About The Kaʻū Calendar

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

Monday, July 03, 2017

Ka`u News Briefs, Saturday July 1, 2017

Girls basketball coach Cy Lopez with his new Hokulele Basketball Club hosting boys and girls summer teams
from afar at the new Ka`u Gym. Photo by Jen Makuakane
Ka`u Gives Back: Kyson Toriano, Keanu Pascubillo, Kaikea Kaupu-Manini, 
Micah Polido-Kalili, Andre Carvalho, Weston Davis, Raymond 
Polido-Kalili, Masen Dacalio, Cy Lopez Jr. prepare to escort residents
 from the veterans home to their fishing grounds. 
Photo by Jen Makuakane
HOKULELE BASKETBALL CLUB is helping to bring attention and attendance in Pahala. Hokulele held its first Summer Jam in the Ka`u District Gym on June 26 and 27. Teams joined in from Idaho, Pahoa, Kea`au, Ka`u and Hilo. Both boys and girls trained and competed.
     Ka`u High Girls basketball coach and President of Hokulele, Cy Lopez, and crew organized the event at the Ka`u gym, which promises to become a magnet for sports camps, workshops and competitions from around the state and beyond.
     Last Thursday, Hokulele boys Basketball of Ka`u extended their reach and spent the morning with residents of Yukio Okutsu Veterans State Home, helping with their annual fishing trip to Coconut Island.
Raymond Polido-Kalili helps a veterans home
resident catch a fish at Coconut Island.
Photo by Jen Makuakane
     Staycn Sakuma, Recreation Director at Yukio, was born and raised in Ka`u and said she wanted to bring out the Ka`u youth to experience giving back to the community. "What better way than volunteering at the yearly fishing excursion," she said. Sakuma said she plans on continuting to host Ka`u youth volunteers at future events. Next month, she and the Yuko residents will welcome the girls's team of Hokulele Baskteball Club.

Teams from as far away as Idaho tried out the new 
Ka`u District Gym. Photo by Jen Makuakane
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FOURTH OF JULY PARADE AT VOLCANO DRAWS community groups, politicians, religious groups, a pet rescue sanctuary and many more members of the Volcano and Ka`u Community. Miss Ka`u Coffee and her court will ride in the parade down Old Volcano Road to Cooper Center. The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4, followed by music, food, snippets from community plays, and arts, crafts, plants and agricultural booths.

Miss Ka`u Coffee queen and princesses plan to
join the Volcano Fourth of July Parade.
Photo by Pam Taylor
KILAUEA ERUPTIVE EVENTS RIVAL the excitement of July Fourth fireworks, say the Hawai`i Volcanoes Observatory USGS scientists who made this week's Volcano Watch a series of photos with explosive drama. They offer this message:
     "With July 4th just around the corner, we look forward to the long-standing traditions of Independence Day—parades, picnics, and especially, fireworks!  The holiday hardly seems complete without a brilliant display of pyrotechnics as its grand finale. It’s fun to hear delighted spectators 'ooh' and 'ahh' with each boom and burst of color as exploding fireworks light the night sky.
       On the Island of Hawaiʻi, similar sounds of wonder and delight can be heard on Kīlauea Volcano, which, for many years, has captivated onlookers with its own version of “fireworks.” From small flows oozing at a snail’s pace to torrents of molten rock shooting skyward, red-hot lava attracts crowds of enthralled observers, like moths to a flame.  "So, with the Fourth of July serving as inspiration, this week’s Volcano Watch is a photo essay featuring notable images from Kīlauea Volcano’s two ongoing eruptions: East Rift Zone (Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō), which began in 1983, and summit (Halemaʻumaʻu), which began in 2008.
     "Kīlauea has been erupting nearly non-stop for the past 34-plus years. But those years have been punctuated with stunning and dramatic eruptive events that rival the island’s best fireworks shows. Examples include the episodic high lava fountains erupted during the first few years of the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō eruption and the spectacular fireworks-like displays of incandescent spatter from the explosive interaction of lava and seawater at ocean entries.
This spectacular lava fountain, erupting from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō on June 30, 1984, 
lasted just over 7 hours and reached a height of 318 m (1043 ft). It 
was one of 44 high lava fountains erupted during the first 3.5 years of Kīlauea 
Volcano’s ongoing EastRift Zone eruption, which began in January 1983. 
Fallout from the fountains piled up around the vent, building the 
cinder-and-spatter cone that was named Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. The lava fountains, 
some of which reached heights greater than 457 m (1500 ft), could 
be seen tens of miles away and their radiant heat could be felt more than
a mile from the vent. USGS Photo by J.D. Griggs
     "Have a safe and happy July Fourth holiday—and enjoy these “fiery” images of Kīlauea. More eruption photos are available on the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/

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Ham Radio Operators Potluck Picnic, Sun, July 2, Manukā Park. All American Radio Emergency Service members, anyone interested in learning how to operate a ham radio and families are invited to attend. Dennis Smith, 989-3028

Painting with Peggy, Mon, July 3 & 17, 12 p.m., Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village. $20/$15 VAC members. 967-8222

Volunteer Fire Department Meeting, Mon, July 3, 4 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033

Fourth of July Breakfast Buffet, Tue, 6:30 – 11 a.m., Kīlauea Military Camp’s Crater Rim Café in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Sweet bread French toast, omelet station, bacon, pork patties, breakfast potatoes, steamed rice, oatmeal with raisins, watermelon & a beverage. Adults $12; children 6 –11 $6. Open to authorized patrons & sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. 967-8356.