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Monday, September 27, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021

Wipe Out Diaper Need is the name and goal of a fundraising concert by Na Hoku Hanohano winner Kimie Miner this
Friday at 6:30 p.m.  See more below. 
Photo from Hawai'i Diaper Bank

THE NUMBER OF COVID CASES IN KAʻŪ CAME DOWN. According to the state Department of Health announcements, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Pāhala zip code had no new cases reported in two weeks. Volcano and Nāʻālehu zip codes had no more than ten, and Ocean View 20. The downward trend is statewide and Gov. David Ige said he hopes more travelers could be welcomed back by the holidays.
Big Island Video News published this map today. The last three days mark the first time
 that an inhabited area of the island has shown 14 days of no new cases in a
very long time. That place is Pahala zip code 96777. See bigislandvideonews.com
     Lt. Gov. Josh Green noted that statewide, there are 259 COVID patients hospitalized, 89 percent of them unvaccinated. Statewide 255 new cases were reported today. The positivity rate is 4.24 percent. Green said that despite lower hospitalization and positivity rates, "we will continue to see deaths from COVID as it is what we call a 'lagging indicator.' Please stay safe and continue to take care of one another."

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CHALLENGING MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH, CONGRESSMAN KAI KAHELE urges students to learn how to code and create their own applications. He said today that his office is hosting the 2021 Congressional App Challenge, the most prestigious prize in student computer science. Deadline to enter is Nov. 1. See and listen to Kahele's message to students at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N1TtkX4Low.
    Kahele said, "To maintain American competitiveness, we must invest in our youth now and help them acquire valuable skills in computer science and STEM education. The Congressional App Challenge
empowers students to pursue these valuable skills and recognizes them for their efforts. I strongly encourage students of all skill levels to participate and learn how to create their own apps."
    Congressional App Challenge winners from Hawaiʻi's Second Congressional District will be selected and honored by the Congressman. Wnning apps may be featured on display in the U.S. Capitol building, on the U.S. House of Representatives website and on the Congressional App Challenge website.
    Congress created the CAC to recognize STEM and computer-based skills as essential for economic growth and innovation. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by as many as 1 million programmers in 2021, said Kahele.
    The CAC accepts computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language, for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.). The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. Students can register and submit their applications until Nov. 1. The CAC focuses on inclusivity and making the Challenge as accessible as possible to people from all backgrounds. For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, visit 
Officer Dustin Medeiros received an award for saving the life of a
coffee farmer  after a wild pig attacked him. Giving the award is
 Kona Crime Prevention Center Board President Barbara Kossow

.us or contact the Office of Congressman Kahele at (808) 746-6220.

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A WILD PIG ATTACKED A MAN WALKING THROUGH HIS COFFEE FARM. The victim's life was saved by a Hawai'i Police Department officer who came to his rescue. 
    Officer Dustin Medeiros saw the coffee farmer was experiencing significant blood loss after the pig lacerated his thigh and calf. Recognizing the severity of the injuries, Medeiros applied his police department-issued tourniquet to the man’s leg to stem the bleeding. The victim was transported to Kona Community Hospital.
    For quickly taking action and applying a tourniquet to a man seriously injured by a wild animal, Medeiros has been named West Hawai'i's Police Department Officer of the Month for September. The Kona Crime Prevention Committee issued the award on Friday, Sept. 24, during a ceremony at Kona Police Station. KCPC lauded Officer Medeiros for  professionalism and high level of composure in acting quickly during a life threatening situation. The incident took place on a coffee farm in Captain Cook this summer.
    The monthly awards are for West Hawai'i police officers. Officers are nominated by their supervisors from the various police districts and a winner is selected by the KCPC board of directors. KCPC holds a monthly luncheon to honor the officer, however due to Covid safety guidelines, this month’s event was held at the Kona Police Station. All officers selected for Officer of the Month are eligible to be selected as Kona Crime Prevention Committee’s Officer of the Year.

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Kimie Miner's virtual concert
is this Friday, Oct. 1.
WIPE OUT DIAPER NEED IS A QUEST OF MUSICIAN KIMIE MINER. She will host a Virtual Concert Fundraiser on behalf of the Hawai'i Diaper Bank this Friday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. 
    The event will benefit low-income families with keiki in need. Tickets are available online for $30 via You Tube Ticket. 
Wipe Out Diaper Need concert and fundraiser is this Friday.
Photos from Hawai'i Diaper Bank
    Miner is a Grammy-nominated and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning recording artist. The Hawai'i Island native will perform live during Hawai'i Diaper Bank's 2nd annual Wipe Out Diaper Need fundraiser. 
     Proceeds from concert ticket sales will go towards HDB's mission to provide free diapers, wipes and other basic essentials to Hawai'i's low-income families with young children. The event will also feature a silent auction, giveaways, and prizes. HDB’s fundraiser coincides with National Diaper Bank Network's National Diaper Need Awareness Week, which kicks off today, Sept. 27, through Oct. 3.
    To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.hawaiidiaperbank.org

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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.

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 The Old Shirakawa Estate   in Waiʻohinu.  It features: Made in Hawai'i Products, Organic Produce, Creative Crafts, ARt, Flower and Plants, Food, Ka`u Coffee, Gluen Free Low Carb Goodies, Wellness Services and Products, Clothing, Hand Crafted Treats, Music and more. Vendor and customer 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.