About The Kaʻū Calendar

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.

Monday, August 03, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Monday, August 3, 2020

Helena Miranda cooks exotic Salvadorian food in her outdoor kitchen, and sells fruit, vegetables, and Kaʻū Coffee, 
at the new Ocean View Community Market. Photo by Annie Bosted
THE FIRST DAY OF OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY MARKET on Saturday proved to be a great success, according to vendors interviewed by The Kaʻū Calendar. Many regulars from the recently closed Ocean View Swap Meet joined Thai Grindz food truck on the corner of Kona and Highway 11. A steady stream of customers took advantage of the convenient parking to shop and talk story.
Mark Cocucci, an organizer of the new Ocean View
 Community Market, was a regular vendor at Ocean View 
swap meet, which has been postponed indefinitely. 
Photo by Annie Bosted
     One of the organizers, Mark Cocucci, said he has ambitious plans to build up the market to be a strong community resource, while cautioning that it will take a collective effort.
     The market will be open each Saturday starting about 6:30 a.m. for the early birds, and ending about 2 p.m.
     The market will also open on Wednesdays starting Aug. 12. The property owner has agreed to a 90-day trial run. In keeping with COVID protocols, the organizers may have to limit visitation to make it pono, right, for everyone. "We want this to be drama-free," says Cocucci. "We will not tolerate any fighting and will evict any trouble makers."
Thai Grindz food truck, parked regularly on the site of the new 
Ocean View Community Market. Here, Natkritta Joslin takes 
an order from a customer. Photo by Annie Bosted
     Alan and Lan Smith, of Island Alterations, said the new location is preferable to the former swap meet location, adding that they are selling more than they thought they would.
     Henry Miranda, who helps his family at their stall for Salvadorian food, agreed that the new location was better as it was more spacious and not as windy. "We are getting plenty of customers." 
     Mary Lou Otero, who helps Juan Perez prepare tacos for customers, said that she loves the new location and is pleased that the new market can help the Ocean View community.
Juan Perez prepares tacos from fresh ingredients in his 
outdoor kitchen overlooking Highway 11, while 
Mary Lou Otero assists. Photo by Annie Bosted
     Helen McCullough and her cousin, Ricky Gordon, offer a wide array of handmade crafts in a variety of mediums, including stained glass, wood, and metal. She said she loves the new location and is delighted with the turnout. "People can see us when they are on the way to the transfer station. Most of us vendors are neighbors and we are all having fun here."
     Sheryl Hauler said that she is happy to be anywhere that she can sell her CDs and DVDs, explaining that it was tough when the swap meet was closed.

Helen McCullough and Ricky Gordon with a few of 
their stained-glass offerings. Photo by Annie Bosted
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VOTERS WHO MISS THE AUG. 3 DEADLINE to postmark their ballots for the 2020 Primary Election can walk them into to Nāʻālehu Police Station, 24 hours a day, until Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. Other drop-off places around the island include Pāhoa Police Station, County of Hawaiʻi Aupuni Center in Hilo, Waimea Police Station, West Hawaiʻi Civic Center in Kona, and Rodney Yano Hall in Capt. Cook.
     Saturday. Aug. 8 is primary election day, with county and state officials promising to tabulate the results as early as possible. It will be the first-ever election in Hawaiʻi with most of the ballots mailed.

