This calendar is prepared by Patti Cook on behalf of Waimea Community Association (WCA). To include community events in this calendar, email email@example.com. Deadline for information. Friday, please! To link to selected events in this calendar, visit http://waimeatown.org/events/. For the complete calendar, visit http://waimeatown.org/waimea-community-calendar/.
COQUI-FREE WAIMEA HOTLINE: 885-FROG! Be sure to leave a clear message with your phone number for call back. Every effort will be made to return all calls. The Coqui Free Waimea group is all volunteers with limited resources so must prioritize tackling bad infestations first. All reports appreciated. This projects is now under the umbrella of the Kohala Watershed Partnership, so tax deductible donations may be made to The Kohala Center, Box 437462, Kamuela, Hawaii 96743, with “coqui” in the memo line.
18th ANNUAL KA ULU LAUHALA O KONA (LAUHALA CONFERENCE): May 15-18 at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Lauhala weavers from all over the world flock to Kailua-Kona to refresh their weaving skills and pursue new techniques. More than 20 classes ranging from beginners to specialty weaving to learn to create lauhala bracelets, hats (papale), mats, baskets, and many other items. Classes are still open. $15 annual membership required plus fee to participate/housing, transportation and food not included except for Saturday evening luau, silent auction and fashion show. Some scholarships available. Walk-in students welcome. For reservations, contact Barbara Kossow at 938-0806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Pualani Muraki at 989-6008, email email@example.com or Shirley Kauhaihao at 328-236). Or mail Ka Ulu Lauhala o Kona at Box 3326, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96745.
WAIMEA STUDENTS-FAMILIES EXHIBIT ART THROUGHOUT MAY AT KAHILU THEATRE: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, now through June 5. All Waimea K-12 students, their parents and/or teachers have been invited to enter pieces in this exhibit, which is themed, “No Ku’u Hawaii: Ke Aloha Nani E – For My Hawaii – A Beloved Beauty.”
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT OF HISTORIC MAHUKONA BY BOONE MORRISON: Stunning color photos of Hawaiian historic sites now on display – free – at North Kohala Public Library. Sponsored by The Heritage Center at Native Hawaiian Education and Research Center.
WAIMEA’S PUPULE PAPALE RED HAT LUNCHEON: 8 a.m., Thursday, May 16 and third Thursday of every month at a different restaurant. May 16 at Solimene’s, and June 20 at Jade Palace. For information and reservations, call Queen Mother Nina Disbro at 895-1234, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, May 16, and third Thursdays thereafter, at NHERC in Honokaa. A grassroots community group gathering and pot luck to support sustainability and expand connections within the Hamakua community. All welcome. Bring a dish to share and drink for yourself. Also bring your own non-disposable plates and silverware. For information, contact Diane Scheurell at email@example.com.
10th ANNUAL KANU O KA ‘AINA ANNUAL HULA DRAMA: 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 17, and 3 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at Kahilu Theatre. Students’ year-end ho’ike. Tickets available at Parker Ranch Store or from Kanu direct. All invited.
WCT PRESENTS ‘FOUR WEDDINGS AND AN ELVIS’ COMEDY: May 17-26. Parker School Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Elvis is back in this romantic comedy by Nancy Frick that premiered in 2010. At Sandy’s Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, Sandy struggles with wedding misfits, erratic Elvis impersonators, serial marriages and a host of problems while attempting to provide cheerful, convenient matrimony on the fly. Tickets are $10-$15, and are available from cast members and at Waimea General Store and Without Boundaries in Waimea, Suite Possibilities in Kailua-Kona or the box office before each show.
HAWAII COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY COUNTY CONVENTION: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at Kilauea Military Camp. Convention delegates are elected by their respective precincts and districts. All Democrats invited to attend, either as a delegate or observer; there is a small registration fee required covering use of facilities and food/beverage and other arrangements. Odd year county conventions, such as this year, serve three primary purposes – election of County officers, educational presentations and discussions about important public policy issues and “growing” the party. For information, contact District 3 Chairman Ed James at 966-6380, or Dist. 4 Chairman Phil Matlage at 430-0835. More information to come.
