David Joslin, best known as the purveyor of outstanding Thai food from his Thai Grindz food truck, is hoping that the evening will go without a hitch, but in case improvements are needed, he will be there to observe and hopefully solve potential problems.
|David Joslin puts the finishing touches to his giant movie screen on|
which The Nightmare Before Christmas will be projected
this Friday. Photo by Annie Bosted
Refreshments will be sold by Thai Grindz food truck, as well as by vendors of popcorn, candy and any other certified vendors that are willing to join the effort. Joslin hopes a vendor will step up to provide coffee. The gates will be closed either after the car park is full or after the show begins at sunset, whichever comes first.
After Friday's show, movies will be shown each Friday and Saturday indefinitely. For details, see the Ocean View Community Market and Outdoor Theater Facebook page.
|Pastor Pam Ako got the call Thanksgiving|
eve for the gifts of turkeys and all the
fixin's to give to people in Kaʻū.
Photo from Hope DIA-mend
A THANKSGIVING SURPRISE BLESSED Pastors Pam and Lance Ako who feed about 300 people each weekday in the parking lot of Ace Hardware in Ocean View. Pam Ako said that the day before Thanksgiving, she got the call from Costco and the Food Bank. Massive amounts of food were available for them to give away. A giant truck and two vans accompanied the Ako's to the Kona Costco to pick up 150 big turkeys, pallets of pies, deli meats and much more.
The Ako's began giving away the turkeys at night to families along the way back to Ocean View. By 6:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, the parking lot at Ace Hardware began to fill with people accepting traditional holiday foods.
The December schedule for the Ako's is to give out 300 prepared meals each weekday at 4:45 p.m. at the Ace parking lot. If they get the call from a food donor on Christmas Eve, they will be there to pick up and distribute all the fixings for another holiday meal. Assistance comes from Laʻaʻiʻopua, a CARES Act Grant through County Council member Maile David; Vibrant Hawaiʻi; and Boys & Girls Club.
In November, participating local food preparers included Shaka's, Da Bomb, and Kalaekilohana.
The Ako's are well known in Kaʻū for an outdoor church, kids camps, Sunday schools, and outreaches on holidays. Each Christmas season, they become Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, with gifts for the keiki.
|Ace Parking lot in Ocean View where Thanksgiving |
arrived early Thursday. Photo from Hope DIA-mend
Church services, food, shelter, community celebrations, and mentoring comprise the mission of the Ako's and their Hope Dia-mend Ministries, TLC.
Their call is "To reach the unreachable, touch the untouchable, love the unloveable, believe the unbelievable and to win the lost at any cost!"
For help and to donate, call or text Ako at 808-937-6355, or call the Ministry at 808-920-8137. See them on Facebook and at hopediamendministries.com.
The Dia-mend Hope Ministries church is located at 92-898 Ginger Blossom Lane in Ocean View. Outdoor services are 9:45 a.m. on Sunday. Masks and distancing required.
THE LIGHTS ARE ON FOR THE FAMOUS CHRISTMAS DISPLAY nightly on the corner of Lehua and Palm from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in upper Ocean View. The show leads up to Dec. 23 and 24, when Santa will use a pulley system to hand out candy and a gift to each visiting keiki from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For the past 15 years, the Houvener's family yard has become a magnet for families throughout Kaʻū. This is the go-to destination for an extravaganza of Christmas lights and decorations of all shapes, sizes, colors and themes. Some keiki are understandably convinced that Santa lives on this renowned corner.
The display is on each evening before Christmas, unless it is raining. Due to COVID protocols, keiki will not be able to be photographed in a sleigh with Santa, as they were last year. Social distancing among visitors is very much encouraged.
Regular visitors to this seasonal attraction will find, as usual, many new additions among the old favorites. Kaida Houvener, whose daytime job is managing South Point U-Cart, is the brains, brawn, sweat and inspiration behind the annual wonderland.
|For the past 15 years the Houvener home in upper Ocean View has grown its Christmas display,|
now on view at the corner of Lehua and Palm. Photo by Michelle Houvener
Houvener and his wife Michelle made the new cutouts as well as the old ones.
These new cutouts blend into a vast array of figures, some of which are blow-ups, some statuettes, which Houvener has acquired over the past 15 years. He estimates that the count of Christmas lights is up to 20,000.
Each year, Houvener puts out a box for donations, into which the community contributes cash. The day after Christmas, Houvener collects up the cash and makes the trip to Kona to raid the box stores for greatly reduced Christmas décor. In this way, he is able to grow the number of lights and blow-ups, while hand-crafting other themed displays.
