About Town 12-23-13


Festival planned for children from Fukushima, Japan

The Fukushima Kids Welcome Festival will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Hualalai Academy’s Bridge Building.

Organized by nonprofit Fukushima Kids Hawaii, this festival is part of an effort to give children from Fukushima, Japan a healthy and fun respite in Hawaii. The public is invited to meet children from Fukushima, attend a lecture on radiation and health, dance with Zumba instructors and participate in a silent auction. Entertainment will also include a taiko performance. Festival attendees are asked to bring healthy food to share. Volunteers are also needed.

The festival is free, but donations may be made at iam-ced.org/donate.html.

For more information, call 334-9616 or email rawinfo@harmonicslife.net. Also, visit fukushimakidshp.blogspot.com or fukushimakids.blogspot.com.

Accordian concert slated at library

Katrina Cheung will give an accordian concert from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kailua-Kona Public Library. The performance will include classical, jazz, ethnic and Christmas music. Cheung has played the accordian since she was 5 years old. She won the Accordion Federation of North America Championship at age 16.

This programm sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona, is offered free to the public. For more information, contact the Kailua-Kona Public Library at 327-4327 or email FOLK@folkhawaii.com.

Miller completes basic military training

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Kawika H. Miller graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Miller is the son of Makani Miller of Hilo.

He is a 2012 graduate of Hilo High School.