McCully Shopping Center Sold for $19 Million

Sofos Realty Corporation negotiated the sale of McCully Shopping Center for $19 million. The 35,290 square foot center is located at 1960 Kapiolani Boulevard.

The McCully Shopping Center

S. Steven Sofos, President and CEO of Sofos Realty Corporation represented the seller. The seller was McCully Associates. The buyer was M Pocket Corporation.

“We were able to find the right local investor in M Pocket Corporation. We believe this is a win for the tenants, their customers and the neighboring communities,” stated Sofos “the new owners are interested in continuing to bring the diverse mix of businesses that has made the McCully Shopping Center one of Hawaii’s most popular destinations for restaurants and retail.”

The McCully Shopping Center is located one block from Waikiki, Hawaii’s largest and most recognized resort area. The McCully Shopping Center offers visitors a solid mix of national chains such as Seven-Eleven Hawaii, Taco Bell/Pizza Hut; and local favorites Fook Yuen Chinese Seafood Restaurant, and Phuket Thai.

About Sofos Realty Corporation – Sofos Realty Corporation offers a full range of specialized services to real estate owners, tenants, and investors, including property sales and leasing; facilities and property management; appraisal, valuation and consulting services; investment and asset management; and project management and development services. Sofos Realty is ranked as one of the largest commercial brokerage and property management firms in Hawaii by the Pacific Business News and is the only Kama‘aina member of the “Big Three” full service commercial real estate firms in Hawaii.

Worlds Largest Spam Musubi Created Today at the Rice Festival in Honolulu

A world record Spam Musubi was created today by folks that attended the 3rd Annual Hawaii Rice Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii today.

A 628 pound Spam Musubi and the folks that helped build it

Congrats to all those involved including the VH07V Crowd!

Got Musubi?


Tonight – KWXX 19th Annual Ho’olaule’a

Tonight is the 19th Annual KWXX Ho’olaule’a in downtown Hilo.

This is the biggest party that the Big Island has each year.


See you there?

World Record Spam Musubi Attempt to be Challenged at Rice Fest Tomorrow

Tomorrow in Honolulu, a group of friends will attempt to make the worlds largest spam musubi at the Hawaii Rice Festival.

Check it out:

Cops on Tops of Wal-Mart to Support Special Olympics Hawaii

Officers from the Hawaiʻi Police Department have been on top of Wal-Mart stores in both Hilo and Kona since 6 a.m. Friday (September 28) to support Special Olympics Hawaiʻi.

Officer Aaron Kaleo, Officer Jason Grouns and Major James O’Connor talk to shoppers below while perched on the roof of the Hilo Wal-Mart to raise cash and awareness for Special Olympics Hawaiʻi

The goal during the fund raising project is to stay up there around the clock until 2 p.m. Sunday (September30) while other officers and Special Olympics athletes collect donations at ground level.

Police are spending their off-duty time perched on the roof at the Hilo Wal-Mart store and atop 14-foot scaffolding at the Kona Wal-Mart store, eating, sleeping and raising community awareness for Special Olympics Hawaiʻi. Since its inception, Hawaiʻi’s law enforcement agencies have raised more than $1.6 million through their “Cop on Top” efforts.

The Special Olympics, modeled after the Olympic Games, provide a year-round program of training and competitive sports for physically or mentally challenged athletes.

This is the ninth year the Hawaiʻi Police Department is participating in this event, which includes participation from law enforcement officers at the county, state and federal levels statewide.

Hirono, Hanabusa and Gabbard Honor Life and Legacy of Patsy T. Mink

One decade ago today, the people of Hawaii and the nation mourned the passing of a devoted champion for equality, fairness and social justice. The Honorable Patsy T. Mink, known throughout her career of public service as a thoughtful and tenacious legislator, passed away on September 28, 2002. On this 10th anniversary of her passing, Patsy Mink’s life and legacy were remembered today by several Hawaii leaders, including Mazie Hirono, Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard at a gathering at Ala Wai Community Park softball field.

