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Kaʻū News Briefs, Friday, October 4, 2019

Kaʻū's Izaiah Pilanca-Emmsley attempts to break loose from the Kamehameha defense during Thursday night's game 
played at Paiʻea Stadium. Despite a rough night, the Trojans still have a chance to get to the Division II 
Championships. See story, below. Photo by Tim Wright, Kaʻū '77
PLASTIC AND SOME PAPER WILL NO LONGER BE RECYCLED through Hawaiʻi County transfer and recycling stations due to "significant decreases in the global market for recyclables," states a message from the county. Starting Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Two-Bin Recycling Program at recycling and transfer stations will collect only corrugated cardboard: clean, non-contaminated – no pizza boxes; and brown kraft paper bags, such as paper shopping bags.
Pāhala's only traffic jam will now require less sorting, as plastic and some
paper will no longer be recycled by Hawaiʻi County as of Wednesday,
Oct. 16. Photo by Julia Neal
     Glass bottles and jars will continue to be collected in a separate glass bin: clean non-HI-5 containers such as wine bottles, pickle jars, cosmetic jars, with no caps, covers, or lids.
     Small clean metal cans – soup, canned meat, canned vegetables, pet food – will no longer be allowed in the Two-Bin Recycling Program; they may be recycled in the scrap metal.

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A BRUSH FIRE AT KA LAE, SOUTH POINT, THIS MORNING shut down the boat ramp and Ka Lae Cliffs for the whole day, stated a message from Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense.
Brush fire at Ka Lae at 4 a.m. today. Photo and info by Loralee Davidson
     Fire Department operations extended along South Point Road from the South Point and Kaʻalaualu Road intersection, stated the message.
     Loralee Davidson of Ocean View told The Kaʻū Calendar she could see the fire at 4 a.m. See photo, above.

The cliffs at South Point, where jumpers are sometimes injured,
was blocked from traffic today, as the area was closed by a brush fire.
Photo by Julia Neal
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     The Natural Resource Manager develops and implements large-scale threat abatement projects aimed at controlling invasive plants and animals; manages experimental weed and feral animal control operations in remote, rugged areas; develops deliverables for threat abatement grants and contract; and develop methods and implement forest inventories for private and public landowners.
     The position is also in charge of conducting forest and ecological inventories; developing certifiable forest management plans for private landowners, partners; and TNC preserves; conducting field and helicopter surveys to monitor threat status and assess the efficacy of threat abatement strategies; collecting and managing GPS and GIS data related to threat abatement goals, objectives, and activities.
     The manager is responsible for providing spatial data analysis; reports on program actions; supervising field staff in planning; executing fieldwork and other essential tasks; and participating in field operations in remote, rugged terrain involving camping and helicopter transport.
     Minimum qualifications include a Master's Degree in biology, ecology, forestry or science related field plus 1 year of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience; experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting scientific data, and preparing reports of findings; experience collecting and managing GPS and GIS data related to threat abatement goals, objectives, and activities; experience coordinating multiple field projects in remote, rugged conditions involving invasive plant and animal control, fence construction, and helicopter operations; and experience working with Hawaiʻi's natural systems, and cultural resources and management practices. A successful candidate will also have a current and valid driver's license. Candiaites should also have a personal passion for conserving and protecting the natural world and a belief in The Nature Conservancy's mission.
The Nature Conservancy is looking for  a Natural
Resource manager. Photo from TNC
     External applicants should apply at Internal applicant apply through PeopleSoft. Apply online with cover letter and resume to Job #48080. The application deadline is November 1, 6 p.m. Technical problems? Contact and include the job opening ID.

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TRAVEL ON ALASKA AIRLINES BETWEEN KONA and San Francisco, and Kona and Sacramento, ends March of next year. Alaska will replace the flights with more service between Kona and San Jose, and Kona and San Diego.
     Daniel Chun, Alaska Airlines' director of sales, community, and public relations for Hawaiʻi, told Pacific Business News that "there is not a net decrease in service. It's still the same amount of flying to Kona – the same amount of seats, the same amount of planes. We really look at demand and where our guests want to go… there's more demand for both of those markets.
     Alaska Airlines averages 29 flights to and from Hawaiʻi, daily, and offer Kona-Oakland, Kona-Seattle, and seasonal Kona-Portland and Kona-Anchorage flights in winter and spring.

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A SPEAKOUT IN PĀHOA on the General Plan, to help shape Hawaiʻi Island, will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 5 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pāhoa High School Cafeteria. The community is encouraged to "come share your manaʻo," opinion. See the full SpeakOut and workshop schedule below, near the lauhala drawing.

