Island Events — Lilikoi Festival is Oct. 17

imageIndulge your passion for Passion Fruit at the 3rd Annual Lilikoi Festival Oct. 17.
This year’s festival is being held at the Maku’u Market just outside of Pahoa.
Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This popular and fun event features a Lilikoi themed cooking contest, cooking demonstrations, vendor booths, live music and keiki activities.
Entry fee $5. Children 11 & under are Free!!

More information at: www.LilikoiFestival.com

Vendors and cooking contest entries are still welcome! Contact Fran at 982-7511.

Puna News — Puna Hongwanji Mission annual bazaar is Oct. 10

(Media release) — Puna Hongwanji Mission will hold its annual bazaar Saturday, October 10, from 8 a.m. until noon. The fun fundraising event will feature clothing and housewares in the rummage sale, lau lau and bread in the food market, bagged cinders in the landscape area, farm fresh vegetables, and a silent auction, among other items. Come early for the best parking. Puna Hongwanji is located at 16-492 Old Volcano Road in Keaau. Committee chairs are Jason Hashimoto, Sam Horiuchi and Clifford Furukado. Subcommittee chairs are: Robin Sato, finance; Tammy Molina, scrips; Jean Tamashiro and the Buddhist Women’s Association, rummage; Ethel Miyashiro, Marilyn Sato and Claire Arakawa, silent auction; Sam Horiuchi, cinders; Clifford Furukado, laulau; Alvin Oyadomari, produce; Jason Hashimoto, cut flowers; Bryon Toma, security; Roy Toma, manpower; Wendell Toma, refreshments; Janet Watarida, food for workers; Glenn Watarida and Gary Sunada, parking; Earl Mukai, site lay out; Cary Tanoue, signs & banners; Ann Toma, first aid room set up; K.T. Cannon-Eger publicity; and Gordon Heit, public address system. There will not be a plant sale this year due to concerns about spreading plant pests and diseases. Donation needs include the following grocery items: rice, mochi rice, flour, butter, nishime konbu, Hawaiian salt, shoyu, brown sugar, and bottled water. Donated items for the rummage sale are being accepted now through Friday, October 2, at the temple. For further information on the bazaar or on other activities at Puna Hongwanji Mission, contact Jason Hashimoto at (808) 937-5941.

Park Offers Passes for Volunteers

From Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park invites everyone to volunteer and help protect the native Hawaiian rainforest on National Public Lands Day, Sat., Sept. 26. Everyone gets in for free, and volunteers at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will receive a free pass to use on another day of their choosing. 

In honor of National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is offering the Stewardship at the Summit program from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet volunteers Paul and Jane Field at K?lauea Visitor Center, then head into the forest to remove Himalayan ginger from the summit of K?lauea. While pretty and fragrant, Himalayan (also called k?hili) ginger is one of the most invasive plants in the park, and on earth. It is listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as one of the 100 World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species. The park strives to protect the rainforest habitat of native birds and plants, but Himalayan ginger takes over the native rainforest understory, making it impossible for the next generation of forest to grow, and it crowds out many native plants, including pa‘iniu (a Hawaiian lily), ‘ama‘u fern, and others. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, sunscreen, raingear, snacks, and water. Loppers/gloves provided.  No advance registration required.

Every year on National Public Lands Day (NPLD), all fee-charging national parks offer free entry. Many parks and public lands across the nation organize stewardship projects and special programs on NPLD to raise awareness about why it is important to protect our public lands.

Tsunami Advisory Cancelled

From County of Hawaii Civil Defense:

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has cancelled the  Tsunami Advisory for the State of Hawaii.  Beginning at approximately 3:20 this morning, sea level changes and increased wave heights were observed.  Since that time no damages have been reported and conditions have continued to subside and improve. Based on the cancellation of the advisory and improved conditions an all clear is issued for Hawaii Island effective at 8:00 AM this morning. All beach parks are open.

