|Kaʻū Hospital & Rural Health Clinic is a Clinical Laboratories site, approved by the state for COVID-19|
tests for interisland travel, with an appointment and a referral from a physician. See more below.
Photo by Julia Neal
FARMERS IN FOOD-INSECURE COMMUNITIES IN HAWAIʻI CAN RECEIVE $1.9 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The investment aims to increase quality and quantity of locally grown foods in food-insecure communities that import a significant amount of food. The funds will provide grants to qualifying communities over a three-year period. The money goes to Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture for distribution to grantees, with this island receiving $419,115.98, which is 23 percent of the total. The distribution is based on the number of people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance. There are 10,169 approved SNAP applications here.
|More healthy, Hawai`i grown food for food-insecure communities is the aim of|
a new grant program from the USDA. Photo by Geneveve Fyvie
Gov. David Ige said today, "This grant program will help support small-scale farming, ranching and agricultural operations so farmers can increase food production in their communities. If we can boost food production in more remote areas where there is a greater need, Hawaiʻi agriculture and entire communities will be strengthened."
Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture applied for the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program in August 2020 and was awarded a total of $1,938,556.80. The grant program is unconnected to the CARES Act and was established under the 2018 Farm Bill to provide support for small-scale gardening, herding, and livestock operations to help produce food in areas that are food insecure.
Those eligible for grants include Hawaiʻi-based individuals and organizations, commodity associations, agricultural cooperatives, producer groups, and other non-profit organizations related to agriculture. Individuals (farmers, ranchers, producers, home gardeners, hunters) may apply for a maximum $5,000 per year for a maximum of three years. Organizations can receive a maximum of $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years and must provide a ten percent cash match.
A statewide Request for Proposals will be issued in early November and posted on the Hawai‘i State Procurement website. A panel in each county will be appointed to review and approve eligible proposals.
Examples of the types of activities that may be funded under the grant include Small-Scale Gardening purchase of tools or equipment, soil, seeds, plants, canning equipment, refrigeration, composting equipment, towers, hydroponic, and aeroponic farming.
|Small scale gardening is eligible for grants from the USDA|
to organizations and small farmers. Photo by Geneveve Fyvie
Also qualifying are programs Expanding Access to Food and Knowledge of Food Security – create or expand avenues for the sale of food commodities – includes paying for shipping of purchased items related to growing or raising food for local consumption.
Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture’s Market Development Branch will schedule webinars in the near future to guide interested parties through the application process. The webinar schedule will be posted at http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/add/md/.
The report from the CDC gives an example of a prison guard with interaction with infected people for a total of 17 minutes over eight hours. The interactions intermittent rather than all at once.
The CDC said the guard contracting COVID also illustrates the need to wear masks, no matter how short the interactions with other people.
See details at hawaiicounty.gov/Home/Components/News/News/2633/720. Travelers must register and upload test results to their Safe Travels Hawaiʻi account and inter-county travelers must have the test result with them upon arrival so airport screeners can review the result. Those who choose to not take a pre-travel test or who do not arrive with a negative test result from a trusted testing or travel partner will be subject to the existing 14-day quarantine. Travelers may seek an exemption from the county to where they plan to travel.
|Clinical Labs at Kaʻū Rural Health|
Clinic provides COVID tests for
travel, with a referral.
CVS Health (Longs) – Appointments may be scheduled up to two days in advance at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations. Tests available for ages 12 and older. Pre-registration required. More information at cvs.com/selfpaytesting. No appointments are currently being accepted at Longs in Pāhala.
Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc. (DLS) – All COVID-19 testing at DLS currently requires a lab order and collection by a licensed healthcare provider in the State of Hawaiʻi. More information at dlslab.com/covid-collection/.
|CVS/Longs in Pālaha is currently not|
providing COVID tests.
Urgent Care Hawaiʻi – Tests available with online registration at ucarehi.com. Results emailed within 24 hours. Limited walk-ins can be accommodated. More information at 808-797-7980.
|A mail-in spit test for COVID, with requirement|
to be watched online while taking it has been approved.
by the state for travel. The company is Vault.
A message from the state today says, "Additional transpacific and inter-county trusted testing partners will not be added for a period of time. This will give the new Safe Travels Hawaiʻi program a stable platform to operate and time for the state to monitor performance and adjust the system, as needed.
"In the future, trusted testing and travel partners added to the Safe Travels Hawaiʻi program will be uploaded to www.hawaiicovid19.com. The website also includes more information on inter-county pre-travel testing and the Safe Travels Hawaiʻi program."
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JOIN FREE MONTHLY ONLINE BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP MOMs to MOMs the fourth Wednesday of each month from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Presented and facilitated by Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi's Leila Ryusaki, the support group, "is a safe place to ask questions, share experiences, and build community," says the announcement. "Are you looking to connect with other moms and talk stories about your newest journey on becoming a mom?" Each month, a guest presented will share their manaʻo (thoughts) regarding breastfeeding. Open to pregnant women and new breastfeeding moms with babies from birth to one year old. Sign up at HMONO.ORG/SERVICES.
