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Friday, July 09, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Friday, July 9, 2021

Containers remained on the Young Brothers barge, which lost 21 of them into the ocean near Hilo last year before docking at Hilo Harbor.  The National Transportation Safety Board report was revealed at the Public Utilities Commission meeting today. 
Photo by Tim Wright , Kaʻū High School Class of '77

THE YOUNG BROTHERS 2020 BARGE MISHAP, WITH 21 CONTAINERS GOING OVERBOARD, was probably caused by "the company not providing the barge team with an initial barge load plan, as well as inadequate procedures for monitoring stack weights, which led to undetected reverse stratification of container stacks that subjected the stacks’ securing arrangements to increased forces while in transit at sea," according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB studied the collapse of container stacks onboard the barge Ho'omaka Hou towed by the Hoku Loa on June 22, 2020and today its report came before the state Public Utilities Commission, which regulates and authorizes shipping by Young Brothers.
   Eight of the containers were found floating at sea north of Pepe'ekeo. Thirteen containers are still
missing. The barge arrived at Hilo Port with containers lopsided on its deck.
    The Coast Guard and Young Bros. also submitted their own findings. Young Bros. said, it "stands by its existing barge loading practices that have had a near flawless incident record over the course of its rich 120-year history. In particular, the current block stowage technique currently implemented by YB is recognized as the least labor-intensive barge stowage method and allows

Young Brothers defended its operations procedures before the
Public Utilities Commission today. Photo from Young Brothers
for high cargo handling efficiency with rapid loading and discharge of cargo at the port of destination. This method has been an integral reason why YB has been able to provide fast, efficient, frequent, affordable and reliable service to the Hawaiian Islands with 12-weekly regulated sailings that depart out of Honolulu, O'ahu to all major island ports, including the remote island port locations of Kaunakakai, Moloka'i and Kaumalapau, Lana'i.
    "Any changes or modifications to this technique will likely require, among other things, (1) further studies and/or discussions with key stakeholders including those currently participating in the Senate Resolution No. 125 Water Carrier Working Group (“SR 125 Water Carrier Working Group”), as such changes or modifications will need the necessary approvals and support from many of these stakeholders; and (2) additional coordination, training and labor between the various departments including terminal operations, health, safety, quality and environment, and human resources. In the meantime, YB will seek opportunities to continuously improve and operate the safe, efficient, and fast, frequent, affordable, and reliable interisland water carrier cargo service upon which our customers and community depend on a weekly basis."

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In celebrating easier travel to Hawai'i on  Philippine Airlines, with approval of pre-flight Covid-19 tests starting July 15, the airlines noted that almost 75 years ago it became the first Asian airline to cross thePacific. It landed in Honolulu, bringing home military troops on July 31, 1946. Image from Philippine Airlines

TRAVELERS FROM SOUTH KOREA'S ICHEON AIRPORT AND TRAVELERS ON PHILIPPINE AIRLINES will be able to come to Hawai'i with  negative Covid-19 tests from one of the state's Trusted Testing Partners, starting July 15. They join travelers from Japan, Taiwan and French Polynesia. 
     Gov. David Ige made the announcement today. The state of Hawai'i approved the process which allows the travelers to take the Covid test within 72 hours of departure, and upload negative results before boarding for Hawai'i. They also must carry a hardcopy to Hawai'i.  The procedure allows them to bypass the ten day quarantine.
     The governor said,  “We are delighted to announce that we are expanding our Safe Travels pre-travel testing program to include travelers from the Philippines and South Korea. "Hawaii is also home to many Filipino and Korean Americans, and we appreciate our partners who are helping families reconnect."
    Dexter C. Lee, senior vice president and chief strategy and planning officer of Philippine Airlines, said, “We welcome the recognition of the Hawaiian authorities of Philippine Airlines as a Trusted Testing Partner. This is a great convenience for our passengers traveling to Honolulu, who need not undergo the 10-day quarantine upon arrival if they secure negative RT-PCR tests from our PAL testing partners in the Philippines."
A brass collectible, celebrating Korean
 Airlines first flights to and from Hawai'i in 1972. 
     He noted that Philippine Airlines will soon celebrate its 75th anniversary of Honolulu service. On July 31, 1946, PAL became the first Asian airline to cross the Pacific when it operated a chartered Douglas DC-4 to ferry home 40 US servicemen. It took 41 hours with fuel stops at Guam, Wake and Kwajelein. 
     John De Fries, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, focused on opening up tourism from Korea, with approved pre-travel Covid tests. “This partnership provides convenient access for travelers coming from Korea, which is a positive step forward to bringing this traditionally higher-spending market back to the islands.” The first Korean Airline passenger flight to Honolulu was in April, 1972 with a route from Seoul to Tokyo, Honolulu and Los Angeles.
      Visitors from abroad can check out the list of Trusted Testing Partners approved by the State of Hawai'i at https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/.  All passengers coming into the U.S. must have a negative Covid test, or proof of having recovered from Covid, as required by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