Tsunami Advisory in Effect

According to Hawaii County Civil Defense,  Hawaii has moved from a Tsunami Watch to a  “Tsunami Advisory.” The Pacific Tsunami Center reported waves 3.2 feet above normal  in Hilo every 16 minutes, as of 2  a.m. That’s not anything close to the 1946 or 1960 tsunamis, but unexpected waves and currents could present a hazard to swimmers, boaters and beach goers.

Based on all available data a major tsunami is not expected to
strike the state of Hawaii. However…sea level changes and
strong currents may occur along all coasts that could be a hazard
to swimmers and boaters as well as to persons near the shore at
beaches and in harbors and marinas. the threat may continue for
several hours after the initial wave arrival.

The Civil Defense announcement:

“The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a Tsunami Advisory for the State of Hawaii effective 3:24 p.m.  this afternoon.  An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.3 occurred off the coast of Chile.

“A tsunami advisory is issued due to the threat of a potential changes in sea level and strong currents which may be dangerous to those in or near the water. The threat may continue for several hours after the arrival of the initial waves or sea level changes, however significant widespread inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory.  Presently, the initial arrival of any wave action or sea level changes and currents for Hawaii Island is expected around 3:00am tomorrow morning and may last for several hours.  Again, widespread inundation is not expected.  This will be the last information update unless conditions change.”

 

Flooding Update

The Hawaii Department of Civil Defense has extended its Flash Flood Warning until midnight. Highway 11 remains closed between the 58 and 59 mile markers (Kawa Flats) in the Ka’u District between Pahala and Na’alehu.

Civil Defense’s Latest Tsunami Message

From County of Hawaii Civil Defense:

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a Tsunami Advisory for the State of Hawaii effective 3:24PM this afternoon.  An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.3 occurred off the coast of Chile.  A tsunami advisory is issued due to the threat of a potential changes in sea level and strong currents which may be dangerous to those in or near the water. The threat may continue for several hours after the arrival of the initial waves or sea level changes, however significant widespread inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory.  Presently, the initial arrival of any wave action or sea level changes and currents for Hawaii Island is expected around 3:00am tomorrow morning and may last for several hours.  Again, widespread inundation is not expected.  This will be the last information update unless conditions change.

More Flooding News….

Hawaii Police Department reports that Highway 11 is closed between the 58 and 59 mile markers (Kawa Flats).  This closure is between Pahala and Na’alehu in the Ka’u District.

Hualalai Road between Hinalole Street and Queen Kaahumanu Hwy in Kailua-Kona is now open, but motorists are urged to proceed with caution.  Kuakini Highway, which had also been closed, is now open again.

 

Flash Flood Warning; Hualalai Road Closed

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the Island of Hawaii.  Motorists are urged to drive with caution and to be prepared for possible ponding of water and runoff.  Hualalai Road is closed between Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Hienaloli Road due to flooding.

Tsunami Watch Declared

A magnitude 8.3 quake has occurred off the coast of Chile, causing the Pacific Tsunami Center to declare a tsunami watch for Hawaii.   According to the Center’s latest bulletin, the earliest a tsunami is expected to reach here, if one happens, is 3 a.m. tomorrow morning.

BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A TSUNAMI MAY HAVE BEEN GENERATED BY
THIS EARTHQUAKE THAT COULD BE DESTRUCTIVE ON COASTAL AREAS EVEN
FAR FROM THE EPICENTER. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE
IF THERE IS A TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII, read the latest update.

The center will be publishing hourly updates.

The tsunami that devastated Hilo in 1960 also originated off Chile’s Coast.  That quake was somewhat stronger, at M8.6.

 

Features — Not An Ordinary Homecoming — 5th Annual Kipimana Cup For Kamehameha and Kea’au is Friday

 

KipimanaCup(Media release) — Homecoming on the Kea’au campus of Kamehameha Schools will be extra special, falling on game day for the 5th annual Kipimana Cup.

