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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).

This Week
DONATIONS/VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DINNER FOR THE HUNGRY AND NEEDY - KEALAKEKUA
Donations of fresh vegetables and frozen turkeys are needed for the `Ohana Dinner for the Hungry and Needy that will be held at Queen Emma Center at Christ Church Episcopal in Kealakekua on Sat. Dec. 20th. The event will include food deliveries and a buffet. Gift baskets with food and school supplies will be provided to the first 100 families upon departure. Donations of dry food, toys, new shoes and clothes may be dropped off at a collection box at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. Volunteers are needed for food preparation, gift bag assembly, and to deliver meals. Monetary donations can be made to gofundme.com708skw. For more info, visit the Feed the Children Facebook page or call 345-0050.

thru December 19, 2014
MAGIC OF THE SEASON OPEN HOUSE - HILO
From 5:30-8pm enjoy live music and activities surrounded by dozens of decorated Christmas trees at the Hawaii`i County Building in Hilo. For more info, call 961-8211.

December 19, 2014
HAPA IN CONCERT AT BLUE DRAGON RESTAURANT, KAWAIHAE

Doors open 5:30; Show at 8pm. Bolo will open at 6:30pm, playing his unique style of `ukulele. Limited seating. $60 first row; $45 Dining Rm.; $20 Patio. Call (808) 822-7731 for reservations, indicating which seating is preferred.

December 20, 2014
HOLIDAY MARKET DAY/DONATION CENTER FOR TOYS FOR TOTS AND HAWAI`I ISLAND FOOD BASKET - KAILUA-KONA
Holiday Market Day at Ali`i Gardens Marketplace - Santa photos for everyone (pets and people of all ages), pony rides, petting zoo, shopping specials, gift giveaways, live music, shave ice, BBQ, Kettle Corn, locally made art & crafts, coconut postcards and more. Time: 10am to 2pm. For more information, call 808-937-8844 or email luvmysbt@gmail.com.

December 20, 2014
CHANUKAH PARTY - THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI
A Chanukah party will be held from 4-7:30pm at The Shops at Mauna Lani. Admission is free. The celebration will include klezmer music performed by Kona's Traveling Jewish Wedding Band, Yiddish hula, and a comedy performance by Arnie Rabin. Barry Blum will tell the story of Chanukah, and afterward, attendees may light their menorahs. Latkes (traditional potato pancakes) with sour cream and applesauce will be sold and a potluck will be held. Bring a dish to share that does not contain shellfish or pork. Sponsored by the Congregation Kona Beth Shalom and West Hawaii`i's Jewish congregation.

December 20 and 21, 2014
KONA CHORAL SOCIETY FREE HOLIDAY CONCERTS - OLD AIRPORT STATE PARK, KONA
4pm. Enjoy holiday classics, and more!

December 22, 2014
THE NUTCRACKER, A HOLIDAY CLASSIC BALLET - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
West Hawaii Dance Theatre & Academy is pleased to present "The Nutcracker," a holiday classic ballet at the Kahilu Theatre on Monday, December 22, 2014, at 6:00pm. "The Nutcracker" combines the music of Tchaikowsky with the charming, old world fairy tale based on the original E.T.A. Hoffman story, "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice." Over 50 local dancers and guest dancers from The Maui Academy of Performing Arts will make the ballet come to life. With narration by Barbara Pritchard, the dancers are accompanied by the music of Academy pianist Megumi Kopp and violinist Jamilla Nur. Choreography is by West Hawaii Dance Theatre's Artistic Director Virginia Holte, Co-Director Midori Satoh, and Instructors Jenna Power, Claire "Miss Kitty" Hollinger, Megan Joy Chapman, and Alexis Gaines. Tickets are $25/$20/$15/$10. For more info, call (808) 329-8876, or visit www.kahilutheatre.org.

December 24, 2014
MOKUAIKAUA CHURCH'S CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE - KAILUA-KONA
Hawaii`s first Christian church (established in 1820) will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service beginning at 8pm, with pre-service caroling under the front arch at 7pm. All are welcome to this beautiful celebration of Jesus' birthday with Christmas hymns and hula. Mokuaikaua Church is located at 75-5713 Alii Drive, across the street from Hulihee Palace. For more info, call 329-0655 or email office@mokuaikaua.com.

December 27, 2014
HAWAI`I ISLAND FOOD BASKET BENEFIT CONCERT - KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER
This month the event will feature Hawaiian singer/guitarist Mailani at 6pm; Hawaiian band opening at 5:30pm. Admission is 2 cans of food for the Food Basket per person. For each can over 2, get an entry into the raffle for prizes from the event sponsors.

December 28, 2014
THE LADIES OF WAIKU`I AND KONABOB PERFORMING AT THE TALK STORY AT THE SHERATON KONA

The band is on fire! Enjoy them in this rare public performance. They will be joining Kumu Keala Ching and his halau Na Wai Iwi for Ola Mo`o `Olelo O Ke Au, a free talk story presentation featuring music, chant and dance at Pa`akai Point at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. Not to be missed! 4-7pm.

December 28, 2014
16th ANNUAL WAILEA VILLAGE ANNUAL MOCHI POUNDING - HAMAKUA

Join what has now become a tradition for many locals & visitors alike at the quiet little plantation village of Wailea, Hakalau. Make traditional rice cakes the "old-fashioned" way. Everyone takes their turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. From 8-2pm; fire building starts at 7 a.m. to steam the rice. Hearty local-style lunch available for $5. New Years crafts & calligraphy, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment & more. Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast is at the 15-mile marker; Hwy. 19 on the Hamakua Coast, in Hakalau. Call Miss Akiko at (808) 963-6422 or e-mail msakiko@hawaii.rr.com for more info.

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


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