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

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Sunday, March 31, 2019

All quiet for the 14 Tawhiri windmills at South Point with a calm sunset Saturday. See story, below. Photo by Julia Neal
THE THIRD AND LAST 2019 OCEAN WHALE COUNT drew more than 430 volunteers to Kaʻū shores and around the Hawaiian Islands Saturday, March 30. The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count volunteers collected data from 54 sites across all the main islands during timed intervals between 8 a.m. and 12:15 a.m.
     This the first year that Pacific Whale Foundation is expanding their Great Whale Count on Maui from one month to three. It is also the first year that both counts are coordinated on the same days, ensuring the data from all main islands is collected simultaneously.
A humpback coming up for air off Maui. This year is the first 
for the Maui Great Whale Count to span the same 
three months as the Sanctuary Ocean Count. NOAA photo
     Sanctuary Ocean Count and Great Whale Count volunteers together recorded 109 whale sightings statewide during the peak time from all sites. The total number of adults and calves seen statewide was: 61 from Hawaiʻi Island, 219 from Maui, 322 from Oʻahu, and 116 from Kauaʻi.
     During the 9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. time period, 73 whales were seen at the 42 sites on Hawai‘i, O‘ahu, and Kaua‘i, the most of any time period throughout the day's count.
       On Maui, 36 whales were counted during the 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. time periods – a tie – the most of any time period throughout the day's count for that island.
     According to reports from organizers, weather conditions across the islands were sunny, with light trade winds – very good conditions for viewing whales. A variety of other species were also spotted during the count including sea turtles, spinner dolphins, Hawaiian monk seals, flying fish, multiple sea bird species, and more.
Mother and calf humpbacks. NOAA photo
     Ocean Count promotes public awareness about humpback whales, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and shore-based whale watching opportunities. Volunteer participants tally humpback whale sightings and document the animals' surface behavior during the survey, which provides a snapshot of humpback whales activity from the shorelines of O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i islands.
     The annual Great Whale Count by Pacific Whale Foundation brings volunteers together on Maui to count whales from shore as part of a long-term survey of humpback whales in Hawai‘i, with 12 survey sites along the shoreline. This event provides a snapshot of trends in relative abundance of whales and is one of the world's longest-running citizen scientist projects.
     Preliminary data detailing Sanctuary Ocean Count whale sightings by site location will be available at oceancount.org/resources. Additional information will be available on Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary's website at hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov. Pacific Whale Foundation's Great Whale Count data may be found at mauiwhalefestival.org/greatwhalecount, with additional information at pacificwhale.org.
Breaching humpback are often seen during the Sanctuary count. NOAA photo

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CARDIAC CATH LAB BILL passed its final committee on Thursday, March 28. SB 911 SD1 would fund a lab at Hilo Medical Center to help emergency heart care patients for all over Hawaiʻi Island. Those in Kaʻū would benefit from having heart health services closer than Oʻahu. It is co-sponsored by west Kaʻū Sen. Dru Kanuha, east Kaʻū Sen. Russell Ruderman, and Hilo Sen. Kai Kahele.
     The House Finance Committee passed the bill, with amendments, and will next go to its third reading in the state House of Representatives. If it passes there, it will go to Gov. David Ige's desk for final approval.

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HEALTHCARE IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE, said Sen. Mazie Hirono. In a message sent to her supporters, she said she is "appalled that Republicans and the Trump administration are once again threatening health care for tens of millions of Americans by urging a federal court to completely overturn the Affordable Care Act."
     Hirono said, "Far too many individuals and families are just one diagnosis away from a major illness and ensuing financial disaster." She said the fight for affordable health care is "personal," as she was raised by a single mother and didn't have health insurance. "As a child, one of my greatest fears was what would happen if my mother got sick. My mother was our family's sole breadwinner and if she got sick or injured and could not work, we would not be able to pay rent or put food on the table.
     "Two years ago, I went in for a routine physical and was diagnosed with kidney cancer. This was a shock. I was fortunate to have health insurance so I could receive the care I needed without worrying if I could afford it – but for millions of people in this country, a serious health diagnosis could turn their world upside down, threatening their ability to pay their bills and provide for their families.
     "No one should be susceptible to financial ruin due to injury or illness, and that's why I have proudly fought to defend the Affordable Care Act and cosponsored legislation to make health care even more accessible and affordable for every American.
Sen. Mazie Hirono. Photo from Hirono's Facebook
     "For the past nine years, the GOP have ruthlessly attacked and sabotaged the ACA, threatening insurance coverage for tens of millions of Americans, protections for those with preexisting conditions, and guaranteed free contraception coverage for women.
     "Last week, Trump reiterated 'The Republican Party will be the party of great health care,' when in actuality the GOP have offered absolutely nothing as an alternative. It's clear: their shamelessness knows no bounds.
     "With your support, we have successfully blocked every single effort to repeal health care from millions of Americans. Now, we have to band together to do it again."

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A BREAK IN WINDY WEATHER FOR KAʻŪ will come to a close, with winds forecast to pick up during the next week, reaching eight to 14 miles per hour.  The past few days have been calm, with power producer Tawhiri's windmills at a standstill last night. Thunderstorms are forecast for tonight through Tuesday.

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KAʻŪ TROJANS TEAMS traveled this week for Volleyball, Softball, and Baseball.
     On Friday, March 29 Boys Volleyball was at Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy. Trojans lost each set to the Ka Makani, 25-5, 25-13, and 25-19.
     On Saturday, March 30 at Konawaena, Girls Softball was played in the morning. The ladies suffered a 22-2 loss.
     In the afternoon, Boys Baseball faced off with the Wildcats, losing 9-5.

