3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Waikoloa Area of the Big Island

A 3.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Waikoloa area of the Big Island this afternoon.

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Bus Service to Waikoloa Village Resorts and Waimea Begin


Mass Transit has just informed us that the new Waikoloa Village Bus Routes to the Resorts and Waimea have started.

HPP Bus Picture

So now in the morning you can catch the bus from Waikoloa Village down to the Waikoloa Resorts, use a transfer to go the other Resorts and return in the afternoon.

Also you can use it to go to Waimea at 8:15 in the morning and return to Waikoloa village at 1:05 in the afternoon.

We apologize for any inconvenience the delayed start might have caused,

Council Member Margaret Wille

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Waikoloa Area of Big Island

A 3.5 magnitude earthquake shook the Waikoloa area of the Big Island today around 1:25 this afternoon.  No tsunami was generated from it:
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Crocs Come to Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa

Since 2002, toes of the world have enjoyed the colorful “amphibious footwear” of Crocs™.  Originally created as easy-care boat shoes for wet or dry conditions, Crocs™ work well in the Hawai‘i Island environment, and will soon be available at Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort.


Branching off creatively from the iconic clog design, Crocs™ has stepped into the workplace, golf course, fashion scene and classroom with over 300 styles for men, women and children, including sandals, sneakers and heels.  Available in 90+ different countries, the brand has topped $1 billion in annual sales and continues to expand its markets.

Sharing in that success, Crocs™ proves it is a company with a conscience through its “Crocs Cares” program, which has donated more than three million pairs of shoes to communities in need in more than 40 countries around the world.  By partnering with a variety of global non-profit organizations to help ship and distribute shoes to those in need, Crocs Cares works to help protect the foot from infections and diseases that rob the body of vital nutrients.  And, with the Soles4Souls Foundation, the company also recycles gently used Crocs™ to toes in need around the world.

“Crocs™ are great shoes for Hawai‘i, and a perfect fit for Queens’ MarketPlace,” said Sales and Operations Manager, Margo Mau Bunnell. “They are very comfortable and offer a wide range of styles that fit any lifestyle for children and adults—from fun, colorful and casual, to classy fashion for work or a special night out.  With a full selection available right here on the Kohala Coast, Crocs™ will be the place to shop.”

The Crocs™ shoe store in Queens’ MarketPlace will open later this year, with daily operating hours from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  For more information, visit www.crocs.com or www.company.crocs.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.


Big Island Police Asking Public’s Help in Identifying Waikoloa Shoplifter

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman wanted for questioning in a theft case. Merchandise valued at $226 was stolen from a retail store on the 96-200 block of Waikoloa Beach Drive on April 8.

Shoplifter 4

Police ask anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the person pictured above to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.


Festival of Lights Returns to Kings’ Shops this Saturday

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Kings’ Shops in Waikoloa Beach Resort. Bring the entire family to see a magical display of over 15,000 dancing lights sequenced to holiday music.

Kings Shops

The show starts Saturday, December 8th with three shows nightly at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. and will run through to December 30th.

With over 5,000 additional new lights, new Christmas trees and a new line up of songs the show is bound to lift spirits and spread holiday cheer.

“The tenants and management at the Kings’ Shops are looking forward to our guests seeing the new Christmas décor and expanded light show. I think the whole family will be amazed” said Steven Schwartz, General Manager of Kings’ Shops.

For more information visit www.kingsshops.com or call (808) 886-8811


Big Island Police Searching for Oahu Man Who May Be in the Waikoloa Area

Big Island police are searching for a 32-year-old Oahu man wanted on two bench warrants for contempt of court.

Joseph Roy Carrion

Joseph Roy Carrion frequently travels to the Big Island and may be in the Waikoloa area.

He is described as 5-foot-5, 165 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

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

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Sales Begin at Kamakoa Nui Workforce Housing in Waikoloa: Timeline of Events

The County of Hawai‘i today announced that it will soon begin sales of homes in the Kamakoa Nui workforce housing community in Waikoloa.

The County of Hawai‘i today announced that it will soon begin sales of homes in the Kamakoa Nui workforce housing community in Waikoloa.

In a related announcement, the County will extend Paniolo Avenue from Waikoloa Elementary School to the community and the new Kamakoa Nui Park. The extension will provide a primary route to the park, which will provide ballfields and a skate park to all residents of Waikoloa.

