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Thursday, December 05, 2019

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Thursday, December 5, 2019

Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association, the union lobbied at the Hawaiʻi legislature for higher pay. Photo from HSTA
KAʻŪ TEACHERS ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO HIGHER PAY after the Board of Education voted nine to two, today, to raise pay for special education and Hawaiian immersion teachers and other teachers who serve in remote locations. The pay hikes begin Jan. 7.
     Gov. David Ige pledged to secure the $14.7 million needed for the first six months of the program. In addition the state Department of Education, teachers union and the governor plan to lobby the 2020 legislature for $30.4 million to pay for the salary increase during the July 2020 through June 2021 fiscal year.
     Under the initiative, teachers in rural, hard-to-fill positions, such as Kaʻū, would see a yearly pay rise of $3,000 to $8,000. Hawaiian language immersion teachers would receive an additional $8,000 per year. Special education teachers would receive an additional $10,000 per year.
     For more details, see yesterday's Kaʻū News Briefs.

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THE NAVY SUBMARINER WHO KILLED TWO CIVILIAN PEARL HARBOR SHIPYARD WORKERS, injured another, and fatally shot himself yesterday, has been identified. Officials report that the shooter was 22-year-old active-duty sailor Gabriel Romero. Around 2:30 p.m. yesterday, while standing watch over the U.S.S. Columbia nuclear powered submarine undergoing repairs at Pearl Harbor Shipyard, Romero shot the three shipyard personnel with his M4 service rifle, then used his M9 service pistol to kill himself, according to numerous news services. The gunman's motivation is still unclear.
     All three victims are members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 121. A statement from the union said, "These victims are not only dedicated IFPTE union members, they are hard-working public servants who go to work each day to serve the taxpayers and our military forces. They are reflective of the thousands of workers at Pearl Harbor and elsewhere that go to work to earn a living and secure their nation. No workers should have to go to work without the expectations of safely returning to their family and loved ones."
     The union stated all three workers were quality assurance inspectors. They checked work such as welding by shipyard workers.
     The identity of one of the three shipyard has also been released. According to a statement from his family, Vincent Kapoi Jr., 30 years old, was a husband, son, brother, and uncle, and was of Native Hawaiian and Filipino heritage.
U.S.S. Columbia submarine where sailor Gabriel Romero served before
taking the lives of Pearl Harbor Shipyard workers and himself.
Photo from Wikipedia
     Said Sen. Brian Schatz: "Our thoughts are with all of the people affected by this tragedy, especially the families of the victims. For over a century, the Navy, their local civilian colleagues, and the greater Pearl Harbor community have worked together every day to protect our nation. That legacy is deeply woven into our history and our state. While we honor the memory of those whose lives were tragically cut short, we also offer our gratitude to the Navy and local first responders who quickly took action with skill and courage."
     Rep. Tulsi Gabbard responded to the incident late yesterday: "Sending my aloha and well wishes to the victims of today’s shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Our gratitude goes out to the first responders who took action to secure the base and keep people safe."

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ALMOST 500 SNAP RECIPIENTS IN HAWAIʻI are likely to be affected by new rules handed down by the federal government. Changes by the Trump administration to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called Food Stamps, would require able bodied recipients without children, 18-49 years of age, to work at least 80 hours a month or enroll in job training, for at least three months out of 36, to receive SNAP benefits for more than three months. The changes take effect April 1, 2020.
     Presently, states can extend SNAP benefits beyond three months if the area's unemployment rate is 20 percent higher than the national average. The changes remove that option unless the area has an unemployment rate that is at least six percent, about double the national rate of 3.6. Hawaiʻi's unemployment rate is about 2.7 percent statewide, but it is 3.6 percent in Hawaiʻi County, so anyone able-bodied and age 18-49, with no dependents, who is receiving an extension, may lose benefits.
     Said Hirono, "Every year, millions in our country go hungry. Instead of fixing this crisis, Donald Trump has rolled out a new rule that will take away #SNAP benefits for over 700,000 more Americans. As always with this administration, the cruelty is the point."
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters the changes are meant to "restore the dignity of work to a sizable segment of our population and be respectful of the taxpayers who fund the program. Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch. That's the commitment behind SNAP, but, like other welfare programs, it was never intended to be a way of life."
     Brandon Lipps, deputy undersecretary for USDA's Food Nutrition and Consumer Services, said about 688,000 people nationwide will lose access to food stamps. He said that this was an extension of Pres. Donald Trump's April 2018 executive order, "Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility." The work requirement rule is expected to save the government $5.5 billion over five years, said Lipps.
     Stacy Dean, the food assistance policy vice president at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told NCB News, "The policy targets very poor people struggling to work – some of whom are homeless or living with health conditions. Taking away basic food assistance from these individuals will only increase hardship and hunger, while doing nothing to help them find steady full-time work."

