City partners with community organizations to launch massive food distribution program

The city is partnering with several community organizations to launch a massive food distribution program for hundreds of thousands of people in need across Oahu. The city and Hawaii Resilience Fund both donated $1 million…

‘Farm to Car’ program provides safe option to buy local produce while helping farmers

As restaurants remain closed or offer takeout and delivery only, Hawaii’s farmers are struggling to stay in business. The COVID-19 pandemic also forced the closure of almost all farmers markets. At the beginning of this…

Food pantry offers online registration, drive-thru pickup to meet growing demand

From its new location in Kalihi, Feeding Hawaii Together is distributing free food to a growing number of people who have registered with the non-profit for assistance. Lellani Dalton drove in from Pearl City to get her order…

NAMI Launches Free Mental Health Support, Art Therapy

The Hawaii branch of the National Alliance on Mental Health is offering an online art and music therapy workshop, as well as a new series of virtual support groups for people battling mental illness and their caregivers. Both offerings…

Hawaiian Airlines to transport 2 million face masks to Hawaii

Hawaiian Airlines chartered a cargo flight to China Saturday, which will bring 2 million face masks back to the islands. The effort is in partnership with the grassroots community group Every1ne Hawaii. The…

Governor’s emergency order requires everyone to wear face masks at essential businesses

The governor is now mandating that everyone wear a face mask or covering while in essential businesses — or while waiting to get inside. The requirement was included in an emergency supplemental proclamation issued Friday…

Non-profits stepping up to help kupuna during COVID-19 crisis

Non-profit organizations are stepping up to help kupuna, Hawaii’s most vulnerable, during the COVID-19 crisis. Kupuna who need food, medicine and other supplies can get them delivered to them for free through the “Help…

Hawaii Foodbank pledges $200,000 in effort keep farmers at work ― and those in need fed

During the unprecedented economic crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic, the Hawaii Foodbank ― alongside the Hawaii Farm Bureau ― is developing a new initiative to help feed Hawaii’s hungry. The food bank is committing…

AUW launches rent, utility assistance program to meet ‘unprecedented’ need

Calls to Aloha United Way’s 211 helpline have surged 1000% as residents scramble for help on rent and utility payments. The enormous need has spurred the nonprofit to launch the COVID-19 Rent & Utility Assistance program. The…

List of programs offering child care for essential workers released

For essential workers needing child care, a list of programs is now available. PATCH, the state’s designated Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, worked with licensed and registered providers to determine who is…
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Donations of PPE for service providers to be accepted at 3 locations

Information as of April 9, 2020.  Several non-profits are teaming up with the state to secure and distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to service providers. Homemade masks and unopened store-bought PPE such as…