Calendar for February 17

Arts & Exhibits

TODAY, Feb. 17

QUILT AND FIBER ARTS SHOW

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

When: 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Details: There’s “Something Fishy” going on and SKEA and the Aloha Quilters invite you to find out what. Free.

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

COMING

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

30TH ANNUAL YOUNG AT ART

Where: East Hawaii Cultural Center, 141 Kalakaua St., Hilo

When: Regular center hours March 3-30

Details: Opening reception slated for 10 a.m. March 3 on the front lanai. This juried student art exhibit celebrates National Youth Art Month by recognizing excellence, creativity and originality in all public, charter, private and home-schooled students on the Big Island in grades K-12. Prizes are provided by generous donations from individuals and businesses. Opening reception will include music, prizes and an opportunity for families to support their young artists as well as the arts in our community.

Contact: Monique Ortiz, 961-5711, admin@ehcc.org

Classes

TODAY, Feb. 17

2017 INCOME TAX RETURNS FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

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

When: 10:30 a.m. today

Details: American Legion District Vice Commander Antonio Gaspar will offer a Q&A session. All are welcome to attend. Please be prompt and have your questions ready to ask.

Contact: Commander Jeno Enocencio, American Legion Post 3, 542-8666, pointman_jeno@msn.com

ALL ABOUT BONSAI AND HOW TO GROW THEM

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

When: 11 a.m. today and Feb. 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

MONDAY, Feb. 19

FLAMENCO DANCE CLASS: SEVILLANAS

Where: Paradise Performing Arts Center, 29 Shipman St., Suite No. 202, Hilo

When: 6 p.m. beginning Monday

Details: Sevillanas is a flamenco folk dance from the Andulsian region of southern Spain. It is danced in partners, in sets of four. Danced by men and women of all ages. Classes are through March 19; call or email for additional details.

Contact: Instructor Nikki Conti, 937-2456, Nicolilla@yahoo.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21

IPAD 2 FOR SENIORS 50+

Where: SeniorTech, UH-Hilo, Portable Building 7, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday

Details: Hands-on, in-depth look at the 30-plus apps that come on your iPad. This class assumes you already know the basics about using the iPad and want to learn more and become an intermediate/power user. Bring your iPad with your Apple ID and password. Cost is $50; daily parking fee $3. Limit four students.

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

MOONS, MOONS, EVERYWHERE

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

When: 5 p.m. Wednesday

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

THURSDAY, Feb. 22

HARNESSING ONLINE REVIEWS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Where: Hawaii Innovation Center, 117 Keawe St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Details: Business owners will learn about the four types of negative feedback and how to respond according to each type, how to spot review scammers and what to do when they contact you and how not to respond to reviews. Cost is $25. Register at www.hisbdc.org by Wednesday (Feb. 21).

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

MARKETING IN JAPAN

Where: Hawaii Innovation Center, 117 Keawe St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Details: Free live-streaming training session to assist small businesses in Hawaii with growing their export business. Register at https://histep2018-marketingjapan.eventbrite.com by Tuesday (Feb. 20); preregistration required.

Contact: Lyle Fujikawa, 522-8040. lyle.h.fujikawa@hawaii.gov

COMING

THE SOUND OF SOUL

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

When: Noon on Feb. 25

Details: Are you looking for keys to accelerate your spiritual exploration of truth? Join a friendly group of spiritual truth seekers to experience creative techniques to aid any seeker of God in the quest for enlightenment. Fourth Sunday of each month. Community event sponsored by Eckankar.org. All faiths and ages welcome. Open discussion follows. Free.

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

IPHONE 1 FOR SENIORS

Where: SeniorTech, UH-Hilo, Portable Building 7, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. Feb. 26 and March 1

Details: Learn ways to use your iPhone in addition to calling someone. You can text, FaceTime, email, take pictures, listen to music, download and read books. Bring your iPhone and your Apple ID and password to class. Cost is $50; daily parking fee $3.

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

DIY UPCYCLE SHOPPING BAG

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

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 26

Details: Learn how to create a shopping bag from any used feed bag. Bags used can include feed for any type of animal. Bring your own bag or pick one up during the demonstration.

Contact: Susan Collins, 962-2229, hlacirc@librarieshawaii.org

BON DANCE CLASSES

Where: Hakalau Jodo Mission, 29-2289 Hanamalo Loop, Hakalau

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 27

Details: Come join the fun every second and fourth Tuesday. Learn some Japanese culture, learn the bon dance standards that are danced at the various temples throughout the summer. Great exercise, great fellowship and an opportunity to prepare for next summer so you can just “jump in” and celebrate. Donation of $5 requested.

Contact: Akiko Masuda, 963-6422, msakiko@hawaii.rr.com

ACTING AND PRODUCING FOR FILM AND TELEVISION

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 8:30 a.m. March 3

Details: Hilo’s own Kristina Anapau is an actress, writer and producer with more than 20 years experience in the motion picture and television industry. In the acting session, Anapau will cover training, marketing, getting an agent, audition technique and working on set and will set aside some time for participant cold readings and critiques. In the producing session, she will cover selecting and developing material, packaging your project, getting funding, budgeting, physical production and distribution. Cost is $15 for students, $20 for SAG, $25 for general public. Light refreshments and a pizza lunch included.

