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Prepared by Patti Cook on behalf of Waimea Community Association. To include community events in this calendar, email cookshi@aol.com. Deadlines have changed for this weekly calendar to be published in North Hawaii News, which is shifting from a Thursday to Tuesday publishing date. Please submit by Monday for the following Tuesday’s publication.

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY EVENTS

PRIMARY ELECTION:

Saturday, Aug. 9. To register to vote or update records if you have moved or changed your name, visit http://hawaii.gov/elections/voters/registration.htm. To request an absentee ballot: http://hawaii.gov/elections/voters/voteabsentee.htm

• Voter registration deadlines: primary election, July 10; general election, Oct. 6

• Permanent Absentee Deadlines: Primary election, Aug. 2, 4:30 p.m.; general election, Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m.

• Absentee walk-in voting: primary election, July 28-Aug. 7; general election, Oct. 21-Nov. 1.

WAIMEA SCHOOL-COMMUNITY ART EXHIBIT AT KAHILU THEATRE GALLERY:

Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through July 3 to coincide with box office hours and also during theatre performances. Features kindergarten through 12th-grade students from Waimea schools, their family members and teachers sharing creative work in a variety of mediums. Free and all welcome. Classes and other groups can schedule visits outside gallery hours by emailing info@kahilutheatre.org.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES:

Info and to register: www.waimeaeducation.com or call 885-1539. Check the website for ongoing ballet and Capoeira classes, writing and computer consults.

2014 NORTH HAWAII BON DANCE SEASON:

· Saturday, June 28: Honomu Hongwaji, 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 963-6302

· Saturday, July 5: Kohala Hongwanji, 7 p.m. following graveside 5 p.m. service, 775-7532

· Saturday, July 12: Kohala Jodo Mission, following 6:30 p.m. service, 889-5456

· Saturday, July 12: Paauilo Hongwanji, 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 775-7232

· Saturday., July 19: Honokaa Hongwanji, 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 775-7232

· Saturday., July 26: Papaaloa Hongwanji, 6 p.m. following 5 p.m. service, 962-6340

· Saturday., Aug. 2: Hawi Jodo Mission, following 6:30 p.m., 775-0965

· Saturday, Aug. 2: Paauilo Kongoji Mission, 7 to 10:30 p.m., 776-1474

· Saturday., Aug. 9: Hamakua Jodo Mission, following 6 p.m. service, 889-5456

· Saturday, Aug. 16: Hakalau Jodo Mission, 8 p.m. following 7 p.m. service, 966-9777

· Saturday, Aug. 16: Kamuela Hongwanji, 7:30 p.m. following 6:30 p.m. service, 775-7232

JUNE 30 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FOR MEMOIR WRITING CLASS

Led by publisher and author Darien Gee: 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays, July 22-Aug. 19. Waimea Community Education. This five-week, 10-hour class will introduce you to the art and craft of memoir writing and help you get your memoir project off the ground. Early bird registration by June 30 - $195; $225 thereafter. Info and to register: www.waimeaeducation.com or call 885-1539.

NHERC COURSE OFFERINGS:

A branch of UH-Hilo on Plumeria Street, Honokaa. Application deadline July 1 for classified students. Classes include Sustainable Agriculture, Cross Cultural Study of Women, Volcanoes and Earthquakes, American Politics, Survey of Psychology, Paths to Academic and Lifelong Success, Life after High School Sessions (July 1– 24 in four modules including How (and Why) to Get a Job or Internship (July 1, 3), How to Interview and Write Resumes (July 8, 10), How to Go to College & Afford It (July 15, 17), and How to Live (including dealing with your own money & taxes, and going to the doctor without your parents) (July 22, 24). Also Intro to Hawaiian Language (June 23 - July 23), Intermediate Lightroom Techniques (June 24–July 17), and Medical Terminology (June 17-27). Info: 775-8890 or go to: . http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/nherc/HeritageCenter.php.

‘MY YEAR IN A YURT’ BOOKSIGNING:

8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 25 at historic Pukalani Stables. Jen McGeehan, an author and speaker, will be on hand to sign this new book that shares the true story of how she and husband Pat radically changed their lives after losing thier home in foreclosure and bankruptcy.

MALAAI SCHOOL GARDEN PILOT ‘SUPER KITCHEN’ DINNER:

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 25. Kahilu Town Hall. Mala`ai and WMS Summer School students are inviting the community to share recipes for healthy eating at a free community dinner. This is a “pilot” for what will hopefully become a monthly gathering featuring healthy meals that can be re-created easily at home for $3 per person. Donations welcome. Volunteer help welcome. Info: Alethea Lai 989-7861 or go to www.malaai.org.

FREE HEALTH INSURANCE HELP:

For individuals, families, and small businesses. Kipuka O Ke Ola (KOKO), a native Hawaiian Health-Wellness clinic in Waimea is a certified Hawaii Health Connector site located in the Waimea KTA Shopping Center. Open enrollment for individuals and families will start Nov. 15. Info: call Brenda Case Resendiz or Marcya Gleason, 885-5900 to schedule an appointment.

KOA ITEMS FOR SALE:

After an incident in Waimea Park where koa trees were vandalized, Harbor Gallery – working with West Hawaii Woodturners – invited local artisans to created bowls and other items from the koa and is selling them with proceeds benefiting WOC (75 percent) and the woodturnters hui (25 percent). Pieces range in price from $20 to $700 depending. Visit Harbor Gallery in Kawaihae, call 882-1510 or visit www.harborgallery.biz or www.waimeaoutdoorcircle.org.

