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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).

April 24-May 3, 2015
KA`U COFFEE FESTIVAL
Ka`u Coffee Festival celebrates its award-winning brew with multiple events at different venues over 10 days. The fun kicks off with the Pa`ina Open House at Pahala Plantation House April 24 and continues with the Triple C Recipe Contest and Miss Ka`u Coffee Pageant at Ka`u Coffee Mill; Ka`u Mountain Water Systems Hike in Wood Valley; Coffee & Cattle Day at Aikane Plantation; and Ka`u Star Gazing. The event culminates with the all-day Ho`olaule`a May 2nd and Coffee College May 3rd at Pahala Community Center. The Ho`olaule`a offers Hawaiian entertainment; craft, coffee and food booths; and Ka`u Coffee Experience with guided coffee tastings and farm tours. Times, dates, locations vary each day at Pahala Community Center, 96-3208 Maile St., Pahala, HI 96777. Some events have fees; some are free. For more information, call 808-929-9550, email cmanfredi@kaufarmandranch.com or visit www.KauCoffeeFest.com.

May 1, 2015
LEI DAY CELEBRATION - HILO
The celebration in Hilo's old Town Square, Kalakaua Park, begins with Hawaiian music, hula, lei-making demonstrations, and features the heritage, history and culture of the lei. Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Kalakaua Park, Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call 961-5711 or visit www.LeiDay.net.

May 1, 2015
2nd ANNUAL KAULUWEHI LEI CONTEST - HILO
A lei contest featuring traditional and modern lei styles, this contest is a juried lei competition celebrating native species, Hawaiian culture and sustainable picking practices on the Big Island. Lei makers of all ages and skill are encouraged to enter. Entries due on April 30th to Division of Forestry and Wildlife between 3pm-6pm. Awards Ceremony and Reception on May 1st. Time: 5-7pm at Wailoa Center, Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 443-4245, email anya.h.tagawa@hawaii.gov or visit dlnr.hawaii.gov..

May 2, 2015
DOWNTOWN HILO MULTIMODAL MASTER PLAN COMMUNITY KICKOFF EVENT
The Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan (DHMMP) celebrates its public kickoff on Saturday, May 2nd, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. The event is free. All are welcome to come and participate in a wide range of activities designed to educate, collect input, and engage all ages in helping to create a more walkable, bikeable, livable Downtown Hilo! Time: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM at Yamada Technologies & Mokupapapa Discovery Ctr (2nd Floor). For more information, call (808)628-5861, email mwhite@ssfm.com or visit hawaiicountycompletestreets.com.

May 2, 2015
HAWAIIAN MUSIC AND HULA UNDER THE STARS - WAIKOLOA BOWL AT WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Na Wai Iwi Ola, under the direction of Kumu Keala Ching, presents Pana Ka Pu`uwai Ho`okahi (Our Hearts Beat As One). Gates open at 4 pm; show begins at 4:30 pm. $20 General Admission; $30 Reserved Seating. General Admission is lawn seating. Mats and folding chairs welcome. No coolers or alcohol please! An evening of music and dance under the stars featuring musical guests Hoku Zuttermeister, Aunty Diana Aki, and The Ladies of Waiku`i with Konabob. Bring the family and come share the joy of hula and Hawaiian music. Tickets are available online at www.nawaiiwiola.org and at the door. For more information, call 898 348-7047 or email jr.lyle@hawaiiantel.net .

May 3, 2015
BIG ISLAND BITES GOLF TOURMANENT/BENEFIT - SOUTH KOHALA
The Golf Tourmanent is a foursome scramble at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel's golf course that will include a collection of Big Island restaurants that will serve tasty bites from various hole locations along with specialty drink stations throughout the course, compliments of Young's Market. The event benefits Make a Wish Foundation, Kona-Kohala Chefs Foundation and Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Foundation. The After Bite awards reception will feature Big Island restaurants serving bite sized dishes and specialty drink stations. There will also be a cigar bar on site featuring a complimentary cigar for each golfer. $155 per person (including tax). 10:00-10:45am Check-in; 11:00am Shotgun Start. Guests of participating golfers can attend the The After Bite Reception for $47 per person (including tax). For more information, call 808-882-5406 or email wblizzard@maunakearesort.net.

May 3, 2015
ANNUAL DAIFUKUJI SOTO MISSION BAZAAR - HONALO
This much-anticipated annual event will take place at the Mission (next to Teshima's restaurant in Honalo) from 9am-1pm. There will be food and preserves for sale, baked goods, fresh produce, orchids and plants, crafts, a rummage & white elephant sale, clothing, massage, and more. Entertainment by Daifukuji Taiko drummers. For more info, call 322-3524, or visit or visit www.daifukuji.org.

May 3, 2015
2nd ANNUAL "MAY DAY" BRUNCH ON KAMAKAHONU BAY - KAILUA-KONA
Celebrate May Day Hawaiian-style. Brunch with Amy Hanaial`ii and LT Smooth on the makai oceanfront lawn at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Time: 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Makai Lawn. Cost: $39. Tickets on sale now, online only at www.HistoricKailuaVillage.com. For more information, call 808-936-9202 or email HKVevents@gmail.com.

May 3, 2015
"A TASTE OF SPRING FASHION" BENEFIT - SO. KOHALA
The Shops at Mauna Lani and Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar present "A Taste of Spring Fashion" to benefit ARC of Kona. ARC of Kona has over 50 years of experience on the Big Island supporting people with disabilities. Enjoy a 3-course luncheon and a complimentary Mimosa provided by Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar. The latest Spring fashions will be presented from The Shops at Mauna Lani featuring Tommy Bahama, Hulakai Surf, Jams World, The Fine Hawaiian Gift Gallery, Jourabchi and Hawaiian Island Creations. Time: 12-2PM at Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar. Seating is limited. Pre-sale tickets are $50; $60 on the day of the event. Tickets are available at Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, The Fine Hawaiian Gift Gallery or at www.shopsatmaunalani.com. For more information, call (808) 885-9501 or email cheryl@shopsatmaunalani.com.

May 5, 2015
"FROM NUCLEAR FUSION TO BLACK HOLES" PRESENTATION - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Keck astronomer Dr. Luca Rizzi will give a presentation on the lives of stars. Time: 5:30-6:30PM at Kailua Kona Public Library. Free to the public. For more information, call 808 327-4327, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

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


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