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

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Ka‘ū News Brief Thursday, May 3, 2018

In the cloud forest, under the flume, John Replogle lifts his hands and talks about the old sugar plantation water system and nature all around during Kaʻū Coffee Mill's Kaʻū Mountain Watery System Hike yesterday. See story and more on this week's Kaʻū Coffee Festival events, below and at kaucoffeefest.comPhoto by Lee Neal
LAVA BROKE OUT IN LEILANI ESTATES THIS AFTERNOON AND EVACUATIONS BEGAN. Civil Defense ordered residents to leave, from Lualna to Mohala Streets, and blocked roads to outsiders. Pohoa Regional Community Center opened as a shelter. The initial breakout on Mohala Street followed a magnitude 5 earthquake at 10:31 this morning. The quake was felt in Ka`u but epicenter was in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, closer to Leilani and within the 15,000 acres closed to public access by HVNP yesterday.
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake is the biggest red dot on the map showing
some eight earthquakes in one hour today, as lava moves underground.
Map from USGS
   Earthquakes shook the land this afternoon, with as many as eight per hour, as underground lava moved down the lower East Rift Zone, on a path from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō Crater,  into Leilani and beyond. The earth swelled, cracking the ground and pavement. The cracks became numerous and expanded until lava poured onto the landscape from a crack on Mohala Street. The lava broke out in the rural subdivision of farm lots and homes inhabited by about 1700 people. Evacuations began as county road workers blocked off roads to outsiders, wearing masks and their shirts over the noses as fumes rose. Some trees in the forest began to burn, creating a risk additional to the lava.
     The 5 p.m. County of of Hawai`i Civil Defense message reported steam and lava emissions from a crack in Leilani Subdivision in the area of Mohala Street.
      "Due to the eruption, the following are issued:  A mandatory evacuation is now in effect for residents in Leilani Estates Subdivision located from Luana Street down to Mohala Street including the lower end of Leilani Avenue to the end of the subdivision to Pohoiki Road.
     The Pahoa Regional Community Center near the new Pahoa Regional Park is open for sheltering Leilani and Lanipuna evacuees."Residents evacuating should ensure to bring your emergency evacuation supply kit including necessary medicine, food, and necessary items for your comfort if possible.The intersection at Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road is now closed to allow evacuation efforts to proceed.
     "Puna Geothermal Venture is executing their emergency plan and starting to shut down operations at their time.
    "Call Civil Defense at (808) 935-0031 for emergency needs you may have.
Hawaii County Civil Defense, Police, Fire and partners continue to assist evacuation efforts and monitor the situation. You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety."
    Earlier, Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory geologists said Leilani cracks, which grew during the day, initially showed no steaming or heat, and were small - no more than several inches across. They resulted from deformation of the ground surface due to underlying intrusion of magma which built volume and broke out on the surface.
    This evening, Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation. His statement said, "The lava is flowing onto streets in the subdivision, which consists of about 770 structures. The lava flow has prompted the mandatory evacuation of about 1,700 residents of Leilani Estates. Residents are being sheltered at Pāhoa Community Center and Kea‘au Community Center.
      "The danger is of such magnitude that it warrants preemptive and protective action in order to provide for the safety, health and welfare of the residents of Leilani Estates and surrounding areas.
     "This proclamation authorizes the expenditure of state monies as appropriated for quick and efficient relief caused by the volcanic eruption.
     "The governor’s emergency proclamation follows Hawai‘i County’s emergency proclamation filed Thursday afternoon."
     Said the governor, “I am in contact with Mayor Harry Kim and Hawai‘i County, and the state is actively supporting the county’s emergency response efforts. I have also activated the Hawai‘i National Guard to support county emergency response teams with evacuations and security.” \
The orange dashed line marks the area of most earthquakes this week.
See more on the hazards associated with this ongoing event. Map from USGS
     Starting on the afternoon of Monday, April 30, magma beneath Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō drained and the crater floor collapsed leaving a gaping hole. Within hours, earthquakes began migrating east of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, continuing all week, regularly shaking Leilani Estates, Nanawale Estates, and the coastal area of Kapoho.
     Due to the possibility of an eruption, Civil Defense advised for days that area motorists be on the alert for roadway damage and that residents and visitors "prepare and review your emergency plans in case you need to evacuate."
     Videographer Mick Kalber took his second Paradise Helicopter ride in two days today, to look into the activity at Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Kalber stated the flyover was "under stunningly beautiful skies," allowing a view deep into Puʻu ʻŌʻō.
Puʻu ʻŌʻō  before the the April 30 collapse, and and after the crater floor caved in. Photos from Big Island Video News 
    "We were able to see inside the vent. Hundreds of feet deep, we saw no lava in the vent at all… just cinders and rubble. Additionally, a half-mile long line of steamy fissures runs west from the vent," Kalber wrote, "eerily reminiscent of the fissure eruption seven years ago."
A short-lived plume of ash produced by the 5.0 earthquake today
lofted skyward and dissipated as it drifted southwest from 
ʻŌʻō. Downwind areas may have experienced a dusting of ash from
this plume. At this time, the 10:30 earthquake has caused no other
changes at Kīlauea Volcano. USGS photo by Kevan Kamibayashi
     After the 5.0 quake, a VI on the Mercalli Intensity Scale, a large plume of reddish ash was seen coming from Puʻu ʻŌʻō: "It appears that ground shaking from the earthquake caused rockfalls in the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater on Kīlauea Volcano's East Rift Zone, which resulted in a short-lived plume of reddish ash rising above the cone," said Tina Neal, HVO Scientist-in-Charge. No other changes at Kīlauea have been observed, but HVO scientists are closely monitoring the data.
     According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) no tsunami was generated by the earthquake.

