About The Ka`u Calendar

Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
A locally owned and run community newspaper (www.kaucalendar.com) distributed in print to all Ka`u District residents of Ocean View, Na`alehu, Pahala, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village and Miloli`i on the Big Island of Hawai`i. This blog is where you can catch up on what's happening daily with our news briefs. This blog is provided by The Ka`u Calendar Newspaper (kaucalendar.com), Pahala Plantation Cottages (pahalaplantationcottages.com), Local Productions, Inc. and the Edmund C. Olson Trust.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Ka`u residents have three opportunities this month to see Ocean View resident Dick Hershberger portray Hawaiian Volcano Observatory founder Thomas Jaggar in A Walk into the Past. Photo from KDEN
WINDWARD PLANNING COMMISSION will consider an Ocean View and a Volcano project at its meetings this week. On its meeting agenda for Thursday at 9:30 a.m. is an application for a Special Use Permit by Ocean View Baptist Church, Inc. to allow establishment of a church and related facilities and improvements on 4.057 acres of land situated within the State Land Use Agricultural district. The property is at 92-1416 Coral Parkway, approximately 175 feet northeast of intersection of Ginger Blossom Lane and Coral Parkway.
Ocean View Baptist Church currently meets at Ocean View Community Center.
      On Friday at 9 a.m., the commission will take up an application for a Special Permit by Peter Blake to allow operation of a lunch wagon and eating area on a 2,400 square foot portion of a 0.7-acre parcel in the State Land Use Agricultural District. The property is on the north side of Old Volcano Road approximately 1,500 feet east of the intersection of Pearl Avenue and Old Volcano Road in `Ola`a Summer Lots.
      Both meetings take place at Aupuni Center Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street in Hilo.
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According to HECO, electric bills will be lower in the long term.
AS CUSTOMERS LEAVE HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANIES’ power grids, remaining customers will see their rates rise to cover the fixed costs of the utilities. That’s the conclusion reached by Life of the Land Executive Director Henry Curtis, who said that the utilities’ latest plans do not take into account that on Neighbor Islands the current price of solar plus battery storage is cheaper than the current cost of grid-based electricity and that prices for such systems are expected to fall in both the near and the long term. 
      Under the current rate structure proposed by HECO, prices will fall for full service customers following upgrades to infrastructure needed to accommodate more solar installations and the switch from use of oil to liquefied natural gas at its power plants. Full service customers are those who rely on the utility for all electricity needs.
      HECO’s Power Supply Improvement Plan submitted to the Public Utilities Commission states, “Under the current rate design, while electricity bills for average full service residential customers will increase in the short run, by 2030 electric bills will be reduced by 16 percent in real terms from 2014 levels under the current tariff structure and by 23 percent under Distributed Generation 2.0.”
      See ililanimedia.blogspot.com.
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Artist's rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope planned for Mauna Kea's
summit area. Image from TMT
A GROUNDBREAKING AND BLESSING for the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea scheduled for Oct. 7 will take place despite ongoing court battles, TMT spokesperson Sandra Dawson told Tom Callis, of Hawai`i Tribune-Herald
      Four Big Island residents who were denied a contested case hearing for TMT’s sublease are appealing the decision.
      According to Callis, appellants Kealoha Pisciotta, Clarence Ching, Paul Neves and E. Kalani Flores say the $1.3 billion project on Mauna Kea will negatively impact Native Hawaiian cultural practices.
      Pisciotta told Callis another hearings process should be held “to help the state make an informed decision.”
      “The agency process is an opportunity to inform the decision makers on how our rights and resources will be impacted,” she said.
      Major construction is expected to begin in spring of next year.
      In the construction sector, TMT will create about 300 full-time construction jobs. TMT has committed to the hiring of union workers for these positions.
      According to TMT, during operations, the telescope will support a staff of about 120-140, drawn as much as possible from Hawai`i Island’s available labor pool. A workforce pipeline program in the meantime will also educate and train island residents for jobs with TMT, as well as other observatories and high-tech industries.
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Ka`u High Trojans drew much praise for their rainy night victory and season opener
against Kohala, in preparation for playing Seabury Hall on Maui this Friday.
