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The Green Flash!   Highlighted Events of the Next Two Weeks

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April 18, 2015
HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OPEN HOUSE
You are invited to attend an Open House at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge (Hilo, HI) on Apr 18, 2015. Guided rainforest hikes will be offered between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to observe rare and colorful native birds and plants and to learn about refuge management practices. You will also have the option to tour a 130-year-old koa cabin and the refuge greenhouse. Visitors must provide their own four-wheel-drive transportation to the Refuge, which is a two-hour drive from Hilo, Waimea or Kona. Reservations are required, and may be obtained by calling (808) 443-2300 by Wednesday, April 15th. A map, directions and additional information will be mailed to all participants. Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Free to the public. For more information, email cashell_villa@fws.gov or visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hakalau_forest/.

April 18, 2015
"RAINING CATS & DOGS BLAST" BENEFIT - HONOKOHAU HARBOR, KONA
The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise will be hosting a fundraiser to support a major Rotary work project later this Spring to assist in the renovation of the Hawai`i Island Humane Society's New Animal Community Center. This event will be held at the Hawai`i Big Game Fishing Club at Honokohau Harbor, and will feature the rockin' sounds of Jack and the Rippers. The Kona Brewing Company will provide the beer, and there will be wine too. Food will include pupus, a prime rib dinner (a vegetarian entree' will be available as well) with soup, salad,, dessert, and Kona coffee, catered by Big Island Grill. There will also be a wonderful silent auction and door prizes. Time: 5-8 PM. Cost: $40 per person, which includes food and first beverage. Tickets can be purchased at Queen K Tesoro and the Kailua Candy Company. For more information, call "Big Dog" Mike May at 756-5565 or email him at miketransworldhawaii@gmail.com.

April 18, 2015 PRINCE JONAH KUHIO 6th ANNUAL HO`OLAULE`A - COUNTY OF HAWAI`I CIVIC CENTER, KAILUA-KONA Great family fun from 9am-2pm. Local entertainment - hula, Hawaiian music - keiki bouncers, Hawaiian arts and crafts, plus food!

April 18, 2015
KAILUA "KANIKAPILA" COMMUNITY CONCERT/PICNIC
Relax. Kick back. Bring your own chairs and mats. Enjoy the sunset. Pack a picnic and bring the whole family down to Hale Halawai for a Hawaiian style picnic including performances by Darlene Ahuna,Ben Kaili and JJ Ahuna. Time: 4 pm until sunset at Hale Halawai, 75-5760 Alii Drive. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-936-9202, email hkvevents@gmail.com or visit http://historickailuavillage.com/.

April 18, 2015
PANIOLO DAY AT THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI, SO. KOHALA
Paniolo Day is a free, family-friendly celebration of Hawai`i Island's ranching heritage on Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Shops at Mauna Lani. The day includes games, roping lessons, leather stamping, face-painting, a balloon artist, and a country western "hale" for photos. There will also be adult and keiki costume contests with prizes, live entertainment from the Kevin Haleamau Trio and dancing with Country Western DJ Ed Geer. In addition, the week-long "Paniolo Hall of Fame" exhibit from Dr. Billy Bergin is on display from April 13-18, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. in Suite 306. For more information, call (808) 885-9501.

April 18, 2015
WILLIE K IN CONCERT - HONOKA`A PEOPLES THEATER
"He's an amazing guitar virtuoso, a Hawaiian Jimi Hendrix; he's Gabby Pahinui, Andres Segovia and Eddie Van Halen rolled into one. Willie can mimic seemingly any style, moving easily between screaming Stratocaster, sweet slack key and jazzy, almost baroque, acoustic 12-string - The Honolulu Weekly. Honokaa Peoples Theater: 45-3574 Mamane St. Honokaa 96727. Venue phone: 808-896-4845. Tickets: $28 Adv/$35 at door/$55 Gold Circle. Doors open 6:30 pm.; Show at 7:30 pm. For videos and more info, visit http://www.lazarbear.com.

April 19, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs Men's Glee Club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

April 19, 2015
HO`OPOMAIKA`I `OHANA COUNTRY FAIR - CAPTAIN COOK
Unlimited rides, sports relay and seminars for $10 donation, ages 6 & up; 5 & under free. Pre-sale tickets include $5 in scrips good towards food or games available at Frangipani Ola Mau Spa (808) 333-3726, a proud partner and sponsor of Ho'opomaika'i. Healthy carnival-style food available for a small donation, which will go to the non-profit organization, Ho`opomaika`i, which is a non-profit community health movement based on The Blue Zones Project. Live remote with KWXX, prizes and more! Time: 10am-2pm at Kealakekua Ranch Center, Captain Cook. For more information, call 888-315-9238, email admin@hoopomaikai.com or visit www.hoopomaikai.org.
For more information, call 888-315-9238, email admin@hoopomaikai.com or visit www.hoopomaikai.org.

