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Thursday, October 01, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Thursday, October 1, 2020

Kayaking and paddling from Punaluʻu can be risky for solo boats. A couple went missing on Wednesday afternoon, 
drawing an aerial search by Coast Guard helicopter and a shoreline. and ocean search by Coast Guard Cutter. 
Photo by Julia Neal

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 today, as did First Lady Melania Trump. Presidential candidate Joe Biden stood more than six feet away from Trump Tuesday night, for 90 minutes, during the first presidential debate. Neither wore masks. Both Biden and Trump have said they get regularly tested.

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A MISSING COUPLE IN A YELLOW KAYAK WERE FOUND in good health by U.S. Coast Guard today. An Air Station Barbers Point C-130 Hercules aircrew located the kayakers and airdropped a message block to make contact. The kayakers confirmed they did not need Coast Guard assistance and were not in any distress.
    The couple set off from Punaluʻu and were the subject of a search that began last night. Wednesday afternoon, a truck with a yellow kayak was seen in Pāhala and a couple launching a kayak were witnessed at Punaluʻu. A good samaritan called authorities in the evening when the couple failed to return, and reported they wore yellow flotation devices.
An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
was one tool USCG used to find the kayakers.
U.S. Coast Guard reported that "Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report at 6:38 p.m. from a good Samaritan stating she saw the kaykers depart earlier in the day and had not returned though it was sunset. Upon notification, the watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners asking the public to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress and diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake (WPB 87316) in response. An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and C-130 Hercules aircrews were launched to assist with the search."
    Weather was reported as relatively calm with 5 mph winds and seas up to three feet.

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AIRLINES TOOK TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS OFF PAYROLL today, when $25 billion in federal funding, for which they promised to keep employees on payroll, expired. Congress failed to reach a deal on a new coronavirus relief package Wednesday. The first was given out in March.
    A Hawaiʻi News Now report says Hawaiian Airlines laid off 2,500 workers, while Alaskan Airlines laid off 532. Delta Air Lines is taking a different approach, going with "long and short-term voluntary leaves of absence" for 40,000 workers. Statements from United Airlines and American Airlines state American laid off 19,000 and Untied laid off 13,400. United and American statements that went out to employees say the companies are not giving up on reversing the furloughs. 
Hawaiian Airlines passenger jets, parked on the runway on Oʻahu.
Photo from World Airline News

Airline travel is down 70 percent compared to last year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Airlines that operate in the U.S. are asking Congress for a second $25 billion stimulus package.
    Nick Calio, CEO of Airlines For America, said in a statement, "When our people lose their jobs, down the line there are other people who support the industry that also lose their jobs," saying restaurants, hotels, attractions, and other travel industries, among others, will be affected.
    Today, Lt. Gov. Josh Green said in a press conference that he expects 5,000 to 8,000 visitors soon after Oct. 15, the launch of the pre-travel testing program. He said the program "will not be perfect," but that it should "dramatically decrease the risk" involved with reopening tourism – which he said is "critical" for getting Hawaiʻi back to work. "This program adds an extra layer of security. Right now, nobody is getting a test before traveling. We have to begin the economy again. People are suffering."

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ALASKA AIRLINES TRAVELERS TO HAWAIʻI FROM THE WEST COAST aged 3 months and older will be able to take a rapid Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test, said the airline in a statement. Starting Oct. 12, Alaska Airlines will offer testing in Seattle, where twice-daily flights to four major Hawaiian Islands will resume on Oct. 15. Nonstop service to Hawaiʻi from Portland, San Jose, and San Diego will resume Nov. 1, and service to the islands from Alaska and Los Angeles will resume Nov. 20.
Alaska Airlines is partnering with Carbon Health to offer the $135 rapid test. Results will be within two hours.
    Sangita Woerner, Alaska's senior vice president of marketing and guest experience, said, "Our guests have been eager to return to the Hawaiian Islands and we're excited to be adding more ways to safely get them there. By assisting our guests with convenient testing options as they prepare for their trip, we're working together to help keep each other, and Hawaiʻi, safe."
    Carbon Health said it's planning to add more pop-up testing sites and full-service clinics at 48 more cities in the coming weeks.
    Learn more here.

