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Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Maunaloa Watershed Snapshot, a project of the Conservation Alliance, which will hold its Hawaiʻi Conservation
Conference virtually in early September, with scholarships for students. See more below.
SUPPORTING THE ECONOMY WITH ACCURATE TESTING of anyone coming into the state was the subject of much discussion at this afternoon's COVID-19 telephone town hall meeting with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. Lt. Gov. Josh Green, MD, and Hilton Raethel, President of the Healthcare Association of Hawaiʻi, joined the talk story with those who called in. Listen to the entire town hall meeting here.
     The lieutenant governor advised that an enormous increase in testing and contact tracing is key to controlling the spread of the disease and to welcoming people back to the islands. He talked about it working in other countries and said Hawaiʻi is gearing up to do it. Green said he would like to see 10,000 tests a day.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Lt. Gov. Josh Green
held at telephone town hall on COVID-19 today.
Photo from 2018 Unity Breakfast
     Concerning the tracking incoming travelers, he said Google is setting up a system so that anyone coming into the state will be able to sign on, making it easy to contact them, confirm COVID test-results, and deal with any quarantine. Green also pointed to new fast COVID-19 tests that are likely to be available soon. They include one developed locally that takes a swab from the inside of a person's cheek. Green emphasized that rapid result testing and contact tracing tools are working elsewhere and should be ramped up here quickly.
     He said reducing the COVID count and bringing back tourism to bolster the economy could be accomplished in tandem. However, he couldn't be sure that it will happen by Sept. 1, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. He said he feels like Gov David Ige is "pulling back" from the Sept. 1 reopening of trans-Pacific travel to Hawaiʻi. He said Ige is "risk averse. It is starting to be harder" to see Sept. 1 as the reopening. He said, however, "We should begin getting our system working" before the date comes to open up for more visitors.
     Congresswoman Gabbard said much effort should be placed on "getting our state back on track so we as a state are in a better situation... If we continue to have high cases, there are not a lot of people who are going to want to come here."
     A man who called into the town hall meeting who said he is close to the visitor industry would like to see testing for all returning residents, essential workers, and visitors. Speaking of the economy, he said, "We are dying here," and need tests to bring back visitors. He said he has also heard of new, fast tests including a breathalyzer.
Hilton Raethel says Hawai`i is on the
cusp of a potential disaster, if COVID
goes uncontrolled.
     Green said said arrangements are being made for prospective incoming travelers from the mainland for testing through CVS, Walgreens, Kaiser, and others. When the testing becomes available, Hawaiʻi should invite these people in, said Green. He said travelers with their negative results, could pose a lower risk than those living in areas of Oʻahu with community spread.

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A DIRE WARNING ABOUT COVID came Tuesday from  the head of the Health Care Association of Hawaiʻi, which represents hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care entities. Hilton Raethel, president and CEO of the organization, praised Hawaiʻi government and the public for a remarkable job in keeping COVID-19 numbers down. He warned, however, that if the recent spike continues out of control on Oʻahu, "we are on the cusp of a potential disaster." He said the challenge is still manageable, but with a continuing surge, "We could be in serious trouble at the hospitals." He explained that the low case count in Hawaiʻi at the beginning of the pandemic meant that those with COVID received all of attention they needed with enough doctors, nurses, therapists and drugs to take care of them.
      The steep rise in cases happening now could stretch health care resources so thin that more people would die, as was seen in New York, Florida, Texas and Washington. He called this time of trying to bring down the case count "a pivotal moment in Hawaiʻi's history."
     He predicted, "Unless we as a state, and especially on O`ahu, because we are doing much better on the Neighbor Islands, but on O`ahu, we really are at at a critical point and if we do not get this under control, we will have a lot more deaths. "It will be people we know. It will be our families, it will be our neighbors, it will be our coworkers who are dying, because we are not able to manage this disease, which will be a real tragedy."
      Listen to his presentation and discussion during Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's town hall meeting here.

