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striving to make Pahoa Better , Mike

Bill 87, a proposed revision to the

county’s Public Access, Open Space

and Natural Resources Preservation

Fund Charter Amendment, was

discussed and passed by a vote of

7-1 (Councilman Ikeda was not in

attendance) at the County Council’s

Finance Committee meeting held

on Wednesday, September 7


The original charter amendment,

voted into law in 2006 by

the people, set aside 2% of the

county’s tax revenue for the

purchase of land to be held in

perpetuity as open space for

the people of the county. In

2009 newly elected Mayor Billy

Kenoi convinced the County

Council to suspend the 2% allocation

for two years in order

to balance the budget. The

Mayor’s Charter Commission in

an effort to rectify the situation

put the amendment up for vote

again in 2010 decreasing the

amount set aside to 1%. It

again passed by 57%.

This year the Mayor’s proposed

budget returned the

funding back to the original 2%

by balancing the budget on

other austerity cutting measures

such as delaying $20.1

million in prepayments for future

retirees’ health insurance coverage.

The Council did not agree with the

austerity cuts and tried reducing

the 2% allocation to 1.5% in its

own version of the budget which

Kenoi vetoed. The Mayor’s original

budget proposal became law when

a veto override vote on by the

Council failed to pass by one vote.

Bill 87 as proposed by Councilpurpose

for the funds and that

there were grant funds available for

maintenance supplies and nonprofit

organizations willing to donate

their time to do the work.

Their arguments did not sway Onishi

who cast the only dissenting


The bill must now goes before

the county council

where it must pass three

consecutive readings before

the council by majority vote.

The next three meetings will

be held on September 21

st in

Kona, October 5

th in Hilo

and again on October 19

th in

Kona. Members off the Save

Our Lands Citizens Committee

and Malama O Puna are

urging citizens to turn out

and speak in favor of the Bill

at these meetings.

Malama O Puna President,

René Siracusa, reminds

those wishing to give testimony

that they have only

three minutes in which to

make their point so “Please

limit your testimony to that

point which most speaks to

your heart. With the testimony

of others speaking on

their feelings the Council will get a

complete picture. But remember if

you do wish to speak on all your

concerns and desires written testimony

is not restricted in length but

must be in to the Council at least

24 hours before the Council meeting.”

To read Bill 87 and to get more

information on it and on testifying

go to www.dhecht.com.

woman Brenda Ford would return

the moneys to be set aside to the

2% amount as originally passed.

Another change proposed to the

charter amendment, “(funds allocated

for) acquisition of land and

easements and shall not be used

for development, maintenance, or

for any purpose other than as

provided in this section”, drew the

most controversy from Council

members Dennis Onishi and Pete

Hoffman who opposed not allowing

the funds to be used for maintenance.

Ford and proponents of

the bill argued that allowing the

funds to be used in that way diluted

the buying power and the

Vol. 10, No. 2 SEPTEMBER 2011

If You Weren’t There . . .

you missed a wonderful time. The Puna Taiko

Drummers started the day off with a bang and the

fun never stopped from then on at the 2nd Annual

Pahoa Festival of Arts. For more pictures go to page


Bill 87 Passes Finance Committee

We all know what hype is. Hype is convincing you that some thing, some one or some idea that

may or may not be worth anything is the greatest ever. It is designed to convince you to buy, vote for, or invest in

whatever because you can’t live and/or solve all of your problems without buying it, believing it, or voting for it. It

is the sales marketing tool most designed to convince you that you haven’t come close to having everything you


Here in the islands we call it “shibai,” or “ho‘omalimali,” but another name for it is “perception management,”

and perception is everything. You don’t believe that? Think about it!

When was the last time you bought something pricey which was more than you could afford or had intended to

pay but you JUST HAD TO HAVE IT because it made you feel better about yourself, made you feel more attractive,

more desirable, more everything you want to be. The truth is that it didn’t do any of those things. You were still

the same person but, be honest, didn’t you walk taller, feel better about yourself, more attractive, more womanly

or manly? Not because you actually were different but because you perceived yourself as different and therefore

felt differently, acted differently, were different. You were, for a time, Cinderella or Prince Charming. There is nothing

wrong with dreaming as long as we also, even if it is subconsciously, realize that even in fairy tales the clock

must strike midnight and we must turn back into ourselves and face reality. It’s when we deny reality that we get

Don’t Buy the Hype!


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I wanted to start by

letting everyone know

that Louie Perry III, our

own hometown Olympian

has returned from the Special

Olympic Games in Athens Greece with

3 Gold Medals!! Louie took first place in

the 3000 meter, division: m3 run, with

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Puna Makai

By Fred Blas, Council District 5

15-2948 Pahoa Village Rd., Pahoa, HI

into trouble.

In our world today the hype, the

pressure that the dream must last

forever, floods us constantly. But it

has been our desire to buy into it,

to not face the reality that has gotten

us and our country into the fiscal

and moral mess it’s in.

The bubble burst and reality has

been staring us in the face for almost

three years. The employment

rate is stagnant. Our national debt

is outrageous. We have at least two

generations of basically uneducated

children and a third coming up

whose appetites for “give me” are

out of control. And none of this is

going to be solved quickly or

painlessly. We know this but we are

still trying to buy the hype, and ignore

reality. We are still waiting for

Prince Charming to ride up with

the glass slipper in hand and rescue

us. Reality says that that is not

going to happen.

