Seven Big Island Organizations Recipients of the 2013 Malama Honua Awards

A total of seven (7) Big Island organizations were awarded with the 2013 Malama Honua Award, funded by Aloha Grown. Each received a $500 award towards a specific project, program or initiative that embodies Aloha Grown’s philosophy to “Support Local, Sustain the Aina & Share the Aloha.”

From L-R:  Tracey Akau (Parker Ranch Store - Manager), Carl Sturges (Parker School - Headmaster), Holly Sargeant-Green (Malaai - Garden Leader), Hayley Blondin (Waimea Country School - Teacher/Garden Coordinator) and Camille Kalahiki (Parker Ranch Store - Assistant Manager). Missing Dashiell Kuhr (Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture – Executive Director)

From L-R: Tracey Akau (Parker Ranch Store – Manager), Carl Sturges (Parker School – Headmaster), Holly Sargeant-Green (Malaai – Garden Leader), Hayley Blondin (Waimea Country School – Teacher/Garden Coordinator) and Camille Kalahiki (Parker Ranch Store – Assistant Manager). Missing Dashiell Kuhr (Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture – Executive Director)

Congratulations to the following 2013 Malama Honua Award recipients! Following are their projects/programs that promote sustainability (in alphabetical order):

  • Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture – “Aloha Classroom” project
  • Hilo Downtown Improvement Association – “Lets Grow Hilo” project
  • Hilo Intermediate School Parent & Community Networking Center – “Learning Garden/Aquaponics System” project
  • Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin – “Grow our Garden” initiative
  • Malaai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School – “Farm Stand” program
  • Parker School – “Kihapai Hooulu” project
  • Waimea Country School – “Na Keiki Aloha Aina” program

“We were extremely pleased to see such a great response to our Aloha Grown Malama Honua Fund program,” said Aloha Grown Store Manager Tyler Owens. “We received a number of applications and essays from well-deserving organizations.”

From L-R:  Connie Kurohara (Aloha Grown – Vice President), Richard Onishi (Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin - Kyodan President), Jon Kirby (Hilo Intermediate School Parent & Community Networking Center - Century 21 Garden Coordinator), Samantha Robinson (Hilo Downtown Improvement Association - Let's Grow Hilo Coordinator) and Tyler Owens (Aloha Grown – Store Manager).

From L-R: Connie Kurohara (Aloha Grown – Vice President), Richard Onishi (Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin – Kyodan President), Jon Kirby (Hilo Intermediate School Parent & Community Networking Center – Century 21 Garden Coordinator), Samantha Robinson (Hilo Downtown Improvement Association – Let’s Grow Hilo Coordinator) and Tyler Owens (Aloha Grown – Store Manager).

Parker Ranch Store Manager Tracey Akau noted, “it was inspiring to see how many organizations are committed to sustainability efforts in our Big Island communities.”

Aloha Grown is committed to supporting sustainability efforts on the Big Island. Two percent of every Aloha Grown sale goes to the Malama Honua Fund, which awards local nonprofits, schools, organizations and initiatives with similar sustainability missions.

To view the essays submitted by all 2013 Malama Honua Award recipients, visit www.alohagrown.com/malama-honua-fund.html.

For more information on Aloha Grown, visit www.alohagrown.com.

Governor Abercrombie Announces He Will Revive the “Governor’s Fashion Awards” – Hawaii Fashion Month 2013

Governor Abercrombie recognizes fashion industry’s potential to strengthen and diversify Hawaii’s economy

The Hawaii Fashion Incubator (Hifi), in collaboration with the State of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), is proud to present the inaugural Hawaii Fashion Month (HFM) this October 2013 to celebrate and promote Hawaii fashion.

Hawaii Fashion Month

HFM is an opportunity to raise the profile of Hawaii as a unique, creative and progressive fashion destination while bringing sustainable growth to the industry that comprises design, manufacturing, retail, art, education and more.

The State Legislature has thrown its full support behind the initiative, committing $150,000 towards supporting the Hawaii fashion industry and staging this world-–class event.

“Hawaii has the talent and resources to support a thriving fashion industry and become a destination for the global fashion community,” Governor Neil Abercrombie said. “Hawaii Fashion Month will bring the community together to showcase, learn, sell and connect with Hawaii fashion, promoting locally made fashion products and services that will help to keep our hard earned dollars here in Hawaii. Simultaneously, it provides a focal point to explore the industry’s enormous potential, strengthen relationships and build collaborative opportunities to increase the export of Hawaii’s designs.”

