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For more class details and a comprehensive monthly schedule go to and click on “newsletter.” There are no fees to participate in Tutu’s House programs, although donations are very much appreciated. Call 885-6777 for more information, and to register for classes. Tutu’s House will be CLOSED on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.

NIA ~ FITNESS for BODY, MIND, EMOTIONS and SPIRIT from 12 to 12:45 p.m. Wednesdays, May 1, 8 and 15, with Megan MacArthur. Nia is a sensory-based movement practice drawn from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts that empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music and every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves corresponding with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities.

A COURSE IN MIRACLES from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday, with Dave Fouts. This book, written as a teaching guide to support one’s spiritual journey, deals with universal themes while emphasizing practical applications. Participants will read from, and discuss, the writings in this book. All are welcome.

QUANTUM CHI GUNG from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 8, 22 and 29, from 4 to 5 p.m., with Dr. Angela Longo. Using simple fluid motions with the arms in the shape of the infinity sign (a lazy eight) we will move in gentle dance-like movements, linked with the breath to energize living.

RESTORATIVE YOGA from 12:30 to 1:30 Thursday, May 2, 23 and 30, with Zettelyss Amora, RYT, Integrative Yoga Therapist; from arthritis to asthma, back pain to cancer, or just basic stress, restorative yoga therapy promotes healing on all levels of being. This guided practice will turn on your body’s healing powers and is suitable for all body types and health conditions.

SCRABBLE MEETUP from 1 to 4 p.m. every Friday, hosted by Annabel Spielman and friends; open to all ages and skill levels (including beginners) with emphasis on good sportsmanship, fair play, flexibility, open mindedness, patience and communication in a social environment. The idea is to have fun, as well as stimulate our brains.

EZ STRETCH and TAI CHI from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 3, 10, 24 and 31, with Corine Tilson, certified clinical hypnotherapist and energy practitioner. Meditation takes many forms, and this gentle, easy program integrates mind and body with light stretches and simple beginner tai chi moves. Enhance your flexibility, and feel the power of your own vibrant energy. Our motto: “You can easily be your best by making just a little progress every day.”

FIT~4~FUN for Women from 8 to 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday, with Kathy Cazimero, fitness enthusiast; this low impact cardio/strength workout includes stretching, leg exercises and weight training which supports bone mass integrity as we age. Please bring your own weights to work on arms, shoulders, legs and overall body balance. Athletic shoes, a towel and comfortable clothes required. Good exercise = Energy = Fun!

TUTU’S QUILTERS from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Monday (except May 27), with Kathy Lukens, for beginners and experienced; learn quilting Hawaiian style while meeting a great group of people; initial supplies are provided or bring something you are working on. Good company and encouragement guaranteed.

PLAY HANAFUDA from 12:30 to 2 p.m. every Monday (except May 27), with Elaine Loo and friends; Hanafuda (“flower cards”) is a traditional Japanese card game based on images related to nature and the seasons. No experience is needed to join this group of enthusiasts.

ADVANCED UKULELE from 9:30 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday, with Aunty Marjie Spencer; join other experienced players of all ages to learn more about the ukulele through friendship and song. Bring your own ukulele and three-ring binder for music.

TUTU’S HOUSE WRITERS’ GROUP from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., every Tuesday, hosted by avid writers John Holland and Eila Algood; a supportive environment for writers at any level of writing skill and experience. Participants are invited to read their work and request from the group the type of feedback they would like.

KNITTING and KNITTING SUPPORT from 12:30 to 3 p.m., every Tuesday, with Gretchen Geisler, lifetime knitter; for ages 10 to adult, and all skill levels. Bring your projects, get your knitting questions answered, and visit with other knitters. Beginners will be guided into a suitable project.

BEGINNER’S YOGA from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 14 and 28, with Kiyomi Falcon; yoga has both preventive and therapeutic benefits. It increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns and muscle strain; relaxes mind and body; centers attention; sharpens concentration and frees the spirit. Kiyomi also incorporates meditation practice into this class.

STRESS RESILIENCE from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, with Michael Aronowitz, PhD, Waimea private practice psychologist, with over 25 years’ experience working with people to overcome stress and distress and live joyful lives. Stressors in relationships, at work, parenting, or financial can be overwhelming; but it doesn’t have to be that way. Learn about tools and strategies to help you get through whatever you’re going through and to build your resilience to stress.

LOOK GOOD … FEEL BETTER FOR CANCER PATIENTS from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, with Theresa Beisley, American Cancer Society volunteer, cancer survivor and licensed cosmetologist. This program is for all women who recently completed, or are currently undergoing, cancer treatment. Receive will skin and nail care demonstrations, make-up application, as well as wig and head covering techniques for those experiencing appearance-related side effects from cancer treatment. Learn skills to better cope with skin changes and hair loss. Registration required by RSVP to Hawaii Island ACS Field Office at 935-0025. Free cosmetic kits are provided to each participant.