MONTHLY BUSINESS FIRST PAU HANA:

5-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 1 at Red Water lanai. A networking meeting to meet and exchange news and develop new opportunities. Future dates: Aug. 5 at Merriman’s Garden; Sept. 2 at Merriman’s Garden. Info: Penny Pagliaro, Panalea Corp. (315-7776).

PUPULE PAPALE RED HAT SISTERHOOD MONTHLY MEETING:

12:30 p.m. first Thursdays. July 3 at Jade Palace; Aug. 7 at Bamboo; Sept. 4 at Café Pesto; Oct. 2 at Banjay’s Paradise Bar & Grill; Oct. 6 at Charley’s Thai; and Dec. 4 at Solimene’s. New members welcome. Info: Queen Mother Nina Disbro, 895-1234.

NOTE: Waimea Community Association Town Meeting moved to second Thursday to avoid Independence Day weekend. See July 10.

FIRST FRIDAY NIGHTS IN HONOKAA:

5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 4 along Mamane Street. With free live music, classes, demonstrations, booths and more including shops staying open later. Info: Alison Higgins of Grace Flowers or Michelle Barthel of Big Island Grown to get involved. Free. Info: 443-3999 or email: graceflowershawaii@gmail.com.

FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET:

8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 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, 989-4422. Parking behind gym or along Cherry Blossom Park.

WALKING MEDITATION IN THE WILD:

8:30 to 10 a.m., Saturday, July 5 and first Saturday of every month rain or shine. At Iole, the Historic Bond Homestead, 53-496 ‘Iole Rd. in Kapaau. With Gavin Harrison. Not strenuous. Bring hat, hiking shoes, sunscreen, bottled water, a towel or cushion for rest stops, rainear, mosquito repellent. Free but $10-15 donation suggested. Info: info@iolehawaii.com or call 889-5151.

‘AWAKENING’ GATHERING WITH GAVIN HARRISON:

3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, July 6 and first Sunday of every month. Waimea Events Salon, 66-1664 Waiaka St. Sitting and walking meditation, talk, dialogue/inquiry non-denominational groups open to all. Info: Matilda Tompson, 885 9206, or email: TompsonP001@hawaii.rr.com, or go to: http://www.gavinharrison.net/

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING:

9 a.m., Tuesday, July 8 and the second Tuesday of each month. 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 & Hula Lessons. Info: Pat Lewi, President, 885-4307.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MONTHLY TOWN MEETING:

5:15 p.m., Thursday, July 10 at Waimea School Cafeteria. Note date change to avoid long Independence Weekend. All invited. Attendees urged to support Waimea Food Pantry with cash or checks or non-perishable food donations. Info: WCA President Sherman Warner, 885-1725, or Patti Cook, 937-2833.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MEETING:

9:30 to 11 a.m., July 12 and the second Saturday of every month. Thelma Parker Memorial Library meeting room. All invited. Info: Becky Parkinson, 937-2159.

FRIENDS OF THELMA PARKER LIBRARY ANNUAL MEETING:

5 p.m., Saturday, July 19. To include elections and chapter business, plus special guest presentation by Boyd Bond on Waimea history and potluck dinner. All invited. Info: Libby Dingeldein, President, 721-5431 or email: libbyd@hawaii.rr.com.

HONOKAA HONGWANJI BUDDHIST TEMPLE’S ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE AND BON DANCE:

Saturday, July 19. 6 p.m. service; 7 p.m. dance. Community members invited to submit names of loved ones who have passed away this past year to have them honored at the service. Bon dance includes Taiko drum groups and dancers plus food and fun. Free to the public and all invited. Located at 45-516 Lehua St. Info: 775-7232.

WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL BACK TO SCHOOL PREPARATION:

8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, July 25, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, July 28, 29. Families invited to pick up students’ class schedules, purchase uniforms, pay for busing and school lunch, sign up students for free morning and after-school Homework Help+, athletics, etc. and also to pay for student body dues and purchase a yearbook. Info: 887-6090 extension 222. If transferring in a student from a school other than Waimea Elementary, call or come by the school ASAP to facilitate registration.

PUBLIC SCHOOL BEGINS:

Friday, August 1. Note: The Legislature has mandated a longer school day for middle and high schools so classes at Waimea Middle School will run to 3 p.m., daily except to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays.

‘THE LADIES OF ALOHA’:

2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 3. at Kahilu Theatre. Three superb singer-musician-entertainers — Kuuipo Kumukahi, Darlene Ahuna and Karen Keawehawaii share the stage in this benefit concert for Ahahui Kaahumanu Chapter II, Waimea. Funds raised support club activities include assisting North Hawaii Community Hospital and patients at Hale Hoola Hamakua. Reserved seating. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by phone at 885-6868, or online at www.kahilutheatre.org.