Cutouts and Disney princesses are arranged around the new three-story
castle built by Kaida Houvener. Kaida and Michelle Houvener created the
princesses. Photo by Annie Bosted
Each year, Houvener adds more attractions – they are either snapped up at post-Christmas sales, made by him, or donated by stores. The show is powered by two generators, with a combined total of 10 outlets, from which 125 extension cords are run to power the lights, projectors, and a plethora of inflatables.
His oldest inflatable, "Let it Snow," is 13 years old, while a mechanical teeter-totter that features Santa on one side and three reindeer on the other and is constantly in motion, is almost as old.
If purchasing, storing, setting up, and taking down these displays is not daunting enough, Houvener has the daily chore of making sure things don't break or get damaged. Each inflatable is set up on a palette to protect it from the ʻaʻa of the yard. Each evening, he removes the covering tarps so they can be inflated and viewed. When the show ends at 9 p.m., he goes around and tarps each inflatable to protect it. The Hawaiʻi sun can make them brittle if they are not shielded all day.
"I get to be a kid myself," is how Houvener explains his role. "I was from a family of six kids. Mom and Dad didn't have much, so we got a lot of thrift store gifts. I was happy. I was happy to have a bike to ride on, and I didn't care if it was not new. I learned you don't have to be rich to make others happy. I'm not rich, but I can see how all this spreads happiness," said Houvener. "This is my way of making myself happy."
|Tom and Jerry are two new cutouts in the vast Houvener display on the corner of Lehua and Palm in upper|
Ocean View. Photo by Annie Bosted
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
Since the pandemic began, 49 deaths have been reported on Hawaiʻi Island. At least 240 people have died in the state, according to state records, four reported today.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 17,840 total COVID cases in the state. Oʻahu has reported 15,264 total cases, Hawaiʻi 1,595, Maui 533, Lanaʻi 106, Molokaʻi 17, and Kauaʻi 112. Residents diagnosed while out-of-state, 213. Statewide, 1,288 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began.
No new cases have been reported in the last 14 days for Volcano zip code 96718 and Kaʻū zip code 96777.
In the last 14 days, less than ten active cases have been reported in zip code 96704, which includes Miloliʻi; zip code 96772, which includes Nāʻālehu, Waiʻōhinu, and Discovery Harbour; zip code 96737, which includes Ocean View; and Volcano zip code 96785.
In the last 14 days, 15 cases have been reported in Hilo zip code 96720, 40 in Kona zip code 96740.
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 13,376,113 – about 20.9 percent of worldwide cases. The death toll is more than 266,838 – about 18.5 percent of worldwide deaths. Worldwide, there are more than 62.67 million COVID-19 cases. The death toll is more than 1,458,360.
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|Lanterns remember late loved ones |
at the Punualuʻu Medicine Pond.
Photo by Julia Neal
Participants' hand-painted messages on the wooden and foam rafts most often said, "I love you" to the one departed. Some messages were for family members, others for friends. Some were for a small child's pets, who completed their short lives. The group walked the path down to Punaluʻu Medicine Pond around sunset and set free the rafts to sail across the waters to the far shore. After retrieving the rafts, participants took the art home for keepsakes.
Marques said she is looking forward to the event next year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Hula from the hālau of the Kīlauea Military Camp luʻau each Friday night offered danced for the Floating
Lantern Ceremony at Punaluʻu Medicine Pond during the 2019 Thanksgiving weekend.
Photo by Julia Neal
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.
Order Culinary and Craft Gifts Made By Kaʻū High Entrepreneurs online through Monday, Nov. 30 and by email through Friday, Dec. 11 via email. Mail orders will be shipped by Dec. 4. Pick up orders will be available at Kaʻū High School on Dec. 10. Make purchases online at hfwfmarketplace.com. Selections include Kaʻū ʻOno Iʻa, sustainably-caught, artisan-dried ʻopelu (mackerel) - Kaʻū residents receive $5 off per bag; Manaʻolana Butters, two butter flavors: lilikoi or chilli; Kaʻū Quality F.I.T. Powder, all-natural fruit powder; Lāʻau Aloha by Kamalanini, pendants, incorporating resin and hand-carved polished ʻōhiʻa and ʻaʻaliʻi wood; and Kaʻū Design Group two custom-designed hats. Email questions for the student entrepreneurs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cultural Significance of Humpback Whales in Hawaiʻi virtual presentation will be held Monday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The webinar will focus on the place of humpback whales, koholā, in Hawaiian culture. Koholā was believed to be a manifestation of Kanaloa, the god of the ocean, and is said to be responsible in helping the Polynesians discover the Hawaiian Islands. Join presenter Solomon Pili Kahoʻohalahala as he shares that whales are also revered as ʻaumakua (spiritual protector) to specific families and were generally viewed as divine beings. Register here.
