumu Hula, he has worked in the state Department of Education and has run for several elective offices.
    Manguail shared his own Charter School experience as a student and recalled the teachers giving him the personal attention he needed. He talked about the chapters of life, which for students, "is always school," but changes. He said, "Life is always a journey. Life began with the first breath."
Lanakila Mangual was keynote speaker and talks with 
Ocean Keal'i Nainoa Nihipali-Sesson who is heading to Orange
Coast Community College to play football. Photo by Ophir Danenberg

    
He noted, "We are always in the real world." He suggested to students that they seek to live a balanced life through understanding. He talked about the fine line between having pride and "being stuck up. You find pride in haahaa," humility, but he cautioned, "Don't let humility stop you from seizing the opportunity. That is the balance of walking through life." He advised the students to "continue to strive for the righteous path every step of the way."
   Manu Goodhue, the Volcano high school coordinator and registrar, came from a background in college counseling. In her Kumu Address, she commended the students for staying with the program to become the school's first high school graduating class. She pointed to the challenges, particularly during the COVID pandemic, with times of education going online and on the phone. She said,"it is a privilege to have overcome those challenges."
   She stressed that the most important aspect of the school is the community, particularly with the small program at Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences. She left the students with the message, "You are not by yourself. We are here for you guys. Remember this is your home. If any time you need something, you are part of this 'ohana forever."
Kumu Manu Goodhue helped develop the high school
program at Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences.
Photo by Ophir Danenberg
   In his Student Address, Alden Wells described, by name, his appreciation for each student in his graduating class. He said the experimental nature of the school was possible only because of the solid foundation cultivated by students and instructors. "A solid foundation makes everything, a solid 'ohana, a solid education."
    Before the presentation of diplomas, family members tied the cloth that draped each student in a Kīhei Ceremony, symbolizing the completion and celebration of their achievements.
   Graduating Summa Cum Laude was Centelle Xitlalli Kaleimakamaeokapoli Bautista.
   Graduating Magna Cum Laude was Alden James Wells.
   Graduating Cum Laude were Merlin Renato Kaaumoana Harber, Kaimana Michael Erin Klein, and Shane Ala Yeakle.
   Also graduating were Raymond K.Crittenden, Miccaiah Kaneali'i Dupre-Augiar, Nainoa Kamana Kaaa Dawson, Ocean Keal'i Nainoa Nihipali-Sesson, Nickolas Dio Tucker-Lilleeng, Mardani Pu'uwai Sugai and Trinity Faye Young.
   For more on Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences, see https://www.volcanoschool.net/.

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Last year during the Fourth of July Rodeo weekend, sponsored by Ka'u Roping & Riding.
Photo by Joy Marie Ridgely
KAʻŪ ROPING & RIDING'S FOURTH OF JULY RODEO WEEKEND WILL BE JULY 6 AND 7 AT NĀ'ĀLEHU RODEO GROUNDS. The action starts Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. with Slack Roping. Rodeo event competitions begin at noon. They include: Open Dally, Kane-Wahine Dally, Century Team Roping, Ranch Mugging, Double Mugging, Rescue Race, Po'o Wai U, Tie Down, Wahine Breakaway and Youth Barrels. Events for keiki include: Goat Undecorating and Dummy Roping.
    Paniolo will vie for All Around Cowgirl and All Around Cowboy titles. Competitors include working and recreational paniolo with age group events from keiki to kupuna.
     Rodeo queen competition for young ladies will begin soon for ages eight to 18. Contact Tammy Kaapana at 808-854-7917.
    Here are the results of the Spring Rodeo at the same location:
    Open team Roping: 1st Bronson Branco and Kaihau Onaka; 2nd Josh Gomes and Kaihau Onaka; 3rd Kevin Hill and Kaihau Onaka; 4th Josh Gomes and Chris Awa.
    Wahine Team Roping: 1st Brandy Gomes and Kaiahu Onaka; 2nd Kevin Hill and Makayla Awa; 3rd -
Last year's Rodeo Queen ShaniaLee Silva congratulates Wahine
Double Mugging winners Makayla Awa and Katie Andrade and their
 keiki at the 2023 July 4 Rodeo weekend. Photo by Joy Marie Ridgley