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EVERY PENNY OF CARES ACT FUNDING WILL BE SPENT is the message from Gov. David Ige. He said 98 percent of $863 million in direct payment from Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding Hawai‘i received from the federal government will be spent to assist with COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. The governor's Hawaiʻi Pandemic Action Plan, which includes protecting public health, reviving the economy, and strengthening the community.
    During a briefing this week, Ige and other participants outlined numerous existing and upcoming programs targeted at the three priorities. Ige said, "We understand the urgency for this funding. We are working together to find the best uses possible so we can get this money into the pockets of those who need it most. I want to make it clear that we do not plan to return any of the Coronavirus Relief Funds. We are going use every penny. Any funds unspent at the end of the year will be placed into the state's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and used to help repay a $1 billion loan that was made to pay unemployment benefits to local residents."
Ige highlighted key funding distributions: $51 million of $61 million for Personal Protective Equipment has been used; $4.9 million used to staff a 200-person unemployment call center; and $75 million will be used for a restaurant card for unemployed residents, which will give local restaurants "a much-needed boost."
    Jill Tokuda, the Special Advisor to the Hawai‘i Data Collaborative, spoke about the group's dashboard that provides insight on all the federal dollars Hawai‘i has received. It also includes information about who is eligible to receive assistance due to the impacts of COVID-19.
    Tokuda explained, "The Hawai‘i Data Collaborative is a partnership with the State Office of Federal Awards Management, the House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness, and DBEDT. It tracks and monitors federal funds awarded to the state and is constantly updated." Click on the COVID-19 tab at the top: https://www.hawaiidata.org/.

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VIRTUAL UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CALL CENTER is open to help process unemployment claims. The new center, staffed by 200 people, operates 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Operators will be able to answer all types of claimant inquiries, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
Gov. David Ige said, "We are excited to be able to provide this much-needed resource in support of the State's UI program. While 96 percent of initial claims have been successfully filed online, our State is working overtime and leveraging every resource possible to help those filers who must utilize a phone to file or resolve an issue with their claim. I am optimistic that this new call center will further expedite much-needed relief to our residents who have struggled to connect via phone." 
    Current numbers used by local unemployment insurance offices and existing toll-free numbers will route to the new virtual call center. The toll-free numbers are (833)-901-2272 and (833)-901-2275 and respectively correspond to the local numbers (808)-762-5751 and (808)-762-5752.

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DONATE TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HAWAIʻI ISLAND through tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 2, during the extended Foodland Give Aloha program. Purchase at any Foodland or Sack N Save checkout, and Foodland and Western Union Foundation will make a donation too. To donate, show Maikaʻi card to cashier at checkout and tell them code 78553 and the amount of the donation. MyRewards certificate can also be made as a $5 donation.

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COFFEE AND ORCHARD CROP FARMERS are encouraged to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 by Andrea Kawabata of University of Hawaiʻi College of Tropical Ag and Human Resources. The expanded program includes coffee, mac nut, lychee, rambutan, avocado, mango, and more.
    Kawabata said farmers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee. "This is a recommended first step before a producer engages with the team at the FSA county office," said Kawabata. "If your business was affected by the pandemic, and you are eligible for assistance, please sign up as soon as you can." Applications accepted through Dec. 11.
    See https://www.farmers.gov/cfap.
    There is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined. Applicants who are corporations, limited liability companies, or limited partnerships may qualify for additional payment limits when members actively provide personal labor or personal management for the farming operation. In addition, this special payment limitation provision has been expanded to include trusts and estates for both CFAP 1 and 2.
Producers will also have to certify they meet the Adjusted Gross Income limitation of $900,000 unless at least 75 percent or more of their income is derived from farming, ranching, or forestry-related activities. Producers must also be in compliance with Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions.

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JOIN HAWAIʻI TROPICAL FRUIT GROWERS ONLINE CONFERENCE Q&A session on Friday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. View recorded presentations, take a survey after watching the videos, and join presenters and hosts for the session. Topics include: Message from HDOA, Aloha & Welcome, Presidents Report, World Banana Tour, Breadfruit Varieties, New Cultivars & Species, and more. Visit HTFG 2020 Conference website for other details and for Zoom connections to the Q&A session.

