DAR members meeting July 21
Hawaii Loa Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution meets Saturday in Building G at the West Hawaii Civic Center. The group will gather at 10 a.m. and the meeting will start at 10:30.
In observance of the 200th anniversary of the start of America’s second war for Independence, the program will be “The War of 1812 — The Forgotten War,” presented by Mary Ellen Smith, NSDAR’s Southwest Region national vice chairman for commemorative events.
The Hawaii Loa Chapter has 75 members in its islandwide chapter. Members, visiting members, prospective members and the public are welcome to attend.
For more information about the meeting or membership, call Mary Ellen at 322-6870.
AdvoCats meets Saturday
AdvoCats meets at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Kona United Methodist Church on Palani Road. The public is welcome to attend.
The July 25 clinic is on the agenda. Anyone who has cats to be trapped, spayed or neutered and returned to the colony, call 327-3724 or visit advocatshawaii.org.
The Hawaii County-endorsed nonprofit, trap-neuter-release organization is committed to solving the homeless cat problem in a humane way. More than 12,000 cats have been spayed or neutered since 1999.
Attendees are asked to bring ink cartridges for recycling. The organization also needs the communities’ help feeding and trapping homeless cats.
Class teaches how to grow ohia from cuttings
Horticulturist Brian Kiyabu will share his secrets for growing ohia from cuttings on Saturday at the Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden visitor center in Captain Cook.
The ohia lehua tree comes in a wide variety of flower colors and leaf forms and, while they make up the majority of trees in Hawaii’s forests, they could also be a much more significant part of home and public landscaping, says Kiyabu. Cuttings are a way to propagate ohia because seedlings are very slow to grow and often do not flower true.
The mini-workshop will start at noon and last about half an hour. Gardeners are invited to bring a small branch from an ohia they would like to propagate, and under Kiyabu’s direction, they can make and pot up cuttings to take home with them. No preregistration is required and there is no charge to attend, but a small materials fee will be collected from those who take home potted cuttings. Ohia are also for sale in the garden’s native Hawaiian plant nursery.
At 1 p.m., visitors who pay an admission fee can also join a guided native plant walk through the garden.
The garden is located at 81-6160 Mamalahoa Highway in Captain. It is open for self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and closed Mondays and holidays. There is a $7 admission fee for adults and reduced fees for seniors, kamaaina, military and children. For more information, call 323-3318 or visit bishopmuseum.org/greenwell.
Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in the walks should contact Peter Van Dyke at 323-3318 at least two weeks before their planned visit.
Imiloa hosts talk on telescope images
Do all telescopes take pictures like the striking images from the Hubble Space Telescope? Some can, but choose not to. Learn about the reasons why at the next Maunakea Skies talk titled “Why Keck Telescopes Won’t Take Pretty Pictures” beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday at Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo.
The W.M. Keck Observatory’s twin telescopes, with their segmented mirrors and Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics, can see into space with better resolution than the Hubble Space Telescope. But instead of taking pictures, the Keck telescopes are most often used to gather spectra, the light from astronomical objects split into its component colors. With cutting edge spectrographs, the light from stars, galaxies, supernovae and exoplanets are giving up their secrets. Luca Rizzi’s interactive talk will show how Keck telescopes do it, as well as allow the audience to try out some hand-held spectroscopes.
The monthly Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Saturday of each month. There is an admission fee. Prepurchase tickets at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone at 969-9703.
Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii is located at 600 Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo streets at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, visit imiloahawaii.org, or call 969-9703.
Murder mystery dinner planned
The Aloha Performing Arts and thehe Kona Elks Lodge No. 2616 invites all members and the community to a murder mystery dinner featuring “Murder at Elks Manor.” The event begins with dinner featuring Allen’s Famous BB Ribs at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Dinner and show tickets are $35 with proceeds being donated to the Aloha Performing Arts Company. For tickets or more information, stop by the Kona Elks Lodge or call 329-2616.