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Friday, May 17, 2024

Kaʻū News Briefs May 17, 2024

Thin Ice, one of the art pieces in the Emptiness & Form invitational exhibit opening Saturday at
Volcano Art Center's Niaulani Campus at 2 p.m. See more below.



BLACK SAND, LLC PROPOSAL AT PUNALU'U, A BOTTLING PLANT AT PĀHALA AND GREEN SAND SUBDIVISION EGRESS AND INGRESS are on the agenda for Kaʻū Community Development Plan Action Committee. It will hold its next meeting, with public testimony invited, this coming Wednesday, May 22 at the Herkes Kaʻū District Gym multipurpose room in Pāhala at 5 p.m.
    On the agenda is a proposal for the Action Committee to provide testimony to the Windward Planning Commission regarding Black Sands Beach, LLC's Special Management Area permit application for its project at the old Sea Mountain resort and golf course property makai of Hwy 11 at Punalu'u. The Action Committee agenda says there will be discussion and decision making on submitting testimony to the Windward Planning Commission.
    Also on the agenda is the proposed water bottling plant for the old 60-acre sugar mill site in Pāhala. The agenda lists the item as "Discussion and potential decisionmaking on findings regarding the Pāhala Water Bottling Facility."
    Another item on the agenda is, "Egress and Ingress at Green Sands Subdivision Regarding  CDP Policy 118, Section 5.7.2. – Discussion and decision-making on prioritizing Policy 118 regarding hazard mitigation and evacuation routes." 
    According to the county website, "The Ka‘ū CDP is a forum for community input into County policy at the regional level and the delivery of County services to the community." 
    The Fact Sheet for the Action Committee says its purpose "is to be a proactive, community-based steward responsible for implementing resident-driven solutions from the Community Development Plan that positively transform the community in partnership with a network of businesses, non-profits and community leaders." It says that a required commitment of Action Committee members is that they "possess a deep love for their community; a passion for equity; and a motivation for the greater good for their community." See more at https://records.hawaiicounty.gov/weblink/DocView.aspx?dbid=1&id=96374
    Members of the Kaʻū CDP Action Committee are Jesse Ke, Ka'ohinani Mokuali'i, Leina'ala Enos, Babette Morrow, Jason Masters, Pernell Hanoa, Catherine Williams and Kaweni Ibarra. A seat is vacant on the committee and those interested can apply at https://www.hawaiicounty.gov/our-county/boards-commissions-application.
     The CDP website says, "The modern district of Ka‘ū encompasses 922 square miles, with over 80 miles of virtually undeveloped coastline. Nearly two-thirds of its total land area is in the Conservation district, a fraction of a percent is settled, and the remainder is largely agricultural. The Ka‘ū CDP includes the areas of Pāhala, Punalu‘u, Nā‘ālehu, Discovery Harbour, and Ocean View."
     Th last Kaʻū Community Development Plan Steering Committee meeting is archived on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuYKe58UAz0.

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Nā‘ālehu Senior Club President Keamalu Waltjen, Terry Saito of Coordinated Services for Elderly and Paulette Ke who was recognized for her contributions to the community. Photo from Senior Club
Pāhala Nominee Ron Johnson and Pāhala Nutrition Site
Manager Julie Pasquale. Photo from Senior Club
    Paulette Ke was named by the Nā‘ālehu Senior Club. She teaches Ike Hawai'i at Pāhala Elementary School. She is active in many community programs and organizations including the Foster Grandparent Program, Hale Lokahi, both the Nā‘ālehu and Pāhala Senior Clubs, Ka‘ū Hawaiian Civic Club and the Volcano National Park Kupuna Advisory Committee. She also served as a judge for the Merrie Monarch Pāʻū riders.
    Ronald Johnson of Pāhala was named by the Pāhala Senior Club and Nutrition Center. He became active with the Pāhala Seniors after retiring from the The Ka'u Calendar newspaper. "He was instrumental in supporting the relocation and reopening of the Pāhala Nutrition Program after COVID which allowed it to be one of the first on the island to reopen. In addition to his role as the Senior Club's Assistant Treasurer, he is an energetic and enthusiastic volunteer at the Pāhala Senior Center, going above and beyond to help make the program's special events and activities come to light," says the announcement from the County.

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MĀLAMA NĀ KEIKI FESTIVAL is Saturday May 18 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center, 96 Kamani Street, Pāhala. Event includes keiki activities, prizes and food. Keiki (0-13 years old) must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required, call (808) 769-3792. First come, first serve. Hosted by Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi.

NANI O KAHUKU: A LIVING HISTORY PLAY is Saturday May 18 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The entrance is located just south of the 70.5 mile marker on the ma uka (mountain side) of Highway 11. Nani O Kahuku is a one-woman living history play adapted by Jackie Pualani Johnson from the diary of Hannah Piʻilani Jones (Nani). Nani (portrayed by Alya-Joy Kanehailua) was the eleventh and youngest child of Kahuku Ranch owner from 1871-1887, George W.C. Jones. Free.

EMPTINESS AND FORM: AN INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION OF VISUAL ART is open from May 18 – June 7th on Wednesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Volcano Arts Center Niaulani Campus in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The exhibit accompanies the 17th annual meeting of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle (CCPC), a conference hosted by the Humanities Division at the University of Hawai'i–Hilo. The exhibition features invited artists from both the US mainland and Hawaiʻi Island sharing artistic explorations of the theme Emptiness and Form. Artists' reception on Saturday, May 18th, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Closing reception with both artists and philosophers present will occur on Friday, June 7th from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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