About Town 11-23-19

  • At the County of Hawaii’s 54th annual employee recognition awards ceremony, 36 were nominated for the awards of Manager, Supervisor and Employee of the Year. (Courtesy photo/Janet Snyder)

  • Pick up your cinnamon bread, fresh-baked in the Portuguese stone oven, from 12:45 p.m. until gone on Wednesday, Nov. 27. (Courtesy photo/KHS)

Sweeten up Thanksgiving

Kona Historical Society is offering a special treat for the holidays, fresh-baked from its famous stone oven — cinnamon bread! Proceeds from the special bake Wednesday will help support KHS in its four-decade tradition of collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawaii.


The public is invited from 10 a.m. to noon to watch KHS staff and volunteers create these special bread rolls and loaves at the stone oven, or forno, located in the pasture below the nonprofit’s headquarters and its historic general store museum in Kealakekua. Each loaf or pan of bread costs $8 and can be purchased from the white tent in front the headquarters entrance, starting around 12:45 p.m. Bread sales are on a first-come, first-served basis until everything is sold out.

Info: KHS at 323-3222 or visit www.konahistorical.org.

County of Hawaii honors exemplary employees


The County of Hawaii held its 54th annual employee recognition awards ceremony for 2018-2019 on Nov. 14, with 36 exemplary employees nominated for the categories of Manager, Supervisor and Employee of the Year.

Jason Mattos, Sr. of the Department of Parks &Recreation was named Manager of the Year; Iris Higa of the Department of Parks &Recreation took the Supervisor of the Year award; and Employee of the Year was accorded to Kelden Waltjen of the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. Congratulations to everyone.

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