Next Town Meeting

Thursday, July 7, 2016 5-8 p.m. (Doors open 4:30 - Suggest arriving by 4:45 p.m.) HPA's Taylor Commons (cafeteria). A Non-Partisan Candidate Forum spotlighting County Mayor and Council races, plus State House Dist. 7. Facilitated by news woman Sherry Bracken, forum will begin with candidate introductions, then "speed dating" format to enable more meaningful conversations with individual candidates. Refreshments provided by forum co-host groups. NOTE: Please enter HPA campus via lower (first) gate nearest Waiaka Bridge and watch for signs and security. Park on grass below Taylor Commons. Suggest bringing a flashlight to use afterwards.

Waimea Cmty Assn To Host Thurs., July 7 Candidate Forum To Educate Voters, Boost Voting In Critical August 13 Primary Election

To educate voters and encourage voting in the all-important August 13, 2016 Primary Election when many Hawai’i Island races are expected to be effectively decided, Waimea Community Association (WCA) and about a dozen other community groups are collaborating to co-host a candidate forum from 5 to 8 p.m. Thurs., July 7, 2016 at HPA’s Taylor Commons (cafeteria).

All North Hawai’i voters are invited to meet and talk with candidates in spotlighted races, including the:

  • Hawai’i County mayoral race with invited candidates Pete Hoffmann, Harry Kim, Wally Lau and Shannon McCandless;
  • Hawai’i County Council District 1 with invited candidate Valerie Poindexter, who is running unopposed;
  • Hawai’i County Council District 9 with invited candidates            Tim Richards and Margaret Wille;
  • State House District 7 with invited candidates Jeffery Coakley, Cindy Evans and David Tarnas.

All of these candidates have confirmed participation.

The forum will be facilitated by newswoman Sherry Bracken, who will begin the program with candidates introducing themselves and sharing their reasons for seeking public office and their top three priorities for the North Hawai’i district and island.  Then, candidates will participate in a “speed dating” format that involves candidates meeting with small groups of voters to discuss issues and answer questions, and then they’ll move on to the next small group.

“Our community likes the ‘speed dating’ format before the Primary Election because they say it helps them get to know candidates on a more personal level.  Participants say that ‘speed dating’ lets them convey their priorities and concerns and also hear candidates’ views, what they know and how they think,” said Patti Cook, WCA President.

All candidates are invited to bring handouts, and there also will be voter registration forms available.

Joining WCA in co-hosting the forum are North Hawai’i Rotary, Hawai’i Preparatory Academy, Waimea Middle School, Friends of the Future, Mala’ai School Garden, Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope and Hawai’i Wildfire Management Organization.

Healthy snacks will be provided by co-hosting organizations and the Blue Zones Project – North Hawai’i, along with hot coffee by Starbucks, herbal iced tea by Mala’ai School Garden, and iced water.

Forum attendees are asked to use HPA’s first (or lower) gate nearest Waiaka Bridge to enter the upper campus. Follow the signs and watch for Security staff for directions to the designated parking area on the lawn below Taylor Commons.  Participants with walking challenges will be directed to park above the cafeteria.  Participants may want to bring a flashlight for the walk back to the car after the program.

 

Primary Election Day is Sat., Aug. 13.  Polls open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Deadlines leading up to the Primary: 

  • Thurs., July 14 – Voter Registration Deadline
  • Sat., Aug. 6 – Absentee Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed)
  • Mon., Aug. 1 thru Thurs., Aug. 11 – Early Walk-In Voting

GENERAL ELECTION FORUM: 5:15 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 6. Waimea School Cafeteria.  (Races to be spotlighted to be determined after the Primary Election.)

General Election Day is Tues., Nov. 8.  Polls open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Deadlines leading up to the General Election:
  • Mon., Oct. 10 – Voter Registration Deadline
  • Tues., Nov. 1 – Absentee Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed)
  • Tues., Oct. 25 thru Sat., Nov. 5 – Early Walk-In Voting
If you are not registered to vote, or have moved or changed your name, click here to register or update your registration:  http://elections.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/VR-Form-English.pdf
 
Also – please consider registering for a PERMANENT ABSENTEE BALLOT – which will be mailed to your home to simplify voting!

Past WCA Town Meetings:

June 2 Town Meeting: How Did the 2016 State Legislature Impact/Benefit Waimea/North Hawai’i? 

The 2016 Legislature came to a close in early May – how did our community do?  What benefits received?  What issues addressed?  What challenges outstanding?  State Sen. Lorraine Inouye and Rep. Cindy Evans will review legislative outcomes including Capitol Improvement Project (CIP) and Grant In Aid (GIA) funding received during  Waimea Community Association’s June 2, 2016 Town Meeting in Waimea School Cafeteria.

Also, Hawai’i County’s newly appointed Interim Director of Civil Defense Ed Teixeira, a long time resident of Waimea and experienced leader in emergency preparedness, will provide an overview of CD issues and priorities as he takes over the reigns from former CD Director Darryl Oliveira.

The agenda also will include:

  • A Wildfire Prevention Briefing by Pablo Beimler with Hawai’i Wildfire Management Organization — which is very timely given the ongoing drought;
  • An update on Hawai’i County Council business by Council Members Val Poindexter and Margaret Wille;
  • The latest on The Kohala Center’s community-driven initiative to support Coqui Free Waimea; and
  • An invitation from a consortium of Waimea groups to assist with rebuilding the historic rock wall fronting Minuke’ole Park led by members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha Moku O Kohala, Waimea Preservation Association, AYSO, Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club and others.

Everyone is invited to WCA  Town Meetings and there is no charge though membership is urged in the not-for-profit community organization.

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May 5 Town Meeting:  Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death (ROD) Threatens Hawai’i’s Native Forests; What Our Community Must Do To Become “Protectors of the Kohala Forest”

ROD is a truly devastating disease threatening Hawai’i Island’s native forests and watershed.  Dr. Flint Hughes, Research Ecologist with the US Forest Service, shared the latest research, policy decisions and recommendations to control spread of the disease at the WCA May 5 Town Meeting. To learn more about becoming “protectors of the Kohala forest” which, to date, does not appear to have been infected, go to: www.rapidohiadeath.org 

Or “like”  www.facebook.com/rapidohiadeath

If you suspect ROD in your area, contact: 

Dr. Flint Hughes, USDA Forest Service: fhughes@fs.fed.us or call: 808-854-2617 or email Corie Yanger: cmyanger@hawaii.edu

Dr. Hughes, Corie and others are available for community briefings too.

April 7 Town Meeting: How An Electric Utility         Co-op Might Reduce Hawai’i Island’s Costly Electricity Rates – And The Kohala Center’s New ‘Ainahoi Program’ To Return Land To Pre-Contact Productivity

Even with the cost of oil down to under $50 a barrel from over $100, Hawai’i Island electric utility customers continue to pay one of the highest per kilowatt hour rates in the nation for electricity.  How to change this strangling scenario for residents, schools, hospitals, farms, ranches and businesses and also perhaps shift away from dependency on fossil fuel by creating a locally owned cooperative similar to the one in operation on Kaua’i, will be one of two top agenda items at the Waimea Community Association Town Meeting, 5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., April 7, 2016 at Waimea School cafeteria. 

Also on the agenda will be an update by The Kohala Center’s new President & CEODr.KamanaBeamer_2013-14SyDr. Kamana Beamer of Waimea about the organization’s recent $8M land “gift” from private donors that is enabling them to launch the Ainahoi Program, which will go beyond protecting the land to returning it to the crops and practices that might have been found on this Kohala Mountain Road property hundreds of years ago.

The entire community is invited and there is no charge to attend town meetings though annual membership is urged.

Jan TenBruggencate 2016Briefing the community on what an electric co-op might mean for Hawai’i island will be               Jan TenBruggencate of Kaua’i.  TenBruggencate, a long time now retired journalist with The Honolulu Advertiser, operates the communications consulting firm Island Strategy LLC on Kaua`i.  He is in his seventh year as a member of the board of the Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC), and in his second year as board chairman. He was raised in the pineapple fields of Moloka’i and is the author of more than a dozen books, including recent histories of the Lihue Plantation sugar mill and the 150-year history of Grove Farm Co., one of Kaua`i’s oldest companies.

He will share a brief historical review about how KIUC bought the investor-owned Kauai Electric and began running the Garden Island’s electric utility in 2002. After 14 years, the cooperative has paid off more than a quarter of the debt from buying the utility. It has also built the island from 8 percent renewable generation to 40 percent, with more coming. KIUC has received national recognition for its aggressive development of solar power.

KIUC’s experience is particularly relevant to Hawai’i Island in part because a group of community and business leaders here recently established Hawai’i Island Energy Cooperative, a Hawaii-registered 421C non-profit cooperative association, to explore and promote a comprehensive approach to develop an integrated, renewable and sustainable energy strategy for the Big Island.  Potential merits of such a community-based, cooperative ownership structure for electric utility service on the island include:

  • Local, democratic control over the island’s energy infrastructure, providing greater benefits and retaining any excess over the cost of operations for island residents;
  • Potentially lower electric costs through tax exempt status, lower cost of capital and no shareholder profits, and; and
  • Developing and emphasizing island-produced fuels to provide an energy source for both electric generation and transportation sectors.

The meeting agenda also will include an update on County Council business by Waimea Council Members Valerie Poindexter (District 1) and Margaret Wille (District 9).

As always, attendees at WCA monthly meetings are urged to contribute to the Waimea food pantry with cash or check, though non-perishable, not-expired food items are also welcome. Checks may be payable directly to the food pantry so the donation is tax deductible.

For more information, call Patti Cook (937-2833) or go to www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.

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WCA Membership: Annual dues are $15/Individual; $25/Family – for January-December, so membership renewal is suggested.  WCA is a 501(c)3 non profit so dues are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.  Dues pay for WCA’s modest expenses – hosting this website, paying for Constant Contact eblasts, printing agendas, lei for guests and the occasional special event such as the recent Mahalo Potluck for First Responders though most everything served was provided by generous members and community businesses.  For more information, call President Patti Cook (808-937-2833) or email: cookshi@aol.com.  Mahalo!  

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A Very Warm Mahalo to everyone who attended the Feb. 4 WCA Town Meeting to thank our First Responders for their dedication to protecting our well-being 24/7!  Special thanks to the responders able to attend and to everyone who contributed to a lovely dinner!

This letter was read to the First Responders to let them know WHY we so value their service to our community:

Feb. 4, 2016

Aloha,

I would like to send a very special Mahalo to all of the Hawaii County Fire Fighters, Volunteer fire fighters, and all of the first responders who protected Kawaihae Village during the last 2 brush fires. My family and I have lived in the village for over 40 years and have never had a brush fire come within 32 feet from our home before. We could not believe our eyes when we saw the height and speed of those flames. The quick response, hard work and countless hours put into saving our homes by all of you is greatly appreciated. When we came to the various fire stations and police stations with a small token to say thank you, you all humbly said, “This is our job.” Well, to you we say, “You saved our home and our village, no lives or homes were lost and we thank you very much!”

The Bell ‘Ohana

Leighton, Rhonda, Deighton and Neighton

First Responders Mahalo Cake from KTA SuperStores 2-4-16

Special thanks for kokua with dinner to our WCA Board of Directors, KTA Super Stores, Tropical Dreams Ice Cream, Guy & Joeliene Schutte, John & Carol Buck, SODEXO and Parker Ranch!  We also thank all of our WCA members and community friends who contributed!

PS:  Warm mahalo too to everyone who contributed at the February Town Meeting to the Annunciation Food Pantry – your generosity enabled us to give $505 to the pantry!

 

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5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT SPREADING RAPID ‘OHI’A DEATH’:  Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death (ROD) is new to Hawai’i Island yet has already killed hundreds of thousands of trees across more than 35,000 acres of our island.  It is caused by a fungus. We can all help minimize further spread and buy time to help researchers find answers and potential treatments. New information is being uncovered almost every week. Not only is ‘Ohi’a beloved for its beauty and cultural significance, but it is the backbone of Hawai’i’s native forests and watersheds – the source of our fresh water.  Ohi’a trees cover more than 1 million acres statewide – making it perhaps the most important tree in Hawai’i.
How to prevent the spread of ROD:
(1) Don’t Move ‘Ohi’a (wood, firewood, posts, leaves, flowers, especially if from an area known to have ROD).
(2) Don’t Transport ‘Ohi’a Interisland. Comply with the new quarantine rule – don’t move plants, wood or other plant parts, leaves, twigs, flowers, seeds, stems, cuttings without a permit.
(3) Clean Your Tools with 70% rubbing alcohol or 10% bleach – if using bleach, be sure to oil afterwards to prevent corrosion.
(4) Clean Your Gear – shoes and clothing. Decontaminate shoes by dipping the soles in 10% bleach or 70% rubbing alcohol to kill the ROD fungus.  Other gear can be sprayed with same proven cleaning solutions; wash clothing in hot water and detergent.
(5) Wash Your Vehicle – the tires and undercarriage with detergent especially after traveling from an area with ROD or if you have traveled off road.
NOTE: the fungus can stay viable for over a year.  For the latest information, maps and updates, go to www.rapidohiadeath.org, or www.facebook.com/rapidohiadeath.  If you suspect ROD in your area, contact: Dr. J.B. Friday – UH Cooperative Extension Service – jbfriday@hawaii.edu (969-8254), or Dr. Flint Hughes – USDA Forest Service – fhughes@fs.fed.us (854-2617), or Dr. Lisa Keith – USDA Agriculture Research Service – Lisa.Keith@ars.usda.gov (959-4357).

WATER CONSERVATION NOTICE FOR WAIMEA TOWN ETC. CANCELLED – JUNE 8, 2016:  

DWS_6-8-16 Notice of Conservation Notice South Kohala, Hamakua Cancelled

More info:  www.hawaiidws.org.

 

WAIMEA STUDENTS (Pre-k to 12th Grade)-TEACHERS-FAMILIES ART EXHIBIT THEMED ‘HA’AHEO’: Kahilu Theatre lobby, Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and during shows. Now thru June 5.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS VINTAGE SHEET MUSIC DISPLAY AT KAHILU THEATRE GALLERY: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., now thru June 5 and during all Kahilu shows.

