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Kaʻū News Briefs, Sunday, October 6, 2019

The endangered Hawaiian crow, ʻAlalā, is featured on five notecards the ʻAlalā Project sourced from submissions by local 
keiki to last year's Hawaiʻi Nei art competition. See story, and learn how to enter, below. Images from ʻAlalā Project
REP. TULSI GABBARD BELIEVES IN THE POWER OF CONGRESS to do its job, according to a speech she made at a campaign stop in New Hampshirelast week. "We've heard from some of the other candidates running for president, 'well if Congress doesn't do this, I'm going to do it by executive order.' That's what Trump is doing... and that's wrong," said Gabbard, according to reporting from Paul Steinhauser of the Concord Monitor.
     In other news about Gabbard's campaign for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States,  Forbes speculated that Gabbard could replace Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, should he bow out of the race, following cardiovascular procedures. Sanders, 79, received two arterial stents last week.
     Gabbard supported Sanders' bid for president in 2016 when she left her post as Vice President of the Democratic National Committee. She also nominated him. Forbes notes that Gabbard is half Sanders' age, is "just as progressively strident" and is "the most Bernie" of the presidential candidates.
     Gabbard has a place in the fourth presidential debate next week after debating in the first and second, and sitting out the third. The DNC said last week that qualifying candidates must receive 3 percent in four DNC-approved polls to be eligible for the fifth debate, or have 5 percent in two approved polls conducted in early state primaries, including IowaNew HampshireNevada, or South Carolina, between Sept. 13 and the week before the November debate.
     According to Public Policy Polling, which surveyed 990 Democratic primary voters from Sept. 27 to 29 (margin of error +/-3.1 percent), two out of three responders in the second Hawaiʻi Congressional district, which includes Kaʻū, want Gabbard to drop out of the presidential race. According to the poll, 60 percent of primary voters think she should drop out, 28 percent think she should continue moving forward with her presidential campaign.
     In this district, Gabbard tied for third in the polling for the Democratic nomination for president. Bernie Sanders garnered 13 percent. Elizabeth Warren led the way with 25 percent; Joe Biden followed with 22 percent. The rest of the candidates came in with single digits: Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang each 5 percent, Kamala Harris 3 percent, and Cory Booker and Beto O'Rourke 1 percent. Eleven percent reported that that they are undecided or that they would prefer one of the other candidates.
     Public  Policy Polling stated Hawaiʻi's open primaries lead "a lot of conservative leaning voters (to) participate in the Democratic primary because it's their best chance to influence who their elected officials will be."
     Trump voters in the district are one segment of the Democratic primary electorate where Gabbard is leading. She polled at 26 percent, Biden 15 percent. No other candidate reached double digits.
     Almost half of Democratic primary voters polled  in the district said they would "generally prefer to vote for someone else," compared to 38 percent who want Gabbard for another term. She does lead Kai Kahele 48-26 in a named primary match up, but incumbents who start out below 50 percent in a primary contest "tend to have a pretty hard time winning nomination again," stated PPP. Gabbard's approval rating is at 44 percent in the district; 34 percent disapprove.
     All poll participants were selected through a list based sample. 70 percent completed the survey by telephone call and 30 percent completed the survey by text message.
     Read the whole report at publicpolicypolling.com/polls/gabbard-constituents-want-her-to-drop-out-prefer-someone-else-for-congress-next-year/.

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THE HAWAIʻI NEI ART CONTEST is open to all Hawaiʻi Island residents. All artwork must be registered online by Friday, Oct. 11 at hawaiineiartcontest.org. Initial online screening and jurying will take place Oct. 12.
     Last year, the ʻAlalā Project sourced five pieces of art featuring the endangered Hawaiian crow, submitted to the contest by keiki, for a notecard series, to help raise funds for reintroduction efforts. 
     The Three Mountain Alliance, the Hawai‘i Island Art Alliance, the Department of Land and Natural Resources Natural Area Reserves System, and the Wailoa Center State Park organize this annual, juried art exhibition, celebrating the native flora and fauna of Hawai‘i Island. This year's Featured Category is Kō ā kai: Marine Species of Hawaiʻi Island. Artwork is not limited to the Featured Category; however, all artwork entries must depict a native species to Hawaiʻi Island.
     Amateur and professional artists of all ages, who are residents of Hawaiʻi Island, are invited to submit original works. Categories are Adult, Elementary school (grades PreK-5), Middle school (grades 6-8), and High school (grades 9-12). Artists may enter more than one piece. A non-refundable fee for each entry will be collected with online submission. Entry fees are $15 per entry for adults. Youth under 18 may enter their artwork for free. Donations in any amount towards youth entry fees ($5 suggested donation) are welcome. Artists are encouraged to explore a variety of media, including the performing arts.
     Artists will be notified by October 14th if their artwork has been selected for the exhibition. Final jurying and selection for awards will occur on Oct. 30 and will be announced at the opening reception on Nov. 1. Artwork may still be juried out despite adhering to all guidelines.
     Learn more at hawaiineiartcontest.org.

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FARMERS, ESPECIALLY MAC NUT FARMERS, WHO HAVE SUFFERED DAMAGES from ongoing trade disputes with foreign nations can apply to the Market Facilitation Program through U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to impacted producers. The sign-up period runs through December 6. Learn more by visiting farmers.gov/mfp.

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A SURVEY ON BRANDING FOR HAWAIʻI ISLAND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS is open. Hawaiʻi Island Agricultural Partnership's brief online survey should take no more than two minutes to complete. HIAP's vision is to utilize branding to show the "passion of the farmers" at the heart of the Hawaiʻi Island agriculture industry; celebrate farmers and the natural resources that sustain them; define, with a shared vision, the meaning of Grown on Hawaiʻi Island; and work together to create a logo, story and strategic plan for lifting the brand of Hawaiʻi Island's agriculture products to consumers in Hawaiʻi and other markets.

Kaʻū high school Student-Athletes, reading to keiki of 
Pāhala Elementary. Photos from Kaʻū Athletics
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KAʻŪ TROJANS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL had a great away game yesterday. The girls traveled all the way to Parker in Waimea, where, in a Varsity-only match, they soundly beat the Bulls, 25 to 6, 25 to 11, and 25 to 11.
     Kaʻū Athletics also recently shared photos of high school Student-Athletes reading to the elementary keiki of Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary.

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SPEAKOUT AT COOPER CENTER tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 7, p.m. to 8 p.m., to help shape Hawaiʻi Island. The community is encouraged to "come share your manaʻo," opinion, on the General Plan. This is the only meeting scheduled this month in Kaʻū. Residents may also submit feedback online by Thursday, Oct. 31, and see more info on the Draft General Plan, at hiplanningdept.com/general-plan/. See the full SpeakOut and Topic Workshops schedule below, next to the image of a lauhala.

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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 kaucalendar.com
2019 Kaʻū High School Fall Athletics Schedule
See khpes.org/athletics-home 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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UPCOMING
MONDAY, OCT. 7
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, volcanoartcenter.org

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, ovcahi.org

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, hiplanningdept.com/general-plan/

TUESDAY, OCT. 8
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, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

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, volcanoartcenter.org

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, nps.gov/havo/

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

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

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, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

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

FRIDAY, OCT. 11
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, ovcahi.org

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, thecoopercenter.org

SATURDAY, OCT. 12
Every Kid Outdoors Day, Saturday, Oct. 12, all National Parks. Kid-friendly activities offered throughout the park. New Junior Ranger program at Kahuku unit. 4th grade students earn a free entrance pass to all national parks - everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm, print voucher and present, completed, at main entrance station. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo/

Pancake Breakfast and Raffle, Saturday, Oct. 12, 8-11a.m., Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Ka‘ū Skate Club Fundraiser for Kahuku Roller Rink in Ocean View: Yard Sale, Saturday, Oct. 12, 9a.m.-3p.m., 92-8907 Paradise Parkway, Ocean View. Donations welcome. Ka‘ū Skate Club President Lzena Barrett, 747-1147

Pastel On-Site Landscape Painting Workshop with Patti Pease Johnson, Saturday, Oct. 12, 9a.m.-12:30p.m., outside (weather permitting) at Volcano Art Center. Students complete one 9"x12" project. $45/VAC member, $50/non-member, plus $10 supply fee per person. All materials supplied. Beginner and intermediate artists welcome. Register - 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mamo o Kāwā ʻOhana Work Day, Saturday, Oct. 12, meet 9:30a.m., Northern Gate, Kāwā. RSVP to James Akau, jakau@nmok.org, 561-9111. Bring a water bottle, lunch, closed toed shoes, long sleeved t-shirt, and pants. Tools, gloves, water, and light refreshments provided. nmok.orgfacebook.com/NMOK.Hawaii

Palm Trail, Sunday, Oct. 12, 9:30-12:30p.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately d
difficult hike - 2.6 mile loop. nps.gov/havo/

Zentangle Inspired Art: Milagros with Lydia Meneses, Saturday, Oct. 12, 10a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center. Art supplies provided (students encouraged to bring favorite art supplies). Open to all levels. No experience required. Potluck, bring snack to share. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $15 supply fee. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Jazz in the Forest with Jean Pierre Thoma, Autumn Leaves & Jeannine Guillory-Kane, Saturday, Oct. 12, 5:30-7:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. Doors open 5p.m. $20/VAC member, $25/non-member. Purchase tickets online, VAC Admin Office or VAC Gallery. Wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks available for purchase. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Soul Town Band performance, Saturday, Oct. 12, 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. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

SUNDAY, OCT. 13
‘Ōhi‘a Lehua, Sunday, Oct. 13, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, easy one-mile walk. nps.gov/havo/

Medicine for the Mind: Teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, Sunday, Oct. 13 – 2nd Sunday, monthly – 3-5p.m., Volcano Art Center. Free; calabash donations welcome. Dress warmly. Patty Johnson, 345-1527, volcanoartcenter.org

ONGOING
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 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 hiplanningdept.com/general-plan/.

Nationwide 2019 Congressional App Challenge submissions from middle and high schoolers are open through Friday, Nov. 1. Submit to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, CongressionalAppChallenge.us, 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. volcanoartcenter.org

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 khpes.org 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 thecoopercenter.org. Direct questions to 936-9705 or kilaueatutu@gmail.com.

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 cbarmer@hotmail.com or 808-896-7180. Applications are also available at Kona-hi.aauw.net.

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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