The Big Island Press Club awards its annual meritorious Torch of Light Award to State Senator Dru Mamo Kanuha, a Democrat representing Kona and Ka‘u on the Big Island of Hawaii --and we'd like you to join us for the award presentation and holiday luncheon!
The BIPC selected Kanuha as its Torch of Light awardee this year for being the main introducer of Senate Bill 134 in the 2021 Legislature, which, if passed into law, would have prohibited the governor or county mayors from suspending requests for public records or vital statistics during a declared state of emergency.
Kanuha’s introduction of the bill, with Senators Gilbert Keith-Agaran of Maui and Donna Mercado Kim of Oahu, came almost a year after Governor David Ige signed a proclamation during the novel coronavirus pandemic that suspended the state’s Uniform Information Practices Act, a law that specifies government records are open to public inspection with limited privacy exceptions. Even though Ige, a Democrat, rolled back the blanket suspension of the UIPA in May 2020, he removed the deadline of 10 working days state agencies have to respond to records requests.
The bill died in a Senate-House conference committee, and Ige received the BIPC’s Lava Tube dishonor for his actions in 2021.
We are celebrating Senator Kanuha and electing our 2023 slate of officers at this annual holiday luncheon right on the ocean at Kai Eats + Drinks at their North Lanai. The lunch is Saturday, December 10, and runs from 12 noon to 2:30 pm.
Tickets for this event include a lunch entree you'll select upon arrival along with gratuity and taxes. Beverages are available for purchase from the restaurant.
KAI BURGER with CHEESE
Custom Kai Beef Blend - Cute Buns
Cheddar – Lettuce – Tomato – Onion
Including Toppings on the Side:
Avocado │ Alii Mushroom │ Caramelized Onion
Served with French Fries
San Marzano Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil
- OR -
MAHI MAHI OR VEGETARIAN TACOS
The Taco Tray Includes 2 Tacos
Black Beans, Pico de galo, Avocado, Crème, Salsa Verde
Spicy ‘Vera Cruz Style’
Ranchero Sauce, Cotija, Cilantro, Cabbage, Onion, Lime
Avocado, Black Beans, Cilantro, Cabbage
TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED BEFORE NOVEMBER 30, 2022 OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.
Kai Eats + Drinks, 75-5776 Aliʻi Drive, Kailua Kona, Hawaii, United States, 96740