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Kaʻū News Briefs Friday, June 8, 2018

Pride of America returns to Hilo and Kona ports beginning next week, after staying away from the volcanic
air and the closure of most of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Peter Hamling/Ship Parade
THE CRUISE SHIP PRIDE OF AMERICA RETURNS TO HILO next week, after avoiding Hilo and then Kona during the ongoing volcanic eruption. Calling on the ports of Hilo and Kona begins June 12. The May into June loss of the ship bringing visitors weekly to Hawaiʻi Island meant millions of dollars in losses to Hilo, Volcano, and Kona, as well as more rural destinations where tour companies drive people to scenic sites, such as Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach and Punaluʻu Bake Shop. Another favorite stop was Volcano Winery, Volcano village restaurants, and Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, where two-thirds of the park remains closed during current volcano activity.

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Scientists remain unsure if lava flowing in Puna, like this fountain from Fissure 8
at 3 a.m. today, is coming from the lava that has drained from Halemaʻumaʻu at
Kīlauea's summit. USGS photo
MORE GROUND SHAKING, LESS ASH AND GASSES are recent changes at Halemaʻumaʻu, described by Tina Neal, Scientist in Charge at USGS Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory. She addressed community members at Cooper Center in Volcano Village last night, June 7, among a group of experts addressing the future of Kīlauea Volcano and its Halemaʻumaʻu vent. The vent is sending up ash and rock explosions, accompanied by frequent earthquakes. The ash sometimes lands on Volcano Village. The earthquakes, broadcast widely on television, radio, and social media, are scaring people away from visiting Volcano.
     Neal said that with the walls of the Halemaʻumaʻu vent caving in and filling it with rubble, as magma moves farther down inside the volcano, it's the rubble that may be responsible for some of the change in the summit eruptions. She said that rubble blockage of the vent on May 29 may have led to the slowing down of subsidence - the vent floor lowering and falling in. She said pressure may be counteracting the effects of magma withdrawal.
     The few gas measurements scientists have been able to make indicate magmatic gas is more plentiful than steam from groundwater right now. It is groundwater mixing with lava that is known to lead to the large explosions of ash and rock out of the vent.
Outgassing from Halema‘uma‘u produced twin pillars that rose in the
 still morning air and merged into a towering cap above the summit of
 Kīlauea just after sunrise, today, June 8. USGS Photo
     Neal pointed out that SO2 measurements at the summit are now similar to the days before the recent volcano activity.
     Neal also said that the magma that has drained from the summit has not been “unambiguously identified” as the lava exiting through fissures in the lower East Rift Zone and doing all the damage in Puna.
     Kyle Anderson, of HVO, said USGS scientists are seeing magma continuing to evacuate to the lower East Rift Zone. Subsidence continues in Halemaʻumaʻu with additional collapse of its walls and its floor. The crater enlarges. There are moderate earthquakes, weak to moderate ash plumes, ashfall, and vog. He said there is no definitive line to determine “when this will all be over,” though earthquakes should be felt less, as an indication.
     During the meeting, community members asked if pyroclastic - stronger explosive - events could happen at the summit. Neal responded they could not be taken off the table, but “we see no evidence that we’re moving in that direction.”
     One attendee asked for a more regular report of the subsidence at the summit. Anderson responded that one of the GPS instruments fell into the crater during these events, and others have varying placement - further away from the vent or right by the edge - so “it’s challenging to say how much the caldera has subsided.” He said the broader caldera has subsided quite a bit less than areas where faults have appeared.
Dramatic changes at Halema‘uma‘u could be seen through gases rising from
 the crater during HVO's overflight of the summit this morning at 10 a.m. 
The view here looks to the southwest, with the former overlook
 parking lot barely visible to the left of the gas plume. USGS photo
     A community member asked that without knowing for sure if the magma from the summit is erupting in the lower East Rift Zone, does that mean the activity will go on for quite some time?
     Anderson responded, “That magmatic plumbing system is complicated right now. In the old days, magma would rise up below the summit, go down to Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and it would erupt. Since that time, Puʻu ʻŌʻō has collapsed, we’ve drained a lot of material from the middle East Rift, and we have the lower East Rift eruption.”
     Anderson said the 6.9-magnitude earthquake, on May 4, may also have opened up space for magma storage. He said the questions are: How much magma can be stored now, before going down to the lower East Rift Zone? And when will the lower East Rift eruption stop?
     In the 1955 and 1960 eruptions, said Anderson, the eruptions lasted from weeks to months. He said, “Just because the summit magma has not necessarily reached the lower East Rift, does not mean this is going to go on for years – but we don’t know how much storage there might be for summit magma. So, it’s very hard to say how long deflation might continue.”
     See the whole June 7 meeting here: naleo.tv/vod/

