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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Saturday, July 11, 2020

Pāhala Pool reopens Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for lane swimming only.
 Read the rules below for protecting lap swimmers from COVID-19, Photo by Julia Neal
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Civil Defense Director Talmadge Magno says
wearing masks on Hawaiʻi Island is mandatory.
"WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS IS MANDATORY ON HAWAIʻI ISLAND," Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Director Talmadge Magno reminds the public. This morning, he thanked everyone "for doing your part in keeping yourself, your family, your friends, and our community the safest place in the United States. It is important to know that the majority of states on the mainland continue to see an increase of people being infected by the coronavirus. Hawaiʻi State remains in a good place of low numbers but know how important it is for everyone to continue following the preventive policies of face coverings, distancing, gatherings, and cleanliness," said the Civil Defense Director.
     The reminder of mandatory face coverings comes as Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association plans Monday's Kaʻū COVID-19 Update and talk story with Lt. Gov. Josh Green; Mayor Harry Kim; Kaʻū Hospital Administrator Merilyn Harris; Dr. Scott Moscowich of Premiere Medical Group; Dan Brinkman, CEO of East Hawaiʻi for Hawaiʻi Health Services Corp; and Eric Honda, interim Director for the Department of Health Hawaiʻi Island District. The talk story will be held at Pāhala Community Center with registration at 4:30 p.m. and the meeting from 5 p.m. to 6:30 pm.
     The number of people inside the building will be limited to adhere to social distancing. The meeting is also available by zoom. Contact krhcai@yahoo.com or call 928-0101.
Lt. Gov. and physician Josh Green, right, who serves as the governor’s
COVID-19 healthcare, will come to Pāhala On Monday for a Kaʻū
COVID-19 Update talk story. Photo from HHSC
     Today, Hawaiʻi reported its highest one-day new COVID-19 case count. The 42 new cases bring the total to 1,200 since the pandemic began. The Lt. Gov. pointed to July 4 group gatherings and stressed that numbers can grow quickly if people refuse to wear masks and ignore social distancing. He warned that if the COVID case numbers grow from 40 to 70 to 130, "then it’s gone. If things get out of control, you’re going to see very draconian requests to clamp it down in our state.”
     Hawaiʻi Island has two new cases, making eight active cases on-island. One person is hospitalized. The patients are monitored by Department of Health. The new case is being reviewed by DOH, which says the case "is isolated."
     Oʻahu reported 38 new cases today and Maui County two. The state's cumulative case count has risen by 177 in seven days.
     It has been more than 28 days since a case was recorded for a Kaʻū zip code. One zip code in orange on the map below has between six and ten cases within the last 28 days. Zip codes in light yellow have between one and five cases.
    Ninety-three confirmed COVID-19 victims on this island have recovered. Since the pandemic began, no one died of COVID-19 here. Of the four hospitalizations on-island, three have been released.
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 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
     Since the pandemic began, Oʻahu reported 905 cases, Kauaʻi 43, and Maui County 133. Nineteen victims are residents diagnosed while visiting other places. Nineteen people died.
     In the United States, more than 3,245,925 cases have been confirmed – an increase of about 70,000 in about 24 hours. The death toll is over 134,777.
     The worldwide COVID-19 case count is more than 12.71 million. The death toll is more than 565,138.

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PĀHALA SWIMMING POOL REOPENS FOR LAPS ONLY next Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. New rules are set to protect the public from COVID-19.
     The only public pool in Kaʻū will offer 45-minute time slots for individual lap swimming at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no recreational swimming until further notice and swimmers are prohibited from sitting or lying around the pool or in the stands. Shower rooms are closed. A restroom can be used, with permission from the lifeguard. Swimmers arrive in their suits, use an outdoor shower, as directed, and leave immediately after completing their laps.
     The COVID-19 Modified Pool Rules will be posted at each facility. 
     Other pools opening around the island with the same time slots will be: Charles "Sparky" Kawamoto Swim Stadium [961-8698] on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center [965-2700] on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays; Kona Community Aquatic Center [327-3500] on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Konawaena Swimming Pool [323-3252] on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; and Kohala Swimming Pool [889-6933] on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
     A statement from the county says it "will continue to evaluate sanitization procedures as well as the adherence to modified pool rules to ensure the safety of staff and swimmers. Available days/hours may be expanded in the coming weeks provided COVID-19 public health conditions and other variables are amenable."
     For more information contact the Department of Parks and Recreation Aquatics Section at 961-8740.

