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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).

August 25-28, 2016
FREE ENTRANCE TO NATIONAL PARKS IN HONOR OF NATIONAL PARKS CENTENNIAL
In honor of National Park Service's Birthday Weekend, there will be free access to all national parks.

August 27, 2016
36th ANNUAL HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK CULTURAL FESTIVAL & BIOBLITZ
This year's festival honors the park's centennial anniversary, and invites people of all ages to engage in authentic Hawaiian cultural practices and learn how native Hawaiians lived closely to the land as its stewards. Enjoy hula and music, watch skilled practitioners demonstrate their art, and try your hand at Hawaiian crafts. This year's festival will again include a BioBlitz, a fun and hands-on opportunity to observe and document the biodiversity that thrives in the lava flows and native rainforests of Kilauea Volcano, led by individuals and organizations at the forefront of conservation, science and traditional Hawaiian culture. The BioBlitz runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the cultural festival is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can learn about the importance of conservation and biodiversity through interactive exhibits at the festival. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 985-6011, email havo_interpretation@nps.gov or visit www.nps.gov/havo.

August 27, 2016
HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS LUNCHEON MEETING - KONA
All members of the Kona Community Hospital Auxiliary and any persons interested in becoming a volunteer are invited to attend the Kona Community Hospital Auxiliary semiannual meeting Saturday, August 27th, from 11am to 2pm at the Kona Vistas Pavilion on Lako Street, mauka of Queen K Highway. This is an informal "Meet and Greet;" lunch will be furnished. Representatives from the hospital administration, as well as many Auxiliary volunteers will be there to share information and discuss exactly what it is the Auxiliary provides for the hospital. Attendees are asked to please RSVP by August 24. Free to the public. Email KCHAuxiliary@hotmail.com and visit KCHAuxiliary.org for more information about the Auxiliary.

August 27, 2016
LIGHT THE NIGHT ZUMBA FUNDRAISER - SHERATON KONA RESORT CONVENTION CENTER
Come out and party with Zumba instructors from around the island at this first annual dance event support the West Hawai'i Domestic Abuse Shelter. It's a "Glow party," so be ready to Light the Night Zumba-style! Get a great dance workout while supporting friends and family who need safe and comfortable havens when fleeing domestic violence. Time: 4:30-8pm. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Purchase tickets at: http://bit.ly/827light. Net proceeds benefit the West Hawai'i Domestic Violence Shelter. For more information, visit Facebook under "Dance 4 Action Zumbathon". For more information, call (808) 333-0888 or email dance4action@gmail.com. Sponsored by West Hawaii Domestic Abuse Shelter.

August 27, 2016
KOHALA HOSPITAL BENEFIT - KOHALA VILLAGE HUB, HAWI
"An Elegant Evening at The Hub" will be held from 5:30-9pm at the site of the Kohala Village Inn, now called The Hub, 55-514 Hawi Rd. There will be a Talk Story with Danny and Anna Akaka, and music by slack key guitarist David Gomes, blues/jazz singer Binti Bailey, and others. Tickets are $100 per person, and include 2 drinks, heavy pupu, sushi bar, and dessert. Tickets are available from any Kohala Hospital Charitable Foundation board member or at Mother's Antiques and Fine Cigars, Hawi. Proceeds will go toward state-of-the-art patient beds. Call Giovanna Gherardi, at (808) 889-5590 or email her at aggherardi@hawaiiantel.net.

August 28, 2016
5th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ALOHA - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL, SO. KOHALA
Hotel guests, visitors and residents are invited to enjoy a free family-friendly all-day festival to be held at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The event will feature live music from multi Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners, including Pandanus Club, Raiatea Helm, Ekolu Mea Nui, seven-time award winners the Mana'o Company, hula performances, craft, jewelry, and clothing vendors. There will be an appearance by the Royal Court, food booths featuring Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Executive Chef Peter Abarcar Jr.'s famous Hawaiian plates, which include huli huli pig, fresh catch poke, haupia for dessert, and specialty foods from the chefs of Mauna Kea Beach Resort. Time: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The event will benefit various non-profit organizations; attendees are encouraged to bring canned foods to support the Hawai'i Island Food Basket. For more information, call (808) 880-1111 or visit www.HapunaBeachPrinceHotel.com/Events.

