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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ka‘ū News Briefs Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Lava approaches the Puna Geothermal Ventures facility. See story below. Image from Hawai`i County Civil Defense
KAʻŪ HIGH & PĀHALA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL'S ASH SITUATION made statewide media reports today, with Hawaiʻi News Now interviewing Principal Sharon Beck. The reporter described the volcanic ash on rooftops, cars, and the ground throughout the town, and said she could smell sulfur and that her eyes burned as she visited the campus.
     An explosive eruption rocked Halemaʻumaʻu in Kīlauea Volcano at 3:45 this morning, the plume reaching a height of 8,000 feet. The ash came into Kaʻū on light winds throughout the day. County Civil Defense warned: "Take action to avoid exposure to ash."
Kaʻū High students used the golden shovels in 2012 for the groundbreaking
of the new Kaʻū District Gym, which hosts high school sports. It also
serves at a regional Disaster Shelter and may be used for sheltering
against ashfall. Photo by Geneveve Fyvie
     Hawaiʻi News Now reported that 22 to 48 percent of the 500 students did not come to the Pāhala campus in the last few days. The principal described the absence as attributed to "difficulty breathing, watery eyes, just not feeling well." Beck said that everyone responds differently to the situation. Students are issued N95 ash masks and pediatric masks for protection.
     The principal said the school is considering online options to keep children who stay home on ash days in the educational mode. The long-term response depends on how long the volcanic ash explosions last.
     According to the principal, the groundskeeping schedule for the large campus in Pāhala has been changed to avoid mowing and throwing up ash that could drift into classrooms when students are there. Most of the classrooms are without air conditioning.
Kaʻū District Gym & shelter at its grand opening on Oct. 5,
2016. Photo by Ron Johnson
     The Pāhala District Gym, which is adjacent to the school campus and holds more than 1,000 people, is unequipped with air conditioning and air cleaning.
     Adjacent to the gym is an activity room with air cleaning and air conditioning. It holds 225 people. The population of Pāhala is about 1,450.
     The Pāhala District Gym and disaster shelter was funded to be the regional disaster shelter for the much larger population of Kaʻū. To build it was a campaign of the late Kaʻū state Rep. Robert Herkes.
     In recent days, the windows of the big gym have been closed to keep air clean. County Department of Parks & Recreation workers said they are ready to open for the public any time, should Civil Defense give the word that ashfall is unmanageable for health in Kaʻū homes. The gym is also being prepared for Kaʻū High School's graduation this Saturday.
     Hawaiʻi News Now also reported on Nāʻālehu School, saying that the ash is not as abundant but that the school has safe rooms for students.

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SO2 LEVELS HAVE BECOME A LARGER HAZARD IN PUNA, but less so up Kilauea Volcano at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and Halemaʻumaʻu, states Wendy Stovall of USGS. During a press conference today, she said the eruptions at the fissures in lower Puna are releasing 15,000 tons of SO2 per day. Stovall stated this is a “very high number,” being caused by a lot of fresh, more gas-filled magma coming to the surface. The numbers started to go up a couple days ago, and the higher emission rate coincided with the fresh lava flows - when the flows started heading to the coast – she said.
The fissure complex, pictured in the upper right, continues to feed a meandering lava flow, center. 
Lava in the easternmost lobe is entering the ocean, creating laze (white plume). USGS photo
     Past SO2 levels for the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō area were 200 to 300 tons per day. Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō is not releasing any SO2 now. Kīlauea summit was releasing 3,000 to 6,000 tons per day when Halema‘uma‘u's lava lake was filled. The summit is expelling a different makeup of gasses now, but no levels were available at press time.
     SO2 levels in Pāhala and Ocean View at 6:30 p.m. are good at 0.06 parts per million. Kona is seeing 0.02 ppm.
     Air Quality Index was down for all locations at press time.
     See AirNow. See Hawaiʻi Short Term SO2 Advisory. Also see the University of Hawaiʻi air quality prediction website at http://weather.hawaii.edu/vmap/hysplit/

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LAVA DESTROYED A FORMER GEOTHERMAL PROJECT FACILITY next to the current PGV geothermal wells in lower Puna today. County Civil Defense reported: "Fissures near Puna Geothermal Venture are active and producing lava slowly flowing onto the property. This activity has destroyed the former Hawaiʻi Geothermal Project site area adjacent to PGV. At this time this situation is being closely monitored. There is no immediate threat to any of the wells at PGV."
     Puna Geothermal officials said that none of the 11 wells have been capped but ten of them have been "quenched" with water. The 11th was treated with a mud material, similar to what is used in plugging oil wells. All of them are offline and not producing electricity.
The tiny Ocean View police substation is
up for a new lease with the county.
Photo by Ann Bosted
     During a press conference today, Gov. David Ige said he and his emergency team are confident that area residents are safe for now.
     Civil Defense also warns residents in lower Puna that they "should be prepared to leave the area with little notice due to gas or lava inundation. Take action necessary to prepare ahead of time."

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THE TINY POLICE OUTPOST IN OCEAN VIEW'S makai shopping center has received a lease renewal approval vote from the County Council's Finance Committee. The resolution, which goes to full council, would allow the administration to renew for five years with an option for another five. The owners are Ocean View Partners, LLC. It is located among the stores across from Malama Market. A number of initiatives from the Ocean View community have asked the county to provide a larger, fuller service police station.

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Residue pattern on a leaf of the perfume flower 
tree or pua kenikeni (Fragraea berteriana) from 
rain drops falling on the ash. Pattern was barely 
visible with naked eye. Taken with iPhone 
and macro lens by Edward H. Rau.
PHOTOMICROGRAPHS OF ASH FALLOUT from the explosive eruption at Kīlauea summit on May 14 were sent by a Discovery Harbour
Close up of ash sample collected in a vial of 
water from cars Parked in Pāhala and 
Discovery Harbour, then dried on a microscope 
slide. Photo by Edward H. Rau
resident to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes Observatory. Edward H. Rau, who operates a small bioresearch company in Kaʻū called Sustainable Bioresources, said HVO preliminarily reported that “the ash appeared to be predominantly plagioclase crystals, small bits of volcanic rock and glass, and altered (oxidized red) fragments of rock and iron and manganese bearing minerals. Plagioclase is a common feldspar mineral found in igneous rocks and it can be used for dating volcanic ash deposits.”
      Rau said that though Sustainable Bioresources "is located about 40 miles from the Kīlauea summit eruptions, we still have to be concerned about vog or ash induced damage to our plants. …I made some photomicrographs of the ash fallout on plants and other surfaces and sent the photos to HVO.”
     See the website at www.sustainablebioresources.com.
1) Close up of ash on ʻōhiʻa leaf. 2) Close up of ash deposit on pua kenikeni leaf, zoomed in. 3) Close up of ash deposit on pua kenikeni leaf. Dissecting microscope 4X objective, 10X ocular. 4) Close up of ash deposit on pua kenikeni leaf. Note crystal on lower right. Photos by Edward H. Rau

