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Friday, September 21, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs Friday, September 21, 2018

The idea of the Pono Pledge is to commit to taking care of the land and the ocean, and to live and visit 
Hawaiʻi safely and respectfully. Image from ponopledge.com
THE ISLAND OF HAWAIʻI'S  PONO PLEDGE LAUNCHED ON THURSDAY. Hawaiʻi County, the Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau, and East Kaʻū's state House of Representative member and House Tourism Chair Richard Onishi encourage locals and visitors to sign the Pono Pledge. The idea is to commit to taking care of the land and the ocean, and to live and visit safely and respectfully. The Pono Pledge acknowledges that "One's love for the planet is an inseverable relationship." Promises in the Pono Pledge are:
The Pono Pledge can be taken at ponopledge.com.
Image from ponopledge.com
     "I pledge to be pono (righteous) on the island of Hawaiʻi.
     "I will mindfully seek wonder, but not wander where I do not belong.
     "I will not defy death for breathtaking photos or venture beyond safety.
     "I will malama (care for) land and sea, and admire wildlife only from afar.
     "Molten lava will mesmerize me, but I will not disrupt its flow.
     "I will not take what is not mine, leaving lava rocks and sand as originally found.
     "I will heed ocean conditions, never turning my back to the Pacific.
     "When rain falls mauka (inland), I will remain high above ground, out of rivers and streams.
     "I will embrace the island's aloha spirit, as it embraces me.
     "Lawe i ka maʻalea i kuʻonoʻono. Take Wisdom and Make it Deep."
Hawaiʻi County Department of Research and Development's Frecia Cevallos, 
Hawaiʻi Island Visitors Bureadu Executive Director Ross Birch, County 
Managing Director Wil Okabe, and Rep. Richard Onishi. 
     The Pono Pledge can be made online at ponopledge.com. the website also offers a section of safety, with warnings, watches, advisories and outlooks. It lists lifeguarded beaches. It explains ocean warning flags and rules of the road. It provides knowledge about earthquakes and volcanoes. It discusses trespassing and lists emergency phone numbers.
     Another section of ponopledge.com lists and educates about protected species from the Nēnē, the Hawaiian goose, to hawksbill and green sea turtles, the Hawaiian Hoary bat, the Ōpeʻapeʻa, the Hawaiian Monk seal, humpback whales, and spinner dolphins. See the Big Island Video News coverage of the Pono Pledge launch.

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A WAIʻŌHINU WOMAN DIED WHEN HER CAR hit a utility pole along Hwy 11 near Punaluʻu on Thursday midnight. Nineteen year old Brittany Perry was driving toward Pāhala when her vehicle ran off the highway near the 58-mile marker, striking the utility pole head on, according to the police report. She was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was found unresponsive at the scene. Taken to Hilo Medical Center, she was pronounced dead at 4:03 a.m.
     The police report points to inattention as the possible cause. An autopsy was ordered to determine the exact cause of death and the Traffic Enforcement Unit is asking for any witnesses to contact Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 808-326-4646, extension 229.

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Eucalyptus above Pāhala is scheduled to be harvested to make electricity at 
Pepeʻekeo, where a law suit to stop the bioenergy project was dismissed 
this week by a Hilo court. Photo by Julia Neal
A JUDGE DISMISSED A LAWSUIT AGAINST HU HONUA Bioenergy this week that could have delayed opening of the biofuel plant on the Pepeʻekeo coast north of Hilo, which plans to burn eucalyptus trees from farms above Pāhala and elsewhere.
     A story in today's Hawaiʻi Tribune Herald by John Burnett covers the suit against the county brought by bed and breakfast owner Claudia Rohr. She claimed that the county should have required an environmental assessment from Hu Honua. Judge Greg Nakamura ruled that "a judicial proceeding, the subject of which is the lack of an environmental assessment, must be brought within 120 days of an agency's decision to carry out or approve the action." He noted that the Special Management Area use permit for Hu Honua was approved in 2011.
     According to Hawaiʻi Tribune Herald, "The judge also rejected Rohr's argument that Hu Honua's request last year to the state Public Utilities Commission seeking preferential rates for the purchase of renewable energy produced by agricultural activities triggered the necessity for environmental review." The judge stated, "The court's view is that Hu Honua's request to the PUC does not… for example, request approval of any use of land… As such, the request does not trigger the requirement of an environmental assessment…" reported the Tribune Herald.
     In the meantime, the harvest has begun at the eucalyptus farm above Pāhala on Kamehameha School lands.
     See more on The Kaʻū Calendar from Aug. 19.

