COVID-19 Community Information

Feeling Added Anxiety Due To COVID-19?

Are you experiencing added anxiety due to our current health crisis? Our Counseling Center can help! The Counseling Center is providing our counseling services online and over the phone. For more information or to make an appointment, call Chiyo Churchill, LMFT, 808-520-7721.


Avoid COVID-19 Scams

Robocalls, phishing emails and fake texts are a few ways that scammers are targeting the public. To learn more visit the links below:
Attorney General of Hawaii News Release
AARP Scam & Fraud
Federal Trade Commission on Coronavirus

Shopping for Seniors

Grocery store across the state are offering special hours for seniors age 60 and over and the immunocompromised to shop with an accompaning caregiver.

  • Costco: Kupuna shopping Seniors over the age of 60 years
    Tuesday & Thursday: 8:00am-9:00am
  • Don Quijote Hawaii: Senior Discounts will be in apply at these times. Senior Tuesdays discounts are all day.
    Daily: 6:00am-7:00 am
  • Down to Earth: Senior Shopping
    Daily: 7:00am-8:00am
  • Foodland & Sack & Save: Seniors will be offered Foodland’s “Senior Thursday” 5% discount on these days and times.
    Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: First hour of shopping
  • Navy Exchange: NEX will open the 2nd floor entrance (next to Green Beans Coffee)
    Daily: 1-hour early 8:00am-9:00am
  • Safeway: including senior citizens and pregnant women
    Tuesday & Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for those vulnerable shoppers
  • Sam’s Club: senior citizens and “those with disabilities or compromised immune systems.
    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:00 am-9:00am
  • Tamura’s Market: For seniors (age 60 and older) and an accompanying family member or caregiver.
    Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 7:15am – 8:00 a.m.
  • Target: Target will reserve at stores nationwide for vulnerable guests – including elderly and those with underlying health concerns.
    Wednesday: First hour of shopping
  • The Waianae Store: Those 60 or older, their caregivers, or those with compromising pre-existing conditions
    Daily: First hour (6:00 am – 7:00 a.m.)
  • Times Supermarket: First hour of its store opening every day for seniors and people with serious chronic medical conditions.
    Daily: 8:00am-9:00am
  • Wal Mart: From March 24 through April 28
    Tuesday: 6:00 am – 7:00 am
  • Whole Foods Market: Whole Foods Market stores will open for seniors 60 and older one hour before opening.
    Daily: 7:00am-8:00am

* Times subject to change.

Don’t Forget to Register to Vote!

All voting in Hawaii is now all done via mail. Exercise your civic right to vote to make a difference in your community.
Hawaii Votes by Mail
State of Hawaii Office of Elections
Vote 2020 Video

IRS Economic Impact Payments

The IRS is offering coronavirus tax relief assistance to qualified individuals who do not normally file because they do not have enough income that requires them to file. This includes the homeless, certain seniors and some limited English-proficient individuals who will need to provide information to the IRS to get their Economic Impact Payment. For more information, visit the IRS website below
IRS Coronavirus Information

Meal Distributions

The YMCA of Honolulu is now serving grab and go lunches at five location around O’ahu this week to pick up from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. For a list of locations, click here.

Various schools across the state will be offering grab-and-go lunches for students 18 years old and younger. For more information and list of schools, click here.

Emergency Child Care

KAMA‘AINA KIDS EMERGENCY CHILD CARE
Kama’aina Kids is opening up seven preschool sites on O’ahu and Maui to children (grades K through 5) of essential employees who do not have access to child care. Limited space is available.

OAHU
Online registration open only for Oahu sites.

  • Aikahi Preschool
  • Ewa Preschool
  • King St. Preschool
  • Mililani Tech Park Preschool
  • St. Timothy’s Preschool
MAUI

  • Hilo Woman’s Club: Call 808-315-0842 to register
  • Kahului Preschool: Contact Alyson at alyson@kamaainakids.com to register

YMCA ESSENTIAL WORKERS CHILD CARE PROGRAM
Three YMCA location: Leeward, Nuuanu and Windward branches, will be providing childcare for essential workers. The service is open to children of those who work in healthcare services and facilities, stores that sell groceries and medicine, educational institutions, charitable or social services, hardware and supply stores, restaurants with take-out service, transportation, residential facilities and shelters, and construction. For more information on their Essential Workers Child Care Program, visit the YMCA website here.

Driver’s License, State ID and Vehicle Registration Changes

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division has changed protocols to its vehicle licensing and safety check programs as part of the effort to reduce face-to-face interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Driver’s Licenses and State IDs

  • The state is invoking a 90-day waiver on all expired driver’s licenses and State identification cards. If your driver’s license or State ID expires between March 23 and May 15, your credentials will be considered valid in the State of Hawaii for an additional 90-days.
  • In coordination with the county driver’s licensing centers, HDOT has suspended all in-person driver’s license transactions and in-vehicle testing. There are limited non-in-person driver’s license services available such as online ordering of duplicates currently offered by the City and County of Honolulu for eligible residents, and mail-in duplicates and renewals offered by all counties. Please visit the county’s website or contact the county that issued your driver’s license or state ID for instructions on using their mail-in services.
  • The 90-day waiver for driver’s licenses also applies to Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders. Additionally, HDOT is allowing extension of the Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) and hazardous materials endorsement expiration for motor carriers through the period of the Governor’s emergency proclamation which began March 4 and was extended to May 15.
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is accepting expired driver’s licenses or State IDs that expired on or after March 1 for use at TSA checkpoints. See https://www.tsa.gov/coronavirus for more information.
  • October 1, 2020 REAL ID deadline will be extended. The new deadline has yet to be announced.

Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection (Safety Check)
The annual safety check requirement is suspended, and no safety checks will be done through the month of April. If your safety check is expired, it will remain valid through May 31. Also, you may renew your vehicle registration online or with your expired safety check certificate during this grace period.

Vehicle Registration
Vehicle registrations may still be done online or by mail even though your safety check may have expired. Not all counties allow online renewals after your registration submission deadline. Please check your county’s website or contact your county office for further information.

For more information, click here.