Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2017

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

Nov. 2 - Potluck mahalo gathering for our First Responders
December (often cancelled due to Christmas parade sponsorship so TBD)

Jan. 4, 2018

Feb. 1, 2018

March 1, 2018

Community Calendar

From October 10, 2017 and beyond.


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

ADVISORY: Waimea Elementary and Waimea Middle School  campuses and Thelma Parker Memorial Library will be closed from Tues., Oct. 10 thru at least Fri., Oct. 13, 2017 for major electrical work. No one is allowed on campus and offices will be closed. This coincides with Fall Break, which runs from Oct. 9-13. .Also, Waimea Elementary School’s Thrift Shop will be closed on Wed., Oct. 11, 2017.  Both schools will re-open and classes resume Mon., Oct. 16, 2017.  

POHAKULOA TRAINING ADVISORY – OCTOBER 2017:  Military units are scheduled to conduct various types of training that may be heard or observed by the surrounding communities. This 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.

  • Oct. 1-15 (Marines): Artillery live-fire training.

  • Oct. 2-22 (Army): Aviation support training.

  • Oct. 18-31 (Marines): Mortar training.

The military in Hawaii appreciates the understanding and continued support of its local military training. While sometimes loud, the sounds and sights of training demonstrate how the military 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 l

VOLUNTEERS BEING RECRUITED FOR ANUENUE PLAYGROUND ‘BUILD’ OCTOBER 23-29:  They have raised the essential $400,000 – mahalo to all who contributed!  Now our community’s amazing team of volunteers are recruiting individuals and groups to assist with the Oct. 23-29, 2017 BUILD for the next generations!  A wide array of skills including helping feed the workers, childcare, etc. needed.  Willing to kokua?  Go to www.anuenueplayground.org or email anuenueplayground@gmail.com

KOHALA AG WATER STUDY – COMMUNITY INPUT & FEEDBACK:  The State Legislature funded a $1.5 million ag water study and plan for North Kohala’s long-term agricultural sustainability, and input is needed now and throughout the process on current and future ag water needs.  Public comments are requested in writing and may be submitted at this link:  http://dlnreng.hawaii.gov/blog/2017/09/12/north-kohala-agricultural-water-study-survey/, or send free form comments to DLNR.EN.KWS@hawaii.gov or handwrite comments and mail it to DLNR in Honolulu.

SAVE THE DATE:  BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE GOLF TOURNAMENT TO SUPPORT WAIMEA FAMILY:  Sat., Oct. 28, 2017.  Hapuna Golf Course.  Proceeds to benefit Alana Lavaka and her 5 young children.  As most know, Alana and her late husband Hailame Lavaka of Waimea were involved – thru no fault of their own – in a fiery vehicle accident the morning of May 17, 2017 on Queen Kaahumanu Highway that claimed the life of Hailame, a father to 5 school-aged children. Alana was in a coma for a week, in critical condition for 3 weeks and in rehab at Hale Ho’ola in Honoka’a for another week after the accident. While trying to understand, console and comfort her children, grieve and mourn the loss of her husband, Alana endured multiple surgeries, therapy and will need further surgeries for her broken back and foot. Alana is currently healing but despite her injuries or physical limitations, she needed to get back to work to support her family.  In addition to providing for her children, the medical bills are coming in and the family needs help.  Golfers and prize and auction donors needed.  Contributions can be mailed to Big Island Giving Tree, Box 2786, Kamuela, HI 96743. If donation cannot be mailed or need more information, call Rhonda Bell (808-937-9439).

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.

HAWAI’I HANDWEAVERS HUI ‘FIBRE JOURNEYS’ EXHIBIT AT KAHILU THEATRE:  Now thru Oct. 22, 2017.  Award-winning selections from the 2017 juried exhibition, held at The Honolulu Museum of Art School, comes to Kahilu and will be joined by Hawai‘i Island weavers.  Fibre Craft Day & Sale with Handweavers Hui members 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sat., Oct. 14, 2017.  Free hands-on demonstrations of weaving, knitting, braiding, macramé, spinning and looping.  The public is encouraged to participate, and all materials and equipment will be provided, including weaving looms and spinning wheels, marudai for Japanese braiding, yarns and threads for knitting, crocheting and looping.