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Craig Hirai, new Director of the state Dept. of
Budget and Finance.
CRAIG HIRAI WILL BE THE NEW STATE DIRECTOR OF DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET & FINANCE  if he is approved by the state Senate. His appointment by Gov. David Ige is effective Dec. 16. He would replace Neal Miyahira, who will return to his position as budget division administrator at the Department of Budget and Finance.
     Said Ige, "Craig's extensive experience and knowledge, along with his administrative skill set will serve our state well. I am elated that Craig has agreed to come onboard as a member of my cabinet. I would also like to thank Neal Miyahira for agreeing to temporarily serve as Budget and Finance director and for doing a fine job while we searched for a permanent candidate."
     Hirai has served as executive director of the Hawai‘i Housing Finance & Development Corporation (HHFDC), State of Hawai‘i since 2013. He is also the sole member of Craig K. Hirai, CPA, LLC. Previously, Hirai was a consultant (shareholder/director) at Bowen Hunsaker Hirai Consulting, Inc. and Bowen Hunsaker Hirai, Certified Public Accountants. In addition, Hirai has worked as a tax attorney in private practice.
     Hirai is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) where he earned an M.S. in accounting and an M.B.A. He went on to earn his J.D. at Hastings College of Law at the University of California San Francisco, and his LL.M – a Master of Laws (in taxation), a post-graduate law degree from New York University.  

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TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THEFT during the holiday season, urges Hawaiʻi Island police. In a statement, HPD advises the public that, with more cars parked at shopping areas or at home while their owners are out shopping or attending parties, criminals have more opportunities to break the law by committing car theft, identity theft, and stealing items from within vehicles. To help prevent vehicle thefts and thefts of items in vehicles, police offer these tips:
     Remove keys from vehicle ignition when not in vehicle. Always take keys when departing a vehicle. Never hide a second set of keys in a vehicle. Lock all vehicles when not in use. Park in attended lots and in well-lit areas. Never leave a vehicle running, even if leaving for a short time. Completely close all windows of parked vehicles. At home, park vehicles in a locked garage, if possible. Back any rear-wheel-drive vehicles into a driveway to make it more difficult to tow. When parking on the street, turn vehicle wheels toward the curb to make it more difficult to tow. Set the emergency brake to make a parked car more difficult to tow.
     Do not leave valuables or paperwork in plain sight. Eliminate drawing unwanted attention to contents in a vehicle by placing packages or bags and other tempting items – especially cell phones and other electronic equipment – out of sight.
     To reduce the threat of theft or identity theft, follow these tips:
     When shopping, do not leave purses or bags unattended in shopping carts. All it takes is a split second for a thief to walk by, remove a bag, and flee undetected. Shoppers should keep their bags or purses on their person and zipped or snapped shut. When paying for merchandise, be wary of openly displaying checkbooks or credit cards, as they contain vital financial information that identity thieves can write down or photograph with smart phones. If paying with cash, avoid openly displaying the contents of a wallet. When approaching a vehicle to load purchases, keep at least one hand free to open a trunk or doors. While loading packages, don't leave a handbag or purse unattended. Do not leave any papers with personal information in a car; even blank papers might tempt a thief to break into a car in an attempt to steal information.
     Police ask the public to report any suspicious activities by calling HPD's non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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MAGIC OF THE SEASON open house starts Monday, Dec. 9 at the Hawaiʻi County Building in Hilo. The free, annual event runs nightly, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., through Friday, Dec. 13. Schedule of events is:
     Monday, Dec. 9 – Kris Fuchigami & Mom, The Longakit ʻOhana, and DD and the High Rollers.
     Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Iwalani Kalima & Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani ʻE, Patio Productions, and Mark Yamanaka.
     Wednesday, Dec. 11 – Christy Lassiter, Raily-Wood Band, and Lopaka & Friends.
     Thursday, Dec. 12 – Randy Lorenzo & Friends, Lori Lei's Hula Studio, and Hawaii County Band.
     Friday, Dec. 13 – Ben Kaili & Friends, Bending Elbows, and Darlene Ahuna.
     Donations of non-perishable food for the Hawaiʻi Island Food Bank are welcome from all attendees.

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UPCOMING
FRIDAY, DEC. 6
Fit & Firm Volcano Medium Intensity Strength Adult Exercise Class - 4 weeks, Fridays, starting Dec. 6, 8-9a.m.,Volcano Art Center. Payment in full of $36 due at first class session, check or exact change. No make-ups, roll-overs, or prorating for missed classes. Limited to 15 people. Must call to reserve spot in advance. No drop-ins. Puakea, 315-9130, volcanoartcenter.org, soulfitnesshawaiipksm.com

Stewardship at the Summit, Dec. 6, 13, 21 and 28, 8:45a.m., meet Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center, HVNP. Volunteers remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in the park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, long pants. Bring hat, rain gear, day pack, sunscreen, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools provided. Parental/Guardian accompaniment or written consent required for under 18. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo/

Strong Seniors Chair Exercise Class - 4 weeks, Fridays, starting Dec. 6, 10-11a.m.,Volcano Art Center. Payment in full of $45 due at first class session, check or exact change. No make-ups, roll-overs or prorating for missed classes. No drop ins. Limited to 15 people. Reserve spot in advance. Puakea, 315-9130, volcanoartcenter.orgsoulfitnesshawaiipksm.com 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7
AdvoCATS, Saturday, Dec. 7, 7a.m.-4:30p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Painting from Observation with Lisa Maria Martin, Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, 9a.m.-3p.m.Volcano Art Center. For beginners and intermediate. All supplies provided. $220/VAC member, $240/non-member. See supplies required. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Realms and Divisions, Saturday, Dec. 7, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult, two-mile, hike. Bring snack. nps.gov/havo

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Mtg., Saturday, Dec. 7, 10a.m.-1p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting and training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, Dec. 7 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11a.m.-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

Blackwater Railroad Company Band, Saturday, Dec. 7, 7-10p.m.Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. $5 cover charge. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

