Next Waimea Town Meeting:

Normally the first Thursday of every month at 5:15 p.m. Most often at Waimea School Cafeteria but please check below to confirm!

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 4, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Waimea School Cafeteria.

Everyone is invited to town meetings. A recent bylaw amendment changed the definition of membership so that it is no longer dependent on paying annual dues. Now, membership in the association includes all people or businesses who live, work or are involved in the Waimea community. We depend on contributions from community members, but those contributions, which can be any amount you care to donate, will no longer be called "dues." Contributions will support association programs such as this website and the annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade, which is always from 6-7 p.m. on the first Saturday of December.

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Sherm Warner

Patti Cook

Nancy Carr-Smith

Paul Johnston

Immediate Past President:
Bill Sanborn

John Edney
Wayne Higaki
Riley Smith

Our mailing address:

Waimea Community Association
P.O. Box 2655
Kamuela, HI 96743

Governor Abercrombie and Senator Ige will square off at Waimea Candidate Forum on Wednesday, July 23

 Neil Abercrombie and Senator David Ige, the leading candidates in the Primary race for governor, will appear side by side for the first time on Hawai’i Island on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The two veteran Democrats will field questions at an evening Gubernatorial Forum from 5-7 p.m. at the Waimea School cafeteria.

Everyone is invited to the free community event. It is the only gubernatorial forum scheduled on Hawai’i Island before the start of walk-in absentee voting on July 28.

There is keen interest in the forum, as the incumbent Governor and his State Senate challenger are locked in a tight Primary race.

The candidate forum is sponsored by the Waimea Community Association. Other co-hosts include Waimea’s Lalamilo Farmers, Friends of the Future, Tutu’s House, Mala’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School, North Hawai’i Rotary, Parker School, Waimea Town Market, Waimea Preservation Association, Coqui Free Waimea, Habitat for Humanity – West Hawai’i and Waimea Middle School.

The forum will be moderated by Hawai’i Island newswoman Sherry Bracken. She reports regularly on Big Island news and issues for statewide Hawai’i Public Radio. Bracken is also the Public Affairs Director for Mahalo Broadcasting and host of their Sunday interview show “Island Issues” for LAVA 105.3fm and KKOA 107.7fm.

Questions for the forum will primarily address issues impacting Hawai’i Island and will come from the co-sponsoring groups. The community is also invited to submit questions before 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 23. Questions may be emailed to Due to time constraints, not all questions will be addressed.

The forum will be taped by Big Island Video News and Na Leo ‘O Hawai’i Community Television for later viewing.

Both candidates have been invited to bring candidate literature to share with the public. However, no candidate signs or banners are permitted as the forum is a voter education event, not a rally.

As always at WCA Town Meetings, complimentary hot coffee will be provided by Starbucks and snacks will be provided by sponsoring groups. Also, as usual, attendees are urged to support the Waimea Food Pantry with donations. Cash, checks or non-perishable foods are welcome and receipts will be available.

For more information, go to, or call WCA President Sherman Warner (885-1725) or Patti Cook (937-2833).

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To encourage voting in the all-important August 9 Primary Election, when many races are expected to be effectively decided, Waimea Community Association (WCA) and more than a dozen other community groups are collaborating to co-host two candidate forums in coming weeks. Both will be from 5-7 p.m. in Waimea School Cafeteria, and all residents are encouraged to participate.

Co-sponsoring groups confirmed to date include WCA, Lalamilo Farmers, Friends of the Future, Tutu’s House, Mala’ai School Garden, North Hawai’i Rotary, Parker School, Waimea Town Market, Waimea Preservation Association and Waimea Middle School.
Both forums will be facilitated by Hawai’i Island news woman Sherry Bracken with Hawai’i Public Radio and LAVA 105.3fm and KKOA 107.7fm.

Forums include:

Thurs., July 17: Will spotlight three important district races – the newly established Senate District 4 (North Kona to North Kohala including Waikoloa, Puako and Kawaihae, Waimea and Hamakua to North Hilo), and County Council District 1 (east Waimea-Hamakua) and District 9 (west side of Waimea-North Kohala-Kawaihae-Puako-Waikoloa).

