Community Calendar for April 19

MOOLELO O HAMAKUA: STORIES OF HAMAKUA ORAL HISTORY

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MOOLELO O HAMAKUA: STORIES OF HAMAKUA ORAL HISTORY

Where: Laupahoehoe Public Library, 35-2065 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Laupahoehoe

When: Through April 28

Details: Laupahoehoe Library and Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School’s fourth-graders are working on compiling oral histories. People interested in sharing stories of historical Hamakua are invited to sign up. Students are interested in interviewing community members to learn of Hamakua history, legends and ghost stories. Call the library if you are interested in having your story considered.

Contact: Gabrielle Casart, 962-2229, laupahoehoelibrary@yahoo.com

2017 MERRIE MONARCH INVITATIONAL HAWAIIAN ARTS FAIR

Where: Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and Butler Building, Hilo

When: 9 a.m. today through Saturday

Details: Cultural event featuring the finest collection of Hawaiian arts and handcrafts by Hawaii’s master artisans and producers, Hawaiian designer fashions, Hawaiian cultural demonstrations and workshops in kapa making, ‘Ohe Kapala, Lauhala weaving, Niihau shell lei-making, pahu drums and native Hawaiian plants. Enjoy ono food and free Hawaiian entertainment all day. This year’s entertainment includes Grammy Award-winner Kalani Pe‘a, Kuana Torres Kahele, Natalie Ai Kamauu, Mark Yamanaka and Kupaoa, Josh Tatofi, Lito Arkangel, Kainani Kahaunaele and Lei Ula, Komakakino, Christy Lassiter and Friends and Aunty Diana Aki. Free.

Contact: Nelson Makua, 966-4647, nhm2@hawaiiantel.net

KOBUKAN KENDO CLUB

Where: Waiakea Recreation Center, 1634 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: 5 p.m. Wednesdays; 9 a.m. Saturdays

Details: Learn this ancient traditional martial art of Japan and modern-day sport, founded on virtues of samurai training. Cost is $10 per month.

Contact: kobukan.kendo@gmail.com

TIBETAN MEDITATION AND DHARMA STUDY

Where: 1334 Wailuku Drive, Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. today

Details: Every other Wednesday. Chenrezic (Avalokiteshvara) meditation and dharma study of Samantebadra’s Prayer (King of Noble Prayers).

Contact: Maile Yamanaka, 937-4249, maileyamanaka@gmail.com

HAWAII BALLROOM DANCE ASSOCIATION EAST HAWAII CHAPTER DANCE LESSONS

Where: Portable Classroom No. 22, Waiakea High School, 155 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through May 24

Details: Meringue and West Coast swing dance lessons. Monetary fee for lessons and chapter membership. Couples and singles invited to join other chapter members for lessons. Beginners welcome.

Contact: Owen Nishioka, 935-8974, ehchbda@gmail.com

KAI HO‘OPI‘I IN CONCERT

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Details: Free evening of Hawaiian music and the leo nahenahe (sweet voice) of Ho‘opi‘i, an Aloha Festival Hawaiian falsetto contest winner.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

HILO PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

Where: Kamana Senior Center, 127 Kamana St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. today

Details: We will be exploring tabletop/macro photography, ranging from shooting items for resale on eBay and online sites to fine art still life. Also will cover image stacking for enlarged depth of field of macro objects. Members and attendees encouraged to bring their cameras, suitable lenses for macro or tabletop shooting and a tripod. Open to anyone with an interest in photography.

Contact: Daisy Schenk, 646-456-9676, daisy@daisyphoto.com

SPRING QUARTER BIBDC DANCE CLASSES

Where: Church of the Holy Cross, Multi-Purpose Building, 440 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Wednesdays

Details: Learn the amazing American tango, cha-cha and East Coast swing all while making new friends. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.; class follows. The club will host its 10th Anniversary Dance on April 29 at UH-Hilo. Seating will be limited, so buy tickets early. For more information about the classes or the dance, call Judy at 935-1433.

Contact: Judy, 935-1433

SUNRISE YOGA

Where: No Place Like Om Yoga Studio, 65-1237 Kawaihae Road, Waimea

When: 6:15 a.m. Thursdays

Details: A gentle flow class for any level student. Every Thursday.

Contact: No Place Like Om, 640-7204, info@omhawaii.com

PERMACULTURE SERIES

Where: Hawaiian Sanctuary, 13-3194 Pahoa Kalapana Road, Pahoa

When: 9 a.m. Thursdays

Details: Grow your own food gardens. Lecture with Q&A and field work. Come dressed and ready with sun hat, notebook, water bottle and closed-toe shoes. Cost is $15; for $5 more, join the farm-to-table vegetarian lunch. Register at http://hawaiiansanctuary.com/event/hawaiian-planting-permaculture-2018-05-10/2016-11-03/.

Contact: Michele David, 800-309-8010, grow@hawaiiansanctuary.com

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP

Where: Hawaii Island Adult Care, 34 Rainbow Drive, Hilo

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Details: For caregivers who provide assistance to someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Association will provide information and support. Free respite service available. Third Thursday of each month.

Contact: Chris Ridley, 443-7360, ridley0428@gmail.com

POTTERY CLASSES

Where: Kilauea Studios, Kurtistown

When: 10 a.m. Thursdays

Details: Pottery classes available for all skill levels. Wheel, hand-building, high-fire gas kilns. Lots of fun, spacious studio and beautiful setting.

Contact: Jamie Stokes, 799-9657, kilaueastudios@gmail.com

SPRING SENIOR LECTURE SERIES

Where: Institute for Astronomy, 640 N. Aohoku Place, Hilo

When: 10 a.m. Thursday

Details: Features lectures on a wide variety of topics and field trips to local places of interest. Series is 10 weeks; cost for entire series is $10. This week’s presentation will be by Joseph Kamelamela — “A Day in the life of the Hilo County Corporation Attorney.”

Contact: Carol Lafond, 339-7270, lafond1584@gmail.com

WEEKLY BNI MEETING

Where: Wainaku Executive Center, 26-238 Hawaii Belt Road, Hilo

When: 10:15 a.m. Thursdays

Details: BNI was founded in 1985 by Dr. Ivan Misner “for the primary purpose of building powerful referral networks.” If you want to grow your business by giving and getting referrals, you’re encouraged to call and/or attend.

