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Thursday, June 9th, 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


LANE CLOSURES ON MAMALAHOA HIGHWAY IN WAIMEA: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. week days as part of a federally funded project to upgrade sidewalks to conform with federal ADA mandates. Contractor is closing one of the left turn lanes from Lindsey Road to Mamalahoa from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through June 17 to allow for work in front of Bank of Hawaii and First Hawaiian Bank. Also, a separate contractor is starting work to strengthen Lindsey Bridge so expect lane closures, though 2-way traffic should be maintained at all times. Hotline for info/updates: 887-0381.

HUNGER ISSUES EVEN MORE SERIOUS DURING SUMMER: When families do not have school breakfast and lunch programs to help feed children, there is often a peak in need at local food pantries, and more so in these challenging times when gas and utilities costs are soaring. Please consider dropping a donation off at the Annunciation or New Hope food pantries throughout the summer! If you would like to kokua, call Ann Lum (885-0879) with Annunciation Catholic Church’s food pantry or drop by foods, KTA Sav-A-Tapes, Foodland Maika’i awards, or call Johanna Reeve (885-5510) at the New Hope food pantry.

COMMUNITY HELP WITH FREE HOUSING ‘HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL’ INSTRUCTORS: The 2011 Festival will run June 24-July 15, providing over 10 free concerts and many more events that give this community amazing musical experiences and also underwrite scholarships for 11 young Hawaii artists. This event has poured over $2.5 million into the local economy since starting in 2005. They need homes for faculty — with privacy and "recovery time" from intensive schedules. Hosts are not expected to feed or entertain these faculty members, just kokua with housing — condos, ohanas, whole homes not occupied during the festival. Great care is taken to be sure homes are cared for and left in top notch condition. For more info, call Carole Chillingworth, Housing Director (volunteer): 887-1177, 936-4142 or email: [email protected].

"LIFE’S A BEACH” ART EXHIBIT AND SALE AT WAIMEA ARTS COUNCIL’S FIREHOUSE GALLERY: Throughout June – open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 17 Hawai’i artists have interpreted a Beach theme both figurative and literally by creating art in various styles – realistically, impressionistically and abstractly – displaying over 50 pieces of original art at what is the Big Island’s best kept secret and most affordable art gallery, where artists donate a percentage of proceeds to support community projects.

WAIMEA’S PUPULE PAPALE CHAPTER OF THE RED HAT SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETING: 12:30 p.m., Thursday, June 9 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). June 9 meeting at Bamboo Restaurant in North Kohala; July 14 meeting at Merriman’s; August 11 meeting at Waimea’s Huli Sue’s.

IMPORTANT – HAWAI’I ISLAND APPORTIONMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL TO MEET IN WAIMEA: 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 9 at Waimea Community Center. Hawai’i island community leaders Richard Ha, Barry Lamb, James Arakaki and David Ross were appointed members of the Council, which will advise the state commission which will re-draw boundaries for State Senate and House Districts based on the results of the 2010 census. Meetings are open to the public.

PHOTOVOLTAIC ENERGY ALTERNATIVES AND INCENTIVES FOR NORTH HAWAII HOMEOWNERS: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, June 9. Tutu’s House. Presented by ProVision Solar Inc. Learn about this alternative to fossil fuel and how it works in Hawaii including system design and tax incentives available. Reservations requested: 885-6777.

REALISTIC OIL PAINTING WITH ARTIST PATRICK CHING: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, June 10. Waimea Community Education – class limited to 6 students. Meant for everyone, including beginners. For inspiration, check out Patrick’s web site: To register, go to Waimea Community Education’s website.

PANIOLO-HAWAIIAN RANCHING ‘LIFESTYLE & LANDSCAPE’ ART & ARTIFACTS EXHIBIT AT WAIMEA’S PIKO GALLERY: Now through July 6. Open 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Located in the back of Parker Ranch Center next to Lilikoi Café. Free and everyone welcome. “Paniolo is the word for the Hawaiian cowboy though it stands for so much more: history, culture, traditions, hard work, art, music, beauty.” Features fine art in a wide array of media by native Hawaiian artists. For this exhibit, native Hawaiian artists from all islands creating art and crafts – from saddlery to feather lei – were recruited. Includes leather work, painting, photography, etc. Not to be missed! Info: Jennifer Bryan – 885-6240. Or go to

HAWAI’I HIGH SCHOOL RODEO ASSOCIATION STATE FINALS: Friday-Sunday, June 10-12. Parker Ranch Arena-Waimea. Promotes the sport of rodeo, sportsmanship, paniolo heritage, land and animal stewardship and youth scholarship. Each island has keiki, junior high and high school divisions. Junior High and high school competitors compete in their district and then at the state level here in Waimea, then the top four in each event has an opportunity to compete nationally. Admission free; donations welcome and concessions support the program. Info: 776-1693 or 938-1496.

