Talk Story Meetings With Puna’s Councilmen Next Week

Community talk story meetings with Council-members Danny Paleka (5th District) and Greggor Ilagan (4th District) will happen at different locations throughout the Puna District next week.
Talk Story

Come and meet your local Councilmen beginning on Monday, January 12th at the Mountain View Elementary School Gym and ending Friday, January 18th at the Neighborhood Place of Puna (Keaau Location see above).

HEI Charitable Foundation Donates $30,000 to Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America

Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation has contributed $30,000 to the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation presented a $30,000 capital campaign grant to the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America in support of the organization’s mission to develop leaders for the next generation. Pictured left to right are: Rick Blangiardi (Hawaii News Now), Barry Taniguchi (KTA Super Stores), Colin Kubota (Life Scout), Alan Oshima (Hawaiian Electric), Gabe Lee (American Savings Bank) and Jeff Sulzbach (Aloha Council, BSA). Photo courtesy of Aloha Council, BSA.

Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation presented a $30,000 capital campaign grant to the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America in support of the organization’s mission to develop leaders for the next generation. Pictured left to right are: Rick Blangiardi (Hawaii News Now), Barry Taniguchi (KTA Super Stores), Colin Kubota (Life Scout), Alan Oshima (Hawaiian Electric), Gabe Lee (American Savings Bank) and Jeff Sulzbach (Aloha Council, BSA). Photo courtesy of Aloha Council, BSA.

The nonprofit organization – which trains and develops youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance – will use the HEI Charitable Foundation grant to support its Developing Leaders for Life Capital Campaign. Hawaiian Electric Industries is the parent company of American Savings Bank, Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light.

“The Aloha Council thanks our partners in the community, the Hawaiian Electric Companies and American Savings Bank. This grant shows their commitment to Scouting in Hawaii and the development of local boys and girls into the next generation of leaders. The grant will provide quality outdoor experiences at camp,” said Jeff Sulzbach, CEO & Scout Executive, Aloha Council, BSA.

The donation announcement was made during the Friends of Scouting Leadership Breakfast, Aloha Council BSA’s annual fund drive kick-off held on Dec. 15, 2014 at the Pacific Club. Keynote speaker Alan Oshima, president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Company, launched the BSA’s 2015 campaign theme “Get Grit” by sharing his personal story of perseverance.

“Having grit, or perseverance, is important whether you’re learning how to build your first campfire or leading a customer centric organization,” said Oshima, who is overseeing the transformation of the state’s largest electricity provider into a value and results-driven energy services utility. “Scouting plays a role in equipping our youth with life lessons and leadership skills so they can persevere in the face of challenges. Hawaiian Electric applauds the Aloha Council’s commitment to positively impact Hawaii’s youth. This is a value we also share, and we are honored to partner with them in their efforts.”

“Camping and the outdoor experience are a key component of the youth scouting program so it is essential that the camp facilities are maintained and enhanced,” added Rich Wacker, president and CEO of American Savings Bank. “This grant will expand and upgrade camp facilities, which in turn will attract more attendance. ASB is proud to support the mission of the Boy Scouts to develop leaders for life.”

The Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 with help from early community leadership support. Today, the organization continues to thrive with more than 12,000 young men and women regularly engaged with nearly 5,000 volunteers on Oahu, Kauai, Hawaii Island and across the Pacific Rim.

For more information about the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America or to make a donation to the organization, visit www.alohacouncilbsa.org.

West Hawaii Community Forum to be Held Next Week

The next Community Forum sponsored by Community Enterprises will be held on Thursday, January 15, at 6:00 pm at the Old Kona Airport Park, Maka’eo Pavilion.
West Hawaii Community Forums

This month’s forum will feature briefings by four West Hawaii State Legislators: Senate District 3 Senator Josh Green, District 7 Representative Cindy Evans, District 6 Representative Nicole Lowen and District 5 Representative Richard Creagan. The legislators will discuss their Committee assignments, their priorities for legislation affecting the State and West Hawaii in particular. State Senator Lorraine Inouye is unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts. The evening program will also feature a brief update of County Council business by a West Hawaii County Councilperson.

A panel discussion will follow the individual presentations and the audience will have the opportunity to present questions to the Legislators. Sherry Bracken will serve as moderator for the evening program.

This forum is being held just a few days before the opening of the Legislative session and will be a good opportunity to discuss topics that are of concern to West Hawaii and to inform our Legislators about State issues that you think should be a priority this legislative session. Health care, education (all levels), infrastructure (highways, harbors, etc.), agriculture, truth in labeling, tourism, and the state budget are topics that are expected to be addressed.

The doors will open at 5:30 pm and pupus and beverages will be served. The program is free and open to the public. For more information please call John Buckstead at 326-9779 or email jbuckstead@hawaii.rr.com.

Community Enterprises Inc. is a private non-profit organization with a 501c (3) designation from the IRS. Its mission is to bring educational resources to the residents of West Hawaii so they can better participate in the public policy issues that affect their lives and their communities. Visit us at our website www.konatownmeeting.org.

Officer Dustin Chaves Recognized as “Officer of the Month”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Dustin Chaves as “Officer of the Month” for January in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (December 3) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Dustin Chaves

Dustin Chaves

Chaves was honored for his efforts in combating a seven-day crime spike in the Kailua-Kona area in late July and early August.

The crime spree included the break-in of a pickup truck and the removal of a wallet and other items from within. Later that day, the victim’s stolen credit card was used at a Kailua-Kona business establishment three times.

Officer Chaves’ investigation led to the identity of a suspect and a determination that he was driving a stolen car. The car was later located in some bushes on a vacant lot in the Kona View Estates subdivision.

