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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Kaʻū News Briefs Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023

Punalu‘u County Beach Park facilities in upper right of the photo will have security guards soon, according
to postings for the positions by a private security contractor. Photo by Bob Martin

PUNALU‘U BEACH COUNTY PARK WILL HAVE SECURITY GUARDS SOON and a security company is advertising for employees in order to contract with County of Hawai‘i. According to the job posting on Indeed for Hawai‘i Detective & Guard, the pay starts at $21.50 per hour and expected hours are 30 to 40 a week. Health, dental and vision insurance are among the benefits.
    The posting for Punalu‘u Beach Park says, "The Security Guard will be responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment for visitors, employees, and park property within the park. This includes monitoring park areas and facilities, enforcing park rules and regulations, and responding to emergency situations as needed." It says that one security personnel will be stationed in the area during scheduled hours.
    The job posting says that the Security Guard is to enforce all park rules, to include, "strictly enforcing no drinking as per Hawai‘i County Code Section 14-2.2 (3)(A)."
 The Guard will also check all campers' permits, revoke camping permits when necessary, evict any un-permitted unpaid campers when space is not available (County and successful bidder will negotiate methods for accounting for and transfer of funds), call police in case of trouble, file complaints against persons on behalf of County, act as a witness when required to do so and record all license numbers of vehicles parked within the parking area. The guard will also report all abandoned vehicles.
    Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent; a valid HI Guard Card; ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of individuals, including park visitors, employees, and law enforcement officials; and strong problem-solving and decision-making skills, with the ability to remain calm and focused in high-pressure situations
    Also required is knowledge of security protocols and procedures, as well as relevant state and federal laws; and physical fitness and ability to walk, stand, or sit for long periods, and to lift heavy objects if necessary. Applicants must be available to work flexible hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays and pass a background check.
   The beach park facilities and parking area are leased to the county for a small fee by Eva Liu and her company which own the surrounding acreage and golf course.

LITTLE NOTICE OF AN ERUPTION IS POSSIBLE AT SOUTH SUMMIT OF KĪLAUEA. According to the Wednesday report from U.S. Geological Survey:
The 1974 lava crossed Chain of Craters Road
and flowed into Keanakako‘i Crater. USGS map
      Episodic heightened unrest continues in the south summit area of Kīlauea and an eruption in the region from Halemaʻumaʻu south to the December 1974 vents could emerge with little notice (1-2 hours) during peaks in this activity. Inflation at the summit of Kīlauea remains at about its highest level in over five years and has nearly returned to the level seen just before the last eruption on Sept. 10. 
    The Uēkahuna summit tiltmeter located north of the caldera recorded very slight inflation over the past 24 hours. The Sand Hill tiltmeter located just south of the caldera went off scale during the peak activity on Oct. 6, but has been reset and is showing continued inflation but at a lower rate than before the event. GPS units within the south end of the caldera and further south also show continued uplift of this region. 
    Elevated seismicity is being recorded beneath the south end of Kīlauea caldera and extends to the southwest along the trend of December 1974 vents. Seismicity increased on Oct. 4, peaked at over 250 earthquakes per day on Oct. 5 and 6, and continues dispersed over this area. 
    Over the past 24 hours, approximately 134 earthquakes were recorded in Kīlauea summit region. Most of the earthquakes from the seismic swarm south of the caldera are at depths of around 0.5–4 km (0.3–2.5 mi) below the surface. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission rates remain low and were measured at a rate of about 100 tonnes per day on Oct. 6.
     The heightened unrest prompted Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to close some areas and trails.

DRIVE SAFELY WHEN APPROACHING SCHOOL BUS STOPS, "and be considerate of other motorists," cautions Hawai‘i Police Department. In advance of National School Bus Safety Week, Oct, 16-20 and in response to feedback received at community events, HPD issued a statement on Wednesday, saying, "We know that these areas have a high number of young pedestrians that interact with vehicle traffic and want to ensure everyone is safe." HPD suggests the following practices:
    When dropping off a child, and planning to remain with the vehicle, park off the roadway and do not block traffic while parked near bus stops within residential subdivisions.
     When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
     If driving in neighborhoods with school zones, slow down and be alert. Watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school and who may not be thinking of getting there safely.
    Be mindful of children playing and congregating near bus stops.
    Obey flashing signal light system that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:
Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
    Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again. Making sure children are safe in and around the school bus is a major priority. 
    The following list reminds parents and students of all ages about safe bus behaviors:
    Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
When the bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb, and line up away from the street.
     Students should wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it’s okay before stepping onto the bus.
     When crossing the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus before crossing. Be sure that the bus driver can see the person crossing, and pedestrian can see the bus driver.
    Discuss safety tips with children and model road safety behaviors for them, including always wearing seat belts in the vehicles, and following all the rules of the road when driving, riding, and walking.
     HPD states, "We all have a role to play in keeping our island keiki safe. Let’s work together, drive with aloha, and slow down when approaching school zones."