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VIDEO: Hilo Farmers Market New Look

Despite county orders to the owners of the Hilo Farmers Market to take down their tarps and tents or face a $4,000 fine per day for being in operation, Big Island vendors are continuing to support the market location. Many have already begun to sell their goods again in their own private pop-up tents.

New look to Hilo Farmers Market.

Many residents on the Big Island were shocked to learn that the Hilo Farmers Market was forced to take down their tarps and tents that have been a Hilo mainstay for over 30 years.

Hawai‘i County Mayor Harry Kim said that he had tried to work with the market over the years, but finally, the county had to shut the location down and on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Poles and tarps were removed.

Vendors were upset with the short notice given to them; however, many have gotten over the shock of the idea of not having a permanent tent and have already gotten use to using their own 10-by-10-foot pop-up tents.

Hilo Farmers Market.

While the vendors can set up any day of the week, the market has traditionally enjoyed its largest crowds on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Big Island Now walked through a part of the market on Tuesday, March 27, 2018:

HAWAI'I ISLAND: Hilo Farmers Market has a new look. More information on #BigIslandNow

Posted by BigIslandNow.com on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Free Cat Clinic – Hundreds ‘Fixed’

The Big Island of Hawai‘i has a huge feral cat problem and it will only get worse if nothing is done about it.

Hundreds of pets and “community cats” have been spayed and/or neutered during the first few days of the “Big Island Fix” that began on Wednesday, March 25, 2018, at a temporary clinic set-up by an organization from the mainland called Animal Balance.

Big Island Now was on hand to see just how things operated.

Animal Balance likes to use the term “community cats” when discussing cats that are not somebody’s personal pet, or more commonly known here locally as feral cats.

Elsa Kohlbus, Communications Coordinator for Animal Balance said that residents have been dropping off cats between 8 and 9 a.m. each of the clinic days and that the cats can be picked up at the end of the day between 4 and 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 25, 2018, will be the last day of the free spay and neuter clinic that the County of Hawai‘i helped sponsor along with Alley Cat Allies.

If residents want to drop off their cats this Sunday, they will need to be in a secured container.  There is no limit of the amount of cats that can be spayed or neutered and there is no fee, however, there can only be one cat in each cage that is brought in.

Volunteer Carey Yost and Mr. Balls.

Kohlbus stated that they collected enough supplies for 700 cats and that this is the third time that Animal Balance has provided this service to Hilo residents.  In July of 2017, there were 683 total cats that were spayed and neutered.

Animal Balance provides services in Hawai‘i (Hilo, Maui, Moloka‘i and Kaua‘i) as well as the Galapagos Islands, The Dominican Republic, American Samoa, Aruba, Cuba, The Bahamas, Capo Verde and Saipan.

Animal Balance was formed in 2004 to create sustainable, humane animal population strategies for island environments and communities. The work to end the practice of killing of one species to protect another.

The temporary clinic is located at 1177 Kīlauea Ave. in Hilo, located behind WikiFresh.

For more information about Animal Balance, contact Kohlbus via ekohlbus@animalbalance.org or call (508) 245-1238.

T.J. Maxx Opens in Prince Kūhiō Plaza

The wait is over for Hilo residents wanting to take advantage of shopping discounts at the new T.J. Maxx store in East Hawai‘i. The store opened at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Prince Kūhiō Plaza.

Hundreds of eager customers waited in line beginning around 7:30 a.m. for a chance to get in the doors early.

T.J. Maxx officials were on hand and presented a check to HOPE Services Hawai‘i for $10,000.

The first 500 customers through the doors received T.J. Maxx recyclable shopping bags.

HAWAI'I ISLAND: T.J. MAXX Grand Opening. #BigIslandNow #BigIslandNowBusiness

Posted by BigIslandNow.com on Thursday, March 15, 2018

Regular store hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Prince Kuhio Plaza, located at 111 E Puainako St., is the island’s largest enclosed retail center.

