Announcements: February 23, 2021

KBPW seeking scholarship applicants

The Kona Business and Professional Women group is accepting applications for its annual $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to four Kona area high school seniors planning on attending college or university.


High school seniors interested in this scholarship should see their school scholarship counselors for applications or call Mary Reynolds at (808) 334-0077. Applications are due April 1.

Imiloa celebrates 15 years

Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii is celebrating 15 years of exploration through March 19.

Sponsored by KTA Super Stores, this year’s birthday theme, “Celebrating Our Great Outdoors,” will be a monthlong event filled with hands-on learning opportunities and virtual engagement, encouraging Big Island families to explore nature and the outdoor spaces across the island, both online and physically.

The four-week birthday celebration began Saturday with the drive-through distribution of a special Palapala Holoholo, (explorer’s journal), an Imiloa Explorer Kit, KTA cookies, and a kalo plant ready for planting.

The Palapala Holoholo is a journal filled with tips, trails, Imiloa-curated activities and safety information that encourages participants to explore four outdoor hiking spots across the island: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kaulana Manu Nature Trail, Pololu Valley, and the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Dry Land Forest. A digital version of the Palapala Holoholo as well as free downloadable prints and tutorial videos for crafts from the Imiloa Explorer Kit are available online at

The celebration continues with Imiloa sharing more birthday goodie bags to the public at KTA Super Store locations. On Saturday, bags will be distributed at the Kailua-Kona location from 9 to 11 a.m., the Keauhou location from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. and the Kealakekua location from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. On March 6, visit the Waikoloa location from 9 to 11 a.m. and the Waimea location from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to pick up a goodie bag.


Interested individuals are also encouraged to enter social media contests that will be promoted throughout the monthlong event.

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