About Town 11-20-12


Walk in national park scheduled for Dec. 9

The Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park invites the public to join it for a Sunday Walk in the Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Led by Nick Shema, the six-mile, round-trip walk will explore the Puna Coast Trail.

Starting at the Puu Loa Petroglyph Trail parking area, the walk will follow the Puna Coast Trail for approximately three miles (toward Apua Point). The group will cross 1971 and 1972 lava flows and have lunch overlooking the ocean while watching for whales. Return is via the same trail.

This moderately strenuous hike will traverse hardened pahoehoe along a windswept, sun-soaked landscape. Hikers should be in good condition, able to do without shade all day in a remote, rugged area.

Participants provide their own transportation to the Puu Loa Petroglyph Trail parking area in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. To view maps, visit nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/maps.htm.

The walk is free for Friends members, and nonmembers are welcome to join the nonprofit organization in order to attend. Annual memberships are $30 for individuals and $45 for families, and come with a variety of benefits.

To register, call 985-7373 or visit fhvnp.org

Kahilu benefit concert slated for Dec. 22

The Kona Music Society and guest singers from Waimea will perform movements from Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea. The performance is a benefit concert for the theater.

Call 885-6868 for tickets.

Story time, photos with Grinch on tap

Kona Stories bookstore, assisted by the American Association of University Women, will host a story time for children ages 3 to 6 at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 28 at the courtyard on the KTA side of Keauhou Shopping Center. The story time will include holiday-themed tales and crafts. A $5 participation fee covers crafts and a snack. Space is limited to 30 children; early registration is recommended, check in by 10:20 a.m. at the book store.

“The Grinch” will appear at Kona Stories from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 24 through Dec. 22. The Grinch will pose for photos with people and pets. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about either event, call Brenda or Joy at 324-0350.

Watson to discuss positive behavior

Advocates for students with special needs, therapists, school counselors, foster parents, parents, educators and community members are encouraged to attend a free educational program on practical tools and tips to encourage positive behavior in children.

Wendy Watson, programs and services supervisor for ARC of the Greater Twin Cities in Minnesota, will present the program from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at Tutu’s House in Waimea. Her area of focus is educational advocacy for children from kindergarten through young adulthood.

Watson will draw on her years of experience to provide positive behavior interventions and supports, tips and techniques than can be used by parents and all who work with youth to support positive behavior at home, at school and in the community. Originally designed to help create in-school environments that encourage positive student behavior, it has been adapted to include tips and techniques for increasing positive behavior at home.

To register to attend, call Tutu’s House at 885-6777. There are no fees for Tutu’s House programs, but tax-deductible donations are welcome. Tutu’s House is a project of Friends of the Future, a Waimea-based nonprofit organization.