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Ka‘ū News Briefs Friday, March 9, 2018

At Ka Lae, shoreline fishers can catch fish like mahimahi using "trash bag" or "kite fishing" methods. See description below. Photo from pifsc.noaa.gov
SOUTH POINTS' ABUNDANT MARINE RESOURCES are discussed in the recently released South Point Resources Management Plan by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. In ancient Hawaiian days, fishing supported village life at South Point - Ka Lae was "one of the earliest settled areas in the Hawaiian Islands," the plan points out. 
     However, management of South Point and preserving its fishing grounds and the surrounding lands becomes a challenge for Hawaiian Home Lands as travel to South Point and Green Sands Beach becomes more popular with visitors and locals coming from more developed Hawaiian shorelines.
     According to the report, available to read online, archaeological surveys - some generations old - uncovered signs of extensive and long-time habitation along the coast, with much evidence of a heavy reliance on fishing. One estimate, recorded in the South Point Plan, says Ka‘ū may have been settled as early as the fourth or fifth century AD.  

The hoist and ladder at Ka Lae. A fishing pole can be
see in the upper-right corner. Photo from DHHL report
ʻUlua is a popular catch at South Point,
 particularly during the annual S. Tokunaga
ʻUlua Challenge
     Today, with occupied fishing villages gone, locals and visitors still catch reef and ocean fish, lobster, and crab at Ka Lae, using a variety of methods; from fishing with poles from the cliffs, to throwing net, setting net, and spearfishing.     Fishermen free dive and SCUBA dive. Their boats leave the South Point ramp for deep sea fishing for ahi, mahimahi and marlin, and to visit favorite dive spots. Some people launch canoes, with small sailing canoes fast enough to troll for big fish.
     Fishermen arrive from around the island and beyond, set up camp, and secure their heavy fishing poles to the South Point cliffs to shorecast for ʻulua - giant travally. On June 7-10, many fishermen will enter S. Tokunaga Store's annual ʻUlua Challenge, choosing South Point as their favorite fishing spot.

Local and visiting fishermen on the
cliffs at South Point. Photo by Julia Neal
   Line fishing from the South Point cliffs can involve kite fishing and sending tiny sailing rafts out to sea, trailing hook and bait. Some sails are as simple as garbage bags that catch the wind and carry the raft offshore. When the fish bites, the fisherman uses a rope to pull in the raft and lift the catch from the ocean.
     The hoist and ladder at the end of South Point Road aid in hauling fish up the steep cliffs.
     Fishing goes on day and night at South Point, presenting a management challenge for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands in its quest to preserve South Points' natural and cultural resources, as well as the continuing fishing tradition.
     The report points out that in ancient times, much fishing was by canoe, with mooring holes carved in rocks to tie the canoes to the cliffs and shore. At beaches, fishermen hauled canoes onto the sand.
     Fishing villages were settled around South Point, according to their access to the ocean and their protection from the winds. Their remains include house platforms, walls and fishing shrines, ancient carved fishing hooks and stone weights, as documented in the South Point Plan.
     According to evidence left in ancient and historic settlement sites, the eastern portion of South Point supported more habitation structures, near protected coves and bays like Kaulana, where the boat ramp is now located, the report states.
Highlighted portions show planned walking improvements. Kaulana is listed as Kaulani. Map from DHHL report
     The late Tommy Kaniho, who lived and ranched on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands just inland from South Point, told interviewers working on the South Point Plan that Kaulana Bay was a traditional place for camping and fishing, as Kamilo Bay is now. He also mentioned that there was a wharf near the lighthouse. "From Kaulana to Ka‘alualu, people would surround net, lobster net, lay net at night and check the next day, and even turtle net." Kaniho said that fishermen used to feed ko‘a to kū‘ula - the fishing god - "when they'd go throw-net. Today, people mostly fish off boats, catching marlin and tuna off the coast which is very deep water," said Kaniho. He noted that commercial fishermen at South Point usually sell their catch in Hilo.
     Kaniho said it used to be easier for locals to drive along the shores of South Point and fish "but people started abusing the road." He described the road as "really bad especially when it rains."
     Fishing villages were also located on the west side of South Point. The DHHL report mentions Kaʻalo, at the mouth of Kahawai Kolono Stream, as known for its good fishing.

