About Town: 4-20-17

Celebrate Earth Day, learn about ulu at Maona Market


Celebrate Earth Day, learn about ulu at Maona Market

Maona Market is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. In collaboration with project partners the Hawaii Ulu Producers Cooperative, The Kohala Center, Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers and University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program, a full day of Earth Day activities are slated Saturday. Food, plants, fresh local produce, local handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, raffles, and live music are planned.

Noa Lincoln of University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agritulture and Human Resources will give a presentaiton on ulu production at 5 p.m. A screening of “The Roots of Ulu” documentary is planned for 6 p.m.

Maona Community Garden is in Honaunau at 84-5097 Keala O Keawe Road just above the Honaunau Rodeo Grounds.

Info: Chantal Chung, 937-9800, email maonacommunitygarden@gmail.com

Kona Science Cafe presents 3-D modeling of live animals

The next Kona Science Cafe is scheduled from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority Gateway Energy Center, 73-4485 Kahilihili St.

Digital Life and Christine Shepard will be featured. Shepard is a Kailua-Kona photographer, videographer and owner of Coral Cove Imagery who has been named a finalist in two categories of BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Digital Life is a nonprofit initiative to produce three-dimensional models of live animals to benefit science, conservation and education. The models can be viewed at www.digitallife3d.com/3d-model. The Digital Life team consists of biologists, professional photographers, engineers, artists and students. To date, they have scanned numerous reptiles, amphibians, flowers and even a shark, partnering with field biologists, zoos and conservation organizations to gain ethical and minimally invasive access to the animals.

A potluck is included in the monthly science talk. Bring pupu and non-alcoholic beverages to share. Reusable plates and cups are encouraged.

Info: contact Rod Hinman, rod@auroraresearch.com, 989-0977.

Hawaii Bankers Association holds food drive

The Hawaii Bankers Association is launching its 10th annual Foodbank Drive to benefit the Hawaii Foodbank, with food and monetary donations being accepted at nearly 300 bank branches throughout the state. The campaign runs from through May 31.

All Hawaii Bankers Association members are participating in this year’s food drive, including American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Bank of the Orient, Central Pacific Bank, Finance Factors, First Foundation Bank, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii National Bank, HomeStreet Bank, Ohana Pacific Bank, and Territorial Savings Bank.


The nonperishable foods in greatest demand include: Meat or tuna, rice, meals, soup, vegetables and fruit. While food donations are always needed, cash donations are even easier. Just see any teller at any branch.

The Hawaii Foodbank is the only nonprofit agency in Hawaii that collects, warehouses, and distributes mass quantities of both perishable and nonperishable food to 200 member agencies as well as food banks on the Big Island, Maui and Kauai. A $10 donation enables the foodbank to distribute food for 25 meals.