Post Iselle:  Hawaii Island Community Outreach

Updated August 12, 2014

Puna Relief Efforts

For those of you who may be interested, we are sharing the following information with you.

Hawaii Island members can help by letting us know what your schools are doing to help in this effort and how HSTA can support you and your students.

HSTA is joining with other unions and community groups to provide support for our Puna neighbors.  Your manpower support would also be greatly appreciated.

Current relief activities:

Hanabusa Campaign:   We will be serving food and water on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 12-15, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Makuu Farmers Market (Coming from Keaau, right off of Hwy 130 before you reach Pahoa).  This will be a drive-through operation where cars will drive up and we will pass out the food and water to them.  We will be staging a mobile kitchen there to cook every afternoon.  We will need help daily to set up the area, prepare the foods, cook, portion into serving containers, and distribute to cars.  We also need car attendants to direct traffic.  If you are able to provide assistance, please come to the Maku’u Farmers Market as soon as you are able to do so!

Other items needed: (Bring to the HSTA Hilo office, to the Maku’u Farmers Market area or call Rae Yamanaka for pick up)
Very large rice cookers
Very large coolers
Kitchen knives
Cooking utensils
Serving utensils
1 gallon ziploc bags
Portable tables
(2) Large 5-gal cooking pots
(2) 20’ x 20’ tarp with pipe frame
bottled water and ice

American Red Cross:
Anyone interested in helping with shelter help, distribution, damage assessment or feeding. Please contact the American Red Cross at 935-8305. 55 Ululani Street. 

HIUW:  Hawaii Island United Way is partnering with the Hawaii County Civil Defense to coordinate the relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Iselle.  If you or anyone you know would like to make donations of ice, water, household goods or hygiene items, or would like to offer manpower assistance to help with distribution of items, please call Janice at 936-2268 or email:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  If you or anyone you know of is in need of assistance, please call Janice at same number.  If you would like to make a donation to help with the relief efforts, you may do so at

Schools directly affected: Kua O Ka La, Keonepoko, HAAS, Pahoa High/Inter, Pahoa Elem, Keaau Elem., Keaau Middle, Keaau High, Ke Kula O Nawahiokalani Opu’u.  Donations of ice, water, canned food, batteries, bleach, solar light stakes, and anything else that you feel might be needed can be collected.  Please contact Rae Yamanaka at HSTA for collection from your schools or bring your items to the Maku’u Farmers Market on Tuesday-Friday afternoons between 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Thank you.  Our thoughts continue to be with all those in need.

HSTA Hilo Office
Rae A. Yamanaka, Hilo UniServ Director
Hilo Lagoon Centre
101 Aupuni St., Ste. 219
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 935-9301

Aloha Colleagues,

Our hearts and thoughts are with our colleagues, their students, families, and friends in areas impacted by the storm on Hawaii Island.

HSTA is here for you.  If we are able to support you or your students, please let us know how.

The teacher members in the Hilo Chapter are working to reach out to the community.
Please continue to check the Web site for announcements on these efforts.

Wil Okabe
HSTA President