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Kaʻū News Briefs Sunday, September 2, 2018

O Bon Dance season came to a close Saturday at Pāhala Hongwanji with celebrants dancing around the yagura, activities
for keiki and adults, history lessons, and community coming together. Photo by Clement Hirae
TAIKO DRUMMING AND BON DANCING uplifted the grounds and the people at Pāhala Hongwanji Saturday evening. It celebrated the finale of Bon Dance season around the island, honoring the agricultural harvest and remembrance of ancestors.

The final celebration of O Bon season began with a ceremony
in the mission sanctuary. Photo by Julia Neal
     Participants from as far away as Japanwore kimono and other traditional Japanese attire, dancing in the round, beneath the tower called a yagura. Before the dancing and drumming, a service in the Pāhala Hongwanji sanctuary invited people of all faiths to learn about Buddhist teachings and to join in singing.
Kiko Ando, in an example
of her Aloha Yukata line.
Photo by Julia Neal
     Saturday marked the third Bon Dance since the revival of the tradition in 2016. The annual event drew together the many cultures of the town for generations during sugar plantation days. It ended in 1999, just three years after Kaʻū Sugar Co. closed its sugar fields and mill in Pāhala. The revival of the Bon Dance in Pāhala includes the broad community, with such sponsors as the ʻO Kaʻū Kakou community organization.

Taiko drumming granted a big sound and impressive visuals
during the finalé to O Bon season at Pāhala Hongwanji
last night. Photo by Julia Neal
     During the Bon Dance, everyone was invited to learn about the history of Japanese in Kaʻū and all of Hawaiʻi, and to join in the stamping of head scarves worn during the dance. Minkako Yamazaki, of Tokyo and Pāhala, presented Bon Dance organizer Wayne Kawachi with a Yukata sewn in Hawaiian fabric. Kiko Ando, from Japan, attended the Bon Dance, wearing a Yukata for women, a line of clothing called Aloha Yukata, that she is creating for the Japanese and Hawaiian market.

Masawo Narimatsu, a 1945 graduate
of Kaʻū High School, with Clement
Hirae, of Pāhala and Boston.
     Paul Sakamoto's Taiko Drummers played. Local fisherman Josh Caberas donated his catch. Hana Hou donated food, and OKK helped with the set up, and selling food and shave ice.
     The facilities at Pāhala Hongwanji include a Japanese school house, now used for aikido and other activities, an assembly hall with a stage and a kitchen, as well as the sanctuary and parsonage.

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The Sato family was one of the first integrated
Japanese-Hawaiian families in recorded history.
Photo by Julia Neal
HISTORY OF JAPANESE IN KAʻŪ drew many viewers of displays at Pāhala Hongwanji school house Saturday evening during the annual O Bon Celebration.
Minako Yamazaki presented Wayne
Kawachi with a men's Yukata made with
Hawaiian fabric. Photo by Julia Neal
       Kaʻū resident Alice Yonemitsu's great grandfather Tokujiru Sato arrived on the first ship from Japan in 1868. He sailed to Hawaiʻi on the schooner Scioto on the 34-day voyage from Yokohama to Honolulu, with 141 other Japanese men and six Japanese women. 
     Sato married a Hawaiian woman Kalala Kamekona. They became a family with nine children. The Satos are part of the Gannenomo legacy of the first Japanese who arrived and married into other races. The Gannenomo heritage is of many cultures, including Hawaiian, Chinese, English, Filipino, German, Irish, Korean, Okinawan, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Scottish, Spanish, and Tahitian. "Eight generations after their arrival, they personify the promise of Hawaiʻi's diverse cultural heritage," said the display at the O Bon celebration.
Keiki and adults have a fun time decorating
traditional Japanese head scarves in the old Japanese
school house. Photo by Julia Neal
      The next ship of Japanese for Hawaiʻi arrived in 1886. Through 1911, some 400,000 Japanese left their homeland for the U.S.