Photo by Cheyenne Dacalio, Ka`u High Journalism Intern
KA`U TROJANS, set to travel to Maui this week, have drawn much praise for their season opener win last weekend in the eight-man football league that Ka`u High School launched on this island. More than 1,100 people read about the win on The Ka`u Calendar’s facebook page. “Love the fact that the school created a way to still play football and drew out others to join them,” wrote Suzy Long Mendenhall, who taught math and science at Na`alehu. “Good job Trojans!!! Made us proud!!!!” wrote Lorene Chuchi Agustin, of Pahala. “Represent Trojans! Great job.” wrote Philip Ibarra, who studied at Ka`u and lives in Olympia, Washington. “Awesome job,” wrote Roxanne Rios, of Ocean View. “That brings back some memories,” wrote Peghi Knight, who studied at Ka`u High but now lives in Innisfall, Queensland, Australia. Jashia N Makoa wrote, “Great job my nephews Kaimanu Medeiros Dancel and Cy Tamura Kainalu Dancel and to the rest of the football boys. You folks did awsome!! Proud of all you folks!! To my niece Nanea Medeiros, keep up the good work cheerleader captain!!!”
     The Trojans are still raising money for their off-island trip to fly to Maui to play Seabury Hall this Friday. T-shirts can be purchased at teespring.com/kaufootball. Donations can be made through contacting Athletic Director Kalei Namohala at 928-2012.
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U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
KA`U’S U.S. REP. TULSI GABBARD has issued a Labor Day message to her contituents: 
      “Today, as the country pauses for Labor Day, I want to express my deep gratitude to our working men and women, past and present, who have been out there fighting, not just for union members, but for all Americans who believe in a strong middle class where everyone who works hard gets a fair shot at getting ahead.
      “August has no doubt tested Hawai`i’s resilience. In the face of dire circumstances and great need following Hurricane Iselle, we came together as one `ohana to help those who were most in need.
      “As we move into September, let’s not lose sight of all those still recovering from Hurricane Iselle. Let’s continue looking out for our neighbors and lend helping hands to those in need. I will continue to fight for the federal resources we need to recover and rebuild in our hardest hit communities.
      “Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your incredible support this past month. As we move toward the General Election, I look forward to working with you as we move forward in building a better, brighter future for Hawai`i and this country. Thank you for giving me this privilege to serve. I truly couldn’t do it without you.”
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KA`U RESIDENT DICK HERSHBERGER PORTRAYS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory founder Thomas Jaggar three times this month. A Walk Into the Past is scheduled tomorrow and Tuesdays, Sept. 16 and Sept. 30, at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Participants meet at Kilauea Visitor Center and walk to the Whitney Vault near Volcano House in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.

MEMBERS AND OTHERS WHO WISH TO JOIN Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park should RSVP by Wednesday in order to attend the group’s membership meeting this Saturday at Pahala Plantation House.
      This event is the annual celebration of the organization as members come together in fellowship and reaffirm their partnership with the National Park Service at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.
Tiny Treasures II opens Saturday, Sept. 13.
Photos from Volcano Art Center
      Check-in begins at 10:45 a.m. The meeting begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon, featuring fresh foods from Ka`u.
      The program features speakers from the Youth Ranger Internship Program, who were part of this summer’s successful youth-work program in the park.
      After lunch, members can enjoy historical stories of Pahala and its past as a sugar plantation town.
      RSVP by phone at 985-7373 or email at admin@fhvnp.org or fhvnp@icloud.com.

ONE WEEK FROM TODAY, Hawai`i Island Mobile Slaughter Unit Task Group holds a meeting for local meat producers to learn more about the proposed mobile slaughter unit, how it’s part of an integrated meat-packing solution for Hawai`i island’s small producers and how it can benefit ranchers.
      The meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 8 at Aupuni Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street, Hilo from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
      For more information, contact Jackie at 327-3680 or jacqueline.muller@hisbdc.org.