FIRST FRIDAY – HONOKA’A TOWN: 5-9 p.m., June 3 and the First Friday of every month. Sponsored by the Honoka’a Business Association. All the stores remain open late and there are craft, educational and food booths along with free entertainment all up and down Mamane Street. Coordinated by Big Island Grown – call them (775-9777) for vending info.

WAIMEA’S SATURDAY FARMERS MARKETS: All invited.

  • WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon. Waimea School campus behind the Post Office. Enter via back gate near Kahilu Theatre. Features a wide array of locally grown vegetables and fruit, plus flowers, lei, jams, mac nuts, coffee, teas, hand-made gifts. Info: “C” Spencer (333-2165); www.Facebook.com/WaimeaHomesteadFarmersMarket.
  • WAIMEA TOWN MARKET: 7:30 a.m. – Noon at Parker School. Features locally grown and produced vegetables, fruit, herbs and freshly baked artisan breads, plus art, jewelry, spa products and more. Info:  Paul Johnston, pej1000@aol.com.
  • WAIMEA NUI FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Kuhio Hale (Hawaiian Homes Hall front lawn). Features locally grown vegetables, fruit, plants, food, pickled items, arts and crafts.
  • KAMUELA FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon. Historic Pukalani Stables. Features prepared foods, vegetables, landscaping plants, herbs, orchids, coffee, cacao, baked goods, soaps and wood items. Info: Stacy Aurway (960-1493): kamuelafarmersmarket@gmail.comFIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ARTS & COLLECTIBLES: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sat., June 4 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.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY INVITED TO LEARN “THE ART OF HAPAI POHAKU’ – SETTING STONES INCLUDING THE APPROPRIATE HAWAIIAN PROTOCOL – AND ASSIST WITH REPAIRING THE  HISTORIC PARKER RANCH ROCK WALL AT MINUKE’OLE PARK: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat.-Sun., June 4-5.  Located behind (south of) Parker Ranch Center – adjacent to Mana Christian ‘Ohana’s Church in Kahilu Town Hall.  Volunteer help needed to assist the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Moku O Kohala, Hawai’i Island National Park Service Pu’u Kohola Heiau and off-island friends from Kua ‘Aina Ulu Au’amo with this restoration work.  Project partners include North Hawai’i Rotary, Waimea Preservation Association, AYSO youth soccer, Ace Hardware and Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club. Many tasks for all ages and strengths, and observers welcome too in 2+ hour increments to repair the wall and “earn” snacks and lunch.  The rock wall fronts two now irrigated soccer fields, the Rotary Pavilion, and passive park space.  For more info on how you or your group/organization might assist with restoring this historical asset, email jws@aloha.net or call Bill Sanborn (895-1122).

WAIKOLOA VILLAGE ‘OHANA FUNFEST:  10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., June 4.  Waikoloa Stables.  An all-day community gathering to celebrate the best of Waikoloa and the village’s 45th anniversary.  Will begin with a blessing ceremony with Danny and Anna Akaka, followed by live entertainment throughout the day plus food, keiki activities, vendor booths, cooking classes, gardening demonstrations and prizes for keiki to kupuna.  Waikoloa chefs will be bringing healthy versions of favorite dishes from Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill, Pueo’s Osteria, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Island Thyme Gourmet and Under the Bohdi Tree.  Blue Zones Project North Hawai’i is bringing its smoothie bicycle plus cooking and gardening demonstrations; keiki activities will include a water slide, bouncer, photo booth and games, and throughout the day will be entertainment including taiko drummers, hula halau, Marshallese dancers, Christy Leilani Lassiter, Daniel Toft, Juggler/Cirque Act and hip hop dancing. Dozens of giveaways include golf club sets, gift certificates for home carpet cleaning, Waikoloa Village Market, massages, windo cleaning, bottle water fileters, solar lanterns, jewelry and more.  Info:  Olelo Pa’a Ogawa (glow@glowhawaii.com) or donnayoshizumi@gmail.com.

FIRST EVER WAIPI’O KALO FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., June 4. At Koa’ekea (the former Rice property at Waipi’o lookout). Look for signs for parking. To honor Waipi‘o Valley, the multi-generational kalo farmers, musicians, cultural practitioners, families with genealogical ties, and those who perpetuate Hawaiian culture there. Supported by Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Free and open to all. Learn about kalo, plus lei-making, lauhala and lau niu (coconut frond) weaving. Enjoy a Kalo Cookoff, wonderful entertainment, great food and a Taro Team Relay. In addition, Festival presenters will teach about different varieties of kalo and their nutritional value and health benefits, various farming styles, and how to kuʻi kalo (pound kalo). Other information booths will teach about healthy soil agro-forestry, the importance of water, and the history of Waipiʻo and the Hāmākua district. Info: email HaolaoWaipioValley@gmail.com or follow Hā Ola on Facebook

‘HO’OMANA ENLIGHTENMENT HO’IKE’ WITH KUMU KEALA CHING’S KA PA HULA NA WAI IWI OLA:  3-9 p.m., Sat., June 4.  Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.  A 50th birthday celebration for Kumu Keala to include performances by six guest halau plus his own and special guest Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and Kumu Ula Hewett.  Plus performing halau of Kumu Bobo Palacat, Kumu Leia Lawerence, Kumu Hope Mana’olana Keawe, Kumu Hula Hulali Solomon Covington and Na Kane Himeni, Ladies of Waiku’i and Kahulanui.  Tickets $10/adults; $5/students 12-17.  Available online at www.nanaiiwiola.org and at the door.  No coolers please.

6th ANNUAL; BIG ISLAND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL: 5-9 p.m., Sat., June 4.  Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.  Will bring in Grammy jazz and blues legends.  Food and drink available for purchase; no coolers allowed.  Info: 866-774-6236 or www.bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com.

KAWAIHAE CANOE CLUB STEAK FRY:  5:30-10:30 p.m., Sat., June 4.  Under the stars at Kawaihae small boat harbor.  Steak dinner, country music with Strictly Country and Michael Strand Band, plus dancing, silent and live auctions. Tickets: $20 Advance; $25 at door.  Info: (808) 345-6790 or email JLPaalua@gmail.com. Or call Debbie (937-4700).

WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS PRESENTS ‘BACK TO TIN PAN ALLEY: 1899-1929: 7 p.m., Sat., June 4, and 3 p.m., Sun., June 5. Kahilu Theatre. Features music of Tin Pan Alley composers George M. Cohan, the Von Tilzers, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Hammerstein & Kern, George and Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter. Concert under the direction of Barbara Kopra with the 60-voice Waimea Community Chorus. Tickets $19/adults; $16/Seniors/Students/ $10 Children. Info & tickets: www.KahiluTheatre.org. Tickets also available at Waimea General Store, Without Boundaries Gifts and Waikoloa Mailbox.

HAMAKUA HARVEST: A weekly farmers market – 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays at the intersection of Mamane Street & Hwy 19. Features locally grown/made products. EBT cards accepted.

WAIMEA TEEN TECH TUTORS FOR KUPUNA: 10:30-12:30 p.m., Sun., June 5 and 19, and 1st and 3rd Sundays thereafter at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Hosted by akamai Waimea high school students from HPA, Parker, Kamehameha and Honoka’a High to help kupuna learn to manage their phones and other personal electronic devices and programs including tablets, iPhone, Androids, laptops (PCs and Macs), Kindles, email, Facebook, Instagram, Google Search, etc. No reservation required, just drop in but please bring devices charged and a $5 donation is suggested.  Info: Call Marilyn Fitzgerald (808) 345-6266.

TEACHINGS WITH GAVIN HARRISON: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sun., June 5 and ongoing on the first Sunday of the month. Waimea Events Salon, 66-1664 Waiaka St. Sitting and walking meditation, plus talk, dialogue/inquiry. Groups are non-denominational and open to all. Experienced and beginning meditators welcome-meditation guidance is offered. Bring your own meditation cushion. Chairs available. Gavin gratefully accepts donations to help cover his living expenses. Info: Matilda Tompson (885-9206), tompsonp001@hawaii.rr.com, or http://www.gavinharrison.net

THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER AT KAHILU THEATRE: 7 p.m., Mon.-Tues., June 6-7. Australia’s answer to the perfect Girl’s Night Outback! Tickets $62.50-$42.50; $5.50 for ticket purchase at the door. Info/tickets: www.kahilutheatre.org

JOIN WAIMEA’S QI GONG PRACTITIONERS FOR HEALTH AND WELLBEING:  7-8 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Anna Ranch overlooking the stream.  All invited – free.  Join in learning this ancient healing and wellness technique for gentle moving meditation.  Dress comfortably.  Info: email Steve Bess at lawbess@aol.com or Jan Marrack at janmarrack@hotmail.com, or call Steve Bess (987-9192).

WAIMEA BUSINESS FIRST PAU HANA:  5-7 p.m., Tues., June 7.  Daylight Mind Restaurant – Queen’s Shops – Waikoloa Resort.  Everyone invited – no reservation required and it’s no-host for whatever you order and a great opportunity to meet new people, talk about your business or community project, share business cards and flyers and catch up on the latest community news.  Everyone asked to speak – 4 minutes max – during an informal roundtable from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Co-sponsored by The Rotary Club of North Hawaii and Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce. Membership not required — it’s all about making new connections.  Info: Penny Pagliaro (315-7776).

WORLD OCEANS DAY AT HAPUNA BEACH STATE PARK:  9 a.m.-2 p.m., Wed., June 8.  At the large beach pavilion at the park.  Free and all invited to join Hawai’i State Parks and partner organizations to learn about Hawai’I’s incredible ocean resources and how to help protect them. Parking free to local residents; $5 per vehicle for out-of-state visitors. Info: 209-0977 or email dena.m.sedar@hawaii.gov.

WAIMEA TOASTMASTERS MEETING: 5:30-7 p.m., June 8 and 22, and 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Hualalai conference room at Keck Observatory. All are welcome. Club Mission is to “provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.” Info: VP of Membership Gail Lewis (937-9768) or go to http://waimeatoastmasters.toastmastersclubs.org.

KAMEHAMEHA DAY PARADE – NORTH KOHALA: Sat., June 11. Begins with lei draping at the original Kamehameha I parade from 9-10:30 a.m. including pa’u units representing each of the Hawaiian islands. Road closure while honorees, hula dancers, pa’u riders and floral floats make their way from Hawi to the statue and Kamehameha Park in Kapa’au. Then, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., an all-day ho’olaule’a at Kamehameha Park with music, crafts, traditional arts, hula and award-winning musicians. Free and all invited.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING: 9:30 a.m.-Noon, Sat., June 11 and second Saturday of most months. Thelma Parker Memorial Library. All welcome. Begins with a brief business meeting, then show and tell, sharing new ideas and techniques.  Info: Becky Parkinson (937-2159).

FREE’SEAMLESS SUMMER’ MEALS FOR YOUTH: June 13-July 15. Breakfast and lunch weekdays for youth under 18 at cafeterias at Waimea Elementary, Kohala Elementary, Intermediate and High, Honoka’a High and Intermediate. All invited.

‘FULL STREAM AHEAD SUMMER ADVENTURE’ AT WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL: June 13-July 1. Weekdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For all incoming Waimea 6th-8th grade students. Transforming summer school to include exciting hands-on learning including five days off campus for environmental or cultural learning field trips plus AM/PM transportation, snacks and fun with friends. $50 for WMS students; $150 for others. Info: 887-6090 or www.WaimeaMiddleSchool.org for application.

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING:  9 a.m., Tues., June 14 and the 2ND Tuesday of each month.  Waimea Senior Center.  All persons 55+ invited to join. Info: Pat Lewi, President (885-4307).

KIDS IN MOTION CREATIVE TUMBLING: Tuesdays and Thursdays starting June 14 for 5 weeks (10 classes). Honoka’a High Cafeteria. There is a charge. To register email kalenaohilo@yahoo.com or ca

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE:  6-8 p.m., Thurs.,June 16 and 3rd Thursdays thereafter at NHERC in Honoka’a.  A grassroots community pot luck 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.  Info: Diane Scheurell at scheurell@Hawai’i.rr.com.

COMMUNITY INVITED TO PUT HANDS ON THE MAKALI’I AND KOKUA WITH ITS 20-YEAR DRYDOCKING: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., June 18 and the third Saturday of every month. The canoe has been stripped down to its hull and there’s much work to be done. The canoe is in Mahukona – turn off of Akone Pule Highway onto Mahukona Beach Road – look for the large warehouse. Suggest wearing long sleeved shirts and bring a brown bag lunch, drinking water and sun protection. To follow the progress of the rebuilding, go to www.Facebook.com/NaKalaiWaa.

ll Kalena (775-0806) and leave name and phone number. Info: www.facebook.com/kidsinmotionnorthhawaii

  • Tiny Tots for ages 2-3, must be accompanied by a 16 year old and above – 2-2:45.
  • Beginners ages 4 and up – 3-4 p.m.
  • Intermediate ages 6 and up with 2 years prior experience or equivalent skills – 4-5:15.
  • Advance, ideal for cheerleaders and advance tumblers 5-6:30 p. m.

SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING: 4 p.m., Tues., June 14 and 2nd Tuesday of each month. Waimea Civic Center Conference Room near the Courts and Police Station. Community urged to attend to learn about issues and provide input.  Info: Vice Chair: Joyce O’Connor – email: SKTSCsecretary@gmail.com.

COFFEE WITH A COP TALK-STORY SESSION: 8-10 a.m., Wed., June 15. Starbucks – Queens Marketplace. Part of an ongoing series with South Kohala CPO May Lee. Info: 8878-3080 or email may.lee@HawaiiCounty.gov.

GRANT WRITING WORKSHOPS: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Wed., June 15. At Tutu’s House. Learn to write a basic grant application, lay out project objectives and deliverables, create worksheets on organizational background, needs statement, work plan, timeline and budget, plus anticipated grant opportunities. Bring a laptop or tablet for easy writing. Register online: http://goo.gl/forms/nhkQqt3vas or contact Jennifer Chiwa at jenniferc@hiilei.org (Tel: 808) 596-8990 Ext. 1013. Sponsored by Hi‘ilei Aloha LLC.