Reality says if we are going to be

saved then we must save ourselves

by looking honestly at where we are

and what we want for our country

and for ourselves. Reality says it is

time to stop looking at the world as

we want it to be and start looking

at it as it is. We must face the fact

that we can’t solve all of the problems

of the world but we can solve

most of our own. It is time to stop

being namby-pamby and buying

into every sob story someone has.

We have enough worries of our

own to cry about without taking

on someone else’s. We must be

willing to help if it is practical but

not if it isn’t. We have to acknowledge

that we don’t like everyone

and that’s okay because not everybody

likes us either.

We must face the fact that our

governing bodies are no more

looking at our problems realistically

than we are. They not only

are buying into the hype, they are

selling it, too. It is time to let

them know that this isn’t what we

elected them to do. If they aren’t

willing to listen then get them out

of office.

Buying out of the hype won’t be

easy. The breaking of any habit

isn’t and this one especially won’t

be because what it promises is

easy solutions with no stress on

us. But, contrary to what many

would have us believe, stress

doesn’t make us weaker it makes

us stronger, as it did our parents

or grandparents, those who are

acknowledged to have been the

greatest generation on earth.

the winning time of 10 minutes and

32.14 seconds! On July 2, 2011

Louie and team USA members

Mathew Poland, Mike Warren and Andrew

Whaley, took first place in the

4×400, division: m4 relay, with the

winning time of 4 minutes and 25.10

seconds. Then on July 3, 2011 Louie

took first place in the 1500 meter, division:

m02 run, with the winning time

of 4 minutes and 46.68 seconds. I was

honored to welcome him home at the

airport with our Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Congratulations again, Louie!

We had our Public hearing on the

Plastic Bag Reduction Bill here in P


on July 13, 2011 at the P


Neighborhood Facility. I want to thank

everyone that came to testify or just to

listen, I think the testimony was about

even. I also want to thank Councilmembers

Ikeda, Hoffmann, Yoshimoto and

Chair Yagong who along with myself

made up the required quarum to have

the meeting.

I am happy to report that the area in


ānāwale some of you may have read

about in the paper is continuing to be

cleaned and monitored. Thanks to

those that gave me the information and

for making me aware of the situation

down there. It is my hope that we can

all work together to get these places

cleaned up (you know where they are)

and encourage appropriate methods of

dealing with derelict cars, white goods

and other bulky items that end up in

hidden places in our neighborhoods.

I also need to let everyone know that

the Department of Public Works Administration

have posted the results of

the public meeting they held on June

20th in P

āhoa to discuss improvements

to the Government Road in Wa’a Wa’a.

The results from the meeting and their

future plans for the area are now available



Lastly, I just want to say how happy I

(Continued on page 5—Puna Makai)


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am the budget is behind us now and we

can continue to focus our attention on

issues in our districts. Non profit grant

awards have been made, the $1 bus

fares have begun , County furloughs

have been cut in half and the Public

Access, Open Space and Natural Resources

Preservation Fund has been

fully funded.

Work to build a bus stop near P


Auto Parts has begun and will be completed

soon. Hopefully we’ll see more of

them sprouting up around the island.

Big Mahalo to Sanford for donating

his time and resources on the Hawaiian

Beaches Park Athletic Field Extension

that will soon be home to our Pop Warner

Football teams.

And a Big Mahalo to Bryson for donating

his time and resources improving

the Athletic Field at the P

āhoa Community

Center. Any one familiar with

this field knows that it has not been

able to be used for a long time so after

all the work is completed it will finally

be able to be played on by our kids!

Work has been completed on O‘opu

Street and on the Coastal Puna Parkway

so all those trees and bushes have

been removed. Just in time for the

blessing of the new park.

On August 18

th, I participated in the

first P

āhoa High and Intermediate

School “Walk Through” of the 2011-

2012 school year. I had been on the

September 16

th is Mexican Independence

Day, and you can celebrate

it while helping to support a

major Puna asset, Puna Community

Medical Center (PCMC). A

katchi-katchi dance party will take

place at the Hawaiian Paradise

Park Activity Center at 17

th and

Maku‘u on 9/16 from 6:30 to 9:30

pm, and El Leo – The Jarican Express

will keep the feet moving and

the hips shaking whether you are

an amateur or experienced dancer.

There will also be refreshments

available to provide extra energy for

dancers and watchers alike. As is

usual for PCMC fundraising events,

there will be a raffle that features

clusters of prizes rather than single

items: for example, a bunch of gift

certificates to various restaurants,

or a collection of plants with black

foliage (black bamboo, black begonia,

New Guinea Black ti, black



bromeliad, black-stemmed taro).

A $5 donation will give you 6 raffle

tickets, to apply to your most

coveted clusters.

