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Friday, May 03, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Friday, May 3, 2019

Kaʻū Coffee farmers will show off the taste, the aroma, and the design of their many brands of coffee
at tomorrow's Kaʻū Coffee Festival Hoʻolauleʻa, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m at Pāhala Community Center.
Entertainment and food. Free entry. See more details below. Photo by Geneveve Fyvie
HAWAIʻI REEFS PROVIDE MORE THAN $836 MILLION IN FLOOD PROTECTION to people, property, and jobs every year – more than in every other state and territory in the nation. This is according to a new report, Rigorously Valuing the Role of U.S. Coral Reefs in Coastal Hazard Risk Reduction, released by the U.S. Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy, and the University of California Santa Cruz.
     The report states reefs across the U.S. provide more than $1.8 billion dollars in flood protection benefits every year, including $51 million on Hawaiʻi Island, $11 million on Kauaʻi, $376 million on Maui, and $394 million on Oʻahu. In a 50-year storm, the coral reefs off Honolulu alone could provide more than $435 million in flood protection benefits.
An example of coral reefs dissipating wave energy.
Photo by Kydd Pollock/Nature Conservancy
     Co-author Dr. Michael Beck of U.C. Santa Cruz and former lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy's Global Oceans Program, said, "Most people have no idea how valuable coral reefs are for coastal protection. Now we do. Reefs act as submerged breakwaters, 'breaking' waves and dissipating up to 97 percent of their energy offshore." According to Beck, "While these may look like general, 'back of the envelope' numbers, they are not. They are based on what are now the best flood risk maps available for U.S. coastlines, predicting risk at 10 meters by 10 meters, which is about one one-hundredth the area of a city block." 
     The Nature Conservancy's Hawaiʻi Marine Program Director, Kim Hum, said, "This information is game-changing for Hawaiʻi. We know that Hawaiʻi benefits in many ways from healthy coral reefs, and now we can quantify those benefits and identify specifically who receives them – whether they be coastal businesses, resorts, homeowners or critical government infrastructure like military bases, roads and sewage treatment plants." According to Hum, "We also now know the areas at the greatest risk of flooding, and where reef restoration may be able to reduce that risk. By rigorously valuing these benefits, we can help mobilize the public and private investments needed for reef management."
     The information contained in the report can be used by coastal managers, emergency response agencies and local and national government officials to identify where to invest in reef management as a natural defense against coastal flooding related to hurricanes, storms, sea level rise and other coastal threats.
Reefs visibly break shoreline waves. Photo from The Nature Conservancy
     USGS research geologist and lead author, Dr. Curt Storlazzi, said, "Our goal in this study was to provide sound science to identify where, when and how U.S. coral reefs provide significant coastal flood reduction benefits to ultimately save dollars and protect lives."
     The bad news is that we are rapidly losing coral reefs in Hawaiʻi and around the globe - along with the benefits they provide to people and coastal infrastructure. For example, in 2015 Hawaiʻi experienced its worst mass bleaching event in modern history, with an average of 50 percent loss of live coral cover on Maui and up to 90 percent loss of coral on some West Hawaiʻi reefs, according to recent assessments conducted by The Nature Conservancy, the State Division of Aquatic Resources, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
     The good news is that reefs can recover and may even adapt to changing ocean conditions, particularly if we identify the threats to them and sufficient financial resources to manage those threats.
     According to Beck, "The U.S. has already appropriated more than $100 billion to recover from hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma. Coral reefs can reduce the damage caused by future storms, but we need to identify new and innovative funding opportunities to pro-actively build our reefs and coastal resilience. For example, disaster recovery funding from FEMA is now being used to identify where reefs can provide natural coastal defenses." Adds Beck, "The insurance industry can also support incentives for habitat conservation and restoration. They are starting to do just that by ensuring that habitats are included in industry risk models and with the first ever trust to fund an insurance policy for coral reefs in Mexico.
100-year flood areas, in blue, have a 1 percent chance of a very large flood in any given year. Red areas denote
places that would flood without the presence of coral reefs, in gray. A 100-year flood has a 1 percent chance 
of happening every year. USGS Map
     According to Hum, The Nature Conservancy is assessing the viability of a similar reef insurance policy for Hawaiʻi's reefs. "Reefs provide hundreds of millions of dollars in flood protection services to the State every year – in addition to their many other benefits to people and nature. We should be investing in reef management and insuring our investment so that we can keep those benefits in the years to come."