Contact: John Mason, 464-4379, johnmasonkona@gmail.com

INTRODUCTION TO OIL PAINTING WITH STEVE IRVINE

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

When: 9 a.m. March 3

Details: Irvine will share this unique undercoating painting technique and others in this workshop. Basic artistic concepts including color, composition and contrast will be discussed before students embark on their own oil painting. Cost is $60 or $55 for VAC members. Students must bring their own supplies; a full list will be provided upon registration. To register, call VAC or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

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

PAINTING WORKSHOP WITH ROD CAMERON

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

When: 10 a.m. March 3

Details: For all skill levels. Students provide their own supplies and can use water-based colors or oil paints. Cost is $150 or $135 for SKEA members. To register, contact the SKEA office at the number or email below.

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

WORLD ENDING — SOON! PREPARE!

Where: Hilo Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 162 Kapiolani St, Hilo

When: 7 p.m. March 3-18

Details: Speaker Bill Santos from It Is Written Canada presents an inspirational and thorough presentation of biblical events that will prepare each one for the soon ending of this world and the coming of Jesus Christ. Vegetarian meal each night at 6 p.m.

Contact: Pastor Rene Lopez, 773-3191, hilosda@gmail.com

GINGER AND TUMERIC: FOOD OR MEDICINE?

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

When: 6 p.m. March 5

Details: Join Susan Collins as she gives a demonstration about how to use these two roots for various recipes. Learn about adding ginger and tumeric to everyday cooking and routine and sample and take home new recipes. Participants also will receive free samples of ginger and tumeric to use in their own recipes.

Contact: Susan Collins, 962-2229, susan.collins@librarieshawaii.org

PIKO PRESS PRINTMAKING WITH KANANI DALEY

Where: East Hawaii Cultural Center, 141 Kalakaua St., Hilo

When: 1:30 p.m. March 7

Details: One day only collagraph printmaking workshop. A collagraph print is made from a collage, which students will design with recycled and organic materials. Artists will have the opportunity to create their own plate from scratch, experience the magic of the press and develop design and composition skills with this approachable and fun method of printmaking. Space is limited. To register, visit ehcc.org/yaspopups or call the number below.

Contact: Kellie Miyazu, 961-5711, yas@ehcc.org

MOKUHANGA: JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINTING

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

When: 1 p.m. Thursdays, March 8-April 5

Details: Learn the fundamental techniques such as cutting with chisels, preparing blocks and paper, registration and printing with a baren (printing pad). By using nontoxic, “green” materials, it readily combines traditional processes with new printing technologies. Cost is $80 or $72 for VAC members plus a $40 supply fee. No experience necessary. To register, call VAC or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

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

LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BLOG

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

When: 6 p.m. March 12

Details: Join Susan Collins as she gives a demonstration about how to create your own free online blog with Bloggster or WordPress. Learn the first steps of creating an online presence and maintaining your blog and more about the state’s free training database only found at your library. Participants are asked to create a free gmail email account prior to this course.

Contact: Susan Collins, 962-2229, susan.collins@librarieshawaii.org

EXPERIMENTAL WATERCOLORS

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

When: Noon on March 17

Details: Each student will create three to five separate 8-by-8-inch watercolor paintings on cold press watercolor paper using pre-broken glass as a catalyst to spark creativity. Students also will be taught theories of good composition, along with color theory and color wheel use. Abstract qualities are the focus in this workshop using three or four paints right out of the tube with the glass. Cost is $50 or $45 for VAC members plus a $10 supply fee per person. Beginner and intermediate artists welcome. Call VAC or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org to register.

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

OPTIMAL NUTRITIONAL GARDENING WITH ZACH MERMEL

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

When: 9 a.m. March 17

Details: This hands-on workshop will teach how to improve the nutritional density of your garden’s fruits and vegetables, learn which plants naturally contain high amounts of certain vitamins, minerals and beneficial fats and discover strategies for planning a well-rounded diet from your family’s garden and homestead. Cost is $35 or $30 for VAC members. Students will be able to depart with plant materials such as seeds and/or cuttings. Call VAC or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org to register.

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

Clubs

TODAY, Feb. 17

CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY (HAWAII ISLAND CHAPTER)

Where: UH-Hilo, UCB 114, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 10 a.m. today

Details: Monthly meeting of the nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. CCL Hawaii Island is a local chapter of this international organization. The team invites anyone who is interested to attend.

Contact: Zoe Whitney, 280-5882, hawaiiisland@citizensclimatelobby.org

SUNDAY, Feb. 18

NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

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

When: 11 a.m. Sunday

Details: Meetings the third Saturday of each month for the purpose of protecting our earned benefits. Group will meet at Tex’s Drive-In in Honokaa for this month’s meeting and lunch; those who want to carpool should meet at the senior center at 11 a.m. Lunch at noon.

Contact: Bob Arthurs, 990-4840, bobarthurs@me.com

USING GROUND COVERS IN YOUR GARDEN

Where: Leilani Estates Community Center, 13-3441 Moku St., Pahoa

When: Noon on Sunday

Details: Monthly meeting of American Rhododendron Society starts with a potluck and schmoozing followed by special program presented by artist, former nursery owner and plant collector Sherry Partlow, who will do a presentation on using ground covers in the home landscape. Plant auction and truss/cutting giveaway after. Nonmembers welcome.

