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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.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Saturday, July 27, 2019

Experience Volcano Festival kicked off today with art, food, and entertainment events. Join in making
a community mosaic Sunday at noon at Volcano Art Center.
We Love Volcano image from Experience Volcano
EXPERIENCE VOLCANO FESTIVAL kicked off its inaugural event today to showcase the village that was devastated economically last year during everyday earthquakes and threats of explosive lava. Next to a calm Kīlauea volcano, the festival continues tomorrow with the following schedule:
     6 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Cooper Center Farmer's Market.
     9 a.m. - Opening Oli at Kīlauea Lodge; Hawaiian Quilting Demo with Roberta Miller at Lava Rock Café; Estate White Tea Harvest Workshop at Volcano Winery; Rain Forest Walk & Tour at Volcano Art Center.
     10 a.m. - Poi Pounding at Lava Rock Café; Lauren Elle Brodio Acoustic Performance at Volcano Art Center; Kids Activity Corner at Akatsuka Orchid Farm.
     10:30 a.m. - Volcano Winery Tour.
     11 a.m. - Veronica Rose Acoustic Performance at Lava Rock Café; The Brown Boys at Kīlauea Lodge; Hawaiian Block Printing at Volcano Art Center; Orchid Tour at Akatsuka Orchid Farm.
Hula at the first day of the first Experience Volcano Festival. Photo from Experience Volcano's Instagram
     Noon - Tahitian Hula at Lava Rock Café; Community Mosaic at Volcano Art Center.
     12:30 p.m. - Volcano Winery Tour.
     1 p.m. - Watch Sunday High Fire! with Eric Wold at Volcano Art Center; Ceramic Mask Making with Ira Ono at Volcano Garden Arts; Makana Kamahele's Hawaiian music at Volcano Winery; Orchid Flask Painting Demo at Akatsuka Orchid Farm.
     2 p.m. - Keiki & ʻOhana Time Activities at Akatsuka Orchid Farm, William Kauhane 's Hawaiian music at Lava Rock Café, Rain Forest Walk & Tour at Volcano Art Center.
     2:30 p.m. - Afternoon Tea at Kīlauea Lodge, advanced booking required.
     3 p.m. - Hula Performance from Ke ʻOlu Makani O Mauna Loa at Kīlauea Lodge; Winery Tour at Volcano Winery; ʻUkulele lessons at Volcano Art Center.
     7 p.m. - Grand Slam Band at Lava Lounge.
     All day Events - Volcano Garden Arts presents Art of Bonsai with Bill Newton; Margret Lynch, Raku Demo; Wheel Throwing with Michael Boucher; Paper Batik Make & Take; and Self-Guided Rainforest Walk. Kīlauea Lodge opens the Lili Farm House Petting Zoo; Volcano Winery is the site for the Tuk Tuk Thai Food Truck; and Akatsuka Orchid Farm offers 10 percent off on Plant & Garden Purchases.
     The event is supported by local businesses and organizations. See Experience Volcano online.

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THE INAUGURAL ʻŌHIʻA LEHUA 5K AND HALF MARATHON drew many runners this morning to Volcano Village. The races fill the gap of the Volcano Rain Forest Runs, which retired this year after nine years. They also support a cause, ridding the forest of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death.
     The 5K female winners are: overall, Aria Heil (age 16); 19 and under, Jade Ivey; 20-29, Midori Mastuo; 30-39, Elyse Cummins, 40-49, Yuko White; 50-59, Aubrey Hawk; 60-69, Marta Ciancio; 70+, Fia Mattice.
     The 5K male winners are: overall, Rylie Cabalse (age 19); 19 and under, Caleb Crook; 20-29, Bryce Harada; 30-39, James Twig-Smith; 40-49, Jarvis Valera; 50-59, Reed Brozen; 60-69, Zinn; 70+, Jeff Hamilton.
Some of the runners that finished the Half Marathon and 5K in Volcano
today. Far right, the second youngest runner to complete the 5K race,
Helena Rataj, who is just ten years old. Photo from Jolene Head, 
posted to Volcano'sʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon Facebook group.
     The Half Marathon female winners are: overall, Noe Waller (age 28); 19 and under, no entries; 20-29, Nicole Lewien; 30-39, Jodie Rosam; 40-49, Julia Scharwaechter; 50-59, Brenda Camacho; 60-69, Elizabeth Wright; 70+, Morgen Bahurinsky.
     The Half Marathon male winners are: overall, Billy Barnett (age 35); 19 and under, Ayrton Takane; 20-29, Darian Basacdua; 30-39, Joe Fairchild; 40-49, Jacob Fansler; 50-59, Kentaro Aoki; 60-69, Leonard Torricer; 70+, Paul Whitehouse.
     See more results in tomorrow's Kaʻū News Briefs.

