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Ka‘ū News Briefs, Thursday, September 24, 2020

Invasive pampa grass has been eradicated from Hawaiʻi Island. Learn more, below. 
Big Island Invasive Species Committee photo
UNPLUGGING THE INTERNET KILL SWITCH is a goal of Hawaiʻi Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie. On Wednesday, they introduced H.R.8336, the Unplug the Internet Kill Switch Prevention Act "to prevent the President from using emergency powers to cut off America's access to the internet and undermine Americans' Constitutional protections," says a statement from the two members of Congress. The bipartisan, bicameral bill was also introduced in the Senate by Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Wyden of Oregon , and Gary Peters of Michigan.
    "The oath that I took as a Soldier and as a Member of Congress was to support and defend our Constitution. The freedoms enshrined in our Constitution cannot be taken for granted. Our legislation would fix a WWII-era law that gives the president nearly unchallenged authority to restrict access to the internet, conduct email surveillance, control computer systems and cell phones. No President should have the power to ignore our freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and violate our civil liberties and privacy by declaring a national emergency," said Gabbard.
    The Kentucky Congressman said, "When governments around the world turn off internet access, they do significant harm to their national economies and their citizen's civil rights.This bipartisan bill will ensure that no future American president can unilaterally trip an 'internet kill switch.' Americans do not have to accept the premise that one person can deprive them of their 1st Amendment rights by flipping a switch," said Massie.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and colleagues in Congress submitted legislation to prevent the 
President from having the power to kill the internet. Image from Andelino's Web Blog
    "If you give government an inch, it takes ten miles, and this has been vividly illustrated by the surveillance state's overreaches in a time of seemingly endless war. No president from either party should have the sole power to shut down or take control of the internet or any other of our communication channels during an emergency, and I urge Congress to follow our lead and unite to pass this bipartisan legislation," said Rand Paul.
    The Oregon Senator weighed in. "The internet is far too essential to nearly every part of our democratic system – everything from work, to school and free speech – for any president to have unilateral power to turn it off. It's more important than ever to protect our core liberties against overreach by the executive branch, so I'm glad to be working with Senators Paul and Peters to make sure the internet is protected against political interference," said Wyden.
    The Michigan Senator said, "Whether it is learning how to protect yourself against the current pandemic, staying in touch with loved ones, or accessing medical and financial information – the internet is a critical source of information for Michiganders and all Americans. This bipartisan legislation will help update our laws and ensure that no President has the power to unilaterally limit access to internet service for political reasons, without preventing the government from effectively responding to actual emergencies or attacks," said Peters.
    Gabbard gave an historic perspective. "In a World War II-era amendment to Section 706 of the Communications Act of 1934, Congress gave the Executive sweeping authority to put under direct government control or even shut down 'any facility or station for wire communication' should a president '[deem] it necessary in the interest of the national security and defense' following a proclamation 'that there exists a state or threat of war involving the United States.'" She said that cause for alarm over such power has only increased across the decades with the technological revolution, which has included email, text messages, and the Internet, as well as the expansion of television, radio, and telephone networks. The Unplug the Internet Kill Switch Act would amend Section 706 to strip out this "Internet Kill Switch" and help shut the door to broader government surveillance or outright control of our communications channels and some of Americans' most sensitive information. The legislation would also reassert a stronger balance of power during a national emergency between the Executive Branch and the people's representatives in Congress.
    Gabbard has received an A+ legislative scorecard rating from the Restore the Fourth and Fight for the Future.

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Planned configuration of the new Puna Geothermal Venture plant. The old one was partially buried in lava by the eruption 
of 2018. The new one is expected to go on line in stages within the next few weeks. Image courtesy Hawaiian Electric.
    Pele Defense Fund, Mālama Puna and others, including mayoral candidate Ikaika Marzo, said a new environmental review would have been appropriate since the land at the geothermal site changed when lava covered part of it in May, 2018, shutting it down. According to a John Burnett story in Hawaiʻi Tribune-Herald this morning, "The Department of Health determined the state's only geothermal power plant isn't required to undergo additional environmental review in its ongoing permit renewal process. The so-called noncovered source permit requires renewal every five years."
    Burnett quoted a Sept. 4 letter from recently retired state Department of Health director Bruce Anderson. Addressed to Puna Geothermal and opponents, it says "The DOH has taken a hard look at all the environmental factors raised in… demands for (environmental review), and it has concluded independently that a new or supplemental environmental review is not required to be conducted by the DOH for renewal…"
    Burnett also reported that, in September of last year, state Department of Land & Natural Resources turned down Pele Defense Fund's request for a new environmental review.
    According to the story, Puna Geothermal will begin selling power to Hawaiian Electric by the end of September or early October, providing about three megawatts, and expanding to 29 megawatts by the end of the year, and eventually to 38 megawatts. Additional megawatts are under consideration before the Public Utilities Commission. See more at Hawaiʻi Tribune-Herald.

