Holoku Ball remembers royal court fashions
The second annual Holoku Ball will celebrate European inspired dresses and styles influenced by Hawaiian royal courts at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.
Halia Ka Nani – a memory of the beauty of the Holoku – will be hosted by Na Wai Puna o Kona under the direction of Kumu Keala Ching. The event will feature pupu and no-host cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., dancing and entertainment.
Tickets are $75 per person for reserved seating. Tables of 10 are available. Tickets may be purchased today at 345-9994 or nawaiiwiola.org.
Parents urged to fill out census forms
Parents of Hawaii public school students are encouraged to complete and return to their school a federal census survey card that was sent home Wednesday.
The annual survey determines the number of federally connected students in the public school system for whom the state receives impact aid funds. These funds provide partial reimbursement to the state for local tax loss resulting from tax-free federal installations.
“Federal impact funds are critical to support our students, educators and the overall operation of our schools,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “All parents are encouraged to complete and return the cards.”
During the 2011-12 school year, the state accounted for more than 30,000 federally connected students and received more than $80 million — or an average of nearly $2,700 per student — in federal impact aid the following school year. The amount represents about 20 percent of the state’s average per-pupil expenditure.
Parents should contact their school if they have not yet received a survey card. Cards should be filled out and turned in as soon as possibl. However, schools will accept the cards throughout the school year.
Kona Stories hosts book clubs
Two book clubs meet monthly at Kona Stories in Keauhou Shopping Center. Meetings, held from 6 to 8 p.m., are facilitated by Brenda Eng or Joy Vogelgesang. Admission is free. Attendees are asked to read the book in advance, be prepared for discussion and bring a pupu or beverage to share. For more information, call 324-0350.
Second Tuesday Book Group meets Tuesday to discuss “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce. Harold Fry lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Little differentiates one day from the next. One morning a letter arrives, leading Harold to embark on an urgent quest.
Just the Facts Book Group meets Sept. 24 to discuss “Darwin’s Ghosts” by Rebecca Stott. Soon after the publication of “On the Origin of Species,” Charles Darwin received a letter accusing him of taking credit for a theory that had already been discovered. Realizing his error of omission, Darwin tried to trace all of the natural philosophers who had laid the groundwork for his theory, but he found that history had already forgotten many of them. Stott searches for these “ghosts” in this nonfiction work.
Library resumes home-school program
North Kohala Public Library’s Home School Wednesday program for children, ages 6 to 12, resumes with sessions slated from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25; Oct. 9 and 23; and Nov. 13 and 27.
Each session features hands-on activities relating to books and libraries. Themed “Dig Into Reading,” each session explores earth science ranging from Earth’s formation to raising a vegetable garden. Students will also research topics of personal interest with assistance from librarian Janet Lam.
The program may be modified to meet the needs of home-school families.
For more information and a complete schedule, call Lam at 889-6655. Call three weeks in advance to request a sign language interpreter or other accommodation.
Brain injury survivors meet Wednesday
The Brain Injury Support group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Rehab Services, located mauka of the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union on Hualalai Road.
Laura Crittendon, a certified Gyrotonic instructor, Gyrokinesis trainer and therapist, Pilates trainer and therapeutic exercise specialist, will discuss the restorative and healing power of movement and exercise therapy and how these forms of exercise can be adapted to an individual’s needs and abilities.
The meeting is open to the public, especially neurotrauma survivors, families and caregivers. For more information, contact Hawaiian Rehab at 329-0591 or Karen Klemme at 328-9498.
Unity of Kona conducts day of prayer
Thousands of people will join Silent Unity, an international prayer ministry, and Unity churches worldwide Thursday for the 20th annual Unity World Day of Prayer. This year’s theme is “Living Well: Nurturing Mind, Body and Spirit,” with the prayer: “My positive thoughts, words and actions create a healthy life — mind, body and spirit.”
Unity invites people of all faiths to join in praying for the health and well-being of the world and each other. Submit names for prayer at worlddayofprayer.org.
Unity of Kona, 75-5722 Hanama Place, across the street from Big Island Grill, will hold guided prayer and meditation from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, featuring live streaming of events at Unity World Headquarters in Unity Village, Mo. For more information, call 322-0885 or email email@example.com.
Hula festival craft fair planned at Sheraton
The 31st annual Hawaii Kupuna Hula Festival is slated for Wednesday and Thursday at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Tickets for performances are sold out, but a free craft fair, held in conjunction with the festival, will feature more than 35 artists and vendors from around Hawaii Island. The fair is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the Keauhou III and IV ballrooms and in the convention center’s foyer.
For more information, call the county Parks and Recreation Elderly Activities Division, Special Programs office at 323-4340.
Coffee berry borer expert speaking Friday
Hawaii Department of Agriculture entomologist Rob Curtiss will offer his thoughts on coffee berry borer and other pests from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at Kona King Coffee farm in Captain Cook. Kona Coffee Farmers Association members are admitted free; nonmembers pay $10, which can be applied to membership.
To find the farm, head mauka on Kinue Road, and continue for 0.2 miles after the road becomes single lane. Turn left after passing a dark green house, then left at the 82-1135 sign. Call or text 640-1643 for more information.
Seniors meeting Wednesday morning
Kailua-Kona Seniors meets to observe Patriot Day with a remembrance of 9/11 at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hale Halawai. Attendees will share recollections and thoughts about the day. For more information, call Bev at 325-6993 or Claire at 756-5352.