Community Calendar: 06-01-18


Kailua-Kona household hazardous waste collection event, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Kailua-Kona (Kealakehe) recycling and transfer station. Various hazardous household materials accepted; for a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable materials visit Business, government agency, nonprofit agency and farm wastes are prohibited by law, and no electronics or tires are allowed.


• Community Seed Library presents Dr. Jana Bogs, talking on the relationship between soil nutrition and the nutritional content of food, 10 a.m. at the Kailua-Kona Public Library. Dr. Bogs, specializing in horticulture and food science, shares how to test your soil and measure the nutritional value of your crops. Info: 327-4327.

• The seventh annual Big Island Jazz and Blues Festival, 5-9 p.m., at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Featuring Michael Doucet, Jo-el Sonnier, Filmore Slim, Fareed Haque, Javon Jackson, Benny Uyetake, John Keawe, Gary Washburn and the Honokaa Select Jazz Band, Jazz Alley TV trio, and others. General admission $60/VIP admission $100/table of 10 $1,000. Purchse tickets online at www.bigislandjazzand


“Finding Freedom from Anxiety: A Journey Toward Inner Peace” workshop to cultivate more inner peace and less anxiety. Find freedom in the face of difficult emotions through mindfulness, meditation, lecture and experiential exercises. Workshop is noon to 2 p.m. at Lehualani Plantation, 84-1191 Telephone Exchange Road, Honaunau. Refreshments will be served. Please bring a lawn chair. Tickets are $45, info: 322-0885.

• The Kohala Center hosts drop-off for chemical-based sunscreens from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kahauluu Bay Education Center, 78-6710 Alii Drive. A collection box is also stationed at The Kohala Center office, 65-1291 Kawaihae Road, Ste. A., in Waimea.

* JUNE 5

Kailua-Kona Public Library presents Josh Walawender, a support astronomer at the W.M. Keck Observatory, who will share a program on how young stars form. Free.

• Kealakekua Public Library hosts a toilet paper roll craft event at 3 p.m. Create instruemtns, toys and even an airplace. Free. Info: 323-7585.

• W.M. Keck Observatory presents guest speaker James Green, Chief Scientist at NASA, discussing “Using Shadows to Shed New Light” at 7 p.m. at Gates Performing Arts Center on the HPA Upper Campus in Waimea. Free. Info: 885-7887.

Senior ID card giveaway, 9-12 p.m., Kmart, Kona. Info: 323-4320.

* JUNE 6

• The monthly Stated Meeting of Kona Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons will be held at 7 p.m. at the Kona Masonic Center, 73-5577 Kauhola St., No. 7, in Kailua-Kona. The activities will begin with a dinner at 6 p.m. All members of the craft residing or visiting in the Kona area are invited. Info: Dan Miller at 315-8139.

Kailua-Kona Seniors meeting, 10 a.m. at Hale Halawai. It will be a work day, cleaning cabinets in the kitchen and small room. Info: Joan, 329-1951.

• Officer of the Month Luncheon, 12:30 p.m. at Huggo’s Restaurant. Honoring Aron Tomota as the Kona Crime Prevention Committee’s officer of the month for his outstanding performance as a member of the Hawaii Police Department. Guest speaker will be Civil Defense Director Talmadge Magno. The cost of the luncheon is $20, all inclusive, Reservations are required, contact Liz Holey at or phone 443-7708 by June 2.

• Kealakekua Public Library presents a screening of Disney’s “Coco,” 1-3 p.m. Free popcorn while supplies last. Beverages may be brought in closed containers. Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries Kona, this event is free. Info: 323-7585.

• Kealakekua Public Library presents a workshop for adults who have type 2 diabetes or live with someone who does 5:30-6:30 p.m. Led by trained counselor Jelena Skopinceva, the workshop focuses on helping you feel better, have more control, and do the things you want to do. Free. Info: 323-7585.

Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise meeting, 7 a.m. above Humpy’s Restaurant. Guest speaker is Civil Air Patrol Col. Marlene Johnson. Info: Donna Urban-Higuchi, 938-5137


• Tanya Lam will discuss “Helping Your Orchids Grow in Challenging Environments” at the 6:30 p.m. meeting of the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club at Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall. An avid orchid collector from California, Lam has traveled to many countries to view orchids growing in their natural habitat. Info: 328-8375.

* JUNE 8

West Hawaii Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind meeting, 11:30 a.m. at Hale Halawai. Discover the agencies and aids available. Info: or Betty at 329-5519.

• Kealakekua Public Library presents a teen and adult craft program: Sheet music brooch from 3:30-4:30 p.m. All materials are provided. Program is limited to 10 people and online RSVP is required at

* JUNE 9

• Daifukuji Buddhist Temple will offer a free class on mindfulness 8-9:30 a.m. at 79-7241 Mamalahoa Highway in Honalo. Mindfulness is the simple, repetitive effort of bringing one’s attention back to the task at hand throughout the day. Preregistration required. Info: 322-3524 to register or visit

* JUNE 12

• A Kona Palisades Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Crosson Pavilion. Info: Contact Virginia Haiilday at 325-1112.

Senior ID card giveaway, 9-11 a.m., Lily Yoshimatsu Senior Center, Waimea. Info: 887-3008.

Senior ID card giveaway, 9-12 p.m., Walmart, Kona. Info: 323-4320. .

* JUNE 13

Senior ID card giveaway, 1-3 p.m., Hale Hau’oli Senior Center, Honoka’a. Info: 775-7503.

• “How To Train Your Dragon Brain,” with Joanna Wyss, LCSW, discussing how to adjust your brain chemistry to function more appropriately, and feel a lot happier, in today’s world. 6-8 p.m. at Hawaiian Rehabilitation Services, 75-165 Hualalai St. Info: Hawaiian Rehab at 329-0591 or Karen Klemme RN at 896-2962.

• Kailua-Kona Seniors meeting, 10 a.m. at Hale Halawai. Observe June birthdays and play games. Info: Joan, 329-1951.

June 13th 1:00PM to 3:00PM at the Kealakekua Public Library, Rockin’ Movie Wednesdays presents “The School of Rock” with Jack Black (PG13). Popcorn will be served and beverages allowed in closed containers.

June 13th 5:30PM to 6:30PM at the Kealakekua Public Library presentation and performance on “The Bass”. Scott Jeffrey will help you learn about this big instrument, will have a Q and A session and a special performance at the end.

Call the library at 808-323-7585 for more information or to request special accommodation.

On Wednesday, June 13th, from 3:00PM to 4:00PM the Kailua Kona Library will host Miss Mary of the Junior Music Academy. Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to celebrate music by exploring melody, rhythm, and harmony with hands-on musical instrument playing, singing, and action games. Each child will create their own short song. Program is limited to first 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 2:45PM. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. For more information, contact the library at 808-327-4327.

Kiwanis Club of Kailua-Kona will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, at The Regency at Hualalai meeting room, 75-181 Hualalai Rd., Kailua-Kona, 808-329-7878. All visiting Kiwanis and prospective members are invited to attend. Kiwanis looks to serve the community by conducting service projects that respond to identified needs, especially those related to children. Info: Betty, 808-896-2958,,

* JUNE 14

• Kona Traffic Safety Committee (KTSC) meeting to discuss traffic issues, 4:30-6 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room of the West Hawaii Community Center on Kealakakehe Parkway, second floor, Building C above the DMV. Everyone is welcome.


Join us for a Governor and Lieutenant Governor Candidate Forum,

presented by the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and Community Forums.

Friday, June 15th

5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Kealakehe High School Cafeteria

74-5000 Puohulihuli Street

Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i Island

The forum for Lieutenant Governor candidates (5:30 – 6 p.m.) will precede the forum for gubernatorial candidates (6 – 8 p.m.). Moderator Sherry Bracken will pose questions to the panel of candidates.

Along with the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and Community Forums, our co-sponsors include the Kohala Coast Resort Association, League of Women Voters, and West Hawaii Today.

* JUNE 16

• Meditation retreat with nondual teacher Devaji, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily today through June 22 at Hale Kephart, Kawaihae. Devaji’s teachings, which are rooted in the nondual tradition of Ramana Maharshi and the devotional path of Ramakrishna, invite us to use life’s reflection to deconstruct the illusion of separation and discover the passion and love of pure being. Info:

Zen Meditation Class at Daifukuji

Daifukuji Soto Mission will offer a free Zen Meditation class on Saturday, June 16 from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. The topics will include correct posture on a cushion, bench, or chair and etiquette in a meditation hall. There will be special emphasis on what to do with your mind during meditation. The predominate form of meditation in Soto Zen is shikantaza—-just sitting. It is simple but difficult, because there is nothing to rely on except your own willpower. The class will end with a meditation session, and there will be time for questions.

