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Ka`u News Briefs Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hawai`i County Council Finance Committee asks the Finance director to begin negotiations to purchase Kaunamano for preservation. Photo from Hawai`i Pacific Brokers
NEW BUILDINGS FOR VOLCANO CHARTER SCHOOL are a go. Gov. Neil Abercrombie has released $618,000 to Friends of Volcano School of Arts & Sciences. The money will be used for planning, architectural, permitting and engineering fees for construction of 15 new classrooms, a new restroom and a multi-purpose building on the old Keakealani Outdoor Education Center campus on Haunani Road in Volcano Village. The school has a 60-year lease from the Department of Education.
Daryl Smith, Chair of Friends of
Volcano School of Arts & Sciences
      Daryl Smith, Chair of the Friends of Volcano School of Arts & Sciences board, said this morning, “We are grateful for all the help that we have received from such supporters as Sen. Russell Ruderman, Sen. Gil Kahele and Rep. Richard Onishi along with the enthusiasm of teachers, students and parents who signed and sent petitions and letters to the governor and our legislators.”
      With release of the funding, the school hopes to finalize its use permit, obtain a building permit and begin construction. Smith said that 13 contractors have volunteered to build a classroom, “which goes along way to making this happen. We also have 142 volunteers on the ground who can help with painting, installing windows and doors and other tasks.”
      “This is extreme makeover Volcano style,” said Lauris Aragon-Mata, facilities coordinator at the school.
      Smith plans to meet with representatives of the state Public Charter School Commission on Tuesday in Honolulu.
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PRESERVATION OF MORE KA`U COASTLINE adjacent to Honu`apo is being considered by Hawai`i County Council this week. On Tuesday, the Finance Committee takes up Resolution 351-14, submitted by Ka`u County Council Member Brenda Ford, authorizing the director of Finance to enter into negotiations for the acquisition of parcels with tax map keys 9-5-011:001, 9-5-011:004, 9-5-011:005 and 9-5-011:006 in the ahupua`a of Kaunamano and tax map key 9-5-012:001 in the ahupua`a of Poupouwela.
      The more than 1,200-acre Kaunamano properties are listed as a key priority for purchase in the 2012 Annual Report of the Public Access, Open Space, and Natural Resources Preservation Commission. Cultural, archaeological and natural resources, along with education, recreation and preserving scenic vistas are reasons given in the nomination papers for Kaunamano.
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SEVERAL ITEMS ON THIS WEEK’S County Council meeting also pertain to Ka`u.
      Two resolutions provide grants for events sponsored by `O Ka`u Kakou. The community organization would receive $7,000 for the annual Punalu`u fishing tournament and $15,000 for a Coffee Trail Run and Fun Day scheduled for Sept. 20.
      Other resolutions would appropriate $2,000 each for the purchase of refrigerator-freezers for Na`alehu and Pahala Community Centers.
      A bill calls for posting of a yield sign on Ka`alaiki Road makai of Na`alehu Cemetery at the northeast approach adjacent to parcels 9-5-008:001 and 9-5-008:010.
      Ka`u residents can participate in this week’s County Council committee and regular meetings being held at West Hawai`i Civic Center in Kona via videoconferencing at Ocean View Community Center.
      On Tuesday, the Agricultural, Water & Energy Sustainability meets at 9:15 a.m.; Human Services & Social Services, 9:30 a.m.; Public Works & Parks and Recreation, 10 a.m.; Public Safety & Mass Transit, 11 a.m.; and Finance, 1:30 p.m.
      The full Council meets Wednesday at 9 a.m.
      Agendas are available at hawaiicounty.gov.
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AGRICULTURAL WATER for the Green Sands community and surrounding makai and mauka farm and ranch lands could be in the long-term future, according to County Council Member Brenda Ford, who attended a meeting yesterday of the Green Sands Community Association. As part of their outreach to Ka`u residents who could benefit from distribution of ag water, representatives of the Ha`ao Agricultural Water Cooperative and County Department of Water Supply were on hand. The county uses Ha`ao Springs for potable water. However, there is a surplus that could be used for agriculture. The districtwide plan is to develop ag water from Ha`ao Springs and seven other sources developed by sugar companies in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Map shows proposed pipe route for delivery of ag water from Ha`ao Springs
to users makai. Map from haaosprings.org
       Surveys of the water systems have been taking place using $750,000 in state funding. The state Legislature has approved some $2 million in funding to restore and develop the ag water delivery systems. From Ha`ao, pipes would bring water to the culvert at the intersection of Hwy 11 and Ka`alu`alu Road.
      Mel Davis, President of Ha`ao Springs Co-op, is organizing as a 501C12 nonprofit organization that could raise money and apply for assistance to continue the pipeline makai of Hwy 11. This portion would require additional funding and an agreement with the state Department of Transportation to allow the pipeline to be placed through the culvert to potential users makai of Hwy 11.
      Ford said that the county Department of Water Supply estimated that running the pipe for ag water under Hwy 11 and makai to potential users could cost from $1.5 to $2 million or higher because the project would need to include one or more reservoirs.
      Potential users of ag water makai of Hwy 11 include residents who live on the agriculturally zoned lots in the Green Sands community, where orchards and gardens growing food for personal use and for sale could be expanded, and could also include nearby ranches that would be able to use the water for livestock.
      According to Ford, the Ha`ao Springs Co-op must be able to prove community interest in having ag water in order to obtain federal and state financial assistance. That proof would be by the number of people who become members of the co-op and support the project, she said. Applications are available online at haaosprings.org.
Ka`u's County Council Member Brenda Ford
      After the meeting, Ford met with co-op board members to discuss possible methods to reduce cost and speed up the process. There may be an opportunity to use the U.S. Department of Defense - Innovative Readiness Training program that can provide free labor to assist with the project. Ford said the first step would be for state officials from Department of Land & Natural Resources, which owns the state land from Ha`ao Springs to the highway, to apply to the Department of Defense for assistance. Taking advantage of the Innovated Readiness Training Program could save millions of dollars, she said. The program puts military engineers and construction teams to work in communities around the country. It supplies labor but not materials.
      “Bringing agricultural water to various areas of Ka`u would increase the residents’ ability to raise food and livestock and improve the economy of district,” Ford said.
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VOLCANO SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCES has set Thursday, May 15 as their annual Middle School Theatre night. Classes present four one-act productions beginning at 6 p.m. at Kilauea Military Camp Theatre in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.
      The fifth grade presents a Russian folk story, The Frog Princess, by Cathy Howard. This tale is a lesson in acceptance.
      The sixth-grade presentation is a western melodrama, Mine, All Mine or From Ghost Town to Kaboom Town, by Denise K. Burr. As with all melodramas, audience members will want to cheer the hero and boo the villain.
      The seventh grade is showcased in The Brothers Grimm: Out of Order. This comedy contains many favorite fairy tale characters, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and the lesser-known Grimm characters, Jorinda and Joringel, in a funny take on a community group putting on a show.
      The eighth grade presents Doc, Doc…Goose! by Patrick Rainville Dorn, a fun romp with many favorite nursery rhyme characters.

