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Kaʻū News Briefs Thursday, June 28, 2018

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Volcano-impacted farms, like those seen above, would receive more assistance under the U.S. Senate version
 of the Farm Bill, which goes to conference committee. See story below. Photo from Big Island Video News
CHANGE WAS THE WORD on the edge of Kīlauea Caldera on Wednesday, when Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory held a press conference looking over Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, the former home of the famous lava lake.
     Under a clear blue sky above a gaping gray crater of ash and rock, HVO''s Chief Scientist Tina Neal said it’s “Bittersweet to be here today.” She talked about the park closure around the crater, and HVO pulling staff and equipment out of its headquarters on the edge of the caldera. She referred to Kīlauea lava destroying homes and displacing residents. “With the profound impacts to the people going on in lower Puna and in Volcano and the rest of the island, it’s just time to think about how somber that component of what’s going on, is now.”
     Neal said, “Change is really the fundamental process going on right now. Change is what volcanoes do. Kīlauea Volcano has been in a constant state of change, and indeed what we’re seeing today has happened before. It’s unprecedented in our modern observational period,” but again, she proclaimed, “Change is what volcanoes do.”
     Neal said that “despite there being this profound sense of loss” with partial closure of the park and destruction in lower Puna, “it’s also for our scientists a very inspirational time because of the change. And if you think back to the founding of HVO more than a hundred years ago, it was put here because of the rapid pace of change at Kīlauea and how active Kīlauea Volcano was.” HVO’s founder, Dr. Thomas Jaggar, “recognized that this was a perfect place to establish a laboratory to study volcanic processes, so that we would better understand how they can potentially impact society and give us the ability to warn people ahead of time and allow us to live safely with volcanoes.” She said that HVO scientists, “even though we are dealing with the disruption, are really engaged scientifically, trying to figure out what is happening, to give the best guidance to the National Park and other emergency authorities – and, indeed, the public - so they can make good decisions about their own safety.”
HVO Chief Scientist Tina Neal
Photo from Big Island Video News
     Neal pointed to the unmanned aerial vehicles team that has been working at Halemaʻumaʻu for more than a month to obtain UAV footage of the very hazardous area. She said HVO is bringing new tools to the table, and that “Dr. Jaggar would be very approving of it - to allow us to gain the knowledge to better understand what’s going on.”
     Kyle Anderson, a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, explained that magma is rising up beneath the summit of Kīlauea from its supply region, passing through the summit storage reservoir system, and then migrating down the rift zone where it’s either stored or erupted. “Because the rate of magma exiting the summit storage system - the summit reservoir - is so much greater than the rate at which magma is supplied to that reservoir - the summit magma reservoir is deflating - you can think of that a bit like air being let out of a balloon. That’s causing subsidence, cracking, and deformation across a broad and widening region of Kīlauea Caldera,” he said.     Anderson said that “the rates of subsidence in some places, particularly close to Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, are very large, as much as 30 feet or more per day.” The deformation, the slumping, he said, is “happening episodically,” over recent weeks about once a day. He noted that earlier in the eruption, this slumping gave rise to vigorous ash plumes and the ejection of ballistic fragments to the region surrounding the crater. “More recently, that has not been true. Very little ash is being emitted currently, but these slumping events are producing large earthquakes which are felt very strongly in the Kīlauea Summit region. Magma is exiting the summit storage system rapidly. Rock, which composes the floor of the caldera, is slumping downwards and inward to replace magma, which is being evacuated towards the rift zone, Anderson said. He noted that the bottom of the crater is about 1,000 feet below the old caldera floor.
Deep cracks have popped up all around the edges of Kīlauea
 Caldera, as Halema ʻuma ​ʻu crater subsides after the
 loss of its lava lake. Photo from Big Island Video News


     Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory has reported that the SO2 readings are at least half of what they were during the days of the Halemaʻumaʻu lava lake, giving hope that Kaʻū air may soon be
cleaner than it's been in many years.

