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Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Ka`u News Briefs, Tuesday, December 1, 2020

A type of surgeonfish native to Hawaiʻi, kole tang are prized traditional Hawaiian food. The fish suffers 
widespread aquarium collection in the state. Photo by Victoria Martocci

NO MORE AQUARIUM FISH COLLECTING LICENSES WITHOUT AN ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW: The state Department of Land & Natural Resources made the announcement after a state court decision on Friday. The First Circuit Court ruling comes three years after the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court ruled that environmental review is required for commercial aquarium collection permits. Both decisions impact the aquarium pet trade and refer to the state's Hawaiʻi Environmental Policy Act.
    At the forefront of the issue are Miloliʻi native cultural practitioners Willie and Kaʻimi Kaupiko, along with Mike Nakachi. They sued the DLNR to clarify the Supreme Court ruling. They are represented by Mahesh Cleveland, an attorney with Earthjustice, the legal arm of the Sierra Club. Cleveland said the Kaupiko and Nakachi ʻohana celebrate the victory, having fought for reef protection for more than three decades.

Moorish idols, very popular in the aquarium trade, will be
better protected by the new law, which requires more 
environmental study before more collecting licenses
are approved. Photo by Zanclus Cornutus
    Kaʻimi Kaupiko said, "We are relieved that the court shut this illegal loophole so our reefs can finally rest while the agency examines the industryʻs harmful effects. These reefs are vital to our way of life and to the health of our entire Paeʻāina [Hawaiian Islands]. After all this time trying to protect our resources, we are thankful for the courtʻs decision to do what is pono. We must all do our part to take care of Hawaiʻi and to sustain our home for generations to come. But wala‘au [talking/words] is not enough. The state has work to do."

    DLNR said Monday that effective immediately, environmental reviews are required for the annual license renewal and for approval of any new ones. Its statement says that there are 41 licensees reporting their aquarium fish catches. There are about 3,000 Commercial Marine Licenses in Hawaiʻi. DLNR Director Suzanne Case pointed to several high-profile aquarium fishing enforcement busts on Hawai‘i island this year, the result of tips from concerned community members. These cases are still in the courts and DLNR civil violation systems. In the meantime, DLNR is encouraging anyone who suspects illegal aquarium fishing to report it immediately to the DLNR 24-hour violation hotline or via the free DLNRTip app. "We continue to take illegal aquarium fishing seriously. We want people to continue to report any illegal activity," Case said.
    The Earthjustice attorney pointed out that after the Supreme Court ruling in 2017, the state still issued permits for aquarium fish collecting, interpreting the decision as collections could proceed providing no traps or nets with a small mesh were used. Last Friday's ruling by First Circuit Court quashed that conclusion and mandated that no aquarium fish collecting is allowed without environmental review, no matter the manner of collecting the fish.

Achilles tang are often collected for the aquarium trade.
Photo from Waikiki Aquarium

    The Earthjustice attorney said that while the number of permits issued has recently declined, those with permits are likely to take more fish, especially those fearing their permits would be canceled or expire without renewal. He pointed to DLNR accounting for the aquarium catch. In the first half of 2020, the number of aquarium species taken totaled 537,850, outpacing the 507,000 reported for all of 2017.
    For the Fishes Executive Director Rene Umbergeror said she and other advocates are asking airlines to refuse to ship harvested aquarium fish out of Hawaiʻi.
    Illegal aquarium fishing can be reported to the DLNR at 808-643-3657 or through DLNRTip.

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HAWAIʻI COUNTY'S INAUGURATION OF MAYOR MITCH ROTH and Prosecuting Attorney Kelden Waltjen, along with swearing-in of County Council members, will be Monday, Dec. 7 at noon without a live audience. View the live stream or watch the broadcast on Channel 55, Nā Leo TV.
    Monday at 9 a.m., Hawaiʻi County Council will honor outgoing council members Valerie Poindexter and Karen Eoff. At 2 p.m. after the ceremonies, Maile Medeiros David - who serves Volcano, all of Kaʻū, and parts of Puna and Kona - will be designated Council Chair. Current chair Aaron Chung will be Vice-Chair. Members will also take on their committees and adopt procedure rules for the next two years. Read more on the Nov. 24 Kaʻū News Briefs.

