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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021

Veterans Day is Thursday, Nov. 11
Kilauea Miltiary Camp will forgo traditional Veterans Day services and celebration on Thursday, Nov. 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a federal holiday with closure of U.S. Post Offices, federal, state and county offices, as well as banks and some other businesses. Entrance to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is free on Veterans Day. Photo from Kilauea Military Camp

TEDX COUNTY OF HAWAI'I LAUNCHES THIS SATURDAY, Nov. 13 and the County sent out a reminder today to invite the community to register for the online premiere, which will air via Zoom. The event is free to the public and will showcase ten speakers from across the state to share perspectives on the theme, Local Insights Grow Global Solutions. The presenters vary in expertise covering everything from energy and technology to Hawaiian culture, botany, chemistry, and design. 
     The virtual event will broadcast all ten presentations with live Q&As and messages from other local leaders on "the urgent steps we all can take to reduce our carbon impact and curtail the effects of Climate Change," says the County message.
    The event’s speakers are Dr. Greg Asner; Celeste Connors; John De Fries;  Brandon Jirō Hayashi MSc, CEM; Robert K. Iopa; Dr. Katie L. Kamelamela;  Dr. Cliff Kapono; Kekuhi Kealiikanakaoleohaililani;  Mahina Paishon-Duarte and Yishan Wong.
      See more on each of these speakers and their photos and backgrounds in the Thursday, Oct. 7 Ka'u News Briefs at http://kaunewsbriefs.blogspot.com/2021_10_07_archive.html
     Visit tedxcountyofhawaii.com to click the register button. This special TEDx event is part of The Countdown, a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. "In sync with the pivotal 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, the Countdown Summit will unveil some of the imaginative and scalable solutions that we’ll need to turn the tide on climate change and create a healthier and more equitable world for all," says today's statement from County of Hawai'i.

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Sea-level rise and increased erosion threaten Hawaiʻi’s 428-km shoreline. Photo from Kings Tide Project

HAWAI'I ISLAND'S VULNERABILITY TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND SEA-LEVEL RISE was highlighted on the global stage this week at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. University of Hawai'i reports: "A local, community-based solution, co-developed by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi County was showcased as a model approach to climate change adaptation challenges.
    "An inspiring video presented the details of a project co-developed by UH Hilo geography professor Ryan Perroy and Hawaiʻi County Planner Bethany Morrison. Together with UH Hilo student Aloha Kapono, they are generating a comprehensive inventory for Hawaiʻi Island’s 428 kilometers of coastline, collecting high-resolution aerial imagery and ground surveys of its steep sea cliffs, rocky coastal lava fields and white, black and green sand beaches."
      Perroy says,  “These data and products will be a lasting resource for land managers, local government and the scientific community as we grapple with the challenges of building community resilience in a time of rising sea level.”
    Mari-Vaughn Johnson, PI-CASC’s federal director, says, “I love the way it showcases how community-based solutions to climate change can work. This project’s deepening of the relationship between UH Hilo and county planners, and contribution to the capacity of the next generation of climate adaptation scientists and managers, is as valuable as the scientific literacy this tool creates.”
     Doug Beard, Chief of the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Climate Adaptation Science Centers, presented the video in Glasgow. USGS describes offers a link to the video at https://www.usgs.gov/media/videos/hawaii-island-voices-community-based-climate-adaptation. USGS describes the project:
      A research team comprising staff from the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PI-CASC), the University of Hawai’i and the County of Hawai’i Planning Department recently set out to quantify historic and contemporary rates of change along different types of shorelines on Hawai’i Island, using those data to model observed changes into the future through sea level rise impacts.
Bethany Morrison, of Hawai'i County Planning Department, explores the Kaʻū Coast.
Photo from Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Center
   PI-CASC is a partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey and a three-member university consortium: the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (the consortium lead), the University of Guam, and UH Hilo. PI-CASC develops research products (information, tools, and techniques) that strengthen the capacities of natural and cultural resource managers across the Pacific to anticipate and adapt to climate change impacts.
    USGS reports that "on Hawai’i Island, a 'setback policy' requires developers to place buildings at least 40 feet from the established shoreline across the entire island. This largely arbitrary line did not account for different uses of the land, nor the constantly shifting environments distinct to the island’s different shoreline types. Ultimately, it left some communities exposed to coastal hazards."
    The research team combined existing datasets (historic aerial photos) with new data (drone imagery, topographic surveys, etc.) to quantify past and present rates of coastal change. These data were then merged with sea level rise projections and other geospatial data to estimate future impacts along the coastline using a GIS platform.
    Scott Laursen, co-developer of the Manager Climate Corps, says, “I was deeply moved by the unique balance achieved in this session of agency leads and high-level expression from experience, alongside wide-ranging voices across communities and across the nation. In each case, on-the-ground voices demonstrated strength through union and empathy, amid vulnerability and great challenges.”

