About Town 1-24-13


Two island post offices welcome new postmasters

Teresa Myers and Angela Okumura were recently appointed as the new postmasters for the Kapaau and Kealakekua Post Offices, respectively.

As the Kealakekua postmaster, Okumura supervises six employees and the daily processing and distribution of more than 5,000 pieces of mail and 200 packages to 2,500 post office boxes and to more than 400 addresses on one rural delivery route. She is a 26-year postal employee who most recently served as the postmaster at the Parker Ford, Pa., Post Office. A Pennsylvania native, Okumura began her postal career as a letter carrier at the Warminster, Pa., Post Office. Okumura and her husband, Kawika, live in Waikoloa.

As Kapaau postmaster, Myers supervises two employees and the daily processing and distribution of more than 4,500 pieces of mail and 300 packages to 1,580 post office boxes. She is a 19-year postal employee who had most recently served as the postmaster at the Fredonia, Ky., Post Office. A Kentucky native, Myers began her postal career as a rural carrier associate at the Marion, Ky., Post Office. Myers resides in Kapaau, where she will soon be joined by her fiancé. Turner Martin.

Challenger event scheduled for Sunday

The 27th Challenger commemorative event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Onizuka Space Center at Kona International Airport.

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams will share her experiences on the space shuttle, Russian Soyuz spacecraft and the International Space Station, where she recently spent four months.

The not-for-profit space center is dedicated to the memory of Kona’s first astronaut. Onizuka lost his life on the Challenger space shuttle in 1986.

For more information, call 329-3441.

Native Hawaiian wellness talk is Friday

Earl Kawaa and Isaia Kealoha will talk story about Native Hawaiian health and wellness in a Puana Ka Ike lecture slated from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday in Suite 140 at Keauhou Shopping Center, next to Bianelli’s restaurant.

The presentation will focus on hooponopono, a style of healing a person physically and spiritually; laau lapaau, the use of plants to make medicine and the importance of kalo, taro, in the Hawaiian diet, the terms used for preparation tools and varieties of taro from each kupuna’s place of origin.

This lecture will be presented in Hawaiian and English.

For more information, contact Joy Cunefare at (800) 842-4682, ext. 25340, or email info@kohalacenter.org.

Tahitian festival slated Feb. 15 to 17

Te Ea O Te Turama and Fun to Jump Kona present a weekend of Tahitian music, dance and culture Feb. 15 through 17.

The scheduled events Feb. 15 at the luau grounds of King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel include the Mister and Miss Heiva I Hawaii 2013 Beauty Pageant and Tahitian Soiree from 6 to 9 p.m. For tickets, call 987-2354.

A Polynesian village of craft and food vendors will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 at the Kekuaokalani Gymnasium in Kailua-Kona.

Admission is free to a solo and group Tahitian dance competitions held at the gym between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 16; dance workshops are planned from 4 to 6 p.m. Register at teeaoteturama@gmail.com.

Group otea, aparima, ahupurotu and drumming contests are slated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at the gym, followed by an awards ceremony from 3 to 4.

Call 987-2354 for information on becoming a vendor at the event. Visit teeaoteturama.com to learn more.

Lions to collect glasses, hearing aids

The fourth annual “Lions in Sight” eyeglass and hearing aid collection is planned from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Walmart locations statewide.

Glasses collected by Hawaii Lions clubs members will be cleaned and processed, then sent to those in need within developing countries. Hearing aids will be cleaned and tested for local distribution.

Hawaii Lions collect eyeglasses year-round at Walmart and other locations throughout the state. Collection sites are posted at hawaiilions.org.