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Monday, March 02, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Monday, March 2, 2020

Hunnay Demello, dancing in the Hollywood studio of Little Big Shots, which aired Sunday. She was accompanied live by
Keala Settle and her ensemble. Read what Hunnay said during her first Hollywood appearance. Photo from NCB
HULA GIRL HUNNAY DEMELLO made her Hollywood début on Sunday night on NBC, with Little Big Shots. During the program, the eight-year old said she started dancing hula when she was five years old. She told host Melissa McCarthy that she lives in Ocean View, "the southernmost point of the USA," and that music and dancing run in her family. She said her mom "makes everything a dance... you have to be graceful and you have to be strong in your movements. And you have to smile, and you have to always bend your knees. Any time I'm moving my hand, it's telling the story."
Hunnay, about to go into a back bend and a roll, her favorite hula move.
Photo from NBC
     She demonstrated arm and hand movements that tell the story of kamakani - the wind. Hunnay told the host in front of the show's studio audience, that her favorite move is the back bend and a roll, which she demonstrated and employed several times in her hula.
     Hunnay said she also likes to "put on makeup and wear flowers." Lei look "really pretty" and smell "really good." Monica Akamu, Hunnay's mother, spoke during Hunnay's introduction interview and explained that lei "symbolize love," and when giving someone a lei, "you're giving love to that person."
     Hunnay said the song accompanying her hula on Little Big Shots, sung live by Keala Settle of Oʻahu and her ensemble, "Makes me really proud to live on the Big Island."    
     The eight-year-old said she loves songs about love, and the ocean. She said she likes to surf and McCarthy replied that she will never be as cool a person as Hunnay.
Hunnay's mom, Monica Akamu, right, and two other Hawaiʻi
wāhine were in the studio audience to support the hula girl.
Photo from NBC
     Hunnay's mom shared on the show that their family is made up of many kāne musicians and wāhine hula dancers. She and others from Hawaiʻi were in the studio audience during Hunnay's performance.
     Watch Hunnay in episode two, season four, of Little Big Shots: You Be You. Watch the whole episode – she is the final performer – including interviews on NBC.com or Hulu. Watch just her dance at facebook.com/watch/?v=874683162960491.
     Hunnay will perform during upcoming Merrie Monarch festivities with her Kumu Hula Chrissy Kama-Henriques of Hula Hālau E Hulali Mai I Ka.
     She will also fly to the mainland for  hula and Tahitian Dance competitions.
     Hunnay is the ambassador for ʻO Kaʻū Kākou's program to build senior housing in Nāʻālehu and can be seen, on occasion, at the OKK Market in Nāʻālehu on Mondays and Wednesdays. Donate to her GoFundMe page for OKK: "Together we are wanting to build a much needed senior citizen housing in one of Hawaiʻi's rural districts, Kaʻū. Any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me," said Hunnay.
After gifting Melissa McCarthy with a lei, the two embraced.
Photo from NBC
      Keep up with Hunnay on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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WOMEN IN HAWAIʻI HAVE THE HIGHEST LIFE EXPECTANCY AND LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE of all women in the country, according to a recent WalletHub study.
     Hawaiʻi ranks second highest in Women's Preventive Health Care and ranks second in Women's Health & Safety. The Aloha state has the third lowest Share of Women in Poverty, the fourth lowest Female Uninsured Rate, the sixth highest Share of Women-Owned Businesses, and the eighth highest Quality of Women's Hospitals.
     Hawaiʻi ranks 16th overall in Economic & Social Well-Being and ranks the lowest, nationally, in the number of women who voted in the 2016 presidential election.
     The study notes that March is Women's History Month and women only hold 23.7 percent of the seats in Congress, despite making up 51 percent of the U.S. population. Women also represent nearly two-thirds of all minimum-wage workers in the U.S. and the prevalence of sexual harassment remains "a prominent issue in 2020's political landscape," according to the WalletHub study.
     WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24 key indicators of living standards for women: median earnings for female workers to women's preventive health care to female homicide rate.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard, speaking in Los Angeles last week. Photo from Facebook
WITH TULSI GABBARD ONE OF FIVE REMAINING DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES for U.S. President, The New York Times today reviews her, and Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Mike Bloomberg. Other candidates Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigeig, and Amy Klobuchar dropped out in the last three days.
     The New York Times describes Gabbard as 38 years old, born in American Samoa, and living in Hawaiʻi and Washington, D.C. as a four-term congresswoman representing Hawaiʻi's Second District, including Kaʻū. She was first elected in 2012. NYT describes her signature issues: "Ms. Gabbard was deployed to Iraq and currently serves as a major in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard. She has leaned on her background as a service member in making foreign policy her chief concern. Specifically, she is urging the United States to get out of foreign wars and focus on peacebuilding. She has also warned that a nuclear arms race could be on the horizon."
     The New York Times asks and answers three questions about Gabbard:
     Where does Ms. Gabbard stand on foreign policy? "Ms. Gabbard doesn't fit neatly into any one established ideology or school of thought. She generally does not endorse meddling with dictators; she thinks the threat from Russia is severely exaggerated; she wants to stop beating the drums of war with Iran; and she would prefer to make nice with North Korea." The Times quotes her: "We should be coming to other leaders in other countries with respect, building a relationship based on cooperation rather than with, you know, a police baton," she told The New York Times.
     Wasn't she the one who met with Bashar al-Assad? "Ms. Gabbard visited Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, in Damascus in January 2017 — something other American officials had not done since reports emerged of Mr. Assad's use of chemical weapons against civilians. She defended the move as a way to help broker peace. She also voted against a House resolution condemning the dictator's war crimes, and more recently, she said Mr. Assad was "not the enemy of the United States.
Gabbard on the campaign trail. Photo from Facebook
     "Critics have called her actions un-American. After Ms. Gabbard sharply criticized Senator Kamala Harris for her prosecutorial record during one of the Democratic debates, Ms. Harris called Ms. Gabbard an "apologist for an individual, Assad, who has murdered the people of his country like cockroaches."
     How did she vote on impeachment? She broke with most Democrats and voted 'present' on the two articles of impeachment charging President Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. She was the only member of the House to cast such a vote."
     The New York Times presents one of her quotes: "I will end this insanity, because it doesn't have to be this way. I will end these wasteful regime-change wars."
     The newspaper asked 21 candidates the same 18 questions. Hear Tulsi Gabbard's answers. It refers to other New York Times stories with.links: "Ms. Gabbard wants America to leave the rest of the world alone — that's why she's running for president;" "As Ms. Gabbard injects a bit of chaos into the race, some members of her own party are wondering what she's up to;" and "Ms. Gabbard sued Google after the first Democratic debate. See descriptions of the other candidates in the New York Times.
     Campaign spending by candidates, according to the latest filings with the federal government, show a huge range: So far in her campaign, where she does not take money from Super Pacs, Gabbard has spent $11.7 million. By contrast, Bloomberg has spent $409 million, Steyer $254 million, Trump $133 million, Sanders $123 million, Warren $91 million, Buttigeig $76 million, Biden $63 million, and Klobuchar $32 million.