Governor Abercrombie has announced he will revive the “Governor’s Fashion Awards” as the closing event for HFM to recognize outstanding fashion design talent throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

Other events planned for HFM include:

  • An official kick-–-off party presented by The Howard Hughes Corporation and attended by the ‘who’s who’ of Hawaii fashion to befittingly start the exciting month-–- long celebration.
  • A trade show for emerging designers sponsored by the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, featuring panel discussions, speakers, industry networking, wholesale and retail opportunities.
  • Celebrations of Iolani Sportswear’s 60th and Hilo Hattie’s 50th Anniversaries.
  • A University of Hawaii at Manoa Costume Collection exhibition and evening/bridal fashion show at the Hawaii State Art Museum.
  • A contemporary art exhibit and party at Luxury Row in Waikiki.
  • A Niihau shell jewelry exhibit at the Bishop Museum.
  • A children’s fashion show at Children & Youth Day at the State Capitol.
  • Fashion-themed editions of events such as Discover Kakaako, Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu Museum of Art’s Bank of Hawaii Ohana Day, Kakaako Night Market and LUX @ the Trump.

The HFM brand identity was created by local artist and graphic designer, Lauren Roth of Yellow Bird Bohemia. Roth’s signature whimsical expression captures the creative, visual design essence of HFM. Web design services are provided by Aaron Lee of Formlessness Design.

Hifi Co-founder, Melissa White, commented that the HFM steering committee has received an overwhelming level of interest and support from both stakeholders and the community. Committed high level sponsors to date include the State of Hawaii, Creative Industries Division, DBEDT; The Howard Hughes Corporation; Office of Economic Development, City and County of Honolulu; Hilo Hattie and HONOLULU Magazine as the major media partner.

“This is a very exciting time for Hawaii fashion. We’re seeing established local brands collaborating with emerging designers and homegrown talent representing the islands on the international fashion stage. HFM has brought nearly every major fashion stakeholder in Hawaii to the table, showing the time is right for the community to come together to elevate the industry,” White said.

HFM invites statewide participation from businesses and individuals involved and interested in fashion across all its forms such as design, manufacturing, retail, education, art, photography, styling and gallery and museum exhibitions. Opportunities include sponsorships, partnering with HFM signature events, hosting your own events, listings on the official event calendar and volunteering.

Hifi Co-founder, Toby Portner, said: “From 2013 and beyond, HFM will be a time for Hawaii fashion to show progress as an industry, to set goals and establish partnerships for future growth. A month of highlights will capture the attention of the community as well as national and international visitors and media. Everyone with an interest in fashion and passion for building a strong local economy is encouraged to get involved.”

In 2012, Hawaii’s fashion industry produced approximately 3,630 jobs, generated sales of $756 million, produced an average salary of $24,095 and contributed $20.4 million tax dollars to the state government.

Sponsorship and participation inquiries are to be directed to Melissa White at melissa@hawaiifashionmonth.com

HFM is open for all to attend and will include both free and ticketed events.

To keep up with all the latest HFM news and event information visit www.hawaiifashionmonth.com or follow us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at @HFM2013. Don’t forget to #HFM2013!

Island Youth Earn Summer Internships at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Nearly 50 Hawai‘i Island high school youth have completed training for eight-week summer internship programs with Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park starting in June.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Entrance

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Entrance

Graduation ceremonies were held on Thursday, May 9th, at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus and again on Friday, May 10th.

The park’s non-profit partner, Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, was awarded grants from the Cooke Foundation, Ltd., the Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation, Kamehameha Schools ‘Āina Education Program,  and the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association to continue the park’s Youth Ranger Internship Program (YRIP), now in its fourth successful year.

In addition, generous donations from Volcano Art Center, KTA Superstores, Target, Nui Pohaku, and Safeway will support the graduation ceremony.

“We are so grateful to our community for embracing this life-changing program. Over $90,000 has been donated to give these great kids a chance to make a real contribution to caring for their park,” said Park Ranger Kūpono McDaniel, who oversees the program. “I have really enjoyed getting to know these kids from Ka‘ū, Pāhoa, and Kea‘au high schools and Hawai‘i Academy of Arts and Science, and now we will get to see them in action,” he said.

The Youth Ranger Internship Program provides education and career preparation to youth in rural East Hawai‘i. Youth train with park rangers in six different divisions within the park, including Interpretation, Natural Resources, Cultural Resources, Maintenance, Protection, and Administration. After training, as many as 33 successful candidates will be hired to these divisions.

“The Youth Ranger Internship Program is designed to empower local students to affect change in the world and to expose them to meaningful career options. The skills they learn will make them better candidates for any career they choose to pursue,” McDaniel said.