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Open flumes from plantation days took water to sugar
fields where cane was loaded. The flumes delivered
the water to the sugar mill. Photo by Lee Neal
THE KAʻŪ COFFEE FESTIVAL KAʻŪ MOUNTAIN WATER SYSTEMS HIKE yesterday sold out and caught some good weather. Kaʻū's new Planning Commissioner John Replogle, The Nature Conservancy's Shalan Crysdale, and Kaʻū Coffee Mill's Manager Lou Danielle led the excursion.
Louis Danielle, Manager of Kaʻū Coffee Mill. 
Photo by Lee Neal
     They explained how the old sugar plantation around Pāhala created a water system, now used for irrigating different crops from coffee to macadamia. In the future, the water could provide the energy to run a hydroelectric plant being developed by the Edmund C. Olson Trust, which owns Kaʻū Coffee Mill.
Hiking along the water system now enclosed
by Olson Trust. Photo by Lee Neal
     The electricity produced by the water coming down the mountain could run Kaʻū Coffee Mill and manufacture other value added farm products. All the while, the rainforest remains as one of the most pristine places, with native plants and animals in all of Hawaiʻi, with preserves on the mountainsides stewarded by The Nature Conservancy. It is also a place where local hunters catch pigs and cultural practitioners gather native foliage used in ceremonies and in hula, including maile woven into lei.
     The hikers left from Kaʻū Coffee Mill, riding through the coffee orchards, up the mountain into the cloud forest. They walked along trails from sugar plantation days.
     Features of the hike included the sugar cane-era wooden flume system that used to carry cane to the mill. Also along the way were pipes carrying the water for irrigation and toward the hydroelectric plant.
     The hikers had a chance to observe the natural area, with the sights, smells, and sounds of a mostly undisturbed rainforest.

