|Mayor Mitch Roth is back at work, part time as he recovers from a heart attack on Jan. 9 and hospitalization|
until Jan. 20. Photo from the Mayor's Office
THE MAYOR RETURNED TO WORK TODAY after recovering from a heart attack that he experienced on Jan. 9. Hawaiʻi Mayor Mitch Roth has clearance from his physicians to work "on a limited,
part-time basis as he continues his recovery," says a statement from his office. He "was released from the hospital on Jan. 20 has been working from home on a minimal basis and will begin to resume his full workload over the coming
weeks. It is unclear when Mayor Roth will return full time to the office but will be alternating
between his home and the office in the meantime."
Roth said, “I’m excited and, more importantly, ready to be back. I feel much better and look forward to hitting the ground running. Our staff in the Mayor’s office has done a fantastic job ensuring that none of our projects or initiatives missed a beat in my absence, and I couldn’t feel more supported throughout my recovery. The aloha and prayers from the community were truly felt, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a
part of this community, island, and county.”
THANKSGIVING IN FEBRUARY saw 420 free meals delivered to vehicle-bound and masked Ocean View residents on Saturday, according to Dave Anderson, who coordinated the effort at Ocean View Community Center.
Each dinner included turkey, stuffing, cranberry, gravy, beans, corn, mashed potatoes, Hawaiian sweet bread and a desert. The food boxes were packed by a busy team of volunteers, and then taken out to mask-wearing residents patiently waiting in their vehicles.
|Debra Bradbard and Elaine Brown spoon hot turkey, stuffing|
and vegetables from the chafing dishes to the food boxes
for the Ocean View residents eagerly awaiting a
Thanksgiving meal in February. Photo by Annie Bosted
“People started arriving at 11:15 a.m. even though the first meals were not due to be served until noon. The last meals were given away at 2:45 p.m. - fifteen minutes earlier than our advertised quitting time.
“We were given 20 fresh turkeys. We cooked them on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On Friday we prepared the stuffing. Each day, after cooking, we would let them cool, then volunteers would strip the meat from the bones and refrigerate everything. The next day I would cook down the carcasses for gravy and stuffing.
“I first volunteered for helping with the Thanksgiving dinner back in 2006. At that time, I was only trusted to wash up. Since then I have been working my way up the ranks.
“It’s a labor of love,” added Anderson, “its heartwarming when the community does something for the community”.
Ocean View resident Abram Sandoval gratefully accepts
two bags of free boxed meals from Marilyn Rose.
Photo by Annie Bosted
The Center’s kitchen was upgraded at a cost of $37,421 and was certified on Jan. 7 by the state Department of Health. The kitchen now has two new electric wall ovens, as well as the original gas-powered ranges and ovens. It also has a new exhaust hood with fire suppression above the gas burners. Most of the cost was covered by donations. The OVCA is now open each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Donations of food or cash for the Thanksgiving meals were received from the following businesses: Bee Boys, Costco Wholesale, Hawaiʻi Federal Credit Union, Hilo Fire Extinguishers, Honaunau Market, Kaʻū Auto Repair, Kaʻū Food Pantry, Kona Target, Malama Market, Ocean View Auto Parts, Ocean View Pizzeria, Punaluʻu Bake Shop, Ranchos Ace Hardware, South Point Salsa, South Point U-Cart, and St. Jude's Episcopal Church.
Tony Weaver adds a helping of cranberry
jelly to each meal. Photo by Annie Bosted
FOUR NEW COVID-19 CASES WERE REPORTED FOR THIS ISLAND TODAY, according to the state Department of Health. Twenty are reported for O`ahu, seven for Maui and zero for Kaua`i, Lana`i and Moloka`i. Two state residents were diagnosed outside the states. The count is from Saturday.
The number of doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered through out the state total, 202,200, according to the Department of Health.
A SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR HEALTH INSURANCE has been announced through an Executive Order from Pres. Joe Biden. The state Department of Commerce & Community Affairs urged Hawaiʻi residents today to visit HealthCare.gov.
Enrollment starts Feb. 15 and ends May 15. "The Special Enrollment Period for Health Insurance Marketplace coverage will make a SEP available in response to the COVID-19 pandemic," says the message from the State of Hawaiʻi. "Consumers who are submitting a new application or updating an existing application can access the special enrollment through healthcare.gov or the marketplace call center at 800-318-2596.
Insurance Commissioner Colin Hayashida said, "It's been almost a year since a public health emergency was declared due to COVID-19 and the emergency continues. As we continue to tackle this pandemic, it is more critical than ever to ensure that Hawaiʻi's uninsured and underinsured have access to affordable healthcare. This special enrollment period allows individuals and families a chance to get comprehensive health insurance coverage if they qualify."
Read at kaucalendar.com. The Kaʻū Calendar is free, 7,500
distributed to stands and all postal addresses throughout Kaʻū,
Miloliʻi through Volcano. Read online at kaunewsbriefs.blogspot.com
and facebook.com/kaucalendar. To advertise your
business or your social cause, contact email@example.com.
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
Completed applications must be filed with the Recreation Division or postmarked by Feb. 12. All inquires may be directed to the Recreation Division at 961-8740.
KAʻŪ ART GALLERY IS OPEN TO IN-PERSON TRAFFIC Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. It features and sells works by local artists and offers other gift items.
Kaʻū Art Gallery's website has 24/7 access online and is frequently updated to show current inventory items. "We are always looking to collaborate with local artists in our community," said assistant Alexandra Kaupu. Should anyone have an interest in being featured at Kaʻū Art Gallery and Gift Shop, contact gallery owner and director Corrine Kaupu at firstname.lastname@example.org
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|
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, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 pm.
PUNALUʻU BAKESHOP online at bakeshophawaii.com and in-person 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
ALIʻI HAWAIʻI HULA HANDS COFFEE. Order by calling 928-0608 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
AIKANE PLANTATION COFFEE COMPANY. Order online at aikaneplantation.com. Call 808-927-2252
MIRANDA'S FARMS KAʻŪ COFFEE. Order online at mirandafarms.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 email@example.com.
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.
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.