Next Town Meeting

2017 WCA TOWN MEETING SCHEDULE: 5:15-7 p.m., Thursdays in Waimea School Cafeteria (unless notified):
Feb. 2 (Active Shooter Awareness Presentation)
March 2
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 January 11, 2017 and beyond.

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

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

ADVISORY:  MILITARY AIRCRAFT TRAINING JAN. 13-16, 2017 AT POHAKULOA:  Individuals in surrounding communities may notice an increase in noise due to military aircraft training at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) Jan. 13-16, 2017.  (Training was originally projected dates for Jan. 14-17 but changed due to variables, such as weather conditions.  To report concerns related to noise or training, community members can call the U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa Public Affairs Office at (808) 969-2411 or email to: eric.m.hamilton6.civ@mail.mil. The Public Affairs Office responds to all reported concerns during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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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, 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

2017 WCA TOWN MEETING SCHEDULE:  5:15-7 p.m., Thursdays in Waimea School Cafeteria (unless notified)

  • Feb. 2 (Active Shooter Awareness Presentation by County Police Dept)
  • March 2
  • 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)

 

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/ 

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

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 beginning Sat., Feb. 4, 2017.  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.

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.

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).

COMMUNITY INVITED TO PUT HANDS ON THE MAKALI’I AND KOKUA WITH ITS 20-YEAR DRYDOCKING:  8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Jan. 14 (usually the third Saturday of every month but moved a week earlier this month to avoid conflicting with Makahiki Festival in Waimea on Jan. 21).  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.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING:  9:30 a.m.-Noon, Sat., Jan. 14 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).

‘BRING IT! HAWAI’I – UNCENSORED OPEN STAGE ORIGINAL PERFORMANCES AT KAHILU THEATRE:  Sat., Jan. 14, 2017.  7:30 p.m. Artist Sign-Ups; 8 p.m. Performances begin in the Mike Luce Studio. Writers, creators (adults 18+) will share their original works  Inspired by the “No Shame Theatre” format, there are only a few rules: presentations must be original material only, no longer than 5 minutes, involves no law-breaking and everyone must be quiet during the performances.  Artists required to fill in a sign-up sheet prior to the show; performance slots are limited.  The “Bring It!” group includes Ros Sinclair Nelson, Stephanie Tatum, Scott Nelson, Richard Adoradio and Ma’ata Tukuafu. Tickets $10 (cash only) and open to adults (18+) only.

WAIMEA TEEN TECH TUTORS: 10:30-12:30 p.m., Sun., Jan. 15 and thereafter on random Sundays at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Hosted by akamai Waimea high school students from HPA, Parker, Kamehameha and Honoka’a High to help kupuna learn to manage their phones and other personal electronic devices and programs including tablets, iPhone, Androids, laptops (PCs and Macs), Kindles, email, Facebook, Instagram, Google Search, etc.  No reservation required, just drop in but please bring devices charged and a $5 donation is suggested.  Info: Call Marilyn Fitzgerald (808) 345-6266. 2017 dates to date: Jan 29, Feb 12 & 26, March 5 & 26, April 2 & 23 and May 7, 2017

36th ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION – OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK, KAILUA-KONA: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun., Jan. 15, 2017.  Old Kona Airport Beach Park Makaeo Pavilion.  A free community celebration, potluck & program. Bring your favorite dish to share. Everyone invited.  This event is free and open to the public. Will include displays of art, songs, and music by local schools and the community. Info: Virginia Halliday (325-1112) or Mamie Bramlett (331-1448).

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE: Mon., Jan. 16 – a national holiday.

HPA HOSTS KINDERGARTEN PREVIEW DAY:  8:15-10:30a.m., Mon., Jan. 16.  Parents will observe the kindergarten class, learn about the school’s philosophy on age-appropriate academic and social development, and meet with faculty and administrators.  To register, visit www.hpa.edu/openhouse, or contact HPA Admission Office (881-4321) or email admissions@hpa.edu.

WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL LOCAL ADVISORY PANEL (LAP) MEETING:  4:30-6:30 p.m., Tues., Jan. 17, 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.

