The Hamakua Lions Club Pancake Breakfast is this coming Sunday, May 4, from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Honokaa High School cafeteria. Look at this great menu: meat, hot dogs, eggs, pancakes, papaya and coffee, etc. Takeout drive-through is available. The cost is a small $5 donation, with the proceeds to benefit Brantley Center, scholarships, Hawaii Lions Eye Bank, Boy and Cub Scouts, youth and senior activities, special-needs children of Hamakua and many more community projects.
Tickets are available from any Hamakua Lions member, or call Maurice Kaneshiro at 775-9763 for information. Aloha, and please kokua.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie will visit Honokaa High &Intermediate School at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, to honor the Honokaa High girl’s basketball team, which won the State Championship Division 2 title. Principal Marcella McClelland invites the public to attend the ceremony.
“Sooie! Sooie! Sooie! This little piggy is going…” to Umauma. Come join the Rural South Hilo Community Association as it hosts a discussion regarding Kauna Mano Farms Piggery in Umauma. Brandon Lee and Max Bowman will be on hand to talk about the piggery, representatives from Kamehameha Schools will be available to answer any questions, and Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter will provide additional community updates. So be in the loop and find out what’s the scoop. Join us at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, at the Papaikou Community Center.
Paauilo Elementary and Intermediate School is accepting registration for kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year. If your child is or will be 5 years old by July 31, and you live in the Paauilo area, please feel free to visit the school and pick up a registration packet. Paauilo School is a “Success for All” school and provides a fun and rigorous program for your keiki. If you have any questions, you can call the school at 776-7710.
At the Thursday, May 1, Waimea Community Association Town Meeting, participants will hear the “Eye-Opening” introduction to Rural Health, which is a pilot program at the University of Hawaii’s School of Medicine to recruit/retain physicians for Waimea. Recruiting and retaining physicians for rural communities such as Waimea is a huge challenge, so a pilot program to address this will be a part of the meeting at 5:15 p.m. in the Waimea School cafeteria.
Special guest will be Mark Pilar, a third-year medical student who was brought to Waimea for a six month clinical rotation to learn about and experience “rural medicine” as part of the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s (JABSOM’s) North Hawaii Medical Education Program. The experience, says Pilar, has “put a very real face on the problem.” After several months of working here in Waimea under the supervision of a number of community physicians across a variety of medical specialties, he says that the experience is very different from downtown Honolulu and other major urban centers, but it hasn’t scared him away.
“I am interested in primary care with a focus on internal medicine and psychiatry, and — although an Oahu boy — I see myself moving to the Big Island in the future. This six-month experience in Waimea has reaffirmed my desire to pursue rural medicine on the Big Island and sparked an interest in public health so I can also help plan healthcare services in areas like North Hawaii.”
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture, HDOA, is pleased to announce the solicitation of proposals to award SCBGP, Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, funds for projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Hawaii. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has allocated these funds to the states and HDOA will be awarding funds to proposals submitted and evaluated through the RFP process. The HDOA will administer a competitive grant process to award approximately $300,000 in federal funds for proposals in grant amounts ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 per project.
Higher amounts will be considered for projects with extraordinary statewide benefit. Matching funds, either in-kind or cash, are not required, however, applicants are encouraged to provide evidence of matching funds, either in-kind or cash, which will be calculated into the scoring criteria. The application deadline is Friday, May 30.
The primary goal in the 2014 program will be to support projects that benefit the specialty crop industry and provide the highest measurable outcomes for the specialty crop farmers in Hawaii. Preference will be given to projects that increase production of specialty crops, foster the development of fledgling crops and support organic programs for Hawaii specialty crop farmers. All interested parties are encouraged to contact Sharon Hurd, Agricultural Development Division, phone (808) 973-9465, Fax (808) 973-9590, Email firstname.lastname@example.org.