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Kaʻū News Briefs Monday, October 8, 2018

Polynesians first landed in Hawaiʻi at Punaluʻu or a nearby coastal location in Kaʻū, say historians, who honor them today, Discoverers' Day.
The late Herb Kane painted this scene of Hawaiian Royalty on Punaluʻu Beach as part of a mural in the old Punaluʻu Museum. The mural
was stolen and never recovered after the restaurant and museum at the SeaMountain Resort at Punaluʻu shut down. This black
and white photo was kept in the records of C. Brewer, which built the resort, at Punaluʻu. Photo from Olson Trust Archives
THIS IS DISCOVERERS' DAY IN HAWAIʻI, named by the Hawaiʻi Legislature in 1988 to recognize the Polynesian discoverers of the Hawaiian Islands. While not an official state holiday, it falls on the same date as the federal Columbus Day, which honors early explorers and has been celebrated by Italian Americans and social societies since 1792, and further encouraged in 1892 by Pres. Benjamin Harrison. With backing from Knights of Columbus, Columbus Day was established by law in 1937 under Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt.
     Twenty-three other states and Washington, D.C. celebrate this second Monday in October as an official local holiday. However, Hawaiʻi abandoned this holiday date in order to enact Martin Luther King Day, which falls each year on the third Monday of January.
Herb Kane's painting of Polynesian Voyaging, the discovery of the
Hawaiian Islands, with first landing in Kaꞌū.
Painting by Herb Kane
     Formerly called Columbus Day in all states to honor Italian and Spanish explorers who paved the way for waves of migrants to settle in what is now the United States, the Columbus Day name has changed around the country. States and cities have changed it to such names as Indigenous People's Day and Native American Day, honoring those who arrived much earlier than Christopher Columbus.
     Without mentioning indigenous people, Pres. Donald Trump issued a proclamation for Columbus Day, 2018, saying: "In 1492, Christopher Columbus and his mighty three-ship fleet, the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria, first spotted the Americas. His historic achievement ushered in an Age of Discovery that expanded our knowledge of the world. Columbus's daring journey marked the beginning of centuries of transatlantic exploration that transformed the Western Hemisphere. On Columbus Day, we commemorate the achievements of this skilled Italian explorer and recognize his courage, will power, and ambition - all values we cherish as Americans."
     Locally, banks and credit unions are closed. While University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo is open, and community colleges in Kona and Hilo are in session, public schools are on Fall Break through Oct. 12.

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HAWAIIAN CULTURE AND "RELIGIOUS ATTACHMENT" associated with areas affected by the proposed Pāhala Wastewater Treatment Plant and distribution system is one of the issues to be addressed at a public open house and meeting on Wednesday. It will be held at Kaʻū Gym's Multipurpose Conference Room, 96-1219 Kamani Street in Pāhala. The open house, talk story, session will be from  to  From  to , representatives of the county will explain the Draft Environmental Assessment, provided by the County of Hawaiʻi Department of Environmental Management and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

     The project is set to replace the old C. Brewer, former Kaʻū Sugar Co., Large Capacity Cesspool sewage systems in Pāhala. The proposed location for the lagoon style treatment system is at the corner of Hwy 11 and Maile Street, on the Hilo side of the entrance to Pāhala, along the Norfolk pine tree lane.

Outlined in red, gravity would help waste in the new proposed sewer system travel to the
new treatment site.
     At 6 p.m., county representatives from Department of Environmental Management will cover the Draft EA, which says, "The project would be partially funded by an EPA grant and by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan program. The collection system would consist of approximately 12,120 linear feet of 8 to 12-inch diameter underground gravity flow piping in Maile, ʻIlima, Huapala, Hīnano, Hala, Puahala, and Pīkake Streets. The treatment and disposal facility would occupy about 14.9 acres and consist of a headworks and an odor control unit, an operations building, four lined aerated lagoons, a subsurface flow constructed wetland to remove nitrogen with an adjacent disinfection system to remove pathogens, and four slowrate land treatment basins for further treatment and disposal of the treated effluent. A perimeter security fence would enclose the entire facility. The existing LCCs and associated wastewater collection system would be abandoned."

