Pictures From the 6th Annual Peace Day Parade

Today was the 6th Annual Peace Day Parade and Festival held in Honoka’a here on the Big Island.  This parade is typically one of the more colorful parades on the Big Island and this year it lived up to its reputation.

Mayor Kenoi, County Council Candidate Margarette Wille, Mayoral Candidate Harry Kim and County Council Candidate Valerie Poindexter were present

This group called the “Prince Dancers” won my vote for for most enthusiastic and spirited:

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You can click on the pictures below for a larger image from today’s festivities:

17th Annual Taste of the Hawaiian Range – I Don’t Have Balls

Last night at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, the 17th Annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range took place under a spectacular West Hawaii sunset where more then 35 restaurants took part in a great event.

Kahu Danny Akaka Jr. Blessed the Festival and Mayor Kenoi cut the Maile allowing the public in to the 17th Annual Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range

The purpose of the Taste of the Hawaiian Range is to promote an educational venue to encourage and support local production of agricultural products through social, cultural and scientific exchanges featuring a diverse array of talents brought together for the purpose of developing an ethos of compatibility, tranquility and sustainability with this land we cohabitate.

Students learning about nutritional benefits of grass-fed beef.

Before the Taste even began students had an opportunity to attend educational seminars.  Joannie Dobbs gave a nutrition seminar, talking about the nutritional benefits of grass-fed beef.  After that seminar was over, folks moved over to the next Ballroom where they learned how to cook perfect Tri-Tip.

Perfect Tri-Tip

The Seminar on “How to Cook Grass-Fed Beef” with Chef James Babian was held to a full house!

Seminar – “How to Cook Grass-Fed Beef” with Chef James Babian

Around 5:00 Kumu Danny Akaka Jr. called everyone’s attention and officially blessed the festival and the food… then the VIP’s and the Media got a first hand chance to grind down on some of this food!

Kamehameha Schools – Beef (Steamship Round)

The booth that I personally liked the most was the Kamehameha Schools booth that were giving out Fajitas made with Steamship Round meat that had been cooking all day.

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The booth that seemed to be real popular with the crowd in general had Food Network Star Ippy Aiona as one of the cooks at his booth set up by Solimenes Restaurant in Waimea.

Ippy Aiona takes a break from the grill

I noticed a crowd forming around the booth set up by Honolulu Burger Company as they appeared to be the first restaurant that was ready to put out food… however, I remembered what they were serving and I told myself I wouldn’t do it… as yes… those were the Mountain Oysters!

West Hawaii Today Journalist Chelsea Jensen sure is “nuts” for balls!

Many folks think this festival is all about the Big Island’s meat industry but in reality there was just as much agriculture related stuff as there were meat products.

Its not all about the meat! Mahalo “Kamuela Grown” for donating this produce to Hawaii Island Food Bank

While some folks called me chicken for not trying things like Mountain Oysters or the Beef Heart that was prepared by Aloha Mondays…

So this is what cooked beef heart looks like?

I did get my taste buds to try out cow tongue for the first time… and needless to say, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

12th Ave Grill prepared beef tongue

Out of 35 restaurants that were present, I think I had plates from about 15-20 of them so needless to say I was full by the time I left there.  I have to say that another of my favorites that I had a couple plates from was the Hilton Waikoloa Villages preparation of Beef Brisket!

Beef Brisket from the Hilton Waikoloa

The Four Season’s Hualai selection of tri-tip was also a hit amongst people at the Taste.

Four Season’s Tri-Tip

Now that I think about it… there was one other thing that I didn’t try and it was more like I was avoiding it and that was the beef cheek that was served by the Fairmont Orchid.

Executive Sous Chef Stephen Rouelle offers me some cheek!

I asked the folks at the Taste how restaurants get picked to cook what part of the animal they do each year and I was told, “Our Meat Assignment Committee says they randomly assign meat cuts to different chefs, taking into consideration that chefs don’t get the same cut within a 10-year time frame. New chefs (8 this year) are worked into the mix and assigned one of 22 GFB cuts, or lamb, mutton, goat, feral or commercial pork.”

Out of all the tri-tips and sirloin tips and other cuts of meat that I had.. I really enjoyed the students from East Hawaii Community Colleges beef sirloin tip.

East Hawaii Community Colleges Sirloin Tips

I had never tried “Mutton” before, but  I heard it was good from someone and I bellied up and tried it.  Unfortunately it looks like I’m not a mutton guy!

Mutton from the Town Cafe

I’ve tried goat once before and didn’t really like it, the way that the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel cooked it as a slider made it taste better then the time I had tried it before.

