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Ka‘ū News Briefs, Sunday, March 1, 2020

Endangered ʻiʻiwi in ʻōhiʻa. Read about protections for the endemic bird. Photo from Environment Hawaiʻi
ENVIRONMENT HAWAIʻI REPORTS ON ENDANGERED FOREST BIRDS at increased risks from the effects of climate change. According to the latest publication, the effects "are manifesting themselves sooner and more devastatingly than anything predicted even a decade ago, and the mosquitoes that spread the disease to ʻiʻiwi and other endangered and threatened forest birds are encroaching on their habitat at a rapid pace," says a statement from the publisher. "In this light, the work done by scientists at the USGS' Pacific Islands Ecosystem Research Center in Volcano and colleagues in Wisconsin addresses an important first question: Supposing that ʻiʻiwi could be re-engineered to make them invulnerable to malaria, would it be possible to establish these resistant birds in the wild?"
     The statement on the new edition of Environment Hawaiʻi reports that "it is too early to know if malaria resistance could be imparted to the birds at all, but to have a thumb's-up answer on the question whether ʻiʻiwi with this quality might be successfully established in the wild clears the way for further work." Carter T. Atkinson and Dennis A. LaPointe are USGS scientists working on the issue. See Environment Hawaiʻi.

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TULSI GABBARD REMAINS THE YOUNGEST AND ONLY PERSON OF COLOR AMONG SIX DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. The 38 year-old Congresswoman, who represents Kaʻū and all of rural Hawaiʻi, is sticking to the campaign trail.
     Reuters described Gabbard today: "The Samoan-American congresswoman from Hawaiʻi is the first Hindu to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and has centered her campaign on her anti-war stance. Despite
finishing in all four early primary states near the bottom of the heap, Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran, has vowed to continue to campaign. Gabbard's populist, anti-war approach has won her fans among both the far left and the far right." Gabbard was reported to be heading to campaign events in Michigan.
     Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer dropped out after yesterday's South Carolina primary election, won by former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. With 256,047 votes, Biden was followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, with 105,197, Steyer with 59,893,  Buttigieg with 43,606, Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 37,346, Sen. Amy Klobuchar with 16,677, and Gabbard with 6,754. Other candidates who dropped out of the race earlier, including economic justice organizer Andrew Yang and Sen. Cory Booker, remained on the South Carolina ballot and received fewer votes than Gabbard.
     Former New York Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg was not on the South Carolina ballot but will be on ballots around the country this coming Super Tuesday, when 14 states will hold primary elections. Super Tuesday also includes votes from American Samoa and Democrats abroad. Voting will take place in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.
 
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Mayor Harry Kim proclaimed an emergency and
affixed the seal of he County of Hawai`i to
his proclamation dealing with COVID-19.
AN EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION FOR COVID-19 preparedness and response has been issued by Mayor Harry Kim. His statement said it is proactive - "to do all we can to prevent the virus from coming here and to do all we can to limit its impact if it does come here."
     The proclamation allows greater mobilization of County resources, positions the County for reimbursement should state and federal funds become available. It also allows for coordination with federal, state, and non-governmental organization partners and allow for reassignment of County personnel if necessary.
     The proclamation is in response to the spread of the disease throughout the world. The number of confirmed cases around the globe passed 88,000 on Sunday, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University. More than 3,000 infected people died and more than 45,000 recovered. The highest number of deaths was more than 2,800 in Hubei, China, followed by Iran with 54 and Italy with 34. The U.S. had it's first two deaths from the virus this weekend, in Washington state. More than 60 countries have reported confirmed cases.
     "While recognizing that the County of Hawai‘i and the State of Hawai‘i have no reported COVID-19 cases, the County of Hawai‘i will be increasing promotion of precautionary measures and education as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and State of Hawai‘i Department of Health, by increasing County-wide programs" aimed at prevention, said Kim. "Our goal is to stop the virus, and if it does come here, to mitigate the spread of the virus."
An electron microscope image of COVID-19. Photo from NIAID
     The County is allowed extra authority under Chapter 127A Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes, which provides for the establishment of County organizations for emergency management and disaster relief with the Mayor having direct responsibility and authority over emergency management within the County.
     The County proclamation points to the Jan. 30 statement from the World Health Organization, "declaring a Public Health Emergency of International Concern due to a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City Hubei Provence, China," and that COVID-19 had infected tens of thousands in parts of China, and spread to other countries, including the United States.
     The proclamation also recommends the seasonal flu shot and frequent washing of hands, with soap and water or an alcohol based sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. It urges the public to avoid touching of eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and to practice healthy cough etiquette, using a disposable tissue or a sleeve.
Test kit for COVID-19. Photo from CDC
     It recognizes the authority of the mayor to sponsor and enter into mutual aid programs; receive, expend, and use contributions or grants and procure federal aid; and to "relieve hardships and inequities or obstructions to public health, safety, or welfare found by the Mayor to exist in the laws of the county."
     Kim concluded that as Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i, he does "hereby proclaim and declare that a state of emergency exists due to the imminent danger or threat of emergency on the Hawai‘i Island, effective Friday, February 28, 2020, and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act by this office." With ceremony, he affixed the Seal of the County of Hawaiʻi to the proclamation.

