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 www.WaimeaTown.org.
IMPORTANT COMMUNITY EVENTS:
EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS – LANE CLOSURES ON MAMALAHOA HIGHWAY & LINDSEY BRIDGE IN WAIMEA: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. week days. 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 complete work in front of Bank of Hawaii and First Hawaiian Bank. Also, a separate contractor is working 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.
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.” Exhibit 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 www.pikogallery.com.
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.
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.
WAIMEA PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER WORK DAY & OPEN HOUSE: 9:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 18. At the historic tax office at Waimea’s main intersection – corner of Lindsey Road and Mamalahoa Highway next to the Kamuela Post Office. Drop by to check out this community resource center which is now available for small group non-profit and community project meetings. Also, come see photos of former stores in Waimea, and if time permits, help complete painting foundation 4×4 posts and braces around the building. WPA is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the character and history of Waimea. For more information, call Pete Hendricks (885-4453).
KAPA’AU ‘GO SKATE’ DAY: Saturday, June 18. Begins with a Skateboarder Parade for young, old, male, female, longboard and shortboard. Lineup at 10 a.m., parade begins at 10:30 from the Kynnersley-Union Mill Road intersection (Aloha Gas), where skaters can enjoy a great downhill cruise on Akoni Pule Highway to Kamehameha Park in Kapa’au, where there will be a Skate Day Fundraiser at the Kohala Intergenerational Center to help build “Phase Two” of Roots Skatepark in Kamehameha Park. Skaters from all over the island welcome to show support for building public skateparks in rural communities all over the island. Event includes $9 Steak Fry with salad from Kohala Organic Farm, live local music, an auction of donated local services, door prizes, a skateboarding contest and game of SKATE. Program sponsors, “Roots Advocates for Youth” has recently received a $15,000 grant from the Atherton Family Foundation to help fund the Roots Skatepark. Questions and tickets, call Richey or Kimberly (889-0503) or email [email protected].
ANNUAL MEETING OF KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION-WEST HAWAI’I: 11 A.M., Saturday, June 18. Keauhou Beach Resort Hotel – Ballroom 1. Kyle Chock, President of both Bishop Holding Corporation and Kamehameha Investment Corporation (KIC), will be guest speaker. Light refreshments served. All KS alumni, parents and associates welcome. Will include election of officers. Info or to RSVP, call Sharon Goodman (895-1817) or go to www.ksaawesthawaii.webs.com.
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 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)
HAPPY FATHERS’ DAY! – Sunday, June 19
NORTH HAWAI’I COMMUNITY HOSPITAL CEO ON THE RADIO: Sherry Bracken with KKOA and LAVAFM interviews NHCH CEO Ken Wood in two half-hour show on “Island Issues”, beginning Sunday, June 19 and continuation the following Sunday, June 26 at 6:30 a.m. KKOA 107.7 fm and online, www.koacountry.com, and at 8 a.m. on LAVA 105.3 fm and online, www.lava105.com. Following the radio air dates, the interviews will be posted to the LAVA 105 and KKOA news web site, www.bigislandnewscenter.com – look down on the right side of the home page.
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 www.teeaoteturama.com, or call Maile Lee (450-9664) or Dave Tavares (354-6499). .
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: www.volcanoislandhoney.com/blog/beginning-beekeeping or call Andrea Dean (960-3727).
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 COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES: For full list of classes, hours, cost and instructor information, go to www.waimeaeducation.com. 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., Tuesdays, June 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.
RURAL OUTREACH SERVICES AT NHERC: Several State, Federal and Community Non-Profits bringing resources to North Hawai’i on Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Services first-come on a walk-in basis. No appointment necessary.
* June 22: Hawai’i County Economic Opportunity Council (HCEOC) – Information on education and job training, low income energy assistance and housing services, and youth tutoring and mentoring.
* June 29: U.S. Department of Labor-Veterans’ Employment & Training Service – Workforce assistance, employment counseling, career guidance, assessment and assistance with online registration- Hirenet Hawai’i.
