A FREE Thanksgiving luncheon will be held for the Puna Community tomorrow at the Pahoa Community Center.
The film will also screen at the Palace theater in Hilo on Saturday, November 21 at 8:30 pm. Produced by local Big Island-based production company Larkin Pictures, the film was shot in Puna over 23 days in July 2013.
Filming locations were spread around the famed red road and Kalapana. Cast and crew were flown in from New York, LA, and Antigua and housed summer camp style to encourage a bond that would translate on screen.
Whimsical and weird, the film follows young couple James and Lexi who find themselves washed up and estranged from one another. In the hope of a fresh start, the couple moves from New York to a secluded Hawaiian jungle town on the edge of an active volcano. Once there, the pair become entangled with the neighbors living on either side of their property: a mysterious recluse, and a young polyamorous “throuple.”
“Throuple is the result of a calculated risk to change my life,” says director Phillips Payson. “After spending years working various roles on other productions and at a post house, I realized that no one was ever going to give me permission to go out and make my own film. I had to pull that trigger myself.” Before moving to the Big Island, Payson worked in the film industry in New York and Los Angeles. With the help and collaboration of the film’s writer and producer Zoe Eisenberg, the pair set out to make something unique, handmade, and weird.
“The big island is alive with the playful energy that we were trying to convey in the film,” said Payson. “We found it to be such an inspiring environment. The landscape is this beautiful blend of lush jungle, stunning coastlines and lava fields that feel alien. We identified with the weirdness of it all and felt the location brought our story to life.”
For more information, visit www.larkinpictures.com/throuple.
This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow field.
The area of the flow on October 23 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as mapped on November 12 is shown in red. Not all changes at the northern edge of the flow in the forest were mapped due to poor weather and visibility. The yellow lines show the active lava tube system. Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flows erupted prior to June 27, 2014, are shown in gray.
The base map is a partly transparent 1:24,000-scale USGS digital topographic map draped over a 10-m digital elevation model (DEM).
Representative Joy San Buenaventura (Puna) and leaders from the Hawaii State House of Representatives held a Lawmakers Listen session at the Pahoa Community Center last night where they heard a wide range of concerns from residents in the area.
Discussions at the meeting were on a number of topics including managing invasive species, the rat lungworm parasite, homelessness, medical care, the public hospital system, infrastructure concerns, and the lack of broadband internet service in the region.
Members of the community were invited to share their questions and concerns directly with Rep. San Buenaventura, Speaker of the House Joseph M. Souki, Majority Leader Scott Saiki, and House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke. The group was also joined by Hamakua Representative Mark Nakashima.
‘Lawmakers Listen’ is an ongoing series of community town halls across the state with district Representatives, members of the House Leadership, and Committee Chairpersons. The purpose of the meetings is for legislators to listen to the concerns of area residents and to discuss solutions.
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Reports are now coming in that a swimmer at Kehena Beach on the East Side of the Big Island of Hawaii… was attacked by a shark today.
Kehena Beach is known to be a “clothing optional” black sand beach in the Puna District of the Big Island.
I’m still waiting for the official DLNR report to be released.
A community meeting hosted by Representative Joy San Buenaventura and joined by State House leadership and Big Island representatives will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 5pm – 7pm at the Pahoa Community Center.
Representatives that are scheduled to appear and hear feedback on issues that matter to their constituents are:
- Rep. Joy San Buenaventura
- House Speaker Joe Souki
- Vice Speaker John M. Mizuno
- Majority Leader Scott Saiki
- Majority Floor Leader Cindy Evans
- Finance Chair Sylvia Luke
- Rep. Mark Nakashima
- Rep. Richard Creagan
The Community Center is located at 15-3016 Kauhale Street in Pahoa.
The Zonta Club of Hilo organized a Halloween party—“Halloween Madness”—for more than 125 individuals at the Neighborhood Place of Puna (NPP) on October 24.
“Halloween Madness” was done as part of The Harry & Jeannette Weinberg Foundation’s Weinberg Friends Program, which gave the Zonta Club’s chosen non-profit $10,000 upon completion of a sweat equity project. The Halloween-themed event was the Zonta Club of Hilo’s 2015 project.
Hilo Zontians kicked off the event with direct work activities including installing curtain rods and curtains to help cut glare in NPP’s multipurpose room, and creating 20 holiday readiness cleaning buckets as well as 200+ personal hygiene kits for families in need.
Following the work session, 25 client families with four to six children ranging in age from months to 12-years-old, were invited to make healthy snacks including a vegetable witch’s broom and Oreo cookie spider; visit the craft station and create monster magnets, decorate trick-or-treat bags or fold origami; and select an outfit from the costume closet. Target Hilo donated $400 worth of Halloween costumes to help fill the closet.
“It was the Zonta Club of Hilo’s absolute pleasure to support the good work Neighborhood Place of Puna does to empower area families with knowledge and resources,” said Julie Tulang, organizer for event. “Hilo Zontians and volunteers found it very rewarding to be able to interact with the families in the spook-tacular spirit of Halloween.”
After the morning’s work and Halloween activity sessions, Zonta Club of Hilo president, Tonya Ozone, presented a $10,000 grant award to NPP Executive Director, Paul Norman, to support Neighborhood Place of Puna’s “Kamalama Parenting Project,” a parenting curriculum to help area families raise healthy children in a safe, stable home environment.
Queens and princesses from Lehua Hawaii Productions (LHP) were on-hand to volunteer at “Halloween Madness.” Prior to the event, LHP in partnership with Zonta Hilo, hosted a costume and personal care items drive to secure donations.
For the last 17 years, the Zonta Club of Hilo has taken part in The Harry & Jeannette Weinberg Foundation’s Weinberg Friends Program.
This photo looks west towards the upper East Rift Zone of Kīlauea. The fume-filled crater at Puʻu ʻŌʻō is in the foreground, and the vent for the June 27th lava flow is just out of view of the lower right corner of the photo.
A hornito was active in the upper portion of the June 27th flow, with hissing and jetting sounds coming from a small opening at the top. The hornito here was about 2.5 m (8 feet) tall.
A hornito is formed by gas and lava forced through a small opening in the roof of a lava tube.
An HVO geologist collects a sample of active lava for chemical analysis.
A small channel feeds a lobe of pāhoehoe lava on the eastern margin of the June 27th flow.
Orchidland Neighbors, a 501c (3) organization was founded in March 2015 to create a community center-clubhouse in Orchidland. They will be holding their second fundraiser Friday October 30, 2015 from 5 till 9 p.m. at the Eagles Club in Kea`au, at Highway 130. Pre-sale tickets are available for only $20 at CD Wizard, Keaau Natural Foods and All Things Beautiful. This Halloween party ticket includes pizza, salad, live music, dancing and comedy. Beverages (including cocktails) are available for sale at the event.
Besides the costume contest and prizes, the highlight of this evening’s event will be the extraordinary live music by “The Bird” with dancing on a full-sized dance floor, starting at 6 p.m. The band plays outstanding classic rock featuring lead guitarist for the LPG’s Steve Fundy. Steve has played with the great Nick Gravenites, a Chicago Blues Man who played with Electric Flag and the Butterfield Blues Band. In the 1990’s he moved into the psychedelic music world.
Also featured in “The Bird” is Dave Seawater, a four time Na Hoku award nominee. Completing the band is Barney Lindberg and Gary Kort. Barney plays music island wide with cover bands, and Gary plays with the LPG’s.
Live comedy will be performed by Sherri Carden, the “Puna Princess”, starting at 5:30. She will share stories about her whacky farm animals, as well as tips on “low-budget remodeling, Puna Style.”
“We are striving to build a place to hold community events, classes and private parties, open to all at a minimum cost,” says Sharon Landry, President of Orchidland Neighbors.
It is the hope of Orchidland Neighbors (ON) that this and upcoming fundraisers will create the beginning stages for a multi-use building. The exact location is still to be determined. It will be somewhere in or near Orchidland for easy access by nearby residents.
You may visit Orchidland Neighbors online at www.orchidlandneighbors.org
For more information, to volunteer, or to donate, call Ginny Aste at 854-1225
The Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works will begin work on restoring the functionality of Cemetery Road on Monday October 5, 2015.