THE EXHIBIT TINY TREASURES II OPENS on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This sculpture and jewelry exhibit is an invitational show of 16 Hawai`i Island artists that were challenged to work outside their normal boxes. It includes works by 
Lisa Louise Adams, Henry Bianchini, Brenda May Ching, Wayne Keeth, Amy Flanders, Kimberly Langston Hagen, Bea Israel, Heather Mettler, Elizabeth Miller, Stone O’Daugherty, Pat Pearlman, Daniel E. Rokovitz, Jeff Roth, Tad Sewell, Jamie Stokes and Ivy Torres.
      Hours for the free exhibit are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday, Nov. 9. Park entrance fees apply.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Gases and particles emitted by active volcanoes like Kilauea can affect the climate, according to scientists at Hawaiian Volcano
Observatory. Photo by Peter Anderson
THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LANDS HAS OUTLINED the future of Kaunamano if plans to purchase and preserve the property go through.
Ka `Ohana O Honu`apo would be stewards of Kaunamano, which stretches
along the coast south of Honu`apo.
      The property will be owned by Hawai`i County and stewarded by the nonprofit Ka `Ohana O Honu`apo that stewards Honu`apo Park. Working with the Ka`u community, the Keanu Family with ancestral ties to the property, and Kuahiwi Ranch, the entities would pursue a Management Plan and a Preservation Plan. 
      Goals of the plans include protection of all cultural sites, native species, and the marine environment; access for Hawaiian cultural practitioners and Ka`u subsistence fishing and gathering; pedestrian access and limited vehicular access; limiting built improvements to fencing and educational signage; continued ranching if it does not compromise resources; and frequent community monitoring.
      The Trust for Public Lands is asking individuals and organizations for letters of support for the purchase. Send letters by Tuesday, Sept. 2 to Laura Ka`akua at laura.kaakua@tpl.org.
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Jeff Mikulina
BLUE PLANET FOUNDATION’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JEFF MIKULINA is disappointed with Hawaiian Electric Co.’s latest plan that the utility said will bring Hawai`i to the highest level of renewable energy in the nation by 2030. The utility submitted its plan to the state Public Utilities Commission last week following the PUC’s rejection of the utility’s Integrated Resource Planning Report in April.
      HECO’s plans include increasing the number of rooftop solar systems, expanding use of energy storage systems and switching from oil to liquefied natural gas to fire electricity generating units.
      According to Mikulina, the utility needs to change its business model and find ways to profit from rooftop solar and sales of battery storage and power for electric vehicles.
      “The utility had the opportunity to really think radically, and radical is the least riskiest position right now,” Mikulina told Sophie Cocke, of Civil Beat. “Playing it safe is the riskiest thing they can do. 
      “I think that is how a Google would look at it as opposed to a 100-year-old power company,” he said.
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KA`U TROJANS WON IN EIGHT-MAN FOOTBALL competition last night with its season opener against Kohala Cowboys. Ka`u beat Kohala 34 – 12. Wide receiver Cy Tamura, who also plays backup quarterback and defense, scored four touchdowns. Full back Kaimanu Medeiros Dancel scored one.
      With every Trojan touchdown, Ka`u chose to run instead of kicking for extra points. They succeeded once, crossing the line for two extra points. Kupono Pakakiko-Leffew scored two points with a safety.
Trojans won their season opener at home last night.
      Evan Manoha shined with his defensive teammates in holding back the Cowboys by making many tackles. Tamura made two interceptions as a safety.
      Scoreless in the first half, Kohala returned a kickoff for an 80-yard touchdown in the second half but could not overcome Ka`u.
      For the first time in many seasons, a Trojans cheerleading team, led by Nanea Medeiros, kept the crowd roaring. More than a dozen Trojan women and Mark Galacio form the Trojan cheerleading squad.
      Rain pounded the field on and off for most of the game, leaving it very muddy with players slipping and sliding. However, the crowd stayed close to witness the win.
      Head Coach Kainoa Ke will lead the Trojans to their next battle, taking the team to Maui on Friday, Sept. 5 for a game against Seabury Hall. Trojans are still raising money to pay for the off-island trip by selling T-shirts at teespring.com/kaufootball. Donations can also be made by contacting Athletic Director Kalei Namohala at 928-2012.
