Coffee rust leaf necrosis. The fungus can lead to devastation at coffee farms. Read details, below. Photo from U.H.
TRAVELERS FROM JAPAN WILL BYPASS 14-DAY QUARANTINE, when they arrive with negative pre-travel COVID-19 tests from Japan's trusted partners, certified by the Hawaiʻi Department of Health. The Safe Travels Hawaiʻi program will accommodate flights from All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines. The three will start flying into Hawaiʻi as early as Nov. 6. Testing will be available in Japan through approved partners beginning Nov. 3. Japan is Hawaiʻi's top international travel market.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green, MD, said, "Mahalo to our health partners in Japan for working with Hawaiʻi to implement this next phase of the Safe Travels Hawaiʻi program. The program is an extra layer of safety for the people of Hawaiʻi and our visitors, and it has restored hope for many people. We are anxious to welcome back our Japanese travelers and look forward to Japan and Hawaiʻi's continued relationship."
|Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority chief John DeFries, a resident of |
Hawaiʻi Island, talks with Gov. David Ige about the return
of Japanese visitors. Photo from State of Hawaiʻi
Gov. David Ige made the announcement today, saying the required pre-travel test will be Nucleic Acid Amplification, taken within 72 hours before departure from Japan. The tests must be conducted by a laboratory authorized by Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare. Twenty-one trusted testing partners in Japan can be found at hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners. Upon arrival to Hawaiʻi, anyone without proof of a negative COVID test will be required to quarantine until a negative test result is received. Whether there will be an arrival test will depend on where passengers disembark. Currently, Hawaiʻi County requires an additional quick test upon arrival.
The governor said tourism from Japan, while starting up slowly, is taking "important strides to revive our economy and get people back to work." The governor said he expects ten flights a day from Japan to land in this state during the month of November. Japanese visitors to Hawaiʻi will be required to quarantine when they return home.
|Lt. Gov. Josh Green points out that Hawaiʻi has the lowest COVID positivity |
rate in the country, at 2.2 percent, as he welcomes the return of Hawaiian,
JAL, and all Nippon flights from Japan beginning as early as Nov. 6.
Photo from State of Hawaiʻi
In March, when the 14-day mandatory quarantine was put in effect "I sent an apology to many Japanese travelers who were forced to cancel their trip to Hawaiʻi due to our safety measures. Today, I'm sending a new message: Please feel free to safely visit our islands. We are ready and delighted to welcome you back," said the governor.
Hawaiʻi is working on similar program with Canada, the second-largest travel market for these islands. Talks are ongoing with South Korea and Japan New Zealand, said the governor. Like Hawaiʻi, all three places have low COVID rates.
Dept. of Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char said, "All arriving personnel have met rigorous health and safety standards in the fight against COVID-19. They are licensed, fully trained, and ready to work in Hawaiʻi's long-term care facilities." ProLink's supplemental personnel working in Hawaiʻi's acute care hospitals have already undergone orientation and are on the job across the state, including the Veterans and Life Care Center care homes in Hilo.
A statement from Gov. David Ige says, "The job roles were strategically selected to provide maximum value to the state. Individual staff may not remain at the same facility for the duration of their employment. Employees can be quickly mobilized into a strike team to assist specific nursing homes or hospitals, should a COVID-19 cluster emerge.
Gov. David Ige, welcoming out-of-state health care workers,
funded with $17 million in federal CARES Act money.
Photo from St. Francis Health Care System
Dept. of Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char said, "All arriving personnel have met rigorous health and safety standards in the fight against COVID-19. They are licensed, fully trained and ready to work in Hawaiʻi's long-term care facilities." ProLink's supplemental personnel working in Hawaiʻi's acute care hospitals have already undergone orientation and are on the job across the state.
POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR CARLWIN DAVID IN CONNECTION WITH AN ATTEMPTED MURDER in Ocean View. Hawaiʻi Police Department describes him as a Pacific Islander, 33 years of age, five-feet-five inches tall, weighing 120 lbs, with thin build, black hair, and brown eyes. David is also wanted for an outstanding warrant of arrest.
Police caution the public against approaching David, as he may be considered armed and dangerous. Instead, call police at (808) 935-3311 to report his location. Police want to question him in connection with an early morning shooting that took place on Oct. 26.
Carlwin David is wanted in connection
with an attempted murder.
Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Mike Santos at (808) 326-4646, ext. 224, or email email@example.com or to call the Police Department's non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.
WITH THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE COUNTRY LAST MONTH and eight months into the pandemic, the state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations extended unemployment benefits to 52 weeks. The agency announced on Monday the second extension for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.
