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Ka‘ū News Briefs Sunday, December 31, 2017

In the street and in the air, fireworks lit up the sky, celebrated with sound and exploded on the streets and yards
throughout Ka`u, starting just after sunset on New Years Eve. Photo by Julia Neal
PUBLIC TELEVISION ON HAWAI`I ISLAND through Nā Leo ‘O Hawaiʻi, Nā Leo TV will open new Hilo studios in 2018, its President and Executive Officer, Stacy Higa,  announced on New Years Eve.  Na Leo is one of four independent Public, Education, Government entities in the State of Hawaiʻi. These PEG organizations hve the responsibility for providing services as demonstrated by Na Leo for the Island of Hawaiʻi. 
      More than  60 independent producers contribute to the broadcast at Na Leo, noted Higa during Na Leo's appreciation event in Hilo on Dec. 28.
Audrey Wilson offers a new episode in the kitchen on Na Leo.
Photo from Na Leo
     "In an increasingly commercial world, we’re proud to be a non-profit organization with over 20 years of public, educational and governmental programming and broadcasting. Here at Nā Leo TV we work hard to form a thriving and well-rounded digital media destination committed to building community through media," Higa said.
   One new show is Ukulele Lady hosted by BJ Soriano, which premiered Dec. 29 and can be seen with other Na Leo programs online at at http://naleo.tv/vod/  
     Na Leo broadcasts on Channels 53, 54 and 55 and online at naleo.tv/channel-53.
   Financing for Na Leo public access TVis provided through a portion of the franchise fees collected from cable subscribers in each respective County in Hawaiʻi. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), through the Cable TV Division, handles the regulatory oversight for the PEG franchises in Hawaiʻi.
   Na Leo is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 governed by a nine member Board of Directors. Board members are non-compensated and are representatives of various identified stakeholders throughout the Island of Hawaiʻi.
The Ukulelele Lady, BJ Soriano, produces a show for Na Leo and
its CEO Stacy Higa. Photo from Na Leo
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BUILDING NEGOTIATING SKILLS FOR 2018 is the aim of two courses coming to the island. University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, UH-Hilo Women’s Center, Hawai’i Women’s Leadership Forum, YWCA of Hawai‘i Island, and Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center are collaborating to present two workshops with Elizabeth Kent in East and West Hawai’i. 
      Negotiation Skills for Women runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Communication Skills of Highly Effective People runs from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 11 in Hilo and Friday, January 12 in Kona. The Hilo workshop location is University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, UBC 127 and the Kona workshop location is Hawai`i Community College -  Palamanui, Panini Building, Room 127.
      “We negotiate constantly—with our spouses, partners, bosses, children, peers, and others,” states Kent.  “Do you want to develop the skills you need to negotiate successfully and narrow the gender gap?”
Elizabeth Kent
     In Negotiation Skills for Women, participate in simulated negotiations, plus learn the stages and components of negotiation, including offers, counter-offers, and modes of communication.
     In Communication Skills of Highly Effective People, increase emotional intelligence (EQ) and communication, including being patient, personable, positive, and respectful.  Explore what to do
when someone doesn’t communicate effectively and how to offer a great apology when you don’t.
 “You can learn to listen with your head, heart, and body—and to articulate clearly and directly using ‘I’ statements,” says Kent. 
      Elizabeth Kent, J.D., has helped people and institutions find solutions to sticky problems for over 25 years. A trained facilitator and mediator, Kent teaches graduate classes in conflict system design and negotiation at UH-Manoa and a variety of conflict resolution skills classes around the state. 
      Tuition is $50 for Negotiation Skills for Women, $30 for Communication Skills of Highly Effective People, or $75 for both workshops.  Partial scholarships are available.  To register or apply for a scholarship, contact Erika Ginnis at Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center: (808) 935-7844 x 1 or erika@hawaiimediation.org.

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Acrylic painting by Margaret "Peggy" Stanton.
Photo from Volcano Art Center
MARGARET "PEGGY" STANTON leads an ongoing series of acrylic painting workshops for artists of all levels in Painting with Peggy, with the first of the series taking place Monday, Jan. 8, and again on Monday, Jan. 15, from noon to 3 p.m. at Volcano Art Center's Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. "Each three hour class, is a hands on painting session where participants learn to approach their painting process with a new awareness and understanding of color dynamics and composition... Margaret helps artists to heighten and accentuate their own unique vision with bold colors, lines and shapes...She guides artist on painterly ways to put on the finishing stokes," says volcanoartcenter.org.
     Stanton says she "blends expressive brushstrokes and vibrant colors to create bright seascapes and other sunny Hawaiian Island Acrylic Paintings." Stanton's murals can be found along the Hamakua Historical Heritage Coast and in Hilo Hospital. Stanton has been a resident of Hawai‘i Island for 22 years. She is a painter and a musician.
     Painting with Peggy offers tips on Acrylic Paints and Mediums, allowing artists to create a painting on canvas using a "more immediate and intuitive process." Stanton also offers individual instruction for artists during each session. Cost for each session is $20/$15 for VAC Members. Students bring supplies and easels. Register online at volcanoartcenter.org. Address questions to Stanton at peggystanton007@yahoo.com. To see Stantons artwork online visit peggystanton007.wixsite.com/stanton-painting.

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See public Ka‘ū events, meetings entertainment at 
See Ka‘ū exercise, meditation, daily, weekly events at 
December print edition of The Ka‘ū Calendar is
free to 5,500 mailboxes throughout Ka‘ū, from Miloli‘i 
through Volcano. Also available free on stands throughout
the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com.

