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Join Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Middle School Band & Keiki Choir in California

KSBE in Cali

This Saturday – 2014 Voyager Concert

Voyager Concert

Innaugural Hawai’i Island Ranchers Dinner at Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai

Inspired by storied lands, Hawaii’s leaders in education, agriculture and culinary arts have cooked up a deliciously innovative collaboration in the 2014 Hawai‘i Island Ranchers Dinner at Sam Choy’s Kai Lānai, Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. Presented by Choy and prepared by Executive Chef Scott Hiraishi, the Ranchers Dinner not only highlights local-grown foods and sustainable grass fed beef, but offers the chance for diners to meet and eat with the farmers, ranchers and chefs who bring “farm-to-fork” full circle.

Executive Chef

Executive Chef Scott Hiraishi.  Photo by Britten Traughber

The Ranchers Dinner is the first in a series of collaborative culinary-agriculture projects of Kamehameha School-Land Asset Division (KSLAD) in partnership with the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture. KSLAD manages 365,000 acres of Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate land, bequeathed for the education and betterment of her people by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop in 1884. Of those, 160,935 acres are agricultural property on Hawai‘i Island alone.

“Two out of three Kona Coffee farms are on KS land,” said Land Asset Manager Les Apoliona, explaining that part of their mission is to support agricultural education, business planning, and farmer certification programs. Working to connect Hawai‘i Island food producers with skilled chefs also connects agriculture to hospitality and tourism. “It’s about relationships,” said Apoliona. “We are actively exploring various options, and looking at partnering for a sustainable Hawai‘i.”

Hiraishi is doing his best to further the concept. Hawai‘i born and raised, Hiraishi has worked alongside Choy for much of the last two decades, starting as young culinary student. When the iconic Sam Choy’s Kaloko location closed, Hiraishi expanded his career into resort service at the AAA 5-Diamond Four Seasons Resort Hualālai and the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. Hiraishi has cooked for the International Food and Wine Travel Writers Welcome Reception and the James Beard Celebrity Chefs Tour Reception at Mauna Lani Resort, and was a featured chef at Taste of the Hawaiian Range.

In 2010 Hiraishi once again teamed up with Choy for his new Keauhou location, which is located on KS land. The connection became clear. Bringing the best food from the region to the tables of one of the region’s best restaurants completes the circle—supporting the vision of sustainable local agriculture that nurtures business and vice versa.

“I’ve learned so much from the entire experience,” said Hiraishi. “One of the most important things—to get the freshest ingredients you can—is to talk to the farmers and work with them. When you can’t find something specific they will go out and find it for you, or grow it for you.”

For the Ranchers Dinner, Hiraishi created a five-course plated feast with wine pairings that stars select cuts of versatile Hawai‘i Lowline Cattle Company beef, including “cook your own” Tenderloin with ishi yaki (Japanese hot stones) where guests may interact with Choy and Hiraishi. Also in the spotlight are creative preparations of Local-Style Oxtail Soup, Beef Tongue, Flank Steak, Rib-Eye, Short Ribs and more, served with Hāmākua Mushrooms, fresh vegetables from Living Aquaponics farm and other products sourced from local farmers markets. Dinner concludes with a smile, and Chef Scott’s Chocolate Macaroon “Cow Pie.”

Cost of the Ranchers Dinner is $75 per person which includes select wine pairings and a custom logo “Ag Bag” with sampling of ingredients used in the menu. Only 75 seats are available for the exclusive dining event and reservations are required. For more information, visit www.SamChoy.com, follow Ranchers Dinner at Sam Choy’s Kai Lānai on Facebook, or call 808-333-3434.

Big Island Police Still Conducting Marijuana Raids in Puna

One man has been charged and another released following their arrests during the execution of a marijuana search warrant last week in the Hawaiian Acres subdivision in Puna.

1/28/14 UPDATE: Vice officers served the search warrant Friday morning (January 24) at a home on Road 1 and recovered 51 marijuana plants [corrected number] (ranging in height from 1 to 3 feet), 168.5 grams of dried processed marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Raymond Eastridge

Raymond Eastridge

Two 45-year-old residents, Raymond Eastridge and John Holloway, were arrested at the scene and taken to the South Hilo police cellblock while Vice detectives continued the investigation.

After conferring with prosecutors, Holloway was released without charges. Eastridge was charged with second-degree promoting marijuana, second-degree promoting a detrimental drug, third degree promoting a detrimental drug and possessing drug paraphernalia.

His bail was set at $7,250. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance Monday afternoon (January 27).

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Struck the Big Island This Morning

A 3.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Fern Acres area of the Big Island this morning around 2:23 this morning.  It initially registered 3.0 on the Richter scale but has been upgraded to a 3.2 magnitude.


UH Hilo Presents International Nights 2014

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo International Student Association presents International Nights 2014 on Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.

Hilo International Night

This annual event features performances from around the world and is a favorite among students, the community, and visitors.

This year’s shows feature performances from Samoa, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, Germany, Micronesia, Japan, Tahiti, Kiribati, China, Tonga, West Africa, Palau, Timor-Leste, the Marshall Islands, and the United States.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students, children, and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the UH Hilo Box Office from 9-1 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, or at the door. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. For ticket information, call 932-7490.

