Kaua'i Family Magazine Summer 2021

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The Go-To Resource for Kaua`i Families


Summer Pr o g r a m s Guide


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Aloha, and congratulations to all of our Kaua‘i graduates! I am so proud of each of you, and I offer my best wishes on your upcoming endeavors! Although this pandemic has presented many challenges, I am grateful to the people of Kaua‘i for keeping this island one of the safest places to be. Let’s continue to remain safe and resilient, especially during this special time for our graduates. Over the summer break, I encourage our families to create safe, lasting memories and enjoy their time with one another. Mahalo to Kaua‘i Family Magazine for informing our community about programs and activities that are safe, fun, engaging for everyone – from keiki to kūpuna! I hope you all enjoy a safe and relaxing summer! With warmest aloha,

Derek S. K. Kawakami Mayor, County of Kaua‘i State of Hawai‘i

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

Yay! Schools and small businesses are opening up—hopefully for good. This month our families are celebrating graduations. I want to congratulate all of our Kauaʻi graduates and wish them the best. Memorial Day is May 31 and it’s fast approaching. On (page 10) Major General (RET). Mary Kay Hertog gives a few suggestions to honor and help our veterans and support those who served and continue to serve. Summer camps will be starting as soon as school ends. As you flip through the magazine, check out our top summer camps and programs on pages 24-35, then help kids decide which camps they would enjoy. We have highlighted many resources from Keiki to Kupuna. When you visit these businesses, be sure to let them know you saw them in Kauaʻi Family Magazine. Mother’s Day is May 9 and Father’s Day is June 20. It is a wonderful time to celebrate and have fun with them. Thank you to all the mothers and fathers who work hard and support loving families. 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. Happy Mother’s and Father’s Day, to our Kauaʻi County readers and followers! Have a great summer! Enjoy your family, have fun connecting and making memories. Mahalo, Kauaʻi for allowing Kauaʻi Family Magazine to be a part of your ‘Ohana.


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SUMMER 2021 COVER PHOTO T. Fuerte Photography

Contributors Patrick Ching Monty Downs, M.D. Kaulana Finn Mary Kay Hertog, Major General (RET). Donna Lynn Loo Michael Lutwin, D.D.S. Prentice Owen, M.D. Mark Oyama Leah Ragsac Bernard Riola, M.D. Next Issue: Fall 2021 Advertising Deadline: June 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 KauaiFamilyMagazine.com 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.



Mahalo, Major General (Ret) Mary Kay Hertog Photo by T. Fuerte Photography






SUMMER CAMP GUIDE Sports, STEM, Music, Enrichment

KAUA`I COMMUITY SCIENCE CENTER Connecting Science and Community

TEACHING CHILDREN EMPATHY Based on Development and Age


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Inside: Full STEAM ahead with KCSC HOTspot



DIY Tie Dye T-Shirts

KAUA`I KUPUNA A Homage to Hometown Heroes




KAUA`I OHANA Pandemic Programs From Keiki To Kupuna KAUA`I PETS Benefits of Pets for Kids with Special Needs

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Kauai Family Magazine is able to provide quality local content because of the continued support of our advertisers.

Support local businesses, and tell them you saw them in Kauai Family Magazine! Education & Schools Kanuikapono Charter School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Hawaii Technology Academy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Hawaii Preparatory Academy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Child & Family Services- Head Start. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62, 63 Keiki O Ka `Aina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Patrick Ching Art. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Pali Climbing Wall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Kauai Resilience Project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Na Lei Wili Area Health Education Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 State of Hawaii Department of Education. . . . . . . . . . . 56, 71 World Ocean Day Celebration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Health & Medical Services Hawaii State Dept of Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 76 Hawaii Surrogacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Malama Pono Health Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Regency at Puakea Assisted Living. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Ohana Pacific Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Garden Isle Rehabilitation & Healthcare. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Kauai Adult Day Health Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42, 43, 44, 47 Stay at Home Health Care Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Hale Kupuna Heritage Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Hawaii Health Systems Corporation- Kauai Region. 40, 41, 59 Kalaheo Dental Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Kauai Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Wilcox Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Jason Blake Health Insurance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

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Summer Programs Kauai Opio and Keiki Orchestra. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30, 31 Storybook Theatre Arts Camp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Kauai Community Science Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26, 27 KCC Kids College. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28, 29 Camp Makanalani. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Boys & Girls Clubs Camp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 The W of Kauai Basketball Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 The W of Kauai Volleyball Camp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Kauai Gymnastics Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Aloha Dance Studio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Healing Horses Kauai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Kauai Sailing Camp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Run Club Kauai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Coral Reef Camp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Community Partners Kauai Complex Area DOE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 County of Kauai Office of the Mayor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 County of Kauai Lifeguard Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 County of Kauai Agency of Elderly Affairs. . . . . . . . . . . . 46, 48 County of Kauai Department of Water. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 County of Kauai Waste Management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Kauai Made. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Gather Federal Credit Union. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Grove Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52,53 Mark’s Place. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Catholic Charities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Hui Ho’omalu, Partners in Development. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 National Tropical Botanical Gardens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Leah Ragsac, Realtor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 T. Fuerte Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 The Countdown Kauai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Kauai Restoration & Cleaning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

By Chef Mark Oyama

Here is an easy ice cream recipe to make. Especially great for the summer time! Ingredients

Makes 1 quart 1 lb strawberries, hulled 1 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 cups heavy cream


1. Hull and quarter the strawberries, then add the sugar, lemon juice and salt. 2. Crush, mash and beat ‘em up. You can use a pastry blender, potato masher or fork. Let them sit and macerate for 15 minutes. The sugar pulls the juices out. 3. Next, pour half of this mix into a blender or food processor and blend till smooth. Pour back into the bowl with the remaining crushed strawberries. 4. Pour in the heavy cream and whisk it all together. 5. Wrap and chill in the fridge for a couple of hours and then spin in an ice cream maker. Transfer to the freezer to firm up.

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with MAJOR GENERAL (RET). MARY KAY HERTOG Commander of the Kaua’i Veterans Council

To many Americans, Memorial Day is a three- day weekend that signals the beginning of summer. Folks head to the beach, hang out with friends, and have family get togethers. But to the men and women in the Armed Forces, to our veterans and their families, Memorial Day is so much more. It’s the one day of the year we set aside to honor those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice and died while serving in the military. Many people confuse Memorial Day, (which is always the last Monday of May), with Veterans Day, which is always observed on November 11th. Veterans Day recognizes and pays tribute to all

veterans, living or dead. On this holiday we especially give thanks and celebrate our living veterans who served our country during war and peacetime. Are Veterans Unique? I think so, but I’m biased because I’m a veteran too. But think of it this way, less than one percent of the population in the US has served in the Armed Forces so that makes them unique. Our veterans are willing to make sacrifices to serve their country. They have to endure separations from their families and loved ones when they deploy or get a remote assignment to a location their family cannot join them. They have to move quite often which means uprooting their families, starting over in a new state or country, a new neighborhood, a new job, and the list goes on. Our veterans can face many challenges, especially when returning from a deployment or leaving the military and trying to readjust to life. Our combat veterans may face even greater challenge. Some may have physical injuries and some may have invisible injuries and suffer from post traumatic stress from what they’ve seen or done. These

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Photos by: T. Fuerte Photography

Memorial Day Is May 31st And It’s Fast Approaching

veterans need our help, support and understanding. So what can you do to honor and help our veterans? Start by simply saying “thank you” and let them know you appreciate what they’ve done. Feel free to come to the annual Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies and take the time to meet and talk to our many veterans. Our Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe on those days is absolutely beautiful, bedecked with lei and American flags. The lei are made by school children and our local Girl Scouts decorate the grave markers. You could volunteer to be part of that effort, or you could help our local Boy Scouts place an American flag at each grave marker. Some veterans may need a ride to a medical appointment if they can’t drive or own a car. Consider becoming a driver for our disabled veterans. And of course during the holidays our veterans deployed overseas and away from their loved ones always appreciate getting a care box or card. If you know a veteran, spend an hour

or so with them and take the time to really listen to them. If you have a neighbor who is serving in the Armed Forces and they are deployed, ask their family if they need any help with anything. And when we thank a veteran for their service let’s not forget to thank their family. The families may not wear a uniform but they serve and make sacrifices too. A kid who has a parent or both parents in the military may have to move often, leave their friends behind and hope they make new ones at their new location and school. In fact, the average military kid will have attended 6 or more schools by the time they graduate high school if their military parent stays in for a career. Military families have to carry on their daily routines with one parent being both mom and dad and that can be very stressful. But they do it, and wait for their loved ones to come home. Just remember, you don’t have to wait for Memorial Day or Veterans Day to show how much you appreciate our veterans. Any day is a great day to say “thank you” and support those who served and continue to serve.

