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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Thursday Sept. 16, 2021

This tiny home's new owner could live in Ocean View on land donated to Habitat for Humanity. The open house is
Friday and Saturday. Photo from Habitat for Humanity Hawai'i Island

ANYONE INTERESTED IN A HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TINY HOME that could be placed in Ocean View, can see the completed unit in Kona. It will be a tiny open house on display at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Kona at 73-4161 Ulu Wini Place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. 
    The tiny house is the project of three teens, JC. and Nikki Littlfield and Caleb Jernigan. They built it and their families donated it to Habitat for Humanity Hawai'i Island for a family in need of shelter on this island. They partnered with Mockingbird Tiny homes. 
     A virtual tour goes up on the 
Habitat website on Saturday at www.habitathawaiiisland.org
   One of the options for locating the 201 sq. ft. home is on one of the lots donated to Habitat in Ocean View. The other is for the recipients to put the tiny home own their own land. 
    Applicants must be a family of no more than two people and meet income and other qualifications.
    For more, see the Sept. 2 Ka`u News Briefs at http://kaunewsbriefs.blogspot.com/2021_09_02_archive.html. Also see www.habitathawaiiisland.org.

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A DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS HOMEOWNER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM HAS BEEN LAUNCHED for lessees who reside on DHHL properties. The program will assist homesteaders struggling to pay their mortgage, utilities, property taxes, insurance, or association fees as a result of the
COVID-19 pandemic.
    The assistance program will deploy $5 million in federal funds from the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant in accordance with the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act.
    "We recognized early on in the pandemic the need to provide mortgage relief on Hawaiian Home Lands," said Deputy to the DHHL Chair Tyler Iokepa Gomes. "In April 2020, the Department started a mortgage deferral program for beneficiaries with direct loans from DHHL. We thank our congressional delegation for allocating these funds to provide mortgage relief as well as assist those who may have struggled with other housing expenses."
    The Homeowner Assistance Program will be administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. DHHL also recently partnered with CNHA to expand its Emergency Rental Relief Program.    
    "The pandemic continues to devastate our native Hawaiian community, threatening not only our people's health but also their financial security," said CNHA President and CEO Kūhiō Lewis. "These federal funds are critical to keeping our native Hawaiian ʻohana in their homes and help to maintain the stability of our homestead communities during this crisis."
    Eligible applicants may not earn more than 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and will be asked to provide financial documents as part of the application process.
    More information and application forms can be found by visiting hawaiiancouncil.org/kokua

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THE  'OHANA ENGAGEMENT CONFERENCE IS TOMORROW, Friday, Sept. 17. It is free and open to the public via Zoom, with registration available until 8 a.m. and sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.    The conference aims to uplift ʻohana, schools, and community through strengthening of health and well-being. It is sponsored by Kamehameha Schools, the state Parent-Community Networking Centers and Hawai'i Statewide Community Engagement Center.
     The early morning  schedule features speakers and presentations:
    Dr. Aukahi Austin Seabury: Leaning Into Our Strength: Cultural Practices For Mental Health and Well-being in Times of Change
    Kalaiku Wong: Ka Nohona Ahupuaʻa (Life in the Ahupuaʻa)
    Shannon Flynn: Using Pilina & Pā’ani to Build Resilience in Childhood & Over the Lifespan
    Lani Bowman: Introduction to Conscious Discipline ®
    Kinohi Gomes and Lisa Letoto-Ohata: Creating Place-Based Enrichment Hybrid Opportunities for Young (4-5th grade), Junior (6-8th grade) and Secondary (9-12th grade) Learners
    Sean Chun: Hoʻokuakāhi-Clearing the Mind, Body, and Spirit for Wellbeing
    Jessica Kaneakua, Dawn Rego-Yee, and Shelby Kāhele Moana Nahale-a: Kūkulu Kumuhana: Grounding in Ancestral Abundance & Uplifting ʻOhana Wellness
    Daniel W. Hatcher :Nature-Based Activities for Indoors or Outdoors
    Kahuna Ikaika Dombrigues: The past connects us with the future, perpetuating Hawaiian Traditions.
    Julia Pile and Laura Gilchrist: Stories of Impact – Can FSCE Really Impact Your School Ecosystem? YES IT CAN!
   The late morning sessions feature speakers and presentations: 
   Melissa Lopez-Larson, MD: Strengthening Ohana Ecosystems of Health & Well-being
   Morgan VonHaden and Dana Livermont: Saying “I Do”: Tying the Knot with Families
  Sara Ka’imipono Banks, Val Crabbe, Dalen Kahiapo, Chanel Sebala-Bumanglag, Paikike Collins, Beau Uehara & Elly Tepper: Digital Storytelling
Mele Look: 7 Ways Hula Improves Health: What Kupuna & Science Told Us
    A Lunchtime Mele from noon to 12:50 p.m. features musicians Alika Souza And Albert Kaʻai on the  Lunchtime Mele Link.
     The early afternoon sessions feature speakers and presentations:
    Mildred Gains: Evidence-Based Strategies to Enhance Family, Community and School Collaboration
    Miki K. Tomita and Hye Jung Kim Tano: Building Foundations of ALOHA, Inside and Out
    Amanda Kaahanui; Improving Communication Between School and Families
    Kinohi Gomes and Lisa Letoto-Ohata: Building Literacy Enrichment in a Virtual World for Early Learners (PreK-3rd Grade) & their ʻOhana
    Steven Lee: Using Natural Surroundings, Activity and Nutrition to Optimize Health
    Trise Moore: Creating An Environment That Supports Authentic Partnerships, Community & Self-Care
    Rebecca Choi, Mary Beth Laychak, and Tiana Kamen: Strategies and Resources for Keiki Wellness
    Health Enhancement Team: Patchwork to Wellness: Pathways to Health Enhancement
    The Closing Keynote from 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. features Salevaʻa Atisanoe, with 
Chasing Challenges – Deashi of a Champion.
    Register for the event until 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, at http://bit.ly/2021VirtualOEConference
to receive an access pass with Zoom links for the conference. Recordings of most sessions will also be made available for those who register, but cannot attend a session.
      To see the conference program, visit

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LAST CHANCE TO APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE FOR LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS FOR ANIMAL losses, due to the pandemic is tomorrow, Sept. 17. U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency
announced that livestock and poultry producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing can apply for financial assistance.
    Livestock and poultry producers can apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program in remarks at the National Pork Industry Conference in Wisconsin Dells, WI.      The program is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Livestock and poultry producers can apply for assistance through USDA’s Farm Service Agency through Sept. 17.
    To contact a Farm Service Agency here, visit farmers.gov/service-locator. Livestock and poultry producers can also call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance.

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Read the entire Kaʻū Calendar and back issues at 
www.kaucalendar.com. Find it in the mail from Volcano
through PāhalaNāʻālehu, Ocean View to Miloli'i.
Pick it up from newsstands.

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 x.

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.  See latest print edition at kaucalendar.com..

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.

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

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.

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.

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. Pāhala 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.

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.

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.Vendor applications are being accepted for its Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale on Saturday, Nov. 13. 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.