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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Tuesday, June 11, 2019

U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and National Park Service Jaggar Museum on Kīlauea's caldera 
rim were vacated in mid-May 2018 due to earthquake damage associated with summit collapse events. As of June 2019, 
HVO staff are in temporary office space in Hilo. Jaggar Museum remains closed. See story on the timeline of 
the eruption's events, below. Image from HVO/Big Island Video News
HAWAIʻI RANKS THIRD IN THE COUNTRY FOR PEOPLE ENJOYING OUTDOOR PARKS AND RECREATION. The recent WalletHub report on the Most Fun states puts Hawaiʻi overall in the middle of the pack, at 25th, when it comes to offering "a jolly good time that won't break the bank."
     The financial website compared the 50 states across 26 criteria, including "ideal" weather, accessibility of national parks, casinos per capita, and how many amusement parks, restaurants, movie theaters – and other arts, entertainment, recreation establishments, and attractions – are in each state. Focus was laid on the states that offer "the greatest variety and most cost-effective options for enjoyment."
     The Aloha State ranked 3rd in State and Local Expenditures on Parks and Recreation per Capita, 19th in overall Entertainment and Recreation, 38th in overall Nightlife, 46th in Number of Golf Courses and Country Clubs perCapita, 47th in Number of Movie Theaters per Capita, and 50th in Fitness Centers per Capita.
     View the full report at wallethub.com/edu/most-fun-states/34665.

