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Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The National Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary invites the public to join its meeting in September, virtually. It also
provides a film on the sanctuary, showing whales and many species, like the honu above, protected.  See story below.
Photo from NOAA
THE STATE LAUNCHED ITS SAFE TRAVELS APPLICATION for all incoming travelers today. A message from state government says this new digital application "collects the required health and travel information and is critical to protecting the health of our residents and visitors alike." It is seen as the first step in opening up trans-Pacific travel to Hawaiʻi without a 14-day quarantine for those with negative COVID-1 tests, as early as Oct. 1.
     Safe Travels is one part of a multi-layered screening process which includes arrival temperature checks and secondary screening for those with symptoms or temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher. The application can be found at https://travel.hawaii.gov. Read more at https://ets.hawaii.gov/new-online-safe-travels-application-mandatory-on-sept-1/.

See the Safe Travels explanation and forms for those
entering the Hawaiian Islands. Image from DOT
WITH TRAVEL INTO HAWAIʻI THROUGH PRE-ARRIVAL TESTING moved to at least Oct. 1, the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism adjusted its economic outlooks. DBEDT predicts that Hawaiʻi's economy will contract by 12.3 percent. If the economy had opened today for trans-Pacific travel, there would have been a smaller contraction of the economy, reported DBEDT.
     The largest contraction is in the visitor industry, with arrivals free-falling by 98.8 percent from April through July, says the DBEDT report released last Friday. Food and drink serving businesses lost 35,400 jobs. Accommodations lost 25,800 jobs. Transportation, warehousing, and utilities lost 8,500 jobs, and retail lost 7,300 jobs.
     State government lost 11,700 jobs, while county government lost 400 jobs. General Excise taxes, which help to fund state and county government, decreased by $722.6 million, while Transient Accommodations Taxes on hotel rooms, B&B's, and vacation rentals, another source of income for government, declined by $103.3 million.
     DBEDT predicts that overall for 2020, the average annual unemployment rate will be at 10.9 percent, then decrease to 7.2 percent in 2021, 6.6 percent in 2022, and 6.3 percent in 2023. These rates are much higher than the average Hawaiʻi unemployment rate of 2.5 percent 2017 to 2019.
     Nominal personal income is expected to decrease by 12.1 percent in 2020, then will increase by 5.3 percent in 2021 and 3.9 percent in 2022. Nominal personal income growth rate will be at 3.0 percent in 2023. See DBEDT reports: State Economic Recovery Draft Plan, COVID-19 and Hawaiʻi's Economy, along with programs to sell Hawaiʻi-made products and more.

