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.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Wednesday Feb. 16, 2022

Moonlight and snow on top Mauna Loa Wednesday morning. Photo by Janice Wei/NPS

WITH SNOW ON MAUNA LOA, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park posted this on its facebook: "Ua ʻawa ka lua o Uēkahuna. Bitterly cold are the heights of Uēkahuna. It was 47 degrees F (8 degrees C ) at the summit of Kīlauea at 7:30 this morning. Just imagine how cold it felt on the summit of Mauna Loa as the moon set behind its freshly snow-capped summit!
Mauna Loa with snow Wednesday morning from
the lowlands of Kaʻū. Photo by Richard Taylor
    "The Hawaiian proverb shared above described the wrath of a chief, attributed to a chant by Lohiʻau when he saw the wrath of Pele who sought to destroy him.
    the source of the proverb is ʻŌlelo Noʻeau – Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings by Mary Kawena Pukui.

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THE SAFE TRAVELS PROGAM FOR HAWAI'I  COULD BE DROPPED AS EARLY AS MARCH,
according to Lt. Gov. Josh Green MD. On a live stream, he said this week that decline in Covid hospitalizations is key to lifting restrictions, with mask wearing being one of the last, perhaps in April. According to Green, statewide hospitalizations of under 100 for a week or more would be a good indicator that it is safe to start lifting the government mandates concerning Covid. Hospitalizations reached 350 in January but are under 200 this week.
     Green noted that the decision and timing will ultimately be up to Gov. David Ige. Green is his chief advisor on Covid.

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HAWAI'I ISLAND WOMEN BUILD is set for March and April by Habitat for Humanity. Each year, Women Build engages, mobilizes, trains, and empowers women leaders. "Women have come together in 650 communities in the U.S. to build homes, communities and hope," says the statement from the Habitat chapter on this island.
     "This year, teams of inspiring and engaged women on Hawai'i Island will work together to raise funds and build homes in partnership with Habitat."
       The event begins with a special Holoholo Habitat Women Build Scavenger Hunt, followed by coordinated Build days on one of several Habitat for Humanity build sites around the island. 
     To register go to www.habitathawaiiisland.org/women-build-2022.html. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact shauna.faigout@habitathawiiisland.org.

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FEBRUARY IS INVASIVE SPECIES MONTH .Hawai'i Invasive Species Council invites the public to
learn more about invasive species by exploring the two wao (or realms) of wao Akua (upper forests) and wao Kanaka (lower valleys and urban areas), as well as the Kahakai (wetlands, ocean).
Each week experts working in these wao will share their knowledge about invasive species impacting them, and what can be done to help. Look for the tag #HISAM22 on Instagram and Facebook for more live events and activities. Subscribe to the HISC Youtube and follow the HISAM 22 playlist to watch any presentations already given this month. They range from As the Blob Grows: How LIttle Fire Ants Move to Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and a presentation by the Native Hawaiian Plant Society.
    See much more and learn how to report invasive species at 

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THE OCEAN COUNT FOR HUMPBACK WHALES may open in March for volunteers. The first count this year was done done by professionals in the field on the last Saturday in January. The next is last Saturday in February, with expectation of inviting the general public in March. The delay with inviting the public has been due to Covid concerns. 
Punalu'u Black Sand Beach is one of the Humpback whale Ocean Sites
 this year. A number of sites are off the calendar with Covid concerns.
Map from oceancount.org
     The Sanctuary Ocean Count is a signature education outreach and citizen science project that the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary hosts annually. Ocean Count serves to promote public awareness about humpback whales, the sanctuary, and shore-based whale watching opportunities in the Hawaiian Islands. The count is conducted three times per year during peak whale season and provides a snapshot of humpback whales sightings from the shoreline. https://oceancount.org/

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A PAYPAL BITCOIN SCAM ON THIS ISLAND has drawn the concern of Hawai‘i Police Department. 
HPD sent out a notice saying that members of the public have reported recently receiving email with instructions to contact the Paypal customer service number from the phone number provided to verify a purchase of Bitcoin. The scam states that failure to call to dispute the charge within 24 hours will result in a large monetary charge to the credit card attached to the Paypal account.
Police encourage those receiving this type of scam email to contact Paypal directly to verify a charge and to not call the number provided in the email. Those who have not purchased Bitcoin nor have a Paypal account can block the sender. Those who feel they are victims of this scam can call the police department’s non- emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

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ROOT & RISE PRESENTS: NATURE AND ART AS THERAPY, Friday, Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. This is a free group that uses interaction with nature, creativity, and community to address mental health wellness, awareness, and destigmatization. To reserve a spot or for more info, call 617-543-8065.

MASK MAKING AT VOLCANO ART CENTER, Saturday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Learn the basics of paper mask-making with artist Lee Michael Walczuk at Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus. Workshop fee is $35/$30 VAC member plus a $8 supply fee. Register online at volcanoartcenter.org/events/.

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