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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
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Sunday, August 05, 2018

Kaʻū News Briefs Sunday, August 5, 2018

Fissure 8 is at a low flow today, after more than 72 hours without a summit collapse event, showing
almost no incandescence. USGS photo
NO KĪLAUEA COLLAPSE EVENT ROCKED VOLCANO IN MORE THAN THREE DAYS, as of 6 p.m. Sunday. The latest was Aug. 2 at 11:55 a.m., generating a magnitude-5.4 earthquake, followed by an increase in tremors -- the pattern for several weeks. However on Saturday, Aug. 4, the rate of earthquakes decreased to a low level without a collapse event. Low rates of seismicity continued today. Deformation at the summit remained much reduced.
Halema`ma`u is still showing seismic activity,
but at a greatly reduced level. USGS photo
Poho`iki boat ramp is still hanging on. USGS photo
     Fissure 8 in the lower East Rift Zone showed reduced output since overflows recorded late on Friday, Aug. 3.
      At 4:30 p.m. today, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported no movement in the channel that was a raging river of lava only days ago.
     An HVO and Unmanned Aircraft Survey crew stayed in lower Puna yesterday and overnight, to monitor and track changes. USGS reports an overflight this morning "confirmed a significant reduction in lava output" from Fissure 8. HVO field geologists observed low levels of fountaining at the Fissure 8 spatter cone, and largely crusted lava in the spillway and channel system downstream.
     HVO reported a few sluggish seeps and ooze-outs near Halekamahina and Kapoho Crater. Lava continued to ooze into the ocean along a broad flow front and laterally toward Poho`iki, but is still about 230 feet southeast of the boat ramp.
     USGS reported: "It is common for eruptions to wax and wane or pause completely. A return to high levels of lava discharge or new outbreaks in the area of active fissures are possible at any time. Despite the apparent slow-down at fissure 8, lava remains active in the main channel, minor overflows are reported, and the ocean entry is active at this time. Residents should remain informed and heed Hawai`i County Civil Defense messages and warnings."
     USGS also reported that the Middle East Rift Zone is seeing more activity: "On Friday, gas measurements of the Pu`u `Ō`ō plume indicated an emission rate of over 1,000 tons/day of SO2, the highest rate from this vent in several years. Readers may recall that a white plume has been observed issuing from Pu`u `Ō`ō over the past several weeks. HVO will attempt to overfly Pu`u `Ō`ō as soon as possible to evaluate any other significant changes within and around the vent.
Fissure 8's spatter cone has a much lowered rate of
activity today. USGS photo
     "Summit and LERZ changes considered together imply that the rate of magma leaving the summit to feed the Lower East Rift Zone eruption has decreased. How long this condition will persist is unknown. It is possible that outflow will pick up again, resulting in renewed summit area deflation leading to another collapse event and renewed eruption vigor on the LERZ."

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A BILL TO STRENGTHEN ECONOMIC TIES BETWEEN U.S. AND NEW ZEALAND, introduced by Sentors Mazie Hirono and Mike Lee (R-UT), was signed Wednesday by Pres. Trump. Bill S. 2245, known as the KIWI Act, extends temporary trade (E-1) and investor (E-2) visas to New Zealand citizens.
     Hirono says, "New Zealand visitors supported over 2,000 Hawai`i jobs last year alone and continue to build on our strong cultural and economic ties to the Indo-Pacific region. This newly signed law will help spur further job creation in Hawai`i and across the United States, and reaffirm the importance of our close and longstanding relations with New Zealand."
Image from nzaa.org.nz
     The United States and New Zealand marked a milestone 75 years of diplomatic relations last year. A release from Hirono says New Zealand is one of the U.S.'s important strategic and economic partners. New Zealand is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing alliance -- together with the U.S.United KingdomCanada and Australia -- but is the only member of the alliance whose citizens were not eligible to apply for E-1 and E-2 visas. Total foreign direct investment from New Zealand to the United States is valued at over half a billion dollars. The release says New Zealand businesses have found that the lack of access to E-1 and E-2 visas "hampered their ability to increase trade and investment in the United States. By allowing New Zealanders to apply for these visas, the KIWI Act aims to expand business and investment opportunities between the two nations."
     The KIWI Act is supported by the Chamber of Commerce Hawai`iUnited States | New Zealand Council, and the American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand. The bipartisan legislation is also cosponsored by Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), John McCain (R-AZ), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Patty Murray (D-WA). Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rick Larsen (D-WA) sponsored the House companion legislation, H.R. 3324.

