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Ka‘ū News Briefs Friday, November 17, 2017

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists look at Saddle road as a valuable place to
study geology and volcanoes. See story below.  Photo from USGS/HVO
NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH DAY was declared on Thursday, Nov. 16, by Mayor Harry Kim, who urged recognition of Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association "for the valuable services they provide to ensure the health and well-being of rural communities in Hawai‘i."
    The mayor's proclamation states that "Rural communities throughout Hawai‘i are wonderful places to live, work, play and learn, embodying the true meaning of the Aloha Spirit." The proclamation points to 427,773 rural citizens in Hawai‘i.
Volunteers for Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association Bill and
Carol Hamilton, front right. In back row are George "Bev" Garrett, Dustin 
Salmo, Jessie Marques, John Javar, Raymond Marques and Ashtin Karasuda. 
     "Meeting the unique healthcare needs of those citizens is constantly evolving, as rural communities face accessibility issues, a lack of primary, behavioral and oral healthcare providers, an aging population suffering from a number of chronic conditions, and large percentages of uninsured or underinsured citizens," the proclamation says.
   The mayor writes that "Ambulatory and emergency medical services are especially critical in rural Hawai‘i, where a small percentage of the population lives, but where a large percentage of trauma cases occur; where rural hospitals, clinics and health centers are sources of innovation and resourcefulness that deliver quality care, and are typically the economic foundation of their communities."
     The mayor's proclamation also encourages people to work in rural health care by saying, "being a rural healthcare provider provides tremendous opportunities to offer comprehensive, patient-centered and holistic care to patients."
     Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association is receiving assistance from Rotary Club of Volcano and the 871st Army Reserve Engineer Company, of Hilo, to construct a covering for its ADA ramp. Many community members are helping said, Jessie Marques, KRHCAI Executive Director.
Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association board members. 
     Throughout the month of November, volunteers put together concrete footings, poured the concrete and constructed the ADA ramp overhang. During the weekend of Oct. 17 through 19, approximately 30 members of the 871st Engineer Co. were guided by project leader Jay Zheng during the construction process.
    Marques thanked George “Bev” Garrett, President of the Rotary Club of Volcano. 871st Engineer Company Captain Luke Goeckner and Leslie Isemoto, of Isemoto Construction, who assisted with the building permit.
     "While this project has come together with many volunteers, funding for materials is provided by a grant from the Atherton Family Foundation," said Marques.

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THE USDA'S FARM SERVICE AGENCY is offering loans for storage facilities. Farm storage facility loans provide low-interest financing to build or upgrade storage facilities for commodities, including but not limited to fruits, vegetables, floriculture, dairy, and unprocessed meat/poultry. Examples of eligible facility types are cold storage, grain bins, bulk tanks, and drying and handling equipment, including storage and handling trucks. View/download the Farm Storage Facility Loans fact sheet or visit your local FSA office for more information about this program.

