Community Calendar

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
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From Mar. 1 and beyond.

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! For a complete calendar, go to


MAMALAHOA HIGHWAY LANE CLOSURES: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays now through May. To repair roadway pavement by William C. Loeffler Construction for Hawaii County. May require alternating single lane closures between Mana Road and Puu Nani Drive.

WAIMEA COWBOYS – 2012 FLAG FOOTBALL & CHEER SEASON: First practice 4 p.m., Thurs., Mar. 1 at Waimea School Field.

IMPORTANT – WAIMEA TOWN MEETING: 5:15 p.m., Thurs., Mar. 1. Waimea School Cafeteria. Meeting will focus on FireWise program which teaches communities how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourage neighbors to work together to prevent losses. After the recent 80-acre fire which caused evacuations in Waikoloa, this danger is very real in South Kohala, especially given the current combination of drought and high winds. As always at WCA Town Meetings, donations are urged for Waimea food pantries, preferably checks or cash to enable pantry staff to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and other essentials. Hot coffee provided by Starbucks-Waimea for all meetings. If you aren’t receiving WCA’S informative e-blasts including the latest on Coqui Free Waimea project, please log onto website: and sign up on home page. Info: Sherman Warner: 885-1725.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES: To learn more and register: or email: [email protected], or call 885-1539. There is a small class fee to support this not-for-profit community learning center established in 1984:

* How to Raise Responsible Kids Who Love You: 6-to 8 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 1 & 8

* How to Parent Kids Who Will Love You for Life: 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday Mar. 22 & 29. Classes taught by Lorraine Pursell – $40

* The Basics of Day Trading with Doug Lofton: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday Mar. 3 through 17- $50

* Chi-Lel Qigong Level One Workshop: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 3. With Priya Lucas. This is a medically based Qigong to help bring physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance to practitioners.

* Intermediate Computer Skills: 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Mar. 5 through 26 – $95 with Diane Koani

* Intermediate Microsoft Word Class: 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday Mar. 7 through 28. $95 with Diane Koani

* Into to iPad: 9 to11 a.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday Mar. 6 and 13

* Introduction to Quickbooks Pro: 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 6 through 27 – $95 with Sylvia

* Create a Cookbook with instructor Bonnie Cherni. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday Mar. 7 and 14 – $40

* Beginning Ballet for 3 to 5 year olds: 10 to10:45 a.m., Saturday Mar. 10 through 31 – $40

* Beginning Ballet for 6 to 10 year olds: 11 a.m. noon, Saturday Mar. 10 through 31 – $40 – with Sharon Petrosky.

* ZUMBA and Susan Griley rock the building 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Aunty Maile and Kehau Marshall keep you moving Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. Pay per class.

* Fletcher Epperson offers private guitar lesson on Sundays at WCE. Contact information on the website.

KA MAKANI PLAYERS PRESENT “TEACH ME HOW TO CRY” 7 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., March 1-3. HPA’s Gates Performing Arts Center. Tickets at the door: $10/adults; $5/students. This performance is a coming of age story loosely based on the relationships in Romeo and Juliet. All invited. Info: 881-4099.

WANT COLLEGE? GOT COLLEGE? NEED TO FINISH COLLEGE? Register now for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat., Mar. 24. Free college access workshop at Kanu o ka Aina school campus in Kuhio Village. Learn more about this “Adults in Transition” workshop for adults 25 and older who are thinking about returning to college, starting college or changing careers. Participants will be eligible to earn three college credits at no cost during summer 2012. Sponsored by the UH Center-West Hawaii and made possible by a College Access Challenge Grant. Info: email [email protected] or call 322-4858 to register.

THELMA PARKER LIBRARY DISPLAY CASE AVAILABLE FOR EXHIBITS: Case is just inside the door – a high visibility, high traffic location. Contact Branch Manager Pamela Akao (887-6067) for details and scheduling.

FREE WEEKLY SHORELINE WHALE WATCH: 9 to 11 a.m., Fridays from now through April. Narrated by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary staff from Puukohola National Historical Site Visitor’s Center. Just behond the park’s shores lies sanctuary where humpback whales gather to give birth, breed and escape the cold arctic winter. Presented by staff and volunteers who are well versed in whale biology and moolelo (legends). Info: 327-3697.

FREE COMMUNITY CROSSFIT CLASSES: 4:30 p.m. every Friday. May attend as many times as you wish. All ages and levels welcome. Info:

WAIMEA KARATE PROGRAM ACCEPTING BEGINNER CHILDREN, ADULTS: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Friday at Waimea Senior Center. Presented by International Karate League – Kamuela Kokusai Karate Renmei. Annual fee for children 10 and older: $10. Adults $15. Children between 8 to10 may join with participating adult. Info: Sensei Earl Yamamoto (885-7573) and Sensei Scott Nakahara (885-0060) or go to:

CELEBRATING REAPPORTIONMENT APPEAL AND SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat., Mar. 3. Jade Palace restaurant in KTA’s Waimea Center. Sponsored by Friends of Malama Solomon. Keynote speaker will be Hilo attorney Stanley Roehrig. Gathering includes entertainment by Na Mele o Poohala. Suggested donation $50. Info and reservations: Hulali Covington (938-6357), or Patti Cook (937-2833).

SECOND ANNUAL CATTLE BARONS’ BALL: 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Mar. 3. Hale Hoaloha Pavilion at Mauna Lani By Hotel & Bungalows. Put on your cowboy boots and Western best for this American Cancer Society-Hawai’i Island benefit! Guests will be welcomed to a corral of midway and Vegas-style games while enjoying appetizing pupus and wetting their whistles at specialty bars. Includes buffet dinner and a touching Luminaria Ceremon with a Hawaiian blessing by Danny Kaniela Akaka, then be ready to dance to the Silver Spur Band from Upcountry, Maui. Preceding the ball will be a 10 a.m. shotgun start benefit golf tournament at Waikoloa Kings Course, sponsored by Hilton Grand Vacations and DCK Pacific Construction, LLC. Evening open seating tickets start at $150. Reserved couples seating are $375 (2 tickets), Partial Reserved Tables are $750 (4 tickets) and Full Reserved Tables are $1,800 (10 tickets). Golf Prices: 4 man team – $1,000, Silver Sponsor $1,250, Gold Sponsor $1,500 and Platinum Sponsors $1,750. All sponsor levels include a 4 man team and a tee sponsorship. Info/reservations: 533.5000. More info:, or call Sue Lowder (557.0283) or Maile Lincoln – Carvalho (895.3168), or e-mail [email protected]

2011-’12 KAHILU THEATRE FREE MAKANA SERIES – All free of charge & everyone invited.

o Sat., March 3 – 8 p.m.: Film: “Holy Wars”

o Fri., March 30 – 8 p.m.: Howard Dicus, Iggy Jang Quartet and Friends

o Sun., April 1 – 4 p.m.: Kamuela Philharmonic with “PDQ Bach Spectacular”

o Thurs., April 5 – 7 p.m.: Richard Wainscoat (UH/IFA) – “City Dark: Search for Night on a Sleepless Planet”

o Thurs., May 10 – 7 p.m.: Brian Siana (UC Riverside) – “How Stars Destroyed Most of the Atoms in the Universe”

WAIMEA COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS AGATHA CHRISTIE’S ‘THE HALLOW”: March 2-4, 2012. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. Parker School Theatre "An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder one weekend at ‘The Hollow’, home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell. Nearly everyone has a motive and most had the opportunity. Enter Inspector Colquhoun and Sergeant Penny to solve the crime." More info, go to: or call 885-5818 for tickets.


o Fri., March 2 – 8 p.m.: Naumberg Competition 2010 1st Prize Winner – Korean pianist Soyeon Lee.

o Sat., June 2, – 8 p.m.: The Brothers Cazimero in Concert!

