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Ka`ū News Briefs Saturday, August 25, 2018

Raging gulches made crossings along the mountain road, Ka`alaiki, between Pāhala and Nā`ālehu,
dangerous on Friday, as rain bands from Lane flooded Ka`ū waterways. Photo by Shalan Crysdale
HURRICANE LANE came in from Mexico, flooded Ka`ū gulches and some roads, hauled in big surf, and led to closures of schools, parks, post offices, banks, and credit unions. The storm that grew to a Category 5 threatened to rip through the islands for more than a week but wound up treading offshore, unable to make landfall. Lane lost it in the shadows of the massive volcanoes of Hawai`i Island, withering quickly into a tropical storm on Aug. 24.

Wood Valley stream with downed tree recedes today after overflowing
 last night as Lane's rain passed through. Photo by Julia Neal
     Lane broke records. It was the second Category 5 hurricane with winds over 155 mph to arrive within 350 miles of South Point; the other, a Hurricane John in August of 1994.
     Lane sailed into the Central Pacific as the strongest hurricane since Ioke in 2006 and the first Category 5 Pacific hurricane since Patricia in 2015.
     Lane finished as the fourth wettest tropical cyclone in United States recorded history, with rainfall totaling 45.8 inches. The wettest was Hurricane Harvey, with 64.68 inches in Texas a year ago.

Water across a Wood Valley Road, passable today. Photo by Julia Neal
      Lane ranks as the second wettest tropical cyclone in Hawai`i's known history, with Hiki first in 1950 with 52 inches, Paul third in 2000 with 38.76 inches measured at Kapāpala Ranch, Maggie fourth in 1970 with 25 inches, Nina fifth in 1957 with 20.24 inches, Iwa sixth in 1982 with 20.33 inches, Fabio seventh in 1988 with 18.75 inches, and Iselle eighth in 2014 with 15.25 inches.
     A massive storm, Lane passed less than 200 miles from South Point, a minor wind event for Ka`ū and the rest of Hawai`i Island.
     The power of Lane persisted in bands, in torrents of rainfall that caused severe flooding and road closures on the Hamakua Coast, Hilo, and Puna.
     In Ka`ū, road closures included the Ka`alaikiki mountain road between Pāhala and Nā`ālehu, Kāwā Flats along Hwy 11, Wood Valley Road, and portions of Hwy 11 that flooded between Pāhala and Volcano. Civil Defense shut down South Point Road at Kama`loa to prevent non residents from risking a drive to the coast, the closest location to the hurricane.
Ford in the road near Pāhala transfer station,
covered in Lane's rain, on Friday, Aug. 24.
Photo from Tawni Wren on Facebook
     Civil Defense reported today the installation of a temporary traffic light on Highway 11 near mile marker 30, near Volcano Golf Course, due to a one lane closure. This closure will allow crews to make repairs to earthquake and flood damaged sections of the highway. Repairs are expected to last about two weeks. A current map of road closures can be found at hawaiicounty.gov/2018-hurricane-map. Road conditions continue to change, and closures may occur without notice.
     The United States Postal Service reports that all post offices except Pepe`ekeo Post Office will deliver mail tomorrow. However, there are no retail services or mail pickup from blue USPS mail boxes.

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THE PASSING OF REPUBLICAN SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, who lost his battle with brain cancer today, at the age of 81, drew condolences from Sen. Mazie Hirono, who issued a statement concerning the Viet Nam veteran of the U.S. Navy and twice presidential candidate. Hirono served under McCain, who chaired the Senate Armed Services Committee.
     "We mourn the passing of a great American and human being, John McCain. He fought many battles, met many extraordinary challenges, and faced the end with the courage he exemplified throughout his life. And yet, the end came too soon.
Navy vet John McCain, in 2017, visited the U.S.S. John McCain ship named
for his father and grandfather, both admirals. Sen. McCain, who died today,
 served with Sen. Mazie Hirono on the Senate Armed Services Committee. 
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Mortensen
     "Much will be said and written about John McCain over the days and months ahead, all paying tribute to this grand patriot. All of us who had the privilege of serving with Senator McCain have our personal stories and memories. He was my chairman and I will miss him.
     "My heartfelt condolences to Cindy McCain, his children, grandchildren and the entire McCain `ohana," said Hirono.

