2015 Photo Contest – “Big Island On Foot”

All around Hawai’i Island, a walk in the park, beachside stroll, mountain hike, or random wander through town can reveal serene, spectacular and surprising images. In the fast-paced age of selfies and instant sharing, the “Big Island On Foot” 2015 Photo Contest invites amateur photographers of all ages island-wide to slow down, walk around, and see what there is to capture with the camera.

Photo Contest Waimea

The Big Island on Foot: Amazing Things You See When You Are Walking About is presented as an opportunity for amateur photographers by the community-building 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Waimea Alive! Submissions for the contest open September 15.

Photos will be reviewed anonymously by a panel of expert judges, and evaluated as to (1) Appropriateness to Theme, (2) Creativity, and (3) Photographic Quality. Winners will be announced during a photo gallery exhibit at the Historic Spencer House, on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m.

“The photo contest is something we do for the community, just for fun. And we thought the ‘on foot’ concept worked really well,” said Waimea Alive! Board Member Paul Johnston. “It’s a way to encourage people to step out of bounds a little. Don’t just drive around in your car looking for photo ops; get out in nature or go to town and find something that catches your attention. And don’t worry if you’re not a walker—we completely welcome the unique perspective of folks who travel by wheelchair or scooter.”

Last year’s contest yielded over 150 entries from 55 amateur photographers. Elin Kalaniopio took first place with her joyful black and white portrait of a child tring to climb aboard a pony. Second place went to Michael Varney for a stunning surf shot, and third, to Pablo McLoud for his sweeping Waimea landscape.

Honorable mentions went to Christian Enns (2), James (J.J.) Higgenson, Elin Kalaniopio, Malia McKendry, Pablo McLoud, Kathryn Rawle, Anthony Roberts, Nancy Carr Smith, Rosary K., DS. Souza, Jordan Vedelli, Mahealani Winters and Titus Winters.

Partner company Waimea Instant Printing will be accepting photo entries, printed on paper (with completed entry form and fee), as of Sept. 15. They have also offered to provide color prints on quality photocopy paper at the discounted price of $1 per print.

Anyone who routinely sells images in any market is not eligible. Deadline to enter is Nov. 4. Entry fee is $15 for up to three images for those 18 years old and up; only $10 for entrants under 18. For rules, entry forms and more information, visit www.waimeaalive.org or www.Facebook.com/HistoricSpencerHouse.

New Activities Mark 20th Taste of the Hawaiian Range

While “grazing” at over 60 culinary stations and exhibit booths, attendees at the 20th Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range can get in on some new activities that all promote local and sustainable food production on Hawai‘i Island.

The Taste of the Hawaiian Range is one of my sons favorite events!

The Taste of the Hawaiian Range is one of my sons favorite events!

The anniversary event is 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 9 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village and boasts a stellar lineup of participating chefs from O’ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island—plus sampling by local food producers and compelling exhibits presenting topics related to our island agriculture.

Each attending family will receive a complimentary copy of the Taste of the Hawaiian Range 20th Anniversary Cookbooklet, filled with recipes by local chefs and members of the local beef industry. Find out how the Arakis of Kuhio Grille make Miso Pork Pot Roast and what’s the secret for Merriman’s Kahua Ranch Lamb Jook.


Also new in 2015 is a digital scavenger hunt where up to 500 guests can answer questions, take photos and learn more about Big Isle agriculture—using their smart phones —for a chance to win prizes like restaurant gift certificates and local food products.

In addition, attendees will be able to connect with exhibit booths through a QR code image posted at each table. The code will connect smart phone users to online product discounts, coupons and links for educational resources.

“These digital activities will enable attendees to take advantage of discount offers from our participating local food producers for up to a year after the event,” explains Christine Osterwalder, Taste exhibit chair. “Guests will also be able to download digital handouts from our educational exhibitors. Info will be conveniently accessible at the click of a button and celebrates the amazing variety of agricultural products here on the Big Island.”


Anniversary festivities will include honoring the event’s 20-year participants and others who have been long-term Taste supporters.

