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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
A locally owned and run community newspaper (www.kaucalendar.com) distributed in print to all Ka`u District residents of Ocean View, Na`alehu, Pahala, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village and Miloli`i on the Big Island of Hawai`i. This blog is where you can catch up on what's happening daily with our news briefs. This blog is provided by The Ka`u Calendar Newspaper (kaucalendar.com), Pahala Plantation Cottages (pahalaplantationcottages.com), Local Productions, Inc. and the Edmund C. Olson Trust.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Sunday, March 29, 2020

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in Ocean View, with takeout only and an
online menu to call in orders. See more on food availability in Kaʻū and Volcano below. Photo from L&L
RESTRICTED INTERISLAND AIR TRAVEL is on the way for Hawaiʻi, according to the Adjutant General Kenneth Hara, who is the the incident commander at the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency. He and representatives of the Hawaiʻi State Senate Special Committee on COVID-19, Gov. David Ige, all four mayors, and state emergency managers, met on Friday and decided to "restrict inter-island travel," said Hara.
Major General Kenneth Hara, the
incident commander in Hawaiʻi
for the war on COVID-19.
     Already in place is that all arrivals from out-of-state must quarantine for 14 days, in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. To be more restrictive by limiting inter-isalnd travel, said Hara, the logistics must be studied carefully to include establishing a list of essential travelers who would be exempt from the ban to travel interisland. He said the group is working to evaluate unintended consequences. "As an example, if we take this additional measure, it could be that Hawaiian [Airlines] just says: hey, it's not cost-effective, we're not flying anymore. Then how do we get critical cargo back and forth by air?"
     Another measure before instating the interisland travel ban would be to produce forms for exempted people to sign, so they can be tracked.

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FOOD PROVIDERS IN OCEAN VIEW are going the extra mile to stay open with takeout and retails sales, with some outlets also providing gardening supplies and seeds for families to grow their own food.
     L&L Hawaiian Barbecue on the makai side of Hwy 11 is open 8 a.m to 8 p.m. seven days a week, with takeout only. See the menu at hawaiianbarbecue.com. To order, call 929-8888.
     Ocean View Pizzaria, mauka of Hwy 11, is open Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Monday through Friday 11 a.m - 7 p.m., takeout only. Call in orders at 929-9677.
     DJ's Pizza & Bake Shop, mauka of Hwy 11, reduced its hours and is open Monday - Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., takeout only. See Facebook.
     Ka Lae Garden Thai Food offers takeout along with farm stand fruits and vegetables. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Call 808-494-7688.
Ka Lae Garden offers Thai takeout Wednesday through
Sunday in Ocean View. Photo from Ka Lae Garden
     Mehe's Bar & Grill, mauka of Hwy 11, has halted all services. Its Facebook page says, "We have decided to close Mehe's to protect our employees and guests... We look forward to seeing you on Monday, the 8th" of April, the projected reopening day. See Facebook.
     Malama Market, makai of Hwy 11, is open seven days a week, 7 a.m to 8 p.m. The store sometimes places a limit on certain items but offers all of its fresh, refrigerated, frozen, canned, and dry foods as usual. Malama Market is owned by Foodland. Call 939-7560.
     Ocean View Market, mauka of Hwy 11, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Kamagaki family owners may limit the number of people in the store, if necessary. Otherwise, the store is operating with fresh, refrigerated, frozen, canned, and dry foods, and household goods, as usual. Call 929-8800.
     Kahuku Country Market, mauka of Hwy 11, is open its regular hours, at last check.
     Ranchos Ace Housemart Hardware, mauka of Hwy 11, is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The store offers extensive garden tools, soil, seeds for food plants, and fertilizers. Call 929-7315.
     Ocean View Flea Market, where food items and other household goods were sold on Saturdays, is shut down until the pandemic is over.

