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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Sunday, August 18, 2019

Berkeley Yoshida, President of Kaʻū Hawaiian Civic Club, with his home grown floral display to welcome everyone 
to the 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday. Photo by Julia Neal
THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KAʻŪ HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUB on Saturday in Pāhala experienced a song sung for the first time in public from Hawaiian songwriter, producer, and performer, Kenneth Makuakane. The words reflect on the history of Hawaiian activists as they gave their lives to stop military weapons testing on the island of Kahoʻolawe. The song also refers to the positive influences of such people as Israel Kamakawiwoʻole and his inspirational version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Its contemporary topic is the future of Maunakea, as protests continue regarding expansion of the telescope campus there, with the song acknowledging the reverence for the mauna that is felt by Hawaiian people. Makuakane, whose family is from Nāʻālehu, said he hopes to record the song very soon.
Kenneth Makuakane introduced a new song about Hawaiian
activism in the past and present. Photo by Julia Neal
     The Hawaiian Civic Club anniversary drew members from other civic clubs and many of the founders of the Kaʻū organization. Its president, Berkekely Yoshida, introduced one of the founders, and former Hawaiʻi Island mayor and state senator, Dante Carpenter, who described Kaʻū people as strong and independent. He worked for the old sugar plantation and told many stories of his life here.
     The chef for the evening was ʻĀina Akamu, who instructs future chefs at Kaʻū High School.

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U.S. CENSUS WORKERS ARE CANVASSING in the first major field operation of the 2020 Census. Address canvassing "improves and refines the Census Bureau's address list" of households nationwide, which is necessary to deliver invitations to respond to the census, explains a release from the bureau. The release states this step plays "a vital role in ensuring a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States." In-field address canvassing will continue through mid-October.
Keiki hula performers from Lori Lei's Hula Studio. Photo by Julia Neal
     Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said, "The Census Bureau is dedicated to ensuring that we are on track, and ready to accomplish the mission of the 2020 Census. We have made many improvements and innovations over the past decade, including better technologies for canvassing neighborhoods and developing complete and updated address listings and maps."
     The bureau created new software called the Block Assessment, Research, and Classification Application (BARCA). It compares satellite images of the United States over time, allowing Census Bureau employees to spot new housing developments, changes in existing homes and other housing units that did not previously exist. Reviewers also use BARCA to compare the number of housing units in current imagery with the number of addresses on file for each block.
     Bureau Geography Division Chief Deirdre Bishop said, "We were able to verify 65 percent of addresses using satellite imagery — a massive accomplishment for us. In 2010, we had to hire 150,000 people to verify 100 percent of the addresses in the field, this decade we will only have to hire about 40,000 employees around the nation to verify the remaining 35 percent of addresses." Find out how to get hired.
Dante Carpenter, one of the founders of the Kaʻū Hawaiian Civic Club,
spoke to the crowd at the club's 50th anniversary celebration.
Photo by Julia Neal
     To help identify address listers, employees will have badges and briefcases indicating their affiliation with the Census Bureau. They will introduce themselves as a Census Bureau employee, show their official government ID badge, and explain the purpose of the visit. People may also ask them for a picture ID from another source to confirm their identity. They will ask a few simple questions to verify the address and any additional living quarters on the property for inclusion in the census. The 2020 Census: In-Field Address Canvassing (IFAC) Viewer provides county information on areas that listers will visit.
     Said Marilyn Sanders, Chicago regional director, said, "Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone's participation. And it's important to remember, when you respond to the census you shape your future and the future of your community."
Kūpuna hula dancers performed at the Kaʻū Hawaiian Civic Club's
50th anniversary celebration. Photo by Julia Neal
     The 2020 Census officially starts counting people in January 2020 in Toksook BayAlaska. Most households in the country will start receiving invitations to respond online, by phone, or by mail, in March 2020. The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted once every 10 years. Census data is used to determine the number of seats each state holds in Congress, and how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed for services and infrastructure, including health care, jobs, schools, roads, and businesses. 
     For more information on address canvassing, visit the Census Bureau website.

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MAHI‘AI A OLA FOOD GROWING PROGRAM is a joint effort by Kamehameha Schools (KS) and The Kohala Center (TKC). Nearly 90 percent of Hawaiʻi's food is imported, states a release from the groups, so the school and center are engaged in an ongoing effort to "find and partner with farmers to increase local food production." KS and TKC launched Mahi‘ai a Ola, a campaign to support local farmers, agricultural education, and innovative solutions to improve food security this week.
     Mahiʻai a Ola is "an ʻāina-based lifestyle concept that is not about living to eat but rather eating to live. In the larger food system, farmers don’t just cultivate food, they cultivate minds, families, and communities," states the release.
     Mahiʻai a Ola is an initiative that evolved from the Mahiʻai Match-Up program, which began in 2013, as an "opportunity to increase agricultural awareness in support of the farming industry, while reinvigorating innovation, community connections, and a commitment to future generations." Mahiʻai a Ola is made up of three programs:
     Mahiʻai Match-Up is an agricultural business plan competition. The winner is awarded a five-year land agreement with KS and a $10,000 cash prize, donated by Ulupono Initiative. The winner will have the support of KS land asset managers, with wrap-around business services and financial guidance from The Kohala Center. Applications for the contest are due by September 20.
     Mahiʻai a Ao is a scholarship awards program for various agriculture-related educational programs, in partnership with GoFarm Hawaiʻi
     MahiX is an open innovation challenge, seeking cooperative solutions to Hawaiʻi's most pressing agricultural issues.
     Funds raised on behalf of Mahiʻai a Ola will provide scholarships and funding for new and innovative ideas and initiatives that support agriculture and food security.
     Marissa Harman, KS Asset Management Director on Hawai’i Island, said, "When you break down the concept of mahiʻai – it's about the energy and the vigor of working with the land. It's also part of the word ʻāina. Together, it's about sustaining oneself, one's community – feeding the mind, body, and spirit. Because farmers, like students, thrive in a healthy environment, Mahiʻai a Ola is about more than land and money; it is about honoring our mahiʻai as exemplars in our community, true lāhui lifters, who not only grow food but provide sustenance for all."
Food farms on Kamehameha Schools lands. Photo from Kamehameha Schools
     Cheryl Ka‘uhane Lupenui, president and chief executive officer of The Kohala Center, said, "The Mahi‘ai a Ola initiative is truly a unique opportunity for our Hawaiʻi Island farmers. Not only will we be able to grow more local food, but we can grow more viable mahi‘ai working with ‘āina as a meaningful way of life in Hawai‘i. It takes hard work, resources, innovation, and a love for the land to feed our families, neighbors, and communities. This is mahi‘ai a ola. The Mahi‘ai a Ola campaign unites friends and farmers to strengthen our relationship with food for the greater health and well-being of our communities and ‘āina."
     KS stewards more than 160,000 acres of agricultural land on Hawaiʻi Island. Farmers on KS land raise a variety of crops such as papaya, bananas, vegetables, ʻulu, Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, and cacao, and livestock such as pigs and cattle.
     TKC has worked to support the Hawaiʻi island food system with farmer training programs, youth education initiatives, and rural and cooperative business development services "to inspire future generations of food producers and help them succeed."
     To learn more about Mahi‘ai a Ola, or to enter the Mahi‘ai Match-up competition, visit ksbe.edu/mahiai.

