UH Hilo Announces New Director of Security

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo announced the appointment of a new director of campus security. Effective Nov. 6, 2017, Richard Murray will take over the position.

Murray brings to UH Hilo more than 16 years of experience in college security administration in Hawaiʻi. He is currently the safety and security manager at Honolulu Community College, where he is responsible for all safety, security and emergency preparedness programs in addition to supervising and providing in-service training for campus security officers and contracted security guards.

He held the same title and responsibilities at Windward Community College from January 2011 until he assumed the HCC post in July 2016, and previously served as associate director of security and safety at Hawaiʻi Pacific University beginning in October 2001.

UH Hilo Security is responsible for providing 24-7, year-round security for the campus, including routine patrol duties, parking and traffic enforcement, conducting investigations, responding to emergencies and alarms, communicating emergency notifications, as well as securing rooms and buildings.

New Restaurants Open at HNL Airport

Big Island residents traveling though the Daniel K. Inouye Airport (HNL) on O‘ahu have more eateries to choose from while waiting for flights.

PC: Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill website.

Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill is now welcoming travelers with a lively beach and rock ’n’ roll atmosphere at HNL and HMSHost has expanded access to premium fresh food for Ewa Terminal travelers with a gourmet marketplace called “Makai Plantation.”

Global restaurateur HMSHost, with joint venture partner GRL Corporation, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar, opened Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill to share Hagar’s love for great food, beach living and rock ’n’ roll with travelers using Hawaiʻi’s busiest airport.

HMSHost and the airport will celebrate the new opening by holding a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017.

Located in the airports’ Ewa Concourse Terminal next to Gate 28, this is the fourth Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill that HMSHost has opened in a U.S. airport.

“What a blast it is to open a new restaurant with our great partner and rock ’n’ roll legend Sammy Hagar!” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Anthony Alessi. “Travelers love Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill for its delicious food and fun atmosphere, and people flying in and out of Honolulu can now experience the unique vibe of dining at Sammy’s. HMSHost is proud to operate in Honolulu’s airport and we are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation to continue bringing new and exciting dining options to travelers.”

The menu at the airport’s Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill focuses on approachable, high-quality food to offer something for all travelers, from the vacationer to the businessperson and even locals jumping islands just to visit family.

The Tex-Mex and tasty traditional American cuisine for which Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill is known is fused with Hawaiian influences to offer dishes like the Baja Style Beer-Battered Mahi Tacos, Kalua Pork Sliders, Beach Fish & Chips and Red Rockin Haleakala Wings.

The drink menu naturally features Sammy’s own Cabo Wabo Tequilia and Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, which is used in the restaurant’s signature Mint Macadamia Mule.

“Hawaiʻi is one of my favorite places in the world and it’s where my Beach Bar Rum was born so HNL is the perfect fit for the newest Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill location,” said Hagar. “Mai ‘ai and cheers to my fans and travelers who dine there and I look forward to starting the circle of giving back to the community of Honolulu like we’ve done in our other locations.”

The restaurant’s interior is a vibrant tribute to Hawai‘i’s beach-going aloha lifestyle, while also showing a significant appreciation for rock music. A beach party mood is set with the brightly painted walls, surfboard lighting, Hagar autographed guitars, handwritten song lyrics, and framed records of smash hits from the musical glory days of Hagar and Van Halen.

“There are a lot of positive improvements happening now at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport and the opening of the new Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill and Makai Plantation are both exciting additions that will enhance the customer experience,” said Ross Higashi, Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation Airports Division deputy director. “HMSHost has delivered a fun atmosphere for passengers to enjoy a meal, grab a beverage and relax.”

Hagar will donate some of his proceeds from this restaurant through the Hagar Family Foundation to benefit local children’s charity HUGS (Help, Understanding & Group Support).

HMSHost’s Makai Plantation gets its name from the Hawaiian term for “toward the sea,” as it is located on the seaward side of the airport while also paying homage to Hawaiʻi’s history of pineapple and sugarcane cash crop farms that dominated its 19th and 20th century economy.

With sit down, bar and fast, casual dining options available, Makai Plantation offers a range of locally sourced and inspired dishes including Market Style Ahi Poke, Furikake Crusted Ahi Salad and Char Siu Chicken Bahn Mi. There is also fresh local specialty rolls, maki and nigiri/sashimi from a made-to-order sushi bar.

HCBA 12th Annual Recognition Dinner and Auction

The Hawaiʻi County Bar Association (HCBA) will host its Twelfth Annual Recognition Dinner and Auction at the Nani Maui Gardens in Hilo on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, beginning at 5 p.m.

This year, Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center is giving the Peacemaker Award to Julie Hugo, vice president and broker-in-charge in East Hawaiʻi for Clark Realty Corporation. The award is also go to Jeffrey Melrose (posthumously), land-use planner and past president of KMC. The HCBA is honoring The Honorable Ronald Ibarra, retired chief judge of the Third Circuit.

