About Town | 7-19-13


Car show fundraiser slated Saturday

The “Red Hot Sizzlin’ Summer Car Show,” a medical expenses fundraiser for Raymond Yadao Jr., is slated from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Old Kona Airport Park. Yadao was severely injured in a moped accident earlier this year. The show will feature 10 trophy classes, live entertainment, keiki bouncer, prize drawings and vendor booths. A silent auction and other donation opportunities are also planned.

For more information, contact Ray Yadao at 333-7286, or visit transtechhawaii.com.

Greenwell Garden offers ohia workshop

Horticulturist Brian Kiyabu will share his secrets of growing ohia from cuttings at a mini-workshop beginning at noon Saturday at the Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden visitor center in Captain Cook.

Gardeners are invited to bring a small branch from an ohia they would like to propagate, and under Kiyabu’s direction, they will make and pot up cuttings to take home. No registration is required. The 30-minute workshop is free, but a materials fee will be collected from those taking home potted cuttings.

For more information, call 323-3318 or visit bishopmuseum.org/greenwell.

Mango Festival scheduled Saturday

The fifth annual Mango Festival is slated from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay.

An amateur recipe contest and live entertainment areplanned. The event will also feature samples, information, a question-and-answer booth, and expert panel discussion.

For more information, and recipe contest entry details, visit mangofest.org.

Space center celebrates anniversary

The Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center will celebrate its 22nd anniversary from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with free admission, hourly door prizes, new displays and “cosmic treats” for children. The center is located at the Kona International Airport. For more information, call 329-3441.

Honuaula Forest hike slated Saturday

The Kona Hiking Club will hike the Honuaula Forest Reserve Makaula Ooma Tract on Saturday. The route is approximately 3 miles long, with a 750-foot elevation change. The surface is relatively good with some loose rocks and tree roots. The hike starts off Kaloko Drive, at Makahi Street, goes through the reserve and returns via “Jurassic Park Trail.” Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Makahi Street Trailhead.

Carpoolers will meet at Lanihau Shopping Center, near Buns in the Sun, to leave by 7:10 a.m. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring at least two liters of water, snacks and sunscreen. For more information, call Kathleen Johnson at 557-9246.

AARP holding forum Saturday

AARP Hawaii will host a forum on Washington’s proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare, so older residents and their families can get the facts and express their views and opinions Saturday in Kailua-Kona.

The free, public session will run from 9 to 11 a.m. at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Another forum, one of a series being held around the state, is slated for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel in Hilo.

For more information and to reserve a seat, call (877) 926-8300.

Honokaa Hongwanji memorial service set Saturday

Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple’s 110th annual Community Memorial Service and Festival begins at 6 p.m. Saturday. The service is open to the community, especially those who have lost a family member or friend. The names of loved ones are announced and incense offered as a gesture of remembrance.

To participate, contact Rev. Yagi with the name of the deceased at 775-7232 or KosmosHI@gmail.com.

Camp Tarawa Marines meeting Saturday

The Marine Corps League Camp Tarawa Detachment will meet Saturday at the Parker Ranch Broiler, next to the food court at Parker Ranch Center. No-host lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The business meeting begins at 1 p.m. All serving, retired or reserve Marines and Navy Corpsmen and their spouses are invited to attend. Dress is resort casual. For more information, call Jim Browne at 883-0069.

Quilters gathering Saturday

Aloha Quilters of Kona meets at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Wallace Hall at Christ Church Episcopal, Kealakekua. Members work in traditional and Hawaiian styles. The group meets the third Saturday of the month to share ideas and techniques and promote the art of quilting. New members are welcome.

For more information, call Eileen at 328-8027 or Lana at 329-3723.

‘One-woman choir’ performing in W. Hawaii

Irina Rivkin, who uses digital looping to become a “one-woman choir,” is coming to West Hawaii. The San Francisco-based artist will present the closing set at 5 p.m. Saturday, during the Mango Festival at Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay.

She is also slated to perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Dragonfly Ranch in Honaunau, with special guests Dana Tomasino and jazz pianist Loren Wilken. For more information, visit dragonflyranch.com.

Rivkin will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, with LT Smooth. The concert will be held at a house near Nani Kailua, in Kailua-Kona. RSVP for the address and more information, by email to irinarivkin@yahoo.com.

A $10 to $20 donation is suggested for each concert; $7 to $9 for low-income attendees. All proceeds support programs helping families transition from poverty to careers through community college education.