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Community Calendar for January 31

PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Where: Hilo Hongwanji, 398 Kilauea Ave., Hilo

ADVERTISING


When: 5:30 p.m. today

Details: Parents wanting to enroll their child for the 2018-19 school year will be able to visit classes and receive information regarding school and requirements for the upcoming year.

Contact: Michelle Kitagawa, 935-1857, michellekitagawa@hotmail.com

SENIOR LECTURES WINTER SESSION

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

When: 10 a.m. Thursday

Details: This weeks talk titled “Life in the Universe” will be presented by Dr. Bo Reipurth. Cost for the 10-week session is $10.

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

VETERANS TREATMENT COURT VOLUNTEER MENTOR RECRUITMENT AND ORIENTATION

Where: Hilo Judiciary Building, 777 Kilauea Ave., Hilo

When: 2 p.m. Thursday

Details: Recruitment and orientation for volunteer Veterans Treatment Court mentors. Volunteer mentors must be U.S. military veterans. It’s an opportunity to kokua other veterans in need.

Contact: Grayson K. Hashida, 443-2201, grayson.k.hashida@courts.hawaii.gov

FOOD FROM WOOD: GROWING EDIBLE AND MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS ON LOGS, STUMPS AND WOOD CHIPS

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

When: 9 a.m. Friday

Details: Instructor Zach Mermel will teach the basics of mushroom cultivation. Learn basic fungal biology and how fungal mycelium colonizes different materials. You’ll also discover the health benefits of different edible and medicinal fungi in Hawaii. Cost is $55 or 50 for VAC members. Pre-registration required. Each participant will depart with a shiitake mushroom log kit, as well as a King Stropharia mushroom kit. To register, call or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

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. Friday

Details: This Volcano-area musician shares his love of ukulele and Hawaiian music by giving family-friendly lessons on the iconic and inviting instrument. Free, but park fees apply.

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

SOBRIETY WITH FOOD WORKSHOP

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

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Details: Do certain foods activate cravings that lead to uncontrollable eating? Open invitation to attend a workshop to arrest food addictions and behaviors. Identify those times and learn ways to deal with the compulsion for recovery. Two long-term Overeaters Anonymous members from San Diego are leading this one-day workshop in Hilo.

Contact: Barbara, 769-0728

PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTATION FOR ARTISTS WORKSHOP

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

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Details: Calling all artists in every medium! Are you aware of all of the proper professional documentation necessary for selling your art in Hawaii? Learn how to prepare a Certificate of Authenticity, Artist Biography and Artwork’s Title & Description. Each participant will partake in hands-on, step-by-step preparation of their own individual documentation, regardless of the art medium. Attendees are asked to bring their laptop or other device with a word processor or Photoshop, or a notebook for writing. Artists should also provide a photograph of themselves that they are happy with or prepare to be photographed. Cost is $40 or $35 for VAC members. To register, call or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

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

HAWAIIAN QUILT CLUB

Where: Keaau Community Center, 16-192 Pili Mua St., Keaau

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Details: Club members are happy to help guests sew a Hawaiian pillow or wall hanging. Patterns are available.

Contact: Merci, 959-7967

COFFEE AND ELECTRIC CARS

Where: Kona Coffee and Tea, Kona Coast Shopping Center, 74-5588 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Details: Join the Big Island Electric Vehicle Association during its monthly gathering. A few BIEVA electric car owners will be comparing notes about their EVs and sharing knowledge and experiences with the public. If you have an electric car, please join. If you’re in the market for one and have questions, come on by to get answers.

Contact: Noel Morin, 987-7428, nmorin99@yahoo.com

SKEA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DAY AND GALLERY SHOW

Where: Society for Kona’s Education & Art, 84-5191 Mamalahoa Highway, Honaunau

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Details: Art exhibit and sale by South Kona Artists Cooperative, hula performance with the South Side Hula Honeys of SKEA and music by Aloha Moon, beverages and pupus, silent auction and kanikapila at 4 p.m. More information at www.skea.org. All are welcome to this free event.

