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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.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Ka`ū News Briefs Friday, August 10, 2018

Fissure 8 is devoid of all easily visible lava. Though steam and gasses still escape in white plumes, SO2 levels are dramatically 
reduced. The lava pool is about 130 feet below the rim of the cinder cone. See update, below. USGS photo
TOMORROW, SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, IS PRIMARY ELECTION DAY. From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., registered voters can vote at polls across the state. Local polls are located at:
   - Cooper Center19430 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
     The Primary Election narrows down candidates in each party, the winners going on the General Election ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6.  For example, in the governor's race, the winner among the six Democratic candidates will become the Democrat's nominee. The winner among the three Republicans will become the Republican nominee for governor.
     The County Council race will be decided tomorrow. The contest is nonpartisan. Ka`ū's incumbent, Maile David -- who serves District Six, from South Kona through Ka`ū and Volcano into Puna -- is challenged by Richard Abbett and Yumi Kawano. The seat will be awarded to the winner tomorrow.
     Mayor Harry Kim is in the middle of his four-year term and will not be on the ballot.
Democratic Party candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor,
Congress, Hawai`i  Legislature and County Council gathered
 to speak at Hilo Bandstand on the eve before the Primary 
Election, a tradition that goes back more than 60 years. 
Photo from Nā Leo TV
     State Sen. Russell Russell Ruderman -- representing east Ka`ū, from Honu`apo through Pāhala and Volcano and into Puna -- is in the middle of his four year term and will not be on the ballot.
    In the state Senate race for west Ka`ū, former County Council member Brenda Ford and County Council member Dru Kanuha are running for the Democratic slot. District Three runs from Honu`apo into Kona. The winner of the primary will be up against Libertarian Michael Last in the general election.
    In the state House of Representatives race for east Ka`ū, incumbent Rep. Richard Onishi is challenged by Raina Whiting. District Three runs from Honu`apo into Hilo. Libertarian Fred Fogel will run against the winning Democratic candidate.
    In the state House of Representative race for west Ka`u, incumbent Rep. Richard Creagan faces two Democratic candidates in the primary: Jeanné Kapela and Gene Leslie. District Five, runs from Honu`apo into Kona. The winner will automatically take the seat; no other party entered a candidate.
     The race for Lieutenant Governor is a crowded field, with no incumbent. Democrat candidates are: west Ka`ū's current state Sen. Josh Green, Kaua`i Mayor Bernard Carvalho, state Sen. Will Espero, former state Board of Education member Kim Coco Iwamoto, and state Sen. Jill Tokuda. Republican candidates are businesswoman Marissa Kerns, businessman Steve Lipscomb, and Research Assistant Jeremy Low. Green Party candidate is retired city parks director Renee Ing. Two Nonpartisan candidates are bank manager Ernest Magaoay and auto salesman Paul Robotti.
     Gov. David Ige will face five challengers among Democrats: U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, Ernest Carvalho, Wendell Ka`ehu`ae`a, Richard Kim, and Van Tanabe. Republican candidates for Governor are John Carroll, Ray Lheureux, and Andria Tupola. Non-Partisan candidates are Selina Blackwell, Link El, and Terrence Teruya. The Green Party candidate is Jim Brewer.
     U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz will not be up for reelection until 2020, at the end of his four-year term.
     U.S. Senator and incumbent Mazie Hirono faces no challengers in the Democratic primary. Republican primary competitors are Thomas White, Eddie Pirkowski, Michael Hodgkiss, Robert Helsham Sr., Rocky Mamaka De La Fuente, Ron Curtis, George Berish, and Consuelo Anderson. Non-Partisan candidates are Arturo Pacheco Reyes, Matthew Maertens, and Charles Haverty.
     U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who represents rural Hawai`i, faces Sherry Alu Campagna and Anthony Austin in the Democratic primary. Republican Brian Evans will run against the winner in the general election.

