Mayor Billy Kenoi Declares Oct. 6, “Duty, Honor, America Tour Day”

The Duty, Honor, America Tour concluded it’s national tour today on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Duty, Honor, America Tour

Hawaii County Planning Director Bobby Jean Leithead Todd presents the proclamation that Mayor Billy Kenoi declared stating that October 6th, is Duty, Honor, America Tour Day to Support the Troops. (Photo Courtesy of Melissa D'Angelo)

Hawaii County Planning Director Bobby Jean Leithead-Todd presented them with a proclamation from Mayor Billy Kenoi declaring today, Oct. 6, “Duty, Honor, America Tour Day” to support the troops and Doug Adams and his wife Deb Lewis were given a proclamation announcing it at a small party held for them at the Shipman office in Keaau this evening when they completed the final stop of their nationwide tour.

Mayor Billy Kenoi declares Oct. 6, Duty, Honor, America day to support the troops

Hawaii County Planning Director Bobby Jean Leithead Todd presents the proclamation that Mayor Billy Kenoi declared stating that October 6th, is Duty, Honor, America Tour Day to Support the Troops. (Photo Courtesy of Melissa D'Angelo)

Tonight was the end of a year long trip around the United States for Two veterans, Doug (Cyclist) and his wife Deb (CEO-Chief Everything Officer), with their little dog Daisy (Boss), who embarked the 7th of October 2010 on a year-long cycling tour of the United States to educate and inspire Americans to pay attention to what REALLY helps our veterans, military & families.

The End of the Duty of Honor Tour

Tom English shaking hands with Doug Adams as he completes the final leg of the Duty of Honor Tour (Photo Courtesy of Melissa D'Angelo)

I’ve been told by Doug’s cousin, Big Island resident Melissa D’Angelo, that  folks lined the Highway and waved flags as they made their final leg of the tour.

The end of an exciting journey (Photo Courtesy of Melissa D'Angelo)

Here is more information on the tour:

How did you pick your route for the Duty, Honor, America Tour?
Why are you embarking on this tour?
How long are you staying in each town and what opportunities are you looking for while there?
How can we get the DHA Tour to come to our town?
How can people track you each day?
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Two focus areas that are mutually supporting are…

Cooking Channel to Feature the Flavors of the Big Island and Oahu Beginning Next Week

Hawaii is truly paradise… from picture postcard rainbows to the best surf and beaches and astounding volcanoes! And be prepared to be amazed by the food.  The Cooking Channel discovers the best the Big Island and Oahu have to offer, as well as the stories and passion behind the dishes during the Month of October.

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Christian Self mixes up a $10,000 winning mai tai at the 2010 Don the Beachcombers Mai Tai Mix Off

Kick it off with a Mai Tai from star bar chef Christian Self at Honolulu’s Waikiki EDITION hotel. Then head over to legendary 4 star chef Alan Wong’s restaurant and then the small gem Town, with up and coming chef Ed Kenney.

Follow that up with the best farm-raised Wagyu beef at Merriman’s Waimea, and a seafood odyssey at the Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar, and we’ve got the main courses covered! And of course there’s plate lunch at Helena’s and some sweet Hawaiian treats, mochi and Kona coffee. Plus, a Kanack Attack and a major Luau… Aloha!

The show will air at least five times before the end of October (times listed are Eastern):

  • October 11, 2011 9:00 PM
  • October 11, 2011 1:00 AM
  • October 16, 2011 11:00 PM
  • October 16, 2011 3:00 AM
  • October 23, 2011 8:00 AM

The production visited a number of locations on both islands, which ones made the cut and which got left on the editing room floor remains to be seen.  Here’s where they shot at:



Big Island Police Searching for Missing 17-Year-Old Volcano Girl

UPDATE: Big Island police have located 17-year-old Keala Enos, who was reported missing. She was found in good health Thursday (February 16) in Volcano.

Big Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Volcano girl who was reported missing.

Keala Enos

Keala Enos

Keala Enos was last seen in Hilo on September 2. She is described as 5-foot-5, 130-135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing jeans, a tourquoise tank top and a white jacket.

She may be on Oahu in the Waianae area.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

New Zipline Adventure Opens on the Big Island – The Kohala Canopy Adventure

Kohala Zipline swings into action this month with a new pure tree experience, the Kohala Canopy Adventure. This thrilling aerial trek captivates and challenges your senses while leaving you feeling you have accomplished something you may have never dared to try before.  Built on two decades of award winning guided adventures, Hawaii Forest & Trail delivers this nature-based elevated inspiration with style. The canopy course design is a tree-to-tree experience that features 5 elevated suspension bridges, 14 soaring tree platforms, 9 thrilling ziplines and 2 rappels.

Kohala Zipline

Kohala Zipline

World Class Canopy Course Builders Working in Harmony with Nature The Kohala Canopy Adventure embraces the captivating beauty and history of Kohala’s Halawa Gulch with platforms built in towering trees that connect each zipline and allow guests to absorb the trainquility of a meandering stream, ancient taro fields and the forest floor below. These eight dual-cable, single-rider and one dual-cable tandem rider ziplines were constructed by a team of expert canopy course builders from Colorado and Costa Rica.

The platforms and elevated sky bridges use lumber milled from trees on site with minimal impact to the forest. “The serenity and natural beauty of this site really speaks for itself.  Leaving as much of the canopy intact to create a nature based tour was our biggest challenge and we’re really excited about the outcome of this project.  It is one of the highest quality sites I’ve had an opportunity to work on,” states Victor Gallo, Co-Founder of Adventure Playground, and Site Construction Manager for Kohala Zipline.  “We wanted to honor the site by having as little disturbance as possible among these 100 year old trees.”

Kohala Zipline

Kohala Zipline


Along with creating an aerial trekking course that raises the bar on adventure tours, Kohala Zipline installed the latest safety features available today.  Beginning with redundant attachment points throughout the trek, guests also enjoy being guided by professionally certified Zipline Guides, showing that safety is truly a priority.

Kohala Ziplines

Kohala Ziplines

Kohala Zipline uses a twin line cable system with two trolleys, one secured on the top line and one secured on the bottom line.  Each line is constructed of aircraft-grade galvanized steel and coated with a proprietary polymer blend that reduces line noise by more than 50%. Kohala Zipline is Hawaii’s only course to use WhisperLinesSM, which allows guests to hear the distinctive sounds of the forest rather than line noise.

“Our guests feel really safe and comfortable being able to utilize the customized ‘participant control system’ for braking rather then the typical gravity brake other operators employ. This improved system allows the riders to control speed and orientation, making them true participants in their adventure, not simply along for the ride,” says Rob Pacheco, co-founder of Kohala Zipline. And, like other state-of-the-art safety systems found throughout the adventure, the redundant guide operated braking system is always in place in the event the rider needs assistance coming to a safe and smooth stop.

Kohala Zipline

Kohala Zipline equipment

The Kohala Canopy Adventure takes guests from 8 years to 80 years old on a 3 hour adventure into a natural wonderland where riders are initiated with a short-course zipline that allows time for individual training in technique, proper positioning, hand braking and movement from platform to platform. As participants continue through the aerial course, ziplines increase in length and speed, ranging from about 110 feet to the memorable 1,100 foot course finale; a dual-rider, side-by-side zipline that stretches out over the Kohala Ditch flume some 75 feet below. By the time the rider’s feet are back on solid ground, nearly a mile will have passed underneath.

For more information or to book a Kohala Canopy Adventure call Kohala Zipline at 808-331-3620 or visit