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June 30, 2022, 1:02 p.m.

June 30, 2021, 12:41 a.m.Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Kaneohe is offering free webinars in July, August, and September 2021 on advanced planning for ILWU members.

Even though the webinars are conducted by Valley of the Temples, ILWU members statewide may benefit from the presentation, which will include general information on topics such as:

• the decisions that need to be made when a death occurs;

• veteran’s benefits; and

• why advanced planning is important to our families.

If you are interested in a funeral plan, Valley of the Temples can also help you find one that works best for you—or connect you with another memorial park in its network, including Diamond Head Memorial Park, Hawaiian Memorial Park, or a park on Maui or Hawaii island.

See the posters below for webinar dates and times. For more information call (808) 451-2637 or visit

April 19, 2021, 2:02 p.m.—According to the State Department of Health all Hawaii residents age 16 and older can receive a COVID-19 vaccination as of Monday, April 19, 2021. The State of Hawaii COVID-19 portal webpage states:

Great news for Hawaii residents! Beginning Monday, April 19, COVID-19 vaccinations will be available for all Hawaii residents who are 16 years old and above on all islands.

“Vaccine supplies are still limited, so please be patient and persistent in securing an appointment. Please note that both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are currently being offered, but the Pfizer vaccine is the only one authorized for those under 18 years old. If you are under age 18, be sure to select a vaccination site that offers the Pfizer vaccine.

“Vaccinations are a safe, effective way to keep our ohana healthy! Mahalo for doing your part to keep Hawaii safe!”

Visit the state’s COVID-19 portal at for more information on scheduling an appointment, vaccination locations, vaccine safety, and more.

Links to information by county are:

April 6, 2021, 1:41 p.m.—URGENT REQUEST TO ALL ILWU MEMBERS • DEADLINE: THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2021. Your support is urgently needed on two bills currently being considered at the State Capitol this session.

One of the bills, S.B. 614, would make unemployment benefits received due to COVID-19 exempt from state taxes. The other, S.B. 676 would increase the minimum wage to $12.

The passage of these measures would have a positive impact on workers who are struggling to provide for their families. It’s easy to show your support—click HERE to send your message to Hawaii lawmakers.

March 23, 2021, 12:54 p.m.—The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and U.S. Treasury Department announced on March 17, 2021 that “the federal income tax due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will automatically be extended from April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021.” See the IRS press release for more information.

The Hawaii State Department of Taxation has not extended its income tax filing deadline as of today. The state deadline is still April 20, 2021.

March 22, 2021, 6:46 p.m.—This is a quick reminder that COVID-19 vaccinations have opened up to more groups as of Monday, March 15, 2021. According to the State Department of Health the following individuals are eligible to register for their vaccination:

• Kupuna 65 and older
• Individuals on dialysis
• People with severe respiratory disease who are on oxygen
• Patients undergoing chemotherapy or other infusion therapy
• Essential workers employed at hotels, restaurants, and bars. A vaccination clinic can be arranged through employers, or individuals may schedule directly with one of the sites listed below and choose their location and vaccine
• Elementary, middle and high school teachers, as well as preschool and day care personnel may register for vaccinations at a participating pharmacy or one of the sites listed below.

for more details on who is currently eligible to receive a vaccine and registration contact information—including telephone numbers and online registration—for vaccination sites statewide.

January 20, 2021, 7:12 p.m.—Per an email update sent out today by the Hawaii State Department of Health, “COVID-19 Vaccine Info is now easy to find on the homepage menu.” From the COVID-19 Vaccine Info page you can quickly navigate to the following sub-menu options (links also provided below):

Vaccine Overview
Clinician Resources
Vaccine FAQs

The registration page provides additional information not posted before which states:

“Medical personnel and frontline workers in Phase 1b are also being vaccinated and will be contacted by their employer to schedule their COVID-19 vaccination.

January 14, 2021, 5:21 p.m.Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Kaneohe is offering free webinars in January, February, and March 2021 on advanced planning for ILWU members.

Even though the webinars are conducted by Valley of the Temples, ILWU members statewide may benefit from the presentation, which will include general information on topics such as:

• the decisions that need to be made when a death occurs;

• veteran’s benefits; and

• why advanced planning is important to our families.

If you are interested in a funeral plan, Valley of the Temples can also help you find one that works best for you—or connect you with another memorial park in its network, including Diamond Head Memorial Park, Hawaiian Memorial Park, or a park on Maui or Hawaii island.

