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Kaʻū News Briefs Saturday, October 27, 2018

A marine mammal salute from a humpback whale as the Navy prepares war games and sonar testing in Hawaiian
 and California waters, with a release of its final Environmental Impact Statement.Photo from NOAA
THE U.S. NAVY SAYS ITS SONAR AND WEAPONS TESTING DOES LITTLE HARM TO MARINE LIFE. The Navy released its final Environmental Impact Statement on Friday, concerning war games in Hawaiian and California waters, to begin late this year, requiring acceptance of an EIS and National Marine Fisheries Service permits under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act. The permits allow the Navy "to incidentally take marine mammals during specified activities." The EIS predicts that 99 percent of marine mammals will be unaffected by the war games explosives and sonar.
     To mitigate risks to marine mammals, the Navy mapped a year-round, "West-side Hawaiʻi Island Caution Area" from South Point north. The Navy also promises to watch for marine mammals full time during its time in local waters.
See the Navy's final EIS on military training and testing
in Hawaiian and California waters.
     The Navy proposes to: "Conduct training and testing activities at levels required to support future Navy military readiness requirements beginning in late 2018; and accommodate evolving mission requirements, including those resulting from the development, testing, and introduction of new vessels, aircraft, and weapons systems into the fleet."
     According to the EIS, the testing range is defined as "at-sea areas off the coasts of Hawai‘i and Southern California, areas on the high seas between the Navy's Hawai‘i and Southern California range complexes where training and testing may occur during vessel transit, the Temporary Operating Area north and west of the Hawai‘i Range Complex, and select Navy pier side and harbor locations."
     Hard copies of the EIS are available at Hilo and Kona libraries, and online at the Navy project website. Questions can be addressed to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, HSTT EIS/OEIS Project Manager, 258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100, Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-3134. Public comment on the National Fisheries permits closed on Aug. 8. Comments on the EIS closed Dec. 12, 2017.

Minimizing impacts on marine mammals includes
scheduling full time watch from Navy ships.
Photo from U.S. Navy
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KAʻŪ'S REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS reacted to acts of violence against public persons and religious groups this week. The violent acts included a man mailing pipe bombs - that did not explode - to well known citizens who criticize Pres. Donald Trump. The violence also included a man opening fire with an AR-15 assault rifle and handguns inside a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh this morning, killing at least 11 with more injured. Ahead of their crimes, both men embraced violence in their public postings, targeting people who differ from them in their political and religious beliefs. The Pittsburgh shooter, who has been arrested, opposed synagogues for supporting refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. The Florida man arrested for sending bombs in the mail posted images of shooting targets superimposed on pictures of public figures whose politics he opposed.
     Sen. Mazie Hirono: "We live in a very polarized time, but as Americans we need to come together and send a clear message that violence and incitement have absolutely no place in our politics."
     "I join our entire country in condemning the concerted attacks on President Obama, Secretary Clinton, Attorney General Holder, Congresswoman Waters, George Soros, and CNN."
     Sen. Brian Schatz: "I don't want to arm synagogues and churches and schools. I want to live in a society where nazism and white supremacy crawls back in a hole and we have universal background checks. There is a fair amount of nazism out in the open nowadays and it's creepy."
     "The basic question is whether a President should bring us together or tear us apart."
     Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: "Hateful, demonizing rhetoric used by politicians/leaders for their own selfish gain, not surprisingly, can lead to violence. This must end. We must come together as one people, one nation, and choose leaders motivated by love and aloha. Only love can trump hate."
Pāhala Filipino Community Association Pres. Hilaria Panglao and
 Hildo Mercado, the last of the living Sakadas who led the way for
Filipino immigrants to work in the sugar industry here.
Photo by Julia Neal
     Pres. Donald Trump said that violence against churches and synagogues has to stop, and called for the death penalty. He said the tragedies would be less likely with armed guards on duty at such places as synagogues and churches.

