Community Calendar for March 28

30TH ANNUAL YOUNG AT ART

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

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When: Regular center hours through Friday

Details: 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.

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

HU (HAWAIIAN TOP) DEMONSTRATION

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center lanai, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 10 a.m. today

Details: Early Hawaiians devoted much of their time to games, amusement and relaxing. Top-spinning was an absorbing activity for children and making hu (kukui nut top) was equally engaging. Rangers and staff from Hawaii Pacific Parks Association will help you make your own hu. Free, but park fees apply.

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

ASTROLOGY CHART READING MADE EASY

Where: Vive Institute, 224 Kamehameha Ave., Suite 104, Hilo

When: Begins at 6:30 p.m. today

Details: Your astrological chart is a map of the sky the exact moment you were born and an actual snapshot of your consciousness, the “blueprint” of your wiring. You will learn how to navigate your life at ease. Six-week series; ends May 2.

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

A POETRY READING WITH “THE POETS OF 1958”

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

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Details: This trio of poets — Laura Mullen, Marthe Reed and Susan M. Schultz — each will read selections of their pieces covering a range of topics. The evening will be a unique opportunity to discuss poetry and hear the poets read their work as they share their powerful stories. Free, although a $5 donation to Volcano Art Center is appreciated.

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

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: ALOHA FRIDAY PROGRAM

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. Friday and 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

PASSOVER SEDER WITH RABBI RACHEL AND AHAVA ‘AINA

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

When: 5 p.m. Friday

Details: Come celebrate liberation, freedom, community, miracles, creation, abundance, the full moon and so much more. Enjoy an oceanside meal combined with a spiritual experience rooted in ancestral wisdom and tradition. A fun and unique cultural community experience you won’t want to miss. All faiths, all beliefs, all ages and all beings welcome. Music by Sen. Russell Ruderman and cantorial soloist Marla Wolfe. Seating is limited; tickets must be purchased in advance.

Contact: Rabbi Rachel Short, 557-1252, RabbiRachel@AhavaAina.com

COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS

Where: HCC-Palamanui, 73-4225 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona

When: 5:30 p.m. Friday

Details: This workshop will focus on developing essential skills for strong foundations, cooperation and connection — even in challenging relationships. Learn to recognize and deal with emotional triggers, create understanding and build connection and offer and accept apologies with respect and compassion. Suggested donation of $15.

Contact: Gina Tumasone, 885-5525, gtumasone@whmediation.org

NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP

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

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Details: Monthly support group that helps people gain understanding and empathy for loved ones living with and recovering from mental illness.

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

HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL PRESENTS STANFORD UNIVERSITY’S FLEET STREET

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Details: Doors open at 6 p.m. This is an all-original comedy group of 12 guys in red bow ties, singing a cappella just for the fun of it. Performances offer an exciting and sometimes quirky assortment of songs and comic skits, peppered with commentary and dancing. Tickets on sale now.

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

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 center, all from the comfort of ‘Imiloa’s planetarium. Take a journey to explore the stars and celestial objects from the 9,000-foot level in real time.

Contact: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, 932-8901, imiloa.marketing@hawaii.edu

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. Saturday

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

STEWARDSHIP AT THE SUMMIT

Where: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 8:45 a.m. Saturday

Details: Volunteer to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in the park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kilauea Visitor Center.

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

AARP HI CAREGIVER WORKSHOP: POSITIVE APPROACH TO DEMENTIA CARE

Where: Hawaii County Office on Aging, Disability Resource Center, 1055 Kinoole St., Suite 101, Hilo

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Details: Learn to understand which physical and emotional needs can cause challenging behaviors, hands-on techniques to connect and comfort using visual, verbal, physical and emotional connections and how to develop new skills related to approach, cueing and ability to connect with people affected by dementia to help reduce the chance of future escalations and make your person with dementia feel at ease. Facilitated by Dorothy Colby, a certified Positive Approach to Care trainer and support mentor. Register at https://aarp.cvent.com/positive3-31.

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

PU‘U O LOKUANA

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday

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: Park Information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

KIMCHI MAKING

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

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Details: Workshop provides students an introduction to the techniques used to make traditional Korean kimchi. Students will be able to take home their kimchi to continue fermenting it to their preferred taste. All materials needed to prepare the kimchi will be provided. Cost is $55 or $50 for VAC members, plus a $15 supply fee. Preregistration required. Call or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org to register.

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

LEI MAKING WORKSHOP WITH KUANA TORRES KAHELE

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. Saturday

Details: Learn how to make lei just in time for Merrie Monarch. Cost is $65, which covers all materials. Seating limited; reserve your space now.

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

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES

Where: Merriman’s, 65-1227 Opelo Road, Waimea

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Details: Live acoustic music (pop, folk, Hawaiian, adult contemporary, classics). Great people, great food, great music.