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HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK OPENS LIMITED AREAS TOMORROW MORNING after 134 days of closure. The fee-free day, inspired by National Lands Day, is expected to be very busy, with long lines, limited parking, no potable water, and restricted services. Businesses located inside the Park, like Volcano House and Volcano Art Center Gallery, will be open.
     "We are elated to welcome visitors and staff back into the park!" says a release from Jessica Ferracane, Public Affairs Specialist for the Park.
     In an Instagram post, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes says, "One of the biggest challenges of #HVNPRecovery is getting the park water system repaired and safe to drink. Did you know the park has the largest rainwater catchment system in the United States used solely for potable water? On a normal day it delivers over 30,000 gallons of treated water over 10 miles of 60 year old pipes to restrooms, visitor centers, 34 office buildings, 13 houses and dorms, dozens of warehouses and garages, and the Volcano House hotel.
View from the Pit Crater hike at Kahuku Unit. NPS photo
     "But since May, the park water team has been working hard to repair damage from over 80,0000 earthquakes and clean volcanic ash out of huge catchment ponds. Check it out in this video and learn more about the recovery: nps.gov/havo/recovery.htm."
     Also on Saturday, the Pit Crater Trail will open in the Kahuku Unit, which will retain it's longer open hours and days – Wednesdays through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – and fee-free status. "A hike to the forested pit crater is a window into the past and a vision of the future for the Southwest Rift Zone of Mauna Loa," says a release from the Park. "From the crater's rim visitors can look down into a rare native forest refuge protected within the sheer walls of the pit."
     Superintendent Cindy Orlando said, "We are excited to continue expanding visitor options. The Pit Crater Trail is a great opportunity to experience many of Kahuku's most fascinating resources."
     The Pit Crater trail "is an arduous 4.75 miles long" says the release, and takes roughly 2.5 - 3 hours round trip to hike. The hike has "significant" elevation changes. Helpful tips include: Bring at least 3-4 quarts of water; Wear sturdy hiking boots; Bring a hat and sunscreen for protection. Hiker are encouraged to use the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death decontamination station at the beginning of the trail, to help prevent the spread of potential fungus spores. Also make sure to close all gates while hiking the trail: closing the gates helps to prevent the spread of invasive ungulates into the upper section of the park.

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Sen. Mazie Hirono in Washington this week.
Photo from Hirono's Twitter
SEN. MAZIE HIRONO IS RALLYING AGAINST PRESSURE PLACED on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford regarding her willingness to testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The Committee asked Ford to decide by tonight whether she would testify next week, threatening to go forward with the vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavenaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday if she didn't commit to testify.
      Just before midnight in Washington, D.C., however, Committee Chair Chuck Grassley extended the deadline to Saturday for Ford to make her decision.
      Ford has said she would testify regarding her allegations that the U.S. Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. 
     Hirono tweeted, "Chairman Grassley is now threatening to hold a vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination on Monday unless Dr. Blasey Ford gives in to his demands. The 11 Republican men on the committee are treating this like a hostage situation. They just don't get it," Hirono also posted photos of the 11 men.
     Hirono is one of four women on the committee, and is the only Senator who was not born in the U.S. She encourages other women to be active in politics, and has said she believes women will make a difference in the 2018 elections in November.

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See video of Kīlauea summit. See the changes in person
this Saturday, for free. NPS video
WILL THIS SUMMER'S LIMITED COLLAPSE OF KĪLAUEA CALDERA EVENTUALLY WIDEN? Asks this week's Volcano Watch, written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates:
     The limited collapse of the inner part of Kīlauea Volcano's caldera this summer fell well short of the larger summit-wide collapses that occurred in the past. How many such limited collapses can we recognize at Kīlauea before written records were kept? The answer is none.
     Yes, none. Without written descriptions, we could not identify past small-scale caldera collapses. The reason is that such collapses are confined to the inner part of the caldera itself, exactly where later eruptions and the next collapse take place.
     The eruptions partly or completely fill the small collapse depression, and the next small collapse overprints the preceding one, like walking on someone else's footsteps. We might get a geologic hint of repeated small collapses under favorable circumstances, but usually we are out of luck.
South side of Halemaʻumaʻu at the summit, showing a short 
section of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park’s Crater Rim Drive
(arrow) preserved on a block of the former caldera floor that 
has dropped down about 80 m (260 ft). Thinly bedded 
Kīlauea explosion deposits (E) from 16th-18th centuries are 
overlain by 19th and 20th century lava flows in the wall 
of Halemaʻumaʻu. USGS photo by D. Swanson
     The much larger summit-wide collapses, however, can be identified with careful research. Such collapses are probably less frequent than the limited collapses. Between the summit-wide collapses there is time for, and good reason to expect, intervening explosive eruptions. These eruptions – powered by magmatic gas, steam, or both – deposit ash and coarser debris outside the caldera, creating deposits that form markers helping to distinguish one summit-wide collapse from another.
     Putting together the evidence for such events is complicated, time-consuming, field-oriented research, but it paid dividends at Kīlauea by recognizing large-scale cyclic behavior of the volcano during the past 2,500 years.
     Among other things, we learned that each summit-wide caldera collapse was followed by centuries during which the supply rate of magma to the ground surface was apparently low – only several percent of that for the past 200 years. As a result, only a few lava flows erupted from one of the rift zones outside the caldera.
A Park team assesses Halemaʻumaʻu trail damage, 
recording one of the many rockfalls from 
the wall of Kīlauea caldera. NPS photo
     Within the caldera, however, many explosive eruptions took place. Lava could have erupted in the caldera, but never with sufficient volume to fill the caldera and spill out to form surface flows. Eventually the supply rate increased, the caldera filled, and lava flows erupted along the rift zones. The volcano has been doing this for the past 200 years.
     The previous two summit-wide caldera collapses occurred about 2,200 and 500 years ago, respectively. Each of these collapses was immediately preceded by the development of a very large flow field on the flank of Kīlauea.
     These two flow fields, the Kīpuka Nēnē (2,200 years ago) and the Ailā´au (mid-15th century), are the largest that we know on Kīlauea in the past 2,500 years – the period of time for which we have good evidence. The eruption that formed the Ailāʻau flow field lasted about 60 years; the eruption that formed the Kīpuka Nēnē flow field probably lasted several decades.
     What could be the reason that eruption of a vast flow field preceded a large caldera collapse?
A team from the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned
Roads Program, part of Federal Highway Administration, 

