Community Calendar for March 7

30TH ANNUAL YOUNG AT ART

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

When: Regular center hours through March 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

 

PIKO PRESS PRINTMAKING WITH KANANI DALEY

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

When: 1:30 p.m. today

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

 

EARTHQUAKES AND TSUNAMIS: A PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN

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

When: 1:30 p.m. today

Details: Presented by Dave Carvalho with the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Hands-on materials, activities and fun. Free and suitable for all ages. Children younger than 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, gretchen.andrews@librarieshawaii.org

 

“HARRY POTTER” HOUSE TIE BOOKMARKS

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

When: 5 p.m. today

Details: “Harry Potter” has ties, linking wizardry students to four different houses. Club members have the opportunity to make their own tie bookmarks during this time. Participants can make the following bookmarks: Gryffindor, Slytherian, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, using crayons, markers and pens to color in their personalized bookmarks

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

 

COOKING WITH JACKFRUIT

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

When: 5 p.m. today

Details: Join Susan Collins as she gives a demonstration on how to prepare jackfruit for various recipes. Participants will learn how to clean, precook, freeze and add jackfruit to everyday cooking. Participants will be able to sample and take home new recipes. Jackfruit is a nutritional bonanza of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. It is a viable source of iron, magnesium, potassium and manganese, as well.

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

 

LEARN HOW TO RUN A GREAT MEETING

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

When: 8:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday

Details: Provides tools to use in meetings to make them as effective as possible, emphasizing the importance of setting agendas, remaining focused and managing people. The interactive experience is designed to significantly increase the capacity of those who plan, operate and attend meetings. Call or email for additional questions or to register.

Contact: Erika Ginnis, 935-7844, erika@hawaiimediation.org

 

MOKUHANGA: JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINTING

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

When: 1 p.m. Thursdays through 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

 

“HOT SICK AND WEEDY: COPING WITH CLIMATE CHANGE IN HAWAII”

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

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Details: Presented by professor Jonathan Price, chairman of the UH-Hilo Geography Department. Climate change is a global phenomenon, but nonetheless brings unique consequences to Hawaii. Various research efforts seek to understand how climate change will affect Hawaii’s environments. Informed decisions and coordinated action might buffer against some of the worst effects.

Contact: Noelie Rodriguez, 963-6966, noelie@hawaii.edu

 

 

OHANA LEHUA BONSAI CLUB

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

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Details: View the bonsai show or take a class. Show is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Beginner class 9:30-10:30 a.m.; plant will be provided. Returning students 1-2 p.m.; you must bring your plant from home. Space is limited; registration necessary. To register for classes, visit the reference desk or call the number below.

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

 

REALMS AND DIVISIONS OF KAHUKU

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday

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

 

SCHOOL FUNDRAISER

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

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

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 KAHIKO

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

When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 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

 

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: NA MEA HULA DEMONSTRATION

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. Saturday and 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

 

DAV CHAPTER 6 HILO (DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS)

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

When: 11 a.m. Saturday

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

 

MEYERS MAGIC – WONDER WITHOUT LIMITS

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Details: Magic, aerial artists and comedy. Benefits Full Life and the Palace Theater.

Contact: Mar Ortaleza, 935-7699, Mar@FullLifeHawaii.org

 

LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BLOG

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

When: 6 p.m. Monday

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

 

“KE KAPILI MANU KAHIKO: THE OLD HAWAIIAN BIRD HUNTERS”

Where: Lyman Museum, 276 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Details: Cultural specialist Noah Gomes shares his research into traditional Hawaiian knowledge and uses of birds, and methods of hunting and catching them, in the pre-contact and Hawaiian Kingdom eras. Cost is $3; free to museum members.

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

 

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HIP-HOP AND LITERACY

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

When: 1 p.m. March 14

Details: Neil McIntyre is a professional speaker, hip-hop emcee, beatboxer and goofball. He uses his talents as “Mr. Kneel” to encourage and uplift children of all ages. McIntyre creates inspired original hip-hop music that assists educators and parents in promoting children’s social, emotional and cognitive development. During this free performance, Mr. Kneel shares his love of reading through beatbox and rhyme.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, gretchen.andrews@librarieshawaii.org

 

MAUNAKEA — WHAT MAKES IT THE BEST ASTRONOMICAL SITE IN THE WORLD

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

When: 7 p.m. March 14

Details: Mark Chun with University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy will discuss what site qualities are desirable for ground-based astronomy, how these qualities compare with astronomical telescope sites around the globe and how Maunakea’s uniqueness translates into new discoveries.

Contact: Fritz Klasner, 933-0734, fklasner@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

 

‘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

 

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: ALOHA FRIDAY PROGRAM

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. March 16 and April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21

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

 

2018 RAPID OHIA DEATH SYMPOSIUM

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

When: 9 a.m. March 17

Details: The Rapid Ohia Death Working Group invites you to enjoy a bit of food and drink, introduce yourself to the speakers and then get updates on rapid ohia death by lead researchers and managers, with opportunities to ask questions of the panel. Attendees 18 years and older will receive a free ROD decontamination kit. Free, but seating is limited; register at www.RapidOhiaDeath.org.

