Police Complete Investigation in Car Accident Involving Colt Brennan

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Big Island police have completed their investigation into a November 19 two-vehicle crash on Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway in North Kona that seriously injured three motorists, including Colton Brennan.

As is standard in serious motor vehicle crashes of this nature, the investigation has been forwarded to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for determination if any charges are warranted. The crash was investigated as two negligent injury cases.

House Resolution 8 – Lawmaker Urges Faith-Based Organizations, Private Organizations to Open Leadership Roles to Women

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Representative Rida Cabanilla (District 42 – Waipahu, Honouliuli, West Loch, Ewa) introduced this 2011 Legislative Session House Resolution 8, which urges all private organizations, including faith-based organizations, to open leadership roles and positions of influence to women.

“The intent of this resolution is to open to young women, career paths that are generally dominated by men, which includes leadership career paths in religious clergies and ministries,” said Rep. Rida Cabanilla. “Women have made great strides in breaking and surpassing the gender ‘glass ceiling’ and I want to further support this progress. As a legislator, military officer, and medical professional, leadership positions dominated by men have been apparent and often.”

The resolution highlights the late Patsy Mink’s accomplishments in passing Title IX, which secures equal opportunities for women in education and athletics. However, it also points outs the fact that “those institutions impacting the social and moral development of the people, are inconsistent” with the efforts and fundamental principles of the state and federal government.

Copies of the resolution will be sent to the President of the American Civil Liberties Union, Executive Director of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, Executive Director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, and President of Interfaith Alliance Hawaii.

The resolution has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee but has yet to be scheduled for a hearing.

House Resolution 8

Citizen of the Month

KSBE Citizens of the Month

I mentioned last week that my son was elected “Citizen of the Month” for his class at Kamehameha Schools.

Today the parents of the elected children got to come in and eat lunch with the kids.

I’m so proud of my son… as I know I was never “Citizen of the Month” EVER!


‘Q’uisine of Hearts at the Hilton Waikoloa Village to Benefit Keiki Nutrition

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Show your support for local keiki nutrition awareness while pampering your special someone at ‘Q’uisine of Hearts on Sunday, Feb. 13. Produced by the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association, the annual Valentine brunch raises funds for several nutrition-themed programs in schools and community-wide events.

“We’re giving our children a gift that lasts a lifetime—healthy food choices,” emphasizes event founder Jean Hull, CCE, ACC of Kailua-Kona.

‘Q’uisine of Hearts offers a tantalizing bruschetta buffet plus omelet and eggs benedict stations. Also tempting attendees will be bite-sized pastry specialties by local pastry chefs, bakers, chocolatiers and ice cream makers. On tap will be 100 percent Kona coffee, handcrafted ales, champagne and wine.

Serenading the scrumptious “eats” will be romantic piano music, including some of your favorite love songs. During the silent auction, bid for “sweetheart” floral arrangements and private catered dinners by top Big Isle chefs.

Time is 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Hilton Waikoloa Village, where the event has been hosted for 16 years. The Hilton is also donating a two-night stay for two and a $100 KPC dining certificate to the event. Attendees can bid on the package at ‘Q’usine’s auction.

Debi Bishop, general manager for Hilton Waikoloa Village, commented, “We are so pleased to be a part of ‘Q’uisine of Hearts, which has become a very notable tradition for the resort.  We also are honored to support this very worthwhile cause for our keiki, and commend ACF for making this such a successful and enjoyable event for all those involved.”

ACF’s local keiki nutrition awareness program targets second graders in public and private school classrooms who are presented the concept of “akamai” food choices and “steps for a healthier you.” In the Cooking for Kids sessions, sanitation is addressed and keiki assemble easy recipes before receiving a handout on appropriate food choices.

“We lead the second graders in two nutrition-themed activities,” details Hull, who leads the program guided by ACF’s national Chef and Child Foundation (CCF). “The students create Fabulous Fruit Kabobs dipped in yogurt and a Smart Sandwich using a protein, whole grain bread and veggies.”

Hull says Cooking for Kids visits about 50 classes annually, reaching about 1,400 elementary students. To date, it has instructed over 22,000 West Hawaii keiki!

In addition, the CCF initiative also promotes keiki nutrition awareness through annual events.  In January, the initiative models how to prepare a healthy breakfast for culinary students from five high schools during competition training at Konawaena High School.

In the spring, the outreach heads to Waimea for the annual Healthy Keiki Fest. Every fall, Hull and her team lead a nutritional activity and workshops for 300 fifth-graders through Girls Exploring Math & Science (GEMS) in Kona. New this year, ‘Q’uisine also supports Green Tables, a farm and garden philanthropic initiative for children by Les Dames d’Escoffier Hawaii in Waimea. Through Green Tables, CCF supports students who are planting a school garden.

At all events, local keiki get a handout on good nutrition guidelines customized for their age group, adds Hull.

Implementing West Hawaii keiki nutrition programs into the school curriculum is a labor of love for Hull. Her program, which garnered ACF national “Little Oscar Awards” in 2002, 2006, and 2008, is detailed on the web site of the ACF’s Chef and the Child Foundation: acfchefs.org.

‘Q’uisine of Hearts tickets are for sale and priced at $45 for adults and $20 for children 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 Jean Hull at 808-326-2350.