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PUBLIC HEALTH THREATS FROM VOLCANIC ACTIVITY OF KĪLAEUA VOLCANO are receiving analytical help from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Region. The EPA is helping to analyze threats from volcanic gas emissions, including managing technical data and enhancing multi-agency air monitoring of the emissions. EPA’s work is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency - the FEMA response to the Kīlauea volcanic eruption on Hawaiʻi Island.
     EPA worked with the state Department of Health to establish 10 additional air monitoring station locations and continues to work with DOH and the County of Hawaiʻi to additional locations to provide data on sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, and particulate levels. A statement from the Agency will continue to evaluate data collected from the Air Now Network operated by the DOH. EPA has 16 personnel on Hawai`ʻi Island and one representative working with FEMA operations in Honolulu.
     For more information, visit the Hawaiʻi Interagency Vog Information Dashboard which has comprehensive information and data related to vog and ash hazards and impact: https://vog.ivhhn.org.

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HAWAIʻI STATE TEACHER’S ASSOCIATION AND HAWAIʻI REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS ENDORSED SEN. JOSH GREEN this week in his bid for Lieutenant Governor. The senator has served Kaʻū and Kona since 2009. The groups endorsing him represent approximately 13,700 educators from public and charter schools, and about 6,500 carpenter members.
     During the announcement, the Regional Carpenter Union’s Executive Secretary and Treasurer Ron Taketa said that, though there are diverse candidates for the position during this election year, Green is the right candidate for the position. “We can wait no longer to address the human crisis confronting us: endemic homelessness, lack of affordable housing, traffic, healthcare – particularly for the elderly, and adequate finding and staffing for our schools,” which he stated would take legislative cooperation and leadership “from the top floor.” Taketa stated Green impressed him with his “ability to bring people together, to work to get things done.” Taketa said that Green’s “outstanding personal credentials and accomplishments as a physician, state representative, senator, community leader, and educator” were reason enough to support Green, but it was Green’s “unassuming local-style leadership” that impressed him the most.
Sen. Josh Green, who is running for Lieutenant Governor, with his family and
representatives from the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association and Hawaiʻi
Regional Council of Carpenters, as they made an announcement
to endorse his candidacy. Photo from Dr. Green's Facebook
     Corey Rosenlee, President of HSTA, states HSTA “strongly supports” Green. Rosenlee said their reasons include his physician care of Hawaiʻi families; his relatives who are teachers – which gives him understanding of the problems teachers face; that he “deeply cares” about public education – which his children attend. Rosenlee said Green’s “promises to continue to fight” for higher teachers salaries, small class sizes, tax credit for teacher’s classroom expenses, and debt-free college. Rosenlee said Green is a “strong proponent” of more funding for public schools, believes in universal healthcare for “our keiki, guaranteed coverage of treatment for Hawaiʻi’s autistic children, stronger protections for victims of sexual assault, and new programs to reduce maternal mortality. He believes Hawaiʻi is a place where no family should have to live in poverty, or has to choose between buying food or buying medicine for a sick child. He knows that supporting strong, high-quality public schools is vital and benefits everyone. It’s for all of those reasons HSTA is pleased to recommend Dr. Josh Green for Lieutenant Governor.”
     Green practiced medicine at Kaʻū hospital and lived at Punaluʻu, when he first moved to Hawaiʻi to practice medicine.
     Watch the announcement on HSTA’s Facebook.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23
Craft Night at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, Wed., May 23, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sessions every half hour until 6 p.m. at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center. This month will be glazing a custom clay ornament of a tiger shark. Sharks worldwide are threatened, and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument provides one of the last sanctuaries for these majestic animals. Coral reefs depend upon a healthy shark population. Sign up early due to a limited supply of ornaments. Cost is $12 per ornament. Pre-register and prepay at Kīlauea Pottery, phone 731-6614 or visit them at 46 Waianuenue Ave. Contact Clayton.Watkins@noaa.gov or call (808) 933-8184.

MOVED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE: Auditions for Kīlauea Drama & Entertainments Musical "Oliver," Tue & Wed, May 22 & 23, 6:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Parts for all ages and ability. 982-7344, kden73@aol.com

THURSDAY, MAY 24
VA Medical Services, Thursdays, May 24 & 31, 8:30-noon, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thu, May 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Punalu‘u Bake Shop. Monthly meeting provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

FRIDAY, MAY 25
Coffee Talk, Fri, May 25, 9:30-11amKahuku Park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Join park rangers in informal conversation on a variety of topics. Ka‘ū coffee, tea, and pastries available for purchase. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Memorial Day Lei - Arts & Crafts, Fri, May 25, 2-3pm, Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. For all ages. Register May 21-25. Free. Teresa Anderson, 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

SATURDAY, MAY 26
HIDEM's Hawai‘i State Convention, Sat & Sun, May 26 & 27, Hilton Waikoloa. hawaiidemocrats.org

Nature & Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Sat, May 26, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate guided hike along the Palm Trail, approx. 2 miles. Learn about native plants that play a vital role in Hawaiian culture, and observe the catastrophic change and restoration of the land as it transitions from the 1868 lava flow to deeper soils with more diversity and older flora. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Flameworking - An Introductory Class, Sat & Sun, May 26 & 27, 2-5pm, Volcano Art Center. Glasswork using torch or lamp to melt glass. $155/VAC Member, $160/non-Member, plus $40 supply fee/person. Advanced registration required; limited to 4 adults. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

SUNDAY, MAY 27
‘Ōhi‘a Lehua, Sun, 27, 9:30-11am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Learn about vital role of ‘ōhi‘a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, and many forms of ‘ōhi‘a tree and its flower on this free, easy, one-mile walk. nps.gov/HAVO

MONDAY, MAY 28
MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE: Memorial Day Ceremony, Mon, May 28, 3pm, Kīlauea Military Camp front lawn, inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Gathering to remember and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Keynote Speaker: Major Kawika Hosea, Executive Officer of 1-299 Cavalry Regiment, Keaukaha Military Reservation. In case of rain, ceremony will move indoors. Open to authorized KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE: Memorial Day Buffet, Mon, May 28, 4-7pm, Crater Rim Café, Kīlauea Military Campy, inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Menu includes BBQ Kalua Pork, Local Styles Fried Chicken with Gravy, Salads and more. $19/Adult, $10/Child (6-11 yrs). Open to authorized KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. 967-8356, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

TUESDAY, MAY 29
Ka‘ū Food Pantry, Tue, May 29, 11:30-1pm, St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View.

MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE: Saving Rare Plants from the Brink of Extinction in HVNP, Tue, May 29, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Park Botanist Sierra McDaniel discusses rare plant management in the park. Free; park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/HAVO

NEW & UPCOMING
HAWAI‘I STATE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM ANNOUNCES SUMMER READING PROGRAM for 2018, Libraries Rock, which begins statewide and online Saturday, June 2, and continues through Saturday, July 14. Adults, teens, and children can register (starting June 2) and log reading minutes at librarieshawaii.beanstack.org or at their local library, such as Nā‘ālehu Public Library, Pāhala Public and School Library, and 49 others across the state. Participation is free.
     Participants receive reading rewards, with all 2018 participants entered for a chance to win a Roundtrip for Four anywhere Alaska Airlines flies.
     "Help us to achieve our statewide community reading goal of 13 million minutes... You can earn more automatic entries into the lucky grand prize drawing by: reading more and then logging your minutes read on librarieshawaii.beanstack.org or the new Beanstack app. - reading books, ebooks, graphic novels, magazines, newspapers, and listening to audiobooks all count! Completing activities and then logging them on librarieshawaii.beanstack.org or the new Beanstack app.," states the event poster. The app is available on iOS and Android devices.
     The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i and the 2018 Summer Reading Sponsors.

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ONGOING
Park Rangers invite the public to downtown Hilo to learn about the volcanic activity, to get their NPS Passport Book stamped, and to experience the Hawaiian cultural connection to volcanoes. Rangers are providing programs at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center at 76 Kamehameha Avenue, Tuesday through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Hawai‘i Island Quilting Artists are called to register by Saturday, May 26, for Volcano Art Center's 2nd Bi-Annual Quilt Show: Quilts in the Forest - Where the Path May Lead. Entry forms available online at volcanoartcenter.org/gallery/call-to-artists. Exhibition open Friday, July 13, to Friday, August 3, at Volcano Art Center's Niaulani campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano Village. Contact Fia Mattice at 967-8222 or quiltshow2018@volcanoartcenter.org.

Sign Up for the Nāʻālehu Independence Day Parade, to be held June 30. If interested, call Debra McIntosh at 929-9872.

Tūtū and Me Offers Home Visits to those with keiki zero to five years old: home visits to aid with helpful parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Home visits are free, last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, for a total of 12 visits, and snacks are provided. For info and to register, call Linda Bong 464-9634.

St. Jude's Episcopal Church Calls For More Volunteers for the Saturday community outreach. Especially needed are cooks for the soup served to those in need, and organizers for the hot showers. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's April newsletter. Volunteer by contacting Dave Breskin at 319-8333.

Volcano Forest Runs Registration Open through Friday, August 17, at 6 p.m. Half marathon $85, 10K $45, 5K $30. Registration increases August 1: half marathon to $95, 10K to $55, and 5K to $35. Race is run from Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village on Saturday, August 18.

5th annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run registration open. Race day Sat, Sept 22, 7 a.m.; begins and ends at Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Register online before Mon, July 9: 5K, $25/person; 10K, $35/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $45/person. From July 9 to Aug 11: $30/person, $40/person, and $45/person, respectively. From Aug 13 to Sept 20: $35/person, $45/person, and $55/person. Race day registration ends Sat, Sept 22, at 6:30 a.m. Event organizers, ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou; start location, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Ka‘ū News Briefs Monday, May 21, 2018

Explosive eruptions continue at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano today. This image was taken yesterday by Andrew Richard Hara
on a flight with Paradise Helicopters. See the story below. See Andrew Richard Hara's website, Facebook, and Instagram.
LAVA IS ON THE PROPERTY OF THE PUNA GEOTHERMAL VENTURE PLANT,  Pacific Business News reported this afternoon. A flow from fissure 22 moved toward the well pad and apparently stalled about 100 meters from the grounds.
     In the meantime PGV, county, state, and federal partners are attempting to reduce the risk of explosions, should lava penetrate the geothermal wells. They have poured cold water into the geothermal wells and are close to completing their attempt to kill the last well and cap it.
Lava approaching Puna Geothermal Ventures. Image from
Tropical Visions Video and Paradise Heliocopters
     Hawaiʻi News Now reported at 6 p.m. that PGV representatives said that one well, hotter than usual, apparently under pressure from the approaching lava, is proving troublesome in the attempt to kill it. An alternative approach using mud instead of water to cool and kill it is being attempted, the news report stated.
     Tom Travis, chief of state Emergency Management, said that he "should know soon if efforts are successful to neutralize KS 134, the last 'active' well." Said Travis, "We have quenched 10 of 11 wells and we are pumping fluid to plug the last well as we speak.
     “Should have an idea whether or not that’s successful tonight. Once that step is taken, we will be in a much more solid state for having lava overflow the site. This is important, because I think, as all of you know, lava is starting to intrude on the southern edge of Puna Geothermal Venture site. It’s not easy to predict where it’s going to go or when it’s going to get there."
     See the press conference on Puna Geothermal covered by Big Island Video News.
   
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LAVA BOAT TOURS ARE STARTING UP along the lower Puna coast as lava pours into the ocean. Kalapanalavaboat.com is advertising trips on its U.S. Coast Guard certified 49-foot catamaran called Hotspot, saying it sold out today's tours. The website says: "Lava flows have reached the ocean and our lava boat tours are now scheduled twice daily, both at 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively." The trips embark to the left of the Suisan Fish Market hoist in Hilo.
Kalapana Lava Boat photo from days when the flow was
farther from people's houses. Photo from kalapanalavaboat.com
     The Coast Guard will allow already permitted boats to sail offshore of the lava going into the ocean near MacKinzie State Park where two lava lobes are flowing into the Pacific.
     The website says, "With all the devastation, heartbreak and loss the current lava flow is causing here on the Big Island...the powerful earth's core still is the most amazing thing you could ever witness in person. We see it everywhere on video and the media every day over and again, but it will never compare to putting your digital device down and witnessing the amazing path of Tutu Pele in person.
     "Although we have opened up our booking schedule, we ask that you please continue to respect incident personnel working hard and the residents who have been displaced and have lost their livelihood due to the Kīlauea Volcanoes destructive path."
     The website says passengers must be in good health with no recent injuries, no back injuries, and not currently pregnant. See www.kalapanalavaboat.com.