     Rep. Tulsi Gabbard tweeted, "Senator John McCain lived his life dedicated to serving our country. My warmest aloha and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time."
     Sen. Brian Schatz tweeted, "John McCain cared deeply about relationships between members of both parties, about legislating, and about finding a way to govern. We miss him in the Senate chamber, casting his long shadow, with moral clarity, whenever he spoke."
     Gov. David Ige tweeted, "Senator McCain was a rare and courageous American who was a true leader and public servant - in both times of war and peace. He always put country before politics. Hawai`i sends its aloha and condolences to the McCain 'Ohana."

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Kupuna Jeannette Howard of Punalu`u, who is 
in her 90s, is one of the eldest alumni who
attends the annual event. Photo by Julia Neal 
REV UP YOUR POTLUCK DISH SKILLS for the 16th annual All-Ka`ū Alumni & Friends Potluck Luncheon on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Labor Day Weekend. The date is a change from the traditional Admissions (Statehood) Day weekend. "The Pāhala Hongwanji Church is holding its bon dance on Saturday, Sept. 1, to make it a nice weekend of activities," says the event description.
     All alumni and interested people are invited to attend and enjoy a day of fun, good food, and live music. The purpose of the reunion is to bring alumni and residents back to Ka`ū to reconnect with their roots and meet classmates and other Ka`ū alumni, neighbors, and friends.
     Alumni Stanley Fuke passed away unexpectedly due to heart failure on Thursday, Aug. 16. He "went fast peacefully," says Margaret Burns. According to Joe Tateyama, Fuke and Burns "were the key coordinators" in initiating "the first annual Pāhala-Ka`ū High School reunion in Las Vegas in 2001."
     Tateyama says that,"Without their early involvement as Las Vegas residents, the reunions would probably not have received a great start. We owe a debt of gratitude for Stan's persistence in drumming up interest for the beginning of what has become such a huge annual success for so many over the years. Until we meet again, Stan, rest in peace!"
     A service honoring Fuke will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m., at Bunkers Memory Garden, 7251 W. Lone Mountain, Las Vegas, Nevada. Condolences may be extended to his brother, Milton Fuke, at 16 Kaikuono St., Hilo, Hi 96720.

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G. BRAD LEWIS,"VOLCANO'S OWN LEGENDARY KĪLAUEA ERUPTION PHOTOGRAPHER," gives a photography presentation at Volcano Art Center's Thursday Night at the Center on Aug. 30, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Ni`aulani Campus in Volcano Village. The presentation features stills and video of the recent Kīlauea's east rift zone eruption that began in May.
Fissure 8 by G. Brad Lewis.
Image from volcanoartcenter.org
     Lewis is beloved locally and internationally recognized, states the description. Known as "Volcanoman," his images have appeared on the covers of Life, Natural History, Photographer's Forum, and Geo Magazines, and within the pages of Time, Outside, Fortune, Newsweek, Stern, National Geographic, and more. Print interviews and photo essays of his work have been featured in many magazines, including Photo District News, DigitalFoto, Studio Photography & Design, and Outdoor Photographer.
     Lewis's photographs have received numerous awards and been widely exhibited. Interviews and features about Lewis have been broadcast on the NBC Today Show, CBS Evening News, The Disney Channel,  and the Discovery Channel. His photographs are found in numerous private, corporate, and public collections around the world, as well as in fine galleries and through major stock agencies.
     Lewis has been capturing the eruption of Kīlauea since it began in 1983. The goal of his photography is to "connect the viewer to a deep understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Nowhere else is creation happening so dramatically," says Lewis. Lewis travels between Hawai`i, Utah, and Alaska pursuing his art.
     Volcano Art Center last featured Lewis's stunning photography in 2015 in an exhibit titled The Quest For Liquid Light: Going With The Flow in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. "Of course, Volcano Art Center will not be able to provide the same gallery location within Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, due to the park closure," states Gallery Manager Emily C. Weiss. "However, we feel blessed that we will get to witness the dramatic creation of Pele safely through Brad's lens. Being respectful to Leilani residents and their losses, many island residents haven't had the opportunity to witness the recent transformations firsthand. This is your chance," states Weiss.
G. Brad Lewis
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
     A selection of 24 images from the presentation will be available for viewing in an online fundraising auction to benefit Pu`uhonua o Puna. The auction started on Thursday, Aug. 23. The 12" x 18" images in the auction are each printed by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets. "This creates an image with a magical luminescence, vibrant colors, incredible detail, and remarkable archival qualities," states the description. Partial proceeds from each sale in the online auction will be donated to Pu`uhonua o Puna Info & Supply Hub which was set up to help individuals displaced by the recent lava activities. "Being 100% community driven, their goal is to provide information and supplies directly to the people, a cause close to the hearts of both Volcano Art Center and Lewis," states the description.
     The online auction can be viewed and bid on at biddingforgood.com/volcano/Lewis. "We sincerely invite all to come or view online the tremendous new works of G. Brad Lewis, and at the same time show support for those most impacted by these recent volcanic events," states Weiss.
     Thursday Night At The Center is an ongoing program focusing on art, Hawaiian culture and the environment. The series is intended to inspire and enhance appreciation of art and life experience, while fostering community connection. While these events are free, donations are appreciated.

