Community Calendar

FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ARTS & COLLECTIBLES: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1 and the first Saturday of every month, New Hope Gym at Cherry Blossom Park in Waimea. A free indoor market open to community groups and individuals to raise funds and contribute to the Gymnasium Improvement Fund. Items include antiques, collectibles, crafts, plants, Hawai’iana, clothes, books, food, art, rummage, jewelry and toys. Space is available. Call Skip for more information at 989-4422. Parking is available behind the gym.

AWAKENING TO THE DEEPEST TRUTH OF WHO WE ARE: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 2, Rose’s Cottage, 65-1251 Laelae Way, Waimea. The public is welcome to attend the non-denominational group of experienced and beginning meditators for a gathering with Gavin Harrison. It includes sitting and walking meditation, talk, dialogue and inquiry. Guidance is offered. Bring a meditation cushion. Chairs are available. Gavin gratefully accepts donations to help cover his living expenses. The ongoing gathering is held the first Sunday of each month. For information contact Matilda Tompson at 885-9206 or [email protected].

AUG. WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING: 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6, Waimea School Cafeteria. Special guest Jobie Masagatani discusses current and anticipated projects in Waimea/North Hawaii by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, which she chairs. All WCA meetings are free and open to the public. Membership dues are suggested for $15 per person or $25 per family, to support the organization’s modest operational budget. Hot coffee is provided by Starbucks. For more information call Patti Cook at 937-2833 or go to

HAWAII ISLAND PORTUGUESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INSTALLATION & SCHOLARSHIP DINNER: 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, Andrade’s Ohia Lanai in Honokaa town. The guest speaker for the public event is Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira who is speaking about emergency preparedness and having a plan for your family or business. Tickets are $30 per person including dinner. RSVP by Friday, July 31 to James Tyrin by email at [email protected] or call 938-0383.

PLANNING MEETING FOR 55th ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE: 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12, historic Spencer House conference room. All interested community members, schools, churches, businesses, farms and ranches are welcome to assist with planning for the all-volunteer-run parade that takes place on Saturday, Dec. 5 and supports The Big Island Giving Tree. Waimea’s famous Christmas parade is the second oldest in Hawaii and includes a Santa float, dozens of units representing Waimea keiki to kupuna and a large brigade of festively lighted trucks. Future parade planning meetings are at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 12, Oct. 14, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. For more information, call Parade Co-Chairs Lani Olsen-Chong at 936-0670 or and Kalae Kawamura at 936-4376.

LAUPAHOEHOE FOREST ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING: 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 12, Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School Cafeteria. Council meetings are open to the public and public participation is encouraged. The purpose of the Council is to engage the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and the USDA Forest Service and provide recommendations relating to management, research, and other activities within the State lands that comprise the Hawai‘i Experimental Tropical Forest. For more information call Mel Dean at 854-2651. Agendas and meeting minutes can be viewed via the Council website at

INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON SHIDLER COLLEGE OF BUSINESS (UH-MANOA) FALL 2016 DISTANCE LEARNING AND MHRM PROGRAMS: 5:30 to 6:30 P.M., Thursday, August 13, Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana in Waimea. Presented in partnership with the University Center at Palamanui, the meeting is recruiting for the 2016 Neighbor Island cohort.

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