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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
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Saturday, June 01, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Saturday, June 1, 2019

Families received the message to provide extra support for new police officers in their mission that brings 
unexpected burdens of tragic emotional experience and misunderstandings from the public. See story below.
Photo from Big Island Video News
CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS TODAY. The first four tropical cyclone names would be Aikoni, Ema, Hone, and Iona. Central Pacific Hurricane Center predicts a busier than usual storm season, running through Nov. 30.
Hurricane Walaka ripped
across northern Hawaiian
Islands where green sea
turtles from Punaluʻu Black
Sand Beach go to nest.
     The regional shelter for Kaʻū is the Kaʻū District Gym, adjacent to the Kaʻū High School campus. The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers. To volunteer for the Red Cross, call 935-8305.
     County Civil Defense recommends that every household develop a plan with water and food on hand.
     Last year, Hurricane Walaka, the strongest storm of the Pacific season, at 160 mph, tore across the northern Hawaiian Islands. Walaka destroyed nesting sites for the green sea turtles, which swim there every few years to nest, temporarily leaving their Kaʻū homes, like Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach. Others, such as Lane, hung off South Point for several days, then passed south, causing damage all over the  state. Kaʻū experienced some flooding, with roads temporarily washed out, but damage from winds and surf was minimal. Hurricane Olivia made landfall on Maui and Lanaʻi.
     Hawaiʻi Island was threatened by six hurricanes in 2018 – the average is four or five. Other storms not powerful enough to be called hurricanes also caused flooding and wind damage.

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FLAGS WILL FLY HALF STAFF IN HAWAIʻI in memory of the victims of the mass shooting yesterday in Virginia Beach. A message today from Gov. David Ige said the state flag, along with the U.S. flag, "will be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaiʻi National Guard in the State of Hawaiʻi, beginning immediately until sunset, June 4, 2019. This action is taken as a sign of respect for the victims of the mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where 11 public servants and one member of the public were killed on Friday, May 31, 2019," wrote the governor.

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THE EIGHTY-NINTH HAWAIʻI COUNTY POLICE RECRUIT CLASS recognition brought families of future police officers to ceremonies on Friday at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, after six months of academic training. Public officials thanked families and asked for much emotional support.
     Police Chief Paul Ferreira said the event marks achieving "their first goal in their arduous journey in becoming full fledged solo police officers with the Hawaiʻi Police Department... With the pinning of this badge by those special persons in your lives, you're taking an oath of honor that you'll never betray your integrity, your character, or the public trust. You'll always have the courage to hold yourself and others accountable for your individual actions. You swear that you'll always maintain the highest ethical standards and to uphold these standards and the values of the Hawaiʻi Police Department and the Hawaiʻi island community that you serve."
Hugs abound from loved ones at badge pinning for recruits.
Photo from Big Island Video News
     Recruits raised their right hands and said: "I solemnly affirm that I will faithfully support the constitution and laws of the United States of America and the laws of the State of Hawaiʻi, and will conscientiously and impartially discharge my duties as a police officer in the police department in the County of Hawaiʻi, State of Hawaiʻi, and any and other duties devolving upon me in connection with such office."
     Ferreira thanked families and friends of the recruits "for sharing your loved ones with us, for allowing them to make the sacrifices, and I want to thank you personally for making the sacrifices that you have until now and you will continue to do so throughout their careers."
     Mayor Harry Kim addressed the recruits and families: "From today on, they don't have a first name. From today on, with the public, they don't even have a last name. They are, 'Officer.' And with that comes a tremendous burden... No one out there will ever ask you how long have you been on the force when you're doing your job. They expect you to be letter perfect all the time - all the time," he emphasized. "Even when you are confronted with situations that most everybody in this room will never have that kind of responsibility of that kind of control and confrontation... They will not know that you've been in less than a day, a week, a month, or five years. They see a police officer and we are so unfair to you because we expect you to be letter perfect, every single time."
The 89th Class of Hawaiʻi Police Department recruits to the oath yesterday. Photo from Big Island Video News
     The mayor told the families, "You got to know - whether it be your son, your daughter, your husband, or just a friend - that's how the public sees them... But what you have to know, from here on in, they need you more, more than ever, in regards to communication."
Mayor Harry Kim
     The mayor asked friends and family to put themselves in the police officer's situation, like a tragic vehicle accident, involving children, innocent people, "and all of the emotions. You don't know that's happening," he told the loved ones. "You're just waiting for him to come home from work, after shift, whether it be on the first, second, or third watch. And because you had the day planned... whether it be a party, a dinner, or even a conversation... and you expect these people... to be the John, or the Joe, or the Jane. How can they switch over so fast to be that... the happy person or whomever they were, before they went to work.  And to come home - and you were anxious to go to a birthday party, or shopping, or dinner, or whatever, or to help take care of the daughter or the son - you must open up that line of communication to them, because it's not going to be easy many, many times."
     The mayor said that he told the recruits from the first day, to "help each other, lean on each other." He asked loved ones to "let them lean on you too."
Police Chief Paul Ferreira
     President of the 89th Class, Lawrence Davis, said, "Everyone in this class has confronted and overcome a personal weakness, and come out a better and more confident officer. Every one of them has tasted a failure before conquering it. Every one of them passed a breaking point and survived. Every one of them was given every opportunity and reason to say 'I quit,'  but didn't. Be proud of them."
     He described the recruits to their families as "capable guardians, servants of the peace whose daily goal is to come safely home to you." See the ceremony at Big Island Video News.