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A BRUSH FIRE BURNED NEAR KEAUHOU RANCH IN VOLCANO today. At 1:45 p.m., Hawai`i Fire Department reported the fire on the slopes of Mauna Loa, above Volcano, one quarter mile from Powerline Road, moving south towards Kapapala Ranch. The Keauhou area is the location for the `Alalā -- endangered Hawaiian crow -- sanctuary.
     Hawai`i County Civil Defense reported that updates will be released "should conditions change that affect your safety."

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WALK-IN REGISTERING AND VOTING CONTINUES Monday through Thursday, Aug. 9. Registered voters can cast their ballots by mail. Locations to register island-wide are:
-        Pāhala Community Center, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.), at 96-1149 Kamani St.;
-        Pāhoa Community Center, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 15-3022 Kauhale St.;
-        West Hawai`i Civic Center community Room, Bldg G, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy;
-        County of Hawai`i Aupuni Center Conference Room, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 101 Pauahi St., Suite 1;
-        Waimea Community Center, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 65-1260 Kawaihae Rd.
     Election Day is Saturday, Aug. 11, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with local polls open at:
-        Cooper Center, 19430 Wright Road in Volcano
-        Ka`ū High & Pāhala Elementary, 96-3150 Pikake Street
-        Nā`ālehu Elementary School, 95-5545 Mamalahoa Hwy
-        Ocean View Community Center, 15-3022 Kauhale Street
   -        Miloli`i Halau Pavillion, off Hwy 11 in the Village of Miloli`i

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JEANNÉ KAPELA AND GENE BUCKY LESLIE ARE CHALLENGING REP. RICHARD CREAGAN for the District 5 state representative seat. Creagan, the physician and farmer who has held the state office representing west Ka`ū into Kona since 2014, faces Leslie and Kapela in the Democratic Primary on Saturday, Aug. 11.
Rep. Richard Creagan
     Creagan lives on a farm in Ka`ū. He served in the Peace Corps on Moloka`i and in the Marshall Islands. He has worked as an emergency doctor at Kona Community Clinic Hospital where he served as vice chief of staff. He worked as a Hawai`i Department of Health bioterrorism epidemiologic investigator and helped found Hualalai Urgent Care.
     He has worked at the legislature on funding for Rat Lungworm Disease research and successfully banning pesticides with neurotoxins. Creagan advocates for a new teaching hospital for Kona connected to University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine. He graduated from YaleUniversity and University of Connecticut Medical School.
     He has served in the state House since 2014. He chairs the House Agriculture Committee and serves on the committees for Education, Higher Education, Ocean, Marine Resources & Hawaiian Affairs, and Public Safety.
     Creagan is endorsed by the United Public Workers, Hawai`i Government Employees Association, Hawai`i Island Progressives, Pono Hawai`i Intitiative, Sierra Club, Hawai`i Firefighters Association Local 1463, General Contractors Association of Hawai`i, Americans for Democratic Action, and United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America - Hawai`i.
Jeanné Kapela
     Kapela, who grew up in Kona, says she is founder and Executive Director of UNITE Hawai`i, on Kapiolani Blvd. in Honolulu. She describes the organization as a victim service provider for survivors of sexual exploitation. The UNITE website says the organization plans to open Palaikiko, "Hawai`i's first drop-in center for women and children in the midst or at risk of being trafficked" for sexual slavery. The website says that Palaikiko is scheduled to open in 2018 to serve at least 500 youth in its first year of operation. She was also Miss Hawai`i 2015.
    Kapela also says she serves on the board of Young Progressives Demanding Action and was co-director for the FAME Performing Arts Program from 2016-2017. She says she is earning a certificate in Social Justice from the online Harvard University extension program.
    She advocates for a $21 an hour minimum wage, diminishing the role of money in politics, increasing public funding for candidates, free access to public records, protecting pensions and medical benefits for state workers, taxing investment properties to help fund schools, and restricting vacation rentals to "tourist zones." She opposes holding a state Constitutional Convention in the near future. She supports a carbon tax on fossil fuel, according to questions answered by a Civil Beat survey of candidates.
     She has the following endorsements: Hawai`i State Teachers Association, ILWU, Hawai`i State AFL-CIO, and International Union of Operating Engineers.
Gene Bucky Leslie
     Leslie, of Capt. Cook, is the retired owner of Flowers for Mama, which designed arrangements for many of the resorts on the Kona and Kohala Coast. Also an entertainer and model, he worked for Coppertone suntan lotion for years, and was co-owner of entertainment and clothing sales establishments, having resided in New YorkLos Angeles, and Honolulu before returning to Kona. 
     An advocate for the LGBTQ community, he and his late partner were one of the first same sex couples to marry in Hawai`i. He has run for the state House of Representatives several times. He has served in such leadership positions as President of the Association of Hawaiian Canoe Clubs for this island
     Leslie told Keola Magazine, "I think the number one thing is to know yourself and love yourself, then you can share it with others. That is the greatest gift I can share with everybody. There are people in life who are not accepting of others and that's their problem. Life is too good to allow yourself to be shut down by other people. It's how you feel about yourself that is important."