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You Can Pick

Your Pineapple and

Eat It Too!

June 20 marks the first day of summer this year. Although this summer may have a rockier start than years prior due to the pandemic that doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of ways to make this summer feel as vibrant as every other year. One way to do that is to incorporate summer fruits into your cook out! A versatile fruit with many health benefits that can be used in many dishes is the ever-sweet pineapple, the ultimate summer fruit. Pineapples are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese and fiber while also being low in calories, sodium, saturated fats and cholesterol. Pineapples also contain an enzyme called bromelain, which aids in digestion.

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The bromelain enzyme is generally found in the stem or core of a pineapple and helps to digest food by breaking down the protein particles within it. Promoting a healthy digestive system [bromelain] is great for a natural detox and has also been known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties. Aside from being good for you and providing antioxidants you might not be getting from other foods, pineapple can bring an added brightness to your meals and is the perfect way to liven up dinnertime. To make sure that you’re able to jump in with a perfectly ripe pineapple, look for these indicators so you know that you’re picking out the best one every time!



The best and most ripe pineapples should be a yellow or golden color all the way through from base to stem. Ripe pineapples should give off a et sweet, fresh scent if you smell the base of the fruit. The skin of the pineapple should be firm with a little bit of softness when pressure is applied. Just make sure not to poke yourself with the spikes!




Green pineapples indicate that they are not ripe enough, and orange coloring on pineapples indicate that they may be overripe. Bad pineapples will begin to smell like vinegar when they’ve begun to rot, so smell with caution. If you check the pineapple’s skin and it’s either as hard as a rock or feels mushy, this is not your perfect pineapple. These can indicate underripe and overripe fruits respectively.


Try PORK TACOS with little chunks of pineapple! You’ll be surprised how well the flavors blend together, especially with grilled pork. To take it up a notch, try grilling the pineapple, too! PINEAPPLE SALSA is the perfect summer side dish. Swap out your tomato for pineapple! Some standard salsa ingredients to add are chopped onion, cilantro, salt and lime juice to taste! Throw some pineapple in the next time you make a SMOOTHIE for an extra tropical kick! ant something sweet for DESSERT, and not in mood for chocolate? Try W grilling this ultimate summer fruit in slices and serving them topped with vanilla ice cream, coconut flakes and almond slivers.

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SUMMER CAMP June 7 to July 21, 2021 Kapaa Clubhouse fguerrero@bgch.com Phone: (808) 821-4406 CAMP MAKANALANI J U LY 1 2 - 1 6 | $ 2 0 0 TO R E G I ST E R , P L E A S E CO N TACT:

Pastor Anwar Ali 808.346.-5219 a.ali@kauaibaptist.org www.kauaibaptist.org

Lihue Clubhouse Email: aherman@bgch.com Phone: (808) 245-2210 West Kauai Clubhouse Email: lnuesca@bgch.com Phone: (808) 320-8353 Tina Albao, Kauai Director of Operations & Development Phone:(808) 482-1065

Kauai Branch

Healing Horses Kauai Riding and Horsemanship Camp

Children will learn how to sail, have fun and stay safe! By the end of camp each child will have learned how to set up and sail a Topper sailboat. Children must be able to swim. Age: 7-16 Dates: May 31- June 4 June 7-11 June 14-18 *All 3 camps are Beginner Camps Times: Mon-Fri 9am-noon Cost: $200/scholarships available Location: Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbour Contact: kauaisailing@gmail.com 808-346-6051

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Learn: Riding, Horse Behavior, Leading a Horse, Grooming & Tacking, Horsemanship. Session 1: June 7-11 Session 3: July 5-9 Session 2: June 21-25 Session 4: July 19-23 Ages are 4-14 • Cost: $50 per day Times: staggered drop offs and pickups (see registration for more details)

For more information and to register go to www.healinghorseskauai.org




June 17, 2021 BOYS & GIRLS: AGES 13-18 Complete Skills Intensive Basketball-Position Specific Training June 17, 2021, 9:00am - 12:30pm

June 17, 2021 BOYS & GIRLS: AGES 13-18 Complete Skills Intensive Volleyball-Position Specific Training June 17, 2021, 1:30pm - 5:00pm

Register online: www.nbccamps.com/basketball/camps/day

Register online: www.nbccamps.com/volleyball/camps/day

JUNE 14-16, 2021 BOYS & GIRLS AGES: 8-12 Complete Skills Jr. Basketball Day Camp June 14-16, 2021, 9:00am - 12:30pm

JUNE 14-16, 2021 BOYS & GIRLS AGES: 8-12 Complete Skills Jr. Volleyball Day Camp June 14-16, 2021, 1:30pm - 5:00pm

*(Geared for the more advanced player. Some knowledge and skill of the game required.)

*(Geared for the more advanced player. Some knowledge and skill of the game required.)

Southside Sports Center 2731 Ala Kinoiki Rd. • Koloa, HI 96756

Email thewofkauai@gmail.com OR call Josh Burton at (808) 635-1003 www.nbccamps.com • www.thewofkauai.org

Call For A FREE Trial Class!

Offering Instruction for ages 3 years old through adults. Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz Funk, Lyrical, Ballet, Pointe, Musical Theater, Break Dancing & Adult Heels Jazz Funk.

We offer at both locations recreational class through advanced competition teams.

Offering gymnastics instruction for ages 1 year old through 17 years old.

Kauai Gymnastics Academy 808-245-8863 | KauaiGymnastics.com Aloha Dance Studio 808-245-1810 | AlohaDanceStudio.com

Day Camp enrichment program to help supervise distant learning and providing a fun and safe learning center for Kindergarten – 5th grade. Summer 2021


FKauai U Community L L S TScience E A Center’s M AKCSC H EHOTspot A DEvents bring

KCSC HOTspot events are fun for the whole family. A family enjoys “brown bag” activities at a KCSC HOTspot event.

KCSC Intern and 3D printing club instructor, Briana Apo, teaches students about 3D printing.

Kauai Community Science Center, KCSC, is a 501(c)3 organization, founded in 2019 that focuses on connecting science and community by increasing access to science, growing science literacy, promoting climate change awareness and creating a safe and respectful environment for our team and community. KCSC puts students in the lead when developing programs, content and activities through project-based learning experiences that model and promote the 21st Century Learning Skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity which are highly regarded by the US Department of Education as being specific skills that students need to fully participate in today’s global community. Thanks to a Kūpa‘a Kaua‘i CARES Act grant KCSC was able to develop, KCSC HOTspot, a mobile wifi hotspot and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & culture and Math) resource. As of press time KCSC has held 14 free KCSC HOTspot events for more than 200 participants and there are four more KCSC HOTspot events planned thru June 2nd and we will offer more through the rest of 2021. KCSC HOTspot events feature free WIFI and fun informal science learning experiences. There are a couple of robotics demonstrations where our guests have the opportunity to control the robots. We always have a 3D printing demonstration and feature some 3D printed give-aways. KCSC “brown bag” activities are a fun way to offer a variety of hands-on STEAM activities at each event. Some of the favorites include a rubber band launcher, a 3D bubble wand, recycled art sculptures and making parachutes.

Go to HTTPS://KAUAICSC.ORG to stay up to date on KCSC Events and activities.

fun hands-on STEAM content to Kauai In collaboration with Kauai Planning & Action Alliance’s Keiki to Career Program, we also give away science themed books free at our KCSC HOTspot events. We have over 500 books available for all ages, covering a wide variety of STEAM topics. In addition to the KCSC HOTspot events, KCSC has other programs that you can learn more about on the KCSC website, KCSC Students Sharing Science, KCSC Internship Program, KCSC Climate Connect and KCSC Seabird Searching. In addition, KCSC has a new programs on the horizon, KCSC Industry Partnership Program as well as KCSC’s inagural fundraiser, BE ELEMENTAL TO KCSC.

