|Purchase calendars with art by students, and school t-shirts and sweatshirts, to fundraise for The Volcano School |
of Arts & Sciences. Details below. VSAS image
AVOID EXTENDED FAMILY THANKSGIVING GATHERINGS, urges Mayor Harry Kim. As coronavirus cases rise in the continental U.S. and Hawaiʻi Island sees clusters of cases, Kim said typical, seasonal, large family gatherings must be avoided to prevent an on-island COVID spike due to community spread.
Kim said, "Hawaiʻi's people must be aware that the vast majority of positive cases in the last month were largely in Kona. They must be aware that they were mostly locals, and a lot of them were in families.
|Mayor Harry Kim said he and his family will celebrate |
Thanksgiving apart due to the pandemic. BIVN photo
Thursday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist Ann Buff told members of Hawaiʻi Island Chamber of Commerce, "We have three holidays coming up, and I know that in Hawaiʻi that means family gatherings where you're with 50 people you know, and another 50 who just came for the party." She and CDC behavioral scientist Katherine Center said small gatherings, while wearing masks and keeping distance, are vital: "Get as many people as you can outside," said Buff. She also said sunlight and airflow disperse droplets better than inside, limiting virus transmission.
|Lt. Gov. Josh Green urges mask-wearing for |
everyone in public, saying it's the best preventive
measure against COVID-19. Photo from Facebook
Green said the Safe Travels program is working well but that mask-wearing is the best defense against the virus. He also said social distancing and wearing masks if celebrating holidays with people "outside your bubble" is extremely important. See state recommendations, above.
He said he is working on the vaccine distribution program for Hawaiʻi.
Green was interviewed on Hawaiʻi News Now on Wednesday, where he said he's also working on a return to same-day COVID case reporting. Watch the interview here.
A NATIVE HAWAIIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER CONCERT GOES VIRTUAL Saturday, Nov. 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pasefika Su‘i Fefiloi Virtual Concert via Facebook Live will feature Rimajol, Kelandy, John Akapo, Rebel Souljahz, Kapena, and multiple Nā Hōku Hanohano Award recipient Josh Tatofi. There will also be comedy by the Da Braddahs.
Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Disease Outbreak Control Division organized the event to meet the need for better, culturally competent messaging and to address the concerns of Pacific communities. In collaboration with the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Hawaii COVID-19 Response Recovery Resilience Team, Disease Investigations Branch Chief Emily Roberson Tellie and her team will use the opportunity to share about isolation, quarantine, accommodations for those who cannot isolate at home, vaccinations, and other public health messages in multiple languages during the concert. Go to facebook.com/dabraddahshi to tune into the show.
Read more about other efforts to reach out to Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders here.
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VOTE FOR OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BOARD SEATS AND BYLAW CHANGES, and engage in discussion of general issues, on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. at Ocean View Community Center. Residents of Ocean View are encouraged to attend. Members of the association who have not already voted will be able to cast in-person ballots at the meeting.
|Plumeria and Coconut wreath by Lynn Tyrell and Uʻi Pai |
at Volcano Art Center, available to purchase for $150.
The announcement says, "Volcano Art Center wishes to thank you for your continued support through this unusual year! Your contributions have allowed VAC galleries to stay open to the public where the arts can continue to be honored and experienced in person. Your support has also allowed VAC to expand its virtual offerings for those who cannot (or choose not) to attend our galleries in person. As we plan for Holiday events at VAC, please understand VAC's concerns for the health of our community as well as our financial concerns for the 180 artists VAC currently represents. We are doing everything we can to encourage exceptional art sales while keeping you safe and healthy!"
The Niʻaulani Campus of VAC in Volcano Village will hold a Holiday Open House next weekend, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27-29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy viewing of handmade wreaths, cider, music, door prizes, and gifts.
See volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.
This calendar is being sold as a fundraiser for $20. All proceeds from calendar sales will benefit The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences as it grows and expands its new high school program.
Preview the calendar here. Order the Calendar using this form. Send payment or donations to VSAS PayPal.
VSAS is also selling school t-shirts and sweatshirts. Order here. Send in order forms and payment to the main office: VSAS, PO Box 845, Volcano, HI 96785. For a printed copy of the order form to be mailed, contact Kaye at 985-9800, firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Kanani at email@example.com for more information and assistance with ordering.
The U.S. documented more than 200,000 new COVID cases in the last day and more than 2,000 new deaths from the virus. See more on infection numbers, below.
Onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 14 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
New cases reported statewide today total 95, with 70 on Oʻahu, five on Maui, one on Kauaʻi, and six residents diagnosed out-of-state. The average daily case rate for the state is 85 over the last 2 weeks.
Since the pandemic began, 49 deaths have been reported on Hawaiʻi Island. At least 224 people have died in the state, according to state records, one reported today.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 16,936 total COVID cases in the state. Oʻahu has reported 14,576 total cases, Hawaiʻi 1,512, Maui 468, Lanaʻi 106, Molokaʻi 17, and Kauaʻi 87. Residents diagnosed while out-of-state, 170. Statewide, 1,234 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began.
