Calendar for December 29

Classes

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2

ADVERTISING


BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES

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

When: Begins 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (registration first then class); Wednesdays through March 6

Details: Try something new in 2019. You do not need a partner; singles and couples welcome. Learn to salsa, rumba and East Coast swing. Membership fee is $15. Each dance class is $6 for the whole quarter. The club’s Valentine Dance is slated for Feb. 9 at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale in Hilo. For more information, call Judy at 935-1433.

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

COMING

TAI CHI CHIH — JOY THRU MOVEMENT

Where: Lili‘uokalani Gardens, pavilion next to teahouse, Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 7:45 a.m. beginning Jan. 5

Details: Get healthy for the new year. Easy to learn, easy to do. All ages, from age 7 to seniors, and abilities are welcome for this eight-week class. Reduce stress, increase energy, build muscle, increase flexibility, improve mental focus, improve immune function.

Contact: Sharron, 313-2197, reikimastertaichichih@gmail.com

LINDY HOP EXPLORATIONS DANCE CLASS

Where: Paradise Performing Arts Studio, 29 Shipman St., second floor, Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 7-Feb. 11

Details: Expand your experience with America’s original swing dance style. Class for students who already know the swingout. Moves based on the iconic California routine and other fun concepts will be taught. Cost is $45 for all six weeks; discounts for multiple classes. Drop-ins are $10 per night. No partner necessary. Taught by the Hilo Hep Cats.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, hilohepcats@gmail.com

BEGINNING LINDY HOP DANCE CLASS

Where: Paradise Performing Arts Studio, 29 Shipman St., second floor, Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 12

Details: Learn America’s original swing dance style for the new year. This upbeat dance emphasizes creativity and fun for both partners. Cost is $45 for all six weeks. Bring a new student and your six-week session is only $30. Drop-ins are $10 per night. No partner or experience necessary. Taught by the Hilo Hep Cats.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, hilohepcats@gmail.com

2019 MASTER GARDENER CLASS OPEN HOUSE

Where: Komohana Research and Extension Center, 875 Komohana St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. Jan. 9

Details: East Hawaii Island Master Gardeners are looking for members of their 2019 class. Open house to interview potential Master Gardeners. Successful applicants will take a 45-hour course in classroom and hands-on horticulture.

Contact: Eli Isele, 969-8209, elihu@hawaii.edu

NIGHTCLUB TWO-STEP AND BACHATA DANCE CLASSES

Where: Waiakea High School, Portable Classroom 22, 155 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9

Details: Start the New Year on the right foot. Learn to dance two of the most popular forms of contemporary social dances. Couples and singles invited to enroll. The first session and registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Registration ends Jan. 16. Classes are Jan. 19-Feb. 27. Cost is $35 per student for the two dance classes and $20 for annual association membership. First-year membership fee is waived for cardholding members of the Hawaii Medical Service Association. Hosted by Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association East Hawaii Chapter.

Contact: Andrea Kunimura, 443-3489, kuni397@yahoo.com

TANGOED UP IN BLUES DANCE CLASSES

Where: Paradise Performing Arts Studio, 29 Shipman St., second floor, Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13

Details: Blend elements of Argentine tango with American blues to create unique and creative dance moves. Beginners welcome to this mixed-level class. Cost is $45 for all six weeks. Bring a new student and your six-week session is only $30. Drop-ins are $10 per night. No partner necessary. Taught by the Hilo Hep Cats.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, hilohepcats@gmail.com

KAMANA CENTER SENIOR LECTURES

Where: Institute for Astronomy, 640 N. Aohoku Place, Hilo

When: 10 a.m. beginning Jan. 10

Details: The Winter Senior Lecture series begins its 10th year. Series runs 10 weeks. Cost is $10 for the entire session. The first lecture will be an update about rat lungworm disease. Jason Dela Cruz, public health educator with the state Department of Health, will speak about the epidemiology of the disease and Luisa Castro, agricultural food safety program manager with the state Department of Agriculture, will talk about the management of rats, slugs and snails. Come early to register.

Contact: Carol Lafond, 339-7270, lafond1584@gmail.com

FREE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

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

When: Resume at 1 p.m. Jan. 10

Details: Designed for adults. Learn Hawaiian chants/oli, songs and prayers. Beginner 2 Class at 1 p.m. Thursdays; Intermediate Class at 3 p.m. Thursdays. It is recommended students have some experience with the Hawaiian language. Program size is limited. RSVP required.

