Nā Pua Noʻeau Spring Break Classes – March 2022

I invite you to sign your children, students, ʻohana members and friends to our Spring break classes being offered for students in the 4th-12th grade.  Please note the details on the attached flyers & feel free to share the flyers in your circles of influences as you see fit.  

All classes are FREE and VIRTUAL, & Native Hawaiian preference.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  

Aloha, 🌸

Loke Evans-Bautista
Na Pua No’eau Coordinator
University of Hawaii at Hilo


Papa ʻAmaʻama Flyer


December 29, 2021

Hawaii County is expecting the highest daily case count since the start of the pandemic to be reported
tomorrow. Early estimates from the State Department of Health indicate the potential for more than 220 cases to be reported. The highest case count to date was 206 cases, which was attributed to the onset of the Delta variant.  Although counts continue to rise, hospitalizations are stable islandwide. Currently, 9 COVID patients are hospitalized, with 4 patients in the ICU and 1 on a ventilator. Those numbers are down considerably from the peak of the Delta surge, which had a high of 16 patients in the ICU, 12 on ventilators, and 69 COVID patients hospitalized in a single day. The island is currently 66% fully vaccinated, with 71% of the population initiated.

“We are seeing the positive effects of the vaccines in full effect,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “Although the rise in numbers is certainly nothing to discount, we are comforted by the community’s response thus far and are confident that folks will continue to do the right thing to keep each other safe. Our administration remains ready to pivot if necessary but has no plans of placing any further restrictions on our residents at this time. Throughout the pandemic, we have worked hard to maintain a balanced approach that considers the working class, the kupuna, and the keiki to find equitable solutions for all. We understand that some folks would like to see fewer restrictions, and others would like to see more, but at this time, we believe that we have figured out what works, and we are committed to sticking to that. We know that we won’t make everyone happy. Still, we will continue to operate with the best interest of the County and its residents in mind as we navigate forward using science, data, and aloha as justification of our actions and policies.”

The County would like to applaud further the preventative measures the community has taken on their own accord to protect themselves and their loved ones throughout the pandemic. Testing and vaccination sites remain readily available islandwide and can be found at hawaiicounty.gov/coronavirus. Boosters remain the best defense against serious illness, and residents are encouraged to get theirs today if they haven’t already. 


2020 Executive Board Members: Patrick Toal, Michelle Hiraishi, Jessie Marques (Executive Director), Cristin Gallagher, Momi Lovell

KRHCAI staff and volunteers meet with State Legislators to discuss rural health initiatives and priorities

Picture with Creagan Legislators

Kaʻu Rural Health Community Association, Inc.

Kaʻu Rural Health Community Association, Inc. (KRHCAI) is a community-based membership 501 (c) 3 tax exempt non-profit charitable organization which evolved as a direct result of a community “grassroots” coalition to preserve access to quality healthcare in rural communities. In 1998, the “grassroots” coalition was successful in keeping Kaʻu hospital’s 24-hour emergency room services open. The coalition formally established KRHCAI as a community-based membership organization and received its 501 (c)3 status in November, 1998.

Our purpose is to support and promote community empowerment, capacity building, collaborative partnerships and a healthy community by focusing on Health, Education, Research Opportunities and Economic Sustainability (HEROES).

Kaʻū is the southernmost district of Hawaii County, Hawaii, located on the island of Hawaiʻi.  Kaʻū was one of the six original districts of ancient Hawaii on the island, known as moku.  It includes the areas of South Point (Ka Lae), Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (HOVE), Hawaiian Ocean View Ranchos (HOVR), now together known as Ocean View, Nīnole, Waiʻōhinu, Naʻālehu and Pāhala. — Wikipedia

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