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Ka‘ū News Briefs, Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The modernization of shipyards, such as this one at Pearl Harbor is the proposal of Sen. Mazie Hirono.
See more below. Photo by Marshall Fukuki, U.S. Navy
TULSI GABBARD HAS EARNED ONE DELEGATE in her campaign to be the Democratic nominee for U.S. President. During yesterday's Super Tuesday primary voting, Kaʻū's representative in Congress came in second to Michael Bloomberg in American Samoa, where registered voters in the population of some 60,000, are able to vote in the Presidential Primary. Gabbard was born in American Samoa.
     While the one delegate enables Gabbard to qualify for the next Democratic presidential debate, under current Democratic National Convention regulations, the DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa said the rules will change to "reflect where we are in the race, as it always has."
     Gabbard remains in the presidential race, with Bloomberg dropping out today and Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropping out after the South Carolina primary last weekend, all of them giving their support to Joe Biden.
     The delegates acquired by the remaining candidates are 566 to Biden, 501 to Bernie Sanders , 61 to Elizabeth Warren, and the one to Gabbard. Primary elections will continue across the U.S. through June, with Hawaiʻi Democrats tallying votes Saturday, April 4 to distribute their 24 delegates. The number of delegates required to become the presidential nominee is 2,382.
     Gabbard, who said she will remain on the campaign trail, sent out a tweet objecting to Fox News anchor Dana Perino describing Elizabeth Warren as the last female candidate in the Democratic primary. Gabbard was also the focus of a conversation today on the ABC television show, The View, where two hosts said she should "go away," and the consensus was that she would not be on the next debate stage.

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TULSI GABBARD VOTED IN CONGRESS TODAY to pass the $8.3 billion emergency supplemental funding bill to address the COVID-19, novel coronavirus, public health crisis. The bill would provide funds to several Federal departments and agencies, as well as reimbursements to the states for costs they have incurred fighting the outbreak. The bill now heads to the Senate for approval.
     Gabbard said the bill "passed with a strong show of bipartisan support. This funding is extremely important to Hawaiʻi, and states across the country, as it will fund the ability to ensure the availability of testing wherever needed, masks and hygiene tools for healthcare professionals, nursing homes, and first responders, as well as expanding tele-health services to prevent the spread of this virus. While more must be done, it's essential that we stand together as Americans to defeat the threat of this virus. The Senate must quickly act to pass this bill to ensure these resources get to those who need them to ensure the safety and well-being of the American people."