The new EPA air quality site adds Nāʻālehu with monitoring
at Nāʻālehu fire station. Blue is for good air, including
S02 and particulates. See the map and more online.
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AIR IN PĀHALA REMAINED GOOD THROUGHOUT THE DAY. In Nā’ālehu, Ocean View, and Volcano, it was moderate and good, from sunrise into evening. See the new EPA air quality report online, with an additional monitoring site at Nā’ālehu Fire Station.
     In other reports, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported Pele's hair and other lightweight volcanic glass from high fountaining of Fissure 8 were falling downwind of the fissure and accumulating on the ground within Leilani Estates in lower Puna.
     The National Weather Service reported high levels of vog and sulfur dioxide from the fissure system in lower Puna moving north, and settling in the Saddle area between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes. Civil Defense warned that vog would limit visibility to a quarter mile on some roads and urged motorists to drive cautiously.
Clear conditions at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō on Thursday provided good views into the crater. A little 
more than a month ago, the crater floor collapsed, and the lava lake drained. The crater
 showed a funnel-shape geometry with a deeper cylindrical shaft. Rubble filled the
base of the shaft. On Friday, June 8, 12 rockfalls were recorded, with a red dust
 plume coming out of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. See the USGS video.
See today's Civil Defense Video of lava flows in lower Puna today
and USGS evening update at Big Island Video News.

     HVO reported that, following a magnitude-3.2 earthquake at the summit, 12 rockfalls were recorded in Puʻu ʻŌʻō between 10:31 and 10:56 a.m., with a prominent, but brief, red dust plume ejected into the air around 10:50 a.m. See the most recent map of lava flows.
     See video of the coast at the ocean entry of the lava in Kapoho today with much laze on Ikaika Marzo's facebook.
    See Civil Defense Video and update for evening of June 8 from USGS on Big Island Video News.

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AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING MEASURE was launched today, with the bill's signing by Gov. David Ige. The bill, passed by the 2018 Hawaiʻi Legislature, aims to increase production of affordable rental units across the state.
     HB2748 appropriates $200 million to the Hawai‘i Housing Finance and Development Corp.’s Rental Housing Revolving Fund, and $10 million to the HHFDC’s Dwelling Unit Revolving Fund. The bill also extends the general excise tax exemption for certain affordable rental housing projects from June 30, 2022, to June 30, 2026, and increases the cap on GET exemptions to $30 million per year until 2030.
     During the signing ceremony, where Ige was joined by housing advocates, builders, and lawmakers, he said,  “Housing has been a top priority for my administration from day one. We have been advocating for increased investment in the Rental Housing Revolving Fund for nearly 4 years now. I’m so glad that the Legislature is funding these very important programs that we have been advocating for.”
Image symbolizing the building of new homes, from Hawaiʻi Housing Finance & Development 
Corp. Photo from Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
     A statement from his office said that since 2014, when Ige took office, the state has completed 5,300 new homes statewide, including 2,000 affordable homes. There are an additional 1,400 units under construction, and another 4,000 units in the planning phase.
     The $200 million provided by the bill will enable the HHFDC to generate an additional 1,600 affordable units.
     “The collaborative efforts of the community – from developers to builders, housing advocates and our legislators – is enabling the state to help our families realize their dream of having their own home. A stable home is the foundation for a stable and successful life. Our goal is within reach. Let’s continue to work together to build upon this momentum,” Ige said.
       Read HB2748, which became Act 39 with the governor’s signature.

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TWENTY MICRO-HOMES FOR FAMILIES DISPLACED BY THE LAVA DISASTER are going up behind Sacred Hearts Church in Pāhoa. Hope Services Hawaiʻi which helps low income families with housing, will lease the land. Former Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense chief Darryl Oliveira is helping to organize the effort.
     A volunteer community build day will be this Saturday, June 9, with more than 100 people signed up. In addition to the twenty 10 foot by 12 foot structures, they are constructing restrooms and a common area for meeting and dining.
     Big Island Video News interviewed Oliveira – who in 2014 led Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense as Pāhoa faced a threatening lava flow, and is now the safety manager at HPM Building Supply. Oliveira said building the micro homes “actually started with some local contractors coming in to discuss with our team the possibility of acquiring these micro structures, that were normally built for storage or utility purposes, and repurposing them for living quarters.”

