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Ka‘ū News Briefs Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A three-year old female Nēnē focuses on fattening up for nesting season while her mate stands guard.
See story below. Photo from Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park

DISMANTLING NET NEUTRALITY is the proposal announced Tuesday by Federal Communications Chair FCC Chair Ajit Pai, a former Verizon attorney. The proposition will go to a vote of the FCC next month.
     Rep. Tulsi Gabbard reacted, saying the measure would "give even more power to corporate internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon while raising costs for average consumers.
     "Millions of Americans support net neutrality. It keeps a level playing field for all who use the internet, making it possible for entrepreneurs, independent journalists, and other content creators to connect with their audience. Without net neutrality, ISPs will be able to throttle internet speeds, block content behind paywalls, and unfairly favor some content over others," said Gabbard.
     "We should be discussing how to expand internet access to more people, not restrict it to those who can afford to pay more. The internet is vital to equal opportunities in education, entrepreneurship, job searching, and even keeping a job once you've been hired. Many of the people living in my district, in rural communities, those on Native American reservations, and in low-income areas across the country do not have high-speed internet. It is our job to ensure that everyone has the access and connectivity they need to thrive in our 21st-century economy," said the Congresswoman.
      She suggested that all those interested in maintaining Net Neutrality sign a petition "telling the FCC to keep net neutrality the way that it is. We will not accept another handout to corporate ISPs while we foot the bill."

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Sen. Mazie Hirono has worked as far back as 2013 on protecting
DREAMers who live in Hawai`i, including those in this group at
University of Hawai`i. Photo from Office of Sen. Mazie Hirono 
PASSING THE DREAM ACT BEFORE THE DECEMBER SENATE RECESS is the push made on Tuesday by Hawai`i U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono. She and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto along with other women Senators wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explaining the impact of Pres. Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the Deffered Action for Childhood Arrivals program on women DREAMers and their families. They underscored the need to pass legislation that would prevent them from being deported from the only home they have known.
    “Women make up 53 percent of DACA recipients. According to the largest survey of DACA recipients, about one-quarter are parents of American citizen children,” wrote the Senators. “The futures of these mothers and their U.S. citizen children have been thrown into uncertainty. If Congress does not act to protect them, hundreds of thousands of women will lose their status and face deportation.”
    The Senators expressed concern that American citizen children of DACA recipients may end up in foster care if their mothers are deported, and noted that the fear of deportation leads fewer immigrants to report incidents of sexual abuse or domestic violence.
     The letter was also signed by Senators Kamala D. Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Tammy Duckworth, Tammy Baldwin, Elizabeth Warren, Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar.

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A MONTHLY SIREN THAT WOULD SIGNAL THAT HAWAI`I IS UNDER MILITARY ATTACK will be tested beginning Dec. 1, and the first workday of each month, along with the Alert Warning, normally tested to simulate an alarm for tsunamis and other disasters. The new siren sound is called the Attack Warning.
Nēnē pair along Hwy 11 between
Pāhala and Volcano. Photo by Julia Neal
    This week Pres. Donald Trump declared North Korea a State Sponsor of Terror and announced additional sanctions on the country.

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NENE NESTING SEASON IS HERE FOR HAWAI`I'S STATE BIRD. Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park reminds drivers that both Highwy 11 and roads within the park can be crossed by the nēnē geese and their families.
      Nēnē crossing signs designate the areas of road and highway most frequented. Nesting pairs may feed along roadsides and could be out after dark, when drivers don’t expect them.
     A statement from the park warns, "Please, never feed nēnē. Birds that are fed by humans, even once, are more likely to frequent parking lots and get struck by vehicles. Do your part in protecting our beloved nēnē, the world’s rarest goose and our endangered state bird!"

