20,000 Gallons of Sewage Leaks Into Kailua Bay From Broken Sewer Line

The public is advised to remain out of the waters of Kailua Bay in Kona.

Approximately 20,000 gallons of sewage entered Kailua Bay due to a broken sewer line.

Signs have been posted and water quality samples are being collected. The public is advised to remain out of Kailua Bay until this advisory has been canceled.

The Hawaii Police Department released the following advisory at 9:08 a.m:

AVOID Alii Drive between the Kailua Pier and Sarona Rd for the next 2 hours due to sewage spill. Use Hualalai Rd as an alternate route.

At 11:36 a.m. the Hawaii Policed Department sent out the following advisory:

Alii Drive is now OPEN. Thank you for your patience. Have a safe weekend.

Ka Lamakū Micro-Village Welcomes First Residents at Old Kona Airport Park

Thanks to an islandwide partnership, 15 Hawaiʻi Island residents said goodbye to the streets, and hello to a space of their own Wednesday.

They were the first group to move into Ka Lamakū, the new village of micro-shelters erected at Old Kona Airport Park, in response to calls for the county to provide shelter for the growing number of people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ka Lamakū Micro-Village PC: Hope Services Hawaii

The village is the result of a partnership between the County of Hawaiʻi and HOPE Services, which will manage the units and assist guests in securing permanent housing. The County Fire Department, County Department of Parks and Recreation, State Department of Transportation, Tinguely Development, HPM Building Supply, and West Hawai‘i Rotary Clubs all played a role in construction of the micro units.

Ka Lamakū Micro-Village PC: Hope Services Hawaii

Volunteers from Kiwanis Club were also on site Wednesday, preparing hygiene kits and household supplies to welcome new guests. Also present were Youth With A Mission volunteers, who made a donation of shoes for the guests at Ka Lamakū.

HOPE Services Deputy Director of Operations, Ipo Morgan, who normally oversees day to day operations at The Friendly Place, plans to stay onsite at Ka Lamakū for at least the next month to ensure the new program’s success. She says the village provides much needed relief for people who have been forced from their homes by rising rents or loss of income. “People have been coming to us, because they have nowhere to go. It was heartbreaking to see more and more of our neighbors living in tents, unable to social distance or practice hygiene. This village restores their dignity.”

Ka Lamakū Micro-Village PC: Hope Services Hawaii

Morgan cautioned, however, that Ka Lamakū shouldn’t be viewed as a permanent solution to ending homelessness. “We’re so glad we can help this group of people, but we need to address the lack of affordable housing, or the cycle of evictions and homelessness will continue.”

Wealth inequality has become even starker since the pandemic hit, and despite a freeze on evictions, HOPE staff have fielded requests for assistance at more than double the rate of last year, as Hawaiʻi’s unemployment rate remains high.

The pandemic has also intensified the need to reduce crowding in shelters, with the CDC recommending that communities “identify additional temporary housing and shelter sites that are able to provide appropriate services, supplies, and staffing.” Advocates for people experiencing homelessness have hailed Ka Lamakū as a necessary measure to protect the community, as well as the right thing to do.

Ka Lamakū Micro-Village PC: Hope Services Hawaii

“We truly appreciate the community coming together in making this opportunity happen,” said Brandee Menino, CEO of HOPE Services Hawaiʻi.

A total of 18 units were constructed, and will remain in place until the County’s new project, Kukuiola, is built.

Kona Community Hospital, Straub Medical Center Receive Nearly $12 Million in Federal Relief Funding

Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz announced that Kona Community Hospital on Hawai‘i Island and Straub Medical Center on Oahu received a combined $11,927,758 in new federal funding to support health care services for vulnerable and low-income individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two medical centers serve as safety net hospitals, providing care to individuals regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay for health care services.

Kona Community Hospital

“Kona Community Hospital and Straub Medical Center play an essential role in providing health care to our most vulnerable residents on the Big Island and Oahu,” said Sen. Schatz, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “With hospitals on the front lines of this global health crisis, this federal funding will provide important resources to make sure they remain operational so that everyone can get the care they need regardless of their ability to pay.”

