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)