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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Sunday, March 15, 2020

A mature ʻAlalā in the wild is a sight no one would ever see again if not for the ʻAlalā Project. Read below how the
crows released into the wild are doing. 
ʻAlalā Project photo
ALL OF HAWAIʻI'S PUBLIC AND CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED THROUGH MARCH 29, extending Spring Break, which begins Monday. Gov. David Ige announced that students will return to class on March 30. "We know how important our public school is to our communities. We are committed to having a safe, stable place for our children during this time. We know that there is tremendous impact when a school or schools close."
     Closures, due to fear of novel coronavirus, include Kaʻū High and Pāhala Elementary, Nāʻālehu Elementary, and The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences. VSAS will implement remote learning for all its students starting March 23.
     Kamehameha Schools students on Hawaiʻi Island start Spring Break on Monday and are scheduled to return as scheduled on Tuesday, March 24, unless otherwise instructed. Kamehameha Schools cancelled their 100th annual Song Contest, which was scheduled to be televised statewide on Friday, March 20. Interscholastic sports have been suspended indefinitely, as Kamehameha competes against public schools which have cancelled the upcoming competitions. All student travel is cancelled for the remainder of the year.
     Kamehameha asks students and staff to practice health precautions: "This is a good opportunity to remember that the flu season is still with us. The same everyday precautions that help prevent the spread of COVID-19 can also help prevent the flu," says its online Coronavirus updates.
     Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy will delay return from Spring break two weeks, to April 15. Remote classes will begin April 1. Parker School will stay closed after Spring Break, with plans to reopen April 13, with long-distance learning in the works.
     Ige said "social distancing plans" will be developed during the closure of public schools. "It really is about changing how schools conduct classes" with "activities that will allow us to keep our schools safe." He said he is considering "alternative methods" of social distancing. Nearly 180,000 students are affected by the closure.

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Diabetic maintenance usually requires frequent blood tests.
CONCERNS OVER MEDICAL SUPPLIES FOR AT-RISK PEOPLE were voiced on The Kaʻū Calendar Facebook yesterday: "For those with diabetes, the alcohol wipes we need to prepare and take insulin shots are out of stock now. How do we handle that one?" and "People are panicking like prey animals in front of a lion. If it wasn't taking from Kūpuna and other actually at-risk people it would be funny."
     Department of Health asked the public today "to avoid shortages and assure supplies of sanitation and cleaning products are available for all, we ask for your help to limit your number of items and be mindful of others when purchasing."
     Department of Transportation and shipping companies confirm transportation operations from the west coast and inter-island will remain as scheduled and emphasizes that there is no need to hoard food.
     The message from Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense: "As a reminder, the community must come together and take action to prevent the spread of coronavirus to our Island. You can make a difference right now by staying informed, following health advisories, and taking action to protect yourself and your family."

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BLOOD BANK OF HAWAIʻI is cancelling some blood drive events, but that doesn't mean donations aren't needed.
     A message on Blood Bank of Hawaiʻi's Facebook states, "Per the FDA, respiratory viruses, in general, are not known to be transmitted by blood transfusion. That being said, it is important to individually practice reliable and proven ways to minimize any risks of infection... At the Blood Bank, we are dedicated to continuing our mission of supplying blood for Hawaiʻi's patients during these challenging times, while also keeping our island community safe and protected."
     A Hawaiʻi News Now report today indicated that some people are afraid to give blood during this time of fear over COVID-19.
     See bbh.org or call (808) 848-4770 to schedule to donate or for more info.

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COVID-19 under and electron microscope. Image from CDC
ONE NEW POSITIVE AND TWO NEW "PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE" COVID-19 CASES were reported in the state today. Hawaiʻi Island has no reported cases. So far, all cases in the state are related to travel. Hawaiʻi Department of Health states one new case on Oʻahu and two on Maui bring the total number of confirmed or presumptive positive cases in the state to seven.
     An Oʻahu resident traveled to Colorado and self-quarantined; they are presumed positive. An Air Canada flight attendant is presumed positive as of March 9; they were exposed in Germany the week before and are in isolation at Lahaina Clinic. The Lahaina resident who returned from Florida was in isolation at home, and has been confirmed to be positive for the virus.
     Guam reported its first three confirmed cases. The U.S. territory is closing all schools and barring gatherings of over 100 persons.
     The U.S. has reported more than 3,500 cases of COVID-19, with at least 67 reported dead from the virus. Worldwide, the pandemic has infected more than 158,000 in over 100 countries. Of those, at least 66,000 have recovered, but at least 6,000 have died.
     Several experts have stated that COVID-19 is being transmitted by people who show few or no signs of illness. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told CNN, "We now know that asymptomatic transmission likely [plays] an important role in spreading this virus." Hawaiʻi's state Director of Health, Bruce Anderson, said the real solution is social distancing: "We can screen people and postpone them coming here but the virus will end up here anyway."