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MEASURES PASSED BY THE 2020 HAWAIʻI LEGISLATURE are on Gov. David Ige's veto list,   released yesterday with explanations:
     HB1523 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION BUDGET. Provides funding to the Department of Education using Coronavirus Air, Relief, and Economic Security Act money to purchase devices for schools with student populations of fifty percent or greater on reduced-price lunch, for the period from July 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020.
     Veto Rationale: This measure is not necessary as the Department of Education has received funds via the Governor's discretionary funding for this purpose, which does not limit the schools that are eligible.
     HB1846 RELATING TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY. Mandates that all state facilities with an area of ten thousand square feet or more (not including Aloha Stadium) implement all cost-effective energy efficiency measures by Jan. 1, 2024; that the State Energy Office be tasked with collecting all utility bill and energy usage data for state-owned facilities monthly, and making such information available in a publicly accessible format; and that beginning July 1, 2020, if feasible and cost-effective, designs for all new state building construction must maximize energy and water efficiency, energy generation potential, and use of building materials that reduce the project's carbon footprint.
     Veto Rationale: The State is already in the process of implementing the energy efficiency changes that the bill addresses. The bill does not clearly define energy efficiency and the word "all" creates a possibly unrealistic expectation that could open the state to lawsuits. Additionally, there are concerns that contractors employed under this legislation will be able to benefit from both the contract paid for by tax-payer dollars as well as tax credits associated with the kind of work done, with no assurance that the overall cost of the project will be adjusted appropriately.
     HB2124 RELATING TO THE CODE OF ETHICS. Amends State Ethics Code to prohibit Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and other high-level government officials from representing any person or business for a fee or other compensation regarding any legislative or administrative action for 12 months after termination from respective positions.
     Veto Rationale: The additional restrictions put on volunteer boards and commissions members who fulfill an important role in protecting the community through their service will make it significantly more challenging to recruit for already difficult-to-fill positions.
     SB2206 RELATING TO HOMELESSNESS. Authorizes Board of Land & Natural Resources to issue revocable month-to-month temporary permits for the emergency sheltering of homeless persons on state lands up until 90 days after the emergency relief period specified in the Governor's final Supplementary Proclamation relating to the COVID-19 emergency, irrespective of any separate proclamation terminating the disaster emergency relief period in the Governor's final Supplementary Proclamation relating to the COVID-19 emergency.
     Veto Rationale: Under emergency proclamation, the Governor already has the ability to take the necessary actions to implement the purpose of this bill. As written, this bill exposes the state to liability.
     SB2523 RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY. Requires Department of Public Safety to expand certain appropriated funds during fiscal year 2020-2021 for the community-based work furlough program for female inmates.
     Veto Rationale: The measure is not required because the Department of Public Safety is already in the process of awarding a contract to a community-based furlough program. Furthermore, enacting this measure would jeopardize public safety as it restricted the department from expending payroll and operating costs.
     SB2638 RELATING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Establishes a five-year pilot program to strengthen government response to domestic violence and increase offender accountability; amends the offense of abuse of family or household members to provide for a petty misdemeanor offense; allows a deferred acceptance of guilty or no contest plea in cases involving petty misdemeanor or misdemeanor abuse offenses; requires the court to revoke the defendant's probation or set aside the defendant's deferred acceptance of guilty plea and enter an adjudication of guilt in specific instances outlined.
     Veto Rationale: Currently, any person convicted of an abuse offense is prohibited from owning or possessing any firearm. Of grave concern with this bill is that abusers who are granted and complete a term of deferral would not be subject to the firearm prohibition because a deferral is not a conviction. This would allow abusers to own and possess a firearm.
     ITEMS VETOED FROM CARES ACT SPENDING PLAN: Of the $321,000,000 struck from the bill the governor intends to use for funding for the state's share of disaster response, as required by law; expanded supplies of personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies for entities that were not identified in the bill; public health education; personnel, testing, and tracing related to the pandemic response; expanded capabilities of public safety facilities and personnel to include, but not limited to, treatment and quarantine facilities, medical staff, and enhanced cleaning activities; additional support to counties for programs supporting residents and businesses; and payback to the unemployment trust fund to help reduce the burden to businesses.

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Humpback mother and calf in the Marine Sanctuary, which invites the public to join in its advisory
council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Photo from NOAA
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS HUMPBACK WHALE National Marine Sanctuary advisory council meeting virtually on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Presentations will include acoustic research, a proposal for voluntary speed regulations for ocean-going vessels in the sanctuary.
     The sanctuary is administered by a partnership of NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the State of Hawaiʻi, through the Division of Aquatic Resources. The sanctuary works to protect humpback whales through research, education, conservation, and stewardship.
     The virtual meeting will be held using GoToWebinar. Register in advance here.
     During the meeting, the advisory council will address questions from members and the public. For a copy of the meeting agenda, email cindy.among-serrao@noaa.gov. Public comment will be taken at approximately 10:50 a.m. Those who would like to comment during the virtual meeting can sign up in advance by selecting "yes" when registering. Order of comments will be based on date and time of registration. No public comments will be audio or video recorded. Comments can also be sent to cindy.among-serrao@noaa.gov.
     See the sanctuary on Facebook and on the web at http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov.
See NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov and State of Hawaiʻi Division of Aquatic Resources at https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dar/.

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HAWAIʻI RANKS TENTH OVERALL HARDEST-WORKING STATE in the U.S., according to a recent WalletHub report. Hawaiʻi ranks tenth in share of workers with multiple jobs and tenth in average commute time. Hawaiʻi ranks 22nd in average hours worked per week.
     The Aloha State ranks 4th-highest in average leisure time per worker. The highest is Alabama, followed by South DakotaVermont, Hawaiʻi, and MississippiWyomingMontanaOklahomaNew HampshireKansas, and Nebraska have the least leisure time.
     WalletHub compared the 50 states across ten key metrics to gauge where the hardest-working people live. The data set ranges from average workweek hours to share of workers with multiple jobs to annual volunteer hours per resident.
     WalletHub says Americans were working an average of almost 1,800 hours per year prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but fewer people have jobs this year. See the report, 2020's Hardest-Working States in America.

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SIGN UP FOR SOLID WASTE OPERATIONS ALERTS at https://member.everbridge.net/index/482552460607505#/signup. Department of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division, will communicate site closures, availability of services, hours of operation, special conditions affecting solid waste service (such as road closures, flooding, fires), or special events, such as household hazardous waste collections.
     The Solid Waste Mass Notification System will automatically send alerts to subscribers via phone or email. Subscribers may request alerts be limited to specific transfer stations.
     This alert system is separate from the county Civil Defense Agency alerts, which can be found at www.hawaiicounty.gov/departments/civil-defense. The community is encouraged to immediately register by using the link found at hawaiizerowaste.org.

