About Town 1-27-13


AARP driving class scheduled for Monday

Kona Palisades Community Association is sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Class from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday the Palisades Recreation Center located on Kaimi-Nani Drive at the foot of the subdivision.

The course covers defensive driving tactics, dealing with road rage, cellphones, general safety, rules of the road, how to adjust to age-related changes in vision and hearing ability, as well as slower reaction time. This is a classroom refresher course and does not involve any driving or written tests.

Participants having Hartford Insurance may receive as much as a 10 percent discount on automobile insurance upon completion of the course.

Total cost for course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers.

Class size is limited.

To register for the class or for more information, call instructors Reni and Roy Damron at 325-5422.

Program features archival photos, films

Kona Historical Society’s 2013 Hanohano O Kona lecture series begins with “A Scenic Sampler of Films and Photos from the KHS Archives” presented by Maile Melrose from 5:30 to 7 p.m, Monday at the West Hawaii Civic Center.

Presented by the society, in cooperation with Hawaii County, Hanohano O Kona presentations are free of charge and open to all.

For more about this event and future lectures, visit konahistorical.org or call 323-3222.

Keiki story time is Monday in Keauhou

Kona Stories, with assistance from the American Association of University Women, will host a story time for children ages 3 to 6 at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Keauhou Shopping Center courtyard.

The event will feature stories and crafts centered on the winter season. A $5 participation fee to cover crafts and snack will be collected.

Space is limited to 30 children; call 324-0350 for reservations or more information. Check in 10 minutes early at Kona Stories bookstore.

Seniors celebrate January birthdays

The Kailua-Kona Seniors meets at 10 a.m. Monday at Hale Halawai to celebrate January birthdays and play games.

Members are asked to bring a canned food item to donate, to help feed the community’s hungry.

For more information, call Bev at 325-6993 or Claire at 756-5352.

Edible gardening class scheduled Monday

Diana Duff will teach “Starting an Edible Garden” from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at Tropical Edibles Nursery, 83-5696 Mamalahoa Highway in Captain Cook. Participants will learn soil preparation methods and how to select an appropriate site and plant varieties.

The $30 class fee includes instruction, handouts, plant tastings and seedlings to take home.

Reservations are necessary to ensure sufficient supplies; call the nursery at 328-0420 or email tropicaledibles@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Keiki yoga, hula classes offered

The Kona Beach Yoga Studio offers weekly keiki classes.

Kumu Keala Ching leads keiki hula classes at 3 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 31. The class for beginners teaches children chanting, hand motions, footwork and basic steps that form the foundations of hula. Ching will teach an identical class at 1 p.m. Saturdays, beginning Feb. 9.

Ashley Flemino will lead keiki yoga classes at 3 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 5.

Classes cost between $12 and $15 and children ages 4 to 12 may participate. Those younger than 8 must be accompanied by a parent for the first several classes. Kamaaina discount cards are available.

Call the studio at 329-4772 for details or visit maryamann.com/schedule for class times.