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Pahinui plays slack key at planetarium

Concertgoers can join master slack key musician Cyril Pahinui under the stars of Imiloa Astronomy Center’s planetarium for a night of talk story and music at 7 p.m. Friday.

Tickets for this Imiloa After Dark event are $15 for nonmembers and $12 for members and are available at the Imiloa front desk or by calling 969-9703. For information, visit

Masquerade raises funds for theater

A masquerade will benefit Waimea’s Kahilu Theatre from 6 p.m. to midnight Dec. 6 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Grand Ballroom. The celebration begins with cocktails and a silent auction. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a Michael Feinstein performance and dancing.

Tickets can be purchased at Individual tickets are $150 for theater members or $185 for nonmembers. Dance party tickets only are $50. Sponsored tables can be purchased for $3,000, $5,000 and $10,000. To reserve a table, email Alva Kamalani at or call 885-6868.

Coastal cleanups scheduled

Volunteers and vehicles are needed to clear debris from the rocky Ka‘u coastline during a Hawaii Wildlife Fund cleanup day Saturday. Volunteers should meet at 7:45 a.m. at Waiohinu Park. To reserve a spot, email or call 769-7629.

Volunteers are also needed to remove invasive vegetation and sediment from Hoonoua anchialine pool Dec. 9 and 10. The organization will also conduct crustacean sampling and water quality testing. For more information or to reserve a spot, email

Library presents natural history talk

Historian and master storyteller Boyd D. Bond will recount the natural history of Hawaii from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kailua-Kona Public Library. He will contrast the ecosystems of the different islands, describe changes brought by Polynesian and Western contact, and finally answer the question, “Why are there no hummingbirds in Hawaii?”

The program is sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona and is free.

Paper making class offered

Susan O’Malley will teach how to make paper products from Hawaiian plant fibers Saturday and Sunday at One Island’s sustainable learning center in Honaunau.

Register at or by email to

Christmas in the Country kicks off Friday

The public is invited to usher in the holidays with its annual celebration of Christmas in the Country at Volcano Art Center’s Gallery and Niaulani Campus.

Events begin Friday with an exhibit at the Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village to showcase artists who will teach workshops and classes in the upcoming year. From 2 to 4:30 p.m. are free art activities for adults and children, including make your own holiday card and paint the volcano, in the Hale Hoomana Education Building.

On Saturday, festivities at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park begin with the wreath exhibit, unique handmade ornaments for sale, demonstrations by well-known local artists, book and print signings and a visit by Santa Claus.

Volcano artist Dietrich Varez and author David Eyre will sign their books and prints from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and will be joined by Nancee Cline from 1 to 4 p.m, signing her book, “Queen Emma’s Church in Kealakekua, Crossroads of Culture.”

Caren Loebel-Fried will demonstrate block carving and printing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. She will also sign and personalize her books and prints.

In advance of Volcano Art Center’s 40th anniversary in 2014, a limited edition poster has been created, featuring a photo of the active Halemaumau crater by architect and photographer Boone Morrison. Morrison will be at the gallery to sign posters from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Posters will be available for purchase at the gallery.

All activities and demonstrations are free but park entrance fees may apply. For more information, call 967-7565.

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