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ALLOWING COMPENSATION FOR BOARD MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES, AND OFFICERS OF NON-PROFITS, who care for lands funded by the Two Percent Land Fund, unanimously passed the County Council this week. It is a recommendation and would go on the 2020 ballot if it passes through the Charter Commission. Kaʻū's County Council member Maile David, and Kona and Waikaloa's council member Karen Eoff, offered the proposal.
Details on using the Two Percent Land fund for stewarding preserve
lands go before the Charter Commission in August and could be
on the ballot in 2020. Photo by Julia Neal
     The charter amendment would allow compensation for specific duties such as labor, educational workshops, and maintenance work to be paid to an officer, board member, or employee, if those duties have been specifically identified and officially approved in the detailed business plan submitted as part of the stewardship proposal.
     The rationale is that the nonprofits working on the land are often comprised of a small number of community members who are motivated to work on the projects. Contracting out all labor would also be a higher cost to the organization.
     Debbie Hecht, who leads the Two Percent Fund community effort, Save Our Lands Citizen's Committee, encourages testimony to the Charter Commission, in person on Wednesday, August 8, at 11 a.m. in Hilo, or to Charter.commission@hawaiicounty.gov.
     Said Hecht, "If you are the member of a non-profit who has applied or may apply to the Maintenance Fund, it is especially important for you to show up to tell why this would help your organization (even if you showed up before). This is a last ditch effort to be able to pay people who work on the land. Please say you support the council's manaʻo on CA-18 to allow the nonprofits to pay people that work on the land, and you would like the clarifying language incorporated into their proposed CA-9."

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Maunakea Protector hula on the Maunakea Access Road, where the blockade is in its 13th day.
THE PROTECTORS OF MAUNAKEA'S ENCAMPMENT AT PUʻUHULUHULU grew again this weekend, with Saturday the 13th day of no access to the Maunakea summit for the public, crews for building the new Thirty Meter Telescope, stargazing businesses, and telescope operators. Exceptions are some maintenance workers for the telescopes allowed through the Protectors' blockade, and permission given by the courts for one native Hawaiian to travel to the summit for religious purposes.
     Protectors of Maunakea released the following on the Protect Maunakea Facebook page:
     "Okay let's get things straight—the State is blocking Native Hawaiians from accessing our sacred sites and our right to give offering and prayers—these r US first amendment and state constitutionally protected rights (the Occupation aside for a moment please). this means we have human and civil rights that are protected or r supposed to be upheld.
Kealoha Pisciotta explains Protectors' view of the Maunakea issue.
Video from Rising Up with Sonali
     "We on the other hand are being blocked and in turn r blocking Construction trucks and therefore it we r helping them to not to commit DESECRATION which is against the law in Hawai’i with a punishment of 1 Year in prison and a 10,000 fine and or both. So we r actually committing Civil Assistance—not Civil Disobedience (we r not fighting an unjust law —the law is on our side).
     "This is what is unreasonable and future the Observatory bosses r trying to claim foul is too. Because as Kaho’okahi is saying the technicians are being allowed up."
     The Protect Maunakea Facebook page also posted an interview with Maunakea protector Kealoha Pisciotta, who is involved with many of the legal challenges to TMT, explaining her view of the history of the issue.
     The Kaʻū Calendar intern and Volcano School of Arts & Sciences student Manu Yanha is on the scene at Maunakea this weekend.

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Warm-ups for nationals at Kaʻū District Gym.
Photo by Julia Neal
THE KAMEHAMEHA GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TEAM, who held their warm-up camp in Pāhala to compete in USA Volleyball national tournaments, did well, according to Coach Guy Enriques. He said they took third in the Anaheim Classic and 19th in Nationals. "That is very good for this young team," said Enriques. He said the Kaʻū-Miloliʻi team also did well in Anaheim.

