NORTH HAWAII COMMUNITY CALENDAR
From April 5 and beyond.
This calendar is prepared by Patti Cook on behalf of Waimea Community Association. To include community events in this calendar, email [email protected]. Deadline for information: Friday please! For a complete calendar, go to www.WaimeaTown.org.
IMPORTANT COMMUNITY EVENTS:
MAMALAHOA HIGHWAY LANE CLOSURES: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., weekdays, now through May 2012. To repair roadway pavement by William C. Loeffler Construction for Hawaii County. May require alternating single lane closures between Mana Road and PuuNani Drive.
ANNA RANCH HERITAGE CENTER PRESENTS ANNA LINDSEY PERRY-FISKE’S SPRING HAT DISPLAY: Thurs-Fri., April 5-6. One-hour tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. themed: “History, Fashion and Ranch Heritage Lovers.” The hat display will be brimming with information that will be sure to go to your head. Info: call 885-4426 or email [email protected].
13TH ANNUAL WAIMEA HEALTHY KEIKI FEST: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sat., April 14. Parker Ranch Center. A community celebratin of keiki health and safety, geared to children 3-12 and their ohana. Dozens of interactive activities and informational booths – all free. Everyone invited. Info: Tutu’s House/Friend of the Future: 885-6777.
WAIMEA COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE (CERT) TRAINING: Four consecutive Saturdays – June 30, July 7, 14 and 21 in Waimea. CERT is a well-established program to train grassroots groups to help their own community be self-reliant in times of emergency. Many communities around the island have held CERT Training but only a few Waimea community members participated. It is so important and relevant because experts in emergency preparedness say that rural communities need to be almost totally self-reliant for as much as a week or two should a major natural or man-made. All neighboring communities are invited to participate in the training. More info to come.
2011-’12 KAHILU THEATRE FREE MAKANA SERIES – All free of charge & everyone invited.
- 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10 – Brian Siana (UC Riverside) – “How Stars Destroyed Most of the Atoms in the Universe”
COMMUNITY INVITED TO TOUR SEVERAL HAWAII ISLAND SCHOOL GARDENS: Hour-long tours on three Saturdays sponsored by The Kohala Center’s Hawaii Island School Garden Network to meet the educational leaders and community friends who use school gardens as outdoor learning labs. Participants may pick a date and pick a region and then pick their lunch and nourish their mind, body and spirit! For Members of The Kohala Center’s Circle of Friends and their guest, lunch and transportation will be provided free. Others may attend the luncheon at the cost of $15. Reservations required, visit: www.kohalacenter.org/signmeup.html; or e-mail [email protected]; or call 887-6411.
NEW WAIMEA ARTISTS’ GUILD OPENS: The guild is dedicated to fostering a supportive environment for the arts in North Hawaii. This new workspace in the Mama’s House complex is available to guild members and for workshops and classes which are open to the public. Waimea Artists’ Guild was started by graduates of the Hawaiian Ohana for Education in the Arts, which sought to identify, train and help promote Native Hawaiian artists. Although Native Hawaiian ancestry is not required for membership, a sensitivity for cultural themes is of primary concern. Info: Beth or Tom Mehau (887-2289), or email [email protected] or visit www.waimeaartistsguild.com.
FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES AT NEW HOPE FELLOWSHIP GYM: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., April 7 and the first Saturday of every month. An indoor marketplace where many groups and individuals fundraise with proceeds benefiting the church’s gymnasium improvement fund. Wide array of items including hard-to-find and one-of-a-kind items. Vendor space available. Please call 885-5510.
WAIMEA EASTER EGG HUNT FOR KEIKI: Beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 7. Sponsored by Hui o Hea Nalu (Moku o Hawaii). Three age groups. More details including location to come. Info: Anthony Kaniho (216-7077).
ANNUAL HOSPICE HIGH TEA FUNDRAISER: 1-4 p.m., Saturday, April 7. Don your spring bonnet with all the frills upon it and join North Hawaii Hospice for a spring high tea and silent auction. Tickets $100 per person ($75.00 tax deductible donation). Includes champagne, savory delights and sweet treats prepared by Hospice volunteers. The silent auction includes fine art items, sterling silver and china service for 12 from the Jacque and Shorty Johnson Estate. (885-7547). This event sells out quickly so do not hesitate!
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.
EASTER SUNDAY – April 8.
