‘No end in sight:’ The Food Basket holds biggest Ohana Food Drop yet

  • Roylyn Kaululaau and Luis Deguzman of the Hawaii National Guard fill the trunk of a vehicle at Thursday’s Ohana Food Drop. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hawaii National Guardsman Donovan Tuisano directs traffic at the Old Kona Airport Pavilion. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hundreds of vehicles snake through the Old Kona Airport Pavilion on Thursday morning at The Food Basket’s 91st Ohana Food Drop. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Lynda Roark with the Kailua-Kona Lions Club points cars toward the exit after completing their journey through the Ohana Food Drop. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

Since The Food Basket’s first Ohana Food Drop in March, the demand for food on the Big Island has only increased. At the Old Kona Airport Pavilion on Thursday, the need was plain to see as the Food Basket held their eighth Ohana Food Drop in Kona – and 91st on the Orchid Isle overall – since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of cars lined up to fill the former airstrip, waiting for their turn to receive food.