The County of Maui Volunteer Center is providing free support, training and resources to local nonprofits facing challenges due to COVID-19.

The Volunteer Center is kicking off its support with a three-day, virtual conference from Sept. 22-24 to assist Maui County nonprofits with building an effective reopening/recovery plan for volunteer programs in a COVID-19 world.

The deadline for nonprofits to register for the virtual conference has been extended to tomorrow, Sept. 18. Registrations can be made to Volunteer Center Coordinator Wendy Stebbins by email at

For more information, visit the Volunteer Center’s website at

“Volunteer-work has become more important than ever during these difficult times,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “I encourage all of our nonprofits to take advantage of the resources provided by the County’s Volunteer Center. I also ask everyone to consider volunteering in the community. There are many great opportunities and worthy causes that need our help throughout Maui County.”

Other programs and services the Volunteer Center provides include:

  • COVID-19 Volunteer Policy Assistance – Virtual consultations and customized COVID-19 policy creation assistance is available.

  • GetConnected Virtual Volunteer Center – GetConnected is a volunteer management software that allows Maui nonprofits to post their needs and events, and matches prospective volunteers to their ideal nonprofits and opportunities.

  • GetConnected Profile and Volunteer Opportunity Assistance – Virtual consultations and assistance are available to optimize agency profiles and volunteer opportunities in GetConnected.

  • Social Media Promotion of Volunteer Opportunities – Volunteer needs posted on GetConnected are promoted on the County of Maui Volunteer Center’s social media accounts and Facebook group.

  • Monthly Volunteer HotSheet – The most current and exciting volunteer needs in Maui County are delivered each month to nearly 3,000 potential volunteers.

  • Phone Check-ins with Agency Partners – Telephone outreach to partner agencies to check on status and needs during COVID-19.

The County of Maui Volunteer Center is the one resource and catalyst on Maui that leads, connects and mobilizes volunteers and volunteer agencies to contribute to a better life on Maui.

The Volunteer Center partners with a number of agencies, which list their volunteer opportunities on the website. Opportunities include food sorting, patient home visits, Red Cross shelter associates and serving as a trail steward at Haleakala National Park.

For more information, visit the Volunteer Center’s website at and follow its Facebook page at and Instagram @handsonmaui.

Volunteers and agencies may also contact Volunteer Center Coordinator Wendy Stebbins at (808) 270-7150 or

Hawai‘i State Senate to hold special session on Intermediate Court of Appeals

and other judicial appointments

Judiciary Committee hearing on the appointments scheduled for October 1

will feature live remote public testimony

The Hawai‘i State Senate is scheduled to convene for a special session to review Governor David Ige’s appointment for a vacancy on the Hawai‘i Intermediate Court of Appeals and the Chief Justice's appointments on a number of district court positions.

Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA) Associate Judge Alexa D.M. Fujise retired in April 2020; the special session will consider the Governor's appointment to fill the vacancy and restore the ICA to its full complement of six members.

The process will begin with a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, chaired by Senator Karl Rhoads and vice chaired by Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

The Senate will be welcoming live remote public testimony via videoconference, as the Capitol building remains closed to the public due to COVID-19. This remote testimony option will also allow neighbor island residents to testify without traveling to Honolulu.

Members of the public who wish to testify via videoconference should use the Legislature's website ( to submit their written testimony and select "yes" when asked if they will be testifying remotely for the hearing. Written testimony is required to participate via videoconference and must be submitted at least 24 hours before the hearing. Additional information and details will be on the hearing notice and capitol website.

The Senate will convene in a floor session on Monday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m. This will be followed by a separate decision-making meeting of the Judiciary Committee at 10:30 a.m. Final Senate votes on the appointments are expected on Tuesday, October 6 at 11:30 a.m.

To allow access to the proceedings while the State Capitol building is closed to the public, the Senate will live stream all Senate hearings and floor sessions over the internet. Selected proceedings will also be broadcasted on ‘Ōlelo and neighbor island cable networks. The public is encouraged to participate by submitting written testimony or testifying remotely. No in-person testimony will be allowed at this time due to COVID-19.

Following several delays due to COVID-19, the Hawai‘i State Senate’s 2020 session finally adjourned permanently on July 10. This special session will only address the pending judicial appointments.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 through a proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter. Since then, each subsequent president has issued an annual proclamation commemorating the third Friday in September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

Two ceremonies will honor our POW/MIA Department of Defense personnel that day. The first ceremony will be hosted by the Honorable David L. Norquist, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and held at the Pentagon at 2 p.m. EST (8 a.m. HST).

The second ceremony will be hosted by Rear Adm. Darius Banaji, DPAA’s Deputy Director of Operations, and held at the DPAA facility in Hawaii at 10 a.m. HST (4 p.m. EST).

Both ceremonies will be streamed live online by the Defense Media Activity. The links to the ceremonies, as well as a message from DPAA Director Kelly McKeague, are posted below.

Message From DPAA Director Kelly McKeague

POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony at the Pentagon

POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony in Hawai'i

National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremonies share the common purpose of honoring those who were held captive and returned, as well as those who remain missing.

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