Made in America 2 – L.A.’s Top Chefs Unite for Series of Culinary Celebrations and Experiences at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai

Four Seasons Resort Hualālai at Historic Ka‘ūpūlehu, the first and only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star resort on Hawai‘i Island, announces Made in America 2, a celebration of high-profile dinners, cooking classes and experiences.     The series of culinary events, held at the resort March 1 – 5, 2012, highlights some of today’s top chefs and noted food author Lucy Lean’s book Made in America; Our Best Chefs Reinvent Comfort Food, published in October 2011.

Nancy Silverton (one Michelin-starred Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, The Mozza Cookbook,   La Brea Bakery) and Matt Molina (executive chef, Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, The Mozza Cookbook); Ludo and Krissy Lefebvre (LudoBites, Sundance Channel’s LudoBites America, Top Chef Masters);   Josiah Citrin (two Michelin-starred Mélisse, Lemon Moon Café, In Pursuit of Excellence) join hosts James Babian (executive chef, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai) and Linda Rodriguez (pastry chef, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai) for the celebrations.

Each of the participating chefs is featured in Made in America, which showcases America’s classic comfort food dishes, reinvented by 100 of today’s top chefs from across the United States. Master Sommelier     Chuck Furuya from Southern Wine & Spirits will be on hand pairing wines at the various dinners.

“After the success of our first Made in America events in October, we decided to do this again, even bigger and better,” says Robert Whitfield, regional vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Resort Hualālai. “This lineup of amazing guest chefs is top-notch, offering some great culinary experiences for our guests.”

The line-up of events (schedule subject to change) is as follows:

  • March 1: Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina cooking class, Prix-Fixe Dinner at Beach Tree, featuring Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina
  • March 2: Farm Tour and Lunch with James Babian, Prix Fixe Dinner at Pahu i’a, featuring Josiah Citrin
  • March 3: Fishing Trip with Chefs Master Sommelier, Chuck Furuya conducts “Wine Tasting 101”,   MiA2 Dinner at Beach Tree, featuring all chefs, Lucy Lean and Chuck Furuya
  • March 4: Ludo Lefebvre cooking class, Linda Rodriguez cooking class “Pie Making 10, Prix-Fixe Dinner at Pahu i’a, featuring James Babian, Linda Rodriguez and Chuck Furuya
  • March 5: Josiah Citrin cooking class, James Babian cooking class, Farm Dinner at Pahu i’a

Guests are invited to book one of these Made in America packages:

  • Four-night package: available February 29 – March 4, includes luxurious accommodations, daily breakfast buffet for two, two cooking classes, one wine class, one farm tour/lunch, three dinners and two signed Made in America books. Nightly rates from $4,380 for the four-night package.
  • Seven-night package: available February 29 – March 7 includes luxurious accommodations, daily breakfast buffet for two, five cooking classes, one wine class, one farm tour/lunch, five dinners and two signed Made in America books, Nightly rates from $7,665 for the seven-night package.
  • Additionally, room nights and Made in America events are available on an a la carte basis. Nightly room rates from $775.

For more information and reservations, please call toll-free (888) 340-5662, contact your travel professional (chain code FS) or visit

Women’s Legislative Caucus Unveils it’s Package for the 2012 Legislative Session

The Women’s Legislative Caucus unveiled its package for the 2012 Legislative Session. This year’s set of bills and resolutions is dedicated to women veterans. The package also includes recognition of the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free or low-cost housing to veterans and families receiving treatment at military medical centers.

The Women’s Legislative Caucus (WLC) is composed of Representatives Karen Awana, Della Au Belatti, Rida T.R. Cabanilla, Mele Carroll, Corinne W.L. Ching, Cindy Evans, Faye P. Hanohano, Sharon Har, Linda Ichiyama, Jo Jordan, Marilyn Lee, Sylvia Luke, Barbara Marumoto, Dee Morikawa, Kymberly Marcos Pine, Cynthia Thielen, and Jessica Wooley. Senators Roz Baker, Suzanne Chun Oakland, Carol Fukunaga, Michelle Kidani, Donna Mercado Kim, Pohai Ryan, Maile Shimabukuro, Malama Solomon, and Jill Tokuda represent the WLC in the Senate.

These 26 female lawmakers account for 34% of the 27th Hawai’i State Legislature, putting the state well above the national average of 23.3%.

The bills introduced this session by the WLC address women’s health, the establishment of an automated victim notification system, the amendment of birth certificates for transgendered individuals, the requirement of birth defects warnings in liquor establishments, breastfeeding in the workplace, cervical and breast cancer screenings, funding for the reintegration of female offenders from incarceration back into the community, mandatory reporting requirements concerning child abuse, and the establishment of a special fund for child assault victims.

