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Friday, October 26, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs Friday, October 26, 2018



KAʻŪ COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN won a Best Practice Award from the American Planning Association Hawai‘i Chapter. An announcement today from the county Department of Planning addressed the Kaʻū community: "Mahalo for speaking up and doing your part to make this plan great! As caring folks who have continually stepped up to the plate to share your mana‘o and make this award-winning plan a true representation of the wonderful community that is Ka‘ū, we thank you.
     "Looking ahead, we're excited to put these best practices to the test to help drive responsible community-based planning for years to come!"
     The American Planning Association Hawaiʻi Chapter defines its qualifications to be awarded for Best Practice: "Recognizes a specific planning tool, practice, program, project, or process. This category emphasizes results and demonstrates how innovative and state-of-the-art planning methods and practices help to create communities of lasting value."


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AN EXTENSION OF TIME TO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED PĀHALA SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT has been granted by the County of Hawai‘i  Department of Environmental Management with the concurrence of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The 30 day comment period has been extended to Dec. 11.
     The lagoon style treatment system is planned for land extending from the corner of Maile Street and Hwy 11 toward Hilo and Pāhala town, with screening by the Norfolk pines and other trees. The system is designed to replace the old plantation gang cesspools. Gang cesspools are prohibited across the country to protect water resources.
Proposed sewage treatment plant for Pāhala at the corner of Hwy 11 and the Norfolk Pine lined Maile Street
entrance to the village. Public comments are being taken through Dec. 11. Image from County of Hawaiʻi
     The comment period follows the publishing of the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Pāhala Large Capacity Cesspool Replacement Project. A statement from the county says that the Draft EA "has been re-submitted to the State Office of Environmental Quality Control with the expectation that it will be re-published on November 8, 2018.  Comments will be due no later than December 10, 2018.  There have been no changes, additions or modifications to the DEA document which was previously published in the September 23, 2018 Environmental Notice."
     The Draft EA is available at Pāhala and Nāʻālehu Libraries and online at:
- OEQC's web site: oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/The_Environmental_Notice/2018-09-23-TEN.pdf
- COH web site: records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/96064/Pahala%20FINAL%20DRAF
T%20EA%20and%20Appendices_508_9-11-18.pdf
- EPA's web site: epa.gov/uic/proposed-pahala-community-large-capacity-cesspool-lcc-replacement-project-draft-environmental
     Under this extension, written comments on the DEA may be submitted through Dec. 10, 2018. Additional information will be sought to address more fully Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act requirement.
     All interested members of the community are encouraged to submit comments to:
     Wilson Okamoto Corporation, 1907 S, Beretania St., Suite 400; Honolulu, HI 96826 Email: PahalaEA@wilsonokamoto.com
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A COMMUNITY MEETING ON THE PĀHALA SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29 at Pāhala Community Center at 6:30 p.m. A group of residents organized to extend the comment time on the proposed waste treatment center at Maile and Hwy 11. The county and EPA approved their request and the public can turn in comments through Dec. 11.
     Issues among those organizing the meeting include the location and the kind of sewage treatment plan, the cost of some community members to hook up to the sewer lines and the current monthly cost of the county maintaining the old sewer lines until new ones are installed.
     Organizers include Sophia Hanoa, of Pāhala, and clean water advocate Terri Napeahi, of Hilo.

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ELECTRIC UTILITY OWNERSHIP AND REGULATORY MODELS are the subject of public meetings to be held by the Hawaiʻi State Energy Office. Under the direction of the Hawaiʻi Legislature, the Hawaiʻi State Energy Office of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism is undertaking a study on the future of electric utility ownership and regulatory models in Hawaiʻi.
     The Energy Office contracted with Boston-based London Economics International to carry out the study, which is expected to be completed by January 2019.
     As a part of the study, the public is invited to share thoughts and input on the future of electric utility ownership and regulatory models, A statement from the Energy Office says the study includes "the role of performance based regulation in achieving state energy goals, including achieving 100 percent renewable energy and minimizing rate increases. We welcome everyone's participation and request that you register via the meeting flyers accessed through the links below."
     The meetings on Hawaiʻi Island will be Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5:30–7:00 p.m., UH Hilo Campus Center, Hilo and Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Mitchell Pauole Center, Kaunakakai, Molokai,
5:30-7:00 p.m., NELHA, Kailua-Kona. Light refreshments will be served.

