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Kaʻū News Briefs Sunday, June 24, 2018

A full court, live performances, live music, and vibrant costumes celebrated Voyaging to Hawaiʻi, held at Nāʻālehu Elementary School gym towards the end of the school year. See story below. Photos from Nohea Kaʻawa
A DROP IN TOURISM AND HOW TO BRING IT BACK, following the volcano disaster, is the subject of a Big Island Video News story this evening. David Corrigan and Sherry Bracken report on the Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau's projection earlier this year, predicting that this island would host 1,974,464 visitors, an increase of 12 percent. These visitors would spend $2.71 billion, an increase of 13 percent. The number of visitor days on the island would be more than 14 million, an increase of 10 percent. Visitor expenditures per day would also rise. Some 1,331,727 direct seats flying into Kona and 60,603 flying into Hilo were also projected - another hefty increase. Ross Birch, executive director of the Visitors Bureau, said that more visitors would create higher prices for hotel rooms and more income to the island.
Ross Birch, Executive Director of Island of Hawaiʻi
Visitors Bureau, predicted double digit increases in tourism
until the volcano event. Photo from Big Island Video News
     After the volcanic activity began, Birch said there is no reason for visitors to refrain from coming to the island. However, the cancellation of cruise ships calling on Kona and Hilo, and cancellation of accommodations reservations through summer, were having an impact.
     With most of the state's most visited destination - Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park - mostly closed during this volcanic activity, public officials are talking about encouraging a lava experience. In addition to helicopter rides and tour boats, the creation of safe viewing sites on the ground are being discussed by county, state, and federal government.

Kīlauea Lodge office manager Janet Coney says visitors
cancel, misunderstanding that the lava is affecting a small
part of the island. Photo from Big Island Video News
     Meanwhile, Volcano village business is hardest hit. Kīlauea Lodge office manager Janet Coney told Big Island Video News, "Many visitors calling to cancel have the vision that the island is getting covered by lava or ash, and there is a lot of misunderstanding." She called for better education of visitors regarding the area the lava has covered in relation to the entire island. She said the loss of businesses first hits the hospitality industry, but the losses trickle down and will eventually impact the mom and pop operations, as people lose income from their jobs. See the video at bigislandvideonews.com.

VOYAGING TO HAWAIʻI WAS CELEBRATED BY NĀʻĀLEHU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL toward the end of the school year, with vibrant costumes, live performances and music, and a full court of student island representatives.
Princess Alexus Bivings and Prince
Christian Ogle represented
Kahoʻolawe, in gray.
      The presentation, looking back to the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands by Polynesians and the multicultural community that followed, welcomed student body, staff, parents, and guests into the Nāʻālehu Elementary School gym. The gym was decorated in greenery and lehua, and attendees were seated to the sounds of music provided by the Tavares Family.

Princess McKenzy Curtis and Prince
Shaun Jhoryel-Galarse represented
Niʻiahu, in white.
     MCs Yzrra Sheane Blanco, Kalesha Hashimoto, Sunny Zook, and school year 2018-19 Student Body President Pablo Maddison opened the presentation. Next, Principal Darlene Javar addressed the gathering.
Princess Zaela Malia
and Prince Rico Rivera
represented Lanaʻi,
in orange.
     Maika Akamu, Buck Ka-ne-kala, Timmy Sadao, and Kaui Young blew conch shells. Fifth graders Trinity Sheldon-Baji, Jolynn Lorace, Elits Long, Leiahi Kaʻawa, Delisa Breithaupt, Pablo Maddison, Sherwin Agapoa, and Malcolm Miller-Kaulana presented an oli.

Princess Taijah Beck and Prince Tryston
Saragosa represented Molokaʻi, in green.
     The Royal Court made a formal entry. Each Princess and Prince represented an outlying Island and were draped in its signature color. Princess Alexus Bivings and Prince Christian Ogle represented Kahoʻolawe, in gray. Princess McKenzy Curtis and Prince Shaun Jhoryel-Galarse represented Niʻiahu, in white. Princess Zaela Malia Kainoa-Haili-Brarawis and Prince Rico Rivera represented Lanaʻi, in orange.
Princess Taijah Beck and Prince Tryston Saragosa represented Molokaʻi, in green. Princess Tialiana
Princess Neilybtha Paul and Prince Keaka
McDonnell represented Maui, in pink.
Princess Chloe Velez and Prince Jackry
Boktok represented Oʻahu, in yellow.
Aukai and Prince Iokepa Niʻiahu represented Kauaʻi, in purple. Princess Chloe Velez and Prince Jackry Boktok represented Oʻahu, in yellow. Princess Neilybtha Paul and Prince Keaka McDonnell represented Maui, in pink. Draped in red, two more students represented Hawaiʻi Island.

