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TRAFFIC ALERT: Māmalahoa Hwy at Nāpo‘opo‘o Junction, Kona – Motorist Can Expect Long Delays

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Isemoto Contracting will be doing paving work tomorrow, Thursday, September 29th on the Māmalahoa Highway  from Shiraki’s Dry Cleaners to the Nāpō‘opo‘o Intersection.

Motorists are advised to expect delays with additional drive time of 30 – 60 minutes, as there will be traffic back-up due to alternating lane closures necessary for the paving work.

Work is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather and construction conditions permitting.  Isemoto Contracting and the Department of Public Works thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

Conversion to L.E.D. Streetlights Continues in Kona

The Department of Public Works, Traffic division will be conducting streetlight work on Wednesday, September 28th along Hualālai Rd. from the intersection of Kuakini Hwy. and Hualālai Rd. and then along Ali’i Dr. from the intersection of Hualālai Rd. and Ali’i Dr. heading in the southern direction.

Wednesday

Streetlight work will continue on Thursday, September 29th on Palani Rd. from the intersection of Hina Lani St. and Palani Rd., to the Palani Rd. and Queen Ka‘ahumanu Hwy. intersection.  Work for both days is scheduled between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., weather conditions permitting.

Thursday

Thursday

This work is part of the County public streetlight conversion program.  The program converts streetlights from current low-pressure sodium lamps, or LPS, to light-emitting diode lamps or LED.

Special off-duty police officers will facilitate traffic movement during intermittent lane closures.  Motorists are advised to expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes.

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns, please call Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist, at 961-8787.

Video – Ali’i Drive Open Following Watermain Break

The Hawaii Police Department reports that Alii Drive between the intersections of Hualalai Road and Walua Road in Kailua Kona is now open.

alii-flood

This portion of Alii Drive was previously closed due to ponding as a result of a watermain break.

Video via Councilman Greggor Illagan:

Informational Meeting for Manta Ray Viewing Rules This Weekend

A public information meeting will be held this Saturday to discuss new, proposed rules for the Makako Bay and Keauhou manta ray viewing sites in Kona.

manta-rayThe Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Boating and Ocean Recreation Division (DOBOR) has scheduled the meeting on September 24, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Palamanui Campus of Windward Community College, 73-4255 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Room B-126, in Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i. The meeting was rescheduled from Sept. 3 due to severe weather forecasts earlier this month.

Manta ray viewing opportunities on the Kona coast are unique worldwide  Tours are presently conducted in two specific areas where mantas tend to congregate at night to feed on plankton – at Makako Bay (Garden Eel Cove) and at the coastline fronting the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Hotel.  The activity has become so popular in recent years that it has reached a point that is unsustainable and unsafe. Regulation is needed to preserve the resource and address the dangers posed by overcrowding of boats and swimmers/divers in the water.

The first part of the meeting will be devoted to discussing the history of manta ray viewing on the Kona coast. The second part of the meeting will be to present DOBOR’s proposed management plan in detail and collect feedback from all interested stakeholders.

DOBOR staffers have been working closely with DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources staff, commercial tour operators, the staff of the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Hotel and other stakeholders to draft administrative rules to mitigate environmental hazards and decrease the potential risk for accidents causing harm to people or manta rays.

In 2016 DOBOR has been surveying the two manta viewing sites to determine where and how additional moorings could be placed to alleviate coral damage from vessel anchoring and allow for a safe, sustainable and environmentally conscious regulation of commercial manta diving activities.

DOBOR has drafted a proposed management plan and potential management options for the sites based on two years of collected stakeholder input.  The proposed management plan contemplates strategies such as prohibiting anchoring at the sites, limiting the number of commercial operators, prohibiting rafting, and restricting live boating to improve safety.