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NATIONAL LEI DAY is proposed by Hawaiʻi Rep. and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard to symbolize "the peace and harmony our country and world so badly need." In an email sent out by the Tulsi 2020 campaign May 1, a lei was explained to those beyond the Islands as "a flower garland, traditionally given as a gesture of unity and friendship. Lei Day has been celebrated annually in Hawaiʻi since 1928."
A National Lei Day is proposed by Tulsi Gabbard.
Photo from Tulsi 2020
     The concept of a lei, states the email, fits with Gabbard's "policy platform of ending U.S involvement in foreign wars."
     Said Gabbard, "Join me in sharing aloha – respect and love for others – by giving a lei to a loved one, neighbor, or friend. It's Lei Day in Hawaiʻi, and as president, I'll propose a national Lei Day to help unite our divided country."

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A STUDY TO DETERMINE WAYS TO PREVENT AND PROSECUTE AGRICULTURAL THEFT IS FUNDED BY THE HAWAIʻI LEGISLATURE, which ended its session Thursday on Oʻahu. Gov. David Ige has until June 24 to veto any of the 298 bills that passed the House of Representatives and Senate this session. More than 3,000 bills were introduced.
    One bill that failed was an extension for water use leases involving Kaʻū farmers and ranchers, who may face difficult renewals of their state water. The Kaʻū agriculturalists are caught up in an attempt to force. Also failing was automatic voter registration through applying for a driver's license; legalization of recreational marijuana; minimum wage increases; and a proposal to prohibit use of plastic bottles, utensils, stirring sticks, polystyrene foam containers, and straws by restaurants and state agencies.
     See info on bills that passed, including voting by mail, changes to Medicaid eligibility, decriminalization of marijuana, charter school operations transparency, review of mosquito vector control, and more election reforms on yesterday's Kaʻū News Briefs.
     Some bill that did pass:
     Agricultural Theft
     SB759 SD2 HD1 CD1 would require the Department of Agriculture to establish a two year Agricultural Theft and Vandalism Pilot Project to examine the effectiveness of prosecuting agricultural theft and agricultural vandalism in the counties of Hawaiʻi and Maui.
     Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death
     HB1548 HD1 SD2 CD1 would appropriate funds to the Department of Land and Natural Resources to study and combat rapid ʻōhiʻa death.
     Manta Rays
     HB808 HD1 SD2 CD1 would expand the existing prohibition on knowingly capturing or killing a manta ray in state marine waters to apply to all rays and to also include knowingly taking, possessing, abusing, or entangling a ray. Provides certain exemptions.
     Child Abuse
     SB1232 SD1 HD1 CD1 would authorize the Department of Human Services to disclose, upon consent, confirmed reports of child abuse or neglect to any parent or guardian of a child enrolled in an exempt or excluded child care facility.
     Kupuna
     HB471 HD1 SD1 CD1 would establish quorum requirements for the Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs.
     Driving Under the Influence
     HB703 HD1 SD2 CD1 would amend the sentencing requirements for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence and Habitually Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence offenses. It would amend the threshold for HOVUII offenses. It would require the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to convene a task force to examine and propose legislation that would allow the courts, under certain circumstances, to prohibit a person convicted of OVUII or HOVUII from purchasing or publicly consuming alcohol for a probation period.
Merle and Phil Becker welcome Miss Kaʻū Coffee Helena Nihipali Sesson today to Coffee & Cattle Day at
Aikane Plantation, where they grow coffee, tea, cattle and horses. See more on the Kaʻū Coffee Fest below.
     Emergency Services
     SB281 SD1 HD2 CD1 would appropriate funds to the Department of Health for collective bargaining requirements for ambulance providers and other current expenses. It would require the Department of Health to contract with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under the guidance of a steering committee to conduct a study of the State Emergency Medical System. It would authorize the Department of Health to establish a task force to develop a plan to implement findings and recommendations of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's study and any proposed legislation.
     Opioids
     SB536 SD2 HD1 CD1 would clarify the existing law intended to curb over-access to and abuse of opioids, including the time frame for filling prescriptions, supply limitations, and requirements to check the state electronic prescription accountability system and execute an informed consent process, do not apply to qualifying patients who are prescribed or issued prescriptions pursuant to the State's Our Care, Our Choice Act.
     SB535 SD1 HD1 CD1 would authorize pharmacists, acting in good faith and exercising reasonable care, to prescribe and dispense an opioid antagonist to patients at risk of overdose, and family members and caregivers of patients at risk of overdose.
     Economic Development
     SB989 SD2 HD2 CD1 would rename the Hawaiʻi Television and Film Development Special Fund as the Hawaiʻi Film and Creative Industries Development Special Fund and expands its funding sources and purposes. It would appropriate funds for the University of Hawaiʻi creative media program to strengthen the pipeline of students into the creative media industry.
     The House has passed 232 bills on final reading so far this session. Click here for a list of all bills that have passed final reading in the House.