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KAʻŪ MUSICIANS HEAD TO KONA TODAY & TOMORROW as Chamber Orchestra of Kona presents over an hour of music at the newly renovated Pirate's Outreach Community Center at 7 p.m., and at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 2. The concerts will help support the 230-plus seat auditorium as a new performance venue in Kona.
Enjoy orchestral music today and tomorrow in Kona, where musicians from
Kaʻū and all over the island will play. Photo from Chamber Orchestra of Kona
     Kaʻū's Michael Cripps is the Conductor and plays cello. Peter Bosted plays oboe and Steve Moon plays trumpet. All three live in Ocean View.
     The 30-plus-member Orchestra presents classic orchestral music: The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns, performed by the Conductor, Charles "Michael" Cripps; The Piano Concerto, Op 16 by Grieg, with pianist Satomi Ebisawa; Spring from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, highlighting the orchestra's concert master Ursula Vietze; and Andante Cantabile from Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony in E Minor, spotlighting french horn player Jim Stablein.
     The concert highlights talented young musicians, as students of Vietze join the orchestra for portions of the program.
     Formerly the Hualalai Center, Pirate's Outreach is located at 75-170 Hualālai Road, the old theater at the corner of the Kuakini Highway and Hualālai Road. It is also the home of recently refurbished Privateer's Cove restaurant.
     General admission $10, students admitted free. Buy tickets at chamberorchestraofkona.com/concerts.html, (808) 494-8784, or at the door.
     See chamberorchestraofkona.com. For more info, contact suelou19@gmail.com or (808) 494-8784.

Ranger Dan presents Mayor Harry Kim with the "coveted,"
as Kim puts it, NPS flat hat. NPS photo/Janice Wei
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MAYOR HARRY KIM IS NOW AN HONORARY PARK RANGER. Earlier this week, during After Dark in the Park in Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park, Acting Superintendent Rhonda Loh and Ranger Dean Gallager presented  Kim with a certificate proclaiming him an Honorary Ranger, complete with the NPS flat hat.
     Kim is recognized for "his tremendous contributions to the Island of Hawaiʻi, the National Park Service, and to the generations who will continue to be inspired by his work to protect, respect, and aloha ‘āina (land). Not only did our mayor look great in his new hat, he said it made him feel great, too," said a statement from the Park.
Ranger Harry Kim. NPS photo/Janice Wei
     Kim posted: "We shared memories of last year's Kīlauea eruption, whose effects ranged from Volcano Village to the subdivisions of the Lower East Rift Zone. I felt honored and humbled by the recognition of what our fine County, State, and Federal workers did to keep our community safe."

