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Senator Kahele visits Big Island muralist Kathleen Kam

Jul 31, 2011 No Comments ›› admin

Senator Kahele had an opportunity to visit local Hawai’i muralist Kathleen Kam in Wood Valley Ka’u where she is painting a series of murals that will be on display in the newly constructed Edmund Olson Coffee Roasting and Visitor Center in Pahala. Kathleen Kam is a local muralist with a background in teaching at St. Joseph’s Elementary School and over 10 years experience as an Artistic Teaching Partner with the Hawaii Art Alliance. Her recent mural projects include KTA downtown Hilo, and the Volcano General Store, among others. She is currently working on a variety of murals featuring the breathtaking scenery of Wood Valley and the amazing species of plants and native animals that thrive in the area.

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Ka’u Coffee is #1 in Hawai’i!

Jul 29, 2011 No Comments ›› admin

Senator Kahele spent the morning on the slopes of Wood Valley in Pahala taking a tour of the rich coffee farms and agricultural lands that have garnered the Ka’u district international fame in recent years. Giving the tour was editor and chief of the Ka’u Calendar, Julia Neal who took the Senator to one of the newest coffee farms and roasting facilities owned by the Edmund C. Olson Trust. Ka’u coffee has earned the reputation as one of the best coffees in the world. For the last four years, Ka’u Coffee has placed top ten in tasting competition at the world’s largest coffee gathering, the Specialty Coffee Association of America Convention. In 2010, the professional tasters gave such high scores to Ka’u Coffee, that Ka’u brought Hawaiian coffee to regional status. Will and Grace Tabios produced a Ka’u Coffee on their Rising Sun Farm that scored 87.563 points, the highest of all Hawaiian coffees. Six Ka’u Coffees that were entered into this International Roasters Guild Coffees of the Year competition became finalists along with 68 other coffees from around the world. In 2009, Bull and Jamie Kailiawa’s coffee ranked seventh in the world at the same competition and earlier this year the Kaliawa’s won the top prize for the best coffee in all of Hawai’i and was the only winner from the United States at the annual Specialty Coffee Association of America cupping competition. As the vice chairman on the Senate’s Agricultural committee, Senator Kahele is working hard to support the Big Island’s farmers and is a big supporter of self-sustainability and promoting the Big Island as the “bread basket” of the State.

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The FOGK Team march in Volcano and Kona Parades

Jul 7, 2011 No Comments ›› admin

Senator Kahele was joined this July 4th by members of his campaign team to march in parade’s at Na’alehu, Volcano Village and Kailua-Kona. Volcano Village posted a record turnout for this years parade and the Senator was also joined by longtime Representative Bob Herke’s and Ka’u councilwoman Brittany Smart. The Senator and his team passed out 1000 American Flags at the Na’alehu and Volcano parades that the Senator purchased to make this years parade’s a memorable one. Special mahalo go out to the “Friends of Gil Kahele” volunteers who made the journey all over the Big Island to walk with Senator Kahele in the three parades. They are: Phil Matledge, John Ervin, Louis and Leifi Hao, Fiji Naboa-Selmo, Noelani Snyder, Makai Snyder, Avery Lee Snyder, Aleaokalani Kahele and Kai Kahele (Na’alehu Parade), Bob Marx, Joanne Chang, Joy San Buenaventura, Sheldon Lehman, Phil Matledge, Tamara Morrison and Boone Morrison (Volcano), Phil Matledge and John Ervin (Kailua-Kona).

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