GARDEN TOUR OF WAIMEA – A WORKSHOP TO INSPIRE HOME GARDENS: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, May 18, sponsored by Mala’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School in partnership with the Richard Smart Fund of Hawaii Community Foundation. Free and everyone invited but RSVP requested to firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations welcome too. Come explore from the “wet side” to the “dry side” and be inspired by what is possible in your own backyard. Meet at Mala`ai and then caravan around town.
NARFE CHAPTER 1802 TO SALUTE ARMED FORCES DAY: 11 a.m., Saturday, May 18, at Waikoloa Kings’ Grille. Special guests from Pohakuloa Training Area with program to include the U.S. armed services history. Meeting first, followed by no-host lunch from the menu. All active and retired employees welcome; RSVP requested by May 11 to Marcia at 882-7959, Alice at 883-0488, or Mary at 883-9363.
25th ANNUAL NHCH SENIOR HEALTH FAIR: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Supports National Senior Health and Fitness Day and the hospital’s mission. Seniors invited to a full day of activities, complimentary health information, services and screenings, including blood tests, plus a complimentary lunch, bingo, giveaways and more. Registration until 11 a.m. Screenings from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Lunch and entertainment from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Screenings include cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, oral and hearing, stroke risk assessment, skin cancer, eyes and feet, plus massage therapy and more. For information, call Laurie Edmondson at 881-4425, or email Laurie.Edmondson@nhch.com.
‘DOUGH RAISING’ WEDNESDAYS AT DOMINO’S PIZZA: Every single Wednesday you can help Waimea Middle School provide meaningful enrichment programs for students by supporting Domino’s Pizza Dough Raising fundraising. Domino’s donates 10% of the day’s entire sales on designated days to various community groups. Every sale rung up on these days is counted, and the community is invited to help earn funds by making it a pizza day.
NOT TO BE MISSED – STUDENT SLAM POETRY WITH KEALOHA and CAPTAIN CHADD PAISHON TALK-STORY ABOUT THE YEAR’S ‘JOURNEY OF LEARNING’ AND PLANS FOR HOKULE’A WORLDWIDE VOYAGE: 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 22 at Kahilu Town Hall. Presented by Waimea Middle School. The entire school-community is invited. Program to begin with students sharing original slam poetry, crafted under the mentorship of Hawaii’s Poet Laureat (and MIT graduate in nuclear physics) Kealoha. Then, Paishon will recap our year-long preparation for the worldwide sail of the Hokule’a. More details to come but all invited. For information, call Patti Cook at 937-2833 or Pua Case at 938-5550.
LEARN ABOUT ‘MOSFIRE’ EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTION TO ASTRONOMY AT KECK LECTURE: 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 22 at Kahilu Theatre. UCLA’s Dr. Ian McLean will describe MOSFIRE, the newest and the most advanced astronomical instrument available today. Will include the technical challenges developing and commissioning this new multi-year, multi-million dollar instrument. He will also share early science results ranging from the discovery of ultra-cool, nearby substellar mass objects, to the detection of oxygen in young galaxies only 2 billion years after the Big Bang. Free and all invited.
• Bully-Proof: A Parent Tool Kit For Safe and Empowered Kids: Thursday, May 23, 6-8 p.m. Cost is $15 with Lorraine Pursell.
BY APPOINTMENT: One to One Computer Training: Eight hrs arranged to your schedule with instructor ONGOING CLASSES:
• All dance classes – monthly registration. Cost is $40 for four weeks with Sharon Petrosky:
• Dance Journeys (3-5 year olds): Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and Saturdays, 10:15-11:30 a.m.
Dance Journeys (6-10 year olds): Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.
• Adult Dance for all ages: Mondays, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
• Jazz Dance for Adults (teens and older): Wednesdays 10-11 a.m.
• Kids Capoeira Ages 7-12: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. and Fridays, 4-5 p.m. Cost is $40 with Mario Hill.
• Karate-Do for Adults and Keiki (ages 5 and up): Thursdays 3:30-4:45 p.m. Cost is $55 for six classes with Maria Lineker, sensei.
