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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Case for Climate Action report was released this week and Sen. Brian Schatz urges reading it here.
Photo from The Case for Climate Action: Building a Clean Economy for the American People
LEARN FROM HOME WILL CONTINUE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS THROUGH AT LEAST OCT. 2. A message for the state Department of Education said today that the Learn from Home program will continue through the first quarter:  "Ahead of the Aug. 17 return of students for the 2020-21 school year, the Department announced most schools would shift the majority of instruction to distance learning for at least the first four weeks of the academic year. This extends that by three weeks for the remainder of the first quarter.
     "The extension applies to all Oʻahu schools and most neighbor island schools. Hāna High & current models. Kaunakakai Elementary and Moloka‘i High plan to implement distance learning until Sept. 8. Elementary School on Maui and Kilohana Elementary, Maunaloa Elementary, and Molokaʻi Middle schools on Molokaʻi will continue their
Na`alehu Elementary School's virtual class led by Mrs. Badua welcomes
online students with this bitmoji banner. Image from Na`alehu Elementary
     "During the Learn From Home phase, schools will continue offering learning hubs on campus to provide connectivity for students who need it. Schools will also continue educational programming for vulnerable students as previously identified.
     "Complex area superintendents will work with school principals to develop transition plans for the second quarter, with considerations for community-specific needs.
     "The Department will continue to work closely with state, county, and health officials to assess if and when students can safely return to in-person blended learning models. As decisions are made, schools will communicate with families."

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The Case for Climate Action: Building a Clean Economy for the American People can be downloaded here.
SEN. BRIAN SCHATZ EMPHASIZED THAT "CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE SINGLE GREATEST THREAT OF OUR GENERATION." He released a statement this week after completion of a report from a U.S Senate's Special Committee on Climate Crisis. He said that after "dozens of hearings and meetings, this week, we released a 250-page report making the case for serious and meaningful climate action." The report's title is The Case for Climate Action: Building a Clean Economy for the American People.” Download the report here.
     The Hawai`i Senator said the report relied on extensive public input. He told Vox: 'We did the work of listening. We started with labor. We went to the environmental justice community, to American Indian tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. We talked to farmers, to both small and large businesses, and to financial services and insurance communities. We had hearings, but we also had avenues for public comment, and got thousands of individual comments from the public." The Vox story can be read here
     In his interview with Vox, Schatz lauded Hawai`i's plan for renewable energy, saying, "Hawai'i has arguably made more progress than any other state in moving toward clean energy, and we did it with an RPS. I’m absolutely open to whatever can get done that is equal to the task." Shatz  told Vox, “We want to enable everybody to prosper in the process of solving the problem... allowing people to imagine all the opportunities they will personally experience if we take climate action.”
      The Hawai`i Senator brought the COVID-19 pandemic into the conversation. He contended: “Now we see that ignoring science is causing mass preventable death. We don’t have to explain why ignoring science is dangerous anymore. Everyone is living it.”
     He also talked about the cost of solving the climate change: “When it comes to climate action, the question is not whether we can afford to pay for it; it’s how much it will cost us if we don’t take action.”

     Schatz said, "It’s going to take a broad, diverse coalition to tackle the climate crisis." He called for electing public officials "who believe in science, recognize the gravity of climate change, and who are committed to combating it and protecting our planet." See the Vox interview here.

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"IT'S GUT WRENCHING AND WE HAVE TO STOP THIS SPREAD," said Lt. Gov. Josh Green today on KITV News. He said that 5,140 active cases now mean that Hawaiʻi could see more than 500 hospitalizations in the next few weeks. Today's COVID-19 new case number is 306. Three hundred cases a day would lead to 9,000 a month. "That's an extra 1,000 in the hospital," said Green. warning that Hawaiʻi could expect the kind of horror and death seen in New York and other hard-hit places.
A local store posts a sign saying "Absolutely No Entry" without
a mask as the county promises more enforcement of social
distancing and mask wearing. Photo by Julia Neal
     When asked whether the two week shut down beginning today on Oʻahu will tamp down the virus sufficiently, he said that if everyone follows the protective measures, perhaps there could be a soft reopening. Otherwise, it may take a month. "If we have to do four weeks, it will save lives."
     Green said there are already 60 individuals with COVID in ICU's with 40 on ventilators. "We could see an incredible surge."
     He said he is "relatively enraged" that the state Department of Health "didn't get the testing and tracing done in May." He pointed to his time over the past two days with U.S. Surgeon General, Dr.     Adams, who brought in COVID tests "because the spread was out of control on Oʻahu." He said he and Adams are organizing teams to go to public housing, Pacific Islander communities, all first responders, and teachers. Some 5,000 people signed up within a day of the announcement of the surge testing on Oʻahu.
Bug Buster cleans the Hilo bus station.
Photo form County of Hawai`i
     Green said the goal is to take the active COVID case count down into the two double digits and then low double digits.
     When asked about economic ramifications of the shutdown, he said that reopening businesses "would be very doable" with a lowering of the COVID count.
     See island, state, country, and world COVID-19 numbers, below.

