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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.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Sunday, March 17, 2019

USGS HVO's  summit webcam provides a view into Halema‘uma‘u. In story below, read about a recent rockfall that 
revealed sulfur deposits. USGS HVO photo
TESTIMONY TO FUND A CARDIAC CATH LAB at Hilo Medical Center is urged by Kaʻū Hospital, which would provide the service to its patients. Testimony to the state House of Representatives is open through tomorrow, Monday, March 18, 10 a.m. The bill, SB 911 SD1, will be heard Tuesday, March 19 at 10 a.m. in the House Health Committee.
     Submit testimony online via the Hawai`i State Legislature website, or email the House Health Committee at HLTtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov. Contact Elena Cabatu, of Hilo Medical Center, at 808-333-7223 or email ecabatu@hhsc.org for additional information. See video, "Improving Cardiac Care at Hilo Medical Center."
Cardiac care for all of Hawaiʻi Island could be improved if SB 911 passes.
Photo from youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=WYXJRHWFhoQ
     Kaʻū Hospital offers this example for testimony: "SB 911 SD1 would fund Hilo Medical Center's efforts to provide interventional cardiac care for East Hawaiʻi and potentially for all of Hawaiʻi Island. The procedure involved in this advanced level of cardiac care stops heart attacks in progress and reduces long term cardiac disability. The American College of Cardiology recommends interventional cardiac care as a best practice for treating heart attacks in rural areas like Hawaiʻi Island.  
     "Hilo Medical Center is well positioned to provide interventional cardiac care as it already has available cardiac imaging equipment and software, as well as a cardiology clinic that has space for three cardiologists. The hospital's cardiology program is on track to meeting its goal by the end of 2019 to provide interventional cardiology that will save lives and improve the quality of life for cardiac patients. The funding received in the 2018 legislative session was very much appreciated as it was crucial in the hospital's success in recruiting interventional cardiologists. Funding in this second phase is essential for Hilo Medical Center to continue the momentum in advancing heart attack care."

The largest sulfur deposit on the northeast talus slope in 
Halema‘uma‘u, shown by the K3 webcam. USGS HVO photo
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A ROCKFALL IN HALEMAʻUMAʻU Wednesday revealed sulfur deposits along the western wall of the recently expanded crater. U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists reported that at 8:23 a.m. on March 13, the upper part of a gully along the western wall failed, producing a rockfall.
     Said a release from HVO: "When geologists arrived at the summit at 9 a.m., rocks were still falling, and a small dusty plume was visible until 9:08 a.m. This rockfall was likely triggered by instability of the talus slope caused by water that has been trickling out of a round hole in the cliff face since July 2018, when the steep gully first formed."
     Several summit webcams, which constantly record steaming Kīlauea caldera in action or stillness, captured the plume and large swathes of yellow sulfur, which are a result of volcanic gasses rising from the magma store beneath the summit.
     See the 15 USGSHVO webcams of Kīlauea, Puʻu ʻŌʻō, the lower East Rift Zone, and more.
KW webcam in the HVO tower at Kīlauea summit caught the plume from the rockfall. USGS HVO photos
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A MEETING FOR PĀHALA PROPERTY OWNERS & OCCUPANTS, REQUIRED TO HOOK UP TO THE FUTURE SEWER SYSTEM even though they already have cesspools or septic systems, will be held this week. The meeting concerns properties not connected to the old plantation sewer lines along sections of the following streets: Puahala, Pikake, Maile, Ilima, Huapala, Kamani, Hīʻnano, Hala, and Hapu.
The meeting this Thursday is for those with homes and businesses coded
purple in this diagram. These properties have their own cesspools or
septic systems, but will be required to hook up to the new county sewer
line once it is installed in the public right of way going by the properties.
Map from County of Hawaiʻi
     The meeting is Thursday, March 21, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center, 96-1149 Kamani Street.
     County of Hawaiʻi Department of Environmental Management will present these "newly accessible" owners and occupants with information on financial issues and options regarding requirements to hook up to the new sewer system.
     Hawaiʻi County Code requires hooking up properties along any roadway in the county where a sewer line passes by. The new system is expected to become operational in 2021, and connections must be made within 180 days of the new sewer line going into service.
     RSVP to Mary Fujio of DEM at 808-961-8030. A meeting for Nāʻālehu will be announced – watch for more info in future Kaʻū News Briefs.

