About Town 10-8-12


Volcanoes park announces events

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers Hawaiian cultural and After Dark in the Park programs. These programs are free, but park entrance fees apply.

“Nona Beamer: A Legacy of Aloha,” a film about “Aunty Nona,” a musician, hula dancer, composer and teacher at a time when Hawaiian culture was being suppressed, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Kilauea Visitor Center. Beamer was a major force behind the cultural renaissance of the 1970s that helped restore dignity and pride to Hawaiians. Filmmaker Linda Kane will be in attendance.

Lito Arkangel will perform original compositions and other Hawaiian favorites in a concert set from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Doors open at 6:15.

“The Palila’s Future: Restoring a Mamane Forest on Mauna Kea,” a presentation by Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project Volunteer Coordinator Jackson Bauer, begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Kilauea Visitor Center. High above the clouds on the slopes of Mauna Kea, the dry forest harbors the critically endangered Hawaiian finch, the palila. This mamane and naio forest has been severely degraded by grazing animals for more than 200 years, and so has the palila’s population. The project is actively restoring the forest through volunteer out-planting and seed-scatter projects.

Public charter schools board members sought

Parents and other community members dedicated to advancing public education are encouraged to submit their resumes for openings on boards of directors at West Hawaii charter schools.

In keeping with a state law, this transition to new governance between now and Dec. 31 addresses unique challenges facing charter campuses by recruiting board members possessing certain skills and expertise.

The state’s 32 charter campuses, which recently passed the 10,000 enrollment mark, all have independent governing boards responsible for their school’s academic, financial and organizational viability. Board members also ensure compliance with state and federal laws.

Under Act 130, the 2012 charter omnibus law, no more than 30 percent of voting governing board members can be employees of the school or relatives of those employees. When selecting board members, special consideration is given to applicants who:

c provide a diversity of perspective and level of objectivity accurately representing the interests of charter school students and the surrounding community;

c demonstrate an understanding of best practices of nonprofit governance;

c possess strong financial and academic management and oversight abilities; and

c have experience in human resources and fundraising matters. Hawaii Island charter schools include: Innovations and West Hawaii Explorations in Kailua-Kona and Kona Pacific in Kealakekua.

Individuals interested in serving on a charter school governing board are encouraged to submit resumes at HPCSNBoardBank@gmail.com.

Senior ID cards available Tuesday

The Coordinated Services for the Elderly Program of the Hawaii County Elderly Activities Division will issue senior ID cards for seniors 60 years and older from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the L. Yoshimatsu Senior Center in Waimea.

The staff will also issue cards from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at Kealakekua Ranch Center; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 24 at the West Hawaii Civic Center gazebo; 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at Hale Hauoli Senior Center in Honokaa; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31 at Yano Hall in Captain Cook.

For more information, call 961-8777 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.