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The Spring fundraising bazaar at Kauahaʻao
Congregational Church is postponed.
Photo by Kahu Debbie Wong Yuen 
MORE CANCELLATIONS AND POSTPONEMENTS were announced today for Ka`u and beyond, with the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommending an eight-week delay in events throughout the country that involve 50 or more people.
     All ranger-guided hikes, orientations, and events, including Coffee Talk, are cancelled at the Kahuku and Volcano units of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park until further notice. The Park will remain open.
     Kauahaʻao Congregational Church's Spring Bazaar, the annual fundraiser in Waiʻōhinu, was scheduled for Saturday. Kahu Debbie Wong Yuen told The Kaʻū Calendar the Bazaar will be held at "a later date… out of concern for our community, our family and friends, and the concern for the safety and health of the vendors and people coming to support them and our church. Mahalo to the vendors who planned to participate with us. We join with many others in praying for an end to this horrific pandemic that is plaguing the world. Stay safe and healthy."
     Mokuaikaua Church in Kona will postpone its 200th birthday celebration, planned from March 30 through April 4.

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WRITING TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF FOOD BILLS is urged by Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United.
     On Monday, March 16 at 2 p.m., Senate Bill 2995 HD1, co-introduced by east Kaʻū Sen. Russell Ruderman, will be heard by House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce. Relating to coffee labeling, it would require labels on blended coffee to disclose geographic origins and regional origins of each kind of coffee in the blend, with percent by weight. The legislation would prohibit using geographic origins in labeling and advertising  roasted coffee, instant coffee, Hawaiʻi-grown green coffee, coffee cherry and parchment unless it includes at least 51 per cent of the name used.
     It would also prohibit use of the term "All Hawaiian" in labeling or advertising for coffee not produced entirely from green coffee beans grown and processed in Hawaiʻi. Submit testimony online before Monday at 2:00 p.m. by logging in to capitol.hawaii.gov before clicking the Support button.
     On Wednesday, March 18 at 1:20 p.m., the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment will hold a hearing on the Food Hub Pilot Program. Co-introduced by east Kaʻū Rep. Richard Onishi and west Kaʻū Rep. Richard Creagan, House Bill 1892 HD1 would require the Department of Agriculture to establish a five-year food hub pilot program to increase access to local food. It would also provide for the award of  funding to qualified applicants wishing to establish or expand a food hub. Submit testimony online by Tuesday at 1:20 p.m. by logging in to capitol.hawaii.gov before clicking the Support button.

