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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).

November 26, 2014
"KALUA YOUR TURKEY" WORKSHOP - AMY B.H. GREENWELL ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN, KEALAKEKUA
Participants will begin preparing their turkeys and the imu (pit) between 7 and 8am. When all the turkeys are ready, they will be put into the Garden imu, and the imu will be closed. Participants return to the Garden in the afternoon to help open the imu and take out their kalua turkey. The exact time for opening the imu will be determined on the day of the workshop, but it should be between 3 and 5pm. The cost per turkey is $30 ($25 for Bishop Museum or Amy Greenwell Garden members). You must call or email to register in advance. For information or to register, call 323-3318 or email agg@bishopmuseum.org

November 26, 2014
13th ANNUAL INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Many Big Island Faith communities will join together for this concert. Free to the public, but canned food and monetary donations for Hawai`i Food Basket are encouraged - "2 Hands=2 Cans." Time: 6:30pm, at Lutheran Church of The Holy Trinity, 77-165 Lako St. For more info, call 987-4219.

November 26, 2014
ANNUAL MEET & EAT THANKSGIVING DINNER - KONA
The Kona Task Force on Feeding the Hungry announces the 21st Annual Meet and Eat Thanksgiving Dinner. The public is invited to a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the Kealakehe Intermediate School Cafeteria on Onipa`a Street on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 from 5:15-7:00pm. It is free, but if you can, please bring a bag of rice for the rice bag pyramid to help the Food Basket, as rice is normally at a minimum during this period of the year. The task force is made up of community organizations, churches and businesses joining together to feed the needy in West Hawai`i. Under the leadership of coordinator Ardie Ikeda, the program called Meet and Eat expects to serve 400 dinners this year and will be dedicated to the many volunteers who have made this program successful for the past 20 years. Those wishing to volunteer or contribute can contact Ardie Ikeda at 987-1664, Margo Takata at 960-1392 or Elaine Watai at 896-2785.

November 28, 2014
NAUE I KE ALOHA AINA MARCH - KAILUA-KONA
Hawaiians and supporters across the islands will march on La Ku`oko`a (Hawaiian Independence Day) on Friday November 28, 2014 in an effort to enhance awareness in our communities and throughout the world about one of the longest standing National Holidays of the Kingdom of Hawai`i. Marchers will gather at the Old Kona Airport across from Makala Blvd at 7:30am for opening thoughts and pule. The march will begin at 8:00am and will cover approximately eight miles starting from the Old Airport State Park to Keauhou at the birth site of Kauikeaouli (Kamehameha III). For more info, email naueikealohaaina@gmail.com.

November 28, 2014
KAILUA VILLAGE HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING - KAILUA-KONA
Village Holiday Holiday festivities kick off on Friday, November 28 with a traditional lighting of the Kailua Village Christmas tree. Meet friends and family, and bring the kids to Emma's Square, across from Hulihe`e Palace, at 5:45 pm. For information call: 808-936-9202 or email hkvevents@yahoo.com or visit www.historickailuavillage.com

November 28 and 29, 2014
ANNUAL JOANN WILLIAMS CRAFT FAIR - KAILUA-KONA
Village Holiday Holiday festivities kick off on Friday, November 28 with a traditional lighting of the Friday 9am-6pm and Sat. 9am-5pm at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Vendors from all over Hawaii`i will be featured. Door prizes will be given away throughout the fair and a silent auction will be held.

November 28-30, 2014
VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI ANNUAL ART STUDIO TOUR & SALE
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, visitors are invited to meet the Volcano Village Artists in their studios and see artworks in a wide variety of media. Pottery, raku masks, hand blown art glass, wood & metal sculpture, hand-tooled metal and fiber art, as well as photographs, paintings, drawings and block prints will be on display and available for purchase. A special drawing for pieces contributed by the artists will be held on the last day of the event. For more information e-mail eherb@hawaii.rr.com. Maps to the artists' studios will be available at local businesses in Volcano Village, as well as at www.VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com.

November 29, 2014
THANKSGIVING MEET & EAT FUNDRAISER - KONA
Golf Tournament Fundraiser for the annual Meet & Eat, Saturday, November 29, 2014, 8am, Makalei Golf Course. Registration at 7:30am;, Shotgun start at 8am, Best ball 2 person teams. $250 per team of two. Juniors welcome. Hole-in-one prizes include car, kayak, and $10,000. Call 808-987-1664 for more information.

Novemer 29 and 30, 2014
ANNUAL KONA POTTERS GUILD SALE - HONAUNAU
The pottery utilizes Hawaiian-inspired colors, textures and motifs, with a variety of clays and techniques - iridescent Raku, porcelain underwater scenes, functional high fire and low fire stoneware. Taste some 100% Kona coffee, macnuts & brownies while you're shopping! Time: 9am-5m both days. The studio is located on the lower level of SKEA (Society for Kona's Education and Art), between mile markers 105 and 106 on Mamalahoa Highway south of Captain Cook, and will be open after the sale throughout December. Call (808) 328-9665 for more info.

November 29 and 30, 2014
20th ANNUAL NA LIMA HANA ART AND CRAFTS FAIR - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Sat. 9am-5pm/Sun. 9am-4pm, in the Hilton's Kona Ballrooms. $5 validated Self-Parking. Local crafters from Hawai`i island will be on hand to showcase and sell their unique one-of-a-kind arts and crafts - Hawaiian quilts, wood carvings, holiday ornaments, jewelry, clothing and Kona coffee. Free to the public. For more information, call 886-2885.

