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Kaʻū News Briefs, Saturday, December 1, 2018

Christmas in Kahuku, a free event for the whole ʻohana, happens Sunday, Dec. 16, from to , at Kahuku 
Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The event features live music and dancing, with music and hula by 
Russell Mauga, Kīpapa, and Lori Lei Shirakawa's Hula Studio. Also on offer are hand-crafted items, food 
booths, shave ice, a coffee truck, and more. See fhvnp.org or nps.gov/havo, or call 985-7373. Lori Lei 
Shirakawa has mentored generations of hula students in Ka‘ū. She will bring 
performers to Christmas in Kahuku. Photo from Lori Lei Shirakawa

IN MEMORY OF PRES. GEORGE H.W. BUSH, who died Friday at 94, Gov. David Ige ordered that the United States and Hawai‘i state flags fly half-staff at the State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard in the State of Hawai‘i, beginning immediately.
     For 30 days, the half-staff flags will honor and give tribute to the memory of Bush "as an expression of public sorrow," said a statement today from the governor's office.
     Ige, a Democrat, praised Bush, the Republican: "President Bush lived a life of service to our nation, from a combat plane to the halls of Congress and the White House. As we pay tribute to his leadership, let us vow to serve our communities, our state and our nation with the same spirit. Dawn and I send our heartfelt aloha to the entire Bush family."
The late Pres. George H.W. Bush giving the 50th anniversary address at Pearl

Harbor in 1991, acknowledging patriotic Japanese Americans.

     Bush gave the keynote, 50th anniversary speech on Dec. 7, 1991, at Pearl Harbor. He praised the multiethnic community in Hawai‘i, saying, "For the Defenders of Pearl, heroism came as naturally as breath. They reacted instinctively by rushing to their posts. They knew as well that our nation would be sustained by the nobility of its cause. So did Americans of Japanese ancestry. They came by the hundreds to give wounded Americans blood, and the thousands of their kinsmen all across America who took up up arms for their country. Every American believed in the cause, and when I'd speak of it, be embarrassed to be called heroes... Foes can sink American ships but not the American spirit."
     Bush also acknowledged the error made when the U.S. government interred Japanese Americans during World War II. "In remembering, it is important to come to grips with the past. No nation can fully understand itself or find its place in the world if it does not look with clear eyes at all the glories and disgraces, too, of the past. We in the United States acknowledge such an injustice in our own history: The internment of Americans of Japanese ancestry was a great injustice, and it will never be repeated."
     Bush said, that "The values we hold dear as a nation — equality of opportunity, freedom of religion and speech and assembly, free and vigorous elections — are now revered by many nations. Our greatest victory in World War II took place not on the field of battle, but in nations we once counted as foes. The ideals of democracy and liberty have triumphed in a world once threatened with conquest by tyranny and despotism."
Mayor Harry Kim will receive a Homeland Heroes award for his
work during the Kīlauea eruption disaster this year. At the mic, he
stands next to County Civil Defense chief Talmadge Magnno.
Photo from Big Island Video News

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A HOMELAND HEROES AWARD will go to Mayor Harry Kim "for his ongoing efforts to keep the people of Hawai‘i County safe," states a release from his office.
     The award from Government Technology & Services Coalition, based in Arlington,VA, on Thursday named Kim a Mission Awardee for 2018.
     "Mission awardees are selected for their tangible achievements toward achieving their responsibilities and the overall mission of their office," says the Homeland Security Today.US website. "These are the folks who are actually getting it done."
     Kim spent many years in Civil Defense on Hawaiʻi Island before becoming mayor.

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COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER MAILE DAVID WILL BE SWORN IN ON MONDAY, Dec. 3, at , at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. She begins her third term on the council, representing Kaʻū, the greater Volcano area, south Kona, and a portion of north Kona.

Maile David during inauguration ceremonies in 2016 with
Phoebe Gomes and the late Bobby Gomes and family.
Photo by Annie Bosted
     David is nominated to continue as Chair of the Hawaiʻi County Council Finance Committee. The new council will meet for the first time at in the Hilo Council Chambers, to vote on the organizational resolutions. The inauguration and the council meeting are open to the public.
     David was born in rural Kealakekua, graduating from Konawaena in 1970. She spent thirty years as a paralegal, and worked as an advocate for senior citizen and Social Security Disability through Legal Aid Society. She has spent the last four years on the council, and has served as Chair of the Committee on Finance, Chair of the Committee on Human Services and Social Services, and Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Works and Parks and Recreation, Vice Chair of the Committee on Planning, and Deputy County Clerk.