Watch the virtual inauguration of Hawaiʻi County's executive and legislative officials.

The inauguration schedule is:
    Darrin "DC" Carlson will be Master of Ceremonies. The virtual inauguration will begin with an    opening oli, chant, by Kumu Keala Ching, followed by America the Beautiful performed by Doug McClure and YWAM Symphony of Hope Pacific, and Hawaiʻi Ponoʻi performed by Ryane Kealoha-Yamanaka.
    The invocation will be said by Kahu Brian Welsh of Haili Christian Church.
    The Welcome Speech will be given by Billy Kenoi, Former County of Hawaiʻi Mayor.
    Judge Robert Kim will administer the mayoral Oath of Office to Mitch Roth, followed by his remarks.
    Judge Henry Nakamoto will administer the Prosecuting Attorney Oath of Office to Kelden Waltjen, followed by his remarks.
    Judge Robert Kim will administer the mayoral Oath of Office to Mitch Roth, followed by his remarks.
    Judge Kim will administer council member Oaths of Office to council members in Kona, while Judge Nakamoto will administer the oaths to those in Hilo, followed by Council Chair David's remarks.
    Finally, Hawaiʻi Aloha will be performed by YWAM Symphony of Hope Pacific
    Council members are: Heather Kimball, District 1; Chung (Vice-Chair), District 2; , Sue Keohokapu-Lee Loy, District 3; Ashley Kierkiewicz, District 4; Matt Kanealiʻi-Kleinfelder, District 5; David (Chair), District 6; Rebecca Villegas, District 7; Holeka Goro Inaba, District 8; and Herbert "Tim" Richards III, District 9.

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PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN ANNOUNCED HIS NOMINEES for his economic leadership team. Cabinet members are subject to U.S. Senate confirmation.

Neera Tanden, Director of Office of
Management and Budget nominee.
    As expected, Biden selected Janet Yellen as his nominee for Secretary of the Treasury. Biden said, "Janet is one of America's leading economists. She served as the 15th Chair of the Federal Reserve, the first woman to lead America's central banking system. And now, if confirmed, she will break another glass ceiling as the first woman to serve as Secretary of the Treasury in its 231 years of existence, and the first person to ever serve as Treasury Secretary, Chair of the Federal Reserve, and Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. I am proud to have her trail-blazing leadership at the helm of my economic team." Read more about her on Nov. 24 Kaʻū News Briefs

    Neera Tanden is Biden's nominee for Director of Office of Management and Budget. Tanden, said Biden, "is battle-tested and ready" to get the job done. "She has been at the forefront in creating policies designed to support America's working families. She'll fight for your family as if it were her own, because her experience as a child relying on food stamps and Section 8 housing instilled in her a belief that our economy must serve the dignity and humanity of all people. If confirmed, she'll be the first woman of color and the first South Asian American to lead the OMB, and I'm excited to watch her make history."

Wally Adeyemo, Deputy Secretary
of the Treasury 
    Wally Adeyemo is Biden's nominee for Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. Said Biden, "During the Obama-Biden administration, Wally was front and center at the economic decision-making table. Among a broad range of posts, he served as President Obama's international economic adviser, and now currently serves as the president of the Obama Foundation. If confirmed, he would be the first African American Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. There is no one better equipped for this post to help lead America out of its current economic crisis, and I'm proud to have Wally on the team."

Cecilia Rouse, Chair of the Council
of Economic Advisers nominee.

    Cecilia Rouse will be Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers if confirmed. She would become the first African American and just the fourth woman to lead the Council of Economic Advisors. She served on this council during the Obama-Biden administration, and the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration. Cecilia is now Dean of Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, "and I know that she is an accomplished leader who has the experience to get things done and deliver real results," said Biden.

