Trojan Girls Volleyball captured third this season in islandwide high school finals at Kealakehe on Tuesday, upending Kohala in four sets, under Coach Josh Ortega. Photo by Josh Ortega
KAʻŪ HIGH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TEAM BEAT Kohala High at Kealakehe on Tuesday, giving the Trojans the title of third in their division in the 2022 islandwide Big Island Interscholastic Federation championships. The Trojans move on to the Hawai'i High School Athletic Association state tournament.
The Trojans took down Kohala Tuesday in in four sets, losing the first set and then coming back with 25-10, 25-21, and 25-20. Leahi Kaupu nailed 13 Kills and 1 Ace. Jaydah Pilanca-Emmsley 5 Kills and 2 Aces; Jazmyn Navarro 4 Kill and 3 aces; Kiya Hashimoto 11 Kills and 3 Aces; Kamalyn Jara 3 Kills and 2 aces; Tehani-Mae Espejo-Navarro 1 Kill and 3 Aces.
On Monday, Trojans beat HPA 13-25, 19-25 and 20-25. Leahi Kaupu came up with 9 Kills; Jaydah Pilanca-Emmsley 4 Kills and 1 Ace; Jazmyn Navarro 1 Kill; Kamalyn Jara 2 Kills and 1 Ace; Tehani-Mae Espejo-Navarro 4 Aces; and Shaylie Martinez 1 Ace.
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THE KAʻŪ COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN ACTION COMMITTEE MEETS WEDNESDAY to prioritize issues and elect a Chair and Vice Chair. The gathering is open to the public and is is set for Wednesday, Oct. 19 at noon at Robert Herkes Kaʻū District Gym Multipurpose Room in Pāhala. There is no zoom option for the public meeting.
CDP Action Committee members for Kaʻū are: Leina'ala Enos, Babette Morrow, Catherine Williams, Kaohinani Mokuali'i, Pernell Hanoa, Jason Masters, Kaweni Ibarra and Jessie Ke. See story at http://kaunewsbriefs.blogspot.com/2022_08_22_archive.html.
More, including the Kaʻū Community Development Plan itself, is available in the online Community Development Plan Action Committee folder in the County of Hawai'i Public Documents Repository at https://records.hawaiicounty.gov/weblink/1/fol/88959/Row1.asp.The documents may also be requested from the Planning Department by calling (808) 961- 8288 or emailing email@example.com.
A STATUS UPDATE AND COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ON MAUNA LOA VOLCANO, its ongoing earthquakes at the summit, likelihood of lava flow, and preparedness, will be held this Saturday, Oct. 22 at Ocean View Community Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. On hand will be Hawai'i County Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno and USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist in Charge Ken Hon. With increased activity, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park has suspended hiking and camping permits to the summit of Mauna Loa. USGS issues daily updates on the seismic activity of Mauna Loa.
Tuesday's update says: "During the past 24 hours, HVO detected 29 small-magnitude (below M3.0) earthquakes 2-3 miles (3-5 km) below Mokuāʻweoweo caldera and 4-5 miles (6-8 km) beneath the upper-elevation northwest flank of Mauna Loa. Both of these regions have historically been seismically active during periods of unrest on Mauna Loa.
"Concentrations of sulfur dioxide (SO2), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), and carbon dioxide (CO2), as well as fumarole temperatures, remain stable at the summit and at Sulphur Cone on the upper Southwest Rift Zone. Webcam and thermal camera views have shown no changes to the volcanic landscape on Mauna Loa over the past week.
"Heightened unrest began in mid-September 2022 with increased earthquake rates below Mauna Loa summit (from 10-20 per day to 40-50 per day), an increased rate of inflation recorded by GPS stations, and inflation recorded on the MOK tiltmeter. The unrest is likely caused by renewed input of magma into Mauna Loa’s summit reservoir system. As the reservoir expands it is triggering small earthquakes directly beneath Mokuāʻweoweo caldera and in a region just to the northwest of the caldera. Deeper magma input (greater than 2 miles, 3 kilometers) is detected by the continued increase in upward movement and extension measured between GPS stations located on the ground surface. Shallower magma input (less than 2 miles, 3 kilometers) was likely responsible for inflation recorded on the summit tiltmeter during the last two weeks of September. The current locations of earthquakes and deformation do not necessarily mean that the next eruption will occur there. Mauna Loa remains at an elevated alert level of ADVISORY/YELLOW. The current increase in activity does not suggest that a progression to an eruption is certain, and there are no indications that an eruption is imminent."
HVO's bulletin states that it will continue to closely monitor Mauna Loa for changes. The last eruption was in 1984 and this is the longest period of time without an eruption in the known history of Mauna Loa, the biggest volcano on the planet.
CONGRESSMAN KAI KAHELE PLANS TO NOMINATE CANDIDATES from rural Hawai'i to study at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York; U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.
The office of the Congressman Kahele is accepting application packages for military academy nominations from residents in Hawaiʻi’s second congressional district, which includes all of Kaʻū.
The deadline for students to apply for an appointment to the Military Service Academy class of 2027 is Oct. 3, 11:59pm HST. Find more information at Kahele's congressional website, https://kahele.house.gov/ser.../military-academy-nominations. For questions, call the District Office at (808) 746-6220.