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HAWAI`I CONSERVATION CONFERENCE IS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018. It will be held July 24 to 26th at the Hawai'i Convention Center in Honolulu. Representatives of organizations and agencies connected with Ka`u who work with  Kamehameha Schools, The Nature Conservancy and Hawai`i Wildlife Fund, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Trust for Public Lands, Ka `Ohana O Honu`apo, the state Department of Land & Natural Resources, the state Department of Agriculture, NOAA and many more are regular attendees. The sponsor is Hawai`i Conservation Alliance.
          The 25th Annual event is entitled:  Ulu ka lālā i ke kumu: From a strong foundation grows an abundant future. The organizers explain that Hawaiian ʻōlelo noʻeau (wise saying) "Ulu ka lālā i ke kumu" means, "the branch grows from the tree trunk." The word kumu can mean foundation, trunk, base, source, and teacher. 
         Organizers state that "The foundation set and the lessons learned from our past conservation efforts prepare us for further growth and evolution of our work. We remember and honor the foundations, and forge ahead, using new and better tools and techniques that our forebears did not have access to. We recognize that without our ancestors, we would not have the knowledge and resources we have today. We also trust that one day our own work will be the kumu, so we build the science and praxis to buttress the future we desire. At the 25th annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference, we will reach from our rich foundations of biocultural stewardship and innovate scientific exploration towards an abundant future for our environment and our communities."
   The Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference Organizing Committee is soliciting proposals for symposia, forums, workshops, trainings, and oral or poster presentations. 
      Proposals that demonstrate innovative approaches with community involvement, founded on multiple knowledge systems, and emphasizing biocultural knowledge are encouraged. Suggested subjects include:
    Lessons from Indigenous Knowledge and Conservation History: This track honors ancestral wisdom, often captured in traditional stories and chants, but also kept alive with families that engage in intergenerational stewardship. Topics will span groundbreaking approaches to biocultural conservation, land and sea stewardship, community-based collaborative management, species vs. ecosystem focused management, ʻāina-based management, as well as new tools in conservation.
     Building the Future: This track features efforts that seek to push the creative boundaries of environmental stewardship to engage new audiences and build strong partnerships for the present while we uplift the next generation of caretakers for our Island Earth. 
   Invasive Species and Biosecurity: This track explores Hawaiʻi's complex history in battling invasive species through the development and implementation of biosecurity measures, and identifies future opportunities that build upon that foundation.
   Putting Research into Practice for Thriving ʻĀina: This track includes syntheses that highlight how current research continues to inform day-to-day conservation, emerging technologies, as well as broader resource management and policy. Topics span the natural and social sciences.
    Student awards are also available for graduate and undergraduate presenters
     Those interested can check into Evaluation Criteria and Submission Instructions. Deadline for ideas is Feb. 9. See more at www.hawaiiconservation.org.

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CREATE A SMALL KĀHILI PA‘A LIMA, a hand-held kāhili, on Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, on the lānai of Kīlauea Visitor Center in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Kāhili are a form of Hawaiian leatherwork that traditionally acknowledged a person’s status and genealogy, and offered spiritual protection. Free, park entrance fees apply. For more, see nps.gov/HAVO.

KMC'S WAS A DETENTION CENTER in World War II, confining Japanese Americans after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. This history will be explained Wednesday, Nov. 22 during a one hour guided walk at 1:30 p.m. It is open to the public.
       Entitled KMC Remembered, it will be led by a ranger and begin at the Kīlauea Military Camp flagpole in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. "Learn why the citizens were detained, what their experiences at KMC were, and see new exhibits that interpret the history of the military camp," says a statement from Hawai`i Volcanoes National park. Park entrance fees apply.