See the posters below for webinar dates and times. For more information call (808) 382-5958 or visit

January 14, 2021, 2:10 p.m.—The State of Hawaii is continuing COVID-19 vaccinations for medical personnel and nursing home residents as part of phase 1a of its vaccination plan, and will begin vaccinations for persons in phase 1b—which include first responders, essential workers, and adults 75 years of age and older.

According to the state Department of Health, frontline essential workers are those who “are in sectors essential to the functioning of society and are at substantially higher risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2.”

The Maui Health COVID-19 Vaccine webpage provides a list of frontline essential workers which includes: “first responders; corrections officers and staff; emergency services dispatchers; individuals essential for federal, state and local government operations; critical transportation infrastructure workers (harbor and dock workers, public transportation, etc.); critical utilities (energy, water, etc.); teachers and childcare and educational support staff (childcare, preschool, early education, K-12, post-secondary, etc.); US Postal Service employees, grocery store workers.”

The Dept. of Health COVID-19 Portal ( provides information on registration for groups currently being vaccinated. Registration links are also provided below:

• Hawaii Island:

• Maui County:

• Kauai:

• Oahu:

Visit the state COVID-19 portal or call your Business Agent if you have any questions about signing up for a COVID-19 vaccination in your area. If your BA doesn’t immediately know the answer to your question, he or she will find out and get back to you right away.

December 24, 2020, 11:29 a.m.The submission deadline for applications to the Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship Fund is April 1, 2021. For details and information on the required application, video and essay visit the fund’s website at

Family of active ILWU members or retirees (living or deceased)—as well as ILWU members in good standing may be eligible to apply for this scholarship. In order to apply, you must:

• Be an applicant to or be attending at any of the ten University of Hawaii schools (four-year universites and community colleges)
• Be attending or plan to be attending full-time.

Preference is given to currently graduating high school seniors. Scholarship amounts are $2000 per semester for the UH Manoa; $1000 per semester for UH West Oahu or UH Hilo; and $750 per semester for UH Community Colleges.

Harriet Bouslog served as ILWU Local 142’s first general counsel from 1946 to 1978. She and husband Stephen T. Sawyer established the Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship Fund in 1989.

Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship FAQ

December 24, 2020, 10:50 a.m.—Important health care information for Big Island ILWU members and their families. No health coverage? No problem. Hamakua Health Clinics located in Honokaa, Waimea, Kohala, and Laupahoehoe are offering healthcare to everyone, whether you have health insurance or not. If you have lost your health insurance, please call the offices at the numbers below and get help with access to health services.

• Kohala Family Health Center: (808) 889-6236
• Hamakua Health Center: (808) 775-7204
• Waimea: (808) 731-8641, ext. 402
• Laupahoehoe: (808) 747-6480

The clinics provide basic healthcare, psychological counseling, keiki dental care and other services. Trained staff will help you navigate the required paperwork and and get you assigned to a doctor.

The health centers also have several job openings, so you may also contact them for more information on job opportunities.

November 27, 2020, 5:00 p.m.December 29, 2020 is the deadline to apply for the new Kulia Scholarship, which is for Hawaii residents who were laid off or furloughed because of COVID-19 and are seeking to build skills or get a degree at one of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges (UHCC).

Eligibility requirements:

  • Hawaii resident
  • Currently furloughed or laid off from a job in Hawaii because of COVID impacts (since March 2020) or have documented furlough or lay off for Spring 2021 (January – May 2021). Priority will be given to full-time employees.
  • Graduated high school prior to 2020.
  • Must be admitted and enrolled as a UHCC student for Spring 2021. Priority for those who are pursuing their first degree or industry-recognized certificate (credit programs).
  • Must submit an application for the Kulia scholarship.
  • New to the UH System for Spring 2021.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions visit

October 30, 2020, 1:16 p.m.—For answers to frequently asked questions about the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels Hawaii program, click HERE.
Get a list of Trusted Testing and Travel Partners.
Don’t forget to bookmark the state’s COVID-19 portal page for access to up-to-date information on case data, everyday prevention, travel and reopening status, testing, tracing, and mask guidance and more.

October 30, 2020, 12:59 p.m.—There are only four more days until the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election.
• To check your ballot status, visit
• If you have not voted yet, DO NOT mail in your ballot. Visit one of the Voter Service Centers or Places of Deposit on your island and drop off your ballot in person. If you have not registered to vote, you can also register up until election day, Nov. 3 at a Voter Service Center. Click HERE to see a complete list of Voter Service Centers and Places of Deposit provided by the State Office of Elections, including street addresses and hours of service.

