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Kaʻū News Briefs Jan. 6 2024

This is Volcano Awareness Month and After Dark in the Park in January begins with a presentation
by USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Matt Patrick. USGS Photo by Matt Patrick

RECENT VOLCANIC ACTIVITY at Kīlauea summit, its patterns of behavior and monitoring techniques will be the subject of the first talk during January's Volcano Awareness Month. Called Kīlauea: Crater Filling Summit Eruptions, the presentation at After Dark in the Park this Tuesday, Jan. 9, is by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Matt Patrick.
       USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is hosting Volcano Awareness Month and notes that "Following the dramatic collapses in 2018, the summit of Kīlauea has been in a multi-year phase of crater filling. Five separate eruptions—ranging in duration from about a week to over a year—have filled Halema‘uma‘u crater with lava flows and lava lakes. These eruptions have been accompanied by ever changing geophysical signals recorded by the dense monitoring network.
    The talk is at Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday and is free but Park entry fees may apply.

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Maika'i Nash teaches at the Garcia School in
Pāhala, with performances Sunday and
Tuesday during Hawai'i International 
Music Festival. Photo from HIMF
FACULTY MEMBERS OF THE GARCÍA SCHOOL vocal workshop in Pāhala this week will share their musical expertise with performances on Sunday in a Celebration of Music! They will present their student concert on Tuesday. Both events are at Pāhala Plantation Managers House at 7 p.m. 
    The faculty is comprised of internationally acclaimed musicians and teachers. Amy Shoremount Obra, of the Obra coffee family in Pāhala, is a Metropolitan Opera soprano and co-founder of Hawai‘i International Music Festival. Co-founder Eric Silberger is a virtuoso violinist. 
     Native Hawaiian Maika‘i Nash is a collaborative pianist, coach and professor of opera. Monica Chung is a Kaua‘i based collaborative pianist and conductor. 
    Carmine Aufiero is a conductor, artistic director and principal conductor of TerpsiKord and Bel Canto expert.          Dr. Maya Sypert is a Mezzo-Soprano, Professor of Music, Associate Department Chair, and Undergraduate Studies Chair - University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
     Many of the students are also music professors and professional instrumental and vocal performers.
     See more at https://www.himusicfestival.com/.

the personal-finance website WalletHub named Hawai‘i's capital as the best city in the country for an active lifestyle. The worst is North Las Vegas, according to WalletHub.

   Second best is New York, followed by Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego and Las Vegas.
   To determine where Americans have the best chance of remaining active, WalletHub compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities across 35 key metrics. The data set ranges from the average monthly fitness club fee to the city's bike score to the share of physically inactive adults.
    According to WalletHub, "Honolulu is 2024’s best city for an active lifestyle, in large part because it promotes certain community sporting activities more than any other city. For example, it ranks first in the nation when it comes to baseball diamonds, skate parks, volleyball courts and tennis courts.
    "The island paradise feel of Honolulu makes it easy for outdoor recreation to flourish. Even if you’re not interested in traditional sports, the city’s proximity to the ocean allows for easy access to swimming and surfing, and it’s the top city for hiking trails as well.
    "Honolulu ranks third in the nation for air quality, too, so that will help your breathing while you engage in outdoor activities.
    "New York residents benefit from an extremely walkable layout, meaning they can exercise just by traveling to their day-to-day responsibilities and activities. Chicago is especially good for helping children stay active, with the highest availability of playgrounds in the nation relative to the population. San Francisco has one of highest shares of workers who bike or walk to work, and San Diego ranks as one of the best cities for sports clubs and hiking trails."
    Wallet Hub gave some advice: "Having an active lifestyle doesn't mean you need to have a monotonous gym routine. Try to discover activities that you genuinely enjoy, whether it's hiking, dancing, swimming, playing a sport, or simply walking around your neighborhood. Engaging in activities you love makes it more likely that you'll stick with them."
See the complete report at https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-cities-for-an-active-lifestyle/8817.