Candidates in the Senate Dist. 4 race who are confirmed include Lorraine Inouye and Malama Solomon.

Candidates in the Council Dist. 1 race who have been invited include Larry Gering and Val Poindexter (confirmed).

Candidates in the Council Dist. 9 race who are confirmed include Ronald Gonzales, Oliver “Sonny” Shimaoka and Margaret Wille.

This forum will begin with introductions and rapid-fire questions and answers, and then shift to a “speed dating” format with candidates moving from group to group around the room for an up close and personal talk to address attendees’ priorities.

Wed., July 23: Will spotlight the two top contenders in the August 9 State Gubernatorial Democratic Party Primary Election. Both Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Sen. David Ige are confirmed. The forum will begin with introductions and then Q&A facilitated by Sherry Bracken, incorporating questions suggested by co-sponsoring groups as well as those submitted in writing by those inattendance. Candidates at both events are invited to bring literature and other information about why they are seeking public office, however, no candidate signs or banners — please, this is a voter education event, not a rally. As always at WCA Town Meetings, hot coffee will be provided by Starbucks and food will be provided by sponsoring groups.

Also, as always at WCA meetings, attendees are urged to support the Waimea Food Pantry with cash or checks (receipts available) or non-perishable food donations.  For more information, go to, or call WCA President Sherman Warner (885-1725) or Patti Cook (937-2833).


May 1 Waimea Community Association town meeting

Hear about “eye-opening” introduction to rural health
as part of UH School of Medicine program
to recruit/retain physicians for Waimea
Recruiting and retaining physicians for rural communities such as Waimea is a huge challenge, so a pilot program to address this will be a part of Waimea Community Association’s Town Meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in Waimea School Cafeteria.
Special guest will be Mark Pilar, a third year medical student who was brought to Waimea for a six-month clinical rotation to learn about and experience “rural medicine” as part of the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s (JABSOM’s) North Hawai’i Medical Education Program. The experience, says Mark, has “put a very real face on the problem.”
After several months of working here in Waimea under the supervision of a number of community physicians across a variety of medical specialties, Mark says that the experience is very different from downtown Honolulu and other major urban centers, but it hasn’t scared him away.
“I am interested in primary care with a focus on internal medicine and psychiatry, and-although an Oahu boy-I see myself moving to the Big Island in the future. This six-month experience in Waimea has reaffirmed my desire to pursue rural medicine on the Big Island and sparked an interest in public health so I can also help plan healthcare services in areas like North Hawai’i.”
As always, everyone is invited to all WCA Town Meetings, and there is no charge, though donations are always welcome to support association activities.
Also on the May 1 Town Meeting Agenda will be:
  • An update on Pohakuloa Training Area by Commander Eric P. “Tubby” Shwedo,
  • A briefing on American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Hawai’i capital campaign to build a home-away-from-home in downtown Honolulu for patients/caregivers to stay free of charge when undergoing treatment,
  • A report on the newly established Waimea Canine Task Force, and
  • A preview of the 7th Annual Hawai’i Horse Expo set for August 23-24 at Paniolo Preservation Society’s Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables.
As always at WCA town meetings, food pantry donations are suggested. Attendees are urged to either bring non-perishable food items or contribute via cash or check. Checks may be payable directly to the food pantry so the donation is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. To support our local Food Pantry, in addition to cash and checks (receipts available), KTA Sav-a-Tape receipts and Foodland Maika’i Rewards, extra produce such as citrus, greens or avocados are welcome. If residents are unable to attend the WCA Town Meeting, donations to the food pantry may be delivered to Annunciation Church office during business hours.
For information, call WCA President Sherm Warner (885-1725) or go to
To learn more about JABSOM’s program to train future physicians in Waimea, email Elaine Evans at  or call 808-692-0991.
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Introduction of New North Hawai’i Community Hospital Acting President to top Waimea Community Association Town Meeting agenda Thursday, February 6, 2014

 The new affiliation between Queen’s Health Systems and North Hawai’i Community Hospital that officially began January 15, 2014 included naming Kenneth D. Graham, MPH, RHIA, FACHE as Acting President of North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH). Graham will be introduced to the community by Queen’s Health Systems President Art Ushijima at the Waimea Community Association Town Meeting at 5:15 p.m., Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Waimea School Cafeteria.

