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

WAIMEA LIONS BLOOD BANK DAY: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2, at LDS Waimea Ward hall on Kapiolani Road. Sponsored by Blood Bank in partnership with Waimea Lions Club. To make an appointment, call 848-4770 or visit The Blood Bank needs about 200 donors daily with 50 percent of this coming from our community Sept. 2. Donors must be in good health, 18 and older (17 with parental consent), weigh more than 110 pounds and bring valid photo ID with date of birth. New FDA eligibility criteria related to tattoos and piercings and cancer survivor donations. See website for complete details on recent changes.

MONTHLY BUSINESS FIRST PAU HANA: 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Merriman’s Garden. A casual, 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. Co-sponsored by Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of North Hawaii. Everyone welcome. For information, call Penny Pagliaro, Panale‘a Corp. at 315-7776.

FIRST ‘WAIMEA ALIVE!’ BIG ISLAND AMATEUR PHOTO CONTEST: Submission deadline: 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10. Bring entries to Waimea Instant Printing. Exhibit opening reception is 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, with awards announced at 5 p.m. Contest exhibit continues 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday to Sunday, Sept. 19-21, coinciding with the Paniolo Parade and Waimea Hoʻolauleʻa on Sept. 20. Registration fee is $15 for 18 and over; $10 for under 18 – for three entries. Professional judges, ribbons and prizes. Celebrating the beauty, community values and pleasures of Hawaii Island. Full rules and entry forms at and on Historic Spencer House’s Facebook page.

NHERC NON-CREDIT CLASSES: For information and to register, call 775-8890. Classes include:

•Basic Ukulele with Brad Bordessa, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Sept. 16-Oct. 21. Tuition is $60.

• Intro to Hawaiian Language with Jill Krael, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 15-Nov. 24. Tuition is $100.

HONOKA’A SCHOOL COMPLEX APPLIES FOR 21ST CENTURY GRANT: All complex feeder schools – Honoka’a High and Intermediate, Waimea Elementary, Waimea Middle, and Pa’auilo Elementary and Intermediate – are applying for a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant in partnership with Friends of the Future. Utilizing a STEM focus, potential plans include providing relevant afterschool activities and summer programs related to science, technology, engineering and math. Grant awards will be made in October. If successful, all programs will be open to any student, public, public charter, private or home schooled. For information, contact

8TH ANNUAL HONOKA’A ‘GIVE PEACE A CHANCE’ PARADE and FESTIVAL: Now through Sept. 20. All invited to participate. Visit for details or follow on Facebook. Events include:

•“199,000 Cranes Project.”

• Student “Peace In Action” Poster Contest. Open to all students, K-12. Cash and prizes awarded. Deadline to enter is Friday, Sept. 12.

• 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13. “Practical Mindfulness in Our Daily Life.” Cost is $29 includes lunch. Register by Sept 5 at 775-1064.

• 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. “Out of Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide.”

• 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. Parade.

• 5-8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. Festival at Honokaa Sports Complex.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSN. TOWN MEETING: 5:15-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4. Waimea School cafeteria. Will include updates on the North Hawai’i Community Hospital-Queen’s Health Systems merger, electric vehicles and Smart Grid Technology, County Council News for Districts 1 and 9, -Kupuna CrossFit Allstar’s kupuna Kameichi Yawada,100, CERT-Sponsored Amateur Radio Technician Class Test Prep (For Beginners); South Kohala CDP Action Committee vacancies, Historic Spencer House News – “Waimea Alive! – Images Of Life on the Big Island” Amateur Photography Contest and an introduction of Coworking to Waimea, and Waimea Middle School’s “We’re Going Places!” LAP Fun Run/Walk. For information, contact WCA President Sherman Warner at 885-1725 or Patti Cook at 937-2833 or visit

FIRST FRIDAY IN HONOKA’A ART EXHIBIT BY PATRICK O’KIERSEY: 1-6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5, in the old Hasegawa Store across from Honokaa People’s Theatre. Celebrating 40 years of painting and drawing. Includes a reception both Sept. 19 and 26. All invited.