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Ocean View Community Market is open Saturdays and Wednesdays (starting Aug. 12) on the corner of Kona Drive
and Hwy 11. Photo by Annie Bosted
CREATING AS HEALTHY AN ENVIRONMENT AS POSSIBLE is the goal of Hawai‘i Department of Education, says Superintendent Christina Kishimoto. With teachers already on campus and the Aug. 17 beginning of school. coming up fast, she said, "Our models are based on the state being in the 'Act with Care' level of alertness. This includes wearing masks when possible, physical distancing, and regular hand washing as well as deep cleaning of classrooms."
Sheryl Hunter is surrounded by tables of CDs and DVDs to 
sell to her Ocean View customers. Photo by Annie Bosted
     Approaches for starting the school year at Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary, Nāʻālehu Elementary, and Volcano School of Arts & Sciences, include face-to-face learning for the young and students who need extra support, and various blended designs, where in-person and online learning are provided on a rotating basis. Parents who select a virtual-only option will work with their home school to commit to a program where students can earn a credit or grade.
     Kishimoto said the pandemic has revealed the need for more technology access among families. "Some students have tech at home while others have no connectivity. The DOE has ordered more devices for students and plans to build its 'equity of access' plan around digital learning. It's also launching an ‘Ohana Help Desk," she says, with a hotline and email for parents having tech difficulties at home. "If we can improve the tech skills of our families, that helps our ‘ohana, our communities and the entire state to advance economic development."
     For more details, go to the Return to Learn: School Reopening Plan.
Superintendent of Schools Christina Kishimoto and the Hawaiʻi Department of Education are working together on reopening schools and getting technological access to families. Photo from the governor's office
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TODAY'S STATE RECORD OF 207 COVID-19 CASES was, in part, the result of delays at the testing lab. The state Department of Health reported that about 114 of the cases come from delayed results over the weekend from Clinical Laboratories of Hawai‘i, which conducts most COVID-19 tests in the state.
     The total number of hospitalizations statewide during the pandemic passed 200 today. In response, public officials discussed reducing the number of people allowed to gather to ten, indoors or out. The rule went into effect today on O‘ahu. Also under consideration is reinstating the interisland travel quarantine and possibly pushing back the opening of trans-Pacific travel past Sept. 1, should the case count continue to rise.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park. 
Photo from the governor's office
     State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said the delay in reporting cases involves results back to July 31. "This is likely a result of recent modifications in data reporting required by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. We have advised the affected laboratory to provide manual reporting of data until they're able to correct the reporting issues. This is impacting our ability to quickly identify and investigate new persons with COVID-19 and to contact trace."
     Gov. David Ige said, "The number of contact tracers currently on staff are managing today's demands. The DOH is activating more contact tracers to handle the expected increase in cases." He also pointed out the National Guard has 60 contact tracers available to assist at a moment's notice and scale up on contact-tracing capacity.
     However, the governor and DOH both noted that contact tracing isn't a substitute for safe practices. Ige said, "As we re-opened, many people have relaxed their vigilance and this new surge is a result. If we don't get this surge under control, we may need to put back some restrictions and no one wants to see that. We can only beat COVID-19 by working together. Everyone needs to take personal responsibility. Wear a mask, wash your hands, practice physical distancing, avoid large gatherings, stay home if you're sick, and keep your children home if they feel sick. We were successful in keeping the virus under control and I know we can do it again."
Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson. 
Photo from the governor's office
     Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said, "It's becoming increasingly more difficult to detail all of the situations in which people are becoming infected with coronavirus. It runs the whole gamut of hanging out with close friends, socializing in bars, attending religious events and funerals, and many other types other social gatherings. This virus does not discriminate on who it infects and the only way to prevent its spread is to limit exposure to others by using face coverings, physical distancing, and avoiding gatherings and crowded places. Unfortunately, Hawai‘i is experiencing spikes in cases similar to many mainland states, and in most cases, we can track new infections back to those who have let down their guard. Everyone needs to take this very seriously."
     DOH reports that, over the weekend, "Many beaches on O‘ahu were as crowded as they were before the COVID-19 outbreak. On Maui, Little Beach in Makena State Park was less crowded than normal. This was likely the result of social media postings that suggested law enforcement would be on scene to break up so-called drum circles. Health investigations have traced at least one case in a person who recently attended a drum circle. With an estimated 100 people on the beach for sunset at Makena and the rising of the full moon, there were no masks in evidence and there appeared to be little, if any, physical distancing between groups of people. The scene here was repeated on beaches and in parks across the state."
     Department of Land & Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement reports numerous complaints involving State Parks. They include overcrowding trails and coastal areas and crowding onto small boats without masks, and ignoring distancing rules.
Gov. David Ige: "We can only beat COVID-19 by working together. Everyone needs to take personal 
responsibility. Wear a mask, wash your hands, practice physical distancing, avoid large gatherings, stay 
home if you're sick, and keep your children home if they feel sick. We were successful in keeping 
the virus under control and I know we can do it again." Photo from the governor's office
     Anderson said, "As long as individuals in our communities fail to accept personal responsibility for the spread of COVID-19, we are unfortunately going to see continued days of triple-digit numbers. This already has resulted in the renewal of restrictions on large social gatherings and other conditions and is likely going to lead to additional ones.
     "We are once again, as we have from the beginning of this crisis, asking every resident of Hawai‘i to take this threat with the utmost seriousness. Life, as we knew it, pre-COVID-19, cannot return to normal until we again flatten the infection curve. It takes everyone doing their part by following the simple and now-common steps: wear your mask, physically distance, wash your hands frequently and, perhaps most important, stay home if sick. With everyone's kōkua, we can get back to where we were and enjoy all the good things life in Hawai‘i has to offer.
Kailua artist Shar Tuiasoa of Punky Aloha Studios 
offers her mask sign for free to businesses and schools.
     "We expect to see spikes, but we don't want to see steady increases. Contact tracing is a reactionary step. It doesn't substitute for distancing, masks, washing hands, and the other steps we've been taking."
     Park said, "It's disappointing and dangerous to people's health, for anyone to continue to encourage and actively promote these big groups. Everyone should avoid large gatherings and crowded places and use proven, common-sense, and simple steps to protect our community from COVID-19. Our biggest concern is that we continue to see these new cases with no known association to previous clusters. The common theme is people are letting their guard down. It's okay to be with family and friends, but keep your distance and mask up, whether you're outside or inside."
     Park's Disease Outbreak Control Division is "receiving an increasing number of calls related to COVID-19 guidance for businesses, including cleaning and disinfection guidelines, and recommended procedures in response to a positive coronavirus case in an employee."
     Avoiding crowds, wearing face masks, and using physical distancing are all proven methods for preventing COVID-19. Always obtain information from credible sources such as the CDC and DOH for the best actions to protect self, family, friends, and co-workers. The State said detailed guidance is available here.

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TWO NEW COVID-19 CASES are reported today for Hawaiʻi Island. After 11 days of no new cases, Civil Defense noted that one is "travel-related, which emphasizes the importance of exercising caution of traveling."
     Hawaiʻi Island's case count to date is 117, with two active, none hospitalized.
     One case was reported in Volcano, zip code 96785, in the last 28 days. It has been more than 28 days since a case was recorded for a Kaʻū zip code. Since the pandemic began, no one died on this island.
Onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 28 days, by zip code. White
is zero cases. Yellow is one to five cases. Light orange (not
pictured) is six to ten cases. Dark orange (not pictured) is 
11 to 20 cases. Red (not pictured) is 21 to 50 cases.
Hawaiʻi Department of Health map
     Maui County reported seven new cases today. The other 198 new cases are on Oʻahu. The state's new case total is 2,448 since the pandemic began.
     Since the pandemic began, Oʻahu reported 2,083 cases, Maui County 178, and Kauaʻi 47. Twenty-three victims are residents diagnosed while visiting other places. Twenty-six people in the state died from COVID-19.
     In the daily message from Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Director Talmadge Magno said, "Do understand that many states are continuing to experience increased numbers of Coronavirus cases, including the State of Hawaiʻi. Hawaiʻi County continues to do very well, but do know that the threat is still out there. Know the importance of continuing to follow the preventive measures of face coverings, cleanliness, keeping yourself healthy, of staying at home when sick, and special care of gatherings and distancing. Your help is so needed to keep Hawaiʻi safe. Thank you for making the effort to keep our neighbors, friends, family, and community safe. We must all do our part. As a reminder, the wearing of face masks is mandatory on the Island of Hawaiʻi. Thank you for listening and have a safe day. This is your Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Agency."
     In the United States, more than 4,712,305 cases have been confirmed. The death toll is over 155,379. The worldwide COVID-19 case count is more than 18.18 million. The death toll is more than 691,352.

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DOH Food Safety Branch will temporarily closed down any eateries that don't adhere to COVID-19 safety rules.
COMPLY WITH COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS OR CLOSE. That's the message from Department of Health's Food Safety Branch, which will issue red placards, temporarily suspending the operations of restaurants, bars, and other eateries that don't comply with physical distancing, wearing masks, and other required guidance.
     State Health Director Bruce Anderson said, "Most food establishments in Hawai‘i are conscientious and trying their best to comply with health guidance. Nevertheless, we feel these steps are necessary to ensure all restaurants and other food establishments are doing everything they can to protect the health of the public and their employees."

