About Town 6-26-13


Group urges support for Bill 79

The board of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association unanimously voted June 18 to adopt and support Hawaii County Bill 79 to prohibit GMOs on the island.

“Bill 79 will ensure the most protection possible for our heritage crop, 100 percent Kona coffee,” said President Cecelia Smith.

The Kona Coffee Farmers Association endorses the Hawaii County Council Bill 79, regarding the prohibition of genetically modified organisms, as put forth in its final language for County Council vote by Councilwoman Margaret Willie. This will add protection against the impact of the many unknowns of GMOs. The bill provides details for registration, enforcement and penalties, which go beyond the scope of the 2008 county law prohibiting GMO coffee and taro

The association is encouraging the community, especially coffee farmers, to testify in person at a 10 a.m. Tuesday meeting in Kailua-Kona at the West Hawaii Civic Center. To submit written testimony, indicate SUPPORT BILL 79 in your email subject line and submit before noon Monday to counciltestimony@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Palacats celebrating centennial in Hawaii

The Palacat family of Hawaii is celebrating its 100th-year anniversary in Hawaii at a tri-annual family reunion this year. The celebration is being held June 28 to 30 in Kailua-Kona where the family resided.

In 1912, Catalino Palacat and Philipa Tararat, arrived in Hawaii from the Philippine Islands to work as laborers on the sugar plantations in Hilo. They married and started their family and a new life in Hawaii. After fulfilling their contract obligations, they relocated their family to Kona where they made their permanent residence. Since then, the family has spread throughout Hawaii, the continental United States, and parts of the world.

The children of the late Herenias (Dodoi) Palacat Sr. of Kaneohe, Oahu; the late Rosaliyo (Bebe) Palacat Sr. of Kailua-Kona; Sopio Palacat of Kailua-Kona; Joseph Palacat Sr. of Aiea, Oahu; Josephine (Jo) Barney of Kailua-Kona; the late Estrillia (Ester) Torrijos of Kealakekua; Carmen Comer of Chula Vista, Calif.; and the late John (Undo) Palacat Sr. of Hesperia, Calif., will gather to celebrate this milestone event and to pass on their family history to their descendants.

VFW Post 12122 meeting Tuesday

The Kona Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12122 meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mad Marlin Sports Bar, located on the corner of Kaiwi and Luhia streets in Kailua-Kona. Members are asked to note the change in date and location. The post will be meeting to finalize a permanent home.

For more information, call Dick Skarnes at 329-6261.

Summer blood drives slated next week

Blood Bank of Hawaii is holding its Save-Our-Summer Challenge at the following times and West Hawaii locations:

c 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 3 at The Church of Latter-day Saints, Kona Hawaii Stake, Cultural Hall

c 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 4 at The Church of Latter-day Saints, Kona Hawaii Stake, Cultural Hall

c 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 5 at The Church of Latter-day Saints, Waimea Hawaii Ward

Donors must be in good health, age 18 or older — 17 with signed Blood Bank of Hawaii parent or guardian consent form — and weigh at least 110 pounds. Bring a valid photo ID proving date of birth.

Drives are subject to change. To make an appointment, call Blood Bank of Hawaii at (800) 372-9966. For more information, visit bbh.org.