THE PUBLIC ACCESS, OPEN SPACE AND NATURAL RESOURCE PRESERVATION COMMISSION is seeking suggestions for lands to be permanently preserved by the County of Hawai‘i. The public can nominate lands for cultural or historical significance. The PONC funds are derived from 2 percent of Hawai‘i County's annual real property tax revenues.
Thousands of acres, including properties along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, have been preserved along the Kaʻū Coast through PONC and partner funding.
The most recent land acquisition by PONC consists of 12.639 acres in Puapua‘a in North Kona. A statement from the office of Mayor Mitch Roth says, "the purchase will ensure the preservation of numerous prehistoric and historic cultural sites, including a burial complex and the Kauakaiakaola Heiau. The Kauakaiakaola Heiau is among the most important historical and cultural sites in the State, similar to other West Hawai‘i historical sites such as Keolanāhihi, Mo‘okini Heiau Puʻuhonua O Hōnaunau."
More than 3,100 acres of coastal land at Kahuku were purchased, in part with
participation from PONC, which is open to new ideas to buy more property
for conservation. Photo from state Department of Land & Natural Resources
Statewide in December, 3,833 visitors came from the western U.S - a decline of 63.7 percent. The eastern U.S. was represented by 71,537 arrivals for the entire month - a decline of 66.8 percent, reported the Tourism Authority. Visitation from Canada dropped 97 percent, with 3,833 arrivals. Visitation from Japan dropped 98.6 percent, with 1,889 arrivals statewide. Visitors from all other international destinations totaled 6,547, with the most from Guam and others from Asia, Europe, Latin America, Oceania, Philippines and Pacific Islands, all in small numbers.
Visitors spent less money per day, according to HTA. The number of airline seats from all destinations had tanked compared to December 2019.
Flight cancellations to the Hawaiian Islands began in February 2020, initially affecting the China market. On March 14, the CDC began enforcing the No Sail Order on cruise ships. On March 17, Hawai‘i Governor David Ige asked upcoming visitors to postpone their trips for at least the next 30 days. The counties also began issuing stay-at-home orders. Effective March 26, all passengers arriving from out-of-state were required to abide by a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. Exemptions included travel for essential reasons like work or health care. By the end of March, the majority of flights to Hawai‘i were canceled, and the visitor industry was severely impacted. In April 1, the mandatory self-quarantine was extended to inter-island travel and the state's four counties enforced strict stay-at-home orders and curfews that month. Nearly all trans-Pacific flights to Hawai‘i were canceled in April.
|A pre-pandemic board meeting at Kaʻū Hospital with public participation.|
Photo by Julia Neal
|Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corp.'s most southern facility|
is Kaʻū Hospital at Pāhala, with others up the chain of
the Hawaiian Islands. Image from HHSC
next group of kūpuna 65 years and older. We understand the eagerness to get the vaccine, so we are working in concert with the Department of Health, Hawaiʻi County, other hospitals, pharmacies and community health centers on the island to administer vaccines in the community."
Those who register will obtain an email from the CDC within 2 business days if they are in the category currently getting vaccinated. All others must wait until their group is called.
Also check out the Hawaiʻi Island COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Resource Sheet https://www.hilomedicalcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-Vaccine-Clinics-Hawaii-Island-Resource-Sheet.pdf.
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 in the last day total 115, with 75 on Oʻahu, 24 on Maui, and 11 residents diagnosed out-of-state. The average daily case rate for the state is 106 over the last two weeks.
Since the pandemic began, at least 49 deaths have been reported on Hawaiʻi Island. At least 407 people have died in the state, one in the past day.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 25,656 total COVID cases in the state. Oʻahu has reported 20,782 total cases, Hawaiʻi 2,144, Maui 1,706, Lanaʻi 107, Molokaʻi 25, and Kauaʻi 178. Residents diagnosed while out-of-state, 714. Statewide, 1,683 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began.
In the last 14 days, zero active cases have been reported in Kaʻū zip code 96737, which includes Ocean View; 96772, which includes Nāʻālehu, Waiʻōhinu, and Discovery Harbour; 96777, which includes Pāhala; and Volcano zip code 96718.
In the last 14 days, less than ten active cases have been reported in Volcano zip code 96785.
In the last 14 days, 19 cases have been reported in zip code 96704, which includes Miloliʻi, and 26 in Kona zip code 96740.
See the Hawaiʻi County COVID-19 webpage, coronavirus-response-county-of-hawaii-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com. Report violators of COVID-19 safety protocols or quarantine to non-emergency at 935-3311. Hawaiʻi Island police continue enforcement of preventative policies.
Cumulative COVID-19 case count in the U.S. is more than 25,932,792. The death toll is more than 436,799. Worldwide, more than 102.1 million total COVID-19 cases have been reported. The death toll is more than 2,207,711.
