Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2017

2017 LEGISLATIVE OVERVIEW @ WCA TOWN MEETING PLUS WMS STEAM BUILDING SNEAK-PEAK: Thurs., March 2, 5:15-7 p.m. at Waimea School Cafeteria. North Hawai’i State Senator (District 4) Lorraine Inouye and North/South Kohala State Rep. (District 7) Cindy Evans will provide an overview of the current legislative session, discuss their priorities and be available for Q&A. In addition, attendees are invited to come early that afternoon - 4:30-5:15 p.m. for a sneak peek walk-through of Waimea Middle School’s still-under-construction $16 million, 9-classroom STEAM Building, which is envisioned as “a hub for STEAM teaching and learning for Waimea.” If participating in the walk-thru, please park near the building on the south side of campus (please drive with extreme caution on campus) or walk back to the building from the school cafeteria parking lot for tour. Closed shoes recommended, please. All invited; no charge to attend town meetings.

2017 WCA TOWN MEETING SCHEDULE: 5:15-7 p.m., Thursdays in Waimea School Cafeteria (unless notified):
April 6
May 4
June 1
July 6 (might be moved to avoid holiday)
August 3
Sept. 7
Oct. 5
Nov. 2
December (often cancelled due to Christmas parade sponsorship so TBD)

Community Calendar

From February 5, 2017 and beyond.

To include events, please email cookshi@aol.com as early as possible.

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS

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MAHALO to everyone who contributed to and participated in the 24th Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival!   It was a memorable day – celebrating our rich multi-cultural heritage and this beautiful community!  Mark your calendar now for next year’s festival:  Sat., Feb. 3, 2018!  

EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS:  MĀMALAHOA HWY RESURFACING – IONA COURT TO MANA ROAD:  Now to about Fri., Feb. 3. The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works Highways Division will begin resurfacing work from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, weather and construction conditions permitting.  Motorists advised to expect delays and drive with caution as heavy vehicles will be in the work zone.  Alternating lane closures will be in effect and at a minimum, one lane of travel (for two way traffic) will be provided at all times through the construction area.  Special off-duty police officers will be posted in the area to facilitate traffic movement. Questions or concerns:  Barett Otani (961-8787).

COQUI FREE WAIMEA WILL SOON CEASE TO BE A PROGRAM OF THE KOHALA CENTER:  Due to limited funding and staff capacity, TKC unable to continue this. Citric acid is still be available for pickup at The Kohala Center for a limited time, Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  TKC hopes to see this community effort continue. If you have any information about a professional contractor and/or nonprofit group willing to help in eradicating coqui frogs in Waimea, please contact TKC at info@kohalacenter.org or 808-887-6411.  Information on how to catch or spray for Coqui Frogs can be found at: http://coquifreewaimea.org/ 

INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS ON TREATING FIRE ANTS:  The Big Island Invasive Species Council (BIISC) is offering Community Information Sessions (CIS) to share specific strategies to treat little fire ants on private property.  BIISC will assist meeting organizers w/ preparing for the session, and will provide flyers and online materials to help get the word out to the community.  CIS’s are packed with perks, including gift cards and giveaways, and are a great way for neighbors to come together to find solutions. Info: email BIISC at biisc@hawaii.edu or call 933-3340.

30th ANNUAL HAWAI’I WOOD GUILD SHOW AT ISAACS ART CENTER:  Now thru Feb. 26.  Features the finest in island wood working and inspiring surprises, including illusionistic designs carved on calabashes, murals that combine painted landscapes with lustrous wood tones, and remarkable pieces that require close inspection and reflection, such as a Hawaiian Star Compass, Shape Shifters, Prayer Wheel, Back to the Garden, ʻOhana, and The Queenʻs Song, honoring Queen Liliuokalaniʻs passion for composing mele. Other highlights include a stunning demilune table and curly koa headboard, and an outstanding array of bowls, vases, boxes, clocks, and other functional art pieces.  A juried show co-sponsored by the Hawai’i Forest Industry, it celebrates the outstanding skills of Big Island wood artists.  All items available for purchase and 25% of sale proceeds support the HPA financial aid program. Exhibit is free and open to the public.  Each Saturday during the show, a member of the guild will be at the gallery to talk story with visitors.

WAIMEA’S BUSINESS 1ST MONTHLY PAU HANA:  5-7 p.m., Tues., Feb. 7, 2017.  Luna restaurant – Waimea Center.  Everyone welcome. No reservation required and it’s no-host.  5-5:30 p.m. Meet & Greet; 5:30-6:30 Informal Round Table – everyone given an opportunity to talk about his or her business or organization or project, pass out business cards and brochures and share latest news.  4 minutes max each. 6:30-7 p.m. follow-up and networking.  Co-sponsored by The Rotary Club of North Hawaii and KonaKohala Chamber of Commerce. Membership not required to attend.

LEARN ABOUT NEW HAWAI’I COMMUNITY COLLEGE VETERINARY ASSISTING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM:  5:30-6:30 p.m., Tues., Feb. 7, 2017 at either HCC campus at Palamanui (Room A101) or Hilo in the Manono Building 379A  Room 6A.  Windward Community College is offering this from August 2017 through May 2018 to provide basic knowledge and skills required to perform effectively as an assistant in a veterinarian’s office, animal shelter or animal research facility. The 2-semester, 31-credit hybrid program includes online coursework in the life sciences, as well as hands-on experience through labs and internships at local veterinary clinics.  This free information session will cover curriculum and requirements.  No RSVP, just come.  More info:  http://https://windward.hawaii.edu/Veterinary_Studies/vetadec/hawaii/

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8th INTERNATIONAL BEACHCOMBING CONFERENCE:  Feb. 8-12, 2017 at Anna Ranch.  The only Conference of its kind in the world, it comes to Waimea one last time.  Learn beachcomb tips and techniques from experienced guides, and the science and history behind treasures on the shore from award-winning authors and leading experts in archaeology, volcanology, sea glass, coastal conservation, Niihau shell lei making and Big island history.  Hands-on activities include beachcomb expeditions and sea glass jewelry classes. Family-style meals catered by Red Water Cafe and the Happy Noodle.  Must pre-register to attend.  There is a charge. Big island residents receive a 30% Kamaaina discount.  Info and to register:  www.thebeachcombingconference.com or email:
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WAIMEA TOASTMASTERS MEETING: 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 8 & 22, and the 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.

