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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs Wednesday, July 11, 2018

This year, the bulls won, as no rider could keep their seat at the 41st Annual Buckle July 4 Rodeo.
See story below. Photo by Richard Taylor
SEN. MAZIE HIRONO IS ON THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT CONFERENCE COMMITTEE for fiscal year 2019, her office announced today. The committee will resolve differences between Senate and House versions of the bill.
Sen. Mazie Hirono, part of the committee to resolve differences
between the Senate and House versions of the NDAA.
     Hirono said the Senate version includes a number of critical Hawaiʻi priorities, "and I will fight to ensure that they are preserved in conference. I will also continue to advocate for measures that will benefit our service members and our country, such as supporting Department of Defense employees who travel to meet critical workforce needs, continuing our nation's engagement in the Indo-Pacific region, and strengthening energy resilience.”
     As the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Hirono authored and supported provisions in the Senate-passed NDAA that authorizes military construction projects in Hawaiʻi, prevents per diem reductions for Department of Defense employees, closes “a dangerous loophole that allows convicted abusers to purchase firearms,” and promotes sustainable energy assurance and resiliency across the Armed Forces.
     Hirono also voted in favor of a motion offered by Senate Armed Service Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) to instruct conferees to reaffirm the importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the United States' commitment to meeting its obligations under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.

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HAWAIʻI HAS THE LOWEST CONSUMPTION OF ELECTRICITY per consumer and the highest rate in the country, according to a WalletHub study released today. Hawaiʻi resident's monthly consumption averages 481 kWh per consumer, paying $0.2747 per kWh. Louisiana, with the highest usage, averages 1,475 kWh per consumer, paying $0.0934 per kWh. Hawaiʻi ranks 21st in monthly electricity costs, averaging $132 per consumer.
     For motor fuel, Hawaiʻi has the highest price, ranks 16th in usage, and averages $154 per consumer per month.
     Natural gas, though rarely used in Hawaiʻi, which ranks 51st in national usage, averages $4 per month per consumer, tying with Florida. However, Hawaiʻi’s natural gas costs are also the highest in the nation.
     Overall, Hawaiʻi ranks 40th in total energy costs. See the full report at wallethub.com/edu/energy-costs-by-state/4833.