The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) will begin offering new fee-simple homes to qualified buyers at price points between $235,000 and $350,000. There are no additional costs to ownership such as homeowner’s association dues or community facilities charges. OHCD plans to ask for bids on the first three phases of the project — about 20 homes — by December 2012.

“We’ve had challenges along the way, including a lawsuit that we had to deal with,” said Steve Arnett, Administrator of the County’s Office of Housing and Community Development. “We are so excited about the possibility of now making this an addition to the Waikoloa Village community.”

Ongoing litigation between the County of Hawaii and Unidev LLC, the original developer of Kamakoa Nui, had clouded the title to the property. Although the lawsuits are ongoing, the County of Hawai‘i was informed Monday that title to the property was cleared. This development gave the County the green light to offer homes in Kamakoa Nui for sale.

Those who participated in a 2007 lottery to determine placing on the offering list are being contacted and will have first choice at purchasing a home in Kamakoa Nui. Depending on demand, remaining homes will be offered through another lottery. Those who are able to purchase should be able to move into their homes by next summer.

“It’s exciting! I’m a teacher here at Waikoloa, and it’s exciting to have the possibility of owning a home here in the Village where I teach,” said Larry Denis, a Waikoloa Elementary School teacher who was at today’s announcement and walk-through. “I’m excited to look at the options.”

Homes at Kamakoa Nui are being offered to resident families with household incomes of no more than 140 percent of the area median income. For a family of four, that comes out to $97,440. Additionally, Habitat For Humanity will purchase four lots at Kamakoa Nui. This will allow families with even lower average monthly incomes to be able to afford homes.

“Families will have an opportunity to build equity for their families, for their future,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi. “It becomes a wiser investment for all of us, and more importantly, it’s an investment in our children and their future.”

Looking toward the future Paniolo Ave. extension

Mayor Kenoi also on Thursday announced that the $3 million first phase of the extension of Paniolo Avenue is expected to be out to bid in December and could be completed as early as the first quarter of 2014. The extension of Paniolo Avenue, from the traffic light near Waikoloa Elementary School to Kamakoa Nui, will create the primary entrance to the community and the park, lessening the impact to those living on Iwikuamo‘o Drive.

“We’re building the road because the community needs it. Although the obligation to construct the road rests with others, we cannot wait for them to resolve who will build it,” said Mayor Kenoi. “So we will build it.”

Timeline of Kamakoa Nui:

  • 2005 – Kamakoa Vistas Workforce Housing project awarded to Unidev LLC of Bethesda, Md. Unidev contracts with the County of Hawai’i’s Office of Housing & Community Development to build 1,200 affordable units, which will be offered leasehold between $350,000 and $475,000, not including monthly $100 association dues and $450 in Community Facilities District fees.
  • 2006 – Unidev secures $6 million in temporary financing from the National Electricians Benefit Fund (NEBF). Unidev partners with Citicorp to finance the entire project.
  • 2007 – County pays off NEBF loan.
  • 2007 – County breaks ground for the project on Dec. 29.
  • 2008 – Citicorp drops out of project during the financial crisis.
  • 2008 – County Council approves $40 million bond float for Kamakoa.
  • 2008 – Waikoloa Workforce Housing LLC established by the county.
  • 2008 – Isemoto Contracting Co. is the low bidder on backbone infrastructure at just under $28 million.
  • 2008 – Unidev does not respond to county, WWH or vendors.
  • 2009 – Under a new administration, County stops payments and sues Unidev citing false and fraudulent claims. County closes WWH.
  • 2010 – OHCD revises business model under the newly branded name of Kamakoa Nui. Price points are now $235,000 to $350,000 for new, fee-simple new homes with no additional fees.
  • 2011 – Site work completed by Isemoto.
  • 2011 – Coastal Construction Co. submits low bid for model homes, which are completed on time and on budget.
  • 2012 – The model homes are furnished by Trans Pacific Interior Design. Aldridge and Associates hired as real estate broker.
  • 2012 – County clears title and announces that sales of homes at Kamakoa Nui are about to begin. County also announces it will extend Paniolo Avenue from the Waikoloa Elementary School to the new Kamakoa Nui Park.

Brother and Sister Arrested in Connection With Waikoloa Burglaries

Big Island police arrested a Waikoloa man and a Waikoloa woman last week in connection with three burglaries in the Waikoloa area.

Sometime between August 11 and August 12, someone entered a house on Kehela Place and removed jewelry, clothing and electronic equipment.

