About Town 08-04-18

  • The “Hope Brigade” wields superhero gear like the heroes they are. Courtesy photo

Kiwanis Convention comes to Kona

The Kiwanis Club of Kailua-Kona, with the help of the other Kiwanis Clubs in Hawaii, is assisting with the 98th annual Convention of the California-Nevada-Hawaii Kiwanis District, Aug. 9-11 at the Sheraton Kona Resort &Spa in Keauhou.


About 400 members are expected to attend. The convention is for the election of officers, educational seminars, exhibits and leadership training.

Info: Doug at KailuaKona4Kiwanis@gmail.com or www.kiwanis.org.

Hope Brigade supports Relay for Life

Kona Police partnered with the Kona Prosecutor’s Office to form a team named ‘Hope Brigade’ for Relay For Life 2018, held July 14.

Police department participants included Capt. Gilbert Gaspar, Sgt. Roylen Valera, William Vickery, Robin Crusat, Kuilee Dela Cruz, Reuben Pukahi, Chere Rae Kalili, Michael Abran and Evidence Custodian Fe Maura Pike.

The event theme was ‘Konopoly’ (Monopoly themed), and the team booth featured baked goods, shave ice and fried rice for sale by the prosecutor’s office, and free keiki IDs and a photo booth from the police department.

Community police officer Robin Crusat is a cancer survivor. This event celebrates the victory for cancer survivors and also remembers those who may have lost their battle.

Yoga with Hawaiian perspectives

Hawaii Community College – Palamanui is offering a 2-credit course Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11:50 a.m. from Aug. 21 to Dec. 13 on the magic of yoga and the mana’o of indigenous traditions.

Broaden your horizons and expand your aliveness by engaging the yogic arts and sciences, Hawaiian wisdom, and Polynesian and Asian practices for transformation. Every class features powerful principles, sacred tools, and ancestral teachings to inspire and empower you in ways that will serve you for the rest of your life.

Daily practices blend Raja, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha, Kundalini, Restorative, Mantra, and Ashtanga yoga; yoga and meditation sequences from 5 to 75 minutes long to strengthen, align, and purify your body, spirit, and soul.

Experience a full-body workout suitable for both beginner and seasoned yogis while exploring the six main yoga paths, the sciences of yoga (anatomy, neuroscience, and energy medicine), the arts of chakra healing, yin and restorative yoga, as well as Mudras and Vinyasa sequences to soothe your Soul.

For more information or questions, please email Dr. Marya Mann at maryam8@hawaii.edu or call 345-0050. Please register by going to www.hawaii.hawaii.edu (Go to Class Availability/ Fall2018/ Health, PE, &Rec) or call Student Services at 969-8816.

Statewide HCA cupping competition

Coffee industry professionals from across the state assembled for the Hawaii Coffee Association’s (HCA) 23rd annual conference and 10th annual Statewide Cupping Competition this past weekend at the Kauai Beach Resort located in Lihue.

In the cupping competition, 92 entries from growing districts located across the state competed for top honors. The top-scoring coffee was produced by Monarch Farms in Kona with a Geisha variety coffee processed with wine yeast, and receiving a score of 85.5. The second-place coffee was a variety known as Jeni-K and produced by Greenwell Farms with a score of 85.25.

The highest scoring entries from other participating Hawaiian coffee origins also earned honors including Ka’u District’s Silver Cloud Coffee Farm, Maui Mountain Coffee Farm, Hamakua’s OK Farms, Oahu’s Hawaii Ag Research Center, Hawaii’s Second Alarm Farm, and Kauai’s Moloa’a Bay Coffee. Visit hawaiicoffeeassoc.org for a full list of qualifying entries and scores.


“It is inspiring that so many Hawaii coffee producers are striving to make coffee better,” said PCR cupping committee chair Brian Webb, “whether by exploring experimental processing techniques, unique varieties, or other innovations. The future of specialty coffee in Hawaii looks very bright.”

Learn more about the HCA at www.hawaiicoffeeassoc.org.