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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).

December 3, 2016
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHEFS - KAILUA-KONA

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association presents its 28th annual holiday scholarship fundraiser. The fundraiser, which will be held at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, benefits local culinary students attending Hawai'i Community College-Palamanui and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs wanting 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. The Bill Noble Trio, accompanied by vocalist Kauilani Trainer, jazzes up the evening for dancing under the stars fronting historic Kamakahonu Bay. A silent auction will tempt would-be Santas with an array of holiday gift ideas while supporting local businesses. Tickets are $85 presale ($90 at the door) and are available online at www.konakohalachefs.org. They can also be charged by phone at 808-329-2522. Tickets may be purchased at Kailua Candy Company, Westside Wines Kona and Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Reserve VIP tables for 10 for $1,000 by calling (808) 329-2522.

December 3, 2016
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 3, 2016
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 3, 2016
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 outreach@cfht.hawaii.edu.

December 3-4, 2016
PARADISE STUDIO ART TOUR - KEA'AU
Arts and fine crafts will be in abundance at the 10th Anniversary Paradise Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm, December 3 & 4. The public is invited free to visit artists in their home studios in Hawaiian Paradise Park, Kea'au. Seven studios with 25 local artists showing oil painting, watercolors, collage, pastels, acrylic, cement, wood sculpture, jewelry making, pottery, ceramics, silk painting, fashion art, gourd crafting, photography and more. Free featured demos. For brochure and map go to www.paradisestudiotour.com email paradisestudiotour@gmail.com, or call (808) 982-5150. Free to the public.

December 3-4, (also 10-11), 2016
KONA POTTERS GUILD ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE - HONAUNAU
9am-5pm at SKEA (Society for Kona's Education & Art), between mile marker 105 & 106, makai side of hwy. Phone: (808) 328-9665 for more info.

December 4, 2016
ANNUAL KAHILU THEATRE HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER - WAIMEA
On Sunday, December 4 at 5pm, Kahilu Theatre will hold its annual fundraising event - Kahilu Holiday Party - A Benefit for the Arts. The event is being hosted by the theatre's Board of Directors and is the first holiday-themed benefit the non-profit has organized during its more than three decades of providing multi-disciplinary arts programs in North Hawai'i. The Holiday Party will take place at the Theatre starting at 5pm and will feature hosted libations, culinary delights, performances by Kahilu Performing Arts students, sing-along music, a live auction, and dancing in the Mike Luce Studio. Proceeds will benefit Kahilu Theatre's arts education programs, which include shows, classes, camps and partnerships under the organization's Arts Ed @ Kahilu brand. Tickets are $180 for a pair, or $100 per person and must be reserved in advance online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling the Box Office at 808.885.6868 or or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

December 4, 2016
HANDEL'S MESSIAH & J.S. BACH'S MAGNIFICAT IN D - KEAUHOU-KONA
Kona Choral Society and the Kona Choral Society Orchestra's annual holiday concert will feature their annual performance of Handel's Messiah and J.S. Bach's Magnificat. Time: 4 to 5:30 PM at Kaleiopapa Convention Center, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Cost: $25; $5 students. For more information, call (808) 334-9880 or email Lynntbell@gmail.com.

December 7, 2016
"UNDER THE BLOOD RED SUN" MOVIE - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
On Wednesday, December 7th from 3-4pm, the Kailua Kona Public Library is hosting a movie matinee commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Under the Blood Red Sun is an award-winning production based on the book by local author Graham Salisbury who grew up in Kailua-Kona. This film is appropriate for ages 8 and up. This program is free to the public. For more information, call (808) 327-4327,email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

December 8, 2016
HILO ENERGY FORUM
Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry presents a panel discussion about electricity on the island, and a luncheon, with Jay Ignacio-HELCO, David Parsons-PUC, Mike Kaleikini-Puna Geothermal, Marco Mangelsdorf, proposed Hawai'i Island Energy Coop. Moderator Sherry Bracken will pose your questions. Reservations 808-934-0177. Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo. Cost: $35. For more information, cal (808) 934-0177 or email jccih@jccih.org or visit www.jccih.org.

December 9, 2016
4th ANNUAL FEAST ON THE BEACH BENEFIT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT, SO. KOHALA
Feast on the Beach, a highly anticipated holiday benefit for local charities Hawai'i Island Humane Society, Hospice of Kona Kona, Kohala Chamber of Commerce Lava Kids, Kona Community Hospital Foundation and North Hawai'i Hospice takes place on Friday, December 9 starting at 5:30 pm at Lava Lava Beach Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort. Feast on the Beach will once again feature beer, wine and food stations created in conjunction with Paradise Gourmet Catering along with Lava Lava Beach Club's signature toes-in-the-sand ambiance. Nonstop music by LT Smooth and Ho'onu'a throughout the evening will set the party mood. Time: 5:30 to 9:00 pm. Tickets are $150 per person or $2,000 for a reserved table. For more information, call (808) 326-7820, email laura@current-events.com or visit http://lavalavabeachclub.com/bigisland/feast/.

December 10, 2016
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - KAILUA-KONA
Time: 7:30am-2:30pm at the Kealakehe Recycling & Transfer Station. Accepted Items are motor oil, antifreeze, corrosives, poisons, corrosives, batteries, medicaiotns, solvents and thinners, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, oil-based paints, and compressed gas cylinders. Not accepted items are business waste, farm waste, electronics, explosives or flares, radioactive materials, shock sensitive items, controlled substances, fire extinguishers, bio/infectiours waste, non-toxics. More info at www.hawaiizerowaste.org, or call 961-8554.

December 10, 2016
TRAVEL CONVERSATION CLUB - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
On Saturday, December 10th, from 10:00AM to 12:00PM, the "Not-Just-a-Bookclub Travel Conversation Club" holds its first get-together. This will be an opportunity to share travel experience and gain new ideas. Enjoy friendly conversation, sharing enjoyable itineraries and destinations, favorite travel books, and information about how to use the internet to enhance your travel experience. Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona, this preview and organizational meeting is free to the public. If you would like more information, please contact the library at 327-4327, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

December 10, 2016
TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN MUSIC CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
On Saturday, December 10th from 3:00PM to 4:00PM, the Kailua Kona Public Library is hosting a live concert program by Solomon Choo and Chet Gardiner with traditional Hawaiian music for all ages. Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona, this program is free to the public. If you would like more information, please contact the library at 327-4327. For more information, call 808-327-4327 or email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

December 11, 2016
"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 over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama`aina pricing at participating restaurants & merchants. Popular Hawaiian music duo HAPA will take the 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 hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

December 11, 2016
LIGHTED BOAT PARADE - KAILUA-KONA
Celebrate the holidays with a Lighted Boat Parade to celebrate the holidays. Kona’s fleet will put on a jolly show in Kailua Bay starting at 6 pm.

December 11, 2016
29th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT - KONA FESTIVALE CHORALE
Announcing the 29th Annual Celebration of Christmas in Music - "Christmas Memories" - Featuring the Kona Festivale Chorale Singers. Time: 3:00 PM at Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel Ballroom, Kailua-Kona. Cost: $20 General Seating; Reserved Seating $25; At-the-Door $23. For more information, call (808) 331-1115, email roksaan@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/konafestivalechorale.chorale.

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


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