Tulsi Gabbard, Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa pay their respects to Patsy Mink

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Mazie Hirono said, “Patsy’s lifetime of accomplishments paved the way for women to have opportunities that she herself never had. Patsy was my friend and a continuing inspiration. In the time we spent together, we agreed to never give up and to always keep fighting for what was right. I will continue to work hard to build on her legacy by advancing our shared principals of equality, fairness and opportunity for all, especially for women, both in Hawaii and across the United States. We will continue to focus on expanding the possibilities for girls and women for generations to come.”

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa said, “Patsy Mink led the way for many successful women by being willing to stand up and take on the challenges of her time. It’s easy today to forget the world women faced while Patsy was envisioning her own future. But she never backed down, and all Americans have benefitted from her courage. Women in government, in business, in sports, and in their lives can now walk a path set for them by Patsy Takemoto Mink. I am proud to celebrate her life, to continue on her mission in Congress, and to encourage others to find inspiration in her example.”

Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic nominee for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, said, “I too am proud to honor the legacy of Patsy Mink on the 10th anniversary of her passing. She was a trailblazer who accomplished so much that made Hawaii proud, starting with Title IX. Patsy was the first woman elected to Congress from Hawaii.  She was the first Asian American to seek the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party as an anti-war candidate.  If elected to the seat she represented from Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, I will do my very best to uphold the legacy she left behind, and continue to fight for the people, including issues Patsy cared deeply about, such as legislation  impacting women, and the military conflicts that continue to claim the lives of Americans.”

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, better known as Title IX, the federal law that protects students from gender discrimination in federally supported education programs and activities.

If elected to Congress, Hirono, Hanabusa and Gabbard are respectively committed to building upon Mink’s achievements and accomplishments in education as well as other areas where gender discrimination still exists.

Public Invited to Groundbreaking of New Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter

The public is invited to a groundbreaking for the new Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter to be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 3, at the Ka‘ū High and Pāhala Elementary school campus.
Governor Neil Abercrombie will be joined by Mayor Billy Kenoi, Department of Education officials, and Ka‘ū High Principal Sharon Beck.
The $17 million Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter is a State-County partnership in which the State is financing design and construction and providing the site for the facility. The County is responsible for design and construction of the facility through the good work of the Departments of Public Works and Parks and Recreation. The facility will be used jointly by the school and the community.
The 43,300-square-foot Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter will expand athletic and recreational opportunities in the Ka‘ū district.  It will also serve as a destination for community events and as an emergency shelter during natural disasters.
The new Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter will offer residents a gym that will accommodate three regulation Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association basketball or volleyball courts. Accessory rooms will include; locker and training rooms, and restrooms; a lobby, courtyard, kitchen, ticket booths; and office space, and storage areas for the State Department of Education, County Parks & Recreation, and the American Red Cross.
The plans, design, and construction will strive to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines put forth by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
For a building to achieve LEED certification, its construction must meet criteria in six performance standards: a sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design.
Construction is scheduled to begin the week of October 11 and will take 18 months to complete.

Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun

Ghouls, ghosts, zombies, creatures, and humans of all types will be haunting and howling at the Afook Chinook Civic Auditorium Saturday, October 13, where the Paradise Roller Girls will host the spookiest derby bout in the state – ‘Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun.’ So get your fangs on, call your zombie mommas, and head down to the Civic for a night of clean, family, derby fun and spooks. It’s the only place on the Big Island where you’ll find skeletons and witches zipping around on roller skates, smashing into each other just to provide the type of morbid entertainment everyone craves.

These ghouls may just want to have fun, but it’s always serious inside the rink where the Big Island’s toughest girls ‘derby down’ in what some have called the fastest growing sport in the world. Learn why as the Big Island Babes Junior Derby kick the night off with a pre-bout scrimmage at 5:45 p.m. Skeletons and witches take the rink at 7:30 p.m. and will skate for two 30 minute periods.

