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Monday, August 10, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Monday, August 10, 2020

Hawaiʻi Nei Invitational: Nā ʻAumākua continues through Saturday, Sept. 12 at VAC Gallery in 
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
and online at volcanoartcenter.org/shop. See details below. VAC image
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A NEW MILOLIʻI HĀLAU, PLAYGROUND, BOAT TURNAROUND, AND REVAMPED VOLLEYBALL AND BASKETBALL COURTS are on the county's agenda. According to the Draft Environmental Assessment, provided to the state Office of Environmental Quality Control, Miloliʻi Beach Park pavilion and other facilities will be replaced or renovated for the safety of the community and to upgrade the popular oceanfront gathering place, while maintaining its character. Milloliʻi Beach Park will become Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. New restrooms and water system are also in the works.
     Proposed updates will provide connecting walks and ramps for greater accessibility from one park feature to the next, and will increase longevity of existing beach park facilities.
Reconstruction and renovation planned for Miloliʻi Beach Park.
Design from County of Hawaiʻi
     Miloliʻi Beach Park is located in the state Conservation District and the County Special Management Area on the coast. Comments from the public are due Sept. 8. See the draft EA from the Department of Parks & Recreation.
     The EA describes Miloliʻi Beach Park as "Hawaiʻi's last fishing village." Its hālau has long been a place for Miloliʻi youth to take Hawaiian immersion classes, use the library, and learn about fishing and marine conservation. It is also the site for many family events and community meetings.

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NEW RULES FOR TRAVELERS AND LOCALS RETURNING TO HAWAIʻI COUNTY were released this evening by Mayor Harry Kim: "Effective Tuesday, August 11, 2020, all travelers arriving in the County of Hawai‘i must follow Governor David Ige's Eleventh Proclamation related to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for travelers to Kauaʻi, Hawai‘i, and Maui. The period of self-quarantine shall begin from the date of entry onto the Island, and shall last 14 days or the duration of the person's stay, whichever is shorter."
     A statement from the county says that persons traveling for a same-day medical appointment to another island and back, or those traveling to Hawai‘i County to perform critical infrastructure functions must complete the
Mayor Harry Kim said he and staff worked last weekend
on the new interisland travel quarantine to prevent the
 spread of more COVID-19, particularly from Oʻahu.
required travel forms to request modification or exemption from the quarantine requirements. See the forms on the County of Hawai‘i's COVID-19 Resources website. Click on COVID-19.
     The quarantine exemption travel forms must be filled out at least five days before any scheduled arrival date.
     "At this point in time, there will be no other travel exemptions," says the county statement, which gives examples of "requests that do not qualify for exemption: Travel to visit family or friends; funeral services; and personal tasks, such as work on a property.
     The mayor said, "Our County team worked during the weekend to make sure Hawai‘i County is prepared for Tuesday's interisland travel quarantine. I am asking every person traveling in or out of Hawai‘i County to avoid non-essential travel at this time. This is a very crucial moment in our efforts to stop the spread of this virus and we all need to do our part.

