Community Calendar

* TODAY

Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce’s networking event, AfterHours, 5-7 p.m. at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope office, located at 65-1238 Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea. This astronomy-themed pau hana will feature stargazing through telescopes (weather permitting) and the chance to win astronomy related prizes and enjoy fresh pupus. General admission is $30; $15 for chamber members and first-time non-members. Pre-register at www.kona-kohala.com. Info: 329-1758 or info@kona-kohala.com.

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Senior ID card giveaway, 1-3 p.m. Hale Hauoli Senior Center, Honokaa. Info: 775-7503.

West Hawaii online college degree workshop, 5:30-6:30 p.m., hosted by the University Center, West Hawaii, in Koali 107 at the Hawaii Community College – Palamanui campus in North Kona. Info and RSVP: Carrie Kuwada Phipps, carriekp@hawaii.edu or 969-8808.

Kailua-Kona Seniors meeting, 10 a.m. at Hale Halawai. Nominating committee for 2019 will be named, and preperations for the fall craft fair will begin. Info: Joan, 329-1951.

• Kealakekua Public Library will celebrate Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary with a movie screening of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” at 4 p.m. Free freshly popped popcorn until supplies run out. Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona this program is free to the public. For more information contact the library at 323-7585.

Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise meeting, 7 a.m. above Humpy’s Restaurant. Guest speaker is Patrick Toal, MSW, Big Island regional coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association. Info: Donna Urban-Higuchi, 938-5137.

* THURSDAY

The 28th annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference, Sept. 20-23 at Leeward Community College in Pearl City on Oahu, followed by mini-conferences Sept. 25-29 in both Kona and Hilo. Info: www.HTFG.org or kenlove@hawaiiantel.net or Mark Suiso at suiso@aloha.net.

• Children from 2-5 and their adult caregivers are invited to the Kailua-Kona Public Library for stories and learning activities that promote brain development through increased knowledge, vocabulary, imagination and concentration. The half-hour story time begins at 9:30 a.m. Info: Call the library at 327-4327 for more information or to request special accommodation.

Learn to play Disc Golf with a free class, 4 p.m. at Pualani Park. Bring a Frisbee and learn the basics of this easy-to-play game, open to all ages. Info: 323-4322 or Kelly.hudik@hawaiicounty.gov.

• A free weaving and spinning demonstration will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Top Stitch, 45-3599 Mamane St., Honokaa. The public is invited to observe and try their hand at these ancient crafts. The demonstration is a prelude to classes that will be offered at Top Stitch taught by members of the Big Island Chapter of the Hawaii Handweavers Hui. Info: 885-4482 or kamuelaweaver@gmail.com.

• Community Forums hosts “Constitutional Convention: To Hold or Not to Hold?” Tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the County Council Chambers, discuss the pros, cons and details of a possible Hawaii State Constitutional Convention. Special guest panelists Pete Adler, Chad Blair, Lei Kihoi and David Tarnas will be on-hand to discuss. Submit your questions prior to the forum at www.westhawaiiforum.org.

* SEPT. 21

• Closure at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, 6-11 a.m. Affects Kaloko Road, Kaloko parking area and Kaloko picnic area to provide public safety during helicopter operations for the purpose of removing invasive, non-native vegetation. Info: 326-9057.

Kailua-Kona Seniors meeting, 9 a.m. at Xtreme Bowling for the monthly game. Info: Joan, 329-1951.

• Learn about one of the most significant trees for survival for Hawaiians, the hala tree, and its many uses including weaving to create your own beautiful bracelet. Class is 10 a.m. at Christ Church Episcopal on Konawaena School Road, cost $20. Please bring a hand towel. Registration: Cindy Ku’upua Whitehawk at blossoming_whitehawk@yahoo.com or 987-2662.

The Six String Fling concert, 7 p.m. at the historic Aloha Theater in Kainaliu. Featuring popular local band, Bottle of Blue and local guitar masters including Grammy award winning Larry Seyer, Hoku award winner Larry Dupio, and more. Tickets for reserved seats are on sale at the venue, online at apachawaii.org or at Kiernan Music for $35.

• VFW post 12122 Friday $8 meal is onion burgers, potato chips and dessert, eat in or take out, served 5-7 p.m. All veterans, their families and guests are welcome.

