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Ono food fundraisers feed the need


Believing that real leadership recognizes a need and lends a hand, State Senate District 4 candidate Malama Solomon and friends will cook and serve some of Hawaii Island’s favorite local treats at three major community events in coming weeks, and donate every penny earned to community programs.

Friends of Malama Solomon will contribute 100 percent of food booth proceeds to support Kahilu Theatre, and Honokaa and Kohala High School Athletics at three community events — the Waimea Paniolo Parade and Hoolaulea, Honokaa Peace Day Parade, and the Kohala Country Fair.

“You don’t have to live here for four generations to know that Hawaii Island loves food,” Solomon said. “Food is the #1 way to touch the hearts and minds of our community, and the best way we as a team could think of to really reach out and help at least three of the organizations we all know and love.”

Fundraiser schedule:

* Saturday, Sept. 15, to benefit “Save Kahilu Theatre,” Friends of Malama Solomon will sponsor an “‘Ono Paniolo Chili & Nachos Booth” at Hawaii Island Festival’s 37th Annual Waimea Paniolo Parade and Hoolaulea in Waimea Park. Made from local grass-fed Hamakua beef, the menu includes chili and rice, chili dogs and nachos for a $5 per plate donation.

All proceeds support the volunteer-driven community group that has rallied to “Save Kahilu Theatre” after financial woes forced suspension of its 2012-13 performance season.

* Saturday, Sept. 22, to benefit Honokaa High School athletics, Friends of Malama Solomon will host a “Dragons’ Ice Cream Sundae Booth” at the 6th Annual Peace Day Parade and Festival at Honoka‘a Sports Complex. $2 per-sundae donation will support the high school’s student athletics program.

* Saturday, Oct. 6, to benefit Kohala High School athletics, Friends of Malama Solomon will host a “Kohala Steak Fry Plate Lunch Booth” at the Kohala Country Fair. $5 per plate donation will go to North Kohala High School’s athletics program.

For information or to secure food tickets in advance, call or email Malama Solomon (938-8353 or, Hulali Covington (938-6357 or, or Patti Cook (937-2833 or

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