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SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN HAWAI‘I HAS JUMPED TO THE HIGHEST RATE IN THE COUNTRY. While the total number of cases and mortality remain low, the infection rate rose to 1.6 in the last few days, which means that anyone with the virus is expected to spread it to 1.6 persons.
     More than 2,000 cases are presumed active across the state. COVID tests reported today from 1,884 persons statewide came up with a positivity rate of 7.4 percent.
     To stem the spread of COVID from O‘ahu, where 1,527 cases were recorded since Aug. 1, to the Neighbor Islands, where cases are few, an interisland quarantine will be reinstated tonight. After midnight, anyone going to Neighbor Islands, including returning residents, must quarantine for two weeks or receive an exemption from the county. Travel will be allowed without quarantine to O‘ahu from Neighbor Islands. The quarantine requirement remains for all travelers coming from outside the Hawaiian Islands.
     Despite the surge, Hawaiʻi still has a lower case rate than most of the country, at 245 per 100,000 since the pandemic began. But cases over the last week are up to 89 per 100,000, a daily case increase of over 300 percent over the last two weeks. Louisiana has the highest infection rate, with 251 per 100,000 in the last week and 2,841 per 100,000 since the pandemic began. Vermont has the lowest infection rate, at 234 per 100,000 since the pandemic began and 5 per 100,000 in the last week.
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
     There are no new cases in Kaʻū. At least one was recorded recently in Volcano, zip code 96785. Hawaiʻi Island's case count to date is 131, with fifteen active, none hospitalized. 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. The 96740 zip code recorded between six and ten cases during the last 28 days.
     No new cases are reported for Hawaiʻi Island by Department of Health today. Oʻahu reported 138 new cases. The state recorded 140 new cases, with Maui and Kauaʻi each reporting one.
     The state's new case total is 3,638 since the pandemic began. Oʻahu reported 3,249 cases, Maui County 186, and Kauaʻi 49. Twenty-three victims are residents diagnosed while visiting other places.
     Thirty-four people in the state died from COVID-19, with three reported today. DOH reported one is an elderly O‘ahu female. The other two are elderly O‘ahu men, one of whom had underlying health conditions. The deaths are under investigation. Health Director Bruce Anderson expressed sympathies to the victims' family and friends.
     In the daily message from Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense, Director Talmadge Magno said all three cases reported yesterday are identified as travel-related, "and again emphasizes the extreme need for caution of travel. Do know that the State of Hawaiʻi has reinstated the 14-day quarantine for inter-island travel effective Tuesday, Aug. 11... Visit the Civil Defense website or call Civil Defense at 935-0031" for details.
     Magno said, "The high increase of positive cases on Oʻahu have been identified as closely related to people disregarding the policies of gatherings, distancing, and face coverings. This demonstrates how easy the virus can spread and the need of your help in following the policies of prevention. Thank you for doing your part to keep our neighbors, friends, family, and community safe. As a reminder, do know 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."
     COVID-19 case count in the U.S. is more than 5,085,821 – over 25 percent of worldwide cases. The death toll is more than 163,331 – over 22 percent of worldwide deaths.
     Worldwide COVID-19 cases topped 20 million today. The death toll is more than 733,897.

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ISAAC CHOY IS THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION'S new interim director. He said, "We live in interesting times, and my goal is to take on the role of tax collector fairly and firmly for the good of all. Hawaiʻi has a long history of people helping each other. I will rely on the deep character of our residents to help our state heal and recover. With the help of our hard‐working men and women of the tax department, we will be a part of the solution."
Isaac Choy, the state's new tax collector, said he "will rely on 
the deep character of our residents to help our state 
heal and recover." Photo from Gov. David Ige
     Choy was controller of Koʻolauloa Health Center in Kahuku, ensuring all areas of compliance and regulatory reporting. He also maintains the clinic's accounting records, and prepares and administers the annual budget. Choy also lectures on ethics across the state. Previously, Choy served in the House of Representatives, Hawaiʻi State Legislature, from 2008 to 2018. He is also a licensed certified public accountant and once headed his own firm – Isaac W. Choy CPA, Inc.
     Choy has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University and is a graduate of Roosevelt High School.
     Gov. David Ige, who appointed Choy, said, "Isaac has the experience and foundation to lead our taxation department during these difficult and uncertain times. I thank Isaac for stepping up during this critical period, and I know he will serve the department and our state well."
     Choy assumed his position today. He is serving as interim until the state Senate confirms the appointment.

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Anne Perreira-Eustaquio is the
new Acting Director of the
state Department of Labor &
Industrial Relations.
THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS DIRECTOR, Scott Murakami, resigned last week after being on leave since June 1. With the loss of jobs during the pandemic overburdening the department, particularly in filling unemployment claims, Gov. David Ige asked for him to take time off. "Scott was under a tremendous amount of stress and I felt that he deserved some time off. He has decided to resign from his position, and I respect that. I thank Scott for his service, and I wish him the best."
     Anne E. Perreira-Eustaquio will serve as acting director for 60 days, or until the position is filled. She has served as DLIR's deputy director since Oct. 1, 2019. Eustaquio has spent her career in various capacities in the DLIR's unemployment division, previously serving as administrator of the unemployment insurance program.

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Disturbance 1, circled lower right, may come together as a tropical depression as it travels toward Hawaiʻi. Hurricane
Elida, circled upper right, is expected to dissipate before arriving in the Central Pacific. NOAA image
A LOW-PRESSURE SYSTEM about 1,850 miles east-southeast of Hilo has a 70 percent chance of forming into a tropical depression by the end of the week. The system is expected to continue traveling toward Hawaiʻi. Behind the disturbance, Hurricane Elida is expected to dissipate into a tropical storm by Wednesday and a tropical depression by Friday, still many hundreds of miles from the Central Pacific.

