About Town | 6-20-14


Aloha Quilters meets Saturday

Aloha Quilters of Kona meets at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Wallace Hall at Christ Church Episcopal in Kealakekua.

The quilters work in traditional and Hawaiian styles and meet informally on the third Saturday of each month to share old and new ideas and techniques and to promote the art of quilting in the community. Quilters of any skill level are welcome. For more information, call Eileen at 328-8027 or Lana at 329-3723.

Energy forum scheduled Tuesday

The public is invited to join Rep. Nicole Lowen and guest presenters at 6 p.m. Tuesday to learn more about energy issues in West Hawaii. Guest presenters include representatives from Hawaii Electric Light Co., Blue Planet Foundation and Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s Office of Energy.

An array of topics will be discussed including energy costs, grid modernization, circuit saturation and how to best fulfill the state’s energy needs moving forward. Following brief guest speaker presentations, there will be an opportunity for moderated questions for panelists and time for discussion.

History and biology of humpback whales explored

Susan Rickards will give a talk on humpback whales from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdsay at the West Hawaii Civic Center.

She will describe the basic biology of these animals and historical accounts and evidence of their presence in Hawaii from ancient times through the modern commercial era of whaling and beyond. Biological, archaeological and historical sources will be discussed. Rickards is a founder, primary researcher and board member of the Hawaii Marine Mammal Consortium.

The event is part of Kona Historical Society’s Hanohano O Kona lecture series and is free of charge.

For more information, call 323-3222 or visit konahistorical.org.

Japanese storytelling planned in Honokaa

Bento Rakugo will perform in the traditional Rakugo Japanese storytelling style at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Honokaa Public Library. Admission is free.

In Rakugo, the performer presents a comic story while sitting on a Japanese cushion throughout the entire performance, speaking all of the voices in both the first person and third person. All stories will be spoken in English.

For more information about the performance or about 2014 summer reading programs, visit librarieshawaii.org or call the library at 775-8881.

Free movie day planned Wednesday

Elderly Recreation Services will be holding a free movie day at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the County Council chambers at the West Hawaii Civic Center. This month’s showing will be “King’s Speech.”

For more information, call Kelly at 323-4340.

Nursing school holds open house

The Hawaii Community College Nursing and Allied Health Program will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Nursing Laboratory Resource Center just below Kona Community Hospital in Kealakekua.

New and incoming nursing students, their families and the public are invited to attend. The event is free, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call May Kealoha at 934-2653.

Salvation Army bell ringers to fund raise Wednesday

The Salvation Army’s red kettles and bell ringers will make out-of-season appearances Wednesday in observance of LEON Day in Hawaii.

LEON is NOEL spelled backwards. The day is a reminder that funds are needed throughout the year to help area families, said Maj. John Chamness, divisional leader of The Salvation Army of Hawaii.

“Most folks don’t realize that one out of every 10 residents in Hawaii is touched by The Salvation Army’s compassionate community work each year,” he said. “We encourage everyone in Hawaii to help us fill our red kettles and support their local community on LEON Day.”

Red kettles will be stationed across Hawaii at all Longs CVS Caremark stores and all Walmart stores at various times Wednesday.

Board of Ethics meets Wednesday

Hawaii County Board of Ethics meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the ARDC Training Room at the Aging and Disability Resource Center, 1055 Kinoole St., Suite 101 in Hilo.

The meeting is open to the public. The agenda is posted on the county’s website. Contact Renee Lawrence at 961-8251 for more information.