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THE SCIENCE OF VOLCANOES MARKED A WATERSHED with the extraordinary activities at Kīlauea Volcano, marking this year as significant as 1790 and 1924. In this week's Volcano Watch, U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory research geologist Daniel Dzurisin writes:
     The 2018 summit collapse and lower East Rift Zone eruption at Kīlauea Volcano were dramatic and, for many Island of Hawaiʻi residents, tragic events. As with all eruptive crises, these events offered exceptional opportunities to learn more about how volcanoes work and to answer some "bigger picture" questions.
Geologist Daniel Dzurisin
USGS photo
     What is the significance of the 2018 events when viewed from the historical perspective of similar events at other volcanoes? What impact are they likely to have on volcano science and future generations of volcanologists? What comes next, and how might we find out?
     This latest chapter in Kīlauea's remarkable story is still unfolding, but already it's clear that 2018 marks a watershed for volcano science, not only in Hawaii but also worldwide. Let's explore some of the reasons why.
     First, summit collapses like the one that so profoundly reshaped Kīlauea Caldera and Halema‘uma‘u earlier this year are relatively rare. At Kīlauea, this was the largest summit collapse since at least the year 1800, and it included the strongest summit explosions since 1924. Only three comparable events have occurred at basaltic volcanoes worldwide in the past 50 years. Much larger explosive events have occurred in Kīlauea's past but not since 1790, more than 200 years ago.
     Other aspects of the 2018 activity were also unusual. The magnitude-6.9 earthquake that struck Kīlauea's south flank on May 4 was the largest in Hawaiʻi since 1975. The emission rate of sulfur dioxide gas during the main phase of the lower East Rift Zone eruption, at least 50,000 tons per day, was the highest ever measured at Kīlauea. The lava production rate from fissure 8 also was unusually high for Kīlauea, about three times higher than during the 1955 and 1960 lower East Rift Zone eruptions.
     Such extraordinary events give scientists an opportunity to study aspects of Kīlauea's behavior first-hand, to challenge old ideas, and to test new ones. For example, based on visual observations of the 1924 explosive activity at Halema‘uma‘u, scientists thought such events were caused by the interaction of groundwater with hot rock or magma. The 2018 collapse was the most thoroughly monitored event of its kind in history, but preliminary analyses of the data haven’t turned up any evidence for groundwater involvement in the explosions.
In this panoramic view, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park's Crater Rim Drive (left foreground) disappears into the enormous void created by the collapse of Halema‘uma‘u and portions of the Kīlauea caldera floor during the dramatic events at the summit of the volcano in May-August 2018. USGS photo by D. Dzurisin
     Scientists love surprises like that, because they challenge conventional wisdom and lead to better understanding. Stay tuned.
     Another head-scratcher from Kīlauea's 2018 summit collapse is that it wasn't chaotic, as you might expect. Instead, the process that left a 500 m (1,600 ft) deep, rubble-strewn pit where Halema‘uma‘u had been was remarkably predictable.
     A regular pattern emerged in which seismicity gradually built to a crescendo over 1-3 days, until the caldera floor suddenly dropped several meters in a matter of seconds. The pattern repeated dozens of times from May to August 2018. A similar pattern was recognized during summit collapse at Miyakejima volcano, Japan, in 2000.
     Why would such catastrophic events follow a well-behaved pattern? Scientists love puzzles, too, and they're already working to solve this one.
     What comes next?
     Following Kīlauea Volcano's collapse and explosions in May 1924, lava returned to the floor of Halema‘uma‘u during seven brief eruptions from July 1924 to September 1934. The same could happen again in the coming months or years.
These two plots show summit tilt (ground deformation) and seismicity (earthquake counts) on Kīlauea Volcano between July 15 and August 5, 2018. A regular pattern emerged in which seismicity gradually increased over 1-3 days (bottom), until the caldera floor suddenly dropped several meters (yards) in a matter of seconds. The sharp upward steps on the tilt plot (top) reflect when these summit collapses occurred, causing the ground outside the collapsing area to rebound. USGS data plots
     On the other hand, the longest period of eruptive quiescence in Kīlauea's recorded history followed from 1934 to 1952—with no active lava on the volcano for 18 years. So, Kīlauea could stay quiet for decades.
     Regardless, scientists will be probing Kīlauea for signs of activity using an array of existing tools and probably some new ones, too. They're tinkerers on a mission, and new tools are always welcome.
     The 2018 summit collapse and lower East Rift Zone eruption at Kīlauea were historic events that will continue to advance our understanding of Hawaiian volcanism long into the future. As was the case at Mount St. Helens in 1980, a new generation of volcanologists endured a baptism by fire and came away excited to learn more.
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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
     In the lexicon of Hawaiian volcanology, 2018 now joins 1790 and 1924 as dates of lasting significance.

