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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).

May 19-28, 2017
KA'U COFFEE FESTIVAL
Celebrating award-winning Ka'u coffee, this annual festival offers unique and exciting activities. The festival's pinnacle event is an all-day, free ho'olaule'a May 27 at Pahala Community Center, offering coffee, food and craft booths; entertainment, farm and mill tours and guided coffee tastings. The festivities conclude with the Ka'u Coffee College educational series. Some events are free, others have a fee. Various locations. For more information, call (808) 929-9550, email cmanfredi@kaufarmandranch.com

May 21-29, 2017
HONOKA'A WESTERN WEEK PARADE & BLOCK PARTY
Everyone is invited to dress up western-style and visit Honoka'a town merchants, plus join in different paniolo-themed activities every night. For more information, visit Honoka'a Western Week on facebook.

May 31, 2017
"ISABELLA RIDES AGAIN; ISABELLA BIRD & LIVING HISTORY" PRESENTATION - WEST HAWAI'I CIVIC CENTER
Jackie Pualani Johnson, director, actor and retired Professor of Theater Arts from the University of Hawai'i, Hilo, will be presenting a free historical lecture entitled "Isabella Rides Again: Isabella Bird & Living History," in which she will perform excerpts from a one-woman living history play written by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl for the Kona Historical Society. Time: 5:30-7:30pm. Isabella Lucy Bird was one of the first of England's female adventurers to defy societal norms by traveling alone to distant countries. Bird visited Hawaii in 1873 and wrote about her experiences in letters to relatives, which were eventually published in the book "Six Months in the Sandwich Isles," published in 1875. For more information, call Kona Historical Society at 808-323-3222 or visit www.konahistorical.org.

June 1, 2017
PREVIEW GALA PARTY/BENEFIT FOR HILO ORCHID SOCIETY'S ANNUAL SHOW/ SALE
On June 1, the Hilo Orchid Show kicks off with a gala Preview Party from 6-9 p.m. at the Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium. All ticket proceeds benefit the non-profit Ku'ikahi Mediation Center. The benefit party features a selection of beverages, catered food, live music, and orchid pre-sales. Each partygoer receives a souvenir glass in which to enjoy the libations and to take home after the event. A wide variety of fine wines, beer on tap from Kona Brewing Co., gourmet lilikoi & dragon fruit juices, and coffee from Hilo Coffee Mill are served. Pupu, dinner, and dessert buffets are compliments of Island Naturals Market & Deli and AJ & Sons Catering. The event is zero waste, with eco-friendly eating utensils, plus recycling/composting stations. Pupu include various types of sushi, including vegetarian; assorted cheeses, breads, and olives; and hummus and olive caper tapenade. On the menu are bacon, lettuce, and tomato rolls; gingered chicken; orange cream roasted duck on won ton chips; fried adobo chicken; house made "spam" with Hilo fried rice musubi; and sous vide short ribs with ginger gems, with a variety of vegetarian options available as well. For dessert are assorted fruits, panna cotta with fruit compote, and haupia with toasted coconut topping. In addition to per person tickets, reserved tables for 5 or 10 people are available at platinum, gold, silver, or bronze sponsorship levels. Tickets for the Preview Party are $70 (of which $25 is tax deductible) and may be purchased in advance from The Most Irresistible Shop, Hilo Coffee Mill, Day-Lum Properties, and Ku'ikahi Mediation Center. For reservations or sponsorship opportunities, contact Jenifer at (808) 935-7844 x 1 or email jenifer@hawaiimediation.org. Tickets are also available at the door. Visit www.hiloorchidsociety.org for more info.

June 2-4, 2017
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. 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. Hours: Friday, 9-6pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm; and Sunday, 10am-2pm. Funds raised will support the Hilo Orchid Society Scholarship Fund. Ticket prices are: Adult, $5; Child 12 or under, Free; Superpass good for 3 days, $8. Tickets will also be available from any member of the Hilo Orchid Society for $3 if purchased prior to the show. Visit http://www.hiloorchidsociety.org for more info.

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


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