About Town | 6-23-14


Hawaiian Cultural Festival planned in Honaunau

Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park will host its annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Activities include canoe rides, lauhala and coconut frond weaving and traditional lei making. On Sunday, the celebration continues with traditional Hawaiian food tasting and hukilau, or traditional fishing demonstration. Practitioners in traditional dress will provide visitors with a Hawaiian experience.

The festival is free. Picnicking, coolers and chairs are not permitted in the Royal Grounds. No food is available in the park.

For more information, contact the park visitor center at 328-2326, ext. 1702.

Mobile pet adoption event planned

The Hawaii Island Humane Society will hold a mobile adoption event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Kealakekua Ranch Center.

There will be a variety of adoptable dogs and cats. B93 and B97 will broadcast live discussions about responsible pet ownership from 10 a.m. to noon. A pet food drive will also be held for the pets of the homeless community.

For more information, call the Kona shelter at 329-1175 or visit hihs.org.

Wellness workshop includes yoga session

Kona Coast Wellness is hosting a wellness workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Club Rehab warehouse space in Kealakekua.

Marya Mann will lead attendees in a yoga session. Participants will learn a series of movements to reduce stress they can practice at home for ongoing self-care.

The workshop is offered by donation; $20 is suggested.

For more information, visit maryamann.com or contact Kona Coast Wellness at 328-0171.

Library funding celebration slated

One of Waikoloa Village’s big “dreams” for a number of years has been building a state-of-the-art library, and progress has been made the past two years with securing funding from the state Legislature to begin planning the building.

Residents of Waikoloa are invited to a mini-celebration of the release of funds and to help raise a few more dollars toward the project with a dinner and “Taste of Hula” gathering from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 30 at Waikoloa School cafeteria.

Sponsored by Friends of Malama Solomon, a $10 donation is suggested with proceeds going to benefit the Friends of the Library-Waikoloa Region. The gathering will begin with a teri-chicken dinner with Caesar salad, dessert and beverage and a performance by the keiki to kupuna dancers with the Beamer-Solomon Halau O Poohala.

Also included in the gathering will be a sneak peak at a new patent-pending Internet-based app to reduce residential electricity consumption during peak hours. The app was invented on Hawaii Island by Ikehu Inc., and recently received a national innovation award from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Everyone is invited to the dinner gathering that will also include a brief talk about other strategies for driving down the cost of energy, as well as discussing other community priorities.

The event will conclude with a drawing for an energy efficient countertop oven that combines infrared, conduction and convection cooking. The drawing is open to all.

No advance reservations are required. For more information, call Hulali Covington at 640-9181 or Patti Cook at 937-2833.

Okabayashi graduates from basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Scott K. Okabayashi 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.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Okabayashi is the son of Raymond S. Okabayashi of Hilo.

He is a 2010 graduate of Waiakea High School.

Requelman completes Air Force training

Air Force Airman Daylan K. Requelman 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.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Requelman is the son of Melany P. Ayudan and Ronnovan L. Requelman of Hilo.

He is a 2011 graduate of Laupahoehoe High School.