No new cases have been reported in the last 14 days for Volcano zip codes 96785 and 96718, and Kaʻū zip code 96777. In the last 28 days, less than ten active cases have been reported in zip code 96704, which includes Miloliʻi, and zip code 96772, which includes Nāʻālehu, Waiʻōhinu, and Discovery Harbour.
In the last 14 days, 12 cases have been reported in Kaʻū zip code 96737, 17 in Hilo zip code 96720, 61 in Kona zip code 96740, and 12 in zip code 96738 – which includes Waikoloa Village and Puako.
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.
COVID-19 case count in the U.S. is more than 11,895,876 – about 20.5 percent of worldwide cases. The death toll is more than 254,297 – about 18.5 percent of worldwide deaths. Worldwide, there are more than 57.43 million COVID-19 cases. The death toll is more than 1,369,817.
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.
Watch Hawaiʻi International Film Festival Online through Sunday, Nov. 29. Tickets for individual screenings as well as all-access passes are available here.
Island of Hawaiʻi YMCA helps through Shon Araujo at 808-854-0152 and Carrie Fernandez at 808-854-0256. West Hawaiʻi Community Center assists through Beonka Snyder at 808-327-0803, Tina Evans at 808-640-8587, Charles Kelen at 808-491-9761, and Walter Lanw at 808-785-8201. Hawaiʻi Island HIV/AIDS Foundation helps through Rachelle Hanohano at 808-896-5051, Paul Thome at 858-876-5154, Melani Matsumoto at 808-854-1877, and Jennifer Reno-Medeiros at 808-333-6443.
Support Volcano Emergency Response Team's Efforts to supply a newly-developed plan to manage potential disasters in the community of Volcano until other assistance arrives. In order to address these disasters quickly and efficiently, such as hurricanes, COVID-19, and volcanic issues, supplies and equipment are needed to assist the Volcano community in the event a disaster. VERP has set up a GoFundMe website to address these needs and would be "extremely grateful" for any contribution in any amount. See gofundme.com/volcano-emergency-response-plan or the VERP page at thecoopercenter.org.
Free Lifetime Entry for Veterans and Gold Star Families to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes and other national parks. Free entry applies to national parks, wildlife refuges, forests, and other Federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior. Learn more details, and how to apply and receive a Gold Star Family voucher, at https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/veterans-and-gold-star-families-free-access.htm.
New Operating Hours for Wai‘ōhinu Transfer Station are Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Recycling services available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. HI-5 deposit beverage container collection Saturdays only, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. "White goods" appliance collection services will accept one appliance per resident per day. Customers need to check in with the facility attendant before dropping an appliance off at the facility. No unattended drop-offs allowed. Visit hawaiizerowaste.org website or call 961-8270.
New Operating Hours for Ocean View Transfer Station are Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. HI-5 deposit beverage container collection will continue as usual on Saturdays only, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit hawaiizerowaste.org website or call 961-8270.
Purchase Stay Home, Cook Rice – A Pandemic Limited Edition cookbook by Hawaiian Electric employees and retirees, their families and friends. Cookbook is $14 and includes more than 160 recipes. Benefits Hawaiʻi Island's United Way chapter partners, which includes Boys & Girls Club Big Island. Find order form at hawaiianelectric.com/
Read Report on Public Input about Disaster Recovery from damage during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. View the Civic Engagement and Comment Analysis Report here.
Bulk School Meal Service for those 18 and under will be held at Volcano and Pāhala on alternating weeks. Friday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., pick up food at Kaʻū District Gym. Friday, Nov. 20, pick up food at The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences Keakealani Campus located at 19-4024 Haunani Road in Volcano. There is no service on Friday, Nov. 27. The program runs through June 30, 2021. Pick up food items such as eggs, cereal, dry pasta, rice, beans, tortillas, milk, and canned vegetables and fruit. As the program grows, a variety of fresh products like meats, fruits and vegetables may be on offer. Each distribution will provide enough food for every person 18 years and under to eat breakfast and lunch. No income requirements to participate. Youth do not need to be present to receive bags but be prepared to give their names and birthdates. See https://www.volcanoschool.net/ or call 808-985-9901.
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.
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 Crystal Mandaquit. 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, Arianrhod VanNewkirk, Heather Naboa, Marcia Masters, and Breeann 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? See khpes.org or call 313-4100.
Appointments for free Veterinary Care or Spay & Neutering can be scheduled by visiting hihs.org and clicking on the Services Tab, then selecting Spay and Neuter or Community Vet Care, or by emailing email@example.com or calling 808-217-0154. All appointments must be scheduled in advance and are open to healthy owned dogs and cats only. Two pets per family will be accommodated. Each pet must have its own appointment. Animals other than dogs and cats, unhealthy animals, or those with contagious illnesses will not be accepted.
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
Report Humpback Whales in Trouble is the reminder from Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association and Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale and National Marine Sanctuary: "If you spot a humpback whale in trouble (entangled, being harassed etc.) please call the NOAA Fisheries 24 hour hotline at 1-888-256-984. The line also works for reports for sea turtles, monk seals and dolphins."
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.
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.