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Ka‘ū News Briefs, Friday, April 10, 2020

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An empty Punaluʻu Beach this week with a man in a bicycle canoe exercising and trolling for fish. See the
new rules that will prohibit timeshares at Punaluʻu and elsewhere, along with vacation rentals and Bed &
Breakfasts, from operating around the island during the pandemic. Photo by Julia Neal
OKK MARKET IN NĀʻĀLEHU WILL REOPEN THIS WEDNESDAY, April 15. Offerings will be limited to foods, including produce, meats, eggs, baked goods, honey, and processed foods; food producing items, such as seeds, seedlings, and compost; and sanitation items, such as handmade soaps.
OKK will reopen its Nāʻālehu Market this Wednesday with
food, food garden starts, soap, and new rules and
practices. Photo from OKK
     According to a message from ʻO Kaʻū Kākou, all sellers and buyers - anyone on site -  must wear facial masks. Social distancing will be enforced. A "you-touch-it, you-buy-it" policy will be in effect.
     A hand sanitation station will be available. Customers are expected to wipe their hands with sanitizer before entering the vendor area, either using their own sanitizer or that provided in the sanitation station.
     Hours will be Wednesdays from 8 a.m to noon. The market will be open one day a week until further notice.

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SOME KAʻŪ AND VOLCANO RESTAURANTS WILL OFFER SPECIAL EASTER DINNER TAKEOUTS. See restaurants and food stores open and closed on Easter Sunday, and view the special menus, at the new Fresh Food on the Kaʻū Calendar directory of local farms, ranches, restaurants, and stores.
     In Volcano, for every Easter supper ordered, Kīlauea Lodge will donate a hot meal to a community member in need via Friends Feeding Friends. The take-out meal is $25 per person and includes: Ham with a pineapple-mango glaze, Roast Lamb Leg with a mustard-shallot sauce, Kale with golden raisins and mac nuts, Honey mustard Brussels sprouts, Rosemary roasted potatoes, Lemon barley with peas, Caprese salad, Deviled Eggs, and Yuzu Coconut Cake. Pre-order by noon on Saturday and pick up between 11 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. on Sunday. Call 967-7366.
     Café Ono also offers a Special Easter Takeout Plate Lunch from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Order at 985-8979. See cafeono.net.
     Volcano Farmers Market will be open 6 a.m to 10 a.m.
     In Nāʻāleu, Shaka's and Aloha Mix Food    will open with regular menus.
     In Ocean View, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue and. Ka Lai Garden Thai Food will be open Easter Sunday. See their hours and area food store hours for Easter Sunday at Fresh Food on the Kaʻū Calendar. 
 
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MAYOR HARRY KIM IS APPEALING TO FAITH COMMUNITIES TO ATTEND VIRTUAL CHURCHES. A press release from the mayor's office this week says, "Because of the crucial need for social distancing in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, many churches have notified their congregations that this year, Easter services will be held online."
     Said the mayor, "We want everyone in the faith community and all of our community to stay healthy and safe, while getting the spiritual comfort that comes from worship in these difficult times. Please attend the virtual church of your choice, and stay healthy and safe.
     "With everyone's help, we will get through this," the Mayor said.

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The Food Basket received a $27,900 grant this week from the County Council to continue its food delivery to
the most vulnerable people during the pandemic. It works with OKK to give out food in Pāhala.
Photo by Julia Neal
A $27,900 GRANT WAS ISSUED TO THE FOOD BASKET by the County Council on Wednesday for expenses related to COVID-19 emergency food distribution. The next 14-day food supply to Ocean View is Tuesday, April 14; Nāʻālehu on Thursday, April 23; Pāhala on Thursday, April 30; and Volcano on April 30. More details, below.
     The County Council noted that The Food Basket "is working with numerous organizations and community groups to activate an island wide network of resilience and help the most vulnerable receive food support and essential supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic… The COVID-19 virus has generated anxiety, uncertainty, and reasonable concerns about our near future; however, with everyone working together in a coordinated way, we can ensure our keiki, kūpuna, and our most vulnerable have what they need during this difficult time."
     The Food Basket received funds for packaging, signage, supply of non-perishable goods, fresh locally-grown produce, and educational materials for COVID-19 emergency food distribution such as ʻOhana Drops and Activate Hawaiʻi Aid Keiki Care Packs.

