(For a more complete listing of events, go to KONAWEB's Big Island Events Calendar).
November 30-December 3, 2015
COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETINGS ON THE DENGUE FEVER OUTBREAK
Community Information Meetings on the Dengue outbreak will be conducted at the following locations:
Monday November 30th at 6:00PM at the Waimea Middle School Cafeteria
Tuesday December 1st at 6:30PM at the Kohala High School Cafeteria
Thursday December 3rd at 6:30PM at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria
The community is encouraged to attend these meetings to receive information on the ongoing outbreak.
From the hawaiicounty.gov website: "Because dengue fever is only transmitted by mosquitoes, the Department of Health is spraying and treating areas with high mosquito presence and confirmed cases. The Department of Health plans to conduct spraying in various areas of South Kona, Hilo, Puna, and Kau tomorrow (Friday, November 27).
Although spraying and treatment of areas is ongoing, the most effective method to reduce the spread and eliminate Dengue is to "fight the bite": minimize or prevent the possibility of being bitten by an infected mosquito by wearing clothing that minimizes exposed skin, use mosquito repellant and avoid activities in areas of high mosquito concentration during the early morning and late afternoon periods when mosquito activity is greatest. Persons feeling ill and having a fever should remain indoors to prevent the possibility of being bitten and infecting mosquitoes."
December 2, 2015
SPECIAL HAWAI`I COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING TO DISCUSS DENGUE FEVER OUTBREAK
A special Council meeting will take place on December 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Council Chambers in Hilo, 25 Aupuni
Street. Public testimony will be allowed directly after presentations from Hawai`i County Civil Defense, Office of the Governor, Hawai`i State House of Representatives, Hawai`i State Senate, and the State Department of Health. Public attendance will be available at Kona Council Office, West Hawai`i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole
Highway, Kailua-Kona; Waimea Council Office, Holomua Center, 64-1067 Mamalahoa Highway, Suite 5; Conference Room adjacent to Hisaoka Gymnasium, Kamehameha Park Complex, 54-382 Kamehameha Park Road, Kapaau; Na`a`lehu State Office Building, 95-5669 Māmalahoa Highway; and Pahoa Neighborhood Facility, 15-2710 Kauhale Street. Live stream viewing will be available by using this link: http://hawaiicounty.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=1.
December 3, 2015
PEDIATRIC MEDICAL TEAM TO SEE KIDS AT HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE RESORT
The world-class pediatric orthopedic medical team of Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu will be seeing children at a conference room space donated by the hotel from 8am-3pm. If a child has a bone, joint or muscle condition such as scoliosis, sports injury or any other orthopedic issue, Shriners specialists can help. Shriners cares for children up to age 18 and accepts insurance or no insurance, regardless of the family's ability to pay. To make an appointment, or for more info, call Sandy at 951-3614 or 375-9479.
December 4 and 5, 2015
ANNUAL NA MAKUA INVITATIONAL CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR - HILO
This fair features products that showcase the talents of local artists and offer a diverse selection of unique Christmas gifts that are not available anywhere else. All applicants are screened with consideration given to the uniqueness, quality and craftsmanship of the product. Items made in Hawai`i are preferred, but items are examined on a case by case basis. Free admission. Live entertainment, along with ono kaukau and prize drawings. Friday, 4-9pm; Saturday 9am-4pm at Ah Fook Chinen Civic Auditorium, Manono St., Hilo. For more information, call 808-966-4647, email email@example.com
or visit www.namakua.com.
December 5, 2015
KOHALA `AINA FEST - KAPA`AU
The Kohala `Aina Festival is a celebration of local harvest, small farmers and the growing movement for island-wide food security. This year's festival will feature the returning musical talent of world-renowned Nahko and Medicine for the People. They will be joined by a line-up of outstanding island-based musicians including Mike Love, Chris Berry, Tubby Love, Hawane Rios and other special guests. Enjoy a day of celebration filled with hula, African drumming, educational workshops and an abundance of organically grown, farm-fresh food & drinks! Tickets are $35 in advance; $45 at the gate; children 12 and under are admitted free. This is a family-friendly, drug and alcohol free event. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at http://kohalaainafestival2015.bpt.me or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. Paper ticket locations listed at www.hipagriculture.org.
The Kohala `Aina Festival is an annual fundraiser to support the Hawai'i Institute of Pacific Agriculture, a non-profit organization. 100% of proceeds raised support residential farmer trainings and youth education programs in North Kohala. Donations are tax-deductible. Time: 3-9pm at Inhabit Farms, 53-4223 Pratt Road, Kapaau, HI 96755. Cost: $35 Advance/$45 Door. For more information, call (808) 987-0962 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://hipagriculture.org/events/kohalaaina.
