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Thursday, April 7th, 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


SCHOOL READINESS ‘GARDEN OF THE MIND’ PROGRAM IN WAIKOLOA: 9-11 a.m., Thursday, April 7. At the Waikoloa Bookmobile next to Waikoloa Village tennis courts. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library of the Waikoloa Region, this program combines preschool literacy with basic gardening concepts and techniques. Space limited to first 20 applicants. Info: Michele Ott (883-9773)

IMPORTANT: NOTE LOCATION CHANGE! WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MONTHLY TOWN MEETING AT HOEA’S PIKO GALLERY – BACK OF PARKER RANCH CENTER NEXT TO LILIKOI CAFÉ): 5:15 p.m., Thursday, April 7. (Always first Thursday of most months but usually in Waimea School cafeteria.) Everyone invited. Meeting will spotlight the artistic, cultural and economic significance of this still-new fine arts school and gallery to Waimea and North Hawai’i and include several artists of Waimea featured in the current exhibit and how this ArtSpace and PIKO Gallery are being used by other Waimea schools to integrate art and cultural lessons into standards-based curriculum and learning. As always for WCA Town Meetings, donations for Waimea food pantries requested and hat will be passed preferably for checks or cash to enable pantry staff to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and other essentials for families in need. Or, bring KTA Sav-a-Tapes and/or Foodland Maika’i My Rewards. 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).

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 at 5:30 p.m. $5 per class. Some of WCE’s upcoming classes include:

* Dagan Bernstein presents Adult ‘Ukulele 2. Began April 6. Both classes run for 4 weeks at WCE from 6-7:30 p.m. ($65). Call Dagan at 885-8095 with questions.

* Introduction to Excel with new instructor Frances Rieha: Thursdays, April 7 to April 28, 6-8 p.m. at the Parker School Computer Lab ($95).

IMPORTANT – CONSTRUCTION WORK ON MAMALAHOA HIGHWAY OF ADA SIDEWALKS, DRY WELL, ETC: Work starts this week and will continue for several months. Dry well to be dug in Mamalahoa Highway roadway fronting Thelma Parker Gym, causing some lane closures but one lane of traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times. Lighted signs posted as work progresses. Work from 7 a.m. but will confine lane closures to 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Goodfellow Bros. doing the work for the County using federal ARRA funds. Hotline for info/updates: 887-0381.

FREE COMPACT FLORESCENT LIGHT BULB EXCHANGE BENEFITS HONOKA’A FUTURE FARMERS CLUB: Turn in your incandescent bulbs and receive new energy efficient CFL bulbs at no cost! Drop them at the Honoka’a High School Ag Classroom before or after school or send them to the Ag Classroom with a student attending the school. No limit to how many may be exchanged. Your donation helps you and County conserve energy, and also benefits Future Farmers who receive a 40-cent rebate from project sponsors – The Kohala Center and Blue Planet Hawai’i. Info: email: [email protected], or go to

CPR CERTIFICATION DAY AT HPA: 7:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 9. Castle Gym. Cost: $5 per person with HPA’s Red Cross Youth Group subsidizing half of the $10 certification fee for all community members. Training will begin on the half hour with each session limited to 25 people. Pre-registration recommended. Call 881-4082 or e-mail: [email protected]. Walk-ins accommodated space available.

KOHALA WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP WORK DAY: Saturdays, April 9 & 23, and May 14 & 28. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Parker Square and return by 3 p.m. Snacks, tools and protective gloves provided. Bring water and lunch. RSVP preferred by email to: [email protected]. This helps assure sufficient tools, plants, etc. Wear sturdy shoes and come prepared for sun, mist, wind or rain. Info:

‘HO’OKAHI HANELI’ CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF BOY SCOUTING: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 9. Makaeo Pavilion (Old Kona Airport Park). Includes camping, cooking demonstrations, make and take projects, Cub Scout Pinewood Derby races, special guests including former NFL Redskin David Bowden and Ellison Onizuka’s Scoutmaster Norman Sakata. Also special “Show n’ Shine” of Classic Cars, Rods, VWs, and sports cars. All scouts and their families and friends invited.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING: 9:30 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, April 9 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).