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WAIMEA FAMILIES INVITED TO WORKSHOP ON ‘SOCIAL MEDIA, MEDIA, AND SEX: OPPORTUNITIES, SOLUTIONS & CHALLENGES FACING KIDS AND TEENS AND WHAT PARENTS CAN DO’: 6:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 8, 2017.  HPAʻs Gates Performing Arts Center.  Free.  Featuring Justine Finn in a free interactive workshop open to the entire community.  Will explore how parents can guide, empower and mentor their children to engage in healthy media and relationship behaviors and avoid or prevent violence, abuse, and harassment.  The presenter founded Relation-Shift at the Harvard Innovation Lab after receiving the 2016 Harvard Graduate School of Education Entrepreneurship in Education Award.  The program works with middle and high schools to address relationship and sexual violence among middle and high-school aged youth. Info: visit www.relationshiftproject.com, or call 881-4002.

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COMMUNITY MEAL THURSDAYS AT ST. JAMES – ALL INVITED:  4:30-6 p.m. weekly in the open-air Pavilion.  A hui of St. James’ congregation members and community friends – including Big Island Giving Tree, North Hawai’i Rotary, Kahua Ranch, Kawamata Farms, HPA students and faculty, McDonalds, Starbucks and the Boy Scouts – are coming together to invite everyone to this informal, friendly, fresh-from-scratch warm dinner for individuals and families struggling to make ends meet.  This includes our veterans and kupuna!  Itʻs planned to complement other food pantries and prepared meals served by other Waimea church groups. For more info and to kokua, call 885-4923 or email: EAT@stjameshawaii.org

KAHILU PRESENTS ʻWONDERHEADS – LOONʻ:  6 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 9, 2017.  The Wonderheads are an acclaimed physical theatre company and mask imagineers who have won four Criticsʻ Choic Awards, three Best of the Fest Awards, and been described by CBS as “pure magic.”  “Loon” is a love story the likes of which youʻve never seen performed in full-face mask thatʻs Wordless and whimsical creating a sense of a “living cartoon.”  Recommended for ages 10 and up.  Tickets $33-$18 – available online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling 885-6868, or at the Box Office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

COFFEE WITH A COP:  Join South Kohala Community Policing Officers to discuss concerns, ask questions.  Also good way to learn more about forming or joining a Neighborhood Watch group.  Very informal and all invited.  Info: CPO May Lee (887-3080) or email: May.Lee@HawaiiCounty.gov.  Dates:

  • 8-10 a.m., Fri., Feb. 10, 2017 at Waimea Coffee Company
  • 8-10 a.m., Thurs., March 30, 2017 at McDonalds-Waimea.

FREE TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE:   Every Friday until April 15, 2017 from 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for seniors and low to medium income taxpayers. At Waimea Community Center. Sponsored by AARP Tax-Aide Foundation in conjunction with the IRS.  Call for appointment at 885-4722 or (808) 388-6645.  Photo ID and social security cards required for all taxpayers and dependents.  Bring all forms such as W-2, 1099R, social security statement, dependent care provider info, etc.  Self-employed need a GET license and bring your 2015 tax return. Walk-in’s will be accommodated if scheduling permits.

KAHILU RAISES ARTS ED FUNDS IN A LUXURIOUS INTIMATE ISLAND SETTING:  Two Kahilu Gold Concerts at exclusive off-site venues will feature celebrated Hawaiian musicians Makana and John Cruz.  Funds will strengthen and expand the theatre’s kuleana – offering comprehensive performing arts education programs including bring young students to the theatre for shows with featured season artists, hosting Kahilu Performing Arts Classes (KPAC), and reaching out with school visits and classes.  Tickets $150 available online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling 885-6868, or at the Box Office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Makana Gold Concert: 6 p.m., Fri., Feb. 10
  • John Cruz Gold Concert: 6 p.m., Sun., March 12

WORLD’S FAVORITE ‘UKULELE MASTER JAKE SHIMABUKURO PRESENTS HPAF BENEFIT CONCERT: Fri., Feb. 10.  Mauna Lani Bay Hotel.  A fabulous concert at 7:30, preceded by HPAF’s now annual silent auction with great travel, art, dining and lodging offerings. Tickets $75 until December 24; $95 thereafter.  Funds raised support HPAF’s series of community concerts this summer that feature visiting masters and their students.  Many of the performances are free or very low cost. Tickets and more information at:  www.HawaiiPerformingArtsFestival.org.

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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); 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: 7:30 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.com

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SIGN UP NOW TO PARTICIPATE IN A NEW “POP-UP” CAR YARD SALE ON FIRST SATURDAYS AT WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon on the first Saturday of every month.   Community members invited to become a “pop-up seller” of their household goods, crafts, artwork, etc. from their vehicle (a 10×10 tent welcome too).  Shoppers invited to browse and discover great local treasures and bargains and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Waimea Elementary & Middle Schools. Waimea Homestead Farmers Market is located on the Waimea School field – enter from behind the post office or the back entry gate by Kahilu Theatre.  Limited space available. Contact Aunty C for details, including cost and rules, by emailing: whfmarket@hotmail.com or call (808) 333-2165.

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CHECK OUT NEW & BETTER LOCATION OF WAIMEA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THRIFT SHOP DURING INTRODUCTORY SALE!  8 a.m. to Noon, Sat., Feb. 11, 2017.  There’s better access – closer to the gate with better lighting inside and more room so easier to scout the merchandise!  Great bargains throughout plus discount sale of items in the container and open-air lanai:  25 cents for slacks; $1 for blouses & $2 for dresses.  Plus dishes, household items, figurines and 2 nice mirrored planter boxes. Enter walk-in gate to Waimea school campus behind the post office or drive into the campus thru the back gate by Kahilu Theatre and park near the farmersʻ market.  All proceeds benefit Waimea Elementary School children. Info: Gunda Iaea (990-1959).

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS MAKANA:  7 p.m., Sat., Feb. 11, 2017.  An internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, composer and activist widely known for lending his musical talent for social change, Makana has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film, “The Descendants.”  Tickets $68-$20 – available online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling 885-6868, or at the Box Office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING:  9:30 a.m.-Noon, Sat., Feb. 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.  Each year this group donates many quilts to help fundraise for worthwhile community organizations in the area such as Mala’ai school garden and Relay for Life. They also donate quilts to the police/fire department and North Hawaii Community Hospital for those in need and at Christmas they make and donated quilted stockings and coverlets for needy children. Info: Becky Parkinson (937-2159).

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS THE EROICA TRIO:  4 p.m., Sun., Feb. 12, 2017.  Eroica Trio is the most sought after all-female chamber ensemble to reach the top echelon of the field, having shattered the age-old gender barrier!  The trio won the prestigious Naumburg Award, resulting in a highly successful Lincoln Center debut and have since toured the US, Europe, Middle East, South America and Asia, electrifying the concert stage with their passionate performances.  Tickets $68-$20 – available online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling 885-6868, or at the Box Office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

  • Beginners ‘Ukulele at Waimea Senior Center – 1st and 3rd Mondays 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Bon Dance Lessons at Waimea Community Center – 2nd and 4th Mondays 9-10:30 a.m.;
  • Field trips or crafts – Tuesdays
  • Line Dancing @ Waimea Community Center – Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.-Noon
  • Maj Jong at Waimea Senior Center – Thursdays 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Ground Golf at Waimea Park on Fridays from 11 a.m.-Noon and Bowling.

SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING: 4 p.m., Tues., Feb. 14 and the 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: Acting Chair: James Hustace – email: SKTSCsecretary@gmail.com.

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE:  6-8 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 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: Email Teri Sugg: terisugg7@gmail.com

TIME TO GET MOVING – MONTHLY ‘WALK & TALK’ ALONG KE ALA KAHAWAI O WAIMEA STREAM TRAIL:  5 p.m., Fri., Feb. 17 and continuing thereafter with Vivienne Aronowitz, dietitian and certified diabetes educator. Meet at Waimea Nature Park behind Canada-France-Hawai’i Headquarters on Mamalahoa Hwy.  Be prepared for rain or shine and must be able to walk without assistive devices as the path is uneven. There is a modest fee. Info: Vivienne Aronowitz (936-9001) or go to www.inshapehi.com.
COMMUNITY INVITED TO PUT HANDS ON THE MAKALI’I AND KOKUA WITH ITS 20-YEAR DRYDOCKING:  8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Feb. 18 (usually 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.

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS ʻAILEY II:  7 p.m., Sat., Feb. 18.  Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the countryʻs best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of todayʻs most outstanding emerging choreographers.  Founded in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, the company embodies his pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people. Under the artistic direction now of Troy Powell, Ailey II continues to thrive.  Dance Magazine calls Ailey II “second to none,” and The New York Times declares, “Thereʻs nothing like an evening spent with Ailey II.”  Tickets $68-$20 – available online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling 885-6868, or at the Box Office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL LOCAL ADVISORY PANEL (LAP) MEETING:  4:30-6:30 p.m., Tues., Feb. 21, 2017.  Classroom K-03.  All invited to advise school administration and Ho’okako’o Corp., the Local School Board in support of this public conversion charter school’s mission and vision for all of it’s 6th-8th grade students.  For more info, go to https://sites.google.com/a/wmpccs.org/home/home/leadership-governance.

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS A STEINWAY SERIES PERFORMANCE WITH MIKI AOKI:  6 p.m., Fri., Feb. 24.  Miki Aoki is widely recognized for her diverse abilities as a pianist – performing solo recitals and chamber music – and for her gifts as a collaborative artist, often playing alongside young violinists.  Her London Royal Festival Hall debut at the age of 12 began a career of performing in international venues.  She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Graz University for Music and the Performing Arts in Austria.  Tickets $28-$8 – available online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling 885-6868, or at the Box Office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS DOBET GNAHORE FROM THE IVORY COAST:  7 p.m., Sat., Feb. 25, 2017.  There are some voices that only need a couple of minutes to put the audience under their spell, and Dobe4t Gnahore has one of those voices.  She is an exotic and exciting singer, songwriter, dancer and percussionist from the Cote DʻIvoire (Ivory Coast).  She was a nominee at the 2006 World Music Awards for Newcomer, and shared an award for Best Urgan/Alternative Performance with India Arie at the 52nd Grammy Awards.  Tickets $68-$20 – available online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling 885-6868, or at the Box Office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

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2017 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE @ WAIMEA CMTY. ASSOC. TOWN MEETING PLUS STEAM BUILDING SNEAK PEAK:  Thurs., March 2, 5:15-7 p.m. at Waimea School Cafeteria.  North Hawai’i State Senator (District 4) Lorraine Inouye and North/South Kohala State Rep. (District 7) Cindy Evans will provide an overview of the current legislative session, discuss their priorities and be available for Q&A.  As always, County Council members representing the district will update attendees on County Council business and Waimea’s Community Policing Officer will do review recent events and welcome comments/input/concerns.  In addition, attendees are invited to come early that afternoon – 4:30-5:15 p.m. for a sneak peek walk-through of Waimea Middle School’s still-under-construction $16 million, 9-classroom STEAM Building, which is envisioned as “a hub for STEAM teaching and learning for Waimea.”  (STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, ‘Aina/Arts & Math).  If participating in the walk-thru, please park near the building on the south side of campus (please drive with extreme caution on campus) or walk back to the building from the school cafeteria parking lot for tour.  Closed shoes recommended, please.  All invited; no charge to attend town meetings.  Info: www.WaimeaTown.org, or www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation/, or email Patti Cook (cookshi@aol.com) or call (808) 937-2833.

HAWAI’I HIGH SCHOOL RODEO COMPETITION:  Sat.-Sun., March 4-5 and usually the first weekend of every month thru April, leading up to District and State Finals in April, May and June 2017 – all at Parker Ranch Arena.  Future dates: April 1-2.  All invited to enjoy and support about 110 Hawai’i Island K-12 youth sharing their riding and roping expertise – students come from all around the island to compete as follows:

  • From 8 a.m., Saturday – Keiki Rodeo, followed by Junior Division competition after lunch, wrapping up around 6:30 p.m.
  • From 8 a.m., Sunday – High School Rodeo – begins with cutting and Reining Cow Horse, then about 10:30 a.m. the rodeo events begin to include steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, etc. Usually concludes about 5 p.m.
  • Concession available daily for snacks, cold drinks and lunch. Cowboy church at 7 a.m. Sundays in the concession area. Note: if weather is bad, event will be cancelled for the safety of all.
  • Info: go to hhsrarodeo.com, or email DeeDee Bertelmann paniolomau@aol.com.

FREE ‘POP-UP’ LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC: 9 a.m.-Noon, Sat., March 4 at Honoka’a High School Cafeteria.  Do you have a legal issue and need legal advice?  Volunteer attorneys will be available to meet with you individually for the following types of cases: Family law, Estate Planning, District Court, Bankruptcy, Veteran’s Benefits. It’s free to all low and moderate income individuals.  Call to qualify and to reserve a spot: 808-313-8210 or 808-528-7046.  Walk-ins accepted but no guarantee that you will be seen by an attorney so best to call and make a reservation.  Interpreter assistance available but must be pre-arranged.  Presented by Volunteer Legal Services Hawai’i, a non-profit legal service organization supported in part by the Hawai’i State Judiciary through a Legislative appropriation.

SOUTH KOHALA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN (SKCDP) – ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING: 5 p.m., Mon., March 20, 2017.  Lilly Yoshimatsu Senior Center (Waimea).  All invited. Venues subject to change. To receive agenda in advance and confirm location, email: SouthKohalaActionCommittee@gmail.com or call County Planning Department (323-4770).

