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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).

December 15 & 16, 2017
25th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND CRAFT & GIFT FAIR - HILO
This large fair, sponsored by Hawaii Art & Craft, will showcase vendors throughout the state. Time: Fri, 4-9pm; Sat., 9am-4pm. Food will be available for purchase. Prize giveaways. Lots of free parking. To be held at Edith Kanakaole Multi-Purpose Stadium. Small admission fee; children 7 and under are free. For more information or to ask about being a vendor, call (808) 981-0518, email hawaiiartsandcrafts@yahoo.com or visit www.hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com.

December 15 and 19, 2017
FREE SCREENINGS OF "LIVIN' ON A ROCK" LOCAL MUSIC FILM - HILO AND HONOKA'A
Free screenings of "Livin'on a Rock" will be shown at Kukuau Studio in Hilo on Friday, December 15, and at the Honoka'a People's Theatre on Tuesday, December 19; both screenings will be at 6 p.m. Some of Hawai'i Island's best musicians tell the story of Hawai'i's music scene in their own words. Filmmaker Steve Roby of Snap Judgement Films, interviewed 25 musicians and industry professionals for the new documentary, including North Kohala slack key master John Keawe, Grammy winner Charles Michael Brotman and 40-year director of Honoka'a Jazz Band, Gary Washburn. Also featured are one-man band Bosco, Brad Bordessa, Dagan Bernstein, Mikey Fiyah, Chuck Gessert, Tomi Isobe, Hannah Kaplan, Lifeinpursuit, Bub Pratt, Lopaka Rootz, Ronnie V, Russell Ruderman, Richard Russell, Scott Reagan, Rachael Scott, and Greg Shirley. For more information and screening inquiries, visit www.snapjudgementfilms.com or email steveroby@twc.com.

December 16, 2017
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Hula featuring Kumu hula Sammye Ku'ualoha Young with Halau Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Ku'ualoha performed in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Time: 10:30-11:30 am. This performance is rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. This free event is supported in part by a grant from the Hawai'i Tourism Authority and the County of Hawai'i Dept. of Research and Development. Park entrance fees apply. For more information, call (808) 967-8222, email alyssa@volcanoartcenter.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org .

December 16, 2017
HOLIDAY STORY TIME - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
On Saturday, December 16th, from 3-4 PM, the Kailua-Kona Public Library hosts Mrs. Claus and Jingles the Elf for an hour of holiday cheer, with stories of Santa Claus and Christmas. Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona, the program is suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Call the library at 327-4327 for more information or to request special accommodation. For more information, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

December 16, 2017
FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK, KAILUA-KONA
Kona Choral Society presents their annual holiday concert at 4pm at Maka'ea Pavilion.

December 16, 2017
KAINALIU KALIKIMAKA
Free, from 5pm-8:30pm. Kainaliu Kalikimaka will be a family fun holiday stroll through the town of Kainaliu, with live music, Santa, carolers, stores open late, vendors, holiday lights, and free giveaways.

December 17, 2017
ALI'I DRIVE ROAD CLOSURE BETWEEN 7 & 9 AM FOR JINGLE BELL BEACH RUN.
There will be limited access to St. Michael's Church via Hualalai Rd. More info at Kona5k.com.

December 17, 2017
COMMUNITY CHANUKAH PARTY - HALE HALAWAI, KAILUA-KONA
From 4-8pm the ancient story will be retold, menorahs galore will be lit, dreidels will be spun and potato latkes will be available for purchase. Kona Beth Shalom congregants and guests will provide a potluck dinner; no shellfish or pork. Dance and sing to music performed by Kona's Traveling Jewish Wedding Band. Admission fee for non-KBS adults; children under the age of 13 are admitted free. For more information, visit http://konabethshalom.org.

December 19, 2017
HOLIDAY CRAFTS AT KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
On Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 4-5PM, the Kailua Kona Public Library will present an evening of holiday crafting and snacks, while supplies last. This program is suitable for ages five and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. This program is sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona and Starbucks Coffee Company'S Kuakini Store. For more information, contact the Library at 327-4327, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

December 19, 2017
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF KONA HOLIDAY FAVORITES CONCERT - SHERATON KONA RESORT
The chamber orchestra will play a variety of holiday songs - Russian Christmas music, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Sleigh RIde, Festive Sounds of Hanukah and more. Tickets $10/$20; under 18 free. Available at http://www.chamberorchestraofkona.com/concerts.html, or at the door beginning at 6pm.

December 24, 2017
CANDLELIGHT SERVICE AT STATE OF HAWAI'I'S OLDEST CHURCH - KAILUA-KONA
Mokuaikaua Church, on Ali'i Dr. in Kailua-Kona will celebrate Christ's birth with their annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 8pm. For more information, call (808) 329-0655 or email office@mokuaikaua.com or visit http://mokuaikaua.com/.

December 30, 2017
WAILEA VILLAGE 20th ANNUAL MOCHI POUNDING
Time: 8AM-2PM. A traditional Japanese mochi-pounding event that started with 23 people, mostly neighbors that now welcomes between 600-700 people. Time: 8 a.m-2 p.m. at Akiko's Buddhist B&B, Hakalau. Free to the public. Saturday is the Mochi Pounding celebration, making traditional rice cakes the "old-fashioned" way: everyone takes their turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. Fire building starts at 7 a.m. to steam the rice. Hearty local-style lunches will be available for $5. New years crafts, food vendors, fortune telling, massage, I Ching readings, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment and more. Call Miss Akiko for more info, at (808) 963-6422, email msakiko@hawaii.rr.com or visit http://www.akikosbnb.com/activities/activities.html#mochi for more information.

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


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