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WINNER OF THE DESSERT CATEGORY IN THE KA‘Ū COFFEE RECIPE CONTEST last Sunday is Tanya Villanueva of Pāhala, with her creation Ka‘ū Coffee Irish Cream Cookies.
     Cookie Ingredients:
Ka‘ū Coffee Recipe Contest dessert winner, Ka‘ū Coffee 
Irish Cream Cookies. Photo by Julia Neal
   - 1 Cup butter, softened
   - 1 ¼ Cup sugar
   - 2 eggs
   - 2 Tbsp. ground Ka‘ū coffee
   - 1 ¼ tsp. Irish Cream Liqueur
   - 2 Cup flour
   - ½ tsp. baking powder
   - ¼ tsp. salt
     Frosting Ingredients:
   - ½ Cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
   - 1 ½ Cup powdered sugar
   - 1 tsp. vanilla extract
   - 1 tsp. Irish Cream liqueur
   - 3 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
     Instructions for cookie: Preheat over to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar until becomes light and fluffy. In another bowl, combine eggs, ground coffee, vanilla, and liqueur. Gradually add coffee mixture to butter and sugar until well combined. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually mix dry ingredients into wet. If dough is still wet and soft, mix in another ¼ Cup of flour. Flour cutting board lightly. Place dough on board. Sprinkle more flour on dough. Knead until combined. Lightly flour board again. Roll out to ¼ inch. Cut out cookies with cookie cutter. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until edges become slightly golden.
     Instructions for frosting: Combine all ingredients. Mix until fluffy, stiff peaks form. Place mixture in piping or Ziploc bag. Pipe frosting onto top of cookies. Garnish with chocolate-covered peaberry, chocolate drizzle, or coffee bean.
     Ka‘ū Coffee Recipe Contest is an annual event of the Ka‘ū Coffee Festival. See more events below and at www.kaucoffeefestival.com.

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HAWAI‘I WILL BAN MOST SUNSCREENS IF THE GOVERNOR SIGNS THE NEW LAW. The ban would begin Jan. 1. State Senate Bill 2571 would prohibit any sunscreen that contains oxybenzone or octinoxate - no selling, offering of sale, or distribution in the state - unless prescribed by a medical doctor.
     The bill states the chemicals, found in many sunscreens, "have significant harmful impacts" on Hawai‘i's marine environment and residing ecosystems, including coral reefs that protect Hawaii's shoreline. The bill states the chemicals cause mortality in developing coral; increase coral bleaching; degrade corals' resiliency and ability to adjust to climate change factors; inhibit recruitment of new corals; and cause genetic damage to coral and other marine organisms.
Coral that has been bleached. Photo from DLNR
     The chemicals the bill would ban "appear to increase probability of endocrine disruption; scientific studies show that both chemicals can induce feminization in adult male fish and increase reproductive diseases in marine invertebrate species (e.g., sea urchins), vertebrate species (e.g., fish such as wrasses, eels, and parrotfish), and mammals (in species similar to the Hawaiian monk seal). The chemicals also induce deformities in the embryonic development of fish, sea urchins, coral, and shrimp and induce neurological behavioral changes in fish that threaten the continuity of fish populations. In addition, species that are listed on the federal Endangered Species Act and inhabit Hawai‘i's waters, including sea turtle species, marine mammals, and migratory birds, may be exposed to oxybenzone and octinoxate contamination."
     The legislat states hat environmental contamination of oxybenzone and octinoxate "persists in Hawai‘i's coastal waters, as the contamination is constantly refreshed and renewed every day by swimmers and beachgoers. Swimming and other water activities cause these chemicals to pollute Hawai‘i's water unless they are actively mitigated." Sewage contamination of coastal waters is another source of oxybenzone and octinoxate environmental contamination, states the bill, "as these chemicals are not removed by the State's wastewater treatment system. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are also discharged to the ground and surface waters from cesspools, leaking septic systems, and municipal wastewater collection and treatment systems."
     The legislature finds that "elevated levels of oxybenzone and octinoxate have been detected at popular swimming beaches and critical coral reef areas throughout the State, including Waimea bay, Hanauma bay, and Waikiki beach on O`ahu, and Honolua bay and Ahihi nature reserve area on Maui.
     "Accordingly, the purpose of this Act is to preserve marine ecosystems, including coral reefs, by prohibiting the sale in Hawaii of ultraviolet sun protection factor sunscreen personal care products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate."  Read the bill.