ABOUT T.J.MAXX

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Hawai‘i Ranked No. 3 for Eco-friendly Singles Looking for Love

Hawai‘i is ranked the No. 3 place for eco-friendly singles in search of love, according to Just Energy, a world leader in renewable energy and green living.

The JE team pulled data on each states’ singles per capita—creating a ranked list for The Best States for Eco-Friendly Dating (see below for complete rankings).

The rankings take into consideration how green friendly each state’s dating atmospheres might be, from having enough EV charging stations to having veggie-friendly restaurants for green lovers to spark the fires of an eco-friendly romance.

Oregon outranked every state as the No. 1. It ranked high for every category, with plenty of singles in the dating pool, and lots of green living options throughout the city.

With tons of singles ready to mingle, more progressive populations, and plenty of earth-friendly date options, the top 10 states for green dating were largely coastal, with only Nevada as an outlier.

Although Alaska has the most coastline in the US and scores the highest in terms of general well-being, it comes in second to last for green dating.

With New York and Florida in the top 10 best states to find green love, the data correlates with online green dating trends from GreenSingles.com and the Conscious Dating Network

And it’s no wonder—with singles ready to mingle, progressive mindsets, and plenty of Earth-friendly date options, it makes sense that planet-minded people might have good luck finding love in these places.

The JE team sought input from Jill Crosby, founder of the Conscious Dating Network, to learn more about this niche dating pool.

“Our members tend to have jobs and businesses that are in alignment with their hearts and values,” said Crosby, “Many of our members have jobs and own businesses in renewable energy industry, and… [are] involved with charitable organizations that help others and create more sustainability.”

According to Crosby, membership in CDN sites has been increasing steadily as more people seek out relationships with others who have similar values and ethical standards.

But sometimes finding that kind of love means being in the right place at the right time.

If any eco-minded couples are looking to plan their first in-person meeting or a romantic getaway, Just Energy’s rankings of the best states for green lovers can help guide them to their next destination.

Hawaii anyone?

Try these spots on the Big Island to look for love in all the right places…

Get close to nature and to your significant other this Valentine’s Day, Kohala Zipline offers a Canopy Adventure Experience the thrill of zipping from tree-to-tree, reaching speeds up to 45 mph while taking in the beauty of the forest canopy.

Kohala Zipline is among the Big Island activities certified as a Sustainable Tour Operator by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association. For more information about this certification, click here.

For 10 days only, Feb. 8 through 17, Kohala Zipline will offer Zippin to Love! Kama‘āina receive two for the price of one on Kohala Zipline’s Canopy Adventure ( Hawai‘i ID required) Call (808) 331-3620 to book a romantic rendezvous under a tropical canopy.

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Or enjoy a romantic, local and fresh lunch or dinner at Foster’s Kitchen in Kona. This famous eatery on Ali’i Drive collaborates closely with local farmers by utilizing their fresh fruit, vegetables and meats. The menu proudly features and integrates products that are made locally, from craft beers to kombucha, local freshly baked breads and Kona coffee to locally made ice cream and dessert.

For more details, and to read a Big Island Now review of the kitchen, click here.

What about a heart-felt, home-cooked, locally-sourced Valentine meal by candlelight? Shop for ingredients at one of the Big Island’s farmers markets, such as the Kona Sunset Market, open every Wednesday at the HPM parking lot in Kona.

Pressed for time? Let technology give you a hand so you can focus on other romantic preparations—order your groceries online at ChoiceMART.

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Search for Missing Nurse Extended

The search for Kelly Mrowinski, the traveling nurse from Chicago was was swept down the Wailuku River following a flash flood at Pi‘ihonua Falls on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, has been extended into it’s seventh day.

The fire department set up a command center at Rainbow Falls today, where they continued searching further down the river using divers and a helicopter.

Family and friends of Mrowinski were on the scene and remained hopeful that her body would be located.

Hawai‘i Fire Department Battalion Chief Matthias Kusch said that the search was extended at the family’s request. Battalion Chief Kusch does not remember of a time that a river search has been extended this long and that the search would end today.

The family would like to thank the David Sayre Foundation; all donations should be sent to the foundation.