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FOURTEEN COVID-19-RELATED DEATHS are reported today by Department of Health. Of those deaths, ten are reported as the result of updated information received from nursing homes in Hawai‘i County. The death of those dates range from mid-September to early October, with three of those individuals hospitalized at the time of their death. The victims were two women, eight men, all at least 70 years old, with underlying health issues.
Today, four more-recent deaths were reported. The three women and one man were O‘ahu residents, all 80 years or older, all had underlying conditions, and were all either community care home residents or hospitalized.
See more on COVID, below.
Onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 28 days, by zip code. Gray
areas have populations less than 1,000. White is zero cases.
Yellow is one to 10 cases. Light orange is 11-50 cases. Dark
orange is 51-200 cases. Department of Health map
NINE NEW CASES OF COVID-19 is what Hawaiʻi County reports today. New cases reported statewide today total 78, with 65 on Oʻahu, and four on Lanaʻi.
Hawaiʻi Island's death toll, as reported by the county, is 40 since the pandemic began. Some Hawaiʻi Island deaths are not officially reported by the state, but ten were added to the state count today – see article, above. At least 203 people have died in the state, according to state records, fourteen newly reported today.
Since the pandemic began, Hawaiʻi Island reported 1,091 cases. There are at least 12 people hospitalized on Hawaiʻi Island with the virus.
There have been 14,233 COVID cases in the state. Department of Health reports 11,188 people of those infected have completed isolation. There are about 2,840 active cases in isolation.
Oʻahu reports 12,617 cases, Maui County 417, and Kauaʻi 60. Forty-eight victims are residents diagnosed while out-of-state. Statewide, 1,033 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began.
No new cases have been reported in the last 28 days for Volcano zip codes 96785 and 96718, and Kaʻū zip code 96772. In the last 28 days, less than ten active cases have been reported in Kaʻū zip code 96777, and 96704, which includes Miloliʻi.
In the last 28 days, 17 active cases have been reported in Kaʻū zip code 96737. In Hilo zip code 96720, 64 cases have been reported in the last 28 days. In Kona zip code 96740, 104 cases have been reported in the last 28 days.
Hawaiʻi Island police continue enforcement of preventative policies of face coverings, distancing, and gatherings. While on patrol, police officers will provide face coverings to people they encounter who do not have one.
See the Hawaiʻi County COVID-19 webpage. Request travel exemptions for critical infrastructure and medical travel here. 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 8,333,591 – about 20 percent of worldwide cases. The death toll is more than 222,063 – about 19.5 percent of worldwide deaths. Worldwide, there are more than 41.14 million COVID-19 cases. The death toll is more than 1,130,405.
free, with 7,500 distributed on stands and to all postal addresses throughout
Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano throughout the district. Read online at
business or your social cause, contact email@example.com.
Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more are listed at kaucalendar.com.
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.
Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United Annual Meeting, Sunday, Nov. 15 at 9 a.m. via Zoom, meeting code 450 691 6693. No additional password required. Attend by phone at (669) 900-6833, code 450 691 6693#. Delegates at the meeting will elect the HFUU president, and adopt policies and bylaw amendments. Voting by delegates only. Nominations for president are due by Friday, Oct. 30 or at the meeting; send electronically to Nominations Committee Chair, David S. Case, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Policy proposals and bylaw amendments requested from Chapters and individual members; send by e-mail by noon on Sunday, Oct. 25 to HFUU Policy Chair, Saleh Azizi at email@example.com with a copy to HFUU Secretary, David Case at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review and comment on proposals prior to the Convention, from Friday, Oct. 30. Nov. 15 business meeting preceded by world-class educational and musical presentations Nov. 12, 13, and 14. See program and other materials regarding the Pre-Convention Program at hfuuhi.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.
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.
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.
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.
Hawaiian Islands Challenge Virtual Run through Dec. 31. Registration closes Nov. 30. Individuals or teams can register to traverse some or all of 808 kilometers on six different courses, one on each main island. Register here.
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.
Virtual Workshops on Hawaiʻi's Legislative Processes through Public Access Room. Sign up by contacting (808) 587-0478 or email@example.com. Ask questions and discuss all things legislative in a non-partisan environment. Attend Coffee Hour with PAR: Fridays at 3 p.m. on Zoom, meeting ID 990 4865 9652 or click https://zoom.us/j/99048659652. PAR staff will be available to answer questions and to discuss the legislative process. Anyone wanting to listen in without taking part in discussions is welcome. Learn more at https://lrb.hawaii.gov/public-access-room.
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.
For additional series that feature refreshing wellness tips, follow the Behavioral Health & Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group on Facebook.
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.
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.
Attend Sunday Drive-In Worship Service at Waiʻōhinu's Kauahaʻao Congregational Church. Parking on the lawn begins at , with Worship Service starting at 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 and Praise Jam, which runs from to Service is emailed Sunday afternoon to anyone on the email list. Sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-8039 or 937-2155.
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.
808b-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
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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.