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

STAINED GLASS BASICS II: FAN LAMP PROJECT WITH CLAUDIA MCCALL

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

When: 9 a.m. Jan. 12-13 and 19-20

Details: Create your own panel fan lamp. Several patterns from which to choose will be provided, though students are welcome to bring their own ideas. Students will complete this four-session workshop with a finished fan lamp and the knowledge and experience of the basic skills involved to continue working with stained glass. During this workshop, students may opt to create a light catcher instead of a fan lamp. Cost is $100 or $90 for VAC members plus a $30 supply fee. An additional $20 supply fee for the lamp base and bulb will be charged for students who want to create the fan lamp. Anyone with prior copper foil stained glass experience is welcome to enroll. Advance registration is required; limited to six adults. Call VAC or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org to register.

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

ADULT WIRE JEWELRY CLASS WITH ALEX MIDDLETON

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

When: Noon on Jan. 12

Details: Learn to make your own wire jewelry. Tools and supplies will be provided, and signup is required at the reference desk. Limited seating of 10 participants. Recommended for ages 14 and older.

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

CONSTRUCTIVE CONFLICT: MAKE A LONG-TERM DIFFERENCE

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

When: 8:30 a.m. Jan. 18

Details: Activities and practical strategies to understand the difference between abuse, conflict and resistance; use communication skills to evolve meaning rather than just state your case; and understand how victim/perpetrator identities influence communication.

Contact: Al-Qawi Majidah Lebarre, 935-7844, majidah@hawaiimediation.org

ALCOHOL INK ART FOR TEENS AND TWEENS

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

When: Noon on Jan. 19

Details: Learn how to create your own unique art piece by using techniques for this new medium. Supplies will be provided; no experience necessary. Sign-up is required at the reference desk. Recommended for ages 12 and older.

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

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WINE AND WATERCOLORS WITH NANCY DeLUCREZIA

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

When: 4 p.m. Jan. 22

Details: Learn how to transfer a photo onto watercolor paper and get introduced to all the basic techniques you need to create a lovely painting of your picture. Techniques covered will include basic palette set up, color theory and mixing, masking, wet in wet, texturizing and how to create depth, highlights and shadows. During the class, participants will enjoy a sampling of several wines from Grapes – A Wine Store in Hilo. Cost is $35 or $30 for VAC members plus a $17 supply fee. A still-life photo will be provided for students to paint. Space is limited; pre-registration required by calling VAC or visiting www.volcanoartcenter.org.

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

Clubs

SUNDAY, Dec. 29

SOLO AUTOCROSS — SPORTS CAR CLUB OF AMERICA

Where: Hilo Drag Strip Kart track

When: 7 a.m. Sunday

Details: The Big Island of Hawaii Region SCCA hosts the 2018 PAX/RTP Championship Event No. 12. The all-day event is open to spectators and competitors. Come out and watch, ride along with competitors or compete with your own car. Classifications exist for most street vehicles. For more information, see the Big Island of Hawaii Region SCCA Facebook page or visit http://bigislandscca.org.

Contact: Tim Minick, 896-1333, scca@minicknet.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 3

BIG ISLAND COIN CLUB

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

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Details: An aloha dessert potluck is slated for members Larry and Mary Cox to say farewell and following seas. Monthly presentation will be about Russian currency notes, from the tsars to 1918 revolution and more. Open to the collecting public.

Contact: Steve Nemeth, 430-1472, steve.nemeth891@gmail.com

COMING

HILO WIRE CLUB WITH ALEX MIDDLETON

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

When: Noon on Jan. 26

Details: Create wire jewelry, explore wire art, exchange ideas, learn beyond the basics and have fun. Tools and basic supplies are provided. Basic experience with pliers is required, or if you attended a previous class. Recommended for ages 14 and older. Registration required; call the reference desk at the number below.

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

Health

TODAY, Dec. 29

YOGA NIDRA WITH LAUREN BROWN

Where: Yoga Centered, 37 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. today

Details: Cost is $20. Normally hosted at 4 p.m. the last Saturday of each month. Workshop will open with a discussion about the practice of yoga nidra, then engage in a brief restorative yoga sequence and practice yoga nidra.