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HIGH SURF AND HIGH WIND ADVISORIES are in effect for Kaʻū. High winds can be expected through tomorrow at 6 p.m. Northeast winds of 20 to 35 miles per hour, with localized gusts over 45 mph, will be capable of downing tents or other temporary structures, as well as downing trees and causing power outages. High surf will impact east-facing shores through early next week due to a combination of strong trades and large seas.

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LEARN HOW TO BE HEARD BY STATE LEGISLATORS at Public Access Room's Your Voice presentation next week. In addition to answering questions and going over the State legislative process, PAR staff will provide tips on using the Legislature's website, offering testimony, tracking bills and resolutions, and communicating with legislators.
     Your Voice will be held in Kona on Monday, March 9, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at West Hawaiʻi Civic Center, Mayor's Conference Room, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy. The Hilo event will be held Monday, March 16, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Aging and Disability Resource Center Training Room, 1055 Kinoʻole Street.
     See lrb.hawaii.gov/par, email beck@capitol.hawaii.gov, or call 808-587-0478 with questions.

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The new Miranda's Kaʻū Coffee store will hold a grand opening on March 14. Photo by Alan Ohara
MIRANDA'S FARMS is opening a new store and coffee shop. The grand opening will be held Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the mauka side of Hwy 11 between South Point Road and the Kahuku Section of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The event will feature music and hula, ribbon cutting, tacos, tamales, Miranda Kaʻū Coffee, and cake.
The many roasts of Miranda's Farms Kaʻū Coffee are offered to
visitors. Photo by Alan Ohara
     The new store will be operated by the Miranda family of Kaʻū Coffee fame, Berta and Jose Miranda, along with former Miss Kaʻū Coffee Maria Miranda, and their family team. Their coffee was the spotlight of a recent promotion in stores in Taiwan and has been an award winning coffee in Hawaiʻi for years. See mirandasfarms.com.

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NĀʻĀLEHU MARKET MONDAYS START TOMORROW. The outdoor venture sponsored by ʻO Kaʻū Kākou community organization expands its days to be open Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To become a vendor of food and other items, contact Sue Barnett at 808-345-9374.
A vendor sells local honey at the new location of the Nāʻālehu Farmers Market, now open Mondays and Wednesdays. 
Photo by Rocky DʻAmore, owner of Blazing Shades

