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Ka`u News Briefs Sunday, July 14, 2013

Young hula dancers of Keiki o Halau o Kekuhi share their message and skills at the Kahua Hula Dance Platform yesterday during the 33rd annual Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival. Photo by Dave Boyle
OVER 2,000 PEOPLE took in Hawaiian culture yesterday at the 33rd Annual Cultural Festival at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. The theme stressed the learning of the child, and cultural practitioners shared their mana`o – knowledge – with keiki and adults. `Ukulele playing, feather lei making, lauhala weaving, beating kapa, quilting and making hula instruments, hats, baskets, bracelets, bamboo stamps and cloth, using plants for medicine and creating a native garden were among the skills that were taught during the day. Keiki o Halau o Kekuhi, Halau Ulumamo o Hilo Paliku and Hua Halau Ke `Olu Makani o Mauna Loa presented hula and chant. Diana Aki, Ben Ka`ili, and Leabert Lindsey offered song. Children learned to make and play the nose flute.
Hawaiian nose flutes are fashioned and played at the cultural festival yesterday.
Photo by Dave Boyle
      HVNP superintendent Cindy Orlando talked about event: “The beautiful Pele mist, incredible practitioners, mele and chant all contributed to what I thought was one of the best festivals we have hosted. What a legacy to those who began this event in 1980.”

FORMER KA`U POLICE CAPTAIN Andrew Burian, who transferred recently to Hamakua, encourages landowners and tenants to report illegal hunters. Burian told Hawai`i Tribune-Herald staff writer John Burnett that the issues with illegal hunting are the same in both locations.
      “In Ka`u, we’re addressing (illegal hunting) with some of the landowners,” he said. “At Kapapala Ranch, for instance, one of their concerns is trespassing to go up to lands to hunt up above the ranch. At the same time, it also involves hunting on their lands.”
      County Prosecutor Mitch Roth told Burnett that “we’ve had problems with people illegally hunting on private property, not just pigs, but shooting cows.”
Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park superintendent Cindy Orlando at
Volcano Art Center with Dietrich Varez, whose artwork was chosen
to represent the festival. Photo by Emily Catey
      Hunting on private property requires permission from the landowner, and night hunting is prohibited. Hunters must be licensed and abide by laws governing transportation of  firearms.
      Roth said that trespassing with a loaded firearm is a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in addition to a misdemeanor trespass charge.
      “These guys who are illegally hunting give a bad name to the guys who are actually doing it legally,” Roth told Burnett. “We have a lot of really conscientious hunters on our island who are concerned about preserving the sport and subsistence hunters who are conscious of the environment. It really looks bad when these other guys are out there breaking the law. It gives all hunters a black eye.”
      According to the story, Burian said, “Just like with any other crimes, we may not be able to find any leads, but there are going to be times that we catch somebody. “And more often than not, it’s going to be the same people who are responsible for many of these incidents.”
      See more at hawaiitribune-herald.com.

