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Kaʻū News Briefs Thursday, October 11, 2018

Eddie Andrade, left, points to a possible burial site near or on the land chosen for wastewater treatment. Hawaiʻi County Environmental Management Director Bill Kucharski, right, looks on. Photo by Julia Neal

CLOSING DOWN GANG CESSPOOLS IN PĀHALA IN TIME TO AVOID HUGE EPA FINES, and finalizing the site for the new Pāhala wastewater treatment system drew many points of view during a public meeting last night. The discussion on the Environmental Assessment for the planned location next to the Norfolk tree lane, along Maile Street coming into Pāhala town, elicited comments from people who said they want sewage treated below Hwy 11.

     Eddie Andrade, who took care of the sewage treatment system when it was owned by C. Brewer, said he worried about the site above the highway being subject to flooding and possibly spilling onto Hwy 11, the main road around the island. Putting it below the highway would prevent Hwy 11 from being blocked or flooded, should there be an event that would lead to the treatment facility lagoons breaking their banks, he said. His view was mirrored by Sophia Hanoa, who also contended that construction costs would be the same below the highway.

Earl Matsukawa, right, answers questions about writing the 
Environmental Assessment. Photo by Julia Neal

     Engineers for the project said the facility would be designed with berms high enough and strong enough to deal with any possible flooding and that the history of where and how much flooding has taken place at the site is being studied to determine the engineering of the facility.

     Representatives of the county presented an audiovisual description of the EA and the preliminary site plan. They said that sitting below the highway would cost more, mentioning the requirement to pipe the sewage under the highway, to build an access road and utility lines from Hwy 11 to the treatment site, and the uncertainty of whether the land would be suitable if it were an old dumping ground for the old sugar plantation. Another EA would be required. They said they plan to build the treatment facility, hook up the old sewer line to it and shut down the old large capacity gang cesspools in 2021 to avoid Environmental Protection Agency fines of more than $32,000 a day. After the large cesspools are closed, the new sewer lines would be installed in the streets and those on the old sewer lines and those newly accessible would hook up in 2022, they said.

     The final treatment center site, whether above or below Hwy 11, would require containment of all liquids from the treatment system to prevent any leakage of sewage into the environment, they said.

     Andrade pointed to a tunnel under Hwy 11 that was built for the purpose of sending mill waste away from the town, makai of Hwy 11. He also cautioned that there could be a burial cave on or near the proposed site. Writers of the EA said they want to learn more and called for any information on historical, cultural and spiritual value of the proposed site to the community.

Engineers said they'd planned the site to shield the lagoons from public view by planting native trees and other plants to absorb water. They said the site could attract wildlife. Photo by Julia Neal
     Terri Napeahi, a member of the State of Hawaiʻi Burial Council and Vice President of Pele Defense Fund, came to the meeting from Hilo. She and Hanoa, along with Sandra Demoruelle, of Nāʻālehu, talked about the process and public involvement in choosing the place for sewage treatment. They asked whether there should be an Environmental Impact Statement rather than the EA to evaluate the site. Demoruelle said there should have been a hard copy of the EA at the meeting and Hanoa said there should have been more copies of the EA available in the town to the public. She also said the comment time is short and asked if it could be extended. Representatives from the county said they could ask for it.

     Hanoa called the entrance to Pāhala town "historic" and said no one wants the sewer system to welcome people to Pāhala. Engineers showed their plan to leave the Norfolk Pines in place and to plant other native trees and plants to treat and absorb the treated effluent and to screen the lagoons and other areas of the treatment facility from the public. The area will also be fenced and locked, they said.

     Kupuna Jessie Ke, who led the pule to open the meeting, suggested a gathering of kupuna to talk about the history of the site and also to discuss the impact of the site on people in the town. Earl Matsuaki, of Wilson Okamoto Corp., who worked on the EA, said letters went out to numerous community groups and agencies asking for any knowledge of possible impacts on wildlife, and knowledge of any archaeological and historic sites. He and other county consultants said they received no comments of concern and pointed out that the site is currently planted in macadamia trees.

Berna Cabacungan of Earthplan facilitated all three public 
meetings in Pāhala this week. Photo by Julia Neal
     Jessie Marques, of Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association, asked about funding and the cost of waiting any longer to build the treatment system. Who would pay for the cost of the extended time, given the EPA threats of fines?

     Several engineers working on the project explained that sewage in the old plantation system is untreated and currently puts groundwater and the ocean at risk for contamination.

     William Kucharski, Director of the county Environmental Management Agency, said that new wastewater facilities are paid for countywide, with state, federal and county funding. Sewer fees for Pāhala would not go up with higher costs. Everyone hooked up to a sewer pays the same rate per month throughout the county.

