Public Information Meeting on Planned Improvements at Hapuna Beach

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks will hold a community information meeting on its planned improvements at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. The meeting will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in the dining hall in the mauka section of the park.

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach

State Parks staff will describe and seek community input on proposed repair and renovation improvements of existing facilities in various park locations that include: roadway and pathway improvements, new foot showers, new rinsing shower, pavilion and barbecue facility improvements, comfort station repairs and renovations, improvements to picnic areas on the south end, stairway and pathway improvements at the Waialea section of the park, and related improvements to comply with current regulations and requirements, including the Americans with Disability Act.

“DLNR is committed to improve our facilities and management of Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, said State Parks Administrator Dan Quinn. “We are implementing these planned facility improvements and interested in community input to assess options to improve this park for residents and visitors.”

(To get to the dining hall, take Old Puako Road from Queen Kaahumanu Highway, then turn mauka, across from the makai entry to the beach and follow the road past the A-frame cabins to the dining hall at the top of the hill. There is a small parking lot for the facility and also ample open space parking in the unpaved areas of this section).

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is a beach park, with restrooms, picnic pavilions, picnic tables, lodging, trash cans, drinking water, and payphone. There is hiking along the Ala Kahakai coastal trail. It is located on Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 19), 2.3 miles south of Kawaihae.

“The Feeding Leaf” – New Culinary Partnership Features Hawai’i Island Food From the Source

“He lau ma‘ona” is a Hawaiian expression that means “the leaf that feeds until satisfied,”referring to the kalo plant, a key food source from root to tip. As the new name for an up-and-coming culinary partnership, “The Feeding Leaf” means sharing food rooted in culture, prepared and served with a high level of artistry.

Chef Scott Hiraishi and Tracey Apoliona of The Feeding Leaf, on a learning excursion into Waipi'o Valley.  Anna Pacheco Photography

Chef Scott Hiraishi and Tracey Apoliona of The Feeding Leaf, on a learning excursion into Waipi’o Valley. Anna Pacheco Photography

The Feeding Leaf’s culinary partnership—Chef Scott Hiraishi and mulit-talented event planner Tracey Apoliona—make a strong team, cumulatively bringing decades of creative organizational and culinary skills to the table. Now working with clients on a variety of private parties and social functions, The Feeding Leaf focuses, almost exclusively, on Hawaii’s wealth of local foods.

The idea began with the Hawai‘i Island Ranchers Dinner at Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai last March. Hiraishi was Executive Chef, and took a leadership role on the event, supported by Chef Sam. Working with partners in the agricultural and education community, the Ranchers Dinner promoted their joint mission to not only “grow farmers” by nurturing agriculture, but to “grow chefs” who will use these excellent regional foods in their restaurants.

Energized by the sold-out dinner’s success, Hiraishi and Apoliona began to think about a partnership of their own, while planning for the “Roast & Roots” event, collaborating with Hawai‘i Coffee Association, Kamehameha Schools—Land Asset Division, and the Department of Agriculture. Held July 19 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay – Convention Center, Roast & Roots was the perfect stage to premier “The Feeding Leaf.”

“We want people to understand that there’s a real and significant difference between mainstream and local foods,” said Tracey. “We want the farmers and ranchers to be appreciated for the work they do. We’ve gone to their farms and ranches, and met the people behind the food.”

“Farmers know Scott, and they are understanding of his style of cooking,” said Tracey. “No matter where we go—for example when we went to farmers markets to do food demos—they bring their products and want to give him something to try in his recipes.”

A trip into Waipi’o Valley for a photo shoot turned into an education opportunity, as the crew ventured into the ancient lo‘i amdist centuries-old rock walls. “It was pouring rain and we were drenched, but it all kind of fell into place,” said Tracey. Traditional Hawaiian farmers believed water is life. “It was almost as if Waipi‘o was giving us water, trying to feed us so we could go back and feed other people… The Feeding Leaf is a very good vehicle to teach, not just others, but to teach ourselves,” said Tracey.

Already active in Hawaii’s culinary scene, Hirasishi has been invited to cook for Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival’s exclusive “Pā‘ina on the Pier” event on O‘ahu. And, The Feeding Leaf will participate in Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range, Friday, September 26, 5-8 p.m. at Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Now accepting bookings for the holiday period and beyond, The Feeding Leaf looks forward to bringing Hawaii-raised food to a higher elevation for quality private parties, wine events, weddings, birthdays and other happy occasions. For more information, contact Tracey Apoliona, (808) 960-3094 or Scott Hiraishi, (808) 987-9794, thefeedingleaf@gmail.com, visit www.thefeedingleaf.com, or Facebook.com/thefeedingleaf.

Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Participates in “Hawaii on the Hill” Initiative

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce participated in the first-ever Hawaii on the Hill initiative July 22 and 23 at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Co-chaired by Senator Mazie Hirono and the rest of the Hawaii delegation, this event highlighted the State’s businesses, food and culture on Capitol Hill. The two-day affair included a Hawaii Policy Summit, tours of the White House and Capitol, and concluded with a “Taste of Hawaii” reception with over 700 invited guests experiencing the sights, sounds and tastes of Hawaii.

Colette Masunaga prepares to greet attendees at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and County of Hawaii product table at “Taste of Hawaii.”