2014 RUN FOR HOPE CANCER RESEARCH BENEFIT WEEKEND: Friday.-Sunday, Sept. 5-7. Sponsored by The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Begins Friday evening with “Taste of Hawai’i Island” featuring food, drink, entertainment and a silent auction. Saturday beings with a golf tournament on the Jack Nicklaus Hualalai course at 1 p.m., or a tennis tournament at 2 p.m. Sunday culminates with the Run for Hope with 6:30 a.m. Keiki Dash (ages 1-12), a 10K run and 5K run/walk at 7 a.m. for information and reservations, call 325-8052.

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.

ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANNUAL BAZAAR IN KAPA’AU: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6. Baked goods and favorite ethnic foods for sale in the James Walker Hall starting at 9 a.m. A silent auction, guided church tours and entertainment for this 50+-year-old fundraiser. Entertainment includes taiko drumming, hula and Okinawan dance, and music by the talented David Gomes and Uncle Henry Dulan. Food concession will offer barbecue sticks, hamburgers and hot dogs. Thrift Shop will be open and there will be a craft sale, white elephant, bag ladies boutique, and a fruits, vegetables and plant sale.

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 at 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, rain gear, mosquito repellent. Free but $10-15 donation suggested. For information, contact or call 889-5151.

ST. JAMES TEEN TECH TUTORS RESUME AFTER SUMMER BREAK: 10:45-12:15 p.m., Sundays, Sept. 7 and 21, at the church in Waimea. Primarily to help Waimea kupuna learn to manager their phones and other personal electronic devices. Akamai teens share their knowledge – no reservation required, just drop in but please bring devices charged and a $5 donation is suggested.

‘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, call Matilda Tompson at 885-9206 or email, or visit

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, and the second Tuesday of each month. Waimea Senior Center. All persons 55 and older 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.

2014 GENERAL ELECTION: Voting Questions: County of Hawaii: 961-8277

• Voter Registration Deadline – Monday, Oct. 6

• Permanent Absentee Request Deadline: Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m.

• Absentee Walk-In Voting: Oct. 21-Nov. 1 at the following locations:

• Waimea Community Center - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturdays.

• Hilo’s Aupuni Center – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

• Kona’s West Hawai’i Civic Center – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays.

• To register to vote or update records in the General Election if you have moved or changed your name:

• To request an absentee ballot:

‘WE’RE GOING PLACES!’ – ‘TAKE A LAP’ FUN RUN/WALK TO BUY SCHOOL BUSES FOR WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL: Friday, Sept. 12, 4-4:30 p.m. Registration is 4:45 p.m. Run/Walk begins with a series of starts. Suggested donation: $10 for adults; $5 for youth. Free for keiki under 8. A late afternoon fun run/walk that’s stroller and family friendly for the entire community. The Fun Run/Walk will begin and end at the school and loop around town with everyone wearing bright yellow T-shirts emblazoned with a “We’re Going Places!” event logo. Registration includes a T-shirt, dinner and door prizes, plus silent auction. For information and to help, visit, or call Patti Cook at 937-2833.

SPENCER HOUSE CO-WORKING NOW OPEN: Rent a desk for a day, week or longer in an open office with small and medium sized conference rooms available. Free wifi, B&W printing, electricity and parking. A large open room as well as smaller semi-private offices so is appropriate for individuals and small teams. For more information, email Rama McIntosh at rama@, who is the inaugural member of Spencer House Co-working. Or visit or follow us on Facebook. To schedule a special event, meeting or fundraiser, call Betsy Sanderson at 938-2897 or email

WAIMEA NATURE PARK WORK DAYS: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 13 and 27. Note that schedule rearranged due to hurricane cancellation. Tools, water and gloves provided, as is a light snack of fresh fruit and homemade cookies served at 12 p.m. All welcome to kokua with this beautiful community garden.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MEETING: 9:30-11 a.m., Sept. 13, and the second Saturday of every month. Thelma Parker Memorial Library meeting room. All invited. For information, call Becky Parkinson at 937-2159.

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 Hawai’i paniolo with their portraits. Exhibit open during theatre business hours and all performances. Free. For information, contact Dr. Billy Bergin at 936-6220 or visit

HPA ADMISSION EVENTS: A series of events for prospective K-12 day students. For information, call 881-4321 or email To register, visit

Grades 9-12 Day Student Open Houses: 8:45-11 a.m. on six different days: Sept. 16, Oct. 13 and 22, Nov. 13 and 18. An optional 30-minute Q-and-A follows. Registration required.

