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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021

Lands in Moa'ula, unencumbered by coffee farmer licenses, are on the market, and advertised for their views and
proximity to Punalu'u, golf and hiking, as well as agriculture potential. Smaller parcels are offered first to Kaʻū
Coffee farmers who make their living there. See more below. Photo from Hawai'i Life

GOV. DAVID IGE AND MAYOR MITCH ROTH ISSUED STATEMENTS REGARDING MORE VISITORS COMING TO THE ISLANDS beginning Nov. 1. The mayor wrote: "We're excited to welcome back visitors from around the world under a newly established framework that aims to build tourism around our communities and not the other way around. The pandemic has given us the pause we needed to reassess and reimagine tourism on our island. 
    "As a result, we have worked tirelessly with the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, the Hawaiʻi Island Visitors Bureau, and vested members of our community to create a Destination Management Action Plan that finally puts our community, its culture and values, and its wellbeing at the forefront of our redefined tourism industry. Together we will uphold the aloha spirit that welcomes, with open arms, visitors from all walks of life while protecting in perpetuity the people, places, and resources that make Hawaiʻi Island so special."
     The message from the Hawai'i County mayor followed a statement from the governor's office:
Gov. David Ige today announced the State of Hawaiʻi is safely open to vaccinated residents and visitors who are traveling domestically and between islands for business or pleasure, starting Nov. 1.
    The governor made the announcement in Kona today, at the opening of the permanent Federal Inspection Services facility at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport.
    "I think we are all encouraged by what we've seen over the last several weeks with the continuing trend of lower case counts," said Ige. "Our hospitals are doing better, and we have fewer COVID patients in them. Most
See the Destination Management Action Plan at

importantly, our health care system has responded, and we have the ability to move forward with economic recovery. Because of this, it is now safe for fully vaccinated residents and visitors to resume non-essential travel to and within the State of Hawaiʻi."
    On Aug. 23, Ige said it was not a good time to travel to Hawaiʻi: "I'm asking all residents and visitors alike to restrict travel, curtail travel to Hawaiʻi to essential activities only."
    Today's statement from the governor's office says, "The state continues to seek information from the federal government about its plans for international travel and will have an appropriate plan in place prior to Nov. 8."

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 COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS HAVE DECREASED DRAMATICALLY, according to Kaʻū Hospital's sister facility, Hilo Medical Center. The report from spokesperson Elena Cabatu this evening says, "Currently, Hilo Medical Center is caring for three COVID patients (2 unvaxxed/1 vaxxed) with zero in the ICU with and three in the Medical Unit. Today marks the first day we have officially closed our COVID pod and that we have no active COVID cases in the ICU. Many thanks for our staff for the perseverance, love and aloha you embodied in this delta surge.
ICU at Kaʻū Hospital's sister facility Hilo Medical Center had no Covid
 patients today for the first time in many moons. The staff received
 a note of appreciation and treats from Daughters of the American
 Revolution. Photo from Hilo Medical Center
    "Today, our very own Laurie Soares, member of the service group Daughters of the American Revolution, dropped off sweets to departments involved in caring for COVID patients. 
    "We remain cautiously optimistic, but know there is still work to do in neighboring communities to increase vaccination rates that are hovering around 35%-45%. Please stay vigilant and consider getting vaccinated if you haven’t gotten it yet," urged Cabatu.
     Hilo Medical Center is offering monoclonal antibody treatment for those exposed to Covid. Cabatu writes: "Has someone in your workplace recently tested positive? Did your child’s classmate recently test positive? Did you come in contact with any COVID-positive during recent travel? Did you recently attend a large gathering where other guests tested positive? Hilo Medical Center is now offering monoclonal antibody treatment to people, 12 years of age or older and who weigh at least 88 pounds, who have had close contact to someone in the last 10 days who tested positive for COVID-19, or people who have tested positive less than 10 days ago, who are at high risk for developing severe COVID-19," based on risk factors. 
    The clinic is open Mondays through Fridays and the treatment is through an IV administered for an hour, followed by an observation period.

