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Training offered for volunteer reef educators Friday

ReefTeach and Puako Makai Watch are seeking volunteers to educate visitors of Waialea Bay, also known as Beach 69, and Paniau Beach in Puako about reef etiquette. An orientation for new volunteers will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Hokuloa Church, 1600 Puako Beach Drive.

Volunteers are needed to educate ocean users on how to protect delicate corals. Volunteers set their own schedules and spend time at the beach.

To sign up for the training or for more information, contact Cindi Punihaole at 895-1010 or cpunihaole@kohalacenter.org or makai watch ranger Randy Clarke at 345-1345 or rpkclarke@hotmail.com. Businesses and schools may contact Punihaole or Clarke for information on how to “adopt-a-day” for their team at Paniau or Waialea Bay.

Seniors to learn about energy efficiency

The Kailua-Kona Seniors meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hale Halawai in Kailua-Kona. Helen Wai, from Hawaii Electric Light Co., will present a program on energy efficiency. A time for questions and answers will follow her presentation.

For further information, call Billie at 315-8367 or Pat at 329-2424.

Line dance class meeting Thursday

An eight-week line dance class meets Thursdays, Jan. 16 through March 6, at the Kona United Methodist Church on Palani Road. The beginners class meets from 6 to 7 p.m. and the experienced dancers gather from 7 to 8 p.m.

The session cost is $35 for one class, or $49 for both hours. One night drop-in fee is $7 for one class, $9 for both. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, preferably not brand-new athletic shoes. All ages are welcome and children younger than 12 may attend free.

Call Jean 328-9946 for more information.

‘Universe of Wonder’ at Imiloa Friday

Gordon K. Squires, Thirty Meter Telescope communications and education lead, will present “A Universe of Wonder,” a Maunakea Skies program, at 7 p.m. Friday at Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. Squires will share his favorite recent discoveries enabled by ground- and space-based telescopes, with some stories of how he helped share them with the world.

Host Christopher Phillips, Imiloa’s planetarium manager, will provide observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawaii, pointing out prominent constellations and stars visible this time of year.

Admission for nonmembers is $10; members pay a reduced rate. Tickets are available at the Imiloa front desk or by calling 969-9703.

For more information, visit imiloahawaii.org or call the above number.