PAPAALOA HONGWANJI BAZAAR & RUMMAGE SALE – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, June 11. Temple is on the makai side of mile marker 24 off Highway 19. Sale will include chicken sausage, sushi, baked goods, vegetables, household goods, furniture, crafts, clothes, books and much more! Info: Carrie Luke-Knotts (557-5526) or email: [email protected].

KOHALA WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP WORK DAY: Saturdays, June 11 & 25 and July 9 & 23. May 28 will be going again to Pu’u Pili to do ginger control in this enclosure which protects many amazing, rare native plants. 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:

KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION IN LEGENDARY KING’S BIRTHPLACE – NORTH KOHALA: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, June 11. A day-long cultural festival with floral parade, ceremony draping the King’s statue in lei, hula, food booths and musical performances. Festivities at Kamehameha Park. Info: 895-3168.

KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY COMMUNITY PARADE IN KAILUA-KONA: 9 a.m., Saturday, June 11. On Ali’i Drive. This year’s parade honor’s the pa’u tradition with riders representing all Hawaiian Islands, plus marching bands, hula halau and more. Also food booths, crafts, etc. Info: Barbara Nobriga (322-9944).

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING: 9:30 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, June 11 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 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].

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.

NORTH HAWAI’I O-BON DANCES: In Buddhist tradition, families welcome back the spirits of departed loved ones during the summer months with services and festive dance events called o-bon. The community is invited. North Hawai’i celebrations:

Saturday, June 11: Honomu Jenjoji (Odaishisan)

Saturday, June 18: Papaikou Hongwanji Buddhist Temple – 6 p.m. (964-1640)

Saturday, June 25: Honomu Hongwanji Buddhist Temple – 6 p.m. (963-6032)

Saturday, July 2: Kohala Hongwanji Buddhist Temple – 6 p.m. (775-7232)

Saturday, July 9: Pa’auilo Hongwanji Buddhist Temple – 6 p.m. (775-7232)

Saturday, July 16: Honoka’a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple – 6 p.m. (775-7232)

Saturday, July 23: Papa’aloa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple – 6 p.m. (962-6340)

Saturday, Aug 20: Hakalau Jodo Mission & Kamuela Hongwanji Buddhist Temple – 6 p.m. (775-7232)

‘SENSATIONAL 60s ON BROADWAY’ CONCERT BY WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 11, and 3 p.m., Sunday, June 12 at Kahilu Theatre. Selected hits from great

Broadway musicals of the 60′s – directed by Barbara Kopra. Featuring songs from “Camelot,” “Oliver,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Cabaret,” “Hair,” and more. Tickets: $15/adults; $13/Students & Seniors; $10/children. Available from cast members, Waimea General Store, Without Boundaries and at the box office on the day of the performance.


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. More info, go to, or call Maile Lee (450-9664) or Dave Tavares (354-6499). Classes: Waimea: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1st and 3rd Sundays; Waikoloa: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 2nd and 4th Sundays.

4th ANNUAL MALA’AI SCHOOL GARDEN ‘ART & SOL’ SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION & BENEFIT AUCTION: 1-3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 12. Merriman’s Restaurant. A delicious gathering of friends sampling Merriman’s culinary pleasures as pupu and exploring “live” and silent auction items that include rare art and healthy pleasures including extraordinary kapa pieces by master Roen Hufford, stained glass by Calley O’Neill and Joe Rivera, a Hawaiian lunch pa’ina for 8 at the Mock Chew kalo farm in Waipi’o valley, beautiful baskets of locally grown vegetables, personal pampering including massages and acupuncture, and much more. Special items include a tour and dinner with a Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope astronomer to the top of Mauna Kea, a mozzarella cheese-making class with Shelby Floyd, two-night stays at Waianuhea B&B in the clouds above Ahualoa, or on the warm sunny Kohala Coast at the Mauna Lani, dinner or golf at the Hualalai Resort, and a delicious Indian feast prepared by Amanda Rieux and Matilda Tompson in your home! Event benefits Mala’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School led by Amanda Rieux. $50 tickets may be purchased online at or call Alethea Lai (989-7861). Check out select auction items on the website.