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KU'IKAHI MEDIATION CENTER AND HAWAI'I COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION have teamed up for a Sixteenth Annual Recognition event. The celebration of good works is usually in person and the major fundraiser of the year, "generating a significant portion of the funds that Ku‘ikahi needs to provide free and low-cost dispute prevention and resolution services in East Hawai‘i," says a statement from the non-profit. Founded in 1983, Ku‘ikahi has been “Finding Solutions, Growing Peace” for 38 years.
Dan Brinkman, of Hawai'i Health Systems Corp, which manages
 Kaʻū Hospital and Hilo Medical Center, is a recipient
 of Ku'ikahi's Peacemaker Award. Photo from Ku'ikahi
    Ku‘ikahi Executive Director Julie Mitchell said, "While we regret that we cannot host an in-person celebratory Recognition Dinner & Auction, we still believe it is important to honor leaders who have served our community in these challenging times, especially our three health care heroes. We humbly ask you to consider a sponsorship or gift in honor of one or more of our five honorees.”
     Ku'ikahi's Peacemaker Award goes to Dan Brinkman of Hawai'i Health Systems Corp., which manages Kaʻū Hospital and Hilo Medical Center; Lisa Rantz of Hilo Medical Center Foundation; and Randy Kurohara of Hawai'i Community First.
     Hawai'i County Bar Association will honor the Honorable Melvin Fujio, Interim Chief Judge (Ret.) and Lester D. Oshiro, Chief Court Administrator of the Third Circuit.
    Instead of the annual in person event, a Virtual Tribute Video will be shared online on Sunday, Nov. 14, highlighting these honorees. A statement from the sponsors says, "To prevent more Zoom fatigue, this video can be viewed at your convenience, on your schedule, and shared liberally." 
    To become a Recognition 2021 sponsor or donate online, visit https://hawaiimediation.org/recognition/; or contact (808) 935-7844 ext. 3 or info@hawaiimediation.org.
    Cheryl Matsumura, Ku‘ikahi’s President, said, “Our mission is to empower people to come together—to talk and to listen, to explore options, and to find their own best solutions. Your support helps make this mission a reality. Please join me in being a partner for peace.”

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AN ENVIRA POD IS IN THE WORKS through a fundraiser by The Friends of Volcano School. The zero-carbon footprint, solar power classroom on wheels was developed by an outfit called Something Good in the World.
    See more on Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences at www.volcanoschool.net. Also see somethinggoodintheworld.org.

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FOLLOWING THE  THEFT OF COMPUTERS AT VOLCANO SCHOOL, CRIME STOPPERS AND POLICE SEEK CLUES from the community. The theft was discovered Monday morning when a custodian noticed that a classroom door was ajar at Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences. Missing are 11 laptops and two projectors. Goods stolen are valued at more than $4,300.
    Apparently surveillance cameras show members of the school staff leaving Sunday evening and coming in Monday morning, but no footage of the thieves, leading police and school administrators to believe that whomever committed the crime has knowledge of the school layout and security equipment.
    According to the police report, an attempt to break into a trailer on the school grounds failed during the same time period.
    Those with tips, clues or any information on this crime are asked to call Officer Dwight Walker II at 808-965-2716 or Crime Stoppers - for anonymous calls - at 808-961-8300. Awards of up to $1000 are offered to help solve the crime.  During the pandemic,  with more students studying from home, Volcano School has been the victim of several burglaries.
An Envira Pod is the goal of a fundraiser by Friends of Volcano School to bring the solar powered
classroom on wheels to the campus. Photo from www.somethinggoodintheworld.org.

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HOW TO START A BUSINESS IN HAWAI'I is the topic of a session by Hawai'i Small Business Development Center on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A statement from SBDC asks:
    "Have you ever thought about owning your own business? How are do you go about that - Deciding on a type of business entity? Setting up a business? Finding the money to start? Marketing your product or services? Coming up with a plan? Finding a system for keeping track of all that money you'll be making?
    Small Business Development Center promises to "help you answer those concerns and identify the resources you'll need to help you move forward." Register for the online webinar at 

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A THIRD PROPERTY IN THE MOA'ULA KAʻŪ COFFEE LANDS is up for sale to the general public. All three listings by Hawai'i Life real estate company, based at Princeville on the north shore of Kaua'i, call the place Mo'ula and show photos of existing coffee farms in Moa'ula and land with ocean views.
Three properties associated with Moa'ula Kaʻū Coffee lands
have gone on the real estate market to the general public.
Photo from Hawai'i Life
  The third property is 28.64 acres, listed for $358,000.  The other two, reported in Tuesday's Kaʻū News Briefs, are  234.75 acres for $1.765 million and 25.25 acres for $399,999. 
    All three have the same description across real estate advertising platforms: "Magical Ag Estate quality property is just outside historic Pahala, close to Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, golf, world class fishing, hiking and more! With gorgeous ocean views, it's a property where ultimate privacy and the opportunity for green living are a given! Easily accessed on a paved road, you'll enjoy cool tropical breezes at an elevation that's ideal for most tropical agricultural pursuits. Adjacent properties are farmed and this one could be licensed to produce income while retaining a portion for your private get-away. So, relax and take a look at the rare opportunity that is Mo'ula!"
    Hawai'i Life's representative for the properties on this island is Denise Nakanishi. She also represents the owner of the smaller Moa'ula and Pear Tree properties that were recently subdivided. Kaʻū Coffee growers are attempting to purchase them through low-interest loans. They have been operating on rented property since Kaʻū Sugar Co. shut down in 1996.

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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.


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.