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Aloha! I hope all of our Kaua‘i families enjoyed a fun and rejuvenating summer during these unprecedented times! As we prepare for the Back-to-School season, I encourage everyone to be involved in our keiki’s live. Our bright and wonderful children are watching, listening, learning, and growing and will rely on our friends and family for support. It is our responsibility and duty to set good examples and encourage them to further their goals, stay safe, and be healthy. Mahalo nui loa to the publisher and contributors of “Kaua‘i Family Magazine” for continuing to support our families by sharing important information, articles, and available resources. I wish you all the best in the upcoming school year! Study hard, be safe, and have fun! With warmest aloha,

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Welcome to Kaua`i Family Magazine! The Go-To Resource for Kaua'i Families

It’s the End of Summer and Back to School! August has always been an exciting time for families—the beginning of school. We all know that last year wasn’t easy for teachers and kids (and parents). They have been apart from friends and family and may have missed many milestone events of their youth, such as birthdays, proms and graduations. You, the parents, are also settling into a routine, hopefully getting involved in your child’s school. When you know what the kids are doing and learning, it demonstrates interest in them. In this back-to-school themed issue, you’ll find information on how to prepare for back to school (Page 50). You’ll also find health information on checkups (Page 40) and helping your child’s mental health/ self control (Page 52). We hope this magazine will provide you with the resources to your families health, safety, education and readiness at your fingertips. So turn the pages for more guidance and support. Continue to support each other! September 12 is Grandparent’s Day. Take your grandparents on a hike or walk through the Lihue Loop. If all grandparents want is to spend time with their grandkids, head to some of the amazing playgrounds on the island. Make family time a priority! Mahalo, Kauaʻi for allowing Kauaʻi Family Magazine to be a part of your ‘Ohana.


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Contributors Tina Albao Wissam Ali-Ahmad Kane Casillas Patrick Ching Monty Downs, M.D. Grace Galiza, M.D. Michael Lutwin, D.D.S. Sarah Lyons Jacob Mauer Kaulana Mossman Alyssa Murata, M.D. Chef Mark Oyama Leah Ragsac Punzal Vision Next Issue: HOLIDAY 2021 Advertising Deadline: September 15, 2021 Kauai Family Magazine is published quarterly as Spring, Summer, Fall and Holiday editions. Distribution: 15,000 printed quarterly and Digital E-Editions. Public and Private Preschools, Elementary and Middle Schools, Hospitals, Medical and Health Clinics, Libraries, KIUC, Jamba Juice, Gather Federal Credit Union, Retailers and Community Organizations. Subscription Rate: $16.00 for one year (4 editions) Subscribe at Copyright © 2021 Kauai Family Magazine All rights reserved. No portion of Kauai Family Magazine may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Kauai Family Magazine assumes no financial responsibility for errors in advertisements.


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Ulu Pu – Growing Together




KAUA`I KEIKI 2022 Cover Kids Search


FARMS & ROADSIDE STANDS Locally Grown Islandwide



HALLOWEEN FUN! 6 Alternatives to Trick-Or-Treating

KAUA`I KUPUNA Protecting Our Kupuna



EPIC PLAYGROUNDS & PARKS Make Family Time A Priority!

KAUA`I SPORTS The Countdown




KAUA`I OHANA Resource Directory From Keiki To Kupuna



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Support local businesses, and tell them you saw them in Kauai Family Magazine! Education, Enrichment, Sports Child & Family Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56, 57 Keiki O Ka `Aina. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Patrick Ching Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 State of Hawaii Department of Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Fun with Spanish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Big Brothers Big Sisters Kauai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Fall Events KFM Cover Kids Search. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 KIUC Art Contest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Boys & Girls Club Fall Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Pumpkins Give-Away. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Halloween Candy Buyback. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 NBC Basketball Fall Clinic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 NBC Volleyball Clinic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 The Lihue Loop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44, 45

Aloha Dance Studio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Kauai Gymnastics Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Boys and Girls Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30, 31

Health & Medical Services Hawaii State Dept of Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Hawaii Surrogacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Malama Pono Health Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Regency at Puakea Assisted Living. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Ohana Pacific Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Punzal Vision. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Garden Isle Rehabilitation & Healthcare. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Kauai Adult Day Health Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20, 26, 27 Stay at Home Health Care Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Hale Kupuna Heritage Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20, 21,22, 23 Hawaii Health Systems Corporation- Kauai Region. . . . 40, 41 Kalaheo Dental Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Ronald McDonald House Charities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Kauai Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Wilcox Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Jason Blake Health Insurance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27


Community Partners Kauai Complex Area DOE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51, 54 County of Kauai Office of the Mayor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 County of Kauai Lifeguard Association. . . . . . . . 72, 73, 74, 75 County of Kauai Agency of Elderly Affairs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 County of Kauai RSVP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 County of Kauai Department of Health. . . . . . . . 76, 77, 78, 79 County of Kauai Department of Water. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 County of Kauai Waste Management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 County of Kauai Fire Department. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Gather Federal Credit Union. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Catholic Charities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Grove Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64, 65 Mark’s Place. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Kauai Made. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Kaunalewa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10, 11 Malama Kauai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60, 61 Kekaha Agriculture Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Get Fit Kauai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44, 45 Aloha Ola Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Project Pilina, Partners in Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Leah Ragsac, Realtor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 T. Fuerte Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,3 The Countdown Kauai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66, 67, 68, 69 Kauai Restoration & Cleaning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

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Mix all dry ingredients together in one bowl.  Mix wet ingredients together in another bowl.  Make a well in the dry ingredients and add wet mix.  Mix together and cook in waffle iron according to its directions.  Serve with syrup, honey butter, chopped apples, craisins, blueberries or chopped nuts for added texture.

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Kukulu kala ihi a ka la o Mana,

Stand up straight as the sun sets at Mana

Ke eke ehi i kulana o Ainaike. Stepping up to the level of Ainaike

These are centuries-old teachings of Kauai people in holding fast to our traditions, digging in, and revealing the truth in all that matters. Legends such as Ainaike, a man of Mana who became famous in many stories for being the best board and canoe surfer of the moku of Kona (the west side) and Ni’ihau, better than anyone had ever seen. Since he knew how waves and swells developed and the attitude of the ocean and surf breaks, he knew exactly how and when the surf would rise and fall. A village between Kekaha and Mana, was named after him and his story, a message for Kauai’s people to be constant learners, to find purpose, fostering knowledge sharing and collective wisdom. The lesson from Ainaike: If you have a skill, do it, do it well, and share! (Kumu Keao NeSmith, PhD., Kaunalewa Board of Director) That lesson offers principles by which the team at Kaunalewa lives. They believe the town of Kekaha has so much to offer, and it is their goal to uplift and empower the community. Whether that’s taking care of the land or working with children and youth, the Kaunalewa team brings out the best in Kekaha, allowing the memories of Kauai’s past to inspire the youth of today. One of the most significant ways Kaunalewa has helped keep the memories of Kekaha’s culture alive is through the Kekaha Plantation Camp

Map project. The Map represents the historical roads, buildings, and homes, including the historic Kekaha Sugar Company Mill site. In addition, the interactive project captures Kekaha’s Plantation historical lifestyle, as well as the connection to the community’s identity and experiences through photos and oral stories of the oldtimers. Who do the memories and stories get shared with? The children, of course! Kaunalewa shows tremendous care for the youth of Kekaha—the future of the island! Through lessons in and out of school, children learn the history and culture of the beautiful town of Kekaha. Kaunalewa held an art contest called “Color My Kekaha” for children ages 4-18. The idea of the contest was to shine Kekaha in an even brighter light, garnering the perspective of children and their hope for a vibrant and beautiful environment. Kaunalewa’s collaborative partnership with the Kekaha Hawaiian Homestead Association (KHHA) Puu Opae Farm and

KHHA future beneficiaries clearing the land at Puu Opae Farm

ulu pu growing together Irrigation project is an example of preserving aina based traditions while uplifting our youth. The farm is high above Kekaha on 231 acres of farmland. According to Director, Sean Andrade, students of Niihau ancestry from Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha school cleared the land by hand, fixed ditches, and installed the loi kalo. With the need for funding to create safe roads and healthy soil, Puu Opae will continue to grow young farmers. Being the next generation of Kauai, the Kaunalewa team believes it’s essential for Kekaha’s children and youth to form an appreciation and connection to their ancestral ties to the aina. This project supports findings that shows that youth who have cultivated a clear and positive identity have better long-term outcomes. Kaunalewa values preservation of the aina through education, advocacy, and action. As advocates, Kaunalewa seeks to educate the community around research and environmental sampling related to legacy pesticide and asbestos health impacts. All of Kekaha is connected, from mauka to the old sugar mill and its surrounding farm lands and ditches, and to its neighborhoods, beaches, and ocean. Kaunalewa strives for cleaner air, water, and soil for Kekaha. Kaunalewa

