Dancers sought for kupuna Valentine's party
Regency at Hualalai is looking for foxtrot and ballroom dancers for its Valentine's Day party to dance for and with its kupuna residents. There will be refreshments and a big dance floor available.
The Valentine's dance party will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 14.
Call the activity director at 329-7878, ext. 36, to volunteer and for more information.
Hui Okinawa scholarships available
Hui Okinawa is offering two $1,000 scholarships to students who plan to continue their post-high school education in the fall. One scholarship is for a high school graduate who plans to attend a two-year or four-year educational institution for the first time in 2012. The second scholarship is for a college student continuing his education or a university graduate enrolling in graduate school in 2012.
Applicants for the first scholarship, Hui Okinawa Scholarship for High School Students, must be a graduate of an accredited high school or GED program in the state. The applicant or his parent/legal guardian must be a current Hawaii County resident. He should also have an awareness and appreciation of the Okinawan culture.
Applicants for the second scholarship, the Hui Okinawa Scholarship for College Student, must be a graduate of an accredited high school or GED program in the state. He or his parents must be a current Hawaii County resident. A student who received the high school scholarship previously may apply for this college student scholarship.
Application forms for the high school scholarship are available at the counselor's office of public, private and chartered high schools and adult community schools on the Big Island. Applications are also available by calling Nancy Nakaishi at 961-4677, Alben Namihira at 961-3443 or Margaret Torigoe at 895-0994. Call one of the three if more information is needed.
The deadline for both scholarships is March 31.
Women's group to learn about lomilomi massage
An introduction to lomilomi massage will be the topic of the next meeting of international women in Hawaii. The presentation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at New Thought Center of Hawaii in Kealakekua features Ginger Uilani Llanes, a fourth-generation practitioner of this ancient healing modality. She will give an overview and also do a demonstration of some basic techniques.
A light Japanese lunch will follow. Participants may bring a salad or dessert to share. Coffee will be included. A $5 donation is suggested.
All are welcome. This gathering is co-sponsored by the Women's Federation for World Peace and the Pacific Rim Foundation. For more information or reservations, call Betsy Jones at (518) 505-3158.
Students can apply for scholarships to Japan
Applications for the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council's Summer Study Tour are now available at paachawaii.org/high-school-program/travel-scholarships.
Fifteen of Hawaii's public or charter high school students in grades nine through 12 will travel to Japan in June on full scholarships, funded by a grant from the Freeman Foundation. An additional seven spots not covered by scholarships will be available to private or public Hawaii high school students.
Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 10. For more information, contact Natasha Schultz at 944-7759 or email@example.com.
From navigating public transportation to living with a host family, learning about recycling and shadowing foreign English teachers, students will have the opportunity to experience local life in Japan. The group will travel by shinkansen (bullet train), visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Kitakyushu.
The Pacific and Asian Affairs Council is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the World Affairs Council for the State of Hawaii. It promotes increased understanding of world affairs, particularly Asia-Pacific issues, by sponsoring speaker forums and conferences, facilitating cross-cultural exchange of international visitors and conducting global education outreach programs at Hawaii high schools and colleges statewide.
Visit paachawaii.org for more information.
Story times begin Jan. 25 in Keauhou
With the help of the American Association of University Women, Kona Stories bookstore is hosting a monthly story time for children ages 3 to 5 years old. The story time will happen the last Wednesday of each month beginning at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 25 in the Keauhou Shopping Center courtyard on the KTA side.
Since 1881, the AAUW has been the nation's leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls. It also promotes lifelong education and positive societal change.
January's story time will feature stories and crafts about the whales that visit the islands this time of the year. Participants wishing to attend story time are asked to call and register at 324-0350. There will be a $5 participation fee to cover crafts and snack. Space is limited to 30 children and they should be checked in 10 minutes before the event begins.
For more information, call 324-0350.