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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Saturday, March 28, 2020

Jeff and Claudia McCall will sell their fresh produce Sunday at Volcanoes Farmers Market at Cooper Center. See more
on McCalls and other Kaʻū and Volcano food providers in this and upcoming Kaʻū News BriefsPhoto by Julia Neal
VOLCANO FARMERS MARKET will open as usual on Sunday morning at Cooper Center on Wright Road. Farmer Jeff McCall noted that without non-food vendors, food producers will have more space for social distancing. He said farmers and other food providers are making adjustments to the number of customers coming to their stations. Volcano Farmers Market is open from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. 
Volcano Farmers Market at Cooper Center on Sunday morning
will offer food and social distancing. Photo by Julia Neal
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MANY KAʻŪ AND VOLCANO RESIDENTS ARE ON THE FRONT LINE of keeping food on tables and basic services going during the COVID-19 pandemic. Farmers and ranchers, restaurateurs, food and pharmacy retailers, health care providers, bank and credit union employees, educators, and workers who provide water, electrical, phone, internet, transportation, media, and police services are among them. These people are considered essential under county, state, and federal directives during the pandemic, and are allowed to work outside their homes with safe practices. See more on these people and their services in this and upcoming Kaʻū News Briefs.
Ulu Kaʻū Farm produce.
Photo from Ulu Kaʻū Farm
     In the Nāʻālehu area, Kuahiwi Ranch Store continues to sell locally raised beef, and ranching and farm supplies directly to the public at 95-5520 Mamālahoa Hwy. Among the offerings are grass fed and grain finished beef, and feed for cattle, horses, pigs, dogs, and chickens, with chicks coming soon. Hours are Monday - Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Call 929-7333.
     Riley Ranch near the police station in Nāʻālehu offers lettuce, kale, chard, arugula, bok choy, salad mix, green onion, and other veggies. Call Amanda and Bryan Riley at 661-619-3601.
     Crooked C Ranch off South Point Road sells papaya, spinach, grass and orange fed beef, oranges, honey, eggs, bananas, and green bell peppers. See Facebook and Instagram. Call or text Elizabeth and Josh Crook at 808-345-0511.
     Ulu Kaʻū Farm, formerly known as Kaʻū Valley Farm, is open on Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., selling pumpkin, eggplant, papaya, lemons, limes, oranges, bananas, avocados, radishes, jicama, tomatoes, broccoli, turmeric, turnips, lettuce, green beans, green onions, squash, and more. Bring shopping bags. Social distance, along with face masks and gloves, will be practiced at the farm stand, 95-1178 Kaʻalaʻiki Road above Nāʻālehu. See ulukauhawaii.com or Facebook. Call 929-7900.
     Paradise Meadows Orchard and Bee Farm operates a farm stand from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week, less than a mile from Hwy 11, at 93-2199 South Point Road. Offered are honey, macadamia nuts, Kaʻū Coffee, and seasonally: avocados, lemons, water cress, papaya, banana, and kale. See paradisemeadows.com, Facebook, or call 929-9148.
     Another source of food in the Nāʻālehu area is Rollman Family Salmon. Trevor and Adria Rollman spend time between Alaska and Kaʻū and market their catch as a family affair. They offer fillets, smoked, and whole fish. Contact them for fish through Facebook or at 907-632-8664.
Rollman Family Salmon offers fresh wild Alaska Salmon from their home in Kaʻū and on the road.
See their FacebookPhoto from Rollman Family Salmon
     Bee Boys in Nāʻālehu Shopping Center is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, with a pass-through window open for those who prefer not to enter the store. Call 808-215-0292. Bee Boys also sells online with free shipping to anywhere in the country during the pandemic. The company sells its products made from honey produced by its own hives. It also sources Kaʻū-grown lilikoi from Waiʻōhinu, Kaʻū Coffee, turmeric, and mamake, guava leaf, and other local teas. Before the pandemic, Bee Boys sent its products to farmers markets around the island. Now most are closed.
The Bee Boys is offering free shipping throughout the country for its products, available online and at
its store in Nāʻālehu Shopping Center, open Monday through Saturday. Photo from Bee Boys
    Will & Grace Filipino Variety Store in Nāʻālehu Shopping Center remains open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Its array of fresh foods includes produce from backyard farmers in Kaʻū and its own award winning Rising Sun Kaʻū Coffee. Call 929-9993 or 808-557-4441.
      Union 76 WikiWiki Mart at the gas station in Nāʻālehu is open daily, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., providing local beef, fresh fruits and vegetables, canned and frozen food, coffee and juices and a large array of Coscto foods and cleaning and other household supplies. The store also offers ready to eat foods, snacks and drinks. Call 929-7135.
Taco Tita, next to Hana Hou Restaurant. Photo from Taco Tita
     ACE Hardware in Nāʻālehu remains open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Employees said that backyard food growing appears to have increased since local schools shut down and kids are staying home. The store has found it difficult to keep seeds in stock but is still well supplied with gardening tools, soil, fertilizer, and gloves. Call 929-9030.
     Among food preparers in Nāʻālehu, is Punaluʻu Bake Shop, which has closed its retail and visitor center, with its kitchen for outdoor dining. However, its employees continue to produce its breads, cookies, and other products that are trucked and shipped to retailers and sold online. See bakeshophawaii.com to buy and gift the locally made products. Call 929-7343 for wholesale and fundraising orders.
     South Side Shaka Restaurant & Bar is offering a full takeout menu from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m daily, with bar service on the lanai only. The restaurant is offering pickup, and delivery in Nāʻālehu, Green Sand, and Discovery Harbour. Menu is on the Southside Shaka Yelp page. Call 929-7404.
     Hana Hou Restaurant is open for takeout only, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Retrieve menu by phone, on bulletin board, or at hanahourestaurant.com. Mostly burgers, bentos, and pizza, cookies, and dessert bars. Call 929-9717.

