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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.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs Thursday, May 31, 2018

Kealia Galimba, with Blossom, won Grand Champion Heifer in the 2016 Hawaiʻi County 4-H Show & Sale. This year's show takes
place in June See story below. Photo from Michelle Galimba
KĪLAUEA ERUPTION IS A MONTH LONG, three pronged event, sending Ka‘ū ash fall and S02, Volcano area earthquakes, and lower Puna destruction of homes and farms. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists said today they have recorded lava moving as quickly as 600 yards an hour and called the pahoehoe some of the hottest they have ever sampled, with temperatures as high as 2039 F. Since the eruption began, lava has covered 3,534 acres as of May 30. There is no end in sight.
Lava on the left, next to the moonrise, seen through the
webcam on top of Mauna Loa the evening of May 31.
USGS image
     Today, fountaining lava reached 260 feet in the sky and threw up Pele's Hair. The volcanic glass particles fell across Leilani Estates. At sundown, lava lit up the sky, seen alongside the moonrise through the HVO webcam on the summit of Mauan Loa.
     This evening, Civil Defense reported firefighters going door to door to urge residents along Papaya Farms and Noni Farms Roads in lower Puna to evacuate immediately. Civil Defense told residents of Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots to be out by tomorrow at 6 p.m. Residents of the east section of Leilani Estates are under mandatory evacuation orders from Mayor Harry Kim, with the county threatening fines and arrests for those who stay.
Firefighters went door to door May 31 to tell residents along Papaya Farms Road and Noni Farms Road to leave "today". Vacationland
and Kapoho Beach Lots should leave by 6 p.m. tomorrow, June 1. USGS map
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AIR QUALITY REACHED RED TODAY IN PĀHALA, MOSTLY FOR THE ABUNDANCE OF ASH DRIFTING THROUGH THE VILLAGE. Hawaiʻi Electric Light Co. workers in Pāhala to make repairs could see the ash in the air illuminated by their lights shining on their worksite. For overall air quality, the ratings were back to moderate in Pāhala, Ocean View, and Kona by 9:30 p.m.
     For SO2, air was the good, green rating in Volcano, Pāhala, Ocean View, and Kona most of the day. See AirNow. See Hawaiʻi Short Term SO2 Advisory. Also see the University of Hawaiʻi air quality predictions on its VMAP.

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ANDREA KAWABATA WILL BE A FEATURED SPEAKER AT THE WORLD COFFEE SCIENCE SUMMIT in El Salvador next week. She is known for her work with Ka‘ū and Kona
Andrea Kawabata. Photo from U.H.
coffee growers, and other farmers around the island. Kawabata is a University of Hawaiʻi Extension Agent for agriculture. 
     Her talk will feature methods used in controlling the Coffee Berry Borer in Hawaiʻi.
     Anyone with emergencies during her absence can contact Dr. Alyssa Cho or Sharon Wages at 808-969-8225, or email them at axho@hawaii.edu or smotomur@hawaii.edu.

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A MASTER FOOD PRESERVER CERTIFICATION CLASS, sponsored by University of Hawaiʻi, begins Friday, June 1. According to U.H., "Canning and preserving food is wildly popular again, and so is learning about safe and approved preservation techniques and recipes."
     The class covers development of jams and jellies, canning acid foods, pressure canning low acid foods, picking and fermenting, drying, freezing, and the art of charcuterie. Location is Hawaiʻi Community College at the Palamanui Campus Kitchen, in Kona. Instructors are Luisa F. Castro, PhD and chef and farmer Klen Kelekoma. See more at https://hilo.hawaii.edu/ccecs/summer2018/MFP.php.

