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December 6, 2013 - 12:29pm

Hazardous waste collection is Dec. 14

A household hazardous waste collection event is planned from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Kailua-Kona Recycling and Transfer Station in Kealakehe.

The event is for household-generated and self-hauled waste only. No business or farm waste and no electronic waste will be accepted.

Acceptable waste includes automotive fluids, used batteries, fluorescent lights and pesticides. For a more complete list, visit

Direct comments or questions regarding collection events to Linda Peters, recycling coordinator with the Department of Environmental Management at 961-8942 or

Group seeks Christmas gifts for seniors

Auntie’s Angels-Big Island seeks gifts that can be given to seniors at Hualalai Elderly Housing during a Celebrate Seniors Christmas Luncheon Sunday. PanchoMan Kuanoni and Boy Kawohi Kamaka will provide entertainment at the event.

For information or to donate, call 329-7897.

Meditation class offered Sunday

The public is invited to experience the teachings of Buddha and practice meditation from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. The class is free and everyone is welcome. Those attending should dress warmly and bring a cushion.

Call Patty Johnson at 985-7470 for more information.

Hospital auxiliary board meets Monday

The Kona Community Hospital Auxiliary board meets at 1 p.m. Monday in the hospital conference room. Visitors are welcome to attend.

Also, the auxiliary hosts a bake sale from 7 to 9 a.m. Fridays in the hospital cafeteria.

For more information, call the auxiliary office at 322-4577 or visit

Cancer retreat begins Monday

“Touched by Cancer,” a program for people who have just been diagnosed, in the middle of treatment or been through treatment and are now trying to identify ways to rekindle their spirit and live with passion, purpose, meaning and joy, is the topic of a Kokolulu Farm and Cancer Retreat from Monday through Friday. Participants will learn new self healing tools have been affective with cancer.

The retreat is held in Hawi. Call Karin or Lew Whitney at 889-9893 or visit for more information.

Forest restoration event planned

The Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hosts its next volunteer forest restoration project from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. The group will plant native tree seedlings on the Mauna Loa strip section of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to hike at least 1 mile over uneven terrain through brush in an area with a moderate slope. Sturdy walking shoes and long pants are required, along with gear for variable weather conditions plus drinking water and lunch.

In addition, volunteers must scrub the soles of their shoes prior to arrival on-site, in order to ensure outside dirt and invasive species seeds are not tracked in.

Registration is required. All participants will need to sign a release form and a park volunteer form. For those younger than 18, an adult will need to co-sign. Contact Patty Kupchak at or call 985-7373 by Monday. Be aware that there can be vog or high levels of sulphur dioxide in the area. If it is too heavy or the park is closed, the project will be canceled.

Kona Soroptimists meeting Monday

Soroptimist International of Kona, supporting programs for women and children, will hold its first meeting of the 2013-14 season at 5 p.m. Monday at the West Hawaii Civic Center in the Community Hale, Building G. Light refreshments will be served. New members are welcome.

Call 937-0312 for more information.

Mitchell completes basic combat training

Army Spec. Kirk P. Mitchell has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition, core values and physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, drill and ceremony and field training exercises.

Mitchell is the son of Aaron and Patrick Mitchell of Kailua-Kona. He is a 2001 graduate of Granite Hills High School, El Cajon., Calif.