Aloha Mix Food Truck Cafe is open Sunday and Tuesday-Friday
for takeout only. Photo from Aloha Mix Food Truck
     Taco Tita next to Hana Hou is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for takeout only. Call 808-498-4957 or see Facebook.
     Aloha Mix Food Truck on the makai side of Hwy 11 in Nāʻālehu is open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for takeout only. Call 808-756-8359.
     Ka Lae Coffee on South Point Road is closed until further notice, with food service and yoga classes postponed.
     Flyin' Hawaiian Coffee truck in Nāʻālehu was also closed at last check.
     See more food sources for Kaʻū and Volcano in future Kaʻū News Briefs. Providers are welcome to email mahalo@aloha.net and kaucalendarnews@gmail.com to share their information.
     
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EXTRA CHARGES FOR COMMITTING A CRIME DURING A TIME OF AN EMERGENCY - this pandemic emergency - will be applied to a burglar who damaged and took three dollars from a restaurant in Ocean View on March 27. Hawaiʻi County Police arrested Keone Sanderson, 18, of Ocean View, charging him with burglary of a building during an emergency period, first-degree criminal property damage, prohibited acts under emergency management, and fourth-degree theft. His bail has been set at $10,750. He will be taken to the Kona cellblock pending his initial appearance scheduled for Monday, March 30 in Kona District Court.
Keone Sanderson
     Video surveillance captured the lone suspect at about 2:30 a.m. throwing a rock through the glass door, then entering the restaurant, taking $3 in cash from a tip jar before leaving on foot.
     At 7:52 a.m. on March 27, a bystander notified police of broken glass at a restaurant in the 92-8700 block of Māmalahoa Highway in Ocean View, and determined that a rock had been thrown through the front door.
     Officers identified the suspect through the surveillance images. At 9:15 a.m., Sanderson was arrested without incident on Marlin Boulevard in Ocean View for suspicion of burglary. He was taken to the Nāʻālehu Station while officers with the Kaʻū Patrol Division continued the investigation.
     Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 808-935-3311; Officer Dane Shibuya, of our Kaʻū Patrol Division, at 808-939-2520; or via email at Dayne.Shibuya@hawaiicounty.gov.