Contact: Kelly Higaki, 935-5575, royd@savio.com

HONOLULU THEATER FOR YOUTH

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 2 p.m. Thursday

Details: Free. This new performance explores the value of a shelter. Two charming characters wrestle to create their own homes until they come to realize that one of the great joys of having a home is sharing it. Suitable for ages 3-5. All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Program schedule subject to change.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, hilolibrary@gmail.com

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS 12-STEP MEETINGS

Where: Puna Congregational Church, 16-647 Old Volcano Road, Room 6, Keaau

When: 5 p.m. Thursdays

Details: It is not a diet club, but a fellowship of people recovering from compulsive overeating. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. No dues, fees or weigh-ins.

Contact: OA contact, 345-2753

75 YEARS LATER: EXPLORING THE SUNKEN HERITAGE OF THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY

Where: Mokupapapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Details: Free and open to the public. Meet Kelly Gleason Keogh, a maritime archaeologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Maritime Heritage Coordinator for Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and World Heritage Site, who will talk about recent discoveries of planes, shipwrecks and plans for future exploration of Midway Atoll.

Contact: Clayton Watkins, 933-8184, clayton.watkins@noaa.gov

BLUE ZONES PROJECT — GARDENING PRESENTATION

Where: North Hawaii Education and Research Center, 45-539 Plumeria St., Honokaa

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Details: Free. Join for a potluck dinner (bring your own utensils), music, networking and learn about the “9 Plants of a Canoe.” RSVP via email.

Contact: Megan Yarberry, megan.yarberry@healthways.com

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS

Where: Center for Spiritual Living, Hawaiian Paradise Park

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays

Details: A new group for people who have a desire to stop gambling. Every Thursday.

Contact: Lucinda, 509-930-6329, 1lukiluci@gmail.com

ARTHROPOD DIVERSITY IN THE SUBALPINE REGION OF MAUNAKEA

Where: Imiloa Astronomy Center, Moanahoku Hall, 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Details: A Maunakea Speakers Series presentation by Heather Stever. Insects are all around us. Stever will explain the difference between insects and arthropods, why they are so important in Hawaii and the role these residents play in making Mauna Kea what it is.

Contact: Fritz Klasner, 933-0734, omkm@hawaii.edu

UPW RETIREES MEETING

Where: UPW Hall, 362 E. Lanikaula St., Hilo

When: 10 a.m. Friday

Details: Quarterly meeting. RSVP by April 16 for lunch.

Contact: Shirley Ito, 935-7396, georgeito_12@msn.com

MOUNTAIN VIEW SENIOR GAMES

Where: Mountain View Senior Center, 18-1345A New Volcano Road, Mountain View

When: 10 a.m. Fridays

Details: Mountain View seniors meet to get acquainted and play bingo, mahjong, Shanghai rummy, Sequence and other card and board games. Bring a can of food for prizes. Area residents 55 and older invited.

Contact: June Van Pelt, 967-7417, junvp@juno.com

ALOHA FRIDAY ON THE PORCH — HULA AND OLI WITH KAHO‘OKELE CRABBE

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. Friday

Details: Crabbe shares his extensive knowledge to teach the basics of hula, language and chant. Free, but park fees could apply.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, alyssa@volcanoartcenter.org

SQUARE DANCING FOR HEALTH AND FITNESS

Where: Clem Akina Park, 159 Wainaku St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Fridays

Details: Meet new people for fun, fellowship and friendship put to music. Led by Bill Yoeman, ACA certified square dance caller and instructor.

Contact: Bill Yoeman, 968-6091

“THE LAST WORD”

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Friday through Tuesday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Details: Doors open 30 minutes prior to each showing. Drama/comedy. Rated R. Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship.

Contact: Sheron Bee, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

NATIONAL PARK WEEK FEE-FREE WEEKENDS

Where: All fee-charging national parks

When: Saturday and Sunday

Details: Celebrate “America’s Best Idea” and explore your national parks for free during these two weekends.

Contact: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

PHOTOGRAPHY OUTDOOR FIELD COURSE — SADDLE ROAD

Where: UH-Hilo, PB-7 Computer Lab, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 8 a.m. Saturday

Details: Cost is $85. Participants will learn practical photography skills using the manual settings on their camera to optimize real-world situations in real time. Required: Basic camera skills, DSLR camera and hiking clothes.

Contact: CCECS, 932-7830, ccecs@hawaii.edu

AARP SHRED FEST: FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING AND FOOD COLLECTION EVENTS

Where: Big Island Record and Destruction Center, 73-4164 Huli Koa Drive, Kailua-Kona

When: 8 a.m. Saturday

Details: Public can bring old tax forms, bank statements and other sensitive papers for convenient and confidential on-site destruction. This is a drive-through and drop-off event, with unloading assistance available. Staples and paperclips do not need to be removed. AARP membership is not required. Because of safety concerns and to serve as many people as possible, no one on foot or who gets out of their vehicle will be accepted this year. Each vehicle occupant limited to two boxes or bags of paper material. Participants encouraged to bring donations of brown rice and canned goods to benefit Hawaii’s hungry families. All donations will be given to the Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s food bank.

Contact: Jackie Boland, 545-6003, jboland@aarp.org

SOFT PASTEL STILL LIFE WORKSHOP

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Details: Learn about the different types of pastels, different papers, fixing and mounting paper and backing. Students will complete a 10-by-12-inch project. Cost is $50 or $45 for VAC members, plus $10 supply fee per person. Beginner and intermediate artists welcome. Call or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org to register.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

YOGA WITH RONDA SMITH

Where: Mele Kalama, 15-1825 Third Ave., Hawaiian Paradise Park

When: 9 a.m. Saturdays

Details: This is a slow flow class that guides students into safe poses as they create their individualized practices. Cost is $5 per class. Call or text for more information and directions.

Contact: Kristina Izutsu, 936-9482, kristinapualii@gmail.com

BIRTH OF KAHUKU

Where: Kahuku Unit, 70.5-mile marker, Highway 11, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday and May 27 and June 10

Details: Traverse the vast 1868 lava flow on an easy-to-moderate guided hike. See different volcano features and formations and identify many parts of the Southwest Rift Zone of Mauna Loa. Learn about the Hawaiian hot spot and the creation of Kahuku. Meet near the parking area with sturdy shoes, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

ECKANKAR COMMUNITY HU CHANT

Where: Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili St., Hilo

When: Noon on Saturday

Details: A nondenominational community service for people of all backgrounds and faiths. We respect each individual’s relationship with God and views on spirituality. Our intent is to meet others who also are taking a deeper look at life and offer some information that might be helpful on their spiritual journey. Fourth Saturday of each month. Free.