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An `i`iwi forages for nectar in a native `ōhi`a lehua in Hawai`i Volcanoes 
National Park. NPS Photo/Michael Szoenyi
RAIN HELPED FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE THE KEAUHOU FIRE as they prevented the flames from destroying the Kīpuka Kī Special Ecological Area, says a release from Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park at around 2 p.m. today.
     Crews are mapping containment and verifying exact acreage of the fire. On Thursday, the size of the fire was 3,679 acres, 51 percent contained, mostly within the park on the slopes of Mauna Loa.
     The Keauhou Fire continues to burn within the park, and was most active on its northern front, threatening habitat for endangered native `i`iwi birds, says the release. Firefighters were aided by more than two inches of rain that fell yesterday and overnight, and some of the fire's interior has been suppressed. The release says firefighters continue to hold back active flames near the Kīpuka Kī Special Ecological Area, and to control active fire along Mauna Loa Road.
     Southern California Team Two, a type II incident management team, joined the multi-agency efforts to manage the fire today. The crew now numbers 121 personnel. Cooperating agencies include the National Park Service, Hawai`i County Fire Dept., U.S. Fish & Wildlife, State Division of Forestry and Wildlife, The Research Cooperation Unit of the University of Hawai`i, volunteers from Volcano's Company 19, and an all-military veterans crew out of Placerville, CA, with the Bureau of Land Management.
Fire burns native forest in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park as 
firefighters engage in suppression efforts. NPS Photo/Mark Wasser 
     At risk are the `i`iwi, an endemic and endangered honeycreeper, with orange-red body plumage, black wings, and a remarkable peach-colored curved beak it uses to feed from tubular flowers of native lobeliods and other plants. It also eats insects. The song of the `i`iwi is often described as a rusty gate, and it can imitate other birds.
     Plumes of smoke remain visible from Highway 11, and motorists are urged to drive with caution, roll up windows and use air conditioning if possible, and to stop for emergencies only. The fire is approximately a mile north of Highway 11. The cause of the fire, which started August 5 outside the park in Keauhou Ranch, is under investigation.

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THERE ARE DRAMATIC DROPS IN SO2 LEVELS from the eruption, says a USGS Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory report today. The summit, Pu`u `Ō`ō , and the lower East Rift Zone have seen much lower emissions since the most recent collapse event at the summit on August 2. Summit seismicity continues to be low, with less than five located earthquakes per hour during the last 24 hours, and a maximum magnitude of 2.0. Summit deflation is negligible.
Video from July 5, showing the shaking caused by the
now-quiet summit collapse events. USGS video
     The SO2 LERZ emissions on August 5-6 were ~ 200 tons per day; Pu`u `Ō`ō emissions on August 6-7 were 200-300 tons per day, and summit emissions when last measured on July 19 were around 100 tons per day, which represents the lowest SO2 emitted from Kīlauea for over a decade.
     Despite the low emission rates, says USGS, SO2 plumes were blown toward populated areas in east Hawai`i by SE winds on August 9, and many individuals reported detecting the smell of sulfur. Weather conditions contributed to this, says USGS, but as the eruption vents cool down, small amounts of H2S are generated. The human nose can detect H2S at very low levels, adding to the overall perception of increased sulfur emission.
     A small lava pond remains in the Fissure 8 cone. Observations on August 9 show the pond to be largely crusted over with only minor areas of incandescence. Fissure 8, and the channel leading from Fissure 8, show no sign of reactivation. Fissures 9, 10, and 24 up-rift of Fissure 8, and the down-rift Fissures 13, 23, 3, 21, and 7, continue to steam, but are not incandescent. Lava continues to ooze at several points along the Kapoho Bay and Ahalanui coastline creating wispy laze plumes.
     Although the lull in LERZ activity continues, warns USGS HVO, it is common for eruptions to go through periods of diminished output, or to pause completely, only to return with renewed vigor days or weeks later -- or longer. Resumption of the activity on the LERZ could occur at any time, and residents should remain informed and heed Hawai`i County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

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Team Anxious won First Place Marlin at the
Kona Classic in June. Photo from Kalanihale
KALANIHALE HOSTS THE MILOLI`I CLASSIC FISHING TOURNAMENT on Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2, with a briefing taking place Friday, August 31, at 5:30 p.m. The entry fee is $200.00 per team with up to four people per boat, $25 each additional person. Contestants can win cash prizes by catching Flag Fish: Marlin, Ahi, Mahimahi, Ono, and Aku. First place winners will qualify for the Las Vegas Trip grand prize drawing, along with first place winners from this year's Kona Classic and Wicked Ahi Tournaments, which were also organized by Kalanihale.
     The non-profit organization hosted the 23rd Annual Kona Classic on June 1-3, and the 1st Annual Wicked Ahi Tournament on July 21 and 22, both out of Honokohau Harbor. Kona Classic First Place Marlin prize winner, team Anxious, won $3,000 cash with a 400 pound fish. Also at the Kona Classic, Kenny Llanes Jr., with boat Lehuanani, won 1st Place Ahi and $2,000 cash with a 113.5 pound fish.
Kenny Llanes Jr. won First Place Ahi at the
Kona Classic in June. Photo from Kalanihale
     Regarding the Wicked Ahi Tournament, organizer Kaimi Kaupiko said, "We had seven boats entered and we had prize money for Ahi only. Unfortunately, no Ahi was pulled up. We had a few bites, but no Ahi." However, the event did have winners in the side-bet, one of which was team number 7, Holokai, with Captain Ricky Torres and angler Bula Amarol, who pulled up a 701 Kona Blue marlin and won $900 cash. On Sunday, July 22, team number 4, Silver Star, with Captain Paul Cantor, picked up a 191 marlin, winning $900 cash, which he donated to to the school in Miloli`i.
     "We mahalo everyone for their help and Kokua," Kaupiko added. All profits from the three events go towards marine conservation and youth educational programs in and around Miloli`i. For more, visit kalanihale.org or contact Wilfred Kaupiko, 896-6272, kalanihale@gmail.com.