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County Managing Director Will Okabe was being interviewed Sunday as reporters 
and military rushed toward him from spattering lava. Photo from Big Island Video News
REPORTERS AND SOLDIERS SCURRIED AWAY from a lava spattering explosion on Sunday, as County Managing Director Will Okabe gave an interview to news cameraman Daryl Lee. The interview was held in front of one of the two massive lava flows,  200 yards wide and 20 feet tall, that crossed Highway 137 in lower Puna. 
     As Okabe went on camera to warn to the public to stay away from the area, an explosion sounded and military and press ran toward him. "It's exploding right now. It is definitely a hazard," said Okobe.
     Okabe told Lee and Big Island Video News that Kalapana people still have access to evacuate on Highway 130. “But they need to really pay attention to what’s happening because anything can happen. Madame Pele can come out at any time,” Okabe said, “but we don’t want to cause panic. We want them to just be well informed, that’s it.”
     See the interview on bigislandvideonews.com.

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May 21 update of flows from fissures in Lower Puna. See below for current, as of 8 a.m. today, fissure activity. USGS map
LAVA CONTINUES TO FLOW INTO THE OCEAN at two outfalls in lower Puna. Air pollution from mixing of lava and ocean water, inland lava fountains, and gas emitted from fissures is increasing the health threat to residents of the area.
     Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense warned today that "residents and visitors in lower Puna, south of the Lower East Rift Zone, should be prepared to leave the area with little to no notice due to gas or lava inundation. Take action necessary to prepare ahead of time. Gas levels remain high. Take actions to limit further exposure."
     One of the institutions in the path of the lava is Kua O Ka Lā New Century Public Charter School, which began moving all of its equipment from its campus today, with help from the county and with Civil Defense predicting that lava flow could reach it within a few days.
     Civil Defense also stated, "Due to unsafe conditions on roadways, the following policies are in effect: Kalapana and Kapoho Roads are open to residents only. Identification is required. Highway 137 is closed to all traffic between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. No stopping, this is a high sulfur dioxide area. Everyone is asked to stay out of the area."
Fountaining from fissure 22 yesterday. For scale, under the tall tree on the left stand two people - one in orange, one in blue. USGS photo
      "Due to the lava entry at the ocean, the following policies are in effect: Access to the area is prohibited due to the laze hazard. Stay away from any ocean plume since it can change direction without warning. The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the ocean entry area and enforcing a 300 meter standoff zone. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area."

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One of the first reports of an explosion at Kīlauea Crater can be seen on Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's Eletronic Tilt graph, showing today's at around 1800 hours and others over the last two weeks. HVO graph
EXPLOSIVE ERUPTIONS OF ASH CONTINUE at Kīlauea summit, with an explosion at 5:55 p.m. and ash expected to head toward Kaʻū. Yesterday there were two, including one in the photo at the top of these Kaʻū News Briefs.
     At 12:55 a.m., this morning, an ash plume reached 7,000 feet above sea level. Between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., more ash was generated, and one plume reached 10,000 feet. Winds are carrying most of the ash to the southwest.

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"It is easy to see the activity on Hawaii’s #Kilauea Volcano from @Space_Station.
We hope those in the vicinity of the eruption can stay out of harm’s way," Tweeted
astronaut A. J. (Drew) Feustel @Astro-Feustal from the 

International Space Station on Sunday, May 13.
“DO NOT BE NEAR” LAZE is the best way to avoid health impact from the particles and gasses generated from lava flowing into the ocean, stated Dr. Alvin Bronstein, of the state Department of Health, during a press conference today. Bronstein stated the danger is influenced primarily by the amount and makeup of lava going into the ocean, and the direction of wind. Laze is a health risk in air for particles and sulfuric acid, he said; once particles are on the ground, exposure risk is minimal.
     Janet Babb of USGS warned today of a new danger: methane explosions from lava or fire reaching pockets of decayed vegetation, which can happen further away from lava flow than expected.
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TWELVE DAYS OF HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK CLOSURE - plus earlier, shorter closures this year - have cost the island millions of dollars in lost revenues, according to figures presented by HVNP spokesperson Jessica Ferracane.
This morning's overflight of Kīlauea Volcano’s Lower East Rift Zone
shows lava flowing around a kipuka (an "island" of land surrounded
by younger lava flows) before entering the ocean. The ocean
entry is producing a laze plume. 

Photo from USGS/Carolyn Parcheta
     The economic impact on the local community is “quite significant,” said Ferracane, noting that HVNP is the number one attraction in the state, drawing more than two million visitors a year, spending $166 million in 2017. The cumulative benefit to the local economy was estimated at $222 million in 2017, the park reported.
     Two thirds of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes closed on the evening of May 10 due to risk from volcanic activity and it is unknown when it will be safe enough to reopen. It was also closed May 4 through 6 during Kīlauea eruptions. From Jan 20-22, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes and other national parks were closed until Congress funded the federal government.
     Ferracane stated the last long closure of the park was in October of 2015 during a federal government shutdown, which lasted 16 days. 

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HAWAI‘I ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY HAS ANNOUNCED CONTINGENCY PLANS to restore electricity to communities in lower Puna that may be cut off by lava flows. Options include diesel and solar battery generators.With lava moving more quickly over the past few days, Hawaiian Electric Light engineers are identifying suitable locations.
Burning power lines in Lower Puna.
Photo from hawaiielectric.com
     In particular, engineers are planning to "help power critical infrastructure, such as cell phone towers,” said spokesperson Rhea Lee-Moku. “We’ve developed several plans that can be implemented to provide short-term solutions. Work on long-term solutions will continue and will be dependent on the impact of the lava and other seismic activity in this area, as well as guidance from Civil Defense authorities.”
     In addition to possibly employing large capacity diesel generators and portable solar-battery-generator units, the utility is considering the use of steel poles strong enough to support wires able to span lava flows and temporarily connect to undamaged distribution lines.
     Hawai‘i Electric Light has created a page on its website “for the latest information for customers affected by the eruption and for those who may have questions about billing and service during the emergency” at https://www.hawaiielectriclight.com/lava. Updates also are available on the company’s Twitter - @HIElectricLight - and Facebook - HawaiianElectric - accounts.