Missing 10-year-old Chennah K. Caitano. Photo from HPD

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INFORMATION ABOUT A MISSING TEN-YEAR-OLD GIRL is sought by Hawai’i Island police. Chennah K. Caitano was last seen in the 100 block area of Ululani Street in Hilo on Sept. 18 at approximately 4:35 p.m. She is described as 4-feet-6-inches, 80 pounds, with long, brown, frizzy hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing navy blue leggings, a gray T-shirt with a koala on the front and pink sandals.
    HPD says, due to her age, Caitano is considered endangered. Anyone with information about her whereabouts, call non-emergency at (808) 935-3311 or contact Detective Gavin Kagimoto of the Area I Juvenile Aid Section at (808) 961-2276 or via email at gavin.kagimoto@hawaiicounty.gov.

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Removal of pampas grass on Hawaiʻi Island. 
Big Island Invasive Species Committee photo
ERADICTION OF INVASIVE PAMPAS GRASS from Hawaiʻi Island is a success, according to Big Island Invasive Species Committee. In a statement, BIISC explained the two species, Cortaderia jubata and Cortaderia selloana, are both on the state's Noxious Weeds list. When BIISC crews removed the last known plant in 2019, says the statement, they replanted the area with native mamaki.
    Pampas grass was extensively spread and planted across the Pacific in the 1800s, growing to become a huge problem in places from California to New Zealand. It is now widespread on Maui, and because it is adapted to fire, poses a significant threat in Hawaiʻi as a fuel for wildfires. When the Hawaiʻi Island eradication effort began in 2007, the plant was mapped in over two dozen locations. Removal of the plants by BIISC crews took time, as permission from property owners was required for most of the sites.
    Locating and contacting property owners can pose a significant challenge for control efforts, says BIISC, but overall most homeowners were cooperative and eager to support the removal of an invasive plant from their property. Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture assisted with securing access for removal where permission was difficult to obtain.
Hawaiʻi Island is free of invasive pampas grass. 
Big Island Invasive Species Committee photo
BIISC Field operations supervisor, Joel Brunger, said seeds have the potential to spread up to 20 miles, and that surveying was very time-consuming. Though most adult plants were removed early in the process, "After the adult plants are removed, we have to return and conduct sweeps regularly for new sprouting keiki for as long as the seeds are viable. For pampas grass, that's six years."
    Pampas grass is still sold for landscaping and horticulture all over the world, despite its sharp-edged leaves.
    BIISC developed Plant Pono, a nursery endorsement and education effort aimed at stopping the sale of invasive plants in Hawaiʻi. BIISC says there have been no sales of pampas grass in Hawaiʻi for the last several years, though seeds purchased online continue to be a risk for introductions of invasive plants.
Invasive pampas grass can take six years to eradicate in just one area. 
Big Island Invasive Species Committee photo 
Franny Brewer, communications director for BIISC, says, "People often look at widespread invasive plants like albizia or clidemia and say, why didn't anyone do something about it before it became this bad? That's what we're trying to do. Identify what has come in that is potentially the next serious problem, and remove it before it has decades to spread." She explains that once a harmful species reaches a certain point, complete eradication becomes so expensive – in the tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars – that removal of the species is no longer feasible.
    Currently, BIISC is targeting a number of other plants for eradication, including Mollucca raspberry, a thorny, sprawling brush species; and a holly tree that can establish in native forest areas. As with pampas grass, public reports are a critical tool in efforts to eradicate invasive plants. To learn how to identify and report target species, visit www.biisc.org.