Tickets are $15 advance or $20

at the gate. Advance tickets will

be available at the PCMC urgent

care clinic in Pahoa Marketplace,

at the Puna Pharmacy, Pooki’s

Bake Shop & Deli, and at Pahoa-

Puna Buy and Sell. Or you can

call René at 965-2000 if you wish

to purchase advance tickets for a


PCMC opened on February 1


2009 as the first phase of a vision

for a comprehensive medical center

for Puna makai. The clinic

provides access to medical care

on a 7 days a week basis, holidays

included, with no appointment

needed. Although the space

is small, live plants, flower arrangements,

a large aquarium

and work by local artists creates a

warm, friendly, homey ambience

that is complemented by the aloha

and respect of the staff. To meet

the challenge of the poor economy

and its impact on health care services,

PCMC turns no one away,

whether or not they have health insurance

or money. Thanks to grant

funding, PCMC can even cover the

costs of prescriptions for those

community members experiencing

hard times. More than 11,000 patient

visits have been recorded

since opening, and the clinic now

provides care to almost 500 residents

each month.

PCMC is now seeking to expand

its services and hopes to raise

funds for its next phase, an emergency

room with x-ray, lab and related

elements. There is also a recurring

need to upgrade professional

training for staff, so that the

best and most up-to-date medical

knowledge will be available to the

Puna community. This all costs

money, and so fundraising events

like this Katchi-Katchi Dance Party

are a painless way that the community

can help to support this grassroots

nonprofit and all that it offers.

A big mahalo to caterer Teena

Barry who will be preparing the refreshments,

and to

Island Naturals

– Pahoa

for picking up the tab

for the band.


walk through before so I really looked

forward to this one again, it’s exciting

for me to see all the kids and I really

enjoy it.

On Saturday August 20

th, I went to

the blessing for the Hawaiian Shores

Park in the morning then making my

way down to Kekala Keo Keo Park in

Kalapana for the Cultural Day Celebration.

If you didn’t get there this

year I encourage you all to go next

year to enjoy all the festivities down


The last things I wanted to share is

that the Council approved the reconsideration

of Bill 270 Draft 3, giving

concerned residents 30 days to comment

further, we also approved a zoning

pre-emption requested by the

Housing Department which brings

them even closer to bringing a much

needed Low-Income Housing Program

to P


A Hui Hou

Hold Elected

Officials Responsible

Somehow no one is taking responsibility

for our unheard of

debt. Our local County officials

want to borrow 54 million when we

haven’t cut enough but we are at

least starting to. We have a Governor

who is taking funds that are

designated for emergencies and

eliminating the funds all together to

sort of balance the budget. We have

a President that rammed through a

healthcare program of 2800 pages

and then had the Speaker of the

House Nancy Pelosi say we had to

pass it so we could find out what’s

in it. Our Commander in Chief addressed

the 2011 budget 18

months late and only after each

Senator’s and Representative’s

phone lines had melted.

The GOP needs to speak to a flat

tax. Believe it or not with out gimmicks

this will be fair; 17% of 5

million here and there adds up. Oil

Companies had a record year but

we didn’t see record taxes paid.

Both parties should have questioned


Only one service in the Dept. of

Defense has a transparent financial

system and reports a quarterly audit,

The United States Marine

Corps. I think if we audit the other

services we may find waste. If you

go in a Marine Barracks, it is spartan.

The Navy and Air Force by

contrast have many Ramada Inns.

We need the tools of defense not

creature comforts. I have stated before

just our military leftovers, if

sold or rented to own to AMERICAN

firms, would recycle and reinvigorate

our economy. A C-130

By Brian Jordan

September 2011 Page 6

would make a great charter plane.

A morning charter to Honolulu

would not require TSA and would

be profitable immediately. We

have tons of left over equipment.

The Navy has a Mothball Fleet.

Many of those ships could serve

as competition to Matson and

Young Brothers. American flagged

vessels which could travel between

San Francisco or Los Angeles

to Honolulu or Hilo. Why isn’t

this done? Because the American

citizen doesn’t truly have a lobbyist

working for them.

His Legislator may go in clean

as a white lamb but many are

pretty smudged after a couple of

elections. Some politicians are

bought and paid for by businesses,

others by unions, and almost

all by their party. They learn

quite quickly that they rate

woman, money and whatever

trips they desire if they play the

game right. Lobbyists are the experts

at spotting weakness and

exploiting it.

If your representative is a nasty

piece of work (and it’s easy to find

out via the internet) don’t vote for

them. If your Representative doesn’t

know where your town is don’t

vote for her again. Our last Representative,


showed up in P

āhoa quarterly

and his fleece was clean. Who is

our Representative now? Think

about who you make your next

Senator, Representative, Mayor,

Council person or whatever office

they’re running for. We need people

who can think on their feet

and are concerned with even

small towns like P


September 20

th, 2011 – “Natural

History of Hawai‘i’s Native Bat:



Hawai‘i has a single native land

mammal, the Hawaiian hoary bat,

known to Hawaiians as Öpe‘ape‘a.


Frank Bonaccorso, Ph.D.,

Wildlife Ecologist with the U.S.

Geological Survey’s Pacific Island

Ecosystems Research Center, as

he presents findings on what is

known about the elusive behavior

of Öpe‘ape‘a including seasonal

movements, feeding and insect

prey, reproduction, and daytime

roosting. He will also examine current

and emerging threats to the

survival of these amazing masters

of the night.

