Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
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This calendar is prepared by Patti Cook on behalf of Waimea Community Association (WCA). To include community events in this calendar, email [email protected]. Deadline for information: Friday please! To link to selected events in this calendar, go to For the complete calendar, go to



2012 PRIMARY ELECTION: Questions? Call the Hawaii County Elections Office at 961-8277.

· Now through Aug. 9: Primary absentee walk-in voting – Anyone may go to any one of these three locations between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Photo identification required.

* Hilo: Aupuni Center Conference Room – 101 Pauahi St.

* Kona: West Hawaii Civic Center Community Room (Building G)

* Waimea: Waimea Community Center (Kawaihae Road)

· Now through Aug. 4: Voters may request absentee mail ballots for the primary and general election.

· Aug. 11: Primary Election Day – Walk-in voting locations in North Hawaii:

o 1-1: Honokaa High School cafeteria

o 1-2: Paauilo Elementary cafeteria

o 1-3: Papaaloa gym

o 1-4: Honohina Hongwanji

o 1-5: Kulaimano Community Center

o 1-6: Kalanaianaola Elementary/Intermediate School cafeteria

o 6-5: Kona Palisades Community Center

o 7-1: West Hawaii Civic Center Building G

o 7-2: Waikoloa School (includes voters living in Puako and Kawaihae)

o 7-3: Kohala High/Elementary School cafeteria

o 7-4: Waimea Civic Center

o 7-5: Waimea New Hope Church

IMPORTANT – WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING: At 5:15 p.m., on Aug. 2 in the Waimea School cafeteria. Parker Ranch CEO Dutch Kuyper to share the ranch’s new strategic plan. All are invited. As always at WCA Town Meetings, donations welcome for Waimea food pantries. Hot coffee and snacks provided. For more information, contact or call Patti Cook at 937-2833.

NORTH KOHALA PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES: At 10 a.m. every Friday in August, September and October. Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 years old and their caregivers invited for stories, songs, games and simple crafts. Families do not need to worry if their child does not sit quiet or remain attentive; librarians realize this may be the first group experience for many young children. For more information, call Janet Lam at 889-6655. Please call three weeks in advance if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation needed.

FREE PREMIERE OF TRAUMATIC NEW FILM, ‘PERILS AND PEARLS IN PARADISE’ AT TUTU’S HOUSE: At 4:30 to 6 p.m., Aug. 3. This new film “Perils and Pearls in Paradise – Hawaii Island Alcohol Stories and Facts” is an original documentary by Holly Algood of North Kohala, spotlighting 29 Hawaii Island residents whose lives were in some way dramatically touched by alcohol – from head of the trauma center at North Hawaii Community Hospital, various people in recovery, youth talking about how they’ve stayed away from it, and parents of an adopted child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Gathering includes pupu, panel discussion and facilitated “talk story.” Free and all welcome. For more information, contact

PARKER SCHOOL ALL ALUMNI REUNION: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 4. For more information, contact Jennifer at 885-8309 or email: [email protected].

IMPORTANT CANDIDATE FORUM: From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 4 in the Kohala High/Elementary cafeteria. Refreshments available. All invited. For more information, contact Lisa at 896-3354. Candidates that have confirmed participation:

• Council Dist. 9: Robert Green, William Sanborn, Sonny Shimaoka and Margaret Wille.

• Mayor: Share Christie, Daniel Cunningham, Billy Kenoi, Harry Kim, Rand Walls, Dominic Yagong.

• Prosecutor: Lincoln Ashida, Paul Dolan, Mitch Roth

• State Senate District 4: Kelly Greenwell, Lorraine Inouye, Malama Solomon.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES: Wide array of classes for a modest fee. For information and to register: or email: [email protected], or call 885-1539.

• One-on-One Computer Training: scheduled at your convenience: Cost is $200 for eight hours with Diane Koani.


· FREE: Join in at any time – Theory and Composition for Musicians: Alternate Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m., Aug. 5 and 19 with Andy Schultz

• ZUMBA: On Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m., and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Pay instructors direct; come when you can.

SATURDAY BEACH MASS AT KAWAIHAE: At 5 p.m. every Saturday on the sand in front of Kawaihae Canoe Club’s “home.” Father David Stout with St. James’ Episcopal Church officiates. Very informal – bring your own beach chair and sun protection. For more information, call 885-4923.

