About The Kaʻū Calendar

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.

Friday, April 01, 2022

Upcoming Events for Kaʻū and Volcano


REGISTER NOW FOR THE KAUKAU 4 KEIKI SUMMER FOOD DISTRIBUTION, which will begin the week of June 20 and end on July 29. To qualify, you must have a child in your family currently attending a public or charter school on Hawaiʻi Island (ages 18 and under, or up to age 22 for children with disabilities). $53 worth of food benefits will be distributed per week (a $35 Mālama Market Gift Card and $18 value of local produce) to help families with economic hardship. Pick-up sites in Kaʻū will include the Pāhala Hongwanji, the Nāʻālehu Hongwanji, and a TBD site in Ocean View. Deadline to register is Thursday, June 9 at 4 p.m. To learn more and apply, visit https://www.hawaiifoodbasket.org/kaukau4keiki

SIGN UP TO JOIN IN THE INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE, which takes place on Saturday, July 2nd in Nāʻālehu at 11 a.m. Free pizza and shave ice, water slide, bouncy house, and senior bingo are some of the festivities that will be featured. The parade is sponsored by ʻO Kaʻū Kākou. Interested sponsors and participants for the event can call Debra McIntosh at (808) 929-9872.

Nāʻālehu Relaunches Independence Day Parade
A live Independence Day Parade on Hwy 11 in Nāʻālehu is being launched for this year, after two years of confining the celebration to the ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Market grounds with a lawnmower parade and other socially distanced festivities during the pandemic. Interested sponsors and participants for the event, set for Saturday, July 2 at 11 a.m., can call Debra McIntosh at 808-929-9872.  Photo by Leilani Esperanza

GET READY TO JOIN THE 4TH OF JULY PARADE at The Cooper Center in Volcano from 8:30 a.m. till 1 p.m. The parade will start at the Post Office at 9 a.m. and will end at Cooper Center. There will be no parking at Cooper Center, except for handicapped permitted automobiles by reservation. Maps for parking can be found on their webpage at thecoopercenter.org. There will be crafters in the Carlson Covered Court, food vendors along the parking lot, an entertainment area, childrenʻs games, and a large silent auction from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

SPONSOR A BUCKLE, VOTE FOR RODEO QUEEN ahead of the Saturday, July 9 Rodeo sponsored by Kaʻū Roping & Riding Association and ʻO Kaʻū Kākou. Event to be held on the rodeo grounds behind Nāʻālehu Park. 

BECOME A VENDOR AT THE 3RD ANNUAL EXPERIENCE VOLCANO FESTIVAL on Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Last year, over 2,500 visitors attended and over 40 events were featured during the EVH festival. All vendor spaces are $50 for both days of the festival. Sign up as a vendor or a sponsor at experiencevolcano.com. If you have questions, contact experiencevolcano@gmail.com.

SIGN UP FOR KAʻŪ COFFEE TRAIL RUNS with a change of date from July 3 to Sept. 17. Registration deadline for the annual event is Sept. 14. Organized by Hawaiʻi Island Racers, the 50K begins at 6 a.m., Half Marathon at 7 a.m., and 5K at 7:15 a.m., all starting from Kaʻū Coffee Mill at 96-2696 Wood Valley Road in Pāhala. Proceeds go to support ʻO Kaʻū Kakou. For more details on the event and registration fees, visit https://www.kaucoffeetrailruns.com/.
PUBLIC INPUT ON A PLAN TO IMPORT MOSQUITOS INTO HAWAIIAN ISLANDS and release them in order to reduce existing mosquito populations is due by June 8. Comments for Hawai’i Department of Agriculture, Plant Quarantine Branch can be sent to Jonathan Ho at Jonathan.K.Ho@hawaii.gov

FREE, HANDS-ON LAUHALA DEMONSTRATION with Kuuipo Kalahiki-Morales on Friday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. This free event is sponsored by a grant from the County of Hawaiʻi Department of Research & Development, the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority. To learn more, visit volcanoartcenter.org/events/.