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Image from nhc.noaa.gov
CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE HECTOR is still on track to pass south of Ka`ū, reports the National Hurricane Center. Hector's wind speeds remain at about 130 mph, and winds up to tropical storm-force level have a 40 percent chance of hitting Ka`ū late Tuesday.
     As of 5 p.m., Hector was 1,330 miles east-southeast of Hilo, a gain of 65 miles in the last 24 hours. The hurricane's forward speed has increased from 12 mph to 14 mph, and the hurricane is moving west-northwest. Hector's speed is expected to pick up more over the coming days, says NHC, through Monday evening. After that, both speed and intensity are expected to gradually weaken, and with a direction shift to a more westward motion starting on Tuesday.
     The hurricane will pass into Central Pacific Hurricane Center's domain this evening.

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KA`Ū TROJANS FALL SPORTS begin August 14, with Girls Volleyball hosting the first game for Waiakea, with Coach Joshua Ortega. Football Coach Duwayne Ke will guide the Trojans in scrimmages against Kea`au on Aug 17 and Waiakea on Aug 25 before the regular season begins. Boys & Girls Cross Country, with Coach Erin Cole, starts running Aug 25.
     The Trojans Pep Squad, coached by Carma Hanshew, will cheer on the athletes.
     Ka`ū will hold off on having a bowling team until further notice, due to Kīlauea Military Camp's bowling lanes being inaccessible because of the partial Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park closure and ongoing volcanic activities.
     See the full fall sports schedule, below.

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ZENTANGLE: BASICS AND BEYOND WITH LYDIA MENESES takes place on Saturday, August 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus in Volcano Village.
Lydia Meneses leads a Zentangle: Basics and 
Beyond class in Volcano Village this month.
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
     This class introduces participants to the Zentangle Art Method, the five elements -- dot, straight line, S shape, C shape, and orb -- as well as Zentangle basic vocabulary and the benefits of meditation through a mindful drawing practice. Those with prior Zentangle experience are welcome to join and get guidance in taking their Zentangle practice a step further.
     The event description on volcanoartcenter.org states, "Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. There are no mistakes in Zentangle. As you first glance at a Zentangle art piece it appears intricate and complicated. But, when you are guided through the process, you realize how simple it is – and how fun and engrossing it becomes."
     A Zentangle Basics kit -- containing a Sakura 01 pen, mini pencil, tortillion, and three tiles -- is provided to all registered participants. Additional Zentangle information is included.
     Participants are asked to pay $30 per Volcano Art Center Member, or $35 per non-Member, plus a $10 supply fee, and to bring a light refreshment to share with the class. Visit volcanoartcenter.org for more and to register, or call 967-8222.