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SCHMIDT OCEAN INSTITUTE'S ARTIST-AT-SEA CLOSING CELEBRATION at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, happens Thursday, March 21, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The free event, open to the public, is the last chance to see the Artist-at-Sea exhibit of more than 50 pieces of artwork "made from and inspired by local artists who participated on science expeditions aboard Falkor," the institute's research vessel. Media include watercolor, drawings, photography, fiber, resin, and data visualizations.
     From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., keiki and adults are welcome to meet and engage with the artists. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the closing ceremony will feature guest speakers.
     Contact Clayton Watkins at 933-8184 or clayton.watkins@noaa.gov.

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APRIL AT VOLCANO ART CENTER AND GALLERY features a variety of engaging events:
     On Sacred Ground by Dino Morrow exhibit continues through May 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at VAC Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The exhibit highlights the Hula Arts at Kīlauea Program through the documentary photography of Dino Morrow. A special evening presentation sharing the extensive collection of intimate images captured by Morrow during various hula performances will be held on Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at VAC's Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.
     VAC's yART Sale happens April 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit VAC programs and workshops.
     Sunday Clay – High Fire! morning or afternoon series with Erik Wold starts Sunday, April 7. Experience "the pleasure of putting your own handmade functional pottery into use." All skill levels are welcome.
     Tales of Forgiveness and Tales of the Three Monks performance from storyteller Jeff Gere at VAC on Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15/$10 VAC Members.  
     Soft Pastel Still Life workshop with Patti Pease Johnson on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to noon encourages artists to "Exaggerate! Be bold with colors and yourself using lights and darks, and enjoy the marks you make on paper using a proven signature rotational method for success with soft pastels."
     Zentangle Celtic Knots workshop, led by Ellen O’Dunn, happens Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     Jazz in the Forest goes to the movies on Saturday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. Watch Jean Pierre Thoma and the Jazztones play along with a collection of tunes from the silver screen.
     Food From Wood: Edible Mushroom Cultivation is led by Zach Mermel on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. "Wondering what to do with those undesirable exotic trees on the Back Forty? By teaming with certain fungi, you can turn that pesky plant problem into an edible solution."
     Abstract Painting introductory techniques, taught by Darcy Gray, happens Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Healing Through Words creative writing workshop led by Dr. Heather Rivera happens Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Rivera offers ways to start writing a book.
     Sauerkraut and Kombucha making with Jasmine Silverstein on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kumu Hula Kini Ka‘awa
     Hula Voices at VAC Gallery on April 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. presents "an engaging, intimate 'talk story' session with Hawai‘i Island kumu hula who live lives centered on the practice of hula and its associated arts." This month features Kumu Kini Ka‘awa.
     Hula Kahiko performance happens on April 13 at 10:30 a.m. with Kumu Kini Kaʻawa features nā haumana of Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School, and Nā Mea Hula with Loke Kamanu & ʻohana runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at VAC Gallery.
     Aloha Wednesday Creative Arts Classes occur weekly from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at VAC's Ni‘aulani Campus. These weekly short classes on a wide range of arts include lauhala weaving, tile making for the Community Mosaic Project at VAC, and more.
     Hawaiian Values Printmaking – a weekly, hands-on, printmaking class increasing the understanding of Hawai‘i’s rich resources, heritage, and traditions using the donated linoleum block prints of beloved artist, Dietrich Varez – occurs Mondays from 11am – 1pm at VAC’s Ni‘aulani Campus.
     Aloha Friday Cultural Demonstrations take place each Friday on the front porch of Volcano Art Center Gallery, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors and kama‘aina alike are invited to experience a free, hands-on workshop presented by hospitable Hawai‘i Island practitioners, covering topics such as ukulele, lei making, hula and chant, and lauhala weaving.
     Volcano Art Center is a non-profit educational organization created in 1974 to promote, develop, and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i's people and environment through activities in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Visit volcanoartcenter.org.    

