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Kaʻū News Briefs, Sunday, July 7, 2019

The bulls from South Point Buckers had a winning weekend as no paniolo could stay on board at the Fourth of
July Rodeo in Nāʻālehu. Photo by Julia Neal
TWO DAYS OF RODEO WRAPPED THE JULY 4 WEEKEND on Saturday and Sunday, filling the arena and the stands in Nāʻāhleu with ranching families and visitors. Kaʻū Roping & Riding Association put on its annual rodeo for paniola and paniolo of every age, from keiki to kupuna. Events included bull and calf riding, barrel racing, double mugging, and a race that includes jumping onto a horse, behind the rider. Rodeo clowns and rodeo photographers protected the competitors and documented the tradition.
     The Nāʻālehu Rodeo includes rarely seen events such as Poʻo Wai U, which involves two paniolo tying a steer to a y-shaped tree trunk. The practice comes from rounding up cattle in the wilds of Hawaiʻi.
All Around Cowboy Bronson Branco shows off his
prize buckle, eyed by his newborn. Photo by Julia Neal
     Calling the rodeo was Al Cabral. All Around Cowboy is Bronson Bronco. See all the results, names of sponsors, and more photos in upcoming Kaʻū News Briefs and the August edition of The Kaʻū Calendar.

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USDA FARM SERVICE AGENCY is seeking nominations for county committee members.
     "Committee members are critical for the day-to-day operations of Farm Service Agency and help deliver federal farm programs at the local level," says a statement from The Kohala Center, which supports local agriculture.
     The FSA encourages eligible applicants to participate in the upcoming county committee elections. All nomination forms for the 2019 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA service center by Thursday, Aug. 1. For more information about eligibility and submission of nominations, refer to the agency's most recent newsletter or visit

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Keiki roper with paniolo families encouraging the next generation of cowboy. Photo by Leilani Esperanza
HAWAI`I COUNTY CIVIL DEFENSE has issued a National Weather Service Flash Flood Watch for this island through Monday Night. Civil Defense sent out the following precautionary messages:
     Onset of rains are forecast to begin tonight and continue through tomorrow night.
Those in flood prone areas, take action before nightfall to prepare for the possible effects of flash flooding and heavy rains. Flash Flooding is life threatening, do not cross fast flowing water.  If lightning threatens, the safest place to be is indoors. If  experiencing heavy rain or rising water, head to higher ground immediately.
Rodeo Queen Trinity Kaawa and paniolo. Photo by Leilani Esperanz
     The National Weather Service High Surf Advisory has been extended to Tuesday morning for east facing shores of Hawaii Island from North Kohala to Kau Districts. Expect strong breaking waves, dangerous shore break, and rip currents. Beach-goers, swimmers, and surfers should know their imits, exercise caution, and heed all advice given by ocean safety officials.

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THE COUNTY DISASTER RECOVERY WEBSITE for the 2018 Kīlauea eruption is online, to help communities, farmers, and businesses. The site contains information, resources, news, and an events calendar to help residents of Hawaiʻi County connect with recovery initiatives and support services. Visit to learn more.

Hawaiian flag bearer.
Photo by Leilani Esperanza
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HAWAIʻI ISLAND COMMUNITY FOOD SUMMIT happens Thursday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Moku Ola Ballroom, 71 Banyan Dr., Hilo. The theme of the second annual summit is Local Food for Community Resilience: Feeding Hawaiʻi Now and for Future Generations. The event will include presentations, panels, educational exhibits, reflections from the first summit, and planning for the launch of the Hawaiʻi Island Food System Development
Plan in 2020. Presented by Hawaiʻi Island Food Alliance with funding support from USDA SNAP-Ed Program.
     There is no cost to attend; however, registration is requested in advance, as space is limited. Contact Silvan Shawe at with questions. Visit to learn more. Register online.

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American flag bearer.
Photo by Leilani Esperanza
FOOD SAFETY AND GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES workshop happens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 3 at Māʻona Community Garden, 84-5097 Keala O Keawe Rd., in Captain Cook and Saturday, August 17 at Kohala Food Hub at Wishing Well, 55-230 Hōʻea Hāwī.
     Featuring Luisa F. Castro, Ph.D., agricultural food safety program manager for Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture, the session will share information about basic food safety guidelines, regulatory requirements, and risk management tools. Presented by The Kohala Center in collaboration with Hawaiʻi Dept. of Ag, Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United, Hawaiʻi Institute of Pacific Agriculture, and Māʻona Community Garden, with funding support from County of Hawaiʻi and U.S. Dept. of Ag Program 2501.
     Admission is free. Registration is required by Wednesday, July 31. Contact Maile Woodhall or 808-887-6411 with questions. Register online.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at

2019 Kaʻū High School Athletics Schedule through August
See for details and updates; Bowling TBA.

Football, Division II:
Mon., July 15, first day Conditioning, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Mon., July 22, first day Full Pads, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 24, 1 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Mon., July 29, 3 to 5 p.m., first day practice
Tue., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Hilo
Fri., Aug. 23, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts St. Joseph
Wed., Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala

Cross Country:
Mon., Aug. 5, 2:30 to 4 p.m., first day practice
Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty

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Head Coaches Wanted for Ka‘ū High School, 2019-2020: Coed Judo, Coed Swimming, and Boys Basketball. Applications due Monday, July 8 - pick up at school office weekdays, 8a.m.-4p.m. Must pass criminal background check. Athletic Director Kalei Namohala, 313-4161

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Monday, July 8, 1p.m., contact for location. Parent-led homeschool activity and social group, building community in Ka‘ū. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Monday, July 8 (Committees), Tuesday, July 9 (Council), Hilo. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at

Couples Dinner, Monday-Friday, July 8-12, 4:30-6p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Followed by Couples Engagement, 6-8p.m. Hosted by Ocean View Baptist Church. Open to the public.