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In the egg, hatching, newly hatched, or with baby fluff, ʻAlalā are raised by
humans in the hopes that a wild population will someday make a comeback,
without the need for direct human intervention. 
ʻAlalā Project photos
RECOVERY OF ENDEMIC ʻALALĀ, the Hawaiian crow, is moving along slowly. Considered extinct in the wild, ʻAlalā are part of a recovery effort for releasing captive-born birds back in to the wild. An update from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources states that, since 2016, 40 ʻAlalā have been released and ten are known to remain in the wild.
     So far, the ʻAlalā hatched and raised in captivity and released into the forest, have shown signs of breeding preparation, foraging skills, and predatory evasion. The ten remaining released ʻAlalā live in the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve in Volcano.
     Jackie Gaudioso-Levita, coordinator for The ʻAlalā Project and biologist with DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, said, "We knew from the beginning, based on the long history of species reintroductions globally, that we would have setbacks. The lack of ‘Alalā existing in the wild means birds hatched in conservation breeding centers do not have the opportunity to learn survival skills from adults in a natural setting. That's one of the issues we addressed more fully in the rewrite of our reintroduction plan in 2017, through anti-predator training, as well as release site selection and using social interactions to form release groups."
     Dr. Ron Swaisgood, reintroduction specialist for San Diego Zoo Global, which works to reintroduce ʻAlalā, said, "Although we all regret the losses of these ʻAlalā, this experience is not unlike those we have had with other species back on the mainland, like the California condor or the Stephens' kangaroo rat, which had many obstacles to establishing successful reintroduction. I am heartened that we had high survival initially after our 2017 and 2018 ʻAlalā reintroductions, indicating that the pre-release training and habitat management measures we took were working. But it is worrisome that recently many ʻAlalā that had survived a year or more in the wild have now perished. We are all grappling with understanding and addressing these losses."
     During 2018 a group of ten birds was released and in 2019 a group of seven birds was released. Six birds from the 11 2017 cohort have since died or gone missing. Two of these birds were killed by ‘Io, one was killed by another ‘Alalā, and the carcasses of three others were never recovered. Five of the ten birds in the 2018 cohort have died or gone missing, and only one of seven birds from the 2019 cohort has survived.
Captive-born ʻAlalā are released into the wild after some acclimatization.
During this time, they get to meet some of the previously-released
Hawaiian crows. 
ʻAlalā Project photo
     Successes such as the pairing of released birds and nest building in 2019 are important milestones as the team and the birds move into this upcoming breeding season with hope that the remaining birds will successfully breed in the wild.
     Michelle Bogardus, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Geographic Team Leader for Maui Nui and Hawaiʻi Island, said, "It is incredible to watch as both the birds and the Project continue to adapt and learn through this process. The birds are exploring their new habitat, learning from each other, and learning how to survive on their own. We are grateful for the continued support of the community as well as all of our partners as we look to the next stage of recovery for the ʻAlalā."
     The team continues to monitor the remaining five males and five females at Pu‘u Maka‘ala NAR, and "remains cautiously optimistic." The team is working toward next steps for the species: the release of a cohort in the South Kona area planned for 2022. Gaudioso-Levita said, "In the meantime, we are working to keep the ten surviving ‘Alalā healthy and safe, through internal project expertise and consulting with fellow reintroduction experts across the globe. We acknowledge more challenges are ahead, but the steps that will lead to the recovery of the species are still within reach."
     Twenty years ago the ‘Alalā was on the brink of extinction. In a last ditch effort to save the species, a group of state and federal government partners, and San Diego Zoo Global, began hatching and raising birds in conservation breeding centers at the San Diego Zoo Global's Keauhou Bird Conservation Center on Hawai‘i Island and Maui Bird Conservation Center on Maui. Those birds became the basis of the program to release ‘Alalā back into native forests and recover the species. In 2016 the first cohort of ‘Alalā was released into the Pu‘u Maka‘ala NAR. Following initial losses from natural predators, the bird were re-captured and a new anti-predator training program was created to better prepare the birds for life in their native habitat.
ʻAlalā in the wild are showing signs of preparing to nest and raise baby
Hawaiian crows without direct human intervention. 
ʻAlalā Project photo
     The ʻAlalā Project's revised reintroduction plan included innovative new predator recognition training for the birds, and in 2017 a cohort of 11 birds was introduced into the forest. Alison Greggor, SDZG recovery ecology researcher said, "After rigorous pre-release training to recognize raptors as predators and native fruits as food, the 11 released birds showed high survival for over a year, demonstrating encouraging behaviors such as predator defense and natural foraging."

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PUBLIC FUNDRAISING EVENTS FOR KAI KAHELE'S CAMPAIGN for U.S. Representative for Kaʻū, and all rural areas in the state, are cancelled through March. The cancellation is "out of an abundance of caution and in the best interest of all our friends and supporters," states a message from the campaign. "We are actively working on ways to support the many rural communities impacted by this pandemic. This health crisis only emphasizes why Hawaiʻi's Congressional District 2 needs a full-time and active representative in Washington D.C."
     Donations are still being "gratefully accepted" online at secure.actblue.com/donate/kaikahele.
     The campaign message also states everyone is encouraged "to help flatten the curve" by adhering to protective measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, such as good hand hygiene, covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding touching the face with unwashed hands, cleaning frequently touched objects/surfaces, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, staying home when sick, and practicing social distancing: "forgo hugs and handshakes, throw a shaka when greeting someone."

