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  • The Hawaii Preparatory Academy Middle School Handbell Choir, under the direction of Georgia Polakova, will present a free holiday performance at the Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library of the Hawaii State Public Library System at 3 p.m. Dec. 12. (Courtesy photo/Phyllis Kanekuni)

  • Cadets Barrett and Alvarez salute and honor veterans during the 2018 wreath laying ceremony. (Courtesy photo/Kona Composite Squadron)

Kona Civil Air Patrol preps for veterans wreath-laying

This Veterans Day weekend, Civil Air Patrol’s Kona Composite Squadron will be staffing donation booths across West Hawaii to purchase holiday wreaths from Wreaths Across America for a wreath-laying ceremony at the West Hawaii Veteran’s Cemetery, to be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 14. The goal is to raise enough money to lay a wreath on every grave.

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This will be the squadron’s ninth year of participation in this event, which involves more than 1,500 veterans cemeteries across the country. The Kona Composite Squadrons’s color guard will be participating during the Veterans Day ceremonies at the cemetery on Monday, and members will be available after the ceremony to receive donations for the holiday wreaths.

Civil Air Patrol cadets can be found at the following locations, days and times:

Today: Waimea KTA 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday: Waimea KTA 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday: West Hawaii Veterans’ Cemetery 11 a.m. to noon.

Friday: Waikoloa Village Market 4-8 p.m.

Nov. 23: Waikoloa Village Market noon to 4 p.m.

Handbell choir to perform Dec. 12

The Hawaii Preparatory Academy Middle School Handbell Choir, under the direction of Georgia Polakova, will present a free holiday performance for the community at the Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library of the Hawaii State Public Library System at 3 p.m. Dec. 12.

The performance will be followed by light refreshments, hosted by the Friends of Thelma Parker Memorial Library. Musical highlights include “Carol of the Bells,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” “Ode to Joy,” “Hatikva,” and a holiday medley.

The HPA Handbell Choir also will perform at:

Prince Kuhio Mall, 12:15 p.m. Nov. 23

Parker Ranch Tree Lighting at Pu’u Opelu, 5 p.m. Dec. 6

Waimea Farmers Market (Parker School), 9:30 a.m. Dec. 7

Kamuela Farmers Market (Pukalani Stables), 10:45 a.m. Dec. 7

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Big Island Giving Tree Event, Parker Ranch Shopping Center Food Court, 11 a.m. Dec. 8.

Info: 887-6067.

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