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HVNP waiving entrance fees

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park joins national parks throughout the country in waiving entrance fees Saturday and Sunday for Veterans Day weekend.

“We invite everyone to honor the men and woman who have served our country by experiencing the American heritage at your national parks,” said Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

Active duty U.S. military are invited to enjoy their national parks at no charge all year and can obtain a free annual Military Pass at the park’s entrance station.

For more information about the free Military Pass, visit

YWCA offering new fitness class

The YWCA in Hilo is offering a five-week, 30-minute, low-impact exercise class set to Caribbean music led by fitness trainer Robert Roos from Nov. 17 through Dec. 22.

A free introduction is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the YWCA, 145 Ululani St. Participants are asked to bring 1-pound hand weights, a towel and water.

Roos, a former gym owner and professional fitness trainer with more than 40 years’ experience, also conducts classes at Kamana Senior Center and Waiakea Recreation Center.

For more information about his Caribbean-style workouts, visit Body Language Hawaii on Facebook.

Hospice to help cope with grief

Hospice of Hilo will be offering “Grief and the Holiday Season,” a free community presentation at 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the hospice community center, 1011 Waianuenue Ave.

Holiday season gatherings can be overwhelming for someone experiencing grief, said Hospice of Hilo community bereavement counselor Cathy Hough.

“It is important to know grief is normal, and that there are positive ways to manage the pain, while still honoring the person that is gone,” Hough said.

The presentation will focus on learning positive coping strategies, as well as encourage participants to create new rituals and traditions that build bridges from the past into the present. The gathering will conclude with the making of a commemorative art project.

The free presentation is open to all who have experienced the loss of a loved one. RSVP no later than Nov. 14 by calling 969-1733.

Church presents Christmas Cantata

The public is cordially invited to Haili Church’s annual Christmas Cantata at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the church, 211 Haili St. in Hilo.

This year’s presentation is “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Refreshments will be served after the performance. There is no charge.

For more information, call 935-4847.


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