‘KA ULU ANA: SECURING OUR FUTURE’ CHILI & SALAD CHALLENGE: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, April 9. Kohala Intergenerational Center. Sponsored by Ka Hana No`eau to support food resilience. Both the chili and salad contests will feature locally raised products — grass-fed ground beef and salad greens raised by Ka Hana No`eau students as part of their Animal Husbandry and Sustainable Gardening mentorship programs. The Chili Challenge will feature ten teams including Dwight Takamine, Russell Kokubun, Rep. Jerry Chang, Rep. Clift Tsuji, Councilman Dennis Onishi, David Shiigi, Edgar – Eddie O – Ombac of the LAVA 105.3 / KOA Country, Cheryl and Clinton Imaia of CSC Café, Jason Verdun of Zest Kitchen, Bob Martin and Karen Rosen with Kohala Coffee Mill, Ted Matsuda, David Fuertes and Danny Goya of the Partners In Development Foundation. Entries welcome for the best salad dressing in town contest. Info and to enter, contact Erika Cedillos (884-5838) by March 31. Events that day also include informational booths and demonstrations including poi punding and cooking by Chef Sam Choy. Entertainment to feature Cyril Pahinui, Taiko drumming by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Kohala/Waimea. A $5 donation covers admission and taste testing privileges along with a bowl of rice for your chili samplings.

WAIMEA CROP SHARE: Every Saturday through May 2011, 12:30-3 p.m. At Mala`ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School. A perfect way to share surplus fresh produce grown in your back yard and on local farms. Bring surplus produce from your garden, back yard or farm to exchange with other community members. Swap 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. Waimea’s Crop Share is sponsored by Mala’ai, The Kohala Center, Kaiser Permanente Hawai’i and Hawai’i Community Foundation’s West Hawai’i Fund. 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.

19th BIENNIAL HPA SCHOLARSHIP AUCTION: Saturday, April 9. Fairmont Orchid Resort. Tickets $150 per person and table sponsorships still available. This event was the brainchild of the late Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske. The 2007 and 2009 auctions raised more than $1 million combined to benefit the school’s financial aid program. 100% of the proceeds go directly to HPA students. Auction items include a Jules Tavernier’s 1887 oil on canvas of Halema’uma’u Crater; a D. Howard Hitchcock oil on canvas, titled Honu’apo Bay, a Lloyd Sexton oil on canvas of Waimanalo from Bellows Beach; a Lionel Walden oil on canvas of Moonlight Over the Ocean; an original painting by Martha Greenwell, and works by Jean Charlot, Hon-Chew Hee, Huc-Mazelet Luquiens, Horatio Nelson Poole, Shirley Russell, Harry Wishard and John Young. Also antique and modern koa furniture and bowls and vacation packages. Items can be previewed online at Info or tickets, call Keawe Liu (881-4044) or by e-mail [email protected].

‘GARDENING FOR GREATER NUTRITION’ ENCORE TALK BY DR. JANA BOGS: 3 p.m., Sunday, April 10. Artesia in Hawi. A reprise of this nutritionist/horticulturist’s well-attended presentation in February. Will include Q&A. Free and community invited. Artesia is located just before the transfer station on the opposite (right) side of the road. Info: Dr. Bogs (938-9888).

WAIMEA HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: 6 p.m., April 10 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).

MAY 20 DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR HOEA’S STUDIO PROGRAM: HOEA – Hawaiian ‘Ohana for Education in the Arts – is accepting applications from artists 17 years and older for their 2011 Native Hawaiian Art Education Project. The HOEA Program consists of a four-week Summer (June 13-July and two-week Winter Studio Program (Dec. 12-22), the Business of Art Workshop, and the HOEA Art Market. Students receive 160 hours of instruction during the Summer Session, 70 hours of learning and a final assessment resulting in a certificate of completion during the Winter Session. 2011 studios to include wood working, weaving, printmaking and jewelry. Students must complete all course for certification. Between summer and winter sessions, students will be given directed studies. There is tuition and financial aid is available. Info and to download the applications, go to or email [email protected].