A couple of students “drive” the makeblock mBot Ranger robots.

You can contact KCSC via email, info@kauaicsc.org, if you have any questions or suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at a KCSC HOTspot event.

UPCOMING KCSC HOTspot EVENTS all at Kaumakani Pavilion

Saturday, May 1st

The photobooth was a great suggestion from one of our student guests.

4:00pm - 5:00pm & 5:15pm - 6:15pm

Friday, May 14th 5:00pm - 6:00pm & 6:15pm - 7:15pm

Wednesday, June 2nd 5:00pm - 6:00pm & 6:15pm - 7:15pm



or scan this QR code

Students test out the parachutes they made from our parachute “brown bag” activity .

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Na Lei Wili

Area Health Education Center Growing Our Own Healers Kaua’i Community Office 4373 Rice St., Suite 1 Lihu’e, HI 96766

808-241-HOPE(4673) Helping those in need to help themselves, regardless of their faith or stage in life

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Summer Education Opportunities College & Career Success – Free Online Course with $100 Stipend Qualified Applicants Rolling Admission limited to 25 students Information: Fran Becker To enroll: https://tinyurl.com/CCS2021Kauai

Kids College Summer Programs

@ Kaua`i Community College

Office of Continuing Education and Training https://www.OCET.Kauai.Hawaii.edu

July 2 to July 23 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m To register, visit www.nacce.com/vil21regformgirls To learn more about Verizon Innovative Learning, visit:


Middle School Age Girls STEM Camp

FREE year-long S.T.E.M. enrichment program for girls in grades 6-8!

Other Summer Programs:

Junior Tennis Class Black Rocket Mythbusters

Computer Programming

Battle Royale (Fortnite Style), Python Programmers, Rocket Kart Racing: A Mario Kart Style Game, Pokemon Masters: Designers & 3D Makers Unite

Our partner, BlackRocket Productions is offering our students (ages 8-14) a whole listing of programming classes! To view, the offerings follow the link: https://blackrocket.com/online/kau/ If you are interested in registering your student for online classes, use discount code: KAU2021 for $15 OFF! For more information call 808-245-8318

What is KOKO?

Kaua’i ‘Ōpio and Keiki Orchestra (KOKO) is a free instructional program for Pre-K to 8th graders. KOKO provides instruments, sheet music, music lessons, and orchestra practice at All Saints Episcopal Church, Kapa’a (3-5-year-old) and Boys and Girls Clubhouse, Līhu’e (Kindergarten-8th Grade).

Who is KOKO?

KOKO is the brainchild of Sarah Tochiki, director of KAFME and director of KCC Orchestra, Wind Symphony and Jazz Band. Miss Tochiki asked Miss Lawson to direct KOKO from its inception in Fall, 2019. Miss Lawson is a talented and dedicated musician and educator. She has spent seventeen years teaching privately and in the classroom in the USA and China. She has performed, composed and taught professionally in New York, NY and in Los Angeles, CA. Miss Lawson is the Manager for the nationally performing music group Desperado Orchestra L.L.C. Lawson is trained Miss Lawson in Classical and African American Improvisational music and holds a Master’s Degree in Performance and Composition. Miss Tochiki and Miss Lawson both share the desire to provide quality music education programming through a multicultural curriculum.

Why is KOKO important for Kaua’i?

There are numerous articles written that discuss how music is a fundamental skill in helping the development of young minds academically, personally and culturally. While learning music, young minds are strengthened, especially parts of the brain that develop language, math, and fine motor skills. Just as important are the psychological tools students use to help practice self-discipline and independent study. As each child is given access and the opportunity to learn, they are also building relationships and safe places in their community where they learn, grow, and socialize with others that share the same musical interests. Both Miss Tochiki and Miss Lawson played in youth orchestras as young children and teenagers. Both recognize and are grateful for the opportunity they had, and wish to give similar opportunities to Kaua’i keiki. The violin is an instrument that originates from Europe and has been shared throughout the colonized world. Though originally created in Europe, the violin and string music can filter through the environment of its surrounding

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community as it has in Blues, Jazz, Gospel and Reggae music that stems from the African diaspora. The African American approach to music created an alternative epistemology to the traditional European music methods and theories. The KOKO program highlights the European tradition of learning classical music and violin while simultaneously empowering and exploring music of other cultures so reflective of our multicultural state and county.

Where does KOKO funding come from?

KOKO is a program that succeeds because our community recognizes the need to have access to instruments, the importance of musical development of our keiki, and the strong leadership provided by Miss Tochiki. The Boys and Girls Club, The Mokihana Club, The Rotary Club of Po’ipu, The D’Addario Foundation, Hungry For Music, Kaua’i Society of Artists and many private donors are the reason why KOKO continues to provide programming. It is the support of our community that creates the opportunity

for KOKO to continue and for KAFME to thrive.

What would KOKO expect from my child and me if we join?

While KOKO is founded on the belief that education should be provided for all of our youth, it is also important to recognize the importance of the ‘ohana. Parents can reinforce the dedication to attend, the positive encouragement to continue and the value of learning to play a musical instrument through the tradition of performing, conscientious practice at home, and the sharing of a collective experience. Through community support and performances, students are able to develop self-confidence tools and habits of perseverance. Summer Program Locations More info call: 808-346-4611 All Saints Episcopal Church Gymnasium June 19 to August 7, 11am-12pm Boys and Girls Clubhouse Lihue June 14 to July 26, 3:15pm-5pm https://www.bgch.com/lihue/

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PALI CLIMBING WALL Endless fun for all ages! • With 5 bays, participants can choose a race to the top or beginner, intermediate or expert climbs that challenge the most experienced of climbers. • Fully insured and able to set up at all the county and state parks. • Look for the next location announced on our website, paliclimbingwall.com for when we are in your neighborhood. • Check our calendar for free community climb days locations in your neighborhood.

This 30 ft, five climber portable rock wall is a thrilling event, perfect for big community events and fundraisers.

If you are interested in being a donor for a community climb day please contact us or donate here.

For more info, visit our website or email us Paliclimbingwall.com Palirockclimbing@gmail.com


Storybook Theatre Hanapepe Arts Day Camp Fun!

CORAL REEF KIDS SUMMER CAMP Children’s Science & Art Learning Adventure Weekly Sessions Mon – Wed 8:30am – 2:30pm Location: Anini Beach *SNORKEL GEAR PROVIDED *For children ages 8-13 who are already good swimmers and have some experience snorkeling.

Register online at www.reefguardians.org For scholarships and fee waivers, email: education@reefguardians.org (808) 651-0286

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June Camp: Dates TBD, 8:30 am to noon July Camp: July 6 - July 16, 8:30am - noon Caylin Spear ~ Visual Arts ~ Mural & Set Design KatieMae Carlson ~ Circus Arts Stephanie Laverack ~ Puppetry & Masks Mark Jeffers ~Theatre Arts ~ Acting & Character For Tuition & Registration Information Call 335-0712 or email Director@storybook.org

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JUMP ON 2021’S HOTTEST DIY TREND One of the biggest fashion trends we’ve seen so far in 2021 is the reemergence of tie-dye! What may seem like a retired style now reserved exclusively for camp activities and middle school projects, is now making its way back into the mainstream. If you want to jump on the trend, but maybe haven’t done tie-dye since you were a kid, we’ve got you covered! Tie-dye is an easy at-home activity that only takes a few supplies, and you can even get your kiddos involved! There are endless ways to tie dye your clothes and you can tie-dye just about anything, but we are focusing on the classic spiral tie-dye shirt!