Peter Kubota
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LONG-TIME HILO ATTORNEY PETER KUBOTA is appointed to the Third Circuit Court by Gov. David Ige. He will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura, who retired in November.
     Kubota has practiced law for 30 years, specializing in estate planning, real property advice and litigation, and business law. He began his solo law practice in Hilo 24 years ago. Last year, Kubota was appointed to serve as a per-diem judge in District and Family Courts.
     Kubota is a graduate of the University of Hawaʻ'i at Mānoa's Richardson School of Law where he earned is Juris Doctor degree; the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where he received his BBA in Finance; and Hilo High School.
      Kubota said, "I am so pleased and grateful to Governor Ige for trusting in me to serve our community, and the laws and constitutions of the United States and our beautiful State of Hawaiʻi."
     Kubota's appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

Avocado growers are encouraged to give input
on selling avocados to state institutions.
Photo from Wikipedia
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AVOCADO GROWERS can send input to Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture about the possibility of selling off-grade avocados to state institutions. The agency seeks input from stakeholders to help identify producers, facilities, and other resources necessary for feasible procurement of this commodity. Comments can be directed to Sharon Hurd at sharon.k.hurd@hawaii.gov.

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HURRICANE INSURANCE PROTECTION – WIND INDEX, an additional insurance for crop producers, is offered by U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency. The new program covers a portion of the deductible of an underlying crop insurance policy when a county, or county adjacent, is within the area of sustained hurricane-force winds. The deadline to purchase HIP-WI coverage for the 2020 crop year is Thursday, April 30.
     RMA Administrator Martin Barbre said, "The past couple of hurricane seasons have taught us that more coverage is needed in these areas and that prompt payment for losses is important not only for the impacted producers but also for these rural communities."
Effects from hurricanes, like flooding and wind damage, are common in
Kaʻū. Additional insurance for wind damage for crop growers is available.
Photo by Julia Neal
     An administrative fee and premium for the crop covered by each HIP-WI Endorsement will be due in addition to any administrative fee and/or premium for the underlying policy. However, the HIP-WI administrative fee may be waived if the producer qualifies as a limited resource farmer, a Beginning Farmer Rancher or a Veteran Farmer Rancher.
     Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available on the RMA website by using the RMA Agent Locator.
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A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for Kaʻū through Tuesday evening. The National Weather Service states a Kona Low is developing west of Hawaiʻi Island, which may bring heavy rain and thunderstorms. Civil Defense recommends residents in flood prone areas remain alert for flooding conditions. Be aware that road closures may occur without notice. Do not attempt to cross flowing water; turn around don't drown. Be on the alert for malfunctioning traffic signals; treat flashing traffic lights as a four-way stop. Remember, if lightning threatens your area, the safest place to be is indoors.

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All Kaʻū High School and other public school sporting events are canceled until further notice, including:
Kaʻū Spring Sports Schedule
Girls Softball Cancelled
Tuesday, March 17, 3 p.m., host Pāhoa
Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m., @Keaʻau
Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m., host Hilo
Wednesday, April 8, 3 p.m., @Honokaʻa
Boys Baseball Cancelled
Wednesday, March 18, 3 p.m., @Pāhoa
Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m., @Keaʻau
Saturday, March 28, 1 p.m., host Hilo
Tuesday. April 7, 3 p.m., @Honokaʻa
Boys Volleyball Cancelled
Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m., host Kamehameha
Tuesday, March 31, 6 p.m., @Kohala
Thursday, April 2, 6 p.m., host Keaʻau
Tuesday, April 7, 6 p.m., @Honokaʻa
Judo Cancelled
Saturday, March 21, 10:30 a.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 28, 10:30 a.m., @Waiakea
Saturday, April 4, 10:30 a.m., @Keaʻau
Track Cancelled
Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m., @Waiakea
Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m., @HPA

Spring Break, Monday through Friday, March 16 thorough 29, extended due to COVID-19 spread fears.

Fix-A-Leak Week will be held March 16 through 22. Pick up free leak detection tablets, one pack per household, at the county Department of Water Supply base in Waiʻōhinu, 95-6041 Māmalahoa Hwy. Additional detection and water conservation tips are available at epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week and hawaiidws.org.

OKK Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the future Nāʻālehu Senior Housing Site. Contact Sue Barnett for vending, 808-345-9374.

