Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2017

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

April 6
May 4
June 1
July 6 (might be moved to avoid holiday)
August 3
Sept. 7
Oct. 5
Nov. 2
December (often cancelled due to Christmas parade sponsorship so TBD)

Community Calendar

From March 24, 2017 and beyond.

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

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS

REGISTER NOW FOR RAPID ‘OHI’A DEATH SYMPOSIUMS ON HAWAI’I ISLAND:  9 a.m.-Noon, Sat., April 1, West Hawai’I Civic Center Council Chambers.  Learn all there is to know including disease discovery timeline, origins, how the fungus spreads, wood treatment research, effects on the forest, management actions, and community outreach and involvement plus a question and answer session.  Snacks and refreshments provided by local businesses.  Free but space limited so please go to www.RapidOhiaDeath.org and click on the link for the symposium you’d like to attend.

$5,000 SCHOLARSHIP OFFERED TO GRADUATING SENIOR FOR EXEMPLARY VOLUNTEERISM:  The law firm of David Levin Livingston of Honolulu wants to honor a graduating high school student who has been a leader in making Hawai’i a better place – recognizing that such good deeds often go unnoticed.  Info: https://www.davislevin.com/humanitarian-scholarship/

33RD ANNUAL NA ‘OPIO YOUTH ART SHOW:  Firehouse Gallery.  Waimea Arts Council celebrates National Youth Art Month during March with a show and competition featuring young artists from grades 6 through 12 from schools and home schooled students in the North and South Kohala and Hāmākua districts. This event has provided an opportunity for young artists’ works to be shown to the public for many years, sometimes leading to their own one person shows. Some have even gone on to professional art careers having had their start with the Nā `Opio.  Free and all invited.  Gallery hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesdays thru Fridays and Sundays; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

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.

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

WAIMEA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THRIFT SHOP – FINAL SALE OF THE SCHOOL YEAR:  7 a.m.-Noon, Sat., March 25, 2017.  Great bargains in their “outside” sale in the container and open-air lanai including items from 25 cents and up, or a filled shopping bags for $5, plus new and like-new items a great prices and household items “inside” the shop.  All welcome.  All proceeds benefit elementary school keiki.  Shop is located near the back entry to campus look for signs, park behind the post office and walk in. Thrift Store Hours: Weekly — Wednesday, 1—3 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to Noon.

BERGINS’ HISTORICAL ‘HAWAIIAN HORSE’ BOOK RELEASE & SIGNINGS: 9 a.m.-Noon, Sat., March 25 at Parker Ranch Store; 1:30-3 p.m. at Basically Books in Hilo and 3-5 p.m. at Lyman House, then 9 a.m.-Noon, Wed., March 29 at Pukalani Stables’ market. This long-awaited book co-authored by two respected Hawai’i Island veterinarians, Dr. Billy Bergin and son Dr. Brady Bergin, documents the Hawaiian horse’s arrival in the Islands in 1803 and its development, tracing its progress to present day Hawai’i.  It’s a fascinating story that touches on its use in social, plantation, ranching, military, racing and polo settings. The Hawaiian mustang and the feral donkey’s place in Hawaiian history enjoy centerfold treatment.  Published by UH Press.  All welcome to the booksignings.

SHERRY BRACKEN ‘ISLAND ISSUES’ INTERVIEW WITH PILOTS SYDNIE UEMOTO AND DAVID MCMAHON AFTER WATER LANDING AND SWIMMING 20 HOURS TOWARD BIG ISLAND BEFORE BEING RESCUED:  6:30 a.m., on two consecutive Sundays, March 26 and April 2, 2017, on KKOA 107.7 fm, and also at 8 a.m. both Sundays on LAVA 105.3 fm.  Sherry says it’s one of her most favorite interviews ever, recounting the July 14, 2016 emergency landing of a small private plane – having lost both engines, in rough seas 25 miles off the Kona Coast and how the pilots then swam 20 hours towards the Big Island before being rescued by the dedicated U.S. Coast Guard team.  The event has been called “The Miracle at Sea,” and is an amazing, heartwarming, tear-jerking, inspiring story of courage, faith, determination, strength, and the ability to not lose hope.   It’s a two-part discussion with Sydnie Uemoto, born and raised in Kona.  In Part 2, Sydnie continues the story and we also hear from Sydnie’s mom, Andrina Uemoto, about what the family knew and when.  That’s perhaps an even more emotional part of the story.  The podcast will also be posted for any time listening at www.lava1053.com/podcast/island-issues

ANUENUE PLAYGROUND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WORKDAY:  9 a.m.-Noon, Sun., March 26, 2017.  Ready and wanting to lend a hand? Not sure how? Come join Friends of Anuenue Playground and they will happily show you!  No particular skills are required, just willingness and enthusiasm!  Wear comfortable clothes and bring gloves and hats if you need them. While we cannot offer childcare, it is a Playground, so feel free to bring the family!  Simple refreshments provided, as well as an update on the fundraising effort and proposed Build-date! Help us spread the word – we look forward to seeing you!  Info: www.Facebook.com/FriendsofAnuenuePlayground, or call Michele Chavez-Pardini (960-6392).