Got Goat from the Mauna Lani Bay

I was getting pretty full by the time I got around to trying the feral pork that was being served Lechon style, but one thing I noticed, was that it did taste a bit more “gamey” then non feral pork but the taste wasn’t that noticeable.

This little piggy didn’t make it away from the cooks at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

My stomach could only eat so much meat in a few hours… so after having some soda and sitting for a while… I decided to get one last thing before I went up to my room and it was this slider made from beef flank from Village Burger.

I ended up taking this beef flank slider back to my room because I was too stuffed!

It was a great time had by all supporting island food sustainability.  You can find website links to many of the restaurants, food producers and educational displays that participated in this years Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range by visiting their website here: www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com

3rd Annual Hawaii Fashion Week Featuring Mr. & Miss Polynesia Pageant

The 3rd Annual Hawai‘i Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow, Sunday, September 23rd, with the Mr. & Miss Polynesia Pageant at the Hale Koa Hotel, and continues through Saturday, September 29th, featuring a total of four truly unique and exciting events that put the spotlight on local designers’ fashions, as well as local musicians.

 

Last year’s Mr. and Miss Polynesia (Mr. Robert Mokiau and Miss Summer Manuma)

“We encourage kama‘aina and malihini, alike, to join us for the most exciting Hawai‘i Fashion Week, yet!” said Ralph Malani, Founder and Director, Hawai‘i Fashion Week.  “Each event features local Polynesian designers – both established and newcomers, as well as some of today’s finest local musicians, for a truly entertaining and unique week-long celebration!  Our opening event is only $40, and the others are free, so please come out and support our local artists and our local fashion industry!”

Designer, model, actress, and star of a new BRAVO reality series, the beautiful Kea Ho – who also is the daughter of Hawaiian icon Don Ho, is the face and personality of Hawai‘i Fashion Week 2012.  She will be the host at all four events.

HERE ARE THE EVENTS FOR HAWAI‘I FASHION WEEK 2012!

EVENT ‘EKAHI (1)
MR. & MISS POLYNESIA PACIFIC PAGEANT, HOSTED BY KEA HO
Date:
 Sunday, September 23, 2012
Time: Doors open 5:00 p.m.; Event begins 6:00 p.m.
Location:  Hale Koa Hotel, Lu‘au Garden, Waikiki (www.halekoa.com)
Featured Entertainers:  Anuhea, Mahikumakani “Mahi” Crabbe, ‘Anelaikalani
Tickets:
 $40 Tickets still available (dinner not included).  For tickets, please call Soni at (808) 888-9640.
About:
•  This unique competition focuses on fashion, poise and talent, and promises to be an entertaining, glamorous, and fun evening.  The male and female contestants are from Hawai‘i and around the Pacific, and compete in five culturally-based categories.  Find out more at www.mrandmisspolynesia.com.
•  Special appearances and performances by the outgoing Mr. and Miss Polynesia, Mr. Robert Mokiau and Miss Summer Manuma.
•  In-demand contemporary singer-songwriter Anuhea will perform some of her hits, and songs from her latest CD.
•  Mahi Crabbe is one of the most versatile and talented young musician-singers performing today, and can easily transition between traditional Hawaiian music, to reggae, to top 40, and classic oldies – without skipping a beat!
•  ‘Anelaikalani, one of Hawai‘i’s premiere young female vocalists, released her first album at the tender age of 12, and her second at 14, both of which received Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominations.

NOTE:  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH, IS AVAILABLE FOR MEDIA INTERVIEWS WITH THE NEW
MR. & MISS POLYNESIA 2013.  PLEASE CONTACT MONA WOOD-SWORD TO SCHEDULE
AT (808) 218-5546 OR IKAIKACOMM@HAWAII.RR.COM.

EVENT ‘ELUA (2)
PAKELE LIVE! AT THE WILLOWS
FASHION SHOW HOSTED BY KEA HO
Date:
 Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Time:  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location:  The Willows, 901 Hausten Street (Mo‘ili‘ili), Honolulu (www.willowshawaii.com)
Featured Designers:  MISSING POLYNESIA (www.missingpolynesia.com), KINI ZAMORA
(www.kinizamora.com)
Featured Entertainer:  ‘Anelaikalani, Mahi Crabbe (artist info per above in ‘Ekahi)
Tickets:  Free Admission.  No cover, no minimum.  The Willows delicious dinner buffet ($37.95/Keiki 4-10 $18.95/10% off for 65+) and a fabulous pupu menu and drink specials are available for purchase.
About:
•  Missing Polynesia will be presenting their new print designs and debuting their first ever men’s line at this event!!!
•  Edgy Polynesian designer Kini Zamora will introduce his new holiday collection of party dresses and men’s basics.
•  Usually taped in front of a live audience every Thursday night at The Willows, this is a special Pakele Live! presentation for Hawai‘i Fashion Week.   Since 2006, Pakele Live! has been sharing some of the best in Hawai`i’s music to a global audience.  The series was designed to showcase the beauty and richness of Hawai’i through its music, language, and hula.  The popular show has local viewers, as well as loyal followers in the mainland U.S., Canada, Japan, London, and Australia, and even among those serving our nation in Iraq.  Find out more at www.pakelelive.com.