Brandy Gomes and Damien Flores.
    Century Team Roping: 1st Gilbert Smith and Allen Gomes; 2nd Audwin Aiwohi and Mac Castillo.
    Double Mugging: 1st Bronson Branco and Nalu Villanueva; 2nd Rigan Kaapana and Dale Arruda ; 3rd Frank Costa and Dutyn Abaya.
    Wahine Mugging: 1st Katie Andrade & Kalia Andrade.
    Kane/Wahine Ribbon mugging: 1st Raisha Karratti and Jamin Mederios; 2nd Katie Andrade and Bronson Branco; 3rd Shannon Benevides and Billy Benevides; 4th Makayla Awa and Chris Awa.
    Wahine Breakaway: 1st Katie Andrade; 2nd Kalena Kaiwi; 3rd Shannon Benevides; 4th Kalia Andrade.
    Po'owaiu:1st Bronson Branco; 2nd Kaihau Onaka; 3rd Westin Joseph.
    Dummy Roping 4 & Under: 1st Kapena Leite.
    Dummy roping 5-8: 1st Skylar Branco; 2nd Ella Marie Jose; 3rd Jesamy Ann Silva.
    Goat Undercoating 4 & Under: 1st Kapena Leite; 2nd Leann Silva.3rd Eva Jose.
    Goat Undercoating 5-8: 1st Jesamy Ann Silva: 2nd Maximas Parks: 3rd Ella Marie Jose.
    Keiki Barrels: 1st Ella Marie Jose; 2nd Maximas Parks; 3rd Ezera Leialoha.

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Kilauea Military Camp Memorial Day begins at 10 a.m. with
speakers, Boy Scouts, music, hula, prayers from a chaplain and a
speech from Brig. Gen. Ray Gandy, Jr.

Malama Kai Foundation's Reef Talk on Friday, May 30 will be live streamed on
YouTube channel@malamakai. This is a free event, but donations are always welcome.
 Contact Kater Hiney, Malama Kai Foundation, Reef Talks Coordinator, for more information
 at kateralisha@gmail.com,





Friday, May 24, 2024

Kaʻū News Briefs May 24, 2024

Pacific Islanders celebrated the growing number of graduates from Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary on Friday during 
 ceremonies for the Class of 2024. These family members came to congratulate Ceceta Carlend, President of Kaʻū High student government. Photo by Julia Neal

CLASS OF 2024 GRADUATED FRIDAY EVENING, 48 STRONG at Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary. An emerging Pacific Islander population saw seven graduate, surrounded by their extended families and traditions from the Marshalls and other islands south of Hawai'i. 
Janeea Bonoan gave the commencement speech and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Photo by Julia Neal
    Janeea Bonoan gave the inspirational student commencement speech. She and Tyra Wong Yuen graduated Summa Cum Laude, served in the National Honor Society and received Academic Honors and Real Trojan Awards.
   Danny Eder graduated Summa Cum Laude and served in the National Honor Society. Stephen Adler graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned a Real Trojan Award. Keaka McDonnell and Kainaluokalani Wanzer graduated Magna Cum Laude. Lilyana Haina and Kamamalu Kaue graduated Cum Laude and received Real Trojan Awards. Brayden Andrade, Taijah Beck, Alexus Bivings, Nalani Blanco-Louis, Dea'area Dacalio-Camba, Tailiana Medeiros-Auhai and Chazlynn Pua-Queja graduated Cum Laude. Lexi Manila-Louis received a Real Trojan Award. Dakota Seaver served in the Honor Society.
 
Johntika Joanes is draped in money lei and money hat,
a modern Pacific Islander tradition. Photo by Julia Neal
  Valeria Ortiz received the Seal of Biliteracy for her proficiency in two languages.
    Also graduating were Braysen Andrade, Ralph Robert Aurelia, Jackry Boktok, Tildon Bunglick, Joe Buyuan, Ceceta Carlend, Kiwa Davy, Kailey Grimes, Kaytlin-Makenzie Guerpo-Craft, Jayden Haalilio, Johntika Joanes, Korina Kailiawa Escobar, Zaela Malia Kaino-Hailia-Barwis, Chaz Kajiwara-Ke, Jaestin Karasuda, Melo Keohuloa, Tyson Junior Kuehuia-Faafia, Jinita Langus, Malyann Lokot, Nikolai Makuakane, Precious Mereko-Ke, Rosebella Mote, Rayco Nielsen, Dominic Nural-Dacalio, Kaulana Oliveira Crapser Kanakamaikai, Jonquil Petitt, Manoa Reyes-Dawson, Iverson Salmo, Kyani Vierra and Jayden Young.
    The class motto is "We'll keep one foot in the past as we take our next step into the future." Class song is Legacy by High Watah. Class Color is Rose, Gold, Black, White. Class flower is Puakenikeni.
    Class Officers were President Lilyana Haina, Treasurer Taijah Beck, secretary Tyson Junior Kuahuia-Faafia.
    Real Trojan Awards went to Kamamalu Kauwe for English Language Arts, Stephen Adler for Social Studies, Janeea Bonoan for Mathematics, Lilyana Haina for CTE, Tyra Wong Yuen for Science and Lexi Manila-Louis for Electives.
     Salute to the Graduates Award recipients were Janeea Bonoan for Scholastics, Cecedta Carlend for Leadership, Lexi Manila-Louis for Leterary & Artistic Performance, Danny Eder for Information Technology and Tyson Wong Yuen for Athletics.
Kiko Martinez, a Kaʻū High graduate and General Manager of Tony Honda in Kona, gave the Commencement Address. Principal Sharon Beck pointed out the achievements of the members of Class of 2024. Class Advisors were Chayanee Brooks, David Brooks and Dr. Angela Miyashiro.

