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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Saturday, April 11, 2020

Wayne Kawachi of ʻO Kaʻū Kākou gave out free fish for kūpuna and the less fortunate today near
the bus stop in Pāhala. Photo by Julia Neal
FREE FRESH FISH FOR KŪPUNA AND THE NEEDY is a program of ʻO Kaʻū Kākou and its president Wayne Kawachi. The organization gave out fish Thursday and Saturday in Nāʻālehu and Pāhala. As long as the waters are calm enough, Kawachi said, he is set to fish from his boat and bring back ahi (tuna), ono (wahoo), and kahala (jackfish). Seniors can register by providing their names through contacting Jana Marques Kaniho on Facebook. When the fish come in, the recipients can contact OKK to order their preferred fish, depending on the catch from Kawachi.
Wayne Kawachi and Harley Kaniho at this week's
fresh fish giveaway in Nāʻālehu for
kūpuna and the less fortunate.
Photo by Jana Kaniho
     The ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Market in Nāʻālehu will reopen on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon with sales of food, garden plants and soap, as well as a new set of social distancing and sanitation procedures. See yesterday's Kaʻū News Briefs for more details on new safety procedures at the market.

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OVER $4 MILLION IN EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDS from U.S. Department of Education will go to University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College. Sen. Mazie Hirono announced that higher education institutions across Hawaiʻi will receive $31 million from DOE – including $15 million to provide direct emergency cash grants for students. The funds can be used to cover critical expenses related to cost of attendance like housing, food, health care, child care, and other education-related expenses. Last month, Congress approved this funding to provide institutions with flexible resources to support students.
     UH-Hilo will receive $2,994,725. Hawaiʻi Community College will receive $1,147,226. Announcements about additional institution-level funding are expected from the Department of Education in the coming weeks.
     Hirono said, "The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the lives of thousands of students in Hawaiʻi and millions more across the country. This funding will provide urgently-needed support to students and ease some of the financial burden they are experiencing. I will continue to advocate for additional relief for students in the weeks and months ahead."

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KAʻŪ SEED LIBRARY offers free garden seeds, is free to join, and Kaʻū residents are welcome to request seeds. Operated by Ray and Sandra-Lee Sundstrom for the past two years out of the Nāʻālehu Public Library, the mission of their outreach is to provide free vegetable and fruit seeds to the families of Kaʻū. The Sundstroms told The Kaʻū Calendar that Kaʻū Seed Library is "largely a labor of love." However, the Seed Library recently received a small grant from the University of Hawaiʻi Extension service, through the West Hawaiʻi Master Gardener program, of which the Sundstroms are members.
     Since the library is closed, the Kaʻū Seed Library has moved online, to facebook.com/groups/222541412156096/?ref=share. The library offers a "health-safe, drive through pickup" in Ocean View. In the past two weeks, said the Sundstroms, over 80 families have received nearly 400 packets of seeds. "We would like to offer the opportunity for families in Nāʻālehu and Pāhala to benefit from Kaʻū Seed Library. Our seed distributions are weekly, on Saturday. If there is interest, a pickup event in Nāʻālehu and one in Pāhala could be organized." The Sundstroms are looking to provide distributions in Pāhala and Nāʻālehu on Saturday, April 18 and 25.
     Here's how ordering and getting seeds works: Every Monday, a new list of available seeds will be published on Facebook. It is a private group; one must join to see posts. The list of seeds shows up as an Announcement on the page. The format to fill out a request is in the Announcements section on the page, and a copy of the form can be downloaded from the Files section. Required information is date, last name, first name, phone number, and five first-pick and two alternate seed selections. Kaʻū Seed Library offers five options per family per week. The information should then be mailed to kauseedlibrary@gmail.com by Wednesday for pickup on Saturday. Confirmations are sent out Thursday afternoon.
     Kaʻū SeedLibrary Facebook page is where seed pickup location and time are posted, on Friday. For those who can't or shouldn't go to the pickup location, seeds can be mailed, on the following Monday – supply mailing address if want seeds mailed.
     General instructions for pickup are: at the tent, stay in the vehicle – no walk-ups – and tell the Sundstrom's the pickup name. Bonus points for those who write their name in large letters on a piece of paper to show them.
     Ray Sundstrom said, "A Hawaiian practitioner can give details of the cycle we are in. I am not versed, but will say from our own gardens, this is the most perfect spring for planting that I have experienced in five years. We go forward with the intention of helping to establish abundant food gardens in every ʻohana we can."

