About Town 10-26-13

National park offering programs in November

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in November. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association, and a $2 donation helps support park programs.

c “How Ecologists Pick a ‘Winning Team’ in Forest Management” is presented by Susan Cordell, senior scientist and research ecologist for the USDA Forest Service’s Institute of Pacific Island Forestry, from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium. She will explain the objective of the agency’s lowland tropical wet forest restoration project.

c In “Poke, From the Ocean to Your Table” April Kekoa and Teana Kahoohanohano share their knowledge of preparing this popular island dish from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 13 at the Kilauea Visitor Center lanai.

c Darlene Ahuna is in concert from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

c Kahuku Junior Ranger Day for keiki of all ages is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Kahuku Unit. Participants are invited to join park rangers and explore the park’s southernmost section of Kahuku, in Ka‘u. Bring a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, hat, long pants, jacket and closed-toe shoes. At least one adult must accompany a child. The event and lunch are free, but registration is required. Call 985-6019 by Nov. 15. It is co-sponsored by Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Pacific Parks Association and the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center.

c “Large Earthquakes in the Hawaiian Islands: What You Need to Know” is from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium. Weston Thelen, a seismologist with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, presents an overview of damaging earthquakes in Hawaii, including current theories on why they occur, and what you need to know about future large earthquakes.

c In “The Art of Lei Making,” Patricia Kaula shares the art of lei making from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 27 at the Kilauea Visitor Center lanai.

Hawaii Tobacco Quitline offers online coaching

The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline has a new online coaching service. This service provides experienced web-based quit coaches and free nicotine patches and gum to help curb cravings.

In addition, it provides interactive lessons, exercises and tracking tools, online discussion forums with quit coaches and others trying to quit, plus encouraging and educational emails and texts.

The quitline’s new web-based program allows tobacco users to create an easy-to-follow quitting plan plus exclusive access to the online program without calls from a quit coach. Enrollment is confidential via quitline’s website, clearthesmoke.org. Each plan is personalized to every user’s specific needs. Nicotine patches or gum are mailed directly to each tobacco user’s home.

The quitline will continue to provide free phone services through its (800) QUIT-NOW phone line, which includes a personalized quit plan with a trained phone-based quit coach and free nicotine patches or gum. All quitline programs are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whether using the toll-free phone number or the web-based program.

The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline has been helping residents of Hawaii quit smoking for almost a decade, helping more than 63,000 local residents facing issues with tobacco.

PTA to open several areas for bow hunting this weekend

Army officials will open several training areas for bow hunting on the Big Island from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Sunday.

Training areas 1 to 4 and 12 to 16 will be open for bow hunting of mammals only. Hunters are allowed one pig, one goat and one sheep per day in keeping with state bag limits. Shooting sheep with blue collars is not permitted.

All hunters must check in and out at one of the following hunter’s check-in stations: Kilohana, located on Saddle Road between mile markers 43 and 44, or Puu Huluhulu, located at the intersection of Mauna Kea Access Road and Saddle Road near mile marker 28. Check out time is no later than 7:30 p.m. each day.

Hunting passes will be provided at the check-in stations. These passes must be signed and placed on the vehicle’s dashboard. Hunters who do not have a signed hunting pass on their dashboard will be barred from hunting for 30 days.

Hunter access to training areas 1 to 4 is through any of gates 1 to 10 on Saddle Road. Hunter access to training areas 12 to 16 is through the gate at mile marker 36.5. Motorists should be advised that military vehicles may be traveling on old Saddle Road. Firearms, alcoholic beverages, all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes or recreational vehicles are not allowed in the training and hunting areas.

For more information, call PTA hunter’s hot line at 969-3474 or visit garrison.hawaii.army.mil/pta and click on the “Hunting” tab.

Seniors driving course slated Tuesday

Kona Palisades Association is sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Class at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Kona Palisades Recreation Center on lower Kaiminani Drive.

This is a refresher class for older drivers that does not include driving or written tests. It covers subjects that may affect drivers as they age, such as hearing, eyesight, reflexes, safety rules, road rage, rules of the road, problems at intersections, drinking and driving, as well as other subjects.

Participants may receive up to a 10 percent discount on auto insurance.

To register for the class, call Reni or Ron Damron at 325-5422.

Keiki story time set for Wednesday

With the help of the American Association of University Women, Kona Stories bookstore will be hosting a story time for children ages 2 to 6 years at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Keauhou Shopping Center courtyard. There is a $5 participation fee to cover crafts and snack. Space is limited to 30 children. Participants should check in 10 minutes early at Kona Stories

For more information or to reserve a space, call 324-0350.

Kupuna singles meeting for lunch

Kona Kupuna Singles Club meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hayama. Call 326-1288 for more information and reservations.

Senior fitness classes offered

Judith Aston and Beth Williams are teaching free Aston Senior Fitness for Living programs to seniors 55 and older from 1;30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 6 at Tutu’s House in Waimea.

There are no fees for Tutu’s House programs, but tax-deductible donations are welcome. Call 885-6777 to register to attend these classes.

Tutu’s House is a project of Friends of the Future, a Waimea-based nonprofit organization. For information about all programs at Tutu’s House, visit tutushouse.org.

Solid Rock Ministries offers Halloween event

Solid Rock Ministries is hosting its annual Halloween alternative from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Old Kona Airport Park football field. This free event will include entertainment, refreshments, games, bouncing castle, climbing wall, contest and prizes.

For more information, contact Shirley Araki at 327-6543.