SUNDAY, DEC. 8
41st Pāhala Christmas Parade, Sunday, Dec. 8, starts at Pāhala Armory. Parade participants can still sign up by calling Eddie Andrade at 928-0808. See floats and trailers with Christmas characters and music, classic cars, Kaʻū Coffee farmers, churches, schools, and community groups representing the holiday spirit. Receive the well wishes of Santa and candy thrown with help from his elves. After the parade, Holy Rosary Church traditionally hosts participants and attendees for a free lunch on the church grounds. Eddie Andrade, 928-0808

Pele & Hi‘iaka, Sunday, Dec. 8, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/havo

Medicine for the Mind: Teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, Sunday, Dec. 8 – 2nd Sunday, monthly – 3-5p.m.Volcano Art Center. Free; calabash donations welcome. Dress warmly. Patty Johnson, 345-1527, volcanoartcenter.org

MONDAY, DEC. 9
Accordion Paper Reindeer Activity Registration, Dec. 9-17, Ka‘u District Gym. Program takes place Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3:30-5p.m., multipurpose room. Grades K-6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

TUESDAY, DEC. 10
Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Tuesday, Dec. 10 and 24, and Thursday, Dec. 12 and 26, 8-10a.m., Kīpukapuaulu - Bird Park - Parking Lot, HVNP. Led by retired USGS Biologist Nic Sherma. Two hour birding tour. $40/person. Register online. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Lauhala Weaving Ku‘uipo Kakahiki-Morales, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 11a.m.-1p.m.Volcano Art Center. $10 per person supply fee. 967-8222volcanoartcenter.org

After Dark in the Park: 100th Anniversary of the Mauna Iki Eruption, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7-8p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. UH Mānoa geologist Scott Rowland explains the significance of this eruption. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
Moa Pahe‘e Games, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10a.m.-noonKīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Similar to ‘ulu maika, this game requires a little more strength and skill. In celebration of the annual Makahiki season. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

THURSDAY, DEC. 12
Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, Dec. 12, 6:30p.m.United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkeley Yoshida, 747-0197

ONGOING
Santa's Workshop Event Registration, through Dec. 11, Ka‘ū District Gym. Event takes place Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-7:30p.m. All ages. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Christmas Coloring Contest Registration, through Dec. 11, Ka‘ū District Gym. Deadline for entries is Thursday, Dec. 12, 6p.m. Grades Pre-K to 6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Holiday Ornament Registration, through Dec. 16, Kahuku Park. Program takes place Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3-4p.m. Ages 6-14. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Christmas in the Country featuring 20th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit, daily, through Dec. 31, Volcano Art Center Gallery. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

T-Ball and Coach Pitch Baseball League: Ocean View Team - Mondays and Wednesdays, Kahuku Park. Nā‘ālehu Team - Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nā‘ālehu Park. Pāhala Team (seeking coaches) - attend Nā‘ālehu practice. T-Ball, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 5-6. Coach Pitch, 4:30-6p.m., ages 7-8. Programs take place through April 16. Wear cleats or tennis shoes, bring a glove if possible. Extras gloves available for use. All skills and genders welcome. $35 per teammate. See Ka‘ū Youth Baseball on Facebook. Josh or Elizabeth Crook, 345-0511

Tūtū & Me Home Visiting Program is a free service to Pāhala families with keiki, birth to five years old. This caregiver support program offers those taking care of young keiki "a compassionate listening ear, helpful parenting tips and strategies, fun and exciting activities, and wonderful educational resources" from Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Home visits are one hour in length, two to four times per month, for 12 to 15 visits. Snacks are provided. See pidfoundation.org or call 808-938-1088.

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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Donna Gascon draped herself in Kaʻū Coffee beans in last year's Pāhala Christmas Parade, with Kaʻū Coffee 
Growers Cooperative President Gloria Camba to her left. Coffee farmers, celebrating  a banner year, will 
parade again this Sunday. The 41st annual Christmas Parade begins at Pāhala Armory at 1 p.m. and
 travels through the village. See more details below. Photo by Julia Neal
STREAMLINING THE COUNTY BUILDING PERMIT AND PLANNING PROCESS is the aim of a new online program that should be available to the public in March. County Planning Director Michael Yee, along with staff of the Department of Public Works Mass Transit, Department of Information Technology, and the Mayor's office, delivered the news to the County Council on Tuesday.
County Planning Director Michael Yee
     The $2.3 million program was slated to be available this year, but the end of March is the new target to "go live," they told the Council. The plan is for central access to zoning, land classifications, specific property information, infrastructure, and permits needed, in process and completed. This would allow owners and inspectors to keep track of the process and ease the lines at county offices where people carry applications and proof of approvals from one office to another.
     The new Energov system allows inputting old paper records into the system, which makes much work for county employees, said county Information Tech Director Jules Ung. The county staff is also stretched by new Transient Vacation Rental permit processing, helping victims of last year's volcano eruption and flooding, as well updating the General Plan for the county.
     Once the system is fully populated with information and running smoothly, those renovating homes and businesses and proposing new construction should be able to save a lot of time, said county officials.

