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The Green Flash!   Highlighted Events of the Next Two Weeks

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August 7-9, 2015
HILO ORCHID SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE
Thousands of orchids in displays created by top notch growers and amateurs entice audiences in this three day extravaganza. Visitors can expect to see exotic species, beautifully grown specimen plants and the latest hybrids, many created by Big Island orchid breeders. Judging of plants will be conducted on Thursday August 9th by certified American Orchid Society judges with dozens of trophies and ribbons awarded. There will be a preview party Thursday night, benefiting the Ku`ikahi Mediation Center. Information about orchids and their cultivation will be offered in free mini-classes conducted by experts during the show. The show will feature a refreshment area with a silent auction, and entertainment each afternoon. Sales areas offer orchid and plant related products plus, of course, magnificent orchids for purchase, including many not found in typical retail garden stores or nurseries. Purchases may be shipped to the mainland. Time: August 7th (9am-6pm), 8th (9am-5pm) and 9th (10am-2pm) at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, Hilo. Cost: $5 general admission; free for children 12 and under. For more information, call 808-935-7991, email rrobison@hawaii.edu or visit www.hiloorchidsociety.org.

August 8, 2015
4th TRADITIONAL HALE BUILDING WORKSHOP - HILO
Join Hawaii Forest Institute for its Traditional Hawaiian Hale Building Workshop to construct the Hale Mala. The free workshop helps perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and teach the skills of building a structure out of materials from the `aina. Unko Waltah brings a wealth of knowledge and aloha. Time: 9am-12:30pm at Pana`ewa Zoo Rainforest and Gardens, 800 Stainback Hwy, Hilo. Please wear closed-toed shoes, sunscreen, and bring rain gear. Space is limited, so RSVP by August 5th via email at hfia@hawaiiforest.org or call 808-933-9411.

August 15, 2015
DON THE BEACHCOMBER MAI TAI FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
A full day of fun at Royal Kona Resort, including a Battle of the BBQ from 11am-2pm, Marketplace from 11am-4pm, a Pool Party with Henry Kapono from 2:30-4pm, and The Mai Tai Mix-off from 4:30-7:30pm, where bartenders will compete for the title of Best Mai Tai, cash prizes totaling $17,500 and more. Call 808/329-3111 or visit donsmaitaifest.com/ for more info.

August 15 & 16, 2015
PU`UKOHALA HEIAU NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE'S ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - KAWAIHAE

On Saturday, there will be special sunrise cultural ceremonies at the heiau itself from 6-9:30am. Afterwards, festivities for the public to participate in will take place until 3pm. On Sunday, public festivities will commence at 9:30am and continue through 3pm. Over 20 arts and craft workshops and demonstrations will be available for visitors to experience and learn hands-on, including Lei Haku Ame Lei Wili (ancient lei making), Ulana Lauhala (lauhala weaving), Holo Wa`a (canoe rides), and more. There will be local musicians playing songs of Hawai`i. Park Superintendent Daniel Kawaiaea, Jr., invites the public to join the festivities, with only one stipulation - that each visitor learns at least one craft to help preserve part of the Hawaiian culture. PNHP is located about a mile south of Kawaihae on the Kohala Coast. Parking will be on the coral flats south of Kawaihae Harbor. Call (808) 882-7218 for more info or visit www.nps.gov/puhe for more info.

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


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