White shirt made of 100% natural fibers: 100% white cotton is best. You can use another color, but white will give the most vibrant results! The natural materials like cotton or rayon will also ensure that the dye absorbs into the fabric properly. TIE DYE KIT: You can pick one up at Walmart or online! It should come with everything you need, but if not, you will need: • Rubber bands • Gloves • Dye powder • Squeeze bottles for the dye mixture • Water • 1 gallon size resealable plastic bag per each item you’re tie dying (a trash bag works too)

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To take the tie-dye trend one step further, try tie-dying a custom pair of shorts or sweatpants for the ultimate 2021 at-home comfy look!

1. Wash your white shirt. This will get the sizing out and make your shirt more receptive to dye. 2. Make sure your shirt is still a bit damp and lay it out on a table—preferably a place you don’t mind getting dye on! (You can place it on top of a trash bag or in a bin, to contain the excess dye). 3. To create the spiral look, pinch the fabric in the center of your shirt. Then, with the center pinched, twist the shirt in one direction until your entire shirt is in a spiral shape, keeping it as flat as you can like a pancake. 4. Next, use three to four rubber bands to secure the shirt in this spiral shape. Be sure to crisscross the rubber bands so that you’re left with six to eight evenly spaced triangle- shaped sections — almost like pizza slices! 5. Put on your gloves, pour a full packet of dye powder in a bottle, and fill the bottle to the top with water, making sure not to overflow the container. Some kits come with the die already in the container, so all you need to do is add water. Shake well!

6. Now you’re ready to tie-dye! With your dye mixtures, use whichever colors you like to fill in each triangular section. There is no right or wrong way as to how many colors you use to fill in these sections, but remember that the more dye you use to saturate the fabric, the more color will be on your shirt. If you only use a little dye in each section, your spiral will turn out with lots of white spots! 7. Flip over your shirt and repeat step #6 on the other side! 8. Place your tie-dye creation in one of the gallon plastic bags, seal and let sit for 8 to 24 hours to let the dye set. 9. After the 8 to 24 hours are up, rinse your rubber banded shirt under cold water, until the water runs clear and excess dye is removed. 10. Remove the rubber bands and launder in the washing machine with hot water separately from other clothes as to not accidentally dye any other clothing. Dry the shirt separately.

If you want more than one spiral, or want the spiral in a different location, just start the design in a different spot! Wherever you pinch the fabric in step #3 will always be the center of your spiral! *Always supervise children and never leave them alone when doing tie-dye.

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ATTENTION YOUNG Summer Art Contest


Draw a Monk Seal Step 1. Forming: Form up the Monk Seal using circles, ovals and lines.

Step 2. Outlining: Then, using those shapes as a guide, complete the outline of the seal.

Step 3. Shading: Determine where your light is coming from and shade the areas where light does not reach. Don’t forget the cast shadow.

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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: info@kauaifamilymagazine.com

Summer Dental Health Tips By Michael Lutwin, DDS, Kalaheo Dental Group Ask kids what their favorite time of year is and the answer is almost always summer. What could be better than summer on Kauai? Follow these tips to help your keiki malama their mouth all summer long. • Sun’s out, surfs up! C’mon, and get outside. Give the electronic devices a rest. Sitting around being ‘bored’ and snacking can cause weight gain and tooth decay. • On the go? Great! Pack portioned containers of healthy options like pre-cut fruits and veggies for fast and healthy snacking. • It’s hot out there, so trade in the expensive sugary sports drinks for water. “Infuse” it with strawberry or any fruit you’d like for healthy and ono hydration (just go easy on high acid fruits like lemons and limes).

stability to the teeth and jaw if a blow to the area occurs.

• When applying SPF, don’t forget the lips. They burn easily and prolonged exposure may lead to forms of oral cancer later in life.

•M ake your back-to-school dental visit early. Some grades require it and these checkups can be a great way to be sure your child’s teeth stay healthy. Avoid the July rush. Make your child’s back-to-school appointment early in the summer.

• Use mouthguards on the ballfield to lessen the risk of injury by providing

Kalaheo Dental Group wishes all Kauai families a happy, healthy summer!

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 kalaheodental.com

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

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Hawai`i Health Systems Corporation – Kaua`i Region (HHSC Kaua`i Region), part of the State’s safety net hospital system. HHSC Kaua`i Region operates Kaua`i Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waimea, Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital in Kapa`a, and Kaua`i Region Clinics with locations in Kalaheo, Kapa`a, Po`ipū, Port Allen, and Waimea. The Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital (SMMH) was founded in 1917, by the Planter’s Association, and was dedicated as a memorial to Samuel Mahelona, son of Emma Kauikeolani Napoleon Mahelona Wilcox. Today, SMMH is an 80 licensed bed hospital serving our island community through its Long Term Care, Adult Behavioral Health, Acute, Rehabilitation and 24/7 Emergency Services. The Kaua`i Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH) was established in 1957 and was named in honor of Veterans who fought in the Korean War. KVMH is not a Veterans KEEP THIS INSERT HANDY SHOULD YOU NEED US www.kauai.hhsc.org

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• 24 Hour Emergency Room • Critical Care Services (ICU) • Acute In-Patient Care • Obstetrics and Nursery • Pediatrics • Long Term Care • Rehabilitation Services • Physical Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Speech Therapy • Respiratory Therapy • Imaging / Radiology • Social Services • Laboratory • Pharmacy (Coming Soon - Summer 2021) • Same Day Surgery / Surgical Services

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Center, but is a 45 licensed bed General Hospital serving our island community through its 24/7 Emergency, Critical Care Services, Same Day Surgery, Medical/ Surgical, Obstetric, Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation services. Kaua`i Region Clinics (Waimea, Port Allen, Kalaheo, Po`ipū and Kapa`a) are community-based clinics strategically located across the island of Kaua’i and provide access to high quality care to our residents and visitors.

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A Homage to Hometown Heroes

Army VeterAn Clifton Hayashi

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A Homage to Hometown Heroes By Kaulana Finn, Kauaʻi Adult Day Health Center Program Director

We are the home of the free… because of the BRAVE In his historic inaugural address over sixty years ago, the 35th President of the United States John. F. Kennedy inspired citizens across the country – emphasizing the importance of public service and civic action. Americans across the nation were challenged personally to contribute to the greater good of our country. “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” These were his famous words that resonated far beyond that moment in time and echoed well into the heart and soul of those who have, and those who continue to serve today. The Kauaʻi Adult Day Health Center joins a grateful nation in paying homage to those who voluntarily put their lives on the line and wear the uniform with pride in service. As we approach Independence Day, we as a country will reflect on the founding of our nation and the freedoms’ we hold most dear. These freedoms enshrined in our Constitution—freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of the press, freedom to petition, and much more. These have been at the heart of our country’s founding and important today, as ever before. They are the freedoms that our nation’s leaders take an oath to protect, and that so many heroes have given their lives to defend. Heroes right here in our own communities like Veteran Michael Ellis Ohana Pacific

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Health Kauaʻi Adult Day Health Center Veteran’s Michael Ellis, Clifton Hayashi, James Scobell, Takata Sokei, and Paul Yamaguchi. Their devotion to defending this country, courses through the core of who they are. When asked why he stepped up to serve Army Veteran Michael Ellis shared, “I thought it was important to serve my country, and I had the opportunity to serve with good people.” For 21-year dedicated Army Veteran Clifton Hayashi, he traveled the world including Germany and Japan and was an instrumental contributor to the forces expertise in the field of communications. His pride and love for serving his country is often shared in stories with family, friends, and staff at the Kauaʻi Adult Day Health Center. While

(Left to right): Paul Yamaguchi, James Scobell, Clifton Hayashi (center standing), Takata Sokei, Michael Ellis

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reminiscing about time served on a ship during the Vietnam war, Navy Veteran James Scobell stated, “there were many that served before me, I joined the military because I wanted to pay them back for their service.” Adorned with the Korean War Veterans Association uniform and cover, Army Veteran Takata Sokei proudly spoke of his experience “everybody should be equal, and we were all equal, it was up to us to defend the country.” For Army Veteran Paul Yamaguchi, stepping up to wear the uniform was a defining moment “all of us

should contribute to our country.” For generations, we as a nation have been kept safe through the courageous actions of the few, whose selfless service, vigilance, and loyalty epitomize what it means to be an American. We live a way of life that is truly and uniquely our own – attributed to the actions of those who answered the call, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, as well as generations of men and women who will serve in the future. They are the epitome of a servantleader, a testament to the strength of what we stand for, and who we are as a great country. We are the home of the free, because of the brave.

