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Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Program Cancellations and COVID-19 Update

March 15, 2020

Aloha,

Like so many of you, we have been closely following the COVID-19 situation and trying to learn as much as possible. The safety of our families, employees, volunteers and community is of the utmost importance to us. For the health of our community and in an effort to do our part to help “flatten the curve” we have made the difficult decision to cancel all Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation program activities beginning Saturday, March 14 and at least through March 31.

Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Programing
All KHF events, school activities and lessons scheduled for the remainder of March have been cancelled. We will send out announcements via our email list and social media accounts with updates.

  • March 14 - Aloha ʻĀina Recycling Drive at Hawaiʻi Baptist Academy
  • March 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 - Haleʻiwa PFH Pop-ups
  • March 23-31 - ʻĀINA In Schools programming and activities at participating ʻĀINA schools. This includes all docent-taught Garden, Nutrition, and Compost Lessons, as well as Chef Visits and Garden Clubs
  • March 28 - Aloha ʻĀina Recycling Drive at Hawaiʻi School for the Deaf & Blind
  • March 28 - ʻĀINA Farm to School Field Trip & PDE3 Class

In the meantime here is some useful information:

Stay Up to Date on the Latest Information on COVID-19

Nourishing Foods
As communities across Hawaiʻi, the US, and the world are preparing to or have already started practicing social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19, many of us will need to rely on a supply of foods at home to limit trips out. Our friends at the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County have prepared a helpful guide to nourishing and long-lasting foods to consider having on hand. If your family needs food or other assistance, please reach out to your community food bank and other social service organizations for more information. Additionally, should your children’s schools be closed, be on the lookout for announcements regarding school meal pickup or delivery options should you need them.

Safety Around Reusables
At this time, Hawaiʻi officials have not recommended needing to store water. A recent HuffPost article outlines suggestions for safely using reusable water bottles in the context of the current COVID-19 situation.

Talking to Children About COVID-19
This resource from the National Association of School Psychologists and School Nurses will help you talk to your children about COVID-19.

Do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions relating to Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation programming and activities at [email protected].

While we’re practicing social distancing we can also take actions to not feel so isolated. Here are some ideas to help pass the time and manage stress: take walks, spruce up your home garden or yard, try a few new recipes, connect virtually with family and friends, make art, write stories, read books, discover a new podcast, stay hydrated and well-rested, check in on your neighbors, especially the elderly or medically vulnerable and friends living alone.

We are sending out wishes for wellness and health to everyone with hopes that these temporary safety measures will support our communities to be more resilient during these trying times.

Aloha,
Your friends at the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation

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