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Hawaiian Airlines Launches Daily Service Between Los Angeles and Kaua‘i – Summer Flights to Kona Resume

Hawaiian Airlines’ popular daily non-stop summer flights between Los Angeles and Kaua‘i will now be offered year-round starting on May 26, the airline announced today. Also beginning on Memorial Day weekend, Hawaiian will resume seasonal service between California and Kaua‘i and the Kona Coast on the Island of Hawai‘i, providing travelers direct access to both islands during the peak summer months.

Hawaiian will turn its seasonal service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Līhu‘e Airport (LIH) into a permanent daily flight due to consistently strong demand from Southern California.

“For the past four years, our summer schedule has been well-received by West Coast travelers seeking convenient service to our Neighbor Islands,” said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “Guests will continue to enjoy our warm and authentic Hawaiian hospitality and island-inspired meals as they set off for the beautiful island of Kaua‘i or the stunning Kona Coast.”

As part of its summer schedule, Hawai‘i’s largest and longest-serving carrier is bringing back non-stop daily flights between Oakland International Airport (OAK) and LIH starting May 27 through Sept. 4.

Non-stop flights between LAX and Kona International Airport (KOA) will commence on May 28. KOA-LAX flights will be offered on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, while LAX-KOA flights will be available Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, also through Sept. 4.

Guests aboard Hawaiian’s flights will enjoy the carrier’s signature Mea Ho‘okipa (I am host) onboard hospitality, island-style complimentary meals and made-in-Hawai’i snacks. Flights between Los Angeles and Kona will be served by Hawaiian’s wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft featuring first class, Extra Comfort and economy seats. Guests traveling between Los Angeles or Oakland and Līhu‘e will be aboard the airline’s wide-body Boeing 767 aircraft offering first class and economy seating.

Tickets for the seasonal non-stop flights are available for purchase online at HawaiianAirlines.com or by calling Hawaiian Airlines’ reservations department toll-free at (800) 367-5320.

Call for 2018 Living Treasures of Hawaii Nominees

The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Living Treasures of Hawaii.

The “Living Treasures of Hawaii” was inspired by the Living National Treasures (Ningen Kokuho) of Japan. Since 1976, the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii has recognized individuals who have demonstrated excellence and high standards of achievement in their particular fields and who are continuing to preserve and perpetuate the island’s distinctive cultural and artistic heritage.

2017 Honorees Bishop Ryokan Ara, Beatrice Kanahele Dawson, Nobuko Kida, Roy Sakuma and George Yokoyama

Candidates are selected based on their demonstration of continuous growth and learning in one’s area of strength, their consistent sharing of knowledge and understanding of their particular field, and their steady and significant contributions towards enriching our society.

An organization or person may nominate a candidate for this honor by submitting a nomination form with information on the nominee, and a maximum of three recommendation letters. The nomination form is available at the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Headquarters Office located at 1727 Pali Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 and www.hongwanjihawaii.com.  Completed nominations may be submitted in the following manner:

  • By mail
  • By fax – (808) 522-9209
  • By email – admin@honpahi.org
  • Dropped off during office hours

The completed nomination must be received by the Living Treasures Committee no later than August 1st.

The 43rd Living Treasures of Hawaii Recognition Program and Luncheon will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018, 12:00 p.m. in the Coral Ballroom at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

For more information on Living Treasures of Hawaii, please call (808) 522-9200 or visit http://hongwanjihawaii.com/ living-treasures.

Big Island Chocolate Festival Names Winners

Culinary entries from Maui and the Big Isle were tapped winners at last night’s Big Island Chocolate Festival gala. A sold-out crowd of 600 attendees sprawled inside and out of the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel for the sixth annual fundraiser to benefit four island non-profits.

The event theme “Worth Its Weight in Gold-The History of Chocolate” was depicted at culinary stations and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai was tapped Best Decorated Booth.