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FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH IS WRAPPING UP: Sen. Mazie Hirono, Sen. Brian Schatz, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa co-sponsored a bipartisan, bicameral resolution in the United States Senate to acknowledge the key role Filipino Americans play in shaping the country.
     Said Hirono: "In Hawaiʻi, we see the many contributions of the Filipino American community every day. They serve our country in uniform and elected office, teach our children in school, and run successful businesses. During my time in public service, I have fought to honor and recognize the contributions of the Filipino Veterans of World War II, and through this resolution Congress has come together on a bipartisan basis to pay tribute to a community that has given so much to our country."
     Said Hanabusa: "Starting with the Sakada, Hawaiʻi has long benefited from the hard work of Filipino Americans. They fought for this country during World War II, many making the ultimate sacrifice. We owe a lot of our local culture to Filipino contributions. Today, Filipinos are the largest ethnic group in Hawaiʻi, and continue to help shape the professional and political landscape. We are honored to recognize and laud the rich history of Filipino American contributions to Hawaiʻi and our great nation."
     In October 2017, after years of advocacy from Hirono and the Hawaiʻi Congressional Delegation, Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the Filipino Veterans of World War II.
Award winning Kaʻū Coffee farmer Gloria Camba is one of many growers from Filipino heritage. She
also teaches Filipino dance and culture to youth in the community. Photo by Julia Neal
     In May 2017, Hirono and Hanabusa introduced the Filipino Veterans Reunification Act, a bill that would expedite the visa process for children of Filipino World War II Veterans so they can be reunified with their families in the United States.
     Filipino American History Month is also recognized by the Hawaiʻi Legislature. In 2008, former state Rep. Joey Manahan and the Filipino Caucus introduced the measure "to commemorate the contributions of Filipino-Americans to Hawaiʻi and the United States." The bill passed unanimously and was signed into law by Republican Gov. Linda Lingle on April 15, 2008.
     Next Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Bayanihan Club will offer a presentation to University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College students to share knowledge of Filipino history, traditions, culture, and food. It takes place at the Hele Kehau Turn Around on the UH-Hilo campus.

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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

ST. JUDE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH HOSTS ANNUAL JUMBLE/PLANT SALE AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located along Highway 11 in Ocean View. The event features all you can eat pancakes for $3 a person. For more, call 939-7000.

MARY MILELZCIK OFFERS MIXED MEDIA ENCAUSTIC, a hands-on workshop on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Encaustic is a mixture of beeswax, damar resin, and pigment, which is applied to a solid absorbent surface. Each time a new layer is applied, it must be fused. The layers can be enhanced by carving with tools or drawing with pigment, oil sticks etc. Photographs can be transferred and other materials embedded to create translucent layers and a variety of amazing results.
     Participants learn safe studio practices, all the encaustic painting basics, and how to make their own medium. Various techniques will be demonstrated and a variety of substrates including panels and paper will be available. After instruction and experimenting, participants have the opportunity to create a small finished encaustic painting, or two, a scroll, and a set of greeting cards to take home.
    Milelzcik provides an assortment marking tools and brushes, and a variety of papers, photographs, minerals, fibers, and other natural and found materials for students to incorporate into their paintings. Students are encouraged to bring other items they would like to use. The class fee is $55 per Volcano Art Center member, or $60 per non-member, plus a $25 supply fee per person. To register, visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.
Encaustic Painting by Mary Milelzcik. Image from volcanoartcenter.org
     Milelzcik has a B.A. degree from Sonoma State University’s School of Expressive Arts, a radical two-year upper division interdisciplinary experimental program that existed for several years in the 70's. "This transformative educational experience set the path for an interesting career as a mixed media artist and photographer; as the Curator at Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Santa Monica, California; and teaching experimental mixed media art and printmaking. Photography is an important tool in her creative and documentary projects as well as for capturing images to use as a base for mixed media encaustic paintings and prints," states the event description on volcanoartcenter.org. Milelzcik also gathers pigments and organic materials to incorporate and experiment with in her encaustic paintings. Her artwork has been shown internationally. Milelzcik provides strategic consultation and grant writing for small to medium sized nonprofits in Hawai‘i and California. She has a studio in Pāhoa and specializes in mixed media art and printmaking.