     Some people talked about the impact on the pocketbooks of those people unserved by the old sewer lines who would have to pay to hook up to the new ones. Jadelynn Kaʻapana-Moses mentioned the strain of putting children and grandchildren through college and said she didn't have another $20,000 or more to hook up to the sewer system. Hooking up is a requirement wherever a sewer line goes by a house on Hawaiʻi Island. Those currently on the old sewer system will be funded by the county under an agreement with the defunct C. Brewer sugar company. Those with cesspools or septic tanks will have to pay to hook up. Representatives of the county said they would look into loan and funding programs to help out. The noted state law that requires all cesspools, including those for individual houses, be closed by the year 2050.
     Meeting facilitator Berna Cabacungan encouraged speakers to provide their questions and their comments on the EA for the proposed site. Comments are due by Oct. 23. The draft Environmental Assessment is available at Pāhala and Nāʻālehu Libraries and at oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/The_Environmental_Notice/2018-09-23-TEN.pdf.

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HAWAIʻI HAS MORE RESIDENTS WITH HEALTH INSURANCE than any other state, with the exception of Massachusetts, reports WalletHub today. WalletHub says the national uninsured rate is back on the rise, growing 4.6 percent since December 2016.
     Hawaiʻi's overall uninsured ranking is second lowest in the country, at 3.85 percent. Honoluluhas the lowest uninsured rate in the U.S., for cities of 300,000 or more residents; this includes residents of the city proper, only, not surrounding areas.
     The state uninsured rate went down by 4.04 percent between 2010 – before ACA was in place – and last year. As of 2017, Hawaiʻi is has the lowest uninsured rate in the union for low income households at 4.05 percent and the second lowest insured rate for high-income households at 1.6 percent.
     Blacks and Hispanics in Hawaiʻi have the lowest uninsured rates in the U.S., at 4.5 percent for Hispanics – 17.8 percent is the national average – and 1.4 percent for Blacks – 10 percent is the national average. Whites rank 11th, at 4.1 percent, with 5.9 percent the national average.
     Uninsured adults in Hawaiʻi rank second at 4.35 percent – national average, 9.93 percent – and children rank fourth lowest at 2.2 percent – the national average is 5 percent.
     For this study, WalletHub measured the post-Obamacare uninsured rates in each of the 50 states. WalletHub also compared the rates for 547 U.S. cities, in addition to a breakdown by age, race/ethnicity, and income level.
     WalletHub says, "Having health insurance is vital to the well-being of your family and your wallet. It not only ensures that you have access to the care you need, but it also can significantly reduce your out-of-pocket medical expenses, the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the U.S.

After the passage of the Affordable Care Act — dubbed 'Obamacare'— the uninsured rate for all adult Americans dipped to a historic low of 10.9% in the last quarter of 2016, according to Gallup. But the uninsured rate is back on the rise and was 12.2% in the fourth quarter of 2017. According to a study by the Commonwealth Fund, it now sits at 15.5%."

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VACANCIES ARE OPEN on various Boards and Commissions for county of Hawaiʻi. Members of most of these Boards and Commissions serve for staggered terms of five years, on a voluntary basis. The following vacancies need to be filled for Kaʻū: Fire Commission, Council District 6, and Ka‘ū Community Development Plan Action Committee, 9 positions.

     Other positions available for the entire county include: Board of Appeals, 1 position; Board of Ethics, 1 position; Cultural Resource Commission, 2 positions; Fire Board of Appeals, 5 positions from any Council District; Liquor Adjudication Board, 1 position; and Merit Appeals Board, 2 positions.

     For all Boards and Commission, travel expenses to and from meetings are reimbursed.

Applicants must be U.S.citizens, residents of the State of Hawaiʻi, and may not hold any other public office. The Mayor's Office will fill vacancies on Boards and Commissions from a list of applicants. Application forms are available at hawaiicounty.gov/office-of-the-mayor . For further information, contact Rose Bautista, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, at 961-8211 or at rose.bautista@hawaiicounty.gov.

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HAWAIʻI PHOTO SHOOT CONTEST is open to entries through Monday, Oct. 15. This year's contest is the first open to all Hawaiʻi residents. Shown at WailoaCenterJan. 4 through 24, 2019, the show is sponsored by the Hilo Photography Club. The subject matter is open; however, nudity and political themes are not allowed. There are two sections, adults and junior. Those under 18 on Oct. 15 may enter in the junior section.
     The entry fee is $10 per entry for adults, $5 per entry for juniors, with no limit on the number of entries per person. Cash awards are given to the best entry in each section. Additional cash awards will be given to the overall best entries in Black & White and Nature Photography. Cash award amounts to be determined based on final number of entries.

     Send digital entries in jpeg format not exceeding 2000 pixels on the longer side to vijaykarai1953@gmail.com . Send appropriate amount by check payable to Hilo Photography Club,
PO Box 100, Kurtistown, HI96760-0100

     After notification of acceptance of the digital entry on Nov. 15, entrants should send a framed print of the accepted image, ready to hang – no saw tooth hangers – to WailoaCenter
Piopio St., Hilo, HI96720
. Framed prints will be accepted through Dec. 28. Include return labels and postage. Additional pick up locations will be announced later. Prints can be marked for sale. 20% of the sale price will be deducted by the selling agency. If not for sale, mark NFS. A liability waiver will need to be signed for all prints exhibited. Print size needs to be at least 8x10. Larger prints are preferred. There is no upper limit on size. Print pick up is Jan. 25.