Contact: Donna or Susan, 328-9392, skea@hawaii.rr.com

COMING

IMMIGRATION 101 AND NATURALIZATION WORKSHOP

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

When: 5 p.m. Feb. 7

Details: Kamana Mathur, a representative from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will discuss the following topics: How to get a green card, how to become a U.S. citizen and rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. Suitable for adults. Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Contact: Justin Rajkowski, 933-8890, justin.rajkowski@librarieshawaii.org

NAHELEHELE SYMPOSIUM FIELD TRIP

Where: U.S. Army Pohakuloa Training Area

When: 9 a.m. Feb. 8

Details: Trip includes information about the natural resources management projects at PTA. Participants will tour units protecting dryland forest, view part of a conservation fuel break system and visit areas where threats to threatened and endangered plant species are managed. Cost is $40, which includes lunch. Must register by Jan. 30; no exceptions. Visit https://nahelehele18.eventbrite.com to register.

Contact: Kathy Frost, 325-6885, kjfrost@hawaii.rr.com

NAHELEHELE DRYLAND FOREST SYMPOSIUM

Where: Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, 75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona

When: 9 a.m. Feb. 9

Details: Features presentations by scientists and conservationists working to learn about and preserve Hawaiian dryland forest plants and ecosystems. Keynote presentation by Lyon Arboretum director Zak Zahawi titled “Power of Agricultural Waste to Regenerate a Forest.” To register, visit https://nahelehele18.eventbrite.com. Cost is $75; $40 for students. Price includes lunch.

Contact: Kathy Frost, 325-6885, kjfrost@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. Feb. 9

Details: This master lei maker uses a variety of natural materials to fashion gorgeous lei from the freshest fern, leaves and flowers he gathers from the rain forests of Panaewa. Enjoy the skill and wonderful stories this well-respected practitioner has to offer. Free, but park fees apply.

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

ART STROLL BY THE WAIKOLOA DRY FOREST INITIATIVE

Where: Waikoloa Stables, 68-1936 Waikoloa Road, Waikoloa

When: 5 p.m. Feb. 9

Details: Kick off the seventh annual Wiliwili Festival and enjoy an evening of art and entertainment. View and purchase art from several artists. Each artist has pledged a minimum 25 percent of their sales to benefit the dry forest initiative. Night also will feature food by Island Lava Java, an open bar with beer and wine, paint and sip, whiskey and cigar bar, silent auction, a glow-in-the-dark putting contest and more. Live music will be provided by Ira Varize, John Keawe and Hoku Pa’a Trio. Get tickets at www.commitchange.com/events/wiliwili-festival-art-stroll.

Contact: Jen Lawson, 494-2208, wdfi@waikoloadryforest.org

SEVENTH ANNUAL WILIWILI FESTIVAL

Where: Waikoloa Stables, 68-1936 Waikoloa Road, Waikoloa

When: 9 a.m. Feb. 10

Details: Fun, free educational event for all ages and a great opportunity to learn more about the unique environment of the island. This year will feature guided tours of the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve, onsite workshops, educational talks, music, food, vendors and a silent auction.

Contact: Jen Lawson, 494-2208, jen@waikoloadryforest.org

PAHOA COMPLEX SCHOOLS HEALTH AND WELLNESS EVENT

Where: Pahoa District Park, 15-2910 Kuuhome St., Pahoa

When: 9 a.m. Feb. 10

Details: Fun for students, families and community members; 5K fun run, makahiki games, healthy food booths, confessions and more.

Contact: Hoku Haliniak, 313-4242, hoku_haliniak@notes.k12.hi.us

NAHELEHELE SYMPOSIUM FIELD TRIP

Where: Queen Emma Land Co. forest restoration project, Kohala

When: 9 a.m. Feb. 10

Details: Visit one of the oldest and largest dryland reforestation efforts on Hawaii Island, with 85 acres of exclosures from forest line to near sea level. Cost is $40, which includes lunch. Must register by Jan. 30; no exceptions. Limited to 25 people. Visit https://nahelehele18.eventbrite.com to register.