WAIMEA TEEN TECH TUTORS: 10:30-12:30 p.m., Sun., March 26 and thereafter on random Sundays – April 2 & 23 and May 7, 2017.- 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.

5th ANNUAL ROYAL HOLOKU BALL HONORING PRINCE KUHIO AT PUKALANI STABLES:  10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun., March 26.  Pukalani Stables.  Sponsored by the Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders Association will celebrate the life and contributions of Hawaiʻi’s Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole with a scholarship benefit for higher education. It will be a brunch with cocktails, live concert, silent auction, awards for attire and more including pa’u riders attending on horseback.  Formal dress required (any suit or holokū style). This years theme is Paniolo Holokū so jeans with a coat and cowboy hats are welcome, as well palaka style holokū with boots etc… Ticket $30.  Info and tickets: call 960-1900 or Email micahkamohoalii@gmail.com.

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

TAI CHI/ CHI KUNG CLASSES WEEKLY IN WAIMEA:  Two choices 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.
  • 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 ChurchRow to improve their overall physical strength, including better standing balance, increased range of motion, flexibility while developing inner calm and centering. Gentle for all ages including 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).

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.

HPA OFFERS AFTER-SCHOOL CO-ED WRESTLING PROGRAM FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:  March 27-May 24, 2017.  In new multipurpose building behind Isaacs Art Center at Village Campus. Coach Hamilton Ford welcomes middle school students from Waimea, Honoka’a, Kohala, Waikoloa, Kawaihae and Puako.  Program runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, March 27-April 29 (three days a week but 2 days are an option), and then Mondays and Wednesdays, May 1-24 (minimum of one day a week required.)  There is a charge depending on the number of days participating, plus $15 USA Wrestling membership. Learn and practicing specific wrestling techniques and improve balance, leverage, lateral movement, hand-eye coordination, and how to move more quickly on your feet, then compete against students from other parts of the island, and also at an optional State Middle School Tournament on Maui at the end of April. This is a sport for boys and​ girls, all shapes and sizes. Ultimately, you will learn how to control your opponent’s body and movements, while being responsible for their safety. This is a technique sport, not a conditioning sport, so no running and no emphasis on weight. Foot and headgear provided.  Info: Mrs. Liz Noetzel (989-9100) or Coach Foard (727-518-4651).

COMMUNITY INVITED TO TALK-STORY SERIES W/ KUʻULEI KEAKEALANI ON HAWAIʻI ISLANDʻS WAHI PANA – CELEBRATED PLACES!  4-5:30 p.m., Tuesdays, March 28, April 4, 11,18 and 25, 2017.  (No class during Spring Break.)  Sponsored by Waimea Education Hui and Waimea Middle School in WMS Classroom L03A (center of campus).  Free and all invited. Will explore the mo’olelo (stories) of Hawai’i Island’s “Wahi Pana” – Celebrated Places!  Each week, participants will hear a mo’olelo (story), and from the story extract place names which will be the basis of a “working session” to explore meanings and other pertinent information regarding each place name. Participants are asked to bring a Hawaiian Dictionary by Mary Kawena Pukui as they will be engaged in active research during class sessions. Furthering oneʻs connection to place through understanding its name is a powerful way to foster that relationship.  Made possible with a grant from Hawaiʻi Community Education and the support of Kamehameha Schools.

HAWAIʻI OPERA THEATRE PRESENTS ʻTHREE DECEMBERSʻ PLAY AT KAHILU:  7 p.m., Wed., March 29.  Based on a play by Terrance McNally, the story unfolds as a Broadway tar Madeline Mitchell enters the twilight of her career and life.  Estranged from her children, Madeline shares a secret she has kept for over three decades.  Hidden truths are revealed as the family members struggle to find their identities in life and as part of a family.  Tickets $75-$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.