Bez Johannson, who turned 90 in July, enjoyed a "pop up" 
surprise party with friends. Photo by Annie Bosted
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BEZ JOHANNSON, who was one of the first to build a home in Ranchos, was amazed to celebrate her 90th birthday with a small group of neighborhood friends. While a friend lured her away from her home with a bogus excuse, other friends arrived and set up a "pop up" party as a surprise for when she returned. Unflappable Johannson took the jovial ruse in her stride and was soon beaming and laughing as the festivities unfolded. She chuckled at her guests' gentle ribbing as she read cards from well-wishers. She enjoyed the special "COVID Cake," where each portion was individually cooked as a cupcake. Champagne rounded out the celebration that had taken her by surprise.
90-year-old Bez Johannson reads
from a card at her surprise party.
  Photo by Annie Bosted
     Johannson was born in Illinois in 1930, where she was initially raised. She attended school in the San Francisco Bay area. She worked as an operating room nurse in San Francisco at St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Southern Pacific Hospital, UC Medical Center, and Kaiser in San Francisco. When in her forties, she married Walter Johannson, after they met at a jazz club in San Francisco. Together they went on countless jazz cruises and other jazz tours, which took them all over the world. They moved to Ocean View in 1983, where Walter built the house in Ranchos in which Bez still lives. She is best known in the Ranchos community for serving as secretary of the Hawaiian Ranchos Community Association for many years.

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MĀLAMA NĀ KEIKI FESTIVAL goes virtual this year. The fourth annual in-person event is replaced by handing out of keiki or baby kits. Sign up at hmono.org/mnkf to reserve a kit.
     The announcement from Hui Mālama Nā ʻŌiwi says, "Although our main Mālama Nā Keiki Festival is postponed this year, we are still striving to provide care for keiki and ʻohana across Hawaiʻi Island through helpful Keiki and Baby Kits, filled with supplies and educational materials you would usually receive at our annual festival."
     Learn more at hmono.org or call 808-969-9220.

directory for farms, ranches, takeout. Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is 
free, with 7,500 distributed on stands and to all postal addresses throughout 
Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano throughout the district. Read online at 
kaucalendar.com and facebook.com/kaucalendar. To advertise your 
business or your social cause, contact kaucalendarads@gmail.com.
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EVENTS
Ocean View Community Center Library, open Friday mornings beginning Aug. 7.

Eco-Tour at Shaka Forest Farms, in Volcano Village, on Friday, Aug. 7 at 10am. Interact firsthand with an innovative rainforest farming operation, agroforestry. Pre-registration required. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

From Plant to Pigment Workshop with Puakea Forester, Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how to create colorfast dyes, inks, and paints from common and invasive locally sourced plants. This workshop is good for painters and kapa enthusiasts alike who are interested in expanding their knowledge about natural dyes. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Exhibition Mixed Flock: Prints by Margaret Barnaby and Pottery by Emily Herb, held over through Aug. 8. Also available to view online, view the exhibition in person the Gallery in the Park during normal gallery hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Free. The exhibition features two prominent female artists from Volcano Village "who find deep inspiration in Hawaiʻi's natural environment and specifically the native bird populations found within it." volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Exhibition Hawaiʻi Nei Invitational: Nā ʻAumākua, Saturday, Aug. 8 through Saturday, Sept. 12. Also available to view online, view the exhibition in person the Gallery in the Park during normal gallery hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Free. The exhibition is a group exhibition will present works focusing on the theme of Nā ʻAumākua, family gods. VAC will not hold an opening reception on August 8th. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Apply for Grants, through 6 p.m. on Aug. 10 at grants.gov, to Help Socially Disadvantaged Groups develop business and strategic plans in rural areas through USDA Rural Development. Eligible applicants include cooperatives, groups of cooperatives, and cooperative development centers. Key strategies include e-connectivity for rural America, developing rural economies, harnessing technological innovation, supporting a rural workforce, and improving quality of life.

AdvoCATS, at OV Community Center all day Tuesday, Aug. 11 – see advocatshawaii.org.

Writing for Inner Exploration and Life Reflection Workshop with author Tom Peek, Saturday, Aug. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Have you ever wondered how the place you come from influenced who you are? Or what memories you carry from your ancestors? Or how your personal history impacts your view of the world? Take a day out of your busy life to explore your deeper self and ponder the life you’ve lived so far." volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

ONGOING
St. Jude's Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen, open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a modified menu and increased health & safety standards. Hot showers, the computer lab, and in-person services and bible studies are suspended. Services and worship are posted online at stjudeshawaii.org. Join the Aloha Hour via Zoom at 11 a.m. on Sundays, us02web.zoom.us/j/6843449828?pwd=YW94djVvU0szOGNKaFZ1V0pUL1owUT09, Meeting ID: 684 344 9828, Password: Aloha.

The Food Basket, last Tuesday of the month, Aug. 25, provides food at St. Jude's to those in need. See hawaiifoodbasket.org.

On-Call Emergency Box Food Pantry, Cooper Center, weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Eligible one time every three months. Call Kehau, 443-4130.

Pāhala and Nāʻālehu Public Libraries, open for pick-up services. Nāʻālehu is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pāhala is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Library patrons schedule Library Take Out appointment times to pick up their hold item(s) at their favorite libraries by going to HSPLS Library Catalog and placing a hold on any item(s) they want to borrow, or they may call their favorite library branch to place a hold with the library staff. After receiving a notice that item(s) are ready for pick up, patrons schedule a Library Take Out time at picktime.com/hspls. For patrons who placed holds during the closure, their item(s) are ready for pickup after the patron schedules a Library Take Out appointment. For more information, visit librarieshawaii.org.

Free Book Exchanges, at the laundromats in Ocean View and Nāʻālehu, provided by Friends of the Kaʻū Libraries. Everyone is invited to take books they want to read. They may keep the books, pass them on to other readers, or return them to the Book Exchange to make them available to others in the community. The selection of books is replenished weekly at both sites.

Avocado Growers Survey Open. Help identify opportunities for expanding the local avocado industry, to assist local farmers, buyers, and agencies develop strategies to bolster Hawaiʻi's avocado industry, says Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United. Farmers and farm names kept anonymous, results shared publicly. Survey completion gives option to register to win a $200 gift certificate to Home Depot. For a hard copy of the survey, email: info@growfruithawaii.com. Take the survey: surveymonkey.com/r/Hawaiiavosurvey2020.

Receive Help Over the Phone with Critical Financial Issues, through Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund Financial Navigators from County of Hawaiʻi, in partnership with Hawaiʻi First Federal Credit Union. Access these remote services by completing the web form at hawaiifirstfcu.com/community-resource-center or by calling 808-933-6600 to sign up. The Financial Navigator will then send a short service agreement and call the client to begin their personal session. Organizations across the County can also refer clients directly to a Financial Navigator. For more information, contact Sharon Hirota at 808-961-8019.