The winners of our first Color My Kekaha art contest. First Row: Sophie Siliado the Grand Prize Winner. 2nd Row: Maddox Witmer, Kamaehu Cabral, Noah Kanahele, Kiele Bustillos, Amillia Keen. Not pictured: Hapunaakala Aranio and Matea Peralta

acknowledges that everyone, the Kekaha community and its visitors, have a role to play in the protection and preservation of one of the last remaining rural communities in Hawaii. Kaunalewa is dedicated to the Kekaha community and its future generations by building relationships to make quality decisions, and brings fun to everything they do. Help Kaunalewa protect and preserve Kekaha - they can’t do it without you. To participate, volunteer, or donate, check out

First Row: Anna Baudouin, Kaulana Mossman, Catherine Nyberg, Ursuline Munar, Mayrose Munar, Timotea Munar, Cherie Balisacan, Kaeo Bradford, Gayle Ayudan, Chelsie Ruiz, Mark Oyama, Wayne Ayudan, 2nd Row: Adela Ochinang, Alanna Bauman, Dominic Acain, John Ruiz, Anthony Vea. Not Pictured: Jeana Baudouin, Keao NeSmith

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Farmers Markets (from north to west): Waipa Farmers Market (Hanalei) Tuesdays 3:00pm-5:00pm Hale Halawai Farmers Market (Hanalei) Saturdays 9:30am-12noon Anaina Hou Farmers Market (Kilauea)  Saturdays 9am-12noon Kealia Farm Market (Kealia) Mon. & Fri. 3pm-6pm Coconut Marketplace (Kapaa) Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am-1pm County Sunshine Market (Kapaa)  Wednesdays 3pm-4:30pm Grove Farm’s Puhi Park Produce (Lihue)  Saturday at 10am Pau Hana Market Kukui Grove Center (Lihue) Mon. 3pm-5:30pm Shops at Kukuiula (Poipu)  Wednesdays 3:30pm-5:30pm County Sunshine Market (Hanapepe)  Thursdays 3pm-4pm Hale Puna Farmer’s Market (Waimea)  Thursdays 3:30pm-5:30pm 14

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On-Farm Pickups & Roadside Stands

Aloha Ola Farms (Kilauea) Formerly Fehring Family Farm Two operating stands, 4320 Wailapa on your way to Rock Quarry beach and at Ainiahou by the old Banana Joe’s. Serving 100% Fruit Frosties, Smoothies, Popsicles, Dried Fruit, Juices and Fresh Produce 6 days a week from 10am-5pm at Ainiahou and 12pm-5pm on Wailapa rd. For special orders, contact us at or (808) 652-0100 Yasaka Farm (Kilauea) Papaya, cooking banana, apple banana, zucchini, cucumber, lemon, lime, avocado, ginger, turmeric, pumpkin, tomato, carrot, kale, bok choy, basil, arugula. Find at Kilauea Shell Gas, 96754 Kolo Rd, Kilauea | 9am-5pm daily. North Country Farms (Kilauea) An Organic Family Farm with 50 person CSA with pickup on Tuesdays. NorthCountryFarms. com | Facebook Aina Ho’okupu o Kilauea (Kilauea) Offers a weekly farm stand, CSA subscriptions and mixed produce boxes. ʻAina Ho’okupu O Kīlauea Kauai Glory Farms (Kilauea & Kapaa) Email Hannah to request a current produce list. Order by Sunday to pick up at the farm on Monday. Order by Thurs. for Fri. pick ups. Order by Tues. to pick up on Wed. by the ball park in Kapaa. Viva Rain Farms (Kilauea/Moloa’a) Organic vegetables and fruit – can place your


order online on Monday and Thursday and then pick up on-farm on Tuesdays and Fridays. | 808-346-3299 True Leaf Farms (Moloaa & Lihue) $25 Box of organic vegetables, Lihue pickup at HealthGo Market 3486 Rice St, Lihue, CSA style or visit their roadside farm stand in Moloaa heading North (on the right just after mile marker 17). Moloaa Organicaa (Moloaa) Certified organic family farm and orchard in Moloaa valley running a CSA. Also hosts community work days. Kauai Sugarloaf Pineapple, Hole in the Mountain Farm (Moloaa) Grow and sell only whole, freshly harvested Kauai Sugarloaf White Pineapple. Sizes vary. | Kalalea View Farm (Anahola)  Organic family farm in Anahola. Order from website and pickup the next day. Offers valueadded products, produce boxes and discounts for weekly commitments. | 818-631-5129 Wootens Produce of Kauai (Anahola) Custom orders available for pickup on Monday and Wednesday. Call before 9am and order will be ready for pickup after 3:30pm. Wootens Produce on Facebook (808) 823-6807

Local Products Made With Local Fruit • Frosties • Smoothies • Popsicles

Our Story Aloha Ola is about loving life, which is our goal. We believe that feeding the smallest living things on our planet promotes healthier food for everyone. We are a 2nd generation organic farm striving to produce and use the best ingredients possible. Our products are made with love from literally the ground up. Mahalo nui loa, thank you very much, to all of nature’s hidden workers for helping us to improve our soil and health for all. AlohaOlaFarms-HP-Fall2021.indd 1

Alohalani Farm (Kapaa & Lihue) Coconuts, vegetables, and fruits. For deliveries, text or call to find out what is currently available. Orders must be placed a day in advance. 808-635-0615 Watchara Farm (Lihue) Pre-order via phone for pickup at Puhi Market (Wed, Sat) or Kealia Market (Mon, Fri). 808-829-6446 or 808-829-6456 Dangs Fresh Farm (Lihue) Delivery service for wide variety of vegetables. Pick up is next to the yellow gate at the airport. Closed Mondays. Open Tuesdays & Thursdays in Puhi 9am-4pm, 1982 Nahema St. Fri/Sat/Sun Open at the airport highway 9am-5pm. 808-646-9229 Ahukini Road Farm Stand (Lihue) On Ahukini between the airport and Walmart, Monday-Saturday 11am – 5pm. Stop by the farm stand or call or text to place a pre-order for pick up. 808-652-0236

• Acai Bowls • Dried Fruit • Fresh Fruit

Locations & Hours By Anaina Hou - Kilauea Monday-Saturday •10-5 Wailapa Road on the way to Rock Quarry Beach - Kilauea Monday-Saturday • 12-5 7/5/21 6:04 PM

Kauai Organic Agroecosystems Farms (Lihue) Organic taro, luau leaf and breadfruit available, pickups by Alekoko Fish Pond overlook in Lihue. Local delivery may be available. 808-645-0532 Kauai Fruit Stand (Poipu) Koloa Bypass near the intersection at Poipu Rd. Spacious parking, good quality.

O.K King Farm (Koloa) Selling produce from tent at 4305 Omao Rd next to Hale Kupuna Heritage Home from 10am-5pm. Bananas, papayas, cucumber, zucchini, carrots and greens. 808-346-6266 | Kwunrithai_praw@ Kuamoo Farm (Hanapepe) Serving our west-Kauai ohana with freshly harvested direct sales. Check our weekly availability and place an order today through Instagram@kuamoofarm The Pineapple Lady Pineapples, ice cold coconuts, citrus, avocados. Island-wide delivery. Call or text Joan for produce list and to schedule delivery at 808-651-4750 

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Locally Made Foods Cozy Bowl Pastas Locally sourced pastas like ulu, moringa, and more. Puhi Park Produce or make an order. @cozybowl | 808-491-1440

honey., lydgatefarms, or Instagram@lydgatefarms. Local pick-ups can be scheduled through online check out.

Aloha Fresh Macadamias (Mail order or in stores) Macadamias prepared by hand on Kauai. Small batches carefully seasoned with natural and wholesome ingredients from local and/or certified organic sources.

McPhee’s Bees Honey & Bee Products Small local sustainable beekeepers that offers honey and other treasures at mcpheesbeeskauai  instagram@mcpheesbeeskauai

Garden Island Chocolate Bars Chocolate bars and exotic fruit available for purchase. (808) 634-6812 |

Neu Mana Hui Farms Specializing in growing and processing cashews locally, we also have honey, vanilla, coconut and cashew fruit jellies.Visit our website and online store, and follow us at & Instagram@neumanahuifarm

Hanalei Taro New online Fresh Pāʻiʻai & Kūlolo Combo Packs! Shipping across USA. www.HanaleiTaro. com Online orders will be shipped out every Wednesday. Please place your order by the prior Sunday before 9:00PM (PST) to ensure freshness and harvest of each shipment. Kauai Coffee Visitors Center is Open and is still offering online sales delivered to your home! Sign up for their e-news list and get a 15% off coupon code. Visit their store online at Kauai Greens Local Meals Delivered Kauai Greens offers local, organic, curated meals delivered to your door. Order online at, call (808) 6318641 or email Pick up and delivery options available Monday and Thursdays, deliveries Puhi—Haena and pickups in Waipa, Kapaa and at KCC. Find us on Instagram @kauai_greens Lee’s Bees Honey Honey available at The Kauai Store and Kauai Grown. Delivery may be available, text or call 808-651-2239. Accepts Senior FMNP coupons. Lydgate Farms Chocolate, Honey, & more Specializing in chocolate, vanilla and


Bee Kind Apiary Selling raw honey, beeswax, and candles for pick up in Kapahi or delivery. Call/text 808-651-9009 or email Resilient Roots Powders & Flours Products include ulu flour, turmeric-ginger powder, green banana powder, and taro powder. Order online at Sustainable Boost Powders & Flours Products include taro, ulu/breadfruit, cricket and taro, papaya seed, moringa, turmeric, lemongrass, green banana, and more. Order online at Uncle Mikey’s Hawaiian Dried Fruit Gourmet dried Hawaiian fruit. Orders can me made at Locals can call 808-645-1928 to receive a 10% discount on orders, and to schedule a pick-up in Princeville or home delivery. Instagram@ unclemikeys and Wailua Coconut Co Fresh handmade, no additive, all Kauai grown ingredients. Made in Hawaii by Hawaiians. Contact on

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Mahalo to our healthcare warriors!