State Department of Labor Director Anne Eustaquio said, "The Extended Benefits program provides a much-needed safety net for Hawaiʻi claimants who have exhausted their current benefits and are still dealing with the long-term effects of unemployment due to COVID-1."
The program keeps the weekly benefit amount the same as regular state unemployment insurance benefit based on prior employment. See more at labor.hawaii.gov.
CONTACT STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WITH ANY SIGNS OF COFFEE LEAF RUST in Kaʻū's farmed and wild coffee. University of Hawaiʻi agricultural assistant extension agent Andrea Kawabata issued a message about the fungus, saying, "Growers, please scout your farms for any symptoms of coffee leaf rust." She recommends learning about the disease, which devastates farms around the world and was recently found in wild and farmed coffee on Maui.
Underleaf lesion from coffee rust, which has been discovered
To prevent introduction of rust, the extension agency recommends planting only locally grown coffee seedlings and plants. Follow all quarantine requirements for imported coffee products, plants, and plant parts. Even if rust is not visible, spores could be present.
Kawabata and Tsutsui warn coffee farmers of illegal and unsafe practices: "Do not smuggle coffee plants, seeds, leaves, or cherry to Hawaiʻi. Discard or bag and immediately wash all clothing and footwear before and upon returning from a trip to coffee-producing farms outside of Hawaiʻi."
|U.H. agricultural assistant extension agent Andrea Kawabata, |
examining coffee tree leaves. Photo from U.H.
The ag extension presentation says the first observable symptoms are chlorotic, yellow-orange rust spots, approximately two to three millimeters in diameter, appearing on the upper surface of leaves. On the underside, rust spots correspond with blotches of infectious spores or urediniospores, resembling a patch of yellow to dark orange-colored powder. The young lesions steadily increase in size with the center of the lesion turning necrotic and brown. Early spotting tends to occur around the margins or tips of leaves where dew and raindrops collect, creating the ideal environment for spore germination. Lower leaves are typically the first to show signs of rust, with the infection eventually progressing up the tree. Occasionally, coffee rust can be seen infecting young stems and berries.
One of the key factors to any pest management is good sanitation practices, say the extension agents. Regular pruning and training of the coffee tree helps to prevent over-cropping and to maintain a healthy field. These practices help improve air circulation and also open up the canopy to allow proper spray coverage. Good weed control is an important factor as it keeps competition for vital nutrients low, reducing susceptibility to rust.
Kaʻū Coffee Farmers Cooperative President Gloria Camba said today that she urges all farmers to keep an eye out for coffee leaf rust.
See Monday's Kaʻū News Briefs for the announcement on discovery of coffee rust in Hawaiʻi, from state Department of Agriculture. See Kawabata's website for more. "If you suspect coffee leaf rust on any island, you can call HDOA's Plant Pest Control Branch at (808) 973-9525," said Kawabata. With questions about rust, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Text her at (415) 604-1511.
|Air travel via Hawaiian Airline's ʻOhana service to Lanaʻi |
and Molokaʻi will continue for at least 90 days.
HAWAIIAN AIRLINES MUST RETAIN MINIMUM FLIGHTS TO LANAʻI AND MOLOKAʻI, through its ʻOhana by Hawaiian service, according to the federal Department of Transportation. Hawaiian announced late Monday that the airline is required to keep the two islands connected to Honolulu by air travel, saying, "the U.S. Department of Transportation has indicated to Hawaiian that, in spite of the contractual restrictions (with its union), the communities of Molokaʻi and Lanaʻi remain covered under its Essential Air Service program and flights must be maintained at a minimum for the 90-day notice period required under that program,
Hawaiian Airlines will retain some flights until at least mid-January of 2021. Hawaiian had previously planned to suspend all cargo and passenger operations of ʻOhana by Hawaiian starting Nov. 1, due to a labor provision in Hawaiian's pilot contract that was triggered by low travel demand amid Covid-19.
Yesterday, Hawaiian stated that it will explore "long-term solutions to preserve critical connectivity for both islands."
|Hawaiʻi/Western Pacific State Director for USDA |
Rural Development Brenda Iokepa-Moses
Pāhala resident Brenda Iokepa-Moses, who serves as Hawaiʻi/Western Pacific State Director for Rural Development, said, "Sometimes the biggest challenge for our applicants is getting through the application process. These technical assistance grants are vital in helping our rural community applicants package their application and get to the finish line."
Deputy USDA Under Secretary Bette Brand said, "Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural businesses, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives."