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FOOD PROVIDERS IN VOLCANO are going the extra mile to stay open with takeout and retail sales, with some outlets also providing gardening supplies and seeds for families to grow their own food.
     Thai Thai Bistro & Bar, at 19-4084 Old Volcano Hwy, is open for takeout only Thursday through Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call in orders to 808-967-7969. Alcohol is available at its adjacent True Value Hardware store. See lavalodge.com/thai-thai-bistro.html.
     Lava Rock Café is open for take-out through calling the adjacent Kīlauea General Store. Hours for pick-up are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. Alcohol is available in Kīlauea General Store. Call in orders to 967-7555 and see lavarock.cafe.
Kīlauea General Store offers takeout from its Big O's and Lava Rock Café. It also sells locally grown
foods and plans a food box for pick-up by customers. Photo from Kīlauea General Store
     Big O's Sandwiches & Coffee inside Kīlauea General Store offers subs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and pizzas from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call in orders to 808-967-7555; pick up at Kīlauea General Store.
     Kīlauea General Store, on Old Volcano Highway, is open daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is the pick-up place for Lava Rock Café and Big O's Sandwiches & Coffee. The store offers canned, dry, and refrigerated foods; alcohol; and household goods. For sale from local farms, the store sells such produce as cabbage, lettuce, mushrooms, tomatoes, bell peppers, lemons, and limes. The store is planning to offer a produce box for pick-up. Call 967-7555.
     Volcano Store, on Old Volcano Highway, is open daily from 5 a.m. to 6:30. p.m. The store has fresh produce, along with refrigerated and frozen food, alcohol, and household goods. It is the only propane provider in Volcano. Call 967-7240.
     Hawaiʻi True Value Hardware on Old Volcano Highway, is open daily, 7:30 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. In addition to hardware, it sells soil and garden tools. Call 808-967-7969.
Kīlauea Lodge is offering Curbside Take Out for breakfast,
lunch, and dinner. Photo from Kīlauea Lodge
     Kīlauea Lodge, at 19-3948 Old Volcano Road, is open for take out by calling 808-967-7366. A 15 percent discount from prices on the standard menu is offered. Take out breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m, and lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Special family meal offers are posted on the Kīlauea Lodge Facebook, along with a menu link. Wine is available by the bottle and beer is available by the bottle and can. See highwaywestvacations.
com/properties/kilauea-lodge#about
     Café Ono, on Old Volcano Highway is open for takeout, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call ahead to confirm hours, 985-8979. See cafeono.net for menu.
     Aunty Pon's Food Truck at 19-4030 Wright Road is open for takeout Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Order ahead by calling 808-785-5795. See auntyponsthaifoodtruck.com.
     Volcano Farmers Market at Cooper Center on Wright Road, off of Old Volcano Highway, is open on Sundays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., with much local produce and prepared foods. Call 808-967-7800.
     Volcano Winery is open for curbside pick up of wine and cheese spreads. Winery visits and tastings are temporarily suspended. Call ahead for pickup between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. See volcanowinery.com. Call 808-9667-7772. The winery is located at 35 Piʻimauna Drive.     Closed are       ʻŌhelo Cafe in Volcano Village and all food services inside Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park: The Rim and Uncle George's Lounge in Volcano House Hotel, and Lava Lounge and Crater Rim Cafe in Kīlauea Miltary Camp, and the food service at the KMC bowling alley, which is also closed.

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Lettuce from Kaʻili Maliʻe Farms in Pāhala.
Photo by Marlene Freitas
FOOD PROVIDERS IN PĀHALA  are going the extra mile to stay open with takeout and retail
sales, with some outlets also providing gardening supplies to grow their own food. There are no restaurants in Pāhala.
     Mizuno's Superette on Pikake Street offers hot coffee and food to microwave. It also sells fresh vegetables; canned, refrigerated, frozen and dry foods; chicken feed; and alcohol. It sells many gardening and household goods, plus cleaning supplies. It is open Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Call 808-928-8101.
     R&G Store is open on Kamani Street from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. It offers frozen, refrigerated, and dry food, and alcohol. Call 808-928-8155.
     Long's Drugs on Pikake Street in Pāhala is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It offers refrigerated and dry food, sundries, cleaning supplies, and hosts the CVS pharmacy. Call 928-6252.
     Kaʻili Maliʼe Farms in Pāhala sells vegetables - including green leafy lettuces, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower - Kaʻū Coffee, and much more, all grown on the former Hester farm above Pāhala. It offers pick-up and delivery in the Pāhala area. Call Marlene or Rodney Freitas at 808-987-2578 or 808-987-8918, or connect to them through Facebook.