Contact: Kathy Frost, 325-6885, kjfrost@hawaii.rr.com

PURPOSE WORKSHOP

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

When: 10 a.m. Feb. 10

Details: Discover your purpose and learn how you can live it each and every day. Wake up each day with purpose and live seven years longer, happier. Discover or rediscover your gifts, passions and values. Register at http://info.bluezonesproject.com/eh/purpose. Program schedule subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Contact: Justin Rajkowski, 933-8890, justin.rajkowski@librarieshawaii.org

ALL ABOUT BONSAI AND HOW TO GROW THEM

Where: Volcano Garden Arts, 19-3834 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 11 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 10-24

Details: Instructor Bill Newton is a well-known bonsai sensei and has more than 30 years of experience. Sign up for all three classes and receive a complimentary meal at the gallery’s Cafe Ono. Cost is $36 per class. Space is limited.

Contact: Ira Ono, 985-8979, volcanogardenarts@hawaii.rr.com

BIBDC VALENTINE DANCE AND DINNER

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

When: 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10

Details: Couples and singles welcome to attend. Ballroom and Latin music will be played throughout the evening for those wanting to dance. For those who have never tried ballroom or Latin dancing, this is a great opportunity to see the various dances. Tickets are $18 for members; $23 for guests until Feb. 7. Price at the door is $28. Call Hiroko at 935-5111 or Violet at 938-0691 for ticket information.

Contact: Erik, 934-8071, erikc@hawaii.edu

CELTIC HARPS, RARE INSTRUMENTS AND WONDROUS STORIES

Where: Polestar Gardens, 14-5050 Noni Farms Road, Pahoa

When: 4 p.m. Feb. 11

Details: Suggested donation is $20. Call to make reservations and get directions. Show features two Celtic harps, the rare Swedish nyckelharpa, cittern and more. The audience will hear traditional instrumental music from Sweden and Ireland as well as original compositions.

Contact: Bernadette, 430 8009, info@polestargardens.org

RAT LUNGWORM SUPPORT GROUP

Where: Neighborhood Place of Puna, 16-105 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 4 p.m. Feb. 13

Details: Group gathers and supports survivors of rat lungworm and their caregivers. People who suspect they had rat lungworm also welcome, as well as advocates and researchers working to advance the prevention of rat lungworm in the community. This meeting will feature members from the group working on the treatment of rat lungworm and group work where survivors and caregivers can share and discuss the challenges and triumphs of living with rat lungworm.

Contact: Elena Cabatu, 932-3160, ecabatu@hhsc.org

CELTIC HARPS, RARE INSTRUMENTS AND WONDROUS STORIES

Where: Hiilani EcoHouse, Honokaa

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 13

Details: Show features two Celtic harps, the rare Swedish nyckelharpa, cittern and more. The audience will hear traditional instrumental music from Sweden and Ireland as well as original compositions. Optional potluck at 6 p.m. Suggested donation is $20. Call or email to make reservations and get more information.

Contact: Teri, 415-275-1466, teri@suggarts.com

VALENTINE’S DAY CRIME STOPPERS BENEFIT

Where: Nani Mau Gardens, 421 Makalika St., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14

Details: Treat your sweetheart to a special Valentine’s Day dinner and help raise funds for this all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, which helps police fight crime by giving cash rewards to anonymous tipsters. Features legendary funnyman Frank DeLima, with music by Hilo’s own Larry Dupio, a gourmet dinner and a fun silent auction. Tickets are $100, available at Basically Books, from Crime Stoppers board members or by calling the number below.