Flu shots are an important tool in stopping the spread of the seasonal flu, and
may influence how much care is available for possible COVID-19 cases.
Photo from consumerreports.com
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GET YOUR FLU SHOT, urges Hilo Medical Center. Cases of flu in Hawaiʻi for this season have surpassed national rates, states an announcement from the center. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention state the 2019-2020 vaccine effectiveness is about 45 percent. Vaccines may help prevent hospital visits from people with seasonal flu, freeing up space and staff time for potential COVID-19 cases. There is no vaccine available for COVID-19.
     Hilo Medical Center has COVID-19 procedures in place. Chad Shibuya, Hilo Medical Center's Director of Infection Prevention, said the hospital has a screening system or a "playbook" in place to ask patients if they have traveled outside of the United States in the past 30 days, in addition to why the patient is seeking care. If there's respiratory illness and a travel history to China or other locations with confirmed COVID-19, "that case would set off an alert for us to process them a little differently," he told the Hawaiʻi Tribune-Herald.
     Hilo Medical Center encourages the community to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 through reputable sources: Hawaiʻi State Department of Health's website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website. The hospital also reminds the community to practice good hand washing and hygiene.
     As of the last reported numbers from CDC, there are 16 confirmed and 27 presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. So far, CDC reports two deaths. There are no reported cases in Hawaiʻi. In comparison, for the 2019-2020 season, CDC reports the seasonal flu in the U.S. has infected at least 32 million people, and caused at least 18,000 deaths.

