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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.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Friday, December 8, 2017

HO‘ŌPŪLOA VILLAGE next to Miloli‘i was wiped out by a Mauna Loa lava flow in 1926. This shows the
village April 16, one day before it was covered. The 'a'ā flow advancing to Ho'ōpūloa is a reminder of why
 Island of Hawaiʻi residents should be aware of hazards posed by the volcanoes. This flow was fed by eruptive
vents that opened high on Mauna Loa's Southwest Rift Zonethree days earlier. It was 1,500 feet wide and about 
30 feet high in this aerial photo but the 'a'ā flow continued to widen and thicken as it pushed through the village 
to the ocean on the morning of April 18. See story below. Photo courtesy of Army Air Corps, 11th Photo Section
RAPID ‘ŌHI‘A DEATH is one of the main topics of the latest Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation newsletter. The disease is decimating the primary species of trees in the native forests of the islands. The newsletter reports:
‘Ōhi‘a Lehua, a natural resource important to
native species and maintaing freshwater sources.
Photo from Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance
     ▪ There are confirmed cases of ROD in the following locations: east from Kalapana to Hilo, between Hilo and Volcano, south from Volcano to Nāʻālehu and Nāʻālehu to Kona, as far north as Kaloko Mauka.
     ▪ Humans are thought to be a main vector because we move infected wood, contaminated tools, gear and vehicles from one location to another.
     ▪ Other potential vectors include feral ungulates and beetles. Recent research has identified a particular species of non-native ambrosia beetle that is especially attracted to infected dead and dying ʻōhiʻa trees.
     ▪ The primary path for Ceratocystis to enter ʻōhiʻa plants is through a wound.
     ▪ About 75,000 acres of ʻōhiʻa forest currently show symptoms of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death disease on Hawaiʻi Island.
     See more at hawaiiconservtionalliance.org.

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HAWAI‘I YOUTH SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE applications are now open to students from grades six through twelve. They can apply for funding to support innovative and grassroots environmental initiatives that will create new and sustainable solutions for their schools and communities. Applications are available online. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 15.

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AWARENESS OF LIVING ON ONE OF THE TWO MOST ACTIVE VOLCANOES on the planet is the purpose of Volcano Awareness Month, coming up in January, with a presentation on Jan. 17 at Ocean View Community Center. This week's Volcano Watch by USGS scientists tells the story:
     With the hustle and bustle of the holidays upon us, Island of Hawaiʻi residents are likely giving little thought to the volcanic terrain beneath their feet. And that's alright—for now. But with two of the world's most active volcanoes—one erupting nearly non-stop for more than three decades (Kīlauea) and the other stirring for over two years (Mauna Loa)—volcano awareness should never be far from our minds. So, as you ring in the New Year, we hope you'll add "learn more about my volcanic home" to your list of resolutions.
 A huge wall of ‘a‘ā crashes into the ocean at Ho‘ōpūloa in 1926.
    You can begin fulfilling that resolution in January 2018—Hawaiʻi Island's 9th annual Volcano Awareness Month.
    Just as we have since 2010, when Volcano Awareness Month was established by mayoral proclamation, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists will offer a series of programs in January to help keep residents and visitors informed about Hawaiian volcanoes. All programs are open to the public, and no reservations are required.
     Four talks will be presented in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, with weekly After Dark in the Park programs held at 7:00 p.m. in the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium. The first talk, on January 9, provides a brief review of the early history of Kīlauea Volcano's ongoing East Rift Zone eruption followed by an in-depth look at lava flow activity during the past year.
    The next After Dark in the Park program, on January 16, features a presentation on Kīlauea Volcano's current summit eruption, including a recently released USGS video that recounts the formation and growth of the summit vent and lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu. The following two programs address the surprising discoveries gleaned from the collection of volcanic ash produced by Kīlauea's summit lava lake and the volcanic geology along Hawaiʻi Island's Saddle Road, on January 23 and January 30, respectively.
1955 lava flow, from film taken by U.S. Department of Agriculture.