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MILOLIʻI LAWAIʻA ʻOHANA CAMP ADDS VIRTUAL CLASSES for its tenth annual event Monday, July 13 through Monday, July 20. The event will feature in-person classes for a limited number of students, and offer classes via Zoom. Register for virtual classes here. Register for in-person attendance here. Contact organizer Kaimi Kaupiko at 937-1310 or kkaupiko@gmail.com with questions.
     Kaupiko told The Kaʻū Calendar, "Ten years ago, we started with our first camp and ten years later we are still here, sharing and passing the knowledge of our kūpuna to our next generation. With ten years we celebrate a milestone for our program, for education, and for the future. Our proverb He puko ‘a kani ‘aina was a way that our kūpuna would pass by many coral heads which the navigators would mark in their memories and pass on to their apprentices. Eventually they would notice that these small coral heads would grow into full islands and so comes the advice that we can't expect to be full-blown successes right away, often we start small and over time, like a coral head, we will mature and be successful."
     Sponsors include Kalanihale, Paʻa Pono Miloliʻi, Kua O Ka Lā, Conservation International, Alu Like Inc, Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, and Hawaiʻi Marine Education and Research Center.
     See facebook.com/kalanihaleMilolii for more.

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A MODERATE DEMOCRAT is the term Fred Fogel uses to describe himself. The first of three Democrat candidates to file for the District 3 state House of Representatives seat, Fogel, 70, will face incumbent Richard Onishi and challenger Shannon Matson (see Saturday, May 30 Kaʻū News Briefs) in the primary, with ballots coming in the mail starting July 21. The winner will go on to face Republican Susan Hughes (see Thursday, July 8 Kaʻū News Briefs) to represent Punaluʻu, Pāhala, Wood Valley, and Volcano, into Hilo.
     Fogel told The Kaʻū Calendar that his platform aligns with Moderate Democrats: "The voters in the middle. As the old saying goes, you always have your 10 percent. In politics, it's 20 percent. Ten on the far left and ten on the far right. My focus is on the 80 percent in the middle."
State House of Representatives District 3
candidate Fred Fogel. Photo from Fogel
     He moved to Hawaiʻi in 1973, as an aviator in the F-4 Phantom jet with the USMC. Fogel said he "fell in love with the islands and its people, married a local lady (half Samoan, half Puerto Rican) and helped raise two daughters." After a career in civil service and the military on Oʻahu, he moved to Hawaiʻi Island in 2005, and entered politics "to pay back the people." He said his main goal is to improve the way government functions to better serve the people. He said his schooling and job experience as an advisor to a State Department Head in the areas of Process Improvement, Quality, and Strategic Planning provide the foundation to "get government out of your face as much as possible, and let you be all that you can be."
     To give back to the community he has volunteered with ʻO Kaʻū Kākou, Volcano's Community Emergency Response Team, and Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park; served as a board member of Friends of Puna's Future; and was president of his residential Community Association.
     Fogel has run for various offices since 2008, when he ran for County Council. He said his general philosophy is, "If government was smaller and less intrusive in peoples' lives, people could better pursue their dreams. People should have the freedom to do as they please – as long as their actions don't impact another person's freedom. Politics should not be considered a career opportunity. Everyone should have term limits, and voters should approve salary increases for politicians."
     His website proclaims, "My main goal is to improve the way government operates and supports the people. My allegiance is to the people represented, never to the power base of any political party, nor any special interest group. I do not take campaign donations from anyone and owe only you."
Candidate Fred Fogel and his Main Coon,
 Big Boy. Photo from Fogel
     His campaign information says he supports adding term limits; adding on-line voting to mail-in while continuing to make a limited number of voting places available during the general election; extending the state legislative session from five months to ten months; rescinding "gut and replace" and removing add-ons, riders, and special interest provisions from all bills; encouraging use of private contractors rather than public employees; and implementing new laws only after reviewing economic impact; reducing overall cost of government; fully funding governmental retirement and health obligations; and pushing governmental functions down to the county level whenever possible.
     His platform would work toward legalizing possession and cultivation of cannabis; increasing minimum sentences for sale, distribution, and manufacture of meth or crack; focusing on rehabilitation rather than incarceration; releasing all people in prison solely for the consumption of illegal drugs; and reimplementing capital punishment.
     Fogal's website says he would work on eliminating mandatory building codes or requirements other than safety for neighbors for owner-occupied, private residences; issuing concealed carry firearm permits for law-abiding citizens; protecting local product names like "Kaʻū Coffee" by requiring a bag so labeled to contain 100% Kaʻū coffee; implementing point-of-origin labeling for produce; devoting more resources to the interdiction and eradication of invasive animals and plants; embracing alternate energy and decoupling electricity generation from the distribution system; paying good teachers more and instituting a "360 degree" teacher performance evaluation system that has input from parents, principals, teachers, and students; dissolving the state school board and creating county boards comprised of principals – public, charter, and private; making the state personal income tax a flat percentage for everything earned above the poverty level; eliminating sales tax on medicine and food; eliminating inheritance tax; and taxing land used for agriculture at the lowest tax rate.
     Learn more about his platform, beliefs, and goals if elected at ffogel.net.
     Watch the Democratic candidates for Hawaiʻi County on ​Nā Leo TV at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 18.
Candidate Fred Fogel and his "mini-me" supporters. Photo from Fogel
