North Hawaii calendar

Thursday, July 21st, 2011
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This calendar is prepared by Patti Cook on behalf of Waimea Community Association (WCA). To include community events in this calendar, email [email protected]. Deadline for information: Saturday please! For complete calendar, go to


IMPORTANT – COME CELEBRATE NEW ‘RURAL OUTREACH SERVICES’ INITIATIVE AT NHERC WITH GOVERNOR & COMMUNITY LEADERS: 10 a.m., Thursday, July 21. Entire community invited to welcome Governor Neil Abercrombie, Mayor Billy Kenoi, and other community leaders and representatives of numerous public and private agencies who are introducing in-community services Mondays through Thursdays at NHERC. Mondays will focus on agriculture including Kapulena ag project; Tuesdays on adult education with Kona Community School for Adults; Wednesdays on employment opportunities, job training, home ownership and housing (Section 8); Thursdays on eldercare, health and wellness, veterans and disability services; and Fridays on drug prevention education, parenting, recovery. Agency reps are bringing a wide range of services so residents don’t have to drive long distances to Hilo or Kona. No appointment needed. More info: go to or go to for monthly ROS calendar.

EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS – LINDSEY ROAD BRIDGE ‘STRENGTHENING PROJECT’: Now through mid-September. 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., weekdays only; contractor must keep two lanes, one in each direction, open at all times. This is a Hawai’i County project with Global Specialty Contractors, Inc. t install four additional reinforced concrete beams under this 70-year-old bridge. Questions/concerns: Contractor’s contact: Jerry Aldridge (341-1378); County’s contact: Bob Yanabu (961-8321). Concurrently, Goodfellow Bros. is concluding an ADA compliance sidewalk replacement project in Waimea town but now digging a Dry Well fronting Waimea School – expect detour for another week or longer and drive with caution – school starts Aug. 1. Hotline for info/updates on the Goodfellow/sidewalks project: 887-0381.

IMPORTANT – AUGUST 5 DEADLINE FOR NATIVE HAWAIIAN BOARD APPLICANTS: Nominations for the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission are being accepted online at the state website for boards and commissions ( Individuals must certify they meet qualifications to be nominated – by themselves or by Hawaiian membership organizations, which must also fulfill certain qualifications. Gov. Neil Abercrombie will appoint five members from the applicants – one each from the counties of Hawaii, Maui, Honolulu and Kauai, and one at large. For more specifics, google and search for Act 195/2011.

‘HOW TO RECREATE LIFE WHEN AT AT CROSSROADS’ CLASS: 6-8:30 p.m., two Thursdays, July 21 & 28. Waimea Community Education with coach Desirée Watson. $50 fee plus $5 materials; early bird discount is $40 for registration by July 8. A fun, interactive workshop blending practical life skills and business knowledge to support personal success and growth. To register: 885-1539 or go to Or go to: or call 883-9838.

IMPORTANT – NEW NORTH KOHALA ‘DIGITALMOKU.NET’ WEBSITE GOES LIVE: Saturday, July 23. Offers rich cultural history of North Kohala – photos, videos, etc. Priceless! Info: Tel: 371-3072 or email: [email protected]

KOHALA WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP WORK DAY: Saturdays, July 23. Bring your camera! Come prepared for the possibility of very wet and soggy conditions. Waterproof boots, rain pants and a light, but warm waterproof top is highly recommended. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the back of Parker Square and return by 3 p.m. Snacks, tools and protective gloves provided. Bring water and lunch. RSVP requested by emailing: [email protected]. Wear sturdy shoes and come prepared for sun, mist, wind or rain. Info:

WAIMEA CROP SHARE TO CONTINUE THROUGH SUMMER: 12:30-3 p.m. every Saturday. at Mala`ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School. Over a ton of fresh produce from North Hawai’i backyard gardens and farms has been shared to date. Bring surplus produce from your back yard garden or farm to exchange with or donate to others. Crop Share coordinators will facilitate exchanges by displaying and storing produce, helping participants determine fair exchange conditions, and collecting excess food at the end of the day for delivery to local food pantries. Everyone invited — and help welcome. Info: Nicole Milne (987-9210) or email: [email protected].

IMPORTANT – 8th ANNUAL AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY WAIMEA RELAY FOR LIFE: Begins at 5 p.m., Saturday, July 23, concludes at 6 a.m., Sunday, July 24 at Anderson Arena, mile maker 51 on Mamalahoa Hwy heading towards Honoka’a. Event celebrates the lives of hundreds of local cancer survivors, remembers those who have lost the battle, fights back against cancer and raises vital funds needed to help find a cure. This overnight community event brings together teams of families, friends, churches, neighborhoods and businesses. Walkers keep continuous presences on the track throughout the night, walking in shifts – showing that cancer never sleeps. Lots of entertainment and delicious foods make the all-nighter a fun, family-friendly gathering!

