One of the greatest blessings of living on an island and in a small community within that island is the intimacy and Aloha Spirit that is ever-present. We are seeing these traits and characteristics much more prominently now than ever before. In my previous blog, I highlighted several organizations that are providing aid and assistance to families and communities in need. An exceptional example of this is the collaborative efforts currently happening on the Northern side of the Big Island in the district of North Kohala.
A GROWING NEED
Hawi, Kapaau, and parts of Kawaihae are the towns that make up the district of North Kohala. With an approximate population of less than 7,000 residents — many of whom are employed within the hospitality, resort, retail, or food and beverage industries — the district has been severely impacted by the economic effects of COVID-19. Like so many others globally-individuals, families, keiki, and kūpuna in this small community have been hit with a drastic lifestyle and economic change. As community needs rose, so did the generosity of many businesses, organizations, and individuals.
A SMALL COMMUNITY WITH BIG HEARTS
The North Kohala Community Resource Center (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization) along with over 30 other collaborators – ranging from local farmers and businesses to non-profit organizations, foundations, churches and school-based organizations – are working together with a common goal. To provide resources and support food and nutrition access to those in North Kohala. A way to support this growing initiative is by donating towards a fiscally sponsored project of NKCRC, the “Feed Kohala” campaign through the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown project.
Through the support of NKCRC, 100% of your tax-deductible donation can be given to North Kohala Eat Locally Grown to continue to provide aid and support towards this entire initiative.
BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE, ACTIVATE HAWAII AID, and DOE KIDS MEALS
Mentioned in my previous blog, these are great examples of the on-the-ground support these organizations are providing to our small communities.
LOCAL BUSINESSES AND CHURCHES GIVE BACK
SUSHI ROCK – Located in Hawi, Sushi Rock is home to weekly food drives distributing a variety of FREE food to residents in need.
KINGS VIEW CAFE – Located in Kapa’au town across of the historic, King Kamehameha Statue. Kings View Cafe has given away hundreds of pizza, prepared meals, keiki bags, and many other food items to a plethora of grateful families and residents!
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Kapaau has served over 500 meals in the last month and gave out free masks along with their community meals to residents who may be in need.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church – Hawi normally hosts their monthly Food Pantry, however, with the rise of individuals and families in need due to the pandemic, the giving arose as well. The last Food Basket over two hundred cars came through, and over 600 families fed.
I am humbled and so thankful to live, work, play, and raise my family within a community with such a strong, vibrant spirit of ALOHA. We’ve heard the phrase “We Are All In This Together” reiterated by so many. That statement has never seemed more fitting and more true for the community of North Kohala, than at this time. Whether you are a long-time multi-generational resident, a fresh new face in town, or even just a once-upon-a-time visitor to the North side of Hawai’i Island… the community spirit is something everyone can appreciate and relate to as it speaks to one thing we all have in common… HEART.
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