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Print edition of The Ka`ū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Ka`ū, from Miloli`i through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
   Thu, Sept 6, 6pm, @ Pāhoa
   Sat, Sept 15, 1pm, @ Kohala
   Sat, Sept 22, 3:30pm, host Lanai @ Kea`au
   Sat, Sept 29, 11am, host Pāhoa
Girls Volleyball:
   Wed, Aug 29, 6pm, @ Hilo
   Fri, Aug 31, Kamehameha Tourney
   Sat, Sept 1, Kamehameha Tourney
   Wed, Sept 5, 6pm, host Pāhoa
   Wed, Sept 12, 6pm, @ Christian Liberty
   Fri, Sept 14, @ Kamehameha
   Mon, Sept 17, 6pm, host Lapahoehoe
   Wed, Sept 19, 6pm, host Kohala
   Thu, Sept 20, 6pm, @ Honoka`a
   Tue, Sept 25, 6pm, @ HPA 
   Fri, Sept 28, 6pm, host Kona
Cross Country:
   Sat, Sept 1, 10am, @ HPA
   Sat, Sept 8, 10am, @ Kamehameha
   Sat, Sept 15, 10am, Kea`au
   Sat, Sept 22, 9am, @ HPA
   Sat, Sept 29, 10am, @ Waiakea
   Mon, Oct 1, 6pm, host HAAS
   Tues, Oct 2, 6pm, @ Kealakehe
   Fri, Oct 5, 6pm, host Kea`au

HOVE Road Maintenance Corp. Meeting, Tue, Aug 28, 10am, 92-8979 Lehua Lane, Ocean Viewhoveroad.com, 929-9910, gm@hoveroad.com

Ka`ū Food Pantry, Tue, Aug 28, 11:30-1pm, St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View.

Kōkua Kupuna Project, Wed, Aug 29, 9-11am, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View. Seniors 60 years & 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

Ka`ū Community Children's Council, Thu, Aug 30, 12:30-1:30pm, 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, ccco.k12.hi.us

Volcano Bay Clinic Mobile Health Unit Visit, Thu, Aug 30, 1-5pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Must be Bay Clinic, Inc. patient. Medical services offered last Thursday of every month. Dental to be announced. Call 333-3600 to schedule appointment. See Cooper Center June newsletter for details. thecoopercenter.org

Volcano Friends Feeding Friends, Thu, Aug 30, 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, thecoopercenter.org

Coffee Talk, Fri, Aug 31, 9:30-11am, Kahuku Park, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. NPS Law Enforcement Rangers talk story about Mitigating Disaster in National Parks. Ka`ū coffee, tea, and pastries available for purchase. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Miloli`i Classic -- Classic Fishing Tournament Series, information meeting , Fri, Aug 31, Kalanihale pavilion, Miloli`i. Fishing tourney Saturday and Sunday, Sep 1 and 2. All profits go towards marine conservation and youth educational programs in and around Miloli`i. $200 entry fee, 4 per boat; $25 additional. Cash prizes for Flag Fish: Marlin, Ahi, Mahimahi, Ono, Aku. Grand Prize qualifies for Las Vegas Trip. Contact Wilfred Kaupiko, 896-6272, kalanihale@gmail.com. Sponsored by Kalanihale, kalanihale.org.

