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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.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Monday, August 12, 2019

Sulphur Cone on Mauna Loa is one of the possible sources of a rotten egg odor wafting through Ocean View. A similar
odor has been noticed in Volcano Village and inside Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. See story below. USGS Photo
SOME OF THE MOST AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON THE ISLAND is in Kaʻū, according to the new Draft General Plan for Hawaiʻi County. Kaʻū is one of five rural areas where housing is the least expensive. The others are Puna, Honokaʻa, Paʻauilo, and north Kohala. However, not as much affordable housing is on the market in Kaʻū as in Puna, Hilo, and North Kona, states the Draft General Plan.
     The county forecasts in its Draft General Plan that the number of housing units in Kaʻū will grow by 93 percent through the year 2040, much more than the countywide projection of 54 percent, 36 percent in north Hilo to Hamakua, and 29 percent in Hilo. 
     Commercial and industrial square footage is expected to grow 43 percent in Kaʻū by 2040.
     See more about Kaʻū in the Draft General Plan for Hawaiʻi Island and attend a meeting to give suggestions Sunday, Aug. 25, at Nāʻālehu Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. Drop in anytime to talk with planners.
     Download the Draft General Plan. See more from the Draft General Plan in upcoming Kaʻū News Briefs.

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Tulsi Gabbard on Maunakea yesterday, visiting the Protectors.
Photo from the YouTube video
REP. TULSI GABBARD VISISTED MAUNAKEA yesterday, and spoke to the crowd that was estimated to be in the thousands by the Protectors of Maunakea. She opened by thanking kūpuna for leading a peaceful protest with their nonviolent arrests, regarding the building the Thirty Meter telescope. She said they set an example to people "around the world."
     Gabbard said that the Maunakea issue "is about so much more than just a telescope." It "speaks to the… history of disrespect and dishonoring of places" in Hawaiʻi and is a worldwide "alarming trend." She said the spiritual disconnect - being able to engage in cultural practices is "dangerous" and "has consequences." She said the U.S. legislative focus is usually on "statistics and gross domestic product, and all of these numbers, without really focusing on quality of life and happiness, and spiritual fulfillment.
     "As a result, we see the United Sated as the richest country in the world, yet still a country where people are alone and unhappy."
     She said the challenge and responsibility of those at Maunakea is to protect "these scared spaces" and maintain connection for future generations. She said she hopes more of Hawaiʻi's leaders come to the mauna to "experience and listen, and to feel for the results."
     See the video at youtube.com/watch?v=QJBzqAqo62E.

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SEN. KAI KAHELE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF LT. COLONEL in the U.S. Air Force, Hawaiʻi Air National Guard, in a private ceremony on Saturday. Surrounded by friends and family, Kahele, who has served as a USAF pilot and commissioned officer for 18 years, said, "It is an honor to continue to serve my state and country in the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard. I am extremely thankful for my family, my wife Maria and my daughters, who have sacrificed and supported me throughout my military career. This promotion is for them."
State Sen. Kai Kahele accepted the rank of Lt. Col in the Hawaiʻi 
Air National Guard this weekend. Photo from Kahele
     Kahele is a decorated combat veteran with multiple deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan since 2005. He has flown 108 combat sorties, logged 3,075 hours of military flight time, and commanded C-17 combat missions. He is the recipient of the Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He has been named both Pacific Air Forces Guard Officer of the Year and Hawaiʻi Air National Guard Officer of the Year. He is assigned to the 201st Air Mobility Operations Squadron at Hickam Air Force Base.
     Kahele represents Hilo in the state senate, serving as Majority Floor Leader and Chairman of the Committee on Water & Land.
     However, Kahele is running to represent Hawaiʻi's second Congressional District, which includes Kaʻū, in the U.S. House of Representatives.
     Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who is running for U.S. President, holds the congressional seat and could run for reelection against Kahele, should she come short of the Democrat presidential nomination.
     Former Hawaiʻi Governors John Waiheʻe, Ben Cayetano, and Neil Abercrombie have formally endorsed Kahele. In July, Honolulu City Council Chairman Ikaika Anderson announced his endorsement: "I am proud to endorse Kai Kahele for Congress… I see the challenges that our neighbors face at a grassroots level every single day. We need a Member of Congress who will stay fully engaged with our communities so that he or she can best represent us in Washington, D.C. I know Kai Kahele is that person because that is the type of public servant he has proven himself to be. I trust his leadership, I trust his judgment, I trust his values and I trust his commitment to the people of Hawaiʻi."
Kīlauea caldera, during the 2018 eruption, released a lot of SO2 and HS2.
Now, the levels are very low. USGS photo
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A SULFUR SMELL IN VOLCANO VILLAGE AND AT HIGH ELEVATIONS IN OCEAN VIEW may be coming from Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, said Patricia Nadeau of U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory. She told The Kaʻū Calendar today that SO2 (sulfur) emission rates "are still very low at Kīlauea summit, but there is also H2S (hydrogen sulfide) being emitted at low levels." She said human noses are "even more sensitive to H2S (rotten egg smell) than they are to SO2. Depending on wind conditions, it's not surprising that Volcano residents would smell sulfur odors even at current low SO2 emission rates."
     Nadeau said there is also a site on Mauna Loa's Southwest Rift Zone, Sulphur Cone, that emits H2S. "Again," she said, "depending on wind conditions, residents in Ocean View could possibly smell odors from either of those sources."
     A Volcano Watch article on H2S came out last fall: volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/hvo/hvo_volcano_watch.html?vwid=1392.