THIRD ANNUAL EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE IN WAIMEA NATURE PARK: 6 a.m., Sunday, April 8. A non-denominational service presented by laypersons from several community churches. Will feature live music and the Easter message delivered by lay people, plus reflections of times past in Waimea. An Easter Egg Hunt will follow. Bring umbrellas, blankets and chairs. Participants welcome to park in the park or in the Canada France Hawaii Telescope parking lot. Please do not park on the Canada France lawns. Info: Arlene Block (885-4753).
ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL: April 8 – 14. Hawaii’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 and auana hula competitions, floral parade and more. Except for the hula competition, events are free. Edith Kanakaole Stadium in Hilo. Info: 935-9168 or http://merriemonarch.com.
KAWAIHAE CANOE CLUB STARTS YOUTH PROGRAM (AGES 12-18): Practices from 3:30-5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays at the club in Kawaiahae. Vans available for rides to and from practices. For info and to reserve a spot in the vanpool, call Izzy (987-2819) or Debbie (937-4700). Anyone interested in paddling, both new and experienced paddlers, is invited to youth and adult practices as follows:
- YOUTH: 18 and under – 3:30 – 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays
- ADULTS: Both men and women: 8 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Men: 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Women: 3:30 – 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
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 TAX PREPARATION FOR LOW-MODERATE INCOME RESIDENTS/FAMILIES 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 run every Friday and Monday from 9 a.m. To 1 p.m. through April 16 at Tutu’s House. Call 808-388-6645 to schedule an appointment and find out what to bring. 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.
NHERC HERITAGE CENTER EXHIBIT ‘THE PEACE CORPS AND OUR COMMUNITY’: Open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays through April or by special appointment. Exhibit focuses on the local people who helped with Peace Corps training in Waipio 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: Mondays through Thursdays at NHERC in Honoka. Mondays focus on agriculture; 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. No appointment needed. More info: go to www.WaimeaTown.org for monthly ROS calendar.
WEEKLY HANA FUDA LESSONS AT TUTU’S HOUSE: 1:30-3 p.m., Mondays. All welcome.
WAIMEA BALLROOM DANCE CLUB RUMBA LESSONS: Monday evenings, now through April 16 in Waimea School Cafeteria. Lessons from 7-8 p.m.. A half hour practice mixer follows to learn this slow Latin dance. No partner necessary. Instructor Lance Oliver. Only $10 for set of six weeks plus $15 annual membership. Info: Peter In 885-4776
WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETINGS. 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 10 (and the second 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: fround golf, ukulele lessons & hula lessons. Info: Pat Lewi, President (885-4307).
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).
SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING: 4-5:20 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 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. Info: Chair Mike Price email: [email protected].
HALAU HULA KA NOEAU – NEW BEGINNING WOMEN’S CLASS: 6-7 p.m., Tuesdays at the Halau – 64-5259 Kekehau Street. Info and directions, call Kumu Hula Wendi Paahana 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 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: www.waimeacommunitytheatre.org 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. 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.
HPA OHANA NIGHTS AT ENERGY LAB: Final two of 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:
- 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.
FREE BEGINNER TAIKO CLASSES IN NORTH KOHALA: 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Kohala Inter-generational 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).
FREE WEIGHT LOSS SESSIONS: 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday evenings at The Salvation Army’s Honokaa 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 www.WaimeaTown.org, for more details. Info: Sherman Warner (885-1725).
WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES: To learn more and register: www.waimeaeducation.com 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:
- Fletcher Epperson offers Private Guitar Lesson on Sundays at WCE. Contact information on the website.
- Introduction to Quickbooks Pro: 8 .p.m. Tuesdays through May 1 6 – $95 Sylvia Castioni
- Computer Basics: 6-8 p.m. Mondays through April 23 – $95 taught by Diane Koani
- Dr. Heather’s Healthy Kids – a Home School Class:9 a.m. -1 p.m. Tuesdays, through April 24, $140 taught by Heather Manley
- Excel 2007: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through April 24 – $95 taught by Sylvia Castioni
- Speak French! 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 25 – $40 taught by Diane Koani
- Japanese for Everyone: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 5 – May 10 (6 weeks) $85 taught by Seiichi Kaida
- Karate –Do for adults and Keiki (5 & up): 3:30- 4:45 p.m. Thursdays, April 12 – May 17 – $55 taught by Maria Lineker
- Demystifying Your Digital Camera: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14 – $55 taught Robert Frutos
- Parent Kids Who Will Love You for Life: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 17 & 24 – $35/ early bird $25 until 4/12. Bring a friend for $10. $5 materials fee Scholarships available. Taught by Lorraine Pursell
- · ZUMBA: 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. and 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday with a bevy of enthusiastic instructors. Pay per class.