Contact: Yoga Centered, 934-7233, workshops@yogacentered.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2

COMMUNITY MEMORIAL SERVICE

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

When: 5 p.m. Wednesday

Details: This special service that will feature a candle lighting, reading, fellowship and live music dedicated to those who are gone but not forgotten. RSVP to the number below.

Contact: Rebekah Bernard, 969-1733, rbernard@hawaiicarechoices.org

COMING

OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP

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

When: 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19

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

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

SAM RICE WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

Where: Balancing Monkey Yoga, 1221 Kilauea Ave., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25-27

Details: Rice has taught since 2007 and is known for her diligent and detailed alignment instructions that are delivered with great skill, passion and humor, offering students the opportunity to find renewed depth in practice. Four workshop sessions; $40 per session. For more information or to register, call or email the contact person below or visit www.balancingmonkeyyoga.com. Expect to work hard at whatever stage you’re at and learn effective techniques along the way.

Contact: Heidi, 633-8555, aloha@balancingmonkeyyoga.com

Just for Keiki

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2

MAGIC CAMP XI

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: Noon on Wednesday through Jan. 5

Details: Cost is $80 per child. Conducted by international award winners and longtime magic instructors Bruce and Jennifer Meyers. Includes all magic tricks, props and learning materials. Each day, five or more magic tricks are taught. Participants will build their own magic kit and learn to make things appear, switch places, levitate and vanish.

Contact: Bruce Meyers, 982-9294, magicalmeyers@icloud.com

NINTENDO SUPER NES GAME DAY FOR TEENS AND TWEENS

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

When: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday

Details: Come and try the new Nintendo Super NES classic edition video game console. Two players can play at once — bring your gaming partner or meet a new one.Free; open to ages 11-17.

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

COMING

S.T.E.A.M. SATURDAY: ZIPPER POUCH CRAFT WITH BEN FRANKLIN CRAFTS

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

When: 1 p.m. Jan. 5

Details: Using printed and colored duct tape and a small plastic bag, participants will make a functional and stylish accessory. This program incorporates art and math elements, making it a fun and educational activity. S.T.E.A.M. stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. Free; all supplies will be provided. Recommended for ages 6-12.

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

READING TAILS WITH PIERRE AND MAILE

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

When: 11 a.m. Jan. 12 and 26

Details: Little readers are invited to practice their reading skills with Pierre, a certified therapy chihuahua, and his owner, Maile. Children read their favorite books or tell Pierre stories during this one-on-one reading session. Pierre loves hearing stories about magical places and characters. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to join their little ones for this special reading time.

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

PAJAMA JAMMIE JAM

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

When: 6 p.m. Jan. 29

Details: Miss Gretchen hosts this special story time 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 are welcome and bedtime attire is encouraged; you can even bring a blanket and pillow.

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

TUTU AND ME STORY TIME

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

When: 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14

Details: Special story time that will include a craft project following the story. Program suitable for all ages, and caretakers are encouraged to attend.

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

Outdoors

THURSDAY, Jan. 3

STEWARDSHIP OF KIPUKAPUAULU

Where: Meet at the Kipukapuaulu parking lot on Mauna Loa Road, off Highway 11

When: 9:30 a.m. Thursday and Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31

Details: Help remove troublesome plants from this home to an astonishing diversity of native forest and understory plants. Bring clippers or pruners, sturdy gloves, a hat and water. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting permanently stained from morning glory sap. Be prepared for cool and wet or hot and sunny weather. Meet at the Kipukapuaulu parking lot on Mauna Loa Road off Highway 11 in the park. New volunteer? Contact Marilyn Nicholson for more information at nickem@hawaii.rr.com.

Special note: If the federal government shutdown continues, it might be best to contact the above person to check on the status of this event.

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

COMING

2019 BIG ISLAND ROAD RUNNERS HILO TO VOLCANO 50K ULTRA AND RELAY

Where: Hilo to Volcano

When: 6 a.m. Jan. 5

Details: A challenging 50K (31 mile) route that begins at the Coconut Island parking area in Hilo (sea level) and ends at Cooper Center in Volcano (almost 4,000 feet).

Contact: David Cotter, 339-7210, bigislandroadrunners@gmail.com

STEWARDSHIP AT THE SUMMIT

Where: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 8:45 a.m. Jan. 5, 11, 18 and 26

Details: Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, long-sleeve shirts and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. No advance registration required; no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kilauea Visitor Center. Visit www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm for additional planning details.

