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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.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Sunday, October 15, 2017

USGS reported scattered breakouts over the weekend on the western 61g flow of Kilauea Volcano.
Small pāhoehoe breakouts put on a show as they slowly oozed out of growing cracks that were
forced open by flow inflation. See the new film Kīlauea Summit Eruption: Lava Returns to Halema‘uma‘u.
Photo from USGS
HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY GEOLOGISTS, who are based at Jaggar Museum overlooking Kīlauea Crater in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, recently relocated a time-lapse camera on the rim of the west pit lava pond in Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater. Over the past several months, the camera has been slowly tilting downward due to soft, altered ground beneath it, and the general instability of the rim. The new location, about 20 m (21.9 yards) to the south, appears to be more stable and less altered. Weak spattering was visible in the west pit lava pond at the incandescent area near the center of the image at right on Friday, according to a report from HVO.
      Closer to the coast, pāhoehoe lava breakouts have been putting on a show.  
Scientist (left) adjusts a time-lapse camera, moved recently because the
rim of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō is softening and shifting. See the new film Kīlauea
      Online, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory launched its new film Kīlauea  Summit Eruption: Lava Returns to Halema‘uma‘u. The documentary video explains  Kīlauea Volcano with behind-the-scenes imagery of publicly inaccessible areas.
     Through historical photos of past Halema‘uma‘u eruptions and 4K imagery of the current eruption, the 24-minute program tells the story of Kīlauea Volcano's summit.
     It begins with a Hawaiian chant that expresses traditional observations of a bubbling lava lake and reflects the connections between science and culture that continue on Kīlauea today.
     The video recounts the eruptive history of Halema‘uma‘u and describes formation and continued growth of the current summit vent and lava lake.
     It features USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists sharing insights on the summit eruption—how they monitor the lava lake, how and why the lake level rises and falls, why explosive events occur, the connection between Kīlauea's ongoing summit and East Rift Zone eruptions, and the impacts of the summit eruption on the Island of Hawai‘i and beyond.
    The video documentary is available at no cost at USGS General Interest Publication 182, and is also on the USGS Youtube channel.
Noah Gomes speaks about Haelma‘uma‘u and Pele in the new film

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CIVIL DEFENSE ISSUED A HIGH SURF, HIGH WIND warning for Sunday regarding Ka‘ū and the north, south and east sides of the island. Hawai‘i Electric Light CO. reported work crews responding to spot power outages in isolated areas. As in all severe weather conditions, expect possible interruptions in power, cable and telephone services.
    Should power outages occur, be on the alert for malfunctioning traffic signals. Treat flashing traffic lights as a four-way stop.
    Oceanfront residents and beachgoers are advised to be on the alert for possible high and dangerous surf. Exercise caution due to the unpredictability of high surf.
     As a precaution, boat owners and oceanfront residents should take action to secure their property. Civil Defense promises to update conditions that may affect public safety. Brisk winds are expected to continue into mid-week.

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SEE EDUCATORS RUN, a program of the National Education Association, welcomed Nā‘ālehu kindergarten teacher Raina Whiting to Denver this weekend. Whiting is taking training for NEA members and their immediate family members who are considering running for public office. 
Nā‘ālehu School teacher Raina Whiting, with Hawai‘i State
Teachers Association Secretary Treasurer Amy Perruson,
and HSTA Vice President Justin Hughey in Denver.
     The training is designed for those interested in running for school board or another local office. NEA’s Campaigns and Elections staff along with consultants from around the country cover a variety of topics including how to prepare to become a candidate, fundraising, communicating with voters, field operation, writing a campaign plan and policy resources to use on the campaign trail.
     NEA will provide follow-up services to help prepare candidates to run for office and launch a campaign once the training is over.
     Whiting attended the training with Amy Perruso, Hawai‘i State Teachers Association Secretary Treasurer; and Justin Hughey, HSTA Vice President. 
     Whiting has announced she will run for state House of Representatives, for the east Ka‘ū -Kona seat which will be open, since Rep. Richard Creagan announced he is running for state Senate. The current east Ka‘ū -Kona state Sen. Josh Green is running for Lt. Governor.

NĀ‘ĀLEHU SCHOOL'S FRIENDRAISER organizers are looking for ply-board, 2X4's and paint for someone to donate to Nā‘ālehu Elementary Student Council. The building materials will be used to create games for the Friendraiser event to be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, on the school grounds. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested in hosting educational displays, games, food, booths, fun and, "most importantly, opportunities to build and strengthen friendships," are welcome, says a statement from organizers. For more information, and to donate for raffle prizes or to give materials, contact Amber Keohuloa at ajavar@naalehu.orgor 345-9283.