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WITH 18 TRAFFIC FATALITIES IN 2024, a 100 percent increase from nine fatalities this time last year, Hawai‘i Police Department urges motorists to drive safely and soberly during this Memorial Day holiday weekend with this statement: "Impaired driving continues to be a problem on our island highways. In recent years drug impairment has been a factor in 50 percent of Hawaiʻi Island traffic fatalities with 38 of the 76 traffic deaths in 2021 through 2023 due to drug impairment.
    “There is absolutely no excuse to drive impaired on any substance,” said Torey Keltner, Hawai‘i Police Department’s Traffic Services Section Program Manager. “It’s very simple, if you drink, don’t drive. Period.” Hawai‘i Police Department will be out in force and on the lookout for impaired drivers this holiday weekend.
    Hawai‘i Island police remind the public of these safety tips.
● Something as simple as cold medication or an over-the-counter sleep aid can impair your driving, which may lead to you being arrested for a DUI. Impaired? Do not drive.
● If you plan on going to a party or event, plan ahead and designate a sober driver or use public transportation or a ride-sharing service. Someone who’s affected by drugs or alcohol shouldn’t be making decisions about driving; that’s why having a plan is key.
● DUI violations are not just for drunk driving. Remember, any impairment, including drugs, is illegal if you are operating a vehicle. If you are impaired by any substance, do not drive.
HPD also remides the public about The Cost of Impaired Driving
● On average, a DUI could set you back $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, and more.
● If you’re caught driving under the influence of any impairing substance, you can face jail time. Imagine trying to explain that to your friends and family or your place of employment.
● Drug-impaired driving could cause you to lose your driver’s license and your vehicle. This could stop you from getting to work, resulting in lost wages and, potentially, job loss.
HPD reminds the public to Plan Before You Party
● If you have chosen to use an impairing substance, do not drive. Passengers should never ride with an impaired driver. If you think a driver may be impaired, do not get in the car.
● Do you have a friend who is about to drive while impaired by drugs? Take the keys away and arrange to get them home safely. Don’t worry about offending someone — they’ll thank you later.
● If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact the police at (808) 935-3311.

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 CLICK IT OR TICKET is another Hawai‘i Police Department's campaign running through Memorial Day weekend, in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The goal of the public awareness campaign is to remind drivers that seat belts save lives.
   Hawai‘i Island police along with state and local law enforcement agencies across the country announced that officers will issue tickets to drivers who choose not to buckle up. In Hawai’i County, the fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $102 per person.
    “As we continue to see an increase in traffic deaths across the country, risky driving behaviors, like failing to wear a seat belt, continue to be a contributing factor,” said Dr. Steven Cliff, NHTSA Deputy Administrator. “This campaign is designed to remind drivers that a seat belt is truly your best defense in a crash. Click It or Ticket isn’t about citations; it’s about saving lives.”
    HPD released the following statement: "No matter what type of vehicle you drive, wearing your seat belt is the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Even if your car has airbags, the safest way to ride is properly buckled up. It is simple. Always place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck, and place the lap belt across your hips, not your stomach. You should never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm. When purchasing a new car, be sure to check that its seat belts fit you.
    In 2020, more than half of all young adults’ ages 18 to 34 killed in crashes were completely unrestrained. Men make up the majority of those killed in crashes, representing 67% of all passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2020. Data show 55% of men killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt, compared to 43% of women killed in crashes.
   HPD says "Remember: every trip, every time, buckle up."

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THE WIZARD OF OZ GOES ON STAGE at Pāhala in the school cafeteria on Wednesday, May 29 at 6 p.m. A statement from teacher and students producing the play says, "Get ready to click your heels together because next Wednesday, May 29th, Kaʻū High School is bringing the magic of The Wizard of Oz to our stage! Don't miss this classic tale come to life here at Ka'u. See you then!" For more, contact chayanee.brooks@k12.hi.us

COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP: KA ʻOHANA O HONUʻAPO LOKO IʻA WORKDAY is Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. - noon. Families and individuals welcome. Work day includes introduction, talk story, waiver signing, clean-up, pot-luck style lunch. BYO-lunch, snacks, water bottles, protective clothing. Water and juice provided. RSVP and more information at kaohanaohonuapo@gmail.com.

DIETRICH VAREZ EXHIBITION through Sunday May 26 at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

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Malama Kai Foundation's Reef Talk on Friday, May 30 will be live streamed on
YouTube channel@malamakai. This is a free event, but donations are always welcome.
 Contact Kater Hiney, Malama Kai Foundation, Reef Talks Coordinator, for more information
 at kateralisha@gmail.com,