|The Ka`u Coast is featured in Trash Inc: The Secret Life of Garbage.|
|Capt. Charles Moore and his team visit Kamilo Beach in Ka`u.|
Photo courtesy of Algalita Marine Research Foundation
Moore also said it would be impossible to skim the entire world ocean to get rid of the plastics, since the ocean covers one third of the planet. Most plastics circulating in the ocean are thrown on the side of roads, rivers and streams, where they work their way down to the sea. Trash Inc was first aired last September, is being repeated on MSNBC and can be watched online at video.CNBC.com. Search Trash Inc. in the video gallery. The Algalita Marine Research Foundation also has a video on TED.com.
Hawai`i Wildlife Fund’s next cleanup along the Ka`u coast will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17.
|Andrew Hetzel wants transparency|
in judging Hawai`i Coffee.
Photo by Julia Neal
“Bowing to fragile egos and political pressure to not disclose fairly and objectively selected quality ranking data undermines the core value of competition and discredits those who excel, Hetzel said.
“Most egregiously, the association announced at its award ceremony that every farm submitting a sample will receive a certificate imprinted with only the positive cupping characteristics of their coffee — criticism and constructive comments would arrive separately in a private letter. In a contest where everyone is a winner, what is the incentive to improve? Are Hawai`i’s farms submitting coffees to improve their chances of survival in competition with others from around the world or are they just looking for a shiny new plaque to place on the wall of a visitor center to (falsely) impress the next boatload of uneducated tourists? asked Hetzel.
“The lack of transparency at this year’s event embarrassingly proclaims to the specialty coffee industry that farmers from Hawai`i still see no difference in medals awarded by the Olympics and Special Olympics; no difference in achievement and participation,” Hetzel told Hawai`i 24/7. See www.hawaii24/7.com.
|The quality of Ka`u Coffee has made it a top finisher in local and international competitions. Photo by Julia Neal|
MIGUEL MEZA, who has worked for the Ka`u Coffee Growers Cooperative as a consultant, was also on hand at the Hawai`i Coffee Association event. Coffee consultant Andrew Hetzel described Meza in a Hawai`i 24/7 story as an “honorary” member of the Obra family who joined the Obras to receive the grand champion award from newsman Howard Dicus.
GLORIA CAMBA, president of the Ka`u Coffee Growers Association, presented the co-op’s coffee to Japanese buyers at the Hawai`i Coffee Association event. Camba said she was very happy that Ka`u Coffee is winning so many awards and also credited the Ka`u Coffee Mill on Wood Valley Road with making processing easier for the farmers. Camba and Bong Aquino’s own Ka`u Royal Coffee came in first for the Ka`u region three years ago at the Hawai`i Coffee Association cupping competition – the first year that Ka`u competed.
|Leo Norberte was one of the top place finishers in the Hawai`i|
Coffee Association competition on Saturday in Waikoloa.
Photo by Julia Neal
THE PAHALA SENIOR CLUB meets tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Pahala Senior Center. Call 928-3101 for more information.
|Maile Yamanaka Photo courtesy of Volcano Art Center|
REDISTRICTING OF HAWAI`I COUNTY is the topic at a District 6 Matters meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Cooper Center in Volcano Village. County Council member Brittany Smart and attorney Michael Udovic, from the office of Corporation Counsel, will be on hand to answer questions.