|Mayor-elect Mitch Roth announced a number of cabinet members today, many of them with much experience |
in government. Above, he points to an ILWU sticker on a car at a campaign event in Pāhala before the election.
Photo by Julia Neal
INCOMING MAYOR MITCH ROTH NAMED A SLEW OF CABINET MEMBERS today to manage Hawai‘i County when he takes office on Dec. 7. In a statement, Roth said, "My team and I talked to so many incredibly qualified applicants, but these are the best and the brightest, and we’ll be well prepared to take on the difficult challenges that lie ahead." Many of them have deep experience in working in government. As of Wednesday evening, he was still working on the selection of a Planning Director, Research & Development Director, Public Works Director and Environmental Management Director.
|Lee Lord will be County Managing |
Director and Acting Mayor under
new Mayor Mitch Roth.
County Managing Director and Acting Mayor will be Volcano resident Lee Lord. He worked under Roth when Roth was the county's Prosecuting Attorney. Lord holds a doctorate in psychology and degrees in business administration and has served in management at the county Prosecutor and Finance departments, with almost three decades in county service. He also served as administrator for state Child & Family Services. In community work he served as Executive Director at Turning Point for Families.
|Bobby Command will be |
Deputy Managing Director.
|Deanna Sako will be |
County Finance Director.
|Elizabeth Strance will be Corporate Counsel.|
|Maurice C. Messina will be Director |
of County Parks & Recreation.
|Scott Uehara will be County |
Director of Information Technology.
|Susan Kunz will be |
County Housing Director.
CANADA, KOREA AND TAIWAN ARE THE NEXT COUNTRIES to send visitors to Hawaiʻi without quarantining 14 days. The arrangement to accept Canada's COVID "trusted partners" to pretest visitors before they come here was announced today. Canada is the country that sends the most people to Hawaiʻi after the mainland U.S.
Japanese visitors were approved to come visit Hawaiʻi without quarantine starting Nov. 6. The first flight brought 64 passengers. More than 175,000 domestic travelers have arrived in the state since Safe Travels began on Oct. 15. Tuesday, Kona Airport saw 652 arrivals, 442 of them tourists.
The pre-travel testing program includes thermal screening of all passengers at arrival gates and receiving a negative nucleic acid amplification COVID test within 72 hours of arrival. Those who arrive with a pending test must quarantine until a negative test result is confirmed. Travelers who test positive must take a test that detects the virus's genetic material and quarantine. Those who choose not to test must quarantine for 14 days.
THE 2020 HAWAIʻI BROADBAND STRATEGIC PLAN is available online for reading. "This year, the COVID-19 pandemic shined a spotlight on Hawaiʻi's digital divide as stay-at-home orders required people to distance learn, seek healthcare and work from home," says a message from the state. "The newly released Hawaiʻi Broadband Strategic Plan 2020 provides a fresh look at ways to strengthen Hawaiʻi's broadband infrastructure and programs at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is making clear how dependent Hawaiʻi is on broadband connectivity for education, health, livelihood and economic prosperity."
More than 20 percent of Kaʻū's households do not have internet, according to information gathered in 2014-2018.
The state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, with support from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the Office of Planning, published the plan. It's an update from the original released in 2012.
DBEDT Director Mike McCartney said, "Due to the pandemic, there is even greater recognition that Hawaiʻi's competitiveness in the global digital economy, educational exchange, and digital competency is reliant on broadband infrastructure."
Gov. David Ige said, "Broadband connectivity is the critical infrastructure that builds resilience and ties all of Hawaiʻi's residents to the global economy – from businesses in our urban centers to remote workers and content creators in our rural communities."
Burt Lum, DBEDT's Broadband Strategy Officer, said, "All of Hawaiʻi's residents need to benefit from broadband in order for the state to thrive in the 21st century. This plan seeks to outline the steps to achieve digital equity throughout the state of Hawaiʻi."
Download the Hawaiʻi Broadband Strategic Plan update: broadband.hawaii.gov/about. See more at dbedt.hawaii.gov/blog/20-39/.
An announcement from HPD says, "Seat belts save many of lives each year, and the Department's Click It or Ticket campaign is a critical reminder that drivers should wear a seat belt every time they get behind the wheel. Seat belts save lives – but only if they're worn. The Hawaiʻi Police Department reminds everyone to wear their seat belt every trip, every time, and officers will be patrolling our roads to enforce these lifesaving laws."
THE U.S. SURPASSED 250,000 DEATHS FROM COVID-19 in less than a year. With 11,527,440 reported cases, that makes the morbidity rate more than 2.17 percent. In the last day, the U.S. reported more than 183,000 new COVID cases.
Onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 14 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
New cases reported statewide today total 71, with 59 on Oʻahu, two on Maui, and eight residents diagnosed out-of-state.
Since the pandemic began, 49 deaths have been reported on Hawaiʻi Island. At least 223 people have died in the state, according to state records, one newly reported today, from Hawaiʻi Island. The victim was a male between 20 and 29 years of age and had underlying conditions.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 16,734 total COVID cases in the state. Oʻahu has reported 14,431total cases, Hawaiʻi 1,487, Maui 454, Lanaʻi 106, Molokaʻi 17, and Kauaʻi 82. Residents diagnosed while out-of-state, 157. Statewide, 1,221 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began.
No new cases have been reported in the last 14 days for Volcano zip codes 96785 and 96718, and Kaʻū zip codes 96772 and 96777. In the last 28 days, less than ten active cases have been reported in zip code 96704, which includes Miloliʻi.
