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Prepared by Patti Cook on behalf of Waimea Community Association. To include events, please email at least 10 days prior to the North Hawaii News Tuesday publication date.

COQUI ALERT/WAIMEA: Email or call 313-1094.

PRIMARY ELECTION WALK-IN ABSENTEE VOTING: Now through Thursday, Aug. 7. Weekdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Waimea Community Center. Must bring photo ID. Many races will be decided in the primary.

VOTING INFORMATION: To register to vote or update records if you have moved or changed your name, go to: To request an absentee ballot, visit Questions: County of Hawaii: 961-8277.

• Primary election: Saturday, Aug. 9

• General election: Tuesday, Nov. 4 (Deadline to register is Oct. 6; Deadline to request absentee ballot is 4:30 p.m., Oct. 28)

• Absentee Walk-In Voting

• Primary Election: Now through Aug. 7 - Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Waimea Community Center.

• General Election: Oct. 21-Nov. 1

SALES AT ST. JAMES THRIFT SHOP: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. All welcome. For information, call Nina Disbro at 895-1234.

• Week of Aug. 5: Books half off for Book Lovers’ Week.

• Week of Aug. 19: Half off caps, hats and belts.

MONTHLY BUSINESS FIRST PAU HANA: 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5, – The Fish and The Hog restaurant (note location change). A no-host networking meeting to meet and exchange news and develop new opportunities. No reservations and you are welcome to bring friends and colleagues. Also bring business cards and printed materials to share and be prepared to speak very briefly about your business or projects you think others will be interested in. Bring a jacket. Co-sponsored by Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of North Hawaii. Everyone welcome. Future dates: Sept. 2 at Merriman’s Garden. For information, contact Penny Pagliaro, Panale‘a Corp. at 315-7776.

IMPORTANT – WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING: 5:15-7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, Waimea School cafeteria. To include a progress report on North Hawaii Community Hospital since joining The Queen’s Health Systems in January 2014, and a briefing on the merits, benefits and challenges of electric vehicles and smart electrical grids for Hawaii Island. All Invited. Coffee provided by Starbucks. All attendees urged to support Waimea Food Pantry with cash or checks (receipts available) or non-perishable food donations. Information, WCA President Sherman Warner at 885-1725 or Patti Cook at 937-2833. For more information, visit


10 a.m., Friday, Aug 8, 22 and 29, preschool story time

11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug 12, adult reading discussion of “The Shoemaker’s Wife”

1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug 12, “Image and Reality in Polynesian Voyaging”: presented by the Taumako Project

6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug 18, “‘Io, The Hawaiian Hawk” slide presentation by William Chillingworth

2:30 p.m., Monday, Aug 19 and 26, Kohala Kendama Club

6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug 25, “Hawaii’s History: The Hawaiian Renaissance 1870-1970” by Boyd Bond.

SATURDAY, AUG. 9 – PRIMARY ELECTION DAY – Polls open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. statewide. Walk-in voting locations in North Hawaii:

o 1-1: Honoka’a High School cafeteria

o 1-2: Pa’auilo Elementary cafeteria

o 1-3: Papa’aloa gym

o 1-4: Honohina Hongwanji

o 7-2: Waikoloa School (includes voters living in Puako and Kawaihae)

o 7-3: Kohala High/Elem School Cafeteria

o 7-4: Waimea Civic Center

o 7-5: Waimea New Hope Church

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

4th ANNUAL WOMEN’S VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, at Pohakuloa Training Area. The Veteran Centers of Hilo and Kona with the help of various agencies will honor our women veterans who served in the military as well as those still serving. Program will include veteran’s benefits information, women and veteran resources, a potluck luncheon, Entertainment and a guided tour of PTA. To gain access to PTA requires an RSVP. Contact Maricar Souza at 969-3833.


• 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

KAHILU THEATRE LAUNCHES 34TH SEASON WITH FREE FAMILY FUN DAY: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 10. More details to come.


9 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12 (and the second Tuesday of each month), at the Waimea Senior Center. All seniors 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, call Pat Lewi, president at 885-4307.

KUPUNA ALERT PARTNERS – HAWAI’I COUNTY POLICE PRESENTATION TO PREVENT SCAMS TARGETING SENIORS: 2:30-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Kuhio Hale, Hawaiian Homes Hall. A one-hour presentation followed by a Drug Take-Back (collecting leftovers and other unneeded drugs to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands, being used when too old or going into the water table, streams and ocean. Presented in partnership with the state attorney general, Police Narcotics Division and Community Policing. Same presentation will be made earlier the same day, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Kona Civic Center.

