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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Hurricane Douglas is expected to bring high winds, heavy rain, thunderstorms, and high surf by Saturday night. 
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DELAYING THE OPENING OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM TWO MORE UNIONS On Wednesday. Hawaiʻi Government Employees Association and United Public Workers signed on with the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association to request the state and its Board of Education delay the opening until there is more school staff training, and clarity of rules for masking and distancing. Schools are scheduled to open to students in early August.
     UPW represents the school cafeteria workers, custodians, skilled trade workers, and school occupational therapy assistants. HGEA members include principals, vice principals, athletic directors, athletic health trainers, cafeteria managers, educational assistants, security attendants, special services personnel, school health assistants, school custodian supervisors, and clerical staff.
     The unions also stated that they want contingency plans should students and staff come down with COVID-19. The school board takes up the issue on Thursday. Opinions can be given by writing to testimony.doe@boe

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A COMMUNITY MEETING ON REOPENING SCHOOLS is scheduled for next Thursday, July 30 at Pāhala Community Center. Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association has invited Mayor Harry Kim and representatives of the teachers union, school administration, and families of students enrolled in Nāʻālehu Elementary, Pāhala High, Intermediate & Elementary, and Volcano School of the Arts and Sciences.
     Registration is at 4:30 p.m., with the community meeting and talk story running from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Organizer Jessie Marques said that wearing of masks and social distancing will be required. Seating will be limited and based on first come, first served. Written concerns will be taken during the registration for the event.
     Public schools are set to open in early August, with the teachers and two other government workers unions asking for a delay. See story in the July 22 Kaʻū News Briefs.

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MASKS MUST BE WORN IN PUBLIC ON HAWAIʻI ISLAND with few exceptions, according to COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 10, signed Wednesday by Hawaiʻi County Mayor Harry Kim.
     The mayor said in a letter accompanying the new rule, "Wearing a face covering in public is so important. These coverings protect each other from possible infection from COVID-19."
     Kim said that there is evidence that communities where wearing face coverings is widespread have lower rates of COVID-19 infection. "The more people understand that wearing a face covering is crucial, the sooner the virus will have fewer people to infect, and the sooner life can start to return to normal. Everyone must wear a face covering in public as a matter of course to keep us all safe."
     The rule says a business or organization "may refuse to allow entry or service to a worker, customer, or patron that refuses to wear a face covering." It specifies that high-risk populations, like kūpuna or immunocompromised, are "urged to stay in their residences to the extent possible, except as necessary to seek medical care." The new rule also says people "shall maintain a minimum of six feet of physical separation from all other persons to the fullest extent possible." Gatherings remain limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, with six feet of social distancing maintained between persons.
     Anyone who violates Rule 10 "shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both," says the rule.
     Face coverings are not required for persons: five years of age or younger; with health or medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering; actively communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication; obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service; for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines; actively engaged in work-related activities and able to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from others; actively engaged in exercise activity so long as physical distancing requirements are maintained; and who are engaged in outdoor activities when alone, with members of their household, or when able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.

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TRAINING FOR SPORTS AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS  IS SUSPENDED through at least Aug. 18.  Hawaiʻi High School Athletic Association made the announcement Tuesday after the executive board approved an immediate "no-contact period" for the high school sports calendar. This means no instructional or developmental sport-specific activity between high school coaches and student-athletes. Penalties for violations include suspension of coaches for part or the entire season.
     HHSAA, which oversees Big Island Interscholastic Federation, announced that each member league will determine workout restrictions that will go into effect Wednesday, Aug. 19 for an "out of season conditioning and weight training" period. Last week, HHSAA executive director Chris Chun said involuntary practice and tryouts for Fall sports were pushed back two to four weeks. "The earliest football can start is Aug. 31, while girls volleyball, bowling, cross-country, air riflery, and cheer won't get rolling until at least Sept. 14."
     Chun said, "This is a significant change to our start date calendar as summer activities have been determined by each individual school. However, during this time, our executive board felt that this change was necessary to protect the health and safety of our student-athletes. This will still allow adequate time for conditioning as our first contests for most fall sports are not slated to begin until at least mid-September."
     The "no-contact period" was essentially in effect from March 16, when all interscholastic competition was suspended, prior to all schools shutting down campus classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HHSAA calendar's off-season, from mid-May to July, is typically used for unrestricted activities, such as voluntary workouts. This year, reports Hawaiʻi Tribune-Herald, "the Interscholastic League of Honolulu had given its member institutions approval to practice" during this "yellow" period, "citing lack of HHSAA jurisdiction when school is not in session."
     A part-time coach for ʻIolani's football team, of Interscholastic League of Honolulu, tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, July 16, shortly after the team started conditioning, reports KHON2, followed by ʻIolani announcing a halt to practice for 14 days.
     Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy athletic director Stephen Perry told the Tribune-Herald, "It was an agreement from the five leagues to suspend everything, but there was no real consistency in penalties. It was more of a gentleman's agreement, and unfortunately there was a league out there that wasn't following the agreement, and people were getting (mad). We've never really had these restrictions in place at this time of year, but this year everything is different. The public schools will start school (Aug. 4), and hopefully after two weeks everything goes well, and programs will move forward. Even then, there will be guidelines put in place."
     Perry told the Tribune-Herald he thought the BIIF's programs had been following the "no-contact period" all along, and that BIIF executive director Lyle Crozier "had gotten a few calls and questions, but that's about it."