Print edition of The Ka`ū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Ka`ū, from Miloli`i through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
   Fri, Aug 17, 10am, Scrimmage @ Kea`au
   Sat, Aug 25, 10am, Scrimmage @ Waiakea
   Thu, Sept 6, 6pm, @ Pāhoa
   Sat, Sept 15, 1pm, @ Kohala
   Sat, Sept 22, 3:30pm, host Lanai @ Kea`au
   Sat, Sept 29, 11am, Pāhoa
   Sat, Oct 6, 12pm, Kohala
   Sat, Oct 13, BIIF Semi-Finals at Kamehameha
   Sat, Oct 20, BIIF Finals - Higher
Girls Volleyball:
   Tue, Aug 14, 6pm, host Waiakea
   Fri, Aug 24, 6pm, @ Mauna Lani
   Wed, Aug 29, 6pm, @ Hilo
   Fri, Aug 31, Kamehameha Tourney
   Sat, Sept 1, Kamehameha Tourney
   Wed, Sept 5, 6pm, host Pāhoa
   Wed, Sept 12, 6pm, @ Christian Liberty
   Fri, Sept 14, @ Kamehameha
   Mon, Sept 17, 6pm, host Lapahoehoe
   Wed, Sept 19, 6pm, host Kohala
   Thu, Sept 20, 6pm, @ Honoka`a
   Tue, Sept 25, 6pm, @ HPA
   Fri, Sept 28, 6pm, host Kona
   Mon, Oct 1, 6pm, host HAAS
   Tues, Oct 2, 6pm, @ Kealakehe
   Fri, Oct 5, 6pm, host Kea`au
   Wed, Oct 10, 6pm, @ Parker
   Fri, Oct 12, 6pm, host St. Joseph
   Mon, Oct 15, BIIF DII Qtr - Higher
   Wed, Oct 17, BIIF DII Semi-Finals @ Kona
   Thu, Oct 18, BIIF DII Finals @ Kona
Cross Country:
   Sat, Aug 25, @ CLA (preseason)
   Sat, Sept 1, 10am, @ HPA
   Sat, Sept 8, 10am, @ Kamehameha
   Sat, Sept 15, 10am, Kea`au
   Sat, Sept 22, 9am, @ HPA
   Sat, Sept 29, 10am, @ Waiakea
   Sat, Oct 6, 2pm, @ Kealakehe
   Sat, Oct 13, BYE
   Sat, Oct 20, 9am, BIIF @HPA
   Sat, Oct 27, 8:30am, HHSAA

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Story Time with Lindsey Miller from PARENTS, Inc., Mon, Aug 6, 2:30-3:15pm, Nā`ālehu Public Library. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

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

Hawai`i County Council Meetings, Tue/Wed, Aug 7 (Committees)/8 (Council), Hilo, Tue/Wed, Aug 21 (Committees)/22 (Council), Kona. Ka`ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā`ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting, Tue, Aug 7, 4-6pm, Aug 21, 4:30-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Ka`ū Coffee Growers Meeting, Tue, Aug 7, 6-8pm, Pāhala Community Center.

AdvoCATS, Wed, Aug 8, 7am-5pm, Ocean View Community Center. Free Cat Spay & Neuter Clinic. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Zentangle: Color Stories, Sat, Aug 11, 10-1pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Class is not about color theory, rather about "listening to the story that colors Whisper to you." $30/Volcano Art Center Member, $35/non-Member, plus $10 supply fee. Bring light refreshment to share.

VOTE: 2018 Primary Election Day Polling Places in Ka`ū, Sat, Aug 11, 7-6pm. Senate District 2: Cooper Center on Wright Rd in Volcano Village, Ka`ū High/Pāhala Elementary School Cafeteria. Senate District 3: Nā`ālehu Elementary School Cafeteria, Ocean View Community Center, Miloli`i Halau Pavilion. elections.hawaii.gov/voters/polling-places

Hi`iaka & Pele, Sat, Aug 11, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Discover Hawaiian goddesses and the natural phenomena they represent on this free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/HAVO

Kāwā Community Workday, Sat, Aug 11, meet at 9:30 am at Northern Gate, Kāwā. Sign up with James Akau, Nā Mamo o Kāwā, at namamookawa@gmail.com, jakau@nmok.org, or 561-9111. nmok.org

`Ōhi`a Lehua, Sun, Aug 12, and Sat, Aug 25, 9:30-11am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Learn about vital role of `ōhi`a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, and many forms of `ōhi`a tree and its flower on this free, easy, one-mile walk. nps.gov/HAVO

Walk-In Registration and Voting Continues at Pāhala Community Center from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on weekdays through Thursday, Aug. 9.

5th Annual Volcano Winery Harvest Festival tickets on sale for event on Sun, Sept 9. Benefit for Volcano School of Arts and Sciences. Music, food, wine, and raffle. $40/adult (21+). 967-7772, volcanowinery.com

Volcano Forest Runs Registration Open, online at volcanorainforestruns.com. Fees: 5K - $35, 10K - $55, 1/2 Marathon - $95. Race Day Sat, Aug 18, Volcano Village. No race day registration for 1/2 Marathon. Race Director Sharron Faff, 967-8240.