Contact: Frank Lafita, 987-9382, lcritchlow@mac.com

ALOHA FRIDAY ON THE PORCH — HULA AND OLI WITH KUMU KAHO‘OKELE CRABBE AND HALAU KE OLA O KA LANI

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. Feb. 16

Details: 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, info@volcanoartcenter.org

MAKAHA SONS

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 17

Details: Annual Valentine’s concert. For 40 years, the Makaha Sons have committed themselves to perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music throughout Hawaii and around the globe. Don’t miss this special live performance.

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

MOONS, MOONS, EVERYWHERE

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

When: 5 p.m. Feb. 21

Details: Our solar system is extensively studied with telescopes on Maunakea and other sites around the world, to probes sent into space. One surprising result has been the discovery of more than 170 moons, and the numbers continue to climb. But the moons of our neighbors are very different from our moon, as well as from each other. Find out about the latest discoveries during this discussion. Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Contact: Justin Rajkowski, 933-8890, justin.rajkowski@librarieshawaii.org

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

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. Feb. 23

Details: This tropical agriculture farmer will share his expert lei-making skills with VAC visitors. As a member of Halau Na Kamalei, his unique experience marries the science of agriculture with Hawaiian lei and hula traditions. Free, but park fees apply.

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

COUNT HUMPBACK WHALES FOR THE SANCTUARY OCEAN COUNT

Where: Ka‘ena Point, end of Chain of Craters Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 7:30 a.m. Feb. 24 and March 31

Details: Join park rangers and volunteers to count migratory humpback whales. The Sanctuary Ocean Count is a signature outreach project hosted annually by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Ocean Count serves to promote public awareness about humpback whales, the sanctuary and shore-based whale watching opportunities in the Hawaiian Islands. Participants tally humpback whale sightings and document the animals’ surface behavior during the survey which provides valuable data to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Bring sun protection, water, snacks and a cushion to sit on. Register at www.sanctuaryoceancount.org. Free, but park fees apply.

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

39TH ANNUAL HAWAII SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

Where: UH-Hilo, UCB 127, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 8 a.m. Feb. 24

Details: Conference theme this year is “Island Voices: Celebrating Our Past, Present and Future,” which explores how Hawaii’s unique history, forms of knowledge, cultural values and practices inform our present and our future possibilities.

Contact: Lindy Hern, 932-7119, lshern@hawaii.edu

SOKO’S 4TH ANNUAL ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR IN SOUTH KONA

Where: Holualoa to Honaunau

When: 9 a.m. Feb. 24-25

Details: Visit 21 artists in their studios at 11 locations from Keauhou throughout Kona to Captain Cook. See the brochure and map at www.sokoartists.com and join our Facebook community at www.facebook.com/SOKOSouthKonaArtistCollective.

Contact: Pamela Colton Thomas (Radosevich), 989-4300, pamradosevich@gmail.com

SCIENCE CAFE

Where: Kukuau Studio 43-D Kukuau St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 24

Details: Features people from the Big Island scientific communities speaking about topics related to their fields. Speakers represent the current research being done on-island and will touch on subjects such as geology, astronomy, conservation biology, pharmacy, etc. Free; for all ages

Contact: Bub Pratt, 464-3388, kukuaustudio@gmail.com

‘IMILOA’S 12TH BIRTHDAY PA‘INA

Where: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, 600 ‘Imiloa Place, Hilo

When: 9 a.m. Feb. 25

Details: Free admission for all. Enjoy planetarium shows, canoe and native garden activities, Hawaiian cultural activities and much more. Come for a day of fun entertainment for the entire ohana.

Contact: Yu Yok Pearring, 932-8901, yuyok@hawaii.edu

WAIMEA HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT

Where: Waimea Recycling and Transfer Station, Kawaihae Road, Waimea

When: 8:30 a.m. March 3

Details: Free. For a list of acceptable and unacceptable materials, visit www.hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/household-hazardous-waste/. No business/farm waste accepted. No e-waste allowed.

