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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
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Friday, August 31, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs Friday, August 31, 2018

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park will reopen many locations that have been closed since May 11, during
eruptions and earthquakes at Kīlauea, which has been quiet since Aug. 2. The opening is Saturday,
Sept. 22, the fee-free National Public Lands Day. NPS photo
REOPENING A NUMBER OF HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK areas that have been closed since May 11 is planned for Saturday, Sept. 22, this year's fee-free National Public Lands Day. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announced today that it is "completing emergency repairs and making progress towards reopening parts of the park by 10 a.m., Sept. 22." Areas of the park will go back to being open 24 hours a day.
     Thirty-two buildings have been inspected, non-potable water has been restored to nine buildings, and 20 miles of trails have been assessed by the National Park Service geomorphologist, says the statement from Hawai‘i Volcanoes. "On Sept. 10, a team of engineers from the Federal Highway Administration will begin assessments on park roads. Due to extensive earthquake damage, no vehicles over 15,000 pounds will be allowed to enter the park when it reopens."
     A new Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Recovery webpage shares updates and photos with the public at nps.gov/havo/recovery.htm.
Water lines were affected during the approx. three months of frequent
seismic activity at Kīlauea's summit. Only non-potable water will be
available when the park reopens sections on Sept. 22. NPS photo
     The following areas are scheduled to reopen on Sept. 22:
·     Kīlauea Visitor Center (closes at 5 p.m.)
·     Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association store at Kīlauea Visitor Center (closes at 5 p.m.)
·     Crater Rim Trail between Volcano House and Kīlauea Military Camp
·     Sulphur Banks Trail
·     Crater Rim Drive to Steam Vents
·     Kīlauea Iki Overlook and parking lot
·     Devastation Trail and Pu‘u Pua‘i
·     Crater Rim Drive to Keanakāko‘i Crater, for pedestrians and bicyclists only
·     Mauna Loa Road to Kīpukapuaulu; open to pedestrians and bicyclists past Kīpukapuaulu
·     Sections of Escape Road from Highway 11
·     Chain of Craters Road
     The release says Volcano Art Center Gallery and Kilauea Military Camp also plan to open on Sept. 22. Limited services may be available at Volcano House, says the release.
     "National Public Lands Day is a fee-free day so entrance fees will not be charged on Sept. 22. Entrance fees will go into effect on Sunday, Sept. 23. Areas not listed above should be presumed closed. There is no drinking water in the park. Unforeseen circumstances could delay the projected reopening. During the last several weeks, two hurricanes threatened the park, and a damaging wildfire burned nearly 3,800 acres of native forest on Mauna Loa.
Large details and small will be attended to, to welcome
visitors, before the park reopens. NPS photo
     "An initial interior inspection was completed on Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube), but additional assessments are needed. It will remain closed for now. Between May and August, 62 collapse-explosion events at the summit of Kīlauea produced scores of rockfalls and fractured park overlooks, trails, waterlines, parking lots and roads."
     The theme for this year's National Public Lands Day is Resilience & Restoration. Next week, says the release, the park will announce opportunities for volunteers to assist with recovery efforts, and begin recruitment.
    "For the first time in many years, there is no molten lava to see in the park. The recent eruption saw the disappearance of the summit lava lake and lava flows from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō have ceased."

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Satellite imagery of Miriam, center, and Norman, between 120 and 125 longitude. Image from nhc.noaa.gov
HURRICANE MIRIAM CONTINUES TO TRACK NORTHWARD, far east of Hawaiʻi. At 5 p.m., the Category 2 hurricane was about 915 miles east of Hilo, with 90 mph winds, traveling north near 12 mph. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center predicts that Miriam will rapidly lose strength. If its forecast stays the same, Miriam will dissipate into a Tropical Depression hundreds of miles northeast of the islands by the end of the holiday weekend.
Winds from Miriam and Norman  nhc.noaa.gov
     Behind Hurricane Miriam, Category 3 Hurricane Norman is heading toward Hawaiʻi. More than 2,000 miles east southeast of South Point, Norman was traveling west southwest, with 120 mph winds at about 8 mph as of 5 p.m. A turn toward the west and west northwest is expected during the weekend and early next week. Norman is expected to begin weakening gradually, and could lose hurricane strength next week at the earliest.