5th Annual Ka`ū Coffee Trail Run Registration Open, online at webscorer.com/register?raceid=128145, Fees, before Aug 13: 5K, $30/person; 10K, $40/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $50/person. After Aug 13: 5K, $35/person; 10K, $45/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $55/person. Race Day Sat, Sept 22, 7 a.m.; begins and ends at Ka`ū Coffee Mill, kaucoffeemill.com. Event organizers: `O Ka`ū Kākou, okaukakou.org.

Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool's New, Temporary, Nā`ālehu Site Location is Kauaha`ao Church in Wai`ōhinu. Meeting days and times remain the same: Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Pāhala site program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Pāhala Community Center. Both Nā`ālehu and Pāhala site programs resume August 7 and 8.
     Tūtū and Me also offers home visits to those with keiki zero to five years old, to aid with parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Free. Visits last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, total of 12 visits. Snacks are provided.
     To enroll in either program, fill out enrollment forms found at pidf.org/programs/tutu_and_me/enrollment_forms, or call Linda Bong at 464-9634. Questions: Clark at 929-8571 or eclark@pidfountation.org.

Harmony Educational Services, Home Based Educational Programs - Open Enrollment through Oct 15; harmonyed.com/hawaii. Partnered with four local public charter schools, Harmony offers benefits of homeschooling with resources available to public schools. Interested families can also contact Rayna Williams at rwilliams@harmonyed.com or 430-9798.

Disaster Recovery Center open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Kea`au High School Gym. See information applicants need to bring, or register online, at DisasterAssistance.gov. Salvation Army distribution center at Pāhoa Community Center on Tue, Thu, and Sat, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. To donate, contact 756-0306.

Volunteers Needed by St. Jude's Episcopal Church for Sat community outreach, especially soup cooks and shower organizers. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's. Contact Dave Breskin, 319-8333.

Ocean View Vet Center Visits Suspended until further notice. Veterans, call 329-0574 for VA benefit information. ovcahi.org

Find Your Park, invites Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, to kama`aina and tourist alike. Experience authentic Hawaiian cultural programs, guided hikes, After Dark events, and more from Ka`ū to Volcano to Hilo, while the partial closure of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park continues.
     Free of charge, with no entry fees, rangers offer new and familiar programs at Kahuku Unit, Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus, and Mokupāpapa Discovery Center and Prince Kūhio Plaza in Hilo.
Kahuku Unit
     Kahuku events are posted to the park website, nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/kahuku-hikes.htm.
     Regularly scheduled Guided Hikes, monthly Coffee Talk, daily Ranger Talks, with cultural demonstrations and activities on weekends.
     Guided Hikes on Saturdays and Sundays begin at 9:30 a.m. Meet the ranger at the welcome tent.
     Coffee Talkheld the last Friday of the month, 9:30-11 a.m., at the Visitor Contact Station.
     Ranger Talks on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., at the Visitor Contact Station.
     `Ike Hana No`eau: Experience the Skillful Work Cultural Demonstrations and ActivitiesSaturdays and Sundays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Visitor Contact Station.
Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus
     Find Park Rangers in Volcano Village daily, at the Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus at 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd. Rangers are there 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide talks and answer questions about the current eruption.
     After Dark …near the park at the Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus. Each event will have a different subject matter.
Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
     Find Park Rangers in downtown Hilo, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rangers provide daily eruption updates. At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., they give a talk about all five of Hawai`i Island's volcanoes, including Kīlauea. Get NPS Passport Books stamped. Located at 76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo.
Prince Kūhio Plaza
     Find Park Rangers alongside the park's non-profit partner, Hawai`i Pacific Parks Association, at their brand new mall store.
Grand Naniloa Hotel
     Find Park Rangers stationed at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in downtown Hilo on Sundays and Mondays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Rangers provide eruption updates at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The park film that is normally available to visitors at Kīlauea Visitor Center at the Summit, Born of Fire, Born in the Sea, is shown every half-hour beginning at 9:30 a.m.
     Park rangers also greet incoming arrivals at the Hilo International Airport, welcome cruise ship passengers as they disembark at the Port of Hilo, and inform visitors at `Imiloa Astronomy Center most Sundays.

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