FREE LEI HULU (FEATHER LEI) DEMONSTRATION with Robert Beebe and Moma (Gyongyi) Szirom will be Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The demonstration is free, however park entrance fees apply. To learn more, visit volcanoartcenter.org/events/

HOME HERBALIST WORKSHOP with Heather Penfield on Saturday, June 11 from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Volcano Art Center. Discover the power of herbal essentials and watch how the products are made from start to finish, including salve, syrup, tincture, citrus cleaner, hand sanitizer and more. Class fee is $55/$50 for VAC members plus a $15 supply fee. Recipes and in-class & take-home samples will be provided. For more information and to register online, visit volcanoartcenter.org/events/.

COFFEE TALK AT KAHUKU: THE AMAZING DARK SKIES OF KAHUKU is the subject, Saturday, June 11 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Kahuku Unit Visitor Center in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Join Danielle Foster and Dean Gallagher and learn about the International Dark Sky Park program, the importance of dark skies, and what can be done to help protect them. Coffee Talk is an opportunity to get to know the Park and neighbors on second Saturday of every month. Entrance to the park is located at the 70.5 mile marker on the Mauna side of Hwy 11.

PUNALUʻU ZENTANGLE BASICS IN BLACK will be the focus of a class on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Volcano Art Center. Participants will explore the fundamental patterns of the Zentangle method to capture the imagery found on the dynamic black sand beaches of Punaluʻu. Class fee is $35/$30 for VAC members plus a $15 supply fee. Learn more and register online at volcanoartcenter.org/events/.

JAZZ IN THE FOREST is back with Maggie Herron on Saturday, June 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. A free copy of Maggie's 2020 album Renditions will be included with the purchase of a ticket to this concert. Renditions won the 2020 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Jazz Album Of The Year. Tickets are $30/$25 for VAC members and are available online at volcanoartcenter.org/events/ or at VAC Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Tickets purchased online will be held at Will Call on the night of the show. Call (808) 967-8222 for more information.

LAʻAU LAPAʻAU LEVEL ONE workshop will be Monday, June 13 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. presented by Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi and facilitated by Poʻokela Ikaika Dombrigues. Learn more about the traditional Hawaiian healing art of Laʻau Lapaʻau in this online workshop. Sign up at hmono.org/services.

FATHER'S DAY CARD CRAFT for keiki ages 5 to 12 years old will be Tuesday, June 14 from 2:30 - 4 p.m. at the county's Kahuku Park in Ocean View. Registration is open from June 1 - 9. To register, contact Recreation Technician III, Teresa Anderson, at (808) 929-9113.

USDA IS ASKING FOR INPUT ABOUT COMPETITION IN ACQUIRING SEED, FERTILIZER, OTHER INPUTS, AS WELL AS COMPETITION IN THE RETAIL MARKET for farm products. Deadline for public comment extended for competition challenges in agricultural inputs and retail markets. Deadline is Wednesday, June 15. See https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/usda-extends-deadline-public-input-identify-competition-challenges-seed-fertilizer-other.

FREE ZOOM WEBINAR ABOUT ʻULU AGROFORESTRY IN HAWAIʻI on Wednesday, June 15 from 5 - 6 p.m. featuring guest practitioners Andrew Trump, Noel Dickinson, Dr. Noa Lincoln, Dave Sansone, Noeʻau Peralto, Zach Mermel, Troy Keolanui and Harry Greene. Register here!

FINDING PILINA IS KUʻIKAHIʻS TOPIC FOR FINDING SOLUTIONS, GROWING PEACE on Thursday, June 16 at 12 p.m. through its Brown Bag Lunch Series. This month’s speakers include Troy J.H. Andrade, Charles Crumpton, and Elizabeth Kent, J.D. To get the Zoom link, register online at https://freebrownbagtalk.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Kuʻikahi Meditation Center at (808) 935-7844 or info@hawaiimeditation.org. This lunch-and-learn series is made possible in part to funding from County of Hawaiʻi and Hawaiʻi Island United Way. 

