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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.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Ka‘ū News Briefs Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Small, Olive Green, Stone Wheel-Cut Vase with Sand Blasted ‘Alalā and Tapa Band by Heather Mettler was 
auctioned at Volcano Art Center's 13th Annual Love of the Arts fundraiser gala. The 14th Annual event will 
take place Feb. 24. See more artwork by Mettler at the Volcano Art Center Gallery's ongoing exhibit: 
Passage and Place. See event details below. Photo from Volcano Art Center 
HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK is closing. Visitors are being turned away at the entry gate at Hwy 11 and Crater Rim Drive. Kīlauea Military Camp and Volcano House hotel guests have been given until Monday morning to leave the area. Campgrounds in the park are being closed. Crater Rim Drive, Chain of Craters Road, and the overlook at Jagaar Museum into Kīlauea Caldera are closed. Kilauea Visitor Center and Theater, and Volcano Art Center Gallery are closed.
     Volcano House Restaurant, KMC's Crater Rim restaurant and Lava Lounge, KMC's bowling alley and other concessions, are all shutting down. Back-county permits and overnight camping permits will not be allowed.
     The closure is due to "the lapse in federal appropriations," says a message from park staff, following the Friday failure by Congress to fund the federal government.
With Congress' failure to fund the federal government by Friday at
midnight, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is turning away visitors
at its main entry. Kilauea Overlook, most trails, and other features
are off limits, due to lack of staffing. NPS photo
     "Hazards associated with the active volcano pose a significant risk to the safety of visitors in the absence of National Park Service staff," says the message. The ongoing eruption of Kīlauea Volcano, both at the summit and from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent, contribute to hazards that require close monitoring and management of visitor areas by park staff.
     Hwy 11, which passes through the park, remains open. Also open is Mauna Loa Road to Kīpukapuaulu and its trail, with the day-use area and tree molds open. Ka‘ū Desert Trail is open to the Footprints exhibit shelter. However, no NPS services are being provided and access could be closed at any time.
     "The hazardous geologic processes and the immediate threats to visitor health and safety necessitate the restriction of access to areas that are volcanically active. These closed areas include the entire summit area of Kīlauea, Crater Rim Drive, Chain of Craters Road, and the active lava flow within the park boundary," says the message.

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DURING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, no pay will be kept by Hawai'i Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, the two announced on Saturday. Gabbard, who represents Ka‘ū and rural Hawai'i, said, “Congress’ job is to serve the people, and it has failed. Partisan posturing and grandstanding has taken precedence over human lives. Enough is enough. The failure to pass a year-long budget, and allowing the government to shut down, while playing political football with issues of humanity is inexcusable. I will not accept any pay during this shutdown, and stand with our troops. law enforcement, first responders, and federal employees in Hawai'i and nationwide who continue to serve and report for duty with no pay during this shutdown. Congress needs to put people before politics and reopen the government.”
     Hanabusa, who represents urban O'ahu, and is running for governor, said, “If we cannot work together through the regular order to keep the government funded and functioning then we should put our salaries to good use supporting causes that help people and nurture the communities who need it most. I intend to donate the salary I earn during the period that the government is shut down to charity.” Both Members also did not take pay during the 2013 government shutdown. In 2013, Gabbard returned her salary to the U.S. Treasury and Hanabusa donated her salary to Meals on Wheels and the Moili'ili Community Center.