Fighting to keep our kupuna safe and protected.



STAY AT HOME Healthcare Services




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• Protecting Our Kupuna

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Protecting Our Kupuna By Jacob Mauer, Administrator, Hale Kupuna Heritage Home It has been over 16 months since COVID-19 changed all our lives forever. Those serving on the frontline in nursing homes have remained, for the most part, in the shadows. But they, too, have put their lives at risk to protect the most vulnerable—people, who often become like family. They have become lifelines for residents and their loved ones, offering comfort and connection at a time marred by crisis, fear and death.

Nursing home residents makeup 0.62% of the total US population and have represented over 22% of all deaths in the US during the pandemic. Long-term care facilities claiming 132,608 of the country’s COVID deaths and 655,110 residents have been infected with the virus according to CMS data through 5/30/2021. We are so very fortunate that Hale Kupuna Heritage Home has kept our residents safe from COVID-19. This is due to the hard work of our nurses, nursing assistants, activities staff, housekeeping staff, maintenance associates, dietary staff, rehab team and all our administrative team. Words cannot describe how grateful our residents, family and community are for the team effort put forth to successfully protect our island’s most vulnerable population.


All staff were more than willingly to 100% abide by all of the strict rules on screening, sanitation, adherence to infection control protocol and proper wearing of PPE. Many days were spent wearing uncomfortable face masks, face shields, sanitizing hands hundreds of times a day and conducting unpleasant COVID-19 tests. Everyone did it and they did it to protect our residents. We are so very thankful for their sacrifice,

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love and compassion given to those that needed our assistance over the course of the pandemic.

joys of seeing the smiles and experiencing the hugs of those who are so special to us.

Understandably, some struggled to accept that we were not allowed to have visitors in our buildings. This along with the many other restrictions caused significant disruption for many. This reminded me of the intense and sometimes relentless effort while deployed in combat with the US Army to Afghanistan. Being meticulous and focused following directions kept me and my comrades safe while at war. This time the war was with an invisible virus and our health care warriors did their duty to keep those that sometimes could not protect themselves safe. While it is so gratifying to witness our residents and team members being happy and connected, it is was also our responsibility to keep our residents protected.

Our mayor coined a phrase that continues to resonate with me. “My mask protects you and your mask protects me. It’s a sign of aloha and respect.” Whether it’s mask-wearing, hand washing, distancing, or vaccination, “my actions protect you, and your actions protect me. It’s a sign of aloha and respect!” Let’s spread the aloha!

Now, with the vaccination being made available to us, we are working diligently in getting our residents and staff vaccinated. We believe that as we continue to safely emerge from this pandemic, we will once again share the

To find out more about how Hale Kupuna Heritage Home can be a home of choice for you or your loved one, call one of Hale Kupuna Heritage Home’s competent and compassionate caregivers. Welcome home! Phone: 808-742-7591 email: 4279A Omao Road, Koloa, HI 96756

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Take Control of Your Health:

6 Steps to Prevent a Fall Every 13 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. Many falls are preventable. Stay safe with these tips! Find a good balance and exercise program

Look to build balance, strength, and flexibility. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging for referrals. Find a program you like and take a friend.

Talk to your health care provider Ask for an assessment of your risk of falling. Share your history of recent falls.

Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.

Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses Your eyes and ears are key to keeping you on your feet.

Keep your home safe Remove tripping hazards, i ncrease lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars in key areas.

Talk to your family members Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a seniors’ issue.

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KAUAI RSVP MEMBERS Enjoy The Benefits of Volunteering

felt it enabled them to

help other people and/ or the community.

Serving as a volunteer

promotes better health and well-being. 89%

“I have a sense of accomplishment and feel I am giving back to my community by volunteering. Volunteering gives me a sense of pride.”

agreed they felt good by

staying active and keeping their brain healthy. Jim Jung, Milton Oshiro, Eric Nordmeier at a collection drive

95% reported having a more positive attitude. Volunteering can reduce loneliness, rates of

depression and gives the volunteer a greater

sense of well-being. 92% agreed volunteering helped them to not feel lonely. In addition,

95% met new people and made more friends. Kauai RSVP is a federal

program of AmeriCorps Seniors. The program pairs Americans

“it makes me feel useful. I get a great deal of satisfaction out of volunteering”

aged 55 and better

with organizations making change in their

communities. AmeriCorps Senior volunteers Shirley Akita, Tere & Robert Inouye, Kay Matsuwaki at Lihue Salvation Army

who serve in RSVP programs choose how, where, and when they want to serve, with

Kauai RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) members see the positive effects of volunteering on their mental health and well-being as reflected in a recent survey conducted by the program where 268 volunteers responded.

commitments ranging from a few hours to 40

Volunteering “I volunteer because can provide the I want to serve the community” senior a sense of purpose and accomplishment. 94% agreed that volunteering allowed them to share their experiences and talents. 88% learned new skills and developed their talents while 94 %

better health and longevity having served their

hours per week. You can find an opportunity with any of the organizations we work with that sees service as a solution to local,

regional, and national challenges. Members of AmeriCorps Seniors with Kauai RSVP report

community. Kauai RSVP is sponsored by the County of Kauai Agency on Elderly Affairs. For more information, call 241-4479 or email

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For The Love Of Caregiving By Kaulana Mossman, Program Director, Kaua’i Adult Day Health One in nine Americans over the age of 65, and nearly 35% of those 85 years and older have Alzheimer’s disease. There are over 29,000 people in Hawaiʻi living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 65,000 dedicated caregivers providing care. As caregiver’s bear witness to the loss of their loved one’s gradual diminishing physical, cognitive, and functional abilities, they often become overwhelmed and neglect their own health. Caregivers want to be there for their loved one, but it can have an exhaustive toll and wreak havoc on a person’s health and wellbeing. Caregiving can generate feelings of sadness, loneliness, and helplessness. However, there are several options of coping, and you are NOT alone.

Kainani Viado, caregiver for mother Hazel Bukoski, is grateful for the collaborative support from family. “It is more than just us who oversee this dedication of love for our Kupuna at home…it is a network of loving caring people, and the amazing staff at the Kaua’i Adult Day Health for providing genuine care. We would be lost without their services.” Grandson Kuikahi shared that “Caregivers are one of the most quiet, unsung heroes. Daily selfless acts of love. Learn how to ask for help. Some days you are going to need it, so do not take all the weight on your shoulders.” Caregivers love and support has a positive impact on a loved one’s quality of life. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Family, friends, volunteer agencies, and adult day programs can provide respite and aid.

Kuikahi Viado, Hazel Bukoski and Kainani Viado


Joining support groups are beneficial for caregivers. Connecting with others facing similar challenges and learning from each other’s experiences is therapeutic and reduces feelings of anxiety. For additional resources and information, you may also contact the Alzheimer’s Association at (808) 591-2771 or Hawaii.

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6 Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating For 2021, Halloween falls on the last Sunday of the month. Good news for kids eager to wear their costumes all day long. Bad news for parents who have to wake them for school the next day and endure their candy-coated hangovers. Pumpkins, freaky costumes, colorful candies, and scary movies—Halloween is, with no shadow of a doubt, one of the most exciting times of the year. Whether you’re planning on spending Halloween at home or experience this exciting holiday outside, we’ve gathered some ideas that will make your October 31st even more thrilling this year—from picking your pumpkin to binge-watching your favorite scary movies.


Wear Halloween Costumes And Throw A Theme Dinner

A fun Halloween party or dinner can go a long way. So put on your scariest costume, fully decorate your house, and organize some fun-filled activities for the evening. You can dive into your favorite ghost stories, watch your favorite Halloween-themed movie together, or play games like trivia and treasure hunting. For a truly epic night, put on some Halloween music, make your favorite festive drink and host a dance party with your friends and family. Make sure to have plenty of lipsmacking treats like gummy worms, and candy corn cobs on offer!



Not-So-Spooky Parade


Pumpkin Carving

Plan a neighborhood Halloween parade—it’s outdoors, builds community and naturally offers social distancing. How to pull it off: Invite a small group to decorate themed bikes, wagons and scooters. Encourage costumes that match the theme. Invite neighbors without kids to wave, cheer and vote for favorites from their driveways.

