|Youth Challenge Academy cadets worked with Kaʻū High students for two weeks prepping the new farm on campus. |
Photo by Jennifer Makuakane
Cleared space will be used to grow more fresh produce not only for the school, but for the Kaʻū community, said program director 'Aina Akamu. "To reduce food insecurity for the local families and contribute to the socio-economic resiliency of Kaʻū is part of the mission of the Global Learning Lab, an Agri-preneurship academy."
|Ready to serve, Youth Challenge Academy cadets line up at Kaʻū|
High School. Photo by Jen Makuakane
"Not only does Orcino want to give back to his own community but to be an example for his cadets and others to do the same in theirs," said Akamu.
“The vaccine is our best tool to move forward together as a state. These maps will allow us to work with partners to strategically schedule new vaccination clinics around the state,” said Dr. Sarah Kemble, state epidemiologist with the health department. “With this geographic information, we can deploy resources where they are needed most and bring the vaccine to where people live, work, and play.”
According to vaccination data on June 3, over half (52%) of Hawai‘i’s total population has been fully vaccinated and 59 percent have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. While the state has made tremendous progress in the past six months and restrictions are beginning to loosen, there are still hundreds of thousands of unvaccinated people and vaccination rates are higher in some areas than others, reports DOH.
To view the maps go to https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/what-you-should-know/current-situation-in-hawaii/#vaccine, scroll down to the Hawai‘i COVID-19 Vaccine Summary, and select the MAP button.
|A photo from inside Hilo Community Correctional Center on a press tour in 2020. Photo by Tim Wright|
PSD Director Max Otani said, “Vaccinations are a critical part of the Department of Public Safety’s efforts to mitigate spread of the virus among employees as well as the inmate population.The constant intake and release of pre-trial detainees in the jails make it difficult for PSD to fully vaccinate this population, but facility health care staff and DOH are working hard to educate inmates on the safety of the vaccine.”
Otani continued, “PSD health care staff and DOH teams regularly put out information to staff and inmates on vaccination opportunities and make themselves available in the facilities to answer questions.”
Tommy Johnson, Deputy Director for Corrections, said, “We encourage all staff and those in our custody and care to voluntarily test and receive the vaccines made available, free of charge. If not for themselves, for their loved ones. By getting vaccinated, we are all doing our part to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities and correctional facilities.”
The hotline has a distinct Hawai‘i flavor with a bit of pidgin thrown in: 833-4-Da-Nets (833-432-6387).
|Kamilo Beach in Kaʻū with derelict fishing nets washed up to the shore.|
Photo from DLNR
Cynthia Wellti, Chair of Surfrider Foundation Kauaʻi, said, “Just as we share one ocean between our islands, it makes complete sense to coordinate all our efforts to respond to nets and other debris that the ocean brings in.”
Rachel Roehl of Sustainable Coastlines said, “Since 2011, Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i has organized and executed large-scale cleanup efforts on Oʻahu and on the neighbor islands with the purpose
|A partnership of non-profits and the state urge citizens to call in sightings|
of large marine debris. Photo from Hawai`i Wildlife Fund
of educating and inspiring communities to be active participants in fighting plastic pollution. Now, we are excited to be working with partners and the State to create means for everyone to engage and report marine debris, so that our response team can effectively reduce entanglement risk and collect data on plastic pollution impacting Oʻahu.”
Many of the reported and collected ghost nets will go to a second good cause…for use in a research study by Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Center for Marine Debris Research to try to source them back to their origin in hopes of working with fisheries to prevent them in the first place. “We rely on people to report large marine debris sightings so that we can obtain samples for this important research study. The hotline is a huge help,” said co-director of CMDR, Dr. Jennifer Lynch.
Kelly said, “In addition to calling the hotline, we still want to encourage folks to also report debris through the State website. You can upload photos and it ensures reporting of as much data as possible. This is especially helpful in reporting large or hazardous marine debris."
|Pirates of the Penzance, as illustrated by this|
vintage Playbill at Uris Theatre on Broadway,
comes to Kilauea Theater this summer with local
talent through KDEN. Tryouts are June 7 and 8.
Performance dates begin Aug, 6 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. in KMC's Kilauea Theater. They wrap up on Sunday, Aug. 22. For more information call 982-7344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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