Celebrity Chef Sam Choy Picks Big Island Charity – Public Invited to Debut Party

Celebrity Chef Sam Choy announced today that partial proceeds from his two-day Hawaiian Kitchen Line event coming up Nov 6th and Nov 7th will be donated to Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation.

Sam Choy and Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker with members of the

Sam Choy and Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker with members of the Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation

“Local Big Island organization such as Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation who do so much for our local underprivileged population to keep them healthy are very dear to me” quoted Chef Choy. “It’s always a pleasure to support them” he added.

In a personal meeting with Chef Sam Choy, Executive Director Bruce Merrell expressed his deepest gratitude and thanks for naming his organization the beneficiary. “I am excited to see Chef Choy support our cause and include us in this iconic event” said Merrell.

Sam Choys Hawaiian Kitchen Line National debut party is being held at Kona Oceanfront Gallery November 6th and at The Royal Kona Resort on November 7th.

Come meet Celebrity Chef Sam Choy and Renowned Artist Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker Kona Oceanfront Gallery November 6th and at The Royal Kona Resort on November 7th.

Come meet Celebrity Chef Sam Choy and renowned Artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker on November 6th and 7th at the Royal Kona Resort.

Starting off with a Art auction of original designs created exclusively for this event by Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker. There will also be free pupus and free entertainment provided by legendary John Cruz and teenage musical sensation Aidan James. This free event is open to the public and is expected to draw record crowds.

For more information and details about the event, please contact: Jill Weiss – Kona Oceanfront Gallery808 334 0037

Men in High Heels Raise Awareness of Sexual Assault In Hawaii Island’s Fifth Annual “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes”

YWCA Hawaii Island hosts the fifth annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 a.m.  In East Hawaii, the one-mile march begins at the YWCA Ululani Street campus. In West Hawaii, the march will be at the Kona International Market. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, a call to end sexual assault, rape and gender violence in the community.

Mayor Kenoi and his shoes that he wore in 2012

Mayor Kenoi and his shoes that he wore in 2012

Mayor Billy Kenoi and radio personality Darrin “DC” Carlson will lead the march from Hilo. The Sex Assault Response team, including Captain Chad Basque from the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) will lead the Kona march. Also joining the march and leading the HPD team is Deputy Chief Paul Ferreira.

All proceeds from the event directly benefit the YWCA Hawaii Island Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) program, the only 24-hour, 7-days a week rape crisis center for the island. SASS services are free and include crisis counseling, therapy for assault victims and their families, forensic evidence collection and violence prevention education for schools and the community.

“We know that nationally, one of four women and one of six men are sexually assaulted by the time they are 18. That’s unacceptable,” said Kathleen McGilvray, CEO of YWCA Hawaii Island. “On our island, about 50 percent of our SASS clients are 18 and under. ‘Walk a Mile’ is a chance to see what is like to literally walk in women’s shoes. Every dollar raised by walkers helps survivors address and move through the trauma of sexual assault.”

The event is sponsored by KTA Super Stores, The Gas Company, Hemic, National Fire Protection, Kinetic Learning, Atlas Insurance and First Hawaiian Bank.

March participants are asked to report to the kick-off sites by 7:30 a.m. to register, select their shoes and warm up for the walk. All participants must complete an entry form and submit a $10 fee. The community is invited to participate in the event and help raise funds to meet the $25,000 goal. For more information, call the YWCA Hawaii Island office at 935-7141 x111 or email events@ywcahawaiiisland.org.

Blood is the New Black – Roller Derby Battle Coming Up

BLOOD IS THE NEW BLACK! Hilo’s Paradise Roller Girls (PRG) Hawaiian Honey Badgers are ready to slaughter their competition in all-out combat against O’ahu’s Pacific Roller Derby Hulagans for a rematch that promises be a gruesome battle to the finish.

Blood is Black

It all goes down Friday, October 30th at the Hilo Civic. Doors open at 6:00pm and the main event starts at 7:30pm.  It guarantees to be an epic action-packed showdown you won’t want to miss.

Additional fun and entertainment will take place throughout the evening.  Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby play at 6:00pm and 6:30pm.  Come out and show your support for this awesome youth athletic event!  Get in the Halloween mood by wearing your costume and trick-or-treating the vendor booths, then participate in a thrilling halftime show featuring Big Island Cheer and PRG’s biggest fans.

Tickets are $5, and keiki 5 and under get in free.  Purchase tickets at: Kadota Liquor, Lucy’s Taqueria, Mt. View Village Video, Jungle Love in Pahoa, or CD Wizard (add $1 surcharge), hit up your favorite derby girl, or at the door the night of the event.

Concessions available inside. Please no strollers, coolers, or beverage containers.  Don’t forget to swing by our merchandise booth to get your PRG swag on!  PRG 2016 calendars are on sale now for $10. Gets yours signed at the calendar release party after the bout

Paradise Roller Girls is a member-owned Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) league based out of Hilo, Hawai’i and adheres to the association’s rules and regulations; a comradery of diverse skaters of all ages and backgrounds whose mission is to promote a healthy and athletic lifestyle while giving back through community service, outreach, and charity.

Mahalos to our sponsors: Ace Hardware Pahoa, Paradise Photo and Design, Hawai’i Life Real Estate Brokers, Kadota Liquor, , ProVision Solar Inc., Will Kill, Hilo Town Tavern, and Title Guaranty.

For more information on upcoming events, recruitment of skaters, junior skaters, referees, non-skating officials, volunteer opportunities, bout vendor booths and more go to www.paradiserollergirls.com.  Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to keep up with the latest roller derby happenings in our community!

Island Air Launches College Student Standby Program – University of Hawaii Students Will Benefit From $35 Fares

College life in Hawaiʻi just got a lot more affordable with the launch of Island Air’s new College Student Standby Program.  With this new pilot program the airline is offering students enrolled at University of Hawaiʻi campuses on Oʻahu and Maui the opportunity to stand by for any flight on any day for the wallet-friendly price of just $35* each way.

Island Air

The College Student Standby Program is available to all students currently enrolled at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu and six community institutions (Honolulu Community College, Kapiʻolani Community College, Leeward Community College, Maui College, Lānaʻi Education Center, and Windward Community College) who are traveling between the islands of Oʻahu, Maui and Lānaʻi.

To qualify for the College Student Standby rate, students must present a valid University of Hawaiʻi student ID and their state or federal ID card or passport to a customer service agent at the Island Air ticket counter. There is no maximum number of times a student may participate in the offer.

As the state’s affordable alternative airline, Island Air is constantly building new programs that enhance its value and services.  “We support our student communities and know how important it is to have a reliable, affordable connection to family and friends, especially for holidays,” said Dave Pflieger, CEO of Island Air.  “We are testing this program with the University of Hawaiʻi schools on Oʻahu and Maui for a limited time. The fare is an additional way that Island Air demonstrates its commitment to providing an economical, quality travel experience.”

*$35 is a standby rate, subject to seat availability and can be changed without notice.  Fare includes one (1) federal transportation segment tax and one (1) security fee.  Other taxes, fees, and restrictions may apply.

For more information about Island Air’s College Student Standby rate, visit http://www.islandair.com or call (808) 840-2323.  Let us know how we are doing on Yelp or TripAdvisor or just stay connected by liking Island Air on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/islandairhawaii, or follow @IslandAirHawaii on Twitter and @IslandAir_Hawaii on Instagram.