Find Resources for LGBTQ+, Loved Ones, and Allies at Sexual and Gender Minority online resource hub. Hawaiʻi Department of Health's first website dedicated to LGBTQ+ resources. Developed by the Sexual and Gender Minority Workgroup in partnership with the DOH Harm Reduction Services Branch. Resources: Understanding the Pacific's alternative genders; Pronoun guide; Book lists for children and teens; ʻOhana support; and DOH data. For more information on joining the SGM Workgroup, email Thaddeus Pham at thaddeus.pham@doh.hawaii.gov. See health.hawaii.gov/harmreduction/sexual-gender-minority/sexual-and-gender-minorities-sgm-in-hawaii/.

Learn About Hawaiʻi's History & Culture through the Papakilo Database, a resource developed by The Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The Kahalo Center says database consists of "collections of data pertaining to historically and culturally significant places, events, and documents in Hawaiʻi's history. The purpose of this educational online repository is to increase the community's ability to preserve and perpetuate cultural and historical information and practices." See papakilodatabase.com.

Native Hawaiian Farmers and Ranchers urged to use U.S. Dept. of Ag On-Farm Market Directory. U.S. Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs is developing a list of Native Hawaiian farmers willing to sell direct to consumers through the On-Farm Market Directory. On-farm markets are managed by a single farm operator that sells products on their farm, or on a property next to their farm. Some on-farm markets may also deliver or ship their goods directly to consumers. Visit the program website for more information and to register: ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/onfarm.

Receive Free Marketing Assistance, for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Owners can receive free marketing assistance from Univeristy of Hawaiʻi-Hilo faculty and their senior class. They offer help with moving a business online, finding out more about the businesses' customers, analyzing marketing effectiveness, and providing customer service or website feedback. Visit https://bit.ly/2YvFxsl.

Find Grants and Loans Offered to Farmers and Ranchers, at oahuaca.org. The website has a new search feature to help find information that applies to the searcher.

Begin Learning Basics of Organic Farming, from two free modules of a virtual training program by the Organic Farming Research Foundation, the University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program, and California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. See https://kohalacenter.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=54bdd67c601f0c0d3ea430053&id=9e1691c22d&e=0e3fe20c1f.

Apply for Internships with Sen. Brian Schatz's office. Internships for undergrad, graduate, and law students are offered in the Honolulu and Washington D.C. offices. Applications are considered on a rolling basis year-round. Non-office internships are open for high school students to advocate in their communities. Applications due Sunday, Sept. 13. Schatz may also nominate exceptional students for appointment to the U.S. Service Academies. Applications due Friday, Oct. 23. See schatz.senate.gov/services.

Volcano Art Center, Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village, open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Saturday and Sunday. The Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday. Virtual Shopping Appointments are offered at Volcano Art Center locations. Via Skype or FaceTime, a VAC associate helps customers browse the selection of artwork up close, and gives personalized tips and recommendations to help customers "find that perfect piece of locally made artwork, wherever you are in the world!" Book appointment online for $5 and VAC staff will help schedule a date and time at volcanoartcenter.org/shop. Shop the online gallery 24/7. Orders are shipped as regularly scheduled. Free local pickup is available.VAC now offers a Virtual Classroom, which features over 90 videos. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Guided Nature Walks through Nature Trail & Sculpture Garden, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. at Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. No reservations for five or fewer – limited to ten people. Free; donations appreciated. Email programs@volcanoartcenter.org. Garden is open to walk through at one's own pace, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Free. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Health and Fitness Website for Kūpuna, 808b-fit.com, contains videos for kūpuna to play and move along with. There are videos for stretching, tai chi, yoga, dancing, dance fitness, bon dance, hula, chair dancing, and chair yoga.

Yoga with Emily Catey Weiss, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Advanced registration required; $5 per class. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Ocean View Community Market, open Saturdays and Wednesdays (starting next Wednesday, Aug. 12), 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the corner of Kona Drive and Highway 11, where Thai Grindz is located. New market location for vendors of the recently closed Ocean View Swap Meet. Managed by Mark Cocucci. Masks are mandatory. Limit of people is 100. Social distancing is required. Gate will be unlocked for vendors at 5:30 a.m. Vendors can show up without a reservation for now, with $15 dollars. Parking is in the upper lot; parking on the side of the road is prohibited. All vendors must provide their own sanitizer. All food vendors must have the permits required for the items that you are selling. Vendors and attendees are encouraged to carpool.

Volcano Farmers Market, Cooper Center, Volcano Village, open on Sundays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., with much local produce, island beef, and prepared foods. Call 808-967-7800.

ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Market, in Nāʻālehu, open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. The goal is no more than 50 customers on the grounds at a time. Vendor booths per day are limited to 25, with 30 feet of space between vendors. Masks and hand sanitizing are required to attend the market. Social distancing will be enforced. Contact Sue Barnett, OKK Market Manager, at 808-345-9374 (voice or text) or kaufarmer@aol.com for more and to apply to vend. See facebook.com/OKauKakouMarket.

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Ka‘ū News Briefs, Sunday, August 2, 2020

A notice at the front entrance to Volcano House lets passersby know the hotel, restaurants, and other amenities
are closed temporarily, as the pandemic has prevented most visitors from coming here. Photo by Julia Neal
VOLCANO HOUSE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED, after more than a month of a phased reopening of its hotel rooms, sit-down restaurant, take-out meals, and retail stores. For the last six weeks, as it renewed and adjusted its hospitality services to the reality of the COVID pandemic, Volcano House brought kitchen, hotel, concierge, and retail staff back to work. Staff members said they saw the reopening as a cause to support their community and to practice new protocols for the safety of their colleagues and guests.
Retail shops at Volcano House are temporarily closed 
again, along with the lobby, fireplace room, and views 
of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater. Photo by Julia Neal
     During the time of ramping up for the new way of business, Volcano House welcomed everyone to gaze into Kīlauea Caldera from its glassed-in sitting area and to rest by its famous fireplace. Some people began dining at The Rim and picked up food for take out, and stopped into the stores.
     On July 25, however, Volcano House operators pushed the pause button. With COVID-19 cases rising on O‘ahu, and some public officials wanting to halt interisland travel, it became apparent that the return of visitors in numbers that could sustain the operation of the hotel and its amenities will be the future. The Aug. 1 planned reopening of trans-Pacific travel to Hawai‘i for those with a negative COVID-19 test was delayed until at least Sept. 1. Anyone visiting from out-of-state this month would have to be quarantined in their hotel room for 14 days.
The Rim at Volcano House temporarily closed 
its doorsPhoto by Julia Neal
     Lodging at Volcano House; the distanced, sit-down dining at The Rim Restaurant; and take out dining at Uncle George's Lounge, are suspended. The lobby, fireplace room,  retail shops, observation deck, and indoor sitting area where visitors can gaze into Halemaʻumaʻu, are closed. Volcano House is not taking reservations for hotel accommodations, nor for Nāmakanipaio, the campground and cabins.
     The announcement on the main door of Volcano House says, "As of July 25th, Volcano House will temporarily be suspending operations. We look forward to serving our guests, employees, and community in the near future. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact us at frontdesk@hawaiivolcanohouse.com if you have any questions." See hawaiivolcanohouse.com.