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Kaʻū Trojans Spring Sports Schedule
Baseball:
Tue., April 2, 3 p.m., @HPA
Thu., April 4, 3 p.m., @Waiakea
Sat., April 6, 11 a.m., @Kealakehe
Sat., April 13, 3 p.m., @Kamehameha
Fri., April 19, BIIF Semi-Finals
Sat., April 20, BIIF Semi-Finals
Softball:
Wed., April 3, host Waiakea
Fri., April 5, 3 p.m., @Kealakehe
Fri., April 12, BIIF Semi-Finals
Sat., April 13, BIIF Semi-Finals
Fri., April 19, BIIF Finals
Sat., April 20, BIIF Finals
Boys Volleyball:
Wed., April 3, 6 p.m., host Ehunui
Fri., April 5, 6 p.m., @Christian Liberty, Varsity
Tue., April 9, 6 p.m., host Waiakea
Fri., April 12, 6 p.m., @Keaʻau
Wed., April 17, 6 p.m., Kamehameha
Fri., April 19, 6 p.m., host Honokaʻa
Track:
Sat., April 6, 9 a.m., @Waiakea
Sat., April 13, 9 a.m., @HPA
Sat., April 20, 9 a.m., @Kamehameha

JUST ANNOUNCED
SKATEBOARD MOVIE NIGHT open to all ages at Ocean View Community Center on Friday, April 5, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sponsored by South Hawaiʻi Skatepark Advocacy Group, free popcorn and snacks will be provided at this free event. For info, call Kaimi Kaupiko at 937-1310.

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UPCOMING
MONDAY, APRIL 1
Scholarship Application Deadlines for American Association of University Women-Kona, Three $2,000 awards for college-bound high school students: Monday, April 1. Application packets at kona-hi.aauw.net. sharonnind@aol.com

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Monday, April 1, 15 and 29, 1 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Parent-led homeschool activity and social group, building community in Ka‘ū. Confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Monday, April 1, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

TUESDAY, APRIL 2
Vacation Rental Regulation Hearing, Tuesday, April 2, 6 p.m., Hilo County Council Chambers. Testimony accepted.

AdvoCATS, Tuesday, April 2, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Finger Puppetry, Tuesday, April 2, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., multi-purpose room, Ka‘ū District Gym. Open to keiki grades K-6. Free. Register through April 1. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Mtg., Tuesday, April 2, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Pāhala Community Center.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3
Arts and Crafts Activity: Plastic Spoon Flowers, Wednesday, April 3, 3:30-5p.m., multi-purpose room, Ka‘ū District Gym. Register keiki grades K-6 March 25-April 2. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Hula Voices with Kumu Kini Ka‘awa, Wednesday, April 3, 1st Wednesday monthly, 5:30 p.m – 7 p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Desiree Moana Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Open Mic Night, Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Lava Lounge, Kīlauea Military Camp. Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up and for more details. Park entrance fees may apply. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests, 21+. 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

THURSDAY, APRIL 4
Women's Support Group, Thursday, April 4, 1st Thursday monthly, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. Women welcome to drop in. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, April 4, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

FRIDAY, APRIL 5
Stewardship at the Summit, Friday, April 5 and 26, Saturday, April 13 and 20, 8:45 a.m. – noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers remove invasive plants. Gloves and tools provided. Free; park entrance fees apply. RSVP to Paul and Jane Field, field@hawaii.edu. nps.gov/havo

Skateboard Movie Night, Friday, April 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Free; open to public. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

SATURDAY, APRIL 6
yART Sale, Saturday, April 6, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Gigantic rummage sale with proceeds to benefit VAC programs and workshops. Accepting donations of garden, kitchen, art, collectables, tools, appliances, and furniture. All items clean and in working condition. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, April 6, 1st Saturday monthly, 11 a.m. – noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

SUNDAY, APRIL 7
Sunday Clay - High Fire! with Erik Wold, eight week workshop starts Sunday, April 7. Morning session, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; afternoon session, 2:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Handmade functional pottery art – max. eight wheel throwers and three hand-builder spots per session. All skill levels. $180/VAC member, $200/non-member, plus $15 supply fee per person. Register: volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, April 7, 1st Sunday monthly, noon – 2 p.m., Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

ONGOING
Exhibit: On Sacred Ground by Dino Morrow is open daily through Sunday, May 5 at Volcano Art Center Gallery. The public is invited to see documentary and protrait photography of Hula Arts at the Kīlauea Program. Visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Five Scholarships are available from American Association of University Women-Kona: Three $2000 scholarships will go to female college-bound Kaʻū High School and West Hawaiʻi high school students. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, April 1. Two $1,000 scholarships will go to any female high school graduate or older women attending a two-year vocational program leading to a marketable skill at Palamanui Campus. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 10.  Application packets available at kona-hi.aauw.net. Contact sharonnind@aol.com.

Beginning Farmer Institute Cohort Applications open through Monday, April 15. Free training program which "prepares new producers of any age or operation type for a successful future in agriculture." Applications at nfu.org/education/beginning-farmer-institute.