Contact: Rene Siracusa, 965-2000, renesiracusa@hotmail.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20

BIG ISLAND WATER GARDEN CLUB

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

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Details: Monthly meeting with guest speaker Tim Blakey, who will talk about plants from around the world. Public invited. Mini auction ends event.

Contact: Karen, 935-5357 (leave message), stephen@backyardeden.com

ORCHIDLAND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles, Keaau Aerie, 16-111 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Details: Orchidland Estates lot owners encouraged to attend.

Contact: Barbara Arthurs, 966-6141, babsarthurs@gmail.com

INTERIM BOARD OF KEAUKAHA WARRIORS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION — EMERGENCY MEETING FOR ACTIVE MEMBERS

Where: Keaukaha Elementary School cafeteria, 240 Desha Ave., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Details: Official vote for the interim board.

Contact: Alenna Weissman, 769-8321, alennaweissman@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21

HGEA RETIREES HAWAII UNIT MOVIE DAY

Where: HGEA Multi-Purpose Room, 495 Manono St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. beginning Wednesday

Details: Through June 30; call or email for additional details. This week’s movie is “The Karate Kid” with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. A gathering of members to share a movie and enjoy light refreshments. To register, call Patricia Dunn at 959-3832 by Monday (Feb. 19).

Contact: Evelyn Togashi, 959-6727, etogashi@hawaii.rr.com

COMING

BIG ISLAND RETIRED MILITARY ASSOCIATION LUNCH MEETING

Where: Ninole

When: Noon on Feb. 24

Details: All retired military personnel and spouses welcome. This is a social group that organizes activities and community service events for members. Bimonthly bulletins and meetings. Special guest speaker will be Susan Jarvi, Ph.D., who will talk about rat lungworm disease. Potluck lunch. Call 935-1946 for reservations and more information about where to meet, etc.

Contact: Neal Herbert, 935-1946, nfherbert@twc.com

SIERRA CLUB

Where: Pueo Center (next to Dodo Mortuary on Wainaku Street), Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28

Details: Talk story about environmental issues near and far during the club’s monthly meeting. Potluck followed by 6 p.m. meeting. Support zero waste by bringing your own plate, cup, etc., if you can.

Contact: Cory, 959-7747, 333cory@gmail.com

DAV CHAPTER 6 HILO (DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS)

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

When: 11 a.m. March 10

Details: Dedicated to empowering veterans, their families and widows by ensuring they have access to their full range of benefits. Free, professional assistance for obtaining these benefits and services, outreach programs and representation at all governing bodies. Any man or woman, honorably discharged, who was wounded, gassed, injured or disabled in the line of duty during time of war, while in any branch of service or even still on active service are eligible for membership. Second Saturday of each month.

Contact: Myron, 218-779-5044, DAV.hichapter6@gmail.com

Health

TODAY, Feb. 17

FAMILY CAREGIVER RESPITE DAY

Where: Hilo Adult Day Center, 34 Rainbow Drive, Hilo

When: 9 a.m. today

Details: A fun and informative morning with family caregivers. Qigong, massage, therapeutic touch, talking stories, food tips from Audrey Wilson and healthy-ish continental brunch. Bring your loved one for free adult care while you are here. Call for more information or to reserve your spot.

Contact: Lizby, 961-3747, ext. 101, llogsdon@hawaiiislandadultcare.org

OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP

Where: Hilo Medical Center cafeteria, 1190 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 11:30 a.m. today

Details: Meet new friends, share experiences and provide mutual support in an environment that’s friendly and safe. Meetings third Saturday of each month. Open to all ostomates, pre-ostomy patients, caregivers, interested medical professionals and the public.

Contact: Sandy Wright, 339-7640, Ostomygroup@yahoo.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 22

VOLUNTEER WITH HAWAII CARE CHOICES (FORMERLY HOSPICE OF HILO)

Where: Hawaii Care Choices, 1011 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 8:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday and Feb. 26-27

Details: Volunteers can choose to provide services such as companionship, respite, transportation, light housework, administrative support or yard work (no training required). Interested trainees should visit www.hawaiicarechoices/volunteer to complete an online application and then call volunteer manager Jeanette Mochida to arrange a mandatory pre-training interview.

Contact: Jeanette Mochida, 969-1733, jeanettem@hospiceofhilo.org

FRIDAY, Feb. 23

NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP

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

When: 7 p.m. Friday

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

Contact: Carolyn Oki, 935-3518, caroldhilo@gmail.com

Just for Keiki

COMING

KIDS TECH WEEK: KAHOOT! APP CHALLENGE

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

When: 2:30 p.m. March 6

Details: Children are invited to play a friendly game of Kahoot! in teams. Players answer multiple choice questions using a device provided by the librarian. The questions are projected onto a screen for both teams to view. Players test their knowledge of the world, apps, Hawaii, technology, video games and cartoon characters. Each member of the winning team will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize. All participants will receive a smaller prize for participating. For keiki ages 7-12. There must be at least two players for a game to start. Sign up in the kids department to join a team.

Contact: Marsha Pauline, 933-8890, dkhuru@yahoo.com

Outdoors

TODAY, Feb. 10

CLEAN THE POND (AND SEARCH FOR BURIED TREASURE)

Where: Lili`uokalani Gardens, Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 8 a.m. today

Details: Cleaning Waihonu, the traditional fish pond at the heart of the gardens, is an ongoing effort. Wear gardening clothes and closed-toe shoes. Tools and protective gear provided. Refreshments and lunch for all volunteers. Land-based chores for those who do not want to go in the water also available.