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2019 Kaʻū High School Athletics Schedule through August
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates; Bowling TBA.

Football, Division II:
Sat., Aug. 24, 1 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Tue., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Hilo
Fri., Aug. 23, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts St. Joseph
Wed., Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala

Cross Country:
Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty

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UPCOMING
MONDAY, AUG. 19
Forest Restoration Project: Faya Tree Removal (12+), register by Monday, Aug. 19 for Friday, Aug. 23 event from 8:30a.m.-1p.m., HVNP. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees may apply. Space limited. R.S.V.P. to Patty Kupchak, 352-1402, forest@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Empower Girls Mtg., Monday, Aug. 19, from 3-4:30p.m., PARENTS, Inc. office, Nā‘ālehu. Registration required. Diana, 935-4805

TUESDAY, AUG. 20
Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, Aug. 20 (Committees), Wednesday, Aug. 21, (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Concert with Artist-in-Residence Andy Jarema, After Dark in the Park, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 7p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. The Detroit-based musician and composer uses a mixture of sound-collage techniques, his trumpet, and traditional scoring to make site-specific work. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21
Ocean View Community Association Board of Directors Mtg., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 12:30-1:30p.m.Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Registration Open: Kickball Instruction, Wednesday, Aug. 21-28, Kahuku Park. Program on Fridays, 2-3:30p.m, from Aug. 30-Sept. 27, for ages 6-12. Athletic shoes required. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

THURSDAY, AUG. 22
Registration Open: Handprint Trees, Thursday, Aug. 22-Sept. 3, Ka‘ū District Gym multipurpose room. Program for grades K-8 takes place Wednesday, Sept. 4, 3:30-5p.m. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thursday, Aug. 22, 3-4p.m., Classroom 35, Building F, Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. Provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

SATURDAY, AUG. 24
Pickleball at KMC, Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, Kīlauea Military Camp Tennis Courts, HVNP. $10 in advance. Registration forms at KMC recreation Lodge. 967-8352 or Jim Buck, kilaueajimmy@gmail.com. KMC open to all patrons, and has certain Terms of Service. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com 

Kapapala Ranch Tour by Volcano Community Foundation, Saturday, Aug. 24, time TBA, Volcano Art Center. Travel along the Peter Lee Road that runs between Pāhala and Volcano, built in 1988. See Volcano Art Center's partner event listed for Aug. 8. $50/person includes lunch. Reserve a space, 895-1011, volcanocommunity@gmail.com

Realms and Divisions, Sat., Aug. 24, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult, two-mile, hike. Bring snack. nps.gov/havo

Dances of Universal Peace, Saturday, Aug. 24, 6-7:30p.m., Methodist Church hall, across from Nā‘ālehu post office. Fun, easy to learn dances from many traditions evoking peace. Donations welcome. No registration necessary. 939-9461

SUNDAY, AUG. 25
Free Entry to all National Parks - NP Service 103rd Anniversary, Sunday, Aug. 25. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Give Input on the Draft General Plan for Hawaiʻi County on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Nāʻālehu Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. Drop in anytime to talk with planners. Download the Draft General Plan.

Palm Trail, Sun., Aug. 25, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult hike - 2.6-mile loop. nps.gov/havo

A Taste of Tea & Pottery 2019, Saturday, Aug. 25, noon-4p.m., Volcano Art Center. Annual fundraiser for VAC's Fire Arts Programs. $30/VAC members, $35/non-member, includes choice of one handmade tea cup or bowl, tasting of several freshly brewed Hawai‘i grown teas, and option to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Door prizes, silent auction, and cookies, packaged tea, and tea cups available for purchase. Vote for favorite Hawai‘i grown tea through Taster's Choice Award. Hands-on experiences with clay and demonstrations. Eva Lee speaks. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

ONGOING
Applications for Grants to Steward PONC Protected Lands on Hawaiʻi Island are open through Friday, Aug. 31. In Kaʻū, areas of the Kahuku Coast, Kahua Olohu, and Kāwā Bay are eligible. Only 501(c)3 non-profits or organizations that operate under the umbrella of a 501(c)3 non-profit should apply.
     Applications are available at records.hawaiicounty.gov/weblink/1/edoc/95324/2018-19%20PONC%20Stewardship%20Grant%20Request.pdf. Information and applications are also available at the P&R office, Aupuni Center101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6Hilo. Completed applications must be submitted or postmarked by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018. Questions? Contact Reid Sewake at 961-8311.