‘WAIPI’O: A CULTURAL KIPUKA’ EXHIBIT AT NHERC HERITAGE CENTER:  All invited to explore this priceless exhibit sharing the history, stories and people of this historic valley.  Center is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays thru Fridays, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays.  Info and/or disability accommodation: 775-8890.


ALL INVITED TO ‘WAHI PANA, STORIED PLACES ON CANVAS’ EXHIBIT AT ISAACS ART CENTER:  On exhibit thru Oct. 30, 2017.  The exhibit features art pieces by students ages 13 and older who participated in a 12-week art summer session taught by Scott  Plunkett and featuring guest storyteller, Ku’ulei Keakealani.  Exhibit cosponsored in partnership with Waimea Education Hui through the Richard Smart Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation.  No charge

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING:  9 a.m., Tues., Oct. 10 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.

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS CLASSIC ‘JOHN HOUSTON DIRECTS HUMPHREY BOGART SERIES’:  10 a.m., Tues., Oct. 10, 2017.  Film:  “Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”  (1948). Tickets $10.  Available online at www.kahilutheatre.org or by calling 885-6868, or at the door.

SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING: 4 p.m., Tues., Oct. 10, 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 COMMUNITY CHORUS FALL REHEARSALS BEGIN:  7-9 p.m., Tuesday evenings in the Mike Luce Studio of Kahilu Theatre (please use back door).  Will be preparing for the group’s annual holiday performances Dec. 9-10, 2017.  Songs will include a wide variety of holiday favorites, from the “Hallelujah Chorus” to “Sim Shalom” to “Winter Wonderland” to “Mele Kalikimaka!”  All who love to sing are welcome.  Info: Barbara Kopra, 756-6977.

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.

57th ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE – PLANNING MEETING:  8:30-10 a.m., Wed., Oct. 11, 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: 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 1 & 29, 2017.  More info: http://waimeatown.org/?page_id=4539

WAIMEA TOASTMASTERS’ MEETING:  5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 11 & 25, and the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month.  Hualalai conference room at Keck Observatory.  All 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

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 HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon. Relocated to 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 and 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

IRONMAN TRIATHLON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:  Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 – Please be cautious about athletes training and racing and that there will be road closures throughout Kailua-Kona and as far north as Hawi and south to Keauhou.

FIBER CRAFT DAY & SALE WITH HAWAI’I HANDWEAVERS HUI AT KAHILU THEATRE:  9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat., Oct. 14, 2017.  Free hands-on demonstrations of weaving, knitting, braiding, macramé, spinning and looping.  The public is encouraged to participate, and all materials and equipment will be provided, including weaving looms and spinning wheels, marudai for Japanese braiding, yarns and threads for knitting, crocheting and looping.  Event is being held in conjunction with Fiber Journeys of Hawaiʻi Island, an exhibit currently on display in the two galleries at Kahilu through October 22.  The exhibit features award winning works from the statewide Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui 2017 biennial juried exhibition held earlier this year in Honolulu and a number of Big Island weavers are represented. Will also include a special sale of handwoven items including rugs, scarves, shawls, placemats, runners, hand towels, bags, jewelry and other items made by members of the Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui. A portion of the sale proceeds will support the Kahilu Theatre galleries program.  Kahilu galleries are open free to the public Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and during all events. Info: http://kahilutheatre.org/Exhibits, email Exhibits Coordinator Sally Lundburg at gallery@kahilutheatre.org, or call (808) 885-6868.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING:  9:30 a.m.-Noon, Sat., Oct. 14 and second Saturday of most months.  Thelma Parker Memorial Library.  All welcome.  Begins with a brief business meeting, then show and tell, sharing new ideas and techniques 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).