     In the second part of the meeting, county personnel will address the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, amended in 2006. This will "involve consultation with Native Hawaiian Organizations, and Native Hawaiian descendants with ancestral lineal or cultural ties to, cultural knowledge of or concerns for, and cultural religious attachment to the proposed project area."

     The public is invited to comment on the Draft EA by Oct. 23, by sending input to the county at dora.beck@hawaiicounty.gov or by mail to 345 Kekūanāo‘a St., Suite 41, Hilo, HI 96720, and also to consultant Wilson Okamoto at PahalaEA@wilsonokamoto.com or by mail to 1907 South Beretania St., Suite 400, Honolulu, HI. Those with questions may call Mary Fujio at Department of Environmental Management at 961-8038.
     Property owners were invited by mail to those workshops Monday and Tuesday designed for their properties. Property owners connected to the old C. Brewer, former Kaʻū Sugar Co., sewage systems are invited to attend a workshop tonight, Monday, Oct. 8, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Property owners not on the old Brewer system whose property will become accessible to the new system are invited to a workshop tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
     The Draft EA is available at Pāhala Library at 96-3150 Pikake St., and Nāʻālehu Library at 95-5669 Mamalahoa Hwy. Both are open weekdays. The Draft EA is also posted on the Department of Health's Office of Environmental Quality Control's website for review by the public at oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/The_Environmental_Notice/2018-09-23-TEN.pdf.

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Republican challenger for Hawaiʻi's
governorship, Andria Tupola.
Photo from Tupola's Twitter
ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION for the General Election ends tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 9. Walk-in voting at PāhalaCommunity Center begins Tuesday, Oct. 23, and runs through Thursday, Nov. 1 – closed weekends. Registered voters can also cast their ballots by mail. See elections.hawaii.gov/voters/early-voting.

     The General Election is on Tuesday. Nov. 6. Local polls open in precincts from Volcano through Kaʻū to Miloliʻi from to The nearest polling places are: Cooper Center, 19430 Wright Road in Volcano; Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary, 96-3150 Pikake Street; Nāʻālehu Elementary School, 95-5545 Mamalahoa Hwy; Ocean View Community Center, 92-8924 Leilani Circle; and Miloliʻi Halau Pavillion, off Hwy 11 in the Village of Miloliʻi.

     Up for decision making in the General Election are candidates for positions from Governor to whether Hawaiʻi should have a new tax to fund education.

     In the Governor and Lt. Governor's race, Incumbent Democrat Gov. David Ige, with state Senator Josh Green as his lieutenant, will face Republican candidate Andria Tupola, with Marissa Dipasupil Kerns as her lieutenant. Ige and Tupola will have a debate next Monday, Oct. 15, on KITV. The Non-Partisan governor candidate is Terrence Teruya, with Paul F. Robotti as his lieutenant. The Green Party candidate is Jim Brewer, with Renée Ing as his lieutenant.

     Kaʻū's representative in the U.S. Senate, Incumbent Democrat Mazie Hirono, faces Republican Ron Curtis.

     Kaʻū's representative in the U.S. House, Incumbent Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, is up against Republican Brian Evans.

     Kaʻū's state Senator race, to replace Lt. Gov. candidate John Green, is between Libertarian Michael Last and Democrat Drew Kanuha.

     Kaʻū residents can vote for Maui, Oʻahu, and At-Large Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustees: Maui options are Keʻeaumoku Kapu or Carmen Hulu Lindsey. Oʻahu options are Kalei Akaka or Ester Kiaʻaina. At-Large options, for which three persons can be selected, are Lei Ahu Isa, William Aila Jr., Rowena Noelani Akana, Faye Hanohano, Brendon Kaleiʻaina Lee, or John D. Waihee IV.