Special note: If the federal government shutdown continues, it might be best to check ahead before attending this event.

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

Pau Hana

FRIDAY, Jan. 4

STEAK/FISH DINNER

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

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Details: Your choice of entree. Steak cooked to order on the outdoor grill. Fish is breaded in Panko. Dinner includes baked potato, rice, salad, desserts and coffee. Other beverages available at nominal cost. Cost is $10 for guests of the Eagles.

Contact: Richard Robbins, 756-7818, robbinsr006@hawaii.rr.com

COMING

THE JEFF GAETH QUARTET

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

When: 6 p.m. Jan. 5

Details: Every first Saturday of the month. Live jazz music. No cover charge.

Contact: Lava Shack, 965-6644, JGQ@jeffgaeth.com

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

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

When: 9 a.m. Jan. 6

Details: Bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, fruit cocktail, tea and coffee for a donation of $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 7-12. Children 6 and younger are free. Served until 11 a.m. All Welcome

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

Performances

TODAY, Dec. 29

KACHI KACHI WITH EL LEO

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

When: 6:30 p.m. today

Details: El Leo and the Jarican Express play the music we all love. Cover charge for the band. Puerto Rican food plates and beverages will be available for purchase.

Contact: Richard Robbins, 756-7818, robbinsr006@hawaii.rr.com

11TH ANNUAL PUNALIGHTS CHRISTMAS SYNCHRONIZED LIGHT SHOW

Where: 15-2053 18th Ave., Keaau

When: 7 p.m. through Monday

Details: Lights are synchronized to music. Free, but optional donations for The Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s food bank, will be accepted.

Contact: Stanward Oshiro, 896-8123, soshiro@gmail.com

“AUGUST AT AKIKO’S”

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. today and Sunday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Details: Doors open 30 minutes prior to each showing. Magical Realism Drama. Cosmopolitan musician Alex Zhang Hungtai (of Dirty Beaches) returns to Hawaii after many years away. While searching for his missing grandmother, he forms a bond with elder Akiko, who teaches him to connect with the spirit of home he carries within him.

Contact: Phillips Payson, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

SUNDAY, Dec. 30

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES

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

When: 8:30 a.m. Sunday

Details: Live acoustic music (pop, folk, Hawaiian, instrumental and more).

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

MONDAY, Dec. 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH LECHE DE TIGRE

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Details: New Year’s Eve costume ball. Band will perform Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” plus a second dance set. Complimentary champagne or kombucha toast at midnight. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Come dressed in costumed elegance. Wine, champagne, cocktails and beer will be available at a no-host bar. The Palace Cafe also will be open with special menu items. This event is a benefit for the Palace.

Contact: Phillips Payson, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 4

THE JEFF GAETH QUARTET

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

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Details: The first Saturday of each month. Live jazz music in Pahoa. No cover charge.

Contact: Lava Shack, 965-6644, JGQ@jeffgaeth.com

COMING

“FROM PAHOA WITH LAVA”

Where: Pahoa Senior Center, 15-3016 Kauhale St., Pahoa

When: Noon on Jan. 6 and the first Saturday of each month through May 4

Details: Presented by Laulima Pahoa, this six-month documentary is geared toward helping residents impacted by the latest lava flows in lower Puna. Informational signups and questions will be answered, and TV interviews and filming will be conducted. Second Saturdays of each month are for signups and questions for the following month. A monthly Na Leo community TV show also will be produced. A final “1 Year After Lava” community party is slated for the final Saturday.

Contact: Sara Steiner, 936-9546, laulimapahoa@gmail.com

HAWAII OPERA THEATRE

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

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9

Details: Six of the finest singers from the state’s only professional opera company, including Hilo’s own Kaweo Kanoho, will perform opera favorites by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and others, plus hits from Broadway musicals by Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Lerner and Lowe and much more. Tickets ($25/$20/$10 general/60+/student) available at the usual outlets. See www.hawaiiconcertsociety.com.

Contact: Tom Geballe, 959-4064, tgeballe@gmail.com

JAKE SHIMABUKURO

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 12

Details: Doors open at 6 p.m. Since he first came to the world’s attention with his original take on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in a viral video that dominated YouTube in 2005, the Hawaiian-born Shimabukuro has reinvented the four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele. Advance tickets are $30 general, $35 side reserve and $40 center reserved. All ticket prices increase by $5 the day of show.