SEVENTH ANNUAL HAWAII HORSE EXPO:

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23, 24 at Paniolo Preservation’s Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables. Begins Friday, Aug. 22 with Equine Medical Symposium. Clinics and demonstrations include personal interaction with the experts such as veterinarian and renowned equine behaviorist-lecturer Dr. Robert Miller, and popular host of RFD TV’s “The Horse Show” Rick Lamb. Waimea veterinarian Dr. Brady Bergin, now clinical instructor at the West Metro Equine Practice of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota, also to present. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund. Info: www.HawaiiHorseExpo.com.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S WAIMEA RELAY FOR LIFE:

Saturday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. In the past, this event was held overnight at Waimea Park. It’s now being moved to daytime. Funds raised support research and services and also raise awareness. Luminaria Ceremony will take place after sundown with participants walking the track surrounded by glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $5 at www.RelayForLife.org, search for Waimea event. Info at that website or contact ACS Staff Partner, Sancie De Mattos, 938-8413, or email sancie.demattos@cancer.org or call Event Chair Bernie Kainoa at 938-2762 or email kainoa001@hawaii.rr.com.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY-WAIKOLOA REGION 5K WALK/RUN FOR LITERACY:

Saturday, Nov. 8. More details to come. Info: Chair Bette Green, 883-0764 or email, bettejgreen@gmail.com.

WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE:

Saturday, Dec. 6. Parade from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Expect traffic delays during the parade as only emergency vehicles will be able to pass through town center. All invited to participate both in the parade and Big Island Giving Tree donation collection. Info: Parade Co-Chairs Lani Olsen-Chong, 936-0670, and Kalae Kawamura, 936-4376. More info and for parade applications, rules, etc. available in September, go to www.WaimeaTown.org.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES:

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS UPDATES:

Waimea’s CERT team is working to inform the community on readiness and also when there are opportunities to learn how to participate or contribute. For example, a Table Top Exercise was held recently involving Civil Defense and other public and private agencies whose mandate includes emergency response. For more info, email: Hawaii_CERT@yahoo.com.

PRIMARY CARE WALK-IN CLINIC AT NHCH – No appointment necessary. Every Friday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. North Hawaii Community Hospital’s Kaheleaulani Native Hawaiian Health Program and Adult and Family Medicine are now offering primary care services, vaccinations, wellness services and physicals without an appointment. These Friday afternoon walk-in clinics are designed to offer patients more convenience, especially for those who feel like they are getting sick just before the weekend. Kaheleaulani and Adult and Family Medicine are both located within the hospital. Info: 881-4843.

FIRE ANTS HOTLINE: (808) 989-9289 or (808) 315-5656. Dr. Cas Vandervoude of the Hawaii Ant Lab: www.littlefireants.com. Beware! These produce painful welts on the skin and are already established in areas from Laupahoehoe to Kalapana as well as several sites in Kona. DOA’s Dr. Vanderwaugh, who is our island’s LFA specialist, advises extreme care when bringing potted plants or organic materials into your garden. To test for LFA, put a little peanut butter on a stick and put it into the pot, mulch, etc. Wait two hours then check the stick carefully for signs of ants. If you do find them, quarantine the item and contact Dr. Vanderwaugh, 989-9289.

“HONOKAA LOVES MUSIC’ EXHIBIT AT NHERC’S HERITAGE CENTER: Daily except Sundays at 45-539 Plumeria St.. Celebrates Honoka’a’s musical legacy – from having the third oldest brass band in all of Hawaii, to the now famous Honokaa Jazz Band. Open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: 775-8890.

BACKYARD COMPOSTING WORKSHOP AT WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 9-11 a.m., every other Saturday. Presented by Sam Robinson & Noah Dodd. Sponsored by Recycle Hawai’i. $10 fee includes take-home composter worth much more. More info: Sam Robinson (747-2737) or email: letsgrowhilo@hotmail.com.

TO REPORT NORTH HAWAII NENE SIGHTINGS: To help track the wanderings of nene relocated to Hawaii Island from Kauai, we are asked to call the East Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife office, 974-4221, and leave a message with the location and number of birds, as well as your name and phone number so that researchers can contact you for more information.

COQUI ALERT/ HONOKAA AREA: Report to 775-9800 or 775-1150.

COQUI ALERT/NORTH KOHALA: Report to 889-5775.

COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATOIN WAIMEA ACTIVITY PROGRAM: Info: Melissa Samura @ 887-3014.

Day Time Activity Waimea Location

Monday and Wednesday 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aikido Community Center

Monday and Wednesday 3:30-5:30 p.m. Table Tennis Community Center

Monday 7 to 9 p.m. Senior Line Dancing Community Center

Sunday and Tuesday 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.Taeko Drums Community Center

Sunday 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Adult Soccer Waimea Park

Tuesday 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Open Volleyball Thelma Thelma Parker Gym

Wednesday 6:30-8:30 p.m. Open Adult Bsktbl Thelma Parker Gym

Wednesday 6:30-8:30 p.m. Adult Soccer Waimea Park

Thursday 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tahitian Dance Community Center

Friday 4:30-6:30 p.m. Karate Thelma Parker Gym

Friday 4:30-6:30 p.m. Ultimate Frisbee Waimea Park

2013 LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU DIRECTORY OF FEDERAL, STATE & COUNTY OFFICIALS AVAILABLE ONLINE: http://lrbhawaii.info/reports/rpts/lrb/dir/dir.pdf

WAIMEA FOOD PANTRIES:

· Annunciation Catholic Church – Ann Lum, 885-0879 or 640-4704,. Open 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays for a once a month food pickup.