Incumbent Gov. David Ige.
Photo from Ige's Twitter
     The ballot offers voters the chance to weigh in on questions about amendments to the Hawaiʻi County Charter: the first questions asks how the public should be notified of salary increases for elected and appointed officials. The second question asks if the public should be made aware of the fiscal impacts of amendments to the CountyCharter.

     Also on the ballot are two questions on measures that require a majority of "yes" votes in order to pass. One asks if a new tax should be passed. The other asks is a Constitutional Convention should be called. See story, on tomorrow's Kaʻū News Briefs, on why your vote counts.

     See more at elections.hawaii.gov.

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HIGH SURF ADVISORIES for eastern facing shores are in affect through Wednesday morning at The waves, expected to range from five to nine feet, are due to an easterly swell generated by Hurricane Sergio. The Category One hurricane was over 1,700 miles from Hilo as of , traveling toward the Baja CaliforniaPeninsula.

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PELE'S ISLAND PLANTS IN OCEAN VIEW will go on the road with Phoenicia and Bob Zeller's hard-to-find orchid varieties, assorted cactus, and succulents - including all sizes of agaves and aloes. For the collector and hobbyist, the Zellers will be in the Plant People Road Show, where Big Island growers will explain what plant varieties thrive best in locations around the island. The show will take place at the Old Kona Airport Pavilion, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Talk story with 12 growers from the island's different regions during the sale. Admission is free.
     Here are other presenters:
Orchids, like the one above, anthuriums, air plants, bamboo, water lilies,
exotic fruit trees and vines, and cactus and other succulents, will be
for sale, with expert advice on what grows where on this island.
Photo from Plant People Road Show
     Chitose and Tsuyoshi Tsumura of C & T Products in Keaʻau, offer many different varieties and colors of anthuriums.
     Peter and Kay DeMello of DeMello Air Plants in Kona sell over 50 varieties of air plants.
     Jennifer Snyder and Bob Harris of Orchid People in Waimea have created warm-tolerant varieties of Cymbidium orchids that flower mauka to makai. Cymbidiums are prized for their multiple flowers on tall spikes.
     Susan Ruskin and Peter Berg of Quindembo Bamboo in Kapaʻau market 25 species of fast-growing, non-invasive, clumping varieties of bamboo. "Create a fast privacy hedge in your choice of standout black, blue, and red varieties," says Peter Berg.
     Sean Spellicy and Iris Viacrusis of Royal Palm Enterprises in Kuristown sell water lilies, exotic tropical fruit trees, and vines. They say "fall is the time to plant your orchard."
     In its sixth year, the Plant People Road Show offers two sales annually: around Valentine's Day and Halloween. The direct, nursery-customer setting enables growers to meet the public and get feedback while providing expert growing guidance. For info, phone 808-987-3231.

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Raku-fired mask by Zeke Israel
Photo from Volcano Village Artists Hui
VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI announced today its annual Art Studio tour, and invites the public to studios and galleries in Volcano, Friday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 25, from  to  The Annual Art Studio Tour & Sale can be reached by following the maps available at local businesses and at VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com.
     Volcano Village Artists Hui is comprised of: Lisa Louise AdamsMargaret BarnabyPam BartonCynee Gillette-WennerMary GoodrichEmily HerbZeke IsraelDina KagelerChiu LeongElizabeth MillerMike & Misato MortaraIra OnoDebra SerraoRandy Takaki, and Erik Wold
    The artists offer skills in many art media. Their website says, "Reflected in the work are the elements of Hawaiʻi such as lava, birds, animals, tropical plants, and the culture of Hawaiʻi as it blends with each artist's origins. All of 'the Hui' artists have the distinction of having works included in fine art collections and have won major awards in their chosen media. Over the 25 years the Hui has been in existence, each artist's work has evolved with new ideas, materials, and methods." See more at VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 

throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 

stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com

   Sat, Oct 13, 12pm, BIIF Semi-Finals at Kamehameha, Kohala vs. Pāhoa
   Sat, Oct 20, 1 pm, BIIF Finals at Pāhala Ball Park - Higher vs. Kaʻū