Pumpkin carving is best when done outdoors with a small group. You’ll need: A few tables spaced apart, large trash bags, pumpkin carving templates, Sharpie markers, and no-cut options such as stickers and paint for little ones. Have each family bring their own pumpkins and carving tools. Tip: don’t throw away the seeds. Season them with olive oil, salt, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper, roast them in the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have a mouthwatering Halloween snack!


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Zombie Walk

It’s a Halloween parade (see above), but geared more towards tweens and teens. Invite your group to dress as zombies, vampires, mummies or in other creepy attire. This parade could take place at sundown, but make sure there are street lights so everyone can see the characters. You’ll need: Teen-appropriate treat bags or gift cards to favorite local spot.


Backyard Movie


Drive-by Candy Distribution

An outdoor Halloween movie for a few friends or neighbors provides a festive atmosphere and social distancing.  You’ll need: Projector, blank wall or screen, chairs, blankets, pre-made bags of popcorn and wrapped candy.

It’s been done for birthdays and graduations, so why not decorate the car with a Halloween theme and drive to several houses to gather treats. Go all out with lights, glow sticks and streamers. How to pull it off: Establish participants and kick-off time. Email a map of participating addresses. Make sure one family member stays home to distribute treats from the sidewalk to each passing car. 

Fall 2021


Many Thanks From The Boys and Girls Club Kaua`i By Tina Albao, Boys and Girls Club Kaua`i, Director of Operations & Development

The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii would like to thank our members, their families and our stakeholders for an amazing summer program. It was inspiring to see all of our youth out of the Clubs and enjoying our island. West Kauai’s highlight was the Kauai Animal Education Center for sure. The kids fell in love with the goats and I think the goats fell in love with them too. Excursions took place at Hokuala Golf Course, Captain Andy’s Sailing, Backcountry Adventures, Kilohana Train Ride, Kalapaki, Lydgate & Kealia Beaches, Makauwahi Caves, Smith’s Tropical Paradise, and much more. BGCH would also like to thank the STREAMing with Aloha partnership (Kamehameha Schools, Kauai Community Science Center and Malama Hulei`a) for providing cultural, a`ina based, environmental, excursion programs at the end of the 2021 school year. I have witnessed the positive change in the youth attending our club from last year until now. Their personalities are coming back, they are socializing again and they are taking in every breath of opportunity that we can provide. Thank you to our contributors for making this possible. One of the key ingredients to our summer success was to have incredible mentors who build strong relationships with our members. Our mentors have done a fantastic job providing quality programs.


I am always in awe of our staff, especially in the summer, because they are usually home from college on a break. They bring such creativity and freshness. My wish is for these alumni and summer staff is that one day they are able to return to Kauai and be able to own their own homes and grow their own families. After all, they left to better themselves and very least we could make sure they are able to return. The BGCH Clubs will always open our arms to employment for these individuals. Giving back is so important, and mentoring our youth should be a number one priority.

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CELEBRATE FALL! We are not sure what Fall will bring but we know one thing for sure… OUR PUMPKINS WILL THERE THERE!



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Get $1/pound of unopened candy (up to 5 pounds) Prize Drawing: $100 Gift Card to Small Fry Kauai

Calling all keiki to support our troops!

Candy will be sent to our troops via Operation Gratitude. Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 300,000+ individually addressed Care Packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to First Responders, New Recruits, Veterans, Wounded Heroes, and their Care Givers.

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Heavy Metals in Baby Food: In early 2021, a congressional report was published on the amount of heavy metals found in baby foods and fruit juices. This included brands such as HappyBABY, Gerber, BeechNut,Sprout Organic Foods, Plum Organics, Earth’s Best Organic, and Parent’s Choice. This previously has been monitored by the FDA, but advocacy groups have long argued that there should be more testing for heavy metals in baby foods, and stricter limits on how much can be in foods, with better enforcement. Fortunately, groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) have published advice for families.

Why is this an issue? Heavy metals, such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury, are naturally found in the environment, but are also introduced in larger quantities into soil and water through pollution. They can then be absorbed by plants. The metals are found in very low, usually trace levels in vegetables, fruits, and grains. The amount found in foods is likely only a very small amount of any child’s overall exposure to metals – still, it is important to decrease exposure from all possible sources. High levels of metal exposure can affect young, developing brains.

What changes do I need to make in my baby’s diet? Rice cereal fortified with iron is a popular choice for a baby’s first food, but it should not be exclusively used, as rice tends to absorb more arsenic from groundwater than other grains do. Poi


or another grain-based infant cereal (ie oat, barley, bulgur, or multigrain) are excellent alternatives. Serving a variety of foods is also a good way to avoid potentially giving too much of a food that could be affected. Instead of rice snacks and puffs, look for rice-free similar snacks made with another grain. It is also suggested to avoid rice-based teething biscuits. It is not advised to give juice to infants under 1 year, unless directed to give a specific juice (ie prune juice) to treat constipation by your pediatrician.

What changes do I need to make in an older kid’s diet?

Advice for Families By Alyssa Murata, MD, Pediatrician – KVMH, Specialty Clinic at Kalaheo

Give fruits rather than fruit juices when possible, as juices tend to have higher levels of arsenic and other metals than whole fruit. Much like a woman would when pregnant, keep mercury content of fish in mind. Rotating which fish are eaten and being mindful how often higher mercury fish are consumed is a good habit to have. Hawaii Department of Health has an excellent pamphlet for mercury content of our local fish. For rice choices, brown rice tends to have higher levels of arsenic. White basmati or sushi rice typically has the lowest. Rinse rice prior to cooking. Alternate rice intake with other grains. Check labels for brown rice syrup, a common sweetener in snack food, which has a higher concentration of arsenic.

Does my child need to be tested for heavy metal levels? The PEHSU does not recommend heavy metal testing based only on what brands of baby food have been consumed. Lead screening is routine at ages 1 and 2 years-old already. The most effective thing all families can do is reduce children’s exposure to heavy metals from the most common exposures.

What is being done to fix this problem? The FDA will continue to reevaluate their policies and improve guidelines for food companies. Multiple organizations continue to lobby for stricter limits on the amount of heavy metals in baby foods, along with stricter monitoring. For more information, visit or

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Meeting The Diapering Needs Of Our Community

Diapers are essential to the welfare of infants and toddlers as studies show one in three families struggle with diapering costs. Keiki O Ka ʻĀina is a local nonprofit organization serving as the Aloha Diaper Bank pantry for Kauaʻi to provide free emergency diapering supplies. While our mission is to support pregnant woman and families with young children through home visiting, we are excited to be able to extend our kōkua to all families of Kauaʻi to meet their diapering needs.

Currently offering free resources and Home Visits for families with children under the age of 5.

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What are home visits? Since this is your child and your family, you set the agenda for each personal visit. Your Parent Educator is there to be your guide in your parenting journey and support you and your family in times of need. Fall 2021


10 Reasons why

you should bring your teenager in for a check-up Bernard Riola, MD

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1. Psychiatric issues - The emotional rollercoaster ride that teenagers experience puts them at risk for depression, anxiety, and anger issues. At the extreme end is suicide, which is the number two cause of death in adolescents. 2. Sex and drugs - Adolescents sometimes start experimenting during this stage of life. During a well-child visit, pediatricians discuss things like alcohol, cigarette, vaping, and drug use, as well as pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, and issues with sexual orientation. 3. Healthy lifestyle - Discussions about eating habits and physical

activity are especially important for teenagers before they become adults, as behaviors established during childhood and adolescence often extend into adulthood.

4. Covered by insurance - Every insurance covers adolescent well child visits, usually every year until they turn 18. 5. Vaccines - There are a handful of vaccines that are given at this age.

A tetanus booster is recommended at 11-12 years old. The meningococcal vaccine is recommended at 11 and again at 16 to prevent meningitis, a rare but serious illness. The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine helps prevent cervical cancer and other genital cancers.

6. Puberty - There are many changes that happen during the teenage years: acne, menstruation, body hair, etc. A pediatrician can help answer questions and offer advice or medications.

7. Track growth - Adolescence is a time of tremendous growth, and tracking their weight and height can help make sure they do not run into problems like obesity. This growth can sometimes cause medical issues like scoliosis, bone pain, and joint issues that should be monitored and treated.

8. School requirement - In Hawai'i, a well-child visit is required prior to entering 7th grade. Aside from this, many athletic sports require a physical, and an adolescent well child visit counts as their physical. 9. Safety - Discussions about wearing seatbelts, drinking and driving, and

gun safety are important. Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of adolescent death, while homicide and accidental shootings are number three.

10. Independence - During every adolescent well child visit, the pediatrician should have a one-on-one confidential discussion about things they might not want to share with others because they might be too embarrassed or ashamed to admit. It allows teenagers to start taking charge of their own health in their journey to achieving independence. It’s never too late to schedule your child for a visit with your family care physician. At HHSC Kaua`i Region Clinics we provide quality care for all. With an Urgent Care in Po`ipū and six clinics conveniently located throughout the island, make us your first choice for family centered health care.


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EPIC PLAYGROUNDS Enjoy Kauai’s playgrounds with crazy cool climbing structures! These are epic parks to check out with your family this Fall!

