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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.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs Monday, August 27, 2018

The annual Bon Dance, services, activities, and food come to Pāhala Hongwanji this Saturday, Sept. 1. 
See story below. Photo by Ron Johnson
ELEVEN PEOPLE CAUGHT ON THE RIM OF HALEMA‘UMA‘U CRATER are expected to pay $410 each in penalties. According to a statement from the park this evening, the group illegally entered Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday. National Park Service law enforcement rangers nabbed them for disobeying a lawful closure and disorderly conduct.
     The trespassers sneaked past numerous closure signs and ventured down to the rim of Halema‘uma‘u Crater below Jaggar Museum. A National Park Service geomorphologist and trail crew spotted them while assessing seismic damage across the caldera at Keanakāko‘i.
     "When people put themselves at risk, they put first responders at risk," said Chief Ranger John Broward. 
Scientists studying the Kīlauea caldera with its broken roads (see pavement
stripes top right) and other unstable features, saw trespassers at
Halemaʻumaʻu on Saturday. Rangers nabbed them. HVO photo
"Some of the offenders were spotted right at the sheer edge of the crater, which is now about 1,500 feet deep and extremely unstable. They are fortunate none of them died," he said.
     The group parked vehicles near Nāmakanipaio Campground and claimed they did not see the numerous closure signs between Highway 11, the museum, and the crater's edge. Each person, 10 men and one woman, was cited $100 for violating a lawful closure and $250 for disorderly conduct. There is a $30 processing fee for each citation.
     Most of the park has been closed since May 11 due to dangerous and damaging seismic activity and subsidence at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano. The activity has waned since Aug. 2, and the park has set a target date of Sept. 22 to partially reopen after safety assessments are complete, provided no additional natural disasters occur.

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TROPICAL STORM LANE, more than 700 miles west southwest of South Point, reemerged from a Tropical Depression to come up with winds of 40 miles per hour today, but was expected to become a remnant and dissipate within 72 hours. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center predicts that Lane's final path will be west, northwest, and north northwest. The storm was moving at 7 mph earlier today.
     In Lane's wake, however, remained more rain in Kaʻū, and even more intense precipitation in north Hawaiʻi Island where flood warnings were issued today from Waipiʻo Valley through Kamuela to Waikiʻi Ranch.
     The next Tropical Storm to come toward Hawaiʻi from Mexico is Miriam, more than 1,600 miles east southeast of South Point. It is expected to develop into a hurricane by this evening, and head north northwest starting Wednesday. Hurricane Center forecasters say they do not expect Miriam to threaten the Hawaiian Islands, but warn that conditions can change.
Miriam is expected to become a hurricane but veer north
before reaching Hawai`i Island. Image from nhc.noaa.gov
     See more at nhc.noaa.gov and prh.noaa.gov/cphc.

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CLEANING UP AFTER LANE has precipitated recommendations for the public, including extra caution when traveling on roads that could be damaged from the storm. Civil Defense also warns that weather remains unstable, with additional flooding possible, and repeats that road closures may occur without any notice. The current map of road closures can be found at hawaiicounty.gov/2018-hurricane-map. They include one lane closed on Hwy 11 near Volcano Golf Course for about two weeks to repair damage from seismic activity.
     The state Department of Health issued recommendations for cleaning flooded homes and businesses: Remove standing water. Dry out home or business. Remove wet materials. Materials that are wet and cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried within 24-48 hours should be discarded (i.e. carpet/flooring/padding, furniture, drywall, particle boards, insulation, etc.)
Hwy 11, down to one lane, is expected to be fully reopened
within two weeks. Map from hawaiicountygis.maps.arcgis.com
     Clean and sanitize: Hard-surfaced walls and floors, and other household surfaces should be cleaned with soap and water and disinfected with a solution of one cup of bleach in 5 gallons of water. During clean-up, wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves if floodwaters have contaminated various portions of the household. Wash all linens and clothing that has been contaminated with floodwaters in hot water, or dry clean them. For items that cannot be washed or dry cleaned, such as mattresses and upholstered furniture, and carpeting, it is recommended that these items be discarded. Trying to salvage these items can only lead to more problems, such as the growth of molds and other microbes that will later affect Indoor Air Quality.
     The Department of Health advises the public to stay out of streams, coastal, and standing waters contaminated by the storm. DOH states storm water may contain harmful micro-organisms from overflowing cesspools or septic tanks as well as animal waste washed into streams and storm drains.

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Fissure 8 was still steaming this morning
from Lane's rainfall. USGS photo
HAWAIIAN VOLCANOES OBSERVATORY reported lost communication with several monitoring stations on the east side of the island during Hurricane Lane. "The losses only slightly reduce our ability to assess volcanic conditions," reports HVO. HVO continues to closely monitor activity.
     Kīlauea summit remains calm, with negligible seismicity, ground deformation, and gas emissions. Puʻu ʻŌʻō is also calm. An overflight of Fissure 8 this morning showed no incandescence in the splatter cone, and the rest of the lower East Rift Zone remains quiet, with minor ocean entry lava still escaping the crusted-over flow fields.

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REPORTING DAMAGE FROM HURRICANE LANE is encouraged by the Department of Public Works and the USDA Farm Service Agency.
     DPW, partnering with the American Red Cross and local CERT teams, began the process of damage assessment from Hurricane Lane Sunday. To report flood damage from the storm, please call 808-643-5555.
     Hawaiʻi County's USDA FSA Executive Director Lester Ueda encourages farmers to send reports of any damage to farmland as soon as possible. "The information is used to determine what kind of aid is needed to help in the recovery from all this rain and flooding that occurred due to Hurricane Lane," he said. Information needed includes: location by address or TMK; description of damage to crops, with estimate of loss amounts by crop; total acres planted; total acres lost; total dollar amount lost; description of damage to farmland or structures (landslide, washout, tree down, fence down, reservoir, etc. - describe damage in acres or feet); any other farm damage. Contact Ueda at Lester.Ueda@hi.usda.gov or 808-933-8381, ext. 2.