Kaʻū Coffee Fest invites non-profits, clubs, cooperatives, and businesses to sign up for booths at the 11th annual Kaʻū Coffee Fest Hoʻolauleʻa on Saturday, May 4 at Pāhala Community Center. The all-day event comes with music, hula, coffee tasting, and meeting the famous Kaʻū Coffee farmers. See KauCoffeeFestival.com.
     Booth fees are $100 for food vendors; $60 for non-food items and crafts, including coffee and coffee samples; and $35 for pre-approved information displays. No campaign and other political displays. Fifty percent discounts for non-profit organizations and cooperatives selling food, crafts, and coffee. Vendors must also obtain county vendor permits costing $30 each and a Department of Health permit, if serving food. Call Gail Nagata 933-0918. Apply by Friday, April 26. Application at KauCoffeeFestival.com. Email to biokepamoses@gmail.com; mail to Brenda Iokepa-Moses, P.O. Box 208PāhalaHI 96777; or call 808-731-5409.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Saturday, March 30, 2019

Bula Akamu returns to his home town of Pāhala to perform at the Kaʻū Coffee Festival Hoʻolauleʻa on Saturday, May 4.
See the full lineup, below. Photo from bulamusic.com
A BILL FOR $60 MILLION IN DISASTER RELIEF for the devastating Kīlauea eruption that destroyed homes, farms, and infrastructure last year passed the state Senate on Thursday, March 28 after passing in the House of Representatives . It goes to Gov. David Ige for final approval.
     HB 1180 HD1 would appropriate "funds for disaster relief, recovery, mitigation, and remediation activities for the County of Hawaii. Requires reporting of monthly expenditures to the Department of Budget and Finance." The $60 million is made up of $20 million in state grants and $40 million in state loans, with expected payback from the federal government. The state has already provided $22 million, bringing the entire package to $82 million.
Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School, hours before lava 
covered it during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. A bill to provide 
$60 million in disaster relief for those affected by the 
destruction heads to Gov. David Ige's desk after 
passing both House and Senate. Photo from Tropical Visions
     East Kaʻū and Puna Sen. Russell Ruderman said, "Mahalo to my Senate and House colleagues who worked so hard on this bill. It is a giant step toward providing much needed financial relief to the County of Hawaiʻi and residents of Puna, who have experienced extreme hardship over the past year in rebuilding their lives."
     Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi said on opening day of the legislature, "We would not forget the Big Island this session." Ruderman thanked him for keeping that promise.
     Said Puna Rep. Joy San Buenaventura, "The people of Puna and the Big Island are hurting and need our help. They are struggling just to secure their basic needs such as food, water, and a roof over their heads. We are hoping the county uses these funds wisely and will be able to leverage it with FEMA funds. My community has been hard hit and it is very difficult to rebuild."
     Hawaiʻi County Council member Herbert M. "Tim" Richards III said he wants to confirm the council is unified and committed to using these funds for rebuilding both the infrastructure and the economy. "It is not just the physical damage but also the economic damage that we've had on the whole Big Island that needs to be repaired," Richards said. "Estimates are that we suffered a $500 million loss in tourism. We have to rebuild that. We are looking at roads, tourism marketing, and jobs. It will take time, but we are moving forward reasonably quickly."
Green Lake evaporated as lava entered it. 
Photo from Lillie Galarneau
     The 2018 eruption caused thousands of earthquakes and dozens of explosive ash eruptions at the summit, contributing to poor air quality along with high levels of volcanic gasses. Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, the most visited tourist attraction in the state, closed for about four months. The closure increased the already dropping tourism numbers, which may also have been affected by misinformed media exposure broadcasting the danger was more widespread than it was. In Puna, lava covered nearly 14 square miles, cutting off access to over three thousand parcels, and destroying 716 homes, Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School, farms, cultural sites, recreation areas, roadways, water systems, a large portion of the electrical grid, part of Puna Geothermal Venture, and more.

Lava approached the geothermal plant, destroying some buildings and
covering some geothermal wells. Puna Geothermal Venture
plans to reopen. USGS webcam photo
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A BILL FOR FULL TRANSPARENCY IN FINANCIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, aimed at the Presidential and Vice Presidential offices, was reintroduced this week by Sen. Mazie Hirono and 30 other Democrats.
     Presidents and vice presidents are exempt from many federal financial conflicts of interest laws, but for decades presidents have addressed concerns regarding foreign and domestic conflicts of interest by divesting their financial interests and placing them in a true blind trust or the equivalent. To ensure compliance with the Constitution's Emoluments Clause, the bill would codify this longstanding practice by:
     Requiring the President, Vice President, their spouses, and minor or dependent children to divest all interests that create financial conflicts of interest by placing those assets in a true blind trust, which would be managed by an independent trustee who would oversee the sale of assets and place the proceeds in conflict-free holdings;
     Adopting a sense of the Congress that the President's violation of financial conflicts of interest laws or the ethics requirements that apply to executive branch employees constitute a high crime or misdemeanor under the impeachment clause of the U.S. Constitution;
     Prohibiting presidential appointees from participating in matters that directly involve the financial interests of the president.

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An Ocean View house burned down Thursday evening.
Google map
A HOUSE FIRE IN OCEAN VIEW Thursday, March 28 at 6:33 p.m. destroyed a single-family dwelling on Bamboo Lane between Sea Breeze Parkway and Kona Drive. Seven Hawaiʻi Fire Department units and 13 personnel, including three volunteer firefighters, attended the scene, where imminent structural collapse and limited water supply dictated a defensive strategy. Firefighters established a containment perimeter around the structure, and no other structures were affected.
     The fire was extinguished at 8:13 p.m. A fire inspector will investigate the scene for cause. No one was in the structure, and no firefighters were injured. The loss was estimated at $150,000.