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AIR QUALITY INDEX AFTER SEVERAL DAYS OF FREQUENT ASH PLUMES from Halemaʻumaʻu as of 4 p.m. today in Pāhala is good at 21, Ocean View is moderate at 74, and Kona is moderate, nearing unhealthy for sensitive groups, at 90. AQI measures particulate matter, as well as gasses.
     SO2 measurements were good for most of today, with Ocean View measuring at 0.03 and Pāhala at 0.01 at 4:30 p.m. Pāhala had a spike of moderate levels around 8 a.m., up to 0.19, back down to good range by 930 a.m.
     See AirNow. See Hawaiʻi Short Term SO2 Advisory. Also see the University of Hawaiʻi air quality prediction website at http://weather.hawaii.edu/vmap/hysplit/

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AUDITIONS FOR KĪLAUEA DRAMA & ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK’S SUMMER MUSICAL OLIVER will be held at the Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village due to the National Park closure. Auditions for all ages and abilities will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22 and 23, at 6:30 p.m. Be prepared to sing, do cold reads, and move. The show will run July 13 -29, 2018. For more information call 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

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TUESDAY, MAY 22
Hawai‘i County Special Council Meeting, First Reading of Operating & CIP Budgets, Tue, May 22, 9-4:30pmHilo Council Chambers. Ka‘ū residents can participate via video conferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

HOVE Road Maintenance Monthly Meeting, Tue, May 22, 3 p.m., RMC Office in Ocean View. hoveroad.com, 929-9910

MOVED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE: Auditions for Kīlauea Drama & Entertainments Musical "Oliver," Tue & Wed, May 22 & 23, 6:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Parts for all ages and ability. 982-7344, kden73@aol.com

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23
Craft Night at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, Wed., May 23, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sessions every half hour until 6 p.m. at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center. This month will be glazing a custom clay ornament of a tiger shark. Sharks worldwide are threatened, and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument provides one of the last sanctuaries for these majestic animals. Coral reefs depend upon a healthy shark population. Sign up early due to a limited supply of ornaments. Cost is $12 per ornament. Pre-register and prepay at Kīlauea Pottery, phone 731-6614 or visit them at 46 Waianuenue Ave. Contact Clayton.Watkins@noaa.gov or call (808) 933-8184.

MOVED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE: Auditions for Kīlauea Drama & Entertainments Musical "Oliver," Tue & Wed, May 22 & 23, 6:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Parts for all ages and ability. 982-7344, kden73@aol.com

THURSDAY, MAY 24
VA Medical Services, Thursdays, May 24 & 31, 8:30-noon, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thu, May 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Punalu‘u Bake Shop. Monthly meeting provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

FRIDAY, MAY 25
Coffee Talk, Fri, May 25, 9:30-11amKahuku Park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Join park rangers in informal conversation on a variety of topics. Ka‘ū coffee, tea, and pastries available for purchase. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Memorial Day Lei - Arts & Crafts, Fri, May 25, 2-3pm, Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. For all ages. Register May 21-25. Free. Teresa Anderson, 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

SATURDAY, MAY 26
HIDEM's Hawai‘i State Convention, Sat & Sun, May 26 & 27, Hilton Waikoloa. hawaiidemocrats.org

Nature & Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Sat, May 26, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate guided hike along the Palm Trail, approx. 2 miles. Learn about native plants that play a vital role in Hawaiian culture, and observe the catastrophic change and restoration of the land as it transitions from the 1868 lava flow to deeper soils with more diversity and older flora. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Flameworking - An Introductory Class, Sat & Sun, May 26 & 27, 2-5pm, Volcano Art Center. Glasswork using torch or lamp to melt glass. $155/VAC Member, $160/non-Member, plus $40 supply fee/person. Advanced registration required; limited to 4 adults. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

SUNDAY, MAY 27
‘Ōhi‘a Lehua, Sun, 27, 9:30-11am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Learn about vital role of ‘ōhi‘a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, and many forms of ‘ōhi‘a tree and its flower on this free, easy, one-mile walk. nps.gov/HAVO

MONDAY, MAY 28
MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE: Memorial Day Ceremony, Mon, May 28, 3pm, Kīlauea Military Camp front lawn, inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Gathering to remember and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Keynote Speaker: Major Kawika Hosea, Executive Officer of 1-299 Cavalry Regiment, Keaukaha Military Reservation. In case of rain, ceremony will move indoors. Open to authorized KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE: Memorial Day Buffet, Mon, May 28, 4-7pm, Crater Rim Café, Kīlauea Military Campy, inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Menu includes BBQ Kalua Pork, Local Styles Fried Chicken with Gravy, Salads and more. $19/Adult, $10/Child (6-11 yrs). Open to authorized KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. 967-8356, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

NEW & UPCOMING
HAWAI’I WILDLIFE FUND HOSTS TWO UPCOMING KA‘Ū VOLUNTEER DAYS, with the first beach clean-up opportunity taking place on Tuesday, June 5, with Hawai’i Outdoor Institute. The second beach clean-up opportunity takes place on Saturday, July 7, at Leipana/Pā‘ula, which is located below Nā‘ālehu.
     Space is limited, email kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com for time to meet up at Wai‘ōhinu Park. Free; however, donations are appreciated. Visit wildhawaii.org for more about Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund.

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ONGOING
Park Rangers invite the public to downtown Hilo to learn about the volcanic activity, to get their NPS Passport Book stamped, and to experience the Hawaiian cultural connection to volcanoes. Rangers are providing programs at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center at 76 Kamehameha Avenue, Tuesday through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Hawai‘i Island Quilting Artists are called to register by Saturday, May 26, for Volcano Art Center's 2nd Bi-Annual Quilt Show: Quilts in the Forest - Where the Path May Lead. Entry forms available online at volcanoartcenter.org/gallery/call-to-artists. Exhibition open Friday, July 13, to Friday, August 3, at Volcano Art Center's Niaulani campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano Village. Contact Fia Mattice at 967-8222 or quiltshow2018@volcanoartcenter.org.

Sign Up for the Nāʻālehu Independence Day Parade, to be held June 30. If interested, call Debra McIntosh at 929-9872.

Tūtū and Me Offers Home Visits to those with keiki zero to five years old: home visits to aid with helpful parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Home visits are free, last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, for a total of 12 visits, and snacks are provided. For info and to register, call Linda Bong 464-9634.

