About Town: August 8, 2020

Hawaiian Electric to conduct aerial line inspections

To improve system reliability, Hawaiian Electric will conduct quarterly aerial inspections of its major overhead transmission lines starting Monday and continuing through Thursday.

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The islandwide inspections are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, exact times and routes will depend on weather conditions. Inspections will be conducted in a Manuiwa Airways helicopter and require the aircraft to fly low and slow, which may cause some noise disturbances.

For more information or to address concerns, call 969-6666.

HCF awards grants to handful of Hawaii Island nonprofits

The Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) announced last week that over over 30 nonprofits that will receive a total of $721,739 in grants, funded by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, to support community-based food security efforts in Native Hawaiian communities statewide.

The grants support HCF Strong Funds for each county, including Kauai Strong, Oahu Strong, Maui County Strong, and Hawaii Island Strong, which were created by HCF to build community resilience by providing resources for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Nonprofits were chosen based on their ability to address COVID-related food needs while integrating aloha aina, sustainability and local agriculture into their programs. The food security grants funding comes from a portion of the $3 million Emergency Relief Package passed by the OHA Board of Trustees in May.

“In this time of immense need, we are grateful that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has made it possible for community-based organizations across our state to increase food security efforts and also perpetuate Native Hawaiian practices that will ensure our state’s resiliency for the future,” said Micah Kane, CEO and president of HCF.

The grants will fund programs and projects that perpetuate cultural and sustainable farming practices, provide safe places for families to farm and fish, expand production of traditional Hawaiian food and medicine crops for donation and sale, and distribute food or agricultural products to some of the state’s most vulnerable populations.

The Hawaii Island grantees are Hawaii Ulu Producers Cooperative, OK Farms, Hui Malama i ke Ala Ulili, Kahua Paa Mua Inc., Kumukia, Maona Community Garden, Pohaha I Ka Lani and the Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders’ Association Inc.

Nonprofit receives donation

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Hale Mua Cultural Group, a Kona-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 1997 with a primary purpose is to preserve and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture, historical sites, and educational programs, recently received a cash donation of $2,000 from Andrew Tanabe of Pearl City, Oahu, to further its mission. His late parents, Setsuko and Haruto Tanabe, as well as John Low of Oahu are also recognized as assisting with this contribution.

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