     Nā Leo TV will provide live coverage of the Inauguration on Monday, Dec. 3, slated to begin at noon on Spectrum Channel 55, online at naleo.tv/channel-55, and streaming via the mobile app, available in iOS and Google Play marketplaces. A rebroadcast of the program airing throughout the week will be available on Nā Leo cable channels, and on Video-on-Demand.

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HŪ HONUA BIOENERGY, BUYER OF FARMED EUCALYPTUS – harvested above Pāhala to burn for electricity to sell to the local utility – is facing scrutiny from the state Department of Health. The issue is an unauthorized discharge of industrial wastewater on Nov. 9. The Department of Health Clean Water Branch released a statement on Friday with its preliminary findings.

     Health Director Bruce Anderson said, "The discharge was a blatant disrespect of the environmental laws that govern this highly regulated industry. The history of concern over the operations of this facility emphasize the need for the Department of Health to take swift action on this violation."

See video of the discharge.
Video from Big Island Video News
     Keith Kawaoka, deputy director of Environmental Health, said, "While in general, the department does not provide information about ongoing investigations, given the public nature of this case and community concerns, we are confirming the cause of the spill and moving forward on the enforcement process. Fortunately, our staff did not observe visible damage to the environment or determine an imminent threat to the health of the public from the discharge."

     DOH is completing the investigation, and plans to produce a formal report with recommendations for enforcement and penalties. For unlawful discharges to state waters, violators face potential civil penalties of up to $25,000 per day per violation and potential criminal prosecution.

     Hū Honua issued a statement in November saying the discharge was unintended and occurred while testing and preparing the biofuel plant for its opening. The company reported the event to the state the day it happened.
     Opponents of the plant, located on the coast north of Hilo, seized on the incident, some of them claiming the release was not an accident.

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KAʻŪ HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL started the season with a close game against Keaʻau on Thursday, Nov. 29. Part of a four-day tourney for Varsity, which runs though today, Dec. 1, the Trojans boys scored 44 to Keaʻau's 46.

KAʻŪ HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER suffered another disappointing game on Wednesday, Nov. 28, when the Trojans hosted Kealakehe. Scoring zero points, with the Waveriders at 9, the referee called the game.

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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 December Sports Schedule
Girls Basketball:
Dec. 3, Mon, @Konawaena, 6pm
Dec. 5, Wed., @Waiakea, 6pm
Dec. 15, Sat., JV host
     Laupāhoehoe, 2pm
Dec. 17, Mon., host HPA, 6pm
Dec. 19, Wed., host Kohala, 6pm
Dec. 22, Sat., host JV
     Christian Liberty, 2pm

Boys Basketball:
Dec. 15, Sat., host Pāhoa
Dec. 18, Tue., @Keaʻau
Dec. 22, Sat, host Parker
Dec. 27, Thu., @Kealakehe

Dec. 8, Sat., @Waiakea
Dec. 15, Sat., @Oʻahu
Dec. 22, Sat., @Oʻahu

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., @Konawaena

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

Free dog and cat spay and neutering services are provided by Hawai‘i 
Island Humane Society's mobile clinic on Dec. 3 in Ocean View, free 
to low income pet owners or those lacking means to transport their pet 
to the shelter in Kona or Kea‘au for free surgery. Photo from hihs.org
HAWAI‘I ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY COMES TO ST. JUDE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH in Ocean View with their for a one day Spay and Neutering Mobile Clinic - for cats and dogs only - on Monday, Dec. 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are necessary and can be made by visiting hihs.org. Those who would like to participate but do not have access to the internet are welcome to come to St. Jude's Episcopal Church on Saturday, while their computer lab is open. The free mobile spay and neutering services are offered to low income pet owners or those without means to transport their cat or dog to the Humane Society's shelter in Kona or Keaau - where these services are offered for free to all.
     "We recently fundraised for and purchased a state-of-the-art mobile spay/neuter clinic to take our surgery efforts on the road. We want to eliminate all barriers by bringing our services to areas of need. This is the only such program of its kind on the Big Island. It will enable pet owners with limited financial means or transportation to fix their pets, eliminating the possibility of accidental litters which become a community problem and add to Hawai‘i Island Humane Society's challenge of addressing pet overpopulation," states hihs.org.
A view inside Hawai‘i Island Humane Society's Mobile Spay & Neuter 
Waggin', which comes to St. Jude's Episcopal Church
in Ocean View on Dec. 3. Photo from hish.org
     Hawai‘i Island Humane Society's Mobile Spay & Neuter Waggin' is staffed with a professionally trained and fully licensed veterinarian, who is supported by Humane Society veterinary assistants and volunteers. "Our team follows all guidelines by nationally recognized organizations regarding high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinics," states hihs.org.
     The clinic generally will accept: healthy dogs and cats; puppies and kittens who are at least eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds; female dogs in heat; female cats in heat; and feral cats. Feral cats are tested for Feline AIDS and Leukemia prior to surgery. The mobile clinic will not accept: unhealthy animals or those with contagious illnesses - animals should not be coughing or sneezing, and should not have watery eyes, runny noses, mange, or ringworm; and animals in the care of an animal welfare or rescue organization. See more at hihs.org/services/spay-neuter-waggin.