Entrance to Volcano House, closed until more visitors are allowed on the
island. It is partially boarded, following the Hurricane Douglas threat.
Photo by Julia Neal
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PREPARE FOR DELAYS ON HIGHWAY ELEVEN between Volcano Golf Course and Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park's entrance. The wait is typically only a few minutes on each side. The work is paving the highway, with one lane paved at a time and one lane used for vehicles passing through.
     In addition to the paving project, an electrical pole replacement is ongoing. It began in April and is expected to run through the end of September, weather permitting. One lane, each way, is closed at a time, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, between Volcano and Pāhala. The work is done in phases, with a small section of the highway, between mile markers 30 to 40, worked on at a time. The closures are so Hawaiian Electric can replace 189 transmission poles and other equipment.
Road construction along Hwy 11 to repave sections of pavement, near
the entrance to Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.
Photo by Julia Neal
     Kristen Okinaka, spokeswoman for Hawaiian Electric's operations on Hawai‘i Island, said, "During this challenging time, we know the community is counting on us to keep the lights on. Continuing to provide safe and reliable power is our priority. Our crews and contractors will practice social distancing on the job and there should be no interaction with the public. It's part of the critical work that continues, especially in advance of hurricane season, including tree trimming, replacement of equipment, and system resilience work that is difficult to reschedule."
     Once the line construction is completed, the replaced poles will be removed via helicopter. For questions or concerns, call 969-6666.

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Plot showing rise of Kīlauea's summit crater lake over the past year, during which laser rangefinder measurements 
of lake level were made 2–3 times per week. Photos compare the lake on August 27, 2019, when it 
was ~22 ft (7 m) deep, to July 7, 2020, when it was ~130 ft (40 m) deep. USGS photos
KĪLAUEA'S SUMMIT WATER LAKE is the subject of this week's Volcano Watch, written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates:
     Kīlauea Volcano's summit water lake is one year old.
     On July 25, 2019, ponded water was first observed within Halema‘uma‘u at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano. Over the past twelve months, the USGS HVO has watched this amazing body of water grow from a nascent pond into a veritable lake, the first observed within Kīlauea caldera in at least 200 years.
     HVO closely monitors the lake using a variety of methods, many of which you can check yourself on the HVO website. Visual and thermal cameras track the lake's surface color and temperature. Color is variable and the lake surface temperature is hot, consistently around 158–185 degrees Fahrenheit (70–85 Celsius). Laser rangefinder measurements track the surface level, which has risen steadily by about 2.5 ft (0.75 m) each week. And two dedicated water-sampling missions have been flown using unoccupied aircraft systems.
     Crater lakes occur at volcanoes around the world, but very few of those crater lakes occur at basaltic volcanoes like Kīlauea. Halema‘uma‘u, which collapsed and deepened during Kīlauea's 2018 eruption, is so deep (1,600 ft/500 m) that the bottom is actually below the local water table, providing us with a unique "window" into a realm that is normally hidden from direct view.
Photos over the last year show the growth and color change of Kīlauea's
hot water summit lake. USGS photos
     Ground water did not rush in and fill the crater immediately because it takes time for water to squeeze through the pores and cracks of the surrounding rock, and because volcanic heat can evaporate ground water just as it does surface water. With time, the surrounding ground water slowly squeezed through the voids, and the subsurface cooled enough that water was able to remain in liquid form and accumulate within this newly exposed subaerial space. Water will continue to flow into the crater, and the lake will continue to get deeper, until a point of equilibrium is reached.  
     For the first few months, the source of the water was not known. Did it come from groundwater, in turn fed by rainfall? Or did it come from the condensation of water vapor released directly from magma? HVO was able to answer this question thanks to the water sampling missions. Analysis of the isotopes in the water indicated that it was meteoric in origin, meaning that it originally came from rainfall. While a small amount of rain falls directly into the crater, most of the water is coming from groundwater (that started off as rainfall that percolated into the ground) seeping in where the water table intersects the crater.  
     With time, minerals and volcanic gases dissolve into the water, and the lake’s chemistry changes. When the lake first formed it was a light blue green in color, a color that is still seen in parts of the lake where there is higher influx. The surface water is mostly shades of orange and brown now, likely due to dissolved iron-rich sulfate minerals. The water within the lake is not uniformly mixed, and cells of water with different color, chemistry, and temperature are seen to circulate.
     Besides being uncommon because of its very existence, this lake is unique in that it is only mildly acidic, with a pH of ~4.0, while most volcanic lakes are either strongly acidic or strongly alkaline. For reference, orange juice is also mildly acidic with a pH of 3.5. The water's acidity is likely being moderated at this early stage of development, and it may become more acidic in the future.
Sunlight reflecting off the summit lake causes shimmers. USGS photo
     Following a year of steady growth, the lake now covers an area of more than 6 acres (2.5 hectares) and reaches a depth of more than 130 ft (40 m). Its volume exceeds 125 million gallons of water, equivalent to nearly 200 Olympic-size swimming pools.
     As one HVO scientist said, "We are watching a crater lake being born." As this lake continues to grow, HVO will continue to watch carefully, to learn as much as we can, and to share what we learn. A future Volcano Watch article will describe potential hazards that may result from the presence of this water lake within Kīlauea caldera.
     It has been an amazing first year, "Hauʻoli Lā Hānau" (Happy Birthday) to Kīlauea Volcano's summit water lake!
     Volcano Activity Updates
     Kīlauea Volcano is not erupting. Its USGS Volcano Alert level remains at NORMAL (https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vhp/about_alerts.html). Kīlauea updates are issued monthly.
     Kīlauea monitoring data for the past month show variable but typical rates of seismicity and ground deformation, low rates of sulfur dioxide emissions, and only minor geologic changes since the end of eruptive activity in September 2018. The water lake at the bottom of Halema‘uma‘u continues to slowly expand and deepen. For the most current information on the lake, see https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/summit_water_resources.html.
     Mauna Loa is not erupting and remains at Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY. This alert level does not mean that an eruption is imminent or that progression to eruption from current level of unrest is certain. Mauna Loa updates are issued weekly.
Steam comes off Kīlauea's summit lake. The water is about
158–185 degrees Fahrenheit (70–85 Celsius). USGS photo
     This past week, about 105 small-magnitude earthquakes were recorded beneath the upper-elevations of Mauna Loa; most of these occurred at shallow depths of less than 8 kilometers (~5 miles). Global Positioning System (GPS) measurements show long-term slowly increasing summit inflation, consistent with magma supply to the volcano's shallow storage system. Gas concentrations and fumarole temperatures as measured at both Sulphur Cone and the summit remain stable. Webcams show no changes to the landscape. For more information on current monitoring of Mauna Loa Volcano, see: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/mauna_loa/monitoring_summary.html.
     There were 5 events with 3 or more felt reports in the Hawaiian Islands during the past week: a magnitude-2.7 earthquake 16 km (9 mi) SE of Waimea at 16 km (10 mi) depth on July 29 at 10:37 p.m., a magnitude-2.2 earthquake 3 km (1 mi) WSW of Pāhala at 36 km (22 mi) depth on July 27 at 6:31 a.m., a magnitude-4.7 earthquake 19 km (11 mi) SE of Nāʻālehu at 36 km (22 mi) depth occurred on July 27 at 6:05 a.m., a magnitude-2.6 earthquake 29 km (18 mi) E of Hōnaunau-Nāpōʻopoʻo at -1 km (0 mi) depth on July 26 at 9:10 p.m., and a magnitude-2.5 earthquake 1 km (0 mi) S of Pāhala at 35 km (21 mi) depth on July 23 at 5:11 p.m.
     HVO continues to closely monitor both Kīlauea and Mauna Loa for any signs of increased activity. Visit HVO's website for past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa updates, volcano photos, maps, recent earthquake info, and more. Email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.

