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Friday, August 11, 2023

Kaʻū News Briefs, Friday, August 11, 2023

Kahuku Hikes: People, Land & Birth
Salmon-colored 'Ōhi'a lehua are found in Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Take hikes at 9:30 a.m. Saturday to explore People & Land of Kahuku and 9:30 a.m. Sunday to experience the Birth of Kahuku. The Saturday two-mile, three-hour guided hike loops through varied landscapes to explore the human history of Kahuku. Emerging native forests, pastures, lava fields, and other sites hold clues about ways people lived and worked on the vast Kahuku lands – from the earliest Hawaiians, through generations of ranching families, to the current staff and volunteers of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The Sunday hike is a moderate 1.5-mile, 1.2-hour walk, traversing the vast 1868 lava flow from Kahuku Visitor Contact Station in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. See volcanic formations, including the Southwest Rift Zone of Mauna Loa. Learn about the Kānāwai o Pele, the natural laws of land building that govern Pele's realm.  NPS photo
IN THE WAKE OF THE DEADLY LAHAINA FIRESTORM, VIBRANT HAWAI‘I HAS SHARED Ka Laʻi o Hauola, Peace and Calm, ʻŌlelo Noʻeau #1425. It's offered as a prayer and manaʻolana for ʻohana connected to the grief, devastation, response, and recovery for Maui where this week some 1,700 structures were destroyed and more than 80 people perished, the count is expected to rise significantly.
     Vibrant, which partners in the food and resilience hubs in Kaʻū and around the island, sent the message from its Executive Director Janice Ikeda, who writes:
    "Hauola is a legendary healing stone just off the shore of Lāhainā that can be seen at low tide. It was a
place Hawaiians would visit for healing, peace, and comfort. If you have felt like I have - speechless, heartbroken, grasping for the right words to say and even pray - I share with you the words of our kūpuna, spoken over Lāhainā. Ka Laʻi o Hauola. Peace and calm for Lāhainā.
    "Vibrant Hawaiʻi friends from around the world and across Hawaiʻi Island have reached out to show aloha, asking for practical ways to put their aloha into action."
    Vibrant offers these recommendations:
Donate Money Instead of Supplies. Maui County officials have communicated that immediate needs for supplies are already met and the surge of excess donations can overwhelm systems. Consider donating money instead, as it allows organizations to allocate resources where they are most needed. Consider donating to the following funds that are specifically focused on aiding Maui during this challenging time:
    Hawai‘i Community Foundation Maui Strong fund: Focusing on rapid response and working with local nonprofits to understand community needs. More details.
    Maui Food Bank: Collecting and distributing food to help the hungry in Maui County. More details.
    Maui Humane Society: Supporting shelters for displaced people and animals, and caring for injured animals. Emergency fosters are also sought. More details.
    Maui United Way: Providing direct relief to families and nonprofits. More details.
    The Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division: Providing food and resources for evacuees. More details.
    Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement: Matching up to $1 million in donations for Maui fire victims as of Thursday afternoon. More details.
    World Central Kitchen: Providing meals to people in need by partnering with local organizations. More details.
    River of Life Mission: Providing coffee and stuffed animals to shelters. More details.
    Beware of Fraud: It's crucial to stay vigilant against potential exploitation. Unfortunately, some may take advantage of the situation. Be cautious of fraudulent activities. Refer to FEMA's Disaster Fraud information.
    Avoid Self Deployment to Maui. Space on the island is limited and roads are congested. For questions about making large-scale donations of goods or services, reach out to the following to coordinate:
    Hawai‘i Emergency Management Administration at 808-733-4300, HawaiiEMA@hawaii.gov, john.a.vierra@hawaii.gov
    Red Cross at masscare@redcross.org
    Offer Housing Assistance: Residents can provide a space for displaced Maui residents to stay and realtors will help people. Email: jennifer@hikinorealty.com
    Resources to Support Mental Health: Disaster distress helpline: Provides 24/7 crisis counseling. If you know someone who needs support, call or text 1-800-985-5990
    School Safety and Crisis information: Offers resources for dealing with crisis situations, including information on school safety - especially valuable for families with children.
    Child Trauma Resources: Provides resources specifically tailored to helping children cope with trauma caused by disasters.
    TeenLink Hawaiʻi: Teenagers and Young Adults can find mental health support and services.
Information and Updates:
   Maui County Website: For the latest updates and info directly from Maui County. Stay informed about the ongoing situation and recovery efforts.
    Reunification Assistance: The Red Cross offers a helpline for individuals seeking reunification assistance. If you're looking for information about loved ones, please call 1 (800) 733-2767.
Stay Informed: For updates on individuals accounted for and unaccounted for, visit this list that is updated throughout the day.

MELO KEOHULOA IS REPORTED AS A RUNAWAY in Pāhala. Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the 16-year-old last seen on Tuesday, August 8, at 7 a.m., in the Pāhala area.
    Keohuloa is described as being Asian-Filipino, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 110 pounds, with shoulder-length black and red hair, and brown eyes. She has a tattoo of the word “bound” on either her right or left wrist.

    Police ask anyone with any information on Keohuloa’s whereabouts to call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311, or Officer Rodney Kekaualua, Jr., at (808) 939-2520.
   Police also report that 17-year-old Tanaiyah Hao-Kallio was located on Monday, July 31, 2023, in Ka‘ū, (Case No. 22-092496).

DUANE SEGUNDO SANTIAGO IS WANTED BY HAWAI'I ISLAND POLICE. The 48-year-old is wanted for two outstanding warrants and for questioning in a separate criminal investigation. 
    Santiago is described as being 5 feet 11 inches tall, 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. The police statement said he is known to frequent the Pāhala area.
      The Hawai‘i Police Department would like to remind the public that harboring or concealing a wanted person could result in criminal charges being filed against the person who harbored or concealed the wanted person.
    Anyone with information on Santiago’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311. They may also contact Detective Donovan Kohara at (808) 960-3118; or via email at donovan.kohara@hawaiicounty.gov. Citizens who wish to remain anonymous can submit a tip through Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers does not record any calls or subscribe to caller ID.

5,000 in the mail, 2,500 on the street.