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Kaʻū News Briefs Thursday, November 1, 2018

Walk-in voting at Pāhala Community Center wraps up today and tomorrow between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The General Election polling places nearby are at Ka‘ū High & Pāhala Elementary School cafeteria, above, Nā‘ālehu Elementary School, Ocean View Community Center, Miloli‘i Hālau Pavilion and Cooper
Center. See more below. Photo by Julia Neal
OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS REACTED TO THE GREEN LIGHT FOR THE THIRTY METER TELESCOPE this week. With the 4-1 state Supreme Court decision to allow the most powerful telescope on the planet at a cost of $1.4 billion to be built on Mauna Kea, OHA issued a statement:
      "Despite four state audits and generations of Native Hawaiians expressing concern about the threats to Maunakea, the state and the University of Hawaiʻi have continuously neglected their legal duties to adequately manage the mountain. Instead, they have consistently prioritized astronomical development at the expense of properly caring for Maunakea's natural and cultural resources.
Thirty Meter Telescope artists rendition. Image from TMT, Inc.
    "The Supreme Court's ruling today demonstrates an urgent need for the state to create mechanisms to ensure that constitutionally protected traditional and customary practices and cultural resources are not sacrificed or abridged.
     "In November 2017, OHA sued to hold the state and UH accountable for its longstanding and well-documented mismanagement of Maunakea. For years, OHA held good faith discussions with the state to stop the state's failed stewardship. Despite OHA's best efforts, these discussions broke down several weeks ago. As a result, OHA is moving forward with its lawsuit. After 50 years of empty promises to the mauna and our community, the state needs to be held accountable. Maunakea deserves better."
     The next step for TMT is for its organizers to submit construction plans to the Department of Land and Natural Resources Office of Conservation and CoastalLands for review and approval. The Supreme Court decision also requires the state to follow the Maunakea Comprehensive Management Plan, which includes attention to cultural protocols and training.
     KAHEA, the Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance – one of the participants in the Supreme Court case – commented: "We are disappointed by the state Supreme Court's majority decision to affirm the Land Board’s approval of the University of Hawaiʻi's permit to allow the Thirty-Meter Telescope corporation's project in a pristine area of Mauna Kea. The opinion wrongly relies on representations that there is 'no evidence' of Hawaiian cultural practices on the specific acreage proposed for the TMT. Thousands of Hawaiian cultural practitioners have affirmed the sacredness of the entirety of Mauna Kea. Thousands more have supported the protection of Mauna Kea from the TMT project. The Court's opinion has done nothing to change this. We call on the University, Governor Ige, and Mauna Kea TMT officers to put the well being of Hawai'i first and to relocate their project away from Mauna Kea."
     Gov David Ige, the DLNR, Department of the Attorney General, and University of Hawai‘i, thanked the Hawai‘i Supreme Court, in a joint statement.
     Ige said, "The high court reviewed thousands of pages of documents and testimony over many years, so it's difficult to imagine the monumental task the justices had in reaching this decision. We're pleased the court carefully considered and weighed all the varied and passionate testimony about TMT. We believe this decision is fair and right and will continue to keep Hawai‘i at the forefront of astronomy."
     DNLR Chair Suzanne Case said, "We are gratified that the Supreme Court affirmed the Board of Land and Natural Resources' decision on the Thirty Meter Telescope conservation district use permit. This has been a very long process, and I want to thank Judge Amano and the Land Board members for their careful diligence in ensuring all voices were heard and considered, the law was applied correctly, and the process was followed fairly. DLNR, as the landowners and conservation district regulators on Mauna Kea, will continue to work closely with UH on next steps to move this project forward."
     Attorney General Russell Suzuki said, "The TMT case has wound its way through a drawn out legal process for many years and it’s good to see it come to a successful resolution. The state has a responsibility to follow and apply the appropriate laws and the justices clearly agreed that this is precisely what happened in this case."
     UH President David Lassner said, "The University of Hawaiʻi is pleased with the state Supreme Court's decision to approve the conservation district use permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope project. We will ensure that this project is accomplished appropriately and with deepest respect for the awesomeness of Maunakea. TMT will not only represent a major advance in humankind's knowledge of the universe, it will have tremendously positive educational and economic impacts for the people of Hawaiʻi Island and the entire state. UH stands fully committed to collaborative stewardship that demonstrates Maunakea as an inspiring and harmonious global model for culture, education, the environment and groundbreaking scientific discovery."

