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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
A locally owned and run community newspaper (www.kaucalendar.com) distributed in print to all Ka`u District residents of Ocean View, Na`alehu, Pahala, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village and Miloli`i on the Big Island of Hawai`i. This blog is where you can catch up on what's happening daily with our news briefs. This blog is provided by The Ka`u Calendar Newspaper (kaucalendar.com), Pahala Plantation Cottages (pahalaplantationcottages.com), Local Productions, Inc. and the Edmund C. Olson Trust.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021

Rainbows adorning Kaluapele (Kīlauea caldera) on Tuesday in an NPS photo by Janice Wei. See more on 
the eruption below, and more on Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's facebook page, including a story 
on this being National Fossils Day,showing fossils in the park. 
See https://www.facebook.com/hawaiivolcanoesnpsNPS Photo by Janice Wei

STACY HIGA, WHO RAN FOR MAYOR, SERVED ON THE COUNTY COUNCIL, AND HELPED LEAD NA LEO TV TO ITS CURRENT SUCCESS, pleaded guilty today in federal court to embezzlement and bribery. The U.S. District Attorney in Washington D.C. and colleagues in the Department of Justice wrote this headline for their statement: Former Hawai'i Public Official Pleads Guilty to Embezzling from AmeriCorps and Offering a Bribe in Return for CARES Act Grants, with the sub-headline: Defendant Admits to Carrying Out Two Schemes.
Stacy Higa when he announced his unsuccessful run
 for Mayor of Hawai'i County last year.
 
   The statement issued Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice says: "Stacy Higa, 58, a former public official from Hilo, Hawai'i, pleaded guilty today to embezzling more than $38,000 from AmeriCorps and also to offering a bribe in return for grants under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act." 
     Higa pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to one count each of embezzlement and bribery. Both charges carry statutory maximums of 10 years in prison and financial penalties. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, Higa faces a likely range of between 46 and 57 months in prison and a fine of up to $200,000. The plea agreement requires him to pay $38,642 in restitution to AmeriCorps and an identical amount in a forfeiture money judgment. The Honorable Reggie B. Walton scheduled sentencing for Jan. 13, 2022.
    “This defendant has admitted taking money from programs that were designed to help the most vulnerable Americans,” said Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing D. Phillips. “The United States Department of Justice will aggressively prosecute and seek to hold accountable those individuals who choose to abuse their positions of power to enrich themselves at the cost of the American people.”
    Inspector General of AmeriCorps Deborah Jeffrey said, “Again and again, Stacy Higa betrayed his neighbors, the people of Hawai'i, and American taxpayers to serve his greed and vanity by embezzling funds set aside to help communities in need. OIG will vigorously pursue allegations of fraud in
AmeriCorps programs and will work tirelessly to see that those responsible are brought to justice. I want to thank the FBI’s Honolulu Field Office for its partnership in pursuing this investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. for overseeing the prosecution.”
     FBI Special Agent in Charge Merrill said, “Our communities place great trust and responsibility in our public figures. Stacy Higa ultimately betrayed this trust when he abused his power to embezzle federal funds and participate in bribery. The FBI will not tolerate these crimes and will hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. Today’s guilty plea is a direct result of the hard work and dedication the FBI and our law enforcement partners put towards obtaining justice.”
    AmeriCorps is a federally funded network of national service programs that address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more. AmeriCorps’ national service members commit to service for a set period, usually a year, in exchange for a living allowance, funding to be used for college tuition, and other benefits.
     From June 2011 until May 2020, Higa, a former Hawai'i County council member and mayoral candidate, served as the Executive Director of the Hawai'i Commission for National and Community Service, the state service commission responsible for administering AmeriCorps programs in Hawai'i.
    The joint statement said that "from February 2018 through his resignation from the Commission, Higa embezzled more than $38,000 in AmeriCorps funds by signing and authorizing contracts and purchase orders between the Hawai'i Commission and two companies that he owned or controlled, without disclosing his control of the companies. Higa spent the embezzled funds on personal expenses including paying for approximately $20,000 of elective aesthetic dental care.
    "In his plea today, Higa also admitted to carrying out a scheme involving the CARES Act, which was signed into law in March 2020 to provide financial relief to individuals, businesses, states, and localities suffering the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other relief programs, the CARES Act created a $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to be distributed to states, localities, and tribal governments to support expenditures incurred due to COVID-19. Government entities that received money from the CRF could use the funds, among other things, to make grants to small businesses to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures and to provide economic relief for those suffering employment interruption.
    "In that scheme, Higa admitted to offering financial benefits to Hanalei Aipoalani, who was hired in August 2020 as Honolulu City and County’s Department of Community Service’s CARES Program Administrator. Aipoalani was responsible for administering CRF programs. From August 2020 through October 2020, Higa offered to provide financial benefits to Aipoalani in order to influence the approval of
    "Higa’s applications for two grants totaling $845,000 under the CARES Act. Higa then directed an employee to draft and submit false and backdated invoices under the grants. Higa and Aipoalani discussed opening LLCs on O'ahu and using their wives as principals in order to launder the money. As part of his plea agreement, Higa admitted to expecting to receive at least $250,000 in profit from the CARES Act
funds."
    Aipoalani, 42, of Waianae, Hawai'i, separately pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to embezzling from AmeriCorps and agreeing to accept a bribe under the CARES Act. Aipoalani was sentenced on June 30 to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay over $532,730 in restitution to AmeriCorps.
    On May 17, 2021, the U.S. Attorney General established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force to marshal the resources of the Department of Justice in partnership with agencies across government to enhance efforts to combat and prevent pandemic-related fraud. "The Task Force bolsters efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable domestic and international criminal actors and assists agencies tasked with administering relief programs to prevent fraud by, among other methods, augmenting and incorporating existing coordination mechanisms, identifying resources and techniques to uncover fraudulent actors and their schemes, and sharing and harnessing information and insights gained from prior enforcement efforts," says the Justice Department's statement
    For more information on the department’s response to the pandemic, visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus. Anyone with information about allegations of attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF Web Complaint Form at: https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form
    Additionally, anyone who is aware of fraud, waste, or abuse affecting AmeriCorps or any of its programs, is encouraged to contact the AmeriCorps Office of Inspector General Hotline at 1-800-452-8210 or hotline@AmeriCorpsOIG.gov.
    In announcing the plea, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillips, Inspector General Jeffrey, and Special Agent in Charge Merrill commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Inspector General for AmeriCorps and the FBI’s Honolulu Field office. They also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the investigation from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Peter Lallas and Amanda Vaughn and Paralegal Specialist Mariela Andrade. Finally, they expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie A. Goemaat, also of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, who is prosecuting the case.