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THE STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES adjourned the 2020 legislative session sine die on Friday. A statement from the House says it was a very intense session of maneuvering through obstacles related to the coronavirus pandemic. Members were tasked with addressing immediate needs of residents struggling with economic and public health concerns while working towards goals set back in January to provide support for working families.
     House Speaker Scott Saiki said, "At the start of session, we crafted a holistic package of bills in collaboration with the Senate, the Governor, community stakeholders, and business leaders to address the big issues of income inequality -- from affordable housing to early child care. While our state has gone through tremendous changes since January, we've had a continued focus on relieving the economic burdens for working families, particularly through accessibility to early learning and child care." 
     Two of the original bills from the Legislature's majority package moved to the Governor for review. HB 2543 HD1 SD2 will provide all of Hawaiʻi's three- to four-year-old children with access to early learning by the year 2030, and appropriates funds to support pre-kindergarten Hawaiian language immersion programs. SB 3103 SD2 HD2 establishes a school facilities agency in the Department of Education to coordinate all public school development, planning, and construction allowing the department to focus on teaching the children.
     In March, the session was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Legislature reconvened in June and passed SB 126 SD1 HD1 CD1, a comprehensive plan to spend $635 million in federal CARES Act funds to provide immediate relief for working families, address public health and pandemic needs, and rebuild and move the economy forward. The bill also appropriates $149 million within the state budget for a range of social safety net programs and services including hospital operations, mental health and substance abuse programs, homeless support services, and rent assistance.
State House Speaker Scott Saiki
     House Majority Leader Della Au Belatti said, "We've seen this pandemic affect our most vulnerable communities. I'm proud, not only of the CARES Act funding we put towards mental health and homeless support services but the bills we passed to reform the way our mental health and criminal justice systems coexist and support one another. " She pointed to HB 1620 HD2 SD2 and HB 1661 HD3 SD2, saying they "work hand in hand to provide individuals with non-violent, minor charges, the opportunity to receive help and treatment, rather than get stuck in the cycle of jail time, and additionally streamline and standardize the emergent response to behavioral health crises."  
     Bills that passed include:
     SB 2638 SD2 HD3 Relating to Domestic Violence: Part I establishes a petty misdemeanor offense of abuse of family or household members; clarifies penalties for violations and allows a deferred acceptance of guilty plea for misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor abuse of family or household members offenses. It establishes a probationary period for abuse of family or household members. Part II makes consistent the types of documents accepted as proof of domestic or sexual violence victim status. Part III: Requires the judiciary to submit annual reports on the number and outcome of abuse cases.
     HB 361 HD1 SD2 Relating to Emoluments: It prohibits the governor and each county mayor, while holding those offices, to maintain any other employment, maintain a controlling interest in a business, or receive any emolument, beginning on the sixty-first calendar day after their election or appointment to office.
     HB 285 HD1 SD2 CD1 Relating to Public Safety: It requires county police departments to disclose to the Legislature the identity of an officer upon an officer's suspension or discharge. Amends the Uniform Information Practices Act to allow for public access to information about suspended officers. Authorizes the law enforcement standards board to revoke certifications and requires the board to review and recommend statewide policies and procedures relating to law enforcement, including the use of force.
     SB 2523 SD1 HD2 Relating to Public Safety: It restores funding for the YWCA Fernhurst Women's Program, which is a community-based work furlough program for women.
 House Majority Leader Della Au Belatti
     HB 1819 HD2 SD3 Relating to Hemp: It legalizes the growth of hemp in the State of Hawaiʻi through the United States Department of Agriculture hemp production program and allows the processing and sale of hemp products in the State through State licensing. It expedites the substitution of the USDA hemp production program for the existing industrial hemp pilot program as required by federal law.
     HB 2744 HD1 SD2 Relating to Gun Violence Prevention. It establishes the gun violence and violent crimes commission and requires reports to the Legislature. It makes it a class C felony to purchase, manufacture, or otherwise obtain firearm parts for the purpose of assembling a firearm having no serial number.
     SB2629 SD2 HD1 Relating to the Environment: It prohibits, after June 30, 2020 the approval of a new or renewed power purchase agreement for electricity generated from coal, as well as the modification of a coal power purchase agreement that proposes to extend the term or increase the amount of generation that is allowed to be produced under the existing agreement. The bill also prohibits, after Dec. 31, 2022, the issuance or renewal or covered source air permits for coal-burning electricity generation facilities.
     HB 2148 HD1 SD1 Relating to Family Leave: It extends Hawai'i family leave to include care for employees' grandchildren.
    HB1346 HD2 SD2 Relating to Early Childhood Education: It prohibits the suspension or expulsion of children participating in the Executive Office on Early Learning's Public Prekindergarten Program, except under limited circumstances.
     HB1676 HD1 SD2 Relating to Highway Safety: It establishes the Photo Red Light Imaging Detector Systems Program (Program) with a two-year pilot program in the City and County of Honolulu. It authorizes the State and counties to administer the Program. Requires proceeds of fines to be expended in the county from which they were collected for operation of the Program.
     For a list of all bills passed during the 2020 session, click here. 