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AN ENDORSEMENT FROM FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA is reported by state Sen. Kai Kahele who is running for District 2 U.S. House of Representatives seat. Kahele said, "Words cannot express how honored and excited I am to receive the endorsement of @BarackObama. As a fellow island son, this means so much to me, and I hope to represent our islands in Congress and bring the values of aloha to Washington." If Kahele is elected, he will represent Kaʻū and all of rural Hawaiʻi in Congress.

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WATCH OUT FOR FRAUD ATTEMPTS AGAINST SNAP RECIPIENTS, warns Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services: "Be aware of a scam using texting to obtain your personal information. The text might say you were chosen to receive food stamps or SNAP. If you do not know if a request for information about SNAP is real or not, contact your local SNAP office at a center near you. Visit: https://bit.ly/2RZm13l.
    "Never share personal information with individuals or organizations that you do not know. Personal information includes your social security number, bank information, or SNAP electronic benefits transfer card or PIN number. If you think the text is a scam, do not reply at all. Just delete."
    Report fraud at https://humanservices.hawaii.gov/bessd/snap/. Find out more from local Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program office, Kaʻū Sub-Unit, Nāʻālehu Civic Center, 95-5669 Māmalahoa Hwy, 808-939-2421.

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See recycled artwork by Ira Ono and other local artists during October at East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center. 
Image from Ira Ono
32ND ANNUAL THE TRASH SHOW HAWAIʻI: ARTISTS RECYCLE opens this Saturday, Oct. 3 and runs through Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center, 141 Kalakaua St. in Hilo. Features The TrashFace Collection by Volcano Artist Ira Ono. For more information go to ehcc.org
    Ono says, "I see great beauty in found objects. No matter how humble, they become precious to me. The key ingredient for the success of each piece is in the wearing of it; creating an effect – powerful or subtle. By focusing interest on the mundane, the work implies a secret message – seen only by those with a sense of humor, style, and whimsy. The trash becomes beautiful because it is chosen with the eye of the artist." 
    The announcement from the Cultural Center says, "Ono's roots in recycled art go back to his childhood in New York, when he used to scrounge 'treasures' for his mom's antique shop. He was already known for his own recycled art collages and 'trash art' jewelry before he moved to the Big Island. He started the Trash Show in 1988 to give other island artists a showcase for original works made from recycled materials. And they responded, with everything from John Mydock's fanciful insect sculptures, with wings made from old sunglasses lenses, to elaborate installation pieces made with beach flotsam. Many pieces have had strong messages about the environment, recycling, and pollution. The show, Ono says, 'reminds people that we’re living on an island with limited resources.' The exhibit proved so popular that Ono was invited to create similar shows on Maui and Oʻahu."
     To attend, all visitors are required to wear a face mask, maintain six-foot social distancing, and no physical contact when greeting people. A maximum of ten people in the gallery and people are encouraged to stay home if they feel ill. See more art from Ono at Volcano Garden Arts & Café Ono, 19-3834 Old Volcano Rd., www.volcanogardenarts.comwww.cafeono.net, 967-7261.

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THREE NEW DEATHS on Oʻahu bring the state's official death toll to 136. Total 29 deaths are reported on Hawaiʻi Island, 27 of them residents at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home.
    The state reports 108 new cases today: six on Hawaiʻi Island and 102 on Oʻahu.

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 30 cases. Medium

orange is 31 to 50 cases. Dark orange (not pictured) is 51 to 70 

cases. Bright red is 71 to 130 cases. Dark red (not pictured)

is 131 to 300 cases. Department of Health map

Since the pandemic began, there have been 12,515 COVID cases in the state. Department of Health reports 10,340 people of those infected have completed isolation. There are about 2,035 active cases in isolation. There are 12 people hospitalized on Hawaiʻi Island with the virus.
    Since the pandemic began, Oʻahu reported 11,296 cases, Hawaiʻi Island 736, Maui County 391, and Kauaʻi 59. Thirty-three victims are residents diagnosed while visiting other places. Statewide, 862 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began.
    No new cases reported in the last 28 days for two Kaʻū zip codes and Volcano. 96772 with Nāʻālehu, Waiʻōhinu, Green Sands, Mark Twain, Discovery Harbour, and South Point; 96785 with Volcano Village; and 96737, with Ocean View, have had no cases in the last 28 days. In the last 28 days, active cases have been reported in zip codes 96704 with Miloliʻi; and 96777 with Pāhala, Punaluʻu, and Wood Valley. Zip code 96718, shaded gray on the map, is Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, which has few residents and no cases to date.
    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 7,276,938 – about 21 percent of worldwide cases. The death toll is more than 207,771 – about 20 percent of worldwide deaths. Worldwide, there are more than 34.15 million COVID-19 cases. The death toll is more than 1,017,129.

