Big Island Coronavirus Updates

Talk-Story With County Administration About Moving Forward After COVID

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The path forward after the COVID-19 pandemic involves everyone, and Big Island residents will get a chance to discuss the future with Hawai‘i County Mayor Mitch Roth and key members of his Cabinet during an upcoming online meeting.

Hawai‘i County Mayor Mitch Roth

“As we transition out of the ‘lockdown/masked-up/distanced/mass testing and vaccinations’ world to limit the spread and health threatening impacts of COVID-19, there’s lots occurring and much that needs attention,” said a press release from the Waimea Community Association.

Roth, county Planning Director Zendo Kern and county Parks and Recreation Director Maurice Messina will be part of the community association’s online town meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, to share what’s on their action agenda post-COVID and hear from the community.

Also during the town meeting will be an update about unexploded ordnance cleanup in the district, with representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Hawai‘i County Council members Heather Kimball and Tim Richards. Also joining in will be Dr. Melissa Gosland with Kaiser Permanente for a COVID briefing.


The meeting agenda also will include an update by Waimea Community Policing representatives.

April’s spotlighted nonprofit will be Kokua Harvest, with Lisa DeSantis sharing her organization’s islandwide activities to harvest fruit and produce that property owners are unable to use to be shared into the food system via The Food Basket and also community food distribution programs and schools.

As usual, the town meeting will be streamed on the Waimea Community Association’s Facebook page and everyone is welcome to attend. The meeting also will be saved to Facebook and YouTube for on-demand viewing thereafter.


Questions are welcome, preferably in advance, via email at Questions can also be typed into chat during the meeting and will be addressed as time permits.

For more information, email Waimea Community Association President James Hustace at or click here.

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