HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION
UPDATE FOR HAWAII BUSINESSES
The Centers of Disease Control is publishing the most up to date information about the virus itself in the CDC’s situation. CLICK HERE.
Diagrams depicting the current state of Hawaii according to the Hawaii State Department of Health: CLICK HERE
Filing for Unemployment
The safest, and most efficient way to apply for unemployment benefits is through the new web form. The State will backdate claims and deposit unemployment benefits for eligible individuals that were unable to file their claims due to the overload on the online filing system. CLICK HERE to get started.
Shopping Hours and Kupuna Hours
Many stores (Target, Walmart, Costco) are limiting the amount of customers to 2 people/household in stores to reduce risk of spreading coronavirus on top of requiring everyone to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.
- Target– all stores will close at 9 p.m. local time to allow even more time for teams to clean and restock store shelves. Target will reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores nationwide for vulnerable guests
- Foodland – All Foodland, Foodland Farms and Sack N Save stores statewide will serve only seniors during their first hour of business on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Hours 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Daily.
- Beginning Monday April 13, 2020, shoppers at Foodland must wear masks and only two people per family will be allowed in.
- Expanding Delivery and Curbside pickup at Foodland Kapolei and SacknSave Stadium, in May the service will be available in Kailua and Mililani
- Whole Foods – all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will service customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public, Open Hours 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Daily.
- Times Supermarkets will reserve the first hour of its store opening every day for seniors and people with serious chronic medical conditions. The change will go into effect on Friday until further notice.
- Tamura’s Market will open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:15a to 8 a.m. for seniors (age 60 and older) and an accompanying family member or caregiver.
- Down to Earth is not strictly enforcing this yet but would like customers to observe that the first hour 7am-8am be reserved for customers over 60yrs of age or with medical conditions. They are open 7am-9pm.
- Costco – starting Tuesday March 24, special shopping hour for members who are 60+ on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am-9am, . The pharmacy will also be open during this hour.
- Effective Friday, April 3, 2020, Costco will allow no more than (2) people to enter the warehouse with each membership card
- Starting Monday May 4 most Costco locations and gas stations will return to regular hours; Weekdays close at 6:30pm, weekends close at regular times; Gas stations close at 7pm
- Starting Monday May 4, select stores will be open for kupuna from 9am-10am during weekdays
- First Responders and Health Care Workers can skip the line.
- Financial Institutions – American Savings, HSFCU, Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, and First Hawaiian Bank– Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020, are reserving the first hour of branch operations for seniors and those living with serious pre-existing conditions
- Navy Exchange Mall – NEX will open the 2nd floor entrance 1-hour early (8AM-9AM) to provide seniors and the opportunity to shop for essential items.
- Sam’s Club – locations nationwide will offer early shopping hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for seniors and those with disabilities or compromised immune systems. This includes our Pharmacies, Hearing Aid Centers and Optical Centers.
- During these special shopping hours, members can shop Sam’s Club without ever leaving their car. From a designated parking location, members in need can place their order from their car. Then, a Sam’s Club associate will grab the items on the list, and the member will use Scan & Go to check out.
Resources for Keiki/Ohana/Kupuna in Need
CLICK HERE for the Oahu Food Assistance Finder for keiki, families, kupuna from the Hawaii FoodBank website
- Hawaii Food Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic – This interactive map by HIGICC shows the locations of CSAs, Farmerʻs markets, and other locally grown food resources in the County of Honolulu that are still operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Hawaii FoodBank – Starting April 30, emergency food assistance distribution available twice a week through the next several weeks . See website for locations and schedule.
- PATCH (Oahu – 808-839-1988), the state’s designated Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, worked with licensed and registered providers to determine who is still operating and providing care for keiki of essential workers. CLICK HERE for the list of programs now available.
- Hawaii Children’s Action Network – Hawaii COVID-19 Resources available. Search a map with filters for food for keiki, kupuna, child care, etc. CLICK HERE to get started.
