YOUR HELP NEEDED: Puna District Community Outreach August 14 and 15


August 15, 2014

David Ige Resources: How you can help our Puna ohana
Fri, August 15, 2014 - 7:48

THE POWER OF COLLECTIVE ACTION: Mahalo to Hilo Chapter members for pitching in to help our colleagues, their students, families, and friends.  Thank you for partnering in the Puna District relief efforts with other unions and community groups. Hilo members have been on the ground every day.  Mahalo.

Residents around the state want to assist Puna.  David Ige shared some ways you may help:


These past 13 months I have been impressed with the grassroots efforts across Hawaii Island from town to town that led our campaign to victory last Saturday. I humbly thank you for your time and support.

Today, I reach out to the Hawaii Island Team Ige `ohana and ask that you focus your efforts on helping your Puna district neighbors by volunteering however you can.  Donate food, money and supplies, help clean up debris, volunteer with organized efforts already underway.

Steven Bader, our Hawaii Island campaign coordinator, has been in contact with several agencies involved in the clean up efforts. Following is information if you have time to give some of that remarkable people-to-people Team Ige grassroots energy that showed we can overcome even the greatest challenges with teamwork and by rolling up our sleeves.

Donations of water, ice and food can be taken to Food Basket 933-6030
Hilo Location: 40 Holomua Street
Kona Location: First left after Higashihara Park

Non Food donations can be taken to:

HOPE Services in Hilo 116 Kapiolani Street
Neighborhood Place of Kona 75-166 Kalani St. behind the Kailua-Kona McDonalds
Monetary Donations can be made:

First Hawaiian Bank locations
Bank of Hawaii locations
Online at


Call 808-464-3175

Requests for help

Call 808-464-3175

Donations Requested

C and D Batteries

5 gallon and stove sized propane canisters

Propane stoves

Baby food

Cat and dog food

Ziplock baggies

Paper goods

Trash bags

Solar lights

Flash lights


Wind up alarm clocks

Hand held radios

Tiki torch fluid

Lamp Oil

140 inverters for car

First Aid/Antibiotic Cream/Bandages

Baby wipes

Insulated freezer bags

Reference Numbers

Displaced or Homeless - HOPE Services 935-3050

Elderly/Aging in need of assistance - Office of Aging 961-8626
Veterans in need of assistance - VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic 935-3781

Health Services:
Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi 969-9220
Substance Abuse Counseling: Big Island Substance Abuse Council 969-9994
SNAP Program Recipients: Reimbursements available spoiled food: Call 586-5720

David Ige

August 12, 2014

Hello All!

As we start off our new school year, some of our colleagues are going through some difficult times due to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Iselle.  The damages have affected our students, friends, and families in the Puna District.

In order to provide more direct help, HSTA Hilo Chapter members will distribute items to families in need at Keonepoko Elementary School on Thursday during their Open House from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday during voting from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or until we run out of supplies. 

We are requesting donations of the following to help those in need:

Canned food
Packaged, ready to eat foods
Dry cereal
Powdered milk
Personal hygiene items
Bacterial wipes
Solar light stakes
Anything else that you think people might need

Anyone wanting to donate or help should contact Rae at 935-9301. Please bring items to the Hilo HSTA office at the Hilo Lagoon Center.  Donations can also be dropped off with Rae at the Maku’u Farmers Market from 3:00-5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday as we are also helping with the Hanabusa Campaign and their food distribution activity.

Please note that the collection and distribution at Keonepoko School is strictly an HSTA Hilo Chapter Community Service Activity and not associated with any of the campaigns. 

Please help us help them.

Thank You,

Edwin Kagawa, President
HSTA Hilo Chapter

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

August 11, 2014
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