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SEN. MAZIE HIRONO RESPONDED TO "ATTACK" from Pres. Donald Trump where, at "another one of his infamous campaign rallies," he called her "vicious," regarding her questioning of his Supreme Court nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
Sen. Mazie Hirono in Washington, D.C.
speaking about the New Green Deal.
Photo from Hirono's Twitter
     Said Hirono, "He didn't bother to say my name – I don't think he knows how to pronounce it… The president mocked me for supporting the Green New Deal. He told a fake story suggesting that this plan for climate action would ban planes, and that I was 'surprised' to find out I wouldn’t be able to fly to and from Hawaii anymore. Yeah, no.
     "From the only President in U.S. history who personally bankrupted an entire airline all by himself, this wacky story and his insults toward me don't bother me.What does bother me is his and his party's insistence on spreading lies and misinformation in order to stall legitimate action on climate change, one of the most pressing issues of our time that is already beginning to have devastating consequences on our communities.

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THE ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP FOR THE KAʻŪ COFFEE FEST Hoʻolauleʻa is announced for Saturday, May 4 on the grounds of Pāhala Community Center, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Braddah Ben Mejia & Kanui.
Photo from mejiamusic123.com
     Coming home is Bule Akamu, who grew up in Pāhala under the mentorship of his father and well known musician Gene Akamu until the family moved to Kona, where their musical talents are in great demand and Bula leads a hālau.
     Also coming home is Braddah Ben Mejia, who lives on Oʻahu now and will bring his Hawaiian group Kaniu.
     The lineup for all day free music, hosted by emcee Makana Kamahele, is: Kaʻū Sound & Light, Hands of Time, Foggy, The Lucky Lizard Band, Hannah's Makana ʻOhana Hālau, Leka & Demetrius, Bolo, Braddah Ben & Kaniu, Bula Akamu, and Backyahd Braddahs.
     Kaʻū Coffee Fest features up close conversations and tastings with Kaʻū Coffee farmers and baristas, coffee farm tours, numerous opportunities to purchase local foods and crafts, cultural, agricultural and educational demonstrations, and games and fun for the keiki. Sunday, May 5 Kaʻū Coffee College will happen at Pāhala Community Center.
     See stories on Miss Kaʻū Coffee and the week of events leading up to the Hoʻolauleʻa on ThursdayFriday, and upcoiming Kaʻū News Briefs.

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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 Spring Sports Schedule
Baseball:
Tue., April 2, 3 p.m., @HPA
Thu., April 4, 3 p.m., @Waiakea
Sat., April 6, 11 a.m., @Kealakehe
Sat., April 13, 3 p.m., @Kamehameha
Fri., April 19, BIIF Semi-Finals
Sat., April 20, BIIF Semi-Finals
Softball:
Wed., April 3, host Waiakea
Fri., April 5, 3 p.m., @Kealakehe
Fri., April 12, BIIF Semi-Finals
Sat., April 13, BIIF Semi-Finals
Fri., April 19, BIIF Finals
Sat., April 20, BIIF Finals
Boys Volleyball:
Wed., April 3, 6 p.m., host Ehunui
Fri., April 5, 6 p.m., @Christian Liberty, Varsity
Tue., April 9, 6 p.m., host Waiakea
Fri., April 12, 6 p.m., @Keaʻau
Wed., April 17, 6 p.m., Kamehameha
Fri., April 19, 6 p.m., host Honokaʻa
Mon. April 22, BIIF First Round
Track:
Sat., April 6, 9 a.m., @Waiakea
Sat., April 13, 9 a.m., @HPA
Sat., April 20, 9 a.m., @Kamehameha

JUST ANNOUNCED
OCEAN VIEW EASTER EGG HUNT at Kahuku Park happens Sunday, April 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by D-Tech solutions, Robert Unger, 238-8441, is accepting donations of plastic eggs and individually wrapped candy.

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UPCOMING
MONDAY, APRIL 1
Scholarship Application Deadlines for American Association of University Women-Kona, Three $2,000 awards for college-bound high school students: Monday, April 1. Application packets at kona-hi.aauw.net. sharonnind@aol.com

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Monday, April 1, 15 and 29, 1 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Parent-led homeschool activity and social group, building community in Ka‘ū. Confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Monday, April 1, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

TUESDAY, APRIL 2
Vacation Rental Regulation Hearing, Tuesday, April 2, 6 p.m., Hilo County Council Chambers. Testimony accepted.

AdvoCATS, Tuesday, April 2, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Finger Puppetry, Tuesday, April 2, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., multi-purpose room, Ka‘ū District Gym. Open to keiki grades K-6. Free. Register through April 1. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Mtg., Tuesday, April 2, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Pāhala Community Center.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3
Hula Voices with Kumu Kini Ka‘awa, Wednesday, April 3, 1st Wednesday monthly, 5:30 p.m – 7 p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Desiree Moana Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Open Mic Night, Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Lava Lounge, Kīlauea Military Camp. Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up and for more details. Park entrance fees may apply. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests, 21+. 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

THURSDAY, APRIL 4
Women's Support Group, Thursday, April 4, 1st Thursday monthly, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. Women welcome to drop in. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, April 4, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

FRIDAY, APRIL 5
Stewardship at the Summit, Friday, April 5 and 26, Saturday, April 13 and 20, 8:45 a.m. – noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers remove invasive plants. Gloves and tools provided. Free; park entrance fees apply. RSVP to Paul and Jane Field, field@hawaii.edu. nps.gov/havo

