Aloha First Friday Continues in Hilo

Downtown Hilo’s Aloha First Friday continues on Friday, August 5th with a block party on Kalākaua Street. The free family festivities begin at 5pm with swing dancing on the lānai at East Hawaii Cultural Center.

block party

Performances in Kalākaua Park include Tahitian dancing by Merahi Productions plus live music beginning with Ben Kaili. Following Ben, some of Hilo’s greatest musicians will be jamming together as “JMSW”, which features Marcie Dasalla on lead vocals, Jeff Enriques on bass, Steve Bader on drums, and Wes Matsuda on guitar and keyboards.

In addition to the live music and dancing, there will be a keiki fun zone in the park, with a giant bouncer and other fun keiki activities. Food trucks and street vendors will add to the festival atmosphere. For vendor applications and more info, please visit

Aloha Grown Malama Honua Fund to Give Away Five(5) $500 Awards

The Aloha Grown Malama Honua Fund is giving away five (5) $500 awards to local non-profits, schools, organizations or initiatives on the Big Island that embody Aloha Grown’s philosophy to Support Local. Sustain the Aina. Share the Aloha.

Aloha Grown

Interested groups must complete and application form and write a one-page essay explaining how their organization follows Aloha Grown’s philosophy. Essays must include the organization’s mission and vision, along with the specific project, program and/or effort that the $500 award would be used to fund.

“Aloha Grown is committed to supporting efforts to care for our island, our people and our culture. That is why 2% of every Aloha Grown sale goes to the Malama Honua Fund, which awards local nonprofits, schools, organizations and initiatives that embody our philosophy.”­­

All submissions are due by March 31, 2013. The five (5) selected recipients of the Aloha Grown Malama Honua Fund $500 awards will be contacted by April 30, 2013.

For more information on Aloha Grown or the Malama Honua Fund, visit

Wordless Wednesday – Bringing the Big Island to APEC 2011

The Big Island of Hawaii hosted a reception at the Elks Club in Waikiki tonight to help kick off the APEC Summit here on Oahu.

Here is the extended version of Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi’s interview with KITV tonight:


Here are pictures from this evening:

Mahalo and Aloha From the Hilo Coffee Mill

I just wanted to say Aloha and Mahalo to the Hilo Coffee Mill as I got to stop by the place today and pick up some presents.

Inside the Hilo Coffee Mill

I stopped by right after their farmers market was wrapping up.  I’ve been told that the Hilo Coffee Mill’s farmers market is going to take a break until the New Years begins so that folks can concentrate on the holidays.


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