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CAN THE NEW CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL ON IMPORTED GOODS? The CDC predicts very low risk of catching coronavirus from products and packaging shipped into the United States. Coronaviruses are thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. "Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods, and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods," according to a CDC statement.
     According to the Journal of Hospital Infection, human coronaviruses can remain infectious on inanimate surfaces for up to nine days. Surface disinfection with 0.1 percent sodium hypochlorite or 62–71 percent ethanol "significantly reduces coronavirus infectivity on surfaces within one minute exposure time."

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MISINFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS: The U.S. Surgeon General published a tweet thread to stop misinformation on COVID-19. First on the list: that Asian Americans are not more susceptible to the virus. "Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity," the tweet read. "People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID19 than any other American."
     The Surgeon General said the immediate health risk to the general public is "considered low" and reminded people to know the signs and symptoms of the virus, as well as the steps to take to help stop virus spread. More info can be found at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html and health.hawaii.gov/docd/advisories/novel-coronavirus-2019/.

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SIGN UP FOR LEGO ROBOTS MIGRANT EDUCATION PROGRAM, for keiki in grades 3 through 8, at Pāhala Elementary from 8 a.m. to noon from March 16 through 20. Deadline is Friday, March 13. The program is free.
     Held during Spring Break, the Lego Education WeDo 2.0 program offers to "engage and motivate elementary school students' interest in learning science- and engineering-related subjects." The program used motorized LEGO models and simple programming.
     Register online at bit.ly/2VaaPUi or khpes.org. Pick up a registration form in the school's main office. Call 808-313-4100 for more.

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SIGN UP FOR FREE KEIKI ARTS AND CRAFTS PROJECTS AND GROUP ACTIVITIES in Spring at community centers in Kaʻū. See details in the events section, below, in today's and future Kaʻū News Briefs.
     Tomorrow is the deadline to register for Butterfly Art Project. The program, for ages 5 to 12, will be held Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kaʻū District Gym. Register at hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation or call 928-3102.
     Wednesday is the deadline to register for Fundamental Baseball at Nāʻālehu Community Center, for ages 5 to 8. The program will be held on Thursdays: March 5, 12, and 19, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Shoes, gloves, and protective cups required. Register at hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation or call 939-2510.

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A BROWN WATER ADVISORY is in effect for east-facing Kaʻū and Hawaiʻi SIalnd shores. Hawaiʻi Department of Health Clean Water Branch states the possibility of runoff in coastal waters is high due to a rainy weekend. Flood waters and storm water runoff can cause overflowing cesspools, sewers, and manholes, which can release pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris into waters used for aquatic activities. "If the water is brown, stay out."
     The High Surf Advisory remains in effect for east-facing shores.

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Kaʻū Spring Sports Schedule
Girls Softball
Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m., @Waiakea
Wednesday, March 11, 3 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m., host Kealakehe
Tuesday, March 17, 3 p.m., host Pāhoa
Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m., @Keaʻau
Boys Baseball
Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m., host HPA
Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m.. @Waiakea
Tuesday, March 10, 1 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m., host Kealakehe
Wednesday, March 18, 3 p.m., @Pāhoa
Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m., @Keaʻau
Boys Volleyball
Wednesday, March, 6 p.m., @Hilo
Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m., host Makualani
Friday, March 13, 6 p.m., host Konawaena
Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.. @Kealakehe
Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m., @Hilo
Saturday, March 21, 10:30 a.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m., @Waiakea
Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m., @Konawaena

Butterfly Art Project Registration Deadline, Tuesday, March 3. Program Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kaʻū District Gym. Ages 5 to 12. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102

Byron Haynie Live Country Music, Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. No cover charge. KMC open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com, 967-8365

Registration for Fundamental Baseball, through March 4 at Nāʻālehu Community Center, 95-5635 Mamālahoa Hwy. Ages 5 to 8. Program runs Thursday, March 5, 12, and 19, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Shoes, gloves, and protective cups required. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 939-2510

OKK Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the future Nāʻālehu Senior Housing Site. Contact Sue Barnett for vending, 808-345-9374.