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KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS IS COMING TO KA‘Ū on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. The public is invited to learn about the schools, founded in 1887 by Ke Aliʻi Bernice Pauahi Pākī Bishop to benefit Native Hawaiian children. Kamehameha provides outreach programs in public schools here and also accommodates students from Ka‘ū at its Keaʻau campus. Presented will be Kamehameha School's Viston & Strategic Plan.
     Representatives will explain Kamehameha Schools Strategic Plan 2015-2020 and take community input for changes and future planning.
     A Kamehameha Schools statement on the current plan says, "Despite the progress of previous decades, academic achievement is a persistent concern for many Native Hawaiians. For example, 14 percent of Native Hawaiians who graduate from high school go on to complete a postsecondary degree. This has serious implications for economic self-sufficiency, given that 65 percent of jobs will require some kind of postsecondary degree."
     The population of Native Hawaiians, ages 0-24, was estimated by Kamehameha Schools to have been approximately 152,000 in 2015. Of those old enough for school, about 7,000 were in Kamehameha Schools, 7,000 in private schools, 4,000 in Hawaiian-focused charter schools, and the remainder assigned to public schools.
     By 2040, the number of Native Hawaiian young learners will increase to about 247,000, predicts Kamehameha Schools. "Even with a strong endowment and a strong tradition of educational programming, Kamehameha Schools may not be able to keep up with this population growth. New approaches will be essential to produce the transformation change we envision for all Native Hawaiian learners," says the statement.
     The strategic plan includes delivering a "world-class, culture-based education through a network of Native Hawaiian schools, inclusive of our KS schools and Native Hawaiian charter and immersion schools." The plan calls for programs that enable keiki to be ready for kindergarten; read at grade level or higher in third grade; be academically prepared in eighth grade; graduate from high school on time, prepared for the next step; complete postsecondary education and training; and to be engaged in local and global servant leadership, culturally committed.

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KEEPING INFORMED ABOUT HAWAIIAN VOLCANOES is the first step to preparedness. That is the headline for this week's Volcano Watch column by U.S.G.S. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists:
     With recent attention focused on the need to be prepared for all hazards, this week's Volcano Watch offers ways to stay informed about Hawaiian volcanoes and earthquakes.
Spectacular aerial view of Kīlauea Volcano's East Rift Zone lava flows advancing over Pūlama pali in mid-December 2017. As surface lava flows moved through the center kipuka (forested area) on the pali, smoke 
rose from the burning vegetation. Gases emitted from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, the source of the 61g lava flow, can be 
seen in the distance above the smoke from the burning kipuka. Mauna Loa (left) and Mauna Kea (right) are
 visible in the far distance. Looking carefully in front of Mauna Loa, the gas plume rising
 above Halemaʻumaʻu at the summit of Kīlauea can be seen. Capturing both the summit and East Rift
Zone eruptions in one photo is a rare sight. U.S.G.S. photo by C. Parcheta
     Today's smartphones and 24/7 news coverage provide an ever-increasing number of ways to follow what's happening in the world of natural hazards, including volcanoes and earthquakes. For some, this barrage of information is challenging. But others might argue that offering hazards information in a variety of ways reaches a broader audience more quickly and efficiently.
     Whatever the preference, there are several ways that Hawaiʻi residents, visitors, and public safety officials, as well as volcano fans around the globe, can follow what's happening at Hawaiian volcanoes.
     First and foremost, the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website (volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo) is available 24/7 for people with access to the Internet. On this website,
When Mauna Loa's Southwest rift zone erupts, where will the lava flow?
These Lava Inundation maps are based on drainage routes and show the
alternatives, depending on exactly where the lava erupts.The were presented
by U.S.G.S. to Ocean View residents on Wednesday. Photo by Ann Bosted
 find daily eruption updates for Kīlauea and weekly updates for Mauna Loa. There are also links to photographs, videos, maps, webcams, monitoring data, Volcano Watch articles, news releases, frequently asked questions, and much more.
     Updates on Hawaiian volcanoes, HVO's weekly Volcano Watch articles, and other volcano postings can also be followed via social media, including Facebook at facebook.com/USGSVolcanoes/ and Twitter at twitter.com/USGSVolcanoes.
     If HVO's website and Internet searches do not yield information sought, email askHVO@usgs.gov to inquire about Hawaiian volcanoes and earthquakes. HVO strives to answer all askHVO email inquiries.
     For people who want information sent to them directly and automatically, day or night, the U.S. Geological Survey offers two notification services: one for volcanoes and one for earthquakes. Hawaiʻi residents interested in rapid notifications about volcanic and seismic activity are encouraged to sign up for both (more than 11,000 subscribers currently receive HVO notices). Here's how:
     The U.S.G.S. Volcano Notification Service (VNS) is a free, customizable email-subscription service that delivers notifications of significant volcanic activity directly to an inbox or cell phone. Sign up for this service at volcanoes.usgs.gov/vns2/.
     With the VNS, choose from various types of notifications: Updates (daily, weekly, or monthly), Status Reports, Volcano Activity Notices, and/or Information Statements. Select to receive notices only from HVO about specific Hawaiian volcanoes, and/or notices about other U.S. volcanoes in the Cascades, Alaska, California, and at Yellowstone.
     The U.S.G.S. Earthquake Notification Service (ENS) is a similar subscription service for information about earthquakes that occur in Hawaiʻi and elsewhere in the world. The ENS can be customized to deliver messages about earthquakes of particular magnitudes, at specified times, and via preferred method (email or text). Sign up for this free service at earthquake.usgs.gov/ens/.
     HVO also maintains short, recorded telephone messages about Kīlauea's recent eruption activity and Mauna Loa's current status. Call 808-967-8862 (for daily Kīlauea updates) or 808-967-8866 (for weekly Mauna Loa updates) at any time to hear these messages.
   Mauna Loa eruptions produce lava at a much higher rate than those
 of any other Hawaiian volcano, even the highly active Kīlauea Volcano.
This results in fast moving, long lava flows, as shown in this map which
 compares the recent flow which threatened Pāhoa and lasted 126 days (top), 
with four Mauna Loa flows which lasted 3 days, under 18 hours, seven days,
and three days respectively. All the flows are drawn to the same scale. This
poster points out that the fast-flowing lava from Mauna Loa requires fast
 responses in order to protect lives and property. This illustration was shown
 Wednesday to Ocean View residents at a Talk Story at Ocean View 
Community Center. Photo by Ann Bosted
     Not everyone is connected to the Internet. For those folks, tuning into local radio stations and watching a favorite Hawaiʻi television news source are good ways to keep informed about important changes at Hawaiian volcanoes. This is especially true during volcanic and earthquake emergencies, when Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense proactively issues messages via public media about any situation that could impact public safety.
     Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park also provides online information through its What's going on with the volcano? webpage (nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit), which includes links to HVO updates, as well as National Park Service and U.S.G.S. photos and videos. This webpage also provides visitor information on viewing lava safely.
     Volcano Awareness Month - held each January, during which HVO scientists offer programs about Hawaiian volcanoes - is a great way to stay informed. Details about upcoming events are posted on HVO's website (volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/), or email askHVO@usgs.gov or call 808-967-8844 for more info.
     Recently, Kīlauea Volcano's two ongoing eruptions have been relatively steady, but long-time volcano watchers know this could change at any time. An eruption of Mauna Loa is not imminent, but it is an active volcano that will erupt again.
     We hope this review of how to find information about Hawaiian volcanoes will help everyone be ready when changes occur.

