Your Community Calendar

* TODAY

• The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Educational Foundation, Hawaii Island District, invites local employers to participate in a workshop to help employers and small business owners learn about current recruiting trends and how to develop a more effective talent acquisition strategy. Breakfast session 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Friends of NELHA Gateway Visitor Center, 73-4485 Kahilihili Street in Kailua-Kona. Cost is $25 for SHRM members, and $35 for non-members.

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Kailua Village Design Commission meeting, 5:15 p.m. at the West Hawaii Civic Center’s Planning Department Conference Room, building E.

Dance for Parkinson’s Stretch, Balance, and Move class continues 10-11:15 a.m. at Kona Dance and Performing Arts 81-973 Halekii Street, Kealakekua. Drop-ins encouraged, no dance experience necessary. Caregivers, family and friends are welcome to join in the fun. Donations-based, bring a friend for free.

Rat lungworm disease findings presented 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Kailua-Kona Library with Dr. Susan Jarvi of UH Hilo. Info: folk@folkhawaii.com, www.folkhawaii.com, 327-4327.

Kona Civil Air Patrol squadron meetings, 6-8:30 p.m. at Kona International Airport at Keahole. Info: m.johnsonCAP@gmail.com.

* Wednesday

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

Kailua-Kona Seniors meeting, 10 a.m. at Hale Halawai. Celebrating April birthdays and enjoying game day with Bingo, Scrabble, and others. All seniors welcome. Info: Joan, 329-1951.

Konawaena Middle School Family Game Night, 5:30-7 p.m. at Konawaena cafeteria. Free food, games and other fun activities led by KMS teachers and staff.

Read Aloud Shakespeare group, 6-7:30 p.m. in Keauhou, featuring “Romeo and Juliet.” Bring a copy of the play and take turns reading the parts: no previous Shakespeare or acting ability required. Call Joy Vogelgesang at 557-0694 for information.

Kiwanis Club of Kailua-Kona meeting, 5:30 p.m. at the Regency Hualalai meeting room, 75-181 Hualalai Road, Kailua-Kona. Speaker is Roger Harris, director of Governmental Affairs for Palamanui Global Holdings, LLC, on future development plans in and around Palamanui Campus. Info: KailuaKona4Kiwanis@gmail.com, Doug Payne, (909) 649-3516.

Online and hybrid college degrees workshop, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at HCC Palamanui campus, Koali 107. Learn about what degrees are offered, how the programs work, and how to be a distance student. Info or RSVP: carriekp@hawaii.edu or 969-8808.

• Kealakekua Public Library presents a movie matinee of Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” (rated PG), 2-4 p.m. Free to the public. Info: 323-7585.

* Thursday

Kupuna Singles dinner, 5:30 p.m. at the Manago Hotel. Info: 333-8049.

• Hawaii SBDC workshop, “How to Hire, Train, and Retain Stellar Employees,” 9-11:30 a.m. (registration 8:45 a.m.) at Hale Iako in Suite 119, 73-970 Makako Bay Drive, Kailua-Kona, on the NELHA (OTEC) Campus. Registration $20 online at www.hisbdc.org, or call 333-5000.

• National Park Day at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, 8 a.m. Free family fun at the park’s Jr. Ranger Day and Barkranger day, featuring ranger programs, ukulele, hula and more. Info: 329-6881.

FRIDAY

Aloha Friday at the Kona Elks Club from 4-7 p.m. Music by Dick Franklin. $5. Pupu menu available. Members and guests welcome. No reservations needed.

* APRIL 27

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, 10 a.m. to noon at the makai north end of Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area, 75 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona. Free and open to the public. Tai chi is a martial arts form paired with qigong (breathing exercises) which help to improve the circulatory system and provide overall health benefits.

• Phone Photography Workshop with Alvis Upitis, 1-4 p.m. at SKEA. If your primary camera is your phone, improve the aesthetic as well as technical look of your photos. Tuition $30 for SKEA members, $35 for non-members.

Raku Pottery Workshop with Alysia Samaru and Lynn Peavy, 1-4 p.m. at SKEA, today and May 11. Hand-build 2 decorative pieces, dry and bisque, and upon return in 2 weeks, glaze and raku fire. Tuition is $75 for SKEA members and $85 for non-members and includes all supplies.

• Hawaii Police Department is hosting National Take-Back Day, providing the community an opportunity to turn in your unused or expired medications for safe, anonymous disposal. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kona Police Station parking lot, 74-0611 Hale Makai Place, Kailua-Kona. Info: Call 541-1930 or visit www.dea.gov.

• “Securing Your Business,” 9:30-11:30 a.m. at HCFCU, 73-5611 Olowalu St., Kailua-Kona. Free seminar on your business and cybersecurity, theft and liability. RSVP at hicommfcu.com/communityseminars.

• The West Hawaii Mediation Center (WHMC) presents a talk-story fundraiser 4:30 p.m. at Hale Halawai Pavilion on Alii Drive. The fundraiser, “Conflict Stories,” explores models of justice on Hawaii Island. Features a panel discussion by Mitch Roth, Hawaii County prosecuting attorney; Tim Hansen, Restorative Justice program manager; Wally Lau, Ke Ohana consultant; and Giovanna Gherardi, WHMC board president. Free; however, donations will be accepted. RSVP at www.whmediation.org/ConflictStories or by calling 885-5525.