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USGS PLANS TO SURVEY KĪLAUEA VOLCANO from its summit to Kumukahi, announces this week's Volcano Watch, written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates:
     Since the end of 2018's volcanic activity, USGS HVO scientists have wanted to resurvey Kīlauea Volcano's ground surface to document changes brought about by the Puna eruption and summit collapse. Doing so would allow us to more accurately answer questions about the total volumes of erupted lava and summit subsidence that occurred last summer.
     By detailing these changes, it could also facilitate recovery and long-term risk mitigation projects by local partner agencies. A new survey would also allow comparison to earlier digital elevation data sets acquired by both helicopter lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) and by UAS (unmanned aerial systems) imagery during Kīlauea's 2018 eruption.

Areas on Kīlauea that will be covered by a helicopter lidar survey in June 2019. Red lines enclose areas over which 
the survey helicopter will fly at 396 m (1,300 ft) above ground level. Green lines enclose areas over which the 
helicopter will fly at 151 m (500 ft) above ground level. USGS map
     We are happy to announce that our desire to resurvey Kīlauea will soon become a reality. The precision of this new survey will improve the accuracy of those earlier data sets.
     The data will be acquired by a bright yellow helicopter flying over much of Kīlauea's summit and East Rift Zone at an altitude of 396 meters (1,300 feet) above ground level. The aircraft will fly in a lawn-mowing pattern, back and forth in a northeast-southwest direction. A few smaller areas on Kīlauea, namely parts of the East Rift Zone – Leilani Estates, Ala ʻIli Roadd, and Puʻu ʻŌʻō – the upper Southwest Rift Zone, and the summit caldera, will be flown at a lower altitude of 152 m (500 ft) agl.
     These helicopter flights are currently planned for the period of June 13 to June 30, weather permitting.
     The survey will use lidar technology capable of sending out hundreds of laser pulses per second. This should allow coverage of at least 30 laser pulses per square meter, or about 3 pulses per square foot. The lower elevation flights will allow coverage of at least 100 ppsm, or about 9 pulses per square foot.
     Why collect the lidar with such high-resolution? It's the best way to detect and map vertical or near-vertical features, and there are a lot of them, from ground cracks everywhere, to fissures in the lower East Rift Zone and caldera walls at Kīlauea's summit. High-resolution lidar is the best way to document and measure these potentially hazardous features.
This preliminary thickness map of Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 lower East Rift Zone lava flows was calculated by
subtracting pre-eruption ground surface elevations from post-eruption ground surface elevations mapped with
USGS Unmanned Aerial System (drone) flights. The drones acquired 2,800 aerial photos from which 1.5 billion
common points were automatically selected by Surface-from-Motion software. It is still preliminary because
additional ground control points are needed to finalize the map. USGS map
     A helicopter, rather than a fixed-wing aircraft, will be used for the survey because it can fly slower and acquire high-resolution lidar. The helicopter can also work even if there is high-altitude cloud cover.
     The new lidar surface from this survey can be used to model where new lava flows may travel if renewed volcanic activity occurs in the LERZ. From an emergency management perspective, having these models was important during Kīlauea eruption responses in 2014-2015 and 2018.
     The bare-earth elevation model, digitally stripped of all vegetation, is the main interest of geologists because it will reveal geologic features such as faults and cracks that are not yet mapped. However, the lidar point cloud data from which it is derived will also contain other data, such as vegetation type and density. This could be a goldmine for biologists mapping flora on Kīlauea
     To illustrate the power of lidar, in a USGS 8 ppsm lidar survey of Glacier Peak volcano in Washington – eros.usgs.gov/doi-remote-sensing-activities/2015/usgs/lidar-reveals-glacier-peak-volcano – it is possible to differentiate between maple, alder, and fir trees in the vegetation points. Blackberries at the edges of open areas can also be detected. In California, lidar surveys are used to catalog vegetation that could fuel forest fires.
     Along with lidar data, the helicopter will simultaneously collect 4-band digital imagery in red-green-blue, or RGB, plus near-infrared. These multispectral images will also be useful to help detect geologic features and classify vegetation.
     The final products of this survey, a digital elevation model and detailed imagery covering surveyed areas, will be made public and should be available by late 2019.
During the lidar survey, equipment will be mounted on a bright yellow 
Hughes 500 helicopter like the one shown here. The helicopter will 
fly in a northeast or southwest direction over the survey areas depicted 
on the map. Photo courtesy of Windward Aviation
     We understand that helicopter noise can be disruptive, so we will greatly appreciate affected residents' patience and understanding as we collect this extremely important data to help mitigate future lava flow hazards. The survey should take only 8-10 days, weather permitting, to complete.
Volcano Activity Updates
     Kῑlauea Volcano is not erupting and its USGS Volcano Alert level remains at NORMAL. The USGS Volcano Alert level for Mauna Loa remains at NORMAL.
For definitions of USGS Volcano Alert Levels, see volcanoes.usgs.gov/vhp/about_alerts.html.
     Rates of deformation, gas release, and seismicity on Kīlauea have not changed significantly over the past week. Since early March, GPS stations and tiltmeters at Kīlauea's summit have recorded deformation consistent with slow magma accumulation within the shallow portion of the summit magma system. However, gas measurements have not indicated shallowing of large volumes of magma. 
     On Kīlauea's East Rift Zone, GPS stations and tiltmeters continue to show motions consistent with refilling of the deep magmatic reservoir in the broad region between Puʻu ʻŌʻō and Highway 130. This trend has been observed since the end of the 2018 eruption, although there is an indication that this motion has been slowing down over the past couple weeks.
     Sulfur dioxide emission rates on Kīlauea's ERZ and summit remain low, but HVO continues to closely monitor gas emissions in both areas for any changes.
     Two earthquakes with three or more felt reports occurred in the Hawaiian Islands this past week: a magnitude-2.8 quake 7 kilometers (4 miles) southeast of Waimea at 11 km (7 mi) depth on May 25 at 10:35 p.m., and a magnitude-3.4 quake 15 km (9 mi) northeast of Waialua at 25 km (16 mi) depth on May 24 at 3:16 a.m.
     Visit volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo for past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa updates, volcano photos, maps, recent earthquake info, and more. Call 808-967-8862 for weekly Kīlauea updates. Email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.