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HURRICANE DOUGLAS IS FORECAST TO PASS OVER HAWAIʻI ISLAND ON SUNDAY. According to the 5 p.m. report from the National Weather Service, Douglas is likely to rapidly intensify with little wind shear to become a Category Three, Major Hurricane, by Thursday, as it moves over warmer waters. It is likely to weaken into a Tropical Storm as it reaches cooler waters closer to the Hawaiian Islands. Heavy wind, rain, thunderstorms, and high surf could reach Hawaiʻi Island by Saturday.
     Douglas is the first 2020 hurricane to form in the Central Pacific. At 5 p.m. National Weather Service reported Douglas as a Category Two Hurricane at about 1,600 miles east-southeast of Hawaiʻi Island, traveling west-northwest at 17 miles per hour, with 100 mph winds. The cone of prediction for Douglas's path includes the entire state of Hawaiʻi.
Hurricane Douglas is forecast to affect Hawaiʻi this weekend. NOAA image
     The statewide Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency Administrator Luke Meyers urged residents to "know the hazards where you live, work, and play; sign up for weather alerts to stay up to date; develop an emergency plan with your family; build a 14-day emergency supply kit, this year including masks and hand sanitizer; consider hurricane or flood insurance if in a high-risk area; consider structural mitigation like hurricane clips or shutters." 
     The shelter for the region is Kaʻū District Gym, which will open if the hurricane approaches Kaʻū. The Red Cross has lost 70 percent of its volunteers during the pandemic statewide and has sent out a call for more volunteers since it may open more shelter space with distancing required during the pandemic.
     Hurricane season for the Central Pacific runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. Meyers said HI-EMA has been tracking a number of storms so far this year. While the peak for hurricanes usually occurs in late summer, said Meyers, "It only takes one storm to impact the islands, so we have to keep our guard up."

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COST OF THE JONES ACT will be the focus of a study released by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaiʻi during a live webinar Wednesday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. It will take place on the Jones Act's 100th anniversary. It will feature Rep. Ed Case and U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, Republican from Utah, both sponsors of to update the protectionist federal maritime law called the Jones Act.
      The Jones Act is a 1920 law that requires all cargo between U.S. ports be carried by U.S. flagged and built ships with the majority of ownership and crew American. The idea was that ships built and registered in the U.S. could be used by the federal government during wars. The Jones Act also aimed to bolster the U.S. shipbuilding industry.
     An announcement from Grassroot Institute says, "It is well known that the act adds to Hawaiʻi's high cost of living, but what had been lacking -- until now -- were figures showing by how much."
     On hand will be John Dunham, a nationally recognized economic researcher and consultant who was commissioned by the institute to conduct the study, Quantifying the Economic Impact of the Federal Jones Act on Hawaiʻi.
U.S. island entity, Puerto Rico. Image from AFC International
     Moderating the hour-long webinar will be Grassroot Institute of Hawaiʻi Pres. Keliʻi Akina, Ph.D., and executive vice president, Joe Kent, who will field questions from the audience. Akina will start by announcing the key findings of the 50-page report, then invite Lee and Case to remark on how those results fit with their own views of the Jones Act.
     Sen. Lee's interest in the act is highlighted by his bill in Congress last year called the Protecting Access to American Products Act. The measure would make it easier for Americans to receive flexibility from Jones Act regulations that prevent Americans from buying American. "Unfortunately, there are some products where there are simply no Jones Act-compliant ships in existence" available to transport them, Lee said last year.
     Lee's Protecting Access to American Products Act would fix that problem, he told Grassroot Institute, "by creating an expedited process for Americans to obtain a waiver. If an applicant were unable to find a Jones Act-compliant vessel that could carry a particular product, the federal government would have to approve or deny that waiver within 60 days."
     Grass Roots Institute points out that Case's interest in the Jones Act goes back to at least 2003 during his first stint in Congress, when he introduced three bills to exempt Hawaiʻi's livestock and agricultural industries from the act. Reelected to Congress in 2018, he again has three bills in Congress "aimed at fixing what he sees as the act's inequities."
     Grassroot Institute says one of the bills seeks "a straight exemption from the law for Hawai`i and other non-contiguous jurisdictions." The second would "force domestic shippers to charge a 'reasonable rate' that cannot be more than 10 percent above the fees charged by international competitors on similar routes." The third would "rescind the Jones Act in places where there are fewer than three companies -- all with separate ownership -- competing for the same routes."
     His last bill is a reference to the fact that only two domestic cargo carriers are serving Hawaiʻi: Matson and Pasha.
     Case told Civil Beat that the Jones Act creates the conditions for domestic shipping companies to establish monopoly control over certain trade routes, and the only direction prices have gone in the Hawaiʻi trade are "up, fast, and repeatedly."
     For more information or to register for the event at us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zFpcoBdVSyqycUV4gaROqQ, call 808-591-9193 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. To arrange an interview with Keliʻi Akina, institute president, contact Josh Mason at 918-261-8444 or jmason@grassrootinstitute.org.