Eight dollar pre-sale tickets are available on the PRGWebsite, via one of your favorite derby girls, at Mountain View Village Video, CD Wizard, Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love Pahoa, or Jeff Hunt Surfboards in Pahoa. Tickets can also be purchased at the Civic the day of the event for $10. Admission for kids age 5 and under is free.

By attending this event witch fans, skeletons, zombies, ghouls, and ghosts will not only help to support the Paradise Roller Girls, but they’ll also be helping the environment. A portion of the proceeds from the ‘Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun’ bout will go to the HawaiiWildlifeFund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Hawaii’s native wildlife through research, education, and conservation.

Much of what Paradise Roller Girls does couldn’t be made possible without the help of their sponsors. The league’s 2012 season sponsors are Ace Hardware Pahoa, WillKill Termites & Pests, Kona Marine Supply, Curly Pinky Designs, Britten Traughber Photography, Aloha Coast Realty, Surrounded By Blue, and Coldwell Banker Day-Lum. PRG gives special thanks to them, the Big Island community, and derby fans around the world!

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

Kaiminani Drive Road Improvements Begin October 1st

Construction on Ka`iminani Drive in North Kona is scheduled to begin the week of October 1.  Improvements will begin just below the intersection at Māmalahoa Highway (Route 190) for approximately one mile ending near Ahiahi Street.

Improvements will focus on roadway reconstruction and drainage improvements that include six-foot wide shoulders, drainage structures and swales, and driveway tie-ins on Ka`iminani to prevent a “drop-off” between the reconstructed pavement and the existing driveways, retaining walls, utility adjustment and relocation, mailbox and newspaper box relocation, road resurfacing, signs and restriping.

The contractor working with the property owners, will coordinate removal, and or trimming plants located in the County right-of-way.

The temporary relocation of postal and newspaper boxes and temporary shutdown of water and utility services will be coordinated with the U.S. Postal Service, the contractor, utility companies, property owners and County agencies.

Traffic management plans will be in place between the construction hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  No weekends, holidays and nighttime work is scheduled at this time.

Jas W. Glover Ltd, the contractor was awarded the $10 million improvement project.  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is funding 80 percent of the $10 million construction cost.

Construction is expected to take a year.

Hilo Man Dies Saving His Son From Large Wave

A 34-year-old Hilo man who nearly drowned over the weekend died Thursday (September 27) from the incident.
Chris Broussard of Hilo and his 9-year-old son were snorkeling in a tide pool in the Brown’s Beach area Sunday morning (September 23) when a large wave swept the boy out of the tide pool. Bruoussard jumped into the ocean in an attempt to save the boy. By the time bystanders were able to pull the child to safety, Broussard was floating face down in the water.

Fire rescue personnel took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he died at 10:10 a.m. Thursday.

Police are investigating the case as a fatal public accident.

Tsunami Marine Debris Dock Goes Missing Off the Coast of Hawaii

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the state’s lead agency for responding to reported possible Japan tsunami marine debris in Hawaii, is coordinating with NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard to identify the current location of a 30 by 50-foot floating dock that was last seen on Wednesday, Sept. 19, by fishermen off the north coast of Molokai.

This dock was photographed by fisherman off the coast of Molokai on September 19th and now the DLNR is looking for it.

The dock is believed to be identical to three others reported missing from Japan after the March 2011 tsunami. Another one recently came ashore on an Oregon beach earlier this year.

This dock washed up on Oregon’s shores

”DLNR’s priority, with the critical help of the public and federal partners, is to re-find this large floating object, which is a hazard to vessels at sea and the wellbeing of our coastal resources. We need to be able to track its movement to try to intercept and handle the dock at sea, and to prevent serious environmental damage if it should reach shore,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.

DLNR has requested that boaters, fishers and pilots be alert to the possible presence of the dock and to immediately report any sightings of the dock to (808) 587-0400. NOAA is also requesting that sightings of marine debris be reported to

The Japan Consulate in Honolulu has been notified and, if the dock is relocated, will work with DLNR and NOAA to confirm the dock’s origin.

