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Ka`u News Briefs Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

A Ka`u resident captured this image of October snow and skies following yesterday's stormy weather during a trip to Kona.
Photo by Richard Taylor
KA`U PLANTATION DAYS PARADE on Saturday featured pa`u riders and their horses representing Hawai`i’s islands and honoring ancestors. 
      Alison and Tyler Helbush represented Ni`ihau and honored Gilbert Searle, Alison Helbush’s great grand uncle and Tyler Helbush’s grand uncle.
Keana Kuluwaimaka and La`akea Ke represent Kaua`i
in Ka`u Plantation Days parade. Photo by Julia Neal
      Keana Kuluwaimaka and La`akea Ke represented Kaua`i and honored Melvin Kuluwaimaka, Kuluwaimaka’s grand uncle who worked on the plantation under Mr. Hamada in Na`alehu.
      Katie Helbush and Solomon Singer represented O`ahu and honored Eddie Searle, Helbush’s great, great grandfather.
      Raylyne Walker and Frank Lorenzo, Jr. represented Moloka`i and honored Joseph Martinez Gouveia, Walker’s ancestor who was a mechanic in Na`alehu.
      Teani Souza and her riding partner represented Lana`i.
      Lorilee Lorenzo and her cousin John Kalahiki represented Kaho`olawe and honored Thomas Kailiawa, Sr., their great grandfather who was a welder for the plantation.
      Kercia Hanoa-Derisan’s and her riding partner represented Maui and honored Kainoa Hanoa, Hanoa-Derisan’s great grandfather who was a cowboy.
      Jenny Castenada and Jesse Lorenzo represented Hawai`i and honored Stanley Lorenzo, Sr., Lorenzo’s grandfather who was raised as a paniolo, drove a sugar truck for the plantation and retired from county Parks & Recreation Department.
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Tropical Storm Ana is expected to be a hurricane when it
reaches Hawai`i. Map from CPHS
TROPICAL STORM ANA IS STRENGTHENING and expected to become a hurricane tomorrow. According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, the storm will still have hurricane-strength winds when it gets to Hawai`i Island on Saturday. At 11 a.m. today, the center the storm was moving toward the west-northwest at a speed of near eight miles per hour, and this general motion is expected to continue over the next couple of days. 
      Maximum sustained winds are near 65 miles per hour, with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center.
      See www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/cphc.
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HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY REPORTED that the flow front moving toward Pahoa has advanced downslope about 240 yards since Oct. 10, with an average advance rate of approximately 80 yards per day since Oct. 6.
Alison and Tyler Helbush represent Ni`ihau. Photo by Julia Neal
      Active breakouts were scattered along the leading 1.3 miles of the flow, midway along the length of the flow where lava first entered the crack system and along the flow between these two main areas of activity. This morning’s Civil Defense overflight observed that the flow has advanced 45 yards toward the northeast since yesterday. Vegetation in direct contact with the flow is burning. The next HVO over flight is scheduled for tomorrow.
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CANDIDATES FOR STATE HOUSE DISTRICT THREE gave their views on Hawai`i’s public school system when they answered questions posed by Civil Beat
      “Hawai`i’s public school system has always been a work in progress; we are constantly striving for a better education system, and I believe that our public school system is always working towards accomplishing this goal,” said incumbent Democratic Rep. Richard Onishi. “My entire family (parents, brothers and sister, wife, children, nephews and niece) are products of our public school system, and I am proud of that. I support the Department of Education’s focus on STEM education, the computerization of the classrooms, and providing a computer to every student for use with their education. I believe that there must be a system to fairly assess the effectiveness of all employees, both in the public and private sector. It should provide a process for the recognition of successful performance and to identify areas where improvement is needed. This assessment system should also include help to identify areas of training and assistance that are needed and resources should be available to help the individual. All organizations can be run more effectively. It takes better communications and collaboration between all stakeholders in our education system including administrators, teachers, staff, parents, students, volunteers, businesses, school and community organizations, higher education organizations, and our government, to accomplish better effectiveness.”
      Libertarian candidate Fred Fogel said, “Despite our investment in education, the performance of students in Hawai`i`’s public schools remain near the bottom nationally. Some things we could do to improve the effectiveness of Hawai`i’s schools are:
Maile David, incoming County Council member for Ka`u (center), with Ka`u
Plantation Days and Ka`u Multicultural Society organizer Darlyne Vierra (right),
Winslow Vierra, of paniolo fame, andLiz Kuluwaimaka, co-event and Multi-
cultural Society organizer along with one of Viera's 15 grandchildren. They
presented a photographic history of ranch and dairy life during last weekend's
Ka`u Plantation Days at Pahala Plantation House, the old manager's house
for the sugar plantation. Photo by Julia Neal
  1. Pay the good teachers more. Help underperforming ones find a different profession. 
  2. Implement a ‘360-degree’ teacher evaluation system that embraces feedback from their bosses, cohorts, parents and students. 
  3. Implement a common student evaluation system and publish the results. 
  4. Establish different educational pipelines for college, trades and special needs. Provide more trade training. 
  5. Issue school vouchers and allow parents to send kids to schools outside their district if space available. Hawai`i spends a little over $10,000 on each student. This money should go to the student, no matter what school they choose — public, private or charter. 
  6. Empower principals to spend their voucher money any way they see fit. Let the principals establish priorities depending on their specific needs. 
  7. Dissolve the state school board (Hawai`i is the only state with a state-wide school board) and create county boards compromised of principals (public and private).” 
      See civilbeat.com.
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Raylyne Walker and Frank Lorenzo represent Moloka`i. Photo by Julia Neal
HALAU HULA KALEHUAKI`EKI`EIKA`IU MA KILAUEA, under the direction of kumu hula Ab Kawainohoikala`i Valencia, presents a free hula performance tomorrow from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. 
      Park entrance fees apply.

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE WILL PRACTICE how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:16 a.m. on Thursday during Great ShakeOut earthquake drills. Ka`u residents can join them by registering for the 2014 Great Hawai`i ShakeOut. Participants practice how to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes wherever they live, work, or travel.
      Shakeout.org/hawaii suggests that between now and Thursday, residents consider what may happen when an earthquake shakes your area. Plan what you will do now to prepare, so that when it happens you will be able to protect yourself and then recover quickly.
      Audio and video “Drill Broadcast” recordings that have been created to provide instructions during drills can be downloaded.
      Talk to other people or organizations about what they have done, and encourage them to get more prepared. Display posters and flyers available on the website around communities, classrooms or office spaces.
      On Thursday at 10:16 a.m., Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening. Stay down for at least 60 seconds. Practice now so you will immediately protect yourself during earthquakes.
      While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on you or others? What would be damaged? What would life be like after? What will you do before the actual earthquake happens to reduce losses and quickly recover?
      Finally, practice what your community will do after the shaking stops.
      For more information, see shakeout.org/hawaii.

KA`U LEGAL CLINIC REGISTRATION DEADLINE is Friday. Ka`u Rural Health Community Association, Inc. in Pahala hosts the free clinic for low-income residents Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
      Call 313-8210 to qualify and reserve a spot.

THE HAWAI`I POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL OFFER an active shooter presentation during an afternoon meeting in Na`alehu a week from today, on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The presentation will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Na`alehu Community Center.
      It is designed to help individuals increase their survivability should they encounter an active shooter or other type of active violent incident.
      Police will provide information on previous incidents of mass violence, recent events, best practices for those caught in such situations, law enforcement’s response and how to work together as a community toward prevention. They will also provide additional resources for participants so they can continue their education on this topic, followed by a question-and answer segment.


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