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A DISASTER PREPARATION FAIR, hosted by Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Agency, happens Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bringing together an array of emergency response agencies to heighten community readiness for disasters, the event at West Hawai‘i Civic Center, 75-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kona, features presentations on the 2018 Lower East Rift Zone eruption and the 2019 hurricane season. More than 30 emergency response agencies will be on hand to answer questions. The event includes kids' activities and giveaways. Parking is free.
     For more information, contact Civil Defense at 935-0031.

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Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, June 2 – 1st Sunday, monthly – noon-2p.m., Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Monday, June 3 (Committees), Tuesday, June 4 (Council), Hilo. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

LIHEAP Energy Assistance Program Applications, Monday, June 3, 10, 17, or 24, Tuesday, June 4, 11, 18 or 25, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Green Room, Ocean View Community Center. See hceoc.net/programs/energy for full list of requirements and to download forms.

Mr. Kneel Public Speaker and Professional Beatboxer, Monday, June 3, 2:30 p.m., Pāhala Public and School Library. Features math, reading, Dr. Seuss, and family friendly humor. 928-2015

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Monday, June 3 and July 1, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Mtg., Tuesday, June 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pāhala Community Center.

Early Head Start, Wednesday, June 5 – 1st Wednesday, monthly – 10 a.m. to noon, Ocean View Community Center. Social get together for keiki and parents; open to public. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Master Gardeners: Plant Propagation, Wednesday, June 5, 2 p.m., Nā‘ālehu Public Library. Sharing techniques to propagate plants. Free seeds and starts give away. 939-2442

All About Buddhism in the Jodo Shinshu Tradition, Wednesday, June 5 and every following Wednesday, 5 p.m., Nā‘ālehu Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Book study/talk story. Materials and light refreshments provided. Temple president Robert Kobzi, robertkobzi@aol.com

Hula Voices with Kumu Hula Sammi Fo, Wednesday, June 5 – 1st Wednesday, monthly – 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Desiree Moana Cruz moderates the talk story session. Free. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Keiki Jiggle Bums, Thursday, June 6 and 20 – 1st and 3rd Thursday, monthly – 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Ocean View Community Center. Discover the joy of early learning through song and musical instruments. For keiki 0-4 years. Nicola, 238-8544

Women's Expression Group, Thursday, June 6 – 1st Thursday monthly – 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., PARENTS Inc., Nā‘ālehu. Women welcome to drop in. Free. Lindsey Miller, 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, June 6, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, June 6, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Aspen Center. okaukakou.org

