About Town 3-6-13


One Island schedules programs in March

One Island Sustainable Living Center on Painted Church Road in Honaunau offers the following programs and events in March (For more information about any of these events, visit oneisland.org; to make a reservation, email hawaii@oneisland.org):

From 8 a.m. to noon today, soil expert Bob Shaffer presents “Got Soil,” and Mary Roblee of the Kona Soil and Water Conservation District will lead “Where’s Your Watershed.” Bring lunch.

An optional community garden sheet mulching soil building project begins at 1 p.m. Workshop donation is between $15 and $25, including materials; free for new One Island members.

Una Greenaway will lead “Healthy Organic Gardening” from 8:45 a.m. to noon March 13 at Kuaiwi Farm in Captain Cook.

Participants will learn about soil building and planting systems on the non-GMO farm. Meet at the lower Kealakekua Ranch Center parking lot at 8:45 and carpool to the farm. Bring gloves, sturdy shoes and wear protective clothing.

Workshop donation is $25; free to a new One Island members.

Rick Bennett will lead a field trip to explore the Kealakekua Bay watershed from 9 a.m. to noon March 16.

Participants will see the watershed in its totality, learn about the human influences that threaten its health and learn ways to help. Meet at the lower Kealakekua Ranch Center parking lot at 8:45 a.m. to carpool. Bring lunch.

Donation is $15; $5 for youth. Funds support the YES Youth Camp marine studies program.

A composting and vermiculture workshop is slated from 9 to 11 a.m. March 20.

Participants will learn about composting and discover the benefits of earthworms. The first 10 people to register will receive a compost bin; worm bins are available. Workshop donation is $15; $25 for couples; free to new One Island members.

A tour of the Malamamalama aquaponic farm in South Kona is slated from 9 to 11 a.m. March 27. Bring a grocery bag to purchase fresh produce.

Directions to the farm will be sent to those who RSVP. Tour donation is $15; $25 for couples; or free with a One Island membership.

A marine expedition aboard a Body Glove boat is slated from 1 to 4 p.m. March 29. Meet at the Kailua Pier at 12:30 p.m. Guides will discuss the life and migration patterns of the whales, including the disruption of their migrations due to debris from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The group discount rate is $85 per adult; $65 per child.

Free film nights are planned at 7 p.m. Thursdays in March. Discussion follows the screenings. Film nights are free, but donations are accepted.

“End of the Line,” a film about the collapse of the world’s fisheries, will be shown March 7.

“Dirt!” will be screened March 14. The film tells of people working to change the fate of human impact on the soil.

“Half the Sky,” which shows the role women play across cultures, will air March 21.

“Blue Gold,” a film about water rights, will be presented March 28.

Orchid Society meets Friday night

The Kona Orchid Society meets at 6 p.m. Friday at Hualalai Academy, located at 74-4966 Kealakaa St., Kailua-Kona. The speaker will be Clayton Lowe of cllowesorchids.com, located in Keaau. He will discuss the care of cattleyas and cymbidiums.

Potluck will be served at 6:15 p.m.; bring something to share.

Members will show and discuss plants that they will bring in and a drawing of plants will take place.

New members are welcome.

For more information, contact Jan Rae at 325-4991.

Book sale slated Saturday at library

The Friends of the Libraries, Kona will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Kailua-Kona Public Library lanai. Proceeds from sales support the needs of the region’s libraries, with funding that includes educational and entertainment programs, reading programs and new book purchases.

To volunteer to help with the sale, call 322-0077.