DLNR and the Department of Health (with assistance as needed from other state agencies) along with NOAA, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S .Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are working together on the Hawaii response to marine debris from the 2011 Japan earthquake and resulting tsunami. The  interagency working group is coordinating with various federal, state and county partners, as appropriate, to facilitate response and regularly communicate to the public. NOAA continues to assist with model trajectories for possible movement of the dock by currents and winds, and has readied two satellite tracking buoys for state use should the dock be located.

On Tuesday, DLNR received a call from a Molokai resident who reported seeing styrofoam on a rocky cliff shoreline on the Molokai north coast. DLNR arranged for its Maui helicopter contractor to survey the north shores of Molokai and Lanai yesterday afternoon. Two staff members from the Division of Aquatic Resources Maui office participated as observers. A large quantity of foam pieces were noticed west of Moomomi and a ball of fishing debris. However there was no sighting of the dock in either location.

DLNR also received a report yesterday from a Laie resident who had found two large and one smaller black buoy on a local beach. There was no marine growth on them. The buoys were tested by the Department of Health and normal background levels of radiation were found.


The public is invited to contact DLNR at (808) 587-0400 to report findings of possible tsunami marine debris. If possible, we request that a picture of the debris with a detailed description of the object, date found, location and finder’s contact information, be sent to this information will help DLNR staff to determine if a more thorough investigation is necessary. Reports may also made to NOAA at

DLNR staff also checked out a large piece of yellow foam that was reported in Kahaluu earlier this week. It measured 4 inches wide by 4 feet long, with chicken wire molded between. It had a small amount of gooseneck barnacles (not of concern) on one side, but no other growth. There were no identifying marks and it did not look to be tsunami generated.

Other actions to locate the floating dock Between September 21 and 22, the U.S. Coast Guard conducted three flights where Coast Guard aircrews were able to observe the area between Molokai and Oahu for any sign of marine debris. No sightings were reported, and the dock has not yet been relocated. The Coast Guard also used a search and rescue computer program to plot the potential drift of the object using the last reported sighting of the dock from local fishermen on September 19.

The Coast Guard has systems in place to report significant objects and other hazards in the water through the issuance of notice to mariners. A broadcast notice to mariners has been issued that contains a description of the floating dock, the time and date it was sighted and the last known location. Cmdr. Martin Smith, chief of marine environmental response for the 14th Coast Guard District said, “The Coast Guard would like to remind mariners, as always, to remain on the lookout for debris or any other dangers while at sea.”

In conjunction with routine Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane law enforcement deployments and surveillance patrols of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine Monument, the Coast Guard has been on the lookout for marine debris in an attempt to help NOAA identify and track it.

On December 6, 2011, one such flight provided surveillance of a 58,000 square mile area off Midway; an area approximately the size of the state of Alabama. A small refrigerator was sighted, but nothing else.

On January 17, 2012, a second Hercules, with observers from NOAA and EPA aboard, provided surveillance covering 78,700 square miles; an area approximating the size of the state of North Dakota.No debris whatsoever was sighted.

Both of these flights were conducted in an area of the highest risk/probability of forecast debris  approaching the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, using University of Hawaii and NOAA drift modeling data. Routine law enforcement patrols continue to provide opportunities to search for marine debris.

The state is also collaborating with the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument as well as external stakeholders to assess and monitor the movement of other Japan tsunami marine debris. The Japan Ministry of the Environment estimates that 5 million tons of debris washed into the ocean (not the 25 million tons according to initial estimates). They further estimated that 70 percent of debris sank near the coast of Japan soon after the tsunami. Models and estimates completed by NOAA and the University of Hawai‘i reveal that some high-floating debris may have passed near or washed ashore on the Main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands as early as this summer.  During the summer, debris was found along the Pacific Coast of North America from Alaska southward to California.

Because most tsunami debris was washed out to sea before the release of radioactive materials from the power plant and because of its extended exposure to the elements, it is highly unlikely that the debris would be contaminated.