TIME TO BEGIN SUMMER PLANNING: WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL EXPANDS SUMMER ‘JUMP START’ EXCLUSIVELY FOR INCOMING 6TH, 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS: June 13-July 13 – 20 days (no classes July 4). To help students get a head start on the next school year, the program will include “Middle School 101″ – organizational skills, note taking, computer basics and health tips as well as math and reading skill building. Also includes free morning bus transportation for students normally eligible for busing, and free breakfast and lunch daily. Program concludes at 12:15 p.m. $50 per child. Scholarships available. Registration form and scholarship applications available online at, or call Summer Jump Start Principal Mary Martinson: 887-6090 Ext. 252.

NHERC SPRING 2011 ‘LIFELONG LEARNING’ CLASSES: Info & to register: 775-8890 or email [email protected]. New business hours: 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Annual computer lab fee is now $50. Coming classes include MS Word 2010 – Beyond the Basics with Diane Koani – Monday, May 9-23, 6-7:30 p.m. $35 + $15 materials fee.

19th ANNUAL FREE AARP TAX-AIDE IN WAIMEA: Now through April 18. On Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. except February 21 (a federal holiday). At DLNR Hunter Education Building on Lalamilo Road in the farm lots. Service is for low-income and elderly

clients with simple taxes; no farming, ranching, fishing or clergy. Taxpayers should bring last year’s tax papers, all W-2s and 1099s and other evidence of income; mortgage, medical, and other deductible expenses; social security cards for each person on their tax and photo ID. Call Marge (987-6340) to make an appointment.

ANNA RANCH HERITAGE CENTER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: To help perpetuate the vision of the late Anna Lindsey Perry Fiske, volunteers will be trained to assist with the center’s youth education programs as well as visitors. They ask for a few hours each week. Info: Kay Kammerzell (885-4426).

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].

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.

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 / Wednesday 5-6:30 p.m.

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

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: .

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETINGS. 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 12 (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., April 12 & 26, May 5 & 24 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.

SCRAPBOOKING YOUR LIFE AND FAMILY LEGACY: 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 12. North Kohala Public Library with Kohala resident Jim Channon. “Your Life as a Fun Book” will discuss the value of making a scrapbook, a really great photo album or a porfolio to remember your time in this world. Channon has just spent 10 years compiling an archive of his own unique and complex life, a process he began when realizing that he did not want to leave his children with boxes of this and that with no real story. The result is a creative, fun set of books that Jim can share and enjoy with family and friends. All welcome. Info: 889-6655.

IMPORTANT – SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING: 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 12 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].

REEFTALK ENTANGLED WHALE RESPONSE REPORT: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12. Thelma Parker Memorial Library. Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary coordinator Justin Viezbicke will detail the Sanctuary’s 2011 program including video and photographs from actual responses and how responders safely remove gear from large free moving Humpback Whales here in Hawai’i. Free and community invited. Info: UH Sea Grant (329-2861). To check this year’s whale counts numbers, go to

REGULAR KAHILU THEATRE SEASON: Info: 885-6868 or go to

Friday, April 15 – 8 p.m. – Afro-Cuban Allstars

Saturday, June 4 – 8 p.m. – The Brothers Cazimero

KAMUELA HONGWANJI BUDDHIST TEMPLE SPRING GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, April 16. At the mission hall at historic Church Row. Parking at the church or in the nearby park. Plants, household items, small furniture, books, food, local produce, crafts, clothing and miscellaneous items. Everyone invited. Info or to contribute: Jean Saito (315-8130) or Garrick Omura (885-4199) or email: [email protected].

KAMAPUA’A – 3RD ANNUAL PIG HUNTING TOURNAMENT BENEFITTING PUNANA LEO O WAIMEA: Saturday, April 16. Registration deadline Friday, April 15. $25 per person to enter, up to 4-people per team. Great prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in 3 categories: heaviest boar, heaviest laho, ‘ole and longest tusk. Info: Pono Hui (775-9782 or 333-1583) or call P?nana Leo (885-7166).

