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Kaʻū News Briefs, Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Mayor Harry Kim thanked the County Council during inauguration ceremonies yesterday. Photo by Nicole Nash
COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER MAILE DAVID took the oath of office on Monday for the third time to represent District Six, to serve Kaʻū, South Kona, Volcano, and parts of Puna. Witnessed by a large and enthusiastic crowd, the nine member Hawaiʻi County Council was sworn into office during an inauguration ceremony held at the Hilo Civic Auditorium.
     The cavernous Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium was warm with flowers and greenery, while the Council members wore long leis draped over their formal black attire. The Waiakea High School band dignified the ceremony with resounding music for the processional and the anthems.
     Judge Greg Nakamura administered the oaths and presented council members with their certificates.
Maile David crushed in maile lei and flowers after swearing in 
for a third term. Photo by Nicole Nash
     Chairman of the County Council, Aaron Chung, left council members giggling nervously and the audience laughing with glee when he announced that he planned a departure from the standard speech.
     "I want to share some of my thoughts on the individuals who were just inaugurated and who will be guiding the County of Hawaiʻi over the next two years."
     Starting with the freshmen, Chung directed each of the  council members to stand while he talked about them. When it was David's turn to stand, she waved at the crowd. They applauded.
     Chung introduced her again, saying "Maile joined the council at same time as me and I respect her as a council member and as a person.
     "Maile shares many of the same beliefs as her fellow Kona colleagues, Karen and Rebecca, particularly as they relate to the protection of our environment and shoreline and Hawaiian customs. I have an easy time relating to her because she's a local girl through and through."
     "I don't know how many of you in the audience remember when Konawaena had a different school schedule from other public schools on the island," Chung told the audience.
     "That odd schedule was designed to accommodate the coffee-picking season, and as one might infer, the children were in the fields picking coffee, Maile being one of them. Now, I've never picked coffee in my life, but I can only imagine that it's hard work and that's the kind of background that Maile comes from.
     "I like Maile because she has common sense, is easy to talk to, and is reliable. I also have to say that although she has a genuinely calm and pleasant demeanor, she has demonstrated a certain toughness that I admire. To a certain extent I see that in most members of this group. After all, in this line of business, you need to able to make tough decisions," added Chung.
     The Kīlauea eruption was the main concern of Chung's address: "The Kīlauea eruption and Hurricane Lane caused heartbreak for many families. The after effects are still being felt by many. And let's not forget that we have yet to fully assess the impacts of those disasters on our own county budget.
Kaʻū's representative on the County Council with state Board of Agriculture
member and Kaʻū rancher Michelle Galimba. Photo by Annie Bosted
     "Recovery for Puna needs to be our top priority," emphasized Chung. "Whether it means taking a secondary or a primary role to that of the administration, we must do whatever is legally permissible in order to help.
     "Other matters which we need to pay attention to will be the looming effects of global warming by educating ourselves on and taking necessary steps toward addressing matters relating to coastal planning, emergency preparedness, and the development of disaster mitigation measures.
     "Finally, diversifying our one-dimensional revenue stream is a must in order for us to be able to provide the level of service our citizens deserve. Former Mayor Stephen Yamashiro was fond of saying that 'Government cannot be all things to all people.' That wisdom holds true to this very day. We cannot allow ourselves to be distracted from our primary goals.
Aaron Chung, Chairman
of the County Council
     "I've been a council member for many years, some might say too many. During those years, I've had the good fortune of working with some truly talented and committed individuals. But I will say, that in my humble opinion, this group, with is personality makeup, youth to experience ratio, and individual skill-sets, has the potential to be the best I've worked with as a unit. It of course remains to be seen whether these special talents can meld together and bring tangible and positive results to our island. I think it will. But only time will tell," concluded Chung.
     Mayor Harry Kim thanked the Council for all they do.

