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April 8, 2014 - 12:05am

Caretaking of Hawaiian fishponds discussed

Hiilei Kawelo will present her lecture, “Mahia: Revitalization of the Fishpond Practitioner,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday in Keauhou Ballroom III at Sheraton Kona Resort &Spa at Keauhou Bay. The talk is free.

Kawelo is the executive director of Paepae o Heeia, a nonprofit that cares for the 88-acre traditional Hawaiian fishpond in Heeia, Oahu. For more information, call Joy Cunefare at 322-5340 or email jocunefa@ksbe.edu.

Library hosts story times for preschoolers

Kailua-Kona Public Library will present preschool story times at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and again April 17, 24 and May 8 in the children’s room.

The program is free for children ages 3 to 5 years old and includes stories, rhymes and songs. Parents and caregivers are welcome. Those requiring a sign language interpreter should request this service from the library seven days before the program.

For more information, call Denise at the library at 327-4327.

Chinese healer offers qigong training

Kokolulu Farm and Retreats and Ning Jian Xiong from China are offering five- and 10-day intensive qigong training in Hawi.

Xiong is an internationally recognized teacher and healer who will present healing techniques that improve physical and mental health. The five-day training will be held April 22 through 26 and costs $1,550 for residential or $975 for nonresidential. The 10-day training will run April 22 through May 1. Cost is $2,700 for residential or $1,700 for nonresidential.

Xiong will also conduct individual sessions.

For more information, contact Karin or Lew at 889-9893 or visit kokolulu.org.

Traffic safety group meets Thursday

Kona Traffic Safety Committee meets at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Community Hale, Building G of the West Hawaii Civic Center on Kealakakehe Parkway.

There is parking in the makai parking lot next Building G.

Senior talent show slated Friday

Hawaii County Elderly Recreation Services is hosting the Big Island Senior Talent Show on Friday at Old Kona Airport Park Makaeo pavilion. A total of 278 seniors representing 19 senior clubs from around the island will come to Kailua-Kona to show off their talents to one another. Solo performances will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by group performances.

For more information, contact Kelly at 323-4340.

Status of women discussed Friday

Hawaii County Committee on the Status of Women meets at 9 a.m. Friday at Waimea Center, 65-1158 Mamalahoa Highway, Suite 2C, Waimea. The public is invited to attend.

Coffee berry borer program planned

Harry Arakaki of Organa Agriculture Hawaii Inc. will speak on how to eradicate the coffee berry borer with BAM, or Beneficial Active Micro-organisms, an organic, safe and environmentally friendly product, from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Holualoa Elementary School cafeteria. The public is invited to attend. There is no charge.

For more information, contact Dinah at 324-1169 or 990-3059.

Meetings encourage participation in Hawaiian nation building

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is seeking volunteers to knock on doors and make phone calls to enroll Native Hawaiians in the nation-building process.

Town hall-style meetings are also scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday at Kahilu Town Hall in Waimea, 6 p.m. April 16 at the Old Kona Airport Park Makaeo pavilion in Kailua-Kona, 6 p.m. April 21 at Yano Hall in Kealakekua and 6 p.m. April 24 at Kohala Intergenerational Center.

For information about becoming a volunteer, call Kaimo Muhlestein at 594-1811.