David Malo, a native Hawaiian Historian and
contemporary of Kamehameha I and Queen
Kaʻahumanu. Image from Wikipedia
     Kurt Dela Cruz told interviewers for the report that, "Some people love South Point for fishing and nothing else." Dela Cruz, who grew up in Ka‘ū, mentioned throw-net fishing at PinaoBay; line fishing along the cliff areas by the hoist; and diving along an area called Broken Road.

     The report points to Kalalea Heiau, as a well-preserved fishing shrine, still revered by fishermen today. The report also mentions a set of 80 mooring holes for canoes.
     Fishing plays an important role in stories of Hawaiian chiefs who lost their lives in Ka‘ū. Historian David Malo (1793–1853), Mary Kawena Pukui and Laura C. S. Green, wrote of abusive ali‘i Hala‘ea and Koihala, who reportedly stole from fishermen, forced them to sail during poor weather, and starved them while wasting fish.
Example of a Hawaiian fishing hook, made
to be worn as jewelry. Photo by Cate Brooks
     From Malo, in the 1951 edition of Hawaiian Antiquities (Moolelo Hawaii): "The work with which (Koihala) made the people of Ka‘ū sweat and groan was the building of the heavy stone walls about several fishponds, of which are mentioned those at the coast of Hilea, at Honuapo and Ninole. He also robbed the fishermen of their fish. The story is that he compelled his canoe men to paddle him about here and there where the fleets of fishing canoes were. The wind was bleak and his men suffered from the wet and cold, he being snugly housed in the pola (platform or high seat between the canoes of a double canoe).
     "One day he had his men take his canoe out towards the south cape where there was a fleet of fishing canoes. His own canoe, being filled with the spoils of his robbery, began to sink; and he called out for help. The fishermen declined all assistance; his own men left him and swam to the canoes of the fishers, leaving him entirely in the lurch. He was drowned."

     See March 3March 5March 6March 7, March 8, and future Ka‘ū News Briefs for more in the continuing series, covering the South Point Plan. See the 799-page plan online.

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Rollie Litteral, newly elected 
President for the District 5
Precinct 1 Democratic party.
Photo from Litteral
NEW NĀ‘ĀLEHU OFFICERS AND DELEGATES were elected during Democratic precinct meetings held statewide on Wednesday evening.
      For Nā‘ālehu, which is District 5 Precinct 1, President is Rollie Litteral, VP is Bob Martin, District Council Representative is State Rep Richard Creagan, Md., and Secretary/Treasurer is Marilyn Creagan. Delegates elected to the State Convention, which will be held for the first time on the BigIslandat the Waikoloa Hilton May 26-27, are Rollie Litteral and Marilyn Creagan.

     The Democratic County Convention is April 28 at Sangha Hall in Hilo. All Precinct Officers are delegates to the county convention.

      Rollie Litteral is the elected Treasurer of the District 5 Council. Bob Martin is the elected 3rd Vice Chair. Both are now voting members of the Hawai‘i CountyCommittee of the Democratic Party of Hawai'i.
      More precinct results will be reported soon.

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NATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, HONORING WOMEN LIKE HAWAI'I CONGRESSWOMAN PATSY MINK, is this week's call to action from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
     "Women make up half of the world's population, but in 2018, we are still working to guarantee basic fairness and equality. Days like today give us pause to remember those brave women who came before us," states Gabbard. "blazing trails and breaking down barriers for generations to come. We also honor the courageous women of today, who are standing up and fighting for justice, equality, peace, and humanity all across this country and around the world. There has been progress, but it has been slow. There is still much to be done."

     "There are so many ways for each of us to take action in our own way, in our own lives, in our own communities to make positive change." She states that Congress is working to ensure equal pay for equal work, fighting against discrimination in the workplace, ensuring equal access to housing, paid family leave, quality care for veterans, Medicare for All, and more.

     "But in order to really bring about the kind of change we wish to see, we must each do our part to change the culture of our society to one where all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation, are treated equally with respect, kindness, and aloha. And that begins with how we treat one another," she urges.
     Gabbard closes her message with: "On this International Women's Day, let us honor those who came before us, be inspired by their example, and take on the challenges that are before us with strong hearts full of aloha."

