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Sunday, July 04, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Sunday, July 4, 2021

Smoke and fireworks over carports and houses in villages across Ka`u punctuated the evening
of July 4, 2021. Photo by Julia Neal

WHITETIP SHARKS AND SEABIRDS MAY GET SOME PROTECTION from two proposals approved by the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council during last last month’s virtual meeting. Environment Hawai'i writer Patricia Tummons reports that the meeting of the "Western Pacific Fishery Management Council brought few surprises, but the council did take two votes that should reduce the impact of longline fisheries on protected species."
    One would require deep-set, tuna-targeting, longline fishers to employ monofilament instead of wire
leaders. Environment Hawai'i explains that "The leader is the short length of line that dangles from the branch line to the hook."
    Environment Hawai'i reports that Hawai‘i Longline Association, representing most of some 146 permitted longline fishing vessels in Hawai‘i, "announced that by July 1, its members would convert from wire leaders to monofilament to reduce the catch of oceanic whitetip sharks, which are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Each year, about 1,700 oceanic whitetip sharks are caught by the longliners; none is retained. The switch should allow the sharks, and perhaps other protected species as well, to bite through the line."
    The second measure gave preliminary approval for using tori lines to distract seabirds from getting caught up in long lines. Environment Hawai'i explains, "A tori line is a rope hung with streamers that is deployed from a fishing vessel as baited lines are set."

    Read much more on proposed fishing regulations, the restoration of streams and much more at www.environment-hawaii.org.

Kahiko, ancient hula at the Merrie Monarch, this past weekend. See all of the 
performances at www.merriemonarch.com and www.hawaiinewsnow.com/merriemonarch.

THE COMPLETE MERRIE MONARCH HULA COMPETITION RESULTS have been released, following the first-ever virtual presentation of the world's leading hula competition to the public. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Merrie Monarch streamed on television and the internet, without the large crowds and live cultural activities at Edith Kanakaole Stadium that accompany the celebration in nonpandemic years.
    One of the featured mele was Ka Nani Aʻo Kaʻū - The Beauty of Kaʻū, by the late George
Lanakilakeikiahialiʻi Naope. The music and hula describe Kaʻū's Palahemo, Kalae, Kaulana, and Ahukini, with the refrain Aloha no'o Kaʻū - with love and affection for Kaʻū.  Naope cofounded the Merrie Monarch Festival and his dance and music in Kaʻū continue though Kumu Hula Debbie Ryder who teaches here and takes her students to perform in Merrie Monarch related events during nonpandemic years.
    Among this year’s winners, for the ancient dance form Kahiko, the winning Wahine hālau is Hiʻiakaināmakalehua, under the direction of Nā Kumu Hula Robert Keʻano Kaʻupu IV and Lono Padilla. Second is Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea, with Kumu Hula Kapua Dalire-Moe. Third is Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻiliahi, with Nā Kumu Hula Haunani and ʻIliahi Paredes. Fourth is Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe, with Nā Kumu Hula Tracie and Keawe Lopes. Fifth is Ka Lei Mokihana O Leināʻala with Nā Kumu Hula: Leināʻala Pavao Jardin.
    The winning Kane hālau in Kahiko is Kawailiʻulā with Nā Kumu Hula Chinky Māhoe. Second is Hiʻiakaināmakalehua with Nā Kumu Hula Robert Keʻano Kaʻupu IV and Lono Padilla. Third is Hālau I Ka Wēkiu with Nā Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker and Michael Lanakila Casupang. Fourth is Kawaiʻulaokalā with Kumu Hula Keliʻihoʻomali Puchalski.

The Edith Kanakaole Stadium in Hilo was quiet as the winning wahine 'Auana dancers took the stage.
The hālau is Kekuaokalā‘au‘ala‘iliahiā, with Kumu Hula Haunani and ʻIliahi Paredes.
 Photo from merriemonarch.com

   In the 'Auana, contemporary hula competition, the Wahine first place is Hālau Kekuaokalā‘au‘ala‘iliahiā, with Kumu Hula Haunani and ʻIliahi Paredes. Second is Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea with Kumu Hula Kapua Dalire-Moe. Third is Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinā‘ala with Kumu Hula Leināʻala Pavao Jardin. Fourth is Ka Lā O Nohi Mae O Haʻehaʻe with Nā Kumu Hula Tracie and Keawe Lopes. Fifth is Hālau I Ka Wēkiu with Nā Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker and Michael Casupang.
    The winning Kāne hālau in 'Auana is Kawailiʻulā with Kumu Hula Chinky Māhoe. Second is
Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻiliahi with Nā Kumu Hula Haunani and ʻIliahi Paredes. Third is Hālau I Ka Wēkiu with Nā Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker and Michael Casupang. Fourth is Ke Kai O Kahiki with Kumu Hula Laʻakea Perry.