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Coastal Net Patrol, Friday, June 7. Free; donations appreciated. Limited seating available. RSVP in advance. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, 769-7629

Uplink All-Stars: Grades 6-8, Friday, June 7, to Friday, June 28, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ka‘ū High & Pāhala Elementary. Registration required, 313-4100

Stewardship at the Summit, Fridays, June 7, 15, 22, and 28, 8:45 a.m. to noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers remove invasive, non-native plants. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks, and water. Gloves/tools provided. Parental/guardian accompaniment or written consent required for those under 18. Free; park entrance fees apply. Paul and Jane Field, field@hawaii.edu, nps.gov/havo

Pancake Breakfast and Raffle, Saturday, June 8, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Stained Glass Basics II: Baubles, Bevels and other Embellishments w/Claudia McCall, Saturday and Sunday, June 8, 9, 15 and 16, 9 a.m. to noon, Volcano Art Center. $90/VAC member, $100/non-member, plus $30 supply fee. Open to those with prior copper foil stained glass experience. Advanced registration required. Limited to 6 adults. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mamo o Kāwā ʻOhana Work Day, Saturday, June 8, meet 9:30 a.m., Northern Gate, Kāwā. RSVP to James Akau, jakau@nmok.org, 561-9111. Bring a water bottle, lunch, closed toed shoes, long sleeved t-shirt, and pants. Tools, gloves, water, and light refreshments provided. nmok.orgfacebook.com/NMOK.Hawaii

Zentangle Ulana, Appreciations of Weaving w/Dina Wood Kageler, Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Volcano Art Center. All welcome, no prior experience necessary. Supplies provided. Students invited to bring snack to share. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. Register: volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Jazz in the Forest: Binti Bailey & Larry Seyer with the Jazztones, Saturday, June 8, 5:30 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Refreshments available for purchase. Tickets available online, $20/VAC Member, $25/non-Member. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Medicine for the Mind: Teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, Sunday, June 9 – 2nd Sunday, monthly – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Volcano Art Center. Free; calabash donations welcome. Dress warmly. Patty Johnson, 345-1527

Summer Programs for Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary registrations are open.
     Uplink All-Stars runs Friday, June 7 through Friday, June 28 for students in grades 6, 7, and 8, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Algebra camp is also open to students in grades 6, 7, and 8 from Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 21, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Early College, for high school students, runs from Wednesday, June 12 through Thursday, July 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     All three programs require registration by calling 313-4100.
     Seamless Summer Program, open to all people under age 18, no registration required, offers free breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., and free lunch from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., on weekdays, June 7 through July 11, in the school cafeteria.
     No classes or meals Tuesday, June 11 and Thursday, July 4.

Exhibit – Hulihia, A Complete Change: The Hawai‘i Nei Invitational Exhibition, runs through Sunday, June 16, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Volcano Art Center Gallery. Multi-media exhibition of seven artists. Free; National Park entrance fees may apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Nā‘ālehu Independence Day Parade Sign-Up Open until Thursday, June 20. Parade happens Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. The parade route begins at the Nāʻālehu Elementary School and ends at the Nāʻālehu Hongwanji Mission. To participate, call Debra McIntosh, 929-9872.

Full-Time Teaching Assistant Sought by Tūtū & Me to implement curriculum for caregivers and keiki in Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool in Kaʻū. Competitive salary and benefits package, including medical, dental, drug, and vision; flexible spending plan; 403b retirement plan; vacation, sick days, and 14 paid days off; and more.
     Minimum requirement is a high school diploma. Early Childhood Education, related coursework, and/or experience working children preferred. For more, visit pidf.org/about/careers. Apply by emailing resume and cover letter to hr@pidfoundation.org or fax to 808-440-6619.

Hi-Employment Seeks Student Employees to work in a macadamia nut orchard on weekends and holidays. Duties include hand-harvesting macadamia nuts, filling and transporting nut bag and buckets, loading 25-plus pound bags into truck beds, and possible clearing of brush and branches. Applicants must be at least 15 years old, have a work permit, two forms of ID, and transportation to "Panaʻewa Stretch." Call for more details, 238-3741, hi-employment.com.

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