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TO FUND THE COVID-19 FIGHT, THE $8.3 BILLION proposal was introduced into the U.S. Senate today. Sen. Mazie Hirono said the money would go toward "Confronting a growing coronavirus outbreak in the United States." She said the threat "requires a concerted, whole-of-government approach that includes a robust federal response and close coordination with state and local governments."
     The bipartisan, bicameral spending agreement "is a significant down payment to fund vaccine research and development, invest in critical public health initiatives, provide assistance for affected small businesses, and support state and local efforts to combat the virus. I will support this package when it comes up for a vote in the Senate and will continue to advocate for a swift and aggressive federal response to this public health emergency," said Hirono.
     The $8.3 billion measure would include over $2 billion to help federal, state, local, and tribal governments prevent, prepare, and respond to the crisis. This would include nearly $1 billion given directly to states to conduct preparedness and response activities. Hawaiʻi would receive a minimum of $4.5 million dollars under the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program to conduct activities, including surveillance and monitoring; laboratory testing to identify new cases; tracing to identify additional positive cases; infection control at the local level to prevent new cases; and mitigation activities.
     Over $3 billion of the funds would go to research, development, and review of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics to help protect the health and safety of the American people. Nearly $1 billion would go to health care preparedness, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, and community health, including approximately $500 million for procurement of pharmaceuticals, masks, personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies that can be distributed to state and local health agencies in areas with a shortage of medical supplies; $100 million for Community Health Centers, supporting smaller health clinics in under-served urban and rural areas; and funding for medical surge capacity, which will increase the supply of biocontainment beds at health facilities across the country.
     Loan subsidies of $1 billion would support $7 billion in low-interest loans for small businesses impacted by financial losses as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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LT. GOV. JOSH GREEN WAS NAMED LIAISON today between the state and healthcare community for COVID-19 preparedness and response. Gov. David Ige said the appointment takes effect immediately. Green started his medical career in Hawai‘i at Ka‘ū Hospital.
     There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i, said Ige. "However, the virus is spreading internationally, and suspected community spread in the continental United States emphasizes the need for Hawai‘i to prepare for a potential outbreak.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green, a former physician
in Kaʻū, will lead the COVID-19
preparedness and response under
the Governor.
     "As we continue to ramp up our statewide efforts to address the growing COVID-19 threat, we are doing everything in our power to prepare for any possible cases and the resulting impact on our healthcare system. Because Lt. Gov. Green is a physician, he is uniquely positioned to act as our liaison with healthcare officials across the state."
     Green will evaluate the medical community's readiness to deliver care to individuals who test positive for COVID-19. He will also evaluate the current equipment supply, coordinate efforts to secure additional equipment as needed, and advocate for appropriation funding at state and federal levels, in cooperation with Gov. Ige and Hawaiʻi's congressional delegation.
     Green said, "Hawai‘i has a robust healthcare community that trains and actively prepares for these situations, but as we face a potential COVID-19 outbreak in Hawai‘i, it's important to remember our healthcare community is our first line of defense. It's imperative we do a full evaluation of their current supply and needs to ensure they're supported and any gaps in preparedness are alleviated. I have a longstanding relationship with many in our healthcare community and look forward to working with them in this capacity."

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THE FEDERAL RESERVE CUT ITS BENCHMARK INTEREST RATE BY .5 PERCENT yesterday, in an emergency response to the novel coronavirus. This 50 basis point cut to its target rate is the Fed's first emergency rate cut since 2008 and the fourth cut since the start of 2019. Personal financial site WalletHub projects the the following:
     Credit Cards – APRs on new credit card offers will decrease by an average of 8 basis points.
     Auto Loans – APRs will decrease by an average of 8 basis points.
     Mortgages – APRs will decrease by an average of 26 basis points.
     Deposit Accounts – APRs will decrease by an average of 16 basis points.
     WalletHub CEO Odysseas Papadimitriou states, "It is a good idea for the Federal Reserve to cut its target rate in response to the coronavirus because the risk of the virus turning into a pandemic before an effective treatment becomes available, let alone a vaccine, is very real. That is not to be alarmist, but being proactive is the best strategy in insulating the economy.
     "Consumer spending will go down if people stay home because of the coronavirus. That in turn will hit a number of industries particularly hard, including small businesses in the service industry such as bars and restaurants, as well as travel providers, live entertainment venues, movie theaters, and more. And that could lead to a domino effect, with turmoil in one industry spilling over to another. For example, if a restaurant owner can no longer pay rent, the property owner might not be able to pay its loan, and the bank that made the loan might end up suffering as well."
     Papadimitriou said the government can protect the economy by being prepared "to step in to support distressed industries if things get considerably worse," but that "immediate investments in healthcare capabilities" should take precedence. He said businesses should "begin preparing coronavirus contingency plans in earnest, if they haven't already," and focus on "minimizing interruptions to business processes and safeguarding human capital." He said consumers should "follow the advice from healthcare professionals and the CDC… and "really start expanding your emergency fund. Even if the worst does not happen, which is the most likely scenario, winding up with more savings than you need will pay dividends in the future."

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MODERNIZING THE NATION'S FOUR PUBLIC SHIPYARDS is a concern of Sen. Mazie Hirono, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee. She recently pressed
Assistant Secretary of the Navy James Guerts to modernize the public shipyards, incuding Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. During a hearing on Navy shipbuilding programs, Hirono said, "as we get to a 355-ship Navy, most of us have talked about how important it is to maintain what we already have." She said Pearl Harbor needs a new drydock, and a production facility "because our workers there have to travel – they have to go all over the place to get the parts that they need to repair the submarines" and other ships. 
     Last month, Hirono and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), a member of the Seapower Subcommittee, visited Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and met with workers and military leaders.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
See daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more at kaucalendar.com.