  • April: No Meeting
  • May 22, 2017: Waikoloa Village Association Community Room
  • June: No Meeting
  • July 24, 2017: Waimea – Lilly Yoshimatsu Senior Center
  • August: No Meeting
  • September 25, 2017: Kawaihae or Waikoloa Village Association Community Room
  • October: No Meeting
  • November 27, 2017: Waimea – Lilly Yoshimatsu Senior Center
  • December: No Meeting

KPO Youth Concert 3-26-17 FLYER‘UNSTOPPABLE YOUTH’ – KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA’S ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT:  4 p.m., Sun., March 26, 2017.  Kahilu Theatre.  Perhaps KPO’s mot beloved concert of the season featuring three winners of the Madeline Schatz-Harris Concerto Competition – now entering its 7th year.  In addition to the youth performances, KPO will perform Beethoven’s famous 5th Symphony, as well as Tick-Tack Polka by Johann Strauss II.  KPO’s new Artistic Director Maestro Brian Dollinger will conduct all works performed.  Tickets $25-$15 available online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling 885-6868, or at the Box Office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  More info: http://www.kamuelaphil.org/Concerts.html 

COFFEE WITH A COP:  8-10 a.m., Thurs., March 30 at McDonalds-Waimea.  Join South Kohala Community Policing Officers to discuss concerns, ask questions.  Also good way to learn more about forming or joining a Neighborhood Watch group.  Very informal and all invited.  Info: CPO May Lee (887-3080) or email: May.Lee@HawaiiCounty.gov.

ULTIMI – THE THREE TENORS – PRESENT HPAF BENEFIT CONCERTS: 7 p.m., Wed., May 17 at Hilo’s Palace Theatre, and Fri., May 19 at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.  This trio was a sensation when they performed before a sold-out audience in 2015. Hilo tickets $20/advance, $25 at the door. Hapuna tickets $60. Funds raised support HPAF’s series of community concerts this summer that feature visiting masters and their students.  Tickets and more information at:  www.HawaiiPerformingArtsFestival.org.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES:

ohia-tree-red-lehua-3-ms5 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 Hawai’i 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).

ANUENUE PLAYGROUND IN WAIMEA PARK NEEDS ALL OF OUR KOKUA – TIME, MONEY, SUPPORT! This popular keiki playground was built by this community coming together in 1992, but today, it needs an extensive rebuild! If it remains as is, it will have to be closed because it no longer adheres to current ADA and safety regulations and the structures are breaking down. A hui of Waimea residents are working to address this and welcome everyone’s kokua. Info: www.anuenueplayground.org.

INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS ON TREATING FIRE ANTS:  The Big Island Invasive Species Council (BIISC) is offering Community Information Sessions (CIS) to share specific strategies to treat little fire ants on private property.  BIISC will assist meeting organizers w/ preparing for the session, and will provide flyers and online materials to help get the word out to the community.  CIS’s are packed with perks, including gift cards and giveaways, and are a great way for neighbors to come together to find solution. Info: email BIISC at biisc@hawaii.edu or call 933-3340.

FIRE ANTS HOTLINE:  (808) 989-9289 or (808) 315-5656.  Dr. Cas Vandervoude of the Hawai’i Ant Lab:  www.littlefireants.com. Beware!  These produce painful welts on the skin and are already established in areas from Laupahoehoe to Kalapana as well as several sites in Kona.  DOA’s Dr. Vanderwaugh, who is our island’s LFA specialist, advises extreme care when bringing potted plants or organic materials into your garden.  To test for LFA, put a little peanut butter on a stick and put it into the pot, mulch, etc.  Wait two hours then check the stick carefully for signs of ants.  If you do find them, quarantine the item and contact Dr. Vanderwaugh (989-9289).

COQUI ALERT/WAIMEA:  313-1094.

COQUI ALERT/HONOKA’A:  Report to 775-9800 or 775-1150.

COQUI ALERT/NORTH KOHALA:  Report to 889-5775.

BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE (BIGT) focuses its time and resources on the kupuna of our community. Started by Waimea community volunteers several years back to support those in need during the holidays, BIGT has transformed into a source of hope for those facing difficult times year-round and also now provides donors with the benefit of making a tax deductible donation. BIGT helps seniors year-round, and they also step up to help families in crisis due to fires, illness and unexpected tragedies. Donations payable to BIGT can be mailed to Box 2786, Kamuela 96743. Questions or to help in other ways, call volunteer Rhonda Bell (880-1984).

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS UPDATES:  Waimea’s CERT team is working to inform the community on readiness and also when there are opportunities to learn how to participate or contribute.  For example, a Table Top Exercise was held recently involving Civil Defense and other public and private agencies whose mandate includes emergency response.  For more info, email: Hawai’i_CERT@yahoo.com.

TAI CHI/ CHI KUNG CLASSES WEEKLY IN WAIMEA:  With certified instructor Cathleen Rickard.  Info (883-0201):  Chair Tai Chi/Kung Classes-Mondays at Tutu’s House- 1:30-2:30 p.m., except holidays.  Free.  Selected simple healing Tai Chi/ Chi Kung forms designed to practice while seated.  Recommended for folks with Parkinson’s, stroke challenges, accident injuries, or other challenging physical conditions.  Also easy Traditional Standing Tai Chi/Chi Kung Classes-Thursdays – 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Waimea’s Ke Ola Mau Loa Green Church in Historic Church  This class is designed for folks trying to improve their overall physical strength, including better standing balance, increased range of motion, flexibility while developing inner calm and centering. Gentle, easy forms, all ages are welcome, great for seniors.  There is a charge.

JOIN WAIMEA’S QI GONG PRACTITIONERS FOR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING:  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).

SPENCER HOUSE CO-WORKING SPACE:  Rent a desk for a day, week or longer in an open office with small and medium sized conference rooms available. Free wifi, B&W printing, electricity and parking. A large open room as well as smaller semi-private offices so is appropriate for individuals and small teams. Coworking has become an extremely popular way for people to separate home and family time from work time by sharing space with other creative, independent people who, together, create a synergy that energizes and inspires!  Interested?  More info, email Rama McIntosh (rama@myutil.com), who is the inaugural member of Spencer House Co-working. Or go to www.HistoricSpencerHouse.org or follow us on Facebook.  To schedule a special event, meeting or fundraiser, call Betsy Sanderson (938-2897) or email: bas1001@aol.com.