Contact: Evangeline, 498-4455, 333evangeline@gmail.com

YOGA BEGINNER SERIES WITH COLLEEN DUNLAP

Where: Yoga Centered, 37 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 12:45 p.m. Saturday

Details: New to yoga? Have questions? Want to refine your practice and get back to the basics? Learn foundational yoga poses, proper alignment, how to breathe and basic philosophy. Great way to learn the basics in an intimate and noncompetitive environment.

Contact: Yoga Centered, 934-7233, frontdesk@yogacentered.com

MONEY SMART WEEK PROGRAM

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Details: Free. AARP representative Ed Hickey will share information about how the Social Security program works and how to maximize your benefits. Suitable for ages 18 and older.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, hilolibrary@gmail.com

KAI‘EHITU OUTRIGGER TEAM’S THIRD ANNUAL TEE OFF-FORE-TEAM GOLF TOURNAMENT

Where: Big Island Country Club, 71-1420 Mamalahoa Highway, Kailua-Kona

When: 7 a.m. Sunday

Details: Registration starts at 6 a.m.; shotgun start at 7 a.m. Event supports the canoe team’s 2017 paddling season. Entry includes golf, luncheon, awards and prizes. Cost is $125 per person. To register your four-man team or for hole sponsorship and prize donations, contact Dave Yamagata at 987-9480. For complete details, visit KaiEhitu.org.

Contact: Kamaile Ynigues, 987-3935, aunty.mai.ynigues@gmail.com

ZEN BUDDHIST MEDITATION

Where: Taishoji Soto Mission, 275 Kinoole St., Hilo

When: 8 a.m. Sundays; 6:30 p.m. Mondays

Details: Join Taishoji members for zazen (sitting meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation). Access from Kilauea Avenue. Free.

Contact: The Rev. Shinsho Hata, 785-3072, shinsho.hata@gmail.com

39TH ANNUAL BRANTLEY CENTER GOLF TOURNAMENT

Where: Waikoloa Village Golf Club, 68-1798 Melia St, Waikoloa Village

When: 8 a.m. Sunday

Details: Shotgun start; two-person best ball modified format. Entry fees are $125 per player for golf, lunch and prizes, including a chance to win $10,000 for a hole-in-one. The golf tournament and other fundraisers throughout the year fill a critical gap in the Brantley Center’s budgetary need. Golfers and non-golfers are invited to contribute to the benefit golf tournament, and various sponsorship levels are available. Organizers also welcome silent auction items, gift certificates and other donations at all price levels to generate enthusiasm and give everyone a chance to participate.

Contact: Roland Kaneshiro, 987-7712, bcenter2@gmail.com

NATIONAL PARK RX DAY

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center lanai, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9 a.m. Sunday

Details: Join the growing movement to prescribe parks and nature for the improvement of our health. Includes a morning yoga session, various presentations such as lomilomi and kalo and a “Walk with a Doc” with Dr. Craig Kadooka. Other presenters include Hilo Medical Center, HMSA Community Engagement, state Department of Health and Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

FARMERS MARKET AT HAMAKUA HARVEST

Where: Intersection of Mamane Street and Highway 19, Honokaa

When: 9 a.m. Sundays

Details: Features local farmers, fresh produce, artisanal products and ono food. Weekly entertainment, workshops, informational booths and youth-focused activities. SNAP/EBT purchases welcomed.

Contact: Lori Beach, 896-2151, info@hamakuaharvest.org

PALM TRAIL

Where: Kahuku Unit, 70.5-mile marker, Highway 11, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. Sunday and May 28 and June 25

Details: Traverse scenic pastures along an ancient cinder cone on a moderately difficult, 2.6-mile loop with some of the best panoramic views in Kahuku. Highlights include relics of the ranching era, sections of remnant native forests and amazing volcanic features from the 1868 eruptive fissures. Meet near the parking area with sturdy shoes, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

HILO BRIDGE CLUB

Where: Eagles Club, 16-111 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 12:30 p.m. Sundays; 11 a.m. Wednesdays

Details: Looking for social bridge players to join us in duplicate bridge. Cost is $5.

Contact: Harry, 965-1391, gailbuck@yahoo.com

FREE DOG TRAINING AND SOCIAL EVENT

Where: Lili‘uokalani Gardens, Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 2 p.m. Sundays

Details: Come join the fun and share the love. Goals are problem solving via free training instruction and tools, and offering an advanced socialization experience. Bring a bowl for water.

Contact: Carl Oguss, 933-9763, easthawaiidogpsychologycenter@yahoo.com

IPHONE 1 FOR SENIORS 50+

Where: SeniorNet, UH-Hilo PBC 7, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. Monday and April 27

Details: Explore your settings, navigate, play with calendar, camera and photos, explore apps and multitasking. Have fun with phone and email. Provide your own iPhone. Bring Apple ID and password. Cost is $60 plus $44 SeniorNet annual membership fee.

Contact: June Knell, 932-7928, cyberlu@gmail.com

SELF-DEFENSE FITNESS CLASS

Where: Kohala Village Hub, 55-514 Hawi Road, Hawi

When: 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

Details: Geared toward street-oriented self-defense and rooted in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Students will learn stance, footwork, striking techniques, defense and much more. For class schedule, visit www.kohalavillagehub.com.

Contact: Kohala Village Hub, 889-0404, info@kohalavillagehub.com

ZUMBA GOLD CHAIR

Where: YMCA, 300 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Details: Seated Zumba workout. Strengthen your core, increase your range of motion and stamina with this low-impact fitness class that offers the same benefits of Zumba Gold. All welcome.

Contact: Harriet Rocha, 640-3876, har_c1@yahoo.com

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS 12-STEP MEETINGS

Where: Serenity House, 15-2579 Pahoa-Keaau Road, Pahoa

When: Noon on Mondays

Details: If willpower is not working, turn to Overeaters Anonymous. This is not a diet or calories club. No dues or fees. Newcomers are welcome.