* July 6: Hawai’i Community College – Programs available with assistance with applications and financial aid
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.
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 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 www.KohalaLearning.org 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: www.kohalalearning.org. .
WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION OFFICE CLOSED JUNE 20-JULY 4: Will be changing carpet for a laminate floor, thanks to Susan Griley and her Zumba class, which raised funds and is providing labor for this project. Also doing some painting and landscaping and welcome volunteers. Zumba classes continue Monday and Friday from 8:15-9:15 a.m., and Friday afternoon 4:15-5:15 p.m. For more summer class info, go to the website.
REEFTALK TO DISCUSS MARINE DEBRIS REMOVAL PROJECT IN KA’U: 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 21. Thelma Parker Library. Themed “Eight Years “Net” Progress – Picking up the Pieces in Southeast Hawai’i (Ka’u),” presenter Megan Lamson from the non-profit research and conservation organization, Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, will share the details of their marine debris removal project efforts in SE Hawai’i. She will discuss the sources of origin and problems marine debris creates for marine life in our ocean and along our coastline. Ms. Lamson will report the success of Hawai’i Wildlife Fund’s community beach cleanup events over the past eight years and offer suggestions on how we might reduce the amount of single-usage plastics in our lives. All invited. Info: call UH Sea Grant (329-2861).
NEW INSTRUMENTS TO FACILTATE NEW KECK TELESCOPE DISCOVERIES: 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23. Hualalai Learning Theatre at W.M. Keck Observatory headquarters in Waimea. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Presentation by Dr. Armandroff to explain that telescopes are basically light buckets and that bigger is better. But what makes all that starlight meaningful are the instruments which process it. Keck Observatory is poised to make another great leap forward with new instruments. Community invited; coffee and snacks served. Info: 881-3827 or email [email protected].
KONA-KOHALA CHAMBER’S ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP & INSTALLATION LUNCHEON: Fri, June 24. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Guest Speaker: Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Begins with 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Business Expo, then luncheon meeting in between. Chamber members $50; Others $60. Reservations required by June 20 online at Kona-Kohala.com or call 329-1758.
PARKER RANCH ROUNDUP CLUB HOSTS PBR BULL RIDING CLINIC: Friday, June 24. Parker Ranch Paniolo Park. Everyone invited – free. Registration at 11 a.m.; clinic at noon. National Professional Bull Riders’ champions McKennon Wimberly and Sean Willingham to provide instruction. Open to interested participants. Info: Deedee Bertemann (325-5937) or South Point Buckers. Lunch concession. Hosted by Paniolo Preservation Society and Hawai’i Tourism Authority. Event is intended to begin integrating Hawai’I as part of the annual PRB schedule and to share Hawai’i’s unique paniolo heritage with mainland contenders and visitors, both during the actual events and through national media coverage. For more on PBR, go to www.pbr.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TeamPBR.
KOHALA WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP WORK DAY: Saturdays, June 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: www.kohalacenter.org/pelekaneblog.
KA HUI KAPA APANA O WAIMEA (QUILT CLUB): 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 25 and last Saturday of every month except November and December when the meeting is on the third Saturday. St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall. This is Hawaii’s oldest Hawaiian quilting club. Everyone welcome. Free. Info: Kathy Tanaka (775-0765).
WAIMEA’S PUPULE PAPALE CHAPTER OF THE RED HAT SOCIETY TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL HOOT DAY: 1 p.m., Saturday, June 25 at Parker Ranch Food Court. Red Hat Sisterhoods from across the island are invited. Will meet and have lunch at choice of eatery. 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). The Waimea group’s future meetings will be July 14 at Merriman’s and August 11 at Waimea’s Huli Sue’s.
WISHARD GALLERY PRESENTS ‘PALETTES AND PUPUS”: 3-5 p.m., Saturday, June 25. Parker Ranch Center store. To include art instruction with Kathy Long, Hawaii’s “pastel queen.” Wine and pupu follow. $60 includes a black and white print and all materials. Registration required – 887-2278. More info, go to www.wishardgallery.com.
