Second Annual Mr. and Miss Polynesia Pacific

Mr. and Miss Polynesia

Bids Open for Hilo Municipal Golf Course Concessions

Bids are now open for the proposal and specifications for a concession for food and beverage service as well as the golf pro shop at the Hilo Municipal Golf Course:

Hilo Municipal Golf

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Retired Military Group “Mission: Readiness” to Highlight Hawaii Obesity Rates in Children

The group, “Mission: Readiness,” is expected to release a report Wednesday calling for Hawaii schools to provide healthier meals since four out of 10 young adults in the islands are either overweight or obese.

A group of retired military leaders concerned about young people nationwide being too fat to join the armed services is focusing on Hawaii’s obesity rates and want to see healthier meals served in schools.

Forty-two percent of young people in Hawaii ages 17 to 24 were overweight and a vast majority of them wouldn’t be allowed to join the military, according to a report expected to be released Wednesday by Mission: Readiness, a group of more than 200 retired generals, admirals and other senior military leaders.

The group drew attention last when it released a national report last year titled, “Too Fat to Fight,” claiming overweight children are a threat to national security. Similar state-specific reports have been released in Kentucky, where 51 percent of young people were overweight, and in Georgia, where that figure was 44 percent. The focus is now on Hawaii because of the large military population here, said Mike Kiernan, the group’s spokesman.

More Here: Report Highlights Hawaii Obesity

I clipped the following from their website:

Snapshot of the Mission Readiness website

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day – Friday, September 9th

September 9th is International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Awareness Day.  This worldwide movement is to raise awareness about the largest known, and entirely preventable, cause of mental retardation and developmental disabilities – fetal alcohol exposure during pregnancy.  FAS Awareness Day begins in many nations with bell-ringing at 9:09 a.m. local time.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness DayOn Hawaii Island, the Children’s Research Triangle will be hosting an event at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kailua-Kona in conjunction with the Mayor’s office.  County of Hawaii Mayor Billy Kenoi will provide the introduction for the morning, followed by speakers and informational tables by local support agencies.  Refreshments will also be served.

Flags will be on display, representing more then 1,000 positive screens to date. The Hawaii CRT team has been working with local healthcare providers to screen pregnant women to identify alcohol use during pregnancy.  A positive screen is a mother who admits to using substances during their pregnancy.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day

Elsewhere on the Island, providers will support the day with posters in their offices.  Banners, posters and flyers will also be displayed in visible areas around the various communities, with informational tables in Kamuela, Kohala, Waikoloa, Honokaa and Hilo. Groups are urged to join in with bell-ringing, a coffee break, planned activity or simply talking story about this important issue for our Island families

Kona Crime Prevention Police Officer of the Year Luncheon

Hawaii Police Department

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee’s Officer of the Year luncheon will be held on Wednesday, September 14, at 11:45 AM at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua Kona.

Every month the Kona Crime Prevention Committee honors a Hawai’i County Police officer for their outstanding performance in the line of duty.  They are Carrie Akina, Scotty Aloy, Sharlotte Bird, Calvin Delaries, Ellsworth Fontes, Bradley Freitas, Erich Jackson, Jeremy Scotty Lewis, William Marciniak, Marco Segobia, and Sean Smith.  Each of these Officers of the Month is eligible to participate in the Officer of the Year selection and will be introduced at this luncheon.

Members of the community have donated gifts and/or sponsorship for these officers every month and for this event. Donations are welcomed. The Officer of the Year Luncheon is $35.00 and reservations must be made with Liz Holey Lholey@hawaii.rr.com or phone 443-7708 by September 12.

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee is celebrating its 40th year, as it continues to encourage and support our police department in their efforts to prevent crime, deter potential criminals and enforce our laws. The Committee also provides needed police equipment for use by our Kona District Officers when Department funds cannot support those needs, as well as raising funds to support Kona DARE, Kona PAL and police education projects. Their monthly luncheons are open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Coming Up – Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week

More than 20 restaurants are participating in Kailua Village Business Improvement District’s 2nd Annual Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week September 18 through 24. Participating restaurants will offer specially crafted dinner menus throughout Historic Kailua Village priced at $20, $30 or $40 per person. Additional special values will be offered at quick service dining establishments.

Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week

“We’re pleased that with so many restaurant choices, dining out during Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week truly delivers excellent values. We’re also excited about the innovative three-course dinner menus we’re seeing planned,” said KVBID President Eric von Platen Luder. “Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week is an ideal time to return to the water’s edge, support a favorite restaurant one night and visit a new one another night.”

Participating restaurants currently include Bistro Yokohama, Blazin Steaks Kona, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Cathee’s Kitchen, Dave’s Ice Cream, Don the Beachcomber, Huggo’s, Huggo’s On The Rocks, Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse, Island Lava Java, Kona Brewing Company, Kona Canoe Club, Kona Inn Restaurant, Krua Thai Cuisine, Mike’s Just Barbecuing, Quinn’s Almost By the Sea, Splasher’s Grill, Tante’s Restaurant, The Fish Hopper Seafood & Steak and Ultimate Burger.

Anheuser Busch Sales of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, HFM Foodservice and West Hawaii Today are partnering with KVBID as supporting sponsors of Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week. The event officially begins Sunday, September 18 in conjunction with Kokua Kailua, when Alii Drive becomes a festive pedestrian-only marketplace. To launch Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week, Hawaiian reggae songstress Paula Fuga, who has collaborated with the likes of Jack Johnson and Ziggy Marley, will perform a free concert at September’s Kokua Kailua beginning at 5pm.

Log on to www.HistoricKailuaVillage.com for complete details and a link for a sneak peak at menu offerings posted to date. Check back often as restaurants continue to add their Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week menus to the site.

Pyramid Hotel Group Selected to Manage Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa

Pyramid Hotel Group has been selected to oversee resort management of the 519-room oceanfront Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Set on 22 acres on scenic Keauhou Bay, every room at Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa features spectacular ocean or mountain views, private lanai and signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® beds. The property is celebrated as the home of the Big Island’s longest waterslide that spills into a freshwater pool complete with sandy-bottom children’s play area. Additional recreation options include ocean sports, tennis, basketball, volleyball and nearby golf. Its inviting tropical ambience includes a weekly luau, the island-inspired Ho’ola Spa, inventive local dining, and more than 60,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, including the dedicated Bayside Chapel and Bayside Wedding Lawn.

The Manta Ray Super Pool & Slide is a centerpiece at Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa.

The Manta Ray Super Pool & Slide is a centerpiece at Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa

“We are delighted to add Sheraton Keauhou Resort & Spa to our management portfolio,” said Jim Dina, Pyramid’s Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to ensuring that the resort is a top choice for kamaaina and visitors alike, whether they are on vacation, planning a memorable wedding or family reunion, or organizing a productive business meeting in this spectacular setting.”

“This is the perfect opportunity to refine an oceanfront gem in ways that match its spectacular setting and better engage the heartfelt spirits of our associates,” said Steven Lindburg, newly appointed Area Managing Director and General Manager of Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa. “An important priority is that the entire team of dedicated hospitality professionals at Sheraton Keauhou Bay plays active and rewarding roles in the Kona community in ways that resonate with our guests and area residents.”

A multi-million dollar guest room and public areas reinvigoration will soon be underway at this place of “new beginnings,” the Hawaiian meaning for Keauhou. Meanwhile, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa has added new cultural activities for guests and the public to enjoy, including complimentary twice-weekly guided tours of the cultural preserve area adjacent to the resort. The tours enhance guests’ appreciation and understanding of the area’s importance in Hawaiian history.

Other guest activities now include lei making, hula and story-telling around a shoreline fire pit while enjoying s’mores. Daily pastimes vary and might also include rubber duckie races down the slide, water volleyball, and arts and crafts. Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa also debuted a new teens-only hangout called Club Le’ale’a (“fun”) with Xbox and Wii games. The resort has also revamped its locally-focused menus to better showcase the island’s bounty.

Learn more at www.SheratonKeauhou.com.

Coming Up – Kanu Hawaii and Yelp Eat Local Challenge

Kanu Hawaii and Yelp collaborate on Yelp Eats Local — a week-long restaurant promotion with a great philanthropic angle — as part of the third annual Eat Local Challenge this September.