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Tom Peek, of Volcano, is a storyteller and author,
who won the Silver Benjamin Franklin Award
for his book Daughers of Fire. He teaches
creative writing next Saturday at
Volcano Art Center. Photo by Julia Neal
WRITING ON THE WILD SIDE is a workshop offered by Tom Peek at Volcano Art Center this Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The storyteller and author's techniques and exercises help students explore their creative minds and unique voices.
   Peek's writings include the Hawai‘i Island based  Daughters of Fire, a novel of science, spirituality and romance through the eyes, hearts and minds of the cultural practitioner, the scientist, the developer and many of the characters that local residents know so well. Volcano, Kapāpala, Pāhala and Punalu‘u are in the book, which earned him a Silver Benjamin Franklin Award in New York. Peek is a Volcano resident.
    The class is $75 per person or $65 per person for VAC members. For more, call 967-8222.

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RIDE SO THEY CAN WALK is continuing to sign up place based participants who will ride alone or with friends in their chosen sites, and rack up miles to raise money to fight polio.
     Charlene Meyers, Volcano resident and statewide chair for Polio Plus, said participants can ride on stationary bikes at their homes or in a gym, ride alone or with friends on streets, roads and trails and do it at the times of their choosing. 
Ride So They Can Walk enthusiast plans to ride until he drops to
raise money to fight the crippling disease polio. Photo from Rotary
     "No roads will be closed as everyone will ride on their own schedule and desired distance," said Meyers said. Each rider pays $20 to register plus gathers sponsorship dollars from the community. 
    All donations go to Rotary's Polio Plus program. Rotary's efforts, since 1988 have taken down the number of polio cases from 350,000 to about ten. However, vaccinations are required to keep the disease from reigniting and spreading, Meyers said.
     The span of time for the individual Ride So they Can Walk events is Saturday, Nov. 11, through Saturday, Nov. 18.
     Each Ride So they Can Walk participant, who brings in at least $100, receives a commemorative towel. To sign-up, make the $20 registration check to Charlene Meyers, with Polio Plus Chair on the notation line. For contribution checks of $100 or more, make out to Rotary D5000-Polio Ride. Send to Charlene Meyers, Polio Plus Chair, P.O. 59, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718.

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Pick up the October edition of The Ka'ū Calendar delivered
free to 5,500 mailboxes throughout Ka'ū, from Miloli'i 
through Volcano. Also available on stands throughout
the district. See it online now at kaucalendar.com 
UPCOMING FALL TROJAN SPORTS:

Cheerleading
Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Kamehameha.

Eight-Man Football
Saturday, Oct. 21, Ka‘ū vs. Pāhoa, home.

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REGISTER KEIKI GRADES K-8  FOR AN EDIBLE HALLOWEEN CRAFT CLASS scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pāhala Community Center. Register until Tuesday, Oct. 24. For more, call 928-3102.

REGISTER KEIKI GRADES K-8 FOR PAPER PLATE SILHOUETTE CRAFT, until tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 17, for the class that takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Pāhala Community Center. For more, call 928-3102.

HEAR STORIES AND SCIENCE ABOUT  KA‘Ū DESERT’S FOOTPRINTS from Park Ranger Jay Robinson at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s After Dark in the Park on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium.
     Hawaiians traversed Kīlauea on foot between Puna and Ka‘ū. During the 18th century, explosions from the volcano rained volcanic ash down on the people, preserving their footprints in the sands of “Keonehelelei.” Robinson will discuss new interpretive displays in the Ka‘ū Desert and explain what is known today about the impact of these explosive eruptions on native society. The event is free, park entrance fees apply.

Footprints fossilized in volcanic ash in Ka‘ū Desert.
See After Dark in the Park event above. Photo from NPS
A FREE CONCERT WITH NĀ HŌKŪ HANOHANO WINNER MARK YAMANAKA is at Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Yamanaka has been awarded multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards since his first album, Lei Puakenikeni. His Lei Maile also received critical acclaim. The evening is part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Park entrance fees may apply.

OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BOARD meets Wednesday, Oct. 18, at noon, Ocean View Community Center. For more, call 939-7033.

SUGGESTIONS FOR HAWAI‘I COUNTY TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, including the Hele On Bus that takes many Ka‘ū residents to work, school and shopping, are invited at meetings outside Ka‘ū. Those unable to attend may contact Ka‘ū's County Council member Maile David at maile.david@hawaiicounty.gov or email the consultants at heleonsuggestions@ssfm.com. Meetings are 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, at Waimea Elementary School and Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lu‘au Hale in Hilo.
     For more, call 808-356-1260.

HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUB OF KA‘Ū MEETS THURSDAY, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. For more, call 929-9731 or 936-7262.

