"WE TOOK THE TIME DEMOCRACY DESERVED," said Congressman Ed Case, commenting on the days of vote counting that led to Joe Biden becoming president-elect and Kamala Harris becoming vice president-elect. On Saturday, Case, who has represented Kaʻū and now represents urban Oʻahu, said, "Now the real work begins, of charting a better path forward for all Americans, of healing a bitterly divided country, of listening to and including the almost half of our fellow Americans who chose differently.
"This work will be profoundly difficult. But today we all can reflect with pride and humility on the resilience of our democracy and recommit ourselves each in our own way to our own role and responsibility."
THE U.S. SENATE MAJORITY WILL BE DECIDED no earlier than Jan. 5, due to scheduled runoffs in both Georgia races. As of 6:30 p.m., Alaska and one of North Carolina's races were not yet called. Both races lean toward the Republican candidate. If either of Georgia's races is decided for the Republican candidate, the Senate will likely retain a Republican majority. Hawaiʻi held no U.S. Senate races this year.
Sen. Brian Schatz tweeted today: "These Georgia Senate races will determine whether or not we can pass a new Voting Rights Act. These two Georgia Senate races will determine whether we are going to preserve ACA and protect people w pre-existing conditions if and when the SCOTUS trashes the health care law. These upcoming Georgia Senate races will determine whether or not Mitch McConnell has a veto over the Biden cabinet.
"I'm not going to tolerate anyone suddenly finding their inner fiscal discipline now that Biden is President Elect. We need major investments to help businesses and families come out the other side of this. Policy should be expansionary for economic, moral, and health reasons. *I really enjoyed typing the words 'now that Biden is President Elect.'"
|Body Worn Cameras come to Hawaiʻi Island on Monday.|
HPD released a list of frequently asked questions: What are Body Worn Cameras and what are they for? BWC's are small cameras that an officer wears on their body. They record interactions between the officer and community members (e.g., the public, victims, and suspects). Recordings from BWC's can be used to demonstrate transparency to the public; document statements, observations, behaviors, and other things officers may witness; and it can also help deter unprofessional, illegal and inappropriate actions by both law enforcement and the public.
What if I call an officer to my house to report something? I don't want them filming inside my house. Officers have received training on and will use their discretion in instances where a victim requests not to be on camera and may turn it off if asked. However, if the situation requires their taking law enforcement action, the camera will be on.
If I was involved in an incident and the officer took footage during that encounter, can I have the video?
All formal requests for videos can be made to the Police Chief's Office. While it is not a guarantee of receiving the video, all requests will be considered and weighed. It is the goal of the Department to enter this new era of technology working with its community to ensure it becomes a safer place to work and live.
How long are videos kept?
All HPD BWC videos will be kept for a minimum of two years. Videos that are tied to or associated with a case will be kept for as long as is necessary until the case is adjudicated.
Send comments and questions to email@example.com.
|See the state's expanded COVID dashboard.|
DOH Director Libby Char said, "What began as a health dashboard is now evolving and maturing as we continue our fight against COVID-19. Measuring our progress, preparing, and planning for our entire state involves much more than counting positive cases. We appreciate HI-EMA's work to enhance and maintain the data dashboard."
View the new dashboard at hawaiicovid19.com/dashboard/.
NEW WAYFINDING SIGNS are up at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The 31 new signs were funded by Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and the National Park Foundation. Visitors who explore the summit of Kīlauea can now learn about the 2018 eruption and navigate their way between destinations on the volcano with the help of the signs.
|Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park President & CEO Elizabeth Fien (left) and Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National |
Park acting Superintendent Rhonda Loh check out the new orientation signs on the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai.
NPS Photo/Janice Wei
The signs were designed and installed by staff and volunteers on the Park's Interpretation & Education team. They are strategically placed around the summit of Kīlauea and on the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. A new upright orientation sign will soon be installed at the Kahuku Unit, with information about the eight trails, a map and other useful information, bringing the total number of new park signs to 31.
Beginning in May 2018, the park and Kīlauea summit underwent a major change as magma drained from the chamber beneath Halema‘uma‘u Crater, and the caldera began to collapse, triggering 60,000 strong earthquakes and clouds of rock and ash that continued until early August 2018. The seismic activity was primarily centered near the crater, and significantly impacted Jaggar Museum and the USGS-operated Reginald T. Okamura facility, which remain closed today. While most of the Park has reopened, the 2018 eruption and caldera collapse were the most destructive eruptive events in Hawai‘i in the last two centuries.