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STARS OVER KAʻŪ astronomy guide for March, by Lew and Donna Cook:
     Planets and Exoplanets
     What is the brightest star we see in the sky? If you said "Sirius," then you may be thinking that I asked "at night." The correct answer is "the sun!" It continues its low sunspot count, with low numbers of sunspots in February, continuing its period of few or no sunspots. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating object.
     The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope atop Haleakalā was tested in January 2020. Its images show very detailed photosphere surface features. These show up as simmering hot blobs rising to the top of the atmosphere and then descending when they cool and sink, over and over again. Here is a detailed small, even tiny, portion of the sun's surface. This telescope is the largest solar telescope in the world, and is named in honor of the senator from Hawaiʻi.
     Venus is the "evening star", shining brilliantly in the west after sunset. It sets a bit before chart time, 10 p.m. The outer planets visible are all in Sagittarius. Mars will rise around 2:45 a.m. and Jupiter follows just a few minutes later. Saturn will rise at 3:20 a.m.
How to use this map: Hold this map over your head so that the northern horizon points toward the north on the Earth. For best results, use a red flashlight to illuminate the map. If you are looking east, hold it in front of you so that east is on the bottom. For south views, south at the bottom, and for west, west at the bottom. Use this map at the times shown on in its upper left corner. Keep this chart handy and show it to your keiki next month. They probably have bedtimes before the time of the chart shown here.
The constellations are presented with their 3-letter abbreviations, with their common names shown in the margins. This is done to take advantage of the truly dark skies Ka‘ū is blessed with when there is no bright moon and the skies are clear of vog. The star charts are produced from a sky Atlas program written by Jerry Hudson, who has given us permission to publish it. Thank you, Jerry.
     Constellations and Deep Sky Objects
     Due to space limitations, the constellation Coma (COM) otherwise known as Berenice's Hair was shortened to "B's Hair" on the star chart. This is a faint constellation but it is rich in galaxies, having over 1,000 galaxies in its supercluster.
     Betelgeuse, the star in the Orion's right shoulder (the one on your LEFT) continues to be   dimmer than usual. Betelgeuse is a variable star, but this is as dim as it has been in 170 years – as long as estimates have been made. Sometime in the future, Betelgeuse will explode as an extremely bright supernova. It will outshine everything in the sky except the sun and the moon around full moon.
This is a photo of a very small portion of the Sun's surface. The 
light-colored centers of these blobs are rising hot centers of the 
convection cells. The gas rises, cools, and drifts to the edge of 
the cells, where it sinks. Each cell is on the order of 
800 miles across. Credit: NSO/AURA/NSF
     Jason and the Argonauts ship is on the southern horizon, made up of three constellations: Vela, the Sail, Puppis the poop deck, and Carina, the Keel. There is a star in Carina which is expected to explode as a supernova. Actually, it is a pair of stars – one with a mass of about 30 times the sun's mass and its "big brother" that has about 90 times the mass of the sun. They loop around one another in a squashed lemon-shaped orbit every five and a half years. In 1837, it had an upset where it brightened to become the second brightest star in the sky, brighter than Canopus.
     Fridays Sunrise and Sunset times:
     Date                       Sunrise        Sunset
     March   6, 2020     6:37 a.m.     6:28 p.m.
     March   13             6:31 a.m.     6:30 p.m.
     March   20             6:25 a.m.     6:32 p.m.
     March   27             6:19 a.m.     6:35 p.m.
     The times of sunrise and sunset are starting to change more than last month as the sun passes through the equinox in Pisces. Equinox is a Latin word meaning "equal night".
The nebula shown in this Hubble Space Telescope
picture is about 40 times the mass of our sun. The
 stars in this binary pair are 30 and 90 times the mass 
of the sun. The more massive of this star pair is
 anticipated to become a supernova within a short
 time, astronomically speaking. How soon is that? 
Maybe a million years. Credit: NASA, ESA, N. Smith/
University of Arizona, J. Morse/BoldlyGo Institute
     Moon Phases
     Date                     Moonrise     Moonset
     First Quarter          
     March   2, 2020   11:57 a.m.      12:32 a.m.**
     Full Moon 
     March   9               6:56 p.m.        7:35 a.m.**
     Last Quarter          
     March   15           12:07 a.m.       11:29 p.m.
     New Moon
     March   23             6:16 a.m.         6:21 p.m.
     First Quarter          
     April      1            12:26 p.m.         1:10 a.m.**
     **next morning
     Local Attractions
     The ‘Imiloa Planetarium in Hilo Restaurant schedule:
     Closed Mondays
     Breakfast & Lunch, 7 AM - 4 PM daily
     Dinner, 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday
     Check for the schedule at imiloahawaii.org. Members are admitted free to the daily shows.
     There is a night show once a month, when smaller telescopes on Maunakea are linked to the Planetarium where they show live shots of individual objects. Call the Planetarium at (808) 932-8901 for info on the schedule and ticket availability, prices and membership costs. Please mention to the nice folks at the ticket sales desk where you got the inspiration to come, and that you are entitled to the 10 percent kamaʻaina discount for membership.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 6,250 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
See daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more at kaucalendar.com.

Kaʻū Spring Sports Schedule
Girls Softball
Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m., @Waiakea
Wednesday, March 11, 3 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m., host Kealakehe
Boys Baseball
Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m., host HPA
Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m.. @Waiakea
Tuesday, March 10, 1 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m., host Kealakehe
Boys Volleyball
Wednesday, March, 6 p.m., @Hilo
Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m., host Makualani
Friday, March 13, 6 p.m., host Konawaena
Judo
Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.. @Kealakehe
Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m., @Hilo
Track
Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m., @Waiakea

UPCOMING
MONDAY, MARCH 2
OKK Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the future Nāʻālehu Senior Housing Site. Contact Sue Barnett for vending, 808-345-9374.

