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Ka‘ū News Brief Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Nature Conservancy, which owns and manages the Kamehame Hawksbill Turtle Preserve and other lands 
in Ka‘ū, is a Giving Tuesday partner. Photo by Geneveve Fyvie 
TODAY, NOV. 28, IS GIVING TUESDAY, the international campaign launched in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation and a YMCA in New York City. The day of charity has spread around the world and provides an opportunity for people to spend money on good causes, just after much spending for gifts and for oneself on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and CyberMonday. The number of non-profits asking for help on Giving Tuesday has grown from 2,500 in all 50 states during its first year to 40,000 partners in the U.S. and around the planet.
     This day of giving, volunteerism and service is named in a U.S. House of Representatives resolution introduced this Tuesday by Hawai‘i Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Texas Congressman Will Hurd.
      “Every single day – and especially today on #GivingTuesday – we have the opportunity to reflect on all that we’re grateful for, and pay it forward,” said Gabbard. “Whether it’s donating your time, your talents, or a part of your paycheck, we all can find a way to give back to the causes in our communities that inspire us. As we work to overcome divisiveness and hatred, the spirit of #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to work together in the spirit of aloha and be a force for peace and positive change across our world.”
Grassman Macadamia Nut Farm on Lorenzo Road in Ka‘ū was
placed in agricultural conservation with help from Hawai‘i
 Islands Land Trust, a Giving Tuesday partner.
Photo from Hawai‘i Islands Land Trust
     The Texas Republican congressman said, “During the season of giving, it is important to remember that much more unites us than divides us. If we focus on these things as Americans, we can continue to be the greatest nation in the world. Giving Tuesday is the perfect example of how we come together to help those in need, and I’m proud to work across the aisle with Rep. Gabbard to make the designation of this important day official.”

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GIVING TUESDAY ORGANIZATIONS WITH KA‘Ū SERVICES, asking for assistance, include the following with their online links provided:
         Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai‘i, which helps train future leaders in farming and ranching;
        Boys & Girls Club, which provides after-school education, physical fitness and recreation for children in Ka‘ū;
        Sierra Club of Hawai‘i, which advocates for clean water, air and land;
        Habitat for Humanity, which helps families become homeowners with their own sweat equity;
        Hawai‘i Farmers Union United, which supports family farms;
        Hawai‘i Foodbank, which provides help for Hawai‘i Island Food Bank, Ka‘ū Food Pantry and other food services in Ka‘ū;
Tūtū & Me and its parent organization Partners in Development
are Giving Tuesday partners and frequent participants in the
Pāhala Christmas Parade, this year on Sunday, Dec. 10.
Photo by Julia Neal
        Hawai‘i Islands Land Trust, which helps preserve conservation and farmlands;
        Hawai‘i Public Radio, which provides Civil Defense communications and two stations with programming in Ka‘ū;
        Hawai‘i Wildfire Management Organization, which helps train communities in protection from wildfires through education and planting fire resistant barriers;
        Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi, which provides health care and counseling, focusing on Native Hawaiians;
        Ka‘ū Hospital Charitable Foundation, which raises money for equipment and facilities and programs at the hospital;
        National Kidney Foundation of Hawai‘i, which educates the public about kidney health and provides services for kidney care;
        PARENTS, INC., which helps train families for healthy living;
        Partners in Development, which provides Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool programs and foster care services;
        PBS Hawai‘i, which provides educational T.V. with local programming;
Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi is a Giving Tuesday partner that provides Native
Hawaiian health care and is a regular participant in the Pāhala 
Christmas Parade, this year on Sunday, Dec. 10. Photo by Julia Neal
        Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawai‘i, which helps secure access to the ocean, the mountain and other outdoor places; and
        The Nature Conservancy, which protects native species, natural resources and open spaces.      
      For a complete list of partners worldwide, see givingtuesday.org.
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HELCO ENCOURAGES GIFTING through "giving family members and friends – or anyone in need – a payment toward their electric bills by using the ʻOhana Energy Gift Program offered by Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaiʻi Electric Light. 
      "The ʻOhana Energy Gift is offered year-round as a practical way to help someone in need, but is an especially thoughtful gesture during the holidays," says a statement from Hawaiian Electric Co., parent of Hawai‘i Electric Light Co. 
        The process: Print out and complete the ʻOhana Energy Gift Form and mail the completed form along with a check, cashier’s check or money order payable to Hawaiʻi Electric Light.  
     The printable gift form and the address where the form and payment should be sent can be found at Hawai‘i Electric Light ʻOhana Energy Gift Program. The Hawai‘i Electric Light webpage also lists drop-off locations for each utility. 
      Once received, the gift will be processed within two business days unless otherwise specified. Please note that the ʻOhana Energy Gifts are not tax-deductible donations. You will receive an acknowledgement letter once your designated recipient’s account information is verified and the gift amount has been applied. 
     Recipients will receive a notification letter once the gift amount has been applied. Anonymous donations are also accepted. 
      For more information, email helcopayproc@hawaiielectriclight.com

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LEARN TAIKO DRUMMING FROM MASTER KENNY ENDO. He comes to Nā‘ālehu Public Library Thursday, Nov. 30, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Endo and his famed Taiko Center of the Pacific ensemble will demonstrate and discuss taiko group and festival drumming.
     Recommended for ages five and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. For more information, contact 939-2442.
     For a schedule of other upcoming library programs visit librarieshawaii.org/events.

ALOHA FRIDAY: ‘Ukulele with Wes Awana is Friday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Volcano Art Center Gallery Porch in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The free event features family-friendly lessons on ‘ukulele. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-7565 or visit volcanoartcenter.org.

FIVE STEWARDSHIP AT THE SUMMIT events in which volunteers help remove invasive non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park take place this December. The first event is Friday, Dec. 1, with remaining events taking place Dec. 7, 15, 23, and 30. Volunteers should meet leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at 8:45 a.m. Free; park entrance fees apply. Fore more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

HI‘IAKA & PELE, a free, moderate, one-mile walk through the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, takes place Saturday, Dec. 2, 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.

VOLCANO FESTIVAL CHORUS hosts its 23rd The Wonder of Christmas concert Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 pm at KMC's Kilauea Theater. The 25-member chorus is under the direction of Roch Jones with accompaniment by Walter Greenwood.
Also joining the chorus will be Cheryl Shine on flute and piccolo, and Gillen Kauakahi on recorder.
     The Carols of Gathering by Joseph Martin will open the show and a medley of White Christmas and Happy Holiday by Irving Berlin will close the show. The program is varied and includes a spiritual Have You Heard the News?, an African Alleluia, an Irish Carol, and madrigals, All The Town Be Merry and Throw Open The Shutters. Popular carols Do You Hear What I Hear?, Ring, Christmas Bells and Pie Jesu are also featured.
     Admission is free; however, donations will be accepted.

GILLIGANS NIGHT WILL BENEFIT KA‘Ū LEARNING ACADEMY: Gilligans Cafe is back on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a special Gilligans Night, sponsored by The Innovation for Education Foundation, to benefit Kaʻū Learning Academy. The location is the Charter School campus at the old Discovery Harbour Golf Course Clubhouse.
     Joe Iacuzzo, Managing Director of KLA, described it as: “Pizza, Chicken Parmesan and our famous meatballs and pasta (so good the meatballs come first!).” There will be live music. Beer and wine will be served. All proceeds benefit Kaʻū Learning Academy. The Innovation for Education Foundation is a 501c3 public charity. See kaulearning.com and on Facebook.

JOIN RANGERS FOR A GUIDED HIKE, REALMS AND DIVISIONS OF KAHUKU, on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Experience the sense of place that evolves at the intersection of nature and culture on this moderately difficult two-mile, two-hour guided hike on the Kahuku Unit’s newest trail, Pu‘u Kahuku. Explore the realms and divisions of the traditional Hawaiian classification system at Kahuku. Bring a snack for the “talk story” segment of this hike.

Eric Wold teaches eight weeks of High Fire clay classes beginning
Sunday, Dec. 3. Photo from Eric Wold
VOLCANO ART CENTER OFFERS TWO SUNDAY CLAY - HIGH FIRE! WITH ERIK WOLD eight week sessions to start Sunday, Dec. 3. The morning session takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the afternoon session from 2:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. No class will be held Dec. 24 or 31 and both sessions will end Feb. 4. The cost per Volcano Art Center member is $185, or $200 for each non-member, plus a $15 materials fee. The course includes six pounds of clay, including glazing and firing, with additional clay available for purchase. For more details, visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-7565.

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A MASON JAR LOVER WREATH CRAFT CLASS has been announced for Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center. Register keiki grades K-8 until Tuesday, Dec. 5. For more call Nona Makuakane or Elijah Navarro at 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

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Ham Radio photo from eBay.com
HAM RADIO OPERATORS POTLUCK PICNIC is Sunday, Dec. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at  Manukā Park. All American Radio Emergency Service members, anyone interested in learning how to operate a ham radio and families are invited to attend. For more, call Dennis Smith at 989-3028.

JOIN A GUIDED HIKE ALONG THE PALM TRAIL in the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The hike will also be offered on 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.

HAWAI‘I COUNTY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY, Dec. 4 for committee meetings and Tuesday, Dec. 5, and Wednesday, Dec. 20, for Council meetings. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

AN OCEAN VIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETING is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 4, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Ocean View Community Center. For more, call 939-7033.

Pāhala Christmas Parade is Sunday, Dec. 10. Vintage cars, floats,
walking groups invited. Call 928-0808.
THE ANNUAL PĀHALA CHRISTMAS PARADE is accepting entries. It is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 10, with participants touring the streets of Pāhala and winding up at the Holy Rosary Church on Pikake Street for treats and more entertainment. Produced by Eddie Andrade and family along with Mary Jane Balio for 39 years, the parade features Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus greeting parade goers with a Ho Ho Ho and throwing candies to the keiki. It features community groups, musicians, churches, businesses and schools, along with the Miss Ka‘ū Coffee court, walking and riding on floats, trucks and classic vehicles.
     The parade starts at 1 p.m. at the old Pāhala Armory and stops at houses throughout the village, making a stop for the staff and long-term care residents at Ka‘ū Hospital before arriving at the Catholic Church.
     Parade participants should start lining up by 12:30 p.m. To be involved - there are no entry fees for participants - call the Andrades at 928-0808.
     Sponsors of the parade also include the Edmund C. Olson Trust II.

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