The new funding is part of the $175 billion Provider Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. Hospitals that serve a disproportionately high number of Medicaid patients or provide large amounts of uncompensated care are eligible for this safety net allocation from the Provider Relief Fund.

In addition to this funding, Hawai‘i health providers have received more than $200 million in federal grants to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, including funding to acquire PPE, cover testing and treatmentsupport rural hospitals, and other response efforts.

New Emergency Shelter at County’s Old Kona Airport Park

A new temporary emergency shelter, Na Lamakū, kicks off on Saturday with construction of 18 temporary shelters at the County’s Old Kona Airport Park in Kona. More than 50 volunteers, including members of the County Fire Department Recruit Class, will be pitching in to build the shelters. Tinguely Development has been on site all week, working in partnership with the County in prepare the site for vertical construction.

The Pavilion at the Old Kona Airport Park

The temporary shelters, measuring 10 x 8 feet each, will be ready for occupancy next week and will accommodate individuals experiencing homelessness. Each unit can house up to two people. Community outreach teams are working to identify and engage with eligible individuals, who could number up to 30 people.

“We are so grateful for the tremendous generosity of Tinguely Development, who’s working on the pre-construction work pro bono,” said Mayor Harry Kim. “They tell us they’re doing this to give back to the community, and we deeply appreciate it.”

The facility is being built with State and Federal assistance, which will pay for operation costs of an estimated $150,000.

HOPE Services Hawai‘i is working in partnership with other social service agencies to deliver 24/7 shelter monitoring services, delivery of “grab & go” meals,  and the coordination of on-site mental and behavioral health services.  They will also provide case management to connect program participants to appropriate permanent housing.  

Sharon Hirota, the Mayor’s Executive Assistant in charge of homelessness, thanked the County’s Fire Department, Parks and Recreation, State Department of Transportation, Tinguely Development, HPM Building Supply, the West Hawai‘i Rotary Clubs and HOPE Services Hawai‘i and their partners for making Na Lamakū a reality.

The shelters are expected to remain on-site through the end of the year, and by then a more permanent facility will be ready on Kealakehe Parkway.

HPD Charge Suspect in Kona Murder Investigation

Hawaiʻi Island Police have charged the suspect in the Kona murder investigation that left a 45-year-old Captain Cook man dead.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending identification and notification of next-of-kin. 

James Bonham

After conferring with County Prosecutors, at 5:00 p.m. (April 30), detectives charged 66-year-old James Bonham, with second-degree murder.

The charge stems from an incident on Tuesday evening (April 28), shortly after 9:00 p.m., when Kona patrol officers responded to a reported shooting that had just occurred in the 83-5000 block of Middle Keei Road, Captain Cook.  

Upon arrival, officers located the victim with an injury consistent with a gunshot. The victim was later pronounced dead at the Kona Community Hospital. James Bonham was arrested at the scene where a firearm was also recovered. 

Bonham is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday (May 1) in Kona District Court.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday (May 1) to determine the cause of death.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Aron Tomota at (808) 326-4646 ext. 262 or aron.tomota@hawaiicounty.gov.          

Kona Historical Society Presents Virtual Story Time

With the governor’s stay-at-home order now extended through May, many ohana are searching for additional resources to keep their keiki entertained and engaged. To provide parents and caregivers a few minutes of precious relief, Kona Historical Society launching a new weekly virtual story time on its Facebook page.

The nonprofit is inviting ohana to gather around their computers, phones and tablets together to enjoy short stories about Kona’s unique history and heritage. Some of the books shared will transport viewers back to the past or take them down memory lane. Other selected books aim to spark curiosity, smiles, joy, and laughter. Many celebrate community, diversity and friendship.

Every Wednesday at 1 p.m., Kona Historical Society’s Programs Team will conduct a virtual story time, lasting between 5 and 20 minutes. The videos will initially be posted to Kona Historical Society’s Facebook page as a Watch Party and then uploaded to the Kona Historical Society YouTube channel. During the Watch Party, the public is welcome to provide comments and ask questions.

