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Friday, February 28, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Friday, February 28, 2020

A closer view of the braided section of the fissure 8 channel, with Highway 132 cutting across both branches. Read about 
the differences between the 2018 eruption and the 1955 eruption, below. USGS photo by M. Zoeller

























A COMMITTEE ON CORONAVIRUS ECONOMIC IMPACTS IN HAWAI`I is expected to form next week. State Speaker of the House Scott Saiki said today that he will introduce a resolution for a Special Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness to identify the potential economic and financial impact to Hawaiʻi from the coronavirus, develop short-term and
long-term mitigation plans, and monitor conditions and outcomes.
     "Hawaiʻi's Department of Health, Department of Defense and other agencies have been focused on health preparedness," said Saiki. "But just as importantly, we also need economic and financial preparedness." Saiki said with the significant drop in the stock market and with the state's economic dependence on tourism and imported goods, lawmakers must quickly prepare for the growing fi
nancial impact on Hawaiʻi. "This committee will involve not just the government sector but the private sector, labor unions, and industries that would be impacted,"
Economic preparedness for the cost of health care and the disruption of the economy from the new coronavirus is the aim of a new committee  proposed by the state Speaker of the House of  Representatives.
      He told his colleagues in the House that the World Health Organization has raised its global spread warning of coronavirus or COVID-19 from "high" to "very high." Saiki said the state Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism reported a 7.3 percent drop in international passengers to Hawaiʻi in February and an estimated loss of $23 million in visitor expenditures due to the temporary suspension of flights to
and from South Korea.
       Saiki said that during the 2008-2009 recession the state was forced to make budget cuts of $2.1 billion over a three-year period. "The state had to make some drastic decisions such as implementing the Furlough Friday program and reducing the public school week to four days. We need to be prepared for what may happen with coronavirus and how that may affect our state. If we are prepared, we should be in a position to mitigate any impacts that the state may experience from the
virus," he said.
     The novel coronavirus has killed more than 2,800 people worldwide, the vast majority in mainland China. There have been more than 83,000 global cases, with infections in 49 countries on every continent except Antarctica. No cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Hawaiʻi at this time. The state is expected to start testing for the virus in about a week.
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Next Wednesday, Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences will be the location of Democratic Party election of Precinct Officers and Delegates to the State Convention. Photo from Volcano School
DEMOCRATS WILL MEET ALL ACROSS THE STATE NEXT WEDNESDAY, March 4 to elect Delegates to the State Convention and to elect Precinct Officers. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the
meetings will begin at 7:00 pm.  The east Ka`u and Volcano meeting place  for District 3: Precincts 5/6/7  is Volcano School of Arts and Sciences - Keakealani Campus - 19-4024 Haunani Rd,.  The west Ka`u into Kona meeting for all of District  5 is New Thought Center at 81-6587 Mamlahoa Hwy in Kealakekua.  "These meetings are a great opportunity to meet your fellow Democrats in your neighborhood while getting engaged with the Democratic Party of Hawai'i," said a statement from the Democratic Party.
    At the meetings elections will be held for Precinct and District Officers as well as delegates to the County and State Convention. It is also the beginning for choosing delegates to represent candidates and the state of Hawai'i at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee on July 13th - 16th. To be able to vote and run for any of the elections, one must be 18 years old by Nov. 3; a registered voter in this state and member of the Democratic Party. Everyone will be able to register to vote and become members of the Democratic Party of Hawai'i at the March 4 meeting.
     Those thinking of running for Precinct Officer positions, Precinct President, 1st Vice President, Precinct Secretary, Precinct Treasurer and District Council Representative (District Councilperson) can read about their responsibilities at:http://bit.ly/DPHPrecOff
     Those seeking District Chair, 1st District Vice Chair, District Secretary, and District Treasurer, can find out about their responsibilities here: http://bit.ly/DPHDistOfficer
     For state positions - Party Chair, National Committeeperson, or State Central Committee member (elected by delegates at the State Convention) or other Party Officers (elected by the newly elected State Central Committee from their membership) - find out responsibilities here: http://bit.ly/DPHSCCduties
     For any questions about the March 4th Precinct Meetings please contact Michael Golojuch, Jr.,Co-chair of the DPH Membership Committee at michael@hawaiidemocrats.org
     Regarding the Party-run Presidential Primary on April 4, there will be walk-in voting and ballot drop-off sites throughout the state. To vote, one must be a registered voter in the State of Hawaiʻi and an enrolled member of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi.
     All new members who have registered to vote with the State of Hawaiʻi Office of Elections and enrolled with the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi after March 8, will not receive a mailed ballot but are welcome to cast their vote as walk-ins. Voter Registration and Party Enrollment is available through 3 p.m. HST on April 4, 2020 for purposes of voting in the PPP. Members who were mailed ballots are encouraged to mail in their ballots but will also be able to drop off their completed ballots at any of the 21 sites. On April 4, the sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.. All mailed ballots or dropped off ballots must be received by 3 p.m. April 4th, 2020. All members in line at 3 p.m. , and no later than 3 p.m., will be permitted to vote. Location in Ka`u is Ocean View Community Center.
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ATTEND KAʻŪ CHAPTER HAWAIʻI FARMERS UNION UNITED MEETING March 5, 4:30 p.m., at Ka Lae Coffee located on South Point Road in Nāʻālehu. The meeting will include a potluck. Attendees are asked to help make this a waste free event by bringing their own plate and utensils.
     The agenda will include steps in electing the board, along with networking and making new connections.
     Info on new digital membership cards that can be accessed on your smartphones will be sent out in the next newsletter.
     Matt Drayer, Kaʻū Chapter Interim President, wrote, "We are excited to see you all and move forward with the Kaʻū chapter, further strengthening and empowering each other as farmers and farm supporters! Please bring anyone along with you that you believe would find interest in HFUU. Join us so that we may 'grow' together."