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THE FORTY-FIRST ANNUAL BUCKLE JULY 4 RODEO drew families, paniolo music and lots of competition to the Kaʻū Roping & Riding Association arena in Nāʻālehu on July 7 and 8. Veteran rodeo announcer Al Cabral called the competition. In an unusual outcome, the bulls won the bull riding competition, as no paniolo could stay on board. Rodeo Queen Molly Akana of Ocean View reigned over the event, and folks prayed and praised at Cowboy Church on Sunday. Here are the results:
Rodeo Queen Molly Akana of Ocean View.
     Open Dally - First Go first place team was comprised of Bronson Branco and Kahiau Onaka, followed by Nolan Nobriga and Nicky Boy Rapoza, with third place going to Westin Joseph and Trisyn Kalawaia. The Second Go saw Kevin Hill and Bronson Branco in first, Macey Loando and Matthew Loando in second, and Dusty Miranda and Nicky Boy Rapoza in third. The overall winners were Macey Loando and Matthew Loando, followed by Nicky Boy Rapoza and Kelly Medeiros, Geno Glaser and Kevin Hill, and Westin Joseph and Trisyn Kalawaia.
     Kane Wahine Dally - First Go first place team was comprised of Chelsey Fuerte and Ethan Awa, second was Makayla Awa and Ethan Awa, and third was Chelsey Fuerte and Lexis Andrade. Second Go first place team was Makayla Awa and Ethan Awa, followed by Kent Onaka and Hailey Onaka, and Kahiau Onaka and Hailey Onaka. Overall winners were Makayla Awa and Ethan Awa, followed by Chelsey Fuerte and Lexis Andrade, Kent Onaka and Hailey Onaka, and Kahiau Onaka and Hailey Onaka.
     Century Roping - With ages of the team members adding up to 100 years or more, First Go winners were Gilbert Smith and Roger Kaiwi, followed by Audwin Aiwohi and Rodney Wilbur. Second Go winners were Mike Smith and Bob Hamilton, followed by Gilbert Smith and Roger Kaiwi. Overall winners were Gilbert Smith and Roger Kaiwi, followed by Bob Hamilton and Mike Smith, and Danny Joseph and Bob Hamilton.
A calf gets friendly with the paniolo during the
41st Annual Buckle July 4 Rodeo in Nāʻālehu
last weekend. Photo by Richard Talyor
     Breakaway - Nahe Nobriga took first, followed by Kalyssa Hamilton, Nahea Brenneman, and Hailey Onaka.
     Youth Dally - Lexis Andrade and Kalia Medeiros were the winners.
     Poʻowaiʻu - First went to Bronson Branco, followed by Lexis Andrade, and Bill Delima, Sr.
     Kane-Wahine Ribbon Mugging - First went to Makayla Awa and Bronson Branco, followed by Denicia Derason and Dustin Galapir, followed by Bill Benevides and Kalaʻa Andrade, and Bronson Branco and Nahe Nobriga.
     Double Mugging - First was the team of Bronson Branco and Kevin Hill, followed by Bronson Branco and Dallas Medeiros, and Rodney Kuahiwinui and Kimo Dacalio.
     Wahine Mugging - First went to Macey Loando and Makayla Awa. Second was Shannon Benevides and Daphnee Joseph.
     Tie Down - Bronson Branco took the win.
The photographer wrote: "A great time was had by all, especially the little boy on the fence." Photo by Richard Taylor
     Calf Riding - Keegan Malicki took the win.
     Youth Barrels - Clancy Aku took first and Kasha Joseph took second.
     Dummy Roping for children four and under - Tayze Sinenci took the win.
     Dummy Roping for children five to eight - Ryder Tavares took the win.
     Goats, four and under - Tayze Sinenci took the win.
     Goats, five to eight - Ryder Tavares took the win.
Paniolo is a dirty job, but some wahine have got to wrangle those calves. Photo by Richard Taylor
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GOV. DAVID IGE ALLOWED THREE BILLS passed by the 2018 Hawaiʻi Legislature to become  law yesterday without signing them. They are:
     Relating to Preschools, HB2507 removes preschools from the superintendent’s scope of authority. It addition to moving much of the oversight to the Executive Office on Early Learning it also clarifies that the director of the Executive Office on Early Learning may authorize preschool personnel to access a student’s immunization registry information.  The bill also requires the DOE to administer special education and Title I funded programs at the prekindergarten level.
Sometimes, body weight is the only way to get that rope tight.
Photo by Richard Taylor
     Ige said: “After the administration completed its due diligence, it was determined that no services would be jeopardized and all preschools can continue to operate with no interruption.
     Relating to Law Enforcement Standards, HB2071 appropriates funds to establish a Law Enforcement Standards Board for the certification of county police officers, state public safety officers, and all state agency employees at Departments of Transportation, Land and Natural Resources, Taxation, and Attorney General with police powers. The board will be responsible for developing minimum standards, establishing training programs, and providing continuing education programs for all law enforcement officers. Establishes and appropriates funds for the Law Enforcement Standards Board Special Fund.
     Ige said: “I’m allowing this bill to become law without my signature because I support the intent of the bill and recognize the need for accountability and public confidence in law enforcement. After meeting with the police chiefs and conducting a thorough review, I agree that more resources are needed, and have concerns about the timeline. There are also many questions about implementation. I am committed to working with state and county law enforcement officials to successfully implement the measure.
Horses, paniolo, and calf travel at great speed at the 41st Annual Buckle July 4 Rodeo. Photo by Richard Taylor
     “I want to thank the men and women of our law enforcement agencies for their efforts to keep our communities safe. I know the majority of them want to meet the highest standards of professional conduct, and we want to help them succeed.”
     Relating to Motorcycles, HB2589 authorizes the Department of Transportation to allow two-wheeled motorcycles to drive in designated shoulder lanes. Takes effect on 1/1/2019. Repeals on 12/31/2020. Ige said: “I’m allowing this bill to become law without my signature. Although I believe safety concerns remain, I will work with the Department of Transportation to properly vet which shoulder lanes will be accessible to motorcycles.”

