HHS teachers congratulate student culinarians


Xenia Bremseth, Honokaa High School culinary teacher, and Manuel Jadulang, HHS Career Tech Education co-coordinator, send congratulations to the Honokaa High and Intermediate School Culinary Teams — Mia Nakachi, Shereena Bird and Samantha Shea Miguel and Ashlynn Kaiamakini, Elijah Fernandez and Ethan McArdle — for their silver-medal performance at the inaugural CTE Culinary Performance-Based Assessment on March 7-8 at the King Kamehameha Hotel.

The students were challenged with creating a Grab N Go Meal for KTA stores, using local produce and a secret ingredient.

The students proudly represented Honokaa, bringing their knowledge of farm-to-table concepts as well as an international flair to their dishes.

The team of Nakachi, Bird and Miguel also qualified to compete at the state level.

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The Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of $5,000 in scholarships to support students pursuing higher education in health-related fields.

The mission of the Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua Foundation is to support the Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua Critical Access Hospital in enhancing the quality of health care by serving as ambassadors and sponsors, through fundraising and securing grants, for special projects and activities that enable the purchase of equipment and funding of programs that benefit our local community.

Scholarship applicants must be a graduating Honokaa High School senior or a graduate of Honokaa High School planning to enroll in college or a health-related certificate program. A minimum GPA of 2.5, one letter of recommendation and two short essays are required.

Applications are available at Honokaa High School, Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua or via email at info@halehoolafoundation.org. The application deadline is Sunday, April 20, by 11:59 p.m.

Send completed applications electronically to info@halehoolafoundation.org.

For more information, contact Stephanie Minshull at 885-1729 or via email at info@halehoolafoundation.org.

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On Wednesday, the Prince Kuhio Day Hawaiian Films with Director’s Appearance event will be at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Honokaa People’s Theatre.

Since 1982, Joan Lander and Puhipau of the independent production company Na Maka o ka ‘Aina (“the eyes of the land”) have focused on the land and people of Hawaii and the Pacific, producing programming about culture, history, language, the environment and the politics of self-determination.

The show “Mauna Kea: Temple Under Seige” is a one-hour nature, history documentary that paints a portrait of a mountain that has become a symbol of the Hawaiian struggle for physical, cultural and political survival.

The program explores conflicting forces as they play themselves out in a contemporary island society where cultures collide daily.

Although the mountain volcano Mauna Kea last erupted about 4,000 years ago, it is still hot today, the center of a burning controversy about whether its summit should be used for astronomical observatories or preserved as a cultural landscape sacred to the Hawaiian people.

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Mala‘ai School Garden’s “Art &Sol” benefit auction from 12:30-3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, provides a delicious excuse to indulge in rare pleasures.

One of the most memorable tastings during the recent visit to Mala‘ai by James Beard’s celebrity chefs was provided by nationally famous mixologist Manny Hinojosa, who put students to work creating a “mocktail” — a nonalcoholic drink made from scratch with fresh ingredients, mostly from their school garden.

It’s not surprising Manny’s famous for his exotically delicious from-scratch beverages and he agreed to share this tasting experience during a real cocktail party for the winning bidder and 15 guests at the school garden’s seventh-annual benefit auction at Waimea’s Merriman’s Restaurant.

Manny is donating his time, and Mala‘ai will gather the ingredients for what will be a rare opportunity to have a celebrity mixologist crafting drinks for your own private party.

There are many other rare pleasures being offered during the benefit, including kapa by Waimea master Roen Hufford, an exquisite koa rocking chair by master furniture builder-woodworker Stan Gollaher of Raiatea Woodworks in Paauilo, an 8-foot-by-3.5-foot giclee of an extraordinary sunrise photograph capturing a sun-drenched pu‘u atop Mauna Kea casting its “shadow” on the distant horizon as captured by Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope astronomers, a private sunset sail on a 55-foot ketch, gourmet locavore feasts by private chefs with wine pairings, farmer Charles Oldfather and three handsome savvy gardener friends building a raised garden bed for your home, beautiful koa paddle, fresh fruit or vegetable baskets, certificates for restaurants, facials, massages and more.

All proceeds go toward supporting healthy choices and making life-long learners out of our keiki and community.

“Art &Sol” tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased via PayPal at www.malaai.org.

For more information, contact Alethea Lai at alethea@malaai.org or 989-7861.

To reach the Kokua Way, email waiukahenutz@gmail.com or call Carol on her cellphone at 936-0067.

 

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