KAWAIHAE LOCAL RESOURCE COUNCIL (KLRC) MEETING MOVED TO 2ND SUNDAY IN JUNE: 2-4 p.m., Sunday, June 12 at the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Factory. Directions: From Akoni Pule Highway, turn mauka on Maluokalani Street and follow the yellow signs to the Factory’s Visitors Center. Guest presenter will be microbiologist Wendy Minor with Hawaii Food and Water Testing, LLC, Honolulu, who will share her views and insights on fish farming in Hawai’i and its ecological impact. Wendy is a partner in the Honolulu lab which regularly tests food, water, wastewater, animal feed and fish meal for contaminants and quality control purposes. Her company has conducted ocean water tests for several Oahu recreational beaches and presently consults for Big Island Carbon regarding end-product research, development and quality control. Everyone invited. 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 HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: 6 p.m., Sunday, June 12 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).

REGISTER NOW FOR BEGINNING ORGANIC BEEKEEPING CLASS: 1-5 p.m., four consecutive Saturdays, beginning July 9. Presented by Richard Spiegel and Jennifer Bach. First three classes at Spiegel’s Volcano Island Honey Company in Ahualoa; 4th class at Bach’s Bee Love Apiaries in Papa’aloa. For commercial and backyard farmers and anyone wanting to learn more about beekeeping. Cost $200 which include book and swarm trap. Limited to 15 participants, first come. Five scholarships available. Priority will be given to those most likely to keep hives and/or help with public outreach and education. Classes will cover a history of honeybees, instruction about hives, tools, managing colonies and producing honey; capturing swarms; construction of different types of hives including pollination hives; bee pests and diseases; and holistic, biodynamic and organic beekeeping. Necessary beekeeping supplies including hat, veil, gloves, hive tool, smoker, bee brush, frame grip and entrance feeder will be provided for use during class. May order your own set for an additional $150 charge. More info/registration: or call Andrea Dean (960-3727).

WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER JUMP START BEGINS: June 13-July 13. Exclusively for incoming 6th, 7th and 8th grade students of WMS. Info: Mary Martinson (887-6090 Ext. 252.

HPA SWIM/WATER POLO CAMP: Session 2: June 13-17. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Two camps for students 8 years of age and older at Dowsett Pool. Students must be able to swim 25 yards or more to attend. Will cover four competitive strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle), starts and turns. Participants will learn the basics, improve their skills or master technique. Water polo instruction will include general water polo skills, ball handling and team play. HPA varsity swim and Academy Swim Club coach Mark Noetzel will lead the camps. All levels — beginning, intermediate, and advanced — encouraged to participate. $140 per session. Info: Mark Noetzel (640-6236) or e-mail: [email protected].

5th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND TOMMY BAHAMA CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT NORTH HAWAI’I HOSPICE: Monday, June 13. 9 a.m. breakfast, 10 a.m. putting contest and lucky ball drop, 11 a.m. shotgun start for 4-person scramble. Mauna Kea Beach Resort. Along the course there will be food and beverage tents featuring a grill tent, rum tent and beer tent. Day ends with a seated celebration – dinner, awards and a silent and live auction at Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant and Bar at 6 p.m. Support hospice by sponsoring a tee or playing in the tournament or both. Info: 881-8686 or email: [email protected], or go to:

NORTH HAWAII HOSPICE CIRCLE OF SUPPORT ‘THE JOURNEY OF GRIEF AND RECONCILIATION’: 4:30-6 P.M., Mondays through July 11. Info or to confirm participation, call Tutu’s House (885-6777).

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETINGS. 9 a.m., Tuesday, June 14 (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., Tuesday, June 14 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.