WAIMEA NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS WEEKLY MEETING: 5:30 p.m., Saturdays. At Mama’s House Thrift Store – next to Napa Auto Parts on Mamalahoa Highway. Everyone welcome.

FREE TAX PREPARATION FOR LOW-MODERATE INCOME RESIDENTS/FAMILIES AND SENIORS WITH SIMPLE TAXES: Appointments are now being made for this free service provided by the AARP Foundation in conjunction with the IRS. The service will open Feb. 3 and run every Friday and Monday from 9 a.m. To 1 p.m. throughout tax season (except Fri., Feb. 24), ending April 16, 2012 at Tutu’s House. To schedule an appointment or ask questions, call 808-388-6645. Federal and state tax returns will be prepared by volunteers who have donated their time and skills to serve their community. All returns will be filed electronically with a few exceptions. After scheduling an appointment, please prepare your tax packet to bring with you to include the following items:

o Picture identification (drivers license, passport, etc.)

o Social security cards for yourself, spouse and all dependents

o Copy of last year’s income tax return

o W-2 forms from each employer

o Unemployment compensation statements

o SSA-1099 if you were paid social security benefits

o All 1099 forms, 1099-INT., 1099- DIV, 1099-B, etc. showing interest and/or dividends, and documentation showing original purchase price of sold assets

o 1099-MISC. showing any miscellaneous income

o 1099-R if you received a pension or annuity

o All forms showing income tax or estimated tax payments paid

o Dependent care provider information (name, address, ID no. or social security no. of care provider, and amounts paid.

o Any other forms or statements you received applicable to your tax situation.

o A copy or voided check showing bank acct. no. so refund can be deposited directly into bank account.

NEW FREE ONLINE HEALTH & WELLNESS DIRECTORY PROVIDED BY HAWAII ISLAND BEACON COMMUNITY: Individuals and organizations that support healthy living, wellness and overall well-being are invited to log on and post information about your programs, services and activities. Questions, email: [email protected].

NHERC HERITAGE CENTER EXHIBIT ‘THE PEACE CORPS AND OUR COMMUNITY’: Open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. week days thru February or by special appointment. Exhibit focuses on the local people who helped with Peace Corps training in Waipi’o Valley and also people in our community who served in the Peace Corps and how it changed their lives. Free and everyone welcome! Info or to schedule visit: Dr. Momi Naughton (775-8890) or email [email protected].

NHERC’S NEW ‘RURAL OUTREACH SERVICES’ INITIATIVE BRINGS SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY: Mondays through Thursdays at NHERC in Honoka’a. Mondays focus on agriculture including Kapulena ag project; Tuesdays on adult ed programs with Kona Community School for Adults; Wednesdays on employment opportunities, job training, home ownership and housing (Section 8); Thursdays on eldercare, health and wellness, veterans and disability services; and Fridays on drug prevention education, parenting, recovery. Agency reps are bringing a wide range of services so residents don’t have to drive long distances to Hilo or Kona. No appointment needed. More info: go to or go to for monthly ROS calendar.

KAWAIHAE CANOE CLUB 2012 PADDLING SEASON BEGINS: Anyone interested in paddling, both new and experienced paddles, is invited to practices. Info: Izzy (987-2819) or Debbie (937-4700). Practices are as follows:

o YOUTH: 18 and under – Mondays through Thursdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Contact Debbie Borges (937-4700) or Isabelle Kala’au (987-2819) for youth transportation information.

o ADULTS: Mornings: 8 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays – both men and women. Evenings: 5 p.m. – Men – Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays; Women – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

WEEKLY HANA FUDA LESSONS AT TUTU’S HOUSE: 1:30-3 p.m., Mondays. All welcome.

AFFORDABLE SAT PREP SESSIONS FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS: Monday and Wednesday evenings 6:30 – 7:30 p m, now through March 7. Students can attend all classes or those they can fit in. Each session focuses on an aspect of one of the SAT subjects: Critical Reading, Math, Multiple Choice, Writing and the SAT Essay. Each class is self-contained with practice materials and recommended specific follow-up practice – the key to higher scores. Students will need the Official CollegeBoard SAT Study Guide (available most inexpensively from $15 per session. Classes held in Kamuela View Estates. For info, call Gail Lewis (937-9768) or email: [email protected].

BELLY DANCE CLASSES: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m. Green Church in historic Church Row. Instructor Deanna Zivalic teaches improvisational Middle Eastern Dance. Bring veil, hip scarf and yoga mat. Classes: $10. Info & to register: Deanna (769-0007).

HALAU HULA KA NO’EAU – NEW BEGINNING WOMEN’S CLASS: 6-7 p.m., Tuesdays at the Halau – 64-5259 Kekehau Street. Info and directions, call Kumu Hula Wendi Pa’ahana Roehrig (756-0823).

WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS REHEARSALS: 7-9 p.m., Tuesdays at St. James Episcopal Church leading up to two performances of 19th Annual Spring Concert, June 9-10, 2012 at Kahilu Theatre. No audition required, but consistent attendance is a must. Enjoy great camaraderie and indulge your love of singing. Directed by Barbara Kopra. Info: or 938-3062.

WAIMEA ARTS COUNCIL FIREHOUSE GALLERY: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays. Everyone welcome. Info: 887-1052.

WAIMEA MIDWEEK MARKET AT ANNA RANCH: 12:30-5:30 p.m. weekly. A great solution for those who run out of fresh local produce mid-week and/or can’t make it to the Saturday morning markets. Features fresh produce, plants, baked goods, jams and jellies, sauces, juices, Hamakua and Koa coffees, local tea, bedding and landscape plants, local crafts and massage. Interested vendors, call Anna Ranch (885-4426), or email Cindy at [email protected]. Best to park in the lot and please use caution when passing this area on Kawaihae Road, and especially if parking along the edge of the roadway though this is permitted.

FREE BEGINNER TAIKO CLASSES IN NORTH KOHALA: Time & day changed to 6 p.m., Wednesdays at Kohala Intergenerational Center. Presented by RMD Taiko Kohala. Bring water and wear covered shoes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: Kathy (889-5801) to confirm location, or Sadie Young (889-6298). New beginner classes may be starting soon in Waimea; call for information.

FREE WEIGHT LOSS SESSIONS: 6-8:30 p.m., Wednesday evenings at The Salvation Army’s Honoka’a facility. Open to the public. Info: Gary Todd (333-1248).

IMPORTANT – ANUENUE PLAYGROUND – WAIMEA COMMUNITY CALL TO ACTION: Initial attention will focus on keiki safety — pressure washing, sanding, sealing, decking and seating repairs, fencing repair/replacement, post replacement. Will need a wide array of skills, tools, materials & financial support. Go to, for more details. This project is being coordinated by Waimea Community Association and Waimea Preservation Association in partnership with Hawaii County Parks & Rec staff, and with kokua from North Hawai’i Rotary and Waimea Outdoor Circle. Everyone’s help and generosity needed. Info: Sherman Warner (885-1725).

