Mangoes and Belly Dancing… The Mango Tango Dance and Desserts FUNdraiser

Media Release:

The sound of classic Argentine tango will fill the air Friday, July 22 at the Mango Tango Dance and Desserts FUNdraiser.


The evening of South American dance and music headlines the band Mango Tango and internationally known dancers Paula and Mariano Bielak to benefit New Thought Center Hawaii and the free community Mango Festival on July 30 in Keauhou.

Paula and Mariano Bielak

Paula and Mariano Bielak

Time is 6-9:30 p.m. at New Thought Center in Pualani Terrace on Hwy. 11. Admission is a $10 donation and fun includes a silent auction and dessert. For ticket info, phone 887-1292.

Based in Kona, Mango Tango includes Mary Collier on violin, Greg Shirley on guitar, Heloise Lochman on accordion and Brian McCree on bass. The lively tango “orquesta” will perform selections for tango’s syncopated dancing, suave lifts and drops. Also taking the stage are tango dancers Paula and Mariano Bielak of Buenos Aires.

Event beneficiary New Thought Center Hawaii is a sanctuary for the nourishment, development and evolution of each individual’s unique spiritual path. Newly located at Pualani Terrace, it offers Sunday worship 10 a.m.-noon.

The free annual Mango Festival is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at the Keauhou Beach Resort. The all-day, family festival includes fruit tastings, grafting and growing demonstrations, plus a Belly Dance Extravaganza and non-stop entertainment.

Both the Mango Tango FUNdraiser and the Mango Festival are presented by the non-profit Sanctuary of Mana Ke‘a Gardens. For info, contact Randyl Rupar at 808-334-3340.

Hawaii County Redistricting Software Now Online

From what I’ve been reading in the newspapers, there was some trouble getting the redistricting software made available to the Redistricting Commission.

Today the County of Hawaii released the website to the new Redistricting Online Software for Hawaii County redistricting purposes.  It seems fairly easy to use and I was able to understand it within a few minutes of reading the instructions.  Here is a quick screenshot at what folks on the Redistricting Commission will be working with.

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I’m not on the redistricting commission, however the link was sent to me and I’m not sure if it’s available to the general public.

I just sent an email off to the secretary of the Redistricting Commission asking if it was… and if it is… I’ll update this post with the link to the site.


The site is available for the general public:

rajhawaii just left the following comment:

Yes, it is available to the public! Thanks for helping spread the word Damon. The site is primarily for the State Reapportionment Commission but has been made available to the counties including Hawaii County.

Please help spread the word that persons submitting plans to the Hawaii County Redistricting Commission should follow the submission guidelines for the County. They should NOT USE the “Submit” button in the application since that sends their plan to the State Commission.

Plans for Hawaii Senate and Hawaii House should be sent to the State Commission using the “Submit” button.

District 6 Matters with Council Member Brittany Smart – Office of Aging

Media Release:

Council Member Brittany Smart will be at various places in District 6 to meet with Hawai‘i Island seniors in August.

Councilmember Brittany Smart

Council Member Brittany Smart

She will be accompanied by the Director of the Executive Office of Aging at the State of Hawaii, Wes Lum, and Alan Parker, the Executive on Aging at the County of Hawaii’s Office of Aging.

Council Member Smart will be touring various senior facilities in District 6 with these two special guests to discuss with our aging constituents what challenges they face living in a rural community and how the local and state governments can help.

Wed.  8/24 – 9:00AM: Na’alehu Community Center, Na’alehu

1:30PM: St. Benedicts Church (the Painted Church), S. Kona

Thurs.   8/25 – 9:30AM: The Cooper Center, Volcano

2:00PM: Pahala Senior Center, Pahala

Fri.       8/26 – 10:00AM: Mt. View Senior Center, Mt. View

Travel + Leisure Magazine Recognizes the Fairmont Orchid in It’s Top 100 List

Media Release:

Travel + Leisure Magazine has recognized The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i among its prestigious “T+L 100” list for 2011.  Ten Fairmont Hotels & Resorts made the annual list of World’s Best Hotels, including Fairmont properties in the U.S., Canada, and Kenya.

Kristina Anapa

Local movie actress Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid during the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

“We are genuinely delighted to have been selected for the T+L 100 once again” said Christof Luedi, General Manager and Regional Vice President, Hawai’i . “This achievement, including the unique features that have been highlighted alongside our score, confirms that discerning travelers appreciate Fairmont for our hotels’ distinctiveness, excellence and commitment to personalizing the entire guest experience.”

I spent quite a bit of time at the pool the last time I was there

Two of Fairmont’s Kenyan properties were also named as over all “World’s Best”, including the Fairmont Mara Safari Club in the Masai Mara, rated seventh overall, and the history-rich Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club in the area of Nanyuki, rated lucky number 13.

T+L rates Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Florida as a top resort in U.S./Canada and The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise as a peak luxury resort in the Canadian Rockies. The Fairmont Vancouver Airport landed among the top ten large city hotels in U.S./Canada and The Plaza in New York and The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle also made appearances in the same category.

The view from my room on the Gold Floor

The Fairmont Acapulco Princess was listed a noteworthy 15th overall for top resorts in Mexico and The Fairmont Kea Lani was also found among the top resorts in Hawaii.

Made up of the top properties receiving the highest rankings in Travel + Leisure’s annual “World’s Best Awards” reader survey, respondents were asked to rate hotels on five characteristics rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value.

A Fairmont Orchid Sunset with entertainment in the open air lounge

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii on the Big Island is a AAA Four Diamond luxury destination resort on 32 oceanfront acres offering 538 guestrooms on the island’s northwestern coast.  Inspired by Culture, Well-Being and Genuine Aloha, The Fairmont Orchid’s facilities and services include the Hawaiian-inspired Spa Without Walls with 10 waterfall hale (hut) and 5 oceanside cabanas, authentically local daily beach and cultural activities, golf, tennis and water sports, year-round children’s program, six delectable restaurants and expansive indoor and outdoor meeting facilities all surrounded by service with Aloha.

Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Voted “Best Shopping Center Destination” by Readers of North Hawaii News

Media Release:

Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has been voted “Best Shopping Center Destination” by readers of North Hawaii News, the paper announced recently.  In an area known for first-class shopping and dining, this distinction sets the four-year-old center apart as a favorite of Hawaii residents.

Queens Market Place

Queens MarketPlace

We have a wonderful mix of shops and businesses here in Queens’ MarketPlace.  They are a pleasure to work with,” said Scott Head, Vice-President of Resort Operations.  “And I have to hand it to our management team for always striving to make Queens’ a vibrant destination of activity, entertainment and fun.  They’re committed to making sure our visitors and residents alike have a memorable experience at Queens’ MarketPlace.  I’m very proud of our team, and very grateful to the community for their ongoing support.”

Queens’ MarketPlace is known for its varied architectural designs, bringing different Hawaii elements into play, as well as a wide selection of 25 shops and services, plus 12 restaurants and eateries and an upscale grocery-deli-sushi counter and wine bar.  In addition, Waikoloa Bowl in Queens’ Gardens presents major outdoor concerts in an open-air venue several times each year.

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 contemporary concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.  For more information, visit or call 886-8822.