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Ka‘ū News Briefs, Monday, June 29, 2020

Mayoral candidate Ikaika Marzo, right, sent out a message yesterday with a link to review his
Initial COVID-19 Framework, Steps to reopen our community safely. See more below.
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SCHOOLS ON HAWAIʻI ISLAND will receive nearly $14.5 million in federal funding for the 2020-2021 school year, an increase of almost $3 million over last year. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz made the announcement today. He serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. The total to go to State of Hawaiʻi's Department of Education is $54.12 million to support initiatives to help to educate low-income students. The funding comes from Title I Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act for additional support in schools located in communities with high poverty rates. The appropriation allows for hiring more teachers, paying for technology, academic programs, and teacher training.
     Nāʻālehu Elementary and Pāhala Elementary & High School, which includes the junior high for the district, are Title I Schools.
     Schatz explained that Title I funding is the largest source of federal funding for elementary and secondary education in the country. The grants provide financial assistance to school districts for services that improve the teaching of and learning for children at risk of not meeting academic achievement requirements. Based on a variety of factors such as per-pupil expenditures, poverty, and population estimates, Title I Grants are targeted to help students who reside in high concentration areas of children from low-income families. Hawai‘i's local education agencies expect to receive these funds by July 1.
     Counties in Hawaiʻi will receive funding of $32,938,682 for Honolulu; $1,996,481 for Kauaʻi; $4,779,116 for Maui, and $14,451,796 for Hawaiʻi Island.
     In addition Title I Part D Subpart grants will provide over $22 million for juveniles in the correctional system to include day programs and lie-in facilities.

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Nāʻālehu Elementary is one of three public schools in the Kaʻū-Volcano area with an agreement between the
Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association, the State, and Board of Education for pandemic standard for reopening schools.
Photo from historichawaii.org
DETAILS OF THE TEACHERS UNION, STATE, AND SCHOOL BOARD memorandum of agreement announced yesterday include social and physical distancing measures to include:
     Schools and worksites shall work to minimize the risk of COVID-19 by "maintaining six (6) feet or two (2) arms' length (whichever is longer) of separation between and among students and staff members in meeting spaces and exterior school grounds whenever possible."
     Each campus, classroom, and office will have adequate supplies including soap, hand sanitizer, and paper towels. If students eat meals in classrooms, teachers will not have to supervise them, preserving the duty-free lunch clause of HSTA's contract. Each campus will designate and prepare a space for conducting in-person parent and guardian meetings so they don't have to take place in classrooms. All teachers will have the option to participate in any meeting through teleconferencing.
     Regarding Personal Protective Equipment: All individuals, including employees, students, and campus visitors, should wear face coverings that cover the mouth and nose, consistent with public health guidance. In circumstances where sufficient physical distancing is difficult or impossible, within six feet of others, face coverings should be worn, with some exceptions such as age or medical condition. Teachers can use face shields, which enable younger students to see their teachers' faces and to avoid potential barriers to phonological instruction. Employees whose assignment places them at greater risk for exposure to COVID-19 will be provided appropriate personal protective equipment. Each teacher may request a face shield and a supply of face coverings for students. If not available, with approval, teachers may purchase their own supplies and be reimbursed.

