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Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary are feeding students, and those 18 or younger, each weekday. The school is also issuing
laptops to students - contact the school to request one. Photo by Julia Neal
KAʻŪ SCHOOLS ARE ENCOURAGING THE PICKUP OF LAPTOP COMPUTERS for students studying at home during the pandemic. At Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School, they are available at the Band Room by appointment. If a student of the school needs a computer, contact the school at khpes.org/contact or 313-4100.
     Kaʻū reports that more than 100 packages of food, prepared for students in Green Sands, DiscoveryHarbour, and Ocean View, will be delivered on Wednesday. A notice went out to families via school messenger yesterday with details. On Friday last week, a KHPES administration team delivered food and computers to families in the Ocean View community.
    At Nāʻālehu Elementary, and 

Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School, Grab & Go breakfast is served to anyone 18 or younger on weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Grab-and-go lunch is served at both locations, 11:30 a.m. to noon.
     A new online resource for keiki comes from After School All-Stars, where a new activity is posted each weekday: instagram.com/allstarshawaii/?igshid=13j2emehck36.

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THE CURVE COULD BE FLATTENING, BUT DON'T BREAK AWAY FROM RESTRICTIONS,
warn health state officials. It takes time for the virus to finish circulating in the community and for COVID-19 to be gone. Even when new cases and hospitalizations drop in number and analysts predict a recovery earlier than predicted, it is better to make sure, said state Department of Health chief Bruce Anderson.
Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense recommends people continue 
to stay home but to go outside tonight to see the biggest, brightest
moon of the year. Photo by Richard Taylor

     The County of Hawaiʻi's Coronavirus update for Tuesday reported no new cases here. The number of people who tested positive on this island to date is 26. Twenty-one  have recovered and cleared by the state Department of Health. The five still quarantined at home are monitored by the Department of Health.
      On Hawaiʻi Island, no one has been hospitalized because of infection by the virus and no one is known to have died here because of COVID-19.
     The state Department of Health reports that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the state increased by 23 to 410 since Monday. No new deaths were reported.
     Nationally, confirmed cases approached 400,000. More than 12,800 people have died. More than 22,000 have recovered.
     Internationally, over 1.4 million cases have been confirmed. More than 82,000 people have died. More than 300,000 people have recovered.
     The Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense message for Tuesday says, "You are asked to do your share to prevent of the COVID-19 virus. Heed the policies of 'Stay at Home', social distancing, gatherings, and cleanliness. And for now, just say 'hi'.
     "To all, practice everyday measures of prevention, and keep yourself physically and emotionally healthy. Do stay connected with your Kūpunas, especially at these difficult times.Thank you very much for listening and look for the full moon tonight, the biggest and brightest of the year. This is your Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense."

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Volcano Cookshop offers a slow-roasted, garlic rubbed top round, sliced thin for sandwiches, at 1/2 lb. for $8. See the
menu at facebook.com/heatherandkurtnelson. Photo from Volcano Cookshop
VOLCANO COOKSHOP is offering Volcano-area delivery on Wednesdays and Fridays. All menu items are delivered cold, to heat up or freeze for a later date. See facebook.com/heatherandkurtnelson for the menu. Call 808-634-6061 to order. Orders must be placed by , the day before delivery. If ordering McCall's produce, orders must be made two days before, by  Volcano Cookshop charges a $3 delivery fee. The delivery range is from Volcano Golf Course down to Kahaualea Road (Atkatsuka Orchids).
Ground beef lasagna, made with homemade
pasta, is one of the entrée offerings from
Volcano Cookshop. Photo from
Volcano Cookshop
     Volcano Cookshop  can also arrange pick-up for people in FernForest or Glenwood.
     Volcano Cookshop is run by Heather and Kurt Nelson, professional chefs who have lived in Volcano Village for four years. They have been selling gourmet soups, entrees, deli items, and desserts at Volcano Farmer's Market for the past year. Heather Nelson said, "We ensure a spotless, professional kitchen with the highest sanitation standards. Kurt and I are the only ones doing all of the food prep, cooking, packaging and cleaning."  She said they encourage payment by Paypal or Venmo. They also accept credit card by phone (3.5% fee), check, or cash.