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THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY IS LANDING A HAND to measure Kīlauea's changing shape, reports this week's Volcano Watch, written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geophysicist Sarah Conway:
A USGS HVO geophysicist downloads data at a temporary 
GPS station provided by UNAVCO, one of the scientific 
agencies that provided support during Kīlauea 
Volcano's recent activity. USGS photo by A. Miklius
     The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has an extensive network of instruments that helps us monitor how the ground deforms due to magma moving underground. However, we are fortunate that scientific colleagues also pitched in to support our responses to Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone eruption and summit collapse.
     Here, we describe our deformation monitoring network and highlight how the community of scientists who study ground motion helped increase HVO's monitoring capabilities during Kīlauea's recent events.
     The Global Positioning System has been used to monitor surface motion on the Island of Hawaiʻi since the late 1980s. Several dozen permanent GPS stations are scattered across the island, and all communicate data to HVO via radio links. Each day, an independent solution for the 3-dimensional position of a GPS station is calculated from these data. The accuracy of the GPS station positions is typically better than a centimeter.
The blue line shows the radial tilt at Summer Camp station, on the eastern rim of Kīlauea's caldera. The green line is radial tilt at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, on the north flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone. These are recorded by continuously operating electronic tiltmeters. Positive changes often indicate inflation of the magma storage areas beneath the caldera or Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, but may also result from heavy rainfall or, occasionally, instrumental malfunctions. USGS Image
     In addition to permanent GPS stations, which are affixed to a monument anchored to the ground, HVO also regularly measures the positions of a set of benchmarks using portable installations, also called "campaign GPS." During an eruption, these temporary stations provide extra coverage in important areas.
     One challenge of the LERZ eruption, which began in Lower Puna's Leilani Estates subdivision on May 3, was that it involved a large portion of Kīlauea. Within days of the first fissure opening, all HVO GPS equipment was deployed, but gaps remained in places where ground deformation monitoring was critical.
     Fortunately, the University Navstar Consortium, a Colorado-based organization that specializes in using GPS to measure deformation of Earth's surface, was able to provide additional equipment to expand the area that HVO could monitor. This expanded area included the western side of Kīlauea's south flank, which enabled us to gather more insights on the after-effects of the magnitude-6.9 earthquake that occurred on May 4.
     Additional GPS stations were deployed along Kīlauea's middle East Rift Zone, from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō to Heiheiahulu, to measure rift deformation caused by magma draining from the area and migrating to Leilani Estates. Other temporary stations were deployed around Kīlauea caldera to give better constraints on summit deflation and collapse.
One year of GPS measurements of Kīlaue summit. USGS image
     Another tool utilized by HVO to measure surface deformation orbits above Earth's surface at a height of over 600 kilometers (about 400 miles) are radar satellites. Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar is a technique that uses two satellite radar images acquired from about the same point in space at different times. From these images, a map can be produced to show how the Earth's surface has deformed during the time spanned.
     The European Space Agency operates a two-satellite constellation called Sentinel-1. InSAR data from Sentinel-1 are typically available with a 12-day repeat cycle. However, in response to Kīlauea's eruption and summit collapse events, ESA cut the repeat time in half, and provided InSAR results every six days.
     The Cosmo-SkyMed satellite system is operated by the Italian Space Agency and consists of four satellites. ASI made sure that all four satellites acquired high-resolution views of Kīlauea's summit throughout the collapse events, with individual InSAR results spanning as little as one day.
     The increased frequency of radar satellite passes was especially valuable for regular updates and broad-scale views of Kilauea's summit, allowing HVO to monitor subtle surface deformation that might otherwise have gone undetected. The data were also used to produce animations of the summit collapse, which provided both scientists and island residents a birds-eye view of the major changes occurring within Kīlauea caldera.
INSAR images of Kīlauea summit in May and June, showing changes. Images from USGS
     HVO scientists used the additional equipment and access to satellite data to further our monitoring capabilities and better understand Kīlauea's extraordinary LERZ and summit activity. We are grateful for the scientific community's support, which was crucial to understanding the evolution of volcanic hazards over the course of the recent unprecedented events.
     Volcano Activity Updates
 Kīlauea's LERZ, no incandescence was visible in the Fissure 8 cone and no lava was entering the ocean as of today, August 30. At the summit of the volcano, seismicity and ground deformation were negligible, and no collapse event has occurred since August 2. However, hazardous conditions remain in both areas. Mauna Loa remains at NORMAL. No earthquakes were reported felt in Hawaiʻi this past week.
     Visit volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo for past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea daily eruption updates, Mauna Loa monthly updates, volcano photos, maps, recent earthquake info, and more. Email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.

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DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS FROM HURRICANE LANE CONTINUE, with American Red Cross, Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense, and state and federal agencies involved. To report flood damage from the recent heavy rains, call Civil Defense for a damage assessment at 808-935-0031. Teams led by Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster are also available to help clean up homes or property, with debris removal, mucking out, etc. Call VOAD at 808-643-5555.

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KAʻŪ TROJANS FALL SPORTS SCHEDULE
Football:
   Thu., Sept. 6, 6pm, @ Pāhoa
   Sat., Sept. 15, 1pm, @ Kohala
   Sat., Sept. 22, 3:30pm, host Lanai @ Keaʻau
   Sat., Sept. 29, 11am, host Pāhoa
   Sat, Oct 6, 12pm, host Kohala
Girls Volleyball:
   Sat., Sept. 1, Kamehameha Tourney
   Wed., Sept. 5, 6pm, host Pāhoa
   Wed., Sept. 12, 6pm, @ Christian Liberty
   Fri., Sept. 14, @ Kamehameha
   Mon., Sept. 17, 6pm, host Lapahoehoe
   Wed., Sept. 19, 6pm, host Kohala
   Thu., Sept. 20, 6pm, @ Honokaʻa
   Tue., Sept. 25, 6pm, @ HPA
   Fri., Sept. 28, 6pm, host Kona
   Mon., Oct. 1, 6pm, host HAAS
   Tues, Oct 2, 6pm, @ Kealakehe
   Fri, Oct 5, 6pm, host Keaʻau
Cross Country:
   Sat., Sept. 1, 10am, @ HPA
   Sat., Sept. 8, 10am, @ Kamehameha
   Sat., Sept. 15, 10am, Keaʻau
   Sat., Sept. 22, 9am, @ HPA
   Fri., Sept. 28, 6pm, host Kona
   Mon., Oct. 1, 6pm, host HAAS
   Sat, Oct 6, 2pm, @ Kealakehe

