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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.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Last dance for the time being at the Old Kaʻū Gym last night, as a group of Contra Dancers enjoy
 moving to fiddle and guitar. The state Department of Education discontinued outside use of school
facilities today. See moreon closures, restrictions, and directives from Gov. David Ige below.
Photo by Julia Neal
NEW POLITICAL PARTY ALOHA ʻĀINA is eligible to field candidates for the 2020 elections. Last Thursday, the state Office of Elections certified Aloha ʻĀina, which gathered 1,600 signatures of registered voters – exceeding the 757 required, and passing the mandatory 20-day review and objection period.
     Aloha ʻĀina is founded by three native Hawaiians who are members of the Order of Kamehameha. Don Kaulia, Pua Ishibashi, and Desmon Haumea organized Aloha ʻĀina on "traditional Hawaiian values," says the Aloha Aina website. They call it the "first Hawaiian political party in over 108-years," but say it is "open and inclusive to everyone and will address the needs and concerns of all the people of Hawaiʻi." The founders declare that Aloha ʻĀina "represents a new and better way that will challenge and change how politics and governments currently do business."
     The five foundational principles of Aloha ʻĀina are "recognition of the Divine; to Aloha the People; Malama (care for) the ʻĀina (land); demand government Accountability and Transparency; and advocate for Hoʻoponopono, to make right what is wrong, regarding the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi in 1893."
     Aloha ʻĀina plans to secure candidates for every elected office in the state of Hawaiʻi for the 2020 Elections, at the county, state, and federal level. "Then we begin the needed change, to huli from the inside out to benefit our keiki, ourselves, our kūpuna, and future generations."
      Alternatively, Aloha ʻĀina plans to field some candidates and endorse others. 
     The Aloha ʻĀina Party is one of five political parties recognized in Hawaiʻi: Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, and the Green Party.
     "Creating a new political party is a major undertaking and requires time and money. We are a very small grass roots movement with very limited resources. Contributions are needed and appreciated. Please KŌKUA," states a message on the website. See alohaainaparty.com.

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SLOWING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 WITH MORE ACTIONS to increase social distancing was the thrust of Gov. David Ige's press conference today. His directives came after more cases were announced, including the first on Hawaiʻi Island - a visitor staying at a hotel in Hilo who is now confined there.
     "The actions I'm announcing today may seem extreme to some of you, and we know that it will have negative effects to our economy. But we are confident that taking aggressive actions now will allow us to have a quicker recovery when this crisis is over," said Ige.
     Ige encouraged closing restaurants or providing drive-thru, take out, pick-up, or delivery. He also suggested the following: Limit social gatherings to groups of ten people or less to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines; close bars and clubs; close theatres, entertainment centers, and visitor attractions; avoid any discretionary travel; suspend services and activities in places of worship; stay home "if you are a high-risk individual" and take additional precautionary measures; do not visit nursing homes, or retirement or long-term care facilities. "If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household at home," urged the governor.
     Ige encouraged visitors to postpone vacations for at least the next 30 days and reschedule for a later date. Effective this Friday, March 20, all passengers disembarking cruise ships will be screened. "Our airports are working on implementation plans for screening arriving visitors," said the governor.
     Also shut down are state facilities such as Pāhala and Nāʻālehu Libraries, along with the Old Pahala Gym and Nāʻālehu Gym, and those around the state that are used for school and community activities.
Storybook Theatre of Hawaiʻi with its marine education supported by inflatable ocean characters will be
unable to offer its program in April at the Old Kaʻū Gym, due to restrictions concerning possible
 spread of COVID-19. Photo by Julia Neal
     Ige said that stability is critical in this unprecedented situation. "Accordingly, the following steps have been taken: All utilities have been directed to take necessary measures to ensure that they can continue to operate in the normal course."
     The governor said that Kenneth Hara, Director of Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency, has full authority to determine what constitutes critical infrastructure or essential services that will continue operations. This includes utilities, fuel producers, shipping facilities and industry, financial institutions, financial services, telecommunications companies, wholesaler or distributors, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and other industry vital to the community. For both the utilities and essential services, government resources and support can be deployed as necessary, he said.
     The one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits is waived for those unemployed because of COVID-19.
Family nights and other community functions at Nāʻālehu and all the
public school gyms will be cancelled or postponed until after the
COVID-19 scare. Photo from Nāʻālehu School
     The Office of Consumer Protection is working with its Landlord Tenant Center, and has instituted emergency provisions applicable to tenants. During the emergency, additional steps are being discussed with community's business partners and non-profit organizations to maintain stability for families, said the governor. They include: Ensuring employees have benefits, even if employees are not at work; halting eviction for non-payment of rent; halting foreclosures; and working with public and private utility providers to avoid shut-off of service to critical utilities such as electric, gas, water, internet, landline telephone, and cell phone.
     The governor directed all state department and state agency heads to review employees and identify the following: Essential-functions – will be required to report to work); Non-essential – able to work remotely via telework (work from home); and Non-essential – unable to work remotely via telework or otherwise. These employees could be re-assigned to work that could be done remotely, as long as it's in the employee's job description and classification.
     For the next 15 calendar days, the governor is directing the departments in state government to have all non-essential staff stay home. Essential workers will continue to report to work. All employees will continue to be paid and will still be eligible for sick leave, vacation, and other benefits. Every employee should look to their respective department for detailed instructions.
     Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation is preparing to move in-person services such as permit applications online. A news release with details will be sent out when these services are available.
     Ige has also banned all non-essential travel for state workers, including to the Neighbor Islands.
     "It is essential that our government operations and services continue during this time, but we must keep all of our employees and community safe and healthy. We expect more stringent actions in the days to come. These are difficult times, but Hawaiʻi has a history of coming together when faced with challenges. I'm confident that together we will rise to the task," said Ige.