August 1, 2020, 1:20 a.m.—IMPORTANT UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE UPDATE FOR UNIT 2509 – FOUR SEASONS RESORT LANAI ILWU MEMBERS. In-person unemployment assistance set for August 3, 4, and 5, 2020 has been rescheduled to the following dates:
•  August 17, 18, and 19, 2020
• August 26, 27, and 28, 2020.
See the poster below for details. If you have questions, contact your Business Agent or the Maui Division office at (808) 244-9191.

July 23, 2020, 1:45 p.m.IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR UNIT 2509 – FOUR SEASONS RESORT LANAI ILWU MEMBERS. Hurricane Douglas is heading toward Hawaii, so unemployment assistance appointments with the ILWU that were scheduled for July 27-28-29, 2020 have been postponed until August 3, 2020 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; August 4 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; and August 5 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Call your Division Office at (808) 244-9191 if you have questions.

July 18, 2020, 9:41 p.m.—A new item has been added to the Main Menu of your ILWU website titled “2020 Primary Election.” Click HERE to be linked to a page with ILWU Local 142 candidate endorsements.

July 4, 2020, 12:27 a.m.—IMPORTANT NOTICE for all Lanai ILWU members: get help with filing for unemployment from Monday, July 6 to Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the ILWU Lanai union hall. See poster below for more information.

June 17, 2020, 10:41 p.m.—Members have access to their union halls—but must follow guidelines meant to protect both members and ILWU employees from COVID-19 transmission.

• Call before you enter the building.
• Don’t forget to bring your photo I.D. and a mask.
• Everyone is required to fill out a quick three-question survey on symptoms, contacts, and travel.
• If you are sick, you will be asked to re-schedule.
• Everyone must sanitize their hands and wear a face mask upon entry, and maintain social distancing while in the union hall.
• You will be asked to sign in to identify who you are seeing and the purpose of your meeting.
• The ILWU will hold on to your I.D. while you are in the building and return it when you exit in order to keep track of visitors.
• Posters with the information above are posted outside the union hall. If you need more information, call your Division office or your Business Agent.

June 17, 2020, 10:04 p.m.—From the ILWU International website

West Coast Dockworkers will observe Juneteenth:
Work will stop for eight hours on historic day

“SAN FRANCISCO—ILWU dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports will stop work for eight hours on Friday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth—the date in 1865 when Black slaves in Texas first learned of their emancipation.”

Click HERE for the story.

June 17, 2020, 9:44 p.m.—All ILWU Local 142 offices will be closed from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2020 in a show of support for “Juneteenth.”

Juneteenth is a blending of the words “June” and “Nineteenth”—an American holiday recognizing the emancipation of slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. Today, only three states—Hawaii, North Dakota, and South Dakota—do not recognize Juneteenth as either a state holiday or a ceremonial day of commemoration.

ILWU officers, staff, and members are organizing sign-waving groups near the union halls in support of Black Lives Matter and against racism and discrimination.

For more information on how to join the sign-waving, contact your Division office at:

• Hawaii Division – (808) 935-3727
• Maui Division – (808) 244-9191
• Kauai Division – (808) 245-3374
• Oahu Division/Hawaii Longshore Division/Local Office – (808) 949-4161.

June 12, 2020, 12:03 a.m.—Click HERE to read “ILWU responds to a triple crisis—International Officers and Executive Board take action”—a feature story on how the ILWU is handing national actions launched by George Floyd’s murder, the COVID-19 pandemic, and Trump threats to block voting and deploy the military against U.S. citizens. including a statement of policy on the Presidential election.

LINK to the letter sent from the ILWU International to George Floyd’s family.

June 12, 2020, 11:46 a.m.—The ILWU International newspaper The Dispatcher has written an article on Vice President – Hawaii Wesley Furtado, who passed away on March 15, 2020. Click HERE to read “ILWU honors International Vice President (Hawaii) Wesley Furtado.”

June 5, 2020, 6:40 p.m.—The Hawaii Island Food Basket’s schedule for June 2020 Emergency Food Distributions is provided below. For more information on programs, food pantry and soup kitchen schedules, and how to donate visit

May 29, 2020, 7:31 a.m.—The next Food for Hawaii’s Ohana distribution will be held on Oahu at Aloha Stadium today, Friday, May 29, 2020, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Don’t forget:
Bring a pen, a completed Household Information Form (click to download), and a valid government issued I.D. for each household.

May 26, 2020, 3:45 p.m.—The next Food for Hawaii’s Ohana distribution will be held on Oahu at Aloha Stadium on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Don’t forget:
Bring a pen, a completed Household Information Form (click to download), and a valid government issued I.D. for each household.

