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Kaʻū News Briefs Friday, August 31, 2018

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park will reopen many locations that have been closed since May 11, during
eruptions and earthquakes at Kīlauea, which has been quiet since Aug. 2. The opening is Saturday,
Sept. 22, the fee-free National Public Lands Day. NPS photo
REOPENING A NUMBER OF HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK areas that have been closed since May 11 is planned for Saturday, Sept. 22, this year's fee-free National Public Lands Day. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announced today that it is "completing emergency repairs and making progress towards reopening parts of the park by , Sept. 22." Areas of the park will go back to being open 24 hours a day.

     Thirty-two buildings have been inspected, non-potable water has been restored to nine buildings, and 20 miles of trails have been assessed by the National Park Service geomorphologist, says the statement from Hawai‘i Volcanoes. "On Sept. 10, a team of engineers from the Federal Highway Administration will begin assessments on park roads. Due to extensive earthquake damage, no vehicles over 15,000 pounds will be allowed to enter the park when it reopens."

     A new Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Recovery webpage shares updates and photos with the public at nps.gov/havo/recovery.htm.

Water lines were affected during the approx. three months of frequent
seismic activity at Kīlauea's summit. Only non-potable water will be
available when the park reopens sections on Sept. 22. NPS photo
     The following areas are scheduled to reopen on Sept. 22:

·     Kīlauea Visitor Center (closes at )

·     Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association store at KīlaueaVisitorCenter (closes at )

·     Crater Rim Trail between Volcano House and Kīlauea Military Camp

·     Sulphur Banks Trail

·     Crater Rim Drive to Steam Vents

·     Kīlauea Iki Overlook and parking lot

·     Devastation Trail and Pu‘u Pua‘i

·     Crater Rim Drive to Keanakāko‘i Crater, for pedestrians and bicyclists only

·     Mauna Loa Road to Kīpukapuaulu; open to pedestrians and bicyclists past Kīpukapuaulu

·     Sections of Escape Road from Highway 11

·     Chain of Craters Road

     The release says Volcano Art Center Gallery and Kilauea Military Camp also plan to open on Sept. 22. Limited services may be available at Volcano House, says the release.

     "National Public Lands Day is a fee-free day so entrance fees will not be charged on Sept. 22. Entrance fees will go into effect on Sunday, Sept. 23. Areas not listed above should be presumed closed. There is no drinking water in the park. Unforeseen circumstances could delay the projected reopening. During the last several weeks, two hurricanes threatened the park, and a damaging wildfire burned nearly 3,800 acres of native forest on Mauna Loa.

Large details and small will be attended to, to welcome
visitors, before the park reopens. NPS photo
     "An initial interior inspection was completed on Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube), but additional assessments are needed. It will remain closed for now. Between May and August, 62 collapse-explosion events at the summit of Kīlauea produced scores of rockfalls and fractured park overlooks, trails, waterlines, parking lots and roads."

     The theme for this year's National Public Lands Day is Resilience & Restoration. Next week, says the release, the park will announce opportunities for volunteers to assist with recovery efforts, and begin recruitment.

    "For the first time in many years, there is no molten lava to see in the park. The recent eruption saw the disappearance of the summit lava lake and lava flows from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō have ceased."

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Satellite imagery of Miriam, center, and Norman, between 120 and 125 longitude. Image from nhc.noaa.gov
HURRICANE MIRIAM CONTINUES TO TRACK NORTHWARD, far east of Hawaiʻi. At 5, the Category 2 hurricane was about 915 miles east of Hilo, with 90 mph winds, traveling north near 12 mph. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center predicts that Miriam will rapidly lose strength. If its forecast stays the same, Miriam will dissipate into a Tropical Depression hundreds of miles northeast of the islands by the end of the holiday weekend.
Winds from Miriam and Norman  nhc.noaa.gov
     Behind Hurricane Miriam, Category 3 Hurricane Norman is heading toward Hawaiʻi. More than 2,000 miles east southeast of South Point, Norman was traveling west southwest, with 120 mph winds at about 8 mph as of 5 A turn toward the west and west northwest is expected during the weekend and early next week. Normanis expected to begin weakening gradually, and could lose hurricane strength next week at the earliest.

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THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY IS LANDING A HAND to measure Kīlauea's changing shape, reports this week's Volcano Watch, written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geophysicist Sarah Conway:

A USGS HVO geophysicist downloads data at a temporary 
GPS station provided by UNAVCO, one of the scientific 
agencies that provided support during Kīlauea 
Volcano's recent activity. USGS photo by A. Miklius

     The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has an extensive network of instruments that helps us monitor how the ground deforms due to magma moving underground. However, we are fortunate that scientific colleagues also pitched in to support our responses to Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone eruption and summit collapse.