Graham previously served as System Integration Advisor in the Office of Queen’s CEO Ushijima, supporting hospital planning, clinical integration, corporate alignment, and neighbor-island health. He also provided team support for activation of The Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu and the affiliation with NHCH. He is the former President and CEO of El Camino Hospital, a 542 bed district owned not-for-profit hospital, located on two campuses in the heart of Silicon Valley. Under his leadership, El Camino was named “the most technologically advanced hospital in the world” by Popular Science Magazine in December 2009.

As always, everyone is invited to all WCA Town Meetings, and there is no charge, though donations are always welcome to support association activities.

Also on the Feb. 6 Town Meeting Agenda will be:

    • An emergency preparedness briefing by the County Civil Defense Director;
    • A briefing on County Council business by Council members Margaret Wille (Dist. 9) and Valerie Poindexter (Dist. 1);
    • A presentation about Ho’oNani Place, a senior day care program here in Waimea that is planning to add live-in services;
    • An introduction of new-to-Waimea cardiologist Lawrence Derbes, M.D., who is sponsoring a “Food Is Powerful” nutrition lecture Feb. 28 at Kahilu Town Hall;
    • An update on bi-weekly backyard composting workshops here in Waimea;
    • An announcement about vacancies on the County CDP Action Committee; and
    • A preview of the 2nd Annual ‘Pride In Hawaiian Arts’ all-day culture and arts festival Feb. 22 at Kahilu Town Hall sponsored by the Royal Order of Kamehameha Moku O KohalaAs always at WCA Town Meetings, food pantry donations are suggested.

Attendees are urged to bring either non-perishable food items or contribute via cash or check. Checks may be payable directly to the food pantry so the donation is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. To support our local Food Pantry, in addition to cash and checks (receipts available), KTA Sav-a-Tape receipts and Foodland Maika’i Rewards and any extra produce such as citrus, greens or  avocados are welcome. If residents are unable to attend the WCA Town Meeting, donations to the food pantry may be delivered to Annunciation Church office during business hours.

For information, call WCA President Sherman Warner (885-1725) or Vice President Patti Cook (937-2833), or go to


Waimea Community Association Town Meeting Thu., Jan. 9, 2014 To Discuss New Queen’s Health System Affiliation with North Hawai’i Hospital and 2014 Legislative Priorities

The recently formalized affiliation of Queen’s Health Systems and North Hawai’i Community Hospital and preparation to support priority community projects during the 2014 State Legislature will top Waimea Community Association’s Town Meeting agenda from 5:15-7 p.m., Thu., Jan. 9, 2014 in Waimea School Cafeteria.

As always, everyone is invited to all WCA Town Meetings, and there is no charge, though donations are always welcome to support association activities.

First on the agenda will be an update by Queen’s Health Systems’ CEO Art Ushijima about the recently confirmed affiliation with NHCH, a partnership that has been strongly encouraged by many residents in the North Hawai’i community during a recent series of well-attended public meetings.

Next on the agenda will be a brief overview by Sen. Malama Solomon and Rep. Cindy Evans of the 2014 Legislative session that will begin Wed., Jan. 15, 2014 (see the 2014 Legislative calendar here). Then, about ten community projects or concerns ranging from public education to agricultural self reliance, and from public infrastructure to recreational health-wellness facilities will be discussed. To ensure the community knows about how best to communicate support for these projects and programs to the Legislature, former Waimea State Rep. David Tarnas will review how to be an effective “citizen advocate.”  This will include how to use the Legislature’s Public Access Room services and also the still-new, widely praised Legislative website.