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FORTY-FIVE NEW COVID-19 CASES in Hawaiʻi are reported by Department of Health today. DOH issued a statement saying, "While this number is encouraging and lower than previous days, it also reflects a significant lag in the testing results. With many test specimens now being sent to mainland labs for processing, reporting of test results is delayed 5-7 days. This delay may make case numbers appear lower than actual disease activity."
     Health Director Bruce Anderson said, "Many of the cases reported recently are associated with social gatherings." This month, DOH reports, multiple cases have been associated with a yoga class, fire station, funeral events, gyms, socializing at bars, and training events. DOH said infections are traced to workplaces including, but not limited to, a construction company and site, non-patient care areas of hospitals, social service organizations, nursing and care homes, retail establishments, warehouse, and delivery businesses. Multiple household and other cases are primarily associated with social interactions such as house parties, beach parties/gatherings, birthday parties, Father's Day and Fourth of July gatherings, religious functions, gathering to view sporting events, and co-workers socializing while off-duty, reports DOH.
Onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 28 days, by zip code. White
is zero cases. Yellow is one to five cases. Light orange (not
pictured) is six to ten cases. Dark orange (not pictured) is 
11 to 20 cases. Red (not pictured) is 21 to 50 cases.
Hawaiʻi Department of Health map
     Anderson said, "Everyone should avoid close contact with others outside of their household members, crowded places, and large gatherings. Act as if everyone around you has the virus and can spread it." DOH strongly encourages wearing of face masks to protect each other other, physical distancing and, most importantly, stay at home and separate yourself from others to prevent exposing them if you do not feel well.
     New cases on O‘ahu are widespread and located in many areas including and not limited to: Hale‘iwa,  Hau‘ula, Kāneʻohe, Lāʻie, Mililani, Wahiawa, Waimānalo, ‘Aiea, Ewa Beach, Honolulu proper, Kailua, Kapolei, Pearl City, Wai‘anae, and Waipahu. To protect the privacy of individuals, DOH does not release detailed information on its investigations unless there is an imminent risk to the public.
     This is the eleventh day in a row of no new cases for Hawaiʻi Island, with 115 cases, none active, none hospitalized. One case was reported in Volcano, zip code 96785, in the last 28 days. It has been more than 28 days since a case was recorded for a Kaʻū zip code. Since the pandemic began, no one died here.
     Maui County reported on new case. The other 44 new cases are on Oʻahu. The state's new case total is 2,242 since the pandemic began. Since the pandemic began, Oʻahu reported 1,886 cases, Maui County 171, and Kauaʻi 47. Twenty-three victims are residents diagnosed while visiting other places. Twenty-six people in the state died from COVID-19.
     In the daily message from Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Director Talmadge Magno said, "Do understand that many states are continuing to experience increased numbers of Coronavirus cases, including the State of Hawaiʻi. Hawaiʻi County continues to do very well, but do know that the threat is still out there. The citizens of Hawaiʻi County should be congratulated but know the importance of continuing to follow the preventive measures of face coverings, cleanliness, keeping yourself healthy, of staying at home when sick, and special care of gatherings and distancing while enjoying the outdoors on the weekend. Your help is so needed to keep Hawaiʻi safe. Thank you for making the effort to keep our neighbors, friends, family, and community safe. We must all do our part. The County Task Force continues its efforts seven-days-a-week of disinfecting and cleaning highly used public areas. This and other programs will continue until the virus is no longer a threat. As a reminder, the wearing of face masks is mandatory on the Island of Hawaiʻi. Thank you for listening and have a safe day. This is your Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Agency."
     In the United States, more than 4,665,002 cases have been confirmed. The death toll is over 154,834. The worldwide COVID-19 case count is more than 17.96 million. The death toll is more than 687,072.

