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“DARK SHADOWS” Movie Night & Costume Party Fundraiser for Youth Group

The Friday Night Crew youth group invites fans of Johnny Depp and “Dark Shadows” to dress in their finest “vamp-attire” and join them for a Movie Night & Costume Party, Wednesday, June 26, 7-10 p.m. at Thelma Parker Memorial Library.

Friday Night CrewDirected by Tim Burton, “Dark Shadows” (PG13) stars Michelle Pfieffer, Helena Bonham Carter and heartthrob Johnny Depp as the romantic vampire Barnabus Collins.  In the new movie version of the classic TV hit, Barnabus returns to Collinwood Manor to find dysfunctional descendants in dire need of his protection.

“The youth wanted a way to raise money that would be different, so they came up with a cool and unique concept,” said Beth Mehau, Executive Director of The Pantry (of which Friday Night Crew is a component).  “This gives them an affordable way to get together, dress up their ‘dark side,’ and get into a favorite movie—all to help with the Crew’s travel expenses.”

The event is a fundraiser for Friday Night Crew members’ upcoming travel to Austin, Texas for Community Anti-drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) mid-year training program July 21-25.   Because the Friday Night Crew has been actively engaged in prevention work, to reduce underage drinking and drug use, they have already put previous years’ CADCA training into action in the community.

Their efforts helped bring Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) forum to Waimea in March, 2013, with Congressman Patrick Kennedy and Dr. Kevin Sabet, former White House drug policy advisor.  At the encouragement of Project SAM organizers, the Friday Night Crew will help make a presentation about Hawaii’s Project SAM to the CADCA assembly during the conference.

One youth member, Matt Horne of Waimea, has received a full scholarship from CADCA, and fundraising work is underway to assist Horne with travel expenses, and to support additional youth participants and chaperones.

Youth 13-18 years old are invited to “Dark Shadows” Movie Night & Costume Party, for only $3 per person including snacks.  For more information, please call The Pantry, 887-2289.

The Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which comprises The Friday Night Crew youth group and community coalition, Waimea Artists’ Guild and Mama’s House Thrift Store.  The Friday Night Crew coalition is a collaboration of youth and adult organizations for the purpose of prevention, mentoring, recovery, community awareness and creative activism.  For additional information, or to make a donation, please contact: Beth Mehau at The Pantry, 887-2289.


Three Hawaii University Campuses Join EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge

As part of the agency’s expanding efforts to reduce food waste across the state of Hawaii, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is recognizing the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kapiolani Community College, and Hawaii Pacific University as the newest participants in the agency’s Food Recovery Challenge program.

As participants, UH, KCC and HPU join over 90 other colleges and universities nationwide in pledging to reduce wasted food. In addition to higher education institutions, other participants include grocers and entertainment venues, such as professional sports venues.

Food Recovery“Food waste that ends up in landfills is a particular problem for Hawaii, where disposal capacity is very limited,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “EPA is proud to partner with these universities as they support the environment and their communities by reducing food waste.”

Nationally, food waste is the single largest type of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, accounting for 25 percent of all materials sent to landfills and incinerators. When excess food, leftover food, and food scraps are disposed of in a landfill, they decompose and become a significant source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. In turn, limiting wasted food will reduce methane emissions.

Communities and businesses across the nation are working toward zero waste to landfills and incinerators to protect the environment and create local jobs. Zero waste initiatives design and procure products that reduce waste and implement strong reuse, recycling, and composting programs. Many zero waste communities are reaching over 50 percent diversion from landfills and incinerators, with some achieving as high as 80 percent diversion.

“The University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) and Kapiolani Community College have had a great year by assisting with the drafting of the first sustainability policy of the UH system. The UHM Sustainability Council the UHM administration also followed through with a commitment to ban styrofoam containers at on-campus dining locations,” said Doorae Shin, of the university’s campus wide Hawaii Student Sustainability Coalition. “A system wide sustainability policy in its final stage, and momentum is building up to ensure that our campuses practice environmental stewardship.”