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Excursions like this visit to the Hōkūleʻa aren't possible during the global COVID-19 pandemic, but students of
The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences will have online tools to help explore Hawaiian culture. VSAS photo
REMOTE ENRICHMENT is the name of the game for students of The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences through its Remote Learning Program, beginning Monday, March 30. 
     The school's website encourages families to take advantage of this time of students learning from home so they can continue to progress in their education. "VSAS teachers have received training on how to use online tools and have been working on transitioning their classroom curriculum to a remote format for the past few weeks. We anticipate needing to work through some challenges as we transition our entire educational program and appreciate your patience and partnership."
     The website says teachers will craft and communicate the learning plan to include online, print/book, and experiential assignments. Teachers are implementing "a variety of formats to best meet their students' needs as well as their own teaching styles."
     Remote Learning supplemental assignment packets were sent home on the last day of on-campus school, Friday, March 13 and included some instructions in technology used to learn remotely. Some teachers sent home assignments for core learning. The state Department of Education Superintendent's office has also prepared continuity of learning activities and resources for families, sites.google.com/k12.hi.us/resources-student-parent/home?authuser=0.
The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences 
     VSAS requests parents to "support your child(ren) at home to ensure the best learning outcomes possible in this unfortunate and unprecedented situation. We realize the challenges for many families of supervising and helping students with their schoolwork while also having to work from home. With the exception of scheduled online activities or meetings with the teacher and deadlines for assignment completion, each family will have flexibility to come up with a schedule that fits your unique situation. We ask that parents honor their children's learning by supporting learning but not doing work for their children.
     "Families who do not have anyone to supervise and work with your child at home, please let your child's teacher or Kim Miller, Social Worker, kmiller@volcanoschool.net, know so that we can help to accommodate your needs."
     The Remote Learning enrichment will primarily be online. Every VSAS student has a Volcano School Google account with access to Mail, Drive, Hangout/Meets, and other tools that may be used by the teacher. Subscriptions to online tools required by the teacher will be free for student use. Spectrum is offering free internet and hot spots to support remote learning. VSAS is able to loan computers and hot spots, if needed. Teachers are prepared to provide print curriculum for any student who is not able to access educational program online. Teachers will be contacting families to find out each student's access to technology and needs.
     VSAS campuses are closed to all but essential personnel.
     Free student meals may be picked up from any of the following DOE schools from  7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m. - noon for lunch: Kaʻū High and Pāhala Elementary, Mt. View Elementary and Pāhoa High School. Volcano School will minimally provide meals in Volcano and Pāhala, as needed, either through VSAS kitchen or partnership with other schools.
     The message concludes: "We realize that this is a difficult time for all of you. We hope that you are coping with the pandemic and changes in family life and routine associated with it. If your family is currently experiencing or anticipating any hardship, such as access to food, medicine, or other basic needs, or emotional or behavioral challenges with children, please let us know.
     "We realize that the outbreak of COVID-19 may cause fears and anxieties for your children, families, or yourselves. If you or your child is experiencing emotional challenges related to this situation, please contact Kim Miller for assistance."
     VSAS is also creating an informal network to share food and supplies. Families with supplies at home and/or who are willing to help transport supplies can contact Kim Miller,  kmiller@volcanoschool.net or 808-985-8537. Those needing supplies can also contact her. 
     The school sent families an automated call, email, and text messages related to COVID-19 and Remote Learning on Wednesday, March 25. Those not receiving it can contact 808-985-9800, knagamine@volcanoschool.net, or the VSAS student's teacher to provide a current working phone number and email address, or to add contact methods for receiving automated notifications. 
     See regular updates on the school website volcanoschool.net.

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ADVOCATS IS CANCELLED for Saturday, April 25 at Ocean View Community Center. The free, appointment-only spay/neuter program for cats normally visits Kaʻū every other month. Call 895-9283 or see advocatshawaii.org for the next event.

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DAILY COVID-19 UPDATE: The state Department of Health reports ten cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Hawaiʻi Island as of Saturday, March 28. Three are new since yesterday.
     Throughout the state, there are 151 cases, with 29 reported today. There have been zero deaths from COVID-19 in the state. There are several possible community spread cases of COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi.
     U.S. surpassed all other countries in COVID-19 cases on Thursday. According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has recorded 124,686 cases, a one-day jump of 19,849. However, the death toll in the U.S. is still under 2,000. The recovery number is over 2,600.
     Worldwide, more than 665,000 people have become victims of COVID-19. The death toll is more than 30,800, the recovery total is more than 141,000.

