Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2017

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

Sept. 7
Oct. 5 - Relocated to HPA Upper Campus eLab!
Nov. 2 - Potluck mahalo gathering for our First Responders
December (often cancelled due to Christmas parade sponsorship so TBD)
Jan. 4, 2018

Community Calendar

From August 1, 2017 and beyond.

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS

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

2017 WILDFIRE LOOKOUT CAMPAIGN:  After the huge runaway wildfire July 7 south of Waimea town, we must be more vigilant than ever!  Over two dozen public and private Hawai’i organizations across the state have launched this public awareness campaign highlighting strategies for protecting families, communities and natural resources across Hawaii from wildfire.  Info: www.hawaiiwildfire.org.

PŌHAKULOA TRAINING AREA – AUGUST 2017:  Military units are scheduled to conduct various types of training here in August that may be heard or observed by surrounding communities. This monthly schedule is produced to alert neighbors of upcoming training activities that are louder in nature and may be heard or noticed outside the military installation. This information is provided for general awareness and may not include all training activity; times and dates are subject to change.

  • 1-5 (Army): Artillery live-fire exercises.
  • 1-6 (Army): Mortar live-fire training.
  • 1-31 (Marines): Helicopter gunnery, mortar and artillery live-fire training.

While sometimes loud or inconvenient, the sounds and sights of training demonstrate how the country ensures that its service members are ready to accomplish their mission and return home safely. To report concerns related to noise or training, contact the PTA Public Affairs Officer, Eric Hamilton, either by calling (808) 969-1966, or emailing eric.m.hamilton6.civ@mail.mil. For monthly PTA training updates, email eric.m.hamilton6.civ@mail.mil with the subject line: “Subscribe Training.”

POHAKULOA ADVISORY – MILITARY CONVOYS:

  • August 2-4:  From PTA to Kawaihae docks.  Scheduled for 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday, Aug. 2-3, and at 2 p.m., Fri., Aug. 4.  The convoys will be escorted by marked vehicles with rotating amber lights and signs.
  • AUGUST 4-5:  From Hilo to PTA in pairs beginning at 8 a.m., Fri., Aug. 4 and at 10 a.m., Sat., Aug. 5.  The vehicles will travel in pairs, not in convoys, departing separately in 45-minute intervals; as a result, they will not be escorted by marked vehicles. Motorists are asked to stay alert and drive with care around these vehicles. For questions, see contact info in previous posting.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS BEING RECRUITED FOR ANUENUE PLAYGROUND ‘BUILD’ IN OCTOBER:  They have raised the essential $400,000 – mahalo to all who contributed!  Now our community’s amazing team of volunteers are recruiting specific coordinators for the Oct. 24-28, 2017 BUILD!  They have already filled the following positions:

  • General Coordinator – Michele Chavez-Pardini
  • Fundraising Coordinator – Mimi Kerley
  • Public Relations Coordinator – Victoria Missien
  • Volunteer Coordinator – Michele Sullivan
  • Site Coordinator – Cynthia Heinjus
  • Materials Coordinator – Kit Metzler
  • Tools Coordinator – Eric Mitchell
  • Food Coordinator – Kamalei Stovall

Now they need to fill the following position prior to their pre-build July 21 meeting: Childcare Coordinator.  For more information, go to www.anuenueplayground.org or email anuenueplayground@gmail.com

NORTH HAWAI’I HOSPICE VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT: The community is encouraged to become a part of Hospice’s Volunteer ‘Ohana to sit with patients and provide respite care as well as needed office and event volunteers.  Patient and office volunteers take a 5 1/2 hour online training that is complimented by an 8 hour in-house training.  Hospice asks for a 2-4 hours-per-week commitment  although there is flexibility if volunteers need to take time away. The pre-training interview, application package and on-line training must be completed by September 13, 2017 to attend the in-house training from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, September 22.  If interested, call Bobbi Bryant (930-6625) or email volunteer.coordinator@northhawaiihospice.org

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).

WAIMEA’S BUSINESS 1ST MONTHLY PAU HANA: 5-7 p.m., Tues., Aug. 1, 2017 and the first Tuesday of every month at different locations.  Mai Grille at Waikoloa Resort Aug. 1. Everyone welcome. No reservation required.  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 Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce. Membership not required to attend.