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KAʻŪ COFFEE FESTIVAL HOʻOLAULEʻA kicks off at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, May 4, at Pāhala Community Center. Open to the public, with free entry, the Hoʻūolauleʻa boasts coffee tasting, meeting the many farmers of Kaʻū Coffee, demonstrations, food, snacks, educational booths, and games.
     The main stage features live entertainment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Hands of Time, 9 a.m.; Foggy, 9:45 a.m.; Hannah's Makana ʻOhana Hālau, 10:30 a.m.; Lucky Lizards, 11:15 a.m.; the 2019 Miss Kaʻū Coffee Court greets the crowd at noon; Bolo, 12:30 p.m.; Bula Akamu, 1:15 p.m.; Games, 2 p.m.; Braddah Ben & Kaniu, 2:30 p.m.; Leka & Demetrius, 3:15 p.m., and Backyahd Brahddahs closing the stage performers at 4 p.m.
     Closing out the 2019 Kaʻū Coffee Festival on Sunday, May 5, Kaʻū Coffee College happens at Pāhala Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon. Coffee College will feature a host of educational opportunities for island coffee farmers, where coffee farmers and enthusiasts can learn, share, and network. Coffee's leading professionals from around the globe and industry experts come to Kaʻū Coffee College to interface with local growers and make valuable connections.
     The College offers these presentations: Increasing Coffee Production in Kaʻū, from Andrea Kawabata, an assistant agent for coffee and orchard crops with UH's CTAHR; A Rapid Visual Estimation of Coffee Yield in Hawaiʻi, from Dr. Adel Youkhana, a Ph.D. researcher and lecturer in the Natural Resources and Environmental Management department at UH-Mānoa; Learn how to process distinctive coffee with added yeast strains from Brittany Horn, owner and founder of Pacific Coffee Research; and Pesticide Safety Training, from Cal Westergard, an environmental health specialist with the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Branch.
     See KauCoffeeFestival.com.
Hannah's Makana ʻOhana hālau shares hula at Kaʻū Coffee Festvial's Hoʻolauleʻa on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. 
Photo by Julia Neal
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HVO GEOLOGISTS RECALL their first day of the 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption on the one-year anniversary in this week's Volcano Watch, written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates. This week's article is by HVO geologist Matt Patrick:
     With the one-year anniversary of the onset of Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption upon us, USGS HVO staff, like many Hawaiʻi residents, are reflecting on this historic event. 
     On May 3, 2018 – two days after HVO issued a notice that an eruption on Kīlauea was possible – we (HVO geologists) began our day with an 8:00 a.m. overflight of the volcano's East Rift Zone.
     The crater in Puʻu ʻŌʻō had drained three days earlier, leaving a large empty pit and questions as to where magma might head next. Earthquakes indicated that magma was migrating into the lower East Rift Zone, so our overflight included photographic and thermal surveys all the way to the eastern tip of the Island of Hawaiʻi. We saw nothing unusual.
     Returning to HVO in the afternoon, we settled in to write our reports. As we did, HVO technicians working on field instruments near Leilani Estates periodically informed us of their status via radio. Around 4:30 p.m., they reported steam within the subdivision, and moments later, confirmed that they had seen lava.
     The HVO geology team immediately gathered our gear for a helicopter overflight. Knowing that we could be in the field all night, we packed extra water, batteries, and other equipment. About 20 minutes later, we were in the air, flying down the East Rift Zone towards Leilani Estates. 
Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption was monitored around the clock by field crews of 
HVO and other USGS scientists for three months, starting with the first fissure that erupted in Leilani
 Estates on May 3, 2018. Clockwise from upper left, USGS-HVO scientists walked along Leilani Avenue 
on May 6 to examine spatter erupted from fissures 5-6; documented the fast-moving lava flow as it exited
 the fissure 8 vent; photographed the fissure 8 lava channel on June 2; and measured the temperature of a
