Vaccinating a village: 120 residents of the Miloliʻi Fishing Village receive Johnson & Johnson vaccine

  • U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele addresses volunteers before the start of administering vaccinations in the Miloliʻi Fishing Village in South Kona. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Erin Samura administers the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to Caroline Casuga at the pavilion of Miloliʻi Beach Park on Saturday morning. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

It takes a village. When it comes to beating COVID, the Miloli‘i Fishing Village in South Kona took a big step forward on Saturday. Aided by partnerships from around the Big Island – including Bay Clinic, Community First, Pa‘a Pono Miloli‘i, Hui Malama Ola Na O‘iwi and the offices of U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele and Lt. Gov. Josh Green – the village has set the template for how to conduct a mass vaccination clinic in Hawaii’s most isolated communities.