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Acting Superintendent Rhonda Loh said, "We think everyone from first-time visitors to long-time park devotees will be as pleased as we are with the beautiful new signs and the information that they convey. We deeply appreciate the support from Friends and the National Park Foundation to fund the project."
DOH recommends all members of the public pay close attention to the number and rate of COVID-19 cases on-island or in the community to determine whether to hold a holiday gathering.
Lowest risk holiday festivities, says HPD, include virtual-only activities, events, and gatherings. "Modern technology is a great way to stay emotionally close when we're physically distant."
More risky festivities include small outdoor and in-person gatherings, in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least six feet apart. Participants should wear masks and come from the same local area. Do not share objects, or hug or kiss.
Highest risk festive activities include large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least six feet apart, and people hug or otherwise touch. The risk is increased further if attendees come from different communities, towns, cities or counties.
Safe recommendations include celebrating outside, keeping distance with those from different households, including not kissing, hugging or touching; keeping gatherings small; serve food safely by providing individually packaged meals or bentos; and posting reminder signs: "Include messages about showing aloha without hugs and kisses, and protecting kūpuna by giving them space."
|Kaʻū Hospital's Activity Coordinator, Jessica Camba-Penera, and |
Recreational Aides Justie Wroblewski and Brenda Martin,
receive a shave ice machine from OKK.
VIETNAM VETERAN WAYNE KAWACHI, president of OKK, encourages veterans and the public to come to ʻO Kaʻū Kākou's market in Nāʻālehu on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., to celebrate Veteran's Day. The community organization offers free watermelon to all attendees and a $15 voucher for every veteran in attendance, to purchase lunch from market vendors. Musical entertainment is also provided. Limited chairs available – first-come, first served – so bring chairs if need. The market will be operating as usual.
|Stacyn Sakuma, left, whose home town is Pāhala, and |
staff member at Yukio Okustu State Veterans Home,
receive a shave ice machine from OKK.
The worldwide cumulative COVID count surpassed 50 million today. The death toll is more than 1,255,250.
Hawaiʻi Island reports 19 new COVID cases today. The average daily case count for Hawaiʻi Island is 7.4. There are at least 10 people hospitalized on Hawaiʻi Island with the virus.
Since the pandemic began, 48 deaths have been reported on Hawaiʻi Island by Hawaiʻi Civil Defense. At least 221 people have died in the state, according to state records, one new today.
Onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 28 days, by zip code. Gray
areas have populations less than 1,000. White is zero cases.
Yellow is one to 10 cases. Light orange is 11-50 cases. Dark
orange is 51-200 cases. Department of Health map
In the last 28 days, in Hilo zip code 96720, 23 cases have been reported in the last 28 days. In Kona zip code 96740, 85 cases have been reported in the last 28 days. In zip code 96743 – which includes Waikoloa, Kawaihae, Waimea, Puako, Waikui, and Akona – 15 cases have been reported in the last 28 days. In Pepeʻekeo zip code 96783, 13 cases have been reported in the last 28 days.
Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense said today, "Hawaiʻi Island has seen an increase of positive cases in recent weeks. Most of these recent cases are not travel related which means the virus is being transmitted within the community. Data from the Department of Health shows the majority of these cases have been identified as West Hawaiʻi based. Due to this data, increased testing, especially in the Kona area is being scheduled. Remember the purpose of testing is to identify positive cases as early as possible and in this way help stop the spread of the coronavirus. By getting tested know that you are helping stop the spread of this virus.
"This high increase of the coronavirus is of great concern and demonstrates the critical need for you to follow the preventive policies of face coverings, distancing and gatherings. Know that the preventive policies are mandated and the Hawaiʻi Police Department will continue the enforcement of these policies."
Berta Miranda and family are featured in the Taiwan International Coffee Show's promotional film.
Photo from Islander Hawaiian Coffee
|Kaʻū Coffee was featured at the Taiwan International Coffee Show |
last year. Photo from Islander Hawaiian Coffee
See the Islander Hawaiian Coffee Video at islander-select.com.
The Kaʻū Coffee Festival also announced its annual event from May 8-17, which was ultimately canceled due to the pandemic.
The 2020 festival was to feature a free Paʻina Open House at Pāhala Plantation House, Kaʻū Mountain, a tour of Kaʻū Valley Farms, Kaʻū Coffee & Cattle Day, stargazing at Kaʻū Coffee Mill, the Hoʻolauleʻa at Pāhala Community Center, Kaʻū Coffee College, Kaʻū Coffee Pageant and the Kaʻū Coffee Recipe Contest.