In order to give stakeholders time to review the proposed management plan before the September 24 meeting, DOBOR released the plan on its website on September 10, 2016.  Interested parties can access the proposed management plan and get meeting updates by visiting DOBOR’s meeting announcement page: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dobor/meetings/

(The original meeting announcement was issued Sept. 1, 2016).

Water Main Break Closes Kona Road

The Hawaii Police Department reports a temporary road closure of Alii Drive in Kailua Kona, from Hualalai Road to Walua Road, due to ponding of water from a water main break.

Photo via Fern Gavalek

Photo via Fern Gavelek

Motorist are being advised to avoid this location and take alternate routes. The expected closure times are approximately 4 to 6 hours.

HELCO Announces Partial Lane Closure for Transmission Line Upgrades

Hawaii Electric Light Company announces a partial lane closure along sections of Highway 190 from just south of Puu Waawaa (23-mile marker) to Makalei Golf Course (32-mile marker) from mid-September through December 2016. The closure will allow crews to upgrade transmission lines and equipment to improve system reliability.

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Contractors are expected to begin hole digging operations starting mid-September. One lane will be closed to traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Motorists are advised to expect delays of up to 20 minutes and encouraged to use alternate routes, if possible.

Hawaii Electric Light regrets any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

For questions or concerns, please call 969-6666.

Third Annual Historic Kailua Village Luau October 1st

The Kailua Village Business Improvement District continues to host exciting community events that add to the vibrancy within Historic Kailua Village. Next up is the Third Annual Historic Kailua Village Luau on Saturday, October 1 at 6 p.m. on the makai (oceanfront) lawn at Kona Inn.

kailua-luau“The Historic Kailua Village Luau is very popular with both local residents and visitors,” said KVBID President Riley Smith. “Our aim is to celebrate a special Hawaiian evening by the sea and keep the price within reach. Too often we are wrapped up in daily responsibilities and we don’t take enough time to enjoy where we live with our friends and family. Our Historic Kailua Village Luau is an opportunity to enjoy traditional Hawaiian food and entertainment in a perfect oceanfront setting.”

Traditional Hawaiian luau fare will be complemented with entertainment by Halau Kalaakeakauikawekiu under the direction of Kumu Hula Kenneth “Aloha” Victor with music by Iwalani Hoomanawanui and friends.

Special value tickets are priced at $45 each and reserved tables of 10 are available in limited quantities at $400 per table. Tickets may be purchased online at HistoricKailuaVillage.com.

The Third Annual Historic Kailua Village Luau is brought to you by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District, Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Hawaii, Big Island Honda, Kona Commons and Courtyard Marriott Kona Beach Hotel. Contact HKVevents@gmail.com a minimum of 5 days in advance to request an auxiliary aid or reasonable modification.

Big Island Police Searching for 16-Year-Old Kona Boy Missing Since May

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 16-year-old Kona boy who was reported missing.

Santiago Santana was last seen in Kailua-Kona on May 5.

He is described as 5-foot-3, 120 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.  (No image was released)

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.

2016 Hawaii DAR Chapter Honors and Recognition

The Hawai’i Loa Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) will honor and recognize those who have dedicated themselves to conserving the dryland forest of the Kohala District and those who have preserved the history of the Kona District of Hawai’i County. Presentations will be held during the September 17, 2016 DAR chapter meeting at the West Hawaii Civic Center located at 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy. in Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawai’i.

Preceding the meeting, a reception will be held for our honored recipients between 10:00 and 10:20 a.m. in Conference Room A and the chapter meeting and award presentations will follow at 10:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers. The meeting is expected to conclude at 12:30 p.m.

NSDAR CONSERVATION MEDAL

The NSDAR Conservation Medal recognizes an adult with a distinguished volunteer conservation record that includes outstanding efforts in wildlife and nature centers; resource management; park establishment; youth leadership; conservation related media; and education on the college, high school, junior high school, middle school, or elementary school level.