On August 13, someone broke into a home on Pakanu Street and removed an electronic game device and several games.

On August 14, a Waikoloa couple reported that they saw a man leaving the driveway of their Lina-Poepoe Street home. The man claimed he had been in their back yard rescuing a dog from the swimming pool. When the victims went inside, they discovered that a screen had been removed and two laptops were missing.

Through investigative efforts, South Kohala police officers determined that the three cases were related.

Crystal Beban

On August 20, they arrested 29-year-old Crystal Beban on suspicion of burglary for the first incident and recovered $500 worth of jewelry and clothing. They arrested her brother, 32-year-old Jeffry Wayne McBride Beban Jr. on suspicion of two counts of criminal trespass and two count of burglary for the other two incidents.

Jeffry Wayne McBride Beban Jr.

Crystal Beban was released later that day pending further investigation.

Jeffry Beban Jr. was held at the Kona police cellblock until August 22. He was then released while officers continue to investigate, gather further information and collect additional evidence.

Police ask that anyone with information about break-ins in the area call Officer Joshua Dumont at 887-3082 or the police non-emergency number 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

New Tastes and Faces for Waikoloa Grill’n Bar

Waikoloa Grill’n Bar announces the addition of two innovative new chefs to the culinary team, and introduces their fresh new all-day menu, already generating “buzz” in the restaurant formerly known as Buzz’s Sand Trap,  in Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Chefs Gabriel Rao and Helgi Olafson

Chefs Helgi Olafson and Gabriel Rao will work with seasoned restaurateur Dickie Furtado, who remains at the helm of Waikoloa Grill’n Bar, to offer diners a fresh flair for lighter, healthier menu choices, side-by-side with timeless favorites and comfort food from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

Helgi Olafson attended Scottsdale Culinary Institute and has followed a varied culinary career path over the last 10 years. A food judge on Fox TV’s “Master Chef 3” with Gordon Ramsay, a shipboard chef for Alaska Charters, sushi chef in Scottsdale’s Sushi Roku, Olafson also has experience with Food in Bloom, Vibrant Table Catering in Portland, Oregon and boutique restaurants on the east coast of Florida. When he’s not cooking, “Chef Helgi” is training for Ironman 2013, or enjoying the natural wonders of his Hawai‘i Island home.

Originally from Oregon, Gabriel Rao developed a strong appreciation for local ingredients, growing up on his family farm in Eagle Creek.  He attended Western Culinary Institute and cooked with many of Portland’s top chefs, such as Chef Kenny Giambolvo at Bluehour, Chef Kit Zhu at Papa Haydns.  He also opened Davis Street Tavern with Chef Gabriel Kaputska, served as Executive Chef of N.W. Natural, and established Black & White Catering Co.  Here in Hawai‘i, “Chef Gabe” shops local farmers markets personally, and incorporates local-grown fruits, vegetables, fish and beef that the Big Island has in abundance.

Signature Calamari

“The chefs’ new dishes are designed for seekers of fresh island flavors that you want to taste when you’re on vacation, because you don’t find them anywhere else,” said co-owner Dickie Furtado.  “They make a Paella with fresh caught mahimahi, clams, shrimp, garlic, Maui onion and saffron.  The Grilled Caesar Salad can be customized with choice of shrimp, chicken, blackened ahi or steak, and wait till you taste the Signature Calamari.  But not to worry, our tried and true favorites are still on the menu—the classic steak and salad meals, our Big Island meatloaf and Friday-Saturday Prime Rib Special,” he said.

“It’s exciting to see Waikoloa Grill’n Bar changing their game a bit and bringing a something ‘new to the table,’” said Waikoloa Beach Resort Vice President of Operations Scott Head.  “Waikoloa Beach Resort is proving itself as a dining destination—in addition to shopping, golf, accommodations and all the other things we have to offer.  And we’re proud to have Waikoloa Grill’n Bar as one of our resort’s fine venues.”

Open 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily, Waikoloa Grill’n Bar offers delicious island cuisine in a relaxing garden setting by Waikoloa Golf’s classic Beach Course.  Their new team of Chefs will create unique specials in addition to their all-day menu of soups, salads, appetizers, “small plates,” “big plates” and luxurious housemade desserts.  The restaurant offers daily Happy Hour 3:30-5:30 p.m., and is available for private parties.  For reservations and more information, call (808) 886-8797 or visit www.waikoloagrillnbar.com.