Contact: Phillips Payson, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

CLASSICAL GUITAR FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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

When: 5 p.m. Jan. 15

Details: Hawaii guitar prodigy Ian O’Sullivan will perform a program that serves as an introduction to the nuances of sound, rhythm and tradition that defines world music through acoustic and classical guitar. Program is for all ages interested in learning and listening to music. Free.

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

JAZZ NIGHT

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Jan. 17

Details: In the lobby with music by Soul on a Roll. Special menu in the cafe; wine and Mehana beers available for purchase. Admission is $10. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Come early as seating is limited

Contact: Phillips, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

All Kine Stuffs

TODAY, Dec. 29

21ST ANNUAL WAILEA VILLAGE MOCHI POUNDING

Where: Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast, 29-2091 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Hakalau

When: 8 a.m. today

Details: Experience what now has become a tradition for many island residents and visitors alike, making traditional rice cakes the “old-fashioned” way. Everyone takes their turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. Fire building starts at 6:30 a.m. to steam the rice. Lunch will be available for $5. The event also includes New years crafts and calligraphy, New Year’s kadomatsu (bamboo arrangement), fortune telling, I Ching readings, prayers and blessings, massage, Okinawan taiko drumming at noon, Hawaiian entertainment with Lito Archangel, jazz with Leonard Kubo and Louanne Gurney and special guest artists. It’s a great cultural mix of everything that makes Hawaii so special.

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

TUESDAY, Jan. 1

WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL

Where: Multiple venues in Waimea, Kohala Coast and Kaupulehu

When: Begins 9 a.m. Tuesday

Details: Jan. 1-9. Festival passes are available online at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org, with extra early purchase pass rates available. The festival brings an immersive visual experience to the island each January, offering guests heart-pounding adventure, giant surf, marine life, international expeditions and ocean action, all while garnering greater insight and understanding into the ocean environment and island culture. More than 60 films feature ocean experience, ocean environment, island culture, inspiring stories and epic adventure. In addition to the films, interactive presentations, exhibits and breakfast talks and ocean-based activities add a dynamic element to the festival. For event updates and additional information, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Contact: Tania Howard, 854-6095, info@waimeaoceanfilm.org

NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH

Where: Crater Rim Cafe, Kilauea Military Camp, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 7 a.m. Tuesday

Details: Features an omelet station, roast pork and chicken picata as main entrees, along with French toast, breakfast potatoes, breakfast meats and much more. No reservation required. Cost is $17.95 for adults, $10.95 for children 6-11.

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

FRIDAY, Jan. 4

DANCING AT THE ELKS

Where: Elks Lodge, 150 Kinoole St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. beginning Friday

Details: Every Friday until 9 p.m. Open dancing, great for practicing ballroom, swing, bachata, salsa, cha cha, waltz and various other styles. Open to the public. Free.

Contact: Howard Ishida, 284-6407, hishida1@hawaii.rr.com

COMING

A WALK INTO THE PAST WITH THOMAS A. JAGGAR

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 10 a.m. Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29

Details: Walk back to 1912 and meet the founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Thomas A. Jaggar, at the edge of Kilauea Volcano. Dressed in period costume, Ka‘u actor-director Dick Hershberger brings the renowned geologist to life during a tour of his tiny lab located below the Volcano House to see original seismograph equipment and other early instruments. Space is limited; pick up a free ticket at the visitor center’s front desk the day of the program. Free, but park fees apply.

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

AFTER DARK IN THE PARK: KILAUEA VOLCANO’S 2018 LOWER EAST RIFT ZONE ERUPTION

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 8

Details: On May 3, lava erupted in the Leilani Estates subdivision; within two weeks, 24 fissures had opened along a 4.2-mile-long segment of the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 soon became the dominant vent, erupting a fast-moving channelized lava flow that reached the ocean, burying 13.7 square miles of land and destroying more than 700 structures along the way. Join Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Carolyn Parcheta as she recounts the progression of this dramatic eruption and shares her experiences monitoring it.