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SHUTTING DOWN VACATION RENTALS, BED & BREAKFASTS, AND TIMESHARES until the pandemic is over was ordered by County of Hawai‘i today, Friday, April 10.
     A statement from the office of Mayor Harry Kim says that all must "cease operations and advertising during the period specified in Governor Ige's Emergency Proclamations."
     The order, called the Mayor's COVID-19 Emergency Rule #1, goes into effect this Monday, April 13 at 12:01 a.m. and will continue throughout the COVID-19 emergency, or until terminated sooner by the Mayor's Order. The statement from the mayor's office refers to the Governor's Third Supplementary Proclamation issued on March 23, which defined hotels and motels used for lodging, and delivering or carry-out food services, as essential businesses.
Timeshares, Bed & Breakfasts, and vacation rentals at Punaluʻu, and elsewhere in Kaʻū and around the island, will be
unable to host guests until after the pandemic, according to a rule from the County. Photo from Trip Advisor
     The new rule for Hawaiʻi County says, "Bed and Breakfasts, short-term rentals, and time-shares were not identified as essential businesses or operations under the Governor's Third Supplementary Proclamation. The bed and breakfasts, short-term rentals, and time-shares are spread out throughout the island, with many of them within residential communities, and many of their occupants, who are visitors, possibly not complying with the Governor's Proclamations to self-quarantine for fourteen days at their place of stay.
     "Therefore, all of these specified businesses or operations, including advertising, must cease for the period specified in the Governor's Proclamation," the rule says.
     The rule says that current occupants of bed and breakfasts, short-term rentals, and time-shares may stay until the end of the pre-booked period.
     Violators of the rule, which has the force of law under HRS §127A-29. HRS §127A-29, will be subject to fines of up to $5,000, or imprisonment of up to one year, or both.

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TWO MORE DEATHS from COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi were reported on Friday. One death was a woman from Honolulu, the other a man on Maui. Both were elderly. This brings Hawaiʻi's death toll to eight. Gov. David Ige said, "This is another sad day for Hawaiʻi. On behalf of our entire community, I would like to express my condolences to the families and friends of two more of our neighbors who lost their lives to COVID-19. Please accept my deepest sympathy and support during this difficult time."

     Ige also issued a reminder for the holiday weekend: "This Sunday is Easter. It's a time we usually spend celebrating with family and friends and watching the kids hunt Easter eggs in the backyard. But these are not normal times, and I cannot stress enough the need to remain vigilant. Enjoy your Easter. But continue your physical distancing. Do not gather in large groups. Stay at home and use this time to reflect on what you can do as individuals to flatten the curve, help our neighbors, and protect our community."

     State Department of health reports the total numbers of cases in the state is 465, with 23 new cases today, three from Hawaiʻi Island.

     Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense reported 29 people have tested positive for COVI-19 on Hawaiʻi Island since Feb. 28, as of today, April 10. Twenty two of the victims have been cleared as recovered by the Department of Health. The remaining seven are quarantined at home and "being carefully monitored by your Department of Health." On Hawaiʻi Island, no one who tested positive was hospitalized. No one was reported to have died from the virus on this island. No cases have been reported from Volcano or Kaʻū.

     The Civil Defense message includes a reminder that "COVID-19 drive-through testing will be conducted tomorrow, April 11th, at the HiloCivicCenter. Hours are from 8 in the morning till in the afternoon. You are asked to bring a picture ID and your own pen. Thank you, Premier Medical Group and Bay Clinic for doing this. Know that testing means early detection, early treatment, protection of our loved ones, and our community."

     Civil Defense director Talmage Magno gives "A huge mahalo nui loa to Hawaiʻi Island Food Basket and all the volunteers and contributors for their program of Food Drop. He also encourages people to "Remember to stay socially connected to our kūpuna and to all stay healthy, physically and emotionally, and wear a mask. Thank you for listening and a Good Friday to you. This is your Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense."
     According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has over half a million cases. The death toll is more than 18,750. Nearly 29,000 people have recovered.
     Worldwide, Johns Hopkins counts nearly 1.7 million people as victims of COVID-19. The death toll is nearly 103,000. The recovery total is almost 377,000. There are cases reported in over 200 countries.


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Justie Wroblewski at Kaʻū Hospital, screening from a social distancing tent,
backed up by Security Attendant Ernest Oleyte. Funds distributed can
be used to pay for extra measures incurred from the COVID-19 fight.
Photo from Kaʻū Hospital
MORE THAN $132 MILLION FOR 1,776 HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS in Hawaiʻi has been distributed, announced U.S. Representatives Tulsi Gabbard and Ed Case. The funds are meant to help cover costs incurred by COVID-19 response. This is in addition to the more than $10 million distributed to 14 community health centers across the state earlier this week, including to Bay Clinic, which services Kaʻū. The funds were made available through the $2.2 trillion CARES Act passed by Congress on March 27, the third emergency funding bill in response to this crisis.

     Case said this initial $132 million will be split among facilities and providers that received Medicare fee for services reimbursements in 2019. Said Case, "It was targeted to this segment of our healthcare community because of established lines of direct payment and urgency. The payments are expected by direct deposit today and in the

next few days."
     Case said this is the first 30 percent of two distributions of a total $100 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund aimed at emergency health and social services assistance. The remaining $70 billion "is expected to be paid within weeks" to other providers segments as well including those serving Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and the uninsured," said Case.

     Case said, "These are critical and urgent resources to maintain our health care system across Hawai’ithrough the worst of this crisis. In the weeks ahead, the full resources of my office will remain focused on working with my federal, state, local and community colleagues to get all of this assistance to where it is needed as fast and comprehensively as possible."
Personal Protective Equipment, like these supplies at Hilo
Medical Center, can be paid for from the funds distributed.
HMC photo
     Gabbard said, "Our health care providers are under unbelievable strain because of this pandemic. These emergency funds that Congress passed are critical to support the frontline healthcare workers and providers who are taking care of people in communities all across our state. The funds released today also come with a stipulation that providers cannot engage in 'surprise billing' of patients for COVID-19 treatment. The first and foremost priority for everyone must be our health and the well-being and lives of our loved ones."

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ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO RENEW VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND DRIVERS LICENSE are offered by County of Hawai‘i. Department of Motor Vehicles  sent out a message this week: "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hawai‘i County Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division offices are closed to in-person transactions. However, there are still alternative ways to renew your vehicle registration or driver's license."
     Vehicle Registration Renewals. The four ways to renew are: Mail in renewals to County of Hawai‘i, Motor Vehicle Registration, 101 Pauahi St., #5, Hilo, HI 96720. Fill out an online application at mvr.ehawaii.gov/renewals/lookup.html?county=hawaii. Visit a Kiosk at Safeway stores in Hilo and Kona, Or at the Foodland store in Waimea. Use the in-wall drop off slot at the Hilo MVR office. (Do not drop off or mail in renewal applications with "cash").
     Driver's License or State ID renewals (issued after May 1, 2014): Mail in renewal applications to 349 Kapi‘olani St., Hilo, HI 96720. Duplicate license requests for lost licenses will also be accepted by mail. See hawaiicounty.gov/departments/finance/vehicle-registration-licensing for application details and forms.
     What is the County doing to help? Offering 60-day automatic extension for Hawai‘i driver's licenses, state IDs, and learner's permits that are expiring from March 16 thru May 15, 2020; waiving late fees for vehicle registrations expiring in March and April for an additional 60 days; developing an online reservation system to set up customer appointments for various licensing and registration requests; hiring and training new staff to fill multiple vacancies within the VRL division; offering extended hours of operation, including several Saturday dates, once the COVID-19 crisis has passed.
     Regarding the "Gold Star" compliant driver's license or state ID, the DMV advises that however, Department of Homeland Security recently extended the deadline until Oct. 1, 2021.