· Kokua Christian Ministries – Associated with New Hope Waimea & Imiola Church. Contact: Laurie Ainslie, 895-3056. Located in the house behind Imiola Church Office. Open 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

MEDIATION SERVICES: Founded in 1988, West Hawaii Mediation Center strives to provide an array of high quality conflict resolution services to community members and organizations throughout West Hawaii. These services are available and affordable through the consistent and dedicated efforts of trained volunteers and staff. Info: 885-5525 or go to whmediation.com.

NORTH HAWAII THRIFT SHOPS (Great Bargains, Help Needed, Donations Welcome):

· WAIMEA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THRIFT SHOP: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays;1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. All proceeds benefit the K-5 keiki at Waimea El. Donations welcome, preferably during shop hours! Volunteers welcome, too. Donations tax deductible.

· ST. JAMES THRIFT SHOP: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Donations welcome and tax deductible. In addition to providing a valuable community service, the church contributes a portion of thrift shop income to Annunciation Catholic Church’s Food Pantry and also supports other seasonal community outreach ministries through the year. Info? Please call Nina Disbro, 895-1234.

OVERSET FOLLOWS:· LYDIA’S CLOSET: Open Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. Located in the building just above Honoka’a United Methodist Church on Mamane Street across from Blane’s Drive In. Great prices on women’s and men’s clothing. Donations welcome. Park in the church lot by entering the driveway between the 76 Station and the church. Proceeds help fund church programs. Info: 775-0566.

WEEKLY FARMERS MARKETS:

· WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. – noon every Saturday on the lawn fronting Kuhio Hale – Hawaiian Homes Hall. Don’s miss the First Saturdays celebration with many additional vendors and a special free presentation or program. Info: Roen Hufford at honopua@msn.com, or call 937-2729 or Cynthia Spencer, 333-2165.

· WAIMEA TOWN MARKET AT PARKER SCHOOL: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturdays. A weekly shopping venue featuring locally grown and produced vegetables, fruit, herbs and freshly baked artisan breads, plus art, jewelry, spa products and more. Everyone invited. Info: Paul Johnson, pej1000@aol.com.

· KEKELA FAMILY FARM: 2-5 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays. Take first left after Koa Lane off of Mana Road. Look for large red barn for heirloom quality vegetables. Everyone invited.

· WAIMEA MIDWEEK MARKET: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesdays at historic Pukalani Stables. Info: 936-2833. Free admission to Paniolo Heritage Center during market hours.

· HONOKAA FARMERS MARKET: Begins at 7:30 a.m. every Saturday fronting Honokaa Trading Co.

· LAUPAHOEHOE FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Sunday next to the MinitMart on the highway. Still room for more vendors. Info: Arlene Hussey, 640-4081.

· WAIKOLOA VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET: 7:15 a.m. every Saturday in Waikoloa Community Church parking lot across from Waikoloa Elementary School.

· HAWI FARMERS MARKET: 7:30 a.m. until pau every Saturday. Under the banyan tree near the post office.

COUNTY BUS FARES: $2/general adult fare; $1/students, senior citizens and disabled riders with valid ID; children under 5 free. Prepaid bus tickets in sheets of 10 sell for $15, while monthly passes cost $60. Discounted sheets of bus tickets for students, seniors and disabled riders are $7.50, while monthly passes cost $45. Info: www.visitheleonbus.org.

REMINDER: $92 FINE FOR IGNORING HAWAII’S SEAT BELT LAW: All front and back seat occupants regardless of age must now buckle up or, for infants, child restraints at all times – day and night year-round.

ULU LAAU/WAIMEA NATURE PARK: Open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily – behind the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope headquarters building. Plenty of parking inside the Nature Park. Do not park at CFHT. For more information and a map, go to www.waimeaoutdoorcircle.org and click on Ulu La’au. Perfect for picnics and there’s WIFI coverage, too! A project of Waimea Outdoor Circle. Info: 443-4482.

PANIOLO HERITAGE CENTER NOW OPEN WEEKDAYS WITH LEATHER CRAFTSMAN IN RESIDENCE: Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 at historic Pukalani Stables. Saddle maker Craig Cunningham is now the craftsman in residence helping to keep the paniolo Heritage Museum open while sharing his superb work. In addition, Craig is continuing PPS’ leather club – interested community members are invited from 2-4 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of the month. Info: www.PanioloPreservation.org, or call 854-1541.

STATE IDENTIFICATION CARDS are now being issued by County driver’s license offices. No appointments required but during the transition, the public is asked for patience as new staff are trained. Minimum age for a State ID is 10 years old. Fee: $20 for all except $15 for 65 and older.

NEED HELP? CRISIS INTERVENTION AND SUPPORT:

· CRIMESTOPPERS: 961-8300/Hilo or 329-8181/Kona. Entirely anonymous. Or, call Waimea Police Station for Community Policing Officer Brent Foster, 887-3080.

· FREE SUBSTANCE ABUSE ASSESSMENTS: BISAC is offering free alcohol and other drug use assessments and integrated health services. To schedule an appointment, call 887-2715 Ext. 522.

· WAIMEA NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: 7-8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall - Waimea. An ongoing meeting since 1986 for the recovering community. All welcome. Also at 5:30 p.m., Saturdays at Mama’s House Thrift Store – next to Napa Auto Parts on Mamalahoa Highway. Everyone welcome.