KAISER PERMANENTE HEALTH SPONSORS KEIKI CAR & BOOSTER SEAT INSTALLATION INSPECTION AND EDUCATION: Tentatively Tues. & Wed., March 6-7, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. Also Sept. 4-5 and Dec.d 4-5, 2012, same times. At Waimea Civic Center near police station and courthouse. Do not have to be Kaiser members but ideally should call ahead for an appointment. Somne walk-ins may be accommodated. Each family will spend about 30 minutes with technicians to learn about proper installation and use. To schedule an appointment, call 933-4587

WAIMEA’S ‘BUSINESS FIRST! TUESDAY: 5-7 p.m., Tues., March 6, 2012 at Red Water Café. A no-host gathering organized by the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce to support Waimea-North Hawai’i members and friends. Free and all welcome.

HAWAI’I STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HOLDS PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE POLL AND PRECINCT ORGANIZATION MEETINGS: 7 p.m., Wed., March 7, 2012. At locations around the island and state. Doors generally open at 6:30 with Preference Poll from 7-7:30 p.m. More details forthcoming. Meeting location for Waimea: Waimea School – Classroom (go to Cafeteria for directions please). Info:

2011-’12 KAHILU THEATRE’S INAUGURAL ’5FOR5′ SERIES: Season tickets for $25 for all 5 concerts SOLD OUT. Individual tickets now $25 each. Info and tickets online: or call 885-6868. Shows include:

o Fri., March 9 – 8 p.m.: First Person: Seeing America – Ensemble Galilei, NPR’s Neal Conan, Actress Lily Knight and Photographs from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

o Sun., March 25 – 7 p.m.: Blind since birth, Singer-Guitarist Paul Midon has received national acclaim since first appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2006.

IMPORTANT – WAIMEA COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE TO PREVENT CHILD ABUSE AND DEATHS: 10 a.m., Sat., March 10, 2012. At New Hope Church. Sponsored by Sunday’s Child Foundation working in partnership with many Waimea friends in response to recent discovery of a horrible death by a three-year-old girl and the abuse of her two siblings here in Waimea. The group hopes to raise awareness and educate the community on prevention to protect its children. All invited. Info: (877) 375-9191.

COUNTY OFFERS FREE RESIDENTIAL ELECTRONIC WASTE COLLECTION: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., beginning Sat., March 10, 2012 and second Saturday of every month at Waimea Transfer Station.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING: 9:30 a.m. – Noon, Sat., March 10, 2012, and 2nd Saturday of every month in the Thelma Parker Memorial Library Meeting Room. This patchwork quilters group enjoys sharing their love of quilting with others. They begin monthly meetings with a short business session and show and tell. The group generously contributes quilts to support a variety of community organizations and also have provided quilts to the police/fire department and North Hawaii Community Hospital for those in need and at Christmas they make quilted stockings and quilts for needy children. Info: Becky Parkinson (937-2159).

HPA’s 19th ANNUAL UKULELE FESTIVAL TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY: 7 p.m., Sat., March 10, 2012. Gates Performing Arts Center. More than 150 students from HPA, Kealakehe Intermediate and Waikoloa School to perform. Free and all invited. Will feature music and dance from the wonderful world of Disney going back to the 1930s, including “When You Wish Upon A Star,” “Zippity Doo Dah,” “The Ballad of Davy Crockett,” “Heigh Ho,” and “The Mickey Mouse Club March.” Other highlights include favorite selections from Disney movies, including Dumbo, Fantasia, Lilo and Stitch, The Muppets, 101 Dalmations, Pirates of the Caribbean, High School Musical, and The Lion King. As a preview, HPA students will perform as part of the Waikoloa Ukulele Festival at 3 p.m., Sat., March 3, 2012 at the Kings’ Shops. Info: 881-4099.

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETINGS. 9 a.m., Tues., March 13, 2012 (and the 2ND Tuesday of each month). Waimea Senior Center. All persons 55+ invited to join. Daily activities include: Mondays: Hawaiian quilting, Tuesdays: Meetings & crafts, Wednesdays:Line Dancing, Thursdays: Mah Jong, Fridays: Ground Golf, Ukulele lessons & Hula Lessons. Info: Pat Lewi, President (885-4307).

SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING: 4-5:20 p.m. Tues., March 13, 2012 and second Tuesday of every month. Waimea Civic Center near the Courts and Police Station. Community urged to attend to learn about issues and provide input. All welcome to attend. Info: Chair Mike Price email: [email protected].

HPA ‘OHANA NIGHTS AT ENERGY LAB: A series of four monthly programs on the second Wednesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. providing hands-on learning opportunities for families in energy and water conservation, energy generation, water clarification, zero waste, food self reliance and green chemistry. $15 per family per evening or $50 for all four evenings to cover materials costs. Info: Koh Ming Wei (881-4266) or email [email protected]. Remaining programs to include:

o March 14: Dr. Bill Wiecking, director of the Energy Lab at HPA, will present Solar Energy: Applying Energy Lab Technology at Home. Families will bring a list of home appliances to aid in calculations and will take home sketches of home systems.

o April 11: Angela Kang, Hawaii County Recycling Specialist, will present Zero-Waste Your Home and Office. Families will make an alkaline battery capture bucket or sew a reusable bag.

May 9: Deacon “Dr. Beachcomb” Ritterbush, Ph.D., will present Connecting to Nature Through Beachcombing. Families will create beachcombing art.

WAIMEA TEENS INVITED TO NEW BEGINNINGS ASSEMBLY OF GOD YOUTH CONFERENCE: March 14-16, 2012. At church in Holomua Center across from Waimea Police Station. Three nights and three speakers beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by IMAGE Youth Ministries. Info: Pastor Kia Perez @ 756-8547 or email: [email protected] or go to:

FREE TAX HELP AT NHERC: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., March 17, 2012 (only). IRS-trained/certified volunteers will help low to moderate income and senior tax payers prepare returns and claim Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC). By appointment only, call: 961-8085.

NARFE-CHAPTER 1802 MEETING FOR ACTIVE/RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: 11 a.m., Sat., March 17, 2012. Fish Hoppers Restaurant on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona. RSVP requested by 3/10:

Mary (883-9363), Dave (883-2535) or Clyde (883-2472).

GAIL RICE’S ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY – 5 p.m., Sat., March 17, 2012. Pukalani Stables. Honoring Hawai’i’s Irish cowboy Jack Purdy as a fundraiser for Paniolo Preservation Society. To include Irish Bagpipers and fiddler Tony Selvage, Best Dressed Irish Lass and Lad contest, Irish Dancing, Irish Dancing Contest – all with great prizes, plus Irish Stew & Irish Soda Bread, Irish Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, no host bar-donation. Tickets $25 include entry and dinner at Kamuela Liquor Store and Parker Ranch Store.

KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA’S INAUGURAL GALA FUNDRAISER: 6 p.m., Sat., March 17, 2012. Hilton Waikoloa Village. Themed “Plays Well With Others,” the event will feature guest artist John Keawe, a live and silent auction, Lyman Medeiros as emcee and Patrick Batchelder as auctioneer. Exciting auction items including artwork, fishing charter, overnight stays and private dinners in special settings, a live string quarter for a private event, etc. Tickets $60 per person – may be purchased online or by calling 800-838-3006.

