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Ka‘ū News Brief Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Librarian Linda Morgan offers a two-for-one book sale this week at Nāʻālehu School Library to
encourage families to read with children at least 20 minutes a day.
Photo by Nalani Parlin
UPGRADING AND PROTECTING COMMUNITY WATER AND SEWER SYSTEMS is the aim of legislation introduced into Congress today by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and colleagues. The Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability Act would create a nationwide WATER Trust Fund, and dedicate $35 billion each year to such programs as the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Loan, which is slated to help fund the new Pāhala and Nāʻālehu wastewater treatment plants. Gabbard noted that Over 90 percent of Hawai'i's drinking water is from groundwater, and Hawaiʻi has more cesspools than any other state - half of which are located in areas that require urgent action.
     The Congresswoman pointed to a 2017 report that says Hawaiʻi needs an estimated $1.05 billion in drinking water investment over the next 20 years to ensure safe water. "Ensuring safe, affordable, and accessible water for all is not a political issue – it's a basic human right that is essential for life. Our legislation would make consistent investments in critical water and wastewater infrastructure a priority for our federal government, and take the steps that are sorely needed now to protect health and wellness for generations to come."
Rep. Tusli Gabbard helped introduce the WATER Trust Fund today.
This would help fund clean water projects like the Nāʻālehu
and Pāhala wastewater treatment facilities.
     The funds would be used to improve drinking water and wastewater services, including renovating old and lead-ridden water pipes, and stopping sewage overflows, and other problems stemming from a national water affordability crisis. According to Gabbard, the measure would also create an estimated 700,000 to 945,000 new middle-class jobs nationwide.
     The WATER Act is supported by numerous organizations, including Alliance for Democracy; EarthJustice; EcoWorks; Food & Water Watch; National Nurses United; Progressive Democrats of America; Public Citizen; Rural Community Assistance Partnership; Water Alliance; American Federation of Teachers, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, and more.
     Said Gabbard, "Years of neglecting our water infrastructure has spurred water contamination crises across the country in places like Flint, MI; Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore, MD; among others.
Nāʻālehu residents study proposed wastewater
treatment location. Photo by Julia Neal
     The new legislation would provide dedicated annual federal support to:
     Fully fund the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds;
     Provide additional technical assistance to rural and small municipalities and Native American governments;
     Increase funding to construct, repair and service household drinking water wells;
     Create a new grant program for the repair, replacement or upgrading of household septic tanks and drainage fields;
     Increase funding to Native American governments for water infrastructure;
     Require EPA to coordinate a study about water affordability, discrimination by water and sewer providers, public participation in water regionalization efforts, and water shutoffs;
     Restrict Drinking Water SRF funding to publicly or locally owned systems;
     Provide funding for public schools to test and replace drinking water infrastructure; and
     Provide grants to replace lead service lines serving households.

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DREAMERS WON BIG on Tuesday. According to the ruling in District of Columbia federal court, DACA immigrants must not only receive protections, new applicants must be processed, with the program resuming in 90 days. The case was brought to the court by the N.A.A.C.P., Princeton University, and Microsoft, on behalf of their immigrant students and workers.
     Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protects young people whose families brought them into the U.S. without approved paperwork from the federal government. About 700,000 of these undocumented immigrants grew up in the U.S. Many are students and many are employed. Pres. Donald Trump's administration has attempted to end the program, leaving DACA recipients, called DREAMers, in fear of being deported.

Lt. Gov. Doug Chin led Hawaiʻi in becoming the first to challenge
the travel ban when he was serving as Hawaiʻi's Attorney General.
Photo from Honolulu Museum
     Lt. Gov. Doug Chin, who worked on the case fwhen he served as Hawai`i Attorney General, attended in Washington, D.C.
      The audio of Trump v. Hawai`i was made available after the conclusion of today's session, as urged by Sen. Mazie Hirono, who contended that it is important for the public to be able to follow the case.
     Chin said: "Today, the people of Hawai‘i called on our nation's highest court to make clear that, as President of the United States, Donald Trump cannot operate as though he is above the law and cannot willfully ignore the rule of law. Our nation with its promise of opportunity, equality, and justice, cannot allow this illegal and unconstitutional travel ban to endure. The travel ban imposed by Pres. Donald Trump keeps Hawai‘i families apart, and degrades our values and morality by subjecting a specific set of people to intolerable discrimination and second-class treatment. I appreciate the Justices’ obvious preparation and thoughtful questions."
     Prior to becoming Lieutenant Governor on February 2, 2018, Chin served as the Attorney General for the State of Hawai‘i and was the first to challenge Trump's Executive Order travel ban that was argued today.

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A BOOK FAIR OPEN TO THE PUBLIC THIS WEEK offers a Buy One, Get One Free promotion. The annual Nāʻālehu School Library Scholastic Book Fair, organized by school librarian Linda Morgan, provides the BOGO sale to make books affordable and encourage summer reading.
     The Book Fair offers reading materials for scholars of all ages, including picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, and cookbooks. Also on sale are fancy school supplies, journals, craft and science kits, posters, and a variety of toys.
Nāʻālehu School Library Book Fair, open through Friday. Photo by Nalani Parlin 
     Today, the Book Fair will be open until 6 p.m. at the school library, and will coincide with family reading night. On Thursday, the book fair will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and will end on Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although school Book Fairs are usually fundraisers to buy more books, Morgan's BOGO sale won't see any profits this time around. She said the buy one, get one campaign is to help to promote student literacy. "Reading just 21.1 minutes a day with young kids gives them exposure to 1,823,000 words and can place them in the 90th percentile for reading tests," said Morgan. Anyone wanting to donate to the school library fund is welcome to do so. Visitors to the Book Fair, during school hours, should check in at the main office.