     The entrance of King Joesph Akui and Queen Kaelyn Medeiros-
Princess Tialiana Medieros-
Aukai and Prince Iokepa
Niʻiahu represented
Kauaʻi, in purple.
Shibuya was accompanied by two Ladies-in-Waiting, Rosiena Joseph and Rosebella Mote; Kahili Bearers Jolie Abner and Joseph Jeadrik; and Spearsmen Nicoli Makuakane and Ridonson Maddison.

Draped in red, two more students
represented Hawaiʻi Island.
     Following the presentation of the royals, each grade and staff member presented their talent. Pre-Kindergarten performed Nui Coconut Island Tree. Kindergarten performed Taʻaroa. Grades K and 1 performed Hilo Hanakahi. Grade 1 performed Hokuleʻa Haku. Grade 2 performed We Know the Way. Grade 3 performed Ka Huakaʻi Pele.
     Nāʻālehu Staff performed Hanalei Moon. Grade 4 performed Poi Haka. Grade 5 performed Kaʻū Nui. Grade 6 performed Ia ‘Oe E Ka La, followed by the Royal Court. The Queen’s Court performed Lai Hoʻoheno.
Nāʻālehu Elementary School celebrated Voyaging to Hawaiʻi
with vibrant costumes, live music, and a full
court of student island representatives.
     The performances ended with Hawaiʻi Ponoʻi. Voyaging to Hawaiʻi also celebrated May Day.

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VOLCANO RAINFOREST RUNS WILL TAKE OFF AT 4,000 FEET. The event, in its ninth year, gives participants an opportunity to run at a 4,000 foot elevation. The races will be in VolcanoVillage Saturday, Aug. 18, with a Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. Race organizer Sharon Pfaff said, “You are guaranteed of being in one of the most unique and beautiful places on earth, running in the enchanting native rain forests of Hawaiʻi.”

Ninth Annual Volcano Rain Forest Runs in
Volcano Village begin at 4,000 feet elevation.
Photo from Volcano Rain Forest Runs
     All runs start and finish at CooperCenter on
Wright Road
. The Half Marathon begins at followed by the 5K at , 10K at and Keiki Run at The registration fees go up on Aug. 1, which is also the deadline for participant names to be printed on the Volcano Rain Forest Runs towel, which will be for sale at the event.

     There is no race day registration for the Half Marathon but 10K and 5K participants can register race morning at the Cooper Center Start Line from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. T- shirts are not guaranteed for late registrations.

     Packet Pick Up and Late Registration is Friday Aug. 17 at CooperCenter from to    Volunteers and racers can help decorate the Finish Line. Keiki, ages 1-7, can register for the free 100 or 200 yard dash online or race morning until   Keiki runs begin at All entrants will receive a ribbon and other goodies, as everyone is a winner under the sponsorship of Kilauea Lodge.

     Volcano Rotary Club will serve a BBQ Grill Lunch on race day from until , for $10. Race day features entertainment for everyone with craft booths, food booths, music, Taiko Drums, and more. “It’s a great family fun day,” said the race organizer.

Photo from Eigth Annual Volcano Rain Forest Runs.
Photo from Volcano Rain Forest Runs
     Volcano Rain Forest Half Marathon is the final event for the Big Island Half Marathon Triple Crown Series.  All participants will have completed the Hilo, Kona and Volcano Half Marathons. The small elite group who complete three years of the series will earn The Triple Crown Award.

     With parking limited within VolcanoVillage, race organizers recommend coming early and car pooling. Parking is available at Volcano Store and Thai Thai Restaurant. Parking lots are located on
Old Volcano Road
and within walking distance of CooperCenter.

Volcano Road
through the village will close to vehicle traffic from to

     Race organizers urge everyone to check out the maps for the events, as all participants are responsible for knowing their race route. “If you’re not running or walking in one of the races, volunteer and have a great time supporting those that do,” said a statement from Volcano Rain Forest Runs.

     For more information, maps, FAQ’s and to register, see www.volcanorainforestruns.com or call 808-967-8240.