Contact: Alton Okinaka, 383-4917, alton@hawaii.edu

SUNDAY, Feb. 18

PEOPLE AND LAND OF KAHUKU

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. Sunday and March 18

Details: A moderate guided hike that loops through varied landscapes to explore the human history of Kahuku. Emerging native forests, pastures, lava fields and other sites contain clues about ways people have lived and worked on the vast Kahuku lands. Learn about the powerful natural forces at work here and how people adapted to, shaped and restored this land. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area. The Kahuku Unit is located about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Free.

Contact: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

COMING

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

REALMS AND DIVISIONS OF KAHUKU

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. Feb. 24 and March 10

Details: Experience the sense of place that evolves at the intersection of nature and culture on this moderately difficult guided hike on the Kahuku Unit’s newest trail, Pu‘u Kahuku. Explore the realms and divisions of the traditional Hawaiian classification system at Kahuku. Bring a snack for the “talk story” segment of this hike. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area. The Kahuku Unit is located about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear and sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Free.

Contact: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

BIG ISLAND ROAD RUNNERS WAIKAUMALO 7-MILE CHALLENGE AND 4-MILE RUN

Where: Waikaumalo Park, Ninole

When: 7:30 a.m. Feb. 25

Details: Cost is $10 for nonmembers, $5 for members

Contact: David Cotter, 339-7210, bigislandroadrunners@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

KAHUKU PALM TRAIL GUIDED HIKE

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. Feb. 25 and March 25

Details: Moderately difficult loop traversing scenic pastures along an ancient cinder cone, with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer. Highlights include relics of the ranching era, sections of remnant native forest and amazing volcanic features from the 1868 eruptive fissures. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area. The Kahuku Unit is located about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Free.

Contact: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

HI‘IAKA & PELE

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. March 3

Details: Discover two fascinating Hawaiian goddesses, sisters Pelehonuamea (Pele) and Hi‘iaka, and the natural phenomena they represent. Visitors will experience the sisters coming alive through the epic stories depicted in the natural landscape on this easy walk on the main road in Kahuku. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, and meet near the parking area. The Kahuku Unit is located about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Free.

Contact: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

‘IKE HANA NO‘EAU

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 10 a.m. March 16

Details: Participate in Hawaiian cultural demonstrations. Programs are free. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area. The Kahuku Unit is located about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance.

Contact: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

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

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. March 17

Details: Hike the Palm Trail and be inspired by a place 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. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area. The Kahuku Unit is located about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Free.

Contact: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

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

BIRTH OF KAHUKU

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. March 24

Details: Explore the rich geologic history of Kahuku. Traverse the vast 1868 lava flow, see different volcano features and formations and identify many parts of the Southwest Rift Zone of Mauna Loa. Learn about the Hawaiian hotspot and the creation of Kahuku. Guided hike. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area. The Kahuku Unit is located about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Free.

Contact: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

PU’U O LOKUANA

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. March 31

Details: Take a short hike to the top of the grassy cinder cone, Pu‘u o Lokuana. Learn about the formation and various uses of this hill through time and enjoy a breathtaking view of lower Ka‘u. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area. The Kahuku Unit is located about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Free.

Contact: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

Pau Hana

SUNDAY, Feb. 18

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

Where: VFW Post 3830, 15-775 Maluhia Road, Nanawale Estates

When: 9 a.m. Sunday

Details: Pancakes, scrambled eggs, link sausage, hash browns, fruit cocktail, tea or coffee for a donation of $8; children 7-12 are $5, 6 and younger are free. All welcome.

Contact: Freda Hart, 965-7031, fredahart85@gmail.com

SPAGHETTI DINNER AND BINGO

Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles, Keaau Aerie, 16-111 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

Details: Enjoy a delicious dinner with your choice of sauces (meat or veggie) that includes garlic bread, salad, desserts and coffee. Other beverages can be purchased. Multiple winners in each bingo game. Prizes are grocery items.

Contact: Richard Robbins, 965-0133, robbinsr006@hawaii.rr.com

PISCES NEW MOON CELEBRATION

Where: TBA, Boiling Pots area in Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

Details: Come celebrate this ceremony with an evening of astrology wisdom, prayer, music, rhythm, poetry, art and meditation from all cultures and faiths.

Contact: Yahavah Mathison, 936-5255, yahavah@yahavah.com

COMING

COMMUNITY DINNER

Where: VFW Post 3830, 15-775 Maluhia Road, Nanawale Estates

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 24

Details: Chicken cutlet dinner includes mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, garden salad and dinner roll. Donation of $10. Canteen opens at 5 p.m., dinner served at 6. All welcome.

Contact: Freda Hart, 965-7032, fredahart85@gmail.com

DANCE 4 JOY!

Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles, Keaau Aerie, 16-111 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 5:30 p.m. March 2

Details: Come dance and have fun at a fundraiser for Puna state Rep. Joy San Buenaventura. Dance to the music of Larry Dupio and the Loco Bois. A $10 donation at the door covers chili and rice, green salad and dessert. Drinks available for sale.

Contact: Ariel Murphy, 345-8475, aloha2ariel@gmail.com

Performances

TODAY, Feb. 17

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES

Where: Hilo Coffee Mill, 17-995 Volcano Road, Mountain View

When: 10 a.m. today

Details: Live acoustic music by these award-winning composers, including pop, adult contemporary, Hawaiian, folk, classic hits and more. Great food, great music.

