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Ka‘ū News Briefs Thursday, November 23, 2017

East Ka`u's State Sen. Russell Ruderman, left, started off Thanksgiving week by playing music at an interfaith
celebration at Hilo Hongwanji to raise money to alleviate homelessness. Photo from Sen. Ruderman
KA`U'S ELECTED OFFICIALS sent out Thanksgiving Day messages:
     Gov. David Ige wrote in his video Thanksgiving card, "Thanksgiving is more than a holiday, more than a feast. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for laughter and good health, for joyful sounds and timeless words, for big surprises and little wonders, for kindness and the spirit of giving, for the future. Give thanks."
From Gov. David Ige's video Thanksgiving card.
    Mayor Harry Kim posted on his facebook page: "Wishing you and your families a blessed Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for, including being able to call this beautiful island our home. Be safe."
    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said, "Today is a day to give thanks, and I have so much to be grateful for. To name a few - I am grateful for the gift of life, for my family, for our home here in Hawai‘i, and for the privilege of serving the people of Hawai‘i and our country in Congress.
     "But as we examine the origins of Thanksgiving, and what we are grateful for, let us think about where we must go and how we can work together toward a more unified, harmonious future.
     "This time last year, I and thousands of others joined the Standing Rock Sioux in their peaceful struggle against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and to protect their water. Native Hawaiian families in Hawai‘i continue their fight for fairness and water rights on their kuleana lands. Too many of our native communities lack basic access to healthcare, quality education, and jobs that pay a living wage.
     "We are in a moment of reckoning, and it’s up to us to take action toward positive change. As women come forward to courageously reveal details of their experiences with sexual assault, let us seek accountability and justice not only in the most newsworthy of cases but in those involving women who’ve thus far been treated as invisible.
Sen. Mazie Hirono visited KMC on Wednesday for the dedication
of the exhibit on World War II detainee center.
Photo from Office of Mazie Hirono
   "We are working to move off fossil fuels and protect our environment, to guarantee Medicare for all, to end federal marijuana prohibition, abolish private prisons, reform our criminal justice system, strengthen our economy, and lift up the people of this country, so there is equal opportunity for all.
     "By working towards accomplishing these objectives, we will move closer to being a nation where all can realize the equality that so many of us are thankful to have. Mahalo for joining me in this effort. I am grateful for you."
     Sen. Mazie Hirono said she spent the morning helping to fix Thanksgiving dinners at a Meals on Wheels program. On Wednesday, she participated in the dedication of the new exhibit at Kilauea Military Camp in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park that honors Japanese Americans detained there in World War II. She tweeted, "I commend the National Park Service for creating this new exhibit recounting the internment of Japanese Americans at the Kilaeua Millitary Camp. I encourage future park visitors to take the opportunity to learn more about this chapter in our history," said the Senator.
     Sen. Russell Ruderman, who represents East Ka`u in the Hawai`i Legislature, said he began the Thanksgiving week playing music at Hilo Hongwanji during an interfaith gathering to alleviate homelessness. "Our newly organized Ahava Aina, with Rabbi Rachel Short in the center (of top photo), represented Jewish tradition with song. We enjoyed laughter with folks from the Islamic Center of Hawai`i among others!" Ruderman posted the photo on his facebook page.

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Volunteers at Ka`u Hosptial danced for a pre-Thanksgiving
dinner for long term residents on Wednesday.

A THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON for long-term residents and their families filled Ka`u Hospital with music and food on Tuesday. They were entertained by the Three Joes Band, who sang, played music and danced hula.
     Ka`u Hospital Administrator Merilyn Harris said, "We’re so grateful to them because you could tell by watching the faces of so many of our residents that music is associated with good memories and their faces really lit up!"

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.
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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. in Volcano Village. Meet artists, view and purchase wide variety of artwork at their studios. Special drawing held at sales end. For more call 987-3472. Find a map of the six participating artists studiosat VolcanoVillageArtists

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 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.

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.

KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP HOSTS 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.

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. Visit nps.gov/havo for more.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP REMOVE INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANTS that prevent native plans from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This 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 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, though park entrance fees apply. Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/

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 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.

HOVE ROAD MAINTENANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS meetS Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m., in the HOVE Road Maintenance Corp. office. For more, call 929-9910.

KA‘Ū FOOD PANTRY offers free food to those in need on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Ocean View.

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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