|Hui Malama educators teach about the nutritional and medicinal value of Hawaiian plants at the|
Vibrant Hawai'i Resilience Fair. Photo by Julia Neal
|Vibrant Hawaiʻi Board Member Nicolas K.|
Los Baños, awardee Annie Momie Sobiona,
and Kaimi Kaupiko of Kalanihale in Miloli'i.
Photo by Cole Fuertes
|Wayne Kawachi wins a Kupa Aloha|
Award, accompanied by Marsha
Masters of Nāʻālehu Resilience Hub.
Photo by Cole Fuertes
Vibrant Hawaiʻi is a non-profit organization on Hawaiʻi Island whose mission is to dismantle silos and increase collaborative partnerships. Vibrant says, "Our 40 Resilience Hubs are trusted, people-powered venues that support residents, adapt to the changing needs of the community, and activate in times of disaster to support emergency response and recovery efforts."
To learn more about Resilience Hubs, visit www.vibranthawaii.
|Darlyne Vierra at the Resilience Fair, with her display|
of historic photos from paniolo life in Kaʻū
Photo by Julia Neal
She is also assigned to the House Armed Services Committee. Tokuda said, "These two committees are critical in providing critical funding and resources to our state, and I am excited about the work ahead. Hawaii has long held a position of strategic importance for our national security. As headquarters of the
|U.S. Rep. Jill Tokuda giving her first floor speech in Congress. The|
new U.S. Representative for rural Hawai'i has also been assigned to
the House Agriculture Committee. Photo from Tokuda
In January, Tokuda was sworn in to the 118th Congress for Hawai'i's Second District and to its Asian Pacific American Caucus. She also gave her first floor speech in Congress.
|U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono held the position of|
U.S. Rep. for Kaʻū and all of rural Hawai'i years
ago. Tokuda assumed the position in January.
Photo from Tokuda
Tokuda, a Kaneohe resident, who represents her area as well as Kaʻū and all of Hawai'i Island, Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i, Kaho'olawe, Kaua'i and Ni'ihau, ended her survey with "What issues are important to you? And why?" She also asks, "What would you like Jill to know?"
In her new position, Tokuda follows Rep. Kai Kahele, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Rep.Mazie Hirono (now Senator) and Rep. Ed Case. All four spent much time in Kaʻū during the last 20 years. Tokuda can be reached through the website http://tokuda.house.gov and by writing to her at 1005 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515.
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|Kīlauea summit eruption will be the topic at After Dark in the Park on Tuesday, 7 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor|
Center auditorium. NPS Photo by Janet Wei
|Kīlauea summit water lake.|
NPS Photo by P. Christianson
In 2018, the lava lake within Halemaʻumaʻu crater drained and the caldera floor dropped by more than 1,600 feet (500 m). There has been a variety of activity within Halemaʻumaʻu since then. The first-ever documented water lake filled the bottom of the crater starting in summer 2019. It reached approximately 160 feet (50 m) deep before Kīlauea erupted again in December 2020. This eruption continued until May 2021. Kilauea was again quiet for about three months before it burst to life in September 2021. That eruption continued until December 2022.
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Geologist Drew Downs recounts these events and how the scientists continue to monitor activity at Kīlauea.
Volcano Awareness Month and the After Dark in the Park series are supported, in part, by the Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.
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. Those in need can also take hot showers from 9 a.m. to noon and use the computer lab from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free Meals Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are served from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Nā'ālehu 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.
Volcano Swap Meet, fourth Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to noon. Large variety of vendors with numerous products. Tools, clothes, books, toys, local made healing extract and creams, antiques, jewelry, gemstones, crystals, food, music, plants, fruits, and vegetables. Also offered are cakes, coffee, and shave ice. Live music.
Volcano Farmers Market, Cooper Center, Volcano Village on Sundays, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., with local produce, baked goods, food to go, island beef and Ka'ū Coffee. EBT is used for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps. Call 808-967-7800.
'O Ka'ū Kākou Market, Nā'ālehu, 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.