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Kaʻū News Briefs Monday, November 5, 2018

Tupulaga O Samoa Mo A Taeao, UH-Hilo's Samoan Club, performed Taualuga during the Hoʻokupu Hula No Kaʻū 
cultural festival in Pāhala on Saturday. See more, below. Photo by Julia Neal
THE OLD TIME POLITICAL RALLY AT MOʻOHEAU BANDSTAND drew candidates in the Democratic Party for gubernatorial, congressional, state, and county seats this evening. The long time tradition in Hilo celebrates the eve of the General Election, which takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 6.
It's a tradition, meeting candidates up close in the historic bandstand.
Photo from Nā Leo TV
     Voters will determine trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, who is Governor, Lt. Governor, East Kaʻū state Representative, West Kaʻū state Senator, and who will go to Washington to represent Hawaiʻi in a U.S. Senate seat and U.S. House seats. Voting will also determine whether to launch a state Constitutional Convention.
     On hand at Moʻoheau Bandstand were Gov. David Ige. His running mate is west Kaʻū's state Sen. Josh Green. Giving hard driving speeches were Sen. Mazie Hirono, Sen. Brian Schatz, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, speaking at the Primary Rally in August
at the Bandstand. Photo from Nā Leo TV
     The Democratic Party issued a statement of the history of the rally: "It was 64 years ago, in 1954, when the young, vibrant, and hopeful Democratic Party, unable to secure the Hilo Armory for its pre-election rally, chose to move the celebration to the Moʻoheau Bandstand. The following day, the Democratic Party achieved their state-wide 'revolution' and the rest is history," 

     The Democrats called the regular event "an uplifting and patriotic program."
     The former Governor, Neil Abercrombie closed the rally this evening, "as only Neil can, with his stirring oratory," the Democratic Party reported.

Sen. Brian Schatz, speaking at the Primary Rally in August
at the Bandstand. Photo from Nā Leo TV
     Traditional sign-waving along Kamehameha Avenuebegan at Sign-wavers and other members of the public were "summoned" to the Bandstand by Hui Okinawa Kobudo Taiko drummers at
     Keiki from Hilo's Ka ʻUmeke Kūʻeo public charter school performed, followed by Hawaiʻi County Council member Valerie Poindexter leading the crowd in The National Anthem, and a young man lead the crowd in Hawaiʻi Ponoʻi.
Sen. Mazie Hirono, speaking at the Primary Rally in August
at the Bandstand. Photo from Nā Leo TV
     Kealiʻi Lopez, Hawaiʻi's Democratic Party chair, spoke first. She welcomed the crowd, stating there are only two more years to prepare "for when the Democrats take back" both the House and the Senate, and the White House. She also encouraged the younger generation, especially those who ran for positions in the Primary Election, to try again. She said the Democratic Party is about "helping each other with Aloha."

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MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE flyer was distributed today by Gov. David Ige and running mate Sen. Josh Green, who aims to be Lt. Governor.

     The flyer notes that Hawaiʻi residents can register to vote at voting locations tomorrow on General Election Day, "based on your residential address as long as you are a U.S. Citizen, a resident of the State of Hawaiʻiand at least 18 years of age."

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YOULSAU BELLS IS BAY CLINIC'S NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, the health provider announced today. Bells previously managed the Development Department and will continue to report to Harold Wallace, Bay Clinic CEO. The COO position isn new at Bay Clinic.

     Wallace said, "This move represents an evolution in Bay Clinic's leadership structure to support our drive for clinical care excellence and our ambitious plans for future growth. In her new role, Youlsau will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization and execution of our strategic plans. I look forward to working with Youlsau to drive the business forward."

     Prior to this appointment, Bells led the overall strategy and execution for Bay Clinic's philanthropic and marketing strategies. Her team, according to the staetment, "successfully secured funding for Bay Clinic's CIPs and programs, helped to revamp the corporate image through branding and marketing, and implemented protocols which have improved efficiency in the Development Department and has regularly been recognized for outstanding achievement."

Youslau Bells, Bay Clinic's new
Chief Operating Officer
     Wallace said, "We are delighted that we have been able to promote from within the company. Youlsau has been an integral part of the team for many years, contributing greatly to the company's success. Her skills and experience are the perfect fit to take on this position as we move forward and continue to grow."

     Bells received her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in business administration from BrownUniversity and IE Business School in Spain. She has over twenty years of experience working in government and non-profit sectors in the U.S.and abroad, helping communities move towards more sustainable futures.

     Bay Clinic, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Federally Qualified Health Center, with 180 employees in nine sites. Serving over 22,000 patients, Bay Clinic is a community-directed healthcare organization that promises to provide primary and preventive care services to the people of East Hawaiʻi."Bay Clinic will ensure that patient- centered, culturally responsive, and affordable healthcare services are locally accessible in our communities," says the Bay Clinic statement.
     Learn more about Bay Clinic, Inc. at bayclinic.org.

