Rowena Pagan and team help feed the houseless community

All it took was one selfless woman at the beginning of the pandemic, Rowena Pangan, to spearhead and get the ball rolling for a community meal delivery program that runs every Saturday for the houseless communities island-wide with 12 to 15 committed volunteers.

Medical Reserve Corps assists in COVID response

The Kaua‘i branch of the Medical Reserve Corps has 127 volunteers. Of that, one volunteer is assisting with houseless outreach. Some are assisting with meal delivery for those in isolation and quarantine.

KPD serving Kaua‘i around the clock

The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) unifies when it comes to keeping the community safe and giving back to those in need during a crisis, and has been nominated as this week’s Hometown Hero because of the department’s work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Dr. Monty Downs, Kaua’i’s health, safety is his top priority

How many Kapa‘a High School Warrior supporter shirts does Dr. Monty Downs have? Jen Chahanovich, the president and CEO of Wilcox Medical Center, said Dr. Downs has been providing medical support for the Kapa‘a football team in addition to caring for patients in the Emergency Department at Wilcox Medical Center.

Deployed at home

Stationed in Kapa‘a, the Hawai‘i National Guard has assisted the county in pandemic response.

Giving back is in the blood

From donating to food banks to helping coordinate fundraisers, Kaua‘i custom home builder and “Dateline” TV show producer Luis Soltren has been busy helping his Kaua‘i community stay strong through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Balmores has PMRF ready for disaster

BARKING SANDS — Putting out the correct message at the right time with the correct information — that is the name of the game when it comes to emergency management.

Teaching with the times

Known by the majority of her students as “Miss Val,” Val Hertzog has patrolled hallways of education for over 20 years, teaching lower elementary to high school students, beginning her career on Kaua‘i in special education at Kilauea School from 2006 to 2013.

Working through the pandemic

When are we gonna go back? The Special Olympics Kaua‘i athletes want to know, said Leona Sa McDermott, a Special Olympics coach.