Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2017

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

•Thurs., Jan. 4, 2018 – 2018 Legislative Preview (including possible purchase of vacant lot adjacent to post office and school), and exploring sustainable agriculture, food security and self-reliance.

•Thurs., Feb. 1, 2018 – Hawaiian Ethos – the licensed medical marijuana producers/distributors here in Lalamilo Farmlots

Community Calendar

From January 1, 2017 and beyond.

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS

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

IT’S HERE, IT’S NOW!  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,  and then moving Fri.-Tues., Jan. 5-9 to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.  The program is now available online: www.waimeaoceanfilm.org.  In addition to the non-stop 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.   For more information, follow on Facebook, call 808-854-6095 or email:  info@waimeaoceanfilm.org

WAIMEA COURT NOW ACCEPTING FILINGS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDERS:  Ex Parte Petitions for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) can now be dropped off at the South Kohala District Courthouse.  Petitioners do NOT have to go to Kona to file.  If you are a victim of domestic violence and desire to seek a restraining order, the forms are now available 24 hours every day at the Waimea police station at 67-5185 Kamamalu Street.  After hours, there is a phone next to the door that goes directly to dispatch (The sign says it’s for emergencies.  If you pick up the phone, you can ask for an officer to give you a TRO packet.  Petitioners can also request that their address and phone number be kept confidential.  There is a court form for that request included in the police packet.  It can be filled out along with the Petition for TRO and turned in together.  The forms are also available in the self-help section at the Waimea courthouse at 67-5187 Kamamalu Street.  Courthouse hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays thru Fridays except holidays.  More info: Call Community Police Officer May Lee at the Waimea police station (808) 887-3080.

WAIMEA AARP-IRS TAX-AIDE PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS:  Every Friday from Feb. 2 thru April 13, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to about 4 p.m., volunteers trained to prepare federal and state tax returns for low to middle income payers free of charge are being recruited.  Training is provided in December and January.  Computer experience is helpful but not essential.  For information, call Helga Tossmann (325-9949). 

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.

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).

ANNUNCIATION FOOD PANTRY:  9-11 a.m., Tuesdays.  Volunteers prepare food boxes for community members in need – usually one box a month.  Donations and volunteers welcome, including fresh vegetables and fruit.  Info: Ann Lum email: thelums@aol.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 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, more than a dozen Waimea farms and businesses come together weekly to invite everyone to this informal, friendly, fresh-from-scratch warm dinner for individuals and families.  All welcome including our veterans and kupuna!  Itʻs “Building Community One Meal at a Time!” – and it is planned to complement other food pantries and prepared meals served by other Waimea church groups. For more info and to kokua, call 885-4923 or email: EAT@stjameshawaii.org 

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING:  Thurs., Jan. 4, 2018 – 5:15-7 p.m.  Waimea School cafeteria.  Meeting Agenda:  2018 Legislative Preview with Sen. Lorraine Inouye and Rep. Cindy Evans, plus a discussion about Hawai’i County legislative priorities by former State Sen. Andy Levin, and sustainable diversified agriculture in the Waimea/North Hawai’i region with Council Chair Val Poindexter and State Department of Agriculture Chair Scott Enright.  Info: www.WaimeaTown.org or www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation, or call Patti Cook (937-2833). 

WAIMEA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING:  9 a.m., Fri., Jan. 5 and 19, 2018,  and the first and third Friday of every month in the Waimea Prosecutor’s Office near the Waimea courthouse.  All invited.  For more info, please call Community Policing Officer May Lee (887-3080). 

WAIMEA’S SATURDAY FARMERS MARKETS: All invited:

  • 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 

“POP-UP” CAR YARD SALE AT WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon, Sat., Jan. 6, 2018 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.