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GOV. DAVID IGE WILL VETO EIGHT OUT OF 11 bills on his intent to veto list, according to a release from his office:
Dust gets kicked up as two paniolo subdue a feisty calf.
Photo by Richard Taylor
     Relating to the Transient Accommodations Tax, SB 2699 would have included resort fees in gross rental proceeds that are subject to the TAT.
     Ige’s rationale for veto: “This measure creates an extensive and ambiguous expansion of the TAT. The vague language could subject restaurants, spas, and other businesses located in hotels to add the TAT to their services. Currently, the Department of Taxation imposes the TAT on mandatory resort fees. The additional taxes imposed by this measure would result in significant increases in accommodation costs for our residents and visitors staying in Hawai‘i hotel properties.”
     Relating to the Environment, SB 2519 would have authorized the Agribusiness Development Corporation to enter into contracts with private businesses to remove select municipal solid waste, glass, and food/green waste from the waste stream for use in other businesses, provided that it benefits agriculture and agriculture-related projects.
     Ige’s rationale for veto: “This measure will interfere with the counties’ authority to direct the disposal of municipal solid waste to specific locations under Section 340A-3, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes. The statute authorizes counties to require that solid waste be disposed of at designated facilities or areas. It is unclear whether ADC’s or the counties’ authority would have priority when determining control over the municipal waste disposal.”
     Relating to Consumer Protection, HB 1621 would have prohibited merchants from charging any fee to repair, replace, or refund damaged or defective goods. Part 2 requires high turnover restaurant franchises to disclose their non-participation in national advertising campaigns and prohibits the franchisor/restaurant chain from limiting or restricting the disclosure.
Landed by two paniolo, this bovine is secured.
Photo by Richard Taylor
     Ige’s rationale for veto: “Part 2 of the measure provides a vague definition of “high turnover restaurant.” As written, the law would be unenforceable as the measure does not provide explicit standards to measure conditions such as the average duration of a customer’s stay or determine a menu’s price range. The measure also exempts fast food restaurants, which runs counter to current consumer protections as the majority of complaints received by the Office of Consumer Protection regarding this issue involve fast food chains.”
     Relating to Campaign Finance, SB 2992 would have exempted signs and banners from certain election law disclaimer requirements relating to advertisements with the exception of signs and banners advocating the passage or defeat of a ballot issue, which are still required to contain the name and address of the candidate, candidate committee, or non-candidate committee paying for the sign or banner.
     Ige’s rationale for veto: “The Campaign Spending Commission is concerned that exempting signs and banners from certain election law disclaimer requirements will reduce transparency in campaign finance.”
     Relating to Medical Cannabis, SB 2407 would have authorized the use of medical cannabis as a treatment for opioid addiction, substance use, and withdrawal symptoms resulting from the treatment of these conditions.
No matter how much the cow says no, the paniolo insist yes.
Photo by Richard Taylor
     Ige’s rationale for veto: “The Department of Health already has a formal evidenced-based petition process, made available annually to patients and physicians, so patients and physicians can apply to add qualifying conditions to the list of uses for medical cannabis.”
     Relating to Technology, SB 48 would have merged the Hawai‘i Strategic Development Corp. and the Hawai‘i Technology Development Corp.  into the Hawai‘i Innovation, Technology, and Research Corp.
     Ige’s rationale for veto: It "creates operational issues and disrupts the core functions of HTDC. First, it eliminates 1.5 permanent positions and 6.25 temporary positions from HTDC. It appropriates general funds to convert these positions from special funds, but does not create the new positions to replace those eliminated. Second, the additional amendments to HTDC’s budget, when combined with the amendments in the supplemental appropriations bill,
create a net reduction in HTDC’s core resources that will adversely impact its operations.”
     Relating to County Land Use Requirements, SB 2524 would have required the owner of any parcel of land subdivided as a condominium property regime in agricultural or preservation lands, to provide public notice of sale no later than ninety days after the sale of the parcel. This measure also prohibits residential use of sheds or other structures on agricultural lands unless permitted under county ordinances and rules.
A calf leaps in to the air as two paniolo on horseback rope it. Photo by Richard Taylor
     Ige’s rationale for veto: “This measure creates a loophole that would allow residential uses of agricultural land that has been subdivided via subdivision or condo property regime. This could result in urban sprawl and is in direct contradiction with state land use policy that seeks to preserve agricultural land for agricultural use. This bill could result in large, viable agricultural land being broken up and taken out of agricultural production.”
     Relating to Public Libraries, SB 2919 would have established a pilot program to generate revenue through the lease of public library lands to support the mission of the public library system.\
     Ige’s rationale for veto: “In general, executive orders set aside public trust lands for public purposes. If those lands are no longer needed for library purposes, executive orders should be withdrawn and the lands returned to the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). Further, the Hawai‘i State Public Library System does not have the resources and expertise to undertake the leasing of public lands for purely income generating purposes.”

Image from volcanoartcenter.org
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NEW and UPCOMING
MARIAH BATH TEACHES A SYLVIA PIPPIN CLASS, Tropical Florals Sashiko and Applique Quilting, on Saturday, July 21, at Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     Bath will also lead the class on a walk-through of 2nd bi-annual quilt show, Quilts in the Forest - Where the Path May Lead, Volcano Art Center. Julie Williams, Volcano Art Center board member and nature trail guide, takes the class on a tour of the old growth forest trail at Ni‘aulani, introducing them to a number of native plants, which can be seen in the quilts of this year’s show.
     To register and for more information, call 967-8222 or go to volcanoartcenter.org/classes-and-workshops/. Class fee is $58.50 for Volcano Art Center Members and $65.00 for non-Members. Brown bag lunch.

