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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The beginnings of HPM, as Hawai'i Planing Mill, surrounded by tidal wave debris in 1946. Today, HPM serves the islands
 from its Hawai'i Island headquarters and gives scholarships to students who choose to take their education in Hawai'i. 
  Image from HPM

its HPM Foundation for students who choose to stay in Hawai'i and learn in Hawai'i. The $1,000 and $750 college scholarships go to five recent high school graduates and two Hawai'i Community College students "help with upcoming college expenses and support student success," says a statement from HPM's Keaau headquarters.
    HPM - It stands for Hawai'i Planing Mill - was founded in 1921 and has expanded to provide building supplies, building equipment, roofing, house planning services, including its Hale - Dynamic Home System - on this island and beyond. HPM also offers special incentives to employees.
    In 1959, HPM launched an employee profit-sharing plan, following up in 1977, when HPM became one of Hawai'i's first companies to establish an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Today, employees own 100 percent of company stock through the ESOP. A company statement says that "Owner-employees help ensure goals are met by providing exceptional customer service, maximizing sales, minimizing expenses and operating within our core values of integrity, respect and the pursuit of excellence. As a team, we help our customers build better and live better by enhancing homes, improving lives and transforming communities."

The late Bobby S. Fujimoto (center) led HPM and helped to establish
the Barney S. Fujimoto Memorial Scholarship which focuses on educating 
young leaders through the University of Hawai'i system. At right is 
HPM President and Chair Jason Fujimoto. At left is Executive Chair
Mike Fujimoto. Photo from HPM
    One aspect of improving lives and transforming communities is the investment into education. President and CEO of HPM Building Supply Jason Fujimoto said, "HPM is committed to developing our next generation of leaders in Hawai'i. We're proud that these scholarships will assist seven students pursuing their education here at home and look forward to being a small part of what they will accomplish in the future."
    Since 1973, the HPM Foundation has awarded the Barney S. Fujimoto Memorial Scholarship in memory of the second-generation leader of HPM Building Supply who held very strong convictions about the merits of higher education. Scholarship recipients receive $1,000 and are selected based on academic excellence and a history of strong community service, and must be enrolled full-time at a University of Hawai'i System school.
    The 2021 Barney S. Fujimoto Memorial Scholarship Recipients are Cienna Abara, majoring in
exploratory business at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa; Lorna De La Cruz, majoring in education at the University of Hawai'i at West O'ahu; Aimee Lam, majoring in liberal arts at Windward Community College; Miriam Mendoza Martinez, majoring in exploratory health sciences at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo and Marques Kahawaii, majoring in astronomy at University of Hawai'i at Hilo.
    The Building Future Builders' Scholarship is given to two select students in the Hawai'i Community College program. The winners are Nicholas Lucas and Vallerina Sorcy.
     To apply for next year's scholarships, see hpmhawaii.com/about/scholarship.

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WITH COVID CASES ON THE RISE IN HAWAI'I, and the Delta Variant spreading quickly, health

officials are urging the unvaccinated to take the jab. A free Covid clinic will be held this Saturday, July 17 at Robert N. Herkes Gymnasium & Shelter, 93-3150 Pikake St. in Pāhala. Schedule by calling Kaiser Permanente at 808-432-2660 through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no charge, no co-pay. Bring ID and medical insurance card. Uninsured persons are welcome. Walk-in's are welcome.
    Pfizer and J&J vaccinations will be given. A $50 KTA gift certificate will go to the first 50 participants. The event is sponsored by Kaiser, KTA, Kaʻū Rural Health Clinic and National Association of Community Health Workers.