2012 KAHILU THEATRE’S ‘MEET THE ARTIST SERIES’: Three fundraising events hosted by Bayardo Aviles and John Stover with one or more of Kahilu’s visiting artists – served with delicious refreshments. For a personal invitation, call Managing Director Janet Coburn (885-6019):

o Tues., March 27: Meet Raul Midon – venue TBA

o Thurs., March 29: Meet Howard Dicus, Iggy Jang and Friends as they present “Son of the History of Music” – Kahilu stage.

KA HUI KAPA APANA O WAIMEA (QUILT CLUB): 9 a.m. to noon, Sat., March 31, 2012 and last Saturday of every month except November and December when the meeting is on the third Saturday. St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall. This is Hawaii’s oldest Hawaiian quilting club. Everyone welcome. Free. Info: Kathy Tanaka (775-0765).

WAIKOLOA LAVAMAN: Sun., April 1, 2012. 1.5K Swim; 40 K Bike; 10K Run. More info:

WAIMEA AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY SURVIVOR TEA: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sun., April 1, 2012. Anna Ranch Heritage Center. Info: or call Cathy Hashimoto (925-0025)

KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC PDQ BACH SPECTACULAR: 4 p.m., Sun., April 1, 2012. Kahilu Theatre. Doors open early and seating first come for this free, popular event, which promises to be an uproarious April Fool’s Day concert of music written by the composer who was “born too late to begin many works.” Selections to include Eine Kleine Nichtmusik, a sportscast of Beethoven’s Symphony #5, the Sonata for Four Hands and more. Info: 885-6868 or visit

EASTER SUNDAY – April 8, 2012.

ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL: April 8 – 14, 2012. Hawai’i’s most venerable hula celebration and competition with week-long festivities including exhibitions, musical entertainment, arts and crafts fairs and the Miss Aloha Hula Competition, kahiko (ancient) and ‘auana (modern) hula competitions, floral parade and more. Except for the hula competition, events are free. Edith Kanakaole Stadium in Hilo. Info: 935-9168 or

SMALL WORLD PRESCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFIT: 7:30 a.m., Sat., April 14, 2012. Hapuna Beach Prince Resort. $125/person; $250/team includes lunch and prize distribution. 2-person Best Ball format with established handicaps and shotgun start. For entry blanks or more info, call the preschool at 885-4388. Proceeds benefit keiki at Small World.

WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE SPRING PLANT SALE & EARTH DAY FESTIVAL: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sat., April 21, 2012. At Ulu La’au – Waimea Nature Park. More details to follow. Info: WOC President Cheryl Langton (936-1468).

9th ANNUAL WAIMEA RELAY FOR LIFE: Sat.-Sun., April 28-29, 2012. Waimea Park. Survivor Dinner at 4:30 p.m. Relay from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Theme: HOPE on the Range. Team captain meetings at Hualalai Theatre/W.M. Keck Observatory Headquarters from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Thursdays, Feb. 23, March 15, April 12 & 26, 2012. Info: or call Cathy Hashimoto (925-0025)

HAWAI’I COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY COUNTY CONVENTION: Sat., May 5, 2012. Location and details to be announced. Info:

WAIMEA COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS ‘SINGING IN THE RAIN’: May 11-20, 2012. Parker School Theatre. Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green with music by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics by Arthur Freed. More info, go to:

24th ANNUAL NORTH HAWAI’I SENIOR HEALTH FAIR: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sun., May 20, 2012. North Hawai’i Community Hospital. under a white tent. Normally in November, but moved to May to support National Senior Health and Fitness Day. All welcome – free health information, services and screenings, including blood tests by Clinical Laboratories of Hawai’i. Plus, enjoy a complimentary lunch, bingo, giveaways and more. Screenings include Cholesterol, Blood pressure, Glucose, oral screenings, hearing test, stroke risk assessment, skin cancer screenings, eye screenings, massage therapy, holistic care services, foot screenings and physical therapy screenings. Info: Laurie Edmondson (881-4425) or email: [email protected].

BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL: May 24 – 28, 2012. Fairmont Orchid Hotel and Shops at Mauna Lani. A Hawai’i Island event that’s rapidly gaining an international reputation for celebrating narrative filmmakers and narrative films shown at three venues, plus food and beverage events, workshops, celebrities and Hawaiian music and cultural presentations. Some events free. Info: Jan Sears (883-0394) or

19th ANNUAL WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS SPRING CHORAL CONCERT: Kahilu Theatre. 7:30 p.m., Sat., June 9, and 3 p.m., Sun., June 10, 2012. As concert theme — "What’s In A Name!?" – implies, the program will share songs with names in the song title, and will include songs from many styles, such as Barbara Allen (Folk Music), Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home? (Dixieland), Sweet Baby James (70′s Ballad), and more. Tickets $15/adults, $13/seniors/students, $10/children. $2 discount for advance sale tickets, available after May 25 at Waimea General Store, Without Boundaries, and Suite Possibilities (Kailua-Kona). Info: or 938-3062.

SPECIAL WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION NON-PARTISAN CANDIDATE FORUM: 5:15 p.m., Thurs., July 12, 2012. Waimea School Cafeteria. Candidates for relevant Hawai’i Island races (Mayor, County Council, State House, State Senate) will be invited to participate in forum. Hawai’i Public Radio & LAVAFM news journalist Sherry Bracken to moderate. Audience invited to submit questions. Info: Patti Cook (937-2833).


MEALANI’S 17th ANNUAL ‘TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE’ AND AGRICULTURAL FESTIVAL: 6-8 p.m., Fri., Sept. 21, 2012. Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort. One of Hawai’i’s premier food festivals, the event provides a venue for education on local agricultural products plus more than 30 island celebrity, resort and restaurant chefs prepare grass-fed beef, pork and lamb dishes with island-grown vegetables and fruits. Also an opportunity to meet the farmers and ranchers who produce the food. Info: 775-0251 or visit


52ND ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE & ALL-DAY GIVING TREE PROJECT IN-GATHERING CELEBRATION: Sat., Dec. 1, 2012. Parade from 5:30-6:30 p.m. – 2012 theme: “Make It A Dozen!” to complement our Giving Tree Project! On parade night – expect traffic delays as only emergency vehicles will be able to pass through town center during the parade. As always, Waimea’s famous Christmas parade (the second oldest in Hawai’i) includes a Santa float, walking units and a brigade of dozens of festively lighted trucks.

SAVE THE DATE – 24th ANNUAL AMERICAN CULINARY FEDERATION KONA KOHALA CHEFS’ ‘DINING WITH THE CHEFS’ CELEBRATION: New date – Sat., Dec. 8, 2012 (moved away from first Saturday). At the Fairmont Orchid. Event raises scholarship funds to assist local student culinarians and is also raising money to equip the instruction kitchens at the future Hawai’i Community College at Palamanui in West Hawai’i. Over 20 top Hawai’i chefs and confectioners use primarily locally sourced ingredients to prepare tantalizing cuisine-all accompanied by handcrafted ales, wines and 100% Kona coffee. Attendees enjoy live jazz under the stars and an exciting live auction. Also available by auction are specially crafted gingerbread “houses” designed by West Hawai’i community college students under the supervision of pastry chef instructor Fernand Guiot. Standout gingerbread creations have included Polynesian-themed hale and Hawai’i landmarks such as Hulihee Palace and Pukalani Stables. Tickets: $75. More info: Search for Fairmont-Dining with the Chefs on Facebook.


Waimea Food Pantries:

o Kokua Christian Ministries (pantry name) – associated with New Hope Waimea & Imiola Church. Contact: Laurie Ainslie (895-3056). Located in the house behind Imiola Church Office. Open 4-7 p.m., Tuesdays, and 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

o Annunciation Catholic Church – Ann Lum (885-0879 or 640-4704). Open 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays for a once a month food pickup.