REGISTER NOW FOR KAHILU THEATRE YOUTH ‘SUMMER ARTS 2013 – AROUND THE WORLD’: Monday, June 3 – Friday, July 5. A fun filled journey through a few of the wonderful cultures of the world. Directed by Michál Anna Carrillo, it will explore the food, practices, dances and music of each culture visited. For information, visit www.kahilutheatre.org, or call Alva Kamalani at 885-6868.
REGISTER NOW FOR EXPANDED WAIMEA SUMMER SCHOOL FOR ALL INCOMING 5TH-8TH GRADE STUDENTS: Waimea Middle School will present a 14-day program June 10-28 (no school June 11 – Kamehameha Day). 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for all of Waimea’s incoming fifth through eighth grade students from any school and homeschoolers, too. Will combine a strong academic focus with exciting place-based experiential learning including a weekly excursion. Also will include breakfast, lunch and busing. This will help students prepare for transition to middle school. Fee: $50 with plenty of scholarships available. For information, call 887-6090, ext. 222, or go to www.WaimeaMiddleSchool.org.
TAHITIAN DANCE SUMMER CLASS: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Mondays, June 10-July 8 for girls age 8 and older. Instructor Aunty Havaiki Etherton. Classes at 64-5207 Nani Waimea Street. $50 for 5 weeks. Must bring water bottle and own pareau. For information, contact Havaiki Etherton at 203-3022.
‘UKULELE SUMMER CLASS: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wednesdays, June 10-July 8 keiki age 8 and older, with instructor Aunty Havaiki Etherton. Classes at 64-5207 Nani Waimea St. $50 for five weeks. Must bring own ‘ukulele and three-ring binder. For information: Havaiki Etherton at 203-3022.
SUMMER JUNIOR LIFEGUARD PROGRAM: Two sessions in two locations – Hapuna Beach and Kona Community Aquatic Center: June 17-28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday-Friday, and July 8-19, also 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday-Friday. Open to male and female applicants ages 12-17 with strong swimming skills – including being able to swim free style for 200 yards continuously with rhythmic breathing. Qualifying swims will be held the first day as part of registration. Course will familiarize participants with ocean safety and beach rescue skills plus first aid, CPR, surf rescue techniques with emphasis on ocean swimming and paddle boarding. Cost $20 per session. Cash only due at registration which will be at 9 a.m. the first day of each session. Parent or guardian must accompany youth to sign waiver form at registration. Limited to 25 per session so registration is first come. For information, contact Capt. Chris Stelfox at 327-3570.
REGISTER NOW FOR FREE K-12 SUMMER PROGRAM FOR HAWAIIAN STUDENTS: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., June 3-July 26 at Kealakehe High School. Sponsored by Children’s Defense Fund Hawaii K.O.A Freedom Schools. Space limited and eligibility requirements apply. Will provide breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, Hawaiian language and culture classes, workshops to improve reading, math and science skills, college prep, ACT prep, field trips, and 10 to1 student-teacher ratio to ensure student success. For information contact Lilinoi Grace by email at email@example.com or call 989-9390.
PUMPKIN GROWERS – TIME TO START PLANTING FOR WAIMEA TOWN MARKET’S ANNUAL GIANT PUMPKIN CONTEST! Seeds and starts available. Lots of advice available to enhance your chances to win. Call Paul at 938-4540, or email: PEJ1000@aol.com. For school gardens, the Hawaii Island School Garden Network will be providing giant pumpkin starts. Contact Donna Mitts at 887-6411 for details. Project sponsors include Crop Protection Services, BEI Hawaii, the Junior Master Gardener program of the 4-H Club and The Kohala Center/HISGN, as well as Waimea Town Market.
BIG ISLAND ‘TALK STORY’ FILM FESITVAL: May 23-27 at The Fairmont Orchid and The Shops At Mauna Lani. A celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking. Movies under Hawaiian stars, stellar celebrity receptions, a filmmaker workshop and more make Memorial Weekend amazing, as Big Island Film Festival rolls out with special guest Kate McKinnon from NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Come and enjoy free family films at The Shops at Mauna Lani, and nightly double features with no-host bar and gourmet pupu at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. For complete schedule and tickets, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or call 883-0394. Event is also a fundraiser for Hawaii Island Food Basket.