WAIMEA PUMPKIN PATCH FALL FESTIVAL:  10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Oct. 14, 2017.  Waimea District Park Complex on Ala ‘Ohi’a Road – lots of parking. For many years, Waimea Pumpkin Patch was a huge event hosted by HPA that has been discontinued.  Recognizing the value of this heirloom event, Waimea Preservation Association decided to dedicate time and resources to keep this event part of the community as a time of celebration, fundraising and community sharing.  Community groups, especially non-profits and businesses are invited to partner in helping continue this event. On Oct. 14, all invited to enjoy carnival games and inflatables, pony rides, a petting zoo, pie contests, food trucks and booths, crafts, community service and product vendors, live entertainment. Foods to be served as fundraiser to include shoyu chicken and laulau plates, hot dogs, chili dogs, chili and rice, nachos, pizza oven baked on site, Hawai’i Island beef sliders, acai bowls, chow fun cones, Waimea grown greens, vegetables and edible accents, cupcakes, baked cookies, pies and cakes, shaved ice and Hurricane Popcorn.  Beverages to include herbal teas, organic, cold-pressed juice beverages and 15 flavors of lemonade.  Entertainment to include Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko taiko drummers, Aunty Darlene Ahuna & friends, Honoka`a High School Jazz Band, Te `E`a o Te Turama, Lorenzo’s Army, and Dam Str8 with emcees Melissa Samura & Ginger Bertelmann. Also, Waimea Fire Department and EMTs will be on hand to show off their equipment and talk about services.  Info: Donni Sheather (938-9667). Info: Donni Sheather (938-9667) or go to http://www.waimeapumpkinpatch.com/our-story/

KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC’S 2017-18 SEASON: A 3-concert season directed by Maesro Brian Dollinger at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoons.  Individual concert tickets: $43-$23.  Available online at www.kahilutheatre.org.  Shows to include:

  • Oct. 15: ‘Triumph And Desire’ – featuring orchestral masterpieces celebrating humankind’s triumphs and desires.  Bizet’s “Carmen” is the quintessential story of love and desire.  Khachaturian’s spellbinding “Adagio from Spartacus,” and the trials and tribulations of Tchaikovsky embedded in his “Fifth Symphony. Our country’s inspiration is Dvorak’s “American” Suite and Aaron Copland’s most famous collection of dances from “Rodeo.”

  • Jan. 21: ‘Rustic Inspirations’ – Inspired by the landscape of Parker Ranch, this performance features the winners of the Philharmonic’s youth concerto competition with works by Dvorak, Copland and more.

  • March 25: ‘Remarkable Flair’ – featuring the remarkable vio9linist Ignace “Iggy” Jang, with the Philharmonic orchestra with works by Mozart, Elgar, Mendelssohn and Beethoven.

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 COUNT WEEK:  Oct. 17-21, 2017. This is how the state library system determines the budget for each of the state’s libraries, so it’s very important to demonstrate usage – walk ins, calls during library hours, checking out books and other items, etc.  Please stop in and/or call.  They also welcome volunteers to assist with the counting.  Info: 887-6067. 

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS CLASSIC ‘JOHN HOUSTON DIRECTS HUMPHREY BOGART SERIES’:  10 a.m., Tues., Oct. 17, 2017.  Film:  “Across The Pacific”  (1942). Tickets $10.  Available online at www.kahilutheatre.org or by calling 885-6868, or at the door.

HELP WAIMEA WELCOME REMAINING VETERANS OF 5TH MARINE DIVISION WHO WERE STATIONED HERE AT TARAWA DURING WWII:  10:30 a.m., Thurs., Oct. 19, 2017 at Parker School Theatre, and/or Lunch at Noon at Kahilu Town Hall.  The remaining vets are returning for a reunion!  There are about a dozen of these men still alive – they are in their 90’s.  They will be with their families, about 70 of them in total, will be here for a week of events.  On October 19, they will come to Waimea, first for a stop at the Camp Tarawa Memorial in front of Parker Ranch.  Then they will head to Parker School’s Theatre for a slideshow presentation full of historic photographs and information about their training, their time on island, and their ultimate mission.  Open to the public – all invited.  No RSVP, just come.  Afterwards, they will go to Kahilu Town Hall for a luncheon.  All invited but RSVP requested: Kathy Painton (880-9880) by October 15.

HAWAII COUNTY MASS TRANSIT AGENCY (MTA) WANTS YOUR INPUT ON TRANSIT PLAN FOR ISLAND:  5:30-7:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 19, 2017.  Waimea School Cafeteria.  MTA has retained the planning firm of SSFM to prepare a future master plan for transit and paratransit service that will be safe, reliable and accessible to all users.  Meetings will include a short presentation, posters and input tables.  To request special assistance or an auxiliary aid to attend this event, please contact Jo-Anna Herkes, at SSFM Internationl at (808)-356-1260 at least 5 days prior to the event.  If you cannot attend these meetings, please submit your suggestions to heleonsuggestions@ssfm.com.

