In Brief | Business 1-25-13


Quilters invited to fifth hop

The fifth annual Quilt Shop Hop is taking place Feb. 1 to 23. Eight shops islandwide are included in the circuit, each with its own personality and style. Along the way, shop-hoppers can have their “passport” stamped, to be eligible for prize drawings, and pick up a unique quilt block pattern to create their own 2013 Shop Hop quilt.

The 2013 hop quilt theme features the flora and fauna of Hawaii, with tropical flowers, honu, dolphins, nene goose and the native iiwi bird. The quilt block patterns are free, or available for purchase with fabric as a kit. This year’s event also includes a new, custom Big Island fabric, designed by hop organizer Mary Moody Cox, available only from participating shops on the circuit.

The shop hop circuit includes: Topstitch, Waimea Center: 65-1158 Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea, 885-4482; The Fabric Gift Shop, 74-5599 Luhia St., D-5, Kailua-Kona, 329-8177; Quilt Passions and Needlework Shop, 75-5626 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona, 329-7475; Pahala Quilting and Creative Sewing Center, 96-3196 Maile St., Pahala, 238-0505; Kilauea Kreations I, 19-3972 Volcano Road, Volcano, 967-8090; Kilauea Kreations II, 680 Manono St., Hilo, 961-1100; The Fabric Workshop, 1348 Kilauea Ave., Hilo, 933-1010; and Fabric Impressions, 206 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, 961-4468.

Maps and passports can be picked up at each location, and participants can start their tour at any of the venues along the route, or sign up for a scheduled bus tour. The first bus trip, Feb. 2, visits “paniolo country” for the 20th annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival and the Hawaiian Quilt Show presented by Ka Hui Kapa Apana O Waimea. For information, email MaryMoodyCox@earthlink.net, call 961-1100, or visit facebook.com/BigIslandQuiltShopHopHawaii.

Bus tours include: Feb. 2, Kona to Waimea, contact Karen Barry at Quilt Passions, 329-7475; Feb. 7, Pahala to Hilo, contact Donna at Pahala Quilting, 238-0505; Feb. 12, Pahala to Waimea and Kona, contact Donna at Pahala Quilting, 238-0505; Feb. 9, Kona to Hilo, contact Barry at Quilt Passions, 329-7475; and Feb. 16, Hilo to Kona, contact Moody Cox at Kilauea Kreations II, 961-1100.

Inverted yoga workshop set

A workshop introducing the major inverted poses and arm balances in yoga is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Yoga Hale, located above Lemongrass Bistro at the intersection of Kuakini Highway and Hualalai Road. The workshop is $50.

Call 326-YOGA or stop by to register. Visit yogahale.com for more information and a complete class schedule.

Shaffer honored by industry

James Shaffer, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, was named Food & Beverage Person of the Year at the recent Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association’s Na Poe Paahana (the hardworking people) awards luncheon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

Recipients of the association’s accolades are selected based on nominations submitted by their supervisors and co-workers, and are judged on the basis of outstanding and exceptional service to lodging guests, co-workers and the community. This year was the 23rd annual luncheon.

Keauhou center goes green

Officials from Kamehameha Schools, Tioga Energy and Hoku Solar recently unveiled a new solar energy project for the Keauhou Shopping Center. Comprising solar electric systems installed on seven buildings in the center, the 376-kW photovoltaic systems are one of the largest commercial solar electric projects on Hawaii Island.

The center, owned by Kamehameha Schools, will receive a significant portion of its electricity from on-site solar energy generation while reducing the facility’s environmental impact. Overall, the project will offset the production of approximately 455 tons of carbon dioxide annually, which equates to some 989,000 vehicle miles not traveled or 52,000 gallons of gasoline conserved.

To implement the project, Kamehameha Schools used a SurePath Solar power purchase agreement from Tioga Energy, enabling the organization to avoid the costs and complexities of system ownership. Tioga Energy developed, financed, owns, operates and maintains the systems and will sell the generated solar electricity to Kamehameha Schools.

The solar electric systems were built by Honolulu-based Hoku Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hoku Corp. that delivers investment-grade solar energy facilities for commercial, institutional and utility clients.