Also on the agenda will be the annual WCA election of officers. Because it’s an “even numbered year,” positions up for election are WCA President and Vice President.  A nominating committee was appointed, as required by WCA ByLaws, and at the November 2013 Town Meeting proposed re-election of Sherman Warner as President and Patti Cook as Vice President. No additional  nominations were received from the floor, so, as prescribed by the ByLaws, nominations were closed, and the election is set for the January Town Meeting. Everyone present may vote in WCA elections.

As always at WCA Town Meetings, food pantry donations are suggested. Attendees are urged to either bring non-perishable food items or contribute via cash or check. Checks may be payable directly to the food pantry, so the donation is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. To support our local Food Pantry, in addition to cash and checks (receipts available), KTA Sav-a-Tape receipts and Foodland Maika’i Rewards and any extra produce such as citrus, greens or avocados are welcome. If residents are unable to attend the WCA Town Meeting, donations to the food pantry may be delivered to Annunciation Church office during business hours.

For information, call WCA President Sherman Warner (885-1725) or Patti Cook (937-2833).

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53rd Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade to honor loved ones, support ‘Big Island Giving Tree’

Photo courtesy of Sherm Warner

Photo courtesy of Sherm Warner

Santa in a lighted sleigh. Open-air sampan-like buses from Kohala Ditch Adventures carrying a most precious cargo of nearly two dozen Waimea kupuna as the collective Grand Marshalls. A huge brigade of fancifully decorated rigs honoring a beloved fallen trucker and community friend, Kurt Okada.  Dozens of walking and marching units handing out goodies including Waimea Outdoor Circle volunteers who will again give away 1,000 baby trees that recipients must promise to plant and care for. A chugging choo-choo train carrying smiling children and a cement mixer and fancy “honeywagon” covered with twinkling lights.

These are just some of the sights, sounds and pleasures in store for spectators at the 53rd Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade at 5:15 p.m., Saturday, December 7, 2013.

Everyone is invited from communities all around the island to the twilight parade. There is no charge, but all are asked to please contribute to the “Big Island Giving Tree” — a grassroots, all-volunteer community project to help perpetuate the legacy of late Parker Ranch owner Richard Smart, who personally made sure no one was forgotten for the holidays.

The “Big Island Giving Tree” (BIGT) helps individuals and families in need, makes sure everyone is remembered and targets those not served by others. Applicants and recommendations are  welcome, now through December 11. All recipients will be screened, and all donations will stay on this island and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law, thanks to a partnership with the Christopher Nance Children’s Foundation, a local not-for-profit that supports this program at no cost. Applications for assistance are available here.

To fulfill the “Big Island Giving Tree” mission, this year’s parade is themed, “Lucky 7!,” to encourage all to donate seven necessities — anything from baby diapers and personal hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, bath soap, laundry detergent, shampoos, even toilet paper, etc.) to rice and non-perishable foods, especially proteins such as Spam and tuna. Also most welcome are gift cards and Save-a-Tape receipts from KTA and Foodland and gift certificates redeemable at local farmers markets, gas stations and other local businesses, including Costco.

There are many opportunities to contribute, beginning with the opening of a “Big Island Giving Tree” pop-up store in Parker Ranch Center (next to Village Burger) from Thursday, December 5, through Dec. 20. Also, there are many other ways to help, including adopting a family, holding a food, toy or gifts drive at a work place, school, church or neighborhood. For more information about the “Big Island Giving Tree,” call Rhonda Bell (880-1984) or Nancy Carr Smith (896-2239). For parade applications, rules, etc., click here or call Lani Olsen-Chong (936-0670).


With the focus on caring for others, there are more than a dozen events planned over the next two weeks in Waimea to welcome the holidays and celebrate with family and friends, including:

  • 4th Annual “Big Island Giving Tree” Tree Lighting:  6-8 p.m., Thursday, December 5 on Parker School grounds. Festivities begin under a beautiful new tent with entertainment by Brandon Gomez and Laulima with emcee Darde Gamayo, followed by Allen “Uku” Lindsey talking-story about Waimea Christmases Past, then Christmas caroling with Melissa Samura and Ginger Bertelmann. It’s free and family-friendly, and hot saimin, chili ‘n rice, cocoa, coffee and desserts will be available. This gathering officially launches the annual collection of BIGT donations and will conclude with lighting of the giant Norfolk Pine next to Parker School’s historic Barbara Hall. It’s an outdoor event so participants should dress warmly. Seating will be provided.
  • Collectibles Show in Waimea’s Historic Spencer House:  10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, December 6-7, will feature 30+ vendors of collectibles, antique and vintage jewelry, Hawaiiana, Oriental finds including a Korean tonsu, traditional Hawaiian weaponry and contemporary carvings of native hardwoods by Mel Hewitt, and more.
  • Parker Ranch’s Annual Giant Cooke Pine Tree Lighting at Historic Pu’uopelu:  5-7 p.m., Friday, December 6. It’s free, but non-perishable food donations are suggested to contribute to the Boy Scout’s food drive.
  • 1st Annual Kahilu Theatre Masquerade Ball:  6 p.m., Friday, December 6 at Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Grand Ballroom.  Featuring Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook.” Feinstein has performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House and Buckingham Palace. While costumes are optional, “Gatsby Glam” is suggested, and proceeds from the affair will helping sustain Kahilu Theatre including youth arts. For tickets and details, go to or call 885-6868.
  • First Saturday Flea Market, Arts & Collectibles:  8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, December 7, at New Hope Gym. A free indoor market that schools, P&R teams, groups, organizations and individuals utilize to raise funds for themselves and also to contribute to the Gymnasium Improvement Fund. Great treasure hunting and all are welcome.
  • Waimea Seniors’ Christmas Bazaar:  9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, December 7 at Waimea Senior Center, next to Firehouse Gallery. Will feature handcrafted Christmas gifts, baked goods, jams/jellies, baked goods, plants, sushi and a second hand store.
  • Firehouse Gallery’s 5th Annual Affordable Art Exhibit & Sale:  9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, December 7.  Featuring local artists’ pieces priced under $250.
  • 40+ Christmas Crafters At Parker Ranch Center & Visits With Santa:  Crafters all day Saturday, December 7, 8, 14 & 21. Santa visits and photos from noon to 3 p.m. Photos are free, but a donation is encouraged to Waimea Lions Club and North Hawai’i Hospice to thank the volunteers who coordinate this. Info: Frank Zablan (960-2548). “Big Island Giving Tree” store (next to Village Burger) open noon-6 to accept donations from December 5-20.
  • ‘Waimea Rocks!” – An Upcountry Christmas Fair With All-Day Entertainment, Gifts & Foods:  10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, December 7. KTA’s Waimea Center.  30+ crafters and food choices, plus continuous entertainment hosted by Waimea’s own Penny Keli’i Vredenburg. Will begin with award-winning haumana and kupuna of the Beamer-Solomon Halau O Po’ohala at 10 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. by Nino Ka’ai, noon with Kahula o Nawahine, 1 p.m. with Darlene Ahuna and Duane Yamada, 2 p.m. with Kevin Haleamau and will conclude at 3 p.m. with the foot-stomping culturally stunning Taishoji Taiko – Hilo Ensemble with 10 drummers. No charge and everyone invited though donations to the “Big Island Giving Tree” are the reason for this all. Volunteers will be on hand to accept contributions
  • ‘Crafty Hands & Gifts, Too!’ 10 a.m.– 4 p.m., Saturday, December 7. 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.
  • Halau Waiau ‘Christmas Calabash’ at Kahilu Theatre:  2 p.m., Saturday, December 7. This halau, under the direction of Liana L. Aviero and Keikilani Curnan, is an offshoot of Halau Hula Ka No’eau, and these two kumu studied under Master Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang. They will present a calabash filled with hula, fun and “favorite things” by 80 haumana (students).  Tickets $15/adults; $8/child or student.
  • 53rd Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade:  5:15-6:45 p.m.