NEW and UPCOMING
KA LAE COFFEE AND HAWAIIAN FLOWERS HOST ʻOHANA WELLNESS DAY: KEIKI TO KUPUNA on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at their location on South Point Road. The free event offers 13 wellness and healthcare providers from Kaʻū, sharing wellness information, massages, essential oils, and more.
     "Trained practitioners of fitness, movement, energy and sound healing, essential oils, massage therapy, midwifery, acupuncture, nutrition, osteopathy, qigong, tai chi chuan, mental health, and a healthcare specialist offer information and audience participation sessions, followed by consultations, auricular treatments, massage, essential oils, as well as a Chinese pentatonic sound healing and a special birth circle," states the event flyer.
     The schedule is listed as follows: Laurie Boyle with Breath & Movement for Life, 10 a.m.; Karen Dusenbery with DoTerra 101, Immune Support, 10:15 a.m.; Rena Higgins with Reiki balancing, and Norma Oliveira with Orgonites, 10:30 a.m.; Dee Hyde-Begany with Posture and muscle balance, and Cassandra Cupples with Acupuncture, 10:45 a.m.; Shary Crocker with Healing Qigong, 11 a.m.; Tara Compehos with Childbirth Options, 11:15 a.m.; Bobbi Beebe with Massage & Lymphatics, 11:45 a.m.; David Copeland with Sound Healing, noon; Dr. Doede with Nutrients, good gut bugs, and sugar consumption, 12:15 p.m.; Jessica Arruda with United Healthcare PR plan, 12:30 p.m.; and free treatments, assessments, massages, essential oils, healing circles, and talk story, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
     Also at 1 p.m., Tara Compehos, Direct Entry Midwife, "leads an empowering circle to share birth experiences and practices for positive outcomes," and "Davide Copeland performs Chinese pentatonic sound healing to clear blockages and align the chi," states the flyer.
     Raffle prizes will be offered throughout the day - participants must be present to win. Nutritious pupus are also provided at 11:30 a.m.
     The flyer quotes Dr. Doede of Kaʻū Wellness in Ocean View saying, "I believe in Kaʻū as a place of possibilities for true healing and wellness and to shine as a beacon to the rest of the world."
     For more information, phone or text Laurie Boyle at 408-717-3072.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Stained Glass Basics w/Lois Pollock, Sat./Sun., Sept. 1, 2, 8, and 9, 9-noon, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Students complete the 4-session workshop w/finished light-catcher and basic skills to continue working with stained glass. $90/VAC member, $100/non-member, $15 supply fee. Advanced registration required. Class size limited. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Nature and Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Sat. and Sun., Sept. 1 and 30, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi 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

Keiki Science Class, Sat., Sept. 1, 11-noon, Ace Hardware Stores Islandwide (including Nāʻālehu/929-9030 and Ocean View/929-7315). Free. First Sat. every Month. acehardware.com

O Bon Dance and Ceremonies will be at Pāhala Hongwanji Mission Sat., Sept. 1, at 96-1123 Paʻauau Place. The Obon service begins at 4 p.m., with the dancing to follow. Taiko drumming will be featured. Pāhala Hongwanji is the site for the island's final Obon summer celebration for the season. Community members of all faiths and background enjoyed the Bon Dance throughout its history, and are welcome to join on Sept. 1. Pāhala Hongwanji, and ʻO Kaʻū Kākou and other community volunteers, help to put on the event. For more information, call 928-8254.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Puʻu o Lokuana, Sun., Sept. 2, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Short, moderately difficult, 0.4-mile hike to the top of the grassy cinder cone, Puʻu o Lokuana. Learn about the formation and various uses of this hill over time and enjoy a breathtaking view of lower Kaʻū. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

16th Annual All-Kaʻū Alumni & Friends Potluck Luncheon on Sun, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Labor Day Weekend. All alumni and interested people are invited to attend and enjoy a day of fun, good food, and live music. The purpose of the reunion is to bring alumni and residents back to Kaʻū to reconnect with their roots and meet classmates and other Ka`ū alumni, neighbors, and friends.

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun., Sept. 2, noon-2pm, Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. Sponsored by South Point Amateur Radio Club and Amateur Radio Emergency Service. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
2018 Volcano Downhome Country BBQ, Monday, Sept. 3, Food 11-2pm, Music 12-3pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village.  Games for kids and music from Gone Country Band. $35/Bull Rider Meal - half chicken or half rack ribs. $10/Lil Buckaroo Meal - burger or hot dog. Meals include sides, dessert, drinks and entertainment. All proceeds go to local community projects and Rotary Club local, trade school, post high school scholarship fund. Purchase tickets from members of The Rotary Club of Volcano or at volcanorotary.org. rotaryclubofvolcano@gmail.com

Story Time with Lindsey Miller from PARENTS, Inc., Mon., Sept. 3, 2:30-3:15pm, Nāʻālehu Public Library. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Meeting, Mon., Sept. 3, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Hawaiʻi County Council Meetings, Tue./Wed., Sept. 4 (Committees)/5 (Council), Hilo, Tue./Wed., Sept. 18 (Committees)/19 (Council), Kona. Kaʻū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nāʻālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

Food Handlers Certification Class, Tue., Sept. 4, 10:30-1pmOcean View Community Center. Class limited to 50 participants, first come/first served. Sponsored and presented by Hawaiʻi Dept of Health and Sanitation. Free. ovcahi.org, call 939-7033 to sign up

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting, Tue., Sept. 4, 4-6pm, Sept. 18, 4:30-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Kaʻū Coffee Growers Meeting, Tue., Sept. 4, 6-8pmhala Community Center.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Family Yoga Class, Wed., Sept. 5, 3-4pm, PARENTS, Inc., Nāʻālehu. Wonderful way to embody connection. 3-12 years old and caregivers. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a mat, if can, as supplies are limited. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Hawaiʻi Parents Meeting, Wed., Sept. 5, 5:30-7pmOcean View Community Centerovcahi.org/calendar, 939-7033