SMALL WORLD PRESCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFIT: 7:30 a.m., Saturday, April 14. Hapuna Beach Prince Resort. $125/person; $250/team includes lunch and prize distribution. two-person best ball format with established handicaps and shotgun start. For entry blanks and info, call the preschool at 885-4388. Proceeds benefit keiki at Small World.
COUNTY OFFERS FREE RESIDENTIAL ELECTRONIC WASTE COLLECTION: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., beginning Saturday, April 14 and second Saturday of every month at Waimea Transfer Station.
MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING: 9:30 a.m. – noon, Saturday, April 14 andsecond Saturday of every month in the Thelma Parker Memorial Library Meeting Room. This patchwork quilters group enjoys sharing their love of quilting with others. The group generously contributes quilts to support a variety of community organizations. Info: Becky Parkinson (937-2159).
‘HUAKAI: A POLYNESIAN ADVENTURE’ HULA THEATRE BENEFIT: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat., April 20-21 at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. A new hula theatre production that’s a scholarship benefit for the students of Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy under the direction of Kumu Hula Lani Isaacs. Fully-produced with vivid costumes, live music and professional staging. Tickets $20/adults, $15/students 13-24, $10/keiki 6-12. Keiki under 6 free. A limited number of VIP sponsor tables of ten are available for $250. Tickets available at Sleek to Chic Salon & Day Spa and Big Island Surf in Waimea, and may be purchased from halau members or at the door. Food and beverages available for sale along with craft items. Info: 887-0369 or email: [email protected] or visit www.alohidanceacademy.com.
BIG ISLAND CELEBRATES READING FESTIVAL: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21. At HPA’s Gates Performing Arts Center. Students from sixth grade through college, their interested family and friends, and readers of all ages invited to share a love of reading with exceptional guest authors. Including: Jonathan Kamakawiwoole Osorio, Cathy Son, Kate Elliott, Mark Panek, Sue Cowing, Matthew Kaopio and Gail Tsukiyama. Free – bring a brown bag lunch or order a $5 lunch from Lois Inman ([email protected] (881-4024) prior to the day. To register, email Cathy Ikeda ([email protected]) or call 937-8363. More info: Lorna Hershinow ([email protected] 239-9726).
KAWAIHAE CANOE CLUB HERITAGE BAZAAR AND RUMMAGE SALE: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 21. Kawaihae Cane Club home. Will include music, food, games, booths and activities; demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian crafts with local artists and crafters, unique jewelry, plants, homemade goodies, silent auction of Hawaii Island activities, services and fine art, rummage sale, photo history of Kawaihae Canoe Club, view hand-built koa canoes, one of which is over 100 years old and still racing, and meet the club’s keiki state champions. $2 per person entry; Free for children under 5 – includes a hot dog and soft drink.
COMPOSTING WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-noon., Saturday, April 21. Waimea Nature Park. Cost $10 per person and includes a free composting bin for those who attend the complete session. To register or for more information, email [email protected] or call 937-1100. Composting bins may not be immediately available after the completion of the workshops. In this situation vouchers for future composters may be distributed to qualified attendees.
TRASH BASH ART SHOW UPSTAIRS AT KOHALA COFFEE MILL: 6-9 p.m., Saturday, April 21. In addition to some creative Trash Art, this year’s show will feature pupu made from locally grown food, a cash kava bar, entertainment by David Link, and cash prizes. Costumes made from recycled materials are encouraged and can also be entered in the show. The public can vote for their favorite trash treasure between 6-7:30 p.m. To enter the show, visit www.kohalatrashbash.com for an entry form. Artwork ready to display and clearly labeled will be accepted at the Kava Kafe (Upstairs at the Mill) on Mon., April 16, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.. $5 fee per entry. Info: Colleen (889-5009).
HAMAKUA YOUTH FOUNDATION FIRST ANNUAL HULA FESTIVAL: 4 p.m until pau, Saturday, April 21. Honokaa People’s Theater. Keiki to kupuna will compete in Hula Auana as a fundraiser for the Hamakua Youth Center located on at 45-3396 Mamane Street in Honokaa. Tickets $20/adults, $10/5-12-year-olds, free for children sitting on the lap. Can be purchased at the youth center, Jolene’s Kaukau Korner, and at Malama Market. Also available in Kukuihaele at Waipio Artworks and in Waimea at the Music Exchange and Waimea Coffee Company. Info: Hamakua Youth Center (HYC) (775-0976) or email [email protected].