HPA COMMENCEMENT: 10 a.m., Friday, May 24. Castle Gym. 84 four graduating seniors to participate with Headmaster Lindsay Barnes presiding and Arati Clarry to deliver the commencement address.
WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL EXIT CEREMONY: 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 24. Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Ballroom. Also final day of classes for WMS sixth and seventh grade students.
HONOKAA WESTERN WEEKEND PARADE AND BLOCK PARTY: Friday, May 24, 4:30 p.m., parade. Block party on Mamane Street 6-10:30 p.m. All are invited. To include food and craft booths by local community organizations, entertainment, live music, line dancing, contests including a banjo and fiddle contest. Also Best Dressed Saloon Girl, Best Dressed Cowboy and Mechanical Bull. Parade applications at JJ’s Meat Market. Booth applications available at Malama Market. Event will honor “Uncle Bill” Miranda, an extraordinary horseman and longtime Kukaiau Ranch foreman in charge of the horse breeding program and the father, grandfather and great grandfather of many who are still involved in Hawaii’s horse and ranching community. Sponsored by Hamakua Farm Bureau, Botelho Properties and Honokaa Business Association. For information, call Evelyn at 430-3593.
ANNUAL WAIMEA BONYU KAI BONSAI CLUB EXHIBITION: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, May 25-26 at the Waimea Community Center. The club will share its more than 50 year of history and artistry. Waimea is in an environment that is conducive to growing beautiful plants, and a large variety of bonsai trees will be displayed to delight bonsai enthusiasts as well as the curious. Free and all welcome. For information: email WaimeaBonsai@gmail.com or call 333-2122.
KA HUI KAPA APANA O WAIMEA (QUILT CLUB): 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, May 25 (and the last Saturday of every month except November and December when the meeting is on the third Saturday) at St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall. This is Hawaii’s oldest Hawaiian quilting club. Everyone welcome. Free. For information, call Kathy Tanaka at 775-0765.
WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS PRESENTS ‘AMERICAN SONGSCAPES’ CONCERTS: June 1-2 at Kahilu Theatre under the direction of Barbara Kopra. More details to come including ticket information. For information, conact Miguel at 938-3062, or visit www.waimeacommunitytheatre.org.
IRONMAN 70.3 HAWAII TRIATHLON: Saturday, June 1. Half the Ironman distance — 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run – at the Fairmont Orchid and an official qualifier event for the 2013 Ironman Triathlon World Championship Oct. 12, 2013 in Kona. For information call 329-0063, or www.ironmanhonu.com.
FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ARTS AND COLLECTIBLES AT NEW HOPE GYM: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, June 1, and first Saturday of every month. An indoor market free to the public in Church Row. Many schools, Parks & Recreation teams, groups, organizations and individuals use the event to raise funds and to contribute to the Gymnasium Improvement Fund. Shop for antiques, unique collectibles, crafts, plants, Hawaiiana, clothes, books, food, art, rummage, jewelry, rare bottles, toys, hard to find and one-of-a-kind items. Vendor space available. Interested vendors, musicians, artists, dance troops, etc., call 885-5510.
SIXTH ANNUAL MALA’AI SCHOOL GARDEN ‘ART and SOL’ SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION and AUCTION: 12:30-3 p.m., Sunday, June 2, at Merriman’s Restaurant. The event supports the ¾-acre learning garden, which is contributing to the health and wellness of the Waimea Middle School students, and the entire community. Tickets are $50 for Merriman’s pupu paired with wines. Silent auction includes art pieces including original paintings, stained glass, hand-made jewelry, beautiful baskets of the best-of-Waimea fresh produce, a one-of-a-kind experiences and celebrity chef dinners. For information and to purchase tickets, go to www.malaai.org, or call Alethea Lai at 989-7861.
WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL’S LOCAL ADVISORY PANEL MEETS: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, June 3, in classroom K-04. An opportunity for entire school community to learn about and contribute to continual school improvement. All invited. For information, visit www.WaimeaMiddleSchool.org/LAP or call principal Matt Horne at 887-6090, ext. 225.