Auction benefits historical society
The Kona Historical Society’s 2012 online auction — “Save Kona’s History” — is officially open and runs through July 22. More than 150 items are up for bid, including rare antiques, golf packages, handcrafted lauhala, leather and wood items, weekend getaways, artwork by Hawaii artists, cruises and snorkeling adventures, gourmet foods and coffee, hotel and bed-and-breakfast accommodations, vintage pottery, collectibles, musical intstruments and more.
Visit biddingforgood.com/konahistorical to bid in items.
Puuwaawaa workday slated for July 22
E Mau Na Ala Hele, a nonprofit trails advocacy group dedicated to preserving and protecting the ancient and historic trails of Hawaii and their natural and cultural surroundings, invites the public to join it for a volunteer work day at Puuwaawaa Forest Reserve. The group will meet at 8:30 a.m. July 22 at the informational kiosk just inside the ranch gate between mile markers 21 and 22 on Mamalahoa Highway between Kailua-Kona and Waimea.
A dedication of a plaque acknowledging the groups who made the kiosk possible is planned along with housekeeping work at the kiosk. From there, the group will carpool in four-wheel drive vehicles to the old protea farm where it will spend the morning planting koa trees, watering previous plantings and removing rubbish left by earlier farming efforts. Lunch will be potluck. During the afternoon, the group will journey to the puu’s summit to view previous outplanting efforts and explore a new trail through this area.
Volunteer workers should come dressed appropriately for a warm morning’s work, bring a potluck dish to share for lunch and drinks for the day. They should also be prepared for rain.
For more information and reservations for the day, contact Barbara at email@example.com or 640-9270.
Kealakehe High sets parent orientation
Kealakehe High School invites all parents of incoming ninth-graders and parents who are new to the school to a parent orientation at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria. Students are welcome to attend with their parents.
Information relating to graduation requirements, new grading policy, dress code, automated parent notification, student and athletic opportunities, student schedules and changes, lunch, bus and other information will be shared. The principal, vice principals and other staff members will also be on hand.
This is an opportunity to find out more about the school and get answers to questions parents and students may have.
Student fees can be paid before or after the orientation in the library from noon to 7:30 p.m. Checks, cash and credit or debit cards will be accepted. To pay by credit card, the parent or guardian must first establish an account with EZSchoolPay.com. The parent or guardian initiates the transaction — not the school.
For more information, call Linda Jeffrey, Kealakehe Parent-Community Center, at 327-4300, ext. 2432, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disabilities panel meets Wednesday
The mayor’s Committee on People with Disabilities meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Aging and Disability Resource Center training room, 1055 Kinoole St., Hilo. The meetings are open to the public.
The agenda will be posted on the county’s website. For more information, call Sandy Arriola at 961-8005.
Cancer support group meets Thursday
“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” a cancer support group, meets from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Cancer survivors and co-survivors are invited to attend the free meeting.
Meetings are held the first and third Thursdays of the month. Light refreshments are served.
For more information and directions to the meeting site, call Michele Robinson at 333-5328.
Kealakehe High School council meets Thursday
Kealakehe High School’s Community Council meets from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the school’s staff cafeteria dining room. Agenda items include the school’s field trip policy, recognition of students with perfect attendance and bus status for transporting students to school.
Minutes of all past meetings can be found on the state Department of Education’s site, iportal.k12.hi.us/SDO/DefaultP.aspx.
Parents, students and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
For more information, call Linda Jeffrey, Parent-Community Center, 327-4300, ext. 2432.
Keck Observatory receives two grants
The W.M. Keck Observatory has been awarded two major grants to help build a $4 million laser system as the next leap forward in a technology which already enables ground-based telescopes to exceed the observational power of telescopes in space. The new laser, when installed on the current adaptive optics system on the Keck II telescope, will improve the performance of the system and advance future technology initiatives.
In early July the observatory received a $1.5 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, adding to a $2 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awarded eight months prior for the multiyear project. Keck Observatory needs to raise the remaining funds needed from its private supporters over the next two years.
For more information, visit keckobservatory.org.