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Kaʻū News Briefs, Friday, December 14, 2018

Dr. Josh Green is the man behind Gov. David Ige's ʻOhana Zone homeless plan.
See the video of today's press conference.
HELP FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE, promoted by Dr. Josh Green who recently transferred from west Kaʻū and Kona's state senate seat to Lieutenant Governor, received a big push today with an announcement from Gov. David Ige. Green and Ige held a press conference.
     Called the ʻOhana Zone project, the program will operate under an emergency declaration, and fast track past regular state procurement and some permitting regulations. The ʻOhana Zone infrastructure must be located on state and county land, and must provide services to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless. The state plans to partner with such organizations as Catholic Charities.
     Said the governor, "We want to work with service providers with proven track records who have been successful in moving homeless into permanent housing."
     The governor said that the homeless will receive services. When being moved from public spaces, like along streets and in parks, their will be social workers and others involved to help them move into shelter, a program, and permanent housing.
Families at Ulu Wini, where 22 units will be converted to residences
for homeless people and an emergency shelter on Hawaiʻi Island.
Photo from Hope Services
     Green said there are many new tools to help the homeless. The ʻOhana Zone is not the same as a tent city or safe zone. Tent cities are not effective in protecting people from homelessness.
     The state plans to partner with all four counties and homeless service providers. On this island, the County of Hawaiʻi plans to convert 13 units at Na Kahua Hale O Ulu Wini Housing Project in West Hawai‘i to permanent supportive housing, and another 10 units at the same property to an emergency shelter. The county will use the new housing and shelter beds to support chronically homeless individuals in Kona.
     Ige pointed out that Hawaiʻi County has been the most successful in dealing with the biggest reduction in the homeless count in the last two years.
     He said the new Lieutenant Governor will take up the challenge of homelessness. Green noted that $17 is already funded, of proposed $30 million ʻOhana Zone projects.
     Green also talked about an 1115 Waiver, that allows federal Department of Human Services medicaid dollars to be used for services for the homeless with drug addiction and mental illness. Green said the state will be able to hire additional people to navigate those who are homeless into programs. "It will help the hardest to take care of people," said Green.
     Green said there is already a study showing a 43 percent drop in use of medical services when the homeless are guided from the streets to having a home. As people are drawn into programs and into homes, people will be in less desperate situations, said Green.

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U.S. Sec. Ag Sonny Perdue met with local farmers. Photo from Big Island Video News
AN ON ISLAND MEETING WITH U.S. SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE Sonny Perdue brought diverse farming and ranching representatives to a table for talk story this week. Big Island Video News filmed the session. Floriculture leader Eric Tanouye, of Green Point Nurseries, said it was probably the first time a Secretary of Agriculture visited with Hawaiʻi Island farmers. Perdue said, "Sorry it took a volcano to bring me here."
     Randy Cabral, who managed a large macadamia operation in Kaʻū and worked in the sugar industry, operates a small cattle operation here, is President of the statewide Hawaiʻi Farm Bureau, has worked in ag for 47 years, and also grows taro and orchids.
     He mentioned Hawaiʻi's serious farm labor shortage and said the macadamia operation he operated in Kaʻū tried hiring a company that provided labor. He said Global Horizons was shady and was prosecuted by the federal government for its practices. Cabral also talked about the "adverse wage rate" applied to imported foreign labor. He said local farms can end up paying imported workers more than local unionized workers who have worked for the farm a long time.  Cabral also called the cost of housing farm workers "huge."
Eric Tanouye of Green Point Nurseries.
Photo from Big Island Video News
     Perdue said federal agencies involved in bringing in labor include Homeland Security, Department of Labor, the State Department, and USDA, which he runs. He said he is working to make it easier to bring in labor under the H2A permitting system. He mentioned a saying, "You shouldn't have to hire a lawyer to hire a worker."
     Suzie Shriner of SHAC, Synergistic Hawaiʻi Agriculture Council, and a former Kaʻū resident, pointed out that "Our labor has to fly to us from the mainland." Even green card holders are afraid to go through the airports, she contended. With two percent unemployment in Hawaiʻi, coffee labor can cost $25 an hour, she said. She also talked about the tight rental market to house workers. "There are "lots of old houses" and some farmers' own houses don't meet federal standards for housing farm workers, said Shriner.
     Cabral also pointed to invasive species, such as the little fire ant, coqui frog, macadamia felted coccid, and coffee berry borer. He said the pests are especially problematic because in Hawaiʻi, there is "no winter to pull back the population, no natural predators."
     Perdue said his agency is working on it, and mentioned "airport dogs sniffing out things."
     Cabral noted some colliding interests between conservationists and farmers. He said taro farmers
are not allowed to chase nēnē geese out of their taro ponds or build fences to restrict them. Feral hogs also have an impact "on almost every farmer," said Cabral.
Randy Cabral, President of Hawaiʻi Farm Bureau.
Photo from Big Island Video News
     Several speakers praised the USDA for its support of research and University of Hawaiʻi extension programs that serve agriculture.
     Tanouye said that GMO work in the floral industry is important, particularly in solving bacterial blight and a nematode problem with anthuriums. He said transgenic anthuriums, resistant to bacterial and nematode blight, are being developed. "We are at cusp for applying for permits" from USDA to grow them, he said. He noted that Nemacure, a pesticide to fight nematodes, has been outlawed for five to six years, putting the anthurium industry into "a slide."
     Tanouye noted that there are about 1,000 growers of flowers and plants in Hawaiʻi. He said they are "all small." He said the farmers need continued help from USDA with research to create new anthuriums, new tropical flowers, and new foliage. He said the industry is "very fashion oriented," with designers always looking for something new.
     Concerning budget cuts in research, Perdue said he "threw a hissy fit" to avoid reduction in research funding.
Susie Shriner of Synergistic Hawaiʻi Agriculture Council.
Photo from Big Island Video News
     Shriner said federal funding helped reduce coffee berry borer infestation from 40 percent to 12 percent. Federal grants launched education programs and provided for technical assistance to coffee farmers, she said.
     Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture Chair Scott Enright noted that university agriculture extension services nationwide have declined over time. He said there is more money needed in the university system in Hawaiʻi to be used for agriculture.
     Perdue said that for years, there was a closure list on extension services, but not now. "I continue to harp on China and the EU outpacing us in agriculture investment and research." The Secretary of Agriculture told Hawaiʻi Island farmers that "It's the basic research, applied research and that extension delivery system that have caused us to be as successful as we have been."
     See the entire meeting on Big Island Video News.

