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The H.M. Bark Endeavour anchored in Kealakekua Bay in late October, '99. The reconstructed ship was built in Australia and had sailed the oceans of the world for five years before arriving. The original ship carried Lieutenant James Cook into the waters of the Pacific for scientific research. Upon returning to England, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and given another ship, the Resolution. Although he was killed in Kealakekua Bay in 1779, his crew returned to England with many valuable discoveries from the South Pacific, including the Hawaiian Islands.

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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).

September 3-7, 2015
44th ANNUAL QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI LONG DISTANCE OUTRIGGER CANOE RACES
The 2015 Queen Lili`uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races welcomes more than 2,500 outrigger canoe paddlers to Kona for its signature 18-mile long distance race, the world's largest long distance outrigger canoe race. Kai `Opua Canoe Club, one of Hawaii's oldest outrigger canoe clubs, will host crews from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Tahiti, United Kingdom and an estimated 75 crews from the US. Other official Race events unfold throughout the holiday weekend, including Historic Kailua Village Cultural Walk, Paddling Talk Story, Native Artist Fair, Torchlight Parade, Stand-up Paddleboard Race, Ali`i Challenge and, new this year, Hulakai OC4 (4 person canoes) Sprint Relay Race. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-937-3255 or email no1paddle@hawaii.rr.com.

September 5, 2015
HELP THE ARTS FUNDRAISER/ESTATE GARAGE SALE - HILO
EHCC/Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art will have a huge estate/garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 5th, featuring computers, musical instruments, books, CDs, Halloween items, tools, electric fixtures, furniture and much more. It will be held in the Annex Building behind the museum (141 Kalakaua St., Hilo). Time: 9am to 1 pm. Donations for the sale are now being accepted. Set up and pricing will be done the week of the sale. Originally founded in 1967 as East Hawaii Cultural Center, the council is dedicated to providing quality exhibitions, theater, and classes promoting cultural diversity. In 2009, the council incorporated the Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art to further expand its mission to connect East Hawaii with the greater global arts community. For more information, call 961-5711, email admin@ehcc.org or visit www.ehcc.org.

September 5, 2015
DANIEL R. SAYRE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION AWARDS DINNER/FUNDRAISER - FAIRMONT ORCHID RESORT
The Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to providing essential equipment and training to the Hawaii Island Fire Department, which serves the Hawaii community and more than 1.5 million visitors per year from around the world. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the opening of the silent auction. The cost of each gourmet buffet dinner is $109, inclusive of tax and tip. Patrons may also choose to sponsor a dinner for a firefighter and/or spouse at a cost of $99 all inclusive, per person. The gala evening will include dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the dance band Vizion 20/20. Registration is currently available online at www.DanielSayreFoundation.org. For more information, call (808) 325-5456 or email mallerysayre@hawaii.rr.com.

September 6, 2015
HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL; KONA-STYLE - KEAUHOU, KONA

To be held at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa from Noon to 5pm. Featuring some great musicians, such as L Smooth Danny Carvalho, Paul Togioka, Bobby Modern, Sean Robbins, Donald Kauli`a, Stephen Inglis, Bolo, Keale, John Keawe, Brother Noland, and Patrick Landeza. $10 at the door supports the Ki-ho`alu Foundation (tax deductible).

September 7, 2015
Deadline to register for the INSPIRATION HIKE: ARTISTS IN THE PARK AT KAHUKU - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK to be held on September 19th. See the Calendar of Events for details.

September 7-27, 2015
"TASTE OF MAUNA LANI" BENEFIT - SOUTH KOHALA COAST
The Mauna Lani Resort is happy to present the 6th Annual "Taste of Mauna Lani" Benefit beginning Monday, Sept. 7 and running through Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. The Shops at Mauna Lani and The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows have partnered together to offer a variety of tantalizing and affordable menu selections showcasing the very best of Big Island cuisine. Mauna Lani Resortís top restaurants will offer a special three-course prix fixe dinner, with a portion of the sales proceeds from each Taste of Mauna Lani three-course dinner being donated to Hawaii Island Food Basket. The three-course dinner offerings will range from $25 to $50. Reservations are recommended. Participating restaurants include Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar; Monstera Noodles & Sushi; The Blue Room Brasserie & Bar; Under the Bodhi Tree; and Ruthís Chris Steak House, all at The Shops at Mauna Lani, as well as The Canoe House at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and Shiono Sushi at the Mauna Lani Golf Clubhouse.

September 7, 2015
ANNUAL UP COUNTRY FAIRE - KEALAKEKUA
There will be lots of fun activities for kids - darts, a goldfish game, basketball, golf, face painting, church window painting, as well as lots of good food to eat. Prizes will be given to all the winners of the games. Also, there will be horses to ride, a petting zoo, and both KARES and ADVOCATS will have kittens and puppies to pet and play with (and adopt if you are looking for a forever friend!). There will also be a magician, a balloon man, and music all day long. Keiki IDís will be made during the Fair. Also, for parents, there will be over 100 items for the silent auction, ranging from gift certificates for groceries, haircuts, spa visits, and local restaurants, to a large cooler, several paintings, a handcrafted koa bowl, jewelry and a trip with Hawaii Forest and Trail. The Faire is located at Christ Church, 81-1004 Konawaena School Road (at the corner of Konawaena and Mamalahoa Highway, and will run from 9 am to 2 pm. Enjoy some Labor Day fun - Rain or Shine. For more info, please call Janet at 808-769-4343 or email janet@hilt.org.