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AERIAL INSPECTIONS of Hawaiian Electric major overhead transmission lines can be expected from Monday, March 2 to Friday, March 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exact times and routes will depend on weather conditions. Inspections will be conducted in a Manuiwa Airways helicopter and require the aircraft to fly low and slow which may cause some noise disturbances.
     Hawaiian Electric apologizes for any disruption this may cause and sincerely thanks the community for their cooperation and understanding. If there are any questions or concerns, please call 969-6666.

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Download Born of Fire, Born of the Sea. HVO Video
HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK MONTHLY EVENTS continue to share Hawaiian culture, stewardship programs, and opportunities to explore the Kahuku Unit throughout March 2020. The activities are free, but entrance fees may apply. Some programs are co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association:
     Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium Closed for Renovation, March 26 to June 30. The visitor center will remain open. Park films, including Born of Fire, Born of the Sea, will not be shown. A popular seven-and-a-half minute 2018 eruption video will continue to be shown on a television in the exhibits area, and is available online for free download.
     Legacy of Magic in Hawai‘i, Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Some of the world's most famous touring magicians traveled the world by steamship and performed in Hawai‘i. Some made Hawai‘i their home, and their legacy lives on today in local talented magicians, slight-of-hand artist,s and other performers. Join local award-winning magicians Bruce and Jennifer Meyers for an evening of history, mystery, and magic. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series.
Michelle Wall-O'Connor gives a lomilomi demonstration
at the Park's annual cultural festival in 2017. NPS photo
     Lomilomi Demonstration, Wednesday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Lomilomi is a style of massage that incorporates the Hawaiian concept of aloha, which means to love, unify and breathe. Michelle Wall-O'Conner demonstrates the important spiritual components of lomilomi to promote personal harmony. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ‘Ike Hana No‘eau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops.
     The Third Voyage of Captain James Cook, Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Captain James Cook once wrote that he intended to go not only "farther than any man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for a man to go." Join local guide and historian Rob Kitsell as he looks closer at the man who was Captain James Cook, and the fateful third voyage when Cook was killed at Kealakekua Bay, February 14, 1779. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series.
     Pū‘ohe Demonstration, Wednesday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. The pū‘ohe is a Hawaiian bamboo trumpet with a deep sound somewhat like a conch shell. Like other native instruments, it takes the spirit breath to produce the proper sound. Join rangers and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association staff as they share their knowledge and help you make your own pū‘ohe. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ‘Ike Hana No‘eau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops.
1776 painting of Capt. James Cook 
by Sir Nathaniel Dance Holland
     Stewardship at the Summit, March 7 and 14, Saturday, and Friday, March 20 and 27, 8:45 a.m. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteer to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Under 18? Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent is required. Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm.
     A Walk into the Past with Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar, Tuesday, March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m., at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Each performance is about an hour. Walk back to 1912, and meet the founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar, at the edge of Kīlauea Volcano. Dressed in period costume, Ka‘ū actor-director Dick Hershberger brings the renowned geologist to life. Dr. Jaggar will take you on a tour of his tiny lab located below the Volcano House to see original seismograph equipment and other early instruments. You'll learn what motivated Dr. Jaggar to dedicate his life to the study of Hawaiian volcanoes, and how his work helps save lives today. Space is limited; pick up your free ticket at the Kīlauea Visitor Center's front desk the day of the program. Program includes climbing stairs and entering a confined space. Supported by the Kīlauea Drama Entertainment Network (KDEN).
     Explore Kahuku, Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a self-guided hike, or join rangers on weekends for a two-hour guided trek at 9:30 a.m. Enter the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Kahuku is located in Ka‘ū, and is about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes.