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

HULA KAHIKO

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, 1 Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 10:30 a.m. today and March 10, April 14, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15

Details: Watch hula groups perform in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform). Performances are presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine, without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

Contact: Anisha Clay, anisha@volcanoartcenter.org, 967-7565

MAKAHA SONS

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. today

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

KACHI KACHI DANCE

Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles, Keaau Aerie, 16-111 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 7 p.m. today

Details: Come dance and enjoy music by El Leo and Jarican Express. Cover charge for band. Food plates and beverages available to purchase.

Contact: Richard Robbins, 965-0133, robbinsr006@hawaii.rr.com

MULTIMEDIA SHOW

Where: East Hawaii Cultural Center, 141 Kalakaua St., Hilo

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Details: Ebb & Flow Arts will present this show featuring film, art, piano, poetry and dance. Admission is free; donations accepted.

Contact: Robert Pollock, 876-1854, ebbandflowarts2013@gmail.com

SUNDAY, Feb. 18

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES

Where: Makuu Farmers Market, 15-2131 Keaau-Pahoa Road, Pahoa

When: 8:30 a.m. Sunday

Details: Live acoustic music by these award-winning composers, including pop, adult contemporary, Hawaiian, folk, classic hits and more.

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

MARK HAYES WORKSHOP/SOLO PERFORMANCE

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

When: 4 p.m. Sunday

Details: Hayes is an internationally known composer, arranger and clinician. Compositions crafted during a two-day workshop focused on the art of choral singing through the preparation of seven of his compositions will be peformed along with a solo piano performance by Hayes.

Contact: Everett Knowles, 885-7129, efredk@gmail.com; Barbara Kopra, bkopra@hpa.edu

“THE DARKEST HOUR”

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

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

Details: Doors open 30 minutes in advance. During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly appointed British prime minister, Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on against incredible odds.

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

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES

Where: Hilo Farmers Market, intersection of Mamo Street and Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo

When: 10 a.m. Wednesday

Details: Live acoustic music by these award-winning composers, including pop, adult contemporary, Hawaiian, folk, classic hits and more. Great food, great music.

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

THURSDAY, Feb. 22

SAM LIGHTNING GUITAR REVUE

Where: Lava Shack, 15-2929 Pahoa Village Road, Pahoa

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Details: Lightning relives a lifetime of guitar riffs with the help of many island guitar heroes. No cover. Complimentary Sam Lightning’s famous Cajun gumbo.

Contact: Sam Lightning, 965-1169, samlightninghilo@gmail.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 23

“BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY”

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Feb. 24 and 26-27

Details: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The life and career of hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor Hedy Lamarr.

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

JOHNNY NESS

Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles, Keaau Aerie, 16-111 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Details: Rock ’n’ roll music by Johnny Ness and The Rock Next Monsters. Cover charge for the band. Food plates and beverages available for purchase.

Contact: Richard Robbins, 965-0133, robbinsr006@hawaii.rr.com

COMING

WE THE PEOPLE UNITED — CONCERT AND INFORMATIONAL EVENT

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES WITH RONNIE HARRIS IN CONCERT

Where: 17-7946 N. Kulani Road, Mountain View

When: 2 p.m. Feb. 24

Details: Featuring Dennis and Christy Soares and Ronnie Harris in concert. Also featuring guest speakers Sen. Russell Ruderman, Hawaii County Councilwoman Jen Ruggles and HICOP founder Daryl Soares. Free. Potluck will follow; bring a dish to share.

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

NEVER TOO LATE FOR LOVE

Where: Hilo Town Tavern, 168 Keawe St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 24

Details: Jazz Mele plays classic jazz standards, swing, boogie-woogie, jump blues and Latin grooves for listening and dancing. Join us for a post-Valentine’s Day celebration of love and romance. No cover. Every fourth Saturday.

Contact: Lou Ann Gurney, 982-6012, lagsings@mac.com

INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS

Where: UH-Hilo Performing Arts Center, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24

Details: This annual event features performances from around the world. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students and children 17 years old and younger and can be purchased from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the PAC box office. Advance ticket purchase is recommended as tickets typically sell out prior to the shows. Cash or checks only (sorry, no phone or online orders).

Contact: UH-Hilo Performing Arts Center, 932-7490, artsctr@hawaii.edu

HO‘OKIA’I LILI‘UOKALANI

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 2 p.m. Feb. 25

Details: Doors open at 1 p.m. An afternoon of the Queen’s music and her final journey. Featuring Jackie Pualani Johnson, harpist Cymber Lily Quinn and flautist Kathy Dorn.

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

PATO BANTON: UNIVERSAL LOVE TOUR 2018

Where: Honokaa People’s Theatre, 45-3574 Mamane St., Honokaa

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 25

Details: Spirtitual reggae in action, bringing positive vibrations from the SupraUniverse to the Big Island, live and direct. All ages welcome to dance, come get your groove on with the family of inspired, positive reggae music lovers. Cost is $15 at the door; children 12 younger free. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Contact: Honokaa People’s Theatre, 430-8396, honokaapeople@yahoo.com

FIGHTS AND DELIGHTS: THREE CHINESE COMEDIES

Where: UH-Hilo Performing Arts Center, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. March 1

Details: Highlighting the vibrancy of traditional Chinese theater, the three plays celebrate the chou, or comic character, who continually reveals the laughter in life. The shows will be performed in English. The three comedies featured are the chuanju “Pi Jin Rolls the Lamp” and the two jingju “Treasure in the Chest” and “Where Three Roads Meet.” Suggested conation of $10 for adults; $5 for students/youth. For disability accommodations or large group requests, contact Melisa at 956-2591 or ktyouth@hawaii.edu at least 10 working days prior to the event.