Hawai‘i’s Visitor Statistics Results for 2017

George D. Szigeti

The president and CEO of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) George D. Szigeti, issued the following statement commenting on Hawai‘i’s visitor statistics results for 2017.

“What tourism generated for Hawai‘i in 2017, highlighted by record totals in the five major categories that convey the industry’s importance to residents and the state’s economy, is rewarding and should not be taken for granted. It’s especially heartening that tourism is supporting 204,000 jobs in Hawai‘i, knowing how the industry’s success helps families, businesses and communities statewide.

“We are grateful for the efforts of Hawai‘i’s tourism industry partners to constantly improve their facilities and product offerings, and the outstanding service that our tourism professionals provide to visitors coming from around the world. HTA’s marketing programs drive travel demand for Hawai‘i, but it’s the warmth and aloha of our people throughout the islands that keep them coming back.

“We are hopeful of sustaining tourism’s momentum in 2018 for the benefit of Hawai‘i’s families and the state’s economy. HTA’s Global Marketing Team is communicating with travel industry partners in Hawai‘i’s source markets on a continual basis to maintain travelers’ confidence in the booking of trips to the Hawaiian Islands. Our message to global travelers continues to be that Hawai‘i is the safest, cleanest and most welcoming destination in the world.”

Sayonara & Mahalo, ‘Nippon Maru’

The Big Island of Hawai‘i Gannenmono Committee bid aloha to the Japanese training sailing ship Nippon Maru this morning, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at Hilo Harbor.

“Nippon Maru” in Hilo Bay.

On Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, the cadets conducted a beach cleanup and also helped tend to some damaged gravestones at Alae Cemetery.

Cadets clean a grave at Alae Cemetery.

The captain and chief officers of the Japanese training vessel Nippon Maru visited the mayor’s office on Monday, Jan. 8.

(L–R) “Nippon Maru” First Officer Atsushi Osaka, Chief Engineer Naoaki Adachi and Captain Shinjiro Abe. Courtesy photo.

Big Island residents lined the shores of Coconut Island and Hilo Bay on Tuesday, Jan. 9, to catch a glimpse of the four-masted sailing ship leaving the island.

The Nippon Maru was built by Sumitomo Heavy Industries in Uraga, Kanagawa, and was launched on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1984, with its commissioning occurring on Sunday, Sept. 16, 1984.

Cadets man the masts of the “Nippon Maru.”

The last time the ship visited Hilo was in 2005.

Japan Cadets Clean Hilo Beach and Damaged Graves

On Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, members of the Japanese Community Association and other Japanese organizations welcomed the return of the Japanese training sailing ship, Nippon Maru, to the Big Island of Hawai‘i.

“Nippon Maru” at Hilo Harbor.

The cadets on the ship spent Sunday, Jan. 7, conducting a beach cleanup at Hilo Bay.

Cadets from “Nippon Maru” clean Hilo Bayfront.

The cleanup was arranged by the Big Island of Hawai‘i Gannenmono Committee, which is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Japanese immigrants in Hawai‘i throughout the year of 2018.

Cadet from “Nippon Maru” clean Hilo Bayfront.

A few of the cadets also spent some time cleaning up some graves that were recently damaged at Alae Cemetery.

Cadets from “Nippon Maru” assist with a grave cleaning.

The damaged plots are located in “Section B” near the front of the cemetery.

Alae Cemetery is located at 1033 Hawai‘i Belt Road.

Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation staff are attempting to contact the families of the damaged/disturbed plots to notify them of the incident.

For more information, contact the county Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 961-8311.

The department is asking families with plots in the area of the incident to visit the cemetery and contact them if they notice damage to their plot.

 

Top Scientists to Converge on the Big Island – Hawaiʻi International Conference on System Sciences

More than 1,000 of the world’s top academics, researchers and practitioners in computer science and information technology will gather at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawai‘i County for the Hawaiʻi International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), January 2-6, 2018.

Sponsored by the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, the conference will cover trending topics and future concepts that may lead to the next big technological discovery in the world.