8 Narrator Stations:  For a second year, the parade begins on the east (Hamakua) end of historic Church Row Park — not the west end as in the past. A narrator station will be located this year mid-way on the south (soccer field) side of the highway facing Church Row Park – a great new addition for enjoying the parade, especially for those who are noise sensitive. As always, there will also be narrator stations fronting Keck, Ace, Radio Shack, Waimea Community Education, Bank of Hawaii and on Lindsey Road — at Shell Gas Station and Parker School.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY — Road Closure: 5:15-6:45 p.m. Expect delays as only emergency vehicles will be able to pass through town center during the parade.

Public Safety & Respecting the ‘Aina: Please watch keiki and stay on the curb; emergency vehicles may need to pass. No candy throwing. Please do not park on landscaped areas at the hospital & shopping centers, pick up rubbish and no tents on private property except for permitted food booths.

Lighted Trucks & Santa Float: These are “signatures” of our Waimea parade. This year’s brigade honors the memory of most generous and respected community contributor, the late Kurt Okada. 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 have passed the hospital.

Ono Foods Along Parade Route will benefit Waimea educational programs and support the Giving Tree!  (Prior permission a must and all spaces booked.)

  •  HOT SAIMIN & HOT COCOA at Historic Spencer House, served by Kamehameha School’s West Hawai’i Association of Teachers and Parents.
  • FRIED BEEF TACOS & WATER at Bank of Hawaii corner, served by Waimea Middle School Leadership Students.
  • STEAK ‘N CHEESE SANDWICHES & CORN CHOWDER at Waimea Community Education, served by Hamakua Cougars Pop Warner Team.
  • KANA’E’S ONO BOX LUNCHES at Shell Station corner.
  • BURGERS, HOT DOGS, BEVERAGES & TREATS, served by Parker School ‘ohana on front lawn.

“Giving Tree” Bucket Brigade:  Volunteers to walk from both ends of the parade route for BIGT donations beginning at 5:15 p.m. No other organizations permitted to do this. Please kokua!

Luas:  Portaluas will be placed along the parade route.  On parade day, North Hawai’i Community Hospital is unable to provide public restrooms.

SPONSORS & EVENT PARTNERS:  Waimea Community Association, Waimea Center, Puna Plantation Hawai’i, Ltd., KTA SuperStores, Rotary Club of North Hawai’i, Rotary International, Parker Ranch Center, Waimea’s beloved truckers, Around The Clock, North Hawai’i Community Hospital, Big Island Portables, W.M. Keck Observatory, Waimea Instant Printing, Securitas, Waimea Outdoor Circle, S&R Trucking, Waimea Middle School, Parker School, Parker School Trust Corp. DBA Waimea Community Education, American Savings Bank, New Hope Christian Fellowship, Ace Hardware, ATV Outfitters/Kohala Ditch Adventures, John Allen Sign Co. and the County of Hawai’i (Department of Parks & Recreation & South Kohala Community Policing).

Winter Stargazing Party After Parade:  7-10 p.m. 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” tours.  Free including coffee, hot chocolate & marshmallow roasting. Info: 885-7944.

Parker Ranch Center’s “Big Island Giving Tree” Celebration:  Noon-3 p.m., Sun., Dec. 8.  PRC’s Fireside Food Court.  Emcee Penny Keli’i Vredenburg will welcome community to enjoy entertainment including the HPA Hand Bell Choir (noon-12:45 p.m.), Waikoloa Dance Company with keiki hip hop at 1 p.m.; Aulani’s Hula Halau at 2 p.m.  Throughout the program, donations to the “Giving Tree” will be accepted. There will also be visits and pictures with Santa, taken by the Waimea Lions and North Hawai’i Hospice.

“Big Island Giving Tree” pop-up store (next to Village Burger):  Noon-6 p.m. through Dec. 20 to accept donations.  Info:  Rhonda Bell (880-1984) or Nancy Carr Smith (896-2239).

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DHHL Project Work To Impact Waimea Traffic

The State Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is advising the Waimea community and motorists of plans to begin work on Kawaihae Road Improvements at South Kōhala Distribution Road in the vicinity of Lālāmilo Housing Phase 2A, Increment 1.

DHHL Contractor Goodfellow Bros., Inc. (GBI) is planning to begin construction in mid-November on the South Kōhala Distribution Road (SKDR) and on the SKDR/Kawaihae Road intersection. GBI currently plans to close one lane during construction on South Kōhala Distribution Road, and one lane during construction on Kawaihae Road.