September 27

th, 2011 – “ MANA I

KA LEO: The Power of the Voice”

“Mana I Ka Leo – Power of the


is a stunning documentary

film that examines the cultural importance

of oli, the Hawaiian tradition

of chant. The film points to the

revival of oli as a way of life, linking

the ancient sounds of the past to

the voices and ears of contemporary

practitioners. Hawai‘i Volcanoes

National Park invites you to

join producer

Dawn Kaniaupio and


Ruben Carrillo for a special

screening of “Mana I Ka Leo:

Power of the Voice” winner of the

Audience Award for Favorite Short

Film at the 2010 Hawaii International

Film Festival. Copies of this

powerful and inspiring DVD will be

available for purchase and autographs.

October 11

th, 2011 – “Pu‘u koholä

Heiau: The Power of Place”

The great temple of Kamehameha

the Great,

Pu‘ukoholä Heiau rises

majestically above the turquoise

(Continued on page 15—After Dark)

After reading

Punahele, by Malia De-

Fay-Brown in the last issue I

have a question to ask.

Being a kama‘aina, I bought

my property a long time ago,

last century to be exact. However,

a couple of my new

neighbors in my sub-division

here are complaining about

something that I hadn’t ever

heard of; “transfer fees’, the

sub-division is charging

$100.00+ to change the person’s

name on the subdivision’s

books. Not on the County or

State records, but just for their

little records. Is that legal?

Just wondering



Good question, and one that a

local realtor has posed in a realty

business article recently. I am

quoting it here, with his permission.



“In our sales transactions, we

often notice a charge on buyer’s

closing statement for “transfer

fee”. This occurs when escrow

contacts the neighborhood or

condo association about the

September 2011 Page 7

Dear Auntie,

status of the monthly or yearly

fees payable to the organization.

The response from the association

typically includes a demand for a

transfer fee, presumed of be a

condition of the new owner’s

name and address being entered

into their records, and, where

there is a formal structure such

as the association being a registered

non-profit corporation, admittance

to membership.

Contrary to what one might expect

for the escrow and title companies,

the escrow officer routinely

puts whatever charge the

association indicates as transfer

fee onto the buyer’s statement

without any verification as to its

validity. When asked about this,

the escrow officer says something

like “That’s not our job.” It’s true

that in Customary Closing Costs

(C-11 of the PC), transfer fee is

listed as one of possible charges

to buyer. It’s also true that the

Assessments paragraph defines

an assessment for purpose of the

contract as being from an “entity

with a legal right to assess.”

Transfer fee is indeed a type of

lump-sum assessment, and being

charged through escrow, is presumed

by buyers and their agents

to be valid and mandatory. This is

a flawed presumption.

The vast majority of these

charges are lot legally authorized.

Subdivisions created before the

1970’s, when covenants and association

structure were becoming

more routinely instituted by developers,

generally had none such

appurtenant to title. Of course,

without a court judgment or statute

change (fair housing for instance),

deed restrictions cannot

be added later as binding appurtenances.

Some de facto (not

mandatory, not on title) community

associations, as in Orchid

Land, Fern Forest, HPP, and Fern

Acres did later go to court to obtain

a formal judgment authorizing

them to charge a mandatory

(title could be ‘liened’ for nonpayment)

road maintenance fee

for owners of land on the private

road system. These court orders

do not make association membership

mandatory, and do not authorize

any transfer fee; they are

limited to the road issue. Yet, the

association personnel seem to believe

that being granted one specific

power over the owners, they

can invent any other charge for

any other purpose. Of course, this

is bogus logic. One could argue

that unauthorized charges are

fraud if not clearly stated as voluntary.

As to associations which do

have a legitimate power to assess,

which power “runs with the

land” (carries on through the

chain of deed conveyances, typically

noted in the property description

part of the deed), their

powers and limits are spelled out

in formal documents, like the

charter from the State of Hawai‘i

creating a non-profit corporation,

and the Bylaws, explaining the

operating details. Also, there may

be covenants with limits to land

use and construction. Only rarely

would there be a power to assess

a transfer fee anywhere in these

documents. In fact, such assessments

can even be a direct violation

of the powers and limits of

the association. By the way, user

fees like park guest fee, and

charges like covenant violation

fines, are not in the same category

as assessments. An assessment

is a formal authorized

charge arising from the property

ownership, under the rule of law.

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Here are some examples of the

underlying lack of authority of

subdivision associations which

have billed buyers through escrow

for transfer fees:


The Ainaloa Community

Association is a valid entity

regarding CCR’s and annual assessment

of owners. They charge

through escrow a $300 transfer

fee. Yet their Bylaws state that

“Every assessment, whether annual

or special, shall be borne by

the members pro-rata”. Pro-rata

is then defined as proportionate

to the total number of lots. It is

clear that individual assessments

are forbidden.


The Bylaws have

broad language authorizing assessment,

but no provision for individual

assessments, stating

“The amount of such assessments

fixed, established or levied against

any one lot shall be the same as

that for all other lots…”. Yet they

make an individual assessment

on new owners of $200. Also,

ownership of Nanwale land is all

that is stated of a condition to

membership, which runs with the

land. No fee or other condition is

required in the Bylaws.