57th ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE – PLANNING MEETING:  8:30-10 a.m., Wed., Aug. 2, 2017 at Historic Spencer House Conference Room.  This yearʻs parade will be on Sat., Dec. 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.  Waimea community groups, organizations, churches, schools, ranches, farmers, businesses – everyone – is invited to participate!  Future planning meetings: Wednesdays, 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 11, Nov. 1 & 29, 2017.  More info: http://waimeatown.org/?page_id=4539

WEDNESDAY MID-WEEK FARMERS’ MARKET AT PUKALANI STABLES:  9 a.m.-3 p.m. Features a large variety of locally grown, raised and produced products, including coffee from around the state, local organic produce, island honey, handmade soaps, free range grass fed beef, handmade jewelry, crafts, plenty of snacks, a variety of hot plate lunches and gifts.

NORTH HAWAII COMMUNITY HOSPITAL HOSTS WEEKLY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FOR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES:  2-4 p.m., Thursdays.  No charge and no RSVP.  The support group will offer educational presentations on a variety of topics of interest to cancer patients and their families, as well as informal discussion in a relaxed and supportive environment. The group will be facilitated by Corey McCullough, licensed social worker at NHCH, and Crissy Kuehn, RN, Cancer Center patient navigator at the hospital.  Guest speaker July 20 will be Angela Wolfenberger, RDN, LDN, Clinical Dietitian at NHCH who will talk about healthy eating habits and answer questions.  Info: 881-4417.

WAIMEA 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, REAL Farm, Kekela Farm, Honopua Farm, 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 “Building Community One Meal at a Time!” – and is 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

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING:  5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., Aug. 3, 2017.  Waimea School Cafeteria.  A very special meeting to welcome home Waimea members of the Hokule’a worldwide voyage crews with reflections on the 42,000-mile Malama Honua as experienced by Waimea PWO Navigator and Capt. Chadd Paishon, Capt. Pomaikalani Bertelmann and other Waimea crew members.  Will also talk about coming voyages.  There also will be an update about North Hawaii Community Hospital, Hawai’i County Council business and Community Policing  There is no charge and everyone welcome; membership suggested.  Steaming hot Starbucks and cookies provided.  More info: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation, or call Patti Cook (937-2833) or email cookshi@aol.com

FREE YEAR-LONG DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM AT HAMAKUA-KOHALA HEALTH CENTER:  Next session begins in early August to learn and embrace a healthy lifestyle to prevent type 2 diabetes.  Program is divided into 22 sessions with a trained Life Coach – to reduce body weight by 5-7% and increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week.  Classes offered in both Honokaʻa with Life Coach Jennifer Valera and Kapaʻau with Life Coach Wendi.   Info and to sign up, call Jennifer Valera (930-2746).

FREE SMALL BUSINESS ADVISING SERVICES: The State of Hawai’i and US Small Business Administration partner up in the Hawai’i Small Business Development Center in West Hawai’i and elsewhere throughout the state to offer assistance with business plan development, financing packages, financial analysis, business startup and registration, site acquisition or expansion, business training, product development, and human resources management.  Info: Dennis Boyd, Director, West Hawaii Tel:.333.5000 or 854.4495.

 WAIMEA’S SATURDAY FARMERS MARKETS: All invited:

  • WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon.  On the lawn and gravel lot fronting Thelma Parker Memorial Gym and Library. 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, freshly baked artisan breads and pastries, tea, coffee, cheeses, mac nuts, jams and more. Also, eight chefs on hand to prepare a special breakfast or lunch entrée every Saturday. Info: Paul Johnston, 887-0023
  • KUHIO HALE FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kuhio Hale (Hawaiian Homes Hall front lawn). Features locally grown vegetables, fruit, plants, food, pickled items, arts and crafts plus Iokia Lomilomi and Javaloha Coffee.  Info: Dan Manuel (882-0403).
  • KAMUELA FARMERS MARKET: 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  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

“POP-UP” CAR YARD SALE AT WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon, Sat., Aug. 5 and the first Saturday of every month.  On lawn and gravel lot fronting Thelma Parker Memorial Gym & library.  Community is invited to become a “pop-up vendor” of their household goods, crafts, artwork, etc. from their vehicle (a 10×10 tent okay too).  Shoppers invited to browse and discover great local treasures and bargains.  There is a small fee for participation – a portion of which will benefit Waimea Elementary & Middle Schools.  Participants must take everything away after their sale.  Contact Aunty C for details, including cost and rules, by emailing: whfmarket@hotmail.com or call (808) 333-2165.

FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ARTS & COLLECTIBLES: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sat., Aug. 5 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.

NORTH KOHALA PUBLIC LIBRARY – AUGUST 2017:  Info: 889-6655. 

Special Activities

  • 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Mon, Aug 7 – Simple and beautiful jewelry craft with Sid Nakamoto
  • 6 p.m., Mon, Aug 14 – Hawaii Writers’ Guild,  Author Reading
  • 6 p.m., Mon, Aug 28 – Teen Night – Book vs. Movie, “I am Number Four”

Monthly / Weekly Activities

  • 10 a.m., Fridays – Preschool Story time for ages 2-5 and their caregivers
  • 3:30 p.m. , Thursdays – Na ‘Imi ‘Ike; Hawaiian Language Study Group
  • 11 a.m., Tue, Aug 8 – Reading discussion: “11/22/63” by Stephen King
  • 1:30 p.m., Wed, Aug 9 – After-school activities:  Lego Building
  • 10 a.m., Tue, Aug 15 – Adult and Teen Writers’ Group
  • 6 p.m., Mon, Aug 21 – Adult and Teen Poetry Group
  • 1:30 p.m., Wed, Aug 30 – After-school activities, Wii Gaming

WAIMEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS RESUME CLASSES:  Tues., Aug. 8, 2017. 

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING:  9 a.m., Tues., Aug. 8, and the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  Waimea Senior Center.  All persons 55+ invited to join – there is a $30 annual membership fee. Info: Pat Lewi, President (885-4307).   Daily activities:

  • MONDAYS: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Walking group. Meet @WSC; 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Beginners’ Ukulele Lessons w/ Elaine Loo.
  • TUESDAYS: 9 a.m. – Club Meetings/Special Events/Field trips
  • WEDNESDAYS: Line Dancing @Waimea Community Center – 10:30 a.m.-Noon
  • THURSDAYS: Mah Jong @ WSC – 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • FRIDAYS: Ground Golf @Waimea Park – 11 a.m.-Noon.

SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING: 4 p.m., Tues., Aug. 8, 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.

WAIMEA TOASTMASTERS MEETING: 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesdays, Aug. 9 & 23, 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.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TWO MASSIVE BLACK HOLES CRASH?  ASTRONOMY TALK AT HAP GATES THEATRE:  7 p.m., Thurs., Aug. 10, 2017.  Sponsored by Keck Observatory.  What happens in the event of such a crash?  A catastrophic cosmic collision occurs that’s so violent, it causes ripples in the fabric of space-time!  Learn why the discovery of these gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) are going down in history as one of the greatest human scientific achievements with Keck’s special guest speaker David Reitze, Executive Director of LIGO Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. The talk, titled ʻBlack Holes’ Last Tango in Space – LIGO and the Dawn of Gravitational-wave Astronomy,ʻ The first direct detections of gravitational waves in late 2015 were made possible by a dedicated 40-year quest to design, build and operate LIGO.  Why did it take so long?? Dr. Reitze will discuss what makes gravitational waves so difficult to detect and at the same time such powerful and unique probes of the universe. Using fantastically sensitive interferometers, the first detections of colliding black holes have now been made — three times! These detections have profound implications for how we will view the universe in coming decades. Free and all invited.  Keck Astronomy Talks are generously supported by the Rob and Terry Ryan Foundation.
WAIMEA COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS ‘PIPPIN’:  7 p.m., Fri.-Sat., Aug. 11-12, and 2 p.m., Sun., Aug. 13, 2017 at Honoka’a People’s Theatre.  7 p.m., Fri.-Sat., Aug. 18-19, and 2 p.m., Sun., Aug 20, 2017 at Kahilu Theatre.  A Tony Award-winning musical!  Honoka’a Theatre tickets $9-18; Kahilu Theatre tickets $23-$30 with discounts for seniors, students and keiki.  Info: www.WaimeaCommunityTheatre.org

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING:  9:30 a.m.-Noon, Sat., August 12 and second Saturday of most months.  Thelma Parker Memorial Library.  All welcome.  Begins with a brief business meeting, then show and tell, sharing new ideas and techniques for patchwork quilting.  Each year this group donates many quilts to help fundraise for worthwhile community organizations 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 donate quilted stockings and coverlets for needy children. Info: Becky Parkinson (937-2159).