St. Jude's Episcopal Church Calls For More Volunteers for the Saturday community outreach. Especially needed are cooks for the soup served to those in need, and organizers for the hot showers. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's April newsletter. Volunteer by contacting Dave Breskin at 319-8333.

Volcano Forest Runs Registration Open through Friday, August 17, at 6 p.m. Half marathon $85, 10K $45, 5K $30. Registration increases August 1: half marathon to $95, 10K to $55, and 5K to $35. Race is run from Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village on Saturday, August 18.

5th annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run registration open. Race day Sat, Sept 22, 7 a.m.; begins and ends at Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Register online before Mon, July 9: 5K, $25/person; 10K, $35/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $45/person. From July 9 to Aug 11: $30/person, $40/person, and $45/person, respectively. From Aug 13 to Sept 20: $35/person, $45/person, and $55/person. Race day registration ends Sat, Sept 22, at 6:30 a.m. Event organizers, ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou; start location, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ka‘ū News Briefs Sunday, May 20, 2018

Before lava crossed Highway 137 and entered the ocean at two places near MacKinzie park last night, lava crossed Pohoiki Road 
(above) in lower Puna. It threatened about 40 houses. At least four people were rescued from their homes by County and 
National Guard helicopters. Four houses were destroyed. USGS photo
LAVA REACHED THE SHORELINE IN TWO PLACES NEAR MACKENZIE PARK in lower Puna last night after two lobes crossed and shut down Highway 137. The fast moving pahoehoe lava continues to pour into the ocean today. However, a crack opened in the ground under the eastern lobe of lava from Fissure 20 robbing some of the lava from going into the ocean and making it uncertain as to whether there will soon be a third entry point into the Pacific.
Despite many professional photographers 
and news crews attempting to capture closeup
 images of the flow into the ocean, Civil Defense 
warns such photography is dangerous. See 
yesterday's Kaʻū News Brief  for the first 
reported injury from lava during the eruption. 
Photo from Ikaika Marzo Facebook 
A crack that opened in the ground is robbing the east channel of 
Fissure 20 of lava going into the ocean. Prior to opening, lava was 
flowing vigorously into the Pacific. USGS photo
      With the ocean entries, County Civil Defense warns of laze, created from lava mixing with ocean water, becoming hydrochloric acid and acid rain with glass particles. Health hazards of laze include lung damage, and eye and skin irritation. Laze plumes can switch directions quickly with changes in the wind and contribute to the overall toxicity of vog, Civil Defense says.  
Part of the lava from the eastern channel of the Fissure 20 complex 
is flowing into a crack in the ground that opened this morning, 
making it uncertain as to whether there will be a third ocean entry. 
USGS photo
  Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. Kamaili Road is closed to all through traffic, and all are asked to stay out of the area by Civil Defense.
     The Coast Guard declared a no-go area in the ocean near the lava flows and released a statement. Lt. Commander John Bannard of Coast Guard waterways management, said, “For mariners without prior limited entry approval, the safety zone encompasses all waters extending 300 meters (984 feet) in all directions around the entry of the lava flow into the ocean. All waterway users should be aware of the hazardous conditions associated with such an event. Getting too close to the lava can result in serious injury or death.”
     The county Department of Water Supply retains a water restriction from Kapoho through Pohoiki. The lava flow across Pohoiki Road cut off county water to residents.

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Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory published this map today, showing two lava ocean entries near MacKinzie State Park.
See the USGS lava maps.
SULFUR DIOXIDE EMISSIONS TRIPLED at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's air quality measuring stations in lower Puna today, particularly at Kamaliʻi, Sea View, and Malama Ki. Civil Defense issued the report and warns people in the area to stay protected or leave.
Bad air blows through Pāhala and stacks up as it
reaches the leeward side of the island. Image from 
AirNow
     Prevailing winds are expected to keep driving the vog across Kaʻū and up to Kona. How much bad air will reach these communities is unknown, given variability of winds. Pāhala is on the windward side of the island and the trades tend to push the vog along. Ocean View and up the coast to Kona are on the leeward side of the island with less wind, and particulate matter can build up there.
Shallow earthquakes preceded another ash blow at Halemaʻumaʻu Crater
this afternoon. See the USGS earthquake maps.
     At noon today the S02 levels reported in Pāhala, Ocean View, and Kona were negligible. The overall particulate and other measurements for the AirNow reading were good in Pāhala, moderate in in Ocean View, and unhealthy for sensitive groups in Kona.
     However, with another round of shallow earthquakes, another ash plume blasted out of Halemaʻumaʻu in Kīlauea Crater this afternoon, sending more ash toward Kaʻū.
     See Hawaiʻi Short Term SO2 Advisory. See AirNow. Also see the University of Hawaiʻi air quality predictions.

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BEWARE OF LAZE
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports: Late last night, the fissure 20 lava flow reached the ocean. Hot lava entering the ocean creates a dense 

white plume called laze(short for "lava haze"). Laze is formed as hot lava boils seawater to dryness. The process leads to a series of chemical 
reactions that result in the formation of a billowing white cloud composed of a mixture of condensed seawater steam, hydrochloric acid gas, and 
tiny shards of volcanic glass. This mixture has the stinging and corrosive properties of dilute battery acid, and should be avoided. Because 
laze can be blown downwind, its corrosive effects can extend far beyond the actual ocean entry area. USGS photo
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THERE IS "ABSOLUTELY NO REASON" TO CANCEL TRIPS TO HAWAIʻI ISLAND, said Ross Birch, Executive Director of Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau, speaking at a press conference at Volcano Golf Course on Saturday.
Birch Ross, Executive Director,
Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau
     Birch said the eruption is having no affect on either major airport’s traffic. He stated the numbers of tourists arriving is similar or slightly more than the numbers from 2017. Japanese tourism had an immediate slight drop, said Birch, but the biggest impact so far are the park closure, and the cruise lines - which have chosen to stay away from the ports of Hilo and Kona. The cancelled cruises will have cost Hawaiʻi Island about $1.2 million as of next week, per the present cancellations.
     Other immediate impacts are group reservation cancellations for May through the summer, estimated to cost “tens to hundreds of thousands per property,” said Birch. Businesses that are in or related specifically to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park or the Puna area are “critically affected,” and “most have laid off employees or closed their doors.”
     See current info and updates from the Hawaiian Tourism Authority or call the hotline at 1-800-Go-Hawaii.
    See the press conference, with Ross, Hawaiian Volcano scientists, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park officials, state Dept. of Health officials, and more. 