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PLANS TO BUILD HOUSES IN KAʻŪ in the next fiscal year. The island-wide organization has helped several families in Ocean View to use their own sweat equity to help build and own their own homes.
     Support for Habitat can be offered by purchasing upcycled household goods, clothes, building materials, and other items at its store just off Hwy 19 at 73-4161 Ulu Wini Place, Bay 1, in Kona.
     Support can be volunteering at the 2018 Lavaman Triathalon, at Hilton Waikaloa Village on Sunday, March 25. Habitat for Humanity Hawai‘i Island will be in charge of the volunteers for the Run Course. Twelve volunteers are needed to help make sure the runners in the triathlon are taken care of and know where they're going. The shift will be from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Volunteers get a free race t-shirt, and lunch, drinks, and snacks. Interested? Contact Community Relations Coordinator Amanda MacIntosh at amanda@habitathawaiiisland.org, or call 808-331-8010 ext. 110.
     Support can also be given by attending the March Paint and Sip night at Humpy's Big Island Alehouse in Kona, with artist Rya Horne, who has been working on a new painting to teach the group - it will be announced soon. The event is Wednesday, March 28th, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available now. Check out the events page or Facebook to see what the painting will be.

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FOUR DAYS OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP IN KA‘Ū, with Big Island Faith Crusade, at Ka‘ū District Gym, continue Friday and Saturday evenings, March 9 and 10, at 7 p.m.(Fri) and 6 p.m.(Sat.); and Sunday, March 11, at 9:30 a.m.
   Doors open one hour beforehand; free. Contact Thy Word Ministries Pastor Bob Tominaga at 936-9114 or Herb Schneider at 327-9739 for more information.
    Big Island Faith Crusade is the largest non-sporting event, to date, to take place at the new community gym and shelter. The next will be the Miss Ka‘ū Coffee pageant on Saturday, April 21.

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WRITING FOR INNER EXPLORATION AND LIFE REFLECTION, a workshop with award-winning Big Island novelist and teacher Tom Peek, takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 24, at Volcano Art Center.
Take a writing glass with Tom Peek on Mar. 24.
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
     Peek encourages participants to "discover the magic power of writing to stimulate the creative regions of your mind and unearth your meatiest memories, highest aspirations, zaniest ideas, and most incandescent insights."
     "Have you ever wondered how the place you come from influenced who you are? Or what memories you carry from your ancestors? Or how your personal history impacts your view of the world? Take a day out of your busy life to explore your deeper self and ponder the life you've lived so far," says the event description.
     Workshop cost is $65 per VAC members and $75 for non-members. To register, call 967-8222 or visit volcanoartcenter.org. Students are asked to bring a lunch and some pictures of their parents—at least one of each parent (unless coming from a single-parent family, in which case bring some pictures that parent).
     Peek's workshop includes "fun, offbeat, and provocative 'wild mind' exercises that provide participants with exploration tools to use in class and on one's own. This workshop is perfect for journal keepers, bloggers, autobiographers, spiritual seekers, memoir and family history writers, and anyone who simply enjoys writing," says the event description. No previous writing experience is necessary.
     Thought-provoking exercises include topics such as: "What passions guide your life?", "What mottos do you live by–or wish you did?", and "What's the weirdest thing that ever happened to you?"
     Peek has taught his popular Hawai‘i workshops since 1991, encouraging hundreds of islanders to write their own journals, blogs, family histories, stories, poems, novels, and essays.

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See public Ka‘ū events, meetings, entertainment at kaucalendar.com
/janfebmar/februaryevents.htmlSee Ka‘ū exercise, meditation, daily, 
February 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.

Girls Softball: Tuesday, Mar 13, @ Hilo
   Saturday, Mar 17 @ Konawaena
   Monday, Mar 19, KSH @ Ka‘ū
   Saturday, Mar 24 @ Kealakehe
   Saturday, Mar 31 @ Honoka‘a
   Monday, Apr 2, @ Kohala
   Saturday, Apr 7, Hawai‘i Prep @ Ka‘ū
   Monday, Apr 9, @ Pāhoa
   Wednesday, Apr 11 @ KSH
   Saturday, Apr 14, Kea‘au @ Ka‘ū
Boys Volleyball: Monday, Mar 12, @ Makua Lani
   Wednesday, Mar 14 Ehunui @ Ka‘ū
   Friday, Mar 16 @ Konawaena
   Monday, Mar 19 @ KSH
   Friday, Mar 23 Pāhoa @ Ka‘ū
   Tuesday, Apr 3, @ Waiakea
   Wednesday, Apr 11, Kea‘au @ Ka‘ū
   Friday, Apr 13, Honoka‘a @ Ka‘ū
   Monday, Apr 16, @ Hilo
   Friday, Apr 20, Parker @ Ka‘ū