Contact: Ambyr Mokiao-Lee, 989-7222, ambyr@hawaii.edu

 

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

 

PLACE MAT CRAFT DEMO

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

When: 11 a.m. March 17

Details: An interactive and unique craft demo, where participants will learn how to make their own place mat made of items collected from travels around the world. 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

 

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

 

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

 

SWINGING SATURDAY FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY

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

When: 7 p.m. March 17

Details: Wear something green; come to dance and enjoy some games and fun activities. Beginner-friendly swing dance lesson followed by dance music in various tempos. Entry is on a sliding scale, $8-$15 (pay what’s right for you), or only $5 with a pupu to share. No partner necessary.

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

 

PEOPLE AND LAND OF KAHUKU

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. 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

 

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

 

PAJAMA STORYTIME

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

When: 6 p.m. March 20 and April 24

Details: Come to the library in your pajamas! Aunty Marsha hosts the Pajama Jammie Jam, a storytime before bedtime, in the Children’s Room. Get comfy and cozy with bedtime stories and music as you wind down your busy day. All ages welcome and bedtime attire is encouraged — you can even bring a blanket and pillow.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, gretchen.andrews@librarieshawaii.org

 

PERFORMANCE BY UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT HILO’S THEATER ‘AUANA PROGRAM

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

When: 4 p.m. March 21

Details: Tutu, a grandmotherly narrator, tells three familiar tales local-style: “Three Billygoats Gruff,” “The Three Little Pigs” and “Three Blind Mice.” As she narrates, the characters perform the action using Hawaiian language dialogue. Free and suitable for all ages. Children ages 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, gretchen.andrews@librarieshawaii.org

 

“AN ACT OF DOG” — DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. March 21

Details: This documentary tells the story of Mark Barone, an artist who sets out to paint 5,500 portraits after his partner, Marina Dervan, discovers the number of dogs killed every day in our nation’s shelters. When Marina shows Mark the evidence, he doesn’t want to look, but it’s the pure raw number that drives him to pick up his brush in an effort to change the status quo.

Contact: Ana Nawahine Kahoopii, 887-2022, savehawaiidogs@gmail.com

 

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

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23 and Dec. 28

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

 

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

 

PUNA SPRING FESTIVAL

Where: 16-492 Old Volcano Road, Keaau

When: Noon on March 24

Details: Come for fun, food, a live band and dancing. Free. Bring the whole family for keiki games, contests, prizes, a cool train ride, judo demonstrations, taiko, a boutique, crafts and a variety of vendors and more.

Contact: Satoshi Tomioka, 966-9981, mpunahongwanji@twc.com

 

KAHUKU PALM TRAIL GUIDED HIKE

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. 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

 

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

 

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: ALOHA FRIDAY PROGRAM

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. March 30, June 29, Aug. 31 and Nov. 30

Details: Join fiber artist and nationally recognized gourd artist Jelena Clay for a workshop about lauhala weaving. Lauhala leaves come from the hala tree, a very special Pacific island tree. Learn how to select, prepare and dye lauhala leaves. Each student will have the opportunity to create a lauhala bookmark. Lauhala kits also can be purchased to create more. Free, but park fees apply.

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

 

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

 

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: ALOHA FRIDAY PROGRAM

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. 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

 

HAWAII ELITE KALAKAUA BASKETBALL CAMP

Where: Panaewa Outdoor Play Courts, Panaewa Family Center, 100 Ohuohu St., Hilo

When: Begins at 4 p.m. April 7

Details: For children in grades K-12. Sessions are 4-7 p.m. April 7; 9 a.m.-noon, grades K-6 and 1-4 p.m. grades 7-12 on April 7. Bring your own basketball to each session. Cost is $60, which includes a T-shirt (while supplies last). Walk-ins will be accepted. Limited to the first 90 applicants in each session. Optional bentos can be pre-ordered for $6 each. Drinks will be available for purchase. Call or email for registration forms and details.

Contact: Brandon Kauhi, 937-7701, hawaiiselite@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

 

FREE NAMI HAWAII FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM

Where: St. Joseph Church, Conference Room, 43 Kapiolani St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. April 14-May 26

Details: Specifically for family caregivers of people diagnosed with serious mental illness. The six-week series of classes covers information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder; coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress. To register, call Carolyn Oki at 935-3518, Carol Denis at 935-0615 or Kathy Hammes at 959-2426.

Contact: Kathy Hammes, 959-2426, kham337@gmail.com

 

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

2018 WALK TO CURE ARTHRITIS HILO

Where: Lili‘uokalani Gardens, Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 8 a.m. April 21

Details: There are more than 50 million Americans with arthritis and 218,000 of them live in Hawaii, with 1,200 of them being keiki. That is a staggering 19 percent of Hawaii’s population. This 1-mile walk helps create awareness and raise funding for research to help find a cure. Check in begins at 8 a.m.; walk starts at 9 a.m. Visit walktocurearthritis.org/hilo to register.

Contact: Brie Arnolde, 354-0379, barnolde@arthritis.org

 

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

 

SEVENTH ANNUAL BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

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

When: 9 a.m. April 27-28

Details: With the theme, “Chocolate Around the World,” this year’s chocolate extravaganza includes a cacao plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory in Keauhou, a college culinary competition and several public foodie and agriculture-themed seminars. Activities culminate 5-9 p.m. April 28 with the indoor-outdoor festival gala where you can enjoy a host of sweet and savory culinary stations presented by top isle chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners. Fun chocolate activities include chocolate body painting. Admission is $85.

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

 

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

 

HULA VOICES

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 7 p.m. 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

 

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

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