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Ka‘ū News Briefs, Monday, December 30, 2019

Funding to support Kaʻū and Kona Hema preserves of The Nature Conservancy has totaled almost $500,000 from The Karasik Family Foundation. It helps conserve some 12,000 acres of native forest on
the slopes of Mauna Loa. Photo from The Nature Conservancy
KAʻŪ & KONA HEMA FOREST PRESERVATION efforts received a $45,000 donation at the end of 2019, marking donations of almost $500,000 over the last 15 years by The Karasik Family Foundation. Dr. and Mrs. Richard Robbins, representing The Karasik Family Foundation, gave the donations to The Nature Conservancy, which stewards 12,000 acres of native forest on the slopes of Mauna Loa.
ʻŌhiʻa native forests are preserved by
The Nature Conservancy in south Kona and
 Kaʻū. Photo from The Nature Conservancy
     A statement from the Conservancy says that the Max and Yetta Karasik Family Foundation's 2019 gift of $45,000 is supporting dramatic and ongoing recovery of The Nature Conservancy's Kona Hema and Kaʻū preserves, which provide fresh water for people and vital habitat for native forest birds and other native species.
     "We are grateful to the Karasik Family Foundation for investing in Hawaiʻi Island's future by understanding the importance of healthy native forests," said Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi Executive Director Ulalia Woodside. "Their 2019 donation marks 15 years of giving, totaling nearly $500,000, to improve the forests of south Kona and Kaʻū."
    In 2019, the Conservancy's 8,240-acre Kona Hema Preserve celebrated its 20th anniversary. Purchased in three parcels between 1999 to 2003, the preserve has been transformed from former pastureland to a thriving native forest. TNC has erected 25 miles of exterior and interior fences, removed all feral animals, cleared 620 acres of invasive weeds, restored 350 acres of pastureland to koa forest, and planted 5,700 native fruit trees and shrubs.
     "When we began acquiring Kona Hema, the native forest was inundated with feral animals and heavily impacted by a century of logging and ranching," said Woodside. "Today, thanks to the Karasik Family Foundation and other supporters, our conservation efforts have resulted in a dramatic forest recovery."
Shalan Crysdale of The Nature Conservancy with donors,
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Robbins, of The Karasik Family
Foundation. Photo from The Nature Conservancy
     Among the many positive changes is an upsurge in water recharge. Kona Hema is now contributing 14.5 million gallons of water a day to local aquifers, and scientists say that with continued investment the recharged will only increase. In addition, the ʻōmaʻo, a native thrush, recently established a small population in the preserve after having not been seen in south Kona for 40 years.
     The 3,500-acre Kaʻū Preserve was established in 2002 after the Conservancy purchased former C. Brewer lands bordering the State's Kaʻū Forest Reserve. Its wet koa-ʻōhiʻa forest shelters 153 plant species unique to Hawaiʻi and, in the absence of feral hoofed animals, one of the island's richest assemblages of endangered forest birds.
     "We're proud to help The Nature Conservancy do what it does best for the future of our island - use science to inform its decisions, adapt to changing circumstances and work with partners to expand their impact," said Dr. Richard Robbins from the Karasik Family Foundation. "To witness the revitalization of these lands is very rewarding."

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DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR STATE GRANTS-IN-AID IS FRIDAY, JAN. 17 at 4:30 p.m. for the 2020 Legislative Session. Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair Donovan Dela Cruz and House Finance Committee Chair Sylvia Luke announced that qualified nonprofit and other organizations can now apply for funds. Last year, the Legislature awarded nearly $30 million in grants to non-profit organizations across the state "for various public purposes recognized as priorities and seen as complimentary to state government functions, including health, educational, workforce development, social services, and cultural and historical activities," states the announcement.
     Information on the GIA process and the application is available on the Legislature's website at capitol.hawaii.gov. Click on the Legislative Information tab. Questions? Contact staff of House Committee on Finance (586-6200) or Senate Committee on Ways and Means (586-6800).

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SEABIRD CONSERVATION AND PLASTICS REMOVAL are some of the accomplishments of the Friends of Midway Atoll (FOMA) National Wildlife Refuge in 2019. Celebrating 20 years, the group's president, Wayne Sentman, sent an email to supporters to commemorate their actions: making headway in eradicating mice, which have been documented attacking and even killing breeding albatross; removing plastic pollution from Midway's islands and reefs; and hosting rememberance ceremonies for veterans of the Battle of Midway. The group is also planning upcoming multi-million dollar projects to restore the historic Transportation building's roof, to protect it from further decay.
     Sentman wrote: "All of these projects are important to the mission of FOMA and the many people that find the Refuge so valuable, even though at present, none of us are able to visit. Your support, through donations or membership, of the Friends of Midway Atoll allows us to continue to work in support of the Refuge and the volunteers working out there, as well as numerous projects like those mentioned above, and others, that are being undertaken annually."
     Donations to the group can be made online or mailed to: Friends of Midway Atoll NWR, 17 Katrina Lane, San Anselmo, CA, 94960.

