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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Sunday, August 23, 2020

Youth Challenge volunteer mans an aid station along the Kaʻū Coffee Trail Run in 2019, which drew international and
local competitors like Alfred Ibarra, of Pāhala, right. The event is on pause until Sept. 21, 2021, due to the pandemic.
See more below. Photo by Julia Neal
MORE ROLLBACKS ARE EXPECTED AROUND THE ISLANDS THIS WEEK with increases in COVID-19 cases. Maui Mayor Mike Victorino said he may shut down beaches and parks, with an announcement coming Monday. Hawaiʻi Mayor Harry Kim reduced the number of people who can gather in groups to no more than ten at a time indoors or out. Those practicing sports are limited to no more than 25 and those playing sports, to no more than 50.
     The governor, with support from the mayors, also delayed the possibility of people arriving to the state with only a negative COVID-19 test and no quarantine, pushing that plan to at least Oct. 1.
     Lt. Gov. Josh Green, MD, said today that it may take a four-week stay-at-home lockdown to gain control of the virus. While the shutdown will hurt businesses, he said the virus would have to be controlled to alleviate the risk to their employees and patrons.
     Green said there is help from the U.S. Surgeon General, who has provided 60,000 test kits to be used for first responders, public housing residents,  the homeless,  Pacific Islanders and other communities with high COVID-19 infections. See more on COVID statistics, below.

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THE SEVENTH ANNUAL KAʻŪ COFFEE TRAIL RUN IS POSTPONED. Sponsored by ʻO Kaʻū Kākou, Kaʻū Coffee Mill, and others, its half marathon, 10K and 5K have been rescheduled for next year on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2021. OKK President Wayne Kawachi said, "It's unfortunate what's happening," with many community events in Kaʻū canceled or reformatted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
     The Kaʻū Coffee Trail run not only promotes the famed Kaʻū Coffee Region for visitation and sales of award-winning brands of coffee from small, local farms, it has become a major annual fundraiser for OKK. All the money raised is used for community projects within the Kaʻū District.
     The event also brings together broader community volunteerism, with Youth Challenge helping to man aid stations and OKK's own volunteer army setting up and overseeing the course.
     Kaʻū Coffee Trail Run draws runners internationally. Participants come from Europe and Asia, the U.S mainland, Latin America, and across the islands, including members of local high school track teams and families running together.
     Ages range from tiny tots in their first 5K with family members at their sides to those in their 80s. To donate to ʻO Kaʻū Kākou, see okaukakou.org.
Kaʻū Coffee Trail Run takes competitors through the orchards of Kaʻū Coffee Mill. Photo by Julia Neal
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Women's half marathon runner at last year's Kaʻū Coffee
Trail Run. Photo by Julia Neal
RESORT BUBBLES are under consideration for Maui and Kauaʻi while Hawaiʻi County is more interested in finding a solution for opening up to more visitors coming here in a different way, according to a story in Hawaiʻi Tribune Herald on Sunday.
     A resort bubble would allow people to move around within a resort during their two-week COVID-19 quarantine time, in order to bring more business to hotels. The resorts would guarantee those in quarantine would not leave the grounds.
     The Tribune-Herald story said Mayor Harry Kim is working with county agencies for a different plan. The mayor said the problem is the number of people who are gathering together, whether they be locals or visitors.

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HOTELS COULD BE BUILT ON HILO AND KONA AIRPORT CAMPUSES, following approvals by the Windward and Leeward county Planning Commissions. Last week, Leeward Planning Commission approved the measure, with resort entity Keahole Hotel & Suites proposing to build at Ellison Onizuka International Airport at Keahole. The Hilo measure, without an entrepreneur in the wings, was approved last month. The change to allow hotels at the airport goes to the County Council for approval.