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COVID-19 IS ENDEMIC IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS. Endemic is the term used by state Director of Health Bruce Anderson to explain that COVID-19 transmission is taking place from one person to another in the spread of the disease through the community, especially on O`ahu.
     While there are no active cases in Kaʻū, 144 new cases were reported today statewide, with 139 on Oʻahu and the other five on Hawaiʻi Island. The state total since the pandemic began, passed 2,500.         The Health Director pointed to a lack of social distancing, failure to wear face masks, and people attending gatherings with family and friends at churches, parks, and crowded beaches, leading to the endemic spread of the disease. Clusters under investigation include six linked to a hot yoga class, 71 linked to a series of funeral events, and 12 associated with a birthday party.
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
     A 27th COVID-19 death was reported today on Oʻahu. The Honolulu man was between 40 and 59 with underlying medical conditions. An investigation into his death continues. Anderson said, "We all extend our condolences to the family and friends of this man. Every death reminds us how very serious this disease is. Coronavirus can strike down anyone of any age. We can all protect each other and prevent more hospitalizations and deaths."
     Hawaiʻi Island has recorded 122 cases since the pandemic began. Seven cases are active; none of these victims are hospitalized.
     One case was 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. Since the pandemic began, no one died on this island.
     Since the pandemic began, Oʻahu reported 2,221 cases, Maui County 178, and Kauaʻi 47. Twenty-three victims are residents diagnosed while visiting other places. Twenty-seven people in the state died from COVID-19.
     In the daily message from Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Director Talmadge Magno said three cases on-island are travel related, "which emphasizes again the importance of exercising caution of traveling trans-Pacific as well as inter-island. Do understand that many states continue to experience increased numbers of Coronavirus cases, including the State of Hawaiʻi. Hawaiʻi County continues to do very well, but as you can see, the threat is still out there. Know the importance of continuing to follow the preventive measures of face coverings, cleanliness, keeping yourself healthy, of staying at home when sick, and special care of gatherings and distancing. We must all do our part; your help is so needed to keep Hawaiʻi safe. Thank you for making the effort to keep our neighbors, friends, family, and community safe. As a reminder, the wearing of face masks is mandatory on the Island of Hawaiʻi. Thank you for listening and have a safe day. This is your Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Agency."
     In the United States, more than 4,751,853 cases have been confirmed. The death toll is over 156,301. The worldwide COVID-19 case count is more than 18.38 million. The death toll is more than 696,389.

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Sen. Brian Schatz in D.C. last week. Photo from Facebook
FREE CLOTH MASKS for anyone who wants one would be offered through a new bill, introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz. The Mask Work Act of 2020 would use $25 million to provide cloth masks at no charge to the public, and use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to educate the public on how to use cloth face coverings and how they help prevent COVID-19 spread. Schatz said, "The research is clear: masks work. We all need to do our part to comply with this simple and temporary public health recommendation to prevent the unnecessary spread of this virus and save lives."

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DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR EARLY COLLEGE CLASSES at Kaʻū High School is tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 5 at noon. Apply at https://forms.gle/EQSZZdJNvNa8p6W56.
     After applying, applicants must attend a mandatory information and orientation meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Meeting link is https://meet.google.com/eji-nrxk-mok. To join by phone, call 1-262-806-3667, PIN: 845 821 050#.
     The course offered is Interdisciplinary Studies 101: Building Bridges to Self, College, and Community. This is an "intro to college" course meant to help the student "better prepare for success in college and life, both personally and professionally." Those complete the course receive three college credits and one high school elective credit.
     Kumu ʻĀina Akamu, Career and Technical Education teacher at Kaʻū High is the instructor. He is also a professor in the Social Sciences and Hawaiian Studies program at Hawaiʻi Community College. Course work is completed at each students' pace, with work due by set deadlines. Face-to-face time will be held online only, each week, via Google Meets. Classes run from Aug. 24 through Dec. 10.
     See https://khpes.org/news, or emailAkamu at aina.akamu@kauh.k12.hi.us or Principal Sharon Beck at Sharon_beck@notes.k12.hi.us, for more.