Jared Bernstein, Member of
the Council of Economic
Advisers nominee.
    Biden calls nominee for Member of the Council of Economic Advisers, Jared Bernstein, "one of my most trusted economic advisors, having served as my chief economist in the Obama-Biden administration. His previous work as Executive Director of the Obama-Biden White House Task Force on the Middle Class, at the Economic Policy Institute, the Clinton Administration, and as a social worker make him uniquely equipped to lead on economic policies that expand opportunity for working Americans."
    Heather Boushey is another of Biden's nominees for Member of the Council of Economic Advisers. He said, "I've known Heather for a long time, and I know she'll make a terrific addition to the CEA. She is a leading voice on matters of economic policy, and now serves as President & CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Heather has years of experience at think tanks and on Capitol Hill, and is an expert on the impact of structural inequities on economic growth. I'm proud to have her on board."
Heather Boushey
Member of the Council 
of Economic 
Advisers nominee.
    As part of his announcement, 
Biden notes the COVID-19 pandemic has not only caused a public health crisis, but an economic crisis, too:
    "It will be the job of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and me to take this economic crisis head-on, and deliver immediate relief for the American people. That's why I am proud to present to you my nominations for our economic leadership team who will help us build our economy back better than ever.
    "This economic leadership team is comprised of respected and tested groundbreaking public servants who will help the communities hardest hit by COVID-19 and address the structural inequities in our economy. It's a team that looks like America and brings seriousness of purpose, the highest degree of competency, and unwavering belief in the promise of America.
    "They will work tirelessly to ensure every American enjoys a fair return for their work and an equal chance to get ahead, and that our businesses can thrive and outcompete the rest of the world. I believe in this team, and I know that together, there's nothing we cannot do as Americans when we put our minds to it."

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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR SPECIAL MENUS for dine-in or grab-and-go are offered by Kīlauea Military Camp's Crater Rim Café. Christmas Day Dinner and New Year's Day Brunch require reservations; call 808-967-8356. Christmas dinner reservations of to-go orders deadline is Monday, Dec. 14. New Year's brunch is tentatively scheduled.
    Christmas Day Dinner, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., dine-in menu includes tossed salad, prime rib au jus, lamb stew, mashed potatoes, and apple crisp for $27.95 per adult, $14.95 per child age 6 to 11. Grab-and-go turkey dinners include salad, 10-12 lb. roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes & gravy, and apple crisp for $59.95. Grab-and-go ham dinners include salad, 10-12 lb. pineapple honey-glazed ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes & gravy, and apple crisp for $69.95.
    New Year's Day Brunch menu includes ham, Cajun salmon, vegetarian quiche with hollandaise sauce, herb-roasted buttered potatoes, waffles, fruit & yogurt parfait, and a drink for $21.95 for adults. Kids' meal options are waffles, bacon, herb-roasted buttered potatoes, and beverage for $10.95. 
    Crater Rim Café is open weekly for Friday Hawaiian Dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday Breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Saturday ala carte dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday Breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
    Lava Lounge is open Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    10-Pin Grill is open weekdays, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Recreation Lodge & Java Café are open daily, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    KMC's Front Desk reservations are open daily, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (808) 967-8333/8335. The Front Desk is staffed daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Night Operations and Security are available 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. at (808) 936-5831.
    KMC General Store, (808) 967 8364, is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gas station is open 24 hours with credit card.
    Laundry is open daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Bowling Lanes require reservations, (808) 967 8350. Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Fitness Center is open daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. – call Recreation Lodge.
    KMC is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. See kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

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HAWAIʻI ISLAND TIGHTENED ITS TESTING FOR ARRIVING TRANSPACIFIC PASSENGERS. All will receive a second COVID test beginning Wednesday. Mayor Harry Kim announced today that the county has the testing capacity and will use it to further protect residents and visitors.
     Six new COVID cases were reported on this island today. There is one person hospitalized here. Civil Defense reports the person is in “good condition and doing well." The average daily case rate for Hawaiʻi Island is seven over the last two weeks. 
    New cases reported statewide today total 44, with 32 on Oʻahu, five on Maui, and one resident diagnosed out-of-state. The average daily case rate for the state is 80 over the last two weeks.