Colette Masunaga prepares to greet attendees at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and County of Hawaii product table at “Taste of Hawaii.”

Over 30 Hawaii businesses and organizations were welcomed on the “Hill.” Hawaii Policy Summit discussions included Senator Charles Schumer of New York, Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, Director Patricia Loui with the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel, U.S. Trade and Development Agency Director for Export Promotion Leila Aridi Afas, and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Margaret Cummisky. Hawaii attendees were able to share issues and concerns, as well as promote Hawaii as a place to do business.

Senator Hirono asked the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii to spearhead this event, with neighbor island chambers and statewide industry associations invited to participate. The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, the County of Hawaii and Tiki Shark Art represented the Island of Hawaii in Washington, D.C. Products offered at the KKCC/County table for the “Taste of Hawaii” reception included ohia lehua honey from The Big Island Bee Company, Spirolina and BioAstin samples from Cyanotech, over 600 anthuriums from Green Point Nursery, chocolate samples from Kona Mountain Coffee Company, and macadamia nuts from Mauna Loa. Tiki Shark Art shared their unique, local Hawaiian style art designs and beach apparel by Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker.

Brad holding his original art piece "Forbidden Island".

Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker holding his original art piece “Forbidden Island”.

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce provides leadership and advocacy for a successful business environment in West Hawai‘i. The result of KKCC’s work is a community of choice as reflected in our quality of life, business and individual opportunity and manifest respect for our culture and our natural resources. For info, 329-1758 or visit kona-kohala.com.

Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Announces 2014 Pualu Awards

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) recently recognized 11 individuals, businesses or organizations with Pualu Awards at its annual Installation and Membership Banquet at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

“Meaning to “work together,” Pualu Awards were established in 1979 to honor those in West Hawai‘i for their dedication and hard work in the community,” explains Vivan Landrum, Chamber president/CEO. Winners are tapped in seven categories and chosen by an awards committee from nominations received by Chamber members and the general public.

The Community Education Award honors an individual or organization that promotes and supports education and enrichment programs that develop personal skills and lifelong learning. There are three recipients of this award: Kei-Lin Cerf of Kealakehe High School’s Life Plan Youth Mentoring Program, West Hawaii Community Health Center and Jack’s Diving Locker.

Kei Lin

Kei Lin pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

Lifeplan pairs community volunteers with high school classrooms to learn about student’s individual values, dreams and goals. These mentors assist in turning these aspirations for students into action steps for success. Currently the program supports almost 650 students with the help of 32 volunteer mentors, 32 homeroom teachers and 42 youth leaders.  At the helm of this program is Kei-Lin Cerf, who, for the past four years, has taken this program to a new level through her innovation, dedication and hard work.

pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

West Hawaii Community Health Center Representative pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

West Hawaii Community Health Center was honored for its Patient Centered Health Care Home program that builds personal relationships through medical providers. These professionals bring education and coaching to high-risk patients with chronic diseases and significant health challenges. This program establishes an ongoing and long-lasting relationship that educates patients on how to self-manage their health care and improve outcomes.

Jack's Diving Reps pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

Jack’s Diving Reps pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

Jack’s Diving Locker has been offering educational programs in ocean ecology, marine life conservation and environmental stewardship for kids and teens since 1987. Jack’s educational Junior Programs include a six-week Sea Camp for ages 8 – 14 and a Keiki Sea Camp for ages 6 – 8. These camps focus on marine life education and positively impact the lives of many children in the community as well as our ocean resources.

The Environmental Awareness Award taps an individual or organization that exhibits sensitivity and concern for the environment through innovative environmental practices. There are two recipients in this category: David Chai and the Hawaii Wildlife Center.

David Chair pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

David Chair pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

Chai has been active in pond and wetland environmental assessment and management plans since the late 1980s. His many projects include restoring water resources and monitoring marine life and water quality at Hawai‘i Volcanoes, Kaloko-Honokohau and Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Parks, plus the shorelines of Makalawaena, Awake’e, Kohanaiki and Kiholo. In addition, one of his projects, a water feature at Ke`olu Golf Course, received one of only two EPA environmental awards in Hawai‘i, and was cited as an example of natural filtration technology and its potential application to keep all Hawai‘i streams, lakes and oceans free of harmful pollutants.

Hawaii Wildlife Center Rep pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

Hawaii Wildlife Center Rep pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

The Hawaii Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization that specializes in the conservation of native birds and the Hawaiian hoary bat. It is the first organization of its kind exclusively for native Hawaiian wildlife and is the state’s only organization providing professional wildlife response services exceeding the national standards, including state-of-the-art care and rehabilitation to all species of native birds and bats throughout the Hawaiian Islands. In addition to wildlife treatment, it also provides rescue and response training and research assistance for wildlife response to seabird fallout and contaminant spills and avian diseases.

The Business Innovation Award recognizes a business or organization that is committed to improving or enhancing employee’s lives, or exhibits creative product development, marketing or customer service. The recipient is Interim Dean Farrah-Marie Gomes of the University of Hawai’i at Hilo’s College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS).

UH Hilo Reps pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

UH Hilo Rep and Dean Farrah-Marie Gomes pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

In an effort to ensure the island has a viable workforce, Gomes was proactive in forming creative and innovative credit and non-credit classes and professional development programs to meet new workforce needs. The CCECS program worked with community partners to ascertain the training needs, identify curriculum and forge delivery partnerships to address those needs.