More information available at www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com

41-Year-Old Wailoloa Man Dies in Motor Vehicle/ Motorcycle Crash

A 41-year-old Waikoloa man died Sunday (July 15) from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle/motorcycle crash Friday (July 13) on Route 190 in the area of the 17-mile marker in North Kona.

The man was identified as Randall C. Guadiz, of a Waikoloa address.

Responding to a 10:38 p.m. call Friday, Kona patrol officers determined that the Waikoloa man was operating a 1998 Honda motorcycle and traveling north on Route 190 when he overtook a vehicle in a no-passing zone and sideswiped a 2012 Toyota four-door sedan traveling south and being operated by a 45-year-old California woman.

The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. Fire Rescue personnel took him to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital. He was later flown to The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, where he died Sunday evening (July 15) at 6:19 p.m.

The driver of the Toyota was not injured.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was a factor in this case.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

This is the 19th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 12 at this time last year.

Waikoloa 4th of July Information

Every year, Queens’ MarketPlace brings out the child in everyone, with its “Family Fourth” celebration in Waikoloa Beach Resort.  Kids’ games, rides and activities, food booths, live entertainment and nonstop fun take place Wednesday, July 4, from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. at the Coronation Pavilion and throughout the shopping center.  And, capping off the festivities, there is a spectacular grand finale of fireworks to the rock & roll beat of “Johnny Shot” at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.

Many of the day’s events are free or nominal charge to support The Food Basket’s efforts to feed Hawai‘i Island families.  A collection point for non-perishable food items and monetary donations will be available throughout the day,

“Family Fourth” highlights include the colorful Zoo Choo train rides around Queens’ MarketPlace, balloon sculpting by Ballon Monsoon, carnival games with prizes, face-painting, and fun festival food like cotton candy and popcorn.  Continuous live musical entertainment features something for every music-lover:  jazz, salsa, island style and more.

And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with Fourth of July fireworks—and Waikoloa Bowl fills with the big sound of rock & roll.  First up, “Don’t Sit Down,” a four-piece retro rock band that specializes in the 60’s, including go-go girls.  Then, leading into the fireworks extravaganza, the explosive classic rock of “Johnny Shot.”  A high-energy band in demand for conventions and dance venues, “Johnny Shot” delivers solid music from Elvis Presley and the Beatles to Johnny Cash and The Clash that makes audiences island-wide want to get up and dance.   After the fireworks, wind down and relax with “Full Circle” at the Queens’ MarketPlace Coronation Pavilion.

Admission is free, and families are invited to come early, beat the crowd, enjoy the day and cap off the “Family Fourth” with a bang.  Beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating, however coolers, alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted.  Waikoloa Beach Resort would like to thank the Hawaii County Fire Department for co-sponsoring the community fireworks display. For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

July 4 Schedule of Events at Queens’ MarketPlace and Waikoloa Bowl

  • 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  Zoo Choo rides, balloon sculpting, carnival games, face-painting, popcorn, and cotton candy
  • 11-11:45 a.m. Honoka‘a High School Jazz Band
  • 12-1:45 p.m. Salsa Latinos
  • 2-2:45 p.m. I‘land Boiz
  • 3-4:15 p.m. Life in Pursuit
  • 4:30-6 p.m. Vizion 20/20
  • 5:00 p.m. Waikoloa Bowl gates open Music by Don’t Sit Down
  • 6:00-8:15 p.m.  Johnny Shot in Concert
  • 8:00 p.m. FIREWORKS SHOW
  • 8:30 p.m.  Music by Full Circle at the Coronation Pavilion

For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Registered in the Waikoloa Area of the Big Island Today

Magnitude 3.1
Location 19.841°N, 155.685°W
Depth 37.7 km (23.4 miles)
  • 16 km (10 miles) SE (135°) from Waikoloa Village, HI
  • 20 km (13 miles) S (184°) from Waimea, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) ESE (118°) from Puako, HI
  • 64 km (40 miles) WNW (284°) from Hilo, HI
  • 276 km (172 miles) SE (126°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles); depth +/- 1.4 km (0.9 miles)
Parameters Nph= 66, Dmin=3 km, Rmss=0.08 sec, Gp=104°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60336916

Waikoloa Woman Charged with Identity Theft and Other Offenses in Connection with 91-Year-Old Family Member

Big Island police have charged a 55-year-old Waikoloa woman with identity theft and seven other offenses in connection with the theft of various items from a 91-year-old family member.

