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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, October 13, 2020

George Kahumoku Jr. returns to Kaʻū, virtually, on Wednesday during a Hawaiʻi Famers Union United meeting. A
farmer and musician, he taught at numerous Center for Hawaiian Music Studies workshops in Pāhala.
See more below. Photo from Hawaiʻi Farmers Union

TRANSPACIFIC TRAVELERS landing in Kona starting this Thursday will be able to bypass a two-week quarantine by taking an approved pretravel test and a free, county-sponsored rapid-response COVID antigen test upon arrival. Gov. David Ige approved the plan today. The free arrival test will also be requires at Waimea-Kohala, and Hilo Airports for those who fly into another island's airport and continue on a flight to Hawai‘i Island.
    A plan for interisland travel for locals and people who stay on one island for a while and want to see another, is still in the works for Hawai‘i Island. Kaua‘i and Maui will accept the same kind of pre-travel test as the ones approved for coming into the state. Hawai‘i Island is still in negotiations with the governor for its plan. Hawai‘i County Council plans an emergency meeting with Mayor Harry Kim tomorrow regarding testing and spread mitigation.
    For now, interisland travelers will have to submit to a two-week quarantine after coming to this island. Only essential workers with exemptions, and those from here who travel to another island for medical reasons where they isolate for all but medical appointments, will bypass quarantine upon their return. Included in the exemption is a companion for those under medical care. 
Example of a rapid antigen test equipment.
According to comments by Gen. Kenneth Hara, yesterday during a meeting of the state House of Representatives' Select Committee on COVID Economic & Financial Preparedness, Ige is allowing counties to set up their own post-arrival rapid testing.
    Kim issued this statement this afternoon: "The cost of the rapid COVID-19 arrival test will be borne by Hawai‘i County via federal CARES Act funding. Testing will be managed by Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency staff and administered by Premier Medical Group Hawai‘i. This antigen test will provide results within 15-20 minutes. If a traveler tests negative for COVID-19, they will not be subject to self-quarantine. Those testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to take a subsequent PCR test immediately and will be required to self-quarantine per State Department of Health rules while awaiting those results of this test, which are expected within 36 hours."
    Mark Muglishi, President of health insurance company HMSA, spoke up during the Select Committee briefing yesterday. He said that requiring the second test post-arrival could be illegal.
    According to The Garden Island Newspaper, Kauaʻi County Mayor Derek Kawakami will make the arrival test voluntary, with incentives such as gift cards for food, retail goods, and entertainment. According to Maui News, Maui County mayor Mike Victorino chose a similar voluntary test scheme.. He also said he has a verbal agreement with the governor to allow people to travel freely between Molokaʻi, Lanaʻi, and Maui without testing.
    University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization chief Carl Bonham warned during the House Select Committee meeting that unclear rules of arrival to Hawaiʻi are limiting the recovery of tourism, which employs more people than in any other state except for Nevada. The opening of tourism with testing that allows the quarantine bypass was delayed, Aug. 1, Sept. 1, and Oct. 1. The governor said today that the plans to reopen will go forward this Thursday.

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FREE FOOD FOR THOSE 18 AND YOUNGER FROM VOLCANO SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCES is planned starting Oct. 23. Weekly distribution will be from Pāhala, location to be determined, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until pau. Each child will receive rice, beans, and eggs, with fresh fruit and vegetables, for breakfast, lunch, and snack for seven days.
    Each child's ʻohana will be asked to fill out a form with name and birthdate, and school if the person is of school age.
    Rachel Otis, coordinator of Volcano School's kitchen, told The Kaʻū Calendar, "The goal is to provide meals that are healthy and nurturing to the students and we need to be very clear the food is for the keiki, but doing it this way will also feed the ʻOhana… We are starting slow and will make adjustments as we go along." She said 175 bags will be available the first week.

