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Kaʻū News Briefs Sunday, November 18, 2018


A test image from NOAA's new GOES West satellite that will be used in official forecasts starting Dec. 10.
Image from NOAA
MORE ACCURATE WEATHER FORECASTS are expected with the new placement of NOAA's GOES-17 West Satellite. Hawaiʻi, Alaska, and the Pacific Ocean are covered with the move to 137.2 degrees west longitude.
     GOES West Satellite will become official on Dec. 10, following its launch on March 1 from Kennedy Space Center, and its ongoing testing, positioning, and refining.
     GOES-17 is the second launched for NOAA in the next generation of geostationary weather satellites that feature an onboard Advanced Baseline Imagery with 16 channels tracking and monitoring of volcanic ash, fire and smoke, atmospheric motion, cloud formation, convection, land surface temperatures, sea ice, and more. The images will be both high resolution visible and infrared.
Sixteen channels of observation on the news GOES West satellite that
will better track and help predict Hawaiʻi Weather. Image from NOAA
     A statement from NOAA says, "GOES-17 will significantly enhance our ability to forecast the weather in the western United States, especially in Alaska and Hawaiʻi. With its expanded satellite coverage at high latitudes, GOES-17 will provide a significantly clearer view of the state of Alaska, where it will improve our ability to track environmental conditions, such as sea ice, volcanic ash, snow cover, and wildfires. GOES-17 will also provide more and better data over the northeastern Pacific Ocean, where many weather systems that affect the continental U.S. begin."

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A PRESENTATION ON RESPECT by Honolulu Theatre for Youth and The Sex Abuse Treatment Center came to the Kaʻū District Gym on Friday afternoon. The aim was to show and train middle school students in the understanding that "A culture of [respect] can prevent sexual violence."
Expect Respect is the message from Honolulu Theatre of Youth who 
take the Respect Rally and training around the state to 
middle schoolers, including Friday at Kaʻū District Gym. 
Image from Honolulu Theatre for Youth
     A statement from the organizers of the event says that "Respect is a concept that can represent a number of things to different people. However, at its core, it reflects a thoughtful consideration of others. Respect builds healthy, safe relationships and communities.
     "Healthy relationships and positive experiences are based on respect. It doesn't matter who it's with or where it is… it could be with your partner, your classmate, a friend of a friend, or even a stranger you don't know.
     "Respect means knowing where the line is and not crossing it. It means engaging in open communication, not assuming consent, accepting others decisions and limits, watching out for your friends when you are out, resisting peer pressure to go along with or join in on sexually offensive behavior or harassment, and having empathy and compassion for victims.
     "We can all play a role in preventing sexual violence in our communities. It starts by standing up for respect. For yourself and your friends." See more at Honolulu Theatre for Youth.

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PUBLIC ACCESS ROOM staff from the Hawaiʻi Legislature recently visited Ocean View Community Center and the information is available online for everyone to learn about the process.
     The 2019 Hawaiʻi Legislature begins Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Citizens are proposing legislation to local state House of Representatives and Senate members. Most of the legislation is prepared before opening day and strategizing for success is ongoing. Deadlines for grants and subsidy requests are only a few days after the opening. Deadlines to submit administrative legislation is within a week. Deadline for all bills soon follows.

     Public Access Room, lrbhawaii.org– the non-partisan division of Hawaiʻi state legislature's Legislative Reference Bureau – offers an online guide to create, follow, and testify on legislation. It provides links to testimony and status by subject and by bill number. It gives statistics on the latest legislative session, a directory of legislators and committee positions, and more. It also provides a series of videos.
     The presentation Public Access Room offered in Ocean View is available at lrbhawaii.org/reports/pams.html. The first workshop focuses on newcomers, providing an introduction to the state legislative process, to prepare new participants for the session, and provides Suggested Guide to Bill Drafting. The second focuses on those with an understanding of lawmaking, offering advanced advocacy tips on effective lobbying and often overlooked online resources. The pdf presentation pages used at the workshop are available to view or download.
     Other legislative aids and manuals are available, such as How To Research Constitutional, Legislative, And Statutory History In Hawaiʻi, and the Directory and Guide to Government in Hawaiʻi. The pdf documents on the site are downloadable.
     There is also a Citizens Participation factsheet provided by Hawaiʻi Legislature at capitol.hawaii.gov/docs/CitizensGuide.pdf. Information on specific pieces of legislation can be found at capitol.hawaii.gov.