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THE COUNTY 'S BUG BUSTERS are on the job. The Cleaning and Disinfecting Task Force is on a mission to keep the COVID-19 virus at bay. The are easily identified, traveling in County of Hawai`i vehicles, wearing bright-yellow Bug Busters shirts, as they apply disinfecting products via sprayers, specialized fogging deveices and other methods. See a map displaying their Bug Busters spraying locations at www.hawaiicounty.gov/bug-busters.
     According to a county statement today, Bug Busters focus on sanitizing high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces seven days a week, at work since early March. Comprised of specially trained employees, the Bug Busters sanitize shelters, post offices and Couty water spigots. They also sanitize facilities with known positive cases are identified, like schools, medical facilities and private businesses.
The map shows bus stops in Ka`u and around the island
where the county sends its Bug Busters team for
deep cleaning to hold back  COVID-19.
Image from County of Hawai`i
     Civil Defense Admnistrator Talmade Magno said, "The Bug Busters are one part of our commitment to keeping our community safe from CIVID-19. These Coutny workers get up every morning to get the job done."

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O`AHU HOSPITALS ARE ASKING NEIGHBOR ISLAND HOSPITALS to possibly take some of their patients. should they become overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases. Maui Mayor Mike Victorino pushed back today, saying hospitals on his island need to protect themselves and prepare for their own cases. Earlier, planners thought of O`ahu's larger and well-equipped houses would be the place to send patients from Neighbor Islands.
     See island, state, country, and world COVID-19 numbers, below.

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The creator is Ryan Ozawa, Communications Director for Hawai`i Information Service. He studies the state map showing zip codes and investigates business signage and other sources in the zip codes to find the location of the COVID-case. He told KITV News, "The objective is not to shame businesses, most responsible businesses discloses these cases publicly. This helps you to know if the super market, care home or bank had a case. You might want to adjust whether you go there next, or take extra precautions before you go."
      See https://www.hawaiislack.com/maps/. The mobile version is at: https://maps.hawaiislack.com/
     See island, state, country, and world COVID-19 numbers, below.

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HUI MĀLAMA HAS ANNOUNCED A FREE ONLINE HOME GARDENING CLASS. It starts on Tuesdays, Sept. 8 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mala 101 is sponsored by Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
     The announcement says, "Learn to garden at home! Whether you have a large backyard or a few pots to grow in, anyone can learn to grow some of their own food at home! In this introductory series, learn the basics of selecting plants to grow, building healthy soil, and growing on a budget."
     Receive several plants and A Grow Your Own Laʻau guidebook for participation. The class will meet four times, once a week from Sept. 8 through Dec. 8. Sign up at www.hmono.org/services.

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ALOHA BOULEVARD between Iolani Lane and Highway 11 in Ocean View was closed today for about four hours due to a traffic accident. See tomorrow's Kaʻū News Briefs for more.