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE:  6-8 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 19 and 3rd Thursdays thereafter at NHERC in Honoka’a.  A grassroots community pot luck to support sustainability and expand connections within the Hamakua community. All welcome.  Bring a dish to share and drink for yourself.  Also bring your own non-disposable plates and silverware.  Info: Email Teri Sugg: terisugg7@gmail.com

GRAMMY AWARD WINNER KALANI PE’A IN CONCERT AT KAHILU THEATRE:  7 p.m., Sat., Oct. 21, 2017.  Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner, singer/songwriter Kalani Pe‘a – a native of Pana‘ewa, Hilo who currently resides on Maui – won the Grammy Award earlier this year with his debut album featuring seven haku mele (Hawaiian original music compositions) and five of his favorite classics. Pe‘a is all about perpetuating Hawaiian language through music and visual arts. His performance will feature Halau Ka‘eaikahelelani. Tickets $68-$25.  Tickets: $68-$25. Available online at www.kahilutheatre.org or by calling 885-6868.

WAIMEA TEEN TECH TUTORS: 10:30-12:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22, and thereafter usually twice a month – 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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WAIMEA ANUENUE PLAYGROUND “BUILD” OCT. 23-29, 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 or to volunteer, go to www.anuenueplayground.org or email anuenueplayground@gmail.com.

WAIMEA KTA CELEBRATES NATIONAL FOOD DAY:  Tues., Oct. 24, 2017. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. To include a seed and plant giveaway, informational tables regarding food safety, rat lungworm disease precautions and other health advice from the State Department of Health, SNAP signup, Blue Zones Project with tips and tastings to Live Longer Better, a Healthy Food Drive with the Food Basket, samplings of Chili Pepper Water by Native Fest and other products and tastings by the store’s deli and seafood, a tofu vegetable dish, Tamari poke plus locally grown produce.  Food Day was instituted nationally to inspire Americans to change their diets and food policies. Every October 24, thousands of events around the country bring residents together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.  It’s a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level.  All invited; free.

‘IN THE NEWS AND NEXT DOOR – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – LET’S TALK ABOUT IT’ AT TUTU’S HOUSE:  5:30-6:30 p.m., Tues., Oct. 24, 2017.  Barbara Gerbert, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco, and a nationally-known DV expert residing here in North Hawaiʻi, has studied how health care professionals, family and friends can play a role in preventing and reducing domestic violence (DV).  She will describe and discuss emotional abuse as well as physical violence, and strategies for preventing all types of domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and everyone deserves to feel safe at home. Attendees will leave this conversation with a better understanding of this taboo topic. Info and to let Tutu’s House staff know to expect you, please call 885-6777.  More info: www.TutusHouse.org

NORTH HAWAII COMMUNITY HOSPITAL HOSTS MONTHLY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FOR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES: 2-4 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 26, 2017 and the last Thursday of each month.  No charge and no RSVP.  Provides 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. Info: 881-4417.

LADIES NIGHT OUT SPOOKTACULAR 2017:  6-9 p.m., Fri., Oct. 27, 2017.  Presented by Hamakua-Kohala Health and sponsored by AlohaCare as a Breast Cancer Awareness event at NHERC (North Hawai’i Education & Research Center).  Includes costume contest and more than a dozen vendors and informational booths including Flu shots, A1C testing, Hale Ho’ola Hamakua, Blue Zones Project, Food Basket of Hawaii, Tutu & Me: Home Visiting Program, DOH West Hawaii Public Nursing (information about Mumps, Rat Lungworm and more), Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi plus LulaRoe, Pretty Please Boutique, doTerra Oils and 101 Financial.  Entertainment by Tahitian group Kia Ahi, Zumba with Sue Lang, line dancing with the Honoka’a High & Intermediate School Family Academy Dancing Program, and Beverly Hiraoka.  Free and all invited.  Info: Kaii Gacayan at Hamakua Health Center (930-2759) email sgacayan@hamakua-health.org or go to www.hamakua-health.org

BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE GOLF TOURNAMENT TO SUPPORT WAIMEA FAMILY:  Sat., Oct. 28, 2017.  Hapuna Golf Course.  Proceeds to benefit Alana Lavaka and her 5 young children.  As most know, Alana and her late husband Hailame Lavaka of Waimea were involved – thru no fault of their own – in a fiery vehicle accident the morning of May 17, 2017 on Queen Kaahumanu Highway that claimed the life of Hailame, a father to 5 school-aged children. Golfers and prize and auction donors needed.  Contributions can be mailed to Big Island Giving Tree, Box 2786, Kamuela, HI 96743. If donation cannot be mailed or need more information, call Rhonda Bell (808-937-9439). 

