Dave Barry to Deliver Keynote Address at American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Being Held in Honolulu Next Week

Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry will deliver the keynote address at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 93rd annual meeting, Jan. 9, 2012, in Honolulu.

President of the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, Dean Okimoto, of Oahu takes a few minutes to help us understand his state, agriculture and the farming community he’s part of as the American Farm Bureau Federation gathers in Honolulu, HI.


4th Annual Quilt Shop Hop a Circle-Island Expedition

Colorful tropical fabrics, aloha for one of the world’s most popular pastimes and vast, contrasting landscapes make the Big Island Quilt Shop Hop unlike any elsewhere.  During the entire month of February 2012, eight shops participate in the circle-island quilt trek, where shop-hoppers will pick-up their custom quilt block kits and have their “passport” stamped, to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. (See details below.)

A Hawaiian Quilt

Maps and passports will be available at each location.  Participants can start their tour at any of the venues along the route, and/or join one of two excursions by bus.  (One passport per family.)  The Kona to Hilo Bus Tour takes place on Saturday, February 11 (price, time and location TBA).  To sign up, contact Karen Barry at Quilt Passions, 329-7475.

The Hilo to Kona Bus Tour takes place Saturday, February 18, departing from the Hilo Bus Depot (time TBA).  The cost is $50 including lunch (subject to change).  To sign up for the Hilo Bus Tour, contact any of the three quilt shops in Hilo; Kilauea Kreations, 961-1100, Fabric Workshop, 933-1010, or Fabric Impressions, 961-4468.

Completed passports make shop-hoppers eligible for the prize drawings.  First Place wins eight $25 gift certificates plus eight one-yard cuts of fabric; Second Place wins six $15 gift certificates plus six one-yard cuts of fabric; Third Place wins two $15 gift certificates plus two one-yard cuts of fabric.  Numerous other prizes are available.

Each Big Island shop offers something special, with its own personality and unique location, from the lush greens of the Hilo, Volcano and Pahala areas to the paniolo hill country of Waimea/Kamuela and Kailua-Kona’s sunny shores.  Various venues will offer refreshments, special sale items and unique handmade treasures as individual highlights of every stop.

This year’s theme is tropical flowers—so each store will have a different flower on its 10”x10” quilt block, to collect and complete the one-of-a-kind 2012 Big Island Shop Hop quilt.  The quilt block patterns are free, or available with fabric as a kit for $6.  (The background fabric for each block is Hoffman 1895, Seagrass.)  If a customer purchases $35 or more in other merchandise, the fabric kit is free.  “Finishing kits” will be available for purchase as well.

For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/TopstitchHawaii?sk=events, or contact  organizer Mary Moody-Cox at marymoodycox@earthlink.net, (808) 961-1100.

Shop Hop circuit:

East Hawai‘i

*Pahala Quilting and Creative Sewing Center

96-3208 Maile St., Pahala, HI 96777. (808) 928-0011

*Kilauea Kreations I

19-3972 Volcano Rd., Volcano, HI 96785. (808) 967-8090

*Kilauea Kreations II

680 Manono St., Hilo, Hi 96720. (808) 961-1100

*The Fabric Workshop

1348 Kilauea Ave., Hilo, HI 96720. (808) 933-1010

*Fabric Impressions

206 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720-2835. (808) 961-4468

West Hawai‘i


64-1067 Mamalahoa Highway # 2, Kamuela, HI. (808) 885-4482

*The Fabric Gift Shop

74-5599 Luhia St., Kailua Kona HI 96740.  (808) 329-8177

*Quilt Passions and Needlework Shop

75-5626 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740. (808) 329-7475