For more information, visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/international/IN.php.

Legislative Hawaiian Affairs Caucus Hosts “E Kama’ilio Kākou” – Let’s Talk Story

Events feature speaker series on Kaho’olawe, Hawaiian focus Education, Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Hawaiian music


Speakers covering a wide range of Hawaiian issues and topics highlight Legislative Hawaiian Affairs Caucus Week at the Capitol, January 27-30, and will culminate in a status report to legislators from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA).

“E Kama’ilio Kākou” (Let’s Talk Story) features topics ranging from “The Evolution of Modern Hawaiian Music” to “The Sexual Colonization of the Hawaiian people.” Speakers include Aaron Mahi, former director of the Royal Hawaiian Band; Hina Wong-Kalu, director of Culture at Halau Lokahi Public Charter School; Michael Naho’opi’i, executive director of Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission; and Drs. Lilikalā Kame’eleihiwa and Keali’i Gora from the UH School of Hawaiian Studies.

“These events provide a wonderful opportunity for the lawmakers and the public to learn about a range of contemporary Hawaiian issues and subjects of interest to not only Native Hawaiians but everyone in Hawaii,” said Hawaii Island Representative Faye Hanohano (Puna), chair of Ocean Marine Resources & Hawaiian Affairs Committee.

On Friday, January 31, lawmakers will also present certificates recognizing a number of Native Hawaiian artists including Solomon Enos, Sharon Lum Ho, Hanalei Hopfe, Minnie Ka’awaloa and Meleanna Aluli Meyer on the floor of the House of Representatives at the start of its regular session at noon. OHA will present a report to legislators from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in Conference Room 423.


MONDAY January 27 – Aaron Mahi, former Director of the Royal Hawaiian Band, City & County of Honolulu

Topic: “The Evolution of Modern Hawaiian Music”

Capitol Auditorium, 5:30-7 p.m.

TUESDAY January 28 – Drs. Lilikalā Kame’eleihiwa PhD & Keali’i Gora PhD, UH School of Hawaiian Studies

Topic: “The Sexual Colonization of the Hawaiian People”

Conference Room 309, 5:30-7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY January 29 – Hina Wong-Kalu, Director of Culture at Halau Lokahi Public Charter School

Topic: Mālama Iwi Kupuna; Hawaiian Focus Education; Hawaiians in the LGBT community

Capitol Auditorium, 5:30-7 p.m.

THURSDAY January 30 – Michael Naho’opi’i, Executive Director of Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission

Topic: “Status of Our Beloved Kaho’olawe Island”

Capitol Auditorium, 5:30-7 p.m.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 72-Year-Old Puna Man Who Requires Medication

1/28/14 UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located 72-year-old Yukiwo Tara, who was reported missing from Hawaiian Paradise Park.  He was found unharmed Monday afternoon in Hilo.

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 72-year-old Puna man who was reported missing.

Yukiwo Tara

Yukiwo Tara

Yukiwo Tara was last seen at his Hawaiian Paradise Park home on Friday (January 24).

He is described as Micronesian, 5-foot-4, 200 pounds with brown eyes and salt-and-pepper hair. He was last seen wearing blue pants, a T-shirt and white shoes and was using a cane.

He has a medical condition that requires medication.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to 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.

Calling All Keiki Lemonade Makers – Lemonade Alley 2014

Lemonade Alley, an exciting, hands-on business program for kids, today announced its 2014 competition date and call for team applications. The BizGym Foundation program is in its fourth year of teaching budding keiki entrepreneurs, or “#Kidpreneurs,” business, financial literacy, and social good skills through a competition in which teams of kids sell lemonade to raise funds for charities of their choice.

lemonade alley“As entrepreneurial skills become increasingly important in our society, Lemonade Alley looks forward to providing Hawai‘i’s next generation with a positive experience that encourages them to make our state – and the world – a better place through sustainable business practices,” said Steve Sue, Chief Lemon Head of Lemonade Alley. “This year, we invite keiki big and small to paint the town yellow for a one-of-a-kind experience at the coolest lemonade sale in town!”

Over a month-long time period, participating Lemonade Alley teams concoct a lemonade recipe, design and build a stand where they can sell their lemonade, pitch their business on-stage, and select a charity of choice, culminating in a head-to-head competition where teams sell lemonade and raise money for their chosen charities. The winning teams go home with $1,000 in cash for their chosen charities, with additional cash prizes and awards also distributed at the competition.

Lemonade Alley 2014 team applications are due on Friday, Mar. 7 via mail to 3155 Alani Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822. The first 30 teams to submit applications will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis. The 2014 application form is available for download at www.lemonadealley.com.

Lemonade Alley will take place on Saturday, Apr. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pearlridge Center, host sponsor venue of Lemonade Alley 2014, at the Pearlridge parking lot between Uptown and Downtown. Lemonade Alley welcomes corporate sponsors, donors, and volunteers to support this year’s competition. For more information, visit www.lemonadealley.com,