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THE 2020 CENSUS IS OVER by order of the U.S. Supreme Court. In a ruling today, the once-a-decade headcount of every U.S. resident was stopped short of the original Oct. 31 deadline. The Donald Trump administration demanded the Supreme Court overrule a California district judge's order, which extended the count to the original date. The Trump administration had moved the deadline up 31 days, to Sept. 30. 
    Reasoning from the Trump administration for the shortened census time is to allow the U.S. Census Bureau to compile the gathered info before the congressionally mandated Dec. 31 deadline. The data is used to decide how many congressional seats each state gets - the apportionment count - among other things like how federal funding is distributed among states. Local governments and civil rights groups sued the Trump administration over the shortened time, arguing that rural and minority communities, as well as people in the U.S. illegally, would be undercounted. With a Dec. 31 deadline, control of the apportionment count lies with the Trump administration even if he loses the presidential election on Nov. 3.
    Learn more in the Sept. 19 and 26 Kaʻū News Briefs.

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A LEARNING OPPORTUNITY ACHIEVEMENT ACT would provide funding to address instructional loss for at-risk and marginalized students during the pandemic. It was announced this week by Senators Mazie Hirono and Cory Booker, who said it would improve distance and blended learning in public schools by providing support for professional development and training programs for teachers, tutoring and academic services, research and best practices, and other initiatives to enhance equity and access for all students. The bill would provide funding to address instructional loss low-income students, minority students, children with disabilities, English learners, migratory students, homeless children and youth, and children or youth in foster care.

    Hirono said, "Over the past few months, I've heard from students, parents, and educators across Hawaiʻi who are doing their best to adjust to distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic. My own education was fundamental to my success, and this generation of students deserves a quality education – regardless of the challenges the pandemic poses. LOAA provides vital resources so educators can support their students, particularly those who are most at risk for instructional loss. I will continue to advocate for robust funding that supports healthy and safe learning environments for students in Hawaiʻi and across the country." 
    Booker said, "Moving to a virtual learning environment to protect the health and safety of our students, teachers, and support staff has presented new challenges for teachers, students, and their families. Our bill will invest funds in states and communities to ensure that our students, especially the most vulnerable, are getting the attention they need and our teachers are getting the support they deserve."
    Corey Rosenlee, President of Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association, said, "Our teachers are amazing, but even amazing teachers need support with new online platforms, the various technologies needed, and ways in which to convert in-person instruction to an online form, while ensuring it is impactful and engaging for students at the same time. This bill would allow funding for this type of professional development for our teachers who want it. This bill would also provide more funds for the technology needed, such as more hotspots and laptops, so all our students, regardless of their zip code, have access to online learning during this pandemic."

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Bobby Pahia of Hoaloha Farms will speak on
farming during a pandemic. Photo from HFUU