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MAYORAL CANDIDATE IKAIKA MARZO sent out a message yesterday, with a link to his Marzo Initial COVID-19 Framework, Steps to reopen our community safely. The 15-page document goes through a complex layering of preventative measures, and says that "bold leadership will be necessary to not only maintain our way of life on the islands, but also to stave off a potential disaster. COVID-19 represents the worst crisis the Unites States and Hawaiʻi have experienced in many decades, and a virus that is unlike many viruses in recent memory."
"Spread Aloha Not Corona," says the caption to this illustration in
Initial COVID-19 Framework, Steps to reopen our community safely,
a document released by Mayoral candidate Ikaika Marzo.
     The document provides a background history of the origin and spread of COVID-19 in a global overview, then focuses on Hawaiʻi.  "Hawaiʻi has been a success story in mitigating the spread of the virus, however, the economic impacts have been severe. The economy in Hawaiʻi is heavily tied to the tourism industry. Since late March there has been a 98 percent drop in the number of visitors. There are only limited, imperfect options currently available for Hawaiʻi to reopen tourism at large in the immediate future."
     The document says, "COVID-19 represents a complex and serious challenge for Hawaiʻi, with people's lives and livelihoods at stake. The unprecedented challenges and changing conditions presented by the global pandemic require a strong, well reasoned, and locally-driven effort to preserve the island we call home."
     Marzo said his principles for COVID policy decisions are: "Utilize Evidence-based policies to protect the health of our community; prioritize actions that protect the most at-risk in our community; ensure policies protect local healthcare's ability to manage possible outbreaks; take the time to listen to individual concerns, challenges, and issues, and address them; and continually review all sections to identify any possible changes to be added ASAP."
     Regarding County of Hawaiʻi business and economic policies and approaches concerning COVID-19, Marzo recommends to: "Fully engage local businesses and their expertise to protect the economics of our community; develop evidence-based safety protocols that can support businesses to reopen with confidence; direct county agencies to 'buy local' when reasonably possible; assist business owners in applying for grant-based support programs for local businesses; and develop business round tables in each industry to brainstorm creative solutions for the county to engage in.
     Read more of Marzo's Initial COVID-19 Framework.

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COVID-19 model
THE STATE LEGISLATURE FUNDED $90 MILLION FOR preventing the spread of COVID-19 from travelers coming into the state. The money, approved last Friday, can be used for thermal and other screenings, and verifying negative COVID-19 test results for people arriving to Hawaiʻi, in order to give them waivers from the 14-day quarantine.
     The state plans to install facial imaging tracking systems and thermal screening cameras to weed out those with elevated body temperatures. The state plans to place them at arrival gates at Kona and Hilo Airports, as well the airports on Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, and Maui. The state will also construct passenger testing and holding rooms for those assessed as ill. A web-based verification system for passenger health will also be developed.
     The opening day for trans-pacific travel to Hawaiʻi with the option to avoid quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test is Aug. 1.

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THE GRAND DEMOCRATIC RALLY AT MOʻOHEAU BANDSTAND in Hilo will go virtual this year. The announcement came today, saying, "For 60+ years, the Hawaiʻi County Democratic Party has welcomed its candidates, their campaign teams, party members and the public to Moʻoheau Bandstand the night before the Primary Election to celebrate party values and priorities and encourage voting. This year due to COVID-19, the party will instead host a Virtual Primary Election Grand Rally at 4 p.m., Sat., July 18, to be aired on Nā Leo TV and live-streamed on Facebook." Emceeing the Virtual Grand Rally will be long-time host, Andy Kahili of Hilo.
The late Sen. Gil Kahele during one of his rousing speeches at Moʻoheau Bandstand in Hilo. This year, the Democratic
Party's Primary Election Grand Rally, which draws candidates from around the state, will be virtual.
Photo by William Neal
     The Virtual Primary Election Grand Rally will be saved to YouTube for on-demand viewing on both Na Leo TV's and the party's websites through Primary Election Day, Saturday, Aug. 8. The announcement says, "Taking the Grand Rally 'virtual' is a huge transition but will make it more accessible and relevant to all voters because it will be available for safe, convenient viewing before they receive their Primary Election ballots in the mail about July 21. All candidates who are enrolled Democratic Party members are invited and we expect well over 50 candidates starting at the top of the ticket with the U.S. House of Representatives and including State Senate, State House of Representatives, Hawaiʻi County Mayor, Council, Prosecutor, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs," said Virtual Grand Rally Chair Gerri Kahili.
     The format will be similar to the party's long-standing in-person Grand Rally with each candidate introducing themselves and their campaign theme. The broadcast will also brief viewers on Hawaiʻi's new VOTE BY MAIL procedures – what to expect and where to call or get questions answered.
     For more information about the Virtual Primary Grand Rally, go to the Hawaiʻi County Democrats' Facebook page or website, HawaiiCountyDemocrats.org. Also available on the website is voter information, or go to OLVR.Hawaii.gov.

