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Ka‘ū News Briefs Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hōkūleʻa, coming into Miloli‘i before heading off on its two-year voyage to more than 20 countries as it
circumnavigated the planet. The crew on the canoe plans a return on a Mahalo, Hawai‘i Sail next Spring.
See more below. Photo from Polynesian Voyaging Society
THE BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL DREAM ACT received a heavy push from Hawai‘i Congresswoman Rep. Tulsi Gabbard today, who urged Congress to pass the H.R. 3440 to enact a permanent solution for millions of DREAMers across the country. Gabbard was joined by fellow members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, immigrant advocacy organizations, and DREAMers from across the country, said a statement from her office.
      The DREAM Act, would grant lawful permanent residence to over 800,000 DREAMers across the country. A companion bill, S.1615 was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard called for Congress to pass the DREAM Act, accompanied
by members of the Asian Pacific American Caucus, immigrant advocates
and DREAMers. Photo from Office of Tulsi Gabbard 
      Gabbard said, “Congress must take action. More than 600 DACA recipients in Hawaiʻi, along with over 800,000 across the country, have their lives hanging in the balance. In my home state of Hawai‘i on the island of Maui, I recently met with a group of DREAMers, who shared their stories of hardship, of hope, and now of fear and uncertainty of what lies ahead. These young men and women have known no other home other than the state of Hawai‘i and now face the possibility of being sent to live in a foreign country or falling back into the shadows.
      “DACA was a shining light for DREAMers, which allowed them to come out from the shadows to go to school, to get a job, to start a small business, and to build a future in this country. Congress has the responsibility to pass a clean, bipartisan DREAM Act to provide a permanent resolution to this problem that too many people are facing all across this country. We cannot afford to wait. We must stand together, Republicans and Democrats, as Americans to pass the DREAM Act now.”

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"WE ARE STILL COMBATTING CLIMATE CHANGE, even if Donald Trump isn't." declared Hawai‘i Sen. Brian Schatz on Wednesday, after completing his mission to the U.N. Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany. He said he and colleagues delivered the message from the U.S. "Whatever the president’s rhetoric or intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate accord, we need the world to know that he cannot stop us from moving forward together to combat climate change.
     "It is a fact that the future is climate action. We’ve already seen incredible progress in every corner of the country. Hawai‘i is the first state with a 100 percent clean energy law, and now more than half of our states have clean energy policies, like putting caps on emissions to reduce our carbon footprint and become a clean energy economy.
     "But we have to keep up the fight." Shatz said that this Tuesday, mayors, governors, faith leaders, and thousands of activists rallied together for the We Are Still In Day of Action to show that the American people are still in the fight to combat climate change.
    The Senator said, "There is no doubt that Donald Trump doesn’t understand the need for urgent climate action, but, as the indispensable nation, we have a responsibility to lead on this issue. Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation, so we can’t afford to sit on the sidelines and let this president dictate how we fight it.
Hōkūleʻa coming into Miloli‘i.
Photo by Peter Anderson
     "Our presence in Bonn, and the efforts of We Are Still In are important steps in showing the world that there is nothing this president can do to stop our progress. But I cannot convey that message alone - I need everyone to stand up and say we’re still committed to the Paris Climate accord."
    He asks that like-minded citizens sign onto a petition at action.brianschatz.com/we-are-still-in.