JOIN A VIRTUAL MEETING ON SUSTAINABLE HAWAIʻI FOOD Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Hosted by Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United; register here. Bobby Pahia of Hoaloha Farms will speak on feeding a nation in the time of COVID, bookended by musical performances from George Kahumoku Jr., also a lifelong farmer and rancher. Farmers Union President Vince Mina will give the introduction.
    George Kahumoku Jr. is well known in Kaʻū for teaching at Center for Hawaiian Music Studies workshops in Pāhala. He is a multiple Grammy Award & Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning master slack key guitarist, songwriter, world-traveling performer, high school teacher, artistist, sculptor, story-teller, writer, farmer, rancher, and entrepreneur.
    Kahumoku lives on Maui with his wife, Nancy, at an upland farm on the north side of the West Maui Mountains. He recently retired from 40 years of teaching at-risk kids, art, ceramics, guitar, and ʻukulele at private and public schools, including the historic Lahainaluna High School, and directing the inception of the Institute of Hawaiian Music at University of Hawaiʻi-Maui. He spends much of his time maintaining his three-acre farm growing fruit and vegetables, dry-land taro (for his famous home-made poi), and tending his sheep, chickens, and miniature horses. Learn about George Kahumoku Jr.'s Annual Maui Slack Key Guitar and ʻUkulele Workshop at www.kahumoku.com/workshops.htm.
George Kahumoku, Jr. will play music at
Wednesday's Hawaiʻi Farmers Union meeting.
    Bobby Pahia has 34 years of farming experience: from the University College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources to managing 310-acre Hoaloha Farms in Waikapu. Hoaloha Farms produces dozens of kalo varietals, a myriad of crops, pigs, and supplies to establishments such as Star Noodle, Leoda's Pie Shop, and Old Lahaina Luʻau. Bobby has become a profound mentor for farmers and others all across Hawaiʻi.
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THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF HAWAIʻI WILL BE SIGN WAIVING. The schedule released today includes Ocean View on Friday, Oct. 16, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mamālahoa Hwy 11, north of Aloha, on makai side of highway. Coordinated by Kaʻū Voices, an Indivisible group. 
    Hilo is Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 13 and 14, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays until the General Election from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays until the General Election from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Kamehameha Ave., fronting the statue. Coordinated by Jennifer Kajiwada, organizing for the Hawaiʻi County Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign. 
Kaʻū Voices, an Indivisible group, will sign wave for Democrats 
this Friday in Ocean View. Here, they sign wave to support
the post office in August. Photo from Kaʻū Voices
    Waimea is Saturdays until the General Election from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Kawaihae Rd. fronting Waimea Community Center & ReStore. Coordinated by Colleen Kelly for Hawaiʻi County Democrats, District 7 & North Hawaiʻi Action Network, an Indivisible group.
    Waikoloa is Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 15 from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. at the main intersection, Waikoloa Road and Paniolo Drive by market. Coordinated by Jennifer Leinhart Tsuji for Hawaiʻi County Democrats, District 7. 
    Kona is Thursdays until the General Election from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays until the General Election from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Queen Kaʻahumanu Hwy, south of Henry St., next to Mormon Church. Coordinated by Matriarchy Rising, an Indivisible group. 
    The announcement from the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi says, "It's time to hit the 'Go!' button said Rachel Maddow tonight about getting involved – even more – in the 2020 Presidential Election, supporting our Democratic Biden-Harris ticket! AND... disinfecting the White House, reclaiming the U.S. Senate, and holding on to the U.S. House... and, of course, downballot from there.
    "Most here have now received their General Election ballots in the mail... so... the timing is perfect to join one or several of this week's Biden-Harris signwavings around Hawaiʻi Island. Or, round up 1-2-10 friends and host your own waving. Please be sure to stay safe – wear masks and distance please!
    "We Need You To Help Turn The Blue Wave Into A Tsunami!"
    Attendees must wear a mask and distance. "We have signs or bring your own."

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Life Care Center of Hilo staff meeting outdoors to
promote distancing. Photo by Tim Wright
LIFE CARE CENTER OF HILO'S ONGOING COVID BATTLE is "tough," according to a statement from Mark Mann, executive director of the Center. Yesterday, three new resident cases of COVID-19 are reported, bringing the total to 51. Three residents are receiving proactive treatment at Hilo Medical Center, three have died, two are discharged, and 43 residents have active cases. The facility serves over 200 residents.
    Of staff, a total of 16 have tested positive, with 12 active cases, four recovered.
    Mann says, "Our team is following all federal guidelines for infection control while testing all residents and associates twice a week. We will continue testing staff and residents twice per week until further notification. Our residents are also monitored multiple times day and night for any symptoms or concerns. And every associate is screened when they arrive for work and when they leave, including checking temperature and monitoring for any symptoms or concerns.
    "In addition to using PCR testing (nasal swab test), we use a point-of-care rapid test for anyone with symptoms and receive results in 15 minutes. Any positive antigen test is confirmed with a follow-up PCR test."  Learn more at https://lcca.com/locations/hi/hilo/announcement. See more on COVID, below.

ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Pres. Wayne Kawachi delivered a gift of
 snacks and drinks to the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home 
in Hilo on Monday. OKK photo
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TWENTY-ONE NEW COVID-19 CASES are reported for Hawaiʻi Island. The state's new case count is 62, with 11 in Maui County and 30 on Oʻahu.
    Hawaiʻi Island's death toll as reported by the county is 37: three at Hilo Life Center – learn more on the Center, above – one at Kona Community Hospital, six at Hilo Medical Center, and 27 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. At least 20 Hawaiʻi Island deaths are not officially reported by the state. At least 173 people have died in the state, according to state records, four new today.
    Since the pandemic began, Hawaiʻi Island reported 974 cases, with recent surges at Hilo Life Center and University of the Nations Kona campus. There have been 13,575 COVID cases in the state. Department of Health reports 10,834 people of those infected have completed isolation. There are about 2,545 active cases in isolation. There are at least 14 people hospitalized on Hawaiʻi Island with the virus.
    Oʻahu reports 12,097 cases, Maui County 408, and Kauaʻi 59. Thirty-seven victims are residents diagnosed while visiting other places. Statewide, 951 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began.
    No new cases reported in the last 28 days for three Kaʻū zip codes and one in Volcano. Zip code 96777, which includes Pāhala, Punaluʻu, and Wood Valley; 96772 with Nāʻālehu, Waiʻōhinu, Green Sands, Mark Twain, Discovery Harbour, and South Point; 96785 with Volcano Village; and 96704, which includes Miloliʻi, have had no cases in the last 28 days. In the last 28 days, less than ten active cases have been reported in zip code 96737, with Ocean View. Zip code 96718, shaded gray on the map, is Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, which has few residents and no cases to date. 