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Onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 28 days, by zip code. White is 
zero cases. Yellow is one to five cases. Light orange (not pictured) 
is six to ten cases. Dark orange (not pictured) is 11 to 20 cases. 
Red (not pictured) is 21 to 50 cases.
Hawaiʻi Department of Health map
NO NEW COVID-19 CASES ON HAWAIʻI ISLAND are reported today. There are three active cases on-island. The patients are being monitored by Department of Health. The one increase from yesterday is identified by DOH as travel-related from the mainland. The person was under the mandatory fourteen day quarantine, and will now be under an extended quarantine and monitored by DOH.
     Oʻahu reported two new cases today, and Maui County lost a case due to updated info. The state's new case total is 264 in 24 days.
     Hawaiʻi Island recorded its three active cases over the last two weeks. All other 84 confirmed COVID-19 victims on Hawaiʻi Island recovered. Since the pandemic began, no one died here. There were two hospitalizations on-island; both patients have been released.
     Since the pandemic began, Oʻahu reported 638 cases, Kauaʻi 37, and Maui County 122. Sixteen victims are residents diagnosed while visiting other places. Statewide, 899 people were confirmed positive for the virus. Eighteen people died.
     The daily message from Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Director Talmadge Magno says, "The majority of states are now experiencing an increase of huge numbers of people being infected by the coronavirus. This is causing them to take steps backward in the openings of activities such as beaches and bars. Hawaiʻi remains in a good place because of your following preventive measures. We must continue, and even get better, in following the preventive measures to keep Hawaiʻi safe. Thank you for listening and thank you for doing your part to keep Hawaiʻi safe. This is your Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Agency."
     In the United States, more than 2,590,552 cases have been confirmed – an increase of about 45,000 in about 24 hours. The death toll is over 126,140.
     The worldwide COVID-19 case count is more than 10.3 million. The death toll is more than 505,000.

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After-School All-Stars Free Virtual Summer Program runs through Friday, July 17. For students going into 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. Classes offered are cooking, baking, fitness, arts & crafts, sports, gardening, and more. Every activity earns one entry in a prize drawing. All materials provided; pick on Monday mornings, 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., in Volcano, Pāhala, Nāʻālehu, or Ocean View. Register at tinyurl.com/KauSummer2020. For more info, contact Chrysa Dacalio, kau@asashawaii.org, 808-561-3710.

Feedback from Parents and Guardians of Kaʻū High and Pāhala Elementary School Students is requested by Principal Sharon Beck: "As we plan for the opening of the 2020-21 school year, we would like to gather feedback from our parents/guardians about what that might look like for our students." Deadline is June 30KHPES Parent Survey: Planning for the 2020-21 School Year.

Sponsors Needed to Feed Keiki in low-income communities during the summer. Schools, public agencies, churches, and private nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program. Sponsoring organizations receive reimbursements for serving healthy meals and snacks at approved sites to youth who are 18 years old and younger. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, June 30. Contact Daniel Sutcharitkul at 808-587-3600 or daniel.sutcharitkul@k12.hi.us with questions or to apply. Visit hcnp.hawaii.gov for more information.

Enter the RevʻULUtion Student Art Contest by Tuesday, June 30. Hawaiʻi ʻUlu Cooperative invites all students residing in Hawaiʻi in PreK through 12th grades to create and submit original artwork that will be featured in an upcoming traveling art exhibit, a 13-month calendar, and across the internet on the cooperative's partners websites and social media. The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness of ʻulu as a "resilient cultural and agricultural resource" that is a "viable option for increasing food security and self-sufficiency across the Hawaiian Islands.
     Each student may submit as many pieces as they wish on 8.5 by 11 paper, in the landscape (horizontal) orientation. Any art medium, except computer graphics and photographs, may be used as long as the artwork is flat and can be scanned. Each entry must be accompanied by a short – 75 words or less – explanation of ʻUlu's Place in Hawaiʻi: Past, Present, and Future, and an entry form.
eatbreadfruit.com/pages/artcontest for more information and to submit an entry.

Apply for Energy Assistance through June 30 for help to pay energy bills. Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Energy Credit Assistance Program assists eligible people with a one-time payment towards their electric or gas bill. See humanservices.hawaii.gov/bessd/liheap.