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THE HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING BILL HELPS HAWAI'I, from tech space tracking of illegal fishing to new regulations to keep out invasive species, and the funding of local fire departments, according to Congressman Ed Case. He announced Tuesday that the FY 2022 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill has passed his committee and would fund $53 billion in federal homeland security, immigration and emergency management programs. Money would go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Transportation Security Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Secret Service and more. 
    “This bill will secure our critical infrastructure with dramatically increased funding to prevent future cyber-attacks and root out cyber intrusions, something that unfortunately has been occurring with increasing frequency across our country,” said Case. The bill includes $1,000,000 for planning and design of Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency’s State Emergency Operations Center to replace the aging Battery Birkhimer SEOC in Diamond Head Crater.
    Other programs include $101 million for the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, which includes the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; continued expansion of the preclearance program to eligible partners in the Indo-Pacific region to support ease of travel and tourism;  evaluation of space-based radio frequency detection technologies to support maritime domain awareness and combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing; and directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to continue efforts to address invasive species in Hawai‘i and the noncontiguous U.S. territories. One measure would direct TSA to examine the safety and efficiency of using local law enforcement partnerships to staff airport exit lanes under TSA oversight. 
    Another would direct the administration on dealing with the continued introduction of invasive species to Hawai‘i and the non-contiguous U.S. territories. The bill would provide $365 million for the Emergency Management Performance Grants, which support state and local emergency management agencies like HI-EMA; $740 million for firefighter grant programs, which are a major source of funding for county fire departments; and $15 million for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. The measure also provides $132 million for new technology to support border security, including non-intrusive imaging technology.
Homeland Security could fund tracking illegal fishing
from space. Photo from Hawkeye
    It would fund $475 million to continue expansion of the Alternatives to Detention program; $100 million administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a non-custodial, community-based shelter grant program for immigration processing and case management services for migrants.            
     The bill includes $41.5 million for U.S. Coast Guard personnel support, including tuition assistance, training and course development and more;  $2.4 billion for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, an increase of $397.4 million above the FY 2021 enacted level; $830.4 million for science and technology accounts, including $7.7 million for the Minority Serving Institutions Program; $110 million for Port Security Grants, an increase of $10 million above FY 2021.
    It would authorize the use of CBP and ICE funds to support efforts related to the reunification of separated migrant families. 
    Case’s Appropriations Committee is responsible for allocating some $1.5 trillion in funding to federal government agencies, departments and organizations on an annual basis through twelve separate bills. The Homeland Security funding bill moves onto the full House of Representatives for consideration.

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LANDLORDS, PROPERTY MANAGERS AND COMMUNITY are invited by County of Hawaiʻi and Hawaiʻi Community Lending to a meeting on Wednesday, July 14 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The hosts will provide updates on the State's eviction moratorium and the Hawaiʻi County Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Interested parties may attend the meeting by using this Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/95285731744?pwd=WGkwT1JCNHNmK1F5d1RvT0YwYjNrdz09#success.
    Presented will be current information on the State's eviction moratorium, available housing stability services, and data from the Hawaiʻi County ERAP, which is offering rent and utility grants to island renters. Presentations will be followed by discussions with community members, landlords, and property managers.
     “Ensuring that our community has the resources necessary to keep the roofs over our heads as we rebound from this pandemic is essential to our island’s recovery,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “By joining in on this conversation and sharing the resources and information presented with your friends and family, you can help us do just that. Whether you’re struggling to make ends meet or know someone who is, please remember that we are all in this together, and together, we are stronger.” 
    For more information about the Hawaiʻi County ERAP or to apply, visit: www.HawaiiCountyERAP.org.

Detective Gavin Kagimoto receives the Haweo Award for Operation Keiki Shield.
Photo from Hawai'i Police Department

MAKING HAWAI'I ISLAND A SAFER PLACE FOR KIDS was the accomplishment that netted 
Detective Gavin Kagimoto the Haweo Award during a ceremony held at Hawai‘i County Council chambers this month. His work was described as selfless.
    The award was presented by the Council’s Parks & Recreation and Public Safety Committee, which partnered with Hawai‘i Police Department and Hawai‘i Fire Department to recognize employees that go above and beyond the call of duty. 
  Haweo, for which this award is named, means to glow or to be radiant. Officer Kagimoto was presented with a lei and a certificate signed by each Councilmember at the ceremony.
    A detective with the Area I Juvenile Aid Section for the past five years, Kagimoto was recognized for spearheading Operation Keiki Shield East Hawai‘i in May. He helped coordinate a multi-agency operation involving more than 50 personnel, managing logistics with five different agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the Department of the Attorney General - Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the United States Secret Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In addition to conducting team meetings, he also acted as an investigator charging one of the cases.
    As a result of Operation Keiki Shield East Hawai‘i, five suspects were charged with electronic enticement of a child for soliciting sexual acts from children.

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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  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.