UNCLAIMED PROPERTY: The State of Hawaii maintains a website containing a list of persons and businesses that are owed money, stock or other financial resources. To determine if you or a family member might have property to claim, go to, and search using both your legal name and also variations/misspellings. According to County Councilman Pete Hoffmann, the list is surprisingly long and worth a review. While many amounts are small, there are considerable sums that are owed to some residents. The website has forms to complete and return to claim property and there are instructions regarding how to claim property for deceased individuals as well.

THELMA PARKER LIBRARY SCHEDULE: Open: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 12:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays. Closed Mondays.

WAIMEA PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION’S HISTORIC TAX OFFICE AVAILABLE FOR SMALL COMMUNITY MEETINGS: WPA is the community-based 501(c)3 that now stewards and is housed in the historic tax office next to the Waimea Senior Center at the main intersection of Waimea. WPA, dedicated to preserving the character and history of Waimea, exists to encourage projects that benefit the community, and is now making the small meeting room in the tax office available for community use (up to 10-12 persons). There is no charge to use the meeting room though donations are welcome. Both the WPA building and restrooms are ADA accessible. The office also is used by the islandwide PATH (People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawai’i) organization. To schedule use of the meeting room or get involved in WPA, call Pete Hendricks (885-4453) or Laura Dierenfield (326-7284).

FREE & LOW COST DENTAL CARE ON THE AMAZING TOOTH BUS: Thanks to community friends, this urgently needed service is again available for uninsured and MedQUEST-eligible youth up to 20 years of age who live in Honoka’a, Waimea, Kohala and Waikoloa. Scheduling based on urgency of care. Sponsored by Hamakua Health Center and Kohala Family Health Center with grants and other community support. Financial counselors will assist individuals and families with application for the Sliding Fee Discount Program and MedQUEST enrollment if not already a member. The bus will rotate between Honoka’a and Kohala Family Health Center on Hospital Road in Kapa’au. Info: 333-8410.

HAMAKUA YOUTH CENTER OPEN WEEKDAYS UNTIL 6:15 P.M.: Located on Mamane Street next to CC Jons, the center offers a variety of free activities including homework help, tutoring, games, healthy snacks, arts and crafts in a safe environment.

WAIKOLOA BOOKMOBILE HOURS: 9 a.m.- 6p.m. daily. Located next to the village pool and tennis courts. Volunteers, hardcover books and monetary donations needed. Contributions may be sent to Friends of the Library – Waikoloa Region, P.O. Box 383283, Waikoloa HI 96738. Info and to volunteer, email [email protected] or call Stephanie Stearns (883-2424), or go to

GREENWASTE DISPOSAL: Organa Grow – formerly known as the Hawaiian Fresh Egg Farm on Kawaihae Road – is accepting greenwaste to recycle into mulch and/or organic compost. There is a small charge but it assures more environmentally desirable disposal of greenwaste. David M. Davenport (882-7931).

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETINGS. 2ND Tuesday of each month. 9 a.m. at Waimea Senior Center. All persons 55+ invited to join. Daily activities include: Mondays: Hawaiian quilting, Tuesdays: Meetings & crafts, Wednesdays: Line Dancing, Thursdays: Mah Jong, Fridays: Ground Golf, Ukulele lessons & Hula Lessons. Info: Pat Lewi, President (885-4307).

HALE HO’OLA HAMAKUA NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: North Hawai’i’s critical access hospital and long-term care facility welcomes kokua – sharing time with our kupuna…reading, knitting, visiting…bringing cheer and companionship! Info: Laura DeRose @ 808-775-7211 Ext. 273 or email: [email protected].

NORTH HAWAI’I THRIFT SHOPS (Great Bargains, Help Needed, Donations Welcome):

o WAIMEA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $1 THRIFT SHOP: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon; Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m. All proceeds benefit the K-5 keiki at Waimea El. Donations welcome, preferably during shop hours! Volunteers welcome, too. Donations tax deductible.

o ST. JAMES THRIFT SHOP: New Hours: Wednesdays – Noon to 4 p.m., as well as the long-time 8 a.m. to noon on Thursdays and Saturdays. Closed on Mondays. Donations welcome. In addition to providing a valuable community service, the church contributes a portion of thrift shop income to Annunciation Catholic Church’s Food Pantry and also supports other seasonal needs through the year. Questions: Mary Obrastoff (756-1644).

o MAMA’S HOUSE THRIFT SHOP, CONSIGNMENT FURNITURE, 12-STEP BOOK STORE & BARGAIN BAY IN WAIMEA (two new locations): Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. near the former Salvation Army next to Napa Auto. Features Free WIFI, complementary 100% Kona coffee. Accepting donations of clean, gently used household items, clothing and furniture. Benefits clean & sober recovery housing, Hamakua Youth Center, Life Plan Youth Group, Hawaii Montessori Schools and other community service projects through the sales of donated items. All donations tax deductible. Info: Beth Mehau (887.2287) or email [email protected].

o LYDIA’S CLOSET: Open Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. Located in the building just above Honoka’a United Methodist Church on Mamane Street across from Blane’s Drive In. Great prices on women’s and men’s clothing. Donations welcome. Park in the church lot by entering the driveway between the 76 Station and the church. Proceeds help fund church programs. Info: 775-0566.


o WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. – noon every Saturday on the lawn fronting Kuhio Hale – Hawaiian Homes Hall. Don’s miss the First Saturdays celebration with many additional vendors and a special free presentation or program. Waimea’s best organic leafy greens, fruit and vegetables, Waipi’o Valley poi, freshly baked specialties and preserves, Hamakua, Ka’u and Kona coffee, flowers, plants and vegetable starts, lei and floral arrangements, made-on-the-spot breakfasts, plate lunches and bentos, Hawai’i island goat cheeses, mushrooms, and lavender spa products. Everyone invited. Info: Roen Hufford at [email protected], or call 937-2729 or Cynthia Spencer (333-2165).

o WAIMEA TOWN MARKET AT PARKER SCHOOL: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturdays. A weekly shopping venue featuring locally grown and produced vegetables, fruit, herbs and freshly baked artisan breads, plus art, jewelry, spa products and more. Everyone invited. Info: Paul Johnson, [email protected].

o KEKELA FAMILY FARM: 2-5 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays. Take first left after Koa Lane off of Mana Road. Look for large red barn for heirloom quality vegetables. Everyone invited.

o WAIMEA MIDWEEK MARKET: 12:30-5:30 p.m. weekly. A good solution for those who run out of fresh local produce mid-week and/or can’t make it to the Saturday morning markets. Interested vendors, email Cindy at [email protected]. Note: best to park in the lot and please use caution when passing this area on Kawaihae Road and especially if parking along the edge of the roadwy though this is permitted.

o HONOKA’A FARMERS MARKET: Begins at 7:30 a.m. every Sat. fronting Honokaa Trading Co.

o LAUPAHOEHOE FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Sunday next to the MinitMart on the highway. Still room for more vendors. Contact Beth Fulton (443-1679) for more information.

o WAIKOLOA VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET: 7:15 a.m. every Sat. in Waikoloa Community Church parking lot across from Waikoloa Elementary School.

o HAWI FARMERS MARKET: 7:30 a.m. until pau every Saturday. Under the banyan tree near the post office.

