PREPARED FOR NORTH HAWAII NEWS BY THE WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
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 www.WaimeaTown.org.
IMPORTANT COMMUNITY EVENTS:
CALL CRIMESTOPPERS TO REPORT WAIMEA TREE VANDALISM INFORMATION: 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. $500 reward leading to tree vandal arrest and conviction. Entirely anonymous. Or, call Waimea Police Station for Community Policing Officer Brent Foster, 887-3080.
PUNANA LEO O WAIMEA PRESCHOOL OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR: For keiki born in 2008 or 2009. Go to www.ahapunanaleo.org or call 885.7166 for information. All types of tuition assistance accepted.
Now through April 30: WAG Exhibit at Thelma Parker Library.
April 20 to 27, May 4 and 18: Visual Arts Workshop with Marshall Leonard Kary, Jr. 5 to 6:30 p.m. for ages 6 through 12; 7 o 9 p.m. for ages 13 and up.
May 12: Maoli Arts Month celebrates a Native Hawaiian Arts Market in the Kahilu Town Hall. Free and all welcome.
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.: Woodworking Workshop with Toma Barboza. A six-week course beginning with creating a fishhook and then other cultural implements. Ages 13 and up.
Japanese for Everyone: Thursdays through May 10 (6 weeks) – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Cost is $85 taught by Seiichi Kaida.
Karate-Do for Adults and Keiki: For five years and up. Thursdays through May 17, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Cost is $55 taught by Maria Lineker
Karate-Do for Adults and Keiki: For ages five and up. Thursdays from April 19 through May 24 3:30 to 4:45pm Cost is $55 taught by Maria Lineker
Computer Basics Class: On Mondays from April 23 to May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $95 taught by Diane Koani
Private Guitar Lesson with Fletcher Epperson on Sundays. Contact information on the website.
Introduction to Quickbooks Pro: Tuesdays through May 16 at 8 p.m. Cost is $95 Sylvia Castioni
Dr. Heather’s Healthy Kids – a Home School Class: Tuesdays, through April 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $140 taught by Heather Manley
Excel 2007: Tuesdays, now through May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $95 taught by Silvia Castioni
Beginning Ballet for 3 to 5 year olds – Saturdays, May 5 through 26 10 to 10:45 Coost is $40 taught by Sharon Petrosky
Beginning Ballet for 6 to 10 year olds – Saturdays, May 5 through 26 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost is $40 taught by Sharon Petrosky
Chinese Brush Painting: An Introduction to Traditional Tools, Techniques, Concepts and History –
Saturdays, May 5 through 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $75, materials included. Taught by Ezra Rose
Photoshop Made Easy – Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. $85 Robert Frutos
Multi Media Art Workshop – Favorite Things Still Life – Thursdays, May 10 through 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $65 by Janice Gail
Japanese for Everyone – Thursdays May 17 through June 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is $85 by Seiichi Kaida
Light it Up! Turning Your Photos into Extraordinary Images! On May 19. Cost is $65 by Robert Frutos
ZUMBA: On Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. and evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a bevy of enthusiastic instructors. Pay per class.
PARKER SCHOOL HOLDS LIGHT BULB EXCHANGE: From 4 to 6 p.m., April 20. Waikoloa KTA Village Market. Bring incandescent bulbs to swap/upgrade to low-energy, long life CFLs. For information, call Jennifer at 885-8309.
WAIKOLOA ‘FIREWISE’ TALK STORY: 6 to 8 p.m., April 20. Waikoloa School cafeteria. Elizabeth Pickett and Miles Nakahara from the Hawaiian Wildfire Management Organization will present the history of wildfire in Hawaii and steps residents can take to protect themselves and their property. Waikoloa School fourth graders will display their “Firewise Native Hawaiian Plant Project” and fifth graders will show their “Firewise Assesment of the Waikoloa School Campus.” Also the Waikoloa Future Foresters youth group will present a display. Program begins with brief community announcements and a short update from the Waikoloa Community Development Plan (WCDP) Action Committee. Refreshments provided. Free and all invited. Hosted by supporters of the WCDP. For information, contact Lisa Yee: [email protected] or call 883-9377.
