$1.75 M to help Kaua‘i cattle ranchers

KEKAHA — Kaua‘i has a cattle problem. Many cattle ranchers ship off their herds to O‘ahu or other destinations to be finished and processed, but with market disruptions made prevalent due to the coronavirus pandemic, they’re unable to and are now forced to rethink what to do with their livestock.

Westside science center gets $176,506

WAIMEA — The Kaua‘i Community Science Center, a nonprofit that teaches science literacy to students in Waimea, was awarded a Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant of $176,506 from the county in July.

Kupa‘a Kaua‘i food distribution program to begin Sept. 22

The County of Kaua‘i is pleased to announce a joint program with the Hawai‘i Foodbank - Kaua‘i Branch and the Kaua‘i independent Food Bank to provide food packages to individuals and families who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

ClimbHI Bridge help keiki climb higher

LIHU‘E — Julie Morikawa, president of ClimbHI Bridge, appreciates the federal funding issued by the county in July to her locally grown nonprofit platform to help keiki further their education.

Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring goes virtual

LIHU‘E — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kaua‘i received a $40,000 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Grant from the county to implement a “Virtual Future” app to assist in helping to mentor kids of Kaua‘i.

Aloha for Kaua‘i campaign to assist small business extended

LIHU‘E — The Aloha for Kaua‘i campaign, conducted in partnership with the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau, the county’s Office of Economic Development, the Kupa‘a Kaua‘i program and Jaxon Communications, has received notice that the program has been extended through the end of the year.

Free PPE offered to qualifying groups

HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency will be launching a website for independent medical and dental practices, small groups, small hospitals, small businesses and nonprofits to get free personal protective equipment, according to email information sent by the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce.

Businesses awarded grants

As of Friday, the Kaua‘i Small Business Boost Program approved and awarded 650 grants to local businesses, totaling $5 million of the county’s share of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in March, according to a press release.