May 21, 2020, 10:29 a.m.Food for Hawaii’s Ohana will again be distributing food packages at Aloha Stadium on Friday, May 22 this week. The distribution starts at 10:00 a.m.

Don’t forget:
Bring a pen, a completed Household Information Form (click to download), and a valid government issued I.D. for each household.

May 20, 2020, 1:17 p.m.A new phone number for inquiries about the stimulus payment provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been established by the IRS:


This information was provided by Senator Brian Schatz via email. More coronavirus resources and information are provided at

According to the email,

“The IRS has established a special phone line for taxpayers with questions about their Economic Impact Payment – often called a stimulus payment – issued under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“Taxpayers with questions can call 800-919-9835.

“Answers to common questions will be given via automated message, but there will be an option to speak to a representative.  Wait times may be significant due to high call volume.  Taxpayers are encouraged to first see if their question can be answered by visiting

“Taxpayers can still check on the status of their payment at  You will need your 2018 or 2019 tax return to access the portal.  Due to high demand, the site may take longer than usual to load.

“The deadline to provide direct deposit information for your payment has passed.  The IRS has begun issuing paper checks starting with those with the lowest income.  It will take several months to send out all the checks.”

May 18, 2020, 7:58 a.m.Food for Hawaii’s Ohana will again be distributing food packages at Aloha Stadium on Wednesday, May 20 this week. The distribution starts at 10:00 a.m.

Don’t forget:
Bring a pen, a completed Household Information Form (click to download), and a valid government issued I.D. for each household.

May 14, 2020, 1:22 p.m.—The next Food for Hawaii’s Ohana distribution is at the Aloha Stadium tomorrow on Friday, May 15 starting at 10:00 a.m.

Don’t forget:
Bring a pen, a completed Household Information Form (click to download), and a valid government issued I.D. for each household.

May 13, 2020, 5:32 a.m.—Today’s Food for Hawaii’s Ohana distribution is at the Aloha Stadium. Bookmark the link above for entry directions and how to prepare—and for faster current information on when the next distribution will occur.

Don’t forget:
Bring a pen, a completed Household Information Form (click to download), and a valid government issued I.D. for each household.

May 13, 2020, 5:20 a.m.—The ILWU has just learned about two new keiki nutrition assistance resources.

The first is for free keiki meals on Oahu and Maui provided through a community partnership with Kamaaina Kids, Palama Settlement, Parents and Children Together, Windward Nazarene Academy, YMCA of Honolulu, Aloha Harvest, Kapiolani Community College, Lanikila Pacific, Hawaii Appleseed, and Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs. See the poster below for pick-up dates, times, locations, and contact information.

The second is Emergency Meals-to-You (eMTY), which takes some of the stress out of buying groceries and “provides weekday breakfasts and lunches to students who were receiving those meals through the National School Lunch Program at a free or reduced price but temporarily cannot receive school meals due to emergency school closures. eMTY mails 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches every two weeks directly to the student’s home while schools are closed due to COVID-19.

The sign-up deadline for eMTY is tomorrow, May 14, 2020. Read the poster below or click HERE for more information. To apply, click HERE. Hawaii keiki are eligible for the Emergency Meals-To-You program, not the Summer Meals-To-You.

May 12, 2020, 12:26 p.m.—Don’t forget—the Hawaii State Unemployment Office has started it’s new “file by last name” schedule this week to make web traffic to its mainframe more manageable—and hopefully allow unemployment claimants to get through to file their claim certifications online.

A-G, file your certification on Mondays
H-O, file your certification on Tuesdays
P-Z, file certification on Wednesdays
Thursdays through Sundays are open to all claimants.
• All weekday filing times are from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Weekend and holiday filing times are from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

May 8, 2020, 2:35 a.m.—The next “Food for Hawaii’s Ohana” distribution will take place tomorrow on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Leeward Community College beginning at 10:00 a.m. For more information, directions for entry, and how to prepare, visit the Hawaii Foodbank webpage HERE.
Remember to bring a pen, a completed Household Information Form (click to download), and a valid government issued I.D. for each household.

It also recommended that you carpool, “gas up, empty your truck and bring snacks,” and be prepared to wait three to four hours or more.