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STAY HEALTHY AND INFORMED, urges the state Department of Health. DOH sent out a message this week with advice on how to maintain mental and physical health:
     Keeping informed with the most current and accurate data on COVID-19 is important, but with the 'coconut wireless' in full-swing, it's also important to verify the source of information. With new details surrounding the virus always emerging, the state's COVID-19 website is the best place to start. Hawaiʻi Department of Health staff post updated information daily, including community resources, guidance, safeguards and more. Here are fast facts from the site: Some people infected by COVID-19 never develop any symptoms and don't feel sick. One in five people who contract COVID-19 need hospital care, while four in five are able to recover without hospitalization. Of the COVID-19 cases identified in Hawaiʻi, over 80 percent were residents returning from other areas. Protect yourself and your loved ones by staying informed. Check out hawaiicovid19.com today.
     More information and answers to questions about COVID-19 can be found from the Aloha United Way call center. Staff are available to take calls from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Call 2-1-1 from anywhere in the state; text 877-275-6569; chat at auw211.org; or email info211@auw.org.
A wide variety of DIY face mask instructions can be found
online. This guide, from thecraftpatchblog.com, gives
instruction for a range of skills and supplies.
     On mental and emotional health, DOH offers the expanded 24-hour Crisis Line of Hawaiʻi: "Is the pandemic making you feel depressed or anxious? Worried about what the stay-at-home order means for your job and your mounting bills? You are not alone. If you need someone to talk to, don't hesitate to reach out to someone you trust. If you need extra support, the Hawaii Department of Health has expanded its Crisis Line. Call 800-753-6879, or text the word ALOHA to 741741, any time of day. Staff are ready 24/7."
     Recommendations on staying physically healthy now include everyone wearing (cloth) face masks in public. DOH offers instruction on how to properly clean cloth face masks:
     As we all make, purchase and, most importantly, strap on face masks before heading outside to complete our essential tasks, a logical question is: "How do I properly wash and sanitize my masks, and how often?" Speaking at recent City and County of Honolulu press conferences, Kuakini Medical Center emergency medicine physician Dr. Darragh O’Carroll recommended washing cloth masks after every outing. Wash them thoroughly by hand with lots of soap and hot water, or in a washing machine with water temperature above 160°F. To dry masks after washing, run them through a hot dryer or hang them outside in UV sunlight. If you're unable to wash your masks immediately after use, place them in a sealed plastic bag until the next use. Unless you have been instructed otherwise by your doctor, make sure your mask is made of cloth – N-95 and surgical masks should be reserved for health care workers."

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TWO MORE COVID-19 CASES ON HAWAIʻI ISLAND were reported on Saturday, April 11. Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense reported 31 people have tested positive for COVI-19 on Hawaiʻi Island since Feb. 28. Department of Health has cleared 25 of those cases as recovered. The remaining six are quarantined at home, "being carefully monitored by your Department of Health." On Hawaiʻi Island, no one who tested positive was hospitalized; no one was reported to have died from the virus; and no cases have been reported from Volcano or Kaʻū.
     Civil Defense director Talmadge Magno thanks Premier Medical Group and Bay Clinic for performing free COVID-19 testing today in Hilo. "Know that early testing means early detection, early care, protection of loved ones, and our community. Keeping within the policies of Stay at Home, social distancing, and gathering, do maintain the best physical and emotional health that you can. Get your exercise, fresh air, lots of water, and keep connected to your kūpuna. Text, phone, send a birthday card even if it's not their special day, make it so. Thank you for listening and have a beautiful day. This is your Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense."
     The state Department of Health reported one new death in the state today, on Oʻahu, of an elderly woman with underlying health issues. The death toll is nine: six on Oʻahu, three on Maui. Statewide, there are 486 cases, with 21 reported today. DOH reports 44 people have been hospitalized and 300 people have recovered.
     According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has recorded more than 533,000 cases. The death toll is more than 20,000. More than 32,000 people have recovered.
Civil Defense director Talmadge Magno.
Photo from Big Island Video News
     Worldwide, Johns Hopkins counts more than 1.77 million people as victims of COVID-19. The death toll is more than 108,000. The recovery total is more than 404,000. There are cases reported in over 200 countries.