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

areas have zero residential addresses. White is zero cases.

Yellow is one to 20 cases. Pale orange is 21-40 cases. Medium

orange is 41-60 cases. Dark orange is 61-120 cases. Bright

red is 121-180 cases. Dark red is 181-280 cases. 

Department of Health map

    In Hilo zip code 96720, 117 cases have been reported in the last 28 days. In Kona zip code 96740, 164 cases have been reported in the last 28 days.
    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 7,847,714 – about 21 percent of worldwide cases. The death toll is more than 215,702 – about 20 percent of worldwide deaths. Worldwide, there are more than 37.99 million COVID-19 cases. The death toll is more than 1,083,597.

directory for farms, ranches, takeout. Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is 
free, with 7,500 distributed on stands and to all postal addresses throughout 
Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano throughout the district. Read online at 
kaucalendar.com and facebook.com/kaucalendar. To advertise your 
business or your social cause, contact kaucalendarads@gmail.com.
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Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more are listed at kaucalendar.com.

PETFIX Spay and Neuter Clinic for Cats will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14 in Ocean View. For information and to register, call 808-990-3548 or email petfixbigisland@gmail.com.

Join Statewide Earthquake Drill The Great Hawaiʻi ShakeOut on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m. Register as participants here.

Attend Finding Solutions, Growing Peace free virtual talk Thursday, Oct. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. October's speaker is Lorenn Walker, on the topic Effective Approaches for Positive Adolescent Behavior: Alternatives to Grouping "At-Risk Youth." To get the Zoom link, register online. For more information, contact Ku‘ikahi Program Coordinator Majidah Lebarre at 935-7844 x 3 or majidah@hawaiimediation.org, or visit hawaiimediation.org.

Presidential Debates Schedule: The first Presidential Debate was held Sept. 29. The single Vice Presidential Debate was held Wednesday, Oct. 7. 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.

Enter Hawaiʻi Nei Art Contest, open to all Hawaiʻi Island residents, by Friday, Oct. 16 at hawaiineiartcontest.org. All original artwork entries must depict a native (endemic or indigenous) species to Hawaiʻi Island. Open to amateur and professional artists of all ages. Entry fees $15 per entry for adults, free for under 18. Artists encouraged to explore a variety of media, including the performing arts. Learn more at hawaiineiartcontest.org.

Sign Wave for Biden and Harris with Kaʻū Voices, an Indivisible group in Ocean View on Friday, Oct. 16, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mamālahoa Hwy 11, north of Aloha, on makai side of highway. Bring a sign or use one provided.

Attend a Free Conflict Resolution Workshop, Kū I Ke Aloha: Stand Up & Speak Out on Friday, Oct. 16 from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. via Zoom. The interactive session explores examples of individual and community advocacy that resulted in positive change in Hawaiʻi and beyond. Take away some communication skills for the real world – no matter the media – to use with aloha. Register here or RSVP to Majidah at Kuʻikahi Mediation Center, (808) 935-7844 x 3 or majidah@hawaiimediation.org.

Free COVID-19 Testing for Native Hawaiians and Pacifi Islanders
 Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ocean View at Kahuku Park, 92-8607 Paradise Circle (mauka). Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association recently received partial funding from Sheri Daniels, Executive Director of Papa Ola Lokahi. Gift certificates available to the first 100 to be tested. Masks required at all times. No insurance necessary, no cost to be tested, but bring insurance card if have. Pre-registration encouraged – call 928-0101.

Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund Public Cleanup Events – with size limited due to COVID-19 precautions and government proclamations – are on Saturday, Oct. 17, cleanup; Sunday, Nov. 15, cleanup and survey; and Saturday, Dec. 19, cleanup. HWF says details are forthcoming but will be a blend of hiking, BYO-4wd, and limited HWF carpool options. Contact Megan Lamson-Leatherman at (808) 280-8124 or wild@aloha.net.

Conservation Council for Hawaiʻi Annual Meeting online at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 17. A statement from the nonprofit says, "Over the past seven decades, CCH has been able to protect our native plants, animals and ecosystems across the Hawaiian Islands because of your support, we are extremely grateful and as we navigate our path forward we rely on your support even more than ever." Register here.

Pick Up Free Food Weekly for keiki 18 and younger from Volcano School of Arts & Sciences starting Friday, Oct. 23. Distribution in Pāhala, location tbd, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until pau. Each keiki with receive rice, beans, and eggs, with fresh fruit and vegetables, for breakfast, lunch, and snack for seven days. Keiki's ʻohana asked to fill out form with name and birthdate, and school if the keiki is of school age.

Live Online Event Hōkūleʻa: The Revival Begins, 1975-1980, Friday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free 13th annual wayfinding talk story session presented by ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center and the Ama Olukai Foundation will focus on the history of the Polynesian Voyaging Society's formative years leading up to the iconic voyaging canoe, Hōkūleʻa. Register for a chance to ask questions of the presenters at imiloahawaii.org.

Give Input on the Hawaiʻi 2050 Sustainability Plan Update by the State of Hawaiʻi Office of Planning from Oct. 13 through 28. The public is invited to participate in online sessions to learn about the strategic plan and contribute to the revision process. Free; advance registration required. Register online.

Plant a Tree on Oct. 30. Register a planting site at https://retree-hawaii.org/planting/sites/.

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 skillsView more.

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. Complete the survey. Questions? Contact SFFedSmallBusiness@sf.frb.org. 

Vote and Register In-Person same day. Locations are in Hilo at 101 Pauahi Street, #1, and Kona, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy. Ballots for registered voters 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. on Nov. 3, Election Day . See other locations here. 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.

Attend Free Virtual Hawaiʻi Book & Music Festival 
through Nov. 4 The 15th year of the festival takes off with a special set of in-depth presentations covering a variety of topics deeply impacting the local community. Featuring Hawaiʻi Public Radio's Burt Lum, host of Bytemarks Café, on several panels. More info & schedule.

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.

Veteran Farmers are invited to register for the virtual Farmer Veteran Coalition Conference: Veterans Farming through Adversity held Nov. 18 and 19, Wednesday and Thursday. Presented by Farmer Veteran Coalition, the sixth annual conference will feature education, workshops, keynote speakers, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and more. The cost to attend is $45 ($35 for coalition members). Advance registration required. Register online.

Free Grab-and-Go Meals for Anyone 18 and Younger at Nāʻālehu Elementary and Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary available weekdays – except Nov. 3, 26, and 27 – 11:30 a.m. to noon. Pick up lunch and next-day breakfast. Social distancing and masks required. Children don't need to be present if parents and guardians provide a verification document. Through Friday, Dec. 18.

Presidential Debates Schedule: The first Presidential Debate was held Tuesday, Sept. 29. The single Vice Presidential Debate was held Wednesday, Oct. 7. 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. and 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.

Watch the Oct. 5 Debate between Mayoral Candidates Ikaika Marzo and Mitch Roth on Nā Leo TV, Spectrum Channel 54, online at naleo.tv/channel-54/, or via the free Nā Leo mobile app.