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

KUANA TORRES KAHELE

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Details: Doors open at 6 p.m. This Hawaiian composer, educator, choreographer and recording artist is welcomed to the stage. There will be Mehana beer available for purchase. Ticket price includes a free CD.

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

KMC’S ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT

Where: Ohia Room, Kilauea Military Camp, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9 a.m. Sunday

Details: Open to children ages 10 and younger. Preregister now by calling 967-8352. Registration on Easter Sunday also will be accepted from 7:30-8:45 a.m. Don’t forget your Easter baskets. Park fees apply.

Contact: Elene Rizzo-Kuhn, 967-8371, rizzokuhne@kmc-volcano.com

BERT NAIHE: HAWAIIAN MUSIC

Where: Basically Books, outdoor patio, 1672 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: Noon on Monday

Details: Plenty of seating. Feel free to bring your lunch and get ready to listen to some wonderful music.

Contact: Christine Reed, 961-0144, basicallybooks@hawaiiantel.net

LITO ARKANGEL: HAWAIIAN MUSIC

Where: Basically Books, outdoor patio, 1672 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: Noon on Tuesday

Details: Plenty of seating. Feel free to bring your lunch and get ready to listen to some wonderful music.

Contact: Christine Reed, 961-0144, basicallybooks@hawaiiantel.net

NATIONAL POETRY WRITING MONTH KICKOFF

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

When: 5 p.m. Tuesday

Details: Ruth Thompson, author of three books of poetry, will talk about writing poetry and prompts for you to try each week in the month ahead. (You will not be showing your work to anyone, so go for it!) At 5 p.m. May 1, Thompson will talk about her own practice and read from her new work, answer questions and offer guidance for continuing your writing. Program schedule subject to change; contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

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

COMING

BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES

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

When: Beginning 7 p.m. April 4; ends June 13

Details: Try something new this spring by enrolling in Wednesday night dance classes with the Big Island Ballroom Dance Club. Open to all ages; singles and couples. Learn the waltz and cha-cha. Annual membership fee is $15; each class is $9. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.

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

BOOKFLIX STORYTIME

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

When: 10:30 a.m. April 5

Details: Bookflix offers an interactive reading and learning experience for readers in grades PK-3 and is free for all Hawaii library cardholders. This special storytime will demonstrate the access and selection of the books. There will be a craft activity to follow. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

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

FREE LUNCH AND LEARN FOR NONPROFIT LEADERS

Where: Anna Ranch, 65-1480 Kawaihae Road, Waimea

When: 11 a.m. April 6

Details: Provided by Hawaii Trust & Estate Counsel. Attorney John Roth will explain win-win strategies for charities and their donors, including easy-to-understand planned giving opportunities that complement annual fundraising programs. As requested by participants last year, there will be a guided networking session to build communication and partnership between nonprofits. Register by March 19; seating is limited.

Contact: Dayva Keolanui, 334-3343, dayva@keolanuiconsulting.com

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

CHRISTY LASSITER: HAWAIIAN MUSIC

Where: Basically Books, outdoor patio, 1672 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: Noon on April 6

Details: Plenty of seating. Feel free to bring your lunch and get ready to listen to some wonderful music.

Contact: Christine Reed, 961-0144, basicallybooks@hawaiiantel.net

STEAK/FISH DINNER

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

When: 6 p.m. April 6

Details: Steak prepared on the outdoor grill to your specifications. Fish battered in panko. Includes rice, baked potato, salad, desserts and coffee. Other beverages available. Karaoke entertainment after dinner.

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

COFFEE AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE OWNER MEETUP IN HAWI

Where: Kohala Coffee Mill, 55-3412 Akoni Pule Highway, Hawi

When: 9 a.m. April 7

Details: Join the Big Island Electric Vehicle Association for its monthly event. A few of the association’s electric vehicle owners will be available to share their knowledge and experiences with the public.

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

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

DIRTY CELLO PERFORMANCE

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

When: 6 p.m. April 7

Details: A crazy day of music with pirate pizza, silk aerialists, dancing, art workshops and more. Dirty Cello brings a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass.

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

INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING WITH RICHARD SPIEGEL

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

When: 6 p.m. April 9

Details: Spiegel will introduce basic methods and tools for organic backyard beekeeping, explaining basic techniques for beekeeping on the Big Island and recommending different options and how to meet challenges in different climates. Participants will be able to try on a bee suit and handle equipment used to keep bees.

