The Kohala Center Covid-19 Information

COVID-19 information

Full Calabash Fund
In Hawai‘i, when an ‘umeke or a calabash was full, it was a sign of strong relationships, knowledge, and resource abundance held within our communities. Following this tradition, The Kohala Center (TKC) and a group of Hawai‘i food systems practitioners have established a Full Calabash Fund. The Full Calabash Fund reminds us of the honor that comes from the generous exchanges of gifts, including time, energy, and food. With initial funding from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Frost Family Foundation, and The Johnson Ohana Foundation, the fund will support Hawaiʻi’s community-based organizations that are purchasing food from local farmers, ranchers, and food producers and providing food to community members in need. For more information or to donate to the Full Calabash Fund, contact Nicole Milne at 808-987-9210 or

Hawai‘i Island producers invited to participate in food product purchase program
Hawai‘i Farm Bureau, in partnership with the County of Hawai‘i and several philanthropic organizations, is purchasing produce and meats from commercial producers on Hawai‘i Island for distribution to families in need. Interested applicants should submit a complete application form online. Contact Randy Cabral at with questions. Visit to learn more about opportunities in other counties.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces information about direct payment support for farmers and ranchers
Beginning on Tuesday, May 26, USDA Farm Service Agency will accept applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Visit or refer to the agency’s press release for more information. Contact Megan Blazak at for assistance.

U.S. Small Business Administration extends emergency relief funding to farmers
Agricultural producers are eligible to apply for the U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and the Paycheck Protection Program. Contact Eric Bowman at for assistance.

City & County of Honolulu launches small business relief and recovery fund
Eligible small businesses located in the City & County of Honolulu are invited to apply for an economic aid grant up to $10,000. Visit for more information and to apply.

New resource website for Hawai‘i farmers and ranchers
O‘ahu Agriculture and Conservation Association launched a new website to share information about loans, grants, market opportunities, technical assistance service providers, and more. Visit to learn more.

State of Hawai‘i Department of Taxation issues information release about treatment of federal relief payments
This tax information release provides information about the State of Hawai‘i’s tax treatment of relief programs and payments the federal government has provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Read the full information release for details.

Hawaii Department of Agriculture seeks suppliers for farm to state initiative
Farmers with an oversupply of produce are invited to participate in this new farm to state effort. Contact Nicole Pfeffer at or 808-973-9573 to provide information about your offerings, including type of produce, quantity, grade, price, and frequency of availability.

Cooperative extension service researching impact of the pandemic on farming families
A new online survey from the cooperative extension service aims to collect information about the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on families and individuals in Hawai‘i’s farming and agriculture sectors.

Kaua‘i farmer and rancher workforce needs assessment
Mālama Kaua‘i is gathering information from farmers and ranchers whose operations and workforce have been impacted by the pandemic. Information gathered will be used to inform long-term workforce development strategies. The survey can be completed online.

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