Contact: Chris, 961-8554, recycle3@co.hawaii.hi.us

PAHOA HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT

Where: Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station, Cemetery Road, Pahoa

When: 8:30 a.m. March 4

Details: Free. For a list of acceptable and unacceptable materials, visit www.hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/household-hazardous-waste/. No business/farm waste accepted. No e-waste allowed.

Contact: Chris, 961-8554, recycle3@co.hawaii.hi.us

NKCRC GOLF TOURNAMENT

Where: Hapuna Golf Course, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 62-100 Kauna’Oa Drive, Kohala Coast

When: 7:30 a.m. March 19

Details: Tournament helps support more than 90 community projects by the North Kohala Community Resource Center. Entry includes green fees, shared cart, prizes and lunch. Two-man scramble format.

Contact: North Kohala Community Resource Center, 889-5523, infor@northkohala.org

KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC PRESENTS “REMARKABLE FLAIR”

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

When: 4 p.m. March 25

Details: Remarkable violinist Ignace “Iggy” Jang joins the orchestra to close the season.

Contact: Kamuela Philharmonic, 298-6274, contact@kamuelaphil.org

10TH ANNUAL KA’U COFFEE FESTIVAL

Where: Multiple venues

When: April 21-May 6

Details: Fun culminates May 5-6 at the Pahala Community Center with a java-jumpin’ ho‘olaulea‘a Saturday and the Ka‘u Coffee College educational series Sunday. Designed to celebrate Ka‘u as a premium coffee growing origin and a unique visitor destination. Many events are free, while others require a nominal fee and reservations. For additional details, visit kaucoffeefestival.com.

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

MAKER FAIR SPRING SPREE

Where: The Cooper Center, 19-4030 Wright Road, Volcano

When: 10 a.m. May 12

Details: Shop all-handcrafted artisans, free tote bags to the first 50 adult shoppers, free make-and-take crafts for adults and kids, kids scavenger hunt with treats and Mother’s Day photo booth. Free to attend. Artisan registration open through March at www.makerfair.org.

Contact: Sara Krosch, 520-389-0620, contactmakerfair@gmail.com

ONGOING

Saturdays

HILO VETERANS CENTER

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

When: 8 a.m. Saturdays

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

MY PI HAWAII YOUTH DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TRAINING

Where: Aupuni Center Conference Room, 101 Pauahi St., Hilo

When: 8:30 a.m. Saturdays through Feb. 10

Details: Make a resolution to try something different, and by doing so you will not only educate yourself but also make a difference in the lives of your family and community. Four consecutive Saturday trainings and then two, one-hour follow-up meetings. Perfect for 4-H members, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other youth organizations. Free. Those who complete the program receive a backpack filled with items that can be used in a natural disaster. Sign up online at https://goo.gl/forms/WArfU8YaLUFPC07D3.

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

INSTANT DRAWING

Where: Ben Franklin, 333 Kilauea Ave., Hilo

When: Noon on Saturdays

Details: Learn to draw everything from plants to animals to people. For ages 10 and older. Cost is $17.50 for each two-hour class. Supply list given during the first class. You also can bring your own pencils, paper and drawing board.

Contact: Joy, 935-0005, tinacintron.art@gmail.com

Sundays

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

SUNDAY CLAY — HIGH FIRE! POTTERY CLASSES

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

When: 11:30 a.m. or 2:45 p.m. Sundays

Details: Nine-week workshop. Cost for either session is $200; $185 for VAC members plus a $15 materials fee for 6 pounds of clay, including glazes and firing. Additional clay will be available for purchase. Get an introduction to working with and firing midrange stoneware. Open studio time will be available to registered students from 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays; cost is $10 per day, with tickets available at the administration office front desk during business hours. Must be registered for a ceramics class to participate. Call or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org to register.