Iilewa Fountain #1 from the air looking north on March 21, 1955
USGS photo
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KĪLAUEA'S 1955 LOWER EAST RIFT ZONE ERUPTION is the focus of this week's Volcano Watch, written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates:
     Feb. 28, 2020, marks the 65th anniversary of Kīlauea Volcano's 1955 lower East Rift Zone eruption. In recognition of this historic event, we look back at the eruption and compare it to what happened in 2018.
     Increased seismic activity and ground deformation began at Kīlauea's summit in January 1953. Despite a short (4-day) summit eruption in May 1954, the summit continued to pressurize, and by August 1954, summit inflation was at its highest levels since 1924.
A glowing pit crater from the air on March 21, 1955. USGS photo
     Following two large earthquakes in the south Puna District in March 1954, HVO deployed a seismograph at Pāhoa School to monitor increased seismic activity in the region. Months later, that seismic station began recording many small earthquake swarms near the town of Pāhoa.
     By Feb. 24, 1955, the Pāhoa seismograph was recording 130 earthquakes a day. That daily number quickly rose to 700 earthquakes just three days later, and HVO scientists thought an eruption in the area was imminent.
     Lava erupted from the first LERZ fissure near Pu‘uhonua‘ula at 8:00 a.m. local time on Feb. 28. Fourteen additional fissures then opened down-rift of the first. By the time the eruption waned on the morning of March 7, several lava flows had crossed Highways 132 and 137, as well as the Pāhoa-Pohoiki road, isolating Kapoho Village.
     The eruption paused for six days, and then a new fissure opened approximately 3 km (1.8 mi) up-rift, near Kali‘u, on the evening of March 12. An additional eight fissures opened along this up-rift trend.
A map of the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano showing the fissures and flow fields from the 1955 (blue) 
and 2018 (pink) eruptions. Portions of the 1955 lava flows that were covered during the 2018 eruption, 
are represented with a blue outline. USGS map
     The 1955 eruption abruptly ended on May 26 around 11:15 a.m., following the sudden termination of seismic tremor. Overall, nearly 2 km (1.2 miles) of Highway 130 were cut by lava flows. Three lava lobes reached the ocean, covering sections of Highway 137 and cutting access to Kalapana in the process.
     So how do the events of Kīlauea Volcano's 1955 LERZ eruption compare with its 2018 LERZ eruption?
Fountains, fissures, and flow near Pohoiki Road on February 28, 1955
Photo by George Ruhle courtesy of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
     The 1955 eruption lasted 88 days, with a brief (6-day) pause in activity after the first week. An additional two-week pause occurred in April, during which the coastal road to Kalapana was reopened. The eruption then resumed for another month, producing intermittent lava fountains up to 60 m (200 ft) high from several vents. During this renewed activity, lava ponded between two of the fissures. The lava pond eventually spilled over, producing multiple flows that crossed Highway 130 again, but stopped short of crossing Highway 137 and isolating Kalapana for a second time.
     Kīlauea's 2018 LERZ eruption lasted 124 days. It also paused briefly for several days soon after the eruption started, with a longer pause of approximately two weeks near the end of the eruption. However, the lava activity that resumed within the fissure 8 cone in 2018 was weak and lasted only about five days before ceasing.
Looking north along the broad fissure 8 channel. At its widest section,
 the channel is about 430 meters (1400 feet wide). Highway 132 (upper
 right) can be seen cutting through the braided section
of the channel. USGS photo by M. Zoeller
     Both eruptions opened 24 fissures that erupted lava. But, the estimated volume of lava erupted in 2018 was roughly seven times greater than that erupted in 1955.
     The 1955 lava flows covered about 15.8 sq km (6.1 square miles) of land, burying around 10.1 km (6.3 mi) of roads and destroying 21 homes. In 2018, lava flows covered about 35.5 sq km (13.7 square miles) of land, burying 48.3 km (30 mi) of roads and destroying 723 structures.
     In 1955, HVO's monitoring network on Kīlauea was sparse, but tilt measurements on the north rim of Kīlauea Crater recorded subsidence at the summit of the volcano. This subsidence, a result of the 1955 LERZ eruption, must have been more than 0.5 m (1.4 ft).
     Prior to the 2018 LERZ eruption, a 10-year-long eruption persisted in Halema‘uma‘u, a crater within the caldera atop Kīlauea. This 2008–2018 eruption ended when magma drained from the summit magma reservoir in response to the LERZ eruption, which led to caldera collapses. The maximum subsidence recorded at Kīlauea's summit in 2018 exceeded 500 m (1600 ft).
     Summit and rift zone eruptions are common in Kīlauea Volcano's geologic history. Per the guiding geologic principle that "the past is the key to the future," the 1955 LERZ eruption helped HVO scientists better understand the 2018 LERZ eruption. In turn, what we learned in 2018 will help us better understand future Kīlauea LERZ eruptions.
Fountains near Halekamahina on March 4, 1955. USGS photo
     Volcano Activity Updates
     Kīlauea Volcano is not erupting. Its USGS Volcano Alert level remains at NORMALKīlauea monitoring data over the past month showed no significant changes. Rates of seismicity were variable but within long-term values. Sulfur dioxide emission rates were low at the summit and below detection limits at Puʻu ʻŌʻō and the lower East Rift Zone. The water lake at the bottom of Halema‘uma‘u continued to slowly expand and deepen.
     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.
     This past week, about 80 small-magnitude earthquakes were recorded beneath the upper elevations of Mauna Loa; the strongest was a M2.9 quake on Feb. 27. Deformation indicates continued slow summit inflation. Fumarole temperature and gas concentrations on the Southwest Rift Zone remain stable.
     No earthquakes were reported felt in the Hawaiian Islands this past week.
     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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Kaʻū Spring Sports Schedule
Girls Softball
Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m., @Waiakea
Wednesday, March 11, 3 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m., host Kealakehe
Tuesday, March 17, 3 p.m., host Pāhoa
Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m., @Keaʻau
Boys Baseball
Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m., host HPA
Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m.. @Waiakea
Tuesday, March 10, 1 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m., host Kealakehe
Wednesday, March 18, 3 p.m., @Pāhoa
Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m., @Keaʻau
Boys Volleyball
Wednesday, March, 6 p.m., @Hilo
Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m., host Makualani
Friday, March 13, 6 p.m., host Konawaena
Judo
Saturday, Feb. 29, 10:30 a.m., @Kealakehe
Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.. @Kealakehe
Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m., @Hilo
Saturday, March 21, 10:30 a.m., @Konawaena
Track
Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m., @Waiakea
Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m., @Konawaena