Contact: Alston Albarado, 956-2591, aa22@hawaii.edu

FELIPE ESPARZA

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. March 2

Details: This world-renowned stand-up comedian and actor is coming to Hilo to perform live for one night only. Doors open at 6 p.m. Presale tickets available online at bigisland.ticketleap.com/felipe and at all Irie Hawaii locations in Hilo, Kona and Pahoa and Wizard Smoke Shop in Hilo. Special VIP seating available online only.

Contact: Mariner Revell, 969-7066, rrphawaii@aol.com

FIGHTS AND DELIGHTS: THREE CHINESE COMEDIES

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

When: 7 p.m. March 2

Details: Highlighting the vibrancy of traditional Chinese theater, the three plays celebrate the chou, or comic character, who continually reveals the laughter in life. The shows will be performed in English. The three comedies featured are the chuanju “Pi Jin Rolls the Lamp” and the two jingju “Treasure in the Chest” and “Where Three Roads Meet.” Suggested conation of $10 for adults; $5 for students/youth. For disability accommodations or large group requests, contact Melisa at 956-2591 or ktyouth@hawaii.edu at least 10 working days prior to the event.

Contact: Alston Albarado, 956-2591, aa22@hawaii.edu

KS HAWAII HO‘IKE 2018 — “KU I KA MANA”

Where: Kamehameha Schools Hawaii, Koai‘a Gymnasium, 16-714 Volcano Road, Keaau

When: 6 p.m. March 15-16

Details: Dramatizes in music and dance the events leading up to the election of 1874 after the death of William Charles Lunalilo left the Kingdom of Hawaii without an appointed successor to the throne. In the running are Queen Emma, beloved by the people, and the charismatic David Kalakaua. In this telling, Bernice Pauahi Bishop also considers being part of the election, having second thoughts about having refused the crown when offered to her by Lot (Kamehameha V) before his death. The results of the election would have lasting repercussions on the Kingdom of Hawaii, setting the stage for many of the events that have shaped the history of the state. Presented as a rock opera in two acts designed around a Steampunk theme in keeping with the genre of music. The production will be presented in English and Hawaiian. Tickets are $5 and available for purchase online at ksbe.edu/kshhoike, at the door on the night of the performance or at the high school office or Student Activities Center after school.

Contact: Shaun Chillingworth, 541-5367, shchilli@ksbe.edu

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

All Kine Stuffs

TODAY, Feb. 17

PULAMA MAULI OLA — UNIFIED HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL EVENT

Where: Nawahi Campus, 16-120 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 9 a.m. today

Details: Be immersed in the life of the Hawaiian language and value the history through keiki games, student-made produce and products from the garden, a craft fair, cultural demonstrations, silent auction, ono food and all-day entertainment by Mark Yamanaka, Ho‘a, Ka‘ikena Scanlan, Ka Leo Maoli and the students of Punana Leo and Nawahi. Parking at Keaau High School, with a free shuttle running every five minutes. Free family event.

Contact: Ha‘amauliola Aiona, 982-4260, haa@nawahi.org

PANAEWA STAMPEDE RODEO

Where: Panaewa Equestrian Center, 800 Stainback Highway, Hilo

When: 11 a.m. today through Monday

Details: Great fun and an exhibition of Hawaiian paniolo rodeo skills.

Contact: Nancy Cabral, 937-1004, NancyC@daylum.com

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: NA MEA HULA DEMONSTRATION

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. today and March 10, April 14, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15

Details: In conjunction with monthly Na Mea hula kahiko performances. Come and learn a hula, use various hula implements and try your hand at lei making. Experience the different aspects that play an integral role in the life of the hula dancer. Hands-on and family friendly. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Anisha Clay, 967-8222, anisha@volcanoartcenter.org

VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE

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

When: 7 p.m. today

Details: Bring your sweetie or just come dance with friends — everyone is welcome, no partner necessary. A beginner-friendly dance class is followed by romance-themed DJ music suitable for blues and swing dancing. Sliding scale entry $8-$15 (pay what’s right for you), or only $5 with a pupu. Free entry if this is your first Swinging Saturday. You will be hosted by Elks member A. Marten.

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

MONDAY, Feb. 19

“BEFORE SHE WAS LYMAN: SARAH JOINER IN ROYALTON, VERMONT”

Where: Lyman Museum, 276 Hail St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Monday; 3 p.m. Tuesday

Details: Historian/author Bonnie Tocher Clause reveals the never-before-seen young womanhood of someone who contributed significantly to the development of early historic Hilo. Cost is $3; free to museum members.

Contact: Lyman Museum, 935-5021, www.lymanmuseum.org.