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

LAU HALA WEAVING DEMONSTRATION

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center lanai, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 10 a.m. Jan. 9

Details: Learn to weave lau hala with leaves (lau). Hawaiians have used the hala (pandanus) tree for centuries to create many useful and beautiful items. Create and take home your own small piece of lau hala art. Part of ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free, but park fees apply.

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

OVERVIEW OF KILAUEA VOLCANO’S 2018 EVENTS

Where: UH-Hilo, University Classroom Building Room 100, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 10

Details: Presented by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist Ingrid Johanson. Free and open to public.

Contact: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, 967-7328, askHVO@usgs.gov

COMPOSER AND ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE GLENN MCCLURE PERFORMANCE

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 6 p.m. Jan. 11

Details: McClure, a composer, educator and data scientist, will perform music and discuss harmonizing the voices of the island — scientists, local musicians and the volcanic environment of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park — into his art. During his residency, McClure will share his creative process through blogs, videos and more at www.artforbrains.com. Free, but park fees apply.

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

“THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN”

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 11, 13-15; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 13

Details: Doors open 30 minutes prior to each showing. Starring Robert Redford in his final film performance, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Casey Affleck and Tika Sumpter. Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public.

Contact: Phillips, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

CHAIRMAN OF HAWAII COUNTY CHARTER COMMISSION TO SPEAK

Where: Tex Drive In, 45-690 Pakalana St., Honokaa

When: 11 a.m. Jan. 12

Details: Everyone interested is invited to hear Douglass Shipman Adams, chairman of the county Charter Commission, speak following the League of Women Voters-Hilo Branch business meeting and planning session that starts at 10 a.m. A no-host luncheon follows the talk.

Contact: Helen Hemmes, 935-6214, hrhemmes@gmail.com

AIKIDO DOJO GRAND OPENING

Where: 29 Shipman St., No. 106, Hilo

When: 3 p.m. Jan. 13

Details: Aikido of Hilo has a new ground floor location in the Koehnen Building. There will be a Shinto blessing and the chief instructor’s purification of the dojo. The special ceremony for the beginning of the new year, Kagami Biraki, will include instructor demonstrations, dojo practice and presentation of certificates from recent exams. Following this there will be sharing of a banzai sake toast, mochi and a family potluck. All former members are particularly encouraged to come and celebrate this joyous event.

Contact: Barbara Klein, 935-2454, AikidoOfHilo@gmail.com

AFTER DARK IN THE PARK: NEW INSIGHTS FROM KILAUEA’S 2018 LOWER EAST RIFT ZONE ERUPTION

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 15

Details: The May–August eruption resulted in numerous new insights into how Kilauea Volcano works and provided scientists new opportunities to improve their understanding of volcanic hazards. Matt Patrick, a geologist with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, describes the expected and unexpected aspects of the eruption and discusses how the activity might be used to improve his and other scientists’ ability to forecast future hazards on Kilauea. Free, but park fees apply.

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

OVERVIEW OF KILAUEA VOLCANO’S 2018 EVENTS

Where: Gates Performing Arts Center, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, 65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road, Waimea

When: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16

Details: Presented by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist Ingrid Johanson. Free and open to public.

Contact: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, 967-7328, askHVO@usgs.gov

OVERVIEW OF KILAUEA VOLCANO’S 2018 EVENTS

Where: Kealakehe High School cafeteria, 74-5000 Puohulihuli St., Kailua-Kona

When: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17

Details: Presented by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist Ingrid Johanson. Free and open to public.

Contact: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, 967-7328, askHVO@usgs.gov

ENVIRONMENT HAWAII DINNER

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

When: 6 p.m. Jan. 18

Details: UH-Hilo professor of oceanography Craig Smith will present ”Mining the Deep Sea: Treasure vs. Destruction in the Ocean’s Most Pristine Ecosystems.” Smith has studied deep-sea areas for more than a decade. His work has led the International Seabed Authority to recommended protections against mining of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, an area rich in manganese nodules. Live music by Jazz x 2, buffet dinner, silent auction. Cost is $70 per person (includes $35 donation).

Contact: Patricia Tummons, 934-0115, ptummons@gmail.com

“GREEN BOOK”

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 18-22; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20

Details: Doors open 30 minutes prior to each showing. A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. They must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans.

Contact: Phillips, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

SATURDAY MOVIE MATINEE: “THE INCREDIBLES 2”

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave.