UPCOMING
SATURDAY, FEB. 29
Hawaiian Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count, Saturday, Feb. 29 and March 28, 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., orientation included. Register at oceancount.org. Locations in Kaʻū are: Kaʻena Point in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Miloli‘i Lookout, Ka Lae Park, and Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach Park. Participants tally humpback whale sightings and document the animals' surface behavior during the survey, which provides a snapshot of humpback whale activity from the shoreline.

Mixed Media Photo Encaustic with Mary Milelzcik, Saturday, Feb. 29, 10 a.m. The class is slated for beginner to intermediate students. volcanoartcenter.org

MONDAY, MARCH 2
Girl's Day Headband Craft Registration Deadline, Monday, March 2. Program Tuesday, March 3, 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Kahuku Park in HOVE. Ages 6 to 12. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 929-9113

Hour-Long Lomilomi Massage, Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, and 23, 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Hawaiʻi County Economic Opportunity Council, 95-5635 Māmalahoa Hwy in Nāʻālehu. Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi offers sliding-fee payment scale sessions with experienced Licensed Massage Therapist and lomilomi practitioner Lehua Hobbs. "Improve circulation, alleviate muscle pain, and improve your overall well-being." Call for appointment, 808-969-9220.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3
Butterfly Art Project Registration Deadline, Tuesday, March 3. Program Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kaʻū District Gym. Ages 5 to 12. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102

Byron Haynie Live Country Music, Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. No cover charge. KMC open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com, 967-8365

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
Registration for Fundamental Baseball, through March 4 at Nāʻālehu Community Center, 95-5635 Mamālahoa Hwy. Ages 5 to 8. Program runs Thursday, March 5, 12, and 19, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Shoes, gloves, and protective cups required. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 939-2510

OKK Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the future Nāʻālehu Senior Housing Site. Contact Sue Barnett for vending, 808-345-9374.

Wonders of Watercolor Workshop Series with Nancy DeLucrezia, Wednesdays, March 4 through April 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eight-week course designed for artists already working in watercolor who want to benefit from constructive feedback, and sharing of ideas and information, provided by group classes, to take work to a new level. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

THURSDAY, MARCH 5
Register for Free PETFIX Spay and Neuter Clinic for Cats and Dogs, Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6, Ocean View Ranchos. Registration: contact Bridget at (808)990-3548 or petfixbigisland@gmail.com.

Hula Voices, Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., VAC Gallery. Presents engaging, intimate "talk story" session with Hawai‘i Island kumu hula. Features Noe Noe Kekaualua. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

FRIDAY, MARCH 6
Eco-Tour at Shaka Forest Farms with Zach Mermel, Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

ONGOING
Purchase Tickets for Hawaiʻi International Music Festival, Sunday March 8, 6:30 p.m., Pāhala Plantation House. The concert will feature music that will celebrate native plants of the Kaʻū Dryland Forest and will raise funds for Hoʻomalu Kaʻū. Tickets are $30, available at kauconcert.bpt.me. See himusicfestival.com for more.
     Performers are Maya Hoover, Hawaiʻi based Mezzo-Soprano at Professor at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Jonathan Korth, Hawaiʻi based Pianist and Professor at UH-Mānoa; and Joshua Nakazawa, Cellist from Hawaiʻi Symphony. They will be joined by the three HIMF co-founders: Amy Shoremount-Obra, Internationally Acclaimed Metropolitan Opera Soprano; Eric Silberger, Internationally Acclaimed Prize-Winning Virutuoso Violinist; and Carlin Ma, Multi-Media Artist and Pianist.

Sign Up to Be a Vendor at the Kauahaʻao Congregational Church Fundraising Bazaar by Wednesday, March 18. The annual event will be held Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located on the corner of Mamalahoa HwyKamaoa Road, and Pinao Street, just above the Wong Yuen Store in Waiʻōhinu.
     Individuals, schools, clubs, and sports/athletic groups are invited to be vendors at the "flea market" that will be located on the church lawn. The charge for a 10' X 10' space is $10. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own tent, table and chairs, and if power is needed, generator. Vendors can sell anything except hot foods or plate lunches.  
     Vendors must fill out and submit a Vendor Application with the $10 fee by Wednesday, March 18. Call Debbie Wong Yuen at 928-8039 for the application.
     The Church members will sell kalua pig and cabbage bowls, and smoked meat bowls, as well as baked goods, produce, and crafts.
     For more information, call 928-8039.

