Consumers Holding Island Air Tickets Should Seek Refunds Immediately

Hawaiʻi consumers who purchased unused Island Air travel tickets by credit or debit card are urged to contact their credit or debit card providers to seek refunds, according to Office of Consumer Protection Executive Director Stephen Levins.

Island Air has discontinued operations, and the contracted travel services paid for will not be delivered. Consumers seeking refunds should act as soon as possible, and seek other arrangements for their travel plans.

Hawaiʻi Island Air, Inc., dba Island Air filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, but less than one month later, ceased operations on Saturday, Nov. 11th, 2017.

With bankruptcy court approval received on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, the company has since converted its case to Chapter 7 bankruptcy. A trustee has been appointed to oversee the liquidation of the company’s unencumbered assets to generate cash to pay creditors. The liquidation process will be lengthy and what will be available for creditors is unclear. In circumstances such as this the consumers’ best option is to obtain refunds from their card providers.

“In most instances paying by credit card makes is easier for consumers to obtain a refund for services or goods that are not provided,” said Executive Director Levins. “In view of this, anyone who purchased an unused ticket by credit card needs to contact their credit card company as soon as possible to request a chargeback.”

There are time limits that consumers need to pay attention to when applying for a refund. Although some credit card companies may establish more generous policies federal law establishes a 60-day deadline from the time a credit card statement with the improper charge is first posted. For more information on how to request a refund or a chargeback, consumers should call their credit card company or review their statement.

More information on disputing credit card charges is available on the Federal Trade Commission website.

MTV Filming Dating Show on Hawai‘i Island

The television music station MTV is filming on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi right now.

Hawaiʻi Island Film Commissioner Justin Finestone confirmed that MTV applied for permits as an “untitled dating show.”

The taping is taking place at Waterfalling Estate, located at 32-1056 Old Māmalahoa Highway in Nīnole, along the Hāmākua Coast .

MTV is scheduled to be filming on the island for at least two months.

Waterfalling Estate is the house that Justin Bieber rented last year for a fun escape with his entourage.

The Pinnacle List: “No expense has been spared on the creation of this trophy property. Startling features beyond even lofty luxury expectations include a rooftop deck built directly on top of the primary residence to accommodate private helicopter landings with three helipads, a central Daytona 52-inch round pneumatic air-compression elevator accessible on all three levels of the main residence, a parking structure with a roof-top night-lit tennis or basketball court with stadium style seating for 450 spectators and an outdoor oceanfront cliffside aquatic center that includes a 25-meter olympic swimming pool with three lanes, starting blocks, 16 foot deep diving pool, an elevated 7-meter platform dive as well as a 3-meter Duraflex olympic springboard, two whirlpools, a 25-meter kiddie pool plus shower, sauna, wet bar, exterior grill and dining area.”

Bunka No Hi: Japanese Culture Day in Hawaiʻi

The Japanese Community Association of Hawaiʻi hosted Bunka No Hi on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at the Sangha Hall in Hilo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Japanese Cultural Day

Bunka No Hi is a national holiday held annually in Japan on Nov. 3 for the purpose of promoting culture, the arts and academic endeavor. Festivities typically include art exhibitions, parades and award ceremonies for distinguished artists and scholars.

The theme at this years culture day was Okage Same De (I am what I am, because of you).

The day began with a short Omikoshi Parade from Aupuni Center to Sangha Hall which was lead by the Grand Marshall of the Parade former Governor George Ariyoshi.

Shichi-Go-San Kimono dressing and picture taking was done by the association as a fundraiser.

Shichi-Go-San is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for 3- and 7-year-old girls and 3 and 5-year-old boys, held annually on Nov. 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children.

Since Bunka No Hi is not a national holiday, it is generally observed on the nearest weekend. Nov. 18, 2017. Big Island Now photo.

There were many demos and displays on hand for folks to immerse themselves in the culture.

Bonzai at Bunka No Hi, Nov. 18, 2017. Big Island Now photo. 

The event included a bonsai demonstration by Moku Honua Bonsai Kai, a tea ceremony demo by Urasenke Hilo Shibu and ikebana displays.

Shuji/calligraphers wrote out phrases or messages. The event also included demonstrations on the Art of Soroban (abacus) and demonstrations on the Art of Eating Ramen Japanese Style and How to Cut & Present Sashimi.

Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth won the ramen eating contest, finishing a bowl of ramen in just one minute 28 seconds.

The 2017 Japanese Cultural Treasures were:

  • Takayoshi Kanda as the “Keeper of the Waiakea Tsunami Clock”
  • Akiko Masuda for her work on Mochitsuki and the  Mochitsuki Festival
  • Rondald Takeya for his work in Judo and working with students to instill and motivate each student to put one’s best effort into their judo

The Japanese Community Association is located at 714 Kanoelehua Ave., Ste. 202, in Hilo.

For more information, call (808) 969-6437 or email jcahawaii@yahoo.com.

Bikes Stolen From Tour Company

Kalapana Cultural Tours (KCT) has reported that sometime in the early morning of Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, between 12:30 and 5 a.m., five “specialized” mountain bikes which were locked together at the KCT property in Kalapana were stolen.

“These are the exact same colors and type of bikes and that were stolen from KCT last night or early this morning” said Kalapana Cultural Tours Manager Fred Aiona

“The five bikes were valued at about $2,000 to $3,000” said KCT Co-Owner Andrew Dunn.

KCT President and Co-owner Ikaika Marzo posted the following to Facebook:

“Someone stole our bike’s this morning from my property in Kalapana. Five specialized bikes which were locked together. They had cut the lock and stole my company’s bikes. Anyone with information, please contact me or message me. REWARD! For any info. No questions.”

Anyone with information on the bikes is asked to contact the Hawai‘i Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or contact KCT at (808) 345-4964.

Keaʻau Christmas Lighted Parade, Dec. 9

The 14th annual Keaʻau Christmas Lighted Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. This year’s theme is A Paniolo Christmas.

The night will commence with pre-parade Christmas caroling through the village beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m., followed by the parade at 5:45 p.m. Come and enjoy an evening of music, bright lights and fun for all.

Parade space is still available.

For more information, contact Monica at (808) 895-6288 or email monmac@hawaii.rr.com.

Tiki Festival Draws Hundreds

The Royal Kona Resort was where the action was during day one of First Annual Tiki Festival, Hawai‘i Island, on Thursday, Nov. 16, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.

Entertainer and Promoter Paul “Kozy” Kozak was Thursday night’s master of ceremonies and fans will get a chance to be dazzled by him on the final nights of the festival.

Paul “Kozy” Kozak entertains the crowd on day one of the First Annual Tiki Festival, Hawai‘i Island, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Big Island Now photo.

Hundreds of tiki lovers from all over the island got a chance to meet, greet and purchase tiki art from some of the globally renowned artists that were on hand, such as Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker.

Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker signs an art piece for a fan on day one of the First Annual Tiki Festival, Hawai‘i Island, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Big Island Now photo.

Fans got to relax at the Don the Beachcombers Lounge at the resort while listening to the music of Grammy-nominated musician Henry Kapono.

Henry Kapono had the fans rocking on day one of the First Annual Tiki Festival, Hawai‘i Island, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Big Island Now photo..

Celebrity Chef Sam Choy was on hand as well. Samples of his world-famous poke were quickly snatched up by festivalgoers.

Sam Choy and his world famous poke on day one of the First Annual Tiki Festival, Hawai‘i Island, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Big Island Now photo..

World famous Tattoo Artist Rockwood Ricc was on-hand.

Rockwood Ricc and Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker, two of the Big Islands most talented artists, participated on day one of the First Annual Tiki Festival, Hawai‘i Island, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Big Island Now photo..

The high-profile mainland tiki artists at the festival were Doug Horne, Ken Ruzic and “Big Toe.”

(L–R) Ken Ruznic, “Big Toe,” Parker,Paul “Kozy” Kozak and Doug Horne on day one of the First Annual Tiki Festival, Hawai‘i Island, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Big Island Now photo.

“It’s an honor to be able to bring these high-profile artists to the island for all to enjoy,” said Tiki Shark Parker.

The festival continues on Saturday at The Shops at Mauna Lani, where attendees can enjoy 40 vendors, two tiki bars, food, dance, two bands, and art sales and demonstrations.

Department of Health Conducts TB Testing at Lihikai Elementary School

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is notifying the parents of students and staff members of Lihikai Elementary School on Maui of possible exposure to tuberculosis (TB) at the school. An informational session for affected families and employees will be held next week. Precautionary TB testing will be offered to roughly 80 individuals who may have had exposure.