Skateboard Movie Night, Friday, April 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Free; open to public. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

SATURDAY, APRIL 6
yART Sale, Saturday, April 6, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Gigantic rummage sale with proceeds to benefit VAC programs and workshops. Accepting donations of garden, kitchen, art, collectables, tools, appliances, and furniture. All items clean and in working condition. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, April 6, 1st Saturday monthly, 11 a.m. – noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

ONGOING
Exhibit: On Sacred Ground by Dino Morrow is open daily through Sunday, May 5 at Volcano Art Center Gallery. The public is invited to see documentary and protrait photography of Hula Arts at the Kīlauea Program. Visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Five Scholarships are available from American Association of University Women-Kona: Three $2000 scholarships will go to female college-bound Kaʻū High School and West Hawaiʻi high school students. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, April 1. Two $1,000 scholarships will go to any female high school graduate or older women attending a two-year vocational program leading to a marketable skill at Palamanui Campus. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 10.  Application packets available at kona-hi.aauw.net. Contact sharonnind@aol.com.

Beginning Farmer Institute Cohort Applications open through Monday, April 15. Free training program which "prepares new producers of any age or operation type for a successful future in agriculture." Applications at nfu.org/education/beginning-farmer-institute.

Kaʻū Coffee Fest invites non-profits, clubs, cooperatives, and businesses to sign up for booths at the 11th annual Kaʻū Coffee Fest Hoʻolauleʻa on Saturday, May 4 at Pāhala Community Center. The all-day event comes with music, hula, coffee tasting, and meeting the famous Kaʻū Coffee farmers. See KauCoffeeFestival.com.
     Booth fees are $100 for food vendors; $60 for non-food items and crafts, including coffee and coffee samples; and $35 for pre-approved information displays. No campaign and other political displays. Fifty percent discounts for non-profit organizations and cooperatives selling food, crafts, and coffee. Vendors must also obtain county vendor permits costing $30 each and a Department of Health permit, if serving food. Call Gail Nagata 933-0918. Apply by Friday, April 26. Application at KauCoffeeFestival.com. Email to biokepamoses@gmail.com; mail to Brenda Iokepa-Moses, P.O. Box 208PāhalaHI 96777; or call 808-731-5409.

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Friday, March 29, 2019

Clean air provides crystal views of mauka mountains along Hwy 11 between Kāwā and Punaluʻu. As of March 26, U.S.
 Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory lowered Kīlauea's status to NORMAL level for ground-based
 hazards and Aviation Code to GREEN. This means the volcano is at a non-eruptive, background state. Kīlauea was at
ADVISORY level for ground-based hazards and Aviation Code YELLOW since October, 2018, three months 
after the eruption quietened. Photo by Julia Neal
MOVING USGS HAWAIIAN VOLCANOES OBSERVATORY to Oʻahu "doesn't seem to make a lot of sense," said Sen. Mazie Hirono to U.S. Interior Secretary Nominee David Bernhardt during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing in WashingtonD.C. yesterday.
Evidence of structural damage to HVO's building at the
edge of Halemaʻumaʻu. USGS photo
     Hirono reports discussions on a new HVO facility on Oʻahu, which would relocate scientists who monitor four active Hawaiian volcanoes: KīlaueaMauna Loa, Hualālai, and Haleakalā.
     U.S. Geological Survey monitored Hawaiʻi's volcanoes from the rim of Halemaʻumaʻu crater at Kīlauea for almost a century. Last year, daily earthquakes shook Kīlauea caldera. Its walls fell in, undermining the integrity of the HVO building. After monitoring from the summit since 1924, scientists moved.
     Hirono told the interim Interior Secretary, "We obviously need to rebuild the facility." She urged him to keep it where "there are active volcanoes.
     "I would want to have your commitment that you will listen to the Congressional delegation as well as local stakeholders to put this observatory where the eruptions will likely occur," Hirono told Bernhardt.
     "I have to say, I will absolutely look into that," Bernhardt replied.
     Concluded Hirono, "Let's do things that make actual common sense."
     In the Volcano community, some residents suggested the damaged HVO building, which also held Hawaiʻi Volacnoes National Park's Jaggar Museum, be retained as an historic remnant and illustration of the 2018 eruption.
     The U.S. Department of the Interior oversees both USGS and the National Park Service, which manages Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
USGS photos

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SECURING AMERICA'S ELECTIONS ACT was reintroduced on March 28 by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Gabbard said the bill would address the "extreme vulnerabilities" within our nation's elections infrastructure, "leaving voters susceptible to potential hacking and manipulation of votes." It would require the use of voter-verified paper ballots or a paper ballot backup in federal elections that if needed, can be audited and counted by hand, optical scanner, or similar device. The bill would establish voter-verified paper ballots as the correct record of the total votes cast, in the event of any inconsistencies or irregularities between electronic and paper vote tallies. The bill also includes language addressing open-source technology "to further strengthen our elections infrastructure."
     Said Gabbard: "The American people need to have faith and trust in America's elections infrastructure and that the votes they cast will be counted. My bill ensures our upcoming elections are hack-proof by providing the American people with an auditable, reliable, paper record of their votes, protecting against anyone who seeks to manipulate or change the outcome of our elections. Congress must act now to protect our votes and our democracy by passing this legislation."
     Aaron Scherb, Director of Legislative Affairs with Common Cause, said the organization appreciates Gabbard's efforts to "secure our elections against malicious attacks." He said the act would "help prevent foreign entities from trying to undermine our democracy."
     According to the Department of Homeland Security, 21 U.S. states' electoral systems faced attempted hacking in the 2016 election. Shortly after, at the world's longest-running and largest hacking conference, DEFCON 25 revealed startling cyber vulnerabilities in US election infrastructure. In 2017, during an Oversight Committee hearing, Gabbard highlighted Virginia's move to a voter-verified paper ballot system following the DEFCON revelations. She reports the Virginia Department of Elections stated they did not receive a single complaint questioning the integrity of the 2017 election and produced the highest voter turnout in two decades. DEFCON also released a new report detailing further vulnerabilities and the need for public funds to address them.
     The Securing America's Elections Act would complement other legislative efforts supported by Gabbard "to protect and promote voter enfranchisement," including the voting rights provisions in H.R.1 the For the People Act of 2019, H.R.51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, and H.R.645, the Automatic Voter Registration Act.