Arts and Crafts Activity: Craft Stick Puzzle Hanging (Grandparents Day Craft), Wed., Sept. 5, 3:30-5pmPāhala Community Center. For keiki in grades K-8. Register through Sept. 4. Free. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Thu., Sept. 6, 6-7pmOcean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Volleyball Clinic, Thu., Sept. 6, 6-8pm, Kaʻū District Gym. For keiki in 3rd through 12th grade. Register through Sept. 5. Covered shoes necessary. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Meeting, Fri., Sept. 7, 6:30pmAspen Centerokaukakou.org

ONGOING
5th Annual Volcano Winery Harvest Festival tickets on sale for event on Sun., Sept. 9, and selling fast! Benefit for Volcano School of Arts and Sciences. Music, food, wine, and raffle. $40/adult (21+), $20 under 21. 967-7772, volcanowinery.com

5th Annual Kaʻū Coffee Trail Run Registration Open, online at webscorer.com/register?raceid=128145, Fees through Sept. 10: 5K, $35/person; 10K, $45/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $55/person. Fees Sept. 11-20:  5K, $55/person; 10K, $65/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $75/person. On Race Day, $75 per person, any race. Race Day is Sat., Sept. 22, 7 a.m.; begins and ends at Kaʻū Coffee Mill, kaucoffeemill.com. Event organizers: ʻO Kaʻū Kākou, okaukakou.org.

Activities at Kahuku Park - within Hawaiian Ocean View Estates - over the next two months, include two physical activities, three arts and crafts activities, and a Park Beautification Day.
     For all ages:
     - Friendship Bracelets: Wed., Sept. 19, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration open Sept. 10 through 14.
     - Park Beautification Day: Fri., Sept. 28, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Registration open Sept. 19 through 26.
     Activities are free to attend. For more, call Teresa Anderson at 929-9113 or visit the park during business hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.

Free Arts and Crafts Activities at Pāhala Comunity Center happen on Wednesdays in September, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., through the end of Sept., for keiki in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
     - Sept. 5: In observance of Grandparents Day, Craft Stick Puzzle Hanging. Register through Sept. 4.
     - Sept. 12: Dove Foldable For Peace. Register Sept. 4 through 11.
     - Sept. 19: Handprint Tree Art. Register Sept. 13 through 18.
     - Sept. 26: Beaded Wind Chime. Register Sept. 19 through 25.
     For more, call 928-3102 or visit the community center during business hours: Monday-Thursday and Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m., or Friday, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.

Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschools Temporary Nāʻālehu Location is Kauahaʻao Church in Waiʻōhinu. Meeting days and times remain the same: Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Pāhala site program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Pāhala Community Center.
     Tūtū and Me also offers home visits to those with keiki zero to five years old, to aid with parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Free. Visits last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, total of 12 visits. Snacks are provided.
     To enroll in either program, fill out enrollment forms found at pidf.org/programs/tutu_and_me/enrollment_forms, or call Linda Bong at 464-9634. Questions: Clark at 929-8571 or eclark@pidfountation.org.

Volunteers Needed by St. Jude
's Episcopal Church for Saturday community outreach, especially soup cooks and shower organizers. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's. Contact Dave Breskin, 319-8333.


Ocean View Vet Center Visits Suspended until further notice. Veterans, call 329-0574 for VA benefit information. ovcahi.org

Harmony Educational Services, Home Based Educational Programs - Open Enrollment through Oct 15; harmonyed.com/hawaii. Partnered with four local public charter schools, Harmony offers benefits of homeschooling with resources available to public schools. Interested families can also contact Rayna Williams at rwilliams@harmonyed.com or 430-9798.

Disaster Recovery Center open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Pāhoa Neighborhood Center at 15-3022 K
auhale St. See information applicants need to bring, or register online, at fema.gov/disaster/4366. If you are a survivor who has left the area, call 800-621-3362. Salvation Army distribution center at Pāhoa Community Center on Tue, Thu, and Sat, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. To donate, contact 756-0306.


Find Your Park, invites Hawai
ʻi Volcanoes National Park, to kamaʻaina and tourist alike. Experience authentic Hawaiian cultural programs, guided hikes, After Dark events, and more from Kaʻū to Volcano to Hilo, while the partial closure of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park continues. 

   Free of charge, with no entry fees, rangers offer new and familiar programs at Kahuku Unit, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, and Mokupāpapa Discovery Center and Prince Kūhio Plaza in Hilo.
Kahuku Unit
     Kahuku events are posted to the park website, nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/kahuku-hikes.htm.
     Regularly scheduled Guided Hikes, monthly Coffee Talk, daily Ranger Talks, with cultural demonstrations and activities on weekends.
     Guided Hikes on Saturdays and Sundays begin at 9:30 a.m. Meet the ranger at the welcome tent. Can't make a guided hike but want to get to know Kahuku better? The Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park will tailor a customized trek just for you. Contact Friends through their website. Proceeds support Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
     Coffee Talk, held the last Friday of the month, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Visitor Contact Station. Dr. Frank Bonaccorsoreveals "A Day in the Life of ʻŌpeʻapeʻa - the Hawaiian Hoary Bat," and shares a 24-hour cycle of the only land mammal native to Hawaiʻi on Fri., Aug. 31.
     Ranger Talks introduce the natural, cultural and historic attributes of Kahuku on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., at the Visitor Contact Station.
     ʻIke Hana No ʻEau: Experience the Skillful Work Cultural Demonstrations and Activities, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Visitor Contact Station.
     Picnic in the Park: Join Kahuku for Hawaiian music and hula. Bring a picnic lunch or opt to buy lunch from food trucks on this family-friendly day. Supported by the Friends of Hawaiʻi VolcanoesNational Park. Sun., Sept. 16, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus
     Find Park Rangers in Volcano Village daily, at the Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus at 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd. Rangers are there 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide talks and answer questions about the current eruption.
     After Dark Near the Park at the Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus. Each event will have a different subject matter.
Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
     Find Park Rangers in downtown Hilo, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rangers provide daily eruption updates. At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., they give a talk about all five of Hawaiʻi 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 partner, Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association, at their brand new mall store.
Grand Naniloa Hotel
     Find Park Rangers stationed at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in downtown Hilo on Sundays and Mondays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Rangers provide eruption updates at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The park film that is normally available to visitors at Kīlauea Visitor Center at the Summit, Born of Fire, Born in the Sea, is shown every half-hour beginning at 9:30 a.m.
     Park rangers also greet incoming arrivals at the Hilo International Airport, welcome cruise ship passengers as they disembark at the Port of Hilo, and inform visitors at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center most Sundays.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs Thursday, August 30, 2018