Wild turkey hunters this spring in Hawaiʻi will not need
  tags from the state. Photo from Grand Slam Network
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SIX STATE PARKS ARE CLOSED. The Department of Land and Natural Resources made the announcement today: ‘Akaka Falls State ParkKekaha Kai State Park, Wailoa River State Recreation Area, Wailuku River State Park, Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area, and Kīholo State Park Reserve.
     Many state Department of Land & Natural Resources offices are closed to in-person access: State Parks, Land Division, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, State Historic Preservation, Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, Division of Aquatic Resources, and Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation.
     Hawai‘i island's hunting tag requirements will be waived for the Spring Turkey and the Puʻuanhulu Archery seasons.

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     A Big Island Comedy Theater showcase that was to be held on Saturday, March 21 at Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani campus is rescheduled for May 16. See volcanoartcenter.org.
Events like the Big Island Comedy Theater Showcase, held at the
Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani campus, are cancelled. VAC photo
     Sunday Yoga at Ocean View Community Center is cancelled until further notice. The library and offices will continue to be open 8 a.m. to noon on weekday mornings. See ovcahi.org.
     S.T.E.M. Family Night at Kaʻū District Gym is postponed. Scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and math in an interactive and engaging environment for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade and their families will be rescheduled at a later date.
     Holland American cruise ship has cancelled its Hilo stop for next week and will go to Honolulu.

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HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK REMAINS OPEN, but all special events and programs are cancelled. Kilauea Visitor Center and its theater are closed, but Park rangers and volunteers will be available to answer general questions about the Park on the visitor center's outdoor lānai daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kahuku Unit remains open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All trails and overlooks previously open remain open for healthy outdoor recreational opportunities.
Kīlauea Visitor Center is closed, but Park rangers and volunteers will be outside the center daily to answer general 
questions about the Park. NPS photo
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IT IS NOT AN OVERREACTION for "state and city governments as well as businesses and organizations to close and limit interactions of large groups of people," according to a statement released today by Sen. Mazie Hirono's team. "The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. I want you to know that the health and safety of you, your family, and your communities is my first priority. We must take proper precautions immediately – which may seem difficult or inconvenient – to save lives and protect our health.
     "There are things we can do as individuals to slow the spread of the virus and protect those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19, like senior citizens, individuals with pre-existing medical conditions, and those with compromised immune systems."
     Hirono urged that everyone read and follow these guidelines, and share them with family and friends:
      Be aware of the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for  information on symptoms and how to prepare families for the weeks and months ahead.
     Wash hands with soap and water throughout the day, and avoid touching your face, i.e. mouth, nose, and eyes. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Do not reuse tissues. Stay home if sick. Avoid contact with people who are sick. Practice social distancing. Avoid gatherings of people.
A financial institution in Kaʻū provides tellers with gloves to wear while working with the public.
Photo by Julia Neal
     If experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, dry cough, trouble breathing – call a medical professional and seek treatment. The CDC recommends that those experiencing symptoms let a medical professional know ahead of time so they can best prepare for the visit.
     Check with state and county health agencies. For Hawaiʻi residents, sign up to receive a daily email update from the Hawaiʻi Department of Health on the latest information and safety guidelines. To sign up, click here.
     Verify sources of information, as accurate and timely information is critical.
      Said Hirono, "This outbreak is serious. This is a difficult time that is causing severe disruptions, and the uncertainty about what lies ahead in the coming weeks and months is making the situation more acute as the normalcy of our daily lives is impacted. Right now, we must follow the guidelines to slow the virus so that critical parts of our society, like our healthcare system, can continue to function. It's on all of us to protect ourselves and our community. Take care of yourselves and each other."