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A FLIGHT ATTENDANT DIED AND ANOTHER IS HOSPITALIZED, reports Hawaiian Airlines. The career flight attendant, based in Los Angeles, came to Honolulu for training, and was hospitalized after returning to LA. Another attendee is hospitalized in an ICU in Honolulu. Hawaiian Airlines sent out a message expressing sorrow for the death and committing to stricter protocols.

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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 is 11 to 20 
cases. Red (not pictured) is 21 to 50 cases.
Hawaiʻi Department of Health map
THE STATE DEATH TOLL FOR COVID-19 ROSE TO 25 on Wednesday, with the passing of an Oʻahu man between 40-59 years-of-age. State  Department of Health reports he died late Tuesday. “All of Hawai‘i joins in extending condolences to the family and friends of this man, during this very difficult time," said Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson. This is the fourth COVID-19 death in this age group in the state and the 18th on O‘ahu. There have been six deaths among Maui residents, and one Kaua‘i resident's death, which occurred out-of-state, since the pandemic began.
     Seventeen new COVID-19 cases are reported today, all on Oʻahu. There are seven active cases on-island, with one hospitalization. The patients are being monitored by Department of Health. The state's new case total is 1,435 since the pandemic began.
    One case is reported in Volcano, zip code 96785, in the last 28 days. It has been more than 28 days since a case was recorded for a Kaʻū zip code. One zip code on the west side has between 11 and 19 active cases in the last 28 days. This island's other 107 confirmed COVID-19 victims recovered. Since the pandemic began, no one died here. Of the five hospitalized, four have been released.
     Since the pandemic began, Oʻahu reported 1,117 cases, Kauaʻi 43, and Maui County 139. Twenty-two victims are residents diagnosed while visiting other places. Twenty-four people in the state died from COVID-19.
     In his daily message, Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Director Talmadge Magno thanked Hawaiʻi Food Basket and their contributors, and Hawaiʻi National Guard and County Task Force for helping, with this morning's ʻOhana food distribution at Cooper Center in Volcano Village. He said, "You can make a difference on Hawaiʻi Island by following the preventive measures of face coverings, distancing, gatherings, and cleanliness. You should also stay at home if you do not feel well to help keep your neighbors, friends and family safe. As a reminder, the wearing of face masks is mandatory on the Island of Hawaiʻi. Thank you for listening and take care of yourself. This is your Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Agency."
     In the United States, more than 3,955,860 cases have been confirmed -- an increase of over 68,000 in about 24 hours. The death toll is over 142,942.
     The worldwide COVID-19 case count is more than 15 million. The death toll is more than 620,257.

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Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more are listed at kaucalendar.com.

Free Virtual Storytime Sessions with Jeff Gere, 9:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. on July 23. Partnered with UH-Mānoa's Outreach
College Statewide Cultural Extension Program. To attend the show, email jeffgere1031@gmail.
com andcsinfo@hawaii.
edu, with the subject SCEP : Jeff Gere. In the body of the email, copy & paste "Spooky Hawaiʻi" Tales, Pele Tales, true stories of meeting Pele. 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.
     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."