GREASE THE MUSICAL AT KAHILU THEATRE: 7 p.m., Fri.-Sat., June 17-18 and 4 p.m., Sun., June 19. One of the world’s most popular Broadway musicals, this will be produced by Beth Dunnington with guest musical director Phil Kadet, choreography by Dr. Angela Alforque and vocal coaching by Val Underwood. Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959 evoking the look and sound of the 50s recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis. Tickets $33-16. www.KahiluTheatre.org.

FREE HONOKA’A HIGH ‘SUMMER BRIDGE’ SKILLS & ENRICHMENT FOR 7TH-12TH GRADE STUDENTS: June 20-July 8. 7:55 a.m.-1 p.m. Includes free transportation AM/PM for incoming Waimea 9th grade students. Includes free breakfast and lunch daily for all. Call school for more information.

SUMMER DANCE CLASSES AT KAHILU THEATRE: June 20-July 12. Prince Dance Institute offers several weekly dance classes including Contemporary 2 (ages 8-12/Mondays 5-6 p.m.); Contemporary 3 (ages 14 to adult/Mondays 6-7:30 p.m.), Improvisation & Choreography (ages 10 to adult, 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesdays). With instructor Angel Prince, classes will provide dance students the opportunity to push themselves and expand on their dance knowledge and vocabulary. There is a charge. More info, go to www.kahilutheatre.org.

COFFEE WITH A COP TALK-STORY SESSION: 8-10 a.m., Fri., June 24. Island Lava Java in Waikoloa Village Shopping Center. Part of an ongoing series with South Kohala CPO May Lee. Info: 8878-3080 or email may.lee@HawaiiCounty.gov.

PALM RECORDS’ LITO ARKANGEL AT KAHILU’S MIKE LUCE STUDIO: 7 p.m., Sun., June 26. Lito was a 2015 Na Hoku Hanohano nominee for Most Promising New Artist with his Palm Records release of “Me Ke Aloha.” Raised in the former sugar plantation town of Ola’a, he has worked his way from backyard Hawaiian jam session performer to one of Hawai’I’s best falsetto singers and entertainers. He now lives in Hilo with his wife and three children, juggling performing w/ his position as lecturer at UH-Hilo’s Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikolani College of Hawaiian Language and Performing Arts. Tickets $28 general admission. www.KahiluTheatre.org.

12th ANNUAL HAWAI’I PERFORMANING ARTS FESTIVAL: July 1-31, 2016. Begins with “An Evening at the Stork Club” at 7 p.m., Fri., July 1 at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, and 7 p.m., Sat., July 2 at Palace Theatre, Hilo. The 1940s -1950s themed “Stork Club” event features acclaimed New York City pianist and entertainer Phil Kadet, vocalists Ashley Lambert, Justin John Moniz and David Castilio, under the direction of HPAF Artistic Director Val Underwood. The evening recreates what was one of the most prestigious nightclubs in the world from 1929-1965. In keeping with the Stork Club theme, prizes will be awarded for the best 1940s and 1950s costumes. Costumes not required of course. For festival details and tickets: www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org or call 808-333-7378.

REGISTER NOW FOR SMALL BOAT SAILING CLASSES AT KAWAIHAE HARBOR: Sponsored by Hawaii Island YMCA.Cost $125 for YMCA members; $175 for public. Info 935-3721 or email david.giff@islandofhawaiiymca.org, or daniellej@islandofhawaiiymca.org.

  • Beginning Sailing:
    • Class #1: 6/25-26 & 7/2-3 (consecutive weekends)
    • Class #2: 7/9-10 & 7/16-17
    • Class #3: 7/23-24 & 7/30-31
  • Advanced Sailing: Mon.-Thurs., 7/18-21.

12th ANNUAL HAWAI’I PERFORMANING ARTS FESTIVAL: July 1-31, 2016.  Begins with “An Evening at the Stork Club” at 7 p.m., Fri., July 1 at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, and 7 p.m., Sat., July 2 at Palace Theatre, Hilo.  The 1940s -1950s themed “Stork Club” event features acclaimed New York City pianist and entertainer Phil Kadet, vocalists Ashley Lambert, Justin John Moniz and David Castilio, under the direction of HPAF Artistic Director Val Underwood.  The evening recreates what was one of the most prestigious nightclubs in the world from 1929-1965. In keeping with the Stork Club theme, prizes will be awarded for the best 1940s and 1950s costumes. Costumes not required of course. For festival details and tickets: www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org  or call 808-333-7378.

 

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION NON-PARTISAN PRIMARY ELECTION CANDIDATE FORUM: 5 p.m., Thurs., July 7. NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: HPA’s Taylor Commons (cafeteria). Forum will spotlight the County Mayoral and Council races (District 1 and 9), and State House District 7. Will follow a “speed dating” format with candidates moving from small group to small group to discuss issues of particular importance to attendees. Primary Election Day is Sat., Aug. 13. Deadline to register is July 14. Info: Patti Cook (937-2833).  More info: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.

WAIKOLOA CANDIDATES FORUM: 6-8 p.m., Fri., July 8. Waikoloa School Cafeteria. To spotlight races including State House District 7, Hawaii Mayor and Council District 9. Will begin with brief statements by candidates, followed by Q & A, followed by time to speak personally with candidates.  Water and snacks.  Sponsored by the WCDP, WCDC, FL-WR, Waikoloa Senior Center and the Waikoloa Village Association. Info: Lisa Yee: lisayee07@gmail.com

HAMAKUA COMPLEX PUBLIC SCHOOLS BEGIN NEW SCHOOL YEAR: Tuesday, August 2. Includes Waimea Elementary and Middle Schools.

 

HAWAI’I PRIMARY ELECTION DAY – Sat., August 13.  Polls open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Deadlines leading up to the Primary: 

  • Thurs., July 14 – Voter Registration Deadline
  • Sat., Aug. 6 – Absentee Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed)
  • Mon., Aug. 1 thru Thurs., Aug. 11 – Early Walk-In Voting

MONTY PYTHON’S ‘SPAMALOT’ MUSICAL COMING TO WAIMEA:  August 2016 at Kahilu Theatre.  Auctions to be announced for ages 16 and up.  Presented under the creative direction of Andy Kunellis.  More info to come or go to www.WaimeaCommunityTheatre.org

6th ANNUAL NORTH HAWAII HOSPICE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY AT THE FAIRMONT ORCHID: 5-7:30 p.m., Sun., Aug. 28. At Coconut Grove. Will 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. Carpooling encouraged.  Info: 885-7547 or at www.northhawaiihospice.org

 

19TH ANNUAL Daniel R. SAYRE FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER & AWARDS DINNER FOR HAWAI’I COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT:  4:30 p.m., Sat., Sept. 3. The Fairmont Orchid.  All funds raised go toward the purchase of rescue equipment and professional training for the Hawaii County Fire Department. Includes an exceptional silent auction and honors exceptional bravery and public service by Hawai’i Island fire-rescue personnel.  Info and tickets: www.danielsayrefoundation.org.

 

PANIOLO ARTISANS SHOWCASE – COINCIDING WITH WAIMEA’S FAMOUS ANNUAL PANIOLO PARADE: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri.-Sat., Sept. 16-17. Kahilu Town Hall (home of Mana Christian ‘Ohana church). Friday is primarily for school students Will feature an extensive collection of unique-to-Hawai’i ranch saddles including the Hawaiian Tree Saddle by more than a dozen exceptional artisans. A wonderful opportunity to meet and talk-story with legends in saddlery, ranching and horsemanship. Sponsored by the Paniolo Preservation Society and chaired by the event’s founder and master saddle maker Alvin Kawamoto, along with Bill Ferreira and Charley Onaka – all revered members of Paniolo Hall of Fame. Free and all invited. Info: www.paniolopreservation.org.

 

     WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION NON-PARTISAN GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATE FORUM: 5 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 6. Waimea School Cafeteria. To spotlight the County Mayoral and Council races (District 1 and 9). General Election Day is Tues., Nov. 8. Deadline to register for the General Election is Oct. 10. Info: Patti Cook (937-2833).  More info: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.

 

2016 NORTH HAWAI’I ROTARY OKTOBERFEST: Fri., Oct. 21. Pukalani Stables. Always great fun and all about raising funds to support many community projects, grants and scholarships. More details to come.

 

HAWAIIAN POLYNESIAN CULTURAL DAY AT KAHILU TOWN HALL: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and 6-8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 15. During the day – a series of arts and crafts workshops including lei making (haku and feather work), pa’u skirt and Tahitian hip bands, and Hawaiian and Tahitian hair pieces, plus hula, Tahitian and Hawaiian slack key entertainment by favorite island groups, and delicious Hawaiian bowls for lunch including kalua/cabbage and mini laulau plates, plus ice cream cones. Daytime donation $10. Then, from 6-8 p.m., a lovely evening gala gathering in Anna’s beautiful home with entertainment and a sea and surf dinner by Chef Miles Saito complemented by a beer and wine tasting. Donation: $50. A fundraiser and cultural sharing presented by E Hula Mai Kakou, inc., which is Halau o Po’ohala’s not for profit umbrella organization. Info: Hula Loea Hulali Solomon Covington – email: poohala1860@ymail.com or call 938-8620.

 

HAWAI’I GENERAL ELECTION DAY – Tues., Nov. 8.  Polls open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Deadlines leading up to the General Election:

  • Mon., Oct. 10 – Voter Registration Deadline
  • Tues., Nov. 1 – Absentee Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed)
  • Tues., Oct. 25 thru Sat., Nov. 5 – Early Walk-In Voting

 

7th ANNUAL WALK/RUN FOR LITERACY IN WAIKOLOA: Sat., Nov. 12. A 5K race coupled with a silent auction and quilt prize drawing and lots more at Waikoloa School. More details to come. Info: Ruth Bernstone (883-3809) or email:  rbernstone@hawaii.rr.com

2009 Waimea Christmas Parade - photo by Sherm Warner

2009 Waimea Christmas Parade – photo by Sherm Warner

56th ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE: Sat., Dec. 3, 2016. Parade from 5:30-6:45 p.m.  2016 Theme – “Starlight Christmas!” Expect traffic delays during the parade as only emergency vehicles will be able to pass through town center. Waimea’s famous Christmas parade (the second oldest in Hawai’i) includes a Santa float, dozens of units representing Waimea keiki to kupuna including churches, schools, youth groups, community organizations, farms, ranches and businesses, plus a huge brigade of festively lighted trucks. Ten narrator stations along the parade route.  As always, Santa has promised to again ride in our parade and afterwards, visit with keiki at Parker Ranch Center’s Fireside Food Court.  For information, call Parade Co-Chairs Lani Olsen-Chong (936-0670) and Kalae Kawamura (936-4376).

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2016 Legislative Priorities, Pohakuloa Training Area Update, Proposed New Cesspool Rules On Waimea Community Association Town Meeting Agenda Thurs., Jan. 6, 2016   

Community priorities and issues top the Jan. 6, 2016 Waimea Community Association Town Meeting agenda, ranging from North Hawai’i’s 2016 legislative priorities to a Pohakuloa Training Area Update to proposed new Department of Health rules governing cesspools.

As always, WCA Town Meetings from 5:15-7 p.m. at Waimea School Cafeteria are open and all are welcome.

With the 2016 Legislature going into session Jan. 20, North and South Kohala State Rep. Cindy Evans will provide an overview of public policy issues on the table including North Hawai’i community initiatives she is focusing on.

Then, Sina Pruder, Program Manager for DOH’s Wastewater Branch, will review proposed revisions to Hawai’i Administrative Rules (HAR), which have been under discussion for some time.  While DOH is no longer proposing mandatory upgrades upon the sale of property in response to strong opposition based on site-specific science, they are proposing to ban construction of new cesspools and adding requirements to implement Act 120 which provides for a temporary tax credit for cesspool upgrades for qualifying cesspools located within 200’ of a shoreline, perennial stream or wetland, or located over a drinking water aquifer.

Also on the agenda will be:

  • An update on Pohakuloa Training Area by U.S. Army Garrison – Pohakuloa Commander LTC Jacob Peterson;
  • Recap of the Big Island Giving Tree’s holiday season;
  • Waimea’s 2016 legislative funding request for the next phase of Waimea District Park;
  • The 23rd Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival Feb. 6;
  • Kahilu Theatre’s Grant-In-Aid proposal to the 2016 Legislature;
  • County Council news from Council Members Val Poindexter and Margaret Wille
  • Mamalahoa Highway construction update for work that is just starting and will occur mostly at night (8 p.m.-4 a.m. Sundays thru Thursdays) for about four months between Kamamalu Street and Iona Court.

As always, there is no charge to attend town meetings, though donations to, and membership in the nearly 60-year-old community organization are invited.  Attendees also are urged to contribute to the Waimea food pantry with cash or check, though non-perishable, not-expired food items are also welcome. Checks may be payable directly to the food pantry so the donation is tax deductible.  Attendees at town meetings enjoy free Starbucks hot coffee, though a small donation is suggested to the food pantry.

For more information, call Patti Cook (937-2833) or go to www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.

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Waimea Community Calendar – Coming Events w/ A Warm Season’s Aloha!

For the latest Waimea news, please go to www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation

COQUI ALERT/WAIMEA: Email: info@coquifreewaimea.org or call (808)313-1094.

WATER CONSERVATION NOTICE: Waimea Town to Kawaihae, Pohakea Mauka, Kalopa Mauka, Pa’auilo Mauka, Old Ahualoa Road and Kukuihaele: The County Department of Water Supply formally posted a conservation notice on Dec. 3, 2015 calling for a voluntary 10% reduction in water use due to what they described as “ongoing dry weather conditions and an anticipated drier winter.”  For advice or more information, call Andrew Higa, Water Services District Supervisor II (887-3030).  Notice was posted on www.hawaiidws.org.

