Soft Opening of Mauka Makai Restaurant in Pahoa

Today was the soft opening on the new restaurant in Pahoa called “Mauka Makai”.

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The business will actually incorporate two restaurants as well as the Hawaii Youth Business Center.

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I took a quick tour of the place and Larry Czerwonka filled me in on some more about the place:


From what I hear, you will be able to order your food online or through an app on your phone and then simply go and pick it up at the drive-thru or in person.

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Today they were giving out free samples of “Lu’au Pesto Pasta with Grilled Shrimp” and “Balsamic and Kau Orange Chicken on Baby Mixed Greens with Garlic Dressing”

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Their hours of operation once they are officially open will be Monday – Thursday’s 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Fridays and Saturdays 11:00 am to 9:00 pm and their website will be (opening soon).


Seeing Highway 130 at Night in the Rain – A Community Member Speaks Up

*1/22/13 UPDATE See Senator Ruderman’s reply below*

More Highway 130 Concerns by a local resident:

Lighting along Highway 130 is a concern for local residents.

Lighting along Highway 130 is a concern for local residents.

Aloha Damon,

I would like to ask you for advice and assistance concerning Highway 130’s need more reflectors and streetlights.

My wife’s drive home from work every night from Kea’au to Pahoa is treacherous because whole sections of the road are missing reflectors and/or street lights on one or both sides. The roadway around the entrance to Ainaloa is what the rest of the highway should be like.

I’ve already written to Ruderman a couple weeks ago and received no response yet.  I was thinking about handing out postcards around town with Ruderman’s address on one side and note requesting reflectors on the other requiring only a signature and stamp.

I was also thinking sign waving and handing out the postcards on Fridays at the bottleneck.


Theodore Banta, Pahoa, Hawaii


On behalf of Senator Ruderman, we request that a correction to be made to the January 21, 2013 post “Seeing Highway 130 at Night in the Rain – A Community Member Speaks Up.” On January 18, Senator Ruderman did reply to Mr. Banta’s facebook message copied below and attached.

In the reply, Senator Ruderman apologized to Mr. Banta for the delay in replying to his message concerning the dangerous driving conditions faced by his wife at night. Senator Ruderman has been very busy preparing for the 2013 legislative session, but has still made a great effort to respond personally to scores of calls and emails from constituents through official means of contact. It has taken some time for our staff to transition the former campaign facebook account into a formal channel of communication, according to Hawaii State Senate rules, but we will strive for more prompt replies via facebook in the future.

We would greatly appreciate if you could communicate to constituents that the best way to ensure their concerns about District 2 are responded to promptly are to contact Senator Ruderman:


1.       Via email at:                             

2.       Toll free telephone at:                   974-4000 x66890

3.       By post at:                                          Senator Russell Ruderman, Hawaii State Capitol, 415 S. Beretania St. Rm. #217, Honolulu HI 96813.


Pohala I Puna – Recovery Day in Puna

Pohala I Puna – Recovery Day in Puna:

  • When: Saturday October 13th 2012
  • Where: Kanaka O Puna (Old Police Station In Pahoa)
  • Time: 10am-5pm

Old Pahoa Police Station

The intent and purpose for this event is to raise awareness about the many organizations and agencies that we have here in Puna and our surrounding communities that assists individuals and families struggling with issues such as homelessness, teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse,teen smoking, hunger, psychological and mental health, and domestic violence.

We want to create a venue for organizations and agencies to engage in each others mission to stimulate communication for maximum service to our ohana and our communities well being.

We are also organizing a community walk from Pahoa High School to Kanaka O Puna (old police station in Pahoa) where the women is going to dress their men in dresses and high heel shoes and walk along with various community groups to bring attention the significance and awareness of domestic violence to the businesses, shops, schools, restaurants and our community at large.

There will be food, fun, fellowship. There will be lots of music entertainment.

We are accepting Kokua in a lot of different ways, if you and your organization is interested in being apart of this great event or if you just want to make a donation of some sort and have any other questions regarding this project feel free to call me Iopa Maunakea at 960-3893, Alice Kahaleua at 937-2307, or Dana Alfapada at 430-7342.

Mahalo Nui Loa

Iopa K. Maunakea

Positive Action Alliance


Senator Kahele Announces Puna Talk Story Forums

Senator Gilbert Kahele

On Sept 21st at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility, the second of five “Talk Story with Senator Gil Kahele” forums planned in Senatorial District 2 will be held from 5:30 to 7:30PM. This community forum will allow Senator Kahele to hear concerns of his constituents in the Puna district and help him prepare and craft legislation to introduce in the upcoming 27th State Legislature scheduled to open in January. He will also provide a recap of the 26th Legislature and conclude with a question and answer session with those in attendance. Some topics that will also be discussed will be the State’s progress on the improvements to State Highway 130, the Puna-Makai Alternate Route, HB-1626 Fuel Tax Bill, and current CIP projects with Puna’s public schools. Other Puna district legislators are also scheduled to attend and participate.

On Sept 22nd at the Kea’au Elementary School Cafeteria, Senator Kahele will be hosting and moderating a “Infrastructure and Transportation Town Hall Meeting” that will be held from 5:30-7:30PM. Mr. Glen Okimoto, State Director of the Department of Transportation as well as other top level State DOT officials and Hawai’i County Department of Public Work’s officials will be attending and participating in the forum. Top  items that will be discussed and progress reports given will be on State Highway 130, Hilo Harbor Expansion, Hilo Airport Cargo Facility and the Puna-Makai Alternate Route.

Members of the community can email the Senator with issues and questions for the forums. He will make every effort to address those questions and report on the findings of those issues at the forums.

Senator Kahele’s September Puna Events

September 21st 2011, 5:30-7:30PM Pahoa Neighborhood Facility, 15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pahoa (Behind Bank of Hawai’i)

September 22nd 2011, 5:30-7:30PM Kea’au Elementary Cafeteria, 16-680 Kea’au-Pahoa Road, Kea’au

Email your issue(s) to:

or call/fax in your issue to:

1-808-586-6760 (Office)

1-808-586-6689 (Fax)

Please let us know which forum you’ll be attending, and send your issue no later than 3 days prior to the forum to guarantee it will be on the agenda.