For the Kohala Center, Rural Development is providing $832,540 to provide technical assistance to 176 socially disadvantaged producers who are members of five rural cooperatives and six rural groups operating across the state of Hawaiʻi, and a group of 50 socially disadvantaged businesses operating in rural areas statewide. Technical assistance in the areas of business planning and capitalization, co-op leadership in project management, accounting/financial literacy, community food system development, co-op leadership in project management, community soil fertility practices, grant application coaching, website development, community engagement, agroecology and Pacific Island planting in commercial systems, co-op membership roles and responsibilities, and agricultural pest control.
A statement from Rural Development says the business programs provide financial backing and technical assistance to stimulate business creation and growth. The programs work through partnerships with public and private community-based organizations and financial institutions to provide financial assistance, business development, and technical assistance to rural businesses. These programs help to provide capital, equipment, space, job training, and entrepreneurial skills that can help to start and/or grow a business. Business Programs also support the creation and preservation of quality jobs in rural areas.
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KEIKI CAN ENJOY HALLOWEEN FUN at ʻO Kaʻū Kākou's Nāʻālehu Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will feature Truck-or-Treat, pumpkin painting, Halloween COVID masks, and face or arm painting, with plexiglass safety shield.
SIGN UP TO VEND AT KAʻŪ ART GALLERY'S FIRST ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFTS SALE for Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located behind Ace, across from Punaluʻu Bakery, in Nāʻālehu – the old Kamaʻaina Cuts building, Kaʻū Art Gallery offers free admission for attendees. Face masks required for all. Contact organizer Corrine Kaupu at 808-937-1840 or email@example.com.
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
Since the pandemic began, Hawaiʻi Island reported 1,233 cases. There are at least four people hospitalized on Hawaiʻi Island with the virus.
Since the pandemic began, 46 deaths have been reported by Hilo Life Center (12), two new yesterday; Kona Community Hospital (one); Hilo Medical Center (six); and Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home (27). 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. At least 215 people have died in the state, according to state records, three new today.
There have been 14,773 COVID cases in the state. Department of Health reports 11,523 people of those infected have completed isolation. There are about 3,035 active cases in isolation.
Oʻahu reports 12,913 cases, Maui 403, Lanaʻi 87, Molokaʻi 17, and Kauaʻi 62. Fifty-eight victims are residents diagnosed while out-of-state. Statewide, 1,073 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, 19 active cases have been reported in Kaʻū zip code 96737. In Hilo zip code 96720, 41 cases have been reported in the last 28 days. In Kona zip code 96740, 102 cases have been reported in the last 28 days. In Puako/Waikoloa zip code 96738, 25 cases have been reported in the last 28 days. In Pepeʻekeo zip code 96783, 28 cases have been reported in the last 28 days.
See the Hawaiʻi County COVID-19 webpage. Report violators of COVID-19 safety protocols or quarantine to non-emergency at 935-3311. Hawaiʻi Island police continue enforcement of preventative policies.
The U.S. cumulative case count is more than 8,766,984 – about 20 percent of worldwide cases. The death toll is more than 226,563 – about 19.5 percent of worldwide deaths.
Worldwide, more than 43.82 million COVID-19 cases have been reported. The death toll is more than 1,164,755.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more are listed at kaucalendar.com.
Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United Annual Meeting, Sunday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. via Zoom, meeting code 450 691 6693. No password. Attend by phone at (669) 900-6833, code 450 691 6693#. Delegates elect HFUU president, and adopt policies and bylaw amendments. Nominations for president due by Friday, Oct. 30 or at meeting; send to Nominations Committee Chair, David S. Case, at email@example.com. Review and comment on proposals from Friday, Oct. 30. Enjoy world-class educational and musical presentations Nov. 12, 13, and 14. See hfuuhi.org.
Visit Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park's Kīlauea Visitor Center Lānai on Halloween weekend, Saturday, Oct. 31, and Sunday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rangers will safely provide each keiki a free ecology gift bag and bingo card to help families explore the Park Halloween-style. Park entrance fees apply, but families with fourth graders enter free when they complete the paper voucher on everykidoutdoors.gov, and present it at the entrance station fee booth.
Give Input of Pandemic on Small Businesses to Hawaiʻi Small Business Development Center through Oct. 31. 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. Responses confidential. Complete the survey. Questions? Contact SFFedSmallBusiness@sf.frb.org.
