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Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Kaʻū's congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced she will not take the stage in the December debate between
Democratic candidates for President. She is concentrating on house parties and other outreach in New Hampshire,
where the caucus for the nominee will soon take place. See more below. Photo from Tulsi2020
REACTION TO THE UNVEILING OF TWO IMPEACHMENT CHARGES AGAINST PRES. DONALD TRUMP in the U.S. House of Representatives today came from the Hawaiʻi congressional delegation representing Kaʻū. The charges are abuse of power and obstruction of justice. A vote in the full House could occur as early as next week. If approved, a trial will be held by the U.S. Senate.
     Trump is accused of high crimes and misdemeanors. Trump tweeted, "To Impeach a President who has proven through results, including producing perhaps the strongest economy in our country's history, to have one of the most successful presidencies ever, and most importantly, who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness! #2020Election."
     Sen. Brian Schatz said, "The Articles of Impeachment are quite brief and 1) no one can claim to not have read them if it's literally their job to consider them, 2) they are nearly impossible to refute, factually speaking."
     Sen. Mazie Hirono said, "We have a President who thinks that he can get away with anything, including shooting somebody on 5th Avenue. Shaking down the president of another country for his own political ends is nothing to him. We have to hold Donald Trump accountable for his actions."

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The late E. Cooper Brown.
THE E. COOPER BROWN CLEAN ENERGY ACT has gone to the House of Representatives. It is named for the environmental attorney who worked with Life of the Land in Hawaiʻi, and in programs that supported justice for Marshallese Islanders, and other marginalized and indigenous people. More recently, Cooper Brown developed a keen interest in the environmental benefits of developing clean ocean energy technologies to reach commercial fruition. He created incentives for the private sector to assist in the commercial development of  Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion and Sea Water Air Conditioning. Language on a new Ocean Energy Act was finalized, but he never saw the final draft and passed away after a long fight with cancer.
     The E. Cooper Brown Energy Act would resume the investment tax credit for OTEC and support the use of ocean water for air conditioning. "These clean energy technologies will help address some of the most pressing energy production, energy consumption, and environmental issues faced by urban and coastal communities," said a statement from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Rep. Ed Case, who introduced the bill.
     Said Gabbard, "As our nation and planet are facing serious environmental threats, states like Hawaiʻi are helping lead the way to a clean energy future." She said the legislation "will help encourage investment in sustainable, diverse, and clean energy. This will also create new, good paying jobs in communities across the country, help end our unsustainable addiction to fossil fuels, and support the growing movement for a 100 percent clean energy economy."
Image from Chegg Study
     Case said, "Just as we jump-started early research and development for now-established alternate energy sources like solar and wind, so should we also for environmentally sustainable and
economically viable forms of ocean-sourced energy. One especially promising form is seawater air conditioning, already underway in Hawaiʻi, cooling buildings without electricity and reducing the use of ozone-depleting substances like hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which contribute to global warming. The tax credit in this bill will incentivize the private sector to further develop this technology, which has already proven to be an efficient and sustainable source of replacement energy."
     OTEC is a marine technology using the difference of temperature between deep cold ocean water and warm surface tropical water to produce carbon-free electricity. SWAC is a proven technology that harnesses deep cold water of oceans and lakes to provide air conditioning. OTEC and SWAC are fuel free, have a low environmental impact, can supply pure water for both drinking and agriculture, can supply refrigeration and cooling, and can provide a coastal community with reliable energy, said the statement from the House members.
     According to the statement from Gabbard and Case, "Hawaiʻi's clean energy goals are the most aggressive in the nation, forging the way as a world leader in clean energy by committing to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2045. Hawaiʻi is at the forefront of research exploring ways to meet these goals. On Tuesday, a ceremony was held for a new wave energy conversion buoy at the Naval Wave Energy Test Site at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Oʻahu.

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TULSI GABBARD WILL NOT APPEAR IN THE DECEMBER DEBATE BETWEEN DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT. While one poll short of meeting the Democratic National Committee requirements, with days to go to qualify, she announced yesterday that she will not participate. Instead, her campaign launched a fundraising effort this morning to pay for television and other advertising.
     The campaign organizers announced: "Every single second of airtime Tulsi has to spread her message of a government of, by, and for the people, to lift our voices against the corporate war machine, to speak truth to establishment power, counts. That means so much more than being on a debate stage delivering 60 second soundbites to the corporate mainstream media and its viewers. It means being ready to launch hard-hitting TV and digital ads in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina on Jan. 1, and it means mobilizing our grassroots volunteers to get Tulsi's name on the ballot in every state starting now.
     "We've been steadily gaining in the polls in the states where we've been investing resources; TV and digital ads in Iowa and New Hampshire, organizing efforts on the ground. Now, we need to spend big — and raise big — before the critical end of year fundraising deadline.
     "Our longshot campaign is punching well above its weight, but where we can really flex our strategic advantage is in primaries like New Hampshire, where voters on the ground have actually had the chance to meet and speak with each candidate for themselves, rather than through the biased lens of the corporate media. We've got tough competition in these early states; every candidate knows that a top three finish equals critical momentum that we need to carry us through to the very end. Tulsi is currently in a great position to come out in front — she's polling at #5 consistently in New Hampshire, and is steadily rising. We can get her over the line.
     "Together, we will take back our democracy from the corrupt and out-of-touch elite and return our government to one that truly serves We, the People."
     She addressed her supporters by saying, "Thank you for your service to our bold mission for a future with peace, human dignity, true equality, and environmental protection for all."

