Dear Parents and Guardians,
As our first quarter comes to a close, I want to thank you for your continued patience, hard work, and cooperation. Although we began the school year from a distance, we are united in our commitment to serve our students by providing them the safest possible educational experience.
Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto recently announced that schools will use newly released guidance from the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) to plan appropriate learning models for the remainder of the academic year. To view the guidance please visit:
The Ka'ii.-Kea'au-Pahoa schools will continue distance learning for quarter 2 and phase in opportunities for more on-campus learning using a prioritized approach based on student
needs. We will continue to closely monitor COVID activity to ensure a safe and successful transition and communicate more details as we finalize plans.
Hawai'i State Department of Education (HIDOE) public school students and families will continue to have access to the health hotline and telehealth services provided by the Hawai'i Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn Program (HK). Families are encouraged to call the hotline (844-436-3888) M-F from 8a-3p to receive health guidance and schedule a telehealth visit when appropriate. Please see attached for more information.
We appreciate your support as we navigate through these uncertain times. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our administration at (808) 313-4300
Chad Keane Farias
Ka 'u-Kea 'au-Pahoa
Complex Area Superintendent
Pahoa High and Intermediate Principal
Hawaii Keiki School Nurses
Are Ready to Take Your Call
Want to talk to a nurse? Don't have a doctor?
HIDOE parents, guardians and students can call the Hawaii Keiki Health Hotline:
Hotline - Quick and Confidential
Telehealth (aka Video Visit) - Appointments from Anywhere
NO COST for Hawaii DOE Students
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. excluding Holidays Fall 2020 Semester
Call: (844) 436-3888
If you have a medical emergency, call 911
For more Information, visit https://nursing.hawaii.edu/hawaii-keiki/
Operation SEARCH helps identify children having a difficult time learning from birth to age 22 .
For more information, call Operation SEARCH:
For children under the age of 3, call Early Intervention Referral Line
(808) 594-0066 or 1-800-235-5477
We are pleased to announce that HIDOE and the Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services (DHS) will be providing temporary food purchasing assistance to families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals due to the impact of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the 2019-20 school year, eligible families were provided Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) School Meal Replacement Benefits of up to $360 per child due to school closures in March, April and May. This school year, families are eligible to receive up to $286 per child for the months
of August and September.
There is no application specifically for P-EBT. Any child or family who qualifies for free or reduced-price school meals for the current 2020-21 school year will automatically be eligible for P-EBT. Students who attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school and direct-certification students also will automatically be qualified for this program.
HIDOE families that have already qualified for free or reduced-price school meals for this school year and have no changes to their mailing address do not need to take any action; P-EBT cards will automatically be mailed to them. HIDOE will provide eligibility information to DHS, who will distribute
the P-EBT cards via mail.
HIDOE families that are eligible but have not yet applied for free or reduced-price school meals, can still apply by Sept. 21 at EZMealApp.com.
Qualifying families that need to update their primary mailing address should work with their school to do so by Sept. 22.
For any questions about the P-EBT program, please visit https://humanservices.hawaii.gov or contact DHS directly at email@example.com.
Frequently asked questions
Calling All Keonepoko Elementary, Pāhoa Elementary, and Pāhoa High and Intermediate School ʻOhana
The Kaʻū-Keaʻau-Pāhoa Complex Area has partnered with Hams Produce and Seafood company to distribute produce to families of students in the Pāhoa Complex.
(for) Who: This event is for students who are enrolled in these three schools
What: One produce box per household - maximum of 2 per vehicle = 2 households
When: Friday, September 18th between the hours of 8:00-12:30 pm.
Where: Pāhoa High & Intermediate upper parking lot
(see traffic map) - Hawaii police will be onsite to assist with traffic and safety
How: Contactless - please stay in your vehicles and wear a mask
Parents will Start (Yellow Star) on Pahoa Transfer Station Road/Rubbish Dump Rd (Apaa St./Cemetery Rd.).
