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The Green Flash!   Highlighted Events of the Next Two Weeks

(For a more complete listing of events, go to KONAWEB's Big Island Events Calendar).

June 22, 2016
MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM - KEALAKEHE HIGH SCHOOL, KONA
The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Community Enterprises of Kona and as part of the West Hawaii Forum Series, is sponsoring Hawaii County''s first mayoral candidate forum for 2016. Hear from candidates about their vision and plans for the County of Hawai'i. Time: 6-8:30 p.m. at Kealakehe High School Cafeteria. This event is free and open to the general public. Local radio persoanality Sherry Bracken will be moderating the Forum. Complimentary light snacks and beverages are offered. Concession is available by Kealakehe Girls Softball Team. For more info, visit www.westhawaiiforum.org, call 808-329-1758 or email rae@kona-kohala.com.

June 24, 2016
TALK STORY WITH GOVERNOR IGE AND MEMBERS OF HIS TEAM - PALAMANUI CAMPUS, KONA
Meet Governor Ige and key members of his team: Homeless Coordinator Scott Morishige and members of the Departments of Land and Natural Resources, Transportation and Agriculture invite the public to "talk story" about significant West Hawai'i issues. Time: 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 808-323-4542 or email susan.m.kim@hawaii.gov.

June 25, 2016
VERMICOMPOSTING PRESENTATION - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Sponsored by The Friends of the Libraries, Kona, the Community Seed Library invites you to a presentation by Leona Kassel and Chris Pascual on Saturday, June 25th from 10-11AM. Nature's Zero Waste Superheroes will present information on using composting worms to recycle food waste. Free to the public. For more information, call 508-264-7335, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

June 25, 2016
GET INTO YOUR SANCTUARY DAY - HILO
This special nation-wide celebration invites us to explore our National Marine Sanctuaries and to get more connected with our environmental and cultural heritage. Mokupapapa Discovery Center will be hosting scavenger hunts, puzzles, photobooths, virtual reality tours, microscope viewing stations, arts and crafts and full feature length films that highlight the importance and uniqueness of our sanctuaries here in the Pacific Island Region. Time: 10 AM to 3 PM. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 859-0636 or email liana.murillo@noaa.gov.

June 25, 2016
2016 SUMMER CAR SHOW AND FITNESS EXPO - KAILUA-KONA
Over 250 cars, bikes and trucks are expected to compete for trophies in a dozen classes during the day and the main stage will host live music and physique competition for men and women, Zumba, a tug-of-war between the Hawai'i County police and firefighters and taiko drummers will also be featured. Over two dozen 10'x10' vendor spaces are planned for businesses wishing to participate in the 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. event being presented by Transmission Technology on the ball field at Kona's Old Airport Beach Park. Proceeds for all booth rentals will go to Teach for America, a national teacher corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach and to effect change in under-resourced urban and rural public schools on the Big Island and around the country. The event will be free to the public, but donations for the Hawai'i Island Food Basket to fill up Auto Body Hawai'i's giant "little red wagon" will also be encouraged. Application forms for vendors, as well as entry forms for the car show and physique competition and a field layout for the Show and Fitness Expo are online at www.transtechhawaii.com. Vendor booth information is also available from Chauna by calling 808-313-0025.

June 25 and 26, 2016
ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - PU`UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, HONAUNAU
Celebrate Hawaiian culture at this free, two-day, family friendly event. Learn about lauhala and coconut frond weaving, kapa beating, traditional lei making and more, both days. In order to protect fragile resources and preserve the historic setting, picnicking, coolers and chairs are not allowed in the Royal Grounds. No food is available in the park. Please visit www.nps.gov/puho for more details and view updates on www.facebook.com/PuuhonuaoHonaunauNPS. For more information, call 808-328-2326 x1702 or email marisa_fronda@nps.gov.

June 26, 2016
KONA MARATHON, HALF-MARATHON, 10k & 5k RACES - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

Featuring all four traditional races - Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5 K. An estimated 2,000 runners of all ages and abilities will be participating for prizes, health and enjoyment, and raising money for charities. The race will start and finish at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens' Marketplace. The Kona Marathon course has one gentle climb not exceeding 175 feet above sea level. For more information on times and details visit www.konamarathon.com.