      This story was written with reports from Ka`u High School journalism interns Kaweni Ibarra and Cheyenne DaCalio.
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Ka`u kept the higher points on the scoreboard all evening with the 8-man season
opener at home. Photo by Cheyenne Dacalio, Ka`u High Journalism Intern
KA`U HIGH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TEAMS hosted Hawai`i Preparatory Academy yesterday. HPA came out on top in both junior varsity and varsity. Scores were 12 – 25, 25 – 27 and 18 – 25 for varsity and 17 – 25, 25 – 16 and 10 – 15 for junior varsity.
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VOLCANIC DISCHARGES OF GASES AND PARTICLES into the atmosphere can affect climate, according to a recent Volcano Watch article posted by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. 
      According to the article, the three dominant gases emitted by volcanoes are water vapor (about 90 percent), carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide. Both water vapor and carbon dioxide are important greenhouse gases that trap solar radiation.
      When radiation from the sun heats the earth’s surface, the surface re-radiates some of this energy back up through the atmosphere as infrared radiation, which selectively heats greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. “The greater the concentration of greenhouse gases, the greater the atmospheric heating,” the article stated. “Without greenhouse gases, the infrared radiation would just escape into space. The greenhouse gases, however, re-radiate the heat in all directions, including back to the surface. 
      “Carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere remains there for a long time, so increasing concentrations of this gas result in long-term global warming. The residence time of water vapor in the atmosphere is normally much less than that of carbon dioxide. However, the concentration of water vapor in the atmosphere does increase with temperature. So, heating of the atmosphere by carbon dioxide buildup increases the amount of atmospheric water vapor, creating a positive feedback mechanism that further increases the temperature.
Water vapor, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide or the three dominant
gases emitted a Halema`uma`u. Photo by Tim Orr/HVO
      “The scientific community generally accepts that the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the principal contributor to global warming. But, it’s noteworthy that volcanoes contribute less than one percent to this buildup. The bulk of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide comes, instead, from human activity.
      “For example, the largest volcanic eruption during the past 100 years occurred in 1991 at Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines. It would take 700 Pinatubo-like eruptions each year to equal the annual carbon dioxide emissions from human activities. Closer to home, it would take more than 11,000 simultaneous Kilauea eruptions to equal that amount.
      “Large volcanic eruptions have been observed to affect Earth’s climate, but through global cooling rather than warming. This cooling is the work of sulfur dioxide, the third common volcanic gas.
      “Sulfur dioxide injected into the stratosphere by powerful eruptions reacts chemically, producing sulfur acids, which in turn form the same sulfate aerosols commonly found in vog (volcanic smog). These tiny stratospheric aerosol particles reflect sunlight (heat) energy back into space, causing cooling of the lower atmospheric layers.
      “The 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption created what is thought to be the largest stratospheric sulfur dioxide injection of the 20th century. For three years following the eruption, the earth’s surface cooled by as much as 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Himalayan ginger in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.
Photo from NPS
PARTICIPANTS LEARN ABOUT THE BIRTH of the islands from the Hawaiian hotspot and about past eruptions that impacted Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park at a free program tomorrow, Labor Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Visitors will be able to identify various pu`u (hills) and other volcanic features and learn about their formation.

STEWARDSHIP AT THE SUMMIT is and ongoing program where volunteers help out Hawai`i Volcanoes National park and the `aina (land) by cutting invasive Himalayan ginger (Heydechium gardnerianum) on park trails. Loppers and gloves are provided. Participants are encouraged to wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed-toe shoes.
      Work is often in the shade of the forest with sounds of native honeycreepers like `apapane, `amakihi and `oma`o above to serenade volunteers as they work. Water, snacks, rain gear and sun protection are recommended.
      This project is open to the public, and no reservations are required. Interested people can stop by Kilauea Visitor Center to get directions and more information. The hike is around a one mile, moderate round trip into Kilauea caldera down Halem`auma`u Trail, leaving from Kilauea Visitor Center. The hike involves walking over rough uneven terrain on a dirt and rock path, with up to a 400-foot elevation change.