: (the portion

in Hawaiian Shores Recreational

Estates). HSCA Articles of

Incorporation say that each lot

owner is a member and that “no

such owner shall for any reason

be denied membership in the corporation”.

Yet they bill escrow

$100 for new memberships. No

transfer fee is mandated, and no

transfer fee is mentioned in Articles

or Bylaws. Bylaws do authorize

three types of special assessment,

none related to transfer of

title or membership.


. The ERCA appears

nowhere on title reports, and is

totally a private club. Even the

association personnel admit that

charges and membership are voluntary.

Yet, escrow officers write

the ERCA as though it had some

position in title or interest in a

conveyance, and put its charges

on escrow statements without

clarifying to buyers that the fees

are not authorized and may be


These are just typical examples.

Condominiums are not much different

as to authority to levy

transfer fees. Realtors, who are

ethically bound to protect their

clients’ best interests, could pay

more attention to transfer fee

charges. They can explain the reality

to their clients: whether a

charge is mandatory or voluntary,

and insist that bogus charges be

removed from closing statements.

Although escrow officers claim to

be strictly complying with the

contract, they tend to defer to the

associations and demand no verification.

To put the onus onto the

escrow officer, here is a sample

clause that could be written in by

an agent as a PC C-67 special


Re C-11 transfer fee: If the

association charging a transfer

fee has provided clear documentary

verification that such

charge is specifically permitted

and that it is an entity with a

legal right to so assess, consistent

with law and title appurtenances,

or if the escrow officer

otherwise obtains such documentation,

only then may the

charge be considered valid. If

not, then it is not an item or

charge in the escrow.


Is it right that we

resist exploitation of our clients

with bogus fees and the laxity of

escrow officers? Do we not really

care enough? What is the concept




I hope this answers your question.

And maybe some of the subdivision

boards should make sure

that they are staying within their

legal perimeters.

A Hui Hou!

Auntie Olelo

Letters to Auntie

Ōlelo can be emailed

to editorpunanews@

yahoo.com or sent in care of this

paper to 15-2725 Oopu St., Pahoa,

HI 96778.

To All My Readers and Friends,

Oh how I would love to be with you this month.

But alas, instead of entertaining you with my

latest visit with “The Muse” I am at home recuperating

from a severe Asthma attack. Thanks to

all of the love notes I have found attached in

such marvelous and entertaining ways to my lanai

and the miracle of modern medicine I am on

the mend and will be back next month


September 2011 Page 9

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By Brian F. Jordan

Requiem for a Hero

Lance Corporal Chris Camero was

born in the Philippines and immigrated

with his family to America

when he was four. When he came

of age he volunteered to join the

United States Marines Corps.

I met him in the Recruiter’s office

while he was on leave and asked if

he might assist with helping us

honor two Veterans. One who survived

multiple landings in the

South Pacific against all odds during

WWII. He asked for no special

honors. The second could be called

the mother of the U.S Nuclear

Navy. She never bragged about her

intellect or the unbelievably hard

work she endured beside Admiral

Hyman Rickover. She just did her

duty and preferred no recognition.

Though it was during his very limited

leave time he was truly glad to


Unlike many native born Americans

he saw the benefits of a free

society and had the had a true appreciation

of people who endured

hardships for little or no real reward

Many native born Americans

sadly are motivated only by pure

greed or material possessions.

Many are just acclimated to handouts

due to ignorance and or plain


He had a premonition of his impending

demise yet I never saw

him unhappy, nor did his mother

even after she knew of his premonition.

It is very rare in life to see

a truly selfless human and yet

here, on this island, such a man

lived with joy. His only concern

was for others.

In his short life he impressed his

fellow students, teachers and Marines,

many of whom were much

older and had seen many fine

young men. The one thing each

group agreed on was that Chris

was more mature than most

young men and had an innate

ability to bring joy to all he came

into contact with.

Those who are cynical and want

to blame “W” or “O” for the war

that cost Chris his life, miss the

whole meaning of his life. Here

was young man who saw injustice

and was willing to stand in the

gap. The idea of girls being raped

at age twelve, killed for family

honor, or left uneducated to be

traded as chattel struck him as

wrong. Unlike many Americans,

he didn’t take freedom or education

for granted. His native country

has seen atrocities like these.

This type of violence wasn’t some

abstract theory but a daily occurrence

in parts of his native country.

Many feel that LCpl. Camero’s life,

like six thousand other fallen heroes,

has been wasted. I would ask

you only to look at the Arab Spring.

These men and women’s attempts

were to make Iraq and Afghanistan

more Democratic and less Theocratic.

If seven thousand Americans

die but seven million Muslims are

propelled to seek freedom is it

worth it? Did the citizens of Libya,

Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, or

Syria become courageous enough

to face impossible odds because of

their sacrifice? Only time will tell.