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PEOPLE LIVING IN HAWAIʻI RANK FIRST in the search for payday loans, and third in searching for loans overall, according to a recent analysis by WalletHub. However, Hawaiʻi ranks 42nd in searching for home equity loans, during these economically stressful times. The WalletHub report called States Where People Need Loans the Most Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ranks South Carolina and District of Columbia first and second; Virginia, Alabama, and New York rank third, fourth, and fifth. Hawaiʻi ranks 18th among states and D.C.
     WalletHub sums up its report: "The coronavirus pandemic has deeply disrupted the U.S. economy, which in turn has hurt the incomes of many Americans. Businesses have been forced to lay off workers as they struggle to survive during the crisis, which led to a record 10 million Americans applying for unemployment benefits during the month of March. Consequently, as the market struggles and unemployment climbs, there has also been a surge in the number of Americans interested in borrowing via various types of loans.
     "Americans who are having trouble with their finances during the COVID-19 pandemic are searching for all sorts of options to relieve the pressure, from personal loans to home equity loans to payday loans. However, people's interest in getting these types of loans varies from state to state. In order to determine the states where people are searching for loans the most during the pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across four key metrics. These metrics combine internal credit report data with data on Google search increases for three loan-related terms.
     "Greater interest in getting a loan indicates that more people in the state are struggling to make ends meet. It also implies there may be more strain on the state's public assistance programs in the near future, and the state may experience a deeper recession than others will." See the complete report.

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A "SIGNIFICANT DROP" IN ELECTRICITY USAGE was reported this week by Hawaiian Electric. The utility states the drop in demand is due to no tourism activities and the closure of non-essential businesses. For Hawaiʻi Island, the average system peak demand for the week of March 22 was seven percent less than in previous weeks.
     Jim Kelly, vice president of corporate relations at Hawaiian Electric, said, "Such fast and pronounced changes in demand are something we haven't seen before and they're a measure of how quickly business activity and individual behavior were affected by the pandemic. Hawaiʻi reflects the trends that utilities everywhere are seeing as economies adjust to the impacts of COVID-19."
     Kelly said adequate supply of electricity isn't something customers should worry about for the duration of the emergency. "Especially with consumption down, we have plenty of generation resources available," he said.
     Related to the reduction in electricity demand is a huge drop in particulate emissions worldwide. University of Chicago researchers say particulates from power generation are down 72 percent since December, including a nearly 200 percent reduction in China. Details can be found at epic.uchicago.edu/area-of-focus/covid-19/.
     Hawaiian Electric remains operational for generation, emergency repairs, and utility maintenance and construction. Other activities – including customer service information and payment processing, customer installations, and rooftop solar application processing—remain available online, by phone or mail.
     Service disconnections have been suspended through May 17. Customers having difficulty paying their bills due to the coronavirus pandemic are encouraged to contact the company to make a payment arrangement. The quickest way to start the process is to fill out and submit a Payment Arrangement Request Form at hawaiianelectric.com/customerserviceoptions.

