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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Prepared by Patti Cook on behalf of Waimea Community Association at WCA. To include community events in this calendar, email cookshi@aol.com. Deadline for information: Friday, please. For complete calendar, visit http://waimeatown.org/waimea-community-calendar/.

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY EVENTS

VILLAGE BURGER CREATES BURGER FOR APRIL BENEFITING WAIMEA ELEMENTARY’S NEW OUTDOOR KITCHEN/CLASSROOM: Chef Edwin Goto will donate 10 percent of sales of his special burger to WES PSTO to “seed” the project which is already well underway.

FIREHOUSE GALLERY HOSTS UNIQUE ‘SQUARED AWAY’ ART EXHIBIT: Now through April 24. This show challenges members to participate in creating a strong visual effect in the gallery having the exhibition itself become an artistic endeavor. Local artist members have contributed works trying new mediums, styles or subjects displayed in an nontraditional manner. Regular gallery hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Parking available behind the gallery. For more information, contact Waimea Arts Council at 887-1052 or visit www.waimeaartscouncil.org.

WAIMEA’S PUPULE PAPALE RED HAT SISTERHOOD MONTHLY MEETING: First Thursdays at 12:30 p.m., moves from place to place as follows: April 3, Macaroni Grill; May 1, Big Island Brewhaus; June 5, LavaLava; July 3, Jade Palace; Aug. 7, Bamboo; Sept. 4, Café Pesto; Oct. 2, Banjay’s Paradise Bar AND Grill; Oct. 6, Charley’s Thai; and Dec. 4, Solimene’s. New members welcome. For more information, contact Queen Mother Nina Disbro at 895-1234.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MONTHLY TOWN MEETING: 5:15 p.m., Thursday, April 3, at Waimea School Cafeteria. Parker Ranch CEO Dutch Kuyper will provide an update on the ranch’s research into reducing its energy costs and possibly improving the community’s energy self-sufficiency. Also, Sonny Shimaoka will present an update on the Waimea Hawaiian Homestead’s AG Park project, Waimea Trails and Greenways volunteers to provide project briefing, and Council members Margaret WIlle and Valerie Poindexter to discuss Hawaii County business. All invited. For more information, contact WCA President Sherman Warner at 885-1725 or Patti Cook at 937-2833.

MAY 29 DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER SCHOOL FOR INCOMING 5TH-8TH GRADERS: June 9-27, except June 11, Kamehameha Day. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Includes breakfast, lunch and busing daily for all Waimea students – not limited to WMS students. Will include academic and organizational skill building and weekly place-based excursions. Fee: $50. Many scholarships available. Applications available at school office or online at www.WaimeaMiddleSchool.org.

REGISTER KEIKI NOW FOR KANU O KA ‘AINA’S SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, June 2-July 10 – no sessions on Fridays, six weeks. Open to all Waimea students completing pre-school to 6th grade. Workshops to include computer technology, math, reading, Native Hawaiian culture, native environment, health and well-being, sports fundamentals, music, and more. Participants must bring lunch and drinking water daily. Will include outdoor sports and activities daily. Cost: $150. For information and applications, visit www.kalo.org, or call Te at 890-2508 or email te@kalo.org.

FREE TAX PREPARATION IN WAIMEA: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. every Friday, now through April 11 at Waimea Community Center on Kawaihae Road across from former Thiebaut’s. Provided by the AARP Foundation in conjunction with the IRS and tax aide volunteers. This program is available for low- and moderate-income taxpayers, especially those 60 and older. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 885-4722 or 388-6645.

NEW FRIDAY NIGHT YOUTH GROUP FOR YOUTH 6TH-12TH GRADE: 6:30 p.m. weekly. Includes dinner at Solid Rock North on Hawi Road. Will provide transportation free for youth from North Kohala, Waimea and Kawaihae. Please call Pastor Koa Texeira before 4 p.m. on Fridays to confirm transportation pickup. All invited. For more information, contact Pastor Koa at 889-5177 or Rhonda Bell at 880-1984.

FIRST FRIDAY NIGHTS IN HONOKAA: 5-8 p.m., April 4 and continuing thereafter all along Mamane Street. Sponsored by Honokaa Business Association with free live music, classes, demonstrations, booths and more including shops staying open later. For more information, contact Alison Higgins of Grace Flowers or Michelle Barthel of Big Island Grown to get involved. Free and all welcome. For more information, call 443-3999 or email graceflowershawaii@gmail.com.

