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Thursday, June 23rd, 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


EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS – LANE CLOSURES ON MAMALAHOA HIGHWAY & LINDSEY BRIDGE IN WAIMEA: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. week days. Two separate contractors at work – one replacing sidewalks, one strengthening 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.

NOT TO BE MISSED: 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

“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 COMMUNITY EDUCATION OFFICE CLOSED NOW THRU 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.

HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL: Now thru July 14. More than a dozen concerts, classes, conversations and showcases, from informal free brown bag events to classical gatherings, which will share a wide array of musical styles while also providing musical training and experience to promising young performers. For more details and classes, go to, or call 808-333-7378. Performances:

* Saturday, June 25 – Gala Opening Night Concert. Exotic Melodies: 7:30 p.m. at Davies Chapel. A globetrotting tour of musical masterpieces evoking exotic ports of call as performed by HPAF Faculty Artists. Free to the public.

* Sunday, June 26 – Concert Conversations with Gary Hickling: 2 p.m., Gates PAC on HPA campus. Preview of HPAF’s 2011 concert season using recorded and live illustrations. Free to the public. -Sponsored by Mrs. Louis Emery, in memory of Dwight Emery.

* Monday, June 27 – Brown Bag Event: 12:15 p.m., Davies Chapel. Free to the public.-Sponsored by Perino Designs.

* Friday, July 1 – Young Artists Showcase: 12:15 p.m., A Brown Bag Event. Davies Chapel. Classic musical theater favorites, directed by Laurence Paxton, Chair of the UH-Manoa Music Department. Free to the public. -Sponsored by Waimea Coffee Company.

* Friday, July 1 – Berlin in Lights 7:30 p.m., Davies Chapel or Gates. Music from Europe’s glittering salons, music halls, and opera stages.” Free to the public. -Sponsored by Monk’s Delight Kona Coffee and Carl and Clive Davies.

* Saturday, July 2 – Summer Enchantment [Sommer Verzauberun] 7:30 p.m., Davies Chapel at HPA. Masterpieces of German Leider. Free to the public.

* Sunday, July 3 – Chee-Yun and Friends: 4 p.m., Davies Chapel at HPA campus, featuring international violin star Chee-Yun and Iggy Jang, best known as concertmaster of the Honolulu Symphony. Free to the public. -Sponsored by Robert and Barbara Sterne.

* Tuesday, July 5 – Brown Bag Event: 12:15 p.m., Davies Chapel. Free to the public.

* Wednesday, July 6 – Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi: 7 p.m., Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Gala fundraiser. One of opera’s most entertaining comedies in a festive Italian evening at the Four Seasons. One act, 45 minutes. $39 includes dessert buffet. Antipasto bentos and cash bar available for purchase. -Sponsored by Rhoady Lee and Alan Gartenhaus.

* Friday, July 8 – Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi: 7:30 p.m., Gates PAC. This comic romp pits an obnoxious family lusting for wealth against a wily but lovable con artist. Teamed with scenes from some of opera’s favorites. Free to the public.

* Saturday, July 9 – Love Lost: Renee Tatum In Concert: 12:15 p.m., A Brown Bag Event. Davies Chapel. A stellar vocal concert by a rising young opera star. Ms. Tatum appears courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Free to the public. -Sponsored by Big Island Buyers Brokers.

* Saturday, July 9 – Master Class Day: [Public Voice Lesson] 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Davies Chapel. Observe festival students in the training process with our renowned faculty. Free to the public.

* Saturday, July 9 – Ellis and Alyson: 7:30 p.m., Fairmont Orchid Ballroom. Brad Ellis, “Brad the Pianist” from the hit TV show “Glee”, and his wife Eydie Alyson perform an entertaining evening of musical hits. Tickets $25.

* Sunday, July 10 – HPAF Strings Present Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” 2 p.m. Waimea, Davies Chapel. One of music’s great masterpieces. Free to the public. -Sponsored by Honolulu Watch Company.

* Monday, July 11 – Brown Bag Event. 12:15 p.m., Davies Chapel. Free to the public.

* Tuesday, July 12 – Brown Bag Event. 12:15 p.m., Davies Chapel. Free to the public.

* Tuesday, July 12 – HPAF Strings Present Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” 7 p.m., Palace Theatre, Hilo. One of classical music’s great masterpieces. Tickets to be purchased through the Palace Theatre Box Office during Box Office hours ONLY: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday [except holidays]. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. -Sponsored by Monk’s Delight Kona Coffee.

* Wednesday, July 13 – L’incoronazione di Poppea: 7 p.m., Kahilu Theater. This Venetian masterwork from 1642 traces the machinations of the beautiful and power hungry Poppea to become “Queen of the World”. With harpsichord and Baroque orchestra. Tickets $20. -Sponsored by Bailey Wharton and Clark Realty, Inc.

* Thursday, July 14 – Bastille Day Celebration, 7 p.m. HPAF Strings, In conjunction with Arc of Kona, Aloha Theater. Masterpieces of French chamber music. Tickets $20.

