About Town 4-25-13


Prescription drug take-back event slated

The Hawaii Police Department invites the public to participate in a prescription drug take-back event slated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kealakehe police station, 74-611 Hale Makai Place. Unused, unneeded or expired prescription medications will be collected for safe, anonymous disposal.

Tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage forms will be accepted; intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted.

Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.

The program is sponsored in Hawaii by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the state Department of the Attorney General and the Department of Public Safety. For more information, visit deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

HFD plans fireworks disposal events

Fire Chief Darren Rosario has announced a program to collect unwanted, illegal and damaged fireworks. The Hawaii Fire Department will conduct a one-day-only Fireworks Collection campaign Saturday at four locations islandwide.

Improperly stored fireworks can create both a fire and public safety hazard. Many consumers do not use all fireworks purchased for holidays, storing unused product with the intent to use on the next permissible occasion. Stored fireworks may add to the intensity and spread of a fire, should one occur. Old or damaged fireworks are dangerous and may not function as designed.

Contact the HFD Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2912 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information regarding drop off locations and times.

Workshop on pest management Saturday

The Kona Risk Management Road Show’s Orchard Growers Field Day is planned from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Registration begins at 8:15 at the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Kona Research Station, 79-7381 Mamalahoa Highway, Kainaliu — across from the Aloha Theatre.

To reserve a space, call Gina at 322-4892 or email ginab@hawaii.edu.

Participants will learn how to diversify to reduce farming risks. Hawaii has four major types of fruit flies that attack various fruit and vegetable crops. Each requires different treatment methods. Research entomologist Roger Vargas will demonstrate fruit fly identification and the various methods of control.

Banana moth caterpillars are a pest of many tropical plants. Mark Wright of UH CTAHR will explain how to identify banana moth, their host plants, and methods of control.

Drake Weinert will speak about Korean natural farming, which incorporates the use of indigenous microorganisms to control farm waste odor and improve growth in vegetable and tree crops.

The event also includes a trade show featuring agricultural chemical companies, crop insurance agents, government agencies, nonprofits and various Extension programs.

For more information or to request an auxiliary aid or service, contact Gina by email or Andrea at andreak@hawaii.edu or 322-4892.

Celebrating Ohana slated Saturday

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In recognition, Neighborhood Place of Kona is hosting Celebrating Ohana from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Kona International Market. The free family event offers community resources, activities for keiki, entertainment by children and adult community members, stew or vegetarian chili and door prizes donated by Kona merchants.

For more information, call Neighborhood Place of Kona at 331-8777.

Pa‘u rider workshop slated for weekend

A pa‘u workshop is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Kona Historical Society in Kealakekua. Held in conjunction with the King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade on June 15 in Kailua-Kona, the workshop begins with instruction in making lei for riders and horses, as well as the proper flowers and foliage used for each Hawaiian island. Topics on the workshop’s second day will include a history of pa‘u, wrapping of the garment, equestrian skills and parade protocol. Hawaii Island kupuna will be on hand to share their knowledge and stories.

Open to the public, the workshop is designed for parade participants who will be riding in the pa‘u equestrian style, characterized by long flowing skirts made of a single piece of fabric fastened at the waistline with kukui nuts.

For more information, contact Barbara Nobriga at 322-9944.