BIRDIES AND BIRDS AT BIG ISLAND COUNTRY CLUB: A portion of all green fees at Big Island Country Club are contributed to the conservation of Hawaiian birds by the Hawaii Wildlife Center, which is the only state-of-the-art native bird rehabilitation facility in Hawaii – located in North Kohala. The club prides itself on providing an important habitat for more than a dozen native and introduced birds including nene, the Hawaiian hawk, pueo, coot, stilt and black-crowned night heron. Info: .


o DAILY LATIN & AFRO-PERUVIAN RHYTHMS ZUMBA PARTY: Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Lupe’s home (64-5302 Iokua St.) Wednesdays at Anna Ranch at 5:30 p.m., Thursdays at Lupe’s home; Fridays at Lealea Fitness at 8:15 a.m. w/ Lupe Rice. Info: (990-5318) or e-mail: [email protected]. All invited; suggested donation $5 w/ card; $6 per class. Drop-ins welcome.

o HONOKA’A ZUMBA CLASS FRIDAY NIGHTS: 6-7 p.m., Honoka’a P&R Gym Complex. Led by personal trainer and fitness instructor Sheila Fernandez-Kinzer. Info: 937-9035 or email [email protected].

o ZUMBA GOLD FITNESS- LE’ALE’A FITNESS CENTER: 8:15-9:15 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays in the old Hayashi Store building next to Hawaiian Style Café. Fun while burning calories in an easy to follow Latin dance fitness class for all levels. Low impact-high energy. $5 drop-in with instructor Marilyn Fitzgerald (345-6266).

o AEROBIC AND RESISTANCE STEP CLASS: A one hour class that includes cardio, weights, and yoga. All levels. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:15 a.m., taught by Jay Williams, PhD exercise physiologist. Call first 885 8080.

o DISCOVER ‘ZUMBA’: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursdays. Thelma Parker Memorial Gym. Everyone welcome. Free but a donation welcome. Instructor: Bianca C. Brennan (222-6095).

FIRE ANTS: Beware! These produce painful welts on the skin and are already established in areas from Laupahoehoe to Kalapana as well as several sites in Kona. DOA’s Cas Vanderwaugh, who is our island’s LFA specialist, advises extreme care when bringing potted plants or organic materials into your garden. To test for LFA, put a little peanut butter on a stick and put it into the pot, mulch, etc. Wait two hours then check the stick carefully for signs of ants. If you do find them, quarantine the item and contact Cas Vanderwaugh (989-9289). Info:

COLLEGE CREDIT CLASSES COMING TO HONOKA’A: Starting Fall 2010, North Hawai’i residents will be able to complete UHH general education requirements – finishing the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree and also be eligible for financial aid as a full time student right in Honoka’a. Some courses on-site/face-to-face, some online including any course in Hilo at UHH and Hawai’i Community College and any online course from any UH campus statewide. Info: Nicole Collier (775-8890) or stop by NHERC (below the hospital in Honoka’a).

WEEKLY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT MEETINGS: 1 p.m., Mondays at Tutu’s House in Waimea. Join Sindona Cassteel, MFT, bereavement counselor for North Hawaii Hospice for this opportunity for anyone who has lost a loved one to receive group support, understanding and inspiration as a new phase of life begins. Info: 885-6777 or call North Hawai’i Hospice (885-7547).

CHINESE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF HAWAI’I ACUPUNCTURE CLINICS: New & expanded hours: Low-Cost Walk-In Clinics: 2-6 p.m., Fridays at the school; no appointment necessary. Cost $15. Also, regular clinic hours for full body treatment have expanded – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and also 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays. Cost: $30 for adults; $20 for seniors age 60 or over. Located at 65-1206 Mamalahoa Highway, across from Thelma Parker Memorial Library in Waimea Business Center Building #3. Info & to secure an appointment: 885-7886 or e-mail [email protected].

FREE SUBSTANCE ABUSE ASSESSMENTS: BISAC is offering free alcohol and other drug use assessments and integrated health services. To schedule an appointment, call 887-2715 Ext. 522.

FORECLOSURE MEDIATION SERVICE AVAILABLE TO OWNER-OCCUPIED RESIDENTAL PROPERTY HOMEOWNERS: Go to for downloadable notice and Request forms, or call the 3rd Circuit Court Chief Court Administrator at 961-7440. Notice of the availability of this service should be provided by the lender when serving foreclosure notice.

HEALTHY PLANT SOLUTIONS ONLINE: An interactive, searchable website that’s a very helpful new resource.

2008 COUNTY OF HAWAI’I DATA BOOK AVAILABLE ONLINE: 25th edition online only. A

comprehensive source of statistics on the social, economic, government and business activity for Hawai’i County at: Info: Colette Rapozo-Yamamoto (961-8500)

DO YOU NEED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, MORTGAGE RELIEF, CREDIT COUNSELING, HELP FINDING EMPLOYMENT? Call Hawai’i First Community Resource Center in Waimea – A free federally certified service. Located upstairs in Waimea Center behind McDonalds above the cowboy statue. Comprehensive counseling services for employment, credit and finances, home mortgage assistance, etc. Program also provides free access to computer workstations and internet access, reference library and wide ranging supports. Open from 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Counseling appointments recommended: 885-6600.

NEW WAIMEA T.E.E.N. SUPPORT GROUP: 5-6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Waimea Community Center. Alateen is for middle and high school teens – a fellowship of young relatives and friends of alcoholics who come together to discuss their difficulties, encourage one another and learn how to cope with problems. Info: 987-3047.

AL ANON MEETINGS IN NORTH HAWAI’I: A long established source of support for anyone struggling with the effects of a loved ones’ substance abuse. Groups are confidential and free (except for a small donation to keep the group going). More info:

o North Kohala Family Group: Mondays 7 – 8 p.m.- Kohala Family Center, Hawi

o Waimea Family Group: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Tutu’s House.

o Puako Family Group: Tuesdays, 7 – 8 p.m.- Holualoa UCC.

o Waimea Family Group: Thursdays 7 – 8p.m. – First Baptist Church.

o Waikoloa Family Group: Fridays 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9-10 a.m. – Waikoloa Community Church.

HAMAKUA YOUTH CENTER: 2-6 p.m., Mondays – Fridays during the school year. A safe place for middle and high school students to “drop in” with activities and mentors — at 45-3396 Mamane Street. On Furlough Fridays, the Center will be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Includes computer access, playing pool, ping pong and other games. Snacks always available. No charge. Info or to offer help: Center Director Venica Ftacek (775-0976).

ANNA RANCH HERITAGE CENTER: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesdays thru Saturdays with tours at 10 and 1. A new – still in progress — Discovery Trail takes guests on a self-guided walking tour of the lower property with a series of interpretive displays telling the story of ranching in Hawai’i. Includes a viewing platform with educational displays naming the pu’u and sharing the mo’olelo (traditional stories) of the area, as well as explanation of the traditional ahupua’a system, and the ili of Anna Ranch, and the ancient auwai (irrigation system) still visible at the Ranch. Also an on-site saddle maker, blacksmith, and wood worker. A Gift Shop in Anna’s historic kitchen features the work of local artisans and craftsmen, and an eclectic mix of new and vintage. Info: or call 885-4426.