HAWAII HIGH SCHOOL RODEO AT PANIOLO PARK: At 8 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 5-6, and continues the first weekend of every month through May 2014. Saturday is Keiki and Junior Divisions; Sunday is the high school division. All leading up to the State finals, which also will be here at Paniolo Park. Free but donations welcome and there is a food concession to benefit the program, which requires students to maintain GPA as required for other athletics. Junior Division State Finals May 9-11 and High School Division State Finals June 12-15. For more information, contact DeeDee Bertelmann at 325-5937 or email paniolomau@aol.com.

FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ARTS AND COLLECTIBLES: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 5 and first Saturday of every month at New Hope Gym. A free indoor market open to community groups and individuals to raise funds and also contribute to the Gymnasium Improvement Fund. Offers antiques, collectibles, crafts, plants, Hawaiiana, clothes, books, food, art, rummage, jewelry, toys, etc. Space available - call Skip at 989-4422. Parking behind gym or along Cherry Blossom Park.

WALKING MEDITATION IN THE WILD: 8:30-10 a.m., Saturday, April 5 and first Saturday of every month rain or shine. At ‘Iole, the Historic Bond Homestead, 53-496 ‘Iole Rd., Kapaau. With Gavin Harrison. Not strenuous. Followed by refreshments. Bring hat, hiking shoes, sunscreen, bottled water, a towel or cushion for rest stops, rainwear, mosquito repellent. Free but $10-15 donation suggested. For more information, contact info@iolehawaii.com or call 889-5151.

9th ANNUAL LAUPAHOEHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 5. Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park. Presented by Malama Hawai’i Nei to benefit keiki and kupuna of the Laupahoehoe. Includes full musical lineup. Penny Vredenburg and Tommy “Kahikina” Ching will emcee. Includes silent auction. Entry fee is $12 per person if purchased in advance, $15 at the gate. Children ages 10 and under are free. A drug/alcohol free event - no coolers permitted. Tickets at 50’s Highway Cafe, Sakado Store in Laupahoehoe, Taro Patch in Honokaa, Hilo Sharks Coffee Shop in Honomu. For more information, visit www.laupahoehoemusicfestival.com.

VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS IN ULU LA’AU: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturdays, April 5, 19 and May 3. All invited to assist Waimea Outdoor Circle in “growing” their nature park, which is maintained solely by volunteers. Projects regularly include the greenhouse, weeding, mowing, edging, weed whacking, hauling chips and mulch – jobs appropriate for all ages. Tools, water and gloves provided, as is a light snack at noon. For more information, contact: call Park Co-Chair Carol Hendricks contact 885-4453, Park Co-Chair Roz Wright contact 885-2763 or Park Maintenance Chair Ken Block contact 885-4753. Reminder: WOC Plant Sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 12.

ANNUAL NORTH HAWAI’I HOSPICE SPRING HIGH TEA AND SILENT AUCTION: 2-5 p.m., Saturday, April 5. Waiki’i Ranch Clubhouse. Featuring Vintage Hawaiian Treasures contact a Ni’ihau shell lei and Big Island Adventures contact a field trip with paniolo historian and author Dr. Billy Bergin, a cowboy picnic on Palani Ranch, beach dinner at Kalahiki, flower arranging, luncheon and class with Scott Seymour. Plus savory delights and sweet treats by Hospice volunteers. Tickets $100 per person, $75 tax deductible. For more information and tickets call 885-7547.

CIRCA’S CONTEMPORARY ACROBATICS COMES TO KAHILU THEATRE: 7 p.m., Saturday, April 5, and 4 p.m., Sunday, April 6. This Brisbane-based company has been re-inventing circus for almost five years and has performed in more than 18 countries leaving audiences exhilarated at just what the human form can do. Tickets online at www.Kahilutheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

SENIORS STRUGGLING TO NEGOTIATE YOUR iPAD, KINDLE, MOBILE PHONE OR LAPTOP: St. James’ free Teen Tech Tutors welcome you to the parish’s Spencer Building on Sundays from 10:45 p.m.-12:45 p.m. for help with electronic devices. They can also teach how to download pictures, set up a Facebook account, or learn to attach documents to emails; anything electronic. Get 30 minutes of their expertise for just a $5 donation, which they donate to a charity of their choice. Program resumes Sunday, April 6, and continues April 13, 27, May 4 and 25. All welcome. No reservations required; just come.