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AN OPINION ON THE ADJOURNMENT OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE yesterday comes from Keliʻi Akina, Ph.D., President and CEO of Grassroot Institute of Hawaiʻi:
     "Hawaiʻi's 2020 legislative session adjourned yesterday, and thank goodness for that.
It was a session interrupted in March by the COVID-19 crisis, then reconvened for four hectic weeks in June and July. When the session began in January, we had been prepared to fend off new taxes and budget-busting government projects. Now that it's over, we can celebrate the lack of any tax increases, but the budget issues remain.
Keliʻi Akina, Ph.D., President and CEO 
of Grassroot Institute of Hawaiʻi
     "The Legislature's highest priority upon reconvening was to amend the budget to reflect Hawaiʻi's post-COVID reality: widespread business closures, massive unemployment, looming budget deficits, and evaporating tax revenues.
     "The Grassroot Institute of Hawaiʻi was adamant about belt-tightening and spending cuts. We even created a budget balancing tool to demonstrate how it could be done.
     "Our state lawmakers went for a different approach, donning rose-colored glasses and approaching the budget shortfall as a temporary setback. Not only did they use up the entirety of the state's rainy day fund, they also approved legislation allowing them to breach the state's legal debt limit. Over the next several years, the state will be able to issue up to $7 billion in general obligation bonds, thereby increasing the state's liabilities and debt burden that will be borne by Hawaiʻi taxpayers. They also approved salary increases for some public employees.
     "Overall, those who had hoped the Legislature would address the economic fallout of the pandemic-inspired state and county lockdowns were disappointed. Very few of the bills considered in the reconvened session attempted to ease the pain of the state's businesses or unemployed workers.
     "One Senate resolution stands as the perfect metaphor for the Legislature's approach to addressing Hawaiʻi's current economic woes: SR78, adopted on July 8, pledges to create 100,000 permanent jobs in Hawaiʻi by 2022. How? The resolution doesn't say. It only asks the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism to help by submitting recommendations before the 2021 session.
     "If it's so easy to create jobs, why stop at 100,000? Why not resolve to create 150,000 jobs? Or 200,000?
     "For the DBEDT employees now searching for ways to help the Legislature meet its goal, may I suggest a little light reading? Please check out the institute's Road map to prosperity, which we released in late May to provide exactly the kinds of recommendations Hawaiʻi needs to get its economy moving again. 
     "I'm not saying the Legislature's lack of fiscal restraint means it ignored the effects of the lockdowns entirely. On the contrary, the Senate chose to respond to public dissatisfaction with the lockdowns and the governor's exercise of emergency powers by... expanding the state's emergency powers. 
     "A House bill that had made it to the Senate was gutted and replaced with a proposal that would give the state health director, with the consent of the governor, broad powers to declare public health emergencies, close businesses and schools, mandate quarantines, and do anything else deemed allegedly necessary to address the danger.
     "The bill was met with broad public opposition, and hundreds of people submitted testimony opposing it. Nonetheless, our senators approved HB2502, and only the House's refusal to accept the new version stopped it. This was one of the bright spots of this year's session.
     "Another bright spot was a resolution creating a task force to make government operations more cost-effective. True, this was just a small step, but if it leads to laws that will make it easier to engage private contractors or create public-private partnerships, it's a step in the right direction.
     "Also deserving praise was the Legislature's approval of HB285, which, pending approval by the governor, will make it easier for lawmakers and the public to learn the details of police misconduct. More sunlight is always a good approach when it comes to increasing the public's trust in government, and lawmakers should be commended for their work on this bill.
     "Despite these bright spots, however, the fact remains that little was done to address Hawaiʻi's genuinely horrifying economic devastation, and it looks like we'll have to wait until next year — at the state level, at least — to make any progress.
     "The good news is that this gives us more time to promote economic freedom as the key to helping Hawaiʻi recover and even excel after the coronavirus lockdowns. I know I am already making up my wish list for the next legislative session."