Contact: 345-2753, viviansuet@hotmail.com

FAMILY YOGA

Where: Yoga Centered, 37 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 3 p.m. Mondays

Details: Keiki are free; adults $5. This all-levels free-flow class includes postures for the whole family, including age- and intensity level-appropriate variations to accommodate all of the students in the class, all while maintaining a playful sense of fun. Come as you are — crying babies, wild toddlers and ornery teenagers welcome.

Contact: Yoga Centered, 934-7233, frontdesk@yogacentered.com

IPHONE BASICS SECTION 2

Where: UH-Hilo, PB 7 Computer Lab, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 4:30 p.m. Monday through April 26

Details: Cost is $75. An introduction to the basic essentials you need to navigate your iPhone. Required: Basic iPhone knowledge and an iPhone 4s or higher with a charger and cable.

Contact: CCECS, 932-7830, ccecs@hawaii.edu

TRADITIONAL WADO KARATE TRAINING

Where: Sangha Hall, 424 Kilauea Ave., Hilo

When: 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

Details: Beginners class, 5-6 p.m.; advanced class, 6-7 p.m. Visitors welcome to observe and participate.

Contact: Craig, 987-1465

ZUMBA WITH JOYI

Where: Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi, Hilo Office, 1438 Kilauea Ave.

When: 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

Details: Classes are free. Register today.

Contact: Kalani Lawson, 969-9220, kalani@hmono.org

AERIAL ARTS CLASSES

Where: Pacific Gymnastics, 215B Railroad Ave., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. Mondays

Details: Learn silks, lyra (aerial hoop), hammock and straps. Class size limited; pre-registration required. Cost is $15 per class; monthly passes available. All levels welcome.

Contact: Bella O’Toole, 938-8002, mirabiliaaerialco@gmail.com

AIKIDO FOR ADULTS AND TEENS

Where: Resolution Gym, 29 Shipman St., No. 203, Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday; 9 a.m. Wednesdays; 4:45 p.m. Sundays

Details: Beginners learn aikido for health and fitness. Stretch, strengthen and learn self-defense skills in a friendly atmosphere. Cost is $60 per month for individuals; $90 for families; $45 for college students per month.

Contact: Barbara Klein, 935-2454, AikidoOfHilo@gmail.com

MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ JAM

Where: Kukuau Studio, 43 Kukuau St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Mondays

Details: An all-inclusive jam session with a rotating house band. Created to strengthen the Big Island jazz community through networking and jamming. Bring your favorite charts and the instrument of your choice or enjoy the vibrations of people improvising together in the jazz tradition. Free; all ages welcome.

Contact: Kukuau Studio, 464-3388, kukuaustudio@gmail.com

BEGINNING SWING DANCE

Where: Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili St., Hilo

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Details: The Hilo Hep Cats teach six-count Lindy hop, the most basic style of swing. New dancers welcome; no experience or partner necessary. Learn basic rhythm, footwork, connection and turns with lots of personal attention. Cost is $35 for entire six weeks, $20 if you bring a new student and $10 for drop-ins.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, hilohepcats@gmail.com

HILO SUNRISE CHAPTER — BNI NETWORKING MEETING

Where: Hilo Woman’s Club, 7 Lele St., Hilo

When: 7 a.m. Tuesdays

Details: For local business professionals who value word-of-mouth marketing and are seeking to network, refer business to each other and build a better business community.

Contact: Sharla Sare, 430-1787

BASIC STRETCH AND STRENGTHENING EXERCISE CLASS

Where: Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi, Hilo Office, 1438 Kilauea Ave.

When: 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Details: Basic stretches and muscular endurance exercises that will help improve your flexibility and strength. Designed for all ages; geared toward those needing to maintain or increase mobility, and those wanting a gentle stretch. Free.

Contact: Kalani Lawson, 969-9220, kalani@hmono.org

HILO HULA TUESDAY AT THE BANDSTAND

Where: Mooheau Park Bandstand, 329 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. Tuesday

Details: A lively hour of Hawaiian music and hula with Halau Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna. Free.

Contact: Dinnie Kysar, 896-7284, destinationhilo@gmail.com

SOCIAL MEDIA DASHBOARD MANAGEMENT

Where: YMCA, 300 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo

When: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday

Details: Free. Learn how to gain insight on free social media dashboard management tools to control your online presence. Spend less time posting and more time growing. Register at www.hisbdc.org.

Contact: Lydia Santiago, 933-0776, lydia.santiago@hisbdc.org

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES PERFORM

Where: Honi Wai Cafe, 17-937 Volcano Road, Mountain View

When: Noon on Tuesdays and Fridays

Details: Come for the beautiful entertainment and sample some of the best food in East Hawaii. Visit Honi Wai Cafe on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HoniWai/.

Contact: Dennis Soares, 345-1800, dennis_soares@hotmail.com

HILO TOASTMASTERS

Where: Clem Akina Park Community Center, 145 Wainaku St., Hilo

When: 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Enhance your leadership potential and improve your public-speaking skills. Every Tuesday.

Contact: Chandra Fulton, 938-9148, chandrafulton9@gmail.com

EVENING TESTING FOR HIV AND HEPATITIS C

Where: Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation, 16-204 Melekahiwa Place, Suite 1, Keaau

When: 4 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Free testing, with only a finger prick of blood and 20 minutes of your time. Both of these diseases can be in your body without symptoms for years. Private and confidential tests, and help for you if you have a preliminary positive as a result.

Contact: Normand Dufresne, 982-8800, normand@hihaf.org

AIKIDO FOR GRADES 3-6

Where: Aikido of Hilo, 29 Shipman St., No. 203, Hilo

When: 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays

Details: Kids learn stretching, strengthening, self-discipline and cooperation as well as protective skills in a positive setting. Monthly rate $60 for individuals; $45 for college students; $90 for families.

Contact: Barbara Klein, 935-2454, AikidoOfHilo@gmail.com

THERAPEUTIC BASIC FLOW (YOGA) CLASSES

Where: Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi, Hilo Office, 1438 Kilauea Ave.

When: 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Details: Classes are free. Register today.

Contact: Kalani Lawson, 969-9220, kalani@hmono.org

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS 12-STEP MEETINGS

Where: Church of the Holy Apostles, 1407 Kapiolani St., Hilo

When: 5 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: It is not a diet club, but a fellowship of people recovering from compulsive overeating. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. No dues, fees or weigh-ins.

