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Monday, December 04, 2023

Kaʻū News Briefs December 4, 2023


The 5.1 magnitude quake with a long shake Monday evening was located northeast of Pahala along Hilina Pali at about
2,000 ft. elevation near Chain of Craters Road inside Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. USGS image

A 5.1 MAGNITUDE QUAKE SHOOK KAʻŪ AND VOLCANO on Monday evening at 5:53 p.m. It was followed by a magnitude 3.1 earthquake in the same area at 5:58 p.m. Both were at a depth of 1.9 km. The location was northeast of Pāhala along the Hilina Pala at about 2,000 ft. elevation near Chain of Craters Road on the slope of Kīlauea Volcano, inside Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Both quakes were about 8 miles from Volcano.
    Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported no tsunami threat. County Civil Defense issued a statement saying, "As in all earthquakes, be aware of the possibility of after-shocks. If the earthquake was strongly felt in your area, precautionary checks should be made for any damages; especially structural and to utility connections of Gas, Water, and Electricity."

Trojan football team players received honors in islandwide rankings this week. Photo by Mark Peters
Dominic Nurial-Dacalio
is top in defense for Trojans.
Photo by Mark Peters

KAʻŪ TROJAN TEAM MEMBERS MADE IT INTO THE RANKINGS OF TOP HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS ON THE ISLAND. They were selected to First Team and Honorable Mention All-Conference for the BIIF. The list was released Monday by former Kaʻū High Athletic Director Kalei Namohana who is Big Island Interscholastic Football Coordinator.
    In Division II for Offense, Tyson TJ Kauhuia-Faafia was selected as First Team all-conference Wide Receiver. Honorable Mention all-conference for Kaʻū offensive players are for Adahdiyah "Diyah" Ellis-Reyes, Ocean Nihipali Sesson, Cyzeiah "Oli" Silva-Kamei, and Dominic Nurial-Dacalio.
Tyson TJ Kauhuia-Faafia is top offensive player for Trojans.
Photo by Mark Peters.
    In Division II for Defense, Dominic Nurial-Dacalio is recognized as First Team all-conference for his work as a Defensive Lineman. Honorable Mention all-conference for Kaʻū defensive players are for Adahdiyah "Diyah" Ellis-Reyes and Triton Blanco.
    BIIF Offensive Player of the Year is Alaka'i Aipia of HPA. The BIIF Defensive Players of the year are Ekela Livingston of HPA and Niau Paulos of Kamehameha. Coach of the Year for Division II is Kealoha Wengler of Kamehameha.
   Trojan coaching staff sent out a message of "Congratulations to our Trojan Football Team for this recognition."

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REGARDING THE MERGER OF HAWAIIAN AND ALASKA AIRLINES, Congressman Ed Case issued the following: “My earliest memories include flying with my dad on Hawaiian Airlines from Hilo to the Big City. So, like all of us it is difficult to accept that this truly kamaʻāina company, such a deep part of the lives of generations of residents and visitors, may not continue as an independent and uniquely Hawaiian enterprise.
    "But if this is going to and needs to happen to maintain Hawaiian’s contributions to our state, Alaska Airlines is a promising partner. Its undertakings to continue the Hawaiian brand, employ the over 7,000 Hawai‘i ‘ohana that have served us so well, and sustain reliable, affordable and competitive inter-island and Hawai’i-outside world service are very welcome.

    “What matters, though, is that there are full, binding and transparent commitments to back up those words. That must be our focus in the upcoming federal and state review and approval processes and community discussions of this major change in our Hawai‘i fabric.”

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DESIGNING EVICTION MEDIATION AS A TOOL FOR VIOLENCE REDUCTION is the subject of this month's Ku'ikahi Mediation Center's free talk on Dec. 21 as part of its Finding Solutions, Growing Peace Brown Bag Lunch Series.  Talks are Third Thursdays from  noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom.
    This month's speaker is Deanna Parrish, who said, "In a typical year, 3.6 million eviction cases are filed in the U.S. Since 2021, there have been over 80 deaths related to removing people from their homes. Eviction diversion programs could help diminish the possibility and stress of losing a home, reduce violent outcomes, and increase overall housing stability."
   The talk is designed to dive into dispute resolution solutions that can keep those involved in housing conflicts safe.
    Parrish serves as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, a Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, and the Assistant Director of the HNP Negotiation Teaching Network.  In these roles, she teaches and supervises graduate students in their coursework and clinical practice related to negotiation and dispute resolution.  She is a certified mediator and active member of the District of Columbia Bar.
    Ku'ikahi's Brown Bag Lunch Series is free and open to the public.  Attendees are encouraged to enjoy an informal and educational talk-story session and connect with others interested in Finding Solutions, Growing Peace.
    To get the Zoom link, register online at https://freebrownbagtalk.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Ku'ikahi Mediation Center at (808) 935-7844 or info@hawaiimediation.org.  Or visit www.hawaiimediation.org.
    This lunch-and-learn series is made possible thanks in part to funding from the County of Hawai'i and Hawai'i Island United Way.