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LEARN HOW TO JOIN WITH OTHER COMPANIES TO TAKE ON LARGER GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS at a Teaming Agreements and Subcontracts webinar Thursday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Register at eventbrite.com/e/dos-and-donts-for-teaming-agreements-subcontracting-webinar-registration-108906253536.
     Organized by Hawaiʻi Small Business Development Center, Hawaiʻi Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Norcal Procurement Technical Assistance Center, learn a step-by-step process for successfully teaming for a government contract and "take your business to the next level." The webinar will cover: What is a teaming agreement?; Benefits of teaming; Factors to consider when selecting a teaming partner; Considerations when negotiating agreements; 8(a) and Small Business considerations; Introduction to the Mentor-Protégé Program; Differences between subcontracting, teaming, and joint venturing; Tips for success; and Contracting with the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Attend a webinar to learn how to join forces with other businesses to bid on government contracts. 
Image from Norcal PTAC
     Christina Jones, Norcal PTAC Sr./Lead Procurement Specialist, will speak during the event. She is an expert business consultant and facilitator with over 20 years of experience in developing process improvement and training programs to position small businesses for government sales. She specializes in 8(a) certification, contract vehicles to include General Services Administration, and proposal writing. "Christina has a proven track record in increasing economic impact through calculated one-on-one counseling of small to medium-sized businesses," says the announcement.
     Monique M. Holmes, Deputy for Small Business Programs with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Honolulu District, will also speak. She was welcomed to USACE as the Small Business Program Analyst representing the Honolulu District on Feb. 18. She brings 30 years of private and public sector experience. As the Small Business Program Analyst, Monique utilizes her skillsets to expand USACE Honolulu Districts small business base through increasing opportunities for small businesses as well as reducing hardships and eliminating restrictive barriers faced by the small business communities most vulnerable categories.

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FLIGHT PLANS for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for July are:
     Tuesday, July 14 and Friday, July 17, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., for Hawaiian petrel monitoring on Mauna Loa between 6,500- and 9,000-ft. elevation.
     Thursday, July 23 between 7 a.m. and noon, for fountain grass control and mapping from the Park's west boundary to Keauhou, between sea level and 4,000 feet. 
     Tuesday, July 28 between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., for ungulate control in Kahuku Unit between 3,500- to 5,000-ft. elevation.
     Tuesday, July 28 between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., to survey for Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death in the ‘Ōla‘a Rainforest Unit between 3,000- and 4,000-ft. elevation.  
     Wednesday, July 29 between 10 a.m. and noon, to survey for ROD in the Kahuku Unit between 2,000- and 4,000-ft. elevation. 
     Thursday, July 29 and Friday, July 30 between 8 a.m. and noon, to monitor Hawaiian petrels in the Kahuku Unit between 4,800- and 6,800-ft. elevation.  
     U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory may conduct flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation.
     The Park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather. Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities.

