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Ka`u News Briefs Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Ka`u residents have three opportunities this month to see Ocean View resident Dick Hershberger portray Hawaiian Volcano Observatory founder Thomas Jaggar in A Walk into the Past. Photo from KDEN
WINDWARD PLANNING COMMISSION will consider an Ocean View and a Volcano project at its meetings this week. On its meeting agenda for Thursday at 9:30 a.m. is an application for a Special Use Permit by Ocean View Baptist Church, Inc. to allow establishment of a church and related facilities and improvements on 4.057 acres of land situated within the State Land Use Agricultural district. The property is at 92-1416 Coral Parkway, approximately 175 feet northeast of intersection of Ginger Blossom Lane and Coral Parkway.
Ocean View Baptist Church currently meets at Ocean View Community Center.
      On Friday at 9 a.m., the commission will take up an application for a Special Permit by Peter Blake to allow operation of a lunch wagon and eating area on a 2,400 square foot portion of a 0.7-acre parcel in the State Land Use Agricultural District. The property is on the north side of Old Volcano Road approximately 1,500 feet east of the intersection of Pearl Avenue and Old Volcano Road in `Ola`a Summer Lots.
      Both meetings take place at Aupuni Center Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street in Hilo.
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According to HECO, electric bills will be lower in the long term.
AS CUSTOMERS LEAVE HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANIES’ power grids, remaining customers will see their rates rise to cover the fixed costs of the utilities. That’s the conclusion reached by Life of the Land Executive Director Henry Curtis, who said that the utilities’ latest plans do not take into account that on Neighbor Islands the current price of solar plus battery storage is cheaper than the current cost of grid-based electricity and that prices for such systems are expected to fall in both the near and the long term. 
      Under the current rate structure proposed by HECO, prices will fall for full service customers following upgrades to infrastructure needed to accommodate more solar installations and the switch from use of oil to liquefied natural gas at its power plants. Full service customers are those who rely on the utility for all electricity needs.
      HECO’s Power Supply Improvement Plan submitted to the Public Utilities Commission states, “Under the current rate design, while electricity bills for average full service residential customers will increase in the short run, by 2030 electric bills will be reduced by 16 percent in real terms from 2014 levels under the current tariff structure and by 23 percent under Distributed Generation 2.0.”
      See ililanimedia.blogspot.com.
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Artist's rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope planned for Mauna Kea's
summit area. Image from TMT
A GROUNDBREAKING AND BLESSING for the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea scheduled for Oct. 7 will take place despite ongoing court battles, TMT spokesperson Sandra Dawson told Tom Callis, of Hawai`i Tribune-Herald
      Four Big Island residents who were denied a contested case hearing for TMT’s sublease are appealing the decision.
      According to Callis, appellants Kealoha Pisciotta, Clarence Ching, Paul Neves and E. Kalani Flores say the $1.3 billion project on Mauna Kea will negatively impact Native Hawaiian cultural practices.
      Pisciotta told Callis another hearings process should be held “to help the state make an informed decision.”
      “The agency process is an opportunity to inform the decision makers on how our rights and resources will be impacted,” she said.
      Major construction is expected to begin in spring of next year.
      In the construction sector, TMT will create about 300 full-time construction jobs. TMT has committed to the hiring of union workers for these positions.
      According to TMT, during operations, the telescope will support a staff of about 120-140, drawn as much as possible from Hawai`i Island’s available labor pool. A workforce pipeline program in the meantime will also educate and train island residents for jobs with TMT, as well as other observatories and high-tech industries.
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Ka`u High Trojans drew much praise for their rainy night victory and season opener
against Kohala, in preparation for playing Seabury Hall on Maui this Friday.
Photo by Cheyenne Dacalio, Ka`u High Journalism Intern
KA`U TROJANS, set to travel to Maui this week, have drawn much praise for their season opener win last weekend in the eight-man football league that Ka`u High School launched on this island. More than 1,100 people read about the win on The Ka`u Calendar’s facebook page. “Love the fact that the school created a way to still play football and drew out others to join them,” wrote Suzy Long Mendenhall, who taught math and science at Na`alehu. “Good job Trojans!!! Made us proud!!!!” wrote Lorene Chuchi Agustin, of Pahala. “Represent Trojans! Great job.” wrote Philip Ibarra, who studied at Ka`u and lives in Olympia, Washington. “Awesome job,” wrote Roxanne Rios, of Ocean View. “That brings back some memories,” wrote Peghi Knight, who studied at Ka`u High but now lives in Innisfall, Queensland, Australia. Jashia N Makoa wrote, “Great job my nephews Kaimanu Medeiros Dancel and Cy Tamura Kainalu Dancel and to the rest of the football boys. You folks did awsome!! Proud of all you folks!! To my niece Nanea Medeiros, keep up the good work cheerleader captain!!!”
     The Trojans are still raising money for their off-island trip to fly to Maui to play Seabury Hall this Friday. T-shirts can be purchased at teespring.com/kaufootball. Donations can be made through contacting Athletic Director Kalei Namohala at 928-2012.
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U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
KA`U’S U.S. REP. TULSI GABBARD has issued a Labor Day message to her contituents: 
      “Today, as the country pauses for Labor Day, I want to express my deep gratitude to our working men and women, past and present, who have been out there fighting, not just for union members, but for all Americans who believe in a strong middle class where everyone who works hard gets a fair shot at getting ahead.
      “August has no doubt tested Hawai`i’s resilience. In the face of dire circumstances and great need following Hurricane Iselle, we came together as one `ohana to help those who were most in need.
      “As we move into September, let’s not lose sight of all those still recovering from Hurricane Iselle. Let’s continue looking out for our neighbors and lend helping hands to those in need. I will continue to fight for the federal resources we need to recover and rebuild in our hardest hit communities.
      “Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your incredible support this past month. As we move toward the General Election, I look forward to working with you as we move forward in building a better, brighter future for Hawai`i and this country. Thank you for giving me this privilege to serve. I truly couldn’t do it without you.”
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KA`U RESIDENT DICK HERSHBERGER PORTRAYS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory founder Thomas Jaggar three times this month. A Walk Into the Past is scheduled tomorrow and Tuesdays, Sept. 16 and Sept. 30, at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Participants meet at Kilauea Visitor Center and walk to the Whitney Vault near Volcano House in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.

