Arts and Entertainment Wrap Up: 02-21-19

  • Poster for the 13th annual Avocado Festival. (Avocado Festival/Courtesy Photo)
  • A tunnel book workshop will take place at Volcano Art Center on March 2. (Charlene Asato/Courtesy Photo)

Explore tunnel books at Volcano Art Center

Join instructor Charlene Asato from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 2 for the “Exploring Tunnel Books” bookbinding workshop at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Cost is $35/$32 for VAC Members plus a $10 materials fee. Prior bookbinding experience is not necessary, nor is tunnel vision or accordion skills.


A tunnel, or peephole, book, is made up of pages bound by accordion folds on both sides and are read through a hole in the cover, and a cutout in each page, allowing all pages to be seen at once. This creates an illusion of depth and perception. The images on each page work together to form a three-dimensional scene inside the book that helps to tell a story.

Tools to bring: X-Acto knife with fresh No. 11 blade, cutting mat, scissors, pencil, metal edge ruler, bone folder or butter knife, glue stick, and old magazine or catalog for gluing. Optional: any art supplies such as colored pencils, crayons, photographs for collaging, scraps of paper, scoring board, portable paper trimmer, punches, rubber stamps or stencils.

Info: Visit

Audition for ‘Harvey’ at Aloha Theatre

Director Jerry Tracy will hold open auditions for volunteer actors for Mary Chase’s classic American comedy “Harvey” at 6 p.m. March 4 and 5 at the historic Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. If necessary, an invitational call back audition will be held on Wednesday, March 6, also at 6 p.m. Production dates are May 3-19.

Candidates should prepare a joke or funny story to tell as part of the audition, which will also consist of reading from the script. Scripts are available at the Aloha Theatre office. Call Nikki Johnson at 322-9924 to arrange a checkout.

Harvey was written in 1944, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1945. A memorable 1950 movie version starred Jimmy Stewart and won an Oscar for actress Josephine Hull. There are five male roles, five female roles, and one gender-neutral role. Male roles: Elwood P. Dowd, age 35-55, the central figure of the play. He is a charming eccentric whose best friend is an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit; Dr. William B. Chumley, age 50-80, a respected psychiatrist and the head of Chumley’s Rest, a sanitarium; Dr. Lyman Sanderson, age 25-40, a young psychiatrist, whose talent is only surpassed by his vanity; Duane Wilson, age 20-50, a devoted orderly who serves as the bouncer at Chumley’s Rest; and Judge Omar Gaffney, age 40-80, the Dowd family lawyer, fiercely protective of them and surprisingly understanding of Elwood’s belief in Harvey. Female roles: Veta Louise Simmons, age 35-65, Elwood’s sister, who loves him very much, and who is very concerned about fitting into society; Myrtle Mae Simmons, age 18-40, Veta’s daughter and Elwood’s niece, self-centered and critical of Elwood; Ruth Kelly, age 18-40, a nurse in a love/hate relationship with Dr. Sanderson; Ethel Chauvenet, age 50-90, an old family friend and elite member of the local social circle; and Betty Chumley, age 50-80, Dr. Chumley’s kind and talkative wife. The gender-neutral role is E.J. Lofgren, age 20-80, a cab driver who dispenses wisdom in the last scene and enables the play’s climax. The last three actors will have minimal rehearsal schedules. All roles are available.

The cast will initially meet twice, March 13 and 14, and then regular rehearsals will commence March 25. Rehearsals will generally be conducted Sunday afternoons and Monday through Thursday evenings. Cast members must be available for the entire rehearsal schedule with a minimum number of conflicts, and must commit to the entire performance run, May 3-19. Time commitment varies, depending on the role. The rehearsal and performance schedule is posted online, and will be posted at auditions as well.

An optional “Harvey” Boot Camp will be offered from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the theater. This is a workshop designed to familiarize possible cast members with the play, and prepare them for auditions.

Info: Go to or call 322-9924.

See Aloha Teen Theatre preview at the Kona library

Attend a free sneak preview of “Legally Blonde: The Musical Jr.” and learn the dance moves from the Aloha Teen Theatre cast members from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kailua-Kona Public Library.

“Legally Blonde” was a 2001 film about Elle Woods, a sorority president who chases after ex-boyfriend, Warner, to Harvard to prove she is worthy of his love. Along her journey, she finds true love, individuality, new friends, and what she really wants. This program is appropriate for teens in grades 6-12.

Info: Email

Entries sought for the 49th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Hawaii’s oldest food festival, announces its call for signature art for the official image of the 2019 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.

Hawaii artists are invited to submit original Kona coffee art in all art forms including fine art, graphic design and photography. Artists are encouraged to be inspired by the culture behind the cup and consider the festival’s mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique nearly 200-year coffee heritage.

Artists of traditional media including oil, acrylic, tempera, watercolor, illustrations as well as computer graphics and photographers are invited to participate. There is no entry fee to participate and the competition is open to all Hawaii Island residents 18 and older.

The poster art submission is open to Hawaii residents only. Selected artists from the two previous years are not eligible.

Artwork submissions are due by Friday, April 5, and should be delivered to Malia Bolton Hind at the Kona Coffee &Tea Company, 74-5588 Palani Road, or entries can be submitted electronically via email to Be sure to include “Festival Submission” in the subject line with electronic entries.

Kapono celebrating release of new album

Join musician Henry Kapono and artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker from 5-8 p.m. today at Don’s Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Kona Resort for the release party to Kapono’s new album, “Welcome 2 My Paradise,”

As a bonus, find Parker and his Tiki Shark team, at their booth, selling his latest Don the Beachcomber’s tiki mug. These mugs are signed by both Parker and Kapono for this special event.

Partial proceeds of all sales will be donated to the Henry Kapono Foundation.

Avocado Festival returns Saturday

The 13th annual Avocado Festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hale Halawai.

This is a free community event featuring avocado grafting and growing presentations, avocado food preparation, tasting demonstrations, and Hawaiian cultural music and hula.

After the Avocado Festival is a reggae concert with a $10 fee from 6-10 p.m.

Info: Visit

An update on the reintroduction efforts of alala

Catch up on the whereabouts of the alala with Rachel Kingsley, the education and outreach associate for The Alala Project, during the presentation, “Return to the Wild, One Year Later: An Update on the Reintroduction Efforts of Alala,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Through intensive conservation efforts 11 alala, the endemic and endangered Hawaiian crow, have survived in native Hawaiian forests for over a year and have been joined by another ten. Rachel will provide information about this unique species, an update on the birds that have been reintroduced, as well as plans for future reintroduction efforts of the alala. Join VAC to learn more about this highly intelligent and unique crow species, integral to native Hawaiian ecosystems and culture.


This presentation is free, although a $5 donation is greatly appreciated.

Info: Visit for more programming and class information.

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