Enthusiasm for living and working in Kaʻū Coffee is expressed in the Islander Hawaiian Coffee video.
free, with 7,500 distributed on stands and to all postal addresses throughout
Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano throughout the district. Read online at
business or your social cause, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more are listed at kaucalendar.com.
Celebrate Veterans at ʻO Kaʻū Kākou's Market in Nāʻālehu on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free watermelon for all attendees. Veterans receive a $15 voucher to purchase lunch from market vendors. Musical entertainment provided. Limited chairs available; bring chairs if need. Market will operate as usual.
Attend virtual workshops: Virtual: Carbon Market Information Expo will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. Essential Resources for Essential Workers will be held Thursday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. The Squeeze Chute - Examining Market Concentration in our Fragile Food System(s) will be held Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m.
Hawaii Theatre will offer a SHOP LOCAL items for sale page. Vendors must be registered for the convention in order to sell items on the SHOP LOCAL page. By submitting a request to publish the information and sell the item, sellers agree that 15 percent of the total sale will be retained as a commission and 4 percent will be retained to cover transaction fees by Hawaiʻi Theatre Center. Sellers must include shipping and handling, and 4.167% GET, in the cost for the item. Sellers are responsible for shipping items to purchasers and paying GET. Hawaiʻi Theatre will provide sellers with the purchaser's shipping information within 24 hours of purchase. Use this link to enter each individual item for sale.
Registered for the convention at hfuu.org.
Christmas in the Country 21st Annual Wreath Exhibition opens Saturday, Nov. 21 through Thursday, Dec. 31 at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222
Give Input on Cleaning up the Former Quarry Firing Range in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Engineering evaluation and cost analysis will address surface soils impacted with heavy metals. The EE/CA document is available through Dec. 1. Executive Summary of the EE/CA and the Community Involvement Plan are available online at parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?parkId=307&projectID=92898. View them in person, by appointment only – call 808-985-6073 – at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Headquarters Building, 1 Crater Rim Drive, in the Park, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Electronically submit comments via the website above or writing to Ms. Danielle Foster at email@example.com or Environmental Protection Specialist, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, P.O. Box 52, Hawaiʻi National Park, HI 96718.
The state's Med-Quest provides eligible low-income adults and children access to health and medical coverage through managed care plans.
Island of Hawaiʻi YMCA helps through Shon Araujo at 808-854-0152 and Carrie Fernandez at 808-854-0256. West Hawaiʻi Community Center assists through Beonka Snyder at 808-327-0803, Tina Evans at 808-640-8587, Charles Kelen at 808-491-9761, and Walter Lanw at 808-785-8201. Hawaiʻi Island HIV/AIDS Foundation helps through Rachelle Hanohano at 808-896-5051, Paul Thome at 858-876-5154, Melani Matsumoto at 808-854-1877, and Jennifer Reno-Medeiros at 808-333-6443.
Homeowners, Apply for Affordable Rental Housing Tax Reduction through Dec. 31. Application, requirements and benefits are at hawaiipropertytax.com/misc.html or call the county Real Property Tax office at 961-8201 or 323-4880.
New Operating Hours for Ocean View Transfer Station are Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. HI-5 deposit beverage container collection will continue as usual on Saturdays only, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit hawaiizerowaste.org website or call 961-8270.
St. Jude's Episcopal Church services and worship are posted online at stjudeshawaii.org. Join the Aloha Hour via Zoom at 11 a.m. on Sundays, here, Meeting ID: 684 344 9828, Password: Aloha. Weekly hot meals, hot showers, the computer lab, and in-person services and bible studies are suspended.
Read Report on Public Input about Disaster Recovery from damage during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. View the Civic Engagement and Comment Analysis Report here.
Food Pickup through Hope DIA-mend Ministries, weekdays, 5 p.m. in the Ace parking lot in Ocean View and lunches on Mondays. In Nāʻālehu, meals distributed in front of old Nāʻālehu Theatre at 4 p.m.
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
Program to Sell Produce and Meats on Hawaiʻi Island from commercial farmers and livestock producers on Hawai‘i Island for distribution to families in need. Learn more.
Read About Seed Biodiversity for Hawaiʻi's Local Food System in It all Begins...and Ends with Seed, where Education and Outreach Coordinator Nancy Redfeather shares her insights. Read the blog.
Find Rangeland Management Resources at globalrangelands.org/state/hawaii. Subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates.