|Award winning author and writing teacher Tom Peek has launched a new website at tompeek.com. It includes photos of |
the recent volcanic eruption. Peek is a Volcano resident. See more below. Photo by Tom Peek
KEEP WEARING THOSE MASKS is the message from Gov. David Ige, despite the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention announcing that those who are fully vaccinated should be able to gather indoors or outdoors without masks and social distancing. Ige, interviewed on CNN today, said that Hawaiʻi, with less than 50 percent of the population fully vaccinated, has not yet reached herd immunity. He said it is safer to wait until 70 - 80 precent of the population is vaccinated before easing up on wearing masks and social distancing. Ige said it would be difficult to identify those not wearing a mask who have not been vaccinated. It also would be difficult to enforce, said the governor. He also noted that children 12 and older are being vaccinated and that younger children should be able to receive COVID vaccinations soon.
Acting state epidemiologist Sarah Kemble, said, "The pot of gold is when we get enough of our total population vaccinated that we can all relax and that we as a community can reopen more fully and go back to the life we think of as normal."
|A mass Moderna COVID vaccine clinic will take place Saturday|
at Ka`u District Gym. It's free, noon to 5 p.m.
Photo from Ka`u Rural Health Community Association
HAWAIIAN AIRLINES RESERVATIONS services were overwhelmed Friday evening with the phone message saying the wait time was over one hour. Making reservations through hawaiianairlines.com was inoperable. Civil Beat reported that "A sudden surge in demand for travel has overwhelmed Hawaiian Airlines' systems for booking flights – both online and on the phone – leaving Hawaii's dominant carrier unable to serve customers." The surge comes as visitors are allowed without pretesting if they can show it has been two weeks since they were fully vaccinated for COVID.
The virtual panel discussion and information session is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
tompeek.com. It's updated with new features—links, videos, and a flashy new home for his blog posts.
It features the latest info on Tom Peek novels, workshops, other writing and more. Its new blog posts include "a photo-rich essay on the first night of Kilauea's new eruption, a tribute to Beat poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti and a rumination about living on an island of fire and ice," says Peek.