September 9 and 10, 2015
ANNUAL KUPUNA HULA FESTIVAL - SHERATON KONA RESORT AT KEAUHOU BAY
A very sweet and moving event featuring those over 55 years of age, held in the Kaleiopapa Convention Center. This event usually sells out, so get your tickets in advance! Vendors with Hawaiian crafts will be set up outside the event. There will be Hawaiian food for sale, as well.

September 10-13, 2015
HAWAIICON CONVENTION - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL
HawaiiCon brings together the best of science, sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, anime and cosplay at the Hapuna Beach Price Hotel, September 10-13, 2015. Celebrities from Star Trek, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, Once Upon a Time, Continuum, join the top space scientists, voice actors and cosplayers in the country for four days of panels, workshops and adventures. For more info, visit www.hawaiicon.com.

September 11, 2015
ANNUAL HOLOKU BALL/FUNDRAISER - SHERATON KONA RESORT
Dinner, dancing, live Hawaiian music and hula, honoring the traditional Hawaiian ballgown, the holoku. No host cocktails from 4-6pm; dinner and entertainment from 6-10pm. Holoku gowns encouraged; aloha attire suggested. Donations $75/person. Proceeds to benefit halau Na Wai Iwi Ola to support scholarships for students of West Hawai`i who are involved the study of traditional Hawaiian culture. Reserved seating; tables of 10 available. For tickets and information, visit www.nawaiiwiola.org or call (808) 936-0607.

September 11-13, 2015
2015 RUN FOR HOPE EVENTS - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI, KOHALA COAST
Proceeds from this event benefit cancer research in Hawai`i. Friday, September 11 - 19th Annual Taste of Hawai'i Island This exquisite culinary event showcases talented chefs for an evening of tasty delights, drinks and island music at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. The silent auction is a popular annual highlight with unique vacation packages and island treasures.
Saturday, September 12 - Shotgun golf tournament at 1pm on the Jack Nicolas-designed Hualalai golf course. At 2pm, tennis fans will enjoy a fun round robin tennis tournament at the Hualalai tennis pavilion.
Sunday, September 13 - Run for Hope - Keiki Dash at 6:30am; 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk at 7:00am. A fun, family event along the beautiful manicured resort landscape. The event concludes with refreshments and raffle prizes at the Hoku Amphitheater.
For more info, visit http://www.runforhopehualalai.com/ or call 808.325.8052.

September 12, 2015
2015 WILIWILI FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative proudly presents the 2015 Wiliwili Festival. Enjoy a day of celebrating the rare wiliwili trees and native dryland forest in Waikoloa Village. This free event includes live music, local food vendors, workshops, forest tours, a silent auction, native plant sales and giveaways as well as lots of hands-on activities for keiki of all ages. Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Waikoloa Stables, Waikoloa Village. For more information, call (808) 494-2208, email jess@waikoloadryforest.org or visit www.waikoloadryforest.org.

Sept. 12, 2015
KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC BOOK SALE
Proceeds from sales help support the needs of the Kona libraries, with funding that includes educational and entertainment programs, community summer reading programs, visiting authors, magazine subscriptions, CDís, DVDís and new book purchases. Time: 9:00AM to 1:00PM. For more information, call 808-322-0077, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit the Friends of the Libraries Kona website at www.folkhawaii.com.

September 12, 2015
2nd ANNUAL "ROAST & ROOTS" EVENT - KEAUHOU, KONA
The delicious music of award-winning Hawaiian singer-songwriter Nathan Aweau caps off a day-long celebration of local foods and coffees at the 2nd Annual "Roast & Roots" event on Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Highlights include a "Buy Local" foods and artisans' marketplace, People's Choice coffee-tasting contest, chefs' cooking challenge, live remote broadcast by KAPA radio, and entertainment by Ali`i Keanaina and MC Paris DeCambra, leading up to multiple Na Hoku Hanohano awards winner Nathan Aweau in concert at 12 noon. Attendees will have ample opportunity to taste and learn about local, sustainable Hawai`i Island foods that have earned the HDOA Seal of Quality. The chefs cooking challenge allows the audience to sample on-the-spot creations by Chef Dane Tanabe of Hilton Waikoloa Village, Chef Casey Halpern of Cafe Pesto, Chef Clem Kaimiola of Sheraton Kona Resort and other top island chefs who prioritize local ingredients. Admission at the door is $6 per person; no advance ticket sales. For more information, please contact Tracy at mkc01@hawaii.rr.com, call (808) 960-3094 or visit www.Facebook.com/RoastandRoots.

September 12, 2015
HAWAI`I ISLAND FESTIVAL'S ANNUAL POKE CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
Both home cooks and top professional chefs compete against their peers for the championship recipe of this popular Hawaiian dish that is made from the freshest fish or shellfish plus seasonings - and after the judges announce the winners, the audience gets to taste too! For more info, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.

September 12, 2015
ANNUAL KINDY SPROAT FALSETTO & STORYTELLING CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
This unique music competition features talented male singers of all ages who can not only sing in the unique falsetto style, but can also captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs. For more info, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.

September 12, 2015
GUITAR NIGHT AT DAYLIGHT MIND COFFEE COMPANY - KAILUA-KONA
Featuring two beloved Hawai`i Island musicians, John Keawe and Chris Yeaton, playing Hawaiian Slack Key and American Fingerstyle Guitar, respectively. Hula, too, with John's wife Hope. Doors open 6:30pm; 7pm show. Tickets $15 adv/$20 at door. Tickets available at Kiernan Music in Kainaliu and Music Exchange in Kailua-Kona. Credit card payments accepted over the phone: (808) 960-1026.

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


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