THURSDAY, Feb. 22

CRAFT NIGHT

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

When: 3, 4 and 5 p.m. Thursday

Details: It’s Whale Month in Hawaii. The discover center is celebrating with its first monthly Craft Night in partnership with Kilauea Pottery. Come color glaze an original clay humpback whale figurine and learn some fun facts and watch a new video about humpback whales while you’re glazing. For all ages. To preregister and prepay, contact Jamie at Kilauea Pottery at 731-6614. Cost is $10 per whale figurine.

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

FRIDAY, Feb. 23

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

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. Friday

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

STARGAZING LIVE

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

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Details: View star clusters, nebulae and galaxies live from the imaging telescopes at the Maunakea Visitor Information Center, all from the comfort of ‘Imiloa’s planetarium.

Contact: Yu Yok Pearring, 932-8912, imiloa.marketing@hawaii.edu

COMING

WAIAKEA LIONS 64TH ANNUAL CHUCK WAGON BREAKFAST

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

When: 6:30 a.m. Feb. 24

Details: Eat in or take out. If taking out, bring your own recycle bag or box. Drive-thru available.

Contact: Ken Rosene, 987-0008, kenwallppr@aol.com

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

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Where: Hawaii Plantation Museum, 27-246 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Papaikou

When: 10 a.m. Feb. 24

Details: Come celebrate the museum’s fifth anniversary. Admission will be buy one get one free, with light refreshments and door prizes, too. Admission cost is $8 general, $6 kama’aina and senior, $5 military; children 5 and younger are free.

Contact: Sharri Thornton or Christal Subica, 937-2760, plantationmuseum@gmail.com

“FOREVER FORWARD” — A BLACK HISTORY EVENT

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

When: 2 p.m. Feb. 24

Details: This event not only will be about the past but also about the present and future of black people in America. This year’s theme is “Health and fitness on all levels of existence such as physical, mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual.” Free. Keynote speaker is author, lecturer, fitness instructor and holder of three Guinness world records the Rev. Donald “Spider man” Thomas.

Contact: Michele Dalton, 747-6384, medspeak@hotmail.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

CELEBRATION OF THE BAHA’I FAITH

Where: Onekahakaha Beach Park, Pavilion No. 4, 74 Onekahakaha Road, Hilo

When: 11 a.m. Feb. 25

Details: Join in a worldwide celebration. Chicken barbecue will be provided while the public is welcome to add potluck dishes. Baha’is are celebrating a special four-day period of gift-giving, deeds of service and fellowship as a prelude to the upcoming spiritual fast (March 1-20), which then marks the new year (March 21). A variety of music, children’s activities, sharing a brief description of the Baha’i calendar and time to make new friends will be in store. All welcome.

Contact: Linda Cholas, 731-5576, ljcholas@hotmail.com

PANDEMICS: TRACKING CONTAGIONS, FROM CHOLERA, EBOLA AND BEYOND

Where: UH-Hilo, UCB 100, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 5 p.m. March 1

Details: Sonia Shah, investigative reporter and acclaimed author, will be the speaker on this very timely subject. Free public lecture and discussion.

Contact: Rosemarie Muller, 631-294-0021, rcmuller27@hotmail.com

HULA VOICES

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 7 p.m. March 1, May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Oct. 4 and Nov. 1

Details: An engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners who eat, sleep and live on the practice of hula and its associated arts. Embrace the opportunity to listen to kumu hula, longtime mumana (students) and artisans who live and breathe hula. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Anisha Clay, 967-8222, anisha@volcanoartcenter.org

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: ALOHA FRIDAY PROGRAM

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7

Details: Volcano musician Wes Awana invites visitors and kamaaina alike to share his love of the ukulele and Hawaiian music. He also will give family-friendly lessons on the iconic and inviting instrument. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Anisha Clay, 967-8222, anisha@volcanoartcenter.org

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

MOUNTAIN VIEW ELEMENTARY OHANA DAY

Where: Mountain View Elementary School, 18-1235 Volcano Road, Mountain View

When: 9 a.m. March 3

Details: A day of family fun. Fundraising event featuring various food and clothing booths, book fair, rummage sale, community vendors, entertainment, games and more.

Contact: Debbie Collins, 313-3212, Debbie_Collins@notes.k12.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

SCHOOL FUNDRAISER

Where: Kua O Ka La NCPCS, 14-5322 Kalapana-Kapoho Road, Pahoa

When: 10 a.m. March 10

Details: Entertainment by Kalapana Awa Band, Young Brothers, Backyahd Bruddahs and more. Also features cultural presentations, student performances, ono food, games, raffle prizes, arts and crafts, rummage sale, island vendors and silent auction. Free admission.

Contact: Robbie Mcgrath, 938-7499, robbie@kuaokala.org

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: ALOHA FRIDAY PROGRAM

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. March 16

Details: Join kumu hula Moses Kaho‘okele Crabbe of Halauolaokalani on the lanai, every third Friday of each month, as he shares his extensive knowledge of hula, language and chant for entry-level learners. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact Name: Anisha Clay, 967-8222, anisha@volcanoartcenter.org

ST. PATRICK’S DAY MEAL AND SILENT AUCTION

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

When: 2 p.m. March 17

Details: Fundraising event featuring an authentic Irish meal, bar and silent auction. One entree and two sides, $10 adults, $5 children 10 and younger. Funds raised support community programs at the Cooper Center. Seeking event volunteers and donated desserts. Call or email the contact below for more information or to volunteer or donate.