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THURSDAY, JULY 12
Story Time with Auntie Linda from Tūtū and Me, Thu, July 12, 10:30-noon, Nā‘ālehu Public Library. 929-8571

Thursday Night at the Center - Witnesses in Words: The Literature of Kīlauea, Thu, July 12, 7-8pmVolcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. A reenactment of first Western visitors to Kīlauea and their perspectives: William Ellis, Titus Coan, Mark Twain and Isabella Bird. Free; $5 donation suggested. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

FRIDAY, JULY 13
Oliver!, a KDEN Production, July 13-29; Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30pm, Sundays 2:30pm. Shows moved to UH Hilo Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $20 general, $15 seniors 60+ and students, $12 keiki 12 and under. Tickets available from July 2 at Kīlauea General Store, Kea‘au Natural Foods, Basically Books, and The Most Irresistible Shop in Hilo. Info and reservations: 982-7344, kden73@aol.com

Exhibit, Birds of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park: The Hawai‘i Nei Invitational Daily, July 13-Aug 4, 9-5pmVolcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Free. Opening reception: Fri, July 13, 5-7pm. Artists: John Dawson, Reyn Ojiri, Sarah Koh, Wendy Barske, Maria Macias, Cody Yamaguchi, Ann Guth, and John Mydoock. Art represents endemic bird species. volcanoartcenter.org

2nd Annual Bi-Annual Quilt Show, Quilts In The Forest - Where the Path May Lead, Opening reception: Fri, July 13, 5-7pm. Then daily, Tue-Sat, 10-4pm, through Aug 3, Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Free. Workshops and demonstrations planned in conjunction with show. Fia Mattice, 967-8222, quiltshow2018@volcanoartcenter.org. volcanoartcenter.org

SATURDAY, JULY 14
Pancake Breakfast and Raffle, Sat, July 14, 8-11amOcean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Kāwā Volunteer Day, Sat, July 14, 9:30am, Kāwā. Sign up with James Akau, Nā Mamo o Kāwā, at namamookawa@gmail.com, jakau@nmok.org, or 561-9111. nmok.org

Realms and Divisions of Kahuku, Sat, July 14, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, two-mile, guided hike on Kahuku Unit's newest trail, Pu‘u Kahuku, explores the traditional Hawaiian classification system. Bring snack. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Zentangle: Ink-Blown ‘Ōhi‘a w/Dina Wood Kageler, Sat, July 14, 10-1pmVolcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Celebrating Volcano’s premier rainforest tree, Ke Kumu ‘Ōhi‘a. Loaner pens, pencils and watercolors available. Bring Zentangle supplies, if able. No artistic experience necessary. $30/VAC Member, $35/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. Bring light refreshment to share. Register online, volcanoartcenter.org, or call 967-8222

SUNDAY, JULY 15
Nature and Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Sun, July 15, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate guided hike along the Palm Trail, approx. 2 miles. Learn about native plants that play a vital role in Hawaiian culture, and observe the catastrophic change and restoration of the land as it transitions from the 1868 lava flow to deeper soils with more diversity and older flora. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

MONDAY, JULY 16
Discovery Harbour Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Mon, July 16, 5-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
Ocean View Community Association Board Meeting, Wed, July 18, 12:30pmOcean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

ONGOING
Libraries Rock Summer Reading Program: Hawai‘i State Public Library System, through Saturday, July 14, statewide and online. Register and log reading at librarieshawaii.beanstack.org or at a local library. Free. Reading rewards, activities, and programs for children, teens, and adults. 2018 participants have a chance to win a Roundtrip for four to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies.

25th Annual Hawai’i Conservation ConferenceUlu Ka Lāiā I Ke Kumu: From a Strong Foundation Grows an Abundant Future, Tue-Thu, July 24-26, Hawai’i Convention Center, Honolulu. Registration ongoing, $80+. hawaiiconservation.org

Paid Intern sought by The Nature Conservancy, to work from October 2018 through August 2019 with their Hawai‘i Island Terrestrial Program, which has native forest preserves located in Ka‘ū and South Kona. Benefits offered include: a $1,600 monthly living allowance (before taxes); a $5,920 education award towards higher education; health care and childcare benefits (if eligible); and receive an entry-level conservation career experience. Applicants must be at least 17 years old by the program start date, October 2018, and possess or be working towards a high school diploma or equivalent. Applications must also have their own housing and transportation, a drivers license, and be able to pass a criminal history check.
     The internship is offered through Kupu Hawai‘i. Those interested are asked to fill out an online application at kupuhawaii.org under Conservation Leaders Program as soon as possible, as spaces are limited; kupuhawaii.org/conservation. For more, call The Nature Conservancy at 443-5401 or call Kupu Hawai‘i at 808-735-1221.