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A NAVY SUBMARINER KILLED TWO CIVILIAN PEARL HARBOR SHIPYARD WORKERS, injured another, and fatally shot himself today. The shootings, at around 2:30 p.m., led to a lockdown at the nearby U.S.S Arizona Memorial and naval museum, and across the Pearl Harbor-Hickam Navy and Air Force Base on Oʻahu.
     The New York Times reported that the unidentified gunman's motivation – whether he targeted the three or fired indiscriminately – is unclear. 
     Identities of the victims and shooter will be released after next of kin are notified. The injured shipyard worker is in stable condition, according to Rear Admiral Robert B. Chadwick II, commander for the Navy in Hawaiʻi. Chadwick told reporters that the shooter was assigned to the U.S.S. Columbia, a submarine docked at the shipyard for maintenance.
Pearl Harbor Shipyard, where a crew member of a submarine under
repair shot and killed two civilian workers and injured another.
File photo from U.S. Navy
     Said the Rear Admiral, "The role that the shipyard played in World War II is pretty legendary, and the shipyard is well known for the amazing work they did then and the amazing work they continue to do. This is certainly a tragedy for everyone here, and certainly our sincere thoughts are with the families of the victims and everyone involved."
     Sen. Mazie Hirono issued the following statement following the shooting: "While the investigation into this incident continues, my thoughts and aloha are with the victims of the terrible tragedy at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and with their families. I join all of Hawaiʻi in expressing our gratitude to the first responders who rush toward danger every day to keep us safe."
     Said Gov. David Ige, "I join in solidarity with the people of Hawai‘i as we express our heartbreak over this tragedy and concern for those affected by the shooting. Details are still emerging as security forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam investigate. The White House has reached out to offer assistance from federal agencies, and the state is standing by to assist where necessary."
     The incident took place three days before the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, on Dec. 7, 1941.

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VISITORS TO HAWAIʻI ISLAND SPENT $177 MILLION IN OCTOBER, an increase of 3.9 percent over last year, according to preliminary statistics from Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority. Hawaiʻi Island saw a 14.5 percent increase in visitor arrivals, compared to arrivals just after the end of last year's eruptive events. However, visitors spent 4.7 percent less per day. So far in 2019, visitor spending on Hawaiʻi Island has decreased 3.6 percent, with a year-to-date increase of 2.8 percent in visitor arrivals.
     Visitor spending includes interisland airfare, lodging, car rental, food, shopping, and other expenses while in the state.
     Statewide, visitors spent $1.33 billion in October, an increase of .9 percent over last year. Average daily visitor spending declined 2.4 percent from last year, largely due to a 15.2 percent drop in expenditures from international markets, not including Japan or Canada.
      On a bright note, more Japanese visitors went to multiple islands (+8.5%) year-over-year, marking the fourth consecutive month of growth in multiple-island visitation compared to the same timeframe a year ago.
     In October, spending from the western part of the U.S. mainland increased by 6.2 percent. Japan spending increased by 1.1 percent. Spending by Canadian visitors rose 3.1 percent. Visitors from the eastern part of the U.S. decreased by .6 percent, and all other international markets spend 8.9 percent less than in 2018.
     For the state for 2019 through October, visitor spending rose .2 percent, to $14.67 billion. Total average daily spending decreased by 2.6 percent, to $195 per person. Total visitor arrivals increased by 5.5 percent.
     So far in 2019, total visitor arrivals increased by 4.8 percent, reflecting a 5.2 percent increase in air arrivals versus an 8.3 percent decrease in cruise ship arrivals. Total visitor days increased by 3.4 percent. The average daily number of visitors also increased by 3.4 percent.
     See more in the October report at hawaiitourismauthority.org/research/monthly-visitor-statistics/.

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A webcam shot from the rim of Halemaʻumaʻu this morning shows the growing pond. USGS photo
THE HOT, GREEN POND IN HALEMAʻUMAʻU Crater, at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano, continues to grow. First observed July 25, the pond grew to measure about 236 ft. by 518 ft. by the end of November.
     U.S. Geolagical Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Matt Patrick gave a presentation to Hawaiʻi County Council members on Tuesday. Patrick stated that the pond is stable with a slow and consistent rate of water level rise. He said there have been no "obvious changes" in surface activity or color. He said a low rate of sulfur emission, about 45 tons per day, is released from the pond into the air, but that some SO2 is being absorbed by the pond and groundwater.
Measured from a vertical distance of about 603 m (1978 ft) – from water surface to the top of the tripod on the crater 
rim – the ongoing rise in water level is noticeable when the two photos, taken three days apart, are compared. 
Learn more about the growing pond, below. USGS photos by D. Swanson
     Patrick said hazards caused by the pond "most likely" would be "preceded by detectable precursors, such as rapid inflation, or increased seismicity, that indicates magma rising. However, small gas-driven explosions can occur at volcanic lakes without warning and cannot be ruled out." He explained that magma interacting with water can trigger explosive activity, and that Kīlauea's geologic record shows "a long history of larger explosions at the summit, that affected the entire summit region. Some of these explosions are thought to be triggered by rapidly rising magma interacting with surface water, but the exact conditions that produced the explosive behavior are unclear.
     Patrick said that, despite elevated Seismicity – compared to pre-2018 – and inflation of the summit – indicating magma continues to fill the chamber – magma remains deep in the system and there are "no detectable signs of imminent unrest at the summit."
During August, the pond grew from several disconnected pools to one larger body of water. USGS photo
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THE FORTY-FIRST PĀHALA CHRISTMAS PARADE will roll through the hilly neighborhoods, down to Ka`u Hospital and onto Holy Rosary Church, this Sunday, Dec. 8, beginning at 1 p.m. at Pāhala Armory. More parade participants are welcome to join in by lining up at the Armory at noon. For more info, call the parade founder and organizer Eddie Andrade at 928-0808.
     Those watching from the streets will see floats and trailers with Christmas characters and music, classic cars, Kaʻū Coffee farmers, churches, schools, and community groups in the holiday spirit. Along the parade route, Pāhala residents and visitors gather in yards, on porches, and curbside to receive the well wishes of Santa and candy thrown with help from his elves.
     Eddie Andrade and his friends and family have organized the parade for the last 41 years. The community supports the event, which includes an annual donation from Ed Olson, founder of Kaʻū Coffee Mill.
     After the parade, Holy Rosary Church hosts participants and attendees for a free lunch on the church grounds.
Characters are regulars in the Pāhala Christmas Parade this Sunday. Photo by Julia Neal
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THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO CELEBRATE THE ANNUAL MAKAHIKI that celebrates Hawaiian values, culture, talent, and food this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, at Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach Park. Festivities begin at noon each day. Local bands volunteer to come out and play. Free food is on offer. Many people camp out overnight. Hawaiian crafts, including weaving coconut frond hats, are among the cultural practices that have been featured over the many years of the Makahiki.