EVENT ‘EKOLU (3)
RED CARPET AT THE ROYAL GROVE, HOSTED BY KEA HO
FEATURING A FASHION SHOW, CONCERT AND STUDENT DESIGNER COUTURE COMPETITION
Date:
 Friday, September 28, 2012
Time:  7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Royal Hawaiian Center, The Royal Grove, Waikiki (www.royalhawaiiancenter.com)
Featured Designers:  TALI’S POLYNESIA, SINA THOMSEN, UOLENI TUPUOLA, and ALOHA
‘AINA
; Also featuring STUDENT DESIGNERS FROM UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I who will be competing in the Young Designer Couture Competition.
Celebrity Judges:
•  Designer/Artist Estelle Green;
•  Host/Designer/Model/Actress/Reality Star Kea Ho;
•  Honolulu Star-Advertiser/HI Luxury Magazine Beauty/Fashion Editor Nadine Kam;
•  Designer for Baby Phat, Phat Farm and creator of Zoo York, Eli Morgan;
•  and MidWeek Managing Editor and Fashion/Lifestyle Writer Yushing Ting.
Featured Entertainers:  Na Hoa (see info, below, in “About”), Anelaikalani, Mahikumakani “Mahi” Crabbe (last 2 artists’ info per above in ‘Ekahi)
Tickets:  Free Admission; Seating is first-come, first-served.
About:
•  Red Carpet at The Royal Grove combines a fashion show, concert, and design competition into one exciting evening under the stars in the heart of Waikiki!
•  This is the first year that organizers of Hawai‘i Fashion Week have included a student design competition, although it has long been a dream of founder Ralph Malani.  The winner will be selected by a celebrity panel of judges, and receive cash and prizes from Royal Hawaiian Center, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, and other generous sponsors.
•  Tali’s Polynesia, Sina Thomsen, and Uoleni Tupuola will feature their gorgeous Polynesia-inspired fashions on the runway, while Aloha ‘Aina, a popular boutique at the Royal Hawaiian Center, will showcase outfits from some of the many local designers the store carries.
•  Na HoaHale Seabury, Keoni Souza and Ikaika Blackburn – sing sweet falsetto and harmony in a nostalgic style, with vibrant voices.

EVENT ‘EHA (4)
HARD ROCK’S TAHITIAN FASHION FETE, HOSTED BY KEA HO
Date:
 Saturday, September 29, 2012
Time:  4:00-6:00 p.m
Location: Hard Rock Café Honolulu, Beachwalk, Waikiki (http://www.hardrock.com/)
Featured Designers: 88 TEES (www.88tees.com), HINANO TAHITI (www.hinanolife.com), TIARE TEITI (www.tiareteiti.com), TETAINA TAHITI
Featured Entertainer:
 Anuhea, Mahi Crabbe (artist info per above in ‘Ekahi)
Tickets: Free Admission.  Pupu and drink specials available from Hard Rock Café.
About:
•  Journey to Tahiti with us at this fashion fete featuring the most renowned Tahitian designers in Hawai‘i, who will be modeling their new lines for fall/winter – as well as fun and fashionable designs from 88 Tees.
•  Giveaways throughout the night!!!
•  88 Tees will be showing fun and hip tees and accessories that have made them a must-stop-shop for Japanese visitors through the years!
•  Hinano Tahiti will be previewing their new collection of casual island wear for 2013!
•  Tiare Teiti will share their gorgeous holiday looks for 2012!
•  Tetaina Tahiti will showcase one-of-a-kind gowns and cocktail dresses from French Polynesia!

MAHALO NUI to Hawai‘i Fashion Week’s generous sponsors and partners (in alpha order):
88 TEES
HALE KOA HOTEL
HARD ROCK CAFE
HINANO TAHITI
IKAIKA COMMUNICATIONS
KEA HO
KOALOHA UKULELE
LAW OFFICES OF MICHAEL J. GREEN
MARGO LE PEARLE DE TAHITI
MICHI MOORE PHOTOGRAPHY
MISSING POLYNESIA
MT. KALIHI PRODUCTIONS
PACIFIC AGRIBUSINESS, LLC
PAKELE LIVE!
RALPH MALANI ENTERTAINMENT
ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER
SALON 808
TIARE TEITI
THE WILLOWS
WOLFGANG’S STEAKHOUSE BY WOLFGANG ZWIENER

Hawai’i Fashion Week was founded and is directed by Ralph Malani, and produced by Mt. Kalihi Productions.