In the last 14 days, 15 cases have been reported in Kaʻū zip code 96737, 20 in Hilo zip code 96720, 77 in Kona zip code 96740, and 12 in zip code 96738 – which includes Waikoloa Village and Puako.
See the Hawaiʻi County COVID-19 webpage. Report violators of COVID-19 safety protocols or quarantine to non-emergency at 935-3311. Hawaiʻi Island police continue enforcement of preventative policies.
Worldwide, there are more than 56.2 million COVID-19 cases. The death toll is more than 1,349,380.
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.
Attend Research, Resources & Regulation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Kevin Hoffman of Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture and Lisa Keith of U.S. Department of Agriculture and Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center. Register here.
Farm owners and operators are reminded to notify all farm staff, including seasonal pickers who may work on multiple farms, of new sanitation protocols to mitigate the spread of CLR fungus. Farms are encouraged to share webinar information with farm staff. See hawaiicoffeeassoc.org.
Watch Hawaiʻi International Film Festival Online through Sunday, Nov. 29. Tickets for individual screenings as well as all-access passes are available here.
Volcano Village Art Hui: Creative Adaptations 2020 34th Annual Studio Tour & Sale, adapted to fit pandemic circumstances, will be held over Thanksgiving weekend – Nov. 27-29, Friday through Sunday. Participating artists will offer various ways to acquire art using safety guidelines, including online orders, scheduled appointments, and/or modified on-site studio tours. Many artists will continue these opportunities throughout December and beyond. See VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com or Instagram: @VolcanoArtHui for updates and individual artists' contact information.
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.
Support Volcano Emergency Response Team's Efforts to supply a newly-developed plan to manage potential disasters in the community of Volcano until other assistance arrives. In order to address these disasters quickly and efficiently, such as hurricanes, COVID-19, and volcanic issues, supplies and equipment are needed to assist the Volcano community in the event a disaster. VERP has set up a GoFundMe website to address these needs and would be "extremely grateful" for any contribution in any amount. See gofundme.com/volcano-emergency-response-plan or the VERP page at thecoopercenter.org.
Free Lifetime Entry for Veterans and Gold Star Families to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes and other national parks. Free entry applies to national parks, wildlife refuges, forests, and other Federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior. Learn more details, and how to apply and receive a Gold Star Family voucher, at https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/veterans-and-gold-star-families-free-access.htm.
New Operating Hours for Wai‘ōhinu Transfer Station are Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Recycling services available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. HI-5 deposit beverage container collection Saturdays only, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. "White goods" appliance collection services will accept one appliance per resident per day. Customers need to check in with the facility attendant before dropping an appliance off at the facility. No unattended drop-offs allowed. Visit hawaiizerowaste.org website or call 961-8270.
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.
Purchase Stay Home, Cook Rice – A Pandemic Limited Edition cookbook by Hawaiian Electric employees and retirees, their families and friends. Cookbook is $14 and includes more than 160 recipes. Benefits Hawaiʻi Island's United Way chapter partners, which includes Boys & Girls Club Big Island. Find order form at hawaiianelectric.com/
Read Report on Public Input about Disaster Recovery from damage during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. View the Civic Engagement and Comment Analysis Report here.
Bulk School Meal Service for those 18 and under will be held at Volcano and Pāhala on alternating weeks. Friday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., pick up food at Kaʻū District Gym. Friday, Nov. 20, pick up food at The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences Keakealani Campus located at 19-4024 Haunani Road in Volcano. There is no service on Friday, Nov. 27. The program runs through June 30, 2021. Pick up food items such as eggs, cereal, dry pasta, rice, beans, tortillas, milk, and canned vegetables and fruit. As the program grows, a variety of fresh products like meats, fruits and vegetables may be on offer. Each distribution will provide enough food for every person 18 years and under to eat breakfast and lunch. No income requirements to participate. Youth do not need to be present to receive bags but be prepared to give their names and birthdates. See https://www.volcanoschool.net/ or call 808-985-9901.
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.
Free WiFi Access for Students is available in Pāhala, Nāʻālehu, and Ocean View through Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary.
In Pāhala, access is limited to ten students at a time at the school gym on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Support is provided by Joshua Ortega.
In Nāʻālehu, access is limited to 12 students at a time at Nāʻālehu Assembly of God on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Support is provided by Carla Lind.
In Ocean View, access is limited to five students at a time at Ocean View Community Center on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Support is provided by Crystal Mandaquit. No restrooms available at this location.
Kaʻū Mobile Learning Hub at St. Jude's lower parking lot is available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Instruction and support are provided by Carla Lind, Arianrhod VanNewkirk, Heather Naboa, Marcia Masters, and Breeann Ebanez.
All students and staff must wear a mask at all times and follow all COVID-19 guidelines. Each student must bring their device, school materials, and a water bottle. Questions? See khpes.org or call 313-4100.
Appointments for free Veterinary Care or Spay & Neutering can be scheduled by visiting hihs.org and clicking on the Services Tab, then selecting Spay and Neuter or Community Vet Care, or by emailing email@example.com or calling 808-217-0154. All appointments must be scheduled in advance and are open to healthy owned dogs and cats only. Two pets per family will be accommodated. Each pet must have its own appointment. Animals other than dogs and cats, unhealthy animals, or those with contagious illnesses will not be accepted.
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
Report Humpback Whales in Trouble is the reminder from Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association and Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale and National Marine Sanctuary: "If you spot a humpback whale in trouble (entangled, being harassed etc.) please call the NOAA Fisheries 24 hour hotline at 1-888-256-984. The line also works for reports for sea turtles, monk seals and dolphins."
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.