The first Kona Historical Society virtual story time is this Wednesday, April 29, when “Spunky: A Kona Nightingale” by Ethel Harder and Janne Fujimoto, with illustrations by Shay Wahl, will be read aloud at the Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook to resident donkeys Shizu and Charlie Boy. This delightful children’s book shares the story of coffee farming through the eyes of a donkey. 

The complete schedule of this series of free story time events can be found on Kona Historical Society’s Facebook page. The nonprofit looks forward to seeing fellow bibliophiles of all ages and Kona aficionados online.

Kona Historical Society is a community-based, nonprofit organization and Smithsonian Museum affiliate that has spent the past four decades collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawaii. For more information, visit www.konahistorical.org

COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing in Kona

Ali’i Health, with the support of Premier Medical Group and the County of Hawai`i COVID-19 Task Force, will be conducting drive-through screening and testing clinics in Kona. The twice weekly clinics will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon, starting April 2, and continuing until further notice.

The Clinics will be held at the Keauhou Shopping Center.

These clinics will replace the drive through clinics that were held at the Old Kona Airport. No testing will be held this weekend at the Old Kona Airport.

These free clinics are open to the public; however, individuals must first undergo a screening to determine if they meet the criteria to be tested. Clinic physicians on site will make the determination regarding testing. The screening criteria will be based on guidance of the CDC and the State’s COVID-19 Response Task Force.

To bypass the screening que patients can go to Pathways Telehealth by calling (808) 747-8321 option 5 to be screened and expedite testing.

People who visit the screening clinic will be asked to show photo ID. Additionally, people are requested to bring any health insurance cards they have, although insurance is not required.

COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing in Kona on Saturday, March 28

Ali’i Health, with the support of Premier Medical Group and the County of Hawai`i COVID-19 Task Force, will be conducting a drive-through screening and testing clinic.  The one-day clinic will be held at the Old Kona Airport Park on Saturday, March 28, 2020, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

This clinic is open to the public; however, individuals must first undergo a screening to determine if they meet the criteria to be tested.  Clinic physicians on site will make the determination regarding testing.  The screening criteria will be based on guidance of the CDC and the State’s COVID-19 Response Task Force.

To bypass the screening queue, patients can go to Pathways Telehealth by calling (808) 747-8321 option 5 to be screened and expedite testing. 

People who visit the screening clinic will be asked to show photo ID.  Additionally, people are requested to bring any health insurance cards they have, although insurance is not required. 

For further information, call Civil Defense at (808) 935-0031.

Drive-Through, Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing Coming to Kona

A pop-up testing clinic for COVID-19 will be set up at the Old Kona Airport Park on Monday, March 23.  The County of Hawai`i COVID-19 Task Force has teamed up with Premier Medical Group and HOPE Services to offer the clinic, with the support of The Ironman World Championship and Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation.

The one-day clinic will be held from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.  This clinic is open to the public; however, individuals must first undergo a screening to determine if they meet the criteria to be tested. Clinic physicians on site will make the determination regarding testing. The screening criteria will be based on guidance of the CDC and the State’s COVID-19 Response Task Force.

“The fact is, we need to screen to know where the disease is. That’s the key,” said Dr. Scott Miscovich, president and founder of Premier Medical Group Hawai‘i.

Dry cough and fever are the most common symptoms of COVID-19, but the disease is also known to cause other upper respiratory symptoms, and in some cases, none at all. Other factors that will determine eligibility for testing include travel history, frequency of exposure to visitors from outside Hawai`i, and frequency of exposure to vulnerable or high-risk populations.

People who visit the screening clinic will be asked to show photo ID.  Additionally, people are requested to bring any health insurance cards they have, although insurance is not required. 

Miscovich, who serves as senior advisor to Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, said that the hope is to provide enough COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites as needed.  The goal is to hold pop-up clinics in rural areas of the island to provide the critical support that is needed.