INVASIVE SPECIES ERADICATION AROUND HALE POHAKU AND UPPER ELEVATION AREAS OF MAUNA KEA:  10 a.m.-Noon, Sat., Aug. 12, 2017.  Volunteers needed as part of this ongoing effect to remove fireweed and other invasive species.  Begins with project orientation and acclimation to high elevation.  Afterward there will be a walking tour of the area and lunch will be provided and a lecture given on the Mauna Kea resources.  Volunteers asked to bring drinking water, sun glasses, sunscreen, sun protection, light rain gear, warm clothing and hiking boots or good walking shoes.  Best to dress in layers. Transportation from Hilo and back, gloves for pulling weeds and tools will be provided. In the first community weed pull in 2012, 1,100 volunteers participated, gathering 1,800 bags of fireweed.  To sign up, email omkmvolunteers-grp@hawaii.edu.  More info: www.malamamaunakea.org.

FREE ‘FOOD EVOLUTION’ FILM NARRATED BY NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON AT KAHILU THEATRE:  2 p.m., Sat., Aug. 12, 2017.  Produced by Academy Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, this film helps audiences navigate the brutally polarized GMO debate marked by passion, suspicion and confusion. Both pro- and anti-camps claim science is on their side. Who’s right?  The film travels from Hawai’i papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda, to the cornfields of Iowa, to wrestle with the emotions and science driving one of the most heated arguments of our time.  The film tackles misinformation, confusion and fear when contemplating such serious questions as ‘How do we ensure that our food supply is safe, and that everyone has enough to eat?”  “How do we feed the world while also protecting the planet?”  Doors open at 1 p.m. and a post-film Q&A panel will be held.  Light refreshments provided.  Sponsored by Kahilu Theatre in partnership with Hawai’i Farmers & Ranchers United.  Info: Lorie Farrell (895-6525).

COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING ON KOHALA AGRICULTURAL WATER STUDY:  5:30-8:30 p.m., Wed. Aug. 16, 2017.  Kohala Village Hub – Barn.  Free and all invited.  Sponsored by the State Department of Land and Natural Resources and Sen. Lorraine Inouye.  Meet the project team and learn about the plan for researching and gathering information on agricultural water users, demands and ag water system conditions.  No RSVP; just come.

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE:  6-8 p.m., Thurs., Aug. 17 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

COMMUNITY INVITED TO PUT HANDS ON THE MAKALI’I AND KOKUA WITH ITS 20-YEAR DRYDOCKING:  8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Aug. 19 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.

FREE ‘POP-UP’ LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC:  9 a.m.-Noon, Sat., Aug. 19.  Waimea School Cafeteria. Volunteer attorneys available to meet individually with low and moderate income individuals about Family Law, Estate Planning, District Court, Bankruptcy and Veterans’ Benefits.   Must call by Aug. 4, 2017 to qualify and reserve a spot: 808-313-8210 or 808-528-7046.  Walk-ins accepted as time permits so best to make a reservation.  Organized by Volunteer Legal Services Hawai’i.  Interpreter Assistance available providing arranged when making reservation.

WAIMEA COFFEE WITH A COP: 8-10 a.m., Wed., Aug. 23, 2017.  Waimea Coffee Company in Parker Square, Kawaihae Road.  Join neighbors and our Community Policing Officer May Lee for coffee and conversation.  No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.  No RSVP – just come.  Questions: Officer May Lee, South Kohala Community Police Officer, Hawaii County Police Department – tel: 887-3080.  Email: May.Lee@hawaiicounty.gov

FIREFIGHTER CHILI COOK-OFF BENEFIT:  4:30-8:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 26, 2017.  Red Barn at Parker Ranch – near the soccer fields and rodeo arena.  A benefit for Hawai’i Wildlife Management Organization featuring community firefighters showing off their best firehouse chili recipe!  Guest judge for the event: Chef Sam Choy!  Chili tasting, beverages, music, silent auction and prizes.  Tickets $40 includes dinner, beverages and dessert.  Keiki under 10 free.  $10 discount on tickets for Fire and Emergency Personnel and families. Proceeds support HWMO programs to prevent wildfires.  Info: www.hawaiiwildfire.org or call 885-0900.