Anaina Hou Playground Anaina Hou Playground

5-2723 Kuhio Hwy, Kilauea

Anaina Hou Community Park is located on the North Shore of Kauai in Kilauea. Created by visionaries Bill and Joan Porter, Anaina Hou Community Park serves as a multipurpose space for Kauai residents, include restrooms, and picnic tables. With engaging structures that illustrate Hawaiian history, the Anaina Hou Playground will inspire your keiki to tell their own stories as they play. They’ll climb, move, and run on replicas of a volcano, sailing canoe, and a sugarcane train.



Kamalani Playground Kamalani Playground

Lydgate Park, 4470 Nalu Rd, Kapaa (past Wailua Golf Course) www.Kauai.Gov

Considered an amazing marvel, Kamalani Playground entertains kids for hours. Conceived and built by the community and Kauai County Parks Department, this exceptionally large playground is made up of inter-connecting wood structures, filled with nooks and crannies and imaginative places to go. Surrounded by extensive lawn, shade trees and close to a restroom, Kamalani Playground is found at Lydgate Beach Park directly across from the swimming beach. Further west, off of Nehe Road is Kamalani Kai, another delightful area for kids with a wonderful wood structure as well that leads down to the beach. It’s adjacent to the Lydgate public campground. Fall 2021


The Lihue Loop By Kane Casillas

Motivating the community to stay Active, Healthy, and Involved in the heart of Kaua’i. The Lihue Loop, created by Get Fit Kauai, begins and ends at Kalena Park and takes place along Rice, Hardy, and ‘Eiwa streets in Lihue. It is a 1.3-mile selfguided walking audio tour where you’ll find 19 points of interest (indicated by QR codes) which open educational audio about the town of Lihue. You will learn some things about Kauai’s most popular and significant landmarks while enjoying fun, relaxing physical activity! The tour works best via a mobile device. Closed captioning (CC) is also available for each point of interest and is accessible through the QR code.

The audio you hear on the walk is provided by the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Advanced Media class, led by CKMS teacher Kevin Matsunaga. Matsunaga saw the Lihue Loop as a way to help the community while teaching his students. The students searched for little-known facts about wellknown places in town such as the street art mural fronting the historic Kress Building (which is now being rehabilitated), the Kauai Museum and Lihue Library to name a few. The students then interviewed subject matter experts for each location.

A participant looking at the Lihue Loop map near the Kalena Park wayfinding signage.


A participant scanning a QR code with their camera app.

Kauai High School teacher Leah Aiwohi also saw the Lihue Loop as a project for students that could help the community and put the Kauai High STEMworks Program to use. The STEMworks (science, technology, engineering, and math) students used 3D printers to create 19 distinct QR codes. These QR codes can be found on all 19 stops of the Lihue Loop. When scanned, each QR code plays an audio file of a CKMS student teaching you more about the town of Lihue. The Lihue Loop is a community-

Participants walking to Point 4: Hardy St. Homes on the Lihue Loop.

driven project involving so many people, organizations, and institutions. Get Fit Kauai, Kauai Cares, Kauai Path, County of Kauai, Lihue Business Association, Rice Street Business Association, Jackson Communications, The Garden Island Newspaper, For Kauai Magazine, KONG Radio, Na Lei Wili AHEC, and countless volunteers! Funding for the Lihue Loop project provided by Kaiser Permanente and the Hawaii State Department of Health.

The Lihue Loop is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, meaning you can “do the loop” any time! Take part in the Lihue Loop Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win prizes! The scavenger hunt is fun for the whole family, and the best part? You can play it as many times as you want! While you play, you may learn something new. Fact or Fiction? The world’s first ice cream cone was invented right here in Lihue...

Don’t know? Want to know? Check out the Lihue Loop! It’s fun! It’s free! It’s for the whole family! To download the map and instructions, go to See you on the loop!

Fall 2021


Back to Nature By Kane Casillas

Kaluapuhi Trail

With restrictions easing up, you now have the chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of Kaua’i for the first time in months. A great place to go is Koke’e! Located on the west side of Kaua’i, this mountain is great for hikers, campers and hunters alike. There’s no such thing as too much time when visiting the landmarks on this majestic mountain. Koke’e has plenty of campsites, including the campground at the Koke’e State Park! Once there, you can set up tents, start campfires, roast s’mores and play games! The night sky accompanies you as you sleep.

Kalalau Lookout and Trail

The Kalalau Lookout is one of the most popular lookouts on the mountain, with views of mountains, the sky and the ocean. As you continue down the small trail to the left of the lookout, you can begin 46

to see the island of Ni’ihau in the distance and various types of plant life. It may be short, but it’s a very scenic hike.

Kaluapuhi Trail

One of the nicest hikes because of the different ways to have fun. About a mile in, you’ll find yourself surrounded by redwood trees. Earlier in the hike, you can find plum trees, which are especially ripe this summer! When going on this hike, be ready for a nice breeze and some delicious snacks!

Photos by: Kane Casillas


Take a Hike! Kalalau Lookout and Trail

Camping at Koke’e State Park Fall 2021


Improve Your Home’s Value This Fall By Leah Ragsac, Kauai Realty, Inc.

Taking care of your home is a sure way to maintain or increase value. If you are thinking of selling or want to increase the value of your home for financial purposes such as a refi or home equity line, first impressions will count with buyers and appraisers. Here are a few adjustments that can be made to your home to produce a favorable response. MAKE IT MORE ATTRACTIVE Putting some effort into making your home look better will increase it’s value. Cleaning, painting, power washing and decluttering will make a difference. A little sweat equity will go a long way. MAKE IT LOW-MAINTENANCE Low maintenance can be very attractive to buyers. Many home buyers worry about buying a home that will need constant maintenance. Changing a few things like removing plants to improve landscape maintenance or removing stained carpet and replacing it with durable flooring will make things easy to clean and maintain. MAKE SIMPLE REPAIRS Look around the exterior and interior of your home and make a list of minor repairs that can be done such as a broken screen, missing cabinet handle, leaky faucet, or a broken door knob. Put procrastination on the side and get it done. These easy home improvements show that you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to make your home more desirable, and significantly 48

increase its value. Get the family involved and teach the importance of taking care of your home!

Preparing Your Child for Back-to-School By Dr. Grace Galiza, Pediatrician, Kauai Medical Clinic Many students are returning to the classroom this school year for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. After more than a year of remote learning, going back to school in person may not be as simple as it seems. Making sure your back-to-school list of to-dos includes a check-in with your child on both their mental and physical health is important. “COVID-19 has had significant impacts on the mental health of children and adolescents,” says Dr. Grace Galiza, a pediatrician at Kaua‘i Medical Clinic. “They have been apart from friends and may have missed many milestone events of their youth, such as birthdays, proms and graduations, which can have them feeling a loss of security or safety.” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents should look out for the following signs that could indicate your child may need more support:


Unusual changes in mood; ongoing irritability, feelings of hopelessness or rage, or frequent conflicts with friends and family.


Behavioral changes, such as stepping back from personal relationships or losing interest in activities.

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Difficulty falling or staying asleep, or sleeping all the time. Changes in weight or eating patterns.


 emory, thinking, or concentration M problems.


Increase in risky or reckless behaviors.


Suicidal thoughts.

There are also steps you can take to prepare kids physically for returning to school. Vaccinations have proven to be an effective way to protect children from a number of illnesses, including COVID-19. In Hawaii, everyone aged 12 and older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, which is free regardless of health insurance status.


Last year, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) also updated immunization requirements for enrollment in childcare facilities, preschools, and public or private schools in the state. For the full list of immunization requirements, visit the DOH website. “Talk to your child’s pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns about immunizations or your child’s mental or emotional health,” says Galiza. “Your pediatrician is your partner in caring for your child’s health and well-being, and can also be a helpful resource in easing the transition back to school for the whole family.” For more health and wellness tips, visit

MESSAGE FROM PAUL ZINA Kauai Complex Area Superintendent After 24 years, I still love my job… Where else can a person say that they have the opportunity to mold and shape so many lives. In every encounter with every person I face in a single day, I have the opportunity to become part of the solution that satisfies a great need. While not everyone shares the same amount of opportunities as I may (serving over 9,100 students along with their families), each of us in our school community does have an opportunity every day to affect at least one child in the best way possible. As we move again into a new school year with a return to full in person learning for all students, I ask everyone to make the most out of each opportunity we have to build the character of a child while keeping everyone healthy and safe. The time you take to show a kindness, teach a lesson, or express a moral value will not be wasted. That will allow us to focus on our primary objective of public schools - providing the best education possible for all students. I will continue leading Kaua’i schools to ensure that we make the most out of educating our children. We have learned quite a lot this past year with all the challenges. Our school leaders are finding a renewed focus on improving the systems of public school on our island. Please remember it is the simple things that assist schools the most… Feed your child well both their body and their mind, let them rest, let them play, and most of all enjoy your time with them caring for them deeply and building them up as a strong human being and productive member of our community. I am reminded every day how important it is to remain engaged with my own children’s education for life. Take the time to know what your child’s homework is and communicate with your child’s teacher, so you are not surprised when the time comes to learn about their performance. Through all of this, we are here to help.  Enjoy your school year!