NORTH HAWAII O-BON DANCES: In Buddhist tradition, families welcome back the spirits of departed loved ones during the summer months with services and festive dances called o-bon. The community is invited. North Hawaii celebrations usually begin about 6 p.m. and include a temple service followed by traditional dancing with taiko drums, delicious traditional foods and time with family and friends:

· Paauilo Kongoji Mission: 7 p.m. Aug. 4, 43-1461 Hauola Road; service at 4:30 p.m. Call 963-6308 for more information.

· Hawi Jodo Mission: 7 p.m. Aug. 4, 55-1104 Akoni Pule Hwy; service at 6:30 p.m. Call 775-0965 for more information.

· Hamakua Jodo Mission: 8 p.m. Aug. 11, Honokaa; service at 7 p.m. Call 775-0965 for more information.

· Kamuela Hongwanji Mission: 7 p.m. Aug. 18, 65-1110 Mamalahoa Hwy. Call 885-4481 for more information.

· Honohina Hongwanji Mission: 7 p.m. Aug. 25, Ninole; service at 6 p.m. Call 963-6032 for more information.

IMPORTANT CANDIDATE FORUM: From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., on Aug. 6. Honokaa People’s Theater. Spotlighting County Council Dist. 1 (Hamakua) race just five days before the August 11 Primary Election. Confirmed participants include Eric Paul D’Almeida, Larry Gering, Jo Kim, Valerie Poindexter and Chelsea Yagong. Pupu and refreshments. Sponsored by the Honokaa Business Association. All invited. For more information, contact 775-1422.

‘GET FIT HAWAII 2012’: From Aug. 10 to Nov. 16. This free 10 week team-based, healthy lifestyle initiative returns island-wide this year thanks to a support from the Hawaii Island Beacon Community. Registration will be in Waimea Aug. 18, and Kona, Hilo and Puna on Aug. 25, and is open to the first 500 who apply. Includes free health screening and support from experts in nutrition, health and fitness. This year, the program will introduce weekly challenges with prizes and an optional five-week program, plus an online component to help reach everyone in all locations. For more information, find the Get Fit Hawaii link on or call 887-1284.

IMPORTANT — HAWAII STATE PRIMARY ELECTION: From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat., Aug. 11. Must bring photo ID. Note – many new walk-in voting locations due to precinct consolidation:

o 1-1: Honokaa High School cafeteria

o 1-2: Paauilo Elementary cafeteria

o 1-3: Papaaloa gym

o 1-4: Honohina Hongwanji

o 1-5: Kulaimano Community Center

o 1-6: Kalanaianaole Elementary/Intermediate School cafeteria

o 6-5: Kona Palisades Community Center

o 7-1: West Hawaii Civic Center Building G

o 7-2: Waikoloa School (includes voters living in Puako and Kawaihae)

o 7-3: Kohala High/Elementary School cafeteria

o 7-4: Waimea Civic Center

o 7-5: Waimea New Hope Church

FIFTH ANNUAL HAWAII HORSE EXPO (HHE) TO WELCOME WORLD’S BEST EQUINE SPECIALISTS TO WAIMEA: On Aug. 11 to 12 at the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables, Waimea. HHE has a well-deserved reputation for bringing nationally and internationally noted experts to share their knowledge and skills in a variety of horse-related disciplines during clinics and demonstrations that always include the opportunity for personal interaction. Pukalani Stables allows for three Expo programs to occur simultaneously throughout the two days in three different settings. In addition, there will be a wide array of vendors offering state-of-the-art services, medical and nutritional information and programs, saddle making, and related equine services including clothing, art, food and more. All welcome to attend. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which helps abused and abandoned horses on the island. For more information, call 371-4803 or go to

FREE RESIDENTIAL ELECTRONIC WASTE COLLECTION: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 11, and second Saturday of every month at Waimea Transfer Station.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING: From 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Aug. 11 and the second Saturday of every month in Thelma Parker Memorial Library Meeting Room. This patchwork quilters group enjoys sharing their love of quilting with others and donates many quilts to help raise funds for local community groups such as Mala’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School, and the annual Relay for Life. They also provide quilts to the police and fire departments and North Hawaii Community Hospital. All welcome. For more information, contact Becky Parkinson at 937-2159.

‘ATTRACTION, DETRACTION—THE FUTURE OF BUDDHISM IN AMERICA’: At 7 p.m., Aug. 13. Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Noted author and Buddhist scholar, Dr. Ken Tanaka, will be a guest speaker on his everyday approach to Shin Buddhism. All welcome, regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs. Light refreshments. For more information, contact 775-7232.