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Traveling recently renovated Daniel Inouye Hwy, Route 200, the Saddle Road, is described by U.S.G.S. geologists as a fascinating way to study geology and volcanoes. Map from saddleroad.com
SADDLE ROAD, DANIEL K. INOUYE HWY, IS A PLACE TO STUDY VOLCANOES and the focus of this week's Volcano Watch by U.S.G.S. scientists at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory:
     Route 200, the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, crosses Humu‘ula Saddle, which separates Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, the two largest volcanoes on the Island of Hawai‘i, showcases outstanding volcanic geology and is easy to reach for roadside geologists.
     For the first 19 miles (30.6 km), Highway 200 ascends almost a mile (1.6 km) above sea level through mostly young native forest. The road crosses lava flows and patches of ashy soil ranging in age from 150 to 4000 years old. Rainfall is so abundant here—up to nearly 300 inches (760 cm) per year—that vegetation covers most outcrops.
The federal government has rebuilt much of the highway, taking
it closer to some geologic features. Photo from saddleroad.com
     Around Milepost 19, Highway 200 emerges onto young-looking, lightly-vegetated ‘a‘ā lava from the 1855–1856 Mauna Loa eruption. This flow is one of seven that travelled from Mauna Loa toward Hilo in recorded history. The 1855–1856 eruption lasted a year and a half! Imagine the commuter's nightmare were this to occur today.
     Between Mileposts 19 and 20, tall trees occupy numerous kipuka growing on Punahoa pāhoehoe lava erupted from Mauna Loa 3100–3200 years ago. Near Milepost 21 the road drops into a kipuka floored by the 400-year-old Mauna Loa ‘Akahakoinahou ‘a‘ā flow.
    Near Saddlehouse Road, the road rises onto Mauna Loa ‘a‘ā lava erupted in1935–1936. This flow was the first-ever in the United States that authorities tried to "manipulate" to protect property downslope. The U.S. Army Air Corps, advised by Thomas Jaggar, Director of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory at the time, dropped 600-pound (272 kg) bombs on the active flow about ten miles (16 km) southwest of the intersection. The goal was to disrupt the lava channel, causing the flow to spread laterally rather than continue downhill. The impact was negligible.
Many kinds of lava can be seen along Daniel K. Inouye Hwy.
Photo from saddleroad.com
     On the right side of the highway just after Saddlehouse Road, the 1935–1936 lava is rumpled into a spectacular series of low compressional ridges ("lava ogives"). These features are easiest to spot in early morning or dusk light. Each ridge indicates that you are near the end of the flow, where the lava became too stiff to continue. The actual terminus is about two miles (3.2 km) away.
     South of the road between Mileposts 22 and 23, a pullout marks the start of the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō Trail, which crosses a landscape of diverse kipuka and younger flows. Spectacular old-growth ‘ōhi‘a and tree ferns appear in scattered groves. The trail, which used to continue all the way to Volcano ranchlands, now ends after four miles (6.4 km) at the edge of the 1984 flow, the youngest lava to head toward Hilo.
     Past Milepost 22, road builders deliberately constructed Highway 200 atop the 1935–1936 ‘a‘ā flow. That's because rubbly ‘a‘ā is much easier than solid pāhoehoe to grade.
     Near Milepost 23, Highway 200 approaches the base of Mauna Kea. The lumpy, grassy landscape to the right of the road results from the eruption of hawaiite, a unique type of lava that is notably stiffer and richer in silicaand potassium than Mauna Loa flows. The numerous upslope cones belong to the Pu‘uloa volcanic field, which last erupted about 4,600 years ago and was the source of the hawaiite. Pu‘uloa vents extend to the top of Mauna Kea.
Pu‘u, volcanic cones along Saddle Road. Photo from saddleroad.com
    A well-loved local landmark, Pu‘uhuluhulu, is at the crest of the Saddle. This densely-forested Mauna Kea cinder cone is entirely surrounded by younger Mauna Loa flows. An abandoned quarry at its eastern end exposes the cone's interior, showing that sometime after eruption of loose, porous cinders, narrow dikes of basaltic lava worked their way into the edifice. The dike rock matches the chemistry of Mauna Loa's lavas, suggesting that they intruded much later. But how and why they did remain a head-scratcher for geologists.
     Near the northwestern foot of Pu‘uhuluhulu is a stone wall, built by hand in the late 19th century by local cattle ranchers. The 1935–1936 lava lapped around and overtopped the wall in places. Stunning inflation features illustrate that the flow inflated like rising bread crust on both sides of the wall after initially coming to rest against it.
     Other interesting features may be discovered in the Humu‘ula Saddle, such as ancient dune fields, glacial deposits, and rocks from Earth's deep interior. We've described only a few here, hopefully instilling a new appreciation for our spectacular ‘akahakoina.

Pāhala Dojo members demonstrating their skills to earn promotions.
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PĀHALA DOJO STUDENTS EARNED PROMOTIONS with this week's testing. On Tuesday, testing included questions about their knowledge of karate and their performance of basic stances, strikes, blocks and kicks. It also required a performance of Pinan Shodan; a kata which is a series of predefined techniques, reports sensei Cliff Fields.


 Students promoted to purple belt (hachi-kyu) are: Tayler Rasmussen, Cody Rasmussen, Reyna Reddy, Caton Blanco and Tyler Johansen.
    Students promoted to green belt are: Christina Rasmussen (Shichi-kyu), Wesley Marcum (Shichi-kyu), Kamali Compehos (roku-kyu), Tara Compehos (roku-kyu), Nalu Compehos (roku-kyu), and Josiah Reddy (Shichi-kyu).
Earning purple belt (hachi-kyu) are: Tayler Rasmussen, 
Cody Rasmussen, Reyna Reddy, Caton Blanco
and Tyler Johansen. 
     The Pāhala Dojo is part of the International Karate League and is one of 31 dojos in the organization. IKL and the Pāhala Dojo are a nonprofit 501c3 organization. The Pāhala Dojo trains every Tuesday and Friday at the Pāhala Community Center beginning at 5 p.m. There is
a karate conditioning class for new students, a beginner’s class and an advanced class. The class is open year-round to new students.

