Celebrity Chef Sam Choy Cooks Things Up at the Hawaii Building and Design Expo

Celebrity Chef Sam Choy put on a special Valentine’s Day cooking demo to a packed house with standing room only this afternoon at the Building and Design Expo held at the Sheraton in Kailua-Kona today.
Sam Choy at the Building Expo
The chef’s recipe which still remains a secret, was simply called “Love potion number 9” appropriately fitting the day of love. His masterpiece was then given away to a couple in the audience that were married for over 58 years! “I love putting a smile on people faces with my art of cooking” commented Chef Choy. “It was a pleasure being involved and giving back to the local Chamber who do so much for our business community” he added.

Sam Choy at the Building Expo

Not only did the chef just make a celebrity appearance at the expo, but was also present at his very own Sam Choy’s Hawaiian Kitchen line booth, getting feedback from the crowd on his brand new kitchen accessory line and autographing his brand new Poke Book. The booth shared by Tiki Shark Art Inc was also voted #1 best in show and given the “People’s Choice Award”.

sam choy at the building expo

“It was such a honor to have Chef Sam Choy at this year’s expo, having a live cooking demo was a treat for our vendors and attendees” commented Kirstin Kahaloa – Executive Director of the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce. “It’s is so important to have fun activities such as the cooking demo to pull the business communities together” quoted Kahaloa.

sam choy at building expo

For more information and availability about Sam Choy Hawaiian Kitchen Line please contact: chefsamchoy.com

Victims to Hawaii Bishop: Make All Predators’ Names Public

Thirty other dioceses have exposed accused clerics, Seattle list included abuser in hiding in Honolulu – Former bishop should also be on list, group says, Releasing names is public safety imperative, SNAP says

Victims of sex abuse are demanding that the Catholic Bishop of Hawai’i publicly release the names of all clerics, employees, and volunteers who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

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In a letter (see below) to Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva, members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org), say that releasing the list is an “important step for transparency, healing, and child protection.”

More than 30 other dioceses have released the names of accused clerics, and a recent list released by the Archdiocese of Seattle exposed a 50-time accused former Irish Christian Brother who is living “under the radar” in Hawai’i.

The group fears that Hawai’i’s credibly accused predator clerics could be living in local neighbors where they have unfettered access to children.

“How many credibly accused predators are living ‘under the radar’ here and elsewhere, where they can continue to prey on children?” the letter said. “Releasing these names is a public safety imperative.”

The letter also stresses the importance of releasing names of all of the accused, living and deceased. For example, former Honolulu Bishop Joseph Ferrario has been publicly accused of sexual abuse by at least three men. The first came forward in the 1980s.

“Bishop Ferrario led this diocese for years. He has been sued and/or accused by at least three brave victims” said Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Director. “The public and Catholics deserve to know the truth. For the sake of the victims and of Catholics who considered Ferrario to be their spiritual leader, will Ferrario’s name be included?”

Other deceased serial predator priests have also been honored for decades.

For more than 40 years, St. Anthony’s in Kailua honored serial child molester Fr. Joseph Henry, who has been accused of abuse by 18 boys,” the letter said. “You must do more than just take his name off of the parish hall, you must also publicly acknowledge that he and former Bishop Ferrario were credibly accused of sexual molestation.

According to court documents, more than 60 cases of child sexual abuse against the Diocese of Honolulu are in mediation. Approximately 30 of them have been settled. These victims were able to come forward and use the civil courts because of Hawai’i’s landmark civil window for child sex abuse victims, which gives survivors the opportunity to use the civil courts to expose their abuse. The window expires in April.

February 14, 2016

Most Reverend Clarence (Larry) Silva, Bishop of Honolulu, Chancery, 1184 Bishop St., Honolulu, HI 96813, Fax: 808.537-1860, bishop@rcchawaii.org

Dear Bishop Silva;

We are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org), the nation’s largest support group for men and women who were sexually abused in religious and institutional settings. We are writing you today with a simple request:

Publicly release the names of all credibly accused clerics who have worked in Hawai’i, both living and deceased. We also ask that you keep the list posted on your website and published in parish bulletins.

More than 30 other dioceses have made this simple and effective step.

The importance of releasing these names cannot be overstated. A similar list in Seattle exposed a 50-time accused cleric who is living here in Hawai’i. Until his name was exposed by the Seattle archbishop and reported in the Los Angeles Times, communities in Hawai’i had no idea the risk.

How many of Hawai’i’s predator clerics are living ‘under the radar’ here and elsewhere, where they can continue to prey on children?

Releasing these names is a public safety imperative. Keeping the names under wraps protects no one and only enforces the cycle of abuse.

We also ask that you ensure that the list includes ALL credibly accused clerics, even if they are deceased. Doing this helps victims heal and exposes the truth about the scope and scale of abuse and cover-up here in Hawai’i.

Bishop Ferrario led this diocese for years. He has been sued and/or accused by at least three brave victims. The public and Catholics deserve to know the truth. For the sake of the victims and of Catholics who considered Ferrario their spiritual leader, you must ensure Ferrario’s name is on the list. We also ask that you include Fr. Henry, who, despite being accused by more than 18 victims, was honored at St. Anthony’s in Kailua as recently as November.

No Catholic wants to unknowingly honor a child molester. No victim wants to see his/her perpetrator honored. No community wants to live in fear that their child is at risk from a hidden Hawai’i predator priest. The only way for victims to heal and to protect children right now is for you to show that you truly care about child safety and victims and take this important step for transparency, healing, and child protection.

We look forward to your immediate action.

Sincerely.

Joelle Casteix, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director, (949) 322-7434, jcasteix@gmail.com

Barb Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, (314) 503-0003

David Clohessy, SNAP Executive Director, (314) 566-9790

New Maps Shows Lava Progression

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow field.

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The area of the flow field on January 19 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow field as mapped on February 12 is shown in red. The yellow lines show the active lava tube system. Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flows erupted prior to June 27, 2014, are shown in gray. Puʻu ʻŌʻō is at lower left.

The base map is a partly transparent 1:24,000-scale USGS digital topographic map draped over a 1983 10-m digital elevation model (DEM).

This map overlays a georeferenced thermal image mosaic onto a map of the flow field near Puʻu ʻŌʻō to show the distribution of active and recently active breakouts.

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The thermal images were collected during a helicopter overflight on February 12. The June 27th flow field as mapped on January 19 is outlined in green for comparison. The yellow lines show the active lava tube system, as currently mapped. Puʻu ʻŌʻō is at lower left.