The monthly ʻAlalā Project newsletter notes that Kupu service member Kaetlyn Weidum helps with this research "by going through hours of video from the last nesting season, looking at specific behaviors such as: how much time the parents spend on the nest, how long the mother 'broods', or sits on top of a chick to keep it warm, how often the father brings the mother food, how often the parents feed and clean the chick,
|Researcher Kaetlyn Weidum combs through hours of video to understand what makes|
a good ʻAlalā parent. Photo from state Department of Land & Natural Resources
and much more. Collecting this information and comparing it between parents that were successful and unsuccessful at raising chicks last season helps us determine ways in which we can help the ʻAlalā be more successful at raising young in the wild in the future. We hope to have many more parent-reared chicks in the coming years at KBCC!"
International Union for Conservation of Nature is a global network of states, government agencies, non-governmental and indigenous peopleʻs organizations that focuses on the status of the worldsʻ species and measures to safeguard them. The IUCN maintains the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, an inventory of conservation status of plant and animal species around the globe.
Reverse the Red brings zoos, aquariums, governments, NGO conservation organizations, and multilateral agreements together to highlight conservation stories. Find out more and read about the ʻAlalā and other #reversethered conservation stories at https://www.reversethered.org/stories/hawaiian-crow.
TEMPORARY SUMMER JOBS ARE AVAILABLE through Hawaiʻi County Department of Parks & Recreation for Summer Fun at Kaʻū District Gym and Nāʻālehu Community Center, June 3 - July 16. The job is to work with keiki. Applicants must possess a current First Aid certification, submit a completed Summer Fun application, and be available to work June 3 through July 16, 2021. Summer Fun starts June 7, following a mandatory two-day training period for all temporary employees.
Summer Fun applications are available online at
https://www.parks.hawaiicounty.gov/facilities-parks/recreation, the Recreation Division Office at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo, and various County gymnasiums located around the island.
Completed applications must be filed with the Recreation Division or postmarked by Monday, Feb. 12. All inquires may be directed to the Recreation Division at 961-8740.
7,500 distributed to stands and all postal addresses throughout Kaʻū,
from Miloliʻi through Volcano. Read online at kaucalendar.com
and facebook.com/kaucalendar. To advertise your
business or your social cause, contact email@example.com.
for full event details and more.
for full event details and more.
A BRUSH WITH LIGHT gives the public a chance to "immerse in Hawaiʻi Island’s magnificent landscapes and plants," says the statement from Volcano Art Center. Catherine Robbins’ "evocative oil paintings" are in the solo exhibition, A Brush with Light – Volcanic Island Reflections, at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The show runs through Feb. 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday – Sunday.
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.
GOLF & SOCIAL MEMBERSHIPS for Discovery Harbour Golf Course and its Clubhouse. The new Club offers Social Memberships, with future use of the clubhouse and current use of the pickleball courts as well as walking and running on specified areas of the golf course before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. to enjoy the panoramic ocean views. Golf memberships range from unlimited play for the avid golfer to casual play options. Membership is required to play and practice golf on the course. All golf memberships include Social Membership amenities. Membership fees are designed to help underwrite programs and improvements to the facilities. Call 808-731-5122 or stop by the Clubhouse during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 94-1581 Kaulua Circle. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. See The Club at Discovery Harbour Facebook page.
WALK THROUGH A GUIDED 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 email@example.com. Garden is open to walk through at one's own pace, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. www.volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222
VOLCANO GARDEN ART'S SECRET GARDEN WALK is on free trails to the public. Sponsor Ira Ona describes the “Historical garden with many native plants. We have just created a self-guided nature walk in my new secret garden which is carved out of an upland native Hawaiian forest. Open to walk throughout the week, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. www.volcanogardenarts.com, 985-8979, Located on Old Volcano Hwy in Volcano Village.
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.
|Volcano Farmers Market. Photo by Julia Neal|
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.AGRICULTURE
QUALIFY TO BECOME A BEGINNING FARMER OR RANCHER and receive benefits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture To qualify for status as a beginning farmer or rancher: Applicants must be an individual. Business entities may receive benefits only if all of the substantial beneficial interest holders (ten percent or more) of the business entity qualify as beginning farmers or ranchers. For example, a son moves home to take over the family farm and incorporates with his spouse and neither have previous farming experience. Their corporation would qualify as a beginning farmer/rancher. However, if a son moves home and forms a corporation with his father, who has had an insurable interest in crops or livestock for more than five crop years, the corporation cannot receive beginning farmer and rancher benefits. Although the son qualifies as a beginning farmer or rancher, the father does not so the corporation cannot receive benefits; and
CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM enrollment ends Feb. 12. Agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Conservation Reserve Program can sign up for the program until Friday, Feb. 12. The competitive program provides annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
PETS & WILDLIFE
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.
hihs.org, Services Tab, Spay and Neuter or Community Vet Care, or email email@example.com. 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.
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.