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Lava fountains from the western vent within Halema‘uma‘u continue to supply lava into the lava lake through a short
spillway. Consistent fountain heights of 10–15 meters (30–50 ft) were interrupted by frequent larger busts of spatter
exceeding the height of the cone (30 m or 100 ft) on Tuesday. USGS photo by B. Carr on Oct. 12
FOUNTAINS OF LAVA ARE REACHING HEIGHTS OF NEARLY 100 FT. in Halema'uma'u Crater, according to Wednesday's report from USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Lava continues to erupt from a single vent in the crater's western wall, increasing the height of the lava lake by seven feet between Monday and Tuesday. The lava lake rose 138 feet since lava emerged on Sept. 29. The total erupted volume since the beginning of the eruption was estimated on Oct. 8 at about 14.2 billion gallons. 
This zoomed-in view of the western fissure within Halema‘uma‘u was
 captured on Oct. 11 through the lens of a laser rangefinder. A prominent 
horseshoe-shaped spatter cone, measured to be standing 28 m (92 ft) 
above the adjacent lava lake, surrounds a roiling lava pond which also 
hosts taller fountains at times. HVO scientists observed multiple collapses
 of spatter veneer from the cone into the pond every few minutes; these
 collapses appeared to have no effect on the fissure's eruptive activity.
USGS image by M. Zoeller
    Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the fountain has built a spatter cone with an opening approximately 33 ft wide, facing east towards the lake. Lava is flowing into the lake through the spatter cone opening. The central island and several of the smaller eastern islets from the 2020 lava lake are still above the lake surface along with an island of the 2020 western vent rampart in the northwest part of the lake. The lava lake is not level across its surface due to the location of the vent in the western end.
    Areas closer to the vent are about ten to 20 feet higher in elevation compared to the north and south part of the lake and 26 feet higher than the east end of the lava lake. Lava surface activity such as crustal foundering is seen on the western end of the lake and north and south of the central island but is no longer observed on the east end of the lake.
    S02 emissions were about 6,800 tonnes on Tuesday. All lava activity remains confined within Halemaʻumaʻu crater in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Seismicity rates remain elevated.

