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Monday, August 02, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021

Mana Music Quartet members Dr. Mann-Wen Lo and Eric Silberger, with pianist Monica Chung and NY Met
Soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra. At right are Mana Music Quartet members Duane Padilla and Joshua Nakazawa.
See more below.  Photo by Julia Neal

PRESERVATION OF KEOLAKA'A WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE FULL COUNTY COUNCIL this Wednesday, Aug. 4. Last month, the Council's Finance Committee approved a resolution, endorsing the concept of the County joining in the negotiation to purchase the 1,800 acres on the Ka`u Coast. The land includes part of the shore of Ka'alu'alu Bay. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. See AGE COUNCIL 2021-08-04 2020-2022 - Laserfiche WebLink (hawaiicounty.gov)
    Written and live testimony are welcomed. The resolution would authorize the County of Hawai'i's Director of Finance to enter into negotiations for the preservation of Kiolakaʻa. Resolution 161 would allow the County to use PONC funds towards the preservation of these lands. RES 161 Draft 01 2020-2022 - Laserfiche WebLink (hawaiicounty.gov)
A portion of Ka'alu'alu Bay would be preserved
with purchase of Keolaka'a. Photo from scienceofsand
    Written testimony and requests for live oral testimony via zoom must be submitted no later than Tuesday, Aug. 3 by noon. To register to testify live, send an email to: relley.araceley@hawaiicounty.gov or call (808) 961- 8255. The response will provide instructions on how to testify via zoom. Submit the request no later than noon. Written testimony can be submitted via email to counciltestimony@hawaiicounty.gov, no later than noon.
    For oral testimony, the time limit is three minutes. There will be a ring at the 2.5 minute mark and a buzzer at the final three' minute mark. The live zoom testimony for all agenda items will be received at the start of the committee meeting at 9 a.m.

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    A statement today from Hawai'i Health Systems Corp, which oversees Kaʻū and other facilites, says "Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our hospitals have worked closely with the Healthcare Association of Hawai'i and other acute hospitals and long-term care facilities in the state to provide a uniform response to the pandemic. There is clear consensus that the best way to treat and manage this pandemic is through

vaccinations. As the 'Safety Net' for Neighbor Island Acute Care and for Long-Term Care in the State of Hawai'i, Hawai'i Health Systems Corp. supports the consensus statement of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii to require healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated upon full FDA approval of the vaccine. We are assessing the necessary steps that will be required to ensure that all legal and contractual obligations are met prior to implementing a mandate."
    HHSC is comprised facilities on Hawai'i Island (Hilo Medical Center, Hale Ho`ola Hamakua, Kaʻū Hospital, Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, Kona Community Hospital, Kohala Hospital, Kona Ambulatory Surgery Center, and Ali`i Health Center), O'ahu (Leahi Hospital and Maluhia, Kahuku Medical Center), Maui (Roselani Place) and Kaua'i (Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital). "This means that HHSC facilities provide services to all regardless of whether an individual has health insurance or the ability to pay for the health care service they receive," says the HHSC statement.

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IN HAWAI'I COUNTY, 76 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES are reported today by state Department of Health, which notes it is monitoring 685 active cases with 16 persons hospitalized.

    Next scheduled test and vaccination clinics will be on Tuesday in North Kona at Kona Aquatics Park from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and at Cooper Center in Volcano from 9 a.m. to noon and to at J Hara Store in Kurtistown from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Department of Health, clinics, and pharmacies offer Coronavirus vaccinations on a regular basis. "By getting vaccinated you are helping to keep your family and friends safe. For information you can also visit the Civil Defense website for a list of all clinics and pharmacies providing vaccinations and testing," says the Civil Defense message. See www.hawaiicounty.gov

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Hoku-nominated Mana String Quartet performed live-stream in Pāhala
with New York Met soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra,
 the concert now on demand. Photo by Julia Neal

THE PAHALA PERFORMANCE OF QUEEN LILIU'OKALANI'S MUSIC by Mana Music Quartet is now online. Sponsored by Hawai‘i International Music Festival on July 25, the string ensemble played music, live streamed at Pahala Plantation House from its debut album entitled Queen Lili‘uokalani, which is nominated for several 2021 Nā Hōkū Hanohano - the Hawaiian music awards. The album cover art is by Solomon Robert Nui Enos. The 15 Lili’uokanali compositions on the Mana Music Quartet album include Sanoe, Aloha ‘Oe and additional favorite creations by the queen.    Members of Mana Music Quartet are HIMF Co-Founder and Internationally Acclaimed Virtuoso Violinist Eric Silberger; Distinguished Violinist Dr. Mann-Wen Lo; Hawai‘i Symphony Cellist Joshua Nakazwa and Honolulu’s own Violist Duane Padilla. In addition to the quartet, on the album, Jake Shimaburkuro plays ‘ukulele for Ahe Lau Makani, Benny Rietveld plays bass for Ahe Lau Makani and Aloha ‘Oe and Greg Sardinha plays lap steel guitar for By and By Ho'i Mai ‘Oe.
   Mana Music Quartet formed and created the album during the pandemic pause in Silberger’s international solo performances, with the members collaborating during his long stay in Honolulu. They received support from the Queen Lilu'okalani Children’s Center, which invited the group to teach at a summer music camp for youth. It was held in Kona, with additional performances and teaching planned for this island. See more at www.manamusichawaii.com where the album can be purchased.
    The Pāhala concert featured Hawai‘i International Music Festival co-founder Amy Shoremount-Obra and renowned pianist Monica Chung, who moved from New York to Kaua'i. Shoremount-Obra, a soprano with the New York Metropolitan Opera and a professor of music, has performed annually at Pāhala Plantation House since 2009, bringing internationally acclaimed musicians with her.
Ninety year old Doris "DD" Davis of Pāhala, honored for her
90th birthday and perfect concert attendance since 2009 with
 a Happy Birthday song from Amy Shoremount-Obra,
 Monica Chung and friends. Photo by Julia Neal
   Her July performance in Pāhala with Chung included Spanish language Obrador classics La mi sola, Laureola; Al Amor; Corazon, porque pasais; El Majo celoso; Con amores, la mi madre; Del Cabello mas sutil and Chiquitita la novia. In addition, they performed Debussy, Wagner and Devorak.
    A special Happy Birthday, sung by Shoremount-Obra, Chung and friends, after the concert honored 90 year old Doris “DD” Davis, of Pāhala, named Hawai‘i Island’s Outstanding Older American Wahine in 2017. She has attended all of the concerts since 2009.
    The entire concert is available on demand from the nonprofit Hawai‘i International Music Festival for $10. See more on Hawai‘i International Music Festival at www.himusicfestival.com.

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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.

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.