Apply for Expanded Hawaiʻi County Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program. RMAP partners encourage Hawaiʻi Island residents who are at least 18 years old and lost income or work hours due to COVID-19 may be eligible for up to $2,000 per month for rent, lease, or mortgage payments. The previous grant limit was $1,000 per month. RMAP applicants must also have a current annual household income at or below 140 percent of area median income for the number of members in their household – $81,760/yr. for one person, $126,000 for five. 
    Payments are made directly to landlords, property managers, or mortgage lenders. Approved applicants also have access to financial counseling services. 
    Hawai‘i Community Lending and Hawai‘i County have modified RMAP to address barriers for applicants, application processing, and how to encourage more residents to apply. Other changes include reimbursement for payments made with personal resources, such as savings, credit cards, personal loans, or assistance from family or friends. In addition, households who entered into a forbearance or payment agreement with their mortgage lender or landlord for payments that were due between March and December 2020 may now be eligible. Residents who previously applied to RMAP and were rejected are encouraged to reapply. 
    RMAP nonprofit partners are: Hawaiian Community Assets/Hawaiʻi Community Lending, www.HawaiianCommunity.net, 808-934-0801; HOPE Services Hawaiʻi, www.hopeserviceshawaii.org/rmap, 808-935-3050; Hawai‘i First Federal Credit Union, www.hawaiifirstfcu.com/pathways, 808-933-6600; Neighborhood Place of Puna, www.neighborhoodplaceofpuna.org/coronavirus-rent-mortgage-relief, 808-965-5550; Hawai‘i Island Home for Recovery, www.hihrecovery.org/RMAP, 808-640-4443 or 808-934-7852; Habitat for Humanity Hawai‘i Island, www.habitathawaiiisland.org/rmap.html, 808-450-2118.

Coffee Growers are urged to take a survey on how the pandemic is affecting them by Hawaiʻi Coffee Association. Take the survey here.

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.

COVID-19 Talk Story on Nā Leo TV series aims to help deliver accurate and current information to Hawaiʻi Island residents. Airs live Thursdays at 10 a.m. at 10 a.m. on Spectrun Channel 53, online at naleo.tv/channel-53/, and streaming via the Nā Leo's free mobile app. Watch all episodes on-demand at naleo.tv/covid19.

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.

32nd Annual The Trash Show Hawaiʻi: Artists Recycle open 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. To attend, all visitors are required to wear a face mask, maintain six-foot social distancing, no physical contact when greeting people, a maximum of ten people in the gallery, and encouraging anyone who feels ill to stay home. See more art from Ono at Volcano Garden Arts & Café Ono, 19-3834 Old Volcano Rd., www.volcanogardenarts.comwww.cafeono.net, 967-7261. For more information go to ehcc.org

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.

Apply for Holomua Hawaiʻi Relief Grants for small businesses and nonprofits of up to $10,000 to support core operations, safe on-going and reopening costs, personal protective equipment, and training and technical assistance. The business or nonprofit must employ 50 people or fewer. See the program website.

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.

Free Job Training for workers displaced by COVID-19 is launched by the state for up to 650 workers. Using $10 million in federal CARES Act funds, Department of Business Economic Development & Tourism matches workers with companies in sectors such as conservation, renewable energy, agriculture, creative arts, aerospace, entrepreneurship, and STEM fields. The programs offer on-the-job training through Dec. 15, with wages starting at $13 to $15 an hour, health care benefits, and mentoring. Eligible people are displaced workers, or recent high school or college graduates. There are two different tracks in innovation or conservation sectors. To learn more, go to https://dbedt.hawaii.gov/blog/20-21/.

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.

Read Report on Public Input about Disaster Recovery from damage during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. The project will focus on repairing and/or replacement of critical infrastructure in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and U.S. Geological Survey-operated facilities and equipment. Comments received are being considered and used for refining a design concept and developing the National Park Service and USGS's proposed action. Once the proposed action is developed, the NPS and USGS will seek additional community input through public scoping prior to the environmental analysis process, tentatively planned for early 2021. View the Civic Engagement and Comment Analysis Report here

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.

Seed Biodiversity for Hawaiʻi's Local Food System, and the role seed plays in human health and nutrition, is the focus of a recent blog post from Hawaiʻi Seed Growers Network. In It all Begins...and Ends with Seed, Education and Outreach Coordinator Nancy Redfeather shares her insights. Read the blog.

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.

Find Rangeland Management Resources at globalrangelands.org/state/hawaii. The site offers access to current research, industry news, educational events, and more about rangeland management in Hawaiʻi. The website is maintained by the University of Hawai'i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Cooperative Extension Service. Subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates.

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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