Kaʻū Valley Mountain Hike on Wednesday, May 1 takes participants through
Kaʻū's rainforest, along the old sugar plantation waterways. Photo by Lee Neal
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MISS KAʻŪ COFFEE COURT WILL REIGN over activities of the Kaʻū Coffee Festival through Sunday, May 5. The events are open to the public. They are:
     Pā‘ina and Open House kicks off the fest on Friday, April 26 at Pāhala Plantation House, 5:30 p.m. Meet the Miss Kaʻū Coffee Court on the evening before the pageant. Enjoy live entertainment and refreshments. Call Pāhala Plantation Cottages, 928-9811.
     Miss Kaʻū Coffee Pageant is Saturday, April 27, 6 p.m. at Kaʻū District Gym. To volunteer or donate, call Pageant Director Trini Marques at 928-0606. See contestants on yesterday's Kaʻū News Briefs.
     Kaʻū Coffee Recipe Contest is Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m. at Kaʻū Coffee Mill. Categories are pūpū, entrée, and dessert. No entry fee, all ages. Free tastings. Contest entry info at KauCoffeeMill.com or KauCoffeeFest.com. Call 928-0550.
Pāhala Plantation House kicks off the festivities during the Paʻina
with live entertainment and refreshments. Photo by Julia Neal
     Kaʻū Mountain Hike and Lunch is Wednesday, May 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting at Kaʻū Coffee Mill. Ride through the coffee plantation, up the mountains, and into the rainforest to walk along waterways from sugar days of old. Reservations required; $45 per person. Call 928-0550.
     Kaʻū Valley Farms Tour and Lunch happens Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m. to noon. Above Nāʻālehu, visit a plant nursery, food farm, coffee and tea plantings, native forest, and hidden valley. $40 per person. Reservations required. Call 987-4229 or 731-5409.
     Kaʻū Coffee and Cattle Day on Friday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is at Aikane Plantation Coffee Farm. Includes farm tours, BBQ buffet, and hayride. Visit this historic Ka‘ū Coffee farm and ranch. $25, reservations required. Call 927-2252.
     Kaʻū Stargazing on Friday, May 3, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., takes guests to the top of sacred Makanau during a new-moon. Learn about the ancient Hawaiian temple and see the Hawaiian night sky and stars. Reservations required; $45 per person, includes refreshments. Call 938-0550.
Kaʻū Coffee Fest closes with Coffee College, where enthusiasts and farmers
can learn more about coffee and new, innovative tools. Photo by Julia Neal
     Kaʻū Coffee Festival Hoʻolauleʻa is Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Full day of music, dance, coffee tasting, demonstrations, food, snacks, educational booths, and games. Free entry. Space for booths and presentations are limited, reservations required. Vendor applications at KauCoffeeFest.com.
     Kaʻū Coffee College, held at Pāhala Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 5, serves up education and demonstrations for coffee farmers and Kaʻū Coffee enthusiasts.
     See KauCoffeeFestival.com.

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KAʻŪ LITTLE LEAGUE MINORS AND MAJORS are seeking donations and sponsors to help the young baseball players of Kaʻū to participate in Kaʻū's Little League and play games all over Hawaiʻi Island. Monetary donations would go to offsetting registration fees, and uniform and equipment costs.
     Contact Josh or Elizabeth Crook at 345-0511 or kaulittleleague@yahoo.com.

