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About Town 9-21-13

Ishii honored at celebration

Friends and family gathered Sunday at Waikoloa Village to honor the memory of Mabel “Meipala” Ishii, also known as the “First Lady of Waikoloa Village.” Sept. 9 marked 10 years since her death, the result of an automobile accident near Honokaa. The celebration included a 30-minute lei ceremony at the corner of Kilakila Street and Alana Place in Waikoloa Village.

Throughout her many years of service as the Waikoloa Village Association office administrator, she helped numerous residents get settled during the community’s early development days. Today, many of those first settlers still recall the special aloha she extended to them, and how instrumental she was in making them feel welcomed and “at home.”

In 2008, Roger Hansen and others, erected a memorial plaque at the entrance of the street that bears her name, Meipala Place.

PTA to open several areas for bow hunting

Army officials are opening several training areas for bow hunting from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Training areas 1-4, will be open for bow hunting of mammals only. Hunters are allowed one pig, one goat and one sheep, per day, in keeping with state bag limits. Shooting sheep with blue collars is not permitted.

All hunters must check in and out at one of these hunter’s check-in stations: Kilohana, located on Saddle Road between mile markers 43 and 44, or Puu Huluhulu, located at the intersection of Mauna Kea Access Road and Saddle Road near mile marker 28. Check out time is no later than 7:30 p.m. each day.

Hunting passes will be provided at the check-in stations. The passes must be signed and placed on the vehicle’s dashboard. Hunters who do not have a signed hunting pass on their dashboard will be barred from hunting for 30 days.

Hunter access to training areas 1-4 is through any of gates 1-10 on Saddle Road. Motorists should be advised that military vehicles may be traveling on the old Saddle Road.

Firearms, alcoholic beverages, all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and recreational vehicles are not allowed in the training and hunting areas.

For more information, call the PTA hunter’s hot line at 969-3474 or visit and click on the “Hunting” tab.

APAC fall theater classes continue

Robin Noyes will conduct a new session of her Keiki Theatre Class for Aloha Performing Arts Company from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 7 through 28, The class is designed for 4- through 7-year-olds and concentrates on theater basics through structured play.

APAC artistic director Jerry Tracy will hold the next session of Tuesday Troupers Oct. 8 through Nov. 12, assisted by Nora Frank. This class is for 8- through 12-year-olds and focuses on performance skills such as projection, articulation and characterization. Students will experiment with improvisation, as well as scripted scenes and choreography. The session culminates with a free performance on the final class day.

Felicity Johnson continues her Intergenerational Acting Class from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays with intensive scene study for all ages.

Classes will be held at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu and are based on a $10 per class rate.

In addition, Roxanne Fox meets with Aloha Teen Theatre from 4:30 to 6 p.m. every Friday at the APAC Loft, across the street from the theater, upstairs in the building containing The King’s Daughters Thrift Shop. Aloha Teen Theatre, for ages 13 to 19, offers theater education and performance possibilities, as well as projects to raise funds for off island excursions.

For more information, call 322-9924

Health fairs slated around Big Island

Ohana Health Plan, a statewide provider of managed care services for Hawaii’s government-sponsored health care programs, is sponsoring wellness events across the Big Island in September. These events are part of WE … a hui for health, a program launched in 2011 to improve access to health care for residents across the state. During the events, a traveling consortium of 30 organizations offers free health screening, education and counseling. All services are free, and appointments are not required.

The screenings offered include vision, blood pressure, memory, hepatitis risk and kidney health. Counselors will also be present to offer health education about topics such as smoking cessation, depression, women’s health, family caregiving, post-traumatic stress disorder and insurance options.

WE … a hui for health wellness event dates and Hawaii Island locations for the remainder of the month are: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Parker Ranch Shopping Center, Waimea; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Honakaa Salvation Army; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Kona Salvation Army; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28, Lanihau Center, Kailua-Kona; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29, Waikoloa Village Association tennis courts.

For more information, contact Annie Hiller at 282-2265 or

Repairs planned for Kolekole park

A private contractor will start fixing Kolekole Gulch Park’s sewage system Monday, and is expected to finish by the end of November. Portable toilets will be in place until the restrooms become operational.

The park is located about 14 miles north of Hilo. No permits for camping or exclusive use of the park’s pavilions will be issued until the project is completed.

For more information, contact Jason Armstrong at 345-9105 or

Seniors classes begin Mnday

Elderly Recreation Services fall class session begins soon. Classes run for 10 weeks beginning Monday through Nov. 29, excluding holidays and are open to anyone 55 and older. Most registration fees are $10 per session and can be paid in advance at the West Hawaii Civic Center or to the instructor on the first day of class.

West Hawaii classes available this session include:

c line dancing — 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Waikoloa Community Church and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Waimea Community Center

c line dance aerobics — 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at Hale Halawai in Kailua-Kona

c aquatic aerobic and swim classes at the Kona Community Pool — Deep Water Aerobics 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; beginner adult swim lessons, 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays and intermediate adult swim lessons, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursdays

c senior fitness classes — 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Mondays at the Kona Aerial Gymnastics gym; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Hale Halawai; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at Kona Daifukuji

c senior yoga — 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Painted Church or 8:30 a.m. Fridays at Hale Halawai. Cost is $5 per class.

c chair yoga for seniors — 10 a.m. Mondays at Hale Halawai. Cost is $5 per class.

c ceramics — 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays at the Waimea Senior Complex and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Kohala Senior Center

c Zumba Gold — 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the West Hawaii Civic Center outdoor pavilion.

c Tai Chi — 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Painted Church

c Pickleball — 9 to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the outdoor basketball courts at Kekuaokalani Gym. Equipment is provided and it is free to play.

For more information regarding senior classes or any of the senior clubs in West Hawaii, call the Elderly Recreation Services office at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kailua-Kona at 323.4340.

ReefTalk slated Tuesday afternoon

Representatives of Liquid Robotics will present a Wave Glider meet and greet from 4:30 to 5:30, with a 6 p.m. presentation Tuesday at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. The event is part of the ReefTalk series.

Liquid Robotics is an ocean data services provider and developer of the Wave Glider, the world’s first wave-powered, autonomous marine robot. Wave Gliders are able to persistently gather and communicate ocean data at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions. The company’s test and engineering facility is located in Kawaihae. For more information, visit

For more about the University of Hawaii Sea Grant ReefTalk, call 329-2861.

Tapas cooking class set Tuesday

Abbey Golden will lead a Spanish tapas cooking demonstration class from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hale Halawai. Participants will make tuna stuffed sweet pickled peppers, spicy fried chickpeas and garlicky marinated carrots.

The $15 class fee includes recipes and food tasting. Call Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation, Culture and Arts to register at 961-8706.

Cancer support group meets at Teshima’s

A cancer support group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Teshima’s Restaurant in Honalo. People newly diagnosed with cancer and cancer survivors are welcome, as are caregivers and family members.

For more information, call Shirley at 323-2732.