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 244 people have died in the state, according to state records, none reported today.
    Since the pandemic began, there have been 17,968 total COVID cases in the state. Oʻahu has reported 15,362 total cases, Hawaiʻi 1,605, Maui 547, Lanaʻi 106, Molokaʻi 18, and Kauaʻi 113. Residents diagnosed while out-of-state, 217. Statewide, 1,291 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, 38 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 13,709,452 – about 20.9 percent of worldwide cases. The death toll is more than 270,481 – about 18.5 percent of worldwide deaths. Worldwide, there are more than 63.75 million COVID-19 cases. The death toll is more than 1,478,923.

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Ocean View Drive-In's first "test run" showing is Friday, Dec. 4 at sunset, showing The Nightmare Before Christmas. After that, movies will be shown each Friday and Saturday. Once the car park area is full, gates will be closed. Gates will also be closed once the movie starts. There will be refreshments on sale, such as Thai Grindz, popcorn, and candy. No entry fee will be charged, but donations will be accepted. For details, see the Ocean View Community Market and Outdoor Theater Facebook pages. 

Volcano Garden Arts will celebrate Second Saturday on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., volcanogardenarts.com. Café Ono, cafeono.net, will be serving special plate lunches. Jewelry designer Suzie Cousins will be showcasing her collections of wearable art and demonstrating some of her techniques. See shopVGA.net to purchase products online. 

Visit a Volcano Artist Hui studio by appointment during the holiday season. See VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com or Instagram: @VolcanoArtHui for updates and individual artists' contact information.

Go to Christmas in the Country 21st Annual Wreath Exhibition through Thursday, Dec. 31 at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Walk the distanced paths through Volcano Art Gallery Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park entrance fees apply. See volcanoartcenter.org, call 967-8222. 

Drive or stroll past the Christmas decorated cottages at Kīlauea Military Camp in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and vote for the Holiday Challenge Winner. The annual event is a friendly decorating competition between KMC employees. It ends New Years Day.

Hike one of the many open trails, drive to the overlooks in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park at Volcano and Kahuku units. See nps.gov/havo.

Take a Guided Nature Walkthrough Nature Trail & Sculpture Garden, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. at Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. No reservations for five or fewer – limited to ten people. Free; donations appreciated. Email programs@volcanoartcenter.org. Garden is open to walk through at one's own pace, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222 

From Plant to Pigment with Puakea Forester, Saturday, Dec. 5 at Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus. Register at volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.

Big Island Giving Tree will give Christmas packages to the public, outdoors, at St. Jude's in Ocean View on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Available to those in need will be free clothing, linens, shoes, household items, cleaning products, and hygiene products.

Homestead Mushroom Cultivation workshop with Zach Mermel, Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Volcano Art Center's Niʻaulani Campus. Register at volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.

Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund Public Cleanup Saturday, Dec. 19. Group size limited due to COVID-19 precautions and government proclamations. Contact Megan Lamson-Leatherman at (808) 280-8124 or wild@aloha.net.

Christmas Day Dinner and New Year's Day Brunch are offered at Kīlauea Military Camp. Both dine-in and grab-and-go require reservations; call 808-967-8356. Christmas Day Dinner reservations for to-go orders deadline is Monday, Dec. 14. New Year's Day brunch is tentatively scheduled. KMC is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 936-5831 or see rb.gy/jakyac.

KaiLoki's, at the old Mehe's location in Ocean View, offers live music and karaoke on a to-be-determined schedule, along with a locally-sourced menu and bar. See facebook.com/KaiLokis.

Free Lifetime Entry for Veterans and Gold Star Families to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes and other national parks. Details at rb.gy/k3evh6.