NEW WAIMEA ‘WALK WITH A DOC’ PROGRAM EVERY SATURDAY OPEN TO ALL:  8-9 a.m., beginning Sat., Jan. 6, 2018 and every week thereafter beginning at Pukalani Stables.  An hour-long walk-and-talk sponsored by North Hawai’i Community Hospital’s Native Hawaiian Health Program with Dr. Natalie Kehau Kong.  Will include discussion of health issues facing Native Hawaiians and many others n our community. Participants urged to check with their primary care provider before walking if there are health concerns.  Comfortable walking shoes and bringing an umbrella is recommended as as the walk with be held, rain or shine. No sign up required.  Questions? Call 881-4432 or email Liana Iaea Honda at: LiHonda@Queens.org

FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ARTS & COLLECTIBLES: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 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.

COMMUNITY INVITED TO WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL STEAM LEARNING CENTER DEDICATION:  10 a.m., Mon., Jan. 8, 2018.  All invited to celebrate this $15+ million “gift” to the children of Waimea from the taxpayers of Hawai’i via the Hawai’i State Legislature and Governor.  This is the first major improvement in public education infrastructure in Waimea in 30 years and will enable innovative, project-based teaching and learning for Waimea children, families and community.  No RSVP, just come. Parking available in the back lot of Parker Ranch Center and the field east of Mana Christian ‘Ohana’s Kahilu Town Hall.  Reserved parking for kupuna and handicapped in the paved lot west of Kahilu Town Hall and the gravel area nearby.  Guests asked to walk to the tent on the south side of the new STEAM Learning Center. Shuttle provided for handicapped and kupuna. Program will conclude with an ‘ohi’a tree planning by Gov. David Ige and students, a light lunch for families and guests, followed at noon by tours of the STEAM building.   Info: Patti Cook (937-2833). 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN ACTION COMMITTEE MEETINGS: All invited. More info: http://www.hawaiicountycdp.info/ or call County Planning Department (323-4770):

  • North Kohala – 5-7 p.m., Mon., Jan. 8, 2018

  • South Kohala – 5-7 p.m., Mon., Jan. 22, 2018 – Waikoloa Village Association Cmty Room.   

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING:  9 a.m., Tues., Jan. 9, 2018, 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: 4-5 p.m., Tues., Jan. 9, 2018, and the 2nd Tuesday of each month. NOTE  NEW LOCATION: Thelma Parker Memorial Library Meeting Room.  Community urged to attend to learn about issues and provide input.  Info: Acting Chair: James Hustace – email: SKTSCsecretary@gmail.com.

WAIMEA’S BUSINESS 1ST MONTHLY PAU HANA:  5-7 p.m., Jan. 9, 2018 (usually the first Tuesday of the month but moved to avoid the holidays). At Under the Bodhi Tree (moves monthly to different locations.)  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. Attendees welcome to bring their own beverages to Under The Bodhi Tree.

WAIMEA PARKINSON’S WELLNESS SUPPORT GROUP MONTHLY MEETINGS:  1-2:30 p.m., Wed., Jan. 10, 2018 and the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Tutu’s House.  Group is entering its 4th year with open discussion, some on specific topics, some special programs and occasional speakers to address the social, intellectual, and emotional needs of people with Parkinson’s Disease and related neurological challenges and/or their caregivers and medical professionals with open dialogue and occasional humor.   No RSVP required; just come. More information and to receive a monthly e-newsletter:  email Joel Cohen at jcohen8@hawaii.rr.com or calling 769-4490.

HUI MALAMA OLA NA ‘OIWI ‘HEALTHY HAPAI PRENATAL CLASSES:  Wednesdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 14, 4-5:30 p.m.  At the Hui Malama office in Waimea – 64-1035 Mamalahoa Hwy, Ste G, 96743 (across from the entry to Parker Ranch Center).  A 5-week program offering pregnancy, postpartum, and positive parenting education. Space limited so must call to sign up: 969-9220. 

WAIMEA TOASTMASTERS MEETING: 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 10 and 24, 2018 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.

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE:  Sat., Jan. 13, 2018.  St. James’ Episcopal Church.  Taught by Zahava Zaidoff, a certified substance abuse counselor and certified prevention specialist.  In the wake of recent events in our community involving youth, this course should prove valuable to anyone involved in youth counseling and support.  The course runs 8 hours and the fee of $170 per person is being waived.  Registration is limited.  Contact St. James’ Susan Acacio (895-2086) for more information and to register. 

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MONTHLY MEETING:  9:30 a.m.-Noon, Sat., Jan. 13, 2018 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).

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS ‘THE BEST OF BROADWAY IN HAWAI’I’:  7 p.m., Sat., Jan. 13, and 4 p.m., Sun., Jan. 14, 2018:  Members of the Kahilu Youth Troupe will perform favorite selections from previous Youth Troupe concerts and musicals, including “Sondheim and Friends,” “Broadway in Hawai’i,” “Back to Broadway,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Godspell,” “Grease,” and “13 the Musical.”  Kahilu’s Youth Troupe was formed in 2009 after theater students from a number of schools in West Hawaii met in a Waimea Community Theater production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The students wanted to continue working together after the show ended, and thus the troupe was formed. They became the Kahilu Youth Troupe in 2011. For this concert, original troupe members – some of whom have gone on to receive Masters Degrees in theatre, and are pursuing careers in the arts –  will be performing with our current high school troupe members.  Directing the troupe and production is Beth Bornstein Dunnington, a stage director, performer, acting teacher, and writer.  Musical director of the performance is original troupe member Paul Gregg.  Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival artistic director Val Underwood is vocal coach. The cast includes Noelani Anderson, Becca Barrett, Grace Bostock, Leilani Bostock, Simon Dunlap, Marena Dunnington, Stacee Firestone, Lucky Friend, Daniel Gregg, Paul Gregg, Ryan Hooley, Melissa Lynn Threlfall, and Grace Todd. Tickets are $35-$20 and are available at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office (885-6868), in person or online at www.Kahilutheatre.org

37TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMUNITY CELEBRATION:  11:30 a.m., Sun., Jan. 14, 2018.  Old Kona Airport Beach Park/Maka’eo Pavilion.  All invited – bring a favorite dish to share.  Will include hula, art, poems, songs, music and more by local schools and community.  For more information, call Virginia Halliday (325-1112) or Mamie Bramlett (331-1448).

STUDENTS-FAMILIES-COMMUNITY INVITED TO ‘MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY WITH HA: BREATH!’   It’s a day of service for our Waimea community from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mon., Jan. 15, 2018.  All invited to meet at Waimea Middle School’s new STEAM Learning Center with a hui of Waimea groups and friends from WMS, DOE, The Kohala Center, Food Corps, Mala’ai School Garden and Blue Zones Project – North Hawai’i to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a gathering that introduces culturally-based practices and protocols to strengthen the community’s sense of Belonging, Responsibility, Excellence, Aloha, Total Well-Being and Hawai’i (BREATH – or HA).  Hawai’i State Board of Education is encouraging schools and communities statewide to embrace Ha to help make Waimea an even better place for ourselves and families.  Covered shoes and bringing a water bottle is recommended as well as coming prepared for a variety of Waimea weather conditions. After a morning of service, including native plant landscaping and other campus beautification and improvement projects, a fresh, locally sourced free lunch will be served by Waimea staff with Food Corps and friends, with kokua from WMS, local farmers and ranchers and Mala’ai school garden.  aft.  There will be something for all ages, strength and skill levels.  An RSVP is suggested: Please call Amy Kailimai at WMS (887-7646) or email Amy_Kailimai@wmpccs.org.

