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  • 04 Aug 2022 2:46 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)


    KITV Article

    Recapturing the pre-pandemic momentum of the 2019 Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) US CoffeeChamps (USCC) Barista & Brewer’s Cup Preliminary Competitions, the Hawaii Coffee Association (HCA) returns as host of the 2023 SCA USCC Hawaii Prelims for the Roasters and Brewers Cup Competitions on Oahu.  Competitors will vie for top honors in each category for a chance to advance to the Qualifying Round. The SCA USCC Hawaii Prelim events are August 19-21, 2022 at Tradition Coffee Roasters, 905 Kalanianaole Highway, #3201 in Kailua.  

    In the Brewers Cup Competition, competitors will be given 20 minutes to create and serve two individual brews using Hawaii-grown coffee for two sensory judges. The host-provided coffees must be sourced from two or more local coffee roasting companies. Competitors may utilize any set of brewing devices of their choosing, so long as they qualify according to the competition rules.

    For the first time ever, the HCA is excited to host the Roaster Competition, which consists of three components: Cup-To-Profile Presentations, Judges Cupping and Audience Service. In the Cup-To-Profile Presentations, competitors have five minutes to present, but not serve, their Hawaii-grown coffee to two judges. During the Judges Cupping segment, judges evaluate each competitor’s roasted coffee in a blind cupping. In the third segment, competitors have 20-30 minutes to serve their Hawaii-grown coffee to the audience. Competitors will be evaluated and scored by a head judge and two sensory judges. Competitor’s coffee will be brewed on batch brewers by volunteers before the start of the Audience Service.

    This year, the event will be open to the public on August 20-21 at Tradition Coffee Roasters. Those interested in expanding their coffee knowledge, learn more about the intricacies of Hawaii coffee and see how coffee is evaluated are strongly encouraged to attend. There will be various events throughout the day as well as food and entertainment.

    “These exciting events are intended to provide a platform on which Hawaii can showcase our local talent on the world stage. Hawaii is home to some of the most skilled coffee professionals anywhere. Their ability to roast and prepare Hawaii-grown coffee is unsurpassed. We’re thrilled that the USCC has chosen Hawaii as the location for this important qualifying event,” said Brittany Horn HCA director and presiding Head Judge for the USCC Brewers Cup.

    Deadline for registration for the Roaster and Brewer's Cup Competitions is August 5 and August 15, 2022 respectively. Sponsor opportunities are available.

    For more information, visit the HCA’s website: https://hawaiicoffeeassoc.org/USCC-2023-Hawaii

    For more information on US Coffee Companionships visit: https://uscoffeechampionships.org/

    The Hawaii Coffee Association’s mission is to represent all sectors of the Hawaii coffee industry, including growers, millers, wholesalers, roasters and retailers. The HCA’s primary objective is to increase awareness and consumption of Hawaiian coffees.  A major component of HCA’s work is the continuing education of members and consumers. Learn more about the HCA at www.hawaiicoffeeassoc.org

  • 04 Aug 2022 2:37 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Aloha!

    Signup is ongoing for USDA 2022 Reimbursement Transportation Cost Program (RTCP). The deadline to apply is 09/02/2022.   

    Please review the eligible/ineligible expense guidelines carefully.  Eligible expense provisions will likely be the same.  The eligible expense period will be from 10/01/2021 through 09/30/2022.  Deadline to submit expense documentation will likely first week of November, 2022.  Please take note and submit expense documentation by Halloween 10/31/2022.  


    IMPORTANT:  If you would like assistance with filing an application please send an email to all three of the following staff:    

    Jason.shitanishi@usda.gov

    debbie.jitchaku@usda.gov

    josephine.lealasola@usda.gov

    Please feel free to call 808-861-8538, #104 or email if you have questions.  Mahalo and have a wonderful weekend! Jason

    Jason G. Shitanishi
    County Executive Director
    Farm Service Agency
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Tel: (808) 861-8538 ext. 104

  • 19 Jul 2022 12:19 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    My name is Susie Meyer and I am the recruiter for the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer program at Partners of the Americas. F2F is a program that promotes economic development and food security abroad by sending volunteer technical specialists from the U.S. to Latin America to provide technical assistance to producers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, NGO’s, and educational institutions (referred to as “hosts”). Our program covers all volunteer costs including airfare, lodging, meals, insurance, and any other assignment-related expenses.