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The degassing lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u at the summit of Kīlauea was a fitting backdrop in 2009 for USGS HVO
geologist Janet Babb, who later co-produced a video about the summit eruption. The lava lake drained away in 2018
as the summit crater collapsed, but the video, USGS General Information Product 182, can still be viewed online.
Babb recently retired from HVO. USGS photo
JANET BABB, Geologist and Media Liaison for U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, retired at the end of March. In a message to the media, Babb said, "I've enjoyed working with you through the years. We certainly weathered some challenging times together -- most recently the events of 2018. Thank you for your help disseminating HVO's updates and information on Hawaiian volcanoes and earthquakes to the public. Keep up the good work!
     "I didn't plan to end my HVO career amid a global pandemic (not the exit I had in mind), but that's where we are. So, I wish you all the best, and hope that you're taking care and staying healthy."
     This week's Volcano Watch, Aloha and Happy Retirement to Janet Babb, written by USGS HVO scientists and affiliates, is dedicated to her work:
     With heavy heart, the USGS HVO bids aloha to Janet Babb, outreach geologist and educator extraordinaire who retired from federal service in late March. Because of her dedication and guidance over the years, HVO is well-positioned to carry on a tradition of quality media and public engagement.
     Janet's love for volcanoes and Hawaiʻi have been evident in everything she's done since first coming to the island in 1990. Her previous work as an elementary school teacher, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo geology lecturer, Hawaiʻi Volcano Geoventures owner and guide, and Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park interpretive exhibits specialist set the stage for great accomplishments at HVO.
This photo shows the southern portion of Kīlauea Caldera, and was taken from
the water pond observation area on the west caldera rim. The photo gives a
sense of the scale of the 2018 collapse. A portion of Crater Rim Drive is
present on the lower block, which was originally level with the remainder
of Crater Rim Drive visible at the top of the photo. This section of the road
dropped approximately 80 meters (260 feet), but other parts of the caldera
floor dropped more than 500 meters (1600 feet). The scarp formed during the
2018 collapse sequence. Most of the large Halema‘uma‘u parking lot
disintegrated during the 2018 collapses, but a tiny portion remains
at the base of the talus slope. USGS photo by M. Patrick
     Awards for Janet's professional work started long before her arrival at HVO. In 2001, she received the Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau's Keep it Hawaiʻi Kahili Award for her contributions to public education about Hawaiian volcanoes through Project LAVA (Learning About Volcanic Activity), a week-long teacher workshop that she developed and coordinated from 1995 through 2002.
     Janet volunteered at HVO for many years before being hired in 2008 to help the Observatory manage public information during Kīlauea's first summit eruption since 1982. The appearance of the lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u made local, national, and international news, and HVO needed someone knowledgeable in Hawaiian volcanology and geologic history to handle the multitude of media requests. Then Deputy Scientist-in-Charge Steve Brantley suggested that Janet fill that role, a challenge she accepted, initially as a volunteer and later as a permanent USGS employee.
     News coverage of Hawaiian volcanoes had been handled directly by HVO leaders and scientists since the observatory's founding in 1912. But with the advent of 21st century around-the-clock news cycles and internet-based radio, television, and social media, HVO needed help. Already hard-pressed in 2008 to keep up with media interest in the continuing Puʻu ʻŌʻō eruption, the onset of Kīlauea's summit lava lake only ramped up the pressure.
     As the first person to formally occupy such a role explicitly at HVO, Janet defined the niche by creating and sharing protocols to guide HVO scientists during interviews and public presentations. With the greater good of Hawaiʻi communities and HVO always in mind, she sought better and more creative ways to share HVO messages about Hawaiian volcanoes and earthquakes.
     One of her most successful endeavors began in 2010, when she convinced Hawaiʻi County to proclaim January as Volcano Awareness Month. From then through 2020, she organized a month-long series of public programs – talks, hikes, poster sessions, and other means of community interaction – each January, with HVO staff and affiliates providing the presentations. Over the years, Volcano Awareness Month has done much to prepare island residents for future volcanic eruptions and to share HVO scientists' passion for their work.
No major changes were observed at Kīlauea summit on April 9, and the water
pond continues its slow rise. The western portion of the pond had a greenish
 hue when this photo was taken, which is a slight change from the last
observation on April 6, but still within the range of normal variations
observed in recent months. USGS photo by M. Patrick
     Aware that many people could not get close to lava flows in hazardous closed areas, Janet worked with her counterparts at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense to organize special media events to help bring the inside story of Kīlauea eruptions to the world. She also kept HVO's award-winning Volcano Watch essay series alive, editing weekly submissions and encouraging staff to keep writing articles about volcanoes and earthquakes.
     When Kīlauea's summit lava lake became a mesmerizing center of attention in Hawaiʻi, Janet conceived of and co-produced a 24-minute video that incorporated stunning visuals and informative commentary by HVO scientists, as well as the geologic history and cultural context of Halema‘uma‘u. The award-winning video stands as a reminder of what once existed at the summit of Kīlauea.
     Then came 2018. Janet handled the initial unprecedented media onslaught and then worked with communication professionals from other USGS offices throughout the summer to provide a steady stream of information about Kīlauea's lower East Rift Zone eruption and summit collapses to media outlets near and far. In the aftermath, Janet recorded HVO staff recounting their experiences during the 2018 events, video footage that now awaits thoughtful weave into the eruption story of our generation – another example of the creative communicator that she is.
This photo, taken on April 9 from the KWcam webcam site, shows the green
color in the western portion of Kīlauea's summit water pond. Compare this
view to the April 6 photo, when the western end of the pond was more brown
in color. The significance of color differences is not fully understood but
variations in color have been commonly observed. USGS photo by M. Patrick
     HVO will deeply miss Janet as a colleague and friend. Her passion, talents, and dedication helped us all to be better communicators. HVO is proud to have had her represent us to our island communities and the world, and we wish her all the best in retirement.
     Volcano Activity Updates
     Kīlauea Volcano is not erupting. Its USGS Volcano Alert level remains at NORMAL (https://volcanoes.usgs.
Kīlauea updates are issued monthly. Kīlauea monitoring data over the past month showed no significant changes in seismicity, sulfur dioxide emission rates, or deformation. The water lake at the bottom of Halema‘uma‘u continued to slowly expand and deepen.
     Since August 2019, USGS HVO has recorded over 5,900 earthquakes beneath Kīlauea's lower Southwest Rift Zone in a cluster about 6 mi (10 km) wide near the town of Pāhala. These earthquakes are occurring 15-25 mi (25-40 km) below the surface. Deep earthquakes of this type do not generally pose a hazard from ground-shaking. Most earthquakes in the sequence have been magnitude-2 or lower, and most have not been felt by residents.
     Clustering of deep earthquakes in this region does not mean an eruption is imminent. HVO has recorded earthquakes in this area for many decades across several eruptive cycles at both Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes. No correlation between seismic activity in this zone and volcanic activity at the surface has been established, although this is an important topic for future research.
This photo shows the fumarolic area on the south wall of Halema‘uma‘u, a
crater within Kīlauea's summit caldera. The area is several tens of meters
(yards) wide and individual gas vents can be seen as small black holes
surrounded by the yellow sulfur deposits. No major changes
have been observed in this area. USGS photo by M. Patrick
     Mauna Loa is not erupting. Its USGS Volcano Alert level remains at ADVISORY. This alert level does not mean that an eruption is imminent or that progression to an eruption is certain. Mauna Loa updates are issued weekly.
     This past week, about 37 small-magnitude earthquakes were recorded beneath the upper elevations of Mauna Loa; the strongest was a magnitude-2.3 earthquake on the upper Southwest Rift Zone. Monitoring data showed that slow summit inflation continued and fumarole temperature and gas concentrations on the Southwest Rift Zone remain stable.
     ​Two earthquakes with 3 or more felt reports occurred in the Hawaiian Islands this past week: a magnitude-3.1 earthquake 6 km (4 mi) NE of Pāhala at 31 km (19 mi) depth on April 8 at 01:27 a.m. and a magnitude-3.0 earthquake 7 km (4 mi) S of Kapa‘au at 12 km (7 mi) depth on April 6 at 02:13 p.m.
     HVO continues to closely monitor both Kīlauea and Mauna Loa.
     Visit HVO's website for past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa updates, volcano photos, maps, recent earthquake info, and more. Email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.

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Kaʻū Coffee joined the Hawaiʻi Coffee Association at the Specialty Coffee Association of America Convention in 
Boston last year. Left to right, promoting Hawaiʻi Coffee: Lou Daniele, Tommy Greenwell, Hawaiʻi Coffee 
Association President Chris Manfredi, and other volunteers. Photo by Liko Keolanui
Kaʻū Life: The Way We Were Last Year
     Last year, this time, Kaʻū Coffee was on a business trip with the Hawaiʻi Coffee Association. Traveling to Boston for the Specialty Coffee Association of America's annual convention, Kaʻū was represented by Hawaiʻi Coffee Association President Chris Manfredi, Kaʻū Coffee Mill's Lou Daniele and Liko Keolanui, Rusty's 100% Kaʻū Coffee's Ralph Gaston, and Kaʻū Mountain Coffee Farm's Alla Kostenko. They joined other Hawaiʻi coffee growers at the Hawaiʻi Coffee Association booth.
     Kaʻū Coffee farmers, processors and brokers were scheduled to travel to the convention again this year in Portland, Oregon but the COVID-19 pandemic led them to stay at home.
Madeline Longorio Garcia, with a longtime connection to Kaʻū Coffee, 
the Community Coordinator for SCAA. Photo by Alla Kostenko
    The annual SCAA event has helped with the development of the Kaʻū Coffee market for many years, in cities from Boston to Seattle, Portland, Anaheim, and Dallas.
     Kaʻū Coffee farmers won many international awards and Kaʻū Coffee was used in winning barista competitions.
     Last year, Madeleine Longorio Garcia, who formerly lived and worked in the coffee industry in Kaʻū, was elected as Community Coordinator for the national SCAA organization. A post from the Hawaiʻi Coffee Association said, "She will work on bringing more recognition to Hawaiʻi coffee professionals, giving a voice to our local industry on a national level."
     The Specialty Coffee Association of America convention brings together coffee growers, roasters, marketers, and providers of coffee milling equipment from around the world, with numerous classes on quality, barista competitions, and sessions on the economics of the industry.
     Also put on hold this year is the annual Kaʻū Coffee Festival, with its farm tours, a hike along old plantation water systems, star gazing, Coffee & Cattle Day, and a coffee inspired dinner at Kaʻū Mountain Forest Farm, leading up to the Hoʻolauleʻa, Coffee College, and many other activities.
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MOST EVENTS ARE CANCELLED for the month of April, to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The state is under a stay-at-home order, with l4 days of quarantine required for anyone coming into the state. Interisland travel is restricted. Those in Hawaiʻi should stay at home unless needing to obtain food or medical care.