“The risk of catching TB from someone at school is very low,” said Dr. Elizabeth MacNeill, chief of the DOH Tuberculosis Branch. “TB is not as contagious as many other illnesses such as colds or the flu. Testing may help us find others with early, noncontagious TB and gives us the opportunity to prevent TB for those who might have been exposed. The school screening is an extra measure of safety, and everyone who may have been exposed is being notified.”

DOH conducted an extensive investigation and evaluation of potential contacts and possible exposure immediately after being notified of the active TB case at the end of October. Information on the individual and their case is confidential and protected by law. DOH will be testing only those persons with regular close contact to the patient, and all student families and school employees are receiving a letter describing the situation and whether testing is recommended.

Informational meetings will be held in the cafeteria at Lihikai Elementary School to give families and employees the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their concerns. Meetings will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 2:30 p.m. for school employees, and at 6 p.m. for families and the general public. TB screening at the school is scheduled to begin on Monday, Nov. 27.

TB is a disease that is commonly seen in the lungs and can be spread from person-to- person through the air with close, continuous contact. When a person with active TB disease in the lung or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings, tiny drops containing M. tuberculosis may be spread into the air. If another person inhales these drops, there is a chance that they may become infected with TB. Two forms of TB exist, both of which are treatable and curable:

  1. Latent TB infection – when a person has TB bacteria in their body but the body’s immune system is protecting them and they are not sick. Someone with latent TB infection cannot spread the infection to other people.
  2. Active TB disease – when a person becomes sick with TB because their immune system can no longer protect them from active TB infection. Someone with active TB disease may be able to spread the infection to other people.

For more information on tuberculosis or TB testing, please call the DOH Hawaii Tuberculosis Control Program at 832-5731 or visit http://health.hawaii.gov/tb/.

The Tuberculosis Control Program works to reduce the incidence of TB in the state by providing effective prevention, detection, treatment, and educational services. The program offers diagnosis and treatment of TB; ensures that all cases and suspected cases of TB are identified and appropriate therapy is provided; and provides preventive therapy for patients at high risk of developing TB disease including contacts of active cases, persons who are HIV positive, and those with evidence of untreated TB. Through its clinics located in four counties, the program conducts direct TB services including chest X-ray, sputum smear and culture for mycobacteria, tuberculin skin testing, treatment with anti-tuberculosis therapy, and directly observed therapy.

Hawai‘i Gas Prices on the Rise

Wikicommons photo.

Average retail gasoline prices in Honolulu have risen 4.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.04/g Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 214 gas outlets in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

This compares with the national average that has increased 1.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.55/g.

Including the change in gas prices in Honolulu during the past week, prices on Sunday were 27 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 12.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 8.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 39.8 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on Nov. 12 in Honolulu have ranged widely over the last five years:

  • $2.77/g in 2016
  • $2.72/g in 2015
  • $3.86/g in 2014
  • $3.93/g in 2013
  • $4.11/g in 2012

On average, gas prices across the state $3.54/g, up 17.4 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.37/g.

“If you use gas prices to figure out the time of year it is, you’d probably think it’s spring based on the continued upward trend showing up in much of the country,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “Absent is the beloved fall at the pump that we’re used to that accompanies the fall weather, but apparently this year is playing a trick on motorists. The cheapest price this year was in July while the most expensive showed up after the driving season concluded as Harvey hit, and we may get closer to that mark as gasoline inventories continue to drift to new multi-year lows. It’s been a lousy time for motorists, and I’d expect to see some cut their spending during the holidays as gas prices are up.”

For live fuel price averages, go online.

Emergency Response Exercise at Kona Airport

Emergency response exercise drills will be taking place at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport in Keahole on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, as the airport will serve as the staging area for the Triennial Aircraft Disaster Exercise.

The exercise is a mandatory certification requirement by the Federal Aviation Administration, which tests airfield disaster preparedness and response by simulating a full-scale aircraft emergency disaster. The exercise tests and evaluates the operational capacity of emergency response in a stress environment.

Aircraft Rescue Firefighters cart a simulated victim to the triage area as part of the Triennial Aircraft Disaster Exercise. HDOT Photo

The multi-agency exercise from 8 a.m. to noon will utilize student and teacher volunteers from the West Hawaiʻi Explorations Academy who will act as injured passengers.

