Woodturners to meet Saturday
West Hawaii Woodturners, the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, is holding its regular meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the PacRim Tempering Building, 73-4260 Hulikoa Drive in Kailua-Kona.
New members of all skill levels and guests are welcome. Those attending should take a chair and lunch.
For more information, contact Tom at 889-0230.
Bat experts to talk story in North Kohala
Wildlife ecologist and author Frank J. Bonaccorso and his team of U.S. Geological Survey researchers will visit North Kohala Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Monday to discuss the island’s only native land mammal, the opeapea or Hawaiian hoary bat. Using acoustic equipment, the researchers “listen” to the activity of the bats around Hawaii Island.
Those in attendance will learn how the ancestors of these unique creatures reached Hawaii and how they differ from other bat species. Attendees will also find out how they can help protect the endangered bats.
Ages 5 and up are welcome to this event, the first in a series of monthly talk story presentations about Kohala’s natural and human history, co-sponsored by Friends of the North Kohala Library and Iole.
For more information, visit iolehawaii.com or call the library at 889-6655.
Kona Stories book clubs
The Second Tuesday Fiction Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 at Kona Stories in the Keauhou Shopping Center to discuss “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks.
In 1665, a young man from Martha’s Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.
The Just the Facts Group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at Kona Stories to discuss “Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India” by Joseph Lelyveld.
Lelyveld focuses on Gandhi’s opposition to race, class and caste oppression. He weaves a dense fabric of social analysis, biographical detail and psychological speculation; zooms out for context and in for anecdotes; shifts between past and present tenses; and scrambles the chronology to find patterns across time. The book tries to recenter one’s understanding of Gandhi away from the themes of Indian nationalism and nonviolent political action and toward the issue of social justice.
Attendees of either club are asked to read the book in advance of the meeting and be prepared for discussion; bring a pupu or beverage to share.
For more information, call Brenda or Joy at 324-0350.