From Plant to Pigment with Puakea Forester returns on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Volcano Art Center in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees apply. Register at volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.
Sea Turtles in Hawaiʻi virtual presentation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The webinar presenter, Hannah Bernard, is the executive director of Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund, a non-profit organization with a mission to protect native wildlife. She will discuss the latest information on their work with the various sea turtle species found within the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. The live presentation is hosted by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Register here.
Second Saturday at Volcano Art Center on Dec. 12 offers barbecue chicken or ribs plates as a fundraiser for VAC, in the parking lot of Niʻaulani. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222
Homestead Mushroom Cultivation workshop with Zach Mermel, Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Volcano Art Center in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees apply. Register at volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.
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.
Register for 2021 Sanctuary Ocean Count starting Tuesday, Dec. 15. The count is held the last Saturday of January, February, and March, yearly. In 2021, the dates are Jan. 30, Feb. 27, and March 27, from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The Ocean Count promotes public awareness about humpback whales, the sanctuary, and shore-based whale watching opportunities in the Hawaiian Islands. Contact Cindy Among-Serrao, email@example.com. Register at oceancount.org.
Apply for SNAP at Markets Grant through Sunday, Dec. 20. Launched by Hawaiʻi Farmers Market Association, the program will work through implementation and promotion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps. Visit the program website for more information and to apply.
Vote for Kīlauea Military Camp's Holiday Challenge Winner. Local community members and guests at KMC are invited to come see the decorated cottages at the camp and vote for their favorite one. The annual event is a friendly decorating competition between KMC employees. It began the day after Thanksgiving and ends on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2021.
Apply for Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Members by Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. There are five primary and 11 alternate seats open: Business/Commerce (primary & alternate), Commercial Shipping (alternate), Conservation (alternate), Fishing (primary & alternate), Lānaʻi Island Representative (alternate), Maui Island Representative (primary & alternate), Molokaʻi Island (alternate), Native Hawaiian (alternate), Oʻahu Island (primary & alternate), Research (alternate), and Youth (primary & alternate). To receive an application kit or for further information, contact Cindy Among-Serrao via email at Cindy.Among-Serrao@noaa.gov or visit the sanctuary website, hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/management/advisory/recruitment.html.
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 of 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, and 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 here, call 543-4601 on weekdays from 8 a.m to 3 p.m., or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cookbooks can only be mailed within the U.S. USPS Priority Mail rates will be applied. Delays may be due to the pandemic.
Kaʻu Art Gallery is Open in Nāʻālehu Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gallery is in the process of showcasing everything in the gallery online at kauartgallery.com. If interested in purchasing, contact Kaʻu Art Gallery at email@example.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.
Apply for The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences COVID-19 Family Relief Funds. Funded by Volcano Community Association, and members of the VSAS Friends and Governing Boards, who have donated, the fund supplies KTA or Dimple Cheek Gift Cards, or gift cards to other locally-owned business, to VSAS families in need. Contact Kim Miller at 985-8537, firstname.lastname@example.org to apply. Contributions to the fund can be sent in by check to: VSAS, PO Box 845, Volcano, HI 96785 – write Relief Fund in the memo. See volcanoschool.net.
Bulk School Meal Service for those 18 and under will be held at Volcano and Pāhala on alternating weeks. Friday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., pick up food at Kaʻū District Gym. Friday, Dec. 11, pick up food at The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences Keakealani Campus located at 19-4024 Haunani Road in Volcano. 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.
Purchase The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences Fundraising calendars, t-shirts, and sweatshirts. Preview the calendar here. Order the Calendar using this form. Send payment or donations to VSAS PayPal. Order school t-shirts and sweatshirts via order forms with 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, email@example.com. Contact Kanani at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and assistance with ordering.
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.
Free Drive-Thru COVID Testing, every Saturday at Kea‘au High School in Puna, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. No co-pay, no insurance necessary, but bring insurance card if have. People do not have to have symptoms in order to be tested. Social distancing must be observed and face coverings must be worn at all times. For more, call Civil Defense at 935-0031.
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."
Contact AskUSDA at (833) ONE-USDA with representatives available 4 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. The website, ask.usda.gov is available 24/7 and includes live chat agents available 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays. Inquiries can also be sent via email at any time to email@example.com.
Women Farmers can Register with Hawaiʻi Women Farmers Directory, a statewide online directory of women-operated farms, ranches, and agribusinesses. Visit the program website to register.
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.
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