The belief among State leaders, including Lt. Governor Josh Green, is that increased screenings will slow the spread in Hawai‘i.  “To beat this, the key is to screen, screen, screen,” Miscovich said.

Coast Guard, Ocean Safety, Hawai’i County Fire to Ensure Safety for Ironman Racers

The Coast Guard, Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services, Hawai’i County Fire and up to 60 event emergency responders on surfboards will establish a response zone around the swim course to manage the spectators, boating traffic, and safety of all race participants for the 2017 Ironman World Championship practice and official race in the vicinity of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i Oct. 7 and 14.

“This joint effort ensures the safety of more than 2,300 participants conducting a 2.4 mile swim,” said Lt. j.g. Brian Waters, of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu’s enforcement division. “A strong Coast Guard and joint presence is not unusual for the Ironman. Responders will be in place Saturday for the training swim and Oct. 14 for the official race to effectively manage the increased traffic.”

Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island

The Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island (WPB 1349), two response boats from the Maritime Safety and Security Team Honolulu, and an MH-65 Dolphin crew from Air Station Barbers Point are involved in addition to the HCF rescue boat, OSLS jet skis and lifeguards and event emergency responders.

The swim race will begin at 6:25 a.m. on both the ho’ala training swim and official race days. Mariners in the area should maintain heightened awareness of swimmers, surfers and paddle boarders. Overloaded vessels, boaters operating negligently, and flotillas operating in the vicinity the official swim course, starting ashore at Palani Road and extending 2.4 miles offshore, will be contacted and returned to shore.

Coast Guard crews will provide a law enforcement presence in the area throughout the week and conduct recreational boating safety outreach.

For more information contact the 14th District Public Affairs Office at 808-535-3230.

Big Island Police Searching for 17-Year-Old Kailua-Kona Boy

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Kailua-Kona boy who was reported missing.

Naython Perry was last seen in Captain Cook on (August 7).

He is described as Caucasian, 6-feet, 145 pounds with short brown hair, fair complexion, and brown eyes. Last seen wearing dark colored sweatpants.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

North Kona Water Restriction Update – Two Wells Fixed… Three Still Down

Both the Department’s Hualālai Deepwell and Palani Deepwell have been repaired and are now operational.

As of this morning, the Emergency Water Restriction, which previously limited water use to only health and safety needs, has been lifted. Please be reminded that the mandatory 25% water restriction is still in effect for the North Kona area since three (3) wells are still undergoing repair. This means everyone must continue to reduce their normal usage by 25 percent (25%).

The Department will continue to make the necessary adjustments to the water system and asks that customers use water as efficiently as possible to meet the 25% reduction in water usage. The Department sincerely appreciates the community’s efforts to restrict their water usage. Due to your help, water service was maintained to all customers throughout this emergency.

For more information visit our website at www.hawaiidws.org, call 961-8060 during normal business hours or email dws@hawaiidws.org. For after hour emergencies call us at 961-8790.

Maxillarias Orchids for Hawaii Gardens

“Maxillarias for Hawaii Gardens” is the topic of a presentation by Karen Kimmerle at the next meeting of the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club 7 p.m. October 11. A potluck starts off the meeting and guests are invited to participate at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall.

Random orchid picture.

“Maxillaria orchids are diverse and interesting in both flowers and foliage,” says Kimmerle, co-owner of Sun Orchids in Hilo. Her presentation will look at the many Maxillaria species suitable for growing in Hawaii while sharing tips on their care. Kimmerle will also offer plants for sale.
For info, phone 808-328-8375.

The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawai‘i’s oldest orchidaceae organization with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. The club meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall on Hwy. 11 at mile marker 114, just north of Kainaliu. For information, visit www.facebook.com/orchidsinparadise.

Entry Road to Mahai`ula section of Kekaha Kai State Park to Close for Road Repairs

The DLNR Division of State Parks will begin the first of three improvement projects planned for Kekaha Kai State Park on Monday, October 2, 2017 with full closure of the entry road to the Mahaiula section of the North Kona park for planned roadway repair improvements.

Kua Bay

The entry road will be closed on weekdays only from October 2 to November 3, 2017, and will remain open on the weekends during normal park hours.

Construction will include pothole repairs, pavement patching of existing paved areas, placement of new compacted gravel in existing unpaved areas, placement of 2 speed humps for speed mitigation, grading of shoulder areas of the entry road for safe access, and additional parking, signage and security barriers. Project contractor is Isemoto Contracting Co. Inc. and project cost is $408,844.

Two future projects for Kekaha Kai are still pending review and approval by the County of Hawaii. DLNR will provide notice when these projects begin after final approvals are obtained. Full closure of the park will not be required, but certain park areas may be closed due to construction activities taking place.

Planned for the park’s Kua Bay section are: installation of two new rinsing showers, two new accessible picnic tables, a new stairway and railings to replace the existing ramp to the beach, and comfort station improvements.

Also planned for the Mahai’ula section will be: a new storage building for parks staff and supplies, equipment and maintenance materials; repair of existing walkway railings; new accessible picnic table and BBQ pit; and comfort station renovations.

Update on North Kona Water Restrictions

The Emergency Water Restriction for North Kona remains in effect. Over the past few days there has been a water level decline in the tanks that service the general area between the Mākālei Fire station to just south of the Palani Road and Māmalahoa highway junction.

These areas include, but are not limited to, Mākālei Estates, Kona Hills, Palisades, Wainani / Lokahi Makai, Kaiminani Drive (including all side streets), Kona Acres, and Hina Lani Drive (including all side streets). Without everyone’s continued cooperation, there will be areas that will experience periodic loss of water service or lower water pressures. ALL residents and customers in North Kona must continue to restrict water use to health and safety needs (drinking, cooking, and hygiene purposes).

The Department appreciates the community’s continued efforts to restrict water use during this time. As such, limited hand watering of precious plants, on occasion, is still acceptable using the following best practices:

  • Water at night to reduce evaporation.
  • Use of County’s free mulch to preserve moisture around plants. Visit the County’s website at: http://www.hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/greenwaste/ for more information.
  • Use of rainwater from downspouts for plants.
  • Do not over-water plants.
  • Use of sprinklers (manual or automatic) for lawns and grass areas is still prohibited. This restriction also prohibits the draining and refilling of swimming pools, hot tubs, water fountains, etc.

Customers should take appropriate measures to reduce the loss of existing water in swimming pools and hot tubs, such as checking the pool for leaks and consulting a pool supplier for appropriate pool covers.  In addition, customer should ensure proper operation and maintenance of pool pump equipment.

The installation process has begun for both the Hualālai and Palani Deepwell repairs. Contractor has two (2) crews working on both repairs concurrently. At this time, the anticipated completion of Hualālai Deepwell repair is this weekend, with Palani Deepwell repair to follow shortly thereafter.

We will update you throughout this installation process as more progress is made and/or more information becomes available.

For your use, potable water can be obtained from a portable water tanker located on Hina Lani Street below Anini Street as well as water spigots along Ane Keohokalole Highway, between Kealakehe High School and Palani Road. Please bring your own drinking water containers to fill. We also recommend that residents store a sufficient amount of water for basic household needs, such as drinking, cooking, and hygiene purposes, in the event of service disruptions.

For more information visit our website at www.hawaiidws.org. To report any observed wasteful use of water, call 961-8060 during normal business hours or email dws@hawaiidws.org. For after hour emergencies call us at 961-8790.

Free Medicare Basics Seminar

Helping the community stay informed about the “what,” “when,” and “how” of Medicare is important to the members of Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU) and on Saturday, October 7, 9:30am – 11:30am the credit union will present a free Medicare 101 seminar. Held at HCFCU’s Kaloko facility in the John Y. Iwane Credit Union Center Training Room (73-5611 Olowalu St., Kailua Kona), this informative seminar is free to the public but with limited seating.