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See the Hawaiʻi Census Guide here.
CENSUS TAKERS ARE COMBING NEIGHBORHOODS FROM VOLCANO TO MILOLIʻI, with a new cutoff date to finish their mission. The U.S. Census Bureau recently set a deadline for Sept. 30 for receiving paper forms for the once-a-decade headcount. The bureau plans to process paper census questionnaires that arrive after Oct. 7, even if postmarked by Sept. 30.
     As of Aug. 18, 60.9 percent of Hawaiʻi's households had responded to the 2020 Census. Hawaiʻi County reported a 47.1 percent response rate, Honolulu County 66.8 percent, Maui County 50.9 percent, Kauaʻi County 52.1 percent, and Kalawao County - which is Kalaupapa on Molokaʻi - a 21 percent response rate. Hawaiʻi's self-response rate is ranked 32nd in the nation among the states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, with about 360,000 of Hawaiʻi households responding so far.
     Census takers seen in the community are the in-person Non-Response Follow-Up workers, attempting to contact households that have not yet responded to their census. This followup will take place until Sept. 30, though it was originally scheduled through Oct. 31.
Hawaiʻi Children's Action Network promotes the importance of counting keiki for funding for education and nutrition.
See more here.
     Census takers throughout Kaʻū and elsewhere are assigned to wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when visiting homes. All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing, and other health and safety protocols, before beginning their work in neighborhoods.
     Census takers are hired from their area. Their goal is to help everyone in all homes to be counted in the 2020 Census. If the census taker who visiting a home does not speak the language of its occupants, they may request a return visit from a census taker who does speak the language.
     Census takers work between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., including weekends. If no one is home when the census taker visits, the census taker will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone, or by mail. Those who respond online or by phone are less likely to have a census taker visit to collect responses.
     The Hawaiʻi Children's Action Network notes that Hawaiʻi has the tenth highest undercount of keiki in the country, reducing opportunity for funding for education, health, and other federal
programs. See more here.

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Special Olympics participation is on pause during the pandemic, but fundraising for alternatives to sports and for the
day sports returns, is ongoing, including the Paradise Plunge, a fundraiser through Aug. 30. See more.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS HAWAIʻI IS LOOKING FOR SUPPORT. Fundraising is in decline since the pandemic began, according to the new CEO Dan Epstein. He recently told Pacific Business News that many events that bring in resources were canceled. In July, Epstein stepped into the role of CEO with the retirement of Nancy Botello, who held the position for 33 years. Epstein, also a long time employee of Special Olympics, served as COO and vice president of sports and sports marketing.
Help raise money for Special Olympics by participating
in the Paradise Plunge. See more here.
     He told Pacific Business News about a new event called Paradise Plunge. Originally designed as the Polar Plunge, it was an in-person plunge down a slide into a pool of ice. Its revised version is virtual and participants are invited to send videos of themselves doing water activities, and donating or raising at least $100 for each video.
     He told PBN, "The funds raised go directly to our operating budget to support programs. We are grateful for our corporate partners who have remained committed to our organization," among them Hawaiian Telcom.
     According to the Special Olympics Hawaiʻi website, Paradise Plunge will "help keep our athletes active, fit, and engaged." Special Olympics has created interactive, online programs and virtual competition opportunities. The funds raised will help these programs continue and will help ensure Special Olympics athletes can safely return to the playing fields when the time is right, with proper PPE equipment and supplies. See more at Special Olympics Hawaiʻi.
     For those who want to take part in Paradise Plunge, Special Olympics says it "will take advantage of our beautiful beaches and celebrate the opportunity to go outdoors. Participants have the chance to show their support for our athletes and their appreciation of the waters surrounding the place we call home. Plungers will be featured in the Paradise Plunge compilation video to be released on Saturday, Sept. 5." Submission deadline of videos and photos is Sunday, Aug. 30.

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EIGHT new cases of COVID-19 are reported on Hawaiʻi Island today. There are 48 active cases, according to Civil Defense, with at least one in Kaʻū zip code 96777 and one in Volcano zip code 96785. There are two hospitalizations on-island.
Onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 28 days, by zip code.
White is zero cases. Yellow is one to 25 cases. Light orange
is 26 to 50 cases. Dark orange (not pictured) is 51 to 150 
cases. Red (not pictured) is 151+ cases.
Hawaiʻi Department of Health map
     Statewide, 248 new cases are reported, with 12 in Maui County and 228 on Oʻahu.
     Hawaiʻi Island reported 200 cases since the pandemic began. Since the pandemic began, no one died on this island.
     Since the pandemic began, Oʻahu reported 6,031 cases – removing three from the total due to new info –  Maui County 290 – removing one from the total due to new info – and Kauaʻi 56. Twenty-three victims are residents diagnosed while visiting other places. Forty-seven people have died.
     In his daily message, Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Director Talmadge Magno said, "Hawaiʻi Island has seen large daily increases of positive cases for the past three weeks. Health data shows the majority of these new cases have been identified as Hilo based gatherings where people failed to practice preventive measures. An example of this is the huge gathering of remembrance recently held in east Hawaiʻ. It has also been reported that people in social gatherings, such as beaches and parks, are disregarding the policies of prevention. The Police Department will be stepping up their enforcement of the prevention policies.
     "A review is underway to see what policy changes need to occur to address the growing spread of this virus. At this time, indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than ten persons. This does not apply to family gatherings of the same household, nor to faith-based worship services. For any questions, please call Civil Defense at 935-0031. 
     "We must all get together, this is a serious situation developing in Hilo and only you can help stop the spread of this virus.  We need your help in following the guidance of prevention. Thank you for listening and be safe. This is your Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Agency."
     COVID-19 case count in the U.S. is more than 5,702,611 – about 25 percent of worldwide cases. The death toll is more than 176,808 – about 22 percent of worldwide deaths. Worldwide, there are more than 23.42 million COVID-19 cases. The death toll is more than 808,681.