Participating agencies include the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division staff, HDOT Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting units, Securitas, FAA, Transportation Security Administration, Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense, Hawaiʻi County Fire and Police Departments, Emergency Medical Services, Kona Community Hospital, American Red Cross, University of the Nations Kona Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), American Medical Response, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaiʻi Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaiʻi Air National Guard 154th Wing, United Airlines and other airline personnel.

Flight operations will continue as normal during the exercise with no impact to scheduled flights.
HDOT alerts the public there will be realistic scenarios portraying injured people on the airport property and may include fire, fire suppression, rescue, triage, treatment and transportation using emergency response vehicles.

This is a drill and not a real-life emergency.

DOH Places 7 Hospital Employees on Off-duty Status Without Pay

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is placing seven Hawaii State Hospital employees on off-duty status without pay pending the investigation of the escape of a patient on Nov. 12. The hospital employees are being notified and will be relieved of their duties for 30 days as the internal investigation continues. As the investigation progresses, more employees may be identified and placed on off-duty status.

The department is committed to a thorough investigation, evaluation and correction of our hospital protocols and procedures to prevent this type of incident from reoccurring. In addition to placing employees on off-duty status, all unescorted on-campus and off-campus privileges have been stopped, visits to Kaneohe Clubhouse have been suspended, all staff have been retrained on the accountability process, security staff have been reassigned, all levels of patient privilege and visitation policies are being reviewed, additional unannounced patient area searches are being conducted, and procurement of additional security fencing is being expedited.

Hilo Native Stars in ‘Kuleana’ at HIFF

Kealani Warner and Kristina Anapau star in “Kuleana.” Courtesy photo.

Kuleana, directed by Brian Kohne, is the opening-night movie at the Hawaii International Film Festival kick-off in Hilo on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theater.

Kristina Anapau (True Blood, Black Swan), one of the film’s stars and executive producers, is a Hilo-native, now living and working in Hollywood.

The film also stars Stefan Schaefer, Sonya Balmores, Vene Chun and Branscombe Richmond.

“Kuleana” is the Hawaiian word for spiritual responsibility. In 1971, few understood the concept of kuleana, as the Hawaiian Renaissance, a reawakening of island culture, had yet to begin and ancient customs and values teetered on the precipice of extinction.

In Kuleana, which takes place on Maui, childhood friends Nohea and Kim share a common nemesis: Kim’s father, Victor Coyle, a real-estate developer who blatantly exploits the land and the people he has managed to usurp and control. Ancestral spirits and modern day warriors also contribute to the fight as Nohea and Kim learn the most important lesson: kuleana is not a burden; it is a privilege.

Burt Sakata and Hawai‘i State Film Commissioner Donne Dawson. Courtesy photo.

Burt Sakata is the production designer for Kuleana and Get a Job, the previous feature comedy from Writer-Director Kohne and Producer Stefan Schaefer.

He will attend the Big Island premiere, introduce the movie and be on-hand for a Q&A sessions after the screening.

Sakata is also a member of the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana since the 1970s. He served as an island commissioner through the 10 years clean-up through 2004.

HIFF will be held from Nov. 16 through 19. As the vanguard forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, HIFF endeavors to recognize new and emerging talent, promote career development and original collaborations through innovative education programs, and facilitate dynamic cultural exchange through the cinema arts.

The Palace Theater is proud to be a part of the Hawaii International Film Festival with 10 full-length films and nine shorts to offer this year, including Kuleana.

Sonya Balmores and Kristina Anapau at the “Kuleana” world premier at the Maui Film Festival. Courtesy photo.

TICKETS: $8 General; $7 Seniors & Students. Purchase a HIFF PASS for $35 and see ALL HIFF films. Tickets can be purchased at the Palace Theater box office or over the phone with a credit card at (808) 934-7010, Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Kealani Warner and Big Island native Kristina Anapau at the O‘ahu Premier of Kuleana at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Courtesy photo.

Burt Sakata and Hawai‘i State Film Commissioner Donne Dawson (also a member of Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana) at the O‘ahu Premier of Kuleana at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Courtesy photo.

The theater is located at 38 Haili St.