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KAʻŪ TROJANS FALL SPORTS SCHEDULE
Football:
   Sat, Oct 27, 1pm, BIIF Finals at Pāhala Ball Park - Pāhoa vs. Kaʻū for the championship.

NEW and UPCOMING
KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP HOSTS ITS ANNUAL VETERAN'S DAY CEREMONY AND BUFFET on Sunday, Nov. 11. The ceremony begins at 3 p.m., on Kīlauea Military Camp's front lawn, with the Veteran's Day Buffet to follow, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Kīlauea Military Camp's Crater Rim Café - all within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
     This year's ceremony Keynote Speaker is Col. Thomas Barrett, Commander of the U.S. Army Garrison- Hawai‘i. All veterans in attendance of
Col. Thomas Barrett will give
the address at KMC on Veterans Day.
the ceremony are invited to Kīlauea Military Camp's Prime Rib Buffet, free of charge. Veterans are asked to pre-register for the buffet by calling 967-8371, before Nov. 9. The ceremony is free to attend.
     The buffet menu main entrees are Prime Rib, Asian Infused Ono, and Vegetable Tofu Stir Fry. Non-veterans are asked to purchase meal tickets for the buffet at $29.95 per adult and $15.95 per child, between 6 and 11 years of age. For more information about the buffet, call 967-8356.
     Kīlauea Military Camp is open to all authorized Kīlauea Military Camp patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8371 for additional information. See kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

REGISTER KEIKI, KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE, FOR FALL WREATH OF THANKS, an Arts & Craft's Activity in the Ka‘ū District Gym's multi-purpose room held on Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is open Nov. 13 to 20. For more, call 928-3102.

REGISTER KEIKI AGES 5 TO 8 FOR P&R BOYS & GIRLS T-BALL/COACH PITCH BASEBALL LEAGUE at Kahuku Park, on Paradise Circle in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates, from Nov. 7 through Jan. 16. Both programs take place Jan. 22 through April 18. Days and times of practices and games to be announced. Athletic shoes, a glove and uniform are required. For more, call 929-9113.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
VOTE: Deadline to submit General Election poll watcher names to Office of Elections or Clerk's Office, Sat., Oct. 27. elections.hawaii.gov

Craft Bazaar, Sat, Oct. 27, 9-3pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Discovery Harbour Community Association, 929-9576

Paint Your Own Silk Scarf Workshop w/Patti Pease Johnson, Sat., Oct. 27, 9-12:30pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Students paint and take home 8"x53" silk scarf using three colors of their choice. $45/VAC member, $50/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. Beginner and intermediate artists welcome. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Nature & Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Sat., Oct. 27, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate guided hike along the Palm Trail, approx. 2 miles. Free. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Will & Estate Seminar, Sat., Oct. 27, 10-3pm, Nā‘ālehu Assembly of God. 929-7278