Volcano Winery's Annual Fundraising Harvest Festival Tickets are on sale at volcanowinery.com or (808) 967-7772. Proceeds benefit Volcano School of Arts & Sciences; last year's event sold out. This sixth festive evening of live music, food, wines and craft beers under the stars happens Sunday, Sept. 84-7p.m. The $50 per person tickets include live music entertainment by Young Brothers; delicious food and drink from local restaurants; award-winning wines and teas from the Volcano Winery; tours of the vineyards and a huge raffle.

Exhibit - Nani Ka ‘Ikena by Volcano local photographer Jesse Tunison, daily through Sept. 15, 9a.m.-5p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Nani Ka ʻIkena, that which is seen is beautiful, features vibrant colors and crisp, wide vistas which highlight the character and drama of Hawaiʻi Island’s landscape. The collection of ten photographs were captured over the past decade by Tunison and also document the dynamic changes which have occurred in such a short period of time. "While the landscape has changed the beauty has endured." Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

6th Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run Registration, webscorer.com/register?raceid=166020. 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon races through mac nut and coffee fields along slopes of Ka‘ū starting at 7a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Sponsored by Ka‘ū Coffee Mill and ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Prices increase after July 9. okaukakou.orgkaucoffeemill.com

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Saturday, August 17, 2019

A grandfather and his grandchild enjoy stamping a traditional head scarf at tonight's Bon Dance celebration at Pāhala Hongwanji. A mother and her infant, in traditional garb, also enjoy the festivities. Photo by Julia Neal
BON DANCING, THUNDERING TAIKO DRUMS, and Japanese songs at Pāhala Hongwanji Saturday evening honored the agricultural harvest and celebrated a remembrance of ancestors. Participants of all ages, from as far away as Japan, donned kimono and other traditional Japanese attire, dancing in the round, beneath the yagura tower.
A Buddhist priest took up an ʻukulele at the service to kick off Pāhala
Hongwanji Bon Dance tonight. Photo by Julia Neal
     To kick off the evening's celebration, a service in the Pāhala Hongwanji sanctuary, open to people of all faiths, offered opportunity to learn about Buddhist teachings and to join in singing. The priest took up an ʻukulele to add to the local flavor of the service. He sang and talked about appreciation of the gift of life and pushing back from discrimination against all others.
     During the Bon Dance evening, everyone was invited to learn about the history of Japanese in Kaʻū and all of Hawaiʻi. Stamping of head scarves, traditionally worn during the dance, was open to young and old.
     Paul Sakamoto's Taiko Drummers played. The community organization ʻO Kaʻū Kākou and its President, Wayne Kawachi, organized the event, selling food and shave ice.
     The facilities at Pāhala Hongwanji include a Japanese school house, now used for aikido and other activities, including a future child care center for coffee workers; an assembly hall with a stage; a kitchen and dining room; and the Buddhist sanctuary and parsonage.
Five-month-old Milo, sporting a traditional head scarf
and baby kimono, participated in tonight's Bon Dance
celebrations. Photo by Julia Neal
     Saturday marked the fourth Bon Dance since the revival of the tradition in 2016. The annual event drew together the many cultures of the town for generations during sugar plantation days. It ended in 1999, just three years after Kaʻū Sugar Co. closed its sugar fields and mill in Pāhala. The revival of the Bon Dance in Pāhala includes the broad community.
   See more in upcoming Kaʻū News Briefs.

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MAUNAKEA ACCESS ROAD BELONGS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS, contends state Sen. Kai Kahele. He said he and Sen. Kurt Favella, of Ewa Beach, will ask the state Attorney General and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to determine who holds title and jurisdiction of Maunakea Access Road.
     Kahele, who represents Hilo and is running for Congress to represent the District that includes Kaʻū, posted a memo to Facebook early this morning. 
     He said that for the state to own Maunakea Access Road, it must: Initiate a land exchange with Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to trade for other land of  equal value; complete a land appraisal; conduct beneficiary consultation; and receive approval of the land exchange from the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
The pink circle, bottom, shows the intersection of Maunakea
Access Road and Daniel K. Inouye Hwy. The green circle, top,
shows the end of the winding road, about 6.25 miles up the
mauna and about half way to the summit.
Photo from Google Maps
     Kahele described the history of the Maunakea Access Road as follows:
     On July 9, 1921, Congress passed the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act to set aside about 200,000 acres of land in the Territory of Hawaiʻi as a "land trust for homesteading by Native Hawaiians." Native Hawaiians are identified in the act as "having a minimum of 50 percent or more of native Hawaiian blood quantum."
     Between 1921 and the late 1970s, thousands of acres of the original land trust were "illegally taken, withdrawn, and transferred via executive authority by the Territory of Hawaiʻi, United States Military (during WWII), and the state of Hawaiʻi, in breach and clear violation of the HHCA," said Kahele.
     On Aug. 15, 1983, a federal and state task force on HHCA, chaired by Ann Nathaniel, submitted a report to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and Governor of Hawaiʻi on "recommendations to correct many of the past grievances and direct the Federal Government to settle land claims and the State of Hawaiʻi to improve its performance as a trustee." This report was the basis for the 1996 Hawaiian Home Lands and Recovery Act, championed by U.S Senator Daniel K. Akaka, when federal lands of Barbers Point Naval Air Station, Kalaeloa, were returned to the land trust.
     In 1991, Gov. John Waiheʻe convened a "Task Force on the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Land Title and Related Claims" to investigate and resolve DHHL's "illegal land use claims against the state." The results of the task force became the basis for ACT 14 in 1995.
     On Nov. 4, 1994, the Hawaiian Homes Commission discussed "Proposals to Resolve DHHL Land Title and Related Claims (Roads and Highways Proposal)," which identified the Mauna Kea Observatory Road (65.142 acres) as one of the many unsettled land claims throughout the state.
     In 1995, the state legislature convened a special session to introduce HB 10-S, which would become Act 14. It established a $600 million cash settlement, including a settlement for all roads and highways that were in breach of the trust. Act 14 specifically called for "the initiation of a land exchange to ready uncompensated use of Hawaiian Home Lands for State roads, claims, and highways."
Sen. Kai Kahele
     In 1997, a dispute erupted between DHHL and the state Department of Transportation on whether or not $5 million from the state auctioning off an estate would be used to pay Hawaiian Home Lands to buy land used for state roads and highways. State Attorney General Margery Bronster stated that "no formal agreement took place" and that DOT was not obligated to transfer $5 million to DHHL.
     On March 15, 2018, DOT designated the Mauna Kea Observatory Road as a State Highway Route. It is identified as being 6.27 miles in length, starting from the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway, to 125 feet past the Hale Pōhaku Visitor Information Center Entrance.
     On Jan. 28 and 29, DHHL received an update on the Act 14 Land Claim Settlement. In that report, under the "Roads and Highways Settlement," DHHL reports that, "To date, no lands have been conveyed to DHHL to satisfy the State's commitment to compensate the trust for its uses of Hawaiian Home Lands as state highways on various islands," totaling a claimed amount of 346.203 acres. The total outstanding land claim is 1,328.745 acres. This includes the Maunakea access road.
     On Aug. 14, in a state Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee hearing, Interim DHHL Chair William Aila acknowledged, "There is no evidence of any land exchange" in regards to the Maunakea Access Road as required by ACT 14.