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MISS KA‘Ū COFFEE PAGEANT - REGISTRATION DEADLINE TOMORROW, Sat, Mar 10,  Event held Sat, Apr 21, Ka‘ū District Gym. Those who sign up early will be offered more opportunity for training and sponsorships. Ka‘ū Coffee Pageant Director Trinidad Marques, 928-0606, TrinidadMarques@yahoo.com, or Facebook Trinidad Marques.

ARTS & CRAFTS: ST. PATRICK'S DAY TOP HAT, Wed, Mar 14, Pāhala Community Center. Register until Mar 13. For grades K-8. Free. Nona Makuakane/Elijah Navarro, 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation


ANCAKE BREAKFAST AND RAFFLE, Sat, Mar 10, 8 - 11 a.m., OceanView Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

KĀWĀ VOLUNTEER DAY, Sat, Mar 10, , Kāwā. Sign up with James Akau, Nā Mamo o Kāwā, at namamookawa@gmail.com or 430-3058.

REALMS AND DIVISIONS OF KAHUKU, Sat, Mar 10, , Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, two-mile, guided hike on Kahuku Unit's newest trail, Pu‘u Kahuku, explores the traditional Hawaiian classification system. Bring a snack.

ZENTANGLE: HALF-PAST PAIZLEY, Sat, Mar 10, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Lydia Menses incorporates a paisley motif as Zentangle string, using a mixture of Zentangle's official and non-official tangles to fill. No experience necessary. $30/VAC members, $35/non-members, plus $10 supply fee. Light refreshment provided. Register online, volcanoartcenter.org

HULA KAHIKO UNUKUPUKUPU PERFORMANCE, kahua hula (platform) in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Sat, Mar. 10,  Free; park entrance fees apply. volcanoartcenter.org

"ALL THINGS HULA" DEMONSTRATION, Nā Mea Hula, by cultural specialist Loke Kamanu and her 'ohana, lānai of Volcano Art Center Gallery, Sat, Mar. 10,  Hands-on and family-friendly. Free; park entrance fees apply. volcanoartcenter.org

RED CROSS MEETING, Sat, Mar 10, 3 - 5 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. ovcahi.org, 939-7033, ovcahawaii@gmail.com

AN EVENING WITH REBECCA FOLSOM, Sat, Mar 10, 7 - 9 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Awarding-winning artist. $20 per VAC member and $25 per non-member. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222.

THE ART OF VOCAL FREEDOM WORKSHOP WITH REBECCA FOLSOM, Sun, Mar 11, Volcano Art Center. Learn to sing and express authentically with ease and flow. Incorporates a blend of traditional and non-traditional volcano technique, martial arts, yogic posture, Toltec, and Taoist exercises. Open to all levels of singers. $50 per person, plus $10 supply fee. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222.

BIRTH OF KAHUKU, Sun, Mar 11,  -, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Explore the rich geologic history of Kahuku on this easy-to-moderate hike that traverses the vast 1868 lava flow, with different volcano features and formations. Learn about the Hawaiian hotspot and the creation of Kahuku. nps.gov/HAVO

TEEN CHALLENGE CHOIR, Sun, Mar 11, 10 a.m., River of Life Assembly of God, Pāhala. The group will minister through song and testimony, as well as spreading awareness of the Teen Challenge Program. rolhawaii.com, 443-9394.



Mondays, Mar 12 & 26, noon - 3 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Acrylic painting class with Margaret "Peggy" Stanton. Ongoing series of workshops for artists of all levels. $15 VAC members/$20 non-members, per session. Email questions to peggystanton007@yahoo.com. Register online, volcanoartcenter.org

C.E.R.T. DISCOVERY HARBOUR/NĀĀLEHU, Tue, Mar 13, 4 - 6 p.m., Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Public invited to see what Community Emergency Response Team is about, as well as participate in training scenarios. Dina Shisler, dinashisler24@yahoo.com, 410-935-8087.