The conference will feature 10 research tracks, and 33 symposia, workshops and tutorials on topics such as digital transformation, big data, cybersecurity, cognitive computer and smart toys.

Over the past five decades, HICSS has built a distinguished reputation as the premier forum for the exchange of ideas in the information systems (IS) industry. It is one of the longest-running general-purpose scientific conferences in the world and is recognized for its ability to bring together top IS academics and professionals from more than 1,000 universities in an interactive working environment.

“Many of HICSS’ past papers have contributed to discoveries in information technologies and scientific knowledge in the IS industry,” said Tung Bui, HICSS conference chair and a professor of informational technology management at the Shidler College of Business.

“Early research theories and models of the Internet, drones, social media, human technology, etc., were all discussed at HICSS years before its debut. Its influence will continue to strongly shape the future direction of technology research in the world,” Bui said.

HICSS is the top conference in terms of citations, according to Google Scholar. Approximately 600 papers will be presented through 139 sessions. This yearʻs conference will feature two keynote speakers: Inhi Suh, general manager of IBM Collaboration Solutions, presenting “Cognitive Computing and the Future,” and Larry Smarr, founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, presenting “Toward a Global Research Platform for Big Data Analysis.”

The proceedings of the 2018 conference are available online.

Hawaiʻi International Conference on System Sciences

Throughout its 50-year history, HICSS has promoted technological innovations and has advanced the research and development in the IS and technology fields publishing approximately 19,000 refereed papers. HICSS has also featured renowned researchers and practitioners from the technology industry who served as keynote speakers.
Over the past five decades, HICSS has built a distinguished reputation as the premier forum for the exchange of ideas in the information systems (IS) industry. It is one of the longest-running general-purpose scientific conferences in the world and is recognized for its ability to bring together top IS academics and professionals from more than 1,000 universities in an interactive working environment.

For more information, visit the HICSS website at www.hicss.hawaii.edu.

Hilo: Home of a World-Class Pineapple Collection

Hilo is home to one of the world’s largest and most genetically diverse pineapple collections.

A field of pineapples in Maui, Hawaii. Photo credit: USDA-ARS photo by Tracie Matsumoto.

According to the USDA:

“The collection is managed by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) on 33 acres of land in Hilo as part of the agency’s National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Tropical Fruit and Nut Crops.

The ARS collection represents a treasure of genetic resources for identifying and improving important traits in commercial pineapples as well as for research to understand the basic biology and evolution of different plant processes.

Big-name as well as little-known pineapple accessions alike are kept there. Some, like Smooth Cayenne, are industry leaders, prized for their fresh fruit or canning quality. Others, like Saigon Red, are more obscure though no less worth preserving.

A miniature pineapple brought to Hawaii from Vietnam in 1938, Saigon Red is too tart to eat. However, its compact size, red-skinned fruit and long, shapely leaves could prove ideal for landscape plantings or indoor use as a decorative plant.

Ensuring the good health and availability of the Hilo collection—which numbers 186 different kinds of wild and cultivated pineapple—can be labor-intensive; so, too, can cataloguing the plants and their traits. Now, new tools called “molecular markers” are helping to speed up the process—from 18 months to 2 years down to just a few days. The markers detect the gene or genes for specific traits in the pineapple’s DNA. This can be done with seedlings rather than full-grown plants, saving time, money and resources.

Just as canning refinements made Hawaii an early world leader in exports, so too is the state on the cusp of technology today to mine the fruit crop’s untapped genetic potential, with benefits to growers and consumers across the globe.”

Photos: Haihai Fire Station Grand Opening and Blessing

The Haihai Fire Station Grand Opening and blessing was held this morning. The fire fighters and equipment had moved from the Kawailani Station in the previous few weeks and today they had grand opening, blessing and an open house.

The Master of Ceremony was Assistant Chief Glen Honda.

Welcoming statements were given by County of Hawaii Public Works Project Manager Nolan Eskaran, Kaeo Jones of BCP Construction, Retired Councilman Dennis “Fresh” Onishi, Hawaii Fire Fighters Association Rep from Local 1463 James Pacheco, Hawaii County Mayor Kim and the Fire Chief Darren Rosario.