Girl's Day Headband Craft Registration Deadline, Monday, March 2. Program Tuesday, March 3, 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Kahuku Park in HOVE. Ages 6 to 12. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 929-9113

Hour-Long Lomilomi Massage, Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, and 23, 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Hawaiʻi County Economic Opportunity Council, 95-5635 Māmalahoa Hwy in Nāʻālehu. Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi offers sliding-fee payment scale sessions with experienced Licensed Massage Therapist and lomilomi practitioner Lehua Hobbs. "Improve circulation, alleviate muscle pain, and improve your overall well-being." Call for appointment, 808-969-9220.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3
Butterfly Art Project Registration Deadline, Tuesday, March 3. Program Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kaʻū District Gym. Ages 5 to 12. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102

Byron Haynie Live Country Music, Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. No cover charge. KMC open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com, 967-8365

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
Registration for Fundamental Baseball, through March 4 at Nāʻālehu Community Center, 95-5635 Mamālahoa Hwy. Ages 5 to 8. Program runs Thursday, March 5, 12, and 19, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Shoes, gloves, and protective cups required. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 939-2510

OKK Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the future Nāʻālehu Senior Housing Site. Contact Sue Barnett for vending, 808-345-9374.

Wonders of Watercolor Workshop Series with Nancy DeLucrezia, Wednesdays, March 4 through April 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eight-week course designed for artists already working in watercolor who want to benefit from constructive feedback, and sharing of ideas and information, provided by group classes, to take work to a new level. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

THURSDAY, MARCH 5
Register for Free PETFIX Spay and Neuter Clinic for Cats and Dogs, Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6, Ocean View Ranchos. Registration: contact Bridget at (808)990-3548 or petfixbigisland@gmail.com.

Hula Voices, Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., VAC Gallery. Presents engaging, intimate "talk story" session with Hawai‘i Island kumu hula. Features Noe Noe Kekaualua. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

FRIDAY, MARCH 6
Eco-Tour at Shaka Forest Farms with Zach Mermel, Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

SATURDAY, MARCH 7
Stewardship at the Summit, March 7 and 14, Saturday, and Friday, March 20 and 27, 8:45 a.m. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteer to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Under 18? Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent is required. Additional planning details at nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm.

Mokuhanga: Japanese Woodblock Printing series with Glenn Yamanoha, four weeks starting Saturday, March 7 through 28, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Mixed Flock Glazing Techniques Demo by Artist Emily Herb, Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Recognition Gala, Saturday, March 7, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilo Hawaiian, Moku Ola Ballroom. The late Barry Taniguchi, whose KTA stores sponsor much outreach into the Kaʻū community, and Gerald De Mello, will be recognized for community involvement, leadership, and significant contributions made towards the strengthening of Hawaiʻi Island communities. The evening will include dinner and drinks, entertainment, and light humor, along with recognition of outstanding youth, including the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year. Sponsorships, including the purchasing of sponsorship tables, donating silent and live Auction items, and individual ticket sales are available. To donate and buy tickets, call Kaʻū board member Julia Neal at 808-928-9811 or email mahalo@aloha.net. See more about the Boys & Girls Club at bgcbi.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 8
Purchase Tickets for Hawaiʻi International Music Festival, Sunday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., Pāhala Plantation House. The concert will feature music that will celebrate native plants of the Kaʻū Dryland Forest and will raise funds for Hoʻomalu Kaʻū. Tickets are $30, available at kauconcert.bpt.me. See himusicfestival.com for more.
     Performers are Maya Hoover, Hawaiʻi based Mezzo-Soprano at Professor at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Jonathan Korth, Hawaiʻi based Pianist and Professor at UH-Mānoa; and Joshua Nakazawa, Cellist from Hawaiʻi Symphony. They will be joined by the three HIMF co-founders: Amy Shoremount-Obra, Internationally Acclaimed Metropolitan Opera Soprano; Eric Silberger, Internationally Acclaimed Prize-Winning Virutuoso Violinist; and Carlin Ma, Multi-Media Artist and Pianist.

Toby Walker Concert, Sunday, March 8, 7 p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's ʻŌhiʻa Room, located in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Walker blends blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, old-time jazz, and rock. Tickets $25 by calling (808) 896-4845 or online bluesbearhawaii.com. KMC is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply.