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APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP OR DISCOUNTED RATE TO THE VIRTUAL HAWAIʻI CONSERVATION CONFERENCE held Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 1-3. Students and emerging professionals are eligible for scholarships, which include all three days of virtual Conference sessions (during and after), the virtual exhibit hall, and Conference materials.
     Students apply at the Student Scholarship page. Preference will be given to Hawai‘i high school students, those recently graduated from high school or post-secondary education, those enrolled in post-secondary education in Hawaiʻi, those who graduated high school elsewhere and are enrolled in or just graduated from a post-secondary education institution in Hawaiʻi, or current students from a developing Pacific Island Nation. This is inclusive of America Samoa, Guam, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. Questions about qualifying as a student? Contact capacity@hawaiiconservation.org.
     Emerging Professionals Scholarship apply at the Emerging Professionals Scholarship page. Preference will be given to those who are no more than three years into their career working in Hawaiʻi, who graduated from a Hawaiʻi high school and/or a Hawaiʻi college/university, or is working in developing Pacific Island Nation.
     Students Outside of Hawaiʻi may apply for a discounted registration rate at the Students Outside of Hawaiʻi page. Preference will be given to current high school students attending or graduated from a high school or post-secondary education institute in the continental US or a developed country or nation in Oceania. A developed country/nation in Oceania is inclusive of Australia and New Zealand. Questions about qualifying? Contact capacity@hawaiiconservation.org.
     Student Scholarship and Emerging Professional Scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for the Pūlama Kuamoʻo Mentorship Program. The intention of this program is to provide an opportunity for students from Hawai‘i to meet and network with Hawaiʻi's established professionals in the conservation research and natural resource management community. For established professionals, it is an opportunity to mentor the next generation of conservationists, managers, and educators, along with sharing their journey in this field. Students will benefit from one-on-one interaction with respected professionals in their areas of interest. If interested in the Pūlama Kuamoʻo Mentorship Program, Student Scholarship Application or Emerging Professionals Scholarship Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, Aug. 11.
     The conference, Ola Ka ʻĀina Momona: Managing for Abundance, usually draws many groups from Hawaiʻi Island, from The Nature Conservancy to Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund, Kamehameha Schools, University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, and representatives of the state Department of Land & Natural Resources, U.S. Geological Survey, and National Resource Conservation Service.
     A statement from organizers says the decision to go virtual was "made primarily to exercise an abundance of caution in consideration of the uncertainty around the impacts and threats of the COVID-19 virus. While we certainly hope that by late summer we will not be working under strict physical separation policies, we also recognize that the number and geographic distribution of our conference attendees make an in-person event particularly high-risk. Importantly, we see this shift as an opportunity to innovate and grow our tool kit. The conservation community has long recognized the need to apply lower-carbon technology to our efforts and we hope that our experience this year will help us learn new approaches to professional development, knowledge sharing and building, networking, and communication within our field.
     "Finally, with many of us anticipating budget contraction, we hope that cost savings through reduced conference expenses and eliminated travel costs will mean that more of you will be able to participate in this virtual gathering. All that being said, we do recognize the great value of connecting face to face in real life, and hope to add some sort of in-person gatherings to this virtual conference, should it be safe to do so."
     For more on Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance, see hawaiiconservation.org. To help out with the conference and for more information contact conference@hawaiiconservation.org. Also see
Joint Statement Regarding Society for Conservation Biology Oceania and Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance Partnership Due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

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GOV. DAVID IGE APPOINTS CATHERINE "CATHY" BETTS to replace Pankaj Bhanot as director of Department of Human Services. Bhanot is stepping down for health and family reasons on Aug. 31.
     Betts served as deputy director at DHS since Oct. 2017, assisting the director, and managing and overseeing operations. She previously served as executive director for the Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women; as deputy attorney general with the State of Hawai‘i Department of the Attorney General; as a law clerk in the First Circuit Court; as a community outreach worker/education coordinator for The Sex Abuse Treatment Center at Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children; and as an attorney in private practice.
Catherine "Cathy" Betts awaits Senate confirmation of her
new position as director of Department of Human Services.
Photo from the governor's office
     Betts is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
     Ige says, "Cathy has the experience and expertise necessary to successfully lead the Department of Human Services during a very difficult and critical period. I have every confidence that she will serve our residents and our state well."
     Betts says, "I am beyond honored and grateful for this opportunity to lead the Department of Human Services. I thank the governor for having confidence in my ability to lead with vision, empathy, and understanding for staff and the diverse communities we serve. I will continue to diligently work on our collective vision for the department: that families in Hawai‘i are healthy, safe, and have the ability to thrive. I look forward to continuing this good work throughout the state and with our many respected community stakeholders."
     Bhanot served as DHS director since Sept. 2016 and dedicated 20-plus years to public service. Ige says, "Pankaj's commitment to our community and his passion for providing a voice for those who need help, benefited countless people across our state. He will surely be missed. I wish him and his family the best always."
     Betts' appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

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VOTERS WHO MISSED THE AUG. 3 DEADLINE to postmark their ballots for the 2020 Primary Election can walk them into to Nāʻālehu Police Station, 24 hours a day, until Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. Other drop-off places around the island include Pāhoa Police Station, County of Hawaiʻi Aupuni Center in Hilo, Waimea Police Station, West Hawaiʻi Civic Center in Kona, and Rodney Yano Hall in Capt. Cook.
     Saturday. Aug. 8 is primary election day, with county and state officials promising to tabulate the results as early as possible. It will be the first-ever election in Hawaiʻi with most of the ballots mailed.
     Those who do not receive a ballot in the mail or want to vote in-person may do so at Voter Service Centers in Kona at 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy and Hilo at 101 Pauahi St. Vote in-person through Aug. 7, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Election Day, Aug. 8, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Same-day voter registration is available at Voter Service Centers. See elections.hawaii.gov.