THELMA PARKER LIBRARY HAWAIIANA ROOM:  Have you ever wished to look at a topographical map of Hawai’i Island?  Maybe you are looking for hiking trails that are not on private land.  Have  you ever wanted to investigate some of the battles fought in ancient times on the pu’u above Waimea?  How about perusing old issues of the sadly discontinued “Waimea Gazette”?  Also available are volumes of Waimea oral history, copies of Parker Ranch’s priceless “Paka Paniolo” newsletters, volumes with photos of the living legends of Waimea, the Waimea historic photo project, ordnance removal reports, and yearbooks from all the schools in Waimea. Pam Akao, the head librarian, said that there are gaps in the copies of the yearbooks so if you have one you’d like to donate, you can check to see if it is one that they are missing. This information and much more is available in the newly remodeled Hawaiiana Reference Room at the Thelma Parker Memorial Public Library!  Mahalo to Friends of Thelma Parker Library for this improvement.

TO REPORT NORTH HAWAI’I NENE SIGHTINGS:  To help track the wanderings of nene relocated to Hawai’i Island from Kauai, we are asked to call the East Hawai’i Division of Forestry and Wildlife office (974-4221) and leave a message with the location and number of birds, as well as your name and phone number so that researchers can contact you for more information.

2013 LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU DIRECTORY OF FEDERAL, STATE & COUNTY OFFICIALS AVAILABLE ONLINE:  http://lrbHawai’i.info/reports/rpts/lrb/dir/dir.pdf

WAIMEA FOOD PANTRIES: 

  • Annunciation Catholic Church – Ann Lum (885-0879 or 640-4704).  Open 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays for a once a month food pickup.
  • Kokua Christian Ministries Food Pantry and Community Meal – Associated with New Hope Waimea & Imiola Church.  Contact:  Laurie Ainslie (895-3056).  Located in the house behind Imiola Church Office.  Open Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

MEDIATION SERVICES:  Founded in 1988, West Hawai’i Mediation Center strives to provide an array of high quality conflict resolution services to community members and organizations throughout West Hawai’i. These services are available and affordable through the consistent and dedicated efforts of trained volunteers and staff.  Info: 885-5525 or go to whmediation.com.

NORTH HAWAI’I THRIFT SHOPS (Great Bargains, Help Needed, Donations Welcome):

  • WAIMEA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THRIFT SHOP: Regular hours: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon; Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.  All proceeds benefit the K-5 keiki at Waimea El.  Donations welcome, preferably during shop hours!  Volunteers welcome, too.  Donations tax deductible.
  • ST. JAMES THRIFT SHOP: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and 4-7:30 p.m., Fridays. Donations welcome and tax deductible. In addition to providing a valuable community service, the church contributes a portion of thrift shop income to Annunciation Catholic Church’s Food Pantry and also supports other seasonal community outreach ministries through the year.  Info?  Please call Nina Disbro (895-1234).
  • LYDIA’S CLOSET (HONOKA’A THRIFT SHOP): New hours are Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from Noon to 5 p.m.  Located in the cottage at the end of the Honoka’a United Methodist Church parking lot on Mamane Street across from Blane’s Drive Inn.  Merchandise now includes all types of clothing and accessories, kitchen and household goods, electronics and gardening items.  Donations welcome.  Park in the church lot by entering the driveway between the 76 Station and the church.  Lydia’s Closet is all the way to the top.  Info: 775-0566.

WEEKLY FARMERS MARKETS:

  • WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET:  7 a.m. – Noon every Saturday on Waimea School campus. Enter campus via the back gravel entry drive past the post office and across from Kahilu Theatre.  Organic leafy greens, fruit and vegetables, macadamia nuts, honey and preserves, lei, flowers and floral arrangements and gifts.  Everyone invited. Info: Cynthia Spencer (333-2165) or www.Facebook.com/WaimeaHomesteadFarmersMarket.
  • WAIMEA TOWN MARKET AT PARKER SCHOOL:  7:30 a.m. – Noon, Saturdays.  A weekly shopping venue featuring locally grown and produced vegetables, fruit, herbs and freshly baked artisan breads, plus art, jewelry, spa products, orchids and more.  Everyone invited.  Info:  Paul Johnston, pej1000@aol.com.
  • WAIMEA NUI FARMERS MARKET: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Saturday at Kuhio Hale (Hawaiian Homes Hall front lawn). Locally grown vegetables, fruit, poi, jellies, jams, pickled items, arts and crafts. All invited.
  • KAMUELA FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. – Noon, Saturdays at historic Pukalani Stables.  Prepared foods, vegetables and gift items.  Info: Stacy Aurway:  kamuelafarmersmarket@gmail.com
  • KEKELA FAMILY FARM:  2-5 p.m., Tuesdays.  Take first left after Koa Lane off of Mana Road.  Look for large red barn for heirloom quality vegetables.  Everyone invited.
  • WAIMEA MIDWEEK MARKET: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesdays at historic Pukalani Stables. Everyone invited.  Plenty of parking.  Free admission to Paniolo Heritage Center during market hours.
  • LAUPAHOEHOE FARMERS MARKET:  9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Sunday next to the MinitMart on the highway.  Still room for more vendors.  Info: Arlene Hussey (640-4081).
  • WAIKOLOA VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET:  7:15 a.m. every Sat. in Waikoloa Community Church parking lot across from Waikoloa Elementary School.
  • HAWI FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m. Under the banyan tree near the post office.
  • ORCHIDPEOPLEʻS FARM OPEN FOR VISITS: 2-5 p.m., Tuesdays, and 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, or call for an appointment (987-3231).  Specializing in cymbidiums.  Located on the corner of Mana Road and Kahilu Road – signs point the way.
  • HAKALAU FOODSHARE: Tuesday’s from 3:15 p.m. till pau – a 6-year-old farmers market at Hakalau Veterans Field. New vendors welcome and vendor stalls are free.  Info: Drean Barley (895-5868).

COUNTY BUS FARES:  Info: www.visitheleonbus.org.

REMINDER:  $92 FINE FOR IGNORING HAWAI’I’S NEW SEAT BELT LAW:  All front and back seat occupants regardless of age must now buckle up or, for infants, child restraints at all times – day and night year-round.

ULU LA’AU/WAIMEA NATURE PARK:  Open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily – behind the Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope headquarters building.  Plenty of parking inside the Nature Park (please do not park at CFHT).  For more information and a map, go to www.waimeaoutdoorcircle.org and click on Ulu La’au.  Perfect for picnics and there’s WIFI coverage, too!  A project of Waimea Outdoor Circle.  Info: 443-4482.

PANIOLO HERITAGE CENTER:  Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesdays.  Coinciding with Mid-Week Farmers Market at historic Pukalani Stables and Saturdays w/ Kamuela Farmers Market.  Stables are available for private gatherings and events, too. Info: www.PanioloPreservation.org, or call 854-1541.

