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Ka`u News Briefs Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013

Tutu & Me goes on holiday Dec. 19 and reopens Jan. 6, but not before celebrating Christmas in such events as the Pahala Christmas Parade this week. Photo by Julia Neal
DEC. 23 IS THE DEADLINE FOR DEMOCRATS in good standing in Hawai`i House of Representative’s District 5 to apply for appointment to the seat being vacated by Rep. Denny Coffman, whose resignation is effective Dec. 20. The geographic area of those qualified to be considered includes Na`alehu, Ocean View, Captain Cook, Kealakekua and Kailua-Kona.
      According to John Buckstead, vice chair of the Democratic party for West Hawai`i, requirements for persons interested in applying are as follows:
  • Candidates must meet the state requirements for election to this office; 
  • Candidates must have been members in good standing of the Democratic Party of Hawai`i for at least the past six months; 
  • Candidates must show their support within the District 5 Democratic Party by securing signatures from at least five District 5 DPH members. An alternative method is to provide the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least five District 5 DPH members who will be available and are willing to be called by the District Council to verify their support of the candidate; 
  • Candidates must send a short (no more than two pages) cover letter describing why they are interested, as well as their experience, community activities and efforts that make them good candidates. Candidates may submit additional material, but are not required to do so.
      A brief form has been developed for candidates’ use in complying with these first three requirements; candidates may request a copy of this form by emailing Buckstead at jbuckstead@hawaii.rr.com. Candidates are not required to use the form, but must submit all required information.
      All required materials from candidates must be received by Buckstead via postal mail no later than Dec. 23 or by hand delivery to the Buckstead residence at 77-6356 Halawai Place, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740 no later than midnight Dec. 23.
      Depending on the number of candidates, the District 5 District Council may choose to interview candidates. If interviews are necessary, candidates will be so informed.
      Buckstead also listed roles of the District Council:
  • The District Council is responsible for considering candidates and nominating three whose names will be forwarded to Democratic Party chair Dante Carpenter for transmission to the governor for his selection; 
  • Members of the District Council who decide to be candidates will not be allowed to participate in the nomination process; 
  • The District Council will meet after candidate documents have been received in order to finalize and carry out the process; 
  • The District Council will complete its part of the process in compliance with all DPH requirements and in a timely manner. 
      Candidates seeking clarification on the requirements should contact Buckstead at jbuckstead@hawaii.rr.com.
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A three-year-old female nene focuses on fattening up for nesting season
while her mate stands guard.
ANOTHER NENE HAS BEEN KILLED by a vehicle on Hwy 11. The location was around mile marker 41 between Pahala and Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park’s entrance. The bird was most likely hit sometime on Thursday. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and look for nene geese along the stretch of highway. Nene are the Hawai`i State Bird. Their nesting season continues until April. 
     “Nene are most vulnerable to vehicles this time of year. They are focused on eating and could be out foraging from dawn to dusk. They blend in with their surroundings, and in low-light periods, they are especially hard for motorists to spot,” said Kathleen Misajon, Nene Recovery Project manager.
     The park has posted nene crossing signs that highlight key roadside areas that nene use. These include sections of Hwy 11, Crater Rim Drive and Chain of Craters Road. Motorists are urged to use extra caution in signed nene crossing areas and to obey posted speed limits.
      Nene are endangered, and in the mid-1940s, only 50 birds remained. Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park began efforts to recover the species in the 1970s. The Nene Recovery Program continues today, and more than 200 birds thrive in the park from sea level to around 8,000 feet. As many as 2,000 or more nene exist statewide.
    “We’ve had a great deal of success protecting nene and maintaining the population in the park,” said Misajon. “But it is imperative that humans keep a respectful distance from the geese, especially during this sensitive time.”
      Visit nps.gov/havo/photosmultimedia/nene_psa.htm for more information. To report nene on the road in the park, call 985-6001. Outside the park, call 974-4221.
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A Solomon Islands beach with Miss Hawaiian Islands, Ulu Makuakane, of Ka`u.
KA`U’S OWN MISS HAWAIIAN ISLANDS, Ulu Makuakane, has completed her tour to the Solomon Islands for the Miss South Pacific Pageant. The week-long event, including visits to historic and scenic sites as well as charitable organizations and a float parade, was held in Honiara with the grand finale on Dec. 7. The program hosted contestants from American Samoa, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Hawai`i, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tokelau and Tonga.
     Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lili noted that it was the first time for the Solomon Islands to host the event. “Our people have truly embraced this pageant and ensured that this regional is a success. The event presents us with the perfect opportunity to show the world what we are capable of achieving.”
Ulu Makuakane in the sarong competition.
     The winner was Miss Cook Islands. Makuakane, through local fundraising, enabled Hawai`i to be represented.  Makuakane not only is Miss Hawaiian Islands; she was also the second Miss Ka`u Coffee.
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TUTU AND ME goes on holiday after Dec. 18 and starts up again on Jan. 6 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Pahala Community Center. Program director Betty Clark said that the team invites families to visit any Tuesday or Thursday morning. “Our program is free, and we are here to help families with children age birth to five provide a quality early childhood education for their keiki by providing the tools, resources, materials and activities that encourage their social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Parents, tutus, aunties and uncles are all welcome to enroll with up to three children. For more information, call 929-8579.
      While a trial to provide transportation was conducted in 2012, Tutu & Me is unable to provide transportation for 2014. The Ka`u Calendar newspaper regrets publishing, in error, a story in the December issue stating that a transportation trial program is planned for next year. 
       To comment on or “like” this story, go to facebook.com/kaucalendar.

PARTICIPANTS LEARN ABOUT THE VITAL ROLE of `ohi`a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, the many forms of the `ohi`a lehua tree and its flower Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Bring lunch to this free program. Call 985-6011 for more information.

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT for Ka`u students of all grade levels, parents and guardians is this Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pahala Community Center. The event is a once-a-year chance to learn more about available financial aid and college scholarships. From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., representatives of the University of Hawai`i at Hilo Financial Aid office, Kolby Santiago and Sara Beth Andres, present important scholarship and Free Application for Federal Student Aid information. The opportunity includes time to talk story and gather information from organizations providing scholarships such as Kamehameha Schools, Ka`u Chamber of Commerce, Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka`u, `O Ka`u Kakou and more. A light dinner and refreshments begin at 5:30 p.m., and the event ends with a surprise giveaway.
      For more information, call Steve Stephenson at 313-4120.

PROPER PESTICIDE USE AND SAFETY is the topic at a free workshop this Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at Pahala Community Center. Presenters will talk about Federal Worker Protection Standards for ag workers and pesticide handlers, use, application, storage and disposal.
      To register, call 322-4892 or email ginab@hawaii.edu by Tuesday, Dec. 17.

KA`U HOSPITAL URGES RESIDENTS to complete its Community Health Needs Assessment at surveymonkey.com/s/93HQ5MX.

SEE THE DIRECTORY 2013 from the Ka`u Chamber of Commerce at kauchamber.org.



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