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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
A locally owned and run community newspaper (www.kaucalendar.com) distributed in print to all Ka`u District residents of Ocean View, Na`alehu, Pahala, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village and Miloli`i on the Big Island of Hawai`i. This blog is where you can catch up on what's happening daily with our news briefs. This blog is provided by The Ka`u Calendar Newspaper (kaucalendar.com), Pahala Plantation Cottages (pahalaplantationcottages.com), Local Productions, Inc. and the Edmund C. Olson Trust.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ka‘ū News Briefs Sunday, May 20, 2018

Before lava crossed Highway 137 and entered the ocean at two places near MacKinzie park last night, lava crossed Pohoiki Road 
(above) in lower Puna. It threatened about 40 houses. At least four people were rescued from their homes by County and 
National Guard helicopters. Four houses were destroyed. USGS photo
LAVA REACHED THE SHORELINE IN TWO PLACES NEAR MACKENZIE PARK in lower Puna last night after two lobes crossed and shut down Highway 137. The fast moving pahoehoe lava continues to pour into the ocean today. However, a crack opened in the ground under the eastern lobe of lava from Fissure 20 robbing some of the lava from going into the ocean and making it uncertain as to whether there will soon be a third entry point into the Pacific.
Despite many professional photographers 
and news crews attempting to capture closeup
 images of the flow into the ocean, Civil Defense 
warns such photography is dangerous. See 
yesterday's Kaʻū News Brief  for the first 
reported injury from lava during the eruption. 
Photo from Ikaika Marzo Facebook 
A crack that opened in the ground is robbing the east channel of 
Fissure 20 of lava going into the ocean. Prior to opening, lava was 
flowing vigorously into the Pacific. USGS photo
      With the ocean entries, County Civil Defense warns of laze, created from lava mixing with ocean water, becoming hydrochloric acid and acid rain with glass particles. Health hazards of laze include lung damage, and eye and skin irritation. Laze plumes can switch directions quickly with changes in the wind and contribute to the overall toxicity of vog, Civil Defense says.  
Part of the lava from the eastern channel of the Fissure 20 complex 
is flowing into a crack in the ground that opened this morning, 
making it uncertain as to whether there will be a third ocean entry. 
USGS photo
  Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. Kamaili Road is closed to all through traffic, and all are asked to stay out of the area by Civil Defense.
     The Coast Guard declared a no-go area in the ocean near the lava flows and released a statement. Lt. Commander John Bannard of Coast Guard waterways management, said, “For mariners without prior limited entry approval, the safety zone encompasses all waters extending 300 meters (984 feet) in all directions around the entry of the lava flow into the ocean. All waterway users should be aware of the hazardous conditions associated with such an event. Getting too close to the lava can result in serious injury or death.”
     The county Department of Water Supply retains a water restriction from Kapoho through Pohoiki. The lava flow across Pohoiki Road cut off county water to residents.

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Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory published this map today, showing two lava ocean entries near MacKinzie State Park.
See the USGS lava maps.
SULFUR DIOXIDE EMISSIONS TRIPLED at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's air quality measuring stations in lower Puna today, particularly at Kamaliʻi, Sea View, and Malama Ki. Civil Defense issued the report and warns people in the area to stay protected or leave.
Bad air blows through Pāhala and stacks up as it
reaches the leeward side of the island. Image from 
AirNow
     Prevailing winds are expected to keep driving the vog across Kaʻū and up to Kona. How much bad air will reach these communities is unknown, given variability of winds. Pāhala is on the windward side of the island and the trades tend to push the vog along. Ocean View and up the coast to Kona are on the leeward side of the island with less wind, and particulate matter can build up there.
Shallow earthquakes preceded another ash blow at Halemaʻumaʻu Crater
this afternoon. See the USGS earthquake maps.
     At noon today the S02 levels reported in Pāhala, Ocean View, and Kona were negligible. The overall particulate and other measurements for the AirNow reading were good in Pāhala, moderate in in Ocean View, and unhealthy for sensitive groups in Kona.
     However, with another round of shallow earthquakes, another ash plume blasted out of Halemaʻumaʻu in Kīlauea Crater this afternoon, sending more ash toward Kaʻū.
     See Hawaiʻi Short Term SO2 Advisory. See AirNow. Also see the University of Hawaiʻi air quality predictions.

