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Hawaii Senator Sam Slom Taken to Hospital After Senate Session

State Senator Sam Slom, 73, is currently in the hospital after falling ill earlier today. Sen. Slom attended this morning’s Senate floor session, assuring concerned colleagues that he was fine. However, as a precaution, paramedics were called after session adjourned and the Senator was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Sen. Sam Slom

According to the Senator, his doctors report that test results were “unremarkable.”  However, he said he will be staying overnight to “sample hospital cuisine and avoid doing dishes.”

Sen. Slom thanks everyone for their concern and well-wishes and is planning to be back to work at the State Capitol next week.

Sen. Slom represents District 9, which encompasses Hawai‘i Kai to Kahala and Diamond Head.

Big Island of Hawaii 2016 Spring Bearded Turkey Season Opens

The Department of Land and Natural Resources announced the opening of the 2016 Spring Bearded Turkey hunting season this week.

During the 2009 spring wild turkey season, Jon Sabati State President of the Hawaii National Wild Turkey Federation hosted a spring wild turkey hunt.

During the 2009 spring wild turkey season, Jon Sabati State President of the Hawaii National Wild Turkey Federation hosted a spring wild turkey hunt.

The spring season will run for 46 consecutive days through Friday, April 15, 2016. The spring season will be for bearded turkeys only, in locations identified below. The season length, bag limits, and hunting areas are those established in Title 13, Chapter 122, “Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting, Field Trials and Commercial Shooting Preserves.”

Open Turkey Hunting Areas Special Conditions Season Dates Hunting Hours
Unit A – Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and GMA Mammal hunting will also be open above treeline for rifle, muzzleloader, handgun, and shotgun. March 1 – April 15, 2016 (46 consecutive days) One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Unit G – Ka‘ohe GMA Also open daily to mammal hunting for archery.
Unit F – Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve N/A
Private Lands Hunters required to have valid hunting license, current turkey tags and landowner permission

Bag Limits and Tags

The daily bag limit will be three bearded turkeys per hunter with a season bag limit of three.  All hunters are required to have a current unused turkey tag in their possession while hunting.  Tags are currently $5/tag for residents and $20/tag for non-residents.  Turkey tags are nontransferable and must be fastened with snaps and secured tightly around the neck or tarsus of any bird taken immediately after the kill.  Tags may be obtained from any Hawai‘i island Division of Forestry and Wildlife office and a number of commercial vendors.  Hunters must present current State of Hawai‘i hunting license with a current game bird dtamp when obtaining tags.  Turkey tags are also required to hunt on private land.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Division of Forestry and Wildlife offices at the following phone numbers:  Hilo: (808) 974-4221; Kamuela: (808) 887-6063 or the main office in Honolulu at (808) 587-0166.

Kona Kohala Chefs Offer Culinary Scholarships

The ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association is offering Discovery Culinary Scholarships to prospective culinary students hoping to attend Hawai‘i Community College (HCC)—Palamanui.


Hawai‘i Community College (HCC)—Palamanui

Geared to students who have never enrolled in the HCC culinary program, the scholarships are for $1,000 each.  Eligibility criteria include a transcript showing the candidate has maintained a 2.5 or better GPA, a list of community culinary related involvement, a 500-word essay, two letters of recommendation and a completed scholarship application form.

Forms can be downloaded at www.konakohalachefs.org. Anyone needing help to apply for the scholarship can contact Chef Patti, 895-1967.

Email completed eligibility criteria to Dr. Carol Whitaker at Whitaker@rocketmail.com or mail to Kona Kohala Chefs Assn. at P.O. Box 1268, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745.  Submissions must be postmarked by April 1, 2016 to be considered.

“Uncle ‘Uke” Brings Hawaiian ‘Ukulele & Guitar Shop to Queens’ Marketplace

In the 100+ years since the ‘ukulele was introduced, it has become an icon for Hawaii’s music and island lifestyle. Expanding its reach, the Hawaiian ‘Ukulele & Guitar shop will open a new location  at Queens’ MarketPlace in April, more than doubling its retail space, and sharing new products with a growing family of ‘ukulele-lovers.

"Uncle 'Uke" Robert Yates with a custom pineapple 'ukulele. Photo courtesy Queens' MarketPlace.

“Uncle ‘Uke” Robert Yates with a custom pineapple ‘ukulele. Photo courtesy Queens’ MarketPlace.

In addition to instruments, Hawaiian ‘Ukulele & Guitar will stock an extensive selection of sheet music, CDs, DVDs, books, strings and accessories, plus a new line of ‘ukulele-centered clothing for men and women. Owner operator “Uncle Uke” Robert Yates has been building and playing instruments since he was a teenager on Oahu. He and his wife returned to Hawaii in 2012 and opened their first location in Kailua-Kona.

Uncle Uke will carry a wide variety of ukuleles, guitars and other instruments, including banjos and banjoleles. Many are custom made by nine different luthiers across the islands, himself included. Working in batches, Yates sets aside time two or three times a year to produce handmade instruments, a process he obviously loves.

“Being a builder—it’s not just about making a buck. It’s about creating something that’s unique, something that’s beautiful, something that sounds fantastic,” said Yates.

Yates is also working on a number of joint ventures with others around the world. “One is with a master luthier in Philippines to produce six very special pineapple ukuleles,” said Yates.

“Another one coming up, out of Canada, is “Prestige,” a semi-hollow body, cutaway steel string electric ‘ukulele. We’ve also started talking to a company about making a ‘harp ‘ukulele,’ with two necks, one with regular ‘ukulele strings and one with harp strings,” said Yates. “We have all sorts of different things coming up.”

For more information, call (808) 315-2919, or visit www.Hawaiian-Ukulele.com.

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama‘āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens. For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.