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POLICE ARE ASKING FOR HELP WITH THE INVESTIGATION OF TWO MURDERS IN UPPER PUNA, ONE IN EDEN ROCK AND ONE IN MOUNTAIN VIEW. Hawai`i Police Department released the name of a Sean Nephi Kuhia, 49, of Eden Rock, whose body was found on an unpaved roadway. The death has been classified as a homicide.
       In the second murder investigation, police are looking for 26-year-old Dwayne "CJ" Cory Wallace Jr., of Puna. Wallace, wanted for second-degree murder, is described as 6-feet-5-inches, 210 pounds, with brown hair balding on top and brown eyes. The public is advised against approaching Wallace, who should be considered armed and dangerous.
Dwayne "CJ" Corey Wallace Jr. is
wanted by island police.
     Wallace was last seen shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 operating a primer-gray colored Toyota 2-door sedan, bearing State of Hawaiʻi license plate HLN 184.
     The victim of the shooting in Mountain View on Tuesday, for which Wallace is being pursued, has been identified as 26-year-old Peter C. Grammar, of Mountain View. An autopsy determined the cause of death was due to a gunshot wound to the chest.
     Police remind citizens that harboring and assisting a fugitive is a felony offense.
      Police ask anyone who may have information about this incident or the location of Wallace to call the Police Department's non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Blaine Morishita at (808) 961-2385 or Blaine.Morishita@hawaiicounty.gov.
     Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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FOUR MORE DEATHS from COVID-19 are reported in the state today, making it Hawaiʻi's highest one-day death toll. Since the pandemic began, Hawaiʻi has recorded 55 deaths from the coronavirus. Statewide, 306 new cases are reported today, with seven in Maui County, 289 on Oʻahu. That brings the total cases since the pandemic began to 7,566.
     There are at least 94 active cases on Hawaiʻi Island, according to Civil Defense, with at least one in Kaʻū zip code 96777 and at least one in Volcano zip code 96785. There are at least 13 hospitalizations on-island. Hawaiʻi Island reported 220 cases since the pandemic began. Since the pandemic began, no one died on this 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
(not pictured) is 26 to 50 cases. Dark orange is 51 to 150 
cases. Red (not pictured) is 151+ cases.
Hawaiʻi Department of Health map
     Since the pandemic began, Oʻahu reported 6,915 cases, Maui County 318, and Kauaʻi 56. Twenty-four victims are residents diagnosed while visiting other places. Statewide, 462 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began, and 2,371 have been released from isloation.
     Commenting on the increasing activity on this island and Maui, State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said yesterday, "Along with our county partners, we are closely monitoring these trends. We have concerns that ongoing gatherings, especially with inconsistent mask use or distancing, are contributing." On Hawai‘i Island, reports Department of Health, two recent large gatherings are of particular concern: a beach gathering and a large funeral. Social media videos from the funeral showed people not physically distancing or wearing masks. More than 500 tests have been reportedly administered to people who attended the funeral, with additional testing planned.
     In his daily message, Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Director Talmadge Magno said, "Hawaiʻi Island and especially the community of Hilo continues to have an increase of positive cases. In addressing this, the County Task Force will ramp up efforts in its programs of disinfecting and in assisting and inspecting businesses. The Hawaiʻi Police Department will be adding to their patrols and enforcing the preventive policies of wearing face coverings, distancing, and (smaller) gatherings.
     "We need your help in following the guidance of prevention. The situation in Hilo is a very serious one and we all need to do our part to keep Hawaiʻi safe.
Thank you for listening and take care. This is your Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Agency."
     See the Hawai‘i County COVID-19 webpage at
https://coronavirus-response-county-of-hawaii-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com/. Request travel exemptions for critical infrastructure and medical travel at https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/e2f4ce19aa854964a8fd60bec7fbe78c. Report violators of COVID-19 safety protocols or quarantine to non-emergency at 935-3311.
     COVID-19 case count in the U.S. is more than 5,858,85 – about 24 percent of worldwide cases. The death toll is more than 180,494 – about 22 percent of worldwide deaths. Worldwide, there are more than 24.28 million COVID-19 cases. The death toll is more than 828,070.

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

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

PETFIX Spay and Neuter Clinic for Dogs will be held Sunday, Aug. 30 in Ocean View. For information and to register, call 808-990-3548 or email petfixbigisland@gmail.com.

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.

PETFIX Spay and Neuter Clinic for Cats will be held Wednesday, Sept. 9 in Ocean View. For information and to register, call 808-990-3548 or email petfixbigisland@gmail.com.

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

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

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. See schatz.senate.gov/services.

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.

St. Jude's Episcopal Church 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. Weekly hot meals, hot showers, the computer lab, and in-person services and bible studies are suspended.

The Food Basket, last Tuesday of the month, Sept. 29, provides food at the upper parking lot of Kahuku Park near St. Jude's, to those in need, from 10 a.m. until the food runs out. 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.

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.

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 Swap Meet reopens Sept. 5 at Ocean View makai shopping center, near Mālama Market. Hours for patrons are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Vendor set-up time is 5 a.m. Masks are required for all vendors and patrons.

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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