About Town 12-29-12


Elderly Recreation offers seniors classes

The winter session of Elderly Recreation classes are starting soon. Classes run in 10-week sessions beginning Wednesday through March 8, excluding holidays and are open to anyone aged 55 and older. Most registration fees are $10 per session and can be paid in advance at the West Hawaii Civic Center or to the instructor on the first day of class.

West Hawaii classes available this session are as follows:

c Line dancing — 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Waikoloa Community Church; 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Waimea Community Center, 10:30 a.m.; 10:15 am. Mondays, Yano Hall, Captain Cook.

c Line dance aerobics — 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Hale Halawai, Kailua-Kona.

c Aquatic aerobic/ swim classes at the Kona Community Aquatic Center — deep water aerobics, 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; beginner adult swim lessons, 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays; intermediate adult swim lessons, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursdays.

c Senior fitness classes — 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Kona Aerial Gymnastics gym, Kailua-Kona; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Hale Halawai; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Yano Hall.

c Senior yoga — 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Yano Hall; 8:30 a.m. Mondays and Fridays, Hale Halawai, 8:30 a.m. Cost is $10 per month; begins Jan. 14.

c Ceramics — 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Waimea Senior Complex.

c Zumba Gold, 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays beginning March 5, West Hawaii Civic Center outdoor pavilion.

c Karaoke Club, Thursdays, Yano Hall; call for more information

c Ukulele — beginner from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and intermediate from 11 a.m. to noon, Hale Halawai.

c Pickleball — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, outdoor basketball courts at Kekuaokalani Gym. Equipment is provided and it is free to play.

c Free showing of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” 10 a.m. Jan. 9, West Hawaii Civic Center in the County Council Chambers (Building A).

For more information regarding senior classes or any of the senior clubs in West Hawaii, call the Elderly Recreation Services office at the West Hawaii Civic Center at 323-4340.

Orchid society meets Friday night

The Kona Orchid Society will meet at 6 p.m. Friday at the Hualalai Academy Bridge House, 74-4966 Kealakaa St., Kailua-Kona.

Glen Barfield of theorchidworks.com will speak about the different varieties of oncidinae intergeneric orchids and how to care for them.

The event includes a potluck dinner and displays of members’ orchids. A drawing for orchids will be held as well.

To order orchids before the meeting, visit Barfield’s website. He will bring them, and other plants for sale, to the meeting.

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

Plight of the honeybee discussed Jan. 25

“Bee the Change,” a program focusing on the plight of the honeybee in Hawaii and what can be done to help, is planned from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Gates Performing Arts Center.

The event, held in partnership with Bee Love Apiaries, The Kohala Center, Kohala Mountain Farm and Slow Food Hawaii, is free and open to the public. It will feature tastings of locally farmed honey, a screening of the critically acclaimed movie “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?” and a panel discussion featuring beekeepers, an entomologist from the University of Hawaii and bee educators.

For more information, or to make a reservation, contact Koh Ming Wei at 443-9231 or mwkoh@hpa.edu.

Kalo workshop set at Greenwell garden

Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden will host a kalo, or taro, workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26. Students will learn the process of growing, harvesting, cooking and pounding poi from kalo.

The class will also cover some of the basic principles of taro identification, and will include a look at the tools and techniques of making poi stones and poi boards. Garden staff members Manuel Rego and Kamuela Naihe will lead the class; Keahi Tomas will demonstrate poi making and share his expertise at making poi stones and boards.

The class cost is $25; $20 for Bishop Museum or Greenwell garden members. Register by calling 323-3318 or emailing agg@bishopmuseum.org. Students should bring lunch to the workshop.