Even though the likelihood of discovering radioactive contamination on marine debris is low, the state Department of Health has been conducting shoreline surveillance since April 2011, in order to establish normal background radiation levels around the islands. The state Department of Health continues to conduct quarterly shoreline environmental surveys on O‘ahu, Maui. Kaua‘i, and the Hawai‘i Island.

Results of the surveys performed displays consistency with normal background radiation levels.

Additionally, the state Department of Health has partnered with NOAA to perform shoreline and debris monitoring on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaii Man Makes List of World’s Most Extremely and Strangely Modified People

A list was recently made of the world’s most extremely and strangely modified people and a Hawaii resident has made the list:

Kala Kawai

Kala Kawai The Horned Man: Kala Kawai owns studio of body modification in Hawaii. 75% of his body is covered with Tattoo and has 67 piercings. He holds the record for the world’s largest implanted horns.

Honolulu Zoo Children’s Discovery Forest Moves Closer to Reality

The Hawai’i Forest Institute (HFI) was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation and a $10,000 grant from the Pettus Foundation for the Honolulu Zoo Children’s Discovery Forest.  Earlier this year, HFI’s affiliate the Hawai’i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) was awarded a $49,100 for the project through the Hawai’i Tourism Authority Natural Resources Program, administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.

Honolulu Zoo Children’s Discovery Forest Site Plan

“We are pleased to have been selected by these respected organizations for funding of the Children’s Discovery Forest,” said Heather Simmons HFI’s Executive Director.  “It illustrates their belief that projects like this are needed to teach our keiki and the public about Hawaii’s unique flora and fauna in a culturally sensitive way.”

Located near the zoo entrance and adjacent to the future site of a Native Hawaiian Village, the Discovery Forest will be a representation of natural systems, creating a scene of Hawai’i before the arrival of humans. Native and Polynesian introduced species will be planted. The project will demonstrate culturally significant plant and tree species that once grew near traditional shoreline villages of O’ahu.

The endangered Oahu tree snail, Achatinella mustelina. Photo: Leland Miyano.

This replication of these coastal ecosystems will provide habitat for Hawaiian plants, birds, and invertebrates. The exhibit will be designed to demonstrate culturally significant Hawaiian plant species, the significance of place, and the kuleana of mālama ‘āina (responsibility to care for the land) by integrating traditional Hawaiian forest ecosystems, forest stewardship opportunities, and innovative land-based education for residents and visitors, with an emphasis on providing learning activities for our youngest keiki.

“With the support of these funders and other community partners, HFI will soon realize its dream of re-creating a place where our keiki, residents and visitors can experience a range of Hawaiian ecosystems from coastal environments to upper dryland forests,” stated Travis Idol, HFI’s President of the Board of Directors.

Renowned landscape designer, artist, and author Leland Miyano is working with award-winning landscape architects PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc. to lead the landscape design planning process.  The topographical survey, schematic design plan, and initial landscape plans have been completed.  HFI plans to break ground in January and engage community volunteers in installing the project in 2013.

The project will start with the strand vegetation of the coast and proceed to the dryland and mesic forest; using examples of indigenous and endemic flora.  Plants that are associated with educational stories will be prominently displayed.  The landscape of the Polynesian-introduced flora will be presented and educational programs will be developed related to topics such as evolution, ecological lessons, endangered species, watershed protection, ahupua’a resource management, and invasive species.

The Honolulu Zoo Children’s Discovery Forest is being modeled after the Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest, a forest demonstration project being created at the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens in Hilo.


Elections Official Kawauchi Responds to Missed Election Workshop

The Office of the Hawaii County Clerk has received media inquiries concerning the elections workshops organized by the State Office of Elections. The State Office of Elections workshop schedule is as follows: (1) September 10, 2012 – Kauai; (2) September 27, 2012 – Maui; and (3) October 4, 2012 – Oahu. The media has questions concerning the reason why the Hawaii County Clerk did not attend the September 10, 2012 training on Kauai.