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Thirty Meter Telescope supporters lined the roadway near the Hilo Walgreens on Thursday. 
Photo from BigIslandVideoNews
THIRTY METER TELESCOPE SUPPORTERS staffed the roadside in Hilo outside Walgreens on Thursday, with about 100 people waving signs and throwing shakas. Signs sported various TMT slogans of support: Imua [move forward] TMT; Kū Kiaʻi [Stand Guard] TMT; TMT A Brighter Future for Hawaiʻi; This Introvert Supports TMT; TMT = Education; TMT = Future; Explore the Stars; and Open the Road.
Jason Chu, Gemini Observatory.
Photo from BigIslandVideoNews
     Supporters included members of PUEO, Perpetuating Unique Educational Opportunities, which seeks to "create an environment conducive to learning and foster opportunities in Hawaiʻi in technology and culture." Its website connects modern astronomy with the ancients who discovered Hawai`i traveling to the islands using the sky to navigate. It says the goals of the TMT explorers are similar– seeking knowledge and scientific discovery, with  the belief that the new telescope will not negatively impact the environment.
     Jason Chu, a post-doctoral fellow with Gemini Observatory, said "As the polls recently showed, there are a lot of people who – in Hawaiʻi – are behind this project." He said there are many "who believe in all the benefits that this project will give, and so we are here to show the governor that there are people here who firmly believe that the project should go forward. And also for him to enforce law and open the roads up for TMT to go up.
     "On Big Island, here with Maunakea, we have a very, very valuable scientific resource. We would love to share – with Native Hawaiians and everybody. Share the beauty of the mountain and also share the scientific discoveries that can come from the mountain. And so we share that with the entire world and that will put Hawaiʻi on the map of the entire world."

Kaʻū High graduate, union leader, volunteer firefighter, 
Portuguese bread baker Magaret Ann Cabudol and her 
friend and community volunteer DeeDee Davis at last 
year's Alumni & Friends celebration. Photo by Julia Neal
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KAʻŪ HIGH & PĀHALA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ALUMNI & FRIENDS REUNION, the 18th annual potluck and community celebration, happens Sunday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center.
     Bring a favorite dish to share. Live music, and food and fellowship for everyone. The celebration is open to the entire community, and is sponsored by the alumni of Pāhala Elementary and Kaʻū High School. The event also celebrates Hawaiʻi's 60th year of statehood.

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HAWAIʻI ISLAND SOUTHWEST AIRLINE FLIGHTS between Hilo and Honolulu start January 19. Flights between Kona and Kahului, the Bay Area, Oakland, and San Jose also start mid-January.
     By January, Southwest will operate 34 departures a day on interisland routes alone.
Southwest Airlines started operating in Hawaiʻi in March. Photo from SWAir
     Southwest Airlines President Tom Nealon said, "We're energized by the warm aloha Southwest has enjoyed in response to our initial Hawaiʻi  offering. This second wave of service is an investment that broadens our everyday value through low fares, no fees to change tickets (though fare difference may apply), and two checked bags free for everyone. We're focused on bringing Hawaiʻi
an authentically Southwest experience, with comfort across all seating – for every customer – along with in-cabin snack enhancements for our flights between Hawaiʻi and the mainland."
    The airline offers an "industry-leading" 32-inch seat pitch, "Hawaiʻi and Islands-inspired" drinks and snacks, gate-to-gate connectivity on WiFi-enabled aircraft, and free inflight movies, live TV, and messaging.
     Southwest Airlines first operated Hawaiʻi service on March 17.

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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
2019 Kaʻū High School Athletics Schedule through August
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates; Bowling TBA.

Football, Division II:
Sat., Aug. 24, 1 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Tue., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Hilo
Fri., Aug. 23, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts St. Joseph
Wed., Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala

Cross Country:
Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty

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UPCOMING
SUNDAY, AUG. 18
Pu‘u o Lokuana, Sun., Aug. 18, 9:30-11am, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, short, moderately difficult, 0.4-mile hike. nps.gov/havo

Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School Alumni & Friends Reunion, the 18th annual potluck and community celebration, happens Sunday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center.
     Bring a favorite dish to share. Live music, and food and fellowship for everyone. The celebration is open to the entire community, and is sponsored by the alumni of Pāhala Elementary and Kaʻū High School. The event also celebrates Hawaiʻi's 60th year of statehood.