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KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP ANNOUNCES A THANKSGIVING BUFFET for Thursday, Nov. 23, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at KMC’s Crater Rim Café in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The menu features Roast Turkey, Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham and all the fixings. $21.95/adult, $11.85/child (ages 6-11). Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8356 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

Earning green belt are: Christina Rasmussen (Shichi-kyu), 
Wesley Marcum (Shichi-kyu), Kamali Compehos (roku-kyu), 
Tara Compehos (roku-kyu), Nalu Compehos (roku-kyu), and
Josiah Reddy (Shichi-kyu). See story above. 
KĪLAUEA MILITARY CAMP ALSO ANNOUNCES A PERFORMANCE BY DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES to take place Thursday, Nov. 23, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Kīlauea Military Camp’s Lava Lounge in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. No cover charge. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. For more, call 967-8356 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

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RIDE SO THEY CAN WALK fundraiser to end polio continues through Saturday, Nov. 18. Rotary Ride So They Can Walk participants use of its stationary bikes for the fundraiser. Make arrangements at the check in desk. To sponsor a ride or donate go to Rotary D5000 website and click on Ride for Polio in the right hand column and follow the steps.
     Club's Polio Plus Chair for Hawai‘i, Charlene Meyers, of Volcano, said Rotarians, community members, biking groups and clubs riding bikes, motorcycles and those on stationary bikes in gyms are all riding in the support of eradicating polio. Each rider has friends and family sponsor the ride with all donations going to Rotary’s Polio Plus program. Kīlauea Military Camp is offering participants use of their bikes for the cause.

THE INAUGURAL PIG HUNTING TOURNAMENT presented by the Ka‘ū Multicultural Society is Saturday, Nov. 18, with scales at Waiʻōhinu Park open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for weigh-in. Hunting is islandwide (registration has ended).
    The day will also feature a smoke meat contest with judging to start at 10 a.m. Meat should be prepped, cooked and ready to eat. A packing contest (80 to 100-lb) will also be held. Registration for these contests will take place at the event. Fee is $20 per person.
     For more information, call Darlyne Vierra at 640-8740; Kalani Vierra at 938-2005; or Liz K. at 339-0289. See Ka‘ū News Briefs from Wednesday, Oct. 25.

THE ANNUAL KAUAHA‘AO CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH fundraising bazaar in Wai‘ōhinu is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the church grounds. The church is located on the corner of Māmalahoa Hwy, Kama‘oa Road and Pinao Street just above the Wong Yuen Store and Gas Station.
     Individuals, schools, clubs, and sports/athletic groups are invited to be a vendor at the "flea market" on the church grounds. The charge for a 10' X 10' space is $10. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own tent, table and chairs, and if power is needed, a generator. Vendors can sell anything except hot foods/plate lunches.
     The Church will be selling Kālua Pig plate lunch and containers of Kālua Pig, as well as baked goods, produce, and crafts. Throughout the day, there will be free entertainment "provided by our talented community groups," said Walter and Debbie WongYuen at 928-8039.

FRIENDS OF THE KA‘Ū LIBRARIES will man a booth at the annual Kauaha‘ao Congregational Church fundraising bazaar in Wai‘ōhinu on Saturday, Nov. 18. Donations of baked goods, books and good condion, slightly used, reusable rummage are being accepted to raise money for Friends of the Ka‘ū Libraries.
     Bring donation to the Libraries tent on, Nov. 18, at Kauaha‘ao Congregational Church grounds at 8 a.m. For more info, call Linda Morgan at 785-2058.

LĀ ‘OHANA, THE MILOLI‘I COMMUNITY celebration held annually, is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free, cultural, educational event is open to all and is co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.
     Auntie Diana Aki, Miloli‘i's famed falsetto Hawaiian songbird will sing. Also in the line-up are south Kona bands. Health screening and health insurance advice will be offered, along with local food and arts and crafts on display and for sale.
     Partners in putting on Lā ‘Ohana include Pa‘a Pono Miloli‘i, Kua O Ka Lā Charter School, Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust, Kalanihale, and Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.
     For more information, contact Kumu Ka‘imi Kaupiko at 808-937-1310 or kkaupiko@gmail.com. Vendors are welcome.
     For more about the event, see Ka‘ū News Briefs from Sunday, Oct. 22.

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM meets Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ocean View Community Center. For more details, call 939-7033.

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY is accepting reservations for its next volunteer day at its Ka‘ū Preserve for Saturday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reserving a spot in advance to go to the remote location in The Nature Conservancy's trucks is a must. Anyone interested in more information, and/or to reserve a spot can contact Linda Schubert at lschubert@tnc.org, or call 443-5401.
     Participants will need; long pants, protective shoes (boots preferred), a lunch and water. Everyone should be ready for a variety of weather conditions, from sun, rain, to cool temperatures.