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The inaugural Volcano's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon raced to raise money to save the ʻŌhiʻa Forests. 
Photo from Mikey Brown Photography
Kaʻū Life: The Way We Were Last Year
     This time last year, the inaugural ʻŌhiʻa Lehua 5K and Half-Marathon drew many runners to Volcano Village. A fine mist cooled off runners who participated in the half marathon, 5K, and two levels of keiki dash for those ten and under – who didn't want to race with the adults. The 2020 race, originally scheduled for July, was canceled due to the pandemic.
     Race Director Kelly McGhee, Organizer Kelly Muragin, and Course Manager Nick Muragin, all of Hawaiʻi Island Racers, devoted their time to the new race to fill the gap left by Volcano Rain Forest Runs ending after nine years. The race also helps to raise money to help save ʻŌhiʻa Forests.
On the course. Photo from Mikey Brown Photography
     Said Kelly Muragin, "It certainly was a grassroots race in Volcano Village, being an inaugural event. After the race, many runners approached us and said they were grateful for us bringing the 'Big Island Running ʻOhana' together in Volcano and keeping running alive there. A lot also said they will definitely return next year, the event started on time, very organized, and ended early as well. No long waits for awards."
     She said Grant Matsushige contacted her to say the Kaʻū aid station "was an awesome group. They had to direct traffic BOTH ways and they did a fantastic job! Super helpful to the runners. They also went out of their way to go beyond their aid station area to sweep for cups after the event."
     Said Nick Muragin, "Being that I was on the course most of the time, I can't say enough about the volunteers and the positive vibes they put out. Wouldn't pull it off without them. I saw lot of smiles all during the race. The businesses were also happy we brought so many to the town for the weekend."
Finishers of the inaugural Volcano's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon races.
Photo from Mikey Brown Photography
     McGhee said, "The inaugural Volcano's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Runs was well received by runners and locals alike. Our group, Hawaiʻi Island Racers had a blast organizing this event and cannot wait to be back next year. We are so thankful to all of the Volcano Community, the Experience Volcano group, The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences, and all of our hard-working volunteers."
     The 5K female winners were: overall, Aria Heil (age 16); 19 and under, Jade Ivey; 20-29, Midori Mastuo; 30-39, Elyse Cummins, 40-49, Yuko White; 50-59, Aubrey Hawk; 60-69, Marta Ciancio; 70+, Fia Mattice.
     The 5K male winners were: overall, Rylie Cabalse (age 19); 19 and under, Caleb Crook; 20-29, Bryce Harada; 30-39, James Twig-Smith; 40-49, Jarvis Valera; 50-59, Reed Brozen; 60-69, Zinn; 70+, Jeff Hamilton.
     The Half Marathon female winners were: overall, Noe Waller (age 28); 19 and under, no entries; 20-29, Nicole Lewien; 30-39, Jodie Rosam; 40-49, Julia Scharwaechter; 50-59, Brenda Camacho; 60-69, Elizabeth Wright; 70+, Morgen Bahurinsky.
     The Half Marathon male winners were: overall, Billy Barnett (age 35); 19 and under, Ayrton Takane; 20-29, Darian Basacdua; 30-39, Joe Fairchild; 40-49, Jacob Fansler; 50-59, Kentaro Aoki; 60-69, Leonard Torricer; 70+, Paul Whitehouse.
At the awards ceremony for the inaugural Volcano's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon races. 
Photo from Mikey Brown Photography

directory for farms, ranches, takeout. Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is 
free, with 7,500 distributed on stands and to all postal addresses throughout 
Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano throughout the district. Read online at 
kaucalendar.com and facebook.com/kaucalendar. To advertise your 
business or your social cause, contact kaucalendarads@gmail.com.
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EVENTS
Food from Wood: Growing Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps, & Wood Chips, Saturday, Aug. 19 a.m. to 2 p.m., course fees $55/$50 VAC member plus $15 fee, inclusive of supplies. Pre-registration required. Each participant will depart with a shiitake mushroom log kit, and a King Stropharia mushroom kit. Participants meet at VAC's Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village for a slideshow lecture, then drive to Shaka Forest Farms on Wright Road in Volcano Village for the hands-on segment of the workshop. Lunch break, noon to 1 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Ocean View Community Center Reopens for Events, Monday, Aug. 3. To schedule an event, contact Christopher Garske at chrisgarske@gmail.com or 650-996-2790.

Submit Grants, by 6 p.m. HST Monday, Aug. 3 to Start, Expand, or Improve Rural Cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses in rural America from USDA to grants.gov. Key strategies include Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America, Developing the Rural Economy, Harnessing Technological Innovation, Supporting a Rural Workforce, and Improving Quality of Life. Nonprofit corporations and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply, to provide technical assistance to individuals and rural businesses.

Ocean View Community Center Library, open Friday mornings beginning Aug. 7.

Eco-Tour at Shaka Forest Farms, in Volcano Village, on Friday, Aug. 7 at 10am. Interact firsthand with an innovative rainforest farming operation, agroforestry. Pre-registration required. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

From Plant to Pigment Workshop with Puakea Forester, Saturday, Aug. 810 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how to create colorfast dyes, inks, and paints from common and invasive locally sourced plants. This workshop is good for painters and kapa enthusiasts alike who are interested in expanding their knowledge about natural dyes. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Exhibition Mixed Flock: Prints by Margaret Barnaby and Pottery by Emily Herb, held over through Aug. 8. Also available to view online, view the exhibition in person the Gallery in the Park during normal gallery hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Free. The exhibition features two prominent female artists from Volcano Village "who find deep inspiration in Hawaiʻi's natural environment and specifically the native bird populations found within it." volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Exhibition Hawaiʻi Nei Invitational: Nā ʻAumākua, Saturday, Aug. 8 through Saturday, Sept. 12. Also available to view online, view the exhibition in person the Gallery in the Park during normal gallery hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Free. The exhibition is a group exhibition will present works focusing on the theme of Nā ʻAumākua, family gods. VAC will not hold an opening reception on August 8th. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Apply for Grants, through 6 p.m. on Aug. 10 at grants.gov, to Help Socially Disadvantaged Groups develop business and strategic plans in rural areas through USDA Rural Development. Eligible applicants include cooperatives, groups of cooperatives, and cooperative development centers. Key strategies include e-connectivity for rural America, developing rural economies, harnessing technological innovation, supporting a rural workforce, and improving quality of life.

AdvoCATS, at OV Community Center all day Tuesday, Aug. 11 – see advocatshawaii.org.

Writing for Inner Exploration and Life Reflection Workshop with author Tom Peek, Saturday, Aug. 159:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Have you ever wondered how the place you come from influenced who you are? Or what memories you carry from your ancestors? Or how your personal history impacts your view of the world? Take a day out of your busy life to explore your deeper self and ponder the life you’ve lived so far." volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

ONGOING
St. Jude's Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen, open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a modified menu and increased health & safety standards. Hot showers, the computer lab, and in-person services and bible studies are suspended. Services and worship are posted online at stjudeshawaii.org. Join the Aloha Hour via Zoom at 11 a.m. on Sundays, us02web.zoom.us/j/6843449828?pwd=YW94djVvU0szOGNKaFZ1V0pUL1owUT09, Meeting ID: 684 344 9828, Password: Aloha.

The Food Basket, last Tuesday of the month, Aug. 25, provides food at St. Jude's to those in need. See hawaiifoodbasket.org.

On-Call Emergency Box Food PantryCooper Center, weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Eligible one time every three months. Call Kehau, 443-4130.