Hurricane Miriam, center, is forecast to miss Hawaiʻi. Major Hurricane Norman is behind her.
Image from nhc.noaa.gov
HURRICANE MIRIAM is on track to skirt the Hawaiian Islands. Behind her, Major Hurricane Norman is heading this way.
     Category 1 Miriam passed into Central Pacific waters yesterday. Today, she was about 940 miles east southeast of South Point at 5 p.m., traveling north at about 8 miles per hour, with winds of 85 mph. Miriam is expected to continue north for the next several days, and weaken to a post-tropical remnant by Sunday. She is not expected to come within 500 miles of Hawaiʻi.
Hurricane Miriam, set to skirt the islands to the north.
Image from prh.noaa.gov/cphc
     Category 4 Norman is expected to pass into Central Pacific waters sometime next week. Norman was still more than 2,300 miles from South Point at 5 p.m., traveling west southwest at about 9 mph. Norman's direction is expected to shift to more west or west northwest, with an increase in forward speed, in the next few days. Its winds are about 150 mph, and that strength is expected to be maintained through the next several days.
     See more at prh.noaa.gov/cphc and nhc.noaa.gov.

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FEDERAL MONEY IS FLOWING INTO HAWAIʻI to assist with this year's lava, flood, and fire disasters across the state. Communities are already receiving direct federal assistance.
Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen, Gov. David Ige, Sen. Brian Schatz,
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, and other officials, met today about federal assistance
for the many natural disasters that have struck the state this year.
Photo from Gabbard's office
     According to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard - who met with Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen, along with Sen. Brian Schatz and Gov. David Ige, today - over $30 million in Small Business Administration loans has been approved for residents and businesses. Over $9 million in FEMA Individual Assistance has been distributed to over 3,000 individuals. The meeting was held at the statewide Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Operations Center in Diamond Head Crater.
     Said Gabbard, "Our communities across the state are still feeling the impacts of storms in April, the volcanic eruption that started in May, and most recently the rain and high winds brought by Lane. Our state and county governments, along with residents and businesses, are counting on FEMA support to help offset the costs of disaster response and recovery. Even with all the hard work and progress that's been made already, there is still a long road ahead for the people of Hawaiʻi. We must ensure that our partnerships between the local, state and federal governments continue to provide services and assistance for those in need."
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, with representatives from FEMA.
Photo from Gabbard's office
     FEMA staff has been on the ground for months, providing invaluable support for local and state emergency management staff. Gabbard also hosted a bipartisan congressional delegation earlier this month for Members of Congress to see firsthand how devastating these disasters have been, how communities have stepped up to care for one another, and the importance of federal assistance to the recovery.
     The official damage assessment process is ongoing.

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Kaʻū fifth-grade girls get involved at GEMS.
Photo from Jamie Pardau
GIRLS EXPLORING MATH AND SCIENCE registration is open for fifth grade girls of Kaʻū. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, fifth grade girls are invited to attend the annual GEMS program at the Courtyard King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel. Registration forms will be mailed to all West Hawaiʻi schools on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Registration is "First Come, First Served," says a release from GEMS committee member Madalyn McWhite-Lamson, "and registration will close when we reach our capacity of 336 girls. If there is still space, registrations postmarked by Friday, Oct. 5, will be accepted. So register early to be assured of a spot at this always popular event, and to have a better chance of getting your preferred workshops."
     The event is sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Kona Branch, whose mission is "to advance equity for women and girls though advocacy, education, and research."
Steering committee member Madalyn 
McWhite-Lamson, left, urges Kaʻū
fifth-grade girls to register for 
GEMS. Photo by Julia Neal
     This annual day of discovery features hand-on workshops and exhibits led by local women volunteers. These women work in math and science-oriented careers. They show the girls how they use math, science, and technology in their daily work. The program is designed to stimulate interest and bolster the confidence of girls in these fields. The program is also designed to provide positive female role models, and may also stimulate a girl's interest in a new career goal. Last year, over 300 girls from West Hawaiʻi attended the program.
     Girls attending the program will receive a GEMS t-shirt, enjoy a continental breakfast, visit hands-on exhibits prior to attending three workshops designed for fun with science, technology, engineering, and math. They will have lunch at the resort, and can also participate in a lunchtime Zumba activity.
     Workshops this year include: Underwater Adventure, Marine Science , Slime Time, Robotics, Anchialine Pools, Energy: What's the Buzz About, Animal Doctors, Dig Into the Past, Whale Sharks, Light and Reflection, Bridge Engineering, Creative Computer Programming, How Rainbows Solve Mysteries, Art and Science of Dermatology, Discovering the Isle of Gems, Zumba Breaks the Mold, The Art and Science of Food, Body Shop, and more.
Kaʻū fifth-grade girls, like these in 2010, can sign up
to explore math and science. Photo from GEMS
     Some responses from the girls who attended in prior years, as to what they learned: "We need to protect fish and animals and keep oceans clean," "Stay fit and live longer," "How archeologists work," "People litter and trash is harming animals," "Women can do stuff men can do," "Always follow your dream," "We do physics everyday," "Cooking uses math," and "Girls are awesome."
     All fifth grade girls residing in the West Hawaiʻi School complex in public, private, or home schooled are welcome. Registration fee is $20 and scholarships are available: No girl will be turned away because of financial need. Sponsorship of girls by individuals or businesses will be accepted. Once the available spots are filled, no more registrations will be accepted. For more information about GEMS, to volunteer or sponsor a girl, or to request a registration packet, contact Cindy Armer, GEMS chairperson at cbarmer@hotmail.com or 808-896-7180.

