About Town: September 23, 2020

Digital cookbook supports Kona Historical Society

Kona Historical Society is looking to refresh the spirit, inspire culinary creativity in the kitchen, foster connections and raise funds through the release of a digital copy of its Portuguese Heritage Cookbook.


The public can purchase the Portuguese Heritage Cookbook for $25 through Kona Historical Society’s online store at https://konahistorical.org/shop-1. Compiled and published in 2005, this cookbook features simple recipes showcasing Portuguese cookery and historic photographs from the society’s and others’ collections. Portuguese food can be characterized as “plain and hearty food of the common people.” Over 50 recipes are shared, including soups, casseroles, bread, desserts, and condiments.

“This cookbook was developed years ago to enhance our annual Portuguese Festival. We collected popular recipes from Kona community members to make the cookbook a true reflection of the local flavor found in Kona,” said Programs Director Kuulani Auld.

Proceeds from this digital-only cookbook will benefit Kona Historical Society, providing additional funding and essential support for the nonprofit’s daily functioning and virtual education programs. Funds will also be used for the protection and stewardship of the society’s collections and historic sites. Kona Historical Society, like other museums and cultural institutions, have lost substantial revenues while remaining closed and adhering to the safety precautions and state-mandated limitations associated with this pandemic.

Upon purchase, customers will receive a link to a printable PDF of the Portuguese Heritage Cookbook, which will be emailed to them and remain accessible for 24 hours after purchase. For best experience, Kona Historical Society recommends printing the cookbook in color, folding, and stapling to create a beautiful booklet.

Kona Historical Society is a community-based, nonprofit organization and long-standing Smithsonian Affiliate that has spent the past four decades collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawaii.

For more information, visit www.konahistorical.org.

DWS extends appointment only in-person services

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Hawaii County Department of Water Supply will continue offering in-person services by appointment only through Oct. 30.

Customers and members of the public may schedule an appointment to start a new water service, obtain help with an existing water account, or receive other in-person assistance during this time.

In-person payment collections and unscheduled in-person services remain suspended through October. To maintain safety, customers wanting to pay their water bill are asked to do so remotely using the no-fee payment options, while walk-in visitors lacking an appointment will be asked to schedule one for assistance.

To make an appointment, call (808) 322-0600 in Kona, (808) 961-8060 and (808) 961-8070 in Hilo and (808) 887-3030 in Waimea.

The DWS is continuing to accept only telephone, online, auto-payment, mail, or non-cash payments left in a secured DWS payment drop box. To pay a water bill visit www.hawaiidws.org or call (844) 216-1994.

Hooper joins cohort of new Lasell University students

Isaiah Hooper became a new student this fall at Lasell University in Auburndale, Massachusetts. Hooper, a resident of Kailua-Kona, will study Communication.

More than 370 new students joined the Lasell community in September for the fall semester. New and returning students were given a choice to study in residential, commuter, or fully online settings to accommodate their preferences during the pandemic.

NHCH announces weekly community walking program

Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital and the Native Hawaiian Health Program host a 40-minute weekly walk at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays starting at the corner of Pukalani and Ala Ohia roads, near Pukalani Stables.

The hospital’s Primary Care Clinic’s Native Hawaiian Health Program Kahu A Ola team will start the “Just Walk” community walking program with a brief talk on a current health issue facing Native Hawaiians and many others in our community.

No sign up is needed but walkers are asked to check with their primary care provider before walking if there are health concerns. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring an umbrella as the walk will be held, rain or shine. COVID-19 precautions will be followed.


For more information, call 881-4607 or email LKeakealani@Queens.org.

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