News and Events for Sunday, September 25, 2011

 Beach House receives ‘Wine Spectator’ award •

Eco tours get ‘green’ certification • ‘No

Paradise for Pigs’ leads to grocers’ ban

 Beach House receives ‘Wine Spectator’ award

“Wine Spectator” magazine has presented the Beach House Restaurant with its Award of Excellence for 2011, according to Tim Obert, the restaurant’s managing partner.

In order to receive the award of excellence from “Wine Spectator,” a restaurants wine list must offer interesting selections that are appropriate to the cuisine offered and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers, a news release stated.

The list must also include vintages and appellations for all selections, including wines available by the glass. It must provide complete producer names and correct spellings. Overall presentation and appearance of the list is also taken into consideration.  

Eco tours get ‘green’ certification

Pacific Islands Institute, a tour operator that serves Kaua‘i, is one of 14 eco tourism company’s statewide to receive a “green” certification from Hawai‘i Ecotourism Association. The companies have earned the distinction of being Hawai‘i’s first-ever Certified Ecotour Operators.

“We applaud these 14 ecotourism companies for their commitment to environmental sustainability and urge other tourism providers throughout Hawai‘i to follow their lead,” Chris Colvin, HEA president, stated in a news release.

HEA developed the ecotourism certification program, the first in Hawai‘i, to help educate commercial tour operators on the responsible use of natural and cultural resources, support conservation and sustainability practices, and raise awareness among visitors.

‘No Paradise for Pigs’ leads to grocers’ ban

Two supermarket chains in Hawai‘i — Foodland and Times — have vowed to no longer purchase pork products originating from pigs that have been transported live from the Mainland to Hawai‘i for slaughter, citing animal welfare reasons for their change, a news release announced Tuesday.

“We are proud and excited that some of Hawai‘i’s leading supermarkets are taking a stand against the live trade of pigs,” Sharanya Prasad, U.S. programs manager at the World Society for the Protection of Animals, stated in the release. “Their actions will not only have a significant impact on the lives of thousands of animals, but also set important precedents for other retailers to follow.”

 According to the announcement, the supermarket chains will adjust their pork-purchasing policies in light of WSPA’s recent “No Paradise for Pigs” investigation, which focuses on the transport of thousands of pigs from mainland U.S. to Hawai‘i every year.

During the one-week voyage, pigs are forced to endure cramped, overcrowded and unsanitary conditions; many suffer stress-related illnesses, horrific injuries and diseases, the announcement states. “Those who survive the trip are then kept in cages in Hawai‘i, slaughtered and sold to consumers.

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