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Sails from times gone by - This copy of an ancient Hawaiian sailing canoe can be seen at the Pu'uohonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. These graceful vessels are capable of traveling great distances in the hands of skillful navigators. The park is located south of Captain Cook, off Highway 11.

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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).

October 17, 2017
"THE GROWTH AND EVOLUTION OF MAUNAKEA" PRESENTATION - UH HILO
Maunakea Speakers Series presents Dr. Ken Hon, Professor of Geology and Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, who will unravel what we know about the growth and evolution of Maunakea volcano and its complicated relationship with its nearby siblings Kohala and Maunaloa. Time: 7-8 pm at UH Hilo Science & Technology Building (STB) Room # 108. On-campus parking is open and available without charge after 4:00 pm. Free to the public. For more information, email fklasner@hawaii.edu or visit malamamaunakea.org.

October 18, 2017
INSTRUMENTS OF THE WORLD PRESENTATION - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 5:30 to 6:30PM, the Kealakekua Public Library will present a program with multi-instrumentalist, Gwen Jones. Gwen will play acoustic instruments from around the world, including the didgeridoo, Balinese flute, ektar and Tibetan bell. For more information, contact the library at 323-7585. Time: 5:30PM-6:30PM at Kealakekua Public Library, Kealakekua, Cost:Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 323-7585, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

October 21, 2017
LITTLE FIRE ANT ID EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Survey your property for Little Fire Ants. Early detection is key! Place a light smear of peanut butter on popsicle sticks or chopsticks in shady locations for one hour. Collect specimens in baggies and freeze 24 hours, then bring your frozen ants for FREE on-site identification. More LFA information and resources provided.Time: 9:00AM to 1:00PM at West Hawaii Civic Center Hale. Free to the public. For more information, call 206.979.5754, email littlefireanthui@gmail.com or visit www.StopTheAnt.org.

October 21, 2017
KAHUKU 'OHANA DAY - HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Families are invited for a day of fun, culture and discovery at the Kahuku area of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Learn about the hidden powers that plants have to keep us healthy through the teachings of Aunty Ka'ohu Monfort, a practitioner of la'au lapa'au (Hawaiian herbal medicine). Collect seeds from native plants and help park rangers bring new life to Kahuku. Kids 17 and under and their families must sign up by October 13 by calling 808-985-6019. Bring water, lunch and snacks, sunscreen, hat, long pants, shoes and reusable water bottle. Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

October 21, 2017
PIG 'N' SWIG EVENT - OLD KONA AIRPORT BEACH PARK
The best deal for an evening out! Ticket price of $25 includes pupus, one drink ticket, dinner & dessert. Entertainment by LT Smooth and others. Benefit for local Rotary community projects. Time: 5-9 pm at Make'o Pavilion - Old Kona Airport. Cost: $25. For more information, call (808) 936-9965, email konasunriserotary@gmail.com or visit www.konasunriserotary.org.

October 22, 2017
ANNUAL TASTE OF HILO
Featuring more than 30 participating restaurants, chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, and beverage suppliers. To be held at Hilo Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin Sangha Hall (398 Kilauea Ave Hilo, 96720), from 1-3pm. Sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai'i. A portion of event proceeds go to support the Hawai'i Community College. Tickets may be ordered by calling the Chamber at 934-0177 or by emailing jccih@jccih.org. For more nformation, visit www.jccih.org.

October 24, 2017
BLUE ZONES PROJECT PRESENTATION - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
On Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 4:30-5:30PM, the Kailua-Kona Public Library will present a program on the Blue Zones Project, a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier in Hawai'i. The goal is to help residents make small changes that will enable them to enjoy longer, happier and healthier lives. For more information, contact the library at 327-4327, Kirstin Kahaloa at kirstin.kahaloa@sharecare.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

October 25, 2017
PRESENTATION ON THE HISTORY & PRESERVATION OF KUAMO'O - KONA
The legacy of the Kuamo'o property in Keauhou is an important part of Hawaiian history. Join Keola Beamer (executive director of Aloha Kuamo'o 'Aina), Monika Frazier (program director) and Dr. Richard Stevens (trails enthusiast) at the West Hawai'i Civic Center from 5:30-7:00pm on October 25th to learn about the land's history and the vision for the future of Kuamo'o.

October 28, 2017
MONSTER DASH - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK, KAILUA-KONA
This family friendly event involves dashing through the 5K muddy obstacle course - great prizes, food, drinks, and music! Time: 7-10 AM. Cost: $5 to $30. For more information, call (808) 937-3727 or email Emccullough@kuleanaeducation.com or visit monsterdashkona.eventbrite.com.

