Business Roundup: 11-11-19

  • Chris Barzman, left, poses with Michael Dishman, who was named Hawaii Island Ecotour Guide of the Year. (Courtesy photo)

  • Binchotan: Bar & Grill debuts at the Fairmont Orchid recently opened. (Courtesy photo)

Binchotan: Bar &Grill debuts at Fairmont

KOHALA COAST – Fairmont Orchid, a luxury resort along the pristine Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island, officially debuted its new restaurant Binchotan: Bar &Grill.


The property’s newly reimagined dining hub is a multi-million dollar renovation of Norio’s Japanese Steakhouse &Sushi Bar. The redesigned space offers a contemporary gathering place for friends and family to enjoy a fresh take on Asian cuisine.

Its menu features the time-honored tradition of grilling meat, seafood and produce over an open flame in an intimate, modern setting. Signature dishes include the Robatayaki Experience (chef’s selection of grilled items such shishito peppers, tiger prawns and short ribs), Okonomiyaki featuring Kona lobster and Macadamia Nut Shrimp drizzled with honey from the property’s beehives.

A full service bar offers a focal point for socializing and showcases artisan cocktails, premium sake and a vast collection of whiskey.

Chef Justin Kalaluhi takes the helm of Binchotan: Bar &Grill with the aim to invite guests on a culinary journey incorporating locally sourced ingredients in the ancient grilling method.

“I was born and raised in the Hawaiian Islands so it’s important to me that we offer sustainably sourced seafood, meats and produce from local farms,” Kalaluhi said. “Our team curated a menu that’s approachable, authentic and reflective of our region’s culinary abundance.”

The restaurant is open from 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday through Monday.

Info: 887-7320.

Opportunity Zones workshop on Thursday

The West Hawaii Small Business Development Center will be offering a workshop, “Big Island Opportunity Zone (OZ) Investment Workshop” from 9-11:30 a.m. Nov. 14 at Hale Iako in Suite 119, 73-970 Makako Bay Drive, Kailua-Kona, on the NELHA (OTEC) campus.

Opportunity Zones are federally designated census tracts in which investments receive favorable tax treatment for business investors and offer great development opportunities for business owners.

Come learn about the advantages available for business investment in the two Opportunity Zones in Kona (almost all of the Kona business area) and the four Opportunity Zones in Hilo (most of downtown Hilo). Our speakers will include local small business, investment and accounting professionals. A continental breakfast will be provided. Seating is limited. No charge.

Register online at, click on the Events/Workshops link on the homepage, or call 333-5000 for more information.

Gentile earns pediatric chiropractic certification

WAIMEA — Dr. Kate Gentile has completed the requirements needed to be officially Webster certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and is acknowledged by the ICPA as proficient in this specific chiropractic skill. Gentile will better serve pregnant women who are preparing for safer and easier birth outcomes.

Webster certified doctors are taught gentle adjusting techniques, individual case management systems and evidence informed practice to best care for pregnant women. In addition to this, doctors are given an in depth view of birth and are provided with the necessary skills and resources to support women who want to have safer natural births.

The certification enables Gentile to expand her range of care to individuals throughout pregnancy with excellence and in accordance with evidence-informed practice.


Michael Dishman named Hawaii Island Ecotour Guide of the Year

HILO – KapohoKine Adventures announced that Michael Dishman, a 5-year guide at Zipline Through Paradise, has been selected by Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawaii as “Hawaii Island Ecotour Guide of the Year.”

The mission of the Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawaii is to protect Hawaii’s unique natural environment and host culture through the promotion of responsible travel and educational programs relating to sustainable tourism for residents, businesses and visitors. The awards committee recognized Dishman’s leadership in supporting the company’s culture of safety and ecological awareness.


“Michael is our second guide to receive this award and we are honored to once again be recognized for our efforts in sustainable tourism,” said Tony DeLellis, co-owner of KapohoKine Adventures. “We are incredibly proud of Michael and his superior service to guests and sustainability achievements. He is a valued member of the company and community.”

Info:, #KapohoKine, 964-1000.

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