measure a sinkhole in a paved area of the Park. NPS photo
     There are two end-member possibilities. One is that rapid melting of rock in the mantle came to an end, so that there was little magma coming up the pipe to replenish magma erupted in a large flow field. The other is that magma continued to ascend but was hijacked before reaching the ground surface, going somewhere else in or below Kīlauea.
     What about the large Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō flow field? That eruption lasted just over 35 years and accumulated a volume equivalent to that of the Kīpuka Nēnē flow field. That makes Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō either the second or third largest flow field known in the past 2,500 years on Kīlauea.
     Since each of the other two large flow fields immediately preceded a summit-wide caldera collapse, is the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō flow field sending a message? Will this summer's small summit collapse eventually resume and ultimately engulf the entire summit?
     The geologic evidence is insufficient to tell us how long it took for past large collapses to fully develop. Such collapses could have happened in only a few weeks or could have been spread over years to several decades.
Road crew, filling in a crack in preparation of reopening
parts of the Park tomorrow. NPS photo
     In this light, this summer's collapse could be all that will happen – or it could be the start of a longer period of repeated collapses that finally involve the entire summit. We simply can't tell at this stage. It will probably take decades before we know if the size of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō flow field was a harbinger of major collapse or only a red herring.
Volcano Activity Updates
     At Kīlauea's lower East Rift Zone (LERZ), no incandescence has been visible within the fissure 8 cone since September 15. At the summit of the volcano, seismicity and ground deformation remain low. Hazardous conditions still exist at both the LERZ and summit. Residents in the lower Puna District and Kīlauea summit areas should stay informed and heed Hawai‘i County Civil Defense closures, warnings, and messages hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts.
     No collapses at Puʻu ʻŌʻō have been observed since last weekend.
     The combined sulfur dioxide emission rates at Kīlauea's summit, Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and lower East Rift Zone remain at less than 1,000 tonnes per day.
     The USGS Volcano Alert level for Mauna Loa remains at NORMAL.
     Visit HVO's website volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo for past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea and Mauna updates, volcano photos, maps, recent earthquake info, and more. Call 808-967-8862 for a Kīlauea summary update. Email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.

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KAʻŪ TROJANS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL JV and Varsity played at Honokaʻa last night in a total of 7 games. JV scored 12, 25, and 15 against Honokaʻa's 25, 18 and 8, winning the night. Varsity made a great effort to overcome their opponents, scoring 21, 25, 21, and 18 against Honokaʻa's 25, 16, 25, and 25.
     Support the Trojans Football and Cross County teams this weekend. See schedule, below.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
KAʻŪ TROJANS FALL SPORTS SCHEDULE
Football:
   Sat., Sept. 22, 3:30pm, host Lanaʻi @ Keaʻau
   Sat., Sept. 29, 11am, host Pāhoa
   Sat, Oct 6, 12pm, host Kohala
   Sat, Oct 13, BIIF Semi-Finals at Kamehameha
   Sat, Oct 20, BIIF Finals - Higher
Girls Volleyball:
   Tue., Sept. 25, 6pm, @ HPA
   Fri., Sept. 28, 6pm, host Kona
   Mon., Oct. 1, 6pm, host HAAS
   Tues, Oct 2, 6pm, @ Kealakehe
   Fri, Oct 5, 6pm, host Keaʻau
   Wed, Oct 10, 6pm, @ Parker
   Fri, Oct 12, 6pm, host St. Joseph
   Mon, Oct 15, BIIF DII Qtr - Higher
   Wed, Oct 17, BIIF DII Semi-Finals @ Kona
   Thu, Oct 18, BIIF DII Finals @ Kona
Cross Country:
   Sat., Sept. 22, 9am, @ HPA
   Fri., Sept. 28, 6pm, host Kona
   Mon., Oct. 1, 6pm, host HAAS
   Sat, Oct 6, 2pm, @ Kealakehe
   Sat, Oct 13, BYE
   Sat, Oct 20, 9am, BIIF @ HPA
   Sat, Oct 27, 8:30am, HHSAA


NEW and UPCOMING
ST. JUDE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH HOSTS THEIR ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST DINNER on Friday, Oct. 5, starting at 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend the fundraiser event featuring German cuisine. Tickets are $8 per individual, $15 for two, or $20 per family. The church is located at 92-8606 Paradise Circle in Ocean View. For more, call 939-7000. See stjudeshawaii.org.

