Hawaii State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim appointed Alan Takemoto, the Monsanto lobbyist, to be on the nominating committee which picks the candidates for our water commission. Monsanto is a controversial company that is using our islands as a testing ground for its new pesticides and GMO science experiments—because we’re in the middle of the…
Koloa Rum Co.
Yesterday, the Koloa Rum Company announced the appointment of Robert M. “Bob” Gunter as President and CEO, and Alicia Iverson as Chief Financial Officer.
“I am pleased and honored to have the opportunity to continue building on the remarkable growth and success that has been achieved over the past five years,” said Gunter, President and CEO. “The innovation, entrepreneurship and dedication of our employees, combined with our strong portfolio of outstanding products, give me great confidence that the Company is on a winning path. Going-forward, we will continue to develop exciting new products, expand distribution and sales in local, domestic and international markets and establish strategic relationships and alliances needed to realize our full-potential.
“Since joining Koloa Rum Company as Controller in 2008, Alicia’s business leadership, expertise and broad financial experience have greatly benefited our organization. The commitment, focus and value that she brings on a daily basis strengthen our organization measurably as we strive to reach our growth and development plans in Hawaii and beyond,” says Gunter.
Koloa Rum Company produces premium, artisanal, single-batch Hawaiian Rum at their distillery in Kalaheo, Kauai and operates Hawaii’s first and only distilled spirits Tasting Room & Company Store on the grounds of Kilohana Plantation, near Lihue. The Company’s multiple award-winning portfolio includes Premium Kauai White, Gold, Dark, and Spice Rum in 750ml and 50ml miniatures, Koloa Ready-to-Drink Mai Tai and Koloa Rum Punch.
The Beach House
Travel + Leisure recently announced the top 37 Most Romantic Restaurants in the United States. The Beach House Restaurant not only made the list, but was the only restaurant represented in the Hawaiian Islands. “This is a real honor for the staff, Kauai and the restaurant,” says General Manager Tim Obert.
Travel + Leisure says, “A great romantic restaurant should make you feel the way a great romantic partner does—appreciated, special, and like you’re the only person in the room.” We can’t argue with that!
A new chef and menu at RumFire Poipu Beach features Hawaiian-rooted cuisine with a global twist and flaming cocktails. Guests dining at Sheraton Kauai Resort’s signature restaurant will enjoy 180-degree oceanfront views from all of its 240 seats. All food and beverage proceeds at RumFire Poipu Beach’s Table #53 will be donated to the non-profit event during a month-long fundraiser.
Spearheaded by Executive Chef Roger Liang and his talented culinary team, RumFire’s newest menu selections include local favorites such as ahi poke served with taro chips and avocado as well as entrees such as arare-crusted ahi with a rum-pineapple sweet chili relish.
National Program Continues to Increase Local Foods in Schools and Provides New Economic Opportunities for Producers of All Kinds
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced the release of a request for applications (RFA) for the latest round of USDA’s Farm to School grants. These grants help eligible schools improve the health and wellbeing of their students and connect with local agricultural producers.