Boys Basketball: Tuesday, Jan. 2, @ Kea‘au.
     Saturday, Jan. 6, Laupahoehoe @ Ka‘ū.
     Monday, Jan. 8, @ Honoka‘a.
     Wednesday, Jan. 10, @ St. Joseph.
     Monday, Jan. 15, Pāhoa @ Ka‘ū.

Girls Basketball: Friday, Jan. 5, Konawaena @ Ka‘ū.
     Wednesday, Jan. 10, Honoka‘a @ Ka‘ū.
     Friday, Jan. 12, @ Laupahoehoe.
     Monday, Jan. 15, @ HPA.

Swimming: Saturday, Jan. 6, @ Kamehameha.
     Saturday, Jan. 13, @ HPA.

Boys Soccer: Saturday, Jan. 6, Konawaena @ Ka‘ū.
     Tuesday, Jan. 9, Pāhoa @ Ka‘ū.

Wrestling: Saturday, Jan. 6, @ Kea‘au.
     Saturday, Jan. 13, @ Konawaena.

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GET FIREWORKS AND A FIREWORKS PERMITS now until midnight on Sunday, Dec. 31.
     Setting off of Fireworks for the New Year celebrations are allowed between the hours of 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, and 1 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Permits should be visibly displayed at the site of use, during the time of the firing.
     Each permit costs $25.00 and will entitle the holder to purchase 5,000 individual firecrackers - multiple permit purchases are authorized. Permits will only be issued to persons 18 years of age or older and are non-transferable, and non-refundable.
     For more information on the purchasing of Fireworks permits, or the use of Fireworks, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2911 (Hilo) or 323-4760 (Kona). For a list of places to purchase fireworks permits visit Dec. 23 Ka‘ū News Briefs

KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP'S CRATER RIM CAFÉ hosts a New Year's Day Brunch to take place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1. Celebrate the new year over Roast Pork, Chicken Picata, Omelet Station, Pancakes, Breakfast Potatoes, Rice, Patties, Bacon, Fresh Fruit, Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Brownies and Beverage. Attendees pay an entry fee of $16.95 per adult and $9.50 per child (6-11 yrs). KMC is open to all authorized KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8356 for more details.

LIGHTS AND DECORATIONS BEDECK THE STONE AND WOODEN COTTAGES at Kīlauea Military Camp. They are open for outdoor strolling within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park through Friday, Jan. 1.Vote on the best decorated cottage. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8371 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

OCEAN VIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETS Monday, Jan. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. For more details, call 939-7033, or ovcahi.org.

KA‘Ū COFFEE GROWERS MEET Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center.

DISCOVERY HARBOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETS Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Discovery Harbour Community Hall. For more call 929-9576, or visit discoveryharbour.net.

‘O KA‘Ū KĀKOU WALK FOR SENIOR HOUSING IN NĀ‘ĀLEHU begins Tuesday, Jan. 2, in Nā‘ālehu and continues through Friday, Jan. 5, to Honoka‘a. ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou President Wayne Kawachi will walk 100 miles to raise $250,000 in an effort to purchase 1.9 acres in Nā‘ālehu for future senior housing. Make a donation to support his quest at okaukakou.org. For more call Karachi at 937-4773.

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP'S LAVA LOUNGE is Wednesday, Jan. 3, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. welcoming singers, bands, comedians and other performers to take the stand. Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests 21 years and older. The lounge is inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more, visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

HAWAI‘I COUNTY COUNCIL committees meet Wednesday, Jan. 3, with a full council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 4. Both meeting days take place in Hilo. The committees will meet again on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and a full Council meets Thursday, Jan. 24, both in Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

OCEAN VIEW NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH meets Thursday, Jan. 4, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m, at Ocean View Community Center. For more, call 939-7033 or visit ovcahi.org.

Volunteers remove invasive plants like this one (Morning Glory)
from Kīpukapuaulu to help native plants thrive.
Photo by Janice Wei/NPS
STEWARDSHIP OF KĪPUKAPUAULU begins at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, with volunteers meeting in the Kīpukapuaulu parking lot on Mauna Loa Road off Hwy. 11 in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Volunteers will help remove invasive plants like morning glory from an area said to be home to an "astonishing diversity of native forest and understory plants." The event will take place again on Jan. 11, 18, and 25. Free; park entrance fees apply. For more, contact Marilyn Nicholson at nickem@hawaii.rr.com or visit nps.gov/HAVO.

TROPICAL FLOWER ARRANGING WITH HAWAIIAN CULTURAL PRACTITIONER Kaipo Ah Chong takes place Friday, Jan. 5, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Ah Chong offers a popular tropical flower arranging workshop and provides flowers for all those in attendance, however individuals must bring their own clippers. Pre-registration is required. The class fee is $45 plus a $20 supply fee per person. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org.

FEARLESS ABSTRACT PAINTING, an acrylic paint art class, is set for Saturday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village. Professional artist Samantha daSilva shares her unique method of painting using rollers, tables, lots of paint and water, canvas manipulation and plaster, sand and wood shavings to create textured abstracts. No experience necessary. Class fee is $85 for VAC members and $90 for non-members, plus $15 supply fee per person. Register online, at volcanoartcenter.org, or call 967-8222.

Visitor on Hi‘iaka and Pele hike at lava tree mold in Kahuku.

Photo by Janice Wei/NPS
STEWARDSHIP AT THE SUMMIT offers four days in January for volunteers to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The upcoming meeting is Saturday, Jan. 6. Interested volunteers should meet Paul and Jane Filed at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m. Other opportunities this month take place Jan. 13, 19, and 26. Free, park entrance fees apply. For more see nps.gov/HAVO.

DISCOVER THE HAWAIIAN GODDESSES HI‘IAKA & PELE and the natural phenomena they represent on a free, moderate, one-mile walk on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more, see nps.gov/HAVO.

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