KAHUKU RANGER PRESENTATION: WHAT'S IN YOUR BACKYARD? on Friday, June 17 at 9:30 a.m. at Kahuku Visitor Contact Station in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Learn about the landscapes, eruptions, and a wealth more of information about one of the largest active shield volcanoes in the world during this ranger presentation. Ranger presentations are on the third Friday of every month and are 15-20 minutes long.

FREE, HANDS-ON LAUHALA DEMONSTRATION with Kuuipo Kalahiki-Morales is on Friday, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. This free event is sponsored by a grant from the County of Hawaiʻi Department of Research & Development, the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority. To learn more, visit volcanoartcenter.org/events/.

SILK PAINTING WITH WAX RESIST WORKSHOP will be led by Patti Pease Johnson on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus. Participants will use the wax/dye method to create a representational piece of art. Students are asked to bring a design concept in mind from an original photo, plant material, or object. The cost for the workshop is $70/$65 for VAC members plus a $15 supply fee per person. Beginner and intermediate artists are welcome. To learn more and register online, visit volcanoartcenter.org/events/.

ʻOHANA CARETAKERS INFORMATIONAL SESSION will be held on Friday, June 24 at 2 p.m. at St. Jude's Episcopal Church. ʻOhana Caretakers provides in-home care services within the Kaʻū community. For more information about their services, visit www.ohanacaretakers.com or call (808) 990-1611. Prizes from Kai Loki's, Home Depot, and more will be available at the informational session.

SPECIALTY CROP GRANTS TO ENHANCE THE COMPETITIVENESS OF HAWAI'I'S SPECIALTY CROPS are available through the state Department of Agriculture which plans to provide up to $500,000 per grantee. The application deadline is noon on June 24. See https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/blog/main/nr22-06-scbgp/.

VOLCANO'S ʻŌHIʻA LEHUA RUNS will be held on Saturday, July 30, in association with Experience Volcano Festival. Each year the ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Runs bring in more than 200 runners with their friends and family to the weekend's festivities. 


ST JUDE'S HOT MEALS are free to those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until they run out, no later than noon. Volunteers from the community are welcome to help and can contact Karen at pooch53@gmail.com. Location is 8606 Paradise Circle Drive in Ocean View.
Image from St. Jude's Episcopal Church.

SACRED HEART: LOAVES AND FISHES FOOD DISTRIBUTION, Thursday, June 23, 9 - 11 a.m. Located at 95-5558 Mamalahoa Hwy in Nāʻālehu. Sponsored by Hawaiʻi Island Food Basket.

KUPUNA FOOD BASKET, Thursday, June 23, 9 - 11 a.m. Located at Kaʻū District Gym in Pāhala. Sponsored by Hawaiʻi Island Food Basket.

KAʻŪ FOOD PANTRY FOOD DISTRIBUTION, Tuesday, June 28, 9:30 a.m. - Pau. Located at St. Jude's Episcopal Church above Kahuku Park in Ocean View. Sponsored by Hawaiʻi Island Food Basket.

ʻO KAʻŪ KĀKOU PANTRY FOOD DISTRIBUTION, Tuesday, June 28, 10 a.m. - Pau. Located at Kaʻū District Gym in Pāhala. Sponsored by Hawaiʻi Island Food Basket.

COOPER CENTER COMMUNITY PANTRY FOOD DISTRIBUTION, Wednesday, June 29, 9:30 - 11 a.m. Located at 19- 4030 Wright Road in Volcano. Sponsored by Hawaiʻi Island Food Basket.


VOLCANO EVENING MARKET, Cooper Center, Volcano Village on Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with live music, artisan crafts, ono grinds, and fresh produce. See facebook.com/Volcano-Evening-Market-105888795330870.

VOLCANO SWAP MEET on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come check them out for a large variety of vendors with numerous different products. Tools, clothes, books, toys, local made healing extract and creams, antiques, jewelry, gemstones, crystals, food, music, plants, fruits, and vegetables. They also offer cakes, coffee, and shave ice. 

VOLCANO FARMERS MARKET, Cooper Center, Volcano Village on Sundays, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., with local produce, baked goods, food to go, island beef and Kaʻū Coffee. EBT is used for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps. Call 808-967-7800.

