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Where It's All Happening
By Kelly Moran

On 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 Hilo Zoo.

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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Mortgage Rates
U.S. averages as of August 26, 2010:

30 yr. fixed:   4.36%
15 yr. fixed:   3.86%
1 yr. adj:        3.52%


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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 that you may find it hard to go inside!

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Fresh from the Farm
By Kelly Moran

Is this pineapple sweet?” a woman asked the vendor at the Hilo Farmers’ Market. He smiled. “Every pineapple sweet, now!

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 sweeter now.)

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 “dragon 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, vintage kitchenware...

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Priced to Sell

  I 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 price.

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 selling.

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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Upcoming Island Calendar of Events

Dates: 10/1/10 - 10/28/10
Time: Weekdays only 8:30am - 4:30pm (noon - 4:30pm Wednesdays)
Admission: Free

Place: Wailoa Center in Hilo
Contact:  (808) 933-0416

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.

Date: 10/2/10
Time: 9am - 4pm
Admission: Free
 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 zoo.

Date: 10/3/10
Time: 4:00pm
Admission: Free
 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.


Date: 10/3/10
Time: 5:30pm
Admission: Donation
 Anna Ranch in Waimea
(808) 885-3855, email: 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 here.


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
Admission: Free
 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 navigators.



There are always special events happening in and around Hilo!  Here are a few ongoing Calendar of Events:


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