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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).

June 2, 2016
HILO ORCHID SHOW PREVIEW PARTY FUNDRAISER
A Preview Party "fun"raiser kicks off the Hilo Orchid Society's 64th anniversary Orchid Show and Sale from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 at the Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium. The gala features drinks, food, music, and orchid pre-sales. The event is zero waste, with eco-friendly eating utensils, plus recycling/composting stations. Each party-goer receives a souvenir glass, in order to enjoy a selection of fine wines, plus beer on tap from Kona Brewing Co. Non-alcoholic beverages and coffee from Hilo Coffee Mill are also served. Pupu, dinner, and dessert buffets are compliments of Island Naturals and AJ & Sons Catering, featuring the food stylings of Dean Shigeoka and Audrey Wilson, food columnist for the Hawai'i Tribune-Herald. Ku'ikahi Mediation Center is pleased to once again be the beneficiary of the Preview Party. Tickets are $65 ($25 of which is tax deductible) and may be purchased in advance from Hilo Coffee Mill, Day-Lum Rentals, and Ku'ikahi Mediation Center, or contact Jenifer at (808) 935-7844 x1 or by emailing jenifer@hawaiimediation.org.

June 3-5, 2016
HILO ORCHID SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE
The Hilo Orchid Society will stage the largest and most comprehensive orchid show and sale in the state of Hawai`i this coming June 3-5. The show will take place at the Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium in Hilo. A selection of fantastic items will be auctioned off in the Hilo Orchid Society Silent Auction. Funds raised will support the Hilo Orchid Society Scholarship Fund. Show hours are June 3, Friday 9 am-6 pm, June 4, Saturday 9 am-5 pm, June 5, Sunday 10 am-2 pm. Admission: Adult, $5; Child, 12 or under, Free; Superpass, good for 3 days, $8. Visit http://www.hiloorchidsociety.org for more info.

June 4, 2016
KRISPY KREME DONUT DASH BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
5k run/walk or 1/2 mile keiki dash benefit for Kuleana Education. All participants receive Krispy Kreme donuts at the finish line, a t-shirt, and medal! Also awards in several categories. Costume Contest! Fun for the whole family! Time: 8:00 AM at intersection of Ane Keohokalole and Puohulihuli (below Kealakehe High School). Cost: $20 adults/$10 keiki. For more information, call (808) 989-0986, email office@kuleanaeducation.com or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/krispy-kreme-donut-dash-tickets-25013969456.

June 4, 2016
1st ANNUAL WAIPI'O KALO FESTIVAL
The Festival will take place from 9am-4pm at Koa'ekea, near the Waipi'o Valley Lookout. Presented by the grassroots state-recognized nonprofit, Ha Ola O Waipi'o Valley, the free event is a tribute to kalo (taro), Waipi'o, and the kupuna and others who live, work, and find inspiration there. There will be live music and hula, craft vendors, games and great food. In addition, there will be displays and "talk story" sessions about the region's rich history, and its significance in Hawaiian culture. Agricultural exhibits and demonstrations will offer a chance to learn about varieties of kalo and how they are cultivated, prepared as food and taro's nutritional/health benefits. A Kalo Cookoff offers prizes to home chefs who bring their best kalo pupu, main dish or dessert for a friendly competition with prizes. Any part of the kalo plant may be used in the dish. (To enter, please bring at least five portions for judges to taste.) Kalo Contest Winners will be announced at 2pm, and will receive a gift basket and a gift certificate. In addition, homestyle Hawaiian plate lunches will be available for sale, with kalua pig, laulau, squid lu'au, chicken long rice, sweet potatoes, fernshoot salad, haupia, kulolo (taro/coconut pudding), poke and of course, poi. Koa'ekea is located at 48-5546 Waipi'o Valley Road. Event parking will be available at Kukuihaele Park, with free shuttles provided. There will be no parking at the Lookout. For more information about the Kalo Festival, including the schedule, email HaolaoWaipioValley@gmail.com or follow Ha Ola O Waipio Valley on Facebook.