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DAILY UPDATE ON COVID-19: Hawaiʻi has no deaths and 13 presumptive and confirmed victims of the virus, including a visitor in Hilo, confined to a hotel. Civil Defense announced that no one relating to the Grand Princess cruise ship, which docked and offered shore excursions Feb. 29 in Hilo, has been identified with novel coronavirus.
     According to the World Health Organization, the U.S. has reported 3,503 cases of COVID-19, with 1,825 reported today. Deaths total 58, with 17 reported today. Worldwide, there are 179,112 confirmed cases, including 11,526 new today. The 7,426 deaths include 475 reported today.

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NO SERVICE DISCONNECTS FOR ELECTRICITY through at least April 17 is the promise from Hawaiian Electric. The utility is suspending service disconnections so customers "who are financially challenged by the novel coronavirus pandemic don't have to worry about losing electric service," states an announcement from Hawaiian Electric today. "Depending on the situation at that time, the special assistance period may be extended."
     Customers facing financial hardship are urged to call Customer Service so payment options and schedules can be arranged to help keep payments manageable. While customers will still be responsible for paying their electric bills, payment schedules and other options can help ease the financial challenges for those most affected by the COVID-19 situation.
     Shelee Kimura, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president of customer service, said, "With everything that's going on, and with the impacts to the Hawaiʻi economy just starting to be known, we don't want people who are struggling financially to worry about having this essential service interrupted. We're providing this special assistance by setting up payment plans and making other arrangements for customers who let us know about their situation."
     Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18 at noon through Monday, March 30, all walk-in payment centers will be closed.
     To make payment arrangements or for more information, visit hawaiianelectric.com or contact our representatives at the following numbers: Hilo (808) 969-6999 or Kona (808) 329-3584. Bill payment options include online, telephone, app, Western Union, and via U.S. mail. See hawaiianelectric.com/billing-and-payment/how-to-pay-your-bill.

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Pāhala Karate Dojo students, with Sensei Francisco Villa, back right. Emeraled Auralio, front, second from
left, and Jaylise Casuga, front, third from left, earned their new belts this month.
Photo from Sensei Francisco Villa
PROMOTIONS OF STUDENTS AT PĀHALA KARATE DOJO were celebrated earlier this month. On March 6, Emerald Aurelio was promoted from Purple to Green Belt and Jaylise Casuga was promoted from White to Purple Belt.
     Sensei Francisco Villa told The Kaʻū Calendar, "They both did an outstanding performance" and that they are both "good students for Pāhala Dojo."
     International Karate League cases with Sensei Villa are held Tuesdays and Fridays at Pāhala Community Center, with Beginners from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Advanced from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Contact Villa at villaf99@yahoo.com, 747-0640, or 345-3036.

Two karate students, Emerald Aurelio and Jaylise Casuga,
were promoted on March 6 at the Pāhala Karate Dojo.
Photo from Sensei Francisco Villa
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FREE SOUP AND HOT SHOWERS SURVIVE the social distancing practices adopted this week by St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View. Following a directive from the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi, the church has suspended Sunday morning worship and all church-sponsored gatherings through March. Sunday morning services will be provided digitally through the church website, stjudeshawaii.org  All church study groups and social meetings are cancelled, and the computer lab is closed.
     However, community outreach at St. Jude's will continue, including the free soup and hot shower program each Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and free WiFi available on the church grounds seven days a week.
     Also at St. Jude's, Big Island Giving Tree has downsized its event for Saturday, March 21. Volunteers meet at St. Jude's on the third Saturday of the month during the shower and meal event to give out clothing, human and pet food, toiletries, and more. Organizer Barbara Breskin told The Kau Calendar: "We're planning on handing out dog and cat food. Oranges, grapefruits, and avocado; plus five boxes of miscellaneous dry and canned goods, from 9 a.m., for an hour or two." She asks anyone in need to contact her on Facebook.
Flexibility an advantage in karate. Photo from Sensei Francisco Villa

