About Town 3-7-13


PTA to Kawaihae convoy advisory

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

The 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 with local authorities and military units to coordinate this activity. For more information, call the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs Office at 656-3154 or 656-3160.

Halemaumau Trail cleanup times scheduled

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has launched “Stewardship at the Summit,” a volunteer project to restore native Hawaiian forest surrounding the park’s historic Halemaumau Trail.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon today, March 15 and 23. They should meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at the Kilauea Visitor Center, and wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, garden gloves, day pack, snacks and water. Tools will be provided. No advance registration is required; there is no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply.

The trail has been used since 1864, when guests at the Volcano House hotel used it to hike into Kilauea Caldera. A section leading across the caldera floor to Halemaumau Crater is closed, but much of the trail remains open.

Wayfinding presentation Friday at Imiloa

Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii will host Pwo Navigator Kalepa Baybayan’s talk, “In Losing the Sight of Land, You Discover the Stars,” at 7 p.m. Friday.

Baybayan will discuss the history of deep sea voyaging, exploration and oceanic wayfinding. He will share his efforts to revitalize this maritime culture by steering connections through an experience that explains the symbiotic relationship between land, sea, sky, science and culture.

Tickets are $10 for nonmembers; $8 for members. Purchase tickets at the front desk or call 969-9703 during regular business hours.

The center is located in Hilo. For more information, including a schedule of planetarium events, visit imiloahawaii.org.

Hospital auxiliary plans Saturday fundraiser

The hospital auxiliary will hold a rummage sale, bake sale and silent auction to raise funds for the nursing scholarship program from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Kona Community Hospital. Donations of household items are being solicited and will be accepted until the sale begins.

For more information, call 938-9694 or 322-9646.

Korean War veterans meeting Saturday

The Korean War Veterans Association West Hawaii Chapter 279 meets at 10 a.m. Saturday at Denny’s Restaurant on Henry Street, Kailua-Kona.

Membership is open to any person who has seen honorable service in any of the U.S. armed forces, defined as Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard if said service was within Korea, including territorial waters and airspace, at any time since Sept. 3, 1945, or said service was outside of Korea from June 25, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955. Associate members are welcome.

For more information, call Joe Nimori at 329-3058 or Bob Welter at 929-7001.