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SCRAP METAL AND GREEN WASTE DISPOSAL IS SUSPENDED at county waste transfer stations beginning next Monday, April 13 through April 30.
     County Solid Waste Division Deputy Chief Michael Kaha reports greenwaste collection discontinued at its usual
places – Volcano, Kealakehe, Keʻe, Pāhoa, Keaʻau, and Waimea Transer Stations. White goods and scrap metal collection is suspended at Volcano, Pāhala, Keauhou, as well as Hilo, Keaʻau, Pāhoa, Keauhou, Puako, Waimea, Hawi, Honokaʻa, and Laupāhoehoe Transfer Stations.
No scrap metal or white goods will be taken for disposal
at county transfer stations like Pāhala. Photo by Julia Neal
     Greenwaste collection services are still offered at East Hawaiʻi Organics Facility at the South Hilo Sanitary Landfill and at West Organics Facility at West Hawaiʻi Sanitary Landfill in Puʻuanahulu, 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. daily, Mondays through Saturdays.

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A RESOLUTION TO URGE GOV. DAVID IGE TO SUSPEND RESIDENTIAL EVICTIONS, especially for nonpayment of rent, during the COVID-19 state of emergency, will be reviewed tomorrow, Wednesday, at the Hawai‘i County meeting. Council Member Sue Lee Loy introduced the resolution today.

     The resolution notes Ige's authority under Chapter 127A of Hawai‘i Revised Statutes to suspend certain laws during a state of emergency, and asks him to grant relief to residential tenants who face prolonged economic hardship as a result of the ongoing state of emergency.

      The resolution states, that the potential loss of a home places additional stress on residents at a time when a stay-at-home order remains in effect. The resolution asks the governor to "take sensible, reasonable, compassionate measures in these extraordinary times." It also aligns the County with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, which has sent a letter to the Governor requesting that this relief be granted.

     Lee Loy said, "We are in unchartered waters and Resolution 575-20 is an attempt to have us fall forward. The effects of this crisis are unknown and will be for months to come.  It is my hope Resolution 575-20 is embraced as a proactive measure to provide certainty for people in our community, especially our kūpuna and keiki, in uncertain times."

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LIMITING COVID-19 MISINFORMATION ON FACEBOOK and WhatsApp is an aim of Senators Mazie Hirono, Kamala Harris, and colleagues. They sent a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg, pointing in particular to WhatsApp. The Senators sent their letter after widespread reports of dangerous false information about the coronavirus circulating among the two billion WhatsApp users worldwide.
     The Senators wrote that AFP FactCheck – the fact-checking arm of Agence France Presse – has already identified and debunked at least 140 different myths circulating around WhatsApp, including false cures and false ways to avoid COVID-19.
     The Senators wrote: "On Jan. 30, Facebook announced that it would take steps to limit the spread of misinformation and harmful content relating to the coronavirus on both its main platform and Instagram. Notably, Facebook made no such commitment to combat misinformation and harmful content on WhatsApp. Facebook's lack of action has allowed WhatsApp to devolve into what has been called a 'petri dish of coronavirus misinformation.'
     "The spread of misinformation about the coronavirus compounds what is already an extremely difficult problem of stopping this worldwide pandemic as individuals receiving misinformation may fail to take adequate precautions and/or seek out proper medical care."
     After receiving the letter, Facebook announced that WhatsApp will reduce the number of people or groups that a particularly viral message can be forwarded to from five to one. The Senators still await a response to the other points their letter raises, and have asked for that response by Monday, April 13.
     Read the letter here.

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COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS across Hawaiʻi – including Bay Clinic, which services Kaʻū – will receive more than $10 million in additional grant funding to respond to, prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19. Sen. Mazie Hirono announced that the funds are available as part of the CARES Act, the third coronavirus relief package Congress recently passed. Community health centers in Hawaiʻi also received about $1 million in funding in the first coronavirus relief package.
     Hirono said, "Our community health centers continue to meet the daunting challenge of responding to the coronavirus pandemic. This infusion of funds will provide much-needed resources to a vital health care network. Community health centers throughout Hawaiʻi – and all health care providers – need additional support to keep up their work, and we must provide full funding and authorization for community health centers going forward."
     Grants to Hawaiʻi Island community health centers include $876,290 for Bay Clinic and $783,110 for West Hawaiʻi Community Health Center.

