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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Wednesday, February 17, 2021

ʻOhana Keohokālole sent in a statement about its deep ties to Kaʻū and its support for preserving
lands at Kiolakaʻa and Manākaʻa. Photo from Trust for Public Land

SUPPORT FOR ACQUISITION AND CONSERVATION OF MANĀKAʻA AND KIOLAKAʻA, makaʻi of Nāʻālehu on the Kaʻū Coast, was issued today by ʻOhana Keohokālole and its spokesperson Emma Emalia Keohokālole. The letter is addressed to the state Board of Land & Natural Resources, which is tasked with deciding whether to fund the Kaʻū purchases to or provide the money to projects on Maui. It says:
    "Our organization, ʻOhana Keohokālole, is in full support of the efforts of the Ala Kahakai Trail Association (ATA) and the Trust for Public Lands (TPL) to help the Kaʻū community acquire, manage and steward the lands named above as well as all other unprotected Kaʻū lands into perpetuity. The missions of the aforementioned organizations have been well documented in the Board's own records, and our 'Ohana, without reservation, applauds and respects their continuing work to protect these precious lands of Kaʻū for present and future generations. ʻOhana Keohokālole is a federally-recognized Native Hawaiian 
A proposed subdivisions by real estate
investors at Manākaʻa 
Organization (NHO), and, as one of its main missions, was established in 1999 in response to ongoing issues of disturbance of iwi kūpuna (Native Hawaiian ancestral remains) to make room for housing developments, building of new and refurbishing of outdated hotels in Waikīkī and updating aging infrastructure in Honolulu proper. We have been recognized as both cultural and lineal claimants by the burial councils on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi Island, and Maui.
   "As a testament to the commitment of our organization together with several of our claimant families of Waikīkī, we designed and built a burial repository that sits on the corner of Kapahulu and Kalākaua Avenues in Waikīkī. This repository now houses the remains of kūpuna that have been unearthed in Waikīkī and other places around the moku, and still has space for future disturbances.
A proposed subdivision by real estate 
investors at Kiolakaʻa
    "A second mission of our organization, is that of Hawaiian education by providing opportunities for our lāhui to study and learn the Hawaiian language, research and explore family connections by tracing oneʻs roots, leading field excursions to cultural sites, participating in and offering training to kūpuna and students to further their knowledge of the Hawaiian heritage. We have provided seed money for development of curriculum development, scholarships for student and kūpuna travel for cultural exchange in Hawaiʻi, the mainland, and overseas.
    "Given these introductions about us, moʻokūʻauhau is very important when our family speaks of Kaʻū. Our Kaʻū connections go back to High Chief Keawe-a-Heulu, ruler of Kaʻū after 1791, born at Paiahaʻa Bay. His heiau, Pāneʻe, which he built is located in Waiʻōhinu. Our familial ties to High Chiefess Ane Keohokālole, granddaughter of High Chief Keawe-a-Heulu and mother of our last King and Queen, underscores our ties to Kaʻū as she was owner of many parcels of land which eventually became the sugar plantations. Also, our kūpuna kāne, Keohokālole and his brother Manunu, owned 106 acres of land at Kiolakaʻa where they lived before the catastrophic earthquake of 1868. Many Hawaiians perished and were displaced from their lands because of this disaster.
Kiolakaʻa extends to Kaʻalualu Bay. Photo from Trust for Public Land

    "The benefits of preservation of the ʻOhana Keohokālole are many. Our organization believes the greatest benefits that can be derived from a unified, concerted community effort such as this one is 1) the assurance of access to the fishing areas as well as gathering rights along the coast; 2) the planting of food crops in the uplands to provide food security; and, 3) the educational opportunities for our lāhui and descendants to help manage, protect, and learn about the stewardship of all the cultural resources that are inherent in the landscape left by our kūpuna. We want our descendants to appreciate their inheritance.
    "A final comment: For us, the basic mark of our identity and connection to Kaʻū is the ʻāina. We are tied to Kaʻū through our kūpuna's existence on their ʻāina when they occupied their lands. The metaphor of the moʻo in the word moʻokūʻauhau as defined by the kūpuna is that of a continuing succession of family – pedigree. No pronouncement of "outsidership" in any way removes our claims to Kaʻū which we, ʻOhana Keohokālole, make on the basis of our kūpuna who lived in Kaʻū."
    "All of you who are privileged to live in Kaʻū at this time cannot nor should you ignore the claims and comments of the descendants of those who occupied these lands before your arrival. No single organization "owns" Kaʻū. All of us are members of the Kaʻū family and community, regardless of where our families now reside. We are all obligated to and have the urgent responsibility of protecting this ʻāina. Remember that our kūpuna are watching and listening and they expect us to hana like (work together). We must do it with Aloha and respect each other in this entire endeavor.
     "May Ke Akua give us wisdom to move forward me ke kuʻikahi (with unity). Mary Kawena Pukuʻi in ʻŌlelo Noʻeau 1620, "Kaʻū lepo ʻulaʻula"
     "Kaʻū of the red earth" said of the natives of old Kaʻū, who were one vast family..." We are one vast family!"
    The ʻOhana Keohokālole letter said the group is open to questions to clarifying anything in the statement. Email eek4@hawaii.edu.

