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State Sen. Malama Solomon to honor 4 outstanding North Hawaii businesses

Four North Hawaii businesses will be honored for exemplary generosity to the community during a gathering from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 1, at Waimea’s Historic Spencer House.

The four businesses include KTA SuperStores, Starbucks-Waimea, Domino’s Pizza in Parker Ranch Center and – the oldest of the four – the 68-year-old Kamuela Liquor Store. Saluting the businesses is Sen. Malama Solomon, who will celebrate her birthday at the gathering.

Sen. Solomon cited outstanding community contributions by the four businesses:

KTA SuperStores’ annual “Kokua I Na Kula” and “Score For Scholarships” campaigns that help fund local schools and academic enrichment.

Starbucks – Waimea’s contributions of coffee to more than a dozen schools and many sports teams, churches, community association, theaters and choral groups and service organizations.

Domino’s Pizza in Parker Ranch Center — for their “Dough Raising Days,” a fundraising opportunity it started when it opened in Waimea last year. They reward a variety of groups for participating in the program with a donation to the school, club or organization.

Kamuela Liquor Store — owned and operated by the Wakayama family, who have generously supported the community since they first opened.

All are invited to Sen. Solomon’s gathering March 1 at Historic Spencer House. A $25 donation is suggested and includes music by Honokaa High School directed by Gary Washburn, plus a lunch buffet that will include kalua pig and kalua turkey sliders, Lima Tamasese’s palusami and Samoan-style baked bananas, Bob Covington’s paniolo smoked meat with onions, sushi and musubi, Japanese tsukemono, Chinese chicken salad and birthday cake with lots of candles.

For tickets or information, call or email Hulali Covington at 938-6357 or email friendsms2011@yahoo.com. Contributions to Friends of Malama Solomon are not tax deductible for federal or state income tax purposes.