South Kohala patrol officers responded to Waikoloa Village Monday (April 16) to a report that the suspect had stolen jewelry and cash from a 91-year-old woman who was visiting from California. When officers attempted to arrest the suspect, she allegedly resisted arrest and assaulted a police officer by striking him in the chest. The officer did not require medical attention.

Janice Feeney

Janice Feeney, who has no permanent address but lives in the Waikoloa area, was arrested and held at the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation. Detectives executed a search warrant Tuesday (April 17) at the condominium where Feeney had been staying and recovered additional property belonging to the victim.

At 7:10 p.m. Wednesday (April 18), detectives charged Feeney with second-degree theft, fourth-degree theft, identity theft, theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card, unauthorized possession of personal information, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. Her bail was set at $14,000.

She remained at the police cellblock until her initial court appearance Thursday (April 19).

3.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Waikoloa Area of the Big Island

Magnitude 3.4
Location 19.974°N, 155.775°W
Depth 24.2 km (15.0 miles)
  • 4 km (3 miles) NNE (27°) from Waikoloa Village, HI
  • 11 km (6 miles) ENE (63°) from Puako, HI
  • 12 km (8 miles) WSW (243°) from Waimea, HI
  • 78 km (48 miles) WNW (293°) from Hilo, HI
  • 260 km (162 miles) SE (124°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles); depth +/- 1.7 km (1.1 miles)
Parameters Nph= 57, Dmin=10 km, Rmss=0.09 sec, Gp=115°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1
Event ID hv60331411

Mayor Billy Kenoi to Unveil First Increment of the $43.9 Million Kamakoa Nui Community in Waikoloa on Friday

Mayor Billy Kenoi on Friday, Nov. 18 will unveil the first increment of an attractive new community in Waikoloa that will provide affordable home ownership opportunities near West Hawai‘i employment hubs. At the same time, the mayor will open the gates to a new community park in Waikoloa.

The initial offering of eight homes within the $43.9 million Kamakoa Nui community will feature bungalows and single-family homes. The homes were designed by MVE Pacific, and prices for the new units will range from $240,000 to $325,000.

This single-family home is one of four model homes already built at the Kamakoa Nui Workforce Housing Community in Waikoloa. The community will be blessed Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Mayor Billy Kenoi and honored guests will be on hand to untie the maile lei to Kamakoa Nui, and the county park which will be opened to the public on that day as well.

Construction of four single-family model homes is complete, with pre-sales of homes in the first increment scheduled to begin next month.

“Our working families deserve this opportunity for home ownership in a desirable, well-planned community that is close to work and recreational facilities,” said Mayor Kenoi, who will untie the maile lei at the park at 10 a.m. and do the same for the model homes about a half an hour later.

“This project benefits the hard-working hotel employees, teachers, firefighters, police officers and others who want their own home in West Hawai‘i. This is an affordable community where they can live comfortably and raise their families.”

The 23 bungalows will be one and two-story units with two or three bedrooms, two baths or two-and-a-half baths, and 1,108 to 1482 square feet of living space.

The 68 one and two-story single-family homes will have three bedrooms, and buyers will have a choice between two baths or two-and-a-half baths. The homes will have 1,361 square feet to 1,512 square feet of living space including lanais.

Kamakoa Nui is being developed by the County of Hawai‘i, and will eventually grow into a diverse community of about 1,200 rental and for-sale homes on 268 acres in Waikoloa.

“I am delighted that the model homes of the Kamakoa Nui housing project are complete,” said Steve Arnett, county Housing Administrator. “I am so proud of my staff who implemented the plans and specs to completion, specifically Dan Russell, Michael Prinslow and Annie Bailey.”

The first phase of Kamakoa Nui will include a new 12-acre county park in Waikoloa. The park features a baseball diamond designed for youth baseball and senior softball games. It will also include a new high school-regulation soccer field that can double as a Pop Warner football field.

“Kamakoa Nui Park and Housing Project is another example of Mayor Billy Kenoi’s administration working together focusing on ‘laulima’ to accomplish great things for island residents,” said Parks and Recreation Director Bob Fitzgerald.

“We now have additional field space in Waikoloa to schedule more practice and game time for teams participating in sports such as soccer and baseball. There will now be a home field for the possible start up of a new Pop Warner football team in Waikoloa.”

