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May 27, 2014 - 12:05am

Lions Club offers $10,000 grant

The Lions Club of Kona, in partnership with The Harry &Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc., is seeking to enable a 501(c)(3) community service provider wishing to serve the poor and needy citizens of West Hawaii, with a grant amount of $10,000.

As an integral part of this partnership, an additional benefit will be 100 community service hours donated to this, or another, community organization, by the club members.

The club is interested in supporting initiatives that address the following social concerns: vision or hearing assistance, prevention of homelessness, ailment or disease prevention, domestic violence awareness and prevention, and mental health support.

Interested parties may direct questions or application inquiries to Jack Vore at 322-9751. Deadline for inquiries is Saturday.

Seminar focuses on park’s flora

The public is invited to join botanist Tim Tunison for “Know your Natives — A Native Plant Identification Field Seminar” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The workshop will focus on the native trees, shrubs and vines of the park’s rain forest and its richest botanical treasure, Kipukapuaulu, or Bird Park. Guided practice using illustrated identification keys specific to these habitats will develop identification skills. The identification keys also include information about the ecology and original Hawaiian uses of these plants. A 40-page full-color Native Plant Identification key is included for each participant.

This event is presented by the Hawaii Volcanoes Institute, an educational seminar sponsored by the Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a nonprofit organization. Program cost is $45 for members and $65 for nonmembers. Students are half-price. Nonmembers are welcome to join the organization in order to get the member discount. Proceeds support the Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park educational programs.

To register, visit, email or call 985-7373. Park entrance fees apply.