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Thursday, August 4th, 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 – WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING: 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4. Waimea School Cafeteria. Everyone invited. Program will begin with guest performance by the Waimea Teen Theatre Troupe who will soon be heading off to college. Organized by Zen Kuriyama, they are recently graduated students from Parker, HPA and Honoka’a High. Meeting will discuss a major construction project on Kawaihae Road to install water transmission mains to connect the new million-gallon reservoir to the planned DHHL Lalamilo subdivision. 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).

EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS – LINDSEY ROAD BRIDGE ‘STRENGTHENING PROJECT’: Now through mid-September 2011. 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 ROLL COMMISSION APPLICATIONS: 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.

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

HAWAI’I HORSE EXPO: Friday-Sunday, Aug. 5-7. Benefits Hawai’i Island Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which helps abused and abandoned horses on the island. Begins with Equine Medical Symposium August 5 at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, then continues with clinics and demonstrations August 6-7 at historic Anna Ranch in Waimea. Friday symposium to address breeding, training newborn foals to be good patients, handling the equine patient, calming a spooky horse, making a horse road-safe, how to deal with bucking, rearing and running off, how to change a horse’s attitude and more, plus a panel on the feral donkeys of Waikoloa. Top equine veterinarians Dr. Robert Miller from California, Dr. Brady Bergin of Waimea and Dr. Mark Fitch from Colorado will share their experiences so that attendees learn better animal care. Sunday begins with a Blessing of the Horses. Horse owners are welcome to bring a strand of their horse’s mane or tail for a traditional Hawaiian blessing. Also on Sunday, Hawaii Horse Expo will present the event’s Mana Award to recognize an individual on the Big Island who has inspired and educated the community about horses in line with the goals of Hawaii Horse Expo. Throughout Saturday and Sunday the Hawaii Horse Expo Vending Hall will be open for shopping and a Silent Auction will benefit Hawaii Island Humane Society. There is a daily event charge and Gold and Platinum benefactor passes available. Event is limited to fifty people. Info and tickets available at Hawaii Island Humane Society shelters in Kona, Waimea and Keaau or may be downloaded at Anyone interested in becoming a supporter, vendor or sponsor should contact Jones at 808-887-2301 or email [email protected].

59th ANNUAL HILO ORCHID SHOW – STATE’S LARGEST – OFFERS ‘ORCHID SAFARI: Friday-Sunday, Aug. 5-7. Edith Kanakaole Stadium. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sunday. 28 vendors, mostly of orchids including over 2,000 specimen plants, plus “green” vendors and demonstrations on orchid culture and flower arranging and Hawaiian entertainment during lunch hours. A silent auction throughout the show. A preview party kicks off the event from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4 with delicious local fresh cuisine by Audrey Wilson and Russell Ruderman from Island Naturals, desserts from Eclairs, coffee from Hilo Coffee Mill, wines including some from Africa in keeping with the safari theme, and Kona Brewing Company’s locally brewed beer. $65 preview party tickets benefit Ku`ikahi Mediation Center, the non-profit alternative dispute organization serving east Hawai’i for the last 26 years. Displays and plants will be judged for ribbons and trophies Thursday morning, and American Orchid Society merit judging will be conducted Thursday afternoon with awards presented at the preview party. The coveted best of show trophy will be the Yasuji Takasaki perpetual trophy. Mr. Takasaki, who was a pioneer in the orchid industry in Hawai’I, passed away this year at age 95. An avid grower, he worked in the family nursery, Carmela Orchids, until the month before his death. There will be a memorial display honoring him at the show. Tickets available at Basically Books-Hilo, or call Danny Robinson (557-8886) or Ku’ikahi Mediation Center (935-7844 Ext.3, or email: [email protected].

AUG. 6 DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR PROPOSED WAIAKA BRIDGE REPLACEMENT AND REALIGNMENT. DOT contractors have concluded “No Significant Impact” and are presenting six alternative realignments. No decision has been made on which alternative, and community urged to review alternatives and share preferences. Info: – search for Hawai’i Island projects.

NEW HOPE WAIMEA’S ‘INDOOR SWAP MEET’: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6 and the first Saturday of every month. Many schools, groups/organizations, and individuals utilize the gym, and proceeds from this monthly marketplace benefit the Gymnasium Improvement Fund at New Hope Waimea. Bring a friend and shop for antiques, unique collectables, crafts, clothes, books, food, art, rummage, jewelry, toys and more. Vendor space still available and reasonable. For vendor information please call Skip @ 989-4422 or call 885-5510, or email [email protected].

FRIENDS OF THELMA PARKER SCHOOL-COMMUNITY LIBRARY BOOK SALE: 9 a.m. – noon, Saturday, Aug. 6. Featuring children’s books, adult fiction and paperbacks. Help welcome!