THELMA PARKER LIBRARY FREE NASA@MY LIBRARY SCIENCE PROGRAM:  Waimea’s library is one of only 75 public libraries in the nation (and the only library in the state of Hawaii) chosen to be a partner in the NASA@ My Library program. The NASA@My Library program is an initiative to enhance STEM learning opportunities for public audiences nationwide with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery. Will feature a series of free science programs for students and families by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science and the Education Development Center, and the support of the NASA’s Science Mission Directorate via a cooperative agreement between NASA and SSI.  More info: Call 887-6067 during library hours: 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.  To include:

  • Windstreamer, 10 a.m., Thurs., Jan. 18, 2018 – Preschool children will create a weather tool and learn how the weather on Earth is always changing. Children also will learn how scientists – and children – can watch and use tools to observe different types of weather, wind direction, wind speed, temperature, and precipitation.

HAWAI’I ISLAND TO COMMEMORATE THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORLDWIDE WOMEN’S MARCH IN JANUARY 2017:  With over 5 million strong on all seven continents of the world, women and their families and friends stood up for human rights and the dignity of all and protection of the planet.  Two commemorative events are planned on this island: 

  • Sat., Jan. 20, 2018 – East Hawai’i: 11-Noon – “Stand Up For Your Rights, America” March from Llili’uokalani Gardens to Mo’oheau Bandstand, followed by a noon-3 p.m., “Imua Doing My Part” gathering at Mo’oheau Bandstand to participate in art-making and activities, talks by experts and encouragement that all take their voting rights seriously in the 2018 elections. All welcome.  More info: go to www.Facebook.com/January 20, 2018 Hilo March! Or email questions to Ralph at rcb946@gmail.com

  • Sun., Jan. 21, 2018 – West Hawai’i: 1-7 p.m. “Wahine Power” at Hale Halawai   Organized by Matriarchy Rising, it will begin with a march, followed by a rally with booths, art, music, entertainment, speakers and informational tables. All welcome.   

KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC’S 2017-18 SEASON:  Two remaining concerts planned for the season to be 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:

  • Sun., 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.

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

LUNCH PRESENTATION BY MIT RESEARCHERS ON MEASURING VOLCANIC AIR POLLUTION WITH A LOW-COST SENSOR NETWORK:  Noon-1 p.m., Wed., Jan. 24, 2018.  W.M. Keck Observatory, Jerry Nelson Conference Room.  All invited by The Kohala Center to a presentation by MIT’s Ben Crawford and Jesse Kroll about poor air quality, which is the single largest environmental risk factor for premature death globally, but the lack of widespread observations has traditionally limited understanding of air pollutant sources and impacts.  Presenters will describe a planned network of air quality monitors throughout Hawai‘i Island to measure the levels of volcanic air pollution with high spatial and temporal resolution. Such networks enable high-resolution monitoring for health and regulatory purposes; have potential for new insights about underlying atmospheric chemistry and physics; and are a means to engage the public in new ways. Will include an overview of the sensor technology, initial findings from preliminary sensor measurements, and efforts to engage local communities and grow the network to ultimately 30-40 publicly accessible sensor nodes.  TKC is looking for community input on sensor nodes sites and desired features. Info: 887-6411. 

NORTH HAWAII COMMUNITY HOSPITAL HOSTS MONTHLY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FOR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES: 2-4 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 25, 2018 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.

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS ‘WHEN STRANGERS MEET’:  7 p.m., Fri. & Sat., Jan. 26-27, 2018 in the Mike Luce Studio.  Film producer Jeannette Paulson Hereniko presents her one-woman show sharing a series of heart-warming stories with candid insights from her globetrotting journey as a film professional.  Jeannette moved to Honolulu in 1975 when she was selected to be a Storyteller with the Artist-in-the-School’s program, a position held previously in her home state of Oregon. In this play, she tells stories that focus primarily on her 35 years in the film industry.  Audience members can expect to hear the inside scoop about her work as the Founding Director of the Hawaii International Film Festival from 1981 to 1996, as well as how that compared to working with the famed Sonny Bono when they started the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 1990.  She produced the award-winning feature film, “The Land Has Eyes,” which was written and directed by her husband, Vilsoni Hereniko. The movie was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 and at over 30 international film festivals.  The play at Kahilu also reveals moments “behind the scenes” during the making of the movie on her husband’s island home of Rotuma, as well as the adventures of going to festivals to screen the film.  Jeanette’s film credits include serving as a jury member for International Film Festivals in Berlin, Singapore, Hanoi, Mumbai, and Manila. She is a founding board member of the international organization NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema.) Currently she is a film producer, owner of AsiaPacificFilms.com, and a film curator for Alexander Street, an international film distribution company for universities. Tickets are $30 and are available for purchase at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office (885-6868), in person at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela HI, 96743, or online at Kahilutheatre.org. 

