About Town: July 30, 2020

  • Bread fresh from the Portugese stone oven cools on June 18. Kona Historical Society is temporarily closing its Portuguese Stone Oven Baking Program until further notice. The last bake of the summer will take place today. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kuulani Auld removes a loaf of bread from the Portugese stone oven in June at the Kona Historical Society. The society is temporarily closing its Portuguese Stone Oven Baking Program until further notice. The last bake of the summer will take place today. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Summer’s last stone oven bake today

Kona Historical Society is temporarily closing its Portuguese Stone Oven Baking Program until further notice. The last bake of the summer will take place today.

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The public is invited to watch the programs team bake and hear Kona stories from 10 a.m. to noon at the stone oven, or forno, located in the pasture below the society’s Kalukalu Headquarters in Kealakekua. Drive-through bread sales of Portuguese white and sweet bread begin at 2 p.m. and go to 5 p.m. or until sold out. Loaves cost $8 each.

Kona Historical Society reopened its popular baking program on June 18, with several safety precautions in place. During this time, Kona Historical Society has also donated leftover bread loaves to local health care professionals and The Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s food bank.

The community-based, nonprofit organization is a Smithsonian Museum affiliate that has spent the past four decades collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawaii.

For more information, visit www.konahistorical.org.

2021 juror questionnaires being mailed

The annual Hawaii State Judiciary juror questionnaires will soon be mailed to individuals who have a Hawaii state driver’s license or are registered to vote in Hawaii.

Beginning Aug. 3, approximately 235,000 juror questionnaires will be mailed to 85,000 residents on Oahu, 55,000 in Maui County, 70,000 on Hawaii Island, and 25,000 on Kauai. They are used to help select potential jurors who may be eligible to serve in 2021. Individuals are selected at random.

Anyone receiving a questionnaire has 10 days to complete and return it to the Jury Pool Office in the envelope provided. Those who fail to respond may be penalized.

To be eligible to serve as a juror, you must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Hawaii, and able to read and understand English.

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The Hawaii State Department of Health is in varying stages of reviewing and approving the circuit courts’ health-and-safety plans to resume jury selection and jury trials. The plan includes touchless temperature scans and CDC-recommended screening questions before entering a courthouse; required face coverings; enforced social distancing measures; and increased cleaning and disinfecting of our facilities.

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