‘MOUSE HOUSE’ TO WAIMEA TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AND 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ISAACS ART CENTER: Now thru Jan. 9.  This Christmas village created by Martha Greenwell of Kona first made it’s appearance in 2005 at Kona Historical Society after being returned from Oahu after more than 20 years of being part of an annual holiday tradition at the Queen’s Hospital Auxiliary’s “Festival of Trees.”  Creating the village was an 8-year project for Mrs. Greenwell.  Free and all welcome to stop by. Isaacs Art Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesdays thru Saturdays.  Info: www.isaacsartcener.hpa.edu.

WAIMEA TOWN MARKET CHRISTMAS EVE HOURS:  9 a.m.-1 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 24.  At Parker School – special hours for shoppers’ convenience.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Friday, Dec. 25.

WAIMEA’S SATURDAY FARMERS MARKETS: All invited.

  • WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon, Saturdays on Waimea Elementary and Middle Schools’ field behind the Post Office. Enter campus via the back entry gate – plenty of parking.  Featuring a wide array of locally grown vegetables and fruit, plus flowers, lei and more. Info: “C” Spencer (333-2165). Facebook.com/WaimeaHomesteadFarmersMarket. NOTE: No market Sat., Dec. 26, but will be back on Sat., Jan. 2, 2016.
  • WAIMEA TOWN MARKET: 7:30 a.m. – Noon, Saturdays at Parker School. Features locally grown and produced vegetables, fruit, herbs and freshly baked artisan breads, plus art, jewelry, spa products and more. Info:  Paul Johnston, pej1000@aol.com.
  • WAIMEA NUI FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m., every Saturday at Kuhio Hale (Hawaiian Homes Hall front lawn). Locally grown vegetables, fruit, plants, food, pickled items, arts and crafts.
  • KAMUELA FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon, Saturdays.  Pukalani Stables.

‘HAMAKUA HARVEST’ – A NEW WEEKLY FARMERS MARKET:  9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays at the intersection of Mamane Street & Hwy 19.  A project in the planning since 2008 on a 30-acre Kamehameha Schools lease.  Features 20 vendors with locally grown/made products.  EBT cards accepted.

18th ANNUAL WAILEA VILLAGE MOCHI POUNDING FOR THE NEW YEAR:  8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sun., Dec. 27 at Akiko’s on the Hamakua Coast.  This event started with just 23 people, mostly neighbors, and has grown to embrace all who come to participate in making traditional rice cakes the “old fashioned” way in a quiet plantation village.  Everyone takes their turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. Fire building starts at 7 a.m. to steam the rice. Hearty local style lunch offered for $5. New year’s crafts, food vendors, fortune telling, massage, I Ching readings, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment & more. Great cultural mix of everything that makes Hawaii so special. Info: msakaiko@hawaii.rr.com  or call Miss Akiko(963-6422).

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Friday, January 1.

WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL 2016 PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE. Jan. 1-4 in Waimea and at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and The Fairmont Orchid, and Jan. 5-8 at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.  Go to www.waimeaoceanfilm.org to download complete schedule of all events.  Festival to feature an exceptional line-up of riveting, thought-provoking cinema and exciting adventure, epic surf and island culture film features, compelling speakers, dynamic exhibits, and fascinating, meaningful conversations. The combination of award-winning films, intimate breakfast talks, Q&A filmmaker sessions, compelling speakers, artistic exhibits and receptions is not to be missed. This festival immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean, island cultures and our place and responsibility on this planet.  Informative Q&A sessions offer moviegoers the opportunity to delve deeper into the film’s message and production while posing questions to filmmakers. Last year’s festival offered 60 Q&As and a dozen casual breakfast talks with filmmakers and experts associated with film topics, creating what some attendees have described as a life-changing experience.  Printed festival programs available at the Hospitality Desk, beginning 9 a.m.-3 p.m. December 31 at Kahilu Theatre.  Passes also may be purchased and/or picked up at Kahilu and are available online at: www.waimeaoceanfilm.org.  For updates, “like” the event at: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaOceanFilmFestival.  Questions:  info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ARTS & COLLECTIBLES: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sat., Jan. 2 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.

STARTING THE NEW YEAR OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT!:  7:30-10 a.m., Sun., Jan. 3, 2016.  A Waimea Ocean Film Festival (WOFF) walking-talk to connect the Blue Zones “Live Better Longer” project to our North Hawai’i community! Presented by WOFF in partnership with Mala’ai, Waimea Outdoor Circle’s Ulu La’au Nature Park and Blue Dragon restaurant’s “farm-to-table” Chef Noah Hester.  A fun, free gathering to begin the new year by sharing meaningful, sustainable choices to “Live Better Longer.”  Will begin with a walking-talk about plants that thrive in our North Hawai’i environment – both native and edible – followed by a deliciously healthy “farm-to-table” breakfast cooking demonstration and tasting. Begins at Waimea Middle School’s Mala’ai Garden with Starbucks coffee and herbal tea, then walk to Waimea Nature Park, Ulu La`au, to meet with Waimea Outdoor Circle volunteers to see and hear about native plants, then walk back to Mala`ai to learn more about the plants middle school students are growing and eating.  Then enjoy a “fresh start” breakfast cooking demo and tasting with Chef Noah Hester from the Blue Dragon sharing tasty freshly harvested recipes.  RSVP (Patti Cook – 937-2833 or cookshi@aol.com or Carol Ignacio – (808) 202-4958) or CarolR.Ignacio@Healthways.com), or, come Jan. 1, sign up at the WOFF headquarters in Kahilu Theatre Lobby.  Wear comfortable shoes and dress with layers ready for Waimea winter weather.  Also bring your own 10-inch plate to minimize waste and honor the Blue Zones’ researched-based strategy of being satisfied with smaller portions.  No charge thanks to kokua by all of the event partners.

MEDITATION TEACHINGS OF GAVIN HARRISON: 3:30-6:30 p.m., Sun., Jan. 3 and first Sundays thereafter.  Waiaka Events Salon, 66-1664 Waiaka St., Waimea.  Sitting and walking meditation, dialogue and inquiry. Non-denominational and open to all – experienced and beginning meditators welcome.  Bring own meditation cushion. Chairs available. Free but donations welcome.  Info: Matilda Tompson (885-9206) or go to www.gavinharrison.net.

WINTER CAMP AT PARKER SCHOOL: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 4-8.  For ages 5-12 during winter break with the theme “Night at the Museum.” Kids will learn about King Tut, explore with Lewis and Clark and dissect dinosaurs. Includes an optional sleepover where history comes to life.  Campers do not need to attend Parker School to join in.  Cost: $195 per child includes daily snacks, materials and t-shirt. Visit www.parkerschoolhawaii.org under Community & Enrichment to register.  Questions: Mrs. Christianat cingalls@parkerschoolhawaii.org.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MONTHLY TOWN MEETING:  5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 7, 2016.  Waimea School Cafeteria.   Focus of meeting will be preparation for the 2016 Legislature with an overview by Rep. Cindy Evans, followed by an update on the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) by  Commander LTC Jacob A. Peterson.  Also updates by County Council members, Mamalahoa Highway roadwork, 2016 Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival and Big Island Giving Tree’s Christmas season. All WCA meetings are free and entire community invited.  Starbucks coffee provided.  As always, attendees urged to support Waimea Food Pantry with cash or checks.  Info: Patti Cook (937-2833).  More info: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.

2016 LEGISLATIVE OVERVIEW IN WAIKOLOA:  6 p.m., Fri., Jan. 8.  Waikoloa School Cafeteria.  Jointly presented by Sen. Lorraine Inouye, Rep. Cindy Evans and Council Member Margaret Wille.  All invited.

HAWAI’I HIGH SCHOOL RODEO:  8 a.m., Sat. & Sun., Jan. 9-10.  Parker Ranch Arena.  All invited – admission is free though donations to HHSRA are welcome.  The December event will be one day only – Sunday – featuring high school competition.  A food booth is available both days with proceeds that support high school rodeo too!  Info: DeeDee Keakealani Bertelmann (936-9864).  Competition continues on the first weekend of every month at Parker Ranch Arena:

  • February 6-7
  • March 5-6
  • April 2-3
  • April 30-May 1- Hawaii District Finals
  • May 13-15 Junior Division State Finals
  • June 9-12 High School Division State Finals

FREE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING:  8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30.  West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona.  A valuable 24-hour training to provide volunteers with knowledge and skills to properly respond to an emergency impacting yourself, your family and/or community.  Includes risk assessment and mitigation, fire chemistry, hazardous materials, safety and suppression, recognizing and treating life threatening conditions (triage), disaster medical operations, head-to-toe assessment, first aid and medical treatment and public health considerations, planning and conducting search & rescue; decision-making, documentation and table-top exercises, disaster psychology – team well-being and working with survivors, defining and identifying terrorism and a final exam that includes course review, disaster simulation, exercise critique and Certificates of Completion.  Free. To register:  Lisa Myrick (West Hawai’I CERT Coordinator): westhicert@gmail.com.  To learn more about CERT in Waimea, email Tina Stuart (tina.l.stuart@gmail.com), and in Waikoloa, email Cindy Kester (cindy13850@gmail.com). For more about CERT, go to: www.citizencorps.gov/cert/ or call Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

30th ANNUAL HAWAII WOOD GUILD EXHIBITION AT ISAACS ART CENTER:  Jan. 9-Feb. 26. A juried show, sponsored by the Hawaii Forest Industry, celebrates the outstanding skills of Big Island wood craftsmen.  Entries range from small, hallow vessels to large furniture pieces.  All items are available for purchase and 25% of the sale supports HPA financial aid program.  Exhibit is free and community invited.  Artists reception 5 p.m., Sat., Jan. 9, and talk-story with Guild members ever Sunday during the show.  Info: www.HawaiiWoodGuild.com, or http://isaacsartcenter.pa.edu/

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING:  9:30 a.m.-Noon, Sat., Jan. 9 and second Saturday of most months.  Thelma Parker Memorial Library.  All welcome.  Begins with a brief business meeting, then show and tell, sharing new ideas and techniques.  Info: Becky Parkinson (937-2159).

WAIMEA TEEN TECH TUTORS FOR KUPUNA: 10:30-12:30 p.m., Sun., Jan. 10 & 24, Feb. 2 & 21, and 1st and 3rd Sundays thereafter at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Hosted by akamai Waimea high school students from HPA, Parker, Kamehameha and Honoka’a High to help kupuna learn to manage their phones and other personal electronic devices and programs including tablets, iPhone, Androids, laptops (PCs and Macs), Kindles, email, Facebook, Instagram, Google Search, etc.  No reservation required, just drop in but please bring devices charged and a $5 donation is suggested.  Info: Call Marilyn Fitzgerald (808) 345-6266.

​WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING:  9 a.m., Tues., Jan. 12 (and the 2ND Tuesday of each month).  Waimea Senior Center.  All persons 55+ invited to join.  Info:  Pat Lewi, President (885-4307).

NORTH HAWAI’I HOSPICE BEGINS THE NEW YEAR:  Please call/e-mail to sign up: 885-7545 or Inez.schultz@northhawaiihospice.org:

  • Tues., Jan. 12, 9:30-10:30 a,.m. – Circle of Support Grief Group
  • Wed., Jan. 13, 10:30-Noon – Expressive Arts – Mandalas – Grief and Healing.

SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING: 4 p.m., Tues., Jan. 12 and 2nd Tuesday of each month. Waimea Civic Center Conference Room near the Courts and Police Station.  Community urged to attend to learn about issues and provide input.  Info: Chair: Gunner Mench – email: SKTSCsecretary@gmail.com.

INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS RE: COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS’ MAMALAHOA HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS BETWEEN KAMAMALU ST. AND IONA COURT/WAIMEA:  6 p.m., Tues., Jan. 12 & 26, Feb. 9 & 23, March 8 & 22; April 5 & 19.  Thurs., Dec. 3.  Waimea School Cafeteria.  Meet with Jas W. Glover Ltd., and County of Hawaii staff to discuss concerns and/or suggestions regarding night work in progress beginning Jan. 5, 2016 (8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Sundays thru Friday mornings, except holidays,).  County-funded roadway improvements include water lateral installations, reconstruction of the pavement and subgrade, and pavement resurfacing.  Night work was approved to reduce both in-town and through-town traffic, thereby minimizing congestion that impacts the entire community including schools, emergency services and businesses.  Night work also will accelerate project completion.  All invited to meetings.  Questions?  Call David Sato (935-0871).

HESPERUS – THE MARK OF ZORRO! AT KAHILU THEATRE:  7 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 14.  A unique, early music and folk ensemble that brings silent movies to life. “The Mark of Zorro” will be accompanied with creative energy, technical assurance, and a big sense of fun.  Tickets $68-$20. Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

10th ANNUAL KA MOKU O KEAWE MAKAHIKI FESTIVAL IN WAIMEA:  7 a.m.-Sunset Sat., Jan. 16.  Waimea Park.  All invited to this annual festival which will include 12 traditional Hawaiian games of skill and strength, plus health-wellness booths including health screenings by medical students from the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), and delicious ai pono foods and crafts.  Please join us and plan to spend the day!  Registration is due Tues. Jan. 12 @ 4p.m. to Kumu Keala for pre-K thru high school participants.  Adult participants can turn in registration the morning of the festival.  The day begins with the sounding of the pū at 7:00am with all participants gathering on the makai end of the field and each school or organization will introduce themselves in a traditional manner with chant or ‘oli komo.  All asked to wear their school or organization colors.  More information, see/email Keala Kahuanui: kkahuanui@gmail.com.

HAWAI’I ISLAND’S 35TH ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHYER KING, JR. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:  Noon, Sun., Jan. 17.  Free and all invited to this community program and potluck at Old Kona Airport Beach Park Makeo Pavilion.  Will include displays of art, singing and music by local schools and community. This observance was started in Kailua-Kona in 1980 by the late Kona resident Frank Bramlett and has grown to include many volunteers and a committee of 12.  Please RSVP: Virginia Halliday (325-1112) or Mamie Bramlett (331-1448).

KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT AT KAHILU THEATRE:  4 p.m., Sun., Jan. 17.  Pieces performed will include Beethoven’s “Overture to “The Creatures of Prometheus.”, and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8 in G Major,” featuring guest conductor David Mackenzie of Massachusetts. Tickets $22-$6. Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ANNUAL ‘DAY OF SERVICE’:  Mon., Jan. 18 – A national holiday – no classes for public schools.

HPA HOSTS K-12 ADMISSION EVENTS:  Mon., Jan. 18 – registration required to participate – visit www.hpa.edu/openhouse, or call 881-4321.  8:15-10:30 a.m. Open House for prospective students entering grades K-8 and their families will be held at the Village Campus.  School administrators, current students, and parents will provide information about the academic program and benefits of an HPA education.  Also may visit classrooms and learn more about HPAʻs curriculum and activities.

WOW (WOMEN OF WAIMEA) BUSINESS BOOK CLUB MEETING:  Noon-1:30 p.m., Tues., Jan. 19, and the third Tuesday of every month at Mana Christian Ohana’s Meeting Rooms.  Join Hawai’i Island women entrepreneurs in reading and discussing this month’s book.  WOW Biz Book Club was created to inspire reading and discussion of business and professional development works among the women of Waimea to promote strong relationships in a nurturing environment to encourage the healthy exchange of business ideas with monthly book discussions.  Info: Sue Moss (885-5587) or email:

LES BALLETS TROCKADEROS DE MONTE CARLO AT KAHILU THEATRE:  7 p.m., Tues., Jan. 19. Men in Frocks!  “The Trocks” are artful parodists, illuminating the most gripping classical ballets via a wink and a smile and the occasional well-placed shtick. Their sendups of ballet conventions are rendered with such love and energy that the comedy almost masks some seriously awesome dancing. The company will also offer a free master class.  Tickets $85-$20.  Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE:  6-8 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 21 and 3rd Thursdays thereafter at NHERC in Honoka’a.  A grassroots community pot luck 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.  Info: Diane Scheurell at scheurell@Hawai’i.rr.com.

VAN CLIBURN GOLD MEDALIST JON NAKAMATSU IN CONCERT AT KAHILU THEATRE:  7 p.m., Fri., Jan. 22.  A true aristocrat of the keyboard, who’s playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power, Mr. Nakamatsu came to international attention when he was named Gold Medalist of the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Mr. Nakamatsu will be playing on the new Kahilu Theatre Steinway!  Tickets $68-$20. Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

COMMUNITY INVITED TO PUT HANDS ON THE MAKALI’I AND KOKUA WITH ITS 20-YEAR DRYDOCKING:  8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Jan. 23 and the third Saturday of the month thereafter (except in January when it will be the 4th Saturday to avoid conflicting with the Makahiki Festival in Waimea).  The canoe has been stripped down to its hull and there’s much work to be done.  The canoe is in Mahukona – turn off of Akone Pule Highway onto Mahukona Beach Road – look for the large warehouse.  Suggest wearing long sleeved shirts and bring a brown bag lunch, drinking water and sun protection. To follow the progress of the rebuilding, go to www.Facebook.com/NaKalaiWaa.

MARCIA BALL & JOHNNY NICHOLAS IN CONCERT PLUS HONOKA’A JAZZ BAND AT KAHILU THEATRE:  7 p.m., Jan. 23. “Austin’s Piano Queen” Marcia Ball plays rollicking roadhouse rave-ups and soulful Gulf Coast R&B, her barrelhouse playing and her feel-good party tunes are iconic. Her collaborator on this tour is bluesman Johnny Nicholas: singer-songwriter, harp and guitar player. Put them together to get an irresistible celebratory blend of rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp rock, and smoldering Texas blues. Tickets $43-$20.  Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS RE: COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS’ MAMALAHOA HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS BETWEEN KAMAMALU ST. AND IONA COURT/WAIMEA:  6 p.m., Tues., Jan. 26, Feb. 9 & 23, March 8 & 22; April 5 & 19.  Thurs., Dec. 3.  Waimea School Cafeteria.  Meet with Jas W. Glover Ltd., and County of Hawaii staff to discuss concerns and/or suggestions regarding night work in progress beginning Jan. 5, 2016 (8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Sundays thru Friday mornings, except holidays,).  County-funded roadway improvements include water lateral installations, reconstruction of the pavement and subgrade, and pavement resurfacing.  Night work was approved to reduce both in-town and through-town traffic, thereby minimizing congestion that impacts the entire community including schools, emergency services and businesses.  Night work also will accelerate project completion.  All invited to meetings.  Questions?  Call David Sato (935-0871).

LAS CAFETERAS HITS KAHILU THEATRE:  7 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 28.  Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado and inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community which is looking for love and fights for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. A remix of traditional Son Jarocho sounds, Las Cafeteras add Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, poetry in English and Spanglish, and instruments like jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone, and a wooden platform called the Tarima.  Tickets $68-$20. Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MONTHLY TOWN MEETING & SPECIAL FIRST RESPONDERS MAHALO POTLUCK:  5:15-7:30 p.m., Thurs., Feb, 4, 2016.  Waimea School Cafeteria.   Focus of meeting will be a briefing on the prestigious World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i, sponsored by the International Union For the Conservation of Nature and State of Hawai’i in September 2016. John DeFries, IUCN committee, and Ross Birch, Big Island Visitors Bureau, will discuss the opportunities that the convention affords Hawai’i Island to showcase some of its natural wonders to delegates from around the world, before and after the Congress.  IUCN presentation will be followed by a community potluck MAHALO honoring our hard-working and brave First Responders – police, fire, emergency services and Civil Defense, and including volunteer crews.  Recognition to begin about 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner.  Entire community invited. Starbucks coffee provided.  As always, attendees urged to support Waimea Food Pantry with cash or checks.  Info: Patti Cook (937-2833).  More info: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.

FIRST FRIDAY – HONOKA’A TOWN:  5-9 p.m. every First Friday of every month (except January when it’s New Year’s Day).  Sponsored by the Honoka’a Business Association.  All the stores remain open late and there are craft, educational and food booths along with free entertainment all up and down Mamane Street.  Coordinated by Big Island Grown – call them (775-9777) for vending info.

23RD ANNUAL WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL:  9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., Feb. 6.  A day-long celebration that showcases the blooming of Church Row Park’s historic cherry trees and the Japanese tradition of viewing them – hanami. Festivities scattered at multiple venues throughout Waimea — look for pink banners identifying site locations sprawling from Parker Ranch Center to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmer’s Market on Hwy. 19. Plan to spend the day to experience memorable Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony and mochi pounding, plus a host of colorful craft fairs and local-style food booths. This year’s festival will honor two long-contributing community groups during the 9 a.m. opening ceremony at the back (south side) of Parker Ranch Center, including Waimea Bonyu Kai Bonsai Club and the Waimea Arts Council. Free shuttle transportation among most venues.  More details to come.  Info: Roxcie Waltjen (961-8706).

KAHILU FAMILY FUN DAY FOR THE CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL:  Sat., Feb. 6.  Free.  Coinciding with the town-wide celebration, Kahilu Theatre will host a Japanese tea ceremony, origami, Japanese music and dance, arts and crafts. All invited.

AMY O’NEAL’S ‘OPPOSING FORCES’ AT KAHILU THEATRE:  7 p.m., Sat., Feb. 13.  Breakdancing, live beats, Hip Hop, and gender roles: “Opposing Forces” is an exploration of feminine perceptions in our culture through the lens of Hip Hop. A cast of world class B-Boys examine the value systems of race and gender within the environments of battling, commercial dance, contemporary performance and cyphering. Amy O’Neal transforms this dance form, turning Hip Hop into nuanced, haunting, beautiful concert art. The hour-length work begins with a “battle” between several teams of dancers, including young students of Hip Hop from the Prince Dance Institute.  Tickets $68-$20. Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

FREE BLUES ZONES ‘POWER OF PURPOSE’ WORKSHOPS:  Two sessions – 10 a.m.-Noon, and also 1-3 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 18.  Tutu’s House.  It’s a new year and all are invited to join North Hawai’i Blue Zones facilitators and volunteers in discovering or re-evaluating your purpose in life. Research confirms that people with a clear sense of purpose live longer, are healthier and more productive. These facilitated workshops will help participants look closely at personal strengths, talents and attributes as well as goals and aspirations, which change as we go through different phases of life. This workshop can help participants navigate through life’s transitions and “Live Better Longer.” In fact, living with a strong sense of purpose can add 7 years to your life! Two facilitated workshops same day and same content, so pick the time that best suits your schedule, then RSVP – reservations required by Feb. 15 to Tina L. Stuart (333-2250) or tlcstuart@gmail.com or email: CarolR.Ignacio@healthways.com.

TREASURED SONGS AND MEMORIES IN HALAU O PO’OHALA RECITAL AT KAHILU THEATRE:  6:30-8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 20. Doors open at 6.  From beloved compositions by the halau’s Great-Great Grandmother Helen Desha Beamer, to songs, dances and stories shared at the 1915 World’s Fair in San Francisco that introduced “the world” to the Hawaiian hula girl, the ‘ukulele and steel guitar, this recital will feature keiki to kupuna dancers presenting signature choreographies, chants and winning hula competition numbers from the halau’s 160-year repertoire.  Led by the halau’s 5th generation Loea Kumu (hula master) Hulali Solomon Covington, and Kakau ‘Olelo (the family halau’s historian) Malama Solomon, with Hawaiian musician-vocalists Russell Paio, Kama Hopkins and Ha’i Kelly.  Snacks and beverages will be offered before the show and during intermission, this year featuring Chef Miles Saito, owner of Earl’s family-owned business, who will prepare a special Pupu Bento featuring favorites reflecting his cultural heritage: Japanese, Filipino and Portuguese.  Tickets: $25 are available from halau members or by calling Kahilu Theatre (885-6868) or by going to www.KahiluTheatre.org. More info:  https://youtu.be/PH4IbBONUNg

KENNY ENDO TAIKO AT KAHILU THEATRE:  7 p.m., Wed., March 2.  Kenny Endo is at the vanguard of the Taiko genre, continuing to pave new paths in Japanese drumming and now celebrating 40 years as a career Taiko player. A performer, composer, and teacher of Taiko with numerous awards and accolades, Kenny Endo is a consummate artist, blending Japanese Taiko with rhythms from around the world into original melodies and improvisation. Tickets $68-$20.  Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

HOTEST IRISH ACCOUSTIC GROUP LUNASA WITH TIM O’BRIEN AT KAHILU THEATRE:  7 p.m., Tues., March 8. Lúnasa has sold more than a quarter of a million albums and boasts an impressive seven award-winning studio albums. The band is internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times. They are touring with Tim O’Brien – noted American Country and Bluegrass musician.  Tickets $68-$20. Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

FREE BLUES ZONES ‘POWER OF PURPOSE’ WORKSHOP:  5:30-7:30 p.m., Thurs., March 17.  NHERC in Honokaʻa.  It’s a new year and all are invited to join North Hawai’i Blue Zones facilitators and volunteers in discovering or re-evaluating your purpose in life. Research confirms that people with a clear sense of purpose live longer, are healthier and more productive. This facilitated workshop will help participants look closely at personal strengths, talents and attributes as well as goals and aspirations, which change as we go through different phases of life. This workshop can help participants navigate through life’s transitions and “Live Better Longer.” In fact, living with a strong sense of purpose can add 7 years to your life! To RSVP or learn more, email: CarolR.Ignacio@healthways.com or Sue Dela Cruz at bluezones.honokaa@gmail.com.

VIRTUOSO TESSA LARK IN CONCERT AT KAHILU THEATRE PLAYING A 1683 STRADIVARI VIOLIN:  7 p.m., Thurs., March 17.  Winner of the prestigious Naumburg International Violin Award in 2012, Tessa Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of her time. The 1683 Stradivari violin is on generous loan from the Josef Gingold Fund and she will play to an intimate audience on stage, with an accompanist on the new theatre’s extraordinary new Steinway. Tickets $133. Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC ‘SALUTE TO YOUTH: EMBRACING THE FUTURE’ AT KAHILU THEATRE: 4 p.m., Sun., March 20.  This is KPO’s most popular concert of the year with winners of their annual Concerto Competition, this time featuring young string players. This concert will also feature guest conductor Harvey Felder. In addition to the concerti determined by the competition winners, KPO will be performing “Les Preludes” by Franz Liszt, and Howard Hanson’s “Symphony No. 2 (The Romantic)”.  Tickets $22-$6. Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

HAWAI’I SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT AT KAHILU THEATRE:  7 p.m., Fri., April 8. In the 1980s and ‘90s the Kahilu Theatre hosted the Honolulu Symphony almost every year. The renewed Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra has received State GIA funding to tour the neighbor islands and Kahilu is delighted to welcome Hawai‘i’s own world-class orchestra back to the Kahilu stage once again!  Tickets $85-$20. Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK:  April 10-16!

PRINCE DANCE INSTITUE CELEBRATES ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH KAHILU THEATRE PERFORMANCES:  7 p.m., Sat., April 16, and 4 p.m., Sun., April 17. Prince Dance pays tribute to its long time Kahilu Theatre partnership with dance show that will feature the approximately 100 students in the current after-school program, dancing favorite pieces from the last nine annual shows. Tickets $32-$16.  Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

EARTH DAY 2016:  Friday, April 22!

ʻSHEʻISLANDʻ COMMUNITY PRODUCTION PRESENTED BY KAHILU THEATRE:  Tentatively April 24-25.  A world premiere play created from stories collected from local women, encouraged and directed by Jane Sibbett. The voices of she’island are brave, heartbreaking, and true – shattering stereotypes and empowering new archetypes of how we live, breath, and can all use our super powers here in paradise.  Tickets $32-$16.  For tickets and more info, go to www.kahilutheatre.org or call 885-6868

TRIBUTE TO BROTHER IZ AT KAHILU THEATRE:  4 p.m., Sun., May 1.  Will feature his greatest hits, performed by an invited group of Hawaiian musicians.  Tickets $68-$20.  Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

PIANISTS SOYEON KATE LEE AND RAN DANK IN CONCERT AT KAHILU THEATRE:  7 p.m., Wed., May 11.  Soyeon Lee and Ran Dank have each received numerous awards and accolades in their young careers, including taking the top two prizes at the prestigious Naumburg International Piano Competition in 2010. They will each play solo as well as perform Stravinsky’s extraordinary “Rite of Spring” as a piano four-hands piece — a fitting spectacle for the new Kahilu Theatre Steinway!  Tickets $68-$20.  Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

ROBERT CAZIMERO IN CONCERT AT KAHILU THEATRE:  7 p.m., Sat., May 14.  Hawai‘i’s most revered and loved kumu and singer who has been honored by the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts with 25 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.  Robert has presented annual shows at Kahilu Theatre for more than 20 years.  Tickets: $68-$20.  Available online at www.KahiluTheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

HAWAI’I PRIMARY ELECTION: Saturday, August 13.