Kona Home Sellers Workshop, 10-11 a.m. at Suite Possibilities, Conference Room 75-5919 Walua Road, Kailua-Kona. Learn how to prepare homes for sale, watch pricing and market trends, negotiate marketing strategies and more. RSVP by text to 255-8757 or visit https://www.greenvelope.com/event/konahomesellerworkshop.

Vern’s prime rib dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Kona Elks. $25 per person. Members and guests welcome. Call 329-2616 for reservations.

* April 28

* KJCA Food Festival and Children’s Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Old Airport Makaeo pavilion Calligraphy, origami making, entertainment, food tasting, and much more. Rock climbing, jumping castle, and games will be available for the children. There will also be booths for crafts. $10 and free for children 5 and younger. Info: Jenny Ushiroda at 443-4226 or Pauline Uchimura at 896-4088.

• “Malama the Music,” concert by Big Island Music Academy and guests Bill Noble and Lt Smooth, 2-5 p.m. at the Holualoa Inn. Light pupus, silent auction and great music. Tickets/info: bigislandmusicacademy.org.

E Hele Ma—a fundraising event for Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii – Kona (THH-Kona) featuring entertainment by John Keawe is Sunday, April 28 from 3-6 p.m. Pupus by Umeke’s, beer, wine, soft drinks, and silent auction with many attractive items. Tickets $40 at the door or call Nancy at 937-7903.

* May 2

A town hall meeting by the Hawaii Island Coalition Against Human Trafficking will take place 6-8 p.m. at the West Hawaii Civic meeting room. The meeting with be for human trafficking research on Hawaii Ialalnd and how to create a stronger, safer commmunity.

* MAY 4

• Parenting education course, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Neighborhood Place of Kona, focusing on teaching and role-modeling proper values and behaviors. A certificate of completion is awarded to those who attend and participate in the class. There is no cost to attend. Info: 331-8777.

Gyotaku Fish Print Workshop with Bill Twibell, 1-4 p.m. at SKEA. A traditional form of Japanese art. Tuition is $35 for SKEA members and $40 for non-members, and includes all supplies.

* MAY 5

• Kupuna Singles lunch, 11:30 a.m. at Quinn’s. Info: 322-9098.

Free tour of Daifukuji Buddhist Temple, 2-3 p.m. at 79-7241 Mamalahoa Highway next to Teshima’s Restaurant in Honalo. The history and meaning of the objects in and around the temple will be explained, as well as the architectural features of the building. Info: 322-3524 or daifukuji.org.

* MAY 6

• Blood Bank of Hawaii blood drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, performing arts center. Infp: 848-4770 or visit BBH.org.

* MAY 7

• Blood Bank of Hawaii blood drive, 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the LDS Kona Stake Center, cultural hall. Info: 848-4770 or visit BBH.org.

* MAY 8

• Blood Bank of Hawaii blood drive, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the LDS Kona Stake Center, cultural hall. Info: 848-4770 or visit BBH.org.

* MAY 9

• NOTHING.

* MAY 11

Lei Making at SKEA for May Day and Mothers Day, 12:30-3:30 p.m. at The Society for Kona’s Education &Art. Please bring some flowers (anything EXCEPT ohia). Fee $12 for SKEA members and $15 for non-members. Info and registration: 328-9392 or skea@hawaii.rr.com.

Mauna Kea Quilters meeting, 9:30 a.m. to noon in the meeting room of the Thelma Parker Memorial Library, Waimea. Susiness meeting, show and tell, idea and technique shares. Info: Becky Parkinson, 937-2159.

* MAY 15

• Free skin cancer screening at Dr. Monica Scheel Dermatology’s Kailua-Kona office, 2-4 p.m. Learn how to protect your skin, find out about the danger signs of skin cancer, and see UV damage in a skin scope. First-come, first-served. Free reef-safe sunscreen samples and snacks. Info: Call 329-1146.

* MAY 18

• Kona Aerials Gymnastics Vegas Night fundraiser at the Hale Halawai Pavilion in Kailua-Kona to support the gymnastics team’s ongoing competitions on the islands and the mainland. Enjoy a Las Vegas atmosphere featuring casino games, food, friends, fun, and a silent auction. Info: 329-4313 or 987-4491, or email konaaerials@aol.com, or visit www.gymnasticshawaii.com.

* MAY 22

• Kupuna Singles Happy Hour, 3 p.m. at Ocean’s Sports Bar. Info: 640-7665.

* MAY 26

• Kona Choral Society presents “A musical journey: from Fauré to Maori to Hawaiian,” 4 p.m. at Sheraton Kona Resort &Spa. Tickets $25 for adults, $10 students, $50 for reserved seating. Tickets: konachoralsociety.org.

* JUNE 6

• NOTHING.

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* JUNE 20

• Kupuna Singles lunch, 11:30 a.m. at Chubby’s in the bowling alley. Info: 937-9732.

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