Award Winning Chef to Give Demonstration at Big Island Chocolate Festival

Watch how to make two decadent chocolate dessert sensations at a fun, how-to culinary demonstration by Valrhona Pastry Chef Vincent Bourdin.

Chef Vincent Bourdin

Chef Vincent Bourdin

Time is 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3. It’s all part of the three-day Big Island Chocolate Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i.

The award-winning Singapore chef will show step-by-step how to prepare a breakfast pastry, Verrine A La Coque, and a shortbread treat, Queen Bahibe. Fee is $30 and sampling is included.

Buy tickets online or at the door,

The Big Island Chocolate Festival is presented by the Kona Cacao Association, Inc. Mahalo to sponsors and community supporters: The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Guittard, DeZaan, Valrhona, PreGel, The Wave-92.1, Big Island Honda and Tire Center, Bacardi, Dolphin Journeys, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, Cocoa Outlet, Callebaut Chocolate, Cacao Cucina, DHX, Gourmet Foods Hawaii, Johnson Brothers of Hawaii, Ke Ola magazine, Kona Brewing Company, Kona Natural Soap Company, Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, West Hawaii Today and The Spoon Shop.

The mission and goal of KCA is to promote the cacao industry on the Big Island of Hawai‘i by presenting BICF as an educational and outreach opportunity for local cacao farmers, the hospitality industry and cacao enthusiasts. For information, visit

Hawaii Residents Can Spot the International Space Station Tonight

Hawaii residents can spot the International Space Station tonight (depending on clouds).

International Space Station

It will be visible beginning tonight, Sat Apr 26 at 8:08 PM.  It will be visible for approximately 3 minutes.  Max Height: 50 degrees, and it will appear in the North Northwest part of the sky and disappear to the North.

North Hawaii Community Hospital Encouraging Resident to Apply for Scholarship Opportunities

North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) would like to encourage residents to apply for three scholarship opportunities.

North Hawaii Community Hospital

North Hawaii Community Hospital

The three scholarships include the Peggy Dineen-Orsini Scholarship, the NHCH Medical Staff Scholarship and the Hawai‘i Emergency Physicians Associated, Inc. (HEPA) Scholarship.

The Peggy Dineen-Orsini Scholarship offers one $2,000 award to a resident of Hawaii County who is enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a National League of Nursing (NLN) accredited program in Hawai‘i or on the mainland. Private donors along with the Medical Staff at NHCH fund this scholarship in memory of Peggy Dineen-Orsini, who was a Registered Nurse at North Hawaii Community Hospital for eight years (1996 to 2004). Peggy had a caring and appreciative essence for all life offered. Her compassion for her patients, colleagues and friends made her a joy to know and be around. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage residents to become productive members of our community through higher education.

The second scholarship is funded solely by the NHCH Medical Staff and offers two $1,000 scholarships to individuals who are enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a National League of Nursing accredited program in Hawai‘i or on the mainland.

The third and final scholarship is funded by Hawai’i Emergency Physicians Associated, Inc. (HEPA), the independent, physician-owned group of board-certified physicians who provide staffing in NHCH’s Emergency Department. HEPA is offering two $1,000 college scholarships to graduating North Hawai‘i high school students. For this scholarship, students are asked to write a personal letter describing their future plans and goals and to explain why their financial need is compelling.

All applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee of each sponsoring organization based on the criteria and requirements outlined in the scholarship application, which can be found online at An important consideration in the selection process is financial need. Completed applications and all required documents must be received on or postmarked by the final filing date of Friday, May 9th, 2014. Please mail completed applications and required documents to North Hawaii Community Hospital, Attention: Human Resources, 67-1125 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela, HI 96743. For more information, contact Human Resources at North Hawaii Community Hospital at (808) 881-4410.