About Town | 4-2-15

Donations to help typhoon victims

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Donations to help typhoon victims

The Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division has set up an online donation page to help fund emergency response efforts for residents of Chuuk affected by Typhoon Maysak.

“We heard from our Chuuk Corps on Monday evening their time that they had been providing food, water and shelter to about 50 people starting Sunday evening and they anticipated sheltering upwards of 100 people starting last evening,” said Major Mark Gilden, divisional secretary for business for the Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division.

Donations may be made at hawaii.salvationarmy.org or by calling the Salvation Army at 988-2136. All of the donated funds will support The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster services in Chuuk.

Meditation Society meeting Monday

The Kona Interfaith Meditation Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Hawaiian Queen Coffee Garden, 75-1048 Henry St.

The program will include the first part of a three-part documentary on the life and spirituality of Sufi poet Rumi. The program also includes discussion, a period of silent meditation and refreshments.

An introductory class on the meditative practice of centering prayer will be held at 5 p.m. To reserve space or for more information, email Farley Jones at wfjj5@yahoo.com.”

Jeep trip to visit Keauhou Ranch

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Kona Historical Society hosts “Jeep Trips” throughout the year to places often unavailable to the public to learn about the history of Hawaii Island and its culture. This latest trip will prove to be a journey learning about the historical, cultural and ecological background of the Keauhou Ranch area and takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25. Iwikau Joaquin, assisted by Bobby Camara, will be the guide for this journey in and about Keauhou Ranch. This area, in East Hawaii, is an ili of the ahupuaa of Kapapala in the district of Ka‘u. He will provide a history of the area and direct a chance to plant native forest plants to help with the revegetation initiated by Kamehameha Schools in 2003. The trip will then continue on to visit The Keauhou Bird Conservation Center, operated by the San Diego Zoological Society. Here, they work to restore critically endangered populations of Hawaiian forest birds, like the rare alala, or Hawaiian crow, through a captive breeding program.

Reservations are required and those participating must be current KHS members to attend. Becoming a member and signing up is easy. Reservations are $85 before April 20. After this date, the cost will be $95. A four-wheel drive vehicle is not required for this trip and the check-in location is near Volcano Golf Course. Bring drinks, lunch, covered shoes, long pants, garden gloves, folding chair or beach mat, sun protection and rain gear. Space is limited to 30 people. For more information or to make reservations, call 323-3222 or visit konahistorical.org.