October 28, 2017
RUN FOR THE DRY FOREST - PU'U WA'AWA'A
The annual Run for the Dry Forest at Pu'u Wa'awa'a is a 10km run, 5km run/walk and 1/4 mile keiki run, with a 7:30am start. You can choose to run or walk a 5km course (suitable for most people), or do a 10 km run (an "extreme trail running experience" featuring a 1200 ft elevation gain in the first 3 miles). There is also a fun, non-competitive 1/4 mile run of flat surfaces; parents are welcome to join the kids. Pu'u Wa'awa'a is home to several species of endangered birds and many endangered plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Proceeds from the race events contribute to conservation of these species. Registration is required. PLEASE NOTE: No pets are allowed, as there are endangered nene geese in the area. Time: 6:45am to noon. Cost: $30 Adults/$15 Children 14 & under. For more information, call 938-7795, email lyman.perry@hawaii.gov or visit https://register.chronotrack.com/r/30584.

October 28, 2017
ANNUAL WAIMEA SOLAR SYSTEM WALK
The Canada-France-Hawai'i Telescope and Keck Observatory are sponsoring the Waimea Solar System Walk from 10am-2pm. The walk turns Waimea into a scale model of our solar system with the sun at Keck and Pluto/dwarf planets at CFHT. Prizes for the keiki, refreshments for all. Costume contest at 1pm! Event is free. To be held at Keck Observatory Headquarters along Mamalahoa Hwy to the Canada-France-Hawai'i Telescope offices, Waimea. For more information, call Mary Beth at 885-3121.

October 28, 2017
GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFIT FOR WAIMEA FAMILY - HAPUNA BEACH GOLF COURSE
This event will solely benefit Waimea resident Alana Lavaka and her five children. Alana, her husband and five children were in a tragic car accident in May that killed her husband, and left her in a coma for a week, followed by rehab for another week. While grieving for her husband, consoling and comforting her children, Alana underwent multiple surgeries and therapy. More surgeries for her broken back and foot are on the horizon. Supporters can help by participating in the tournament, providing a donation or prize. Registration for the tournament begins at 7am with a shotgun start at 8:30am. For details, and to register or donate, call Lani Olsen-Chong at 936-0670.

October 28, 2017
'OHANA HALLOWEEN PA'INA - KEAUHOU, KONA
Free admission. Haunted House, playground, and vendors from 5-9:30pm. Keiki Costume Contest; Adult Costume Contest, and live entertainment. For more info &; parking details, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

October 28, 2017
HAWAI'I ARTIST COLLABORATION 7th ANNUAL ART AUCTION - HOLUALOA
The Hawaii Artist Collaboration's Annual Art Auction includes a silent and live auction of the combined works of more than 35 artists. Proceeds will fund art scholarships and future collaborative events. Time: 4-8 pm at the Holualoa Inn's Malulani Pavilion. Cost: $35 Pre-Sale; $45 at the Door. Tickets are available online at www.HawaiiArtistCollaboration.org and at the door. For more information, please contact Rebecca Villegas at 808-960-2805.

October 29, 2017
"ROCKING HALLOWEEN" CONCERT - SHERATON KONA RESORT
Chamber Orchestra of Kona presents the annual Halloween/Rocktober concert. Time: 3:00 PM at Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay. Cost: $10; $20 for reserved/priority seating. For more information, call (808) 494-8784 or visit www.chamberorchestraofkona.com.

October 29, 2017
5th ANNUAL EAST HAWAI'I JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL - HILO
Get your tickets for the Annual East Hawai'i Jazz and Blues Festival! This swingin' event takes place on indoor and outdoor stages at Nani Maui Gardens, 421 Makalika St. Hilo. Proceeds benefit the Hawai'i Island Veterans Memorial, Inc. For ticket info, visit www.hawaiiislandveterans.org. For more information & tickets, call 808-964-5764 or (808 961-6851.

November 9, 2017
THE BIG ISLAND HONORS HER VIETNAM VETERANS - HILO
Hawaii County Elderly Activities Division, AARP Hawai'i, and local veterans organizations invite Vietnam era veterans and their families to enjoy a celebration in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. A ceremony beginning at 10AM will honor veterans of all eras. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Participating Vietnam Era veterans (1955-1975) will receive a Vietnam 50th Commemoration lapel pin and a recognition certificate. Vietnam era veterans are invited to a free luncheon following the ceremony. Each veteran may bring one guest. Please call Lee Hasebe at 808-961-8777 (or email him at lee.hasebe@hawaiicounty.gov) to reserve your spot or to get more information. The deadline for reservations has been extended to October 31, 2017. If you are an individual with a disability, and would like to request an accommodation in order to attend this event, please call (808) 545-6003. In order to assist you, we request that you notify us of any necessary accommodations as far in advance of the event as possible. For more information, call (808) 333-0306 or email brinklaw@aol.com.

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


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