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Kaʻū News Briefs Monday, October 15, 2018

A tiny hula dancer from Ocean View won the solo title at E Mālama Mau I Ka Hula Festival in Hilo this weekend.

"Hunnay" Rhyan Faith Anoʻi Demello is seven years old, the youngest of competitors who came from schools

around the island. Her kumu is Chrissy Kama Henriques. See more on hula dancers from Kaʻū in story below.

See this video of her dance from E Malama Mau I Ka Hula Festival

A REVISED VACATION RENTAL REGULATION BILL goes before the County Council Planning Committee tomorrow, Tuesday. It would apply to vacation rentals where owners or operators are absentee from the land where the vacation rental is located.

     It would prohibit all vacation rentals on any land classified agriculture unless the lot was created before June 4, 1976.

     The aim is to keep more housing as long term rentals to help with the housing shortage.

     Vacation rentals on resort classified property would be automatically approved and require no additional fees nor permits. However, existing vacation rentals – on residential property and older agricultural lots where owners can show a history of General Excise and Transient Accommodations Tax payments – would be allowed to apply for a "non-conforming use permit."

Unhosted vacation rentals would be prohibited in agricultural subdivisions

created since June of 1976 and in residential areas, unless grandfathered in.

Photo from law.com

     The permit process would require a one-time $500 fee for each vacation rental unit. It would also require an annual registration payment of $200 per unit. Owners would have to show that construction of the units, including plumbing and electricity, were approved by the county.

     Volcano residents have been organizing to modify the bill as many of their homes are on agricultural land. So are many homes in Ocean View, though subdivisions were created as early as the 1950s.

     The Planning Committee for the County Council will meet tomorrow at at West Hawaiʻi Civic Center. The public can participate through videoconference at Nāʻālehu state office building.

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TRAINING FOR CREATING, FOLLOWING, AND TESTIFYING ON LEGISLATION for the Hawaiʻi Legislature is coming to Ocean View. Public Access Room staff will be on Hawaiʻi Island from Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 to conduct legislative workshops as part of a neighbor island outreach program.

     Two workshops will be offered. The first is geared towards newcomers, provides an introduction to the state legislative process to prepare new participants for the session. The second workshop is for those with an understanding of lawmaking. It will offer advanced advocacy tips on effective lobbying and often overlooked online resources. How-To guides, informational handouts, and other resources will be available.

     At Ocean View Community Center, 92-8924 Leilani Circle, Wednesday, Oct. 31, the Beginners Presentation will be from to ; the Advanced Presentation will be from to

     For more, call toll free to 808-974-4000, ext. 7-0478, email Keanu Young at k.young@capitol.hawaii.gov, or go to lrbhawaii.org.

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Na Kupuna O Ka‘ū hālau, performing at the 36th annual Kupuna Hula Festival. They won third place in the Hui Puʻia (mixed) division, second in 
Tutu Wahine and Hui Kane, and third in Tutu Kane. Photo from Hawaiʻi Park and Rec./Laura Ruminski
NA KUPUNA O KAʻŪ HĀLAU shone brightly at the 36th annual Kupuna Hula Festival. Of the five judged categories, Kaʻū placed in four divisions. Organized by County of Hawaii Parks & Recreation – Elderly Activities 
Na Kupuna O Ka‘ū hālau, with their third place award 
in the Hui Pu‘ia (mixed) division. 
Photo from Hawaiʻi Park and Rec./Laura Ruminski
Division, Elderly Recreation Services, Special Programs, the festival was started under the direction of Kumu George Naope. The festival, open to hālau and dancers 55 years of age and older, "has been a long tradition of honoring and perpetuation the art of hula through our kupuna," says the county.

     Tutu Wahine division had eleven entries, with Sabine Maeva Andreser of Hale Kala‘akeakauikawekiu in first, Leona Puanani Bell Schroeder of Na Kupuna O Ka‘ū in second, and Sumiyo Ono of Hui O Mapuana's Hula Nani's in third.

     Tutu Kane division had eight entries, with Robert Keanaaina of Hale E Hulali Mai I Ka La in first, Winston Jamie of O Ka Hale Lokelani in second, and Michael Scott Carius of Na Kupuna O Ka‘ū taking third.
Na Kupuna O Ka‘ū, performing as crabs.
Photo from Hawaiʻi Park and Rec./Laura Ruminski

     Hui Wahine division had seventeen entries, with Hale Hula Kauluokala placing first, Na Kupuna O Moana second, and Hale Kala‘akeakauikawekiu third.

     Hui Kane division had four entries, with Na Kupuna O Moana in first, second place going to Na Kupuna O Ka‘ū, and Hale O Mailelaulani in third.

     Hui Pu‘ia (mixed) division had five entries, with Na Kupuna O Kohala in first, Na Kupuna O Moana second, and Na Kupuna O Ka‘ū.

