One of the murals at Pāhala Senior Center depicts Taka Fukunaga in his garden in the year 2000. A longtime, passionate
gardener and well into his 90s, Fukunaga still lives in Pāhala with his family. See below for a story on artist
Suzanne Dix Kaliko, who painted the murals 20 years ago and recently returned to carefully restore them.
Learn more about the facelift, below. Photo by Julia Neal
Kai Loki's blessing by Jesse Ke with help from daughter Kehau.
Photo by Verna Keoho
Wondering about the origins of the name? Kai and Loki are Dave and Jessica's handsome huskies. They, too, were draped with lei, as their namesake celebrated its opening.
Check to see if mail-in ballots have been received at ballotstatus.hawaii.gov/ballotreceipt. See more at elections.hawaii.gov.
|Owners Dave and Jessica Parnell, with their dogs Kai and |
Loki at their namesake's blessing. Photo by Verna Keoho
Running for mayor are Mitch Roth and Ikaika Marzo. The winner will be sworn in Monday, Dec. 7 at noon.
Winners for posts in the Hawaiʻi Legislator will begin their terms upon election.
Running for state House of Representatives in East Kaʻū and Volcano into Hilo are incumbent Democrat Richard Onishi and Republican Susan Hughes.
Running for state Senate in East Kaʻū, Volcano into Puna, are Democrat Joy San Buenaventura and Aloha ʻĀina candidate Ron Ka-Ipo.
Running for state House of Representatives for West Kaʻū into Kona are Democratic contender Jeanné Kapela, Aloha ʻĀina candidate Citlalli Johanna Decker, and Libertarian Michael Last.
|Kaʻū's County Council Maile David, third from left, meets the crew at Nāʻālehu Resilience Hub today, which she |
helped to fund through the federal CARES Act. Already re-elected, she heads into her final term.
Winner in the presidential and vice-presidential national election will be sworn in on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 6 a.m. Running are incumbent Republicans Pres. Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, and Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
County Charter Amendments are also on the ballot. See the October Kaʻū Calendar for the entire list.
CU Hawaii's Cheryl Weaver retired in October.
In Kaʻū, Weaver fostered the receipt of a grant that brought funding for financial education, presented to her by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. She sat on the Board of Directors of the statewide Hawaiʻi Credit Union League.
Weaver grew up in Ewa Beach on Oʻahu and graduated from Campbell High School. Her first credit union job as marketing director with Tyndall Federal Union in Panama City, Florida, where her husband was stationed in the military. Her credit union experience included locations such as Hickam Federal Credit Union on Oʻahu and California Coast Federal Credit Union in San Diego. She was a regular guest on morning television news in San Diego, answering questions about finance.
During her career, she served in senior management for credit unions with up to a billion dollars in assets, as well as smaller, rural credit unions like in Kaʻū, with $10 million in assets.
CU Hawaii operates out of its main Kaʻū headquarters in the building constructed by Kaʻū Federal Credit Union in Nāʻālehu, with branches in Pāhala and Ocean View. It offers walkup and online connectivity for its members. Credits unions are member-owned.
|Suzanne Dix Kaliko, restoring one of the murals she painted two decades |
ago, featuring Pāhala's famous senior line dancers. Photo by Julia Neal
She recalled that three of the senior ladies in one of the murals were renowned line dancers. Other murals depict seniors performing in costume, their Bon Dance, Filipino movements, and hula. "Pāhala is a richly diverse cultural place as represented by the seniors," she said. The seniors are very talented in music, dance, and cooking, and also planted many of the food-bearing trees that remain in the senior garden, she said.
Dix Kaliko lives in Ocean View where she works in oils and acrylics in her studio. See dixstudios.com.
Since the pandemic began, Hawaiʻi Island reported 1,238 cases. There are at least five people hospitalized on Hawaiʻi Island with the virus.
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
There have been 14,834 COVID cases in the state. Department of Health reports 11,605 people of those infected have completed isolation. There are about 3,000 active cases in isolation.
Since the pandemic began, Oʻahu has reported 12,953 cases, Maui 405, Lanaʻi 94, Molokaʻi 17, and Kauaʻi 63. Sixty-four victims are residents diagnosed while out-of-state. Statewide, 1,081 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, 42 cases have been reported in the last 28 days. In Kona zip code 96740, 91 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 8,837,688 – about 20 percent of worldwide cases. The death toll is more than 227,421 – about 19.5 percent of worldwide deaths.
Worldwide, more than 44.31 million COVID-19 cases have been reported. The death toll is more than 1,171,300.
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.
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Virtual Workshops on Hawaiʻi's Legislative Processes through Public Access Room. Sign up by contacting (808) 587-0478 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.