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KAʻŪ COMMUNITY MEMBERS CAME TOGETHER TUESDAY to determine where they share areas of support and agreement, concern and non-agreement and to propose solutions and ways forward for future management of  two properties on the Kaʻū Coast that are proposed for purchase for conservation. The lands are at Kiolakaʻa and 
    In a zoom meeting of more than 60 persons, and breakout groups, including Kaʻū residents and those living elsewhere with deep community ties, people appeared to agree in their desire to protect the Kaʻū coastline from development; protect natural resources, including native plants, springs, anchialine ponds, native birds and sea life; protect cultural resources, including wahi pana, villages, iwi kūpuna, trails, heiau; protect subsistence resources and fishing grounds; protect agricultural resources, ranching and paniolo traditions; balance managed access with protecting cultural and natural resources; provide education and training grounds for 'aina-based education and cultural resource management; and to want protection that enables community-based management and stewardship.
     Participants agreed on areas of concern and non-agreement including: Impact of ranching on cultural and natural resources; impact of managed access on cultural and subsistence activities; and community participation in decision making and management. It was discussed that there had been no recent community meetings, nor enough opportunities to have voices heard. Concern focused on how the community could be involved in care and management of these lands. It was suggested that the Ala Kahakai Trail Association, which would hold the land, should it be purchased for conservation, could welcome a board member born and raised in Kaʻū. 
    There were also concerns about potential federal government control over the lands. It was noted that Ala Kahakai Trail Association has always been a completely separate, independent nonprofit entity from the National Park Service. "While ATA hopes to work with NPS to ensure the trail is protected, respected and connected to community, ATA is not controlled or beholden to NPS. ATA partners will different government agencies, non-profits and community groups in an effort to collaboratively protect our island's trail system and its surrounding natural landscapes," said a representative of Trust for Public Land.
     Participants proposed solutions and ways forward: Ensure cattle grazing can co-exist with preserving cultural and natural resources. It was suggested that ranchers fence culturally and environmentally-sensitive areas. It was also suggested to adjust/reduce location and acreage of a pasture license to keep cattle out of sensitive areas.
     It was recommended to balance managed public access with protecting cultural and natural resources. Vehicular access would be managed with by waiver, vehicle limits, overnight limits. Pedestrian trail access would remain open. Stewardship days, kūpuna days, guided access days were suggested. the management would be determined by the community through a Community Management Plan.
     Another proposal is to increase community participation in decision making and management, to include required consultation of certain community groups including Aha Moku. Provide transparency regarding the use of acquisition grants. Hold more community meetings, Open invitations for Kaʻū organizations and generational families to join a Kaʻū-based Stewardship Committee. Increase Kaʻū representation on the board of Ala Kahakai Trail Association. Develop partnerships for stewardship programs, with PONC funding available. Explore other ownership/stewardship structures. One suggestion was that the state own the lands. However TPL explained that the state had rejected that idea.
    Representatives of Ala Kahakai Trail Association said ATA is open to work with another nonprofit to go before BLNR and the County to request permission that ownership be transferred to another qualified high-capacity nonprofit.
     The Board of Land & Natural Resources is expected to hold a meeting on deciding whether to partially fund the purchase of the lands by the end of this month or in March.

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Imiloa Astronomy Center is celebrating 15 years, with numerous programs. Photo from Imiloa

FIFTEEN YEARS OF EXPLORATION will be celebrated by ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i in Hilo, from Feb. 20 to March 19. Sponsored by KTA Super Stores, this year’s birthday theme, Celebrating Our Great Outdoors, will inspire a month-long event filled with hands-on learning opportunities and virtual engagement, encouraging Hawaiʻi Island families to explore nature and the outdoor spaces across the island, both online and physically.
    ʻImiloa Executive Director Kaʻiu Kimura said, “This year, we’re celebrating Hawaiʻi Island - the amazingly rich and diverse island that we call home.” It will start off with a goodie bag pick up at ‘Imiloa on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. -11 a.m. Island residents can drive-up to the front door of ʻImiloa and receive a bag that includes, a specially developed Palapala Holoholo - explorer’s journal - an ʻImiloa Explorer Kit, individually packaged KTA cookies, and a kalo plant ready for planting from the ʻImiloa garden.
    When attending the ʻImiloa birthday drive-up, participants are asked to remain in their vehicles while ʻImiloa staff hand off birthday supplies through the passenger window.
    Palapala Holoholo: The word “palapala” in Hawaiian is representative of any kind of documentation; to write, to journal, and even to print or make drawings or designs. The word “holoholo” in Hawaiian means to go for a walk, ride, sail, or stroll; it is meant for leisurely adventures and pleasant travels. The Palapala Holoholo is a journal filled with tips, trails, ʻImiloa curated activities and safety information that encourages participants to explore four outdoor hiking spots across the island – Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Kaulana Manu Nature Trail, Pololū Valley, and the Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Dry Land Forest. 

