Announcements: July 29, 2021

OHA community grant awarded to health clinic

Five Mountains Hawaii Inc. dba Kipuka o ke Ola/KOKO announced Tuesday they have been awarded a one-year Office of Hawaiian Affairs Community Grant in the amount of $118,454.00 for its Kauka No‘ono‘o program.


“Mahalo nui to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for helping KOKO bring a licensed psychiatrist to our community and to our kanaka lahui,” said KOKO CEO Dr. Kealoha-Beaudet.

Kipuka oke Ola is an independent rural health clinic in Waimea. KOKO’s mission is that “The Native Hawaiians living in North Hawaii will enjoy the highest quality of comprehensive healthcare from prenatal to end of life.”

The Kauka No‘ono‘o program aims to provide culturally-appropriate psychiatric services to 300 community members in need of psychiatric medication management services. Half of this group will be on Native Hawaiian ancestry.

Securing a licensed psychiatrist available to the community has been a vital goal given the dire shortage of psychiatric services on the Big Island and the growing need due to the pandemic. This project allows KOKO to accomplish this goal.

To reach KOKO or to learn more about the agency and its programs call (808) 885-5900 or visit KOKO can also be found on Facebook (kipuka o ke ola) and on Instagram (kipuka_o_ke_ola).

Food Basket announces Ohana Food Drops for the month of August

The Food Basket has announced its Ohana Food Drops for the month of August for locations across Big Island.

• 10 a.m. Aug. 6, Waimea District Park

• 10 a.m. Aug. 11, Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium

• 10 a.m. Aug. 20, Old Kona Airport Pavilion

• 10 a.m. Aug. 24, Hongwanji Temple

Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Be considerate of local traffic around the drops and arrive a half an hour prior to the start time.

Back to School Bingo

Celebrate Back-to-School season and the power of your library card with Book Bingo, designed to help library patrons become more familiar with our physical and digital learning resources. Complete four book blocks in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) for a chance to win a Kona Stories gift certificate!

Turn in your completed bingo card to Ms. Jen at the Kailua-Kona Public Library by Aug. 31.


This activity is open to keiki enrolled in Preschool through fifth grade. Book Bingo cards are available for pick-up in the Children’s Section at the Kailua-Kona Public Library.

Info: (808) 327-4327.

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