|A range fire near Kaʻalualu and Kalae shut down South Point Road, threatening livestock, structures, |
grazing lands, and burning more than 3,500 acres. Photo by Amy James
|Ikaika Marzo and friends stomped out small fires.|
See Marzo's Facebook.
|Fire from afar. Photo by Bob Martin|
Big Island Farm Sanctuary on South Point Road, which takes in farm animals, received the help of some 30 volunteers to evacuate the place as the fire approached but spared it. Around 9 p.m. Saturday, Big Island Farm Sanctuary posted a call on Facebook for help from people "anywhere near the South Point area and have room for pigs or small animals in your car." Kristie Bento posted that she was there until 1 a.m. "They had a few trucks and cars and a school bus full of goats. The fire was close but seemed to be going away and more toward the ocean." The Sanctuary posted an update in the early morning hours, saying they had enough help, and that the wind was "working in our favor. Mahalo to all who have reached out and are here." Founded by Paula Buck in 2018, Big Island Farm Sanctuary provides a "safe, loving, forever home" for animals who have been orphaned, abandoned, injured, abused, or exploited. "Once here, our residents are given all the love and care they need to become healthy, happy ambassadors, where they can show people how truly amazing and sentient they are." See bigislandfarmsanctuary.com.
|Mayoral candidate Ikaika Marzo covered|
the fire on Facebook Live.
Hokunani Faisao posted: "This is what the Kaʻū community was warning about!! We are at red alert in that area. People need to help take care the ʻāina. This is not a place to throw your cigarette butts out. And this is absolutely not the place to set fires for camping."
Nalani Nahinu posted "Hope these people get caught and do Restoration services! Stay safe y'all. We praying and hope y'all get 'em under control, with Love and aloha."
Kaʻū Hawaiian Home Lands Association has called for the county, state, and Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to control groups of campers traveling to Kaʻū while beach and shoreline parks are closed for camping and gatherings during the pandemic. Campfires are suspect in recent fires in the area.
ATTEND A WRITE YOUR OWN WILL WEBNIAR tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 21 at 12:30 p.m. The workshop will teach the basic elements of a will; how to write a will; what "capacity" means and how it pertains to dementia; why it's critical to get all of someone's wishes in place during the early stages of dementia; how to honor and support a loved one with dementia, even if they haven't expressed their wishes; and more.
|A lava-like glow from a range fire moving into Kalae from Kaʻalualu Road. Photo by Richard Taylor|
The other speaker for the webinar is Cole Smith, Corporate Director of Dementia Care Services at Brightview Senior Living. Smith has been a long-time advocate and educator for those living with dementia and their caregivers. He has a masters degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California, in addition to being a trained respiratory therapist and end-of-life doula.
Life & Death Wellness Center, a 501c3 nonprofit, is an empowerment center and community resource for "education, support, and awareness for living well, no matter what stage of life you find yourself or a loved one. We all have the power within ourselves to live well, despite death or disease," says the website.
Register at charlottecharfen.com/will-webinar.
|Mauka side of fire moving east and north.|
Photo from Ikaika Marzo
Lt. Gov. Josh Green, MD, said he read a preliminary report on the outbreak at the Veterans Home and expressed that heartbreak there is "monumental. This is what, sadly, we've seen all across the country. When institutions of any kind have outbreaks, they spread rapidly through an institution, because of close proximity of people. We saw that in our prison and, of course, we saw it over at the veterans nursing home. It's also happened in every other state.
"The challenge, of course, is that we see fatalities at a high rate because – and this is from the report – the age of the individuals in question that got sick, some of whom died. They're very old. Almost all of them had very severe, underlying conditions. And that is not to make excuses, in any way, whatsoever. But it is the reason that it happens."
Green said he believes many elderly veterans were set up with living wills, requiring no intervention with ventilators, breathing tubes, or other life support systems – for all diseases, including pneumonia, heart attack, and COVID. "So that's why you do see a very high mortality rate amongst kūpuna."
|Fire burning this morning near South Point.|
Photo from Ikaika Marzo
The VA report recommends more hand sanitizer dispensers; removing hard-to-clean cloth chairs in common areas; covering high-touch items with laminating paper that can be changed; providing a laundry to alleviate employees from wearing and taking their work clothes – their scrubs – home to clean them; adding more effective air filters to the HVAC system; adding ultraviolet sanitation boxes for handheld items; documenting the performance of each sanitation; and hiring more housekeeping staff, relieving clinic staff from cleaning. The report recommends that staff members take breaks outdoors to decrease exposure and that gatherings do not occur in breakrooms. The VA recommends assigning housekeeping and maintenance staff to only COVID on COVID-free areas during their shifts, to avoid cross-contamination.
|A smoky Kalae. Photo by Bob Martin|
Allison Griffiths, spokesperson for Avalon Health Care, wrote that many VA recommendations are new, "above and beyond" Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and state COVID-19 rules and guidance. She said they "are not common practice in long term care facilities, even during a COVID-19 outbreak. Likewise, some of the recommendations are hospital level (and above) interventions that a very, very small number of nursing homes nationwide would have implemented – or had the capability to implement."
She said the Veterans Home was operating with more than 60 percent of the recommendations in place when the assessment was made. "The VA team was in the Facility for four hours and did not review the Facility's Pandemic Plan or training records. Thus, while the VA may not have seen evidence of certain of their noted observations, many of them had already been operationalized."
The Tiger Team from the VA includes supervisors in housekeeping and logistics and additional food service and nursing staff, who are expected to assist for up to six weeks. They began to arrive on Thursday. VA recommends a new assessment of the facility after a week. The team that conducted the inspection included a Nurse Executive Team Leader, a Chief of Safety and Security Services, an Infectious Disease Specialist, and a Chief of Facilities Management Engineering Service.