Manu, the Boy Who Loved Birds Virtual Book Release with author Caren Loebel-Fried and special guests all day Thursday, Nov. 5. Option to order books with personalized inscriptions. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222
AdvoCATS Free Spay and Neuter Clinic will be held Wednesday, Nov. 11 at Ocean View Community Center. To make a reservation, to reserve traps, to volunteer, or with questions, e-mail Cindy Thurston at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call or text (808) 895-9283. See advocatshawaii.org.
Veterans Day Ceremony and Dinner, Kīlauea Military Camp, Wednesday, Nov. 11. Ceremony held live on KMC Facebook page at 3 p.m. Veterans Day Dinner at Crater Rim Café, located in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations required, limited number of complimentary meals available. Call 967-8371 for either Dine-In or Grab & Go. Menu: prime rib au jus, vegetable stir fry & black bean sauce, roasted red potatoes, cheesecake, and drink. Adults $26.95, $16.95 Vegetarian Option (w/o prime rib), children 6-11 years old, $14.95. Proof of eligibility (Military ID, DD214 with photo ID, 100% DAV, or Hawaiʻi Veterans driver license) required to receive complimentary meal. Face coverings and 6 feet distancing required in common areas. KMC open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply.
Introduction to Beadweaving, new series of beading classes with Phyllis Cullen, begins Thursday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222
Kaʻū Art Gallery First Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale, Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kaʻū Art Gallery (behind Ace, across from Punaluʻu Bakery, in Nāʻālehu – the old Kamaʻaina Cuts building). Free admission, face masks required for all. Contact organizer Corrine Kaupu at 808-937-1840 or email@example.com to vend.
Second Saturday Barbecue Fundraiser, Saturday, Nov. 14 in the parking lot of Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Come get barbecued turkey legs and more. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222
Basics of Mushroom Cultivation with Zach Mermel, Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222
Kīlauea Military Camp Thanksgiving Dinner, Dine-In or Grab-and-Go, for Thursday, Nov. 26 – order by Monday, Nov. 16. Choice of turkey or ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed poataoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, salad, pumpkin squares. $19.95 adults, $12.95 6-11 yrs old for Dine-In. Turkey dinner to go, $59.95. Ham dinner to go, $69.95. Call 808-967-8356.
Veteran Farmers can register for virtual Farmer Veteran Coalition Conference: Veterans Farming through Adversity held Nov. 18 and 19, Wednesday and Thursday. Features education, workshops, keynote speakers, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and more. $45 ($35 for coalition members). Advance registration required.
Christmas in the Country 21st Annual Wreath Exhibition opens Saturday, Nov. 21 through Thursday, Dec. 31 at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222
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.
Invite Park Rangers to Virtually Visit Classes, through connecting with teachers and home-schoolers with distance learning programs and virtual huakaʻi (field trips). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 lrb.hawaii.gov/public-access-room.
Free Monthly Online Breastfeeding Support Group MOMs to MOMs, fourth Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Presented and facilitated by Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi's Leila Ryusaki. Open to pregnant women and new breastfeeding moms with babies from birth to one year old. Sign up at HMONO.ORG/SERVICES.
Register for Boys & Girls Club Mobile Outreach and Tutoring Programs here. Registration does not guarantee a spot in the program. A staff member will reach out to eligible families for keiki grades 1-6, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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 Pickup through Hope DIA-mend Ministries, weekdays, 5 p.m. in the Ace parking lot in Ocean View and lunches on Mondays. In Nāʻālehu, meals distributed in front of old Nāʻālehu Theatre at 4 p.m.
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.
Free Job Training for workers displaced by COVID-19 is launched by the state for up to 650 workers. Programs offer on-the-job training through Dec. 15, with wages starting at $13 to $15 an hour, health care benefits, and mentoring. Two different tracks in innovation or conservation sectors. See dbedt.hawaii.gov/blog/20-21/.
Read Report on Public Input about Disaster Recovery from damage during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. 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. See funding updates and resources for coffee growers, hawaiicoffeeassoc.org. See complete list of eligible commodities, payment rates, and calculations at farmers.gov/cfap.
Program to Sell Produce and Meats on Hawaiʻi Island from commercial farmers and livestock producers on Hawai‘i Island for distribution to families in need. Learn more.
Native Hawaiian Farmers and Ranchers urged to use U.S. Dept. of Ag On-Farm Market Directory. Visit the program website.
Read About Seed Biodiversity for Hawaiʻi's Local Food System in It all Begins...and Ends with Seed, where Education and Outreach Coordinator Nancy Redfeather shares her insights. Read the blog.
Find Rangeland Management Resources at globalrangelands.org/state/hawaii. Subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates.