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January 30, 2014 - 2:57pm

Native Hawaiian Education Council plans listening meetings Saturday

The Native Hawaiian Education Council is sponsoring a series of community listening sessions to gather information that will be given directly to the U.S. Department of Education. Meetings are scheduled Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Konawaena High School cafeteria and from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Kealakehe Elementary School cafeteria.

The council urges participation since it may directly impact federal grant-making decisions for ohana and the community. Participate by taking a survey online at or by visiting the organization’s Facebook page.

Authors to speak at book store event

The monthly Words and Wine Event hosted by Kona Stories Book Shop at 6 p.m. Tuesday will feature authors Cindy Sample, Aloha Joe Holt and Michele Dalton.Sample is the author of “Dying for a Daiquiri,” Hold of “Aloha Joe in Hawaii” and Dalton penned “Time to be The Dream.” The event begins with an informal meet and greet merging into a more formal book presentation from each author and concluding around 9 p.m. after a question-and-answer session.

Kona Stories is located in Keauhou Shopping Center. For more information, call Brenda or Joy at 324-0350.

Video production orientation planned

Na Leo O Hawaii Inc. offers a free video production orientation from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at its facilities located at 74-5565 Luhia St., No. C1-A in Kailua-Kona. Call 329-9617 for reservations and additional information.

The nonprofit corporation was established to manage the public, education and government cable access channels in Hawaii County and to promote the creation of TV programs by and for the people of Hawaii Island.

Ranchers dinner scheduled Feb. 28

Inspired by storied lands, Hawaii’s leaders in education, agriculture and culinary arts have cooked up an innovative collaboration in the 2014 Hawaii Island Ranchers Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai in Keauhou. Presented by Choy and prepared by executive chef Scott Hiraishi, the dinner not only highlights local-grown foods and sustainable grass-fed beef, but offers the chance for diners to meet and eat with the farmers, ranchers and chefs who bring “farm-to-fork” full circle.

The dinner is the first in a series of collaborative culinary-agriculture projects of Kamehameha School-Land Asset Division in partnership with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. The division manages 365,000 acres of Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate land, bequeathed for the education and betterment of her people by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop in 1884. Of those, 160,935 acres are agricultural property on Hawaii Island alone.

For the dinner, Hiraishi has created a five-course plated feast with wine pairings that stars select cuts of beef, including “cook your own” tenderloin with ishi yaki (Japanese hot stones) where guests may interact with Choy and Hiraishi. Also in the spotlight are creative preparations of local-style oxtail soup, beef tongue, flank steak, rib-eye, short ribs and more, served with mushrooms, fresh vegetables and chocolate macaroon “cow pie.”

Cost of the dinner is $75 per person which includes select wine pairings and a custom logo “Ag Bag” with a sampling of ingredients used in the menu. Only 75 seats are available for the exclusive dining event and reservations are required. For more information, visit, follow Ranchers Dinner at Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai on Facebook, or call 333-3434.