About Town 3-8-13


Imiloa’s KTA Family Free Day is Sunday

The public is invited to celebrate Imiloa Astronomy Center’s seventh anniversary at KTA Family Free Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Sponsored by KTA Super Stores, and in partnership with Journey through the Universe, this event is free to the community.

The first 500 keiki will receive a special Imiloa giveaway. The day’s offerings include access to Imiloa’s exhibit hall and Journey through the Universe presentations with a keynote speech by Jeff Goldstein at 2:30 p.m., “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Present, and Inspiring the Future.” Presentations and hands-on activities are planned throughout the day. KTA Super Stores will be offer beef franks with sweetbread bun for sale and free birthday cake will be served to the first 1,000 visitors.

Journey through the Universe, a space and science education program for students, teachers and parents, runs through March 15. Visit gemini.edu/journey or imiloahawaii.org for more information.

Lions pancake breakfast slated Sunday

The Kailua-Kona Lions Club will hold its pancake breakfast from 6:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Hale Halawai on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona. Pancakes, sausage and beverages will be served; entertainment by local kupuna groups is planned.

Students’ winning posters from the “Sight Is Beautiful” contest will be displayed; used eyeglasses will be accepted for the Lions recycle program.

Tickets are $8 and available from any Kailua-Kona Lions member or at the door; children younger than 6 are free. Proceeds support the club’s scholarship program, preschool vision screening, hearing tests and other projects.

Prayer gathering honors tsunami anniversary

Masaru Emoto, a water messenger from Japan, and kumu Keala Ching are leading a prayer for the Pacific Ocean to mark the two-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The free gathering begins at 7:46 p.m. Sunday at the banyan tree between Kailua Pier and King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.

The event is presented by Harmonics Life Center Hawaii. For more information, visit harmonicslife.com, email rawinfo@harmonicslife.net or call 334-9616.

Vision loss forum planned Monday

Issues related to vision loss, including difficulties reading, identifying household items, working or cooking are among the topics to be addressed at a Low Vision Resource Forum slated for 10 a.m. Monday at Hale Halawai in Kailua-Kona.

Attendees will discover vision loss does not mean a loss of normal activities; it simply requires different techniques.

This event is open to the public and sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind West Hawaii chapter.

For more information, call 345-7065.

Rotary offers community grants

North Hawaii nonprofit organizations in the areas of health, human services or youth activities may apply for Rotary Club of North Hawaii community grants.

The application deadline is April 30 — grants will be awarded in May. Forms are available at north-hawaii-rotary.org. Submit applications to Rotary Club of North Hawaii, P.O. Box 1997, Kamuela, HI 96743.