WAIMEA YOGA CENTER GRAND OPENING:  8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Jan. 27, 2018.  A new yoga center operated by Chelsea Morriss in St. James’ Circle (65-1237 Kawaihae Rd.).  7 sample classes will be run beginning every hour throughout the day.  Discounts on apparel and other retail items and on new student packages.  Info: www.waimeayoga.com  All invited. 

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING:  Thurs., Feb. 1, 2018 – 5:15-7 p.m.  Waimea School Cafeteria.  The agenda spotlight will be a presentation by Hawaiian Ethos, the new state-licensed medical marijuana producers/distributors headquartered in Waimea’s Lalamilo Farmlots. Info: www.WaimeaTown.org or www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation, or call Patti Cook (937-2833). 

25th 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).

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS OKAREKA DANCE COMPANY WITH MANA WAHINE:  7 p.m., Sun., Feb. 4, 2018. Mana Wahine, or “powerful women,” is a contemporary dance and mixed media celebration of female strength. Drawing on traditional Maori culture, this stunning collage of imagery and movement transcends time and space.  It was inspired by the true story of Te Aokapurangi, a legendary young maiden who was captured in battle, and many years later, returned to single-handedly save her people from slaughter. The five powerhouse dancers who comprise the cast of this performance embody these stories through a culmination of physical dexterity, control, balance, strength, and grace. Their own intimate ancestral stories, as well as the stories of those who have sculpted them as Mana Wahine, are also embedded in this work. Ancient Maori practices of karakia (prayer), waiata (song), and mythology are woven throughout the performance to enhance cultural connection from Aotearoa New Zealand to the rest of the world. This performance is sponsored by Carol & Clive Davies, Sherm & Elaine Warner, the Kirk-Landry ‘Ohana, and Conception S. & Irwin Federman.  Tickets are $68-$25 and can be purchased online at www.Kahilutheatre.org,  over the phone (885-6868), or in person at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office. 

7th ANNUAL WILIWILI FESTIVAL:  9 a.m.-3e p.m., Sat., Feb. 10, 2018.  Waikoloa Stables.  Sponsored by the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative as a fun, free educational event for all ages and a great opportunity to learn more about the unique environment of our island. Festival will include guided tours of the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve, on-site workshops, educational talks, music, food, vendors, and a silent auction – all to celebrate our island’s beloved wiliwili trees!  Info: 808-494-2208 or e-mail jen@waikoloadryforest.org

9th ANNUAL ‘EIA KA HULA RECITAL 3 – ‘LEI O HA’ENA’:  5-8:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 24, 2018  Kahilu Theatre.  Presented by Waimea’s Beamer Solomon Halau O Po’ohala and dedicated to the late Mahi Beamer, who passed away during 2017.  This year’s theme was inspired by the late Helen Desha Beamer’s composition by the same name. The show will feature keiki to kupuna halau dancers perpetuating the Beamer family music and dance that reaches back 159 years. The performance will begin with a new short film clip, Laka, produced by Ari Bernstein and Leiomalama Tamasese Solomon to celebrate the “Lei O Ha’ena” theme song whose poetic lyrics manifest the spiritual powers of hula goddess Laka, whose chants recount the very beginnings of hula.  The event will begin with ono mea ai (food) prepared by Chef Robert Gabriele, and a rare silent auction that includes restored ‘ukulele and guitars that belonged to the late Air Force Sgt. Randolph F. Solomon, II, who died at the age of 23 during the Vietnam conflict. Randy, who had dreams of being a classical guitarist, was the older brother of Halau O Po’ohala Hula Loea Hulali Solomon Covington and Kakau ‘Olelo Malama Solomon.  The instruments were recently restored by Waimea’s own Leonard Librizzi.  Also offered in the silent auction will be photo art of Hawai’i ‘Oiwi cultural landmarks by filmmaker Bernstein. Tickets are $20 presale; $25 at the door and are available from halau members, or by emailing poohala1860@ymail.com or calling 938-8620.