DROP OFF ‘CULINARY & GARDEN GARAGE SALE DONATIONS AT ONE OF SEVERAL LOCATIONS: Slow Food Hawai’i is planning a giant sale on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Hawaiian Homestead Farmers Market to benefit Mala’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School and is asking the community to “fling” donations their way by bringing them to one of several drop-off spots or call Clare Bobo (936-6511) w/ SFH to arrange a pick up in Kona or Hilo, or Jeanne Oshima (887-1027) of Mala’ai for pick up in Waimea, Kohala or Honoka’a. Drop offs:

* Island Thyme Gourmet booth at Parker School Town Market in Waimea on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* Everett & Sandy Pang’s ESP Nursery booth at the Waimea Hawaiian Homestead Farmers Market any Saturday except Aug. 13, 7 a.m. to noon.

* Waimea Middle School office – Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

* Mala’ai’s Crop Share at Waimea Middle School, 12:30 and 3 p.m., every Saturday in the garden.

HPA KA MAKANI FOOTBALL CAR WASH & BAKE SALE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6. HPA Village Campus. Everyone invited to fundraiser for team. Info: 885-6424.

WEEKLY MALA’AI SCHOOL GARDEN ‘CROP SHARE’: 12:30-3 p.m. At the garden at the back (south side) of Waimea Middle School. Community welcome to 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].

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.

IMPORTANT – 1ST ANNUAL WAIMEA HAWAIIAN HOMESTEADERS BENEFIT LUAU: 4-10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6. Kuhio Hale – Hawaiian Homes Hall. A delicious feast w/ entertainment to raise funds to launch planning for a new, much needed 45-acre community park on land Mauna Kea (south) side of Kuhio Village plus a new cemetery. Feast will include laulau, chicken long rice, poi or rice, lomi salmon, poke and dessert plus terrific entertainment by Napua Makua, Darlene Ahuna, Ku’uipo Kumukahi and others. Co-Emcees: Penny Vredenburg, Nelson Ray Parker, Pat Kahawaiola’a. Tickets $20. Available at Without Boundaries, Waimea Music, Parker Ranch Store, Halau Ho’olako and Mama’s House Thrift Store. Everyone invited! Info: Mike or Tisha Hodson email: [email protected].

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).

FISH CAGE EXPERIMENTS ON KAWAIHAE LOCAL RESOURCE COUNCIL AGENDA: 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7. Hamakua Macadamia Nut Factory Visitors Center on Maluokalani Street – Kawaihae. All invited. Washington State University graduate student Tony Spitzack will review recent experiments involving small fish exclusion cages conducted off the Kona coast of the Big Island. The second presenter will Jeff Hood, Harbors District Manager from State DOT will discuss plans in the works for Kawaihae Harbor, including the anticipated by-pass road and harbor expansion. Sarah Peck, long time volunteer and driving force behind the establishment of KLRC, will be attending; this is her last council meeting before moving to the Mainland. Everyone invited to attend to thank her and convey good wishes. KLRC meetings are hosted by the Kailapa Community Association (KCA), an 501(c)(3) representing more than 120 families residing on Hawaiian Home Lands, Kawaihae – Mauka. Info: Diane Kaneali’i, President, (880-9798).

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.

WAIMEA BALLROOM DANCE CLUB – CHA CHA LESSONS: 7 p.m., Monday evenings through Aug. 22 – a 6-week class at Waimea School Cafeteria. There is a charge. Dance instructor Sharon Petrosky. Info: Peter In (885-4776).

CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT WITH HOKU WINNER LEE EISENSTEIN: 7:30 p.m., Mon., Aug. 8. Honokaa People’s Theater. Tickets $12; available at the door. Info/tickets: 775-0000.

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

BREAST FEEDING FRIENDS TALK-STORY: 10-11 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday every month. 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.

SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING: 4-5:20 p.m. Tues., Aug. 9 and second Tuesday of every month. Waimea Civic Center near the Courts and Police Station. Community urged to attend to learn about issues and provide input. All welcome to attend. Info: Chair Mike Price email: [email protected].


* Gallery Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays. Everyone welcome. Info: 887-1052.

* Hamakua Artisans’ Guild Group Show: Now thru Aug. 27. Firehouse Gallery. Free public reception for the artists from 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 with wine and pupu to celebrate eight members from the Hamakua guild who are exhibiting recent works in high quality craft and fine art. Artists include J. Jay West, Teresa Crowell, Janice Gail, Karen Thrasher, Kathleen Jaeger, Bill Jaeger, Rachel Baker and Sarah P. Ednie. Info:

* Aug. 27th deadline to submit pieces for WAC’s 27th Helen M. Cassidy Memorial Juried Art Show. Must be submitted no later than Saturday, Oct. 1. Must be a current WAC member. There is an entry fee per piece and cash prizes will be awarded. Show prospectus (rules) will be included in the September WAC newsletter and posted on the website:

* September: A Five-Artist Show featuring Kathy Lukens, Jill Breaux, Julie McCue, Merna Watta and Beth Hutchinson.

* Oct. 5-29: 27th Helen M. Cassidy Memorial Juried Art Show. Awards reception for artists from 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8. Community invited.

* November 2-26: J. Jay West, “Trashformation” art from recycled and found objects.

* November 19 & 20: Hamakua Artisans’ Guild’s 9th Annual Holiday Studio Tour from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

* December 1 – 30: 4th Annual Affordable Art Show & Sale – everything under $250.

* December 3: Waimea Twilight Christmas Parade & All-Day Celebration. Gallery open until 8 p.m.

FREE BON DANCE WORKSHOP: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10. At Kanu o Ka ‘Aina’s Ho’olako School Building – on the south side of Kuhio Village. Presented by Waimea Middle School’s ‘Ike Hawai’i cultural learning program. In anticipation of the Saturday, Aug. 20 Waimea Japanese Obon Festival and Bon Dance at Kamuela Hongwanji Temple, community members including teachers, families and students are invited to this workshop with instructor Alice Fujii to learn about and connect to the rich culture and traditions of our Japanese community.

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.

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

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: .

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.

WAIMEA’S PUPULE PAPALE CHAPTER OF THE RED HAT SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETING: 12:30 p.m., Thursday, August 11 at Waimea’s Huli Sue’s (and the 2nd Thursday of every month at a local restaurant). This sisterhood actively promotes fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment and fitness as well as the contributions of women. If interested in joining, call Queen Mother Nina Disbro (895-1234). Future meetings: September 8 at Jade Palace, October 13 at Solimene’s, and November 10 at Merriman’s Market Cafe.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING: 9:30 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, August 13 and 2nd Saturday of every month in the Thelma Parker Memorial Library Meeting Room. This patchwork quilters group enjoys sharing their love of quilting with others. They begin monthly meetings with a short business session and show and tell. The group generously contributes quilts to support a variety of community organizations and also have provided quilts to the police/fire department and North Hawaii Community Hospital for those in need and at Christmas they make quilted stockings and quilts for needy children. Info: Becky Parkinson (937-2159).

WAIMEA HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: 6 p.m., Sunday, August 14 and 2nd Sunday of every month. Imiola Church Laiana Hall. (Note: This is a change in meeting days from 2010.) Potluck follows. President: Maulili Dickson (987-9378).

AUGUST 15 DEADLINE FOR ‘REUSE INNOVATION CHALLENGE’ AT WILIWILI FESTIVAL 2011: Create treasures out of other people’s trash! Living on an island makes keeping things out of our landfills extremely important. Every time we reuse an object there is one less piece of trash, one less bit of impact on our carbon footprint, and a little more money left in our wallets. Share your ideas by entering them in this Challenge with prizes awarded in four categories:

1) Clothing and Accessories, 2) Art, 3) Keiki (18 and under), and 4) Everything Else. Entries judged on 1) Originality, 2) Creativity, 3) Environmental responsibility and 4) Environmental impact. Rules and entry forms at the Waikoloa Village office or go to:

NORTH KOHALA PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: 11 a.m., Tuesday, August 16 as part of the summer reading program. All interested teen and adult readers welcome; will continue on a monthly basis. Info: Janet Lam (889-6655) to register or request a book.

FRIENDS OF THELMA PARKER MEMORIAL LIBRARY QUARTERLY MEETING: 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18. Library meeting room. All welcome. President Alice Jenkins will conduct meeting. If the community has an item they would like brought before the board, leave a message at the Library for Alice by calling 887-6067. The Board is in need of a treasurer. Please call Alice if interested.

WAIKOLOA’S 2ND ANNUAL ‘LIVING GREEN’ WILIWILI FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20. At Waikoloa Village Golf Course. Free and all invited. Celebrating “All Things Waikoloa” with informational and educational booths, “it pays to be green” workshops on landscaping, gardening, reuse, recycling, energy conservation, etc., a keiki zone, bookmobile, live entertainment, hula, artisans, contest and foods. Info: artisan, craft, food, or green product/service booth space; or sponsorships: or contact Julia Alos at [email protected] or 883-1191. To include:

* Edible Landscape creating a backyard “foot pantry” – and why it’s good for you and the earth.

* Native Hawaiian Plants in the landscape to save on water and maintenance and to help ensure the survival of native species. Will also include the ecological and cultural importance of dry forest native plants.

* Get Started Growing Vegetables with a panel of seasoned gardeners who believe it’s easier than you think – bring your questions!

* Home efficiency in the Waikoloa drylands – how to use the natural design process to evaluate home efficiency.

* Don’t Throw Away Your Greens — Compost Them! presented by Recycle Hawai’i. Will cover basic composting techniques, common problems and solutions, and present composting tips and tricks.

* How to Cut Your Landscape Water Costs with tips and tricks for creating a beautiful landscape in Waikoloa Village without running up a large water bill.

* Gardening First Steps presented by the Waikoloa Dry Forest Recovery project to include seed preparation including scarification, a “recipe” for planting medium, and techniques for transplanting seedlings.

* Future Foresters “Adopt A Tree” project. Will award “adopter” a “certificate of adoption” that includes GPS coordinates for their tree and also places a metal band on keiki wiliwili to signify that it has been adopted.

* A “Putting & Chipping Contest” for adult and child teams.

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