‘AWAKENING’ GATHERING WITH GAVIN HARRISON: 3:30-6:30 p.m., Sunday, April 6 and first Sunday of every month. Waimea Events Salon, 66-1664 Waiaka St. Sitting and walking meditation, talk, and dialogue/inquiry non-denominational groups open to all. For more information, contact Matilda Tompson at 885 9206 or email TompsonP001@hawaii.rr.com, or visit http://www.gavinharrison.net/

HERB KANE EXHIBIT AT KAHILU THEATRE: Presented in association with Isaacs Art Center to include works by Herb Kawainui Kane contact 1928-2011, who is considered the foremost artist-historian of Polynesia and who, as one of the founders of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, helped design and build the celebrated voyaging canoe Hokule’a, which he served as first captain in 1975. Exhibit will run through most of May. Free and all welcome.

KUA O KA LA PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS AT NHERC: Two sessions to introduce their 2014-‘15 Hipu’u Online Program for 6th-12 grade students. Monday, April 7: 11 a.m.-12 p.m., and Thursday, April 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Hipu’u program offers on-line education enriched with opportunities for face-to-face gatherings, community-based projects, and Hawaiian language/cultural instruction. Ideal for students who are motivated self-learners. For more information, visit www.kuaokala.org or call 965-5098 to RSVP.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES: For more information, or to register, visit www.waimeaeducation.com or email learn@waimeaeducation.com, or call 885-1539.

CLASSES:

• Basics of Acting Class for Grades 6-12 Mondays, now through May 19, 4 -5 p.m.

• Youth Acting for Grades 2-5 –Wednesdays, now through May 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Cost is $80 with Sara Jane Lilley.

• Check the website for ongoing ballet and capoeira classes, writing and computer consults

SOUTH KOHALA CDP – KAWAIHAE SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING: 5 p.m., Monday, April 7, Spencer Park. Will include update on the Pelekane Watershed by Melora Purell of The Kohala Center. All welcome. For more information, contact Jojo Tanimoto at homesteadlady001@yahoo.com.

HPA HOSTS ANNUAL WAIMEA COLLEGE FAIR: 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, April 7, at Castle Gym. Sponsored by the Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling for all Waimea students and families interested in higher education opportunities. Will feature colleges from Hawaii, U.S. mainland and Canada. A general advising and financial aid center will be available to answer specific questions regarding the college admission process and financial aid. For more information visit www.hawaiiacac.org

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 8, and the second Tuesday of each month, at the Waimea Senior Center. All persons 55 and older are invited to join. In addition to monthly meetings, the club hosts daily activities: Mondays, Hawaiian quilting; Tuesdays, meetings and crafts; Wednesdays, line dancing; Thursdays, Mah Jong; Fridays, ground golf, ukulele lessons and hula lessons. For information, contact Pat Lewi, president, at 885-4307.

BOOK AND MEDIA DONATIONS FOR NORTH KOHALA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK AND BAKE SALE: Donations accepted during library hours contact 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays for sale, which will be 8:30 a.m. -2 p.m., Saturday, April 19 in Kohala High School Cafeteria. Books, videos, CDs and DVDs in good condition welcome; no encyclopedias, and textbooks must have been published within the past 10 years. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, call 889-6655.

MALA’AI SCHOOL GARDEN STUDENT-RUN FARM STAND: Wednesday, April 9, through April 23, 1:15-3 p.m. Everyone invited to purchase beautiful fresh produce, herbs and flowers grown in the school garden. The farm stand sits in front of the garden – please enter campus via the back entry drive near Kahilu Theatre. For more information, contact Alethea Lai at 989-7861 or email alethea@malaai.org.

WAIMEA COQUI REPORTS: Please email frog “soundings” to: info@coquifreewaimea.org or call 313-1094.

