About The Kaʻū Calendar

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, September 01, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs Saturday, September 1, 2018

Youth Rangers Brennen Nishimura, Jackson Hannah, Rose Provance, and Daryl Moreira. Missing is Revis Petitt.
NPS photo
YOUTH RANGERS became an invaluable asset to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park this summer, with areas around the summit of Kīlauea Volcano shut down and emphasis placed on exploring the Kahuku Unit near Ocean View. The program for high school students runs each summer. This year's Youth Rangers included Brennen Nishimura, Jackson Hannah Rose Provance, Daryl Moreira, and Revis Petitt.
     A number of Youth Rangers continue working for the park after high school graduation, while attending college. Some find careers in natural resources, archaeology, biology, geology, the justice system, and other jobs related to those at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes. Among them are two Miss Kaʻū Coffee winners, Rochelle Koi and Jami Beck.
Jami Beck, left, went from high school Youth Ranger into working
at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park during college. NPS photo
     Wendy Vance, who helps lead activities at Kahuku, said the student rangers "were invaluable because they came to us after Kīlauea shut down and we were open more days, longer hours, and tripled our visitation." Starting at 8 a.m., they helped to set up the entrance station and distributed maps. The Youth Rangers greeted people as they arrived, answering questions and describing the Kahuku trails and hiking protocol.
     The student rangers taught hikers how to prevent the spread of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death, which threatens the native forest. They urged Kahuku visitors to brush their shoes and spray rubbing alcohol on soles to prevent spreading the fungi, and to stay on trails.
     Vance said the students learned immense amounts of information and became comfortable talking in front of a crowd. As they learned, they were able to present the twice-a-day Ranger Orientation Talk in the visitor center. These talks include information about park and ranching history, Kaʻū's pre- and post-contact history, geology, and the lives of plants and animals at Kahuku.
     Youth Rangers assisted cultural practitioners in the ʻIke Hana No ʻEau programs, demonstrating Hawaiian crafts on Saturdays and Sundays. They roved the trails, answering visitors questions and concerns. They shadowed rangers on their interpretive hiking programs to become familiar with the information in preparation for leading the hikes themselves. They researched and wrote programs for ʻIke Hana, said Vance.

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ROAD CLOSURES OVER THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND are a concern for Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense, which suggests using alternate routes when possible. Here are the closures around the island, with work conducted by the state Department of Transportation:
     Department of Transportation State Highways reports the following Labor Day Weekend roadway projects. Please use alternate routes if possible. State Highways thanks you for your patience and courtesy to crews working to repair damages from the storms and earthquakes.
Traffic lights in Kaʻū are new for local residents. This temporary light is near
Volcano Golf Course on Hwy 11 and serves to control traffic
 where the road becomes one lane as repairs are made from earthquake
damage. It is expected to be in operation for about two weeks.
Photo by Ron Johnson
     SOUTH HILO: Lane closure on Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Route 19) in both directions between mile marker 2.45 – 9.78 in the vicinity of Wailuku Bridge to Waiaʻama stream Bridge, through Monday, Sept. 4, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., for paving.
     VOLCANO: 24 hour/7 day a week lane closure on Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Route 11) alternating lanes, both directions near mile marker 30, in the vicinity of Volcano National Park, due to cracks in the road from volcano activity.
     NORTH HILO: Lane closure on Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Route 19) in both directions between at mile marker 26 - 27 in the vicinity of Laupahoehoe Gulch on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., for rock scaling and landslide debris removal. Lane closure on Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Route 19) in both directions between at mile marker 28 - 29 in the vicinity of Kawailiʻi Gulch on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., for rock scaling and landslide debris removal.
     NORTH KOHALA: Lane closure on Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Route 270) in both directions between   mile marker 25.6 - 28.4 on Monday, Sept. 3, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., for rock scaling and landslide debris removal.

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Norman is too far away to predict with any confidence any
impacts on Hawaiʻi. Map from National Hurricane Center
NORMAN COULD RESTRENGTHEN INTO A MAJOR HURRICANE in the next 24 hours. The hurricane is expected to be steered by a strong deep-layer subtropical ridge to the north, resulting in a westward motion for the next 12-24 hours, followed by a west-northwestward motion at a faster forward speed, predicted the National Hurricane Center at 5 p.m today.
     The GFS model takes Norman more westward, in the general direction of the Hawaiian Islands. The ECMWF, HWRF, and HMON models keep Norman well to the northeast of the islands. At 5 p.m., Norman sported winds of 105 mph, moving at 13 mph and was expected to reach the Central Pacific by Tuesday.

