Chris Bateman Named Executive Chef of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu has named Chris Bateman as its Executive Chef.

Executive Chef Chris Bateman

Executive Chef Chris Bateman

Overseeing all culinary operations at the Resort, Chef Bateman joins the Resort with more than 20 years of experience. Most recently executive chef of Jumeriah Creekside Hotel in Dubai, Bateman has served in various positions with Jumeriah in Dubai at Jumeriah the Mayden and Jumeriah Emirates Towers Dubai, as well as at Jumeriah Essex House in New York City. Prior to

that, Chef Bateman was with Four Seasons, serving as Chef de Cuisine at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea and as a Sous Chef at The Pierre, formerly a Four Seasons hotel, in New York City. He began his culinary career in Stamford, Connecticut in a variety of restaurant positions.

“Chris is a talented and creative chef with worldwide experience, perfectly suited to create spectacular dining experiences here at the Resort,” says Robert Whitfield, regional vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. “We’re pleased to welcome him into our ohana and are excited about the continual evolution of our award-winning culinary program.”

A graduate of the esteemed Culinary Institute of America, Chef Bateman is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys all water sports and experiencing the world’s cultures.


“Austin or Bust” – Keiki FUNraiser

The Friday Night Crew (FNC) youth group presents an epic community rummage sale as the final push of their “Austin or Bust” fund drive, on Saturday, July 13, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Waimea’s Church Row.  The “Keiki FUNraiser” makes it fun to shop, with party bouncers for kids, the original Texeira Malasadas, shave Ice, cotton candy, popcorn and more, bringing community together to help our youth reach their goals.

Vendors are needed, and individuals, churches, community organizations, sports teams, school groups and others are urged to sign up now at Mama’s House in Waimea, or call 887-2289. Booth fee is only $15, BYOS (Bring Your Own Setup, tents, tables, chairs, etc.)

“Our goal is $15,000,” said Beth Mehau, Executive Director of The Pantry, FNC’s parent nonprofit.  “And we are getting there, step by step. These youth have been working hard to raise funds for their trip to Austin, Texas for national drug and alcohol prevention training. They have done this for the last two years, and returned with skills and resources to share with their peers and give back to the community.”

Photo courtsey of The Pantry, Friday Night Crew members Hoku Pagan, Viviana Mehau, Matt Horne and Makanani Akau, at a strategic presentation.

Photo courtsey of The Pantry, Friday Night Crew members Hoku Pagan, Viviana Mehau, Matt Horne and Makanani Akau, at a strategic presentation.

FNC members FNC members join youth from across the nation during the Community Anti-Drug Coalition Association (CADCA) mid-year training, July 21-25. They will also visit Venice Beach, California to continue an ongoing survey of the impact of marijuana dispensaries on beach communities, and to meet with John Redman of Californians for Drug-Free Youth. They will assist Redman with his presentation about Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) during the CADCA training.  Redman, former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy and Dr. Kevin Sabet spoke in Waimea in March 2013, during the first Project SAM forum.

“Our youth are really youth leaders,” said Mehau.  “They want to be resources for their peers, and the Keiki FUNraiser is a way the whole community can help them get this important prevention training.  So, we’re inviting families to stop by Church Row after their weekly outing to the farmer’s markets.”

For more information, to sign up as a rummage sale vendor or make a direct donation of cash or items, please contact Beth Mehau at The Pantry office, 808-887-2289,


Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program Looks For New Projects

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is seeking new projects for its Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program to protect important working forest lands from the threat of conversion to non-forest uses. The federal Forest Legacy Program, administrated through DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife, is accepting grant applications for conservation acquisition assistance until Aug. 20..

Forest Legacy Program

“The Forest Legacy Program can be a very competitive program with only a few dozen projects being funded by the U.S. Forest Service each year,” stated Roger Imoto, administrator of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, “but Hawai‘i projects have always competed well in this national program with the majority of our projects ranking in the top 15.

“With the help of land trusts and conservation minded landowners, we have been able to protect our important forest resource, preserving watersheds, sheltering endangered species, and safeguard our culturally important sites,” Imoto said.

The Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program works with private landowners, state and county agencies, and conservation non-profit groups to promote sustainable, working forests. Roughly 58 percent of the land in the State of Hawai‘i is privately owned. Nationwide, millions of acres of privately-managed working forests have been lost or converted to other uses in the last 10 years with millions more that are projected to be at risk in the next decade – Hawai‘i is not an exception to this trend.

Over 2 million acres of threatened private forests have been protected under the Forest Legacy Program, of which 45,000 acres have been protected under Hawai‘i’s program.

The Division of Forestry and Wildlife is also currently working on projects that will protect an additional 5,000 acres of important forested watershed lands through the establishment of conservation easements.

Conservation easements are a relatively new conservation tool that allows a landowner to retain ownership of the restricted title to their property while providing permanent protection from development or unsustainable uses, providing landowners with an alternative to selling their land to development companies. Conservation easements are strictly voluntary, and the restrictions are binding to all future owners in perpetuity.

The Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program has identified forestlands throughout the state as important and in need of permanent protection. More about this can be found in the states’ Assessment of Needs. The Hawai‘i program accepts both fee title and conservation easement acquisitions. Fee title acquisitions are voluntary and can provide landowners with the knowledge that their property will be managed and owned in perpetuity by the State of Hawai‘i.

The deadline for the next round of applications to the Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program is August 20, 2013. Applications are available at and should be submitted to Irene Sprecher by e-mail.

Landowners and non-profits entities who are interested in participating in the Forest Legacy Program are encouraged to contact Irene Sprecher at the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife at (808) 587-4167 or to discuss their property and interest in the program.


Governor Abercrombie Signs Feral Birds Law – No Excessive Feeding Allowed!

Excessive Feeding of Birds Now Subject to Public Health Nuisance Law

Excessive feeding of feral birds that causes offensive odors, property damage or health problems for neighbors would be a public health nuisance under a measure signed into law yesterday by Governor Neil Abercrombie.

The new law—effective immediately—enables the State Health Department to investigate complaints of bird nuisances on private property and enforce the law by issuing warnings or ordering property owners to stop providing excessive amounts of feed.

A house in Waikiki

A house in Waikiki

The bill (HB619) was introduced by State Rep. Gregg Takayama (D-Pearl City, Waimalu, Pacific Palisades) and supported by fellow area legislators Sen. David Ige and Councilmember Breene Harimoto.

“This law will help provide welcome relief to Pearl City residents who have been plagued for years by neighbors whose excessive and inconsiderate bird feeding has attracted flocks of several hundred pigeons, whose droppings and feathers create odors, property damage and aggravation of health problems,” said Rep. Takayama.  Residents in several other Oahu neighborhoods, including Kailua, have raised similar concerns.