 fuming ground crack in Leilani Estates on May 9. USGS photos
     As the helicopter approached the lower East Rift Zone, we could see gas and smoke rising from the forest. Reaching Leilani Estates, we circled the source of the plume and got a clear view of lava erupting onto the surface. Large gas bubbles were bursting through viscous orange lava oozing from a fissure that had severed Mohala Street
     With an erupting vent in a residential neighborhood, we needed to get accurate information to emergency managers right away. Circling the fissure, we transmitted GPS coordinates, along with photos and video, back to HVO staff who were communicating with Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense from the observatory. 
     Around 6:30 p.m., as fissure 1 was dying, we were dropped just outside the subdivision, where we joined other HVO staff who had arrived in vehicles. The rest of that night we drove through Leilani Estates monitoring multiple enlarging steam cracks and keeping the observatory and Civil Defense updated on changes.
     Around 1 a.m., fissure 2 opened in a driveway on Makamae Street, where we could see pulsating lava bubbles and spattering migrate toward the road as the fissure lengthened. This fissure was active for four hours, escalating in intensity and throwing incandescent spatter in large, accurate paths over adjacent powerlines and onto the road. After the larger bursts, we carefully collected samples of the fresh spatter for chemical analyses that would provide clues to the source of the lava.
     After fissure 2 died down around 5:15 a.m., we continued to circle the subdivision, watching for any new activity. At dawn, we discovered increased fuming from a crack cutting Kaupili Street. Thick white fume was pulsing every 10-20 seconds, and we could feel an ominous deep rumble underground that seemed to slowly get closer. 
The start of fissure 3 during Kīlauea's lower East Rift Zone eruption. Lava erupting to the surface cut 
across Kaupili Street around 7 a.m. on May 4, 2018. USGS photo by M. Patrick
      Within minutes, the fume enveloped us in a whiteout, and our gas alarms beeped loudly due to the high sulfur dioxide concentration – a clear sign that magma was close to the surface. Our gas masks protected us, but we had to hastily retreat a hundred meters (yards) to regain visibility. 
     Through the opaque white fume, we could hear the distinctive sounds of rushing gas, along with the pounding rhythm of bubbles bursting at the surface. Fissure 3 had started, so we transmitted the time and GPS coordinates to the observatory.
     The fissure cut through the pavement, but also went directly under an adjacent home, which was rapidly burned. Sadly, it was one of more than 700 structures eventually destroyed in the eruption.
     The next HVO field crew arrived at 6 a.m., and together we documented the start of fissure 3. Around 7:15 a.m., the new crew took over monitoring duties, and we drove back to our offices to write reports, recharge batteries, and rest before our next shift. That ended our first day of the 2018 eruption and marked the start of USGS scientists monitoring Kīlauea around the clock for the next three months.
Volcano Activity Updates
     The USGS Volcano Alert levels for both Kīlauea and Mauna Loa remain at NORMAL.
     Four earthquakes with three or more felt reports occurred in Hawaiʻi this past week: a magnitude-3.4 quake 26 km (16 mi) northeast of Hōnaunau-Nāpōʻopoʻo at 7 km (4 mi) depth on May 1 at 1:50 a.m. HST; a magnitude-2.6 quake 9 km (6 mi) southeast of Waimea at 13 km (8 mi) depth on April 30 at 6:37 p.m. HST; a magnitude-1.6 quake 13 km (8 mi) northeast of Pāhala at 32 km (20 mi) depth on April 27 at 5:26 p.m. HST; and a magnitude-4.2 quake 16 km (10 mi) southeast of Volcano Village at 7 km (4 mi) depth on April 27 at 5:26 p.m. HST.
      Visit volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo for past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa updates, volcano photos, maps, recent earthquake info, and more. Call 808-967-8862 for weekly Kīlauea updates. Email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
Kaʻū Trojans Spring Sports Schedule
Baseball:
Wed.-Sat., May 8-11, HHSAA
Softball:
Wed.-Sat., May 1-4, HHSAA
Boys Volleyball:
Thu.-Sat., May 2-4, HHSAA
Track:
Fri.-Sat., May 3-4, HHSAA