Lava Evacuee Support Group Meeting, Sat., Oct. 27, 10-11am, Ocean View Community Center. Drinks and snacks provided. Reoccurring every last Saturday of the month hosted by CARE Hawai‘i, Inc. - Team Ahā, Crisis Counseling Program. 329-4817

Hands-On Fermented Foods Workshop: Sauerkraut and Kombucha w/Jasmine Silverstein of HeartBeet Foods, Sat., Oct. 27, 10-1pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni‘aulani Campus. $50/VAC member, $55/non-member. Pre-registration required. All supplies and organic ingredients provided. No cooking skills necessary. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Tiki Mama's Road to the Sea Halloween Party will feature the Night Stalkers. Doors open at 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, Oct, 27, at 92-9122 Mamalahoa Hwy, Ocean View. Suggested donation is $10 plus a can of food. Tiki Mama's events support Hawaiʻi Food Bank.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Kamilo Point Clean-Up & Debris Survey with UH-Hilo's Marine Science Dept., Sun., Oct. 28. Call for meet up time at Wai‘ōhinu Park. BYO-4WD vehicle. Free; donations appreciated. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, mattie.hwf@gmail.com, wildhawaii.org

‘Ōhi‘a Lehua, Sun, Oct. 28, 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/hawaiivolcanoes

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29
Free Zulu - Hip Hop Dance Class taught by Crystal Castillo and Spyder. Open to keiki in kindergarten through eighth grade, Monday, Oct. 29, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Ka‘ū District Gym's multi-purpose room. Register through Monday, Oct. 29. For more, call 928-3102.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30
VOTE: Deadline to request General Election mail ballot from Clerk's Office, Tue., Oct. 30. elections.hawaii.gov

Ka‘ū Food Pantry, Tue., Oct. 30, 11:30-1pm, St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View.

After Dark in the Park, Woven Strands & Braided Cords: Philosophy & Metaphysics in Pre-Contact Hawaiian Astronomy, Tue., Oct. 30, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Author and researcher Martha Noyes. Program co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Call 985-6011. Free; donations help support park programs. Park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
Kōkua Kupuna Project, Wed., Oct. 31, 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 Hawai‘i. Referral required from Hawai‘i 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

Pā‘ani with Amy Ka‘awaloa- ‘Ike Hana No‘eau (Experience the Skillful Work), Wed., Oct. 31, 10-2pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Ka‘awaloa shares her knowledge about the Makahiki season, the ancient Hawaiian New Year festival, celebrated in three phases, one of which involved playing games. Co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Kaʻū Octoberfest Trunk-or-Treat happens Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Ka‘ū District Gym's multi-purpose room. Register all ages Oct. 15 through 31. For more, call 928-3102. The event is looking for community members to offer treats and/or candy to keiki attending the event. Organized by Department of Parks and Recreation, Kaʻū District Gym, and Pāhala High & Elementary School, there will also be a vehicle decorating contest. Call 928-3102 for more.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Hawai‘i County Council Meetings, Thu./Fri., Nov. 1 (Committees)/2 (Council), Hilo, Mon/Tue., Nov. 19 (Committees)/20 (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Women's Support Group, Thu., Nov. 1 & 15, 3-4:30pm, PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. 1st and 3rd Thu. of every month thereafter. Women welcome to drop in anytime. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460

Hula Voices w/Kumu Hula Micah Kamohoali‘i, Thu., Nov. 1, 7-9pm, Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Desiree Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. Final program for 2018. 967-7565

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Thu., Nov. 1, 6-7pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Meeting, Thu., Nov. 1, 6:30pm, Aspen Center. okaukakou.org