     Working with County planning and building department officials, and with the help of local contractors, it has become “a real community effort to try to get something in place,” Oliveira said. “Throughout the last three weeks or so we’ve been working the processes, which is with the county’s revised or amended mayor’s Proclamation, reviewing the plans and a plot layout for this site." He said the idea is that HOPE Services will place the people there, and coordinate and connect services to help the displaced residents transition into something more permanent, Oliveira told Big Island Video News.

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THE 2018 ULUA CHALLENGE IS ON THIS WEEKEND, with the cliffs of Ka Lae being one of the favorite fishing spots. Contestants started camping at Ka Lae earlier this week to save the best places from which fish for Ulua.
     Categories are Ulua with a 40 lb. minimum, and Omilu with a 10 lb. minimum. The entry fee is $60 per person, and the number of rods and reels per participant is limited to three.
A recent big ulua catch, by Jared Yogi. The fish
weighed 87.8 lbs. Photo from Tokunaga Store
     The annual tournament is sponsored by S. Tokunaga Store in Hilo. The Weigh-Ins will be at 11 a.m. this Sunday at the Aufuk-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo, and carried live on the Tokunaga Store Facebook page.
     Tournament sponsors announced that in addition to the Ulua and Omilo divisions of the tournament, they have launched Opala division "to preserve our natural resources and ʻāina."
They encourage fishermen registered for the contest to "pick up trash and clean their campsite and surrounding areas." LV Waste and Daiwa Corp. offer incentives. For every garbage bag of trash brought in, participants will receive a raffle ticket redeemable during the awards ceremonies."

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Pancake Breakfast and Raffle, Sat, Jun 9, 8-11am, Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Stained Glass Basics II, Sat-Sun, Jun 9-10, 9-noon, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, Hale Hoʻomana at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road. Prerequisite: Stained Glass Basics I. $90/VAC Member, $100/non-Member, plus $30 supply fee. Register in advance. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Hi‘iaka and Pele, Sat, Jun 9, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Discover Hawaiian goddesses and the natural phenomena they represent on this free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/HAVO

Kāwā Volunteer Day, Sat, Jun 9, 9:30am, Kāwā. Sign up with James Akau, Nā Mamo o Kāwā, at namamookawa@gmail.com, jakau@nmok.org, or 561-9111. nmok.org

Zentangle: Stacks and Dangle Designs for a Dr. Seuss-Inspired Whimsical Garden, Sat, Jun 9, 10-1pm, $30/VAC Member, $35/non-Member, $10 supply fee. Basic knowledge of Zentangle recommended by not required. Register at volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222.

CANCELLED: Jazz in the Forest Concert, Sat, Jun 9. The July concert is also cancelled. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Stained Glass Basics II, Sun, Jun 10, 9-noon, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, Hale Hoʻomana at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road. Prerequisite: Stained Glass Basics I. $90/VAC Member, $100/non-Member, plus $30 supply fee. Register in advance. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

‘Ōhi‘a Lehua, Sun, Jun 10 and 24, 9:30-11am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Learn about vital role of ‘ōhi‘a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, and many forms of ‘ōhi‘a tree and its flower on this free, easy, one-mile walk. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Meet Candidate Raina Whiting, candidate for state Rep., Dist. 3. Sun, June 10, 2-3:30pm, Punaluʻu Bake Shop, upper pavilion. Bring prepared, written questions for the candidate. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Ezmerelda5@gmail.com, mgw1955@gmail.com, voteRaina.com
Special Event: Hawai‘i Opera Theatre, Tue, Jun 12, 3pm, Nā‘ālehu Public Library. HOT has been producing opera in Hawai’i for 33 years - Broadway and classical favorites. 939-2442

C.E.R.T. Discovery Harbour/Nā‘ālehu, Tue, Jun 12, , Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Public invited to see what Community Emergency Response Team is about, and participate in training scenarios. Dina Shisler, dinashisler24@yahoo.com, 410-935-8087

Story Time with Auntie Linda from Tūtū and Me, Thu, Jun 14, -, Nā‘ālehu Public Library. 929-8571

Meeting on Ash and SO2 will be held at Ocean View Community Center, 92-8924 Leilani Circle, Ocean View, on Thursday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will bring together health, science, and Civil Defense officials to meet with the public.