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ALL COVID INPATIENTS ARRIVED UNVACCINATED AT KA`U HOSPITAL'S SISTER FACILITY, Hilo Medical Center. HMC announced today, "Since the vaccines have been available, all patients hospitalized at HMC for COVID have been unvaccinated. Vaccinations against COVID-19 are showing to be highly effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalizations and utilization our limited resources and staff time. Our state’s fully vaccinated rate is 58 percent and our island’s fully vaccinated rate is 54 percent. We have a ways to go, so please continue to encourage your family and friends to get vaccinated.
    The hospital statement noted that "More than 99 percent of recent COVID deaths in the U.S. involved unvaccinated people. Hilo Medical Center currently has four patients hospitalized for COVID, unvaccinated."
Chad Shibuya and Hilo Medical Center report that the four Covid inpatients
at Hilo Medical Center are unvaccinated, and that very sick patients coming
in for treatment are between 30 and 50 years of age, all unvaccinated.
Photo from Hilo Medical Center
    Chad Shibuya, Infection Prevention Director at Hilo Medical Center, said that Hilo Medical Center has evaluated a small number of “breakthrough cases” (fully vaccinated people who test positive for COVID), and found these cases to be mild, without requiring special treatment. "More concerning is the number of unvaccinated adults in the 30 to 50 age group who are coming to the hospital very sick, needing high levels of care, and experience long hospital stays. These are people with jobs, spouses, young children, spending weeks to months in the hospital. Their full recovery is not guaranteed. Vaccination would have likely prevented these illnesses."
    Shibuya noted that this week, the CDC announced the delta variant became the predominant COVID strain in the US. The Hawai'i state Department of Health predicts the same will occur here in the near future. "The delta variant is considered more transmissible and causes more severe illness than other current variants. All vaccines available in the US are considered very effective against all current variants. With the excellent effectiveness and widespread availability of current vaccines, COVID is now a largely preventable illness for those who choose vaccination," said Shibuya.

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PFIZER AND  J&J COVID VACCINATIONS will be given free, tomorrow, Saturday, July 10 at St. Jude's in Ocean View at  92-8606 Paradise Mauka Circle, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    They will also be given on Saturday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Robert N. Herkes Gymnasium & Shelter at 96-3150 Pikake St. in Pāhala.
     The Pfizer is approved for those 12 and older, with parental consent, while Johnson & Johnson is reserved for those 18 and older. 
    There is no charge nor copay. Those with medical insurance cards are asked to bring them along with an I.D. Walk-in's and the uninsured are welcomed. The first 50 participants will receive $50 gift certificates. Sponsors are KTA, Kaʻū Rural Health Clinic, Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association and National Association of Community Health Workers.

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TRAVIS '"PONO" AUKAI has been found in good health, according to a Hawaiʻi Island police report. The 40-year-old was been previously reported as missing, but was was located in Kaʻū in good health on July 9, according to the police statement.

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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 The Kaʻū Calendar newspaper's July edition.

SIGN UP FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL IN KA‘Ū. See more on Page 5 of The Kaʻū Calendar newspaper's July edition.

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 Kaʻū Calendar newspaper's July edition.

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 Kaʻū Calendar newspaper's July edition.

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 Kaʻū Calendar newspaper's July edition.

REGISTER FOR VOLCANO’S OHIA LEHUA RUNS, which happen on Saturday, Aug. 14. See more on Page 5 of The Kaʻū Calendar newspaper's July edition.

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/

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 Nāʻālehu. 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.

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
      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 12  p.m. Last sign up is at 11:30 a.m. There are two private stalls. The church provides body wash, shampoo and a clean towel. 
    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.ECONOMIC RELIEF

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.