WAIMEA TEEN TECH TUTORS: 10:30-12:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 27, and thereafter usually twice a month on Sept 10 & 24, Oct 1 & 22, Nov 5 & 19, and Dec 3 at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Now in its 5th year serving the community, tech-savvy high school students from HPA, Parker, Kamehameha and Honoka’a High help kupuna with basic tips and practical information for using their phones, personal electronic devices and programs including tablets, iPhones 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.

NORTH HAWAI’I HOSPICE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY:  5-7:30 p.m., Sun., Aug. 27, 2017.  Coconut Grove at the Fairmont Orchid.  A meaningful ceremony to honor and remember loved ones who have passed with a sharing of music, hula, Taiko drummers, chanting and prayers, followed by a lantern release into Pauoa Bay at sunset.  Free.  Floating lanterns for inscribing messages and decorating will be provided for a suggested $10 donation.  Food and beverages available for purchase.  Complimentary self parking provided by the Fairmont.  Carpooling is encouraged.  All invited.  Info: 885-7547 or visit www.northhawaiihospice.org.

20TH ANNUAL DANIEL R. SAYRE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION AWARD DINNER-BENEFIT:  Sat., Sept. 2, 2017.  Fairmont Orchid Grand Ballroom.  4:30 p.m. Silent Auction begins.  6 p.m. Awards dinner.  A five-star gourmet buffet w/ silent and live auction to honor and celebrate Hawaii Island first responders and hear their amazing stories.  Help purchase essential equipment and training including rope rescue equipment, rescue communication systems, ATV’s, rescue boards, automatic defibrillators, advanced technology wetsuits, dive boots, dive lights, UV protection garments, backpacks, gear lockers, Thermal imager, GPS units, Arizona Vortex anchors for rope rescues and jet skis. Tickets $110/Adults; $58/Children under 12.  Includes tax and gratuity. Firemenʻs dinner includes two drinks compliments of the Fairmont Orchid.  The cost of dinner is not tax-deductible unless it is a sponsored dinner for a fireman.  More info & tickets: http://www.danielsayrefoundation.org/

WAIMEA BLOOD DRIVE:  10:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Tues., Sept. 5, 2017.  Waimea LDS Church on Kapiolani Street.  Sponsored by the Blood Bank of Hawai’i.  To determine if you’re eligible to donate, go to: http://www.bbh.org/become-a-donor/content.html  Or call 1-800-372-9966.  You can use this number to schedule a donation time.  Walk-ins welcome but best to pre-schedule time if possible.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING:  Thurs., Sept. 7, 2017 – 5:15-7 p.m.  Meeting Agenda:  Homelessness and Houselessness – Panel Discussion. 

‘BEER, BITES & BOCCE BALL TOURNAMENT – FUNDRAISER FOR WAIKOLOA DRY FOREST INITIATIVE:  2-6 p.m., Sun., Sept. 10, 2017.  Anna Ranch.  Create a team or just come to participate in some friendly competition in this double elimination style lawn game that is fun and easy to play for all ages. $50 tickets include beverages, food and entertainment. There will also be kid’s activities, educational booths, a silent auction and fine art for sale. All proceeds benefit forest restoration efforts.  More info and tickets: www.waikoloadryforest.org for tickets or contact Jen Lawson (494-2208) or email: Jen@waikoloadryforest.org.

‘OHI’A WORSHOPS ON SEED COLLECTION STRATEGIES:  9 a.m.-Noon.  Hilo: Fri., Sept. 22 at the Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry Conference Room.  Kona: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017 at Palamanui Panini Building Room 126-127.  Presented by Marian Chau, University of Hawaiʻi – Lyon Arboretum Seed Conservation Lab; Matt Keir, Laukahi Hawaiʻi Plant Conservation Network; JB Friday, UH-Hilo CTAHR – Komohana Research & Extension Center.  To register, go to laukahi.org/ohia.

PANIOLO PRESERVATION SOCIETY HONORS HAWAI’I’S COWBOY MUSIC & PRACTITIONERS:  Sat., Sept. 23, 2017.  Historic Pukalani Stables.  This now annual benefit for PPS is themed “Na Mele o Paniolo” and will salute past and present icons including beloved Kindy Sproat, Ernie Cruz and Kuana Torres Kahele.  Also joining the evening will be special guest artist-sculptor Fred Fellows, who created Waimea’s monument of its most famous paniolo, Ikua Purdy!  Tickets for this gala dinner-fundraiser available soon from PPS Board members and at the Paniolo Heritage Center. Celebration will include live music, a wonderful meal, a tempting live auction of paniolo themed items and special guests.  More info: Tel: 854-1541 or go to www.paniolopreservation.org

 SOUTH KOHALA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN (SKCDP) – ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING: 5 p.m., Mon., Sept. 25, 2017.  Location to be confirmed – either Waikoloa Village Assoc. Community Room or Kawaihae.  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).