Paul Zina Kaua’i Complex Area Superintendent

Teaching Kids Self Control By Sarah Lyons As our children grow, they will be faced with many difficult choices. Each choice they make will determine their success in school, friendships, and their future. Every parent’s goal is to raise kids who make smart decisions. So how do we begin to teach them to make good choices in the moment? The answer is by teaching them self control. Self control is defined as the ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires, especially in difficult situations. Research shows that it is worth the effort to teach our kids self control beginning at an early age. “Kids who displayed greater amounts of self control at age four went on to earn better grades, were more popular with peers and teachers, were less likely to report problems with drug use, and earned higher salaries as adults.” ( On the other hand, studies show that “Kids with poor self control are more likely to have aggressive behavior problems…. and are also more likely to experience anxiety and depression.” ( Now that we have established the importance of self control, how do you go about teaching it?

Encourage activities that teach self control Activities like sports, music lessons, or clubs like Boy Scouts teach kids self control. Children may not always want


to practice, but spending the time to work on their skills will help them become more skilled. Parents can also encourage kids to play games that teach self control such as Red Light-Green Light and freeze tag. Having children spending time in solitary activities like puzzles helps them work toward an achievable goal on their own.

Give kids responsibilities Kids who have regular chores they are responsible for are more likely to learn self control. Young kids often need reminders to help them be successful, but older children can be trusted to get them done by a certain time each week without frequent reminders. When kids are given tasks that they do not always enjoy, they must use self control to complete them. Taking the time to figure out what motivates your child will help them be successful, reach their goals, and increase self control. For some children this may be a reward for

completing assigned chores such as an allowance, an outing, or time with a parent or friend. Each child and family situation is different so it may take a few attempts to figure out what works well for your household.  

Enforce limits Setting limits for children and enforcing them is healthy for all families, but it also has the added benefit of teaching young children self control. If a child’s ball rolls in the street, they have to make a quick decision whether to run after the ball or stop and ask an adult to retrieve it. A child that waits is showing that they understand the limits their parents have set and they are exercising self control as they wait to get the ball back. Enforcing limits at a young age and giving kids the choice to stay in the limits or step out of them (within reason) helps them develop self control.

Delay gratification and reward self control When teaching self control it is important to reward kids for waiting, for finishing the task, and for their hard work over time. In today’s society, instant gratification is becoming the

norm. By delaying the reward, kids have a goal to work towards and they feel a sense of accomplishment because they have worked towards and completed their goals. This method teaches not only self control, but builds self esteem and emphasizes the value of hard work.

SELF CONTROL AND DISCIPLINE Quite often young children become upset when being disciplined. Teaching children to respond positively to correction helps build self control. Try these tips:

• Teach children to work through their emotions

• Don’t brush off their feelings, talk through them

• Model appropriate behavior and self control

• Enforce limits and praise the

child when they make a good choice

• Be consistent with discipline Fall 2021


State of Hawaii- Department of Education

2021-2022 Official School Calendar

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Students’ Work Year 1st Semester August 3, 2021 to December 17, 2021

Students’ First Day August 3

Statehood Day August 20

Labor Day

September 6

Fall Break

October 11-15

Veteran’s Day November 11

Thanksgiving November 25

School Holiday November 26

Winter Break

December 20-31


December 25

New Year’s Day January 1


FALL Art Contest

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A Horse is called a Lio in Hawaiian

One of you will win the book Honu and Hina by Patrick Ching and Friends 1


Step 1. Forming: Form up the horse using circles, ovals and lines. Step 2. Outlining: Then, using those shapes as a quide, complete the outline of the horse.


Step 3. Shading & Coloring: Add some background like grass and mountains and a sky. Color em up and you’re done!

It’s easy to submit your art for our contest. Email us, and include your name, age, grade, school and phone number. eMail your art to: Fall 2021


When Should I Schedule My Keiki’s 1st Eye Exam?

By Punzal Vision, Dr. Joel E. Punzal, OD

Most of us bring our keiki to the recommended Well Child visits to the Pediatrician, and many of us schedule early dental appointments to establish care once the first teeth emerge. How about eye exams? Seeing well is imperative to one’s development, and to enable a child to maximize learning potential. As we approach the new school year, here are some reasons to consider scheduling a comprehensive eye exam for your keiki.

• To establish a baseline exam and to familiarize your child with the process. • Complaints of headaches or difficulty seeing the white board. • Struggling with learning or disinterest in reading, which could be due to poor vision.

• Squinting or holding tablets or reading material too close. • An eye turn. • Excessive tearing or redness, which may be observed starting in infancy.

Eye exams can be catered to every age level, and as the child gets older, more tests can be performed. It really is never too early to bring your child in for a check up!



SEARCH SEARCH elp is Within Reach for Your Child!

Help is Within Reach for Your Child!

Operation SEARCH helps identify children having a

difficult timehelps learning from birth to age 22. Operation SEARCH identify children having a

difficult time learning from birth to age 22.

For more information, call Operation SEARCH:

For more information, call 305-9810 Operation SEARCH: Statewide: (808) or 1-800-297-2070 Oahu:(808) Honolulu 733-4977 Central 622-6432 Windward 233-5717 Statewide: 305-9810 or 1-800-297-2070

Leeward (Campbell, Kapolei, Waianae) 675-0335 Oahu: Honolulu 733-4977 Central 622-6432 Windward 233-5717 Leeward (Nanakuli, Pearl City, Waipahu) 675-0384

Leeward (Campbell, Kapolei, Waianae) 675-0335 Leeward PearlWest City, Waipahu) Hawaii:(Nanakuli, East 974-4401 323-0015 South675-0384 982-4252 North 775-8895

waii: East 974-4401 West 323-0015 South Lanai: 982-4252 775-8895 Maui: 873-3520 Molokai: 553-1723 565-7900North Kauai: 274-3504

ui: 873-3520 Molokai: 553-1723 Lanai: Kauai: 274-3504 For children under the age of 3, call565-7900 Early Intervention Referral Line (808) 594-0066 or 1-800-235-5477

For children under the age of 3, call Early Intervention Referral Line (808) 594-0066 or 1-800-235-5477

Operation SEARCH is conducted by the State of Hawaii • Department of Education • Special Education Section 475 22nd Avenue • Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

RS 16-1538, June 2016 (Rev. of RS 15-0043)

ation SEARCH is conducted by the State of Hawaii • Department of Education • Special Education Section

Kaua 1 i Rainbow Hummus Recipe By Wissam Ali-Ahmad

What You'll Need:

Hummus Base: 4 C cooked chickpeas (2 cans) ½ tsp baking soda 4 garlic cloves 4 Tbsp tahini sauce (or to taste) 4 Tbsp lemon juice (2 lemons) 1 tsp salt 6 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp ground cumin Kaua'i Veggies: Beetroot x 2 Carrot x 3 (med. size) Butternut Squash x 1 (med) Spinach ( 8 oz) Okinawan Sweet Potato (1 lb)

How to Make:

1. Roast the vegetables: wash and cut in half the beetroots, carrots, squash and sweet potatoes. Spread on a baking sheet, and sprinkle salt and pepper on top with a drizzle of olive oil. Bake for 40 minutes in a 390°F oven. 2. Prepare the hummus base. Add the cooked chickpeas to a pot with ½ tsp baking soda and fry on medium heat for 3 minutes. Add enough boiling water to cover the chickpeas, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 min. 3. Drain and rinse the chickpea in a large bowl filled with cold water (w/ ice). For a creamier hummus, discard the chickpea skins by rubbing them with your hands and discarding the skins floating on top of the water. 4. To a food processor, add garlic, lemon juice, salt and blend till smooth. Add the chickpeas, and blend them well. Add cumin, tahini sauce, and olive oil and blend until smooth and creamy texture (you can add 2 tbsp of water if needed) Color the rainbow dips: separate the hummus base into five bowls. One at a time, add the content of each bowl to the food processor along with the roasted vegetables, and blend until smooth For Red hummus: use roasted beetroots; for Orange use the carrots, for Yellow use the butternut squash; for Green use the spinach; and for Purple use the sweet potatoes.

Serve! Kids are more likely to eat healthy when they help make their own foods - and it's fun! Find age-appropriate tasks for keiki to help in the kitchen, and let them choose their snacks from a "dipper bar'.

Serve dips with healthy, local dippers like carrot sticks, cucumber and jicama slices, tomatoes, homemade ulu or taro chips, baked sweet potato fries, etc.


You'll want to keep this protein-packed dip on hand for easy snacking! Store leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. To freeze up to 4 months, pour a small layer of oil on top before sealing to prevent moisture loss.

Check out the blog at for more fun and keiki-friendly local produce recipes, and get inspired!

Healthy Back to School Food for Keiki With school back in session, things are busier than ever - but that doesn't mean you can't feed your keiki healthy. Here's some tips! 1. Stretch Your Budget with Nutrition Programs Funds are tight for many since the pandemic began, so be sure to check your eligibility for nutrition incentive programs like SNAP/EBT (call 274-3371) or WIC (call 241-3080).