‘Ike Hana No‘eau, Experience the Skillful Work, Fri, Jun 15, 10-noon, Kahuku Unit. Hawaiian cultural demonstrations. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Father’s Day Card, Fri, Jun 15, Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. For ages 6-12 years. Register Jun 12-15. Free. Teresa Anderson, 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

TROPIC CARE RETURNS TO HAWAIʻI ISLANDFriday, June 18. Tropic Care 2018 is an 11-day event providing medical, dental, and eye care for any community member, free of charge. Held in 2013 and 2016 in Pāhala and Ocean View, this year's event lasts Mondays through Fridays, June 18 to 28, at Kea‘au High School.
     Kalei Namohala, Athletic Director for Kaʻū High School, which housed and fed Tropic Care health providers in the past, recommends that Kaʻū families make the drive this year to Keaʻau. Less than an hour from Pāhala, and half hour from Volcano, Tropic Care will offer free health care to anyone, with or without insurance.


Reserve Innovative Readiness Training, in cooperation with Hawaiʻi state Dept. of Health and County of Hawai‘i, organizes Tropic Care to provide medical services to underserved communities. Health care providers - optometrists, dentists, hearing specialists, family physicians, and more - from military reserve units around the country travel to Hawaiʻi to practice field medicine with the local Army Reserve. They set up camp and hone their skills for working in remote places - not only during wartime, but also in natural disasters.
     During Tropic Care, health experts see members of the public on a first come-first served basis. They ask that people bring with them any current prescriptions or eye glasses, and a list of any current medications being taken.
     Long waits are expected; it’s recommended to bring water and snacks. Free breakfast and lunch provided to age 3 to 18. Food carts may be on site for purchases throughout the event.
     Adria Medeiros, Vice Principal of Kea‘au High School, asks for community members to spread the word, and offers to schedule blocks of time for larger groups coming in from communities outside Kea‘au. "For example, if your school were to arrange a bus to bring in a large group, I would assist by setting aside blocks of time for services with the medical professionals to ensure they could be seen," she stated. "It really is a great opportunity to receive free services, and I'd like to make it even more successful this year than it has been in the past."

     Questions can be directed to Medeiros at 313-3333, or to the public health nurse at 974-6035.

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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will take sign-ups in Kaʻū, through June 29 (closed June 11).
     In Nā’ālehu, it will take place at the Hawai‘i County Economic Opportunity Council office, back of Senior Center, Wed-Fri, 8-1pm, 929-9263.
     In Ocean View, it will take place at Ocean View Community Center, Mon and Tue (except Mon, June 11), 8-4:30pm.
     In Pāhala, it will take place at the Edmund Olson Trust Office, Tue and Wed, 8:30-12:30pm. See more for eligibility requirements and application.

Libraries Rock Summer Reading Program: Hawai‘i State Public Library System, through July 14, statewide and online. Register and log reading at librarieshawaii.beanstack.org or at a local library. Free. Reading rewards, activities, and programs for children, teens, and adults. 2018 participants have a chance to win a Roundtrip for four to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies.

Park Rangers invite the public to downtown Hilo to learn about the volcanic activity, to get their NPS Passport Book stamped, and to experience the Hawaiian cultural connection to volcanoes. Rangers are providing programs at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center at 76 Kamehameha Avenue, Tuesday through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
     Two Park Rangers are stationed at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in downtown Hilo, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., every Sunday and Monday, in the Willie K Crown Room - as long as nothing else is scheduled in the space. The rangers will be doing daily talks at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. about the eruption. They will show the park film that is normally available to visitors to see at the Kilauea Visitor’s Center at the Summit, Born of Fire, Born in the Sea, every half-hour beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Sign Up for the Nāʻālehu Independence Day Parade, to be held June 30. If interested, call Debra McIntosh at 929-9872.

Tūtū and Me Offers Home Visits to those with keiki zero to five years old: home visits to aid with helpful parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Home visits are free, last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, for a total of 12 visits, and snacks are provided. For info and to register, call Linda Bong 464-9634.

St. Jude's Episcopal Church Calls For More Volunteers for the Saturday community outreach. Especially needed are cooks for the soup served to those in need, and organizers for the hot showers. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's April newsletter. Volunteer by contacting Dave Breskin at 319-8333.

Volcano Forest Runs Registration Open through Friday, August 17, at 6 p.m. Half marathon $85, 10K $45, 5K $30. Registration increases August 1: half marathon to $95, 10K to $55, and 5K to $35. Race is run from Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village on Saturday, August 18.

5th annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run registration open. Race day Sat, Sept 22, ; begins and ends at Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Register online before Mon, July 9: 5K, $25/person; 10K, $35/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $45/person. From July 9 to Aug 11: $30/person, $40/person, and $45/person, respectively. From Aug 13 to Sept 20: $35/person, $45/person, and $55/person. Race day registration ends Sat, Sept 22, at  Event organizers, ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou; start location, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill.

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