August 28, 2016
NORTH HAWAI`I HOSPICE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY - FAIRMONT ORCHID
Time: 5-7:30pm. A meaningful ceremony to honor and remember loved ones that have passed. There will be a sharing of music and hula, chanting, and prayers, followed by a lantern release into Pauoa Bay at sunset. Admission is free. Floating lanterns for decorating and inscribing messages will be provided for a donation (pre-reservation of lanterns is suggested since supply is limited). Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Complimentary self-parking will be provided by The Fairmont Orchid. For more info or to reserve a lantern, call North Hawai`i Hospice at 885-7547 or visit www.northhawaiihospice.org.

August 29, 2016
GREAT WAIKOLOA CANOE RACE - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The Waikoloa Canoe Club will be holding their annual Great Waikoloa Canoe Race at Anaeho'omalu Bay. Dozens of teams will be competing from the islands and all over the world. For more information, call (808) 883-2447 or visit www.waikoloacanoeclub.com.

August 31, 2016
HOW TO CLEAN AND STORE PRECIOUS FAMILY PHOTOS AND HEIRLOOMS - KONA
How do you clean and store precious family photos, documents and heirlooms? Bring questions to share, when Kona Historical Society presents Malia Van Heukelem, who has worked with art and artifacts of all shapes and sizes as collections manager for the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts' Art in Public Places Program and 'Iolani Palace, and who is currently preservation management specialist with the University of Hawai'i's Hamilton Library. Time: 5:30-7pm at West Hawai'i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua-Kona. For more information, call (808) 323-3222, email khs@konahistorical.org or visit http://www.konahistorical.org.

September 1, 2016
ANNUAL HOLOKU BALL/FUNDRAISER - KING KAMEHAMEHA'S KONA BEACH HOTEL
Dinner, dancing, live Hawaiian music and hula, honoring the traditional Hawaiian ballgown, the holoku. Proceeds to benefit halau Na Wai Iwi Ola to support scholarships for students of West Hawai`i who are involved the study of traditional Hawaiian culture. Reserved seating; tables of 10 available. For tickets and information, visit www.nawaiiwiola.org or call (808) 936-0607.

September 1-5, 2016
45th ANNUAL QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI LONG DISTANCE OUTRIGGER CANOE RACES
The Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races welcomes more than 2,500 outrigger canoe paddlers to Kona for its signature 18-mile long distance race, the world's largest long distance outrigger canoe race. Kai 'Opua Canoe Club, one of Hawai'i's oldest outrigger canoe clubs, will host crews from all over the world. Other official race events unfold throughout the holiday weekend. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-938-8577, email unclebo13@gmail.com or visit www.kaiopua.org.

September 1-30, 2016
BIG ISLAND MUSEUMS MONTH
The Kona Historical Society is celebrating Big Island Museums Month with free admission to all KHS programs with a membership card from any of these participating museums:
Kona Historical Society's H.N. Greenwell Store Museum (Open 10:00 am-2:00 pm Mon amp;& Tues, 10:00 am-3:30 pm Thurs)
Kona Historical Society's Kona Coffee Living History Farm (Open 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Mon-Fri)
Anna Ranch Heritage Center, Waimea
East Hawai'i Cultural Center, Hilo
'Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo
Laupahoehoe Train Museum
Lyman Museum, Hilo
Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hilo
Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, Hilo
Volcano Art Center, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park For more information, call 808-323-3222, email khs@konahistorical.org or visit http://www.konahistorical.org.

September 3, 2016
ANNUAL KINDY SPROAT FALSETTO & STORYTELLING CONTEST - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL
This unique music competition features talented male singers of all ages who can not only sing in the unique Hawaiian falsetto style, but can also captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs. Doors open at 5:30pm. $10 entry fee with required $5 Festival ribbon. For more information, call (808) 217-2634, email dmkama@gmail.com or visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.

