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Ka`u Calendar Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

Supermoon sets, as seen from Ka Lae in Kaʻū yesterday morning. Photo by Richard Taylor
A SUPER FULL MOON SHONE OVER KAʻŪ YESTERDAY, the closest the moon has passed planet Earth in more than 68 years - since Jan. 26, 1948.
     Scientists call the supermoon a perigree moon which occurs when the moon becomes full at the same time it passes nearest Earth during its monthly elliptical orbit, making it look exceptionally large. That path is some 31,000 miles closer to Earth than when the moon passes on the other side of Earth, a path called the apogee.
Supermoon over Kaʻū
Photo by Peter Anderson
Supermoon over Punaluʻu.
Photo by Peter Anderson     
     A supermoon passes less than 223,694 miles from Earth and appears particularly big when seen near the horizon. The next super full moon will be Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 and again, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. The next supermoon to be closer to Earth than the recent event will be on Nov. 25, 2034. To read comments, add your own, and like this story, see Facebook. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

THE FIRST OFFICIAL COMPETITION AT THE NEW KAʻŪ HIGH GYM is this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, drawing high schools from Keaʻau, Pahoa and Kealakehe. It’s the Trojan Girls Annual Food Drive Basketball Tournament.
      The first three games are Friday, Nov. 18, starting at 5:15 p.m. The tournament resumes all day Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.
    The ticket required to watch the action is the offering of canned food, at least one can per person, to be distributed to needy families.
     Coach Cy Lopez said he and the team are excited to inaugurate the gym with girls basketball and for the tournament to be for such a good cause. It will also show off the new $18 million, 43,300- square-foot Kaʻū District Gym & Shelter, which opened in October. The gym is expected to also host volleyball tournaments and a camp this summer, organized by Kamehameha School Volleyball Coach Guy Enriques.
     Lopez said that Trojan girls are “looking forward to a great season because most of these players have been on our Hokulele Club basketball team. They’ve been working hard off season throughout the year. They are also very excited to be the first high school team to play in our brand new gym.”
     The new certified kitchen at the gym will be employed for this weekend’s tournament and the food on sale will include kalua pork bowl, laulau bowl, chili, hot dog, nacho salad, Pahala pops and laulau kalua combo.
Kaʻū High Trojans Girls Basketball Team invites the public to be the first to see a high school sports competition in the new Kaʻū District Gym this Friday and Saturday. The team asks the public to donate to their food drive in exchange for free entrance to the Annual Food Drive Basketball Tournament, beginning at 5:15 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. Saturday.
Photo by Jen Makuakane
      The coaching staff for the Trojans is comprised of Lopez, Jen Makuakane and Bridgette Pasion. Trojan team members are listed by grade. Seniors are: Alysha Gustafson-Savella, Zaylee Pascubillo, Charisma Felipe and Tristan Davis. Juniors are: Analei Emmsley, Junially Manantan and Dacy Andrade-Davis. Sophomores are Reisha Kekoa-Jara, Mei Lin Galban-Kinin, Kianie Medeiros-Dancel, and Malia Corpuz. The Freshman is Marilou Manantan.
     Teams competing in the weekend tournament are Kaʻū Varsity and JV, Keaʻau Varsity and JV, and Pahoa and Kealakehe JV teams.

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A new species of butterfly fish can be seen in Hilo at Mokupāpapa 
Discovery Center. The photo was taken at a depth of 180 feet off
 Pearl and Hermes Atoll, in the northwest Hawaiian Islands.
Photo by Craig McFall/NOAA
A NEWLY IDENTIFIED FISH SPECIES found in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands was unveiled for the public on this island last week after being discovered in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
    The presentation was made at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo by Randall Kosaki, Ph.D., NOAA’s deputy superintendent for field and research at Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument; Tim Brown, aquarist, Mokupāpapa Discovery Center and Virginia Branco, educator and interim manager, Mokupāpapa Discovery Center.
     The new species on display is a butterflyfish called Prognothodes basabei, which can be seen in the Mokupāpapa aquariums.
     The scientists explained that the butterflyfish was found living in some of the most unexplored ocean environments, a mesophotic coral ecosystem called “the coral-reef twilight zone.” These are deep coral reefs living at depths of 150 to 600 feet.
    “Discoveries such as this underscore how poorly explored and how little we know about our deep coral reefs,” said Kosaki. “Virtually every deep dive we do takes place on a reef that no human being has ever seen.”
A 200-foot dive to study ocean life came up with
a new deep water butterflyfish species.
Photo by Greg McFall/NOAA
     This butterfly fish was first seen from a deepwater manned submersible more than 20 years ago at a depth as great as 600 feet. It was only in recent years that divers with advanced electronic closed-cirecuit rebreathers were able to dive to 330 feet and collect and preserve specimens of the fish to identify it as a new species.
      The new butterflyfish was named after Pete Basabe, a veteran Kona deep diver who has provided support for deep dives for many years for scientific studies on reef fishes.
   “This new discovery illustrates the conservation value of very large marine protected areas,” said Kosaki. “Not only do they protect the biodiversity that we already know about, they also protect the diversity we’ve yet to discover. And there’s a lot left to discover.”
    Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is the largest marine preserve in the world. 
    Mokupāpapa Discovery Center is at 76 Kamehameha Ave. in the historic Koehnen Building in Hilo and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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TODAY IS ART CONTEST SUBMISSION DAY for every kind of art and for the competition for the annual Kaʻū Chamber of Commerce cover for The Directory, the business and community resource guide for 2017. Bring in art illustrating The Beauty of Kaʻū to Naʻalehu Hongwanji between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. today, Nov. 14. The show opens to the public Tuesday with free entry through Friday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Naʻalehu Hongwanji Breezeway.
     A popular vote will determine the cover of The Directory. All entries are eligible to win the popular vote (the cover) including youth and keiki art, with the exception of previous cover winners for The Directory. Registration is $5 per adult entry, $2.50 per youth entry and $1 per keiki entry. Prizes will be given for: photography, sculpture, woodworking, quilting, jewelry, lei, graphics, painting and weaving.
    During the show, works of art for sale will be priced on a list available from art show volunteers. The results of judging and the selection for The Directory cover will be announced Saturday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. at Naʻalehu Hongwanji, with artists invited to a reception and awards ceremony.  Entry forms are available at local schools and from merchants, on the Chamber website and at the door during art drop-off hours. The Directory is published in January.
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PAINTING WITH PEGGY, Monday, Nov. 14, 12 – 3 p.m., Volcano Art Center acrylic workshop returns. $20/$15 VAC members. Students bring supplies. 967-8222

JUMP ROPE CHALLENGE, Monday and Wednesday, Nov. 14 and 16, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m., Kahuku County Park. Ages 6 – 12. 929-9113

Halau O Akaunu shares hula at Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
ʻŌHIʻA WING: OUR NEW MUSEUM is the topic of After Dark in the Park, tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The new museum will house items from the park’s vast museum collection of more than 1.5 million objects. The park’s Chief of Cultural Resources, Laura Carter Schuster, reveals the history and highlights of the collection and plans for exhibiting the objects in the original 1932 park Administration Building, formally a lodging facility called the ‘Ōhi‘a Wing. Free; park entrance fees apply.

HULA BY HALAU O AKAUNU is this Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 6:30 – 8 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Experience the ancient traditions of Hawai‘i come to life through the chant and dance of Hālau o Akaunu. Hailing from Hilo, Hawai‘i, and under the instruction of Mānaiakalani Kalua, Akaunu strives to perpetuate the ‘aiha‘a style of hula borne of this volcanic landscape. Free; park entrance fees apply.


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