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Friday, October 15, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

Mixed Flock, a multiple plate woodblock print by Margarets Barnaby, one of the artists preparing for the annual
Volcano Village Artists Hui Studio Tour in November. See more below. Image from Volcano Village Artists Hui 

THE MAYOR LOOSENED  COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS TODAY, URGING RETURN OF ORGANIZED SPORTS AND SPECTATORS. Mayor Mitch Roth signed the Mayor's COVID-19 First Amended Emergency Rule No. 18, expanding gathering limits on Hawaiʻi Island. The county statement 
says the change is "in response to the stabilization of COVID-19 cases and easing pressures on hospitals

    The amended emergency rule allows for outdoor gatherings of up to a capacity of 25 (up from 10) for the general public and 50 (up from 25) for organized recreational activities at county facilities. Indoor gatherings remain limited to 10 persons. In addition, the use of all county pavilions is granted pending proper permits for use.
    "The use of tents and canopies at all county parks and beaches is also acceptable once again," says the county statement. An additional mechanism for gatherings beyond the specified limits pending adequate COVID-19 mitigation measures remains in place and can be used by any business or entity wishing to host more significant events. Special event requests are vetted and approved or denied by the County of Hawaiʻi Civil Defense Administration and the Office of the Mayor.               

     "Because of the diligent work of everyone throughout our communities to slow the spread and keep our numbers down, we can now safely welcome our keiki and their families back to our fields and open-air gymnasiums once again," said Roth. "We're encouraging every team and league on the island to work with us so that we can not only allow for practice and games but also for spectators so that our keiki can have the support systems they need for their success. That said, we'd like to mahalo the parents, fans, coaches, and especially the keiki for their patience and understanding as we continue to battle this pandemic together."
    The statement says, "County of Hawaiʻi would like to encourage all organized recreational programs to apply for special events permits to allow for spectators. Representatives from the Department of Parks & Recreation are available and willing to assist teams and organizations in the COVID-19 mitigation planning process to ensure the health and safety of all athletes and spectators." For more information, visit hawaiicounty.gov/coronavirus.

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HUBS TO HELP WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE will be developed in Kaʻū, Hāmākua and Kohala, with assistance from a grant announced yesterday by Hawaiian Electric. It goes Big Island Substance Abuse Council to support rural wellness hubs for individuals to drop in and receive case management and telehealth services.

HAWAI'I FIRST ROBOTICS will hold the annual FIRST Lego League State Championship, Hawaiʻi Island District Tournament and Maui District Tournament, key events that inspire students ages 6-18 in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Hawaiian Electric announced a grant for the project on Thursday.

HAWAIIAN ISLANDS LAND TRUST is receiving a Hawaiian Electric grant to help continue statewide efforts to protect and steward land as well as connect and educate communities through outreach programs. 

HAWAI'I LITERACY WILL PILOT A DIGITAL LITERACY INITIATIVE to equip low-literacy and low-income adults in public housing with foundational computer skills training, internet access and the digital tools and resources that can open new opportunities. 

KUPU, THE YOUTH ORIENTED ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP NONPROFIT, has received a Hawaiian Electric grant to fund a program to advance clean energy public outreach, education and services within rural, vulnerable, low-to-moderate income and ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) communities.

TEACH FOR AMERICA HAWAI'I has received a grant from Hawai'i Electric to be used toward developing local leaders, increasing support for teachers interested in pursuing school leadership roles and cultivating alumni to engage in systems change through policy, advocacy or within entrepreneurial spaces. 

WEST HAWAI'I MEDIATION CENTER will use a Hawai'i Electric grant to help fund its community mediation program that provides mediation and conflict resolution outreach to economically disadvantaged residents in West Hawaiʻi to improve access to legal justice.

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VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTIST HUI is gearing up for its annual Studio Tour during Thanksgiving weekend in November. The modified Studio Tour will include a number of artists at three studio sites open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26 - 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Field-Notes: Hawaiʻi ʻAlalā Contemplates The Void From
 Which It Came. 
Multi-media by Elizabeth Miller 
    Margaret Barnaby (woodblock prints) will be at her studio and host Mike and Misato Mortara (hand-blown art glass) and Lisa Louise Adams (quilts, pots, watercolors, books).
    Ira Ono (exquisite gifts & treasures) at Volcano Garden Arts; and Emily Herb (pottery & sculptural clay vessels) with guest artist Joan Yoshioka (nature paintings, prints & cards) at the 2400 Fahrenheit Glass Studio.
    Emily Herb (pottery & sculptural clay vessels) and guest artist Joan Yoshioka (nature paintings, prints & cards) at the 2400 Fahrenheit Glass Studio.
    Erik Wold (pottery), Chiu Leong (porcelain & tea), Elizabeth Miller (paintings & prints) and Ricia Shema (vintage silk) can be contacted through their websites or email.
    Pam Barton and Zeke Israel have opted not to participate this year. A statement from Volcano Village Artists Hui says that "All Hui members continue to make art and look forward to the time when our annual studio tour and sale can continue as it was before the pandemic, hopefully in 2022!"
    Check the Hui website in November for up to date information and maps, as changes are possible up to the last minute due to the ongoing public health issues. Covid protocols with be observed at all open studios, including masking, hand sanitizing and social distancing. "The Hui would like to thank our community for their continued understanding and support!" See www.VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com.

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Read the entire Kaʻū Calendar and back issues at
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through Pāhala, Nāʻālehu, 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.