For more information 2943 Kress St, Lihue, HI 96766 Veteran’s Clifton Hayashi and Michael Ellis playing charades

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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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Sakiko Okihara’s Celebrating a Milestone By Donna Lynn Loo, RSVP Director, Agency on Elderly Affairs In reminiscing her forty years as an AmeriCorps Senior volunteer with Kauai RSVP, the Retired & Senior Program, Sakiko Okihara said “Yeah, that’s a looong time and I enjoyed every bit of it!” She recalls Lola Cruz, the Kekaha Senior Center President and Kuulei Takashima, Parks & Recreation staff, both being very instrumental in her time there at Kekaha Senior Center. An RSVP volunteer since 1980, Sakiko assisted with the American Cancer Society and America Reads program, but much of her volunteer service was with the center’s therapeutic outreach activities as well as the Kauai Economic Opportunity’s congregate meals program. It is there at Kekaha Senior Center that she and other members learned to play the ukulele. Even now, as a nonagenarian

at 98 years, Sakiko vividly recollected traveling to Oahu to perform at the Ala Moana shopping center along with their well-known ukulele instructor, Charlie Kaneyama. Therapeutic outreach was an activity she greatly adored. Each month they rode the bus from the center visiting care homes and hospital long term care residents, some of whom were her friends, while singing and playing the ukulele. Sakiko also enjoyed helping with the KEO congregate meals program where participants engaged in social activities and enjoyed a nutritious lunch together. Lola shared that Sakiko was the eldest active member at the center. She was highly regarded, considered a mentor who was very patient and always helpful in giving guidance.

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Born in Makaweli, Sakiko attended Kekaha Elementary School and graduated from Waimea High School. She furthered her education for two years on Oahu to become a cafeteria manager and worked there for a short period until an opportunity arose for her to return to Kauai. After working for a year at Hanalei School, a job opened at her alma mater, Waimea High, where she spent the next thirty-five years as the cafeteria manager, until her retirement. Sakiko and her late husband, Kiyoichi,

Sakiko seated second from left next to Lola Cruz, along with fellow members of the Kekaha Senior Center, participated in a Diabetes Self-Management Program led by RSVP volunteer, Deb Kaleohano.

who retired as a cane haul truck driver for Kekaha Sugar Plantation, made their home in Kekaha. They raised two beautiful daughters, Amy Willman and Katie Hardwick, who blessed them with four grandchildren, Forrest, Travys, Laurien and Greg, and one great grandchild, Khat. Sakiko highly recommends volunteering and joining the senior center. She enjoyed the company of the senior center members and learned crafts like yarn and bead lei making as well as crocheting and quilting blankets that were donated to care homes and senior craft fairs. She will miss the senior center activities, especially the members, as she now resides at the Kauai Care Center in Waimea. Sakiko appreciates being very well taken care of by the staff, loves the food, playing Bingo and other activities, “It’s like a hotel, I feel like a queen!”, she exclaimed.

skills, instead of being idle at home. Her highlights of volunteering include fond memories of singing, playing the ukulele at community events and especially engaging in therapeutic outreach with residents at hospitals and care homes. Sakiko, the Kauai RSVP and the Agency on Elderly Affairs staff, commend your outstanding dedication and commitment of forty years, the most years of service ever served by a single volunteer in the history of the program. May your spunky enthusiasm, positive attitude and words of wisdom continue to inspire and bring joy to those around you. Thank you and may you cherish those great memories of sharing your time and talent while serving our community.

While expressing our appreciation for Sakiko’s milestone of forty years with RSVP, she insists thanks go to us for years of enjoyment, attending the annual Recognition luncheon and gaining new

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First-Time Home Seller Tips By Leah Ragsac, Kauai Realty, Inc. There is a lot of attention paid to first-time homebuyers. Many resources are out there to help first-time homebuyers navigate their first home purchase, but what about the first-time sellers? Selling your home for the first time can be just as confusing as a home purchase, so here are a few things to remember as you navigate your home sale. Proper Preparation. Before that first showing, it’s important to prepare. This involves not only cleaning, decluttering, and staging the home, but also learning about your local real estate market and finding the best agent for your needs. Learn about the services they offer: do they include staging, professional photography, video, or virtual tours? Price it right. Ask for a comprehensive market analysis (CMA) and work with your agent to determine your list price. If you price your home too high your home may take longer to sell. Pricing it just right may help you get multiple offers and you may end up with a higher price and a quicker sale. Be flexible. Discuss the plan for showings and open houses. Try and be flexible to allow for as many potential buyers as possible to view your property. Once you start getting offers, be willing to negotiate terms. When evaluating offers, It’s not just about the price; watch for terms, such as length of escrow and contingencies. One of the most important aspects of a

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successful home sale is the relationship you have with your agent. Be transparent about your needs, concerns, and goals. Good communication and clear expectations will allow you to not only get the best price for your home, but have peace through the process!

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Commitment to Community—Our Dams

For well over 150 years, Grove Farm has operated, maintained, and enhanced a series of legacy water infrastructure that serve the Kaua‘i community. An essential part of these complex water systems are dams and reservoirs. These structures were designed and built by the ingenuity and hard work of our ancestors and are critical to Kaua‘i’s sustainability. It is our kuleana—our responsibility —to care for these infrastructure components and we take it seriously. Dams are designed to confine water in reservoirs. These reservoirs store water to supply our community with drinking water, to irrigate farms to grow our food, and numerous other public uses, such as landscape and park irrigation needs. During the March rains, Grove Farm’s team worked 24/7 managing our reservoirs. In anticipation of the oncoming heavy rainfall, our team took proactive measures to ensure that the reservoirs could handle the deluge of rainfall—inlets were closed off and the

Waita Reservoir performed as designed during recent storms. The water heights were safely below the spillway

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Spillways are designed to provide a controlled release of surplus water and to protect the wall of the dam. With the recent rainstorms, the spillway performed exactly as designed, with excess water going into the adjacent pasture lands.

outlets were opened up. The critical spillways were inspected, and remote monitoring systems were all in proper working order. Six of our reservoirs, throughout our 38,000 acres of land, are regulated by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR)—Engineering Division, Dam Safety. They conduct annual inspections and contract third parties to inspect and report on the conditions of the structures. They also manage remote monitoring systems on five of our reservoirs to provide realtime data on reservoir levels. During major storm events, we stay in constant communication with DLNR and have up-to-date Emergency Action Plans for each reservoir, with reporting protocols to both DLNR and the Kauai Emergency Management Agency. The Kapaia Reservoir rose to 44.5-feet on Saturday, March 13. Following a reprieve in the rainfall and continued diligent management of the water systems, the levels dropped significantly by March 14 and continues to do so. This critical water source provides potable drinking water to 20% of Kaua‘i’s residences and serves numerous farmers, ranchers, and civic users. The spillway at Kapaia Reservoir is designed to release water at 44-feet,

& Reservoirs Handle Flooding Well

which is precisely what happened. Again, the spillway protects the dam’s wall by releasing water once it reaches a given height—in this case, excess water is intended to flow to open pasture lands. Recordings at the Waita Reservoir are also taken every five minutes. On Sunday, March 14, the reservoir held at 18.8 feet. Throughout the recent flash flood warnings, the water levels never reached the spillway height of 21-feet. All of the proactive precautionary measures taken by Grove Farm’s team produced the desired results.