KONA-KOHALA GRAND GREEN HOMES TOUR: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday, April 22. A benefit sponsored by West Hawaii Mediation Center and the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce designed to provide an opportunity for island residents and visitors to tour homes that feature numerous sustainable features. Held in conjunction with earth Day featuring homes located in North Kohala and Kohala. Tickets $35 for 4 homes or $10 per individual home. Tickets and reservations: 329-1758.
SOUTH KOHALA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN ACTION COMMITTEE 2012 MEETINGS:
- 5 p.m. April 23: Waimea Senior Center – Regular Meeting
- 5 p.m. May 28: Waikoloa Village Assn. Community Room – Town Meeting
- 5:30 p.m.June 25: Kawaihae Mac Nut Factory – – Town Meeting
- 5 p.m.July 23: Puako Hokuloa Church – Town Meeting
- 5 p.m.Aug. 27: Waimea Senior Center – Town Meeting
- 5 p.m. Sept. 24: Waikoloa Village Assn. Community Room – Regular Meeting
- 5 p.m. Oct. 22: Waimea Senior Center – Regular Meeting
- 5 p.m. Nov. 26: Waikoloa Village Assn. Community Room – Regular Meeting
- 5 p.m. Dec. 17: Waimea Senior Center – Regular Meeting
NINTH ANNUAL WAIMEA RELAY FOR LIFE: Sat.-Sun., April 28-29. Waimea Park. Survivor dinner at 4:30 p.m. in Waimea Park’s Multi-Purpose Room. Relay from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Lineup for Survivor’s Parade at 5:45 p.m. Opening ceremonies with survivors and caregivers at 6 p.m., followed by Survivor’s group photo. Luminary Ceremony at 9 p.m. Fight Back Ceremony at midnight. Closing lap at 5:45 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, April 12 & 26, 2012. Info: www.relayforlife.org/waimeahi or call Cathy Hashimoto (935-0025).
KA HUI KAPA APANA O WAIMEA (QUILT CLUB): 9 a.m. to noon, Sat., April 28 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).
WAIMEA’S ‘BUSINESS FIRST! TUESDAY: 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 1 at Red Water Café. A no-host gathering organized by the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce to support Waimea-North Hawaii members and friends. Free and all welcome.
HAWAII COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY COUNTY CONVENTION: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat., May 5. Honokaa High School Cafeteria. Registration, light breakfast, networking from 7:30 a.m. All registered democrats welcome but must coordinate with their respective district’s officers, or email Patti Cook ([email protected]) for registration process. There is a charge. Info: www.HawaiiCountyDemocrats.org.
SAVE THE DATE – TROPICAL PAWS FUN-RAISER SUPPORTS HAWAI’I ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY: 6 p.m., Friday, May 11. At the elegant Four Seasons Hualalai Resort. Includes a silent and live auction, Four Seasons-style buffet dinner, live entertainment and dancing. Tickets, $100 per person or $1,500 for a reserved table of ten, will be available beginning in April at HIHS’ Keaau, Waimea and Kona shelters, select island retail locations, and on the organization’s website via PayPal.
WAIMEA COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS ‘SINGING IN THE RAIN’: May 11-20. 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: www.waimeacommunitytheatre.org.
ST. JAMES’ THRIFT SHOP MOTHERS DAY FASHION SHOW BENEFIT: 10 a.m., Saturday, May 19. In the church parish hall. Show features beautiful garments donated to the thrift shop – from casual to dressy to career wear, plus keiki clothing, with models from the St. James congregation. Includes a lovely brunch. Proceeds will be donated to community outreach projects. Tickets $25/adults. More info to come. Contact: Laurie Rosa (885-7647).
24th ANNUAL NORTH HAWAII SENIOR HEALTH FAIR: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20. North Hawaii Community Hospital. under a white tent. All welcome – free health information, services and screenings, including blood tests by Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii. 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 and foot screenings. Info: Laurie Edmondson (881-4425) or email: [email protected]. Special door prizes this year to include:
- Round of Golf for two at the Mauna Kea Golf Course
- Dinner for two at Merriman’s – $100 value
- KTA – $100 Gift Certificate
- Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows – Breakfast Buffet for two at the Bay Terrace
BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL: May 24 – 28. Fairmont Orchid Hotel and Shops at Mauna Lani. A Hawaii 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 www.bigislandfilmfestival.com.