· COMMUNITY BEREAVEMENT GROUPS – CIRCLE OF SUPPORT: The Journey of Grief and Reconciliation. These are drop-in groups, open to anyone that is grieving the loss of a loved-one. Facilitated by Sindona Cassteel, MFT, Bereavement Counselor for North Hawai’i Hospice. Info: 885-7547.

o Waimea: Meets first Tuesday of each month from 5-6:30 p.m. at The Moon Center Tea Room (just above Lava Rock Realty and across from the Red Water Restaurant on Kawaihae Road.

o North Kohala: Meetings First Wednesday of each month from 5-6:30 p.m.

· FREE HAWAII COUNTY ‘CITY WATCH’ EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM: “City Watch” is an electronic notification system that can notify residents about evacuations or other emergency measures – including appropriate responses — via phone or email. It’s free to all Hawaii County residents. Residents need to register by mailing info: County of Hawaii Civil Defense, 920 Ululani Street, Hilo, HI 96720, or http://www.ciywatchonline.com/CSBSignUp/HawaiiSignUp.asp. To register, please give your name, street address (no P.O. boxes, please), city, zip code, home phone, cell phone, cell phone carrier and email address. If your phone number is listed in the phone book white pages, you will be automatically registered. However, if your listed phone number is on a “do not call list,” you will need to register as well cell phone users and all wishing to be contacted by email.

· AL ANON MEETINGS IN NORTH HAWAII : A long established source of support for anyone struggling with the effects of a loved ones’ substance abuse. Groups are confidential and free (except for a small donation to keep the group going). More info: www.afghawaii.org or contact Betty at 339-1050.

o North Kohala Family Group: Mondays 7 - 8 p.m.- Kohala Family Center - Hawi

o Waimea Family Group: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Tutu’s House.

o Puako Family Group: Tuesdays, 7 - 8 p.m.- Holualoa UCC.

o Waimea Family Group: Thursdays 7 – 8 p.m. – First Baptist Church .

o Waikoloa Family Group: Wednesdays 7-8 p.m. and Saturdays 9-10 a.m. - Waikoloa Community Church

· SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS HOTLINE: 935-0677.

· POISON HOTLINE - 1-800-222-1222.

· ‘ICE’ HOTLINES & INFORMATIONAL WEB SITE: To report “Ice” Substance Abuse concerns: West Hawaii - 329-0-ICE; East Hawaii - 934-VICE. Callers can remain anonymous or give name, telephone to secure case number for future follow up.

· STATE IDENTITY THEFT WEBSITE: http://www.idtheft.hawaii.gov. Provides tips on prevention and what to do if your identity is stolen. Or call 808-587-3222.

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETINGS. 2ND Tuesday of each month. 9 a.m. at 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.

VETERANS’ PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CLINIC SERVICES: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays – located in New Hope Christian Fellowship’s Waimea church complex. All veterans welcome – whether they have previously been enrolled for services or not thanks to a new grant. Appointments may be made by calling the Kona VA office, 331-4540, or just walking in. Services provided by Dr. Ann M. Cox, Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, Kona VA CBOC-Rural Health Primary Care.

WAIKOLOA SENIORS MONTHLY MEETING: 9 a.m. on the third Monday of each month. Community Room adjacent to the Waikoloa Village Association offices on Melia Street. Begins with a potluck breakfast and a speaker. Info: 883-2424.

TUTU AND ME RESUMES FOR 2013-’14 SCHOOL YEAR: 8 a.m. to noon, every Tuesday and Thursday morning except holidays at Hale Laiana – Imiola Church Hall.

YAAKS SIGHTED IN WAIKOLOA: Yes – it’s a new community bulletin board — www.YAAKS.org (Youth Activities And Kids Stuff) – which has gone “live” on the web. Local groups, schools, clubs, scouts, etc. invited to add their events and activities – including sports teams and clubs, contests, fundraisers, car washes, dances, crafting, movies, foodie events and other stuff in the works. YAAKS is a free community service by Chris Kutler, the Waikoloa Community Development Corporation and a creative team of Waikoloa residents who believe that “there’s no such thing as nothing to do!” Info? Click Contact Us at www.yaaks.org.

WEEKLY HANA FUDA LESSONS AT TUTU’S HOUSE: 12:30-2:30 p.m., Mondays. All welcome.

THELMA PARKER LIBRARY SCHEDULE: Open: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 12:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays. Closed Mondays.

UNCLAIMED PROPERTY: The State of Hawaii maintains a website containing a list of persons and businesses that are owed money, stock or other financial resources. To determine if you or a family member might have property to claim, go to ehawaii.gov/lilo/app, and search using both your legal name and also variations/misspellings. Take a few minutes - worth a review; while many amounts are small, there are considerable sums that are owed to some residents. The website has forms to complete and return to claim property and there are instructions regarding how to claim property for deceased individuals as well.

WAIMEA PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION’S HISTORIC TAX OFFICE AVAILABLE FOR SMALL COMMUNITY MEETINGS: WPA is the community-based 501(c)3 that now stewards and is housed in the historic tax office next to the Waimea Senior Center at the main intersection of Waimea. WPA, dedicated to preserving the character and history of Waimea, exists to encourage projects that benefit the community, and is now making the small meeting room in the tax office available for community use (up to 10-12 persons). There is no charge to use the meeting room though donations are welcome. Both the WPA building and restrooms are ADA accessible. To schedule use of the meeting room or get involved in WPA, call Pete Hendricks, 885-4453.

