Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2017

Mahalo to all who came to the May 4, 2017 WCA Town Meeting! Please go to town meeting announcements (center column of this Home page) and click on the eyebrow that links to the May 4 Town Meeting announcement for a link to the handout provided by Parker Ranch.

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

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 June 1, 2017 and beyond.

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS

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

PŌHAKULOA TRAINING AREA – JUNE 2017:  Military units are scheduled to conduct various types of training here that may be heard or observed by surrounding communities.  This monthly schedule is produced to alert neighbors of upcoming training activities that are louder in nature and may be heard 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:

  • June 2-30 Army— Mortar live fire training.
  • June 4-30 Army— Mortar live fire training.
  • June 5-23 Marines—Helicopter gunnery.
  • June 10-24 Hawai‘i Army National Guard—Artillery live-fire exercises.
  • June 9-30 Army—Artillery live-fire exercise.
  • June 19-30 Army—Mounted life-fire exercise.

The military in Hawaii appreciates the understanding and continued support of its local military training. To report concerns related to noise or training, contact the PTA Public Affairs Officer, Eric Hamilton, either by calling (808) 969-1966, or emailing eric.m.hamilton6.civ@mail.mil. For monthly PTA training updates, email eric.m.hamilton6.civ@mail.mil with the subject line: “Subscribe Training”.

SIGN UP NOW FOR WAIMEA CERT BASIC TRAINING COURSE:  8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturdays, July 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2017.  Location to be determined.  To provide community residents with the knowledge and skills to prepare for and properly respond to an emergency impacting yourself, your family and/or your community.  Includes modules on emergency preparedness, fire, emergency medical, light search and rescue, incident command organization, disaster psychology, emergency communications, classroom and hands-on experience.  Free and all invited.  To reserve a space, email Patti Pinto at hawaiicert@gmail.com.

JUNE 6, 2017 DEADLINE TO COMMENT ON DRAFT EIS RE: SADDLE ROAD EXTENSION: Plan to extend DKI Highway from Mamalahoa Hwy (Hwy 190) to Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway.   Hard copy of the Draft available at all regional Hawai’i State libraries including Waimea and Kailua-Kona.  Also available online by selecting the April 23, 2017 edition of the OEQC Environmental Notice at: http://health.hawaii.gov/oeqc/ Response may be sent to Hawaii State DOT, 869 Punchbowl Street Room 301, Honolulu HI 96813 or email Darell.young@hawaii.gov.  Info: Call Darell Young (808-587-1835).  Or consultant Ron Terry (808-969-7690) or email rterry@hawaii.rr.com.

REGISTER NOW FOR ‘FULL STEAM AHEAD!’ SUMMER EXPLORATORY FOR 6TH-8TH GRADE STUDENTS:  8 a.m.-2 p.m., weekdays, June 5-23, 2017 hosted by Waimea Middle School and partners.  For all Big Island middle school students to celebrate “Malama Honua” – caring for the planet – by exploring the North Hawai’i watershed and ocean with lessons that blend environmental science with ‘Ike Hawai’i hands-on lessons in technology, art, personal wellness and the health of their island home.  $60 cost includes busing within Waimea, breakfast, lunch and a healthy snack daily.  Scholarships available. With a strong STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ‘Aina/Arts and Math) theme, classes will include mauka-makai field science, school garden experiences in Mala’ai’s outdoor “living” classroom, a math including measurement and tastings (called “Making Math Delicious!”), music, coding, art inspired by nature, and wellness including learning about a healthy mind, healthy body and healthy eats.  Also includes four full-day field trips including a day at Hapuna Beach learning water safety and concluding with a beach barbecue. Info and application, go to the school website (www.WaimeaMiddleSchool.org), stop by the school office, email summerstream@wmpccs.org, or call 887-7633.

REGISTER NOW FOR HOLOKAI:  SUSTAINING VOYAGING TRADITIONS SUMMER PROGRAM FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS:  Two sessions – June 27-July 6, and July 11-20 (no seats left for 2nd session).  For students entering 7th, 8th, 9th grades.  $35 non-refundable w/ scholarships available.  Info: http://nakalaiwaa.org/holokai-about or email nakalaiwaa@gmail.com.