ONGOING
Kaʻū Art Gallery is looking for local artists. Call 808-937-1840

Mixed Flock Volcano Art Center Exhibit, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, March 29. Features prints by Margaret Barnaby and pottery by Emily Herb. Glazing techniques demo Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Sign Up to Be a Vendor at the Kauahaʻao Congregational Church Fundraising Bazaar by Wednesday, March 18. The annual event will be held Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located on the corner of Mamalahoa HwyKamaoa Road, and Pinao Street, just above the Wong Yuen Store in Waiʻōhinu.
     Individuals, schools, clubs, and sports/athletic groups are invited to be vendors at the "flea market" that will be located on the church lawn. The charge for a 10' X 10' space is $10. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own tent, table and chairs, and if power is needed, generator. Vendors can sell anything except hot foods or plate lunches.  
     Vendors must fill out and submit a Vendor Application with the $10 fee by Wednesday, March 18. Call Debbie Wong Yuen at 928-8039 for the application.
     The Church members will sell kalua pig and cabbage bowls, and smoked meat bowls, as well as baked goods, produce, and crafts.
     For more information, call 928-8039.

Sign Up Keiki for the Second Annual Kaʻū Children's Business Fair, to be held Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to noon at Pāhala Community Center. Open to young entrepreneurs ages seven and 18 to share their talents by selling handmade items and services. One application may be submitted for each business. Children can sign up for booth space at no charge. Children working as a group submit one application that includes each child's information; no more than three children per business.
     Kaʻū Children's Business Fair guidelines are designed to give children the experience of selling a product or service. Parents of younger children (under eight years old) may sit in the booth, but the children should be responsible for set up, customer interaction, and sales. Parents may aid a child, but the child runs the business.
    Learn more about participating at childrensbusinessfair.org/pahala. Visit Kaʻū Children's Business Fair's Facebook event page facebook.com/KAUCBF/. RSVP to the event at facebook.com/events/925342784527676/. Text KAUKIDSFAIR to 31996 for updates and information (message and data fees may apply).

Register for Ocean View Classic Car & Bike Show, Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owners of classic cars and bikes are encouraged to register early, as space is limited.
     This second annual event, a fundraiser for Ocean View Community Association, will also feature food and live music, and prizes for the most impressive cars and bikes. Contact organizers Dennis Custard at 831-234-7143 or Ron Gall at 808-217-7982 to register or for more info.

AdvoCATS, Saturday, April 25, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. Reserve spot in advance. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Sign Up to Vend at the New ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Nāʻālehu Farmers Market, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the site of the old Fruit Stand, mauka of Hwy 11 in Nāʻālehu. Vending focuses on Kaʻū products, including mushrooms from the new farm in Nāʻālehu, fresh breads, vegetables, fruits, and other products. The market may offer music in the future, and there are plans to acquire picnic tables for market goers. Call Manager Sue Barnett at 345-9374 to sign up.

Register for Volcano's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Keiki Dash by Wednesday, July 22. The second annual event will be held on Saturday, July 25. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to University of Hawaiʻi for furthering research of Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death and The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences. See webscorer.com to register.
     Half Marathon registration is $70 through May 24, $80 May 25 through July 22, and $90 for late registration. Registration for the 10K is $50 through May 24, $55 May 25 through Jul 22, and $60 for late registration. Registration for the 5K is $35 through May 24, $40 May 25 through July 22, and $45 for late registration. Keiki Dash registration is $10. All registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.
     Late registration is only available at packet pickup or race day morning. Shirts are not guaranteed for late registration.  Race Shirts will be included for Half Marathon and 10K participants only. For all other participants, shirts are available to purchase online.
     Packet pick-up is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 in Hilo; Friday, July 26 in Volcano; and Saturday, July 27, 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at the race start.
     Half Marathon will start at 7 a.m. Other distances follow shortly after. Keiki Dash will begin at 10 a.m. on VSAS grounds. Race cut-off time for the Half Marathon is four hours. The races will begin and end in Volcano Village at VSAS.

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment, features classes on block printing, lauhala weaving, ti leaf lei making, and more. A free guided Cultural Forest Tour, and a Mele and Hula ‘Auana performance are also slated. Visit the website events calendar for the full lineup. volcanoartcenter.org

Tūtū & Me Home Visiting Program is a free service to Pāhala families with keiki, birth to five years old. This caregiver support program offers those taking care of young keiki "a compassionate listening ear, helpful parenting tips and strategies, fun and exciting activities, and wonderful educational resources" from Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Home visits are one hour in length, two to four times per month, for 12 to 15 visits. Snacks are provided. See pidfoundation.org or call 808-938-1088.

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