Hawaii Ecotourism Association Recertifies Six Big Island Tour Operators

The Hawaii Ecotourism Association has certified more than 45 Hawai‘i tour operators—including six on Hawai‘i Island—and also awarded the 2017 Sustainable Tour Operator of the Year to Trilogy Excursions on Maui on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

The HEA developed Hawai‘i’s only ecotourism certification program to help educate tour operators on the importance of using natural cultural resources, promote sustainable practices and raise awareness among visitors, residents and businesses in Hawai‘i.

“We’ve built sustainability into our tours; giving back to the community and preserving our environment have been an important part of our company and how we operate for over 45 years,” said LiAnne Driessen, director of marketing, sales and media relations at Trilogy Excursions.

In addition to awarding Trilogy Excursions on Maui as the 2017 Sustainable Tour Operator of the Year (see below), HEA also recognized newly certified and recertified operators.

Newly Certified Sustainable Tour Operators

Holokino Hawaii Tours (O‘ahu)

Recertified Sustainable Tour Operators

HAWAI‘I ISLAND
Fair Wind Cruises
Hawaii Forest & Trail
Kohala Zipline
KapohoKine Adventures
Hawaiian Legacy Tours
Atlantis Adventures

OTHER ISLANDS
Atlantis Adventures (Maui, O‘ahu)
Holokai Snorkel and Kayak Adventure (O‘ahu)
Maui Kayak Adventures (Maui)
Hawaiian Paddle Sports (Maui)
Pacific Whale Foundation (Maui)
Kualoa Ranch (O‘ahu)
Pacific Islands Institute (O‘ahu)
Kailua Beach Adventures (O‘ahu)

Pending Final Evaluation – Certified Sustainable Tour Operators
Hoku Hawaii Tours (O‘ahu)
Coral Crater Adventure Park (O‘ahu)

Trilogy Excursions, which runs sailing, snorkel and whale watching tours on Maui, received the award for its ongoing efforts in supporting the principles of sustainable tourism and promoting practices and programs that enhance the local community and environment.

Some of these practices include:

  • Becoming the first company to retrofit its vessels to pump out waste at onshore facilities [instead of in the open ocean]
  • Launching the successful Blue ‘Aina Reef Cleanup Campaign. Since its inception in 2010, the Blue ‘Aina program has conducted 123 reef cleanups along Maui’s coastline, educated the public, and supported numerous ocean-based nonprofits
  • Converting Trilogy V to run completely on biodiesel
  • Undertaking extensive staff trainings and ongoing staff development to ensure high-quality and accurate tours
  • Supporting environmental initiatives that include the elimination of single-use plastics on all vessels, outfitting all vessels with reef friendly sunscreen, and supporting the establishment and ongoing maintenance of a day-use mooring system on Maui.

“We congratulate and applaud Trilogy Excursions on their commitment to providing sustainable tours to better serve our tourism industry,” said Aaron J. Lowe, president of HEA.

 

To be considered for the Sustainable Tour Operator certification, companies are assessed based on the following requirements:

Step 1: Self-Evaluation: Applications must complete and submit a self-assessment checklist, which evaluates their operating principles. Submissions include an administration fee of $200 and supporting document for review.
Step 2: Third Party Evaluation: An HEA evaluator contacts the applicant to review the checklist and schedule an in-person evaluation. The evaluator participates in a tour to verify components of the self-assessment checklist, and rates the applicant on various operating principles.
Step 3: Reporting & Certification: The HEA evaluator submit their findings and all supporting documents to HEA for final approval. If certified, HEA award certification status, and tour operators are recognized at the HEA Annual Luncheon.

About Hawaii Ecotourism Association
Since 1994, HEA has been committed to helping better Hawaii’s travel industry through promoting responsible ecotourism travel and educational tours to conserving the natural and cultural resources in Hawaii. HEA is composed of tour and lodging operators, travel writers, and community organizations. For more information, visit www.hawaiiecotourism.org.

Privateer’s Cove: Adventures in Dining

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Vick Traxler, owner of Privateer’s Cove in Kailua-Kona. Karen Rose photo.

For diners looking for an experience as unique as their food, Privateer’s Cove in Kailua-Kona offers just that and more. Tucked away in the old industrial complex, Privateer’s Cove serves interesting dishes and features exotic meats from around the world.

