|Megan Lamson discusses natural and cultural resources of Ka`u's Wai`ohinu Coast at After Dark in the Park|
this coming Tuesday. Photo from NPS
|Gov. Neil Abercrombie has release funds for capital improvement projects|
at schools statewide. Photo from Office of the Governor
Allotment of funds for the following additional priority projects at various schools statewide has been approved by the governor:
- $41,700,000 – Construction for numerous repair and maintenance projects at school facilities across the state, including re-roofing, electrical upgrades, plumbing and other work;
- $2,000,000 – Planning, design, construction and equipment to provide energy improvements at various schools to identify inefficiencies and develop and implement energy conservation plans; the DOE will identify those schools with inordinate electricity consumption as compared to other schools;
- $1,000,000 – Planning, design and construction to remove potentially hazardous material to ensure various state schools are up-to-date with current federal standards.
Distribution of locally grown fruits and vegetables is to persons age 60 and over with income less than $24,475 for individuals and $33,022 for couples. One allotment is allowed per household.
Applications can be downloaded at foodbaskethi.org and are also available at RSVP in the Kamana Senior Center complex (961-8730) and at the Coordinated Services office at 1055 Kinoole Street (961-8777). The Food Basket is accepting and assisting with applications Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 40 Holomua Street in Hilo and Monday through Thursday at 79-1016A East Honalo Road, Kailua-Kona (322-1418).
Distribution in Ka`u takes place on Wednesdays: Cooper Center in Volcano at 11:30 a.m., Pahala Community Center from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Na`alehu Community Center from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Kahuku Park in Ocean View from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
|Fees to use county park facilities, including Pahala Community Center,|
are expected to increase Aug. 1. Photo by Julia Neal
Use of county facilities including gyms, ball fields, parks, pavilions, rodeo arenas and community centers would remain free for nonbenefit athletic activities, or those not involving money.
Ball fields, such as at Na`alehu Park, and parks would charge $100 per day for nonbenefit nonathletics activity. Nonathletic events will also be charged $12 per hour charge for lighting. Commercial events would be charged $200 per day for nonathletic events or $50 per day, $15 per team per season for athletics events. Professional promoters would pay $400 per day, up from $200.
Pavilion rental, including those at Punalu`u Park, will increase to $25 per day from $10 per day for nonbenefit use. Kitchen use is an extra $25 per day. For benefit use, such as fundraisers, the fee will be $50 per day. Professional promoters will pay $300 per day, increased from $100 per day.
Rodeo arena use fees remain the same except for professional promoters, who would pay $400 per day instead of $200 per day. Arenas are free for nonbenefit athletic activities, $20 per day for nonbenefit nonathletic events and $50 per day for benefit athletic activities.
Rental of community centers remains the same, at $100 per day for nonbenefit nonathletic activities. The fee for fundraisers is $150 per day, and professional promoters will be charged $1,000 per day, up from $500 per day.
|An earthquake north of Moloka`i is a reminder that Hawai`i|
Island is not the only one in the state prone to earthquakes.
Image from USGS
“This is a good reminder that the Island of Hawai`i is not the only Hawaiian island prone to earthquakes,” said Wes Thelen, HVO’s Seismic Network manager. “Earthquakes in this area are not uncommon and are typically caused by a structural adjustment of the mantle in response to the weight of the Hawaiian Islands.”
The earthquake was located 34 miles north of Maunaloa, Moloka`i, at a depth of about 22 miles. A map showing the location of the earthquake is posted on the HVO website at hvo.wr.usgs.gov/seismic/volcweb/earthquakes.
HVO’s seismic records show that 10 earthquakes of magnitude three or larger have occurred north of Moloka`i in the past 20 years, including a magnitude 4.1 earthquake on May 20, 2005.
No aftershocks have been recorded, and, according to Thelen, aftershocks typically do not follow earthquakes at these depths in the mantle.
Today’s earthquake was felt on several Hawaiian Islands from Maui to Kaua`i. The USGS “Did you feel it?” website at earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/dyfi received more than 60 felt reports within the first hour of the earthquake. Thus far, there have been no reports of damage.
The earthquake is not expected to have any effect on Kilauea’s ongoing eruptions. “HVO monitoring networks have not detected any significant changes in activity at the summits or rift zones of Kilauea or other Hawaiian volcanoes,” said Jim Kauahikaua, HVO’s scientist-in-charge.
For information on recent earthquakes in Hawai`i and eruption updates, visit HVO’s website at hvo.wr.usgs.gov.
|Kira Kamamalu Ventrella's Wahine II is on|
display at Volcano Art Center Gallery
THE PEOPLE, THE PLACES CONTINUES DAILY, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Vicki Penney-Rohner and Kira Kamamalu Ventrella present this fine art exhibition featuring original oil paintings and pastels. Penney-Rohner considers herself a realistic impressionist, working in successive layers on multiple pieces simultaneously, each layer of each piece informing the layer of the next. Ventrella combines her connection with her subject matter with a technique of her own creation, using mostly a palette knife and impasto brushes to give her distinctly Polynesian portraiture a signature look. Call 967-7565 or visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.
MEGAN LAMSON, MARINE BIOLOGIST and Hawai`i Wildlife Fund project coordinator, discusses the unique natural and cultural resources of Ka`u’s Wai`ohinu coastline, shares progress of HWF’s conservation work and presents opportunities to participate in upcoming volunteer events. The After Dark in the Park program begins at 7 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. $2 donations support park programs; park entrance fees apply.
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