About Town 5-4-13


Family reading program finale slated Tuesday

The Friends of the Libraries, Kona is hosting the final Books are Building Blocks family read aloud program of the school year from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kailua-Kona Public Library. Participants at this free event will celebrate a world united through learning and travel. Foreign exchange students Hao, from Vietnam and studying at Kealakehe High School, Franzy from Germany and Mehrangez from Tajikistan, both studying at Konawaena High School, will present their experiences as foreign exchange students living in Hawaii. They will teach some expressions, numbers and letters from each of their languages. The students will also share handicrafts from their countries. Stories for children from their countries will be read during the read aloud portion of the program.

Parents must attend the event with their children. Reading groups include Kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6 and parents. Each group has a designated reader. Discussion follows the reading.

Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. in front of the library; families meet for snacks and door prizes when the program concludes. Attendance is limited to 75 participants.

To learn how to sponsor a program or find more information, email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or visit folkhawaii.com.

Words and Wine scheduled for Tuesday

A Words and Wine event slated Tuesday at Kona Stories in the Keauhou Shopping Center will feature authors Fleur “Pua” Weymouth, Alaia Leighland and Keahi Felix.

Weymouth celebrates the powerful, silent, intricate connections between things, kaona and mana. Her “Hana Rooster” is an illustrated tale of a rooster that lives on Auntie Pua’s farm on the Kohala Coast, its “chicken buddies” and a cat named Bumblebee.

Leighland was trained by her shaman mother as a healer and crystalologist. This knowledge and handwritten notes passed through the matriarchal lineage of her family, combined with her training as a counselor and visionary alchemist, forms the basis for her body of work, including “The Crystal Guide,” a reference tool for the beginner and advanced practitioner.

Felix has focused on her writing talent and applying it to the world of entrepreneurship. Her “A Quiet Woman” helped her realize “the secret plot” or legacy she can leave to others through her writing. Felix is also remembered for her 2010 book “Wahine Noa.”

This free event starts at 6 p.m. with an informal meet-and-greet merging into a book presentation by each author. It concludes around 9 p.m. after a question-and-answer session. Wine and pupu will be served. For more information, call Brenda or Joy at 324-0350.

Mauna Kea coin available at AstroDay

The 2013 Mauna Kea Coin design contest was won by Kain Kamalani Kawailima, a senior at Ke Ana Laahana Public Charter School.

The winning design depicts Mauna Kea and its telescopes, with Mauna Loa behind it. In the sky are the sun, moon, stars and seafaring birds. Together, these elements weave together an image of the interconnectedness of all things between sea and sky.

“The woven lauhala represent change, the three ti leaves represent stages of life, the konane stands for challenge, arrowlike designs depict birds in flight and canoe paddles represent the rays of the sun,” Kawailima said.

Free antique-bronze finished aluminum coins will be distributed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, during AstroDay at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo, to those who complete a Mauna Kea coin “passport.” Passports will be available at the Mauna Kea Coin Contest booth near center stage. The coin will be available for sale at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station and its estore and at the Imiloa Bank of Hawaii Museum Store.

Nine category winners were chosen from designs created by Hawaii Island students. A contest award ceremony is slated from 10:20 to 10:50 a.m. at AstroDay’s center stage. All winning designs will be displayed at the coin contest booth at AstroDay and online at mkaoc.org/coin/2013/index.html.