2011-’12 KAHILU THEATRE SEASON CONTINUES:
- · Saturday, June 2, – 8 p.m.: The Brothers Cazimero in Concert!
BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL: 6-10 p.m., Friday, June 8. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. A fundraiser showcasing the creative talents of Hawaii Island’s fine chefs, candy makers and chocolatiers and highlight cacao farming in Hawaii. Will feature a chocolate taste-off competition. Entries welcome – as an appetizer, entrée or dessert. Also will include an educational Chocolate Symposium for chefs, chocolate buffs, cacao farmers and other chocolate connoisseurs. Evening gala will include a silent auction, live music, champagne, and specialty beers. Funds raised will support the Palamanui Community College’s Culinary Program and Kona Pacific Public Charter School. Info and tickets available in April at www.BigIslandChocolateFestival.com, and at Kona Wine Market, Kailua Candy Company and Kona Public Pacific charter school.
19th ANNUAL WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS SPRING CHORAL CONCERT: Kahilu Theatre. 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 9, and 3 p.m., Sunday, June 10. 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 folk, Dixieland, 70’s ballads 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: www.waimeacommunitytheatre.org or 938-3062.
KAMEHAMEA DAY CELEBRATION IN THE KING’S BIRTHPLACE – NORTH KOHALA: Mon., June 11. 8-9 a.m. Lei Draping Ceremony at the Kamehameha Statue in Kapaau, followed by a 9-10 a.m. floral parade starting at the County base yard in Hawi, passing by the statue and rounding Kohala Hospital Loop to end at Kamehameha Park. Followed by an all day Hoolalea – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hoolaulea at Kamehameha Park with food, entertainment and educational exhibits. Info: www.kamehamehadaycelebration.org. Info: Kay Aldrich, or email [email protected] or call (541-778-2642).
SPECIAL WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION NON-PARTISAN CANDIDATE FORUM: 5:15 p.m., Thursday, July 12. Waimea School Cafeteria. Candidates for relevant Hawaii Island races will be invited to participate in forum. Hawaii public radio & LAVAFM news journalist Sherry Bracken to moderate. Audience invited to submit questions. Info: Patti Cook (937-2833).
HAWAII STATE PRIMARY ELECTION: Sat., Aug. 11.
MEALANI’S 17th ANNUAL ‘TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE’ AND AGRICULTURAL FESTIVAL: 6-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21. Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort. One of Hawaii’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 www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com.
HAWAII STATE GENERAL ELECTION: Tues., Nov. 6.
52ND ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE & ALL-DAY GIVING TREE PROJECT IN-GATHERING CELEBRATION: Saturday, Dec. 1. 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 Hawaii) 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 – Saturday, Dec. 8 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 Hawaii Community College at Palamanui in West Hawaii. More than 20 top Hawaii chefs and confectioners use primarily locally sourced ingredients to prepare tantalizing cuisine. Attendees enjoy live jazz under the stars and an exciting live auction. Tickets: $75. More info: Search for Fairmont-Dining with the Chefs on Facebook.
Waimea Food Pantries:
- 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.
- Annunciation Catholic Church – Ann Lum (885-0879 or 640-4704). Open 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays for a once a month food pickup.
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 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. 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 Honokaa, 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 Honokaa 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].net or call Stephanie Stearns (883-2424), or go to www.library.waikoloacommunity.org.
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. Second 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 HOLA HAMAKUA NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: North Hawaii’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 HAWAII THRIFT SHOPS (Great Bargains, Help Needed, Donations Welcome):
- 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.
- 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).
- MAMA’S HOUSE THRIFT SHOP, CONSIGNMENT FURNITURE, 12-STEP BOOK STORE & BARGAIN BAY IN WAIMEA (two new locations): 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Moday.-Friday; 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, near the former Salvation Army next to Napa Auto. Features Free WIFI, complementary 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].
- LYDIA’S CLOSET: Open Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. Located in the building just above Honokaa 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.
WEEKLY FARMERS MARKETS:
- 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. Organic leafy greens, fruit and vegetables, Waipo 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, Hawaii 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).
- 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].
- 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.
- 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 roadway though this is permitted.
- HONOKAA FARMERS MARKET: Begins at 7:30 a.m. every Saturday fronting Honokaa Trading Co.
- 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.
- WAIKOLOA VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET: 7:15 a.m. every Saturday in Waikoloa Community Church parking lot across from Waikoloa Elementary School.