      Stewardship at the Summit takes place each week in September on Fridays, except for Sept. 12. That week, the event is on Saturday, Sept. 13.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

Ka `Ohana O Honu`apo has issued a call for letters of support from Ka`u individuals and organizations for preservation of Kaunamano. Photo from Hawai`i Pacific Brokers
THE BOARD OF KA `OHANA O HONU`APO requests letters of support for acquisition of Kaunamano, the 1,363-acre parcel at the south end of Honu`apo Bay that is currently for sale.
      The Trust for Public Land is assisting the county, Ka `Ohana O Honu`apo, the Keanu family of Ka`u and the Ka`u community to protect these lands in perpetuity. The county has recommended funding for the purchase, and the partners are seeking state and federal matching funds. TPL will include support letters received by this Tuesday, Sept. 2 in its state funding application.
Trust for Public Lands board members toured the site in January.
Photo from TPL
      TPL describes Kaunamano as “a place of great historic significance as a seat of government for Ka`u chiefs who kept a watchful eye on Kaunamano from a vantage point overlooking the large coastal property and the Kahua `Olohu makahiki grounds directly mauka of the property. The property contains at least 444 ancient Hawaiian cultural sites with more than 3,900 features, including enclosures, mounds, platforms, walls, salt pans, walled terraces, petroglyphs, papamu, heiau, ceremonial sites, burial sites, a refuge cave (and other lava tubes) and a portion of Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail which connects the coastal villages of Honu`apo to the north with Waikapuna to the south. Many of these sites are in the largely intact ancient coastal village of Pa`ula. Native coastal plants dominate the coastal landscape, `opae `ula (native red shrimp) abound in the large coastal cave of Puhi'`ula, and its pristine waters are home to numerous native fish, limu and other marine species.
      “Acquisition would protect native gathering rights, subsistence fishing, the Ka`u community’s access to the property’s nearly four miles of coastline, native ecosystems, possible endangered species, cultural sites and burials, and a cultural landscape of historic significance. Acquisition would also allow for some recreational practices to continue such as recreational fishing, flying kites from the property’s lookout area Pohina Pali Lookout, and possibly camping. Excluding the coastal village, the property is grazed by a local rancher. Since there are no trees on this land, the huge, open vistas from the top of the property down to the shoreline allow ocean views almost unparalleled from any other site in Ka`u. The property offers high educational and cultural benefits from being able to visit and learn from the many cultural sites. Kauanamano means “’the multitudes are placed here.’ Protecting Kaunamano will honor a place where Ka`u’s kupuna lived and where the people of Ka`u visit today to remember their past.”
Kaunamano includes nearly four miles of Ka`u coastline.  
      In letters of support from individuals, TPL suggests discussing personal connections to the property and why is it important that the properties be kept undeveloped. “Please speak to what you personally care about. For some, it will be preserving Ka`u’s rural/local/country character, for others it will be the cultural sites, and for others it will be being able to teach Ka`u youth about Ka`u’s history.”
      Organizations can also send letters of support. Letters can include answers to the several questions. How does the organization’s mission relate to protection of these properties in Kaunamano? How could the organization’s students/clients/beneficiaries benefit from the properties remaining undeveloped? Would the organization’s beneficiaries benefit from Kaunamano functioning as a place of learning for area schools and the community, and/or for the perpetuation of Hawaiian cultural practices? How? What is the organization’s vision or wish for the property?
      Send support letters to Laura Ka`akua at laura.kaakua@tpl.org, or Laura Ka`akua, The Trust for Public Land, 1003 Bishop Street, Suite 740, Honolulu, HI 96813.
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NO LAYOFFS AT KA`U HOSPITAL are planned in the first round of budget-cutting measures announced by Hawai`i Health Systems Corp, according to a report in Hawai`i Tribune-Herald. All of HHSC’s East Hawai`i Region facilities escaped without layoffs that will begin by December as the organization tries to close a $48 million budget shortfall.
      Dan Brinkman, interim East Hawai`i Regional CEO, told reporter Erin Miller, “We have made reductions to some of our contract workers” and eliminated some positions as staff members resigned. For now that, combined with other measures, has been enough to keep layoffs at a low level.