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A RECENT UPTICK IN MAIL THEFT sparked a message from Hawaiʻi Island police today, who have seen an increase in theft from both incoming and outgoing residential mailboxes. Police urge residents to install locked mailboxes at their residences to deter theft of incoming mail and to drop off outgoing mail at a secure United States Postal Service drop box or post office.
     Anyone that witnesses suspicious activity or may have been a victim of mail theft is urged to call non-emergency, (808) 935-3311.
     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.

Wild sheep and other ungulates on Mauna Loa can cause damage
to the native environment. NPS photo
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AN AERIAL SURVEY OF UNGULATES, such as wild sheep, will be made helicopter over the Kahuku Uniit of  Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Thursday, Sept. 3, between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.. The survey of the will be from  the 4,000- 6,500-ft. elevation.
      Ungulates, like sheep, goats and wild cattle are considered a pets to native forests and many endangered species.
     Also on Thursday, Sept. 3, between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., transport fence materials from the ‘Ōla‘a Unit between 4,000- and 3,500-ft. elevation.
     More Park overflight information are planned for this month. See future Kaʻū News Briefs.
     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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KAʻŪ ZIP CODE 96737 At OCEAN VIEW REPORTS ITS FIRST RECEBT COVID-19 case. Na`alehu zip code 96772, Pahala zip code 96777, and Volcano zip code 96785, have also experienced active cases within the last 28 days. Zip code 96718 is the only area zip code without a case since the pandemic began. It covers Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, and reports a population of 129.
     Four new deaths in the state, one on Hawaiʻi Island, are reported today. Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense says this island's victim, a man over 80 years of age, was a resident of the Yukio Okutsu Veteran's Home in Hilo. The other three victims were Oʻahu residents, two men and one woman, all 70 years of age or older. The state death toll is 74.
     Civil Defense reports 180 active cases for Hawaiʻi Island today, with 11 hospitalized.
     The state reports Hawaiʻi Island has 19 new cases today. Hawaiʻi Island reported 383 cases since the pandemic began. Since the pandemic began, four people died from the virus on this island.
     In his daily update, Lt. Gov. Josh Green said there are 5,945 active cases statewide, 288 of them hospitalized with COVID-19. With 202,116 people tested since the pandemic began, the state positivity rate is 4.3 percent. Recent testing positivity, from the last 4,004 people to be tested, is 4.5 percent. He asks everyone to make sure to wear a mask.
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 is 51 to
150 cases. Red (not pictured) is 151+ cases.
Hawaiʻi Department of Health map
     Statewide, 181 new cases are reported today, with five in Maui County and 157 on Oʻahu. That brings the total cases since the pandemic began to 8,653. Since the pandemic began, Oʻahu reported 7,848 cases, Maui County 340, and Kauaʻi 57. Twenty-five victims are residents diagnosed while visiting other places.
     Statewide, 532 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began, and 2,634 have been released from isolation.
     Civil Defense says Premier Medical Group will provide free drive-thru COVID-19 testing tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Pāhoa Regional Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. No copay; no insurance necessary, but bring insurance card if have; wear a face covering at all times; and observe social distancing. "Increased testing will continue throughout the island. Remember the purpose of testing is to identify positive cases as early as possible and in this way help stop the spread of the virus as well as to provide early treatment." See hawaiicounty.gov/departments/civil-defense.
     Civil Defense reminds the public that Hawaiʻi Police Department "continues their enforcement of preventive policies" and that officials are reviewing "to address the problem areas of gatherings that contribute to the spread of the virus… We need everybody to be responsible and follow the preventive policies of face coverings, distancing, and gatherings. With your help, we can stop the spread of the virus to keep your family, friends, and neighbors safe. Thank you for listening and take care."
     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 6,073,121 – about 24 percent of worldwide cases. The death toll is more than 184,644 – about 22 percent of worldwide deaths. Worldwide, there are more than 25.66 million COVID-19 cases. The death toll is more than 855,542.

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

Hui Mālama Free Online Home Gardening Class, 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 month, the second Tuesday of the month, from Sept. 8 through Dec. 8. Sign up at hmono.org/services.

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 of social distancing are required in common areas. Open to authorized patrons, 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.

One-Time Emergency Food for people is available through Big Island Giving Tree. Emergency food for pets is available through KARES. Call David or Barbara Breskin at 319-8333.

The Food Basket, last Tuesday of the month, Sept. 29, 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.

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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