Daifukuji Temple is at 79-7241 Mamalahoa Hwy. in Honalo next to Teshima’s Restaurant. Pre-registration is required; please call 808-322-3524 or visit

Press contacts:

Rev. Jiko Nakade, 322-3524,

Clear Englebert, 328-0329,

* JUNE 17

• Kona Community Hospital Cancer Center and and Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi host Yoga on the Beach, a Cancer Support Community event, 9-11 a.m. Gentle yoga with instructor Andrea Hutchens and talk story. Info: Sanoe Kauhane ( or Jasmine LeFever (

* JUNE 19

• Kupuna Singles dinner, 5:30 p.m. at the Canoe Club. Info: 329-5163.

* JUNE 20

• Kailua-Kona Seniors meeting, 10 a.m. at Hale Halawai. Guest speaker Darren Elisaga of HELCO will talk on scams aimed at seniors. Info: Joan, 329-1951.

Kiwanis Club of Kailua-Kona will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, at The Regency at Hualalai meeting room, 75-181 Hualalai Rd., Kailua-Kona, 808-329-7878. All visiting Kiwanis and prospective members are invited to attend. The speaker will be Shirley DeRego, President and CEO of The Alex and Duke DeRego Foundation. Kiwanis looks to serve the community by conducting service projects that respond to identified needs, especially related to children. Info: Betty, 808-896-2958,, .

*JUNE 22

• Kona Connections BNI Chapter open house, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Keauhou Shopping Center, in the Suite Possibilities meeting room next door to Bianelli’s restaurant. Meet movers and shakers, experience how they network, and do some networking of your own. Space is limited — RSVP to Shawn Sato at 938-9164 or; or Anna Dahlke, 785-0102.


• The Regency Hualalai is hosting a Purple Pool and Dunk Tank Party to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the facility of Hualalai Road in Kailua-Kona. Attendees will have the chance to dunk Faith Gianan, Regency executive director; Kelly Drysdale, candidate for County Council District 7; Kalei Kossow, candidate for County Council District 7; Rippin’ Dave Lawrence of 105.3; and “Peaman Peaman.” $1 donation gets three throws. Parking availalbe across street; pool inside the Regency. Info: Adriana at 329-7878.

B.I.R.M.A. Big Island Retired Military Associationwill hold its next lunch meeting in Hilo at 12 PM on Saturday, June 23. All retired military, veterans, active duty and spouses are welcome. BIRMA is a social group that sponsors a scholarship, organizes activities and community service events for members. Program will include update on veteran benefits and ID card renewals by Maricar Souza, Hilo Vet Center Outreach Specialist. Lunch buffet-$20. Call 935-1946 by June 15 for reservations or more information.

* JUNE 25

• League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, 5 p.m. at Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Luau Hale, 799 Piilani Street, in Hilo, featuring candidates for Hawaii State Lt. Governor’s office and candidates for the Hawaii State Senate, District 4. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Info: 933.8683.

* JUNE 27

Read Aloud Shakespeare meeting, 6–7:30 p.m. in Keauhou. Today’s play: “King Lear,” Act II, Scene II. If you are a Shakespeare fan, bring a copy of the play and join. No previous Shakespeare or acting ability required. Info: Joy Vogelgesang, 557-0694.

• Senior ID card giveaway, 9-12 a.m., West Hawaii Civic Center – Building B, Kona. Info: 323-4320.

• Kailua-Kona Seniors movie day, 10 a.m. at the Civic Center, building B. Info: Joan, 329-1951.

* JULY 27

• Hawaii Coffee Association 10th annual statewide Cupping Competition at the Ka’uai Beach Resort. Registration available online, Info: Brian Webb, (919) 608-1210 or

* AUG 11

• Election Day officials wanted for the Primary Election! Applicants must be 16 or older and be able to read write, follow directions, and lift 25 pounds. Sign up online or call for more info at 933-1591 or


* NOV 6

• Election Day officials wanted for the General Election! Applicants must be 16 or older and be able to read write, follow directions, and lift 25 pounds. Sign up online or call for more info at 933-1591 or