Disaster Recovery Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Keaʻau High School Gym. Buses run to and from Keaʻau Armory every 20 minutes and Pāhoa Community Center Shelter every hour; see full bus schedule on the Civil Defense Website at HawaiiCounty.gov/Active-Alerts. For a list of the information applicants need to bring to the DRC, or to register online, go to DisasterAssistance.gov. The Salvation Army continues to operate a distribution center at the Pāhoa Community Center on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. To donate, please coordinate with the Salvation Army at (808) 756-0306.

Find Your Park, invites Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Kamaʻaina and tourist alike are encouraged to experience authentic Hawaiian cultural programs, guided hikes, After Dark events, and more from Ka‘ū to Volcano to Hilo. “While Kīlauea continues to shake the ground and blast ash from its ever-changing summit crater – causing the partial closure of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on May 11 – park rangers continue to enlighten and engage visitors from other locations,” says a release from HVNP staff.
     Rangers offer new and familiar programs – free of charge, with no entry fees – for visitors at the park’s Kahuku Unit, Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus, and Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, Prince Kūhio Plaza, and Grand Naniloa Hotel in Hilo.
Kahuku Unit
In addition to regularly scheduled Guided Hikes and the monthly Coffee Talk, Kahuku Unit has added daily Ranger Talks, and cultural demonstrations and activities on weekends.
Visitor Contact Station hosts Ike Hana Noe ʻAu: Experience the Skillful Work Cultural Demonstrations and Activities, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
Visitor Contact Station hosts Ranger Talks on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Guided Hikes begin at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday in June and July. Meet the ranger at the welcome tent.
Coffee Talk, in the Visitor Contact Station is held the last Friday of the month, 9:30-11 a.m.
Kahuku events are posted to the park website, nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/kahuku-hikes.htm.
Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus
Find Park Rangers in Volcano at the Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus at 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd., in Volcano Village. Rangers are there most days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide talks and answer questions about the current eruption.
The return of After Dark …near the park at the Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus. Each event will have a different subject matter, TBA.
Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
Find Park Rangers in downtown Hilo, Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rangers provide daily eruption updates, and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., give a talk about all five of Hawai‘i Island’s volcanoes – including Kīlauea. Get NPS Passport Books stamped. Located at 76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo.
Prince Kūhio Plaza
Find Park Rangers alongside the park’s non-profit partners, Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, at their brand new mall store.
Grand Naniloa Hotel
Find Park Rangers stationed at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in downtown Hilo, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., every Sunday and Monday, in the Willie K Crown Room - as long as nothing else is scheduled in the space. The rangers will be doing daily talks at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. about the eruption. They will show the park film that is normally available to visitors to see at the Kilauea Visitor’s Center at the Summit, Born of Fire, Born in the Sea, every half-hour beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Kona Vet Center visits to Ocean View Community Center are Suspended until further notice. Veterans may call 329-0574 for VA benefit information. ovcahi.org

Tūtū and Me Offers Home Visits to those with keiki zero to five years old: home visits to aid with helpful parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Home visits are free, last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, for a total of 12 visits, and snacks are provided. For info and to register, call Linda Bong 464-9634.

St. Jude's Episcopal Church Calls For More Volunteers for the Saturday community outreach. Especially needed are cooks for the soup served to those in need, and organizers for the hot showers. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's April newsletter. Volunteer by contacting Dave Breskin at 319-8333.

5th annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run registration open. Race day Sat, Sept 22, 7 a.m.; begins and ends at Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Register online before Sun, Aug 11: 5K, $30/person; 10K, $40/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $45/person. From Aug 13: $35/person, $45/person, and $55/person. Race day registration ends Sat, Sept 22, at 6:30 a.m. Event organizers, ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou; start location, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill.

Volcano Rain Forest Runs Registration Open through Friday, August 17, at 6 p.m. Half marathon $85, 10K $45, 5K $30. Registration increases August 1: half marathon to $95, 10K to $55, and 5K to $35. Race is run from Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village on Saturday, August 18.

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