Order Culinary and Craft Gifts Made By Kaʻū High Entrepreneurs by email through Friday, Dec. 11. See the story on page 1. Email questions and orders to aina.akamu@k12.hi.us.

Purchase The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences Fundraising calendars, t-shirts, and sweatshirts. review the calendar at rb.gy/tmxzva. Order the Calendar using this form: rb.gy/ytekoz. Send payment or donations to VSAS PayPal, paypal.com/paypalme/VolcanoSchool. VSAS is also selling school t-shirts and sweatshirts. Order from here: rb.gy/2a4cim. 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, knagamine@volcanoschool.net. Contact Kanani at kwylie@volcanoschool.net for more information and assistance with ordering.

Volcano Art Center online, in person. Shop at Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Virtual Shopping Appointments offered via Skype or FaceTime. Book at volcanoartcenter.org/shop for $5. Shop online gallery 24/7. Orders shipped or free local pickup available. See the VAC Virtual Classroom, which features over 90 videos. See volcanoartcenter.org/events, call 967-8222. 

Kaʻū Coffee Mill & Visitor Center. Buy online at kaucoffeemill.com and in person at 96-2694 Wood Valley Road, Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 pm.

Punaluʻu Bake Shop online at bakeshophawaii.com and in-person 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

Aliʻi  Hawaiian Hula Hands Coffee. Order by calling 928-0608 or emailing alihhhcoffee@yahoo.com

Aikane Coffee Plantation. Order online at aikaneplantationcoffee.com. Call 808-927-2252

Miranda's Farms Coffee. Order online at mirandasfarms.com or, in person at 73-7136 Mamalahoa Hwy, Nāʻālehu.

Kuahiwi Ranch Store, in person. Shop weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 am to 3 p.m. at 95-5520 Hwy 11. Locally processed grass fed beef, live meat chickens, and feed for cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, horses, dogs, and pigs. Call 929-7333 of 938-1625, email kaohi@kuahiwiranch.com. 

Kaʻū Art Gallery, in person 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 kauartgallery@hawaiiantel.biz.

Stay Home, Cook Rice – A Pandemic Limited Edition cookbook by Hawaiian Electric employees and retirees, and their families and friends costs $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/unitedwaycookbook, call 543-4601 on weekdays from 8 a.m to 3 p.m., or email karen.garcia@hawaiianelectric.com. Cookbooks can only be mailed within the U.S. at USPS Priority Mail rate. Delays may be due to the pandemic. 


Attend Sunday Drive-In Worship Service at Waiʻōhinu's Kauahaʻao Congregational Church. Parking on the lawn begins at 10 a.m., with Worship Service starting at 10:10 a.m. Face coverings 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 10:10 a.m. and Praise Jam, which runs from 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Service is emailed Sunday afternoon to anyone on the email list. Sign up by emailing atdwongyuen.kauahaaochurch@gmail.com or call 928-8039 or 937-2155.

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, at rb.gy/3jfbzd, Meeting ID: 684 344 9828, Password: Aloha. Weekly hot meals, hot showers, the computer lab, and in-person services and bible studies are suspended. Check the webpage for Christmas services.

Hope DIA-mend Ministries holds outdoor services Sundays at 9:45 a.m. at 92-898 Ginger Blossom Lane in Ocean View. Masks and distancing required. For help and/or to donate, call or text Pam and Lance Ako at 808-937-6355, or call the Ministry at 808-920-8137. See them on Facebook and at hopedia-mendministries.com.


Register for 2021 Sanctuary Ocean Count starting Tuesday, Dec. 15. The annual count is held the last Saturday of three months: 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, cindy.among-serrao@noaa.gov. Register at oceancount.org.

Nominate Businesses that Provide Excellent COVID-19 Safety Precautions for a Gold Star. Submit nominations to County of Hawaiʻi Department of Research and Development at rb.gy/fsrkwg. Find help for small businesses at rb.gy/sxzjt0.