When: 2 p.m. Jan. 19

Details: Free and open to all ages. Children ages 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The library will provide light refreshments. No outside food or drinks will be permitted.

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

FEE-FREE DAY IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Where: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: Jan. 21

Details: All fee-charging national parks (including HVNP, Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and Haleakala National Park). For a complete list of fee-free dates in 2019, visit www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm.

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

AFTER DARK IN THE PARK: WHAT HAPPENED AT THE SUMMIT OF KILAUEA IN 2018?

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 22

Details: In early May, as the lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u dropped, concern grew that explosive eruptions at the summit of Kilauea, like those in 1924, could occur. Some explosions did occur, sending plumes of ash high into the air. But what followed was even more dramatic: the largest summit collapse since at least 1800 accompanied by thousands of earthquakes that caused extensive damage to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory building and national park infrastructure. Along with colleagues, USGS geophysicist Kyle Anderson closely monitored the summit activity as it unfolded, creating models to understand what was happening — and what might happen next. Join Anderson as he talks about the extraordinary events that took place at Kilauea’s summit this summer and how those events have helped scientists better understand Kilauea and other volcanoes around the world.

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

LEI MAKING DEMONSTRATION

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center lanai, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 10 a.m. Jan. 23

Details: Join park rangers and Hawaii Pacific Parks Association staff as they share their knowledge and help you make your own lei. Part of ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free, but park fees apply.

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

“BURNED: ARE TREES THE NEW COAL?”

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 24

Details: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Feature-length documentary that takes an unwavering look at the latest electric power industry solution to climate change. The film tells the story of how woody biomass has become the fossil fuel industry’s renewable, green savior, and of the people and parties who are fighting against and promoting its adoption and use. Climate reality discussion follows the screening.

Contact: Phillips, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

CELEBRATE NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave.

When: 1 p.m. Jan. 26

Details: National Puzzle Day is celebrated each year on Jan. 29, but the library is celebrating a few days early. There will be jigsaw puzzles suitable for all ages. Stop in and help other members of the community put together a puzzle and enter to win a completed puzzle. Free and suitable for all ages. Puzzles are courtesy of the Friends of the Hilo Public Library.

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

ROLE OF UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS (DRONES) DURING 2018 KILAUEA ERUPTION

Where: UH-Hilo, University Classroom Building, Room 100, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 31

Details: Ryan Perroy, director of UH-Hilo’s Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Laboratory, presents drone imagery and video collected by his team during Kilauea’s 2018 eruption and discusses lessons learned. Free and open to public.

Contact: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, 967-7328, askHVO@usgs.gov

WILIWILI FESTIVAL

Where: Waikoloa Stables, 68-1936 Waikoloa Road, Waikoloa

When: 9 a.m. Feb. 9

Details: This is a fun, free educational event for all ages and a great opportunity to learn more about the unique environment of the Big Island. Featured this year will be guided tours of the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve, on-site workshops, educational talks, music, food, vendors and a silent auction.

Contact: Jen, 494-2208, jen@waikoloadryforest.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

GUIDED HIKES

Where: Kahuku unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Details: Come explore the park with a ranger and discover an ever-changing landscape, learn about the Hawaiian culture and understand the ecosystem around you. Bring sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack is recommended. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area.

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

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

NANAWALE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET

Where: Nanawale Longhouse, 14-855 Kehau Road, Nanawale Estates

When: 7 a.m. Sundays

Details: Come and enjoy the various local vendors showcasing fresh produce, plants, handmade jewelry, honey,crystals and much, much more.

Contact: Gloria, 896-8393

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

FREE SERVICE AND THERAPY DOG CERTIFICATION

Where: Sidewalk closest to the Japanese Tea House in Queen Lili‘uokalami Park

When: Noon Sundays through March 3

Details: Do you need your dog to become a certified service dog to help you with your disability and go everywhere with you, or would you like your dog to become a therapy dog to help others? Now you can do so for free. The Yukio Okutsu Veterans State Home in Hilo will pay for your tuition for this training if you volunteer at their location twice a month for six months using either your dog or their full-time therapy dog, Yuki.