NORTH KOHALA COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT:  Mon., March 19, 2018 at Hapuna Golf Course.  A two-man Scramble with 7:30 a.m. shotgun start.  Prizes, fun and lunch included · NKCRC helps provide support to more than 90 community-based projects.  Info: 889-5523; eEmail: info@northkohala.org, or www.northkohala.org.

 

ONGOING ACTIVITIES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WAIMEA FOOD PANTRIES: 

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY FARMERS MARKETS:

  • WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET:  7 a.m. – Noon every Saturday on Waimea School campus. Enter campus via the back gravel entry drive past the post office and across from Kahilu Theatre.  Organic leafy greens, fruit and vegetables, macadamia nuts, honey and preserves, lei, flowers and floral arrangements and gifts.  Everyone invited. Info: Cynthia Spencer (333-2165) or www.Facebook.com/WaimeaHomesteadFarmersMarket.
  • WAIMEA TOWN MARKET AT PARKER SCHOOL:  7:30 a.m. – Noon, Saturdays.  A weekly shopping venue featuring locally grown and produced vegetables, fruit, herbs and freshly baked artisan breads, plus art, jewelry, spa products, orchids and more.  Everyone invited.  Info:  Paul Johnston, pej1000@aol.com.
  • KUHIO HALE FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kuhio Hale (Hawaiian Homes Hall front lawn). Features locally grown vegetables, fruit, plants, food, pickled items, arts and crafts plus Iokia Lomilomi and Javaloha Coffee.  Info: Dan Manuel (882-0403).
  • KAMUELA FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. – Noon, Saturdays at historic Pukalani Stables.  Prepared foods, vegetables and gift items.  Info: Stacy Aurway:  kamuelafarmersmarket@gmail.com
  • KEKELA FAMILY FARM:  2-5 p.m., Tuesdays.  Take first left after Koa Lane off of Mana Road.  Look for large red barn for heirloom quality vegetables.  Everyone invited.
  • WAIMEA MIDWEEK MARKET: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesdays at historic Pukalani Stables. Everyone invited.  Plenty of parking.  Free admission to Paniolo Heritage Center during market hours.
  • LAUPAHOEHOE FARMERS MARKET:  9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Sunday next to the MinitMart on the highway.  Still room for more vendors.  Info: Arlene Hussey (640-4081).
  • WAIKOLOA VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET:  7:15 a.m. every Sat. in Waikoloa Community Church parking lot across from Waikoloa Elementary School.
  • HAWI FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m. Under the banyan tree near the post office.
  • ORCHIDPEOPLEʻS FARM OPEN FOR VISITS: 2-5 p.m., Tuesdays, and 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, or call for an appointment (987-3231).  Specializing in cymbidiums.  Located on the corner of Mana Road and Kahilu Road – signs point the way.
  • HAKALAU FOODSHARE: Tuesday’s from 3:15 p.m. till pau – a 6-year-old farmers market at Hakalau Veterans Field. New vendors welcome and vendor stalls are free.  Info: Drean Barley (895-5868).

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

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

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

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

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

NEED HELP?  CRISIS INTERVENTION AND SUPPORT:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Student Mentoring Program – seeking adult mentors. Screening required, training provided and very rewarding. Info: email: Amy_Kailimai@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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