About Town 2-10-13


Historical farm open more hours

Kona Historical Society has extended hours for its 1920s-era Kona Coffee Living History Farm historic site. The farm will now be open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the last tour starting at 1 p.m.

The farm tells the story of the coffee pioneers’ many contributions to the Kona coffee industry and highlights immigrants’ resourcefulness, sustainable farming practices and family values. Interpreters in period dress interact with visitors to enhance understanding of the history as portrayed in buildings, artifacts and plants.

For more information, visit konahistorical.org or call the farm at 323-2006.

Foundation accepting grant requests

Hawaii Women’s Legal Foundation is accepting grant request applications from organizations and projects that help improve the legal status and welfare of women and children in Hawaii. The deadline for consideration is March 15. The foundation also accepts applications in September.

The foundation typically awards grants ranging from $500 to $5,000. The grants are intended to fund unique projects or to be used to jump-start an organization’s funding sources, not for general operating expenses. Criteria include: improving women and children’s access to the legal system; reducing child abuse; reducing domestic violence; reducing sexual abuse; increasing financial independence; and improving women and children’s health, education and welfare.

Applications are available at hwlf.org/grants, or by emailing Dianne Brookins at dbrookins@ahfi.com or Zale Okazaki at zale.okazaki@hawadvocate.com. For more information, call Okazaki at 537-6119 or Brookins at 524-1800.

Military convoys on the roads this week

Oahu-based military units will convoy from Kawaihae Harbor to Pohakuloa Training Area between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday via Kawaihae Road, Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Waikoloa Road, Mamalahoa Highway and Saddle Road.

Convoys will have Hawaii Police Department escorts front and rear. Motorists are advised to be alert and drive safely.

The PTA Department of Army Police is working closely with local authorities and military units to coordinate this activity.

For more information, call Public Affairs Officer Bob McElroy at 969-2427.

Kona Stories hosts book clubs

These book clubs meet at Kona Stories in the Keauhou Shopping Center. There is no fee to attend the clubs; attendees should read the book and be prepared for discussion. Bring a pupu or beverage to share.

The Second Tuesday Fiction Group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday to discuss “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel. In King Henry VIII’s court, Thomas Cromwell gambles his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political power. Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage.

The Just the Facts Group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 to discuss “Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey” by Fiona Carnarvon. The nonfiction work tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the inspiration for the hit PBS show “Downton Abbey,” and Lady Almina, the basis for the fictional character Lady Cora Crawley. The current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.

Both groups are facilitated by Brenda Eng or Joy Vogelgesang. For more information, call 324-0350.