Volcano Farmers Market, Cooper Center, Volcano Village on Sundays. 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., with much local produce, baked goods, food to go, island beef and Kaʻū Coffee. Cooper Center's EBT Machine, used at the Farmer's Market, is out of service until further notice. EBT is used for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps. Call 808-967-7800.

Ocean View Community Market, open Saturdays and Wednesdays, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the corner of Kona Drive and Highway 11, where Thai Grindz is located. Managed by Mark Council. Masks mandatory. 100-person limit, social distancing required. Gate unlocked for vendors at 5:30 a.m., $15 dollars, no reservations needed. Parking in upper lot only. Vendors must provide own sanitizer. Food vendor permits required. Carpooling encouraged.

ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Market, in Nāʻālehu, open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. Limit of 50 customers, 25 vendor booths, with 30 feet of space between vendors. Masks and hand sanitizing required, social distancing enforced. Contact Sue Barnett, OKK Market Manager, at 808-345-9374 (voice or text) or kaufarmer@aol.com for more and to apply to vend. See facebook.com/OKauKakouMarket.

Ocean View Swap Meet open at Ocean View makai shopping center, near Mālama Market. Hours for patrons are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Vendor set-up time is 5 a.m. Masks required.


Kaʻū Hospital offers COVID testing referral from the ER, a physician or a Kaʻū Clinic health provider.

Free Drive-Thru COVID Testing, Saturdays at Kea‘au High School in Puna, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays at Konawaena High School from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Civic Auditorium in Hilo from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (enter from Kuawa Street entrance). 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.

Get help to sign up for Med-Quest Health Insurance through Dec. 15. Contact Kalanihale nonprofit's Kaʻimi Kaupilo, of Miloliʻi at 808-937-1310 and Donna Kekoa, of Pāhala, at 808-769-1334. The state's MedQuest provides eligible low-income adults and children access to health and medical coverage through managed care plans.

Micronesian-Language COVID-19 Helpline is supported by We Are Oceania, weareoceania.org, to help with identifying COVID-19 symptoms, testing, quarantine, health insurance, housing, unemployment. Call (808) 913-1364. Watch the video at facebook.com/watch/?v=989579144844697.

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.

Learn How to Practice Self-Care through Big Island Substance Abuse Council's Practice Self-Care Series. For additional series that feature refreshing wellness tips, follow the Behavioral Health & Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group at facebook.com/bhhsurg.

Sign Up for Two Women's Health Programs from Kaʻū Women's Collective. Piko focuses on reproductive health; increasing access, respect, cultural competence, education, and choice. Pilina aims to grow membership and establish a culture of collaborative decision-making. Meeting held Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. Follow @kau_womens_health_collective. Contact rootsmedieshawaii@gmail.com. Call 808-450-0498.

Resources for LGBTQ+, Loved Ones, and Allies at Sexual and Gender Minority online resource hub at health.hawaii.gov/camhd/lgbtq-safe-spaces.

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. on Spectrum Channel 53, streaming on Nā Leo's free mobile app, and on-demand at naleo.tv/covid19.

Health and Fitness Website for Kūpuna, 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.

Choose Aloha for Home is available to families, to provide a healthy way to grow together using neuroscience and positive psychology. Program uses a series of self-guided videos, activities, and "dinner table discussion topics." Sign up at chooselovemovement.org/choose-love-home.


Pick up food weekdays in the parking lot of ACE Hardware in Ocean View from Hope DIA-mend Ministries TLC at 4:45 p.m. About 300 meals available each day, coordinated by pastors Pam and Lance Ako. For help or to donate, call or text Ako at 808-937-6355, or call 808-920-8137. See them on Facebook and at hopedia-mendministries.com.

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, Dec. 25. Food items include eggs, cereal, dry pasta, rice, beans, tortillas, milk, and canned vegetables and fruit. Each distribution provides enough food for every person 18 years and under to eat breakfast and lunch. No income requirements. Youth do not need to be present to receive bags but be prepared to give their names and birthdates. See volcanoschool.net or call 808-985-9901.