The winning halau in the Kane category for Merrie Monarch is Kawailiʻulā with Kumu Hula Chinky Māhoe, which
 won the ‘Auana and Kahiko.  Photo from merriemonarch.com

HAWAI'I NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH IN WESTERN CANADA have volcanoes, too—including potentially active ones. Volcano Watch, the weekly article written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates, explains:
    On the Island of Hawaiʻi, residents are well acquainted with active volcanoes like Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, and have likely also heard about other volcanoes on the U.S. mainland, including Mount. St. Helens and Yellowstone.
    Many people may not realize it, but the same chain of volcanoes—the Cascade Volcanic Arc—that includes volcanoes such as Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, and Lassen Peak along the west coast of the U.S. extends up past the Canadian border. Volcanoes don’t care about international boundaries!
    The Garibaldi Volcanic Belt (GVB) is the (mostly) Canadian extension of the Cascades, and includes Mount Garibaldi, Mount Cayley, and Mount Meager in Canada, and Mount Baker and Glacier Peak in the U.S.
    Closest to the US-Canada border, municipalities just south of Vancouver, British Columbia, sit on deposits from Mount Baker, located in Washington State. So, while the volcano itself is in the U.S. were it to erupt, the area near Vancouver could still be affected by hazards like mudflows and ash fall.
    North of Vancouver, and unlike many of their cousins to the south that are conical stratovolcanoes, the Canadian volcanoes of the GVB are complex mountains composed of all sorts of volcanic features, many of which have been eroded by glaciers.
    Mount Meager had the GVB’s most significant recent eruption—only about 2,400 years ago, it experienced an eruption very similar to the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, complete with an ash plume, a lava flow, and pyroclastic flows.

At left, a map of select recent volcanoes and volcanic areas in Canada (volcano location data from: Global GIS: volcanoes of the world; volcano basic data. [Shapefile]. American Geological Institute. Retrieved from https://earthworks.stanford.edu/catalog/harvard-glb-volc). Right top, Eve Cone, a cinder cone in the Mount Edziza Volcanic Field in Northern British Columbia, Canada (photo courtesy Ben Edwards, Dickinson College). Right bottom, a cinder cone formed in 2018 at Fissure 22 of Kīlauea's 2018 eruption, appearing almost identical to Eve Cone despite the very different locations of the two cones. Photo from USGS

    But just because the volcanoes in the GVB haven’t erupted for many years doesn’t mean they can’t erupt again—Mount Meager has hot springs and emits volcanic gases including carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide, indicating the persistence of magmatic heat. A small seismic swarm occurred in 2014–2015 to the south of Mount Meager as well.
    Further north in the province of British Columbia and into the Yukon is where Canada’s more recent volcanism has occurred, at volcanoes such as Mount Edziza, the Alligator Lake Volcanic Complex, and others. Many of those eruptions were of basaltic lava, so they would have looked very familiar to those of us in Hawaiʻi.
    Around the year 1700, Tseax Cone in the Northern Cordilleran Volcanic Province; formerly the Stikine
Volcanic Belt, underwent a period of volcanic activity with large outpourings of lava. The nearby Nisga’a First Nations community was devastated by the eruptions. At least two villages were destroyed by the flows, and gases from the volcano killed potentially up to 2000 Nisga’a people. The eruption is thought to be Canada’s deadliest geological disaster.
    More recently, only about 150 years ago, Lava Fork Volcano—also in the NCVP—produced Canada’s most recent documented volcanic eruption. Lava flowed from the volcanic cone and across the Alaska border, where it blocked the Blue River. The eruption is not known to have been witnessed, but the flows have been mapped and dated. Similar to what we see at Hawaiian volcanoes, pāhoehoe lava erupted from both Lava Fork and Tseax Volcanoes and created many lava tubes and even tree molds.

    There were reports from miners of an even more recent eruption in November of 1898 at Ruby Mountain in the NCVP—the New York Times even published the news!—but no geologic evidence of the eruption was ever found.
    In 2007, Nazko Cone, the easternmost volcano in the Anahim Volcanic Belt, and one which hadn’t erupted in about 7200 years, suddenly experienced a swarm of over 800 microearthquakes in three weeks. Hawaiian volcanoes often have many earthquakes, but the area near Nazko Cone had never had any recorded earthquakes before. The swarm was interpreted to be caused by an injection of new magma into the lower crust.
    Though Nazko didn’t end up erupting in 2007, and nothing else in Canada has erupted for over 100 years, there are many volcanoes that could still erupt there in the future. If and when an eruption does occur, it’ll surely be a new phenomenon for Canadians—they don’t quite have experience living with volcanoes that those of us in Hawaiʻi do!
    For additional information on volcanoes in Canada, see https://chis.nrcan.gc.ca/volcano-volcan/index-en.php

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ENROLL CHILDREN, from first through eighth grade, in Kula ʻAmakihi, a program from Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences. It starts Aug. 3. Call 808-985- 9800 or visit www.volcanoschool.net. See more on Page 6 of the July 
Kaʻū Calendar Newspaper.
SIGN UP FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL IN KA‘Ū. See more on Page 5 of the July Kaʻū Calendar Newspaper.