Beverley Brand, NSDAR Conservation Medal Recipient

Beverly Brand

Beverly Brand

In 2004, wiliwili trees were in danger of disappearing due to contractors removing them from the Waikoloa Village area and replanting them at the resort properties located nearby. In an effort to prevent any additional transplanting, Beverley Brand led the charge to obtain a lease on 275 acres of land that would later become the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve. Furthermore, she formed a committee of people who would later found the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative (WDFI) that allowed her to obtain funding, develop educational programs, and collaborate with professionals and state and federal agencies to ensure that these trees would be preserved and protected.

Her efforts have provided local jobs, protected tropical lowland dry forest (which is one of the most endangered forest types in the world), helped recovery efforts for rare and endangered Hawaiian plants, and provided a venue for youth to learn about and participate in conservation through experiential education activities.

Today, Beverley serves as president on the WDFl Board and continues to be a guiding force of the project. Her energy and enthusiasm for this work has inspired countless others to join the effort and the preserve at Waikoloa Dry Forest is now counted among the top dry forest restoration projects on Hawai’i Island.

NSDAR HISTORIC PRESERVATION RECOGNITION AWARD

The Historic Preservation Recognition Award recognizes and honors an individual or group that has done recent remarkable volunteer work at the community level. The award recognizes achievements in all areas of historic preservation: buildings, landmarks, monuments, cemeteries, historic districts, statues, museum collections, manuscripts, documents, and archival materials. It also includes writing or compiling and publishing books on historic preservation projects, historical properties, genealogical and court house records, and photography collections; as well as compiling oral histories; and serving as historical guides, interpreters or docents.

NSDAR Historic Preservation Recognition Award Recipients: Daughters of Hawai’i and the Calabash Cousins

One of our nation’s treasures, the Hulihe’e Palace, is preserved through the courageous, imaginative, and undaunted efforts of the Daughters of Hawai’i and the Calabash Cousins.

The Daughters of Hawai‘i were organized in 1903 by seven Kama’āina women who feared the loss of Hawaiian culture. To preserve their culture, the Daughters have restored and currently maintain the only two furnished palaces within the United States which were used by former Hawaiian Royalty. One is the summer palace of Queen Emma located on the island of Oahu and the other is the Hulihe’e Palace located on the island of Hawai’i.

In 1986, the Calabash Cousins (of the Daughters of Hawai’i) was officially established to assist in raising funds and participate in the ongoing preservation efforts. Many are docents and help with preservation activities and fundraisers.

For many visitors, the Hulihe’e Palace is a first stop during their time here. Keeping history alive in our community and educating our many visitors to the island, Hulihe’e Palace remains the jewel it is because of the hard work and devotion of the Daughters of Hawai’i and the Calabash Cousins.

NSDAR COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

The NSDAR Community Service Award allows an opportunity for chapters and states to recognize worthy individuals and organizations for outstanding unpaid voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, citizenship, or environmental conservation endeavors.

Ann Kern and the Kona Historical Society – NSDAR Community Service Award Recipients

ann-kernThe Kona Historical Society is a community based, non-profit organization that was founded in 1976 to collect, preserve and share the history of the Kona districts supported by over 1000 members internationally. Society member Ann Kern created the Hanohano O’ Kona (Honoring Kona), a free lecture series offered monthly to the community. Speakers and coordinators of the series donate their time lecturing on topics pertinent to Kona’s history. Today, Ann Kern serves as coordinator of the lecture series while also serving as lead interpreter for the Kona Historical Society’s Kailua Village Walking Tour and Greenwell Store Living History Museum.

Big Island Fair in Kona Cancelled

The fair that was scheduled for West Hawaii this weekend has been cancelled.

Fair Ride

EK Fernandez posted the following on Facebook on August 30th:

Due to the upcoming weather this week, piers on the Big Island are closing today and our rides and equipment are still on Kauai from this past weekend’s Kauai Fair. Unfortunately, there’s no way to get everything over to the Big Island in time to operate next weekend for the Big Island Fair in Kona. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and will have any and all event updates posted on our social media and website.
Please take care and be sure to keep yourself and families safe and dry!
www.EKFernandez.com

The Hawaii County Fair scheduled for September 22-25th is still scheduled to go on as planned.