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Tupulaga O Samoa Mo A Taeao dancers in Pāhala at the annual Hoʻokupu Hula No Kaʻū. Photo by Julia Neal
TUPULAGA O SAMOA MO A TAEAO, the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Samoan Club, brought its dance to Saturday's Hoʻokupu Hula No Kaʻū at Pāhala Community Center. The troupe, under advisor Norman Arancon, performed dances in traditional Samoan costumes for the crowd.

Samoan dancer in traditional garb.
Photo by Julia Neal
     The dance Taualuga drew onlookers to their feet and to toss money onto the ground around the dancer. Taualuga celebrates achieving a monumental task, such as building a house with its beautifying final touches. It is frequently performed as the grand finalé of an evening of entertainment, Samoan wedding receptions, social functions, and other festivities.
     The dance is performed by a single person, traditionally the chieftain's daughter or son, usually a virgin. Modern dancers can be of any status, but unmarried women are the most desired. The dance is known for graceful movement, subtle hand and facial gestures, and poise in the dancer. Music is often choral with simple percussion. Aiuli or faʻaluma performers often accompany the dancer, their exaggerated and humorous gestures, and loud vocalizations, providing contrast to the grace of the central dancer.
     The Tauluga is often accompanied by lafo, the throwing of money – to the dance floor, in the air, or on the dancer – in acknowledgement of her skill. This does not have the same history as money dances, as seen at weddings in other cultures. However, the money has replaced the traditional offering at the end of a fine dance, of items like high quality mats and tapa cloth.

     Tupulaga O Samoa Mo A Taeao, founded in 1982, participates in many college and community events, such as United Nations Day, International Night, Merrie Monarch Hula Festival and more. Learn more at hilo.hawaii.edu/studentaffairs/maap/
Graceful dancing from UH-Hilo's Samoan Club.
Photo by Julia Neal
     Read about more of the cultural exchange and performances at Hoʻokupu Hula No Kaʻū in tomorrow's Kaʻū News Briefs.

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ADVISORY COUNCIL APPLICANTS are sought by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA's Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve seeks persons to fill seats for the conservation alternate, research alternate, commercial fishing primary, and native Hawaiian primary seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in reserve management and provides advice to the superintendent.

     Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen as members or alternates should expect to serve a two or three-year term or until a different advisory body is created pursuant to PapahānaumokuākeaMarineNational Monument's management plan.

     Applications are due Tuesday, Dec. 4. To receive an application kit, or for further information, contact Nicole Evans, advisory council coordinator, at Nicole.Evans@noaa.gov or (808)725-5818. Application kits can also be downloaded at papahanaumokuakea.gov/new-about/council/apply/.

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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

FREE STD TESTING IS OFFERED AT OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER on Monday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, by Hawai‘i Department of Health. The program will continue to be offered every second Monday of the month. Those interested in scheduling an individual appointment for a difference day or time are asked to call 895-4927. Teenagers over the age of 14 years old do not need parental consent. The services provided are free and always confidential. Free condoms and lube are also offered.

HOW TO GROW CULINARY HERBS is the subject of a Nā‘ālehu Public Library event hosted by Master Gardeners Nancy and Gary, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, starting at 1 p.m. Attendees are instructed on which herbs to buy and which to propagate - complete with instructions on how to propagate them. Free seedlings will be available (while supplies last) to those who want to get started right away. The event is recommended for ages 10 and up.
     Program schedule is subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit librarieshawaii.org/events. For more, call 939-2442.

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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

Military Coloring Sheets, Arts & Crafts Activity, Fri.., Nov. 9, 2-3pm, Kahuku Park, HOVE. For ages 6-12. Register through Nov. 8. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Volcano Community Dance happens Friday. Nov. 9, 7-9pm. The free dance encourages attendees to "come dance... by yourself, with a partner, or just join us and tap your foot!" Music includes freestyle groove to funk, motown, 80’s dance hits, rhythm & blues, classic rock, world beat, 50’s R&R, and Latin. Coffee, tea, water, and snacks provided; donations appreciated. Alcohol free event. Minors allowed with supervision only. Set-up at , at CooperCenter, 19-4030 Wright Rd.