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KAʻŪ TROJANS HOSTED KEAʻAU Saturday, in both Boys Baseball and Girls Softball.
     The Trojans ladies played a tough game against their opponents, snatching victory by one run, scoring 12 over Keaʻau's 11.
     The Trojans gentlemen also fought hard against their opponents, scoring 3 runs, Keaʻau took the game at 12.
     See below for upcoming home and away games.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
Kaʻū Trojans Spring Sports Schedule
Thu., March 21, 3 p.m., @Waiakea
Sat., March 23, 1 p.m., host Honokaʻa
Thu., March 28, 3 p.m., @Kohala
Sat., March 30, 1 p.m., @Konawaena
Tue., April 2, 3 p.m., @HPA
Thu., April 4, 3 p.m., host Waiakea
Sat., April 6, 11 a.m., @Kealakehe
Wed., March 20, @Waiakea
Sat., March 23, 11 a.m., host Honokaʻa
Wed., March 27, @Kohala
Sat., March 30, 11 a.m., @Konawaena
Wed., April 3, host Waiakea
Fri., April 5, 3 p.m., @Kealakehe
Fri., April 12, BIIF Semi-Finals
Boys Volleyball:
Tue., March 19, 6 p.m., @Kealakehe
Wed., March 27, 6 p.m., host Kohala, Varsity
Fri., March 29, 6 p.m., @HPA
Wed., April 3, 6 p.m., host Ehunui
Fri., April 5, 6 p.m., @Christian Liberty, Varsity
Tue., April 9, 6 p.m., host Waiakea
Fri., April 12, 6 p.m., @Keaʻau
Sat., March 23, 9 a.m., @Waiakea
Sat., March 30, 3 p.m., @Keaʻau
Sat., April 6, 9 a.m., @Waiakea

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Discovery Harbour Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Monday, March 18, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Coastal Net Patrol, Tuesday, March 19, RSVP in advance. Free; donations appreciated. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, 769-7629

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Mtg., Tuesday, March 19, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Pāhala Recycling & Transfer Station Community Mtg., Tuesday, March 19, 5:30 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center. Discussion will focus on closing the station one additional day per week, bringing open days to three. See more on recycling and solid waste at hawaiizerowaste.org and hawaiicounty.gov/dem-solidwaste-division.

Wiki Wiki Mart Hosts Free Nutrition Class Tuesday, March 19 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. "Find out where's the junk in junk foods." Speaker is Renee Default, PhD, former FDA associate, founder Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute, and Kaʻū High School staff associate.

Ocean View Community Association Board of Directors Mtg., Wednesday, March 20, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Family Reading Night, Thursday, March 21, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

PiYo Live Classes, Thursday, March 21 and every Thursday after, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ka‘ū District Gym multi-purpose room. Low-impact Pilates and yoga-inspired workout to improve core strength, flexibility, and balance. Bring mat and water. Shoes optional. Donations welcome. Sara, 520-389-0620

Pāhala Sewer Hook-Up Meeting for owners and occupants of properties along Puahala, Pikake, Maile, Ilima, Huapala, Kamani, Hīʻnano, Hala, and Hapu streets – but not connected to the Large Capacity Cesspools – happens Thursday, March 21, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center, 96-1149 Kamani Street. RSVP to Mary Fujio of DEM at 808-961-8030.