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U.S. SEN. DANIEL AKAKA LAID IN STATE at the State Capitol Rotunda from Friday through Saturday mornings,
Sen. Dan Akaka made it a practice to attend Democratic
 Party rallies at Hilo Bandstand. Photo by Julia Neal
surrounded by a military honor guard, Hawaiian musicians, and an overnight celebration drawing many who knew him and spoke about his his long life of service.
     A public celebration of life was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Kawaiahao Church, where Gov. David Ige and former Governors George Ariyoshi, John Waihee, Ben Cayetano, and Neil Abercrombie, spoke.
     Akaka, who passed away on April 6 at age 93, will be buried tomorrow, May 21, in a private service at Punchbowl.
     Akaka was the first Native Hawaiian elected to Congress. He strove to support veterans - especially Japanese-American ones - and served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He then became an educator, a principal, then started to serve in various government positions until running and winning a U.S. House of Representatives seat in 1976, then the Senate in 1990. Akaka stayed in public office until 2012. He is most famous for the “Akaka Bill,” which sought U.S. federal recognition for Hawaiians in a similar way as Native American tribes.
     A release from Ige states: “As an educator and a humble statesman for more than three and a half decades, Senator Akaka's life of service sets an example for all of us. The people of Hawaiʻi mourn this great public servant who fought for Native Hawaiian education, language and culture, for medical and educational benefits for our veterans, recognition of Filipino veterans, and for many other social service programs.”
     “I thank the beloved Senator Akaka for his unwavering dedication to the people of Hawaiʻi. Senator lived a life of service and aloha, and the people of Hawaiʻi have benefited in countless ways,” said Ige. “Our state mourns the loss of this man of upright character.”

Gov. David Ige with Sen. Akaka. Photo from Gov. Ige
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SEN. MAZIE HIRONO IS ON HAWAIʻI ISLAND TODAY to visit residents displaced by the volcanic activity. 

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CRISIS LINE OF HAWAI‘I IS NOW AVAILABLE to those feeling stress and anxiety from ongoing volcanic eruption on Hawai‘i Island. A week into the lava flow from Kīlauea volcano on Hawai‘i Island, states a release from the office of Gov. David Ige, the Hawai‘i State Department of Health is reminding residents and visitors that anyone who has been affected by the recent eruptions and is seeking help in coping with mental or emotional effects, may call the Crisis Line of Hawai‘i toll-free at 1-800-753-6879.
     DOH's Crisis Line of Hawai‘i is available 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and “is staffed with a team of live, local representatives who are trained and experienced professionals able to help individuals in times of a mental health crisis. People who have feelings of stress and anxiety can call the Crisis Line to receive short-term confidential counseling as well as information on available resources,” says the release.
     “Taking steps early to ensure the mental health of you and your family during and after a tragic event can make a difference in the long-run, especially when young children are involved,” said Mark Fridovich, Ph.D., M.P.A., administrator of DOH’s Adult Mental Health Division. “Disasters like the Kīlauea lava flow are unexpected and often bring out strong emotions, which is understandable when people are forced out of their homes and into a state of fear and worry. This is why we offer resources like the Crisis Line and hope people take advantage of it during their times of need.”
     Additionally, The Parent Line is a free, locally-based, statewide telephone line that provides support, encouragement, informal counseling, information, and referral to callers experiencing concerns about their child’s behavior or who have issues regarding family stresses or questions about community resources. The Parent Line is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact The Parent Line toll-free at 1-800-816-1222 or visit http://www.theparentline.org/ to learn more.
     “Ongoing evacuations due to the lava flow and the insecurity of not knowing what will happen are a source of stress and anxiety for many people, particularly those in or near areas that have been forced to leave their homes. People responding to the emergency and those with family and friends affected by the lava flow are also likely feeling the effects of stress and anxiety,” states the release.
     “DOH offers the following guidance to aid in coping during this difficult time:
    • Talk to your family members and friends to maintain a strong support system. 
    • Children are particularly vulnerable, as they have trouble processing what is happening. Help your children by sharing age-appropriate information and being honest. 
    • Set a good example for children by taking care of yourself. 
    • Take breaks and unwind periodically and ask for help if you need it. 
    • Stay informed of the situation by tuning in to local news sources but avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of the event.”
     For more resources, visit the DOH Adult Mental Health Division’s website at http://health.hawaii.gov/amhd/consumer/access/. Additional information and resources can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/index.asp.

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MICHAEL L. LAST WILL RUN FOR DISTRICT THREE IN THE HAWAIʻI STATE SENATE this November. The Libertarian candidate has issued a partial position statement:
     “I truly believe that less government equals more personal freedom. In all forms.
     “Why must the state and/or county government continuously raise the tax burden on those that pay to promote the programs that allegedly help those non-taxpayers? I've had enough!
     “As an adult you have the right to do whatever you want with your own person or property, provided you do not infringe on the person or property of a non-consenting other adult.
     “Drugs as an example - I refuse to partake in this non-prescribed practice, but feel that others can do what they want if they do not affect others. If drugs are so dangerous, why isn't drinking and driving treated the same way?
     “Same with gambling, and not the social kind referenced under HRS 712-1231. All forms of gambling should be allowed, but with two restrictions. 1) It should only be available to those over a certain age (18, 19, 20 or 21); and 2) It should not be made mandatory. Think of all the money the state would receive from gambling by those that consent to partake. State lottery, what a windfall for education. Can't handle gambling? Tough... don't play, I don't.
     “Smoking. Why should the state dictate that anyone under 21 must refrain from smoking? You can join the military and defend America from all enemies and possibly give up your life at 18, but smoking, no good. And what about voting? At 18 you are old enough to cast a ballot for the same people who restrict smoking. Doesn't this sound hypocritical? 
   “An abortion is a medical procedure between a woman and her physician. Period! The government should not get involved in any way in medical procedures. If some person believes it is murder, then they are not required to abort their own fetus. You leave other people alone, and I'll do the same.
     “Don't like inoculations, don't take them. But don't think of sending your children to the public schools to infect my children.
     “Term limits. I am totally in support of a maximum two terms for every elected position. And only two terms; no taking a term off and then running again. No more serving for life. If it's good enough for the President, it's good enough for every elected servant.
Libertarian state Senate candidate Michael Last. 
     “Public funding of campaigns. I am against any form of public payment of campaigns unless it is done where a person can opt-out from paying into the fund. In addition, there must be no requirement for a candidate to raise separately a certain amount of money. Presently, now a candidate that elects not to accept any contributions cannot receive public funds. I have rejected any attempt by anyone to contribute to my campaign. Why do people contribute? I believe pac stands for Purchase A Candidate.
     “Politicians receiving, and using, discretionary funds? What a joke! Eliminate them, the discretionary funds... as well as the politicians.
     Why does Hawaiʻi still have mandatory unionized state and county workers? I worked for the County of Hawaii a long time ago and was required to pay union fees. This is O.K. in the private sector but not in the public arena.
     “Eliminate certain state and county agencies and departments, like the state Department of Tourism. The forms that they produce and distribute for all arriving visitors, and returning residents, assists no one other than the private tourism related entities. Like hotels and rental cars. Let them collect the data.
     “But if you like the way things are going, then go right ahead and vote in the usual politicians. Or you can vote for me, I am the only candidate. A true candidate, not a politician.
     “Have I sparked your interest? Want to talk more? Give me a call; send a letter or an email. Even if you want to tell me where I'm wrong, please call or write. And I will not ask for any funding from you. You see, I'm not a politician after all!”
     Michael Last can be reached at P.O. Box 291, Nāʻālehu, HI, 96772, 808-929-8422, or LAST_PL@yahoo.com.

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MONDAY, MAY 21
Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Monday, May 21, 1 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. A parent led homeschool activity/social group building community in Ka‘ū. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Discovery Harbour Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Mon, May 21, 5-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

TUESDAY, MAY 22
Hawai‘i County Special Council Meeting, First Reading of Operating & CIP Budgets, Tue, May 22, 9-4:30pmHilo Council Chambers. Ka‘ū residents can participate via video conferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

HOVE Road Maintenance Monthly Meeting, Tue, May 22, 3 p.m., RMC Office in Ocean View. hoveroad.com, 929-9910

MOVED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE: Auditions for Kīlauea Drama & Entertainments Musical "Oliver," Tue & Wed, May 22 & 23, 6:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Parts for all ages and ability. 982-7344, kden73@aol.com

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23
Craft Night at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, Wed., May 23, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sessions every half hour until 6 p.m. at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center. This month will be glazing a custom clay ornament of a tiger shark. Sharks worldwide are threatened, and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument provides one of the last sanctuaries for these majestic animals. Coral reefs depend upon a healthy shark population. Sign up early due to a limited supply of ornaments. Cost is $12 per ornament. Pre-register and prepay at Kīlauea Pottery, phone 731-6614 or visit them at 46 Waianuenue Ave. Contact Clayton.Watkins@noaa.gov or call (808) 933-8184.

MOVED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE: Auditions for Kīlauea Drama & Entertainments Musical "Oliver," Tue & Wed, May 22 & 23, 6:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Parts for all ages and ability. 982-7344, kden73@aol.com

THURSDAY, MAY 24
VA Medical Services, Thursdays, May 24 & 31, 8:30-noon, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thu, May 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Punalu‘u Bake Shop. Monthly meeting provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

FRIDAY, MAY 25
Coffee Talk, Fri, May 25, 9:30-11amKahuku Park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Join park rangers in informal conversation on a variety of topics. Ka‘ū coffee, tea, and pastries available for purchase. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Memorial Day Lei - Arts & Crafts, Fri, May 25, 2-3pm, Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. For all ages. Register May 21-25. Free. Teresa Anderson, 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

SATURDAY, MAY 26
HIDEM's Hawai‘i State Convention, Sat & Sun, May 26 & 27, Hilton Waikoloa. hawaiidemocrats.org

Nature & Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Sat, May 26, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate guided hike along the Palm Trail, approx. 2 miles. Learn about native plants that play a vital role in Hawaiian culture, and observe the catastrophic change and restoration of the land as it transitions from the 1868 lava flow to deeper soils with more diversity and older flora. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Flameworking - An Introductory Class, Sat & Sun, May 26 & 27, 2-5pm, Volcano Art Center. Glasswork using torch or lamp to melt glass. $155/VAC Member, $160/non-Member, plus $40 supply fee/person. Advanced registration required; limited to 4 adults. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

SUNDAY, MAY 27
‘Ōhi‘a Lehua, Sun, 27, 9:30-11am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Learn about vital role of ‘ōhi‘a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, and many forms of ‘ōhi‘a tree and its flower on this free, easy, one-mile walk. nps.gov/HAVO

NEW & UPCOMING
REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER LEARN-TO-SWIM LESSONS offered at the Pāhala Swimming Pool, takes place Wednesday, May 30, and Thursday, May 31, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the pool. For more details, call 928-8177 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-aquatics/.

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ONGOING
Park Rangers invite the public to downtown Hilo to learn about the volcanic activity, to get their NPS Passport Book stamped, and to experience the Hawaiian cultural connection to volcanoes. Rangers are providing programs at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center at 76 Kamehameha Avenue, Tuesday through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Hawai‘i Island Quilting Artists are called to register by Saturday, May 26, for Volcano Art Center's 2nd Bi-Annual Quilt Show: Quilts in the Forest - Where the Path May Lead. Entry forms available online at volcanoartcenter.org/gallery/call-to-artists. Exhibition open Friday, July 13, to Friday, August 3, at Volcano Art Center's Niaulani campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano Village. Contact Fia Mattice at 967-8222 or quiltshow2018@volcanoartcenter.org.

Sign Up for the Nāʻālehu Independence Day Parade, to be held June 30. If interested, call Debra McIntosh at 929-9872.

Tūtū and Me Offers Home Visits to those with keiki zero to five years old: home visits to aid with helpful parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Home visits are free, last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, for a total of 12 visits, and snacks are provided. For info and to register, call Linda Bong 464-9634.

St. Jude's Episcopal Church Calls For More Volunteers for the Saturday community outreach. Especially needed are cooks for the soup served to those in need, and organizers for the hot showers. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's April newsletter. Volunteer by contacting Dave Breskin at 319-8333.

Volcano Forest Runs Registration Open through Friday, August 17, at 6 p.m. Half marathon $85, 10K $45, 5K $30. Registration increases August 1: half marathon to $95, 10K to $55, and 5K to $35. Race is run from Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village on Saturday, August 18.

5th annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run registration open. Race day Sat, Sept 22, 7 a.m.; begins and ends at Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Register online before Mon, July 9: 5K, $25/person; 10K, $35/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $45/person. From July 9 to Aug 11: $30/person, $40/person, and $45/person, respectively. From Aug 13 to Sept 20: $35/person, $45/person, and $55/person. Race day registration ends Sat, Sept 22, at 6:30 a.m. Event organizers, ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou; start location, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill.

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