June 29, 2016
HANOHANO O KONA LECTURE - WEST HAWAI'I CIVIC CENTER
June 29, 2016, From 5:30-7:00 pm Kona Historical Society presents Allen Wall, Kona Historical Society Board President; kama'aina rancher, musician, Mauna Lani Cultural Affairs Director and kahu Daniel Akaka; and Alan Akaka, famous Hawaiian steel guitar player, in a discussion of Na Mele Paniolo o Kona - songs pertaining to the unique style of ranching in Hawai'i, place names of Hawaiian sites important to the cowboys who knew them, their relationship to Kona's history, and efforts to preserve them. This lecture is sponsored by Allen & Patty Wall and supported by West Hawai'i Today. For information call: 808-323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org or visit http://www.konahistorical.org.

July 4, 2016
HILO BAY BLAST
Family activities around the Hilo Bayfront, including games, cook-offs, music and more. Hawai`i County Band concert at Mo`oheau Bandstand at 7pm, followed by fireworks at 8pm over Hilo Bay. For more info, call 961-8706.

July 4, 2016
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION - VOLCANO VILLAGE
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Volcano Post Office and proceed for one half mile along Old Volcano Road to Cooper Community Center, featuring the Hawaii County Band, floats, antique cars, fire engines, bicycles, horses, and animals in costumes! Music, games, food booths, craft fair and more. For more info, call (808) 967-7800.

July 4, 2016
4th of JULY SILENT AUCTION BENEFIT - VOLCANO VILLAGE

This annual fundraiser is a much anticipated part of Volcano's popular 4th of July parade and festival, which attracts hundreds of residents and visitors each year. The auction is held at the Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village. There is something for everyone at this fun and popular silent auction! Proceeds benefit Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (tax deductible donations welcome through July 3). For more info, call 985-7373, email admin@fhvnp.org, or visit www.fhvnp.org

July 4, 2016
KAILUA-KONA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA
The 21st Annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade will take place on Monday, July 4, at 6:00 p.m., starting at the Kekuaokalani Gym/Pool Complex on Kuakini Highway. It will proceed south on Kuakini Highway, to Palani Road, to Ali'i Drive, and then south on Ali' Drive to Walua Road just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. The parade operates with an all-volunteer committee with the support of the Rotary Clubs of Kona. All are welcome, whether neighborhood and community groups, nonprofit groups or commercial entries. This year's theme is "Kona's got Spirit!." Along with musical entries and floats of all kinds, there will be multiple color guards and numerous members of the armed services as part of the parade. Immediately following the parade, there will be a grand Fireworks Extravaganza over Kailua Bay, provided by Hawai'i Pyrotechnics and Explosives, starting at 8:00 p.m. For more information about entering the parade, email rcpreese@gmail.com , call 313-0025 or visit www.paradesinkona.com.

July 4, 2016
GREAT WAIKOLOA RUBBER DUCKIE RACE/BENEFIT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT, KOHALA COAST

Held at the Kings' Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort, this is a benefit for United Cerebral Palsy Assn. of Hawai`i. Free entertainment, fun games and exciting contests, from duck waddling to eating. Live entertainment, food booths and games. Adopt a duckie for the Duckie Race for a chance to win one of many fantastic prizes.

July 4, 2016
FAMILY FOURTH & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The event continues at Waikoloa Beach Resort throughout the afternoon until the Fireworks Extravaganza over Waikoloa Bowl at 8pm. This is an alcohol and drug free event. For more information, call 886-8822, email spelfrey@waikoloaland.com or visit waikoloabeachresort.com

July 4, 2016
PARKER RANCH ANNUAL JULY 4th HORSERACES & RODEO
Big Island ranchers participate in fast-paced horseraces and rodeo events with Parker Ranch cowboys. Ribbon mugging, ranch mugging, dally team roping, Po'o Wai U and more. Keiki activities including roping practice and pony rides. Lots of food and mementos for sale at the Parker Ranch Store booth. Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena, Waimea. Pre-sale tickets available at the Parker Ranch Store in Waimea (at Parker Ranch Square). For more information, call 885-2323, email nguilloz@parkerranch.com or visit www.parkerranch.com.

July 8, 2016
8th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND PRIDE PAGEANT - KAILUA-KONA
The Big Island Pride Pageant is currently the only LGBT pageant on the Island. Contestants come from various parts of the Island to compete in different categories mainly based on creativity, not beauty. It consists of two divisions, a Miss Category and a Mr. Category. Tickets are $20; $30 at the door. To be held at the Courtyard at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. For tickets call (808) 747-9546. Time: 5:30 to 11pm. For more information, email Bigislandpridepageant@gmail.com.

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


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