Halloween happenings in West Hawaii


Again this year there will be a haunted house at the bottom of Sea View Circle, open Halloween night from dark until around 9 p.m. — or when people stop showing up.

This is the 10th year of the haunted house, and promises to be the biggest haunt ever. We are asking, but not requiring, a donation of a nonperishable food item for the Foodbasket. Volunteers to assist with the scaring, and anyone wishing to volunteer can email time2dive@hawaii.rr.com

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The Kona Pacific Public Charter School is holding its 12th annual Halloween Journey on Oct. 27 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Kona Pacific Public Charter School grounds above the Kona Community Hospital. Travel with Dorothy and Toto — the theme is “The Wizard of Oz.” Enjoy seven theatrical skits, games, a Kansas City barbecue, Waldorf-inspired crafts, a general store and more. Tickets are $7 each and are sold in time slots. Wear sturdy shoes for a forest journey and bring a flashlight. For more information call 322-4900.

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Arc of Kona will have a pumpkin party Oct. 26 with crafts, pumpkin painting and carving contests, face painting and a turkey meal. On Oct. 31, there will be a haunted house, costume party, candy and crafts and a barbecue meal.

Call Arc of Kona for additional information.

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Mama’s House Thrift Shop and 12 Step Bookstore announces a new take on holiday shopping with the “Spooktacular Christmas Extravaganza” Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thelma Parker Gym in Waimea. Plus, as a gift to community members who send clothes to family off-island, Mama’s House is offering thousands of free clothing items for men, women and children.

“We have so much,” said Beth Mehau, executive director of Mama’s House umbrella nonprofit The Pantry. “Many people around the island send clothing items to their families in the Philippines, Guam, the Marshall Islands and elsewhere. We’d be thrilled to give it away and keep this volume out of our landfills.”

In addition to the clothing giveaway, Mama’s House will feature a wide array of some new and many gently used holiday items for sale—from Halloween costumes for children and adults, to Christmas decorations, holiday linens, lights, trees, toys and much more. There will also be a selection of island arts and crafts for one-of-a-kind gifts. (Crafters please call 887-2289).

At the “Spooktacular,” tickets will be available for Ledward Kaapana & Friends in concert — a fundraiser for the Ohana in the Arts at Waimea Artists’ Guild, Nov. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Kanu o ka Aina New Century Public Charter School. Admission; $15 for adult, $9 for youth 4-12, with keiki 3 and under are free, includes chili, rice, salad bar and beverages, a live concert and an arts market 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is an alcohol/drug free event, project of The Pantry dba Waimea Artists’ Guild.

For additional information, contact Beth or Tom Mehau at 887-2289, email waimeaartists@gmail.com or visit waimeaartistsguild.com.

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Have your keiki put on their best costumes and join in the trick or treat fun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 31 around the Waikoloa Village Association complex. Start at the Waikoloa Village Association office, then go to Banjy’s Paradise Bar and Grill, the Pro Shop, the Bookmobile and the association’s pool. All of these stations are ready to see you and hand out some candy.

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Get into the Halloween spirit at Keauhou Shopping Center. Vote for your favorite store decorations from Oct. 22 to 26. Trick or treat in stores from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24. The third annual Ohana Halloween Paina is from 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27. The event features lots of vendors, a keiki playground, a 5 p.m keiki costume contest, a 7 p.m. adult costume contest, photo opportunities and live entertainment. For more information, visit keauhoushoppingcenter.com.

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The Wild Pumpkin Festival will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9, at Living Stones Church, 76-6224 Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona. The free festival features games, food, entertainment, a pie contest, a scarecrow contest and a petting zoo. For more information, visit livingstones.us.

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A Halloween party, benefiting Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii, will occur at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at Huli Sue’s at the Mauna Lani Resort. The event, costing $55 per person, features heavy pupu, a no-host bar, silent auction and music. For more information or tickets, call Kamuela Animal Clinic at 885-5454.