HAWAI‘I COUNTY COUNCIL MEETINGS, Tue/Wed, Mar 13 (committees)/14 (Council), Hilo, & Tue/Wed, Mar 27 (committees)/28 (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

HAWAI‘I COUNTY COUNCIL MEETINGS, Wed, Mar 14 (Council), Hilo, & Tue/Wed, Mar 27 (committees)/28 (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

KAULA DEMONSTRATION, Wed, Mar. 14,  to , on the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Uncle Larry Kuamo‘o demonstrates how to make traditional cordage from native Hawaiian plants. Free; park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/HAVO

FILM SCREENING OF KĪLAUEA SUMMIT ERUPTION: LAVA RETURNS TO HALEMA‘UMA‘U, followed by a question and answer session, Thu, Mar 15, at Volcano Art Center, from 7 to 9 p.m. Free; $5 donation to VAC is suggested. volcanoartcenter.org


VETERAN'S CENTER AND VA MEDICAL SERVICES, Thurs., March 1 & 15,  to Ocean View Community Center. No appointment needed to visit with VA counselor and benefit specialist. Contact Matthew at 329-0574. ovcahi.org

STEWARDSHIP OF KῙPUKAPUAULU takes place every Thursday in March: 15, 22, and 29. Participants meet at Kīpukapuaulu parking lot, Mauna Loa Road, off Highway 11, at  Volunteers should bring clippers or pruners, sturdy gloves, a hat and water; wear closed-toe shoes. Clothing may be permanently stained by morning glory sap. New volunteers, contact Marilyn Nicholson at nickem@hawaii.rr.com.

STORY TIME WITH AUNTIE LINDA FROM TŪTŪ & ME, Thu, Mar 15,  - , Nā‘ālehu Public Library. 929-8571.

FISHERY COUNCIL MEETING, Thu, Mar, 15, West HI Civic Center, Liquor Control Room. New membership encouraged - especially recreational, commercial & regional fishers who can provide feedback for the council on a regular basis - then passed on to DLNR. westhawaiifisherycou.ipower.

KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS ANNUAL HŌʻIKE rock opera Kū I Ka Mana has two performances: Thu, Mar 15, and Fri, Mar 16, both at 6 p.m., in Koaiʻa Gymnasium. Tickets are $5, available online, at the door, or from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on school days at the high school office or Student Activities Center.

FAMILY READING, Thu, Mar 15, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUB OF KA‘Ū, Thu, Mar 15, UnitedMethodist Church in Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkley Yoshida, 747-0197.

THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE CENTER - Film Screening of Kīlauea Summit Eruption: Lava Returns to Halema‘uma‘u and Q&A w/USGS HVO Representatives, Thu, Mar 15, Volcano Art Center. Free; suggested $5 donation. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222.


STEWARDSHIP AT THE SUMMITFri., March 16. Participants meet Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m. Volunteers should wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants, and bring a hat, raingear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools provided. Parental or guardian accompaniment, or written consent, required for volunteers under 18. Visit park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm.

PŪ‘OHE (Hawaiian Bamboo Trumpet) DEMONSTRATION, Fri, Mar 16, - , Kahuku Unit, Hawai‘i VolcanoesNational Park. Make a pū‘ohe, Hawaiian bamboo trumpet. Has a deep sound somewhat like a conch shell. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS ANNUAL HŌʻIKE rock opera Kū I Ka Mana, Fri, Mar 16, at , in Koaiʻa Gymnasium. Tickets are $5, available online, at the door, or from  to  on school days at the high school office or Student Activities Center.

TŪTŪ AND ME OFFERS HOME VISITS to those with keiki zero to five years old: home visits to aid with helpful parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Home visits are free, last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, for a total of 12 visits, and snacks are provided. For info and to register, call Linda Bong 646-9634.

TĪ AND SEAS ART EXHIBIT at Volcano Art Center Gallery featuring oil paintings by Pāhoa resident Steve Irvine, is open to the public through Sun., Mar. 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily - volcanoartcenter.org or 967-8222.

KDEN HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES - March 9 through 24. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m, Kīlauea Military Camp’s Kīlauea Theater, Hawai‘i VolcanoesNational Park. Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network performance. KMC open to authorized KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call KDEN for ticket info, 982-7344.

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