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August 24, 2014 - 12:05am

Ukulele building class starts Tuesday

Kona Community School for Adults is offering its popular ukulele construction class taught by Guy Sasaki at Kealakehe High School. Sasaki has decades of experience as a wood shop instructor and builder of ukulele.

Sign-up continues at Kona Community School for Adults on the campus of Kealakehe Middle School. The class begins Tuesday and continues each Tuesday until mid-December. Class fee is $120 plus supplies.

For more information, contact Kona Community School for Adults at 327-4692.

Class teaches iPad basics

Claire Grant, former instructor of Digital Technologies at San Francisco State University, will walk students through the basics of using an iPad from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Tutu’s House in Waimea.

For a list of all programs at Tutu’s House, visit or call 885-6777. There are no fees for Tutu’s House programs, but donations are welcome.

Cultural events planned as part of Queen Liliuokalani canoe races

Next week more than 2,500 outrigger canoe paddlers from around the world gather in Kailua Village to compete at the 44th annual Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races.

To honor the Hawaiian culture behind the canoe, Kai Opua Canoe Club invites everyone to participate in events that share, teach and celebrate traditions that have shaped history.

A walking tour of historic Kailua Village will depart from Kamakahonu, adjacent to Kailua Pier at 9 a.m. Thursday. Hannah Kihalani Springer brings deeply rooted knowledge and a kamaaina perspective as she leads the free tour that includes historic areas of interest, and the natural and cultural history of Kailua Village.

New to this year’s event lineup, the Queen’s Race Cultural Fair will highlight artisan wares available for purchase all day Thursday. The fair will showcase cultural activities form 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the mauka lawn of King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel adjacent to the parking lot. Hawaiian music and hula performances are scheduled throughout the day. Admission is free.

At 4 p.m. Friday on the lawn near the hotel’s luau grounds, sit with some of outrigger canoe racing’s best-known icons as these master watermen talk story about their passions. Each with his own paddling legend, together Nappy Napoleon, Kimokea Kapahulehua and Manny Veincent have shaped Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing.

For more race information, including a detailed slate of events, race information and contacts, visit

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