STATE IDENTIFICATION CARDS are now being issued by County driver’s license offices.  No appointments required but during the transition, the public is asked for patience as new staff are trained.  Minimum age for a State ID is 10 years old.  Fee: $20 for all except $15 for 65 and older.

NEED HELP?  CRISIS INTERVENTION AND SUPPORT:

·         CRIMESTOPPERS:  961-8300/Hilo or 329-8181/Kona.  Entirely anonymous.  Or, call Waimea Police Station for Community Policing Officer Brent Foster (887-3080).

  • WAIMEA NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: 7-8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall – Waimea.  An ongoing meeting since 1986 for the recovering community.  All welcome.  Also at 5:30 p.m., Saturdays at Mama’s House Thrift Store – next to Napa Auto Parts on Mamalahoa Highway.  Everyone welcome.
  • COMMUNITY BEREAVEMENT GROUPS – CIRCLE OF SUPPORT: The Journey of Grief and Reconciliation. These are drop-in groups, open to anyone that is grieving the loss of a loved-one.  Facilitated by Sindona Cassteel, MFT, Bereavement Counselor for North Hawai’i  Info: 885-7547.
    • Waimea: Meets first Tuesday of each month from 5-6:30 p.m. at The Moon Center Tea Room (just above Lava Rock Realty and across from the Red Water Restaurant on Kawaihae Road.
    • North Kohala: Meetings First Wednesday of each month from 5-6:30 p.m.
  • FREE HAWAI’I COUNTY ‘CITY WATCH’ EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM:  “City Watch” is an electronic notification system that can notify residents about evacuations or other emergency measures – including appropriate responses — via phone or email.  It’s free to all Hawai’i County residents.  Residents need to register by mailing info: County of Hawai`i Civil Defense, 920 Ululani Street, Hilo, HI 96720, or http://www.ciywatchonline.com/CSBSignUp/Hawai’iSignUp.asp. To register, please give your name, street address (no P.O. boxes, please), city, zip code, home phone, cell phone, cell phone carrier and email address. If your phone number is listed in the phone book white pages, you will be automatically registered.  However, if your listed phone number is on a “do not call list,” you will need to register as well cell phone users and all wishing to be contacted by email.
  • ALANON MEETINGS IN NORTH HAWAI’I :  A long established source of support for anyone struggling with the effects of a loved ones’ substance abuse.  Groups are confidential and free (except for a small donation to keep the group going).  More info:  afgHawai’i.org or contact Betty at 339-1050.
    • North Kohala Family Group: Mondays 7 – 8 p.m.- Kohala Family Center – Hawi
    • Waimea Family Group:  Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Tutu’s House.
    • Puako Family Group: Tuesdays, 7 – 8 p.m.- Holualoa UCC.
    • Waimea Family Group: Thursdays 7 – 8 p.m. – First Baptist Church .
    • Waikoloa Family Group: Wednesdays 7-8 p.m. and Saturdays 9-10 a.m.  – Waikoloa Community Church
  • SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS HOTLINE:  935-0677.
  • POISON HOTLINE – 1-800-222-1222.
  • ‘ICE’ HOTLINES & INFORMATIONAL WEB SITE:  To report “Ice” Substance Abuse concerns:  West Hawai’i – 329-0-ICE;  East Hawai’i – 934-VICE.  Callers can remain anonymous or give name, telephone to secure case number for future follow up.
  • STATE IDENTITY THEFT WEBSITE: http://www.idtheft.Hawai’i.gov. Provides tips on prevention and what to do if your identity is stolen.  Or call 808-587-3222.
  • WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETINGS.  2ND Tuesday of each month.  9 a.m. at Waimea Senior Center.  All persons 55+ invited to join.  Daily activities include: Mondays: Hawai’ian quilting, Tuesdays: Meetings & crafts, Wednesdays: Line Dancing, Thursdays: Mah Jong, Fridays: Ground Golf, Ukulele lessons & Hula Lessons.  Info:  Pat Lewi, President (885-4307).

VETERANS’ PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CLINIC SERVICES IN NORTH HAWAI’I:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays – located in New Hope Christian Fellowship’s Waimea church complex.  All veterans welcome – whether they have previously been enrolled for services or not thanks to a new grant.  Appointments may be made by calling the Kona VA office, 331-4540, or just walking in.  Services provided by Dr. Ann M. Cox, Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, Kona VA CBOC-Rural Health Primary Care.

WAIKOLOA SENIORS MONTHLY MEETING:  9 a.m. on the third Monday of each month.  Community Room adjacent to the Waikoloa Village Association offices on Melia Street.  Begins with a potluck breakfast and a speaker.  Info: 883-2424.

TUTU AND ME RESUMES FOR 2013-’14 SCHOOL YEAR:  8 a.m. to noon, every Tuesday and Thursday morning except holidays at Hale Laiana – Imiola Church Hall.

THELMA PARKER LIBRARY SCHEDULE:  Open:  9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 12:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays.  Closed Mondays.

UNCLAIMED PROPERTY:  The State of Hawai’i maintains a website containing a list of persons and businesses that are owed money, stock or other financial resources.  To determine if you or a family member might have property to claim, go to eHawai’i.gov/lilo/app, and search using both your legal name and also variations/misspellings.  Take a few minutes – worth a review; while many amounts are small, there are considerable sums that are owed to some residents.  The website has forms to complete and return to claim property and there are instructions regarding how to claim property for deceased individuals as well.

WAIMEA PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION’S HISTORIC TAX OFFICE AVAILABLE FOR SMALL  COMMUNITY MEETINGS:  WPA is the community-based 501(c)3 that now stewards and is housed in the historic tax office next to the Waimea Senior Center at the main intersection of Waimea.  WPA makes the small meeting room in the tax office available for community use (up to 10-12 persons).  No charge though donations are welcome.  Building and restrooms ADA accessible.  To schedule use of the room, call Pete Hendricks (885-4453).

FREE & LOW COST DENTAL CARE ON THE AMAZING TOOTH BUS:  Thanks to community friends, this urgently needed service is again available for uninsured and MedQUEST-eligible youth up to 20 years of age who live in Honoka’a, Waimea, Kohala and Waikoloa.  Scheduling based on urgency of care.  Sponsored by Hamakua Health Center and Kohala Family Health Center with grants and other community support.  Financial counselors will assist individuals and families with application for the Sliding Fee Discount Program and MedQUEST enrollment if not already a member.  The bus will rotate between Honoka’a and Kohala Family Health Center on Hospital Road in Kapa’au.  Info: 333-8410.