Informational Meeting for Manta Ray Viewing Rules Rescheduled

A public information meeting planned this weekend to discuss new, proposed rules for the Makako Bay and Keauhou manta ray viewing sites has been rescheduled due to the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Lester. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Boating and Ocean Recreation Division (DOBOR) will now hold the meeting on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Palamanui Campus of Hawaii Community College, 73-4255 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Room B-126, in Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i.

manta Ray

Manta ray viewing opportunities on the Kona coast are unique worldwide  Tours are conducted in two specific areas where mantas tend to congregate at night to feed on plankton — Makako Bay (Garden Eel Cove) and the coastline fronting the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Hotel.  The activity has become so popular in recent years that it has reached a point that is unsustainable and unsafe. Regulation is needed to preserve the resource and address the dangers posed by overcrowding of boats and swimmers/divers in the water.

The first part of the meeting to be held on September 24 will be devoted to discussing the history of manta ray viewing on the Kona coast. The second part of the meeting will be to present DOBOR’s proposed management plan in detail and collect feedback from all interested stakeholders.

DOBOR staffers have been working closely with DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources staff, commercial tour operators, the staff of the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Hotel and other stakeholders to draft administrative rules to mitigate environmental hazards and decrease the potential risk for accidents causing harm to people or manta rays.

In 2016 DOBOR has been surveying the two manta viewing sites to determine where and how additional moorings could be placed to alleviate coral damage from vessel anchoring and allow for a safe, sustainable and environmentally conscious regulation of commercial manta diving activities.

DOBOR has drafted a proposed management plan and potential management options for the sites based on two years of collected stakeholder input.  The proposed management plan contemplates strategies such as prohibiting anchoring at the sites, limiting the number of commercial operators, prohibiting rafting, and restricting live boating to improve safety.

In order to give stakeholders time to review the proposed management plan before the September 24 meeting, DOBOR will release the plan on its website on September 10, 2016.  Interested parties can access the proposed management plan and get meeting updates by visiting DOBOR’s meeting announcement page: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dobor/meetings/

7th Annual Kau Kau Kailua Showcases Restaurants Throughout September

Restaurants are essential in thriving towns and Historic Kailua Village celebrates their culinary contributions every September. Beginning September 1, the 7th Annual Kau Kau Kailua gets underway with a month-long opportunity to enjoy great values and restaurant specials at a wide array of eateries throughout Historic Kailua Village.

kau kau kailuaMore than 20 participating restaurants have already posted their special value coupons at HistoricKailuaVillage.com. Kau Kau Kailua coupons can be printed in advance or displayed via smartphone at the time of ordering. The coupons are valid throughout the month of September. Each restaurant has customized their special value coupons and the offerings are as diverse as the dining choices.

Kau Kau Kailua is 30 days of fun for the whole family with great food and drink from celebrated eateries throughout Historic Kailua Village. And as the summer travel season slows, September is a perfect time to dine out. Residents and visitors are invited to take advantage of the great special restaurant values Kau Kau Kailua offers.

Participating restaurants include:

  • ‘Ai Pono Café
  • Daylight Mind Coffee Company
  • Evolution Bakery & Café
  • Fish Hopper
  • Fresh Off Da ‘Boat Polynesian Cuisine
  • Fumi’s Kitchen
  • Get Sum’ Pizza
  • Honu’s on the Beach
  • hBAR at Huggo’s
  • Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse
  • Kona Coffee & Tea
  • Kope Lani Coffee
  • Krua Thai Cuisine
  • Laverne’s Sports Bar
  • One Aloha Shave Ice
  • Paradise Brewing Co.
  • Patricio’s Mexican Taqueria
  • Seiji’s Sushi
  • Splashers Grill
  • Sushi Shiono
  • Thai Rin Restaurant
  • Ultimate Burger

Log on to www.HistoricKailuaVillage.com for complete details. Check back often as restaurants continue to add their Kau Kau Kailua special values to the site.