REGISTER TO GET RID OF JUNK VEHICLES at a pop up event at Ocean View Community Center on Saturday July 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the pickup on July 17 and 18. See more on Page 11 of the July Kaʻū Calendar Newspaper.

GET PFIZER OR J&J COVID VACCINATIONS at Ocean View on July 10 and Pāhala on July 17. See more on Page 13 of the July Kaʻū Calendar Newspaper.

VOLUNTEER AT KA‘Ū SCHOOL GARDEN on Saturday, July 31 at 9 a.m. as part of the Hawai`i Island Community Food Summit. See more on Page 5 of the July Kaʻū Calendar Newspaper. 

SIGN UP FOR EXPERIENCE VOLCANO FESTIVAL, which happens on Saturday, Aug. 14. See more on Page 15 of the July Kaʻū Calendar Newspaper.

REGISTER FOR VOLCANO’S OHIA LEHUA RUNS, which happen on Saturday, Aug. 14. See more on Page 5 of the July Kaʻū Calendar Newspaper.

REGISTER FOR THE KA‘Ū COFFEE TRAIL RUN, which returns on Saturday, Sept. 18. See more on the OKK event at https://www.kaucoffeetrailruns.com/

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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. Call 967-8222.

KAʻŪ ART GALLERY is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Kaʻū. 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. Artists with an interest in being featured at Kaʻū Art Gallery and Gift Shop, contact gallery owner and director Corrine Kaupu at kauartgallery@hawaiiantel.bi

GOLF & MEMBERSHIPS for Discovery Harbour Golf Course and its Clubhouse: The 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 clubatdiscoveryharbour@gmail.com. See The Club at Discovery Harbour Facebook page.

FREE LIFETIME ENTRY for Veterans and Gold Star Families to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes and other national parks available at the entry gate.


Aloha Friday Marketplace every Friday from 9am to 2pm on the beautiful grounds of Kauaha'ao Congregational Church 95-1642 Pinao St., Wai'ohinu, 

ALOHA FRIDAY MARKETPLACE, hosted by Kaʻū Main Street, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., grounds of Kauahaʻao Congregational Church 
95-1642 Pinao St. in Waiʻohinu, corner of Kamaoa and  Hwy 11. Farmers Market, Arts & Crafts, Health Practitioners, Food, Music, Yoga, Keiki Fun & More. Inquiries: AlohaFridayMarket@gmail.com

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.

O 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 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, daily, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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. ovecchurch@gmail.com

ST. JUDES'S IS HOLDING SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, with COVID protocol in place, including wearing masks. For those unable to attend in person, a Zoom link is offered at
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85798655114?pwd=QW5YSmQwNFAyWVZud3QvSVBiNXJ0Zz09. Meeting ID is 857 9865 5114. Passcode is Aloha.
    St. Jude's offers free food and showers, live church services and community outreach in Ocean View. St. Jude's Episcopal Mission is at Paradise Circle - mauka at Keaka. The Sunday service is also broadcast on Facebook through the St. Jude's web page at http://www.stjudeshawaii.org.
    Free hot showers are open to anyone on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 pm There are two private stalls. The church provides body wash, shampoo and a clean towel. Shower participants must be signed up by 12:30 p.m.
Free showers and lunches are available for anyone at St. Judes
on Saturdays. Photo from St. Jude's
    Attendants take the temperatures of the shower users and ask that all wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. The monitors sanitize the shower stalls after each use. However, St. Jude's assumes no liability in the transmission of any illness and posts the cautionary, "Use at Your Own Risk." On Saturdays, free lunches (take out only) are available between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    St. Jude's is also working with Kaʻū High & Pahala Elementary for educational outreach and better internet for the entire Ocean View Community.

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 808-937-6355, or call the Ministry at 808-920-8137. See Facebook and at hopedia-mendministries.com.

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.

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.


Free WiFi Access for Students is available in Kaʻū, 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 & 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.

Public Libraries are 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. Pahala 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.

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.
   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.
    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, 
    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.