     Here, we describe our deformation monitoring network and highlight how the community of scientists who study ground motion helped increase HVO's monitoring capabilities during Kīlauea's recent events.
     The Global Positioning System has been used to monitor surface motion on the Island of Hawaiʻi since the late 1980s. Several dozen permanent GPS stations are scattered across the island, and all communicate data to HVO via radio links. Each day, an independent solution for the 3-dimensional position of a GPS station is calculated from these data. The accuracy of the GPS station positions is typically better than a centimeter.

The blue line shows the radial tilt at Summer Camp station, on the eastern rim of Kīlauea's caldera. The green line is radial tilt at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, on the north flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone. These are recorded by continuously operating electronic tiltmeters. Positive changes often indicate inflation of the magma storage areas beneath the caldera or Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, but may also result from heavy rainfall or, occasionally, instrumental malfunctions. USGS Image
     In addition to permanent GPS stations, which are affixed to a monument anchored to the ground, HVO also regularly measures the positions of a set of benchmarks using portable installations, also called "campaign GPS." During an eruption, these temporary stations provide extra coverage in important areas.

     One challenge of the LERZ eruption, which began in Lower Puna's Leilani Estates subdivision on May 3, was that it involved a large portion of Kīlauea. Within days of the first fissure opening, all HVO GPS equipment was deployed, but gaps remained in places where ground deformation monitoring was critical.

     Fortunately, the University Navstar Consortium, a Colorado-based organization that specializes in using GPS to measure deformation of Earth's surface, was able to provide additional equipment to expand the area that HVO could monitor. This expanded area included the western side of Kīlauea's south flank, which enabled us to gather more insights on the after-effects of the magnitude-6.9 earthquake that occurred on May 4.

     Additional GPS stations were deployed along Kīlauea's middle East Rift Zone, from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō to Heiheiahulu, to measure rift deformation caused by magma draining from the area and migrating to Leilani Estates. Other temporary stations were deployed around Kīlaueacaldera to give better constraints on summit deflation and collapse.

One year of GPS measurements of Kīlaue summit. USGS image
     Another tool utilized by HVO to measure surface deformation orbits above Earth's surface at a height of over 600 kilometers (about 400 miles) are radar satellites. Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar is a technique that uses two satellite radar images acquired from about the same point in space at different times. From these images, a map can be produced to show how the Earth's surface has deformed during the time spanned.

     The European Space Agency operates a two-satellite constellation called Sentinel-1. InSAR data from Sentinel-1 are typically available with a 12-day repeat cycle. However, in response to Kīlauea's eruption and summit collapse events, ESA cut the repeat time in half, and provided InSAR results every six days.

     The Cosmo-SkyMed satellite system is operated by the Italian Space Agency and consists of four satellites. ASI made sure that all four satellites acquired high-resolution views of Kīlauea's summit throughout the collapse events, with individual InSAR results spanning as little as one day.

     The increased frequency of radar satellite passes was especially valuable for regular updates and broad-scale views of Kilauea's summit, allowing HVO to monitor subtle surface deformation that might otherwise have gone undetected. The data were also used to produce animations of the summit collapse, which provided both scientists and island residents a birds-eye view of the major changes occurring within Kīlauea caldera.

INSAR images of Kīlauea summit in May and June, showing changes. Images from USGS
     HVO scientists used the additional equipment and access to satellite data to further our monitoring capabilities and better understand Kīlauea's extraordinary LERZ and summit activity. We are grateful for the scientific community's support, which was crucial to understanding the evolution of volcanic hazards over the course of the recent unprecedented events.

     Volcano Activity Updates

 Kīlauea's LERZ, no incandescence was visible in the Fissure 8 cone and no lava was entering the ocean as of today, August 30. At the summit of the volcano, seismicity and ground deformation were negligible, and no collapse event has occurred since August 2. However, hazardous conditions remain in both areas. Mauna Loa remains at NORMAL. No earthquakes were reported felt in Hawaiʻi this past week.
     Visit volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvofor past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea daily eruption updates, Mauna Loa monthly updates, volcano photos, maps, recent earthquake info, and more. Email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.

