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About Town | 5-7-14


Class focuses on relationships with children, grandchildren

Carla Hannaford will discuss relationships with children and grandchildren from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Queen Coffee Garden, 75-1048 Henry St.

Registration and coffee begin at 9:30 a.m. A light lunch will be served after the program. Suggested donation is $15 to $30, with proceeds benefiting the Society for Kona’s Education and Art. Hannaford is an award-winning biologist, educator, and author.

RSVP today by emailing wfwp.kona@gmail.com or calling Mary Ellen at 217-1420. For more information, visit, carlahannaford.com.

Kona Shriners plan meeting

The Kona Shriners invite all visiting Shriners to their lunch meeting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Fish Hopper restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Hickey to compete for Ms. United States

Miss Hawaii United States 2013, Lauren Hickey, completed her yearlong reign and crowned the 2014 queen April 27 at Oahu’s Diamond Head Theatre. On the same day, Hickey was crowned “Ms. Hawaii United States 2014,” a division for women ages 25 to 39. Not only is Hickey the first Big Island contestant to win either title, it is unprecedented for one contestant to win both divisions. She finished in the top 15 in last year’s national finals, placing higher than any previous Miss Hawaii United States. Hickey will compete for the title of Ms. United States 2014 July 6 at the national pageant in Washington D.C.

For information, or to offer sponsorship and support, call 640-6162 or email misshickey@live.com.

Alameida completes basic training

Air Force Airman Andrew A. Alameida graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in 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.

Alameida is the son of Andrew A. and Haunani C. Alameida of Hilo. He is a 2014 graduate of Hilo High School.

Prakopdee completes basic training

Air Force airman Krittawat Prakopdee graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in 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.

Prakopdee is the son of Pathamaporn Prakopdee-Whitaker and stepson of Keith D. Whitaker both of Keaau. He is a 2012 graduate of Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science in Pahoa.