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A&E Wrap-Up: 10-6-17

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Shows &events

Ahimsa Lounge Concert at Hawaiian Queen Coffee Garden

Music from India and original compositions for kirtan and dancing meditation will be presented during Ahimsa Lounge Concert on Saturday at Hawaiian Queen Coffee Garden in Kailua-Kona.

Ahimsa is the Sanskrit word for nonkilling, noninjuring, and nonharming. Far from mere passiveness, it is a positive method for meeting the dilemmas and decisions of daily life.

Manuel Roberto on flutes, percussion, loops, and mrdangam drum, Bernice Roberto on voice, synth, harmonium and harp; Irminsul on santoor and synth, Mary Collier on violin and guest artists will take attendees on a journey through India, Nepal, Tibet and the Himalayas during the concert, which gets underway at 6 p.m.

Vegan pupu and refreshments will be available.

Tickets are $20 and are available at Evolution Bakery and Cafe, Pure Kona Green Market (Sundays) at the Vegan Aloha Booth, by emailing info@veganaloha or sending a text to Alessandra/Vegan Aloha at 936-0626 or Antoinette/Evolution Cafe at 329-1075

Info: Contact Alessandra Rupar-Weber at or 936-0626.

Woodturners meet Saturday

The West Hawaii Woodturners meets from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday at the PacRim Glass Building in Kohanaiki Industrial Area.

Attendees should bring a lunch and chair. Visitors are welcome.

Info: Call Ralf at 640-0417.

Halloween open studio planned

Inspired by the open studio lead by Ann Weber last year, Donkey Mill Art Center is hosting its first-ever open studio for all ages to design and fabricate their own Halloween costumes with cardboard, staples, paint and other recycled materials.

DMAC will provide staplers, some staples and box cutters, tables, some cardboard and paint. Bring your own materials and extra cardboard.

Students age 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Artist and designer Valerie Ippolito will facilitate the event as well as demo some of Weber’s style of cardboard construction.

The open studio is 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 28. A $5 donation is suggested.


Black Uhuru hits Big Island Oct. 21

Blues Bear presents Grammy Award winning reggae stars Black Uhuru on their three island Skankin’ on da’ Rock “Jammin’ Roots Reggae Dance Party” 2017. One Big Island performance is slated on Oct. 21 in Puna.

The band is touring behind their new release on Bugle Music “Jah Guide,” produced by Jermaine Forde and Duckie Simpson’s first single from Black Uhuru’s soon-to-be released new album.

Opening all shows is Belgium born Onesty, a multitalented reggae artist along with local artists from each island on the tour. Also performing during the Big Island show are The Steppas, and One Rhythm.

Black Uhuru is one of the most popular and successful reggae groups to come out of Kingston Jamaica’s “Waterhouse” District. The group’s long success has allowed them to become Ambassadors of Reggae, winning the first Reggae Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album with their ground breaking album “Athenm” as well as the Diamonds Award of Excellence.

Founding band member Derrick “Duckie” Simpson leads the group along with Oneil “Andrew Bees” Beckford (lead singer) and their 7-piece band.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show at Uncle Roberts in Pahoa.

Tickets, which are $45 general admission, $50 at the door aND $69 for VIP seating, are available online at or by calling 896-4845. They caqn also be purchased at Kona Music Exchange, Sound Wave and Kiernan’s Music in Kona; Waimea General Store; Top Stitch in Honokaa; Hilo Guitars, CD Wizard, Hilo Music Exchange in Hilo and Keaau and Natural Foods in Keaau.


Concert benefits Kamuela Philharmonic

The 16th annual Hoku Concert Series benefiting the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra takes place on Nov. 26 at a private residence in Kona.

Broadway star and Grammy Award nominee Kevin Vortmann is the headliner of the concert, “You Raise Me Up.”

He sings the hits of Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr., Josh Groban, and more. Pianist Megan Hodges will accompany him.

Tickets are $80, and include wine and pupu. The concert is presented by the orchestra and in association with the Hoku Concert Series.


Classes &workshops

Silk painting workshop offered

Marya Mann will teach a silk painting workshop on Oct. 21 and 22 at the Society for Kona’s Education and Art in Honaunau.

Colors, dyes, wax, and resist create one-of-a-kind works of art. Mann teaches the step-by-step foundations of silk painting and students will create their own clothing, wall hangings, or prayer flags. The workshop runs 1-4 p.m. both days.

Cost is $75 for SKEA members, $85 for nonmembers, in addition to a supply fee of $20. All materials will be provided.

Space is limited to 12 students.

The Society for Kona’s Education &Art is located at 84-5191 Mamalahoa Highway.

Info/register: Call 328-9392 or email

Writing teacher to lead workshop

Award-winning novelist and longtime Big Island writing teacher Tom Peek will guide you there with his acclaimed workshop “Writing on the Wild Side,” from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Peek’s inspirational techniques and stimulating exercises help students explore their creative minds and unique voices. The workshop is perfect for journal keepers, bloggers, fiction and nonfiction storytellers, poets and anyone with the desire to probe their own thoughts and feelings without censorship.

In the workshop, Peek will also discuss writing for social media. It is open to all levels and genres. No writing experience is necessary. The class fee is $75 or $65 for VAC members.

Peek has taught his workshops since 1991. A writer for more than three decades, his work includes an award-winning novel, newspaper stories and commentaries, magazine articles, university publications, national park exhibits and award-winning video productions.

Info/register: Call 967-8222 or visit


DMAC seeks volunteers

Donkey Mill Art Center is hosting a large group of international mokuhanga printmakers, and needs some helping hands through Sunday.

Tasks will include prepping coffee and snacks and tidying up after meals. In between tasks, volunteers have an opportunity to meet these amazing artists and see the workshops firsthand.

If you would like to help out, contact Emily at

DMAC recruiting executive director

Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture is recruiting for an executive director for the Donkey Mill Art Center. The position is currently held by Interim Director Andi Campognonem who stepped in temporarily in May of this year to facilitate organizational restructures and to aid in the hiring of a permanent executive director.

Donkey Mill Art Center is a gathering place where people of all ages and abilities develop as creative, conscious, and healthy human beings through art education and experience in contemporary visual arts, crafts, and culture. This includes hands-on classes, exhibitions, artist residencies, and special events.

DMAC is seeking a qualified candidate to lead the organization’s strong team into a future of sustainable growth. The Mill has a qualified team in place and needs a leader who will work collaboratively to guide the staff, board, and volunteers to achieve specific goals in pursuit of its vision, mission, and values. An ideal candidate must have experience in fundraising, and is able to work in a dynamic environment. He or she must be self-directed, team oriented, and consider creative solutions.

For a full job description and details on responsibilities and requirements, visit

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