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Let’s Talk Food: Mark Noguchi at HCC

The culinary students at Hawaii Community College were fortunate to have Chef Mark Noguchi as their guest speaker thanks to The Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation and Hayley Matson Mathers, their executive director. Noguchi has a special place in his heart for Hilo, as in his 20s he was dancing hula with Halau o Kekuhi. That experience has influenced his understanding and passion for the culture and food of the islands.

Help preserve Old Hawaii with plants

The annual Bamboo Festival last weekend in Papaikou made me think of our island in the “good old days.” Of course, the concept of the good old days depends on your perspective. I’ll just take it back to the 1950s and ’60s, since those were the days I remember on Oahu and living in Ka‘u. As we drove from Kona through Waimea and on to Hilo, I realized just how special each of our island communities are even after 50 years of change. Each little town or village has its own special charm. Even though there have been major shifts in land use from sugar to forest and orchards, we still have that special charm that makes life good living.