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No Steal

Police have charged a Hilo man in connection with an incident involving several items being stolen from a business between April 16, 2012 to April 17, 2012. Items stolen include two Lincoln Welders, a Ford Flatbed Truck, and several other miscellaneous tools.

Frank Eblacas

Frank Eblacas, M-45, of no permanent address, was charged today with Theft 2nd Degree, a class C Felony, and bail was set at $10,000.

Police request that if anyone has additional information about this incident to contact Detective James Correa at (808) 961-2289.

Meet the Chefs Who Support Our Beef Industry at Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Local grass-fed beef is annually the star of Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and this year’s event on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village is no exception. The annual event puts 100 pounds of 100 percent grass-fed beef into the hands of each participating chef to dazzle diners. Each chef gets a different cut—everything from nose to tail—and combines it with a cornucopia of local ingredients.

Mealani's Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Many Taste chefs are fans of grass-fed beef and readily share why they like the island-raised product. Each has a different reason.

“We use it because of the taste at ‘Umeke Market,” says Michelle Yamaguchi of Honolulu. “When you start with a great product, it’s hard to go wrong. Also, avoiding the use of hormones and antibiotics as much as possible is important to our customers.”

Cary Peterson of Kohala Burger and Taco in Kawaihae appreciates the environmental benefits of using grass-fed beef.

“I strive to leave a small environmental footprint and local beef requires much less energy and resources to process and deliver,” Peterson details.  “I also think the flavor is great for the type of food I do, which is very simple and straightforward.  I prefer to use a sweet bun for my burgers and the earthy flavor of the beef goes perfect with it. From a health standpoint, grass-fed beef is a no brainer—it’s antibiotic- and hormone-free!”

Mealani's Taste Of The Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival

2011 Mealani’s Taste Of The Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival

Chef Joshua Ketner adds, “At Hilo Bay Café, we believe grass-fed beef is good for our community and our environment, plus the taste is wonderful.” Ketner’s favorite cut is 21-day, dry-aged rib eye as “the marbling, taste and tenderness all work together.

Hilo native Ken Takahashi of Honolulu Burger Company says his business plan revolves around the concept of eating Big Isle grass-fed beef.

“Our main goal is to use grass-fed beef as hamburger patties for our burgers first,” he explains.  “In addition, we use sliced, grass-fed sirloin for our teri and philly dip sandwiches, as well as boneless short ribs and brisket for our braised short rib sandwiches.”

James Babian, executive chef of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, adds, “We want to support our local beef industry while adhering to our culinary direction of seasonal, regional and artisanal.” The resort purchases a 21-day aged, whole beef carcass every week for use in its on-site restaurants and staff cafeteria.

This year’s Taste again features over 30 chefs preparing locally produced food to wow attendees from 6-8 p.m. In addition to grass-fed beef, some of the chefs will be concocting culinary creations using other forage-fed meats: lamb, mutton, goat and USDA-inspected wild boar.

The use of different meats—and meat cuts—is all part of the culinary adventure when local ranchers, farmers, restaurateurs and eager eaters celebrate a bounty of locally produced food. While “tasting,” festival goers can meet a wide range of Hawai‘i’s food producers at gaily decorated vendor booths and talk story with the people who make a living growing and producing our food.

Pre-Taste activities include a culinary demo, with sampling, on how to use and prepare 100 percent pasture-raised beef. Time is 3 p.m. for the 2012 installment of Grass-Fed Beef Cooking 101. This year’s guest presenter is Chef Babian and he will be preparing Grilled Tri-Tip with Kiawe-Smoked Kabocha Pumpkin and Braciole de Manzo or Italian beef roll.

Tickets for the evening Taste and Cooking 101 demo are conveniently sold online at  http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com. Taste tickets remain priced at $40 presale and $60 at the door, while admission for the cooking demo is $10. Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI.

For general event information, phone (808) 969-8228.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact Jeri Moniz at 808-960-8411 as soon as possible and no later than Sept. 14.

Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival provides a venue for sustainable agricultural education, encouragement and support of locally produced ag products. The premiere ag-tourism event is a partnership between CTAHR, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, Kulana Foods, UH-Hilo CAFNRM, County of Hawaii Dept. on Environmental Management and community volunteers. Sponsorship also includes the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hawaii County Research and Development, Hawaii Community College Food Service & Culinary Program and KTA SuperStores. The quality and growth of this event are rooted in small business participation, sponsorship and in-kind donations. For more information, visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.

*Editors Note*  I suggest folks get in line early… here is a picture as the line was building last year:

Hawaii Teachers Impact NEA National Assembly – 3 Million Members to Support “Peace Day”

The National Education Association today approved a New Business Item (NBI) at its annual Representative Assembly in Washington, D.C., urging its more than three million members to support the International Day of Peace.  Justin Hughey of the Hawai‘i delegation presented the NBI to the 8,000 delegates at the forum.

Nancy Porter (Iowa) of the Peace and Justice Caucus, and Justin Hughey (Hawaii), who submitted a New Business Item at the National Education Association Representative Assembly (Washington, D.C.) Drafted by the Peace Committee (Hawaii) and approved by the 8,000 delegates, the result is that the NEA will now encourage its 3,000,000 members to participate in and support the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21.

“If humans can figure out how to stop killing each other, we won’t have a problem funding a quality public education for every child,” said Hughey.

The International Day of Peace, September 21, has been officially recognized by the UN since 1981, and traditionally marks the opening of that body’s annual session.  The NEA, the largest teachers union in the world, stands for many of the same values that are part of the UN’s mission of peace. These include equality, economic justice, good health, and preservation of the environment.

“This is an example of how teachers in Hawai‘i and around the nation are making a difference,” added Wil Okabe, president of the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association. “From their classrooms, teachers can help build a nation with more respect and compassion for the welfare and rights of all people, as well as for the safekeeping of our precious environment.”

The legislature of the State of Hawai‘i, lobbied by the Junior Young Buddhists Association of teenagers in 2007, became the first and only state in America to have a permanent Peace Day. The Peace Committee of Hawai‘i and hundreds of other organizations celebrate the International Day of Peace throughout the world, yet it remains largely unknown to the general public.

Jeanne Clement (Honoka‘a High and Intermediate School) secured the necessary signatures needed for submission by Hughey (King Kamehameha III School). The NBI was drafted by Miles Okumura of the Peace Committee, assisted by Nancy Porter (Iowa) of the Peace and Justice Caucus. (www.neapeaceandjustice.org)  Okumura (Honoka‘a High and Intermediate) is a member of the Caucus and recipient of the United Nations Association of Hawai‘i “Peacemaker of the Year” award.

“As educators, we have the potential to make this world a better place by teaching the next generation the values of peace, compassion and awareness of interdependence of life,” said Okumura.  “100,000 teachers can reach 15 million future citizens every year with just one lesson plan a year. Over the course of our careers, we can raise and educate hundreds of millions of citizens.”

The Peace Committee produces the “Annual Parade and Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace” in Honoka‘a on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.  It is the largest and most elaborate celebration of its kind in the world, now in its sixth year.  Programs include peace education and activities such as the Peace Poster contest. (www.peacedayparade.org ).

Coming Up – 4th Annual Mango Festival

The fragrant, richly-hued summer orbs that seduce island fruit lovers with their juicy goodness are celebrated July 28-29 at the fourth annual Mango Festival. The full weekend of fun at the Keauhou Beach Resort is officially proclaimed as Hawai‘i Island Mango Festival Days by Hawai‘i County Mayor Billy Kenoi.

The free family event offers entertainment, mango-themed displays, arts and crafts, mangolicious food and drinks, plus belly dancing workshops both days. Saturday’s fun also includes delicious culinary fun, horticulture activities and a panel discussion on “Putting the Culture Back into Agriculture” on the ocean lawn.

Foodie fun includes an amateur recipe contest. See what local residents are doing with mangos and cheer on your favorite entrants. After contest judging at 1 p.m. Saturday, attendees can sample entries—while they last. For recipe entry details, visit www.mangofest.org.