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.

GREENWASTE DISPOSAL: Organa Grow – formerly known as the Hawaiian Fresh Egg Farm on Kawaihae Road – is accepting greenwaste to recycle into mulch and/or organic compost. There is a small charge but it assures more environmentally desirable disposal of greenwaste. David M. Davenport, 882-7931.

FITNESS & FUN CLASSES:

· ZUMBA CORE FITNESS-LE’ALE’A FITNESS STUDIO: Mondays/Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. next to Hawaiian Style Cafe. It’s a dance fitness program that moves at your pace. Shake and sculpt your way to health and an active lifestyle. Targets core and burns calories. Instructor Marilyn Fitzgerald, 345-6266. Drop-in fee: $10; Seniors rates available.

· BARRE/CARDIO/WEIGHTS CLASS: Lealea Fitness Studio - Fridays at 8:30 a.m. A great cardio workout using step plus barre work and weights to tone, tighten and strengthen muscles and core. Instructor Marilyn Fitzgerald, 345-6266; Drop-in fee: $10.

· HONOKAA ZUMBA CLASS FRIDAY NIGHTS: 6-7 p.m., Honokaa P&R Gym Complex. Led by personal trainer and fitness instructor Sheila Fernandez-Kinzer. Info: 937-9035 or email fitgal6@yahoo.com.

· WEST AFRICAN DANCE WITH LIVE DRUMMING: 11 a.m., Sundays at the Algood Barn in Hawi. All welcome. Info: Michal Anna Carrillo, 987-4243.

· AIKIDO FOR ADULT & TEEN BEGINNERS: Openings for new students in Friday and Saturday classes – 4 p.m. for youth, 5 p.m. for teens and adults. At Ke Ola Mau Loa (Waimea’s Green Church on historic Church Row). Learn self-defense skills, discipline, focus, cooperation, stretching and strengthening and have fun. Individuals - $60/month; family - $90/month. Children’s classes also available. Info: Barbara (935-2454) or email AikidoOfHilo@hawaiiantel.net or go to www.AikidoOfHilo.org.

· AQUA ZUMBA IN WAIKOLOA VILLAGE: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the village association pool on Melia Street next to the golf club. Classes run for six sessions with instructor Cecilia Poblete. Open to the community – do not have to be a village association owner. Reef walkers recommended, but not required. Cost per class $5, or purchase a $50 card for 10 classes and get the first class free. Cards available for purchase at the class. No reservations are necessary. Info: 936-8714 or 883-9422.

COUNTY OF HAWAII DATA BOOK AVAILABLE ONLINE: A comprehensive source of statistics on the social, economic, government and business activity for Hawai‘i County at: http://www.hawaiicountyrandd.net/hcrc, or call 961-8500.

NORTH KOHALA COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER: For info: info@northkohala.org

ANNA RANCH HERITAGE CENTER: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesdays thrpigh Saturdays with tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A new Discovery Trail takes guests on a self-guided walking tour of the lower property with a series of interpretive displays telling the story of ranching in Hawaii. Also an on-site saddle maker, blacksmith, and wood worker. A Gift Shop in Anna’s historic kitchen features the work of local artisans and craftsmen, and an eclectic mix of new and vintage. Info: www.annaranch.org or call 885-4426.

MONTHLY EA & EIS PUBLICATION DATES: On the 8th and 23rd of each month, go to this website for notices of all EIS and EA documents and coming deadlines: http://hawaii.gov/health/environmental/oeqc/index.html.

SUNDAY MORNING “ISLAND ISSUES” WITH SHERRY BRACKEN: 6:30 a.m. on KKOA 107.7FM, 8 a.m. on LAVA 105.3FM, and online at 8 a.m.: www.lava1053.com.

FREE TAX PREP, EMPLOYMENT COUNSELING, FINANCIAL EDUCATION AND MORE: Waimea’s new Hawai’i First Community Resource Center is a not-for-profit located upstairs in Waimea Center – aka KTA shopping center/behind McDonalds. Created through Hawai’i First Federal Credit Union employees and leadership to provide financial education, job seeking support and training, resume coaching, help to start a small business, prevent foreclosure or access office computer programs. It’s free but a membership card required and appointments suggested. Info: Community Development Coordinator Alycia Juvik, 885-6600.

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS & KOKUA NEEDED:

· Waimea Food Pantries: New Hope Waimea – 885-5510 and Annunciation Catholic Church – Ann Lum 885-0879.

· Mala’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School: Alethea Lai, 989-7861. They welcome Mentors, Donors, Gardeners, Grant Writers, Instructors for Work and Learn Workshop presenters.

· Waimea Middle School “Connecting For Success” Program – seeking adult mentors. Screening required, training provided and very rewarding. Info: Suzi Herhold at 887-6090 Ext. 268 or email: Suzi_Herhold@notes.k12.hi.us.

· Friends of Thelma Parker Memorial Library: Carol Buck, 885-9718

· Ulu La’au - Waimea Nature Park: Carol Hendricks, 885-4453

· Tutu’s House: A variety of volunteer opportunities exist. Lorraine Urbic, 885-6777

· Kohala Watershed Project: Melora Purell, 887-6411 or email coordinator@kohalawatershed.org

· West Hawai’i Mediation Center: Become trained as a mediator and/or facilitator or assist with fundraising or special projects, 885-5525.