Kau Kau Kailua is brought to you by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District, Kona Commons, Big Island Honda and Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel.

Real-Life CSI Coming to Kona

The College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is offering a class on Introduction to Forensics: Real-Life CSI in Kailua-Kona.

CSI

Classes will be held at Kealakehe Intermediate School (Room TBA) on Tuesdays from 5 – 7 p.m., September 13 to November 22, with no session on November 8. Tuition is $150. The textbook Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, 8th edition by Richard Saferstein is required.

This non-credit class will introduce participants to the field of forensic science. Evidence collected at a crime scene can often tell the story of a criminal act if properly interpreted. Detection and analysis of DNA traces, fiber, hair, body fluids, fingerprints, footprints, toxic substances and illegal drugs are fundamental to the forensic scientist’s craft.

The instructor is Dr. Kristal Uhl-Blacksmith, an environmental engineering consultant and former mortician, who has taught biology, anatomy and forensics.

For more information and to register, contact CCECS at 932-7830 or visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/ccecs/.

Jennifer Greenwell Earns Licensed Q Grader Certification

Greenwell Farms knows that keeping the quality of Kona’s world famous coffee is important to ensure its sustainability for seasons to come. Quality assurance at Greenwell Farms has been enhanced as Jennifer Greenwell recently earned a prestigious Coffee Quality Institute’s Q Grading certification.

Earlier this summer, Jennifer Greenwell spent an intense week pursuing the prestigious and respected certification as part of a seven-person group testing under the direction of Jodi Dowell Wieser. This was the first Q Grader and Training exam in Hawaii. Greenwell had to successfully pass over 20 intense test sections on coffee related subjects, such as green grading, roast identification, coffee cupping, sensory skills and sensory triangulation.

jennifer greenwell

Prior to the exams, Greenwell prepared and for 30 + days engaged in an Olympic-type coffee cupping training with Chai Neo, the other certified Q Grader at Greenwell Farms. Greenwell had to train her taste buds to respond to the sweet, sour, and salt areas of the tongue and together, Greenwell and Neo cupped and cupped coffee samples from around the world as Greenwell grew more and more confident in her skills. Armed with heavy training, Greenwell headed to Oahu, knowing the difficult and demanding testing she would be up against.

“I’m personally so grateful to Jackie and Ray Suiter of Kona Coffee Purveyors for making the Q Grader certification possible here in Hawaii. They are really the ones that made it happen by certifying their lab, rearranging roasting schedules and getting Jody out here to Hawaii to conduct the certification,” said Jennifer Greenwell.

With this prestigious certification, Jennifer Greenwell joins an elite group of coffee industry experts. Greenwell and Chai Neo are both qualified to cup and grade coffee based on the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s standards and methods. The Q Grading Certification program was created in 2004 to train coffee professionals to better identify the scientific tasting protocols, coffee grading, coffee knowledge and develop sharp sensory skills critical in identifying the common aromatic scents found in coffee.

With two Q Graders now on the farm, Greenwell Farms has doubled the quality-based guarantee that its coffee has been strictly evaluated by coffee experts to ensure quality. These two Greenwell Farms Q-Graders will continue to contribute greatly to the Greenwell Farms quality control efforts and the goal of producing the highest quality Kona coffee possible.

“As Hawaii continues to lead the US coffee growing industry, having cupping certification opportunities is important for the industry as a whole,” stated Tom Greenwell, proud husband and Greenwell Farm President. “With every Q Grader certification, expertise in industry knowledge grows and naturally branches out into the consumer market, making coffee drinkers ultimately more aware of the importance of high quality coffee in their cup.”

