About Town | 6-21-13


Tuesday meeting focuses on CDPs

The next West Hawaii Community Forum, also known as the Kona Town Meetings sponsored by Community Enterprises, will be held Tuesday at the Makaeo Pavilion at Old Kona Airport Park.

The main topic will be the status of the Kona Community Development Plan. Presentations and small group discussions will provide an opportunity for attendees to find out what’s happening in regards to the promises, problems and opportunities.

The presenters and discussion leaders include Michael Matsukawa, attorney and Community Enterprises board member; Ken Melrose, chairman of the Action Committee for the Kona Community Development Plan; Margaret Wille, Kohala councilwoman; Nancy Pisicchio, Kona Community Development Plan Steering Committee facilitator; and Bo Kahui, executive director for Laiopua 2020.

This free forum is open to the public. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6 p.m. Light refreshments are provided.

Community Enterprises is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit whose goals are to provide educational forums to the community on public issues. To achieve this goal, the organization produces nine monthly forums per year on important topics for West Hawaii.

For more information, call John Buckstead at 326-9779 or email jbuckstead@hawaii.rr.com.

Library hosting feng shui presentation

The Kealakekua Public Library will present a free, one-hour lecture on garden feng shui presented by author Clear Englebert at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Englebert will explain chi energy and shows how to attract and maximize its beneficial flow, stressing the importance of the approach to the home. He tells why some energy from neighboring structures is considered negative and how to deflect it. Emphasis is placed on harmonizing the home with the surrounding landform. The examples are specific to Hawaii homes, and to the landscape, climate, and culture of the Islands, allowing a clear understanding of how to apply feng shui principles here. He also explains which plants to select and where to put them.

Englebert’s book, “Feng Shui for Hawaii Gardens,” will be for sale at the event, with profits going to the Friends of the Libraries, Kona.

Libraries to host Japanese theatrical performances

Bento Rakugo will be featured during “Dig into Reading,” the 2013 Hawaii State Public Library System’s Children’s Summer Reading Program.

The group, led by artistic director Yasu Ishida, will perform in the traditional Rakugo — fallen words — storytelling style with a modern twist to the Japanese comedy. The performer presents a comic story while sitting on a Japanese cushion throughout the entire performance, speaking all of the voices in both the first and third person. Stories will be told in English.

The Hawaii Island performance schedule, including phone numbers for more information:

c 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Kailua-Kona Public Library, 327-4327

c 2 p.m. July 17, Naalehu Public Library, 939-2442.

The program schedule is subject to change. Admission is free. Contact the hosting library for more performance information or to request an accommodation. For more about the summer reading programs, visit librarieshawaii.org.

Green investment adviser to speak at Rotary meeting

Michael Kramer will present “The State of Green Business and Investing” at the Kona Sunrise Rotary meeting planned from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at Hale Halawai in Kailua-Kona.

The emerging green economy reflects profound shifts in how Americans shop, bank and invest. Kramer will share opportunities to use money as a tool for social justice, community development, corporate reform and ecological sustainability. Kramer is the director of social research at Natural Investments LLC, naturalinvestments.com. He founded the Kuleana Green Business Program of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce in 2005, as well as the Kona Earth Festival.

Kona Sunrise Rotary meets every Wednesday. Breakfast is available for $10 per person. Rotarians and interested individuals are welcome to attend. For more information, call Bev Fraser at 936-9965.

Keiki story time Wednesday in Keauhou

Kona Stories bookstore, with assistance from the American Association of University Women, hosts a story time for children ages 3 to 10 at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Keauhou Shopping Center courtyard. This month’s story time features a “Growing a Garden” theme with stories from Otis the Tractor and The Little Gardener, crafts and snacks. A participation fee of $5 is collected; space is limited to 30 children. For reservations or more information, call 324-0350. Check-in is at Kona Stories 10 minutes before the event.