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Louise Keali‘iloma King Lanzilotti
LOUISE KEALI‘ILOMA KING LANZILOTTI can be heard in Ka‘ū on Hawai‘i Public Radio - 2, 91.3 FM, on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. She is the new host for the Classical Pacific music program. Lanzilotti, a Hawaiʻi native with extensive experience as conductor, educator, and arts administrator, has been serving as interim host for the program since mid-December.
     Gene Schiller, HPR's music director, welcomes her with these words, "Louise has just what we're looking for in a music host: knowledge, enthusiasm, and that indefinable something called 'personality.' With her deep roots in the islands, she embodies the Classical Pacific perspective."
     The show's repertoire includes the work of individual artists, great orchestras, and opera companies from throughout Asia, Polynesia, and the Americas. Interviews with visiting artists are a regular feature. The show was launched at the time of the station's program realignment in February 2017.
     Lanzilotti comes from a multi-ethnic background that has informed many of her beliefs. Her experience covers artistic, educational, and administrative areas of the arts. As a conductor, she has been the musical director for many musicals in the past 30 years. In 2010, she founded Kalikolehua - El Sistema Hawai‘i, a free orchestra program for children from underserved neighborhoods, focused on transforming lives through music. She was the Managing Director of Honolulu Theatre for Youth from 2001 to 2011, guiding it to greater stability through creative solutions and extensive partnerships. She served as Curator of Education at the former Contemporary Museum from 1988 to 2001. Lanzilotti taught for more than 20 years in public, private, and alternative K-12 schools, developing a method of writing music and plays with students, "which solidified her understanding of the importance of arts engagement for all," says a statement from HPR.
     HPR-2 in Ka‘ū is at 91.3 FM. HPR-1 is at 89.1 FM. For programming see Hawai‘i Public Radio.