Hour-Long Lomilomi Massage, Mondays, March 16 and 23, 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Hawaiʻi County Economic Opportunity Council, 95-5635 Māmalahoa Hwy in Nāʻālehu. Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi offers sliding-fee payment scale sessions with experienced Licensed Massage Therapist and lomilomi practitioner Lehua Hobbs. "Improve circulation, alleviate muscle pain, and improve your overall well-being." Call for appointment, 808-969-9220.

St. Patrick's Day Buffet, Tuesday, March 17, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Crater Rim Café, located in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. $24.95 Adults, $13.95 children 6 to11 years old. In-house guests & military ID holders, 20% discoun. KMC is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com, 967-8356

OKK Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the future Nāʻālehu Senior Housing Site. Contact Sue Barnett for vending, 808-345-9374.

CANCELLED: Sign Up to Be a Vendor at the Kauahaʻao Congregational Church Fundraising Bazaar by Wednesday, March 18. Event is Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals, schools, clubs, and sports/athletic groups are invited to be vendors at the "flea market" that will be located on the church lawn. The charge for a 10' X 10' space is $10. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own tent, table and chairs, and if power is needed, generator. Vendors can sell anything except hot foods or plate lunches. Vendors must fill out and submit a Vendor Application with the $10 fee by Wednesday, March 18. Call Debbie Wong Yuen at 928-8039 for the application.

S.T.E.M. Family Night be held at Kaʻū District Gym Multipurpose Room on Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Deadline to register at bit.ly/2Trk8N8 is Wednesday, March 18. For students in Kindergarten through 6th grade and their families, this event will allow exploration of science, technology, engineering and math in an interactive and engaging environment. A light dinner and refreshments will be served. Contact Jen Makuakane at 808-313-4100 for more.

Stewardship at the Summit, Friday, March 20 and 27, 8:45 a.m. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteer to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Under 18? Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent is required. Additional planning details at nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm.

Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund Kaʻū Clean-Up, Saturday, March 21. Volunteer spaces are limited; RSVP to kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com.

CANCELLED: Kauahaʻao Congregational Church Fundraising Bazaar, Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Mamālahoa Hwy, Kamaʻoa Road, and Pinao Street, just above the Wong Yuen Store in Waiʻōhinu. Church members will sell kalua pig and cabbage bowls, and smoked meat bowls, as well as baked goods, produce, and crafts. Other vendors will offer more items. For more information, call 928-8039.

CANCELLED: Sign Up for and Attend Second Annual Kaʻū Children's Business Fair, Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to noon at Pāhala Community Center. Young entrepreneurs ages seven and 18 share their talents by selling handmade items and services. Learn more about participating at childrensbusinessfair.org/pahala. Visit Kaʻū Children's Business Fair's Facebook event page facebook.com/KAUCBF/. RSVP to the event at facebook.com/events/925342784527676/. Text KAUKIDSFAIR to 31996 for updates and information (message and data fees may apply).

Writing for Inner Exploration and Life Reflection Workshop with Tom Peek, Saturday, March 21, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Improv Comedy Show, Saturday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. Headlined by Keli Semelsberger and Matt Kaye. A Big Island Comedy Theater showcase. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Kaʻū Art Gallery is looking for local artists. Call 808-937-1840