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 22
5th Annual Kaʻū Coffee Trail Run, Sat., Sept. 22, 7am, Kaʻū Coffee Mill, Wood Valley. Register online at webscorer.com/register?raceid=128145 until midnight, Sept. 20. Fees: 5K, $35/person; 10K, $45/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $55/person. Fees increase Sept. 10: $55/person; 10K, $65/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $75/person. Race day registration ends at 6:30am; all fees increase to $75/person. kaucoffeemill.com. Event organizers: ʻO Kaʻū Kākou, okaukakou.org.

Fountain Grass Removal - Volunteer Day, Sat., Sept. 22, 9-3pm, meet at Ocean View Community Center. Hosted and sponsored by Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. No sign-up necessary. ovcahi.org, 939-7033

Stained Glass Basics II: Exterior Lamp Project w/Claudia McCall, Sat./Sun., Sept. 22, 23, 29, and 30, 9-noon, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Students complete the 4-session workshop with a finished exterior lamp and basic skills to continue working with stained glass. $90/VAC member, $100/non-member, plus $30 supply fee for light fixture. Anyone with prior copper foil stained glass experience welcome. Advanced registration required. Class size limited. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Birth of Kahuku, Sat., Sept. 22, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Explore rich geologic history of Kahuku on this easy-to-moderate hike that traverses the vast 1868 lava flow, with different volcano features and formations. Learn about the Hawaiian hotspot and the creation of Kahuku. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Reopening of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, main park, limited sections, 10am, Sat., Sept. 22. See nps.gov/havo/recovery.htm for more.

Exhibit - One Lucid Dream: A Retrospective of Art Works by Ken Charon, Mon.-Sat., Sept. 22-Oct 6, 10-4pm, Volcano Art Centers Niʻaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Original paintings, drawings, and other objects. Public invited to free opening reception Sat., Sept. 22, 5-7pm. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Saudades, The Longing: 2018 Commemoration of the 140th Anniversary of the Arrivals of Hawaiʻi's First Portuguese Immigrant Families is being celebrated by islandwide traveling presentations that are free and open to the public. Kaʻū location: Pāhala Community Center, Sept. 22, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Flameworking - An Introductory Class w/Nash Adams-Pruitt, Sat., Sept. 22, 2-4:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Students complete workshop with a finished design of their own and basic skills to continue flameworking. $155/VAC member, $160/non-member, plus $40 supply fee. Advanced registration required. Class sized limited. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund Beach Clean-up w/Anderson ʻOhana's CF Campaign, Sat., Sept. 22, contact in advance for meet up time at Waiʻōhinu Park. 4WD required; no space available in HWF vehicles. Free; donations appreciated. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, wildhawaii.org

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23
People and Land of Kahuku, Sun., Sept. 239:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Guided, 2.5-mile, moderately difficult hike over rugged terrain focuses on the area's human history. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

MONDAY, SEPT. 24
Kaʻū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon., Sept. 24, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. A parent-led homeschool activity/social group building community in Kaʻū. Contact prior to attending to confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24
HOVE Road Maintenance Corp. Meeting, Tue., Sept. 25, 10am, 92-8979 Lehua Lane, Ocean View. hoveroad.com, 929-9910, gm@hoveroad.com

Kaʻū Food Pantry, Tue., Sept. 25, 11:30-1pm, St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View.

After Dark Near the Park: A Hawaiian Perspective of Pele, Tue., Sept. 25, 7pm, Volcano Art Center Auditorium. Cultural Practitioner, Professor, and Researcher Leialoha Kaleimamahu of Kaimu and Mokuhulu in Puna shares a Hawaiian perspective of Kīlauea's current eruptive activity. Hear about Pele through chant, mele, and moʻolelo (stories) passed down from generation to generation. Program co-sponsored by Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Call 985-6011. Free; donations help support park programs. nps.gov/HAVO

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26
Kōkua Kupuna Project, Wed., Sept. 26, 9-11am, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Seniors 60 years and older encouraged to attend, ask questions, and inquire about services offered through Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi - referral required from Hawaiʻi County Office of Aging at 961-8626 for free legal services. Under 60, call 1-800-499-4302. More info: tahisha.despontes@legalaidhawaii.org, 329-3910 ext. 925. legalaidhawaii.org

Craft Class, Wed., Sept. 26, 9:30-10:30am, PARENTS, Inc., Nāʻālehu. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Arts and Crafts Activity: Beaded Wind Chime, Wed., Sept. 26, 3:30-5pm, Pāhala Community Center. For keiki in grades K-8. Register Sept. 19-25. Free. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27
Kaʻū Community Children's Council, Thu., Sept. 27, 12-1:30pm, Punaluʻu 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, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

Volcano Friends Feeding Friends, Thu., Sept. 27, 4-6pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Free community dinner for all. Additional packaged goods to take home for those in need. Donations and volunteers encouraged. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28
Coffee Talk - The 1868 Eruption in Kaʻū: Disruption and Destruction, Fri., Sept. 28, 9:30-11am, Kahuku Park, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Join the discussion with rangers and other park visitors. Kaʻū coffee, tea, and pastries available for purchase. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Park Beautification Day, Fri., Sept. 28, 1:30-4pmKahuku ParkHawaiian Ocean View Estates. For all ages. Register Sept. 19-26. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