- 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: www.hawaiiwildifecenter.org .
FITNESS & FUN CLASSES:
- DANCE FITNESS WITH LUPE RICE: 5:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays at Anna Ranch Hall; also 5:30 p.m., Fridays at Lupe’s home (64-5302 Iokua Place – “green side”. Incorporates high energetic world rhythms which will drench you in sweat! All invited; $5 w/ card; $6 to drop-ins. Info: 990-5318 for questions or e-mail [email protected].
- HONOKAA ZUMBA CLASS FRIDAY NIGHTS: 6-7 p.m., Honokaa P&R Gym Complex. Led by personal trainer and fitness instructor Sheila Fernandez-Kinzer. Info: 937-9035 or email [email protected].
- 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).
- 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.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: www.hear.org/species/solenopsis_invicta/.
COLLEGE CREDIT CLASSES COMING TO HONOKAA: Starting Fall 2010, North Hawaii 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 Hawaii Community College and any online course from any UH campus statewide. Info: Nicole Collier (775-8890) or stop by NHERC (below the hospital in Honokaa).
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 Hawaii Hospice (885-7547).
CHINESE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF HAWAII 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 www.courts.state.hi.us for downloadable notice and Request forms, or call the Third 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: www.plantdoctor.net. 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 Hawaii County at: http://co.hawaii.hi.us/databook_2008/dbooktoc.htm. Info: Colette Rapozo-Yamamoto (961-8500)
DO YOU NEED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, MORTGAGE RELIEF, CREDIT COUNSELING, HELP FINDING EMPLOYMENT? Call Hawaii First Community Resource Center in Waimea – A free federally certified service. Located upstairs in Waimea Center. 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 HAWAII: 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: www.afghawaii.org.
- North Kohala Family Group: 7 – 8 p.m. Mondays – Kohala Family Center, Hawi
- Waimea Family Group: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, – Tutu’s House.
- Puako Family Group: 7 – 8 p.m. Tuesdays, – Holualoa UCC.
- Waimea Family Group: 7 – 8 p.m. Thursdays – First Baptist Church.
- Waikoloa Family Group: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 9-10 a.m Saturdays – 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 a.m. and 1 p.m. 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 Hawaii. Includes a viewing platform with educational displays naming the puu and sharing the moolelo (traditional stories) of the area. 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: www.annaranch.org or call 885-4426.
MONTHLY EA & EIS PUBLICATION DATES: On the eighth and 23rd of each month, go to this website for notices of all EIS and EA documents and coming deadlines: http://hawaii.gov/health/environmental/oeqc/index.html.
ANUENUE QUILTERS OF NORTH HAWAII: 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 Hawaii who have lost a family member in the war in Iraq. Info: Nancy Donigan (887-2757).
SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS HOTLINE: 935-0677.
FREE TAX PREP, EMPLOYMENT COUNSELING, FINANCIAL EDUCATION AND MORE: Waimea’s new Hawaii First Community Resource Center is a not-for-profit located upstairs in Waimea Center – aka KTA shopping center/behind McDonalds. Created through Hawaii 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).
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 Hawaii (961-8068). Please report date, time of day, approximate location. Together we can save lives: ours and the donkeys!
KAHILU THEATRE: Info/reservations: 885-6868 or go to http://www.kahilutheatre.org for complete season details.
WAIMEA ARTS COUNCIL’S FIREHOUSE GALLERY: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays near main intersection in town in the historic firehouse. Everyone invited. For more info, go to www.waimeaartscouncil.org.
WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS & WAIMEA COMMUNITY THEATRE: Go to www.waimeacommunitytheatre.org. 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.
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 www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis. It’s wise to check on weather conditions ahead of time and bring appropriate warm clothing, drinking water and snacks.
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 www.whdt.org.
ULU LAAU/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 www.outdoorcircle.org/branches/waimea/ 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 through 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 www.annaranch.org
‘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/ HONOKAA 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 www.WaimeaTown.org and click on tab at top of Home Page re: Coqui.
COQUI ALERT/NORTH KOHALA: Call the North Kohala Coqui Hotline: 889-5775.
NORTH KOHALA COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER: For info: [email protected]
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)
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.
HAWAII’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 http://www.kipchawaii.org/.
HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE/MAULAU TRACT: Open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays by reservation for bird watching, hiking, photography only. Call 933-6915.
SUSPECTED MARINE MAMMAL AND PROTECTED SPECIES VIOLATIONS: Call 1-800-853-1964 for NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement.