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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).

August 19, 2017
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; a Marketplace from 11am-4pm; a Pool Party with live music from 2:30-4pm; and The Mai Tai Mix-off from 4:30-7:30pm where bartenders will compete for the title of the world's best mai tai and a $10,000 first prize, a $5000 second prize, and a $2500 third prize. Call 808/930-3255 or visit donsmaitaifest.com/ for more info.

August 19, 2016
KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK) will hold its next book sale on Saturday, August 19th from 9 AM to 1 PM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Library. Proceeds from book sales help support the needs of the Kona libraries. Book donations are accepted at the library. Adult fiction books are offered at $6 per bag. Teachers will receive special discounts with their official school ID, and F.O.L.K. members will receive a 20% discount. As always, volunteers are welcome. If you wish to see the book sales continue, please volunteer. Call 322-0077 or contact folk@folkhawaii.com. For more info, visit www.folkhawaii.com.

August 23, 2017
FREE LITTLE FIRE ANT TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONAL YARD CARE BUSINESS PERSONNEL - KONA
Yard care business personnel will learn how to survey for Little Fire Ant infestation, how to choose the right products and treatment plans for various landscapes, and how to prevent the spread of the ants to new locations. Time: 3-5:30pm at CTAHR Kona Extension Office at 79-7381 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua. Free to all proffessional yard care business personnel. For more information, call (808) 933-3340, email the Big Island Invasive Species Committee www.biisc.edu or visit www.biisc.org.

August 26, 2017
WEST HAWAI'I BLUE ZONES PROJECT KICKOFF - KAILUA-KONA
This event will be a free, community-wide event to kick off the Blue Zones Project in West Hawai'i. Discover how you can get involved in transforming West Hawai'i into a place where healthy choices are the easiest to make. As the first county and complete island in the nation to be a part of this project, Dan Buettner, National Geographic explorer and New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Zones and The Blue Zones Solution, will be present for the celebration. Vendors and volunteers are welcome. Time: 1:30-5:00 PM at Kona Commons (at the previous location of Sports Authority). Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 319-8731, email kirstin.kahaloa@sharecare.com or visit hawaii.bluezonesproject.com.

August 26-September 30, 2017
"POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS" CLASSES - KEALAKEKUA
Family caregivers will learn self-care tools to reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate more effectively with family members and healthcare or service providers; recognize messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings; and make tough caregiving decisions. Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Kona Adult Day Center, Kealakekua. Free to those who attend all 6 classes. For more information, call (808) 936-6499 or visit www.hawaiicaregivers.org.

August 26, 2017
DROUGHT TOLERANT PLANTS - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
On Saturday, August 26th, from 10-11 AM at the Kailua Kona Public Library, Diana Duff and special guests will present information about plants that can thrive with very little water in a xeriscape garden. Learn about cacti and succulent species. Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona with the Community Seed Library, this program is free to the public. For more information, about this presentation or the Community Seed Library, please contact the library at 327-4327. Free to the public. For information call 808-327-4327 or email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

August 27, 2017
'OHI'A LOVE FEST - HILO
Come out for a day of celebrating Hawai'i's beloved 'ohi'a tree! This family-friendly event will feature hula, talks, demonstrations, music, crafts and activities focused on 'ohi'a. The event will also raise awareness about Rapid 'Ohi'a Death. Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 969-8268, email cmyanger@hawaii.edu or visit www.RapidOhiaDeath.org.

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


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