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Kaʻū Life: The Way We Were Last Year
WATER FOR HAWAIIAN HOME BENEFICIARIES ON SOUTH POINT AND WAIʻŌHINU LANDS was the hot topic last year on Aug. 22  with a presentation of the newest set of plans to reserve water for Kaʻū farms, ranches, and homes on Hawaiian lands. During the meeting at Pāhala Community Center,  Department of Hawaiian Home Lands reps said the agency planned to ask the state Water Commission to reserve some 2.75 million gallons per day for Hawaiian Home Lands in Waiʻōhinu and down South Point Road at Kam-āʻoa-Puʻuʻeo. The sources would be Mountain House and Ha‘āo Springs. The sources also provide water for the county to serve Nā‘ālehu, Waiʻōhinu, Green Sands, Discovery Harbour, and along Kamāʻoa Road.
Ranchers Dean and Tissy Kaniho said they welcome more water to Hawaiian
Home Lands at South Point and also suggested using well water.
Photo by Julia Neal
     DHHL and the state Department of Land & Natural Resources were coming up with long term leases for water users. Thirty percent of the income from the leases would go to DHHL, which also has the right to reserve a portion of the water for use by its beneficiaries.
     One former Hawaiian Homes commissioner described South Point ranching as "cattle eating rocks," calling them "cracked seed." He said water is also needed to fight fires and for those traveling to Green Sand Beach. He and others said homesteaders have been waiting for many decades.
DHHL is planning to build a million-gallon water tank along South Point Road and to replace water lines.
     Hawaiian Homes ranchers Dean and Tissy Kaniho said they welcome increased access to water and suggested also drilling wells.
     "Don't chase the mountain. Don't chase the rain," said Dean Kaniho. He said there is one well that is partially completed that could be available for DHHL to purchase. Kaniho said that, with little water, the South Point area can only grow out 1.75 head of cattle per acre. During rainy years, five cattle can be raised per acre.
     Concerning a planned housing development by DHHL above SeaMountain at Punaluʻu, the water would likely come from a deep well, perhaps in partnership with the owners of the SeaMountain resort, said DHHL officials.
     Rancher Kyle Soares said he is concerned about future ranchers and farmers makai of Hwy 11, below Pāhala, receiving water, should water leases be tied up by the mauka macadamia, coffee, and cattle operations.

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Give Input on Proposed Improvements to Miloliʻi Beach Park
through Tuesday, Sept. 8. A draft Environmental Assessment is released by County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation, which would update the park to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines; make improvements to the parking lot, boat ramp, walkways, playground, and basketball/volleyball courts; and replace the restrooms, water system, and hālau.

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. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222

Catalyst Abstract Watercolor Workshop with Patti Pease Johnson on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 a 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.

Design the 2021 Ocean Count T-Shirt for Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary by Sept. 30. Designs highlighting humpback whales in Hawaiian waters must be entirely the artist's own creation. To ensure the design looks its best when printed, submit as a high definition PDF, .AI, .EPS or PNG with a quality of at least 1500px x 1500px and 300 DPI (dots per inch) with dimensions no greater than 11.5 inches by 14 inches. Top finalists' designs will appear on oceancount.org, the winner's design on the back of the shirt. The winner will also receive $500. Email the design and completed registration form to oceancount@marinesancutary.org.
Apply for a Crossing Guard Position at Nāʻālehu Elementary, to help keiki cross the street safely before and after school. Apply online at 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 Kūpuna808b-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 Market, Cooper Center, Volcano 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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