Contact: OA contact, 345-2753

ZUMBA FITNESS

Where: Church of the Holy Apostles, 1407 Kapiolani St., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Free class. Feel stronger, younger and healthier. Safe, easy-to-follow cardio dancing to Latin-inspired and contemporary hits.

Contact: Dee Torres, 938-9101, dtorres@hawaiiantel.net

HULA CLASS ON THE PORCH

Where: Shipman House Bed & Breakfast, 131 Kaiulani St., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Taught by kumu Maile Yamanaka. For beginners and intermediates. A good-fun class for visitors and kamaaina. For adults; on donation basis. Call to confirm.

Contact: Barbara, 934-8002, bighouse@bigisland.com

BEGINNING BALBOA DANCE

Where: Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Tuesdays through April 25

Details: Balboa features quick, shuffling footwork and an upright posture with a close embrace. Expand your swing dancing to jazz tunes and even other genres well-suited to this style. Beginning dancers welcome. No partner or experience necessary. Cost is $35 for the entire six weeks, $20 if you bring a new student or $10 for drop-ins.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, hilohepcats@gmail.com

PILATES MAT SERIES

Where: Yoga Centered, 37 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (six classes)

Details: Tone your thighs, strengthen your back and flatten your abdomen. Improve your core strength with this foundational mat series. Cost is $15 drop-ins or $65 for series.

Contact: Taylor McKenna, 385-207-3997, groomtaylor@hotmail.com

KILAUEA VOLCANO’S SUMMIT ERUPTION: NINE YEARS AND COUNTING

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Details: On March 19, 2008, a new volcanic vent opened in Halema‘uma‘u Crater at Kilauea’s summit. Nine years later, the eruption continues. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Matt Patrick presents an update and overview about the summit eruption, including stunning imagery.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

SWING DANCE FLAIRS AND FLOURISHES

Where: Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili St., Hilo

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Details: Lunges, fancy dips, leg leads and basic lifts can be handled by nearly any dancer with a reasonable fitness level and core stability. Part of swing dance’s heritage, these moves can be adapted to other partner dances. No partner necessary. Cost is $35 for the entire six weeks, $20 if you bring a new student or $10 for drop-ins.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, hilohepcats@gmail.com

COMING

INTRODUCTORY HALAI ENERGY MEDICINE WORKSHOP

Where: Halai Healing Place, 75-5737 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona

When: 8 a.m. April 26-27

Details: Discover ancient mysteries of the human aura and learn about the chakra system. Explore the body’s energy field to balance mind, body and spirit for yourself and others. Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. Cost is $295. Pre-registration required. Limited space available.

Contact: LaRen, 987-6010, LaRen@HalaiHealingPlace.com

WEAVE ULANA NIU (COCONUT FRONDS)

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center lanai, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 10 a.m. April 26

Details: Learn how to weave coconut fronds into useful and beautiful items. Part of the national park’s ‘Ike Hana No‘eau (Experience the Skillful Work) workshops. Free.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

UNWIND — A WINE CLUB PAU HANA WINE TASTING

Where: Coquis Hideaway, 1550 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: 5 p.m. April 26

Details: Be a part of this new wine club experience. Live music and pupus. Sample up to eight different wines from around the world. Learn about a variety of artisan boutique wines and how to get your favorites delivered to your door for free every month. Entry is $8; must be 21 or older.

Contact: Kristen, 345-5125, kataloha808@gmail.com

HOW TO START A SMALL BUSINESS

Where: Hawaii Community College, Manono Campus, Building 379-1, Kaneikeao Room, 1175 Manono St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. April 27

Details: Learn about entrepreneurship, key ingredients for business success, steps involved in starting your own business, sources of capital and other resources for the startup business. Cost is $25. Registration required at www.hisbdc.org.

Contact: Lydia Santiago, 933-0776, lydia.santiago@hisbdc.org

BLUE ZONES PROJECT — FREE COOKING DEMONSTRATION

Where: Akmal’s Indian Kitchen, 174 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. April 27

Details: Learn how to prepare delicious plant-based recipes that are Blue Zones approved. Plus, enjoy free samples, meet people from your community and join in a walking or potluck group to win awesome prizes. RSVP by email.

Contact: Jade Iokepa, jade.iokepa@healthways.com

HAWAII’S REEF FISHES

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 7 p.m. April 27

Details: Special presentation by John Hoover. Hawaii’s reef fish don’t just hang around the reef waiting for something to happen. Like most other animals — and humans — they are busy most of the time taking care of the big three: food, security and reproduction.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

“HAWAI‘I ISLAND — A BIRD’S EYE VIEW”

Where: Mokupapapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. April 27

Details: Free and open to the public. For a new perspective on the island we call home, join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservation biologist Rob Shallenberger for an evening of beautiful images and informative talk. Shallenberger uses photography to convey his passion for the natural world.

Contact: Clayton Watkins, 933-8184, clayton.watkins@noaa.gov

BON DANCE PRACTICE

Where: Hilo Meishoin Mission, 97 Olona St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. April 27

Details: Free and open to the public. Bring a towel (tenugui) and fan (uchiwa). Practice is second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Contact: Hilo Meishoin Mission Office, 935-6996, tsukikageodorikai@gmail.com

BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

Where: Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 62-100 Kauna‘Oa Drive, Kohala Coast

When: 9 a.m. April 28-29

Details: “Worth Its Weight in Gold: The History of Chocolate” is the theme for the sixth annual festival. General admission tickets to the gala are $79 presale and $100 at the door. Special room/ticket packages available. The two-day chocolate extravaganza includes a cacao plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, a college culinary competition and several public foodie and agriculture-themed seminars. Activities culminate 5-9 p.m. April 29 with the indoor-outdoor festival gala. Attendees can vote for best savory and best sweet culinary creations while culinary stations will be judged by celebrity chefs. Enjoy entertainment, dancing and silent auction to benefit local nonprofits.

Contact: Farsheed Bonakdar, 324-6100, Info@bigislandchocolatefestival.com

ALOHA FRIDAY ON THE PORCH — LEI MAKING WITH KAIPO AH CHONG

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. April 28

Details: Ah Chong will share his expert lei-making skills with VAC visitors. Free, but park fees could apply.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, alyssa@volcanoartcenter.org

NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP

Where: Oki Conference Room, 688 Kinoole St., Suite 115A, Hilo

When: 7 p.m. April 28

Details: Monthly support group that helps people gain understanding and empathy for loved ones living with and recovering from mental illness. Join us to learn more, connect with others and feel empowered.