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A MAGNITUDE 4.5 EARTHQUAKE struck north of Hilo this morning. Felt reports came from all over the island and from Maui. Most of those who reported from Kaʻū estimated an intensity of II to IV. U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported the 4:42 a.m. quake centered about 7 km (4 mi) east of Papaʻikou at a depth of 42 km (26 mi).
     HVO seismic network manager Brian Shiro said, "HVO monitoring networks have not detected any significant changes in activity on Kīlauea or Mauna Loa volcanoes due to the earthquake." Pacific Tsunami Warning Center forecast no tsunami threat from this earthquake. The USGS "Did you feel it?" service, earthquake.usgs.gov/dyfi/, received over 280 felt reports within an hour and a half of the earthquake.

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Dante Carpenter will be honored at
this Saturday's 50th Anniversary of
the Kaʻū Hawaiian Civic Club.
Photo from NativeHawaiian.org
DANTE CARPENTER WILL BE HONORED at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Kaʻū Hawaiian Civic Club at the Pāhala Community Center this Saturday, Aug. 17 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
     Carpenter is a former state Senator, former Hawaiʻi County Mayor, and former County Councilman. He worked as an engineer for Hutchinson and Kaʻū Sugar companies, and was integral in the founding of the Kaʻū Hawaiian Civil Club.
     During his time living in Kaʻū, he was President of the Nāʻālehu School Parent Teachers Association and Kaʻū History Society. He was also a merchant marine, graduating from the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, after growing up on Oʻahu. Carpenter later served as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He has also chaired the Hawaiʻi Democratic Party.
     The celebration will also feature three hālau hula and a Nā Hoku Hanohano-winning recording artist. See more in Tuesday's Kaʻū News Briefs.

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VIRTUAL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING for Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary happens tomorrow, Tuesday, August 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Council members will join the teleconference to get Sanctuary updates on several different topics, including superintendent update, education and outreach, resource protection, science, and Navy research in Hawai‘i. Public comment will be begin at 12:20 p.m.
Download the draft.
     Audio will be via conference line at 1-866-813-9056, passcode: 1392550#. Visual presentation will be via Blue Jeans: bluejeans.com/986204292, meeting ID: 986 204 292.
     The Sanctuary Advisory Council is comprised of members representing the islands of Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, Maui, and Oʻahu, in addition to local user groups, Native Hawaiian cultural advisors, fishing, business, conservation, science, education, and community representatives. Federal and state agency representatives also hold seats on the council.
     To receive more information, or to request a meeting agenda, contact Cindy Among-Serrao at 808-725-5923 or Cindy.Among-Serrao@noaa.gov.
     The sanctuary is administered by a partnership of NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the State of Hawai‘i through the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The sanctuary works to protect humpback whales through research, education, conservation and stewardship.
     DLNR's mission is to enhance, protect, conserve and manage Hawaiʻi's unique and limited natural, cultural, and historic resources held in public trust for current and future generations of visitors and the people of Hawai‘i nei.
     See Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary: hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov, facebook.com/hawaiihumpbackwhale; NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries: sanctuaries.noaa.gov; DLNR: dlnr.hawaii.gov.

