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June 19, 2014 - 12:05am

Cancer support group meets Tuesday

A cancer support group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Teshima’s Restaurant in Honalo. People newly diagnosed with cancer, cancer survivors, caregivers and family members are welcome to attend.

For more information, call Shirley at 323-2732.

Teens invited to science camps

Science Camps of America will once again hold two separate camp sessions on the Big Island for teens entering grades eight through 12 who have a passion for science. The camp launched last summer to provide opportunities for teenagers to get out and “do” science rather than just reading about it in a textbook.

The camp home base will be at the Pahala Plantation Cottages in Ka‘u. Campers will get the chance to explore the environmental diversity the Big Island has to offer from beaches to rain forests and mountaintops. Some of the destinations include Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Imiloa Planetarium at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Mauna Kea Visitor Center, U.S. Geological Survey’s Mauna Loa Climate Observatory, Punaluu Black Sand Beach and more.

The first camp session, Land and Sea, will be held June 29 to July 8 and focus on volcanology, geology and oceanography. Campers will explore Hawaii’s unique flora and fauna and learn how events in the natural world affect every living creature, including humans.

The second session, Air and Space, will be held July 8 to 17 and focus on astronomy, climate and alternative energy. Campers will gain a better understanding of climate change and the creation and use of alternative energy to help curb global warming.

Late registrations will be accepted up until one week before each session begins. To extend this experience to more teens, Science Camps of America, a Hawaii-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, offers a limited amount of financial aid and also welcomes contributions from the public to the Science Camp Scholarship Fund. To help out or to learn more about and register for Science Camps of America, visit

Kona Amateur Radio Society meeting

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 will be served and attendees are asked to bring a dish to share. The food theme for this month’s meeting will be Mexican food.

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

Fitness fair kicks off Monday, runs week

A free fitness fair sponsored by community businesses, organizations and the county will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through June 27 at Old Kona Airport Park. The weeklong West Hawaii Fitness Fair will take place on the park baseball field. Young and old will engage in learning the fundamentals of fitness activities from Zumba to speed and power training, gymnastics to hula and pickleball, volleyball, table tennis and more.

June 27 will host a variety of booths that will provide healthy snacks and activities for all. The fair will wrap up at sunset with a family friendly movie under the stars.

Registration can be completed on-site on June 23.

For more information, contact Sissie Pittullo at 323-4703.

Youth summer sailing camps offered

Big Island Sailing Foundation will facilitate four one-week sailing camps of fun, safe learning activities.

Beginning dinghy sailing and beach fun for 8 to 11-year-olds will be held be at Keauhou Bay. A session for young sailors runs Monday through June 27. Sailors will be on boats from 8 to 15 feet in length.

There will be two dinghy and keelboat sailing weeks for 10 through 16-year-olds sailing out of Honokohau Harbor. Novice teens and intermediate sailors older than 10 are welcome to join the July 14 through 18 session. Intermediate sailing and intro to racing will be July 28 through Aug. 1. Sailors will be on boats from 12 to 21 feet in length. Kona Sailing Club Junior membership is required. Day sailing activity runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Certified instructors and lifeguards lead the shore and sailing programs. No prior sailing experience is required for the June camps, however, participants should be able to swim and be comfortable on the water. Booklets and life jackets are provided. Big Island Sailing Foundation is a charitable organization and requests a fee of $165 from new sailors, $145 for returning sailors.

Scholarships are available. For more information call Alicia Starsong at 325-5529 or email

Food drive benefits pets of the homeless

Paws University and the Hawaii Island Humane Society are teaming up to feed the pets of the homeless. Donations of pet food and gift cards for stores such as Petco, Walmart, Target, ChoiceMart and KTA will be accepted. All donations will be used to provide food for the pets and will be distributed through Hope Services and The Friendly Place of Kona.

Donations may be dropped off at Paws University, 73-4259 Hawaii Belt Road in Kailua-Kona, and Hawaii Island Humane Society shelters in Kailua-Kona, Waimea and Keaau.

Miller completes basic military training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Keola K. Miller has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

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. He, along with the other graduates, earned four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Miller, son of Makani and Rita Miller of Keaau, graduated from Hilo High School in 2013.