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EXTEND THE APRIL 15 FEDERAL TAX DEADLINE urges Sen. Mazie Hirono. Members of the U.S. Senate wrote to the Internal Revenue Service requesting the extension so that taxpayers will have additional flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic:
     "Given the growing nationwide concerns regarding the potential spread and the resulting economic and public health impact of such an outbreak, we urge you to act quickly and remove one source of stress that individuals face during this crisis. The American people should not have to worry about filing IRS forms in the middle of a public health emergency."
     Read the whole letter here.

A third position. Photo from Sensei Francisco Villa
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A GATHERING FOR COMMUNITY INPUT ON THE FUTURE OF THE GREAT CRACK AREA has been postponed. The public meeting, scheduled for this Thursday, March 19 at Pāhala Plantation House, will be rescheduled "due to the on going changes with COCCID-19," according to an announcement from Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The future meeting will discuss how the 1,951-acre geographic feature will be used.
     A geologically rich and rugged area on the remote Southwest Rift Zone of Kīlauea volcano, the Park acquired the Great Crack in 2018. A statement from the Park says, "The area is mostly barren lava rock, with no surface water, few trees, and little shade, but it is a superb example of the geologic dynamism of the area. The Pacific Ocean borders this exposed, windward shoreline.
     "The Park is working to create a long-term plan for managing the Great Crack area. It was designated as potential wilderness in 1978 while under private ownership. Over the years, various commercial developments were proposed by the previous landowners, including a space launch facility, but none were implemented."
     The Park statement says that "The mission of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is to protect, conserve, and study the volcanic landscapes, and associated natural and cultural resources and processes, and to facilitate safe public access to active volcanism, diverse geographic settings, and wilderness for public education and enjoyment."
     The public may also submit comments via mail or email to the Park superintendent: Attention: Superintendent, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, P.O. Box 52, Hawai‘i National Park, HI 96718. Email havo_superintendent@nps.gov.
Discussion on the future of the Great Crack is postponed. NPS photo

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     Rep. Grace Meng, Chair of ASPIRE said, "As a Native Hawaiian and decorated combat veteran, Kai will bring a unique perspective to ASPIRE and we are thrilled to endorse his campaign to represent Hawaiʻi. As a State Senator, Kai has proven himself to be a strong leader, unafraid to tackle tough issues and find solutions to some of Hawaiʻi's most difficult problems. We look forward to welcoming him to Congress and working with him on issues and necessary resources important to Hawaiʻi and the AAPI community."
      ASPIRE PAC is an organization that champions candidates of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent and those who support that community in their campaigns for office. Kahele'a office states, "ASPIRE PAC's mission is an extremely important one in an America where Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are extremely underrepresented at the federal level."

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 6,250 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
See daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more at kaucalendar.com.

All Kaʻū High School and other public school sporting events are canceled until further notice, including:
Kaʻū Spring Sports Schedule
Girls Softball Cancelled
Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m., @Keaʻau
Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m., host Hilo
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 for Public Schools is extended through Friday, March 27 as COVID-19 spread mitigation.

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.

POSTPONED: 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.

CANCELLED: 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).

RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 20: 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

RESCHEDULED TO MAY 16: 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

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 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.

CANCELLED: Registration for Charades, open Monday-Friday, March 23-27, for program at Kahuku Park in HOVE on Tuesday, March 31, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. Teresa Anderson, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 929-9113

CANCELLED: Paper Straw Tulip Craft Registration Deadline, Tuesday, March 24. Program Wednesday, March 25, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kaʻū District Gym. Ages 5 to 12. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102

CANCELLED: The Third Voyage of Captain James Cook, Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Captain James Cook once wrote that he intended to go not only "farther than any man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for a man to go." Join local guide and historian Rob Kitsell as he looks closer at the man who was Captain James Cook, and the fateful third voyage when Cook was killed at Kealakekua Bay, February 14, 1779. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. nps.gov/havo

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

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 April, date to be determined. Features prints by Margaret Barnaby and pottery by Emily Herb. 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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