These programs provide funds for you to purchase healthy food for your family, and Hawaii sends back unspent funds to the government every year because all qualifying families don't sign up. You can also use DaBux for 50% off produce and poi at some locations with your EBT card! 2. Sign Up for Farm-Fresh Delivery

At and some individual farms, you can get farm-fresh food delivered to your home for a fraction of the cost of grocery shopping services. Local produce has more nutrients, tastes better, supports our local farmers, and it's convenient to have it dropped at your door! 3. Prep Keiki-Friendly Snacks Kids love snacks! With a little advanced prep every few days, you can easily toss together quick healthy snacks on the fly, like blended smoothies and veggie-packed muffins. Veggie sticks and fun dips, like our rainbow hummus, are also big hits.


Hidden Picture Puzzle

Where is Noah? (He’s wearing a costume!)

How many hidden items can you find?


Mask Off, Mouthguard On! By Michael Lutwin, DDS, Kalaheo Dental Group As summer smiles change into back-to-school smiles and COVID restrictions loosen, many Kauai keiki will get back into sports. Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Jiu Jitsu—all super fun and rewarding, but imagine injuring or losing a tooth, especially a permanent one, in the process? It happens more than you think and can have lifetime consequences. When you take your mask off for sports, consider using a mouthguard to cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the jaw. Many organized sports require them, but they’re also a good idea for many recreational sports where contact…or a collision, is possible. Top front teeth often stick out a bit more, especially with kids as their face and jaw are growing, so these are particularly at risk for injury. Mouthguards can help cover and protect them.

Where to find mouthguards? There are many types, and all function well as long as they fit properly. Your dentist can make a custom mouthguard, which are usually the best fitting and most comfortable. Less expensive “boil and bite” types can be found in stores or online. Cool colors (camo? hot pink!) get kids pumped to wear them, make them harder to lose, and easier to see that they’re being worn. So, keiki (and grown up keiki), grab your helmet, knee pads, gi, and don’t forget your mouthguard to ensure a fun and safe back-to-school sports season!

Keeping Your Ohana Safe During Covid-19 At Kalaheo Dental Group, you’ll receive care in a safe, clean, and comfortable setting. We have staff who are highly trained in infection control, increased disinfecting rounds, more hand sanitizer stations, distanced seating in waiting areas, office flow that minimizes patient-to-patient contact, and disinfectants and sterilization techniques proven to kill harmful pathogens. We’d love to care for you and your family. We’re accepting new patients. • Family dentistry • Friendly, local staff • Same-week scheduling • Most major insurances accepted

• NOW ACCEPTING HUMANA • Easy payment plans • Lost insurance? We can help!

Make an appointment today at (808) 332-9445. Rainbow Plaza 2-2514 Kaumualii Hwy., Suite 204 Kalaheo, HI 96741

We love our community! We support local nonprofits, provide school presentations, and host the annual Halloween Candy Buy Back and Keiki Art Contest.

Fall 2021


Grove Farm Foundation Announces Despite distance and remote learning, this year’s pool of applicants for the Grove Farm Scholars program was again comprised of highly qualified students. Twenty-nine applications were received from all three public high schools. Interviews were conducted in-person, and awardees were selected from Waimea and Kauaʻi High School.  Each student will receive $20,000, which will be distributed over four years. Recipients must contribute 30 hours of community service each year.  

Leonila Fulgencio

Kaua‘i High, plans to attend California State University at Long Beach with aspirations of studying nursing. In addition to graduating at the top of her class, she was involved with Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Nature Club, Leo Club, and the Kaua‘i to College Bridge Program. She is passionate about helping others. During the pandemic, she was proactive in finding ways to serve, including sewing masks and coordinating a clothing drive at her school. Leonila is also the younger sister of 2019 scholar Mayumi Fulgencio.

Kepler Niccore

Waimea High, will be attending Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where she plans to major in Applied Physics and Clinical Psychology with a minor in Creative Writing.  Throughout high school, Kepler was a talented athlete, playing volleyball and soccer.  She describes herself as an adventurist, creative, intentional, and is proud to be a part of the westside community/culture.  She organized a ‘pick-up’ volleyball league during the pandemic to give kids an outlet while there were no school sports.

Zsa Zsa DuBose

Waimea High, plans to study Economics at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.  She strives to lead by example and lives by the motto, ‘go for it.’  As such, she was actively involved in JROTC as Battalion Commander as well as Student Body Treasurer.  Once she gets her degree, she would like to work in the government or the private sector.


2021 Scholars Since its inception, the Grove Farm Scholarship Program has committed $720,000 directly to Kauaʻi public high school students.


Grove Farm sends a huge congratulations to 2010 Scholar Dr. Natasha Abadilla who will begin her Child Neurology residency at Stanford Childrens Hospital! The Waimea High School graduate has lived in the Bay Area for nine years while attending Stanford University for both her undergraduate and graduate studies. She is a proud first-generation FilipinaNatasha Abadilla with her father, Dan, and boyfriend, American, global health advocate, and community Dr. Robby Glenn health educator.  

As someone who grew up in a community where the healthcare system could be improved, Natasha has a keen interest in how physicians can most effectively empower and support patients when medical resources are poor. During medical school, her research projects included analyses of language concordance as a major player in long-term post-op pediatric recovery, mixed methods research on informed consent perceptions in Sudan, and explorations into what constitutes a successful post-trauma recovery. She hopes to contribute to the growing body of research aimed at mitigating health disparities and improving patient education in Child Neurology. Natasha hopes to inspire youth on Kauaʻi to shoot for the stars and do big things, and eventually she would love to return home, or at the very least give back to the community who raised her through Kaua‘i-specific health education and advocacy work.

Fall 2021


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Helping those in need to help themselves, regardless of their faith or stage in life

WATER EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS During a natural disaster or emergency, water service could be impacted and turned off. Be sure to have the recommended water storage supply for essential needs until water service can be safely restored. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency recommends storing at least 1 gallon of water per day, per person for up to 14 days.

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Autumn in Hawaii

In New England, where I went to high school and college and medical school, autumn meant back to school, just as it does here. Also football, for those of us who care about that. A big difference in autumn between here and New England is the weather. Here in Hawaii there’s really not too much of autumn weather that stands out, except that we’re now officially in hurricane season and our fingers are always crossed that we won’t get hit. (Be prepared). Whereas in New England, autumn weather quite quickly starts to be different 72

from summer. Days get shorter, leaves start turning colors and falling. I recall a lot of grey and drizzly days. And then there are 8-12 sparkling days with a briskness in the air that makes you feel very happy to be alive. If I knew just when those days were going to be, and if I had a StarTrek Spock Transporter, I would drop in for those days for sure. As I already mentioned, the big common denominator is back to school. That sounds simple enough but as we painfully learned last year, actually going to school is

By Monty Downs, MD Wilcox Hospital ER Doctor

going to be a huge step forward from last year. It certainly is looking like this is what’s going to happen as we emerge from the pandemic. My father was a great virologist and epidemiologist from a prior era and I am therefore most definitely a “vaxxer” and I thank all of you/ us who got vaccinated against coronavirus (along with other recommended vaccinations) and who are making our return to a prepandemic state more and more likely. From what I can gather from children, grandchildren, students

and teachers, the year of Virtual learning pretty much sucked. Having never before heard the word “Zoom Meeting”, we can say that some things were learned and gained from the experience. And yes, some students figured out how to thrive academically. But the loss of socializing and high school sports and clubs was nothing short of damaging. Getting back to that in-person life will be savored, even though going to school has a hard and grinding aspect to it no matter how we slice it. “Summer Fun” is the name of a happy song

Fall 2021


Autumn in Hawaii (continued)

in Grease. And “back to school’ is traditionally a clunker, summer fun is over. But this year it’s a clunker with a happy twist. Well, what about water safety, which is what I’m supposed to be writing about? A step forward this summer is that we again had a Junior Lifeguard program. It ran at 50% of pre-pandemic volume and when the announced internet sign up time struck at 8AM on May 1st, the spots were filled by 8:05. We’re sad and concerned about the youth who didn’t get to participate in the program. As I write we’re trying to figure out how to do better. Ideal would be year-round activity. Covid took a terrible toll in many

areas, and one was with Hawaii Aquatics Academy’s 2nd grade introduction to water safety program. Although its leader is a man from Oahu, Kauai was its most successful venue, with students from a number of our elementary schools participating. It was rolling full speed ahead in its 2nd year of operation when covid knocked out both its in-class sessions and inthe-pool sessions. A huge amount of work had gone into getting it rolling and hopefully the program can rise from the pandemic ashes. On the very positive and exciting side, as I write this an Oahu woman named Jessamy Hornor has started a non-profit that is advocating for the creation of a curriculum and

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classroom water safety education of our children. Jessamy herself lost her husband and one of her daughters about 5 years ago in an ocean tragedy on Oahu and she has somehow gathered herself and made it her life’s Mission to help our children understand water safety principles. The name of the non-profit is Ocean Safety Ohana and you can check out the website. The Ohana’s Mission states: “In representing the unique perspective of those who have lost loved ones to the ocean, Ocean Safety Ohana seeks to prevent other losses while nurturing a deeper relationship with our ocean and beaches.” I know first hand that Mrs. Hornor is determined to have a life-saving impact on our youth. The program won’t mature overnight but I believe it will become part of our Hawaii education via the new HOPE Initiative, a digital platform that is being developed for teachers and students Statewide. You can learn more about this by googling and navigating Hawaii Online Portal for Education (hence the abbreviation to HOPE Initiative). This Initiative

has funding from covid CARES money, the goal being to address the new era of on-line learning. The Initiative is to be “an open-source collection of on-line lesson plans and teaching materials that will be free and accessible to students, teachers, and parents by 2020.” As for our waters themselves: Summer and early autumn are traditionally the calmer time of year, the time when we aren’t getting “bombed” by the great winter swells that are spawned by massive storms up in the Aleutians. (And of course big wave surfers dream about these swells). But . . . . Ocean accidents can and do certainly occur in the summer months and it by no means takes a 25 foot wave to cause trouble and disaster. In fact the case can be made that summer and early autumn are actually more dangerous than winter because more people venture into our oceans and onto our beaches and ledges, often not quite realizing that a 5 foot wave can carry great power and can cause strong rip currents.