From Left: Big Island Chocolate Festival founder Farsheed Bonakdar presented the professional culinary winners with their plaques: Michelle Yamaguchi of Wailua Estate for Best Bean-to-Bar, Chef Dayne Tanabe of Hilton Waikoloa Village for Best Savory, Chef Donald Wressell of Guittard Chocolate Company for Best Plated Dessert and People’s Choice Best Sweet, Chef Eddie Enojardo for Best Bonbon and Chef Alan Heap, Mara Masuda and Albert Asuncion of Huggo’s for People Choice Best Savory. Photos by Kirk Shorte

Creations by chefs, chocolatiers, college and high school culinary students were critiqued on taste, texture, appearance and creativity by a team of celebrity judges at competitions during the two-day festival.

Gala winners were Chef Dayne Tanabe of Hilton Waikoloa Village for Best Savory, Chef Donald Wressell of Guittard Chocolate Company for Best Plated Dessert, Chef Eddie Enojardo of Hilton Waikoloa Village for Best Bonbon and Michelle Yamaguchi of Wailua Estate for Best Bean-to-Bar Chocolate.

People’s Choice Awards went to Chef Alan Heap of Huggo’s for Best Savory and Guittard for Best Sweet. In the farm awards division, Gini Choobua of Likao Kula Farm earned Best Cacao while J. Bennett of Nine Fine Mynahs took Best Criollo.

Gini Choobua of Likao Kula Farm in Kona earned Best Cacao.

Six high school culinary teams participated in the gala with Kea‘au High School winning first, followed by Waiakea in second and Konawaena in third.

Earning first place in the high school culinary division were students from Kea‘au High School.

Students at Waiakea High School placed second in the high school culinary division.

Taking third place in the high school culinary division was the Konawaena team.

Three students earning culinary scholarships were Hannah Norman and Mina Acosta-Cabamungan of Waiakea and Rhoma Dai of Kea‘au.

From Left: High School scholarship winners included Hannah Norman and Mina Acosta-Cabamungan of Waiakea and Rhoma Dait of Kea’au.

For Friday’s college competition, UH-Maui College took first and second while UH-Palamanui came in third. Due to a mix up in the judging process, the incorrect winners were named during the gala and the judges later made the correction.

The team of judges for the various competitions were Chef Donald Wressell of Guittard Chocolate Company, Chef Alicia Boada of Cacao Barry, Paul Picton of Maverick Chocolate, Chef Elizabeth McDonald of B3 a Beach Bunny Bakery, Chef Ricky DeBoer of The Fairmont, Kea Lani; Chef Yoshikazu Kizu of Ritz Carlton Kapalua, Chef Teresa Shurilla of UH-Maui College, Chefs Connor Butler and Frank Kramm of the Kona Butcher Shop, Chef Krista Garcia of UH-Maui College, Chef Stephane Treand, Nat Bletter, Neal Campbell, Weston Yap, Paul Picton, Farsheed Bonakdar and Chef Bruce Trouyet of Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

The real winners of the annual festival are the four beneficiaries: the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Assn., Kona Dance & Performing Arts, Kona Pacific Public Charter School and Waimea Country School’s Na Keiki Aloha ‘Aina.

Presented by the Kona Cacao Association, the Big Island Chocolate Festival not only heralds Hawai’i’s growing cacao industry, but also the professional and student culinarians who masterfully create foods featuring chocolate.

In addition to last night’s gala, the festival offered a full lineup of chocolate decadence from planting to plating: a Kona cacao farm tour, plus growing and processing seminars and how-to culinary demonstrations by chocolate industry experts.

Visit www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com for updates on next year’s event.

The Big Island Chocolate Festival is presented by the Kona Cacao Association, Inc. The mission and goal of KCA is to promote the cacao industry on the Big Island of Hawai‘i by presenting BICF as an educational and outreach opportunity for local cacao farmers, the hospitality industry and cacao enthusiasts. Mahalo to 2017 event sponsors Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Guittard Chocolate Company, Prova, Valrohna USA, Cacao Barry, Barry Callebaut, ChoiceMART, Kona Auto Center, Dolphin Journeys, Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, Amoretti, Cocoa Outlet, Kona Brewing Company, Young’s Market, Waialua Estate Coffee & Chocolate, XPress Reprographics, The Spoon Shop, Island Asphalt Maintenance, DHX, Island Air, Republica Del Cacao, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Pivotal Shift Consulting Group, Hawaii Coffee Connection and TheWave@92FM.  www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com. #BIChocoFest, #ChocolateGold