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PARENTS ARE INVITED TO OPT IN TO SCHOOLMESSENGER text-messaging system. According to Kaʻū High and Pāhala Elementary,
Hawaiʻi state Department of Education schools are formally moving over to this form of communication. The school administration encourages any parent who received the automated text message Aug. 27, or did not receive the message, to sign up at schoolmessenger.com, and download the program's smartphone app.
     Text alerts will be delivered starting in two weeks. In the meantime, emergency alerts will be sent via phone call or email, depending on information previously provided.

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Justin and Waiʻala, founders of Waihoʻoluʻu Ola: Living Color Dyery, 
lead an indigo dying workshop at Volcano Art Center. 
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
RESCHEDULED DUE TO HURRICANE LANE, WAIHOʻOLUʻU OLA: LIVING COLOR DYERY hosts a workshop on Saturday, September 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, at Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village.
Waihoʻoluʻu is a creative natural collective started by husband, Justin (the alchemist) and wife, Waiʻala (the artist).
     The workshop focuses on using traditional methods of banding and folding, in traditional and modern shibori styles, to create patterns as participants explore the alchemy of indigo, a plant-derived pigment. Students will use a plant-derived indigo vat to dye natural fiber goods and create shibori resist patterns using folding, wrapping, and clamping techniques, and learn how to control hue density with multiple dyeing submersions. Students will bring home new skills and understanding of indigo dye, as well as their own finished sample pieces. 
Learn to use natural, plant-derived, indigo dye.
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
     Basic fundamentals of this historic dyeing process will be covered, with all materials provided - including material made from natural sustainable fibers. Participants may also bring 1-5 small items of their own to dye, avoiding bulky or heavy pieces, i.e. towels, linens, yards of fabric, or bedding, etc., as vat space and time are limited. The items brought should be cotton, linen, help, silk, or anything natural - no synthetics - as they accept the color best. Pre-wash items for best results.
Learn to dye natural, sustainable fibers.
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
     The teaching duo also work together with other natural living color dyes; olena, avocado, hibiscus, etc. "Outside the joy of sharing the alchemy of natural dye in workshops with others, the two love sharing their love for the natural plant world and the process of co-creating consciously with nature," states Volcano Art Center's calendar listing.
     See volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222 for more details. No experience necessary. Space limited. Pre-registration required. Class is $50 per Volcano Art Center Member or $55 per non-Member, plus $25 supply fee.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
KAʻŪ TROJANS FALL SPORTS SCHEDULE
Football:
   Thu., Sept. 6, 6pm, @ Pāhoa
   Sat., Sept. 15, 1pm, @ Kohala
   Sat., Sept. 22, 3:30pm, host Lanai @ Keaʻau
   Sat., Sept. 29, 11am, host Pāhoa
Girls Volleyball:
   Fri., Aug. 31, Kamehameha Tourney
   Sat., Sept. 1, Kamehameha Tourney
   Wed., Sept. 5, 6pm, host Pāhoa
   Wed., Sept. 12, 6pm, @ Christian Liberty
   Fri., Sept. 14, @ Kamehameha
   Mon., Sept. 17, 6pm, host Lapahoehoe
   Wed., Sept. 19, 6pm, host Kohala
   Thu., Sept. 20, 6pm, @ Honokaʻa
   Tue., Sept. 25, 6pm, @ HPA
   Fri., Sept. 28, 6pm, host Kona
   Mon., Oct. 1, 6pm, host HAAS
   Tues, Oct 2, 6pm, @ Kealakehe
   Fri, Oct 5, 6pm, host Keaʻau
Cross Country:
   Sat., Sept. 1, 10am, @ HPA
   Sat., Sept. 8, 10am, @ Kamehameha
   Sat., Sept. 15, 10am, Keaʻau
   Sat., Sept. 22, 9am, @ HPA
   Fri., Sept. 28, 6pm, host Kona
   Mon., Oct. 1, 6pm, host HAAS

NEW and UPCOMING
OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION HOSTS A BIG YARD SALE on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Ocean View Community Center. The event features free clothing available from Big Island Giving Tree. The Pancake Breakfast which would usually take place that day has been canceled.

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Image from volcanoartcenter.org
ZENTANGLE: FANCY FIDDLES WITH DINA WOOD KAGELER is offered at Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Inspired by Volcano's rainforests, the workshop celebrates Volcano's Hāpuʻu Tree Ferns, using a fiddle head "string" and then filling it with tangles using watercolors and pens. The class explores the range of a new pen and expands on watercolor and tangling techniques, says the description on volcanoartcenter.org.
     Zentangle Basics and watercolor experience are helpful but not required. No artistic experience is needed. Returning tanglers are encouraged to bring their favorite Zentangle supplies. Loaner pens, pencils and watercolors will be available.
     Participation in the class costs $30 per Volcano Art Center member, or $35 per non-member, plus a $10 supply fee. Participants are asked to bring a light refreshment to share. Register online at volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
Miloliʻi Classic - Classic Fishing Tournament Series, information meeting 5:30pm, Fri., Aug 31, Kalanihale pavilion; Miloliʻi Fishing Tournament Sept. 1 and 2. All profits go towards marine conservation and youth educational programs in and around Miloliʻi. $200 entry fee, 4 per boat, $25 additional. Cash prizes for Flag Fish - Marlin, Ahi, Mahimahi, Ono, Aku. Grand Prize qualifies for Las Vegas Trip. Contact Wilfred Kaupiko, 896-6272, kalanihale@gmail.com. Sponsored by Kalanihale, kalanihale.org.

Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund Kamilo Beach Mini-Clean-up w/visiting Debris Poet Allison Cobb, Sat., Sept. 1, contact in advance for meet up time at Waiʻōhinu Park. Limited space available in HWF rides. Free; donations appreciated. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, wildhawaii.org

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Stained Glass Basics w/Lois Pollock, Sat./Sun., Sept. 1, 2, 8, and 9, 9-noon, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Students complete the 4-session workshop w/finished light-catcher and basic skills to continue working with stained glass. $90/VAC member, $100/non-member, $15 supply fee. Advanced registration required. Class size limited. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Nature and Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Sat. and Sun., Sept. 1 and 30, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi 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

Keiki Science Class, Sat., Sept. 1, 11-noon, Ace Hardware Stores Islandwide (including Nāʻālehu/929-9030 and Ocean View/929-7315). Free. First Sat. every Month. acehardware.com

O Bon Dance and Ceremonies will be at Pāhala Hongwanji Mission Sat., Sept. 1, at 96-1123 Paʻauau Place. The Obon service begins at 4 p.m., with the dancing to follow. Taiko drumming will be featured. Pāhala Hongwanji is the site for the island's final Obon summer celebration for the season. Community members of all faiths and background enjoyed the Bon Dance throughout its history, and are welcome to join on Sept. 1. Pāhala Hongwanji, and ʻO Kaʻū Kākou and other community volunteers, help to put on the event. For more information, call 928-8254.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Puʻu o Lokuana, Sun., Sept. 2, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Short, moderately difficult, 0.4-mile hike to the top of the grassy cinder cone, Puʻu o Lokuana. Learn about the formation and various uses of this hill over time and enjoy a breathtaking view of lower Kaʻū. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

16th Annual All-Kaʻū Alumni & Friends Potluck Luncheon on Sunday, September 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Labor Day Weekend. All alumni and interested people are invited to attend and enjoy a day of fun, good food, and live music. The purpose of the reunion is to bring alumni and residents back to Kaʻū to reconnect with their roots and meet classmates and other Ka`ū alumni, neighbors, and friends.

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun., Sept. 2, noon-2pm, Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. Sponsored by South Point Amateur Radio Club and Amateur Radio Emergency Service. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
2018 Volcano Downhome Country BBQ, Monday, Sept. 3, Food 11-2pm, Music 12-3pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village.  Games for kids and music from Gone Country Band. $35/Bull Rider Meal - half chicken or half rack ribs. $10/Lil Buckaroo Meal - burger or hot dog. Meals include sides, dessert, drinks and entertainment. All proceeds go to local community projects and Rotary Club local, trade school, post high school scholarship fund. Purchase tickets from members of The Rotary Club of Volcano or at volcanorotary.org. rotaryclubofvolcano@gmail.com

Story Time with Lindsey Miller from PARENTS, Inc., Mon., Sept. 3, 2:30-3:15pm, Nāʻālehu Public Library. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Meeting, Mon., Sept. 3, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Hawaiʻi County Council Meetings, Tue./Wed., Sept. 4 (Committees)/5 (Council), Hilo, Tue./Wed., Sept. 18 (Committees)/19 (Council), Kona. Kaʻū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nāʻālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

Food Handlers Certification Class, Tue., Sept. 4, 10:30-1pmOcean View Community Center. Class limited to 50 participants, first come/first served. Sponsored and presented by Hawaiʻi Dept of Health and Sanitation. Free. ovcahi.org, call 939-7033 to sign up

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting, Tue., Sept. 4, 4-6pm, Sept. 18, 4:30-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Kaʻū Coffee Growers Meeting, Tue., Sept. 4, 6-8pmhala Community Center.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Family Yoga Class, Wed., Sept. 5, 3-4pm, PARENTS, Inc., Nāʻālehu. Wonderful way to embody connection. 3-12 years old and caregivers. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a mat, if can, as supplies are limited. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Hawaiʻi Parents Meeting, Wed., Sept. 5, 5:30-7pmOcean View Community Centerovcahi.org/calendar, 939-7033

Arts and Crafts Activity: Craft Stick Puzzle Hanging (Grandparents Day Craft), Wed., Sept. 5, 3:30-5pmPāhala Community Center. For keiki in grades K-8. Register through Sept. 4. Free. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Thu., Sept. 6, 6-7pmOcean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Volleyball Clinic, Thu., Sept. 6, 6-8pm, Kaʻū District Gym. For keiki in 3rd through 12th grade. Register through Sept. 5. Covered shoes necessary. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102

ONGOING
5th Annual Volcano Winery Harvest Festival tickets on sale for event on Sun., Sept. 9, and selling fast! Benefit for Volcano School of Arts and Sciences. Music, food, wine, and raffle. $40/adult (21+), $20 under 21. 967-7772, volcanowinery.com

5th Annual Kaʻū Coffee Trail Run Registration Open, online at webscorer.com/register?raceid=128145, Fees through Sept. 10: 5K, $35/person; 10K, $45/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $55/person. Fees Sept. 11-20:  5K, $55/person; 10K, $65/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $75/person. On Race Day, $75 per person, any race. Race Day is Sat., Sept. 22, 7 a.m.; begins and ends at Kaʻū Coffee Mill, kaucoffeemill.com. Event organizers: ʻO Kaʻū Kākou, okaukakou.org.