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INVESTIGATING TREATMENT OF CHILDREN "who have crossed the U.S. - Mexico border, fleeing persecution and danger abroad" is the mission of Hawaiʻi Sen. Mazie Hirono in Texas Friday and Saturday, on a congressional oversight trip. Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke, of El Paso, traveled to Juarez, Mexico today to visit asylum seekers on the Mexican side of the border. He plans to join the Hirono delegation on Saturday at Tornillo. Senators Jeff Merkley, of Oregon, and Tina Smith, of Minnesota, along with Congresswoman Judy Chu, of California, are traveling with Hirono.
Sen Mazie Hirono at a rally in Hawaiʻi, supporting asylum seekers.
Photo from Sen. Mazie Hirono
     A statement from Hirono, herself an immigrant to the U.S. as a child, says, "The delegation will look at how children have been treated in two different settings: family internment centers and children's detention centers - each of which have been identified by experts for their traumatizing effects on children. Specifically, the delegation will inspect family internment centers in Karnes City and Dilley, Texas; and the tent city in Tornillo, Texas - where children are incarcerated in a tent encampment in the desert."
Rep. Beto O'Rourke, protesting
in front of Tornillo earlier
this year. Photo from
O'Rourke's Facebook
     The Tornillo facility is estimated to hold some 3,000 mostly teen boys, in what is called a "temporary influx shelter." Families and their attorneys report difficulty in locating and visiting the teens in order to help reunite them with their family members or acceptable sponsors.
     Hirono tweeted today, "Immigrant families, especially children, deserve compassion, not fear and suffering. I know because I came to this country when I was seven. That's why I'm in Texas this weekend to conduct oversight over the treatment of detained immigrant children & families at the border." She also relayed the news that a seven year old girl from Guatemala died in Border Patrol custody.

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HUI MĀLAMA OLA NĀ ʻŌIWI GROWS WITH A MEDICAL TEAM. Hui Mālama announced yesterday its expansion of health services to include medical and behavioral health programs on Hawaiʻi Island. With mobile trips across the island to begin next year, the medical team will bring health screenings and services to underserved and remote areas like Kaʻū, with focus on Native Hawaiian communities. A medical site is planned to open in Hilo in spring.
     Joining the Hui Mālama staff are: Kaʻohimanu Dang Akiona, MD; Gaku YamaguchiMD; Ikaika Moreno, MSN, NP-C; Donna Dennerlein, LCSW; and Stacy Haumea, RD, CDE.

     Executive Director Louis Hao said, "We are in a time of hoʻihoʻi, a time to replenish, restore, renew, and rebuild. It has been a vision of ours to reestablish medical services. There is a need in the community for these services. We strive to help make the community healthier and appreciate the opportunity to serve our people."

     Hui Mālama is one of five Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems in the state of Hawaiʻi established under the federal Native Hawaiian Healthcare Improvement Act of 1988. Hui Mālama aims to address health disparities of the Native Hawaiian population and also services the public. "We are open, we are here. We are open to everybody. This is just the beginning of something bigger; more services to expand and offer more comprehensive health care," said Hao.

Louis Hao; Gaku Yamaguchi, MD; Kaʻohimanu Dang Akiona, MD; Noelani Scott; Donna Dennerlein, LCSW; 
Stacy Haumea, RD, CDE; Ikaika Moreno, MSN, NP-C. Photo from Hui Mālama

     Noelani Scott, Medical Program Manager for Hui Mālama, explained the vision. "Our health education programs have existed for 27 years with a major focus on diabetes and hypertension. Expanding the services offered to include medical services, behavioral health, nutrition, and health education classes will allow us to complete the circle of care for our patients."