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FAULTING AT HALEMAʻUMAʻU crater gives opportunities for examination of 19th century lava flows. Find out why this is causing excitement for geologists in this week's Volcano Watch, written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates:
     New outcrops make good geology.
     A good field geologist is an opportunist. Never content with what outcrops are available, she jumps at the chance to see another one, hoping that it will provide a better understanding to some question about what happened in the past. But it isn’t every day that new outcrops are created, and rarer still when they are on the scale of those formed during the faulting of Kīlauea Volcano's caldera floor in summer 2018.
     As Halemaʻumaʻu sank and widened, its crater wall began to expose lava flows that formed during earlier eruptions and were covered by later flows. In particular, the north side of Halemaʻumaʻu bites some 500 m (1640 ft) deeper than before, potentially making accessible lava flows that erupted and gradually filled the caldera early in the 19th century.
     In addition, the faults that bound the down-dropped sector of the caldera exhumed the south sulfur bank and expose lava flows not previously observed by scientists.
Aerial view of the western part of Kīlauea's caldera, taken Aug. 6, 2018. The down-dropped block is faulted about 120 m 
(400 feet) below the caldera floor. Many 19th century lava flows are exposed in the fault scarps. 
Halema‘uma‘u (not visible) is to the left of this photo. USGS photo by D.Swanson
     Why are these new outcrops so important? Aaron Pietruszka, USGS scientist and former University of Hawaiʻi graduate student, and his UH adviser, Mike Garcia, discovered gradual changes in the chemical composition of Kīlauea lava with time, starting before the 19th century and continuing to the present. The number of lava flows that could be sampled from the 19th century itself was, however, very small.
     Chemical and isotopic analysis of 19th-century caldera fill exposed in the high wall of Halemaʻumaʻu and adjacent faults will augment and refine their startling finding. It won’t be easy to do the sampling, though, because a lot of rocky rubble mantles much of the wall, possibly obscuring some flows. But it needs to be done before lava returns to Halemaʻumaʻu.
     The faults cutting the caldera floor may reveal details about the 19th century caldera fill that have long eluded geologists. Maps and sketches of the floor made at various times show wide, multiple lava lakes and probably several editions of "black ledges" adjacent to the lakes.
     How deep were those lakes? Were they merely shallow ponds and bays no more than a few tens of meters (yards) deep, or were one or more of them so deep that they connected with the magma reservoir perhaps 1 km (0.6 mi) or more deep?
     The new exposures provide cross-sections through some of the 19th century caldera fill. These cross-sections can be examined to look for the margins and floors of ancient lava lakes, spills from those lakes, eruption conduits, and other features leading to a greater understanding of how the caldera was filled.
     Thick explosive deposits formed between about 1500 and the early 1800s are exposed high on the south wall of Halemaʻumaʻu, covered only by one or two younger lava flows. Binocular observations of the lower north wall of Halemaʻumaʻu, several hundred meters (yards) below the caldera floor, have not seen any explosive deposits. Yet the explosive debris must have fallen into the caldera as well as around it.
Telephoto zoom of the largest sulfur deposit forming on the 
northeast talus wall in Halema‘uma‘u. The view is from the 
USGS HVO K3cam. View live images. HVO photo
     If the binocular observations are correct, then the explosive deposits must be buried still deeper than the base of the north wall. That would imply that the deposits formed when the caldera was very deep, as geologists have hypothesized but never documented. This interpretation badly needs boots-on-the-ground checking, because the binocular observations alone are inconclusive. 
     The news isn't all good. Shaking during the more than 60 large earthquakes last summer caused rockfalls along the west side of the caldera that buried at least one outcrop of explosive deposits more than 1000 years old. Luckily, those deposits had already been sampled.
     For a tantalizing time, a much larger outcrop of these old deposits reappeared in the caldera wall as the caldera floor dropped; this outcrop is shown in a photograph taken a few years before the 1919 lava flow covered it. But gradually throughout the summer 2018, this exhumed outcrop became stranded and inaccessible as the caldera floor sunk below it. Perhaps a way will eventually be found to study this superb outcrop.
     Summer 2018 gave field-focused geologists lots to do and think about in Kīlauea Volcano's caldera. With new samples and first-hand observations, their work will build on what is already known or surmised and help us better understand the caldera and how its 19th-century activity differed so much from that of the past 100 years.
Volcano Activity Updates
     Kīlauea is not erupting. Rates of seismicity, deformation, and gas release have not changed significantly over the past week.
    Three earthquakes with three or more felt reports occurred in Hawaiʻi during the past week: a magnitude-2.5 quake 51 km (32 mi) southwest of Kahaluʻu-Keauhou at a depth of 28 km (17 mi) on March 26 at 10:04 p.m.; a magnitude-3.0 quake 31 km (19 mi) southeast of Waimea at a depth of 17 km (11 mi) on March 24 at 3:43 a.m.; and a magnitude-3.5 quake 5 km (3 mi) south of Volcano at depth of 13 km (8 mi) on March 23 at 11:13 p.m.
    Visit volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo for past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa updates, volcano photos, maps, recent earthquake info, and more. Call 808-967-8862 for weekly Kīlauea updates. Email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.

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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 Spring Sports Schedule
Baseball:
Sat., March 30, 1 p.m., @Konawaena
Tue., April 2, 3 p.m., @HPA
Thu., April 4, 3 p.m., @Waiakea
Sat., April 6, 11 a.m., @Kealakehe
Sat., April 13, 3 p.m., @Kamehameha
Fri., April 19, BIIF Semi-Finals
Softball:
Sat., March 30, 11 a.m., @Konawaena
Wed., April 3, host Waiakea
Fri., April 5, 3 p.m., @Kealakehe
Fri., April 12, BIIF Semi-Finals
Sat., April 13, BIIF Semi-Finals
Fri., April 19, BIIF Finals
Boys Volleyball:
Fri., March 29, 6 p.m., @HPA
Wed., April 3, 6 p.m., host Ehunui
Fri., April 5, 6 p.m., @Christian Liberty, Varsity
Tue., April 9, 6 p.m., host Waiakea
Fri., April 12, 6 p.m., @Keaʻau
Wed., April 17, 6 p.m., Kamehameha
Fri., April 19, 6 p.m., host Honokaʻa
Track:
Sat., March 30, 3 p.m., @Keaʻau
Sat., April 6, 9 a.m., @Waiakea
Sat., April 13, 9 a.m., @HPA

JUST ANNOUNCED
Discovery Harbour Homeowners Mtg., Saturday, March 30 at 4 p.m., at the old Clubhouse. Bring chair.

