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March 19, 2014 - 12:05am

Amateur radio enthusiasts to meet

The Kona Amateur Radio Society meets from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the south end of Wawaloli Beach Park at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority. All members, friends and those interested in amateur radio are invited. A potluck picnic with an Irish theme will take place during the meeting and attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share.

For more information, contact Van NH7IT at 345-5008 or

Kindler teaching meditation classes

Big Island author and spiritual teacher Babaji Bob Kindler will present a series of Sunday classes in Honokaa and on the Web on the topic of his latest book of Indian philosophy, “Dissolving the Mindstream, Withdrawing Name and Form in Meditation.”

Kindler is the spiritual director of the Sarada Ramakrishna Vivekananda Associations with centers in Hawaii, Oregon and San Francisco. The “Dissolving the Mindstream” series begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and continues through April 27. All are welcome to attend any class or the entire series. Donations are accepted.

For more information, contact Annapurna at 990-3354.

History series continues at library

North Kohala Public Library in Kapaau will continue its winter series of sessions on Hawaii’s history with North Kohala historian Boyd D. Bond in March and April.

On Monday, Bond plans to talk about “Hawaii’s Alii Women.” The final program in the series on April 21 will focus on Hawaii in wartime and examine the impact of the Civil War, World War I and World War II on Hawaii.

Each hourlong presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Call the library at 889-6655 for more information and to register for the program.

National caregiving expert speaks Tuesday

The director of AARP’s Public Policy Institute will speak at a free community event focusing on caregiving and long-term care from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Susan Reinhard is the author of a national study that challenges the assumptions many people have of family caregiving. The study, “Home Alone,” found that as people live longer, family caregivers are called upon to provide increasingly complex kinds of care — such as injections and wound care — for which they’re often untrained and unprepared.

The event will focus on the facts and myths of planning and paying for long-term care and how Big Island family caregivers are coping with the challenges they face.

To register for this free public event, call 877-926-8300 or visit

Imiloa hosting traveling exhibit

Imiloa Astronomy Center will host the exhibit, “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story,” Saturday through June 1 as part of a 13-city national tour.

In this first exhibition of its kind, the Smithsonian celebrates Asian Pacific American history across a multitude of diverse cultures and explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped — and been shaped by — the course of the nation’s history.

Admission to the exhibit will be included in Imiloa’s general admission fee. Imiloa members may see it free. Imiloa is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, visit