RELIGION and CULTURE in WEST AFRICA: A Land Less Traveled from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, with Susan Bailey Harris, fine art photographer. Explore West Africa with Susan as she shares images from her month-long journey to the countries of Benin, Togo, Ghana, Burkina-Faso, and Mali, and will explain some of the story behind some of the images. West Africa is a land where visitors are still a novelty but where they are warmly welcomed.

SELF MASSAGE for LEGS and THIGHS from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, with Chikako Hoshino-Powers, certified massage therapist, specializing in fascia and connective tissue body realignment. Massage promotes healing, releases stress and tension, improves blood circulation, relieves fatigue, and reduces muscle cramps and spasms by calming the nervous system while stimulating the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’s waste products. Massage therapy can also help with pain management in conditions such as arthritis and sciatica. Bring one large and two hand towels.

CORE AND MORE for WOMEN from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 22 and 29, with Marilyn Nishi, Physical Therapist at Hawaiian Rehabilitation Services. Core and pelvic muscle strengthening classes. 40% of women over 40 are affected by symptoms of urgency, frequency and leakage. These symptoms can be minimized by proper pelvic muscle strengthening. During these three classes, we will get started with the basics, progressing to more advanced training. Learn to prevent leakage when coughing, laughing, sneezing and lifting. Learn to maintain pelvic floor stability with squats, lunges and ball exercises (please bring your own large fitness ball).

CAREGIVING CONVERSATIONS from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 with Karyn Clay, professional caregiver since 1995 and owner of Ho`onani Place, Waimea’s Adult Day Care. Whether you are a caregiver by heart, hire or relationship, join fellow caregivers in sharing stories, support and inspiration. Since 1963, May has been the month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions and achievements. It is a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to honor the value elders continue to contribute to our communities. This year’s Older Americans Month theme—“Unleash the Power of Age!”—emphasizes the important role of older adults. We will honor those older adults who work so hard as caregivers and discuss ways you can unleash the power within you to continue to excel.

SHARING WITH THE COMMUNITY ~ A READING of ORIGINAL WORKS from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16 ~ This invitation is extended to the community to attend an evening filled with diverse styles and stories, poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction; read by the authors. Please join us for eclectic expressions and delicious desserts.

RETURNING TO CENTER: THE HEALING POWER OF MANDALAS from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, May 18 ~ guided by Sindona Cassteel, MFT, and North Hawaii Hospice Bereavement. Participants will make a mandala, while remembering moments with a loved one who has passed, or contemplating a personal journey through loss. To create a mandala is to discover parts of ourselves and have fun at the same time. No art experience necessary.

HAWAIIAN HEALING YOGA from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 with Stacey Lanterman. Let the rhythm of Hawaii soothe your soul with a truly unique yoga experience. This gentle healing practice includes Hawaiian music, oli (chant), and Aloha Spirit, combined with a traditional healing yoga program. Designed to dissolve tension in the body, promote relaxation for the mind and spirit. Come relax, unwind, and awaken a profound sense of wellness and inspiration.

DEATH WITH DIGNITY from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 20 with Judy Hiller Givens, Elder Law attorney.What has happened to the Death With Dignity effort in the State of Hawaii? Judy will provide an update on what the legislation sought to accomplish, the Hawaii laws many who originally lobbied for the legislation believe should be relied on instead, and the limits of both approaches. She will also review Oregon’s experience with its Death with Dignity Act.

SENIORS SAFE and INDEPENDENT: Information for Kupuna and Their Support Network from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, with Lexi McKay, of the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Unit of the Hawaii County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. Elder abuse physical, financial and/or emotional, is never OK. Learn how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Learn how to recognize and avoid financial exploitation, and what resources we have in our community both to report abuse and to arrange services to keep you at home, safe and independent.

BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH This series will be held at Waikoloa Village Association community room. Advance registration required. From 9 to 11:30 a.m. on six consecutive Saturdays; May 25 and June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 — co-led by Gretchen Geisler and Michelle Medeiros. Are you sick of being tired? Tired of feeling sick? If you’re ready to feel better, then you’re ready for the Better Choices, Better Health workshop series. You’ll learn how to make small, gradual changes ~ of your choosing ~ to improve your general health, symptom management, and overall enjoyment of life. Developed by Stanford University, the Better Choices, Better Health workshop will teach you simple skills to help you coordinate all the things needed to manage your health, as well as help you keep active in your health. The skills you’ll learn are especially useful whether you have one or many health problems. Call Gretchen Geisler at 883-0288.


AL-ANON FAMILY GROUP ~ from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope, in order to solve common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP for WOMEN, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. Whether a survivor, currently in-treatment, recently diagnosed, or coping with the effects of cancer on a loved one. You are invited to join Corinne Higa, Susan Nakahara, Masako Nitta, Pat Owen, Carolyne Riley, Thelma Ryusaki, Jennifer Snyder and others to discover the power of healing through connection with others who share a common bond.