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

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 Messenheimer, 965-1391

FREE DOG TRAINING AND SOCIAL EVENT

Where: Near the tea house, 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

Mondays

ZUMBA GOLD WITH TONING

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

When: 6:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

Details: Low-impact workout, suitable for all levels. Get fit, get toned, get inspired.

Contact: Harriet Rocha, 959-6405

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

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: Forty-five minutes of family fun yoga with Auntie Cat. Kids are free; adults $5.

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

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

Where: Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi, 326 Desha Ave., Keaukaha

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

Details: Fun, upbeat and sure to be a good workout. All are welcome. Free and open to the public. Visit HMONO.org/events for all class dates and times.

Contact: Pua, 969-9220, contact@hmono.org

AERIAL ARTS CLASSES

Where: Pacific Gymnastics 215B Railroad Ave., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. Mondays, 5 p.m. Wednesdays; 5 p.m. Fridays

Details: Students learn skills on different apparatuses including silks, hammock, straps and hoop. You won’t get bored. Beginners welcome. Preregistration with payment required.

Contact: Bella, 938-8002, m.aerialco@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

ZEN BUDDHIST MEDITATION

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

When: 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

FREE ESL CLASS

Where: UH-Hilo, Building K, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

Details: Open to the public. Two levels: Beginning and intermediate. Classes held in K107 and K109. Practice English, make friends and have fun.

Contact Name: Bela Conley Ramsay, 932-7243, bela@hawaii.edu

BEGINNING CHARLESTON DANCE

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

When: 8 p.m. Mondays

Details: Charleston is an integral part of swing and can add variety and interest to your dance. New dancers and those who want to expand their swing repertoires are welcome. No partner necessary. Six-week session for $35; discounts for multiple classes or if you bring a new student; $10 drop-ins.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, hoaloha@hawaiiantel.net

BEGINNING SWING DANCE

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

When: 8 p.m. Mondays

Details: Experience Lindy hop, the original form of swing dance and an outrageously popular American dance from the Big Band era. Beginners welcome. Get personalized instruction in small classes, benefitting from guidance from more experienced Lindy-hoppers. Six weeks; cost is $35 or only $20 if you bring a new student. Drop-ins $10. No experience or partner necessary.

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

Tuesdays

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

LIBRARY BENEFIT BOOKSTORE

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

When: 11 a.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

WRITERS WORKSHOP

Where: Hawaiian Shores Community Center, 15-859 Kahakai Blvd., Pahoa

When: 12:30 p.m. (ongoing group) and 4 p.m. (entry level) Tuesdays

Details: We write, read and get constructive feedback to become a more effective writer. We have a good core ongoing group for seasoned writers and an entry group for those who need to brush up. Sessions are 10 weeks. Cost is $90.

Contact: Dawn Hurwitz, 936-3046, dawnhurwitz@mac.com

HAKALAU FARMERS MARKET AND FOODSHARE

Where: Botanical World Adventures, 31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Hakalau

When: 3 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Island, organic produce, pizza and other hot food, raw honey, desserts, arts and crafts and live music provided by the Alternative Medicine Band.

Contact: Linda Jenson, 747-0467, ldjenson@gmail.com

AIKIDO CLASSES FOR GRADES 3-6

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

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

Details: For children ages 8-11. Students learn self-discipline, respect, greater focus and awareness in noncompetitive classes featuring exercise, strengthening and aikido’s nonviolent self-defense. Cost is $60 per month; families $90.

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

YOGA

Where: Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi, 326 Desha Ave., Keaukaha

When: 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Details: Beginners and experienced welcome. Designed for all ages. Get active, increase flexibility and improve your overall health. Free and open to the public. Visit HMONO.org/events for all class dates and times.

Contact: Pua, 969-9220, contact@hmono.org

ZUMBA FITNESS

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

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Free. 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

HAVE FUN WITH WATERCOLOR

Where: Ben Franklin, 333 Kilauea Ave., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Experimental and traditional techniques to bring the fun of watercolor to your eyes and hands. No previous experience necessary. Supply list given during the first class. For ages 11 and older. Cost is $17.50 per two-hour class.

Contact: Joy, 935-0005, tinacintron.art@gmail.com

LIFE DRAWING

Where: Kukuau Studio, 43 Kukuau St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: The Hilo Artists Hui has moved to a new location for this weekly event. Working with a live model is a great way to sharpen your drawing skills. Cost is $10 per session. Bring your own drawing supplies, including a drawing board or easel. If younger than 18 years old, you must have parental permission to attend.

Contact: Robert Weiss, 557-0097, scrimdog@gmail.com

BLUES DANCE FUNDAMENTALS

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

When: 7 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Explore the variety of styles and expressions of this unique American partner dance. Learn basics such as shifting your partner’s weight, body isolations and ways to move across the floor. No partner or experience required; beginners welcome. Six weeks; cost is $35 or only $20 if you bring a new student. Drop-ins $10.

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

BEGINNING SWING DANCE

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

When: 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays through March 6

Details: Learn the basic footwork, rhythm and pulse, as well as essential partner connection for six-count Lindy hop. Add a few turns and you’ll be on the dance floor having fun in no time. Small, personalized classes; no partner or experience necessary. Six weeks for $35; $10 per class drop-in. Bring a friend who is new to the Hilo Hep Cats and get your own series for only $20.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, hoaloha@hawaiiantel.net

Wednesdays

QUILTING AND KNITTING IN HONOKAA

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

When: 9 a.m. Wednesdays

Details: People of any skill level, including beginners, are welcome to attend.

Contact: June, 962-0515, greenfeljoo1@hawaii.rr.com

PARKINSON’S EXERCISE GROUP

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

When: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays

Details: Great fun and excellent health benefits from exercise. Stand or sit in your chair. Caregivers can attend with no charge.

Contact: Fran Calvert, 982-7511, fcalvert@hawaiiantel.net

WRITER’S GUILD: A FREE GROUP TO SUPPORT WRITERS

Where: Thelma Parker Public Library, 67-1209 Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea

When: 10 a.m. Wednesdays

Details: This nonprofit group supporting writers on the Big Island will meet weekly through June and July. Drop in with your ideas or pieces on which you are currently working. Group topics vary according to pieces being discussed.

Contact: Susan Collins, 887-6076, susan.collins@librarieshawaii.org

KIRTAN (SACRED MUSIC)

Where: Polestar Gardens, 7 Noni Farms Road, Pahoa

When: 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays

Details: Kirtan and potluck. Free. Donation requested.

Contact: Ann Gornik, 936-8518, ann@polestargardens.org

BIBDC WINTER DANCE CLASSES

Where: Church of the Holy Cross, 440 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Wednesdays

Details: Open to people of all ages, whether they are single or a couple. Learn the hustle, bolero and fox trot II. Annual membership fee for Big Island Ballroom Dancing Association is $15. Fee for one dance class is $6 for 10 weeks of class. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.

Contact: Erik, 934-8071, erikc@hawaii.edu

Thursdays

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

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

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

BEGINNING HULA I WITH PUA BROWN

Where: Hilo Armory, Culture and Education Classroom, 28 Shipman St., Hilo

When: 1 p.m. Thursdays

Details: Classes on Thursdays through March 22. Cost is $55 for 11 sessions. This class focuses on hula through the Hawaiian language and cultural experience.

Contact: Bert or Morty, 961-8706, cultureandeducation@hawaiicounty.gov

BEGINNING HULA II WITH PUA BROWN

Where: Hilo Armory, Culture and Education Classroom, 28 Shipman St., Hilo

When: 2:30 p.m. Thursdays

Details: Classes on Thursdays through March 22. Cost is $55 for 11 sessions. This class focuses on hula through the Hawaiian language and cultural experience.