Perhaps only seven hundred

thousand will become completely

free, but LCpl, Camero, like all

other fallen heroes, must have felt

it was worthy of his sacrifice; his

life would not be wasted in such a

noble cause. Whether you agree or

not is immaterial. He is the one

who willingly made the ultimate

sacrifice in the hope that his actions

would set men and women


Caring For Our Land

By René Siracusa, Malama O Puna

Page 11

The safest rule

No ifs or buts

Just drive like every

one else is nuts


Burma Shave

To report Drug

Activity call:

September 2011

Tips for Life Without Plastic Shopping Bags:

Whether or not the County Council passes Bill 17, the Plastic Shopping

Bag Ban, we should all recognize that it would be a good idea to take personal

responsibility and, at the very least,

reduce our personal dependency

on these items. There are many good reasons to do this, starting with

the pollution created by their manufacture: they are a petroleum-based

product (think oil spills) and the oil refineries produce massive amounts of

air pollution. At the consumer end of the cycle, as we all know, there is

the (too often) ‘mis-disposal’ along our roadsides and in our oceans, as

well as the failure of the plastics to break down and biodegrade.

Unfortunately, many of us have become so used to the convenience of

these bags that we can’t image life without them. But it wasn’t really all

that long ago when there was no such thing as a plastic shopping bag

(here is where I date myself) and people managed just fine. We had fabric

shopping bags as well as cardboard boxes and paper bags – both made

from recycled paper – to carry home our groceries. These are still available

today. As a matter of fact, there is a larger variety of cloth and recycled

shopping bags, in many sizes and colors, than ever before, and they are

washable and can hold more weight than plastic. Shoppers at Island

Naturals and Cost-U-Less are used to providing their own bags or using

the boxes that delivered the merchandise to the store. These stores do a

brisk business and have saved money on purchase of plastic shopping

bags. In addition, they do not have the problem of disposing of all those

boxes. And they can pass the savings on to their customers, because,

make no mistake, those bags you are given at the register ARE NOT

FREE – their cost is included in your grocery bill.

But so many people have testified that they re-use their plastic bags for

other things, such as their garbage, and would have to actually purchase

trash bags if the ban goes into effect. The good news is that there are alternatives:

if you have an animal, the bag the feed comes in is serviceable

for garbage. And if you recycle and compost, you will have less garbage

and won’t ‘need’ so many plastic bags. I use the boxes from the grocery

store to sort my recyclables, and it is really easy. They are all lined up in

one area and as I need to dispose of something I just toss it into the appropriate

box! When the box is full, I pick it up and carry it to the car and

take it to the recycle center. Usually I can even re-use these boxes. But

once they have gotten too old and funky, they can be recycled too – or

used as a mulch around my plants.

A representative of the senior center’s nutrition program testified against

the bag ban, claiming that the seniors take their leftovers home in the

plastic bags, without which they would experience a hardship. Hello. Why

can’t they bring a lidded container with them and transfer their leftovers

to that? This is not rocket science.

I believe that we can all be creative and find alternatives to plastic shopping

bags, enjoy less pollution, ease the strain on the landfill, protect our

ocean and wildlife, and STILL enjoy a quality of life. We just have to decide

what is important to us, that that is what we want to do, and then just do



The P

āhoa Art and Library Assoc.

wishes to thank Aloha Coast Realty,

Black Rock Café, Book Buyers,

Dr. Maysonet, Chiropractor,

Luquin’s Mexican Restaurant., P


Ace Hardware, Pahoa Auto

Parts, P

āhoa Cash & Carry, Pāhoa

Self Storage, Pookies Cookies,

Puna Pharmacy, Puna Style, and

all of the artists and food vendors

for making the 2nd Annual Festival

of Arts a fun filled wonderful

day. Your gifts to the community

of time and talent are what make


āhoa a great place to live.

Page 12

Volcano Art Center Offices Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday;

Phone: (808) 967-8222

Additional information, workshop reservations, or information about

financial aid may be obtained by calling the office at: (808) 967-8222;

or by going to the VAC website www.volcanoartcen-ter.org

. Financial aid

is available for all events for which tuition is charged. All events held in

the park are subject to normal Park entrance fees.

Happening @ the VAC

Volcano Art Center

September 2011

Daily through September 18,

2011 9:00AM – 5:00PM

“Patina Prayers,” Contemporary

Paintings by Christina Skaggs

An exhibit of paintings that live in

the future with roots firmly

grounded in the distant past, combining

the ancient with the modern.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

10:30AM – 2:30PM

Saturday, September 24


10:30AM – 2:30PM

Saturday, October 1

st, 10:30AM –


Tuesday, October 11

th, 10:30AM –


Saturday, October 22

nd, 10:30 –


Tuesday, October 25

th, 10:30AM –


The Art & Traditions of Hula at


This program presents kumu

Maile Yamanaka offering 45-minute

lessons in Hula at 10:30AM, lei

making at 12:00PM and ‘ukulele

playing at 1:30PM (bring your

‘ukulele if you have one). Sign-up

on first come-first serve basis that

day. Open to all ages and levels.

At Volcano Art Center Gallery.

Free (donations welcome).

Saturday and Sunday, September


th & 18th, 10:00AM –


VAC’s Fall Art Market

A weekend of exceptional fine

arts created locally, featuring

original works of photography,

painting, jewelry, and sculpture

available for sale directly from the

artists. Free demonstrations and

hands-on activities for visitors

and residents of all ages. Rain

or Shine! VAC’s Niaulani Campus

in Volcano Village. Interested in

being an artist or food vendor?

Contact Anne or Emily at (808)

967-8222 or email community@

volcanoartcenter.org. Free.