2016 NORTH HAWAI’I ROTARY OKTOBERFEST:  Fri., Oct. 14.  More info to come – all invited.  Proceeds support many community projects, grants and scholarships. 

GENERAL ELECTION:  Tuesday, Nov. 8.

56th ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE: Sat., Dec. 3, 2016. 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. Waimea’s famous Christmas parade (the second oldest in Hawai’i) includes a Santa float, dozens of units representing Waimea keiki to kupuna including churches, schools, youth groups, community organizations, farms, ranches and businesses, plus a huge brigade of festively lighted trucks. As always, Santa has promised to again ride in our parade and afterwards, visit with keiki at Parker Ranch Center’s Fireside Food Court.  For information, call Parade Co-Chairs Lani Olsen-Chong (936-0670) and Kalae Kawamura (936-4376).

 

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COQUI ALERT/WAIMEA: Email: info@coquifreewaimea.org or call (808)313-1094.

WATER CONSERVATION NOTICE: Waimea Town to Kawaihae, Pohakea Mauka, Kalopa Mauka, Pa’auilo Mauka, Old Ahualoa Road and Kukuihaele: The County Department of Water Supply formally posted a conservation notice on Dec. 3, 2015 calling for a voluntary 10% reduction in water use due to what they described as “ongoing dry weather conditions and an anticipated drier winter.”  For advice or more information, call Andrew Higa, Water Services District Supervisor II (887-3030).  Notice was posted on www.hawaiidws.org.

NORTH KOHALA PUBLIC LIBRARY IN DECEMBER:

  • Mon., Dec. 7 @ 2 and 6 p.m.: Simple Holiday jewelry craftwith Sid Nakamoto
  • Tues., Dec. 8 @ 11 a.m.: Adult reading discussion; “Round House” by Louise Erdrich
  • Tuesdays, 11:15-Noon, Dec. 8 & 15: Holiday music by Kohala High School’s blind piano prodigy Kuha’o Kawaauhau.
  • Tuesdays-Wednesdays @ 2:30 p.m. – After-school activities for elementary & middle school students: Dec. 8: Holiday Cards; Dec. 9: Ornaments; Dec. 15: Holiday Snacks; Dec. 16: Snowflakes.
  • Fridays, Dec. 11, 18 @ 10 a.m. – Preschool Story time for ages 2-5 w/ caregivers
  • Mon., Dec. 14 @ 6 p.m.: Poetry Group
  • Mon., Dec. 21 @ 5:30 p.m.: Family Night: Polar Express Party—Story, film, crafts, food.

SANTA’S ELVES WORKSHOPS:  3-5:30 p.m., Dec. 7-11, and Dec. 14-18.  Parker School.  For grade 2-8 students – an after-school art class to create more than 20 high-quality handmade holiday gifts with instructor Heidi Buscher working with ceramics, pottery, acrylic and watercolor paint, mixed media, jewelry, edible art and more.  Cost: $100 per series or $25 per day. Do not need to attend Parker to participate but space limited, first come.  Info/registration: Email Heidi Buscher: hbuscher@parkerschoolhawaii.org.

FREE INSTRUCTIONAL GIRLS SOFTBALL IN WAIMEA: 4 p.m., Mon., Dec. 7 at Waimea Park Field A.  A County Parks & Rec0-sponsored instructional softball clinic for girls ages 9-10 & 11-12.  On-site registrations will be taken with clinic to follow. Players must wear shoes and bring a glove. Scrimmages will be held on Wednesdays during the month of January. Info: call Melissa Samura @ #887-3014 or send fax to #887-3012.

BOYS BASKETBALL REGISTRATIONS OPEN IN WAIMEA:  Now thru Dec. 10, Waimea Athletics is currently accepting registrations for the upcoming boys basketball season.  Age groups include 9-10, 11-12 & 13-14 divisions.  Register online at waimeaathletics.com.  Player and coach uniform shirt, league photo and team basketballs included in $20 registration fee.  NOTE: Athletes must participate in at least one of the three-day free clinics Dec. 8, 9 and 10 at Thelma Parker Memorial Gym – see schedule below.  Info: visit Waimea Athletics website or email Noe at waimeaathletics@gmail.com.

WAIMEA RUGBY CLUB:  Information and registration packet available via email or at the practice field near Waimea Civic Center.  Registration online at: www.waimearugbyclub@gmail.com.  Fees: Rookies (Grades 2-5) $30; Youth (Grades 6-8) $55; Girls and Boys HS (Grades 9-12) $75.  Info: Keola Tavares (960-8654).  More info: www.Facebook.com/waiearugbyclub.

​WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING:  9 a.m., Tues., Dec. 8 (and the 2ND Tuesday of each month).  Waimea Senior Center.  All persons 55+ invited to join.  Info:  Pat Lewi, President (885-4307).

MANDATORY P&R BOYS BASKETBALL CLINICS:  Tues.-Wed.-Thurs., Dec. 8, 9 & 10 at Thelma Parker Memorial Gym.  Sponsored by County Parks & Rec to qualify to participate in one of the P&R teams during coming season. To register online, go to waimeaathletics.com.  Player and coach uniform shirt, league photo and team basketballs included in $20 registration fee.  Info: visit Waimea Athletics website or email Noe at waimeaathletics@gmail.com.  Clinic times:

  • 3:30 p.m. – Ages 9/10
  • 4:30 p.m. – Ages 11/12
  • 5:30 p.m. – Ages 13/14

SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING: 4 p.m., Tues., Dec. 8 and 2nd Tuesday of each month. Waimea Civic Center Conference Room near the Courts and Police Station.  Community urged to attend to learn about issues and provide input.  Info: Chair: Gunner Mench – email: SKTSCsecretary@gmail.com.

‘MOUSE HOUSE’ TO WAIMEA TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AND 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ISAACS ART CENTER: Now thru Jan. 9.  This Christmas village created by Martha Greenwell of Kona first made it’s appearance in 2005 at Kona Historical Society after being returned from Oahu after more than 20 years of being part of an annual holiday tradition at the Queen’s Hospital Auxiliary’s “Festival of Trees.”  Creating the village was an 8-year project for Mrs. Greenwell.  Free and all welcome to stop by. Isaacs Art Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesdays thru Saturdays.  Info: www.isaacsartcener.hpa.edu.

ISAACS ART CENTER EXHIBIT CELEBRATES A CENTURY OF MEMORIES – ARTISTS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF PAINTING IN HAWAI’I – 1880-1950:  Now thru Dec. 19.  Extraordinary artists from the past century are being exhibited in this 100-year-schoolhouse, including Jules Tavernier, David Howard Hitchcock, Theodore Wores, Charles Furneaux, Lionel Walden, Charles Bartlett, Helen Kelley, Lloyd Sexton and Martha Greenwell.  Some have not been exhibited in public previously.  Free and all welcome to stop by. Isaacs Art Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesdays thru Saturdays.  Info: www.isaacsartcener.hpa.edu.

3RD ANNUAL ‘FEAST ON THE BEACH’ AT LAVA LAVA BEACH CLUB:  6-10 p.m., Fri., Dec. 11.  Entertainment by LT Smooth and Henry Kapono and band, plus delicious F&B stations.  Tickets are being presold by participating community not-for-profits and are only available from one of the following organizations:  Mala’ai School Garden, Habitat for Humanity West Hawai’I, Hawai’i Island Humane Society, North Hawai’i Rotary, Hospice of Kona, Kona-Kohala Chamber, Lava Kids, Kona Community Hospital Foundation and West Hawai’i Dance Theatre.  $125 per person to stand, dance and dine, or $1400 for a reserved table for 8; tax additional.  For tickets, call Alethea Lai (989-7861) or email: Alethea@malaai.org.

WAIMEA’S SATURDAY FARMERS MARKETS: All invited.

  • WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon, Saturdays on Waimea Elementary and Middle Schools’ field behind the Post Office – across from Kahilu Theater and Mala’ai school garden.  Enter campus via the back entry gate – plenty of parking.  Info: Cynthia Spencer (333-2165), or www.Facebook.com/WaimeaHomesteadFarmersMarket.
  • WAIMEA TOWN MARKET: 7:30 a.m. – Noon, Saturdays at Parker School.  Features locally grown and produced vegetables, fruit, herbs and freshly baked artisan breads, plus art, jewelry, spa products and more. Info:  Paul Johnson, pej1000@aol.com.
  • WAIMEA NUI FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m., every Saturday at Kuhio Hale (Hawaiian Homes Hall front lawn).  Locally grown vegetables, fruit, plants, food, pickled items, arts and crafts.

MALA’AI SCHOOL GARDEN WORK AND LEARN DAY:  9 a.m.-Noon, Sat., Dec. 12.  Waimea Middle School campus.  All invited to help tuck in the garden for Winter Break. It’s a great opportunity to do meaningful work in the school’s beautiful and productive garden.  Please wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt. All garden tools will be supplied. A garden inspired lunch will be served at Noon.  Info: Alethea Lai (989-7861).

7th ANNUAL HOLIDAY ORCHID & CACTUS SHOW & SALE:  8 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat., Dec. 12.  Waimea Community Center across from the RESTORE.  Featuring 3 nurseries – Orchidpeople – Tropical Cymbidium Plants & Cut Flowers – Jennifer Snyder & Bob Harris (Waimea); Pele’s Island Plants – Orchids & Cactus – Phoenicia & Bob Zeller (Oceanview) and Song of Orchids – Intergeneric Orchids – Stephen Soros (Honoka’a).  All invited.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING:  9:30 a.m.-Noon, Sat., Dec. 12 and second Saturday of most months.  Thelma Parker Memorial Library.  All welcome.  Begins with a brief business meeting, then show and tell, sharing new ideas and techniques.  Info: Becky Parkinson (937-2159).

WAIKOLOA CHRISTMAS PARADE & KEIKI FEST:  10 a.m., Sat., Dec. 12.  Parade begins at the top of Paniolo Road to Waikoloa Baptist Church featuring village groups, schools, businesses, etc. and of course Santa himself.  Keiki fest follows including pictures with Santa, food and games.  All invited.

22nd ANNUAL WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERT:  7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 12, and 3 p.m., Sun., Dec. 13.  Kahilu Theatre.  Themed “Good Tidings We Bring” – and directed by Barbara Kopra.  Tickets $10-25.  Tickets available online from www.KahiluTheatre.org, or from Waimea General Store, Without Boundaries and Waikoloa Mailbox.  Info: 885-5818.

21ST ANNUAL COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS MUSIC FESTIVAL:  6 p.m., Sun., Dec. 13.  Waimea 2nd Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Kapiolani Road across from Parker Elementary School.  All invited.  More details to come about participating choirs from other churches and community groups.

‘HAMAKUA HARVEST’ – A NEW WEEKLY FARMERS MARKET:  9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays at the intersection of Mamane Street & Hwy 19.  A project in the planning since 2008 on a 30-acre Kamehameha Schools lease.  Features 20 vendors with locally grown/made products.  EBT cards accepted.

COMMUNITY INVITED TO PUT HANDS ON THE MAKALI’I AND KOKUA WITH ITS 20-YEAR DRYDOCKING:  8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 19 and the third Saturday of the month thereafter (except in January when it will be the 4th Saturday to avoid conflicting with the Makahiki Festival in Waimea).  The canoe has been stripped down to its hull and there’s much work to be done.  The canoe is in Mahukona – turn off of Akone Pule Highway onto Mahukona Beach Road – look for the large warehouse.  Suggest wearing long sleeved shirts and bring a brown bag lunch, drinking water and sun protection. To follow the progress of the rebuilding, go to www.Facebook.com/NaKalaiWaa.

WAIMEA TEEN TECH TUTORS FOR KUPUNA: 10:30-12:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 19, and 1st and 3rd Sundays thereafter at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Hosted by akamai Waimea high school students from HPA, Parker, Kamehameha and Honoka’a High to help kupuna learn to manage their phones and other personal electronic devices and programs including tablets, iPhone, Androids, laptops (PCs and Macs), Kindles, email, Facebook, Instagram, Google Search, etc.  No reservation required, just drop in but please bring devices charged and a $5 donation is suggested.  Info: Call Marilyn Fitzgerald (808) 345-6266.

WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL 2016.  Jan. 1-4 in Waimea and at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and The Fairmont Orchid, and Jan. 5-8 at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.  Featuring an exceptional line-up of riveting, thought-provoking cinema and exciting adventure, epic surf and island culture film features, compelling speakers, dynamic exhibits, and fascinating, meaningful conversations. The combination of award-winning films, intimate breakfast talks, Q&A filmmaker sessions, compelling speakers, artistic exhibits and receptions is not to be missed. This festival immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean, island cultures and our place and responsibility on this planet.  Informative Q&A sessions offer moviegoers the opportunity to delve deeper into the film’s message and production while posing questions to filmmakers. Last year’s festival offered 60 Q&As and a dozen casual breakfast talks with filmmakers and experts associated with film topics, creating what some attendees have described as a life-changing experience.  The 2016 program will be completed and posted to the website in pdf format around Dec 19 for convenient download, or come to the festival Hospitality Desk, which opens 9 a.m.-3 p.m. December 31 at Kahilu Theatre to pick up a copy of the printed program, along with passes. For event updates, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or www.Facebook.com/WaimeaOceanFilmFestival, or email: info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ARTS & COLLECTIBLES: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sat., Jan. 2 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.