The Lifetime Service Award taps an individual who has made a lifelong commitment to the community exemplified by their personal and/or business achievements. This year’s recipients are Gretchen Lawson and the late Guy Toyama.

Gretchen Lawson pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

Gretchen Lawson pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

Lawson has dedicated the last 18-plus years of her life to empowering persons with disabilities to live life to the fullest. Under her leadership, the Arc of Kona moved from near bankruptcy to a thriving, financially secure, effective and well-respected organization that employs over 100 individuals, who are offered opportunities for self-improvement and training. Outside of the office, the Holualoa resident has been an avid advocate for the disabled by participating in government and community organizations, including the Hawaii State Rehabilitation Council, the UH College of Education Advisory Board, the State Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Advisory Board and the County of Hawai‘i Community Alliance Partners.

pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

The late Guy Toyama was honored by Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

The late Guy Toyama was dedicated to improving the quality of life in West Hawai‘i. During his short, 42 years of life, his leadership in entrepreneurship, business development, education and policy illustrated his unmatched passion for inspiring our community to be more self-reliant and sustainable. Mr. Toyama organized dozens of conferences and workshops at the NELHA Gateway Center, hosted environmental films for the Kona Earth Festival and helped organize community events. He also helped build relationships between the County of Hawai‘i and Japan and was instrumental in the establishment of a sister-city relationship between KKCC and the Hatsukaichi Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hiroshima.

The Visitor Industry Marketing Award is presented each year to that person or group who diligently works to promote the visitor industry in West Hawai‘i. Congratulations to Gerry Rott of the Lavaman Waikoloa Triathlon.

Gerry Rott pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

Gerry Rott pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

Since its inception in 1997, the number of participants for the Waikoloa Lavaman has grown from 83 to over 1500. Rott’s ingenious job of branding the Lavaman Triathlon series—including the signature petroglyph logo, website, merchandising, vendor exhibits, celebrity participants, creative sponsorship opportunities and ever changing event additions, such as the Friday Night Fun Run and Lavakids—keeps the event fresh and appealing not only to repeat participants, but consistently draws in new athletes, volunteers and sponsors each year.

The Culture & Heritage Award is given to an individual or organization that has exhibited, through its actions, practices that promote island traditions and preserves our multi-cultural heritage. This year’s recipient is Rick Gaffney.

Rick Gaffney pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

Rick Gaffney pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

Gaffney has undertaken leadership responsibility to promote island traditions and help preserve our cultural heritage by contributing both time and money to the preservation of Hawaii’s unique marine traditions and multi-cultural heritage. While the voyaging canoe Hokulea was in dry dock during preparation for its current worldwide voyage, Gaffney arranged for the donation of a $250,000 sailing catamaran to the Polynesian Voyaging Society to be used as a navigation and training platform. Upon the launch of Hokulea this year, he arranged for the transfer of that sailing catamaran to a local business here and supported the work of the Nakoa Foundation, to continue the training of Kona’s youth in the traditional use of Hawaiian sailing and fishing canoes.

Chamber Member of the Year recognizes the individual who advocates, promotes and supports the mission of KKCC through active participation on committees, events, membership and/or community service. This year KKCC honors Sharon Sakai.

Sharon Sakai pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

Sharon Sakai pictured between Chamber CEO/President Vivian Landrum at left with KKCC Board Chair Tracey

The Hawai’i Island native has been very active in KKCC for 15 years, serving as a member of the Board of Directors for several terms and South Kohala Vice President, and participating on the Marketing & Communications Committee, the Education Resource Group and the Economic Development Committee. She has worked tirelessly as a behind-the-scenes volunteer by staffing KKCC events and offering support and guidance. As KKCC President/CEO Landrum stated, “I couldn’t imagine the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce being where it is today without the support and guidance of Sharon Sakai. She exemplifies service above self and is truly deserving of this award.”

“Roast & Roots” Announces Team Pairings

The oven mitts are off and the toques thrown in the ring, for the “Roast & Roots” chef-student culinary competition, July 19, 2014 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay – Convention Center. Six teams, pairing some of Hawai‘i Island’s best professional chefs with students from Hawai‘i Community College at the University of Hawai‘i Center, West Hawaiʻi (HCC-UH), Waiakea, Kealakehe and Konawaena High Schools, will take aim at the greatest taste to take home the gold.

Roots

Their main ingredients are, of course, fresh, island-grown proteins—grassfed beef from Hawaii Beef Producers, local pork from Kulana Foods and farm-raised lamb from Waiakea Uka Ranch, fresh ahi from Suisan—plus an abundance of fresh local produce from Adaptations Farms, Living Aquaponics and others. All recipes must incorporate Hawai‘i Coffee, provided by Kaiwi Farms.

Teams and protein selections are as follows:

  • Team Umeke’s – Chef Owner Nakoa Pabre with David Hickey, HCC-UHC Culinary Student (Protein: Flank Steak)
  • Team Hualalai Resort -Chef James Ebreo with AJ Andres, HCC-UHC Culinary Student (Protein: Beef Short Ribs)
  • Team Broke Da Mouth Grindz – Chef Owner Robin Ganir with Maileen Nakashima (Waiakea HS) and Kialoha (Konawaena HS) (Protein: Pork)
  • Team Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay – Chef Matt Naula with Chris Lubke and Tali Kaleai (Konawaena HS) (Protein: Pork)
  • Team King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel – Chef George Gomes with Cameron Linden (HCC-UHC Culinary Student) & Jessica Lloyd (Kealakehe HS Graduate) (Protein: Leg of Lamb)
  • Team Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows – Chef Clayton Arakawa with Adriana Rubio and Moani (Konawaena HS) (Protein: Ahi)

Emcee for the culinary portion, Chef Sam Choy will kick off with a “mystery box” demo, preparing a dish on the spot, from ingredients revealed only when he opens the box onstage. Chef Scott Hiraishi, of the new Feeding Leaf culinary partnership, will serve as Co-chair for the event.

Hosted by Hawai‘i Coffee Association (HCA) in alignment with their 19th annual conference, Roast & Roots is a collaborative project between HCA, Kamehameha Schools and Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture. Events of the day include a “Buy Local” MarketPlace, Coffee Corridor, exciting People’s Choice Cupping Contest, the Culinary Competition and music by Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winner Mark Yamanaka, Kaleo Perry and Dennis Garcia, leading up to Hawaii’s Female Vocalist of the Year, Raiatea Helm, at 2 p.m.

Mark Yamanaka

Mark Yamanaka at the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Part of the Hawai‘i Coffee Association’s three-day annual conference, Roast & Roots invites the general public to experience some of HCA’s exciting and educational activities, as well as the expertise of Hawaii’s statewide coffee industry growers, processors, roasters, wholesalers and retailers. The annual conference includes workshops and seminars covering coffee cupping packaging, certification, legislative and industry updates, with complete schedule available at www.hawaiicoffeeassoc.org.

Admission to Roast & Roots is $5 per person, free for anyone under 17—including Culinary Demonstration, Marketplace and Raiatea Helm Concert. No advance ticket sales. For more information, please contact Event Coordinator Tracey Apoliona, mkc01@hawaii.rr.com, (808) 960-3094 or visit www.Facebook.com/RoastandRoots.

Rip Curl Opens at the Kings’ Shops

Kings’ Shops welcomes Rip Curl to its collection of luxury brand and boutique stores such as Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Sasha Hawaii, Tori Richard, Macy’s Resort Store as well as Michael Kors opening this fall. Rip Curl

Rip Curl is a major Australian designer, manufacturer and retailer of one of the world’s leading lifestyle brands for surfing and snowboarding sportswear and the accompanying products needed for participating in those sports, as well as a major athletic sponsor.

Rip Curl’s motto for surf wear is; “You can give surfers boards, wetsuits and eight foot barrels… and they still need something to wear when they get out of the water.” Everyone, from groms to grom-moms and dads, will be able to find what they need for styling in or out of the water.  For more information on Rip Curl visit www.RipCurl.com.

Kona Surf n’ Sandals Shop Opens at Queens’ MarketPlace

Just around the corner from ‘Anaeho‘omalu, one of the island’s favorite beaches, is Queens’ MarketPlace, a natural beach resource for visitors and residents alike. With the fresh addition of a new Kona Surf N’ Sandals shop, the shopping center adds another option to help sun-seekers put their best foot forward.

Kona Surf n' Sandals carries a variety of top name footwear, hats bags and more, at its new location in Queens' MarketPlace, Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Kona Surf n’ Sandals carries a variety of top name footwear, hats bags and more, at its new location in Queens’ MarketPlace, Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Featuring Reef, Sanuk and Oofos footwear, DaKine bags, Scala hats and more, the new Queens’ MarketPlace shop specializes in quality products that offer style and stamina for the active island lifestyle. New products hit the shelves frequently—such as the latest BirkSun Solar Backpack to power up cellphones and other devices on the trail.

Owner-operator Robyn Purdum fell in love with the shop, and the island in the 1990’s, while vacationing from Idaho, where her family farms sugar beets, wheat, corn and other vegetables. She always made it a point to stop in Kona Surf n’ Sandals in the Kona Inn Shopping Village for the season’s Reef flip-flops to take back home. When she noticed a going-out-of-business sale one year, she had a feeling the time was right and became owner of her first Kona Surf n’ Sandals’ shop in 2001. The Queens’ MarketPlace shop is their second location.

“I enjoy the slipper business,” said Purdum, who travels back and forth to Idaho and Hawai‘i throughout the year. “It’s been a real learning experience… The products are fantastic and we have fantastic employees, too. If I didn’t have such a great crew, I couldn’t do it.”

Stacked practically floor-to-ceiling with the newest styles in casual footwear, headwear, bags and luggage for men, women and children, Purdum says they pack a lot of variety into the cozy boutique. “I want people to know we have great selection of products,” said Purdum. “And we carry a large inventory, so hopefully we’ll always have your size. We have great customer service, kama‘āina discounts and a terrific location here at Queens’ MarketPlace. Who could ask for anything more?”

Kona Surf n’ Sandals is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, please call 886-0898 or follow them on Facebook.

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama‘āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens. For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

4th of July at Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort invites the community to celebrate the pursuit of happiness, and their freedom to have fun, with ten free mini concerts on two stages, carnival food and games, the annual Rubber Duckie Race and musical sounds of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, capped off with spectacular fireworks over the Waikoloa Bowl.

Waikoloa FireworksNon-stop family entertainment starts at 11 a.m. with live music at Kings’ Shops, followed by the ever-popular Merriman’s Market Café Watermelon Eating contest and the Rubber Duckie Race to benefit United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii (UCPAH) at 3 p.m. Thousands of the bright yellow ducks take a “quack” at crossing the finish line first, with great prizes for winning waterfowl and 100% of the proceeds going to UCPAH. To adopt a duck, call Kings’ Shops office, at 886-8811.

At 12:30 p.m., Salsa Latinos fire up the music at Queens’ MarketPlace Coronation Pavilion, followed by the rocking rhythm of Girls Night Out, cruising into Tomi Isobe Blues Band, toe-tapping Friends of Bluegrass and Mystik Rhythmz, building up momentum for the big show in Waikoloa Bowl. Meanwhile, families from near and far enjoy free cotton candy, popcorn and more from 1-5 p.m. Throughout the shopping center, Balloon Sculpting, Photo Booth ($1), colorful Zoo Choo Train rides ($2) and carnival games (50 cents) treat the keiki to extra fun, in support of UCPAH.

Just after dark, a fireworks extravaganza lights up the sky at Waikoloa Bowl, and families are encouraged to come early to enjoy pre-show country music by the Michael Strand Band, and the full sound of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, with contemporary Hits and patriotic music leading into the rockets’ red glare. Gates open at 5 p.m., admission is free. Beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating (smoking, coolers and alcoholic beverages are not permitted). This is a non-smoking event.

Waikoloa Beach Resort would like to thank the Hawaii County Fire Department for co-sponsoring the community fireworks display. For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call Queens’ MarketPlace office at 886-8822.

July 4 Schedule of Events

Kings’ Shops

  • 11 a.m. Kahikina’s Nahenahe Ohana, traditional Hawaiian sounds
  • 12 p.m. Kris Fuchigami, contemporary Hawaiian, high energy ukulele
  • 1 p.m. Merriman’s Mediterranean Cafe, Watermelon Eating Contest
  • 1:30 p.m. Music by Laulima
  • 3 p.m. Rubber Duckie Race
  • 3:30 p.m. Dam Str8, contemporary Hawaiian, pop, rock classics and originals
  • 5 p.m. Duck Calling and Waddling Contests
  • 5:30 p.m. Award Ceremony

Queens’ MarketPlace, Coronation Pavilion

  • 12:30 p.m. Music by Salsa Latinos, name says it all
  • 1-5 p.m. Zoo Choo train rides, balloon sculpting, carnival games, photo booth, popcorn, and cotton candy. (Small fee for carnival games, photo booth and Zoo Choo rides to benefit United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii)
  • 2 p.m. Girls Nite Out, rock, blues, disco, pop, R&B, Hawaiian, country
  • 3 p.m. Tomi Isobe Blues Band, blues to cruise by
  • 4 p.m. Friends of Bluegrass, Waikoloa’s best bluegrass
  • 5 p.m. Mystik Rhythmz, rock, reggae and blues
  • 8:30 p.m. Full Circle at the Coronation Pavilion, pop, rock and jazz to wind down the night

Waikoloa Bowl

  • 5 p.m. Gates open to Waikoloa Bowl
  • 5:30 p.m. The Michael Strand Band, country sounds to light up the night
  • 7 p.m. The U. S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, pop, rock & roll and patriotic music8 p.m. FIREWORKS SHOW

For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

23rd Annual Rubber Duckie Event at Kings’ Shops

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Kings’ Shops. There will be plenty of fun for the entire family at this year’s Rubber Duckie Event at Kings’ Shops.

Rubber Duck Race 2The fun starts at 11 a.m. With a spectacular lineup of entertainment emceed by KAPA Radio Celebrity, “Jaz” Yglesias aka “Bolohead.” The race starts at 3 p.m. and will be called by Jaz and Comedic Magician, The Great Barusky.

The Schedule of Entertainment:

  • 11:00 a.m. Kahikina’s Nahenahe `Ohana – Aunty Irma with adult students perform Hawaiian classics on `ukulele.
  • 12:00 p.m. Kris Fuchigami – Local boy and accomplished ukulele artist from Hilo
  • 1:15 p.m. Merriman’s Mediterranean Café Watermelon Eating Contest
  • 2:00 p.m. Laulima – Local trio with a casual flare for the oldies but goodies to the sweet melodies of Hawaiian favorites and contemporary songs
  • 3:00 p.m. The Great Rubber Duckie Race
  • 3:30 p.m. Dam STR8 – Father & Son duo with famed drummer Ronnie Atwater performing musical styles from contemporary Hawaiian to pop, classic rock and originals. Smooth harmonies as well as smoking guitars.
  • 5:00 p.m. Duck Waddling and Duck Calling Contests
  • 5:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

In addition to the thrilling activities, food and game booths, there will be plenty of in-store promotions as well as gifts with purchase.   Between June 29th and July 6th receive two HawaiianMiles for every dollar spent in Kings’ Shops. On the fourth of July, spend $100 and receive a $10 Kings’ Shops gift certificate while supplies last. Be sure to visit the new and sensational stores; Rip Curl, Sasha Hawaii and Tori Richard. It is all happening at Kings’ Shops this Fourth of July.

