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Kaʻū News Briefs Monday, September 3, 2018

The 210 ft. research ship Nautilus is above Loihi Seamount, off the Ka`u Coast, sending down submersibles with robotics.
The scientific study simulates future trips to Mars. Follow the expedition at https://www.nautiluslive.org/tech/ev-nautilus
ABOUT 18.5 MILES FROM PUNALUʻU BLACK SAND BEACH, little more than half mile down, NASA is exploring the Lōʻihi Seamount and its features like Pele's Pit. The 210 ft. mother ship Nautilus stays on the surface while submersibles Hurcules and Argus, with robots, explore the depths of the ocean. Follow the adventure with frequent live updates at https://www.nautiluslive.org/tech/ev-nautilus.
     On Aug. 31, Science Friday reported that scientists with SUBSEA, or Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog, are using Lōʻihi to prepare for human and robotic voyages to Mars – and beyond. The ocean just off Ka`u acts as a stand-in for space travel.

Mahi mahi spotted in the water column as ROV Hercules neared 
the surface after a successful dive. Photo form OET/Nautilus Live

     The mission is two-fold. One part is to examine microbial life on Lōʻihi, the deep-sea volcano. Science Friday reported that scientists hope to "learn more about the geology and chemistry that support life in the deep ocean, as a glimpse of what alien life might require in places like the oceans of Saturn's moon Enceladus."

     The mission also seeks to "learn about the operational and communication challenges of a real space mission through a deep ocean dive." Operations specialists and scientists at University of Rhode Island's InnerSpaceCenter serve as mission control, while scientists on the Nautilus ship "operate the deep ocean robot, standing in for astronauts orbiting Mars, controlling a surface rover."

Markers from previous expeditions exploring Lō’ihi Seamount served 
as navigational aides and sample sites for the SUBSEA site. 
Photo from OET/Nautilus Live

     Science Friday's Ira Glass spoke with NASA geobiologist and SUBSEA principal investigator Darlene Lim, on the Nautilus, and volcanologist Shannon Kobs-Nawotniak and oceanographer Julie Huber, at the InnerSpaceCenter.

     Lim said the mission is run like it would be in space – though she said it is a "wonderful analogue for space." The team at the InnerSpaceCenter"essentially an analogue for Mission Control," is made up of grad students, post doctorate, and senior scientists, who are "providing us with feedback every step of the way." Mission Control helps those on the Nautilus to be very productive, despite hurdles like weathering Hurricane Lane. She also said it's "very personally satisfying" that the project brings together many facets of the scientific community: ocean sciences, planetary sciences, and human space flight sciences.

Yellow sediment may be a result of iron oxide deposits from hydrothermal 
vents or iron-eating microbes. Photo from OET/Nautilus Live

     Kobs-Nawotniak said this is her first time working with a research vessel. "It is fascinating how to learn how to give guidance from 'Earth'– Mission Control – to help them give us the science we need to be able to move forward with the project." She said the mission has two submersibles – Hercules and Argus. One of their assignments is to capture water coming from hydrothermal vents on Lo`ihi. She said operating the submersibles from a distance is helping them to develop ways to deal with the delays that would happen in a space mission.

     Huber said Lōʻihi seamount "doesn't look like most of the systems we've studied on Earth." She said there are no "giant, black smokers, no big tube worm communities." Without larger animals, Lōʻihi is completely dominated by microbes. She compares it to the surface of Mars, looking like it is covered with red iron.

     Listen to the whole interview at www.sciencefriday.com/segments/a-deep-ocean-dive-is-training-nasa-for-space. Keep in contact with the mission at https://www.nautiluslive.org/tech/ev-nautilus.

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Hurricanes Norman, left, and Olivia, right. Image from prh.noaa.gov/cphc
HURRICANE NORMAN CROSSED INTO THE CENTRAL PACIFIC this afternoon. Moving along at 21 miles per hour, as of , the hurricane is downgraded to a Category 1, with winds at 90 mph. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center located Norman 970 miles east of Hilo and forecast its trajectory changing to a more northerly direction as the hurricane slows down. Forecasters predict that Norman will weaken some, but remain a hurricane for a few more days.

     Hurricane Olivia, upgraded this afternoon from a tropical storm, is the ninth named hurricane from the Eastern Pacific this season. Olivia was moving westward at 9 mph, with winds of 75 mph, over 2,500 miles east of Hilo, as of  

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A women's ʻukulele group played yesterday at the 17th annual Kaʻū High Alumni and Friends
community potluck luncheon at PāhalaCommunity Center. Photos by Julia Neal

Paulette Enriques offers hula and the band Shootz entertains.
HUNDREDS OF GRADUATES OF KAʻŪ HIGH AND PĀHALA ELEMENTARY gathered in the town on Sunday for the annual reunion, luncheon, and celebration that welcomes everyone to honor their alma mater. The feast with entertainment drew many ethnic foods from throughout Kaʻū and some of the women presented a fashion show of their creations, influenced by their cultures. The band Shootz, with two Kaʻū High school graduates, Harry Evangelista and Terry Louis, and Tui Masaniae and Cheryl and Gabe Cuevas, played for the afternoon. A women's ʻukulele group led by Brenda Domondon and a women's hula group performed.

