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Neighbor island residents ages 16 and over are now eligible to receive any of the three COVID-19 vaccines available on the market. Kauai, Maui and Hawaii island counties are currently in Phase 2 of the vaccination tier program, which offers a choice between the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

Oahu is still in the 1C phase which covers essential workers, clergy, adults age 60 years and over and persons with certain chronic medical conditions. However, the City & County of Honolulu hopes to move into Phase 2 beginning April 19. So, plan to book your appointments as soon as possible by clicking on this The Vaccine Finder link. Just enter your zip code and it will locate a vaccine site closest to you. About 100 pharmacies across the state such as Longs/CVS Pharmacies, Safeway, Walmart will be carrying ample stock supplies to get every resident who wants one, vaccinated.

COUNTY OF HAWAI’I ISLAND is currently in Phase 2 – All individuals 16 and older are eligible to get vaccinated.

KAUA’I COUNTY is currently in Phase 2 – All individuals 16 and older are eligible to get vaccinated.  Go to the Kauai County Home page for more information and to schedule an appointment.

MAUI COUNTY is currently in Phase 2 – All individuals 16 and older are eligible to get vaccinated. Go to the Maui County Home Page for links to schedule an appointment on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU is currently in Phase 1C.  For updates and information, visit the Oahu County website.

Let’s all do our part to keep Hawaii safe and healthy!

We are all One ‘Ohana. We’re all in this together!

For those who are not battling hunger—may we hunger to serve and feed our hungry brothers and sisters. We also encourage all to continue practicing SAFER AT HOME-ACT WITH CARE measures to protect yourself and others. We pray for your continued health and safety, as we bring you updates on available resources throughout the state and our diocese.


Since most of our food pantries are managed by kupuna, many parishes have been forced to shift gears and look to substitute volunteers who are less vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus. To see a list of the current parish food pantries still in operation, see the Food Ministry Schedule During COVID-19.

For additional resources and information, please see the following:

The Hawaii Food Bank provides food access through many different programs and pantries on ‘Oahu and Kauai.  On ‘Oahu, five of our parishes distribute Senior Food Boxes as part of the federally-funded Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).  Supplies are limited and all sites have waiting lists.

  1. Co-Cathedral of St Theresa, Kalihi
  2. Our Lady of Sorrows, Wahiawa
  3. Sacred Heart, Waianae
  4. St John the Baptist, Kalihi
  5. St Jude, Makakilo

If you are a qualified senior and live in any of the above areas, see attached CSFP application or contact Jennifer Schantz at the Food Bank at,  (808) 954-7868.

Catholic Charities Hawaii has played an important role with regards to COVID recovery and community sustainability.  Their programs that serve seniors are exceptional, especially the many programs on ‘Oahu.  CCH’s Benefits Enrollment Center includes assistance in applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) services.  Like families and individuals who struggle with putting food on the table, older adults on a fixed income find themselves with limited access to healthy and nutritional food.  Some of our seniors don’t know that they qualify for SNAP or while others may hesitate because of the complex and lengthy application process.  If you or someone you know is at least 65 years young and qualified for Medicare, call Catholic Charities Senior Intake Line at (808) 527-4777 for information or assistance with applying for SNAP and/or other savings programs.

The State Executive Office on Aging thru their Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) created a COVID-19 Supplement Food Resource Guide which includes programs on all islands.  Since the start of the pandemic, OSM highlighted a variety of food programs on different islands.  As our economy slowly picks-up and people return to work, several volunteer programs have had to shift gears or discontinue all together.  Because federal relief dollars have been spent out or possibly re-allocated, it’s always a good idea to call and confirm availability and schedules of operation/distribution.  The resources are divided by county in the following order: City and County of Honolulu, Maui County, Hawaii County and Kauai County.


Funding to provide financial assistance to those impacted by COVID-19 is currently available through Catholic Charities Hawaii and HOPE Services Hawaii.  We are very grateful for all who are working in solidarity at these agencies providing vital aid for rental and utility payments. For more information on rent relief and housing assistance please call 808-521-HELP or call the neighbor island numbers below:

  • Kauai – Catholic Charities Hawaii: (808) 241-4673
  • Oahu – Catholic Charities Hawaii: (808) 521-4357
  • Maui County – Catholic Charities Hawaii: (808) 873-4673
  • Hawaii Island – Catholic Charities Hawaii: (808) 961-7050
  • Hawaii Island – HOPE Services Hawaii: (808) 935-3050

Oʻahu – With operations oversight by Aloha United Way,the City & County of Honolulu’s INDIVIDUAL COVID-19 HARDSHIP RELIEF PROGRAM for household and qualified childcare expenses is is now available with applications being received by: the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement Hoʻala Assistance Program and 2-1-1, HAWAII COVID-19 RESPONSE AND RECOVERY FUND.For more information, visit C&C of Honolulu’s ONE OAHU webpage.

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide eligible native Hawaiian beneficiaries ON ALL ISLANDS with rental assistance using Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant (NHHBG) funds. Eligible native Hawaiians on DHHL’s Applicant Waiting List who have experienced a loss of income or job as a result of COVID-19 may receive assistance for the payment of their security deposit and/or rent for up to six months.  Prescreening done via phone; please call 2-1-1 to determine your eligibility.  This program is being administered by Aloha United Way.

® The KAHIAU COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (KCAP) administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement provides one time emergency financial assistance (up to $1,500) to native Hawaiian beneficiaries facing hardship due to an unexpected crisis.  Funding is made possible through a grant awarded by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.  Call (808) 784-4464 for more information or apply online.

Temporary Public Assistance During COVID-19 Pandemic

Temporary public assistance during the pandemic is available on all islands.  See the following links for assistance with child care subsidies and pre-school, applying for Med-Quest and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP also known as EBT or food stamps).






Hawaii Public Health Institute (HIPHI) has created an online hub with comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Guides for all counties across the state.  Below are the resource guides for each county:

We hope your parishioners will find these resources helpful as our communities begin this time of recovery from job loss, salary cuts and food insecurity.  We pray you and those you serve continue to be healthy and safe as we move forward defining our new normal.

Peace and Blessings,

Your Friends at the Office for Social Ministry

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