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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).

January 21, 2017
WOMEN'S MARCH ON WASHINGTON - KONA
3 to 4 PM. Suggested parking for marchers and sign wavers is Lanihau Shopping Center, or Kopiko Street, which is a five minute walk to the starting place on Queen Kaahumanu Hwy. The march ends at Edible World Institute on Kopiko Street, a two minute walk to Lanihau Center. This is an inclusive march, and everyone who supports women's rights is welcome.

January 27 & 28, 2017
'IOLANI LUAHINE HULA FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The 15th annual 'Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. The festival was established in 2003 with a vision to perpetuate the hula, and it also serves as a way to honor the memory of 'Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture. The festival will feature hula workshops presented by Miss Coline Aiu, Kumu Iwalani Kalima, Kumu Sonny Ching and Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett. A Ni'ihau shell jewelry workshop with Kumu Kele Kanahele featuring lei in the kipuna style will also be held. A prize will be offered to the Kumu Hula who best demonstrates 'Iolani Luahine's values of Hawaiian cultural education. The hula presentations on both days are a free community event and everyone is invited to attend! Donations will be gratefully accepted to support the festival. Evening musical entertainment on Friday will begin at 7pm featuring Matt Sproat, David Kamakahi & Nathan Grace. Tickets will be available online and at the door - general admission $10/reserved seating $15, which helps support the festival. On Saturday, the festival will offer quality Hawaiian arts and crafts by local artisans beginning at 11:30 am. Registration fees and details of the workshops are available at www.iolaniluahinefestival.org. For more info, email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org.

January 27, 2017
WILIWILI FESTIVAL ART SALE - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
In conjunction with the 6th annual Wiliwili Festival (see next calendar entry), the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative will be hosting a pop-up art gallery featuring art that celebrates native Hawai'i at the Waikoloa Stables on Friday, January 27th from 5-7:30pm. The show will highlight artwork from six distinguished artists that regularly feature native Hawaiian species in their work to help advance conservation efforts on our islands. All sales will benefit the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative and their forest restoration and community education programs. The gallery will host a variety of works by the internationally acclaimed conservation artist Calley O'Neill as well as the wood block printing of Andrea Pro and Margaret Barnaby. The show will also include the traditional Chinese brush painting style of Shay Niimi Wahl and the fine art photography of Joshua McCullough and Charla Thompson. Over the years, each of these artists have dedicated their time and art to the Waikoloa Dry Forest through volunteer work, outreach, fundraising campaigns and educational events. This show will give the community a chance to meet these artists and learn more about one of the forests that inspire them. Admission will include pupu, beer and wine, live music by slack key guitarist John Keawe and a special presentation by UH Professor of Geography, Dr. Jonathan Price. For more information, call (808) 494-2208, email wdfi@waikoloadryforest.org or visit https://www.commitchange.com/hi/waikoloa/waikoloa-dry-forest-initiative/events/w.

January 28, 2017
WILIWILI FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
The Wiliwili Festival celebrates our native lowland dry forest. This fun, family-friendly event will feature live music, educational workshops, vendors, silent auction, and tours of the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve. Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm at Waikoloa Stables, Waikoloa Village. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 494-2208, email Jen@waikoloadryforest.org or visit www.waikoloadryforest.org.

January 28, 2017
FREE CHILD CAR SEAT CHECK - KEALAKEKUA RANCH CENTER
A certified child passenger technician will be available to check child safety restraints from 10am-2pm Saturday at Kealakekua Ranch Center, below Choice Mart. This event is organized by Kona Community Hospital and Hawaii State Dept. of Health. Child car seats can reduce death by as much as 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. Three out of four children are unsafe in the car. For more info, call Sandy at 887-8116 or Judy at 322-6960.

January 28, 2017
STEAMY JUNGLE PROGRAM FOR KIDS AT KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Kailua Kona Public Library is showing the film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic “The Jungle Book” on Saturday, January 28th. Watch Mowgli’s dangerous encounter with the deadly python Kaa, and after the film learn how to charm your own paper version of Kaa with the power of static electricity. The film (rated PG) begins at 1:00PM and the science craft at 3:00PM. The program is suitable for ages 6 to 11. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Call the library at 808-327-4327 for more information or to request special accommodations. Free to the public. Email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

January 28, 2017
13th ANNUAL KONA SURF FILM FEST - KAILUA-KONA
Since 2003 the Kona Surf Film Festival has been an exhibition of surf films from around the world, a benefactor of the Big Island community and beyond, and a grassroots event that has kept the surf cinema stoke alive. Live music, surf movies, and good vibes! To be held at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, from 4-10pm. For more information, call (808) 936-0089, email chadkona@gmail.com or visit www.konasurffilmfestival.org.

January 31, 2017
OHRLANDO'S CHAMBER ENSEMBLE CONCERT - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Welcome the New Year with Ohrlando’'s Chamber Ensemble featuring Roland Maurer and Ursula Hesse. The two Swiss Musicians will offer a special, colorful bouquet of salon musique, waltzes, polkas, dances, and more. Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona, this program is free to the public. For more information, contact the library at 327-4327.
Time: 5- 6 PM. For more information, call (808) 327-4327, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

January 28, 2017
KONA AERIALS VEGAS NIGHT BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
An amazing silent auction and Vegas style games will take place on January 28 from 6pm-11 p.m. at Hale Halawai on Alii Dr. to benefit Kona Aerials Gymnastics Team. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase, and there will be a Raffle! Cost: $15 Donation in Advance/$20 Donation at Door. This event is for adults only. For more information, call 305-510-3759, email konaaerialsgym@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/VegasNightKonaAerials/.

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


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