ONGOING
5th Annual Kaʻū Coffee Trail Run Registration Open on Race Day, $75 per person, any race. Race Day is Saturday, Sept. 22, 7 a.m.. Races begin and end at Kaʻū Coffee Mill, kaucoffeemill.com. Event organizers: ʻO Kaʻū Kākou, okaukakou.org.
Park Beautification Day at Kahuku Park in HOVE for all ages on Friday, Sept. 28, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Registration is open through Sept. 26. Free to attend. For more, call Teresa Anderson at 929-9113 or visit the park during business hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

Free Beaded Wind Chime Arts and Crafts Activity at Pāhala Community Center Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., for keiki in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Register through Sept. 25. For more, call 928-3102 or visit the community center during business hours: Monday-Thursday and Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m., or Friday, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

Disaster Recovery Center Closes Sept. 29. Open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Pāhoa Neighborhood Center at 15-3022 Kauhale St. Survivors who have left the area, call 800-621-3362.

Volunteers Needed by St. Jude's Episcopal Church for community outreach, especially soup cooks and shower organizers, towel laundry, alter guild, and for the computer lab. Volunteers do not have to be members of the church. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's. Contact Dave Breskin, 319-8333.

Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool's Temporary Nāʻālehu Location is Kauahaʻao Church in Waiʻōhinu. Meeting days and times remain the same: Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Pāhala site program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Pāhala Community Center.
     Tūtū and Me also offers home visits to those with keiki zero to five years old, to aid with parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Free. Visits last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, total of 12 visits. Snacks are provided.
     To enroll in either program, fill out enrollment forms found at pidf.org/programs/tutu_and_me/enrollment_forms, or call Linda Bong at 464-9634. Questions: Clark at 929-8571 or eclark@pidfountation.org.

Harmony Educational Services, Home Based Educational Programs - Open Enrollment through Oct 15; harmonyed.com/hawaii. Partnered with four local public charter schools, Harmony offers benefits of homeschooling with resources available to public schools. Interested families can also contact Rayna Williams at rwilliams@harmonyed.com or 430-9798.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs Thursday, September 20, 2018

Cauliflower Coral, called Koʻa in Hawaiian, may be headed for the endangered species list. Public input is
welcomed at NOAA's National Marine Fisheries website. Photo from U.H. Hilo Botany
HAWAIIAN KOʻA, THE CAULIFLOWER CORAL, IS UP FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES status. National Marine Fisheries announced Wednesday that it completed an initial review of a petition from Center for Biological Diversity and is open for comment from the public. During the next three months, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will take in public and expert input through its website and could classify cauliflower coral as endangered within a year.
Cauliflower coral comes in creme, green, and pink colors.
  Photo from University of Hawaiʻi - Hilo's PRISM
 Partnership for Reform Through Investigative Science and Math
     Ocean warming and coral bleaching that kills the cauliflower coral are major threats to its survival. In 2015 and 2016 severe bleaching killed off 49.6 percent of all live coral along the western coast of Hawaiʻi Island. Cauliflower coral, Pocillopora meandrina, is one species severely impacted, according to the study by Center for Biological Diversity.
     Caulifower coral is identified by its many branches, which are colonies of single celled organisms that live together to form coral. Coloring ranges from creme to green to pink. It lives on rocky reefs in shallow water. The way that bleaching kills the coral is through the single cells - the zooxanthellae - living in the coral branches and base leaving their homes. They either find a place to resettle or die.
     The Center for Biological Diversity issued a press release, saying, cauliflower coral suffered a 36 percent drop in coverage across Hawaiʻi from 1999 to 2012. "Cauliflower corals are in crisis, so this is great news. We need to take care of our coral reefs to maintain a healthy biodiversity in our oceans," said Maxx Phillips, Hawaiʻi director at the Center. "Federal action is urgently need to protect cauliflower coral, called Koʻa in Hawaiian, and our coral ecosystems that are dying out from ocean warming and climate change."
Cauliflower coral bleaching victim in nearshore waters of the
west coast of Hawaiʻi Island. Photo from Kawaihae Reef
     The CBD statement also said, "Protecting corals ultimately requires reducing global temperature increases by drastically cutting fossil fuel emissions. The cauliflower coral is also threatened locally by land-based pollution, sedimentation and physical disturbance caused by human activities."
     Courthouse News Service quoted Miyoko Sakashita, Oceans Department programs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, saying that listing cauliflower coral under the Endangered Species Act will ensure "that any federal activity that's funded or permitted by federal agencies that may affect that coral would need to go through a consultation and mitigate the impacts to the coral.
     "There sometimes are misunderstandings that it will stop people from being able to fish or go and stop people from being able to use the beaches or canoe over the waters, but that's not what the act does. Its main mechanism is to look at federal activities and make sure those are not harming the corals," Sakashita told Courthouse News reporter Amanda Pampuro.
     See the NOAA website for public input, Center for Biological Diversity, and Courthouse News.