Girls Volleyball:
   Wed, Oct 10, , @ Parker
   Fri, Oct 12, , host St. Joseph
   Mon, Oct 15, BIIF DII Qtr - Higher

   Wed, Oct 17, BIIF DII Semi-Finals @ Kona
   Thu, Oct 18, BIIF DII Finals @ Kona

Cross Country:
   Sat, Oct 13, BYE
   Sat, Oct 20, , BIIF @ HPA

   Sat, Oct 27, , HHSAA

PATTI PEASE JOHNSON HOSTS HER PAINT YOUR OWN SILK SCARF WORKSHOP on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Students paint and take home a 8" x 53" silk scarf using three colors of their choice, which will create many more colors once applied.
     Students are directed to pick a main color, then choose the other two after learning about color theory. "You'll then be ready to mix your desired colors, achieved by pre-mixing the four process colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). Students from previous classes have been amazed by what they refer to as 'happy color accidents.'
Learn to paint silk scarves with Patti Pease Johnson
on Oct. 27. Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
     "Patti Pease Johnson will tell you, 'It's all about playing with colors,'" states the event description on volcanoartcenter.org.
     Cost for the workshop is $45 per Volcano Art Center member, or $50 per non-member, plus a $10 supply fee per person. Beginner and intermediate artists are welcome. Register online at volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.
     Johnson's artwork can be found at galleries and shops across the State, and in collections around the world. "Patti has a designer's ability to distill natural subjects into their most essential forms and to rearrange them in her paintings," states the description. She lives in Kea‘au with her family and teaches painting at her home studio.

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C.E.R.T. Discovery Harbour/Nā‘ālehu, Tue., Oct. 9, 4-6pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Public invited to see what Community Emergency Response Team is about, and participate in training scenarios. Dina Shisler, dinashisler24@yahoo.com, 410-935-8087

CANCELLED: After Dark in the Park, Ōpe‘ape‘a: The Hawaiian Bat, Tue., Oct. 9. 985-6011, nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

VOTE: Voter Registration Deadline for 2018 General Election, Tue., Oct. 9. elections.hawaii.gov

AdvoCATS, Wed., Oct. 10, 7am-5pm, Ocean View Community Center. Free Cat Spay & Neuter Clinic. 895-9283. advocatshawaii.org

Volcano Bay Clinic Mobile Health Unit Visits: Dental, Wed., Oct. 10, 8-5pm; Medical, Thu., Oct. 25, 1-5pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Must be Bay Clinic, Inc. patient. Call 333-3600 to schedule appointment. See Cooper Center August newsletter for details. thecoopercenter.org

Pāhala Sewage System - County Dept. of Environmental Management, Wed., Oct. 10, Open House: 5:30pm, Meeting: 6-7:30pm, Ka‘ū Gym Multi-Purpose Conference Room, Pāhala. Mary Fuji, 962-8038

Story Time with Auntie Linda from Tūtū & Me, Thu., Oct. 11, 10:30-noon, Nā‘ālehu Public Library. 929-8571

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thu., Oct. 11, 6:30pm, United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkley Yoshida, 747-0197

Free Community Dance, Fri., Oct. 12, 7-10pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Minors allowed with supervision only. Alcohol-free event. Variety of music. Coffee, tea, water, and snack provided. Free admission; donations appreciated. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

First Annual Super Saturday Five-on-Five Tournament, Sat., Oct. 13, Ka‘ū District Gym. Event hosted by Hokulele Basketball Club – youth from 5 years old to high school, sponsored by families and players. Free admission to watch. For more or to join, text or call President Ravel Kaupu, 319-0687.