Contact: Carl Oguss, 933-9763, easthawaiidogpsychologycenter@yahoo.com

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, 854-6147

FREE DOG TRAINING AND SOCIAL EVENT

Where: Sidewalk nearest to the teahouse, 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

ADVANCED BUDDHIST TEACHINGS

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

When: 3 p.m. Sundays

Details: Tranquil abiding is a superior state of peace that arises through training stage by stage in deep meditation. Transfer of consciousness is the tantric teaching on the very subtle body and the preparation for death. These teachings are free and open to those with Buddhist meditation background or a very sincere interest in Buddhism.

Contact: Patty Johnson, 345-1527, joyfulpath@aol.com

MINDFULNESS SESSIONS

Where: Puna Hongwanji Mission, 16-492 Old Volcano Road, Keaau

When: 7 p.m. Sundays through March 31

Details: Learn how to calm your breathing, calm your mind, release stress and tension, let go of anxiety, have harmony in your relationships, mindful eating for health and total relaxation. Free; open to public.

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

Mondays (check holiday schedules as this week is New Year’s Eve)

ZUMBA GOLD TONING

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

When: 6:30 a.m. Mondays

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

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

JAVANESE BRONZE GONG ORCHESTRA (GAMELAN)

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

When: 6 p.m. Mondays and/or 4 p.m. Wednesdays

Details: The exotic sound of Javanese gamelan (an orchestra of bronze gongs and metallophones) has been described as “moonlight and flowing water.” Whether you are already an accomplished musician, or just someone who wanted to learn to play an instrument but never got around to it, you might enjoy learning gamelan. Classes are free and open to all. New members can start any time as long as space is available.

Contact: Carol Walker, 938-7650, cwalker@ehcc.org

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: Bela Conley Ramsay, 932-7243, bela@hawaii.edu

Tuesdays (check holiday schedules as this week is New Year’s Day)

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

HILO TOASTMASTERS

Where: Puueo Community Center, 145 Wainaku St., Hilo

When: 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Do you want to become a confident public speaker and strong leader? If so, Toastmasters is the place for you. You’ll find a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace.

Contact: Nancy Jo Moses, 769-4076, dntmoses@msn.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 FOR GRADES 3-6

Where: Aikido of Hilo, 29 Shipman St., No. 106, 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

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

INTRO TO AIKIDO

Where: Aikido of Hilo, No. 203, 29 Shipman St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Details: Exercise your body, mind and spirit with this Japanese martial art, which is 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. Special rate of $60 for this six-week session. Other class times for adults, teens and youth available; also a special $10 session of aikido exercise class for seniors.

Contact: Barbara Klein, 935-2454, AikidoOfHilo@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 FITNESS CLASS

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

When: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays

Details: Designed for Parkinson’s patients, as well as for other patients who need to improve ambulation, core strength, flexibility and breathing. Caregivers welcome.

Contact: YMCA, 935-3721

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

DRAWING AND SKETCHING ART CLASSES

Where: Hilo Armory, Culture & Education Classroom, 28 Shipman St., Hilo

When: 2:15 p.m. Wednesdays

Details: Award-winning Hawaii artist Ken Charon conducts weekly drawing lessons for kids after school. Sketching and drawing will be done on site at downtown Hilo locations, weather permitting, and in the studio at the Armory. Cost is $5 per session. Classes are recommended for art lovers from 8-14 years old. Supplies needed: one HB and one 4B drawing pencil, a white eraser, a sharpener in a pencil case and a 9-by-12-inch drawing pad.

Contact: Bert or Morty, 961-8706, cultureandeducation@hawaiicounty.gov

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

WEAVING CLASSES

Where: Top Stitch, 45-3359 Mamane St., Honokaa

When: 10 a.m. Thursdays

Details: Sponsored by the Big Island Chapter of the Hawaii Handweavers Hui. For details and fee information call the number below.

Contact: Liz Kelly, 885-4452, topstitchhawaii@gmail.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

LINE DANCE CLASS

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

When: 8 p.m. Thursdays

Details: Through Dec. 28; class and party every Thursday. For Elks members and their guests. Cost is $3.

Contact: Andy Aquino, 959-5960, dancingscreenwriter@yahoo.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. 106, 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

WEST COAST SWING WITH DENISE

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

When: Begins at 7:30 p.m. March 27

Details: Get a strong foundation and variations that will last a lifetime. For singles and couples. For Elks members and their guests. First lesson is free. Call or email for additional information.

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

AL-ANON EAST HAWAII

Where: Various locations

When: Various times

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