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Kaʻū's Izaiah Pilanca-Emmsley waves a shaka as he runs in a 
touchdown during last night's game against Kamehameha. 
Photo by Tim Wright, Kaʻū '77
KAʻŪ TROJANS FOOTBALL TEAM played a tough game last night at Paiʻea Stadium against the Kamehameha Warriors. The final score was 49 to 8, with the Trojans scoring only in the first quarter.
     Izaiah "Bobby" Pilanca-Emmsley made the longest play of the night for the Trojans, with a 78 yard run from a pass from Keliʻikoa Reyes-Nalu, according to Matt Gerhart of the Hawaiʻi Tribune Herald. He reported the Warriors have scores 263 points against the three former eight-man teams that joined 11-man this year – the former eight-man teams have scored a total of 14 against Kamehameha.
     Despite the rough night, Kaʻū can still get to the Division II BIIF Championship on Nov. 1 and 2 if they win against HPA in a home game on Sat., Oct. 12 at 1 p.m.; Pāhoa in a home game on Sat., Oct. 19 at 11 a.m.; and in an away game against Kohala on Sat., Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.

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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 Fall Athletics Schedule
See for details and updates

Football, Division II:
Sat., Oct. 12, 1 p.m., Kaʻū hosts HPA
Sat., Oct. 19, 11 a.m., Kaʻū hosts Pāhoa
Sat., Oct. 26, 1 p.m., Kohala hosts Kaʻū
Fri. and Sat., Nov. 1 and 2, Div II BIIF Championship
Fri. and Sat., Nov. 15 and 16, HHSAA Div II Semifinals
Fri., Nov. 29, HHSAA Div II Championship

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Tue., Oct. 8, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Ehunui
Thu., Oct. 10, 6 p.m., Konawaena hosts Kaʻū
Mon., Oct. 14, 6 p.m., BIIF Div II First Round at Keaʻau
Tue., Oct. 15, 2:30 p.m., BIIF Div II Semifinals at Keaʻau
Wed., Oct. 16, 4 p.m., BIIF Div II Finals at Keaʻau
Wed.-Sat., Oct. 23-26, HHSAA DII Tournament, Oʻahu

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See monthly and weekly Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, and Meditation at

Fabulous Fabric Fun, Saturday, Oct. 5, 9:30a.m.-4p.m., Volcano Art Center. Lisa Louise Adams teaches fabric print design, bamboo stamping style. Irene Tye teaches Yo-Yo quilt making and easy ways to cut fabric. Catherine Wynne teaches how to make Japanese-style gift bags. Glorianne Garza teaches Stitch Meditation. $75/person, all materials included. No machines needed. Register - 967-8222,

Paths and Trails, Saturday, Oct. 5, 9:30-12:30p.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult, 2-mile, hike.

Guided Hike On A 60 Year Old Lava Lake, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10a.m.-2p.m., Kīlauea Iki Overlook, HVNP. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate to challenging 2.4 mile (one way) hike. $80/person. Register online. Park entrance fees may apply. 985-7373,

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, Oct. 5 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11a.m.-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free.

Oktoberfest, Saturday, Oct. 5, 5-8p.m., Crater Rim Café, Kīlauea Military Camp. Plated German Sausage Dinner Special - Bratwurst, Knockwurst, German Potato Salad, Salad Bar, Ice Cream Bar, and Fountain Drink. $13.95/person. Lava Lounge to serve variety of German Beers, not included. Open to all eligible patrons, has certain Terms of Service. Park entrance fees apply. 967-8356,

Grand Slam performance, Saturday, Oct. 5, 7-10p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. $5 cover charge. Open to eligible patrons; certain Terms of Service. Park entrance fees apply.

People and Land of Kahuku, Sunday, Oct. 6, 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderate, 2.5 mile hike over rugged terrain.

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, Oct. 6 – 1st Sunday, monthly – noon-2p.m., Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View or southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

Hawai‘i Public School Fall Break - Monday, Oct. 7, through Friday, Oct. 11.

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Dietrich Varez Block Printing with Desiree Moana Cruz, Monday, Oct. 7, 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center. No registration required. $10 per person supply fee. 967-8222,

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Monday, Oct. 7 and 21 (field-trip), 1p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Parent-led homeschool activity and social group, building community in Ka‘ū. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Empower Meeting, Monday, Oct. 7 and 21 – 1st and 3rd Monday monthly – 3-4:30p.m., PARENTS, Inc. office, Nā‘ālehu. Empowering girls group. Registration required. Diana, 935-4805

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Monday, Oct. 7, 4-6p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033,

Volcano Draft General Plan Mini Speakout Event, Monday, Oct. 7, 6-8p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Information provided on specific topics most relevant to the region. Thoughts from the community welcome. 961-8228,

Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8-10a.m., Kīpukapuaulu - Bird Park - Parking Lot, HVNP. Led by retired USGS Biologist Nic Sherma. 2 hour birding tour. $40/person. Register online. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373,

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Lauhala Weaving Ku‘uipo Kakahiki-Morales, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center. $10 per person supply fee. 967-8222,

Shape America's Future: Find Your Fit in the Federal Government, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Park Ranger Ben Hayes shows attendees how to find career opportunities in the Federal Government including navigating the USAJobs website, share resume writing tips, etc. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101,

AdvoCATS, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7a.m.-4:30p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. 895-9283,

Final Day to Register at Volcano School of Arts & Sciences, Thursday, Oct. 10. Grades K-8. 808-985-9800,

Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Thursday, Oct. 10, 8-10a.m., Kīpukapuaulu - Bird Park - Parking Lot, HVNP. Led by retired USGS Biologist Nic Sherma. 2 hour birding tour. $40/person. Register online. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373,

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:30p.m., United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkeley Yoshida, 747-0197

Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Friday, Oct. 11, 9a.m.-noon, Ocean View Community Center. Free disability legal services provided by Hawai‘i Legal Aid. 939-7033,

Community Dance, Friday, Oct. 11, 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,

Help Shape Hawaiʻi Island at upcoming SpeakOuts and workshops on the General Plan. The community is encouraged to "come share your manaʻo," opinion.
    SpeakOut meetings will be held in Pāhoa, Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pāhoa High School Cafeteria; Volcano Village, Monday, Oct. 7p.m. to 8 p.m., Cooper Center; Kona, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., West Hawaiʻi Civic Center Liquor Commission Boardroom; Capt. Cook, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pukaʻana United Church of Christ; and Waikaloa, Thursday, Oct. 246 p.m. to 8 p.m., Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School.
     Topic Workshops will be held in Hilo at County of Hawaiʻi Office of Aging on Saturday, Oct. 12 on Land Use from 9 a.m. to noon and Economic Development from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m; Kona at West Hawaiʻi Civic Center Council Chambers on Saturday, Oct. 19 on Infrastructure from 9 a.m. to noon and Natural Resources from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m; and Hilo at County of Hawaiʻi Office of Aging on Saturday, Oct. 26, on Infrastructure from 9 a.m. to noon and Natural Resources from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
     Submit feedback online by Thursday, Oct. 31. See more Info on the Draft General Plan at

Nationwide 2019 Congressional App Challenge submissions from middle and high schoolers are open through Friday, Nov. 1. Submit to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard,, apps "designed to promote innovation and engagement in computer science." All skill levels, all devices and platforms, and all programming languages, accepted.

Tiny Treasure Invitational Exhibit at Volcano Art Center gallery in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park runs through Sunday, Nov. 3. Open to the public, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free; Park entrance fees apply. The exhibition also celebrates VAC's 45th anniversary, Oct. 21.
     Artists include Daniel Rokovitz, Stone O'Daugherty, Kristin Mitsu Shiga, Pat Pearlman, and Amy Flanders, Karen and Mark Stebbins. Also on display, small works from the annual Volcano Art Collaboration from June, featuring Rose Adare, Nash Adams-Pruitt, Lisa Louise Adams, Ed Clapp, Amy Flanders, Bill Hamilton, Liz Miller, Joe Laceby, and Erik Wold.

Tutoring for Kaʻū Hugh & Pāhala Elementary is Available to All Students of the school, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Grades Kindergarten-2nd will be in room 3; grades 3-6 will be in room 6 on Mondays, room 11 on Tuesdays through Thursdays; middle school students, will be in building Q; and high school students will be in room M-101 in the science building. Contact or 808-313-4100 for more.

Vendor Booth Space is Available for the Kamahalo Craft Fair. The 12th annual event will be held Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, Nov. 299 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cooper Center. Booths are open for crafters with quality homemade and homegrown products. Food vendors must prepare all food items in a certified kitchen and must have a Department of Health permit displayed prominently at their booth. Application online at Direct questions to 936-9705 or

Girls Exploring Math and Science Registration is open to Kaʻū students The annual event for fifth graders will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. The mission of the American Association of University Women is to advance equity for women and girls though advocacy, education, and research.
     "First Come, First Served" registration forms were mailed to all West Hawaiʻi and Kaʻū schools on Sept. 9. Registration fee is $20 and scholarships are available. No girl will be turned away because of financial need. Once the 336 available spots are filled, no registrations will be accepted.
     All fifth grade girls residing in the West Hawaiʻi School complex and Kaʻū who attend public, private, or home schools are welcome. Sponsorship of girls by individuals or businesses will be accepted. For more information about GEMS, to volunteer or sponsor a girl, or to request a registration packet, contact Cindy Armer, GEMS chairperson at or 808-896-7180. Applications are also available at

Two Used Commercial Freezers are for sale by Kaʻū Hospital. The hospital states they work, and they "would like to offer to the community on a best offer basis." Interested parties may submit a bid in writing with name, address, and phone number to the Kaʻū Business office by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7.
     The first freezer is a double door Centaur Plus by Entrée, LLC, Model # CSD-2DF-BAL, Serial # 1106CENH01077.
     The second freezer is a single door Centaur Plus by Entrée, LLC, Model # CSD-1DF-BAL, Serial # 1107CENH01513.

King Cab 2016 Nissan Frontier for Sale by Holy Rosary Church of Pāhala and the Sacred Heart Church of Nāʻālehu. The parishes are selling the truck to raise funds to benefit both churches. The truck is a great 6 cylinder, 2WD automobile. The churches are asking for $21K or best offer. Only cash or cashier's check will be accepted. Anyone interested should contact the parish secretary Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at 928-8208.

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