Announcements: August 5, 2021

‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign kicks off Friday

Walmart and The Salvation Army are teaming up to help provide new school supplies to keiki-in-need with “Stuff the Bus” campaign events at all Hawaii Walmart stores Friday through Sunday. The supply drives serve to help fill remaining needs across the state.


For keiki preparing for the upcoming school year, school supplies remain critical to their success. In light of COVID-19, The Salvation Army has adapted its services to ensure that children in every community can continue receiving the educational support they deserve. This year, the “Stuff the Bus” campaign events at all 10 Hawaii Walmart stores in Hawaii are part of more than 4,500 similar events taking place at Walmart stores across the country. When shoppers visit their local Walmart Friday through Sunday, they can purchase and drop off requested items at Salvation Army collection bins at the front of each store.

“There are thousands of keiki in Hawaii whose parents will have to make the tough choice between school supplies, groceries, rent, the electric bill or insurance,” said Major Phil Lum, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army Hawaiian &Pacific Islands. “We anticipate this number will increase significantly this year due to COVID-19’s impact on our local economy.”

All donations made at “Stuff the Bus” campaign events will remain in the local community to help The Salvation Army provide back-to-school support to children in need. For more details, visit

HVNP announces August flight operations

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will conduct a range of flight operations during August.

From 9 to 11 a.m. today, operations will take place between 3,000 and 4,000 feet within the Olaa tract for fence material sling loads.

On Aug. 9, between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., flights will transport gear (one sling load) from the Maunaulu helispot to Napau Crater campground.

The following two days, Aug. 10 and 11, flights will run between 8 a.m. noon to survey and control invasive guinea grass and banana poka on Mauna Loa and in the coastal backcountry from sea level to 5,000 feet in elevation.

On Aug. 12, between 8 a.m. and noon, flights will survey and control invasive fountain from the park’s west boundary to Keauhou Trail, from sea level to 3,500 feet in elevation. Also Aug. 12, between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. gear will be flown from Napau Campground to the Maunaulu helispot.

Flights are also planned between 6:30 and 8:15 a.m. Aug. 16 for ungulate surveys and control work in Kahuku between 4,000 and 6,000 feet in elevation. Also that day, from 7 to 9 a.m., crew support sling loads will be moved in the Olaa tract, between 3,500 and 4,500 feet in elevation.

On Aug. 20, from 7 to 9 a.m., flights will take place for crew support sling loads in the Olaa tract, between 3,500 and 4,500 feet in elevation.

Between 9 and 10 a.m. Aug. 23, flights will transport gear from the Maunaulu helispot to the Napau Crater campground. On Aug. 26, operations are slated from 7 and 8 a.m. to transport gear from Napau Crater back to the Maunaulu helispot.

On Aug. 31, between 7 and 10 a.m., flights are planned for ‘u‘au (Hawaiian petrel) monitoring on Mauna Loa, between 8,000 and 9,000 feet in elevation.

In addition, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory may conduct flight operations over Kilauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation.


Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather.

The National Park Service said that management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities.

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