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NEIGHBOR ISLANDS COULD BE FIRST in economic recovery in Hawaiʻi. That's the message from former state Senator and founder of Hawaiʻi Alliance for Progressive Action, Gary Hooser. His op-ed is entitled: Neighbor Islands Posed to Lead:
     "Essentially, economists say, there won't be a fully functioning economy again until people are confident that they can go about their business without a high risk of catching the virus." - New York Times April 6, 2020.
     A high bar to overcome, with new cases of COVID-19 being reported daily through-out Hawaii. For the City and County of Honolulu and its 1,000,000 residents living in relatively dense urban communities, the challenge to reach this threshold is significantly greater than the other three less populated, neighbor-island counties.
     Thus Kauai, Maui and Hawaii County could, in fact, lead the way in terms of both protecting health and restarting the economy. Oahu, of course, will also get to the same place, but primarily because of the larger population, it will likely take longer to do so.
    Step one for all islands is to eliminate the spread of the virus. Thankfully, the flow of incoming travelers has slowed to a trickle and police are increasing enforcement of the 14-day quarantine. We need to take the next step and basically lock our islands down.
     If we show the discipline and commitment needed, we can, in fact, stop the virus. But we must do better and avoid going out, period. Running errands because we are bored, is not acceptable - we must only go out when it's absolutely required - as in urgent.
     So first we aim for zero. No new cases of COVID-19 are the goal. In order to even start a gradual reopening of businesses, we must slow the spread and reverse the trend.
     To get to zero and stay there we must also further tighten requirements for all incoming travel. With the coming availability of the FDA approved Abbott laboratories "15 minute test", every incoming traveler regardless of their point of origin should be tested (either prior to their point of origin departure or upon arrival). This is the same test taken by President Trump and the same test currently being deployed widely in Detroit Michigan.
Gary Hooser, former state Senator and founder of 
Hawaiʻi Alliance for Progressive Action, 
says isn't time for a conversation on the future.
     With an approximate population of fewer than 75,000 people on Kauai, 160,000 on Maui and just over 200,000 on the Big Island of Hawaii - and with increasing testing capacity, soon we should be able to test virtually 100% of neighbor-island residents. Oahu, with a population of about 1,000,000 people, represents a much greater logistical challenge.
     Think about it. When any island can get to zero spread (or statistically as close to zero as is possible), and testing of travelers is mandated, then all businesses on that island can reopen and residents can go back to hugging, high-fiving and shaking hands with family, friends, and neighbors.
     That island or islands then becomes the most valuable visitor destination on the planet that people cannot come to unless they first "test negative".
    According to a report recently released by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Office (UHERO): "Tourism could resume quickly if two necessary conditions are met: (1) Potential tourists perceive Hawaii to be a safe place to visit and (2) Hawaii residents can be assured tourists are free of the coronavirus.
     The first condition could be satisfied sometime this summer if Hawaii builds on its already considerable achievements by moving ahead with the testing, contact tracing, isolation, and mask policies recommended in this report.
     The second condition could also be satisfied this summer if rapid antigen and antibody tests become readily available to people wanting to vacation in Hawaii. Travelers will take a rapid antigen test within a day of boarding their flight to confirm that they do not carry the coronavirus.   
While essential services like the tree trimming along the highways and roads to protect utility lines are ongoing
during the pandemic, a focus on generating jobs through improving infrastructure is expected. Photo by Julia Neal
     A second antigen test might be required in Hawaiʻi within a day of the passenger's flight home... Abbott Labs is currently rolling out an antigen test that provides results within 5-15 minutes... It is possible, but far from certain, that Hawaiʻi will become particularly attractive as a vacation destination later this year if it is one of the first global visitor destinations to have its epidemic under control." Read the entire UHERO Report.
     The UHERO report is important reading and focuses on the entire state of Hawaiʻi. The reality, though, is that the neighbor-islands have the ability to reopen their economies independently of Oʻahu and each other. With a population of only 75,000 people, a Mayor who has been particularly assertive in enforcing the "stay at home" orders, and the potential introduction of "15 minute" airport testing - Kauaʻi County is in a unique position to lead.
     Each island community can and must pull together to make this happen. As hard as it is, we must continue to stay home. Our government leaders must work together with the medical community, and with the airline and travel industry, to make this happen, sooner and not later.