GREENWASTE DISPOSAL:  Organa Grow – formerly known as the Hawai’ian Fresh Egg Farm on Kawaihae Road – is accepting greenwaste to recycle into mulch and/or organic compost.  There is a small charge but it assures more environmentally desirable disposal of greenwaste.  David M. Davenport (882-7931).

FITNESS & FUN CLASSES:

  • ZUMBA CORE FITNESS-BIG ISLAND FITNESS STUDIO: Mondays/Wednesdays @ 8:30 a.m. next to Hawai’ian Style Cafe. It’s a dance fitness program that moves at your pace. Shake and sculpt your way to health and an active lifestyle. Targets core and burns calories. Instructor Marilyn Fitzgerald (345-6266). Drop-in fee: $12; Seniors rates available.
  • BARRE MIX CLASS: Big Island Fitness Studio – Fridays @ 8:30 a.m. A great cardio workout using step plus barre work and weights to tone, tighten and strengthen muscles and core. Instructor Marilyn Fitzgerald (345-6266); Drop-in fee: $12.
  • WEST AFRICAN DANCE WITH LIVE DRUMMING: 11 a.m., Sundays at the Algood Barn in Hawi.  All welcome.  Info: Michal Anna Carrillo (987-4243).
  • AIKIDO FOR ADULT & TEEN BEGINNERS: Openings for new students in Friday and Saturday classes – 4 p.m. for youth, 5 p.m. for teens & adults. At Ke Ola Mau Loa (Waimea’s Green Church on historic Church Row).  Learn self-defense skills, discipline, focus, cooperation, stretching and strengthening and have fun. Individuals – $60/month; family – $90/month. Children’s classes also available. Info: Barbara (935-2454) or email AikidoOfHilo@Hawai’iantel.net or go to AikidoOfHilo.org.
  • AQUA ZUMBA IN WAIKOLOA VILLAGE: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the village association pool on Melia Street (next to the golf club). Classes run for six sessions with instructor Cecilia Poblete.  Open to the community – do not have to be a village association owner.  Reef walkers recommended, but not required. Cost per class $5, or purchase a $50 card for 10 classes and get the first class free.  Cards available for purchase at the class.  No reservations are necessary – just show up.  Info: 936-8714 or 883-9422.

COUNTY OF HAWAI‘I DATA BOOK AVAILABLE ONLINE:  A comprehensive source of statistics on the social, economic, government and business activity for Hawai‘i County at: http://www.Hawai’icountyrandd.net/hcrc, or call 961-8500.

NORTH KOHALA COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER:  For info: info@northkohala.org

MONTHLY EA & EIS PUBLICATION DATES:  On the 8th and 23rd of each month, go to this website for notices of all EIS and EA documents and coming deadlines:  http://Hawai’i.gov/health/environmental/oeqc/index.html.

SUNDAY MORNING “ISLAND ISSUES” WITH SHERRY BRACKEN:  6:30 a.m. on KKOA 107.7FM, 8 a.m. on LAVA 105.3FM, and online at 8 a.m.: www.lava1053.com.

ANNA RANCH HERITAGE CENTER: Open to the public 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays thru Fridays with guided tours of the historical ranch at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Listed on both the state and national registry of historic places, includes a self-guided Discovery Trail that takes guests on a walking tour of the lower property with a series of interpretive displays telling the story of ranching in Hawai’i.  Includes a viewing platform with educational displays naming the pu’u and sharing the mo’olelo (traditional stories) of the area as well as explanation of the traditional ahupua’a system, the ili of Anna Ranch, and the ancient auwai (irrigation system) still visible at the Ranch. Stop and visit with an on-site saddle maker and blacksmith as they work in their shop. A Gift Shop in Anna’s historic kitchen features the work of local artisans and craftsmen, perfect for souvenir gifts. The ranch is available for weddings, events and meetings. Info: Info: www.annaranch.org or call 885-4426.

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS & KOKUA NEEDED: 

  • Waimea Food Pantries:  Annunciation Catholic Church – Ann Lum (885-0879).
  • Mala’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School:  Alethea Lai (989-7861).  They welcome Mentors, Donors, Gardeners, Grant Writers, Instructors for Work & Learn Workshop presenters.
  • Waimea Middle School “Connecting For Success” Program – seeking adult mentors. Screening required, training provided and very rewarding. Info: Angela Pastores at 887-6090 Ext. 268 or email: Angela_Pastores@wmpccs.org
  • Friends of Thelma Parker Memorial Library:  885-9718
  • Ulu La’au – Waimea Nature Park:  Carol Hendricks (885-4453)
  • Tutu’s House:  A variety of volunteer opportunities exist.  Lorraine Urbic (885-6777)
  • Kohala Watershed Project:  email coordinator@kohalawatershed.org
  • West Hawai’i Mediation Center:  Become trained as a mediator and/or facilitator or assist with fundraising or special projects (885-5525).
  • North Hawai’i Hospice:  Become trained as a caregiver or assist with other special projects. Katherine Werner Ciano (885-7547)
  • Waimea Trails & Greenways:  Learn about group and get involved by attending a weekly meeting – 5-6 p.m. every Monday.  Clem Lam email: lam4@Hawai’iantel.net  or call 885-4431.
  • Pu’ukohola Heiau:  Volunteers needed for re-vegetation, maintenance, admin, visitor center operations, cultural demonstrations and education programs.  Scheduling flexible.  Chief Ranger Benjamin Saldua (882-7218) or email ben_saldua@nps.gov.
  • The Kohala Center:  Assist with one of their educational programs, workshops, special projects.  Cindi Punihaole (895-1010) or email cpunihaole@kohalacenter.org.
  • Hawai’i Island Humane Society – Waimea Shelter:  8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays.  Bebe Ackerman (217-0154).
  • Habitat For Humanity – West Hawai’i – Clean out your garage or warehouse — use/reuse furniture, building materials, working appliances, flooring, doors, windows, cabinets, sinks, lighting, home furnishings, electrical hardware, plumbing supplies and fixtures, fans, etc. and your donation to “ReStore” – a retail outlet in Waimea’s historic Chock In – formerly Thiebaut’s Restaurant on Kawaihae Road across from Waimea Community Center and park. Income generated by ReStore is used to finance new homes for low income families in West Hawai’i.  Store is open M-F from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays.  Info: 331-8010 or go to habitatwestHawai’i.org.