Pancake Breakfast & Raffle, Sat., Oct. 13, 8-11am, Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Pastel On-Site Landscape Painting Workshop with Patti Pease Johnson, Sat., Oct. 13, 9-12:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Held outdoors, weather permitting - otherwise, indoors with reference photo. Students complete one 9"x12" project. $45/VAC member, $50/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. Beginner and intermediate artists welcome. Register online, volcanoartcenter.org, or call 967-8222.

Realms & Divisions of Kahuku, Sat., Oct. 13, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, two-mile, guided hike on a new Kahuku Unit trail, Pu‘u Kahuku, explores the traditional Hawaiian classification system. Bring snack. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Zentangle: Ghosting Workshop with Lydia Meneses, Sat, Oct. 13, 10-1pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Adds haunting aspects and mystical-whisper feelings to artwork using light touch of mini graphite pencil. All materials supplied or available for borrowing. Open to all levels, no Zentangle or art experience necessary. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. Bring light refreshment to share. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Hula Kahiko - Liana Aveiro with Hālau Malanai, Sat., Oct. 13, 10:30-11:30am, hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Hula performance. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mea Hula w/Kumu Kaho‘okele Crabbe, Halauolaokalani, Sat., Oct. 13, 11-1pm, Volcano Art Center Gallery porch. Hands-on cultural demonstration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Oktoberfest, Sat., Oct. 13, 3-6pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village. German foods: bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, stew, spätzle, schnitzel; local beer, wine, cider for the keiki; and games and prizes. Entertainment provided. Volunteers welcome. Sponsored by Cooper Center Council. thecoopercenter.org, 967-7800

Palm Trail, Sat., Oct. 14, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult 2.6-mile loop traverses scenic pastures along an ancient cinder cone, with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Discovery Harbour Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Mon., Oct. 15, 5-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Tūtū and Me tuition-free traveling preschool, for keiki birth to five years old and their caregivers, is temporarily moving their Pāhala site program for Oct. 23, 25, and 30, and Nov. 1, to the River of Life Assembly of God church. The group still meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. They will be back at Pāhala Community Center on Nov. 6. The Nāʻālehu location remains at Kauahaʻao Church in Waiʻōhinu, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m.
     Tūtū and Me also offers home visits to aid caregivers with parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate, listening ear. Visits last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, total of 12 visits. Snacks are provided.
     To enroll in either free program, fill out enrollment forms found at pidf.org/programs/tutu_and_me/enrollment_forms, or call Linda Bong at 929-8571, or Betty Clark at 464-9634 or eclark@pidfountation.org.

Open Enrollment for Harmony Educational Services lasts through Oct. 15. Partnered with four local public charter schools, the program offers benefits of homeschooling with resources available to public schools. Interested families can contact Ranya Williams, rwilliams@harmonyed.com or 430-9798. harmonyed.com/hawaii

Volunteers Needed by St. Jude's Episcopal Church for community outreach, especially soup cooks and shower organizers, towel laundry, alter guild, and for the computer lab. Volunteers do not have to be members of the church. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's. Contact Dave Breskin, 319-8333.

CU Hawaiʻi Federal Credit Union's Nāʻālehu Branch is taking applications for a Member Service Representative.
     The job description reads: Serve as a liaison between the member and the Credit Union. Provide a variety of financial services to members including savings, share drafts, and loan transactions, as well as sales of merchandise items: money orders, traveler's checks, postage stamps, etc., in accordance with Credit Union procedures and policies. CU Hawaiʻi offers medical, drug, dental, vision and retirement benefits.
     Mail, hand-deliver, or fax application to: CU Hawaii Federal Credit Union, Attn: Human Resources, 476 Hinano Street, Hilo, HI 96720, Fax (808) 935-7793. Applications can be downloaded online at cuhawaii.com/about-cu/career-opportunities.html

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