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Hi‘iaka & Pele, Sun., Dec. 2, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit. Free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/HAVO

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun., Dec. 2, noon-2pm, Manukā State Park. Monthly. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or
sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Net Patrol along Wai‘ōhinu Coastline, Mon., Dec. 3, 17, and 27, contact for meet up time at Wai‘ōhinu Park. Limited seats available for all three days. BYO-4WD welcome. Free; donations appreciated. RSVP to kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com or call 769-7629 for more.

Spay and Neutering Clinic, Monday, Dec. 3, 7:30-4pm, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View.

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon., Dec. 3, 17, and 31, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. Parent-led homeschool activity/social group building community in Ka‘ū. Confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

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

Nā’ālehu Tee Ball - Sign-Ups, Mon., Dec. 3, , Nā‘ālehu Community Park. Ages 5 and 6, practice every following Mon. & Wed., 3-4pm. Fees TBA. Josh/Elizabeth, 345-0511

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Meeting, Mon., Dec. 3, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Free Diabetes Management Program, Mon., Dec. 3, 5pm. Registration required and for location of class in Ka‘ū. For those with Type 1 or 2 diabetes. Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi, hmono.org, 969-9220

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

Family Yoga Class, Tue., Dec. 4, 9:30-10:30am, PARENTS, Inc., Nā‘ālehu. 3-12 years old and caregivers. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothes. Bring mat, if can, as supplies are limited. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

A Walk into the Past w/ Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar, Tue, Dec. 4, 11, and 18, 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m., meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Tour Jaggar's tiny lab located below the Volcano House to see original seismograph equipment and other early instruments with Dick Hershberger as "Dr. Jaggar." Supported by the KDEN. Free; park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/havo

Ocean View Tee Ball - Sign-Ups, Tue., Dec. 4, 3-4pm, Kahuku Park, Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. Ages 5 and 6 practice every following Tue. & Thu., 3-4pm. Fees TBA. Josh/Elizabeth, 345-0511

Ocean View Coach Pitch Baseball - Sign-Ups, Tue., Dec. 4, 4-5pm, Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. Ages 7 and 8 practice every following Tue. & Thu., 4-5pm. Fees TBA. Josh/Elizabeth, 345-0511

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting, Tue., Dec. 4, 4-6pm, Dec. 18, 4:30-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Meeting, Tue., Dec. 4, 6-8pm, Pāhala Community Center.

After Dark in the Park, All About Anchialine Pools, Tue., Dec. 4, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Hawai‘i State Parks Dena Sedar presents. Free; donations accepted. Park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

Basic Stretch & Strengthening Exercise Class, Wed., Dec. 5 and 12, 9:30-10:30am, Nā‘ālehu Community Center. Designed for all ages; geared toward those needing to maintain or increase mobility, and those wanting a gentle stretch. Call 969-9220 to sign up. Free; donations accepted.

Arts & Craft Activity: Paper Tree Table Top, Wed., Dec. 5, 3:30-5pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room. Register through Dec. 5; open to keiki Grades K-8. 928-3102

Open Mic Night, Wed., Dec. 5, 6-10pm, Kīlauea Military Camp inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Call 967-8365 after 4pm to sign-up and for more details. Park entrance fees apply. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests 21+. 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Basic Stretch & Strengthening Exercise Class, Thu., Dec. 6 and 13, 9:30-10:30am, Pāhala Senior Center. Designed for all ages; geared toward those needing to maintain or increase mobility, and those wanting a gentle stretch. Call 969-9220 to sign-up. Free; donations accepted.