Project work will be performed in two phases:

Phase 1 will begin shortly and last for four weeks. During this phase, work will be done to install water facilities and improvements, including water lines, manholes, boxes, and meters in the area. Work will impact both Kawaihae Road and South Kōhala Distribution Road. The majority of the work will be on South Kōhala Distribution Road and includes two nights of work in the Kawaihae Road/SKDR intersection. Water shut-off will also be required on two nights during the Kawaihae Road/SKDR intersection work.

Phase 2 will last 12 weeks. Work on this phase includes grading, paving, and constructing drainage and other roadway improvements. Work will impact both Kawaihae Road and South Kōhala Distribution Road.

Construction on these phases of the project will extend from mid Nov. 2013 to the end of Mar. 2014. Total construction time of this work is estimated at 16 weeks.

Click this link for a project information sheet with further information and maps of the project area.

DHHL Project Manager:
Jeffrey Fujimoto
(808) 620-9274


Media Contact:
Punialoha Chee
Public Information Officer
(808) 620-9591






Due to the continuing dry weather conditions, the Department of Water Supply is declaring the affected area under WATER RESTRICTION effective immediately. Listed are some ways to conserve water and reach the 25% goal:

• Wash full loads of laundry or dishes at a time.
• Check faucets and pipes for leaks.
• Serve drinking water only when requested.
• Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator.
• Do not let the faucet run unnecessarily.
• When bathing, use water only to wet and rinse off.
• Do not fill up the bathtub.
• Use a glass to rinse when brushing your teeth.
• Do not flush toilets unnecessarily.
• Stop lawn sprinkling.
• Stop car and boat washing.
• Stop dust control watering.
• Use drinking water wisely.

All agricultural users should keep water usage to a minimum. Irrigate only at night from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. This measure will reduce water loss due to evaporation and minimize water system drain during peak demand.

For more information, please contact Mr. Daryl Ikeda at 961-8790.




Kahilu Theatre hosts the 11th Annual Waimea Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute

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The Kahilu Theatre is delighted to bring back a favorite Waimea event – the Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Institute will run from Thursday November 14 to Sunday November 17, 2013.  The institute features public concerts, both free and ticketed, schools shows, workshops, master classes, movies and more.  The Institute is a meeting place for artists and our passionate audience of Hawaiian music.

On Thursday November 14 at 6pm, the Kanikapila offers a fun night filled with music, and a chance for advance and beginner players to come up on stage and jam with the artists.  Open to all ages and levels of musicians, and for those who just want to listen.  The Kanikapila is free to all, KAPA Radio will be broadcasting live from the lobby, and there’s a free draw to win a Kala Ukulele.

On Friday November 15 at 7pm, Slack key master Ledward Kaapana will headline and 12-string guitarist and singer Mike Kaawa will join him for some of their stunning duets. The legendary Reverend Dennis Kamakahi will perform a rare solo set highlighting many of the most beloved songs he has composed over the past four decades. Waimea’s very own, slack key masterSonny Lim will open with a multi-generational group of talented family and friends.

A night of great traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music is in store for Saturday November 16 at 7pm, with the legendary Cyril Pahinui and his trio making their Kahilu debut. Back by popular demand, multiple Hoku winners Nathan Aweau and Jeff Peterson will combine forces for some powerful duets. They’ll also share some solos and join jazz ‘ukulele virtuoso Benny Chong for some rousing trios sure to lift the roof off the building. Peter Moon Jr and Jeff Au Hoy will join in the finale.  As always with the evening concerts at the Waimea ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute, the artists are given maximum freedom to play what they want with whomever they want, so expect lots of exciting and unique combinations as these virtuoso performers honor a musical tradition that has its roots right here in Waimea

Cyril Pahinui played on all five of Gabby’s ground breaking albums, then formed and played with The Sunday Manoa, The Sandwich Isle Band, The Peter Moon Band, The Pahinui Brothers, and finally went solo – his numerous  recordings have won him Grammy nominations and wins, several Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, and an ever growing devoted audience.