Info: 895-3168 or go to

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

FREE TAHITIAN DANCE CLASSES WITH TE ‘E’A O TE TURAMA: Offering a variety of classes including Tahitian dance, drumming, Samoan fire-knife, Maori and Hawaiian hula. Classes: Waimea: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1st and 3rd Sundays; Waikoloa: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 2nd and 4th Sundays More info, go to, or call Maile Lee (450-9664) or Dave Tavares (354-6499).

WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION: See website ( for complete program listing and to register. There is a small fee for to support this not-for-profit community learning center established in 1984:

* Zumba classes: Monday and Friday, 8:15-9:15 a.m., Wednesday 8:15-9:15 a.m. with Jessica Ochoa, and Friday 5:30-6:30 p.m. with Susan Griley.

* Karate Do for Adults & Keiki (5 and above) Thursdays, 3:30-4:45 p.m. with Maria Lineker.

2011 WAIMEA COWBOYS TACKLE FOOTBALL REGISTRATION – FINAL WEEK: 5-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, July 25-29. Cowboys locker room at Waimea Park. Three divisions:

Mitey Mite (ages 7-9/45-90 lbs); Pee Wee (ages 9-11/75-120 lbs plus older/lighter age 12/74-100 lbs); Midgets (Ages 11-14/105-140 lbs plus older/lighter age 15/105-140 lbs). $225 with $50 refundable when tackle equipment returned. Does not include cheer. Info: Russell Crabbe (960-1565); Keola Tavares (960-8654) or email: [email protected]; Raynette Pierson (987-9636) or email: [email protected]; Shanelle Tavares (960-2753) or email: [email protected]; or Angela Miller (896-6574) or email: [email protected].

WAIMEA BALLROOM DANCE CLUB – CHA CHA LESSONS: Lessons resumed July 18 with 6-week class at Waimea School Cafeteria. Registration accepted the first two weeks only at 6:30 p.m., with class beginning at 7. $15 for lessons plus membership. Dance instructor Sharon Petrosky. Info: Peter In (885-4776).

‘SECURING OUR FUTURE’ – A CONVERSATION ON ENERGY OPTIONS IN HAWAI’I: The final three of a 4-evening Monday series (6-8 p.m.), open to the public with experts and concerned citizens alike in a roundtable conversation on Hawaii’s energy future. At Ward Warehouse in Honolulu. May be one or several locations on Hawai’i Island with video converence link or skype, too. More info: Programs to include:

* July 25- Big Cable & Big Wind: The Plan, The Questions, The Concerns w/ Gerald Sumida, Chair, Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative; Estrella Seese and Maria Tome, State Energy Office and Robin Kaye, Friends of Lanai. Additional Speaker Pending.

* August 1- Fuel For The Future: Biofuels, Geothermal – What’s Next? w/ Kelly King, Pacific Bio Diesel; Robbie Cabral, Innovations Development Group; and Jeff Mikulina, Blue Planet.

BREAST FEEDING FRIENDS TALK-STORY: 10-11 a.m., Tuesday, July 28 and 2nd and 4th Tuesday monthly thereafter. Family Support Services of West Hawai’i’s Waimea Conference Room (across the parking lot from Tutu’s House). Free. For breast feeding moms, those who intend to breast feed and supportive past breast feeders (aunties, tutus). To share and continue to educate, problem solve and mentor each other. Facilitated by Breast Feeding Educator and Birth Doula Kiah Teves. Info: 936-4345.

WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL Back-To-School ‘Gear-Up’: 8 a.m. – 4 p. m., Wednesday-Friday, July 27-29. School office. Families with students may pick-up class schedules, order and/or pick-up uniform t-shirts, pay fees, sign up for tutoring. Info: 887-6090 Ext. 222.

COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION TO MEET IN WAIMEA: 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 27. W.M. Keck Observatory. All welcome. Info or special accommodation, call 961-8083 five days prior to the meeting. Comments may be emailed to commission at [email protected].

NEW WEDNESDAY FARMERS MARKET AT ANNA RANCH: 1-5 p.m. weekly. A great solution for those who run out of fresh local produce mid-week and/or can’t make it to the Saturday morning markets. Features fresh produce, plants, baked goods, jams and jellies, sauces, juices, Hamakua and Koa coffees, local tea, bedding and landscape plants, local crafts and massage. Interested vendors, call Anna Ranch (885-4426) or email Vicki at [email protected]. Please use caution if parking along the edge of Kawaihae Road though this is permitted.

FREE COLLEGE-BOUND COUNSELING FOR WAIMEA FAMILIES: From 5-7 p.m. every Wednesday evening through April in the Thelma Parker Library Meeting Room with Nancy Honda. Will provide help for families with high school students needing financial assistance for college or trade school. Mrs. Honda shares not only what is available in the way of scholarships, grants and financial assistance, but also how to write a resume and an introductory letter, etc. Drop by the library during this time for information and to schedule a personal appointment.

IMPORTANT – WAIAKA BRIDGE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PUBLIC HEARING: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 28. Waimea Civic Center Conference Room. DOT to present draft findings of “No Significant Impact” and present six alternatives. No decision has been made on which alternative, and community urged to attend, ask questions, share their preferences. Info: – search for Hawai’i Island projects. SKTSC to meet to discuss committee recommendation for preferred route.