Climate Change Immersion Camp at Kiolakaʻa Ranger Station in Kaʻū. Photo from Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Center

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TRAINING AND JOBS FIGHTING WIILDLAND FIRES ARE OPEN for applicants at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park though Nov. 16. The Park posted a message today saying, "Wildland fire checks a lot of boxes for anyone looking to work in a field that's physically and mentally challenging, and serves the greater good. It takes a lot of people working a variety of jobs to build a successful operation.
If you think you have what it takes, apply for a Wildland Firefighter position at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park."
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is looking to train wildland firefighters
and give them jobs. NPS Photo
    Park staff also posted the following about Pres. Teddy Roosevelt; Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, and the 1910 apocalyptic fire that burned an area the size of Connecticut in one weekend: "It was not what Roosevelt and Pinchot had in mind. The years brought bigger, hotter, longer, earlier wildfires. With a warmer climate, it all added up to something catastrophic on the horizon.” - Timothy Egan, The Big Burn.
   To apply to train and fight wildland fires at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, go to: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/618396600

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ENTRANCE TO HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK IS FREE on Veterans Day, Thursday. "We mahalo all veterans who served in the U.S. military – including many members of the National Park Service staff," says an HVNP message.
      For those planning to visit the current eruption over the holiday weekend, the message also notes:  "Please make your first stop the park website. For many, a two-mile round-trip hike in the dark is a too much, but you can often catch jaw-dropping views of the lava lake reflected into the night sky from easier vantage points along Crater Rim Trail, like this one behind Volcano House weather permitting.
     Visit https://go.nps.gov/new-eruption for more information.
View of the lava lake reflected into the night sky from Volcano House. NPS photo by Janice Wei

A FREE THANKSGIVING MEAL WILL BE OFFERED BY ST. JUDE'S Episcopal Church in Ocean View on Saturday, Nov. 20. The food is take-out only and masks are required to be worn. Thanksgiving meals will be provided from 10 a.m. to noon or until the food runs out.

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KAʻŪ COFFEE MILL & VISITOR CENTER. Buy online at kaucoffeemill.com and in person at 96-2694 Wood Valley Road, daily, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PUNALUʻU BAKESHOP online at bakeshophawaii.com and in-person 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week in x.

ALIʻI HAWAIʻI HULA HANDS COFFEE. Order by calling 928-0608 or emailing alihhhcoffee@yahoo.com.

AIKANE PLANTATION COFFEE COMPANY. Order online at aikaneplantation.com. Call 808-927-2252

MIRANDA'S FARMS KAʻŪ COFFEE. Order online at mirandafarms.com or, in person at 73-7136 Mamalahoa Hwy. See latest print edition at kaucalendar.com..

KUAHIWI RANCH STORE, in person. Shop weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 am to 3 p.m. at 95-5520 Hwy 11. Locally processed grass-fed beef, live meat chickens, and feed for cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, horses, dogs, and pigs. Call 929-7333 of 938-1625, email kaohi@kuahiwiranch.com.

