About Town 1-31-13


Kahaluu cleanup, fishpond repairs slated Saturday

A Kahaluu Beach Park cleanup, postponed because of high surf, has been rescheduled for Saturday. The event includes two volunteer opportunities: a project to repair the rock wall surrounding the fishpond from 8 a.m. to noon and the beach cleanup planned from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Kahaluu Bay Education Center and the Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation are facilitating the event.

Starbucks will provide refreshments.

Volunteers should bring work gloves. Those working on the wall should also wear sturdy shoes or boots. Trash bags will be provided for the beach cleanup. Sign up for either activity at bit.ly/X8ZY3N.

Harrison leads walking meditation on Sunday

Gavin Harrison leads walking meditation from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bond Homestead, 53-496 Iole Road, Kapaau.

The hike begins with an introduction to silent walking meditation. The meditation concludes with a few minutes of silence together followed by refreshments. Wear sturdy shoes, bring mosquito repellent, water and a towel or cushion for rest stops in nature. Be prepared for sunshine or rain. The suggested donation is $10 or $15.

For more information, email info@iolehawaii.com or call the Iole office at 889-5151.

Community wall to be unveiled Saturday

Ten Waimea kupuna will be honored for their lifetime of community service at an unveiling and blessing for the Waimea Community Wall at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Waimea Community Center.

The wall, a project spearheaded by Alex Akau with the help of many community friends, is the first of its kind on Hawaii Island.

Manny Veincent is the first honoree. His contributions include helping organize and coach the island’s first Pop Warner Football League. In 1972, he co-founded the Kawaihae Canoe Club and has been its head coach for 40 years.

The exhibit also includes a photograph and brief biography of these honorees: Jane “Mother” Hill, Samuel Mahuka Spencer, Ernest S. Nakano, Thelma Kailianu Lindsey, Bernard G. Kinney, Hisao Kimura, Richard Kaleioku Palmer Smart, Muneo “Moon” Sameshima and Spencer Kalani Schutte.

The families and friends of these community leaders have been invited to attend the service. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call Akau at 936-0457.

VFW Post 12122 meets Saturday

The Christopher Camero VFW Post 12122 meets at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kona Elks Lodge. Membership is open to all veterans who have served in time of war or who have been in areas of hostile fire.

Preparations are being made for the state VFW convention slated June 13 to 15 at the Royal Kona Resort.

For more information, contact Dick Skarnes at 329-6261 or email richaardskarnes@yahoo.com.

Cub Scout celebration scheduled Sunday

Cub Scouts Pack 12 will mark the 103rd anniversary of scouting with a Scout Sunday celebration Sunday at the Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Kealakekua.

The event begins with cake and refreshments from 7 to 8:45 a.m. Barbara Dalton, representing the governor, will make a presentation at a service, which begins at 9 a.m.

The public is invited to attend. For more information, or to make a reservation, call Glenn Hirowatari at 322-2278.

National park presents kapa workshops

Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park presents kapa making workshops taught by Ben Kauhane Heloca from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and again Feb. 17.

Ancient Hawaiians made their kapa, or cloth, fromwauke, a canoe plant brought to Hawaii from Polynesia. The inner bark is stripped and beaten to create the cloth.

The workshops are free, though park entrance fees apply.

This cultural event will be repeated several times in 2013.

Call 328-2326, ext. 1702, for more information.