Local Industry News & Notes for Sunday, December 9, 2007

• Kalaheo Café hosts fundraising feast for Hospice, United Way

• Hawaii Hotel and Lodging go golfing for charity

• KPAA to hold membership meeting Wednesday

• Developer’s Council talks ag lands at meeting

Kalaheo Café hosts fundraising feast for Hospice, United Way

Kalaheo Cafe recently handed over the profits from its October fundraising feast to nonprofits Kaua‘i Hospice and Kaua‘i United Way. The dinner, which raised $5,000, was presented by owners Kris and John Ferguson along with chef de cuisine Gary Dixon and special guest chef Alan Wong and attended by more than 75 people.

The evening included a five-course meal with wine pairings and live entertainment provided by Jazz Bug.

“My father benefited greatly from the care provided by hospice on the Mainland, and we feel blessed to be in the position to give back to such an incredibly important community service,” John Ferguson said in a press release.

Kaua‘i Hospice and Kaua‘i United Way depend on community donations to provide services essential to Kaua‘i.

“Kaua‘i Hospice is an important partner with Kaua‘i United Way in ensuring that professional social services continue to be made available to Kaua‘i people throughout their lives, including times when circumstances threaten to overwhelm us and we need them most,” Scott Giarman, executive director of Kaua‘i United Way, said in the release.

For more information on Kaua‘i Hospice, call 245-7277 or visit www.KauaiHospice.org

For more on the local United Way, call 245-2043 or visit www.kauaiunitedway.org

Hawaii Hotel and Lodging go golfing for charity

The Hawaii Hotel and Lodging Association Kaua‘i Chapter is pleased to announce the third annual golf tournament scheduled for Jan. 27 at Puakea Golf Course.

Kelly Hoen, tournament co-chair said, “We are so excited this year to be able to have the proceeds going to the HHLA educational programs, scholarship funds and many other programs that are so valuable throughout the year.”

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $440 for a team of four, $110 for a single player. The cost includes green’s fees and cart, continental breakfast and a lunch prepared by Resort Chefs.

The format is a four-person scramble. Maximum individual handicap is 24 for men, 36 for women. Team handicap will equal 20 percent.

Sponsorships are available for companies and organizations. Registration and tournament information is available by contacting Kelly Kaona at 826-2218 or via e-mail at


KPAA to hold membership meeting Wednesday

Kaua‘i Planning & Action Alliance will hold its third membership meeting of the year from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Kaua‘i Community College Fine Dining Room. Those interested in KPAA’s programs are welcome to attend.

The featured guest speaker is Andrew Aoki of Kanu Hawai‘i, speaking on “Island Values for an Island-like World.” Kanu Hawai‘i is fostering local involvement of individuals and families statewide, grounded in the belief that Hawai‘i’s people and traditional values hold a key that will help guide us into the future.

“The word sustainability has become a common part of our vocabulary. While the meaning has many components, on a day-to-day basis it means taking small positive actions that, when combined with those of others, can make a big impact,” Diane Zachary, KPAA president and CEO, said in a press release. “Positive change is within our reach if we are willing to lead by example.”

The meeting will also feature updates on KPAA activities and networking opportunities. The event is open to the public and free of charge. To RSVP, call 632-2005.

Kaua‘i Planning & Action Alliance is a nonprofit organization that serves as a neutral convener and facilitator, providing a forum for the community to develop and implement solutions to issues that matter to Kaua‘i.

Developer’s Council talks ag lands at meeting

The Kauai Developer’s Council annual meeting last month featured key note speaker Dr. Karl Kim, former vice chancellor of University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, and professor of urban and regional planning.

Kim explained the process and anticipated outcomes of a State Land Use Commission study in Koloa on soon-to-be designated “Important Agricultural Lands.” This study will be the model for the designation of agricultural lands statewide. The study considers factors such as current and future land use designations, soil suitability, irrigation water availability and the potentials for various agricultural pursuits including crops associated with traditional Hawaiian agricultural uses as well as coffee, vineyards, aquaculture and energy production. Other criteria include lands in close proximity to power and transportation systems for ease of marketing.

The Important Agricultural Lands designation is intended as a tool to manage and control development. For the agriculture industries, it is vital to be able to preserve and maintain such lands for the long term economic benefit of the counties and state, and for the land owners, it will hopefully provide some flexibility and predictability for growth, states a Kauai Developer’s Council press release.

The Kaua’i Developer’s Council is a nonprofit corporation consisting of land developers, contractors, financial institutions and realtors who are committed to the promotion of quality growth and responsible development of Kaua‘i. For more information, contact President Dennis Esaki at 246-0625 or Secretary and Membership Chair Lisa Ledesma at 246-8877, or visit www.kauaideveloperscouncil.com


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