This bungalow-style home is one of four model homes already built at the Kamakoa Nui Workforce Housing Community in Waikoloa. The community will be blessed Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Mayor Billy Kenoi and honored guests will be on hand to untie the maile lei to Kamakoa Nui, and the county park which will be opened to the public on that day as well.

The park also includes a comfort station, event lawn and parking, and a private group is developing a skateboard park on a designated portion of the park site.

Hawaii County has contracted with Aldridge Associates, a real estate brokerage firm specializing in the Waikoloa market, to market the first increment of the project. The project will offer financing to qualified buyers with a down payment of up to 5 percent of the sales price.

To qualify, buyers should live within a 30-mile radius of Kamakoa Nui and have an income of 70 percent of the area median income (AMI). Potential buyers must also live in the homes and cannot have owned a home within the last three years.

To discourage speculation and help to keep the units affordable, owners who re-sell their units at Kamakoa Nui within 15 years of their initial purchase will be required to share any windfall profits from the re-sales with the county. After 15 years, all restrictions on re-sales are satisfied.

Hawaiian Cultural Weekend at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Coming Up

Media Release:

Summer flies by, and the window for summer vacation travel may be closing fast, but Waikoloa Beach Resort can help turn Labor Day Weekend into a mini “stay-cation” with great kama‘āina room rates, two days full of fun Hawaiian cultural events and a selection of favorite dining options for the whole family.

Devin Kahale Ali’i Keanaaina

Devin Kahale Ali’i Keanaaina

The Hawaiian Cultural Weekend (in cooperation with Hawaii Island Festival) carries on the colorful traditions begun with “Aloha Week” in the 1950’s that celebrate Hawaii’s unique history, music, style and cuisine.  (See full schedule below.)

Festivities kick off on Friday, September 2 at Waikoloa Beach Marriott, with the Ms. Aloha Nui Gala, giving big, bold, beautiful Big Island women the chance to shine, and share their “supersized” style and aloha in the spotlight.  Contestants are evaluated on their presentation in casual and formal wear, poise, grace and talent.

On Saturday morning, “Hawaii’s Soul Food” takes the stage at Hilton Waikoloa Village during everybody’s favorite Poke Contest.  In Hawaiian, poke means “to cut or dice” and poke the dish is a traditional pūpū made with bite-sized pieces of fish, creatively prepared and seasoned with worlds of ingredients and imagination. Both home cooks and top professional chefs compete against their peers for the championship, and after the judges announce the winners, the audience gets to taste too.

Then on Saturday night, the Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest takes place at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Celebrating its 20th year, this unique folk music competition features the Island’s talented male singers of all ages, who lift their voice into the upper register and captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs.

Both Hilton Waikoloa Village and Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa offer affordable kama‘āina rates during the resort’s Hawaiian Cultural Weekend, making it easy for families to plan a quick, end-of-the-summer getaway.  Waikoloa Beach Resort’s location at ‘Anaeho‘omalu Beach, great golf, numerous dining, shopping, recreation and relaxation options mesh for a complete vacation destination for visitors and kama‘āina.

For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com.

Hawaiian Cultural Weekend at Waikoloa Beach Resort


Friday September 2

Ms. Aloha Nui Gala

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Naupaka Ballroom

Doors open 5:30 p.m. pageant begins 6:30 p.m.

Tickets $7

For contest information, call Leiola Mitchell, 896-3798.

Saturday, September 3

Poke Contest

Hilton Waikoloa Village, Kona Ballrooms

Doors open at 11:00 a.m., Program begins at Noon.

Tickets $7

Please call Linda Pokipala, 937-4896 for contest information.

Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest

Doors open 6:00 p.m., contest begins 7:00 p.m.

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Naupaka Ballroom

Tickets $7

For contest information, call Pua Garmon, 345-8575.

More information and contest entry applications are available at www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com

Schedule for July 4th at the Queens’ MarketPlace at the Waikoloa Beach Resort

Media Release:

Queens’ MarketPlace packs a lot of celebration into Independence Day, Monday, July 4 at Waikoloa Beach Resort. Free, day-long “Family Fourth” festivities take place 11:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. at the Coronation Pavilion and throughout the shopping center, concluding with a grand finale as the Air Force Band of the Pacific plays the prelude for a fireworks extravaganza at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.

Queens Shop in Waikoloa

Proceeds from the day’s events will benefit the Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s Food Bank. A collection point for non-perishable food items and monetary donations will be available throughout the day, and script sales for the carnival games and activities will support the Food Basket’s efforts to feed Hawaii Island families.