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A PERFORMING ARTS WORKSHOP will be held at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Campus Center this weekend. Session 1 on Saturday, Dec. 7 begins at 5:30 p.m. in room 301. Session 2 on Sunday, Dec. 8 begins at 2:30 p.m. in room 306. All levels of singers, actors, and dancers are welcome. Sessions are $25 for one, $40 for both, to participate; $15 for one and $25 for both to audit; and $30 to audit one session and participate in another.
     Pedro Kaʻawaloa and Paige Mason, experienced professionals, will lead the workshop. Both have done fundraising events for Kīlauea Drama and Entertainment. The workshop will cover Vocal, Acting, and Audition Technique; details about "The Biz;" and more. Participants will be worked with one-on-one on a prepared song or monologue. Bring material that is already familiar/is a favorite, a work-in-progress, or audition material. Write down questions to ask. "Get ready for a journey into the craft and business of professional performance," states the announcement. Auditors will be on hand to observe and ask questions of through the process.
     Kaʻawaloa is a local boy who moved to New York to pursue performing as a career. Kaʻawaloa recently performed in the National Tour of The King and I as the King of Siam. He has worked for a number of theatre companies across the U.S. and actively auditions in New York City when not on a contract. He also has experience as a professional music director and audition/cabaret accompanist. Some of his notable roles are: El Gallo from The Fantasticks, Captain Hook from Peter Pan, and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast.
     Mason is originally from Lexington, KY and is also a professional performer based out of NYC. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Coastal Carolina. She most recently was on the International Tour of the Wizard of Oz, understudying both the Wicked Witch and Glinda, but has worked in regional theatres as well. Paige also actively auditions in NYC, but has also auditioned in Florida for Disney World and done a number of large unified auditions. Some of her notable roles are: Millie from Thoroughly Modern Millie, Fiona from Shrek: The Musical, and Babette from Beauty and the Beast.
     Visit pedrokaawaloa.com/workshops/ to register and pay for the workshop. Questions? Email contact@pedrokaawaloa.com or call/text (808) 333-6141. Leave contact info.

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UPCOMING
THURSDAY, DEC. 5
Women's Expression Group, Thursday, Dec. 5 – 1st Thursday monthly – 3-4:30p.m., PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. Women welcome to drop in. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, Dec. 5, 6-7p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, Dec. 5, 6:30-8:30p.m., Aspen Center. okaukakou.org

FRIDAY, DEC. 6
Fit & Firm Volcano Medium Intensity Strength Adult Exercise Class - 4 weeks, Fridays, starting Dec. 6, 8-9a.m.,Volcano Art Center. Payment in full of $36 due at first class session, check or exact change. No make-ups, roll-overs, or prorating for missed classes. Limited to 15 people. Must call to reserve spot in advance. No drop-ins. Puakea, 315-9130, volcanoartcenter.org, soulfitnesshawaiipksm.com

Stewardship at the Summit, Dec. 6, 13, 21 and 28, 8:45a.m., meet Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center, HVNP. Volunteers remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in the park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, long pants. Bring hat, rain gear, day pack, sunscreen, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools provided. Parental/Guardian accompaniment or written consent required for under 18. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo/

Strong Seniors Chair Exercise Class - 4 weeks, Fridays, starting Dec. 6, 10-11a.m.,Volcano Art Center. Payment in full of $45 due at first class session, check or exact change. No make-ups, roll-overs or prorating for missed classes. No drop ins. Limited to 15 people. Reserve spot in advance. Puakea, 315-9130, volcanoartcenter.orgsoulfitnesshawaiipksm.com 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7
AdvoCATS, Saturday, Dec. 7, 7a.m.-4:30p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Painting from Observation with Lisa Maria Martin, Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, 9a.m.-3p.m.Volcano Art Center. For beginners and intermediate. All supplies provided. $220/VAC member, $240/non-member. See supplies required. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Realms and Divisions, Saturday, Dec. 7, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult, two-mile, hike. Bring snack. nps.gov/havo

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Mtg., Saturday, Dec. 7, 10a.m.-1p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting and training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, Dec. 7 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11a.m.-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

Blackwater Railroad Company Band, Saturday, Dec. 7, 7-10p.m.Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. $5 cover charge. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