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Keiki Care Packs will be distributed in Volcano,
Nāʼālehu, and Miloliʻi. Photo from Ashley Kierkiewicz
KEIKI CARE PACKS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT COOPER CENTER in Volcano on Monday, March 30 at 9 a.m. They are sponsored by Connect Point Church, Activate Hawaiʻi Aid, Aloha In Action, Vibrant Hawaiʻi and many others. The care packs will be home delivered in Miloliʻi, with area captains Leilynn Kaupu and Melissa Waite-Crawford, and in Nāʻālehu, with captain Michelle Galimba. The Volcano captain is Shannnon Matson. The kits include food, keiki supplies, and activities.

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NĀʻĀLAHU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL DARLENE JAVAR recently issued a message to families with students at the school, along with directions for picking up school lessons and supplies. She wrote:
Nāʻālehu Elementary School
Principal Darlene Javar
     "The work to love, care for, and educate our children is evolving rapidly. This looks different for every community. Your Nāʻālehu Elementary School staff understands this. Following is guidance and thoughts as our world evolves.
     "Priorities: Aloha, kindness, and total well-being is the priority!! Feelings: We miss our students. We care about our students, families, and community. Resources: We are 'offering' resources for all families to include packets, learning supplies, and curriculum material. Everything is yours to keep!!!
     "We are fortunate to still have previous curriculum for some grades in storage. For those who have online capacity, online resources are also suggested and offered. If you don't have internet access consider contacting Spectrum or HawaiianTel because they have offers.
     "Always options: Learning can take many forms. You can use other resources. 
     "How much is enough? Do what you can. Do more if you want. If it's too hard, it's okay. Talk to your child's teacher for help and guidance.
     Phone calls: Teachers have been trying to reach all parents. Messages have been sent out on Synervoice.
     Facebook: NāʻālehuElementary StudentCouncil (Yes, words are connected as in first and last naalehuel.hidoe.us Note that the page is still under construction. Keep coming back as we expand. Twitter: @Darlene_Javar
     "Although we highly encourage family support in enriching and maintaining the academic learning of our students, taking care of the heart and health of your ʻohana is the priority." 
Nāʻālehu Elementary families can pick up a personal bag
of school resources and learning packets for each enrolled
student on Monday, March 30. See times and places below.
Photo by Sheilah Okimoto
     Distribution of learning packets and resources began on Monday and is scheduled for March 30, April 13, April 27 and beyond, as needed.
     The packets are designed for learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.     
     One family member may pick up for several students in the same family. Students need not be present for the learning resources to be retrieved. Please note the grade of each child. Distribution times are organized by the first letter of the student's last name at the site closest to their home.
     Everyone is asked to observe social distancing rules, staying six feet away from others during pick-up. See the school website, naalehuel.hidoe.us, for more information and updates.

FAMILIES CAN PICK UP NĀʻĀLEHU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEARNING PACKETS AND STUDENT RESOURCES, beginning this Monday, March 30 and every two weeks as needed at locations closest to homes.
     Distribution in the Nāʻālehu area is at Nāʻālehu Elementary, Waiʻōhinu Park, and Discovery Harbour Community Center. Distribution in Ocean View is at the county's Kahuku Park, the area in front of Malama Market, and Ocean View Community Center.
     At Nāʻālehu Elementary, campus pick-up will be from 9 a.m - 9:20 a.m. for A-H; 9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. for I-P, and 9:40 a.m. - 10 a.m. for Q-Z. The Waiʻōhinu Park pick-up: 8 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. for A-H, 8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. for I-P, and 8:40 a.m. - 9 a.m. for Q-Z. The Discovery Harbour Community Center pick-up: 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. for A-H, 9:50 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. for I-P, and 10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. for Q-Z.
A mural at Nāʻālehu Elementary School, showing the hard-working beaver 
and the school's mascot, a sea turtle. Photo from naalehuel.hidoe.us
     Morning distribution at Kahuku Park8 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. for A-H, 8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. for I-P, and 8:40 a.m. - 9 a.m. for Q-Z. Evening distribution at Kahuku Park5 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. for A-H, 5:20 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. for I-P, and 5:40 p.m. - 6 p.m. for Q-Z. Times for distribution in front of Malama Market are: 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. for A-H, 9:50 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. for I-P, and 10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. for Q-Z. Times for distribution at Ocean View Community Center are 5 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. for A-H, 5:20 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. for I-P, and 5:40 p.m. - 6 p.m. for Q-Z.