Hubert des Marais, executive chef at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i will provide tips on how to use mangos during a staged culinary demonstration at 2 p.m. Saturday. Chef Hubert recently moved to the Big Island from Africa and boasts more than 35 years in the hospitality industry spanning four continents. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, des Marais is noted for his deliciously healthy food that is fresh, flavorful and truly inventive.  He has been named one of “America’s Ten Best New Chefs” by Food and Wine Magazine, has been featured on the Food Network and was among an elite group of chefs invited to cook for the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala. Don’t miss this stellar culinary event—cameras are welcome.

For green-thumb wannabes, a variety of horticulture activities are set for Saturday. The West Hawaii Master Gardeners offers free advice for home gardeners and will distribute free remedies to battle soft-bodied insect pests, ants and powdery mildew. The organization will also sell plants, plus insect traps targeting coffee berry borers and fruit flies.

The Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association will provide info and samples of the varieties of mangos grown statewide. There will also be a grafting presentation.

Entertainment headliners on the Royal Gardens stage include world dance performer and instructor Willow Chang. With a degree in dance from the University of Hawaii, the award-winning Chang is proficient in a wide range of dance styles, including Middle Eastern belly dance, Argentine tango and Spanish flamenco. Chang performs 11 a.m. both days. Flo Chang offers afternoon belly dance workshops both days.

Taking the stage on either Saturday or Sunday (or both) is Latin funk band Leche de Tigre trio, reggae artist Sahra Indio, the Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko-Kohala performing Okinawan Eisa Taiko and Anela Strings. Local hula halau and keiki performers will light up the stage both days.

Mango Tango July 21

Preceding the Mango Festival is the Mango Tango Dance and Desserts FUNdraiser July 21 in Kealakekua at the New Thought Center in Pualani Terrace on Hwy. 11. The juicy jive includes a dramatic show of tango dancing, dessert bar, hand-crafted ales from Kona Brewing Company, silent auction and door prizes from 6-9 p.m. Get in on the salsa dance lessons from 6-6:30 p.m. with Carolyn Ching, followed by music by the Mango Tango band and a live Argentine tango performance. Tickets are $10 and extra donations are tax deductible. For tickets, phone 808-887-1292 or 808-756-4700 or get them online at www.newthoughtcenterofhawaii.com.

Mango Tango proceeds benefit the Mango Festival and New Thought Center, a sanctuary for the nourishment, development and evolution of each individual’s unique spiritual path.

Both the Mango Tango FUNdraiser and the free community festival are presented by the non-profit Sanctuary of Mana Ke‘a Gardens. The community is invited to collaborate, support and participate. Exhibitor booths for July 28-29 are available for businesses and non-profit organizations. Volunteers are encouraged to help with festival day activities, speaker support and workshops. Find vendor and volunteer signup forms at mangofestival.org.

“GET A JOB” – Released This Fall

The comedy movie “GET A JOB” starring WIllie K and Eric Gilliom will finally be released this fall — to theaters and On Demand in Hawaii, to DVD via the website (www.GetAJobMovie.com), as well as on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and many other digital platforms.

Get a Job... The Movie

We greatly appreciate any support that you may wish to provide in spreading the word about our award-winning indie produced entirely in the islands that stars many of our favorite entertainers.

In the meantime, please enjoy our new music video that provides a taste of the fun this special island movie offers!


Mick Fleetwood, WIllie Nelson, Henry Kapono, and Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers join the Barefoot Natives Willie K and Eric Gilliom in a music video off the soundtrack of the feature film comedy from Hawaii, “GET A JOB,” to be released in Fall 2012. Augie T, Jake Shimabukuro, Carolyn Omine, Amy Hanaiali’i, Kealoha, Kathy Collins, and many of Hawaii’s favorite entertainers star in the rollicking comedy, which features 18 songs by the Barefoot Natives. GET A JOB is written/directed by Brian Kohne, produced by Stefan Schaefer.