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TIPS ON HOW TO SAVE ENERGY WHILE WORKING FROM HOME come from Hawaiʻi Energy, an organization with a mission to "empower island families and businesses to make smarter energy choices to reduce energy consumption, save money, and pursue a 100 percent clean energy future."
     The tips include:
     Work smarter, not longer hours - It can be tempting to surf the web and spend time on social media sites. However, cutting down on screen time can save you energy. Shut your computer off when not in use. A laptop uses less energy than a desktop computer.
     Take advantage of natural light - Open drapes or blinds in your home to let in sunlight during the day. Move to where natural light is strongest instead of turning on overhead lights or lamps. Pro tip: Natural light is known to boost mood and productivity.
     Set your computer for energy savings - Most computers have built-in settings for saving energy to automatically lower power consumption when not in use. Using "sleep" settings can save on your electricity bill. You can use a power monitor, these devices show which items use the most electricity.
     Try fans or open windows instead of AC - Office equipment and more people at home can make cooling devices work harder to bring room temperatures down. Try creating a cross-breeze by opening windows and use fans where possible. If you have to use AC, use the energy saver mode and set the temperature to what's comfortable but not cold.
     Minimize your gadgets - Unplug devices and appliances you're not using or use an advanced power strip. Standby modes can sap "vampire" or "phantom" or energy. Use advanced power strips to make sure electronics and other items not in use are truly shut off.
     Use energy-efficient equipment and appliances - Choosing energy efficient models can save you energy and money today and for years to come. Look for the ENERGY STAR® for the models with the best savings. There are buy-back companies that sell used and refurbished equipment or will recycle/trade in your old gear and appliances.

     Light the area instead of whole room - If you need more light to work, use a desk lamp instead of whole room lighting. Placement of lamps near mirrors or in corners where adjoining walls can also magnify the light, spreading more brightness with fewer bulbs. LED bulbs emit less heat than incandescent bulbs while working. If you're still using incandescent light bulbs, it's past time to replace them with light emitting diodes (LEDs). Hawai‘i Energy is offering a $5 home energy kit with 4 LED bulbs and other gadgets.
     See HawaiiEnergy.com/Tips-to-Save-Energy for more.



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State Dept. of Health director
Dr. Bruce Anderson
CLARIFICATION ABOUT LEAVING HOME ISOLATION after recovering from COVID-19 symptoms comes from director of state Department of Health, Dr. Bruce Anderson. Anderson said the state is following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's guidelines: those who are untested can leave their home after having no fever for at least 72 hours, without the use of medicine that reduces fevers; when other symptoms have improved – for example, when cough or shortness of breath have improved; and when it has been at least seven days since symptoms first appeared.
     Those who were tested can leave home after having no fever for at least 72 hours; when other symptoms have improved; and after having received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart.

     Anderson said that, in certain circumstances (e.g., hospitalized patients, immunosuppressed persons, persons being discharged to a long-term care facility), DOH will work with the clinician to determine when a person with COVID-19 should be released from isolation. He said COVID-19 test results are sent to the ordering clinician, and to check with their clinician if results are not received in a timely manner.

     In regards to the "shedding period" in symptomatic patients, Anderson said that information on shedding of SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, "is limited at this time; however, viral shedding is thought to be greatest when patients are symptomatic. Viral shedding is greatest at the time of symptom onset and declines over the course of several days to weeks. The exact degree of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA shedding that confers risk of transmission is not yet clear."
     The information was requested on April 3 by Hilo's Sen. Kai Kahele, who is running to represent Kaʻū and rural Hawaiʻi in the U.S. House of Repreesntatives. Kahele stated he had to wait 16 days for his negative test result. Kahele shared the response from Anderson on April 4. See the letter and response on Kahele's Facebook.


Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 6,250 mailboxes 

throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 

stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com

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Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more are listed at kaucalendar.com. However, all non-essential activities are canceled through the end of April.

MOST EVENTS ARE CANCELLED for the month of April, to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The state is under a stay-at-home order, with l4 days of quarantine required for anyone coming into the state. Interisland travel is restricted. Those in Hawaiʻi should stay at home unless needing to obtain food or medical care.

ONGOING
Free Breakfast and Lunch for Anyone Eighteen and Under is available at Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary and at Nāʻālehu Elementary, weekdays, through at least the end of April. Each youth must be present to receive a meal. Service is drive-up or walk-up, and social distancing rules (at least six feet away) are observed. Breakfast is served 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Deliveries of food are being made to students in Green Sands, Discovery Harbour, and Ocean View.