Sign Up Keiki for the Second Annual Kaʻū Children's Business Fair, to be held Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to noon at Pāhala Community Center. Open to young entrepreneurs ages seven and 18 to share their talents by selling handmade items and services. One application may be submitted for each business. Children can sign up for booth space at no charge. Children working as a group submit one application that includes each child's information; no more than three children per business.
     Kaʻū Children's Business Fair guidelines are designed to give children the experience of selling a product or service. Parents of younger children (under eight years old) may sit in the booth, but the children should be responsible for set up, customer interaction, and sales. Parents may aid a child, but the child runs the business.
    Learn more about participating at childrensbusinessfair.org/pahala. Visit Kaʻū Children's Business Fair's Facebook event page facebook.com/KAUCBF/. RSVP to the event at facebook.com/events/925342784527676/. Text KAUKIDSFAIR to 31996 for updates and information (message and data fees may apply).

Register for Ocean View Classic Car & Bike Show, Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owners of classic cars and bikes are encouraged to register early, as space is limited.
     This second annual event, a fundraiser for Ocean View Community Association, will also feature food and live music, and prizes for the most impressive cars and bikes. Contact organizers Dennis Custard at 831-234-7143 or Ron Gall at 808-217-7982 to register or for more info.

Sign Up to Vend at the New ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Nāʻālehu Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the site of the old Fruit Stand, mauka of Hwy 11 in Nāʻālehu. Vending focuses on Kaʻū products, including mushrooms from the new farm in Nāʻālehu, fresh breads, vegetables, fruits, and other products. The market may offer music in the future, and there are plans to acquire picnic tables for market goers. Call Manager Sue Barnett at 345-9374 to sign up.

Register for Volcano's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Keiki Dash by Wednesday, July 22. The second annual event will be held on Saturday, July 25. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to University of Hawaiʻi for furthering research of Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death and The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences. See webscorer.com to register.
     Half Marathon registration is $70 through May 24, $80 May 25 through July 22, and $90 for late registration. Registration for the 10K is $50 through May 24, $55 May 25 through Jul 22, and $60 for late registration. Registration for the 5K is $35 through May 24, $40 May 25 through July 22, and $45 for late registration. Keiki Dash registration is $10. All registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.
     Late registration is only available at packet pickup or race day morning. Shirts are not guaranteed for late registration.  Race Shirts will be included for Half Marathon and 10K participants only. For all other participants, shirts are available to purchase online.
     Packet pick-up is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 in Hilo; Friday, July 26 in Volcano; and Saturday, July 27, 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at the race start.
     Half Marathon will start at 7 a.m. Other distances follow shortly after. Keiki Dash will begin at 10 a.m. on VSAS grounds. Race cut-off time for the Half Marathon is four hours. The races will begin and end in Volcano Village at VSAS.

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment, features classes on block printing, lauhala weaving, ti leaf lei making, and more. A free guided Cultural Forest Tour, and a Mele and Hula ‘Auana performance are also slated. Visit the website events calendar for the full lineup. volcanoartcenter.org

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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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Thursday, February 27, 2020

Hunnay Demello, performing hula as part of her efforts to help promote fundraising for the Nā‘ālehu senior housing 
project. She will appear on Little Big Shots this Sunday. See details, below. Photo by Dennis Fujimoto
TESTING FOR THE NEW CORONAVIRUS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE in Hawaiʻi, possibly within a week, reports the state Department of Health. The federal government has given state government laboratories permission to conduct tests developed by its Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The green light comes after the origin of a case in California could not be tracked down. Test kits from CDC are expected to arrive in Hawaiʻi soon.
An electron microscope image of COVID-19. Image from NPR
     Gov. David Ige made a $7 million request to the Hawaiʻi Legislature to combat COVID-19, should it circulate here. The governor's budget was approved today by the state Senate Ways and Means Committee. It includes funding for public education and extra assistance for dealing with the virus, should it spread into the Neighbor Islands. The state Dept. of Health has given early encouragement for households to keep 14 days of food supply on hand, ahead of the summer and fall hurricane season. The stored food would be used should shipping into Hawaiʻi be disrupted by circulation of coronavirus.

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YOUNG AMBASSADOR FOR NĀʻĀLEHU SENIOR HOUSING WILL BE ON LITTLE BIG SHOTS this Sunday, according to the promotion for the NBC television show. Ocean View's tiny hula dancer, "Hunnay" Rhyan Faith Anoʻi Demello, traveled to Los Angeles earlier this year to film the show, with host Melissa McCarthy. It features talented young children, many of them with a special focus on helping other people. The show with Hunnay will be aired in Hawaiʻi this Sunday at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on NBC.
     Hunnay was a star at ʻO Kaʻū Kākou's Nāʻālehu Market on Wednesday and attends when she can, to bring attention for the need for senior housing, planned for the land where the market is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Donate to her GoFundMe at hunnay039s-campaign-for-community.