MONTHLY EA & EIS PUBLICATION DATES: On the 8th and 23rd of each month, go to this website for notices of all EIS and EA documents and coming deadlines:

SUNDAY MORNING “ISLAND ISSUES” WITH SHERRY BRACKEN: 6:30 a.m. on KKOA 107.7FM, 8 a.m. on LAVA 105.3FM, and online at 8 a.m.:

ANUENUE QUILTERS OF NORTH HAWAI’I: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thursdays at Anna Ranch Teahouse. Members do both patchwork and Hawaiian quilting and other needlework and annually contribute quilt(s) they have worked on together to a worthy group or cause. This year we made two quilts for the "Home of the Brave" organization, which provides quilts to families in Hawai’i who have lost a family member in the war in Iraq. Info: Nancy Donigan (887-2757).


FREE/REDUCED LUNCH & BUS TRANSPORTATION APPLICATIONS STILL ACCEPTED AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS: With the rocky economy reducing work hours and changing incomes, families are urged to apply at any time during the year to request Free/Reduced Lunch and Free Bus transportation for public school students. Families are asked to come to the school office and pick up forms.

FREE TAX PREP, EMPLOYMENT COUNSELING, FINANCIAL EDUCATION AND MORE: Waimea’s new Hawai’i First Community Resource Center is a not-for-profit located upstairs in Waimea Center – aka KTA shopping center/behind McDonalds. Created through Hawai’i First Federal Credit Union employees and leadership to provide financial education, job seeking support and training, resume coaching, help to start a small business, prevent foreclosure or access office computer programs. It’s free but a membership card required and appointments suggested. Info: Community Development Coordinator Alycia Juvik (885-6600).


o Waimea Food Pantries: New Hope Waimea – Johanna Reeve (885-5510) and Annunciation Catholic Church – Ann Lum (885-0879).

o Mala’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School: Amanda Rieux (640-3637) or Alethea Lai (989-7861). They welcome Mentors, Donors, Gardeners, Grant Writers, Instructors for Work & Learn Workshop presenters.

o Friends of Thelma Parker Memorial Library: Carol Buck (885-9718)

o Ulu La’au – Waimea Nature Park: Carol Hendricks (885-4453)

o Tutu’s House: A variety of volunteer opportunities exist. Lorraine Urbic (885-6777)

o Pelekane Watershed Restoration: Melora Purell (887-6411) or email [email protected]

o North Hawai’i Hospice: Become trained as a caregiver or assist with other special projects including their annual Christmas “Light Up A Life” community gatherings. Katherine Werner Ciano (885-7547)

o Waimea Trails & Greenways: Learn about group and get involved by attending a weekly meeting – 5-6 p.m. every Monday. Clem Lam email: [email protected] or call 885-4431.

o Pu’ukohola Heiau: Volunteers needed for re-vegetation, maintenance, admin, visitor center operations, cultural demonstrations and education programs. Scheduling flexible. Chief Ranger Benjamin Saldua (882-7218) or email [email protected].

o West Hawai’i Mediation Center: Become trained as a mediator and/or facilitator or assist with fundraising or special projects (885-5525).

o The Kohala Center: Assist with one of their educational programs, workshops, special projects. Cindi Punihaole (895-1010) or email [email protected]. Also, the Pelekane Watershed Restoration project.

o Sharing The Wealth of Our Back Yards: Have overflowing orange, tangerine, avocado, etc. trees, or runaway zucchini? Urban Farming volunteers in Waimea and Waikoloa will pick or pick up fruits or vegetables from your garden that you wish to share. These will be delivered to the Food Bank. Call Tina Wirth at 887-1087 or email Sue Kilbride at [email protected].

o Hawai’i Island Humane Society – Waimea Shelter: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays. Bebe Ackerman (217-0154).

o Anna Ranch Heritage Center – volunteers needed as docents for tours, to run the gift shop and to help maintain the historic home and manicured gardens. Cultural practitioners also invited. Info: Maka Wiggins (885-4426) or email: [email protected]

o Habitat For Humanity – Clean out your garage or warehouse — use/reuse furniture, building materials, working appliances, flooring, doors, windows, cabinets, sinks, lighting, home furnishings, electrical hardware, plumbing supplies and fixtures, fans, etc. and your donation to “ReStore” – a retail outlet at 73-5576 Kauhola Street Space #4 (behind the former Sam Choy Restaurant near Costco) is tax deductible. Income generated by ReStore is used to finance new homes for low income families in West Hawai’i. Store is open M-F from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays. Info: 331-8010 or go to

o Other environmental organizations: Visit a new Hawai’i volunteering website – Includes weekly updates from a different featured group each month and upcoming volunteer events.

o Angels On Wheels – A 10+-year Waimea Lions Club not-for-profit solely to transport medical patients to and from appointments. Volunteers are not paid and contribute gas and other expenses; donations primarily help with coordination. Organized by Waimea Lions Club. Info and to help: Keola Fujihara (936-0901) or email [email protected].

DRIVER’S LICENSE HOURS: Monday-Fridays (except holidays): 8-10 a.m. written test for new license or permit; 8-10:30 a.m. for renewals and duplicates; noon-3 p.m., written test for new license or permit; noon-3:30 p.m., renewals and duplicates; 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. road tests by appointment only. .

REPORT DONKEY SIGHTINGS ON WAIKOLOA ROAD: Waikoloa residents are working with the County to keep the “Kona Nightingales” (i.e., donkeys) off Waikoloa Road. They ask community help with reporting sightings. They are inspecting fences all the way up from the village up to Mamalahoa Highway (Hwy 190). If you see a donkey, please call Scott Knowles with the County of Hawai’I (961-8068). Please report date, time of day, approximate location. Together we can save lives: ours and the donkeys!


o TUTU’S HOUSE: A community health and wellness resource enter — free and all invited. Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For classes and more information, go to or call 885-6777.

o WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION – Offering a wide array of classes. Easy online registration or by phone (885-1539) or go online to Affordable and available right here in town.

o NORTH HAWAI’I EDUCATION AND RESEARCH CENTER (NHERC – Honoka’a): Mondays through Thursdays, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Fridays. Grassroots and community organizations not charging a fee may use the facilities for free as long as the space is available and during the above times. Rooms are available with capacities ranging from 20 to 140 individuals. The Center’s computer lab is also available for use by the public. Membership is available on an annual basis for a fee of $50. UH Hilo and HawCC faculty, staff and students may use the lab free of charge. Info: 775-8890 or emailing [email protected].

o KOHALA ‘LEARNING CENTER’: Go to for full class roster and how to register. A project sponsored by the North Kohala Community Resource Center for all ages. There is a charge for some programs. Info:

o NEW NORTH KOHALA ‘DIGITALMOKU.NET’ WEBSITE: Offers a rich cultural history of North Kohala with photos, videos, etc.


KAHILU THEATRE: Info/reservations: 885-6868 or go to for complete season details.

WAIMEA ARTS COUNCIL’S FIREHOUSE GALLERY: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays thru Saturdays near main intersection in town in the historic firehouse. Everyone invited. For more info, go to

WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS & WAIMEA COMMUNITY THEATRE: Go to Chorus rehersals: 7 p.m., Tuesday evenings at St. James Episcopal Church. June show will feature songs from 1960′s Broadway, directed by Barbara Kopra.

