Saltchuck Hawai‘i gives to food banks

Saltchuck Hawai‘i companies that include Aloha Air Cargo, Hawai‘i Petroleum, Minit Stop and Young Brothers LLC donated $60,000, Thursday in an effort to feed local families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday dinner helps food bank

WAIPOULI — Bobby V’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria at the Coconut Marketplace invite people to feed the family, Friday as a fundraiser for the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank.

Showing the McLove

LIHU‘E — McDonald’s launched a free “Thank You Meal” program, Wednesday in appreciation for the selfless service of Hawai‘i’s first responders that include healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters, and paramedics.

State taxing the medical practice to death

By now everyone knows that we’re in a state of emergency. There’s a virus spreading through the population and killing people. There’s no vaccine, and no confirmed effective therapy such as drugs, so if you get sick from it there’s a chance that it will be game over for you.

From bikinis to face masks

Detroit has Ford and General motors abruptly halting car production to switch quickly to making ventilators to treat the gravest of COVID-19 patients.

Put idle state workers to work in other positions

On March 5, our governor issued a proclamation declaring our current state of emergency. The proclamation suspends several laws, including chapters 89 and 89C, HRS (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes), relating to collective bargaining and public officers and employees excluded from collective bargaining, to the extent necessary to, among other things, “provide for the interchange of personnel, by detail, transfer, or otherwise, between agencies or departments of the state.”

PS&D helps out

The manager of PS&D NAPA, Todd Burns, was doing his part in the battle against the COVID-19 Wednesday at the Lihu‘e Airport commuter terminal.

Chili to go

There were no grab-and-go meals at the public schools Friday because of the Good Friday holiday.

Free coffee for the front lines

There are a couple of coffee shops serving free coffee drinks for first responders and health-care workers in appreciation with their work on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Puhi Park Produce opens today

Sakda Meephol, a farmer who works land in the Koloa area growing bananas, lettuce, beans, cucumbers and other seasonal crops, is one of the farmers who will be at Puhi Park today from 10 a.m., states the Grove Farm website.

Heard in the Costco line

LIHUE– On Sunday morning, around 11:45 a.m. the line to get into Costco was longer than what was normal during days without the pandemic triggering social distancing rules at stores, but customers were finding ways to pass the time — and catch a little social interaction while waiting.

Retail stores begin mask requirements

KAPA‘A — Roberta Apaisa wears a blue paper mask as she checks out customers at the Wailua Country Store. She stands behind a plexiglass shield with a small opening for customers to slide cash or cards through to make their purchases.

Foundation donates $3 million to help fight COVID-19

HONOLULU – Bank of Hawaii Foundation announces a $3 million donation to Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s (HCF) Hawai‘i Resilience Fund, which was established by HCF and the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund to address the growing social and economic impacts of COVID-19 in Hawaii.

‘It’s a whole new world’

LIHU‘E — Sensei Kenn Firestone of Premier Martial Arts rolled into a parking space in the nearly-empty parking lot of the Kukui Grove Center, Monday afternoon.

‘Hotels for Heroes’ program kicks off today

Today, the “Hotels for Heroes” program begins at eight participating hotels on Kaua‘i, part of a statewide movement to offer hotel rooms free of charge to state and county first responders and health-care essential workers.

Fast fabric sales

Shanlee Jimenez of Lihu‘e has been busy the past few days, said her husband James Jimenez Saturday at Discount Fabric Warehouse in Lihu‘e.