—community safety! It is our kuleana —our responsibility, and we are fully committed to preserving these vital water components, including dams and reservoirs, to build a sustainable Kaua‘i. These are examples of the data you can download from the site:

Grove Farm has a team of expert water consultants who have years of knowledge and experience maintaining these plantation-era water systems. They conduct continual monitoring and reporting of reservoir levels and conditions, and also perform repairs and maintenance. More importantly, they actively monitor weather conditions and adjust the water systems according to inclement weather. During severe weather events, such as what we have experienced on March 13, Grove Farm has strict protocols that are followed with the sole objective

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The Benefits of Urgent Care By Prentice Owen, M.D. Kauai Medical Clinic

Many people are unaware that our urgent care clinic has a full-service lab during normal business hours... When you come down with an illness or suffer an injury, you want to feel better right away. But what happens when you get hurt over the weekend, or if you come down with a stomach virus in the middle of the night? “If your PCP is unavailable, patients should go to urgent care if their problem is not life-threatening,” says Dr. Owen Prentice, an emergency medicine physician with Kauai Medical Clinic’s Urgent Care team. “We will do our best to help you right on the spot. If we can’t, we’ll get you to the appropriate doctor or place of care ASAP,” Prentice states. Many people think the first place they should go in these types of situations is the hospital Emergency Department, but Prentice explains that the ED is reserved for just that – emergencies. “The ED is best for potentially lifethreatening illnesses, severe injuries, accidents or falls – situations that might involve ambulance transport. It is not the place to go for common illnesses or minor injuries,” he says.

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Some benefits of urgent care include shorter wait times, less testing, and quicker delivery of prescriptions. Urgent care physicians and staff are trained to handle a wide variety of illnesses and issues, from colds, flu and UTIs, to minor aches and pains, cuts, scrapes, bruises and even minor broken bones. “Many people are unaware that our urgent care clinic has a full-service lab during normal business hours and offers services such as X-rays, EKGs, fracture splinting, ear wax removal and treatment for minor eye care issues,” Prentice says. However, Prentice advises patients to call 911 or go to the hospital Emergency Department if you are experiencing a serious, life-threatening medical emergency.

For more information on the Kaua‘i Urgent Care Clinic, go to WilcoxHealth.org/UrgentCare.

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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

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Fall Break

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Thanksgiving November 25

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MESSAGE FROM PAUL ZINA Kauai Complex Area Superintendent Wow! We are moving into summer already...what a year this has been! I still love my job and am very proud to continue to support and serve our public schools. I would like to give a big Mahalo to all the Kaua’i school faculty and staff that have worked tirelessly to keep our keiki safe and healthy throughout the year. Especially, as we have carefully continued to increase in person learning. I would also like to thank all the students and their families for their “Kaua’i Strong” attitude as we have all endured the difficulties that the pandemic has presented. As we move into summer I ask all families to continue to engage with their schools. Take the time to stay informed and participate in activities that are offered to make sure your voice is heard and your needs are met by our public school system. As always, you can find the most current Kaua’i complex area updates at our Kaua’i Public Schools launch website at bit.ly/kauaipublicschools. And you can find the most current state HIDOE updates at http://hawaiipublicschools.org. Stay healthy, safe and strong as we continue to support our Kaua’i students and families together.

Paul Zina Kaua’i Complex Area Superintendent

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Teaching Empathy in Children

What a child needs from their parents is empathy, and acknowledgment of his or her feelings. Empathy is the ability to share experiences, needs, and desires between individuals, and a child who learns empathy truly cares about the way his or her actions impact others. Learning empathy provides the emotional bridge to maintain close and healthy relationships. The most important way to teach children empathy is to have them experience empathy from their parents, and that starts with how parents deal with their children’s emotions. Feelings of anger, sadness, and fear often start with a problem, and as parents our first instinct is often to fix the problem. For example, for a child being teased, breaking a toy, or running from a spider, a parent might try to rescue a child from the problem, such as squashing the spider or buying a new toy. However, this takes away a chance for the child to learn independence and problem solving. Another mistake is to convince the child that he or she is wrong: “Spiders aren’t scary.” or “If they tease you, they must be jealous.” The worst thing you can do is to tell the child to ignore his or her feelings by saying things like “You’re too sensitive” or “It’s no big deal.”

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By Bernard Riola, M.D. Pediatrician KVMH Waimea alumnus Saint Theresa School

What a child needs from their parents is empathy, and acknowledgment of his or her feelings. Look at your child and hold them close, and even hug them. “I can see that you are hurt. I’m here for you. I get it.” Honor a child’s feelings. This allows the child to feel understood, more connected to the parent and less alone. It also empowers the child to carry on and possibly figure out a solution. The natural progression of empathy is compassion, where you try to help by working together. Notice that you do not simply fix the problem yourself. Instead, work together with your child to find solutions. It is also important to distinguish showing empathy versus sympathy. Sympathy is having pity and sorrow for another, and this can lead to a sense that the parent is superior and the child is inadequate. Telling a child, “I’m sorry you feel that way. I hope you get better,” might teach the child to play as a victim when something goes wrong, or to have pity on others. Beyond modeling empathy and having empathy for your children, there are other techniques to teach empathy to children based on their development and age: 2-4 years olds – Younger children might have difficulty understanding what emotions are. So stick with

helping them understand their own emotions, and how they tie into their behavior. “You’re stomping around and frowning. You must be feeling angry.” You could also cut out faces or print pictures of people displaying sad, angry, or happy faces to review with your child. 4-6 years olds – Start teaching them to recognize emotions in others. Read stories together and discuss how each character is feeling. Find a crowded place and do some ‘people watching’, where you observe the body language of others and try to guess how they are feeling. Try acting out scenarios where a person might have strong emotions, and brainstorm solutions. 7-9 year olds – Rather than just saying “I’m sorry”, teach them to incorporate empathy when apologizing, in something I like to call a ‘Power Apology’. This involves three things: 1. Stating what was done wrong 2. Why the action was wrong (this usually includes an empathetic response) 3. What you are going to do about it. For example, “I’m sorry that I broke your toy. It’s wrong because it makes you feel sad about losing it. Next time I’ll ask first and be more careful.” Another way to teach empathy is having them volunteer to help others. Discussing how they think people felt before and after the event will teach them both empathy and compassion.

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Caring And Supporting One Another, Is What Our Children Need By Alana Power, Community Relations Manager-Hui Ho'omalu

“I would love to hear Social Workers on Kaua’i say, ‘We need a family for this child’ and I respond with, ‘We have one, we have one for every child.”

This is the dream of Monica Ka’auwai, Community Liaison for the Partners In Development Foundation’s Hui Ho’omalu Program who is tasked with the recruitment, training and assessment of General Licensed applicants interested in fostering in Hawai’i. The Kamehameha Schools and UH Mānoa Graduate was drawn to this job because she believes in the value of ‘Ohana, so much so that her efforts to find safe and loving

homes for keiki in Foster Care led her identical twin, Marcia and her husband, to become licensed to Foster on Kaua’i. “Our way of life in Hawai’i in caring and supporting one another, is what our children need.”

To become licensed to Foster on Kaua’i, give Hui Ho’omalu a call

at 808-346-8184 or Visit: www.pidf.org

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD'S LIFE. Become A Resource Caregiver. On any given day in Hawai'i, there are approximately 1,600 Keiki In Foster Care.

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BENEFITS of Pet Ownership for Kids with SPECIAL NEEDS By Sarah Lyons

Pet ownership can bring joy and happiness to any home. For children with special needs— particularly for those with sensory processing disorder, autism, ADHD and social or behavioral issues—adopting a domesticated pet can provide wonderful benefits. Here are some great reasons to consider adding a pet to your family.

elevate mood. Stroking a pet’s soft fur can have a calming effect on people. People who spend time with a pet on a regular basis have lower blood pressure, lower heart rate and less stress. Patients that were visited by a service animal while in the hospital also reported less pain.

Helps grow social skills

Kids who have the opportunity to care for a pet will also develop important life skills, such as time management, responsibility and an understanding of the importance of schedule for feeding, walking and cleaning their pet.

Kids who spend time playing with a pet typically enjoy interacting with people more than kids who don’t own a pet. They also learn to develop skills such as trust and interpreting nonverbal cues. Owning a pet can also encourage empathy toward animals and humans alike. Lowers stress Having a furry friend to play with, pet and cuddle can lower stress and

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Helps develop life skills

Builds stability Kids who crave stability and routine will benefit from having a pet in their lives. Pets can provide a different type of stability that they may not get from peers or family members.