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Native plant seeds, including ʻōhiʻa, were handed out at last year's Cultural Festival at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National 
Park, Kahuku Unit. Photo by Manu Yahna
Kaʻū Life: The Way We Were Last Year
     This time last year, the Annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival was held in-person at Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, offering island visitors and the local community a chance to connect to Hawaiian cultural practices through hands-on crafts and demonstrations, hula and Hawaiian music, and food. The festival's theme was E Ho‘omau: To Continue; the 2018 festival was canceled due to the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. The 2020 festival was held virtually; see facebook.com/hawaiivolcanoesnps for video of the events.
     Last year's free five-hour celebration offered entertainment from two hālau hula and three local bands from Hawai‘i Island: Debbie Ryder and Hālau O Leionalani; Russell Mauga and Da Kahuku Mauka Boyz; Mamo Brown and Hālau Ulumamo O Hilo Palikū; Demetrius Oliviera and Gene Beck of Keaiwa; and Brandon Nakano and the Keawe Trio.
Park rangers make ti leaf lei with cultural fest-goers.
 See video of this year's ti leaf lei making demonstration at 
Photo by Manu Yahna
     The Ka‘ū Multicultural Society shared their popular paniolo photography exhibit, a glimpse into Kahuku Ranch's not-so-distant past.
     Capt. Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa exhibited his authentic Hawaiian sailing canoe.
     The National Park Service and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association staff demonstrated ‘oli, chant, and showed attendees how to make ti leaf leis, how to weave lau hala, and ‘ohe kapala, bamboo stamping.
     Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death education and outreach handed out native plant seeds. One seed type, ʻōhiʻa, is suffering a devastating fungal epidemic on several Hawaiian islands.
     The ‘Alalā Project, ‘Imi Pono no ka ‘Āina, and NPS Natural Resources Management educated on how to protect native species and about their latest conservation efforts.
     Food from Volcano House, shave ice from the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and Ka‘ū coffee from Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association were available for purchase. Attendees were also encouraged to bring a picnic lunch.
     The event was co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano House, and the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. The Park's official social media has video, festival photos, and more. See facebook.com/hawaiivolcanoesnps.
The discovery of this island was by canoe, as honored in this hula during last year's Cultural Festival
at Kahuku Unit. Photo by Manu Yahna

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Free Virtual Storytime Sessions with Jeff Gere, Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday for three weeks, 9:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m., through July 23. Partnered with UH-Mānoa's OutreachCollege Statewide Cultural Extension Program. To attend each show, email jeffgere1031@gmail.com and csinfo@hawaii.edu, with the subject SCEP : Jeff Gere. In the body of the email, copy & paste in the programs wanted to watch from the list below. An email confirming the reservation will confirm receipt. About 30 minutes before each show starts at 9:30 a.m., csinfo@hawaii.edu will email the Zoom link to the email provided.
     Tuesdays: Participation Tales. July 14, Silly N' Spooky Tales. July 21, Teaching Tales. Wednesdays: Folktales. July 15Fooling the DevilKing & Goat HeadJuly 22, several Adventurous Tales. Thursdays: "Spooky Hawaiʻi" Tales. July 16Old Mililani GraveyardSensativeJuly 23Pele Tales, true stories of meeting Pele.
     During performances, leave microphones off so everyone can enjoy the show. Share sign-up information with "as many listeners as you like" and watch "as many shows as you like." Tech questions should be directed to summer aides. All attendees will be asked to answer a host and technology questionnaire after each show. Zoom's WEBINAR format does not allow a view of the audience. "We won't be able to see your children. It is not an issue."
Kaʻū Chapter of Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United meets this Sunday, July 12 at Wood Valley Ranch mamaki tea farm at 96-02232 South Road. It begins at 1 p.m. and includes a pot luck and tour of the mamaki farm, which is the new home of interim President Matt Dreyer. Among the Kaʻū Farmers Union initiatives are a food hub for Kaʻū, with CSA, and an online store platform to sell locally grown food.

Virtual 80th Meeting of Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, Tuesday, July 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. The council will introduce new and returning members; have presentations on advisory council guidelines, sanctuary updates, and discussions on potential council action topics; and address questions from members and the public. Public comment begins about 10:30 a.m.
     To provide comment, sign up in advance, email cindy.among-serrao@noaa.gov or type a comment into the Question box. Register in advance at attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5189333551313546256. Learn more on Facebook; Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov; NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, sanctuaries.noaa.gov; State of Hawaiʻi Division of Aquatic Resources, dlnr.hawaii.gov/darSee hawaiihumpbackwahle.noaa.gov.

Kaʻū Food Producers, attend a Hawaiʻi Food Manufacturers Association COVID-19 Crisis Meeting, in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Technology Development Corporation and Innovate Hawaiʻi on Tuesday, July 14 at 2 p.m. Speakers are Paul Uyehara of Aloha Tofu, Ryan Sung of Honolulu Cookie Co., and Erin Uehara of Choco Lea. They will be followed by discussion and sharing from the audience. Join the virtual meeting through Zoom: us02web.zoom.us/j/82116384790?pwd=c3hndVhFTzEzOVBVa0xsTEtWdGZ1Zz09, Meeting ID: 821 1638 4790, Password: 071420.