* SEPT 22

• Reiki healing arts certification class for overall health and well-being, today and Sept. 23. Learn to treat yourself and others. Class size is limited for a personal experience. Workshop is offered in West Hawaii in the village of Kailua Kona and in North Kohala in Kapa’au. Pre-registration is required. Class cost is $350. Info: 987-610 or www.HalaiHealingPlace.com.

• Creative Play – A Beginning with master potter Ina Koch. Hand-build and create unique pieces in this three-class series adult pottery workshop, 9 a.m. to noon today, Sept. 29, and Oct. 6. Tuition $100 plus a $10 firing fee. Registration: 936-1196. Located at the Society for Kona’s Education &Art, 84-5191 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook.

• The “Not Just a Book Club Travel Conversation Circle” kicks off a new season with summer travel reports from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kailua-Kona Library. See what’s new in the library travel sections and share tips and stories of where you have been and where you are going. Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona, this meeting is free to the public. If you would like more information, please email TravelCircle@folkhawaii.com.

• Operation Christmas Child West Hawaii Shoebox Kick-Off event, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Living Stones Church, 76-6224 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona. Light refreshments will be served. For info or to reserve shoeboxes, call Cindy at (301) 707-2328.

• West Coast Swing Group’s 10 week prearranged dance lesson series, 5:30-7 p.m. at VFW Post 12122. Info: Warren D’Aquino, 769-0545.

• Camp Tarawa Detachment No. 1255 of the Marine Corps League monthly meeting at the VFW Post located at 74-5543 Kaiwai Street Suite 185A, behind Kona Locksmith. No – host lunch at 11:30 a.m., business meeting at 1 p.m. Info: Dale Ross 322-2172

* SEPT. 23

• Warren’s West Coast Swing Group meeting, 7-9 p.m. at VFW Post 12122.

* SEPT 25

• The Kailua-Kona Public Library hosts Lorraine Davis, Chief Operating Officer of the YWCA, who will present a one-hour program about the myths surrounding sexual assault and the effects a victim may encounter after the assault. Program starts at 5:30 p.m. Info: 327-4327.

• VFW Post 12122 Activities Committee meeting, 10:30 a.m.

* SEPT 26

• Senior ID card giveaway, 9 a.m. to noon at West Hawaii Civic Center – Building B, Kona. Info: 323-4320.

• Kiwanis Club of Kailua-Kona meeting, 5:30 p.m. at The Regency at Hualalai meeting room, 75-181 Hualalai Road, Kailua-Kona. All visiting Kiwanis and prospective members are invited to attend. The speaker will be Jim Kesey, author of “A Good Place to Die” and “What Am I Doing Here?” Info: Betty, eavisbj@aol.com, 896-2958.

• Kailua-Kona Seniors meeting, 10 a.m. at the Civic Center for the monthly movie showing, “Calendar Girls,” a comedy starring Helen Mirren. Info: Kelly, 323-4330.

• American Association of University Women Kona September kickoff, 6 p.m. at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Hale G, to greet potential members, share activities and hear from a panel on women in leadership. Open to the public.

• The access road to Kaloko Fishpond and parking lot will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon to provide for public safety during coconut tree trimming work. Info: 326-9057.

* SEPT 27

• Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce annual labor &employment law seminar, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Waikoloa Beach Marriott. Includes breakfast, lunch, a presentation binder, and the 2018-2019 Chamber Desk Manual: Labor and Employment Law for Hawaii Employers.

• The Neighborhood Place of Kona free parenting education course, “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids Will Talk,” 9-10:30 a.m. Thursdays through Nov. 1. This six-week course demonstrates effective skills for building relationships with children. Details and registration: 331-8777.

• Kealakehe Elementary School’s Literacy Fest, 4-6 p.m. on the school campus, 74-5118 Kealakaa St., Kailua-Kona. Displays by community organizations/businesses, read-alouds, literacy games, reader’s theatre, used book giveaway and more. Info: Suzanne Dadzie, 313-7969.

* SEPT 28

• West Hawaii chapter of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers meeting in conjunction with the 28th International Fruit Growers conference. Tour at 9:30 a.m., meeting at the HTFG office, 81-6393 Mamalahoa Highway, to carpool to tour Gerry Walsh’s new orchard. The meeting will be back at the HTFG office at 1 p.m. with guest speakers Peter Salleras from Queensland Australia and Steve Murray from California, both speaking on fruit packaging, marketing, and post-harvest care of tropical fruit. $10.00 charge for members. Non-members can join at the event. Info: Brian Lievens, 895-8753 or greenwizard@hawaii.rr.com.

