|Kuahiwi Ranch's warehouse burned last night along with the old milking parlor and milk tank rooms from the former|
Nāʻālehu Dairy. The storefront and operation remain open. Photo by Lou Ann Ah Yee
KUAHIWI RANCH STORE on the edge of Nāʻālehu lost its feed warehouse, old dairy milking parlor and milk tank holding rooms last night during a fire. The outfit remains open, normal hours with limited inventory and more feed arriving next week, said Michelle Galimba, a partner in the operation.
The warehouse was the place where Kuahiwi stored and sold grain, hay, minerals and feed for cattle goats, sheep, chickens, horses, dogs and pigs. Baby chicks and ranching and farming supplies were among the offerings. The warehouse also contained refrigeration for storage of Kuahiwi locally processed grass fed beef. The contents of the warehouse were an entire loss, said Galimba.
Spared is the adjacent storefront and office where Kuahiwi beef is sold to walk-in customers, and to restaurants and retail food outlets around the island and beyond. Also spared is the old Souza house, from the days when Nāʻālehu Dairy operated.
Kuahiwi Ranch storefront remains open after a fire last night that burned its
warehouse and remnants of the old Na`alehu Dairy. Photo from Kuahiwi Ranch
Farm Bureau President Phil Becker said its members are proud of Kuahiwi Ranch venturing into retail for the convenience of local ranchers, farmers and hunters with dogs, as well as those who raise chickens and those who savor Kaʻū grown beef. He said Ka`u Farm Bureau will "do all we can to help get them up and running again. They are one of the small businesses that is so important to the economic development of our community."
The fire was seen by Kuahiwi Ranch neighbors on the Punaluʻu side of Nāʻālehu. They called the fire department for help at 7:45 p.m. Volunteer and county firefighters from Nāʻālehu and Discovery Harbor responded and put out the fire. According to the fire inspector, no foul play was suspected and the cause is to be determined. The fire department was on the scene until 2 a.m.
Kuahiwi Ranch is open Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
Pastors Pam and Lance Ako. "Only pray and believe,"|
says Pam, as her husband lies in Queen's Hospital with
critical injuries. Image from Hope DIA-mend Ministries
PASTOR LANCE AKO REMAINED IN CRITICAL CONDITION THIS AFTERNOON after a head-on collision in Ocean View yesterday when he was riding a four-wheeler. He has been flown to Queen's Hospital on Oʻahu. His wife Pam Ako, also a pastor who shares his mission at their Hope DIA-mend Ministries in Ocean View. said this afternoon that Lance is "in very bad condition. But prayers are moving mountains. On Medicvac to Queen's they lost him. But God's power revived him. He got a lot of attention here."
Pam Ako said, "Tell everyone, 'Only Pray and Believe.'" Lance and Pam Ako's rallying cry for their own ministry is "to reach the unreachable, touch the untouchable, love the unloveable, believe the unbelievable and to win the lost at any cost!"
See more on the Ako's on Page 1, in the December, 2020 Kaʻū Calendar Newspaper, the story entitled Ako's Feed Three Hundred a Day in Ocean View. It is also carried in the Nov. 29, 2020 Kaʻū News Briefs at http://kaunewsbriefs.blogspot.com/2020_11_29_archive.html.
THE PROPOSAL TO ALLOW GAMBLING ON HAWAIIAN HOMELANDS on Oʻahu died in the state Senate today. Sen. Maile Shimobokuro, of Kauaʻi, killed it by deferring it as chair of the Hawaiian Affairs Committee. The Hawaiian Home Lands Commission, itself, split on the issue, voted five to four to support it and sent it to the legislature for approval. The rationale was to allow a casino to raise money for affordable housing for Hawaiians.
SEVEN NEW COVID-19 CASES ON THIS ISLAND WERE REPORTED by the state Department of Health. Forty-five were reported on Oʻahu, eight on Maui, one on Kauaʻi, one on Molokaʻi and zero on Lanaʻi. Five Hawaiʻi residents were diagnosed out of state. DOH also reported a total of 276,603 COVID-19 vaccines administered in the state.
|Quinie Tolumu took third place in the third grade division in last year's Keiki Water Conservation|
Poster Contest, which is once again open for K-5 children. Image from Department of Water Supply
A KEIKI WATER CONSERVATION CONTEST is open for applicants. The county Department of Water Supply announced today that its Third Annual Keiki Water Conservation Poster Contest is for students island-wide, kindergarten through the fifth grade. Wednesday, March 31 is the deadline to submit an original artwork expressing this year’s theme Do Your Part, Be Water Smart.
|Grant Madamba took first among fourth graders last year in the Keiki|
Water Conservation Poster Contest. This year's theme is Do Your Part, Be
Water Smart. Image from Department of Water Supply
Submissions must be on a flat, 11 X 17-inch paper. Any medium may be used, except for three-dimensional renderings, and those made with chalk, charcoal or oil-based crayon. No computer graphics or photographs will be accepted. There is no charge to enter. The entry form is available at www.hawaiidws.org, or by requesting through email at email@example.com or by calling weekdays at 961-8050. Entries can be mailed to or dropped off in designed bins at DWS’ offices in Hilo, Kona or Waimea, addresses shown on the entry form.
Founded in 1949, the Department of Water Supply is a semi-autonomous agency of the County of Hawai‘i whose mission is to provide customers with an adequate and continuous supply of safe drinking water through the operation of its 23 separate water systems.