     Opponents could appeal the decision to the Hawai‘i Supreme Court within the week or the U.S. Supreme Court within less than three months.

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TODAY AND TOMORROW ARE THE LAST DAYS FOR WALK-IN VOTING, in Kaʻū, at Pāhala Community Center, 96-1149 Kamani Street, from  to – closed  to 

     Two walk-in locations for registered voters from around the island are open through Saturday – West Hawaiʻi Civic Center Community Room, Bldg. G, from  to , at 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy and County of Hawaiʻi Aupuni Center Conference Room, at 101 Pauahi St., Suite 1.

    Waimea Community Center will take walk-in voters through Friday, , at 65-1260 Kawaihae Rd.
     On General Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, the polls will be open in precincts from Volcano through Kaʻū to Miloliʻi, from  to  The nearest polling places are: CooperCenter, 19430 Wright Road in Volcano Village; 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 Hālau Pavillion, off Hwy 11 in the Village of Miloliʻi. See more at elections.hawaii.gov.

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HELICOPTER OVERFLIGHTS for wildlife management, maintenance and repairs have been announced by Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for the following dates:
     Nov. 5 and 7, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., to shuttle crew between Hwy 11 near mile marker 42 and Kamo‘oali‘i, below 500-ft. elevation, for ungulate survey and control work.
     Nov. 7, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., to shuttle fence materials and crews between Mauna Loa Road and the Kapāpala boundary fence above 6,000-ft. elevation.
     Nov. 8, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., to shuttle crew from Hwy 11 near mile marker 42 to Kuee grasslands for survey and control of invasive fountain grass.
     Nov. 13 and 15, between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., to fly supplies and crews for monitoring the ‘ua‘u birds, the petrel between Mauna Loa around 9,000-ft. elevation and the rainshed at Kīlauea summit.
     Nov. 14, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., departing from the rainshed at Kīlauea for invasive faya tree surveys in upper Kahuku Mauka and East Units, above 5,000-ft. elevation.
The native petrel - uau - bird, will be monitored on Mauna Loa
this month through a program of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
Photo from HVNP
     Nov. 14, between 10 a.m. and noon, to conduct surveys for Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death in Kahuku Unit, between 2,000-ft and 5,000-ft. elevation.
     Nov. 14, between noon and 3 p.m., to shuttle fence materials along the park boundary between the upper Kahuku former paddocks area and the Ka‘ū Forest Reserve between 3,000- and 5,000-ft. elevation.
     In addition, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory may conduct flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation.
    "The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather," says the announcement from the park.
    "Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities."

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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

KUMU MICHAH KAMOHOALI‘I WITH HĀLAU NA KIPU‘UPU‘U PERFORM HULA KAHIKO on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., on the one-of-a-kind outdoor setting hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
     "Members of Hālau Na Kipuʻupuʻu are well known for their powerful performances as well as revitalizing many ancient art forms and practices not commonly seen within hula today. They are most famed among the hula community for revitalizing the art and practice of creating kapa," states the event description at volcanoartcenter.org.
     Kamohoaliʻi is also known as a professional artist, producing works in many mediums such as lei making, feather working, photography, printing, painting, clothing, wood and stone carvings, film production and traditional Hawaiian kapa. "In all that he does he honors his kūpuna for who he is," states the event description.
     This presentation will be presented authentically in an outdoor setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats.
Hālau Na Kipu‘upu‘u under direction of Kumu Hula Michah Kamohoali‘i.
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
     The hula performance is free to attend; however, park entrance fees apply. For more, call Desiree Cruz at 987-7288, email volcanohula@gmail.com, or call 967-8222. See volcanoartcenter.org.

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STAINED GLASS BASICS I, A FOUR SESSION WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS, with glass artist Lois Pollock is offered Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.
     "Whimsical shapes, illustrative scenes or divine stories, stained glass has re-created the light in our lives for centuries. Stained glass artisans use both glass color and texture to produce light forms and patterns creating mood and character in small and large spaces," states the event description at volcanoartcenter.org.
     All basic techniques are covered in the workshop, from glass cutting, foiling, soldering, and completing with patina and polishing compound. Pollock shares her expertise and knowledge, teaching students the skills involved in working safely with stained glass, and creating a sturdy piece of art.
     Participants complete the workshop with a finished light-catcher, and the knowledge and experience of the basic skills involved to continue working with stained glass. Class fee is $90 per VAC member, $100 per non-member, plus a $15 supply fee. Attendees are asked to wear long pants, snug fitting gloves, covered shoes and safety glasses. Advance registration is required; workshop limited to six adults. Register online at volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.