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Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano throughout the district. Read online at 
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Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more are listed at kaucalendar.com.

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. Secure ballot dropbox located in Nāʻālehu Police Station at 95-5355 Māmalahoa Hwy from Oct. 14, 24 hours a day until 7 p.m. Nov. 3. See other locations here. 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.

Apply for Local Initiative Support Corporation-Lowe's Rural Relief Small Business Grants by Oct. 5. Applications are being accepted in "rounds." Owners must submit a new application for each round in order to be considered for funding in that round. Apply here
    The grants go to support small businesses and enterprises affected by COVID-19 across the country, "especially those in underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color and women- and veteran-owned businesses that often lack access to flexible, affordable capital," says the announcement. 
Applications will be reviewed based on criteria designed to prioritize particularly challenged businesses, and the final grantees will be randomly selected from the top-scoring applicants. Non-profit organizations are not eligible. All potential applicants are encouraged to review FAQ and grant information before applying.

Attend Hawaiʻi Children and Youth Summit on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a watch party on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For ages 24 and younger. Register here. The annual event brings together youth from across the islands to discuss key issues that they believe the Hawaiʻi State Legislature needs to address to make Hawaiʻi a better place to live and work. Priorities that come out of the Summit are used by legislators to create bills and resolutions in the following year. Some of the things that have come out of the Summit are things like expanding afterschool programs, lowering the age of consent for Mental Health Services, and planting over one million trees.

Presidential Debates Schedule: The first Presidential Debate was held Sept. 29 in Cleveland, Ohio. The single Vice Presidential Debate will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The second Presidential Debate will be held Thursday, Oct. 15 in Miami, Florida. The final Presidential Debate will be held Thursday, Oct. 22 in Nashville, Tennessee. 
    Each debate will air from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on. Each debate will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and MSNBC, among others. All the major news networks will offer a free live stream, as will YouTube and Twitter. Listen to the Hawaiʻi Public Radio broadcast at 89.1, or stream the audio here, on the HPR mobile app, or on a smart speaker.

Take Free Courses and Certifications for Hawaiʻi Residents through Coursera are offered by state Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism. More than 3,000 options. Registration open until Oct. 31. Recommended courses for picking up technology skills, see https://www.htdc.org/covid-19/learning-tech/. To view more: https://dbedt.hawaii.gov/blog/20-25/.

Give Input of Pandemic on Small Businesses to Hawaiʻi Small Business Development Center. Partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank system, the 2020 Small Business Credit Survey provides vital information to policymakers and lenders who are weighing decisions that affect small businesses. Ten-minute-long survey open to businesses currently in operation, recently closed, or about to launch. Survey closes Oct. 31. Responses are confidential. Click here to complete the survey. Questions? Contact SFFedSmallBusiness@sf.frb.org. 

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 artists 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.


Presidential Debates Schedule: The first Presidential Debate was held Tuesday, Sept. 29 in Cleveland, Ohio. The single Vice Presidential Debate will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The second Presidential Debate will be held Thursday, Oct. 15 in Miami, Florida. The final Presidential Debate will be held Thursday, Oct. 22 in Nashville, Tennessee. 
    Each debate will air from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on. Each debate will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and MSNBC, among others. All the major news networks will offer a free live stream, as will YouTube and Twitter. Listen to the Hawaiʻi Public Radio broadcast at 89.1, or stream the audio here, on the HPR mobile app, or on a smart speaker.

Micronesian-Language COVID-19 Helpline 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. Other questions about health insurance, housing, or unemployment, helpline 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.