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A sand bar, comprised of black sand and lava fragments carried 
by longshore currents from the lava delta, continues to block 
the boat ramp at Pohoʻiki, next to Isaac Hale Beach Park. USGS photo
SEISMICITY REMAINS LOW and ground deformation is negligible at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano, says an update from USGS Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory. Earthquakes, probably aftershocks of the magnitude-6.9 earthquake in early May, continue on South Flank faults. On the volcano's lower East Rift Zone, the last visible incandescence in the Fissure 8 cone was observed on August 25. An overflight crew saw no incandescence anywhere on the flow field and coastal area on Aug. 31. That morning, ground crews reported the Fissure 8 cone is quiet and only steam is coming from just uprift, around fissures 9 and 24. Sulfur dioxide emission rates at the summit, Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and LERZ are drastically reduced; the combined rate, less than 1,000 tons per day, is lower than at any time since late 2007. On Aug. 31, LERZ emission rates were still too low to measure.
     The most recent deformation results in the LERZ do not show patterns that would be consistent with rift opening or closing. If the subsurface magma intrusion is cooling, those effects are not yet strong enough to be detectable.
Lower East Rift Zone lava flows entering the ocean have built 
a lava delta over 875 acres in size, but no active ocean entries 
were observed by HVO geologists on the overflight this 
morning, Sept. 1. View to the southwest. USGS photo
     Summit tiltmeter UWE was repaired and reinstalled Aug. 31 and, after it settles from the disruption, it will be returned to the Kīlauea monitoring webpage. HVO crews continue to restore communication with several monitoring stations on the east side of the island that were disrupted by the passage of Hurricane Lane. The losses do not significantly reduce HVO scientist's ability to assess volcanic conditions. Whiteout conditions could occur on the new lava field due to steam produced by heavy rainfall on still-hot lava flows.
     HVO states it will continue to closely monitor Kīlauea's seismicity, deformation, and gas emissions for any sign of reactivation, and maintain visual surveillance of the summit and LERZ as best we can. Ground and drone crews are in the field, but continue to be hampered by weather conditions.

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NEW PRELIMINARY GUIDELINES TO TREAT RAT LUNGWORM DISEASE were announced by Gov. David Ige's Joint Task Force on Aug. 30. The new guidelines for clinical management of neuroangiostrongyliasis (rat lungworm) advise Hawaiʻi's medical professionals to "immediately" start using the new guidelines to "provide clear diagnosis, treatment, and management guidance for timely identification and care for patients who have contracted the disease."
     On October 10, the new guidelines will be presented at a symposium on the diagnosis and management of the disease at Hilo Medical Center. In November, the new guidelines will be presented to a national audience during the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The full document can be read here.
Image from health.hawaii.gov
     The new guidelines state: Clinicians should have a "high index of suspicion" for rat lungworm, and suspect cases should be discussed with Department of Health Disease Investigation Branch. Typical symptoms in adults include severe headaches, neck stiffness, nausea, paresthesias, and limb pains. Typical symptoms in children include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, irritability, poor appetite, muscle weakness, fatigue, and lethargy.
     The new guidelines state lumbar puncture is "an essential part of the evaluation," and is "a low-risk procedure and has therapeutic benefits, including relief of headaches, nausea, and vomiting."
     A presumptive diagnose of the disease, state the new guidelines, requires a history of suggestive symptoms and signs, evidence of eosinophilic meningitis in the cerebrospinal fluid, and an exposure history, which includes residence in or recent travel to an endemic area. Hawaiʻi Island is considered an endemic area. Baseline studies should include a complete blood count (CBC) with differential, serum electrolytes, liver function tests, renal function tests, blood glucose, urinalysis, and chest x-ray. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain, although not required, may be helpful in diagnosing suspected neuroangiostrongyliasis. Focused MRI of the spine may be appropriate if indicated by clinical presentation.
Image from health.hawaii.gov
     The new guidelines state high dose corticosteroids have been shown to improve clinical outcomes, though individuals with diabetes or glucose intolerance should be closely monitored. Pain management may require early consultation with a pain specialist.
     Rat lungworm is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, and can cause a rare type of meningitis. It is caused by a parasitic nematode called Angiostrongylus cantonensis. The adult form is only found in rodents. However, infected rodents can pass larvae of the worm in their feces. Snails, slugs, and certain other animals, including freshwater shrimp, land crabs, and frogs, can become infected by ingesting this larvae. Humans can become infected if they eat - intentionally or otherwise - a raw or undercooked infected intermediate host, thereby ingesting the parasite. For more information on the life-cycle of A. cantonensis, visit the CDC website.