Paddling crew became Ka`u Coast cleanup crew Thursday.
Photos from Hawai`i Wildlife Fund
      According to HHSC, its facilities are facing decreased state subsidies and health insurance reimbursements, while operating costs continue to rise and the need for health care in a growing population increases.
      HHSC officials have been meeting with representatives from the state Legislature to discuss strategies and possible long-term solutions.
      Ka`u’s state Sen. Josh Green, told Miller he continues to be concerned about ensuring the hospital system has enough funding to remain fully staffed.
      See hawaiitribuneherald.com.
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TEN PADDLERS FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA helped Hawai`i Wildlife Fund clean Kamilo Beach Thursday. The group filled 31 bags with 449.5 pounds of debris within a couple of hours, said HWF coordinator Megan Lamson.
      Marine debris from Kamilo has shown up in an art show in Anchorage, Alaska. HWF has been sending material to artist Pam Longobardi since July. Her work is featured in the exhibit called Gyre, which is raising awareness of ocean plastic that ends up on Alaska’s coast.
      HWF’s next Ka`u Beach Cleanup in on Sunday, Sept. 21 as part of the international annual Get the Drift & Bag It effort. To sign up, call 769-7629 or email kahakai.cleaups@gmail.com.
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Henry Curtis
LIFE OF THE LAND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HENRY CURTIS questioned the value of Hawaiian Electric Co.’s latest plan to triple the amount of rooftop solar by 2030. The utility announced the plan as part of its effort to achieve the highest level of renewable energy in the nation by that year.
      HECO at present receives 328 megawatts of electricity from its customers who have solar systems. That amount will increase by 35 megawatts per year until in reaches 900 megawatts in 2030.
      The plan amounts to a seven percent increase per year, much lower than in previous years. According to Curtis, in Hawai`i, installed solar has grown between 70 and 200 percent each year for the past seven years. Globally, installed solar has grown at 43 percent per year for more than a decade.
      HECO’s announcement follows its decision last September to slow the growth rate of solar installations because many circuits had reached or were approaching their maximum penetration level.
      See ililanimedia.blogspot.com.
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HAWAI`I TOURISM AUTHORITY HAS LOWERED the number of visitors it expects to come to the islands, reported Audrey McAvoy in West Hawai`i Today. David Uchiyama, HTA’s vice president for brand management, said the agency expects 8.2 million visitors to come to the islands this year and 8.4 million next year.
      “The year has not turned out as we had hoped in terms of continuing the same growth trend,” Uchiyama told hotel and travel agency representatives at a conference in Honolulu. “But the experience in recent years is that we’re going to be able to continue this with the dynamic diversification that we’ve found in international markets.” According to Uchiyama, markets in Australia, China and South Korea fuel continued expansion.
      China is expected to send 11.4 percent more visitors for a total of 170,000. Although airlines have added service from Beijing, demand hasn’t increase as much as expected, Uchiyama said.
      See westhawaiitoday.com.
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Ceramicist Clayton Amemiya. Photo from Volcano Art Center
AN EXHIBIT OF WOOD-FIRED CERAMICS by Clayton Amemiya continues daily through Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Amemiya uses an anagama, or climbing kiln, that is a 12-foot-long tunnel, about 4½ feet tall and 4½ feet wide, built on a hillside. The firebox is at the bottom, and the exit flue is at the top. Hot flames are drawn from the firebox, through the chamber and out the flue. 
      The speed and intensity of the fire and how each piece is positioned in the kiln determine the final look of each piece. Flame and flying ash affect the clay surfaces, so that no two pieces look the same. Even though it takes four days to tend the fire, the anagama allows Amemiya to get much wider variations in glaze and surface than he could with a gas or electric kiln.
      Free; park entrance fees apply.

DURING KAHUKU: BORN FROM A HOTSPOT on Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, participants learn about the birth of the islands from the Hawaiian hotspot and about past eruptions that impacted Kahuku. Visitors will be able to identify various pu`u (hills) and other volcanic features and learn about their formation. Free.

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