The WLC will also be proposing resolutions urging the State and Federal governments to assist women veterans, support the establishment of a Veterans Court within the Hawaii State Circuit Court, urge the U.S. Congress to support the immediate repeal of combat exclusionary rules, and reinforce Hawaii’s congressional delegation in support of the establishment of the National Women’s History Museum.

A list of the bills and resolutions can be found here: Women’s Legislative Caucus

Friends of the Future Reflections on 20 years of Community Work.

The Friends of the Future Annual Report, Kāpa’ipa`i (to flourish), is now available online at

Kāpa’ipa`i summarizes more than 20 years of work on Hawai`i Island which began with a series of conversations celebrating pluralism, duality, and cultural diversity.

A nonprofit organization, Friends of the Future has provided a home to more than 40 community programs and initiatives. Some have become independent organizations, transitioned to another like-minded organization, completed their work, or are waiting patiently for the right time, right place, and right resource to be realized.

Currently ten (10) programs actively continue their work as part of Friends of the Future:

  • Waipi’o Valley Community Circle
  • Tutu’s House
  • Na Kahumoku
  • Hui Kuapa
  • Hawai’i Island Leadership Series ~ Ulumau
  • Hawaii Island Health Care Alliance
  • Earl’s Garage
  • Collaborative Health Initiative
  • Baby STEPS to Stronger Big Island Families

Friends of the Future staff is currently collecting reflections and stories from people who are, or have been, involved with its programs. Please take a moment to let Friends of the Future know: “Why does Friends of the Future matter?” Reflections may be sent to or call 885-8336

To become involved in Friends of the Future or to request a printed copy of its annual report, call 885-8336 or e-mail

Plane Crashes at Honolulu Airport – Two Runways Closed (Picture of Crash Site)

A small plane has crashed at the Honolulu Airport closing two runways.  Here is a picture that is going around facebook right now.

KHON2 News is reporting that it was just a hard landing and the pilot is ok.

A single engine plane was forced to conduct a hard landing at Honolulu Airport Thursday morning.

It happened around 11 a.m.

According to the State Department of Transportation, the landing gear of the Cessna collapsed.

Federal fire crews responded to the scene.

The pilot was not injured.

President of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries to Present Documentary at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Madame Li Xiaolin, president of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and daughter of former Chinese President Li Xiannian, will present her new documentary, Touching the Tigers, at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Monday, January 30, 2012, from 4:30 to 7pm.

Madame Li Xiaolin

The public is invited to attend the evening, which will take place in front of “The Flying Tigers” exhibit in Hangar 79, includes a lion dance, music, and a pupu reception.

Touching the Tigers, a 15-minute documentary, is the story of American Flying Tigers pilot Lt. Glen Beneda, who was shot down in his fighter jet and wounded while defending China from Japanese forces during World War II on his 81st mission with the 14th Air Force. Beneda was rescued by Chinese farmers and soldiers and escorted to a U.S. air base where he received aid and an unforgettable attachment to the Chinese people.  Mr. Beneda’s family will be in attendance at the Museum event.

The China Children’s Choir of Beijing will perform. A lion dance and a pupu reception will be a part of the festivities. Pacific Aviation Museum Board Chairman Admiral Ronald Hays, USN (Ret.), Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, and General Gary North, USAF, will be in attendance and will speak.

Governor Abercrombie at the Opening of the Flying Tigers Exhibit

The price for the event is $25 for Museum members and $35 for non-members. Tickets are available online at The Ford Island shuttle will be extended for the evening so guests may park at the Arizona Memorial parking lot and take the shuttle to and from the Museum. No bags are allowed on the shuttle. Baggage storage at the Arizona Memorial will be open for the event.

Reservations are required by Sunday, January 29. Please call the Museum at 441-1007 or email SpecialEvents

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization located at 319 Lexington Boulevard on Historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818.

Congressional Candidate Bob Marx on Hawaii Bill That Would Track and Record Website Visits

Bob Marx, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress’ 2nd Congressional district, announced today his opposition to HB 2288, a Hawaii bill that would force Hawaii’s internet service providers (ISP) like Verizon, AT&T, and local internet providers like Hawaiian Telcom, Mobi PCS, and Oceanic Time Warner Cable, to track and record every website that a subscriber visits, as well as storing the information for at least two years. The bill would require ISP’s to store the subscriber’s personal information as well as the internet content they visited without any form of protection or encryption.

“This bill is alarming, to say the least,” Marx stated earlier today, “with the recent controversy over the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the news, I am concerned that these two bills, along with HB 2288, will have a huge impact on American’s freedom of speech as well as their first and fourth amendment rights under the Constitution.”