    The ʻImiloa Explorer Kit is a complement to the Palapala Holoholo filled with six crafts to stimulate and assist keiki in active observation while exploring unique parts of the island. 
    Following the 20th birthday drive-up, ʻImiloa will be sharing more birthday goodie bags to the public at several KTA locations across the island on select Saturdays. “We are excited to host 'Imiloa's birthday pop-up stations at our stores and encourage everyone to check them out when they are here,” said Toby Taniguchi, President and COO of KTA Super Stores. “We wish 'Imiloa many more years of success and birthday celebrations. Happy birthday and congratulations, 'Imiloa!”
     A more extensive digital version of the Palapala Holoholo as well as free downloadable prints and tutorial videos for crafts from the ʻImiloa Explorer Kit are available on www.imiloahawaii.org
    Social Media Contests: Interested individuals can enter social media contests promoted throughout the month-long event. Follow ʻImiloa on Facebook (ʻImiloa Astronomy Center) and Instagram (@imiloaastronomycenter). Details for contest entries and prizes, KTA pop-up dates and February 20th birthday drive-up can also be found at www.imiloahawaii.org
    “We want to thank KTA Super Stores for their continued support of ʻImiloa, and in particular our birthday,” says Kimura. “KTA provides invaluable support to not only ʻImiloa, but to numerous organizations and schools throughout our island community.” 
    ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is a community outreach, multi-service organization of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo dedicated to serving local and visitor communities through quality Hawaiian language and culture-based enrichment programs that focus on local science research, cultural advancement and environmental stewardship.

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THE LIBRARY AT OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER has extended its hours. Beginning March 5, it will be open Friday mornings 8 a.m. to noon and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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ZEN PEN - WRITING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE, which author and storyteller Tom Peek calls "one of my most potent and popular workshops," will be next Saturday, Feb. 20. from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Sponsored by Volcano Art Center, it will be held at Niʻaulani campus. Peek describes the workshop as "an exploration of the pen's power to probe the human spirit, increase our awareness and deepen the conversations we have with our soul."
    To register, visit the Art Center's website or contact VAC's program staff at (808) 967-8222. or workshops@volcanoartcenter.org. Due to Covid-19, registration is limited to nine students and masks and social distancing are required.

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 kauartgallery@hawaiiantel.biz

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 clugatdiscoveryharbour@gmail.com. See The Club at Discovery Harbour Facebook page.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.

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 programs@volcanoartcenter.org. 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, 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 Hawai‘i 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 Thursdays, 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 Wednesday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. Limit of 50 customers per hour, 20 vendor booths, with 20 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 is 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.


VOLCANO SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCES CALENDARS, t-shirts, and sweatshirts sales raise money for the school. 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. To buy 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, 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 in Nāʻālehu.

ALIʻI HAWAIʻI HULA HANDS COFFEE. Order by calling 928-0608 or emailing alihhhcoffee@yahoo.com.

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 kaohi@kuahiwiranch.com


OCEAN VIEW EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY CHURCH holds services on Sundays beginning with Sing-Along on the Square at 10:15 a.m., followed by Sunday Morning Service at 11 a.m. In-person services following CDC Guidelines and Hawaii mandates by using hand sanitizer, wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. 
Music and Sermons are posted to FaceBook.com/OVECC. Also see FaceBook.com/OVECC for more. The church campus for Ocean View Evangelical Community Church is 92-8977 Leilani Circle. Call 808-939-9089.

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.


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.

MICRONESIAN 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.

DEPRESSED, ANXIOUS, NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO? 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 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.

KAʻŪ WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE OFFERS HEALTH PROGRAMS. 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. 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 FOR KUPUNA at 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 n 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.

EMERGENCY FOOD BOXES available at Cooper Center Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Call ahead, 967-7800. 

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. Register to watch at rb.gy/rkd2fd

Free WiFi Access for Students is available in Pāhala, Nāʻālehu, and Ocean View through Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary. 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. 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.

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.


Online Directory at shopbigisland.com, co-sponsored by County of Hawai‘i, has a signup sheet for local businesses to fill in the blanks. The only requirement is a physical address on this island.


Food Assistance: 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. 

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.

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.


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
    Applicants must not have actively operated and managed a farm or ranch anywhere, with an insurable interest in any crop or livestock for more than five crop years (ten years for Whole-Farm Revenue Protection). This includes an insurable interest as an individual or as a substantial beneficial interest holder (ten percent or more) in another person who has an insurable interest in any crop or livestock. Applicants may exclude a crop year's insurable interest if they were under the age of 18, enrolled in post-secondary studies (not to exceed five crop years) or on active duty in the U.S. military.

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 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.

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.

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.