Activities at Kahuku Park - within Hawaiian Ocean View Estates - over the next two months, include two physical activities, three arts and crafts activities, and a Park Beautification Day.
     For ages 6 to 12:
     - Sand Art: Wed., Sept. 5, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration open through Aug. 31.
     For all ages:
     - Friendship Bracelets: Wed., Sept. 19, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration open Sept. 10 through 14.
     - Park Beautification Day: Fri., Sept. 28, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Registration open Sept. 19 through 26.
     All activities are free to attend. For more, call Teresa Anderson at 929-9113 or visit the park during business hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.

Free Arts and Crafts Activities at Pāhala Comunity Center happen on Wednesdays in September, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., through the end of Sept., for keiki in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
     - Sept. 5: In observance of Grandparents Day, Craft Stick Puzzle Hanging. Register through Sept. 4.
     - Sept. 12: Dove Foldable For Peace. Register Sept. 4 through 11.
     - Sept. 19: Handprint Tree Art. Register Sept. 13 through 18.
     - Sept. 26: Beaded Wind Chime. Register Sept. 19 through 25.
     For more, call 928-3102 or visit the community center during business hours: Monday-Thursday and Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m., or Friday, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.

Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschools Temporary Nāʻālehu Location is Kauahaʻao Church in Waiʻōhinu. Meeting days and times remain the same: Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Pāhala site program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Pāhala Community Center.
     Tūtū and Me also offers home visits to those with keiki zero to five years old, to aid with parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Free. Visits last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, total of 12 visits. Snacks are provided.
     To enroll in either program, fill out enrollment forms found at pidf.org/programs/tutu_and_me/enrollment_forms, or call Linda Bong at 464-9634. Questions: Clark at 929-8571 or eclark@pidfountation.org.

Volunteers Needed by St. Jude
's Episcopal Church for Saturday community outreach, especially soup cooks and shower organizers. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's. Contact Dave Breskin, 319-8333.


Ocean View Vet Center Visits Suspended until further notice. Veterans, call 329-0574 for VA benefit information. ovcahi.org

Harmony Educational Services, Home Based Educational Programs - Open Enrollment through Oct 15; harmonyed.com/hawaii. Partnered with four local public charter schools, Harmony offers benefits of homeschooling with resources available to public schools. Interested families can also contact Rayna Williams at rwilliams@harmonyed.com or 430-9798.

Disaster Recovery Center open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Pāhoa Neighborhood Center at 15-3022 K
auhale St. See information applicants need to bring, or register online, at fema.gov/disaster/4366. If you are a survivor who has left the area, call 800-621-3362. Salvation Army distribution center at Pāhoa Community Center on Tue, Thu, and Sat, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. To donate, contact 756-0306.


Find Your Park, invites Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, to kamaʻaina and tourist alike. Experience authentic Hawaiian cultural programs, guided hikes, After Dark events, and more from Kaʻū to Volcano to Hilo, while the partial closure of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park continues.
     Free of charge, with no entry fees, rangers offer new and familiar programs at Kahuku Unit, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, and Mokupāpapa Discovery Center and Prince Kūhio Plaza in Hilo.
Kahuku Unit
     Kahuku events are posted to the park website, nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/kahuku-hikes.htm.
     Regularly scheduled Guided Hikes, monthly Coffee Talk, daily Ranger Talks, with cultural demonstrations and activities on weekends.
     Guided Hikes on Saturdays and Sundays begin at 9:30 a.m. Meet the ranger at the welcome tent. Can't make a guided hike but want to get to know Kahuku better? The Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park will tailor a customized trek just for you. Contact Friends through their website. Proceeds support Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
     Coffee Talk, held the last Friday of the month, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Visitor Contact Station. Dr. Frank Bonaccorsoreveals "A Day in the Life of ʻŌpeʻapeʻa - the Hawaiian Hoary Bat," and shares a 24-hour cycle of the only land mammal native to Hawaiʻi on Fri., Aug. 31.
     Ranger Talks introduce the natural, cultural and historic attributes of Kahuku on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., at the Visitor Contact Station.
     ʻIke Hana No ʻEau: Experience the Skillful Work Cultural Demonstrations and Activities, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Visitor Contact Station.
     Picnic in the Park: Join Kahuku for Hawaiian music and hula. Bring a picnic lunch or opt to buy lunch from food trucks on this family-friendly day. Supported by the Friends of Hawaiʻi VolcanoesNational Park. Sun., Sept. 16, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus
     Find Park Rangers in Volcano Village daily, at the Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus at 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd. Rangers are there 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide talks and answer questions about the current eruption.
     After Dark Near the Park at the Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus. Each event will have a different subject matter.
Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
     Find Park Rangers in downtown Hilo, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rangers provide daily eruption updates. At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., they give a talk about all five of Hawaiʻi 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 partner, Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association, at their brand new mall store.
Grand Naniloa Hotel
     Find Park Rangers stationed at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in downtown Hilo on Sundays and Mondays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Rangers provide eruption updates at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The park film that is normally available to visitors at Kīlauea Visitor Center at the Summit, Born of Fire, Born in the Sea, is shown every half-hour beginning at 9:30 a.m.
     Park rangers also greet incoming arrivals at the Hilo International Airport, welcome cruise ship passengers as they disembark at the Port of Hilo, and inform visitors at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center most Sundays.

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