April 24-May 3, 2015
KA`U COFFEE FESTIVAL
Ka`u Coffee Festival celebrates its award-winning brew with multiple events at different venues over 10 days. The fun kicks off with the Pa`ina Open House at Pahala Plantation House April 24 and continues with the Triple C Recipe Contest and Miss Ka`u Coffee Pageant at Ka`u Coffee Mill; Ka`u Mountain Water Systems Hike in Wood Valley; Coffee & Cattle Day at Aikane Plantation; and Ka`u Star Gazing. The event culminates with the all-day Ho`olaule`a May 2nd and Coffee College May 3rd at Pahala Community Center. The Ho`olaule`a offers Hawaiian entertainment; craft, coffee and food booths; and Ka`u Coffee Experience with guided coffee tastings and farm tours. Times, dates, locations vary each day at Pahala Community Center, 96-3208 Maile St., Pahala, HI 96777. Some events have fees; some are free. For more information, call 808-929-9550, email cmanfredi@kaufarmandranch.com or visit www.KauCoffeeFest.com.

April 25, 2015
LAUPAHOEHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL
On Saturday, April 25, the 10th Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival will take place at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park. Music, crafters, game booths and food/ drinks will be present. The Laupahoehoe Music Festival is a Hawaiian Music and Cultural Event in Laupahoehoe presented by Malama Hawaii Nei and Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School. Malama Hawaii Nei is a non-profit that donates proceeds to the children and kupuna of Laupahoehoe. This is an alcohol and drug free event. No coolers. Buy tickets online at www.laupahoehoemusicfestival.org. Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, 36-1043 Laupahoehoe Point Rd., Laupahoehoe, Hawaii 96764. Cost: Ages 10 and under are free; presale $12; at gate $15. For more information, call 808-962-2200 or email gerry.delgado@lcpcs.org.

April 25, 2015
MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE - HILO
There will be thousands of vegetable starts and hundreds of ornamental plants for your yard, and a few hundred native plants available also. Time: 8:00AM to 12:00 noon at Komohana Research & Extension Center, Hilo. Free parking. For more information, call 808-982-8290, email mariner472000@yahoo.com.

April 25, 2015
METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD - MAKALAPUA STADIUM CINEMA
The best known double-bill in all of opera - Pagliacci and Cavelleria Rusticana. This is the final opera in the 2014-2015 season. Time: 12-4pm. Cost: $24; $22 Seniors. For more information, call 329-7133 or email sscadden@hawaii.rr.com.

April 25, 2015
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER FREE MONTHLY CONCERT
Featuring Aunty Diana Aki, "The Miloli`i Songbird" at 5pm. Admission is two cans of food for the Hawai'i Food Basket, per person. Each can over two, receive an entry win a prize from the event sponsors Jams World, Kona Stories Bookstore and Sheraton Kona. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited.

April 25, 2015
KONA CHORAL SOCIETY'S "25 ON THE 25th" CELEBRATION
Mahalo dinner celebrating 25 years of bring masterworks to the community. The entertainment will involve revisiting the history of the chorus through pictures and music. 5-8 PM at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. $55 per person or $650 to reserve a table for 10. For more information, call 808 334-9880, email Info@konachoralsociety.org or visit www.konachoralsociety.org.

May 1, 2015
LEI DAY CELEBRATION - HILO
The celebration in Hilo's old Town Square, Kalakaua Park, begins with Hawaiian music, hula, lei-making demonstrations, and features the heritage, history and culture of the lei. Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Kalakaua Park, Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call 961-5711 or visit www.LeiDay.net.

May 1, 2015
2nd ANNUAL KAULUWEHI LEI CONTEST - HILO
A lei contest featuring traditional and modern lei styles, this contest is a juried lei competition celebrating native species, Hawaiian culture and sustainable picking practices on the Big Island. Lei makers of all ages and skill are encouraged to enter. Entries due on April 30th to Division of Forestry and Wildlife between 3pm-6pm. Awards Ceremony and Reception on May 1st. Time: 5-7pm at Wailoa Center, Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 443-4245, email anya.h.tagawa@hawaii.gov or visit dlnr.hawaii.gov..

May 3, 2015
BIG ISLAND BITES GOLF TOURMANENT/BENEFIT - SOUTH KOHALA
The Golf Tourmanent is a foursome scramble at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel's golf course that will include a collection of Big Island restaurants that will serve tasty bites from various hole locations along with specialty drink stations throughout the course, compliments of Young's Market. The event benefits Make a Wish Foundation, Kona-Kohala Chefs Foundation and Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Foundation. The After Bite awards reception will feature Big Island restaurants serving bite sized dishes and specialty drink stations. There will also be a cigar bar on site featuring a complimentary cigar for each golfer. $155 per person (including tax). 10:00-10:45am Check-in; 11:00am Shotgun Start. Guests of participating golfers can attend the The After Bite Reception for $47 per person (including tax). For more information, call 808-882-5406 or email wblizzard@maunakearesort.net.

May 3, 2015
2nd ANNUAL "MAY DAY" BRUNCH ON KAMAKAHONU BAY - KAILUA-KONA
Celebrate May Day Hawaiian-style. Brunch with Amy Hanaial`ii and LT Smooth on the makai oceanfront lawn at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Time: 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Makai Lawn. Cost: $39. Tickets on sale now, online only at www.HistoricKailuaVillage.com. For more information, call 808-936-9202 or email HKVevents@gmail.com.

(More events can be found on KONAWEB's Big Island Events Calendar).


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