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SHARE IDEAS ON LOCAL AGRICULTURE SOLUTIONS by taking a short survey. Part of the Mahiʻai a Ola initiative from The Kohala Center and Kamehameha Schools, MahiX is "an open innovation challenge" looking to help solve "the most pressing issues in Hawaiʻi's agricultural sector." Contact mahiai@ksbe.edu for more information.

KŌKUA HARVEST PROJECT seeks volunteer harvesters and crop suppliers to collect fresh food from farms and other sources for donation to local food pantries and community partners. The initiative is the first Hawaiʻi Island-wide food rescue project. To get involved, contact info@kokuaharvest.orgor visit kokuaharvest.org.

HELPING HAWAIʻI FOOD AND BEVERAGE COMPANIES TO LAUNCH AND SCALE is the goal of Common Ground. This experimental accelerator program is accepting online applications, due Jan. 15, 2020. Businesses selected for the pilot cohort will receive $50,000 in cash investment in addition to technical assistance services valued at $50,000. See commongroundaccelerator.com for more information and to apply.

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MAKING AND TAKING CHRISTMAS CRAFTS is on the schedule for Thursday, Dec. 12 at Kaʻū District Gym Mulipurpose room. Registration is open through tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 11. From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., a Santa's Workshop, called Hale Hana ʻO Kanakaloka, will be held for all ages. Sponsors are the county Department of Parks & Recreation - Pāhala, Uplinks After School Allstars, Tūtū & Me, Boys & Girls Club, and Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

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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
2019-2020 Kaʻū Winter Sports Schedule

Girls Basketball
Fri., Dec. 13 @Keaʻau
Mon., Dec. 16 host Pāhoa JV/Christian Liberty
Tue., Jan. 7 @Kohala
Fri., Jan. 10 host Honokaʻa
Tue., Jan. 14 host Konawaena
Thu., Jan.16 @Kealakehe
Wed., Jan. 22 @HPA
Tue. and Wed., Jan. 28 and 29 BIIF @Civic
Wed. thru Sat., Feb. 5-8 HHSAA on Oʻahu

Boys Basketball
Wed., Dec. 18 host Keaʻau
Sat., Dec. 21 @St. Joseph
Sat., Dec. 28 host Kohala
Fri., Jan. 3 host HPA
Sat., Jan. 4 host Pāhoa
Thu., Jan. 9 @Waiakea
Sat., Jan. 11, @Konawaena
Mon., Jan. 13 host Hilo
Wed., Jan. 15 host Kealakehe
Fri., Jan. 17 @Parker
Mon., Jan. 20 @Honokaʻa
Mon., Jan. 27 @Kamehameha
Tue. and Wed., Feb. 4 and 5 BIIF @ Kealakehe
Thu. thru Sat., Feb. 13-15 HHSAA on Oʻahu

Wrestling
Sat., Dec. 14 @Hilo
Sat., Jan. 4 @Waiakea
Sat., Jan. 11 @Kealakehe
Sat., Jan. 18 @HPA
Sat., Jan. 25 @Kamehameha
Sat., Feb. 1 @Hilo
Sat., Feb. 8 BIIF @Konawaena
Fri. and Sat., Feb. 21 and 22 HHSAA

Soccer
Sat., Dec. 14 Boys @Makualani
Mon., Dec. 16 Girls host HPA, 3pm
Wed., Dec. 18, @Keaʻau
Sat., Dec. 21 Boys host Christian Liberty, 3pm
Mon., Dec. 23 Boys host Kohala, 3pm
Sat., Jan. 4 Girls host Honokaʻa, 3pm
Mon., Jan. 6 @HPA
Wed., Jan. 8 host Kealakehe, 2pm
Sat.,, Jan. 11 @Honokaʻa
Wed., Jan. 15 @Konawaena
Sat., Jan. 18 Girls @Kamehameha
Wed., Jan. 22 and Sat., Jan. 25 Girls BIIF
Wed. thru Sat., Feb. 5-8 Girls HHSAA on Oʻahu
Sat., Feb. 1 and 8 Boys BIIF
Thu. thru Sat., Feb. 13-15 Boys HHSAA on Oʻahu