Marx went on to state “I am opposed to any type of internet censorship, and I believe the majority of the public can agree that censoring our access to the internet, restricting website content, and tracking and storing subscriber information, all violate our rights to privacy and free speech.”

Malama Makalii Ocean Festival

Public Invited to Learn More About VOG and Volcanic Gases

The public is invited to learn about Kīlauea’s volcanic gases and vog (volcanic air pollution) in an “After Dark in the Park” program at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Tues., Jan. 31, at 7 p.m.

Sulfur dioxide gas emissions from the crater of Pu‘u ‘Ō ‘ō on Kīlauea’s east rift zone (above) and the vent within Halema‘uma‘u Crater at Kīlauea’s summit create volcanic pollution that affects the air quality of downwind communities.  Here, an HVO gas geochemist measures Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō gas emissions using an instrument that detects gas compositions on the basis of absorbed infrared light

U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists Jeff Sutton and Tamar Elias will update information on Kīlauea Volcano’s gas emissions and associated environmental impacts.  Their presentation will be at the park’s Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Park entrance fees apply.

Sutton and Elias will discuss how vog forms from sulfur dioxide gas emitted from Kīlauea’s east rift and summit vents.  They will also provide an overview of existing resources that residents can consult to better deal with this notable aspect of the volcano’s ongoing eruptions. After their talk, an optional “gas tasting” session will be offered, during which attendees can safely learn to recognize individual volcanic gases by smell.

Kīlauea has been releasing large amounts of potentially hazardous volcanic gases for nearly three decades—since the beginning of the volcano’s east rift zone eruption in 1983.  In March 2008, Kīlauea gas emissions increased further when a new vent opened in Halema‘uma‘u Crater at the summit of the volcano.

Average sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas emissions from Kīlauea’s east rift zone vent declined significantly in 2010 but jumped briefly during the Kamoamoa eruption in March 2011.  Kīlauea summit SO2 emissions, overall, have remained high since the opening of the Halema‘uma‘u Overlook Vent in 2008.

At of the end of 2011, the combined emission rate for these two sources was about half of what it was during 2008-2009. This lower combined rate has been comparatively good news for downwind residents and visitors of Hawai‘i Island.

This presentation is one of many programs offered by HVO during Hawai‘i Island’s Volcano Awareness Month in January 2012.  For details about this After Dark in the Park program, please call 808-985-6011.  More information about Volcano Awareness Month is posted on the HVO website at

Hawaii Lawmakers Push for a “Reproductive Rights Awareness Week”

Judiciary approves Emergency Contraceptive bill during proposed women’s reproductive rights awareness week

Representative Cindy Evans, along with the support of other state lawmakers, has introduced a resolution (HCR 12) that would declare a “Reproductive Rights Awareness Week” in Hawaii.  The resolution would apply to the week beginning Jan. 22, coinciding with the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on abortion.

Co-sponsoring the resolution are Reps. Cindy Evans, Della Au Belatti, Tom Brower, Pono Chong, Isaac Choy, Denny Coffman, Faye Hanohano, Bob Herkes, Linda Ichiyama, Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Chris Lee, Marilyn Lee, Sylvia Luke, Barbara Marumoto, Angus McKelvey, Dee Morikawa, Mark Nakashima, Marcus Oshiro, Karl Rhoads, Scott Saiki, Calvin Say, Roy Takumi, Cynthia Thielen, Jessica Wooley, Kyle Yamashita, and Joe Souki.

“We want to encourage public awareness, conversation, and support for women’s reproductive rights,” said Rep. Cindy Evans, the primary introducer of the resolution. “It’s important that all women have access to family planning services, including contraception, prenatal care, and comprehensive reproductive health education. When it comes to decisions on contraception and abortion, it’s a personal matter that should be decided by women with their families, health care providers, or clergy members.”

The resolution states that when pregnancies are planned, women and their partners are more likely to maintain positive health behaviors, but nearly 45 percent of all pregnancies are unintended in Hawaii. It also states that contraception enables women to better prevent unintended pregnancies and plan for pregnancy when they want to have a child, and publically funded contraceptive services and supplies could prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce abortions.

Similar resolutions are being introduced in 14 other states. The push to establish Reproductive Rights Awareness Week in states around the U.S. is led by the Center for Women Policy Studies, based in Washington, D.C.

During the week of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the House Committee on Judiciary passed out a measure (HB127) that would require hospitals and health care providers to provide information about emergency contraception to women who have been sexually assaulted, and to dispense the medication when requested.

“It’s ethically and morally imperative that we provide all women, especially sex assault survivors, with the nationally accepted standard of care,” Rep. Evans said about the approval of the emergency contraceptive bill. “Victims should be given all the basic information and choices available to them. This is a human rights issues and I hope this measure moves forward so that we can provide access to all victims.”

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Public Presentation in Hilo

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