Yelp Kanu Hawaii eat local challenge
During Yelp Eats Local week (Sept. 19-25), 11 businesses will donate a portion of the proceeds from special, locally sourced menu items to Kanu Hawaii. The participating restaurants are: Brasserie Du Vin, Chai’s Island Bistro, He‘eia Kea Pier, Hula Grill Waikiki, J.J. Dolan’s, Pah Ke’s Chinese Restaurant, SOUL, Stage Restaurant, Sushi ii, Thirtyninehotel, Tiki’s Grill & Bar. Menus for the week can be found at: http://www.kanuhawaii.org/challenge/partners/?id=16

Kanu Hawaii’s third annual Eat Local Challenge engages thousands of island residents to build a more sustainable, secure, and healthy local food system. Building on the successes of the past two years, the Eat Local Challenge grows from one week to the entire month of September.

“This means two committed and powerful online and mobile communities coming together to support the local economy and boost the food movement,” said Emi Hart, Yelp Honolulu community manager, “We all look forward to seeing what thousands of residents networked by Kanu and Yelp can do to change our island for the better.”

During Yelp Eats Local week, the 11 participating businesses will support the Yelp community and Kanu Hawaii by highlighting locally sourced menu offerings.

• The menu offering features locally grown fare such as a 100% locally grown entree, salad, appetizer and/or dessert.
• A $10 donation is made to Kanu Hawaii for every Yelper that spends at least $30 when they visit during the week. (Yelpers should let servers know they are participating, and drop their receipts in a ballot box provided by Yelp.)

“This is a big win for Hawaii as far as food sustainability goes,” said Kasha Ho, Kanu community organizer. “Engaging the Yelp community to participate with their wallets and forks in the Eat Local Challenge is a monumental win for our local farmers and restaurants.”

Kanu invites Hawaii to make a commitment to taking action in support of a healthy, sustainable, secure food system. Recipes, guides and deals from Eat Local restaurants and market partners are available on Kanu’s website to help support challenge commitments. To take part in the Eat Local Challenge, Kanu Hawaii suggests making a commitment at www.kanuhawaii.org/eatlocal

Eat Local Challenge events and details are listed on online: http://kanu.me/ELCevents

Founded in 2007, Kanu Hawai‘i is a nonprofit organization with a mission to encourage and support environmental and social change. Its 14,000 members make individual commitments as simple as I will take shorter showers or I will buy local. To make a commitment and help grow the movement, go to www.kanuhawaii.org.

Yelp was founded in 2004 to help people connect with great local businesses. Yelp had more than 58 million unique visitors last month and yelpers have written more than 20 million reviews worldwide, making Yelp the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth reviews on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists.

St. Michael the Archangel Feast Day Celebration in Kona

Multi-cultural food, carnival game booths, keiki activities, continuous entertainment, a country store and silent auction are part of the family fun at the annual St. Michael the Archangel Feast Day Celebration. The community is invited to the 10 a.m.-3 p.m. fundraiser on Sunday, September 25 at Hale Halawai and the grounds of St. Michael’s Church.

Admission is free and proceeds from food sales and keiki activities benefit the Parish Building Fund to build a new church campus. Built in 1850, St. Michael the Archangel Church was damaged beyond repair during the October 2006 earthquake and subsequently decommissioned and demolished in November of 2009. The Kailua congregation continues to worship in a tent and has not yet realized its building fund goals.

Festivities for the Feast Day Celebration begin at the 9 a.m. mass with a special liturgy in honor of St. Michael, the parish’s patron saint. The service will showcase the congregation’s rich ethnic heritage when members of various cultures participate in the Presentation of Gifts in traditional dress.

At Hale Halawai, sample the cuisine of Hawaii, the Philippines, Thailand, Germany, Mexico, Samoa, Japan, China, Vietnam, Hungary, Korea, Lebanon and Italy at A Taste of St. Michael’s. Attendees can build their own plate lunch from a wide array of homemade a la carte specialties. Enjoy pad thai, sopasui, adobo, pancit, laulau, Hungarian sausage, Portuguese bean soup, tamales, tabouli, and Polish golumpki. Food can be purchased using scrip available at the festival.

Find fresh pies and pastries, jellies and jams, pickled veggies and plants at the festival’s country store. A 100 percent Kona Coffee Bar offers brews from local growers.

Purchase of a $5 bracelet allows keiki unlimited times in the Bouncy Castle, Slip and Slide and a hot dog and drink. Pony rides will also be available, along with fun carnival game booths offering prizes.

Gary Haleamau headlines the continuous entertainment, which include a Youth Talent Show offering cash prizes. A silent auction—touting gift baskets, jewelry, dining certificates and original paintings by Mac McKenna—will benefit the Youth Ministry’s trip for the LA Religious Education Congress in 2012.