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Scanning electron microprobe images show the complexity of tiny Icelandic ash grains (150 micron, or 0.006 inch). 
Image (a) shows a dense and blocky grain, and (b) shows a foamy grain. Photos by J. Schmith
UNKNOWN ASPECTS OF EXPLOSIVE VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS are the focus of this week's Volcano Watch, written by Johanne Schmith, an Associate Postdoctoral Researcher funded by the Carlsberg Foundation Internationalisation Fellowship of Denmark, whose work on Kīlauea was the subject a recent Volcano Watch:
     Water, ash, and the great unknown of explosive volcanic eruptions.
     The presence of water in Halema‘uma‘u has sparked an important discussion about what the pond means for future eruptions at Kīlauea Volcano. There are no written records of water at the summit, so to guide the discussion we need information about magma-water interaction from deposits of the past.
     But how can we get that information? I set out to answer this very question some years ago, and like many scientific quests, it started with a frustrating discovery.
     Sitting in my lab one defining afternoon, I was studying the explosive nature of Icelandic volcanoes at the University of Iceland. Our grain shape analyzer sat in its lavender box on the lab bench, humming loudly, as a pump ran my sample of volcanic ash through a water-filled tubing system.
     The grains went through an inch-long lens in front of a camera with a high-pitched shutter clicking manically at 30 frames per second. The screen next to the instrument showed a live stream of images with black particles on a light grey backdrop. In the sample bag, these same grains looked like tiny dust specks, but magnified on the screen, they came to life as abrasive, glassy shards of volcanic ash.
This section of brown Icelandic soil (top) contains 800 years of ash deposits 
erupted from five different volcanoes. The black layers, 5-10 cm (2-4 in) thick, 
are from Katla Volcano. A white arrow points to a closeup of the 1755 Katla 
ash deposit (lower left). The ash looks like specks of dust in the sample bag 
(lower right), but microprobe imaging reveals how complex 
the grain shapes are. Photos by J. Schmith
     I had been in the lab for several hours that day and for weeks before that. My experiment built on the observation that ash generated by different types of volcanic explosions had different shapes. Ash from explosions caused by the expansion of magmatic gasses looked like tiny pieces of frozen foam with broken bubble walls. Ash from explosions in which hot magma interacted with liquid water looked like broken glass shards – dense and blocky.
     This distinction was first observed in the 1970's using big, expensive electron microscopes to view a small selection of grains. During my study with the new shape analyzer, however, we had the opportunity to get information on many thousand grains all at once, and I intended to use that to characterize some puzzling big ash deposits in Iceland, and to look for a link with magma-water interaction.
     When the aggravating shutter clicking finally stopped, I pressed "export data" on the screen and ran to my desk to get the first peek at my achievement. I held my breath as the computer worked to plot results from all 20,000 grains, and then gasped in disbelief. My plot came out with grain shapes all over the place with no systematic groupings at all. I tried another sample, then one more and yet another, and I felt crushed! Many months of hard work seemed useless.
     After days of checking my instrument setup, the quality of my data, and digging through a lot of scientific papers, I finally had an idea. The old experiments had characterized only a few grains, so perhaps something was missing in the classification scheme. So, I went back to my photos of individual ash grains and started to classify their shapes according to how much they were influenced by broken bubbles and consequently by magmatic gas expansion.
     The grains weren't just foamy or dense. Instead, I saw a spectrum of shapes, from blocky shards with dense glass and no bubbles, then blocky shards with a few isolated bubbles, to progressively more foamy grains. This was exciting!
     Over the following weeks I worked to put this new information into a classification diagram. I collected new samples from different types of explosive eruptions for which I already knew if water was involved or not.
     Some lab sessions later, I once again held my breath in front of my computer, but this time it worked! There was a predictable and systematic difference to the test samples. The Icelandic ash turned out to be the result of both magmatic gas expansion and magma-water interaction. We now have a more flexible way to characterize how water influences volcanic eruptions just from looking at the shapes of tiny ash grains.
     I am now in Hawaiʻi, collecting samples of ash from Kīlauea to figure out what role water has played in past summit eruptions. Results will be discussed in a future Volcano Watch, so stay tuned!
Illustrations from the Encyclopedia Britannica show the six standard types of eruptions. Hawaiian, second on the right, 
is one commonly used to describe when "fluid lava flows from a volcano's summit and radial fissures to form
shield volcanoes, which are quite large and have gentle slopes."
     Volcano Activity Updates
     Kīlauea Volcano is not erupting. Its USGS Volcano Alert level remains at NORMAL (https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vhp/about_alerts.html). Kīlauea updates are issued monthly.
     Kīlauea monitoring data over the past month showed no significant changes in seismicity, sulfur dioxide emission rates, or deformation. The water lake at the bottom of Halema‘uma‘u continued to slowly expand and deepen.
     Mauna Loa is not erupting. Its USGS Volcano Alert level remains at ADVISORY. This alert level does not mean that an eruption is imminent or that progression to an eruption is certain. Mauna Loa updates are issued weekly.
     This past week, HVO recorded about 42 small-magnitude earthquakes, all less than M2.0, beneath the upper elevations of Mauna Loa. Monitoring data showed that slow summit inflation continued and fumarole temperature and gas concentrations on the Southwest Rift Zone remain stable.
     Seven earthquakes with three or more felt reports occurred in Hawaiʻi this past week: a magnitude-3.0 quake 16 km (10 mi) south of Fern Acres at 5 km (3 mi) depth on March 25 at 4:54 p.m.; a magnitude-3.2 quake 8 km (5 mi) northeast of Pāhala at 31 km (19 mi) depth on March 24 at 7:45 a.m.; a magnitude-3.3 quake 14 km (9 mi) southeast of Volcano at 1 km (1 mi) depth on March 21 at 6:55 a.m.; a magnitude-3.8 quake 16 km (10 mi) southeast of Volcano at 1 km (1 mi) depth on March 21 at 5:07 a.m.; a magnitude-3.9 quake 7 km (4 mi) northwest of Pāhala at 0 km (0 mi) depth on March 19 at 6:54 a.m.; a magnitude-2.6 quake 12 km (7 mi) southeast of Volcano at 6 km (4 mi) depth on March 19 at 6:48 a.m.; and a magnitude-2.3 quake 22 km (14 mi) northeast of Hōnaunau-Nāpōʻopoʻo at 3 km (2 mi) depth on March 19 at 6:32 a.m.
     HVO continues to closely monitor both Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. Visit HVO's website for past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa updates, volcano photos, maps, recent earthquake info, and more. Email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.
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All Kaʻū High School and other public school sporting events are canceled through the end of April.

