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Where It's All Happening
By Kelly Moran
September 26th, Namaste turned twelve years old. Last Year,
six bands showed up at his home to play for his eleventh
birthday, and several restaurants brought delicious food (“ono
grinds,” as folks here like to say) for the many guests. A
special birthday cake was prepared for Namaste alone to eat,
and his favorite present was a new pillow. Namaste, you see,
is a white Bengal tiger. The “cake” was made of bones; and
the pillow was stuffed with catnip.
Everyone is invited to Namaste's birthday party this
year on Saturday, October 2nd, from 9am-4pm at the
Namaste is arguably the prime
attraction at the Hilo zoo – or, to give it its full name,
in the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo, for it is the only zoo in
America sited in a natural rainforest (kept moist by the
famous Hilo rain). But Namaste is far from the only
attraction. Our local zoo has a surprisingly wide variety of
animals: rare South American birds and lizards; monkeys,
lemurs and other primates; peacocks that stroll around the
grounds, displaying their fanned-out feathers; grotesque
creatures, like anteaters; and familiar creatures, like
delicate Axis deer and huge hairy pigs which have been
introduced to the Hawaiian Islands to be hunted. What they
all have in common is that they can and do live comfortably
in this climate. There are no polar bears or penguins.
Lizzy the Lounging
Green Iguana - Photo by Roger Simons, Zookeeper
To walk around is to take a
pleasant stroll through a unique park ...
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15 yr. fixed: 3.86%
1 yr. adj: 3.52%
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single level home with spectacular in-ground pool in
a highly-desired Hilo neighborhood. Steps away from
Honolii swimming & surfing beach park, this home is
immaculately kept and ready for anyone who
appreciates living the island lifestyle.
The exterior is
landscaped with red ceiling wax palms, and a covered
port cochere in the circular driveway. The pristine
swimming pool is surrounded by an entertaining deck,
with an island bar. An outdoor bathroom and shower
open directly to the pool deck to minimize wet
footprints in the house. This area is so inviting
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Fresh from the Farm
By Kelly Moran
this pineapple sweet?” a woman asked the vendor at the
Hilo Farmers’ Market. He smiled. “Every pineapple sweet,
It’s true. The pineapples you
buy today are sweeter than at any time in the past. Their
flesh can be yellow or white, but careful breeding and
selection have weeded out sharply acidic varieties. (Corn on
the cob, too, whether yellow or white, is consistently
The Hilo Farmers’ Market, on Kam
Ave. and Mamo St., is the best-known: it’s open every day
from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., but hugely bigger on Wednesdays and
Saturdays. The selection of produce is vast, ranging from
the familiar, like lettuce and tomatoes, to the exotic: like
fruit“, and warabi – the edible fern shoot that you
prepare like asparagus. You can even buy awa (“kava”) – the
Pacific islanders’ traditional sedative beverage,
and betel (“betel nuts”), the palm seeds that Southeast
Asians chew instead of smoking cigarettes. For visitors,
especially on days when cruise-ships are in port, there are
also souvenir vendors at the Hilo Farmers’ Market, although
many of the offerings are imports, not local handicrafts.
On Saturdays in Hilo, there’s a
competing market about two miles away, in a parking lot on
Kinoole St. near Puainako, that’s open from 7 to noon. The
organizers require all produce to be locally grown; and vendors
also offer many potted plants, herbs and fruit-tree seedlings
that are unavailable elsewhere.
If you have a reason to go to the
Hilo Wal-Mart, pretty much any day of the week, you’ll find the
Panaewa Hawaiian Homestead farmers’ stands selling fruit and
vegetables under the entryway.
There is a Farmers’ Market in
Honoka’a every Saturday morning. In Waimea, a Saturday market is
operated by the Hawaiian Homesteaders Association; it’s at its
biggest on the first Saturday of each month.
A Sunday market, however,
probably offers the greatest variety on the island. It’s the
Maku’u Farmers’ Market, on Hwy 130 between Kea’au and Pahoa,
which is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Maku'u Farmers Market
is a veritable flea market.
There is an abundance of local
produce there, of course, but (unlike the others) it
includes a veritable flea-market for new and used clothes,
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Priced to Sell
t has long been a motto of real estate, and the saying goes,
"location, location, location." It's what sells a property, they
say. But recent times have brought to light that the real deciding
factor on how fast, or even if, your home sells all comes down to
It's not that buyers are attracted by
shiny, new things, but in a sense they are. When a home is newly
listed it gathers a lot of interest. The listing agent may send out
emails, webcasts, and virtual tours. They launch their entire
marketing program. Even the MLS indicates the home as "newly
listed." After a few weeks, however, if no momentum has been built,
the home will then face a must steeper challenge on the road to
First, homes that have been on the
market a considerable time lose their competitive advantage. A buyer
may see a home hasn't moved, and may come in with a low offer price.
Depending on how
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Island Calendar of Events
ISLAND WOODWORKERS AND ARTISTS EXHIBIT
10/1/10 - 10/28/10
Time: Weekdays only 8:30am -
4:30pm (noon - 4:30pm Wednesdays)
Place: Wailoa Center in Hilo
The forests of the Big Island
abound in native and exotic hardwoods which star in this show as
beautiful pieces of furniture made by Island woodworkers. The
furniture pieces are exhibited with other art media, including
oil paintings and glass sculptures.
Time: 9am - 4pm
Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens in Hilo
Everyone is invited to help
celebrate the 12th birthday party for Namaste, the rare white
Bengal tiger at the Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens in Hilo.
Features a concert by the Hawaii County Band and other
entertainment, games for the kids, crafts and foods. Plus party
favors for all the animals! A great Saturday at this gem of a
Kahilu Theatre in Waimea
Contact: (808) 885-6868 or
The third of three annual concerts presented by this talented,
locally-based orchestra during the year, this performance will
feature the Arnold Flute Concerto and the Symphony #6 by
Tchaikovsky. Free community event.
ALL LOCAL FOODS POTLUCK
Anna Ranch in Waimea
(808) 885-3855, email:
email@example.com or visit
Calling all foodies! Here’s your
chance to try a variety of tasty culinary creations –
appetizers, entrees, desserts – all made from ingredients
sourced on Hawaii Island. Sponsored by Slow Food Hawaii, this is
the final event in the week-long “Eat Locally Grown” campaign
Dates: 10/8/10 - 10/10/10
- 10 AM Planetarium show and hands-on activities
- 12 Noon Documentaries
- 2 PM Speakers
- All Day Self-guided canoe & cultural exhibits, garden tours
Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo
Contact: (808) 969-9704 or
This 3rd annual event celebrates the historic sailing feats of
Pacific peoples using celestial navigation along with current
efforts to revive and expand skills and interest in long
distance canoe voyaging. Free activities include panel
presentations and workshops led by Hawai’s master canoe
always special events happening in and around Hilo! Here
are a few ongoing Calendar of Events: