|Rigan "Cowboy" Ka'apana and team won the overall category by bringing in the heaviest|
in Ka`u Multicultural Society's Ka`u Pig Hunt today, with weigh-in in Pahala; organizer
Kalani Vierra on the right. See more below. Photo by Julia Neal
VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER LIZZIE STABO was burned yesterday while fighting a wildfire at Honu'apo. A facebook fundraiser has been set up for her by her longtime employer and friend Judy Knapp, owner of Flyn' Hawaiian Coffee in Nāʻālehu, who wrote:
|Volunteer firefighter and all around community|
volunteer Lizzie Stabo suffered burns while
fighting a fire at Honu'apo Friday. A fundraiser
is underway at https://m.facebook.com/story.
community to help Liz."
Stabo's daughter Meghann wrote that Liz Stabo was in a fire accident while fighting the fire at Honu`apo. "She fell into an imu (a hole in the ground, not a cooking imu) that had burning embers in it. She went in up to her chest, burning both legs, her arm and hand. She has second and some possible third degree burns. Thankfully she was with a great crew who worked quickly and efficiently to get her help."
Liz's daughter said that "Uncle Ron Ebert is praying, and I'm praying. Can I ask that if you are a praying person, blanket my mom in your prayers over the next while, please? Pray for healing, strength, for her pain, for her Dr.'s, and paramedics involved and those going back to the fire.
Liz Stabo was transported to Kaʻū Hospital and to Hilo and then onto a life flight to Straub on O'ahu.
The Fire Captain for Nāʻālehu, Ron Ebertl said, Stabo "is a dedicated, faithful firefighter. She has burns over 30 percent of her body. It happened at Honu'apo where she fell into a puka that had burning embers. At the time of the freak accident, she was helping pull a hose out to a lot of smoke and flames. Another fire captain pulled her from the fire and piggybacked her out."
Ebert said, "For the Company 11 medic and staff and Kaʻū Hospital - Lizzie has nothing but praise for all of them." Ebert noted that the county Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief came to the Kaʻū Hospital to visit with Stabo before she was transferred. Ebert said, "She's in good spirits. She's a giver for the community. It's time for the community to give a little back to her." He said he also hopes the county will help out since the volunteers and county firefighters work as a team to fight fires.
The Facebook fundraiser asks for $10,000 to be spent for Stabo's care and recovery. See https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=379760390195141&id=100006916120475.
A NA`ALEHU ELEMENTARY STUDENT HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID. A letter went out from Principal Darlene Javar on Friday: "Dear Parents and Guardians, I have been made aware that a student was diagnosed with COVID-19. This person was on campus one day this week, Wednesday, September 1, 2021. I am in contact with the family and have sent our aloha and hope for a speedy recovery. Out of respect for their privacy, I will not be sharing additional information.
close contacts will remain healthy. It is extremely important to be consistent in using safety and preventive measures.
"Our school is taking the necessary precautions including coordinating next steps with the Department's COVID-19 Core Response Team. The Department of Health is the lead agency when it comes to contact tracing. If you have any concerns, I encourage you to speak with your healthcare provider or DOH using these options,
"Reminder, students should not come to school if: Student is ill, has fever, cough, and other signs of illness, please refer to DOH guidance; a member of your household, or the student, is in quarantine; multiple members of your household are ill; a member of your household or the student is waiting for COVID-19 test results; your child is in quarantine due to travel. If not sure, contact the school.
"We continue to seek your support in maintaining the health and safety of our keiki and our extended
school 'ohana." wrote the Nāʻālehu Principal.
Both the Nāʻālehu and Pāhala schools are rolling out free testing for staff and students. The next free vaccine clinic in Kaʻū is on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Robert Herkes Gym in Pāhala.
|Pig hunting is a family affair at the annual Kaʻū Multicultural|
Association Pig Hunt in Pāhala on Saturday. Photo by Julia Neal