Private Excursion: Trail Less Traveled, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2p.m.-4p.m., Devastation Trail Parking Lot, HVNP. Moderate 2 mile hike. $40/person. Park entrance fees may apply. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, fhvnp.org

MONDAY, AUG. 19
Forest Restoration Project: Faya Tree Removal (12+), register by Monday, Aug. 19 for Friday, Aug. 23 event from 8:30a.m.-1p.m., HVNP. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees may apply. Space limited. R.S.V.P. to Patty Kupchak, 352-1402, forest@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Empower Girls Mtg., Monday, Aug. 19, from 3-4:30p.m., PARENTS, Inc. office, Nā‘ālehu. Registration required. Diana, 935-4805

TUESDAY, AUG. 20
Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, Aug. 20 (Committees), Wednesday, Aug. 21, (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Concert with Artist-in-Residence Andy Jarema, After Dark in the Park, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 7p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. The Detroit-based musician and composer uses a mixture of sound-collage techniques, his trumpet, and traditional scoring to make site-specific work. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21
Ocean View Community Association Board of Directors Mtg., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 12:30-1:30p.m.Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Registration Open: Kickball Instruction, Wednesday, Aug. 21-28, Kahuku Park. Program on Fridays, 2-3:30p.m, from Aug. 30-Sept. 27, for ages 6-12. Athletic shoes required. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

THURSDAY, AUG. 22
Registration Open: Handprint Trees, Thursday, Aug. 22-Sept. 3, Ka‘ū District Gym multipurpose room. Program for grades K-8 takes place Wednesday, Sept. 4, 3:30-5p.m. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thursday, Aug. 22, 3-4p.m., Classroom 35, Building F, Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. Provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

SATURDAY, AUG. 24
Pickleball at KMC, Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, Kīlauea Military Camp Tennis Courts, HVNP. $10 in advance. Registration forms at KMC recreation Lodge. 967-8352 or Jim Buck, kilaueajimmy@gmail.com. KMC open to all patrons, and has certain Terms of Service. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com 

Kapapala Ranch Tour by Volcano Community Foundation, Saturday, Aug. 24, time TBA, Volcano Art Center. Travel along the Peter Lee Road that runs between Pāhala and Volcano, built in 1988. See Volcano Art Center's partner event listed for Aug. 8. $50/person includes lunch. Reserve a space, 895-1011, volcanocommunity@gmail.com

Realms and Divisions, Sat., Aug. 24, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult, two-mile, hike. Bring snack. nps.gov/havo

Dances of Universal Peace, Saturday, Aug. 24, 6-7:30p.m., Methodist Church hall, across from Nā‘ālehu post office. Fun, easy to learn dances from many traditions evoking peace. Donations welcome. No registration necessary. 939-9461

SUNDAY, AUG. 25
Free Entry to all National Parks - NP Service 103rd Anniversary, Sunday, Aug. 25. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Palm Trail, Sun., Aug. 25, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult hike - 2.6-mile loop. nps.gov/havo

A Taste of Tea & Pottery 2019, Saturday, Aug. 25, noon-4p.m., Volcano Art Center. Annual fundraiser for VAC's Fire Arts Programs. $30/VAC members, $35/non-member, includes choice of one handmade tea cup or bowl, tasting of several freshly brewed Hawai‘i grown teas, and option to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Door prizes, silent auction, and cookies, packaged tea, and tea cups available for purchase. Vote for favorite Hawai‘i grown tea through Taster's Choice Award. Hands-on experiences with clay and demonstrations. Eva Lee speaks. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

ONGOING
Applications for Grants to Steward PONC Protected Lands on Hawaiʻi Island are open through Friday, Aug. 31. In Kaʻū, areas of the Kahuku Coast, Kahua Olohu, and Kāwā Bay are eligible. Only 501(c)3 non-profits or organizations that operate under the umbrella of a 501(c)3 non-profit should apply.
     Applications are available at records.hawaiicounty.gov/weblink/1/edoc/95324/2018-19%20PONC%20Stewardship%20Grant%20Request.pdf. Information and applications are also available at the P&R office, Aupuni Center101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6Hilo. Completed applications must be submitted or postmarked by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018. Questions? Contact Reid Sewake at 961-8311.

Volcano Winery's Annual Fundraising Harvest Festival Tickets are on sale at volcanowinery.com or (808) 967-7772. Proceeds benefit Volcano School of Arts & Sciences; last year's event sold out. This sixth festive evening of live music, food, wines and craft beers under the stars happens Sunday, Sept. 84-7p.m. The $50 per person tickets include live music entertainment by Young Brothers; delicious food and drink from local restaurants; award-winning wines and teas from the Volcano Winery; tours of the vineyards and a huge raffle.