The blessing was performed by Pastor Sheldon Lacsina of New Hope Hilo.

Attendees were able to tour the station afterwards.

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Approximately 600 Attend ‘Pearl Harbor Youth Day’

In remembrance of the Pearl Harbor attack 76 years ago, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor once again sponsored Pearl Harbor Youth Day, December 9, from 10 am – 2 pm with free admission for students up to age 18. Approximately 600 attended the event. This year’s theme, “Celebrating the Pearl Harbor Child” focused on those who witnessed the attack as children and lived through the war years in Hawaii.

Visitors heard first-person accounts from former Pearl Harbor children such as Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson, award-winning author. The new Mattel American Girl Doll “Nanea Mitchell,” based in part on Ms. Nicholson’s experiences, was featured through a variety of activities that provided insight into the lives of those who were in Hawaii during the 1940s. Two “Nanea” dolls were given away during the day, compliments of American Girl.

Other highlights included a scavenger hunt, swing dancing, the ever popular open cockpits of some of the Museum’s most iconic aircraft, machine shop riveting with “Rosie the Riveter,” lei making, hula lessons, and costumed interpreters representing historic characters.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located on Historic Ford Island, where bombs fell during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Visitors to the Museum can see remnants from that day of infamy, including the 158-foot tall, red and white iconic Ford Island Control Tower, Hangars 37 and 79, and bullet holes in Hangar 79. Through its preservation and restoration of World War II fighter planes and accompanying artifacts in the Museum’s historic hangars, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor shares the story of the vital role aviation played in the winning of World War II, and its continuing role in maintaining America’s freedom.

16-Year-Old Wins Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Photographers Contest

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and Paradise Helicopters extend congratulations to 16-year-old Hilo High School student photographer Jared Goodwin on the selection of his image “Path of Reflections” as the cover image on the 2018 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens photographers contest calendar.

Path of Reflections photo by Jared Goodwin.

Speaking of photography, Goodwin said, “Beginning at the age of 13, I found a way to capture the love I have for the uniqueness and beauty of our `aina…one frame at a time. Photography is the window to my mind inspired by Madame Pele’s journeys and our beautiful shorelines.”

The grand prize winner’s award of a helicopter tour on Paradise Helicopters with Bruce Omori and Mick Kalber will be presented during the second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll Saturday, January 13.

“Paradise Helicopters is honored to support Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens who have dedicated so much effort to this worthy cultural and community cause,” said Cal Dorn, president of Paradise Helicopters. “Our employees, many of whom were born and live in Hilo, use and appreciate Lili`uokalani Gardens and what this organization has done to maintain and improve the park. Congratulations to Jared Goodwin on his winning photograph which will grace the cover of the 2018 calendar on this historic centennial anniversary of this treasured park.”

All photographs featured in the 2018 calendar will be on exhibit during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll from noon to 6 p.m.

Copies of the 2018 calendar presently are being printed at Hawaii Printing Corporation and will be for sale at Banyan Gallery, near the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, and on line from Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

“Lili’uokalani Gardens are a community treasure. I am excited to see what our artist community will produce this year in honor of its beauty and history,” said gallery owner Jelena Clay.”Banyan Gallery will always support the revitalization efforts of Banyan Drive and the Friends of Lili’uokalani Gardens because they play a major role in the garden upkeep and improvement. “

The 2018 photographers contest was chaired by Vijay Karai, who remarked: “I had the pleasure of curating the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens second annual calendar. To say merely that I received 111 entries from 24 photographers is limiting in the scope of work. What I saw in those images is limitless talent and artistic expression. Charles Wood did an excellent job at selecting those images to the calendar needs. Thank you photographers for working with the limited time frame.”

The calendar was designed by Ken Goodrich of Hawaii Photo Retreat. “I have a special appreciation for the artistic and technical skills required to create an image that celebrates the beauty of our environment and moves people to protect our natural treasures,” Goodrich said. “Hilo is lucky to be blessed with Lili`uokalani Gardens and each photograph in this calendar reminds us just how lucky we are! Thanks to all the photographer/artists who contributed to the imagery herein.”

