About Town 10-7-13


Freitas named officer of the month

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized officer Caroldeen “Nalani” Freitas as officer of the month for October in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday at Huggo’s restaurant.

Freitas, a 10-year veteran of the Hawaii Police Department, was honored for her off-duty work running a nonprofit organization.

Fifteen years ago, Freitas founded Kaanalike, which means “sharing,” and she spends her off-duty hours providing food, money and other items to families in need. Sgt. Grad Elarionoff, who nominated Freitas for the award, said Kaanalike perpetuates the spirit of aloha.

As officer of the month, Freitas will be eligible for the next officer of the year award.

Suicide prevention training offered

Suicide prevention training will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at the West Hawaii Civic Center conference room.

This safeTALK training is sponsored by Kona Suicide Prevention Task Force and is free to anyone 15 or older who is interested in helping a person at risk of suicide.

To register, call Nancy at 333-8988.

Knights harvest excess produce for hunger programs

The Knights of Columbus is revitalizing and expanding its Knight’s Harvest program, in which members gather produce from residents’ trees and gardens to donate to local hunger programs.

This spring, the program resulted in the donation of 2,000 pounds of fresh food. With Thanksgiving and the holidays nearing, the Knights of Columbus is looking to again harvest produce on behalf of the community.

For information on donating excess produce or volunteering, email knightsharvest@gmail.com or leave a message at 313-2799.

Korean War veterans meet Saturday

The Korean War Veterans Association of West Hawaii meets at 10 a.m. Saturday at Denny’s Restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Membership is open to anyone who has seen honorable service in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard in Korea Sept. 3, 1945 to the present, or outside of Korea June 25, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955. Associate members are also welcome.

For more information, call Joe Nimori 329-3058 or Bob Welter 929 7001.

Quilting group meeting in Waimea

Mauna Kea Quilters will gather from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Thelma Park Memorial Library in Waimea.

The group convenes on the second Saturday of each month for a business meeting, show-and-tell and to share new ideas and techniques. The group donates quilts to raise money for worthwhile organizations.

For more information, call Becky Parkinson at 937-2159.