Contact: Lina Ugalde, 936-9705, kilaueatutu@gmail.com

AN EVENING OF WINE AND CHEESE TASTING

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

When: 4 p.m. March 17

Details: Annual fundraiser event with live music by Jazzx2. Munch on delicious wines, cheeses and heavy pupus while being entertained. There also will be a silent auction. Tickets are $35. All proceeds are returned to the community via the club’s community donations programs. For more information, call 935-9838.

Contact: Jan Kuester, 895-5274, janetkuester@gmail.com

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: ALOHA FRIDAY PROGRAM

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12

Details: Join master lei maker Randy Lee on the front porch and watch and learn as he passes on his knowledge and craftsmanship of the iconic Hawaiian lei. This hands-on workshop uses the freshest of ferns, leaves and flowers Lee gathers from the Ola‘a rain forests. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Anisha Clay, 967-8222, anisha@volcanoartcenter.org

FIRST HILO CACAO AND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

Where: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, 71 Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 10 a.m. April 14

Details: Presented by the East Hawaii Cacao Association. A fun and informative free event to support and expand the growing and processing of cacao on Hawaii Island. Exhibits will show the complete chocolate making process; 500 free seedlings will be available to take home, with literature on growing and processing cacao. Representatives from many educational organizations also will be on hand and many of the island’s chocolatiers will have their products for sale at the event. A silent auction also is planned, with all proceeds going toward furthering the education and promotion of growing cacao here. Barefoot Chocolatini and Hawaii Forest and Trail also will offer three tours to OK Farms on the Wailuku River in Hilo between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; seating limited to 12 people per tour.

Contact: Sherry Mees, 238-4194, alohamees@yahoo.com

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

13TH ANNUAL LAUPAHOEHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Where: Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, Highway 19, Laupahoehoe

When: 9 a.m. April 21

Details: A day in the sun with family and friends in a unique community that is so welcoming, with a lineup of awesome entertainers, ono food, crafty vendors, a silent auction and tons of games — even a water slide this year. Tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.

Contact: Shantell Urbanozo, 962-2200, Shantell.Urbanozo@lcpcs.org

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: MAY DAY IS LEI DAY

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. May 1

Details: Lei Day honors the unique ways Hawaii’s multicultural traditions have woven together to create a more interesting, tolerant and beautiful community. Meet Volcano musician Wes Awana as he shares how to play local favorites on the ukulele. Also join the gallery as it shares the secrets to sewing the perfect lei and the proper protocol of giving of receiving a lei. Hundreds of fragrant blossoms and plant materials will be provided to you to embrace Lei Day. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Anisha Clay, 967-8222, anisha@volcanoartcenter.org

ANNUAL BIG ISLAND COIN CLUB AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW

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

When: 9 a.m. May 6

Details: Vendor table reservations now being accepted. Hawaii Police Department security provided. Show is free and open to collecting public. Coin evaluations are free to those attending.

Contact: Steve Nemeth, 935-1035, steve.nemeth891@gmail.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

KAILUA-KONA HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT

Where: Kailua-Kona Recycling and Transfer Station, Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Kealakehe

When: 7:30 a.m. June 2

Details: Free. For a list of acceptable and unacceptable materials, visit www.hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/household-hazardous-waste/. Business/farm/nonprofit waste prohibited by law. No electronics or tires allowed.

Contact: George Hayducsko, 961-8942, recycle3@co.hawaii.hi.us

HILO HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT

Where: Hilo Recycling and Transfer Station

When: 7:30 a.m. June 16

Details: Free. For a list of acceptable and unacceptable materials, visit www.hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/household-hazardous-waste/. Business/farm/nonprofit waste prohibited by law. No electronics or tires allowed.

Contact: George Hayducsko, 961-8942, recycle3@co.hawaii.hi.us

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

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

DIVORCE CARE

Where: New Hope Church, 840 Kupulau Road, Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Mondays through April 23

Details: Whether your situation happened long ago or is recent, this class offers information and skills to heal. Care for children ages 5-10 years old is available. Total of 13 weeks, but participants can join at any time. There is a $17 workbook fee; waivers are available. Church affiliation not necessary.

Contact: Donna Shimizu, 339-1060, hi.kim3@yahoo.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

MEMBERSHIP AND PATRON DRIVE

Where: Hawaii Plantation Museum, 27-246 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Papaikou

When: Through Dec. 31

Details: The museum is a nonprofit organization located in the old Yoshiyama Store, formerly the Onomea Sugar Plantation Store. Its mission and purpose is to collect, preserve and exhibit Hawaii Island sugar plantation artifacts and small business memorabilia for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Contact: Sharri Thornton or Christal Subica, 937-2760, plantationmuseum@gmail.com

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

COUNTRY/WESTERN DANCE CLASS WITH DENISE

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

When: 6:15 p.m. (call or email for days)

Details: Through March 7. Features two step, swing, waltz and other requests. Learn to spin, dip and weave through traffic. Call or email for more specific information.

Contact: Denise Westbrook, 970-739-6771, dancingscreenwriter@yahoo.com

LEARN TO DANCE SALSA WITH DENISE

Where: Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, 1407 Kapiolani St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. (call or email for days)

Details: Through March 6. Get a strong foundation and variations that will last a lifetime. First lesson is $1. Call or email for more specific information.

Contact: Denise Westbrook, 970-739-6771, dancingscreenwriter@yahoo.com

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