About Town 6-30-13


Seniors group celebrating July 4

Kailua Kona Seniors meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hale Halawai in Kailua-Kona. The group will celebrate the July 4 holiday with a potluck lunch. Members are asked to participate by bringing either a salad or a dessert and to wear something red, white or blue.

For more information, call Bev at 325-6993 or Claire at 756-5352.

Free picnic slated on Fourth of July

Hawaii County Democrats will sponsor the 12th annual community picnic beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday at Old Kona Airport Park’s Makaeo Pavilion. The theme of this year’s picnic is “liberty and justice for all.” The picnic is organized by West Hawaii Democrats, is free, and the public is invited.

In addition to the usual Independence Day picnic fare of hot dogs, a variety of salads, watermelon, cakes and beverages, elected officials are contributing door prizes valued at more than $1,000. Musical entertainment and children’s activities are included.

The picnic is an opportunity to join with friends and neighbors to celebrate Independence Day and to personally talk story with many elected officials. Confirmed guests include Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, Congresswomen Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard, state Sens. Josh Green and Malama Solomon, County Councilwomen Karen Eoff and Margaret Wille and Councilman Dru Kanuha.

The picnic will conclude at 4:30 p.m. Picnic goers are invited to join the Hawaii County Democrats marching in the Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade, which begins at 5:30 p.m. and culminates with fireworks at 8 p.m.

For more information or to volunteer, contact John Buckstead at 326-9779 or jbuckstead@hawaii.rr.com or call David Tarnas at 885-6354.

Historical society closed on Thursday

The Kona Historical Society’s H.N. Greenwell Store Museum and Portuguese stone oven bread baking program will be closed Thursday in observance of the July Fourth holiday and will alternately be open on Wednesday.

The H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, normally open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday and Thursday, features a living history program set in 1890s Kona, a multiethnic society centered on ranching and farming.

The society practices the traditional art of baking Portuguese bread in a large wood-fired forno, located in the pasture below the museum, normally from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday.

For more information, visit konahistorical.org or call 323-3222.