Bid on a Cottage with a covered lanai through a closed auction by Habitat for Humanity through July 15 at 5 p.m. The 780 square foot cottage was dismantled and donated to Habitat for Humanity Hawaiʻi Island. Starting bid is $15,000 and it will be sold "as is" and with no warranty. Stored in a container in Waimea, it includes lanai, exterior walls, subfloor, windows (missing one), front door, roofing, front stairs, and conceptual plans created by Habitat. To place a bid, send an email to info@habitathawaiiisland.org with name, phone number, and bid amount. Bids accepted in increments of $500. Winner will be contacted July 16. In the case of a tie, the person that submitted the winning bid first will be the winner. To view the dismantled cottage, visit the Waimea ReStore at 65-1259 Kawaihae Road on Wednesday, July 8 between 1 p.m and 4 p.m. Email info@habitathawaiiisland.org with questions.

Free ZOOM Talk on Finding Solutions, Growing Peacenoon to 1 p.m., Thursday, July 16. Non-profit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center hosts its Brown Bag Lunch Series on the third Thursday of the month. July's speaker, Ilana Stout, M.S., will speak on From Anxiety to Action: Emotional Literacy to Deepen Education. In this talk, attendees can "learn how to support mental and emotional wellness that can serve as a foundation for community action," says the announcement. Register online at freebrownbagtalk.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Ku‘ikahi Program Coordinator Majidah Lebarre at 935-7844 x 3 or majidah@hawaiimediation.org. Or visit hawaiimediation.org.

Teaming Agreements and Subcontracts Webinar Thursday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Register at eventbrite.com/e/dos-and-donts-for-teaming-agreements-subcontracting-webinar-registration-108906253536. Organized by Hawaiʻi Small Business Development Center, Hawaiʻi Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and Norcal Procurement Technical Assistance Center, learn a step-by-step process for successfully teaming for a government contract and "take your business to the next level."

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

Apply for Grants to Start, Expand, or Improve Rural Cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses in rural America. USDA will make $5.8 million in grants available under the Rural Cooperative Development Grant program. USDA encourages applications that will help improve life in rural America. Key strategies include: Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America, Developing the Rural Economy, Harnessing Technological Innovation, Supporting a Rural Workforce, and Improving Quality of Life. Nonprofit corporations and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply, to provide technical assistance to individuals and rural businesses. Fiscal year 2019 award recipients who received a grant period extension due to a loss of operations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are eligible to apply for fiscal year 2020 funding. Electronic applications must be submitted to grants.gov by 6 p.m. HST Aug. 3. Additional information is available on page 39870 of the July 2 Federal Register.

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

Apply for Grants to Help Socially Disadvantaged Groups develop business and strategic plans in rural areas through USDA Rural Development through 6 p.m. HST on Aug. 10 at grants.gov. Eligible applicants include cooperatives, groups of cooperatives, and cooperative development centers. USDA defines a socially disadvantaged group as one "whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities."
     Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships, and innovation. Key strategies include e-connectivity for rural America, developing rural economies, harnessing technological innovation, supporting a rural workforce, and improving quality of life.

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 and worship are posted online on Sundays at stjudeshawaii.org. Join the Aloha Hour via Zoom at 11 a.m. on Sundays,
us02web.zoom.us/j/6843449828?pwd=YW94djVvU0szOGNKaFZ1V0pUL1owUT09, Meeting ID: 684 344 9828, Password: Aloha.