DEPRESSED, ANXIOUS, NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO? Call Department of Health's expanded Hawai‘i C.A.R.E.S. program at 1-800-753-6879 – the same number previously used by Crisis Line of Hawai‘i. Individuals in crisis can also text ALOHA to 741741, available 24/7.

LEARN SELF-CARE THROUGH Big Island Substance Abuse Council's Practice Self-Care Series. For additional series that feature refreshing wellness tips, follow the Behavioral Health & Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group at facebook.com/bhhsurg

WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE OFFERS HEALTH PROGRAMS. Piko focuses on reproductive health; increasing access, respect, cultural competence, education, and choice. Pilina aims to grow membership and establish a culture of collaborative decision-making. Follow @kau_womens_health_collective. Contact rootsmedieshawaii@gmail.com. Call 808-450-0498.

YOGA WITH EMILY Catey Weiss, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Advanced registration required; $5 per class. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222.

CHOOSE ALOHA FOR HOME is available to families, to provide a healthy way to grow together using neuroscience and positive psychology. Program uses a series of self-guided videos, activities, and "dinner table discussion topics." Sign up at chooselovemovement.org/choose-love-home.


Register for Boys & Girls Club Mobile Outreach and Tutoring Programs at rb.gy/o1o2hy. For keiki grades 1-6. Contact Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island Administrative Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (808) 961-5536 or email mobiletutoring@bgcbi.org or info@bgcbi.org.

ʻOhana Help Desk offers online How-To Guides for Chromebooks and iPads at rb.gy/8er9wm. ʻOhana Help Desk also available by phone, weekdays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Invite Park Rangers to Virtually Visit Classes, through connecting with teachers and home-schoolers with distance learning programs and virtual huakaʻi (field trips). Contact havo_education@nps.gov.

Public Libraries are open for WiFi, pick-up, and other services. Nāʻālehu open Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pāhala open Tuesday, noon to 7 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., limited entry into library with Wiki Visits. Schedule a Library Take Out time at picktime.com/hspls. Open for library card account help and reference assistance from the front door. WiFi available to anyone with a library card, from each library parking lot. See librarieshawaii.org.

Free Book Exchanges, at laundromats in Ocean View and Nāʻālehu, provided by Friends of the Kaʻū Libraries. Open to all. Keep the books, pass them on to other readers, or return them. Selection of books replenished weekly at both sites.

Read Report on Public Input about Disaster Recovery from damage during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption.
View the Civic Engagement and Comment Analysis Report at rb.gy/awu65k.

Learn About Hawaiʻi's History & Culture through Papakilo Database, papakilodatabase.com.
Virtual Workshops on Hawaiʻi's Legislative Processes through Public Access Room. Sign up by contacting (808) 587-0478 or par@capitol.hawaii.gov. Ask questions and discuss all things legislative in a non-partisan environment. Attend Coffee Hour with PAR: Fridays at 3 p.m. on Zoom, meeting ID 990 4865 9652 or click zoom.us/j/99048659652. PAR staff will be available to answer questions and to discuss the legislative process. Anyone wanting to listen in without taking part in discussions is welcome. Learn more at lrb.hawaii.gov/public-access-room.

Online Directory at shopbigisland.com, co-sponsored by County of Hawai‘i, has a signup sheet for local businesses to fill in the blanks. The only requirement is a physical address on this island.

Food Assistance: Apply for The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences COVID-19 Family Relief Funds. Funded by Volcano Community Association, and members of the VSAS Friends and Governing Boards, who have donated, the fund supplies KTA or Dimple Cheek Gift Cards, or gift cards to other locally owned business, to VSAS families in need. Contact Kim Miller at 985-8537, kmiller@volcanoschool.net. Contributions to the fund can be sent in by check to: VSAS, PO Box 845, Volcano, HI 96785 – write Relief Fund in the memo. See volcanoschool.net

ENROLL CHILDREN, from first through eighth grade, in Kula ʻAmakihi, a program from Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences. It started Aug. 3. Call 808-985- 9800 or visit www.volcanoschool.net.

