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About Town 10-24-12

Haunted attraction opens Thursday

A haunted attraction is planned from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 31 at Kona Coast Shopping Center on Palani Road in Kailua-Kona. Admission is $7; a four re-entry pass is $20.

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Kealakehe students performing at library

Friends of the Libraries, Kona will sponsor a program featuring the Kealakehe School Chorus and Ukulele Ensemble led by Gloria Juan-Tapaatoutai from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kailua-Kona Public Library. The group recently toured Los Angeles and performed at Disneyland and the Crystal Cathedral.

The program is free and open to the public.

Coffee hour with Hirono slated Thursday

The public is invited to a coffee hour with Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Makua Laiana Hall at Imiola Congregational Church in Waimea. The coffee hour is hosted by the Waimea Hawaiian Homesteader’s Association Inc., Oiwi Lokahi o ka Mokupuni o Keawe and Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Kanani Kapuniai at 936-0157. For campaign related questions, contact the Mazie for Hawaii U.S. Senate Campaign Headquarters by calling 536-3292 or emailing or visit

Hokulea voyage discussed Thursday

The public is invited to a Hokulea Worldwide Voyage orientation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Kanu o Ka Aina Public Charter School in Waimea.

Navigator Chadd Paishon will talk about sailing the Hikianalia, the double-hulled canoe escort vessel, from Tahiti to Hilo. Keala Kahuanui will discuss the Hikianalia’s website and teach attendees how to track the vessel online. Pua Case will share the voyaging chant being taught to students in Waimea schools and in the community.

The meeting also includes an introduction to a kite-making project held in conjunction with the Hokulea voyage.

‘Mutants of Maunakea’ Friday, Saturday

Imiloa Astronomy Center’s exhibit hall will become a spooky science hall Friday and Saturday for “The Mutants of Maunakea.” The doors open to museum members at 5:30 p.m. and at 6 to the general public. The event runs until 8:30 p.m.; no tickets will be sold after 8. Participants are encouraged to come in costume and bring a bag to fill with what they find on their journey of discovery.

The event will feature Mauna Kea’s strangest endemic species with activities for all ages. The journey starts in the deepest parts of a lava tube and travels all the way to the mountain’s summit. Along the way, participants will explore the innovation of Mauna Kea’s strangest inhabitants and the ecosystems in which they live.

The exhibit hall will be filled with educational and hands-on activities, including the alala penny toss, the not-so-stinky koa bug shrinky dinks and happy face spider mask making.

Those 10 and older are invited to brave the “Mutants Gone Wrong” maze where they will walk through the corridors of change and see the strange lifeforms that result when nature’s adaptations go astray.

Admission is $6 per person; $5 for members; children 2 and younger are free. Children 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Call the front desk to purchase tickets at 969-9703. Visit for more information.

Saturday is Invention Day at Home Depot

Children ages 9 to 13 are invited to attend a free, hands-on Invention Day at Home Depot on Saturday. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. followed by a safety, tools, design and build workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. when the Invention Fair Contest begins.

Children will dismantle an old appliance they bring to the store — no glass, chemicals, sharp edges or nails. They will design and create their inventions from the parts. All tools and materials are provided. Parents must sign-in for their children to participate. No open-toed shoes are allowed and participants should wear T-shirts.

Trained inventor-mentors and junior mentors will guide the children and instruct them in the use of household tools and materials while they create their fantasy inventions.

For more information or to volunteer to become an inventor-mentor, call iTEAM at 331-0806 or (714) 423-4755. Ask for Dr. Zee.