St. Michael the Archangel Church is part of the North Kona Catholic Community that includes Immaculate Conception Church in Holualoa, St. Paul’s Church in Honalo, St. Peter’s Church in Keauhou and Holy Rosary Church in Kalaoa. NKCC serves over 1,500 families and a steady stream of visitors, many who return year after year. Phone 808-326-7771 or visit onecatholicohana.org.

Lawsuit Claims Bank of America Calls Honolulu Widow 48 Times a Day Seeking Mortgage Payment

Interesting lawsuit and talk about a persistent collections agent!

A Hawaii woman is suing Bank of America for allegedly calling her up to 48 times a day for her mortgage payment after her husband died of cancer.

The 63-year-old woman, Deborah Crabtree of Honolulu, claims the bank’s “robo-calling” debt collectors rang her phone every 15 minutes, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

It all started Aug. 3 of last year, the day after Crabtree’s husband died. Bank of America called Crabtree to request the monthly loan payment on one of her two mortgages. The couple’s mortgage payments, totaling nearly $3,000, were due on the first of the month.

According to the lawsuit, Crabtree told the bank that she had only $5,000 for her expenses, which included burying her husband and preparing for his wake. She said she had asked for 30 days to get everything in order and promised to pay as soon as she received her husband’s life insurance benefit.

More here: Bank called widow 45 times a day, lawsuit says

Video on Salvation Army’s Youth Intervention Program in Hilo

Stories of real young people helped by The Salvation Army’s youth intervention program in Hilo, HI

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Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Seeking Applicants

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Over the past 16 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to 413 middle and high school students across Hawaii for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities. This week the search begins to identify more young Hawaii residents who have made meaningful contributions to their communities over the past 12 months, as the prestigious awards program kicks off its 17th year.

Kailua-Kona and Waialua Youth Were Hawaii Honorees in 2011.

These awards, presented nationwide by Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honor outstanding community service by young people in grades 5 through 12.

Prudential Community Spirit Awards

“Since creating this program in 1995, we’ve been amazed every year by the stories of young volunteers and their outstanding acts of community service,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “We’re delighted to honor these role models and hold them up as examples of how young people can change their communities for the better.”

Young volunteers can apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com or at www.nassp.org/spirit . Applications must be completed by November 1, 2011, and then submitted to a middle or high school principal, Girl Scout council, county 4-H agent, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA, or affiliate of the HandsOn Network. Those without Internet access can get a paper version of the application form by calling 877-525-8491 toll-free.

Participating schools and local organizations will select Local Honorees in early November and present them with Certificates of Achievement. These Local Honorees also will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama if they have contributed the minimum number of volunteer hours to qualify (50 hours for age 14 and younger, 100 hours for older students). All Local Honorees are then reviewed by a state-level judging committee, which will name the top two candidates from each state and the District of Columbia — one high school student and one middle level student — as State Honorees on February 7, 2012. These State Honorees will receive $1,000 awards, engraved silver medallions, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent for four days of recognition events May 5-8, 2012. Runners-up at the state level will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.

In Washington, a distinguished national selection committee will name 10 of the 102 State Honorees as America’s top youth volunteers of the year. These National Honorees will receive additional awards of $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit, charitable organizations of their choice.

Natalie Mohr, 18, of Kailua-Kona and Carly Button, 14, of Waialua were Hawaii’s top youth volunteers for 2011. Natalie, Hawaii’s top high school youth volunteer, was honored for being a key volunteer for the past six years at an exotic wildlife sanctuary, where she took care of injured animals, assisted with surgical procedures, and educated others about endangered species. Carly, Hawaii’s top middle level volunteer, was recognized for co-founding a nonprofit organization in 2008 that has raised more than $63,000 to help disadvantaged children around the world.

“It’s an honor to recognize these remarkable students and share their stories of selfless community service,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “These volunteers are the leaders of tomorrow, and they give us great hope for the future.”

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on community service, and has honored nearly 100,000 young volunteers at local, state and national levels since 1995. The awards program also is conducted by Prudential subsidiaries in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland and India.

NASSP is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking, and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level and high school leaders to continually improve student performance. Reflecting its longstanding commitment to student leadership development as well, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit www.nassp.org .

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