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DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS FROM HURRICANE LANE CONTINUE, with American Red Cross, Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense, and state and federal agencies involved. To report flood damage from the recent heavy rains, call Civil Defense for a damage assessment at 808-935-0031. Teams led by Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster are also available to help clean up homes or property, with debris removal, mucking out, etc. Call VOAD at 808-643-5555.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
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   Thu., Sept. 6, 6pm, @ Pāhoa
   Sat., Sept. 15, 1pm, @ Kohala
   Sat., Sept. 22, 3:30pm, host Lanai @ Keaʻau
   Sat., Sept. 29, 11am, host Pāhoa
   Sat, Oct 6, , host Kohala

Girls Volleyball:
   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, @ Honokaʻa
   Tue., Sept. 25, 6pm, @ HPA
   Fri., Sept. 28, 6pm, host Kona
   Mon., Oct. 1, 6pm, host HAAS
   Tues, Oct 2, , @ Kealakehe
   Fri, Oct 5, , host Keaʻau

Cross Country:
   Sat., Sept. 1, 10am, @ HPA
   Sat., Sept. 8, 10am, @ Kamehameha
   Sat., Sept. 15, 10am, Keaʻau
   Sat., Sept. 22, 9am, @ HPA
   Fri., Sept. 28, 6pm, host Kona
   Mon., Oct. 1, 6pm, host HAAS
   Sat, Oct 6, , @ Kealakehe

KA LAE COFFEE AND HAWAIIAN FLOWERS HOST ʻOHANA WELLNESS DAY: KEIKI TO KUPUNA on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at their location on South Point Road. The free event offers 13 wellness and healthcare providers from Kaʻū, sharing wellness information, massages, essential oils, and more.
     "Trained practitioners of fitness, movement, energy and sound healing, essential oils, massage therapy, midwifery, acupuncture, nutrition, osteopathy, qigong, tai chi chuan, mental health, and a healthcare specialist offer information and audience participation sessions, followed by consultations, auricular treatments, massage, essential oils, as well as a Chinese pentatonic sound healing and a special birth circle," states the event flyer.
     The schedule is listed as follows: Laurie Boyle with Breath & Movement for Life, 10 a.m.; Karen Dusenbery with DoTerra 101, Immune Support, 10:15 a.m.; Rena Higgins with Reiki balancing, and Norma Oliveira with Orgonites, 10:30 a.m.; Dee Hyde-Begany with Posture and muscle balance, and Cassandra Cupples with Acupuncture, 10:45 a.m.; Shary Crocker with Healing Qigong, 11 a.m.; Tara Compehos with Childbirth Options, 11:15 a.m.; Bobbi Beebe with Massage & Lymphatics, 11:45 a.m.; David Copeland with Sound Healing, noon; Dr. Doede with Nutrients, good gut bugs, and sugar consumption, 12:15 p.m.; Jessica Arruda with United Healthcare PR plan, 12:30 p.m.; and free treatments, assessments, massages, essential oils, healing circles, and talk story, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
     Also at 1 p.m., Tara Compehos, Direct Entry Midwife, "leads an empowering circle to share birth experiences and practices for positive outcomes," and "Davide Copeland performs Chinese pentatonic sound healing to clear blockages and align the chi," states the flyer.
     Raffle prizes will be offered throughout the day - participants must be present to win. Nutritious pupus are also provided at 11:30 a.m.
     The flyer quotes Dr. Doede of Kaʻū Wellness in Ocean View saying, "I believe in Kaʻū as a place of possibilities for true healing and wellness and to shine as a beacon to the rest of the world."
     For more information, phone or text Laurie Boyle at 408-717-3072.

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Stained Glass Basics w/Lois Pollock, Sat./Sun., Sept. 1, 2, 8, and 9, 9-noon, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Students complete the 4-session workshop w/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 and Culture: An Unseverable Relationship, Sat. and Sun., Sept. 1 and 30, , Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi 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., Sept. 1, 11-noon, Ace Hardware Stores Islandwide (including Nāʻālehu/929-9030 and Ocean View/929-7315). Free. First Sat. every Month. acehardware.com

O Bon Dance and Ceremonies will be at Pāhala Hongwanji Mission Sat., Sept. 1, at 96-1123 Paʻauau Place. The Obon service begins at 4 p.m., with the dancing to follow. Taiko drumming will be featured. Pāhala Hongwanji is the site for the island's final Obon summer celebration for the season. Community members of all faiths and background enjoyed the Bon Dance throughout its history, and are welcome to join on Sept. 1. Pāhala Hongwanji, and ʻO Kaʻū Kākou and other community volunteers, help to put on the event. For more information, call 928-8254.