December 5, 2015
HOLUALOA MUSIC AND LIGHT FESTIVAL, KONA
Witness the lighting of the town Christmas tree, listen to musicians perform Christmas music thru the evening at stages around the village, and receive treats from the galleries and shops in this charming little artists' colony in the middle of Kona coffee country. Santa will show up too! For information, call Holualoa Village Assn. at 808/322-8484, or visit www.holualoahawaii.com.
December 5, 2015
TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE - WAIMEA
Starting at Church Row, and ending at Waimea Town Park. Visit with Santa Parker Ranch Center immediately after the parade and have a free picture taken with him. There will be goody bags for all children, while supplies last. Charitable donations will be accepted to benefit the Waimea Lions Club and North Hawai`i Hospice.
December 5, 2015
ANNUAL CANADA-FRANCE-HAWAI`I TELESCOPE STARGAZING PARTY - WAIMEA
Right after the Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade at approximately 7pm, CFHT will host its annual stargazing party, with telescopes, hot beverages, keiki activities, and an opportunity to talk to the astronomers. Members of the West Hawai`i Astronomy Club will also be there with telescopes. 65-1238 Mamalahoa Hwy, CFHT front lawn, Waimea. Free to the public. For information, call 808-885-3121 or email email@example.com.
December 5, 2015
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHEFS - KAILUA-KONA
The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association presents its 27th annual holiday scholarship fundraiser, to be held at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel Lu`au Grounds, from 5:30-8pm. The fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending HawCC in Kona and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs who want to further their education. More than twenty top Hawai`i chefs and confectioners will use primarily locally sourced ingredients to prepare tantalizing cuisine with a holiday twist - all accompanied by handcrafted ales, wines and 100 percent Kona coffee. Attendees can enjoy live music and dancing under the stars, plus an exciting silent auction. Cost: $85 pre-sale; $90 at the door; $1000 for VIP tables of 10. Buy tickets online or at several West Hawai`i locations. For details, visit www.konakohalachefs.org.
December 5 & 6, 2015
PARADISE STUDIO ARTIST TOUR - KEA`AU
Arts and crafts will be in abundance at the 9th Annual Paradise Studio Tour, from 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited to visit artists in their home studios in Hawaiian Paradise Park - seven studios with 25 local artists showing oil painting, watercolors, collage, pastels, acrylic, cement, wood sculpture, jewelry making, ceramics, silk painting, fashion art, gourd crafting, photography and more. Free featured demos and entertainment. For brochure and map go to www.paradisestudiotour.com or call (808) 982-5150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 5 and 6, 2015
KONA POTTERS GUILD HOLIDAY SALE
The Kona Potter's Guild will be presenting their Annual Holiday Sale on December 5th and 6th from 9am-5pm both days. A group of seven potters will have their works on display and for sale. Pottery and sculpture will be featured in a newly renovated studio. Award winning Kona coffee and homemade delicacies will be served. Kona Potters Guild is located at SKEA, in Honaunau, between mile marker 105 and 106 on the Mamalahoa Hwy. For information, call 808-328-9556 or email email@example.com.
December 6, 12 & 18, 2015
SANTA, ARTS & CRAFTS BOOTHS AT PARKER RANCH CENTER, WAIMEA
From noon to 3pm at the Fireside Food Court, Parker Ranch Center, there will be 40 local arts and crafts booths, and have a free picture taken with Santa while you're there! Charitable donations will be accepted to benefit the Waimea Lions Club and North Hawai`i Hospice.
December 8, 2015
NORTH HAWAII HOSPICE - CIRCLE OF SUPPORT
Support during the holidays for those who have lost a loved one. Expressive Art: create positive affirmations in the form of cards, collage and magnets. Supplies provided. Time: 1-2pm at 65-1328 Kawaihae Rd., Kamuela, HI 96743. Free to the public. Please call or e-mail to sign up. For more information, call (808) 885-7547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 11, 2015
WEST HAWAI`I COUNTY BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
The West Hawai'i County Band, a wind band made of of community members, will play holiday favorites in the lovely setting at Hale Halawai on Ali`i Drive.
Time: 6:30pm. Free to the public. For more information, call (907) 723-6830, email email@example.com
or visit http://westhawaiiband.com/.