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MAUNA LOA'S 1935 LAVA FLOW IN MODERN MEDIA COVERAGE is the subject of this week's Volcano Watch, written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates:
     In ongoing media coverage of demonstrations at the base of Mauna Kea, many hundreds of people can be seen standing on a black lava flow that surrounds the Puʻuhuluhulu Native Tree Sanctuary adjacent to the Daniel K. Inouye Highway. That same lava flow continues on the other side of the highway, which traverses the saddle between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.
     The eruption that produced the lava flow started at the summit crater of Mauna Loa on November 21, 1935, and quickly progressed into the volcano's upper Northeast Rift Zone. From there, lava advanced to the west, away from Hilo, the largest city on the island.
     On November 27, another vent opened lower on the north flank of Mauna Loa, from which an additional lava flow quickly advanced to the north. Within ten days, the flow had stalled at the base of Mauna Kea but remained active. This lava was known as the Humuʻula flow.
     The lava flow worried residents of Hilo for a time because, after ponding and likely inflating behind Puʻuhuluhulu, it suddenly broke out toward the city at alarming rates of about 2‒3 km per day (1.5‒2 miles per day) for nearly a week in late December.
     Thomas Jaggar, who was director of HVO at the time, had been warning island residents about the potential destruction by future lava flows over the past year. When it appeared that the 1935 Humuʻula flow was headed toward Hilo, he wanted to divert the lava by bombing the flow and requested Army airplanes from Oʻahu to do the job.
This panoramic view of the 1935 Humuʻula flow (black lava) on both sides of Daniel K. Inouye Highway, which runs east 
to west in the saddle between Mauna Loa (snow-capped shield volcano at far left) and Mauna Kea (distant right), was 
taken from the top of Puʻuhuluhulu. View is to the northwest. The top of Hualālai is visible in far distance (center). 
USGS photo by J. Kauahikaua, Jan. 1, 2017
      The bombing operation launched from the Hilo airport on Friday, Dec. 27, 1935. After the military planes dropped bombs near the eruptive vent, the flow appeared to slow. A few days later, Jaggar declared success, and most Hilo residents, relieved by his words, went back to their normal tasks.
     Dec. 28, an article on the front page of the Hilo Tribune Herald was titled, Pele Angry! Old Natives express fear of bombing. The article went on to quote several Hawaiians. "Pele should not be disturbed. This bombing is a folly. It will do more harm than good. If Pele makes up her mind to come to Hilo it is not for man to dissuade her by artificial methods. She cannot be stopped that way."
Aerial view of one of 20 600-lb. bombs dropped on the Mauna 
 Loa flow on Dec. 27, 1935. Photo from Army Air Corps
   But not everyone was happy.
   Harry Keliʻihoʻomalu, a longtime Puna resident, went to the Hilo airfield to warn the pilots of Pele's anger and then visited the newspaper's office to voice his objections. "Why don't they leave Pele alone? They shouldn't interfere with the flow. If Pele decides to flow to Hilo, there's nothing that they can do to stop her."
   Eben (Rawhide Ben) Low, kamaʻaina resident and one-time cowboy and rodeo star, agreed. "Dropping a bomb into the Mauna Loa lava flow is like throwing a peanut into the middle of the Pacific Ocean, for all the good it will do.'
Was the bombing successful? Jaggar was the only geologist to claim so.
   Jaggar's boss, Edward G. Wingate, superintendent of Hawaiʻi National Park (as it was called then), was non-committal. Prior to the actual bombing, Wingate had been skeptical of the use of airplanes and arranged transport of the explosives to the vent by land. But after Jaggar exclaimed the bombing a success, Wingate simply deferred to Jaggar's claim.
   Contemporary geologists were unconvinced, and, in more recent times, studies of the 1935 flow show that its slowing was probably coincident with, rather than caused by, the bombing. In hindsight, one could conclude that the bombing was indeed a folly.

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2019 Kaʻū High School Athletics Schedule through August
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates; Bowling TBA.

Football, Division II:
Sat., Aug. 24, 1 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Mon., July 29, 3 to 5 p.m., first day practice
Tue., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Hilo
Fri., Aug. 23, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts St. Joseph
Wed., Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala

Cross Country:
Mon., Aug. 5, 2:30 to 4 p.m., first day practice
Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty

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Experience Volcano Festival continues Sunday, July 28, multiple locations in Volcano. Features art, food, music, and performances. More details at experiencevolcano.com.

A Meeting to Establish Child Care for Kaʻū Coffee Farm Workers happens Sunday, July 28 at 3 p.m. at the Kaʻū District Gym Activity Room. Farmers and other supporters of the effort met July 13.
     With the increasing employment of members of Kaʻū's Marshallese community to pick Kaʻū Coffee, organizers in the coffee producing community, led by Laura Diaz, have established a nonprofit organization called Keiki OʻPalehua ʻOhana Program. The group has completed renovations of a room in the Pāhala Hongwanji Schoolhouse, with educational supplies for up to 15 keiki.
     Diaz said the program is looking for an electrician to hang two ceiling fans at the childcare center, for some kind of food service for the keiki, and other donations. A grand opening is planned for Aug. 10.
     Call Diaz at 928-8188 or 408-306-5596.