‘O KA’Ū KĀKOU MARKET, in Nāʻālehu, open Wednesday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Nadine Ebert at 808-938-5124 or June Domondon 808-938-4875. See facebook.com/OKauKakouMarket.

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

OCEAN VIEW SWAP MEET 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.

ALOHA FRIDAY MARKETPLACE is hosted by Nāʻālehu Main Street on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Old Shirakawa Estate in Waiʻōhinu. It features Made in Hawai’i products, organic produce, creative crafts, art, flowers & plants, food, music, and more. Email AlohaFridayMarket@gmail.com.

THE BOOK SHACK is open every Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Kauahaʻao Congregational Church grounds, located at 95-1642 Pinao St. in Waiʻōhinu.


SUMMER FUN PROGRAM STILL OPEN FOR REGISTRATION until enrollment limit is met. The summer camp will be from June 6 till July 15, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to keiki in grades K through 6th. Registration packets can be picked up at Ka’ū District Gym during normal working hours (Monday through Thursday 1 to 7 p.m. & Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) For more information, call Nona Makuakane at (808) 928-3102.

HEALTHY HĀPAI presented by Leila Ryusaki is a free 5-week class series where families will learn about healthy pregnancy, childbirth preparation, breastfeeding, postpartum planning, newborn care, pregnancy to parenting transition, and more. Classes will be from June 29 - July 27 from 6-7 p.m. via Zoom. RSVP by visiting hmono.org/services/ or calling their office at (808) 969-9220. 

PICKLEBALL at Kahuku Park in Ocean View on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. To learn more and register, contact Jaquie Woodmansee at (808) 929-7092.

YOGA at Kahuku Park in Ocean View on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 - 10 a.m. To learn more and register, contact Trisha Meyer at +1 (208) 353-3594.

NET RECOVERY PATROL on Mondays with Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund. The team and core volunteers conduct marine debris recovery efforts targeting large debris items, including derelict fishing net and line bundles, that are especially hazardous to marine wildlife. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, these events are limited to current HWF volunteers. Contact kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com for more info. Check https://www.wildhawaii.org/ with its HWF calendar for more opportunities to get involved with its bi-weekly net recovery patrols.

ST. JUDE'S SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SHOWER MINISTRY on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. If interested in volunteering, contact Cynthia Cutts at cynthiaanncutts@gmail.com or call the Church phone number (808) 939-7000.

ST. JUDE'S SHOWER MINISTRY open to the public on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, with hot water, soap, shampoo, conditioner, and clean towels. Masks and social distancing are required before and after showering. The long standing public shower service, put on pause by Covid, is supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi's Commission on Mission Beyond Church and St. Jude's own outreach fund. Location is 8606 Paradise Circle Drive in Ocean View. Members of the congregation built the facility.

ST. JUDE'S COMPUTER LAB open Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Work-Station Laptops will be provided. Printing and shredding is available. Training sessions on Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint and assistance with setting up email accounts, Facebook, Zoom, and more are provided. Assigned times are available for individual help. Game playing is limited and no streaming is allowed. Privileges can be suspended by Administrator or Lab Coordinator. 

FREE HELP WITH FAMILY HISTORY in Kaʻū is available 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday. All are welcome to the Family History Center. The aim is to "Come Discover Your Past," says the statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which hosts the weekly sessions at 95-5682 Hawaiʻi Belt Road in Nāʻālehu. The drop-in assistance includes free Ancestry.com, Familysearch.org, and other online resources.

EXPLORE THE SUMMIT at Kīlauea Visitor Center every day until Aug. 1, 2022 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Discover what makes Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park such a special place. Take a short (up to a half-mile) walk with a ranger as you explore the summit. Topics vary from geology, ecology, to Hawaiian culture. Check at Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai for more information on topics for the day, and to see additional offerings.

KAHUKU RANGER GUIDED HIKES, Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Join a Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park ranger to learn about the history, geology, and ecology of Kahuku while hiking through varied landscapes. Meet at the Visitor Contact Station. See www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/kahuku.htm.