     The Hoʻolauleʻa saw ten groups perform, just for the love of hula. Overall, Na Kupuna O Moana had the highest points.

Na Kupuna O Ka‘ū, performing for their second place rank
in the Hui Kane division.
Photo from Hawaiʻi Park and Rec./Laura Ruminski
     Judges for the festival were Iris Nalei Kunewa, Leihua Malani, Michelle Kaulu Amaral; Etua Lopes, and Aulani Young. Sponsors for the event were First Hawaiian Bank, Kukio Resorts, Big Island Candies, and Lions Club of Kona. The event also hosts a crafts fair, with which the public is invited to get involved.
     The 37th annual festival is set for Sept. 11 and 12, at Sheraton Keauhou. Contact Elderly Recreation Services, Elderly Activities Division, at Hawai‘i County Parks & Recreation, 961-8710.

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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 20, 1 pm, BIIF Finals at Pāhala Ball Park - Higher vs. Kaʻū
Girls Volleyball:
   Wed, Oct 17, BIIF DII Semi-Finals @ Kona
   Thu, Oct 18, BIIF DII Finals @ Kona

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

   Sat, Oct 27, , HHSAA

KAʻŪ PLANTATION DAYS event has open vendor spaces and is looking for entertainers. The event, held at Kaʻū District Gym, happens Saturday, Oct. 20. 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 at  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 Monday, Oct. 29, 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  to , 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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‘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

Palm Sheath Baskets Workshop with Jelena Clay, Sat. Oct. 20, 9-2:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. All supplies provided to make two baskets - includes embellishments. $45/VAC member, $50/non-member, plus $30 supply fee. Pre-registration required. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Birth of Kahuku, Sat., Oct. 20, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Explore rich geologic history of Kahuku on this easy-to-moderate hike. Learn about the Hawaiian hotspot and the creation of Kahuku. Free. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Zen Pen - Writing as Spiritual Practice Workshop with Tom Peek, Sat., Oct. 20, 9:30-4pm. $65/VAC member, $75/non-member. No writing experience necessary. Bring personal object, handheld mirror, and lunch. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Art in the Everyday Community Quilt Project - Assembly Workshop, Sat., Oct. 20, 10-4pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. After party to follow, 4-6pm. Visiting Artist Laura Phelps Rogers leads the ongoing project. A sculptural, social engagement and public work, in which Rogers hopes to construct monumental sculptural quilt built of 5" round, wood pieces - each blank and designed by community participants. Pick up blank piece and packet at Volcano Art Center Administration Office or at Wailoa Art Center. $10 donation. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Meeting, Sat., Oct. 20, 10-1pm, Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting/training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hula Kahiko - Chrissy Kama Henriques & Leilani Taka-Keana‘aina with Hula Hālau E Hulali Mai Ka La, Sat., Oct. 20, 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

Bunco & Potluck, Sat., Oct. 20, 6pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Popular game played with nine dice. Bring dish to share. Margie Hack, 541-954-8297

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Ka‘ū Coastal Clean-Up with Ke Ala Kai Foundation, Sun., Oct. 21, call for meet up time at Wai‘ōhinu Park. BYO-4WD vehicle. Canoe paddlers from any Hawai‘i Island canoe club welcome. Free; donations appreciated. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, mattie.hwf@gmail.com, wildhawaii.org

People & Land of Kahuku, Sun., Oct. 21, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Guided, 2.5-mile, moderately difficult hike over rugged terrain focuses on the area's human history. Free. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Hoʻokupu Hula No Kaʻū Cultural Festival happens Saturday, Nov. 3, at Pāhala Community Center, 1 to  Featuring Master Cultural Practitioners, Kukakuka (talk story), and many educational and cultural experiences with hands-on demonstrations. The festival is preceded by ceremonies at Punaluʻu Beach at dawn; at sunset, a ceremony will be held to honor ancestors; the festival will close with a ceremony at Makanau.

Native Hawaiian weaving arts were taught during Uhane's
cultural festival weekend, led by Kawehi and Debbie Ryder.
Photo by Julia Neal

     Craft vendors, food vendors, and informational booths can still be applied for. Contact Kumu Hula Debbie Ryder at leionalani47@hotmail.com or (808) 649-9334 for an application. Last year brought over 1,000 spectators.
     The festival features hula performed by hālau from MexicoJapanWest Virginia, Oʻahu, South America, and Hawaiʻi Island. Traditional ethnic dance performances will come from Mexico, as well as the University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo Filipino Dancers. Taiko Drummers will perform. This year's headliner musical acts include Hoʻaikāne, Wailau Ryder, Keʻaiwa, Victor Chock, and Steven Sioloa.
     Sponsors include County Council member Maile David and community contributions through fundraising. See hookupukau.com.

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.

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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