Jamae Kawauchi stated, “I did not attend the September 10, 2012 workshop on Kauai because I had already been scheduled to meet with Hawaii Island precinct officials on September 10, 2012 to discuss the primary election, issues and concerns presented by the primary election, and preparation and planning for the November 6, 2012 general election. The State Office of Elections was notified of the scheduling conflict and that the Deputy County Clerk and the elections division would be attending the workshop on Kauai in my place. I also let them know that I would be attending the trainings to be held on Maui and on Oahu.”

Jamae Kawauchi further stated, “We are grateful for the support that the State Office of Elections and the counties have extended to Hawaii County. I will continue to ask for their support to help me and the elections division staff ensure that Hawaii County has a fair and well-run election.”

“In the meetings with Hawaii County precinct officials, we are connecting with them, and I am thankful for the opportunity to get to know these dedicated, earnest and community-service minded citizens. I am impressed with their commitment to give more than 100% effort in their positions as precinct officials and I look forward to continuing to work with the State Office of Elections, the counties, the precinct officials and the public to ensure a fair and well-run general election.”

HMSA Presents $60,000 Check to Hospice of Hilo

The Hawaii Medical Services Association (HMSA) Vice President of Customer Relations Mike Sayama presented a $60,000 check to Hospice of Hilo today.

HMSA Vice President of Customer Relations Mike Sayama (left) presented the check to CEO Brenda Ho (middle) and Board President James Nakagawa (right).

The money on behalf of the HMSA Foundation, will help support the soon to be opened Hawai‘i Palliative Care Center housed in the new 14,140 square foot Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center.

Kona Swimming Pool Closed October 1-2 for Inspection

The Kona Community Aquatic Center will be closed Monday and Tuesday so a necessary inspection may be conducted.

Kona Community Aquatic Center

Intended to ensure peak operating efficiency, the inspection is expected to be completed in time for the Department of Parks and Recreation to reopen the swimming pool as scheduled at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, October 3.

The department apologizes for any inconvenience the temporary shutdown may cause and thanks pool users for their patience.

For more information, please call the KCAC staff at 327-3500.

Information on the Third Annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge

The third annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge (HNHC) will be held in conjunction with the Hilo Harvest Festival on Saturday November 10th, in downtown Hilo Hawaii. This year’s Hilo Harvest Festival is dedicated to honeybees and beekeeping. Beekeepers from throughout the State of Hawaii are encouraged to submit entries of their favorite liquid, solid, and/or comb honeys for judging at this event.

The drop dead date for submissions to the Challenge is Friday, October 26th. Anything received after that date will be returned to the sender unopened.  This means that to receive the forms you need for a submission you should contact the Challenge Registrar (Pattie at well ahead of time to allow her to send you these items through the mail, and for you to return them to her through the mail by the deadline.

The requirements to be considered a Hawaiian Natural Honey are:

  • Samples must be collected and bottled by the contestant from apiaries located in the State of Hawai’i.
  • No heat may be used in the extracting or bottling process.
  • No additives, seeding or flavoring may be used.
  • Honey may be “strained” (strainer mesh size no smaller than 500 microns) but not “filtered” (strainer mesh size smaller than 500 microns).
  • The honey should not be processed in any way such as “creaming,” “spinning,” “churning,” or other manipulations.

The categories of competition will be the floral varieties of the honey, such as Kiawe, Ohia/Lehua, Coconut, and others. Multifloral varieties will be placed in one of three “Tropical Multifloral” categories; light, amber, or dark. Certain unique categories of varietal honeys may consist of only one entry.

There will be both a formal judging and an informal public vote for the best honey. The formal judging will be conducted by a panel of five judges selected for their culinary expertise. They will judge the entries based upon the four criteria of taste, texture, appearance and aroma. For any entry to win a prize, it must receive an overall score of at least 80 out of 100. A potential of five awards (Best Appearance, Best Aroma, Best Texture, Best Taste, and Best in Show) will be distributed for each type of honey (solid, liquid, or comb) within each of the competition categories (floral varieties). The “People’s Choice Award” is given to the most popular of all the entries as determined by the results of the informal public vote, tallied after the public tasting.