‘HUAKA’I’ HULA THEATRE BENEFIT: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., April 20 and 21. Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. A new hula theatre production to benefit students of Kumu Lani Isaacs’ ‘Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy (APDA). Fully produced with vivid costumes, live music and professional staging, the show will share a story with dances from Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students from 13to 24 years old, $10 for keiki 6 to 12 years old. Keiki under years old free. Tickets available at Sleek to Chic Salon & Day Spa and Big Island Surf in Waimea, and may be purchased from APDA Halau members or at the door. Food, beverages, crafts, Polynesian jewelry and hula implements for sale. Call 887-0369 or email: [email protected] or visit www.alohidanceacademy.com.
WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE SPRING PLANT SALE & EARTH DAY FESTIVAL: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 21. At Ulu La’au – Waimea Nature Park. Select local plant vendors will have a wide variety of plants. All vendors are coqui and fire ant-free. Also a few local vendors selling arts and crafts as well as homemade baked goods, plus demonstrations, a master gardener for your plant questions and more. Also, a free Zumba class at 9:15, and 10 a.m. learn about composting with Ann Hassler’s Recycle Hawai’i Compost – workshop cost $10 per person and includes a free composting bin for those who attend the complete session. Pre-registration for composting class suggested: email [email protected] or call 937-1100. Composting bins may not be immediately available after the completion of the workshops. In this situation vouchers will be distributed to qualified attendees. Plenty of parking throughout the day. For more information, visitwww.waimeaoutdoorcircle.org, or call WOC President Cheryl Langton at 936-1468.
WAIMEA COUNTRY SCHOOL SPRING PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., April 21. At the school campus in St. James Circle. Featuring vegetable starts, flowers, herbs, landscaping plants and more with all proceeds directly supporting the WCS School Garden Program. Funds earned will help “match” a $2,500 school garden grant awarded by The Kohala Center. Call 885-0067 or email [email protected].
CELEBRATE EARTH DAY AT HPA: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., April 21: A “Sustainable Practices, Cultural Preservation, and Transformation” Earth Day celebration at the school’s terrace farm at the Upper Campus. Kumu Kuwalu Anakalea will open with a blessing, followed by HPA alumnus-archaeologist Mike Vitousek, who will discuss “A Historical Perspective of the Waimea Terrace Sites.” Numerous demonstrations and workshops including bamboo construction, u’ala, vermicomposting, aquaculture and more. Also will include tours of the school’s Energy Lab and join an archaeology walk around the area. Community members asked to bring old incandescent bulbs and exchange for free compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) while supplies last.
BIG ISLAND CELEBRATES READING FESTIVAL: 9:30 a.m.to 2:30 p.m., April 21. At HPA’s Gates Performing Arts Center. Students from sixth grade up through college, and readers of all ages invited to enjoy exceptional guest authors. Emcee Jonathan Kamakawiwo’ole Osorio will talk about the art of telling stories and composing lyrics drawn from Hawaiian history. Free. Bring a brown bag lunch or order a $5 lunch from Lois Inman at [email protected] or call 881-4024 prior to the day. To register, email Cathy Ikeda at [email protected] or call 937-8363. Call Lorna Hershinow at 239-9726 or e-mail [email protected].
MARINE CORPS CAMP TARAWA DETACHMENT #1255: Meeting on April 21. Banjy’s Paradise Bar & Grill at the Waikoloa Village Golf Course. No-host lunch at 11:30 a.m., then business begins at 1 p.m. All Marines and Navy Corpsmen (serving, retired or reserve) and spouses invited. Dress is resort casual. Call Jim Browne at 883-0069.
TRASH BASH ART SHOW UPSTAIRS AT KOHALA COFFEE MILL: 6-9 p.m., Sat., April 21, 2012. 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. This event is to help raise awareness about landfills and trash management in a fun, creative way. Sponsored by WasteStream, a project of North Kohala Community Resource Center. Call Colleen at 889-5009.
KONA-KOHALA GRAND GREEN HOMES TOUR: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 22. A benefit sponsored by West Hawaii Mediation Center and the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce to provide residents and visitors Earth Day tours of North Kona and Kohala homes that feature numerous sustainable features. Tickets $35 for four homes or $10 per individual home. For reservations call 329-1758.
