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Orchid Society raises $7,697 for Ku‘ikahi

The Hilo Orchid Society has presented a $7,697 check to Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center. The funds were raised during the Preview Party of the 62nd Annual Hilo Orchid Show. Held July 31 at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium, the zero-waste benefit featured fine wines and beer, catered food, live music and orchid sales.

Onishi appointed to NACo board

National Association of Counties President Riki Hokama appointed Hawaii County Council member Dennis “Fresh” Onishi to the NACo Board of Directors during the 79th annual conference, which was hosted July 11-14 in New Orleans.

Hawaii Ecotourism Association will honor 17 tour operators

Seventeen tour operators will be recognized by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association (HEA), a local nonprofit organization that protects Hawaii’s unique natural environment and host culture by promoting responsible travel, at their Annual Awards Luncheon on Sept. 17 at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel on Oahu. The luncheon will also celebrate HEA’s 20th anniversary.