HAWAI’I PREPARATORY ACADEMY’S ISAACS ART CENTER MUSEUM & GALLERY: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesdays thru Saturdays. Free and everyone invited. Info:

LOW-COST EAR ACUPUNCTURE COMMUNITY CLINIC: 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Saturdays on a walk-in basis please Traditional Chinese Medical Chinese Medical College of Hawaii. $15 with discount available for Seniors. Located at 65-1206 Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea Office Center behind the Chevron. The ear is used as a microsystem to treat many complaints (allergies, pain, digestive disturbances, etc.), but especially is used for anxiety, stress and addictions (i.e., smoking). The ear acupuncture system used actually originated in France and was developed by a French neurologist, Paul Nogier, in the 1st half of the 20th century, and was adopted by the Chinese. One of many services available provided by student interns under licensed clinical supervision. Info: Maureen McLaughlin, Lac, Clinical Dean (895-0997).

FIRST SATURDAY ‘UNIVERSE TONIGHT’ PROGRAM CONTINUES: 6 p.m. monthly at the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy at the 9,300 foot level of Mauna Kea. Begins with a talk at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station off Saddle Road, then portable telescopes are set up. Seating first-come. Each month a speaker from a different Mauna Kea observatory shares recent observations and discoveries. Info: 961-2180 or go to It’s wise to check on weather conditions ahead of time and bring appropriate warm clothing, drinking water and snacks.

FREE HAWAI’I COUNTY ‘CITY WATCH’ EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM: “City Watch” is an electronic notification system that can notify residents about evacuations or other emergency measures – including appropriate responses — via phone or email. It’s free to all Hawai’i County residents. Residents need to register by mailing info: County of Hawai`i Civil Defense Agency, 920 Ululani Street, Hilo, HI 96720, or To register, please give your name, street address (no P.O. boxes, please), city, zip code, home phone, cell phone, cell phone carrier and email address. If your phone number is listed in the phone book white pages, you will be automatically registered. However, if your listed phone number is on a “do not call list,” you will need to register as well cell phone users and all wishing to be contacted by email.

WEST HAWAII DANCE ACADEMY: A wide array of classes in creative movement (ages 3-7), pre-ballet, primary and classical ballet, jazz, hip hop/funk, African dance, pilates, yoga and more. Located in Uilani Plaza-Waimea. Info: 885-8876 or go to

ULU LA’AU/WAIMEA NATURE PARK: Open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily – behind the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope headquarters building. Plenty of parking inside the Nature Park (please do not park at CFHT). For more information and a map, go to and click on Ulu La’au. New to the park: WIFI coverage! A project of Waimea Outdoor Circle.

ANNA RANCH HERITAGE CENTER – Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays thru Fridays. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, guided tours are provided at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visitors invited also to stroll through peaceful gardens and take a self guided tour on the newly installed Discovery Trail to learn about the history of ranching and the surrounding area of Waimea. Also stop and talk-story with the on-site saddle maker, Albert Moniz, and blacksmith, Ethan Froney, and visit the gift shop in Anna’s historic kitchen, which features local artisans and craftsmen. Donations welcomed. Info: 885-4426 or

‘FADED GLORY’ PROGRAM RETIRES TIRED FLAGS: Because flags deserve an honorable retirement, the Big Island Retired Military Association (BIRMA) offers a free “Faded Glory” program that collects old flags and gives them an honorable retirement. Big Island Toyota has joined with BIRMA to provide drop off points in Hilo (811 Kanoelehua Ave.) and Kailua-Kona (74-5504 Kaiwi Street) and organizations with a large number of flags needing retirement can call BIRMA (775-9729) for pick up. No charge.

COQUI ALERT/ HONOKA’A AREA: If hear a frog, please report it to 775-9800 or 775-1150.

COQUI ALERT/WAIMEA: Call Sherman Warner (885-1725) or go to and click on tab at top of Home Page re: Coqui.

COQUI ALERT/NORTH KOHALA: Call the North Kohala Coqui Hotline: 889-5775.


VET CENTERS OF HAWAI’I HOSTS BRIEFINGS & OUTREACH: 9 a.m. – Noon, First & Third Thursdays of every month – Waimea Community Center; 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month – Waikoloa Village Market throughout June & July 2008. Representatives from the Hilo and Kona Vet Centers will be available to all Veterans and their families. Info: (969-3835, 329-0574, or 960-1904)

HAWAI’I ISLAND KEIKI IN NEED OF A SAFE, LOVING ‘OHANA: West Hawai’i has over 160 children in foster care, and we have 2,100 children statewide who need a caring home. You can make a difference in a child’s life and give hope for the future to a child by becoming a Foster/Resource family. Call Hui Ho’omalu’s intake number Toll Free: (888) 879-8970, or call their West Hawai’i community liaison, Linda Case (896-3829) to discuss requirements.

WAIMEA SHELTER – HAWAII ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays. Low Income Spay/Neuter Program: Applicants must demonstrate financial need, such as an EBT card or by meeting financial criteria. Proof of income required. Qualified individuals are able to purchase discounted certificates: $25/male cat; $35/female cat. $45/male dog; $50/female dog. Certificates also available w/o income criteria for slightly more. Info: 885-4558.

HAWAI’I’S BOOSTER SEAT LAW: Booster seats or child safety seats for children between 4-7 are required by law. There is a $100-$500 fine for non-compliance. Families can apply for a State tax credit of $25 to offset the cost of purchasing required equipment. Info: Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition at 1-(808) 537-9200 or visit their website at

HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE/MAULAU TRACT: Open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays by reservation for bird watching, hiking, photography only. Call 933-6915.


STATE IDENTITY THEFT WEBSITE: Provides tips on prevention and what to do if your identity is s tolen. Or call 808-587-3222.

HAWAI’I COUNTY SIGN CODE ONLINE: Go to and look for "signcode." Also available for $4 from Hawaii County Clerk. Or, call Waimea Outdoor Circle for abbreviated summary in layman’s language: 885-5210.

HAWAI’I COUNTY COUNCIL SOUTH KOHALA OFFICE TELECONFERENCE SERVICES: Holomua Center Suite C-5 – across Kamamalu St. from Waimea Police Station – next to Waimea Feed and Top Stitch. Community welcome to participate in County hearings, meetings by remote teleconferencing equipment. No charge. Tel: 887-2043/Fax: 887-2072.

POISON HOTLINE – 1-800-222-1222.

‘ICE’ HOTLINES & INFORMATIONAL WEB SITE: To report "Ice" Substance Abuse concerns: West Hawaii – 329-0-ICE; East Hawaii – 934-VICE. Callers can remain anonymous or give name, telephone to secure case number for future follow up.

EMILY GAIL TALKS GOLF: 6-7 p.m., every Saturday on ESPN Radio AM850 AM790. Info: Emily Gail (896-6780).

WAIKOLOA SENIORS MONTHLY MEETING: 9 a.m. on the third Monday of each month. Community Room adjacent to the Waikoloa Village Association offices on Melia Street. Begins with a potluck breakfast and a speaker. Info: 883-2424.

QUILTERS MEET WEDNESDAYS AT NHERC: 8:30 a.m. – Noon. Every Wednesday. Led by Dorothy Badua, Jodean Dela Cruz and Mary Hinck. Everyone welcome. Bring your own sewing machine and extension cords or, if you hand quilt, your needles, scissors and thread. Info: 775-0726.

DISCOVER AUNTIE CONNIE’S READING CORNER: The Friends of Thelma Parker Memorial Library have renamed the Book Nook after long time Waimea Elementary School volunteer Auntie Connie Erger. The expanded Book Nook is a great source of inexpensive books ($1 for most hardbacks; 50 cents for paper backs and a few specials between $1-5. Funds benefit the Friends community efforts to support the library and literacy.

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