Check Out Nāʻālehu Elementary Student Artwork from the 32nd Annual Young At Art Juried Exhibit through Friday, March 27 at the East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center in downtown Hilo. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prince Kuhio Hoʻolauleʻa will be held Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nāʻālehu County Park. Reborn after a 20-year hiatus through the efforts of local non-profit Hana Laulima Lāhui O Kaʻū, the event will feature Hawaiian music and cultural demos, hula, crafts, food, and more. The drug- and alcohol-free event will offer entertainment with live entertainment from Gene Akamu and G2G, Uncle Sonny & Bro Tui, Braddah Ben, Lori Lei's Hula Studio, and more. Local personality Kurt Dela Cruz will emcee, and several lucky number prizes will be announced throughout the day.
     Hawaiian culture demos and activities, showcasing cultural knowledge of Kaʻū people and those tied to the area, include lauhala weaving, ti leaf lei making, waʻa kaulua (double-hull canoe) tours, kākau (tattoo) artistry, ʻohe kāpala (bamboo stamps), traditional Hawaiian games, and more.
     Travel through time by walking through a photo exhibit showcasing the history of Kaʻū, set-up within the Nāʻālehu Community Center. Laulima Lāhui O Kaʻū representatives said they intend this to be like a visit to a mini version of their proposed Kaʻū Hawaiian Cultural Center, which has been their goal for the last 20 years. Visit Hana Laulima's booth at the hoʻolauleʻa to learn more about the revival of the Cultural Center project and membership.
     Choose from a variety of ono food including shave ice, korean chicken, roast pork plates, chili bowls, Kaʻū coffee, Big Island Candies Crunch Bars, and more. Local entrepreneurs will have pop-up shops displaying wares such as Hawaiian arts and crafts, jewelry, shirts, and hats.
     Learn more about Junior Rangers, and natural resource management, with Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park rangers; ways to help free the coast of marine debris with Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund; staying healthy with state Dept. of Health; native Hawaiian healthcare with Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi; ʻōpeʻapeʻa monitoring with Friends of the Kaʻū Bats; and more.
     The organization's new logo, symbolizing its rejuvenation, was created by Kaʻū High graduate and local artist Kaweni Ibarra, who is also a Hana Laulima board member. Newly elected board members also include Lisa Derasin, Kupuna Jessie Ke, president Terry-Lee Shibuya, vice-president Elizabeth Naholowaʻa Murph, secretary Nālani Parlin, and treasurer Kehaulani Ke. Membership is $10 per year. For more information about the hoʻolauleʻa, contact Terry Shibuya at 938-3681 or terrylshibuya@gmail.com; Trini Marques at 928-0606 or trinimarques@yahoo.com; or Kupuna Ke.
     Hana Laulima Lāhui O Kaʻū promises that the Prince Kuhio Day Hoʻolauleʻa will continue as an annual event.

Mixed Flock Volcano Art Center Exhibit, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, March 29. Features prints by Margaret Barnaby and pottery by Emily Herb. Glazing techniques demo Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

AdvoCATS, Saturday, April 25, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. Reserve spot in advance. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Sign Up to Vend at the New ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Nāʻālehu Farmers Market, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the site of the old Fruit Stand, mauka of Hwy 11 in Nāʻālehu. Vending focuses on Kaʻū products, including mushrooms from the new farm in Nāʻālehu, fresh breads, vegetables, fruits, and other products. The market may offer music in the future, and there are plans to acquire picnic tables for market goers. Call Manager Sue Barnett at 345-9374 to sign up.

Register for Volcano's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Keiki Dash by Wednesday, July 22. The second annual event will be held on Saturday, July 25. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to University of Hawaiʻi for furthering research of Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death and The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences. See webscorer.com to register.
     Half Marathon registration is $70 through May 24, $80 May 25 through July 22, and $90 for late registration. Registration for the 10K is $50 through May 24, $55 May 25 through Jul 22, and $60 for late registration. Registration for the 5K is $35 through May 24, $40 May 25 through July 22, and $45 for late registration. Keiki Dash registration is $10. All registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.
     Late registration is only available at packet pickup or race day morning. Shirts are not guaranteed for late registration.  Race Shirts will be included for Half Marathon and 10K participants only. For all other participants, shirts are available to purchase online.
     Packet pick-up is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 in Hilo; Friday, July 26 in Volcano; and Saturday, July 27, 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at the race start.
     Half Marathon will start at 7 a.m. Other distances follow shortly after. Keiki Dash will begin at 10 a.m. on VSAS grounds, with the option of one or two laps – about 300 meters or 600 meters. Race cut-off time for the Half Marathon is four hours. The races will begin and end in Volcano Village at VSAS.
     See ohialehuahalf.com.

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment, features classes on block printing, lauhala weaving, ti leaf lei making, and more. A free guided Cultural Forest Tour, and a Mele and Hula ‘Auana performance are also slated. Visit the website events calendar for the full lineup. volcanoartcenter.org

Tūtū & Me Home Visiting Program is a free service to Pāhala families with keiki, birth to five years old. This caregiver support program offers those taking care of young keiki "a compassionate listening ear, helpful parenting tips and strategies, fun and exciting activities, and wonderful educational resources" from Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Home visits are one hour in length, two to four times per month, for 12 to 15 visits. Snacks are provided. See pidfoundation.org or call 808-938-1088.

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