SUNDAY, DEC. 8
41st Pāhala Christmas Parade, Sunday, Dec. 8, 1p.m. at Pāhala Armory. Parade participants can still sign up by calling Eddie Andrade at 928-0808. See floats and trailers with Christmas characters and music, classic cars, Kaʻū Coffee farmers, churches, schools, and community groups representing the holiday spirit. Receive the well wishes of Santa and candy thrown with help from his elves. After the parade, Holy Rosary Church traditionally hosts participants and attendees for a free lunch on the church grounds. Eddie Andrade, 928-0808

Pele & Hi‘iaka, Sunday, Dec. 8, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/havo

Medicine for the Mind: Teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, Sunday, Dec. 8 – 2nd Sunday, monthly – 3-5p.m.Volcano Art Center. Free; calabash donations welcome. Dress warmly. Patty Johnson, 345-1527, volcanoartcenter.org

MONDAY, DEC. 9
Accordion Paper Reindeer Activity Registration, Dec. 9-17, Ka‘u District Gym. Program takes place Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3:30-5p.m., multipurpose room. Grades K-6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

TUESDAY, DEC. 10
Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Tuesday, Dec. 10 and 24, and Thursday, Dec. 12 and 26, 8-10a.m., Kīpukapuaulu - Bird Park - Parking Lot, HVNP. Led by retired USGS Biologist Nic Sherma. Two hour birding tour. $40/person. Register online. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Lauhala Weaving Ku‘uipo Kakahiki-Morales, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 11a.m.-1p.m.Volcano Art Center. $10 per person supply fee. 967-8222volcanoartcenter.org

After Dark in the Park: 100th Anniversary of the Mauna Iki Eruption, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7-8p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. UH Mānoa geologist Scott Rowland explains the significance of this eruption. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
Moa Pahe‘e Games, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10a.m.-noonKīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Similar to ‘ulu maika, this game requires a little more strength and skill. In celebration of the annual Makahiki season. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

ONGOING
Santa's Workshop Event Registration, through Dec. 11, Ka‘ū District Gym. Event takes place Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-7:30p.m. All ages. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Christmas Coloring Contest Registration, through Dec. 11, Ka‘ū District Gym. Deadline for entries is Thursday, Dec. 12, 6p.m. Grades Pre-K to 6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Holiday Ornament Registration, through Dec. 16, Kahuku Park. Program takes place Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3-4p.m. Ages 6-14. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Christmas in the Country featuring 20th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit, daily, through Dec. 31, Volcano Art Center Gallery. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

T-Ball and Coach Pitch Baseball League Registration and First Practice: Ocean View Team - Monday, Dec. 2, and Wednesday, Dec. 4, Kahuku Park. Nā‘ālehu Team - Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 5, Nā‘ālehu Park. Pāhala Team (seeking coaches) - attend Nā‘ālehu practice and registration. T-Ball, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 5-6. Coach Pitch, 4:30-6p.m., ages 7-8. Programs take place through April 16. Wear cleats or tennis shoes, bring a glove if possible. Extras gloves available for use. All skills and genders welcome. $35 per teammate. See Ka‘ū Youth Baseball on Facebook. Josh or Elizabeth Crook, 345-0511

Tūtū & Me Home Visiting Program is a free service to Pāhala families with keiki, birth to five years old. This caregiver support program offers those taking care of young keiki "a compassionate listening ear, helpful parenting tips and strategies, fun and exciting activities, and wonderful educational resources" from Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Home visits are one hour in length, two to four times per month, for 12 to 15 visits. Snacks are provided. See pidfoundation.org or call 808-938-1088.

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Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Tūtū & Me families explored the Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park recently, and learned about health. 
See details below. Photo from Tūtū & Me
HIGHER PAY FOR TEACHERS IN KAʻŪ and other remote places in the state school system will be considered at the Board of Education meeting in Honolulu this Thursday. The proposal was made jointly at a press conference today by the Hawaiʻi teachers union, Gov. David Ige, and the Department of Education. The aim is to give special education teachers an additional $10,000 per year and teachers in rural, hard-to-fill positions a range of  $3,000 to $8,000 in additional pay per year. Hawaiian language immersion teachers would receive an additional $8,000 per year. The pay hikes would go into effect on Jan. 7, 2020.
Gov. David Ige, who was endorsed by the HSTA in his
run for governor (above), made a joint proposal with the union
 and the state Department of Education today to raise teacher
pay for rural areas like Kaʻū. HSTA photo
     At the press conference today, the governor said, "This is just the first step of many that will be taken by the Board and Department, which I plan to support. Phase I addresses critical areas where students need the most attention and where we have seen the most prolonged periods of vacancies."
     Board of Education Chair Catherine Payne said, "This is the first of several steps we need to take to support our talented educators. It will take strong policy direction from the Board to shift the Department's trajectory and we appreciate Governor Ige's support as we go forward with these efforts."
     Examples of the kind of pay to be provided, if the measure passes, were given in a public statement. A beginning 10-month special education classroom teacher with a bachelor's degree who has completed a state approved teacher education program, holds a license from the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board, and who currently earns $49,100, would be eligible to receive an annual $10,000 differential. A qualified Hawaiian immersion teacher with five or six years experience and a master's degree, working at a hard-to-staff school on Moloka‘i currently earning $54,619, would be eligible to receive an annual $16,000 differential – Hard-to-staff Tier 4 plus Hawaiian Immersion.
     The DOE estimates the special education pay differential would cost $8.45 million in fiscal year 2020, which ends June 30, based on 1,691 special education teachers who are currently eligible. The hard-to-staff differential is estimated to cost an additional $6 million in FY 2020, based on 2,109 teachers in all tiers of hard-to-staff areas. The Hawaiian immersion differential is expected to cost approximately $216,000 in FY 2020, based on 54 teachers who are currently eligible.
     Hawaiʻi state Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Christina Kishimoto, called the initiative critical in addressing the achievement gap. "There is no single solution to the teacher staffing challenges we're seeing nationwide.
     "The difficulties in recruiting qualified teachers for special education, Hawaiian Language Immersion programs, and hard-to-staff areas have created an equity issue for our most vulnerable students. We have listened to the feedback of our educators and it's time for bold action to unleash the promise and power of public education on behalf of our haumana."
     Corey Rosenlee, president of the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association, expressed his commitment to partner with DOE: "Today is the first step of a multi-phased plan to ensure that all our keiki, regardless of where they live, what their special needs are, or their ethnicity, are taught by highly qualified teachers."
     The pay hikes are part of an initiative to tackle Hawai‘i's teacher shortage by providing incentives for educators teaching in critical areas. The first phase would implement a pay differential to increase compensation for classroom teachers in areas that have faced the most severe shortages, including hard-to-staff geographic locations like Kaʻū.
     DOE announced that Phase II is expected to be launched by an additional proposal to the Board in January, to include release of the results of a teacher salary study the DOE commissioned earlier this year.