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ALSO UPCOMING
SATURDAY, MAY 4
Parenting Class & Saturday School, May 4 and 18, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Ocean View Community Center, Downstairs. Sponsored by Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Stewardship at the Summit, May 4, 9, 17, 25, and 31, 8:45 a.m. – noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers remove invasive, non-native plants. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves/tools provided. Parental/guardian accompaniment or written consent required for those under 18. Free; park entrance fees apply. Paul and Jane Field, field@hawaii.edu, nps.gov/havo

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ho‘olaule‘a, Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pāhala Community Center. Music and hula, coffee tastings (Ka‘ū Coffee Experience, 9:30 a.m. – noon, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., free). Talk story with coffee growers and industry professionals. Food, craft and information booths. Free entry. Coffee farm and mill tours, $20, offered 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. kaucoffeefestival.com

Abstract Painting Workshop with Darcy Gray, Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Basic painting backgroup suggested. Tools provided, can bring own supplies. $85/VAC member, $90/non-member, plus $20 supply fee. Advanced registration required. Limited to 8 adults. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, May 4 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11 a.m. – noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

Fiesta in the Forest, May 4, bar opens 4 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Food, margaritas, beer, wine and live music. Bring Cooper Center mug for $1 off beer – purchase one for $10 – can be used at all Cooper Center events. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

SUNDAY, MAY 5
Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Coffee College, Sunday, May 5, 9 a.m. – noon, Pāhala Community Center. Coffee industry professionals come to Ka‘ū to share their knowledge with coffee growers and enthusiasts. Free; donations welcome. kaucoffeefestival.com

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, May 5 – 1st Sunday, monthly – noon – 2 p.m., Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or sites.google.com/
view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

MONDAY-THURSDAY, MAY 6-9
Summer Fun Registration, Monday-Thursday, May 6-9, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at Nā‘ālehu Community Center and at Ka‘ū District Gym, Pāhala. Program, for keiki completing grade K-6, runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., June 12-July 19. $40 fee. $50 portion of registration fee funded by Councilwoman Maile David. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

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

TUESDAY, MAY 7
Family Engagement Night, Tuesday, May 7, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Sponsored by Nā‘ālehu Elementary School. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Mtg., Tuesday, May 7, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Pāhala Community Center.

Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, May 7 (Committees), Wednesday, May 8 (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8
Volcano Bay Clinic Mobile Health Unit VisitDental, Wednesday, May 8, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Medical, Thursday, May 30, 1 – 5 p.m. Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Must be Bay Clinic, Inc. patient. 333-3600 for appt. thecoopercenter.org

Kākou, Wednesday, May 8, 10 a.m. – noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Author and ethnographer, P.F. "Ski" Kwiatkowski, speaks about Hawaiian kākau – tattoos – their origins and counterparts in other aspects of Hawaiian crafts. Displaying collection of tattoo needles and the materials that are used in creating the needles, the ink and the tattoos themselves. Free; park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/havo

Arts and Crafts Activity: Mother's Day Keepsake, Wednesday, May 8, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., multi-purpose room, Ka‘ū District Gym, Pāhala. Register keiki grades K-6, May 2-7. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

THURSDAY, MAY 9
Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, May 9, 6:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkley Yoshida, 747-0197

After Dark in the Park – The Road to Recovery: A Year Later, Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Park managers will present a community update about the challenges and successes of 2018, and how staff is working hard to open more areas. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

FRIDAY, MAY 10
Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Friday, May 10, 9 a.m. – noon, Ocean View Community Center. Free disability legal services provided by Hawai‘i Legal Aid. ovcahi.org, 939-7033

Arts and Crafts Activity: Mother's Day Card, Friday, May 10, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. Register keiki ages 6-12, May 1-8. Free. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop, Friday, May 10, 5:30 p.m., Pāhala Plantation House. Educational, free and family-friendly. Hawai‘i Wildfire Management Organization. Pablo Akira Meimler at pablo@hawaiiwildfire.org. hawaiiwildfire.org, or 808-885-0900

Light, Sound & Spirit by Ken Goodrich of Hawai‘i Photo Retreat, Friday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Talk and presentation of seven videos synthesizing music and projected imagery. Free, $5 donation suggested. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Community Dance, Friday, May 10, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Minors allowed with supervision only. Alcohol-free event. Variety of music. Snacks provided; additional pūpū welcome. Free. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

ONGOING
Full-Time Teaching Assistant Sought by Tūtū & Me to implement curriculum for caregivers and keiki in Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool in Kaʻū. Competitive salary and benefits package, including medical, dental, drug, and vision; flexible spending plan; 403b retirement plan; vacation, sick days, and 14 paid days off; and more.
     Minimum requirement is a high school diploma. Early Childhood Education, related coursework, and/or experience working children preferred. For more, visit pidf.org/about/careers. Apply by emailing resume and cover letter to hr@pidfoundation.org or fax to 808-440-6619.

Hi-Employment Seeks Student Employees to work in a macadamia nut orchard on weekends and holidays. Duties include hand-harvesting macadamia nuts, filling and transporting nut bag and buckets, loading 25-plus pound bags into truck beds, and possible clearing of brush and branches. Applicants must be at least 15 years old, have a work permit, two forms of ID, and transportation to "Panaʻewa Stretch." Call for more details, 238-3741, hi-employment.com.

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

Nāʻālehu Independence Day Parade happens Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. The parade route begins at the Nāʻālehu Elementary School and ends at the Nāʻālehu Hongwanji Mission. To participate, call Debra McIntosh, 929-9872.

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