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Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Kamilo Point Clean-Up & Debris Survey with UH-Hilo's Marine Science Dept., Sun., Oct. 28. Call for meet up time at Wai‘ōhinu Park. BYO-4WD vehicle. Free; donations appreciated. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, mattie.hwf@gmail.com, wildhawaii.org

‘Ōhi‘a Lehua, Sun, Oct. 28, 9:30-11am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Learn about vital role of ‘ōhi‘a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, and many forms of ‘ōhi‘a tree and its flower, on this free, easy, one-mile walk. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Community meeting on the Pāhala Sewage treatment plant is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29 at Pāhala Community Center at 6:30 p.m. A group of residents organized to extend the comment time on the proposed waste treatment center at Maile and Hwy 11. The county and EPA approved their request and the public can turn in comments through Dec. 11.

Free Zulu - Hip Hop Dance Class taught by Crystal Castillo and Spyder. Open to keiki in kindergarten through eighth grade, Monday, Oct. 29, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Ka‘ū District Gym's multi-purpose room. Register through Monday, Oct. 29. For more, call 928-3102.

VOTE: Deadline to request General Election mail ballot from Clerk's Office, Tue., Oct. 30. elections.hawaii.gov

Ka‘ū Food Pantry, Tue., Oct. 30, 11:30-1pm, St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View.

After Dark in the Park, Woven Strands & Braided Cords: Philosophy & Metaphysics in Pre-Contact Hawaiian Astronomy, Tue., Oct. 30, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Author and researcher Martha Noyes. Program co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Call 985-6011. Free; donations help support park programs. Park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Kōkua Kupuna Project, Wed., Oct. 31, 9-11am, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Seniors 60 years & older encouraged to attend, ask questions, and inquire about services offered through Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i. Referral required from Hawai‘i County Office of Aging at 961-8626 for free legal services. Under 60, call 1-800-499-4302. More info: tahisha.despontes@legalaidhawaii.org, 329-3910 ext. 925. legalaidhawaii.org

Pā‘ani with Amy Ka‘awaloa- ‘Ike Hana No‘eau (Experience the Skillful Work), Wed., Oct. 31, 10-2pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Ka‘awaloa shares her knowledge about the Makahiki season, the ancient Hawaiian New Year festival, celebrated in three phases, one of which involved playing games. Co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Public Access Room comes to Ocean View on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.The non-partisan division of Hawaiʻi state legislature's legislative Reference Bureau will offer workshops. Free and open to the public, they focus on training for creating, following, and testifying on legislation.
     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.

     PAR's staff will be at Ocean View Ocean View Community Center on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 92-8924 Leilani Circle. The Beginners Presentation will be from  to ; the Advanced Presentation will be from  to  Additional presentations will be in Kona, Waimea, Pāhoa, and Hilo, from Oct. 29 through Nov. 1.

     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.

Kaʻū Octoberfest Trunk-or-Treat happens Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Ka‘ū District Gym's multi-purpose room. Register all ages Oct. 15 through 31. For more, call 928-3102. The event is looking for community members to offer treats and/or candy to keiki attending the event. 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.

Hawai‘i County Council Meetings, Thu./Fri., Nov. 1 (Committees)/2 (Council), Hilo, Mon/Tue., Nov. 19 (Committees)/20 (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Women's Support Group, Thu., Nov. 1 & 15, 3-4:30pm, PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. 1st and 3rd Thu. of every month thereafter. Women welcome to drop in anytime. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460

Hula Voices w/Kumu Hula Micah Kamohoali‘i, Thu., Nov. 1, 7-9pm, Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Desiree Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. Final program for 2018. 967-7565

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Thu., Nov. 1, 6-7pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Meeting, Thu., Nov. 1, 6:30pm, Aspen Center. okaukakou.org