Emergency Boxes Available at Cooper Center Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Call ahead, 967-7800. 

Vibrant Hawaiʻi Food Distribution in Pāhala takes local food packages to homes in Pāhala through Dec. 31.

Free food for keiki offered at Resilience Hub, Nāʻālehu Hongwanji on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, noon to 4 p.m. The Hub also features drop-in WiFi and laptop access. Location is 95-5695 Hawaiʻi Belt Rd. Contact Michelle Galimba, 808-430-4927, for more.


Virtual presentation, Sea Turtles in Hawaiʻi, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Register at rb.gy/rkd2fd

Free WiFi Access for Students is available in Pāhala, Nāʻālehu, and Ocean View through Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary. Read details on Page 7. Questions? See khpes.org or call 313-4100.

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. Contact Michelle Galimba, 808-430-4927. See story on Page 7.

Register for Boys & Girls Club Mobile Outreach and Tutoring Programs at rb.gy/o1o2hy. For keiki grades 1-6. 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 mobiletutoring@bgcbi.org or info@bgcbi.org.

ʻOhana Help Desk offers online How-To Guides for Chromebooks and iPads at rb.gy/8er9wm. ʻOhana Help Desk also available by phone, weekdays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Invite Park Rangers to Virtually Visit Classes, through connecting with teachers and home-schoolers with distance learning programs and virtual huakaʻi (field trips). Contact havo_education@nps.gov.

Weekly Virtual Town Meetings, hosted by Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary, Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Discussion topics include attendance, best practices, Grab-n-Go meals, school updates, questions and feedback, and more. Go to KHPES.org for Live WebEx link.

Pāhala and Nāʻālehu Public Libraries, open for WiFi, pick-up, and other services. Nāʻālehu open Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pāhala open Tuesday, noon to 7 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., limited entry into library with Wiki Visits. Schedule a Library Take Out time at picktime.com/hspls. Open for library card account help and reference assistance from the front door. WiFi available to anyone with a library card, from each library parking lot. See librarieshawaii.org.

Free Book Exchanges, at laundromats in Ocean View and Nāʻālehu, provided by Friends of the Kaʻū Libraries. Open to all. Keep the books, pass them on to other readers, or return them. Selection of books replenished weekly at both sites.

Free Job Training for workers displaced by COVID-19 offers 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 and edahawaii.org/participants.

Read Report on Public Input about Disaster Recovery from damage during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. View the Civic Engagement and Comment Analysis Report at rb.gy/awu65k

Watch Hawaiʻi's 28th Annual Filipino Fiesta and 8th Flores de Mayo virtual celebration at rb.gy/b53jgn.

Learn About Hawaiʻi's History & Culture through Papakilo Database, papakilodatabase.com.

Virtual Workshops on Hawaiʻi's Legislative Processes through Public Access Room. Sign up by contacting (808) 587-0478 or par@capitol.hawaii.gov. 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.


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, kmiller@volcanoschool.net. 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.

Marketing Assistance, for small businesses affected by COVID-19, from University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo faculty and the senior class at bit.ly/2YvFxsl

Farmers can 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, rb.gy/nem1ec, for more information and to apply.

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.

Homeowners, apply for Affordable Rental Housing Tax Reduction through Dec. 31. Application, requirements and benefits are at hawaiipropertytax.com/misc.html or call the county Real Property Tax office at 961-8201 or 323-4880.

Apply for Utility Assistance to pay for electricity, non-government water, or gas. Applicants must be a Hawaiʻi Island resident, at least 18 years old, lost income or work hours due to COVID-19, and not previously received assistance from other COVID-19 federal or state-funded programs. Funded by CARES Act and distributed by Hawaiʻi County Economic Opportunity Council, required documents for application are government-issued identification, income verification documents for all household members, utility statement with address of services, lease/rental agreement or mortgage document, and proof of hardship. Hardship may include, but not limited to, pay stubs documenting pre-COVID-19 income, unemployment approval letter, or layoff letter. Apply at HCEOC.net or call 808-961-2681.