AN ANCHIALINE POOL VOLUNTEER WORKDAY hosted by Hawaii‘i Wildlife Fund is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. with volunteer meeting up at Wai‘ōhinu Park before heading the worksite. Space is limited in HWF 4WD vehicles. For more information or to reserve a spot, email kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com.

A MONGOLIAN BBQ WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Kīlauea Military Camp’s Crater Rim Café in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Call 967-8356 for more details. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply.

HI‘IAKA & PELE, a free, moderate, one-mile walk through the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, takes place Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Discover the Hawaiian goddesses and the natural phenomena they represent. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

See public Ka‘ū events for November including monthly meetings at 
See Ka‘ū exercise, meditation, daily and weekly community events at 
Pick up the November print edition of The Ka‘ū Calendar, 
free to 5,500 mailboxes throughout Ka‘ū, from Miloli‘i 
through Volcano. Also available on stands throughout
the district. See it online now at kaucalendar.com
HULA KAHIKO AND NĀ MEA HULA is scheduled to take place on the hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday, Nov. 18. Hula Kahiko featuring Kumu Ha‘amauliola with Ke Kula o Nawahiokalani‘opu‘u PCS is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.. Nā Mea Hula, a hands on cultural demonstration, featuring Kumu Kaho‘okele Crabbe with Halauolaokalani will follow until 1 p.m.. Contact Desiree, call 987-7288 or email volcanohula@gmail.com, to confirm dates.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP REMOVE INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANTS that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This Stewardship at the Summit event is Saturday, Nov. 18, at 8:45 a.m.
    Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit
/summit_stewardship.htm. Another event is planned for Nov. 25.

NĀ‘ĀLEHU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & STUDENT COUNCIL'S FRIEND-RAISER event takes place on the campus on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event focuses on building relationships and raising funds while providing a family fun day to the community. The event offers a bounce house and splash booth, games, food, informational vendors, face painting, makahiki games, prizes and a raffle.

A ZENTANGLE INSPIRED ART: TANGLING ON EGGS class at Volcano Art Center is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join Lois & Earl Stokes, certified Zentangle teachers, for an “egg-citing” time tangling on duck and chicken eggs to create holiday ornaments. All skill levels are welcome. The class has a $10 supply fee per person, plus $35 per non-member. All materials and light refreshments are included. For more details, visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.

PEOPLE AND LAND OF KAHUKU, a free guided, 2.5 miles, moderately difficult hike over rugged terrain is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The guide will focus on the area’s human history. For more details, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

REGISTRATION FOR THE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY AT PUNALU‘U remains open through next Monday, Nov. 20. The annual event to honor past, present and future generations will be on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach Park, Medicine Pond.
      Taiko Drummers will join the celebration, as will hula dancers, local musicians and Gi Gong practitioners. Floating lanterns for inscribing messages will be provided to the first 50 registrants. Donations are tax deductible and will be used toward college scholarships through the events sponsor Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association. Call 928-0101 to register.

A VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETING is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Ocean View Community Center. For more, call 939-7033.

REGISTER KEIKI OF ALL AGES FOR AN ANNUAL RUBBERBAND TURKEY art class at Pāhala Community Center that takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

REGISTER KEIKI AGES 6 TO 12 TO MAKE A THANKSGIVING NATURE WREATH at Kahuku Park on Wednesday, Nov. 22,  from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. For more, call 929-9113 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

CREATE A SMALL KĀHILI PA‘A LIMA, a hand-held kāhili, on Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, on the lānai of Kīlauea Visitor Center in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Kāhili are a form of Hawaiian leatherwork that traditionally acknowledged a person’s status and genealogy, and offered spiritual protection. Free, park entrance fees apply. For more, see nps.gov/HAVO.

CU HAWAI‘I FEDERAL CREDIT UNION IS OFFERING EMPLOYMENT as a Member Service Representative in Nā‘ālehu. CU Hawai‘i seeks energetic individuals for full time positions who enjoy working with people and can provide professional, courteous and efficient service to valued members.
     The ideal candidate must be service oriented and possess good communication and computer skills. Cash handling and customer service experience is preferred. Must be able to work Saturdays. CU Hawai‘i offers medical, drug, dental, vision and retirement benefits.
     Email, mail or fax application to: Attn: Human Resources, 476 Hinano Street Hilo, HI 96720, Fax: (808) 935-7793. Applications can be found online at cuhawaii.com/careers.html.


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