Saturday, September 17


10:30AM – 11:30AM

2011 Na Mea Hawai`i Hula Kahiko


See traditional hula and chant

performed outdoors on the hula

platform overlooking Kilauea Crater

in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.

Featuring Halau Hula Kalehuaki`

eki`eika`i and kumu hula Ab

Valencia. Cultural demonstrations

from 9:30AM to 1:30PM at Volcano

Art Center Gallery. Free.

Friday, September 23

rd, 7:00 –


Poetry Slam with Kimberly Dark

Join us as for another amazing

evening of Poetry and fun. Performance

poet Kimberly Dark hosts this

great event and leads our high energy

audience. This is an open

event; up to 15 poets will be chosen

at random to perform. Bring 2 poems

of your own creation no longer


3 minutes each (lose points

when too long!)

and we ask that

no one use any props, costumes, or

music. Prizes awarded to the top 5

finishers as chosen by the judges.

(Continued on page 13—VAC)

Page 13

and the

Grocery & Personal Items



Admission is $7 at the door.

Drinks and snacks available for

purchase so bring your poetry,

your voice, your energy, and your

appetite! Volcano Art Center Niaulani

Campus in Volcano Village.

Doors open at 6:30! Visit www.

volcanoartcenter.org. or call Dave

Wallerstein at (808) 967-8222.

Saturday and Sunday, September


th & 25th, 9:00AM – 5:30PM

Advanced Encaustics Wax Painting

Workshop with John Matsushita

A two-day workshop for experienced

artists wishing to explore the

vast multimedia capabilities of

painting with professional-grade,

molten wax. Limited to 10 students.

$290 fee includes supplies.

Optional Saturday after-hours

6:30 -9:00PM available for an additional

fee. Financial aid available;

applications due September 7


VAC’s Niaulani Campus.

Saturday, September 24

th, 2011

5:00PM – 7:00PM

Saturday, September 24


through November 6

th , 9:00AM –


Opening Reception for

“Embracing `Ohi`a,” a group exhibit

of the Pacific Island Printmakers.

Featuring artists Andrea Pro,

Mag Barnaby, Nora Yamanoha,

Lisa Louise Adams, Sue

Mailander, IIrene Laudan, Kathy

Molina and John McCaskill. Volcano

Art Center Gallery in

Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.


Saturday, October 1

st, 4:00PM –


Sunday, October 2

nd – 22nd,

8:30Am – 5:00PM by appointment

Opening Reception and Exhibition

of “Faces of Hawai`i.”

HI Art Magazine, idspace and

Volcano Art Center present a photography

exhibition portraying

Hawai‘i’s faces. Entries selected

by Craig F. Walker, staff photographer

for The Denver Post and

2010 winner of the Pulitzer Prize

for Photography. Entries will be

compiled into

Faces of Hawai‘i

Vol. IV

. Along with the entries selected

for the book, an expanded

selection of works will be exhibited

along with the book debut at

VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano

Village. Call to schedule an

appointment to see this compelling


Monday-Friday, October 3

rd –


th, 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Volcano Rainforest Art Camp:

Autumn Harvest

Keiki and teens ages 6-14 are

called to participate in this oneweek

program with Hawai‘ian culinary

and cultural emphasis. Activities

include luau cooking class,

`ukulele lessons, art and outdoor

adventures, culminating in an

`ohana luau with food and performances

by our creative keiki! Camp

takes place at VAC’s Niaulani Campus

in Volcano Village. $165.00/

$148.50 for members includes supplies.

Partial financial aid available

for those in need; applications due

by September 21


Saturday, October 8

th, 9:00AM –


Introduction to Printmaking

with Lisa Louise Adams.

This hands-on, six hour workshop

begins with exercises that

simplify print making using plates,

paper (or fabric) and press. Students

will gain appreciation and

understanding for the printmaking

process through experiments with

simple relief prints, methods of

printing without a press and the

exploration of color. All supplies

provided in the $10 supply fee, but

feel free to bring your favorite papers

or solid fabrics to personalize

your work. Bring lunch and enjoy

this introductory class with fine

artist and art educator Lisa Louise

Adams. $65 plus $10 supply fee.

Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus.

Saturday, October 8

th, 9:00AM –


Writing About Places Workshop

with Tom Peek

“Places are where our personal

and community histories occur—

the homes of our memories, both

good and bad. Places are also

sources of inspiration, perspective,

and our connection to the larger

world,” says Tom Peek. In this

workshop, participants learn some

simple but powerful writing methods

to get their pens moving and to

explore real and imagined places.

All levels of writers (including beginners)

and all genres of writing

are welcome. At Volcano Art Center’s

Niaulani Campus in Volcano

Village. $85 fee; financial aid applications

due by Oct. 3

rd. Advance

registration advised.


September 2011

Page 14


Reflections On Life Of The Spirit,

small study groups

Various days and times

In Nanawale & Orchidland

Call 966-6804 for information.


Hilo and Volcano.

Kress building at 174 Kamehameha


Worship Service & Bible Study: Sun.,

10:00 am

Childcare available on Sunday

Bible Study: Weds., in H.P.P., 7:00


Call 989-9436 for information

KIHL, FM 103.3, “Where the Son


Call 964-2242 for information about

Bible Studies

And radio station broadcasts.