“Hawaii Pacific University is excited to work with the EPA on the Food Recovery Challenge. Food waste is an important environmental issue, and HPU is committed to working towards long-term solutions that reduce the environmental impact of our dining operations,” said Josh Prigge, HPU’s Sustainability Coordinator.

Key Hawaii Food Recovery Non-profit Partners include: Rewarding Internship for Sustainable Employment (RISE), which provides paid internships to implement a variety of sustainability projects across the state including a Food Recovery internship; Aloha Harvest, which gathers quality, donated food and delivers it free of charge to social service agencies feeding the hungry of Hawaii; and The Green House, which runs programs to support sustainable living, gardening, and recycling.

The Food Recovery Challenge is part of EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program, which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of food and other widely-used everyday items through their entire life cycle, including how they are extracted, manufactured, distributed, used, reused, recycled or composted, and disposed.

For more information on the Food Recovery Challenge, visit: http://www.epa.gov/foodrecoverychallenge/
For more information about the RISE Program, visit: www.RISEHI.org
For more information about Aloha Harvest, visit: www.alohaharvest.org
For more information about The Green House: www.thegreenhousehawaii.com

DLNR Firefighters Bring Waimanu Valley Fire Under Control

Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife firefighters expect to control a slow-burning 2-acre forest fire on state land along the Muliwai trail in remote Waimanu Valley by early yesterday. The trail remains closed due to the fire, and no camping permits are being issued.


The fire was 90 percent contained as of this morning. A crew of 17 has worked since Sunday to construct a hand line to contain the fire, which has been smoldering in duff (accumulated leaf litter) under ironwood and other trees.

“Most wildfires in Hawaii are human-caused and preventable,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson. “This can occur due to unattended campfires or hibachis, illegal lighting of campfires directly on the ground in state forests, or even tossing a cigarette into trailside brush.

“We’re asking public to help prevent wildfires from starting or spreading, and to report any wildfires immediately by calling 911.”

The Hawaii County Fire Department responded on Sunday, June 16, the first day of the fire, by providing aerial transport (helicopter) for state crews. DOFAW assumed the fire response lead on Monday.

Big Island Police Charge Puna Woman in Connection With Burglary Last Month

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 24-year-old Puna woman in connection with a burglary last month in Puna.

Cherish Shay Kualilani Torres

Cherish Shay Kualilani Torres

On May 12, caretakers for a Pāhoa resident reported that upon returning home, they discovered the house had been entered and several items had been stolen. A fleeing vehicle was linked to a suspect, identified as Cherish Shay Kualilani Torres of Pāhoa. She was arrested early Tuesday morning in Ainaloa.

At 11:40 a.m. Tuesday (June 18), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Torres with first -degree burglary. Her bail was set at $5,000. She was scheduled to make her initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon (June 19).

Police encourage the public to be aware of suspicious activity in their neighborhood and to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 to report any suspicious persons or vehicles.

Hawaii Youth Business Center Presents “Marketing Your Product-Local to Global” Workshop

Hawaii Youth Business Center (HYBC) is proud to present “Marketing Your Product-Local to Global”, a workshop designed to help local businesses gain knowledge on time-tested, proven, yet cutting-edge and radically different marketing system for local businesses/ products to attract global customers.

This 4-session workshop, starting from July 10, will run for four consecutive Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 pm at HYBC, located in Pahoa’s Woodland Center off highway 130.

Gerardo Delgado

Gerardo Delgado

Gerardo Delgado, a local marketing expert who has helped both small business owners and industry leaders implement successful marketing strategies that are both practical and results-oriented, will conduct the workshop.

Cost of the workshop is $80 per person, or enjoys a 10% pre-payment discount for $72, which includes course material, a companion book “Marketing with Aloha – What Every Business Owner Should Know About Advertising” by Delgado. The first ten pre-paid registrants will also receive a 5% discount coupon of MaukaMakai.me restaurant, located in Hawaii Youth Business Center.

For more information or to register, please call HYBC at 966-6534 or email hybc@hawaii.rr.com. To check out the detail course outline, log on to the Facebook page “The Hawaii Youth Business Center”.