Ka‘ū Coffee & Cattle day happens tomorrow, including plantation
 and ranch tour, hayride, and BBQ buffet. Photo from Aikane Plantation 
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     Ka‘ū Coffee & Cattle Day, Friday, May 4, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Aikane Plantation Coffee Company. Tour the farm with owners Merle and Phil Becker and learn how coffee is integrated into cattle ranching and other agriculture. $25 per person; includes BBQ buffet and hayride. Reservations required, 927-2252. aikaneplantation.com

     Tenth Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Festival Ho‘olaule‘a, Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m - 5 p.m. p.m., Pāhala Community Center. Celebrate Ka‘ū Coffee with free music, hula entertainment, and coffee tastings all day long. Local  vendor booths. Food and beverage sales.
     Entertainer lineup includes: Ho‘aikāne, emcee Makana Kamahele, Hands of Time, Hannah's Makana ‘Ohana Halau, Shootz, Halau Hula O Leionalani, Keaiwa & Demetrius, El Leo - The Jarican Express, The Lucky Lizard Band, Backyahd Braddahs, Christy Keinaʻala Lassiter, and Bolo.
     Free to attend. Ka‘ū Coffee Experience: 9:30-noon, 1-3:30 p.m., discover the methods behind brewing the perfect cup while enjoying free coffee tastings. Farm & Mill Tours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $20/person.

     Ka‘ū Coffee College, Sun, May 6, 9-noon, Pāhala Community Center. Informative talks given by visiting coffee experts. Free; donations appreciated.
     Presentations will be made by Fred Seeber of Shore Systems; University of Hawai‘i's Andrea Kawabata and Tom Greenwell, president and long-time coffee farmer of Greenwell Farms; and Brian Webb of Pacific Coffee Research.
     Coffee Discovery - The Fuji Royal, Ltd. Mini Roaster from Japan - designed for coffee shops, small farmers with their own brand, and for home - will be presented by Yoshiyuki Asano at a workshop at Pāhala Plantation House on Sunday, May 6, after the Coffee College. Also attending will be Tatsuo Fukushima, President of Fuji Royal, and Tokyo manager Yuuki Sugii.
     The roasting quality is the same as with large professional coffee roaster machines, said Max Maemori, who represents Fuji Royal in Hawai‘i. The Fuji Royal mini roaster can process as little as a half pound, 250 grams of green beans and 200 grams of roasted beans. "The top quality micro roaster brings the same efficiency of high performance models to your coffee life," said Maemori. The machine weighs about 70 lbs and can fit on a 14 by 28 inch space with a height of two feet.
    There will also be a demonstration on Saturday, May 5, at the Ka‘ū Coffee Festival Ho‘olaule‘a at Pāhala Community Center.

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Hula Hoop Challenge, Fri, May 4, 2-3pm, Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. Ages 6 to 12. Register until May 4. Teresa Anderson, 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Cinco De Mayo Dinner, Fri, May 4, 5:30pm, St. Jude's Episcopal Church. $8/single, $15/couple, $20/family. 939-7000

KDENte! Italian Food Fundraiser, Fri, May 4, 6pm, Almafatano's Italian Restaurant, Hilo. Buffet; includes pasta dish, lasagna, salad. Karl Halemano provides music. $20 at door. Reservations: 982-7344

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: 10th Annual Ho‘olaule‘a, Sat, May 5, 9-5pm, Pāhala Community Center. Celebrate Ka‘ū Coffee and with free music, hula entertainment and coffee tastings. Local vendor booths. Food and beverage sales. Free to attend. Ka‘ū Coffee Experience: 9:30-noon, 1-3:30pm, discover the methods behind brewing the perfect cup while enjoying free coffee tastings. Farm & Mill Tours, shuttle to Ka‘ū Coffee Mill,$20/person, at 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, & 3:30pm. kaucoffeefestival.com

Realms and Divisions of Kahuku, Sat, May 5, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, two-mile, guided hike on Kahuku Unit's newest trail, Pu‘u Kahuku, explores the traditional Hawaiian classification system.