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Keiki can attend Hālau Lamakū Fall Enrichment program.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center photo
SIGN UP FOR THE ON-CAMPUS HĀLAU LAMAKŪ FALL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM for keiki at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. Scholarships are available and it is scheduled for seven weeks, Oct. 19 through Dec. 4, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., except for Election Day, Nov. 3; Veterans Day, Nov. 11; and Thanksgiving, Nov. 26 and 27.
    The program announcement says: "The Hālau Lamakū experience is designed to provide social and academic interactions in a learning environment that is engaging and fully compliant with COVID-19 safety protocols.
    "‘Imiloa's Hālau Lamakū place- and culture-based enrichment program honors the Lama, a native dry forest tree that grows in Hawai‘i and nowhere else in the world. Lama signifies "light" or "enlightenment," evoking learning, knowledge, and understanding. Program participants will go on a learning journey to discover Hawai‘i and strengthen their connection to our island home. These young explorers will experience fun, engaging, and educational activities, crafts, games, outdoor exploration, and observations grounded in Hawaiian culture, science, math, and art. Explorations from deep ocean to deep space and everything in between - all from ‘Imiloa's facilities and outdoor gardens.
Hālau Lamakū Fall Enrichment program gives keiki a
wide variety of stimuli.‘Imiloa Astronomy Center photo
"According to Jon Suzuki, whose son is enrolled in Session 1, 'this program provides a venue where my son is supervised all day. He has been able to complete his school's online lessons in addition to learning the fascinating and important things about Hawaiian culture, language, and natural history and science."
    Enrollment limited to seven pods for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Each pod will have one instructor, one assistant, and up to eight participants, who will remain together for all seven weeks. Each participant's required synchronous and asynchronous school distance learning needs will be addressed. Students will bring their own lunch, two snacks, and two bottled water each day.
    Cost per member child is $695; registration starts Friday, Sept. 25 at 8 a.m. Non-member cost per child is $995; registration starts Friday, Oct. 2 at 8 a.m. Enrollment is first-come, first-served. Scholarship applications are open; proof of financial need required.
    See https://imiloahawaii.org/halau-lamaku to register, apply for a scholarship, become a member, and find out more.

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Hālau Lamakū Fall Enrichment program gives keiki
time outside.‘Imiloa Astronomy Center photo
IN-PERSON SERVICES WILL BE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at the County's Department of Water Supply until at least Monday, Nov. 2 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Customers and the public may schedule appointments to start new water service, obtain help with an existing water account, or receive other in-person assistance. In-person payment collections and unscheduled in-person services remain suspended through August. Customers wanting to pay their water bill are asked to do so remotely using the no-fee payment options, while walk-in visitors lacking an appointment will be asked to schedule one for assistance.
    To make an appointment, call Customer Service: Hilo, (808) 961-8060 or Kona, (808) 322-0600. Call Engineering Division at (808) 961-8070.
    Anyone feeling ill or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms on the day of their appointment will be asked to reschedule in the interest of public safety. To maintain social distancing, visitors should limit their companions to essential attendees only.
    The Water Department continues to accept only telephone, online, auto-payment, mail, or non-cash payments left in a secured DWS payment dropbox. To pay a water bill online, visit hawaiidws.org. Pay by phone at 844-216-1994 any time. For more information about no-charge payment options, call Customer Service or email dws@hawaiidws.org.

Hālau Lamakū Fall Enrichment program follows
COVID-19 safety guidelines. 
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center photo
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FIGHITNG HUMAN TRAFFICKING is the goal of Department of Transportation's Blue Lightning Initiative program. Personnel within the aviation industry will be trained on how to combat human trafficking and spot warning signs. DOT is doing this in partnership with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.
    Gov. David Ige said, "The State of Hawai‘i and the HDOT Airports Division fully support the anti-human trafficking goals of the BLI. This agreement affirms and recognizes our goal to completely eradicate all forms of human trafficking. We will do everything in our power to work with the federal government in ending these heinous crimes."
    DOT Director Jade Butay said, "The practice of human trafficking is a scourge to humanity, and it must end. HDOT is anxious to empower our employees and partners within the aviation industry with the knowledge to recognize and report suspected instances of human trafficking."
    DOT Deputy Director Lynn Araki-Regan said, "With high unemployment and changing conditions around the world impacted by COVID-19, people may find themselves forced or inadvertently lured to the false promises of traffickers. Our message is that human trafficking will not be tolerated. We cannot allow our transportation system to be an enabler in such atrocious acts." To report child trafficking, call the State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services Child Trafficking, Child Welfare Services, Hotline at 1-888-398-1188. In the event of an immediate emergency, call 911. See more here

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NINETY NEW COVID-19 CASES are reported today. Hawaiʻi Island reports five, Maui County two, Oʻahu 81, and two were residents diagnosed while out-of-state.
    Twenty-eight deaths are reported on Hawaiʻi Island, 26 of residents at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home.
    Since the pandemic began, there have been 11,779 COVID cases in the state. Department of Health reports 5,265 people of those infected have completed isolation. There are about 6,390 active cases in isolation. There are 17 people hospitalized on Hawaiʻi Island with the virus.

Onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 28 days, by zip code. Gray

areas have zero or few residential addresses. White is zero cases.

Yellow is one to 20 cases. Pale orange is 21 to 50 cases. Medium

orange is 51 to 80 cases. Dark orange (not pictured) is 81 to 130 

cases. Bright red is 131 to 240 cases. Dark red (not pictured)

is 241 to 350 cases. Department of Health map

Two new deaths on Oʻahu today brings the state's official death toll to 124, and Department of Health states about 20 deaths are being verified before being counted.
    Since the pandemic began, Oʻahu reported 10,627 cases, Hawaiʻi Island 677, Maui County 388, and Kauaʻi 57. Thirty victims are residents diagnosed while visiting other places. Statewide, 779 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began.
    In the last 28 days, active cases have been reported in zip codes 96704 with Miloliʻi; 96737 with Ocean View; 96772 with Nāʻālehu, Waiʻōhinu, Green Sands, Mark Twain, Discovery Harbour, and South Point; 96777 with Pāhala, Punaluʻu, and Wood Valley; and 96785 with Volcano Village. Zip code 96718, shaded gray on the map, is Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, which has few residents and no cases to date. Other areas shaded gray have no or very little population and no cases.
    Visitation at Hilo Medical Center has been paused, with the exception of one visitor for OB, pediatrics, and end-of-life patients. The hospital's long-term care ward is closed to new patients for now.
    All beach and shoreline parks on Hawaiʻi Island are closed through Sept. 30. The activities of exercising, fishing, food gathering, use of restroom, shower facilities, and access to the ocean will continue to be allowed. Use of pavilions, barbecues, tents, or other shade devices, tables, hibachis, coolers, picnicking, camping, and commercial operations are all prohibited.
    Hawaiʻi Island police continue enforcement of preventative policies of face coverings, distancing, and gatherings. Civil Defense says, "Know that these policies are mandated and will be enforced. While on patrol, police officers will provide face coverings to people they encounter who do not have one. Mahalo for your help."
    Civil Defense says the number of new cases of coronavirus on this Island "reflects the need and importance of continuing testing throughout the Island as the virus remains a threat. With all accepting kuleana, we can stop the spread of the virus to keep your family, friends, and neighbors safe. With the community's involvement, we can keep Hawaiʻi Safe."
    See the Hawaiʻi County COVID-19 webpage at coronavirus-response-county-of-hawaii-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com. Request travel exemptions for critical infrastructure and medical travel at 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 6,976,215 – about 22 percent of worldwide cases. The death toll is more than 202,762 – about 21 percent of worldwide deaths. Worldwide, there are more than 32.13 million COVID-19 cases. The death toll is more than 981,754.

directory for farms, ranches, takeout. Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is 
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Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano throughout the district. Read online at 
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PETFIX Spay and Neuter Clinic for Dogs will be held Friday, Sept. 25 in Ocean View. For information and to register, call 808-990-3548 or email petfixbigisland@gmail.com.

Vehicle and License Registration in Kaʻū Saturday, Sept. 26 for expirations in September, from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the police station building on the makai, Pāhala, side of Nāʻālehu along Highway 11, 95-5355 Mamalahoa Hwy in Nāʻālehu. By appointment only. Register here. No walk-ins. Face coverings must be worn, and customers must adhere to the recommended six-foot social distancing at all times. Only those customers receiving services will be allowed inside the lobby, but minors or those needing additional assistance may have one additional person accompany them, if needed. Questions? Call 939-2517.

Meet Mayoral Candidate Mitch Roth at a Talk Story event on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Discovery Harbour Golf Course clubhouse at the corner of Kahiki Street and Kaulua Circle. Groups will be limited to no more than eight at a time in one-hour increments scheduled by appointment only, between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. To schedule a group, contact Doug Phillips at 808-339-2927 or officerdug@gmail.com.

