|Nāhuku, formerly known as Thurston Lava Tube, has reopened after 18 days of closure to the public,|
due to movement of an overhanging rock slab. NPS photo by Janice Wei
Movement recorded on the crackmeter had been less than 1 mm since November 2019. In response to the new movement, National Park Service Geomorphologist Eric Bilderback recommended closure of the lava tube for monitoring and evaluation.
A Park statement on Wednesday said, "Data collected during the 18-day closure demonstrated a return of movement similar to the previous record. This data, combined with expert analysis and a physical inspection, allow Nāhuku to safely reopen. In addition, the daily average velocity, the speed at which the crackmeter is either expanding or contracting, has been below the velocity thresholds established by the National Park Service as normal in Nāhuku since monitoring began in 2019."
Park Superintendent Rhonda Loh said, "Conditions are constantly changing on this living lava landscape, but safety is always our top priority. We appreciate everyone's patience as we monitored the fracture and collected data from Nāhuku."
|Nāhuku repairs after the 2018 collapse of Kīlauea|
summit. NPS Photo by Janice Wei
The park calls the lava tube (formerly known as Thurston Lava Tube), Nāhuku in reference to the Hawaiian name which means "the protuberances" and possibly refers to lava that dripped from its once-molten ceiling. Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has been returning to other ʻinoa ʻāina (Native Hawaiian or indigenous) place names throughout the Park.
In addition to the $65,652 starting salary for Police Officer I positions, the pay package includes such benefits as paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, military leave, health insurance, group life insurance, a uniforms and equipment stipend, automobile subsidy, and retirement.
|HPD is looking for recruits who would like to serve as police officers, with pay|
starting at $65,652. Deadline to apply and start training is Aug. 30.
Photo from HPD
Upon hiring, recruits undertake six months of academy training five days a week. After successful completion of academy training, each recruit transitions from an academic setting to four months of field training, paired with an experienced officer to "gain hands-on experience, forming the foundation of their career."
“Being a police officer is not just a job, it’s not just wearing a badge, it’s who I am.” says HPD Sergeant Jason Grouns. “Most of us in this profession answered a calling. If you feel that you’re up to the challenge and have what it takes to work in a high-paced environment, then I strongly encourage you to apply,” says the 23-year veteran.
Applicants must apply using the County of Hawaiʻi Job Opportunities web page and create an account.
|Electric, hydrogen, fossil fuel - all Hele-On buses|
offer free passenger service, and Bikeshare.
John Andoh, Mass Transit Administrator & General Manager, said, "We are grateful to HDOT, the FTA, and the Hawaiʻi congressional delegation for securing this funding. As we work towards to purchase and implementation of the brand new fleet of the future, we continue to ensure the provision of equitable transportation to the residents and visitors of our island while being good stewards of our environment to protect our future."
More information on these grants can be found at https://www.transit.dot.gov/bus-program.
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JEANNE' KAPELA, STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE TO REPRESENT ALL OF KAʻŪ, sent out a message Wednesday. The incumbent whose district will expand to all of Kaʻū, after stretching from West Kaʻū into Kona, said:
"I am honored to once again be your Democratic nominee to the Hawai'i State House. With 3,466 votes cast in support of our campaign for change, we are showing that our movement is growing stronger each day.
|Jeanne Kapela promises to "fight to replace special|
interests with the public interest in local politics."
Photo from Kapela
"Together, we can realize our vision for a better future, including by passing paid sick and family leave, building truly affordable housing, and investing in clean energy. We can strengthen access to reproductive care and create a world-class education system that empowers our keiki to achieve their dreams.
"Mahalo for standing with me during this election. I promise that I will always make you and your 'ohana my top priority.
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Athletic Director Timothy Gould said, "We are excited to have the opportunity to start competing this week and invite the public to come back to the campus for sports competitions." Kaʻū High and Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences combine their athletic talents to compete islandwide in numerous sports.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL WAS SCHEDULED TO START FOR THE TROJANS this Friday, Aug. 18 at home against Kealakehe but it was postponed due to lack of availability of a bus with CDL-licensed driver to transport the the visiting team to Kaʻū High.
Athletic Director Tim Gould said Kaʻū High's own transportation challenges will be mitigated somewhat with the arrival of several vans later this year. The first home game for girls volleyball is next Tuesday, Aug. 23 when the Trojans host Waiakea. JV game is at 5 p. m. Varsity game is at 6 p.m. Coach is Josh Ortega with assistant coach Kamalani Fujikawa.
|Trojans Athletic Director Tim Gould|
AIR RIFLERY COMPETITION FOR THE TROJANS begins on Saturday, Aug. 27 in a virtual competition. Kaʻū competitors will fire at targets on the Pāhala campus and send the target results, virtually, to be scored. Coach is Tiani Castaneda-Naboa. No fans invited.
BOWLING COACH IS JACOB DAVENPORT. Competitive high school bowling starts Sept. 10 in Kona at KB Extreme. Practices for the Trojans are at Kilauea Military Camp.
KAʻŪ HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS are warming up under coach Karma Hanshew. They will cheer at home football games.