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BEWARE OF LAZE
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports: Late last night, the fissure 20 lava flow reached the ocean. Hot lava entering the ocean creates a dense 

white plume called laze(short for "lava haze"). Laze is formed as hot lava boils seawater to dryness. The process leads to a series of chemical 
reactions that result in the formation of a billowing white cloud composed of a mixture of condensed seawater steam, hydrochloric acid gas, and 
tiny shards of volcanic glass. This mixture has the stinging and corrosive properties of dilute battery acid, and should be avoided. Because 
laze can be blown downwind, its corrosive effects can extend far beyond the actual ocean entry area. USGS photo
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THERE IS "ABSOLUTELY NO REASON" TO CANCEL TRIPS TO HAWAIʻI ISLAND, said Ross Birch, Executive Director of Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau, speaking at a press conference at Volcano Golf Course on Saturday.
Birch Ross, Executive Director,
Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau
     Birch said the eruption is having no affect on either major airport’s traffic. He stated the numbers of tourists arriving is similar or slightly more than the numbers from 2017. Japanese tourism had an immediate slight drop, said Birch, but the biggest impact so far are the park closure, and the cruise lines - which have chosen to stay away from the ports of Hilo and Kona. The cancelled cruises will have cost Hawaiʻi Island about $1.2 million as of next week, per the present cancellations.
     Other immediate impacts are group reservation cancellations for May through the summer, estimated to cost “tens to hundreds of thousands per property,” said Birch. Businesses that are in or related specifically to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park or the Puna area are “critically affected,” and “most have laid off employees or closed their doors.”
     See current info and updates from the Hawaiian Tourism Authority or call the hotline at 1-800-Go-Hawaii.
    See the press conference, with Ross, Hawaiian Volcano scientists, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park officials, state Dept. of Health officials, and more. 

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U.S. SEN. DANIEL AKAKA LAID IN STATE at the State Capitol Rotunda from Friday through Saturday mornings,
Sen. Dan Akaka made it a practice to attend Democratic
 Party rallies at Hilo Bandstand. Photo by Julia Neal
surrounded by a military honor guard, Hawaiian musicians, and an overnight celebration drawing many who knew him and spoke about his his long life of service.
     A public celebration of life was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Kawaiahao Church, where Gov. David Ige and former Governors George Ariyoshi, John Waihee, Ben Cayetano, and Neil Abercrombie, spoke.
     Akaka, who passed away on April 6 at age 93, will be buried tomorrow, May 21, in a private service at Punchbowl.
     Akaka was the first Native Hawaiian elected to Congress. He strove to support veterans - especially Japanese-American ones - and served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He then became an educator, a principal, then started to serve in various government positions until running and winning a U.S. House of Representatives seat in 1976, then the Senate in 1990. Akaka stayed in public office until 2012. He is most famous for the “Akaka Bill,” which sought U.S. federal recognition for Hawaiians in a similar way as Native American tribes.
     A release from Ige states: “As an educator and a humble statesman for more than three and a half decades, Senator Akaka's life of service sets an example for all of us. The people of Hawaiʻi mourn this great public servant who fought for Native Hawaiian education, language and culture, for medical and educational benefits for our veterans, recognition of Filipino veterans, and for many other social service programs.”
     “I thank the beloved Senator Akaka for his unwavering dedication to the people of Hawaiʻi. Senator lived a life of service and aloha, and the people of Hawaiʻi have benefited in countless ways,” said Ige. “Our state mourns the loss of this man of upright character.”

Gov. David Ige with Sen. Akaka. Photo from Gov. Ige
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SEN. MAZIE HIRONO IS ON HAWAIʻI ISLAND TODAY to visit residents displaced by the volcanic activity. 