The 13-month calendar also features 26 small thumbnail images from Hawaii Island photographers, a message from Mayor Harry Kim, messages from juror Charles Woods and Friends president K.T. Cannon-Eger, short biographies of each featured photographer, and a history page.

For further information, contact Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens through their Facebook page or phone K.T. Cannon-Eger at (808) 895-8130.

Hawaii House of Representatives is Accepting Job Applications

The Hawaii House of Representatives is accepting job applications for the upcoming 2018 legislative session. Working at the Hawaii State Legislature offers individuals an opportunity to experience firsthand what it’s like to work in a dynamic public service organization, work closely with elected officials and the public, and learn more about the legislative process.

Session jobs require a 4-5 month commitment, depending upon the position. Most positions begin on January 2, 2018 and end on the last day of the legislative session.

Employees working 20 hours or more per week are eligible for health insurance including drug, dental and vision coverage.

To apply, email your resume, cover letter including the positions desired to resume@capitol.hawaii.gov. All resumes submitted will be available for review by the individual Representative and Agency Offices.

More information about employment opportunities with the Hawaii State House of Representatives can be found online at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hjobs.aspx.

Tomorrow: Kona Choral Society Youth Choruses – “Let Your Light Shine”

The Kona Choral Society Youth Choruses invites the public to a free concert tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 8th at 5:30 p.m.

Come enjoy the voices of three youth choruses as they present “Let Your Light Shine.”

Children from grades K-12 join together for this festive concert under the direction of Wendy Buzby, Youth Director.

Hale Halawai is located at 75-5760 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona.

President Trump to Land in Hawaii Tomorrow Morning

President Trump is scheduled to land in Honolulu tomorrow morning, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at the Hickam Airforce Base.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has implemented Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) for the island of O‘ahu for Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


The President is expected to stay on the military base and no roads or traffic will be stopped during his time on O’ahu.

The following operations are not authorized within this TFR: flight training, practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations, parachute operations, ultralight, hang gliding, balloon operations, agriculture/crop dusting, animal population control flight operations, banner towing operations, sightseeing operations, maintenance test flights, model aircraft operations, model rocketry, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and utility and pipeline survey operations.

Ride So They Can Walk – A Biking Event to End Polio Now

The Hawaii Rotary Club is sponsoring statewide bike rides that will be happening from Saturday, Nov. 11 through Saturday, Nov. 18. The purpose of these rides is to help to put an end to polio.

During this week, there will be Rotarians, individual community members, biking groups and clubs riding bikes and those on stationary bikes in health clubs and gyms all riding in the support of eradicating polio. This ride is different in that no roads need be closed as everyone will ride on their own schedule and desired distance.

Each rider will pay a $20.00 registration fee and will also have friends and family sponsor their ride with all those donations going to Rotary’s Polio Plus program. When Rotary started the campaign to eradicate polio in 1988 there were 350,000 cases a year in the world. As of the date of this writing there are 10 cases worldwide – 6 in Afghanistan and 4 in Pakistan. This isn’t good enough – Zero is the magic number. Each rider will receive a commemorative towel with the specially designed logo once they complete their ride and bring in a minimum of $100.00 in sponsor donations. Do even more by challenging another rider to see how many sponsor dollars you can bring in.

Join in the fun by becoming a rider and/or sponsoring a rider to help Rotary End Polio Now.

Register to ride, Sponsor a rider for $20, or Donate now: http://bit.ly/2wSMMi1

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Seeking Volunteers

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is looking for friendly, reliable volunteers of all ages to help with events throughout the ten days of Festival fun. Interested individuals, local businesses and community service groups are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Festival volunteers can assist the Festival in a variety of ways, including event set up, execution and breakdown, survey taking, greeters, traffic control, venue maintenance and post event clean-up.

The 47th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival starts brewing Friday, November 3 through Sunday, November 12. Volunteer positions are available starting Monday, October 30 and continue throughout the Festival.

