About Town 4-24-13


Native Hawaiian health workshops scheduled

Native Hawaiian health organization Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi is hosting community workshops islandwide. Participants will learn to identify and properly use medicinal herbs, laau, for healing. They will receive hands-on instruction in traditional Hawaiian massage, lomilomi. Students will also learn the ancient Hawaiian art of conflict resolution, hooponopono.

Kahuna Ikaika Dombrigues, who has more than 40 years of experience in health treatment and education using traditional practices, will lead the workshops. Dombrigues continues practices the traditions and teachings of Na Kahuna Lapaau o Mu Heiau O Lono.

Workshops in West Hawaii are scheduled as follows:

c 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 at the Kahilu Town Hall in Waimea

c 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 25 at the Imin Center in Holualoa

c 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 9 at the Naalehu Community Center

To sign up or for more information, contact Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi at 969-9220.

Imiloa planning summer program

Imiloa Astronomy Center is seeking junior explorers and innovators for CAMP Imi-POSSIBLE. Sessions of the summer intersession program for kindergarten through fifth-graders are planned May 27 to 31 and June 3 to 7.

Keiki explorers will be immersed in a weeklong adventure of “WAI-ology,” an investigation of the mysterious water realms of inner and outer space. Children will follow in the footsteps of astronomers observing Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa. The final day, parents and keiki will participate in the WAI-ology Hoike, a celebration of new learning.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Drop-off is available as early as 7:30 a.m. with pick up by 4 p.m. A healthy lunch and snack should be brought each day. Enrollment is open, but space is limited. Tuition for either weeklong session is $180 for members; $200 for nonmembers.

Some need-based scholarships are available; visit imiloahawaii.org/183 for information and an application. Submit applications and payment at the front desk. For more, contact Craig Mitchell at 969-9720 or by email at cmitchell@imiloahawaii.org.

Coast Guard offers boater safety course

A U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety course is slated for Saturday at the Coast Guard office at Honokohau Harbor. The class, expected to last eight hours, begins at 9 a.m and costs $40.

Topics of the course, led by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members, include an introduction to boating, boating law, safety equipment and navigation. Attendance fulfills the state recreational boat operator course requirements for 2014.

To register or for more information, call 557-6577.

Libraries upgrading reservations system

The Hawaii State Public Library System is performing an upgrade to its Smart Access Management Internet reservation system in two West Hawaii libraries now through Friday. The computers at the Kailua-Kona and North Kohala libraries will be unavailable for reservations through the completion of the upgrade in each library. Walk-up sessions may or may not be available, depending on the progress of the upgrade.

SAM is a computer-based system that allows users to reserve and register for Internet sessions in HSPLS’s 50 public libraries; it helps HSPLS maximize the use of public Internet computers and ensures equal access for our patrons.

The upgrade is necessary to stabilize the SAM Internet reservation system and make it fully compatible with the Windows 7 operating systems in the recently installed public computers. To lessen the impact on library patrons, the upgrade is being scheduled during a traditionally slow period of the year and as much as possible on days when the libraries are scheduled to be closed.

For more information, contact the local library or visit librarieshawaii.org.

Local food, music slated Saturday in Honaunau

Slow Food Hawaii and One Island are hosting Ginger and Jazz from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Honaunau. A local foods four-course dinner, with vegetarian options, and a jazz quartet will highlight this farm-based dinner event. The Slow Food Hawaii chef’s menu is online, as is the musical lineup and list of participating farms and producers. Learn more at oneisland.org/hawaii/events/ginger-and-jazz-april-27th.

Proceeds from Ginger and Jazz will support school and community food gardens on the Big Island. For reservations, email hawaii@oneisland.org or call 328-2452.