REGISTER NOW FOR 21st CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS SUMMER PROGRAM FOR WAIMEA ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL-AGED STUDENTS:  June 26-July 14, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  For all students in Waimea entering 1-8th grade in Fall 2017.  Classes include art, origami, music, dance, Spanish culture, PE, cooking and more.  There is a fee and scholarships available.  Includes breakfast and lunch daily.  Deadline to register: June 12.  Info/registration forms: www.babystepshawaii.org, or go to www.WaimeaMiddleSchool.org, or stop by school office, or call Gina Tumasone (gtumasone@gmail.com) (756-3316).

DISCOUNTED FEE FOR EARLY FALL AYSO REGION 403:  Now thru June 15 – the discounted early registration fee is $80; thereafter, it will be $105.  Sibling discounts of $10 offered for each additional child registered. They are transitioning to a new player and volunteer registration system called Blue Sombrero. You can register your player or as a volunteer at ayso403.org by clicking the REGISTER NOW in the upper right corner of page.  Families will need to create a new account in the new system.

2017 WILDFIRE LOOKOUT CAMPAIGN:  Over two dozen public and private Hawai’i organizations across the state have launched this public awareness campaign highlighting strategies for protecting families, communities and natural resources across Hawaii from wildfire.  Info: www.hawaiiwildfire.org.

A BIG STEP FORWARD:  ULU LA’AU WAIMEA NATURE PARK BECOMES A ‘TRASH FREE PARK’:  Waimea Outdoor Circle, along with the Nature Park Advisory Committee, have formally designated Ulu La’au ‘A Trash Free Park’ in keeping with a growing trend across the country.  It’s also fulfilling a concept that was encouraged back in 1999 when the Nature Park was first being developed.  After a year-long survey, they believe park visitors are happy to comply by carrying out their own trash, as many already do. While they intend to continue providing “doggie bags” for visitor’s four-legged friends, they do ask that pet owners dispose of their pet’s waste in a responsible manner outside of the park. Thanks to al for your support and for helping keep Ulu La`au, the Waimea Nature Park clean, green and beautiful!!

HELP PLEASE! – HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL (HPAF) NEEDS HOUSING KOKUA FOR FACULTY, ADMIN STAFF, FELLOWS – JUNE 27-JULY 25:  Housing the festival’s leaders and instructors and fellows is always a big part of the Festival’s prep work – they can’t afford to rent hotels for all the adults who come to teach and perform.  Do you have or know of a spare guest room or ‘ohana – no meals, just a place to lay their heads, clean up and change clothes.  HPAF students will be housed in HPA dorms but the teachers, visiting artists and Festival staff need lodging in this area so that they can maximize their rehearsal and teaching time with the students. Any help you can give with either accommodations or spreading the word would be most appreciated.  Info:  Genette Freeman (333-7378).  More info about the festival: www.HawaiiPerformingArtsFestival.org

HOUSING NEEDED FOR ANNUAL AKAMAI COLLEGE INTERN PROGRAM JUNE-AUGUST:  Led by UC-Santa Clara, the program brings college level students of all levels to Hawai’i to do a project that gives them real world experiences and also benefits our community.  If you have or know of a housing option – including a room available – contact Austin Barnes: akamai@ucsc.edu 808.398.9033, Shelley Pelfrey spelfrey@keck.hawaii.edu or Jeannette jmundon@keck.hawaii.edu at Keck. More info: go to https://akamaihawaii.org/

 

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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, REAL Farm, Honopua Farm, North Hawai’i Rotary, Kahua Ranch, Kawamata Farms, HPA, McDonalds, Starbucks and the Boy Scouts – are coming together to invite everyone to this informal, friendly, fresh-from-scratch warm dinner for individuals and families struggling to make ends meet.  This includes our veterans and kupuna!  Itʻs planned to complement other food pantries and prepared meals served by other Waimea church groups. For more info and to kokua, call 885-4923 or email: EAT@stjameshawaii.org

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING:  5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., June 1, 2017.  Waimea School Cafeteria.  Focus on Hawai’i County Liquor Commission responsibilities, educational advocacy and enforcement, plus an update on Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death (ROD) – new research and prevention strategies to prevent disease from spreading into North Hawai’i watersheds.  Will also include brief overview of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Saddle Road Extension – comment period closes June 7, 2017.  As always, County Council members will provide an update on Council business.  There is no charge and everyone welcome; membership is suggested.  Steaming hot Starbucks and snacks provided.  Info: www.WaimeaTown.org, www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation, or call Patti Cook (937-2833) or email cookshi@aol.com