Even more interesting than the menu, is the founder of Privateer’s Cove, Nick Traxler.

“I wanted a place unlike any other—a living room for my friends,” said Traxler.

The restaurant is indeed unlike any other and Traxler invites guests to dine in his establishment with the understanding they abide by his well-documented rules…

Displayed in extra large print, the rules of Privateer’s Cove are clearly defined for diners so there are no misunderstandings.

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The first posted rule is No Pretension. In other words, customers must be nice and act like adults.

The second rule is no talking on cell phones—no exceptions or excuses accepted.

The third rule is all red meat is cooked medium rare or rare. If a guest prefers their steak cooked more well done, the staff will happily recommend other establishments that will, according to Traxler, “overcook your meat and charge you more.”

The last rule is guests may not speak against men and women in uniform.

Traxler makes his rounds from table to table chatting with customers and sharing stories of his days performing at Renaissance fairs and being a police officer in Arizona. He’s proud to run his business as he sees fit and feels those who don’t care for his style can eat somewhere else. Outspoken and uniquely brazen, he has as much character as his menu.

Speaking of the menu, kangaroo potstickers are a favorite appetizer. Kangaroo meat is shipped in every Wednesday from Sydney, Australia. Traxler donates a portion of the sales from the pot stickers to help benefit the Kealakehe High School Wrestling Team. If kangaroo isn’t your thing, the Truffle Mac & Cheese is a delicious and rich comfort food appetizer.

The American Legion Special is an Alligator and Chicken Étouffée. Part of the proceeds for this entree help support the American Legion Post #20 in Kailua-Kona.

If beef is more your thing, the Port of Helena Filet Mignon is served rare to medium rare with a mushroom red wine and poached egg over mashed potatoes.

For seafood lovers, try the Port of Charleston Shrimps and Hominy, an eclectic take on the classic creamy cornmeal topped with shrimp on homemade garlic sauce.

On Wednesdays, the lunch special is camel burger, which is nicely seasoned and served on a fresh bun.

Privateer’s Cove is a bring-your-own-adult-beverage establishment, so guests are offered the opportunity to pair their exotic meats with their beverage of choice.

If there’s any room left after all the exotic critters, indulge in the creme brûlée or mud pie.

Overall, Traxler’s goal is to make new friends. As it states on his menu, “With almost 7.4 billon people in this world, we should all endeavor to make new friends.”

Privateer’s Cove is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.; closed Sundays.

Call (808) 882-1200.

The restaurant is located at 74-5565 Luhia St in Kailua-Kona.

For more information or to view the menu, visit privateerscove.wixsite.com.

 

Alligator and Chicken Etouffee at Privateer’s Cove in Kailua-Kona. Karen Rose photo.

Filet Mignon at Privateer’s Cove in Kailua-Kona. Karen Rose photo.

A very hungry customer at Privateer’s Cove in Kailua-Kona. Karen Rose photo.

Kangaroo Wontons at Privateer’s Cove in Kailua-Kona. Karen Rose photo.

Rack of Lamb at Privateer’s Cove in Kailua-Kona. Karen Rose photo.

Shrimp and Hominy at Privateer’s Cove in Kailua-Kona. Karen Rose photo.

Kona Job Fair Set for Displaced Island Air Employees

Island Air photo.

In addition to the upcoming Nov. 18 Honolulu Open House for former Island Air employees announced last week, Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed additional job fairs in Kona, Kahului and Līhu‘e.

These sessions are reserved for displaced Island Air workers.

Kona (KOA) interviews for Customer Service Agents and Ramp Agents
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
8:20 a.m.–12:40 p.m. (20-minute interviews)
KOA HA Offices – Check-in at HA ticket counter
Bring two copies of your resume
Must register online at https://calendly.com/hacareers/kona

Līhu‘e (LIH) interviews for Customer Service Agents and Ramp Agents
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
8:20 a.m.–noon (20-minute interviews)
LIH State of Hawaii Mezzanine Conference Room
Bring two copies of your resume
Must register online at https://calendly.com/hacareers/lihue

Kahului (OGG) interviews for Customer Service Agents and Ramp Agents
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
8:20 a.m.–2:40 p.m. (20-minute interviews)
OGG WP Offices – check in at the WP ticket counter
Bring two copies of your resume
Must register online at https://calendly.com/hacareers/kahului

President Trump to Land in Hawaii Tomorrow Morning

President Trump is scheduled to land in Honolulu tomorrow morning, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at the Hickam Airforce Base.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has implemented Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) for the island of O‘ahu for Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


The President is expected to stay on the military base and no roads or traffic will be stopped during his time on O’ahu.