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STATE HOUSE REPS SERVING VOLCANO AND KAʻŪ TO MILOLIʻI will serve on committees, with six of the seven appointed to chairmanships. With Hawaiʻi's 30th Legislature beginning in January, Speaker Scott Saiki announced assignments today for the House of Representatives.
Rep. Richard Creagan
     Rep. Richard Creagan, who serves West Kaʻū into Kona, will once again chair the House Committee on Agriculture. He will also serve on the Judiciary Committee and Tourism & International Affairs Committee.
     Rep. Richard Onishi, who serves East Kaʻū into Hilo, will once again chair the Tourism & International Affairs Committee. He will also serve on the Consumer Protection & Commerce Committee and the Agriculture Committee.
     Other Hawaiʻi Island Representatives received the following assignments:
     Mark Nakashima will be Vice Speaker. 
     Chris Todd will be Vice Chair for Water, Land, and Hawaiian Affairs. He will also serve on the Finance Committee and the Energy & Environmental Protection Committee.
     Joy San Buenaventura will be Majority Whip. She will Chair the Human Services & Homelessness Committee, be Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee, and serve on the Health Committee.
     Nicole Lowen will chair the Energy & Environmental Protection Committee, and serve on the Judiciary Committee and Water, Land, and Hawaiian Affairs Committee
Rep. Richard Onishi
     David Tarnas will serve on the Lower & Higher Education Committee, Energy & Environmental Protection Committee, and Water, Land, and Hawaiian Affairs Committee.
     Some committees are changed. Education and Higher Education Committees are consolidated into the Lower & Higher Education Committee.
     Ocean, Marine Resources Committee, and Hawaiian Affairs Committee are consolidated into the Water, Land, and Hawaiian Affairs Committee.
     Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts Committee is divided into the Public Safety, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee and the Tourism & International Affairs Committee.
     Health & Human Services is two committees: Health Committee and  Human Services & Homelessness Committee.

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A PĀHALA SEWAGE PROJECT MEETING open to the public will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Kaʻū District Gym multipurpose room on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Members of the public have been meeting to go over proposed plans to replace the old gang cesspools in the town with a new sewage treatment plant at the corner of Hwy 11 and Maile Street, behind the Norfolk Pines, Hilo side.

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Hū Honua Bioenergy. Photo from Big Island Video News
HŪ HONUA, WHICH PLANS TO BURN EUCALYPTUS FROM KAʻŪ TO MAKE ELECTRICITY AT A POWER PLANT on the coast north of Hilo, responded to state Department of Health accusations about a discharge into the ocean. Last Friday, Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson referred to an unauthorized discharge of industrial wastewater on Nov. 9 from the facility in Pepeʻekeo as "a blatant disrespect of the environmental laws that govern this highly regulated industry."

     Former Hawaiʻi Electric Light Co. President and former county Public Works chief Warren Lee is the new President of Hū Honua. On Friday, he told Pacific Business News, "I take exception to some of the statements attributed to Dr. Anderson, based on what was reported and not having seen the report he is referring to, or the preliminary findings at least. How does he come to these conclusions? It's just disturbing."

     Lee said the spill was an accident. "It wasn't willful. There was an inadvertent discharge, a discharge of boiler water that was in the treatment process. It wasn't ready to be disposed of, and we would have disposed of it through other means." The power plant staff self-reported the incident to DOH officials the same day, Lee told PBN. "I'm just astounded and amazed by the comments made by Dr. Anderson."

     The DOH statement said investigation of the power plant will continue. A report with recommendations for enforcement requirement and penalties will be issued.

     The 30-megawatt facility in Pepeʻekeo, where logs from eucalyptus farms above Pāhala would be transported and burned, is expected to be completed and operational by early 2019, Lee told PBN. If the facility is not operational by Dec. 31, reports PNB, Hū Honua would lose up to $100 million in tax credits.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is considering running for the Presidency in 2020.
Photo from Tulsi Gabbard's Facebook
REP. TULSI GABBARD "DITCHED THE BEACHES OF HAWAIʻI FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE over the weekend, as she considers whether to jump into what is expected to be a crowded race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020," reported Roll Call on Monday. Roll Call reported Gabbard traveling with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, for whom she campaigned in 2016. On Saturday, she met with a group of progressive activists in Concord before meeting with the New Hampshire Young Democrats on Sunday morning in Manchester.
     Headed into her fourth term in the Hawaiʻi state House of Representatives in January, Gabbard and about six other House members who may consider running for President "will face unique historical challenges including fundraising hurdles, time constraints due to their House obligation, and less name recognition," than some other higher profile contenders, states the Roll Call article by Griffin Connolley.
     A Civil Beat article by Nick Grube reported Gabbard saying she has no timeline for any official candidacy announcement. Grube asked about her time spent away from Hawaiʻi to put out "presidential feelers." Gabbard responded, "As I have throughout my life in making the different decisions that I've made, I am thinking about how I can best be of service to the people of this country."
     The Roll Call story pointed out that Gabbard practices Hinduism and that she "lamented that some leaders want to divide the nation and stressed that politics should stem from 'love.'" Gabbard said, "Inspired by this love… we can truly have that strength and that power to be able to take on the tough challenges that are before us. This is how we come together as people and draw from love that strength and that courage and that fearlessness that we need to take on those forces and those obstacles that seem insurmountable, that can seem too great to overcome."
     She would be the first Hindu in the Oval Office, Roll Call noted.