  • October: No Meeting
  • November 27, 2017: Waimea – Lilly Yoshimatsu Senior Center
  • December: No Meeting

SAVE THE DATE:  WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL ‘TAKE A LAP’ FUN RUN/WALK & SILENT AUCTION – THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY INVITED TO PARTICIPATE!  Fri., Sept. 29. 4 p.m. Registration; 5 p.m.  A 1.5-mile and 3-mile Run-Walk around campus and town, plus a tempting silent auction and dinner – all to support students’ academic progress. More details to come.  Info: Patti Cook (937-2833).

BRING-IT! WAIMEA SEEKS MUSICIANS, COMEDIANS, POETS FOR NEXT KAHILU THEATRE PERFORMANCE:  8 p.m., Sat., Sept. 30, 2017 in the Mike Luce Black Box.  Bring-It! is an opportunity for up and coming talent: songwriters, poets and stand-up comedians to perform their original songs, poetry and routines in front of an audience, in a nightclub setting, where beer and wine are available for purchase. Performers interested in the show must be there by 7:30 p.m. to have name placed on a list of 15 entertainers for the evening.  Presentations must be original works.  Entertainers are allowed five minutes on stage, and if they go overtime, they are gently “nudged” off stage with a large foam hand. Sign-ups and presentations are on a first come basis. Bring-it! is an uncensored event, however, no breaking the law and attendees and presenters must be 18 years and older.  $10 admission fee for entertainers and guests.  Proceeds from the sale of beer and wine go directly to Kahilu Performing Arts Center which helps pay for the children’s K(Arts) program. Future scheduled Bring-It! events are 8 p.m., Saturdays, Oct. 28, and November 11. Info: Roslin Sinclair-Nelson (808) 887-1366.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING:  Thurs., Oct. 5, 2017 – 5:15-7 p.m.  HPA eLAB Presentation. Note: Meeting to be moved to HPA eLab – upper campus.)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WAIMEA ANUENUE PLAYGROUND “BUILD” OCT. 24-28, 2017. Our amazing community – inspired by a team of volunteers who are determine to rebuild popular Anuenue Playground – have succeeded in raising $400,000 to purchase needed materials and services.  Now they are recruiting volunteers for the “build”!  For more information, go to www.anuenueplayground.org or email anuenueplayground@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WAIMEA ANUENUE PLAYGROUND “BUILD” OCT. 24-28, 2017. Our amazing community – inspired by a team of volunteers who are determine to rebuild popular Anuenue Playground – have succeeded in raising $400,000 to purchase needed materials and services.  Now they are recruiting volunteers for the “build”!  For more information, go to www.anuenueplayground.org or email Volunteer Chair Michele Sullivan: msullivan808@gmail.com.  She is gathering names, contact information and specific skills or work preferences – from helping rebuild the playground to helping feed volunteers, and lots more!

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING:  Thurs., Nov. 2, 2017 – 5:15-7 p.m.  Meeting Agenda:  Annual First Responder Mahalo Presentation & Potluck Dinner!  Please mark your calendar and join us to convey gratitude to these everyday community heroes and the volunteers who step up to help protect us in emergencies!

W.M. KECK OBSERVATORY OPEN HOUSE:  10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., Nov. 11, 2017.  Free and All Welcome.  Community invited for a fun, family-friendly event filled with cosmic activities, stellar food, and a star-studded program featuring renowned astronomers and engineers.  Bring keiki, ‘ohana, friends, and neighbors to experience dozens of science-rich, interactive booths: snap a picture I.D. of yourself in infrared, treat your taste buds to su- zero ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, learn how to solder your very own flasher pin, enjoy lunch and snack options for purchase, giveaways, prizes, and more!  Plenty of parking.  Keck Theater will host presentations for all ages, highlighting the very latest about its astronomical research, revolutionary technology and ground-breaking science – all in keeping with its mission to advance the frontiers of astronomy and share its discoveries to inspire the imagination of all.  Info: Mari-Ela Chock (881-3827) or mchock@keck.hawaii.edu or go to www.keckobservatory.org

ST. JAMES’ PARISH CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Sat., Nov. 18. Church grounds.  Always great fun with an extravagant Christmas store, holiday gifts including jams, jellies, baked goodies, plants, vegetables and delicious food.  All invited.  More details to come.  Info: TimBostock@hawaiiantel.net.