Poetry Reading with Joe Harrington and Susan Schultz, Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Fee tba. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Rummage Sale, Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Discovery Harbour Community Center. Food and refreshments available. Donations accepted March 20 and 21, 8a.m.-4p.m., Discovery Harbour Fire Station. No clothes accepted. All tools and appliances in good working condition. Call for pick-up of bulky/large items. Tom Reis, 503-260-6187, or Ken Shisler, 410-299-5359.

Pastel On-Site Landscape Painting with Patti Pease Johnson, Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Volcano Art Center. $45/VAC member, $50/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. Beginner and intermediate artists welcome. Register: volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Writing for Inner Exploration and Life Reflection with Tom Peek, Saturday, March 23, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Volcano Art Center. $65/VAC member, $75/non-member. Register: volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Second Chance Prom, Saturday, March 23, 6 p.m. to 10p.m., Ka‘ū District Gym. Open to adults. Register March 1-20. $25/person. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Niuhi-Shark Fine Art Exhibit is open daily through Sunday, March 24 at Volcano Art Center Gallery. The public is invited to hear different perspectives on the life of Kamehameha the Great and experience a visual experience of important events in Kamehameha's life from the perspective of two styles of art. The exhibit and supporting events promise paint, prose, protocol, and conversations providing cultural, historical, and educational experiences, with original paintings by Carl F. K. Pao, paired with selections from the book Kamehameha–The Rise of a King by David Kāwika Eyre, with illustrations by Brook Parker. Visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Preschool Opens Doors Applications are open for the 2019-2020 school year. The Department of Human Services encourages families to apply before Friday, March 29. This program is for families seeking aid in paying for preschool. Applications, available at patchhawaii.org, received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. For more information, visit bit.ly/2TolEOm or call 800-746-5620.

Five Scholarships are available from American Association of University Women-Kona: Three $2000 scholarships will go to female college-bound Kaʻū High School and West Hawaiʻi high school students. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, April 1. Two $1,000 scholarships will go to any female high school graduate or older women attending a two-year vocational program leading to a marketable skill at Palamanui Campus. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 10.  Application packets available at kona-hi.aauw.net. Contact sharonnind@aol.com.

Beginning Farmer Institute Cohort Applications open through Monday, April 15. Free training program which "prepares new producers of any age or operation type for a successful future in agriculture." Applications at nfu.org/education/beginning-farmer-institute.

Kaʻū Coffee Fest invites non-profits, clubs, cooperatives, and businesses to sign up for booths at the 11th annual Kaʻū Coffee Fest Hoʻolauleʻa on Saturday, May 4 at Pāhala Community Center. The all-day event comes with music, hula, coffee tasting, and meeting the famous Kaʻū Coffee farmers. See KauCoffeeFestival.com.
     Booth fees are $100 for food vendors; $60 for non-food items and crafts, including coffee and coffee samples; and $35 for pre-approved information displays. No campaign and other political displays. Fifty percent discounts for non-profit organizations and cooperatives selling food, crafts, and coffee. Vendors must also obtain county vendor permits costing $30 each and a Department of Health permit, if serving food. Call Gail Nagata 933-0918. Apply by Friday, April 26. Application at KauCoffeeFestival.com. Email to biokepamoses@gmail.com; mail to Brenda Iokepa-Moses, P.O. Box 208PāhalaHI 96777; or call 808-731-5409.

Applications for Paid Internship in Kaʻū for Kupu Hawai‘i and The Nature Conservancy are open. Year-long, full-time position in TNC's Hawai‘i Island Terrestrial Program stewards native forest preserves in Ka‘ū and South Kona. $1,600 monthly living allowance, before taxes; a $5,920 education award towards higher education; health care and childcare benefit, if eligible; and receiving an entry-level conservation career experience. Application at kupuhawaii.org/conservation. For more, call The Nature Conservancy, 443-5401, or call Kupu Hawai‘i, 808-735-1221.

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