Kona Coffee and Tea Company cover reveal party, 5-7 p.m. at KCTC in the Kona Coast Shopping Center on Palani Road. A free event open to the Kona community, KCTC and Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine will identify who or what will be on the fall 2018 magazine cover. Lite pupu will be provided and all drinks will be at Happy Hour prices, with music, surprises, and giveaways. Please RSVP with the number in your group to Kelly Drysdale at kelly@konacoffeeandtea.com.

West Hawaii County Band concert, 6:30 p.m. at Hale Halawai County Park on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona. Enjoy an hour of music featuring Hawaiian traditional music, band classics and more. Featuring “Kaulana Nā Pua,” “The Blue Danube,” and music by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley. Info: http://www.westhawaiiband.com.

• VFW Post 12122 Friday $10 meal is Muriel’s meatloaf, mushroom gravy, mashed potato, veggie, salad and dessert, eat in or take out, served 5-7 p.m. All veterans and their families and guests are welcome.

* SEPT 29

• Grace Community Church is sponsoring a parenting seminar for single and married parents to improve their parenting skills. Seminar is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 74-4889 Palani Road. Childcare, breakfast and lunch are included in $25 cost per couple (or $15 for single parent). Contact linda@gracekona.org or 326-9580 by Sept. 10 for registration; late registration also available.

• Kanikapila Jam and Ho’olaule’a Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Hawaii Explorations Academy. Live entertainment, silent auctions, food vendors and free cultural activities. Tickets $10; kids 10 and younger are free. Info: www.whea.net.

• St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Kapaau, North Kohala, holds its annual bazaar, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Baked goods and favorite ethnic foods, silent auction, guided church tours, and entertainment available at this historic church’s fundraiser, which has happened annually for more than 50 years. Info: 889-5390 or office@staugustineskohala.com.

• Introductory Halai Energy Healing workshop, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Halai Healing Place in Kailua-Kona and Kapaau, today and Sept. 30. Delve into human energy systems, chakras, auric fields, and the body’s healing mechanisms. Everyone welcome. Pre-registration required, cost $375. Info: www.HalaiHealingPlace.com.

• West Coast Swing Group 10-week prearranged dance lesson series, 5:30-7 p.m. at VFW Post 12122. Info: Warren D’Aquino, 769-0545.

* OCT. 9

• SKEA fall art camp for ages 6-11, 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. today through Thursday at the Society for Kona’s Education &Art, 84-5191 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook. Various activities with local talented artists focused on the visual arts and creative movement. Tuition is $95 + current membership. Info and registration: 328-9392, skea@hawaii.rr.com, or www.skea.org.

OCT. 14

* Dances of Universal Peace, 6-7:30 p.m. at the New Thought Center in Kealakekua. Moving in the moment while singing sacred phrases of the myriad of spiritual traditions that grace the Earth. Info: Swami Om, 323-3344

OCT. 19

West Hawaii Mediation Center’s new series, Our Stories: Local Conversations in Conflict Resolution. Randall Roth, JD, LLM and author of the bestselling book “Broken Trust: Greed, Mismanagement &Political Manipulation at America’s Largest Charitable Trust,” featured speaker at 7 p.m. at the Kahilu Theatre. Info: www.whmediation.org.

* OCT. 20

• Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise hosts its third annual Pig and Swig, featuring food and beverages, a variety of entertainment, and live and silent auctions. Event will raise funds for local scholarships and community projects. RCKS is also seeking community sponsors for this event. For more information, contact konasunriserotary@gmail.com.

* OCT. 27

• Ohana Halloween Paina, 5 p.m. at Keauhou Shopping Center. A family-friendly Halloween celebration with costume contests for keiki, adults, and family costumes, as well as trick-or-treating at participating merchants, a keiki fun zone, food trucks, and live entertainment. Info: keauhoushoppingcenter.com.

* NOV 6

• Election Day officials wanted for the General Election! Applicants must be 16 or older and be able to read write, follow directions, and lift 25 pounds. Sign up online or call for more info at 933-1591 or www.elections.hawaii.gov.

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* NOV 10

A healthy 5K run/walk for all ages, interactive health fair with free screenings and demos, and exciting silent auction and quilt drawing make a full day of “Fit-Bid-Fun” at Waikoloa School. The ninth annual event helps fund literacy programs by Friends of the Library – Waikoloa Region. To register and for info visit www.flwr-runforliteracy.com.