WAIMEA’S SATURDAY FARMERS MARKETS: All invited:

  • WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon.  NOTE – NEW LOCATION:  Relocating as of June 3 to the lawn and gravel lot fronting Thelma Parker Memorial Gym and Library.  Will continue to feature a wide array of locally grown vegetables and fruit, plus flowers, lei, jams, mac nuts, coffee, teas, hand-made gifts. Info: “C” Spencer (333-2165); Facebook.com/WaimeaHomesteadFarmersMarket
  • WAIMEA TOWN MARKET: 7:30 a.m. – Noon at Parker School.  Features locally grown and produced vegetables, fruit, freshly baked artisan breads and pastries, tea, coffee, cheeses, mac nuts, jams and more. Also, eight chefs on hand to prepare a special breakfast or lunch entrée every Saturday. Info: Paul Johnston, 887-0023
  • 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: 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Historic Pukalani Stables.  Features prepared foods, vegetables, landscaping plants, herbs, orchids, coffee, cacao, baked goods, soaps and wood items.  Info: Stacy Aurway (960-1493):  kamuelafarmersmarket@gmail.com

“POP-UP” CAR YARD SALE AT WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon, Sat., June 3 and the first Saturday of every month.  NOTE NEW LOCATION:  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., June 3 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.

NEW YOUTH COMMUNITY CHORUS STARTING:  3-4 p.m., Saturdays at St. James.  All youth invited – no cost, no RSVP, and no tryouts; just come.  Rona Lee to lead this chorus beginning Sat., April 1, 2017.  Info:  Susan Acacio (895-2086) or email: youth@stjameshawaii.org

6th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL:  5-9 p.m., Sat., June 3, 2017.  Oceanfront at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.  Featuring Grammy jazz and blues legend.  Food and drink available for purchase; no coolers allowed. Tickets and info: call 866-774-6236 or go to www.bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com.

KAWAIHAE CANOE CLUB STEAK FRY:  5:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., June 3, 2017.  On the beach at the small boat harbor. Steak dinner, live country music, Silent Auction and dancing under the stars. Tickets $25 presale; $30 at the door. Sponsored by Big Island Mechanical, LLC.  Info: call (808) 345-6790 or email JLPaalua@gmail.com.

23rd WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS SPRING CHORAL CONCERT – ‘THE JOINT IS JUMPIN:  7 p.m., Sat., June 3, 2017.  Kahilu Theatre.  Directed by Barbra Kopra.  Tickets $18; Students/Seniors $15; $9 12 and under.  Tickets available at Waimea General Store, Waikoloa Mailbox and at the box office prior to the show.  All invited.

WAIMEA TEEN TECH TUTORS: 10:30-12:30 p.m., Sun., June 4, 2017 and will then take the summer off, resuming in August on Sundays at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Hosted by akamai Waimea high school students from HPA, Parker, Kamehameha and Honoka’a High to help kupuna learn to manage their phones and other personal electronic devices and programs including tablets, iPhone, Androids, laptops (PCs and Macs), Kindles, email, Facebook, Instagram, Google Search, etc.  No reservation required, just drop in but please bring devices charged and a $5 donation is suggested.  Info: Call Marilyn Fitzgerald (808) 345-6266. 2017.

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

57th ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE – PLANNING MEETING:  8:30-10 a.m., Wed., June 7, 2017 at Historic Spencer House Conference Room.  This yearʻs parade will be on Sat., Dec. 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.  Waimea community groups, organizations, churches, schools, ranches, farmers, businesses – everyone – is invited to participate!  Future planning meetings: Wednesdays, 8:30-10 a.m. on Aug. 2, Oct. 11, Nov. 1 & 29, 2017. Mtg location may change.  For more details, go to: http://waimeatown.org/?page_id=4539

WORLD OCEANS DAY @ HAPUNA BEACH STATE PARK:  9 a.m.-2 p.m., Thurs., June 8, 2017.
Join Hawai’i State Parks and partner organizations at the Hapuna Beach South Pavilion. Learn about Hawai’I’s incredible ocean resources and how to protect them. Free, but there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee for out-of-state visitors. A beach clean-up will take place from 8-9 a.m. Exhibit booths and activities will be in the South Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Info: call (808) 209-0977, email dena.m.sedar@hawaii.gov or visit http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/hawaii/hapuna-beach-state-recreation-area/.

AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS – FOOD SAFETY, ORGANIC CERTIFICATION & FAIR TRADE:  9 a.m.-Noon, Sat., June 10, 2017.  Honoka’a.  Maile Woodhall, Agricultural Outreach Specialist, The Kohala Center.  Free but pre-registration required – online at fsaworkshops.eventbrite.com, or email Hanna Bree at hbree@kohalacenter.org, or call 8878-6411.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING:  9:30 a.m.-Noon, Sat., June 10  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).

HONOR KING KAMEHAMEHA IN HIS NORTH KOHALA BIRTHPLACE:  Sun., June 11, 2017.  The North Kohala community comes together for this special annual celebration commemorating Kamehameha’s achievement of uniting the Hawaiian Islands in 1795, and also their community’s role in saving his life as an infant.  Includes draping the Kamehameha Statue at 8 a.m. with an opening blessing, followed by hula, history and music, then from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., there will be a traditional pa’u parade with horses and riders.  Note: The road closes while honorees, hula dancers, pa’u riders and floral floats make their way from Hawi to the statue and Kamehameha Park in Kapa’au.  Then there will be a ho’olaule’a from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Kamehameha Park – includes local foods, traditional arts and crafts, hula and award-winning singer-musicians.  All invited.  Free.

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

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING:  9 a.m., Tues., June 13 and the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  Waimea Senior Center.  All persons 55+ invited to join – there is a $30 annual membership fee. Info: Pat Lewi, President (885-4307).   Daily activities:

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

SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING: 4 p.m., Tues., June 13, 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.

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.

WAIMEA TOASTMASTERS MEETING: 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesdays, June 14 & 28, 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.

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE:  6-8 p.m., Thurs., June 15 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

’13 THE MUSICAL’ AT KAHILU THEATRE:  7 p.m., Fri. & Sat., June 16-17, and 4 p.m., Sun., June 18.  Using the Kahilu Youth Troupe’s youngest rising stars, Director Beth Dunnington will direct this hilarious, coming-of-age musical about discovering that “cool” is sometimes where we least expect it. “13 the Musical” is about fitting in, and standing out. With a dynamic rock score and a searingly honest high energy story, this musical is recognized for featuring the only all-teenage cast to ever hit Broadway. Tickets $38-$16 – available online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling 885-6868, or at the Box Office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

COMMUNITY INVITED TO PUT HANDS ON THE MAKALI’I AND KOKUA WITH ITS 20-YEAR DRYDOCKING:  8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., June 17 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.

 

‘THE TRUMP CARD’ – A PLAY AT HONOKA’A PEOPLE’S THEATRE:  2 p.m., Sun., June 18, 2017.  This 90-minute one-man play written by Mike Daisey and updated by and starring Waimea actor John Sucke, unmasks America’s 45th President in an edgy and funny show.  It is not an impersonation, rather a story that gets to the roots of President Donald Trump’s personality and motivations.  Rated R-17 for unfiltered language.  Sponsored by North Hawaii Action Network and Hamakua Resistance. Tickets $10 available from group members, Kamuela Liquor Store or Hands of Tibet (Honoka’a town), or by emailing Matt Binder mattbinder@earthlink.net, or at the door.

WAIMEA CERT BASIC TRAINING COURSE:  8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturdays, July 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2017.  Location to be determined.  To provide community residents with the knowledge and skills to prepare for and properly respond to an emergency impacting yourself, your family and/or your community.  Includes modules on emergency preparedness, fire, emergency medical, light search and rescue, incident command organization, disaster psychology, emergency communications, classroom and hands-on experience.  Free and all invited.  To reserve a space, email Patti Pinto at hawaiicert@gmail.com.

SOUTH KOHALA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN (SKCDP) – ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING: 5 p.m., Mon., July 24, 2017.  Waimea’s Lilly Yoshimatsu Senior Center.  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).

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

WAIMEA 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. 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).

ONGOING ACTIVITIES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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