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Dr. Adam Pack prepares to measure a female humpback whale using videogrammetry in Hawaiian waters.
Photo from Pack Marine Mammal Laboratory at U.H.-Hilo
THE PACK MARINE MAMMAL LABORATORY project at University of Hawai'i at Hilo has won a mini-grant from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. The project, led by Dr. Adam Pack, is titled Assessing Stress in Humpback Whale Mothers Early and Late in the Breeding Season. 
    Pack's work at https://hilo.hawaii.edu/faculty/adam-a-pack/ includes a recent PBS documentary Mystery of the Humpback Whale Song.   
    In Pack's new study, researchers will compare blubber cortisol and corticosterone concentrations to body condition health measures in the humpback mothers. The researchers explain:  "As humpback whale calves are dependent on their mothers during their first year of life, a healthy mother whale is essential for ensuring the success of these calves, who will someday become part of the breeding population. Steroid hormones are increasingly used as a health biomarker.          
    "The collection of blubber for stress hormone biomarker analysis was rated at a 2019 NOAA meeting of humpback whale researchers as a priority knowledge gap. The University of Hawai’i at Hilo's project will address this gap by examining stress hormone biomarker concentrations, in conjunction with unmanned aerial system photogrammetry, in humpback whale mothers during the early and late season in the Hawaiian breeding grounds."
    The $5,000 from National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is one of four mini grants announced in the last week to support humpback whale research in Hawaiian waters for the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 humpback whale season.Humpback whales live in Hawaiian waters from Fall into Spring to give birth, feed their young and breed.
    The other recipients: Hawai'i Marine Mammal Consortium, University of Hawai'i at Manoa- Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, and the Whale Trust (University of California-Santa Cruz). The grants will support ongoing research and conservation efforts to protect humpback whales and their habitat through monitoring population abundance, distribution and trends, behavior, and overall health. 
       Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary issued a statement noting that the non-profit organization "protects these iconic species and their habitats. More than half of the North Pacific humpback whale population utilizes the shallow, warm waters of the main Hawaiian Islands as their principal breeding and calving wintering ground. The population of humpback whales in the North Pacific has rebounded since the end of commercial whaling in the 20th century and the increased focus on whale conservation. While the humpback whale population has been recovering, it is still susceptible to natural and anthropogenic threats and requires continued monitoring, research, and protection. Humpback whales serve as a sentinel species that reflects changes in the health of ocean ecosystems."
Dr. Adam Pack of the Pack Marine Laboratory project at
University of Hawai'i-Hilo. Photo from UH
    Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is hosting a virtual research symposium in November 2021 as part of the Ho'i Koholā: Return of the Humpback Whale Month events. The grant recipients will be presenting an overview of their projects and the broader impact of their research.
    Hawai'i Marine Mammal Consortium's project is titled Monitoring Long-Term Distribution and Abundance Trends in Humpback Whales off the Kohala Coast of Hawai'i Island.The Kohala Coast is of particular interest because it has not seen a level of recovery of the whale population after 2016 like the other islands have reported. The objectives of this study are to continue adding to the Consortium's long time series dataset on the relative distribution and abundance ofhumpback whales and update existing analytical approaches with new data. The team intends to install a seafloor-mounted recorder to collect acoustic data and will compare the relative metrics of abundance gathered from the visual and acoustic surveys. The team hopes that this research may offer a potential path to connect data from Hawai'i Island with acoustic data collected around other islands.
   The Marine Mammal Research Program at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's project is titled Using Aerial Photogrammetry to Quantify Humpback Whale Energetics and Health Status and Health Status Across Their Hawaiian Breeding and Southeast Alaskan
Foraging Grounds
.     
    Aerial photogrammetry via unoccupied aerial systems (drones) and biopsy-derived adipose analyses will be used to quantify the body condition and overall health and energetics of humpback whales in both their breeding and feeding grounds. Quantifying and monitoring the health status of these populations provide a valuable means of tracking and documenting the long-term health of marine ecosystems in the face of climate change and anthropogenic stressors.   
    Whale Trust and the University of California-Santa Cruz will be Assessing Female Humpback Whale Reproductive Status, Condition and Behavior in Hawai'i. This field study will build on existing research conducted by Whale Trust to determine how steroid and stress hormones influence the reproductive biology and mating system of humpback whales in the Central North Pacific. To accomplish this, the team will assess differences in the accumulation of steroid and stress hormones in humpback whales and cross-validate this with morphometric measurements and known sighting histories of sampled individuals. The team hopes to determine if early pregnancy and estrus can be measured in humpback whales in their winter breeding grounds, and correlate hormone levels with reproductive behavior.
   The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, established in 2000, is the official non-profit partner of the National Marine Sanctuary System. The Foundation directly supports
America's national marine sanctuaries through its mission to protect species, conserve ecosystems and preserve cultural and maritime heritage. 
    "We accomplish our mission through community stewardship and engagement programs, on-the-water conservation projects, public education and outreach programs, and scientific research and exploration," says a statement from the Foundation. "The Foundation fosters innovative projects that are solution-oriented, scalable and transferable, and develop strategic partnerships that promote the conservation and recovery of species and their habitats. Learn more at marinesanctuary.org."

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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 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.

EDUCATION

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.

COMMUNITY
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.

BUY LOCAL GIFTS ONLINE, IN-PERSON

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.