Community briefs for October 9

Divine Mercy Crusade at St. Joseph Church

A Divine Mercy evening is planned today at St. Joseph Church in Hilo.


From 5-6 p.m. is Holy Hour with prayers and Rosary. Confession will run from 5-6:30 p.m., with Fr. Mark Wheelan.

At 6 p.m. Fr. Joseph Aytona will hold a talk on “The Importance of Divine Mercy, Eucharistic Adoration and the Rosary.” Holy Mass will follow at 7 p.m.

At 8 p.m. is veneration of a first-class relic of St. Faustina, and the singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Fr. Aytona, CPM, is a priest of the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy. He currently serves as the mission director who also conducts parish missions and retreats.

Fr. Wheelan, SOLT, is a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. His charism is healing and reconciliation, and he will be available in the confessional from 5-6:30 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. if needed.

Refreshments will follow in the downstairs meeting room behind the church. All are welcome. Free. The church is located at 43 Kapiolani Street (corner of Haili), Hilo.

Lighting from a Landscape Photographer’s View

Ken Jackson will talk about “Lighting from a Landscape Photographer’s View,” at 6 p.m. Thursday in Room D-202 at the Komohana Agriculture Research & Extension Center, located at 875 Komohana St., Hilo.

He will discuss shooting light as we find it and how to consider its quality, direction, and mood, as well as low-light and night photography.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, go to

Aikido of Hilo offering free classes for women

In observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Aikido of Hilo is offering free aikido classes for women in October.

“Aikido is the martial art of peace and reconciliation. It teaches us that we should concentrate not on harming others, but on protecting them,” said chief instructor Barbara Klein.

“We learn that aggression breeds greater aggression and that kindness also will be returned by others.

“Rather than harming another and causing resentment, we are taught to neutralize physical and mental aggression and avoid injury to the attacker and ourselves,” Klein said.

Klein and her husband, Robert, have sixth-degree black belts and have trained in aikido for more than 45 years.


They have taught the martial art in Hilo since 1980.

The class schedule can be viewed at To sign up, visit the dojo at 29 Shipman St. #203. For more information, email or call 935-2454.

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