SOUTH KOHALA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN (SKCDP) ACTION COMMITTEE 2012 MEETINGS:
April 23: Waimea Senior Center, 5 p.m. – Regular Meeting
May 28: Waikoloa Village Assn. Community Room, 5 p.m. – Town Meeting
June 25: Kawaihae Mac Nut Factory, 5:30 p.m. – Town Meeting
July 23: Puako Hokuloa Church, 5 p.m. – Town Meeting
Aug. 27: Waimea Senior Center, 5 p.m. – Town Meeting
Sept. 24: Waikoloa Village Assn., Community Room 5 p.m. – Regular Meeting
Oct. 22: Waimea Senior Center, 5 p.m. – Regular Meeting
Nov. 26: Waikoloa Village Assn., Community Room 5 p.m. – Regular Meeting
Dec. 17: Waimea Senior Center, 5 p.m. – Regular Meeting
FINAL LECTURE ON THE HOLY LAND AT NORTH KOHALA PUBLIC LIBRARY: The second of a two-part series at 6:30 p.m., April 23 by the Rev. Heather Mueller, the newly appointed Priest in charge of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church based on her work in Israel. Session is titled, “The Holy Land: the Political Situation,” and will give a firsthand view of the history and political situation facing Jerusalem powerful photos of what is happening in Jerusalem now. Free and all invited. Call 889-6655 for info or special accommodation required.
FREE COMPASS PREPARATION CLASSES: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday in April at Kanu o ka ‘Aina. Compass is the placement test used by community colleges in Hawaii and nationally to determine math, reading and writing abilities of entering students. Tuesday workshops will include test taking strategies, sample questions and practice designed to help students accurately place at their skill level. Each Tuesday covers a different topic. Call 324-0764 to register or email: [email protected].
NEW LOCATION – WAIMEA MIDWEEK MARKET AT PUKALANI STABLES: 11 a.m. to 5 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. Everyone invited! Plenty of parking. To become a vendor, email: [email protected] or call 936-2833. Free admission to Paniolo Heritage Center during market hours.
APRIL 26 DEADLINE FOR NORTH HAWAI’I ROTARY VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS: For the 2012 through 2013 school year for students accepted into community college or certificate program at a vocational training center in Hawaii – for study in, but not limited to, technology, health sciences, diversified agriculture, education, culinary arts, cosmetology and automotive repair. Exceptions to non-traditional vocational programs will be considered. Applications available through high school counselors at Honoka’a, Kanu o Ka Aina, HPA, Parker and Kohala and from the Rotary website: www.north-hawaii-rotary.org. Also available to home schoolers and individuals with a high school diploma or GED by calling 885-9214.
KA HUI KAPA APANA O WAIMEA (QUILT CLUB): 9 a.m. to noon, 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. Call Kathy Tanaka at 775-0765.
9th ANNUAL WAIMEA RELAY FOR LIFE: April 28 to 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. Info: www.relayforlife.org/waimeahi or call Cathy Hashimoto at 935-0025.
36TH ANNUAL HORSE SHOW AT HPA: 9 a.m., April 29, at the Upper Campus. Open to riders from throughout the state – entry deadline is April 20. Free and open to the public. Volunteer jump judges needed. Info and registration, call Judy Folk at 885-4302 or e-mail [email protected]. Cathy Darrow of Pepeekeo, a US Equestrian Federation dressage judge, will officiate. Riders will compete in the following divisions and ribbons awarded through seveth place:
Division A: Jumping ($5 Entry Fee Per Class): Crossrails Equitation—Trot and/or canter; Novice Hunter Over Crossrails—Trot and/or canter; Hunter Over Crossrails—Trot and/or canter; Equitation Over Fences—Open 2’ to 2’3”; Open Jumper 2’ to 2’3”; Open Hunter 2’6” and Poles On the Ground Equitation.
Division B: Hunter Trials ($35 Entry Fee): Brave Hearts: 13 to 15 jumping efforts, about 2’9”. The Optimum Time will be based on 350 meters per minute. Also, Soaring Jumpers: 17 to 19 jumping efforts, no higher than 3’, with spreads anticipated. The Optimum Time will be based on 350 meters per minute.
Division C: Play Day ($5 Per Class) All classes are grouped by ability: Walk/Trot/Leadline Pleasure (English or Western); Pleasure (English or Western); Walk/Trot/Leadline Equitation (English or Western); Equitation (English or Western); Bucket Elimination (English or Western); Ribbon Race (English or Western); and Balance and Hold Game (English or Western).
WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING: 5:15 p.m., May 3. Topping the agenda will be panel discussion themed, “So, You Can’t Find a Doctor?” – to help the community better understand why and learn about what we can do about the regional and islandwide doctor shortage and community strategies to recruit/retain physicians. Also continuing free light bulb exchange – bring old incandescent bulbs for new CFLs. Waimea School Cafeteria. All welcome. As always at WCA Town Meetings, donations welcome for Waimea food pantries — preferably checks or cash to enable pantry volunteers to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and other essentials for families in need. Also, hot coffee provided at meetingby Starbucks-Waimea free but donation welcome for the food pantry too. If you aren’t receiving WCA’S informative e-blasts including the latest on Coqui Free Waimea project, please log onto website: www.WaimeaTown.org and sign up on home page. Call Sherman Warner at 885-1725.
HAWAII COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY COUNTY CONVENTION: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 5. Honokaa High School Cafeteria. Registration, light breakfast, networking from 8 a.m. All registered Democrats welcome on a first-come basis; must coordinate with respective district officers, or email Patti Cook at [email protected] for registration process. Cost is $25 Early Bird Registration by April 28; $30 thereafter. No walk-ins. Info: www.HawaiiCountyDemocrats.org.
WAIMEA TALK STORY WITH U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE ED CASE: 5:3o to 7 p.m., May 7. Waimea Middle School classroom. Park in the lot near the cafeteria and come to the school office; look for directional signs. Free and all welcome. Call Patti Cook at 937-2833.
WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETINGS. 9 a.m., May 8 (and the second Tuesday of each month.) Waimea Senior Center. All persons 55+ invited to join. Daily activities include: Mondays: Hawaiian quilting, Tuesdays: Meetings and crafts, Wednesdays:Line Dancing, Thursdays: Mah Jong, Fridays: Ground Golf, Ukulele lessons & Hula Lessons. Call Pat Lewi, president, at 885-4307.
SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING: 4 to 5:20 p.m. Tues., May 8 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. Call Chair Mike Price or email: [email protected].
FINAL FREE KAHILU THEATRE MAKANA PRESENTATION FOR THE SEASON: 7 p.m., May 10. Brian Siana (UC Riverside) to discuss “How Stars Destroyed Most of the Atoms in the Universe.” Everyone invited.
TROPICAL PAWS FUN-RAISER SUPPORTS Hawaii ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY: 6 p.m., 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.
FREE RESIDENTIAL ELECTRONIC WASTE COLLECTION: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning May 12 and second Saturday of every month at Waimea Transfer Station.
MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., May 12, and the second Saturday of every month in Thelma Parker Memorial Library Meeting Room. This patchwork quilters group enjoys sharing their love of quilting with others. Info: Becky Parkinson call 937-2159.
PUNANA LEO O WAIMEA’S FOURTH ANNUAL PIG HUNTING BENEFIT TOURNAMENT: May 12. Entry fee $25 perfourperson for teams of up to 4 people for registration received by May 5. $35 from May 6 until the registration deadline on May 11. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places prizes in three categories including cash and GPS dog tracking collar. Info: 885-7166 or go to http://facebook.com/punana.leo.o.waimea.
KANU O KA ‘AINA’S ANNUAL HULA DRAMA: Kahilu Theatre. Not to be missed. Student performance at 9:30 a.m., May 18. Tickets: $6/students; $10/adults. Call Sasha Lim Genovia at 890-8144. Evening performances at 6:30 p.m., , May 18-19. $20/Adults. Tickets per above or at Parker Ranch Stores after April 27. Open Seating.
ST. JAMES’ THRIFT SHOP MOTHERS DAY FASHION SHOW BENEFIT: 10 a.m., May 19. In the church parish hall. A wonderful way to celebrate Mothers Day and support our community. 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. A portion of the proceeds to be donated to West Hawaii Domestic Abuse Shelter in Kona which serves families in West and North Hawaii. Tickets $25 for adults. For more info and ticket, call Laurie Rosa at 885-7647.
24th ANNUAL NORTH Hawaii SENIOR HEALTH FAIR: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 20. Under a giant tent at North Hawaii Community Hospital. 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 Hawaii. Plus 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 at 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 to 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.
NORTH HAWAII HOSPICE SPRING VOLUNTEER TRAINING: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Two Saturdays, May 26 and June 2. At Tutu’s House. Provides an overview of hospice services including patient care, advance care directives, grief and bereavement support, and the special role of a hospice volunteer. Learn valuable skills for patient caregiving and end of life support. Info and to register, call 930-6625 before May 14.
KAHILU THEATRE SEASON CONCLUDES WITH THE BROTHERS CAZIMERO IN CONCERT: 8 p.m., Sat., June 2. Reservation: 885-6868 or go to www.KahiluTheatre.org.