Stewardship at the Summit, Fri., Nov. 2, Sat., Nov. 17 & 24, Wed., Nov. 28, 9-noon, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Meet Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45am. Volunteers help remove invasive, non-native plants species that prevent native plants from growing. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring hat, raingear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools provided. Free; however, park entrance fees apply. No advance registration required. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Jumble/Plant Sale & Pancake Breakfast, Sat., Nov. 3, 8-1pm, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. All you can eat pancakes, $3/person. 939-7000

Paths and Trails, Sat, Nov. 3, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately-difficult, 2-mile, hike with some of the most spectacular overlooks in Kahuku. Discover the ways people, animals, and plants got to Kahuku and the paths they followed. Free. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Art Express, Sat., Nov. 3 & Dec. 1, 10-3pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Classes held once monthly. Learn something new or work on a forgotten project. Instructions on oil, acrylic, watercolor, and other mediums. Class size limited to 25. Meliha Corcoran 319-8989, himeliha@yahoo.com, discoveryharbour.net/art-express

Hawai‘i Human Trafficking Presentation, Sat., Nov. 3, 10-11:30am, Ocean View Community Center. Presentation of human trafficking in Hawai‘i based on research study at University of Arizona. 939-7033

Ho‘okupu Hula No Ka‘ū Cultural Festival, Sat., Nov. 3, 10-10pm, Pāhala Community Center. Features Master Cultural Practitioners, Kukakuka (talk story), and many educational and cultural experiences with hand-on demonstrations. Hula performed by hālau from around the world and Hawai‘i. Music headliners: Ho‘aikāne, Wailau Ryder, Ke‘aiwa, Victor Chock and Steve Sioloa. Craft vendors, food vendors, and informational booths. Festival preceded by ceremonies at Punalu‘u Beach at dawn; ancestors honored at sunset; festival closes with ceremony at Makanau. Sponsors include County Council member Maile David and community contributions. Kumu Contact for booth application Hula Debbie Ryder, leionalani47@hotmail.com, 649-9334. hookupukau.com

Mixed Media Encaustic w/Mary Milelzcik, Sat,, Nov. 3, 10-2pm, Volcano Art Center, Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. $55/VAC member, $60/non-member, plus $25 supply fee. Participants create and take home small finished encaustic panting or two, scroll, and set of greeting cards. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Hula Kahiko - Michah Kamohoali‘i w/ Hālau Na Kipu‘upu‘u, Sat., Nov. 3, 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

Keiki Science Class, Sat., Nov. 3, 11-noon, Ace Hardware Stores Islandwide (including Nā‘ālehu/929-9030 and Ocean View/929-7315). Free. First Sat every month. acehardware.com

Multi-Cultural Demos and Activities: Pala‘ie, Sat., Nov. 3, 12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Hawaiian cultural demonstration and hands-on activity. Free, supplies provided. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Disney Sing-Along, Sat., Nov. 3, 17 & Dec. 1, 2:30-3:30pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room, Pāhala. For ages 5-8. Open registration. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Thanksgiving Hand Turkeys and Placemats, Arts & Crafts Activity, Sat., Nov. 3 & 17, 2:30-3:30pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room, Pāhala. For ages 5-12. Register through Nov. 2. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Keiki Jump Rope for Fitness, Sat., Nov. 3, 17 & Dec. 1, 4-4:30pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room, Pāhala. For ages 5-14. Open registration. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Palm Trail, Sun., Nov. 4, 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

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun., Nov. 4, noon-2pm, Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. Sponsored by South Point Amateur Radio Club and Amateur Radio Emergency Service. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc
or sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

VOTE: Early Walk-In Voting Open through Sat., Nov. 3. The early voting location for Kaʻū is at Pāhala Community Center, 96-1149 Kamani Street, from  to  Monday through Friday - closed  to 
     Local polls for the General Election open in precincts from Volcano through Kaʻū to Miloliʻi, from  to  on Nov. 6. 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. See more at elections.hawaii.gov.

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.

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.

     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.

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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