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Kaʻū News Briefs for Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016


Zero-interest loans can be for safe access, re-roofing and other repairs to keep low-income homeowners living
safely in their houses. Photo from Habitat for Humanity
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IS OFFERING ZERO INTEREST LOANS FOR HOME REPAIRS in Kaʻū. The Habitat Rural Housing Repair Funding is available to low-income homeowners, through its Hilo division, for such repairs as fixing roof leaks, termite problems, wood rot, leaking plumbing and to build ramps and safe stairs for access.
      The Hale Aloha ʻO Hilo chapter of Habitat won a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant to preserve rural homes that need fixing up, as new homes are expensive and hard to find,  and with the understanding that staying in one’s own home may be the best option. Homes in the countryside and in all of  Kaʻū’s towns and villages are located in the area of eligibility.
     To apply, applicant must have income and assets not exceeding program guidelines, have owned and occupied the home for at least a year before applying, be an owner-occupant with clear fee simple title, have sufficient equity to cover required repairs and be able to repay the no-interest loan over 20 years.
     The dwelling must be a legal structure located in a rural area and have defects that pose a health and safety hazard to occupants or be in need of improvements to make the dwelling accessible for a handicapped occupants.
      Repairs are performed by a licensed general contractor hired by the homeowner. Loan is secured by a mortgage and promissory note with 20 years to repay. To apply, call Mary Finley at 967-7230.

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Jeffrey Kekoa is a graduate of the leadership training and President 
of Hawaiian Home Lands Association of Kaʻū. Photo by Julia Neal
KAʻŪ LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM, sponsored by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Community Development Initiative, is recruiting for applicants through Friday, Dec. 16.
     The training will be held in the new  Kaʻū District Gym multi-purpose room. Among the  Kaʻū community leaders who have taken the training are Jeff and Donna Kekoa. Jeff is the president of the local Hawaiian Home Lands Association. Donna is known for her work at  Kaʻū Hospital Rural Health Clinic,  Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association and other community organizations.
     The training is not only open to Hawaiian Home Lands Trust beneficiaries. It is open to other residents. An ideal class, says the announcement, will have a mix of participants: high school to kupuna; emerging beginner to experienced leader; representatives of community nonprofits, the public sector, private sector and government. Farmers, ranchers, artists, cultural practitioners, educators, environmentalists, health and human service workers and those with faith-based jobs and avocations are invited. Maximum class size is 30.
     The training is at no cost to participants and is valued at up to $2000 per person. It is designed to be a fun, dynamic and highly-interactive training program to build leadership skills that may be used in community service, on the job and in personal life.
      Orientation will be Jan. 7 and class sessions are one weekend per month for four months in 2017: Jan. 28-29, Feb. 15-16, March 18-19 and April 8-9. In addition to class work, participants are expected to volunteer 20 t0 40 hours to complete a class project within six to nine months after the last class session.
     To sign up, call Gigi Cairel at 808-620-9461 Hawaiian Home Lands. Email Gigi.O.Cairel@hawaii.gov. Locally, call Jeffrey Kekoa at 928-0320.

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The new Kaʻū Gym will be the site of a Winter Jam for
community basketball for all ages and a UH Vulcan
volleyball clinic for youth. Photo by Ron Johnson
THE ALYSHA & PETE 3-ON-3  BASKETBALL WINTER JAM has announced a Dec. 2 deadline to sign up. The tournament will be held at the new  Kaʻū District Gym, Dec. 9-11 with opportunities for adults and youth of all ages. Age groups are ten and under, 12 and under, 14 and under, boys, girls and co-ed. Men and women are also invited to compete. Cost is $10 per person with strand-nicolsen_marley.jpgfive players maximum per team. The tournament helps raise money help fund Trojan Senior basketball players Pete Dacalio and Alysha Gustafson to travel to the mainland with coach Jen Makuakane to look at colleges who may provide them with sports scholarships. To sign up or donate, call Summer Dacalio at 498-7336, Pete Dacalio at 498-3518 or Alysha Gustafson at 339-0858.

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Vulcans volleyball team, which includes
Kaʻū’s Marley Strand-Nicholaisan
comes to the new gym Dec. 1.
Photo from Vulcans
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I VULCAN VOLLEYBALL CLINIC will be held next Thursday, Dec. 1 at the new  Kaʻū District Gym from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for youth five to 14 years of age. The tournament is expected to feature Vulcan and Trojan volleyball star Marley Strand-Nicholaisen and other Vulcan players who just finished their season.
     All participants must have a parent sign the Dept. of Parks & Recreation release of claims form and the HI-PAL permission Release Form.
    Court shoes or rubber sold shoes are required. To register, call Pāhala Community Center at 928-3102 or 854-7316. Community police Officer Blaine Morishita is also helping through the Hawaiʻi Isle Police Activities League and can be reached at 936-7192.

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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.

THANKSGIVING DAY BUFFET, is today, Nov. 24, from 2 p.m.– 6 p.m. 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 

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

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

SATURDAY IS THE SIXTH ANNUAL FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY at Punaluʻu Beach Park’s Medicine Pond. In addition to participants building, decorating and launching tiny boats to carry lights honoring late friends and family, the gathering features community potluck, Taiko drummers, Gi Gon demonstration, hula dancers and local music, followed by a special photo powerpoint presentation of loved ones, caregivers and previous celebrations. The theme is “Honoring the Past, Present and Future Generations.” 
Floating Lantern ceremony at Punaluʻu this Saturday
honors loved ones. Photo by Julia Neal
To donate to the scholarship fund for health careers, call 928-0101. See more at Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association’s website https://krhcai.com and its Facebook page.

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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