MEDITATION TEACHINGS OF GAVIN HARRISON: 3:30-6:30 p.m., Sun., Jan. 3 and first Sundays thereafter.  Waiaka Events Salon, 66-1664 Waiaka St., Waimea.  Sitting and walking meditation, dialogue and inquiry. Non-denominational and open to all – experienced and beginning meditators welcome.  Bring own meditation cushion. Chairs available. Free but donations welcome.  Info: Matilda Tompson (885-9206) or go to www.gavinharrison.net.

WINTER CAMP AT PARKER SCHOOL: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 4-8.  For ages 5-12 during winter break with the theme “Night at the Museum.” Kids will learn about King Tut, explore with Lewis and Clark and dissect dinosaurs. Includes an optional sleepover where history comes to life.  Campers do not need to attend Parker School to join in.  Cost: $195 per child includes daily snacks, materials and t-shirt. Visit www.parkerschoolhawaii.org under Community & Enrichment to register.  Questions: Mrs. Christianat cingalls@parkerschoolhawaii.org.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MONTHLY TOWN MEETING:  5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 7, 2016.  Waimea School Cafeteria.   Focus of meeting will be preparation for the 2016 Legislature. All WCA meetings are free and entire community invited.  Starbucks coffee provided.  As always, attendees urged to support Waimea Food Pantry with cash or checks.  Info: Patti Cook (937-2833).  More info: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.

HAWAI’I HIGH SCHOOL RODEO:  8 a.m., Sat. & Sun., Jan. 9-10.  Parker Ranch Arena.  All invited – admission is free though donations to HHSRA are welcome.  The December event will be one day only – Sunday – featuring high school competition.  A food booth is available both days with proceeds that support high school rodeo too!  Info: DeeDee Keakealani Bertelmann (936-9864).  Competition continues on the first weekend of every month at Parker Ranch Arena:

  • February 6-7
  • March 5-6
  • April 2-3
  • April 30-May 1- Hawaii District Finals
  • May 13-15 Junior Division State Finals
  • June 9-12 High School Division State Finals

INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS RE: COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS’ MAMALAHOA HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS BETWEEN KAMAMALU ST. AND IONA COURT/WAIMEA:  6 p.m., Tues., Jan. 12 & 26, Feb. 9 & 23, March 8 & 22; April 5 & 19.  Thurs., Dec. 3.  Waimea School Cafeteria.  Meet with Jas W. Glover Ltd., and County of Hawaii staff to discuss concerns and/or suggestions regarding night work in progress beginning Jan. 5, 2016 (8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Sundays thru Friday mornings, except holidays,).  County-funded roadway improvements include water lateral installations, reconstruction of the pavement and subgrade, and pavement resurfacing.  Night work was approved to reduce both in-town and through-town traffic, thereby minimizing congestion that impacts the entire community including schools, emergency services and businesses.  Night work also will accelerate project completion.  All invited to meetings.  Questions?  Call David Sato (935-0871).

10th ANNUAL KA MOKU O KEAWE MAKAHIKI FESTIVAL IN WAIMEA:  7 a.m.-Sunset Sat., Jan. 16.  Waimea Park.  All invited to this annual festival which will include 12 traditional Hawaiian games of skill and strength, plus health-wellness booths including health screenings by medical students from the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), and delicious ai pono foods and crafts.  Please join us and plan to spend the day!  Registration is due Tues. Jan. 12 @ 4p.m. to Kumu Keala for pre-K thru high school participants.  Adult participants can turn in registration the morning of the festival.  The day begins with the sounding of the pū at 7:00am with all participants gathering on the makai end of the field and each school or organization will introduce themselves in a traditional manner with chant or ‘oli komo.  All asked to wear their school or organization colors.  More information, see/email Keala Kahuanui: kkahuanui@gmail.com.

30th ANNUAL HAWAII WOOD GUILD EXHIBITION AT ISAACS ART CENTER:  Jan. 16-Feb. 26. A juried show, sponsored by the Hawaii Forest Industry, celebrates the outstanding skills of Big Island wood craftsmen.  Entries range from small, hallow vessels to large furniture pieces.  All items are available for purchase and 25% of the sale supports HPA financial aid program.  Exhibit is free and community ivnited.  Artists reception 5 p.m., Sat., Jan. 18, and talk-story with Guild members ever Sunday during the show.  Info: www.HawaiiWoodGuild.com, or http://isaacsartcenter.pa.edu/

WOW (WOMEN OF WAIMEA) BUSINESS BOOK CLUB MEETING:  Noon-1:30 p.m., Tues., Jan. 19, and the third Tuesday of every month at Mana Christian Ohana’s Meeting Rooms.  Join Hawai’i Island women entrepreneurs in reading and discussing this month’s book.  WOW Biz Book Club was created to inspire reading and discussion of business and professional development works among the women of Waimea to promote strong relationships in a nurturing environment to encourage the healthy exchange of business ideas with monthly book discussions.  Info: Sue Moss (885-5587) or email:

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE:  6-8 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 21 and 3rd Thursdays thereafter at NHERC in Honoka’a.  A grassroots community pot luck 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.  Info: Diane Scheurell at scheurell@Hawai’i.rr.com.

INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS RE: COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS’ MAMALAHOA HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS BETWEEN KAMAMALU ST. AND IONA COURT/WAIMEA:  6 p.m., Tues., Jan. 26, Feb. 9 & 23, March 8 & 22; April 5 & 19.  Thurs., Dec. 3.  Waimea School Cafeteria.  Meet with Jas W. Glover Ltd., and County of Hawaii staff to discuss concerns and/or suggestions regarding night work in progress beginning Jan. 5, 2016 (8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Sundays thru Friday mornings, except holidays,).  County-funded roadway improvements include water lateral installations, reconstruction of the pavement and subgrade, and pavement resurfacing.  Night work was approved to reduce both in-town and through-town traffic, thereby minimizing congestion that impacts the entire community including schools, emergency services and businesses.  Night work also will accelerate project completion.  All invited to meetings.  Questions?  Call David Sato (935-0871).

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MONTHLY TOWN MEETING & SPECIAL FIRST RESPONDERS MAHALO POTLUCK:  5:15-7:30 p.m., Thurs., Feb, 4, 2016.  Waimea School Cafeteria.   Focus of meeting will be a briefing on the prestigious World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i, sponsored by the International Union For the Conservation of Nature and State of Hawai’i in September 2016. John DeFries, IUCN committee, and Ross Birch, Big Island Visitors Bureau, will discuss the opportunities that the convention affords Hawai’i Island to showcase some of its natural wonders to delegates from around the world, before and after the Congress.  IUCN presentation will be followed by a community potluck MAHALO honoring our hard-working and brave First Responders – police, fire, emergency services and Civil Defense, and including volunteer fire crews.  Recognition to begin about 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner.  Entire community invited. Starbucks coffee provided.  As always, attendees urged to support Waimea Food Pantry with cash or checks.  Info: Patti Cook (937-2833).  More info: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.

FIRST FRIDAY – HONOKA’A TOWN:  5-9 p.m. every First Friday of every month (except January when it’s New Year’s Day).  Sponsored by the Honoka’a Business Association.  All the stores remain open late and there are craft, educational and food booths along with free entertainment all up and down Mamane Street.  Coordinated by Big Island Grown – call them (775-9777) for vending info.

23RD ANNUAL WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL:  9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., Feb. 6.  A day-long celebration that showcases the blooming of Church Row Park’s historic cherry trees and the Japanese tradition of viewing them – hanami. Festivities scattered at multiple venues throughout Waimea — look for pink banners identifying site locations sprawling from Parker Ranch Center to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmer’s Market on Hwy. 19. Plan to spend the day to experience memorable Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony and mochi pounding, plus a host of colorful craft fairs and local-style food booths. Free shuttle transportation among most venues.  More details to come.  Info: Roxcie Waltjen (961-8706).

KAHILU FAMILY FUN DAY FOR THE CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL:  Sat., Feb. 6.  Free.  Coinciding with the town-wide celebration, Kahilu Theatre will host a Japanese tea ceremony, origami, Japanese music and dance, arts and crafts. All invited.

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Waimea Christmas & Big Island Giving Tree 2015

55th Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade – December 5, 2015 

WAIMEA’S ‘KOLD KOUNTRY CHRISTMAS!” CELEBRATION REFLECTS VERY WARM HEARTS  

2010 Waimea Christmas Parade

Brrrr!  That’s the “image” of Christmas in upcountry Waimea for the thousands who flock to this rural ranch community for what will be its 55th annual twilight parade.  Hence, dressing warmly is a must.  Even Santa – a Waimea parade “regular” for all these five-plus decades – comes bundled up.

But don’t be fooled.  This is a celebration of warm hearts that honors its children, families, kupuna, beloved truckers, and, while it’s all about having fun and creating lifelong memories, it’s also about being very sure no one is forgotten.

Hence, Waimea’s 55th Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade at 5:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 5, 2015, will once again partner up with the Big Island Giving Tree (BIGT), a low-budget-but-big-return non-profit run entirely by volunteers, who dedicate their holidays to those less fortunate.

Waimea’s annual twilight parade is sponsored by Waimea Community Association in partnership with a dozen or more businesses, schools, churches, community organizations, the County of Hawai’i (police, fire, public works and parks and recreation), and dedicated individuals.  For the past five years, this hui of volunteers have dedicated the event to BIGT to enable the volunteers to provide food, life essentials, little mementos and warm meals to several hundred mostly throughout North Hawai’i.

As always, more than 10,000 spectators are expected to flock to Waimea – lining the street from the east end of historic Church Row on Mamalahoa Highway to the main intersection with Lindsey Road, and then onto Lindsey Road to Parker School and Waimea Park.  Nine narrator stations along the route bring the parade to life with guest emcees recognizing the marching units, floats, festively lighted trucks and Santa in his sleigh, which is annually created by the warm hearts at North Hawai’i Community Hospital.

Just prior to the start of the parade, a brigade of community friends and keiki will draw attention to the good work the Big Island Giving Tree does by canvassing spectators for contributions to help with providing essential gifts and meals for community members faced with unexpected tragedies such as fires and floods, illness or death, homelessness, loneliness or perhaps a very modest fixed income.  Every penny collected throughout the season for BIGT goes back into the community as BIGT has no paid staff, and literally no overhead – no offices, utilities bills, etc.  It is entirely managed by volunteers led by Rhonda Bell and Nancy Carr Smith.  And it’s “umbrella” 501(c)3 nonprofit does not charge a penny for the costs incurred to manage the funds, handle mandatory tax reporting, etc.

Waimea’s Christmas festivities actually begin several days before the parade with a now iconic tree lighting ceremony at Parker Ranch’s historic Pu’uopelu home, and it continues through Christmas day, when hundreds of warm meals are prepared and delivered to kupuna, homeless and others struggling to make ends meet.

Volunteers are always needed as well as contributions – preferably cash or check to enable the volunteers to purchase (often as a discount) the items really needed. For more information about BIGT:

Click here to link to the Big Island Giving Tree website

Or see their Facebook page by clicking here.

EMAIL ADDRESS:  TheBigIslandGivingTree@gmail.com

CONTACT NUMBERS:

Rhonda Bell:             808.880.1984
Nancy Carr Smith: 808.896.2239

MAILING ADDRESS:  Donations welcome and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The Big Island Giving Tree
PO Box 2786
Kamuela, HI 96743

CHRISTMAS IN WAIMEA – 2015  

Many events benefit The Big Island Giving Tree!

 

PARADE DAY FARMERS MARKETS:

  • WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon on Waimea Elementary and Middle Schools’ field behind the Post Office. Enter campus via the back entry gate – plenty of parking.  Super fresh Waimea produce, flowers including orchids, plants, baked breads and treats, herbal lotions and potions, and much more!  Info: Cynthia Spencer (333-2165), or Facebook.com/WaimeaHomesteadFarmersMarket. Special vendors this week: Waimea Middle School’s 8th Grade East Coast Travelers who are fundraising for the trip – selling baked goodies, snacks and Earl’s Bentos too!  Also Waimea Middle School’s First Saturday Pop-Up “Waimea Reads!” Booth – a free book swap and reading aloud to keiki!  Please stop by!
  • WAIMEA TOWN MARKET: 7:30 a.m. – Noon at Parker School. Features locally grown and produced vegetables, fruit, herbs and freshly baked artisan breads, plus art, jewelry, spa products and more. Info:  Paul Johnson, pej1000@aol.com.
  • WAIMEA NUI FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Kuhio Hale (Hawaiian Homes Hall front lawn). Locally grown vegetables, fruit, plants, food, pickled items, arts and crafts.

WAIMEA ELEMENTARY THRIFT SHOP CHRISTMAS SALE:  8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All Christmas items on sale!  Located near the post office on school property – enter via the back gate or walk over from the Waimea Homestead Farmers Market.  Every penny raised here supports Waimea public school children.  All welcome.

FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ARTS & COLLECTIBLES: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sat., Dec. 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.

HAWAI’I-MADE ‘CRAFTY HANDS & GIFTS, TOO!’:  9 a.m.– 4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 5.  Thelma Parker Gym.  Featuring locally made items by dozens of island artisans.  Free and includes plate lunches and other food, plus lucky number drawing throughout the day.  Food donations suggested for Annunciation Pantry.  Christmas music too.  Info: Benita Salazar (960-9944).

‘WAIMEA ROCKS!’ – AN UPCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS FAIR WITH ALL-DAY ENTERTAINMENT, GIFTS AND ONO FOODS:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sat., Dec. 5.  KTA’s Waimea Center.  Holiday arts, crafts and gifts with 30+ sidewalk sale vendors combined with four hours of award-winning entertainment and food choices, hosted by Waimea’s and KAPA’s own Darde Gamayo.  Show begins at 10 a.m. with the Beamer-Solomon Halau O Po’ohala, followed at 11 a.m. by Silver Stars Side Kick Band, at noon by Christy Lassiter and friends, then at 1 p.m., Duane Yamada and Tani Kaneau, and concluding at 2 p.m. with Tai Shoji Taiko.  No charge, everyone invited and donations to the Big Island Giving Tree are the reason for this celebration!