Learn How to Practice Self-Care through Big Island Substance Abuse Council's Practice Self-Care Series. In partnership with Hawai‘i Department of Health, the program seeks to "remind the community that now more than ever, it's important to be gentle with yourself. Be present, limit the amount of news and media, listen to your body, and most importantly, ask for help if you need it. If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health challenges, please reach out to friends and family for support, and seek professional help for serious or persistent symptoms."
For additional series that feature refreshing wellness tips, follow the Behavioral Health & Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group on Facebook.

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

Student Athletes of Kaʻū High interested in participating in athletics during the 2020-2021 school year are encouraged to call Athletic Director Kalei Namohala at 313-4161 to sign up for the Student Athlete Google Classroom.

Sign Up for ‘Imiloa's Hālau Lamakū Place- and Culture-based Fall Enrichment Program at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. Held for seven weeks, Oct. 19 through Dec.4, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., except holidays. 
    The program offers "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. 
    Enrollment limited to seven pods for K-5th grade students with one instructor, one assistant, and up to eight participants, who will remain together for all seven weeks. 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 open through Oct. 7, first-come, first-served. Scholarship applications are open; proof of financial need required. See imiloahawaii.org/halau-lamaku to register, apply for a scholarship, become a member, and find out more.

Resilience Hub at Nāʻālehu Hongwanji, Monday-Wednesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Drop-in wifi and laptop access, free meals for participating keiki. Follows all county, state, and federal COVID-19 guidelines. For more info, contact Michelle Galimba, 808-430-4927.

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, 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, available from Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island. 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. Face coveri required when usher comes to vehicle to pass out 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 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. Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Virtual Shopping Appointments offered via Skype or FaceTime. Book at volcanoartcenter.org/shop for $5. Shop online gallery 24/7. Orders shipped or free local pickup available. See the VAC 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, 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 mandatory. 100-person limit, social distancing required. Gate unlocked for vendors at 5:30 a.m., $15 dollars, no reservations needed. Parking in upper lot only. Vendors must provide own sanitizer. Food vendor permits required. Carpooling encouraged.

ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Market, in Nāʻālehu, open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. Limit of 50 customers, 25 vendor booths, with 30 feet of space between vendors. Masks and hand sanitizing are required, social distancing 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. facebook.com/OKauKakouMarket

Choose Aloha for Home is available to families, to provide a healthy way to grow together using neuroscience and positive psychology. Program uses a series of self-guided videos, activities, and "dinner table discussion topics." Sign up here.

ʻOhana Help Desk
 offers online How-To Guides for Chromebooks and iPads here. ʻOhana Help Desk also available by phone, weekdays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ocean View Mobile Learning Lab, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Jude's lower parking lot. 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,
 open for wifi, pick-up, and other services. Nāʻālehu open Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pāhala open Tuesday, noon to 7 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule a Library Take Out time at picktime.com/hspls. Open for library card account help and reference assistance from the front door. Wifi available to anyone with a library card from each library parking lot. librarieshawaii.org

Free Book Exchanges, at laundromats in Ocean View and Nāʻālehu, provided by Friends of the Kaʻū Libraries. Open to all. Keep the books, pass them on to other readers, or return them. Selection of books 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 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. Complete webform here or call 808-933-6600. Contact Sharon Hirota at 808-961-8019 with questions.

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.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 Papakilo Database, a resource developed by The Office of Hawaiian Affairs. 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 encouraged to apply to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program through Dec. 11. Coffee included; see funding updates and resources hawaiicoffeeassoc.org. See complete list of eligible commodities, payment rates, and calculations at farmers.gov/cfap.

Local Ag Producers can Sign Up for a Program to Sell Produce and Meats on Hawaiʻi Island. Hawai‘i Farm Bureau, in partnership with County of Hawai‘i and non-profit entities, has developed a program to purchase product from commercial farmers and livestock producers on Hawai‘i Island for distribution to families in need. The Food Basket and other channels will distribute the products. Learn more.

Native Hawaiian Farmers and Ranchers urged to use U.S. Dept. of Ag On-Farm Market Directory. Visit the program website for more information and to register.

Receive Free Marketing Assistance, for small businesses affected by COVID-19 from Univeristy of Hawaiʻi-Hilo faculty and their senior class. 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.

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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