DLNR’s Wailoa office relocating
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources, Wailoa Small Boat Office is relocating to the State Office Building at 75 Aupuni St., Hilo. The new office will open July 3.
Hale Halawai pavilion opens for July 4 events
The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation announces the opening of Hale Halawai pavilion in Kailua-Kona for July 4 festivities.
Food booths, live entertainment and a children’s bouncing castle will be offered at the Alii Drive park on Independence Day. Food concessions and bouncing castle will be available starting at 3 p.m., while live entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Independence Day parade, set for 5:30 to 7 p.m., passes the park, while an 8 p.m. fireworks display will originate from a barge stationed in Kailua Bay.
Natural honey producers challenged
The Big Island Beekeepers Association invites natural (raw) honey producers statewide to participate in the third annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge. The complete challenge invitation is posted on the association’s website at bibahawaiibees.org. and click on the honey drip.
The challenge was begun in 2010 to showcase the quality of the unprocessed, unfiltered honey produced by local beekeepers statewide. It consists of two parts; a formal judging and a public tasting. At the formal judging, the entries are categorized by nectar source and type — liquid, solid or comb — and evaluated by judges recruited for their refined sense of taste and knowledge of honey. Top scorers by category receive awards in this contest.The public tasting is just that; the public is invited to sample all the contest honeys and vote for their favorite, which wins the “People’s Choice” award.
To learn more about the challenge and how to enter, contact this year’s registrar, Pattie Rechtman, P.O. Box 613, Papaikou, HI 96785; 990-4943; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Milolii awarded CERT funding
The Milolii Emergency Response Team has received a $1,000 grant from the Alexander and Baldwin Foundation to help with start-up costs and to purchase emergency supplies for the community. As one of the 24 Community Emergency Response Teams on Hawaii Island, the volunteers are dedicated to supporting their communities in the event of an emergency situation.
“As one of the most remote communities in Hawaii, A&B has shown a real commitment to improving the lives of the community of Milolii, we truly thank them for helping protect our people and preserving our way of life,” said Dennis Kent, Milolii Emergency Response Team volunteer.
More information on the Milolii CERT can be found at sites.google.com/site/miloliicertsite.
White completes infantryman training
Army Pvt. Taylor Y. White has graduated from Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of basic infantry training and advanced individual training.
During the nine weeks of basic combat training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.
White is the son of Beverly Tanaka and Ricky White of Kapaau.
He is a 2009 graduate of Kohala High School.