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TOMORROW IS THE FINAL DAY OF CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY, featuring the 20th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit, at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The free exhibit, which opened in November, runs through Dec. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and offers "a merry scene of art and aloha" in the historic building.
     In addition to the artwork VAC offers year-round, unique holiday offerings of island-inspired gifts, ornaments, and decorations – including some that are VAC exclusives – are on offer, all made by Hawai‘i Island artists. The Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit presents one-of-a-kind wreaths "in a variety of imaginative media, techniques, and styles, from the whimsical to the traditional. Those looking for truly original wreaths as well as one-of- a-kind, handmade gift items will not be disappointed by the selection created by the local artistic community," states VAC.

     Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-7565 or see volcanoartcenter.org for more details.

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

2019-2020 Kaʻū Winter Sports Schedule

Girls Basketball
Tue., Jan. 7 @Kohala
Fri., Jan. 10 host Honokaʻa

Boys Basketball
Fri., Jan. 3 host HPA
Sat., Jan. 4 host Pāhoa
Thu., Jan. 9 @Waiakea
Sat., Jan. 11, @Konawaena

Wrestling
Sat., Jan. 4 @Waiakea
Sat., Jan. 11 @Kealakehe

Soccer
Sat., Jan. 4 Girls host Honokaʻa, 3pm
Mon., Jan. 6 @HPA
Wed., Jan. 8 host Kealakehe, 2pm
Sat., Jan. 11 @Honokaʻa

Swimming
Sat., Jan. 4 @Kamehameha
Sat., Jan. 11 @Kona Community Aquatic Center

UPCOMING
TUESDAY, DEC. 31
Ka‘ū Food Pantry, Tuesday – last Tuesday, monthly – Dec. 31, 11:30a.m.-1p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View. Volunteers welcome. Dave Breskin, 319-8333

KMC New Year's Eve Party, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 5-8p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. Blue Tattoo and midnight toast. $10 cover charge for non-KMC guests. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. 967-8356, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1
Read, Build, and Play LEGO, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2:30-4p.m., Pāhala Public Library. All ages; young keiki must be accompanied by parent or adult caregiver. No personal LEGO. 928-2015, librarieshawaii.org

Hula Voices with Hawai‘i Island Kumu Hula - Featuring Miss Aloha Hula Brenda Alidon Kanehailua, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 5:30-7p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. "Talk Story" session. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org
THURSDAY, JAN. 2
Stewardship of Kīpukapuaulu, Thursday, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 9:30a.m., Kipukapuaulu parking lot, Mauna Loa Road, off Highway 11 in HVNP. Volunteers remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in the park. Bring clippers or pruners, sturdy gloves, a hat, and water. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that can get permanently stained from morning glory sap. Be prepared for cool and wet or hot and sunny weather. New volunteer? Contact Marilyn Nicholson for more info, nickem@hawaii.rr.com. Parental/Guardian accompaniment or written consent required for under 18. Free; Park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Kahuku Orientation Talk, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31, 10-10:30a.m., HVNP Kahuku Unit Visitor Contact Station. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Women's Expression Group, Thursday, Jan. 2 – 1st Thursday monthly – 3-4:30p.m., PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. Women welcome to drop in. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Craft Day, Thursday, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 – every Thursday, monthly – 3:30-4:30p.m., Pāhala Public Library. Ages 3 and up. 928-2015, librarieshawaii.org

CANCELED due to septic work at OVCC: Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, Jan. 2 – 1st Thursday monthly – 6-7p.m.Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, Jan. 2 – 1st Thursday monthly – 6:30-8:30p.m.Aspen Centerokaukakou.org

FRIDAY, JAN. 3
Fit & Firm Volcano Medium Intensity Strength Adult Exercise Class - 4 weeks, Fridays, starting Jan. 3, 8-9a.m.,Volcano Art Center. Payment in full of $36 due at first class session, check or exact change. No make-ups, roll-overs or prorating for missed classes. Limited to 15 people. Must call to reserve spot in advance. No drop-ins. Puakea, 315-9130, volcanoartcenter.orgsoulfitnesshawaiipksm.com