Culinary headliners for this year’s event include Bravo’s “Top Chef” Fan Favorite Sheldon Simeona of Maui’s Migrant Restaurant; Kevin Hanney of Oahu’s 12th Avenue Grill, the 2015 Hale Aina Best Restaurant of the Year; and the host of TV’s “Family Ingredients,” Ed Kenny of Honolulu’s Town Restaurant.

These celebrity chefs, and 30-some others, will be preparing delectable dishes using pasture-raised beef, lamb, goat, mutton and pork. A variety of beef cuts—from tongue to tail— are utilized so chefs and attendees can get acquainted with not-so-familiar cuts while having fun. The pasture-raised beef is sourced from local, humanely raised cattle that are free of antibiotics and hormones. Enjoy familiar cuts like sirloin tip and ribs, plus tripe and the infamous “rocky mountain oysters” or bull testicles.

The Rocky Mountain Oyster Display

The Rocky Mountain Oyster Display

Hawaii Regional Cuisine founders Roy Yamaguchi and Peter Merriman will lead the pre-gala’s educational offerings, which are open to the public. Using oxtail and beef tenderloin, Chef Yamaguchi of Roy’s instructs the 2015 edition of Cooking Pasture-Raised Beef 101 at 3 p.m. Peter Merriman of Merriman’s Restaurants offers a presentation on purchasing local for the professional kitchen that is geared for college culinary students at 1:30 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets for Taste are $45 and $60 at the door. Entry to Cooking 101 is $10 while the 1:30 p.m. class is free. Tickets are on sale at island-wide locations and online. Tickets locations include Kuhio Grille in Hilo, JJ’s Country Market in Honoka‘a, Kamuela Liquors and Parker Ranch Store in Waimea, Kona Wine Market in Kailua-Kona and Kohala Essence Shop at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Purchase tickets online at www.TasteoftheHawaiianRange.com.

Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI.

A free parking and shuttle service to Taste is available from ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay noon-10 p.m.; follow parking signs on Waikoloa Beach Drive. Guests are encouraged to come early to avoid shuttle lines. For general event information, phone (808) 969-8209.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact Russell Nagata at 808-969-8209 no later than September 7.

taste2015bMealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival provides a venue for sustainable agricultural education, encouragement and support of locally produced ag products. The premiere ag-tourism event is a partnership between CTAHR, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, Kulana Foods, UH-Hilo CAFNRM, County of Hawaii Dept. on Environmental Management and community volunteers. Sponsorship also includes the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hawaii County Research and Development, Hawaii Community College Food Service & Culinary Program, Kamehameha Schools, KTA SuperStores, West Hawaii Today and Pacific Radio Group. The quality and growth of this event are rooted in small business participation, sponsorship and in-kind donations. For more information, visit www.TasteoftheHawaiianRange.com.


Hawaii League of Women Voters to Participate in National Voter Registration Day Activities

The League of Women Voters of Hawai’i County will be participating in National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide, non-partisan effort to register thousands of voters this fall on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Voter Registration Day

The League encourages all U.S. citizens to register to vote, as this is the key for citizens to participate in the political process.  Those who wish to register to vote, receive a permanent absentee ballot, or update their address may pick up a mail-in Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee Form from League volunteers at the following locations.

Waimea:  Sat. Sept. 19th  Waimea Homestead Market  9:30- Noon
Waikoloa: Tues, Sept. 22  Waikoloa Village Market 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kona:  Tues. Sept. 22.   KTA on Palani Rd.   2 p.m. to  6 p.m.

Voters may also register to vote in person on Sept. 22 or any other working day at the Elections Offices :  Hilo Elections Office:25 Aupuni St., Suite 1502, Hilo 808-961-8277 or Kailua-Kona Elections Office, West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohok_lole Highway, Building B, 2nd Floor  808-323-4400

On-line registration is also available at https://olvr.hawaii.gov/ for those who have a Hawai’i Driver’s License or Hawai’I State I.D.

The deadline to register to vote in the 2016 Primary Elections is Thursday, July 14, 2016.  The 2016 General Election voter registration deadline is Monday, October 10, 2016.