‘KU’E PETITION & ONE ACT PLAY AT KAHILU TOWN HALL:  6 p.m., Tues., Jan. 17.  Coinciding with the 124th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a group of community volunteers and the Waimea Education Hui will present “Ka Lei Maile Ali’i,” a one-act play that shares an event that took place on Sept. 16, 1897 when well over 300 Hawaiians gathered at the Salvation Army Hall in Hilo to meet with Mrs. Abigail Kuaihelani Campbell and Mrs. Emma Aima Nawahi who were traveling throughout the Hawaiian Islands to collect over 38,000 Native Hawaiian signatures – 97% of the Hawaiian population – in opposition to the annexation.  Known as the Ku’e Petition, it was sent to Washington, D.C., but ignored and forgotten – until 1997 when Dr. Noenoe Silva found it housed in the Library of Congress National Archives and returned it to Hawai’i.  Also part of the presentation will be a talk by Dr. Momi Naughton, director of the NHERC Heritage Center in Honoka’a, about the Rickard family, non-Hawaiian loyalists to Queen Lili’uokalani.  Dr. Naughton has created a traveling exhibit to celebrate W. H. Rickard, who ultimately gave his life for the Hawaiian Kingdom.  The armory and Salvation Army in Honoka’a are named in memory of Rickard.  There also will be reproductions of portions of the Ku’e Petition on display.  Free and everyone invited.

HAWAII COMMUNITY COLLEGE-MANONO/HILO AND PALAMANUI OFFER ELECTRICAL APPRENTICE COURSE WORK:  Begins Jan. 18, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at HawCC-Manono campus, Hilo, and via polycom (live interactive video) at Palamanui.  Gain foundational skills in applied math and electrical safety, as well as the required subjects in AC/DC theory, motors and motor control, NEC, and transformers. Program provides participants with the academic course work required by Hawaii Revised Statute HRS 448E for journey worker electrical apprentices. Instructors: Eric Hagiwara, Warren Haspe, Troy Haspe, and Bernard Michels.  Register online at www.ocethawcc.org or call 934-2700. Payment may be in full or installments. Info: Kelsey Okuda (934-2780) or email: kokuda@hawaii.edu

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.

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE:  6-8 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 19 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

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11th ANNUAL KA MOKU O KEAWE MAKAHIKI FESTIVAL IN WAIMEA:  7 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., Jan. 21, 2017. Waimea Park.  All invited to this festival which will include traditional Hawaiian games of skill and strength for pre-K through kupuna, plus health-wellness booths including health screenings by medical students from the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), and delicious ʻai pono foods and crafts.  Info: call/text/email Keala Kahuanui: kkahuanui@gmail.com (960-8211).

COMMUNITY INVITED TO PUT HANDS ON THE MAKALI’I AND KOKUA WITH ITS 20-YEAR DRYDOCKING:  8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Jan. 21 and the third Saturday of every month.  The canoe has been stripped down to its hull and there’s much work to be done.  The canoe is in Mahukona – turn off of Akone Pule Highway onto Mahukona Beach Road – look for the large warehouse.  Suggest wearing long sleeved shirts and bring a brown bag lunch, drinking water and sun protection. To follow the progress of the rebuilding, go to www.Facebook.com/NaKalaiWaa.

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS ‘THE BLACK ARM BAND – DIRTSONG:  7 p.m., Sat., Jan. 21.  An Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander organization and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies that is widely acclaimed in Australia and internationally for distinctive music theatre performances, celebration of indigenous music, culture and language and powerful visual imagery.  Dirtsong is a journey through Australia’s cultural heartland that features 13 different Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander languages.  Tickets $69-$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.

SOUTH KOHALA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN (SKCDP) – ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING: 5 p.m., Mon., Jan. 23, 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).

  • February: No Meeting
  • March 20, 2017: Waimea – Lilly Yoshimatsu Senior Center
  • 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

WAIMEA TOASTMASTERS MEETING: 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 25, 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.