IMPORTANT – OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW ‘PANIOLO HERITAGE CENTER AT WAIMEA’S HISTORIC PUKALANI STABLES’: 4-7 p.m., Saturday, June 25. The Paniolo Preservation Society introduces and blesses (4:30 p.m.) this beautifully refurbished site now dedicated as a community gathering place, interpretive center and repository for the proud heritage of the Hawaiian paniolo. All are invited. $10 donation suggested to include light pupu (smoked meat, sausage, kalo and more) and beverages. To see how much work has been done at Pukalani Stables since PPS received the keys from Parker Ranch on April 1, go to Facebook for pictures of the power washing, termite tenting, painting and general sprucing up. To follow PPS activities, become a “fan” on Facebook, where there’s an extensive collection of “before” photos. Info: www.facebook.com/paniolopreservationsociety. Or contact PPS’ Heritage Center Manager, Anthony Roberts (640.9379) or email: [email protected]. Support Pukalani’s restoration and the preservation of the paniolo legacy by attending and joining PPS. Memberships available at the dedication on June 25.
LEARN TO MAKE SIMPLE, BEAUTIFUL JEWELRY: At 2 and 6 p.m., Monday, June 27. North Kohala Public Library’s Adult and Teen Craft Program will present jewelry artist Sid Nakamoto. Two sessions. Materials provided. Space limited to first come. Call to register: 889-6655. The new library is adjacent to Takata Grocery Store in Kapa’au. Please call three weeks in advance if you require a sign language interpreter or other special assistance.
IMPORTANT – SOUTH KOHALA CDP ACTION COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING: 5 p.m., Monday, June 27 at Mac Nut Factory in Kawaihae. Town Meeting. For more including member information, agendas, minutes and complete Council-adopted plan, go to: www.hawaiicountycdp.info/south-kohala-cdp/action-committee-materials. Next meetings: Mondays – July 25 at Waimea Senior Centerl August 22 at Waimea Senior Center. Always at 5 p.m.
JULY 1 DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR 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. Community members and high school students may also enroll through the first week of courses. Info: NHERC (775-8890) or go to www.uhh.hawaii.edu/academics/nherc/. 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 / Wednesday 5-6:30 p.m.
* Biology 101 – General Biology – Tuesday 6-8:45 p.m.
NEW HOPE WAIMEA’S ‘INDOOR SWAP MEET’: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, July 2 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 email [email protected].
ANNUAL PARKER RANCH JULY 4TH RODEO & HORSERACES: 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 4. More details to come – a Waimea tradition not to be missed!
NA LIMA HANA 4TH OF JULY CRAFT FAIR: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday, July 4. Hilton Waikoloa Village Grand Ballroom. A benefit for Waikoloa’s Na Lima Hana Charities including the Hawai’i Visitor Industry Charity Walk, Hawai’i Island United Way and Hawai’i Island Food Basket. Shop and meet with local crafters and vendors. Food booths, too, including cotton candy and shaved ice. Info: John Soares or Bambi Lau (886-2885) or email [email protected]
MAUNA LANI RESORT – TURTLE INDEPENDENCE DAY: Monday, July 4. Since 1989, Mauna Lani has received juvenile honu to raise in their saltwater ponds until they grow to a size that is appropriate for release into the wild. This release occurs each July 4 at the ocean’s edge fronting the hotel. Families invited to enjoy the celebration to educate the public about this beautiful native, endangered species. Festivities include a parade, music, food and activities. All invited. For more details, google Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows.
WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT FAMILY 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Entertainment, cotton candy, popcorn & family fun at Queens’ MarketPlace from 11a.m.- 6 p.m. Then, from 6-8 p.m. (gates open at 5) at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens, there will be a free, live music concert by the US Air force Band of the Pacific. Beach chairs & mats welcome. No coolers please; this is an alcohol and drug free event. At 8 p.m., there will be a fireworks extravaganza over Waikoloa Bowl. Info: 886-8822, email [email protected] or visit waikoloabeachresort.com.