All contestants will receive a summary of the judge’s evaluation. Winners will receive a certificate and a sheet of stickers that may be affixed to their labels indicating that they won an award at this year’s Challenge. Winners may also purchase a Challenge T-shirt imprinted with the words “Award Winner”.

The Hawaiian Natural Honey Competition is the only event of its type in the United States that we are aware of, that focuses exclusively on honey in its natural state, and which does not give a priority to appearance over other characteristics.

The goal of the Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge is to 1) increase public awareness of the superior quality of the natural honey that is available within the State of Hawaii, and thereby help Hawaiian beekeepers increase their profitability by increasing demand for their products, and to 2) provide feedback to entrants of the Challenge that can then be used to produce even better honeys in the future.

For further information, or to receive an entry packet, please contact the Challenge Registrar Pattie at

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 33-Year-Old Female

UPDATE: Big Island police have located 33-year-old Phiem Nguyen of Hilo, who was reported missing. She was found unharmed in Hilo on Wednesday afternoon (September 26)

Big Island police are looking for a 33-year-old Hilo woman who was reported missing.

No picture provide by the police

Phiem Nguyen is described as Vietnamese, about 5-foot-7, about 135 pounds, with long brown hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion. She has a long string of letters tattooed below her neck and a tattooed wedding band on her left ring finger.

She was last seen at on Haili Street in Hilo on Tuesday (September 25) at about 6 p.m. She was wearing a blue tank top and grey shorts.

Nguyen has a medical condition, which does not require medication.

Police ask that anyone with information her whereabouts call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email him at Callers may also call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Wordless Wednesday – Gangnam Style (Hawaii)

Wordless Wednesday and the world has gone crazy over Korean singer PSY and his Gangnam Style song.  This is how some folks decided to do it over on Oahu.

Gangnam Style (Hawaii)


Blessing Held for Former Bank of Hawai‘i Branch Donated to County

The County of Hawai‘i today held a blessing and recognition ceremony at the former Bank of Hawai‘i branch in Kohala, which will now be used by the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Office of Aging for expanded senior citizens programs.

The building, on Akoni Pule Highway in Kapa‘au near the Kamehameha statue and North Kohala Civic Center, was constructed around 1900. Bank of Hawai‘i purchased the building in 1922, serving Kohala for 90 years before closing earlier this year. The Bank of Hawai‘i automated teller machine and depository will remain available at the front of the building.
The building had been severely damaged in the October 2006 earthquake. As part of the complete restoration after the earthquake, a photovoltaic system was installed making the building energy self-sufficient – Bank of Hawai‘i’s first green building.
Members of the Kohala Senior Club entertained the crowd at today’s ceremony.
“The bank looked at several options, and it was so right to give this building to the County,” said Bank of Hawai‘i Senior Vice President Roberta Chu. “When we understood further what the County’s limitations were [at the existing Kohala Senior Center] across the street, it was natural to make this building available to the people of Kohala. It’s an honor for us.”
“Our hearts are filled with aloha today,” said Kealoha Sugiyama, President of the Kohala Senior Club, who performed the blessing today. “It was such a treat when I was a youngster to tag along with my father or my grandfather to come and make deposits to this bank. To see it continue to live in our community is such an honor.”
“We’re very thankful to the Bank of Hawai‘i for their kindness and generosity in turning over this wonderful facility for our kūpuna. As our senior population grows, we have greater needs for our services. As the need grows and programs expand beyond our current facilities in Kohala, we now have a beautiful, green place for all of their activities,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi. “Everything we have is what we’ve learned from all our kūpuna. Our community is a special place because all of them have given so much for so long.”

Mayor Billy Kenoi with Senior VP Art Taniguchi, Senior VP Roberta Chu, and Branch Manager Jeff Craft of Bank of Hawaiʻi.