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MAIN CALL-TO ACTION- Get questions answered about COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
· Call 2-1-1 from any location in the state · Text 877-275-6569 between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
· Visit https://hawaiicovid19.com/
HAWAII COUNTY CALL CENTER: 935-0031
For more detailed questions, callers will be directed to go to the HDOH website at health.hawaii.gov and the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency website at www.hawaiicounty.gov (Click on Departments, Civil Defense). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website is at www.cdc.gov
STAY-AT-HOME ORDER MANDATED FOR HAWAII STATE BY GOVERNOR DAVID IGE
Effective 12:01 a.m. HST, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 through April 30, 2020 a Stay-at-Home Order will be enforced for the State of Hawaii via a supplement to the Emergency Proclamation issued by Governor David Ige.
FOOD-A-GO-GO PROVIDES A LIST OF RESTAURANTS OFFERING TAKEOUT FOOD
The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is working in partnership the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation and have launched, Food-A-Go-Go, to support ALL local restaurants statewide who are open for takeout, delivery and curbside pickup. FoodAGoGo.org provides the latest up-to-date information on restaurants that remain open for takeout, from fine dining to family restaurants to takeout operations. Restaurants can register here. Patrons can browse restaurants here.
GRAB-AND-GO MEAL SERVICE FOR STUDENTS AT PAHOA HIGH & INTERMEDIATE AND MORE
During the extended closure of community schools, HI Dept. of Education will continue to provide student meals, including providing grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at select schools to children 18 years and under at the following days and times: Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. for breakfast; 11:30
Food producers encouraged to contact The Kohala Center for assistance.
The Kohala Center’s Rural and Cooperative Business Development Program is operating at full capacity and will continue to serve agricultural businesses and organizations across the state via telecommunications. Agribusinesses, food producers, and nonprofits engaged in local food initiatives are encouraged to reach out if they need assistance. Requests for assistance should be directed to Eric Bowman at email@example.com, Megan Blazak at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the main office at 808-887-6411.
Emergency financial relief available for bartenders.
U.S. Bartenders Guild is accepting requests for assistance from eligible bartenders who have been impacted by the coronavirus crisis. Visit the usbgfoundation.org/beap to learn more and apply.
Funding assistance available for restaurant workers
Restaurant Opportunities Center United offers funding assistance and resources to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis. Visit rocunited.org/relief to learn more and apply.
Hawai‘i Community Foundation establishes Hawai‘i Resilience Fund
Hawaiʻi Community Foundation and Pierre and Pam Omidyar have joined together to create the Hawaiʻi Resilience Fund to rapidly deploy resources and encourage community giving to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofit organizations should email email@example.com to request assistance in the form of a grant award from this fund. Visit hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/coronavirus for more information.
Applications being accepted for SBA economic injury disaster loan program.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has activated the economic injury disaster loan program for eligible small businesses (excluding farms and ranches) and nonprofits in the State of Hawai‘i. Refer to this factsheet for more information and visit disasterloan.sba.gov to apply. Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center (SBDC) personnel are available to assist with preparation of loan applications. Visit the Hawai‘i SBDC website to find contact information for a service center in your area.
Emergency financial assistance grant available for Native Hawaiian beneficiaries
The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement is accepting applications for the Kahiau Community Assistance Program. This funding program provides one-time emergency financial assistance up to $2,000 to Native Hawaiian beneficiaries facing hardship due to an unexpected crisis. Visit hawaiiancouncil.org/kahiau for more information and to apply.
Find free or reduced cost programs for those affected by COVID-19
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DEPT. OF AG IS CONNECTING LOCAL FARMERS TO CUSTOMERS.
FILL OUT SIMPLE QUESTIONNAIRE IF YOU ARE A FARMER NEEDING TO SELL YOUR PRODUCT. DEADLINE 3/27, THIS FRIDAY.
We realize that many of our member farmers and ranchers are being affected by the COVID-19 situation and the scaling back of purchasing local produce and products of retail markets such as, farmers’ markets, restaurants, hotels, roadside stands, the Farm to School Program, and agri-tourism operations. Now more than ever, Hawaii needs our farms and ranches to stay in business and to continue to feed communities -- our communities need the food that we produce.
We are actively working to identify markets for our members who have been impacted by the COVID-19 situation. If you have fresh produce and products that you were unable to sell due to the closing of a farmers’ market, restaurant or other retail market, please fill out the form below. We will be utilizing your information to connect you to available retail markets.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF HAWAII CANCELS WALK-IN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ON APRIL 4
The Democratic Party of Hawaii has decided to cancel the walk-in voting for the PPP (Presidential Primary Poll) on April 4. Mail-in ballots will be sent to registered Hawaii Democratic Party voters. (Note: The Republican Party has decided not to hold a Presidential primary). More info here.
HAWAII INCOME TAX PAYMENT AND FILING DEADLINES FOR TAX YEAR 2019 POSTPONED
Individual income tax returns and payments for the 2019 taxable year that are due from April 20, 2020 to June 20, 2020 are now due by July 20, 2020. This relief applies to all individual income tax filers, including self-employed individuals. The Department of Taxation will automatically provide this relief, there is no need to file additional forms to qualify for this relief. Individual Income Taxpayers expecting a refund should file as soon as possible. They are granted an automatic extension to file by October 20, 2020.