Big Island Police Searching for David Smith – Not the One You May Be Thinking Of!

Media Release:

Missing Person David SMITH is described as a 70 year-old Caucasian male, 5’9″, 210-215 pounds,having gray bushy hair and a long gray beard. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. He may be operating brown, 1979 Chevy Pick-up truck, HNU 401. Last heard from on July 23, 2012. Resides in the Kapoho area.

EDITORS NOTE: This is NOT the Dave Smith that used to report for the Hawaii Tribune Herald

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 14-Year-Old Pāpaʻikou Boy

Big Island police are searching for a 14-year-old Pāpaʻikou boy who was reported missing.

Noah Lautalo

Noah Lautalo was last seen in Hilo on August 24th.

He is described as 5-foot-9, 165 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information about his whereabouts 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential. was last seen in Hilo on August 24th.

He is described as 5-foot-9, 165 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information about his whereabouts 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Kumu Hula Ehulani Stephany Featured in Traditional Hula Performance at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Volcano Art Center welcomes Halau Hula Ka Makani Hali ‘Ala O Puna to upcoming Na Mea Hawaii Hula Kahiko

Each month the Volcano Art Center (VAC) celebrates the traditions and art of hula through “Na Mea Hawaii Hula Kahiko” performances in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Halau Hula Ka Makani Hali ‘Ala O Puna, under the direction of Kumu Hula Ehulani Stephany, will grace the pa hula with their awe-inspiring style of Hawaiian dance and chant on Saturday, September 15, 2012.

Halau Hula Ka Makani Hali ‘Ala O Puna under the direction of Kumu Hula Ehulani Stephany

Since 1980, VAC has held the responsibility and privilege of inviting hula schools from all over Hawaii to perform at the stone hula platform, which is reserved exclusively for the perpetuation of traditional hula and chant. For cultural practitioners, an offering of hula in the presence of Halema’uma’u crater at the summit of Kilauea, the legendary home of the volcano goddess Pele, is especially inspiring.

For the hour-long outdoor performance starting at 10:30am, the audience is encouraged to bring mats for sitting on the grass and be prepared for variable weather conditions. On the same day, traditional Hawaiian arts and craft demonstrations will be held on the front porch of the Volcano Art Center Gallery from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Demonstrations include hands-on displays and lessons where all ages are invited to meet, learn from and talk story with friendly and knowledgeable locals.

Na Mea Hawaii Hula Kahiko is a free community event presented in cooperation with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and supported in part by the County of Hawaii’s Department of Research and Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. As park entrance fees apply and parking is limited, carpooling is strongly recommended. For more information, visit or call (808) 967-8222.

Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas Seeking Original Recipes

The Breadfruit Cooking Contest at Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas calls for original recipes that feature breadfruit as the main ingredient—a new twist this year also challenges cooks to combine breadfruit and banana into one unique dish.

The ‘Ulu Tart by Chef Ann Sutherland won Best of Show in the 2011 Breadfruit Cooking Contest. Photo Credit: Sonia R. Martinez

Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas will take place on Saturday, September 29th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in South Kona. The festival is free and open to the public. In addition to celebrating the cultural and culinary aspects of breadfruit (‘ulu), this year’s festival will also highlight breadfruit’s forest companion—banana (mai‘a).

The public is invited to compete for prizes by entering the Breadfruit Cooking Contest with their own original recipes. Prizes will be awarded in the categories of: Appetizer, Main Dish/Entrée (includes Soups or Salads served as a Main Dish), Dessert, Going Bananas (combining breadfruit & bananas in one dish), Youth (ages 12 to 18), Best of Show and Healthiest Choice. Each dish will be judged based on: best use of breadfruit, taste, appearance/presentation, originality and healthy ingredients. The Breadfruit Cooking Contest will be judged by a panel of local chefs and foodies—Edwin Goto owner of the “slow food” restaurant Village Burger; award winning private chef and “Conscious Hawaiian Cuisine” inventor Ōlelo pa‘a Ogawa; freelance food writer and former Honolulu Advertiser food editor Joan Namkoong; Chef Devin Lowder of Makali‘i Catering; food writer and cookbook author Sonia R. Martinez; and “Auntie Aloha”  Peneku Kihoi.

Winners of the two top prizes Best of Show and Healthiest Choice will each receive a $300 cash prize donated by Kamehameha Investment Corporation.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the categories of Appetizer, Main Dish/Entrée, Dessert and Going Bananas will receive prizes donated by Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, Kamehameha Beach Hotel, Fair Winds Cruises, Roy’s, Huggo’s, Kona Brewing Company, Hawai‘i Volcano Sea Salt, Volcano Island Honey Company, Sunshine Nursery, Big Island Brewhaus, Greenwell Farms, Mauna Kea Tea, Coffee Shack, Big Island Bees, Ocean Sports, Kona Coffeehouse & Café and the Keauhou Shopping Center. Winners in the newly added Youth category are competing for a Body Glove Cruise for two and $125 in movie tickets.

The winners of the Breadfruit Cooking Contest will be announced at the festival at 12:00 pm by celebrity chef Sam Choy, who will be demonstrating some of his favorite ways to cook with ‘ulu from 10 am – 12 pm.  Other experts will demonstrate how to cook with breadfruit and banana and Chef Betty Saiki and the West Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program will serve a locally sourced buffet luncheon featuring breadfruit.

Pre-registration for the Breadfruit Cooking Contest is encouraged, but not required. Rules, Instructions and Entry Forms can be found at

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.


Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Brings Conference Keynotes to Neighbor Islands

The 22nd Annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference kicks off September 13-16 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus on Oahu and continues with mini gatherings for Kauai, Maui, Hilo and Kona.

Open to the public and presented by the statewide Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG), the events are geared for farmers, educators, orchard managers and proponents of sustainable agriculture. In 2011, the main conference was on Hawaii Island with smaller gatherings on Oahu, Maui and Kauai.

Two, free post-conference mini meetings are set for the Big Island: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Komohana Ag Complex in Hilo and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Kainaliu Cooperative Extension Conference Room in Kona. A 10 a.m. farm tour in Hilo is also available Wednesday.

With the theme “Producing Quality Fruit for the Future of Hawaii,” all sessions headline keynote speakers Dr. Roberto Coronel, professor emeritus University of the Philippines Los Banos, and Chef Ernest Miller of Hollywood’s Farmer’s Kitchen, a non-profit community-oriented project of Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles.

Dr. Coronel, an author and award-winning fruit researcher, will discuss “On-Farm Fruit Biodiversity Conservation.” Dr. Coronel will share his experiences as owner-curator of the four-hectare RC Fruit Conservation Farm planted with 220 edible fruit and nut species from the tropical regions of the world and 136 registered fruit varieties.

Speaking on “The Rise, Decline and Rise of Food Preservation,” Chef Miller is the lead instructor for the Master Food Preserver Program for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles County. A U.S. delegate to Slow Food’s Terra Madre 2012, Miller will discuss food preservation for future security and value-added project development.

To signup for the Big Island post-conference mini meetings and Hilo farm tour, contact David Longacre, in Hilo and Andrea Kawabata, in Kona. Forms and fee schedule for the full conference on Oahu can be found at or by contacting HTFG president Ken Love at or Mark Suiso at

Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers

Incorporated in 1989 to promote tropical fruit grown in Hawaii, HTFG is a statewide association of tropical fruit growers, packers, distributors and hobbyists dedicated to tropical fruit research, education, marketing and promotion;