About Town 12-12-12


Library closed for recarpeting

The Kailua-Kona Public Library is temporarily closed for a recarpeting project that began Tuesday. The book drops remain open.

During the closure, patrons may visit librarieshawaii.org to browse the state libraries’ catalog for book titles, ebooks, digital audio books and online databases that provide access to full-text materials.

Website users may also get answers to informational reference questions by using the “Ask-A-Librarian” service.

An announcement will be made when the library is scheduled to reopen.

Love to discuss tropical grape hybrids

West Hawaii chapter of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the University of Hawaii Experiment Station in Kainaliu, across from Aloha Theatre. Nonmembers are welcome to attend.

Ken Love will talk about the national grape collection in Davis, Calif., and the future of tropical grapes in Hawaii. New hybrids that can make grapes a successful niche market crop for small farmers will also be discussed.

All attending are encouraged to bring fruit for sampling and talk story.

For more information, contact Brian Lievens at 895-8753 or greenwizard@hawaii.rr.com or Love at 323-2417 or kenlove@hawaiiantel.net.

Kanu o ka Aina’s Festival of Lights is Friday

Kanu o ka Aina New Century Public Charter School will hold its annual Festival of Lights on Friday at the school. The festival includes a Christmas sale featuring gifts and holiday items from teachers, students and parents of Kanu’s various grade levels, followed by a Christmas concert. For more information, call 890-8144.

Waimea’s Kanu o ka Aina New Century Public Charter School is a free kindergarten through 12th grade public school, with a focus on Hawaiian culture.

For more information, visit kanu.kalo.org/contact.

Students selling plate lunches as fundraiser

Kealakehe Elementary School students will sell plate lunches to raise funds for their trip to Oahu. The sale is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kailua-Kona KTA. Barbecue beef plates will sell for $8, steak plates are $10.

Huakai Oahu is an opportunity for fifth-graders to experience Hawaiian culture, language and history by visiting Oahu’s historical sites.

Contact Brandy Fujisaka at 327-4308 for more information.

Sunday’s Child seeks gift donations

Sunday’s Child Foundation is asking for the community’s help in providing gifts for keiki this holiday season. The foundation is in need of gifts for teens and tweens ages 11 to 17. To donate a gift, drop off unwrapped presents at the Kona Tiki Hotel in Kailua-Kona or at Dr. John Stover’s Cosmetic Center in Waimea.

The foundation’s primary focus is to provide educational programs and life changing experiences to at-risk keiki in the Hawaiian Islands. For more information about its programs, visit www.sundayschildfoundation.org.

Celtic music program slated for Tuesday

The Kona Celtic Connection will perform jigs, hornpipes, reels and holiday music from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Kailua-Kona Public Library. The group will share the history of the Celtic roots of the holiday season. Musicians include Jamilla Nur and Mary Collier, violins; Ahti Mohala, penny whistle and drum; Jas Marlin, guitars and bodhran; and Cheryl Gamma, flute and percussion.

The free program is sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona. For more information, call the library at 327-4327.