‘HOMESTEAD HOLIDAY MARKET’: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., Nov. 25, 2017.  Kuhio Hale Hall.  Sponsored by the Kuhio Hale Farmer’s Market and will feature organic produce grown by homestead farmers in Pu’ukapu, cut flowers and plants, Christmas wreaths and arrangements, locally made crafts, jellies, chips, household items, jewelry, baby slings, Iokia Lomilomi and more including entertainment by Marcelino Palafox and Friends.  All invited.  Vendors welcome: $25 for a 10×10 space in the hall; no tent needed.  Info: call or text Chaddie Manuel (443-6479), or email Kman19512000@yahoo.com.

57th ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE: Sat., Dec. 2, 2017 – 5:30-6:45 p.m. From the east end of Historic Church Row Park along Mamalahoa Highway through the heart of town, turning right at the main intersection onto Lindsey Road up past Parker School and concludes at Waimea Park.  This is a 56-year-old Waimea tradition to celebrate the approaching holidays and remind ourselves to be thankful for all we have…and to reach out and support everyone in the community — no one left behind — during this season of love and aloha. 2017 Theme: Truckers Light The Town, honoring our beloved truckers who are always a featured part of the parade!  Everyone invited to participate — as a spectator or parade entrants – including schools, churches, businesses, farms, ranches and community organizations!  Only two rules: (1) Be aware and respectful of everyone’s safety and well-being, and (2) “leave no footprints behind” – pick up trash even if it’s not your own…and be careful not to damage surroundings – plants & trees, irrigation (don’t drive/park on landscaped areas) and buildings or other improvements.  Also, everyone is asked to support the Big Island Giving Tree by making a donation to our BIGT Bucket Brigade just prior to the start of the parade.  BIGT Bucket Brigade volunteers will canvass spectators asking for “small change to make big change”…to be sure no one in our community is forgotten this holiday season.  2017 parade details and application will be posted by October 2017 at: www.WaimeaTown.org.  Questions:  Parade Chair Lani Olsen-Chong (Tel: 808-936-0670).

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE 8TH ANNUAL WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL:  Mon.-Thurs., Jan. 1-4, 2018 at venues in Waimea, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel and The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’I, then moving Fri.-Tues., Jan. 5-9 to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.  Festival passes available online at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org with extra early purchase pass rates starting July 30, 2017.  The festival brings an immersive visual experience to the island each January, offering guests heart-pounding adventure, giant surf, marine life, international expeditions and ocean action, all while garnering greater insight and understanding into the ocean environment and island culture. Over 60 films feature ocean experience, ocean environment, island culture, inspiring stories and epic adventure. In addition to the non-stop program of films, interactive presentations, exhibits and Breakfast Talks, and ocean-based activities add a dynamic element to the festival. Breakfast Talks provide an intimate setting for guests to connect with filmmakers and special guests to ask questions and hear the behind-the-scenes stories that bring the films to life. New this year, films screen outdoors at Four Seasons each evening at Hoku Amphitheatre. Waimea venues include Kahilu Theatre, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA), Parker School Theatre and Anna Ranch.  Festival program will be completed and posted to the website in PDF format around December 20 for convenient download.

More info/updates: www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or follow on Facebook.  For questions, call 808-854-6095 or info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING:  Thurs., Jan. 4, 2018 – 5:15-7 p.m. Meeting Agenda:  2018 Legislative Preview

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING:  Thurs., Feb. 1, 2018 – 5:15-7 p.m. Meeting Agenda:  Briefing by Hawaiian Ethos – medical marijuana producers/distributors here in Lalamilo Farmlots.

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/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).

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.
  • KUHIO HALE FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kuhio Hale (Hawaiian Homes Hall front lawn). Features locally grown vegetables, fruit, plants, food, pickled items, arts and crafts plus Iokia Lomilomi and Javaloha Coffee.  Info: Dan Manuel (882-0403).
  • 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.
  • AL ANON 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: 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: 

www.facebook.com/kahilutheatreorg

·         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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