Ka‘ū Food Pantry, Tuesday, July 30, 11:30a.m.-1p.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View. Volunteers welcome. Dave Breskin, 319-8333

Kōkua Kupuna Project, Wednesday, July 31 – last Wednesday, monthly – 9-11a.m., St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Seniors 60 years and older encouraged to attend, ask questions, and inquire about services offered through Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i – referral required, 961-8626 for free legal services. Under 60, call 1-800-499-4302. More info: tahisha.despontes@legalaidhawaii.org, 329-3910 ext. 925. legalaidhawaii.org

Volcano Winery's Annual Fundraising Harvest Festival tickets go on sale Aug. 1 at volcanowinery.com or (808) 967-7772. Proceeds benefit Volcano School of Arts & Sciences; last year's event sold out. This sixth festive evening of live music, food, wines and craft beers under the stars happens Sunday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The $50 per person tickets include live music entertainment by Young Brothers; delicious food and drink from local restaurants; award-winning wines and teas from the Volcano Winery; tours of the vineyards and a huge raffle.

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

Mayor Kim & Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Mtg., Thursday, Aug. 1, 6-7p.m., Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Mtg., Thursday, Aug. 1, 6:30-8:30p.m.Aspen Centerokaukakou.org

Registration Open: Sunflower Craft, through Monday, Aug. 5, Kahuku Park, Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. Program for ages 6-12 takes place Tuesday, Aug. 6, 12:45-3:30p.m. Free. 939-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Registration Open: Shrink Art Keychain, through Tuesday, Aug. 6, Ka‘ū District Gym multipurpose room. Program for grades K-8 takes place, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 3:30-5p.m. Free. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Stewardship at the Summit, Aug. 2, 10, 16, 24, and 28, 8:45a.m.-noonKīlauea 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

Edible Landscaping for Backyards and Beyond with Zach Mermel of Ola Design Group, Saturday, Aug. 3, 9a.m.-2:30p.m.Volcano Art Center. Learn how to transform lanai and lawn, field, and fence into an abundant oasis of edible and multifunctional plants. $30/VAC member, $40/non-member, plus $15 materials fee. Class size limited; register early. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Birth of Kahuku, Sat., Aug. 3, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, easy-to-moderate hike. nps.gov/havo

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, Aug. 3 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11a.m.-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

Flameworking - An Introductory Class with Nash Adams-Pruitt, Saturday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 4, 2-4:30p.m., Volcano Art Center. $155/VAC member, $160/non-member, plus $40 supply fee. Class size limited; advanced registration required. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 5K, and Keiki Dash Registration open through Saturday, July 27, the day of the races. It replaces the Volcano Rain Forest Runs. See ohialehuahalf.com.

Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network's Summer Musical: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., through July 28 at Kīlauea Military Camp's Kīlauea Theater. Tickets are available at Kīlauea General Store, Kea‘au Natural Foods, Basically Books, The Most Irresistible Shop, and at door. $20/general admission, $15/student or over 60, $12/age 12 and under. Park entrance fees may apply. 982-7344, kden73@aol.com, kden.org

Enroll at Volcano School of Arts and Sciences for the 2019-2020 school year, which starts Aug. 5; orientation for new students is Aug. 2. Spaces are available in 1st through 8th grades of the expanding Kula ‘Amakihi Community-Based Education (CBE) Program; the school may also have space or short wait lists for certain grades in the regular on-campus programs. Contact 808-985-9800 or email enrollment@volcanoschool.net to enroll.

Talk Action, Take Action: surveys available through Aug. 4recovery.hawaiicounty.gov/connect/impact-status-survey-suite. The surveys focus on different areas of recovery after the 2018 Kīlauea eruption: households, businesses, and community.

Exhibit -The Joy of the Brush: Paintings by Linda J. Varez, daily through Sunday, Aug. 4, 9a.m.-5p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Free; park entrance fees may apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

Enroll in Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Orientation for enrolled families begins Aug. 5 & 6, with programs continuing following week in Nā‘ālehu on Monday & Wednesday, 8:45-10:45am, and Pāhala, Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30-10:30am. Space is limited. pidfoundation.org

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., Saturday, 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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