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Thursday, August 17, 2023

Kaʻū News Briefs, Thursday, August 17, 2023

 Kaʻū Trojans energized the first game of the season Thursday against Pāhoa Daggers. Trojans made the
first touchdown, but after the quarterback was injured, Pāhoa kept scoring and won 20-6.
Photo by Joy Marie Ridgely

KAʻŪ TROJANS TOOK TO THE ROAD FOR THE FIRST FOOTBALL GAME of the season on Thursday. Kaʻū High played Pāhoa at the ballfield in Kea‘au. 
 Kaʻū Trojans on the road Thursday at the ballfield in Kea‘au,
playing Pāhoa Daggers. Photo by Joy Marie Ridgely

    Trojans started the game with big success. On the first drive, Kuahuia-Faaffia scored for the Trojans, receiving a pass from quarterback Adahdiya Ellis-Reyes.
    The quarterback, who also plays defensive starting safety, however, was injured during Pāhoa's first drive and Trojan freshman quarterback Baron Marinovich took over the quarterback position for the rest of the game.
    Pāhoa Daggers won 20-6. The next game is a week from Saturday on Aug. 26 at Kohala where Trojans take on the Cowboys.
    Trojan  Coaches are Ted Blanco, Todd Marinovich, Garrett Greedy and Mark Peters.

A FUNDRAISER FOR LĀHAINĀ AND OTHER MAUI FIRE VICTIMS WILL BE HELD AT THE CLUB AT DISCOVERY HARBOUR. Money raised through the event will go to the Council of Native Hawaiian Advancement's Kako‘o Maui Fund and will be matched by donors for up to $1.5 million. 
   The event will be held on Sunday, Aug. 27 from 4 p.m. and will include a prime rib buffet dinner by DaBOMB BBQ.
    There will be raffle prizes, a silent auction and entertainment. The cost is $60 per ticket which comes with a raffle ticket. The silent auction includes the works of many talented artists and local businesses, who donated their items.
    The Buffet includes Slow Kiawe Smoked Prime Rib with whipped horseradish and smoky Shallot Jus, a baked potato bar, classic caesar salad with sourdough croutons and shaved parmesan and pineapple upside-down cake. At The Pub, a dollar for every drink sold will be donated.
    Call The Club for more at 808-731-5122.

 HAWAI‘I FARMERS UNION UNITED HAS SET UP A MAUI RESPONSE FUND. It is being organized by its statewide President Kaipo Kekano, a long-time Lāhainā resident. Financial donations will support local farmers on Maui affected by the wildfires.
      Hawai‘i Farmers Union has a chapter in Kaʻū. Statewide, it has helped to raise assistance for the Lāhainā population devastated by the fire. Its statement says, "Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United stands with our Maui Ohana. Wildfires and hurricane-strength winds have devastated Maui. We grieve the loss of lives, the devastation of our communities, and the irreplaceable cultural and historical artifacts that have been lost. 

    "These events underscore the preciousness of life and the significance of unity and the aloha spirit during challenging times."
    HFUU collaborated with community groups and organizations to provide immediate relief. With support of Common Ground Collective and community volunteers, HFUU ensured the delivery of over 5,000 lbs. of fresh produce to families around Lāhainā.
    The statement says, "Maui's resilience is unwavering, but the need for support is paramount." Donations can be made at https://hfuu.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/hfuu/donation.jsp?campaign=2&.
      The Farmer Veteran Coalition is also available to help military veterans in agriculture affected by the wildfires on Maui. Members are encouraged to call FVC at 855-382-3276 or email support@farmvetco.org.

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 Aerial view of one of the lava-plastered cones, showing thin 1823 pāhoehoe flows (dark gray) draped over older cinder 
and spatter (tan). Photo by S. Rowland, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