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VOLCANO ART CENTER ANNOUNCES ITS 14TH ANNUAL LOVE THE ARTS fundraiser gala at the Ni‘aulani Campus on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This year's theme, Save the Arts, will incorporate a nautical approach.
     Tickets for the gala are available online at volcanoartcenter.org, or in person at Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village, Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and Basically Books in Hilo - $55 per VAC member and $65 for non-members.
     "Guests will be treated to an evening of fine wine, brews, a luxurious gourmet buffet and spirited Hawaiian music. The live and silent auctions are not to be missed, with unique offerings including original artwork, hotel stays, tours, and jewelry," says the event description.
     Local artists are asked to contribute artwork to be auctioned at the fundraiser - with proceeds used to sustain VAC programs and classes. "These artists and businesses who give to the event do so with a knowledge that their donation will have a direct impact on the survival of the Art Center. The Volcano Art Center is an integral part of this unique community offering a sense of belonging to those who live and work around it,"  says the VAC statement. See volcanoartcenter.org. Find Sponsorship and Artist Donation forms online.

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KA‘Ū TROJANS SPORTS SCHEDULE

Boys Basketball: Tuesday, Jan. 23, @ Wai‘ākea.
     Saturday, Jan. 27, HPA @ Ka‘ū.
     Monday, Jan. 29, @ Parker.
     Wednesday, Jan. 31, Kealakehe @ Ka‘ū.
     Saturday, Feb. 3, @ Kamehameha.

Boys Soccer: Thursday, Jan. 25, @ Pāhoa.

Swimming: Friday, Jan. 26, @ Kamehameha (BIIF Championships, prelims).
     Saturday, Jan. 27, @ Kamehameha (BIIF Championships, finals).

Wrestling: Saturday, Jan. 27 @ HPA.
     Saturday, Feb. 3 @ Kealakehe.

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PEOPLE & LAND OF KAHUKU, a free, guided hike, takes place on Sunday, Jan. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., within Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The 2.5-mile, moderately difficult hike takes participants over rugged terrain and focuses on the area's human history. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

H.O.V.E. ROAD MAINTENANCE CORP. meets Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m., in their office in Ocean View. For more, visit hoveroad.com, or call 929-9910.

U.S.G.S. HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY GEOLOGIST DON SWANSON gives an illustrated lecture demonstrating how systematic, long-term collections of ash erupted from the lava lake at Kīlauea's summit can lead to surprising but fundamental discoveries. The After Dark in the Park presentation, Volcanic Ash from Kīlauea Volcano's Summit lava Lake: from the mundane to the unexpected, takes place Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., in the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

HAWAI‘I COUNTY COUNCIL committees meet Tuesday, Jan. 23, with a full council meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Both meeting days take place in Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

REGISTER KEIKI BY THURSDAY, JAN. 24, FOR ‘O KA‘Ū KAKOU'S 10TH ANNUAL Keiki Fishing Tournament held on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Punalu‘u Beach Park Pavilions. The event is open to keiki from one to 14 years old, with pick-up & drop-off locations for registration forms at: Nā‘ālehu Elementary School, Nā‘ālehu Ace Hardware, Pāhala Elementary School, Mizuno Superette in Pāhala, Pāhala Gas Station, Wiki Wiki Mart in Nā‘ālehu, Ka‘ū Learning Academy, Kahuku Country Market in Ocean View and Ocean View Auto Parts. Pre-registration ends 5 p.m., Jan. 24. Register at event from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Fishing until noon, then lunch and prizes. Every participant gets a prize. Grand and mini-grand prize drawing - including personal tablets. For more, call Guy Enriques at 217-2253 or Wayne Kawachi at 937-4773 or visit okaukakou.org.


