KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION IN NORTH KOHALA: Begins at 8 a.m., Thursday, June 11 with protocol ceremonies and lei draping of North Kohala’s King Kamehameha Statue. At 9 a.m. the parade will take place from Hawi to the statue and Kamehameha Park, followed by all-day Hoolaulea in the park until 4 p.m. with food booths; continuous music and dance performances; fun contests such as lei making, conch shell blowing and student art; hands-on demonstrations by cultural practitioners doing lei makers, weavers, quilters, and carvers; and educational exhibits about the history, culture, health and sustainability of North Kohala. This year’s theme is “Na Ohana ‘O Kohala,” The Families of Kohala. For more information contact Bernard and Cecily Ho’opai at 557-6042 or by email at [email protected]
INFORMAL HAWAII COUNTY GENERAL PLAN TALK-STORY: 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 12, Waimea Civic Center. Hawaii County General Plan is the island’s long-term overarching planning document that provides guidance to other plans including zoning, subdivision, codes, CDPs, and also influences the operating and capital improvement budget. The meeting will focus on input from South Kohala residents, but is open to all. It will be hosted by Council Member Margaret Wille and Joel Cohen, South Kohala Community Development Plan Action Committee Member.
“SUMMER KICK OFF TO WELLNESS:” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 13, Kamehameha Park Gym in Kapaau. The free public event will include health exhibits; interactive presentations; and activities such as face painting, healthy snack demonstration, fishing booth, jumping castle, water slide, dollar sale, live entertainment, door prizes and giveaways. Co-sponsored by Aloha Care and Hamakua-Kohala Health Center, the event is also supported by community partners North Hawaii Hospice, Kuleana Wellness Center, ARC of Kona, Lokahi Treatment Center, West Hawaii Public Health Nursing, National Kidney Foundation, Tobacco Free Coalition and Tutu & Me Traveling Preschool.
AUDITIONS FOR WAIMEA COMMUNITY THEATRE”S “SHREK THE MUSICAL:” 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17 for adults and teens ages 16 and up from 6 to 8 p.m. at Voyage Church (former Baptist Church in Church Row); keiki auditions 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. The play will be performed on August 20 through 23 at Kahilu Theatre with a possible encore at Honokaa People’s Theatre. Specialized skills are needed by adults with aerial silks, and tap dancing by children and adults. The show will feature a cast of 30 to 75 adults and keiki who enjoy singing, dancing and performing. For additional information email [email protected]
PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON PROPOSED MAHUKONA BEACH PARK HARBOR IMPROVEMENTS: 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 18, Kamehameha Park Intergenerational Center, Kapaau. The Department of Parks & Recreation is holding a public hearing to seek community input for proposed small boat harbor improvements at Mahukona Beach Park. Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will present an overview of the North Kohala Navigation Improvements Study and its different options for constructing a new boat ramp and breakwater at Beach Park. Costs, benefits and impacts of each alternative will be discussed. Park users, swimmers, boaters, community members and others are invited to offer feedback on the various options. For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong at 961-8311 or [email protected]
3RD ANNUAL FATHER’S DAY 5K FUN RUN/WALK: 8 a.m., Sunday, June 21. Starts at Waimea Preservation Association’s (WPA) historic cottage at the main intersection of Waimea across from Bank of Hawaii. Snacks, water and coffee will be provided, plus a free red WPA bandana. Special Duty police will assist for the safety of participants. The entry fee is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 14. Proceeds will support WPA projects such as rehab and maintenance of the YMCA Minuke’ole Park and Rotary pavilion located behind Parker Ranch Shopping Center; Waimea Middle School oral history program; and initial sponsorship of Historic Spencer House and Waimea Trails and Greenways. Register by mail to P.O. Box 6570, Kamuela 96743 or that morning. For more information, contact Pete Hendricks at 885- 4453 or Bill Sanborn at 895-1122.