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THE PORTUGUESE CELEBRATION IN PĀHALA THIS SATURDAY will draw together many people from Kaʻū to share the stories of their families who sailed to Hawaiʻi on a journey that took them across the Atlantic, around the southern point of South America, and across the vast Pacific to their new island home.
     The first ship was the Priscilla, which arrived Sept. 30, 1878, with 120 Madeira Islanders. The second ship left Funchal on April 23, 1879, took exactly four months to cross the Atlantic Ocean, round Cape Horn, and sail across the Pacific to Honolulu. Among the passengers were Manuel Nunes, Augusto Dias, Jose do Espirito Santo, and Joao Fernandes, who are credited with introducing the ʻukulele to Hawaiʻi.
     Many of the Portuguese settlers worked at the sugar companies in Kaʻū. They became ranchers, paniolo and leaders in the Catholic Church.
     Portuguese names, like Amaral, Andrade, Baruz, Da Silva, De Silva, Enos, Fontes, Freitas, Francis, Frances, Gomes, Gouveia, Joseph, Lorenzo, Louis, Manoa, Marques, Medeiros, Manuel, Oliveira, Pedra, Pestano, Silva and Vierra are well known in Kaʻū, with many families of Hawaiian and Portuguese ancestry.
    Celebrate the 140th anniversary at Pāhala Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a..m to 2 p.m. Saudades, The Longing: 2018 Commemoration of the 140th Anniversary of the Arrivals of Hawaiʻi's First Portuguese Immigrant Families is an islandwide traveling presentation, free and open to the public.
Image from Wikipedia
     In addition to the Pāhala gathering, the presentation will be made on Sunday, Sept. 30, in Hilo, at Aunty Sally Kaleohano's Luau House, at 3 p.m. That presentation will be preceded by a blessing of the Hawaiʻi Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce Cultural and Educational Center at 2 p.m., with a blessing and reception - requiring RSVP to Raul Castro, 808-238-6604 - to follow.
     Also, on Friday, Sept. 28, Hilo's ʻImola Astronomy Center Planetarium will hold the first showing of Portuguese in Hawaiʻi, a documentary by Nelson Ponta Garca, at 3:45 p.m. Featuring entertainment by Carlos Avalon. Tickets are $10 donation. Also starting at 3:45 p.m., going until 9 p.m., the Founder's Ball – which includes the documentary showing. Tickets and tables for the Founder's Ball, or for the documentary only, contact Jean Alves, alvesj002@hawaii.rr.com or 808-938-9283.
     Special guest: Portugal's Ambassador to the United States, Domingos Fezas Vital.

Complimentary pupus were on offer at
Saturday's ʻOhana Wellness Day: Keiki to
Kupuna. Photo from Laurie Boyle
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ʻOHANA WELLNESS DAY: KEIKI TO KUPUNA at Hawaiian Flowers and Ka Lae Coffee was a health-oriented free, fun Saturday event for the whole family this past weekend. Between 80 and 100 people attended. They could patronize 13 healthcare and wellness providers from Kaʻū, at booths that shared wellness information, offered treatments, massages, or essential oils, and more. Three hours of health presentations were offered along with lots of health information. On hand were a chiropractor, an osteopath, a Reiki master, a midwife, three massage therapists, and teachers of Tai Chi and Qigong.
     Donated prizes valued at $1,000 were available for attendees to win.
     Interested in next year's event? Contact LaurieBoyle@AlohaTherapies.com or 408-717-3072.
    Ka Lae Coffee and Hawaiian Flowers is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It located 94-2166 South Point Road from Hwy 11.
One segment of health talks had attendees up and stretching at
Saturday's ʻOhana Wellness Day. Photo from Laurie Boyle

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FLOOD INSURANCE FROM FEMA is the topic of Kona and Hilo public meetings cosponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, County of Hawaiʻi, state Department of Land and Natural Resources, and state Department of Consumer Affairs.
     The Hilo meeting will be at the Aupuni Center Conference Room from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The Kona meeting will be at West Hawaiʻi Civic Center, Community Meeting Hale Bldg. G, from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 27. For both locations, the formal presentation starts at 6 p.m.
     Properties conforming to floodplain management regulations are insurable by the National Flood Insurance Program.

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"WHY ISN'T JUDGE KAVANAUGH ASKING FOR AN FBI INVESTIGATION IF HE HAS NOTHING TO HIDE?" asked Sen. Mazie Hirono today. During a press conference on Capitol Hill, Hirono addressed allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh from Dr. Chistine Blasey Ford.
     Hirono stood next to Alexis Goldstein – one of more than 1,000 Holton-Arms School alum who signed a letter in support of Ford. Goldstein noted that Ford was 15 years old at the time of the alleged assault. "Don't mess with survivors," said Goldstein.
Hirono, left, Goldstein, center, at a Capitol Hill press conference this morning,
speaking out in support of Blasey Ford. Image from Hirono's Twitter
     Hirono Tweeted, "I will enter [the letter] into the Committee record to show that we are standing together because we #BelieveWomen."
     Ford's attorney sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee today, stating that Ford would be prepared to testify next week – but not Monday – as long as senators provide "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety." The letter concluded: "Her strong preference continues to be for the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow for a full investigation prior to her testimony."
     Several news sources have reported that Ford, Kavanaugh, and Kavanaugh's wife have all received death threats.
     On a separate note, Hirono reiterated her original reason for objecting to Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, Tweeting today, "Mr. Kavanaugh's appointment could also jeopardize the Indian Child Welfare Act, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, and other laws that enable tribal self-determination due to his overly narrow view of the relationship between federal and tribal governments." #StopKavanaugh

