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Shows & events

Art is Healing opening reception Friday

An opening reception for West Hawaii Community Health Center and Donkey Mill Art Center’s third annual “Art Is Healing” multimedia juried art exhibition is slated 6-8 p.m. Friday in at the health center in Kealakehe.

The “Art Is Healing” initiative brings together the power to bridge differences and connects individuals of different backgrounds and experiences. Through art, West Hawaii Community Health Center wants to make connections by sharing our stories and sharing individuals truth, building empathy, compassion, and a healthy respect for one another.

“West Hawaii Community Health Center believes that art can inspire lifelong health and wellness as well as aid in the healing process,” said West Hawaii Community Health Center Director Richard Taaffe. “Art connects us to our community and we want it to cover our walls.”

Tickets for the opening reception are $25 and funds raised benefit the West Hawaii Community Health Center. Purchased artwork will be donated to the health center’s permanent collection where it will be displayed at any of our five locations in West Hawaii.

Donations directly support West Hawaii Community Health Center’s programs and services that impact the health and well-being of the people it serves. This event is made possible through a partnership between West Hawaii Community Health Center and the Donkey Mill Art Center.

Info: Call 331-6472, email or visit

West Hawaii County Band offers free concert

West Hawaii County Band offers a free concert Friday evening at Hale Halawai in Kailua-Kona.

The band will present Oktoberfest and Halloween music. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the band’s presentation of “Cruella de Vil” from Disney’s “101 Dalmatians,” “Rockin’ Hallowe’en,” a beautiful rendition of “As Time Goes By” and of course there will be a march, “The Zacatecas March.”

The band will also perform at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 28 during the Hawaii Island Humane Society Howel’ween Dog Walk in Kailua-Kona; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Hulihee Palace; 4 p.m. Nov. 19 11 at Hulihee Palace; 1 p.m, Nov. 25 at Keauhou Shopping Center; 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at Life Care Center; and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Hale Halawai.

Info: Visit

KPPCS’s Halloween Journey Saturday

The 17th annual Halloween Journey will be held at Kona Pacific Public Charter School from 4-9 p.m. on Saturday. The 2017 theme is “Neverland.”

A time-honored and much-loved community tradition, the event will include a magical journey along wooded trails with skits and surprises featuring characters from Peter Pan, as well as games, food, crafts and family fun.

Tickets are $10; children ages 2 years and younger are free. The tickets are for a specific time for the magical journey itself. The other activities (games, food, crafts, etc.) do not necessitate purchasing a ticket. Tickets are available at the school office.

Parking for the event is at Keakealani Building on Haukapila Street. Shuttle buses will take people from the parking area to and from the school campus.

Info: Visit

Queens’ MarketPlace hosts free concert Saturday

The Tomi Isobe Blues Band will offer a free concert Saturday at the Queens’ Marketplace Coronation Pavilion.

Part of Queens’ Marketplace’s Monthly Mini-Concert Series, the band takes the stage from 6 to 8 p.m.


Read Aloud Shakespeare meets Wednesday

Read Aloud Shakespeare meets Wednesday in Keauhou to read “The Bard’s plays.”

During the 6-7:30 p.m. meeting, the group will continue The Winter’s Tale at Act 2, Scene 3. Shakespeare fans should bring copies of the plays. The group takes turns reading and no previous Shakespeare or acting ability is required.

Info: Janet Delong, 557-0694, by noon Wednesday.

Millicent Cummings headlines Oct. 28 event

Dragonfly Ranch presents Millicent Cummings for an auspicious evening of original music, magical chants and mystical beings from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 28.

The event will feature a costume ball and contest. Prizes will be awarded, including a free stay at the Dragonfly Ranch in Captain Cook.

Cummings is a Renaissance woman of the arts, award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist, recording and multimedia fine artist, producer of radio, television and festival programming, instructor, storyteller, activist and mother.

A $10 donation is suggested at the door.

Info: Visit

Hawaii Artist Collaboration auction Oct. 28

The Hawaii Artist Collaboration seventh annual Art Auction will be held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Holualoa Inn, Malulani Pavilion.

The combined works of more than 35 artists will be offered for sale via live and silent auction. Proceeds will fund art scholarships and future collaborative events.

Tickets are $35 pre-sale and $45 at the door.

Info: Visit, email, or call Rebecca Villegas at 960-2805.

COOK presents ‘A Rockin’ Halloween’

The Chamber Orchestra of Kona presents “A Rockin’ Halloween” on Oct. 29 at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa’s Kaleiopapa Convention Center.

The orchestra is conducted by Bernaldo Evangelista with Concertmaster Ursula Vietze. The concert gets underway at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and students enter free.

Info/tickets: Visit

Kona Tahiti Fete 2017 Nov. 1-4

Kona Tahiti Educational and Cultural Association and TeMana Rose Tahitian School of Dance presents their annual 10-day Kona Tahiti Fete in Kailua-Kona.

The event will celebrate the arrival of Tahitian culturalists, dancers, drummers, and cultural artisans on Nov. 1-4 for Kona Tahiti Fete 2017, which takes place at Kekuaokalani Gymnasium.