Free STD Testing, Monday, April 8, 2nd Monday monthly, 9 a.m. – noon, Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored by Hawai‘i Department of Health. Call for appt. on different day or time. Teenagers 14+ do not need parent/guardian consent. Confidential. Free condoms and lube. 895-4927

Kickball, Monday, April 8 through 29, 2:30 p.m – 3:30 p.m., Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. Register keiki ages 6-12 April 1-5. Free. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

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UPCOMING
SATURDAY, MARCH 30
Count Humpback Whales – Final 2019 Sanctuary Ocean Count, Saturday, March 30, 8 a.m. to noon, Ka‘ū locations: Kaʻena Point in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Miloli‘i Lookout, Ka Lae Park, and Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach Park. Participants tally humpback whale sightings and document animals' surface behavior during survey, providing valuable data to NOAA. Register at oceancount.org; registration closes one week prior to event. Free.

Landscaping with Native Hawaiian Plants with Zach Mermel, Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Hands-on workshop. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member. Register: volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Exhibit - Ancient Hula: Through the Lens of Dino Morrow, daily, March 30-May 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Reception on Saturday, March 30, 5p.m. Morrow is a documentary and portrait photographer specializing in imagery of local cultures. Free; park entrance fees apply. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Classic Car and Bike Show, Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Fun, food, music, and open house. Pre-registration of vehicles strongly recommended. Sponsored by Ocean View Community Association. Show prizes provided by Dune Buggy Concessions and OVCA. Raffle prizes provided by local merchants and individuals. Dennis, 831-234-7143, or Ron, 217-7982

Beginner and Intermediate Mixed Media Encaustic with Mary Milelzcik, Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Hands-on workshop. Learn safe studio practices, encaustic painting basics, step-by-step. $55/VAC member, $60/non-member, plus $25 supply fee. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Discovery Harbour Homeowners Mtg., Saturday, March 30 at 4 p.m., at the old Clubhouse. Bring chair.

MONDAY, APRIL 1
Scholarship Application Deadlines for American Association of University Women-Kona, Three $2,000 awards for college-bound high school students: Monday, April 1. Application packets at kona-hi.aauw.net. sharonnind@aol.com

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Monday, April 1, 15 and 29, 1 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Parent-led homeschool activity and social group, building community in Ka‘ū. Confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Monday, April 1, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

TUESDAY, APRIL 2
Vacation Rental Regulation Hearing, Tuesday, April 2, 6 p.m., Hilo County Council Chambers. Testimony accepted.

AdvoCATS, Tuesday, April 2, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Finger Puppetry, Tuesday, April 2, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., multi-purpose room, Ka‘ū District Gym. Open to keiki grades K-6. Free. Register through April 1. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Mtg., Tuesday, April 2, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Pāhala Community Center.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3
Hula Voices with Kumu Kini Ka‘awa, Wednesday, April 3, 1st Wednesday monthly, 5:30 p.m – 7 p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Desiree Moana Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Open Mic Night, Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Lava Lounge, Kīlauea Military Camp. Call 967-8365 after 4 p.m. to sign up and for more details. Park entrance fees may apply. Open to KMC patrons and sponsored guests, 21+. 967-8371, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

THURSDAY, APRIL 4
Women's Support Group, Thursday, April 4, 1st Thursday monthly, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. Women welcome to drop in. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, April 4, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

FRIDAY, APRIL 5
Stewardship at the Summit, Friday, April 5 and 26, Saturday, April 13 and 20, 8:45 a.m. – noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers remove invasive plants. Gloves and tools provided. Free; park entrance fees apply. RSVP to Paul and Jane Field, field@hawaii.edu. nps.gov/havo

Skateboard Movie Night, Friday, April 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Free; open to public. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

ONGOING
Exhibit: On Sacred Ground by Dino Morrow is open daily, Saturday, March 30 through Sunday, May 5 at Volcano Art Center Gallery. The public is invited to see documentary and protrait photography of Hula Arts at the Kīlauea Program. Visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Five Scholarships are available from American Association of University Women-Kona: Three $2000 scholarships will go to female college-bound Kaʻū High School and West Hawaiʻi high school students. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, April 1. Two $1,000 scholarships will go to any female high school graduate or older women attending a two-year vocational program leading to a marketable skill at Palamanui Campus. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 10.  Application packets available at kona-hi.aauw.net. Contact sharonnind@aol.com.

Beginning Farmer Institute Cohort Applications open through Monday, April 15. Free training program which "prepares new producers of any age or operation type for a successful future in agriculture." Applications at nfu.org/education/beginning-farmer-institute.

Kaʻū Coffee Fest invites non-profits, clubs, cooperatives, and businesses to sign up for booths at the 11th annual Kaʻū Coffee Fest Hoʻolauleʻa on Saturday, May 4 at Pāhala Community Center. The all-day event comes with music, hula, coffee tasting, and meeting the famous Kaʻū Coffee farmers. See KauCoffeeFestival.com.
     Booth fees are $100 for food vendors; $60 for non-food items and crafts, including coffee and coffee samples; and $35 for pre-approved information displays. No campaign and other political displays. Fifty percent discounts for non-profit organizations and cooperatives selling food, crafts, and coffee. Vendors must also obtain county vendor permits costing $30 each and a Department of Health permit, if serving food. Call Gail Nagata 933-0918. Apply by Friday, April 26. Application at KauCoffeeFestival.com. Email to biokepamoses@gmail.com; mail to Brenda Iokepa-Moses, P.O. Box 208PāhalaHI 96777; or call 808-731-5409.

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