Kaʻū Spring Sports Schedule
Girls Softball
Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m., @Waiakea
Wednesday, March 11, 3 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m., host Kealakehe
Tuesday, March 17, 3 p.m., host Pāhoa
Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m., @Keaʻau
Boys Baseball
Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m., host HPA
Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m.. @Waiakea
Tuesday, March 10, 1 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m., host Kealakehe
Wednesday, March 18, 3 p.m., @Pāhoa
Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m., @Keaʻau
Boys Volleyball
Wednesday, March, 6 p.m., @Hilo
Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m., host Makualani
Friday, March 13, 6 p.m., host Konawaena
Judo
Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.. @Kealakehe
Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m., @Hilo
Saturday, March 21, 10:30 a.m., @Konawaena
Track
Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m., @Waiakea
Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m., @Konawaena

UPCOMING
THURSDAY, MARCH 5
Register for Free PETFIX Spay and Neuter Clinic for Cats and Dogs, Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6, Ocean View Ranchos. Registration: contact Bridget at (808)990-3548 or petfixbigisland@gmail.com.

Hula Voices, Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., VAC Gallery. Presents engaging, intimate "talk story" session with Hawai‘i Island kumu hula. Features Noe Noe Kekaualua. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

FRIDAY, MARCH 6
Eco-Tour at Shaka Forest Farms with Zach Mermel, Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

SATURDAY, MARCH 7
Stewardship at the Summit, March 7 and 14, Saturday, and Friday, March 20 and 27, 8:45 a.m. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteer to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Under 18? Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent is required. Additional planning details at nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm.

Mokuhanga: Japanese Woodblock Printing series with Glenn Yamanoha, four weeks starting Saturday, March 7 through 28, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Mixed Flock Glazing Techniques Demo by Artist Emily Herb, Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Recognition Gala, Saturday, March 7, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilo Hawaiian, Moku Ola Ballroom. The late Barry Taniguchi, whose KTA stores sponsor much outreach into the Kaʻū community, and Gerald De Mello, will be recognized for community involvement, leadership, and significant contributions made towards the strengthening of Hawaiʻi Island communities. The evening will include dinner and drinks, entertainment, and light humor, along with recognition of outstanding youth, including the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year. Sponsorships, including the purchasing of sponsorship tables, donating silent and live Auction items, and individual ticket sales are available. To donate and buy tickets, call Kaʻū board member Julia Neal at 808-928-9811 or email mahalo@aloha.net. See more about the Boys & Girls Club at bgcbi.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 8
Hawaiʻi International Music Festival, Sunday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., Pāhala Plantation House. The concert will feature music that will celebrate native plants of the Kaʻū Dryland Forest and will raise funds for Hoʻomalu Kaʻū. Tickets are $30, available at kauconcert.bpt.mehimusicfestival.com

Toby Walker Concert, Sunday, March 8, 7 p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's ʻŌhiʻa Room, located in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Walker blends blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, old-time jazz, and rock. Tickets $25 by calling (808) 896-4845 or online bluesbearhawaii.com. KMC is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply.

MONDAY, MARCH 9
OKK Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the future Nāʻālehu Senior Housing Site. Contact Sue Barnett for vending, 808-345-9374.

Hour-Long Lomilomi Massage, Mondays, March 9, 16, and 23, 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Hawaiʻi County Economic Opportunity Council, 95-5635 Māmalahoa Hwy in Nāʻālehu. Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi offers sliding-fee payment scale sessions with experienced Licensed Massage Therapist and lomilomi practitioner Lehua Hobbs. "Improve circulation, alleviate muscle pain, and improve your overall well-being." Call for appointment, 808-969-9220.