Spring Break for Public Schools is extended through Thursday, April 30 for COVID-19 spread mitigation.

MOST UPCOMING EVENTS are cancelled for the month of April, to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

ONGOING
Free Breakfast and Lunch for Anyone Eighteen and Under is available at Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary weekdays through at least the end of April. Each youth must be present to receive a meal. Service is drive-up or walk-up, and social distancing rules (at least six feet away) are observed. Breakfast is served 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

St. Jude's Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen is open, with a modified menu and increased health & safety standards, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hot showers, the computer lab, and in-person services and bible studies are suspended. Services are posted online on Sundays at stjudeshawaii.org.

Learning Packet and Student Resource Distribution for Nāʻālehu Elementary School Students begins Monday, March 30. The packets are designed for learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and can be picked up every two weeks. One family member may pick up for several students in the same family. Students need not be present for the learning resources to be retrieved. Please note the grade of each child. Distribution times are organized by the first letter of the student's last name at the site closest to their home. Supplies will be given out simultaneously.
     Everyone is asked to observe social distancing rules, staying 6 feet away from others during pick-up. See the school website, naalehuel.hidoe.us, for more information and updates.
     Distribution in the Nāʻālehu area is at Nāʻālehu Elementary, Waiʻōhinu, and Discovery Harbour Community Center. Distribution in Ocean View is at the county's Kahuku Park, the area in front of Malama Market, and Ocean View Community Center.
     At Nāʻālehu Elementary, campus pick-up will be from 9 a.m - 9:20 a.m. for A-H; 9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. for I-P, and 9:40 a.m. - 10 a.m. for Q-Z.
     The Waiʻōhinu pick-up: 8 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. for A-H, 8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. for I-P, and 8:40 a.m. - 9 a.m. for Q-Z.
     The Discovery Harbour Community Center pick-up: 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. for A-H, 9:50 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. for I-P, and 10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. for Q-Z.
     Morning distribution at Kahuku Park: 8 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. for A-H, 8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. for I-P, and 8:40 a.m. - 9 a.m. for Q-Z.
     Evening distribution at Kahuku Park: 5 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. for A-H, 5:20 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. for I-P, and 5:40 p.m. - 6 p.m. for Q-Z.
     Times for distribution in front of Malama Market are: 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. for A-H, 9:50 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. for I-P, and 10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. for Q-Z.
     Times for distribution at Ocean View Community Center are 5 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. for A-H, 5:20 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. for I-P, and 5:40 p.m. - 6 p.m. for Q-Z.

Kaʻū Art Gallery is looking for local artists. Call 808-937-1840.