December 11, 2015
"FEAST ON THE BEACH" FUNDRAISER - SOUTH KOHALA
Presented by Kona Hospital Foundation, 6-10pm at Lava Lava Beach Club. Enjoy the sounds of LT Smooth and Henry Kapono & Band. Savor and Sip from the delicious food and beer and wine stations. This event makes a great place to have your company's holiday party or go with a group of friends for a fun evening out! $125 plus tax, Stand, Dance & Dine; $1,400 plus tax, Reserved Table for 8. Get your tickets now as this event will be a sell-out! For tickets or more info, call Kona Hospital Foundation at (808) 322-4587 or visit
December 12, 2015
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - KEALAKEHE RECYCLING & TRANSFER STATION, KONA
From 7:30am-2:30pm. Accepted Items: motor oil; antifreeze; corrosives; poisons; batteries; medications; solvents and thinners; fluorescent bulbs; mercury thermometers; oil-based paints; compressed gas cylinders. Items Not Accepted: business waste, farm waste,electronics, explosives or flares, radioactive materials, shock sensitive items, controlled substances, fire extinguishers, bio/infectious waste, non-toxics. More info at www.hawaiizerowaste.org or call 961-8554.
December 12, 2015
KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Proceeds from book sales help support the needs of the Kona libraries. This is the final sale of all DVDs, priced to sell at 25 cents each. Stocking stuffer items for Christmas will be available: gift certificates, coupons, posters, tote bags, visors, and art work. As always, volunteers are welcome and book donations are accepted at the library. If you find yourself willing and able to volunteer, please call 322-0077. Time: 9:00AM to 1:00PM at Kailua-Kona Library Lanai. For more information, call (808) 322-0077, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.folkhawaii.com.
December 12, 2015
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR WITH SANTA, MUSIC, DANCE, AND MORE - LANIHAU CENTER, KAILUA-KONA
Holiday Craft Fair begins at 10AM with over 20 vendors showcasing unique gift ideas. There will be holiday entertainment beginning at 12:30PM with dance performances by Kealakehe Dance Company together with Kealakehe Intermediate and Holualoa Elementary dance students, and festive hula performances by Halau Hula O Kalaulani O Pu’uanahulu and Halau E Hula Mai I Ka La. Bring your camera to take FREE photos with Santa beginning at 1:00PM near Oshima Surf & Skate. His elves will be giving away FREE goodie bags while supplies last! His friends Rudolph and Frosty will be there, too! Other fun activities - FREE holiday arts and crafts for the keiki with Ace Hardware, free photo booth and balloon creations, and drawing for great prizes including an 8’ Stocking! The day ends with KWXX Annual Treasure Chest Giveaway worth thousands of dollars! Time: 10:00AM to 4:00PM.
For information call: 8089601392 or email email@example.com or visit www.lanihau.com.
December 12, 2015
31st ANNUAL KAILUA-KONA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARADE
The parade will begin at 5pm at the Kekuaokalani Gym next to Kona Pool, go south on Kuakini, down Palani Rd., and along Ali`i Drive to Walua Rd., just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. The theme of this year's parade is Na Mele `O Kalikimaka - Songs of Christmas. There will be numerous musical entries, and more than half of the entries will beautifully light up the evening, including HELCO's Toy's For Tots Train, and of course, Santa and his reindeer. The Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade will once again be supportive of Hawai`i Island's Food Basket, and parade entrants and parade attendees are encouraged to contribute what they can to the 4th Annual Menehune Holiday Food Drive. Donations will be accepted at all of the west side food markets on the day of the parade, from Captain Cook to Waimea, as well as during the parade, when the Hawai`i Food Basket entry passes by. Entry applications and additional info is available online at www.paradesinkona.com or call Chauna Reese at 313-0025.
December 13, 2015
"KOKUA KAILUA" HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY SUNDAY PERFORMANCE AND VILLAGE STROLL/FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian Music Concert 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 Concert, stroll thru Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy outdoor cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama`aina pricing at participating restaurants & merchants. Award-winning uke player/vocalist Mark Yamanaka takes center stage at 5 pm for a free holiday concert under the monkeypod tree at Emma's Square. For more info about the Palace event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com
or visit historickailuavillage.com.
December 13, 2015
LIGHTED BOAT PARADE - KAILUA BAY
The 2nd Annual Lighted Boat Parade following the Kokua Kailua and Kalikimaka Concert events on Sunday, December 13th, showcases Kona's fleet with a jovial holiday light show. Great viewing from Kailua Pier or any of the Kailua Village's many restaurants.
(More events can be found on KONAWEB's Big Island Events Calendar).