· North Hawai’i Hospice: Become trained as a caregiver or assist with other special projects. Katherine Werner Ciano, 885-7547.

· Waimea Trails & Greenways: Learn about group and get involved by attending a weekly meeting - 5-6 p.m. every Monday. Clem Lam email: c.lam4@hawaiiantel.net or call 885-4431.

· Pu’ukohola Heiau: Volunteers needed for re-vegetation, maintenance, admin, visitor center operations, cultural demonstrations and education programs. Scheduling flexible. Chief Ranger Benjamin Saldua, 882-7218, or email ben_saldua@nps.gov.

· The Kohala Center: Assist with one of their educational programs, workshops, special projects. Cindi Punihaole, 895-1010, or email cpunihaole@kohalacenter.org.

· Hawaii Island Humane Society – Waimea Shelter: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays. Bebe Ackerman, 217-0154.

· Habitat For Humanity – Clean out your garage or warehouse — use/reuse furniture, building materials, working appliances, flooring, doors, windows, cabinets, sinks, lighting, home furnishings, electrical hardware, plumbing supplies and fixtures, fans, etc. and your donation to “ReStore” – a retail outlet at 73-5576 Kauhola Street Space #4 (behind the former Sam Choy Restaurant near Costco) is tax deductible. Income generated by ReStore is used to finance new homes for low income families in West Hawai’i. Store is open M-F from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays. Info: 331-8010 or go to www.habitatwesthawaii.org.

· Other environmental organizations: Visit a new Hawai’i volunteering website – www.preservehawaii.org. Includes weekly updates from a different featured group each month and upcoming volunteer events.

· Hale Ho’ola Hamakua - North Hawai’i’s critical access hospital and long-term care facility welcomes kokua – sharing time with our kupuna…reading, knitting, visiting…bringing cheer and companionship! Info: Laura DeRose at 808-775-7211 Ext. 273 or email: lderose@hhsc.org.

· Angels On Wheels - A 10+-year Waimea Lions Club not-for-profit solely to transport medical patients to and from appointments. Volunteers are not paid and contribute gas and other expenses; donations primarily help with coordination. Organized by Waimea Lions Club. Info and to help, contact Jim McDonough, 885-8483, or email: jimbo5441@aol.com.

DRIVERS’ LICENSE HOURS: Monday-Fridays except holidays: 8-10 a.m. written test for new license or permit; 8-10:30 a.m. for renewals and duplicates; noon-3 p.m., written test for new license or permit; noon-3:30 p.m., renewals and duplicates; 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. road tests by appointment only.

REPORT DONKEY SIGHTINGS ON WAIKOLOA ROAD: Waikoloa residents are working with the County to keep the “Kona Nightingales” (i.e., donkeys) off Waikoloa Road. They ask community help with reporting sightings. They are inspecting fences all the way up from the village up to Mamalahoa Highway (Hwy 190). If you see a donkey, please call Scott Knowles with the County of Hawai’I (961-8068). Please report date, time of day, approximate location.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:

· TUTU’S HOUSE: A community health and wellness resource enter — free and all invited. Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For classes and more information, go to www.tutushouse.org or call 885-6777.

· WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION: Offering a wide array of classes. Easy online registration or by phone (885-1539) or go online to www.waimeaeducation.com. Affordable and available right here in town.

· KANU O KA AINA COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS: Community invited to a wide array of programs at Halau Ho’olako learning center. Info: Te Benioni, 890-2508, or go by the office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Classes include Leihulu, Tahitian Dance, Tahitian Drumming w/ Terangi, Beginning & Advanced Hula, Genealogy Class and Turbo Kick.

· NORTH HAWAII EDUCATION AND RESEARCH CENTER NHERC – Honokaa: Mondays through Thursdays, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Fridays. Grassroots and community organizations not charging a fee may use the facilities for free as long as the space is available and during the above times. Rooms are available with capacities ranging from 20 to 140 individuals. The Center’s computer lab is also available for use by the public. Membership is available on an annual basis for a fee of $50. UH Hilo and HawCC faculty, staff and students may use the lab free of charge. Info: 775-8890 or emailing nherc@hawaii.edu.

· KOHALA ‘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.

· NEW NORTH KOHALA ‘DIGITALMOKU.NET’ WEBSITE: Offers a rich cultural history of North Kohala with photos, videos, etc.

· WAIKOLOA BOOKMOBILE HOURS: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily. Located next to the village pool and tennis courts. Volunteers, books and monetary donations needed. Email flwrvolunteer@gmail.com to help or send a contribution to Friends of the Library - Waikoloa Region P.O. Box 383283, Waikoloa HI 96738. Info: www.library.waikoloacommunity.org; or call Bette Green, 883-0764 or Stephanie, 883-2424. Books may be dropped off daily when open; special arrangements made for large donations.

THE ARTS:

· KAHILU THEATRE: The new board has resolved its debts, developed a new Strategic Plan and is beginning to more forward! Kahilu Theatre’s Board asks friends to follow the most current news and notes about the theatre by clicking “Like” on its new Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kahilutheatreorg instead of the Save The Kahilu Theater page.