Promotes learning Many parents have found that having their pet near them during virtual learning or while doing homework helps children stay calm and focused. Pets are a great addition to any family but can be a huge help to kids with special needs. Before adopting a pet, consider what type

of animal would best fit your lifestyle, space and budget. It’s important to do your research and get a pet that will work for your family. Ask your children for their input and let them help choose what type of pet they would like to join the family. Chances are your new pet will have a positive impact on everyone in your household.

Important Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet Cost - Pet ownership can be expensive. Before adopting an animal, research the cost of purchasing the animal, vet bills, food and any other items needed. Depending on the type of animal, the cost could go on for many years. pace - It’s important to choose a pet that is a good fit for your home and S yard size. If you are renting, check to make sure your property owner allows pets. Care - Determine who will be responsible for your pet. Some special needs children may not be able to clean up after or manage some of their pet’s needs. Who will be responsible? Are you willing to commit to this for the lifespan of the pet? Attention - What does your child’s schedule look like? Does your child have time to give the attention the pet deserves? Are you home enough to walk a dog? Do you travel often? Who would take care of the animal while you are at work, school or on vacation? Noise - Some kids may have sensitivity to loud noises. If this is the case, you may not want to adopt a dog that barks loudly. If your child is a light sleeper, you may not want to have a nocturnal animal’s cage in the room at night. Keeping these things in mind will make it easier to determine which animal would be the best fit for your family.

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Are you the parent or caregiver of a young child? Wondering about milestones and baby’s development? Keiki O Ka ‘Āina can help! Our He Lei Piko Home Visiting Program provides eligible ohana with weekly home visits where they have the opportunity to grow in postive parenting practices, learn about their childs development, and build a loving relationship between parent and child. Here are some of the things our ohana have to say about our program;

“I absolutely love how the program is helping me and keiki.”

“It’s been awesome. She helps with any questions I have and helps me with curriculum. My son isn’t the sit down type so she helps me find different ways to do the curriculum that work for him.”

“First time parent and I feel supported by my Parent Educator and I love learning how to play with baby.”

(regarding her Parent Educator)

Additionally, for a limited time, we are partnering with the NEST Program to provide our Kauaʻi ohana with knowledgeable breastfeeding support and advice by text. Contact our offices for more information, we look forward to hearing from you!

Currently offering free resources and virtual Home Visits for eligible families with children under the age of five. PHONE: (808) 244-4144

EMAIL: HeLeiPiko@koka.org

Virtual Home Visits, How does it work? Since this is your child and your family, you set the agenda for each personal visit. Your parent educator is there to provide information to help you make good parenting decisions, and to provide concrete support for you in times of need. What do I need for video call visits? A camera-enabled device, a good internet connection, and a working email address.

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We offer a rigorous, balanced educational program rooted in the values, practices and culture of our ‘āina to empower our hāumana to succeed in a 21st century world. Utilizing the world view and wisdoms of the Native Hawaiian peoples as the foundations for learning, our hāumana come from many ethnic backgrounds and share a love for nā mea Hawai‘i. In the spirit of hō‘ihi and aloha for themselves, their ‘ohana (family), kaiāulu (community) and kaiapuni (environment), our hāumana learn to mālama kuleana through technology and service in an increasingly global community. We embrace our kuleana to our Hawaiian Home Lands community of Anahola and the future of Kaua‘i. We are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and provide hāumana with assigned technology devices. We offer dualcredit college courses for high school hāumana and ‘āina-based project learning opportunities that facilitate connections between classroom learning and real-world applications. With more than 200 students, an education with us is always tuition-free. The admissions lottery will be held on July 6, 2021.

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Hawaii Technology Academy Does School Differently Grade 6 Enrollment Open on Kauai Campus Hawaii Technology Academy (HTA) is a tuition-free, WASC-accredited, DOE public charter school serving more than 1,300 students statewide. Traditionally, HTA operates as a blended learning school: students engage in face-toface, virtual, and independent instruction. This unique academic model equipped HTA with a distinct preparedness for the unprecedented events caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. All of a sudden, students, teachers, and parents had to adjust to the new normal: distance learning. While this change was certainly unforeseeable, it presented HTA with the opportunity to demonstrate exactly how they do school differently. HTA has over a decade of experience with virtual learning. Students come to campus to learn on face-to-face days, teachers conduct online lessons during virtual class days, and students study at home or participate in experiential learning during independent instruction days. Because of this innovative academic approach, technology use and online learning are intrinsic characteristics of the curriculum. Students were able to continue with their education throughout the pandemic and Learning Coaches, HTA’s term for parents and/or guardians, were already wellversed with online learning. Virtual learning isn’t the only thing HTA has to offer. Strong student-teacher and parent-teacher relationships are not only

prioritized, but deeply valued. Learning Coaches are involved in their child’s academic journey and receive personalized support from HTA’s high qualified educators. Moreover, students gain invaluable skills through transformative project-based learning activities, enhancing their college and career readiness. At the high school level, HTA’s Work-Based Learning Program allows students to work with various community partners, experts, and organizations to learn and apply their technical and academic skills in real-life situations. HTA intends on returning to their full blended learning model for the next school year and remains optimistic for what the future holds. Interested in enrolling your 6th grader at HTA? Please visit myhta.org > Enrollment or contact enrollment@myhta.org. 4370 Kukui Grove St. S ​ uites 103 and 112 Lihue, HI 96766 • 808-676-5444

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Raising Children Not at Risk but at Promise I was born into difficult circumstances, but looking back there were four things, called protective factors, that made the difference for me. 1) I had people that taught me the value of work and having responsibilities, 2) I had people that knew what was important to me and supported that, 3) I had people that instilled in me a sense of purpose, future, and hope. They gave me something to believe in and hold on to. Most importantly, 4) I had caring and supportive people around me. They filled the gaps in my life with love. They provided me with a safe place to go and someone to count on. They instilled in me a belief that I was worth something and that I could succeed. Now, as a mother and grandmother, my children tell me that those protective factors that were critical for me were also critical for them. Resilience was passed down from generation to generation, changing the life course of the entire family. – Mervlyn K. Kitashima Retired Administrator, Parents & Alumni Relations Department at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama (The Kaua’i Resilience Project Launch Main Guest Speaker) BACKGROUND: Along with nearly 700 children born in 1955 on Kauai, Kitashima participated in Emmy Werner’s “Kauai Longitudinal Study on Resilience.” The study divided the children and their families into two categories: those who were “at risk” and those who were not. Kitashima and her family were categorized as “at risk.” The study aimed to determine how some children in the “at risk” category would grow into contributing, responsible adults.

Through her lifelong work in education and advocacy, Mervlyn Kitashima is a part of helping the youth of Kauaʻi. She is a shining example of how we all need to choose and commit to making a difference for our young people, particularly for those that might not think they have anyone in their corner. The Kauai Resilience Project brings together leaders in our community to make that difference, but we cannot do it alone. There is something for everyone in our community to do, every day, to support kids. As you reflect on Mervlyn’s inspirational story, ask yourself – Who was in your corner when you were a kid? How can you pass down what they gave you to the next generation? Share your story and Tag us on Instagram @TheKauaiResilienceProject. For more, visit www.KauaisKidsAreYourKids.org

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Kaua’i Ocean Hazards & Safety During the Unknown

There are many unknowns as I write for this wonderful magazine’s summer issue. For starters, I’m writing on March 16th with quarantine rules still in effect and therefore with visitor numbers way down from pre-pandemic years. By the time this issue is printed, however, we will have opened back up, so that you can travel here if you proved you’ve had a negative and approved covid test within 3 days prior to arrival. (This is my current understanding but things are fluid). Opening is scheduled to happen on April 5th. How long will it take for Kauai to get back to the occupancy rates that we had before covid? Many people likely will still have an overall

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hesitancy to travel, so it may take a while. On the other hand . . . . This is Hawaii, a dream for many people and motivation may be high to finally enjoy a good tropical getaway. This uncertainty obviously has a huge impact on our ocean safety challenge, since drownings = hazard X people. It feels blunt to write it and it must feel blunt to read it, but the more people at our beaches, the more drownings we will suffer. Case in point is that we suffered 4 drownings in 2020, as compared to 18 in 2019. The hazards were still here, the number of visitor beachgoers was way down.

