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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes Expands Hours & Increases Access to Kahuku 
The Kahuku Unit of HVNP is now open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, adding an additional hour to explore trails and views from the slopes of Mauna Loa. In addition, the rugged portion of Kahuku Road above the cross fence will reopen to 4WD vehicles, providing easier access to Kona Trail and Glover Trail. Learn more about Kahuku trails, ranger programs and coffee talks on the park website at nps.gov/havo
See more below. NPS photo

FLAGS WILL FLY HALF STAFF AT ALL STATE AND FEDERAL BUILDINGS in Hawai'i to honor the 19 children and two adults killed by on Tuesday by an 18-year-old high school student who shot them at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas just north of San Antonio. The announcement came from Gov. David Ige who said, "I join our nation in mourning the tragic and senseless loss of these innocent victims, and I stand with the families of those affected by this horrific act of violence. On behalf of the State of Hawai'i, I express my deepest condolences to the victims' families, the faculty, staff and student body at Robb Elementary School, and the Uvalde community in Texas."
    Lt. Gov. Josh Green said, "My wife Jaime and I are heartsick to see another mass shooting in our country. We are praying for the victims of this tragedy and their families. As we mourn the senseless loss of 19 children and two adults in Texas, let us come together to support the survivors and their community, and do everything we possibly can to bring an end to gun violence in America."
    Congressman Kai Kahele and his wife Maria said, "It would be our worst nightmare to have dropped our daughters off at school only to never see them again. We are gutted and devastated for the families, students and faculty in this Texas community."
     Sen Mazie Hirono said, "I'm horrified and heartbroken for the Uvalde community and our nation.
It's been nearly 10 years since Sandy Hook, and still, our children are getting gunned down in our schools.
What is it going to take for Republicans to find the basic decency to help us end this nightmare?"
    Pres. Joe Biden said, "So tonight, I ask the nation to pray for them, to give the parents and siblings the strength in the darkness they feel now. As a nation, we have to ask when in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God's name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?"
   Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said, "People that are shooting people that are killing kids- they're not following murder laws; they're not going to follow gun laws. I'd much rather have law-abiding citizens armed and trained so that they can respond when something like this happens because it's not going to be the last time."  The gunman shot his grandmother before heading to the school. She remained in critical condition Tuesday evening.

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A CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN WITH $102 FINES has been launched by Hawai'i Police Department through Sunday, June 5  in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The goal of the public awareness campaign during the Memorial Day holidays is to remind drivers that seat belts save lives. Hawai‘i Island police along with state and local law enforcement agencies across the country will issue tickets to drivers who choose not to buckle up. In Hawai’i County, the fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $102 per person.
     “As we continue to see an increase in traffic deaths across the country, risky driving behaviors, like failing to wear a seat belt, continue to be a contributing factor,” said Dr. Steven Cliff, NHTSA Deputy Administrator. “This campaign is designed to remind drivers that a seat belt is truly your best defense in a crash. Click It or Ticket isn’t about citations; it’s about saving lives.”
     The HPD statement says, "No matter what type of vehicle you drive, wearing your seat belt is the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Even if your car has airbags, the safest way to ride is properly buckled up. It is simple. Always place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck, and place the lap belt across your hips, not your stomach. You should never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm. When purchasing a new car, be sure to check that its seat belts fit you."
    In 2020, more than half of all young adults’ ages 18 to 34 killed in crashes were completely unrestrained. Men make up the majority of those killed in crashes, representing 67% of all passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2020. Data show 55% of men killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt, compared to 43% of women killed in crashes. "Remember: every trip, every time, buckle up," says the HPD statement.

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KAHUKU UNIT OF HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK NOW OPENS AT 8 A.M. Thursdays through Sundays, adding an additional hour to explore the trails and views from storied areas on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano. There is no entrance fee, and reservations are not required for ranger programs or special events. The 116,000 acre rolling landscape became part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park in 2003.
    In addition, the rugged unimproved portion of Kahuku Road above the cross fence will reopen to 4WD vehicles, providing easier access to two trails: Kona Trail (highlights include ranching-era relics and 1887 lava flow formations), and upper and lower Glover Trail, which culminates near a huge pit crater that protects a pristine Hawaiian rainforest.
Puʻu o Lokuana in the Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. NPS Photo
    Hikers who venture past the cross fence must decontaminate their footwear to prevent the spread of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD), a deadly fungus that has killed hundreds of thousands of ʻōhiʻa trees on Hawaiʻi Island. It is also recommended that drivers spray the tires of their 4WD vehicles. A decontamination station is located at the cross fence gate.
    Kahuku Road above the cross fence was closed to vehicles in 2016 due to the presence of trees with ROD overhanging the road. The infected trees have since been removed to minimize the risk of vehicles spreading the spores. To protect park resources, vehicles are not permitted to drive off the roadway or go past the Upper Glover trailhead parking area.
    A dynamic kānaka maoli (native Hawaiian) history defines the Kahuku story and traces back to the earliest Polynesian arrivals. By the 1860s, Kahuku was one of the largest cattle ranches in Hawaiʻi, and also supported timber and pulu fiber industries. Today, hikers can experience native forests and birds, and the infamous 1868 Mauna Loa eruption, via its eight trails. Learn more about Kahuku trails, ranger programs and informal coffee talks on the park website. The entrance is located in the Kaʻū District on Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, about an hour's drive south of the main park entrance.

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CTAHR VIRTUAL INVASIVE PEST MINI-CONFERENCE on Wednesday, May 25 from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. HST. Join to learn about a successful eradication program of invasive fruit flies in the Pacific Islands, and two classical biocontrol programs implemented to manage invasive pests. In addition, this mini-conference features a discovery of viruses, parasitoid symbionts that can improve biocontrol of fruit flies, and a new smartphone app on IPM in Hawaiʻi. Register in advance for this conference: https://hawaii.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckf-yvrTosEt2rQgYpkdSKR44_pYsZYSqC.

RUBBISH TO RESOURCE is the topic of Speaker Series #34 hosted by the Kona Chapter of Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United on Wednesday, May 25 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Chantal Chung on Maʻona Community Garden & UH Hilo Sea Grant College Program and Evan Lam of Qan LLC and Circlepack will be sharing their manaʻo on how to create healthier soil by better managing the waste stream. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speaker-series-34-from-rubbish-to-resource-tickets-330337627737?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_eid=563999cc96&mc_cid=2f1f5e19a3.

VIBRANT HAWAIʻI MICRO-INVESTMENT DEADLINE TO APPLY is Thursday, May 26 at 11:59 p.m. Micro-investments are intended to support quick action to demonstrate the feasibility of solutions and are available in amounts up to $2,500. Investments should be spent within a 3-6 month time period. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in mid-June. This opportunity is open to all Hawaiʻi Island residents, businesses, nonprofits, associations, and civic groups. To apply, visit https://www.vibranthawaii.org/economy

NATURE & ART AS THERAPY: WINDS & CHIMES is a free workshop offered by Root & Rise Hawaiʻi on Friday, May 27 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Root & Rise Outdoor Studio in South Kona. This FREE program is open to anyone seeking mental health support, family/friends of those with mental challenges, social service & mental health professionals, and interested community members. The goal of the program is to reduce stress, improve mood, and restore hope. Space is limited, so please call 617-543-8065 to reserve a spot and for more information.

KANAKAPILA CONCERT on Sunday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at the Outdoor Pavilion behind United Methodist Church in Nāʻālehu. Students from Keoki Sereno's free 'ukulele classes will be performing. Refreshments to follow.