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6TH ANNUAL PRESEASON FOOD DRIVE GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT at Kaʻū District Gym happens Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, from to
     Teams from Kaʻū, Laupāhoehoe, Lanaʻi, Kealakehe, Keaʻau, and Pāhoa will play. Entry costs are: Free with a canned good item, for those five and under, or for students with a BIIF card; $1 for keiki grades K-8; $2 for seniors; $3 for students without a BIIF card and adults.
     The Kaʻū Girls Basketball team had their first pre-season games Saturday at Hilo. The Trojans warmed up against the Vikings, with 7, 1, 0, and 3, against Hilo's 32, 35, 13, and 4.

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SUBSTITUTE SCHOOL HEALTH ASSISTANT POSITIONS are available. Qualifications: CPR and First Aid certifications, and a high school diploma or equivalent. Training begins in 2019. Contact Kristy Loo for more at look@hkkk.k12.hi.us.

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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

Kaʻū High Winter Sports Schedule 
through end of 2018
Girls Basketball:
Nov. 23 and 24, Fri. and Sat., Kaʻū Tourney
and Food Drive.
Dec. 3, Mon., @Konawaena, 6pm
Dec. 5, Wed., @Waiakea, 6pm
Dec. 15, Sat., host Laupāhoehoe, 2pm
Dec. 17, Mon., host HPA, 6pm
Dec. 19, Wed., host Kohala, 6pm
Dec. 22, Sat., @Parker, 4:30pm

Boys Basketball:
Nov. 28-Dec. 1, Wed.-Sat., Waiakea and Keaʻau Preseason Tourney, Varsity
Dec. 15, Sat., host Pāhoa
Dec. 18, Tue., @Keaʻau
Dec. 27., Thu., @Kealakehe

Nov. 24, Sat., @Konawaena
Dec. 1, Sat., @Hilo
Dec. 8, Sat., @Waiakea
Dec. 15, Sat., @Oʻahu
Dec. 22, Sat., @Oʻahu

Nov. 28, Thu., Girls host Kealakehe, Boys host MLA
Dec. 1, Sat., @Honokaʻa
Dec. 3, Mon., host Kamehameha
Dec. 5, Wed., host Pāhoa
Dec. 8, Sat., Boys host Kohala
Dec., 11, Tue., @Kamehameha
Dec., 13, Thu., Girls host Makualani
Dec. 19, Wed., host HPA
Dec. 22, Sat., host Waiakea
Dec. 29, Sat., @Kona

Dec. 8, Sat., @HPA, 10am
Dec. 29, Sat., @Kamehameha, 10am

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY TAKES PLACE AT KALAE COFFEE AND HAWAIIAN FLOWERS, at 94-2166 South Point Road, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 24. The event aims help residents of Ka‘ū "Show your love for local" by connecting customers to local small businesses so they may easily buy local for the holidays.
     The following local vendors will be present: Karen Dusenbery DoTERRA Essential Oils; Heidi's LuLaRoe; Crooked C Ranch; Yolanda's Gifts & Creations; Art by tabby; Navarro Coffee Farm; Sticks and Stones; J & J Farm; Hawaiian Inspired Jewelry by Malia; Hawaiian Grindz; Infinite High; Fresh Pit; Gallery on the Go; Tropical Trappings; Paparazzi Accessories by CindyE; KaLae Therapeutic Massage; Jacquolyn McMurray, Author; Nurturing Gemstones; Alena Griffey Norwex Consultant; Beyond Organic Consulting; alikka TAG; KULOLO made by the Pua's; Dr. Frederick Kennedy, Chiropractor; Ariix; LeiMona; Ohi‘a Soap Lodge; Kanahele Jewelers and Shaved Ice.

BASIC STRETCH AND STRENGTHENING EXERCISE CLASS, sponsored by Hui Mālama Ola Nū ʻŌiwi, happens Wednesdays at Nāʻālehu Community Center and Thursdays at PāhalaSeniorCenter– no classes on Thanksgiving, or between Dec. 14 and Jan. 8. The free classes – donations accepted – run from to The class offers "basic stretches and muscular endurance exercises that will help improve your flexibility and strength. Designed for all ages; geared toward those needing to maintain or increase mobility, and those wanting a gentle stretch." Learn more at hmono.org, facebook.com/HMONO.org/, @hui_malama_ on Instagram, or call 808-969-9220.