Eco-Tour at Shaka Forest Farms, Friday, July 3 at 10 a.m. in Volcano Villagevolcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Independence Day Community Barbecue, Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or as long as supplies last at Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Free grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, chicken and ribs plates available for purchase. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Celebrate 4th of July with OKK at its Market space in Nāʻālehu from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. ʻO Kaʻū Kākou will offer shave ice, hot dogs, and watermelon, free to the public, either grab-and-go or during the event. See the Lawn Mower Parade and listen to the music of Keoki Sereno, Sonny Ramos, Tui Masaniai, and Shootz band. Attendees must observe social distancing, sanitize hands at the entry, and wear face masks. OKK will thank Brawny for naming OKK Pres. Wayne Kawachi a Brawny Giant and donating $10,000 to the non-profit group.

Dine In or Grab-and-Go at Crater Rim Café in Kīlauea Military Camp on Saturday, July 4. Ready-to-Go Family BBQ Special will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes 8 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, 16 pieces of Local Style Fried Chicken, 8 pieces of 6 oz. Corn on the Cob, 2 lbs. of Coleslaw, 2 lbs. of Steamed Rice, and 2 lbs. of Mashed Potatoes, all for $55.95. Individual To-Go Lunches will also be available for purchase at $12.95 per person. Reservations for dine-in and take-out are required, call 967-8356. KMC is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply.

Apply for Small Grants to improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas, create and preserve quality jobs, and revitalize low-income communities through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, urges The Kohala Center. Deadline to submit a letter of interest is Friday, July 10. Visit the program website or refer to this fact sheet for more information.

Zentangle with Lydia Meneses, Saturday, July 1110 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Villagevolcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Grow Food From Wood: Mushroom Cultivation with Zach Mermel, separate workshops on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Villagevolcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Strategies to Jump-Start Your Writing by Jacquolyn McMurray and Kristin Wolfgang, a virtual workshop via Zoom, will be held Saturday, July 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. "How long has writing been on your bucket list? Are you ready to make 2020 the year you finally get started or restarted? This class is perfect for all writers seeking new inspiration and strategies." volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Free Breakfast and Lunch for Anyone Eighteen and Under is available at Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary and at Nāʻālehu Elementary on weekdays (no holidays) through Friday, July 17. 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 from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Food is being delivered on Wednesdays to students in Green Sands, Discovery Harbour, and 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 provides food to those in need. See hawaiifoodbasket.org to verify dates and times. Nāʻālehu's final ʻOhana Food Drop is Wednesday, July 8 from 10 a.m. until pau – supplies run out – at Nāʻālehu Shopping Center. Go to Volcano's Cooper Center at 19-4030 Wright Road on Wednesday, July 22, 10 a.m. until pau. Ocean View residents can go to The Food Basket's pantry at St. Jude's the last Tuesday of the month, July 28.

On-Call Emergency Box Food Pantry is open at Cooper Center Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Call 967-7800 to confirm.

Pāhala and Nāʻālehu Public Libraries are Open for Pick-Up Services Only. Nāʻālehu is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pāhala is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Library patrons schedule Library Take Out appointment times to pick up their hold item(s) at their favorite libraries by going to HSPLS Library Catalog and placing a hold on any item(s) they want to borrow, or they may call their favorite library branch to place a hold with the library staff. After receiving a notice that item(s) are ready for pick up, patrons schedule a Library Take Out time at picktime.com/hspls. For patrons who placed holds during the closure, their item(s) are ready for pickup after the patron schedules a Library Take Out appointment. For more information, visit librarieshawaii.org.

Free Book Exchanges at the laundromats in Ocean View and Nāʻālehu are provided by Friends of the Kaʻū Libraries. Everyone is invited to take books they want to read. They may keep the books, pass them on to other readers, or return them to the Book Exchange to make them available to others in the community. The selection of books is replenished weekly at both sites.

Avocado Growers Survey Open: Help identify opportunities for expanding the local avocado industry, to assist local farmers, buyers, and agencies develop strategies to bolster Hawaiʻi's avocado industry, says Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United. Farmers and farm names will be kept anonymous. Results will be shared publicly. Survey completion gives option to register to win a $200 gift certificate to Home Depot. For a hard copy of the survey, email: info@growfruithawaii.com. Take the survey: surveymonkey.com/r/Hawaiiavosurvey2020.

