Malama Na ‘Apapa to lay off workers
ANAHOLA — Malama Na ‘Apapa will lay off 19 workers hired with Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act grant funding received from Kaua‘i County set to expire on Dec. 31.
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Aloha Jason, Thanks for bringing awareness to the marine ecosystem conservation project Malama Na Apapa was able to implement with the County of Kauai CARES Act grant. I just wanted to clarify a little more about this amazing opportunity.
While we will have to lay off all 19 employees as the funding expires, these employees were aware that when they were hired it was a temporary project funded by the County of Kauai CARES Act Grant. Without the County funding these workers would have had no employment at all. They were all very grateful to have had the opportunity to work even if for a temporary period. The County has done an amazing job securing this funding and getting the funding out quickly to run projects such as ours.
Also, there seems to be a typo or misquote on the last paragraph. It should read, “Hopefully the County will be able secure more funding to make it possible to have more recovery programs such as ours. There is much more work to be done in ocean conservation efforts on Kauai and more funding will make it possible to continue these types of programs and help diversify our economic industry.”
Mahalo to the County for implementing the CARES Act recovery grants!
Will there be a final report for the community to see? How many local people were given jobs through this project?