National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 26 is celebrated at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park with free entrance to the Park. The public is urged to celebrate by doing something good for the ‘āina (land), such as: Remove an invasive plant from your property, and replace it with a native plant; Pick up ‘opala (rubbish) from a beach, park or other public land; Write a haiku about your favorite public land. Watch a new Park video. The Park encourages people to post a photo or video of themselves engaged in the activity to their personal social media account, and tag @hawaiivolcanoesnps between Sept. 26 and 30. Haiku writers are encouraged to read their haiku on video. The Park will share the most inspiring posts to its Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Submit Comments and Questions about Hawaiian Electric's Keāhole Battery Storage Project through Saturday, Sept. 26. The utility submitted an application to the Public Utilities Commission on Aug. 28 for a first-of-its-kind on-island, 12-megawatt, 12-megawatt-hour Battery Energy Storage System to help stabilize the power grid for the whole island, reducing the likelihood of customer outages. Virtual public meetings on both projects were held earlier this year and video replays of the discussions, along with the PUC applications and project details, can be found here. Comments and questions can be submitted to keaholebess@hawaiianelectric.com and will be included in the application to PUC.

Attend How to Start a Parent Pod webinar Monday, Sept. 28. In partnership with Community First, Vibrant Hawaiʻi Parents' one hour webinar teaches parents: How to create a Parent Pod; Pod Pitfalls and Communication Crises to Avoid; COVID-19 Health and Safety Pod Guidelines; and "Answers to your questions, so you can get started with confidence and peace of mind!" Register here.

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 1500 pixels by 1500 pixels 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.

Register to Vote online, olvr.hawaii.gov, or by U.S. Mail. Print a registration form. Forms must be postmarked no later than Monday, Oct. 5. As during the Primary, all ballots will be mailed, but voters can still vote in-person and may register the same day. Locations are in Hilo at 101 Pauahi Street, #1, and Kona, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy. Ballots should start to arrive around Oct. 16. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. See tips on helping others to register to vote at nationalvoterregistrationday.org. Find more information at elections.hawaii.gov. Check voter registration status here.

Artists and Vendors, sign up for the Annual Art & Craft Fair at Ocean View Community Center on Nov. 7. The event, held outside from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., will help raise funds for the Center, as well as benefit local artist and crafters. Booths are $8 for a 10' x 10' space, tents not provided. Face masks required. Free admission for attendees. Contact organizer Helen McCullough at 808-209-9204 or hmccullough.1@gmail.com.

The State of Hawai'i requires a Letter of Exemption for Farm Workers. Requests should be submitted to 
covidexemption@hawaii.gov 5 days prior to arrival. For a sample request letter visit: https://www.rd.hawaiicounty.gov
Micronesian-Language COVID-19 Helpline is offered by We Are Oceania. Receive answers to questions about COVID-19 symptoms, testing, quarantine, health insurance, housing, unemployment, and other related questions, for those Micronesians who do not speak English. COVID-19 questions can be asked 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily. For questions other questions about health insurance, housing, or unemployment, the helpline is available weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. WAO helpline: (808) 913-1364. Watch the video here.

Anyone Feeling Depressed or Anxious, or who needs someone to talk to, can call Department of Health's expanded Hawai‘i C.A.R.E.S. program at 1-800-753-6879 – the same number previously used by Crisis Line of Hawai‘i. Individuals in crisis can also text ALOHA to 741741, available 24/7.

Nominate Businesses that Provide Excellent COVID-19 Safety Precautions for a Gold Star. Submit nominations to County of Hawaiʻi Department of Research and Development here. Find help for small businesses here.

Attend Weekly Virtual Town Meetings, hosted by Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary, on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Discussion topics include attendance, best practices, Grab-n-Go meals, school updates, and questions and feedback, and more. Go to KHPES website for Live WebEx link.

Pre-Register for Boys & Girls Club Mobile Outreach Program in Ocean View here. Completing the form does not guarantee a spot in the program. A staff member will reach out to eligible families, to complete the registration process. Questions? Contact Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island Administrative Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (808) 961-5536 or email mobiletutoring@bgcbi.org.

Free Tutors for Keiki in Pāhala, for grades one through six, will be available from Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island soon. Subjects are Homework Help, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Math, Spelling, Test Taking Strategies, Organizational Skills, and more. Contact Boys & Girls Club at info@bgcbi.org or 961-5536.

