Workshop: Integrated Pest Management of the Coffee Berry Borer

A workshop for coffee growers will feature an international expert who has more than a decade of experience dealing with the coffee berry borer in Columbia.

The 2-day workshop will be held on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 & 25 at the Kona Hongwanji in Kealakekua, The fee is $25 and you can register online or pay at the door. For more information on the workshop and registration information, link below.

Integrated Pest Management of the Coffee Berry Borer Workshop

Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas – Looking for Artists

Artists are invited to submit original 2D media artwork to the Breadfruit Fine Art Contest, a part of Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas being held at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in South Kona on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

The Gift of Kū by Caren Loebel-Fried, winner of the 2011 Breadfruit Fine Art Contest.

The Breadfruit Fine Art Contest is part of the educational outreach associated with the festival, celebrating the beauty of the tree and fruit as well as the rich cultural heritage and future role of ‘ulu in Hawai‘i. Recognizing ‘ulu’s traditional role in mixed agroforestry, this year’s festival will also highlight ‘ulu’s Pacific-wide companion, mai’a (banana). Artwork can incorporate ‘ulu and mai‘a, but ‘ulu must be dominant in the piece.

Artists must register for the Breadfruit Fine Art Contest at by September 14th in order to be able to submit work, which must be dropped off at the Donkey Mill Art Center September 18-21 from 10am to 4pm. Artwork that is not pre registered by September 14th will not be accepted. All artwork will be displayed at Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas on September 29th. One winning piece will be selected and the winner will receive a gift certificate for a stay at a local luxury resort.

Young artists are invited to enter a Youth Art Contest, but they must submit through a school or community group. For the Youth Art Contest— 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each age category will win cash prizes ($75, $50 and $25, respectively) donated by Kamehameha Investment Corporation and a gift bag donated by Starbucks Hawai‘i.  The top winner overall will receive a Dolphin Quest Dolphin Encounter for two.

The Breadfruit Fine Art and Youth Art Contest guidelines and submission forms can be found at Questions can be directed to Andrea Dean at 960-3727 or

The Fine Art Contest is organized by: Donkey Mill Art Center, Hawaii Homegrown Food Network, the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas is presented by Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network, the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. The festival is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Kūkulu Ola—Living Hawaiian Culture Program administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Doc Buyers Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, Kamehameha Investment Corporation, Ho‘oulu Lāhui, Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School, West Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program, Ke Ola Magazine, and Big Island Resource Conservation and Development.

Learn more about the Breadfruit Festival by visiting or calling (808) 756-9437.


Big Island Traffic Fatalities Surpass Totals for All of Last Year

Police Chief Harry Kubojiri has issued a personal plea for all Big Island motorists to drive with extreme caution, as traffic fatalities so far this year have already surpassed the totals for all of last year and approached the totals for all of 2010.

As of August 8, 24 people have died on Hawai‘i County roads this year. That compares with 22 deaths for all of 2011 and 27 deaths for all of 2010.

Police analysis of the traffic fatalities during the past 2 ½ years shows that the following substances have been factors in the following number of fatal crashes:

  • Alcohol – 35 (30 drivers and 5 pedestrians)
  • Prescription drugs – 21 (20 drivers and 1 pedestrian)
  • Marijuana – 17 (16 drivers and 1 pedestrian)
  • Methamphetamine – 6
  • Amphetamine – 4
  • Cocaine -1

In many cases, multiple substances were factors in the same crash. The above figures don’t include impaired passengers who may have contributed to traffic fatalities. In some of the more recent crashes, police have not yet received toxicology results to determine whether dangerous substances contributed to the tragedies, so the substance count could increase.

Other contributing factors in the fatalities were speed (23) and not wearing a seat belt (25) or a motorcycle helmet (13).

The victims in the fatalities ranged from 6 months old to 88 years old. Their deaths caused unspeakable pain to their families and friends.

Police are stepping up DUI enforcement, but it will take a community effort to reduce the traffic death toll. Chief Kubojiri reminds members of the public to arrange for a designated driver if they plan to drink alcohol. He urges motorists to remember when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle that they and their fellow motorists are operating lethal machinery.

“Try to anticipate erratic driving and be mentally prepared for unexpected dangers,” Kubojiri said. “Practice safe, defensive driving and help reduce needless loss of life. Together, all of us can make a difference as we travel our Big Island roadways.”

Victim Identified in South Point Crash

A man who died July 29 from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle crash on July 23 on South Point Road has been identified as 25-year-old Steven T. Coss of Hilo.
Responding on July 23 to an 8:47 a.m. call, Kaʻū patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a 2001 Mercury sedan and traveling north on South Point Road approximately 5.5 miles south of Kamāʻoa Road when he ran off the right side of the road, lost control, struck a utility pole and overturned several times.

He was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

Big Island Police Identify Ka’u Crash Victim

The man who died August 2 from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle crash in Kaʻū has been identified as 39-year-old Clint A. Corfman of Kurtistown.

Clint in front of his beloved “bus”.

Responding to a 12:43 a.m. call, Kaʻū patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a 1987 Ford sedan and traveling southbound on Highway 11 midway between the 48- and 49-mile markers when he ran off the left side of the road, lost control and overturned.

Huffington Post Ranks Hilo’s Farmers Market One of the Tops in America

Huffington Post today listed their picks as the “Great U.S. Farmers Markets” in America.  Hilo’s Farmers Market was ranked eighth in the country!

“The Hilo Farmers Market is not quite as large as some others on our list. However, it is arguably one of the most unusual in the entire U.S., featuring tropical fruit and vegetables not seen in the farmers markets in the Lower 48. Located in the city of Hilo on Hawaii’s Big Island, the market runs all day on Wednesday and Saturday, with over 200 vendors taking part on the busiest days. In addition to the produce, vendors also offer crafts, artwork, artisanal food products and tropical flowers. Since the Big Island gets fewer tourists than Oahu or Maui, the Hilo market is a good place to enjoy an authentic, non-touristy taste of Hawaii.”


Big Island Video News for Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

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