     Hilo's Lyman Museum will also promote volcano awareness in January. On the evening of January 8, and again on the afternoon of January 9, the museum will host an HVO talk about Kīlauea Volcano's 1955 East Rift Zone eruption. During this 88-day-long eruption, lava from at least 24 different vents buried sections of every public road in the lower Puna district, impacting communities from Kalapana to Kapoho—reminders of why island residents need to understand how Hawaiian volcanoes work and the hazards associated with them.
     Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano on Earth, will also be the topic of conversation during three Volcano Awareness Month programs. But instead of a single speaker talking to a seated audience, the format of these events will be community "open houses."
    Promoted as Mauna Loa: Let's Talk Story, these open houses are a collaborative effort of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Staff from each of these agencies will set up informative displays that answer frequently asked questions about Mauna Loa and will be on hand to answer any additional questions from the public.
A cinder cone on Mauna Loa. Photo by Brocken Inaglory

     Island residents and visitors are invited to stop by the open houses to learn more about Mauna Loa and 'talk story' with scientists, public safety officials, and park rangers. The events will be held on the UH-Hilo campus on January 13 (12:00 – 3 p.m.), in the Ocean View Community Center on January 17 (6:00 p.m.), and in the Konawa‘ena Elementary School cafeteria on January 27 (12:00 – 3 p.m.).
     Details, including the dates, times, location maps, and descriptions of all 2018 Volcano Awareness Month programs are posted on HVO's website (volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/). You can also email askHVO@usgs.gov or call (808) 967-8844 for more information.
   Whether you're a long-time resident or a recent arrival on the Island of Hawaiʻi, January will be a good time to enhance your knowledge of Hawaiian volcanoes. Understanding the eruptive histories, current status, and associated hazards of our island's active volcanoes, and knowing how to stay safe during an eruption are essential to living in harmony with our volcanic environment.
    Please join us in January to learn more about Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, and to meet some of the HVO scientists who monitor and study them, as well as our partner agency colleagues. Until then, we wish you safe and happy holidays!

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KA‘Ū TROJANS SPORTS SCHEDULE

Soccer: Saturday, Dec. 9, Makua Lani @ Ka‘ū.

Boys Basketball: Saturday, Dec. 9, Maui Tournament.

Swimming: Saturday, Dec. 9 @ Konawaena.

Girls Basketball: Monday, Dec. 11, Kamehameha @ Ka‘ū.

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A PRE-CHRISTMAS JAZZ IN THE FOREST has been announced. It will come to Volcano Art Center campus on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. New arrangements of traditional carols will be presented in Latin, Swing, Bossa, Gospel, Salsa, along with romantic and operatic versions by Jeannine and The Jazztones. The group consists of Jeannine Guillory, Jean Pierre Thoma on saxes and flute, Loren Wilken on piano, Matt Spencer on bass and Steve Bader on drums.
     The dance floor will be open to move and swing. Food and drink will be available.

DISCOVERY HARBOR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT has announced a Holiday Event to take place Saturday, Dec. 9, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Discovery Harbour Community Hall. For more, call 929-9576, or visit discoveryharbour.net.

HOVE ROAD MAINTENANCE ANNUAL MEETING IS Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ocean View Community Association. For more, call 929-9910.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER is Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more, call 939-7033.

ST. JUDE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN OCEAN VIEW HOSTS ITS KEIKI CHRISTMAS PARTY Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in their lower parking lot. Each child receives two books at Rudolph’s Reading Room, a stocking from Santa, and a cookie and punch from Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen. All are welcome. For more, visit stjudeshawaii.org or call 939-7000.

SOFT PASTEL STILL LIFE WITH PATTI PEASE JOHNSON class is Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. Instruction and materials provided. Beginners to intermediate artists welcome. $50 per non-member, $45 per VAC member, plus $10 supply fee per person. For more, call 967-7565 or visit volcanoartcenter.org.

EXPLORE RICH GEOLOGIC HISTORY OF KAHUKU on a easy-to-moderate guided hike that traverses the vast 1868 lava flow, displaying volcano features and formations in Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The hike, titled Birth of Kahuku, also offers hikers the opportunity to learn about the Hawaiian hotspot and the creation of Kahuku. It will also take place on Dec. 30.

AIKIDO IS OFFERED AT OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER again Saturday, Dec. 9. Classes are every Saturday at 10 a.m. Sensei Alan Moores launched the Ocean View classes, accompanied by members of Pāhala Dojo. For more information call 808-925-9677.

ANNUAL PĀHALA CHRISTMAS PARADE starts at 1 p.m. at Pāhala Armory and ends at Holy Rosary Church on Sunday, Dec. 10. Contact Andrade family at 928-0808 to participate or for more details, no entry fees.

SUNDAY WALK IN THE PARK is Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kahuku Unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. All attendees must be current Friends Member, become a new member by registering online at fhvnp.org. For more, email admin@fhvnp.org or call 985-7373.