Contact: Carolyn Oki, 935-3518, carold2654@hawaiiantel.net

SILENT MOVIE NIGHT

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. April 28

Details: Doors open at 6 p.m. Presented by the Palace Theater and the Hilo Theatre Organ Society present; screening the 1925 film “The Lost World,” with live organ accompaniment by organist Tommy Stark. This silent fantasy monster adventure film was adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel of the same name and featured pioneering stop-motion special effects by Willis O’Brien. Tickets $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Benefit for the Palace and organ society.

Contact: Sheron Bee, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

NATURE AND CULTURE: AN UNSEVERABLE RELATIONSHIP (HE PILINA WEHENA ‘OLE)

Where: Kahuku Unit, 70.5-mile marker, Highway 11, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. April 29, May 13 and June 24

Details: Take a moderate, 2-mile guided hike on Palm Trail to be inspired by a pace, where hulihia (catastrophic change) and kulia (restoration) can be observed as the land transitions from the 1868 lava flow and its pioneer plants to deeper soil with more diverse and older flora. Learn about native plants and their significance in Hawaiian culture. Meet near the parking area with sturdy shoes, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

HANDS-ON FERMENTED FOODS WORKSHOP: SAUERKRAUT AND KOMBUCHA

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 10 a.m. April 29

Details: Join Jasmine Silverstein of HeartBeet Foods in this hands-on fermented foods workshop. Learn the basics of culturing cabbage and various vegetables into probiotic-rich sauerkraut as well as how to make your own kombucha. Each participant will take home their own finished products. Cost is $55 or $50 for VAC members. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

18TH ANNUAL PLANT SALE AT THE ZOO

Where: Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, 800 Stainback Highway, Hilo

When: 8 a.m. April 30

Details: Hosted by The Friends of the Zoo. With Mother’s Day around the corner, remembering Mom with a plant, tree or bloom will be a lasting memory for her and you. Come down to the entry circle of the equestrian center and choose from a wide variety of plants, trees, blooms and herbs. There even will be a pizza truck, courtesy of PI Co. LLC, in case you get hungry.

Contact: Barbara Thomason, 959-9233 (gift shop), Paradisezoo@gmail.com

KALIKO VOLLEYBALL RUMMAGE SALE

Where: AJA Hall, 361 Haihai St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. April 30

Details: All proceeds benefit the young ladies of Kaliko Volleyball Club’s summer travel team.

Contact: Kim Shimabuku, 756-3902, kimshimabuku@yahoo.com

CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK DISPLAY

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: Regular library hours May 2-6

Details: National Children’s Book Week is May 1-7. Visit the library to view the winning entries from a library contest in which students from surrounding elementary schools participated. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, hilolibrary@gmail.com

DANCE IMAGINED SERIES WITH KAREN MASAKI

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 10 a.m. May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Details: This five-session series will explore basic dance technique combined with the pure exhilaration of movement. Class is appropriate for all who love to move. No dance experience necessary and the technique portion will be a basic introduction. Cost for a single class is $20 or $15 for VAC members or $60 for the entire series.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

“HULA PELE” WORKSHOP WITH KUMU AB VALENCIA

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 4 p.m. May 2, 9, 16 and 23

Details: In celebration of Hilo’s annual Merrie Monarch festival, Kumu Ab Valencia offers this hula workshop series. Valencia will teach a hula that pays homage to Pelehonuamea and her home at Kilauea. Learn basic hula steps and hand motions that tell the story of Pele and appropriate costuming and how to make nalei wehiwehi hula (hula adornments). On the last day of class the haumana (students) will make a traditional hula presentation to Pele at Kilauea. Cost is $200 and includes all plant materials for hula adornments. Students may be responsible for pa‘uhula (hula skirt for men and women). Bring a notebook and pen. No experience necessary. Call or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org to register.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 808-967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK FIELD PHOTOGRAPHY

Where: UH-Hilo, PB-7 Computer Lab, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 4:30 p.m. May 2 and 4; 8 a.m. May 7

Details: Cost is $95. Classroom sessions will cover the basics of landscape photography, including equipment considerations, composition, lighting and camera technique. Field exercise will take place in two or three different locations, weather and site conditions permitting. Comfortable clothing and shoes needed.

Contact: CCECS, 932-7830, ccecs@hawaii.edu

“AN EVENING OF HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE”

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 7 p.m. May 4

Details: ‘O ka ‘Olelo ke Ka‘a o ka Mauli with University of Hawaii at Hilo instructor ‘Alika Guerrero, who will discuss the importance of perpetuating the Hawaiian language and give an overview of Papa ‘Olelo Hawai‘i, a series of beginning Hawaiian language classes slated for July at VAC. Free; however, donations are always welcome.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

ALOHA FRIDAY ON THE PORCH — UKULELE WITH WES AWANA

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. May 5

Details: Visitors and kamaaina alike are invited to experience a free, hands-on workshop presented by hospitable Hawaii Island practitioners. Volcano-area musician Wes Awana shares his love of ukulele and Hawaiian music by giving family-friendly lessons. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Jenette, 967-8222, jenette@volcanoartcenter.org

MALAMA DA MIND

Where: Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale, 799 Piilani St., Hilo

When: 3 p.m. May 5

Details: This 12th annual National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event celebrates individuality. Event raises awareness about Big Island children’s mental health and recognizes the importance of the individual’s inclusion in the community. Free admission, entertainment and chili and rice (while supplies last). Sign-waving, youth performances, interactive games, other activities and prizes are included. Community agencies who support children’s mental health will be on-site to provide information.

Contact: Jesse Floyd, 936-4061, jesse.floyd@doh.hawaii.gov

2017 HILO MARCH FOR BABIES PAU HANA EVENT

Where: Grand Naniloa Hotel, 93 Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 5 p.m. May 5

Details: For team captains and walkers to turn in their donations prior to the day of the walk. Pre-registration and T-shirts can be picked up at this time.

Contact: Eden Patino, 271-1495, hilomarchforbabies@gmail.com

2017 HILO MARCH FOR BABIES

Where: Lili‘uokalani Gardens, Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 7 a.m. May 6

Details: This is the 47th year the March of Dimes has sponsored the Hilo walk. Begins with registration; walk starts at 8 a.m. Entertainment, keiki activities and light snacks/refreshments. Interested teams and walkers are encouraged to sign up at www.marchforbabies.org.