Cutting Edge Local Art Company Attending Hawaii’s First Ever “Hawaii on the Hill” in Washington D.C.

Tiki Shark Art Incorporated, a Kailua-Kona based business and its principals will be among more than 25 Hawaiian based businesses to participate in “Hawaii on the Hill” a first ever, two day event promoting Hawaii and highlighting our State’s unique qualities and attributes on Capitol Hill. “Taste of Hawaii,” a reception showcasing our 50th State’s culture, food and arts is part of the activities. Senator Mazie Hirono, along with all of Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation, will be the guests of honor.

Tiki Shark Executives with Vivian Landrum – President / CEO Kona – Kohala Chamber of Commerce.

Tiki Shark Executives with Vivian Landrum – President / CEO Kona – Kohala Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m so glad to see Tiki Shark Art Inc. participating in this landmark event,” said Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Vivian Landrum. “This is a wonderful opportunity for one of our members to showcase their creative and exceptional art designs and products while also discussing the challenges and impact small business has on the overall economy. I know they will enjoy meeting with our own congressional leaders as well as other lawmakers who impact decisions for our State.”

“We are so honored to be asked to participate in this event” said Abbas Hassan, Senior Vice President of Tiki Shark Art Inc. “and we are looking forward to exposing folks on the Mainland to the very special talents possessed by the residence of our Islands.”

“Hawai’i on the Hill is an opportunity to showcase our State’s key industries and spirit of Aloha on Capitol Hill, connecting leaders from Hawaii and Washington, D.C.” said Senator Mazie Hirono. “Mahalo to the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii for working with me to turn this idea into reality.” she added.

About Tiki Shark-

Headquartered in Kailua Kona, Tiki Shark Art Inc, has been quoted as of the “fastest growing Island Lifestyle companies in the State” by Honolulu Magazine. The company designs, imports and exports unique custom design Art and souvenir items including beach towels and other beach and Tiki themed accessories. It has recently co-branded with surf industry giant Body Glove International to include exports to the Gulf Corporation Counsel (GCC)Countries under exclusive license. The company take pride in designing and creating all its items locally on the Big Island of Hawaii.

To get more information on this topic or to schedule an interview with Tiki Shark, please call 808 989 7310 or e mail at info@tikishark.com attention PR Department.

“Kohala Officer of the Quarter” Recognized

The Big Island Visitors Security Association recognized Officer Cory Gray as “Kohala Officer of the Quarter” during a ceremony Friday (June 13) at the Fairmont Orchid resort in South Kohala.

Sergeant Jason Berryhill displays a 'Kohala Officer of the Quarter' framed certificate honoring Officer Cory Gray.

Sergeant Jason Berryhill displays a ‘Kohala Officer of the Quarter’ framed certificate honoring Officer Cory Gray.

Officer Gray was honored for his dedication to duty and diligence in DUI investigations.

In January, Gray was assigned to a special enforcement effort initiated in the South Kohala District to increase DUI enforcement. From January to March, the district’s DUI enforcement nearly doubled, and Gray made half of the arrests himself. His efforts contributed to a zero DUI fatality rate in the South Kohala District.

Gray’s achievements were an inspiration to his co-workers. As a result, he was selected to be a field training officer, allowing him to train a recruit officer in how to detect and investigate DUI violators.

The Big Island Visitors Security Association is an organization of hotel and airport security managers and visitor industry professionals. The “Kohala Officer of the Quarter” is a newly-formed program for the organization to recognize outstanding officers from the North Kohala and South Kohala districts.

Kawaihae Man Arrested and Charged with Murder of Robert Lopaka Ryder

A Kawaihae man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with human remains of a missing Kona man discovered in South Kohala in March.

Martin Frank Booth

Martin Frank Booth

On Monday (June 9), a Kona Grand Jury indicted 55-year-old Martin Frank Booth on one count of second-degree murder. At 9:40 a.m. Thursday (June 12) police arrested him at the Kona police station.

Detectives located the human remains March 10 on vacant land between Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway and Puakō Beach Drive. The remains were identified through dental records as 37-year-old Robert Keawe Lopaka Ryder of Kailua-Kona, who had been reported missing. His family reported on January 17 that they had not heard from him since Thanksgiving 2013.

During an autopsy conducted on March 12, the medical examiner determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and that the manner of death was homicide.

At that time, detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section reclassified the case to a murder. During their investigation, they developed evidence linking Booth to the crime.

Booth has been incarcerated at Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center since February pending trial on an assortment of charges, including meth trafficking and firearm offenses. While in the custody of the Department of Public Safety, he was transported to the Kona police station Thursday morning on the arrest warrant for the Grand Jury indictment.

Big Island Artist Unveils Sculpture Honoring Body Glove Founders

Big Island artist Chris Barela is unveiled his life-size statue here Thursday of the two brothers who greatly influenced the sports of surfing and diving. A bronze statue of Body Glove founders Bob and Bill Meistrell—who also invented the modern-day wetsuit—will grace the entrance to King Harbor Yacht Club at Redondo Beach’s scenic Seaside Lagoon.