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Stewardship at the Summit, 9-noon, Fri., Nov. 2, Sat., Nov. 17 & 24, Wed., Nov. 28, 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; park entrance fees apply. No advance registration required. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Keiki Kiʻi Photography Club, to promote literacy through photography, happens Friday, Nov. 2, from to , at Nāʻālehu Public Library. This free club, sponsored by Friends of the Kaʻū Libraries, is open to all ages. Cameras and computers are provided. To sign up or ask questions, call Nāʻālehu Public Library, 939-2442.

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. 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

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 Saturday 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

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon., Nov. 5 & 19, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. A parent led homeschool activity/social group building community in Ka‘ū. Contact prior to attending to confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Story Time with Lindsey Miller from PARENTS, Inc., Mon., Nov. 5, 2:30-3:15pm, Nā‘ālehu Public Library. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Meeting, Mon., Nov. 5, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

VOTE: General Election, Tue., Nov. 6, 7-6pm. Senate District 2 polling places in/near Ka‘ū: Cooper Center, 19-4030 Wright Rd., Volcano Village; Ka‘ū High/Pāhala Elementary School Cafeteria, 96-3150 Pikake St., Pāhala. Senate District 3 polling places in/near Ka‘ū: Nā‘ālehu Elementary School Cafeteria, 95-5545 Mamalahoa Hwy., Nā‘ālehu; Ocean View Community Center, 92-8924 Leilani Circle, Ocean View; Miloli‘i Halau Pavilion, Miloli‘i. elections.hawaii.gov

Family Yoga Class, Tue., Nov. 6, 9:30-10:30am, PARENTS, Inc., Nā‘ālehu. Wonderful way to embody connection. 3-12 years old and caregivers. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothes. Bring a mat, if can, as supplies are limited. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting, Tue., Nov. 6, 4-6pm, Nov. 20, 4:30-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

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

After Dark in the Park, Kolea: A Story of Hawai‘i and Beyond, Tue., Nov. 6, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Russell Cahill introduces his latest book, with selected readings and book signing. Program co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free; donations help support park programs. Park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Registration for P&R Boys & Girls, T-Ball/Coach Pitch Baseball League open Nov. 7-Jan. 16, Kahuku Park, H.OV.E. For ages 5-8. Programs run Jan. 22 through Apr. 18, game and practice times TBA. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Craft Stick Fall Sign, Arts & Crafts Activity, Wed., Nov. 7, 3:30-5pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room, Pāhala. For grades K-8. Register through Nov. 5. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Open Mic Night, Wed., Nov. 7, 6-10pm, Kīlauea Military Camp inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Call 967-8365 after 4pm to sign-up and for more details. For patrons 21+. Park entrance fees may apply. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests. 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Learn More About Becoming A Foster Parent, Thu., Nov. 8, 8:30-10:30am, Pāhala Community Center. Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool on-going; however, all are welcome to visit w/ Michelle Caravalho of Hui Ho‘omalu to discuss becoming a foster parent. East Hawai‘i, 987-5988, West Hawai‘i 896-3829

Health Insurance Sign-up, Thu., Nov. 8, 9-4pm, Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored by Hawai‘i Department of Health. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thu., Nov. 8, 6:30pm, United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkley Yoshida, 747-0197

VOTE: Early Walk-In Voting Open through Sat., Nov. 3, in Hilo and Kona, and open to Ka‘u residents.
     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, has twice a week meeting in Pāhala, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Pāhala Community Center, and in Nāʻālehu 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.

Exhibit, Volcano Collaborations 2018: Artists Invitational, through Nov. 4, 9-5pm, Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Features pieces made by 18 artists at VAC's first Artists' Collaboration event. 967-7565

Registration for Track & Field Practice open through Wed., Nov. 21, Kahuku Park, on Paradise Circle in H.O.V.E. Program for ages 6-14 to be held Dec. 3-Feb. 8. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

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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