Tūtū & Me keiki and caregivers at Kahuku Unit, 
increasing dexterity and using creativity while 
having fun building. Photo from Tūtū & Me
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TŪTŪ AND ME FAMILIES CELEBRATED HEALTHY LIVING with a recent huakaʻi, trip, to the Kahuku Unit of Volcanoes National Park. Keiki and caregivers took a hike with Ranger Leilani Rodrigues, experienced yoga with Lindsey from P.A.R.E.N.T.S., Inc., and improved their gross motor skills by playing in the fresh air and sunshine.
     Michelle Buck, Site Manager for Hawaiʻi South Partners in Development Foundation and Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool, said "We had a wonderful, healthy day!"
     If interested in the Preschool Program in Waiʻōhinu or the Home Visiting Program in Pāhala, contact Michelle at 808-929-8571.

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HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK issued a statement today to remind the public that national parks across America will modify entrance fees to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs to enhance the visitor experience.
     Effective Jan. 1, entrance fees to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes will be $30 per vehicle, $25 per motorcycle, and $15 per pedestrian or bicyclist. The receipt allows entry for seven days. The Park has charged an entrance fee since 1987. The current rate of $25 per vehicle or $20 per motorcycle has been in effect since June 1, 2017. The park is one of the 117 National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee; the other 300-plus national parks will remain free to enter.
Walking through Kīlauea Iki becomes more expensive as of Jan. 1. 
NPS photo by Janice Wei
     Use of the additional revenue from entrance fees at Hawai‘i Volcanoes will include the rehabilitation of the ‘Ōhi‘a Wing into a cultural museum and archives, a new park orientation film, new exhibits that interpret the 2018 eruption, and trail improvements. 
     According to the statement, "Revenue from entrance fees remains in the National Park Service and helps ensure a quality experience for all who visit. At Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, at least 80 percent of entrance fees stay in the park and are devoted to spending that supports the visitor. The remaining 20 percent of entrance fee income is shared with other national parks for their projects.
     "In response to public comments on a fee proposal released by NPS in October 2017, the changes reflect a modest increase for all fee-charging parks, rather than the higher peak-season fees initially proposed for 17 highly visited national parks on the mainland."
     National parks have experienced record-breaking visitation, with more than 1.5 billion visitors in the last five years. Hawai‘i Volcanoes hosted 1.1 million visitors in 2018. The Park spent $94.1 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,040 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $123 million, according to a Park analysis.
Entrance fees to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, to see sights like the 
collapsed summit of Kīlauea Volcano, will increase as of Jan. 1, 
to help pay for improvements and to maintain the Park. 
NPS photo by Janice Wei
     Throughout the country, the combination of an aging infrastructure and increased visitation has put a strain on park roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, bathrooms, and other visitor services, and led to an $11.9 billion deferred maintenance backlog nationwide.
     The Tri Park Pass, an annual pass that allows visitors unlimited entry to the three fee-charging national parks in Hawai‘i – Hawai‘i Volcanoes and Haleakalā National Parks, and Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park – will increase from $50 to $55 on Jan. 1, 2020.
     The price of the annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Lands Annual Pass and Lifetime Senior Pass will remain $80.
     The complete fee schedule for Hawaiʻi Volcaneos will change as follows on Jan. 1, 2020: Per vehicle seven-day pass is currently $25 and will increase $5 to $30. Per person entry, pedestrians and bicycles, is currently $12, and will increase $3 to $15. Entry per motorcycle is currently $20, and will increase $5 to $25. Tri Park Pass is currently $50, and will increase $5 to $55.
     Visitors can enjoy four free days at all fee-charging national parks in 2020: Monday, Jan. 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Saturday, April 18, the first day of National Park Week and Junior Ranger Day; Tuesday, Aug. 25, National Park Service birthday; and Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
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UPCOMING
THURSDAY, DEC. 5
Women's Expression Group, Thursday, Dec. 5 – 1st Thursday monthly – 3-4:30p.m., PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. Women welcome to drop in. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, Dec. 5, 6-7p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, Dec. 5, 6:30-8:30p.m., Aspen Center. okaukakou.org