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KAʻŪ TROJANS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL JV took home the win last night, soundly beating Kohala with 25 and 25, Kohala with 19 and 22. Varsity suffered a hard set of games last night, scoring 13, 20, and 19, against a triplet of 25 end-game scores from their opponents.
     Support the Girls Volleyball team at their next home game on Friday, Sept. 28, when they host Kona. See full schedule, below.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
KAʻŪ TROJANS FALL SPORTS SCHEDULE
Football:
   Sat., Sept. 22, 3:30pm, host Lanai @ Keaʻau
   Sat., Sept. 29, 11am, host Pāhoa
   Sat, Oct 6, 12pm, host Kohala
   Sat, Oct 13, BIIF Semi-Finals at Kamehameha
   Sat, Oct 20, BIIF Finals - Higher
Girls Volleyball:
   Tue., Sept. 25, 6pm, @ HPA
   Fri., Sept. 28, 6pm, host Kona
   Mon., Oct. 1, 6pm, host HAAS
   Tues, Oct 2, 6pm, @ Kealakehe
   Fri, Oct 5, 6pm, host Keaʻau
   Wed, Oct 10, 6pm, @ Parker
   Fri, Oct 12, 6pm, host St. Joseph
   Mon, Oct 15, BIIF DII Qtr - Higher
   Wed, Oct 17, BIIF DII Semi-Finals @ Kona
   Thu, Oct 18, BIIF DII Finals @ Kona
Cross Country:
   Sat., Sept. 22, 9am, @ HPA
   Fri., Sept. 28, 6pm, host Kona
   Mon., Oct. 1, 6pm, host HAAS
   Sat, Oct 6, 2pm, @ Kealakehe
   Sat, Oct 13, BYE
   Sat, Oct 20, 9am, BIIF @ HPA
   Sat, Oct 27, 8:30am, HHSAA

NEW and UPCOMING
A HAWAIIAN PERSPECTIVE OF PELE, AN AFTER DARK NEAR THE PARK PROGRAM, is offered on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., at Volcano Art Center Auditorium at their Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.
     During the event, Cultural Practitioner, Professor, and Researcher Leialoha Kaleimamahu, of Kaimu and Mokuhulu in Puna, shares a Hawaiian perspective of Kīlauea's current eruptive activity. Attendees will hear about Pele through chant, mele, and mo‘olelo (stories) passed down from generation to generation. Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park sponsors the event. For more, call 985-6011.
     Free; donations help support park programs. See nps.gov/HAVO and volcanoartcenter.org.

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 22
5th Annual Kaʻū Coffee Trail Run, Sat., Sept. 22, 7am, Kaʻū Coffee Mill, Wood Valley. Register online at webscorer.com/register?raceid=128145 until midnight, Sept. 20. Fees: 5K, $35/person; 10K, $45/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $55/person. Fees increase Sept. 10: $55/person; 10K, $65/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $75/person. Race day registration ends at 6:30am; all fees increase to $75/person. kaucoffeemill.com. Event organizers: ʻO Kaʻū Kākou, okaukakou.org.

Fountain Grass Removal - Volunteer Day, Sat., Sept. 22, 9-3pm, meet at Ocean View Community Center. Hosted and sponsored by Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. No sign-up necessary. ovcahi.org, 939-7033

Stained Glass Basics II: Exterior Lamp Project w/Claudia McCall, Sat./Sun., Sept. 22, 23, 29, and 30, 9-noon, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Students complete the 4-session workshop with a finished exterior lamp and basic skills to continue working with stained glass. $90/VAC member, $100/non-member, plus $30 supply fee for light fixture. Anyone with prior copper foil stained glass experience welcome. Advanced registration required. Class size limited. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Birth of Kahuku, Sat., Sept. 22, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Explore rich geologic history of Kahuku on this easy-to-moderate hike that traverses the vast 1868 lava flow, with different volcano features and formations. Learn about the Hawaiian hotspot and the creation of Kahuku. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Reopening of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, main park, limited sections, 10am, Sat., Sept. 22. See nps.gov/havo/recovery.htm for more.