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PIZZA BRADDAHS LANDS WITH WINGS, in Waiʻōhinu. The food truck opened its windows on Wednesday, June 20 in the parking lot of Kauahaʻao Congregational Church - along Hwy 11, on the corner of Pinao Street and Kamaoa Road. Residents of the area, some having worked up an appetite on their walk over, eagerly awaited freshly baked pizzas and chicken wings, while they spoke in excitement about the much-needed new business, mere months after the closing of Waiʻōhinu's only gas station and convenience stop, Wong Yuen Store.
Pizza Bruddahs food truck, owned and run by the Waitley family,
now serves hungry folk in Waiʻōhinu. Photo by Geneveve Fyvie
     Judy and Jason Waitley, along with their children, own and operate Pizza Braddahs. Judy said they “chose to open the food truck in Waiʻōhinu because we wanted to bring something different to the community.” The Waitleys moved to Kaʻū in Feburary 2018 from Idaho. Judy said their favorite thing about Kaʻū is “the amazing people in the community that have welcomed us with open arms.” Jason added that he loves the “atmosphere and friendliness of the community,” and believes the food truck to be a “good way to get to know the community.”
     When asked what they look forward to most in their Ka‘ū future, Jason responded with, “Growing a positive vibe and planting our roots,” to which Judy added, “for future generations of Waitley’s.”
Pizza Bruddahs hand-drawn logo.
Photo from Pizza Bruddahs' Facebook
     Before moving to Hawaiʻi, the family owned and operated a music and homeschooling supply store, and a homestyle and American comfort food restaurant in Northern Idaho, said the Waitley’s. Prior to opening Pizza Braddahs, they made and sold home-baked goods, such as muffins and breads - with gluten free options - at the Nā‘ālehu Farmers’ Market, in front of Ace Hardware.
     Pizza Braddahs will launch a Keiki Reading Rewards program this fall, after school resumes. The aim is to encourage literacy in all keiki, 6th grade and under, in the Kaʻū district, including homeschoolers and preschoolers. Participants will read at least 1.5 hours per week to earn their monthly reward: a slice of pizza and a drink. Pizza Braddahs wants “to be able to give back to the community in as many ways as possible, and supporting our keiki is just one of the many ways we plan to do so,” said Judy.
Pizza Bruddahs' pizza.
Photo from Pizza Bruddahs' Facebook
     The food truck business is looking for musicians from around the island who would like to showcase their talents on Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “We want to offer opportunities in which our community can come together, enjoy each others company, and of course chow down on great food and listen to great music,” said Judy. She added that their family believes “the more that our community comes together, even for nights like this, the stronger our community becomes. So for us, it is all about bringing people together; music and food are great ways to do that!”

Pizza Braddahs is open Wednesday through Saturday, , and Sunday, As an aextra convenience to those living within a five-mile radius of the Church, Pizza Braddahs can deliver. In addition to choose-your-own toppings on 16” pizzas, pizza by the slice, mild or spicy BBQ wings, and hot Buffalo wings, the food truck also offers gluten free pizzas, vegan cheese, canned sodas and juice, and bottled water. For delivery, or to perform on Saturdays, call 756-8280 during business hours. See their Facebook at facebook.com/Pizza-Braddahs-164001504290293.

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Exploring Your Senses, Tue, Jun 26, Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. For ages 6-12 years. Register Jun 18-22. Teresa Anderson, 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Ka‘ū Food Pantry, Tue, Jun 26, , St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View.

 Maintenance Monthly Meeting, Tue, Jun 26, , RMC Office in Ocean View. hoveroad.com, 929-9910

Kōkua Kupuna Project, Wed, Jun 27, , St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Seniors 60 years and older encouraged to attend, ask questions, and inquire about services offered through Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i - referral required from Hawai‘i County Office of Aging at 961-8626 for free legal services. Under 60, call 1-800-499-4302. More info: tahisha.despontes@legalaidhawaii.org, 329-3910 ext. 925. legalaidhawaii.org

Kona Vet Center visits to Ocean View Community Center are Suspended until further notice. Veterans may call 329-0574 for VA benefit information. ovcahi.org

Ka‘ū Community Children's Council, Thu, Jun 28, , Punalu‘u Bake Shop. Monthly meeting provides local forum for all community members to come together as equal partners to discuss and positively affect multiple systems' issues for the benefit of all students, families, and communities. Chad Domingo, text 808-381-2584, domingoc1975@yahoo.com

Volcano Friends Feeding Friends, Thu, Jun 28, 4-6pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Free community dinner for all. Additional packaged goods to take home for those in need. Donations and volunteers encouraged. 967-7800

Coffee Talk, Fri, Jun 29, Kahuku Park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Join park rangers in informal conversation on a variety of topics. Ka‘ū coffee, tea, and pastries available for purchase. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Mystery Bag Game, Fri, Jun 29, Kahuku Park, H.O.V.E. For ages 6-12 years. Register Jun 25-29. Teresa Anderson, 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation

Nā‘ālehu Independence Day Parade, Sat, Jun 30, Hwy 11, Nā‘ālehu. Sign-ups open. Call Debra McIntosh, 929-9872

Birds of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park: The Hawaiʻi Nei Invitational Exhibition, Daily, Jun 30-Aug 12, 9-5pm, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, Hale Hoʻomana at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road. Special opening reception with 8 participating artists held Sat, Jun 30, 5-7pm, Free. volcanoartcenter.org

Soft Pastel Still Life w/Patti Pease Johnson, Sat, Jun 30, 9-noon, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, Hale Hoʻomana at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road. $45/VAC Member, $50/non-Member, plus $10 supply fee. Beginner and intermediate artists welcome. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Grow Me the Money: Record-Keeping Principles and Best Practices for farmers and food producers, Sat, Jun 30, 3-6pm, Kaʻū District Gym. Free; registration required. Contact Megan Blazak, 887-6411, or koha.la/growmoney

Imua Puna, Sat, June 30, 3-10pm, 16-111 Opukahala St, Keaʻau. $5 suggested donation; evacuees enter and eat free. Food and drink to ourchase. Live entertainment. “Share your manaʻo at a multi-band music-dance concert to malama and kokua those displaced by Tutu Pele's journey to the ocean.” See facebook.com/kevin.carpenter84/videos/10212545972867861/
Pu‘u o Lokuana, Sun, July 1, , Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Short, moderately difficult, 0.4-mile hike to the top of the grassy cinder cone, Pu‘u o Lokuana. Learn about the formation and various uses of this hill over time and enjoy a breathtaking view of lower Kaʻū. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun, July 1, noon-2pm, Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. Sponsored by South Point Amateur Radio Club and Amateur Radio Emergency Service. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or sites.google.com/view/southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

‘Ike Hana No‘eau, Experience the Skillful Work, every Sat and Sun in July: 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29; , Kahuku Unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Hawaiian cultural demonstrations and hands-on activities. Free. Check nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/cultural-programs.htm for details.

Keiki volunteers Leiahi and Kaiko‘o Ka‘awa, along with many others, 
helped remove plastic debris from the Ka‘ū Coast on Saturday, June 23, 
with Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund at Kamilo. Photo by Nohea Ka‘awa
     On Monday, July 2, volunteers will help restore an estuary in Ka‘ū with a short hike to access the site. On Saturday, July 7, volunteers will remove trash and debris from Pā‘ula, below Nā‘ālehu, with Ala Kahakai Trails Association and friends; space is limited. For meeting times and locations, email Megan Lamson at kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com in advance. These events are subject to change; registration is required.
Volunteer with Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund to help restore parts of 
the Ka‘ū Coast at upcoming events. Photo by Nohea Ka‘awa
     Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund will also make a special Coffee Talk presentation Removing Trash, Restoring Habitat on Friday, June 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
     For more about Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund, visit wildhawaii.org.

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Tropic Care 2018 - providing medical, dental, and eye care for any community member, free of charge, whether they have insurance or not - lasts through June 28,  to at Keaʻau High School gym. First come-first served. Bring any current prescriptions or eye glasses. Long waits are expected; bring water and snacks. Free breakfast and lunch provided to those aged 3 to 18, Monday thru Friday. Food carts may be on site for purchases throughout the event. Questions can be directed to the public health nurse at 808-974-6035, or Adria Maderios, Vice Principal of Keaʻau High School, at 313-3333.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will take sign-ups in Kaʻū, through June 29.
     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, 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.

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

Disaster Recovery Center, jointly operated by Hawaiʻi County, the State of Hawaiʻi, and FEMA, is open daily from  to  at Keaʻau High School Gym. Buses run from  and  to and from Keaʻau Armory every 20 minutes and Pāhoa Community Center Shelter every hour. See the full bus schedule on the Civil Defense Website at HawaiiCounty.gov/Active-Alerts. For a list of the information applicants need to bring to the DRC, or to register online, go to DisasterAssistance.gov

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.

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park invites kamaʻaina and tourist alike to visit the Kahuku Unit. There are no entry fees, and all programs are free of charge. In addition to regularly scheduled Guided Hikes and the monthly Coffee Talk, Kahuku Unit has added daily Ranger Talks, and cultural demonstrations and activities on weekends.

     Visitor Contact Station hosts Ike Hana Noe ʻAu, Cultural Demonstrations and Activities, at  every Saturday and Sunday in June and July, made possible by Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association.

     Visitor Contact Station hosts Ranger Talks on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at  and ; Saturday and Sunday at 
     Artist in Residence Talk, in the Visitor Center on Fri, June 22, at 
     Guided Hikes begin at  every Saturday and Sunday in June and July. Meet the ranger at the welcome tent.
     In the Visitor Contact Station, Coffee Talk, a monthly, casual get together, is held the last Friday of the month. On June 29 at , Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund will present Removing Trash, Restoring Habitat.
     See the Kahuku Unit Rangers,The Kahuku Cowgirls, in the Na ͑alehu 4th of July Parade Sat, June 30, beginning at 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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