Free Wifi Access for Students is available in Pāhala, Nāʻālehu, and Ocean View through Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary.
     In Pāhala, access is limited to ten students at a time at the school gym on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Support is provided by Joshua Ortega.
     In Nāʻālehu, access is limited to 12 students at a time at Nāʻālehu Assembly of God on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Support is provided by Carla Lind.
     In Ocean View, access is limited to five students at a time at Ocean View Community Center on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Support is provided by Carla Lind and Mrs. Marcia Masters. No restrooms available at this location.
     Kaʻū Mobile Learning Hub at St. Jude's lower parking lot is available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Instruction and support are provided by Carla Lind, Mrs. VanNewkirk, Mrs. Heather Naboa, Mrs. Marcia Masters, and Mrs. Ebanez.
     All students and staff must wear a mask at all times and follow all COVID-19 guidelines. Each student must bring their device, school materials, and a water bottle. Questions? Call 313-4100.

Sign Up for Solid Waste Operations Alerts here. Receive notice via phone or email of 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.

Attend Sunday Drive-In Worship Service at Waiʻōhinu's Kauahaʻao Congregational Church. Parking on the lawn begins at 10 a.m., with Worship Service starting at 10:10 a.m. The only time a face covering is needed is when the usher comes to the vehicle to pass out the worship bulletin and other materials, and at the same time, collect any offering or gifts the individual(s) would like to give, or when leaving vehicles for the restroom. Church provides paper fans to stay cool. Bring water. Catch the live-streamed service at 10:10 a.m. and Praise Jam, which runs from 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Service is emailed Sunday afternoon to anyone on the email list. Sign up by emailing atdwongyuen.kauahaaochurch@gmail.com or call 928-8039 or 937-2155.

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, here, 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.

Food Basket Distribution last Tuesday of the month, Sept. 29, provides food at St. Jude's to those in need. Another distribution will be held Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Volcano Village's Cooper Center, from 10 a.m. until pau. See hawaiifoodbasket.org.

Emergency Boxes Available at Cooper Center Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Call ahead, 967-7800.

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. 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.

Choose Aloha for Home is available to families, to provide a healthy way to grow together here, using neuroscience and positive psychology, children and parents alike can learn to better understand themselves and each other. The program uses a series of self-guided videos, activities, and "dinner table discussion topics," to teach families "how to manage their emotions, communicate in healthier ways, and create a nurturing environment focused on the things that matter most." Sign up here.

ʻOhana Help Desk
 offers online How-To Guides for Chromebooks and iPads given out to distance learning students enrolled in Kaʻū public schools. The website is open to the public here. ʻOhana Help Desk is also available to students and parents by phone, Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is closed on Saturdays and state holidays.

Ocean View Mobile Learning Lab operates weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Jude's lower parking lot. It is open to students of Nāʻālehu Elementary and Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary, to connect to internet for distance learning. Questions? See khpes.org or call 313-4100.

Pāhala and Nāʻālehu Public Libraries are open for wifi, pick-up, and other services. Nāʻālehu is open Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pāhala is open Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Library patrons may 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, they may call their favorite library branch to place a hold with the library staff, or they may go in-person to request items, without placing a hold. After receiving a notice that item(s) are ready for pick up, patrons schedule a Library Take Out time at picktime.com/hspls. Both locations are also open for library card account help and reference assistance from the front door. Wifi is available to anyone with a library card from each library parking lot by using their library card and PIN. 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.

Sign Up for Two Women's Health Programs from Kaʻū Women's Collective. Piko focuses on reproductive health; increasing access, respect, cultural competence, education, and choice. Pilina aims to grow membership and establish a culture of collaborative decision-making. Meetings held Sundays on Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, and Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. Follow @kau_womens_health_collective. Contact rootsmedieshawaii@gmail.com. Call 808-450-0498.

Receive Help Over the Phone with Critical Financial Issuesthrough 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 here 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.

Learn About Hawaiʻi's History & Culture through the Papakilo Database, a resource developed by The Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The Kahalo Center says the 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.

Coffee Farmers and Producers of Other Agricultural Products are encouraged to apply to the Coronovirus Food Assistance Program through Dec. 11. CFAP-2 funds are pledged to agricultural industry members who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of the pandemic. Coffee industry members can check the HCA website for funding updates and resources related to COVID-19 at hawaiicoffeeassoc.org. See a complete list of eligible commodities, payment rates, and calculations, at farmers.gov/cfap.

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.

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.

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