NORTH KOHALA PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, July 12 and August 16 as part of the summer reading program. All interested teen and adult readers welcome; will continue on a monthly basis. On June 14, participants will discuss the book, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver. This delightful book tells the true story of how this popular author and her family attempted to spend one year growing all of their own food and obtaining any food they cannot grow from local sources. Copies available to borrow at the library. Books for future meetings will be decided on June 14. Suggestions welcome. Info: Janet Lam (889-6655) to register or request a book.

SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING: 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 14 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].

WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES: For full list of classes, hours, cost and instructor information, go to Some classes weekly including Zumba with instructor Susan Griley. Monday and Fridays at 8:15 a.m. and Fridays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5 per class.

NORTH KOHALA PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER READING FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, ADULTS: Now through July 8. Theme: “One World, Many Stories,” and will feature stories, crafts and games from around the world. Highlight of series will be a story telling performance by Niall de Burca, one of Ireland’s finest story tellers, at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 28. Directed to elementary age students and older. This program including events below are funded by the Friends of the Library of Hawai’i, the Friends of North Kohala Library, UH-College of Continuing Education and many corporate donors. Info: 889-6655. The summer program includes:

3 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 21 & July 5: Elementary age join in stories, crafts and games.

10 a.m. Fridays: The ongoing Preschool Story Time series continues.

3 p.m. Wednesday: Librarian Janet Lam will conduct a story telling workshop to assist beginning storytellers in learning how to enchant an audience with a great story. This series will conclude with a storytelling performance for families and friends. The storytelling workshop is open to interested participants from age 8 to adult.

Ongoing reading challenge: Each child, teen, and adult who registers and records their reading during the five weeks will receive a small prize when they visit the library each week, as well as the opportunity to enter in drawings for great prizes. Elementary age readers are invited to participate in a special reading challenge where they can receive an additional prize for completing 8 reading challenge activities.

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.

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.

EXPERIENCE SUMMER AT HPA: Many different learning opportunities from Tiny Tots and Junior Tennis to Equestrian Camp, Youth Basketball Camps, Youth Swim & Water Polo Camp, Summer Sessions, Ka Makani Kids Camp and swimming lessons. Info: call the Auxiliary Programs Office (881-4088) or e-mail [email protected].

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: .

UH HILO’S COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES AT NHERC/HONOKA’A – FALL 2011: Begin week of Aug. 22 through Dec. 16. Local UH-Hilo students encouraged to register now; new student applications due July 1. Community members and high school students may also enroll through the first week of courses. Info: NHERC (775-8890) or go to All courses can be applied toward UH-Hilo general education requirements. Live, in-person classes include:

* Math 121 – Intro Stats and Prob – Tuesday / Thursday 2 – 3:15 p.m.

University 101 – Fresh Experience (WI) – Tuesday / Thursday 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

* Sociology 100 – Principles of Sociology – Monday 5-8 p.m. (at Kanu o ka Aina in Waimea)

* History 151 – World History: To 1500 AD – Thursday 4-6:45 p.m.

Hawaiian Language 101 – Elementary Hawaiian I – Tuesday / Wed. 5-6:30 p.m.

* Biology 101 – General Biology – Tuesday 6-8:45 p.m.

2011 HAWAI’I COUNTY 4-H LIVESTOCK SHOW & AUCTION: Friday-Saturday, June 17-18. Mealani Research Station. Community invited, especially for auction on Saturday. Info: UH-Manoa Cooperative Extension Agent Becky Settlage (981-5199). Or email [email protected].

Schedule of Events:

Friday, June 17: 6-8 a.m. Official Livestock Weigh-In. 8:30 a.m. Opening Announcements. 9 a.m. Judging Competition. 12:30 p.m. Lunch Break/Record Books Due. 1-2 p.m. Judge’s Workshop. 2:30 p.m. Poultry Contest followed by Clover Buds. 3:30 p.m. Rabbit Contest followed by Clover Buds. 4 p.m. Photos.

Saturday, June 18: 8 a.m. Greetings & Introductions; 8:30 a.m. Market Goat Contest; 9 a.m. Market Lamb Contest; 10 a.m. Market Hog Contest; 11:30 a.m. Market Steer Contest; Noon: Round Robin Contest; 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Buyers Registration and Brunch. 2 p.m. Auction. 6 p.m. Awards Dinner.


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