“Queens’ MarketPlace is one of our community partners,” said Food Basket Executive Director Nani Lee, “And the reason we are still alive and running and have food is because the Food Basket has partners like this. It’s about how the community addresses a problem we have. In this case the new buzzword is ‘food insecurity.’”

According to Lee, many children can expect a hot meal at school, but may not be sure when the next meal will be served at home; seniors on fixed incomes face similar food insecurities. The Food Basket has seen a 17% increase in the number of people they are serving and a decrease in the amount of food and donation dollars, creating a serious shortage. A “supplementary food program,” the Food Basket helps provide and distribute food through its partner programs such as soup kitchens and food pantries. “One important message is—people who are food insecure are our friends, neighbors, families,” said Lee. “The Big Island is very generous… We care.”

“This is the third year that Queens’ MarketPlace has helped us,” said Lee. “From 11:00 a.m., they have a lot of fun, family things to do, and fireworks and the concert at the end of the day… So as you’re standing in line to ride the Zoo Choo train around, play a game or get a balloon from Balloon Monsoon, we hope you might reach into your pocket and make a contribution to the Food Basket.”

In addition, Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company will participate in the effort, giving a free can of their popular new Spam-flavored mac nuts with a $5 donation.

In the morning, “Balloon Monsoon” entertains with balloon twist art, creating animated cartoon characters for the keiki. After cotton candy, carnival games, popcorn, and more, the Zoo Choo train rides roll out, for a small fee donated to the Hawaii Food Basket. Non-stop family entertainment includes strolling magicians, live music by seven different bands throughout the day, carnival games and more. (See schedule below)

And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with Fourth of July fireworks, following a celebratory concert by the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific in the Waikoloa Bowl. The Band and its primary performing ensemble “Hana Hou” perform a wide variety of music, including classic rock & roll, Grammy-winning country songs and Top 40 hits, as well as island favorites and American patriotic music. A highlight of the show will be the Band’s rousing medley of favorite patriotic songs for everyone to sing along.

Families are invited to come early, beat the crowd, enjoy the day and cap off the Family Fourth with a bang. Beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating, however coolers, alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted. Admission is free. For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call 886-8822.

July 4 Schedule of Events at Queens’ MarketPlace

11:00 a.m. Arneleo the Magician

11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Zoo Choo rides, Carnival games, Popcorn, cotton candy

and balloon twist art by Balloon Monsoon

12:00 p.m. Honoka`a Alumni Band

12:45-2:45 p.m. The Great Barusky, Strolling Magic

1:00 p.m. Lorenzo’s Army

2:00 p.m. Hot Lava 808

3:00 p.m. Mystik Rhythmz

4:00 p.m. Ryan Hiraoka

5:00 p.m. I‘land Boiz

Waikoloa Bowl gates open

6:00-8:15 p.m. U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, Waikoloa Bowl


8:30 p.m. Music by Full Circle

For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

House Reps to Attend the Waikoloa Community Development Plan (WCDP) Talk Story

Media Release:

What: State Representative Cindy Evans (District 7 – North Kona, South Kohala) and Senator Josh Green (District 3 – North and South Kohala, North and South Kona) will give a legislative update at the Waikoloa Community Development Plan (WCDP) Talk Story.

When: Friday, June 3, 6:00 pm – 8:00pm

Where: Waikoloa School cafeteria

More: Rep. Evans and Sen. Green will provide a report on the 2011 legislative session. Rep. Rida Cabanilla, Chair of the House Housing Committee, and Rep. John Mizuno, Chair of the House Human Services Committee, are also scheduled to attend. There will also be community announcements and a brief report from the Waikoloa repesentatives of the SKCDP (South Kohala Community Development Plan) Action Committee. Light snacks will be available, and there will be time for an informal talk story after the legislative updates.

Aron Abrams Dies on the Big Island of Hawaii

Wow… Aron Abrams passes away on the Big Island and NO one notices who he is!

Big Island police are investigating the Christmas Day discovery of a body in West Hawai’i as a coroner’s inquest.

At 7:45 a.m. Saturday (December 25), police and fire personnel responded to a report of a body at a Waikoloa resort.

The body was identified as 50-year-old Aron Abrams of Los Angeles.

An autopsy to determine the exact cause of death is scheduled for Friday.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

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