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THE 2018 HAWAIʻI COUNTY 4-H LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE will draw Kaʻū youth to the other side of the island with their calves, pigs, and other livestock they have raised. The 4-H Livestock Association Chair is Ka‘ū rancher and state Board of Agriculture member Michelle Galimba.
     The 4-H Livestock Show & Sale is Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16, at Anderson Arena, also known as Rocking Chair Ranch, at 47-5124 Hawaiʻi Belt Road in Waimea. Open to the public, the annual event supports young farmers and ranchers. 
     “The 4-H participants are not only judged on the quality of their animals, but also on their showmanship skills,” said Galimba, “Each youth demonstrates the ability to effectively present their animal and on their project-based knowledge.”
     Grand Champion and Reserve Champion ribbons and trophies are awarded for each species of animal. In addition, youth compete for the show’s overall Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Showman.
Kailee Aickin placed first in the Lightweight Hog division in 2016.
Photo from Michelle Galimba
     This year marks a century of 4-H in Hawai‘i; the state’s first 4-H livestock club opened in 1918.
     Friday’s events begin at 3:30 p.m. and include shows for rabbits, poultry, and goats.
     Saturday’s large animal activities kick off with an 8 a.m. welcome, followed by 4-H participants showing lambs, hogs, steers, and heifers. Competition continues for top showmanship honors in the Round Robin Showmanship Class.
     Buyer’s registration and lunch is at 12:30 p.m., with the sale of 4-H animals at 2 p.m., including beef steer and heifer, hog, lamb, goat, and possibly poultry and rabbits.
     The 4-H livestock program provides youths aged 5-18 with hands-on learning opportunities by raising and training livestock. Participants learn humane animal husbandry skills and record-keeping. Students are responsible for the financial planning of their project, plus the daily care, feeding, and training of their project animals.
     “4-H assists our young people in developing important life skills while working on economically valuable, hands-on projects,” noted Galimba. “We must strongly support agricultural education and experiences for our young people if we are to increase Hawaiʻi’s food sustainability.”
     For more information, contact Galimba at mgalimba@kuahiwiranch.com or 808-430-4927.

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Hawaiʻi Farmers Union Ka‘ū invites the public to talk
about ag on Friday, June 22. Photo from HFUU
HAWAIʻI FARMERS UNION UNITED KAʻŪ CHAPTER will host a community meeting on Friday, June 22 at 5 p.m. at Pāhala Plantation House. Ka‘ū Chapter President Raina Whiting said the discussion will be about agriculture in Ka‘ū, local food production, and ag related legislation. It is also an opportunity to make connections with folks in the community, she said.
     Whiting said that all Kaʻū farmers and ranchers are encouraged to attend. Light pupus will be available, and everyone is welcome to bring something to share.
     Any questions, call Whiting at 808-464-0799 or emailrainawhiting@gmail.com.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will take sign-ups in Kaʻū, Jun 1-29 (closed Jun 11).
     In Nā’ālehu, it will take place at the Hawai‘i County Economic Opportunity Council office, back of Senior Center, Wed-Fri, 8-1pm, 929-9263.
     In Ocean View, it will take place at Ocean View Community Center, Mon and Tue, 8-1pm.
     In Pāhala, it will take place at the Edmund Olson Trust Office, Tue and Wed, 8:30-12:30pm. See more for eligibility requirements and application.

A Fundraiser for Miloli‘i: 23rd Annual Kona Classic Jackpot - Classic Fishing Tournament Series, Fri-Sun, Jun 1-3, Honokōhau Club House. All profits go towards marine conservation and youth educational programs in and around Miloli‘i. $300 entry fee, 4 per boat, $25 additional. Cash prizes $100-$3,000. Qualifying weights: Marlin, 100lbs; Ahi, 50lbs; Mahi, 15lbs; Ono, 15lbs. Grand Prize qualifies for Las Vegas Trip. Contact Wilfred Kaupiko, 896-6272, kalanihale@gmail.com. Sponsored by Kalanihale, kalanihale.org

SATURDAY, JUNE 2
Libraries Rock Summer Reading Program: Hawai‘i State Public Library System, Jun 2 - Jul 14, statewide and online. Register, starting Jun 2 and log reading at librarieshawaii.beanstack.org or at a local library. Free. Reading rewards, activities, and programs for children, teens, and adults. 2018 participants have a chance to win a Roundtrip for four to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies.


