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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021

Vaccine hesitancy is nothing new, with Elvis promoting the the launch of polio vaccines in the 1950s.
See the story on NPR at https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/05/03/988756973/cant-help-falling-in-love-with-a-vaccine-how-polio-campaign-beat-vaccine-hesitan. Also take Rep. Ed Case'ssurvey on reasons for vaccination hesitancy.
Image from NPR

TOUGH DECISIONS ON COVID VACCINATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS are the words from U.S. Rep Ed case this evening. He is asking for input from Hawai'i residents on COVID issues and also in multi-trillion dollar infrastructure. He has launched an online survey.
    He wrote, "Elected office is filled with difficult decisions, some far more so than most. I face two now: further restrictions including vaccinations to address the tragic resurgence of COVID-19; and consideration of two huge federal multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure packages. I want to tell you straight from me what's happening, what I think and what I'm doing, and ask for your further guidance.
    Case described the coronavirus situation as a "Public health reality. COVID-19, especially the highly contagious Delta variant, is resurging across our country. In Hawai'i, our infection rate is skyrocketing while our vaccination rate is lagging. The vast majority of infections and deaths are among those
Rep. Ed Case asks for the
unvaccinated to take his survey.
unvaccinated, and the vast majority of 'breakthrough' infections of those already vaccinated are from those unvaccinated. This means that those who are not vaccinated pose a far greater risk of infection and death to themselves and others than those who are, especially if they mix in our gathering places whether school, work, travel or social. That is the scientific, public health reality."   Case also talked about the public policy realty. "What must we do about it? The only real way forward is to accelerate vaccination and, until we get much higher rates, condition participation in high-risk gathering places on vaccination or proof of no infection. While none of us should be forced against our will to get vaccinated, we also have an obligation not to infect others, overload health care facilities and risk our economy and society. As the Secretary of Defense said in announcing that vaccines will soon be required for service in our armed forces, it's not about you, as they will 'protect your unit, your ship and your co-workers.' That is the policy choice reality."
    Case concluded: "The only real way forward is to accelerate vaccination and, until we get much higher rates, condition participation in high-risk gathering places on vaccination or proof of no infection. While none of us should be forced against our will to get vaccinated, we also have an obligation not to infect others, overload health care facilities and risk our economy and society. As the Secretary of Defense said in announcing that vaccines will soon be required for service in our armed forces, it's not about you, as they will "protect your unit, your ship and your co-workers." That is the policy choice reality.
    Case asked the question, "If not vaccinated, why not? At the same time, to implement these conditions fairly, vaccines and testing must be widely available and easy to get along with the information to find them. While that's largely true both nationwide and throughout Hawai'i, and Congress is paying for the vaccines, there are still troubling pockets where they are not easily available, or people do not know how to get them."   
   Case's survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/95DBNCT especially asks those who haven't been vaccinated why not, "especially so that I can help provide accurate information and improve accessibility."

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MUCH OF HAWAI'IS AND THE NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRUMBLING, said U.S. Rep. Ed Case in a statement released to day. He pointed to roads, bridges, harbors, air ports, water and sewer systems, public transit and the power grid. He said it "is crumbling for lack of maintenance and reinvestment. At the same time, much of what is often referred to as our social infrastructure, meaning our federal policies and programs to maintain and expand a fair and equitable society, are failing far too many. President Biden submitted two huge proposals to Congress: one his $2 trillion American Jobs Plan for physical infrastructure; and the other his $3.5 trillion American Families Plan for social infrastructure. (For scale, our total federal annual discretionary budget is $1.5 trillion.) The President also proposed that his plans be fully paid for, meaning that they would not be financed by further federal debt, unlike the $5-plus trillion we just borrowed over the past 18 months for federal COVID emergency assistance."                   Regarding the status of federal infrastructure funding, Case said, "In such a divided Congress, there are deep disagreements, between the parties, within the parties, between the Senate and House and otherwise, with various aspects of the proposals. These include whether we should focus first on physical infrastructure (which enjoys widespread public support) or social infrastructure as well, whether the specific initiatives are the right ones, whether the amounts are too large or small, whether we should borrow the trillions to finance the proposals or pay for them, and what current programs to reduce or taxes and other revenues to increase if we follow President Biden's pay-for proposal. With the President's support, the U.S. Senate amazingly surmounted those differences and last Tuesday passed 69-30 a $1 trillion bipartisan physical infrastructure package (which would be our largest infrastructure package ever), mostly paid for. The Senate also passed, 50-49, a budget resolution which sets some ground rules for further consideration of the $3.5 social infrastructure package but allows for up to some $1.8 trillion in additional federal borrowings.
Rep. Ed Case talks about infrastructure and COVId on Hawai`i Public Radio.
See https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/podcast/the-conversation/2021-08-11

     Case described options. "In the U.S. House, we now have various options. One is to pass the $1 trillion bipartisan physical infrastructure bill now and send it to the President, who would in all likelihood sign it into law. Another is to change the bill, which would require it to go back to the Senate, then into a joint House-Senate conference (if it passed the Senate), then to the House and Senate again, then to the President. Another is to hold the $1 trillion package and not pass it unless and until the budget resolution or $3.5 trillion package are also passed. While President Biden has not linked the two proposals, House Speaker Pelosi has."
    Case said his dicision is that "we should pass the $1 trillion physical infrastructure package immediately and send it to the President without changing it and without linking it to the $3.5 trillion social infrastructure package. Our country desperately needs this reinvestment, which would also provide billions to Hawai'i for our own critical needs. The country widely supports this measure, which is not only about reinvesting in our crumbling infrastructure but also about proving our dysfunctional government can actually work. In a deeply divided Congress, it is virtually impossible to pass such major initiatives, and any changes or delays will likely cause this one to fail. I support much of the $3.5 trillion package, but believe it needs significant refinement to target actual needs, and I am deeply concerned with any further deterioration in our federal finances which are in their worst shape in three generations.'
    Case said that he joined "other Democratic colleagues in the position that we will not consider the budget resolution on the $3.5 trillion social infrastructure package unless and until the $1 trillion bipartisan physical infrastructure bill passes the House and is signed into law. While a very difficult decision with which reasonable colleagues and constituents strongly disagree, I believe it is, under the realities we face in Congress, the right one for our country and Hawai'i. He said he welcomes thoughts on this matter in another survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/95DBNCT

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HAWAI'I PHILIPPINES BUSINESS & Economic Council will host a virutual Aloha and Mabuhay Conference this Oct. 13 and 14. Hawaii Philippines Business & Economic Council, a nonprofit organization, incorporated in 2011 the the primary mission to create a forum for the exchange of information and direction between Hawai'i and the Philippines, to promote business & economic development, and advocate for Hawai'i residents who consider both the Philippines and Hawai'i as home. A statement from the organization says, "This year, 2021 is also a landmark year—a time of recovery from the pandemic that changed the world, where technology has allowed us to dialogue and share experiences despite the restrictions imposed by COVID19. It also marks the 75th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the US and Philippines, and Filipino American History Month is celebrated in October, so it is timely to commemorate the links that bind the Philippines and Hawai'i in a format that allows inclusive participation. We hope you can join us."
See www.hpbec.com.

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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

ENROLL CHILDREN, from first through eighth grade, in Kula ʻAmakihi, a program from Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences. It started Aug. 3. Call 808-985- 9800 or visit www.volcanoschool.net.

SIGN UP FOR EXPERIENCE VOLCANO FESTIVAL, which happens on Saturday, Aug. 14. See more on Page 14 of The Kaʻū Calendar newspaper's August 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 August 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.biz.

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 panoramiocean 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, 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.