After executing a search warrant on the car, Chaves recovered additional evidence linking it to the suspect. The suspect was located, arrested and charged with numerous offenses, including burglary, criminal property damage, two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, five counts of theft and three counts of fraudulent use of credit cards.

Acting Sergeant Jeremy Lewis, who nominated Chaves for the award, noted that the honored officer had started working in Kona Patrol in July 2013. “He has proven to be an asset to the Hawaiʻi Police Department and the community that he serves,” Lewis wrote in nomination papers.

As “Officer of the Month,” Chaves is eligible to become “Officer of the Year.”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee is an organization that encourages community involvement in aiding and supporting police in West Hawaiʻi.

Dr. Kenneth Graham Named President of NHCH

The Queen’s Health Systems (Queen’s), corporate parent of The Queen’s Medical Center (QMC), named Kenneth D. Graham, MPH, RHIA, FACHE, as permanent President of North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH).

Dr. Kenneth Graham

Dr. Kenneth Graham

“Ken has demonstrated professional expertise and leadership while serving as Acting President of NHCH over the past year,” said Art Ushijima, President of The Queen’s Health Systems. “His significant healthcare management experience and commitment to advancing both Queen’s and NHCH missions are great assets to serving in this role.”

“It is truly an honor to join such an extraordinary team of medical professionals and to serve Queen’s, NHCH and the North Hawaii community,” said Graham. “Our hospital has incredibly talented staff and physicians; strong levels of support from dedicated volunteers and donors; and a commitment to meet the healthcare needs of our community. I look forward to building upon the legacy of the Founders of The Queen’s Medical Center and NHCH, who shared a common vision and passion to provide the best health care for the people of Hawaii.”

For the past year, Graham has served as the hospital’s acting president as the facility officially entered into an affiliation with Queen’s on January 15, 2014. In the agreement, NHCH became a corporate entity under Queen’s, similar to The Queen’s Medical Center and Molokai General Hospital.

Previously, Graham served as System Integration Advisor in the office of Queen’s President and CEO Art Ushijima, supporting hospital planning, clinical integration, corporate alignment, and neighbor-island health. He is the former President and CEO of El Camino Hospital, a 542-bed, district-owned not-for-profit hospital in Silicon Valley, as well as former CEO at Overlake Hospital Medical Center (337 beds). He held various executive positions with the Daughters of Charity Health System West (2,400 beds), Grossmont District Hospital (426 beds), and Long Beach Community Hospital (350 beds).

He is professionally certified in medical record administration (RHIA) and healthcare administration (FACHE). He earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Masters in Public Health, both from UCLA.

7th Annual Big Island Quilt Shop Hop

A road trip for quilters and fabric fanatics, the 7th Annual Big Island Quilt Shop Hop revs up February 1- 28, 2015, featuring eight different shops from Kona to Hilo and points in between. Traveling quilters can have passports stamped for a chance to win prizes, collect quilting squares to create a custom “slippa” quilt for 2015, and enjoy the company of fellow quilters island-wide.

Courtesy Big Island Quilt Shop Hop

Courtesy Big Island Quilt Shop Hop

Grand prize, for those who visit and get passports stamped at all eight shops, is a $300 travel voucher for Hawaiian Airlines. Other winners will receive hotel stays, one-yard cuts of fabric, quilt shop gift certificates and more—with special in-store prizes at individual shops.

The eight shops will also have exclusive quilt block patterns, one from each store, plus a custom quilt “center,” for the 2015 Shop Hop quilt. This year’s custom design is a playful take on Hawaii’s favorite footwear: the “rubba slippa.”  Eight different pairs of flip-flops, one from each shop, seem to be kicked off in the sand, flower garden, or at someone’s front door, making for a fun and colorful quilt composition.  Each shop has also designed a custom center block, featuring island images from traditional honu and dolphins to a “yellow polka dot bikini.”

The 7th Annual Big Island Quilt Shop Hop launches February 1, leading into the 22nd Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival and the Hawaiian Quilt Show presented by Ka Hui Kapa Apana O Waimea.  Maps and passports can be picked up any quilt shop on the route, and “shop-hoppers” can follow their own path, or sign up for a West Hawaii bus tour by calling Karen Barry at Quilt Passions, 808-329-7475 – or an East Hawaii tours, with Leimomi at Kilauea Kreations II, 808-961-1100.

For more information contact Mary at bigislandquiltsh@earthlink.net, or visit www.facebook.com/BigIslandQuiltShopHopHawaii.

2015 Big Island Quilt Shop Hop shops:

West Hawaii

Topstitch
Waimea Center: 65-1158 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, HI. (808) 885-4482
www.facebook.com/TopstitchHawaii

Fabric & Quilting Delights
74-5599 Luhia St., Unit D-5, Kailua Kona HI 96740.  (808) 329-8177
www.FabricandQuiltingdelights.com

Quilt Passions
75-5626 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. (808) 329-7475
www.QuiltPassions.net

H. Kimura Store, Inc.
79-7408 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kealakekua, HI 96750.  (808) 322-3771

East Hawai‘i

Pahala Quilting and Creative Sewing Center
96-3196 Maile St., Pahala, HI 96777. (808) 238-0505
www.PahalaQuilting.com

Kilauea Kreations
19-3972 Volcano Rd., Volcano, HI 96785. (808) 967-8090
www.KilaueaKreations.com

Kilauea Kreations II
680 Manono St., Hilo, Hi 96720. (808) 961-1100
www.KilaueaKreations.com

Fabric Impressions
206 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720-2835. (808) 961-4468
www.FabricImpressionsHiloHi.com