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Ka‘ū News Briefs Sunday, October 8, 2017

Spirit Week on the Ka‘ū High School and Pāhala Elementary School campus led to an historic victory for the Ka‘ū High
 Trojans football team, cutting out the Cowboys, of Kohala, with a 60-0 score. Ka‘ū Trojan cheerleaders led the fans on 
campus and at the game. Photo by Kalei Namohala
AN HISTORIC VICTORY: KA‘Ū SCORED 60, KOHALA 0 on Saturday, as the Trojans Eight-Man Football team cut out the Cowboys at home in Pāhala.
     The punishment pumped up the Trojans in the first quarter with three touchdowns. B. Echalas ran 38 yards to cross the goal line followed by two extra points. Z. Kai made a four-yard run, followed by two extra points by J. Badua. Kai wrapped up the first quarter, running 56 yards for the final touchdown and score of 22-0.
Isaiah Pilanca-Emmsley ran and passed for
 touchdowns. Photo by Dave Berry
         Second quarter saw four more touchdowns. I. Pilanca-Emmsley ran for 26 yards. M. Keliikoa-Kalua intercepted the ball and ran 60 yards to bump up the score to 34-0. Kai passed to Pilanca-Emmsley - a 28-yard reception for more on the scoreboard. Pilanca-Emmsley passed to Badua with a 19-yard reception and touchdown extending the half-time lead, Ka‘ū 46, Kohala 0.
       Third quarter was scoreless. In the fourth quarter, Badua ran a yard to push the points to 52. Pilanca-Emmsley made a two-yard shuffle to W. Davis to make the final score, ending the game with a 60-0 victory for the Trojans to top off Ka‘ū High's Spirit Week.
     Eight-Man Football is a higher scoring game, with more running than the traditional football played by the Trojans for most of the high school's history. It was suggested by Athletic Director Kalei Namohala as a way to help the school be more competitive since it is one of the smaller enrollment schools in the state. Her efforts led to the establishment of Eight-Man Football in Hawai‘i and Ka‘ū has come home with championships in recent years.
   The final game of the season will be played at home on Saturday, Oct. 21, against Pāhoa at 1 p.m.
   The coach is DuWayne Ke.

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Eight-man football was a high scoring game for Trojans Saturday.
Photo by Dave Berry
Trojans cut the Cowboys out of the
competition for a 60-0 home team win.
Photo by Dave Berry
Zach Kai catches interception and 
rules as Homecoming King.
Photo by Pam Taylor

Girls Volleyball 
Wednesday, Oct. 11, Ka'ū vs. Kohala, away.
Friday, Oct. 13, Ka'ū vs. Honoka'a, home.

Eight-Man Football
Saturday, Oct. 21, Ka'ū vs. Pāhoa, home.

Cross Country
Saturday, Oct. 13, Ka'ū vs. BIIF, away.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, at

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HAWAI‘I WILL CONTEST PRES. DONALD TRUMP'S third travel ban. U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Kahala Watson is giving state Attorney General Doug Chin until Tuesday morning to file a motion. The Trump administration has until next Saturday to respond. The new travel ban, which would take effect Wednesday, Oct. 18, adds Chad and North Korea and a few Venezuela government officials to the ban. Said Chin, "Hawai‘i fought the first and second travel bans because they were illegal and unconstitutional efforts to implement the president's Muslim ban. Unfortunately, the third travel ban is more of the same." The brief filed by Hawai‘i on Thursday says the new travel ban "flouts the immigration laws' express prohibition on nationality discrimination, grossly exceeds the authority Congress delegated to the president, lacks any rational connection to the problems it purports to address and seems to effectuate the president's promise to ban Muslims from the United States."