6th ANNUAL WAIKOLOA DRY FOREST WILIWILI FESTIVAL:  10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Jan. 28, 2017.  Waikoloa Stables on Waikoloa Road. A free, fun, family-friendly celebration of the region’s rare and beautiful native lowland dry forest to give the community a chance to interact with the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative – learn about its vision, mission and activities.  Will include live music, vendors, educational workshops, a silent auction and tours of the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve.  All invited.

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS JAMIE ADKINS – CIRCUS ICOGNITUS:  4 p.m., Sat., Jan. 28, 2017.  Virtuoso clown Jamie Adkins is the vulnerable everyman expert of comedy born of desperation; his performances are humble and unguarded as things go awry once he takes the stage.  His props prove unhelpful: his ladder disintegrates under foot; he wrangles an animated chair, and juggles almost everything.  Theatre goers even get involved in the endeavor by tossing lemons for Jamie to catch on a fort…held between his teeth…in a poetic journey with sidesplitting wit.  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.

WAIMEA/NORTH HAWAI’I COMMUNITY INVITED TO ‘ACTIVE SHOOTER PRESENTATION’:  5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 2, 2017.  Waimea School Cafeteria as part of Waimea Community Association’s monthly Town Meeting.  Lt. Thomas A. Shopay III with Hawai’i Police Department’s Special Response Team will present the training that should be attended by all adults.  Also joining us for the meeting will be newly appointed Hawai’i County Police Chief Paul Ferreira.  Free and all invited to WCA Town Meetings.  Info: contact Patti Cook (937-2833) or email cookshi@aol.com, or go to www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.

WEST HAWAI’I MEDIATION CENTER BASIC TRAINING FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS: Thurs.-Sat., Feb. 2-4, 2017.  10-6 Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday.  West Hawai’i Community Health Center – Kailua-Kona.  Learn to manage & resolve conflict using a variety of approaches through lecture, group discussion, hands-on exercises, and mock mediation practice. Whether you want to improve your peacemaking and communication skills or want to become a mediator, this training gives you the tools you need to start resolving conflict in a peaceful and lasting way. $250 fee (includes lunch each day and all training materials) Scholarships provided based on established need. Deadline to register: Jan. 27, 2017. Contact: Chelsea: (885-5525) or email clafrance@whmediation.org.

FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ARTS & COLLECTIBLES: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sat., Feb. 4 and the first Saturday of every month at New Hope Gym.  A free indoor market open to community groups and individuals to raise funds and also contribute to the Gymnasium Improvement Fund.  Offers antiques, collectibles, crafts, plants, Hawaiiana, clothes, books, food, art, rummage, jewelry, toys, etc.  Space available – call Skip (989-4422). Parking behind gym or along Cherry Blossom Park.

HAWAI’I HIGH SCHOOL RODEO COMPETITION:  Sat.-Sun., Feb. 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: March 4-5, 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.
  • District Finals: April 29-30 (tentative)
  • Junior Division State Finals: May 12-14 at Parker Ranch Arena – national qualifiers go to Tennessee for June 18-24 Finals.
  • High School Division State Finals: June 8-11 at Parker Ranch Arena – national qualifiers go to Wyoming for July 16-22 Finals.
  • 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.

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24th ANNUAL WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL:  9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., Feb. 4.  A day-long celebration that showcases the blooming of Church Row Park’s historic cherry trees and the Japanese tradition of viewing them – hanami. Festivities scattered at multiple venues throughout Waimea — look for pink banners identifying site locations sprawling from Parker Ranch Center to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmer’s Market on Hwy. 19. Plan to spend the day to experience memorable Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony and mochi pounding, plus bon dancing, taiko drums, and a host of colorful crafters and local-style food booths. Also a sake tasting at Kamuela Liquor Store from noon to 3 p.m.  This year’s event honors the festival’s long-time shuttle bus service provider, Roberts Hawaii, and Waimea’s Guiness World Record holder Betty Webster, who boasts the world’s largest collection of sunglasses. Free shuttle transportation among most venues.  Info: Roxcie Waltjen (961-8706).

KAHILU THEATRE 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.

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.

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.

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., Jan. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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