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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
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:
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:
Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty

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Virtual Advisory Council Mtg. for Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Tuesday, August 13, 9a.m.-1p.m. Open to the public. Updates on education and outreach, resource protection, science, and Navy research. Public comment begins at 12:20 p.m. Join audio conference line at 1-866-813-9056, passcode: 1392550#. Visual presentation via Blue Jeans: bluejeans.com/986204292, meeting ID: 986 204 292. More info or mtg. agenda, contact Cindy Among-Serrao, 808-725-5923 or

Registration Open: Butterfly Magnets Craft, Tuesday, Aug. 13-19, Kahuku ParkHawaiian Ocean View Estates. Program for ages 6-12 takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 12:45-3:30p.m. Free. 939-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Lā‘āu Lāpa‘au Demonstration, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 10a.m.-noonKīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Hawaiian herbal medicine practitioner Ka‘ohu Monfort demonstrates. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Private Guided Hike: Kīlauea Iki Crater, Thursday, Aug. 15, 10a.m.-2p.m.Kīlauea Iki Overlook, HVNP. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate to challenging 2.4 mile (one way) hike. $80/person. Park entrance fees may apply. 985-7373, fhvnp.org

Registration Open: Beaded Bracelet, Aug. 15-20, Ka‘ū District Gym multipurpose room. Program for grades K-8, takes place Wednesday, Aug. 21, 3:30-5p.m. Free.928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Hawai‘i Statehood Day

Taking the Pamphlet Stitch on a Romp – bookbinding workshop with Charlene Asato, Saturday, Aug. 17, 9a.m.-noonVolcano Art Center. No experience necessary. $32/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. Supply list online. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Volunteer Fountain Grass Removal, Saturday, Aug. 17, 9a.m.-3p.m., meet at Ocean ViewCommunity Center parking lot. Bring lunch, water, hat, and sunscreen. ovcahi.org

Nature & Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Sat., Aug. 17, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit , HVNP. Free, moderate hike, approx. 2 miles. nps.gov/havo

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Mtg., Saturday, Aug. 17, 10a.m.-1p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting and training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hula Kahiko - Kumu Hula Iwalani Kalima with Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani ‘E, Saturday, Aug. 17, 10:30-11:30a.m., hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Hula performance. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.comvolcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mea Hula with Wes Awana, Saturday, Aug. 17, 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery porch. Hands-on cultural demonstration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.comvolcanoartcenter.org

Ham Radio Mtg., Saturday, Aug. 17, 2-3p.m.Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Pāhala Hongwanji Bon Dance, Saturday, Aug. 17, 4-10:30p.m. Sponsored by ʻO Kaʻū Kākou. Food, dancing, fun, Taiko drums. All are welcome. Free. OKK President Wayne Kawachi, 937-4773

50th Anniversary of Hawaiian Civic Club of Kaʻū, Kanani aʻo Kaʻū, Aug. 17, PāhalaCommunity Center5-10p.m. History, food, and music. General admission is $20; kupuna are $10; keiki ages 6 to 17 are $8; keiki 5 and under are free. For more, email hawaiiancivicclubkau@gmail.com or call 808-747-0197.

Pu‘u o Lokuana, Sun., Aug. 18, 9:30-11am, Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, short, moderately difficult, 0.4-mile hike. nps.gov/havo

Private Excursion: Trail Less Traveled, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2p.m.-4p.m., Devastation Trail Parking Lot, HVNP. Moderate 2 mile hike. $40/person. Park entrance fees may apply. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, fhvnp.org

Forest Restoration Project: Faya Tree Removal (12+), register by Monday, Aug. 19 for Friday, Aug. 23 event from 8:30a.m.-1p.m., HVNP. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees may apply. Space limited. R.S.V.P. to Patty Kupchak, 352-1402, forest@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Empower Girls Mtg., Monday, Aug. 19, from 3-4:30p.m., PARENTS, Inc. office, Nā‘ālehu. Registration required. Diana, 935-4805

Volcano Winery's Annual Fundraising Harvest Festival Tickets are on sale 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. 84-7p.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.

Exhibit - Nani Ka ‘Ikena by Volcano local photographer Jesse Tunison, daily through Sept. 15, 9a.m.-5p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Nani Ka ʻIkena, that which is seen is beautiful, features vibrant colors and crisp, wide vistas which highlight the character and drama of Hawaiʻi Island’s landscape. The collection of ten photographs were captured over the past decade by Tunison and also document the dynamic changes which have occurred in such a short period of time. "While the landscape has changed the beauty has endured." Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.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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