The Kipimana Cup is a goodwill football game between the public and private schools located within a few miles radius.

“We look forward with the two schools and the community to this game every year,” said Bill Walter, president of W.H. Shipman, Limited. “I am always pleasantly surprised by the goodwill shown by both teams.  The coaches and staff have made this more than simply a game but also a time to celebrate Kea’au as a great place to live, work and be educated.”

Kamehameha Schools and Kea’au High School didn’t play against each other, being in different divisions — Kea’au being in Division 1 and Kamehameha being in Division 2.  The Big Island Interseholastic Federation League ultimately changed that, but not before W.H. Shipman, Ltd. first pitched the annual Kipimana Cup five years ago.

Kipimana is how Hawaiians referred to Shipman more than 100 years ago, and both Kea’au and Kamehamhea Schools are located on land formerly owned by Shipman.

W.H. Shipman provides $500 to each of the school’s booster clubs following the game, and a trophy to the winning team.

Kamehameha Schools has won all four of the previous Kipimana Cups, but not without a fight. “They always play us very tough,” said Dan Lyons, head football and aquatics coach at Kamehameha.

“The Kipimana Cup is a great way to showcase the Kea’au and Puna areas of the island of Hawaii as well as the graciousness of W.H. Shipman,” said Dan Lyons, the head football and aquatics coach at Kamehameha Schools.

Both he and Dean Cevallos, principal at Kea’au High School, emphasized that the Kipimana Cup is meant to be friendly competition amongst the neighboring schools.

“It’s an expression of Shipman’s commitment to high school athletics and the two school’s athletics,” noted Lyons. “We always need good competition, and something we look forward to…” Read more

Letter: Join Bernie’s Supporters at Gay Pride Parade

You and all your friends are invited to come walk with me and the Bernie Sanders crew in the Pride Parade this Saturday in Hilo, 10am, with park festival to follow. I am also singing with PMC in the bandstand at noon (some Beatles tunes and other songs, only 5 this time). Wear purple if you want; many Sanders supporters will be in purple. I’d recommend an umbrella too, in case of rain or blazing sun. Parade line-up between 9:30 and 9:50am this Saturday in the Ben Franklin parking lot or somewhere very nearby there. Great chow available at the festival. Should be a fun day! PS: Mark your calendar: 20DEC Christmas show at the Palace, Puna Mens Chorus & audience singing! It is a fund-raiser for Palace air conditioning system. Will have the PIPE ORGAN to accompany PMC! Please join us!

–Aloha Steven

Pahoa

Man Charged in Kamehameha Vandalism

From the Hawaii Police Department:

After conferring with prosecutors, Hawai?i Island police have charged a former Oahu man in connection with a spear that was stolen from the King Kamehameha statue in Hilo on Tuesday (September 8).

At 1:20 p.m. Friday (September 11), 31-year-old William Roy Carroll III, who has no permanent address, was charged with second-degree theft, third-degree theft and second-degree criminal property damage. His bail was set at $11,000.

He remains the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday.

State Art Museum Wants Docents

The Hawai‘i State Art Museum (HiSAM) is looking for enthusiastic art lovers to be volunteer docent guides. The four-month training session begins in early October, 2015 and ends in February, 2016. Docents will learn to give informative and interactive tours focusing on the works of art on display in HiSAM exhibitions. Each artwork belongs to the Art in Public Places Collection, a part of the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. The collection includes pieces from Hawai`i’s many fine artists, and is primarily focused on modern and contemporary art (1960 to the present).
For more information, please call 586-9959 or email hisameducation@gmail.com. You can download an application form at www.hawaii.gov/sfca.
The Hawai‘i State Art Museum is located at 250 South Hotel Street in downtown Honolulu. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
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For more information contact: Susan Hogan, HiSAM Educator
Phone: (808) 586-9958, Email: susan.m.hogan@hawaii.gov
Website: www.hawaii.gov/sfca