May 7, 2020—Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) Director Scott Murakami spoke about the updates and improvements to the unemployment insurance system today with Governor David Ige. Murakami said that starting next week Monday, workers are being asked to file certifications based on the first letter of their last names, as follows:

A-G, file your certification on Mondays
H-O, file your certification on Tuesdays
P-Z, file certification on Wednesdays
Thursdays through Sundays are open to all claimants.
• All weekday filing times are from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Weekend and holiday filing times are from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The state hopes that alphabetical filing will help manage traffic to its overwhelmed mainframe.
Click HERE for the story at
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Click HERE for video of the discussion by Governor Ige and Director Murakami.

May 5, 2020, 9:55 p.m.—Food Resources Update for Oahu.
The Na Kupuna Makamae Center has posted its free food distribution schedule for May 2020: May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, and May 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., or until supplies last.

Pick-up is by walk-in only at 653 Ala Moana Boulevard, at the corner of Keawe Street and Ala Moana Boulevard. See their latest flyer below or click HERE to download a copy.

May 5, 2020, 4:10 p.m.—Food Resources Update for Oahu.
The next “Food for Hawaii’s Ohana” distribution will take place tomorrow on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Aloha Stadium beginning at 10:00 a.m. All vehicles must enter through GATE 3 on Kahuapaani Street (across from Ice Palace). No other gate will be open for food distribution.

You must bring the following items to the distribution:

Click HERE to read information about what you should do to prepare for the distribution (including filling out the Household Information Form and making sure that your vehicle’s backseat, trunk, hatchback and/or tailgate are emptied and ready to receive food.

May 1, 2020, 9:51 a.m.Today is International Workers’ Day, a worldwide holiday celebrating the economic, political, and social contributions that workers make to our nations. Sadly, the only place that it isn’t celebrated is in the U.S.

Please feel good about what you are doing for the community—whether you are working hard right now as a essential employee, or whether you are not working due to COVID-19 but are following the state’s guidelines on social distancing and staying home.

The ILWU Local 142 thanks you for everything you do every day.

For a brief and interesting history lesson on International Workers’ Day read this comic by Sam Wallman for

April 30, 2020, 2:00 p.m.—A quick reminder—the Governor of the State of Hawaii, David Ige, extended the “stay at home” order for the entire state through May 31, 2020.

Also extended to May 31 are:
• 14-day air travel quarantine requirement for visitors entering the state and returning residents, as well as inter-island travelers.
• Moratorium on evictions for failure to pay rent.
• Social distancing requirements.

Click HERE for the 6th supplementary emergency proclamation, which also details essential businesses, permitted activities, prohibited activities and social distancing requirements.

April 30, 2020, 1:41 p.m.—Hawaii Island residents that received a reduction in pay due to the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for one-time emergency financial assistance of up to $1000 funded by the Hawaii Community Foundation Resilience Fund. Click HERE to see the criteria and income limits.

Contact the following agencies to apply:
Hope Services Hawaii at (808) 935-3050,
Neighborhood Place of Puna at (808) 965-5550,
Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council at (808) 935-5219,

April 28, 2020, 12:32 p.m.Four thousand bags of food will be distributed through the Hawaii Foodbank on Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Waipio Soccer Complex—one of four newly established distribution locations across Oahu. This is in addition to the 200 existing distribution locations through partner agencies statewide.

ILWU Local 142 Oahu Division officers have already volunteered at a distribution event held this past Sunday at the soccer complex, and will also be helping with Thursday’s distribution. Oahu Division Director Michael Yamaguchi encourages all ILWU members who are not working to come and get some needed goods for their families.

According to the office of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, “The goal is to have two distributions per week alternating at four venues: Kakaako Waterfront Park, Kaiaka Bay Beach Park (Haleiwa), Waimanalo District Part, and Waipio Soccer Complex.” The distributions are expected to continue for 8 weeks.

ILWU-unionized company, Love’s Bakery, donated hotdog buns for the Thursday event.

The food distribution is the result of a funding partnership between the City & County of Honolulu—which is matching $1 million in private donations—and the Hawaii Community Foundation. The money will help Hawaii Foodbank expand its capacity to help community members put food on the table.

April 24, 2020—On Tuesday, the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) began adding $600 in federal money to direct deposits for workers who are already receiving unemployment benefits. This additional $600 per week is authorized by the CARES Act passed by Congress in March.

Right now, the DLIR can only do this for processed, accepted claims. The Unemployment Insurance office is working to correct any claims with errors or missing information so that laid-off workers can receive benefits as soon as possible. If you have not received notice that your claim has been processed, check your status online at the Unemployment Benefits Claim Status webform or call (833) 901-2275 Monday through Friday between 7:45 am and 4:15 pm

April 21, 2020, 10:09 p.m.—The March/April 2020 issue of The VOICE of the ILWU has been posted to the “VOICE of the ILWU” page. Editor Mie Omori included two pages of COVID-19 information for members, including a message on the pandemic from Local President Donna Domingo on page 2.