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Called “Tricks, Treats and Four Legged Feet,” the second annual North Hawaii Community Hospital Pet Blessing is a free event that honors our four legged, winged and finned friends, as well as expresses appreciation for the joy and companionship they provide. Bring your cat, dog, parakeet or hamster to North Hawaii Community Hospital’s front lawn, where a blessing will be conducted by Deacon Larry Ignacio from Annunciation Church. The event coincides with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Owners and pets are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes. Donations of IAMS pet food are welcome and will be give the Waimea Humane Society Shelter. For more information, call Arielle Faith Michael, NHCH Holistic Care Service director, at 881-4416.

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On Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m, the Kealakekua Public Library will present a Holiday Craft program for children 5 or older who are accompanied by a parent. Learn to make a holiday paper pumpkin. Samples are on display at the library. This program is offered free to the public. For more information, call 323-7585, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit folkhawaii.com.

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The Hawaii Island Humane Society is holding its annual Halloween pet walks Oct. 28 in Kona and Oct. 27 in Hilo. The walk encourages pet owners to exercise themselves and their pets during this fun, family-friendly free Halloween weekend event that includes contests and prizes. Walkers with or without pets are urged to raise pledges to support Hawaii Island Humane Society. Registration is free and begins at 8 a.m.; Walk begins at 9 a.m. Free to the public. Registration forms are available online at hihs.org or from any shelter. Log on to firstgiving.com/HIHSPetWalk and create your own fundraising page or team fundraising page. For more information, call 329-8002, email exec.dir@hihs.org or visit firstgiving.com/HIHSPetWalk.

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West Hawaii Dance Academy Students will perform selections from its recent production of “Alice In Wonderland” at 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton Waikoloa Ballroom Oct. 27.

The performance will feature characters from “Alice,” including the Dancing Flowers, The White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Black Cards, Happy Hatters, The Red and White Roses, Cupcakes, and the Flamingoes.

This performance is in celebration of the Hilton Waikoloa’s “West Hawaii Ohana Expo.” The event showcases businesses and crafters from the Big Island. Activities include a Halloween costume contest, baby crawling contest, games for the keiki, crafts, exhibits, food, entertainment and a “haunted canal boat ride.”

For more information, on programs, contact the Academy at 329-8876.

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Aloha Performing Arts Company will present Richard O’Brien’s cult rock musical “The Rocky Horror Show” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. Tickets are $20 presale or $25 at the door and are available via phone at 322-9924 or online at AlohaTheatre.com.

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Join Parker School for a night full of tricks and treats Oct. 27 as it celebrates the spirit of Halloween from 3 to 6 p.m. Bring your cute little goblins for a ghostly gathering of spooktacular food, activities and ghost stories that will frightfully delight you.

Enjoy ghost stories written and shared by middle and upper school students. Create your own slime at the mad scientist booth; design your own trick-or-treat bag and much more.

Admission is free at Parker School in Waimea. All children in costume will receive one free scrip at entry.

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Trunk or Treat is being sponsored by Waikoloa Baptist Church at 68-3670 Paniolo Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Children can enjoy a safe and fun experience, trick or treating from the trunks of decorated cars in the church parking lot. Free dinner will be served and there will abe a grand prize drawing at the end of the evening for an XBox 360 with Kinect.

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Join us for an evening of creative fun at Kailua Pier for Jack’s Diving Locker’s underwater pumpkin carving contest.

Meet at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 with dive gear, tanks, hollowed out pumpkin and carving tools. The carving contest begins at 5 p.m.

Judging by attendees will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Snorkel the pumpkin path and help us judge. Halloween treats and soft drinks provided. Prizes include boat dives and gift certificates. Call 329-7585 to sign up.

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The Kona Theater Preservation Society presents the Casablanca Jazz Quartet Oct. 28 from 6 to 8:30- p.m. featuring The Satin Dolls in a free costume ball with live music, dancing and Broadway burlesque at its Kealakekua dance studio, 81-971 Halekii St. Bring a favorite dish and beverage to share, plus a chair.