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HOVE Road Maintenance Corp. Meeting, Tue., Nov. 20, 10am, 92-8979 Lehua Lane, Ocean View. hoveroad.com, 929-9910, gm@hoveroad.com

After Dark in the Park, Nontuberculou Mycobacteria: A Kīlauea Volcano Study within a Study, Tue., Nov. 20, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Dr. Jennifer Honda introduces her on-going research to study the environmental, host, and microbial factors driving Nontuberculou Mycobacteria – bacteria found in soil and water-based biofilms that when inhaled, can cause chronic disease in susceptible individuals – lung disease emergence in Hawai‘i, which has the highest numbers in the U.S. 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

Turkey Trot, Wed., Nov. 21, noon-1:30pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room, Pāhala. For grades Pre-K to 6. Register Nov. 5 to 21. Joint program with Pāhala Elementary School. Homeschooled keiki welcome to register and attend. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Ocean View Community Association Board Meeting, Wed., Nov. 21, 12:30pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Thanksgiving Nature Wreath, Arts & Crafts Activity, Wed., Nov. 21, 3-4pm, Kahuku Park, HOVE For ages 6-12. Register Nov. 13 to 22. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Fall Wreath of Thanks, Arts & Crafts Activity, Wed., Nov. 21, 3:30-5pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room, Pāhala. For grades K-8. Register Nov. 13 to 20. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Free Thanksgiving Community Dinner, Thu., Nov. 22, noon-3pm, Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored and hosted by Ocean View Community Association. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Thanksgiving Buffet, Thu., Nov. 22, 2-6pm, Kīlauea Military Camp's Crater Rim Café, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Menu includes: Roast Turkey, Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham and "all the fixins." Meal tickets: $22.95/Adult, $12.95/Child (6-11 years old). Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. 967-8356, 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Thanksgiving Dinner, Thu., Nov. 22, 3pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Registration for Charades, open Nov. 23-30, Kahuku Park, HOVE Program, for ages 6-12, held Dec. 7, 2-3pm. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Kīlauea Military Camp Holiday Challenge, daily, Nov. 23-Jan. 1, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. All invited to see and vote for their favorite decorated cottage. Park entrance fees apply. 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Volcano Village Artists Hui 32nd Annual Studio Tour & Sale, Fri.-Sun., Nov. 23-25, 10-4pm, see map at volcanovillageartistshui.com. Meet artists and view wide variety of artwork on display and available for purchase.

Kamahalo Craft Fair, Fri., Nov. 23, 9-4pm, Sat., Nov. 24, 9-3pm, Cooper Center on Wright Rd, Volcano Village. More than 30 vendors on hand with homemade, handmade, and homegrown items. Volunteers provide soups and food. Sponsored by Cooper Center Council. Proceeds used to fund community activities and Volcano Friends Feeding Friends hot meal program. See thecoopercenter.org for vendor form. Linda Ugalde, 936-9705, kilaueatutu@gmail.com

Realms & Divisions of Kahuku, Sat., Nov. 24, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, two-mile, guided hike on Kahuku Unit's newest trail, Pu‘u Kahuku, explores the traditional Hawaiian classification system. Bring snack. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Kīlauea Crisis Support Group Meeting, Sat., Nov. 24, 10-11am, Ocean View Community Center. Drinks and snacks provided. Reoccurring every last Saturday of the month sponsored by CARE Hawai‘i, Inc. - Team Ahā, Crisis Counseling Program. 329-4817

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Artist's Volunteer Clean-up at Kamilo, Sun., Nov. 25, contact in advance for meet up time. Limited seats available, BYO-4WD welcome. Free; donations appreciated. RSVP to kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com or call 769-7629 for more.

‘Ōhi‘a Lehua, Sun, Nov. 25, 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

Annual Christmas in the Country Event is open at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park from Saturday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Nov. 26, daily, from  to  Free; Park entrance fees apply. A special preview event is open to VAC members on Friday, Nov. 16, from  to  In addition to the artwork, gallery visitors can find unique holiday offerings of island-inspired gifts, ornaments and decorations made by Hawai‘i Island artists, including Volcano Art Center exclusives.

     For more, call 967-8222, or visit volcanoartcenter.org.

19th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibition is open at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, from Saturday, Nov. 17 through Tuesday, Jan. 1,  Admission is free; Park entrance fees apply.

     The exhibition presents one-of-a-kind wreaths in a variety of imaginative media, techniques, and styles, from the whimsical to the traditional, with this year's theme of Home for the Holidays - inspired by the four month closure of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

     For more, call 967-8222, or visit volcanoartcenter.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.

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.

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