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

Register and Submit Advance Questions for Webinar The Coming Covid Eviction Crisis and How to Stop It, with Pulitzer Prize-winning sociologist Matthew Desmond on Tuesday, July 28 at 9 a.m. Desmond will be interviewed by Colin Moore, director of University of Hawaiʻi's Public Policy Center. Special guests include Philip Garboden, HCRC Professor in Affordable Housing, and Nalani Fujimori Kaina, executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i. Register and submit advance questions here.

Family Farms Can Apply for $500 One-Time Emergency Relief Payment from Farm Aid. Funds are being administered by the Hawaiʻi Farmers Union Foundation and The Kohala CenterApplications are due no later than 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28. Bonafide family farms in Hawai'i who have suffered demonstrable economic loss as a result of COVID-19 may apply. Access to other federally-funded relief efforts (i.e., PPP, EIDL) and sustainable methods practiced on the farm will be considered when awarding relief payments.
     Use of the funds is restricted to household expenses, such as groceries, home utilities, medical bills, or other household expenses not directly related to the commercial operation of the farm or ranch. Funds may not be used for any farm operations, business expenses, or investment. IRS guidelines regarding direct assistance to farm families prevents granting funds to support the farm and its business costs. Acceptance of this grant award signifies recipient's understanding and agreement to these use requirements.
     To apply, email a signed copy of the grant application to Anny Bruch, vice president of Hawaiʻi Farmers Union Foundation, at vicepresident@HFUF.org. Applicants will be contacted via email after July 31. For more information, email vicepresident@HFUF.org.

Virtual Meeting of Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, Tuesday, July 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. The council will discuss previous action items, receive sanctuary updates, 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/8466893051952339472. 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/dar. See hawaiihumpbackwahle.noaa.gov.

Ocean View Community Center Reopens for events Monday, Aug. 3. The library will be open Friday mornings beginning Aug. 7. AdvoCATS, an all-volunteer non-profit organization "dedicated to the well-being of Hawaiʻi Islands's homeless cat population," which often offers spay and neutering services, will be at OV Community Center all day Tuesday, Aug. 11 -- see advocatshawaii.org. To schedule an event, contact Christopher Garske at chrisgarske@gmail.com or 650-996-2790.

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.

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.

The Food Basket provides food to those in need. See hawaiifoodbasket.org. 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.

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.

Nursery, Greenhouse, and Cut-Flower Growers are invited to participate in COVID-19 impact survey by Cornell Cooperative Extension. The survey may help them qualify for USDA CFAP financial assistance. Complete the survey online.

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.

Receive Help Over the Phone with Critical Financial Issues through Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund Financial Navigators from County of Hawaiʻi, in partnership with Hawaiʻi First Federal Credit Union. Access these remote services by completing the web form at hawaiifirstfcu.com/community-resource-center or by calling 808-933-6600 to sign up. The Financial Navigator will then send a short service agreement and call the client to begin their personal session. Organizations across the County can also refer clients directly to a Financial Navigator. For more information, contact Sharon Hirota at 808-961-8019.

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 Minoroty 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.

Native Hawaiian Farmers and Ranchers Urged to Use U.S. Dept. of Ag On-Farm Market Directory. U.S. Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs is developing a list of Native Hawaiian farmers willing to sell direct to consumers through the On-Farm Market Directory. On-farm markets are managed by a single farm operator that sells products on their farm, or on a property next to their farm. Some on-farm markets may also deliver or ship their goods directly to consumers. Visit the program website for more information and to register.

Receive Free Marketing Assistance for Small Businesses affected by COVID-19 can receive free marketing assistance from Univeristy of Hawaiʻi-Hilo faculty and their senior class. Helen Tien, College of Business and Economics, and her senior retail and distribution management course is offering 1-hour sessions dedicated to helping small business marketing needs. They offer help with moving a business online, finding out more about the businesses' customers, analyzing marketing effectiveness, and providing customer service or website feedback. Visit https://bit.ly/2YvFxsl.

Find Grants and Loans Offered to Farmers and Ranchers at oahuaca.org. The website has a new search feature to help find information that applies to the searcher. To search for statewide grants, hover over "Grants & Loans" and select "For Farmers & Ranchers." Set the Grant/Loan Filter to "Grant" and the Region Filter to "Statewide." Ranney notes that narrowing the search to County will display opportunities specific to that county. Selecting Nationwide or Statewide will display other opportunities searchers may be eligible for and/or want to be aware of for future reference.

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

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.

ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Market in Nāʻālehu is open three days per week -- Monday, Wednesday, and 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.
     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.

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