    I am wondering if you would be interested in an in-person assignment in Guatemala for 15 days in September or October. Please find brief descriptions of open opportunities below:

    • Professional Coffee Taster – APOLO
      APOLO coffee is expanding to new markets but lacks knowledge of how to market their coffee because they do not know what kind of qualities or potential their coffee has. An F2F volunteer is needed to train APOLO staff in cupping processes as well as the techniques and parameters to determine the quality of the coffee as well as the best barista techniques. It is expected that at the end of the assignment APOLO will have a reference for cupping and the correct barista methodology to continue replicating the process. This assignment contributes to the broader goals and objectives of the Rural Enterprise Development project by supporting coffee holder’s companies in one of Guatemala’s most lucrative value chains.  
    • Coffee Business Development – FECCEG
      Currently, FECCEG only exports green coffee beans, however they are looking to open a coffee shop and roasting facility in the U.S. A F2F volunteer is needed to create a feasibility and validation analysis for the new store that includes sales strategies, marketing, e-commerce, logistics in U.S. and online sales strategies. It is expected that at the end of the assignment the host will have a defined sales strategy for marketing online and a brick and mortar store on the U.S. This assignments contributes to the broader goals and objectives of the Rural Enterprise Development project by supporting smallholder companies in one of Guatemala’s most lucrative value chains sustainably grow.  
    • Coffee Industry Expert – FECCEG
      The FECCEG is seeking enter a new market at various levels of the value chain by roasting its coffee beans. A F2F volunteer is needed to initiate a coffee shop network for final consumers and connect a distribution line of organic products and companies with a social responsibility for coffee. It is expected that at the end of the assignment FECCEG will understand the operational costs for roasting beans along with an investment plan, network of potential customers, and a reference of potential distribution and supply partners. This assignments contributes to the broader goals and objectives of the Rural Enterprise Development project by supporting small, medium, and large holder companies in one of Guatemala’s most lucrative value chains, coffee.

    Partners of the Americas employs a COVID-19 safe protocol on all F2F assignments. This includes appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment, mask-wearing, social distancing, and checks for vaccination status. All assignments will be assessed for risk prior to travel, taking into account the varying levels of COVID-19 throughout the region. We have already supported numerous volunteers travel to 5 countries in the Caribbean basin to complete their 15-day F2F assignments with the support of our fantastic field teams.

    To comply with our COVID-19 safe protocol, we require that all F2F volunteers be fully vaccinated prior to travel. This includes receiving a booster shot if it has been more than 6 months since your last dose of Pfizer or Moderna or more than 2 months since your last dose of Johnson & Johnson.

    Please also verify that your passport expiration date is at least 6 months from expected travel date.

    Please let me know if you – or someone you know – would like to be considered as a potential volunteer or if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Susie Meyer

    202-637-6206 email

  • 15 Apr 2022 2:43 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    The County of Hawai‘i has scheduled Community Information Sessions to be held around the island.  Through the informational sessions, we are sharing what our County Departments are accomplishing and additional community programs that are available to community members.  Hawaiian Electric and Hawai‘i Energy will present ways to reduce your energy use and the Office of Housing & Community Development will be sharing information on financial resources and support services available to eligible households.  

    You can attend the event in person or join thru the Zoom link below.  The Zoom link is good for all of the Community Information Sessions.

    We will continue to use COVID safety protocols, such as social distancing and sanitizing.