STEWARDSHIP OF KĪPUKAPUAULU takes place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, with volunteers meeting in the Kīpukapuaulu parking lot on Mauna Loa Road off Hwy 11 in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Volunteers will help remove invasive plants, like morning glory, from an area said to be home to an "astonishing diversity of native forest and understory plants." Free; park entrance fees apply. For more, contact Marilyn Nicholson at nickem@hawaii.rr.com or visit nps.gov/HAVO.

A SAVE THE DATE FOR TWO COFFEE BOERER 101 WORKSHOPS for New and Beginning Coffee Farmers has been issued by U.H. CTHAR Kona Cooperative Extension Service.
     The free two hour class teaches the basics of coffee berry borer identification, biology and management. It is planned for Thursday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 27, and will take place in the Kona Cooperative Extension Service office at 79-7381 Mamalahoa Highway in Kealakekua.
     Representatives of the Extension Service office ask everyone to, "Please let new coffee farmers know about this upcoming workshop. A flyer will be distributed and available soon."
     For more details, visit hawaiicoffeeed.com.

CRYSTAL METH ADDICTION IN COMMUNITIES, a free information and education presentation, is offered on Friday, Jan. 26, by Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association as part of their Call to Action Prevention Campaign. Certified Prevention Specialist Gary Shimabukuro will give the presentation from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Ka‘ū Gym & Disaster Shelter's multi-purpose room. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call Ka‘ū Resource & Distance Learning Center at 928-0101.

STEWARDSHIP AT THE SUMMIT takes place Friday, Jan. 26, with volunteers removing invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Interested volunteers should meet Paul and Jane Filed at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m. Free; park entrance fees apply. For more, see nps.gov/HAVO.

Will Oldham. Photo from wikipedia.com
EXPERIENCE A DUAL MUSICIAN/TEXTILE PERFORMANCE IN VOLCANO on Friday, Jan. 26, starting at 6 p.m., in the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Will Oldham (performs as Bonnie "Prince" Billy) will sing and play music, and his wife, fiber/textile artist Elsa Hansen Oldham, stitches on stage as her handiwork is projected on a movie screen. Oldham is an acclaimed singer/songwriter whose music has been described as an alternative blend of country-folk and punk; Hansen-Oldham's quilting and cross-stitch work puts a folksy pop-art spin on history and modern culture. Oldham and Hansen-Oldham are Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Parks Artists-In-Residence. Free; park entrance fees apply. For more, see nps.gov/HAVO.

Make lei at Volcano Art Center Gallery.
See event details below.
Photo from Volcano Art Center
FARMING THE ROCK IN KA‘Ū: The Agriculture Field System of Kahuku is the Coffee Talk topic discussed on Friday, Jan. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Kahuku Unit Visitor Center of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (entrance located south of the 70.5 mile marker on the mauka side of Hwy 11).
     University of Hawai‘i Professors Seth Quintus and Noa Kekuewa Lincoln discuss their work uncovering the Ka‘ū field system at Kahuku, as well as how this knowledge might serve Hawai‘i in the future. Ka‘ū coffee, tea, and pastries will be available for purchase. For more, see nps.gov/HAVO.

MAKE LEI WITH KAIPO AHCHONG AT VOLCANO ART CENTER'S ALOHA FRIDAY event on January 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the VAC Gallery porch.
     Tropical Agriculture farmer AhChong shares his expert lei-making skills. As a member of Halau Na Kamalei, his unique experience marries the science of agriculture with Hawaiian lei and hula traditions.
     National Park entrance fees apply. For more visit volcanoartcenter.org.

VIEW A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF HANDBLOWN, CHISELED, AND ETCHED GLASSWORK by local artist Heather Mettler at a new Volcano Art Center Gallery Exhibit: Passage and Place. The display will continue to be displayed until Sunday, Feb. 11, during normal gallery hours - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. The work showcased explores the themes of migration, navigation, and immigration - how plants, animals, and people find their way to Hawai‘i. Free; park entrance fees apply.

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