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The volume of Halemaʻumaʻu was around 54-60 million cubic meters (70-78 million cubic yards) prior to the 2018 events. 
The volume of the inner collapse crater is now about 885 million cubic meters (1.2 billion cubic yards). Subsidence of 
the adjacent caldera floor created the new scarp (arrow, right). HVO image
AN OVERVIEW OF LAST YEAR'S KĪLAUEA ERUPTION was published by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory this week. The document provides a timeline of the eruptive events, and a selection of finer details.
     The 2018 Kīlauea summit collapse and lower East Rift Zone eruption were the largest in at least 200 years, according to a sciencemag.org article, reports HVO. Lava covered 13.7 square miles of land, with a maximum thickness of 180 feet on land and about 920 feet in the lava delta. Ocean entries created 875 acres of new land. Lava destroyed 716 dwellings and covered about 30 miles of roads. The amount of lava that erupted from the fissures in Puna, about 1 billion cubic yards, was "enough to cover two lanes of I-90 from Boston, MA, to Seattle, WA – around 3,020 miles – with lava about 70 feet deep, or enough to fill at least 320,000 Olympic-size swimming pools." The magnitude 6.9 south flank earthquake on May 4 was the largest in Hawaiʻi since 1975. The 62 summit collapse events, May 16 to August 2, "each released energy equivalent to a M5.2–M5.4 earthquake." A dozen ash-producing explosions between May 16 and 26 threw ash as high as 30,000 feet above sea level.
Lava fountains at fissure 8 vent (top right) fed a vigorous, 
channelized lava flow on July 2. HVO photo
     The timeline from the 2018 eruption is:
     April 30: Long-term Puʻu ʻŌʻō eruptive vent collapses; magma begins moving downrift toward Puna.
     May 1: HVO issues notice of potential eruption on Kīlauea's lower East Rift Zone. Deflation of Kīlauea's summit begins and Halemaʻumaʻu lava lake starts to drop.
     May 3: Onset of fissure eruptions on lower East Rift Zone; Kīlauea Volcano Alert Level raised to WARNING.
     May 4: Magnitude 6.9 earthquake on south flank of Kīlauea.
     May 9: HVO issues notice of potential summit explosions; lull in lower East Rift Zone fissures May 9 through 12.
     May 10: Halemaʻumaʻu lava lake disappears from view.
     May 11: Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park closes to the public; Kahuku Unit remains open.
     May 15: Aviation Color Code elevated to RED in anticipation of summit explosive events.
     May 16: Onset of Kīlauea summit explosive events; HVO building evacuated.
Areas covered by lava flows in 2018 in red; lava flows erupted in 
1840, 1955, and 1960 in purple. Black numerals indicate 
locations of the 24 fissures that erupted in 2018. HVO image
     May 19: Lava enters ocean near Mackenzie State Recreation Area – lasts about 10 days.
     May 25: Fissure 8 reactivates; new pit opens on the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu.
     May 29: Caldera downdrop accelerates; onset of near-daily summit collapse events, with each releasing energy equivalent to a magnitude-5+ earthquake.
     June 3: Lava erupted from fissure 8 reaches ocean at Kapoho Bay.
     June 24: Collapse events no longer producing ash; Aviation Color Code lowered to ORANGE.
     Aug. 2: Summit collapse events end.
     Aug. 4: Fissure 8 activity significantly decreases; summit deflation stops.
     Aug. 17: Eruptive pause at fissure 8; Volcano Alert Level lowered to WATCH.
     Aug. 21: Ocean entry no longer active.
     Sept. 1 through 5: Sporadic glow/weak lava activity within fissure 8 cone; no active lava observed after Sept. 5.
     Sept. 22: Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park reopens (details at nps.gov/havo)
     Oct. 5: Kīlauea Volcano Alert Level lowered to ADVISORY.
     March 26: Kīlauea Volcano Alert Level loweredto NORMAL.
     See the document at volcanoes.usgs.gov/vsc/file_mngr/file-224/OVERVIEW_Kil2018_LERZ-Summit_June%202019.pdf.
HVO image
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BIOSECURITY REMAINS A MAJOR FOCUS AT THE WESTERN GOVERNOR'S ASSOCIATION'S annual meeting in Colorado. Co-chaired by Gov. David Ige, the Governor's Association held workshops over the last year with biosecurity and invasive species management leaders to discuss invasive species' effect on life in the region, better management, and improving biosecurity to limit new introductions of invasives.
     The report, an initiative of Ige's, was released at the conference. (See yesterday's Kaʻū News Briefs).
Hawaiʻi Gov. David Ige described his Hawaiʻi's battle against invasive 
species as not only the "right thing" to do but as 
work that makes "economic sense." Photo from WGA
     Entitled Western Governors' Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative, it focuses on nuisance species, pests, and pathogens. It analyzes their effects on ecosystems and infrastructure. It plans for biosecurity measures to manage risks from invasive species to economies, environments, health, and lifestyles.
     Webinars from the conference examine invasives' effects on fisheries, the role of conservation districts to manage them, and impacts of invasives on Pacific Islands forests and ecosystems.
     The report recommends goals and actions for governors, from Guam and other Pacific Islands, to Hawaiʻi, and across the mainland to Texas. They include:
     Protect the West from the introduction of new invasive species through biosecurity practices, preparedness, and planning, by developing state and regional plans, coordinating state and federal agencies, and using emerging technologies. The report recommends a regional biocontrol research center with interagency collaboration on biocontrol research and permitting.
     Improve cross-boundary management of established and emerging invasive species. The report recommends establishing a Western Invasive Species Council to work with state, federal, and local agencies; enhancing rapid response practices by expanding use of the Incident Command System; conducting regular practice exercises; and establishing a federal center dedicated to biosecurity and invasive species management.
Seen all over Kaʻū, fountain grass, a "priority invasive" weed species, is a fuel 
for wildfires. Fountain grass also relies on fire to regenerate, and becomes the 
first to establish and spread after a wildfire occurs. Photo from hawp.org
     Empower state and federal agencies to manage invasive species by aligning federal laws, regulations, and funding mechanisms with states' needs. The report says state and federal agencies need funding and authority to manage invasives. It recommends that statutes and regulations provide states more flexibility in invasive species management funding, permitting, and rapid response. It also asks for federal rules to reflect the broad diversity of habitat types and uses; federal law should protect states, whether habitats include arctic tundra, rangeland, or tropical forests.
     Support and utilize biosecurity research, technology, and planning tools. The report recommends state and federal agencies "identify and seize" opportunities to pool research funds, coordinate new technology, and develop new monitoring, analytical, and decision-making tools. Enhanced use of electronic manifesting for commodity shipments, detector dogs, in-water vessel cleaning, and other tools "can increase effectiveness in mitigating invasive species impacts."
     Standardize and mobilize invasive species data. The report says invasive species managers "need access to accurate regional invasive species occurrence data to address invasive species at a landscape scale. However, technological barriers often prevent large amounts of useful invasive species occurrence data from being shared. As part of the Initiative, Western Governors will lead an effort to improve the mechanisms by which interagency invasive species data are standardized, stored and exchanged in the West."
A beautiful morning glory blossom belies the invasive species' negative
effect on endemic understory plants in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
NPS photo
     The Western Governors Association is led by 12 governors appointed by the President. It represents Hawaiʻi, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
     Read the whole report here. See video and synopses of the workshops and webinars. See more on yesterday's Kaʻū News Briefs.

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DISASTER EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR THE HOMELESS is extended by Gov. David Ige through Aug. 7. The declaration has been in effect since Dec. 14. It accelerates the completion of housing projects for individuals and families who are transitioning out of homelessness, and expands shelter capacity and access to services.

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Kapa Kuiki w/Cultural Practitioner Cyndy Martinez, Wednesday, June 12, 10a.m.-noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Hawaiian traditional quilting methods demonstration and discussion. Free; park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/havo

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, June 13, 6:30p.m., United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkley Yoshida, 747-0197

Register by June 14 - Basic Hunter Education Certification Program - see separate listing, June 28 and 29, for details. Space is limited. Call 887-6050, code KAU

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Coastal Net Patrol, Friday, June 14. Free; donations appreciated. Limited seating available. RSVP in advance. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, 769-7629

Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Friday, June 14, 9a.m.-noon, Ocean View Community Center. Free disability legal services provided by Hawai‘i Legal Aid. ovcahi.org, 939-7033

