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The center, based in Kapaau, provides care and rehabilitation of winged creatures from across the archipelago, and also training in wildlife rescue. HWC is celebrating its third birthday this month with eight birds in its care, including a pueo from Lanai, a Hawaiian petrel from Maui and Hawaiian hawks from the Big Island. HWC founder and director Linda Elliott was part of a team caring for 28 Laysan ducks as they were transported to Kure Atoll from Midway Atoll in September to help expand the numbers of the critically endangered bird. Saturday, Elliott told a gathering of about 30 people at the center that they were part of a network that makes her work possible. “We are the center but it takes eyes everywhere,” Elliott said. “All of you spreading the word we are here gives us the opportunity to save more animals.” Elliott has been rehabilitating animals in Hawaii and elsewhere for decades. It struck her as odd that a wildlife hospital was lacking in a state with the distinction of being the endangered species capital of the U.S. Elliott drew up the first plans for the center in 1994, but it wasn’t until a decade later that the center gained traction under the umbrella of the North Kohala Community Resource Center. The HWC became its own nonprofit in 2006, and construction of the center off Lighthouse Road started in 2008. Today, the center employs Group launched to stop alleged turtle poaching Something’s fishy in Puako — at least according to handyman and charter boat captain Will Little. “It has come to my attention that there is an illegal slaughter of reef fish and the taking of protected green sea turtles. There doesn’t seem to be any way to get the locals, either residents or law enforcement, to do anything so I am appealing to the world news and Fox News’ ability to reach the masses,” Little wrote to West Hawaii Today. “It is my job to take people out and enjoy what God has given us — dolphins, whales, turtles and a myriad of other beautiful creatures. It has come to my attention that there is a very small group of people not from our island going in at night and killing pretty much everything in sight. With all of the federal monies spent on worthless programs, I appeal to you guys to bring this to the attention of the world so that maybe we can put a stop to it.” Little claims honu have completely disappeared from the first public access area after M’s Puako General Store, a spot he and his family regularly go to BY CAROLYN LUCAS-ZENK WEST HAWAII TODAY [email protected] Waikoloa Village abuzz with run for literacy Waikoloa Village was bustling with action Saturday morning as dozens of runners took to the streets for the fifth annual Friends of the Library-Waikoloa Region Walk/Run for Literacy. “It is our major fundraiser for us,” said FL-WR Past President Bette Green. “It is not so much that the race earns money, but it keeps us in the forefront of the community’s mind as a reminder of why we are here and how important books and literacy are.” FL-WR is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2010 with the primary goal of bringing a Hawaii state library to the Waikoloa region. Many strides have been made toward that goal. A piece of land by the Waikoloa Stables has been secured as the land for the library, community support and government backing have been garnered, and the state has released funds for the design of the library building. While the group is well on its way to seeing its dream achieved, a beautifully decorated bookmobile has filled the void in the meantime. “Our mission is to provide a learning resource center and intergenerational gathering place via the traditional bookmobile until a permanent library facility can be built,” said Green. The bookmobile, filled with donated BY J.R. DE GROOTE WEST HAWAII TODAY [email protected] READY, SET, READ SEE POACHING PAGE 5A SEE WILDLIFE PAGE 4A A runner jogs along Paniolo Avenue during the fifth Annual Friends of the Library- Waikoloa Region Walk/ Run for Literacy Saturday. J.R. DE GROOTE/WEST HAWAII TODAY SEE LITERACY PAGE 4A BY BRET YAGER WEST HAWAII TODAY [email protected] One of the signature events of the 44th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is the Miss Kona Cofffee Scholarship Pageant, held Saturday night, in which contestants from Hawaii Island vie for the Miss Kona Coffee and Miss Aloha Hawaii crowns. With the theme, “Bringing Kona Together,” the festival is recognized as the oldest and one of the most successful food festivals in Hawaii. It continues to brew interest and attract approximately 17,000 fans each year, said Melvin Morimoto, festival president. The festival began Friday and runs through Nov. 16. For more information and a schedule of events, visit konacoffeefest.com. Miss Kona Coffee 2014 Jenne Kapela crowns Miss Kona Coffee 2015 Ariel Enriquez. 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