The following operations are not authorized within this TFR: flight training, practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations, parachute operations, ultralight, hang gliding, balloon operations, agriculture/crop dusting, animal population control flight operations, banner towing operations, sightseeing operations, maintenance test flights, model aircraft operations, model rocketry, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and utility and pipeline survey operations.

HPD Charges Pāhoa Man in Connection With Burglary

The Hawaiʻi Island Police Department has charged a 29-year-old Pāhoa man in connection with a burglary of a vacant business building.

At 11:50 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, officers noticed a man in a pickup truck parked between a shipping container and the fence line of a business on Silva Street in Hilo. Police also discovered that the fence was cut and the door to the business had been kicked in. Several items taken from the vacant business were seen in the bed of the truck.

Nicholas Blackwell. HPD photo.

At midnight, police arrested Nicholas Blackwell on suspicion of burglary and he was taken to the Hilo cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continued the investigation.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, police charged Blackwell with second-degree burglary. He remains in the Hilo cellblock in lieu of $2,000 bail pending his initial appearance in South Hilo District Court on Monday, Nov., 13.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have any other information about it is asked to call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Tuck Loy Aurello of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2385 or Tuckloy.Aurello@hawaiicounty.gov.

This information was provided by the authorities. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Winners Named in 2017 Kona Coffee Cupping Competition

Judges at the 2017 Kona Coffee Cupping Competition assessed entries according to a new scoring system this year. The competition was held at Daylight Mind Coffee Company. Courtesy photo.

Three winners claimed victory in the 2017 Kona Coffee Cupping Competition. Pele Plantations won the Commercial Division; Castaway Bay Kona Coffee took the Artisanal Division’s Heritage Profile and Onila Farms captured the win in the Artisanal Division’s Modern Profile.

The winners were selected from 76 entries using a new scoring system that departed from national standards and emphasized regional characteristics specific to Kona coffee. Judges used a 10-point intensity scale to parse the subtle differences between brews in two new flavor profiles: Heritage Profile, a classic Kona Coffee profile; and Modern Profile, one that would be celebrated by modern, specialty coffee consumers. Judges rated entries according to acidity, body, coffeeness, sweetness, floral, complexity and defects.

“There’s a wide range of profiles that we are tasting this year,” said Kona Coffee Cupping Judge Andrew Hetzel. “We have more traditional coffees and we have a lot of dried, natural processed coffee that we are tasting as well, which is something that didn’t exist here in Kona five or six years ago.”

The two-day competition was held at Daylight Mind Coffee Company in Kona as part of the 47th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. It was overseen by an internationally recognized panel of cupping judges that included:

  • Ian Fretheim, Café Imports, Director of Sensory Analysis
  • Madeleine Longoria-Garcia, Four Seasons Hualalai, Head Barista, Pacific Coffee Research Q Grader
  • Miguel Meza, Paradise Coffee Roasters, Director of Coffee Quality
  • Andrew Hetzel, Coffee Strategies, Coffee Policy and Market Consultant
  • Hideki Mike, Ueshima Coffee (UCC Hawai‘i) Corp., Store and Sales Manager
  • Kelleigh Stewart, Big Island Coffee Roasters and Paradise Roasters, Head Roaster and Q Grader

“Congratulations to the winners of this year’s competition,” said Valerie Corcoran, Kona Coffee Cultural Festival President. “Every year, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival looks forward to this important event that really helps Kona carry forward the legacy and culture behind our cup of famous brew. Our coffee harvest is as unique as the many hands that grow it, and we are so proud to lead the harvest celebration.”

Temporary Flight Restrictions Ordered for O‘ahu, Nov. 14

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has implemented Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) for the island of O‘ahu for Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this Notice to Airmen (NOTAM).