- Kama’aina Kids – offer child care for infants through preschool, but also add support services to school aged children to families in essential service roles. CLICK HERE for more info.
- Hawaii Meals on Wheels ‘Show Aloha Challenge’ involves 10 restaurants that will be making 60 meals/day for our Kupunas. The goal is to deliver 7,600 meals to seniors at their homes from Monday, March 30, through Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Seniors who would like to sign up for the meal delivery service may call St. Francis Healthcare System at (808) 547-6501 or CLICK HERE.
- The Hawaii State Department of Education will be implementing theSeamless Summer Option(SSO) program. During the extended Spring Break, 38 Hawaii Public Schools offering free Breakfast and Lunch period to children who are 18 years or younger. CLICK HERE for more info!
- Drive Thru Free Lunch – In Kaneohe at 47-200 Waihee Rd. Pick Up Monday-Friday at 11:30am from March 30-April 30. For more info contact (808) 239-5777, or CLICK HERE.
- Kupuna Needs Project – Service for those 62 years of age and older. Call (808)202-0820 or CLICK HERE for more info.
- Free breakfasts and lunches will be available for pick up at Kauluwela and Palolo Elementary Schools in an effort to provide meals to students while schools are shut down due to COVID-19. Public school students 18 years old and younger can pick up breakfast from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. This initiative is a joint effort by the Island Insurance Foundation, Marcus Mariota’s Motiv8 Foundation, ABC Stores, and Bamboo Catering, and is led by Keith Amemiya.
- Honolulu YMCA extends Grab-and-Go free meal distribution for kids through June 30th. CLICK HERE for more info.
- Also offering Childcare for essential workers – CLICK HERE
- Palama Settlement – FREE Lunches for Keiki during school closures from March 30-April 30, their emergency food pantry is to remain open during the statewide Stay-At-Home Order. All other Palama Settlement programs are canceled until further notice. For more info, CLICK HERE.
- Keiki Free Grab & Go: Until April 7, free Breakfast and Lunch Pickups (Located in Waianae & Makaha Areas) CLICK HERE for more info.
- Salvation Army – The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division is providing emergency food boxes, meals-to-go, and emotional and spiritual support at a variety of locations. For more info, CLICK HERE.
- Malama Meals – Mālama Meals program mission is to provide food security to individuals and communities in need by distributing nourishing, freshly made meals and supplies prepared under strict health and safety protocols. Phone their call center at (808) 952-9796 or CLICK HERE for more info.
- ALOHA HARVEST – nonprofit that rescues quality donated food & delivers it free of charge to social service agencies feeding the hungry in Hawai’i.
- KEY Project Drive Thru Free Lunch – In Kaneohe at 47-200 Waihee Rd. Pick Up Monday-Friday at 11:30am from March 30-April 30. For more info contact (808)239-5777, or CLICK HERE.
- SALVATION ARMY KROC CENTER – (808) 682-5505
- Distributing 2437 meals per week and 350 Kroc Cares Kits (food bags) per week – serving kupuna, keiki and families in need from Kapolei, Makakilo, Nanakuli out to the Waianae Coast
- OUR KUPUNA – Assisting Kupuna in buying groceries, food, prescriptions and other needs to help them stay home. To request service visit our website or call 808-400-4506.
- KUPUNA KOKUA – Resources, and grocery delivery for our kupuna on O’ahu. Sign up to volunteer!
- SENIOR FOOD BOX PROGRAM by Hawaii Food Bank
- Distributing food boxes to improve the health of seniors with low income. For residents of City and County of Honolulu, 60+, income requirements. Call 808-954-7868 or visit their website.
- HELP IS ON THE WAY – Help is On the Way is a new Hawaii nonprofit that offers free delivery services for kupuna and others in need. Contact us at HiHelpIsOnTheWay@gmail.com to apply for the program’s services or visit their website. Volunteers needed!
- Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (MLPC) – Find materials related to COVID-19 Public Benefits & SNAP Issues. These materials include step-by-step walk throughs of the application and update process along with a comprehensive FAQs section detailing specific questions surrounding these circumstances.