DLNR COMMUNITY MEETING ON HAPUNA BEACH STATE PARK IMPROVEMENTS: 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12. Dining Hall in the mauka section of the park. Responding to community concern about the recreation area, DLNR will discuss proposed repair and renovations to the roadway and pathways, new foot and rinsing showers, pavilion and barbecue facility, comfort stations, picnic areas on the south end, stairway and pathway improvements at Wailea including ADA compliance. Questions, contact Russell Kumabe, AICP, Development Branch Chief at 808-587-0305 or Dean Takebayashi, Hawaii District superintendent, at 808-961-9540 or email

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR BASIC MEDIATION TRAINING: A 24-hour, three-day training from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 15-17. Will focus on approaches for dealing with people in conflict, specifically the Hawai’i model. Leading the training will be Diane Petropulos, MA, lead mediator with Mediation Services of Maui, and Franco Acquaro, PhD., a former executive director of West Hawaii Mediation Center and a Hawaii-licensed psychologist who is the associate director and clinical psychologist at Kipuka o ke Ola (Native Hawaiian Health Clinic). Cost is $200 and includes training workbook and mediation manual. For information and application, contact, 885-1725 or visit

AUG. 20 DEADLINE FOR ROYAL ORDER OF KAMEHAMEHA – MOKU O KOHALA COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS: Seven $1,000 awards available based on financial need, academic standing of a 2.5 GPA or higher and a demonstrated commitment for success. Proof of acceptance to school and a transcript of grades from the previous semester must accompany the application. Awards are paid direct to the financial aid office of the school. The awards committee will notify successful applicants via e-mail. Recipients will be notified by Sept. 3. Applications can be obtained by e-mail, or by writing to: Scholarship Committee, Moku O Kohala, P.O. Box 2188, Kamuela, HI, 96743.

BOOTHS AVAILABLE FOR 30TH ANNUAL KOHALA COUNTRY FAIR: Event date – Saturday, Oct. 4. Booth applications available food, treats, crafts, one-of-a-kind gifts or education. Booth fees same as last year with discounts for local residents and nonprofit groups. There won’t be a separate Made in Kohala tent this year, so vendors with limited items are encouraged to join one or two friends and apply to share a space. Booth rates increase mid-August. The Kohala Country Fair depends on sponsors and volunteers to continue to offer this great event free of charge. Information and application forms available at or by emailing: or calling 990-3458.

COMMUNITY KOKUA WELCOME WITH ANUENUE PLAYGROUND REPAIRS: A group of Waimea residents have taken on repairing this popular keiki activity area that has fallen into disrepair to the point of becoming dangerous. They are working with the County on this and holding periodic work days, needing skilled and unskilled workers to do carpentry, clean-up, staining, child care and lots more. For information, call Michele at 960-6392 or “Like” them: Park.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY AND LEGACY OF RICHARD SMART AND PARKER RANCH FOUNDATION TRUST: For information and to register for classes, visit Please check the website for ongoing ballet and capoeira classes, writing and computer consults. Also, if you have a class you would like to teach, or interest in learning something in particular? Call Matilda Tompson 885-1539 or email

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 information, contact Paul Johnston at 938-4540, email; Scheduling: Betsy Sanderson at 938-2897 or email Find us on Facebook

HEALTH INSURANCE HELP AVAILABLE FREE: For Individuals, families, and small businesses. Kipuka O Ke Ola at KOKO, a native Hawaiian health-wellness clinic here in Waimea led by Dr. Claren-Kealoha-Beaudet and Dr. Franco Acquaro is a certified Hawaii Health Connector site located in the Waimea KTA Shopping Center. KOKO provides assistance in exploring health insurance choices available under the new federal Affordable Care Act and can assist with the application process. Open enrollment for individuals and families will start Nov. 15. Qualifying events will enable some to apply prior to open enrollment. Small business owners can apply throughout the year. For information, contact call Brenda Case Resendiz or Marcya Gleason at 885-5900 to schedule an appointment.

42nd ANNUAL ESTABLISHMENT DAY CELEBRATION AT PU’UKOHOLA HEIAU NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE: Saturday-Sun, Aug. 16-17. Begins with Na Papa Kanaka o Pu`ukohola Heiau performing the Ho`okupu and Ho‘oku‘ikahi ceremonies 6 to 9:30 a.m., Saturday with festivities continuing till 3 p.m. Will continue on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 20 arts and craft workshops and demonstrations, including lei making, spinning tops, quilting, Hawaiian games, kahili making, lauhala weaving, canoe rides, and more. Also, local musicians will perform. Free and all welcome, but public asked to commit to learning at least one craft before leaving. For information, call 882-7218 Ext. 1011 or visit the park website at

HAMAKUA SUGAR PLANTATION DAYS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, throughout Honoka’a with ethnic cultural foods and demonstrations, free viewing of videos of plantation life at Honoka’a People’s Theatre, cultural entertainment by various ethnic groups, recognition of Hamakua Sugar Company employees, plus a 6 p.m., potluck dinner at Honoka’a School cafeteria. Bring a dish to share and canned food donations for the Salvation Army. For information, contact Darde Gamayo at 640-8114 or email

HAWAI’I ISLAND FESTIVAL: Aug. 17-Sept. 26. Will include a number of signature events to celebrate the island’s Hawaiian cultural legacy. This year’s Mo’i (king) is George Roldan and his Mo’i Wahine (queen) is his wife, Diane Chadwick. Events to include:

· Sunday, Aug. 17: Royal Court Pikai at 8 a.m., followed by the Investiture at Anaeho’omalu Bay

