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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Thursday, April 30, 2020

Kaunāmano coastal lands extend south from Honuʻapo Lookout and include ancient Hawaiian fishing sites and 
the Ala Kahakai Trail.  See story below. Photo from Trust for Public Land

KAʻŪ HIGH SCHOOL'S 42 SENIORS WILL GRADUATE ON Friday, May 22 with a virtual ceremony and drive-through diploma-cover pickup. The students will study remotely until the end of the school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
     Public high schools across the state today announced the dates, times and formats of their respective alternative graduation ceremonies. The state Department of Education announced last week that traditional ceremonies at public and charter schools would be replaced with alternative celebrations for the class of 2020 due to safety concerns and social distancing guidance.
     Deputy Superintendent Phyllis Unebasami said, "Determining the appropriate ways to honor our graduating class of 2020 has been one of the top priorities for my leadership team over the past several weeks. While we are disappointed that traditional commencement ceremonies cannot be held due to COVID-19, the thoughtful innovation and care with which our schools and community partners have come together has been inspirational. Mahalo to all of the individuals and organizations who are continuing to work behind the scenes to make the 2020 graduation ceremonies truly special."
     Schools have started to share logistics details with parents and guardians.
Kaʻū High School will hold a drive-thru pickup for diplomas and a virtual celebration for graduation.
Photo from Kaʻū High School
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PRESERVATION OF 1,700 ACRES AT KAUNAMANO AND MANAKAʻA FISHING VILLAGE has been assisted with approval toward funding from the state Board of Land & Natural Resources through its Legacy Land Funds. Last Friday, the board approved $2.4 million in conservation funds toward the acquisition of Kaunāmano. The 1,364 acres can be seen from Kāwā and Honuʻapo, rising from the shoreline of Honuʻapo Bay, extending down the coast for four miles. Coming from Nāʻālehu, motorists view the slope to Honuʻapo and the grand views across Kāwā to Punaluʻu to the Kilauea Volcano. It is a place of many rainbows with winter whales offshore.
     The property has been listed for sale for $11.5 million by owner E.W. Moody who has agreed to accept a price no more than the appraised value. The money will come from Legacy Land and County of Hawaiʻi's Two Percent funds.  The county will own the conservation easement for the land and will oversee its management by the Ala Kahakai Trail Association, which will hold the deed.
     Keoni Fox, of the Alaka Kahakai Trail Association, said today that the organization "is committed to the planning and management of Kauanamano to involve stakeholders, fishermen and families who know the property." He also thanked  Trust for Public Land for putting the parties together for the purchase and preservation of the property. TPL has assisted with numerous Kaʻū properties now in the public trust.
Preserving Ala Kahakai Trail is one benefit of the purchases approved last
week of Kaunāmano and Manakaʻa. Photo from Trust for Public Land
     Kaunāmano is part of an ahupuaʻa known as an important watershed in Kaʻū, and for its native Hawaiian historical and cultural significance. According to the Trust for Public Land website, Kaunāmano means "multitudes are placed here," reflecting the "thriving fishing community that once lived and trained in lua – a traditional Hawaiian martial art – on the Kaʻū Coast." The shoreline and pasture include four miles of the ancient Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, and traditional trails leading to the hundreds of ancient Hawaiian cultural sites throughout the property, says the website. Kaunāmano "boasts more than 400 ancient Hawaiian cultural sites with over 3,900 features," including Pa‘ula Fishing Village, Puhi‘ula Cave, heiau (place of worship), burial sites, petroglyphs, and pictographs.
     According to Trust for Public Land, "Preserving the land will honor the stately, resilient people who once lived at Kaunāmano and whose descendants continue to make Kaʻū their home. The Trust for Public Land, Ka‘ū community, Keanu Family, and many community groups such as Ka ‘Ohana O Honu‘apo are partnering with Ala Kahakai Trail Association to protect Kaunāmano as a living legacy of the storied district of Ka‘ū."
    Last Friday,  BLNR also approved contingency funding of  $875,000 for acquisition of 348 acres at Manakaʻa Fishing Village and its 2.5 mile coastline including another secition of the Ala Kahakai Trail. It also would be stewarded by the county and the Ala Kahakai Trail Association. It has been for sale for $2.5 million by Leslie Agorastos and partners, of Waimea.
     The  175-mile Ala Kahakai Trail runs from the eastern boundary of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, around South Point, and up to ʻUpolu Point on the northern tip of Hawaiʻi Island, in Kohala.
The trail itself is deemed a National Historic Trail with National Park Service support to its many landowners and community..
Four miles of Ala Kahakai Trail skirt the Kaunāmano coast. Photo from Lands of America
     The Ala Kahakai Trail Association is a community based non-profit that helps to connect the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail to the community and ensures that Hawaiian values and principles are acknowledged and practiced. "We foster partnerships with the Trail and help guide the management and sustainment of the Trail. Our vision is that the Trail is a viable, appropriately-used and managed trail that follows the path of our ancestors – creating a bridge of understanding, respect and balance for all to use, protect, learn from and appreciate." See alakahakaitrail.org.
      Board members with cultural ties and representing communities along the trail are: Dennis Hart, president; Alan Brown, vice president; Kaleo Paik, secretary; Ray Broggini, treasurer; Keoni Fox, La Crivello, and Linda Galano.
     The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail was established in the year 2000 to protect the corridor and trail network of cultural and historical significance that traverses through hundreds of ancient Hawaiian settlement sites and over 200 ahupuaʻu. Read the Comprehensive Management Plan for the Ala Kahakai Trail 