    The remaining schedule is:

    April 20th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Captain Cook – Yano Hall, 82-6156 Māmalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook

    April 27th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Kapa‘au – Kohala Intergenerational Center, 54-382 Kamehameha Park Road, Kapa‘au

    April 28th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Pāhala Community Center, 96-1149 Kamani St., Pāhala

    May 11, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Waikoloa Village Association – Banquet Room, 68-1792 Melia St., Waikoloa

    May 18th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Waimea Community Center, 65-1260 Kawaihae Road, Waimea

    May 24th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Kea‘au High School Cafeteria, 16-725 Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road, Kea‘au

    R&D County of Hawaii is inviting you to a scheduled ZoomGov meeting.

    Topic: County of Hawaii Community Information Session

    Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

    Join ZoomGov Meeting

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    Glenn T. Sako
    Agriculture Specialist
    Hawaii County Research and Development
    25 Aupuni St., Room 1301
    Hilo, HI  96720
    Direct line:  808-961-8811
    Fax:  808-935-1205
    Email:  Glenn.Sako@hawaiicounty.gov
    Hawaii County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer

  • 18 Mar 2022 12:18 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    It’s no secret that we’re in a challenging labor market. Local employers have shared with us that hiring and retaining good employees has been difficult. Unfortunately, this reality presents a major obstacle for businesses looking to bounce back to pre-pandemic levels.

    Some local small businesses have found that working with an HR partner has made all the difference in helping them hire and retain. We’ve seen proof of this success across our own clients, with the average ProService client being 11% larger in headcount than they were prior to the pandemic. 

    That said, I wanted to share a guide that shows exactly how HR partners can help and the benefits they provide to local businesses: Should you keep HR in-house? Or outsource it?

    If you’d like a 1:1 consultation to learn specifically how ProService can assist your business, I’d be happy to set that up for you. Feel free to respond to this email with the best time and number for me to reach out. P.S. In case you haven’t heard, we’re hosting a webinar on Wednesday, March 23rd from 2-3 p.m. with local experts who will be sharing tips and ticks on the topic of hiring/recruiting. Click here to learn more and register! 

    Jody from ProService

    Business Development Specialist

    ProService Hawaii | ProService.com 
    6600 Kalanianaole Hwy., Honolulu, HI 
    aloha@proservice.com | Direct: 808-468-6764

    Click here to schedule your business consult.

  • 18 Mar 2022 12:15 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Original Source

    Got pilikia (trouble) with the community about your farm? Try this.

    Many people are generations removed from growing food for a living. They haven’t had a farmer in their family in decades and don’t understand some of the basic farming practices. 

    Despite recent efforts to grow more good locally, Hawaii still imports more than 90 percent of its food from off island. This makes it difficult for people to get to know farmers and the challenges they face, which can lead to misunderstandings or even conflict.

    Perhaps a neighbor has asked about how you fertilize your crops or control pests on your land. You may have received a complaint about noise or smells associated with your operations. Or you may have been criticized about how you care for your animals. 

    Farmers can be hesitant to engage with neighbors or community members about these issues because they fear the situation might blow up, making things worse.

    Mediators can work with farmers to help address right-to-farm issues like these, but you also can learn how to talk about your farming practices so that your neighbor feels heard, possibly resolving things on your own.

    How to defuse a tense conversation

    1. Listen and Ask Questions

    Before you share any facts, help the person feel heard and show you understand their concern.

    “I haven’t heard that before, where did you get that information? Can you tell me more about why this is important to you? Have you experienced this firsthand?”

    2. Restate What They Said

    People like to know that you understand them. Let them know by repeating what they shared. 

    "It sounds like you’re concerned about water contamination from the pigs and the health of your family”

    3. Make a Connection

    Shared values are three to five times more important to building trust than focusing on one version of the facts. Find a connection, for example, the health of your family, your love of hunting, land stewardship, or protecting water quality.

    “We share your goal of protecting the land for future generations. We use the least amount of chemicals possible to control any pests.”

    4. Acknowledge Them


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