Exhibit - Nani Ka ‘Ikena by Volcano local photographer Jesse Tunison, daily through Sept. 15, 9a.m.-5p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Nani Ka ʻIkena, that which is seen is beautiful, features vibrant colors and crisp, wide vistas which highlight the character and drama of Hawaiʻi Island’s landscape. The collection of ten photographs were captured over the past decade by Tunison and also document the dynamic changes which have occurred in such a short period of time. "While the landscape has changed the beauty has endured." Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

6th Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run Registration, webscorer.com/register?raceid=166020. 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon races through mac nut and coffee fields along slopes of Ka‘ū starting at 7a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Sponsored by Ka‘ū Coffee Mill and ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Prices increase after July 9. okaukakou.orgkaucoffeemill.com

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Friday, August 16, 2019

Protectors of Maunakea have blockade the access road since July 15. On July 17, 38 kūpuna Protectors were arrested.
Read how the HPD incident commander saw the situation. Photo from facebook.com/puuhuluhulu 
WHY DID LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS REFRAIN FROM USING FORCE to clear the Maunakea Access Road when protesters blocked it? Major Samuel Jelsma, a 29-year veteran of the Hawaiʻi Police Departrment, issued a statement this week, as the blockade continued into its 31st day, with Protectors of Maunakea opposing construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
     The police officer wrote that the situation at the blockade on July 17, when 38 kupuna were arrested, presented a "significant risk that the increasingly vocal and volatile group of protesters on both shoulders [of Mauakea access road] would respond with violence if law enforcement officers took the necessary action to forcefully separate protesters who were blocking the road."
HPD Maj. Samuel Jelsma
     Jelsma said, "The crowd was tense, yelling and chanting. But at the same time restrained and not becoming personal or demeaning to law enforcement." He said that due to numbers "and their posture, it was quickly apparent that the only way for law enforcement to effectively clear the roadway to allow the TMT convoy to proceed would be to use significant force, which would trigger a violent response and potentially create a riot that would have necessitated chemical agents to dispersed the crowd." Jelsma said "protestors had encircled law enforcement on all sides" and outnumbered police "by at least 10 to 1."
     Mayor Harry Kim told PBS Insights yesterday that Jelsma contacted him to ask Gov. David Ige if force should be used during the arrests. Kim said Ige told him force was not to be used. Ige has since withdrawn a state of emergency he issued after the blockade formed, handing the reins of the situation to Kim, who told PBS Insights that he will reveal his plan to solve the situation "shortly."
     Protectors have blocked the Maunakea Access Road since Monday, July 15, when construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope was to begin. Dozens of Protectors swelled to hundreds, then thousands, over the course of the first few days. A group remains at the base of Maunakea Access Road 24 hours a day.
     The governor declared the State of Emergency on July 17, the same day that law enforcement arrested, cited and released the 38 Protectors, mostly kūpuna. Many of them returned to continue blocking the road. However, the staff of existing Maunakea telescopes are allowed to pass through the blockade and proceed to the summit.

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ALLOWING OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS ON SOME RURAL, AGRICULTURAL, AND PASTORAL LANDS is suggested in the new Draft General Plan for Hawaiʻi County. Issuing special use permits for these lands was "encouraged" for Kaʻū, Puna, Hāmākua, North Kohala, and South Kona, in the 2005 General Plan. The overnight accommodations types are bed and breakfasts, hosted short term vacation rentals, small inns, boutique hotels, and small-scale retreats or lodges.
     The new Draft General Plan states special permits "may be allowed" in all districts, in resort, rural, or certain agricultural areas. Pastoral lands can also be permitted for accommodations under certain circumstances, such as eco-tourism. The Plan suggests amending land use criteria for overnight accommodation special permits on agricultural land to allow "appropriate entrepreneurial endeavors that promote agriculture and do not negatively impact the natural resources, infrastructure, or character of the area."
     Retreats are defined in the Plan as accommodating 50 units without individual kitchens; requiring open space to compliment the structures; not being allowed on high production agricultural lands; and requiring improved road conditions or a report proving there will be no impact to the neighborhood from traffic.
     The public is invited to give input on the Draft General Plan in person on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Nāʻālehu Community Center, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Download the Draft General Plan. See more from the Draft General Plan in upcoming Kaʻū News Briefs.

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PĀHALA HONGWANJI BON DANCE happens tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 17 from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The free event, cosponsored by ʻO Kaʻū Kākou, will feature food, dancing, fun, and Taiko drums. All are welcome. Contact OKK President Wayne Kawachi, 937-4773, with questions.