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AUGUST FLIGHT PLANS for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park are announced:
     Wednesday, Aug. 5, between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., survey for Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death in the ‘Ōla‘a Rainforest Unit between 3,000- and 4,000-foot elevation.
     Wednesday, Aug. 5, between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., petrel monitoring between 8,000- and 9,000-ft. elevation on Mauna Loa
     Wednesday, Aug. 5, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., invasive banana poka surveys and control on Mauna Loa Road between 5,000- and 6,400-ft. elevation. 
Surveying and controlling invasive banana poka is one reason Hawaiʻi
Volcanoes National Park conducts overflights each month.
Photo by Forest and Kim Starr
     Thursday, Aug. 6, between 8 a.m. and noon, invasive guinea grass surveys and control along Keauhou Trail, from the coast to 2,000-ft. elevation. 
     Tuesday, Aug. 11, between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., petrel monitoring between 8,000- and 9,000-ft. elevation on Mauna Loa.
     Monday, Aug. 17, between 9 a.m. and noon, transport fencing material and camping gear into the ‘Ōla‘a Unit between 3,000- and 4,000-ft. elevation. 
     Thursday, Aug. 20, between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., pick up fence and camping gear from the ‘Ōla‘a Unit between 3,000- and 4,000-ft. elevation.
     Tuesday, Aug. 25, between 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., ungulate survey and control in Kahuku between 3,500-and 5,000-ft. elevation.
     Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 25 and 27, between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., petrel monitoring between 8,000- and 9,000-ft. elevation on Mauna Loa.
     In addition, the USGS 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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Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more are listed at kaucalendar.com.

Ocean View Community Center Library, open Friday mornings beginning Aug. 7.

Eco-Tour at Shaka Forest Farms, in Volcano Village, on Friday, Aug. 7 at 10am. Interact firsthand with an innovative rainforest farming operation, agroforestry. Pre-registration required. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

From Plant to Pigment Workshop with Puakea Forester, Saturday, Aug. 810 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how to create colorfast dyes, inks, and paints from common and invasive locally sourced plants. This workshop is good for painters and kapa enthusiasts alike who are interested in expanding their knowledge about natural dyes. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Exhibition Mixed Flock: Prints by Margaret Barnaby and Pottery by Emily Herb, 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

Exhibition Hawaiʻi Nei Invitational: Nā ʻAumākua, Saturday, Aug. 8 through Saturday, Sept. 12. 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 is a group exhibition will present works focusing on the theme of Nā ʻAumākua, family gods. VAC will not hold an opening reception on August 8th. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Apply for Grants, through 6 p.m. on Aug. 10 at grants.gov, to Help Socially Disadvantaged Groups develop business and strategic plans in rural areas through USDA Rural Development. Eligible applicants include cooperatives, groups of cooperatives, and cooperative development centers. Key strategies include e-connectivity for rural America, developing rural economies, harnessing technological innovation, supporting a rural workforce, and improving quality of life.

AdvoCATS, at OV Community Center all day Tuesday, Aug. 11 – see advocatshawaii.org.

Writing for Inner Exploration and Life Reflection Workshop with author Tom Peek, Saturday, Aug. 159:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Have you ever wondered how the place you come from influenced who you are? Or what memories you carry from your ancestors? Or how your personal history impacts your view of the world? Take a day out of your busy life to explore your deeper self and ponder the life you’ve lived so far." volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

St. Jude's Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen, open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a modified menu and increased health & safety standards. Hot showers, the computer lab, and in-person services and bible studies are suspended. Services and worship are posted online 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, last Tuesday of the month, Aug. 25, provides food at St. Jude's to those in need. See hawaiifoodbasket.org.

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

Pāhala and Nāʻālehu Public Libraries, open for pick-up services. 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, 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 kept anonymous, results 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 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.

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: ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/onfarm.

Receive Free Marketing Assistance, for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Owners can receive free marketing assistance from Univeristy of Hawaiʻi-Hilo faculty and their senior class. 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.

Begin Learning Basics of Organic Farming, from two free modules of a virtual training program by the Organic Farming Research Foundation, the University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program, and California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. See https://kohalacenter.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=54bdd67c601f0c0d3ea430053&id=9e1691c22d&e=0e3fe20c1f.

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. See schatz.senate.gov/services.

Volcano Art Center, Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village, 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 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. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Guided Nature Walks through Nature Trail & Sculpture Garden, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. at Volcano Art 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

Health and Fitness Website for Kūpuna, 808b-fit.com, contains videos for kūpuna to play and move along with. There are videos for stretching, tai chi, yoga, dancing, dance fitness, bon dance, hula, chair dancing, and chair yoga.

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

Ocean View Community Market, open Saturdays and Wednesdays (starting next Wednesday, Aug. 12), 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the corner of Kona Drive and Highway 11, where Thai Grindz is located. New market location for vendors of the recently closed Ocean View Swap Meet. Managed by Mark Cocucci. Masks are mandatory. Limit of people is 100. Social distancing is required. Gate will be unlocked for vendors at 5:30 a.m. Vendors can show up without a reservation for now, with $15 dollars. Parking is in the upper lot; parking on the side of the road is prohibited. All vendors must provide their own sanitizer. All food vendors must have the permits required for the items that you are selling. Vendors and attendees are encouraged to carpool.

Volcano Farmers MarketCooper CenterVolcano Village, 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, open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 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. 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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