All interested volunteers are asked to email jkadooka@twc.comor phone 808-936-8320.

The award-winning Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is recognized as the oldest and one of the most successful food festivals in Hawaii. The 2017 Festival, November 3 through 12, includes 10 days of events that promote Hawaii’s unique culture and diversity and supports the Festival’s mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique coffee heritage.

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is supported as a Signature Event by Hawaii Tourism Authority, and is made possible through the support of UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd., Kamehameha Schools, Alaska Airlines, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, Kawakami Family of Captain Cook Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation and numerous other corporate and community donors.

Visit konacoffeefest.com for detailed Festival information. Connect with us on social media @konacoffeefest and #konacoffeefest

8th Annual UNCORKED Food & Wine Festival to Benefit Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai’i Island (VASH)

The Shops at Mauna Lani’s “Uncorked” Food & Wine Festival is an experience in great taste—from rich jazz to fine wines and delicious gourmet foods—on Saturday, November 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. The annual event is a benefit for the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai‘i Island (VASH) which assists Hawai‘i visitors touched by adversity during their stay, from lost tickets to medical emergencies.

The evening stars multitalented vocalist Binti Bailey, whose diverse musical skills slide effortlessly from blues to classical, jazz to soul and more. A performer in-demand in Kona clubs and music venues, Bailey will release her premiere CD, “Honestly,” this year.

“I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember,” she said. “I started in the church, and much of my exposure was in my household. My dad used to sing with us a lot and we would listen to artists like Sam Cooke and Pavarotti, so it was nice and diverse. He took us to Broadway and to Sweet Honey in the Rock. We were always exposed to music.”

Binti Bailey

As if exposure to Binti’s music wasn’t enough, Uncorked guests can savor food tastings from the “izakaya-style” menu of Monstera, European flavors of The Blue Room, upscale vegan cuisine from Under the Bodhi Tree, contemporary island style by Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, and the traditional sizzle of Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

In addition, acclaimed Kohala Coast restaurants will share samples of their specialties, including Mai Grille by Chef Allen Hess, Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Sushi Shiono, Pueo’s Osteria, The Fairmont Orchid and others, with libations by Southern Wine & Spirits, Kona Brewing Company and more.

Uncorked attendees also get the chance to bid for bargains in the upscale silent auction, featuring wine tours and travel packages, golf, dining, island adventures and beautiful items from the The Shops’ stores. As a special bonus, ticket holders will receive great offers from participating stores and restaurants at The Shops at Mauna Lani on the night of the event with a “VIP Shopping & Dining Discount Card” valued at over $100 for future visits.

Tickets are $65 in advance or $80 on the day of the event, and may be purchased online in advance at www.Uncorked2017MaunaLani.bpt.me. Additional event parking will be available.

For more information, call 808-885-9501, or visit www.ShopsAtMaunaLani.com.

October Brown Bag Lunch Series – “Conflict Resolution Day: Mediation as a Tool for Peace”

With a focus on “Finding Solutions, Growing Peace,” this monthly lunch-and-learn series features interesting speakers discussing topics related to communication, dispute prevention and resolution, and transforming conflict.

This month’s speaker is Julie Mitchell on “Conflict Resolution Day: Mediation as a Tool for Peace.”

“Conflict Resolution Day is an annual international celebration held every third Thursday in October,” says Julie. “It promotes awareness of peaceful means of resolving disagreements and encourages the use of conflict resolution in schools, families, businesses, communities, government, and the legal system.”

During this talk, professionally trained volunteer mediators will conduct a ‘Live Action Mediation’ to demonstrate how mediators empower people to find their own best solutions.

Ku‘ikahi’s Brown Bag Lunch Series is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch, enjoy an informal and educational talk-story session, and meet others interested in “Finding Solutions, Growing Peace.”

For more information, contact Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center Program Coordinator Al-Qawi Majidah at (808) 935-7844 x 3 or majidah@hawaiimediation.org. No RSVP needed – walks ins welcome!