Pāhala and Nāʻālehu Public Libraries, open for pick-up services. Nāʻālehu is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pāhala is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Library patrons schedule Library Take Out appointment times to pick up their hold item(s) at their favorite libraries by going to HSPLS Library Catalog and placing a hold on any item(s) they want to borrow, or they may call their favorite library branch to place a hold with the library staff. After receiving a notice that item(s) are ready for pick up, patrons schedule a Library Take Out time at picktime.com/hspls. For patrons who placed holds during the closure, their item(s) are ready for pickup after the patron schedules a Library Take Out appointment. For more information, visit librarieshawaii.org.

Free Book Exchanges, at the laundromats in Ocean View and Nāʻālehu, provided by Friends of the Kaʻū Libraries. Everyone is invited to take books they want to read. They may keep the books, pass them on to other readers, or return them to the Book Exchange to make them available to others in the community. The selection of books is replenished weekly at both sites.

Avocado Growers Survey Open. Help identify opportunities for expanding the local avocado industry, to assist local farmers, buyers, and agencies develop strategies to bolster Hawaiʻi's avocado industry, says Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United. Farmers and farm names kept anonymous, results shared publicly. Survey completion gives option to register to win a $200 gift certificate to Home Depot. For a hard copy of the survey, email: info@growfruithawaii.com. Take the survey: surveymonkey.com/r/Hawaiiavosurvey2020.

Receive Help Over the Phone with Critical Financial Issues, through Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund Financial Navigators from County of Hawaiʻi, in partnership with Hawaiʻi First Federal Credit Union. Access these remote services by completing the web form at hawaiifirstfcu.com/community-resource-center or by calling 808-933-6600 to sign up. The Financial Navigator will then send a short service agreement and call the client to begin their personal session. Organizations across the County can also refer clients directly to a Financial Navigator. For more information, contact Sharon Hirota at 808-961-8019.

Find Resources for LGBTQ+, Loved Ones, and Allies at Sexual and Gender Minority online resource hub. Hawaiʻi Department of Health's first website dedicated to LGBTQ+ resources. Developed by the Sexual and Gender Minority Workgroup in partnership with the DOH Harm Reduction Services Branch. Resources: Understanding the Pacific's alternative genders; Pronoun guide; Book lists for children and teens; ʻOhana support; and DOH data. For more information on joining the SGM Workgroup, email Thaddeus Pham at thaddeus.pham@doh.hawaii.gov. See health.hawaii.gov/harmreduction/sexual-gender-minority/sexual-and-gender-minorities-sgm-in-hawaii/.

Learn About Hawaiʻi's History & Culture through the Papakilo Database, a resource developed by The Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The Kahalo Center says database consists of "collections of data pertaining to historically and culturally significant places, events, and documents in Hawaiʻi's history. The purpose of this educational online repository is to increase the community's ability to preserve and perpetuate cultural and historical information and practices." See papakilodatabase.com.

Native Hawaiian Farmers and Ranchers urged to use U.S. Dept. of Ag On-Farm Market Directory. U.S. Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs is developing a list of Native Hawaiian farmers willing to sell direct to consumers through the On-Farm Market Directory. On-farm markets are managed by a single farm operator that sells products on their farm, or on a property next to their farm. Some on-farm markets may also deliver or ship their goods directly to consumers. Visit the program website for more information and to register: ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/onfarm.

Receive Free Marketing Assistance, for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Owners can receive free marketing assistance from Univeristy of Hawaiʻi-Hilo faculty and their senior class. They offer help with moving a business online, finding out more about the businesses' customers, analyzing marketing effectiveness, and providing customer service or website feedback. Visit https://bit.ly/2YvFxsl.

Find Grants and Loans Offered to Farmers and Ranchers, at oahuaca.org. The website has a new search feature to help find information that applies to the searcher.

Begin Learning Basics of Organic Farming, from two free modules of a virtual training program by the Organic Farming Research Foundation, the University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program, and California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. See https://kohalacenter.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=54bdd67c601f0c0d3ea430053&id=9e1691c22d&e=0e3fe20c1f.

Apply for Internships with Sen. Brian Schatz's office. Internships for undergrad, graduate, and law students are offered in the Honolulu and Washington D.C. offices. Applications are considered on a rolling basis year-round. Non-office internships are open for high school students to advocate in their communities. Applications due Sunday, Sept. 13. Schatz may also nominate exceptional students for appointment to the U.S. Service Academies. Applications due Friday, Oct. 23. See schatz.senate.gov/services.

Volcano Art Center, Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village, open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Saturday and Sunday. The Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday. Virtual Shopping Appointments are offered at Volcano Art Center locations. Via Skype or FaceTime, a VAC associate helps customers browse the selection of artwork up close, and gives personalized tips and recommendations to help customers "find that perfect piece of locally made artwork, wherever you are in the world!" Book appointment online for $5 and VAC staff will help schedule a date and time at volcanoartcenter.org/shop. Shop the online gallery 24/7. Orders are shipped as regularly scheduled. Free local pickup is available.VAC now offers a Virtual Classroom, which features over 90 videos. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Guided Nature Walks through Nature Trail & Sculpture Garden, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. at Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. No reservations for five or fewer – limited to ten people. Free; donations appreciated. Email programs@volcanoartcenter.org. Garden is open to walk through at one's own pace, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Free. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Health and Fitness Website for Kūpuna, 808b-fit.com, contains videos for kūpuna to play and move along with. There are videos for stretching, tai chi, yoga, dancing, dance fitness, bon dance, hula, chair dancing, and chair yoga.

Yoga with Emily Catey Weiss, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Advanced registration required; $5 per class. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Ocean View Community Market, open Fridays, Saturday, and Sundays, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the corner of Kona Drive and Highway 11, where Thai Grindz is located. New market location for vendors of the recently closed Ocean View Swap Meet. Managed by Mark Cocucci. Masks are mandatory. Limit of people is 100. Social distancing is required. Gate will be unlocked for vendors at 5:30 a.m. Vendors can show up without a reservation for now, with $15 dollars. Parking is in the upper lot; parking on the side of the road is prohibited. All vendors must provide their own sanitizer. All food vendors must have the permits required for the items that you are selling. Vendors and attendees are encouraged to carpool.

Volcano Farmers MarketCooper CenterVolcano Village, open on Sundays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., with much local produce, island beef, and prepared foods. Call 808-967-7800.

ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Market, in Nāʻālehu, open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. The goal is no more than 50 customers on the grounds at a time. Vendor booths per day are limited to 25, with 30 feet of space between vendors. Masks and hand sanitizing are required to attend the market. Social distancing will be enforced. Contact Sue Barnett, OKK Market Manager, at 808-345-9374 (voice or text) or kaufarmer@aol.com for more and to apply to vend. See facebook.com/OKauKakouMarket.

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