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Spring concert slated Friday

Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation, along with the West Hawaii County Band, is offering a free spring concert from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hale Halawai in Kailua-Kona. Bench chairs will be available for seating, but those attending are urged to bring a comfortable chair for this drug-, tobacco-, alcohol- and litter-free event.

For more information, call Marshall Tohara at 327-3565, visit or email

Ka‘u Coffee Festival kicks off Saturday

The Ka‘u Coffee Festival starts Saturday and culminates with a hoolaulea May 4 and coffee education May 5. The festival is supported by the Hawaii County Department of Research and Development, Hawaii Tourism Authority and Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

“Simply Elegant,” the second Ka‘u Farmers Table, is planned Saturday at The Inn at Kalaekilohana. The limited seating event features locally sourced food and live entertainment. Advance tickets are $75 at

The Triple C Recipe Contest will be held Sunday at Ka‘u Coffee Mill, with competition in cookies, candies and crackers made with Ka‘u coffee. Admission and coffee tasting are free; find information at

A hike of the Ka‘u Mountain water flume system is slated May 1. The hike is limited to 30 participants. Lunch is provided. Visit or phone 928-0550 for pricing and other information.

Coffee and Cattle Day is slated May 3 at Aikane Plantation Coffee farm, where descendants of the first coffee farmer in Ka‘u explain how coffee is integrated into other agriculture. There is a fee; lunch is included. Visit or phone 927-2252.

Observe the heavens from Makanau at Ka‘u Star Gazing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 3. To sign up, see or call 928-0550.

The free May 4 Ka‘u Coffee Festival Hoolaulea at the Pahala Community Center features music, hula, food, crafts, coffee tastings and farm tours. Ka‘u Coffee Experience coffee tasting is $5; farm tours are $20. Call 929-9550 or visit

Learn about the coffee industry May 5 at the Ka‘u Coffee College at Pahala Community Center. The event is free; donations are accepted. Call 929-9550 or visit

Hannaford speaks on internalizing peace

A presentation by Carla Hannaford will share research on the true nature of the human species and also provide practical tools for internalizing peace from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel’s ballroom 1.

Hannaford is an award-winning biologist, educator and author of four books who has conducted workshops in more than 45 countries. Her workshops are based on research showing how the heart controls the brain and how people can become peacemakers. The program will also include a “Bridge of Peace” ceremony connecting individuals beyond race, culture and nationality.

Registration and coffee start at 9:30 a.m. The program is followed by a light lunch. The cost is donation only.

Reservations are required by Wednesday. Contact Betsy at or 987-6510.