Chris Barela puts the finishing touches on the life-size statue in Ventura CA

Chris Barela puts the finishing touches on the life-size statue in Ventura CA

See a mini-version of the statue on display at Barela Gallery at The Shops at Mauna Lani. For over a year, Barela sculpted the Body Glove marquette inside the Kohala Coast gallery for visiting guests to watch his techniques. After appearing at the 2014 Mavericks surf contest, the completed, 32-inch piece is back at the gallery and exhibited with photos detailing the sculpting process of the larger bronze.

To do the life-size statue, Barela built an additional studio at his Puako home where the armature, sculpt and mould were completed. The mould was packed and shipped in three different crates to Barela’s foundry in Ventura, California, where a team of skilled craftsmen used the lost wax process to complete the bronze memorial statue.

“It was like working in paradise, except for the heat and mosquitoes,” says Barela about his home studio. “It is an honor to have been chosen for this Body Glove project as the late Bob and Bill Meistrell were an inspiration to many.”

A former professional surfer who appeared on the cover of Surfing Magazine, Barela retired from the sport in the late 1980s and turned his love for the ocean into a career in sculpture, painting, photography and filmmaking.

Chris Barela with marquette of Body Glove statue in Barela Gallery

Chris Barela with marquette of Body Glove statue in Barela Gallery

“My passion is to bring awareness to the beauty of life within our oceans,” shares Barela, who is most recognized for his bronze sculpture of octopus. The Golden State native boasts public installations from the Oregon Coast to Key West, Florida, including those of Zane Grey, Hollywood Western writer; baseball great Ted Williams and the Tim Kelly statue standing sentinel at Hermosa Beach Pier. Barela was awarded first place at the 2011 Hawaii Ocean Film Festival for his short film on octopus.

For information, contact Barela Gallery at 808-885-5111 or visit www.barelagallery.com.

Bus Service to Waikoloa Village Resorts and Waimea Begin

Aloha,

Mass Transit has just informed us that the new Waikoloa Village Bus Routes to the Resorts and Waimea have started.

HPP Bus Picture

So now in the morning you can catch the bus from Waikoloa Village down to the Waikoloa Resorts, use a transfer to go the other Resorts and return in the afternoon.

Also you can use it to go to Waimea at 8:15 in the morning and return to Waikoloa village at 1:05 in the afternoon.

We apologize for any inconvenience the delayed start might have caused,

Council Member Margaret Wille

Special Message from Governor Neil Abercrombie In Recognition of 9th Annual Big Island Film Festival

Governor Neil Abercrombie has this special message for filmmakers, sponsors, guests and patrons of the 9th Annual Big Island Film Festival that began last night at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii.
Abercrombie BIFF Recognition

Tonight’s Free Family Films at The Shops at Mauna Lani are: Poison Apple, Shadow, and Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure (with special permission from Warner Bros.)

The Festival Films at the Fairmont Orchid Plantation estate begin at 7:30 with screenings of Day For Night, The New Neighbor and The Haumana. At 9:30 the films Solace, If We Were Adults, and Druid Peak will be shown.

Festival films are $16 or $12 Kama’aina rate. Late films only are $7.50.   Upgraded seating is available for an additional $10, space available only.

There will be concessions available.

Free Films Featured Tonight at the Big Island Film Festival

At 7:30 p.m. tonight at The Shops at Mauna Lani is where the official grand opening of the festival will take place.

BIFF Leo on Stage

The event is free and open to the public where the Festival will welcome the 2014 filmmakers and watch a sampling of short films from Hawaii and around the world.

Films featured tonight at the Mauna Lani Stage will be: Meet Anna, Prinsesa, Take a Deep Breath, We are Enemies, Horse for Sale, Little Girl’s War Cry, The Maury Island Incident, Honey Brown Morgan, and Posey.

All films are appropriate for all audiences.

Big Island Film Festival Workshops Filling Up – Tickets Still Available

The 2014 Big Island Film Festival at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i kicks off this Thursday with a welcoming reception by Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Click to view the program guide

Click to view the program guide

A lot of folks may think that the festival is all about films, however, the festival offers filmmakers and folks interested in making movies educational workshops over the course of the festival.

On Friday there will be a workshop on “Trade Journalism as it relates to Film & Television” put on by Peter Caranicas.  Caranicas is Deputy Editor of Variety. His responsibilities include managing the paper’s features sections, which are published over 200 times a year. These specials cover film festivals, celebrate industry anniversaries, provide in-depth analysis of awards shows such as the Oscars and the Emmys, identify up-and-coming talent, and list key players among youth, women and lawyers in entertainment.

Saturday there will be a workshop on “The First 10 Pages” presented by Ron Osborn.

Ron Osborn

Ron Osborn

A writer/producer for 30 years, Ron has worked in half-hour comedy and animation, hour-long comedy and drama, feature originals and feature rewrites, on such series as Moonlighting, Duckman, Cupid, and The West Wing, as well as such features as Meet Joe Black, and has developed with Stephen Spielberg, Ron Howard, and George Lucas. He has been nominated for 7 Emmys, 3 Cable Ace Awards, and 2 Writers Guild Awards. He has written pilots for every primetime American network, as well as for such cable networks as Showtime, FX, USA, ABC Family, Lifetime, and Disney.

Finally, on Sunday there will be a workshop on “Adding Fiction to the Truth in Your Writing” presented by Jen Grisanti.

Jen Grisanti

Jen Grisanti

International speaker Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, former 12-year studio executive, including VP of Current Programming at CBS/Paramount, blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the books, Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story and TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells and the upcoming book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Your Success.

