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May 1, 2014 - 12:05am

Historic photos of Kona sought

The Pulama ia Kona Historical Preservation Society is seeking old photos that contain buildings or street scenes from upcountry Kona.

The organization will scan the photos, return them and provide the owners with a digital file. Pulama ia Kona is making 12-by-18-inch signs that describe the origin and past uses for historic buildings along the Kona Scenic Byway, the 10-mile portion of Mamalahoa Highway from Palani junction to the Honalo junction. The organization will give photo credits to the donors.

Although images from the early 1900s all along the highway are needed, it is photos of Holualoa Village that are particularly sought. With the owner’s permission their photos can also be added to the Kona Historical Society’s archives.

To arrange pick up of photos, or for more information, call Tomoe Nimoe at 329-3058, or email Paul Maddox More information is also available at

Guided meditation classes offered

Gavin Harrison leads “Walking Meditation in the Wild” from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at Iole, the historic Bond homestead, at 53-496 Iole Road in Kapaau.

Participants should bring a hat, hiking shoes, water, a cushion for rest stops, rain gear and mosquito repellent. There is no charge, but a donation of $10 to $15 is suggested. For more information, email or call the Iole office at 889-5151.

Harrison also leads a sitting and walking meditation with dialogue, and meditation guidance from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month at Waimea Events Salon, 66-1664 Waiaka St. Experienced and beginning meditators are welcome. Donations are accepted. For more information, call Matilda Tompson at 885-9206 or email

National Park launches artist-in-residence program

In conjunction with the National Parks Arts Foundation, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will launch its first Artist-in-Residence program in May. The debut artist will be Hawaiian featherwork artist Rick Makanaaloha Kiaimeaokekanaka San Nicolas.

The artist, whose feather work is currently on display at the Volcano House, will provide an After Dark in the Park exhibit and discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Admission is free, but park entrance fees apply.

For more information about the National Parks Arts Foundation, visit

Film about soil to be shown around isle

A premier of “Symphony of the Soil,” a film about the challenges our soils are facing and the people who are champions for soil recovery and protection, will be shown on Hawaii Island.

The first screening will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at One Island in Honaunau. A potluck will follow. It will be shown again at 2 p.m. May 18 at North Hawaii Education and Research Center in Honokaa. After the movie, Jana Bogs will deliver a presentation on nutritional farming. The final showing will be at 1:30 p.m. May 31 at Walker Hall in Kapaau. A composting workshop with Bob Shaffer will be held after the movie.

For more information, email

Wildfire preparedness event is Saturday

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization will hold a day of fire preparedness fun and festivities in conjunction with the first National Wildfire Preparedness Day on Saturday.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Melia Street at the Waikoloa Dryland Wildfire Safety Park in Waikoloa Village. A morning volunteer work session with planting and maintaining native plants and a firefighter meet-and-greet are scheduled. Wildfire preparedness workshops and a neighborhood Firewise field tour are among the afternoon activities. All ages are welcome and the event is free.

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization is a nonprofit based in Waimea that addresses Hawaii’s critical wildfire issues. The Waikoloa Dryland Wildfire Safety Park demonstrates how to reduce the impacts of wildfires through defensible space, Firewise landscaping and fire resistant building materials.

For more information, email, call 885-0900 or visit

UW alumni meeting Sunday

The Big Island’s University of Washington Alumni group meets at 5 p.m. Sunday for a pupu party to celebrate the university’s 125th birthday. All Huskies are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Cheryl at 326-7016.