Newton Chu and Jeri Gertz will emcee the gala event, which will feature a cameo appearance by Harmony on Tap, guitar music by Unzan Pfennig and door prizes.

Items up for bid in the silent and live auctions gift certificates for rounds of golf, outdoor excursions, overnight stays and dining experiences; artwork and gift baskets; fine wines, orchids and more.

This fundraiser provides a significant portion of the funds that KMC needs to provide free and low-cost dispute prevention and resolution services in East Hawaiʻi.

“Mediation is an empowerment model for shared decision-making,” said KMC President Doug Adams. “Mediation encourages self-determination and provides a safe space for all voices to be heard. We need more peace building programs on Hawaiʻi Island. Your presence at our dinner can make that happen.”

Tickets for the Annual Dinner are $90 per person (of which $45 is tax deductible) and are available from KMC’s board of directors; KMC’s office in The Hilo Lagoon Centre at 101 Aupuni St., Ste. PH 1014 B-2; Day-Lum Rentals; and The Most Irresistible Shop.

Click here for a form to purchase tickets, reserve a table, sponsor the event, make a donation or contribute to the auction. You can also call Jenifer Aveiro at (808) 935-7844, ext. 1, or email jenifer@hawaiimediation.org.

Lifelong Kona Resident Announces Run for County Council Seat

Bronsten “Kalei” Kossow will run for Kanuha’s vacant District 7 seat on the Hawai‘i County Counil. Courtesy photo.

Bronsten “Kalei” Kossow has announced he will run for Dru Mamo Kanuha’s vacant seat on the Hawai‘i County Council.

Kanuha’s open seat represents District 7, which includes Kealakekua, Kona Scenic, Kainaliu, Honalo, Keauhou, Kahalu‘u, Hōlualoa, Kona Hillcrest, Pualani Estates, Sunset View, Kuakini Heights, Kona Vistas, Ali‘i Heights and Kona Industrial.

Kossow is a lifelong resident of Kona who attended Hōlualoa Elementary and Kealakehe Intermediate Schools before graduating from Makua Lani Christian School. While a junior in high school, he earned his Eagle Scout award, and soon after received the Honor of Vigil.

A former Boy Scout lodge-vice chief for Hawai‘i Island, Kossow has served as an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 79, and a section-vice chief for the Pacific Region. He is currently working toward his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with the University of Hawai‘i.

“I am proud to be born and raised in this beautiful community,” Kossow said. “I am eager to jump into the conversation and continue the discussion of the current issues that our community is facing such as: creating efficiency in government; pushing for temporary housing for our homeless, working with both County and State agencies to expand the services to those who need assistance; investing in a long-term plan to implement Kona water well security; striving for renewable and alternative energy sources; and enhancing agriculture development for food sustainability.”

Kossow is also a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, a former paraprofessional for Aloha Council, and current finance chair for Kona Coast Boy Scouts of America. He is also a game management advisory commissioner for Hawai‘i County District 7, as well as a flight coordinator for Paradise Helicopters.

Gabbard’s Clean Energy Act Gains Momentum in Congress

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Courtesy photo.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act) is gaining traction in Congress with eleven new House cosponsors since it was first introduced in September.

The act is based on Hawai‘i’s legislative mandate aiming for 100% clean energy and would put the U.S. on track to completely replace fossil fuels with clean energy sources by 2035.

The OFF Act builds on a growing number of state initiatives designed to address climate change head-on by focusing on clean energy alternatives.

“It’s long overdue for Congress to take action to address the threat of climate change to our people and our planet,” said Rep. Gabbard. “We must end our addiction to fossil fuels and transition America toward a clean, sustainable energy economy and prioritize our future. I urge my fellow lawmakers to join us in supporting the OFF Act to put our country on the path to a 100% clean energy economy.”

“Americans deserve a Congress that will step up and act to solve climate change,” Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said. “We simply cannot afford to continue using taxpayer dollars to prop up the coal and oil industries. It is long past time to transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean renewable energy. Scientific experts across the world are in clear agreement that climate change is happening and we are quickly running out of time to do something. This bill would take the strong action needed to aggressively combat climate change and lay the groundwork for the 100 percent clean energy economy our country needs.”

“As recent monster storms and raging wildfires clearly demonstrate, our climate crisis is acute,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “Science shows that to keep a decent chance of avoiding deeper climate chaos, we must move off fossil fuels aggressively, and the transition needs to be complete by 2035. The OFF Act is the strongest, most comprehensive climate and energy legislation we’ve got, and we’re mobilizing across the country to make it the law of the land.”

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s OFF Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, H.R. 3671 is currently supported by environmental advocates and co-sponsors including Reps. Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Nanette Barragán (CA-44), Ted Lieu (CA-33), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Keith Ellison (MN-05), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Luis Gutierrez (IL-04), Eleanor Holmes Norton, (DC-AL), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), and James McGovern (MA-02).