Women's Support Group, Thu., Dec. 6 and 20, 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

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

Volcano School of Arts and Sciences Middle School Theater Night, Thu., Dec. 6, 6pm, Kīlauea Military Camp's Kīlauea Theater, inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade each perform a one-act play: The Invisible Man by Tim Kelly, Last Stop Till Christmas by Pat Cook, and The Quest: A Fairy Take with Attitude by Eddie McPherson. Free; donations gratefully accepted. Park entrance fees apply.

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

Hula Voices w/Kumu Hula Micah Kamohoali‘i, Thu., Dec. 6, 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

PATCH Class #425, More Than Counting: Math in Preschool, Fri., Dec. 7, 8-11am, PARENTS, Inc. office, Nā‘ālehu. Teaching strategies that support the development of mathematical concepts in preschool-age children. Sponsored by Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. No childcare provided. 238-3472, rhall@patch-hi.org

PATCH Class #309, Together in Care, Fri., Dec. 7, noon-3pm, PARENTS, Inc. office, Nā‘ālehu. Creating close caregiver/child relationships within a group. Sponsored by Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. No childcare provided. 238-3472, rhall@patch-hi.org

Stewardship at the Summit, Fri., Dec. 7, Sat., Dec. 15 and 22. Meet Paul and Jane Field at 8:45am in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers help remove invasive, non-native plants species that prevent native plants from growing. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools provided. Parental/guardian accompaniment or written consent required. Free; however, park entrance fees apply. No advance registration required. nps.gov/havo

Youth Group, Fri., Dec. 7 & 21, 6:30-8:30pm, Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored by Lamb of God Baptist Church.

Nā Mamo o Kāwā ʻOhana Work Day, Sat., Dec. 8, meet , Northern Gate, Kāwā.  RSVP with w/James Akau, jakau@nmok.org, 561-9111. Updates and notifications on upcoming ʻOhana Workdays, see nmok.org or

Paths and Trails, Sat., Dec. 8, , Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately-difficult, 2-mile, hike. Free. nps.gov/havo

Zentangle: Pen in Henna, Sat., Dec. 8, 10-1pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Art work guided by designs from Mehndi Henna style. Student kits provided. Open to all levels. Students invited to bring snacks to share. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $10 supply fee/person. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

HOVE Road Maintenance Annual Meeting, Sat., Dec. 8, Ocean View Community Center. hoveroad.com, 929-9910, gm@hoveroad.com

Volunteer Fire Department Annual Dinner, Sat., Dec. 8, , Discovery Harbour Community Hall. discoveryharbour.net, 929-9576

Jazz in the Forest Christmas Special, Sat., Dec. 8,  – doors open  – Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Jean Pierre Thoma & The Jazztones with Jeannine Guillory, featuring Christmas favorites and original compositions. $20/VAC member, $25/non-member. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

A Gift of Love, Volcano Festival Chorus Annual Christmas Concert, Sat., Dec. 8, 7:30pm, Kīlauea Military Camp's Kīlauea Theater, inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 25 member chorus under direction of Roch Jones, accompaniment by Laura Kahale, with Cheryl Shine on flute. Free; donations gratefully accepted. Park entrance fees apply.

Christmas in the Country and 19th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibition are open at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, 
     Christmas in the Country runs through Wednesday, Dec. 26. Enjoy an abundance of art and aloha as VAC creates a merry scene of an old-fashioned Christmas inside its 1877 historic building. In addition to artwork, find unique holiday offerings of island-inspired gifts, ornaments, and decorations made by Hawai‘i Island artists, including VAC exclusives.
     The Wreath Exhibition is available through Tuesday, Jan. 1. 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.
     Admission is free; Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8222, or visit volcanoartcenter.org.

Kīlauea Military Camp's Holiday Challenge is open for viewing through Monday, Dec. 31. The event features a row of cottages along the front of the camp decorated in with various characters and Christmas decor - with Kīlauea Military Camp employees responsible and competing for a popularity vote. The public is invited to admire the decorations and vote for their favorite decorated cottage. Kīlauea Military Camp is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8371 for additional information. See kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

Basic Stretch and Strengthening Exercise Class, sponsored by Hui Mālama Ola Nū ʻŌiwi, happens Wednesdays at Nāʻālehu Community Center and Thursdays at Pāhala Senior Center; no classes 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.orgfacebook.com/HMONO.org/, @hui_malama_ on Instagram, or call 808-969-9220.

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.

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. In Nāʻālehu, meetings are 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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