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CROSS COUNTRY ASSISTANT COACH NEEDED FOR KA`Ū TROJANS, says Coach Erin Cole. The Boys & Girls team starts running Aug 25. Contact Cole for more or if interested in applying at erinlcole@hotmail.com.

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
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
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

Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
A TASTE OF TEA & POTTERY FUNDRAISER is hosted at Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus in Volcano Village this Sunday, Aug 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. The event raises funds for the Fire Arts -- ceramics and glass -- programs at Volcano Art Center. Admission, $25 per Volcano Art Center Member or $30 per Non-Member, includes choice of one handmade teacup or bowl, a tasting of several freshly brewed Hawai`i-grown teas, and participation in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. The event offers door prizes and a silent auction. Guests may also purchase tea cakes and cookies, and additional tea or tea cups.
     The afternoon features a talk about "History and Future of Tea Growing in Hawai`i" by Eva Lee from the Hawai`i Tea Grower's Association, and a tea ceremony by the Urasenke Hilo Association, dedicated to the transmission and the practice of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Photo from
     Demonstrations of wheel-thrown pottery and stained-glass techniques by Volcano Art Center instructors and students are presented throughout the day. A special two-hour East African handbuilding ceramics class, taught by Erik Wold, will be offered for ticket holders during the event, at an additional $30 for Volcano Art Center Members and $35 for Non-Members.
     "In 2016," states the event description, "after years of planning, the Volcano Art Center realized the long-standing goal of offering ongoing ceramics and glass programs. These programs are now expanding and include high-fire pottery, flame-worked glass, stained glass, and ceramic classes for students of the Volcano School of Arts and Sciences.
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
     "Many local artisans have contributed their time, expertise, and equipment to get these programs up and running, including potters Chiu Leong, Erik Wold, Lisa Louise Adams, and Emily Herb; and stained glass artists Claudia McCall and Lois Pollock. Funds raised from last year's event helped Volcano Art Center secure basic infrastructure needs for the Program including tables, stools, improved lighting, and storage for work in progress. Response from students has been very positive. As we continue to grow these programs, ongoing fund raising is critical."
     To purchase tickets, call Volcano Art Center at 967-8222 or online at volcanoartcenter.org.

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VOTE: 2018 Primary Election Day Polling Places in Ka`ū, Sat, Aug 11, 7am to 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

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

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

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.

A Coffee Quality Workshop held by Ka`ū Coffee Growers Cooperative this weekend. It "will enable our members to produce high quality coffee and superior profits," says a statement from the cooperative. Supported by funding from a HI USDA-SDGG grant, members can attend at Pāhala Community Center this Sunday, August 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Potluck at 1 p.m.
     Keynote speaker and presenter is Dr. Shawn Steiman, PhD. He is the owner, co-founder, and Chief Science Officer of Daylight Mind Coffee Company. Steiman will make farm and processing facility visits to evaluate and guide farmers who "are interested in implementing a quality programme."
     Members are encouraged to bring 165 grams of green bean, which will be roasted and cupped by Steiman. Samples should be placed in zip lock bags, labeled with the farmer's name, telephone number, and email address. The results will be discussed with each farmer.
     For more information on Mayne's coffee farm, the workshop, and the evaluations, call 928-0106.

`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

Ka`ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon, Aug 13 and 27, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. A parent-led homeschool activity/social group building community in Ka`ū. Contact prior to attending to confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

C.E.R.T. Discovery Harbour/Nā`ālehu, Tue, Aug 14, 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

Ocean View Community Association Board Meeting, Wed, Aug 15, 12:30pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Story Time with Auntie Linda from Tūtū & Me, Thu, Aug 16, 10:30-noon, Nā`ālehu Public Library. 929-8571

Hawai`i Disability Legal Services, Thu, Aug 16, 9-noon, Ocean View Community Center. ovcahi.org, 939-7033, ovcahawaii@gmail.com

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka`ū, Thu, Aug 16, 6:30pm, United Methodist Church in Nā`ālehu. Pres. Berkley Yoshida, 747-0197

Hawai`i Wildlife Fund Kamilo Beach Clean-up and Debris Survey, Fri, Aug 17, contact in advance for meet up time at Wai`ōhinu Park. Pending volcanic activity/air quality. Space limited. Free; donations appreciated.
kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, wildhawaii.org

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 resumed this week.
     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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