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETINGS. At 9 a.m., Aug. 14 (and the 2ND Tuesday of each month) at the Waimea Senior Center. All persons 55+ invited to join. Daily activities include: Mondays, Hawaiian quilting; Tuesdays, meetings and crafts; Wednesdays, line dancing; Thursdays, Mah Jong; Fridays, ground golf, ukulele lessons and Hula lessons. For more information, contact Pat Lewis, president, at 885-4307.

SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING: From 4 to 5:20 p.m., Aug. 14, and second Tuesday of every month at the Waimea Civic Center near the courts and police station. Community urged to attend to learn about issues and provide input. All welcome to attend. For more information, contact Chairman Mike Price email: [email protected].

WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION – INSTRUCTOR MEET AND GREET: From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 16. Marketing workshop with Darien Gee. Question and answer time with instructors and the WCE director. Door prizes! Do you have a skill or knowledge you’d like to share? Or great idea for a workshop you’d like to teach? Information and to register for Meet and Greet: email: [email protected], or call 885-1539.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS STAGED READINGS OF ‘THE GOOD DOCTOR’: Aug. 17 and 18 at St. James Episcopal Church in Readers Theatre. Actors carry their script as a reference as they act. WCT is presenting this to provide entertaining plays and educational workshops that will expand interest in an experience of theatre. This Broadway hit is a composite of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the humor infectious. For more information, contact Felicity Johnson at 938-4603.

TENTH ANNUAL PU’U ANAHULU COMMUNITY ASSN. BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT: On Aug. 18 at the Big Island Country Club. A “fun raiser” for the association. Begins with a 7 a.m. check-in with shotgun start at 8 a.m. Format: four-person team modified scramble. Cost is $100 per person includes green fees, cart, prizes and awards luncheon at the PCA community center. For information, contact Leina’ala Lightner at 325-5428, or call BICC at 325-5044. Golf attire required.

SLOW FOOD HAWAII’S WAIPI’O VALLEY CAMP OUT: On Aug. 18. Slow Food’s major fundraiser to underwrite delegates to Terra Madre and an extremely popular event. Participants gather in the valley at the Mock Chew’s beautiful kalo farm and set up camp. The group will come together, share a classic “slow” meal featuring locally grown and produced foods, meet delegates and hear from Kulia Kauhi Tolentino, whose family ties to the valley run deep. Kulia has made it her life’s work to restore old lo’i (taro patches) with the help of her students and has an inspiring story and rich knowledge to share. A great opportunity to “unplug” from the world, get quiet and relaxed, learn appropriate protocols, and experience the power and rich history of Waipi’o. Cost is $100 for Slow Food members, $125 for non-members. RSVP to [email protected]. Payment soon via PayPal on website, or mail check to: Slow Food Hawaii, Box 383413, Waikoloa, HI 96738.

WAIMEA’S PUPULE PAPALE RED HAT LUNCHEON: At 12:30 p.m., on Aug. 16 at Merriman’s (and third Thursday of every month at a different restaurant.) Sept. 20 at The Hog and The Fish (formerly Allen’s Table), Oct. 18 at Merriman’s Market Cafe, Nov. 15 at Red Water Café. For information and reservations, call Queen Mother Nina Disbro at 895-1234, or email [email protected].

PANIOLO TALK STORY NIGHT AT PUKALANI STABLES: On Aug. 18. Hosted by cultural practitioner and educator Ku’ulei Keakealani, this popular free community gathering features stories, music, hula and the people and practices of Hawaii’s proud paniolo heritage. Gates open at 5 p.m. with time to enjoy dinner (coolers welcome or purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages there) and talk story; program begins at 6 p.m. in the open-air courtyard. Beach chairs, mats and warm clothing suggested for cool Waimea evening. While free, thanks to a Richard Smart grant from Hawaii Community Foundation, donations to Paniolo Preservation Society’s Paniolo Heritage Center appreciated. Info, and “Like” Paniolo Preservation on Facebook. (Next event: Sept. 22 – a grand Kanikapila!)

KA HUI KAPA APANA O WAIMEA (QUILT CLUB): From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Aug. 25, and last Saturday of every month except November and December when the meeting is on the third Saturday at St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall. This is Hawaii’s oldest Hawaiian quilting club. Everyone welcome. Free. For more information, contact Kathy Tanaka at 775-0765.


· Aug. 27: Waimea Senior Center at 5 p.m., town meeting

· Sept. 24: Waikoloa Village Assn. Community Room at 5 p.m., regular meeting

· Oct. 22: Waimea Senior Center at 5 p.m., regular meeting

· Nov. 26: Waikoloa Village Assn. Community Room at 5 p.m., regular meeting

· Dec. 17: Waimea Senior Center at 5 p.m., regular meeting

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