Zonta Earns Neighborhood Place of Puna $10,000

Media Release from the Zonta Club of Hilo:

Members of the Zonta Club of Hilo dedicated their Saturday morning Dec. 11 to the club’s annual Weinberg Service Project at the Neighborhood Place of Puna in Pahoa. For their efforts, the club earned the family-strengthening center a $10,000 grant.

Zonta Club of Hilo workers outside the Neighborhood Place of Puna

“This grant will help us provide clients with basic needs to keep them afloat in tough times,” said Mary Hyslop, executive director of Neighborhood Place.  “This really makes a difference in the lives of the families we serve.

To meet the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation’s criteria, 27 Hilo Zontians, along with some friends, worked for four hours cleaning, making curtains, assembling toiletry kits and constructing educational bookmarks and anti-violence posters.

Phyllis Shinno, Wilma Matsumura and Bonnie Geiger make curtains for NPP

“Zonta Club of Hilo is so lucky to be a conduit from Weinberg to the East Hawaii community,” said Zonta president Kathleen Nielsen. “Our members enjoyed a day of work and fellowship and, frankly, a lot of teasing.”

The Neighborhood Place of Puna’s goal is to prevent child abuse and neglect by helping families recognize their strengths. The center empowers families and communities in Puna by building strong foundations through healthy relationships that value each person’s uniqueness. For information, visit the website: www.neighborhoodplaceofpuna.org

Through service and advocacy, the Zonta Club of Hilo advances the status of women and girls worldwide. The Hilo group is part of Zonta International and its efforts to promote the health and welfare of women and girls around the globe, mainly, to prevent violence against women and end human trafficking. Business and professional women are the member base of Zonta.

Locally, Zonta supports programs and services that advance women and children, such as nursing and business scholarships for deserving women. Zonta Club of Hilo provides opportunities to serve the community, broaden member knowledge base and network among colleagues and friends through program meetings that feature community speakers. For more information on the Zonta Club of Hilo, go to: www.zontahilo.org.

Selection Process for Vacant Hawaii State Senate Seat, District 1

From the Hawaii County Democrats Website:


On December 6, 2010, Senator Dwight Takamine resigned his position as Hawaii State Senator from Senate District 1. Hawaii State Law requires the political party of the outgoing office holder to select and forward three names to the Governor from which he selects the person to fill the vacancy.

All members of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, who have been members of the Party for at least six months and reside in Senate District 1, are eligible to apply to be considered for the position.

Senate Seat Selection Meeting

The Senate Seat Selection meeting is set for Sunday, December 19, 2010, 1:00-5:00 p.m., at Laupahoehoe High School band room.

Criteria to participate in this meeting is set forth in the Constitution of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Section 12B, which states, “The respective officers of the Precinct Clubs and District Councils affected shall select the candidates if the vacancy is for an office representing a State Senate District.”

At the meeting, applicants for the Senate Seat vacancy will have an opportunity to discuss their qualifications with the selection body.

At the conclusion of the meeting, secret balloting will be conducted as follows:

  • There will be three rounds of balloting, one round for each of the three names to be submitted to the Governor for consideration.
  • For each round of balloting, each precinct will caucus and decide, from the field of applicants, on one applicant’s name they want to put forward for that round of balloting.

Please note that the ad hoc State Senate Seat Selection Planning Committee, which was charged with developing this current selection process, has decided that each District Chair will caucus with his or her own precinct; there will be no “super delegate” balloting status for District Chairs and District Council members.

Final Selection

The names of the three top vote getters will be forwarded to the Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, who will in turn forward those names on to the Governor for consideration. The Governor will make the final selection.


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Mahalo and Aloha From the Hilo Coffee Mill

I just wanted to say Aloha and Mahalo to the Hilo Coffee Mill as I got to stop by the place today and pick up some presents.

Inside the Hilo Coffee Mill

I stopped by right after their farmers market was wrapping up.  I’ve been told that the Hilo Coffee Mill’s farmers market is going to take a break until the New Years begins so that folks can concentrate on the holidays.


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