About Town 3-21-13


Agriculture talk story slated Friday in Pahoa

A talk story meeting with agriculture and industry experts begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Pahoa Community Center.

“Food is a basic necessity that many struggle to obtain. Cultivating sustainable farming and encouraging agricultural development is necessary for our community, our island, to not only survive, but to thrive,” said District 4 Council member Greggor Ilagan. “Everyone is invited. Whether you’re a home gardener, local business, farm expert or beginner, get your ideas and concerns heard.”

Friday’s community discussion will include individuals from the Hawaii Papaya Association and the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Agriculture programs. An overview of the UH-Hilo Agriculture programs, workshops, education and possibly grant funds will be discussed.

For more information, contact Ilagan at 965-2712, or email gilagan@hawaiicounty.gov.

Chamber orchestra to perform Sunday

The Kona Elks Lodge invites members and the public to a membership drive and fundraiser for the Chamber Orchestra of Kona on Sunday. The Elks lodge opens at 11 a.m. for appetizers; the orchestra performs at 1 p.m. Admission is $20; reservations are required. Call 329-2616 for more information or to register.

Anchialine pond cleanups planned

The Hawaii Wildlife Fund is hosting Hoonoua anchialine pool workdays along the Waiohinu coastline Tuesday and Wednesday. These workdays include invasive plant species removal and sediment removal in the northernmost pool.

For more more information, including car pool information, contact Megan at meg.hwf@gmail.com.

Fish taco class slated Tuesday

Participants will learn a tasty way to use fresh island fish at a cooking class taught by Abbey Golden from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hale Halawai in Kailua-Kona. Students will make grilled fish tacos topped with cilantro cream sauce and red cabbage slaw, served on fresh soft corn tortillas. Tortillas may be made gluten-free; request this option when registering.

The $15 class fee includes recipes and tasting. Call the Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation, Culture and Arts division to register at 961-8706.

Navigating a hospital stay lecture planned

The Kona Hospital Foundation and Kona Community Hospital will present “What happens when I enter a hospital,” a lecture by Dr. Kathleen Rokavec, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Meeting Hale at the West Hawaii Civic Center. Rokavec is the medical director at Kona and Kohala hospitals.

Admission is free; attendees will receive informative handouts and giveaways.

For more information, call 322-4587, email skinsey@khfhawaii.org or visit khfhawaii.org.