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Ka`u News Briefs, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016


Hōkūleʻa’s crew sailed into Ka Lae and to Miloliʻi chanting Holiuleʻa Haʻa before heading around the
world in the Polynesian Voyaging Society canoe. Supporters can vote on the National Geographic wesbsite
to choose the crew for the 2017 Adveture of the  Year award. See story below.
Photo from Polynesian Voyaging Society
NO JOB OFFERED BY DONALD TRUMP YESTERDAY, the Associated Press reported after Kaʻū’s congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard met with President-elect at Trump Tower in New York. Gabbard’s spokesperson Erika Tsuji told the media that Gabbard did not request a position and Trump did not offer one. “She loves the job she has, serving the people of Hawaiʻi in Congress,” Tsuji said.
     However, later in the day Gabbard was said to be “‘under serious consideration’ for various cabinet positions in Trump’s administration, a senior level official within the Trump transition team told ABC News.” The Daily Beast reported that Gabbard “is the first congressional Democrat approached to have a face-to-face meeting with Trump – and the first Bernie Sanders supporter to do so as well.”
Tulsi Gabbard took office in the U.S. Congress in 2013. She was
recently re-elected, but may be courted for a Trump cabinet post.
Photo from Tulsi Gabbard

    Gabbard took her turn meeting Trump, as numerous candidates for cabinet positions filed in to see him over several days. Her arrival led to speculation that she was being considered for cabinet posts from U.N. Ambassador to Secretary of Veterans Affairs. She said her motivation was to to present Trump with her views, particularly on foreign policy. She serves on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs.
     Former Hawaiʻi Gov. Neil Abercrombie told the AP: “To the degree and extent that the President-elect Mr. Trump is paying attention to what she is saying, to that same degree, I have confidence that he’s closer to adopting a policy that will be in the interest of the United States.”
      Hawai‘i Democratic Party Chair Tim Vandeveer, a Bernnie Sanders supporter like Gabbard, told AP that he supported Gabbard meeting with Trump: “It’s important that we take the opportunity,” Vandeveer said. “The reality is, President Trump is going to be in the Oval Office very soon, and that's very troubling to many Democrats, but the reality is, we’ve still got to have a voice.”
     The Hill reported that Trump spokesperson Kellyanne Conway said that “Trump and Gabbard have a lot of ‘common ground’ and both understand ‘the country very well.’
     “The top Trump aide pointed out that Gabbard ‘went against her party quite boldly early on,’ by endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders, leaving her post at the Democratic National Committee to endorse the Vermont independent’s presidential bid earlier this year. ‘There’s a recognition that there’s a big country out there with lots of voters that feel disaffected from their party, the Democrats,’ Conway added,” according to The Hill report by Jessie Hellman.
     Read Gabbard’s statement on her meeting with Trump in yesterday’s Kaʻū News Briefs.
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THE ROUND-THE WORLD HŌKŪLEʻA TEAM, who sailed to Kaʻū before launching their current international journey in the double-hull Polynesian Voyaging Society canoe, is one of National Geographic’sten candidates for 2017 Adventurer of the Year. Hōkūle‘a fans can vote on the National Geographic website until Dec. 16.
Hōkūle‘a crew met wil Miloli`i Hipu`u Virtual Academy teachers and
students before embarking on their worldwide voyage.
Photo from Polynesian Voyaging Society


This competition, in its twelfth year, has attracted a diverse and highly adventurous slate of participants in extreme sports – including a cave diver, a kayaker, a paraglider and a mountaineer. Each contestant is described in a feature article, followed by a short question and answer section, on the magazine’s website.   


Hōkūle‘a is the iconic voyaging canoe that has not only epitomized high adventure, but in the past 40 years has defied naysayers, rewritten history and helped spark cultural revival across the Pacific. The recreated historic Polynesian sailing vessel is 62 feet long, 20 feet wide and its double hulls are held together by six miles of rope. It is navigated only by the stars, the way that ancient Polynesians found their way to Kaʻū where they first landed in Hawaiʻi.
Polynesian Voyaging Society canoe at
 Miloliʻi. Photo by Peter Anderson


Aaron Teasdale, writing a year ago in National Geographic, described a trip aboard the Hōkūle‘a with the navigator, Nainoa Thompson, who learned the ancient art of celestial navigation from a Micronesian sailor, Mau Piailug, in 1976.
    “Nainoa Thompson studies the clouds, birds and smells, and feels the wind’s subtle shifts on his bare skin. The boat has no enclosed cabin, and as crew members crawl into tiny, canvas-covered compartments to sleep, Thompson stays awake, studying the cosmos as he guides his craft through a world of sea and stars.
   “Initially, scholars, sailors, and even some fellow Polynesians didn’t believe Hōkūle‘a’s crew could successfully navigate the open ocean,” says the National Georgraphic writer. Over the years, however, the crew has made many trips from Hawaiʻi to to Polynesia and the legs of it current Worldwide Voyage have sailed to the East Coast of the U.S., the Caribbean, Brazil, South Africa, Mauritius, Bali and Australia. See more in upcoming Kaʻū News Briefs.
      To cast a vote to name Hōkūle‘a the 2017 Adventurer of the Year, go to the National Geographic web site
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Wa'a Kaulua View of Honu`apo won an award in the Beauty 
of Ka`u photo contest. Photo by Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa

CANOE BUILDER KIKO JOHNSTON-KITAZAWA, of Honuʻapo, took third in last week’s Beauty of Kaʻū photo contest, sponsored by Kaʻū Chamber of Commerce. He captured the image in the early morning with a Samsung cell phone.
    Kaʻū residents, businesses, churches and community groups can support the Kaʻū Chamber of Commerce and its scholarship fund through signing up for The Directory 2017 by emailing geneveve.fyvie@gmail.com by Dec. 15.

KAʻŪ ʻOHANA O HONUʻAPO seeks one or two new board members. The organization is a community-based, non-profit with the mission statement: “To restore, care for and protect the natural and cultural resources within the Honu‘apo area. Utilizing the values of mālama ‘āina (care for the land), kūpono (honesty and integrity), and kuleana (duty and responsibility), we will work in community partnerships to preserve this area for future generations.”
     Ka ‘Ohana team members have been working with the county, state, and community partners since the organization’s foundation in 2005 to help manage and improve the 230 acres, now known as Honuʻapo. The land includes a public park, ancient Hawaiian fishponds and an uninhabited coastal stretch.
     “Our organization is a grassroots, Friends of the Park group run entirely by local volunteers living in Kona and Kaʻū (but open to all island residents who share a love for Honuʻapo Bay and shoreline). We firmly believe that our organization is a great example of how a concerned group of committed community residents and NGOs can work together with government agencies to help better manage their properties in perpetuity.”
Monk seal hauls out at Honuʻapo. Photo by Julia Neal
     A statement regarding new board member qualifications says: “We are seeking individuals who care deeply about natural and cultural resources in Kaʻū and are aligned with our mission. Board membership requires time (approximately 10 hours per month) and quarterly in-person meetings and events. We are hoping for new members to bring new energy, passion, and perhaps certain skills that can help our organization grow and continue share our mission. These include grant writing, communications, finances, web design, community networking and social media promotion.”
     Interested individuals can contact Ka ʻOhana at kaohanaohonuapo@gmail.com for more information. Include a short biography and a sentence or two on reasons for wanting to join the board.
     Find out more about Ka ʻOhana at: www.honuapopark.org; and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KaOhanaOHonuapo
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HOVE ROAD MAINTENANCE board of directors meeting, is today, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m., St. Jude’s Church. 929-9910

LEI WILI DEMONSTRATION, Wed, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center lanai in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Learn the lei wili, a traditional style of lei created by wrapping cordage around flowers, leaves and more. Free; park entrance fees apply.

THANKSGIVING DINNER AT OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER will be from noon to 3 p.m. The free meal is an annual gift to the community by the Ocean View Community Association. 
Amakihi, artwork of tooled metal to be on display at the Volcano
Village Artist Hui Show & Sale, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
Art by Elizabeth Miller 

THANKSGIVING DAY BUFFET, Thu, Nov. 24, 2 – 6 p.m., Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day buffet at Kīlauea Military Camp’s Crater Rim Café in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The buffet features roast turkey, pineapple honey-glazed ham, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, rice, pumpkin squares, apple crisp, ice cream sundae bar and beverage. $21.95 adults, $11.95 child (6-11 years). No reservations required. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. 967-8356

30TH ANNUAL VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI SHOW & SALE, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 25-27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Volcano Village. Gallerygoers are invited to meet the artists in their studios located in Volcano. Artworks will be on display and available for purchase in a variety of media including pottery, raku, hand-blown art glass, sculpture, jewelry, and fiber art as well as photographs, paintings, drawings, metal work, quilts, and block prints. Maps to studios available at local businesses & galleries. 987-3472

VOLCANO ARTS CENTER PROGRAMS PREVIEW EXHIBIT, Friday, Saturday Nov. 25/26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village. Discover what the New Year has to offer. VAC will be on Volcano Artist Hui’s tour, and Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will sell poinsettias. 967-8222

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY holiday exhibit daily through Jan. 1 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Featured at Christmas in the Country is the 17th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit, with prizes awarded for the best wreaths. To participate, contact Emily Weiss at 967-8222 or gallery@volcanoartcenter.org. Free; park entrance fees apply.


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