About Town | 8-30-14


Rotary Means Business holds first meeting

Rotary Means Business-Big Island held its first meeting Aug. 21 at Humpy’s Showroom.

Rotary 5000 assistant district governor Donna Hiranaka was on hand to welcome attendees and offer good wishes from the district governor to the group of nearly 30 local Rotarians and their guests. Rotary Means Business-Big Island is the first vocational fellowship club to be formed in the state and is affiliated with Rotary International. A second group is being formed in Waikoloa.

Meetings for Rotarians and their guests are held on the third Thursday of each month at Humpy’s Showroom in Coconut Grove Marketplace. For more information, contact Laura Guluzzy at writerlsg@gmail.com or 326-2100. More information is available at RotaryMeansBusiness.com, RotaryMeansBusiness.org, or RotaryMeansBusiness.net.

Yoga classes offered by donation

To make health and wellness accessible to everyone, Yoga Hale is offering all of its classes by donation. The studio is at 74-5583 Luhia St., Suite A2 above Pacific Island Fitness.

Red Cross seeks volunteers

The Hawaii Red Cross is recruiting disaster volunteers on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui, Kauai, Lanai and Molokai.

The Hawaii Red Cross has about 1,500 volunteers statewide. Most recently, the Hawaii Red Cross had more than 200 workers assisting in response to Iselle and about 94 percent were volunteers. Those who want to volunteer should register at redcross.org/hawaii. Once applications are completed, the Red Cross will arrange basic disaster classes, which are free.

In addition to disaster volunteers, the Red Cross seeks volunteers of all ages and skill levels to help with other lifesaving work.

The Red Cross is a nonprofit humanitarian organization. Donations may be sent to Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Rd., Honolulu, HI 96816, made online or by calling 739-8109.

Seniors meet Wednesday

The Kailua-Kona Seniors will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Hale Halawai. The group will hold their quarterly business meeting. Afterwards, members will showcase their hobbies and talents.

For more information, call Billie at 315-8367 or Pat at 329-2424.

Video production class is Wednesday

Na Leo O Hawaii Inc. will hold its next free video production orientation for Hawaii Island residents from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at their facilities at 74-5565 Luhia St., Suite C1-A in Kaiwi Square.

Na Leo O Hawaii is the nonprofit corporation established to manage the Public, Education and Government cable access channels in Hawaii County. Call 329-9617 for reservations and more information.

Big Island Fair is this weekend

E.K. Fernandez Shows returns to Kona for the Big Island Fair at the Old Kona Airport Park. The fair opens Thursday with rides, food and entertainment.

Area 51, a ride the company brought to Hawaii for this year’s 50th state fair, will make its Hawaii Island debut. Fair hours are from 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday and Sept. 5; from noon to midnight Sept. 6; and from noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 7. Management reserves the right, at its discretion, to close early.

Fair admission is $1 for children and adults Thursday; $5 Sept. 5; $3 from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 6; $5 from 6 p.m. to closing Sept. 6; and $3 Sept. 7. Children under 40 inches tall are free Sept. 5, 6, and 7.

For more information, visit ekfernandez.com.

Kona Elks purchase audiometers for keiki hearing testing

Kona Elks Lodge 2616 has purchased two audiometers for community use with Early Head Start and Early Childhood Development programs.

The audiometers will be used as a public service to test preschool children for hearing problems. The Elks Lodge has a volunteer audiologist certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association, who. along with other members, is willing to donate time to the program. Machines are currently being calibrated in preparation to the program’s start this fall.

Studies indicate that many keiki fail to receive good communications skills at an early age because of parents being uncommunicative or not knowing how to talk to very young children. Hearing disorders may be compounded and put the child at a disadvantage when starting school. Machines and screeners will focus on two factions — birth to 3 years old and 3- to 5-year-old preschool programs.

Community outreach will be through communication events, preschools, fairs, appointments and other local functions.

For more information, call Ron Cole 895-3277, grant coordinator, or Don Zero 509-879-1040, Elks public relations.