Drive-In Worship Service at Kauahaʻao Congregational Church in Waiʻōhinu start Sunday, July 19 at 10:20 a.m., with a 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. parking time. Kahu (Pastor) Debbie Wong Yuen says the service is "open to anyone" and that this way of having worship service "is not a new idea. In the 1950s, 'Drive-in-Worship' was the way to worship… without getting physically close to people. They stay in their vehicles, and listen to the Word and message, and honk their horns for their Amen. We are the Church, not the building, so we don't need to be 'in a building' to have worship service, we can worship God anywhere, He is with us no matter where we are, and, where two or three are gathered together in His name, He will be in our midst. We are not alone… we are all in this together, and God is with us."
     Yuen says vehicles will park in the lawn area on the Church campus facing the building, either facing forward or, if the vehicle has a hatchback to open and sit in the back, the vehicle can reverse into the spot. An usher will be there to guide the vehicles. Once parked, the usher (wearing face covering) will bring a basket with the service bulletin and a bowl to collect the offering/tithes/contributions. Each vehicle will also receive a folder to keep in the vehicle with the songs/hymns for the service, and a paper fan for each person in the vehicle. On Communion Sundays, attendants may bring their own elements (bread or cracker and juice or water), or be given a sealed Communion cup from the basket.
     Yuen asks congregants to "please put on a face covering when the usher comes to your vehicle door. During the service, face coverings are not required, only if a person needs to leave their vehicle to go to the restroom. It's recommended you bring bottled water for those in your vehicle.
     "We invite anyone to come join us as Kauahaʻao Congregational Church gathers in-person to relive the 1950s for Drive-in Worship Services. Come and be blessed!"

     Call Yuen at 928-8039 or 937-2155 with questions.

The Food Basket provides food to those in need. See hawaiifoodbasket.org to verify dates and times. 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.

Volcano Friends Feeding Friends, Cooper Center 19-4030 Wright Rd. Served by Friends Feeding Friends Thursday, July 30 – the last Thursday of the month. Call 985-7140 to verify.

On-Call Emergency Box Food Pantry is open at Cooper Center weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Eligible one time every three months. Call Kehau, 443-4130.

COVID-19 Testing Locations in Kaʻū are: Bay Clinic at 95-5583 Mamālahoa Highway in Nāʻālehu is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointment required. No drive-thru; stay in vehicle. Patients are seen regardless of ability to pay. There is a fee for the COVID-19 test. Call 808-333-3600. Kaʻū Hospital at 1 Kamani Street in Pāhala is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring ID and insurance card. Pre-operative and Emergency Room patients only. Screening conducted outside in a tent. There is a fee for the COVID-19 test. Call 808-932-4200.
     Free screening and testing is offered in Kona at Aliʻi Health Center, 808-747-8321, or Aloha Kona Urgent Care, 808-365-2297 or 808-854-3566; and in various locations around the island with Premier Medical Group, 808-213-6444.
     Other island locations that offer testing are Kona Community Hospital, 808-322-9311; North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital in Kohala, 808-885-4444; Hale Hoʻola Hamakua, 808-932-4116; Clinical Labs of Hawaiʻi in Hilo, 808-935-4814; Hilo Urgent Care, 808-969-3051; Keaʻau Urgent Care, 808-966-7942; Puna Community Medical Center, 808-930-6001; and Bay Clinic locations in Hilo, Keaʻau, and Puna – call 808-333-3600.

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.

Find Resources for LGBTQ+, Loved Ones, and Allies at Sexual and Gender Minority online resource hub. Hawaiʻi Department of Health's first website dedicated to LGBTQ+ resources. Developed by the Sexual and Gender Minority Workgroup in partnership with the DOH Harm Reduction Services Branch. Resources: Understanding the Pacific's alternative genders; Pronoun guide; Book lists for children and teens; ʻOhana support; and DOH data. For more information on joining the SGM Workgroup, email Thaddeus Pham at thaddeus.pham@doh.hawaii.gov. See health.hawaii.gov/harmreduction/sexual-gender-minority/sexual-and-gender-minorities-sgm-in-hawaii/.

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.

Apply for Internships with Sen. Brian Schatz's office. Internships for undergrad, graduate, and law students are offered in the Honolulu and Washington D.C. offices. Applications are considered on a rolling basis year-round.
     Non-office internships are open for high school students to advocate in their communities. Applications due Sunday, Sept. 13.
     Schatz may also nominate exceptional students for appointment to the U.S. Service Academies. Applications due Friday, Oct. 23.

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

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 Saturday – replacing Friday with Saturday, 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.
     More food vendors are added on Mondays, including Bella's Mexican takeaway hot foods. 
     Lau Lau Man and Flyin' Hawaiian Coffee return to the Market on Wednesdays.
     Saturday will host vendors who have not been able to get space at the Wednesday market. The Saturday Market will feature familiar faces and plenty of new sellers. 
     OKK's Nāʻālehu Market offers 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, on various days. Contact Sue Barnett, OKK Market Manager, at 808-345-9374 (voice or text) or kaufarmer@aol.com for more and to apply to vend. See facebook.com/OKauKakouMarket.

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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