Register for Volcano's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Keiki Dash by Wednesday, July 22. The second annual event will be held on Saturday, July 25. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to University of Hawaiʻi for furthering research of Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death and The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences. See webscorer.com to register.
     Half Marathon registration is $70 through May 24, $80 May 25 through July 22, and $90 for late registration. Registration for the 10K is $50 through May 24, $55 May 25 through Jul 22, and $60 for late registration. Registration for the 5K is $35 through May 24, $40 May 25 through July 22, and $45 for late registration. Keiki Dash registration is $10. All registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.
     Late registration is only available at packet pickup or race day morning. Shirts are not guaranteed for late registration.  Race Shirts will be included for Half Marathon and 10K participants only. For all other participants, shirts are available to purchase online.
     Packet pick-up is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 in Hilo; Friday, July 26 in Volcano; and Saturday, July 27, 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at the race start.
     Half Marathon will start at 7 a.m. Other distances follow shortly after. Keiki Dash will begin at 10 a.m. on VSAS grounds, with the option of one or two laps – about 300 meters or 600 meters. Race cut-off time for the Half Marathon is four hours. The races will begin and end in Volcano Village at VSAS.
     See ohialehuahalf.com.

Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium Closed for Renovation through June 30. The Park is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 spread mitigation. A popular seven-and-a-half minute 2018 eruption video will be shown on a television in the exhibits area, once the Park and center reopen, and is available online for free download.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Friday, March 27, 2020

Shai Lopez, at Kaʻū High and Pāhala Elementary, signals the cafeteria to prepare one lunch for the one child in the vehicle.
Grab & Go free food service begins at Nāʻālehu on April 6 and continues in Pāhala on Mondays through Fridays during the pandemic. See more below. Photo by Julia Neal
THE TWO TRILLION DOLLAR COVID-19 RELIEF PACKAGE, passed by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and signed into law today by Pres. Donald Trump, drew a statement from Kaʻū 's congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. She commented on the pandemic that has most Hawaiʻi and mainland people staying at home, most businesses and public places closed, and a mounting number of deaths across the mainland, as the U.S. becomes the country with the most COVID-19 cases.
     Gabbard wrote, "I pray this email finds you and your loved ones safe and well. Never before has it been so starkly undeniable that our fates as individuals, as nations, and as a world are inseparable. It will take all of us working together to defeat this global pandemic, relying on the very best of humanity to shine through and connect and unite us at a time when it would be just as easy to succumb to fear, isolation, and destructive division.
     "With that in mind, I want to take a moment now to first and foremost urge you to take — and to encourage your friends, neighbors, and family to also take — all the necessary preventative precautions required to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Also, here is some information you can share about new measures Congress just passed that will provide some relief to those who need it most while we continue to address the growing challenges the pandemic poses to our health, safety, and economy.
     Gabbard wrote, "I am deeply inspired by and grateful for the countless examples of service above self — the abundance of courage, compassion, and strength — that I see every day as Americans step up to take care of each other despite fear and uncertainty:
     "Our heroic front line healthcare workers who are leaving their families behind every day, often self-quarantining from their own spouses and children, to put their lives on the line to test and treat strangers they swore an oath to serve.
     "My fellow service members in the National Guard who are activating and serving in their home states across the country to meet this new threat head-on. The essential service workers feeding our nation, delivering and producing essential goods, reinventing their businesses to keep us fit and healthy online.
See the video at tulsi.to/covid-19
     "Your neighbors and friends who are volunteering online, delivering groceries and picking up prescriptions for vulnerable members of the community who cannot. People giving blood, and those donating money to organizations helping those who have been hit hardest by this crisis. Parents keeping their children safe. The care providers looking after our most at-risk populations. There is no shortage of people demonstrating the spirit of aloha, and the immense ingenuity and strength of our nation and the American people. We need to keep it up.
     "Far too much of the existing concern around COVID-19's impact in the media and by our government leaders has been focused on bailing out the big end of town, making the same old tired trickle-down arguments we've seen time and time again. The American people don't have time to wait for relief, they need it now to make ends meet. I am continuing to urge my colleagues to remain focused on what we can do now to serve the American people. Now is not the time for politics; now is the time for leaders to step up and stand together.
     "The coming weeks and months will test all of us — but I have great faith that when We, The People, work side-by-side with compassion, love, and strength, we can accomplish anything. We can defeat this virus and come out not only stronger, but more compassionate, empathetic, and connected as a nation and a world than ever before." She signs off, "With hope and determination."

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SEN. BRIAN SCHATZ COMMENTED ON THE FEDERAL RESCUE PACKAGE: "The vast majority of the spending in the bill is for small business, unemployment insurance, cash payments, essential services, and front line health care. And the desperate people I hear from back home are happy it passed.
     "Good Stuff in the Bill: More than $130 billion for hospitals, nursing homes, health care centers; personal and protective equipment for health care workers; testing supplies; increased workforce, training, and medical research; new construction to house patients. $350 billion in partially forgivable loans to small businesses and non-profits to maintain existing workforce and help pay for other expenses like rent, mortgage, and utilities; $10 billion for SBA emergency grants of up to $10,000 to provide immediate relief for small business operating costs; and $17 billion for SBA to cover six months of payments for small businesses with existing SBA loans."