Learn About Hawaiʻi's History & Culture through the Papakilo Database, a resource developed by The Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The Kahalo Center says database consists of "collections of data pertaining to historically and culturally significant places, events, and documents in Hawaiʻi's history. The purpose of this educational online repository is to increase the community's ability to preserve and perpetuate cultural and historical information and practices." See papakilodatabase.com.

Begin Learning Basics of Organic Farming from two free modules of a virtual training program. Accessible online, additional modules will be added. The course is presented by the Organic Farming Research Foundation, the University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program, and California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Saturday and Sunday. The Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday. Virtual Shopping Appointments are offered at Volcano Art Center locations. Via Skype or FaceTime, a VAC associate helps customers browse the selection of artwork up close, and gives personalized tips and recommendations to help customers "find that perfect piece of locally made artwork, wherever you are in the world!" Book an appointment online for $5 and VAC staff will help schedule a date and time at volcanoartcenter.org/shop. Shop the online gallery 24/7. Orders are shipped as regularly scheduled. Free local pickup is available.VAC now offers a Virtual Classroom, which features over 90 videos. Visit volcanoartcenter.org for more.

Guided Nature Walks through Nature Trail & Sculpture Garden, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. at VolcanoArt Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. No reservations for five or fewer – limited to ten people. Free; donations appreciated. Email programs@volcanoartcenter.org. Garden is open to walk through at one's own pace, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Free. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Exhibition Mixed Flock: Prints by Margaret Barnaby and Pottery by Emily Herb has been held over through Aug. 8. Also available to view online, view the exhibition in person the Gallery in the Park during normal gallery hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Free. The exhibition features two prominent female artists from Volcano Village "who find deep inspiration in Hawaiʻi's natural environment and specifically the native bird populations found within it." volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Yoga with Emily Catey Weiss, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Volcano ArtCenter Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Advanced registration required; $5 per class. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Ocean View Swap Meet is open at Ocean View makai shopping center, near Mālama Market. Hours for patrons are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Vendor set-up time is 5 a.m. Masks are required for all vendors and patrons.

ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Market in Nāʻālehu is open three days per week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – from 8 a.m. to noon. The goal is no more than 50 customers on the grounds at a time. Vendor booths per day are limited to 25, with 30 feet of space between vendors. Masks and hand sanitizing are required to attend the market. Social distancing will be enforced.
     A wide selection of fresh vegetables and fruits, prepared take away foods, assorted added value foods, breads and baked goods, honey, cheese, grass-fed beef, fish, vegetable plants, masks, handmade soaps, coffee, and more are offered on various days. Contact Sue Barnett, OKK Market Manager, at 808-345-9374, for more and to apply to vend.

Volcano Farmers Market at Cooper Center on Wright Road, off of Old Volcano Highway, is open on Sundays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., with much local produce, island beef, and prepared foods. Call 808-967-7800.

Enroll in Kua O Ka Lā's Hīpuʻu Virtual Academy for school year 2020-2021, grades four through eight. The Hawaiian Focused Charter School teaches with an emphasis on Hawaiian language and culture. The blended curriculum is offered through online instruction and community-based projects, with opportunities for face-to-face gatherings (with precautions), in an "Education with Aloha" environment.
     Kua O Ka Lā offers a specialized program that provides students with core curriculum, content area, and electives in-keeping with State of Hawaiʻi requirements. Combined with Native Hawaiian values, culture, and a place-based approach to education, from the early morning wehena – ceremonial school opening – Kua O Ka Lā students are encouraged to walk Ke Ala Pono – the right and balanced path.
     The school's website says Kua O Ka Lā has adopted Ke Ala Pono "to describe our goal of nurturing and developing our youth. We believe that every individual has a unique potential and that it is our responsibility to help our students learn to work together within the local community to create a future that is pono – right." The school aims to provide students with "the knowledge and skills, through Hawaiian values and place-based educational opportunities, that prepare receptive, responsive, and self-sustaining individuals that live 'ke ala pono.'"
     See kuaokala.org to apply and to learn more about the school. Call 808-981-5866 or 808-825-8811, or email info@kuaokala.org for more.

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