MEMBERS AND OTHERS WHO WISH TO JOIN Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park should RSVP by Wednesday in order to attend the group’s membership meeting this Saturday at Pahala Plantation House.
      This event is the annual celebration of the organization as members come together in fellowship and reaffirm their partnership with the National Park Service at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.
Tiny Treasures II opens Saturday, Sept. 13.
Photos from Volcano Art Center
      Check-in begins at 10:45 a.m. The meeting begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon, featuring fresh foods from Ka`u.
      The program features speakers from the Youth Ranger Internship Program, who were part of this summer’s successful youth-work program in the park.
      After lunch, members can enjoy historical stories of Pahala and its past as a sugar plantation town.
      RSVP by phone at 985-7373 or email at admin@fhvnp.org or fhvnp@icloud.com.

ONE WEEK FROM TODAY, Hawai`i Island Mobile Slaughter Unit Task Group holds a meeting for local meat producers to learn more about the proposed mobile slaughter unit, how it’s part of an integrated meat-packing solution for Hawai`i island’s small producers and how it can benefit ranchers.
      The meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 8 at Aupuni Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street, Hilo from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
      For more information, contact Jackie at 327-3680 or jacqueline.muller@hisbdc.org.

THE EXHIBIT TINY TREASURES II OPENS on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This sculpture and jewelry exhibit is an invitational show of 16 Hawai`i Island artists that were challenged to work outside their normal boxes. It includes works by 
Lisa Louise Adams, Henry Bianchini, Brenda May Ching, Wayne Keeth, Amy Flanders, Kimberly Langston Hagen, Bea Israel, Heather Mettler, Elizabeth Miller, Stone O’Daugherty, Pat Pearlman, Daniel E. Rokovitz, Jeff Roth, Tad Sewell, Jamie Stokes and Ivy Torres.
      Hours for the free exhibit are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday, Nov. 9. Park entrance fees apply.


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