Print edition of The Ka‘ū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Ka‘ū, from Miloli‘i through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com.
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Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thu, Apr 26, noon - 1 p.m., Punalu‘u Bake Shop. Meeting provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Vendor Application Deadline for Ho‘olaule‘a, Fri, Apr 27. To become a vendor, contact Brenda Iokepa-Moses at biokepamoses@gmail.com or 731-5409

Coffee Talk, Fri, Apr 27, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Kahuku Park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Join park rangers in an informal conversation on a variety of topics. Ka‘ū coffee, tea, and pastries available for purchase. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Shootz! band kicks off Kaʻū Coffee Fest week as headliner of
Paʻina & Open House at Pāhala Plantation House this Friday,
April 27. L to R: Cheryl Cuevas, Gabriel Cuevas, Tui Masanini,
Terrie Louis, and Harry Evangelista. Photo by Tanya Ibarra
Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Pa‘ina & Open House, Fri, Apr 27, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m., Pāhala Plantation House, the kickoff party for the Tenth Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Festival. Listen to Hawaiian music, enjoy hula and the band Shootz. Taste Ka‘ū Coffee. Meet the coffee growers and the Miss Ka‘ū Coffee Court. Free; donations accepted for Miss Ka‘ū Coffee Scholarship Fund. Julia Neal, 928-9811, mahalo@aloha.net. kaucoffeefestival.com

Nature & Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Sat, Apr 28, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate guided hike along the Palm Trail, approx. 2 miles. Learn about native plants that play a vital role in Hawaiian culture. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Ka‘ū Unity Celebration, Sat, Apr 28, 10 - 4 p.m., Ka‘ū District Gym. Hosted by The Collective. Free.

Hawai‘i Democratic County Convention, Sat, Apr 28, Sangha Hall, Hilo. hawaiidemocrats.org

Flameworking - an Introductory Class, Sat - Sun, Apr 28 - 29, 1 - 4 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Glasswork using a torch or lamp to melt glass. $155/VAC member, $160/non-member, plus $40 supply fee per person. Advanced registration required. Workshop limited to 4 adults. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Pu‘u Lokuana, Sun, Apr 29, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Short, moderately difficult, 0.4-mile hike to the top of the grassy cinder cone, Pu‘u Lokuana. Learn about the formation and various uses of this hill over time and enjoy a breathtaking view of lower Kaʻū. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Coffee Recipe Contest, Sun, Apr 29, 11 a.m., Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Free coffee and recipe tastings. 928-0550, kcm.nikki@gmail.com. kaucoffeemill.com

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting, Tue, May 1, 4-6pm, May 15, 4:30-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Meeting, Tue, May 1, 6-8pm, Pāhala Community Center.

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting, Tue, May 1, 4-6pm, May 15, 4:30-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Meeting, Tue, May 1, 6-8pm, Pāhala Community Center.

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Mountain Water Systems Hike, Wed, May 2, 9-2pm, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill, Wood Valley. Tour sugarcane era flumes. Explore native Hawaiian rainforest. $45 per person; includes lunch. Limited to 30 people. Reservations required, 928-0550. kaucoffeefestival.com, kaucoffeemill.com

Open Mic Night, Wed, May 2, 6-10pm, Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Singers, Bands, Comedians, etc. Call 967-8365 after 4pm to sign up. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests 21+. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com


VOLCANO SCHOOLS OF ARTS & SCIENCES WILL PRODUCE A THEATER NIGHT SPRING SHOW, Thursday, May 10, 6 p.m., at KMC's Kilauea Theater. The Middle School, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will each perform a one-act play. Admission is free, donations accepted.
The Eighth Grade will present Rapunzel Uncut by Mariah Everman. The story of Rapunzel is told by dueling narrators, and includes a misunderstood witch, an off-pitch Rapunzel, and an unimaginably unaware Prince.
The Seventh Grade will perform The Ever After by Natha Hartswick. A cheesy talk show host invites traditional fairy tale characters, who have been estranged, to reconcile on live television. Complete with a trash-talking clairvoyant mirror, the play features an unfortunate prince who is turning slowly back into a frog, and many other wacky fractured fairy tale bits.
In the second show, the Sixth Grade will perform 15 Reasons Not To Be in a Play by Alan Haehnel. This is a play about not being in a play, expressed through a hilarious series of monologues, duets, and ensemble scenes.

National Park Week, Sat - Sun, Apr 21 - Apr 29, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park & Kahuku Unit. "Park Stars" themed events - nighttime star party, guided hikes, ranger-led adventures, volunteer opportunities - at nps.gov/HAVO.

Volcano Art Center Gallery Presents Hoʻokuʻi I Nā Kiko, Connecting the Dots, by Natalie Mahina Jensen and Lucia Tarall. "A curated collection of photographs, paintings, sculptures, and feather work items deliver a sublime message, connecting the viewer artistically with the provenance of the design." Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Sunday, May 6. volcanoartcenter.org or 967-8222

Sign Up for the Nāʻālehu Independence Day Parade, to be held June 30. If interested, call Debra McIntosh at 929-9872.

St. Jude's Episcopal Church Calls For More Volunteers for the Saturday community outreach. Especially needed are cooks for the soup served to those in need, and organizers for the hot showers. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's April newsletter. Volunteer by contacting Dave Breskin at 319-8333.

One Community and One Parent Representative are sought by Nāʻālehu Elementary School Community Council. The community representative will serve a two-year term for school year 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. The parent representative will serve a one-year term for school year 2018-19. The parent rep cannot be a Nāʻālehu Elementary School employee. Voting is April 30 through May 11. Those interested, contact Leilani Rodrigues at 313-4020 or pcnc@naalehu.org, or name and number at the main office line, by calling 313-4000.

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.

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