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THE MEANING OF WATER IN HALEMAʻUMAʻU CRATER is the subject of this week's Volcano Watch, written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates:
     The slowly deepening pond of water on the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu, the first in recorded history, has captured the interest of media and the public, both locally and nationally. Many questions are being asked. The two most frequent are, where is the water coming from, and what is its importance?
     Two potential sources of the water are recent rainfall and groundwater. At this writing, either remains a possibility. Circumstantial evidence, however, favors groundwater.
     The local water table, below which rocks are saturated with water, is at an elevation of about 590 m (1936 ft; the elevation changes slightly with time), as measured in a deep hole drilled in 1973 about 800 m (about half a mile) south of Halemaʻumaʻu. The elevation of the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu is about 520 m (1706 ft), 70 m (230 ft) lower than the nearby water table.
     Before the 2018 collapse of Kīlauea Volcano's summit, geophysical data suggest that the water table near Halemaʻumaʻu was at about the same elevation as in the drill hole, but it was apparently drawn down during the collapse. The water table is likely recovering now, and as it rises, water inundates low areas such as the crater floor.
These images look east at the pond within Halemaʻumaʻu on Aug. 8 (left) and 14 (right). The pond widened mainly 
toward the south (right). The north-south width of the pond on Aug. 14 was about 32 m (105 ft), about 10 m (35 ft) 
wider than on Aug. 8. The pond has widened and deepened slowly and steadily rate since measurements 
began on Aug. 3. USGS/ D. Swanson photos
     So far, the surface of the pond is rising slowly and steadily, consistent with a rising water table. The pond level should rise in jumps during downpours if rain is directly responsible for feeding it. Unfortunately, Halemaʻumaʻu has experienced no heavy rain since the pond was first observed on July 25. It would be best to sample the water and date it using isotopic means; rain would have today's age, groundwater an older age.
     How deep is the water? In the surface pond, no more than a couple of meters (yards). But the visible pond could be just the top of the saturated zone, which could conceivably be several tens of meters (yards) deep.
     There is probably a bottom to the standing water, because heat in the plugged magma conduit below the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu would boil away water at some depth. But as the conduit cools, the floor of standing water could move downward, deepening the water body from below as well as at the surface.
     This may seem academic, but the total thickness of the water body impacts potential hazards. A mere puddle would scarcely affect the next summit eruption. But, if rising magma had to penetrate several tens of meters (yards) of water, an explosive scenario that has played out in the past could repeat.
View of the pond from Halemaʻumaʻu's rim. USGS/M. Patrick photo
     Given a thick water body, the rate at which magma rises through the water becomes crucial. Slowly rising magma will simply evaporate the water and emerge on the surface as a lava flow or even eventually form a lava lake.
     Magma that rises rapidly does so because it is being powered by expanding gas bubbles within it. A classic example is a lava fountain, which is already fragmenting because of gas expansion before even reaching the ground surface.
     If such rapidly rising, fragmenting magma meets water, the fragments transfer heat to the water far more efficiently than a continuous surface of magma (as with slowly rising magma). The result is that the water rapidly boils, creating steam that expands and adds to the explosive energy of what would be a lava fountain under dry conditions.
     We are quite sure that this kind of explosion has happened repeatedly in Kīlauea's past. Detailed study of textures of glass fragments in deposits some 400 years old provide evidence of water quenching. Chemical analyses of this glass show that the amount of dissolved water and sulfur is intermediate between that of magma before eruption and that in lava fountains, the result of water quenching the magma before most of the gas could escape.
     If the water body is thin, even rapidly rising magma would not create large explosions because of the small amount of steam generated. If, however, the water is several tens of meters (yards) deep, locally powerful explosions could ensue, probably not large enough to diminish public safety but perhaps big enough to create a nuisance ash fall during unfavorable wind direction.
HVO geologists noted shimmer on the pond yesterday, indicating agitation 
of the water surface. Steam rising from the pond shifted 
in the breeze. USGS/M. Patrick photo
     We have no way to anticipate when magma will begin to rise up the Halemaʻumaʻu conduit, much less if the rate of rise will be slow or fast. At present, monitoring data show no signs of impending eruption, and it could be years down the road before the next summit eruption happens.
Volcano Activity Updates
     Kῑlauea Volcano is not erupting and its USGS Volcano Alert level remains at NORMAL. Monitoring data for deformation have shown no significant changes in Kīlauea activity over the past week. Rates of seismicity across the volcano remain low. Sulfur dioxide emission rates are low at the summit and below detection limits at Puʻu ʻŌʻō and the Lower East Rift Zone (LERZ). 
     At or near the 2018 LERZ eruptive fissures, elevated ground temperatures and minor releases of gas (steam, tiny amounts of hydrogen sulfide, and carbon dioxide) persist. These are typical post-eruption conditions and are expected to be long-term, as they were after the 1955 LERZ eruption.
    Mauna Loa is not erupting. Its USGS Volcano Alert level remains at ADVISORY. This alert level does not mean that an eruption is imminent or that progression to an eruption is certain. A similar increase in activity occurred between 2014 and 2018 and no eruption occurred. 
    This past week, approximately 46 small-magnitude earthquakes – all less than M2.0 – occurred beneath the summit and upper Southwest Rift Zone. Deformation measurements show continued summit inflation, suggestive of recharge of the volcano's shallow magma storage system. No significant changes in volcanic gas release on the Southwest Rift Zone were measured, and fumarole temperatures there and at the summit remain unchanged.
     Four earthquakes with three or more felt reports occurred in Hawaiʻi this past week: a magnitude-4.5 quake 8 km (5 mi) northeast of Papaʻikou at 42 km (26 mi) depth on Aug. 12 at 4:41 a.m.; a magnitude-3.2 quake 27 km (17 mi) southeast of Honokaʻa at 19 km (12 mi) depth on Aug. 11 at 10:02 a.m.; a magnitude-3.7 quake 13 km (8 mi) south of Volcano at 8 km (5 mi) depth on Aug. 10 at 1:19 p.m.; and a magnitude-3.2 quake 11 km (7 mi) southeast of Volcano at 7 km (4 mi) depth on Aug. 9 at 9:13 a.m.
     Visit volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo for past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa updates, volcano photos, maps, recent earthquake info, and more. 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
2019 Kaʻū High School Athletics Schedule through August
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates; Bowling TBA.

Football, Division II:
Sat., Aug. 24, 1 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Tue., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Hilo
Fri., Aug. 23, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts St. Joseph
Wed., Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala

Cross Country:
Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty

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UPCOMING
SATURDAY, AUG. 17
Taking the Pamphlet Stitch on a Romp – bookbinding workshop with Charlene Asato, Saturday, Aug. 17, 9a.m.-noonVolcano Art Center. No experience necessary. $32/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. Supply list online. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Volunteer Fountain Grass Removal, Saturday, Aug. 17, 9a.m.-3p.m., meet at Ocean ViewCommunity Center parking lot. Bring lunch, water, hat, and sunscreen. ovcahi.org


Nature & Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Sat., Aug. 17, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit , HVNP. Free, moderate hike, approx. 2 miles. nps.gov/havo

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Mtg., Saturday, Aug. 17, 10a.m.-1p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting and training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hula Kahiko - Kumu Hula Iwalani Kalima with Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani ‘E, Saturday, Aug. 17, 10:30-11:30a.m., hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Hula performance. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.comvolcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mea Hula with Wes Awana, Saturday, Aug. 17, 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery porch. Hands-on cultural demonstration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.comvolcanoartcenter.org

Ham Radio Mtg., Saturday, Aug. 17, 2-3p.m.Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Pāhala Hongwanji Bon Dance, Saturday, Aug. 17, 4-10:30p.m. Sponsored by ʻO Kaʻū Kākou. Food, dancing, fun, Taiko drums. All are welcome. Free. OKK President Wayne Kawachi, 937-4773

50th Anniversary of Hawaiian Civic Club of Kaʻū, Kanani aʻo Kaʻū, Aug. 17, PāhalaCommunity Center5-10p.m. History, food, and music. General admission is $20; kupuna are $10; keiki ages 6 to 17 are $8; keiki 5 and under are free. For more, email hawaiiancivicclubkau@gmail.com or call 808-747-0197.