By Monty Downs, M.D. Wilcox Hospital ER Doctor

Another huge unknown has to do with the landslide that took place 6 days ago as I write, shutting off Hanalei and all points north. The State Highways workers have pulled off what I consider to be a miracle, clearing the mud from the highway so that it can allow one lane for emergency vehicles to get through to Hanalei. When will the highway open for residents who live in Hanalei? When will it open for people who want to visit Hanalei? Totally unclear at this time.

a bit of a stretch to consider Tunnels as being guarded. And I’m not at all fine with beautiful Lumahai, No lifeguards there. Ke’e. Another unknown. It’s a State Beach Park and the State used to pay for 4 County Lifeguard positions so that

Usually we think of Hanalei bay as a summer paradise. This is fine with me as an ocean safety advocate, since we have 2 Lifeguard towers there, not to mention the great Lifeguards who staff them. There are of course beautiful beaches north of Hanalei, namely Lumahai (with 2 different accesses), Tunnels, Haena Beach Park, and Ke’e. Also several surfer access spots. I’m fine with Haena since there is a Lifeguard tower there. I’m a little less fine with Tunnels since it is a full 1/4 mile from the Lifeguard stand. Our Lifeguards have binoculars and an ATV and they have conducted many preventions and made many rescues at Tunnels, but to me it’s

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Kaua’i Ocean Hazards (continued)

Ke’e would be guarded. Due to extreme covid-induced State budget shortfalls, the State no longer provides this funding. What the County plans to do is yet to be determined and there is a very real possibility that as of July 1 Ke’e will no longer be guarded. Or maybe just on weekends? Covid has had many terrible consequences and losing lifeguards at Ke’e would add to this miserable toll. Fingers are crossed that some County budget juggling will allow for continued coverage—assuming Lifeguards and people can make their way out there. Ocean safety 2021 is full of unknowns as I’ve described, and truth is this pandemic has thrown all of us into unknown territory across many facets of our lives.

Some of us have experienced death of a family member to covid. Some of us have lost our jobs, some our homes. Some of us haven’t been able to be around our peers in school. Some of us haven’t been able to play the team sports we used to play. Some of us have had trouble with anxiety and loneliness and depression because of all this. There is and has been uncertainty all around us. Still, some certainties remain in ocean safety. An example is the ocean itself that surrounds us, and the beaches that give us access to the ocean. Another example is the Lifeguards who warn us about and protect us from these hazards, and from our own cluelessness

LIFEGUARDED BEACHES Haena Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Northshore, Haena

Kealia Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eastside, Kapa`a

Hanalei Pavillion . . . . . . . . . . Northshore, Hanalei

Lydgate Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eastside, Wailua

Hanalei Bay Pine Trees . . . . . Northshore, Hanalei

Poipu Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Southshore, Poipu

Kee Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Northshore, Haena

Salt Pond Beach . . . . . . . . . Westside, Hanapepe

Anahola Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eastside, Anahola

Kekaha Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Westside, Kekaha

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and maybe our own recklessness, and who rescue us when we’ve overstepped our abilities. Another example is the need for all of us to be “force multipliers” and to look out for each other and our guests. This brings me to Junior Lifeguards, who are the very definition of force multipliers. Last summer we had to drop the program because of covid. This summer it will be running at 50% capacity of pre-covid years—and it will be underway when this issue comes out. (I therefore can’t help with sign up instructions and I hope our readers got in on it). An uncertainty though: Hanalei has always been one of our key sites for the Junior Lifeguard program and we’re not sure how that will work out, due to the landslide. Kalapaki and Salt Pond will be operational.

A quick aside: I first heard the term “force multiplier” when Captain Sullivan brought the passenger jet (whose engines failed due to a bird strike) down on the Hudson river in NYC. All hands were rescued from the frigid water. By whom? By the US Coast Guard? No. By the mighty US Navy? No. By Lifeguards and Firefighters? No. The rescuers were privately- employed ferry boat captains who were nearby and who had been trained for water safety emergencies. Ever since then I’ve loved the idea of us—you and me and our children—being the force multipliers, training ourselves to be force multipliers. Why? Because we have more beaches than our Lifeguards can possibly keep an eye on. (We have 10 towers for 70 beaches, depending on who’s counting the beaches.)

Concluding: I hope our readers are handling the uncertainty reasonably well. And if you’re struggling: (A) You are forgiven, it’s totally understandable. And (B) Please figure out how to reach out and communicate your struggle, even though “social distancing” has been the mantra for the last year. I HATE SOCIAL DISTANCING! Please have a good summer and a safe summer. Respectfully, Monty Downs, M.D.

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Kaua‘i County Resource Directory Directory of local & state resources assisting with some of the most essential needs during the pandemic, including programs for everyone - from keiki to kūpuna! Remember to check for updates on each program as services may change anytime.

HOUSING The American Rescue Plan allocated more than $200 million in new rent, utility, & mortgage assistance programs. Families looking for information, please 📞📞📞📞211.


Housing Assistance

The Department of Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide rent & utility assistance. Stay tuned for more details from County and State officials.

 The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA): Emergency Assistance for Native Hawaiians. 📞📞📞📞(808) 784-4464 or visit www.hawaiiancouncil.org/kahiau

The moratorium on evictions continue to be extended. This means that evictions for failure to pay rent or other related charges, & rent increase are prohibited during this emergency.  Public Housing, Section 8, USDA rural housing, or Low- Income Housing Tax Credits program are also eligible.  After the moratorium ends, renters will be responsible for making payments.  For questions or legal advise, contact Legal Aid 📞📞📞📞1(800) 499-4302.

Homeowners The Homeowner Assistance Fund will support families who are behind on their mortgages or in foreclosure due to the pandemic. Stay tuned for more details from State officials.  The forbearance & foreclosure moratoriums are extended through June 30, 2021.  Government-guaranteed mortgages such as FHA, USDA, VA, HUD Sec 184, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac are eligible for penalty-free forbearance (payments can be paused) for at least 6 months & up to one year.

 The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL): Emergency Rental Assistance. Visit dhhl.hawaii.gov/covid-19/  Women in Need: transitional housing opportunities. 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-1996  Catholic Charities: help with costs such as rent or utilities. HOPE line 📞📞📞📞(808) 241-4673  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): 📞📞📞📞1(855) 643-1643  Other programs, contact the County Housing Agency 📞📞📞📞(808) 241-4444  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) 4994302. Senior’s line 📞📞📞📞(808) 536-0011 For emergency shelter & support, contact: o Kauaʻi Economic Opportunity INC

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Health Care Access

Most adults in Kaua‘i are now eligible to receive

Telehealth is a great option to safely continue

their vaccine! Please, visit kauai.gov/vaccine for

with treatments & appointments. For more

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For affordable health services, contact:  Ho‘ola Lahui Hawai‘i. 📞📞📞📞(808) 240-0100  Mālama Pono Health Services (MPHS) reproductive health & case management. 📞📞📞📞(808) 246-9577  HMSA’s Online Care: affordable telehealth for anyone 18+ years in Hawai’i.  The Department of Education (DOE): no-cost telehealth appointments. 📞📞📞📞(844) 436-3888  Project Vision: no cost screening & reading glasses. 📞📞📞📞(808) 201-3937  Language assistance may be available at: o Helping Hands 📞📞📞📞(808) 526-9724

o KDHO Bilingual Health Services 📞📞📞📞(808) 241-3421

o We are Oceania (WAO) for communities from Micronesia, Marshall Islands, & Palau, COVID-19 helpline 📞📞📞📞(808) 913-1364 📞📞📞📞

COVID-19 Testing If you develop any symptoms, please contact your primary care provider (PCP) and get tested. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include cough, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, & new loss of taste or smell.

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Food Pantries

Community Resources

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 Hawai'i Food Bank-Kauaʻi Branch, in addition to the food pantry, check for Pop Up Food Distribution Programs. 📞📞📞📞(808) 482-2224  Mālama Kauaʻi offers free CSA Box Delivery for families with limited transportation. Intake Form ONLINE. 📞📞📞📞(808) 828-0685 x23  Other Kūpuna & houseless meals programs: o Nourish Kauaʻi 📞📞📞📞(808) 635-3722.

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