Except as specified below and/or unless authorized by air traffic control in consultation with the air traffic security coordinator via the domestic events network (DEN), all aircraft operations within the 10 NMR area(s) seen above, known as the inner core(s), are prohibited except for:

Approved law enforcement, military aircraft directly supporting the United States Secret Service (USSS) and the office of the president of the United States, approved air ambulance flights, and regularly scheduled commercial passenger and all-cargo carriers operating under one of the following TSA-Approved standard security programs/procedures: aircraft operator standard security program (AOSSP), full all-cargo aircraft operator standard security program (FACAOSSP), model security program (MSP), twelve five standard security program (TFSSP) all cargo, or all-cargo international security procedure (ACISP) and are arriving into and/or departing from 14 cfr part 139 airports. All emergency/life saving flight (medical/law enforcement/firefighting) operations must coordinate with ATC prior to their departure at (808) 840-6563 to avoid potential delays.

For operations within the airspace between the 10 nmr and 30 nmr area(s) shown above, known as the outer ring(s): All aircraft operating within the outer ring(s) listed above are limited to aircraft arriving or departing local airfields, and workload permitting, ATC may authorize transit operations. Aircraft may not loiter. All aircraft must be on an active IFR or filed VFR flight plan with a discrete code assigned by an air traffic control (ATC) facility. Aircraft must be squawking the discrete code prior to departure and at all times while in the TFR and must remain in two-way radio communications with ATC.

The following operations are not authorized within this TFR: flight training, practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations, parachute operations, ultralight, hang gliding, balloon operations, agriculture/crop dusting, animal population control flight operations, banner towing operations, sightseeing operations, maintenance test flights, model aircraft operations, model rocketry, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and utility and pipeline survey operations.

AA recommends that all aircraft operators check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes to this TFR prior to operations within this region.

TMT Primary Mirrors Enter Production Phase

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) has entered into a contract with Coherent Inc., a provider of lasers and laser-based technology, to polish its U.S. manufactured primary mirrors, marking a major production milestone.

The metrology device used in the polishing process of Roundel production, Coherent’s Two Dimensional Profilometer (2DP), is shown above in a special-use case where it is validating the active warping of the Polished Mirror Assembly (PMA). PC: TMT International Observatory

TMT, with its thirty-meter diameter primary mirror and a collecting area greater than all other optical telescopes on Maunakea combined, is the largest optical/near-infrared telescope planned for the Northern Hemisphere.

Under the terms of the contract, Coherent will precisely contour and polish the optical surfaces of 230 mirror segments to the accuracy of less than 1/50th of the width of a human hair. The remaining segments, including spare segments, are being provided by TMT’s international partners Japan, China and India.

Coherent will use a unique “Stressed Mirror Polishing” (SMP) technique, a process refined jointly with TMT, for the production of the polished mirror segments. The Stressed Mirror Polishing uses specially designed fixtures that apply precise forces to the mirrors during their fabrication. The Ohara ClearCeram blank is warped into an aspheric shape, then accurately polished into a smooth spherical surface using a conventional polishing technique. The forces are released after polishing, and the mirror relaxes into the desired aspheric shape.

SMP methodology was originally developed for the construction of the Keck telescope primary mirror, led by the late TMT Project Scientist, Jerry Nelson. This process both reduces the cost of polishing and improves the smoothness of the resulting optical surfaces. Nelson’s revolutionary concept of segmented mirrors replacing a single large collecting aperture has been used worldwide for several large telescopes that cannot be created using a single optical element, including the James Webb Space Telescope.

Waiānuenue Resurfacing Begins Nov. 13

Resurfacing work on Waiānuenue Avenue will start from Kamehameha Avenue intersection and proceed to Ka‘iulani Street beginning on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

Motorists heading in the mauka direction from Kamehameha Avenue to Kino‘ole Street will be redirected to Wailuku Drive as a one-way travel pattern on Waiānuenue Avenue in the makai direction will be in effect.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution as emergency response vehicles will be allowed to travel in both directions through the work zone at all times.

Travel lanes from Keawe Street to Wailuku Drive will remain open.

The one-way travel restriction will be in effect from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and travel in both directions will be restored at the end of the workday. Normal traffic patterns in this area will be restored once the project has proceeded past the Kino‘ Street and Waiānuenue Avenue. intersection.

Special off-duty police officers will be in the area to facilitate traffic movement during the lane closures and lane shifts. Motorists are advised to expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes.

Questions or concerns, contact Information and Education Specialist Barett Otani at (808) 961-8787.