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VOLCANO-IMPACTED FARMERS would be able to retroactively apply for coverage under the Non-insured Crop Assistance Program in the bipartisan 2018 U.S. Senate Farm Bill. Sen. Mazie Hirono pushed for the measure for the Farm Bill, which sets policy and funding levels for agriculture and nutrition programs through 2023. It was approved on Wednesday by the Senate with a 86-11 vote. The bill must now move to a conference committee to reconcile differences with the House Farm Bill passed last week.
     “The ongoing volcanic activity on Hawai'i Island has had a devastating impact on local agricultural producers. The provision I successfully included in this year’s farm bill will provide much needed relief to our agricultural community," said Hirono. “This Senate Farm Bill supports many programs that are critical to Hawai'i farmers and growers.
     The NAP Program provides assistance to producers of non-insurable crops – including papaya, leafy greens, floriculture, and aquaculture – in the event that natural disasters destroy crops, reduce yields, or prevent planting.
     Those affected by the volcanic activity will be able to access up to $125,000 in assistance even if they had not previously signed up for NAP coverage for the 2018 crop year. The underlying bill also establishes a payment limit of $125,000 for catastrophic coverage and $300,000 for additional coverage within NAP for future policies.
Scales of the Macadamia Felted coccid, a disease to be studied with
 funding in the 2018 Farm Bill. Photo from University of Hawai`i 
     The Farm Bill also includes the Macadamia Tree Health Initiative, a bill introduced earlier this Congress by Hirono, which makes researching and developing management strategies to combat the macadamia felted coccid, an invasive pest threatening Hawai'i’s macadamia nut industry, a high priority at the U.S. Department of Agriculture .
     Hirono also teamed up with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to include a floor amendment to provide small grants for individuals, food banks, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and other nonprofit organizations to promote food security and the

availability of fresh food for local communities throughout Hawai'i.

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Dina Shisler, surrounded by toys and emergency supplies, 
supplied to every Nāʻālehu school student a flashlight, whistle, 
and survival blanket. Photo from Dina Shisler

EVERY STUDENT OF NĀʻĀLAHU SCHOOL RECEIVED AN EMERGENCY TOGO BAG, made by a group of women quilters. On May 30, volunteer Dina Shisler, of DiscoveryHarbour, delivered them. “Each bag contained some fun things - but most importantly each had a whistle, flashlight, and a survival blanket,” she said. The students welcomed her warmly. “If hugs were money, I would have been a millionaire at the end of the day,” she said, promising to provide emergency togos for additional students when they start school.

     She thanked Kalae Quilters as well as County Council member Maile David, who helped pay for supplies; ʻO Kaʻū Kākou; Discount Fabric Warehouse’s Bill Miller; J. Hara in Kurtistown; police officers officers Dane Shybiuyo and Clayton Tayaman; Carol and Earl Spradling; and Ed and Marvel Rau.  Shisler said she would be happy to help other volunteer groups to produce the emergency bags for keiki in their own communities.


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FRIDAY, JUNE 29

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


SATURDAY, JUNE 30
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, 
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/


SUNDAY, JULY 1
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.

MONDAY, JULY 2
Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Ka‘ū Estuary Restoration Workday, Mon, July 2, contact in advance for meet up time. Requires a short hike to access site. Pending volcanic activity/air quality. Space limited. Free; donations appreciated. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, wildhawaii.org


Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon, July 2, 16, and 30, 1pm, Ocean View Community Center. A parent-led homeschool activity/social group building community in Ka‘ū. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351


Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Meeting, Mon, July 2, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org


TUESDAY, JULY 3
Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting, Tue, July 3, 4-6pm, July 17, 4:30-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net


Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Meeting, Tue, July 3, hala Community Center.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
4th of July Parade, Craft Fair, Wed, July 4, Volcano Village. Free. Parade starts at Post Office, down 
Old Volcano Rd
, ends at Cooper Center on Wright Rd. Activities, food, and entertainment. Summer musical Oliver! cast, Da Boni and Doug Duo, Da Digital Menehunes, and Christy Lassiter will perform. Silent auction in main room. Leashed dogs allowed. Provided by Cooper Center Council, Volcano Community Association, and Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. To be in parade, download entry form at volcanocommunity.org and email to vcainfo@yahoo.com. Vendors call Tara Holmes, 464-3625 () or email idoaloha@gmail.com. thecoopercenter.org


4th of July Picnic, Wed, July 4, , Discovery Harbour Community Center. $6, bring your own beverage. Register by Friday, June 29, by calling Discovery Harbour on Friday, June 29, between 8am and noon.