Apply for Expanded Hawaiʻi County Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program. Contact RMAP partners: Hawaiian Community Assets/Hawaiʻi Community Lending, HawaiianCommunity.net, 808-934-0801; HOPE Services Hawaiʻi, hopeserviceshawaii.org/rmap, 808-935- 3050; Hawai‘i First Federal Credit Union, hawaiifirstfcu.com/pathways, 808-933- 6600; Neighborhood Place of Puna, neighborhoodplaceofpuna.org/coronavirus-rent-mortgage-relief, 808-965-5550; Hawai‘i Island Home for Recovery, hihrecovery.org/RMAP, 808-640-4443 or 808- 934-7852; Habitat for Humanity Hawai‘i Island, habitathawaiiisland.org/rmap.html, 808-450-2118.

Apply for Holomua Hawaiʻi Relief Grants for small businesses and nonprofits, up to $10,000, 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 rb.gy/v2x2vy

Small Business Relief Grant applications open through Wednesday, Dec. 2. Local Initiatives Support Corporation's grant program will accept applications from eligible businesses in rural areas for awards up to $20,000. More at rb.gy/cxje2q.

Receive Help Over the Phone with Critical Financial Issues, through Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund Financial Navigators from County of Hawaiʻi, in partnership with Hawaiʻi First Federal Credit Union. Complete webform at hawaiifirstfcu.com/community-resource-center or call 808-933-6600. Contact Sharon Hirota at 808-961-8019 with questions.

Apply or Donate to Full Calabash Fund to support vulnerable Hawaiʻi families and food producers impacted by the pandemic through Dec. 31 by contacting Nicole Milne, The Kohala Center's vice president of food and agriculture initiatives, at (808) 987-9210 or nmilne@kohalacenter.org. Nonprofit organizations and meal preparation services can apply for grants through Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. online at koha.la/calabash or by calling 808-887-6411.


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 askusda@usda.gov.

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, rb.gy/87fn9d.

Coffee Growers are urged to take a survey on how the pandemic is affecting them by Hawaiʻi Coffee Association. Take the survey here: surveymonkey.com/r/638VWS6.

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 at rb.gy/exzuk1

Native Hawaiian Farmers and Ranchers urged to use U.S. Dept. of Ag On-Farm Market Directory. Visit the program website, ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/onfarm.

Read About Seed Biodiversity for Hawaiʻi's Local Food System in It all Begin and Ends with Seed, where Education by Outreach Coordinator Nancy Redfeather shares her insights. Read the blog at rb.gy/ijai3y.

Find Grants and Loans Offered to Farmers and Ranchers, at oahuaca.org. The website has a new search feature. Find Rangeland Management Resources at globalrangelands.org/state/hawaii.

Learn Basics of Organic Farming, via free modules at rb.gy/4wio2y.


One-Time Emergency Food For Pets is available through KARES. Call David or Barbara Breskin at 319-8333.

Report Humpback Whales in Trouble at NOAA Fisheries 24 hour hotline, 1-888- 256-984. Also report distressed sea turtles, monk seals and dolphins.

Apply for Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Members by Thursday, Jan. 14. Contact Cindy Among-Serrao via email at Cindy.Among-Serrao@noaa.gov or visit the sanctuary website, hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov.

For free Veterinary Care, Spay & Neuter, visit hihs.org, Services Tab, Spay and Neuter or Community Vet Care, or email petsupport@hihs.org. Call 808-217- 0154. All appointments must be scheduled in advance and are open to healthy dogs and cats. Two pets per family will be accommodated, each pet with own appointment. Unavailable to animals other than dogs and cats. Unavailable to strays and those with contagious illnesses.


Volunteer in the community – find out how at hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/participate.

Wai‘ōhinu Transfer Station is open 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 or call 961-8270. 

Ocean View Transfer Station is open 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 or call 961-8270. 

Sign Up for Solid Waste Operations Alerts at rb.gy/iemgrc for site closures, service hours, and more.