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HŌKŪLE‘A PLANS TO SAIL PAST KA‘Ū, likely stopping in Miloli‘i during its Spring Mahalo, Hawai‘i Sail to the Big Island April 17 - May 14. Before departing on its two-year Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, Hōkūleʻa sailed to Ka‘ū and visited with charter school children and residents of Miloli‘i. 
    After leaving Hawai‘i, the Hōkūleʻa sailed 42,000 nautical miles, visiting 150 ports in over 20 countries, while training a new generation of navigators and educators. 
     The crew plans to offer formal public open houses and educational sessions on April 21 at Wailoa Harbor in Hilo, on May 5 at Kawaihae Finger Pier, and on May 12 at Kilaua-Kona Pier. Any stopping date in Ka‘ū and Miloli‘i is yet to be determined. Several organizations are helping to sponsor the visit, including ʻImiloa Astronomy Center; ʻOhana Waʻa, comprised of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Nā Kālai Waʻa, and Friends of Hōkūleʻa and Hawaiʻiloa; University of Hawai‘i-Hilo, and the County of Hawaiʻi.
Miloli‘i children and crew of the Hōkūleʻa before its two-year
voyage around the world. Photo from Polynesian Voyaging Society
    Ahead of the Mahalo, Hawai‘i Sail, Hōkūleʻa captain and navigator Chad Kālepa Baybayan plans a talk as part of the Maunakea Speaker Series, Thursday, Nov. 30, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UH Hilo, Wentworth Hall, Room #1. 
     He plans to speak about deep-sea voyaging and oceanic wayfinding, the indigenous system of orientation and navigation at sea. The speaker series is sponsored by Office of Maunakea Management, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawai‘i Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy.

REHEARSALS ARE WELL UNDERWAY FOR Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network's new spin on an old classic. Combining the music of Gilbert & Sullivan and the classic Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol, KDEN will be the first in Hawai‘i to present A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol for one weekend only, Dec. 14 to 17, at Kīlauea Military Camp's Kīlauea Theater.
      The show features all the characters one usually meets in A Christmas Carol with songs taken from all the various Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. With lyrics by Gayden Wren, familiar tunes such as Three Little Maids from School from The Mikado be-comes Three Little Ghosts for ScroogeI Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General, from Pirates of Penzance becomes I Am the Very Model of a Mystic Supernatural. The finale is Hooray for Mr. Scrooge sung to HMS Pinafore's "He is an Englishman."
Starring as Scrooge is Joel Kelley who has appeared in KDEN's Music ManKīlauea 1916 and Finian's Rainbow. Stephen Bond portrays Marley and Bob Cratchit. The Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future are played by Erin Smith, Kathy Frankovic and Carolyn Lee respectively. Arlene Araki is Tiny Tim. Others in the ensemble portraying multiple roles are Dahlia, Kyla, and Rayanna Fabiani, Karl and Mars Halemano, Dick Hershberger, Craig Kawamoto, Ariana Kelley, Jessica Owen Lawrence, and Mike Meyer. Ray Ryan is the Narrator. The cast is under the direction of Suzi Bond with music direction by Walter Greenwood. Pedro Ka‘awaloa is the company's rehearsal accompanist. Kathy Frankovic and Hal Glatzer are co-producers of the production.
     Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 14, 15, and 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 17 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 seniors/students and $12 for children under 12. Tickets go on sale December 1st at Kīlauea General Store, Kea‘au Natural Foods, Basically Books, and The Most Irresistible Shop in downtown Hilo. For more information or to make reservations, call 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

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RIDE SO THEY CAN WALK fundraiser to end polio continues today through Saturday. Rotary Club's Polio Plus Chair for Hawai‘i, Charlene Meyers, of Volcano, said Rotarians, community members, biking groups and clubs riding bikes, motorcycles and those on stationary bikes in gyms are all riding in the support of eradicating polio. Each rider has friends and family sponsor the ride with all donations going to Rotary’s Polio Plus program.  Kīlauea Military Camp is offering Ride So They Can Walk participants use of its stationary bikes for the fundraiser. Make arrangements at the check in desk. To sponsor a ride or donate go to Rotary D5000 website and click on Ride for Polio in the right hand column and follow the steps.

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HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUB OF KA‘Ū MEETS Thursday, Nov. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Nā‘ālehu United Methodist Church. For more, call Pres. Berkley Yoshida at 747-0197.

STORY TIME WITH AUNTIE LINDA FROM TŪTŪ & ME is set for Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Nā‘ālehu Public Library. For more, call 929-8571.

EXPERIENCE THE SKILLFUL WORK. ‘IKE HANA NO‘EAU Hawaiian cultural demonstrations will be given the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the third Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. The upcoming events are scheduled for Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. This event is free.