St. Jude's Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen is open, with a modified menu and increased health & safety standards, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hot showers, the computer lab, and in-person services and bible studies are suspended. Services are posted online on Sundays at stjudeshawaii.org.


The Food Basket Food Pantries Distribution, where families can receive 14 days of food per family:

     The Ocean View location for Tuesday, April 14 will be Ocean View Community Center parking lot, 92-8924 Leilani Circle, instead of at St. Jude's Episcopal Church, 

     The Nāʻālehu location is Sacred Hearts Church at 95-558 Mamālahoa Hwy, under their Loaves and Fishes program, on Thursdays, April 9 and 23, from  to  Call 928-8208.

     The Pāhala location is Kaʻū District Gym at 96-1149 Kamani Street, distributed by the ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Pantry, on Thursday, April 30 at  Call 933-6030.
     The Volcano location is Cooper Center at 19-4030 Wright Road Thursday, April 30 at  Call Kehau at 443-4130.


A Free Dinner for Those in Need is served at Volcano Cooper Center at 19-4030 Wright Road every Thursday, by Friends Feeding Friends, between  and 


On Call Emergency Food Pantry is open at Cooper Center Monday through Friday,  It is operated by The Food Basket. Call 808-933-6030.

The Next Learning Packet and Student Resource Distribution for Nāʻālehu Elementary School Students will be Monday, April 13. The packets are designed for learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and can be picked up every two weeks. One family member may pick up for several students in the same family. Students need not be present for the learning resources to be retrieved. Please note the grade of each child. Distribution times are organized by the first letter of the student's last name at the site closest to their home. Supplies will be given out simultaneously.
     Everyone is asked to observe social distancing rules, staying 6 feet away from others during pick-up. See the school website, naalehuel.hidoe.us, for more information and updates.

     Distribution in the Nāʻālehu area is at Nāʻālehu Elementary, Waiʻōhinu, and Discovery Harbour Community Center. Distribution in Ocean View is at the county's Kahuku Park, the area in front of Malama Market, and Ocean View Community Center.

     At Nāʻālehu Elementary, campus pick-up will be from 9 a.m - 9:20 a.m. for A-H;  for I-P, and  for Q-Z.

     The Waiʻōhinu pick-up:  for A-H,  for I-P, and  for Q-Z.

     The Discovery Harbour Community Center pick-up:  for A-H,  for I-P, and  for Q-Z.

     Morning distribution at Kahuku Park for A-H,  for I-P, and  for Q-Z.

     Evening distribution at Kahuku Park for A-H,  for I-P, and  for Q-Z.

     Times for distribution in front of Malama Market are:  for A-H,  for I-P, and  for Q-Z.

     Times for distribution at Ocean View Community Center are  for A-H,  for I-P, and  for Q-Z.

Kaʻū Art Gallery is looking for local artists. Call 808-937-1840.

Register for Volcano's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Keiki Dash by Wednesday, July 22. The second annual event will be held on Saturday, July 25. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to University of Hawaiʻi for furthering research of Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death and The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences. See webscorer.com to register.

     Half Marathon registration is $70 through May 24, $80 May 25 through July 22, and $90 for late registration. Registration for the 10K is $50 through May 24, $55 May 25 through Jul 22, and $60 for late registration. Registration for the 5K is $35 through May 24, $40 May 25 through July 22, and $45 for late registration. Keiki Dash registration is $10. All registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.
     Late registration is only available at packet pickup or race day morning. Shirts are not guaranteed for late registration.  Race Shirts will be included for Half Marathon and 10K participants only. For all other participants, shirts are available to purchase online.

     Packet pick-up is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 in Hilo; Friday, July 26 in Volcano; and Saturday, July 27,  at the race start.
     Half Marathon will start at  Other distances follow shortly after. Keiki Dash will begin at  on VSAS grounds, with the option of one or two laps – about 300 meters or 600 meters. Race cut-off time for the Half Marathon is four hours. The races will begin and end in Volcano Village at VSAS.
     See ohialehuahalf.com.

Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium Closed for Renovation through June 30. The Park is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 spread mitigation. A popular seven-and-a-half minute 2018 eruption video will be shown on a television in the exhibits area, once the Park and center reopen, and is available online for free download.

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