• Kindergarten Open House: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 24. Village Campus.

• Grade 1-8 Student Open House: 8:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 7. Village Campus. Registration required.

COMMUNITY INVITED TO 2nd MALA’AI SCHOOL GARDEN FREE ‘SUPER KITCHEN’ DINNER: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Kahilu Town Hall. Themed: “Everyone Needs A Good Meal!” Malaʻai, supported by many community friends including farmers and ranchers, again invites the entire Waimea community to a free dinner featuring healthy, delicious recipes that can be re-created easily and inexpensively at home. WMS students to assist with testing recipes and preparing and serving. Free but donations welcome. Volunteer help needed for setting up, serving and cleanup. Informal and fun – no RSVP, just come! For information, contact Alethea Lai at 989-7861 or visit

AWARDS RECEPTION and EXHIBIT OF 1ST ‘WAIMEA ALIVE! - IMAGES OF LIFE ON THE BIG ISLAND’ AMATEUR PHOTO CONTEST: 3-5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18. All invited and there will be many tempting prizes. Exhibit continues 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21 (coinciding with Waimea’s Annual Paniolo Parade on Saturday, Sept. 20). Sponsored by Friends of Historic Spencer House to celebrate the beauty, community values and pleasures of life in Waimea! Full rules and entry forms are posed at and on Historic Spencer House Facebook page.

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, and third Thursdays thereafter at NHERC in Honokaa. A grassroots community potluck to support sustainability and expand connections within the Hamakua community. All welcome.

Nutritionist and soil expert Jana Bogs will talk about creating health from the soil up. For more about Bogs, visit

Bring a dish to share and drink for yourself. Also bring your own non-disposable plates and silverware. For information, contact Diane Scheurell at

HAWAI’I ISLAND FESTIVAL – PANIOLO PARADE and WAIMEA HO’OLAULE’A: Saturday, Sept. 20. Parade at 10 a.m. (Note – road closure through Waimea town!) Ho’olaule’a from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Waimea Park with nearly a dozen craft and food booths and terrific entertainment. DeeDee Keakealani Bertelmann coordinating the parade. Walking the parade route will be this year’s Mo’i (king), George Roldan, and his Mo’i Wahine (queen), wife, Diane Chadwick. The parade’s Ambassador of Aloha will be the late Pua Garmon, represented by sister Leiola. All are invited. For more information, visit

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS JOHN CRUZ and ‘OHANA WITH ‘WAIMEA COWBOY SOUL MUSIC’: 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. 2005 Grammy award winner John Cruz shares a rare glimpse of his talented family – sister Tiffa Cruz Garcia, Imua Garcia and Ernie Cruz, Jr. as they jam and talk-story together. Concert coincides with Paniolo Preservation Society exhibit in the gallery. Concert sponsored by Deviants from the Norm and KAPA Radio. Tickets are $66-$20. For information and tickets call 885-6868 or visit

WAIKOLOA WILIWILI FESTIVAL: Begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, at Waikoloa Stables on Waikoloa Road. A free, fun, educational event for all ages that will feature many local organizations doing great work in the community who will come together and share their knowledge and work with the public. Local food vendors and live music, interactive demonstrations and activities, informational booths sponsored by environmental, educational and cultural organizations, a silent auction, workshops, native plant sales and plant giveaways. For information, contact Jessica Middleton at 494-2208 or

BIENI FUN RUN and DOG WALK: Sunday, Sept. 28, at the HPA Upper campus. Race day packet pickup from 7 a.m. Registration desk closes at 8:30 a.m. All invited – Early registration by Sept. 9 for reduced entry fee and event T-shirt; Entries accepted through Sept. 27 at higher rate. Pre-registered participants receive a Dri Fit Tech Shirt and bag with goodies. Custom medals awarded by division including “Top Dog” award for first furry friend to cross the finish line. Prizes awarded to individuals who collect donations to Bieni’s scholarship fund with top prize being a two-night stay at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Online registration closes Sept. 26. For information, visit

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS ROCK and ROLL HALL OF FAMER-GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT WINNER MAVIS STAPLES: 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28. Rolling Stone lists Mavis as one of the 100 greatest singers of all time and her historic six-decade career bridges gospel to civil rights protest songs to pop chart hits! Tickets $66-$20. For information or tickets call 885-6868 or visit