· Fri., Aug. 22: Ms. Aloha Nui Pageant at 5:30 p.m. at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

· Sat., Aug. 23: Poke Contest at 10:30 a.m. at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

· Sat., Aug. 23: “Kindy Sproat Falsetto Concert” at 5:30 p.m., honoring Pua’ala Garmon at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

TOMMY DORSEY SUMMER SWING BENEFIT FOR KAHILU THEATRE: Sunday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m., Waikoloa Beach Marriottʻs Naupaka Ballroom. Celebrate one of the greatest of the Big Bands from the late ʻ40s with special guests The Swing Sisters and Bryan Anthony. A memory lane journey plus pre-show entertainment for those purchasing VIP tickets by Grammy-nominated and three-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nominee Kahulanui. Doors open at 6 p.m. with pupu and drinks for purchase. Swing dance attire encouraged. Tickets $121 VIP and ranging down to $32. All to benefit Kahilu Theatre. For information and tickets, visit, call 885-6868 or email

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21 and third Thursdays thereafter, at NHERC in Honoka’a. A grassroots community 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 information, call Diane Scheurell at Coming guest speakers include:

• August: Cultural practitioner Lanakila Mangauil, who is teaching Hawaiian cultural studies at Honoka’a Elementary School and Hamakua Youth Center. Mangauil heads E Ola Mau I Ka Pono.

7th ANNUAL HAWAII HORSE EXPO 2014 REINS IN TOP EXPERTS: Saturday-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 equine behaviorist-lecturer Dr. Robert Miller. 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. Includes vendors offering state of the art services, medical and nutritional information and programs, saddle making, and related equine services including clothing and art. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund. For information

KOHALA LIONS CLUB ANNUAL AUTHENTIC HAWAIIAN LU`AU: 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, at the home of Jon and Dixie Adams on Kapiko Place, Hawi. Donation $25. Tickets available at Mother’s Antiques in Hawi and from any club member.

4TH ANNUAL NORTH HAWAII HOSPICE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY: 5-7:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, at The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii Coconut Grove. To include live music, hula, Taiko drummers and Hawaiian chanting and will be followed by a sunset lantern release into Pauoa Bay. Free and floating lanterns for inscribing messages and decorating will be provided for a suggested donation of $10. Food and beverage available for purchase, and complimentary self-parking available, carpooling is encouraged. For more information, call 885-7547 or visit

WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL LOCAL ADVISORY PANEL MONTHLY MEETING: 4-6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25. Classroom K-04. All school-community stakeholders welcome! For more information, call Patti Cook at 937-2833.

17th 2014 DANIEL R. SAYRE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION AWARDS DINNER AND FUNDRAISER: Saturday, Aug. 30, at The Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani Resort, starting at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds are used to purchase needed equipment for Hawaii County Fire & Rescue Department. More information, visit for more information or to register for the event. All invited.


FIRST FRIDAY NIGHTS IN HONOKA’A: 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, all along Mamane Street. Sponsored by Honoka`a Business Association with free live music, classes, demonstrations, booths and more including shops staying open later. For information, contact Alison Higgins of Grace Flowers or Michelle Barthel of Big Island Grown to get involved. Free and all welcome. For information, call 443-3999 or email

FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ARTS AND COLLECTIBLES: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, 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.

NORTH KOHALA WALKING MEDITATION IN THE WILD: 8:30-10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, and first Saturday of every month rain or shine, at ‘Iole, the Historic Bond Homestead - 53-496 ‘Iole Rd., Kapa’au. With Gavin Harrison. Not strenuous. Followed by refreshments. Bring hat, hiking shoes, sunscreen, bottled water, a towel or cushion for rest stops, rain gear, mosquito repellent. Free but $10-15 donation suggested. For information, email or call 889-5151.

‘AWAKENING’ GATHERING WITH GAVIN HARRISON: 3:30-6:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, 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. For information, contact Matilda Tompson at 885 9206 or email, or visit

‘WE’RE GOING PLACES!’ – TAKE A LAP FUN RUN/WALK TO BUY SCHOOL BUSES FOR WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL Friday, Sept. 12. A late after 12 p.m. fun run/walk that’s stroller and family friendly for the entire community. The school has already raised $27,800! The Fun Run/Walk will begin later after 12 p.m. at the school and make its way around town with everyone wearing bright yellow T-shirts emblazoned with “We’re Going Places!” artwork. Registration includes a T-shirt, dinner and door prizes, plus silent auction. More information to come – hold this date and participate. For information, call Patti Cook at 937-2833.

PANIOLO PRESERVATION SOCIETY’S ‘PANIOLO CONNECTIONS’ EXHIBIT AT KAHILU THEATRE: Mid-September through Mid-November. A stunning display of the dozen or more steps involved in traditional Hawaiian saddle making, from raw wood to a completed Hawaiian tree saddle. Also, the entire Paniolo Hall of Fame exhibit, plus select saddles of iconic Hawaii paniolo with their portraits. Exhibit open during theatre business hours and all performances. Free. For information, call Dr. Billy Bergin at 936-6220 or visit