Fair Wind Cruises Celebrates 45 Years of Cruises with $4.50 Kona Coast Cruises

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, family-owned and operated Fair Wind Cruises will celebrate 45 years of offering world-class ocean adventures on the breathtaking south Kona coast.

Fairwinds in KonaTo say mahalo to the community and visitors to Hawaii Island for their support, Fair Wind Cruises will be hosting a fun-filled day for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fair Wind Courtyard at Keauhou Bay.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the day will go towards the Kahaluʻu Reef Teach Program committed to promoting reef etiquette to protect the bay’s fragile ecosystem. Fair Wind Cruises will match the money raised on the day dollar-for-dollar.

Fairwind3In honor of the 45-year milestone, the day’s festivities will be just $4.50 including 45-minute cruises on the Fair Wind II and Hula Kai vessels. The boats will depart every half hour from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

fairwindFair Wind II passengers will have the chance to swim and play on the water slides and high-jump platform. Hula Kai passengers (minimum 5-years) will enjoy a scenic cruise along the Keauhou and Kona coastline with historical narrative throughout the journey.

Also on offer throughout the day:

  • Hot dogs, shave ice and refreshments.
  • Raffle drawings with prizes such as Fair Wind snorkel cruise certificates, shirts, hats and more.
  • Live music by Dennis Garcia.
  • Games and activities for the whole family.
  • Live broadcast by The BEAT 93.9.

The first 200 paid entrants will receive a free special edition Fair Wind Cruises trucker hat.

fairwind2Fair Wind Cruises was born from what was supposed to be a brief stopover in Kona on a cruise from Monterey to the South Pacific in 1971. The Dant family turned their passion into a lifetime of adventure and today, 45 years later, and several Dant generations later, Fair Wind is now one of Hawaii’s premier ocean activity companies.

For more information about Fair Wind Cruises 45th anniversary celebration visit Fair-Wind.com/anniversary

  • WHAT: Fair Wind Cruises 45th anniversary celebration
  • WHEN: Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • WHERE: The Fair Wind Courtyard at Keauhou Bay, 78-7130 Kaleiopapa Street Kailua-Kona
  • COST: $4.50 per person (toddlers under three free)
  • PARKING: Available on Kamehameha III Road. Link to map: https://www.fair-wind.com/directions/

INFORMATION: Call 808-322-2788 or visit:

https://www.fair-wind.com/anniversary/

TRAFFIC ALERT: Māmalahoa Hwy at Nāpo‘opo‘o Junction, Kona

Work continues on the County of Hawai‘i’s highway intersection improvement project this weekend. One lane of Māmalahoa Highway will be closed to traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21 to allow Hawaiian Telcom to relocate overhead cables to newly placed utility poles near the intersection of Māmalahoa Highway and Nāpo‘opo‘o Road in Kona.

A section of the new Mamalahoa Highway.  Photo by Aaron Stene

A section of the new Mamalahoa Highway. Photo by Aaron Stene

Traffic control will be on site to assist with traffic flow and to assure the safety of motorists and pedestrians. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to drive with caution. Work is weather-permitting and is subject to change.  Hawaiian Telcom and The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns please call Barett Otani, County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works Information and Education Specialist, at (808) 961-8787.

“Active Shooter” Presentation in Kona

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will make an “active shooter” presentation in Kailua-Kona, on Tuesday, August 23.
Active ShooterThe presentation, which is open to the public, will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the West Hawaiʻi Civic Center Community Meeting Hale.

It is designed to help individuals increase their survivability should they encounter an active shooter or other type of active violent incident. Police will provide information on previous incidents of mass violence, recent events, best practices for those caught in such situations, law enforcement’s response, and how to work together as a community toward prevention. They will also provide additional resources for participants so they can continue their education on this topic, followed by a question-and answer segment.

Persons unable to attend may obtain “active shooter” information by viewing the “Active Shooter/Violence Awareness” page on the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s website (www.hawaiipolice.com) under the “Services” tab.

