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About Town 11-11-13

2,500 attend coffee and art stroll

More than 2,500 coffee enthusiasts crowded into Holualoa Village for the 15th annual Coffee & Art Stroll on Nov. 2 to enjoy free samples from 36 local farms. The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival signature event was spread along a half mile of Mamalahoa Highway, from the Ipu Hale Gallery at the north to the Dovetail Gallery at the south. All of the village’s art galleries and shops hosted at least one local farm and its coffee.

This year, the Kona Coffee Farmers Association joined the Holualoa Village Association to co-produce the daylong event and brought with them celebrity chefs from three Kona restaurants to judge a new “Chef’s Choice” award along with the “People’s Choice” honors.

Chefs selected five coffees to receive Five Star Kona Coffee Awards. The chefs judged based on the tastes they would prefer to offer to their customers for an after-dinner coffee. The farms receiving the award were Alii Pride Farm, Java on the Rock, Konaloha Farms, Mokulele Farms and Sugai Kona Coffee.

More than 450 people cast ballots to select the five favorite coffees. This year’s winners were Fire Island Coffee from Messahana Farm, Mr. Bean Kona Coffee, Oka Farms Kona Coffee, Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee and the Kona Coffee & Tea Co.

American Recycles Day is Friday

Recycle Hawaii is promoting Nov. 15 as America Recycles Day, known locally as Hawaii Recycles Day. The event, a national initiative by Keep America Beautiful, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States.

The goals of America Recycles Day are to inform and educate people across the country about the importance of recycling and encourage them to create recycling opportunities in their community not for just one day, but throughout the year. Since 1997, communities nationwide have come together to celebrate America Recycles Day by organizing various events including collection drives, e-waste recycling, recycled art contests, recycling fairs and individuals taking the “I Recycle” pledge.

Recycle Hawaii, a nonprofit educational organization that promotes resource awareness and recycling enterprises in Hawaii through educational outreach programs on recycling, zero waste, composting and sound resource management, also serves as the lead state recycling organization for Keep America Beautiful.

In conjunction with America Recycles Day this year, Recycle Hawaii sponsors artists and the environment presentations for schools, composting workshops and partners with other nonprofits, community organizations and businesses in zero waste events. For more information about Recycle Hawaii programs, visit

Military convoys on roads Monday

Oahu-based soldiers will convoy between Kawaihae Harbor and Pohakuloa Training Area this week. One unit will convoy from Kawaihae Harbor to PTA between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. today. The Hawaii Police Department will escort the convoys.

The other unit will convoy from PTA to Kawaihae Harbor between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Nov. 22. Military police will escort the convoys.

The convoys will use Akoni Pule Corridor, Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Waikoloa Road, Mamalahoa Highway and Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

Motorists are advised to be alert and drive with care.

For more information, contact the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs Office at 656-3154 or 656-3160.

Book clubs meeting in Keauhou

Book clubs meet monthly at Kona Stories. Groups are free and open to everyone. Attendees are asked to read the book in advance of the meeting, come prepared for a discussion and bring a favorite pupu or beverage to share. Kona Stories book shop is located in Keauhou Shopping Center. For more information, call Brenda or Joy at 324-0350.

Second Tuesday Book Group is discussing “Tell the Wolves I’m Home” by Carol Rifka Brunt beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. This coming-of-age story reveals the striking pangs and promise of an adolescent girl’s fitful awakening to adulthood.

Just the Facts Book Group is discussing “A Wicked War” beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 26. Often forgotten and overlooked, the U.S.-Mexican War featured false starts, atrocities, and daring back-channel negotiations as it divided the nation, paved the way for the Civil War a generation later, and launched the career of Abraham Lincoln. Amy S. Greenberg’s skilled storytelling and rigorous scholarship bring this American war for empire to life with memorable characters, plotlines, and legacies.

Forum focuses on health care act

A West Hawaii Community Forum on “Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Hawaii” is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Waikoloa School cafeteria. The forum will feature presentations by Tom Matsuda, implementation manager of the Affordable Care Act in Hawaii from the Office of the Governor, and Coral Andrews, executive director of the Hawaii Health Connector. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion to allow the audience to address questions regarding specific issues. Marketplace assisters and other resource individuals will also be on hand to answer questions.

This forum is not designed to argue the repeal or reform of “Obamacare” but rather is a public outreach to explain the current act and the operation of the health connector system in Hawaii. All those interested in a better understanding of the program, those who wish to know how to navigate the connector system, and those who are without health insurance are encouraged to attend and participate.

Beverages and light snacks will be served. Contact Pete Hoffmann at 883-8547 or 895-0834 for more information.

Kealakehe Project Grad needs volunteers

Kealakehe Project Grad meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the school library work room. The event could be canceled for next year because of a lack of volunteers. This is not a school event but a community event and Project Grad, a nonprofit organization, partners with the school to get the word out.

Volunteers are needed for the following positions — registration, donations/prizes, decorations, facility/insurance, activities, chaperones/security, memorabilia, transportation and volunteer coordination.

Visit or call or text 896-1866 or 987-0522 for more information.

Rotary of Kona Mauka meets Tuesday

Rotary of Kona Mauka meets from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday at Teshima’s Restaurant on Mamalahoa Highway in Honalo. Lunch is $20 per person. For more information, contact Ken Obenski at 987-8431.

Kupuna singles meeting for lunch

Kona Kupuna Singles Club meets for lunch at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at Ocean Seafood in Kailua-Kona. Call 322-9098 for reservations.

American Legion meets Wednesday

American Legion Post 20 meets Wednesday at Teshima’s Restaurant in Honalo. Fellowship begins at 6:30 p.m., meeting and dinner at 7. Barry Lamb will give a short update on the “Gathering of Eagles,” followed by a discussion of veteran’s benefits. All veterans are invited to attend.

The buffet dinner is $15. For dinner reservations, call Dave Carlson at 325-6491 or Kalani Hamm at 329-7274 or 936-8033.

Seniors group hosts speaker

Kailua-Kona Seniors meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hale Halawai in Kailua-Kona. Guest speaker Michael Brown, physical therapist, will present a program on health and wellness. A question-and-answer period will follow.

For more information, call Bev at 325-6993 or Claire at 756-5352.

Brain injury group meets Wednesday

The Brain Injury Support group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Rehab Services, is just mauka of the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union on Hualalai Road.

Speakers will be George and Sharon Handgis. George Handgis is a survivor of a brain injury. He will describe his injury sequelae and continuing rehabilitation journey. Discussed will be strategies of success and past challenges.

Invited are all brain injury, stroke or other neurotrauma survivors, their families and caregivers, interested professionals and the public. For more information, contact Hawaiian Rehab at 329-0591 or Karen Klemme at 328-9498.