Waimea theater group meets Saturday
The 2012 Waimea Community Theatre annual general membership meeting is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the conference room of the Thelma Parker Memorial Library.
Community members are welcome to attend to learn about the upcoming seasons of the Waimea Community Theatre, Waimea Community Chorus and Waimea Community Teen Theatre Troupe. The Keiki Performing Arts Workshop will also be discussed.
Visit waimeacommunitytheatre.org or the Waimea Community Theatre and Chorus group page on Facebook for more information.
Free hula kahiko performance Saturday
Volcano Art Center will present a hula kahiko performance Saturday in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The event offers a behind-the-scenes look at the pageantry, preparation and ritual behind the annual event. The program includes an educational performance and hands-on demonstrations to help visitors experience and understand the tradition of the costumes, lei and cultural significance behind the hula.
Cultural demonstrations begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Volcano Art Center Gallery and the “informance” begins at 10:30. For more information, visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.
Solomon talk story scheduled for Sunday
Pete and Joan Hoffmann invite North Hawaii voters, especially Waikoloa-Puako-Kawaihae neighbors as well as permanent residents of Mauna Kea, Mauna Lani and Waikoloa resorts, for a talk story with Sen. Malama Solomon from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at their Waikoloa home at 68-1783 Lua Kula Place.
Solomon, who served in the state Senate from 1982-98, was appointed back to the state Senate in 2010 by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to serve out the remaining two years of then Sen. Dwight Takamine’s term when he became the state director of labor.
Solomon hopes to return to the Senate this time as Hawaii Island’s new 4th District state senator, which is the result of a statewide reapportionment suit she and others filed with the Supreme Court based on the Big Island’s nearly 25 percent increase in resident population over the past 10 years. Before this, Hawaii Island only had three state senators.
Everyone is invited to the talk story. No reservation is requested. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call Pete Hoffmann at 895-0834 or Solomon at 938-8353.
Foundation awards community grants
The Walmart Foundation’s Hawaii State Giving Council has awarded $200,000 in grants for six Hawaii-based nonprofits.
Project Vision Hawaii received $25,000 to help provide free medical screening and care to people of all ages across the state who struggle with access to effective medical screening support. The agency provides individuals with free health screenings and information to enable them to better manage their own health. Grant funds will be aimed at community health fairs in rural and low-income communities in Hawaii.
The Food Basket was granted $50,000 to support the food bank’s “We Got Your Back” program that addresses the 26.6 percent of children who are food insecure on Hawaii Island. Backpacks are used to discreetly provide children at risk of hunger with adequate nourishment on weekends and during school vacations. The program helps reduce the stress and risk of hunger, both issues for children in households without sufficient and consistent food supplies.
Hale Kipa received $25,000 for its educational and vocational initiative designed to provide much-needed credit recovery, alternative education services and vocational training services to at-risk youth and young adults.
The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross was granted $25,000 to provide unemployed individuals with scholarships to attend the agency’s certified nurse aide training program.
The Hawaii Foodbank was awarded $50,000 and The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii was awarded $25,000, each for work the agencies perform on Oahu.
Additional funding is available. Hawaii-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits may apply at walmartfoundation.org/stategiving by the program’s Aug. 10 final deadline. The minimum award for each grant is $25,000.
Bonsai exhibit slated for Friday, Saturday
Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center in Hilo will host the Mokuhonua Bonsai Club’s annual exhibit from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Club members will answer questions and offer hands-on demonstrations. A limited number of plants will be available for purchase.
Clyde Abelye will lead a demonstration Saturday using junipers planting in the “Yose Ue,” or forest-planting style.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 933-0416.