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HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK will be open tomorrow, but not charge fees, to honor the passing of Pres. George H.W. Bush in a national day of mourning. Kahuku Unit will be closed.
     A release from the Park says, "December 5 has been designated a National Day of Mourning by Executive Order. Most federal offices are closed, including the post office in the park. Hawai‘i VolcanoesNational Park's main unit will be open to visitors, but the park will not collect fees. The Kahuku Unit will be closed. Flags will be flown at half-staff until December 30."

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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. 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
Zentangle: Pen in Henna with Lydia
 Meneses is offered Dec. 8 in Volcano.
Image from volcanoartcenter.org

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

ZENTANGLE: PEN IN HENNA WITH LYDIA MENESES is hosted Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.
     "During this class our art work will be guided by the graceful designs from the ancient art of Henna. Zentangle tangles/patterns will incorporate some of the beautiful flowing lines and designs taken from the tradition Mehndi henna style. We will also look at the various Mehndi symbols and the meaning behind them," states the event description at volcanoartcenter.org.
     The practice of Henna is a form of temporary tattoo. The rich earthy brown tone used for the tattoos is the inspiration for this class and the use of Sakura brown pen. The practice of Henna, an ornate art form, has been trace back to Cleopatra.
     Student kit provided include: Sakura 01 brown pen, three tiles and gold gelly pen, and general chalk pastel pencil.
     The class is guided with Zentangle's traditional ceremony and method: gratitude; appreciation; relaxation; mindfulness; and awareness. It is open to all levels; no Zentangle or art experience necessary. An overview of the Zentangle art method will be introduce to those new Zentangle art.
     Students are invited to bring snacks to share. Class fees are $30 per Volcano Art Center member, or $35 per non-member, plus a $10 supply fee per person. Call 967-8222 or visit volcanoartcenter.org to register or for more details.

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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, 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 facebook.com/namamoo.kawa.

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, 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.

Pāhala Christmas Parade, Sun., Dec. 9, , Pāhala Armory at Pakalana St. to Holy Rosary Church, Pikake St. Parade ends with food and entertainment. Parade participants line up at 11. Andrade, 928-0808

Pu‘u o Lokuana, Sun., Dec. 9, , Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Short, moderately difficult, 0.4-mile hike. Free. nps.gov/havo

Free STD Testing, Mon., Dec. 10, 9-noon, Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored by Hawai‘i Department of Health. 2nd Monday, monthly. Call for individual appointment for different day or time. Teenagers 14+ do not need parent consent. Always confidential. Free condoms and lube. 895-4927

AdvoCATS, Tue., Dec. 11, Ocean View Community Center. Free Cat Spay & Neuter Clinic. 895-9283. advocatshawaii.org

The Fascination Method w/Anthony Chrisco, Tue., Dec. 11, Volcano Art Center. Brief instruction of the method and tool Chrisco developed to bring more healthy awareness to bodies. See full list of ailments The Fascination Method can help alleviate at volcanoartcenter.org. $25/person. thefascianator.com. 967-8222

C.E.R.T. Discovery Harbour/Nā‘ālehu, Tue., Dec. 11, , Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Community Emergency Response Team info and training scenarios/ Public welcome. Dina Shisler, dinashisler24@yahoo.com, 410-935-8087

After Dark in the Park, He Inoa No Hi‘iakaikapoliopele, Tue., Dec. 11, , Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free; Park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

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.

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

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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