Take a LEFT at the END of Pahoa Transfer Station Road/Rubbish Dump Rd. (Apaa St./Cemetery Rd.) to go on to Kaohe Homestead Rd.
Once on Kaohe Homestead Rd., parents will make their way to PHIS CAMPUS (White Star) and enter gate (closest to football field).
They will be checked in by one of our volunteers.
Parents will proceed through the PHIS parking lot and will receive one box per family (maximum of two boxes per car)
They will exit, turning right and heading to Pahoa Village Road.
(A partnership between Pāhoa High & Intermediate, Keonepoko & Pāhoa Elementary)
The goal of this program is to provide mini learning hubs during the school year
2020-21 with assistance using a laptop or similar device.
Beginning Tuesday, September 8
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Day of the Week - Site - Location
Monday and Wednesday
Nanawale Community Center
14-855 Kehau Road
Tuesday and Thursday
Maku'u Farmers Market
15-2131 Keaau-Pahoa Road
Kalapana (Uncle Robert’s)
12-5038 Kalapana Kapoho Beach
REQUIRED ITEMS TO USE HUB
1. PERSONAL FACE MASK
2. FLASK OR WATER BOTTLE
3. USER ID AND PASSWORD
4. SCHOOL DEVICE/COMPUTER (IF ASSIGNED ONE)
5. PARENT CONTACT FORM (FILLED OUT AT SITE)
*** For more information please contact your child’s school and leave a message or email
Pahoa High & Intermediate School
(808) 313 - 4300
Pahoa Elementary School
(808) 313 - 4400
Keonepoko Elementary School
(808) 313 - 4500
SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
The Hawai'i Gas Presents Localicious® Recipe and Video Contest is a free contest open to students in grades 4-12. The contest is a fun cooking competition where kids compete by submitting an original recipe using a locally-grown, raised or caught product. A panel of judges review the recipes and select the top three (3) recipes from two grade categories: Grades 4-8 and 9-12.
As an incentive, we will be giving a $100 gift card to those teachers that have 100% of their students submit a qualified recipe to us.
The contest runs from now through September 21, 2020.
The six (6) finalists will be notified by October 1 and will then be invited to submit a three to four-minute video showcasing their skills in the kitchen, presentation flare, and the final dish. Each finalist will receive a $50 gift card to Foodland to purchase ingredients. Celebrity chefs will review the videos and determine the winners in each category. Cash scholarships will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in grades 9-12 and culinary-themed prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in grades 4-8. There will also be a surprise prize given as an overall People’s Choice Award. Winners will be announced at a live virtual event on November 7, 2020.
For more information, please visit https://hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com/events/recipecontest/
Information about the organizations:
About Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival
Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) is a program of the nonprofit, Hawaii Ag and Culinary Alliance. Its mission is to attract national and international attention to the extraordinary culinary talent and the diversity of quality locally grown products to ensure Hawaii maintains its competitive edge as a world-class destination. Since its 2011 launch, HFWF has donated nearly $3 million to community organizations that support sustainability, culinary programs and agriculture. For more information visit: https://hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com/
About Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation
The Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization created to promote agriculture and farming. Established in 2007, HAF’s mission is to support and sustain Hawai‘i’s agricultural industry by addressing critical needs and services of farmers and the agricultural industry, and by better connecting the farmers with the community and vice-versa.
Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island is now in the process of distributing brand new clothing that was recently donated by Old Navy.
We have over 20,000 pieces of new clothing!
Clothing items will go to support community keiki in-need throughout Hawaii Island.
All clothing will be provided free.
Families can go to the website at www.bgcbi.org to fill out the simple “clothing request form”.
Families will be able to pick up their clothes once sorted, packed and ready or BGCBI will help to get the clothing items to the home location of families that have barriers to transportation access.
Let’s all come together to bring clothing access direct to our families that need us the most.