Puʻu o Lokuana, Sun., Sept. 2, , Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Short, moderately difficult, 0.4-mile hike to the top of the grassy cinder cone, Puʻu 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

16th Annual All-Kaʻū Alumni & Friends Potluck Luncheon on Sun, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Labor Day Weekend. 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 Kaʻū to reconnect with their roots and meet classmates and other Ka`ū alumni, neighbors, and friends.

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sun., Sept. 2, 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


2018 Volcano Downhome Country BBQ, Monday, Sept. 3, Food 11-2pm, Music 12-3pm, Cooper Center, Volcano Village.  Games for kids and music from Gone Country Band. $35/Bull Rider Meal - half chicken or half rack ribs. $10/Lil Buckaroo Meal - burger or hot dog. Meals include sides, dessert, drinks and entertainment. All proceeds go to local community projects and Rotary Club local, trade school, post high school scholarship fund. Purchase tickets from members of The Rotary Club of Volcano or at volcanorotary.org. rotaryclubofvolcano@gmail.com

Story Time with Lindsey Miller from PARENTS, Inc., Mon., Sept. 3, , Nāʻālehu Public Library. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Meeting, Mon., Sept. 3, 4-6pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org


Hawaiʻi County Council Meetings, Tue./Wed., Sept. 4 (Committees)/5 (Council), Hilo, Tue./Wed., Sept. 18 (Committees)/19 (Council), Kona. Kaʻū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nāʻālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov

Food Handlers Certification Class, Tue., Sept. 4, Ocean View Community Center. Class limited to 50 participants, first come/first served. Sponsored and presented by Hawaiʻi Dept of Health and Sanitation. Free. ovcahi.org, call 939-7033 to sign up

Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting, Tue., Sept. 4, 4-6pm, Sept. 18, 4:30-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

Kaʻū Coffee Growers Meeting, Tue., Sept. 4, hala Community Center.


Family Yoga Class, Wed., Sept. 5, , PARENTS, Inc., Nāʻālehu. Wonderful way to embody connection. 3-12 years old and caregivers. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a mat, if can, as supplies are limited. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

Hawaiʻi Parents Meeting, Wed., Sept. 5, Ocean View Community Centerovcahi.org/calendar, 939-7033

Arts and Crafts Activity: Craft Stick Puzzle Hanging (Grandparents Day Craft), Wed., Sept. 5, Pāhala Community Center. For keiki in grades K-8. Register through Sept. 4. Free. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102



Ocean View Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Thu., Sept. 6, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Volleyball Clinic, Thu., Sept. 6, , Kaʻū District Gym. For keiki in 3rd through 12th grade. Register through Sept. 5. Covered shoes necessary. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102


ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Meeting, Fri., Sept. 7, Aspen Centerokaukakou.org

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 Kaʻū Coffee Trail Run Registration Open, online at webscorer.com/register?raceid=128145, Fees through Sept. 10: 5K, $35/person; 10K, $45/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $55/person. Fees Sept. 11-20:  5K, $55/person; 10K, $65/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $75/person. On Race Day, $75 per person, any race. Race Day is Sat., Sept. 22, 7 a.m.; begins and ends at Kaʻū Coffee Mill, kaucoffeemill.com. Event organizers: ʻO Kaʻū 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 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.
     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 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: Monday-Thursday and Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m., or Friday, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.

Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschools Temporary Nāʻālehu Location is Kauahaʻao Church in Waiʻōhinu. 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 Saturday 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 K
auhale 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
ʻi Volcanoes National Park, to kamaʻaina and tourist alike. Experience authentic Hawaiian cultural programs, guided hikes, After Dark events, and more from Kaʻū to Volcano to Hilo, while the partial closure of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park continues. 

   Free of charge, with no entry fees, rangers offer new and familiar programs at Kahuku Unit, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani 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 Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park will tailor a customized trek just for you. Contact Friends through their website. Proceeds support Hawaiʻi 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 ʻŌpeʻapeʻa - the Hawaiian Hoary Bat," and shares a 24-hour cycle of the only land mammal native to Hawaiʻi 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.

     ʻIke Hana No ʻEau: 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 Hawaiʻi VolcanoesNational Park. Sun., Sept. 16, 
Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus
     Find Park Rangers in Volcano Village daily, at the Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani 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 Niʻaulani 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 Hawaiʻi 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, Hawaiʻi 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 ʻImiloa Astronomy Center most Sundays.

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