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NĀʻĀLEHU MARKET, the outdoor venture sponsored by ʻO Kaʻū Kākou community organization, has expanded its days. The market will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting next week. The Wednesday market was such a success, days are being added, said OKK Vice President Nadene Ebert. To become a vendor of food and other items, contact Sue Barnett at 808-345-9374.
Pukana Lā Farms' booth at the new location of the Nāʻālehu Farmers Market, now open Mondays and Wednesdays. 
Photo by Rocky DʻAmore, owner of Blazing Shades

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MORE THAN 100 MEASURES PASSED THE STATE HOUSE of Representatives today, including bills on gun violence prevention, family issues and education. They move to the Senate for consideration. More than a dozen police officers and members of Mother's Demanding Action attended today's session to support gun violence prevention bills. Members of the Hawaiʻi Firearms Coalition attended the session in opposition.
     Gun Violence Prevention Bills that passed onto the Senate: HB2736 HD1 would require the licensing of sellers of ammunition, and for the identification and proper permitting of purchasers or
possessors of ammunition. Regulates ammunition in the same manner that firearms are regulated.
     HB 1902 HD2 would extend the prohibition for large capacity magazines to all firearms, rather than just pistols. It would provides an exception to the prohibition for law enforcement agencies and duly authorized officers. It would prohibit from owning firearms those who: as a minor, were diagnosed with behavioral, emotional, or mental disorders, unless the person has been medically documented to be no longer either adversely affected by the behavioral, emotional, or mental disorder or deemed a danger to themselves or others; and those were adjudicated by the family court to have committed a certain number of crimes of violence. It would require records of these diagnoses or adjudications to be made available to law enforcement officials.
     HB 2744 would establish the gun violence and violent crimes commission, with reports to the Legislature. It would make it a class C felony to purchase, manufacture, or otherwise obtain firearm parts for the purpose of assembling a firearm having no serial number. It would amends requirements relating to firearms registration.
     HB 2709 relates to the Uniform Probate Code. It would require a personal representative of a decedent appointed under the Uniform Probate Code to notify the police department of the appropriate county of any and all firearms in an estate. Requires the police department to certify that all firearms in an estate are properly transferred or disposed of before the estate may close.
A bill that passed the state House today would help college students in 
health care, teaching, engineering, and social work pay for cost of living 
while finishing their education, if they commit to work in Hawaiʻi 
for three years. Photo from University of Hawaiʻi
     Family Issue Bills that passed on to the Senate: HB2060 HD1, relating to domestic abuse, would provide that family courts may withhold from public inspection any record of a denied temporary restraining order or denied protective order; provided that these records shall remain accessible to law enforcement without a court order. HB2425 HD1 would amend the definition of "domestic abuse" under Hawaiʻi's insurance laws and laws relating to domestic abuse protective orders to include coercive control between family or household members. It also would define "coercive control."
     Equal Pay Bill that passed onto the Senate: HB1701 HD1 would conform statutory prohibitions against wage discrimination with other prohibitions on employment discrimination. It would clarify allowable justifications for compensation differentials and remedies for pay disparity. It would require employers to disclose wage ranges to employees and prospective employees.
     Higher Education Bill that passed onto the Senate: HB2250 HD1, relating to the University of Hawaiʻi Promise Program Plus, would provide scholarships for the unmet direct cost needs of qualified students enrolled in bachelor's degree programs in teaching, health care, social work, or engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi who commit to work for at least three years in Hawaiʻi. It would appropriate funds to establish, implement, and manage the program.
     Capital Improvement Project Funding that passed onto the Senate: HB2725 HD1, including all means of financing, would approve CIP projects for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 totaling more than $4.9 billion to be spent statewide.
The first industrial hemp harvested in 2018 under laws that aim to help
 develop the industry, with new legislation passing the House today.
Photo from Rep. Chris Lee 
     Hemp Product Bills that passed onto the Senate: HB2102 HD1 would require labels on hemp products. It would prohibit unwarranted health-related statements about hemp products. It would establish standards for hemp product manufacturers. It would prohibit manufacture or sale of any food into which a hemp product has been added. It would prohibit sale of hemp products designed to appeal to children.
     The bill also would establish that a product shall not be considered adulterated or misbranded solely by the inclusion of hemp with certain exceptions. It would clarify that a licensed medical cannabis dispensary is not prohibited from manufacturing, distributing, or selling products that contain hemp, or cannabinoids, extracts, or derivatives from hemp, subject to certain conditions. It would prohibit sale of hemp products to persons under 21 years of age and would require the state Department of Health to report on hemp to the legislature.
     See all 2019 and 2020 House bills that have crossed over to the Senate this session here.

