About Town 12-01-18

Mayor Harry Kim receives Homeland Heroes Award

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has been selected for a prestigious Homeland Heroes award for his ongoing efforts to keep the people of Hawaii County safe.


The award from Government Technology and Services Coalition (GTSC) based in Arlington, Virginia, Thursday named Kim a Mission Awardee for 2018.

“Mission awardees are selected for their tangible achievements toward achieving their responsibilities and the overall mission of their office,” a press release on the association’s Homeland Security Today. US website said. “These are the folks who are actually getting it done.”

The press release cited Kim for his leadership during the Lower East Rift Zone eruption in Puna, noting that the mayor continued to work throughout the eruption and other emergencies “while struggling through mild heart attacks and pneumonia.”

Algae opportunities presentation

Offshore tropical macroalgae (limu) culture is an emerging commercial opportunity. From 5-7:30 p.m. Monday at the NELHA Gateway Energy Center, 73-4485 Kahilihili St., Kailua-Kona, Lisa Vollbrecht, research manager at Kampachi Farms, will present on a project to demonstrate the offshore culture of native Hawaiian limu in West Hawaii using only the renewable energy available in the ocean (wind, current, wave, solar).

There will be time before and after the presentation for questions, answers, and networking opportunities.


The program is part of a monthly pau hana series for people interested in technology in West Hawaii. Each month, a presenter discusses a different topic related to technology and entrepreneurship. All are welcome. A potluck is included with the event. Bring pupu and non-alcoholic beverages to share; reusable plates and cups are encouraged.

For more information, contact Rod Hinman at rod@auroraresearch.com or 989-0977.