Author Archives: Blaine Fergerstrom

Honorees Clyde and Pauline Nāmu‘o

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter!  We hope that everyone is well.  In this time of crisis, I wanted to reach out to see if everyone of you are doing well.  Please let me know how you are doing, e-mall at

A couple members have made monetary donations to help members of our club who may be in need.  If you are in need of some funds to purchase groceries, please contact Leimomi, our Treasurer,  at 372-0630; or if you would like to donate to this fund, send check to Kalihi Palama HCC, c/o Leimomi Khan, Treasurer, 1288 Kapiolani Blvd, Apt 1905,  Honolulu, Hawaii 96814.

Don’t forget also to avail yourselves of the assistance offered by the Federal Government and the State for those unemployed or who own small businesses.  Too, if you filed your tax return in 2018, you should be receiving $1200 single; or $2400 married, plus $500 for each child soon.

We hope that everyone is well and appreciate the kindness that members have shown each other during this time of crisis.  Be well.  Washy, washy, always and stay connected by phone, zoom, facebook, email, etc.

Happy Easter to you and your family.

With fondest aloha,

Ho’ikaika Like Me Ke Aloha

Note:  Transmitted on behalf of Juanita who is on Molokai with family with limited computer ability.  She can be reached at (808) 679-5834.

PBDC webinar

PBDC Webinar

Aloha mai kākou,

On behalf of the Pacific Basin Development Council, I want to say mahalo nui loa for participating in yesterday’s webinar focused on the federal programs available for small businesses and non-profit organizations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of the webinar was to highlight the value of these important programs, but also to direct you to resources for those who are best able to provide you with one-on-one counseling to address your specific circumstances or questions. To stay engaged with up-to-date information and sometimes daily changes to these programs, signing up for the right e-newsletters can be very beneficial.

We are currently reviewing questions that weren’t answered and will be in touch with those individuals. Below, please find a recording of yesterday’s webinar, the handout on resources we talked about, a PPP power point that DBEDT shared for another webinar earlier this week, and a volunteer survey to help gage the economic impact on the self-employed, freelance and gig-economy workers.

Webinar recording:

Handout of resources (attached) or online here:

Here is the DBEDT power point (attached) or online here:

Survey on the needs of self-employed, freelance and gig-economy workers — information to be shared in aggregate with decision makers:

Esther Kiaʻāina
Executive Director
Pacific Basin Development Council

Hawai‘i Artists and Cultural Practitioners May Be Eligible For Grants

Aloha mai kākou,

You may be eligible to apply for a $5,000 grant from the United States Artists

In order to be eligible, you must be able to say YES to the following Statements.

  • I am a practicing artist able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to my work, career, and a public audience;
  • I am experiencing dire financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • I am 21 years of age or older
  • I am legally able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN)
  • I have been living and working in the U.S. for the last two years
  • I am not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners
  • I have not previously been awarded a relief grant from this fund

Vicky Holt-Takamine
PA‘I Foundation

Free Small Business Webinar

Is your small business or non-profit affected by COVID-19?

PBDC flier

Register here:

Coronavirus Aid

OHA Emergency Assistance
Kahiau Program – Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
Phone: 808-784-4464

The purpose of the Kahiau Community Assistance Program (KCAP) is to provide one-time emergency financial assistance (up to $1500) to Native Hawaiian beneficiaries facing hardship due to an unexpected crisis. KCAP is made possible through a grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and aims to provide stability for Native Hawaiians during emergency situations.

The Kahiau Program currently funds: mortgage payment, rent deposit, rent payment, utility services.  Must be able to prove hardship around the qualifying criteria:

  • Loss of employment due to layoff or debilitating illness, injury, or death
  • Other unanticipated circumstance such as impending eviction, impending termination of utility services, or similar exigent time-sensitive situation
  • Annual income must be at or below the limits outlined in the chart shown

OHAʻs Malama Loan Program:

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has an online application process for its flagship loan program. The Mālama Loan can be used to start or expand a business, make improvements to a person’s home, consolidate debt or fund continuing education.

DHHL deferred loan payments information

The Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) approved an emergency postponement of mortgage payments for Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) direct loans and loans assigned to DHHL during a special emergency meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, as the State faces the COVID-19 pandemic.

HHC’s approval allows for the deferral of all applicable payments for a period of six months, effective with the April 2020 payment.