Hilo News — ZOOBOO! Planned At The Zoo On Halloween

Image courtesy of Kooker Kids

Image courtesy of Kooker Kids

(Media release) — On Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens will celebrate Halloween with a ZOOBOO!

The ZOOBOO! takes place from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will feature a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt, pumpkin bowling, kid- friendly Halloween stories, ”spooktacular” face painting, a costume parade and contest, a “ghoulish” grinds food booth and other frightfully fun crafts and games!

Be sure to sign up to win a free helicopter tour for two from Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. Don’t forget to stop by the petting zoo that runs from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Stick around until 3:30 p.m. for Tiger Feeding and visit with Hilo’s very own, Namaste, the white Bengal Tiger. Read more

Hilo News — ‘Creative Fire!’ At UHH Performing Arts Center On Sept. 12

(Media release) — Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, when Hawai`i Community College and Grassroots Community Development present a unique, once-in-a-lifetime, multi-faceted Dance/Music/Multimedia event called “Creative Fire!” at the UHH Performing Arts Center.

The event is a fundraiser for the Kea`au Youth Business Center (KYBC) and Middle College program. Creative Fire! celebrates 30 years of art development on the Big Island and is an investment in the next 30 years of youth talent here.

            The fundraiser will start at 5:30 p.m. with an auction hosted by imitable TrashArt guru, Ira Ono. Some of the donating artists include Linus Chao, Hank Bianchini, Tomas Belsky, Ken Charon, Kay Yokoyama, Arthur Johnsen, Pam Barton and Bill McKnight.  There will be both large and small art items, fit for any size pocketbook.

Preview sampling of both live and silent auction items are available on the website.  Read more

Hilo News — K. Taniguchi, Ltd. Reaches Agreement With The EPA


KTA Puainako

KTA Puainako

(Media release) — K. Taniguchi, Ltd., sister company of KTA Super Stores, agreed to pay a fine to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for not meeting deadlines to phase out large capacity cesspools at its Puainako store site.

“We believed the best solution was to work with Hawaii County to expand the municipal sewer system and connect to it,” said Andrew Chun, administrative officer of K. Taniguchi, Ltd., which owns the land at the grocery store site.   A municipal line would have benefitted other businesses and residents in the area, too.

When the County found cost and topography too challenging, the company sought other options and failed to meet a 2005 deadline.

“We’ve cooperated fully with both the EPA and the state Department of Health to resolve this issue,” Chun said. The company planned to install an innovative newer technology, but that was determined to be unreliable for the site conditions. Read more