SUNDAY, AUG. 18
Pu‘u o Lokuana, Sun., Aug. 18, 9:30-11am, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, short, moderately difficult, 0.4-mile hike. nps.gov/havo


Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School Alumni & Friends Reunion, the 18th annual potluck and community celebration, happens Sunday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Pāhala Community Center.
     Bring a favorite dish to share. Live music, and food and fellowship for everyone. The celebration is open to the entire community, and is sponsored by the alumni of Pāhala Elementary and Kaʻū High School. The event also celebrates Hawaiʻi's 60th year of statehood.

Private Excursion: Trail Less Traveled, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2p.m.-4p.m., Devastation Trail Parking Lot, HVNP. Moderate 2 mile hike. $40/person. Park entrance fees may apply. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, fhvnp.org

MONDAY, AUG. 19
Forest Restoration Project: Faya Tree Removal (12+), register by Monday, Aug. 19 for Friday, Aug. 23 event from 8:30a.m.-1p.m., HVNP. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees may apply. Space limited. R.S.V.P. to Patty Kupchak, 352-1402, forest@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Empower Girls Mtg., Monday, Aug. 19, from 3-4:30p.m., PARENTS, Inc. office, Nā‘ālehu. Registration required. Diana, 935-4805

TUESDAY, AUG. 20
Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, Aug. 20 (Committees), Wednesday, Aug. 21, (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Concert with Artist-in-Residence Andy Jarema, After Dark in the Park, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 7p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. The Detroit-based musician and composer uses a mixture of sound-collage techniques, his trumpet, and traditional scoring to make site-specific work. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21
Ocean View Community Association Board of Directors Mtg., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 12:30-1:30p.m.Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Registration Open: Kickball Instruction, Wednesday, Aug. 21-28, Kahuku Park. Program on Fridays, 2-3:30p.m, from Aug. 30-Sept. 27, for ages 6-12. Athletic shoes required. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

THURSDAY, AUG. 22
Registration Open: Handprint Trees, Thursday, Aug. 22-Sept. 3, Ka‘ū District Gym multipurpose room. Program for grades K-8 takes place Wednesday, Sept. 4, 3:30-5p.m. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thursday, Aug. 22, 3-4p.m., Classroom 35, Building F, Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. Provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com, ccco.k12.hi.us

SATURDAY, AUG. 24
Pickleball at KMC, Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, Kīlauea Military Camp Tennis Courts, HVNP. $10 in advance. Registration forms at KMC recreation Lodge. 967-8352 or Jim Buck, kilaueajimmy@gmail.com. KMC open to all patrons, and has certain Terms of Service. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com 

Kapapala Ranch Tour by Volcano Community Foundation, Saturday, Aug. 24, time TBA, Volcano Art Center. Travel along the Peter Lee Road that runs between Pāhala and Volcano, built in 1988. See Volcano Art Center's partner event listed for Aug. 8. $50/person includes lunch. Reserve a space, 895-1011, volcanocommunity@gmail.com


Realms and Divisions, Sat., Aug. 24, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult, two-mile, hike. Bring snack. nps.gov/havo

Dances of Universal Peace, Saturday, Aug. 24, 6-7:30p.m., Methodist Church hall, across from Nā‘ālehu post office. Fun, easy to learn dances from many traditions evoking peace. Donations welcome. No registration necessary. 939-9461

ONGOING
Applications for Grants to Steward PONC Protected Lands on Hawaiʻi Island are open through Friday, Aug. 31. In Kaʻū, areas of the Kahuku Coast, Kahua Olohu, and Kāwā Bay are eligible. Only 501(c)3 non-profits or organizations that operate under the umbrella of a 501(c)3 non-profit should apply.
     Applications are available at records.hawaiicounty.gov/weblink/1/edoc/95324/2018-19%20PONC%20Stewardship%20Grant%20Request.pdf. Information and applications are also available at the P&R office, Aupuni Center101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6Hilo. Completed applications must be submitted or postmarked by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018. Questions? Contact Reid Sewake at 961-8311.

Volcano Winery's Annual Fundraising Harvest Festival Tickets are on sale at volcanowinery.com or (808) 967-7772. Proceeds benefit Volcano School of Arts & Sciences; last year's event sold out. This sixth festive evening of live music, food, wines and craft beers under the stars happens Sunday, Sept. 84-7p.m. The $50 per person tickets include live music entertainment by Young Brothers; delicious food and drink from local restaurants; award-winning wines and teas from the Volcano Winery; tours of the vineyards and a huge raffle.

Exhibit - Nani Ka ‘Ikena by Volcano local photographer Jesse Tunison, daily through Sept. 15, 9a.m.-5p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Nani Ka ʻIkena, that which is seen is beautiful, features vibrant colors and crisp, wide vistas which highlight the character and drama of Hawaiʻi Island’s landscape. The collection of ten photographs were captured over the past decade by Tunison and also document the dynamic changes which have occurred in such a short period of time. "While the landscape has changed the beauty has endured." Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org


6th Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run Registration, webscorer.com/register?raceid=166020. 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon races through mac nut and coffee fields along slopes of Ka‘ū starting at 7a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Sponsored by Ka‘ū Coffee Mill and ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Prices increase after July 9. okaukakou.orgkaucoffeemill.com

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