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CRISIS LINE OF HAWAI‘I IS NOW AVAILABLE to those feeling stress and anxiety from ongoing volcanic eruption on Hawai‘i Island. A week into the lava flow from Kīlauea volcano on Hawai‘i Island, states a release from the office of Gov. David Ige, the Hawai‘i State Department of Health is reminding residents and visitors that anyone who has been affected by the recent eruptions and is seeking help in coping with mental or emotional effects, may call the Crisis Line of Hawai‘i toll-free at 1-800-753-6879.
     DOH's Crisis Line of Hawai‘i is available 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and “is staffed with a team of live, local representatives who are trained and experienced professionals able to help individuals in times of a mental health crisis. People who have feelings of stress and anxiety can call the Crisis Line to receive short-term confidential counseling as well as information on available resources,” says the release.
     “Taking steps early to ensure the mental health of you and your family during and after a tragic event can make a difference in the long-run, especially when young children are involved,” said Mark Fridovich, Ph.D., M.P.A., administrator of DOH’s Adult Mental Health Division. “Disasters like the Kīlauea lava flow are unexpected and often bring out strong emotions, which is understandable when people are forced out of their homes and into a state of fear and worry. This is why we offer resources like the Crisis Line and hope people take advantage of it during their times of need.”
     Additionally, The Parent Line is a free, locally-based, statewide telephone line that provides support, encouragement, informal counseling, information, and referral to callers experiencing concerns about their child’s behavior or who have issues regarding family stresses or questions about community resources. The Parent Line is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact The Parent Line toll-free at 1-800-816-1222 or visit http://www.theparentline.org/ to learn more.
     “Ongoing evacuations due to the lava flow and the insecurity of not knowing what will happen are a source of stress and anxiety for many people, particularly those in or near areas that have been forced to leave their homes. People responding to the emergency and those with family and friends affected by the lava flow are also likely feeling the effects of stress and anxiety,” states the release.
     “DOH offers the following guidance to aid in coping during this difficult time:
    • Talk to your family members and friends to maintain a strong support system. 
    • Children are particularly vulnerable, as they have trouble processing what is happening. Help your children by sharing age-appropriate information and being honest. 
    • Set a good example for children by taking care of yourself. 
    • Take breaks and unwind periodically and ask for help if you need it. 
    • Stay informed of the situation by tuning in to local news sources but avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of the event.”
     For more resources, visit the DOH Adult Mental Health Division’s website at http://health.hawaii.gov/amhd/consumer/access/. Additional information and resources can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/index.asp.

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MICHAEL L. LAST WILL RUN FOR DISTRICT THREE IN THE HAWAIʻI STATE SENATE this November. The Libertarian candidate has issued a partial position statement:
     “I truly believe that less government equals more personal freedom. In all forms.
     “Why must the state and/or county government continuously raise the tax burden on those that pay to promote the programs that allegedly help those non-taxpayers? I've had enough!
     “As an adult you have the right to do whatever you want with your own person or property, provided you do not infringe on the person or property of a non-consenting other adult.
     “Drugs as an example - I refuse to partake in this non-prescribed practice, but feel that others can do what they want if they do not affect others. If drugs are so dangerous, why isn't drinking and driving treated the same way?
     “Same with gambling, and not the social kind referenced under HRS 712-1231. All forms of gambling should be allowed, but with two restrictions. 1) It should only be available to those over a certain age (18, 19, 20 or 21); and 2) It should not be made mandatory. Think of all the money the state would receive from gambling by those that consent to partake. State lottery, what a windfall for education. Can't handle gambling? Tough... don't play, I don't.
     “Smoking. Why should the state dictate that anyone under 21 must refrain from smoking? You can join the military and defend America from all enemies and possibly give up your life at 18, but smoking, no good. And what about voting? At 18 you are old enough to cast a ballot for the same people who restrict smoking. Doesn't this sound hypocritical? 
   “An abortion is a medical procedure between a woman and her physician. Period! The government should not get involved in any way in medical procedures. If some person believes it is murder, then they are not required to abort their own fetus. You leave other people alone, and I'll do the same.
     “Don't like inoculations, don't take them. But don't think of sending your children to the public schools to infect my children.
     “Term limits. I am totally in support of a maximum two terms for every elected position. And only two terms; no taking a term off and then running again. No more serving for life. If it's good enough for the President, it's good enough for every elected servant.
Libertarian state Senate candidate Michael Last. 
     “Public funding of campaigns. I am against any form of public payment of campaigns unless it is done where a person can opt-out from paying into the fund. In addition, there must be no requirement for a candidate to raise separately a certain amount of money. Presently, now a candidate that elects not to accept any contributions cannot receive public funds. I have rejected any attempt by anyone to contribute to my campaign. Why do people contribute? I believe pac stands for Purchase A Candidate.
     “Politicians receiving, and using, discretionary funds? What a joke! Eliminate them, the discretionary funds... as well as the politicians.
     Why does Hawaiʻi still have mandatory unionized state and county workers? I worked for the County of Hawaii a long time ago and was required to pay union fees. This is O.K. in the private sector but not in the public arena.
     “Eliminate certain state and county agencies and departments, like the state Department of Tourism. The forms that they produce and distribute for all arriving visitors, and returning residents, assists no one other than the private tourism related entities. Like hotels and rental cars. Let them collect the data.
     “But if you like the way things are going, then go right ahead and vote in the usual politicians. Or you can vote for me, I am the only candidate. A true candidate, not a politician.
     “Have I sparked your interest? Want to talk more? Give me a call; send a letter or an email. Even if you want to tell me where I'm wrong, please call or write. And I will not ask for any funding from you. You see, I'm not a politician after all!”
     Michael Last can be reached at P.O. Box 291, Nāʻālehu, HI, 96772, 808-929-8422, or LAST_PL@yahoo.com.