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MAUNA LOA VOLCANO is not erupting. The mauna's Volcano Alert Level is ADVISORY, Aviation Code is YELLOW. Rates of deformation and seismicity have not changed significantly over the past week and remain above long-term background levels.
     During the past week, HVO seismometers recorded about 80 small-magnitude earthquakes beneath the volcano's upper elevations. The strongest was a magnitude-2.9 event beneath the summit region in the early morning hours of February 27. Most events occurred at shallow depths of less than 5 kilometers (~3 miles) beneath the surface of the summit and upper flanks of the volcano.
Global Positioning System measurements show continued slow summit inflation, consistent with magma supply to the volcano's shallow storage system.
     Gas concentrations at the Sulphur Cone monitoring site on the Southwest Rift Zone remain stable. Fumarole temperatures as measured at both Sulphur Cone and the summit have not changed significantly.
     For more information on current monitoring of Mauna Loa Volcano, see volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/mauna_loa/monitoring_summary.html.
Mauna Loa remains quiet. USGS photo/J.D. Griggs
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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
See daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more at kaucalendar.com.

Kaʻū Spring Sports Schedule
Girls Softball
Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m., @Waiakea
Wednesday, March 11, 3 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m., host Kealakehe
Tuesday, March 17, 3 p.m., host Pāhoa
Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m., @Keaʻau
Boys Baseball
Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m., host HPA
Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m.. @Waiakea
Tuesday, March 10, 1 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m., host Kealakehe
Wednesday, March 18, 3 p.m., @Pāhoa
Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m., @Keaʻau
Boys Volleyball
Wednesday, March, 6 p.m., @Hilo
Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m., host Makualani
Friday, March 13, 6 p.m., host Konawaena
Judo
Saturday, Feb. 29, 10:30 a.m., @Kealakehe
Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.. @Kealakehe
Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m., @Hilo
Saturday, March 21, 10:30 a.m., @Konawaena
Track
Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m., @Waiakea
Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m., @Konawaena

UPCOMING
FRIDAY, FEB. 28
Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association Annual Health Conference, Friday, Feb. 28, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Pāhala Community Center. Register in advance: 808-928-0101.

TRAILBLAZERS: BUFFALO SOLDIERS IN HAWAIʻI will be the subject discussed at this month's Coffee Talk at the Visitor Center of Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on Friday, Feb. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Mardi Gras Dinner Fundraiser for St. Jude's Episcopal ChurchFriday, Feb. 28 at the church, 92-8660 Paradise Circle, Ocean View. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person, $15 per couple, and $20 per family, for jambalaya, red beans and rice, cornbread, drink, and dessert. Pre-purchase from Thom White, Beverly Nelson, or Cordelia Burt. Questions? Call 808-939-7555 and leave a message.

SATURDAY, FEB. 29
Hawaiian Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count, Saturday, Feb. 29 and March 28, 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., orientation included. Register at oceancount.org. Locations in Kaʻū are: Kaʻena Point in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Miloli‘i Lookout, Ka Lae Park, and Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach Park. Participants tally humpback whale sightings and document the animals' surface behavior during the survey, which provides a snapshot of humpback whale activity from the shoreline.

MONDAY, MARCH 2
Girl's Day Headband Craft Registration Deadline, Monday, March 2. Program Tuesday, March 3, 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Kahuku Park in HOVE. Ages 6 to 12. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation
Hour-Long Lomilomi Massage, Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, and 23, 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Hawaiʻi County Economic Opportunity Council, 95-5635 Māmalahoa Hwy in Nāʻālehu. Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi offers sliding-fee payment scale sessions with experienced Licensed Massage Therapist and lomilomi practitioner Lehua Hobbs. "Improve circulation, alleviate muscle pain, and improve your overall well-being." Call for appointment, 808-969-9220.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3
Butterfly Art Project Registration Deadline, Tuesday, March 3. Program Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kaʻū District Gym. Ages 5 to 12. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Byron Haynie Live Country Music, Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. No cover charge. KMC open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com, 967-8365

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
Registration for Fundamental Baseball, through March 4 at Nāʻālehu Community Center, 95-5635 Mamālahoa Hwy. Ages 5 to 8. Program runs Thursday, March 5, 12, and 19, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Shoes, gloves, and protective cups required. Richard Karasuda, 939-2510, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

OKK Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu, Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the future Nāʻālehu Senior Housing Site. Contact Sue Barnett for vending, 808-345-9374.

Wonders of Watercolor Workshop Series with Nancy DeLucrezia, Wednesdays, March 4 through April 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eight-week course designed for artists already working in watercolor who want to benefit from constructive feedback, and sharing of ideas and information, provided by group classes, to take work to a new level. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

THURSDAY, MARCH 5
Register for Free PETFIX Spay and Neuter Clinic for Cats and Dogs, Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6, Ocean View Ranchos. Registration: contact Bridget at (808)990-3548 or petfixbigisland@gmail.com.

Hula Voices, Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., VAC Gallery. Presents engaging, intimate "talk story" session with Hawai‘i Island kumu hula. Features Noe Noe Kekaualua. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Mixed Media Photo Encaustic with Mary Milelzcik, Saturday, Feb. 29, 10 a.m. The class is slated for beginner to intermediate students. volcanoartcenter.org

ONGOING
OKK Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu, Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the future Nāʻālehu Senior Housing Site. Contact Sue Barnett for vending, 808-345-9374.