FRIENDS OF THE KA‘Ū LIBRARIES will man a booth at the annual Kauaha‘ao Congregational Church fundraising bazaar in Wai‘ōhinu on Saturday, Nov. 18. Donations of baked goods, books and good condion, slightly used, reusable rummage are being accepted to raise money for Friends of the Ka‘ū Libraries.
     Drop off donation at Nā‘ālehu Public Library or Pāhala Public and School Library no later than Friday, Nov. 17, by 3 p.m. or bring to the Libraries tent on, Nov. 18, at Kauaha‘ao Congregational Church grounds at 8 a.m. For more info, call Linda Morgan at 785-2058.

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY, FEATURING THE ANNUAL INVITATIONAL WREATH EXHIBITION, BEGINS Friday, Nov. 17, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This year’s event promises an abundance of art and aloha to kick start the holiday season. Free to the public, park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-7565.

HAND DELIVER REGISTRATION BY FRIDAY, NOV. 17, FOR THE INAUGURAL PIG HUNTING TOURNAMENT presented by the Ka‘ū Multicultural Society on Saturday, Nov. 18, with scales at Waiʻōhinu Park open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for weigh-in. Hunting is islandwide.
     Three-person teams are invited to enter for a registration fee of $55 per team. Registration forms must be hand delivered to Kalani Vierra in Pāhala no later than Friday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. (registration post marked by Nov. 13 is also accepted). Categories include heaviest boar (lahoʻole), biggest tusk, heaviest sow, heaviest overall. Hunting will only be allowed with dogs and no guns and at least one teammate must have a hunting license.
     Team registration forms are available in Kaʻū at ACE Hardware, Wikiwiki Mart, Ka‘ū Gas, R&G Mini Mart, Kaʻū Business Services LLP, Kahuku Gifts and Garden Shop; in Hilo at Delʻs Feed Store, Miranda's and Hilo Surplus Store; in Mountain View at Aloha Gas; in Kurtistown at J. Hara's Store Inc.; and in Kona at Pearl's, Oshima's, Mauka Napa, Lako St. Chevron, Fujihara's Store and Paul's Place.
     For more information, call Darlyne Vierra at 640-8740; Kalani Vierra at 938-2005; or Liz K. at 339-0289. See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Wednesday, Oct. 25.

THE ANNUAL KAUAHA‘AO CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH fundraising bazaar in Wai‘ōhinu is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the church grounds. The church is located on the corner of Māmalahoa Hwy, Kama‘oa Road and Pinao Street just above the Wong Yuen Store and Gas Station.
     Individuals, schools, clubs, and sports/athletic groups are invited to be a vendor at the "flea market" on the church grounds. The charge for a 10' X 10' space is $10. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own tent, table and chairs, and if power is needed, a generator. Vendors can sell anything except hot foods/plate lunches.
     The Church will be selling Kālua Pig plate lunch and containers of Kālua Pig, as well as baked goods, produce, and crafts. Throughout the day, there will be free entertainment "provided by our talented community groups," said Walter and Debbie WongYuen at 928-8039.

LĀ ‘OHANA, THE MILOLI‘I COMMUNITY celebration held annually, is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free, cultural, educational event is open to all and is co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.
     Auntie Diana Aki, Miloli‘i's famed falsetto Hawaiian songbird will sing. Also in the line-up are south Kona bands. Health screening and health insurance advice will be offered, along with local food and arts and crafts on display and for sale.
     Partners in putting on Lā ‘Ohana include Pa‘a Pono Miloli‘i, Kua O Ka Lā Charter School, Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust, Kalanihale, and Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.
     For more information, contact Kumu Ka‘imi Kaupiko at 808-937-1310 or kkaupiko@gmail.com. Vendors are welcome.
     For more about the event, see Ka‘ū News Briefs from Sunday, Oct. 22.

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM meets Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ocean View Community Center. For more details, call 939-7033.

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY is accepting reservations for its next volunteer day at its Ka‘ū Preserve for Saturday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reserving a spot in advance to go to the remote location in The Nature Conservancy's trucks is a must. Anyone interested in more information, and/or to reserve a spot can contact Linda Schubert at lschubert@tnc.org, or call 443-5401.
     Participants will need; long pants, protective shoes (boots preferred), a lunch and water. Everyone should be ready for a variety of weather conditions, from sun, rain, to cool temperatures.

HI‘IAKA & PELE, a free, moderate, one-mile walk through the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, takes place Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Discover the Hawaiian goddesses and the natural phenomena they represent. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

See public Ka‘ū events for November including monthly meetings at 
See Ka‘ū exercise, meditation, daily and weekly community events at 
Pick up the November print edition of The Ka‘ū Calendar, 
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
HULA KAHIKO AND NĀ MEA HULA is scheduled to take place on the hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday, Nov. 18. Hula Kahiko featuring Kumu Ha‘amauliola with Ke Kula o Nawahiokalani‘opu‘u PCS is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.. Nā Mea Hula, a hands on cultural demonstration, featuring Kumu Kaho‘okele Crabbe with Halauolaokalani will follow until 1 p.m.. Contact Desiree, call 987-7288 or email volcanohula@gmail.com, to confirm dates.

A MONGOLIAN BBQ WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Kīlauea Military Camp’s Crater Rim Café in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Call 967-8356 for more details. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP REMOVE INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANTS that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This Stewardship at the Summit event is Saturday, Nov. 18, at 8:45 a.m.
     To join the effort, meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center. 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, park entrance fees waived in observance of Veteran's Day. Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm. Another event is planned for Nov. 25.

NĀ‘ĀLEHU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & STUDENT COUNCIL'S FRIEND-RAISER event takes place on the campus on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event focuses on building relationships and raising funds while providing a family fun day to the community. The event offers a bounce house and splash booth, games, food, informational vendors, face painting, makahiki games, prizes and a raffle. 

A ZENTANGLE INSPIRED ART: TANGLING ON EGGS class at Volcano Art Center is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join Lois & Earl Stokes, certified Zentangle teachers, for an “egg-citing” time tangling on duck and chicken eggs to create holiday ornaments. All skill levels are welcome. The class has a $10 supply fee per person, plus $35 per non-member. All materials and light refreshments are included. For more details, visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.

AN ANCHIALINE POOL VOLUNTEER WORKDAY hosted by Hawaii‘i Wildlife Fund is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. with volunteer meeting up at Wai‘ōhinu Park before heading the worksite. Space is limited in HWF 4WD vehicles. For more information or to reserve a spot, email kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com.

PEOPLE AND LAND OF KAHUKU, a free guided, 2.5 miles, moderately difficult hike over rugged terrain is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The guide will focus on the area’s human history. For more details, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

REGISTRATION FOR THE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY AT PUNALU‘U remains open through next Monday, Nov. 20. The annual event to honor past, present and future generations will be on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach Park, Medicine Pond.
      Taiko Drummers will join the celebration, as will hula dancers, local musicians and Gi Gong practitioners. Floating lanterns for inscribing messages will be provided to the first 50 registrants. Donations are tax deductible and will be used toward college scholarships through the events sponsor Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association. Call 928-0101 to register.

A VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETING is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Ocean View Community Center. For more, call 939-7033.

REGISTER KEIKI OF ALL AGES UNTIL NOV. 22 FOR AN ANNUAL RUBBERBAND TURKEY art class at Pāhala Community Center that takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

REGISTER KEIKI AGES 6 TO 12 TO MAKE A THANKSGIVING NATURE WREATH at Kahuku Park on Wednesday, Nov. 22,  from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. For more, call 929-9113 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

CU HAWAI‘I FEDERAL CREDIT UNION IS OFFERING EMPLOYMENT as a Member Service Representative in Nā‘ālehu. CU Hawai‘i seeks energetic individuals for full time positions who enjoy working with people and can provide professional, courteous and efficient service to valued members.
     The ideal candidate must be service oriented and possess good communication and computer skills. Cash handling and customer service experience is preferred. Must be able to work Saturdays. CU Hawai‘i offers medical, drug, dental, vision and retirement benefits.
     Email, mail or fax application to: Attn: Human Resources, 476 Hinano Street Hilo, HI 96720, Fax: (808) 935-7793. Applications can be found online at cuhawaii.com/careers.html.


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