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THE MARCH VISITOR COUNT AND EXPENDITURES ON HAWAIʻI ISLAND took a deep dive, as the COVID-19 spread across the country, airline and cruise ship arrivals cancelled, and travel restrictions were adopted by the state and county. Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority released its report this week, showing that the visitor days on the island drop by 43.8 percent in March, with spending dropping 44.3 percent compared to March of 2019. Arrivals from Japan declined by 51.3 percent, Canada by 42.9 percent, the eastern U.S. mainland by 46.5 percent and the western U.S. mainland by 50.1 percent. The number of visitors who came to Hawaiʻi in March was  78,389, less than half the number of arrivals in 2019.
         The April report is expected to show a much deeper dive in tourism as the islands cut themselves off from almost all visitors in order to protect the community and social distance in order to rid the state of COVID-19. See the full report from Hawai'i Tourism Authority.

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THE ECONOMY WILL NOT RECOVER UNLESS WE STAND TOGETHER AS AMERICANS TO DEFEAT THIS VIRUS,"  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said today. In a review of her recent work on the pandemic, the statement from her congressional office says that over  the past month, she worked "hard to make sure that federal, state, and local governments are best equipped to serve the healthcare needs of Americans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic."
     Gabbard said that "Congress must stay focused on serving the American people in the midst of the coronavirus public health care crisis. Essential to defeating this virus is contact tracing, testing, and isolation, ensuring personal protective equipment for our first responders and frontline healthcare workers, and strengthening our healthcare system to respond to those who are in need of care."
Pub K, the Public Contract organization that analyzes and watchdogs developments in law and cyber regarding government contract, created this image for its report of the Defense Production Act. See pubkgroup.com.
     Last week, she introduced H.R.6609 with Rep. Jimmy Panetta, of California, to direct the President to use the Defense Production Act  to acquire and manufacture necessary components, materials, and supplies to conduct molecular and serological COVID-19 medical testing nationwide. 
     According to the report, she puts "frontline healthcare workers and first responders at the forefront, working to get them the PPE and resources they need. She urged House Leaders to support essential workers and to adopt labor rules that would ensure they receive full pay as they work to serve others during the pandemic. She also called for first responders and emergency service workers receive hazard pay as well as additional resources for supplies — especially PPE — so they can keep safe while protecting Americans during this crisis. Gabbard called for specific provisions to protect frontline healthcare workers, including 
     Gabbard and Kaʻū's former congressional Rep. Ed Case led a letter urging House Ways and Means Committee leaders to provide more funding for Hawaiʻi through the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, "which in the past has consistently failed to account for the unique costs of providing medical services in the state. And, to help protect our kūpuna who rely on prescription medications, legislative action to cap prescription drug prices as Americans are already under great financial strain during the crisis."
     The report says "Gabbard has consistently prioritized fully funding Medicaid. This is all the more urgent as Hawaiʻi's healthcare system is under enormous additional stress from the COVID-19 coronavirus. She is fighting to lift the Medicaid cap to territories to ensure full coverage for all Americans, as well as preventing Medicaid funding rollbacks by states."
     To ensure that keiki receive healthcare services "they need, even as this pandemic strains our healthcare infrastructure," Gabbard and more than 140 bipartisan members of Congress wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy calling for specific relief for children's hospitals.
     The report says Gabbard also recognizes the importance of not-for-profit blood centers in the healthcare system, "and is committed to ensuring that blood centers can continue to provide lifesaving blood components to patients in communities across the country."