     The medical program is rolling out in phases. For the months of December and January, free medical and behavioral health screenings are offered at the Hui Mālama office at 1438 Kilauea Ave. in Hilo, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, from  to . Adults 18 years and older can schedule an appointment to see a medical professional. Screenings are offered for both medical and behavioral health services; insurance not required. Health screenings are free, donations accepted. To make an appointment, call (808) 969-9220. For more information, visit hmono.org.

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

Dec. 19, Wed., host HPA
Dec. 22, Sat., host Waiakea
Dec. 29, Sat., @Konawaena

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

Artists of all levels are welcome to join
Margaret Peggy Stanton's three hour acrylic
painting sessions at Volcano Art Center.
Image from volcanoartcenter.org
PAINTING WITH PEGGY, an ongoing series of three hour acrylic painting sessions led by Margaret "Peggy" Stanton for artists of all levels, takes place on Monday, Dec. 17, from noon to 3 p.m., at Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.
     Students will learn about Peggy's Perfect Pallet and paint with "gorgeous, harmonious color every time!" states the event description on volcanoartcenter.org.
     Participants begin their first session with a 16″x 20″ canvas and a subject or place that is dear to them.
     "Margaret helps artists to heighten and accentuate their own unique vision while guiding the individual’s artistic journey. With important tips on Color and Acrylic Paints and Mediums, artists can create a painting on canvas using a fun, intuitive painting process. She guides artists on "painterly" ways to put on the finishing strokes or even plan a large project," adds the description. Stanton also offers individual instruction for artists during each session. No previous experience needed.
     Students bring their own supplies and easels. Find a suggested material list at margaretstantonart.com. Click the Painting With Peggy Page for information and class handouts. Address questions via email to Peggy Stanton at peggystanton007@yahoo.com.
     The class fee is $15 per Volcano Art Center member or $20 per non-member. See volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.

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Stewardship at the Summit, 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

Realms and Divisions, Sat., Dec. 15, , Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, two-mile, guided hike. Bring snack. nps.gov/havo

Keiki Christmas, Sat., Dec. 15, Kahuku Park, Ocean View on Paradise Circle. Food for all, gifts for keiki, raffle prizes for kūpuna, activity booths, and music. Free. Kathie, 937-5865

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Meeting, Sat., Dec. 15, Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting/training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Santa's Coming to Town, Sat., Dec. 15,  or until gifts run out, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Get a book at Rudolph's Reading Room. Get a stocking from Santa at North Pole. Get a cookie and drink at Mrs. Claus' Kitchen. Free. 939-7000, stjudeshawaii.org

Zentangle: Inspired Art Pop-Up Exhibit & Reception, Sat., Dec. 15, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Reception and potluck for Zentangle artists and friends. Free; no cost to exhibit or attend. Open to public. Bring friends, personal art, and light holiday pupu to share. Make and take home a Zentangle-inspired ornament. Door prizes. Zentangle library. Donations welcome. Registration not required. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Hula Kahiko - Kapuaokalaniikapoliopele Ka‘au‘a w/Unuokeahi, Sat., Dec. 15, 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

Nā Mea Hula - Kumu Kaho‘okele Crabbe w/Hālauolaokalani, Sat., Dec. 15, , Volcano Art Center Gallery porch. Hands on cultural demonstration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Waiho‘olu‘u Ola Indigo Dyeing Workshop, Sat., Dec. 15, 2:30-3:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Learn the process of dyeing natural fibers with nature's oldest natural dye, indigo, using traditional methods of banding and folding in traditional and modern shibori styles. $50/VAC member, $55/non-member, plus $25 supply fee/person. Space limited; registration required. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Potluck and Parade of Lights & Sounds, Sat., Dec. 15, potluck at , parade at , Discovery Harbour Community Hall. discoveryharbour.net, 929-9576

Holidays @ Kahuku, Sun., Dec.16, , Kahuku Unit, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Music and hula by Russell Mauga, Kīpapa, Lori Lei Shirakawa's Hula Studio. Crafts, food booths, shave ice, coffee truck. Free. Sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Parknps.gov/havo

Discovery Harbour Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Mon., Dec. 17, , Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Ka‘ū Food Pantry, Tue., Dec. 18, 11:30-1pm, St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View.

Hawai‘i County Council Meetings, Wed., Dec. 19, (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

Ocean View Community Association Special Membership Meeting, Wed., Dec. 19, Ocean  View Community Center. Election of 2019 board. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Thu., Dec. 20, 9-noon, Ocean View Community Centerovcahi.org, 939-7033, ovcahawaii@gmail.com

Cookie Decorating Party, Thu., Dec. 20, , Nā‘ālehu Public Library. Free for all ages. 939-2442

Family Reading Night, Thu., Dec. 20, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Coastal Clean-Up w/Hawai‘i Academy of Arts & Sciences, Fri., Dec. 21, Contact for meet up details. No seats available; BYO-4WD welcome to all current HWF volunteers. Free; donations appreciated. RSVP to kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com or call 769-7629 for more.

Youth Group, Fri., Dec. 21, Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored by Lamb of God Baptist Church.

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.

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

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