For more information about this event, please contact Sergeant Roylen Valera of the Kona Community Policing Section at 326-4646, extension 259, or roylen.valera@hawaiicounty.gov.

Alaska Airlines Beginning Weekly Service Between Kona and Bellingham

Passengers flying out of Bellingham International Airport (BLI) will have convenient access to some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling and the world-famous Hawaii Volcanoes National Park starting Nov. 12 when Alaska Airlines begins new weekly service between Bellingham and Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The new service compliments the airline’s seasonal service from BLI to Maui which is set to begin on Nov. 6.

“The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the top rated travel destinations in the world and we are delighted Alaska Airlines is going to provide our customers with non-stop service to this incredible location,” said Sunil Harman, aviation director.  “Alaska Airlines is offering very competitive fares and we anticipate high demand for these flights.”

Alaska Airlines is offering one-way fares to Kona starting at $219.  The flights will be operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 147 in the main cabin.

Restaurants at Taste of the Hawaiian Range – Rocky Mountain Oysters Served By…

The 21st Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range is Friday, Sept. 9 at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Attendees will enjoy delectable dishes using pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb, goat, mutton and wild boar—plus a cornucopia of fresh island fruit, veggies, honey, spices and beverages.
Taste 2016
Each year the restaurants change what cut of meat they will be preparing and every year the question comes up of which restaurant will be serving the Rocky Mountain Oysters (Cow Balls).

Rocky Mountain Oysters

This year the winning (or depending on how you take it… the losing) restaurant that gets to cook up the Oysters is: Mai Grille

Restaurant Meat Cut
12th Ave Grill Beef Tongue
Blue Dragon Kalua Pork
Cafe Pesto – Kawaihae Beef Cheek Meat
Daylight Mind – Waikoloa Beef Clod / Cross Rib
Earl’s Waimea Beef Heart
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Beef Tri Tip
Hawaii Community College – East Hawaii* Beef Tripe
Hawaii Community College – West Hawaii* Island Lamb
Highway Inn Beef Flap Meat
Hilton Waikoloa Village Beef Top Round
Honolulu Burger Co. Beef Bottom Round
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Beef Chuckroll
Ippy’s Hawaiian BBQ Feral Pork
Kohala Burger & Taco Island Lamb
Kuhio Grille Beef Bottom Round
Mai Grille Beef Mt. Oysters
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Island Goat
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows Beef Skirt Meat
Merriman’s Waimea Commercial Pork
Monstera Noodles & Sushi Bar Beef Chuckroll
Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill Beef Top Round
Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai Beef Eye Of Round
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar Beef Oxtail
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay Feral Pork
The Feeding Leaf Beef Flank
The Fish Hopper Ground Beef
Tiki’s Grill & Bar Beef Boneless Shortrib
Tommy Bahama Mauna Lani Restaurant & Bar Beef Top Sirloin
Tropics Ale House Beef Sirloin Tip
Noodle Club Waimea Beef Shank
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Mutton
Waipio Cook House Beef Boneless Brisket
* Student stations: Hawai’i Community College (HawCC) in both Kona and Hilo

State Seeking Comments on Commercial Operator Signs at Keauhou Bay Small Boat Harbor

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) is seeking public input regarding the installation of commercial signs at the Keauhou Bay small boat harbor.

Keauhou Bay small boat harbor

DOBOR’s Hawai‘i district office received a request from one of the six commercial operators moored in Keauhou bay to install a sign in order to identify their business to their customers.

Since this is a public facility, DOBOR needs to treat all authorized commercial operators the same.

Suggestions are invited on where signs and sign board could be located, for example, all in one area such as the launch ramp, and all following the same design.

Please provide any recommendations regarding the proposed installation of commercial operator business signs in the harbor to the following email address by September 30, 2016: dlnr@hawaii.gov