Wonders of Watercolor Workshop Series with Nancy DeLucrezia, Wednesdays, March 4 through April 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eight-week course designed for artists already working in watercolor who want to benefit from constructive feedback, and sharing of ideas and information, provided by group classes, to take work to a new level. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Register for Free PETFIX Spay and Neuter Clinic for Cats and Dogs, Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6, Ocean View Ranchos. Registration: contact Bridget at (808)990-3548 or petfixbigisland@gmail.com.

Hula Voices, Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., VAC Gallery. Presents engaging, intimate "talk story" session with Hawai‘i Island kumu hula. Features Noe Noe Kekaualua. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Eco-Tour at Shaka Forest Farms with Zach Mermel, Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Stewardship at the Summit, March 7 and 14, Saturday, and Friday, March 20 and 27, 8:45 a.m. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteer to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Under 18? Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent is required. Additional planning details at nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm.

Mokuhanga: Japanese Woodblock Printing series with Glenn Yamanoha, four weeks starting Saturday, March 7 through 28, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Mixed Flock Glazing Techniques Demo by Artist Emily Herb, Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Recognition Gala, Saturday, March 7, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilo Hawaiian, Moku Ola Ballroom. The late Barry Taniguchi, whose KTA stores sponsor much outreach into the Kaʻū community, and Gerald De Mello, will be recognized for community involvement, leadership, and significant contributions made towards the strengthening of Hawaiʻi Island communities. The evening will include dinner and drinks, entertainment, and light humor, along with recognition of outstanding youth, including the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year. Sponsorships, including the purchasing of sponsorship tables, donating silent and live Auction items, and individual ticket sales are available. To donate and buy tickets, call Kaʻū board member Julia Neal at 808-928-9811 or email mahalo@aloha.net. See more about the Boys & Girls Club at bgcbi.com.

Hawaiʻi International Music Festival, Sunday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., Pāhala Plantation House. The concert will feature music that will celebrate native plants of the Kaʻū Dryland Forest and will raise funds for Hoʻomalu Kaʻū. Tickets are $30, available at kauconcert.bpt.mehimusicfestival.com

Toby Walker Concert, Sunday, March 8, 7 p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's ʻŌhiʻa Room, located in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Walker blends blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, old-time jazz, and rock. Tickets $25 by calling (808) 896-4845 or online bluesbearhawaii.com. KMC is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply.

OKK Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the future Nāʻālehu Senior Housing Site. Contact Sue Barnett for vending, 808-345-9374.

Hour-Long Lomilomi Massage, Mondays, March 9, 16, and 23, 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Hawaiʻi County Economic Opportunity Council, 95-5635 Māmalahoa Hwy in Nāʻālehu. Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi offers sliding-fee payment scale sessions with experienced Licensed Massage Therapist and lomilomi practitioner Lehua Hobbs. "Improve circulation, alleviate muscle pain, and improve your overall well-being." Call for appointment, 808-969-9220.

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

Mixed Flock Volcano Art Center Exhibit, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, March 29. Features prints by Margaret Barnaby and pottery by Emily Herb. Glazing techniques demo Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Sign Up to Be a Vendor at the Kauahaʻao Congregational Church Fundraising Bazaar by Wednesday, March 18. The annual event will be held Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located on the corner of Mamalahoa HwyKamaoa Road, and Pinao Street, just above the Wong Yuen Store in Waiʻōhinu.
     Individuals, schools, clubs, and sports/athletic groups are invited to be vendors at the "flea market" that will be located on the church lawn. The charge for a 10' X 10' space is $10. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own tent, table and chairs, and if power is needed, generator. Vendors can sell anything except hot foods or plate lunches.  
     Vendors must fill out and submit a Vendor Application with the $10 fee by Wednesday, March 18. Call Debbie Wong Yuen at 928-8039 for the application.
     The Church members will sell kalua pig and cabbage bowls, and smoked meat bowls, as well as baked goods, produce, and crafts.
     For more information, call 928-8039.