Stewardship at the Summit, Friday, Jan. 3 and 17, and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 25, 8:45a.m.-noon, meet Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center, HVNP. Volunteers remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in the park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, long pants. Bring hat, rain gear, day pack, sunscreen, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools provided. Parental/Guardian accompaniment or written consent required for under 18. Free; Park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Strong Seniors Chair Exercise Class - 4 weeks, Fridays, starting Jan. 3, 10-11a.m.,Volcano Art Center. Payment in full of $45 due at first class session, check or exact change. No make-ups, roll-overs or prorating for missed classes. No drop ins. Limited to 15 people. Reserve spot in advance. Puakea, 315-9130, volcanoartcenter.orgsoulfitnesshawaiipksm.com

Movie Matinee, Friday, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 – every Friday, monthly – 2-4p.m., Pāhala Public Library. Free entry and popcorn. Keiki must be accompanied by parent or adult caregiver. 928-2015, librarieshawaii.org/events

SATURDAY, JAN. 4
Free Hot Shower and Hot Lunch Day, Saturday, Jan. 4, 11, 18, and 25, 9a.m.-2p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church. Last Saturday of the month, Kady and Drew Foster give haircuts – 12 slots available – and Big Island Giving Tree hands out clothes and items like razors and toothbrushes. 939-7000, stjudeshawaii.org

Nature & Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Saturday, Jan. 4, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult, two-mile, hike. Bring snack and water. nps.gov/havo

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, Jan. 7 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11a.m.-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

Grand Slam Band, Saturday, Jan. 4, 7-10p.m.Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. $5 cover charge, free to in-house guests. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

SUNDAY, JAN. 5
Farmers Market, Sunday, Jan. 5, 12, 19, and 26 – every Sunday, monthly – 6-10a.m.Cooper Center in Volcano. thecoopercenter.org

ʻŌhiʻa Lehua, Sunday, Jan. 5, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free. nps.gov/havo

Clay – High Fire!, Sunday, Jan. 5 through Feb. 23, 11:30a.m.-2:30p.m. or 2:45-5:45p.m. 8-week morning or afternoon pottery series with Erik Wold. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, Jan. 5 – 1st Sunday, monthly – noon-2p.m., Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or sites.google.com/viewith southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

MONDAY, JAN. 6
Guided Hike of Kīlauea Iki Crater, Monday, Jan. 6, 13, 20, and 27, 10a.m.-1p.m. Meet Ranger Mike at Kīlauea Iki Overlook Parking Lot. Iconic four mile, moderately difficult hike, with an elevation gain of 400 feet. Crosses steaming crater floor through the intersection of eruption and native rainforest. Free; Park entrance fees apply except Jan. 20. nps.gov/havo

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Dietrich Varez Block Printing with Desiree Moana Cruz, Monday, Jan. 6 – first Monday, monthly – 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center. No registration required. $10 per person supply fee. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Monday, Jan. 6 – first Monday, monthly – 4-6p.m.Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

ONGOING
Christmas in the Country featuring 20th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit, daily, through Dec. 31, Volcano Art Center Gallery. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Vote for the Best Cottage Decorations at Kīlauea Military Camp through Tuesday, Jan. 1. The public is invited to stroll along the sidewalks around the KMC Cottages where the staff has entered a contest for best Christmas decorations. The outdoor displays are best seen at night. KMC is located within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
     KMC hosts a Christmas Day dinner buffet, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Dec. 25 at Crater Rim Café. Main entrees of Prime Rib, Roast Turkey, and Holiday Lamb Stew. $29.95/adult, $16.95/child for ages 6-11, five and under free. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply.
     The KMC New Year's Eve Party on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. at the Lava Lounge will have live music from Blue Tattoo. The $10 cover charge includes a champagne toast at midnight. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply.
     Call 967-8356 or see kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

T-Ball and Coach Pitch Baseball League: Ocean View Team - Mondays and Wednesdays, Kahuku Park. Nā‘ālehu Team - Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nā‘ālehu Park. Pāhala Team (seeking coaches) - attend Nā‘ālehu practice. T-Ball, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 5-6. Coach Pitch, 4:30-6p.m., ages 7-8. Programs take place through April 16. Wear cleats or tennis shoes, bring a glove if possible. Extras gloves available for use. All skills and genders welcome. $35 per teammate. See Ka‘ū Youth Baseball on Facebook. Josh or Elizabeth Crook, 345-0511

Tūtū & Me Home Visiting Program is a free service to Pāhala families with keiki, birth to five years old. This caregiver support program offers those taking care of young keiki "a compassionate listening ear, helpful parenting tips and strategies, fun and exciting activities, and wonderful educational resources" from Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Home visits are one hour in length, two to four times per month, for 12 to 15 visits. Snacks are provided. See pidfoundation.org or call 808-938-1088.


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