Find a listing of local fresh food at kaunewsbriefs.blogspot

Free Breakfast and Lunch for Anyone Eighteen and Under is available at Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary and at Nāʻālehu Elementary weekdays through at least the end of April. Each youth must be present to receive a meal. Service is drive-up or walk-up, and social distancing rules (at least six feet away) are observed. Breakfast is served 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Food is being delivered to Ocean View.

St. Jude's Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen is open, with a modified menu and increased health & safety standards, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hot showers, the computer lab, and in-person services and bible studies are suspended. Services are posted online on Sundays at stjudeshawaii.org.

The Food Basket Food Pantries Distribution, where families can receive 14 days of food per family:
     The Ocean View location for Tuesday, April 14 will be held at the lot across from St. Jude's Episcopal Church, 92-8606 Paradise Mauka Circle, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     The Nāʻālehu location is Sacred Heart Church at 95-558 Mamālahoa Hwy, under their Loaves and Fishes program, on Thursday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call 928-8208.
     The Pāhala location is Kaʻū District Gym at 96-1149 Kamani Street, distributed by the ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Pantry, on Thursday, April 30 at 11:30 a.m. Call 933-6030.
     The Volcano location is Cooper Center at 19-4030 Wright Road Thursday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m. Call Kehau at 443-4130.

A Free Dinner for Those in Need is served at Volcano Cooper Center at 19-4030 Wright Road every Thursday, by Friends Feeding Friends, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

On Call Emergency Food Pantry is open at Cooper Center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is operated by The Food Basket. Call 808-933-6030.

The Next Learning Packet and Student Resource Distribution for Nāʻālehu Elementary School Students will be Monday, April 13. The packets are designed for learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and can be picked up every two weeks. One family member may pick up for several students in the same family. Students need not be present for the learning resources to be retrieved. Please note the grade of each child. Distribution times are organized by the first letter of the student's last name at the site closest to their home. Supplies will be given out simultaneously.
     Everyone is asked to observe social distancing rules, staying 6 feet away from others during pick-up. See the school website, naalehuel.hidoe.us, for more information and updates.
     Distribution in the Nāʻālehu area is at Nāʻālehu Elementary, Waiʻōhinu, and Discovery Harbour Community Center. Distribution in Ocean View is at the county's Kahuku Park, the area in front of Malama Market, and Ocean ViewCommunity Center.
     At Nāʻālehu Elementary, campus pick-up will be from 9 a.m - 9:20 a.m. for A-H; 9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. for I-P, and 9:40 a.m. - 10 a.m. for Q-Z.
     The Waiʻōhinu pick-up: 8 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. for A-H, 8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. for I-P, and 8:40 a.m. - 9 a.m. for Q-Z.
     The Discovery Harbour Community Center pick-up: 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. for A-H, 9:50 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. for I-P, and 10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. for Q-Z.
     Morning distribution at Kahuku Park8 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. for A-H, 8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. for I-P, and 8:40 a.m. - 9 a.m. for Q-Z.
     Evening distribution at Kahuku Park5 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. for A-H, 5:20 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. for I-P, and 5:40 p.m. - 6 p.m. for Q-Z.
     Times for distribution in front of Malama Market are: 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. for A-H, 9:50 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. for I-P, and 10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. for Q-Z.
     Times for distribution at Ocean View Community Center are 5 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. for A-H, 5:20 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. for I-P, and 5:40 p.m. - 6 p.m. for Q-Z.

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

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.

Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium Closed for Renovation through June 30. The Park is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 spread mitigation. A popular seven-and-a-half minute 2018 eruption video will be shown on a television in the exhibits area, once the Park and center reopen, and is available online for free download.

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