Sign Up Keiki for the Second Annual Kaʻū Children's Business Fair, to be held Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to noon at Pāhala Community Center. Open to young entrepreneurs ages seven and 18 to share their talents by selling handmade items and services. One application may be submitted for each business. Children can sign up for booth space at no charge. Children working as a group submit one application that includes each child's information; no more than three children per business.
     Kaʻū Children's Business Fair guidelines are designed to give children the experience of selling a product or service. Parents of younger children (under eight years old) may sit in the booth, but the children should be responsible for set up, customer interaction, and sales. Parents may aid a child, but the child runs the business.
    Learn more about participating at childrensbusinessfair.org/pahala. Visit Kaʻū Children's Business Fair's Facebook event page facebook.com/KAUCBF/. RSVP to the event at facebook.com/events/925342784527676/. Text KAUKIDSFAIR to 31996 for updates and information (message and data fees may apply).

Register for Ocean View Classic Car & Bike Show, Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owners of classic cars and bikes are encouraged to register early, as space is limited.
     This second annual event, a fundraiser for Ocean View Community Association, will also feature food and live music, and prizes for the most impressive cars and bikes. Contact organizers Dennis Custard at 831-234-7143 or Ron Gall at 808-217-7982 to register or for more info.

AdvoCATS, Saturday, April 25, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. Reserve spot in advance. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Sign Up to Vend at the New ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Nāʻālehu Farmers Market, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the site of the old Fruit Stand, mauka of Hwy 11 in Nāʻālehu. Vending focuses on Kaʻū products, including mushrooms from the new farm in Nāʻālehu, fresh breads, vegetables, fruits, and other products. The market may offer music in the future, and there are plans to acquire picnic tables for market goers. Call Manager Sue Barnett at 345-9374 to sign up.

Register for Volcano's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Keiki Dash by Wednesday, July 22. The second annual event will be held on Saturday, July 25. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to University of Hawaiʻi for furthering research of Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death and The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences. See webscorer.com to register.
     Half Marathon registration is $70 through May 24, $80 May 25 through July 22, and $90 for late registration. Registration for the 10K is $50 through May 24, $55 May 25 through Jul 22, and $60 for late registration. Registration for the 5K is $35 through May 24, $40 May 25 through July 22, and $45 for late registration. Keiki Dash registration is $10. All registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.
     Late registration is only available at packet pickup or race day morning. Shirts are not guaranteed for late registration.  Race Shirts will be included for Half Marathon and 10K participants only. For all other participants, shirts are available to purchase online.
     Packet pick-up is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 in Hilo; Friday, July 26 in Volcano; and Saturday, July 27, 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at the race start.
     Half Marathon will start at 7 a.m. Other distances follow shortly after. Keiki Dash will begin at 10 a.m. on VSAS grounds. Race cut-off time for the Half Marathon is four hours. The races will begin and end in Volcano Village at VSAS.

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment, features classes on block printing, lauhala weaving, ti leaf lei making, and more. A free guided Cultural Forest Tour, and a Mele and Hula ‘Auana performance are also slated. Visit the website events calendar for the full lineup. volcanoartcenter.org

Tūtū & Me Home Visiting Program is a free service to Pāhala families with keiki, birth to five years old. This caregiver support program offers those taking care of young keiki "a compassionate listening ear, helpful parenting tips and strategies, fun and exciting activities, and wonderful educational resources" from Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Home visits are one hour in length, two to four times per month, for 12 to 15 visits. Snacks are provided. See pidfoundation.org or call 808-938-1088.

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