THURSDAY, JULY 5
Hula Voices w/Kumu Manaiakalani Kalua, Thu, July 5, Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Talk story session moderated by Desiree Moana Cruz. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org


Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Thu, July 5, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org


‘O Ka‘ū Kākou Meeting, Thu, July 5, Aspen Center. okaukakou.org


NEW and UPCOMING
Paniolo wrangles a steer at Nāʻālehu Fourth of July Rodeo.
Photo by Julia Neal
Bull riding is a highlight of the annual Fourth of July Rodeo.

Photo by Julia Neal
Fourth of July Rodeo at Nāʻālehu Rodeo Grounds will be held Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8. Sponsored by Kaʻū Roping & Riding Association, the two days of action will include competition for keiki, wahine and kane. Slack Roping begins Saturday at 8 a.m. Cowboy Church is on Sunday at 10 a.m. Rodeo starts at 12 p.m. both days, with Al Cabral calling the show.
     Events include Open Team Roping, Kane/Wahine Dally Team Roping, Team 90s, Double Mugging, Kane/Wahine Ribbon Mugging, Wahine Mugging, Tie Down Roping, Wahine Break Away, Po‘o Wai U, and Bull Riding.
     Dummy Roping, Goat Undecorating, Calf Riding, and Youth Barrel Racing events are set for youngsters. Food, crafts, and t-shirt booths will be on hand.


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

Paid Intern sought by The Nature Conservancy, to work from October 2018 through August 2019 with their Hawai‘i Island Terrestrial Program, which has native forest preserves located in Ka‘ū and South Kona.
     The internship is offered through Kupu Hawai‘i. Those interested are asked to fill out an online application at kupuhawaii.org under Conservation Leaders Program by Saturday, June 30; kupuhawaii.org/conservation. For more, call The Nature Conservancy at 443-5401 or call Kupu Hawai‘i at 808-735-1221.
     Benefits offered include: a $1,600 monthly living allowance (before taxes); a $5,920 education award towards higher education; health care and childcare benefits (if eligible); and receive an entry-level conservation career experience.

   Applicants must be at least 17 years old by the program start date, October 2018, and possess or be working towards a high school diploma or equivalent. Applications must also have their own housing and transportation, a drivers license, and be able to pass a criminal history check.

Sign Up for the Nāʻālehu Independence Day Parade, to be held Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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. June 30, : make a traditional Hawaiian spinning top with kukui nut, a favorite of nā keiki (children). July 1, ‘Ulana Niu; weave fun, whimsical items from coconut palm leaves.
     Visitor Contact Station hosts Ranger Talks on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at  and ; Saturday and Sunday at 
     Guided Hikes begin at  every Saturday and Sunday in June and July. Meet the ranger at the welcome tent. Sunday, July 1, Pu‘u o Lokuana: This short 0.4-mile hike to the top of the grassy cinder cone is ideal for families. Learn about the formation and various uses of this hill over time and enjoy a breathtaking view of lower Ka‘ū.
     In the Visitor Contact Station, Coffee Talk, a monthly, casual get together, is held the last Friday of the month, . On June 29, Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund will present Removing Trash, Restoring Habitat. On July 27, 
     See the Kahuku Unit Rangers, The Kahuku Cowgirls, in the Nā ͑ālehu 4th of July Parade Saturday, June 30, beginning at 
     Kahuku events are posted to the park website, nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/kahuku-hikes.htm.

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.

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

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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