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Hawai‘i Attorney General Doug Chin. Photo from HPR
HAWAI‘I AND 17 OTHER STATES WARNED PRES. DONALD TRUMP that they will see legal action for his administration's "discriminatory, ill-considered, and dangerous move to effectively end the contraception coverage rule created by the Affordable Care Act. 
     On Friday, the 18 attorneys general wrote Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Don Wright, Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta, and Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin "expressing their strong opposition to the Trump administration's action that will increase healthcare costs for women, lead to more unplanned pregnancies and place even more strain in state budgets," says a statement from the AG's office.
       Chin said, “We are talking about basic access to health care for women. Contraception provides women the autonomy they deserve. It’s also used to treat a variety of serious conditions having nothing to do with birth control. And the public has had no opportunity to comment.” 
   The statement from the Hawai‘i AG's office says, "For millions of women the contraception coverage rule has reduced their healthcare costs, helped address medical conditions, and allowed them to make their own decisions about when and if to have children. Before the contraception coverage rule, birth control accounted for 30-44 percent of a woman’s out-of-pocket healthcare costs. Now, 62 million women across the country have access to contraception without a co-pay, saving an average of $255 per year for oral pill contraceptives, and the percentage of women who have a co-pay for contraception has fallen from more than 20 percent to less than 4 percent."
     The letter from the 18 attorneys general to the Trump administration says, “Allowing any employer or insurance company with a religious or ‘moral’ objection to contraception to opt out of this requirement will take away women’s autonomy to make their own reproductive decisions and put those decisions in the hands of their employers. Subjecting women to the religious and moral beliefs of their employers violates the right to privacy that is so evident in Supreme Court doctrine. Women should have coverage for their critical health care just as men do.”

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TO EMPOWER HAWAI‘I'S COMMUNITIES to live more sustainably, strengthen local and regional food systems, and for those growing food, to feed Hawaiʻi's people are aspirations expressed by U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard who addressed the annual Hawai‘i Farmers Union United Convention on Saturday. She talked about "leveling the field, rather than more giveaways to big, agribusiness corporations," according to a statement from Gabbard.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard called for strengthening local food systems during
the state annual convention of Hawai‘i Farmers Union United.
Photo from Office of Tulsi Gabbard
     Pāhala corn and vegetable farmer Kyle Studer, who is President of the Ka‘ū Farmers Union Chapter, and Nā‘ālehu teacher and candidate for state House of Representatives Raina Whiting, who is Secretary-Treasurer, represented Ka‘ū at the three day event. It was held at Kahumana Farms in Wai‘anae on O‘ahu.
     The congresswoman recognized the Hawaiʻi chapter's accomplishment in achieving charter status with the National Farmers Union and spoke about opportunities for Hawaiʻi in the upcoming 2018 federal farm bill.
     The convention brought together members of the National Farmers Union, including NFU President Roger Johnson, NFU leadership from across the country, local farmers, small business owners, and others "to explore the concepts of Aloha 'Āina and Mālama 'Āina to create regenerative agricultural systems for Hawaiʻi," said a statement from Gabbard. 
     This year's conference included panels and presentations on polyculture cover crops, agro ecology systems, soil and human health, hemp in Hawaiʻi, sustainable and organic farming.
     Gabbard said, "as a community, we have great potential for Hawaiʻi to empower our local farmers, strengthen our food security, secure funding for critical research, and empower our local communities through locally grown agriculture. Over the last several years, we've seen a rise in local farm-to-school programs, improved value of our coffee industries, and increased engagement among our local community to buy local and invest in community farming. There is much to be done to build on these successes, and events like today's bring together all the necessary community components to make it happen."See video of Gabbard's speech.

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Pick up the October edition of The Ka'ū Calendar delivered
free to 5,500 mailboxes throughout Ka'ū, from Miloli'i 
through Volcano. Also available on stands throughout
the district. See it online now at kaucalendar.com 
PUBLIC INPUT FOR HELE-ON and other county transportation services is welcomed at five County of Hawai‘i meetings around the island outside of Ka‘ū. Those unable to attend can submit suggestions to County Council member Maile David at maile.david@hawaiicounty.gov or the consultants directly at heleonsuggestions@ssfm.com.
     Meetings include a short presentation, posters and input tables. They are open to all from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Monday, Oct. 9, at West Hawai‘i Civic Center in Kona; Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Kea‘au Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St.); Thursday, Oct. 12, at Pāhoa Neighborhood Facility (15-2910 Kauhale St.); Thursday, Oct. 19, at Waimea Elementary School; and Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lu‘au Hale in Hilo.
     To request special assistance or an auxiliary aid to attend the event, contact Jo-Anna Herkes, SSFM International at 808-356-1260 at least 5 days prior to the event.

SENIOR ID'S FOR AGES 60 AND UP WILL BE ISSUED MONDAY, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Jude’s Church in Ocean View. For more, call 928-3100.