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

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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, 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 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

 

WEST HAWAI’I FORUM RE: 2017 HAWAI’I LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:  6-8 p.m., Thurs., March 30, 2017.   West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  Free and everyone invited.  Five Hawai’i Island legislators provide an overview of the current session and provide an opportunity for direct conversations.  Legislative presenters include:

  • Senator Josh Green, District 3
  • Senator Lorraine Inouye, District 4
  • Representative Richard Creagan, District 5
  • Representative Nicole Lowen, District 6
  • Representative Cindy Evans, District 7

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

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

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

2ND ANNUAL NORTH KOHALA HOLOKU PAGEANT & LUAU: 4-8 p.m., Sat., April 1, 2017.  Kohala Village Hub.  Sponsored to benefit Na Kupuna o Kohala and The Kohala Kamehameha Day Committee.  Tickets $15 including Hawaiian Plate dinner.  All invited.  Tickets at the HUB front desk or by calling 889-0404 Ext 101.  More info: www.KohalaVillageHub.com.

WAIMEA CONSORT PRESENTS FREE CHORAL CONCERT: 4 p.m., Sun., April 2, 2017. HPA Davies Chapel in Waimea.  The spring concert, entitled “Transitions: Songs of Growth and Change”, will share a cappella choral music from the Renaissance period to the 21st century. All invited.  Info: call 238-5978, email waimeaconsort@gmail.com, or visit www.waimeaconsort.org

WAIMEA CONSORT PRESENTS FREE CHORAL CONCERT: 4 p.m., Sun., April 2, 2017. HPA Davies Chapel in Waimea.  The spring concert, entitled “Transitions: Songs of Growth and Change”, will share a cappella choral music from the Renaissance period to the 21st century. All invited.  Info: call 238-5978, email waimeaconsort@gmail.com, or visit www.waimeaconsort.org

CHOREOGRAPHER HERVE KOUBI MAKES HAWAII DEBUT AT KAHILU:  7 p.m., Sun., April 2.  French-Algerian choreographer Herve Koubi is recognized as one of Europeʻs most distinctive choreographers.  This highly physical and astoundingly fluid work features 12 Algerian and African male dancers and fuses acrobatics, gymnastics, b-boying, contemporary dance and ballet.  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.

HAWAI’I STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL DOUG CHIN TO SPEAK AT WAIMEA CMTY ASSN TOWN MEETING:  5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., April 6, 2017. Waimea School Cafeteria.  Hawai’i AG Douglas Chin will talk about what the State of Hawai’i is doing in anticipation of possible changes in federal programs related to health care, immigration, taxes, support for public schools, infrastructure, etc.  As always, County council members will also provide an update as well Waimea’s Community Policing Officer.  No charge and everyone welcome.  Steaming hot Starbucks and cookies will be provided.  Membership welcome but not a must.  Info: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation, or call Patti Cook (937-2833) or email cookshi@aol.com

JURIED ART SHOW AT KAHILU THEATRE:  April 7-June 2, 2017 in the Kohala Gallery.  Exhibit theme:  A Climate of Change.  All welcome!

“POP-UP” CAR YARD SALE AT WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon beginning Sat., April 8, 2017 (postponed to accommodate an elementary school track meet at 12:30 p.m., Sat., April 1.)  Waimea School field.  Community invited to become a “pop-up seller” 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. The market is on school grounds – enter from behind the post office or the back entry gate by Kahilu Theatre.  Limited space available and participants must take everyone away after their sale.  Contact Aunty C for details, including cost and rules, by emailing: whfmarket@hotmail.com or call (808) 333-2165.

WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE ANNUAL PLANT SALE:  9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat., April 8 at Ulu La`au the Waimea Nature Park. Several local vendors will be there with a large selection of plants, trees and more.  The Outdoor Circle will feature homegrown plants and large, blooming cymbidium orchids donated by the family of a long-time volunteer.  Enjoy ono fresh food from Dan-o’s Doner, a popular new restaurant in Waimea, and a “Keiki Korner” with children’s activities. Enjoy a self- guided park tour to learn about its Native Hawaiian plants and see the beautiful variety of Ohi’a trees in full bloom.  A “plant doctor” will be available to answer questions and you can learn about several invasive species threatening Hawai’i Island and what you can do to help.  Free heirloom seed give-a-way while supplies last.  The Nature Park is located behind Canada France Hawaii Telescope at the end of Ulu La`au Lane.  Info: call 443-4482 and leave a message, or email wochawaii@gmail.com.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING:  9:30 a.m.-Noon, Sat., April 8 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).