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

OPEN HOUSE

Where: KMR-Keaukaha Military Reserve National Guard Youth Challenge Academy, 1046 Leilani St., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. April 10

Details: The community is invited to come and see who we are and what we provide. Open to families of teens struggling in school, have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out of school, school administrators, counselors and teachers, all agencies and workers that provide service to teens between the ages of 16 and 18 years old. Call for more information or confirm your attendance. Refreshments to be provided.

Contact: Ilima Kela, 430-4184, willi-ann.k.kela@hawaii.gov

DIRTY CELLO AT VAC

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

When: 7 p.m. April 10

Details: An acoustic and intimate show with great music and stories. Dirty Cello brings a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass.

Contact: Volcano Art Center, 967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

AAUW GENERAL MEETING

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

When: 5 p.m. April 12

Details: Last general meeting of the season. Come listen to fellow AAUW Hilo member Donna Barr speak about being a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa at age 57. Free and open to the public.

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

PARENT-TODDLER CLASS

Where: Malamalama Waldorf School, 3 HC, Keaau

When: 1:30 p.m. beginning April 13

Details: For ages 18 months to 3 years old. Spaces limited. Call the school or visit www.hawaiiwaldorf.org/parent-toddler-class for more information.

Contact: Malamalama Waldorf School, 982-7701, info@hawaiiwaldorf.org

AVERAGE JOES

Where: Coqui’s Hideaway, 1550 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: 8:30 p.m. April 13

Details: Live pop/rock top 40 band hits.

Contact: Ryan Sabate, 854-4173, ultrazone777@msn.com

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

UH-HILO’S ANNUAL MEDIA SYMPOSIUM

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

When: 10 a.m. April 14

Details: Free to the public, and lunch will be served. This year’s theme is “Careers in Media,” and the event will feature presentations and panels with media professionals in various fields including sports and filmmaking. Anyone with an interest in journalism, writing, photography, art, sports, film, TV or radio will get the chance to interact with some of Hawaii’s top experts in these fields.

Contact: Nick Carrion, 932-7372, uhhkk@hawaii.edu

HULA KAHIKO

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

When: 10:30 a.m. 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

LANCE NIIMI TO SPEAK DURING LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ANNUAL MEETING

Where: St. James Episcopal Church, 65-1237 Kawaihae Road, Waimea

When: 11 a.m. April 14

Details: Current, former and prospective members as well as other interested people are invited to hear Niimi, an executive assistant to Mayor Harry Kim, present “Homelessness on Hawaii Island.” Meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. with registration, followed by a business meeting and then Niimi’s presentation. A no-host luncheon follows ($10 payable by cash or check to LWVHC). For lunch reservations, call or email Rosemarie Muller by April 6.

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

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: NA MEA HULA DEMONSTRATION

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. 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 NO. 6 HILO (DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS)

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

When: 11 a.m. April 14

Details: Group dedicated to empowering veterans and their families 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. Meets the second Saturday of every month.

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

ADULT JEWELRY CLASS WITH ALEX MIDDLETON

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

When: Noon on April 14

Details: Learn to make your own jewelry. Tools and supplies will be provided. Registration required at the reference desk. Limited to 10 participants. Recommended for ages 16 years and older. 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

KEAU’OHANA RAIN FOREST RESTORATION QUARTERLY WORK PARTY

Where: Keau’ohana Forest Reserve, 12 Upper Puna Road, Pahoa

When: 10 a.m. April 15

Details: Located between mile markers 16 and 17 on Highway 130 between Pahoa and Kalapana. Help restore the last native lowland rain forest in the state of Hawaii

Contact: Jaya Dupuis, 937-8867, dupuis@hawaii.edu

HAM RADIO ON THE BIG ISLAND

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

When: 6 p.m. April 16

Details: Russell Roberts, KH6JRM, a licensed amateur/ham radio operator, will discuss how ham radio serves our communities in Hawaii during times of natural and manmade disasters. When cellphone and internet services are lost, trained ham operators are ready to support emergency communications. Learn how during times of power and general communication outage, ham radio operators function as communication for Hawaii County Civil Defense, the state and the federal government. Roberts also will share how you can get involved in the ham radio community and become a ham radio operator.

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

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: ALOHA FRIDAY PROGRAM

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. 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

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: 7 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 is at 8 a.m.; walk begins at 9 a.m. To register, visit walktocurearthritis.org/hilo.

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

LET’S PLAY THE (DOG) TRAINING GAME

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

When: 6 p.m. April 23

Details: Join Francis Engel as she shows how and why reinforcement works using the “clicker” training experience. Techniques discussed and practiced will be from Karen Pryor’s dog training manuals. Some training manuals will be available for checkout. Bring your clicker and any questions you have regarding dog training and the clicker training method.

