Visually impaired meeting Monday
The National Federation of the Blind meets at 10 a.m. Monday at Hale Halawai on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona. Membership is not required, nor is any degree of blindness. Anyone interested is welcome.
For more information, call Sally at 345-7065 or visit nfb-westhi.org.
Donations sought for deployed troops
Supplies are being gathering to help troops deal with the conditions they may be experiencing overseas. Recommended items include: lip balm; chewing gum, hard candy, mints and other candies; body lotion, shampoo, eye drops, sun block, multivitamins instant drink mix, underwear, socks, shoelaces for boots, Lysol wipes, snack mix except chocolate, deodorant, body and foot powders, packets of baby wipes, sealable freezer bags, AA and AAA batteries, playing cards, puzzles, books, games, CDs and DVDs.
Donors may bring items before July 31 to A Hui Hou Crematory and Funeral Home, 74-5615 Luhia St., Kailua-Kona. For more information, call 329-5137.
Hospital auxiliary meets Monday
The Kona Community Hospital Auxiliary board meets at 1 p.m. Monday in the hospital’s lower level conference room. Plans are being finalized for the Aug. 12 general membership meeting; suggestions are welcome.
Everyone is invited to stop by the bake sale from 7 to 9 a.m. Fridays in the hospital cafeteria.
For more information, call the auxiliary office at 322-4577 or visit kchauxiliary.org.
Independence Day parade winners announced
The Kailua-Kona Community Parade Association Independence Day Parade Committee has announced the winners of its 17th annual parade.
The following entries have been awarded certificates:
c Float: first, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla; second, Solar Wind Surf Band; third, National Federation for the Blind
c Marching: first, Kona Vet Center; second, Echo City Knockouts; third, Daughters of the American Revolution
c Patriotic: First, Gold Star Families; second, Kona VA Clinic; third, Disabled American Veterans
c Keiki: first, Taggart Nakamoto, spelling bee champion; second, Kealakehe Robotics Team; third, Hawaii Montessori Schools
c Entries: first, Auto Body Hawaii; second, Dolphin Journeys; third, West Hawaii Ocean Adventures
c Crowd Pleaser: Echo City Knockouts
c Judges’ Special: Auto Body Hawaii
c Adherence to Theme: Disabled American Veterans
c Best in Music Nouveau Gypsy Belly Dancers and Leche de Tigre
Winners may pick up their awards beginning Monday at the mayor’s office at the West Hawaii Civic Center. For more information, call Barbara Kossow at 938-0806.
Book Club meets Tuesday in Keauhou
Second Tuesday Book Club meets to discuss fiction titles from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kona Stories. The group will discuss “West of Here” by Johathan Evison.
Set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington state’s rugged Pacific coast, “West of Here” is propelled by a story that both re-creates and celebrates the American experience. With one segment of the narrative focused on the town’s founders circa 1890, and another showing the lives of their descendants in 2006, the novel develops as a kind of conversation between two epochs, one rushing blindly toward the future and the other struggling to undo the damage of the past.
Attendees are asked to read the book in advance of the meeting and come prepared for a discussion. The group is free, and everyone is invited and asked to bring a favorite pupu or beverage to share.
Kona Stories book shop is located at Keauhou Shopping Center. For more information, call Brenda or Joy at 324-0350.
Ishii completes basic military training
Air Force Airman Jacob A. Ishii has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Ishii is the son of Cathyann Ishii of Hilo.
He is a 2010 graduate of Hilo High School.
Problem solving program planned
Facilitators, community builders, planners and others working with diverse groups and communities to problem-solve and plan are invited to “Aelike: A Process Allowing for Individual Voice, Visibility and Validation in Groups” with guest speaker Lenore Kuumeaaloha Gomes, director of the University of Hawaii Kuaana Student Services.
Aelike draws upon concepts of family hooponopono, consensus decision making and peaceful strategies for problem resolution allowing people to participate in group processes from a place of power. There will be time for questions and answers, discussion and sharing.
The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Bakken Family office conference room, Hale Kui Plaza No. 207, 73-5619 Kauhola St., Kailua-Kona. The site is in the Kaloko Light Industrial Area. It’s free, and refreshments are provided.
This session is part of a series of discussions being organized around the state by Collaborative Leaders Network to create networking and sharing opportunities for individuals and groups promoting collaboration. To find out more or to reserve a seat, contact Miki Lee at 779-7235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Collaborative Leaders Network launched clnhawaii.org to spread awareness about cross-sector collaboration and share knowledge about its use in Hawaii. Its mission is to create effective, durable outcomes for Hawaii.