That is the title of this week's Volcano Watch, written by U.S.G.S. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates. The eruption was near what is now modern-day Pāhala and The Great Crack. Here is Volcano Watch:
      Last month a "Volcano Watch" article discussed the bicentennial of the first visit of westerners to Kīlauea caldera, led by English missionary William Ellis, in 1823. Ellis did not just visit the summit region; he had approached from Kaʻū, traveling along what eventually became known as Kīlauea's Southwest Rift Zone (SWRZ). Ellis first witnessed evidence of Kīlauea's restlessness there, in the form of a vast, 4.8-square-mile (12.5 square-kilometer) lava flow that had erupted just a short time before.
    The eruption was over by the time Ellis passed through the Keaīwa area, just east of the modern town of Pāhala, from July 30–31, 1823. The lava was still steaming and in places too hot to walk on. Although lava flows can retain heat for many years after an eruption, it seems unlikely in this case, because the flows from this eruption are unusually thin: in most places, the thickness is less than 1 meter (yard).
     Thinner lava flows dissipate heat much more quickly than thicker ones; therefore, we can assume that the flows visited by Ellis had been molten no more than a few weeks earlier. This assumption aligns with oral accounts from native Hawaiians in the surrounding area, who reported that the eruption had occurred less than a month prior.
    Over the past century, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists have occasionally visited the Keaīwa area to study the eruptive features in detail. They have notably found pāhoehoe lava veneers lapping up the flanks of older cinder cones, several yards (meters) high, resulting in the name "Lava Plastered Cones" that appear on maps of the area.
    The thin lava veneers on the cones are indicative of high flow velocities, enough to overcome topography standing in the eruption's way. Think of a water slide with a jump at the end, where fast-moving water briefly flows uphill. At such high velocities, the entire flow would have been emplaced over just a handful of days. In combination with Ellis's reports, this evidence suggests that the eruption most likely occurred in early to mid-July 1823.
    Seeing that this eruption produced relatively thin and fast-moving pāhoehoe flows, we know that the lava had a low viscosity. Essentially, it spread across the preexisting ground surface like a coat of spilled paint, rather than sticky tar. But why was the viscosity so low? For most Hawaiian eruptions, such low-viscosity lava is only found very close to the eruptive vent, not over the whole flow field as in 1823.
    The 1823 eruptive fissure holds clues that may help answer this question. This fissure—part of the feature famously known as the "Great Crack"—stretches 18 miles (12 kilometers) with widths up to 50 feet (15 meters). This width is especially impressive, as most Hawaiian fissures only widen to about 1 yard (meter). The 1823 fissure is also unusual in having no substantial spatter deposits along its length; it's just a big crack where lava welled up from below and then flowed downhill.

Low-angle aerial view of the Great Crack and surrounding 1823 lava flows (dark gray) along Kīlauea's lower Southwest Rift Zone. The crack is about 50 feet (15 meters) wide in this area with similar but variable depth, depending on the amount of rock rubble filling the opening. USGS photo by D. Downs

    It is likely that the Great Crack existed prior to 1823, but it was possibly cleaved more apart by the intrusion of a subsurface magmatic dike when the eruption started. Large blocks of older rock that dropped into the opening and were coated in 1823 lava offer possible evidence that the crack was widening during the eruption. Prolonged dilation may have prevented the eruption from localizing at one vent, thus influencing the character of the effused lava.
    Another factor to consider is the location of the 1823 eruption, it occurred at a lower elevation along the SWRZ than any event since. The lower end of the fissure system was close enough to sea level that it produced small phreatic explosions, as magma interacted with shallow groundwater. One plausible explanation is that the low-elevation eruption engaged an unusually strong pressure gradient in the volcanic plumbing system from Kīlauea's summit, driving magma to the lower SWRZ with greater force and speed.
    HVO scientists continue working to solve the mysteries of the 1823 Kīlauea Southwest Rift Zone eruption, but after two hundred years, some questions will inevitably remain unanswered. That is, until another similar eruption occurs that we can observe for ourselves—unlikely in our lifetimes, but generally if something has happened once on a volcano, it can happen again!

Volcano Activity Updates: Kīlauea is not erupting. Its USGS Volcano Alert level is ADVISORY.
    Active lava has not been visible within Halemaʻumaʻu crater at the summit of Kīlauea since June 19. Earthquake activity in the summit region remained elevated over the past week. Summit tiltmeters generally showed inflation over the past week. A sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission rate of approximately 86 tonnes per day was measured on August 10.
    Mauna Loa is not erupting. Its USGS Volcano Alert Level is at NORMAL.
    Webcams show no signs of activity on Mauna Loa. Seismicity remains low. Summit ground deformation rates indicate slow inflation as magma replenishes the reservoir system following the recent eruption. SO2 emission rates are at background levels.
    There were four earthquakes with three or more felt reports in the Hawaiian Islands during the past week: a M3.0 earthquake 7 km (4 mi) SW of Volcano at 1 km (1 mi) depth on August 15 at 11:37 a.m. HST, a M4.3 earthquake 6 km (3 mi) WNW of Volcano at 25 km (15 mi) depth on August 13 at 1:36 p.m. HST, a M3.2 earthquake 12 km (7 mi) S of Fern Forest at 5 km (3 mi) depth on August 11 at 9:23 p.m. HST, and a M3.4 earthquake 48 km (29 mi) ESE of Nā‘ālehu at 42 km (26 mi) depth on August 11 at 10:15 a.m. HST.

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