Hawaii (Big Island) Democratic Dance and Rally Information

With voters soon to vote on candidates from the U.S. Presidency down to the smallest precinct official, Hawaii County Democrats are stepping up to help inform Puna’s citizens of their choices. St. House Districts 3 and 4, which includes all of lower and upper Puna, invite the public to a Dist. 3 & 4 Fundraising Rally and Dance Party on Saturday, Feb. 27.

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Russ Ruderman’s Terrapin Station are the headline performers. The event, which is free to the public, will be held from 6-10 PM at the Eagles Club off Hwy. 130 in Kea’au, according to HCDP Dist. 3 Chair Mike Klungness and Dist. 4 Chair Philip Matlage.

Democratic Party candidates running for any office for which Dist. 3 and 4 residents can vote will have tables set up outside the building to talk to voters and get their names out to the public. Elections this year include races for mayor and county council, state senate and representative, U.S. House and U.S. President. OHA at-large candidates have also been invited.

Another goal of the rally is to help Puna Democrats get to know their fellow precinct neighbors. Matlage and Klungness are encouraging people to run for precinct offices and sign up as state delegates at the March 26 Presidential Preference Poll and Caucus meetings. Funds raised at the event are to help send Puna delegates to the State Democratic Party Convention in Waikiki over the Memorial Day weekend.

The public is invited to bring a potluck pupu or dessert dish to share, questions for the candidates and their dancing shoes. The Eagles Club will maintain the no-host bar (outside liquor not allowed). A fun time should be had by all!!!

For more information, contact Klungness at 968-6789, Matlage at 430-0835, or Frankie Stapleton at 965-8945.

Big Island School Visited by Paralympic Alpine Skier Josh Dueck

On Monday, February 8, Parker students in grades 4 and 5 were treated to a visit and presentation by famed Canadian Paralympic alpine skier Josh Dueck.

Parker students in grades 4 and 5 were treated to a visit and presentation by famed Canadian Paralympic alpine skier Josh Dueck on February 8.

Parker students in grades 4 and 5 were treated to a visit and presentation by famed Canadian Paralympic alpine skier Josh Dueck on February 8.

Paralyzed from the waist down from a ski accident in 2004 at the age of 23, Josh shared his personal story of perseverance and overcoming adversity with students. Dueck fought hard to get back on the slopes and did so in a big way winning a gold medal in men’s super-combined and a silver in sitting downhill at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. In addition, he won gold in mono skier X at the 2011 X Games, bronze at the 2012 X Games and multiple other top honors, including the title of the world’s first sit-skier to complete a back flip.

Students were enthralled during his presentation which ended with a dynamic question and answer session. “Josh was such an inspiration to our 4th and 5th graders – they were amazed and truly engaged in learning about his life journey and the lessons learned through his experiences,” says Heather Emmons, Parker School grade 4 teacher.  “He spoke to our 9 and 10 year olds in a way that captured their attention and, like a teacher, taught students very important life lessons to be remembered.” Dueck personally signed a photo for each student.

Retired from skiing in 2014, today Dueck travels the world as a public and motivational speaker and has been on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as well as featured in a documentary called Freedom Chair.  Learn more about Josh Dueck at www.joshdueck.com.

New Waipi’o Kalo Festival Receives OHA Support

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has awarded a $5,000 ‘Ahahui Grant to support the Waipi‘o Kalo Festival being organized by the community-based Hā Ola O Waipi‘o organization.

Waipio Valley Taro FestivalThe inaugural event, planned for Saturday, June 4, 2016, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., will honor Waipi‘o, the multi-generational kalo farmers, musicians, cultural practitioners, families with genealogical ties, and those who perpetuate Hawaiian culture in the Valley. The event is free and open to all, offering numerous opportunities to learn about kalo, plus lei-making, lau hala and lau niu (coconut frond) weaving demonstrations, a Kalo Cookoff, wonderful entertainment, great food and a Taro Team Relay.

Through moʻolelo (stories), lessons and information, participants may come to understand how sacred and important Waipiʻo Valley and taro farming are within Hawaiian culture and history. The Festival is designed to encourage people of all ages to reconnect with the ʻāina, feel empowered to grow their own kalo and provide healthy food for their ʻohana.

In addition, Festival presenters will teach about different varieties of kalo and their nutritional value and health benefits, various farming styles, and how to kuʻi kalo (pound kalo). Other information booths will teach about healthy soil agro-forestry, the importance of water, and the history of Waipiʻo and the Hāmākua district.

Friends of the Future serves as the fiscal sponsor for projects of Hā Ola O Waipio Valley. Founded in 1991, Friends of the Future’s mission is to facilitate a vision of lokahi among the diverse peoples of Hawaiʻi, encouraging each person to contribute their deepest values, to create shared visions, and to continuously improve our communities.

For more information about the Kalo Festival, email HaolaoWaipioValley@gmail.com or follow Hā Ola on Facebook.

Confirmed Dengue Fever Cases on the Big Island of Hawaii Rises to 259

The Dengue Fever outbreak on the Big Island continues and the total confirmed amount of cases rose by 1 more since the last update bringing the total amount of confirmed cases to 259:

Mosquito Bite

As of February 19, 2016*:

Since the last update, HDOH has identified 1 new case of dengue fever.  Currently, as many as 2 of the confirmed cases to date are potentially infectious to mosquitoes. All others are no longer infectious.

Potentially infectious individuals
2 Illness onset 2/9/16 – 2/13/2016
Cases no longer infectious
257 Illness onset 9/11/15 to 2/8/16
Past and present confirmed cases (Cumulative TOTAL)

Of the confirmed cases, 234 are Hawaii Island residents and 25 are visitors.
213 cases have been adults; 46 have been children (<18 years of age). Onset of illness has ranged between 9/11/15 – 2/13/16.

As of today, a total of 1262 reported potential cases have been excluded based on test results and/or not meeting case criteria.

Updated Map Pinpoints Confirmed Cases of Dengue Fever on the Big Island of Hawaii

Below is a map that depicts case locations as of 2/18/16:

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Surveying and spraying is being conducted at the residences of all suspect and confirmed cases, in addition to proactive spraying at nearby public facilities.

This map should not be used to exclude any areas of the island from proactive mosquito control measures. All residents islandwide are encouraged to Fight The Bite by reducing mosquito breeding grounds and protecting themselves from mosquito bites.