April 21, 2020, 11:18 a.m.—The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) updated it’s Grab and Go Student Meals program to include six new locations that will begin meal service on Monday, April 27, 2020:

• Leihoku Elementary – Leeward Oahu
• Waianae Elementary – Leeward Oahu
• Hale Wai Vista Apartment Complex, Waianae (lunch only)
• Ohana Ola Transitional Shelter, Waianae (lunch only)
• Kilauea Elementary (Kauai District)
• Waikoloa Elementary (Hawaii Island District)

Click HERE to see most recent Grab and Go flyer for locations as well as information about the program.

April 21, 2020, 10:39 a.m.All ILWU Local 142 members are eligible to receive a 30 percent discount on all Love’s Bakery products at Love’s Bakery Outlet Stores (also known as Love’s Thrift Shops) on Oahu and the Big Island. You can also receive a 10 percent discount on other products distributed by Love’s Bakery, such as Bon Apetit, Little Debbies, and many other brands.

You must bring a copy of your paystub to show that you are an ILWU member.

Love’s Bakery members are our ILWU brothers and sisters, so please support them. Visit a Love’s Bakery Outlet Store near you, or if you’re shopping at the supermarket—choose Love’s bread in the bakery aisle. Love’s makes a wide variety of baked goods—including bread, buns, bagels, and donuts—right here in Hawaii.

911 Middle Street, Honolulu, HI 96819 (map)
Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

46-028 Kawa Bay A1, Kaneohe, HI 96744 (map)
Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

500 Manono Street, Hilo, HI 96720 (map)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

APRIL 17, 2020, 11:01 p.m.The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) announced today that distance learning will continue until the end of this school year on May 28, 2020. “This pandemic has undoubtedly changed the way that education will be delivered at all levels and especially how our Department will operate moving forward,” said Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto. Click HERE to read the press release.

APRIL 17, 2020, 7:50 p.m.The State Department of Human Services (DHS) announced an expansion of eligibility for Child Care Connection Hawaii (CCCH) subsidies. What that means is families whose income is too high may now apply for CCCH to offset the cost of childcare expenses. Click HERE for more information about the expansion, or HERE for CCCH subsidy office contact information, including phone numbers you can call.

Click HERE to apply.

If you are an essential worker who is having trouble finding childcare, click HERE to see the DHS statewide essential childcare list.

APRIL 17, 2020, 2:08 p.m.—Governor David Ige signed an emergency proclamation taking effect today that includes a moratorium on evictions in the state of Hawaii. The proclamation suspends laws that allow evictions for failure to pay rent, lease, or other fees. The eviction moratorium will be in force through the disaster relief period, which continues through April 30, 2020 and may be extended.

Click HERE for the press release “Governor Ige Orders Eviction Moratorium.”

Click HERE for the entire text of the “Fifth Supplementary Proclamation.”

Click HERE for a story by

APRIL 16, 2020, 1:35 p.m.—The Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has posted new Other UI Services Contact Information:

• Backdate:
“This email address is for those who would like to have their claim backdated. The backdate will be for the first week of less than full employment due to COVID-19. Individuals are to submit their full name, last four digits of their Social Security Number, telephone number (including area code), and the week that they would like their claim backdated to.”

• Disqualified:
“This email address is for those who have received an email, letter, or other message (screenshot) that says that they are disqualified from UI. Individuals are to submit their full name, last four digits of their Social Security Number, telephone number (including area code), and a screenshot of their disqualification.”

• Language Access:
“This email address is for those who would like to request language assistance from UI. Individuals are to submit their full name, telephone number (including area code), and the language that they would like to receive interpretation services for. The interpretations services would be provided free of charge and via telephone.”

The webform for checking the status of your claim and Unemployment Services Contact Information (telephone numbers) for all islands are also located on this page.

APRIL 15, 2020, 7:06 p.m.On Monday, April 13, 2020, Foodland instituted a new policy requiring all customers who enter stores to wear face masks. The policy also prohibits groups of more than two customers from shopping together. The number of customers per square foot is being monitored and limited, and customers are asked to maintain social distancing. Many hundreds of ILWU brothers and sisters are working hard in dozens of stores across the islands. Let’s support them by shopping at Foodland—and by following store policies meant to protect their safety and ours.

For more messages to customers from Foodland regarding COVID-19, click HERE.

APRIL 15, 2020, 1:00 p.m.—The Internal Revenue Service’s “Get My Payment” webtool is up and running. Use this tool to find out your economic impact payment status, payment type, or whether the IRS needs more information from you to process your payment.

APRIL 15, 2020, 8:24 a.m.HomeStreet Bank has mortgage advice for community members. If your mortgage is serviced by HomeStreet Bank and you have been impacted by COVID-19 and would like to request a payment forbearance or deferral, you may email Please provide your full name, loan number, and a good contact phone number and they will reach out to you within 48 hours. You may also call 1-844-544-9071 to reach a dedicated Loan Counselor. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. For more detailed information from HomeStreet Bank see the ILWU’s page Finances, Housing, Taxes, and Managing Your Money or visit HomeStreet Bank.

APRIL 14, 2020, 5:08 p.m.—Starting Monday, April 20, 2020 everyone on Oahu will be required to wear a non-medical facemark according to an amendment being made to Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s “stay-at-home” order. For more information, the Honolulu Star Advertiser has the story.

• The Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance website has been updated so that filers can check their application status without having to log in to their accounts.

Click on the first green button on the page labeled “Check Your Claim Status.” You will be taken to a page where you can check your status by entering your last name, email address, and SSN. Please be aware that this page is being updated frequently due and may not look exactly the same from day-to-day.

•  New information for ILWU members who are on temporary layoff has been added to the “What You Need to Know When Filing for Unemployment” ILWU webpage. Members who are on temporary layoff can use the new, quicker webform, but must select “Still Employed” when asked for their reason for separation in order to be assigned the correct status.

APRIL 13, 2020, 12:15 p.m.—HMSA announced steps to help members prepare for COVID-19 in a press release dated March 10, 2020. These steps include:
• Waiver of prior authorizations for diagnostic tests and covered services medically necessary for members diagnosed with COVID-19;
• Covering the cost of medically necessary diagnotic tests for COVID-19;
• Waiver of early refill limits on 30-day prescriptions;
• Expanding telehealth and nurse/provider hotlines.

HMSA also wants members to know that HMSA’s Online Care® is available to anyone in Hawaii. Providers are available 24/7. To get started, register and download the app on a smartphone or other mobile device or visit

April 12, 2020, 5:00 p.m.—The Honolulu Star-Advertiser updated its list on “Where to Purchase or Find a Face Mask in Hawaii,”.

APRIL 10, 2020, 8:55 p.m.—If you filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and chose the direct deposit option for receiving a refund, you may be receiving your stimulus payment soon. According to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) news release dated April 10, 2020, the IRS will start depositing stimulus payments next week. A web tool to help you track the status of your payment is expected to be available by April 17, 2020. IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NON-FILERS:If you did not file a tax return, click HERE to start entering your payment information, so that you can receive your stimulus payment, too.

APRIL 10, 2020, 1:27 p.m.—IMPORTANT UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION FOR ILWU MEMBERS who are on temporary layoff and have NOT been permanently laid-off or severed by the company.

As of April 9, 2020, the ILWU recommends that members who are on TEMPORARY layoff use the “old” method to fill out their initial claim, rather than the new webform. The old method will give you the option to chose “Temp. Layoff Partial Claim” under “Reason for Separation.”

A detailed explanation, as well as steps for using the “old” method are provided HERE.

April 8, 2020, 7:07 p.m.—ILWU members who purchased a life insurance policy through American Income Life Company (AIL) and are making monthly payments may be eligible for a waiver of monthly premiums for three months if you have been laid off. This waiver must be signed by your employer or Business Agent to certify that you have been laid off. Waivers must be requested within 60 days of lay-off, so call your Business Agent right away for assistance with completing and submitting the waiver form to AIL.

April 8, 2020, 12:34 p.m.Kaiser Permanente (KP) is providing information for members and employees on managing stress and anxiety around Coronavirus (COVID-19):

“As the situation around the coronavirus and COVID-19 continues to unfold, many employees are understandably experiencing feelings of fear, uncertainty, and anxiety. We offer a broad range of self-care tools that can help, and many are available to all employees — not just Kaiser Permanente members. 

“Along with information about resources available through your employee assistance program (EAP) and health plan, please share the attached list of self-care tips with your employees. It’s a simple way to remind them to take good care of themselves emotionally as well as physically—and show your support during this difficult time.

“This is a challenging time for everyone, and we’re committed to supporting our members and customers as things continue to evolve. Please continue to take the necessary precautions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Together, we can work to keep our communities healthy and strong.”