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AN OPEN HOUSE FOR KA‘Ū COFFEE AND OTHER FARMERS will be held Thanksgiving Day, this Thursday, Nov. 23 at Pāhala Plantation House at 11 a.m. to meet representatives of the manufacturers of the Japanese Organic Plant Vitalizer called HB-101. Some Ka‘ū Coffee farmers are using HB-101.
HB-101 Commercial shows a ninja presenting it to
a Japanese man. Image from HB-101
   HB-101 is described by its proponents as a liquid growth-enhancing formula for plants, created through blending extracts of Japanese cedars, pines, cypress trees and plantain grass.          Dr. Tomoaki Kato, HB-101's Laboratory Manager and a Doctor of Engineering, will give a workshop and host a question and answer session. Other workshops will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at University of Hawai`i's CTAHR Extension Office Conference Room in Kona  and on Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at USDA Agricultural Research Services facilities in Hilo.
       The Pāhala event is a potluck with turkey, ham and drinks provided. For more information, call Reggie Hasegawa at 960-6614 or Max Maemori at 756-4888.

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Dennis and Christy Soares perform on Thursday
at Lava Lounge in KMC..
A FREE COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER is hosted at the Ocean View Community Center on Thursday, Nov. 23, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the main hall. The dinner is open to all and boasts a full turkey dinner with "all the fixings." For more details, call 939-7033 or email ovcahawaii@gmail.com.

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES PERFORM Thursday, Nov. 23, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Kīlauea Military Camp’s Lava Lounge in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. No cover charge. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8356 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

A THANKSGIVING BUFFET takes place Thursday, Nov. 23, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at KMC’s Crater Rim Café in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The menu features Roast Turkey, Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham and all the fixings. $21.95/adult, $11.85/child (ages 6-11). Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8356 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

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.
VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI'S 31ST ART STUDIO TOUR & SALE is Friday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., six artists studios in Volcano Village. Meet artists, view and purchase wide variety of artwork from local artists. Special drawing held at sales end. For more call 987-3472. Find a map of the six participating artists studios at VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com.

OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORP. meets Friday, Nov. 24, at 5 p.m., in Hawaiian Ranchos' office.

THE ANNUAL DECORATED COTTAGES HOLIDAY CHALLENGE at Kīlauea Military Camp within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park takes place Friday, Nov. 24, through Friday, Jan. 1. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8371 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

THE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY AT PUNALU‘U 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 (registration has passed). Donations are tax deductible and will be used toward college scholarships through the events sponsor Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association. Call 928-0101 for more.

THE TENTH ANNUAL KAMAHALO CRAFT FAIR has been announced for Cooper Center and is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 30 local artisans participate, offering unique gifts. See facebook.com/coopercentervolcano/
Email Linda Ugalde kilaueatutu@gmail.comThe event will be located at 19-4030 Wright Rd, Volcano.

KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP ANNOUNCES AUGIE T IN CONCERT on Saturday, Nov. 25, at KMC’s Lava Lounge in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Tickets on sale at Hirano Store or online at AugieT.com. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more call, 967-837, kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

VOLUNTEERS CAN HELP REMOVE INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANTS from native plant habitats in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The next Stewardship at the Summit event is Saturday, Nov. 25, at 8:45 a.m.
     To join the effort, meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants and bring 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, though park entrance fees apply. Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/

NATURE & CULTURE: AN UNSEVERABLE RELATIONSHIP, a moderate hike approximately 2 miles takes place Saturday, Nov. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Kahuku Unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Palm Trail hikers visit a place where catastrophic change (hulihia) and subsequent restoration (kulia) can be observed as the land transitions from the 1868 lava flow with its pioneer plants to deeper soil with more diverse and older flora. Learn about native plants that play a vital role in Hawaiian culture. Free. The hike will be offered again on Nov. 25. Visit nps.gov/havo for more.

JOIN A GUIDED HIKE ALONG THE PALM TRAIL in the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Sunday, Nov. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The hike will also be offered on Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 23.
     Palm Trail is a moderately difficult 2.6-mile loop traversing scenic pastures along an ancient cinder cone, with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer. Highlights include relics of the ranching era, sections of remnant native forest and amazing volcanic features from the 1868 eruptive fissures.
     For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

REGISTER KEIKI, GRADES K-8, BY TUESDAY, NOV. 28, FOR A FELT WINTER HANGING CRAFT class that takes place Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center. For more, call 928-3102 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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