The County Park in Pāhala, where the ballpark is
closed during the pandemic.
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WHILE ALL PUBLIC PARK RESTROOMS ARE CLOSED IN KA‘Ū AND VOLCANO, those having to travel around the island can stop in at Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation that are now open for set hours. A statement from Parks & Rec says, "People may enter the park to use the restrooms, but must then leave the park.
     Locations are: Mo‘oheau Bus Terminal – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Lincoln Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m;. Bayfront Soccer Fields – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Bayfront Beach Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Lili‘uokalani Gardens – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Reeds Bay Beach Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Veterans Cemetery No. 2 – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Honoli‘i Beach Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; ‘Alae Cemetery – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Shipman Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kurtistown Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kahalu‘u Beach Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Magic Sands Beach Park (La‘aloa) – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wai‘aha Bay Beach Park (Honl's) – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kailua Park (Old A/Maka‘eo) runway only – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Waikoloa Pu‘u Nui Park – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Waimea Park tennis courts only – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Gilbert Kahele Recreation Area – 24 hours.
     The Department reminds the public that all County parks, and recreational sites and facilities, are closed to all other uses.

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THE COUNTY CEMETERY ABOVE NĀ‘ĀLEHU and all other county cemeteries (including veterans' cemeteries) remain open during standard operating times. Restrictions on social distancing and gathering apply. No committal services (per Federal and State policies) are allowed at this time at veterans cemeteries, but direct internments are allowed with only direct family members in attendance.

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HOUSEHOLDS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY for emergency financial assistance through Hoʻāla Assistance Program. Funded by the Hawaiʻi Resilience Fund, the program's purposed is to provide one-time emergency financial assistance up to $1,000 per household to Hawaiʻi residents facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit hawaiiancouncil.org/hrf for more information and to apply.

RESTAURANT WORKERS AND BARTENDERS affected by the pandemic can apply for funding assistance. Restaurant workers, see rocunited.org/relief for Restaurant Opportunities Center United, to learn more and apply. Bartenders, see usbgfoundation.org/beap for U.S. Bartenders Guild, to learn more and apply.

NONPROFITS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY for COVID-19 response grants through The Healy Foundation. Unrestricted grant awards up to $25,000 are being issued to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit the foundation's website for more information and to apply.

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Huge crowd events, like the annual Panaʻewa Stampede, cannot be held at the equestrian center during the pandemic.
However, the center remains open for stabling horses. Photo by Solomon Sanoria of Wyrmfyre Productions
HORSE STALLS AT PANA‘EWA Equestrian Center remain open for stall renters with horse(s) actively occupying their rented stalls.

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FARMERS ARE ASKED TO TAKE A COVER CROP SURVEY to help improve outreach and inform cover crop incentive programs to better serve farmers. The Western Cover Crops Council aims to promote the successful use of cover crops in the west's diverse agricultural systems. Perspective is sought from farmers who plant cover crops now, planted them in the past, or have not ever planted them. The survey is being conducted by partners at the University of Idaho, Oregon State University, and Boise State University, with funding from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey is confidential; responses cannot be linked to individuals. Upon completion, those who fill out the survey may enter a drawing for one of 10, $50 Amazon gift cards. Odds of winning are approximately 1 in 75. Here is a link to the survey.

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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. Food is being delivered to 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 held at the lot across from St. Jude's Episcopal Church, 92-8606 Paradise Mauka Circle, 
     The Nāʻālehu location is Sacred Heart Church at 95-558 Mamālahoa Hwy, under their Loaves and Fishes program, on Thursday, April 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 ViewCommunity 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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