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AFTER WEEKS OF CLEANER AIR, FEW EARTHQUAKES, AND LITTLE LAVA, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that spatter reappeared on Saturday in the Fissure 8 lava cone. "It is common for eruptions to go through periods of diminished output, or to pause completely, only to reactivate days, weeks, or even months later," says this morning's statement from Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense.
The grand bell at the mission watched over the celebrations
last night at Pāhala Hongwanji, that closed out this year's
O Bon season. Photo by Julia Neal
     USGS HVO reported the spatter slowly covered the 65-by-15 meter (210-by-45 foot) crater floor by yesterday evening. Webcam views showed weak incandescence, occasionally reflected on the eastern spillway wall from the crater overnight, suggesting that the lava in the crater remained active. This morning, ground crews had no view of the crater inside the Fissure 8 cone, but report the cone is quiet when viewed from a safe distance, with no visible fume.
     Janet Babb of HVO told Hawaiʻi News Now, "It's very hard to say what it means because eruptions don't typically just end like flipping a switch. They often kind of sputter to a conclusion, but when we see incandescent lava within an active vent like the Fissure 8 cone, we would be very reluctant to declare that eruption completely over."
     Bruce Omori, photographing from a Paradise Helicopter for his Extreme Exposure gallery, reported on Ikaika Marzo's facebook overnight. He wrote that during his Fissure 8 overflight on Saturday, "there were a few moments when lava burst upward of 20 feet. Cracks along its periphery and surface led me to believe that convective circulation was occurring, but upon closer inspection, I think that it may just be pressurized expansion fracturing its cooled surface. Interestingly, much of the foliage downwind of the channelized system is making a comeback. Isolated kipukas of green now stand out in the middle of flow fields."
     With the spatter report, Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense put into place the following restrictions:
  • Spattering resumed at Fissure 8 yesterday, prompting Civil Defense
    to reissue restrictions on areas vulnerable to volcanic activity.
    Photo from Paradise Helicopters and Extreme Exposure
    Access to the entire lava flow field (i.e., the fissures, etc.) and a 50-yard perimeter are restricted. The flow field is extremely dangerous and remains off limits. Please be aware that the community needs to respect the private property rights of the residents in the lava zone, and trespassers will be prosecuted.
    • Highway 132 checkpoint between Nanawale and Lava Tree State Park remains closed to the public, with access only to residents, officials, and authorized personnel with placards.
    • Properties not destroyed, but isolated by lava on E. Pohoʻiki Road, Malama Ki Place, Halekamahina Road, and E. Pahoa-Kapoho Road are accessible to residents with Civil Defense authorization only.
    • Leilani Estates access is limited to residents, officials, and authorized personnel with placards. Property on, and east of, Pomaikai Street is in the mandatory evacuation area. For access to this area, residents must make an appointment with Civil Defense for an escort.
    • Placards are available Monday through Friday at the Civil Defense office in Hilo, located at 920 Ululani Street from 8 AM to 4 PM. 
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    HURRICANE NORMAN BECAME A CATEGORY FOUR last night as he continued moving westward toward the Hawaiian Islands. At 2 p.m. Sunday, Norman was a major hurricane with 130 mph winds, clipping along at 20 mph to the west-northwest, 1,460 miles east of Hilo.
         Behind Norman is Tropical Storm Olivia, just southwest of Baja California and heading toward Hawaiʻi. The National Hurricane Center predicts she will become a hurricane on Tuesday.

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    A POWER OUTAGE LASTING UP TO AN HOUR THIS MORNING was caused by a unit trip. Hawai‘i Electric Light reports that people in portions of South Point, Hilo, Kea‘au, Puna, Honoka‘a, Kona, Waikoloa, and Waimea - about 40,800 customers - experienced a power interruption at 5:47 a.m.

         HELCo explains that a generating unit at independent power producer Hāmākua Energy Partners tripped offline unexpectedly, followed by a combustion-turbine unit trip at Hawai‘i Electric Light's Keahole Power Plant while it was responding to the sudden load changes. Automated load-shedding, which is necessary to protect the island's power grid, explains the utility, operated properly. Alternate generation was started and service to most customers was restored within minutes. The remaining customers were restored by The cause of all unit trips is under investigation.
         Follow Hawai‘i Electric Light on Twitter @HIElectricLight for outage information and updates. To report a power outage, call (808) 969-6666.

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    Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
    throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi 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 @ Keaʻau
       Sat., Sept. 29, 11am, host Pāhoa
       Sat, Oct 6, , host Kohala

    Girls Volleyball:
       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
       Wed, Oct 10, , @ Parker
    Cross Country:
       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

    NĀʻĀLEHU PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS MR. KNEEL - NEIL MCINTYRE - an awarding-winning Hip Hop musician and educator, on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 3 p.m.
    Meet Mr. Kneel, also known as Neil McIntyre, on Sept. 26, at
    Nā'ālehu Public Library. Photo from mrkneel.com
         According to his website, mrkneel.com, Mr. Kneel's "work at Warren Village in Denver, Colorado, a very special inner-city school, has led to a new kind of family music: 'Golden Era Hip Hop' music that parents will love as much as their kid, if not more.
         "With Beatbox and vocal percussion, Mr. Kneel can make magic and emotion. With words he can create and improvise well enough to be invited recently to perform at the American Jazz Museum! In addition to all of this, Neil is a professional GOOFBALL!
         "Mr. Kneel has been fortunate enough to perform at over 500 schools and venues in 43 of the United States and seven provinces abroad! Today he records with his life-long musical heroes and lives a very charmed life! He also loves the use of an exclamation point!"
         Library staff have expressed excitement for the upcoming program. For more, call Nāʻālehu Public Library Branch Manager Sara Kamibayashi at 939-2442. See librarieshawaii.org.

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    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, 10:30-1pm, 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, 3:30-5pm, 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


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

    Kāwā Community Workday, Sat., Sept. 8. Meet at 9:30am at Northern Gate, Kāwā. Sign up with James Akau, Nā Mamo o Kāwā, at namamookawa@gmail.com, jakau@nmok.org, or 561-9111. nmok.org

    Hiʻiaka and Pele, Sat., Sept. 8, , Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Discover Hawaiian goddesses and the natural phenomena they represent on this free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/HAVO

    Zentangle: Fancy Fiddles w/Dina Wood Kageler, Sat., Sept. 8, 10-1pm, Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Celebrates Volcano's Hāpuʻu tree ferns. Loaner supplies available. Zentangle Basics and watercolor experience helpful but not required. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $10 supply fee. Bring light refreshment to share. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222


    ʻŌhiʻa Lehua, Sun., Sept. 9, , Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Learn about vital role of ʻōhiʻa lehua in native Hawaiian forests, and many forms of ʻōhiʻa tree and its flower, on this free, easy, one-mile walk. nps.gov/HAVO

    5th Annual Volcano Winery Harvest Festival, Sun., Sept. 9, , Volcano Winery. Benefit for Volcano School of Arts and Sciences. Music, food, wine, and raffle. $40/adult (21+), almost sold out. Purchase tickets in advance. 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 Hawaiʻi 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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