ROYAL ORDER OF KAMEHAMEHA I – NA POKI’I & MOKU O KOHALA FUNDRAISING CONCERT:  2-5 p.m., Sun., April 9.  Kahilu Theatre.  Doors open at 1 p.m. for silent auction, no-host beverages and pupu. Concert opens with hula Halau Waiau under the direction of Kumu Hula Liana Aveiro of Waimea, followed by the sweet voice of multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, Diana Aki, accompanied by Larry Katahira on guitar, Dwight Tokumoto on steel guitar and Keola Grace on bass.  Additional entertainment by Hawai’i Ki Ho’alu all-stars with a slack key jam session with multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner and Grammy Award winner, Sonny Lim, Peter Moon Jr., Don Kaulia, David Kaio, Kunia Galdeira and Keola Grace on bass.  Each of these ki ho’alu players are featured entertainers in their own right and all have come together to provide what will be a unique jam session style slack key extravaganza.  Beloved emcee Penny Vredenburg caps off the program. The majority of the proceeds will go to scholarships for students from the Waimea, Waikoloa and Kohala area, with the remainder helping to fund Hawaiian culture educational outreach programs within the community.  Donations to Na Poki’i, Inc., whether monetary or of in kind items for the silent auction, are tax deductible.  Featured silent auction items include two inlaid koa dressing benches and two guitars signed by all the entertainers present. Tickets $40 – available Na Poki’i, Inc. or Moku O Kohala members and also at Wishard Gallery in Waimea.  Seating is first served. More info or tickets, call 937-6380 or e-mail kakaukii@hawaiiantel.net.  Tickets available at the door on April 9 too.

SPECIAL MEETING OF WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL’S LOCAL ADVISORY PANEL (LAP) WITH ACCREDITATION VISITING COMMITTEE:  3:30-6:30 p.m., Mon., April 10, 2017.  Begins with tour of the new still-under-construction STEAM building Classroom, then meeting in classroom K-03.  All invited to discuss the school’s progress, and 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.  This is a special meeting w/ the Visiting Committee here for the school’s mid-term Accreditation visit.  Info: https://sites.google.com/a/wmpccs.org/home/home/leadership-governance.

FREE HARMONIC LIGHT THERAPY SESSION AND EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP:  April 10-13, 2017.  Guest Speaker Marta DeBerard is a Quantum Light Energy Coach and Presenter at many Energy Conferences. She was recently a guest speaker at the “Families for Effective Autism Treatment Conference” in Dallas TX, sharing the benefits of Light Therapy for ADD/ADHD/ Spectrum individuals. For location and more info, text or call Judy Heaton (808-443-8587) or email judy@lightmycells.com

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING:  9 a.m., Tues., April 11 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., April 11 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, April 12 & 26, 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.

COMMUNITY INVITED TO PUT HANDS ON THE MAKALI’I AND KOKUA WITH ITS 20-YEAR DRYDOCKING:  8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., April 15 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.

WAIMEA COUNTRY SCHOOL’S GARDEN MARKET & SPRING PLANT SALE:  9 a.m.-Noon, Sat., April 15, 2017.  Offering herbs, flowers, vegetable starts, landscaping plants, crafts, fresh produce and activities for keiki, All proceeds directly support the school garden. Info: 885-0067.

SPECTACULAR STRADIVARIUS CONCERTS:  April 17 and 19, 2017.  Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (HPAF) to present two concerts with Martin Chalifour, Concertmaster, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, playing the Fritz Kreisler Stradivarius violin.  April 17 at a private home in Kona; tickets $80 with 40% tax deductible; April 19 at The People’s Theater in Honoka’a; tickets $25, 40% tax deductible.  considered a donation to HPAF. This is one of a number of benefits to help underwrite what will be the 13th annual HPAF summer festival July 1-31, 2017.  More info and to purchase tickets, go to: www.HawaiiPerformingArtsFestival.Org.

US SENATOR BRIAN SCHATZ TOWN HALL MEETING:     1-2:30 p.m., Tues., April 18, 2017.  UH-Hilo Sciences & Technology Building (STB) Room 108.  Corner of Lanikaula and Nowelo Streets.  Sen. Schatz will share updates from DC and take questions.  RSVP: schatz.senate.gov/townhall.  Questions: 808-523-2061.