HAWAI’I COUNTY BAND MINI-CONCERT:  3:15-4 p.m. at Parker Ranch Center!  Also, beginning at 3 p.m. while supplies last, PRC will be giving away blinking lighted necklaces – horses, hats or boots – for every $10 purchase at the center that day.

WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE FREE NATIVE TREE SEEDLINGS & HEIRLOOM HERB SEEDS  GIVEAWAY:  4-5:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 5. Front porch of Waimea’s historic Tax Office (aka Waimea Preservation Association headquarters) at the corner of Lindsey and Mamalahoa Highway (Waimea’s main intersection) next to Firehouse Gallery and Waimea Senior Center.  Native seedlings and heirloom herb seed packets are free but recipients must promise to plant and care for them to help WOC fulfill their mission to keep Waimea green and beautiful.  All welcome to stop by to pick up a seedling on a first come basis.

55th ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE: Sat., Dec. 5, 2015. 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. Theme: “Kold Kountry Christmas!”  As always, Waimea’s famous Christmas parade (the second oldest in Hawai’i) includes a Santa float, dozens of units representing Waimea keiki to kupuna including churches, schools, youth groups, community organizations, farms, ranches and businesses, plus a huge brigade of festively lighted trucks. As always, Santa has promised to again ride in our parade and afterwards, visit with keiki at Parker Ranch Center’s Fireside Food Court. Kahua Ranch’s Monty Richards has agreed to be this year’s Grand Marshall.  There’s still time to participate in the parade.  For information, call Parade Co-Chairs Lani Olsen-Chong (936-0670) and Kalae Kawamura (936-4376). Parade rules and application are also available online at www.bigthawaii.weebly.com.

Traffic Advisory – Road Closure: 5:30-6:45 p.m. Expect delays! 

  • Public Safety & Respecting the ‘Aina: Please watch keiki and stay on the curb – emergency vehicles may need to pass.  Absolutely no candy throwing.  Please respect the ‘aina – don’t park on landscaped areas at hospital & shopping centers, pick up rubbish and no tents on private property except for permitted food booths.
  • Lighted Trucks, Santa & Kupuna Floats: These are “signatures” of our Waimea parade.  We love our truckers but they can be noisy!  If noise is difficult for you or for infants, find a spot near the Church Row or Keck narrator stations; trucks are asked not to blow horns until they pass the hospital. Mahalo to NHCH staff and Brailey Pastorino for our annual Santa float!
  • Luas: Portaluas will be placed along the parade route.  On parade day, North Hawai’i Community Hospital is unable to provide public restrooms.
  • 9 Narrator Stations: The parade will begin on the east (Hamakua) end of historic Church Row Park and there will be a narrator station located there near New Hope Fellowship Church, and also mid-way on the south (soccer field) side of the highway facing Church Row Park – a great location for enjoying the parade, especially for those who are noise sensitive.  As always, there will also be narrator stations fronting Keck, Ace Hardware, Radio Shack, Hui Malama O La Na Oiwi’s offices (former Waimea Community Education building), Bank of Hawaii and on Lindsey Road near the Chevron Station, and at Parker School.
  • ‘Big Island Giving Tree’ & Bucket Brigade: All of our Waimea Christmas festivities both welcome the season and encourage community generosity to be sure no one is left out, so we support The Big Island Giving Tree. Suggested contributions include a check (payable to Big Island Giving Tree – fully tax deductible!), cash or a gift card from KTA, Foodland, Longs, Costco, Wal-Mart or local gas stations. BIGT now serves our community year-round and donations are welcome throughout the year.  All parade entries are required to contribute and also a brigade of volunteers will walk the parade route for BIGT donations beginning about 5:15 p.m.  Please be generous – our kupuna and families who have experienced hardship.  Absolutely no other organizations are permitted to collect donations along the parade route. (Note: The BIGT Bucket Brigade will be handing out trash bags to help keep Waimea green & beautiful – please bag and take trash with you!
  • SPONSORS & EVENT PARTNERS: Waimea Community Association, Waimea Center, Puna Plantation Hawai’i, Ltd., KTA SuperStores, Rotary Club of North Hawai’i, Rotary International, Big Island Giving Tree, Parker Ranch Center, Waimea’s beloved truckers, Around The Clock, North Hawai’i Community Hospital, Big Island Portables, Waimea Middle School, Parker School, Bank of Hawaii, BOH as Trustee of the Richard Smart Article 20 Trust, New Hope Christian Fellowship, Ace Hardware, W.M. Keck Observatory, Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope, Costco-Kona, Waimea Instant Printing, S&R Trucking, Lex Brodie, Mana Christian ‘Ohana and the County of Hawai’i (Department of Parks & Recreation & South Kohala Community Policing).

WINTER STARGAZING PARTY AFTER WAIMEA CHRISTMAS PARADE:  7-10 p.m., Sat., Dec. 5 at Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope’s Waimea headquarters. CFHT astronomers and members of the West Hawai’i Astronomy Club to host Open House and “Ask An Astronomer” talks.  Free and all invited – includes warm refreshments. Info: Mary Beth Laychak (885-3121).

PARKER RANCH CENTER’S ‘BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE’ FAMILY CELEBRATION:  Noon-4:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 6.  PRC’s Fireside Food Court.  Emcees Penny Vredenburg and Leighton Bell will welcome the community to enjoy entertainment and throughout the program, donations to the “Giving Tree” will be accepted (prefer gift cards or monetary donations – tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.)  Also, Santa will be there to take pictures with keiki; donations for photos may be made to the Waimea Lions and North Hawai’i Hospice.  Info:  Rhonda Bell (880-1984) or Nancy Carr Smith (896-2239).  All invited!  Entertainment includes:

  • Noon-12:45 p.m. – HPA Hand Bell Choir
  • 1-1:15 p.m. – Kona Keiki Taiko Drummers
  • 1:15-2;15 p.m. – Waimea Elementary School ‘Ukulele and Hula students
  • 2;15-2:45 p.m. – Sasha’s Dance Studio,
  • 2:45-3:15 p.m. – Waimea Middle School Band
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m. – Aulani’s Dance Studio
  • 3:45-4;15 p.m. – Te ‘E’a O Te Turama keiki Tahitian dancers

 

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Community Invited To Dengue Fever Informational Briefing

6 P.M., MON., NOV. 30, 2015 – WAIMEA SCHOOL CAFETERIA

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In response to an outbreak of Dengue Fever on Hawai’i Island, Waimea and North Hawai’i residents are invited to a Dengue Fever informational briefing at 6 p.m., Mon., Nov. 30, 2015 in Waimea School Cafeteria.  Guest speakers will include Darryl Oliveira, Hawai’i County Civil Defense Chief and Incident Command for the Hawai’i Island Dengue outbreak, and Department of Health representatives.

The briefing is being co-hosted by Waimea Community Association in partnership with Waimea Middle School, Waimea Elementary School, Kanu o Ka ’Aina public charter school, Hawai’i Preparatory Academy, Waimea Country School and Parker School.  There is no charge and everyone is urged to attend.

Dengue Fever is a virus that is transmitted by infected mosquitoes.  It is not transmitted directly from person to person. The most effective method of reducing the spread is to minimize or prevent the possibility of being bitten by an infected mosquito by wearing clothing that minimizes exposed skin, using mosquito repellant, and avoiding areas of high mosquito concentration during early morning and late afternoon periods when mosquitoes are most active.  Also, it is important to eliminate standing water around homes, schools and workplace.

If you think you have been infected with Dengue Fever, contact your doctor or a local health clinic and get medical care. Hamakua-Kohala Health, with offices in Honoka’a and Kapa’au, provides care regardless of whether or not you have health insurance year-round.

For additional information on Dengue Fever and preventing its spread, go to health.hawaii.gov or call the Department of Health at 974-6001 (Hilo) or 322-4880 (Kona).  Additional information about Dengue Fever also may be found at www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation and www.WaimeaMiddleSchool.org.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING TO EXPEDITE MAMALAHOA HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS IN WAIMEA: 6 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 3. Waimea School Cafeteria. Jas W. Glover Ltd., along with the State Department of Health, will hold this community meeting for a noise variance application to enable night work (8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Sundays thru Friday mornings, except holidays,) on needed Mamalahoa Highway improvements between Kamamalu Street and Iona Court (just east of The Fish and The Hog restaurant in the old Fukashima Store, and Minut Stop/’Ohana Fuels).  The meeting will focus exclusively on issues related to noise.  County-funded roadway improvements will include water lateral installations, reconstruction of the pavement and subgrade, and pavement resurfacing.  Night work has been proposed to reduce both in-town and through-town traffic, thereby minimizing congestion that impacts the entire community including schools, emergency services and businesses.  Night work will also accelerate project completion. The work will begin Jan. 5, 2016, and expected to be completed by the end of April, but if night work permitted, it could be several weeks sooner. All invited to meeting. Questions? Call David Sato (935-0871).

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SPECIAL TOWN MEETING RE: BLUE ZONES ‘BUILT ENVIRONMENT’ MOVE NATURALLY WORKSHOP

5-8 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 5, 2015. Waimea School Cafeteria.  All Waimea residents, community organizations, athletic groups, schools, landowners and business owners invited to a facilitated workshop about both how to enhance and support important existing community projects and new ones in the “built environment” – parks, trails, complete streets, etc. – as part of the North Hawai’i Blue Zones project to make healthier living and choices easier for all.  Two nationally recognized “built environment” planners with extensive Hawai’i experience – Dan Burden and Samantha Thomas – will lead the discussion.  All WCA meetings are free.  Because this will be a longer-than-usual town meeting, heavy yet healthy snacks will be provided along with cold drinks and steaming hot Starbucks coffee. As always, attendees urged to support Waimea Food Pantry with cash or checks.  Info: Patti Cook (937-2833).  If questions about the Blue Zones project, contact Carol Ignacio (938-8631).  More info: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.

 

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Educator/Paddler Amy Kendziorski Appointed Waimea Middle School Interim Principal

Waimea Middle School’s new Interim Principal Amy Kendziorski has been an outrigger canoe paddler ever since her first teaching assignment in Waianae 25 years ago. Today, she’s a regular with Waikoloa Canoe Club and was part of the 40s Women crew that completed the 18-mile Lili’uokalani Long Distance Race from Kailua-Kona to Pu’uhonua O Honaunau last Labor Day weekend.  So, “paddling together” is really second nature for her.

 

As she now becomes Interim Principal for Waimea Middle School for the remainder of the current year and the 2015-’16 school year, she is asking students, families, faculty, staff and community partners to “paddle together to achieve our school’s mission of empowering all students with the skills, values and cultural understanding to successfully navigate high school and beyond.”

 

Ms. K, as she is often called by students, has served as WMS’ Vice Principal for the past two years and worked closely with teachers and staff, including former Principal Matt Horne, and the all-volunteer Local Advisory Panel and WMS’ Local School Board, Ho’okako’o Corp., to successfully secure 6-year Accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

“Ever since my first teaching job in Waianae almost 25 years ago, I knew I wanted to return to Hawai’i Island to help all children succeed in school to prepare them to have real choices in life,” said Ms. Kendziorski. “All children deserve high quality education. We must not allow any excuses such as poverty, disability, language barriers or gender bias to get in their way.”

“Our Accreditation plan mandates all of us — our teachers, staff, families, Local School Board and community — to continually improve programs and services to ensure all students progress academically. I am excited about working with everyone to continue the progress we have made.”

An experienced school administrator who grew up in Wisconsin and who has 25 years’ experience in public education, Ms. Kendziorski began her teaching career at Waianae High School in 1990, where, in addition to teaching, she coached track and cross country and chaperoned three student trips to Kaho’olawe.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University. Career highlights include 13 years in Colorado’s Durango School District 9R, where she oversaw special education, alternative  education, health, safety and discipline for the 4,500-student district that included two high schools, a juvenile detention facility school, two middle schools and seven elementary schools.

Prior to that, she was Principal at Durango’s Escalante Middle School for five years. While there, she facilitated the school’s successful inclusion practices so that all students were learning and growing together.

Ms. Kendziorski is taking over school leadership for Principal Matt Horne, who said: “I hope every WMS student knows how much I have enjoyed working with them and on their behalf over the past three years, watching them grow personally and, most especially, academically, as they prepare for high school and beyond. I am so proud of their hard work and progress, and am grateful to our teachers, staff and our generous school partners for supporting each and every student.”

“We thank Ms. Kendziorski for helping WMS move forward,” said Ho’okako’o Corp. Board Chair Ann Botticelli.  For more information, go to www.WaimeaMiddleSchool.org or www.Hookakoo.org.

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Patti Cook (937-2833)

Waimea Middle School 

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Testimony regarding dedication of land from Parker Ranch for Waimea District Park

 March 28, 2015
DEDICATION OF LAND FROM PARKER RANCH FOR WAIMEA DISTRICT PARK
To : Chair Valerie Poindexter & Committee MembersAs you know, a commitment was made by Parker Ranch in 2002 to dedicate landsto the County of Hawai’i for public park and recreational purposes. This was partof a rezoning ordinance that recognized a serious shortage of public recreational facilities in the Waimea area that predated 2002 by many years. These lands that were set aside have been used for the Waimea Trails and Greenways project, as well as the proposed Waimea Regional District Park.

The Waimea community has, in the ensuing years, dedicated a tremendousamount of time to working with both the Ranch and County Parks and Rec staff toplan and design a long dreamed of District Park, and more recently, worked with the County Administration, Council, State Legislature and the Governor to secure authorization and release of matching funds for a master plan, and now construction of Phase 1. We sincerely thank everyone who has had a hand in keeping this moving forward, most notably community volunteers with Waimea Park Builders, which is led by Mel Macy.

The dedication of land by Parker Ranch and its trustees as addressed in Resolution No. 121 15 is a critical step to keep this project moving forward. We thank the Ranch for this contribution to our community’s wellbeing, and we urge quick action by this Committee and Council to accept this dedication.

Mahalo,

Patti Cook

President

 

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