WALK THROUGH A GUIDED NATURE TRAIL & Sculpture Garden, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. at Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. No reservations for five or fewer – limited to ten people. Free; donations appreciated. Email programs@volcanoartcenter.org. Garden is open to walk through at one's own pace, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. www.volcanoartcenter.org. Call 967-8222.

KAʻŪ ART GALLERY is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Nāʻālehu. It features and sells works by local artists and offers other gift items.Vendor applications are being accepted for its Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale on Saturday, Nov. 13. Kaʻū Art Gallery's website has 24/7 access online and is frequently updated to show current inventory items. "We are always looking to collaborate with local artists in our community," said assistant Alexandra Kaupu. Artists with an interest in being featured at Kaʻū Art Gallery and Gift Shop, contact gallery owner and director Corrine Kaupu at kauartgallery@hawaiiantel.biz.

GOLF & MEMBERSHIPS for Discovery Harbour Golf Course and its Clubhouse: The Club offers Social Memberships, with future use of the clubhouse and current use of the pickleball courts as well as walking and running on specified areas of the golf course before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. to enjoy the panoramiocean views. Golf memberships range from unlimited play for the avid golfer to casual play options. Membership is required to play and practice golf on the course. All golf memberships include Social Membership amenities. Membership fees are designed to help underwrite programs and improvements to the facilities.Call 808-731-5122 or stop by the Clubhouse during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 94-1581 Kaulua Circle. Email clubatdiscoveryharbour@gmail.com. See The Club at Discovery Harbour Facebook page.

ALOHA FRIDAY MARKETPLACE, hosted by Main Street, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., grounds of The Old Shirakawa Estate in Waiʻohinu. It features: Made in Hawai'i Products, Organic Produce, Creative Crafts, ARt, Flower and Plants, Food, Ka`u Coffee, Gluen Free Low Carb Goodies, Wellness Services and Products, Clothing, Hand Crafted Treats, Music and more. Vendor and customer inquiries: AlohaFridayMarket@gmail.com.

VOLCANO FARMERS MARKET, Cooper Center, Volcano Village on Sundays. 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., with much local produce, baked goods, food to go, island beef and Hawai‘i Coffee. Cooper Center's EBT Machine, used at the Farmer's Market, is out of service until further notice. EBT is used for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps. Call 808-967-7800.

OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY MARKET, open Saturdays and Thursdays, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the corner of Kona Drive and Highway 11, where Thai Grindz is located. Managed by Mark Council. Masks mandatory. 100-person limit, social distancing required. Gate unlocked for vendors at 5:30 a.m., $15 dollars, no reservations needed. Parking in upper lot only. Vendors must provide own sanitizer. Food vendor permits required. Carpooling encouraged.

O KAʻŪ KĀKOU MARKET, in Nāʻālehu, open Wednesday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. Limit of 50 customers per hour, 20 vendor booths, with 20 feet of space between vendors. Masks and hand sanitizing required, social distancing enforced. Contact Sue Barnett, OKK Market Manager, at 808-345-9374 (voice or text) or kaufarmer@aol.com for more and to apply to vend. See facebook.com/OKauKakouMarket.

OCEAN VIEW SWAP MEET is open at Ocean View makai shopping center, near Mālama Market. Hours for patrons are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Vendor set-up time is 5 a.m. Masks required.


VOLCANO ART CENTER ONLINE, in person. Shop at Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Virtual Shopping Appointments offered via Skype or FaceTime. Book at volcanoartcenter.org/shop for $5. Shop online gallery 24/7. Orders shipped or free local pickup available. See the VAC Virtual Classroom, which features over 90 videos. See volcanoartcenter.org/events, call 967-8222.