Contact: Eden Patino, 271-1495, hilomarchforbabies@gmail.com

HILO HIGASHI HONGWANJI GARAGE SALE

Where: Hilo Higashi Hongwanji Social Hall, 216 Mohouli St., Hilo

When: 7:30 a.m. May 6

Details: Sale of cinders, andagi, inari sushi, pickles, baked goods, plants, cut flowers, vegetables, hardware and many other items. Monies raised will be used for temple activities and expenses. Don’t forget to bring your shopping bags.

Contact: The Rev. Marcos Sawada, 935-8968, hilohigashi@gmail.com

FREE COMIC DAY

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. May 6

Details: One comic per person. Come dressed as your favorite character. All welcome. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, hilolibrary@gmail.com

REALMS AND DIVISIONS OF KAHUKU

Where: Kahuku Unit, 70.5-mile marker, Highway 11, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. May 6

Details: Experience the sense of place that evolves at the intersection of nature and culture on this moderately difficult 2-mile, two-hour guided hike on Kahuku’s newest trail, Pu‘u Kahuku. Bring a snack for the talk story segment. Meet near the parking area with water, sturdy shoes, rain gear and sun protection.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

CARD MAKING WITH ALEX

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 2 p.m. May 10

Details: Visit the library and make a creative paper card. All welcome. Library will provide supplies free of charge. No sign-up necessary. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, hilolibrary@gmail.com

THERE IS NO INCURABLE: HELP AND HEALING SPIRITUALLY

Where: East Hawaiian Cultural Center, Annex

When: 7 p.m. May 10-11

Details: Andreas Einhauser of Germany will share the teachings of Bruno Groening, that God is the greatest physician and there is no incurable. Healed people will share stories of miraculous helps and healings. You will learn a simple, yet powerful technique called Einstellen, which means to connect to the source that exists around our planet.

Contact: Chandra Fulton, 938-9148, chandrafulton9@gmail.com

EXCHANGE CLUB OF HILO “PROGRAM OF SERVICE”

Where: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, 71 Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 11 a.m. May 11

Details: “A Very Special Recognition Luncheon” to honor the recipients of the Book of Golden Deeds, A.C.E., Freedom Shrine Presentation and Service to Seniors. For more information, call 990-6596.

Contact: Lorraine Godoy, 217-9685, lg1212@hawaii.rr.com

ALOHA FRIDAY ON THE PORCH — LEI MAKING WITH RANDY LEE

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. May 12

Details: Visitors and kamaaina alike are invited to experience a free, hands-on workshop presented by hospitable Hawaii Island practitioners. Master lei maker Randy Lee will demonstrate his skill and tell wonderful stories. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Jenette, 967-8222, jenette@volcanoartcenter.org

39TH ANNUAL CHARITY WALK

Where: Queen’s Marketplace, Waikoloa Beach Resort, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa

When: 5 a.m. May 13

Details: This 5K fun run and walk sponsored by the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association benefits nonprofit agencies on the Big Island. Includes food stations, children’s activities, silent auction and live entertainment. Cost is $25 for children ages 5-12; $35 for adults. Register at www.charitywalkhawaii.org.

Contact: Bambi Lau, 886-8128, bambi.lau@marriott.com

‘OHI‘A LEHUA

Where: Kahuku Unit, 70.5-mile marker, Highway 11, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. May 14 and June 11

Details: Learn about the vital role of ‘ohi‘a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, the many forms of the ‘ohi‘a lehua tree and rapid ohia death. Visitors will be able to identify the many differences of the most prominent native tree in Kahuku on this program, which is an easy 1-mile (or less) walk. Meet near the parking area with sturdy shoes and bring rain gear, sun protection, water and a snack.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

FREE HEALTH SCREENING AND VEGAN FOOD

Where: Kurtistown Seventh-day Adventist Church, 17-594 Highway 11, Kurtistown

When: 6 p.m. May 14-27 (except Wednesdays and Thursdays)

Details: Blood pressure checks, blood glucose check and alkaline/acid body testing. A Bible prophecy seminar will be presented after the food each night.

Contact: Pastor Diamond, 953-0483, diamondean1844@gmail.com

GARDENING DEMONSTRATION

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 4:30 p.m. May 17

Details: Learn how to start your own garden and deal with pesky pests. Free. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, hilolibrary@gmail.com

ALOHA FRIDAY ON THE PORCH — HULA AND OLI WITH MOSES KAHO‘OKELE CRABBE

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. May 19

Details: Visitors and kamaaina alike are invited to experience a free, hands-on workshop presented by hospitable Hawaii Island practitioners. Kumu hula of Halau Ke Ola o Ka Lani, Moses Kaho‘okele Crabbe, shares his extensive knowledge to teach the basics of hula, language and chant. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Jenette, 967-8222, jenette@volcanoartcenter.org

KA‘U COFFEE FESTIVAL

Where: Pahala Community Center, 96-1149 Kamani St., Pahala

When: Beginning at 5:30 p.m. May 19

Details: Celebrating award-winning Ka‘u coffee, the ninth annual festival offers unique and exciting activities May 19-28. The festival’s pinnacle is an all-day, free ho‘olaule‘a May 27, offering coffee, food and craft booths; entertainment, farm and mill tours; and guided coffee tastings. The festivities conclude with the Ka‘u Coffee College educational series. Some events are free, others have a fee.

Contact: Chris Manfredi, 929-9550, cmanfrsedi@kaufarmandranch.com

PU‘U O LOKUANA

Where: Kahuku Unit, 70.5-mile marker, Highway 11, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. May 20 and June 3

Details: Take a short, 0.4-mile hike to the top of this grassy cinder cone. Learn about the formation and various uses of this hill through time and enjoy a breathtaking view of lower Ka‘u. Meet near the parking area with sturdy shoes, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

HONOKAA WESTERN WEEK

Where: Various venues, Honokaa

When: Various times May 21-29

Details: Western Week kicks off at 8 a.m. May 21 with the second annual Farm Festival at Hamakua Harvest. Festivities continue throughout the week, wrapping up with the Paniolo Parade at 4 p.m. and Block Party at 5 p.m. May 26 and the 61st annual Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo from May 27-29. Organizers are recruiting participants for all scheduled activities and urge everyone to support the celebration. For more information, follow Honokaa Western Week on Facebook or visit www.honokaawesternweek.org.

