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About Town 10-13-12

Teen Read Week celebrated at libraries

Public libraries statewide are celebrating Teen Read Week Oct. 14 through20.

Libraries will feature artists from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program including contemporary Hawaiian dance company Huliau, led by artistic director and kumu hula Michael Pili Pang, who will bring to life Hawaiian rituals, myths and legends of Hawaii and its culture storyteller Ben Moffat; mask maker Yuki Shiroma; and the Galliard String Quartet and Spring Wind Quintet from Chamber Music Hawaii.

West Hawaii events include:

c Huliau performs at 6:30 p.m. Monday at theNorth Kohala Public Library, 889-6655;

c Ben Moffat’s “Stories on Stilts and Other Tall Tales” appears at 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Naalehu Public Library, 939-2442, and 10 a.m. Nov. 13, Honokaa Public Library, 775-8881;

Public libraries statewide will also host free programs focusing on this year’s Teen Read Week theme — “It Came from the Library.”

Visit for a complete listing of Teen Read Week programs and more information.

Ukulele lessons offered by county

The Hawaii County Culture and Arts office is offering ukulele lessons Wednesdays at Hale Halawai. Roselle Fujihara teaches beginning ukulele from 4 to 5 p.m. and intermediate ukulele from 5 to 6 p.m. Classes start Oct. 31 in the back room of Hale Halawai.

The cost for the eight-sessions class is $40.

Song sheets will be provided; students need to bring their own ukulele, binder with plastic sheet protectors, and a pen or pencil. A minimum participant count is needed for both classes.

To register, call Bert at the county Culture and Community Arts office at 961-8706.

Free HIV testing offered

Free 20-minute HIV testing will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 and 30 at the West Hawaii Community Health Center. For more information, call 331-8177.

Dance clubs plan Night of Elegance

Kona and Waimea Ballroom Dance Clubs present Night of Elegance from 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Water’s Edge Ballroom at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. The event features a dinner buffet and dancing with live music by The Loren Wilkens Band.

Tickets are $70 per person and formal or elegant aloha attire — no shorts— is required. Self parking is $5.

For etickets or more information, call Franz Weber at 326-9190.

Send us your Halloween events

West Hawaii Today is seeking information about Halloween holiday events to present to readers. If your organization or business has planned a special event or activity for Halloween, please share that information with West Hawaii Today and allow us to inform the community. Please submit items via email ( by Oct. 16.

SKEA planning dinner fundraiser

The Society For Kona’s Education & Art will hold Eat, Laugh, Spend … Again, a Dinner Auction benefit, from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Keei Cafe in Kainaliu. The evening will include live music and entertainment, silent and live auctions, and a dinner prepared by the staff of the Keei Cafe using fresh, local ingredients.

Proceeds will benefit SKEA’s two main programs for children — the Art of Learning (art education in the public schools), and Art Camps at the SKEA site in Honaunau.

Tickets are $65 each or $60 each for two or more. For more information or to purchase tickets, call SKEA at 328-9392 or visit Tickets may also be purchased at Kona Wine Market in Kona Commons and Patel’s Service Station in Honaunau.