PLAN YOUR WORKSHOP, CLASSES, FUNDRAISER AT HISTORIC SPENCER HOUSE AND HELP SUPPORT ‘A NEW BEGINNING’ FOR THIS ICONIC WAIMEA LANDMARK: Reservations now being accepted for both special events and classes, meetings and presentations in this beautiful 22-room home and in the process, help bring this 16-decade-old residence back to life in the 21st century. Reasonable introductory rentals. For more information, contact Paul Johnston at 938-4540 or email pej1000@aol.com; Scheduling, Betsy Sanderson at 938-2897 or email bas1001@aol.com. Find us on Facebook.

KUA O KA LA PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL PRESENTATION AT NHERC: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday , April 10. To introduce their 2014-‘15 Hipu’u Online Program for 6th-12 grade students. The Hipu’u program offers on-line education enriched with opportunities for face-to-face gatherings, community-based projects, and Hawaiian language/cultural instruction. Ideal for students who are motivated self-learners. For more information, contact www.kuaokala.org or call 965-5098 to RSVP.

HAWAII ISLAND EARLY CHILDHOOD CONFERENCE: Friday-Saturday, April 11-12, at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. 2014 theme: “Math Is Everywhere: The First Step To Growing Young Scientists.” From 6-9 p.m., Friday with featured speaker Dr. Lisa S. Goldstein, director of teacher education at Santa Clara University; Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with opening session at 8 p.m. with 15 thematic workshops. Visit www.BabyStepsHawaii.org for workshop updates, etc. Registration deadline is April 1. Cost is $65 for Friday evening with dinner; Saturday, cost is $90. Checks payable to: Friends of the Future; Mail to P.O. Box 6376, Kamuela, HI, 96743. For information, contact Gail Judd at 987-8710 or email gcjudd@babystepshawaii.org.

WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE SPRING PLANT SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, April 12. At Waimea Nature Park - Ulu La`au, A Garden of Trees located behind Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. Native plants, citrus trees, herbs and vegetable starts, along with orchids, ornamentals and more will be for sale, as well as crafts and food. Classes, demonstrations and exhibits will be announced soon. For more information, visit www.waimeaoutdoorcircle.org or call Cheryl Langton at 936-1468 or Carol Hendricks at 885-4453.

HAWAII COUNTY DEMOCRATS HOLD PRE-COUNTY CONVENTION PLANNING MEETING: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at Waimea School. Look for signage to direct you to classrooms. Preparation for County Convention May 3 will include finalizing draft Resolutions as well as draft Platform and Rules revisions/additions. Deadline for submitting draft resolutions is April 5, to hcdresolutions@hotmail.com. Must be a Hawaii County Democratic Party member to submit resolutions, etc. To review draft resolution requirements, visit http://youtu.be/RnQgHLou1dU. For information, contact County Chairman David Tarnas at 987-5810.

KAWAIHAE CANOE CLUB’S SPRING HERITAGE BAZAAR AND SILENT AUCTION; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at Kawaihae Harbor. A day of fun on the beach to include canoe rides, local crafts and homemade goodies, music, and talk-story! Free admission. This event helps keep valuable programs going, especially for keiki paddlers who begin racing at age 12. Dues scholarships are provided when needed and KCC fundraising also covers youth transportation and expenses for racing at state meets. For information, email kccbazaar@gmail.com.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MEETING: 9:30-11 a.m., April 12 and the 2nd Saturday of every month. Thelma Parker Memorial Library meeting room. All invited. For more information, contact Becky Parkinson at 937-2159.

OHRLANDO’S CHAMBER ENSEMBLE ‘MAHALO AND GOODBYE’ CONCERT: 5 p.m., Saturday, April 12. Kahilu Theatre Lobby. This finale for the 2013/14 season will feature this Duo Oboe/Bassoon and Piano musicians performing a variety of music from different periods – from Bohemian Music by the early classic composer Johann Stamitz, to a Sonata by François Devienne, called the French Mozart, to a piece by the real incomparable Mozart, and other pearls. Free and all invited.

2ND ANNUAL NORTH KOHALA COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER RECOGNITION EVENING: 5-9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at historic Puakea Ranch in Hawi. Musical entertainment by the popular group Kapena, a live auction, pupu provided by 12 Kohala restaurants, cash bar and much more. All invited. Tickets: $65 reserved seating; $50 unreserved. For more information, contact 889-5523 or www.northkohala.org.