Contact: Michelle, 775-9777, big-islandgrown@hotmail.com

SECOND ANNUAL FARM FESTIVAL

Where: Hamakua Harvest, 44-2600 Mamalahoa Highway, Honokaa

When: 8 a.m. May 21

Details: Family-friendly event celebrating local agriculture and the community. Will feature 35-plus vendors, an all-day lineup of entertainment and educational presentations, cooking demonstrations, activities for the keiki and a silent auction. SNAP/EBT purchases welcomed. Additional details at www.hamakuaharvest.org.

Contact: Hamakua Harvest, 640-2506, info@hamakuaharvest.org

PEOPLE AND LAND OF KAHUKU

Where: Kahuku Unit, 70.5-mile marker, Highway 11, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. May 21 and June 18

Details: Loop through varied landscapes to explore the human history of Kahuku on this moderate, 2-mile walk. Emerging native forests, pastures, lava fields and other sites hold clues about the ways people lived and worked on the vast Kahuku lands for generations. Learn about the powerful natural forces at work here and how people adapted to, shaped and restored this land. Meet near the parking area with sturdy shoes, rain gear, water, sun protection and a snack.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

ALOHA FRIDAY ON THE PORCH — LEI MAKING WITH KAIPO AH CHONG

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. May 26

Details: Visitors and kamaaina alike are invited to experience a free, hands-on workshop presented by hospitable Hawaii Island practitioners. Tropical agriculture farmer Kaipo Ah Chong will share his expert lei-making skills with VAC visitors. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Jenette, 967-8222, jenette@volcanoartcenter.org

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE HAWAII CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Where: Prince Kuhio Plaza, 111 Puainako St., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. May 27

Details: Since opening in 1987, Hawaii’s Ronald McDonald House has been a home-away-from-home for nearly 4,000 Big Island families with seriously ill children. This special show celebrates those 30 years of assisting families. Ronald McDonald himself will be there, with entertainment, prizes and fun activities for the keiki included.

Contact: Francesca Weems, 640-7125, fweems@commpac.com

MEDICAL QIGONG

Where: Hilo Elks Lodge, 150 Kinoole St., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. beginning May 27

Details: Helps manage chronic pain, respiratory issues, etc. It is balance of movement and meditation for proactive, low-impact and nondrug approach to health. Cost is $65 for eight classes (twice a week for four weeks).

Contact: Jana Ching, 961-6922, jana.hiqi@gmail.com

“ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND” BALLET

Where: Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Waimea

When: 4 p.m. May 27

Details: West Hawaii Dance Theatre & Academy brings Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic to life with a fresh new twist. The music of Joby Talbot and Carl Davis will keep you toe-tapping through the remake of the original family friendly adventure. Includes more than 60 Big Island dancers and guest dancers from Maui Academy of Performing Arts. Tickets available at www.kahilutheatre.org.

Contact: Virginia Holte, 329-8876, vh2dns4@ilhawaii.net

BON DANCE PRACTICE

Where: Puna Hongwanji Mission, 16-492 Old Volcano Road, Keaau

When: 7 p.m. every Wednesday in June

Details: Bring a towel (tenugui), fan (uchiwa) and bachi (sticks). Free and open to the public.

Contact: Puna Hongwanji Mission, 966-9981, punahongwanji@hawaiiantel.net

WAIAKEA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1992 REUNION

Where: Various locations in Hilo

When: Various times June 30-July 2

Details: 6 p.m. June 30, Karma; 6 p.m. July 1, Imiloa Astronomy Center; noon July 2, Coconut Island.

Contact: Chantee Shiroma, 345-2310, chanteeshiroma@gmail.com

BON DANCE PRACTICE

Where: Hilo Meishoin Mission, 97 Olona St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. July 3 and 5

Details: Bring a towel (tenugui) and fan (uchiwa). Free and open to the public.

Contact: Hilo Meishoin Mission Office, 808-935-6996, tsukikageodorikai@gmail.com

HILO HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1965

Where: Las Vegas

When: Sept. 11-14

Details: Flier to be sent out this month via email. If you don’t get the flier/registration, contact Bobbi (Ishimaru) Miyashiro at 935-3890 or rlmiyashiro@hawaiiantel.net or Dwayne Miyashiro at 959-7416 for more information.

Contact: Margaret Masaki, 959-5665, marge.masaki@hawaiiantel.net

47TH ANNUAL KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Where: Kailua-Kona

When: Various times Nov. 3-12

Details: Celebrate the harvest as Kona coffee farms offer a firsthand look at growing this world-famous crop, the coffee art scene fills with inspiration and music and dance enrich cultural exchanges. Kona coffee and food events offer tastings, and hands-on cultural events help tell the story of Kona’s rich coffee history. For more information, visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

Contact: Laura Aquino, 326-7820, laura@current-events.com

ONGOING

PUNA 4-H CLUB RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS

Where: Pahoa, Keaau and Kalapana areas

When: Until clubs are full

Details: For keiki in grades K-12. Call today so you don’t miss out on upcoming events. New 4-H year already underway.

Contact: Becky Settlage, 969-8213, settlage@hawaii.edu

FREE HELPING HAND FOR SENIORS

Where: 1911 Kalanianaole Ave., No. 608, Hilo

When: 9 a.m.

Details: For seniors who need to be driven to a doctor’s appointment, the store, the park for a walk or just to get out of the house. Call or text.

Contact: Tom, 990-5045

AL-ANON EAST HAWAII

Where: Various locations

When: Various times

Details: Are you troubled by someone’s drinking? Call for free support, meeting places and times. For more information, visit www.afghawaii.org.

Contact: Dana C., 430-6653, dr.easthawaii@gmail.com

LIBRARY BENEFIT BOOKSTORE

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: All proceeds to benefit the Hilo Public Library. Hardbacks for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents.

Contact: Dale R. Huber, 966-4386, dalerhuber@gmail.com

HILO VETERANS CENTER

Where: 70 Lanihuli St., Suite No. 2, Hilo

When: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays

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Details: Hilo Veterans Center has new office hours. A benefits briefing is hosted the first Thursday of each month from 9 a.m.-noon, with several other opportunities for veterans and their family members. Contact the center for more information. Also available are: shore fishing group, kanakapila group, art therapy group, stand-up paddling group, various golf activities, yoga, tai chi and a book club.

Contact: Maricar Souza, 969-3833

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