TUESDAY, MARCH 10
Paper Plate Rainbow Craft Registration Deadline, Tuesday, March 10. Program Wednesday, March 11, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kaʻū District Gym. Ages 5 to 12. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102

Legacy of Magic in Hawai‘i, Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Some of the world's most famous touring magicians traveled the world by steamship and performed in Hawai‘i. Some made Hawai‘i their home, and their legacy lives on today in local talented magicians, slight-of-hand artist,s and other performers. Join local award-winning magicians Bruce and Jennifer Meyers for an evening of history, mystery, and magic. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. nps.gov/havo

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

Mixed Flock Volcano Art Center Exhibit, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, March 29. Features prints by Margaret Barnaby and pottery by Emily Herb. Glazing techniques demo Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Sign Up to Be a Vendor at the Kauahaʻao Congregational Church Fundraising Bazaar by Wednesday, March 18. The annual event will be held Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located on the corner of Mamalahoa HwyKamaoa Road, and Pinao Street, just above the Wong Yuen Store in Waiʻōhinu.
     Individuals, schools, clubs, and sports/athletic groups are invited to be vendors at the "flea market" that will be located on the church lawn. The charge for a 10' X 10' space is $10. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own tent, table and chairs, and if power is needed, generator. Vendors can sell anything except hot foods or plate lunches.  
     Vendors must fill out and submit a Vendor Application with the $10 fee by Wednesday, March 18. Call Debbie Wong Yuen at 928-8039 for the application.
     The Church members will sell kalua pig and cabbage bowls, and smoked meat bowls, as well as baked goods, produce, and crafts.
     For more information, call 928-8039.
Sign Up Keiki for the Second Annual Kaʻū Children's Business Fair, to be held Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to noon at Pāhala Community Center. Open to young entrepreneurs ages seven and 18 to share their talents by selling handmade items and services. One application may be submitted for each business. Children can sign up for booth space at no charge. Children working as a group submit one application that includes each child's information; no more than three children per business.
     Kaʻū Children's Business Fair guidelines are designed to give children the experience of selling a product or service. Parents of younger children (under eight years old) may sit in the booth, but the children should be responsible for set up, customer interaction, and sales. Parents may aid a child, but the child runs the business.
    Learn more about participating at childrensbusinessfair.org/pahala. Visit Kaʻū Children's Business Fair's Facebook event page facebook.com/KAUCBF/. RSVP to the event at facebook.com/events/925342784527676/. Text KAUKIDSFAIR to 31996 for updates and information (message and data fees may apply).

Register for Ocean View Classic Car & Bike Show, Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owners of classic cars and bikes are encouraged to register early, as space is limited.
     This second annual event, a fundraiser for Ocean View Community Association, will also feature food and live music, and prizes for the most impressive cars and bikes. Contact organizers Dennis Custard at 831-234-7143 or Ron Gall at 808-217-7982 to register or for more info.

AdvoCATS, Saturday, April 25, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. Reserve spot in advance. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Sign Up to Vend at the New ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Nāʻālehu Farmers Market, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the site of the old Fruit Stand, mauka of Hwy 11 in Nāʻālehu. Vending focuses on Kaʻū products, including mushrooms from the new farm in Nāʻālehu, fresh breads, vegetables, fruits, and other products. The market may offer music in the future, and there are plans to acquire picnic tables for market goers. Call Manager Sue Barnett at 345-9374 to sign up.

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, 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at the race start.
     Half Marathon will start at 7 a.m. Other distances follow shortly after. Keiki Dash will begin at 10 a.m. on VSAS grounds. Race cut-off time for the Half Marathon is four hours. The races will begin and end in Volcano Village at VSAS.

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment, features classes on block printing, lauhala weaving, ti leaf lei making, and more. A free guided Cultural Forest Tour, and a Mele and Hula ‘Auana performance are also slated. Visit the website events calendar for the full lineup. volcanoartcenter.org

Tūtū & Me Home Visiting Program is a free service to Pāhala families with keiki, birth to five years old. This caregiver support program offers those taking care of young keiki "a compassionate listening ear, helpful parenting tips and strategies, fun and exciting activities, and wonderful educational resources" from Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Home visits are one hour in length, two to four times per month, for 12 to 15 visits. Snacks are provided. See pidfoundation.org or call 808-938-1088.

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