About Town 3-28-13


Hospice conducting virtual race

Hospice Hawaii is hosting a virtual race from Friday to April 25. The contest will challenge participants to navigate around a map of the Hawaiian Islands with riddles. Those who successfully complete the race will be entered for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas.

Hospice Hawaii will challenge participants to a different race course each week. To play, visit hospicehawaii.org to find a riddle about a mystery location and be directed to a 3-D map of Hawaii. Each course has five mystery locations where a hidden letter will be unveiled. Once all five are located, the letters will reveal a secret code.

To win, virtual race participants must be present at Hot Pursuit, an “Amazing Race”-style event and fundraiser for Hospice, April 27 at Ward Center on Oahu.

For more information, visit hospicehawaii.org or call 791-8075.

Waikoloa egg hunt slated Saturday

“Waikoloa’s Biggest Easter Egg Hunt” is planned from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Hooko Park, below Waikoloa School. This free family event also includes face painting, a balloon artist, food and special visits from Optimus Prime, SpongeBob, SquarePants, Hello Kitty and the Easter bunny. The toddler egg hunt begins at 9 a.m. Three age divisions follow.

Prizes at the event include bicycles and Kindle HDs. Those attending should wear sunscreen and bring a basket or bag to collect eggs.

For more information, call 883-9512. Register prior to the event at abundantlifewaikoloa.com.

Easter sunrise service planned

The Kona Ministers Fellowship invites the community to its annual sunrise service on Easter Sunday. The annual event, in its 32nd year, features songs of praise, hula halau from area churches, keiki and adult messages and a children’s choir. “Our Living Hope” is this year’s theme.

The service begins at 6 a.m. on the field between the goal posts at Old Kona Airport Park. Limited seating is available; bring folding chairs or blankets to sit on.

Traditional agricultural presentation Monday

Noa Kekuewa Lincoln will delve into traditional Hawaiian wisdom about food plants and the environment during a presentation from 7 to 8:30 Monday at the Lyman Museum in Hilo.

The ancient Hawaiians’ interaction with their environment, which differed considerably from the smaller and older islands elsewhere in the Pacific, produced intensive agricultural systems. It is believed these systems sustained a precontact population on the Big Island similar to current numbers; yet today, many Hawaiians eat imported food, and much of what is grown locally is treated with chemical fertilizers.

Lincoln will describe how he tests the impact small choices have on the agricultural landscape. He will also explain which traditional practices could be employed for the productivity and sustainability of modern agricultural systems.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $3; free to Lyman Museum members. For more information, visit lymanmuseum.org.

Family reading program headed to Russia

The Friends of the Libraries, Kona is hosting Books are Building Blocks, its free family read aloud program, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kailua-Kona Public Library. Participants will “travel” to Russia, with Priscilla MacGregor, teacher of exploring new languages at Kealakehe Intermediate School, her Russian students and a foreign exchange student from Tajikistan.

Parents must attend the program with their children. A designated reader leads each age group: kindergarten, first and second grades, third and fourth grades, fifth and sixth grades and a parent group. A discussion follows the reading.

Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. in front of the library. Following the event, families meet on the library lanai for light refreshments and door prizes. Participation is limited to 75 people.

To sponsor a program or for more information, email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or visit folkhawaii.com.

Arquitola graduates basic combat training

Army Reserve Pvt. Marvin B. Arquitola has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Arquitola is a 2001 graduate of Waiakea High School.

Codependent women’s meeting slated Monday

A Codependents Anonymous women’s meeting is held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. every Monday at the Kona Center, Unity Community Church pavilion at the corner of Kuakini Highway and Hanama Place.

For more information, call Carol at 937- 9150.