Rep. Ching announces Hawaii Cacao Festival at Haleiwa January 29, 2012

Cacao Fest is upon us! It is time so partake in celebration of the cacao pod and all things chocolate that come thereafter. We hope to see you Sunday in Haleiwa for your 3rd Annual Cacao Festival… bring your appetites!
Here are some of our vendor offerings for this Sunday’s Cacao Fest:
Baker Dudes are baking up Chocolate Croissants hot out of the oven!
Lyndi from Divine Delights indulges us with Raw Cacao Brownies and Raw Chocolate Pudding with a nut crust!
Happy’s Cafe is delighting us again with her Chocolate Salad Dressing!
If you are thirsty Haloa Farms will quench your thirst with Cacao Smoothies!
Hawaiian Cheesecake will be bringing extra Waialua Chocolate Cheesecakes sold by the cupcake or the whole pie…yum!
Taro Delight’s ooey gooey Chocolate Taro Espresso Brownie is rich and so, so decadent, a must!
Onopops, for the kid at heart, will cool you down with a dark Chocolate 5 Spice, Mexican Chocolate, Chocolate Apple Banana and Kula Strawberry dipped in Waialua Estate Chocolate pops!
Da Kine Kettlecorn is popping up Cacao-covered Kettlecorn with brown sugar!
Enjoy a sweet Romeo & Juliet Crepe with Chocolate, strawberries snd whipped cream from Le Crepe Café!
Devour Fresh From Haleiwa’s Mole’ Chicken Wings!
And when you are done, It’s Soap will wash you clean with Chocolate Soap!
And that is just a small sampling of the offerings this Sunday. January 29, 2012

Lots of exciting things to do once you’ve eaten you way through the Fest… like take a tour to the Waialua Estate Cacao Orchards! (sign up for 9:30, 10:30 or 11:30 shuttle, only $5!) Or Meet Patricia Bragg as she talks about the Braggs Healthy Lifestyle at 10 & 11! And be sure to watch the Madre Chocolate Demo on their Bean to Bar Chocolate Making Process! (9, 10, 11, 12) Meet Melanie Boudar, creator of Sweet Paradise Chocolate and take home some beauties for your sweetie! Talk to the growers and chocolate makers on the cutting edge of Hawaii’s cacao industry! And be sure to taste the samplings of Ben Tabious, Executive Pastry Chef at Turtle Bay Resort!

We will see you this weekend at Ala Moana Farmers’ Market (Saturday 8-12), Hawaii Kai Farmers’ Market (Saturday 9-1) and Haleiwa Farmers’ Market (Sunday 9-1)!

Rep Gene Ward Announcement of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

In 2005 the UN General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, every member state of the UN has an obligation to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

This year’s theme is Children and the Holocaust. Watch or read Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks on the 1.5 million Jewish children and the tens of thousands of other youths who died during the Holocaust.

For further information contact repward@capitol.hawaii.gov

Christopher T. Van Marter in hearing for Cyber Crime bill HB2288

Representative Kymberly Pine’s office taped Christopher T. Van Marter’s testimony in a hearing for HB2288

Measure Title: RELATING TO RECORD KEEPING.
Report Title: Computer Crime; Record keeping; Internet Service Providers
Description: Requires internet service providers to keep consumer records for no less than 2 years.1/26/2012 H The committee(s) on ERB recommend(s) that the measure be deferred.

For more information contact: reppine@capitol.hawaii.gov

Farm to School Program Introduced by Rep. Cynthia Thielen

HAWAII REPORTER-  HONOLULU, HAWAII – January 22, 2012

A bill establishing a Farm to School Program within the Department of Agriculture was introduced today by Hawai‘i State Representative Cynthia Thielen (R, 50th District: Kailua, Kaneohe Bay).   This program would require public schools to purchase Hawai‘i -grown produce when it is available at approximately the same cost as foods imported from out of state.

“Not only does this program support our farming industry, but it offers healthy food choices to our young people.  The Farm to School Program is a win-win situation for us all,” said Representative Thielen, adding, that the partnership between Hawaii food growers and schools offers numerous nutritional, environmental and economic benefits to our state.

HB1718 (The Farm to School Bill) describes Hawai‘i-grown produce as “fruits and vegetables grown in the state which are unprocessed, minimally processed, flash frozen, or otherwise prepared and handled to maintain their freshness while providing convenience to the user”.

“Our school budgets are tight, and it is important to point out that this bill stipulates that the foods purchased locally must not cost more than 3 percent of comparable produce.  Additionally, local produce must meet US Department of Agriculture requirements,” explained Representative Thielen.

In addition to using Hawaii-grown produce in their menu selections, Hawaii schools would also be encouraged to have farmers markets on school grounds, plant school gardens and educate students on the nutritional, environmental, and economic benefits of preparing and consuming Hawaii-grown produce.

“Educating our younger generation on the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables is important if we want to promote wellness and health that will last a lifetime,” said Rep. Thielen.

For more information regarding HB1718, contact the office of Representative Cynthia Thielen, (808) 586-6480.