Keiki play Hawaiian games at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Dave Boyle
COUNTY OF HAWAI`I HAS SUBMITTED QUESTIONS regarding Hawaiian Electric Co.’s testimony on the proposed contract to purchase biofuel from `Aina Koa Pono. AKP plans to use feedstock from Ka`u to refine biofuel at a facility it would build along Wood Valley Road above Pahala. 
      Hawai`i County questions Hawai`i Electric Light Co. president Jay Ignacio about his statement that “HELCO’s use of the biodiesel will reduce carbon dioxide emissions on the island of Hawai`i, as AKP is contractually required to demonstrate that its project achieves at least a 50 percent favorable reduction in greenhouse gases over the petroleum diesel currently used by HELCO.”
      “Do you believe that AKP biodiesel will result in no less than a 50 percent reduction in GHG emissions when production of all inputs and all other processes related to biofuel production and deliveries are accounted?
      “If so, would you please provide the complete analysis based on actual AKP process, relevant feedstocks, and all input materials?
Making a lauhala bracelet at yesterday's cultural
festival. Photo by Dave Boyle
      “If you cannot provide this complete analysis of the actual AKP process, then would you please justify why a twenty-year commitment is being requested, when the ability to deliver on the project’s main promises is in question?”
      Hawai`i County questions HECO fuels department manager Cecily Barnes about her statement that “a successful AKP Project is expected to attract additional high-tech investment in the advanced biofuel industry.”
      “An underlying argument behind the proposed AKP contract is that the fixed, high-priced, long-term contract is necessary to attract investors,” the county states. “However, there are multiple incentive programs offered by the federal government, and many other companies have raised funds to demonstrate their technology at pilot/demonstration scale, and then use those demonstrations to fund commercial plants –without requiring such a lucrative off-take agreement. With utility rates that are three to four times as high on average as on the mainland (and, based on the current utility business model, possibly going to an even higher-multiple), could you please explain why yet further price increases to the consumer are justified to ‘attract additional high-tech investment in the advanced biofuel industry.’”
      Regarding Barnes’ statement that “it is expected that the AKP Project will generate direct and indirect jobs, stimulate economic output, and generate tax revenues that are quantifiable,” Hawai`i County says, “This may be true, as any project where higher-priced goods are imposed on customers by government fiat (as is the case with a regulated utility) will in fact ensure that at least some jobs are created and sustained. What is left unsaid in such cases, however, is that consumers are then denied choice (unless they opt out entirely from the system, which many seem to be doing or now seriously considering), and many other sectors of personal preference and economic activity are curtailed.
      “Would you please provide an estimate of how many jobs … AKP will generate, compared to how many jobs would be generated across the Islands and across other economic sectors if electricity rates were reduced by 25 percent, 50 percent, or if we were to work together to reach a mainland equivalent pricing of a 75 percent reduction?”
      This and more testimony is available at puc.hawaii.gov. Docket number is 2012-0185.
      Responses from the utilities are due Friday, Aug. 2.

Longs is ready to open its pharmacy in Pahala tomorrow. Photo by Julia Neal
Pharmacist and manager Leona Goda

LONGS PHARMACY opens in Pahala tomorrow with a blessing at 8:30 a.m. becoming the first pharmacy in Ka`u outside of clinics and the small Ka`u Hospital pharmacy. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays, closed Sunday. Longs is located in Pahala Shopping Center between Bank of Hawai`i and Pahala Post Office. In addition to the pharmacy, Longs will offer reading glasses, beauty and health care products and snacks. 
      Pharmacist Leona Goda is the pharmacy manager for Longs in Pahala. Her pharmacy degree is from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She has worked in Hawai`i for Longs since 2003. She was previously a Senior medical writer for DoMed Communications. She is certified by the Amercian Pharmacists Association for pharmacy-based immunization delivery. Her skills include medical writing and patient education.
      Overall contractor was The Hatch Group. Local contractors on the project included Taylor Built Construction Company, Inc.

Bento Rakugo performs at Na`alehu Public Library Wednesday.
Photo from Bento Rakugo
BENTO RAKUGO COMES TO Na`alehu Public Library Wednesday at 2 p.m. The troupe honors one of the most popular traditional forms of Japanese theatre while bringing a modern twist to the Japanese comedy. The program is suitable for ages 5 and older. Call 939-2442 for more information. 

HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK Visitor Center hosts Haunani’s Aloha Expressions Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The hula group of native Hawaiians for years has shared the aloha spirit with visitors arriving at the Port of Hilo and Hilo International Airport and patients at hospitals and health care centers around the island.
      Haunani’s Aloha Expressions won overall at the Kupuna Hula Festival and also won the Moku o Keawe competition on numerous occasions. They make all of their own colorful costumes and lei, singing and dancing hapa-haole hula, and have performed at the park’s annual cultural festival on numerous occasions.



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