To those who read Kauai Family Magazine: Best Wishes in the school year. And as for the ocean, Take a few minutes to study the conditions and Know Before You Go. Please swim where you can see a lifeguard (because that’s when a Lifeguard can see you). And if you have doubt about your being able to handle the conditions, please don’t go out. Thank you and Aloha. Respectfully, Monty Downs, M.D.

Fall 2021


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 Family Hui Hawai'i: Peer-led parenting group. Visit their FB page or 📞📞📞📞(808) 230-7112 

Queen Liliuokalani Trust: Social services for Native Hawaiian families. Visit or call 📞📞📞📞(808) 466-8080

The Easter Seals Kauaʻi’s Early Intervention program 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-7141

The Boys & Girls Club of Kauaʻi: Contact each Club House for information on their afterschool programs.

o Options for Deaf & Hard of Hearing available.  Support for sexual & gender minorities:  LGBTQ++ tools & information at the Sexual & Gender Minorities (SGM) Resource Hub.  Mālama Pono Health Services: counseling & hormone replacement therapy, & PrEP management. 📞📞📞📞(808) 246-9577  The YWCA offers LGBTQ support & information. 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-5959 x256 or email

o Kapa'a 📞📞📞📞(808) 821-4406 o Līhuʻe 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-2210

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Assistance during crisis  YWCA: Case management & crisis intervention 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-6362 / 4144  Women in Need (WIN): support for women & children with a history of domestic violence, substance abuse, or incarceration. 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-1996

o West Kauaʻi 📞📞📞📞(808) 320-8353

Hale ʻŌpio: Live & virtual programs, support for youth & families. 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-2873

Keiki to Career: Information for parents & children. Visit their Facebook page or 📞📞📞📞(808) 632-2005

Childcare For help accessing affordable childcare, contact:  PATCH (People Attentive to Children) at or 📞📞📞📞(808) 246-0622

 Child Abuse or Neglect Reporting Hotline: to report a suspect case or for information, 📞📞📞📞(808) 832-5300 or 1(888) 380-3088

 INPEACE (Institute for Native Pacific Education & Culture Help) 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-0045 or at

 Virtual Family Assistance at or 📞📞📞📞1(833) 492-0094 (toll-free)

 Child Care Connection Hawai'i offers assistance for income eligible families. 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-2193


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FOOD ACCESS Food resources are available to ANYONE experiencing food insecurity. Please contact the provider & check for eligibility before visiting any center.  Hawai'i Food Bank-Kauaʻi Branch 📞📞📞📞(808) 482-2224  Kauaʻi Independent Food Bank 📞📞📞📞(808) 246-3809  Mālama Kauaʻi 📞📞📞📞(808) 828-0685 x23 o Accessible CSA Produce Bags o Food access programs

 Other Kūpuna & houseless meals programs: o Nourish Kauaʻi 📞📞📞📞(808) 635-3722

o Kauaʻi Economic Opportunity 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-4077

o The Agency of Elderly Affairs (AEA) provides assistance to seniors. 📞📞📞📞(808) 241-4470 o Our Kūpuna 📞📞📞📞(808) 400-4506

o Kumano I Ke Ala, Waimea

📞📞📞📞(808) 346-5348  The Kauaʻi Humane Society may offer assistance with food for pets. 📞📞📞📞 (808) 632-0610

Supplemental Resources  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP 📞📞📞📞(808) 274-3371  Supplemental Nutrition for Women Infants, & Children, (WIC) 📞📞📞📞(808) 241-3080  Public Assistance 📞📞📞📞(855) 643-1643 After receiving the SNAP card, sign up for the Da Bux Card for 50% discount on qualifying local fresh produce. 📞📞📞📞(808) 437-3044 📞📞📞📞

Pantries & Meals North o St. William Church, Hanalei 📞📞📞📞(808) 346-2850 o Church of the Pacific, Princeville 📞📞📞📞(808) 826-6481 o North Shore Food Pantry, Kīlauea. 📞📞📞📞(970) 618-8889 East o Anahola Beach Park 📞📞📞📞(808) 826-6481 o U-Turn for Christ, Anahola 📞📞📞📞(808) 778-4751 o Hale Ho’omalu, Kapa‘a 📞📞📞📞(808) 821-2520 o Kapa‘a Missionary Church 📞📞📞📞(808) 822-5594 o St. Catherine’s, Kapa‘a 📞📞📞📞(808) 635-3722 Central o Kings Chapel, Hanamāʻulu 📞📞📞📞(808) 335-6845 o KEO, Līhu‘e 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-4077 o Līhu‘e Salvation Army 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-2571 o QLIC’s Kīpuka Kaua‘i, Līhu‘e 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-1873 o Calvary Chapel, Līhu‘e 📞📞📞📞(808)245-9613 o St. Michaels & All Angels Episcopal Church, Līhu‘e 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-3796 South o St Raphael Church, Kōloa 📞📞📞📞(808) 742-1955 o Salvation Army, Kōloa 📞📞📞📞(808)335-5441 o Holy Cross/Sacred Heart, Kalāheo 📞📞📞📞(808) 332-8011 West o ‘Ele’ele Baptist Church 📞📞📞📞(808) 332-5906 o Hanapēpē Salvation Army 📞📞📞📞(808) 335-5441 o Nana’s House, Waimea 📞📞📞📞(808) 338-0252 o Westside Christian Center AOG, Kekaha 📞📞📞📞(808) 643-7040 •

For an updated list, 📞📞📞📞 📞📞📞📞(808) 828-0685 x23 or visit

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HOUSING AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE The American Rescue Plan allocated more than $200 million in rent, utility, & mortgage assistance programs. Call 📞📞📞📞211 for information about current programs. Assistance is available to Kauaʻi residents who were financially affected by the pandemic & have fallen behind on their rent, mortgage, electric, water, sewer and gas bills.  To check eligibility for moratorium or forbearance, call: o HUD approved housing counselor 📞📞📞📞(800) 569-4287

o Legal Aid Society of Hawai’i 📞📞📞📞1(800) 499-4302.

Senior’s line 📞📞📞📞(808) 536-0011  The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) offers Emergency Rental Assistance Program & Direct Loan Payments. Visit or 📞📞📞📞(808) 620-9500 to speak with a DHHL officer.  Other programs, contact the County Housing Agency 📞📞📞📞(808) 241-4444  The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA offers Emergency Assistance for Native Hawaiians. 📞📞📞📞(808) 784-4464 or visit  Women in Need provides transitional housing opportunities. 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-1996  Catholic Charities Hawai‘i helps with costs such as rent or utilities, & other services for houseless families. 📞📞📞📞(808) 241-4673  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): 📞📞📞📞1(855) 643-1643  Hawaiian Electric and Aloha United Way launch Hawai‘i Utility Bill Assistance Program. Visit or 📞📞📞📞211 for more.

Other key resources  Resources for Hawai’i during the pandemic, Senator Brian Schatz  Crowdsourced Hawai‘i COVID-19 Resources  Hawai‘i Children Action Network Interactive Map for Hawaiʻi COVID-19 Resources  Hawai‘i State Department of Health. COVID-19 information  Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA)  FEMA’s is offering financial COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. Visit, or 📞📞📞📞(844) 684-6333 or (TTY) 800-462-7585  Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i 📞📞📞📞1(800) 499-4302. o COVID-19 Legal Help & Resources Legal resources also available in various languages.  Child and Family Services offers support to all families including keiki, parents, kupuna, immigrants, & houseless. o Nana’s House 📞📞📞📞(808) 338-0252

o Hale Ho‘omalu 📞📞📞📞(808) 821.2520

Stay tuned for more details from County & State officials.

Call 📞📞📞📞 📞📞📞📞211 - Aloha United Way (AUW) for more information on assistance & resources. This document was updated on 7/1/2021. Services available continue to change. For the most up-to-date information, please check with each provider or visit Scan here for the online version

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