TUESDAY, JULY 9Flameworking - An Introductory Class with Nash Adams-Pruitt, Tuesday, July 9, 5-8p.m., Volcano Art Center. $75/VAC member, $80/non-member, plus $40 supply fee. Class size limited. Register early. Advanced registration required. 967-8222,

After Dark in the Park - New Insights from Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 Lower East Rift Zone Eruption, Tuesday, July 9, 7p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. USGS HVO geologist Matt Patrick describes expected and unexpected aspects of the eruption and how the activity might be used to improve his and other scientists' ability to forecast future hazards on Kīlauea. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011,

Kui Kalo Demonstration, Wednesday, July 10, 10a.m.-noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Ranger Keoni Kaholo‘a‘ā shares knowledge of kalo and making poi. Free; park entrance fees apply.

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, July 11, 6:30p.m., United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkley Yoshida, 747-0197

Laysan Albatross (Mōlī) and Other Native Seabirds: Their Significance in Hawaiian Culture, Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8p.m., Volcano Art Center. Short documentary showing, book signing, and presentation by Kumu Sabra Kauka and Hob Osterlund, award-winning writer, photographer, and conservationist. Free; $5 donation to VAC suggested. 967-8222,

Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Friday, July 12, 9a.m.-noon, Ocean View Community Center. Free disability legal services provided by Hawai‘i Legal Aid. 939-7033,

Community Dance, Friday, July 12, 7-10p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Minors allowed with supervision only. Alcohol-free event. Variety of music. Snacks provided; additional pūpū welcome. Free. 967-7800,

Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network's Summer Musical: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, July 12-28, Kīlauea Military Camp's Kīlauea Theater. Tickets available at Kīlauea General Store, Kea‘au Natural Foods, Basically Books, The Most Irresistible Shop and at door. $20/general admission, $15/student or over 60, $12/age 12 and under. Park entrance fees may apply. 982-7344,,

Pancake Breakfast and Raffle, Saturday, July 13, 8-11a.m., Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033,

Nā Mamo o Kāwā ʻOhana Work Day, Saturday, July 13, meet 9:30a.m., Northern Gate, Kāwā. RSVP to James Akau,, 561-9111. Bring a water bottle, lunch, closed toed shoes, long sleeved t-shirt, and pants. Tools, gloves, water, and light refreshments provided.

Writing from the Heart with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Saturday, July 13, 9:30a.m.-4p.m., Volcano Art Center. $65/VAC member, $75/non-member. 967-8222,

38th Annual Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival at Kahuku Unit, Saturday, July 13, 10a.m.-3p.m. Free. Live music, hula, and hands-on Hawaiian cultural activities and demonstrations. Food available for purchase. Visitors welcome to bring picnic lunch.

Soul Town Band performance, Saturday, July 13, 7-10p.m., Kīlauea Military Theater. $5 cover charge. Open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply.

Medicine for the Mind: Teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, Sunday, July 14 – 2nd Sunday, monthly – 3-5p.m., Volcano Art Center. Free; calabash donations welcome. Dress warmly. Patty Johnson, 345-1527

Head Coaches for Coed Judo, Coed Swimming, and Boys Basketball are wanted by Kaʻū High School for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications, due Monday, July 8, can be picked up at the school office weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coaches hired by Hawaiʻi Department of Education are required to pass a criminal background check. Contact Kaʻū High Athletic Director Kalei Namohala 313-4161 with questions.

Enroll in Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Orientation for enrolled families begins Aug. 5 & 6, with programs continuing following week in Nā‘ālehu on Monday & Wednesday, 8:45-10:45am, and Pāhala, Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30-10:30am. Space is limited.

Seamless Summer Program, open to all people under age 18, no registration required, offers free breakfast at Nāʻālehu Elementary and Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School cafeterias. Meals are available weekdays through Friday, July 12. Kaʻū High serves breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call (808) 939-2413 for Nāʻālehu Elementary mealtimes.

Experience Volcano Festival is still looking for vendors. Booths for the event are $25 per day for Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, July 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is coordinated with the new ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 5K, and Keiki Dash on the 27th. Apply at
     Experience Volcano is a group of businesses and residents helping to rebuild the economy of Volcano, following last year's volcanic disaster that shut down Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and drastically reduced the visitor county which is now recovering.

ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 5K, and Keiki Dash happens Saturday, July 27 in Volcano Village, It replaces the Volcano Rain Forest Runs. Register at

Exhibit -The Joy of the Brush: Paintings by Linda J. Varez, daily through Sunday, Aug. 4, 9a.m.-5p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Free; park entrance fees may apply. 967-7565,

6th Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run Registration, 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon races through mac nut and coffee fields along slopes of Ka‘ū starting at 7a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Sponsored by Ka‘ū Coffee Mill and ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Prices increase after July 9.

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