About Town 12-12-13

Tea growing program presented Monday


Tea growing program presented Monday

The Grow Tea cultivation and production program will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Monday at West Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service offices, 79-7381 Mamalahoa Highway in Kainaliu.

The program is for prospective tea farmers on Hawaii Island interested in growing camellia sinensis tea producing white, green, oolong and black tea.

For more information, call Brian Lievens at 895-8753 or Eva Lee at 967-7637.

Book club meets Tuesday

The Kona Library Book Club meets to discuss “One True Thing” by Anna Quindlen at 11 a.m. Tuesday on the Kailua-Kona Library lanai. The meeting will also include a Christmas party.

Participants should bring a nonperishable food donation to be distributed by Mokuaikaua Church. Also, next year’s reading list will be available.

Keck astronomer discusses Earth-like planets Tuesday

Keck astronomer Greg Doppmann will give a presentation about the current discoveries of Earth-like planets in other solar systems at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Kailua-Kona Public Library.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona and is free.

Officers recognized at MADD event

Several Hawaii Island police officers were honored for their outstanding effort and dedication to preventing impaired driving and reducing underage drinking at Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hawaii’s annual Law Enforcement Awards.

Honors were presented by the organization and Big Island Toyota Nov. 18 at The Luau House in Hilo. The following officers were honored for the following number of arrests during 2012:

Officer Keith Nacis, Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I, 76

Officer Shea Nactor, Puna patrol, 27

Officer Nicholas McDaniel, Kona patrol, 21

The Top Cop award went to Officer Christopher Kapua-Allison of South Hilo patrol with 104 arrests.

Additionally, Sergeant Christopher Gali of the Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I, was awarded the Big Island Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Habitat for Humanity begins 800,000th project

Habitat for Humanity marked a milestone Nov. 6 when it began construction of the 800,000th home that the organization has built, rehabilitated or repaired around the world since it was founded in 1976. The home is being built by Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii is among the more than 2,300 Habitat affiliates worldwide that have made this milestone possible, having built, renovated or repaired 39 houses since its founding in 2002.

Mrs. Hawaii candidates sought

Candidates are sought for Mrs. Hawaii 2014. The April pageant is held in Honolulu.

Candidates will receive district titles and pageant training workshops. Competition is in interview, swimsuit and evening gown categories. Mrs. Hawaii 2014 will win $1,500 in cash in addition to other awards, which includes airfare and hotel accommodations at the Mrs. America 2014 pageant.

In her first pageant competition, Jaci Agustin of Aiea, Oahu was crowned Mrs. Hawaii 2013. The title has afforded her opportunity to promote her platform, healthy nutrition for all, with emphasis on low income populations. She also rappelled off the 31-story Sheraton Waikiki to promote Special Olympics.

For information, contact Jack James, recruitment chair at 386-8608 or mrshawaiientry@outlook.com.

O’Neal represents Hawaii Island Humane Society


Roxy O’Neal represented Hawaii Island Humane Society at a one-day workshop presented by Petfinder, an online database of adoptable pets. The workshop was hosted by Animal CARE Foundation.

Topics included marketing online, networking with other adoption programs, training dogs for adoptability, and feline upper respiratory conditions and treatment. Speakers came from across the country to present the program.