In addition to Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, which is the only veterans care home in Hawaiʻi, Avalon Health Care manages Avalon Care Center Honolulu and Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, both civilian facilities on Oʻahu.
|The 3,500-acre fire ran through grass, spared homes. Photo by Richard Taylor|
HAWAIʻI ISLAND HAS RECORDED 26 DEATHS FROM COVID-19. Of those deaths, 24 were of veterans at Yukio Okustu State Veterans Home in Hilo, two new today. At least one resident who died was from Kaʻū. The official state death toll for all of the islands is 120, and does not include all of the deaths at the Veterans Home.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 11,403 COVID cases in the state, 77 new today. Department of Health reports 4,759 people of those infected have completed isolation. There are about 6,500 active cases in isolation. Hawaiʻi Island reports five new cases, Maui County one, and Oʻahu 71. There are 16 people hospitalized on Hawaiʻi Island with the virus.
Since the pandemic began, Oʻahu reported 10,289 cases, Hawaiʻi Island 644, Maui County 385, and Kauaʻi 57. Twenty-eight victims are residents diagnosed while visiting other places. Statewide, 730 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began.
See the Hawai'i County COVID-19 webpage at coronavirus-response-county-of-hawaii-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com. Request travel exemptions for critical infrastructure and medical travel at survey123.arcgis.com/share/e2f4ce19aa854964a8fd60bec7fbe78c. Report violators of COVID-19 safety protocols or quarantine to non-emergency at 935-3311.
COVID-19 case count in the U.S. is more than 6,794,499 – about 22 percent of worldwide cases. The death toll is more than 199,481 – about 21 percent of worldwide deaths. Worldwide, there are more than 30.88 million COVID-19 cases. The death toll is more than 958,493.
Last year, more than 20 Marshallese welcomed The Golden Rule crew on Maui with a traditional "jinlap" greeting, which includes singing and giving lei. Golden Rule Project manager Helen Jaccard described the gifts as "beautiful seashell lei." The Marshallese honored The Golden Rule for its peace mission in the 1950s to stop nuclear testing, including blowing up Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, and its continued peace voyages throughout Hawaiʻi and beyond.
The Golden Rule was originally captained by a retired
Navy commander who sailed for peace, opposing
nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.
Photo from Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Project
Last year, The Golden Rule's plans to travel to the Marshall Islands were canceled due to a measles outbreak. Plans to travel to Guam, Okinawa, Korea, and arrive in Japan on the 75th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima were postponed due to the pandemic.
The Golden Rule Project is sponsored by Veterans for Peace. Regarding the voyage to the Marshall Islands, the organization stated that U.S. nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands from 1946 to 1958 "blew up several islands and atolls, and radiated many Marshallese, who are still suffering from the effects of the nuclear explosions. The combined explosive power of all the bombs dropped on the Marshall Islands during that 12-year period equals 1.6 Hiroshima-size explosions per day." See washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2015/11/27/a-ground-zero-forgotten/?utm_term=.e03eb948600.
The 30th Hawaiʻi state legislature issued a certificate of welcome to The Golden Rule, wishing the crew a "successful journey" of two-and-a-half years sailing the Pacific "to support the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, raise awareness about environmental and human costs of military and nuclear activities, and support efforts to stop the possibility of nuclear war." The trip is expected to resume no sooner than January 2021.
The crew on the leg of the voyage from Hilo to Maui was comprised of Akau, Keith Oney, Joe Scarola, Alex Fanceschini, and Arron Blackman, along with Jaccard.
To donate, and more, contact Jaccard at 206-992-6364 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit vfpgoldenrule.org. Also contact Ann Wright, Veterans for Peace-Hawaiʻi, 808-741-1141, email@example.com.
See the documentary online, Making Waves: The Rebirth of the Golden Rule at vimeo.com/250517563. Read more in the Sept. 11, 2019, Kaʻū News Briefs.
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Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano throughout the district. Read online at
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Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more are listed at kaucalendar.com.
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Attend Weekly Virtual Town Meetings, hosted by Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary, on Wednesdays at Discussion topics include attendance, best practices, Grab-n-Go meals, school updates, and questions and feedback, and more. Go to KHPES website for Live WebEx link.
Free Tutors for Keiki in Pāhala, for grades one through six, will be available from Boys & Girls Club of the
Attend Sunday Drive-In Worship Service at Waiʻōhinu's Kauahaʻao Congregational Church. Parking on the lawn begins at , with Worship Service starting at The only time a face covering is needed is when the usher comes to the vehicle to pass out the worship bulletin and other materials, and at the same time, collect any offering or gifts the individual(s) would like to give, or when leaving vehicles for the restroom. Church provides paper fans to stay cool. Bring water. Catch the live-streamed service at and Praise Jam, which runs from to Service is emailed Sunday afternoon to anyone on the email list. Sign up by emailing email@example.com or call 928-8039 or 937-2155.
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One-Time Emergency Food for people is available through Big Island Giving Tree. Emergency food for pets is available through KARES. Call David or Barbara Breskin at 319-8333.
Food Basket Distribution last Tuesday of the month, Sept. 29, provides food at St. Jude's to those in need. Another distribution will be held Wednesday, Sept. 30, at
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
Choose Aloha for Home is available to families, to provide a healthy way to grow together at chooselovemovement.org/choose-love-home, using neuroscience and positive psychology, children and parents alike can learn to better understand themselves and each other. The program uses a series of self-guided videos, activities, and "dinner table discussion topics," to teach families "how to manage their emotions, communicate in healthier ways, and create a nurturing environment focused on the things that matter most." Sign up at https://chooselovemovement.org/choose-love-home/.
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.
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