 

PALAMANUI HOSTS DEGREE PREPARATION WORKSHOP:  5:30-6:30 p.m., Wed., April 19, 2017.  In Palamanui’s Koali Building (A), Room 101.  The University Center West Hawaii delivers over 50 degree and certificate programs from across the 10-campus UH system. That means West Hawai‘i residents can obtain degrees from UH Mānoa, UH Hilo and UH West O‘ahu while living in West Hawai‘i. Palamanui provides the local student support for distance learning degrees.  At this workshop students can learn what degrees are offered in West Hawai‘i; the necessary steps to move forward; key deadlines; methods of program delivery; what it takes to be a successful distance learning student, etc.  To attend, RSVP by emailing Carrie Kuwada Phipps at carriekp@hawaii.edu or call 969-8808.

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE:  6-8 p.m., Thurs., April 20 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

18th ANNUAL WAIMEA HEALTHY KEIKI FEST: Sat., April 22, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Parker Ranch Center.  Children ages 3-12, along with their parents, are invited to spend a fun, free day exploring a variety of hands-on activities related to the environment, fitness, health, mind, nutrition and safety.  More than 30 learning booths will offer educational and interactive activities to help develop healthy minds and healthy bodies.  Each child will receive a “passport” to track their participation at each learning booth.  A completed “passport” offers keiki the opportunity to choose from a host of activities. Sponsored by North Hawai’i Community Hospital, this event’s goal is to bring the community of North Hawaii together to celebrate the well-being of our greatest asset, our keiki.   Info: Laurie Edmondson with NHCH at 881-4425 or LEdmondson@Queens.org.

THE SONGS OF C&K CELEBRATING ʻA LIFETIME PARTY OF FRIENDSʻ AT KAHILU:  7 p.m., Thurs., March 23.  Musician-singer Henry Kapono presents a tribute to the music of Cecilio & Kapono with Hawaiʻi Music Award winner Johnny valentine, Alx Kawakami of Manoa DNA, and 2016 Na Hoku Hanohanoʻs “Most Promising Artist” Blaye Asing.  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.

MALAʻAI SCHOOL GARDENʻS 10TH ANNUAL ʻART & SOLʻ BENEFIT AUCTION:  Sat., April  29 at Kahilu Theatre Galleries.  1:30-2 p.m. VNP (Very Nice Person) Reception; 2-4:30 p.m. Auction Benefit celebrating this life-changing non-profit that supports Waimea Middle School’s students and families and the wider Waimea community.  Each year all 250 students and over 1,200 community members learn together in this one-acre organic garden, sharing lessons of team work, pa`ahana (hard work), self reliance, systems in nature, and making good choices for healthy, meaningful lives.  Tickets $50 for delicious pupu paired with wines; $100 for VNP tickets, $50 of which is a direct donation.  Always some of the most coveted art pieces, including another heirloom custom koa piece by Raiatea Woodworks,  hand-made jewelry, beautiful baskets of the best-of-Waimea fresh produce, one-of-a-kind experiences and chef dinners. Info and to purchase tickets, go to www.malaai.org, call Alethea Lai (989-7861) or email alethea@mala’ai.org.

WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL’S ANNUAL MAY DAY HO’IKE:  5:30 p.m., Fri., May 12, 2017 at Kahilu Theatre.  (Note new time and location!)  All invited to enjoy this cultural celebration of student learning that includes a May Day Court and student performances.  Free and all invited.

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.

WANTED: SALOON GIRLS, COWBOYS, SOUP COOKS AND LINE DANCERS – HONOKA’A WESTERN WEEK: May 21-29, 2017.  Begins with the 2nd Annual Farm Festival at Hāmākua Harvest, and concludes with the 61st Annual Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo over the weekend.  Info: follow on Facebook, or www.honokaawesternweek.org.

