About Town 5-3-13


Hulihee Palace announces new hours

Hulihee Palace has expanded its museum hours and instituted a new fee schedule. The museum is now open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. most Mondays through Saturdays. The palace will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Mondays following Sunday Kokua Kailua Village Strolls.

Admission rates for nonguided tours are now $8 for adults and $6 kamaaina, military and seniors, 65 and older. Guided tour admission is $10 for adults, $8 kamaaina, military and seniors. Admission for children 18 and younger is $1.

Visitors may choose from a 45-minute docent-guided tour or self-guided tour with a provided brochure. They may also use their cellphones to access a free “On Cell” audio tour — regular mobile fees may apply.

Hulihee Palace houses a collection of ancient Hawaiian artifacts and memorabilia of 19th century Hawaiian royalty. The palace structure has been restored to its 1885 condition, a period of Hawaiian history known as the Kalakaua Era. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The gift shop is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For details, call 329-1877 or 329-9555 or visit daughtersofhawaii.org. Call the gift shop at 329-6558.

West Hawaii blood drives planned

Roughly 60 percent of people in Hawaii will need blood in their lifetime, including moms and newborns during delivery. The Blood Bank of Hawaii is planning blood drives to help hospitals and patients have the blood they need when they need it.

A drive is planned from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at The Church of Latter-day Saints, Waimea Hawaii Ward Cultural Hall.

Another is slated from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Church of Latter-day Saints, Kona Hawaii Stake Cultural Hall.

Donors must be in good health, 18 or older — 17 with signed consent form, weigh at least 110 pounds and bring a valid photo ID with date of birth.

Drives are subject to change; call (800) 372-9966 to make an appointment or verify drive information. For more information, visit bbh.org.

Seashells presentation set Monday at museum

Don Hemmes, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, will deliver a presentation on his favorite seashells at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lyman Museum. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; admission is $3 or free for museum members.

Hemmes will speak about a variety of Hawaiian marine mollusks, including cones, cowries and conchs, and their preferred foods and habits. He will teach attendees characteristics to look for in shells to place each species into its proper genus.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 935-5021 or visit lymanmuseum.org.

Waimea dance club offers foxtrot lessons

The Waimea Ballroom Dance Club announces six weeks of beginner and intermediate foxtrot lessons Mondays, starting May 6, at the Waimea Elementary School Cafeteria. No partner is necessary. Register at 6:30 p.m., before either of the first two sessions. Lessons run from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by a 30-minute practice mixer. Costs are $10 for 6 classes; $15 annual dues for new members. Classes are instructed by Lance Oliver. For details, call Peter In at 885-4776.

Kealakehe, Keahuolu plans to be discussed

Laiopua 2020 and Villages of Laiopua Association, Hawaii County, Forest City Hawaii and regional stakeholders will join together in the sixth annual “Alliance for a Sustainable Ahupuaa” — Kealakehe and Keahuolu informational meeting to review the regional development and planning initiatives that impact our communities. The gathering will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Building G. Refreshments and a light lunch will be served.

The planning and development initiatives and discussions include the Kona Judiciary complex, Makaeo/Kealakehe regional park initiative, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands residential homestead development, Kamakana Villages- HHFDC/ Forest City Hawaii, Laiopua 2020 Community Center development plans, NHEA-Technology Center and 21st Century learning facility, fish and wildlife critical habitat designation and the Queen Liliuokalani plan.

Seating is limited. Reservations and registration are required; call 327-1221 or email diana.akao@laiopua.org.