Swimming
Sat., Dec. 14 @Kona Community Aquatic Center
Sat., Jan. 4 @Kamehameha
Sat., Jan. 11 @Kona Community Aquatic Center
Sat., Jan. 18 @Kamehameha
Sat., Jan. 25 @Kona Community Aquatic Center
Fri., Jan. 31 and Sat., Feb. 1 BIIF @Kamehameha
Fri. and Sat., Feb. 14 and 15 on Maui

UPCOMING
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
Santa's Workshop Event Registration, through Wednesday, Dec. 11, Ka‘ū District Gym. Event takes place Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-7:30p.m. All ages. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Christmas Coloring Contest Registration, through Wednesday, Dec. 11, Ka‘ū District Gym. Deadline for entries is Thursday, Dec. 12, 6p.m. Grades Pre-K to 6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Moa Pahe‘e Games, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10a.m.-noonKīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Similar to ‘ulu maika, this game requires a little more strength and skill. In celebration of the annual Makahiki season. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

THURSDAY, DEC. 12
Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, Dec. 12, 6:30p.m.United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkeley Yoshida, 747-0197

FRIDAY, DEC. 13
Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Friday, Dec. 13, 9a.m.-noonOcean View Community Center. Free disability legal services provided by Hawai‘i Legal Aid. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

SATURDAY, DEC. 14
Nā Mamo o Kāwā Community Access Day, Saturday, Dec. 14, gates open 6a.m.-6p.m., Kāwā. All cars must park at end of road fronting Kāwā Flats. Dogs must be on leash. No driving through fish pond. 557-1433, nmok.orgfacebook.com/NMOK.Hawaii

Pancake Breakfast and Raffle, Saturday, Dec. 14, 8-11a.m., Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Guided Hike On A 60 Year Old Lava Lake, Saturday, Dec. 14, 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, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Holidays at Kahuku: Hawaiian-Made Craft Fair, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10a.m.-3p.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free entry. Entertainment, food, shave ice. nps.gov/havo

Ocean View Keiki Christmas with St. Jude's Christmas Celebration, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10a.m-2p.m., Kahuku Park and lower parking lot of St. Jude's.

Zentangle Artist Inspired Workshop with Lydia Meneses, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center. Creative tangle techniques inspired by Gustav Klimt and Keith Haring. Art supplies provided. 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

Hula Kahiko - Kumu Kapuaikapoliopele Ka‘au‘a with Unuokeahi and Unuiti, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10:30-11:30a.m., hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Hula performance. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.comvolcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mea Hula with Kumu Hula Moses Kaho‘okele Crabbe, Saturday, Dec. 14, 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery porch. Hands-on cultural demonstration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.comvolcanoartcenter.org

Jazz in the Forest: Christmas Jazz, Saturday, Dec. 14, 5:30p.m.Volcano Art Center. Featuring Jean Pierre Thoma & the Jazztones with Jeannine Guillory-Kane performing classics of the holiday season. Ticket are $20/VAC member, $25/non-member. Purchase tickets online through Jan. 13, VAC Admin Office or VAC Gallery. Pūpū, wine, and beer available for purchase. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Christmas Lighting Parade, Saturday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m., along Hwy. 11, from Nā‘ālehu Elementary School to Nā‘ālehu Community Center. Refreshments to follow at Community Center. Ka‘ū Roping & Riding Association. Participants sign waiver by 5p.m. at school.

Soul Town Band, Saturday, Dec. 14, 7-10p.m.Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. $5 cover charge. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Volcano Chorus: 25th Annual Holiday Concert, Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.Kīlauea Military Camp's Theater, in HVNP. Free; donations accepted. Park entrance fees may apply. 982-7344, kden73@aol.com

SUNDAY, DEC. 15
3rd Annual Hawai‘i Bird Conservation Marathon, Sunday, Dec. 15, Volcano Golf and Country Club to Boy Scouts' Kīlauea Camp. Funds raised support endemic birds of Hawai‘i through the Hawai‘i Forest Institute for the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center Discovery Forest in Volcano. Race registration closed. Donations welcome; donors of over $100 invited to behind the scene tour of Keauhou Bird Conservation Center Discovery Forest, 10a.m.-noon, Saturday, Dec. 14. hawaiiforestinstitute.kindful.com

‘Ōhi‘a Lehua, Sunday, Dec. 15, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, easy one-mile walk. nps.gov/havo

TUESDAY, DEC. 17
Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, Dec. 17 (Committees), Wednesday, Dec. 18, (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Ti Leaf Lei Making with Jelena Clay, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 11a.m.-1p.m.Volcano Art Center. Pre-registration required; class size limited. $10 per person supply fee. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

After Dark in the Park: Holiday Concert, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7-8p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Acclaimed Hawai‘i musician and recording artist Randy Lorenzo and upcoming vocalist Jennie Kaneshiro. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

ONGOING
Holiday Ornament Registration, through Dec. 16, Kahuku Park. Program takes place Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3-4p.m. Ages 6-14. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

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

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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