About Town 3-27-13


Book sale benefits North Hawaii Hospice

The Kohala Book Shop in Hawi will offer 5,000 books for sale at 50 cents each. Proceeds will benefit North Hawaii Hospice, in honor of Jan Morgan, founder and owner of the book store, who died Jan. 26 while in hospice care.

The sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Morgan home, 55-3098 Park Road, two miles south of Hawi. The books, on a wide variety of topics, are the remaining inventory of the store that closed two years ago.

A number of new books — many Hawaiian books — will be sold for half price. The sale also features rare Hawaiiana, including the eight-volume set of Capt. James Cook’s journals.

For more information, call Frank Morgan at 889-0088.

Chocolate Festival winners announced

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii swept the awards at the sold-out Big Island Chocolate Festival on Saturday. The Fairmont’s culinary team earned three “bests,” winning best savory and best sweet (plated dessert) and took the people’s choice award for its savory offering of a cocoa-dusted spicy ahi cone with orange shiso mayo, truffle orange vinaigrette and goat cheese.

Other winners were Elena Chocolate for best bon bon and Madre Chocolate for best bean to bar. Twenty different chefs and chocolatiers vied in the festival taste-off that was critiqued by a team of eight judges. Besides indulging in tastes at the event’s culinary stations, attendees could get a chocolate “tattoo” and watch Guittard executive pastry chef Donald Wressell put the finishing touches on a towering, 40-pound chocolate sculpture.

The event benefited the $1 million “Equip the Kitchen” campaign for the future Hawaii Community College-Palamanui and efforts to build a community amphitheater at the Waldorf-inspired Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua.

Presented by the Kona Cacao Association, the gala was the culmination of three days of chocolate-inspired activities that included culinary and agriculture-related sessions and a college competition in chocolate desserts. Taking first place in the college competition, which was held earlier on Saturday, was University of Hawaii Maui College, followed by Hawaii Community College-West Hawaii and Hawaii Community College-East Hawaii.

Private company accepting scrap metal

As of Thursday, Hawaii County will no longer accept commerical scrap metal at its Hilo or Kona scrap metal yards.

Big Island Scrap Metal will open two privately operated scrap metal facility at 74-589 Honokohau St. in Kailua-Kona, which is behind the Tesoro Gas Station on Queen Kaahumanu Highway on the way to the Kona International Airport. It is located two lots from the left of Soil Plus. The second facility is located at 16-168 Kalara St. in Keaau. The facilities will be taking all scrap metal, including junk automobiles and white goods.

Contact Cody at 854-4530 or Mike at 960-1528 for more information.

Waimea church to celebrate 100 years

The congregation of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Waimea held its first service March 30, 1913. The St. James’ Centennial Committee has planned activities to mark the church’s 100th birthday. A luau is planned April 20 at the Paniolo Preservation Society’s Pukalani Stables, with a traditional luau menu, music and dance, followed by a special celebratory Mass at 9 a.m. April 21. The public is invited to attend.

The committee is also compiling a written history of the church. A cookbook committee is gathering recipes to publish in a centennial cookbook. Handmade koa pens fashioned from the original altar rail will be sold as centennial mementos, and the church choir will present a special anthem written by Rev. Guy Piltz.

For more information, contact the church office at 885-4923 or visit stjameshawaii.org.

Libao completes basic combat training

Army National Guard Pvt. Matthew K. Libao has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness. He received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Libao is the son of Shannon and Jarmie Libao of Hilo.

He is a 2010 graduate of Waiakea High School. He earned an associate degree in 2012 from Hawaii Community College, Hilo.