FRIDAY, DEC. 6
Fit & Firm Volcano Medium Intensity Strength Adult Exercise Class - 4 weeks, Fridays, starting Dec. 6, 8-9a.m.,Volcano Art Center. Payment in full of $36 due at first class session, check or exact change. No make-ups, roll-overs, or prorating for missed classes. Limited to 15 people. Must call to reserve spot in advance. No drop-ins. Puakea, 315-9130, volcanoartcenter.orgsoulfitnesshawaiipksm.com

Stewardship at the Summit, Dec. 6, 13, 21 and 28, 8:45a.m., meet Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center, HVNP. Volunteers remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in the park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, long pants. Bring hat, rain gear, day pack, sunscreen, snacks, and water. Gloves and tools provided. Parental/Guardian accompaniment or written consent required for under 18. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo/

Strong Seniors Chair Exercise Class - 4 weeksFridays, starting Dec. 6, 10-11a.m.,Volcano Art Center. Payment in full of $45 due at first class session, check or exact change. No make-ups, roll-overs or prorating for missed classes. No drop ins. Limited to 15 people. Reserve spot in advance. Puakea, 315-9130, volcanoartcenter.org, soulfitnesshawaiipksm.com

SATURDAY, DEC. 7
AdvoCATS, Saturday, Dec. 7, 7a.m.-4:30p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Painting from Observation with Lisa Maria Martin, Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, 9a.m.-3p.m.Volcano Art Center. For beginners and intermediate. All supplies provided. $220/VAC member, $240/non-member. See supplies required. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Realms and Divisions, Saturday, Dec. 7, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult, two-mile, hike. Bring snack. nps.gov/havo

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Mtg., Saturday, Dec. 7, 10a.m.-1p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting and training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, Dec. 7 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11a.m.-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

Blackwater Railroad Company Band, Saturday, Dec. 7, 7-10p.m.Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. $5 cover charge. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

SUNDAY, DEC. 8
41st Pāhala Christmas Parade, Sunday, Dec. 8, starts at Pāhala Armory. Eddie Andrade, 928-0808

Pele & Hi‘iaka, Sunday, Dec. 8, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/havo

Medicine for the Mind: Teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, Sunday, Dec. 8 – 2nd Sunday, monthly – 3-5p.m.Volcano Art Center. Free; calabash donations welcome. Dress warmly. Patty Johnson, 345-1527, volcanoartcenter.org

MONDAY, DEC. 9
Accordion Paper Reindeer Activity Registration, Dec. 9-17, Ka‘u District Gym. Program takes place Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3:30-5p.m., multipurpose room. Grades K-6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

TUESDAY, DEC. 10
Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Tuesday, Dec. 10 and 24, and Thursday, Dec. 12 and 26, 8-10a.m., Kīpukapuaulu - Bird Park - Parking Lot, HVNP. Led by retired USGS Biologist Nic Sherma. Two hour birding tour. $40/person. Register online. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Lauhala Weaving Ku‘uipo Kakahiki-Morales, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 11a.m.-1p.m.Volcano Art Center. $10 per person supply fee. 967-8222volcanoartcenter.org

After Dark in the Park: 100th Anniversary of the Mauna Iki Eruption, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7-8p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. UH Mānoa geologist Scott Rowland explains the significance of this eruption. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

ONGOING
Pom Pom Wreath Registration, through Dec. 4. Kahuku ParkHawaiian Ocean View Estates. Program takes place Tuesday, Dec. 10, 3-4p.m. Ages 6-14. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Santa's Workshop Event Registration, through Dec. 11, Ka‘ū District Gym. Event takes place Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-7:30p.m. All ages. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Christmas Coloring Contest Registration, through Dec. 11, Ka‘ū District Gym. Deadline for entries is Thursday, Dec. 12, 6p.m. Grades Pre-K to 6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Holiday Ornament Registration, through Dec. 16, Kahuku Park. Program takes place Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3-4p.m. Ages 6-14. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Christmas in the Country featuring 20th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit, daily, through Dec. 31, Volcano Art Center Gallery. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

T-Ball and Coach Pitch Baseball League Registration and First Practice: Ocean View Team - Monday, Dec. 2, and Wednesday, Dec. 4, Kahuku Park. Nā‘ālehu Team - Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 5, Nā‘ālehu Park. Pāhala Team (seeking coaches) - attend Nā‘ālehu practice and registration. T-Ball, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 5-6. Coach Pitch, 4:30-6p.m., ages 7-8. Programs take place through April 16. Wear cleats or tennis shoes, bring a glove if possible. Extras gloves available for use. All skills and genders welcome. $35 per teammate. See Ka‘ū Youth Baseball on Facebook. Josh or Elizabeth Crook, 345-0511

Tūtū & Me Home Visiting Program is a free service to Pāhala families with keiki, birth to five years old. This caregiver support program offers those taking care of young keiki "a compassionate listening ear, helpful parenting tips and strategies, fun and exciting activities, and wonderful educational resources" from Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Home visits are one hour in length, two to four times per month, for 12 to 15 visits. Snacks are provided. See pidfoundation.org or call 808-938-1088.

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