yART Sale! Gigantic Rummage Sale, Sat, Jun 2, 8:30-2pm, Volcano Art Center’s Hale Ho‘omana. Benefits VAC programs and workshops. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Stained Glass Basics II, Sat & Sun, Jun 2, 3, 9 & 10, 9-noon, Volcano Art Center. Prerequisite: Stained Glass Basics I. $90/VAC Member, $100/non-Member, plus $30 supply fee. Register in advance. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Realms and Divisions of Kahuku, Sat, Jun 2, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, two-mile, guided hike on Kahuku Unit's newest trail, Pu‘u Kahuku, explores the traditional Hawaiian classification system. Bring snack.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3
Stained Glass Basics II, Sat & Sun, Jun 3, 9 & 10, 9-noon, Volcano Art Center's educational campus. Prerequisite: Stained Glass Basics I. $90/VAC Member, $100/non-Member, plus $30 supply fee. Register in advance. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Palm Trail, Sun, Jun 3, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, 2.6-mile loop traverses scenic pastures along an ancient cinder cone, with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer. nps.gov/HAVO

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun, Jun 3, 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, JUNE 4
Hawai‘i County Council Meetings, Mon/Tue/Wed, Jun 4 & 5 (Committees)/6 (Council), Hilo. Mon/Tue, Jun 18 (Committees)/19 (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon, Jun 4 & 18, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. A parent-led homeschool activity/social group building community in Ka‘ū. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting, Mon, Jun 4, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

TUESDAY, JUNE 5
Hawai‘i County Council Meetings, Tue/Wed, Jun 5 (Committees)/6 (Council), Hilo. Mon/Tue, Jun 18 (Committees)/19 (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Volunteer Clean-Up w/Hawai‘i Outdoor Institute, Tue, Jun 5, contact in advance for meet up time at Wai‘ōhinu Park. Space limited. Free; donations appreciated. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, wildhawaii.org

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting, Tue, Jun 5, 4-6pm, Jun 19, 4:30-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Meeting, Tue, Jun 5, 6-8pm, Pāhala Community Center.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6
Hawai‘i County Council Meetings, Wed, Jun 6 (Council), Hilo. Mon/Tue, Jun 18 (Committees)/19 (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

AdvoCATS, Wed, Jun 6, 7-5pm, Ocean View Community Center. Free Cat Spay & Neuter Clinic. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org.

THURSDAY, JUNE 7
Veteran's Center, Thu, Jun 7, 8:30-12:30pm, Jun 21, 8:30-11:30am, Ocean View Community Center. VA benefits and individual counseling services. Matthew, 329-0574, ovcahi.org

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Thu, Jun 7, 6-7pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

ONGOING
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Jun 1-29 (closed Jun 11), Ka’ū. Nā’ālehu: Hawai‘i County Economic Opportunity Council office, back of Senior Center, Wed-Fri, 8-1pm, 929-9263. Ocean View: Ocean View Community Center, Mon & Tue, 8-1pm. Pāhala: Edmund Olson Trust Office, Tue & Wed, 8:30-12:30pm. See hceoc.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018-LIHEAP-APPLICATION.pdf for eligibility requirements and application.

*Exhibit: Fishponds of Hawai‘i by Carol Araki Wyban, online during park closure, through Jun 24. See volcanoartcenter.org for other exhibits and activities available at the Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus.

Nā‘ālehu Independence Day Parade Registration Open, held June 30. Call Debra McIntosh, 929-9872

Volcano Forest Runs Registration Open, online at volcanorainforestruns.com. Fees, before Jul 31: 5K - $30, 10K - $35, 1/2 Marathon - $85. Race Day Sat, Aug 18, with staggered morning start times, from Volcano Village. Race Director Sharron Faff, 967-8240

5th Annual Harvest Festival Fundraiser for The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences at Volcano Winery, Sun, Sept 9. Tickets on sale Aug 1: volcanowinery.com or 967-7772. Live music by The Young Brothers; food & drink from local restaurants; award-winning wine and tea; tours of the vineyards.

5th Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run Registration Open, online at webscorer.com/register?raceid=128145. Fees, before Mon, Jul 9: 5K - $25, 10K - $35, and 1/2 Marathon - $45. Race Day Sat, Sept 22, 7am; begins and ends at Ka‘ū Coffee Mill, kaucoffeemill.com. Event organizers: ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou, okaukakou.org

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