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…
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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 4/13

As another week of staying home passes, we hope you continue to stay physically and mentally well. We have seen encouraging signs that the number of new COVID-19 cases in Hawaiʻi has been slowing, but also have tragically seen more deaths and…

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…
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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 4/6

It’s been about two weeks since the stay-at-home order, and many of us may be feeling anxious, stressed, bored, and lonely. In response, this week’s webinar features Mestisa Gass, PsyD. Program Director, Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi,…
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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 3/30

HIPHI continues to work and serve the needs of the community. As mentioned in our last email, HIPHI is committed to providing you weekly email updates on Mondays and a webinar on Wednesdays. Our first webinar featuring Lieutenant Governor Josh…

How Long Does the Virus Stay on Surfaces?

Information as of March 30, 2020. Recent data surrounding SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), suggests that the virus can last on surfaces for hours to a number of days. The recent study from the New England…

Hawai’i Island-Wide Food Rescue Project Goes Above and Beyond the Kale of Duty

Kōkua Harvest, an island-wide food rescue project on Big Island, works towards eliminating food waste at its source: our farms and gardens. By being invited onto these properties, Kōkua Harvest has the ability to collect surplus produce for…
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Young Leaders Clean Beaches, Inspire Community

On a Sunday morning at Waihe‘e beach, eight teenagers and a man with a machete are pulling a tangled, bathtub-sized mess of trash and rope out of the bushes. Some of the wet ropes are as thick as the man’s leg, but his machete hacks them…

Maui Nui Food Alliance Meets to Discuss the Future of our Food System

HHawaiʻi imports about 85 to 90 percent of its food to support a population of 1.35 million statewide, with just over 166,000 in Maui County. With an additional 3 million annual visitors on Maui alone, these numbers start becoming hard to comprehend.…