WAIMEA’S ANNUAL SOLAR SYSTEM WALK:  10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat., Oct. 28, 2017.  The walk begins at the Keck Observatory headquarters, and ends at Canada France Hawaii Telescope’s offices.  “Walk” our solar system from the sun to the far outter reachers, learning along the way fascinating scientific details about the wonders of the universe!  All keiki 12 and under completing the walk will receive a coupon for free admission to the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo.  We’ll also have the costume contest with prizes beginning at 1 p.m. at CFHT. Costume Categories:  (1) Preschoolers; (2) Elementary Aged Students, (3) 11+; (4) Best Space Costume, (5) Best Group Costumes; and (6) Grand Prize.  Co-hosted by CFHT, Keck Observatory and UH Institute for Astronomy.

‘FREE TECH HELP: THE GEEK IS IN!’ AT THELMA PARKER LIBRARY:  2-3 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month – Oct. 28, 2017.  Will help with use our “devices” and also HSPLS apps, online account, ebooks, audiobooks, etc.  Just come!

EARL’S GARAGE PRESENTS ‘FRIGHT SHOP’ – ‘GET GHOULISH” PARTY:  5:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 28, 2017.  A mechanically animated Halloween experience free to all who dare!  Earl’s Garage student inventors are working hard to get things creepy in time for the Fright Shop – using motors, controllers and various tools to create a mechanically animated, haunted “Fright Shop”.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING & MAHALO POTLUCK: Thurs., Nov. 2, 2017 – 5:15-7 p.m.  Waimea School Cafeteria.  Meeting will honor and thank Waimea’s and North Hawai’i’s First Responders – police, fire and EMTs, plus volunteer fire departments, CERT volunteers, Pohakuloa Training Area responders too.  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!  Paper plates, utencils, napkins and cold water and hot coffee provided.  All urged to bring a potluck item to share.  Info: www.WaimeaTown.org, or www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation or call Patti Cook (937-2833) or email cookshi@aol.com

KA MAKANI PLAYERS PRESENT “SURF CRAZY” AT HPA:  Nov. 2-5, 2017.  7 p.m. Nov. 2-4; 2 p.m. Nov. 5.  At Gates Performing Arts Center.  It’s an original musical parody of teenage surf films, a pop culture phenomenon of the 1960’s.  Tickets, which only are available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, please call 881-4002.

“POP-UP” CAR YARD SALE AT WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon, Sat., Nov. 4, 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., Nov. 4 and the first Saturday of every month at New Hope Gym.  A free indoor market open to community groups and individuals to raise funds and also contribute to the Gymnasium Improvement Fund.  Offers antiques, collectibles, crafts, plants, Hawaiiana, clothes, books, food, art, rummage, jewelry, toys, etc.  Space available – call Skip (989-4422). Parking behind gym or along Cherry Blossom Park.

WAIMEA’S BUSINESS 1ST MONTHLY PAU HANA:  5-7 p.m., Tues., Nov. 7, 2017 and the first Tuesday every month thereafter at a changing location.  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.

COMMUNITY INVITED TO STUDENT’S K(ARTS) GRAND FINALE AT KAHILU THEATRE:  Wed., Nov. 8, 2017 – Doors open at 5; performance at 5:30 p.m.  Performance to be repeated at 1 p.m., Tues., Nov. 14, 2017.  Free and all invited to celebrate what Waimea Middle School students have learned in after-school arts classes including ‘ukulele, Bon Dancing, Taiko Drumming, art, photography and backstage production. Classes co-sponsored by Kahilu Theatre Foundation, Waimea Middle School, the Neilan Foundation and State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

KAMUELA HONGWANJI MISSION MEMBERS’ GARAGE SALE:  8 a.m.-Noon, Sat., Nov. 11, 2017.  Sll invited to check out the different tables with many interesting items, vegetable, food items, collectibles!  Info:  Jean Saito (895-5378).