Hawai`i Wildlife Fund Kamilo Beach Mini-Clean-up with visiting Debris Poet Allison Cobb, Sat, Sep 1, contact in advance for meet up time at Wai`ōhinu Park. Limited space available in HWF rides. Free; donations appreciated. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, wildhawaii.org

Stained Glass Basics w/Lois Pollock, Sat and Sun, Sep 1, 2, 8, and 9. 9-noon at Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Students complete the 4-session workshop with finished light-catcher and basic skills to continue working with stained glass. $90/VAC member, $100/non-member, $15 supply fee. Advanced registration required. Class size limited. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Nature & Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Sat, Sep 1, 9:30-11:30am, Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate guided hike along the Palm Trail, approx. 2 miles. Learn about native plants that play a vital role in Hawaiian culture, and observe the catastrophic change and restoration of the land as it transitions from the 1868 lava flow to deeper soils with more diversity and older flora. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Keiki Science Class, Sat, Sep 1, 11-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide, including Nā`ālehu, 929-9030, and Ocean View, 929-7315). Free. First Sat every month. acehardware.com

Pu`u o Lokuana, Sun, Sep 2, , Kahuku Unit of Hawai`iVolcanoesNational 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 Ka`ū. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun, Sep 2, noon-2pm, ManukāState 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


Cross County Assistant Coach Needed for Ka`ū Trojans, says Coach Erin Cole. The Boys & Girls team starts running Aug 25. Contact Cole for more, or if interested in applying, at erinlcole@hotmail.com.

5th Annual Volcano Winery Harvest Festival tickets on sale for event on Sun, Sept 9, and selling fast! Benefit for Volcano School of Arts and Sciences. Music, food, wine, and raffle. $40/adult (21+), $20 under 21. 967-7772, volcanowinery.com

5th Annual Ka`ū Coffee Trail Run Registration Open, online at webscorer.com/register?raceid=128145, Fees: 5K, $35/person; 10K, $45/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $55/person. Race Day Sat, Sept 22, 7 a.m.; begins and ends at Ka`ū Coffee Mill, kaucoffeemill.com. Event organizers: `O Ka`ū Kākou, okaukakou.org.

Activities at Kahuku Park -- within Hawaiian Ocean View Estates -- over the next two months, include two physical activities, three arts and crafts activities, and a Park Beautification Day.
     For ages 6 to 12:
     - Jump Rope Challenge: Mon, Aug 27, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration open through Aug 25.
     - Sand Art: Wed, Sept 5, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration open Aug 27 through 31.
     For all ages:
     - Friendship Bracelets: Wed, Sept 19, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration open Sept 10 through 14.
     - Park Beautification Day: Fri, Sept 28, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Registration open Sept 19 through 26.
     All activities are free to attend. For more, call Teresa Anderson at 929-9113 or visit the park during business hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.

Free Arts and Crafts Activities at Pāhala Comunity Center happen on Wednesdays in September, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., through the end of Sept, for keiki in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
     - Sept 5: In observance of Grandparents Day, Craft Stick Puzzle Hanging. Register Aug 30 through Sept 4.
     - Sept 12: Dove Foldable For Peace. Register Sept 4 through 11.
     - Sept 19: Handprint Tree Art. Register Sept 13 through 18.
     - Sept 26: Beaded Wind Chime. Register Sept 19 through 25.
     For more, call 928-3102 or visit the community center during business hours: Mon-Thu and Sat, from noon to 8 p.m., or Fri, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.

Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool's Temporary Nā`ālehu Location is Kauaha`ao Church in Wai`ōhinu. Meeting days and times remain the same: Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Pāhala site program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Pāhala Community Center.
     Tūtū and Me also offers home visits to those with keiki zero to five years old, to aid with parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Free. Visits last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, total of 12 visits. Snacks are provided.
     To enroll in either program, fill out enrollment forms found at pidf.org/programs/tutu_and_me/enrollment_forms, or call Linda Bong at 464-9634. Questions: Clark at 929-8571 or eclark@pidfountation.org.

Volunteers Needed by St. Jude's Episcopal Church for Sat community outreach, especially soup cooks and shower organizers. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's. Contact Dave Breskin, 319-8333.

Ocean View Vet Center Visits Suspended until further notice. Veterans, call 329-0574 for VA benefit information. ovcahi.org

Harmony Educational Services, Home Based Educational Programs - Open Enrollment through Oct 15; harmonyed.com/hawaii. Partnered with four local public charter schools, Harmony offers benefits of homeschooling with resources available to public schools. Interested families can also contact Rayna Williams at rwilliams@harmonyed.com or 430-9798.

Disaster Recovery Center open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Pāhoa Neighborhood Center at 15-3022 Kauhale St. See information applicants need to bring, or register online, at fema.gov/disaster/4366. If you are a survivor who has left the area, call 800-621-3362. Salvation Army distribution center at Pāhoa Community Center on Tue, Thu, and Sat, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. To donate, contact 756-0306.

Find Your Park, invites Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, to kama`aina and tourist alike. Experience authentic Hawaiian cultural programs, guided hikes, After Dark events, and more from Ka`ū to Volcano to Hilo, while the partial closure of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park continues.
     Free of charge, with no entry fees, rangers offer new and familiar programs at Kahuku Unit, Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus, and Mokupāpapa Discovery Center and Prince Kūhio Plaza in Hilo.
Kahuku Unit

     Kahuku events are posted to the park website, nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/kahuku-hikes.htm.

     Regularly scheduled Guided Hikes, monthly Coffee Talk, daily Ranger Talks, with cultural demonstrations and activities on weekends.

     Guided Hikes on Saturdays and Sundays begin at  Meet the ranger at the welcome tent. Can't make a guided hike but want to get to know Kahuku better? The Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park will tailor a customized trek just for you. Contact Friends through their website. Proceeds support Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.

     Coffee Talk, held the last Friday of the month, , at the Visitor Contact Station. Dr. Frank Bonaccorsoreveals "A Day in the Life of `Ōpe`ape`a - the Hawaiian Hoary Bat," and shares a 24-hour cycle of the only land mammal native to Hawai`i on Fri., Aug. 31.

     Ranger Talks introduce the natural, cultural and historic attributes of Kahuku on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at  and , and Saturday and Sunday at , at the Visitor Contact Station.

     `Ike Hana No`eau: Experience the Skillful Work Cultural De
     Picnic in the Park: Join Kahuku for Hawaiian music and hula. Bring a picnic lunch or opt to buy lunch from food trucks on this family-friendly day. Supported by the Friends of Hawai`i VolcanoesNational Park. Sun., Sept. 16, 
Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus
     Find Park Rangers in Volcano Village daily, at the Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus at 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd. Rangers are there 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide talks and answer questions about the current eruption.

     After Dark Near the Park at the Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus. Each event will have a different subject matter.

Mokupāpapa Discovery Center

     Find Park Rangers in downtown Hilo, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rangers provide daily eruption updates. At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., they give a talk about all five of Hawai`i Island's volcanoes, including Kīlauea. Get NPS Passport Books stamped. Located at 76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo.

Prince Kūhio Plaza

     Find Park Rangers alongside the park's non-profit partner, Hawai`i Pacific Parks Association, at their brand new mall store.

Grand Naniloa Hotel

     Find Park Rangers stationed at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in downtown Hilo on Sundays and Mondays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Rangers provide eruption updates at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The park film that is normally available to visitors at Kīlauea Visitor Center at the Summit, Born of Fire, Born in the Sea, is shown every half-hour beginning at 9:30 a.m.
     Park rangers also greet incoming arrivals at the Hilo International Airport, welcome cruise ship passengers as they disembark at the Port of Hilo, and inform visitors at `Imiloa Astronomy Center most Sundays.

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