Pohala I Puna – Recovery Day in Puna

Pohala I Puna – Recovery Day in Puna:

  • When: Saturday October 13th 2012
  • Where: Kanaka O Puna (Old Police Station In Pahoa)
  • Time: 10am-5pm

Old Pahoa Police Station

The intent and purpose for this event is to raise awareness about the many organizations and agencies that we have here in Puna and our surrounding communities that assists individuals and families struggling with issues such as homelessness, teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse,teen smoking, hunger, psychological and mental health, and domestic violence.

We want to create a venue for organizations and agencies to engage in each others mission to stimulate communication for maximum service to our ohana and our communities well being.

We are also organizing a community walk from Pahoa High School to Kanaka O Puna (old police station in Pahoa) where the women is going to dress their men in dresses and high heel shoes and walk along with various community groups to bring attention the significance and awareness of domestic violence to the businesses, shops, schools, restaurants and our community at large.

There will be food, fun, fellowship. There will be lots of music entertainment.

We are accepting Kokua in a lot of different ways, if you and your organization is interested in being apart of this great event or if you just want to make a donation of some sort and have any other questions regarding this project feel free to call me Iopa Maunakea at 960-3893, Alice Kahaleua at 937-2307, or Dana Alfapada at 430-7342.

Mahalo Nui Loa

Iopa K. Maunakea

Positive Action Alliance

 

Free Entry to Hawai‘i Volcanoes & All National Parks Next Saturday

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park joins all 397 national parks in waiving entrance fees in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Sat., Sept. 29. The annual event is the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States.

The park offers several special programs on Sept. 29 to celebrate the day, including two volunteer projects, and a guided hike of a new trail in Kahuku:

Invasive kāhili ginger

Save Halemaumau Trail. Join park rangers and remove invasive kāhili ginger from one of the park’s most historic and treasured scenic trails, Halema‘uma‘u Trail, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center, and wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, garden gloves and tools, a day pack, lunch and water. No advance registration required.

Kīpuka Akihi, an adventure in stewardship, is offered in the park’s Kahuku section, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants must be able to hike a challenging 1.5 miles and be prepared to scramble over fallen trees, lava rock, and slippery, wet terrain. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, long pants, sunscreen and a hat. Bring raingear, garden gloves, a day pack, insect repellent, lunch and water. This forest stewardship program provides opportunities to help protect this rainforest by pulling up invasive kāhili ginger and other invasive non-native plants throughout the kīpuka, which harbors rare plants and wildlife. No advance registration required.

A guided hike of Kahuku’s new Palm Trail is also offered Sept. 29, a relatively easy 2.6 mile loop traversing through scenic pasture along an ancient cinder cone with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer.  The guided hike is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Park and meet at the visitor contact tent, near the ranch buildings. Boots, raingear, long pants plus water and a snack are recommended. No advance registration required.

Kahuku is located on the mauka side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Drive through the gate, park and meet at the visitor contact tent, near the ranch buildings.

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will also offer a forest restoration project Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are seeking volunteers. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact forest@fhvnp.org or call (808) 352-1402.

Hilo Elks Announce Scholarship Opportunity

The Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks is doing big things to help local youth. Elks invest in our nation’s future by helping deserving students attend the colleges of their dreams. This year, the Elks National Foundation will fund nearly $3.6 million in college scholarships through its different scholarship programs; the most significant program being the Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship.

The MVS will award $2.296 million, giving students a chance to earn a college education without incurring insurmountable loans. The MVS contest will launch on September 1 to help lessen the cost of college tuition for 500 deserving students. The Foundation awards 18 top winners scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $60,000. The remaining 482 runners-up receive $4,000 scholarships.

This scholarship is available to all high school seniors who are United States citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Males and females compete separately, and are judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need. Applicants residing on the east side of the Big Island must turn in their completed applications to the Hilo Elks Lodge, no later than December 7, 2012. The 500 national winners will be announced in late April.

Applications for the 2013 contest are available at the Hilo Lodge, or for download at www.elks.org/enf/scholars.

For complete Most Valuable Student scholarship contest details, visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars, or contact Lily at the Hilo Elks Lodge at 935-1717.