Ledward Ka`apana’s mastery of slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone and leo ki`eki`e voices, have made him a musical legend. He has been thrilling audiences for more than 40 years. With easy-going style and kolohe charm, he has built a loyal corps of Led Heads from Brussels to his birthplace here on the Big Island of Hawaii. Recognition by his peers has earned Led 4 Grammy nominations in his own right and 2 wins on slack key compilations.

For both Friday and Saturday night concerts tickets are $20 to $64, available in advance from the Theatre’s new website  Public can also drop in at the theatre or call the box office from 9am to 12noon, at (808) 885-6868.

On Saturday November 16 during the day workshops will be offered in ‘ukulele and slack key guitar, at 10am and 12noon, for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.  Each two hour workshop costs $30, which includes a T-shirt.  Full time students will be asked to pay just $5.  At 2pm there will be a free screening of the movie “Let’s Play Music!”, a celebration of Gabby “Pops” Pahinui produced by `Oiwi Television Network  .

In addition to the public shows detailed, Kahilu is planning many school visits with the renowned artists, including trips to Waimea Elementary, Waikoloa School, Kanu Middle and High, Lapahoehoe High and Elementary, Hawaii Pacific Academy, Honoka`a High School, Paauilo Elementary and Intermediate, Parker School, and both Kohala Elementary and Kohala High.  On Friday morning the Theatre also hosts a full schools concert (which is almost sold out, with over 450 school children and teachers confirmed).

On Sunday November 17 at 1pm there will be a final jam on stage – Na Mele o Hawaii.  A rare chance to see all the artists of the weekend playing together, this concert is intimate and the music is played from the heart.  This final concert is also free.

The 11th Annual Waimea Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Institute is supported by Herb and Sunny Aston, Tom and Marsha Kerley, and by the County of Hawaii through the HTA Community Product Enrichment Program.


Community invited to traditional blessing for ‘A New Beginning’ at Waimea’s 160-year-old Spencer House this Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013

Spencer House & quilt

Friends of Waimea’s Historic Spencer House and Waimea Preservation Association are inviting the community to a traditional Hawaiian blessing at 3 p.m., Sun., Nov. 3, 2013 to begin a new chapter in the life of one of the region’s most historically significant architectural icons.

The 160-year-old Spencer House – located town center next to McDonalds in Waimea Center – has been the focus of a grassroots community effort “to bring life to this magnificent icon of Waimea days gone by after having sat empty for nearly three years,” said project lead Paul Johnston.

“Thanks to the generosity of our island ’ohana, we have raised over $50,000 in pledges, the lease has been signed and plans are underway to chart a new beginning for use by the community of this 20+-room home,” he said.

“Sunday’s gathering symbolizes the collaborative efforts of our project team, members of the Spencer ‘ohana and the wider community to make this vision a possibility for ourselves and, most importantly, generations to come as we “Preserve Waimea’s Past and Build Its Future” he said.

The program Sunday will begin with a brief welcome and traditional ‘oki piko with maile lei blessing by Danny Kaniela Akaka.  Then, everyone will be invited to peek inside to see how much has been accomplished, including complete interior re-painting courtesy of 50 volunteers from  Hilton Grand Vacations Club with paint donated by Sherwin Williams. An ‘Ukulele Jam” (bring an ‘uke if you play and your voice if you sing) and Tropical Dreams Ice Cream concludes the gathering.

“As you walk through the home on Sunday and marvel at its gracious beauty, and as you ponder all that has happened within and outside these walls throughout the past 16 decades, we hope you will sense our excitement about all the possibilities that lie ahead, including a Welcome Center, Community Gathering Place for events, celebrations, meetings and offices, and an Innovation Center/Open Office,” said Johnston.

“Also, we still welcome help.  We are most in need of furnishings, lighting fixtures and holiday decorations. Please contact us if you have something to contribute,” said Johnston.  For information about historic Spencer House, including plans for moving forward, call Paul Johnston (938-4540) or email: or find them on Facebook.

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