AUDITIONS FOR A GILBERT & SULLIVAN CHRISTMAS CAROL, produced by Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network, are Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. at KMC's Kīlauea Theater. Auditioners prepare a song that best features vocal ability. There are parts for all ages, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim. A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol will play  Dec. 14 to 17; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.. For more, read the Ka'ū News Briefs from September 13, call 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

TROPICAL FRUIT YIELDS will headline  a co-meeting of Hawai‘i Tropical Fruit Growers and Hawai‘i Farmers Union United, Thursday, Oct. 19, at 81-6393 Mamalahoa Hwy in Captain Cook. Peter Salleras, of Queensland, Australia, discusses Tatura trellis in Hawai‘i and Bush Tucker native fruits of Australia. Hawai‘i Farmers United state President Vince Mina reports on the state convention and legislative outlook. The potluck and meeting starts at 5 p.m. For more, contact Brian Lievens, President West Hawai‘i Chapter, 808-895-8753greenwizard@hawaii.rr.com; or Ken Love, Executive Director, 808-323-2417kenlove@hawaiiantel.net. Learn more about Hawai‘i Tropical Fruit Growers at: facebook.com/group.phpgid=127197321932&ref=mf,
 hawaiitropicalfruitgrowers.org and hawaiifruit.net.

REGISTER AHEAD FOR A HALLOWEEN MASK MAKING CLASS for Keiki 5-12. It takes place Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Nā‘ālehu Community Center. Register through Friday, Oct. 20. For more, call 939-2510.

TAI CHI FOR HEALTH will be presented this Friday, Oct. 20, at Ka‘ū District Gym, with Dr. Myrtle Miyamera, from 10 a.m. to noon, sponsored by Ka‘ū Resource Center and Pāhala Parks & Recreation.

EXPERIENCE THE SKILLFUL WORK, ‘IKE HANA NO‘EAU, Hawaiian cultural demonstrations are at Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the third Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Next one is Friday, Oct. 20, followed by Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. This event is free.

IN CELEBRATION OF THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF BAHÁ'U'LLÁH, founder of the Bahá'í Faith, the Bahá’ís of Ka‘ū invite the community to a dinner and open house on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center. For more information and to R.S.V.P. contact Sandra Demoruelle, email naalehutheatre@yahoo.com or phone 929-9244. For more about the Bahá'í Faith, read the Ka'ū News Briefs from September 20.

A HULA KAHIKO PERFORMANCE will be given on the hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Saturday, Oct. 21, starting at 10:30 a.m. Nā Kumu hula Micah Kamohoaliʻi and Hālau Na Kipuʻupuʻu will perform. Also see Nā Mea Hula with Halauolaokalani from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Photo from matson.com.
THE OCEAN VIEW DEEP CLEAN project is gearing up for Saturday, Oct. 21. Supported through a grant from Matson Navigation, it will provide containers for large items being disposed of, including broken appliances and furniture. The event begins at 8 a.m. at Ocean View Community Center. Those who would like to volunteer can call 939-7033, Mondays through Fridays from 8 am. to noon and
217-7982 in afternoons and evenings, said Ocean View Community Association President Ron Gall.        Volunteers need to wear sturdy shoes and gloves, sunscreen, long pants/jeans and hat. OVVC will provide bottled water and lunch for volunteers. "The Community Association is seeking a tire recycler to haul off the many tires dumped in the community," Gall said.
     In addition to Matson, the Hawai‘i County Solid Waste Division is providing assistance.

RECYCLING WILL BE ACCEPTED AT NĀ‘ĀLEHU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GYM on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Atlas Recycling. Redeem HI-5 sorted by type; receive 5 cents per container and additional 20 cents per pound on all aluminum. Atlas Recycling donates 20 cents per pound on all aluminum redeemed to the school. For more, call 939-2413, ext. 230.

Ranger Wendy leads the Nature and Culture hike. Photo by Janice Wei/NPS
NATURE & CULTURE: AN UNSEVERABLE RELATIONSHIP, a moderate hike approximately 2 miles, takes place tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Kahuku Unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Palm Trail hikers visit a place where catastrophic change (hulihia) and subsequent restoration (kulia) can be observed as the land transitions from the 1868 lava flow with its pioneer plants to deeper soil with more diverse and older flora. Learn about native plants that play a vital role in Hawaiian culture. Free. The hike will be offered again on Nov. 25. Visit nps.gov/havo for more.

CU HAWAI‘I FEDERAL CREDIT UNION IS OFFERING EMPLOYMENT as a Member Service Representative in Nā‘ālehu. CU Hawai‘i seeks energetic individuals for full time positions who enjoy working with people and can provide professional, courteous and efficient service to valued members.
     The ideal candidate must be service oriented and possess good communication and computer skills. Cash handling and customer service experience is preferred. Must be able to work Saturdays. CU Hawai‘i offers medical, drug, dental, vision and retirement benefits.
     Email, mail or fax application to: Attn: Human Resources, 476 Hinano Street Hilo, HI 96720, Fax: (808) 935-7793. Applications can be found online at cuhawaii.com/careers.html.