Malama O Puna Assists in Distributing Masks and Sanitizers in Puna under COVID 19 CARES Funding

Keeping healthy and safe during this pandemic is of great concern to all individuals and businesses on the Big Island. Malama O Puna, a community based educational and environmental nonprofit operating out of Pahoa, is happy to collaborate with the Office of Hawaii County Councilmember Matt Kaneali`i-Kleinfelder to ensure access to sanitizer and masks. These supplies were purchased with funding from the federal CARES Act and will be distributed in the Puna district to schools, businesses, community organizations, and individuals in need of these supplies, the cost of which has placed an additional financial burden on the public.

Malama O Puna is grateful to the District 5 Councilmember for securing these supplies, as we have worked successfully with Councilmember Matt Kaneali`i-Kleinfelder on numerous projects that have provided benefit to the people of Puna including the Pahoa Roundabout Beautification project, a Miconia Eradication project, and a Pandemic Food Distribution program for Kupuna. According to Barbara Lively, Executive Director of Malama O Puna “It is our Kuleana to help keep the good people of our Big Island safe during these very challenging times”.

Supplies of masks and sanitizer are limited, so if you know of individuals, businesses, and/or community organizations that need masks and/or sanitizer, please contact us.

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