7TH ANNUAL MALA’AI SCHOOL GARDEN ‘ART & SOL’ AUCTION-BENEFIT: 12:30-3 p.m., Sunday, April 13, at Merriman’s Restaurant. A deliciously tempting way to support this ¾-acre learning garden which is contributing to the health and wellness of both Waimea Middle School’s 6th-8th grade students and the entire community. Tickets are $50 for delicious Merriman’s pupu paired with wines. Always some of the most coveted art pieces including paintings, stained glass, hand-made jewelry, beautiful baskets of the best-of-Waimea fresh produce, one-of-a-kind experiences and celebrity chef dinners. Also offered this year will be a stunning koa rocker, a celebrity mixologist cocktail party for 15, an original piece of traditional kapa by Roen Hufford, and much more. For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.malaai.org, call Alethea Lai at 989-7861 or email alethea@mala’ai.org.

ALL FAMILIES WITH STUDENTS IN HONOKA’A HIGH INVITED TO ‘COLLEGE BOUND TALK STORY-DINNER: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17 at Waimea School Cafeteria. This is the final of eight gatherings to help students and their families explore college and career possibilities. Free and includes dinner for the entire family. All very informal – no RSVP and commitments required so all families are invited to just come, listen and ask questions. For more information, contact Honokaa High’s College and Career Center at 775-8800, ext. 308. Theme for final event: “Planning Beyond High School: Personal Transition Plan.”

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, April 17 and third Thursdays thereafter. At NHERC in Honokaa. A grassroots community group potluck 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 more information, contact Diane Scheurell at scheurell@hawaii.rr.com.

KOHALA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK AND BAKE SALE: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 19, Kohala High School cafeteria. All invited. All books for $1 or less. Buyers also have the option of filling a reusable grocery bag with books for $7. Please bring your own bags. True bargain hunters will want to be on hand from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. when remaining books will be given to good homes for free. Volunteers needed to help set up beginning at 4 p.m., Friday, April 18, as well as to help clean up on Saturday afternoon. Proceeds from the annual sale provide funding for library programs and materials. For information and to volunteer 889-6655.

HAWAIIAN DESIGNER NAKE’U AWAI FASHION BENEFIT FOR KAHILU THEATRE: Saturday, April 19. Come prepared to laugh and enjoy wonderful stories set to favorite Hawaiian songs and Broadway show tunes. Doors to Kahilu open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and pre-show shopping; show at 12:30 p.m. featuring musical guests Desiree Cruz, John Wray and Alva Kamalani with Everett Knowles on piano, choral numbers by Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club Choir and community friends as models. Show to benefit Kahilu Theatre. Tickets are $45 including a bento lunch, or $30 for the show. Theme is, “The Egg And I” with egg decorating contest with judges Roen Hufford, Big Island Candies, Native Books and Nake’u. Tickets available online at www.Kahilutheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

HAWAIIAN DESIGNER NAKE’U AWAI FASHION BENEFIT FOR KAHILU THEATRE: Saturday, April 19. Come prepared to laugh and enjoy wonderful stories set to favorite Hawaiian songs and Broadway show tunes. Doors to Kahilu open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and pre-show shopping; Show at 12:30 p.m. featuring musical guests Desiree Cruz, John Wray and Alva Kamalani with Everett Knowles on piano, choral numbers by Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club Choir and community friends as models. Show to benefit Kahilu Theatre. Tickets are $45 including a bento lunch, or $30 for the show. Theme is, “The Egg And I” with egg decorating contest with judges Roen Hufford, Big Island Candies, Native Books and Nake’u. Tickets available online at www.Kahilutheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

HAPPY EASTER! April 20.

WAIMEA ATHLETICS HOSTS ‘SUPER SUNDAY SLAM’ CLINICS WITH VISITING UH-HILO VULCANS: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, April 20 at Waimea Park. For ages 8-14. Field A: Men’s Baseball coach/mentor our youth; Field C: Women’s softball team coaches/mentors for girls. Mahalo UH-Hilo and County PANDR. Cost is $20. Registration before April 11 includes clinic T-shirt, photo and lunch; also registration on the day of the event but no shirt. For more information, contact Melissa Samura at 887-3014 or email parksandrecwaimea@gmail.com.