Cinco de Mayo Dinner, Sat, May 5, 3-5pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. discoveryharbour.net

Cinco de Mayo Buffet, Sat, May 5, 5-8pm, Crater Rim Café, Kīlauea Military Camp, inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Build Your Own Fajita Bar; menu includes Cheese Quesadillas, Black Beans, Spanish Rice, Soup, Salad/Potato Bar, Beverage, and Ice Cream Sundae Bar. $15.50/Adult, $8.25/Child (6-11 yrs). Regular menu available. KMC patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. 967-8356, kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival: Ka‘ū Coffee College, Sun, May 6, 9-noon, Pāhala Community Center. Informative talks given by visiting coffee experts. Free; donations appreciated. kaucoffeefestival.com

Palm Trail, Sun, May 6, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately difficult, 2.6-mile loop traverses scenic pastures along an ancient cinder cone, with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer. nps.gov/HAVO

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun, May 6, noon-2pm, Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. Sponsored by South Point Amateur Radio Club and Amateur Radio Emergency Service. View sites.google.com/site/southpointartc or sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Monday, May 7 & 21, 1 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. A parent led homeschool activity/social group building community in Ka‘ū. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Meeting, Mon, May 7, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Community Meeting with State Senatorial Candidate Brenda Ford, Mon, May 7, 6-9pm, Ocean View Community Center. Free; donations from $1 to $1,000 accepted.

Hawai‘i County Council Meetings, Tue/Wed, May 8 (Committees)/9 (Council), Kona; Mon/Wed, May 21 (Committees)/23 (Council), Hilo. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

C.E.R.T. Discovery Harbour/Nā‘ālehu, Tue, May 8, 4-6pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Public invited to see what Community Emergency Response Team is about, and participate in training scenarios. Dina Shisler, dinashisler24@yahoo.com, 410-935-8087

Return to Abundance: A Vision for Healthy Oceans, Tue, May 8, 7pm, Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Kēhau Springer describes how Conservation International Hawai‘i works collaboratively to revitalize pono (responsible) Hawaiian fishing values and practices. Free; park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/HAVO

Hawai‘i County Council Meetings, Wed, May 9 (Council), Kona; Mon/Wed, May 21 (Committees)/23 (Council), Hilo. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

Disability Legal Services, Thu, May 10, 9:30-1pm, Ocean View Community Center. Provided by Paula Boyer of Big Island Disability. ovcahi.org, 939-7033, ovcahawaii@gmail.com

Ka‘ū Scenic Byway Dedication Ceremony, Thursday, May 10, at 2:00 p.m., Manuka State Wayside. Light refreshments will be served.

Papa ‘Olelo Hawai‘i: Beginning Hawaiian Language Classes, Thu, May 10, Part II, 5-6:30pm, Part V, 6:30-8pm, Volcano Art Center. 8 week courses. Hawaiian language experience preferred (basic for part II). $80/VAC Member, $90/non-Member. Register online, volcanoartcenter.org, or call 967-8222

Volcano School of Arts and Sciences Middle School Theater Night Spring Show, Thu, May 10, 6pm, Kīlauea Military Camp, Kīlauea Theater. VSAS 6th, 7th and 8th graders each perform a one-act play. Free admission; donations accepted.

TŪTŪ AND ME TRAVELING PRESCHOOL ANNOUNCES FUNDRAISER to support their free-to-attend programs in Nā‘ālehu and Pāhala, for keiki ages birth to 5 years, through Wednesday, May 9.
     Tūtū and Me Site Manager for South Hawai’i, Elizabeth (Betty) Clark, says the "funds help to cover administrative and other costs which our grant monies don't cover."
     Those interested in supporting the Partners In Development Foundation programs can purchase tickets for a 15 oz. bag of Maebo Noodle Factory’s famous One-Ton chips for $12 each. Contact the Ka‘ū office, located in Nā‘ālehu, at 929-8571 through Wed, May 9.