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Stewardship at the Summit, Fri., Nov. 2, Sat., Nov. 17 & 24, Wed., Nov. 28, 9-noon, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Meet Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45am. Volunteers help remove invasive, non-native plants species that prevent native plants from growing. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring hat, raingear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools provided. Free; however, park entrance fees apply. No advance registration required. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Jumble/Plant Sale & Pancake Breakfast, Sat., Nov. 3, 8-1pm, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. All you can eat pancakes, $3/person. 939-7000

Paths and Trails, Sat, Nov. 3, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately-difficult, 2-mile, hike with some of the most spectacular overlooks in Kahuku. Discover the ways people, animals, and plants got to Kahuku and the paths they followed. Free. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Art Express, Sat., Nov. 3 & Dec. 1, 10-3pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Classes held once monthly. Learn something new or work on a forgotten project. Instructions on oil, acrylic, watercolor, and other mediums. Class size limited to 25. Meliha Corcoran 319-8989, himeliha@yahoo.com, discoveryharbour.net/art-express

Hawai‘i Human Trafficking Presentation, Sat., Nov. 3, 10-11:30am, Ocean View Community Center. Presentation of human trafficking in Hawai‘i based on research study at University of Arizona. 939-7033

Ho‘okupu Hula No Ka‘ū Cultural Festival, Sat., Nov. 3, 10-10pm, Pāhala Community Center. Features Master Cultural Practitioners, Kukakuka (talk story), and many educational and cultural experiences with hand-on demonstrations. Hula performed by hālau from around the world and Hawai‘i. Music headliners: Ho‘aikāne, Wailau Ryder, Ke‘aiwa, Victor Chock and Steve Sioloa. Craft vendors, food vendors, and informational booths. Festival preceded by ceremonies at Punalu‘u Beach at dawn; ancestors honored at sunset; festival closes with ceremony at Makanau. Sponsors include County Council member Maile David and community contributions. Kumu Contact for booth application Hula Debbie Ryder, leionalani47@hotmail.com, 649-9334. hookupukau.com

Mixed Media Encaustic w/Mary Milelzcik, Sat,, Nov. 3, 10-2pm, Volcano Art Center, Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. $55/VAC member, $60/non-member, plus $25 supply fee. Participants create and take home small finished encaustic panting or two, scroll, and set of greeting cards. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Hula Kahiko - Michah Kamohoali‘i w/ Hālau Na Kipu‘upu‘u, Sat., Nov. 3, 10:30-11:30am, hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Hula performance. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Keiki Science Class, Sat., Nov. 3, 11-noon, Ace Hardware Stores Islandwide (including Nā‘ālehu/929-9030 and Ocean View/929-7315). Free. First Sat every month. acehardware.com

Multi-Cultural Demos and Activities: Pala‘ie, Sat., Nov. 3, 12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Hawaiian cultural demonstration and hands-on activity. Free, supplies provided. nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes

Disney Sing-Along, Sat., Nov. 3, 17 & Dec. 1, 2:30-3:30pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room, Pāhala. For ages 5-8. Open registration. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Thanksgiving Hand Turkeys and Placemats, Arts & Crafts Activity, Sat., Nov. 3 & 17, 2:30-3:30pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room, Pāhala. For ages 5-12. Register through Nov. 2. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Keiki Jump Rope for Fitness, Sat., Nov. 3, 17 & Dec. 1, 4-4:30pm, Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room, Pāhala. For ages 5-14. Open registration. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Palm Trail, Sun., Nov. 4, 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/hawaiivolcanoes

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun., Nov. 4, 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

ONGOING
VOTE: Early Walk-In Voting Open through Sat., Nov. 3. The early voting location for Kaʻū is at Pāhala Community Center, 96-1149 Kamani Street, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday - closed noon to 1 p.m.
     Local polls for the General Election open in precincts from Volcano through Kaʻū to Miloliʻi, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 6. The nearest polling places are: Cooper Center, 19430 Wright Road in Volcano; Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary, 96-3150 Pikake Street; Nāʻālehu Elementary School, 95-5545 Mamalahoa Hwy; Ocean View Community Center, 92-8924 Leilani Circle; and Miloliʻi Halau Pavillion, off Hwy 11 in the Village of Miloliʻi. See more at elections.hawaii.gov.