* Thursday, July 14 – TropicGLEE II: The Golden Age of Broadway 7 p.m., Kahilu Theatre. Directed by Broadway actor and dancer Julio Monge, Musical Director, Brad Ellis, “Brad the Pianist” from hit TV show Glee. Tickets $25.

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 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, or follow on Facebook at

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:

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 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’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

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: 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.

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 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)

NORTH HAWAI’I COMMUNITY HOSPITAL CEO ON THE RADIO: Sherry Bracken with KKOA and LAVAFM interviews NHCH CEO Ken Wood in the second of two half-hour interviews on “Island Issues”, Sunday, June 26 at 6:30 a.m. KKOA 107.7 fm and online,, and at 8 a.m. on LAVA 105.3 fm and online, Following the radio air dates, the interviews will be posted to the LAVA 105 and KKOA news web site, – 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, or call Maile Lee (450-9664) or Dave Tavares (354-6499). .

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.

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).

IMPORTANT – SOUTH KOHALA CDP ACTION COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING: NOTE TIME CHANGE TO 4 p.m., Monday, June 27 at Mac Nut Factory in Kawaihae. Town Meeting. (Note time change to 4 p.m.) For more including member information, agendas, minutes and complete Council-adopted plan, go to: Next meetings: Mondays – July 25 at Waimea Senior Centerl August 22 at Waimea Senior Center. Always at 5 p.m.

JULY 25 DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ART FOR BREADFRUIT ART CONTEST: Hawai’i Homegrown Food Network, Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden and Donkey Mill Art Center are presenting the Ho’oulu ka ‘Ulu – Revitalizing Breadfruit in Hawai’i Art Contest. In preparation for Breadfruit Festival Greenwell Garden Saturday, Sept. 2011. All Hawai’i Island artists invited to submit original 2D media artwork. Electronic submissions due July 25 for initial judging and semi-finalists will be asked to bring original work to the Donkey Mill Art Center on Thursday, Aug. 11 for an artist’s reception and final judging. To be displayed at Breadfruit Festival. One winning piece will be selected to be featured in a collectable poster commemorating the Ho’oulu ka ‘Ulu project and will be sold at the Breadfruit Festival and beyond as a fundraiser for the project. Prizes awarded for best artwork.

Additional info and submission forms:

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).

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, July 5: Elementary age join in stories, crafts and games.

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

* 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 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, 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: .

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 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].

PARKER RANCH TO HONOR CATTLEMAN ALAN H. GOTTLIEB AT 49th ANNUAL JULY 4TH RODEO: 9 a.m., Monday, July 4. Grand Entry, followed by fast-paced rodeo and horse races. Parker Ranch Arena. Everyone invited. Honoree Alan H. Gottlieb of Ponoholo Ranch and Kahua Ranch is founder of the Paniolo Hall of Fame and has been an active advocate for ranching and the agriculture industry in Hawai’I including spearheading important legislation. In addition to honoring Gottlieb, the Ranch will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11 by raising “The Flag of Heroes” which names all of those who perished in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 including those on the planes, at the Pentagon and in the World Trade Center. Now and forever it represents their immortality. We shall never forget them. Festivities include food and ranch logo concessions. Tickets: $5 per person in advance or $6 at the gate. Presale tickets available at Parker Ranch Store. Children 10 and under free. Info: 885-5669 or visit

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

10th ANNUAL HAWAI’I COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY INDEPENDENCE DAY PICNIC: 2-4:30 p.m., Monday, July 4. Main Pavilion at the Old Kona Airport Park. Kailua-Kona’s Independence Day Parade and fireworks will follow. This picnic is for the entire family – everyone welcome. Potluck lunch items welcome. Program will include introduction of community leaders and performance by the Beamer-Solomon Halau o Po’ohala. Info: John Buckstead (326-9779) or email: [email protected].

20TH ANNUAL GREAT WAIKOLOA RUBBER DUCKIE RACE: 3 p.m., Monday, July 4. In the ponds near Kings’ Shops. A benefit for United Cerebral Palsy of Hawai’i and Big Island schools. Win a stay in the Presidential Suite at the Hilton Waikoloa Beach Resort and other valuable prizes from sponsors. Enjoy live entertainment from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. featuring popular local artists, balloons, face painting, cotton candy, popcorn, a watermelon eating contest, duck waddling contests, exclusive discounts from Kings’ Shops merchants and more. For duck adoptions, please contact the Kings’ Shops management office (886-8811).

KAILUA-KONA JULY 4TH PARADE AND FIREWORKS: Monday, July 4. Parade kicks off at 5:30 p.m., and will go from Kona’s pool next to Kekuaokalani Gym, along Kuakini to Palani, along Ali’i Drive to Walua Road past Coconut Grove Marketplace. Fireworks over Kailua Bay scheduled for 8:25 p.m., weather permitting. Simultaneous patriotic music on LAVA 105.3 fm. Info: 327-3603, email [email protected] or visit

‘BUSINESS FIRST! TUESDAYS AT DANIEL THIEBAUT’S RESTAURANT: 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 5 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.

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