Announcements: May 11, 2021

Webinar to cover post-vaccination caregiving

Learn what family caregivers and their loved ones who have been vaccinated can and can’t do safely during a free webinar presented by AARP Hawaii and Mountain-Pacific Quality Health at 9 a.m. on Friday.


“I’m Vaccinated Against COVID-19. Now What? Are We Back to Normal?,” is the first in a series of “House Calls” webinars to help family caregivers take better care of their loved ones at home and in skilled nursing or assisted living facilities.

Stevi Sy of Mountain-Pacific Quality Health will lead Friday’s webinar centered around ways to connect with vaccinated loved ones at home or in a nursing home or assisted living community homes while still being cautious about COVID-19 and other contagious illnesses.

Go to or the AARP Hawaii Facebook page and click on Upcoming Events to register for the webinar and see the other free virtual events offered by AARP. The webinars are free and open to all; membership is not required.

The House Calls webinars can be seen on the second Friday of the month at 9 a.m. through September.m

The webinar series comes out of the Centers for Disease Control’s Project Firstline, which offers interactive infection prevention and control curriculum for health care and public health workers and family caregivers. The CDC is working with more than a dozen health care, public health, and academic partners, as well as 64 state, territorial, and local health departments on Project Firstline’s objective of slowing and stopping the spread of infectious disease by helping family caregivers understand how to keep their loved ones protected to reduce healthcare costs and hospital readmissions.

For more information, including how to participate in Project Firstline, contact Crystal Morse at

Nominations sought for Pualu Awards

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) is seeking nominations for its annual Pualu Awards recognizing business leadership and community service.

The Pualu Community Service and Business Leadership Awards recognize individuals, businesses and/or non-profit organizations that exemplify a commitment to the improvement and advancement of the community.

Nominations of KKCC members will be accepted through May 31. Awards are open to Kona-Kohala Chamber members in good standing only.

Award recipients will be announced at the Annual Membership and Installation Meeting scheduled for June 25.

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