About Town 2-18-13


Grow Hawaiian festival set for weekend

The ninth annual Grow Hawaiian Weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is a celebration of Hawaiian cultural and natural history at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook. All activities are free.

Following is the scheduled of events:

c Friday: noon to 4 p.m., taro experts Jerry Konanui and Keahi Tomas and local schoolchildren present poi pounding. Boards and stones and cooked taro will be available for everyone from beginners to experts to try their hand at this traditional culinary art.

c Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., presentations on botanical gardens, taro cultivation, storytelling sessions, conservation, horticulture and lauhala weaving, and demonstrations of ipu gourd decorating, kapa making, weaving, woodworking, lei making, taro cultivation and Hawaiian dyes. There will be hands-on activities for the keiki and adults, plant and insect identification booths, displays, live entertainment, Hawaiian food and more. Garden tours and book signings also are planned.

c Saturday: 9 a.m. to noon, Feed Hawaii presents the Grow Local Recipe Exchange. The nonprofit invites the public to share recipes or make and bring dishes to enter in the recipe contest. The contest criteria are taste, originality, nutrition and use of locally grown and canoe crops. Contest categories are appetizers, soups/sides/salads, main dish, dessert and beverages. To enter the contest, list all ingredients and email the recipe by Wednesday to una@hawaii.rr.com. Call Una Greenaway at 328-8888 for more information.

c Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to noon, natural and cultural interpreter Bobby Camara leads a tour of the archaeological sites and geological features of Kalaemano. The tour starts at the Kaupulehu Cultural Center.

For more information, call 323-3318, visit bishopmuseum.org/greenwell or email agg@bishopmuseum.org. The garden is Bishop Museum’s native plant arboretum, located 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona on Highway 11, just south of mile marker 110.

The festival, presented by Hawaii Forest and Trail, is supported in part by a grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Ahahui Events Program. Support for this event is also provided by Kukio, Kealakekua Ranch Ltd., Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center and Kamehameha Schools.

Prostate cancer group meets Wednesday

A prostate cancer information and support group meets at noon Wednesday at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel’s pool bar. Newly diagnosed and prostate cancer survivors are welcome to share cancer-related issues and support other attendees.

Call Alapaki Tampos at 326-1888 for more information.

WHEA accepting student applications

West Hawaii Explorations Academy is accepting applications for admission for students in grades 6 to 12. Applications submitted prior to Feb. 28 will be entered in the March 1 lottery for openings.

A wait list will be established when all openings are filled.

Submit applications at whea.net. Contact explorations@whea.net or 327-4751 for more information.

Cancer support group meets Thursday

Cancer support group You’ll Never Walk Alone meets from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Cancer survivors and co-survivors may attend the free meeting; light refreshments are served.

For more information and directions to the meeting site, call Michele Robinson at 333-5328.

Waimea Outdoor Circle seeks vendors for sale

Waimea Outdoor Circle’s spring plant sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 at the Waimea Nature Park, Ulu Laau The Garden of Trees. Vendors and exhibitors are invited to participate at this event.

Visit waimeaoutdoorcircle.org or contact Cheryl Langton at 936-1468 or Carol Hendricks at 885-4453 for more information.

Women of Purpose meeting Friday

Hawaii Women of Purpose-Big Island will gather from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at The Learning Center in Waikoloa Highlands Shopping Center.

This event is for women who desire to connect, network and fulfill their God-given destinies.

For more information, visit hawaiiwomenofpurpose.com or call 883-9512.

Senior ID distribution at Yano Hall canceled

The Hawaii County Elderly Activities Division has canceled the distribution of senior ID cards originally scheduled for Friday at Yano Hall in Captain Cook.

For more information, call 961-8777, between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Free movie night Friday in Waimea

New Hope Waimea Christian Fellowship will screen “Up” at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the church.

The drive-in style presentation of the animated film features free admission, popcorn, bottled water, hot cocoa and a balloon for each child while supplies last.

For more information, call the church at 885-5510.

Kelly talks parenting drug-free kids

Tutu’s House will host a presentation by Chris Kelly, founder of Prevention PLUS, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at its facility in Waimea. Kelly will discuss parenting drug-free kids in a drug-filled world.

All parents, teachers and school personnel are encouraged to attend.

For more information, visit preventionplus.info. To register, call Tutu’s House at 885-6777.

Keauhou Bay cleanup scheduled Saturday

Kamehameha Investment Corp., in partnership with Kamehameha Schools, has organized the second annual Keauhou Bay Cleanup planned from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Participants should meet at the Keauhou Canoe Club hale.

Plastic gloves, garbage bags, trash containers, T-shirts and lunch will be provided. Participants will collect paper, plastic, fish hooks and other opala in and around Keauhou Bay. Volunteers will also cut down tall brush near the club’s hale and clean and paint the bay’s restrooms.

Sponsors include KTA, Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay, Fair Wind-Big Island Ocean Guides, Keauhou Shopping Center, Kona Country Club, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai and KAPA Radio.

Trail maintenance work slated in Kapaau

Iole will host a volunteer trail maintenance day from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Kohala, with catered lunch to follow. Participants should meet at 53-496 Iole Road, Kapaau.

Call Iole at 889-5151 for more information.

AARP Driver Safety Class planned

Kona Palisades Community Association is sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Class from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Palisades Recreation Center located on Kaiminani Drive at the foot of the subdivision.

The course covers defensive driving tactics, dealing with road rage, cell phones, general safety, rules of the road, how to adjust to age-related changes in vision and hearing ability and slower reaction time. The classroom refresher course does not involve driving or written tests.

Participants having Hartford Insurance may receive as much as a 10 percent discount on automobile insurance upon completion of the course.

Total cost for the course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers.

Class size is limited.

To register for the class or for more information, call instructors Reni or Roy Damron at 325-5422.

Garden workshops offered in Waimea

Malaai School Garden in Waimea is offer free school-community workshops from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Reservations are requested and can be made by emailing alethea@malaai.org.

The workshops are as follows:

c Saturday: “Cooking From Our Island Garden,” featuring chefs Maria Peterson and Dan Bobo and his wife, Clare. Tastings will be offered.

c March 16: “Worm Composting for Delicious Home Produce” is an educational look at vermiculture, also known as worm composting.

c April 20: “Herb Gardening Basics,” presented Amanda Rieux, garden program director, discusses how to grow both classic and traditional Hawaiian herbs.

c May 18: A garden tour of Waimea offers an exploration from Waimea’s “wet side” to its “dry side.” Participants meet at Malaai and then caravan around town.

All workshops are at Malaai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School, except as noted. Donations are welcome.

The workshops are made possible by a Richard Smart Fund/Hawaii Community Foundation grant.