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In 2012, an old sugar truck was decorated with sugarcane and made the run down the main street of Pāhala to the 
old mill site during Kaʻū Plantation Days. Those still producing fresh sugar cane and other produce can apply 
for USDA assistance during the pandemic. Photo by Julia Neal
GROWERS OF GUAVA, PASSION FRUIT, PINEAPPLE, AND FRESH SUGAR CANE are eligible for assistance through U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Also eligible are alfalfa sprouts, anise, arugula, basil, bean sprouts, beets, blackberries, Brussels sprouts, celeriac (celery root), chives, cilantro, coconuts, collard greens, dandelion greens, greens (others not listed separately), kale greens, lettuce – including Boston, green leaf, Lolla Rossa, oak leaf green, oak leaf red and red leaf – marjoram, mint, mustard, okra, oregano, parsnips, peas (green), pistachios, radicchio, rosemary, sage, savory, sorrel, Swiss chard, thyme, and turnip top greens. There are also payment rate adjustments for tangerines, taro, and papaya. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, August 28. Visit farmers.gov/cfap for more information.

Join a meeting on The ʻAlalā Project next Tuesday. 
Photo by State of Hawaiʻi DLNR/DOFAW
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ATTEND A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION ON ʻALALĀ via Zoom on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. The presentation will include species biology information about the endemic, endangered Hawaiian crow, ʻAlalā, the history of their decline in the wild, the goals of The ʻAlalā Project, and updates about the ongoing reintroduction efforts. Register in advance at https://hawaii.zoom.us/…/tJcocuGrrTwiGNDBJcyKZOB8cUqkjkbtN9…
A confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting will be sent. See alalaproject.org.

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ALL ACADEMIC SUPPLIES AND BACKPACKS WILL BE PROVIDED TO STUDENTS by Nāʻālehu Elementary School for the 2020-2021 year. School staff told The Kaʻū Calendar students are responsible for bringing their water bottle, if possible, wearing school uniforms, and using face masks. Supply distribution will be their first day of school, either Monday, Aug. 17, or Tuesday, Aug. 18. Call 313-4000, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with questions.

See Nā ʻAumakuaʻIo Pueo by Ken Charon and many other pieces of art 
during the Hawaiʻi Nei Invitational: Nā ʻAumākua exhibit, which runs 
through Sept. 12 at Volcano Art Center and onlinePhoto from VAC
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VOLCANO ART CENTER'S NIʻAULANI CAMPUS will offer in-person workshops in September. The announcement says more in-person workshops and classes will be offered, "with important safety measures in place."
     Learn the basics of making paper and recycle at the same time in the Introduction to Papermaking workshop with Mary Milelzcik on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This papermaking workshop, using a household blender, will introduce papermaking using recycled papers with various additives, including cotton linters and local plant materials.
Register to learn how to make paper with a household blender next month.
Photo from VAC
     Patti Pease Johnson will teach the Catalyst Abstract Watercolor workshop on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     Exhibit Hawaiʻi Nei Invitational: Nā ʻAumākua continues through Saturday, Sept. 12 at VAC Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and online at volcanoartcenter.org/shop.
     The Volcano Art Center is a non-profit educational organization created in 1974 to promote, develop, and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i's people and environment through activities in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Visit volcanoartcenter.org for full event details and more.

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directory for farms, ranches, takeout. Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is 
free, with 7,500 distributed on stands and to all postal addresses throughout 
Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano throughout the district. Read online at 
kaucalendar.com and facebook.com/kaucalendar. To advertise your 
business or your social cause, contact kaucalendarads@gmail.com.
Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more are listed at kaucalendar.com.

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

Dine In or Order To Go Oktoberfest Meals from Crater Rim Café in Kīlauea Military Camp on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Menu offers Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Bockwurst, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Tossed Salad, and German Chocolate Cake. $14.95 per person. Call 967-8356 to book reservation for dine-in or place a grab-and-go order. Face coverings and 6 feet social distancing are required in common areas. KMC is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees may apply.

Apply for a Crossing Guard Position at Nāʻālehu Elementary, to help keiki cross the street safely before and after school. Apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/countyhawaii or contact Officer Torey Keltner of the Traffic Services Division at 961-2305 for more information.

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 Pantry, Cooper 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.

Apply for Assistance through U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, August 28. Visit farmers.gov/cfap for more information.

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 webform 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.

Exhibition Hawaiʻi Nei Invitational: Nā ʻAumākua, runs 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

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

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.

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.

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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