September 3, 2016
ANNUAL DANIEL R. SAYRE MEMORIAL ANNUAL FUNDRAISER & AWARDS - FAIRMONT ORCHID
The Daniel Robert Sayre Memorial Foundation will hold its 19th Annual Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Annual Fundraiser & Awards Dinner at The Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani Resort on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 4:30-10 p.m. Cost: $109 per person. All funds raised go toward the purchase of rescue equipment and professional training for the Hawai'i County Fire Department. For information on the event for 2016 and to view past events go to www.danielsayrefoundation.org, phone (808) 325-5456 or email mallerysayre@hawaii.rr.com.

September 9, 2016
CAROUSEL OF CARE: A CAREGIVER'S CONFERENCE - SHERATON KONA RESORT
Caregiving for a loved one with a chronic illness is a big challenge. Learn how to take care of yourself, get connected with community resources and find support among other family caregivers. Hawaii Community Caregiver Conference is sponsoring this event. Noted author, writer and poet Frances Kakugawa will present the keynote address. Breakout sessions will cover topics such as Continuing the Conversation, Managing Complex Changes, Five Wishes at End of Life, Avoiding Caregiver Burnout, Legal Issues for Caregivers, and Understanding Dementia. Following lunch, self-care options are available, including art therapy, massage, tapping for stress release, tai chi, yoga and more. Time: 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. Free respite care is available for loved ones by calling 936-3191. Cost to attend the event is $25; advance registration is required by September 5. For more information visit www.hawaiicaregivers.org or call 322-5157. The HCCN conference is made possible through the generous support of West Hawaii Healthcare Council and in collaboration with AARP Hawaii.

September 9, 2016
HAWAI'I ISLAND PREVENT SUICIDE VIGIL - KAILUA-KONA
Hawai'i Island Suicide Prevention Foundation hosts a vigil where family or friends lost due to suicide are remembered. Please bring your own beach towel or beach chair on which to sit. Candles for floating will be provided. Time: 5:00 PM at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel's beach area. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 345-3961 or email ncabuag@hotmail.com.

September 9, 2016
"TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE" AND AGRICULTURE FESTIVAL - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Time: 6-8pm. Culinary adventure seekers can taste and enjoy all the cuts of pasture-raised beef - everything from tongue to tail - prepared expertly by Hawai`i chefs. Enjoy familiar cuts like sirloin tip and ribs, plus beef cheek and the infamous "Rocky Mountain oysters." While "tasting," attendees can meet Hawai`i's food producers at booths and talk story with the ranchers and farmers who make a living growing our food. Attendees can also enjoy exhibits presenting topics related to local agriculture and food sustainability, including the University of Hawai`i's Mealani Research Station, where the event began. Local food producers also have an opportunity to hook up with island chefs and consumers. Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI. For general event information, phone (808) 322-4892. For more details, visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.

September 9-11, 2016
RUN FOR HOPE BENEFIT - HUALALAI RESORT/FOUR SEASONS RESORT
Run for Hope is a non-competitive 10K & 5K Run/Walk event. Proceeds from this event benefit cancer research in Hawai'i. Friday, Sept. 9 is the Annual Taste of Hawai'i Island; Saturday, Sept. 10 is the Hualalai Golf Scramble and Hualalai Tennis Tournamen; and Sunday, Sept. 11 is the Run for Hope 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk. For more information, call the Event Hotline at 808.325.8052. Registration forms are available at http://www.fsrh.net/pr/run_for_hope.pdf. For more info, email linda.larsen@fourseasons.com. Time: 9/9, 6-9pm; 9/10, 1pm golf/2pm tennis; 9/11, 7am, at Hualalai Resort/Four Seasons Resort. Cost: 9/9 - $85 adults/$42.50 kids; $175golf; $65 tennis; $35-$25 race. Visit  www.runforhopehualalai.com for more info.

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


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