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What Do Kona and Mississippi Have in Common? BEER!

Kona Brewing Company has announced it has added Mississippi to its distribution lineup, rounding the Hawaiian craft brewer’s total offering up to 40 US states.

Kona BeersAs of early May 2014, bars, restaurants, specialty beer shops, liquor stores and regional grocery store chains have been making Kona brews available in key cities including Jackson, Hattiesburg, Gulfport, and Biloxi. Craft beer lovers can find Liquid Aloha nearest to them by going to www.konabrewingco.com and clicking on the beer finder link.

Longboard Island Lager, Kona Brewing Company’s flagship beer will be available in 12oz bottles and on draught throughout the state. In addition to Longboard Lager, Kona Brewing offers Big Wave Golden Ale, Fire Rock Pale Ale, as well as the newly available Castaway IPA, which made its debut on the mainland in April, 2014.

Aaron Marion, Kona Brewing brand manager said: “Mississippi is a great state for handcrafted beer, and it’s amazing to see how excited Mississippians are about Kona’s arrival. The warmth and openness of Southern hospitality goes perfectly with the Liquid Aloha lifestyle.”

The Hawaii-based brewery is celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2014, and is proud to be one of the fastest growing craft brewers in the country, at double the growth rate of the craft beer category.

 

Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia Depart Hilo Bay for Worldwide Voyage

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today commented on the departure of voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia, as crew members embark on the first leg of their 36-month worldwide voyage.

Hokulea in Radio Bay

Hokulea in Radio Bay

Gov. Abercrombie stated:

“We congratulate Hōkūle‘a, Hikianalia and crew members for today’s successful launch and wish them fair winds and following seas throughout their Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. This journey is living proof that the ocean connects us rather than divides us and it is our hope that people around the globe take this as an opportunity to unite in the spirit of aloha and mālama honua.”

“Sunday Walk in the Park” to Feature Kilauea Iki and Thurston Lava Tubes

The non-profit Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (FHVNP) presents its next “Sunday Walk in the Park” on June 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Led by Nick Shema, this month’s five-mile roundtrip hike will start at the resources management parking area.

Kilauea Iki with Rainbow. The public is invited to join the non-profit Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for its next “Sunday Walk in the Park” on June 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Photo Carol Johnson

Kilauea Iki with Rainbow. The public is invited to join the non-profit Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for its next “Sunday Walk in the Park” on June 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Photo Carol Johnson

“We will take the Kilauea Iki Trail to Na Huku (Thurston Lava Tube).  From there we will proceed past Na Huku down the Escape Road for about one mile and take a right on the Crater Rim Trail.  We will follow that trail to the Chain of Craters Road and proceed to the Devastation Trail parking lot.  From there we will take the Byron Ledge Trail to the Kilauea Iki Trail and back to the starting location.  We will stop for bag lunches along the way,” says Shema, who is a member of FHVNP’s Programs Committee.

This will be a moderately strenuous hike of about five miles roundtrip, mostly on forested trails.   Participants should be prepared for the base 4,000’ elevation as well as for variable weather conditions, including sunny, windy, chilly, and/or rainy.

This monthly program, offered on second Sundays, is aimed at bringing together the members of FHVNP to share in the park’s beautiful trails.

FHVNP’s “Sunday Walk in the Park” is free for Friends members, and non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to attend.  Annual memberships are $30 for individuals and $45 for families, and come with a variety of benefits.

To register, contact FHVNP at 985-7373 or admin@fhvnp.org.  For more information, visit www.fhvnp.org.  Park entrance fees apply.

Forest Restoration Project to Focus on Ginger Removal

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park hosts a volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Removing Invasive Ginger with Ranger Jason Zimmer and FHVNP Volunteers.  Photo by Dave Boyle

Removing Invasive Ginger with Ranger Jason Zimmer and FHVNP Volunteers. Photo by Dave Boyle

This month we will be cutting invasive Kahili ginger. The park will then treat the area to kill the corms and prevent regrowth.  This is a nice area of Ohia forest with a mixed understory that recovers well when ginger is removed. We will also learn about the park’s native forest restoration and invasive plant control programs.

Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and able to hike at least one half mile over uneven terrain with a moderate slope. Sturdy walking shoes and long pants are required, along with gear for variable weather conditions (be prepared for sun or rain with a hat, raincoat, sunscreen, etc.) plus drinking water and a snack.

Our goal is a crew of 16 people, and pre-registration is required. All participants will need to sign a Friends release form and a park volunteer form. For those under 18, an adult will need to co-sign.

Be aware that there can be VOG or high levels of SO2 in the area. If it is too heavy or the park is closed, we will cancel the project and try to notify everyone in advance.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Patty Kupchak at forest@fhvnp.org or call (808) 985-7373 by Monday evening, June 16. Please include your first and last name, email address, and a phone number where we can reach you at the last minute in case of cancellation.

Repairs To Kailua-Kona Pier, Keauhou Harbor Begin – FEMA, State Share Cost of Tsunami Damages

The Department of Land and Natural Resources began two repair projects addressing tsunami damage at its West Hawaii boating facilities, starting May 27 at Kailua-Kona Pier and June 9 at Keauhou Small Boat Harbor. Both projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

DLNR Begins Repairs To Kailua-Kona Pier, Keauhou Harbor FEMA, state share cost of addressing tsunami damages

DLNR Begins Repairs To Kailua-Kona Pier, Keauhou Harbor FEMA, state share cost of addressing tsunami damages

Funds for the estimated cost of tsunami damage repairs were appropriated by the 2011 State Legislature. FEMA will reimburse costs for up to 75 percent.

Work planned for the Kailua-Kona Pier will include paving of the entire hardtop or pier area, repair of the pump out station at the southwestern end of the pier, repair of the western and eastern revetment walls, and repair of the old U.S. Coast Guard office, which will be used for DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation staff upon completion. The launch ramp will need to be closed for two days during repair of the bottom or “toe” of the ramp. Ramp permittees who will be affected will be directly notified of the ramp closure.

Specific areas of the pier will be blocked off during the construction process using water-filled jersey barriers. Contractor Drayko Construction will begin work on the southwestern portion of pier and work its way toward the entry gate. The public is advised to use caution while in the pier area. Project cost is $1,626,000.

Work at Keauhou Small Boat Harbor will include repair of the bulkhead on the northern side of the bay, paving on a portion of the state property on the northern side parking lot, repair of the makai loading dock at the launch ramp area (the mauka side will remain open during construction), and repainting the interior of the comfort station.

The boat launch ramp and wash down area will need to be closed while it is being re-paved. This work is expected to completed by July 31, 2014. Project cost is $428,000.