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund & Nā Mamo o Kāwā Estuary Volunteer Work Day, Sat., Nov. 10, meet 9:30am, Northern Gate, Kāwā. 2WD accessible, volunteers welcome. Free; donations appreciated. Sign-up w/James Akau, Nā Mamo o Kāwā, namamookawa@gmail.com, jakau@nmok.org, 561-9111, nmok.org. HWF - RSVP to kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, call 769-7629

4th Annual Lā ‘Ohana: Health and Hawaiian Culture, Sat., Nov. 10, 9-4pm, Miloli‘i. Hawaiian cultural demonstrations and medicine; free health screenings; open enrollment from healthcare.gov; arts and crafts vendors, informational booths, foods, snacks, and entertainment. Fundraising for Miloli‘i Hipu‘u online virtual academy of Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School. Free entry. Sponsored by Kalanihale, kalanihale.org. Potential vendors contact Ka‘imi Kaupiko, 937-1310, kkaupiko@gmail.com

Stained Glass Basics I, Sat. & Sun., Nov 10, 11, 17 & 18, 9-noon, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Four session workshop for beginners with Lois Pollock. $90/VAC member, $100/non-member, plus $15 supply fee. Advance registration required; class size limited to 6 adults. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Nature & Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Sat., Nov. 10, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate guided hike along the Palm Trail, approx. 2 miles. Learn about native plants that play a vital role in Hawaiian culture, and observe the catastrophic change and restoration of the land as it transitions from the 1868 lava flow to deeper soils with more diversity and older flora. Free. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Hawaiian LomiLomi Lapa‘au Breath of Ha Workshop, Sat., Nov. 10, 10-1pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Kahuna Kumu Leina‘ala Brown teaches this level 1 training. $90/VAC member, $100/non-member. 967-8222, volcanoartcetner.org

Zentangle: Botanical Boarders and Beyond w/Dina Kageler, Sat., Nov. 10, 10-1pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Returning tanglers encouraged to bring their favorite Zentangle supplies - loaner pens, pencils and watercolors available. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. Bring light refreshment to share. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Hula Kahiko - Ka‘ea Lyons and Lily Kahelelani Dudoit w/Hālau Ka‘eaikahelelani, Sat., Nov. 10, 10:30-11:30am, hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Annual Volunteer Appreciation - Ice Cream, Brownies & Tie Dye Social, Sat., Nov. 10, 3-5pm, Volcano Art Center, Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Volcano Art Center members welcome, others welcome to become members to attend. Julie Williams, 339-1699, volcanoartcenter.org

Ocean View Turkey Challenge, Sat., Nov. 10, 4-10pm, Terraces, 92-1885 Princess Kaiulani Blvd., Ocean View. D-Tech Solutions DJ Robert Unger, 4-7pm; K.O.A. band, 7-10pm. Adults only. Admission: One Keiki gift $10-15 value, unwrapped, no stuffed animals. Raffle Tickets $1 each, or 6 for $15; winners need not be present to win. Turkey plates available on site or to-go, $10. Proceeds fund Keiki Christmas at Kahuku Park. Competitors sign-up by Nov. 1. Contact Lee, 494-8835, or Kathie, 937-5865, peoplerdcare@gmail.com

Pu‘u o Lokuana, Sun., Nov. 11, 9:30-11am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Short, moderately difficult, 0.4-mile hike to the top of the grassy cinder cone, Pu‘u o Lokuana. Learn about the formation and various uses of this hill over time. Enjoy breathtaking view of lower Ka‘ū. Free. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Veteran's Day Ceremony, Sun., Nov. 11, 3pm, Kīlauea Military Camp front lawn, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Keynote Speaker: Colonel Thomas Barrett, Commander USAG Hawai‘i. Veterans who will attend Ceremony are asked to call 967-8371 before Nov. 9 to receive complimentary meal ticket to KMC Veteran's Day Buffet. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. 967-8356, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Veteran's Day Buffet, Sun., Nov. 11, 4-7pm, Kīlauea Military Camp's Crater Rim Café, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Menu entrees: Prime Rib, Asian Infused Ono, and Vegetable Tofu Stir Fry. Meal tickets: $29.95/Adult, $15.95/Child (6-11 years old). Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Veterans who will attend KMC Veteran's Day Ceremony at 3pm call 967-8371 before Nov. 9 to receive complimentary meal ticket to Buffet. Park entrance fees apply. 967-8356, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Veteran's Day Concert, Mon., Nov. 12, 10:30-4pm, Nā‘ālehu Community Center & Park. Free. Sponsored by ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Entertainment features acclaimed falsetto singer Mark Yamanaka and bands Shootz and Bottle of Blue. Paul Sakamoto and his Taiko drumming group perform. Food includes stew, rice, and mac salad w/Punalu‘u Sweetbread. okaukakou.org

Free STD Testing, Mon., Nov. 12, 9-noon, Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored by Hawai‘i Department of Health. 2nd Monday of month. Call for individual appointment for different day or time. Teenagers 14+ do not need parent consent. Always confidential. Free condoms and lube. 895-4927

Painting with Peggy, Mon., Nov. 12, noon-3pm, Volcano Art Center, Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Ongoing Acrylic Painting Sessions w/Margaret "Peggy" Stanton for artists of all levels. No previous experience needed. $15 VAC members/$20 non-members per session. Email questions to peggystanton007@yahoo.com. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

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.

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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