FREE RESIDENTIAL HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION IN WAIMEA: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 16. Waimea Solid Waste Transfer Station. No business or farm wastes and no electronic waste accepted. Some of the acceptable HHW are automotive fluids, used batteries, fluorescent lights and pesticides. For more info and complete list of acceptable or unacceptable items, go to

CATTLE BARON’S BALL: 4:30-9 p.m., Saturday, April 16. Moved to Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows Ballrooms due to tsunami repairs in progress at Hualalai Resort. More details to come. Info: email: [email protected]

HPA PRESENTS ‘JOURNEY THROUGH BROADWAY’: 7 p.m., Thursday-Friday, April 21-22. Gates Performing Arts Center. Tickets available only at the door: $10/one night; $15 for both nights. Will feature 40 upper school students singing Broadway show tunes from the 1930s to the present. Selections are from Annie, Anything Goes, Bye Bye Birdie, Camelot, Candide, Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy, Little Women, Man of La Mancha, Pippin, Sound of Music, South Pacific, West Side Story, You?re a Good Man Charlie Brown and more. Info: 881-4099.

12th ANNUAL WAIMEA KEIKI FEST: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, April 23. Parker Ranch Center. An interactive, fun, free event about health and safety geared especially for children ages 3-12. More than 30 different organizations will offer hands-on activities. All families invited to have fun together. Sponsored by Tutu’s House and many community partners. If you are interested in having a booth, email Mikki Hastings at [email protected] or call 885-6777.

AN EASTER ‘DUET WITH THE QUEEN’ – ANNUAL NAKE’U FASHION SHOW PAYING TRIBUTE TO QUEEN LILI’UOKALANI TO BENEFIT WAIMEA HALAU: 11 a.m., Saturday, April 23. Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort. Benefitting Michael Pili Pang’s Hula Halau Ka No’eau. A once-a-year chance to enjoy Hawaiian designer Nake’u’s usually outrageous, always beautiful and seriously entertaining musical fashion production and enjoy lunch with friends and a marketplace of Hawaiian arts, crafts and clothing. This year’s show is a tribute to Queen Lili’uokalani and the Royal Hawaiian Band. Awai says this show was inspired by Big Island author John Tanaka’s book, “Aloha ‘Oe, The Song at Pier 10,” about the Queen and her friendship with Heinrich Berger, Bandmaster. Tanaka will also attend the April 23 event for a reading and booksigning. Models include a “company” of Big Island community volunteers Riley Smith, Wally Wong and second-year recruit Perry Kealoha along with emcee Penny Keli’I Vredenburg. New this year will be 11-year-old Keaweiwi Pilaya, who will sing a duet with the Queen. Tickets $50 at the door, $45 in advance. Info: Wendi Roehrig (756-0823) or email: [email protected].

2ND ANNUAL WAIMEA EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE AT ULU LA’AU – ULU LA’AU: WAIMEA NATURE PARK: 6 a.m., Sunday, April 24. A non-denominational gathering presented by laypersons from at least five community churches. All invited. Be prepared for rain and wind; chairs, blankets, umbrellas should be brought. Last year’s gathering enjoyed the stream flowing, rain and rainbows, making it quite “chicken skin: and memorable. Will include music including small groups and a choir and reflections of times past in Waimea, plus an Easter message by three community members. An Easter Egg Hunt will follow for keiki. Park inside the Park, or in the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope headquarters parking area (special permission for this occasion). Volunteers will be on hand to direct traffic. Please do not park on the CFHT lawn.

34TH ANNUAL WAIMEA LIONS CLUB EASTER PANCAKE BREAKFAST BENEFIT: 7-10:30 a.m., Sunday, April 24. In the former Tante’s Restaurant in Parker Ranch Center. This event is the club’s largest fundraiser with all proceeds returned to the community via scholarships, local school eye exams, ‘Angels on Wheels’ patient transportation service volunteers and many other community service projects in addition to supporting the Lions Club International goal of improving sight and hearing problems around the world. Feast includes Pancakes with all the trimmings, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, coffee, juice, milk and good companionship. Tickets are available at the door or from any Waimea Lions Club member. Don’t know any Lion? Check out their website: to look for a familiar face. Takeouts available. (Takeout breakfast, not Lions). For tickets, information or to help, call Braley Pastorino (885-4646).

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