Exhibit - One Lucid Dream: A Retrospective of Art Works by Ken Charon, Mon.-Sat., Sept. 22-Oct 6, 10-4pm, Volcano Art Centers Niʻaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Original paintings, drawings, and other objects. Public invited to free opening reception Sat., Sept. 22, 5-7pm. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Saudades, The Longing: 2018 Commemoration of the 140th Anniversary of the Arrivals of Hawaiʻi's First Portuguese Immigrant Families is being celebrated by islandwide traveling presentations that are free and open to the public. Kaʻū location: Pāhala Community Center, Sept. 22, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Flameworking - An Introductory Class w/Nash Adams-Pruitt, Sat., Sept. 22, 2-4:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Students complete workshop with a finished design of their own and basic skills to continue flameworking. $155/VAC member, $160/non-member, plus $40 supply fee. Advanced registration required. Class sized limited. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund Beach Clean-up w/Anderson ʻOhana's CF Campaign, Sat., Sept. 22, contact in advance for meet up time at Waiʻōhinu Park. 4WD required; no space available in HWF vehicles. Free; donations appreciated. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, wildhawaii.org

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23
People and Land of Kahuku, Sun., Sept. 239:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Guided, 2.5-mile, moderately difficult hike over rugged terrain focuses on the area's human history. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

MONDAY, SEPT. 24
Kaʻū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon., Sept. 24, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. A parent-led homeschool activity/social group building community in Kaʻū. Contact prior to attending to confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24
HOVE Road Maintenance Corp. Meeting, Tue., Sept. 25, 10am, 92-8979 Lehua Lane, Ocean View. hoveroad.com, 929-9910, gm@hoveroad.com

Kaʻū Food Pantry, Tue., Sept. 25, 11:30-1pm, St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View.

After Dark Near the Park: A Hawaiian Perspective of Pele, Tue., Sept. 25, 7pm, Volcano Art Center Auditorium. Cultural Practitioner, Professor, and Researcher Leialoha Kaleimamahu of Kaimu and Mokuhulu in Puna shares a Hawaiian perspective of Kīlauea's current eruptive activity. Hear about Pele through chant, mele, and moʻolelo (stories) passed down from generation to generation. Program co-sponsored by Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Call 985-6011. Free; donations help support park programs. nps.gov/HAVO

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26
Kōkua Kupuna Project, Wed., Sept. 26, 9-11am, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Seniors 60 years and older encouraged to attend, ask questions, and inquire about services offered through Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi - referral required from Hawaiʻi County Office of Aging at 961-8626 for free legal services. Under 60, call 1-800-499-4302. More info: tahisha.despontes@legalaidhawaii.org, 329-3910 ext. 925. legalaidhawaii.org

Craft Class, Wed., Sept. 26, 9:30-10:30am, PARENTS, Inc., Nāʻālehu. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Arts and Crafts Activity: Beaded Wind Chime, Wed., Sept. 26, 3:30-5pm, Pāhala Community Center. For keiki in grades K-8. Register Sept. 19-25. Free. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27
Kaʻū Community Children's Council, Thu., Sept. 27, 12-1:30pm, Punaluʻu 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, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

Volcano Friends Feeding Friends, Thu., Sept. 27, 4-6pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Free community dinner for all. Additional packaged goods to take home for those in need. Donations and volunteers encouraged. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

ONGOING
Disaster Recovery Center Closes Sept. 29. Open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Pāhoa Neighborhood Center at 15-3022 Kauhale St. Survivors who have left the area, call 800-621-3362.

5th Annual Kaʻū Coffee Trail Run Registration Open, online at webscorer.com/register?raceid=128145. Fees through Thursday, Sept. 20: 5K, $55/person; 10K, $65/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $75/person. On Race Day, $75 per person, any race. Race Day is Saturday, Sept. 22, 7 a.m.. Races begin and end at Kaʻū Coffee Mill, kaucoffeemill.com. Event organizers: ʻO Kaʻū Kākou, okaukakou.org.


Park Beautification Day at Kahuku Park in HOVE for all ages on Friday, Sept. 28, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Registration is open through Sept. 26. Free to attend. For more, call Teresa Anderson at 929-9113 or visit the park during business hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

Free Beaded Wind Chime Arts and Crafts Activity at Pāhala Comunity Center Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., for keiki in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Register through Sept. 25. For more, call 928-3102 or visit the community center during business hours: Monday-Thursday and Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m., or Friday, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

Volunteers Needed by St. Jude's Episcopal Church for community outreach, especially soup cooks and shower organizers, towel laundry, alter guild, and for the computer lab. Volunteers do not have to be members of the church. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's. Contact Dave Breskin, 319-8333.

Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschools Temporary Nāʻālehu Location is Kauahaʻao Church in Waiʻōhinu. Meeting days and times remain the same: Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Pāhala site program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Pāhala Community Center.
     Tūtū and Me also offers home visits to those with keiki zero to five years old, to aid with parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Free. Visits last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, total of 12 visits. Snacks are provided.
     To enroll in either program, fill out enrollment forms found at pidf.org/programs/tutu_and_me/enrollment_forms, or call Linda Bong at 464-9634. Questions: Clark at 929-8571 or eclark@pidfountation.org.

Harmony Educational Services, Home Based Educational Programs - Open Enrollment through Oct 15; harmonyed.com/hawaii. Partnered with four local public charter schools, Harmony offers benefits of homeschooling with resources available to public schools. Interested families can also contact Rayna Williams at rwilliams@harmonyed.com or 430-9798.

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