‘Engaging Students in Citizen Science for the Prevention of Rat Lungworm Disease’

WAIMEA — A new professional development opportunity in STEM is being offered to teachers on the Big Island, and the subject has timely real-world application for students and their families. The course, “Engaging Students in Citizen Science for the Prevention of Rat Lungworm Disease,” will be offered in Waimea in October and November for K-12 educators.

Fairmont Orchid hosting first local artists reception

Hawaii Island artists Vicki Penney-Rohner, Mary Spears, Cyndy Urry and Jeff Barger will debut in Luana Lounge at Fairmont Orchid at a complimentary event from 5-7 p.m. this Thursday. Open to the public, it will showcase unique works of art, light refreshments and live music from slack key guitarist David Gomes.

Annual Waimea Solar System Walk returns Oct. 27

Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) and Keck Observatory will co-host the free annual event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. next Saturday. The family-friendly activity is an interstellar journey through the center of Waimea. The walk starts at Keck Observatory’s Headquarters on Mamalahoa Highway and travels through the solar system down the street, with stops to visit plants along the way, and ends at CFHT’s offices.