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Brunch Benefits Keiki Nutrition Awareness

Media Release:

Tickets are still available for ‘Q’uisine of Hearts—a delectable Valentine brunch Sunday, Feb. 13 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Treat your special someone to a bountiful brochette buffet, custom omelet stations and eggs benedict—all prepared by the culinary students at Hawaii Community College-West Hawaii.  An array of handcrafted miniature desserts by local pastry chefs, bakers, chocolatiers and ice-cream makers are sure to please your special someone.

Sip champagne, wines, handcrafted ales, 100% Kona coffee, or tropical teas while enjoying tinkling on the keyboard.  A silent auction includes bidding on premier floral arrangements, plus intimate dinners and pupu parties prepared by local chefs.

In it’s 16th year, ‘Q’uisine of Hearts is presented by the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association as a benefit for local keiki nutrition awareness programs. It is sponsored by the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort.

Ticket prices are $45 for adults and $20 for keiki aged 5-10. Purchase them by credit card at 808-329-2522 or at Chef’s Kitchen Supply and Kona Wine Market in Kona or at Tropical Dreams Ice Cream in Waimea. For information, contact event founder Jean Hull at 808-326-2350.

Councilwoman Smart on the Public Meeting Regarding the Aina Koa Pono LLC Project

Media Release:

Aina Koa Pono LLC (AKP) has signed a contract with Hawaiian Electric Co. with the hopes of helping “to set Hawaii on a fossil fuel-free future”  and they have proposed to build a biofuel plant in Ka’u. For more information on this subject please view Peter Sur’s article in the Hawaii Tribune Herald, “Biofuel plant to be out of town” (HTH, 27 Jan. ‘11)

There will be a public meeting sponsored by the Ka’u Chamber of Commerce February 21 at 6:00 pm at the Pahala Community Center. Residents are encouraged to attend to discuss the possible future biofuel plant in Ka’u.

Also, ‘AKP will most likely be presenting their project to the Hawaii County Council Committee on March 1, but the agenda has yet to be finalized. We will send out notification once the agenda is confirmed later next month.

Hope to see you there!


Brittany Smart

Hawaiian Helicopter Operators Discuss Issues and Concerns With HAI President

I got to ride on a helicopter last year with Howard Dicus courtesy of  Paradise Helicopters and that was an awesome trip.

I don’t mind the tourist helicopters as much as I mind the federally funded green harvest helicopters.

The yellow pouch is actually a life vest

It often seems like folks here on the Big Island mix the two up and tourist helicopters are taking the bad rap on things at times.

Howard Dicus and Paradise Helicopter owner Cal Dorn discuss the scheduled flight

The president of Helicopter Association International, Matt Zuccaro was on the Big Island recently to speak at the Aviation Issues forum, “a prestigious annual gathering of congressional, governmental, and aviation industry leaders hosted each year by the American Association of Airport Executives.”

…The tour operators Paradise Helicopters and Sunshine Helicopters discussed initiatives to support and enhance the air tour business with Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matt Zuccaro during his recent visit to Hawaii.

Zuccaro met with Cal Dorn of Paradise and Sunshine’s Paul Morris to discuss a number of HAI initiatives to support air tours, including its ongoing discussions with the FAA, U.S. National Park Service, and representatives of environmental groups as part of the National Parks Overflight Advisory Group. That group was created to develop air tour management plans for national parks…

…In their meeting, the three also reviewed initiatives to enhance the safety of helicopter operations in Hawaii by fielding the greater air traffic surveillance and communications capabilities of the FAA’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast system (which is now operational in the Gulf of Mexico) and gaining funding and support for an integrated network of weather cameras on the islands.

Zuccaro updated Dorn and Morris on HAI’s efforts regarding legislative initiatives that would place unwarranted additional regulatory and financial burdens on the helicopter community…

Full article here: Hawaiian Operators Discuss Issues, Concerns with HAI President

The Bruddah Kuz Youth Jamm is Coming Up in March

Bruddah Kuz (in yellow) and friends at the 2009 Pahoa Spring Jamm