SPECIAL WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION NON-PARTISAN CANDIDATE FORUM: 5:15 p.m., Thurs., June 7. Waimea School Cafeteria. First of two forums – this one to feature candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and Statewide races (State House and Senate) will be invited to participate in forum. Hawai’i Public Radio & LAVAFM news journalist Sherry Bracken to moderate. Audience invited to submit questions. Call Patti Cook at 937-2833.
REALISTIC OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP WITH NATURE ARTIST PATRICK CHING: Begins with 6 to 8 p.m. free presentation and demonstration June 8, followed by workshops from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 to 5 p.m., June 9 and 10. Sponsored by Waimea Community Education. For both beginners and professionals. There is a charge per day that includes canvas, paints and all materials needed to complete an 11×14” painting. Discounts available too. Space limited to first come. Reservations 887-2289 or contact the artist 271-5350 or email: [email protected].
BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL: 6 to 10 p.m., 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 and the chocolate industry in Hawaii. Will feature a chocolate taste-off competition with awards in sweet and savory categories. Entries judged by professional chefs as well as by “People’s Choice” nominations. Entries welcome – as an appetizer, entree or dessert. Also will include an educational Chocolate Symposium including seminars about cacao cultivation and processing along with a celebrity chef demonstrations on creating a signature chocolate entree, dessert and cocktail creation. Evening gala will include a silent auction, live music, champagne, and specialty beers. Funds raised will support the Palamanui Community College’s Culinary Program by way of donating funds directly to purchase equipment for the department. Funds will also go towards the Kona Pacific Public Charter School, who originally created the Kona Chocolate Festival to help build a community amphitheater on their campus. Info and tickets 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: 7:30 p.m., June 9, and 3 p.m., June 10 at the Kahilu Theatre. 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: www.waimeacommunitytheatre.org or 938-3062.
KAMEHAMEA DAY CELEBRATION IN THE KING’S BIRTHPLACE – NORTH KOHALA: Mon., June 11, 8to 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. Ho’olaulea at Kamehameha Park with food, entertainment and educational exhibits. This year’s theme is Aohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia (No task is too big when done together by all.) Info: www.kamehamehadaycelebration.org. Program sponsored in party by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the State of Hawaii Kamehameha Day Celebration Commission. Info: Kay Aldrich, or email [email protected] or call (541-778-2642).
IMPORTANT – WAIMEA COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE (CERT) TRAINING: Four consecutive Saturdays – June 30, July 7, 14 and 21, 2012 – Waimea Community Center. 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. 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 disaster strike. Waimea’s neighboring communities — Puako, Kawaihae and Waikoloa Village — invited to participate in the training, too. Info and to register: Bill Hanson (935-0031).
SPECIAL WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION NON-PARTISAN CANDIDATE FORUM: 5:15 p.m., Thurs., July 12, 2012. Waimea School Cafeteria. Candidates for Hawaii County races (Mayor and County Council) 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).
HAWAI’I STATE PRIMARY ELECTION: Sat., Aug. 11, 2012.
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 www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com.
HAWAI’I STATE GENERAL ELECTION: Tues., Nov. 6, 2012.
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:
· Kokua Christian Ministries – 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.
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 – Mondays through Thursdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
· 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.
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.
WEEKLY HANA FUDA LESSONS AT TUTU’S HOUSE: 12:30-2:30 p.m., Mondays. All welcome.
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.
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.
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 to 10 at Kahilu Theatre. 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.
FREE BEGINNER TAIKO CLASSES IN NORTH KOHALA: 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: 6:30-8 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 www.WaimeaTown.org, 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 Hawaii Rotary and Waimea Outdoor Circle. Everyone’s help and generosity needed. Call Sherman Warner at 885-1725.
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 ehawaii.gov/lilo/app, 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.
NHERC HERITAGE CENTER EXHIBIT ‘THE PEACE CORPS AND OUR COMMUNITY’: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. week days through April 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 http://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Hawaii-Education-and-Research-Center/91544554478 or go to www.WaimeaTown.org for monthly ROS calendar.
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 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. 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):
· 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): 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].
· 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.
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. 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).
· 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 roadwy though this is permitted.
· HONOKA’A FARMERS MARKET: Begins at 7:30 a.m. every Sat. 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 Sat. 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].
· 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].
· 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 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 www.courts.state.hi.us 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: 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 Hawai‘i County at:COMMUNITY CALENDAR