Kona Traffic Safety Committee meets on Thursday
The Kona Traffic Safety Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Community Halau, Building G of the West Hawaii Civic Center on Kealakehe Parkway.
The monthly meeting offers the public an opportunity to meet with county and state officials who can help mitigate traffic problems. Everyone is welcome.
Ethnobotanical presentation on Thursday
Tropical Edibles Nursery in Captain Cook is offering an opportunity to learn about the relationship between plants and art in Hawaiian culture.
Local artist and ethnobotanist Momi Subiono will offer information about the relationship between Hawaiian plants and Hawaiian art and culture in a one-hour presentation at 2 p.m. Thursday. Following her presentation, snacks and kava will be served in the gift shop where her art and artifacts will be on display for a month.
The presentation and art show are free and all members of the community are welcome to attend.
Tropical Edibles Nursery is located on the mauka side of Mamalahoa Highway in Captain Cook, just south of mile marker 108. A white mailbox at the bottom of the drive to the nursery is numbered 83-5696.
For more information, call the nursery at 328-0420 or e-mail email@example.com.
Mushroom-growing workshop slated for Aug. 11 in South Kona
Learn how to grow mushrooms, an excellent source of vegetarian protein and nutrition that’s easy to grow, during an Aug. 11 workshop at the University of Hawaii Center at West Hawaii.
The workshop, titled “Edible and Medicinal Mushroom Cultivation,” will provide hands-on experience inoculating your own mushroom kits as well as logs that can be taken home at the end of the workshop. The 9 a.m. event will also discuss how mushrooms can help repair damaged ecosystems and enhance the diversity and resilience of your farm, garden and home. Cost is $109.
For more information or to register, call 934-2780.
Cream of Crop event scheduled for Aug. 11
The Kona Coffee Council will be holding its ninth annual Cream of the Crop coffee and dessert tasting competition from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Hoku Amphitheater at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.
Admission is free.
To the sounds of a Hawaiian band playing island music in the amphitheater, visitors will be able to sample coffees and desserts. Local arts, crafts and various demonstrations are also on tap.
Up to 21 select Kona coffee growers will have booths in the amphitheater providing sample cups of their brewed coffee along with education about coffee growing and processing in the Kona region. Coffee growers will have their own roasted coffee beans for sale.
The competition is divided into three categories of coffee growing — organic, estate and open — which allows all growers an opportunity to participate in the event.
To complement the coffee, there will be chefs from local restaurants and resorts as well as amateurs offering desserts made with Kona coffee as one of the ingredients. Visitors may sample all of the desserts.
Visitors to the event will be encouraged to vote for their favorite coffee in the three categories. Local chefs will be voting for their favorite coffees as well. The desserts will be judged by a panel and the results of the voting will be announced before the end of the day.
The event is sponsored by the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and the Kona Coffee Council.
For more information, visit kona-coffee-council.com.