Come to dance or listen! Wear a costume that brings out your inner satin doll. Roaring ’20s attire is highly encouraged.

For more information call Marylei, 345-5803.

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Starz Karaoke Bar and Grill on Kaiwi Street is hosting a Halloween costume party Oct. 26 featuring DJ Leau with lighting by Lighting fx. There will contests for scariest, sexiest, funniest and most original costume.

The fun starts at 9 p.m. and food will be served until closing.

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The Waimea Cowboys’ football and Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation present a Halloween fundraiser festival trick or treat cowboy style from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at Waimea Park by the locker room. A $6 donation includes hot dog, chips and drink. There will be a costume contest, games, candy, prizes and more, along with a special grand prize.

Purchase tickets at the Waimea Park locker room, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Call for more details, 989-8000 or 960-1933

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Wyland Kona Gallery will host costumes and art at its Halloween event Oct. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m.

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Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Ohana Association invites families to its 21st annual Pumpkin Patch Festival on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This festival, located on HPA’s Upper Campus at the corner of Kohala Mountain Road and Kawaihae Road in Waimea, continues to be one of the favorite events of the year. With free entry and parking, this year’s event features a huge pumpkin patch with more than 500 pumpkins, games and prizes, food booths, a silent auction and great live entertainment.

The silent auction will include special trips, gift items, fabulous collectibles, rounds of golf, fine dining, resort stays, island adventures, a variety of art, gift baskets and more. The auction closes promptly at 2 p.m.

Live, free entertainment will be featured throughout the day. Spectators will enjoy performances by Lorenzo’s Army, Honokaa High School Jazz Band and Te Ea O Te Turama Tahitian Dance and HPA student performances. Tommy “Kahikina” Ching will be the emcee.

Games and activities for all ages, toddler to teen will be available, inlcuding the climbing wall, party bouncers, horseback rides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a fishing booth, face painting, dunking booth, train rides, haunted house and lele-kine bungee trampoline.

Food booths will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, Caesar salad, nachos, caramel apples and kettle corn along with lau lau, shoyu chicken and Asian fare. The Ka Makani football team is hosting a chili cook-off with several renowned, local chefs participating

For more information, please visit hpapumkinpatch.com or contact Lorie Casuga at casugaohana@gmail.com.

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The Haunted Halloween Dance Party happening at Honokaa People’s Theater’s doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10 at the door, students with ID pay $5 and free for keiki under 12. This is a stay clean on Halloween event and all ages are invited.

The event features Big Time R&B Band along with DJ Selector Nubaui to rock your Halloween night, with smooth groovin dance hits and party favorites. Contact Nalani at 225-2870 or email at bigtimernb@gmail.com. A $50 cash prize will be awarded for the best costume.

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Halloween alternatives

Are you looking for a safe and fun alternative to trick or treating Oct. 31st? Bring the entire ohana to New Hope Waimea Christian Fellowship’s gymnasium from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and enjoy games, face painting, food and candy. Enter the animal and biblical character costume contest. Adults may enter the homemade chili and pie contests.

The New Hope Waimea Christian Fellowship Gymnasium is located at 65-1078 Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea. For further information, call the church office at 885-5510 or visit newhopewaimea.org.

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Join Grace Community Church on Palani Road for an evening of fellowship and fun at its third annual trunk or treat Oct. 31. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with trunk or treating from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

No gory or demonic costumes, please. Contact Tracey at 326-9580 for more info.

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Kona Baptist Church will have a free hallelujah harvest festival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Bring the whole family for a night of fun with games, inflatable bouncers, live music and entertainment. A hot dog dinner will be provided, with candy being passed out all night. This is a safe alternative for Halloween. The church is located at 78-7156 Puuloa Road; for more information call 325-3355.