THE KOHALA CENTER'S HIGH SCHOOL SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROGRAM STARTS TOMORROW, Monday, Oct. 9, and continues through Friday, Oct. 13, at TKC's Demonstration Farm in Honka’a, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Kohala Center's Rural and Cooperative Business Development Services says, “The weeklong program features hands-on training in sustainable agriculture practices and visits to important traditional Hawaiian agricultural sites and farms. Students will also learn about opportunities in farming and supporting Hawai'i's food security. Contact Dave Sansone at 808-887-6411 or dsansone@kohalacenter.org for more information.”

REGISTER KEIKI GRADES K-8 FOR PAPER PLATE SILHOUETTE CRAFT, until Tuesday, Oct. 17, for the class that takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Pāhala Community Center. For more, call 928-3102.

INPUT FOR THE FUTURE OF HAWAI‘I COUNTY TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, including the Hele On Bus that takes many Ka‘ū residents to work, school and shopping, is invited at five meetings outside of Ka‘ū. Those unable to attend may contact Ka‘ū's County Council member Maile David at maile.david@hawaiicounty.gov or email the consultants directly at heleonsuggestions@ssfm.com.
     Meetings are from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on: Monday, Oct. 9, at West Hawai‘i Civic Center in Kona; Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Kea‘au Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St.); Thursday, Oct. 12, at Pāhoa Neighborhood Facility (15-2910 Kauhale St.); Thursday, Oct. 19, at Waimea Elementary School; and Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lu‘au Hale in Hilo.
     To request special assistance or an auxiliary aid to attend the event, contact Jo-Anna Herkes, SSFM International at 808-356-1260 at least 5 days prior to the event.

A HISTORY OF THE KAHUA HULA, will be given at the Volcano Art Center tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. Photographer and VAC founder Boone Morrison discusses the construction, history, and dedication of the hula platform near VAC Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Attendance is free, though $5 donations are appreciated. For more, call 967-8222.

RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS and those interested in becoming volunteers are invited to meet tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., in the HOVE Road Maintenance Corp. office. For more, call Hannah Uribes at 929-9953.

ADULTS ARE INVITED TO REGISTER UNTIL FRIDAY, OCT. 13, for a Mold Ceramics class from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 16 through Dec. 4. at Pāhala Community Center. For more, call 928-3102.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP REMOVE INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANT SPECIES that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Stewardship at the Summit event will take place three more times in October - Fridays, Oct. 13 & 27, and Saturday, Oct. 21, at 9 a.m.
     To join the efforts, meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m. on any of the aforementioned dates. Volunteers should wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants and bring a hat, rain-gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools will be provided. No advance registration is required, and there is no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply. Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm.

FAR FROM THE TREE is a new Volcano Art Center art exhibit featuring Linda Peterson and Gregg Smith. The exhibition is open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 14, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.   
      A special opening reception with both artists occurs Saturday, Oct. 14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The mixed media exhibition showcases each artists specialty, including Petersons detailed acrylic paintings and Smiths segmented, wood turned vessels made mostly of Hawaiian hardwoods. The exhibit also features a collaborative collection of hand painted wooden bowls that combine both artists talents.
      Volcano Art Center invites all to come view this collection of two and three dimensional works. For more information, visit volcanoartcenter.org or contact VAC Gallery Manager Emily C. Weiss by calling (808) 967-8222 or emailing gallery@volcanoartcenter.org.

ATLAS RECYCLING ACCEPTS RECYCLABLES AT SOUTH POINT U-CART again on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

TWO EVENTS WILL BE HOSTED BY KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday, Oct. 14.
     From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Kīlauea Military Camp's Crater Rim Café offers a Mongolian BBQ. Call 967-8356 for more details.
     Starting at 8 p.m.: Kīlauea Military Camp’s Lava Lounge offers Comedy Night with comedian Tom Clark. Call 967-8371 for more.
     Both events are open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply.

KANIKAPILA welcomes acoustic instrumentalists, drummers, singers and dancers on Saturdays, Oct. 14 and 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Nā‘ālehu Methodist Church Hall. For more, call Desmond at 937-6305.

REGISTER KEIKI AGES 5-12 FOR A HALLOWEEN MASK MAKING CLASS that takes place Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Nā‘ālehu Community Center. Register through Friday, Oct. 20. For more, call 939-2510.

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