Educational presentations and cultural exchanges are planned for all four days, with an emphasis on a craft fair, food booths, cultural demonstrations and dancer performances on Friday and Saturday.

A welcoming dinner is planned at the Kona Elks Club from 6-10 p.m. on Nov. 3. Guest speakers and dance performers from Tahiti will showcase this exceptional evening dinner. The dinner requires reservation via email to or by calling 652-1775 and leave a message with your phone number and number of tickets for purchase by 5 p.m. Nov. 1. Tickets are $25.


APAC holds auditions for ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

Guest director Tiffany Kutsunai will hold open auditions for volunteer actors for “Miracle on 34th Street” at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Damron Hall, the building adjacent to the Aloha Theatre parking lot in Kainaliu.

This heartwarming classic, based on the Twentieth Century Fox’s 1947 motion picture, written by Valentine Davies is the next production of the Aloha Performing Arts Company. The play will be presented during the first three weekends of December.

Rehearsals will begin Nov. 1 and will generally be conducted on Sunday afternoons and Monday through Thursday evenings. Not every character is required at every rehearsal and time commitment varies from role to role. No experience is necessary and newcomers are encouraged to audition.

All those auditioning are asked to prepare and memorize a 1- to 2-minute monologue of their favorite holiday or winter memory. Those auditioning will also be asked to sing “Deck the Halls” or “Jingle Bells.” Auditions will also include reading from the script, which is available at the APAC office for on-site perusal or checkout in exchange for a deposit. Prospective cast members are welcome to attend both evening audition sessions, but it is not necessary in order to be considered for a role.

A possible invitational callback audition may be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, if necessary. Closed-toe shoes will be required at auditions and all rehearsals.

“Miracle on 34th Street” is set in New York City in 1947. The plot revolves around a nice old man, Kris Kringle, who claims to be Santa Claus and a little girl, Susan Walker, who does not believe in him. The original movie starred Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood. The play also features Doris Walker, Susan’s mother; Fred Gayley, lawyer and neighbor to the Walker’s; Drunken Santa, disorderly and fired “mall-type” Santa.

All roles are available. In addition to the five characters already listed, there are 20 nongendered speaking roles that include department store personnel, legal and postal officials, children, parents, elves, a zoo keeper, along with a full ensemble of carolers and shoppers to round out the cast.

The production also has nonacting positions available.

Info/arrange a script perusal: Call 322-9924 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

Classes & workshops

Library hosts bleached-out T-shirt craft event

The Kailua-Kona Public Library will host a do-it-yourself bleached-out T-shift craft event at 1 p.m. on Oct. 28.

Participants should bring a colored T-shirt (old or new) with a blank front or back to the library. During the event, they will redecorate it using a bleach and water solution. Stencils to craft Halloween designs will be available.

This program is suitable for ages 5 and up and is limited to the first 20 patrons. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona this program is free to the public.

RSVP online at or visit the library.

Info: Call 327-4327.

Workshop series covers drawing the human figure

Jin An Wong will lead a series of Sunday workshops covering drawing the human figure using pastels at the Society for Kona’s Education and Art in Honaunau.

Drawing the human figure from a live model is challenging, captivating, and the foundation of all other drawing. Artists from all disciplines practice drawing the human form as a means keep their skills and powers of expression sharp. This series of classes is designed for beginning and intermediate artists and will cover the use of pastels, create a color wheel from the three basic primary colors, understand secondary and tertiary colors, and learn to mix values and hues within the color wheel. A brief brush up course on the human anatomy and body proportions will be included.

There will be a two-hour free introductory class open to everyone from 1-3 p.m. on Nov. 5. The first hour will be instruction and the second hour will be spent drawing from the model. Thereafter, the series continues 1-4 p.m. on Nov. 12, 19 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

Cost for the series is $165 for SKEA members and $175 for nonmembers. Pop-in price is $35 per class.

Info: Visit or

3-day workshop covers mandala mosaic making

Learn to make your own mandala mosaic during a three-day workshop Nov. 3-5 at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Mandalas are a naturally occurring design that shows growth, connection and wholeness. It is also the perfect format to lay out color, shape and pattern in your next mosaic. Guest artist and author Mark Brody will bring all the tools and materials for participants to complete their own 15-inch glass mosaic mandala for interior or garden placement.

In this class, attendees will learn basic ideas of radial symmetry and use them in your own personalized glass mosaic. Brody will teach basic glass-cutting techniques as well as specialized pattern-cutting skills to make this a lasting mosaic that can be placed indoors or out in the garden.

A mandala is a multicultural design which uses the circle to show the connection of all the pieces. The design uses concentric circles to radiate outward or focus inward, and is a perfect format to learn to mosaic because the design has a natural flow and symmetry to it. Brody will go over the many different methods and materials of mosaic so that participants will be able to start their next one on their own.

The workshop will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $200 for VAC members and $225 for nonmembers, in addition to a $25 supply fee. Class size is limited to 10 people (ages 15 and older).

Brody has been teaching for more than 15 years, has a fine arts degree in sculpture, a certificate in teaching, and is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists. He is also the author of the how-to mosaic book, “Mosaic Garden Projects,” which can be purchased during the workshop or online.

Info/register: Call 967-8222 or visit

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