Contact: Bert or Morty, 961-8706, cultureandeducation@hawaiicounty.gov

HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE STUDY GROUP

Where: North Kohala Public Library, 54-3645 Akoni Pule Highway, Kapaau

When: 3:30 p.m. Thursdays

Details: All ages and skill levels invited to join the study group. This is a group of motivated learners who support each other in increasing their Hawaiian language skills. Newcomers welcome.

Contact: Janet Lam, 889-6655, janet.lam@librarieshawaii.org

BEGINNING HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

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

When: 5 p.m. Thursdays

Details: Papa ‘Olelo Hawai‘i Part One, beginning Hawaiian language courses taught by University of Hawaii at Hilo instructor ‘Alika Guerrero, will be offered for eight weeks. This basics class will focus on simple vocabulary, conversation, grammar and sentence structure. Cost is $90 or $80 for VAC members. The required workbook for the class is “Na Kai ‘Ewalu,” available at the UH-Hilo bookstore. To register or for more information, call VAC or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

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

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

THURSDAY EVENING POTTERY DROP-IN

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

When: 6 p.m. Thursdays

Details: This drop-in style class will allow island residents and visitors the opportunity to try their hand at creating with clay on the potter’s wheel, without having to commit to an eight- or 10-week series. Emphasis will be placed on getting a feel for working on the potter’s wheel and experiencing the thrill of hand-forming a pot in motion. Students with all levels of clay experience welcome. Cost is $35 or $30 for VAC members.

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

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

RANTOKAN KENDO CLUB

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

When: 8 p.m. Thursdays

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: rantokan.kendo@gmail.com

Fridays

UNDERSTANDING HAWAIIAN MUSIC

Where: TBA to participants

When: 12:30 p.m. Fridays

Details: For those interested in understanding the words and appreciating the themes of popular Hawaiian songs. A native speaker will teach. No previous knowledge of Hawaiian language necessary. Call if you are interested and for details.

Contact: Laura L. Williams-May, 805-545-0642, laurainslo@gmail.com

WEST AFRICAN DANCE

Where: YWCA, 145 Ululani St., Hilo

When: 6:45 p.m. Fridays

Details: Have fun and sweat while learning West African dance. Taught by Michal Anna Carrillo of Lavaroots Dance Company in Hawi. All levels and drop-ins welcome. Live drumming. Cost is $15.

Contact: Michal Anna Carrillo, 987-4243, lavaroots@gmail.com

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

OTHER ONGOING EVENTS

PAHOA SENIOR CLASSES

Where: Pahoa Senior Center, 15-3016 Kauhale St., Pahoa

When: Various times and days

Details: Seniors 55 and older can participate in classes including beginning tai chi with instructor Verne Presnall, ceramics, line dancing, hula and ukulele. Classes run through Dec. 8. Call for additional information.

Contact: Margaret Yafuso, 966-5801, myafuso@hawaiicounty.gov

KILNS FOR GLASS AND POTTERY

Where: Ainaloa

When: TBD

Details: Ongoing instruction on building high-fire propane kilns. Date and times are flexible.

Contact: Harr C. Fernald, 747-7289, fernaldh@gmail.com

INDIVIDUAL VOICE INSTRUCTION WITH AMY HORST

Where: Hilo

When: By appointment

Details: Learn vocal power and confidence. Weekly lessons arranged according to student and teacher schedules. Cost is $30 per lesson. Call or email for more information or to register.

Contact: Amy Horst, 640-2898, amysoprano@gmail.com

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

AIKIDO FOR ADULT BEGINNERS AND TEENS

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

When: Various days and times (call or email for additional information)

Details: Exercise your body, mind and spirit with aikido, an effective self-defense and path of self-development, integrating the whole person — physically, mentally and spiritually. Improves flexibility, endurance and coordination, self-confidence, discipline and awareness. Various days and times for classes. Cost is $60 per month; families $90. Check www.AikidoOfhilo.org for additional information.

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

AL-ANON EAST HAWAII

Where: Various locations

When: Various times

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