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About Town 12-9-12

Artificial tree recycling program in works

Kona International Market announces a recycling program for artificial Christmas trees. Trees will be distributed to needy families.

Trees may be donated between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday at the Kona International Market management office, 74-5533 Luhia St. Call 329-6262 for more information.

Support the Keiki food drive under way

The Hawaii Island United Way, Salvation Army, Kona Corps, Hawaii Island Food Basket and KAPA Hawaiian FM are teaming up and asking the community to join them in their Kakoo I Na Keiki, support the keiki, initiative to help feed Hawaii Island’s children during the December intersession.

Money may be donated online. Click the Support the Keiki button at or the HIUW logo at The Salvation Army will prepare and distribute the food.

Donations will be accepted at the Keauhou Shopping Center Christmas concerts slated from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with Kuana Torres Kahele and Dec. 19 with Lani Lee and Na Kupuna o Kona Alii.

Businesses supporting the initiative include HFS Federal Credit Union, Menehune Coffee, Islandwide Solar and Keauhou Shopping Center. Domino’s Pizza in Kailua-Kona will donate 10 percent of its Wednesday and Dec. 19 pizza sales to the program.

Ethics board meets Wednesday

The Hawaii County Board of Ethics meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday at County Council Chambers, Hawaii County Building, 25 Aupuni St., Hilo. The board’s meetings are open to the public.

The agenda is posted on the county’s website.

Contact Mary Fujio at 961-8251 for more information.

Children’s craft class slated for Dec. 18

Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation in Kona is taking registration through Dec. 17 for its free Christmas craft class for children ages 8 to 14. Participants will paint ceramic Christmas ornaments from 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Kekuaokalani Gym.

For more information or to register, call Marshall at 327-3565.

Kaloko-Honokohau park offers programs

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park presents a mini Hawaiian wreath-making workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 19. Space and materials are limited; for a reservation, call the park at 326-9057.

Ongoing activities at the park include:

c Mondays: Ukulele class with Mana Hasegawa from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

c Tuesdays: Geology tour with Mark Solien at 9 a.m.

c Wednesdays: Cultural demonstrations with Mele Barton from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

c Thursdays: Rance Pinao and friends perform contemporary Hawaiian music at 10 a.m. — visitors may bring instruments to play along.

c Every other Friday: Kamuela Himalaya teaches beginner hula from 10 a.m. to noon.

c Every other Friday: Park staff offer a honu talk at 10:30 a.m. at Aiopio Fishtrap.

All events are free and held at the park’s visitor center or the fishtrap. Call the park at the above number between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily for more information.