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

RECYCLE “MO BETTAH”

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

When: 4 p.m. April 24

Details: Go beyond HI-5 with Recycle Hawaii and Marsha Hee. Recycling and reusing are educational and fun ways to reduce our waste stream while helping protect and conserve our natural resources. Review what’s acceptable for recycling then play the sort game and receive a handy Zero-Waste Checklist. Families welcome for this interactive talk/demonstration. 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

PAJAMA STORYTIME

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

When: 6 p.m. 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

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

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

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. April 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

DEFENSE COMMISSARY AGENCY — COMMISSARY ON-SITE “CASE LOT SALE”

Where: Armed Forces Reserve Center Gym, 1304 Kekuanaoa St., Hilo

When: Noon on April 27; 9 a.m. April 28; 8 a.m. April 29

When: Only those with military IDs will be allowed access. Two guests will be allowed to accompany a military ID cardholder on April 28 only.

Contact: Robert Usagawa, 557-4052, robert.usagawa@gmail.com

RECYCLING CRAFTS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS

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

When: 1:30 p.m. April 28

Details: Turn trash into something to treasure. Stop by the children’s room and create with recycled materials. Free; materials will be provided. Children younger than 5 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

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

ASSESSING STRUCTURE IGNITION POTENTIAL FROM WILDFIRE

Where: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Cost

When: 8 a.m. April 30-May 1

Details: This NFPA classroom training will enable attendees to confidently assess structure ignition potential and recommend appropriate mitigation measures for homes and other structures in residential areas exposed to wildfire hazards. Sessions are taught by wildland fire specialists who understand how and why homes and communities are destroyed during wildfire events and the simple things residents can do to minimize property loss.

Contact: Pablo Akira Beimler, 885-0900, pablo@hawaiiwildfire.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

HAWAII WILDFIRE SUMMIT

Where: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Cost

When: 8 a.m. May 2-4

Details: Make use of this unique opportunity to learn, share and collaborate with others who deal with wildfire in their work and communities throughout Hawaii and the Pacific. Presentations and workshops you would otherwise have to attend on the mainland also will be a highlight of the event, offering a chance to connect with national-level programs, research and trainings.

Contact: Pablo Akira Beimler, 885-0900, pablo@hawaiiwildfire.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

BIG ISLAND ROAD RUNNERS SCHOLARSHIP 5K RUN

Where: Reeds Bay Beach Park, Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 7:30 a.m. May 20

Details: This low-key run is in honor of our graduating seniors’ scholarship awards. For all ages. Day of race only registration starts at 6:30 a.m. Cost is $10 for nonmembers, $5 for members.

Contact: David Cotter, 747-2477, bigislandroadrunners@gmail.com

PHILIPPINE CONSULATE MOBILE TEAM

Where: Hilo

When: 8 a.m. May 26-27

Details: Team will be in Hilo to conduct the following consular services: Passport renewal, notary services, authentication of documents, reports of birth and marriage, dual citizenship, administer the oath of allegiance for qualified dual citizenship applicants and answer questions and concerns about matters relative to consular services. For appointment and/or additional information, contact the person below.

Contact: Tulpe Day, 961-8220 or 443-1540, tday@hawaiicounty.gov

WEST HAWAII DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS THE CINDERELLA BALLET

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

When: 5 p.m. May 26

Details: One performance only. More than 70 talented dancers from Hawaii Island and Maui, guest professional dancers, stunning costumes and magical sets are all brought together with narration and musical accompaniment to tell the timeless story of a young girl who discovers her prince with a little help from her fairy godmother. A pre-performance silent auction and boutique will be hosted in the lobby, with proceeds benefiting WHDT’s ongoing programs, scholarship fund and studio renovations. There will also be other surprises for attendees including the opportunity for their “little princesses” to try the lost slipper on for size. Tickets can be purchased at www.kahilutheatre.org.

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

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

LOST MUMMY: ESCAPE THE ROOM

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

When: 1 p.m. July 14

Details: As an explorer, you have always loved Egypt. It’s where your great-grandfather, Howard Carter, discovered the remains of the ancient pharaoh Tutankhamen. On a walk beside the Nile River, you and some friends suddenly feel the ground shift, sending you all tumbling down a stony shaft. Recovering from the fall, you find yourself trapped in an ancient tomb. The thick layer of dust makes it clear that the chamber has rested undisturbed for thousands of years. The only doorway is sealed shut by an ancient stone lock. You must find your way out with only your grandfather’s trusted diary to guide you with hints and tips. If you don’t, this chamber also might become your tomb. The challenge is to unlock the door by aligning the ancient stones. Players work in teams of four to six to solve the puzzle and escape the room within one hour. Program suitable for children ages 10-12. Register with the children’s department to participate. Program schedule subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

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

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 TONING

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

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

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

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

ZUMBA FITNESS

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

When: 5:30 p.m. Mondays and 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

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

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

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

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

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