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A CINCO DE MAYO MEAL AND CELEBRATION with live music will take place Saturday, May 5, at The Cooper Center in Volcano Village. Cocktail hour begins at 4 p.m., with meal service running from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The family friendly celebration offers children games, such as darts and throwing games, and piñatas filled with candy.
     Chips and salsa available during the cocktail hour. Donations of small containers of salsa to serve with the chips during happy hour are welcome.
     Beer on tap will be offered, with Mexican bottled beer also available for purchase, $4/glass or bottle. Cooper Cups for $10 each will also be available, with $3 fill-ups. A separate "bar" will have soda, juice or water for $1.00.
     The event is free to attend however, meals are charged per person. The menu includes a choice of three entries, Fiesta brisket, chicken fajita and tamale pie and includes beans, rice, and a choice of dessert from an assorted selection; one entrée - $8, two entrées - $10, or all three for $12. All meals for children 10 and under will be $4, $5, and $6, respectively.
     For more information or to help with the event, call Linda Ugalde at 936-9705 or kilaueatutu@gmail.com.

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VOLCANO SCHOOLS OF ARTS AND SCIENCES MIDDLE SCHOOL THEATER NIGHT SPRING SHOW, Thu, May 10, 6 p.m., at KMC's Kilauea Theater. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will each perform a one-act play. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
     In their eighth and final performance, the Eighth Grade will present Rapunzel Uncut by Mariah Everman. The story of Rapunzel is told by dueling narrators, and includes a misunderstood witch, an off-pitch Rapunzel, and an unimaginably unaware Prince.
     The Seventh Grade will perform The Ever After by Natha Hartswick. A cheesy talk show host invites traditional fairy tale characters, who have been estranged, to reconcile on live television. Complete with a trash-talking clairvoyant mirror, an unfortunate prince who is turning slowly back into a frog, and many other wacky fractured fairy tale bits, your talk show spoof will be the talk of the town.
     In their second show, the Sixth Grade will perform 15 Reasons Not To Be in a Play by Alan Haehnel. This is a play about not being in a play, expressed through a hilarious series of monologues, duets, and ensemble scenes.
     "Please join us for an evening of fun," says the announcement.

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5th annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run registration open. Race day Sat, Sept 22, 7 a.m.; begins and ends at Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Register online before Mon, July 9: 5K, $25/person; 10K, $35/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $45/person. From July 9 to Aug 11: $30/person, $40/person, and $45/person, respectively. From Aug 13 to Sept 20: $35/person, $45/person, and $55/person. Race day registration ends Sat, Sept 22, at 6:30 a.m. Event organizers, ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou; start location, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill.

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Summer Fun - Registration, May 7-10, Nā‘ālehu Community Center. For grades K-6. $40 per child. $50 portion of registration fee funded by Councilwoman Maile David. Program runs Mon-Fri, Jun 12-Jul 20, 8-2pm. Richard Karasuda, 939-2510. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Sign Up for the Nāʻālehu Independence Day Parade, to be held June 30. If interested, call Debra McIntosh at 929-9872.

Tūtū and Me Offers Home Visits to those with keiki zero to five years old: home visits to aid with helpful parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Home visits are free, last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, for a total of 12 visits, and snacks are provided. For info and to register, call Linda Bong 464-9634.

St. Jude's Episcopal Church Calls For More Volunteers for the Saturday community outreach. Especially needed are cooks for the soup served to those in need, and organizers for the hot showers. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's April newsletter. Volunteer by contacting Dave Breskin at 319-8333.

Volcano Art Center Gallery Presents Hoʻokuʻi I Nā Kiko, Connecting the Dots, by Natalie Mahina Jensen and Lucia Tarall. "A curated collection of photographs, paintings, sculptures, and feather work items deliver a sublime message, connecting the viewer artistically with the provenance of the design." Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Sunday, May 6. volcanoartcenter.org or 967-8222

One Community and One Parent Representative are sought by Nāʻālehu Elementary School Community Council. The community representative will serve a two-year term for school year 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. The parent representative will serve a one-year term for school year 2018-19. The parent rep cannot be a Nāʻālehu Elementary School employee. Voting is April 30 through May 11. Those interested, contact Leilani Rodrigues at 313-4020 or pcnc@naalehu.org, or name and number at the main office line, by calling 313-4000.

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