June 4, 2016
NA WAI IWI OLA'S ANNUAL HO'IKE - WAIKOLOA BOWL, WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Na Wai Iwi Ola hula halau, under the direction of Kumu Keala Ching, presents an afternoon of music and hula, followed by dancing under the stars featuring the wonderful Hawaiian Swing band Kahulanui; local favorites The Ladies of Waiku'i & Konabob; and Na Ho'omana (bands begin at 6:30pm). Bring the family and share the joy of hula and music. Gates open at 2:30pm; show begins at 3 pm. $10 adults/$5 students (12-17 years)/keiki under 12 free. Lawn seating - bring mats or folding chairs. No coolers or alcohol please! There is no food at the event, but the venue is next to the Queens' Marketplace food court and other restaurants - wristbands allow attendees to come and go. Tickets are available online and at the door. For tickets and information please visit www. nawaiiwiola.org or email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org.

June 4, 2016
BIG ISLAND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL - SOUTH KOHALA
The 6th annual Big Island jazz and blues festival will bring in Grammy jazz and blues legends, from 5-9pm. To be held oceanfront at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala coast. Food and drink available for purchase; no coolers allowed. For more information, call 866-774-6236 or visit www.bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com.

June 7, 2016
DENGUE FEVER AND ZIKA VIRUS PREVENTION TALK - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Karen Anderson will provide up to date information about Dengue fever and the Zika virus on the Big Island and how the public can protect themselves. Time: 5:30-6:30 PM. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 365-4212, email sdmytrenko1@gmail.com or visit http://www.folkhawaii.com/.

June 7, 2016
HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE OPERA: HA'UPU - HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Kamehameha Schools Hawai'i will present the Hawaiian language opera, Ha'upu, based on the legend of Hina and her son, Kana. This all-school production tells the story through beautiful and powerful mele (song), oli (chant) and hula (dance). Doors open at 6:30pm; performance at 7pm. Part of the park's ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free. Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.

June 8, 2016
WORLD OCEANS DAY AT HAPUNA BEACH STATE PARK
Join Hawai'i State Parks and partner organizations for World Oceans Day at the Hapuna State Beach Park Pavilion. Learn about Hawai'i incredible ocean resources and how to help protect them. The event is free, but there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee for out-of-state visitors. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the large beach pavilion at Hapuna Beach State Park. Free to the public. For more information call 209-0977 or email dena.m.sedar@hawaii.gov.

June 11, 2016
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - KAILUA-KONA
7:30an-2:30pm at the Kealakehe Recycling & Transfer Station. Accepted Items: motor oil, antifreeze, corrosives, poisons, batteries, medications, solvents and thinners, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, oil based paints, compressed gas cylinders. Not Accepted: business waste, farm waste, electronics, explosives or flares, radioactive materials, shock sensitive items, controlled substances, fire extinguishers, bio/infectious waste, non-toxics. For more info, call 961-8554.

June 11, 2016
NORTH KOHALA KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION
From 7:45-9 AM, Lei Draping at the statue of King Kamehameha in Kapa`au will take place; from 9-10:30 AM, enjoy a traditional Pa`u Parade with horses and riders adorned in flowers and colors representing each Hawaiian Island. Parade from downtown Hawi to Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au; from 10:00am-4:00pm, Ho`olaule`a (crafts fair) at Kamehameha Park, where you can eat local food, see masters create traditional arts and craafts, watch beautiful hula dancers and listen to award-winning Hawaiian musicians. For more info, call 808-557-6042 or visit www.kamehamehadaycelebration.org.

June 11, 2016
KING KAMEHAMEHA CELEBRATION PARADE AND FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Adorned in the flowers and colors of the Hawaiian Islands, regal pa'u riders on horseback will represent each of the eight islands, led by their respective princesses and the pa'u queen. The floral parade will also feature hula halau, equestrian units, marching bands, and more. The parade begins at Walua Road and Alii Drive at 9am, and travels through Kailua Village to Palani Road past the pier, ending at noon. A Ho'olaule'a (crafts and music fair) featuring Hawai'i recording artists Hoku Zuttermeister and Sistah Robi will be held after the parade on the Hulihe'e Palace grounds. For more information, call 322-9944, email KamehamehaDayParade@hawaii.rr.com, or visit www.konaparade.org.

June 11, 2016
KAMEHAMEHA FESTIVAL - HILO
The festival will feature sweet Hawaiian music and beautiful hula from various artists and hula halau, from 10am-4pm. There will also be ono (delicious) food, arts & craft vendors. Presented by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Mamalahoa, the festival is free, open to the public, and remains a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free event. For more information, visit http://www.kamehamehafestival.org/.

June 12, 2016
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. 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.

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


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