SUNDAY CHILDREN'S LEARNING CENTER is a new educational service provided at Ocean View Community Center. The federally funded activity is free from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Sunday and is run by Rodney DuCossin.

LEARN ABOUT THE VITAL ROLE OF ‘ŌHI‘A LEHUA in native Hawaiian forests, the many forms of the ‘ōhi‘a tree and its flower on this free, easy, one-mile walk. The guided hike takes place Sunday, Dec. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more, visit nps.gov/havo.

A MĀLAMA MARKET TOWN HALL MEETING is Monday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Ocean View Community Center. For more, call 939-7033.

PACIFIC ISLANDS AS MODELS FOR CULTURE, AGRICULTURE AND SUSTAINABILITY is the After Dark in the Park talk that has been announced for Tuesday, Dec. 12, starting at 7 p.m. in the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Learn how the innovative agricultural systems of pre-contact Hawai‘i connect to Pacific societies in the past, present and future and how Hawai‘i and other Polynesian islands are used as models for living more sustainably. Free, park entrance fees apply. For more see nps.gov/HAVO.

Holy Rosary Church participates and hosts the refreshments
after the Pāhala Christmas Parade this Saturday.
Photo by Julia Neal
DISCOVERY HARBOUR/
NĀ‘ĀLEHU COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM meets Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Discovery Harbour Community Hall. The public is invited to come see what C.E.R.T. is about as well as participate in training scenarios. For more, contact Dina Shisler by emailing dinashisler24@yahoo.com or calling 410-935-8087.

REGISTER KEIKI, GRADES K-8, UNTIL TUESDAY, Dec. 12, for a Hanging Santa Craft Class that takes place Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. For more or to register, call Nona Makuakane/Elijah Navarro at 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

PĀHALA SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT PUBLIC MEETINGS will be held by the Department of Environmental Management on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 12, 13 and 14. The county and its consultants are expected to discuss the proposed site, the type of sewage treatment plant, costs to the community and a timeline. The meetings are set for:
     Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Ka‘ū District Gym Multipurpose Conference Room;
     Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Pāhala Community Center;
     Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center;
     Thursday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Ka‘ū District Gym Multipurpose Conference Room;
     Thursday, Dec. 14, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center.
     For more information, contact Berna Cabacungan of Earthplan at eplan1@aol.com, Department of Environmental Management at 961-8339, or Iris Cober at the Brown and Caldwell Maui office at 808-442-3300.
     The consultants sent out stamped return post cards to those homeowners currently on the old Brewer sewage system in order for them to R.S.V.P. Separate meetings will be planned for the Nā‘ālehu Wastewater Treatment Plant plan.

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REGISTER KEIKI, GRADES K-5, UNTIL WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, for the Annual Christmas Coloring Contest that takes place Thursday, Dec. 14, starting at 5 p.m., at Ka‘ū District Gym. For more or to register, call Nona Makuakane/Elijah Navarro at 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

REGISTER KEIKI, AGES 6-12, UNTIL WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, for a Holiday Collage Wreath Class that takes place Friday, Dec. 15, from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., at Kahuku Park (H.O.V.E.). For more, call Teresa Anderson at 929-9113 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

THE DENTAL VAN COMES TO ST. JUDE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH to serve the community on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Call 939-7000 or visit St. Jude's at 92-8606 Paradise Circle, Ocean View.

HAWAIIAN HERBAL MEDICINE PRACTITIONER KA‘OHU MONFORT demonstrates the power of local plants to nourish and heal on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. The program, Lā‘au Lapa‘au, takes place on the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. See and touch a variety of traditional medicinal plants. Free, park entrance fees apply. For more visit nps.gov/HAVO.

JOIN AUNTIE LINDA OF TŪTŪ & ME FOR STORY TIME at Nā‘ālehu Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more details, call 929-857.

THE MEDICAL VAN SERVES THE COMMUNITY at St. Jude's Episcopal Church on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Call 939-7000 or visit St. Jude's at 92-8606 Paradise Circle, Ocean View.

A GILBERT & SULLIVAN CHRISTMAS CAROL, a Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network musical production, is presented Thursday, Dec. 14, through Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m. at Kīlauea Military Camp Theater in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 per senior/student, and $12 per child. For more information call 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com. Park entrance fees apply.

CU HAWAI‘I FEDERAL CREDIT UNION OFFERS 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.
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