Kupuna hula girls at the reunion.
Photo by Julia Neal
Kaʻū High graduate, union leader, volunteer firefighter, 
Portuguese bread baker Magaret Ann Cabudol and 
her friend and community volunteer DeeDee Davis.

Well-preserved ladies at the reunion display their `ukulele.
     Many of those gathered at PāhalaCommunity Center attended Kaʻū High and PāhalaElementary School as children of sugar cane field and factory workers. They come from many nationalities, including Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, and Filipino. The plantation closed in 1996. For a review of their history, see the Kaʻū  News Briefs Labor Day edition last year on Sept. 4, 2017.
     Many who flew in for this year's event also attended the annual Pāhala Bon Dance celebration on Saturday, which also honored the history of the community.

     One of the eldest to attend the reunion was Misao Narimatsu, who graduated in 1945 and is in his 90s. Attendees came from as far as Bostonand Japan.

James Yamaki, a loyal organizer of the annual reunion 
who welcomes everyone. Photo by Julia Neal

     Organizer James Yamaki said he was pleased with "a wonderful turnout." Kaʻū High documentarian Joe Tateyama flew in from Kauaʻi to record the event and plan for next year. They talked about the late Stan Fuke, one of the founders of Kaʻū High reunions, which happen in both Las Vegas and Pāhala. Fuke, who lived in Las Vegas, was instrumental in starting the regular trips to Vegas by Kaʻū graduates who live all over the country and beyond. The first Vegas reunion was held in 2001. The Vegas reunions often draw several hundred people each year.

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A small pond of lava on the floor of the crater within the 
Fissure 8 cone, with some minor, low-level spattering and 
slow-moving lava just barely entering - but not 
heading down - the spillway. USGS photo

WEAK ACTIVE LAVA continues to fill the deep crater in the lower East Rift Zone's Fissure 8 cone, reports USGS Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory. However, no lava has extended outside the walls of the cone, and no flows are heading down the spillway. Other vents were steaming due to rain, during the overflight by scientists this morning.
     Seismicity remains low and ground deformation is negligible at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano. Earthquakes, probably aftershocks of the magnitude-6.9 earthquake in early May, continue on South Flank faults.
     HVO crews continue to restore communication with several monitoring stations on the east side of the island that was disrupted by the passage of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Lane, and continue to closely monitor Kīlauea's seismicity, deformation, and gas emissions for any sign of reactivation, and maintains visual surveillance of the summit and LERZ, as weather conditions permit.

     Sulfur dioxide emission rates at the summit, Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and LERZ remain drastically reduced; the combined rate or less than 1,000 tons per day, is lower than at any time since late 2007. On Friday, Aug. 31, LERZ emission rates were still too low to measure.

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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

Instructor and artist, Nash Adams-Pruitt, leads 
a Flameworking Introductory Class this 
September. Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
NASH ADAMS-PRUITT OFFERS AN INTRODUCTORY CLASS TO FLAMEWORKING, Saturday through Sunday, Sept. 22 to 23, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus.
     Flameworking, also known as lampworking or torchworking, is a type of glasswork whereby the artist utilizes a torch or lamp to melt the glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is blown and shaped with tools and hand movements, forming beads, figurines, or other similar miniature artwork.
Participants in Volcano Art Center's 
Flameworking workshop leave with a finished 
glass work design of their own making. 
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
     This class, "designed for the student who has never touched a torch, is sure to spark your interest. Adams-Pruitt will teach the regions of the flame and heat base for a solid foundation from which to build flamework skills," states the event description on volcanoartcenter.org. Nash leads the class in creating sphere forms and pendants.
     Participants complete the workshop with a finished design of their own making, and the knowledge and experience of the basic skills involved to continue flameworking.
     Adams-Pruitt specializes in functional glass art and has been working borosilicate glass at the torch for four years.
     Participation costs $155 per Volcano Art Center member, or $160 per non-member, plus a $40 supply fee. Attendees are asked to wear covered shoes. Advance registration is required; workshop limited to four adults. Register at volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.

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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+). Purchase tickets in advance. 967-7772, volcanowinery.com


Kaʻū Homeschool Co–op Group, Mon., Sept. 10 and 24, Ocean View Community Center. A parent-led homeschool activity/social group building community in Kaʻū. Contact prior to attending to confirm location in case of field trip. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

5th Annual Volcano Winery Harvest Festival tickets on sale for event on Sun., Sept. 9. Benefit for Volcano School of Arts and Sciences. Music, food, wine, and raffle. $40/adult (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 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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