On October 25, 2014 lava associated with the Pu‘u O‘o Volcanic Eruption crossed onto Cemetery Road that extends from Apa‘a Street near the Pāhoa Transfer Station. After assessing ingress and egress for the area, including the Ka‘ohe Homesteads, restoring the functionality of Cemetery Road is in the best interests of public safety.
Reconstruction work involves removing the new lava to original grades and then paving the 500-foot stretch of roadway. The project is expected to take approximately forty (40) working days to complete, weather and construction conditions permitting.
Seventy five (75) percent of the $150,000 project cost will be funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Motorists are advised to use caution as heavy trucks and equipment will be utilizing Cemetery Road and Apa‘a Street. Cemetery Road will be closed as a though street for the duration of this restoration project.
Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works thanks the community for their cooperation in keeping the construction area clear and roadways free from potential traffic and safety problems.
If there are any questions or concerns, please call Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist, at 961-8787.
Mayor Billy Kenoi, the Department of Environmental Management, and the State Department of Health, announce that residents of Hawai`i Island now have more places to redeem their HI5 beverage containers at County of Hawai`i Recycling and Transfer Stations.
Puna residents can now recycle and redeem HI5¢ labeled beverage containers again at the Pāhoa HI5 Certified Redemption Center at the Pāhoa Recycling and Transfer Station and on October 3rd at the Volcano HI5 Certified Redemption Center at the Volcano Recycling and Transfer Station. Residents in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates area can now redeem their HI5¢ labeled beverage containers at the newly opened certified redemption center at the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates Recycling and Transfer Station.
Opportunities for recycling non-HI5¢ glass and plastic as well as paper fibers will also be available at the site. For more information, call the County of Hawai`i, HI5 Recycling Specialists at 961-8549 or visit our website at hawaiizerowaste.org.
Former Alaska resident Shane Johnson has turned himself in to local authorities for attempting to siphon gas and attempting to steal a vehicle from a church parking lot in Pahoa this past week.
Shane Johnson turned himself in after people on social media recognized him after the victims family posted what happened on Facebook and began to give him heat online for what he had done to a very well known community member.
It has been reported that after he was caught “red-handed” and approached by the victim, he ran off into the bushes leaving his girlfriend behind to take the fall for him.
The town of Pahoa is alive and well following the recent scare from the lava flow that threatened the town during the past year. Starting Saturday, August 8th and continuing on the Second Saturday of each month Pahoa town will host a Music & Art Walk through the town.
The Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset honored three members of the community with their “Service to Community Award.” In addition to the awards, the recipients were presented certificates from Rep. Joy San Buenaventura (Puna) and the Hawaii House of Representatives for their hard work and dedication.
The awardees are:
- Catherine Ford, who wakes up at 4:30 am to look for the Pahoa homeless and find out what their needs are. Catherine visits those who are hospitalized and for those that don’t have transportation, she drives them to acquire their checks, food and medication. She has become an advocate for those who normally have none.
- Chef Lyndon Honda, whose passion for cuisine, food culture and compassion for others inspired him to organize various food events to benefit victims of Hurricane Iselle and the June 27 lava flow. Chef Lyndon rallied various chefs from Maui and the Big Island to donate their skill, time and money so that 100% of the monies raised went to Puna Farmers and those affected by Iselle and the lava flow. This unheard of percentage going to victims shows Chef Honda’s ability to organize and rally those whose compassion are like his on short notice.
- Kalani Honua, which organization spent approximately eighty-nine thousand dollars of their own money to provide food, ice, and water to the people of Puna who were affected by Hurricane Iselle and who were without power and refrigeration. Kalani Honua showcases lower Puna to the rest of the world as a sustainable healthy agricultural Hawaiian community and has been featured multiple times in Yoga Journal and is a vital and important contributor to the community of the lower Puna region.
The Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset, chartered on April 1, 2009, meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. at The Historic Akebono Theatre in Pahoa, Puna Hawaii.
At an earlier town hall meeting, Representative San Buenaventura also honored Rene Siracusa, who has dedicated a life of volunteer service to Puna and its residents.
Ms. Siracusa is involved in a number of community organizations including the Puna Outdoor Circle, Big Island Rainforest Action Group, Puna Friends of the Parks, Puna Malama Pono, and Malama O Puna, which have all made positive environmental impacts to Puna. Ms. Siracusa helped with the grant writing to secure funding for the Puna Community Medical Center’s Urgent Care Clinic and currently sits as the Chair of the Board of Directors.
Her participation as part of the Coqui Frog Working Group initially controlled the coqui frog at Lava Tree State Park in Nanawale and continues to educate the residents of Puna on the importance of bringing the invasive species under control. She has served on various boards and committees such as the “Ka’ohe Homesteads Community & Farm Watch”, Hawai’i County Planning Commission, Healing Our Island Grant Review Committee, and was Chair of the Hawai‘i County Redistricting Commission (2011).
For the second day in a row, a Pāhoa woman was arrested on the Mauna Kea access Road.
In response to a 9:18 p.m. call Monday (July 13), South Hilo Patrol officers responded to the Mauna Kea Access Road, where a woman was yelling. It was reported that she had been disruptive to peaceful protesters and that she had briefly removed her clothing.
At 10:30 p.m., Cynthia Marlin (aka Cynthia Kealahilahi Verschuur Marlin) was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Her bail was set at $1,000. She was held at the Hilo police cellblock overnight and is scheduled to make her initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon (July 14).
Early Sunday (July 12), officers from the Hawaiʻi Police Department processed Marlin on charges of criminal property damage and obstructing after she was detained on the mountain by a Sheriff’s deputy for allegedly using her car to ram the vehicle of an Office of Mauna Kea Management ranger. She was released from custody on those charges the same day after posting $500 bail.
This small-scale map shows Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow in relation to lower Puna. The area of the flow on June 30 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as of July 7 is shown in red.
The blue lines show steepest-descent paths calculated from a 1983 digital elevation model (DEM; for calculation details, see http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1264/). Steepest-descent path analysis is based on the assumption that the DEM perfectly represents the earth’s surface. DEMs, however, are not perfect, so the blue lines on this map can be used to infer only approximate flow paths. Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flows erupted prior to June 27, 2014, are shown in gray.
This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow field.
The area of the flow on June 19 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as of June 30 is shown in red. Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flows erupted prior to June 27, 2014, are shown in gray.
This map overlays a georeferenced thermal image mosaic onto the flow field change map to show the distribution of active and recently active breakouts.
The thermal images were collected during a helicopter overflight of the flow field today (June 30). The June 27th flow is outlined in green to highlight the flow margin. The yellow line is the active lava tube. Temperature in the thermal mosaics is displayed as gray-scale values, with the brightest pixels indicating the hottest areas, including active breakouts.
This satellite image was captured on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by the Landsat 8 satellite.
Although this is a false-color image, the color map has been chosen to mimic what the human eye would expect to see. Bright red pixels depict areas of very high temperatures and show active lava. White areas are clouds.
The lava flow field is partly obscured by clouds, but the image shows much of the activity on the June 27th flow. Active breakouts are scattered over a wide area northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, with the farthest active lava about 7.8 km (4.8 miles) from the vent on Puʻu ʻŌʻō.
This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow field.
The area of the flow on May 21 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as of June 4 is shown in red. Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flows erupted prior to June 27, 2014, are shown in gray.
Scattered breakouts remain active northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.
On yesterday’s overflight, breakouts were active as far as 8 km (5 miles) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Some of this activity was at the forest boundary, burning vegetation. This narrow lobe, one of several active on the flow field today, traveled over earlier Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava (light brown) to reach the forest boundary.
Activity at Puʻu ʻŌʻō remains relatively steady. This photograph looks towards the southwest, and shows outgassing from numerous areas in Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater. On the far side of the crater, the small circular pit (right of center) had a small lava pond that was too deep to see from this angle.
As shown in the May 21 field photos, the small forested cone of Puʻu Kahaualeʻa has been slowly buried by flows over the past several months.
Summit activity continues in Halemaʻumaʻu
A wide view of the northern portion of Kīlauea Caldera, on an exceptionally clear day.
HVO and Jaggar Museum can be seen as the light-colored spot on the caldera rim. Mauna Loa is in the distance.
The dark area on the crater floor consists of recent overflows from the Overlook crater. The Overlook crater is near the left edge of the photo, and a portion of the active lava lake surface can be seen below the rim.