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FUNDRAISER FOR VOLCANO SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, the 5th Annual Volcano Winery Harvest Festival, tickets are almost sold out: only 20 are left as of August 31. The event on Sun., Sept. 9, offers music, food, wine, and a raffle. $40/adult (21+). 967-7772, volcanowinery.com

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LOW-FLYING HELICOPTERS from Hawai‘i Electric Light Company will conduct quarterly aerial inspections of major overhead transmission lines from Monday, Sept. 10, to Friday, Sept. 14. The islandwide inspections are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exact times and routes will depend on weather conditions. Inspections will be conducted in a Manuiwa Airways helicopter and require the aircraft to fly low and slow, which may cause some noise disturbances.
     The inspections are to improve system reliability. Hawai‘i Electric Light apologizes for any disruption this may cause and sincerely thanks the community for their cooperation and understanding. Questions or concerns, call 969-6666.

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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
   Sat, Oct 6, 12pm, host Kohala
Girls Volleyball:
   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
   Wed, Oct 10, 6pm, @ Parker
Cross Country:
   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
A highly aggressive, fire-promoting species, fountain grass is targeted in 
costly control programs on Hawaiʻi Island, with campaigns underway to 
remove incipient populations on Maui and Oʻahu. NPS photo
IN HONOR OF NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY, HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK will host a Fountain Grass Removal Volunteer Event in Ocean View on Saturday, Sept. 22. Volunteers are asked to meet at Ocean View Community Center at 9 a.m., then proceed to locations along the roadsides of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. The event is expected to end by 3 p.m. Each volunteer is asked to bring his or her own lunch, water, hat, and sunscreen.
     Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Ecologist David Benitez says the volunteer group will focus on removing fountain grass (Cenchrus setaceus) and other invasive species that threaten both Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and surrounding communities. The event flyer states that during the event, "volunteers will learn about the increased fire potential caused by fountain grass, and safe methods to remove this noxious weed along roadsides in the community."
Park Ranger Paul Keliʻihoʻomalu points out fountain grass. 
Photo by David Benitez, NPS
     The flyer also states that "Fountain grass is a highly flammable perennial bunch grass native to Northern Africa. The grass was first brought to Hawaiʻi in the early 1900's where it was used extensively for landscaping. The grass escaped cultivation and today invasive populations are spreading on the Big Island... Fountain grass can dominate the natural landscape and displace native plants, many of which are threatened with extinction."
     Being a "highly aggressive, fire-promoting species," fountain grass "accumulates large volumes of dead biomass and burns rapidly with high intensity," states the flyer. Fountian grass is "one of the few invasive species that can colonize young lava flows," the flyer states. "In August 2005, fountain grass was responsible for the spread of a 25,000 acre wildfire that forced the evacuation of Waikoloa."
     In an effort to prevent events such as these from occurring in Ocean View, volunteers are asked to help control existing small populations that are found throughout Ocean View and on adjacent lava flows, using the most effective techniques known: manually uprooting small populations and collecting seed heads in bags that are destroyed to prevent the spread of individuals into new areas. For larger fountain grass populations or to remove plants from residential lots in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates, call Benitez at 985-6085.
Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture has determined fountain grass to be a 
noxious weed. It is one of the few invasive species able to 
colonize early lava flows. NPS photo
     The event flyer concludes that "If left unchecked, the grass will continue to spread and result in increased fuel loads and fire hazards in subdivisions. Fortunately, in most areas, populations are still small and control efforts to remove or contain the spread of the infestation are still feasible."
     Volunteers from Ocean View Community Association and other organizations have attacked the fountain grass problem along Hawaiian Ocean View Estates's 156 miles of roadway a total of 15 times in the past, removing 13,901 fountain grass plants, says Benitez.
     For more, contact Benitez at 985-6085 or david_benitez@nps.gov.

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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

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

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Pancake Breakfast and Raffle, Sat., Sept. 8, 8-11amOcean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Kāwā Community Workday, Sat., Sept. 8. Meet at 9:30am at Northern Gate, Kāwā. Sign up with James Akau, Nā Mamo o Kāwā, at namamookawa@gmail.com, jakau@nmok.org, or 561-9111. nmok.org

Hiʻiaka and Pele, Sat., Sept. 8, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Discover Hawaiian goddesses and the natural phenomena they represent on this free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/HAVO

Zentangle: Fancy Fiddles w/Dina Wood Kageler, Sat., Sept. 8, 10-1pmVolcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Celebrates Volcano's Hāpuʻu tree ferns. Loaner supplies available. Zentangle Basics and watercolor experience helpful but not required. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. Bring light refreshment to share. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

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.
     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 Kauhale 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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