Celebration of Life: Sunday, 10 a.m.

Kea’au Community Center

(located behind police station)

Visioning Meditation: Tues., 6:00 pm


Hawaiian Beaches/Shores

Bible Study & Prayer Meeting:

Thurs., 7 pm

Info: 965-5028 or daystar@hawaii.rr.






Worship Service: Sun., 10:00 am



Worship Service: Sun., 9:00 am &

6:00 pm

Bible Study: Weds., 7:00 pm



Hawai‘ian Acres Community


Bible Study: Friday 7:00 pm


Bible Study: Sun., 8:15 am

Worship Serv.: Sun, 9:00 am

Mid-week Worship:

Weds., 7:00 pm

Youth Programs: grades 7-12

Weds., 7:00 pm



Ainaloa Long House

Ainaloa Blvd.

Worship Service: Sun., 10:00 am

Rev. Debbie Martin, Presiding




Bible Study: Sun., 10:00 am

Worship Service: Sun., 11:00 am



Prayer: Sun., 9:00 am

Bible Studies & Sunday School:

Sun., 9:00 am

Worship Services: Sun., 10:00 am

“Salt” Youth Group: Fri., 7:00 pm



32nd—1/2 way between Paradise &

Maku‘u, H.P.P.

Sun.School: Sun. 9:15 am

Worship Service: Sun., 10:30 am

Micronesian Services: Sun., 2:00


Bible Study: Weds., 3:30 pm

Food Pantry: Weds., 4:30-5:30 pm

Evening Prayer & Bible Study:,

Thurs., 6:30 pm

Teen-Activity: Fri., 6:00– 8:30 pm.

Transportation Available-982-5177




Bible Study: Sun. 9:00 am

Worship Service: 10:30 am




Worship Service: Sun., 8:30 am

& 10:15 am

Sunday School: 8:30 am



Worship Service: Sun. 9:00 am




Worship Service: Sun., 9:30 am

Sunday School: Sun., 10:30 am

Bible Study: Weds., 7:00 pm

Youth Groups: Fri., 6:30 pm





Masses: Mon.-Sat., 8:00 am;

Sat. 6:00 pm; Sun. 7:00, 8:30 &

10:30 am

Confession: Sat., 5:15-5:45 pm



Eagles Airie, Hwy. 130

Sunday service: – 10:00 a.m.

Sunday School – 10:00 a.m.

Sunday School – 10:00 a.m.

2nd Annual Festival of Arts

Everyone had fun! Adults

(just bigger kids who like

to make noise too) learning

to drum Taiko style

. . .

the great


. . .

the vendors . . .

the kids

and the

chickens . . .

even the police!

September 2011

September 2011 Page 15

All jobs up to $1,000



AA Meetings

all over the

Puna area

Lic. PM8515 C-25037 Fully Insured




Mauka/Makai, a startup

video production

company, is looking

for local performers,

(to be filed for future

reference), actors,

comedians, mimes,

dancers, acrobats,

singers, musicians,

wrestlers, personalities,

crew and craft,

etc.. Send photos,

resumes, and especially

videos to

Mauka/Makai 13-

3481 Luana St. Pahoa

Hawaii 96778



Airstream House


Beds, Kitchen, Secure,



HPP 3/2 Fully Furnished


with County Water

Monthly or Short-

Term Rentals

$1,000 per month

includes yard service


Malama Pet/House

Sitting Service

In-home tender loving

care for your pet(s) as if

they were ours.

Experienced, responsible,

reasonably priced,

with references.




Two wrongs don’t make a

right but what do two rights


waters of the Pacific, a silent testament

to the most renowned king of

Hawai‘i . Pu‘ukohol

ä Heiau displays

the skill of chiefs, men, women,

and children alike. Mailekini Heiau,

the temple-turned-fort that once

thundered with the sound of cannons,

continues to stand guard

while the sharks return most days

to Hale o Kapuni Heiau, the submerged

ruins of a temple once dedicated

to them. Join Pu’ukoholä

NHS Superintendent


Kawaiaea Jr.

as he shares a special

evening about where the historymakers

of Hawai‘i lived and where

their history comes to life.

October 25

th, 2011 – “FRIENDS


Friends and Neighbors

are Wes


, Nona Wilson and Ti

(pronounced Ty) Chun

. Wes was

mostly retired and teaching ukulele

at the Kea’au Senior Center and the

Volcano Art Center when he met

Nona Wilson. Nona’s father, an accomplished

musician and member

of the Martin Denny and Arthur

Lyman groups, nurtured Nona’s

talent while she danced hula professionally.

Now serving as the Assistant

Hospital Administrator/

Director of Nursing at Ka‘ü Hospital,

she convinced co-worker Ti

Chun, also from a musical family,

that it was time to combine their


Friends and Neighbors

played together for the first time at

a Ka‘ü Hospital fund raiser where

their special harmonic blend wowed

audiences. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National

Park is proud to present this

special trio in concert.

Program co-sponsored by Hawai‘

i Natural History Association.

For information, call (808)


Your $2.00 donation helps to

support Park programs. Park

Entrance Fees Apply.

After Dark

An airplane!


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