- Hawaii Public Housing Authority – For those who have been laid off, HPHA is also waiving their “minimum rent” — the least a public housing household can pay for a unit. They are also distributing free masks along with cleaning supplies and meals to its tenants.
- Feeding Hawaii Together – Food pantry is distributing free food to a growing number of people who have registered with the non-profit for assistance. To register and place orders, go to their website or call 888-0778.
- Touch a Heart – Kupuna and Family Meal Program available on Wednesdays (beginning March 25) and Saturdays (beginning April 18) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kalihi Union Church. Our weekly meal service will help those who are having difficulty accessing food as well provide on-the-job training to our culinary students and employment for our graduate apprentices, while limiting contact as much as possible.
- Child Care Connection Hawaii – federal subsidy program helping families pay for child care in Hawaii. Income eligibility limits have been lifted for those affected by COVID-19.
- Parents and Children Together Hawaii (PACT) – serving keiki and families to provide the services they need to keep them safe, healthy, and able to withstand the social and economic impacts of the virus. Visit their website for community resources on food assistance, domestic and child abuse, and unemployment.
- Mediation Center of the Pacific – offers services to help people talk negotiate and resolve conflict. For those unable to afford rent right now, the center offers free mediation with landlords.
- Respond With Aloha – Kanu Hawai‘i and state, county, business and civil society partners through the Hawai‘i Green Growth network are collaborating on an effort to connect organizations that provide services with those communities and individuals in need during this COVID-19 pandemic. Service providers and volunteers can register by CLICKING HERE.
- Queens Medical Center asking for masks (now asking for homemade masks) and other medical equipment donations – CLICK HERE for more info
- Domestic Violence Action Center – Hawaii domestic violence victims’ advocates have been working nonstop to help survivors stay safe since the state’s stay-at-home order went into effect. CLICK HERE to see how a Gift for Peace of $2 can make a difference.
- Blood Bank of Hawaii is in need of donations, to see locations/times of pop up donation drives CLICK HERE
- Salvation Army – The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands is providing food baskets and meals-to-go for island communities in Hawaii and Guam. Urgent monetary donations and PPE donations are essential to sustain ever-growing needs – CLICK HERE for how to help.
- KO‘OLAU DISTILLERY has the capability to legally distill alcohol is shifting production towards producing the base for hand sanitizer that will be provided free of charge to first responders, health workers, and essential civil service personnel. You can donate
- Spray bottles (preferably the 2-ounce or 4-ounce variety)
- Food-grade Glycol or food-grade Glycerin
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hawaiian Humane Society- As a shelter, the Humane Society has the responsibility to provide the best, most humane care for the animals entrusted to us, and to look after the well-being of the people who make this care possible. Even with program adjustments in light of guidance from public health officials, adoptions are held on appointment basis, emergency fosters, donations to the pet bank are still needed. CLICK HERE to see how you can help!
Support Local Farms!
- Farm to Car – Customers can pre-order local farm products online then pick-up their order with minimal personal contact. The program will begin Wednesday, April 1 for the Honolulu Farmers’ Market at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center from 10 a.m. to noon. The program will then be expanded to other locations across O’ahu. CLICK HERE to sign up and start shopping!
- Go Farm Hawaii – Directory of where to find local produce and resources for farmers for Community Supported Agriculture Boxes and Fresh Produce with Online Ordering, Farm Pick-up or Delivery. CLICK HERE to get started!
- Windward Mall Farmers Market – To better serve the community, Windward Mall is re-opening its weekly Farmers Market. Market operator, Hanawahine Farms, will implement additional safety measures and social distancing protocols. Farmers Market hours are as follows: Wednesdays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Sundays from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Waipahu Festival Marketplace – open daily 8am-2pm. They are monitoring visitors to keep social distancing through the back entrance, so come in through the back entrance.
- FarmLovers Markets – At Ward Village, Pearlridge, Waimea Valley Oahu and Kailua Town, they will be open at their regular times.