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


  • 5k Walk/Run for Literacy.  Starts at Waikoloa School at 7:30 am.  Day-of-race registration ($30) 6:15 – 7 am.  T-shirt included in advanced discounted ($20) online registration.  Keiki $10.  Info & registration flwr-runforliteracy.com
  • Silent Auction- 8  m.  To raise money for literacy projects helping kids from S. Kohala to Kona.  Hundreds of exciting and delicious and adventure-laden items for sale to the highest bidder.
  • Quilt Drawing.  Make a donation to have your name drawn for a hand-sewn quilt.
  • Health Fair- 8:30 am. Come get your questions answered about health & fitness for people and pets.  Aina Hou Animal Hospital (pet tips), Blue Zones Project (healthy foods), Island Heart Care (warmup demos), Hawaii Yoga for Every Body (yoga lessons), National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI),  Aloha Natural Health, Hawaii Aerial and Performing Arts (circus arts for keiki & adults), Tutu’s House, KTA Waikoloa Village Pharmacy (flu shots & bone density scan), WestHawaii Community Health Center (free screenings), Zumba Fitness with Aunty Maile and Kehaulani (Zumba demos), Mokupuni Massage (mini-massages).

15TH ANNUAL ‘UKULELE & SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL AT KAHILU THEATRE:  Thurs. – Sat., Nov. 16-18, 2017.  Will feature a gathering of legends including Sonny Lim, Jeff Peterson, Nathan Aweau, Benny Chong, Ledward Kaapana, Mike Kaawa, Iaukea Bright, special guest Abe Lagrimas, Jr., and some surprise guests.  Tickets available online at www.kahilutheatre.org or by calling 885-6868.

  • Thurs., Nov. 16, 7 p.m.Opening “Kanikapila!” concert is a crowd favorite. Bring your instrument and jam on stage with the masters. Tickets: $23 (without instrument); $13 (with instrument),
  • Fri., Nov. 17, 7 p.m.“Ho‘olaule‘a”A celebration of ‘ukulele and ki ho‘alu guitar music and song. Tickets $68-$25.
  • Sat., Nov. 18, 4 p.m.“Hana Hou” Enjoy the festival musicians one more time with their final kanikapila performance. Tickets $68-$25.

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.

HAWAI’I-MADE ‘CRAFTY HANDS & GIFTS, TOO!’:  9 a.m.– 4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 2, 2017.  Thelma Parker Gym.  Featuring locally made items by dozens of island artisans.  Free and includes plate lunches and other food, and music, plus lucky number drawings throughout the day. Attendees are urged to bring and donate a canned or non-perishable food item to the craft fair to be given to the Annunciation Food Pantry.  Info: Benita Salazar (960-9944).

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).

WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERT:  Sat.-Sun., Dec. 9-10, 2017.  Kahilu Theatre.  Songs will include a wide variety of holiday favorites, from the “Hallelujah Chorus” to “Sim Shalom” to “Winter Wonderland” to “Mele Kalikimaka!”  More details to come.

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.

24th ANNUAL WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL:  9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., Feb. 3, 2018.   A day-long celebration that showcases the blooming of Church Row Park’s historic cherry trees and the Japanese tradition of viewing them – hanami. Festivities scattered at multiple venues throughout Waimea — look for pink banners identifying site locations sprawling from Historic Pu’uopelo (Parker Ranch historic homes and headquarters) to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmer’s Market on Hwy. 19. Plan to spend the day enjoying memorable Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, cooking, traditional tea ceremony and mochi pounding, plus bon dancing, taiko drums, and a host of colorful crafters and local-style food booths. Also a sake tasting at Kamuela Liquor Store from noon to 3 p.m.  Festivities begin at 9 with emcee Penny Vredenburg and special guests at the back (south side) of Parker Ranch Center.  Free shuttle transportation among most venues.  Info: Roxcie Waltjen (961-8706).


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.



  • 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.


  • 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.


·         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
  • 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).


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.



·         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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