KAWAMATA FARMS ON THIS ISLAND is one of six agricultural operations statewide to each receive a $150,000 grant from the state Department of Agriculture to improve operations. Kawamata plans to expand its hydroponic greenhouse operation to produce premium ripened, on-the vine Roma tomatoes for local markets. Another recipient is Agrefab LLC, which plans to scale up agricultural drying and juicing facilities for tumeric, passion fruit, ginger, moringa, breadfruit, avocado, taro, mamaki, cassava and coffee cherry. Hawaiian Golden Farm plans to expand acreage and automate, creating value added products to include Okinawan sweet potato, ginger, herbs and papaya. Malama Kaua'i plans to grow its Moloa'a 'Aina Center food hub to provide processing facilities, tech assistance and aggregation and distribution for more than 100 Kaua'i farmers, ranchers and food producers. SK Natural Farms plans to establish a small animal harvest unit for hog farmers to address supply chain bottlenecks and increase local pork production. Xhao Produce plans to expand Thai and Italian basil production and create value-added products to export to the Mainland U.S and Canada.
A statement from Department of Agriculture says, "Consideration for the awards was based on agricultural operations that have demonstrated business success and were in need of urgent funding to expand their commercial production and that have establish business models that can effectively
contribute to the growth of agriculture in the state."
In the meantime, a contingent from the Hawai'i Legislature and business community visited Kaʻū High School today to learn about the new school farm and Kaʻū Global Learning Lab that opens this year. A volunteer day is set for the community this Saturday with a talk by Lew Nakamura of Hawai'i Community College, who is working on Kaʻū High students receiving college credits for their learning and efforts in agriculture. On Saturday, he will give a hydroponics demonstration for the public at 8:30 a.m..
|A delegation from the Hawai`i Legislature and business visited the new farm location at |
Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary today. Photo by Julia Neal
Shibuya asked, "How Many HMC COVID Cases Were Vaccinated? None. We currently have four COVID cases in our hospital. They are relatively young people from our community, men and women, with jobs and families. Caught it from recent outbreaks, community spread, and mainland and inter-island travel. Other members from their families have also gotten COVID. None were vaccinated."
Shibuya said that a COVID vaccine "is not a guarantee you will not get COVID. But as of today, out of 255 positive cases and 119 admissions at Hilo Medical Center, none were vaccinated. COVID cases are down from the peak experienced last August-September-October, but we still see a steady stream of cases.
Chad Shibuya, Prevention Director, points out that younger, unvaccinated residents
of Hawai'i Island are increasingly the new patients checking into the hospital.
Photo from Hilo Medical Center
The community has done a good job with prevention measures, keeping cases low, allowing us to care for our community without the added burden of COVID cases. The community has also done a good job getting vaccinated, especially the older population, which is why we are not seeing many older cases.
"It is the younger, unvaccinated group who are now becoming our patients. Similar to mask wearing, the COVID vaccine works best when everybody gets it. Even if you don’t think you need a COVID vaccine for yourself, consider getting it for those around you," urged Shibuya.
The next available mass vaccination in Kaʻū will be this Saturday at Ocean View Community Center where both the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer shots will be offered. Vaccines will be available to those 12 and older along with sports physicals for students. Parents must approve both vaccination and the physical for anyone under 17 years of age.
Location is at Ocean View Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for vaccinations. Free sports physicals for students 12 years and older will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents must be present. Location address is 92-8924 Leilani Circle.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. See The Club at Discovery Harbour Facebook page.