About Town 11-12-12


Kona RainForest, Arianna Farms win cupping competition

Kona RainForest Coffee won the classic division, beating out more than 40 other entries in the Kona Coffee Cupping Competition held last week. Arianna Farms repeated its win in the crown competition for its third cupping award.

Kona RainForest Farm is owned by Robert and Dawn Barnes. The 42-acre coffee farm is U.S. Department of Agriculture certified organic.

Arianna Farms is a 50-acre farm on the original Kona Coffee Belt along the historic Mamalahoa Highway. Its Ono Kona Coffee features three varietals including Kona Typica, Kona Typica II and the original Kona Typica varietal called Old Hawaiian.

The competition is a signature event of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, which is recognized as the oldest and one of the most successful food festivals in Hawaii. The festival promotes Hawaii’s unique culture and diversity and its mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s coffee heritage.

JDRF golf fundraiser slated Wednesday

Hapuna Golf Course will host an “All FORE 1” event Wednesday, in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Hawaii. A portion of all players’ green fees will benefit the local chapter of JDRF.

In addition to contributing to JDRF Hawaii, players will be eligible to enter a drawing for two round-trip Alaska Airlines tickets.

Contact Hapuna Golf Course at 880-3000 for tee times. Visit bit.ly/JDRFGolfHI for a donation form.

Gift fair set for Wednesday at Hulihee

Na Makana O Hulihee, a gift fair showcasing items made in Hawaii, is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Hulihee Palace.

Members of the Daughters of Hawaii and Calabash Cousins will offer products, including decorative gourds, paintings, Hawaiian clothing and baked goods.

The palace will be open until 4 p.m. with docents on hand to share their stories.

For more information, contact Anita at 329-9555.

Kealakehe association meets Wednesday

The Kealakehe Community Association holds a general meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kealakehe Intermediate School cafeteria. A meet-and-eat activity precedes the meeting at 6 p.m.

Items on the agenda include Neighborhood Watch recruitment, Winter Wonderland activity plans and a community police report.

For more information, call Elaine at 896-2785.

Soil, water district meets Wednesday

The Mauna Kea Soil and Water Conservation District meets from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation District service center, 67-1185 Mamalahoa Highway, Suite 148, Waimea.

Those in need of accommodation, auxiliary aid or other service to attend the meeting should call Margaret Fowler at 885-6602, ext. 100.

Parenting class slated in Waimea

Tutu’s House in Waimea welcomes Chris Kelly, founder of Prevention PLUS, presenting information about parenting drug-free kids in a drug-filled world from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The program is for all parents, not just parents whose kids have drug problems. Teachers and school personnel are also invited and encouraged to attend.

Kelly has been a substance abuse prevention specialist for the past 17 years. He has dedicated a third of his life to prevention education because he knows that prevention works and he knows how difficult it is to recover from an addiction. He has been clean and sober for 22 years and has worked with more than 50,000 students and parents, worldwide.

For more information, visit preventionplus.info. To register to attend, call Tutu’s House at 885-6777.

There are no fees for Tutu’s House programs, but tax-deductible donations are welcome.

Students to present ‘Voices From Our Past’

Ann Kern’s University of Hawaii Center, West Hawaii speech communication students will interpret oral histories from Kona Historical Society’s Jean Greenwell Archives for a Hanohano O Kona lecture slated from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kailua-Kona.

“Voices From Our Past: Diversity and Independence in Kona’s Oral Histories” will include stories from a wide range of individuals interviewed over the years: cattle and sheep ranchers, coffee farmers, merchants and storekeepers, politicians, professionals, teachers and more.

Presented by Kona Historical Society, in cooperation with Hawaii County, the lecture series is a gift from the society to the community. Free of charge, it is open to all.