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A YOUNG MAN DIED IN A SINGLE-VEHICLE COLLISION along Hwy 11 in Ocean View on Sunday, the 21st traffic fatality this year, compared to 24 by this time last year.
     At 7 a.m., a Hawaiʻi Fire Department truck and medic unit responded to find a vehicle, overturned, about 20 yards off Highway 11, between mile markers 82 and 83. The unidentified lone male occupant was deceased when emergency personnel reached him.
     The Hawaiʻi Police Department identified the victim as 24-year-old Derick Tokjen of Ocean View. HPD reports that Tokjen was driving a gray 2005 Honda sedan north on Hwy 11, when it veered "off the right side of the roadway, overturning down an embankment."
     HPD reported that "Police believe inattention was a factor." An autopsy is being performed to determine if alcohol and drugs were a factor.
     The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Coroner's Inquest, asking that anyone who may have witnessed the accident call Officer Justin Hooser at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.
     Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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Taiko drumming at last year's Pāhala Hongwanji Bon Dance led to regular classes here, 
with students preparing to perform in the future. Photo by Ron Johnson
PĀHALA HONGWANJI MISSION HOSTS ITS ANNUAL O BON CEREMONIES AND BON DANCE this Saturday, 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, with students from Kaʻū having practiced during the past year under the guidance of master drummers.
     Pāhala Hongwanji is the site for the island's final Obon summer celebration for the season. The Bon Dance festivities have rotated through Buddhist churches around the island since the June 2 kickoff at Liliuokalani Gardens in Hilo.
A presentation of flowers and fruit at Pāhala Hongwanji to remember
ancestors during O Bon season. Photo by Julia Neal
     The Obon celebration remembers ancestors with temple services and bringing foods to the altar during harvest season. The outdoor dance features traditional and modern Japanese music, with a caller keeping the tempo, standing in a yagura outdoor tower, which also serves as the bandstand. Dancers circle the yagura, often wearing traditional Japanese costumes. Taiko drumming, Japanese crafts, activities, and food are part of the celebration.
     Pāhala's annual Bon Dance celebration was reinstated three years ago, having stopped after the 1999 event, just three years after Kaʻū Sugar Co. - where many Japanese immigrants worked - shut down. Community members of all faiths and background enjoyed the Bon Dance throughout its history, and are welcome to join on Sept. 1. Many Bon Dance enthusiasts followed the celebrations around the island to hone their dance skills before the finale at Pāhala. Pāhala Hongwanji, and ʻO Kaʻū Kākou and other community volunteers, help to put on the event.
     For more information, call 928-8254.

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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:
   Wed., Aug. 29, 6pm, @ Hilo
   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
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
LOIS POLLOCK LEADS A STAINED GLASS BASICS I, FOUR SESSION, WORKSHOP for beginners at Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village, from 9 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, September 1, Sunday, September 2, Saturday September 8, and Sunday, September 9.
Stained glass ʻIʻiwi.
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
     "Whimsical shapes, illustrative scenes or divine stories, stained glass has re-created the light in our lives for centuries. Stained glass artisans use both glass color and texture to produce light forms and patterns creating mood and character in small and large spaces," states the event description on volcanoartcenter.org.
Take a class in Volcano to learn how 
to make stained glass art.
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
     All basic techniques are covered: from glass cutting, foiling, and soldering, to completing with patina and polishing compound. Glass artist Pollock shares her expertise and knowledge, teaching students the skills involved in working safely with stained glass to create a beautiful, sturdy piece of art.
     The course fee is $90 for Volcano Art Center members, or $100 for non-members, plus a $15 supply fee. Attendees are asked to wear long pants, snug fitting gloves, covered shoes, and safety glasses. Advance registration is required. Workshop limited to six adults. Visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.
     Participants complete the four-session workshop with a finished light-catcher, and the knowledge and experience of the basic skills involved to continue working with stained glass.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 28
HOVE Road Maintenance Corp. Meeting, Tue., Aug. 28, 10am, 92-8979 Lehua Lane, Ocean Viewhoveroad.com, 929-9910, gm@hoveroad.com

Ka
ʻū Food Pantry, Tue., Aug. 28, 11:30-1pm, St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29
Kōkua Kupuna Project, Wed., Aug. 29, 9-11am, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Seniors 60 years & older encouraged to attend, ask questions, and inquire about services offered through Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi; referral required from Hawaiʻi County Office of Aging at 961-8626 for free legal services. Under 60, call 1-800-499-4302. More info: tahisha.despontes@legalaidhawaii.org, 329-3910 ext. 925. legalaidhawaii.org

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
Kaʻū Community Children's Council, Thu., Aug. 30, 12:30-1:30pm, Punaluʻu 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, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

Volcano Bay Clinic Mobile Health Unit Visit, Thu., Aug. 30, 1-5pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Must be Bay Clinic, Inc. patient. Medical services offered last Thursday of every month. Dental to be announced. Call 333-3600 to schedule appointment. See Cooper Center June newsletter for details. thecoopercenter.org

Volcano Friends Feeding Friends, Thu., Aug. 30, 4-6pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Free community dinner for all. Additional packaged goods to take home for those in need. Donations and volunteers encouraged. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org


FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
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

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

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 Center. ovcahi.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

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. 20: 5K, $35/person; 10K, $45/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $55/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:
     - Jump Rope Challenge: Mon., Aug. 27, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration open through Aug. 25.
     - Sand Art: Wed., Sept. 5, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration open Aug. 27 through 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 Aug. 30 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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