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St. Jude's hosts free food distribution Friday in Ocean View.
Photo from St. Jude's  Episcopal Church
FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS SATURDAY, March 28 at St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View. The drive through will begin at 9 a.m. in the lower church parking lot. According to a message from a church member, celebrity chef Sam Choy will provide vegetables. Oranges will also be distributed. "Please contact those who may be homebound or otherwise unable to drive to this location so arrangements can be made for them to get food they may need," says the message.
     St. Jude's put its soup and shower program on hold recently, with health concerns during the
COVID-19 pandemic, but is providing lunch sacks with sandwiches, fruit, cookie, and a napkin on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to the community that depends on the church for nutrition.
     Church services have gone online. See st.judeshawaii.org. The church motto is, "Where Jesus talk is a Daily Walk." The church is located at 92-8606 Paradise Circle in Ocean View.

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NĀʻĀLEHU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEARNING PACKETS and student resources can be picked up at distribution spots throughout Kaʻū on Monday, March 30. They are designed for learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
     One family member may pick up for several students in the same family. Students need not be present for the learning resources to be retrieved. Please indicate the grade level of each child. Distribution times are organized by the first letter of the student's last name at the site closest to their home. Supplies will be given out simultaneously.
     Distribution in the Nāʻālehu area will be at Nāʻālehu Elementary, Waiʻōhinu, and Discovery Harbour Community Center. Distribution in Ocean View will be at the county's Kahuku Park, the area in front of Malama Market, and Ocean View Community Center.
     At Nāʻālehu Elementary, campus pick-up will be from 9 a.m - 9:20 a.m. for A-H; 9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. for I-P, and 9:40 a.m. - 10 a.m. for Q-Z.
     The Waiʻōhinu pick-up: 8 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. for A-H, 8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. for I-P, and 8:40 a.m. - 9 a.m. for Q-Z.
     The Discovery Harbour Community Center pick-up: 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. for A-H, 9:50 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. for I-P, and 10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. for Q-Z.
     Morning distribution at Kahuku Park: 8 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. for A-H, 8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. for I-P, and 8:40 a.m. - 9 a.m. for Q-Z. 
Nāʻālehu Elementary families can pick up a personal
 bag of school resources and learning packets
 for each enrolled student on Monday, March 30. 
See story for designated times and sites. 
Photo by Sheilah Okimoto

     Evening distribution at Kahuku Park: 5 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. for A-H, 5:20 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. for I-P, and 5:40 p.m. - 6 p.m. for Q-Z.
     Times for distribution in front of Malama Market are: 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. for A-H, 9:50 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. for I-P, and 10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. for Q-Z.
     Times for distribution at Ocean View Community Center are 5 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. for A-H, 5:20 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. for I-P, and 5:40 p.m. - 6 p.m. for Q-Z.
     Learning packets may be picked up from these distribution sites every two weeks. Everyone is asked to observe social distancing rules, staying 6 feet away from others during pick-up. 
     See the school website at naalehuel.hidoe.us for more information and updates.

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GRAB & GO FREE FOOD FOR YOUTH BEGINS AT NĀʻĀLEHU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL on Monday, April 6, with a drive-through. Principal Darlene Javar reports that Nāʻālehu Elementary, designated as a Department of Education free feeding site, will give meals to anyone 18 years old or younger. Breakfast can be picked up at the school between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., and lunch picked up between 11:30 a.m. and noon. The child must be present on site to receive a meal. Only one breakfast and one lunch will be distributed per child. Participants are asked to observe social distancing rules and remain six feet apart.
     Grab & Go continues at Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School this Monday with the same schedule. The free food is for anyone 18 years and younger. The meals are hot and fresh. Meals are provided only to those youth who arrive in a vehicle or walk up to the distribution site.
     The service, sponsored by the state Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is prepared by the staff of each school cafeteria. The goal is to keep the children well fed while the campuses are closed to them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many students depend on free breakfasts and lunches for their nutrition when the schools are open.