November 29 and 30, 2014
CHRISTMAS COOKIES ORCHESTRAL EVENT - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
A live orchestral event featuring music from Disney's "Frozen," Manheim Steamroller, and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by the Chamber Orchestra of Kona (COOK). Time: 2:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Cost: $10-$22. For more information, call (808) 494-8784 or email suelou19@gmail.com

December 5 & 6, 2014
ANNUAL NA MAKUA INVITATIONAL CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR - HILO
This fair features products that showcase the talents of local artists and offer a diverse selection of unique Christmas gifts that are not available anywhere else. All applicants are screened with consideration given to the uniqueness, quality and craftsmanship of the product. Items made in Hawai`i are preferred, but items are examined on a case by case basis. Live entertainment, along with ono kaukau, refreshments and prize drawings. Free Admission. Time: Fri 4-9 pm, Sat 9 am-4 pm at Ah Fook Chinen Civic Auditorium, Manono St., Hilo. For more information, call 808-966-4647, email puna@namakua.com or visit www.namakua.com.

December 6, 2014
"WAIMEA ROCKS!" AN UPCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS FAIR

All-day entertainment, gifts and ono foods from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at. KTA's Waimea Center. 30+ sidewalk sale vendors combined with four hours of award-winning entertainment hosted by Waimea's own Penny Keli`i Vredenburg. Show begins at 10 a.m. with the Beamer-Solomon Halau O Po`ohala, followed with Nino Ka`ai at 11am, Darlene Ahuna at 1 p.m., and Kevin Haleamau and Friends at 2 p.m. Also, there will be a free Keiki-Make-And-Take Crafts with Miss Loretta. No charge; donations to the Big Island Giving Tree are the reason for this celebration. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Info: Rhonda Bell (880-1984) or Nancy Carr Smith (896-2239).

December 6, 2014
WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE'S HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING CLASS
Take home a beautiful wreath made with local and native plant materials. All instructions and supplies included. Complimentary coffee and homemade cookies! Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Waimea Nature Park (behind Canada France Hawaii Telescope). Cost: $35 for small wreath; $45 large wreath. For more information call: 936-1468 or email clangton@hawaii.rr.com

December 6, 2014
CHRISTMAS AT KAMAKAHONU BAY; DINING WITH THE CHEFS

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association presents its 26th annual holiday scholarship fundraiser with a new name and location on Saturday, Dec. 6 at The Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Overlooking the twinkling lights of Kailua Village and the slopes of Hualalai, Christmas at Kamakahonu Bay-Dining with the Chefs will sprawl on the hotel's historic, seaside lu`au grounds. The setting sun will kick off the event from 5:30-8 p.m. The fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending HawCC in Kona, the "Equip the Kitchens" campaign for the future HawCC-Palamanui and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs who want to further their education. Twenty top Hawai`i chefs and confectioners will use primarily locally sourced ingredients to prepare tantalizing cuisine with a holiday twist - all accompanied by handcrafted ales, wines and 100 percent Kona coffee. Attendees can enjoy live music and dancing under the stars, plus an exciting silent auction. Tickets remain $85 each or $1,000 for a reserved table for 10, and will be sold starting October 1. Purchase online at www.konakohalachefs.org or at Kailua Candy Company. Phone 329-2522 for info and to also charge tickets by phone.

December 6, 2014
CHRISTMAS AT HULIHE`E PALACE - KAILUA-KONA
Kick off the Christmas holiday season at the annual Christmas at Hulihe`e Palace! There will be a royal holiday dinner, a live and silent auction, and musical entertainment. Proceeds from the evening benefit will help a local charity and assist with on-going restoration and preservation efforts at Hulihe`e Palace. To purchase tickets or a special reserved table, call 331-8010 or visit www.huliheechristmas.org For more information, call 331-8010 or email info@habitatwesthawaii.org.

December 6, 2014
HOLUALOA MUSIC AND LIGHT FESTIVAL, KONA

From 5:30-8:30pm. Witness the lighting of the town Christmas tree, listen to various musicians perform Christmas music thru the evening at stages around the village, and receive treats from the galleries and shops in this charming little artists' colony in the middle of Kona coffee country. Santa will show up too! For information, call Holualoa Village Assn. at 808/322-8484, or visit www.holualoahawaii.com

December 6, 2014
TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE - WAIMEA

Beginning at 5:30pm. Starting at Church Row, and ending at Waimea Town Park. decorated trucks.

December 6, 2014
ANNUAL CANADA-FRANCE-HAWAI`I TELESCOPE STARGAZING PARTY - WAIMEA
Right after the Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade, CFHT will host its annual stargazing party, with telescopes, hot beverages, keiki activities, and an opportunity to talk to the astronomers. Members of the West Hawai`i Astronomy Club will also be there with telescopes. Time: 7pm at 65-1238 Mamalahoa Hwy, CFHT front lawn, Waimea. Free to the public. For information, call 808-885-3121 or email outreach@cfht.hawaii.edu

December 9, 2014
ELIZABETH PITCAIRN "RED VIOLIN" CONCERT - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
This is a very special concert with seating limited to 120 people. It was first offered as a Members Only Kahilu event, but now has been opened up to the public. Elizabeth will be playing the Stradivarius that inspired the movie The Red Violin. For more information about Elizabeth Pitcairn and the "Red Violin," visit this Info Page. To purchase tickets, go here: Purchase Tickets.

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


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