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About Town 11-8-13

Entries sought for Charity Trees event

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows invites area organizations and charities to participate in the 20th annual Charity Trees at Mauna Lani this holiday season. This event helps to raise awareness and funds for local nonprofit organizations.

Each decorated tree will be displayed in Mauna Lani Bay’s hotel lobby through the holiday season. Community members, resort guests, employees and friends are invited to view the entries and vote for their favorite tree with a $1 donation per vote.

The Charity Trees will be on display from Dec. 6 and winners will be announced Dec. 19. Mauna Lani Bay will award cash prizes to the organizations whose trees receive the highest number of votes: $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. Donations will be split among all participating organizations, excluding first, second and third place winners. All for-profit organizations must designate a charity to receive their donation.

Entry forms will be accepted through Nov. 25. For entry forms, visit or contact Ranie Fukumoto at 881-7002 or

Vegan afternoon planned Saturday

Gentle World presents A Vegan Afternoon beginning at noon Saturday at Maliu Ridge. The event includes video clips, answers to questions and a plant-based luncheon. Attendance is free to all who are interested in learning about the benefits of vegan living.

Call 884-5551 for directions to the site and reservations.

Gentle World is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization.

Parks offering free admittance

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park will waive entrance fees Saturday, Sunday and Monday in honor of Veterans Day weekend.

“Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed much to protect our freedom,” Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando said. “To honor the selfless service of our veterans, we invite everyone to experience the American heritage by visiting their national parks at no charge this Veterans Day weekend.”

Information on special offerings at parks nationwide is available at

Waikoloa garden group plans sale Saturday

Waikoloa Village Outdoor Circle holds a plant sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Waikoloa School. A propagation workshop taught by botanist Jen Lawson begins at 11 a.m.

For more information, call 895-4679.

Snorkel cruise benefits SKEA

A snorkel cruise aboard the Fair Wind from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday is a benefit for the Society for Kona’s Education and Art. The cruise departs from Keauhou Pier and cruises to Kealakekua Bay for snorkeling and swimming. Tickets are $75 for adults and $45 for children ages 4 to 12, plus tax.

Call Fair Wind at 322-2788 for reservations.

HarvesTea raises funds for rescue tubes

Island residents are invited to attend HarvesTea, scheduled for Nov. 16 at the Anna Ranch Heritage Center in Waimea. In addition to enjoying tea and crumpets, the main focus of HarvesTea is to bring attention to the need for water rescue tubes, and their sponsorship and installation on every beach on the Big Island. Originally funded through the Alex and Duke DeRego Foundation, HarvesTea is an extension of the effort on behalf of founder, Shirley DeRego. The public is now being invited to join the vision of “Saving Lives One Tube At A Time!” while completing the goal of installing 75 additional tubes.

HarvesTea begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes a full tea-style meal, including petite sandwiches and quiche, green salad, fruit, scones, desserts, as well as hot and cold tea. International author and Waimea resident Darian Gee will share on the value of friendship and community as it wraps around her novel, “Friendship Bread.” DeRego will share why and how the foundation was created, the focus on supporting the Junior Lifeguard Program, as well as the call to provide rescue tubes for island beaches.

Sponsorship of a rescue tube is needed. An individual, corporation or group can sponsor a tube with a tax deductible donation of $100, which includes tube and installation hardware.

Tickets are $20 per person, with all proceeds benefiting the Alex and Duke DeRego Foundation. Seating is limited. To make a reservation, contact Darlene Pullen at 220-7584 or All reservations and payment must be received by Monday. HarvesTea is sponsored by the Women’s Ministry of New Hope Waimea Christian Fellowship.

Hospital auxiliary board to meet

The Kona Community Hospital Auxiliary board meets at 1 p.m. Monday in the hospital conference room. Visitors are welcome to attend the meeting.

For more information, call 322-4577 or visit