KP also provided PDF handouts on:
How to Manage Anxiety and Stress Around Coronavirus
Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Get Care
Although the handouts are for KP members and employees, anyone can benefit from the five suggestions given in the managing stress flyer.

April 7, 2020, 4:29 p.m.Do I qualify for unemployment? This is a good question because eligibility has been expanded by the federal stimulus package known as the CARES Act. People who usually wouldn’t be eligible, like “gig” economy workers or the self-employed, should now apply for unemployment benefits. The Hawaii State Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) has provided a FAQ that may answer questions you have about unemployment benefit eligibility.

April 7, 2020, 4:14 p.m.“Unemployment Office launches new call center to speed processing of claims,” as reported by Hawaii News Now. Call (833) 901-2275 to track your case if you have already filed a claim.

April 6, 2020, 8:35 p.m.—Read a useful article by retired ILWU Local 142 Social Services Coordinator Joanne Kealoha on “Managing Your Money (When You’re Unemployed).” Learn the basics of assessing your financial situation, developing a budget, and controlling spending.

April 6, 2020, 12:45 p.m.—KHON-TV provided a list on its website titled “Where to Buy a Face Mask in Hawaii,” updated on April 6, 2020 at 11:05 a.m.

April 5, 2020, 12:03 a.m.—Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its position on the use of face masks for the general public. Everyone must absolutely continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations on social distancing, washing hands, wiping down surfaces, etc. However, the CDC now also recommends using cloth face masks when out in public. Do not buy N95 masks or other medical supplies needed by hospitals and health care providers—but do make your own face covering to slow the spread of COVID-19.

APRIL 5, 2020, 11:31 p.m.—ILWU members can apply for unemployment with the help of their Business Agents, but what about family members and friends who are self-employed?

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Kokua Line answers the question on whether “gig” economy workers—self employed and independent contractors—are eligible to apply for unemployment with the State Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations.

The short answer is yes, based on a provision of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). For more details read: Kokua Line: Gig workers can file online for unemployment benefits with no job search required by Christine Donnelly, published on April 5, 2020.

APRIL 3, 2020, 10:15 p.m.—ILWU pensioners and ILWU members who have elderly parents should download a copy of the ADRC Food Resources Guide (COVID-19 Supplement) PDF. Community elders often have a more difficult time making getting the nutrition they need—and the COVID-19 epidemic has made it even more difficult to go out safely to eat or to buy groceries. The Guide lists dozens of food resources throughout the State of Hawaii that can help not just seniors, but also disable persons.

APRIL 3, 2020, 4:27 p.m.—A new food assistance resource on Oahu, the “Free Food Drop-Off for Kupuna & the Community at Na Kupuna Makamae Center will begin distributing food on April 3, 2020. For more information, see the ILWU’s “Find Public and Community Resources” page, or download a flyer.

Also, the ILWU Food Bank Information Flyer has been updated to include the Na Kupuna food drop-off.

APRIL 2, 2020, 9:09 p.m.Latest update on coronavirus from KP (Kaiser Permanente). Email sent to members includes information on how to get care without leaving home, which locations are open or closed, visitor policies, prescriptions, COVID-19 testing, and what do do if you are having trouble paying for coverage.

APRIL 2, 2020, 5:12 p.m.HMSA has waived co-payments for COVID-19 treatments and services. This coverage change remains in effect during the period of Hawaii’s emergency declaration—through May 15, 2020. Click HERE for the HMSA Coronavirus and COVID-19 alert information.

APRIL 2, 2020, 2:27 p.m.—Get help from Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO). MEO’s Hawaii Emergency Laulima Partnership (H.E.L.P.) is a financial assistance program for Maui County residents to pay for essential needs due to a layoff, reduction in hours or loss of income related to COVID-19. Click HERE to find out the steps to receive assistance, information about supporting documents needed and the application forms.

March 31, 2020: Maui Division has set up a “by appointment only” station in Lahaina to help ILWU members apply for unemployment benefits. Call the Wailuku office at (808) 244-9191 to make an appointment first, and the Division will assign a Business Agent to help you. Do not go to the Lahaina office without making an appointment. Click HERE for BA contact information.

March 30, 2020: If you are not sure who your Business Agent (BA) is but need to contact him or her directly, click HERE for an alphabetical list of ILWU companies. Find your company—and your BA’s name will be listed next to the company name.

March 26, 2020: All ILWU Offices will remain open, and your officers and staff will continue the important work of representing you. In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, our front doors will be closed to the public, but ILWU members will have access to their union hall via appointment. Please call your Business Agent or Division office if you need face-to-face assistance.

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