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About Town 11-15-13

Kishimoto named Officer of the Month

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized officer Stephen Kishimoto as Officer of the Month for November in a luncheon ceremony Nov. 6 at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Kishimoto was honored for his persistence in tracking down a suspect in a theft case. In December, he responded to a report from an elderly woman who had two rings stolen. She was in the process of moving and had hired a moving company and acknowledged that the missing rings could have been misplaced in the shuffle. Nevertheless, Kishimoto conducted 19 interviews and made numerous checks at area purchasers of jewelry. A fifth check of one of the dealers led to a suspect. Further investigation by detectives confirmed the suspect’s responsibility.

This is the second time this year Kishimoto has been named Officer of the Month. He earned the distinction in April for his successful investigation of a burglary. As Officer of the Month, he is eligible to become Officer of the Year.

Church bazaar held in Captain Cook

Bible First Mission Church will hold its annual bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The sale will include pickled products, baked goods, plants and a rummage sale.

Kona Orchid Society plans meeting

Kona Orchid Society will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Hualalai Academy Bridge Building at 74-499 Kealakaa St.

Cassandra Phillips of Kamuela Greenhouse Orchids will speak about potting media for optimum growth. She has examples from her extensive U.S. Department of Agriculture growth trials. Also, a drawing will be held for orchids and plants will be on display. Those wishing to display their orchids should be sure the plants are pest-free. A potluck will be served at 6:15 p.m. Participants should bring a dish or drinks to share.

For more information, call Jan Rae at 325-4991.

Bazaar planned Saturday in Waiohinu

Kauahaao Congregational Church in Waiohinu will hold a fundraising bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the church grounds at the corner of Mamalahoa Highway, Kamaoa Road and Pinao Street in Ka‘u. Entertainment will be held throughout the day and food will include laulau and baked goods.

Vendor spaces are available to organizations or individuals for $10 for a 10-by-10 foot booth. For more information and to reserve a booth, call Walter Wong Yuen after 7 p.m. at 928-8039.

FOLK book sale slated Saturday

The Friends of the Libraries, Kona will hold its next book sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Kailua-Kona Public Library lanai. Proceeds from sales help support the needs of the Kona libraries, with funding that includes educational and entertainment programs, community summer reading programs, visiting authors, magazine subscriptions, CDs, DVDs and new book purchases.

This will be the final sale for 2013. Volunteers are welcome. To help, email

Green Sand Beach hike planned

Kona Hiking Club will hike Saturday to Green Sand Beach at South Point. The hike will be about 5 miles round-trip over mostly level terrain. Hikers should be prepared for both hot and windy conditions and possible rain. If ocean conditions permit, swimming may be an option at the lunch stop.

Hikers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the parking lot near the boat ramp at South Point. Participants desiring to carpool from Kailua-Kona may meet at 6:45 a.m. at Lanihau Center near Buns in the Sun. Park away from businesses. Hikers should depart no later than 7 a.m. Carpoolers are encouraged to chip in for gasoline. For more information, call Kathleen at 557-9246.

Celebration of hula scheduled Saturday

The seventh annual “Celebration of E Mau Ana Ka Hula – The Hula Is Perpetuated” will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.

Kumu hula and students from across the Hawaiian Islands, Japan and Europe will present their art of style and tradition of hula with either hula kahiko (ancient) or hula auana (modern) styles of dance. Vendors will feature handmade Hawaiian items and food. Admission is free. The event will pay tribute to the Merrie Monarch, King David Kalakaua.

Hula workshops featuring several of the presenting kumu hula will be held today and Saturday. Festival information and registration for workshops is available