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The Food Basket plans to return to Kaʻū District Gym on Tuesday, April 28 at 10 a.m. See more below.
Photo by Julia Neal
THE FOOD BASKET PLANS TO RETURN TO KAʻŪ in a month, on April 28 at 10 a.m in the parking lot of Kaʻū District Gym. Fresh vegetables, milk, eggs, and more were handed out to the first delivery of 14 days of free food on March 24. Families drive through the distribution area where volunteers record the number of family members being served and provide the appropriate amount of food by placing it in each vehicle. A Food Basket distribution is tentatively planned for late April in Volcano.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 6,250 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
DAILY COVID-19 UPDATE: The state Department of Health reports seven cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Hawaiʻi Island as of today, March 27. Two are new since yesterday.
     Throughout the state, there are 122 presumptive positive or confirmed cases, with 16 reported today.  There have been zero deaths from COVID-19 in the state. There are several possible community spread cases of COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi.
     U.S. surpassed all other countries in COVID-19 cases on Thursday. According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has recorded 104,837 cases.
     Worldwide, more than 598,245 people have become victims of COVID-19. The death toll is 27,762.

Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more are listed at kaucalendar.com. However, all non-essential activities are canceled through the end of April.


All Kaʻū High School and other public school sporting events are canceled through the end of April.

Spring Break for Public Schools is extended through Monday, April 6 for COVID-19 spread mitigation.


UPCOMING
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
CANCELLED: Final 2020 Hawaiian Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count, Saturday, March 28, 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., orientation included. Register at oceancount.org. Locations in Kaʻū are: Kaʻena Point in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Miloli‘i Lookout, Ka Lae Park, and Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach Park. Participants tally humpback whale sightings and document the animals' surface behavior during the survey, which provides a snapshot of humpback whale activity from the shoreline.

POSTPONED: Prince Kuhio Day Hoʻolauleʻa, Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Nāʻālehu County Park. Event features Hawaiian music and cultural demos, hula, crafts, food, and more. Drug- and alcohol-free. Live entertainment from Gene Akamu and G2G, Uncle Sonny & Bro Tui, Braddah Ben, Lori Lei's Hula Studio, and more. Local personality Kurt Dela Cruz will emcee and several lucky number prizes will be announced throughout the day. Organized by local non-profit Hana Laulima Lāhui O Kaʻū. Membership $10 per year. Contact Terry Shibuya at 938-3681 or terrylshibuya@gmail.com; Trini Marques at 928-0606 or trinimarques@yahoo.com; or Kupuna Ke.

CANCELLED: Ocean View Classic Car & Bike Show, Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owners of classic cars and bikes are encouraged to register early, as space is limited. This second annual event, a fundraiser for Ocean View Community Association, will also feature food and live music, and prizes for the most impressive cars and bikes. Contact organizers Dennis Custard at 831-234-7143 or Ron Gall at 808-217-7982 to register or for more info.

CANCELLED: Forest Work Day, Saturday, March 28, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Learn some native plants, help restore a beautiful rainforest, and get some exercise. Tim Tunison leads. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

ONGOING
Kaʻū Art Gallery is looking for local artists. Call 808-937-1840.

AdvoCATS, Saturday, April 25, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. Reserve spot in advance. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Register for Volcano's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Keiki Dash by Wednesday, July 22. The second annual event will be held on Saturday, July 25. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to University of Hawaiʻi for furthering research of Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death and The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences. See webscorer.com to register.
     Half Marathon registration is $70 through May 24, $80 May 25 through July 22, and $90 for late registration. Registration for the 10K is $50 through May 24, $55 May 25 through Jul 22, and $60 for late registration. Registration for the 5K is $35 through May 24, $40 May 25 through July 22, and $45 for late registration. Keiki Dash registration is $10. All registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.
     Late registration is only available at packet pickup or race day morning. Shirts are not guaranteed for late registration.  Race Shirts will be included for Half Marathon and 10K participants only. For all other participants, shirts are available to purchase online.
     Packet pick-up is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 in Hilo; Friday, July 26 in Volcano; and Saturday, July 27, 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at the race start.
     Half Marathon will start at 7 a.m. Other distances follow shortly after. Keiki Dash will begin at 10 a.m. on VSAS grounds, with the option of one or two laps – about 300 meters or 600 meters. Race cut-off time for the Half Marathon is four hours. The races will begin and end in Volcano Village at VSAS.
     See ohialehuahalf.com.

Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium Closed for Renovation through June 30. The visitor center is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 spread mitigation. Park films, including Born of Fire, Born of the Sea, will not be shown. A popular seven-and-a-half minute 2018 eruption video will continue to be shown on a television in the exhibits area, once the center reopens, and is available online for free download.

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