|Dependence on tourism and other dominant industries in the past has made Hawai‘i's economy|
very vulnerable to outside events, shock and scarring, says a UHERO opinion brief today.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! A UNIQUELY HAWAI‘I ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY, is the title of University of Hawai‘i Research Organization's brief, released today. It discusses the pandemic causing extreme economic hardship in Hawai‘i, relating it to extreme dependence on one industry. During this era, it's tourism. In the past it was sugar, pineapples, whaling and sandalwood.
Sandalwood was a dominant and vulnerable Hawaiian
industry, after contact with the outside world. Sandalwood was
depleted and people went hungry, having abandoned farming
to concentrate on sandalwood. Kamehameha Schools image
Bond-Smith notes that "stories of concentration and volatility are not unusual for small and isolated economies like Hawai‘i. My research and experience in Western Australia and New Zealand explains why small isolated economies are naturally more concentrated. Western Australia’s economy is dominated by exporting iron ore to China. New Zealand’s economy is concentrated in Agriculture and Food. Specialization enables industry scale that allows economies like Hawai‘i, Western Australia and New Zealand to prosper despite their small size and isolation. Due to the attraction of its climate, natural beauty, and host culture, Hawai‘i finds scale by specializing in the visitor industry. But specialization also amplifies exposure to external shocks and increases risk.
|Whaling was another industry that brought lack of diversity|
in the Hawaiian economy. Photo from Lahaina Whaling Museum
Bond-Smith says, "we need a clear understanding why Hawai‘i’s economy is so concentrated and why it is concentrated in those particular things. It is important to consider why
some business activities are just more difficult in Hawai‘i. It is equally important to examine what helped in the past, what didn’t and why these were successes or failures. Ultimately, the goal is to find more and other things that Hawai‘i can be good at and that remain in Hawai‘i through the shocks." See more in Saturday's Ka`u News Briefs.
them indicating they came for a vacation.
Eighty-seven new COVID cases were reported statewide today, with four on Hawai‘i Island, 11 on Maui and 67 on O‘ahu. There were none on Kaua‘i, Moloka‘i or Lana‘i.
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FEDERAL GRANTS TO HELP PAY FOR OVERDUE WATER BILLS are available, according to the county Department of Water Supply. Spokesperson Jason Armstrong made the announcement today, saying the Hawai‘i County Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide up to 12
months of total utility and rental-assistance grants to an expected 3,400 Hawai‘i Island households that
meet income qualifications and can prove financial hardship due to COVID-19.
Grant applications will be made available starting at 8 a.m.
Monday, April 12. Hawai‘i Island residents at least 18 years old and who lost income since March 2020 are encouraged to prepare now so they are ready to apply when applications are opened. Funding is limited, and interest is expected to be very strong. Contact one of
these nonprofit partners to apply:
HOPE Services Hawai‘i –www.hopeserviceshawaii.org , (808) 935-3050, ERAP@hopeserviceshawaii.org;Hawai‘i First Federal Credit Union – www.hawaiifirstfcu.com, (808) 933-6600, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Neighborhood Place of Puna – www.neighborhoodplace.org, (808) 965-5550, ERAP@neighborhoodplace.org;
Habitat for Humanity Hawai‘i Island – www.habitathawaiiisland.org/, (808) 843-0071, email@example.com;
The Salvation Army – hawaii.salvationarmy.org, (808) 935-1277, Hilo.ERAP@usw.salvationarmy.org;
Hawai‘i County Economic Opportunity Council– www.hceoc.net, (808) 932-2714, ERAP@hceoc.net.
County of Hawai‘i will use Federal funding to finance the program through the nonprofit Hawai‘i Community Lending. Annual income for eligible households cannot exceed 80 percent of area median income. Applicants will need proof of Hawai‘i residency, proof of financial hardship, past due water bill, and other documentation. For more information or to apply, visit www.HawaiiCountyERAP.org. DWS customers may also call DWS Customer Service at 961-8060 or visit www.hawaiidws.org for program information.
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.
HELP FOR HEALTH & COVID TESTING
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, Hawaiʻi 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.
Free WiFi Access for Students is available in ʻ, Nāʻālehu, and Ocean View through Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary. Questions? See khpes.org or call 313-4100.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly Virtual Town Meetings, hosted by Kaʻū High & Ka'ū 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 email@example.com. 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.
Marketing Assistance, for small businesses affected by COVID-19, from University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo faculty and the senior class at bit.ly/2YvFxsl.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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