Please register by contacting 808-930-7700 or marketing@hicommfcu.com. The seminar is for educational and informational purposes only. No plan specific benefits or details will be shared.

“We want to help our members with essential Medicare information so that they’re as prepared as possible when they’re ready to enroll,” said HCFCU President and CEO Tricia Buskirk.

Peter Amelotte, Health Benefits Manager with Aloha Insurance Services, Inc. will answer such questions as:

  • How old do I have to be to enroll in Medicare?
  • What are my Medicare health plan options?
  • Can I have other insurance and still have Medicare?
  • What’s the difference between Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B?
  • Is prescription drug coverage required?

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit credit union owned by its over 39,000 member/owners with branches in Honokaa, Kailua-Kona, Kaloko, Kealakekua and Kohala. In addition to complete checking and savings services, the credit union offers credit cards, auto, mortgage, construction, small business, educational and personal loans; online and mobile banking; investment services; youth programs, and supports numerous Hawaii Islandprograms and events. Membership in HCFCU is open to all Hawaii Island residents. For more information visit www.hicommfcu.com.

Pu‘uanahulu Landfill and Kealakehe Recycling and Transfer Station Closed for Kona Ironman Triathlon

The Pu‘uanahulu Landfill in Waikoloa and the Kealakehe Recycling and Transfer Station in Kailua-Kona will be closed all day on Saturday, October 14, 2017, due to road closures for the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kona.

The closure at Kealakehe Recycling and Transfer Station will affect all services including Residential Rubbish Disposal, HI5 Redemption, 2-Bin Recycling, Green Waste Recycling, Re-Use Store and Mulch Pick-up.

Alternative services for Residential Rubbish Disposal, HI5 Redemption and 2-Bin Recycling are available at the Keauhou Recycling and Transfer Station.
Regular operations at the Kealakehe Recycling and Transfer Station will resume on Sunday, October 15, 2017.  The Pu‘uanahulu Landfill will resume its normal schedule and re-open on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Mahalo for your cooperation!

If you have any questions, please contact the Solid Waste Administrative Office at 808-961-8270.

Update On North Kona Emergency Water Restriction – Another Failure

The Emergency Water Restriction for North Kona remains in effect. ALL residents and customers in North Kona must continue to restrict water use to health and safety needs (drinking, cooking, and hygiene purposes).

This restriction also prohibits the draining and refilling of swimming pools, hot tubs, water fountains, etc. Customers should take appropriate measures to reduce the loss of existing water in swimming pools and hot tubs, such as checking the pool for leaks and consulting a pool supplier for appropriate pool covers. In addition, customer should ensure proper operation and maintenance of pool pump equipment.

Recent well failures at Kohala Ranch Water Company (private water system) has left their community without an operating potable water source. As such, it was essential for the Department’s pump contractor to relocate equipment and respond to their critical situation. This will push back the completion of the Department’s Hualālai and Palani well repairs by approximately a week and a half.

Updates on well repairs can be found at www.hawaiidws.org.

Due to a significant level of overall compliance, water levels in the tanks have remained stable. The Department appreciates the community’s efforts to restrict water use during this time. Therefore, limited hand watering of precious plants, on occasion, is still acceptable using the following best practices:

  • Water at night to reduce evaporation.
  • Use of County’s free mulch to preserve moisture around plants. Visit the County’s website at: http://www.hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/gr eenwaste/ for more information.
  • Use of rainwater from downspouts for plants.
  • Do not over-water plants.
  • Use of sprinklers (manual or automatic) for lawns and grass areas is still prohibited.

For other unique situations, please contact the Department to discuss possible options. Without everyone’s continued cooperation, there will be areas that will experience periodic loss of water service or lower water pressures.

We also recommend that residents store a sufficient amount of water for basic household needs, such as drinking, cooking, and hygiene purposes, in the event of service disruptions.

For your use, potable water can be obtained from a water “buffalo” located on Hina Lani Street below Anini Street as well as water spigots along Ane Keohokalole Highway, between Kealakehe High School and Palani Road. Please bring your own drinking water containers to fill.

