About Town 1-26-13


Marine tourism standards presentation slated Monday

The Coral Reef Alliance will offer a presentation on reef conservation and the West Hawaii Voluntary Standards for Marine Tourism from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday at the alliance’s Kona office, 73-5577 Kauhola St.

The presentation, designed for tourism professionals, will cover reef ecology, as well as educational tools and strategies for guides from diving, snorkeling, surfing and kayaking companies. The alliance is assisting West Hawaii marine tourism businesses in adopting these best practices. Online training videos are also available at coral.org/standardstraining.

For reservations, contact Kara Osada-D’Avella at kara@coral.org or 896-1889.

For more information, visit coral.org/west_hawaii_standards or contact Julia Stewart at jstewart@coral.org or (831) 206-3249.

Cancer support group meets Tuesday

The cancer support group that meets at Teshima’s Restaurant will gather at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

People newly diagnosed with breast cancer, other forms of cancer and breast cancer survivors, are welcome, as are caregivers and family members.

For more information, call Shirley at 323-2732.

Kupuna singles club meets Tuesday

Kona Kupuna Singles Club meets for lunch at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lava Lava Beach Club at Anaehoomalu Bay in Waikoloa. Call 326-1288 for more information or reservations.

Local NAMI chapter meets Tuesday

National Alliance of the Mentally Ill holds its regular support meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Paradise Clubhouse, 77-6435 Kuakini Highway.

Call Dana at 896-7203 for more information.

Library hosts Magic Strings performance

Magic Strings, featuring Ursula Vietze on violin and Annu Shionoya on piano, will perform at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kailua-Kona Public Library. The program will include selections from “Symphonie Espagnole” by Edouard Lalo, “Violin Concerto in G Major” by Wolfgang Mozart and “Romance in F Major” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona. For more information, visit folkhawaii.com.

KCFA elects board members

Members of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association chose the following board members for 2013-14 at a Jan. 12 meeting:

Cecilia Smith was elected president; MaryLou Moss, vice president; Thomas Butler, secretary; Kurt Schweikhard, treasurer.

Elected directors are: Colehour Bondera, Bruce Corker, Christine Coleman and Anita Kelleher.

Kahakai council meets Tuesday

The School Community Council of Kahakai Elementary School meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s administration conference room.

Parents of students and community members may attend the meeting to review the draft 2013-14 academic plan.

Marine monument presentation in Hilo

The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is the largest conservation area in the U.S. and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. It encompasses an area of 140,000 square miles and is home to 7,000 marine species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.

Nakoa Goo is program coordinator for the Mokupapapa Discovery Center, the primary education and public outreach facility for the monument. Goo will share information and images from the area, and speak about the people who help protect it at 7 p.m. Monday at Lyman Museum, 276 Haili St., Hilo.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for nonmembers and free to members.

For more information, call 935-5021 or visit lymanmuseum.org.

Canadian potluck slated Thursday

The annual Canadian potluck begins at 4 p.m. Thursday in the large pavilion at Old Kona Airport Park.

Bring a chair, cutlery, a plate and beverage, as well as a dish to share.

Contact Terri at 334-0508 for more information.