|An Olive ridley sea turtle hatchling at Kāwā last week, where an Ocean View family assisted in helping many hatchlings|
to make their way to the ocean. See more below. Photo from University of Hawai`i-Hilo
The public is invited to join the dialogue about: Protecting Kiolakaʻa and Manākaʻa for conservation, agriculture, and cultural preservation; to hear suggestions about how ATA can partner and collaborate with the community; and to listen to the community's vision for community-based management and stewardship of these lands.
|Discuss the future of Kiolaka‘a, the 1840 acres beginning at Ka‘alu‘alu Bay and rising inland. A community zoom |
meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16, sponsored by the Ala Kahakai Trail Association.
Photo from Trust for Public Land
Register to participate at this link: https://tpl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0scOGoqTMqG9KW8AzGEslpLvSD819y7G93=
"Because it's not safe to meet in person due to COVID, we will meet online via zoom but hope to meet in person when it is safe to gather again," says the announcement from Ala Kahakai Trail Association.
For questions or more information, contact Keoni Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org www.alakahakaitrail.org.
|A site visit to consider conservation of coastal and adjacent lands at Manākaʻa in Kaʻū. Attend a zoom |
meeting on the subject on Feb. 16. Photo from PONC
"Manāka‘a: The 348-acre property is an undeveloped coastal parcel just south of Nā‘ālehu, where Manāka‘a Fishing Village sits on the cliffs overlooking Waikapuna. Local ranchers also hold license agreements to graze cattle on portions of this property, as well as on adjacent lands that are also slated for conservation with funding from the Legacy Land Conservation Program."
|A rare nest of olive ridley sea turtles at Kāwā last week. Photo from University of Hawai`i-Hilo|
|Olive ridley sea turtle hatchlings trapped in a nest were assisted to the ocean|
from a Kāwā nest last Wednesday. Photo from University of Hawai`i-Hilo
SB 676 would hike the wage to $12 an hour starting in July 2022.
Chamber Foundation's OmniTrak Survey shows "a majority of businesses have lost significant revenue and half have cut positions. Timing is everything and now is not the time to impose additional burdens that could lead to further closures and reduction in jobs."
KAʻŪ HOSPITAL'S SISTER FACILITY HAD ZERO COVID PATIENTS in the last week, according to today's update from Hilo Medical Center. Spokesperson Elena Cabatu also said Hilo Medical Center is "still vaccinating kupuna 75 years and older. Please know because of exceedingly high demand for our kupuna 75 years and over seeking the vaccine, we are not yet vaccinating the next group of kupuna 65 years and older and other essential workers – we are about four-to-six weeks away. However, the timeline to get to the next group may be shortened thanks to other vaccination sites like KTA, CVS/Longs, Kaiser, Bay Clinic, Hamakua Health Center opening up on the island, so stay tuned. Please continue to reach out to kupuna to assist them in signing up online." She reported the facility administering 6,000 vaccines since Dec. 23.
"Pre-registration for kupuna 65+ and other essential workers on the HMC website is open. Once we are ready to vaccinate the 65+ group, those who have pre-registered on our website will receive an email from the CDC to register and schedule their appointment on the VAMS website."
Bay Clinic and Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association are planning to give COVID-19 vaccines on
Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Bay Clinic in Nāʻālehu. Vaccines will be for Kupuna 75 years and older and administered by Bay Clinic. To register call 965-3048.
For more, contact Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association at 928-0101.
TWO NEW CASES OF COVID-19 ON THIS ISLAND were reported by the state Department of Health, with 42 on Oʻahu, nine on Maui and zero on Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi and Lanaʻi. Three residents of this state were diagnosed on the mainland.
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.