About Town 9-25-13

Free drive-in movie to be shown in Waimea

New Hope Waimea Christian Fellowship is offering a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday at Church Row in Waimea.

The movie is about Larry Daley, a down-and-out dreamer who has always believed he was destined for big things. But he has no idea just how literally gargantuan and hairy a challenge he will face when he accepts the graveyard shift as a security guard at the Natural History Museum.

The movie will be shown at New Hope Waimea church if the weather is bad. Free popcorn and water will be available. For more information, call 885-5510.

Wayfinding talk offered Friday in Hilo

Hokulea navigator Catherine Fuller will discuss past and present efforts to preserve the voyaging arts at 7 p.m. Friday at Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo.

Fuller’s presentation will cover the history of deep-sea voyaging, exploration and oceanic wayfinding through the indigenous navigation system at sea. She will share efforts to revitalize this dynamic maritime culture through her personal experiences as an active crew member, navigator and captain.

Tickets are $8 for Imiloa members and $10 for nonmembers and may be purchased by calling 969-9703.

In addition, the Imiloa Wayfinding & Navigation Festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Keakealani discusses upbringing in Puuanahulu

Kuulei Keakealani will share stories of her North Kona homelands of Puuanahulu, Puuwaawaa, and Kaulupulehu from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Keauhou III Ballroom at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.

Keakealani was raised in a family of cowboys and fishermen in Puuanahulu where most of the residents were fluent native speakers of the Hawaiian language. Today, as curator for the Kaupulehu Interpretive Center at Kalaemano, she creates and develops educational programs that span the entire ahupuaa.

For more information, call Joy Cunefare at 322-5340 or email info@kohalacenter.org. For lecture schedules visit kohalacenter.org/puanakaike/about.html.

Tropical fruit conference planned

The 23rd annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference will be held Friday through Oct. 4 starting at Kapiolani Community College on Oahu.

The gathering is geared to farmers, chefs, educators, orchard managers and proponents of sustainable agriculture. Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers president Ken Love said the conference will have breakout sessions on propagation methods, hands-on grafting, using unusual local fruit by chef Grant Sato, jujubes and other exotics, plus fruits of Florida and Ecuador. Several guest speakers are scheduled.

The conference begins on Oahu and tours will be held throughout the state. Big Island stops include the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Clonal Germplasm Repository in Hilo and Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory and Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park in Kona.

For information or to register, visit htfg.org or email Love at kenlove@hawaiiantel.net or Mark Suiso at suiso@aloha.net.

Seed collection event scheduled Saturday

Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project volunteer coordinator Jackson Bauer will lead participants in collecting seeds Saturday on Mauna Kea that will be used to restore fragile habitat.

In the afternoon, the group will spend time exploring unique forests, searching for endangered palila and drawing sketches of the landscape.

Cost is $10. For more information, contact Emily Leucht at 430-1994 or visit hawaiineiartcontest.org.

Book signing and coffee tasting slated

The historic Keauhou Store will feature a book signing and coffee tasting Saturday.

Honalo writer Richard Nabstedt will sign copies of “Backswipe,” his new science fiction novel, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set in 1951, “Backswipe” chronicles the physical and emotional challenges facing 25th century archaeologists attempting to teleport a long-lost airliner to a future museum.

Kona coffee enthusiasts will be offered samples and demonstrations by Kona Bob McDonald of his unique, cold-brewed, 100 percent Kona coffee concentrate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The concentrate can be used for cappuccino, hot or iced coffee or desserts.

Keauhou Store is located at 78-7010 Mamalahoa Highway. For information, visit keauhoustore.com or call 322-5203.

Hawaii Volcanoes celebrates public land

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encourages the public to malama aina Saturday — National Public Lands Day — by volunteering to remove invasive Himalayan ginger in the park, or fountain grass in Ocean View. Park entrance fees are waived for National Public Lands Day, and the annual event is the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States.

Removal of Himalayan ginger at Kilauea’s summit is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants should meeet at the Kilauea Visitor Center and wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, snacks and water. Loppers and gloves are provided. No advance registration is required.

Fountain grass removal in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will work with the HOVE community association, Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and park ecologist David Benitez. They should bring lunch, water, hat and sunscreen and meet at the Ocean View Community Center. The first 30 volunteers will get a free pass to return another day and enjoy the park at their leisure. For more information and to register, contact David Benitez at 985-6085 or email david_benitez@nps.gov.

Electric vehicles event slated Sunday

A National Plug In America Day event, hosted by the Big Island EV Association, is slated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Kona Commons, near Sports Authority. Electric vehicle owners, and those interested in learning more about what is being done to promote the growth of EV infrastructure on Hawaii Island, are invited.

Visit evhawaii.org for information. To join the club, email leaf@evhawaii.org or visit the website.