Tūtū and Me tuition-free traveling preschool, for keiki birth to five years old and their caregivers, is temporarily moving their Pāhala site program for Oct. 23, 25, and 30, and Nov. 1, to the River of Life Assembly of God church. The group still meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. They will be back at Pāhala Community Center on Nov. 6. The Nāʻālehu location remains at Kauahaʻao Church in Waiʻōhinu, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m.
     Tūtū and Me also offers home visits to aid caregivers with parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate, listening ear. Visits last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, total of 12 visits. Snacks are provided.
     To enroll in either free program, fill out enrollment forms found at pidf.org/programs/tutu_and_me/enrollment_forms, or call Linda Bong at 929-8571, or Betty Clark at 464-9634 or eclark@pidfountation.org.

Public Access Room comes to Ocean View on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The non-partisan division of Hawaiʻi state legislature's legislative Reference Bureau will offer workshops. Free and open to the public, they focus on training for creating, following, and testifying on legislation.
     Two workshops will be offered. The first is geared towards newcomers, provides an introduction to the state legislative process to prepare new participants for the session. The second workshop is for those with an understanding of lawmaking. It will offer advanced advocacy tips on effective lobbying and often overlooked online resources. How-To guides, informational handouts, and other resources will be available.
     PAR's staff will be at Ocean View Ocean View Community Center on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 92-8924 Leilani Circle. The Beginners Presentation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; the Advanced Presentation will be from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. Additional presentations will be in Kona, Waimea, Pāhoa, and Hilo, from Oct. 29 through Nov. 1.
     For more, call toll free to 808-974-4000, ext. 7-0478, email Keanu Young at k.young@capitol.hawaii.gov, or go to lrbhawaii.org.

Hoʻokupu Hula No Kaʻū Cultural Festival happens Saturday, Nov. 3, at Pāhala Community Center, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Featuring Master Cultural Practitioners, Kukakuka (talk story), and many educational and cultural experiences with hands-on demonstrations. The festival is preceded by ceremonies at Punaluʻu Beach at dawn; at sunset, a ceremony will be held to honor ancestors; the festival will close with a ceremony at Makanau.
     Craft vendors, food vendors, and informational booths can still be applied for. Contact Kumu Hula Debbie Ryder at leionalani47@hotmail.com or (808) 649-9334 for an application. Last year brought over 1,000 spectators.
     The festival features hula performed by hālau from MexicoJapanWest Virginia, Oʻahu, South America, and Hawaiʻi Island. Traditional ethnic dance performances will come from Mexico, as well as the University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo Filipino Dancers. Taiko Drummers will perform. This year's headliner musical acts include Hoʻaikāne, Wailau Ryder, Keʻaiwa, Victor Chock, and Steven Sioloa.
     Sponsors include County Council member Maile David and community contributions through fundraising. See hookupukau.com.

Volunteers Needed by St. Jude's Episcopal Church for community outreach, especially soup cooks and shower organizers, towel laundry, alter guild, and for the computer lab. Volunteers do not have to be members of the church. "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.

CU Hawaiʻi Federal Credit Union's Nāʻālehu Branch is taking applications for a Member Service Representative.
     The job description reads: Serve as a liaison between the member and the Credit Union. Provide a variety of financial services to members including savings, share drafts, and loan transactions, as well as sales of merchandise items: money orders, traveler's checks, postage stamps, etc., in accordance with Credit Union procedures and policies. CU Hawaiʻi offers medical, drug, dental, vision and retirement benefits.
     Mail, hand-deliver, or fax application to: CU Hawaii Federal Credit Union, Attn: Human Resources, 476 Hinano Street, Hilo, HI 96720, Fax (808) 935-7793. Applications can be downloaded online at cuhawaii.com/about-cu/career-opportunities.html

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