Purchase Tickets for Hawaiʻi International Music Festival, Sunday March 8, 6:30 p.m., Pāhala Plantation House. The concert will feature music that will celebrate native plants of the Kaʻū Dryland Forest and will raise funds for Hoʻomalu Kaʻū. Tickets are $30, available at kauconcert.bpt.me. See himusicfestival.com for more.
     Performers are Maya Hoover, Hawaiʻi based Mezzo-Soprano at Professor at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Jonathan Korth, Hawaiʻi based Pianist and Professor at UH-Mānoa; and Joshua Nakazawa, Cellist from Hawaiʻi Symphony. They will be joined by the three HIMF co-founders: Amy Shoremount-Obra, Internationally Acclaimed Metropolitan Opera Soprano; Eric Silberger, Internationally Acclaimed Prize-Winning Virutuoso Violinist; and Carlin Ma, Multi-Media Artist and Pianist.

Sign Up to Be a Vendor at the Kauahaʻao Congregational Church Fundraising Bazaar by Wednesday, March 18. The annual event will be held Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located on the corner of Mamalahoa HwyKamaoa Road, and Pinao Street, just above the Wong Yuen Store in Waiʻōhinu.
     Individuals, schools, clubs, and sports/athletic groups are invited to be vendors at the "flea market" that will be located on the church lawn. The charge for a 10' X 10' space is $10. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own tent, table and chairs, and if power is needed, generator. Vendors can sell anything except hot foods or plate lunches.  
     Vendors must fill out and submit a Vendor Application with the $10 fee by Wednesday, March 18. Call Debbie Wong Yuen at 928-8039 for the application.
     The Church members will sell kalua pig and cabbage bowls, and smoked meat bowls, as well as baked goods, produce, and crafts.
     For more information, call 928-8039.

Sign Up Keiki for the Second Annual Kaʻū Children's Business Fair, to be held Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to noon at Pāhala Community Center. Open to young entrepreneurs ages seven and 18 to share their talents by selling handmade items and services. One application may be submitted for each business. Children can sign up for booth space at no charge. Children working as a group submit one application that includes each child's information; no more than three children per business.
     Kaʻū Children's Business Fair guidelines are designed to give children the experience of selling a product or service. Parents of younger children (under eight years old) may sit in the booth, but the children should be responsible for set up, customer interaction, and sales. Parents may aid a child, but the child runs the business.
    Learn more about participating at childrensbusinessfair.org/pahala. Visit Kaʻū Children's Business Fair's Facebook event page facebook.com/KAUCBF/. RSVP to the event at facebook.com/events/925342784527676/. Text KAUKIDSFAIR to 31996 for updates and information (message and data fees may apply).

Register for Ocean View Classic Car & Bike Show, Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owners of classic cars and bikes are encouraged to register early, as space is limited.
     This second annual event, a fundraiser for Ocean View Community Association, will also feature food and live music, and prizes for the most impressive cars and bikes. Contact organizers Dennis Custard at 831-234-7143 or Ron Gall at 808-217-7982 to register or for more info.

Sign Up to Vend at the New ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Nāʻālehu Farmers Market, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the site of the old Fruit Stand, mauka of Hwy 11 in Nāʻālehu. Vending focuses on Kaʻū products, including mushrooms from the new farm in Nāʻālehu, fresh breads, vegetables, fruits, and other products. The market may offer music in the future, and there are plans to acquire picnic tables for market goers. Call Manager Sue Barnett at 345-9374 to sign up.

Register for Volcano's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Keiki Dash by Wednesday, July 22. The second annual event will be held on Saturday, July 25. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to University of Hawaiʻi for furthering research of Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death and The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences. See webscorer.com to register.
     Half Marathon registration is $70 through May 24, $80 May 25 through July 22, and $90 for late registration. Registration for the 10K is $50 through May 24, $55 May 25 through Jul 22, and $60 for late registration. Registration for the 5K is $35 through May 24, $40 May 25 through July 22, and $45 for late registration. Keiki Dash registration is $10. All registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.
     Late registration is only available at packet pickup or race day morning. Shirts are not guaranteed for late registration.  Race Shirts will be included for Half Marathon and 10K participants only. For all other participants, shirts are available to purchase online.
     Packet pick-up is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 in Hilo; Friday, July 26 in Volcano; and Saturday, July 27, 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at the race start.
     Half Marathon will start at 7 a.m. Other distances follow shortly after. Keiki Dash will begin at 10 a.m. on VSAS grounds. Race cut-off time for the Half Marathon is four hours. The races will begin and end in Volcano Village at VSAS.

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment, features classes on block printing, lauhala weaving, ti leaf lei making, and more. A free guided Cultural Forest Tour, and a Mele and Hula ‘Auana performance are also slated. Visit the website events calendar for the full lineup. volcanoartcenter.org

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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