Viewing from the closest vantage point, the Keanakākoʻi side of Kīlauea caldera, requires a one-mile walk
each way. Masks required. See tips for visiting Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park below. NPS Photo/Janice Wei
HAWAI'I ISLAND COULD END UP WITH AN EIGHTH MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, if enough people testify, according to Sharon Matson, a redistricting advocate. She issued a statement reminding voters of proposed district maps that could alter the required residence of
those representing Ka'u and other places. She urges folks to join Zoom meetings Wednesday and Thursday.
See the proposed redistricting maps at https://histategis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?
|Shannon Matson advocates|
for eight House members.
Here is the link to understanding more for the upcoming zoom meetings: https://elections.hawaii.gov/about-us/boards-and-commissions/reapportionment/
UNWRAP THOSE RANGER TIPS BEFORE VISITING HAWAI'I VOLCANOES. National Park spokesperson Jessica Ferracane says, "It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but when parking lots are full, roads are temporarily closed due to congestion and visitors bump into each other on trails and overlooks, the holiday spirit can take a dive. This season, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park helps you plan like a park ranger with five insightful tips to help you navigate the festive season." Here are the five tips for visiting Hawai'i Volcanoes:
Be flexible. Have a Plan B and even a Plan C. The eruption at the summit of Kīlauea is showing no signs of taking time off for the holidays. During peak times, expect parking lots to be full and for temporary road closures when parking lots at Devastation Trail and Puʻupuaʻi overflow with vehicles backed up onto roadways. Avoid the peak times of sunrise and sunset and come at an unconventional time, like 4 a.m., or after 8 p.m. If there is no parking, visit another area in the park and try again later. HVNP is open 24 hours a day.
|Crowded Crater Rim Drive. NPS photo|
Download the free app. The NPS has a free app with tools to explore more than 400 national parks across the country, and "the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes app is as sweet as a candy cane," says Farracane. "Self-guided tours, alerts and other valuable information is like having a ranger in your pocket. You can even send a postcard without a stamp right from your phone!" Download the app in the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.
Be respectful. Kīlauea and Mauna Loa are cherished by many people, including kānaka maʻoli (Native Hawaiians). Consider others before taking photos, and use an "indoor voice" when sharing
|Keanakakoi side of Kilauea and visitors. NPS Photo by Janice Wei|
overlooks with others. Listen for rumbling lava, the singing forest birds and the wind through the trees.
Stay safe and recreate responsibly. Erupting volcanoes can be dangerous and activity can change at any time. Volcanic gas, sinkholes, steep unstable cliff edges and earth cracks all present hazards. Stay on trail and do not enter closed areas. Maintain social distance of six feet from others and wear a mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If sick, visit another day. Masks are required in all park buildings and several overlooks.
"With a little planning and plenty of flexibility, the first-time visitor or the long-time resident can have a memorable visit to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park this holiday season. Please recreate responsibly, respect wildlife and each other, and wear a mask when in crowded outdoor areas where social distancing cannot be maintained," says Ferracane. See www.nps.gov To read comments, add your own, and like this story, see www.facebook.com/kaucalendar/. See latest print edition at kaucalendar.com.
AN EASE OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS was announced Tuesday by Mayor Mitch Roth, following
Gov. David Ige agreeing to let counties make their own rules without his approvals.
A statement from the Mayor's office noted that since the beginning of November there has been gradual reduction in the number of new COVID-19 cases, declining to a seven day average of 12 new cases per day and a test positivity rate of 2.4 percent on Nov. 29 when more than 63 percent of Hawai'i Island residents had completed vaccinations.
The new rule says businesses, operations and activity sponsors can protect their employees and customers by requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test of employees or customers as as condition of entry.
Restaurants, bars, food courts and other eating establishment must still require face coverings for employees and customers, except when actively eating or drinking.
The new rule allows social gatherings up to 25 persons indoors and 100 outdoors. Except when special permission has been granted, larger indoor and outdoor venues must remain closed. Nightclubs remain closed. Road races, including marathons and triathlons are not allowed unless special permission is approved. Those seeking special permission must show insurance and a plan.
At county parks and recreational facilities, face coverings are not required at indoor and outdoor venues when people are actively participating in recreational and exercise activities. When not exercising, even at beach parks, face masks are required.
In places of worship, persons of different households must remain at least six fee apart and everyone must wear a mask.
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