Jen Johansen, of the Alohahas
Rich Mears, of the Alohahas

ADVANCE-PURCHASE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE for the Alohahas Improv-Comedy-Sketch Company’s spring show at Ocean View Community Center Saturday, April 19. The show line-up consists of members performing a series of improvisational games with audience suggestions and participation. Part of the show features original comedy sketches written and performed by group members.
      Advance $10 tickets may be purchased at thealohahas@gmail.com or 938-2091. Doors open for $15 ticket sales at 7 p.m. for adults 18 years or older, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
      More information on the live show, company members and show tickets is available at thealohahas.com or facebook.com/TheAlohahas.

KA`U RESIDENTS CAN EXPERIENCE A FULL LUNAR ECLIPSE Monday night. Lew Cook, who writes the monthly Stars Over Ka`u column in The Ka`u Calendar, said it will be total from 9:06 p.m. to 10:24 p.m. “Will the moon be almost invisible, not so dark, yellowish-orange or maybe red?” Cook asks. The earth’s shadow takes a noticeable bite from the moon at 8 p.m., growing darker until it becomes total, and at 10:24 p.m. a thin crescent shows until there is just a dusky moon at 11:30 p.m. The moon brightens until 12:10 a.m., when “ol’ whiteface is high in the sky at its brightest,” Cook said.

FRIENDS OF THE KA`U LIBRARIES SPONSOR a book sale at Pahala Public & School Library Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m. (closed 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) and Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed 12:30 p.m - 1 p.m.). Donations of books, CD/DVDs and magazines are welcome. Drop off at Na`alehu of Pahala libraries during working hours.
      To help or for more information, call 987-7448.

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