‘MEET THE ICE GIANTS’ PUBLIC LECTURE HOSTED BY KECK TELESCOPE: 7 p.m., Thursday, July 28. Hualalai Learning Theatre at W.M. Keck Observatory headquarters in Waimea. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Presentation by Heidi Hammel, Executive Vice President of Association of Universities for Research In Astronomy (AURA). Community invited; coffee and snacks served. Info: 881-3827 or email [email protected]. Or sign up via Twitter@KeckObservatory

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.

IMPORTANT – ANUENUE PLAYGROUND – WAIMEA COMMUNITY CALL TO ACTION: Initial attention will focus on keiki safety — pressure washing, sanding, sealing, decking and seating repairs, fencing repair/replacement, post replacement. Will need a wide array of skills, tools, materials & financial support. Go to, for more details. This project is being coordinated by Waimea Community Association and Waimea Preservation Association in partnership with Hawaii County Parks & Rec staff, and with kokua from North Hawai’i Rotary and Waimea Outdoor Circle. Everyone’s help and generosity needed. Info: Sherman Warner (885-1725), Alex Woodbury (640-1566), Bill Sanborn (895-1122).

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

KA HUI KAPA APANA O WAIMEA (QUILT CLUB): 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 30 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).

4TH ANNUAL WAIKOLOA PTSA BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, July 30. Waikoloa school. Celebrate the new school year. Free and scripts available for fun activities

such as Party Bouncers, Rock Wall Climbing, Games and Face Painting. Enjoy a variety of food, a silent auction and live entertainment while also making lunch deposits, viewing class assignment postings and filling out bus applications. All proceeds benefit Waikoloa School PTSA. Info or to volunteer, email [email protected].

PAPA’ALOA HONGWANJI O BON CELEBRATION: Saturday, July 30. 6 p.m. Service; 7 p.m. dancing begins. Temple is on the makai side of Mamalahoa Highway (Hwy 19) near the 24 mile marker. The Young Buddhists Association from Hilo will host concession stand and the temple will sell Bon Odori towels. Four drummers from Bon Odori Taiko will accompany the music. Community invited!

WAIMEA COMMUNITY TEEN THEATRE TROUPE PERFORMANCE: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 30. Kahilu Theatre. Presenting “Sondheim and Friends.” Tickets $15/13/10; available at Waimea General Store & Without Boundaries in Waimea; Suite Possibilities in Kona. Info: or on Facebook, or call 885-5818.

IMPORTANT – WAIMEA ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSES RESUME: Monday, Aug. 1. Reminder: Morning and afternoon student drop-off/pick-up – use back gravel entry drive for one-way movement around campus. All students must be dropped at the back of the cafeteria. Please drive with extreme caution.

AUG. 1 DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR ‘SURFING SITES ON LAND & SEA’ HAWAI’I ISLAND TRAIL CULTURE & TRADITIONS COURSE AND OTHERS OFFERED BY UH-Center – WEST HAWAI’I: Eight Saturdays beginning Aug. 27, Sept. 10, 17; Oct. 1, 8, 22 & 29 and concluding Nov. 5. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Instructor E. Kalani Flores. Will explore cultural sites and traditions associated with holua (sledding) and he’e nalu (surfing) along the coastal and inland areas of West Hawai’i. Course HWST 119. Includes moderate hiking. No pre-requisites to enroll. Students can earn 3 college credits or audit the class. Admission/Registration, call: Student Services (322-4856), or for specific course information, contact instructor at [email protected].

‘BUSINESS FIRST! TUESDAYS AT DANIEL THIEBAUT’S RESTAURANT: 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2 and the first Tuesday of every month. An informal networking session of business people who are eager toserve North Hawai’i clients, and potential North Hawai’i clients or customers who want to meet and speak informally with business people in the area. Co sponsored by North Hawai’i Rotary and Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce. Bring plenty of business cards and enjoy drastically discounted prices from Daniel Thiebault’s.

IMPORTANT – WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING: 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4. Waimea School Cafeteria. Everyone invited. Agenda will include another guest performance by Waimea youth. As always for WCA Town Meetings, donations for Waimea food pantries requested and project chair Elaine Warner will “Pass the Hat” preferably for checks or cash to enable pantry staff to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and other essentials for families in need. Also, hot coffee provided by Starbucks-Waimea for all meetings. Donations welcome for the coffee which are given to the food pantry too. Info: Sherman Warner (885-1725).

NORTH KOHALA PUBLIC LIBRARY’S PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: 10 a.m. every Friday throughout August-September-October 2011. For keiki ages 2 – 5 and their caregivers to join the fun with stories, songs, games and simple crafts. This story series, which coincides with the beginning of a new school year, is particularly appropriate for newcomers to story time. With many of the regular attendees starting kindergarten, the August and September sessions will be small and parents will not need to worry if their child does not sit quietly or remain attentive through the program. Librarians are patient and realize that this is the first group experience for many young children. Info: Janet Lam (889-6655). Please call three weeks in advance for a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation.

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