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USE BEST PRACTICES TO STEM VIRUS SPREAD AND LIVE ALOHA is the message from state Sen. Dru Kanuha, who represents west Kaʻū through Miloliʻi into Kona.
      Kanuha recently sent the following to constituents:
     "In light of Governor Ige's stay-at-home mandate, I want to reaffirm the importance of reducing the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing (6 feet apart), ceasing large gatherings of 10 persons or more, and washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds. The World Health Organization states that the United States has yet to reach the peak number of persons infected by COVID-19 and to be prepared, as it may take months before the number of persons infected plateaus and declines.
State Sen. Dru Kanuha
     "As staying connected will be critical to minimizing the spread of COVID-19, I plan to send regular updates with relevant information for our West Hawaiʻi community. Updates will also include information regarding federal and state aid, local donation drives or food delivery efforts, and news from our community as we continue to uplift and care for each other during this difficult time.
     "There are lots of great efforts happening in our community to help one another. Whether you're dropping off food and supplies to a neighbor in need or simply heeding the mandate to stay at home, we all have an important part to play. By working together as a community to flatten the curve of COVID-19, we will get through this. Stay safe and prepared, and always remember and live the aloha that keeps us strong."

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STATE SAFETY INSPECTIONS FOR VEHICLES ARE EXTENDED through May 30. For vehicle repairs, Kaʻū Auto Repair is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, by appointment only, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed earlier if necessary. Towing and roadside service are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Jolisa Masters of Kaʻū Auto Repair told The Kaʻū Calendar, "Appointments for repairs are spaced out so that there are not so much customers gathering at any given time. We are practicing disinfecting procedures as recommended by the CDC." Call 808-929-9096 for an appointment.

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IN-HOME INTERNET IN KAʻŪ is available for free to those without, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spectrum is offering a credit for two months of free internet service to customers with students Pre-K through 12th grade in the household, who don't already have internet or WiFi. All installation and pre-payment fees will also be waived. Call 855-243-8892 to sign up.
     Locally-owned Kaʻū Computers offers in-home installation of internet, WiFi, networks, and PC and Mac computers. Run by Jerry Pritchard, he operates from Ocean View to Pāhala, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on weekends by appointment. Show him his ad in The Kaʻū Calendar and get 10 percent off services. Contact Pritchard at 808-987-4532, support@kaucomputers.com, or see kaucomputers.com.

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DAILY COVID-19 UPDATE: Hawaiʻi County reports seven active cases of COVID-19 on Hawaiʻi Island as of Sunday, March 29. In addition, there are five recovered cases and no deaths.
     Throughout the state, there are 175 cases, with 24 reported today. There have been zero deaths from COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi. There are several possible community spread cases of COVID-19 in the state.
     U.S. surpassed all other countries in COVID-19 cases on Thursday. According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has recorded 143,055 cases. The death toll in the U.S. topped 2,000.
     Worldwide, more than 724,00 people have become victims of COVID-19. The death toll is more than 34,026. The recovery total is more than 152,314.

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Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more are listed at kaucalendar.com. However, all non-essential activities are canceled through the end of April.

All Kaʻū High School and other public school sporting events are canceled through the end of April.

Spring Break for Public Schools is extended through Thursday, April 30 for COVID-19 spread mitigation.

MOST UPCOMING EVENTS are cancelled for the month of April, to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

ONGOING
Free Breakfast and Lunch for Anyone Eighteen and Under is available at Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary weekdays through at least the end of April. Each youth must be present to receive a meal. Service is drive-up or walk-up, and social distancing rules (at least six feet away) are observed. Breakfast is served 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

St. Jude's Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen is open, with a modified menu and increased health & safety standards, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hot showers, the computer lab, and in-person services and bible studies are suspended. Services are posted online on Sundays at stjudeshawaii.org.


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

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, with the option of one or two laps – about 300 meters or 600 meters. Race cut-off time for the Half Marathon is four hours. The races will begin and end in Volcano Village at VSAS.
     See ohialehuahalf.com.

Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium Closed for Renovation through June 30. The Park is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 spread mitigation. A popular seven-and-a-half minute 2018 eruption video will be shown on a television in the exhibits area, once the Park and center reopen, and is available online for free download.

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