This will be the third year that Grisanti has presented at BIFF and I asked her about what her favorite thing is about the Big Island Festival and Grisanti said, “My favorite part of my last experience at the Big Island Film Festival was seeing films that really resonated with the audience on an emotional level. It was a tremendous feeling to be able to celebrate the massive accomplishments of these incredible filmmakers.”

Jen Grisanti at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

Jen Grisanti at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

I asked Jen what she has been up to since the last Big Island Film Festival and she’s been quite busy.
She has launched a new book, “Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Success”, Taught in Israel, participated in The Great American Pitchfest, the Story Expo and the TV Writers’ Summit in Los Angeles.  This was also her 5th year as the Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC.

 

Mayor Kenoi flanked by Hollywood Consultant Jennifer Grisanti (left) and television star Eloise Mumfort (right)

Mayor Kenoi flanked by Hollywood Consultant Jennifer Grisanti (left) and television star Eloise Mumfort (right)

I asked her what her workshop would be covering this year and she said, “My workshop is about adding fiction to your truth in your writing and defining your voice. In my career, I’ve found that the writers who know their voice and how to utilize their emotional truth are the ones that succeed. I will also cover story structure and how to write strong personal arcs for your life and in your story.”

You can check out some of her recent books she has written here:

Jennifer Grisanti

Here are five recent blogs that she wrote for The Huffington Post that she feels link with the upcoming workshop:

The deadline to purchase entrance fees to these workshops is May 20, 2014  and you can purchase online or Call: 808 883-0394

‘Twilight’ and ‘Carrie’ Stars Come Out to Shine at Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i

Portia Doubleday, “Carrie’s” nemesis in the current re-telling of Steven King’s wildly popular story, and Jackson Rathbone, star of the epic “Twilight” film series, will attend Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i next week as celebrity honorees. Seeming to specialize in the darkly complex characters that today’s movie-lovers crave, Doubleday and Rathbone are young actors on the rise.

Portia Doubleday

Portia Doubleday

Portia Doubleday most recently co-starred as bad girl Chris Hargensen in “Carrie,” and played a cameo role as the sex surrogate in Spike Jonze’ critically acclaimed film “Her.” She also co-starred in 20th Century Fox’s “Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son,” and had a recurring role on the ABC comedy series “Mr. Sunshine.” Her first leading role was with Michael Cera in “Youth in Revolt,” named one of the ten best films of the year by the National Board of Review.

Jackosn Rathbone

Jackson Rathbone

Best known for his role as Jasper Hale in the hugely successful “Twilight” franchise, Jackson Rathbone has been an international presence in film since 2007. Originally from Texas, Jackson quickly found roles in both movies and television, earning recognition for his turn as a serial killer in “Criminal Minds.” Starring in major international box office hits such as the blockbuster “Twilight” series and “The Last Airbender,” Rathbone will also appear in the upcoming super-natural independent suspense thriller “The Dead Men.”

BIFF invites the public to exclusive soirees in honor of Doubleday and Rathbone on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 5-7 p.m. at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i. Events begin in the Lehua Theatre with a video retrospective of the actor’s career, in-depth interview and Q&A, then stroll into Wailana Gardens for elegant pupu reception, with wines from Kenwood Vineyard, Kona Brewing Company beers, and an opportunity for informal networking in a luxury resort setting. Advance tickets are required ($35).

Doubleday and Rathbone will also attend the exciting Golden Honu Awards Brunch on Monday, May 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The champagne brunch buffet in the Kilohana Room is open to the public with advance reservations required ($50). Winning films and Audience Choice Feature and Short will be announced during brunch. Audience Choice films will be presented Monday evening, following a stellar concert by award-winning Hawaiian musician WILLIE K.

Willie K

More highlights of BIFF include free family films at The Shops at Mauna Lani, two sets of daytime movies in the Lehua Theatre and nightly double features at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation Estate, screenwriting workshops and numerous opportunities to meet and interact with filmmakers and film-lovers from near and far.

Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i is a celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking, taking place May 22-26, 2014. Major sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, The Shops at Mauna Lani and Hawaii Tourism Authority/Hawai‘i County CPEP. For complete schedule information and tickets, stop by the information desk at The Shops at Mauna Lani starting May 21, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or call (808) 883-0394.

 

Big Island Police Searching for 21-Year-Old Man Wanted in South Kohala Area

Hawaiʻi Island police are looking for a 21-year-old man who is wanted in the South Kohala area on three outstanding bench warrants.

Hakunaalii Kane

Hakunaalii Kane

Hakunaalii Kane, who has no permanent address, is wanted for contempt of court and two counts of violating probation.

He is described as 5-foot-11, 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts not to approach him but 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 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Searching for 25-Year-Old Man Who Frequents Kona and Kohala Areas

Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a 25-year-old man who is wanted on an outstanding warrant and for questioning in an unrelated case.

Kaina Namaka Black

Kaina Namaka Black

Kaina Namaka Black is wanted on a bench warrant for contempt of court. He is also wanted for questioning in a theft case.

He is described as 5-foot-6, 145 pounds with short black hair, brown eyes and a missing front tooth. He has no permanent address but frequents the Kona and South Kohala districts.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts not to approach him but 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 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.