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A MESSAGE FROM WEST KAʻŪ'S STATE REP. DRU KANUHA encourages Hawaiʻi citizens to "Stay safe, connected, and prepared.
     "As we prepare for another month of the State's stay-at-home mandate, this week's early signs of a plateau in the number of related deaths and confirmed cases of COVID-19 was a positive sign that our general physical precautions are working. Although it is still early to call, the State's efforts to contain and limit the spread of COVID-19 has been inspiring in light of the other updates we get from states reporting greater numbers and less fortunate, more heart-breaking stories.
     "In West Hawaiʻi, we have seen quick action from the Department of Health to investigate and monitor the second cluster of COVID-19 found outside of Oʻahu. With the health of our community at the forefront, these efforts by DOH as well as the service by many selfless healthcare professionals, emergency services and essential personnel are deeply appreciated.
     "There is still much work to do before we can consider a date to reopen our State but as long as we continue to do our part and flatten the curve of COVID-19, communities in Kona and Kaʻū will have more stories of triumph and aloha than despair and heartache."

No COVID-19 cases so far in the zip code areas of Volcano, 
Pāhala, and Ocean View. White indicates zero cases, light 
yellow indicates one to five cases. The 96772 area in 
Kaʻū has one case recorded. Map from DOH
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HAWAIʻI ISLAND HAS THREE NEW CASES OF COVID-19 reported today. Five new cases were reported statewide by Department of Health, three on Hawaiʻi Island and one on Maui, and one Hawaiʻi resident diagnosed outside of Hawaiʻi, bringing the state's case count for Hawaiʻi Island to 73 and the state to 618 since the pandemic began, according to state Department of Health.
     On this island, Civil Defense reported today that 53 have been cleared as recovered, and the remaining are quarantined at home and monitored by DOH. No one on Hawaiʻi Island is presently hospitalized and no one has died. The state death toll is 16.
     The daily message from Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Director Talmadge Magno says, "Know that all the policies of distancing, gatherings, face coverings, cleanliness, and personal health remains in effect. Your help is needed to keep Hawaiʻi safe. This Island and State is doing well in minimizing the spread and impact of the coronavirus. It is so important to ramp up all the preventive measures so we can get better and keep Hawaiʻi safe. Thank you for listening. This is your Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense."
Civil Defense Director 
Talmadge Magno.
Photo from Big Island Video News

     Gov. David Ige and Alan Oshima, Hawai‘i's Economic and Community Recovery and Resiliency Navigator, discussed plans to keep the community safe while beginning to reopen designated sectors. Oshima said his group is "connecting with business and community representatives to gather input, share ideas, and provide ways we can create Hawai‘i's 'new normal.' The planning phases include stabilization (immediate health and economic needs), recovery (job growth and investment), and resiliency (restructuring for a stronger future). Both also emphasized the importance of seeing the entire chain of economic recovery – from agriculture and energy to tourism, non-profits and social services – and how to rebrand Hawai‘i as not just a pretty place, but a safe, healthy state that depends on residents and visitors alike acting responsibly." Learn more at recoverynavigator.hawaii.gov.
     In the United States, more than 1.1 million cases have been confirmed. Recovery is about 133,000. The death toll is at 63,733.
     Worldwide, more than 3.25 million have contracted COVID-19. Recovery is about 1.1 million. The death toll is 233,416.ath toll is at 47,973.

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OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER remains closed until further notice. Suzanne Reiter, President of OVCA, told The Kaʻū Calendar, "When the Center feels it is safe to reopen it will do so, and the community will be notified. Thank you for your continued cooperation. Stay safe and healthy!"

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PROCEEDINGS IN THE STATE COURTS during the pandemic include those that do not involve juries or large gatherings, according to an update from Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald.
     Proceedings continue "with the understanding that the Judiciary plays an essential role in public safety. The Hawaiʻi State Judiciary is focused on ensuring the safety of all court users and Judiciary personnel in response to the COVID-19 virus."
     Business still conducted in Hawaiʻi's courts includes temporary restraining orders; gun violence protective orders; juvenile custody cases for minors at Hale Hoʻomalu; emergency guardianships; shelter care hearings; child welfare services cases; initial appearance and preliminary hearings in felony cases; arraignment and plea bail hearings; orders for temporary hospitalization; otions to revoke conditional release; and any hearings deemed urgent.
     For general inquiries, contact the Judiciary's Communications and Community Relations Office at (808) 539-4909. For matters involving the Keahuolū Courthouse in Kailua-Kona, please contact (808) 322-8700 or visit the Third Circuit Court contact page.