· WAIMEA ARTS COUNCIL’S FIREHOUSE GALLERY: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays thru Saturdays near main intersection in town in the historic firehouse. Everyone invited. For more info, go to www.waimeaartscouncil.org.

· WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS & WAIMEA COMMUNITY THEATRE: Go to www.waimeacommunitytheatre.org.

· HAWAI’I PREPARATORY ACADEMY’S ISAACS ART CENTER MUSEUM & GALLERY: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesdays thru Saturdays. Free and everyone invited. Info: www.isaacsartcener.hpa.edu.

· QUILTERS MEET WEDNESDAYS AT NHERC: 8:30 a.m. – Noon. Every Wednesday. Led by Dorothy Badua, Jodean Dela Cruz and Mary Hinck. Everyone welcome. Bring your own sewing machine and extension cords or, if you hand quilt, your needles, scissors and thread. Info: 775-0726.

· ANUENUE QUILTERS OF NORTH HAWAI’I MEET THURSDAYS: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., every Thursday at Anna Ranch Teahouse. Members do both patchwork and Hawaiian quilting and other needlework and annually contribute quilt(s) they have worked on together to a worthy group or cause. This year we made two quilts for the “Home of the Brave” organization, which provides quilts to families in Hawai’i who have lost a family member in the war in Iraq. Info: Joan Moynahan, 885-8830 or email: moyn@hawaii.rr.com.

· MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MEET SECOND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH: Started in 1997, this patchwork quilters group shares love of quilting while also supporting worthwhile community organizations such as the Mala’ai school garden, Waimea Relay for Life, the police/fire department and North Hawaii Community Hospital and at Christmas they make quilted stockings and quilts for needy children. All welcome. 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Thelma Parker Memorial Library meeting room. Info: Becky Parkinson, 937-2159.

FIRST SATURDAY ‘UNIVERSE TONIGHT’ PROGRAM CONTINUES: 6 p.m. monthly at the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy at the 9,300 foot level of Mauna Kea. Begins with a talk at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station off Saddle Road, then portable telescopes are set up. Seating first-come. Each month a speaker from a different Mauna Kea observatory shares recent observations and discoveries. Info: 961-2180 or go to www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis. It’s wise to check on weather conditions ahead of time and bring appropriate warm clothing, drinking water and snacks.

‘FADED GLORY’ PROGRAM RETIRES TIRED FLAGS: Because flags deserve an honorable retirement, the Big Island Retired Military Association (BIRMA) offers a free “Faded Glory” program that collects old flags and gives them an honorable retirement. Big Island Toyota has joined with BIRMA to provide drop off points in Hilo (811 Kanoelehua Ave.) and Kailua-Kona (74-5504 Kaiwi Street) and organizations with a large number of flags needing retirement can call BIRMA (775-9729) for pick up. No charge.

VET CENTERS OF HAWAI’I HOSTS BRIEFINGS & OUTREACH: 9 a.m. – Noon, First & Third Thursdays of every month – Waimea Community Center; 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month - Waikoloa Village Market. Representatives from the Hilo and Kona Vet Centers available to all Veterans and their families. Info: 969-3835, 329-0574, or 960-1904.

HAWAI’I ISLAND KEIKI IN NEED OF A SAFE, LOVING ‘OHANA: West Hawai’i has over 160 children in foster care, and we have 2,100 children statewide who need a caring home. You can make a difference in a child’s life and give hope for the future to a child by becoming a Foster/Resource family. Call Hui Ho’omalu’s intake number Toll Free: (888) 879-8970, or call their West Hawai’i community liaison, Linda Case, 896-3829 to discuss requirements.

WAIMEA SHELTER – HAWAII ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays. Offer a Low Income Spay/Neuter Program periodically. Call for information. Info: 885-4558.

HAWAI’I’S BOOSTER SEAT LAW: Booster seats or child safety seats for children between 4-7 are required by law. There is a $100-$500 fine for non-compliance. Families can apply for a State tax credit of $25 to offset the cost of purchasing required equipment. Info: Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition at 1-(808) 537-9200 or visit their website at http://www.kipchawaii.org/.

HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE/MAULAU TRACT: Open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays by reservation for bird watching, hiking, photography only. Call 933-6915.

SUSPECTED MARINE MAMMAL AND PROTECTED SPECIES VIOLATIONS: Call 1-800-853-1964 for NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement.

HAWAI’I COUNTY SIGN CODE ONLINE: Go to http://www.hawaii-county.com/ and look for “signcode.” Also available for $4 from Hawaii County Clerk. Or, call Waimea Outdoor Circle for abbreviated summary in layman’s language: Info: 443-4482.

HAWAI’I COUNTY COUNCIL SOUTH KOHALA OFFICE TELECONFERENCE SERVICES: Holomua Center Suite C-5 - across Kamamalu St. from Waimea Police Station - next to Waimea Feed and Top Stitch. Community welcome to participate in County hearings, meetings by remote teleconferencing equipment. No charge. Tel: 887-2043/Fax: 887-2072.

DISCOVER AUNTIE CONNIE’S READING CORNER: The Friends of Thelma Parker Memorial Library have renamed the Book Nook after long time Waimea Elementary School volunteer Auntie Connie Erger. The expanded Book Nook is a great source of inexpensive books ($1 for most hardbacks; 50 cents for paper backs and a few specials between $1-5. Funds benefit the Friends community efforts to support the library and literacy.