About Town 9-28-13


Slack key concert slated tonight

John and Hope Keawe perform with Chris Yeaton and Sammi FoAn in an intimate evening of acoustic guitar and hula beginning at 7 p.m. today in King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel’s Ballroom No. 1. The Woodsong Acoustics Group will present “Mele Koa,” a voyage of solo acoustic guitar, sharing music, story telling and dance in the Hawaii tradition.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. They are available at Kiernan Music in Kainaliu or Music Exchange in Kailua-Kona. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone by calling Chris at 960-1026.

Okubo, Thelen to discuss seismic events

Hawaii’s long history of destructive earthquakes and actions residents can take to reduce injury during the next one will be discussed during two free presentations slated Tuesday.

Paul Okubo, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will speak about “Damaging Earthquakes in Hawaii and the Great Hawaii ShakeOut” in the University Classroom Building, Room 100, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, 200 W. Kawili St. A map of the campus is online. This free presentation begins at 7 p.m.

Wes Thelen, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s seismic network manager, will present “Large Earthquakes in the Hawaiian Islands: What You Need to Know” in the Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium on Crater Rim Drive in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at 7 p.m. This “After Dark in the Park” presentation is free, but park entrance fees apply.

Large earthquakes pose an ever-present danger to Hawaii. Since 1868, more than 30 magnitude 6.0 or greater earthquakes have impacted residents throughout the state. The probability that another destructive — magnitude 6.5 or higher — earthquake will strike the Hawaiian Islands in the next 10 years is 50 percent; in the next 20 years, the probability increases to 75 percent.

According to Okubo, while Hawaii Island experiences more seismicity than other Hawaiian islands, the exposure to earthquake risk spans the entire state. As a recent example, he notes that the October 2006 magnitude 6.7 and 6.0 earthquakes, located in West Hawaii, caused $200 million in damages on the Islands of Hawaii and Maui, as well as an extended power outage on Oahu.

Thelen points out that it has been 40 years since a destructive earthquake occurred during business and school hours — the magnitude 6.2 Honomu earthquake on April 26, 1973. Without that experience, conducting drills is even more important for all schools and businesses, as well as individuals and families, to practice “Drop! Cover! Hold on!” — actions that are proven to reduce injury in an earthquake — during the Great Hawaii ShakeOut earthquake drill on Oct. 17.

For more information about these two presentations, visit the HVO website or call 967-8844.

Read aloud program planned for Tuesday

The Friends of the Libraries, Kona is hosting its free family read aloud program, “Books are Building Blocks,” Tuesday at the Kailua-Kona Public Library.

During this school year, participants will travel around the world and get their “passports” stamped each month as they explore the world through reading. The passport this month takes participants to their backyard gardens and the creatures found there Participants will receive an activity book and enjoy a skit and songs.

Parents must attend the program with their children. Registration takes place from 4:30 to 5 p.m. in front of the library; monthly program from 5 to 5:30; and reading by age group from 5:30 to 6. Afterward, the families meet on the lanai for light refreshments, door prizes and books. Participation is limited to 73 people.

To sponsor a program or for more information, email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or visit folkhawaii.com.