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MISSING DENNIS PERALTA of Ocean View was located in good health earlier this week by Hawaiʻi Island Police. The 67-year-old, who had been missing since April 1, was found by police at 8:25 a.m. the morning of April 27, after returning to his Ocean View residence in Ka‘ū.

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Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more are listed at kaucalendar.com. However, all non-essential activities are canceled through the end of May.

MOST EVENTS ARE CANCELLED to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The state is under a stay-at-home order, with l4 days of quarantine required for anyone coming into the state. Interisland travel is restricted. Those in Hawaiʻi should stay at home unless needing to obtain food or medical care.

Free COVID-19 Screenings are at Bay Clinic during business hours, with appointment. Call 333-3600.
     Beginning Wednesday, May 6, a testing team from Aloha Critical Care in Kona will provide testing at St. Jude's every other Wednesday.
     The next drive-thru screening will be Wednesday, May 13 at Nāʻālehu Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Screening will be carried out by Aliʻi Health, with support from County of Hawai‘i COVID-19 Task Force, Premier Medical Group and Pathways Telehealth.
     Wearing masks is required for everyone.
     To bypass the screening queue at community test sites, patients can call ahead to Pathways Telehealth, option 5 at 808-747-8321. The free clinic will also offer on-site screening to meet testing criteria. Physicians qualify those for testing, under the guidance of Center for Disease Control and Hawaiʻi's COVID-19 Response Task Force.
     Those visiting screening clinics will be asked to show photo ID, and any health insurance cards – though health insurance is not required to be tested. They are also asked to bring their own pen to fill in forms.
     For further information, call Civil Defense at 935-0031.

Free Breakfast and Lunch for Anyone Eighteen and Under is available at Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary and at Nāʻālehu Elementary weekdays through May. Each youth must be present to receive a meal. Service is drive-up or walk-up, and social distancing rules (at least six feet away) are observed. Breakfast is served 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Food is being delivered to Ocean View.

St. Jude's Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen is open, with a modified menu and increased health & safety standards, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hot showers, the computer lab, and in-person services and bible studies are suspended. Services are posted online on Sundays at stjudeshawaii.org.

The Food Basket Food Pantries Distribution, where families can receive 14 days of food per family:
     The Ocean View location for May is to be announced.
     The Nāʻālehu location is Sacred Heart Church at 95-558 Mamālahoa Hwy, under their Loaves and Fishes program, on Thursday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call 928-8208.
     The Pāhala location is Kaʻū District Gym at 96-1149 Kamani Street, distributed by the ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Pantry, on Thursday, May 28 at 11:30 a.m. Call 933-6030.
     The Volcano location is Cooper Center at 19-4030 Wright Road Wednesday, May 27 from 11 a.m. until food runs out. Call Kehau at 443-4130.

On Call Emergency Food Pantry is open at Cooper Center Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon. Call 808-933-6030.

The Next Learning Packet and Student Resource Distribution for Nāʻālehu Elementary School Students will be Monday, May 11. The packets are designed for learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and can be picked up every two weeks. One family member may pick up for several students in the same family. Students need not be present for the learning resources to be retrieved. Please note the grade of each child. Distribution times are organized by the first letter of the student's last name at the site closest to their home. Supplies will be given out simultaneously.
     Everyone is asked to observe social distancing rules, staying 6 feet away from others during pick-up. See the school website, naalehuel.hidoe.us, for more information and updates.
     Distribution at Nāʻālehu Elementary has pick-up from 8 a.m - 8:20 a.m. for A-H; 8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. for I-P, and 8:40 a.m. - 9 a.m. for Q-Z.
     Distribution at Discovery Harbour Community Center has pick-up from 8 a.m - 8:20 a.m. for A-H; 8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. for I-P, and 8:40 a.m. - 9 a.m. for Q-Z.
     Distribution at Ocean View Mālama Market has pick-up from 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. for A-H, 9:50 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. for I-P, and 10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. for Q-Z.
     Distribution at Ocean View Community Center has pick-up from 5 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. for A-H, 5:20 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. for I-P, and 5:40 p.m. - 6 p.m. for Q-Z.
     Those who come to campus to pick up free student breakfasts are encouraged to also pick up their packets at the same time.

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, with the option of one or two laps – about 300 meters or 600 meters. Race cut-off time for the Half Marathon is four hours. The races will begin and end in Volcano Village at VSAS.
     See ohialehuahalf.com.

Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium Closed for Renovation through June 30. The Park is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 spread mitigation. A popular seven-and-a-half minute 2018 eruption video will be shown on a television in the exhibits area, once the Park and center reopen, and is available online for free download.

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