     Judging will occur on Jan. 3. The opening reception is Friday, Jan. 4, from to The exhibit will be judged by Laurent Martres, an award winning author of guide books for photographing the American west. Martres also serves as a juror for several mainland art festivals. His website is martres.com.

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Stewardship volunteers show off their tools they help remove
invasive species in the Park. NPS photo
STEWARDSHIP A THE SUMMIT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS to help restore Hawaiian rainforest at the summit of Kīlauea volcano. October through December, Stewardship at the Summit begins at  and ends at . The dates are Saturday, Oct. 20; Friday, Oct. 26; Friday, Nov. 2; Saturday, Nov. 17; Saturday, Nov. 24; Wednesday, Nov. 28; Monday, Dec 7; Tuesday, Dec. 15; and Tuesday, Dec. 22. No advance registration is required. No cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply.

     During these events, volunteers help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center at  on any of the above dates. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm.

Removing invasive species gives endemic
plants a chance to thrive. NPS photo
     Countless Himalayan ginger, faya, Australian tree fern, strawberry guava, and other invasive, non-native plants that threaten the native understory near the summit of Kīlauea volcano have been removed. In their place, once-shaded ‘ōhi‘a trees, ‘ama‘u and hāpu‘u tree ferns have re-emerged, and pa‘iniu, kāwa‘u, and other important native plants are returning to the stewardship plots.
     Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park provides numerous ways for visitors to connect with and appreciate Hawaiian culture, active volcanoes, and native plants and animals. The park provides refuge for more than 50 threatened and endangered species which include honu‘ea (hawksbill turtle), nēnē (Hawaiian goose), ‘ua‘u (Hawaiian petrel), ‘io (Hawaiian hawk), and the Ka‘ū silversword. The Park was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1987 and an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980.

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KAʻŪ TROJANS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL SLAMMED PARKER in all five sets played last night at the Waimea school. Junior Varsity scored 25 in both games, with Parker at 22 and 17. Varsity scored 25 in their three games, with Parker at 18, 12, and 13.
     Kaʻū Athletics says tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 12, is Senior Night, PINK OUT. The Trojans will host St. Joseph at 6 p.m.
     See the remainder of the Fall sports schedule, below.

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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:
   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

KAʻ Ū PLANTATION DAYS event has open vendor spaces and is looking for entertainers. The event, held at Kaʻū District Gym, happens Saturday, Oct. 20. The final planning meeting happens Friday, Oct. 12, at Pāhala Community Center. Those interested in a vendor booth, contact Liz K. at 339-0289. Others, inquire with Darlyne V, at 640-8740.

TIKI MAMA'S on Road to the Sea Halloween party will feature the Night Stalkers. Doors open a  on Saturday, Oct, 27, at 92-9122 Mamalahoa Hwy, Ocean View. Suggested donation is $10 plus a can of food. Tiki Mama's events support Hawaiʻi Food Bank.

FREE HIP HOP DANCE CLASS with Crystal and Spider of Lulu Dance Foundation dance studio, Van NuysCA. The free class begins at at Kaʻū District Gym's multipurpose room. Call Nona at 928-3102 to register or for more info.

TRUNK-OR-TREAT at Kaʻū Octoberfest is looking for community members to offer treats and/or candy to keiki attending the event. The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., organized by Department of Parks and Recreation, Kaʻū District Gym, and Pāhala High & Elementary School. There will also be a vehicle decorating contest. Call 928-3102 for more.

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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.

CANCELLED: Pancake Breakfast & Raffle, Sat., Oct. 13. 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

‘Ai Pono with Aunty Edna Baldado - ‘Ike Hana No‘eau (Experience the Skillful Work), Wed., Oct. 17, 10-2pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Discuss eating and living healthier with native Hawaiian foods like kalo (taro), ‘uala (sweet potato), and ulu (breadfruit). Free; park entrance fees apply. Co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. 985-6011, nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Ocean View Community Association Board Meeting, Wed., Oct. 17, 12:30pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Friends of the Kaʻū Libraries Annual Meeting, Thu., Oct. 18, from 6pm, at the Pāhala Plantation House. Election of officers for the 2019 term beginning January 1; short business meeting followed by entertainment, food, and door prizes. Everyone encouraged to attend and share ideas on how to improve local libraries. Sandra Demoruelle, 929-9244, naalehutheatre@yahoo.com.

Volunteer Forest Restoration Project: Faya Tree Removal, Fri., Oct. 19, 8:30-1pm, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, contact for meet-up location. Hosted by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age and able to hike at least one mile over rough, uneven terrain. Release forms required. Co-signatures of adult required for volunteers under 18. Contact Patty Kupchak at forest@fhvnp.org or 352-1402 by Mon., Oct. 15. fhvnp.org

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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