For more information visit our website at www.hawaiidws.org. To report any observed wasteful use of water, call 961-8060 during normal business hours or email dws@hawaiidws.org. For after hour emergencies call us at 961-8790.

Preservation of Historical Sites at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park Featured in Free Lecture

On Wednesday, September 27, Archaeologist MaryAnne Maigret, will be discussing the work of preserving historic and culturally significant stone structures at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park as part of Kona Historical Society’s regular Hanohano `O Kona Lecture Series.

NPS Photo

MaryAnne will discuss preservation of the cultural landscape of the lands the park encompasses including Hawaiian stone architecture, historic vegetation, and other elements that contribute to the significance and of this sacred site.

MaryAnne is an historic preservation specialist with an academic background in geography and cartography, and nearly thirty years of experience in Hawaiian archeology. She has earned degrees at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Hawaii, where she earned a Masters degree in Geography. She has devoted the last fifteen years to public service for State and Federal government and is currently the Acting Integrated Resources Manager at Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

This presentation is part of KHS’ community lecture series held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center, Kailua-Kona, every last Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00p.m., this series features local and state speakers sharing knowledge of a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Presented by Kona Historical Society, in cooperation with the County of Hawai’i, this lecture series is a gift from the Society to the community that has supported it for so long. Free of charge, it is open to all, residents and visitors alike.

Kona Historical Society’s Farm Festival to Feature Celebrity Chef Sam Choy

Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm will be hosting the annual Farm Fest Open House at their historical coffee farm in Captain Cook on Saturday, September 30 from 10am to 2pm. The public is invited to attend this free community event that shares Kona’s rich farming history. Shuttles, generously sponsored by Hawaii Forest and Trail and Roberts Hawaii, will be running between the parking area of Kealakekua Ranch Center and the Kona Coffee Living History Farm from 9:30a.m. to 3p.m. since parking will not be available at the Farm.

At this year’s celebration, the theme is “From Farm to Table” in honor of Kona’s cultural heritage, and promises a day filled with fun-for-the-family activities that revolve around all the amazing sustainable foods that are made here in Kona. Celebrity Chef Sam Choy will be exploring the vegetable gardens and fruit trees on the farm, and using what he finds, he’ll prepare a delicious dish and beverage. Sandy’s Drive In will be returning to the farm for this annual celebration to cook up a traditional plantation era dish: Chicken Hekka.

The Kona Coffee Living History Farm, homesteaded by Japanese immigrants, reveals the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers in the 1925-1945 era. The coffee mill and farmhouse will be open to tours where guests can experience the domestic life of Kona’s coffee farmers. Visitors enter the kitchen where rice simmers on a traditional open-hearth stove before they remove their shoes to walk on tatami mats throughout the house. Outside, they learn to pick coffee and see how it was processed in the kuriba (mill) and dried on the hoshidana (drying platform), and explore the gardens where traditional vegetables are grown, or visit with the chickens, or Kona Nightengale Donkeys, who were an important part of the economy of Kona coffee farms.

Throughout the grounds of the Farm, historical interpreters, cultural practitioners and volunteers will be hosting “Hands on History” activities where guests can practice the art of lauhala weaving, Japanese calligraphy, medicinal gardening and pan roasting coffee, among others. The Songbird of Milolii, Diana Aki, will also return to the farm to perform local music on the lawn. Kona Historical Society will be displaying a new pop up exhibit featuring Kona’s history of growing and gathering food sustainably and sharing meals with our diverse, multicultural community.

This event is generously sponsored by Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Candy Sargent, and Farm & Garden.

Kona Historical Society is a community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Smithsonian Museum affiliate that has spent the past four decades collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawaii. The Kona Coffee Living History Farm is the only living history coffee farm in the nation. This award-winning, historic farm that tells the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers during the early 20th century.

For more information, call Kona Historical Society at 808-323-3222 or visit www.konahistorical.org. To get the latest updates regarding Kona Historical Society programs, historic sites and special events, “LIKE” Kona Historical Society on Facebook.