DRIVERS’ LICENSES:  New office located in KTA’s Waimea Center – east end.   HOURS:  Monday-Fridays (except holidays):  8-10 a.m. written test for new license or permit; 8-10:30 a.m. for renewals and duplicates; noon-3 p.m., written test for new license or permit; noon-3:30 p.m., renewals and duplicates; 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. road tests by appointment only.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:

  • TUTU’S HOUSE:  A community health and wellness resource enter — free and all invited.  Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.  For classes and more information, go to tutushouse.org or call 885-6777.
  • KANU O KA AINA COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS: Community invited to a wide array of programs at Halau  Ho’olako learning center.  Info: Te Benioni (890-2508) or go by the office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
  • NORTH HAWAI’I EDUCATION AND RESEARCH CENTER (NHERC – Honoka’a):  Mondays through Thursdays, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Fridays.  Grassroots and community organizations not charging a fee may use the facilities for free as long as the space is available and during the above times.  Rooms are available with capacities ranging from 20 to 140 individuals.  The Center’s computer lab is also available for use by the public.  Membership is available on an annual basis for a fee of $50.  UH Hilo and HawCC faculty, staff and students may use the lab free of charge.  Info:  775-8890 or emailing nherc@Hawai’i.edu.
  • KOHALA ‘LEARNING CENTER’: Go to KohalaLearning.org for full class roster and how to register.  A project sponsored by the North Kohala Community Resource Center for all ages.  There is a charge for some programs. Info: www.kohalalearning.org.
  • WAIKOLOA BOOKMOBILE HOURS:  9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily.  Located next to the village pool and tennis courts. Volunteers, books and monetary donations needed. Email flwrvolunteer@gmail.comto help or send a contribution to Friends of the Library – Waikoloa Region P.O. Box 383283, Waikoloa HI 96738. Info:  library.waikoloacommunity.org; or call Bette Green (883-0764) or Stephanie (883-2424).  Books may be dropped off daily when open; special arrangements made for large donations.

THE ARTS: 

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·         WAIMEA ARTS COUNCIL’S FIREHOUSE GALLERY:  11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesdays thru Fridays and Sundays; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.  Located near main intersection in town in the historic firehouse.  Everyone invited.  For more info, go to www.waimeaartscouncil.org.

  • WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS & WAIMEA COMMUNITY THEATRE:  Go to waimeacommunitytheatre.org.
  • HAWAI’I PREPARATORY ACADEMY’S ISAACS ART CENTER MUSEUM & GALLERY:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesdays thru Saturdays.  Free and everyone invited.  Info: isaacsartcener.hpa.edu.
  • QUILTERS MEET WEDNESDAYS AT NHERC:  8:30 a.m. – Noon. Every Wednesday.  Led by Dorothy Badua, Jodean Dela Cruz and Mary Hinck.  Everyone welcome.  Bring your own sewing machine and extension cords or, if you hand quilt, your needles, scissors and thread.  Info: 775-0726.
  • ANUENUE QUILTERS OF NORTH HAWAI’I MEET THURSDAYS:  9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., every Thursday at Anna Ranch Teahouse.  Members do both patchwork and Hawai’ian quilting and other needlework and annually contribute quilt(s) they have worked on together to a worthy group or cause.  This year we made two quilts for the “Home of the Brave” organization, which provides quilts to families in Hawai’i who have lost a family member in the war in Iraq.  Info: Joan Moynahan (885-8830) or email: moyn@Hawai’i.rr.com.
  • MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MEET 2ND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH: Started in 1997, this patchwork quilters group shares love of quilting while also supporting worthwhile community organizations such as the Mala’ai school garden, Waimea Relay for Life, the police/fire department and North Hawai’i Community Hospital and at Christmas they make quilted stockings and quilts for needy children.  All welcome.  9:30 a.m. to noon in the Thelma Parker Memorial Library meeting room.  Info: Becky Parkinson (937-2159).

FIRST SATURDAY ‘UNIVERSE TONIGHT’ PROGRAM CONTINUES:  6 p.m. monthly at the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy at the 9,300 foot level of Mauna Kea.  Begins with a talk at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station off Saddle Road, then portable telescopes are set up.  Seating first-come.  Each month a speaker from a different Mauna Kea observatory shares recent observations and discoveries.  Info: 961-2180 or go to www.ifa.Hawai’i.edu/info/vis.   It’s wise to check on weather conditions ahead of time and bring appropriate warm clothing, drinking water and snacks.

VET CENTERS OF HAWAI’I HOSTS BRIEFINGS & OUTREACH:  9 a.m. – Noon, First & Third Thursdays of every month – Waimea Community Center; 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month – Waikoloa Village Market.   Representatives from the Hilo and Kona Vet Centers available to all Veterans and their families. Info:  (969-3835, 329-0574, or 960-1904)

HAWAI’I ISLAND KEIKI IN NEED OF A SAFE, LOVING ‘OHANA: West Hawai’i has over 160 children in foster care, and we have 2,100 children statewide who need a caring home. You can make a difference in a child’s life and give hope for the future to a child by becoming a Foster/Resource family.  Call Hui Ho’omalu’s intake number Toll Free: (888) 879-8970, or call their West Hawai’i community liaison, Linda Case (896-3829) to discuss requirements.

WAIMEA SHELTER – HAWAI’I ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY:  8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays.  Offer a Low Income Spay/Neuter Program periodically.  Call for information.  Info:  885-4558.

HAWAI’I’S BOOSTER SEAT LAW:  Booster seats or child safety seats for children between 4-7 are required by law.  There is a $100-$500 fine for non-compliance.  Families can apply for a State tax credit of $25 to offset the cost of purchasing required equipment.  Info: Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition at 1-(808) 537-9200 or visit their website at http://www.kipcHawai’i.org/.

HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE/MAULAU TRACT:  Open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays by reservation for bird watching, hiking, photography only.  Call 933-6915.

SUSPECTED MARINE MAMMAL AND PROTECTED SPECIES VIOLATIONS:  Call 1-800-853-1964 for NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement.

HAWAI’I COUNTY SIGN CODE ONLINE:  Go to http://www.Hawai’i-county.com/ and look for “signcode.”  Also available for $4 from Hawai’i County Clerk.  Or, call Waimea Outdoor Circle for abbreviated summary in layman’s language:  Info: 443-4482.

EDUCATION County Council South Kohala TELECONFERENCE OFFICE SERVICES: Efficiency Center Suite C-5 – Kamamalu across St. from Waimea Police Station – next to Waimea Feed and Top Stitch. Community Auditorium to participate in hearings County, Remote Meetings by teleconferencing equipment. No charge. Tel: 887-2043 / Fax: 887-2072.

DISCOVER AUNTIE CONNIE’S READING CORNER: The Friends of Thelma Parker Memorial Library have renamed the Book Nook after long time Waimea Elementary School volunteer Auntie Connie Erger.  The expanded Book Nook is a great source of inexpensive books ($1 for most hardbacks; 50 cents for paper backs and a few specials between $1-5.  Funds benefit the Friends community efforts to support the library and literacy.

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