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Community briefs for September 20

VAC presents evening of literature

The Literature of Kilauea Program Series presents Contemporary Voices, an evening of poets, novelists, bloggers, biographers and journal writers reading their own and others’ work about Kilauea, at 7 p.m. today at Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.

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Come hear the varied and powerful voices of this wide-ranging community of island writers, each recognized for a unique voice and view of this living volcano. Featuring readings and works by Tom Peek, Garrett Hongo, Caroline Garrett, Bobby Camara, Kathy Banggo, Susan Schultz and more, with imagery by Ken Goodrich.

This event is free, although a $5 donation to Volcano Art Center is greatly appreciated.

The Literature of Kilauea Program Series was developed months before the most recent eruptive phase. In the light of the volcano’s recent activity, hearing about Kilauea in its many manifestations becomes even more vivid and essential.

This evening is part of a once-a-month Thursday night series at VAC focusing on art, Hawaiian culture and the environment. The series is intended to inspire and enhance appreciation of art and life experience, while fostering community connections.

For more information, call VAC at 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

VAC’s Ni‘aulani Campus is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano.

Annual Moon Festival dinner is this weekend

The annual Moon Festival dinner is slated for 5 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 22) at Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo.

The five-course dinner will be catered by East Wind restaurant. Moon cakes, a traditional sweet during the Moon Festival, also will be served. Participants are encouraged to bring a dessert.

Those who plan to attend are asked to call 961-0406 for reservations. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger.

The Moon Festival, better-known as the Mid-Autumn Festival in China, has been observed annually for nearly 2,000 years. It is similar to American Thanksgiving, an occasion for family reunion and celebrating the completion of harvests in farming villages. Now it is observed worldwide where there are Asian communities.

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The annual event is sponsored by the Chinese Civic Association of Hawaii.

Church of the Holy Cross is located at 440 W. Lanikaula St.