Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic most venues are closed. Puna Happenings will continue to keep you updated on our Facebook Group page. Let us know if you are hosting an online event by emailing punahappenings@gmail.com
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" Starting Thursday, all visitors and returning residents to Hawaii will be required to complete a mandatory, 14-day quarantine in a push to stop the spread of coronavirus in the islands." Click here for more info.
The National Park Service explained that the following services and operations will be suspended on Sunday in order to comply with the State of Hawai‘i action until further notice:
All public areas, including trails, roads, campgrounds, the backcountry, and public restrooms are closed to visitors.
All commercial tours and special use permits are suspended.
The Kahuku Unit is closed.

County officials say that closure includes all public shoreline access easements, public open space shoreline and coastal lands, undeveloped county shoreline and coastal lands.
All camping, pavilion and use permits associated with these affected lands are also cancelled or suspended until further notice, county officials say.
In addition, the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources, which previously announced the closure of six state parks on the Big Island, said all ocean and trail tours and all Hawaiʻi state parks are now closed, as well.
Vitality Clinic in Pahoa is providing lab testing and preventative care for COVID -19 (Corona Virus). We are doing so safely via phone visits and telemedicine so that we can continue to help our regular patients as well. We have created an affordable, focused phone visit strategy for those with potential Corna virus infection so that concerned and symptomatic people can be tested. We also have strong immune boosting therapies and strategies available that are useful for prevention, especially for immune compromised people and those who must travel or have potential exposure risks. We are also using both conventional and innovative natural strategies to prevent infection in our clinic and for our patients. Our Facebook page (DOCSALLY) will offer regular tips and strategies for natural immune enhancement and education about the virus. We look forward to seeing a healthy and happy Puna O'hana. PLEASE NOTE: WALK IN VISITS FOR CORONAVIRUS ARE NOT AVAILABLE. For phone appointments to screen for CORONA/COVID-19 call the office at 965-2233. Aloha, Drs Sally Boyd Daughtrey & Chris Lawinski
Activate Hawai‘i Aid is coordinating a cross-sector COVID-19 emergency response. It's a concerted effort to bring people together and activate an islandwide network of resilience hubs to help the most vulnerable get the support they need during this crisis. Learn more at  activatehawaiiaid.org  

The immediate priority is food access. We will have community feeding sites at designated resilience hubs. Keiki, kūpuna, and vulnerable families who need food assistance will be able to pick up emergency food boxes, which contain a two week supply of non-perishable goods and fresh produce. We want to be sure that keiki have all the foods they need during the extended school closure. We plan to activate these hubs next week. More details to come. 

Here's how you can help!

• Take the Community Pulse Survey. Let us know if you need food assistance, if you currently provide community feeding services, or are willing to support existing efforts. 

We are interested in mapping out existing food assistance efforts to increase public awareness and support. Ask others in your sphere to fill this out too.

Food assistance is just the beginning. Once this resilience hub network is established, community partners filling in other gaps can leverage hub locations so we can centralize community assistance.

• If you can, please kōkua.� The COVID-19 virus has changed how food assistance is deployed. Because of the potential for community transmission, please refrain from dropping off goods and instead make a monetary donation to  The Food Basket, Inc. - Hawai'i Island's Food Bank to support deployment of emergency food boxes.

Special mahalo to Food Basket, Hawai‘i Island Food Alliance, County R&D, and  Vibrant Hawaii Island  for coming together to make it happen! All Hawai’i County Council Members will be actively involved in this collective effort. 

We invite you to join us.

Take care, and be well -
Shakti Hoku Douglas
Puna Happenings