Arts and Crafts Activity: Father's Day Card, Friday, June 14, 1:30-2:30p.m., Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. Register keiki ages 6-12, June 10-13. Free. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Community Dance, Friday, June 14, 7-10p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Minors allowed with supervision only. Alcohol-free event. Variety of music. Snacks provided; additional pūpū welcome. Free; donations appreciated. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Mtg., Saturday, June 15, 10a.m.-1p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting and training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hula Kahiko - Kumu Hula Lorna Lim w/Hālau Kawehileimamoikawekiu‘okohala, Saturday, June 15, 10:30-11:30a.m., hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Hula performance. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mea Hula w/Kumu Moses Kaho‘okele Crabbe, Saturday, June 15, 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery porch. Hands-on cultural demonstration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Drawing Mandalas as Meditation w/Lisa Maria Martin, Saturday, June 15, 11a.m.-2p.m., Volcano Art Center. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. All supplies provided. Open to all levels. No art or meditation experience needed. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Ham Radio Mtg., Saturday, June 15, 2-3p.m., Ocean View Community Center. ovcahi.org

Opera Concert w/D'Andrea Pelletier, Saturday, June 15, 5:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. Tickets are $20/VAC member, $25/non-member. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Community Clean-Up, Sunday, June 16. Free; donations appreciated. Space available and BYO-4WD ok. RSVP in advance. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, 769-7629

Father's Day Buffet, Sunday, June 16, 5-8p.m., Crater Rim Café, Kīlauea Military Camp. Main entrees: Prime Rib, Lemon Butter Fish and Vegetable Stir Fry w/Tofu. $29.95/Adults, $14.95/Child (ages 6-11). No reservations required, 967-8356. Open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Tuesday, June 18 (Committees), Wednesday, June 19, (Council), Kona. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

After Dark in the Park - Surviving Against the Odds: The Story of the Hawai‘i ‘Amakihi, Tuesday, June 18, 7p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Gabrielle Names, UC Davis PhD student, studying the mystery of how this unique little bird appears to be beating avian malaria, a deadly disease, on Hawaiʻi Island. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

AdvoCATS, Tuesday, June 19, 7a.m.-4:30p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Seamless Summer Program, open to all people under age 18, no registration required, offers free breakfast at Nāʻālehu Elementary and Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School cafeterias. Meals are available weekdays through July 11; no meals Tuesday, June 11 and Thursday, July 4. Kaʻū High serves breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call (808) 939-2413 for Nāʻālehu Elementary mealtimes.

Early College Summer Program at Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary registrations are open for high school students. Program runs Wednesday, June 12 through Thursday, July 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Program requires registration by calling 313-4100. No classes Tuesday, June 11 and Thursday, July 4.

Purchase Tickets for Miss Hawaiʻi Island Teen USA and Miss Hawaiʻi IslandSunday, June 16 at The Grand Naniloa Hotel in Hilo, from Teen USA candidate Kailee "Kamalani" Kuhaulua-Stacy. Tickets are $25; contact Kamalani at 808-315-4252 through Saturday, June 15 to purchase. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the pageant begins at 6:30 p.m. The evening includes both competition for Miss Hawaiʻi Island Teen USA, for contenders 14 to 18 years of age, and Miss Hawaiʻi Island, for contestants 18 to 28.
     Supporters can vote for the candidate called Kamalani, contestant #7, for the People's Choice award, by liking her photos on the pageant Facebook. Deadline to vote by liking the contestant photo is this Sunday, June 9 at 7 p.m.
     See misshawaiiisland.com.

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

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou's Annual Nāʻālehu 4th of July Parade and Summer Fun Fest happens Saturday, June 29. The Nā‘ālehu Independence Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. at Nā‘ālehu Elementary School and ends at the Nā‘ālehu Hongwanji Mission. The parade features floats, Paʻu riders, Kaʻū Coffee Court members, and more.
     The Fest, which begins after the parade, features water slides and bounce castles, hot dogs, watermelon, and shave ice, plus Senior Bingo and lunch at the community center for seniors. The free event is open to the public, no registration required.
     To participate in the parade, volunteer, or donate, contact Debra McIntosh at 929-9872 by Thursday, June 20okaukakou.org

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 bags 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.

Experience Volcano Festival is still looking for vendors. Booths for the event are $25 per day for Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28. The event is coordinated with the new ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 5K, and Keiki Dash on the 27th. Apply at experiencevolcano.com/vendor-application.
     Experience Volcano is a group of businesses and residents helping to rebuild the economy of Volcano, following last year's volcanic disaster that shut down Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and drastically reduced the visitor county which is now recovering.

ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 5K, and Keiki Dash happens Saturday, July 27 in Volcano Village, It replaces the Volcano Rain Forest Runs. Register at ohialehuahalf.com.

6th Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run Registration, webscorer.com/register?raceid=166020. 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon races through mac nut and coffee fields along slopes of Ka‘ū starting at 7a.m., Sept. 21, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Sponsored by Ka‘ū Coffee Mill and ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Prices increase after July 9. okaukakou.orgkaucoffeemill.com

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