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MONDAY, MAY 21
Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Monday, May 21, 1 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. A parent led homeschool activity/social group building community in Ka‘ū. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Discovery Harbour Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Mon, May 21, 5-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

TUESDAY, MAY 22
Hawai‘i County Special Council Meeting, First Reading of Operating & CIP Budgets, Tue, May 22, 9-4:30pmHilo Council Chambers. Ka‘ū residents can participate via video conferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

HOVE Road Maintenance Monthly Meeting, Tue, May 22, 3 p.m., RMC Office in Ocean View. hoveroad.com, 929-9910

MOVED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE: Auditions for Kīlauea Drama & Entertainments Musical "Oliver," Tue & Wed, May 22 & 23, 6:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Parts for all ages and ability. 982-7344, kden73@aol.com

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23
Craft Night at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, Wed., May 23, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sessions every half hour until 6 p.m. at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center. This month will be glazing a custom clay ornament of a tiger shark. Sharks worldwide are threatened, and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument provides one of the last sanctuaries for these majestic animals. Coral reefs depend upon a healthy shark population. Sign up early due to a limited supply of ornaments. Cost is $12 per ornament. Pre-register and prepay at Kīlauea Pottery, phone 731-6614 or visit them at 46 Waianuenue Ave. Contact Clayton.Watkins@noaa.gov or call (808) 933-8184.

MOVED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE: Auditions for Kīlauea Drama & Entertainments Musical "Oliver," Tue & Wed, May 22 & 23, 6:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Parts for all ages and ability. 982-7344, kden73@aol.com

THURSDAY, MAY 24
VA Medical Services, Thursdays, May 24 & 31, 8:30-noon, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thu, May 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Punalu‘u Bake Shop. Monthly meeting provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

FRIDAY, MAY 25
Coffee Talk, Fri, May 25, 9:30-11amKahuku Park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Join park rangers in informal conversation on a variety of topics. Ka‘ū coffee, tea, and pastries available for purchase. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Memorial Day Lei - Arts & Crafts, Fri, May 25, 2-3pm, Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. For all ages. Register May 21-25. Free. Teresa Anderson, 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

SATURDAY, MAY 26
HIDEM's Hawai‘i State Convention, Sat & Sun, May 26 & 27, Hilton Waikoloa. hawaiidemocrats.org

Nature & Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Sat, May 26, 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

Flameworking - An Introductory Class, Sat & Sun, May 26 & 27, 2-5pm, Volcano Art Center. Glasswork using torch or lamp to melt glass. $155/VAC Member, $160/non-Member, plus $40 supply fee/person. Advanced registration required; limited to 4 adults. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

SUNDAY, MAY 27
‘Ōhi‘a Lehua, Sun, 27, 9:30-11am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Learn about vital role of ‘ōhi‘a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, and many forms of ‘ōhi‘a tree and its flower on this free, easy, one-mile walk. nps.gov/HAVO

NEW & UPCOMING
REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER LEARN-TO-SWIM LESSONS offered at the Pāhala Swimming Pool, takes place Wednesday, May 30, and Thursday, May 31, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the pool. For more details, call 928-8177 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-aquatics/.

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ONGOING
Park Rangers invite the public to downtown Hilo to learn about the volcanic activity, to get their NPS Passport Book stamped, and to experience the Hawaiian cultural connection to volcanoes. Rangers are providing programs at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center at 76 Kamehameha Avenue, Tuesday through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Hawai‘i Island Quilting Artists are called to register by Saturday, May 26, for Volcano Art Center's 2nd Bi-Annual Quilt Show: Quilts in the Forest - Where the Path May Lead. Entry forms available online at volcanoartcenter.org/gallery/call-to-artists. Exhibition open Friday, July 13, to Friday, August 3, at Volcano Art Center's Niaulani campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano Village. Contact Fia Mattice at 967-8222 or quiltshow2018@volcanoartcenter.org.

Sign Up for the Nāʻālehu Independence Day Parade, to be held June 30. If interested, call Debra McIntosh at 929-9872.

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.

Volcano 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.

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 Mon, July 9: 5K, $25/person; 10K, $35/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $45/person. From July 9 to Aug 11: $30/person, $40/person, and $45/person, respectively. From Aug 13 to Sept 20: $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.

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