  • Sat., May 20. Deadline to enter Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests. Info: Michelle Hartman, 775-9777.
  • All week, May 21-29. Celebrate Honokaʻa Western Week with Honokaʻa Business Association by dressing western-style, visiting Honoka‘a town merchants, and enjoying different paniolo-themed activities every night.
  • Sun., May 21. 2nd Annual Farm Festival at Hāmākua Harvest, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. All-day entertainment, dozens of vendors and food booths, educational presentations, silent auction, keiki activities and more. At the intersection of Māmāne Street and Highway 19 in Honoka‘a.
  • Mon., May 22. Stick horse creation at Hāmākua Youth Center, 3-5 p.m.
  • Tues., May 23. Portuguese Bean Soup and Sweetbread Contest at NHERC Pavilion, 5-8 p.m. Hosted by Gramma’s Kitchen.
  • Wed., May 24. Line Dancing at Honoka‘a People’s Theatre, 6-9 p.m.
  • Thurs., May 25. Historic Honoka‘a Town Talk Story at Honoka‘a Library, 4 p.m., featuring Ross Stephenson, author of “Honoka’a Town,” and led by HWW Sheriff Larry Ignacio. Also a “Rowdy Rodeo” at The Landing restaurant.
  • Fri., May 26. 4 p.m., Paniolo Parade on Māmāne Street w/ mounted & marching units, pā‘ū riders, gleaming vintage cars and more. 5 p.m., Stick Horse races. 6 p.m. Saloon Girls and Cowboys Got Talent Contest. 7-10 p.m., Great music and dancing in the Streets. Plus, a free “Keiki Corral” for the kids from 5-7 p.m., with carnival-style games, silent auction and more. Vendors interested in booth space for the Block Party may email westernweekhonokaa@gmail.com, or download forms from the website.
  • Sun.-Mon., May 28-29. 61st Annual Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo. Info: hawaiisaddleclub@ymail.com.

SOUTH KOHALA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN (SKCDP) – ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING: 5 p.m., Mon., May 22, 2017.  Waikoloa Village Association Community Room.  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).

  • 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

‘ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND’ BALLET AT KAHILU THEATRE:  4 p.m., Sat., May 27, 2017.  West Hawaii Dance Theatre & Academy present Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic with a fresh new twist. The music of Joby Talbot and Carl Davis will keep you toe-tapping through the re-make of the original family-friendly adventure. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole into a whimsical wonderland of color, unique characters, and a variety of dance styles including ballet, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and hip hop.  The performance includes more than 60 local dancers including guest dancers from Maui Academy of Performing Arts. With the story’s many twists and turns, the production is sure to keep the whole family engaged with thought provoking material as well as comic relief. Info: www.whdt.org or call 329-8876.  Tickets available at www.kahilutheatre.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.

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. Everyone is invited to participate — as a spectator or parade entrant – 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 Blue Crew just prior to the start of the parade.  BIGT Bucket Brigade Blue Crew 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.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES:

ohia-tree-red-lehua-3-ms5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT SPREADING RAPID ‘OHI’A DEATH’:  Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death (ROD) is new to Hawai’i Island yet has already killed hundreds of thousands of trees across more than 35,000 acres of Hawai’i Island.  It is caused by a fungus. We can all help minimize further spread and buy time to help researchers find answers and potential treatments. New information is being uncovered almost every week. Not only is ‘Ohi’a beloved for its beauty and cultural significance, but it is the backbone of Hawai’i’s native forests and watersheds – the source of our fresh water.  Ohi’a trees cover more than 1 million acres statewide – making it perhaps the most important tree in Hawai’i.

How to prevent the spread of ROD:
(1) Don’t Move ‘Ohi’a (wood, firewood, posts, leaves, flowers, especially if from an area known to have ROD).
(2) Don’t Transport ‘Ohi’a Interisland. Comply with the new quarantine rule – don’t move plants, wood or other plant parts, leaves, twigs, flowers, seeds, stems, cuttings without a permit.
(3) Clean Your Tools with 70% rubbing alcohol or 10% bleach – if using bleach, be sure to oil afterwards to prevent corrosion.
(4) Clean Your Gear – shoes and clothing. Decontaminate shoes by dipping the soles in 10% bleach or 70% rubbing alcohol to kill the ROD fungus.  Other gear can be sprayed with same proven cleaning solutions; wash clothing in hot water and detergent.
(5) Wash Your Vehicle – the tires and undercarriage with detergent especially after traveling from an area with ROD or if you have traveled off road.
NOTE: The fungus can stay viable for over a year.  For the latest information, maps and updates, go to www.rapidohiadeath.org, or www.facebook.com/rapidohiadeath.  If you suspect ROD in your area, contact: Dr. J.B. Friday – UH Cooperative Extension Service – jbfriday@hawaii.edu (969-8254), or Dr. Flint Hughes – USDA Forest Service – fhughes@fs.fed.us (854-2617), or Dr. Lisa Keith – USDA Agriculture Research Service – Lisa.Keith@ars.usda.gov (959-4357).

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

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

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

COQUI ALERT/WAIMEA:  313-1094.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WAIMEA FOOD PANTRIES: 

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY FARMERS MARKETS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEED HELP?  CRISIS INTERVENTION AND SUPPORT:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FITNESS & FUN CLASSES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS & KOKUA NEEDED: 

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

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

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:

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

THE ARTS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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