|Last night's annual Night Parade with Ka'ū Roping & Riding lit up the night with light strings, inflatables, |
and more adorning vehicles. See more on the parade, below.
Photo by Lee McIntosh
|Adult and fledgling ʻAeʻo walking in the flats of Honuʻapo estuary in September. |
Learn more about the return of the birds to Ka'ū, below. Photo by Bret Mossman
This year, a pair nested in Kaʻū. Biologists from DLNR set up mongoose traps near the nest and in September, two female chicks fledged. Since then, the ʻAeʻo ʻOhana has moved to Honuʻapo where the community group, Ka ʻOhana O Honu‘apo, has worked to care for the area for the past two decades with support from Hawai‘i County Parks & Recreation staff.
John Replogle, a co-founder of Ka ʻOhana O Honuʻapo and current Loko Iʻa Coordinator for the organization, said, “Na Akua has bestowed upon us in Kaʻū a great gift, ʻAeʻo! It is our duty to show them hospitality and to care for this great gift. Let us all mālama ʻāina and help to keep them safe and productive."
|An adult ʻAeʻo searches for food at Honuʻapo in September, 2022.|
Photo by Bret Mossman
A joint statement from Ka 'Ohana and Birds of Hawai'i Past Present says, "As we welcome these native winged residents back to Kaʻū, we humbly ask that you are especially mindful of your behavior around this wahi pana (storied / special place) and wetland ecosystem. Please remember that ʻAeʻo are a Federally-listed endangered species, protected under Endangered Species Act which prohibits harming or killing (with heavy fines and potential imprisonment). We must all do our part to protect them and provide a safe and clean habitat. Help us by practicing pono wildlife viewing - maintain a distance of 150m (300ft) or more - and following all park rules and regulations."
For more information about Ka 'Ohana O Honu'apo and future volunteer opportunities, see www.honuapopark.org and visit @kaohanaohonuapo. For more information on Birds of Hawaiʻi Past Present, visit www.birdshawaiipastpresent.com. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Nā'ālehu glowed last night during the annual Night Parade with Ka'ū Roping & Riding.|
Photo by Lee McIntosh
|An inflatable dragon, Mickey Mouse, a candy cane arch, and many |
lights festooned this float last night. Photo by Lee McIntosh
|Nā'ālehu's night sky brightened with many decorated golf carts, trucks, and other vehicles, celebrating the holiday |
season with a Night Parade. Photo by Lee McIntosh
A VOLCANO MAN DIED IN HILO SATURDAY MORNING in a single-vehicle collision, says a report from Hawai’i Police Department. They are investigating the cause of the 54-year-old’s death. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.
Police “believe that speed is a primary factor at this time,” according to the report. East Hawai’i Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest and will continue investigating this traffic collision, says the report. Police ask for anyone who may have witnessed the crash or who has information to contact Officer Jerome Duarte at (808) 961-2339 or via email at Jerome.Duarte@HawaiiCounty.gov. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.
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A HIGH WIND WARNING AND A FLOOD WATCH FOR ALL OF HAWAI'I ISLAND were issued on Sunday. A High Wind Warning means damaging winds between 20 to 40 mph with gusts over 60 mph were expected from the southwest. Hawai'i County Civil Defense issued a statement saying, "Due to the High Wind Warning, the following are in effect: Residents should secure outdoor items such as canopies. Strong winds will make driving hazardous, especially for high profile vehicles. Be alert for downed utility lines; do not drive over or attempt to move utility lines as they may be energized. Treat intersections with inoperable or downed traffic signals as four-way stops. A Flood Watch means dangerous flooding can occur. Flood prone areas and roadways may be closed due to run off and elevated streams. Do not cross fast flowing water, turn around don't drown." Waipio Valley Road closed at 3pm today except to residents and farmers.
Christmas Lights & Icons Show brightens up the corner of Lehua and Palm in Ranchos at Ocean View every evening. Santa will be there on Christmas Eve to give 300 gifts, with a drawing for bikes to be given on Christmas Day. See story at kaucalendar.com.
Holiday Lighting and Decor are dressing up the cottages at Kīlauea Military Camp for the public to see. See story at kaucalendar.com.
Christmas in the Country is ongoing until the New Year at Volcano Art Center Gallery and VAC's Ni’aulani Campus. See story at kaucalendar.com.
The Hiking Incentive Program at Kahuku Unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park wraps up at the end of year. For the Kūkini Challenge, hikers, and walkers can turn in miles, recording them at the Visitor Contact Station for a chance to win a silver water flask and accolades for the fourth quarter of 2022.
Walk into the Past with Thomas A Jaggar to 1939. Talk with the founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar, at the edge of Kīlauea volcano on Friday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m. and noon. Dressed in period costume, actor Dick Hershberger brings the renowned geologist to life. Space is limited; pick up free tickets at the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai the day of the program. Supported by Kīlauea Drama Entertainment Network.
Volcano Thursday Market Christmas Fair will be Friday, Dec. 23 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with crafts, food, produce, live music, and entertainment for kids at Cooper Center in Volcano, Wright Road.
|Pictures with Santa at Ocean View Community Center on Christmas Eve from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.|
St. Jude’s Hot Meals are free to those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until food runs out, no later than noon. Volunteers from the community are welcome to help and can contact Karen at email@example.com. Location is 96-8606 Paradise Circle Drive in Ocean View.
Free Meals Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are served from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Nāʻālehu Hongwanji. Volunteers prepare the food provided by 'O Ka'ū Kākou with fresh produce from its gardens on the farm of Eva Liu, who supports the project. Other community members also make donations and approximately 150 meals are served each day, according to OKK President Wayne Kawachi.
Volcano Evening Market, Cooper Center, Volcano Village, Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with live music, artisan crafts, ono grinds, and fresh produce. See facebook.com.
'O Ka'ū Kākou Market, Nāʻālehu, Wednesdays, 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, Saturdays and Wednesdays, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 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 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.
The Book Shack is open every Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Kauahaʻao Congregational Church grounds at 95-1642 Pinao St. in Waiʻōhinu.