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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).

September 20, 2014
PANIOLO PARADE AND HO`OLAULE`A - WAIMEA
One of our favorite yearly events, the Paniolo Parade will start at 10am at "Church Row" and proceed to Waimea Park, featuring princesses on horseback with attendees (complete with "Pooper Scooper" brigades!), decorated with the flowers of their respective islands. The Parade is followed by one of the best crafts show of the year, featuring island foods, games, arts & crafts, Hawaiian products and live entertainment in Waimea Ball Park at 11am. Free. A great local family event! Note: 1 hour road closure.

September 20, 2014
LEON RUSSELL IN CONCERT - SHERATON KONA RESORT AT KEAUHOU BAY
Doors open 6:30pm; Show at 7:30pm. For tickets and more info, visit www.lazarbear.com or call 808-896-4845. Sheraton phone: 808-930-4900.

September 21, 2014
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band, on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. There will be a free concert by LT Smooth at Emma's Square. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

September 25, 2014
ROARING TWENTIES AUCTION/GALA BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
Benefiting West HI Assn. of REALTORS adn their charity of choice, ARC of Kona. 5:30-9:30pm at Daylight Mind & Cofee, Waterfront Row. $25 pre-sale; $35 at door (in costume $30). Pupus, Silent Auction, Raffle, Music. Best Dressed prizes, and surprises!

September 26, 2014
"TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE" AND AGRICULTURE FESTIVAL - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Time: 5-8pm. This event showcases the isle's grass-fed beef industry while bringing together local ranchers, farmers, restaurateurs and eager eaters to celebrate a bounty of locally produced food. Many of the state's top chefs will prepare delectable dishes using grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, goat, mutton and wild boar, plus a cornucopia of fresh island fruit, veggies, honey, spices and beverages. Culinary adventure seekers can taste and enjoy all the cuts of grass-fed beef - everything from tongue to tail. While "tasting," attendees can meet Hawai`i's food producers at gaily decorated vendor booths and talk story with the ranchers and farmers who make a living growing our food. The event also affords local food producers an opportunity to hook up with isle chefs and consumers. Tickets are $45 through Thursday, Sept. 25 and $60 on event day. They will be sold online and at a dozen islandwide locations starting July 1st, and will also be available at the door. Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact Jeri Moniz at 808-960-8411 no later than August 26. For general event information, phone (808) 969-8228. Also visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.

September 26, 2014
HAWAI`I ISLAND FESTIVAL'S ALOHA FRIDAY AT LANIHAU CENTER - KAILUA-KONA
HIF's 30 Days of Aloha concludes with music and dance at Lanihau Center's Aloha Friday celebration on Friday, September 26. Festivities begin at 5:00PM with the opening of the Arts & Craft Fair, followed by the arrival of the Hawaii Island Festival Royal Court at 5:45PM. Entertainment begins at 6:00pm with performances by the children from Ke Kula O Ehunuikaimalino, music by Mele`uhane, and hula by Kumu Keala Ching's hula group Na Wai Iwi Ola. The celebration will be hosted by radio personality, Ka`ea. Time: 5:00PM-8:30PM. Free to the public.

September 27, 2014
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of National Public Lands Day there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

September 27, 2014
FESTIVAL OF 1000 BOWLS - DONKEY MILL ART CENTER, HOLUALOA
Music, noodles and handmade ceramics! Enjoy hiyashi somen (chilled Japanese noodles) served in a handmade bowl of your choice to keep. Relax on the lawn behind the Donkey Mill Art Center for an afternoon of live music and new and old friends. Larger bowls will also available for sale, along with other handmade ceramic items. Proceeds will benefit Donkey Mill's Ceramics Department's mission to bring clay art to people of all ages and abilities in our island community. Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa. Please call ahead to reserve your tickets: (808) 322-3362. Email DonkeyMill@gmail.com or visit donkeymillartcenter.org for more info.

September 27, 2014
WILIWILI FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
The Wiliwili Festival is a free, fun and educational event for all ages. This year The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative, a non-profit organization that manages a 275 acre dry forest preserve and restoration project near Waikoloa Village, will be hosting five tours as well as a plant propagation workshop in the forest preserve, where guests will have a chance to see some spectacular rare wiliwili and uhiuhi trees, as well as restoration areas and a nursery. The festival will feature free interactive demonstrations and activities for all ages, informational booths sponsored by environmental, educational and cultural organizations, a silent auction, workshops, native plant sales and plant giveaways! There will be local food vendors and live music. Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Waikoloa Stables, Waikoloa. For more information, call 808-494-2208, email jess@waikoloadryforest.org or visit waikoloadryforest.org.

September 27, 2014
KA`U `OHANA DAY - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Keiki of all ages are invited to join park rangers from 10am-2pm and take a closer look at the park's Kahuku Unit during a day of activities. Connect with the culture, people and the `aina (land) through mo`olelo (stories), GPS, and compass. A free lunch will be provided when you sign up by calling (808) 985-6019. Deadline to register is Sept. 19. Sponsored by the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai`i Pacific Parks Association, and the Queen Lili`uokalani Children's Center. Free. Where: Kahuku Unit, at mile marker 70.5 in Ka`u on the mauka side of Highway 11.

September 27, 2014
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER "FREE" MONTHLY CONCERT - KONA

At 6pm, hear popular singer/songwriter John Cruz; pre-show music at 5:30pm. Admission is two cans of food for donation to Hawai`i Food Basket. For each can over two per person, get an entry into the raffle for prizes from the event sponsors. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. For more info, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

September 28, 2014
"MO`OLELO O KE AU" TALK STORY/MUSIC NIGHT - SHERATON KONA

Free. From 4-7pm. With Kumu Keala Ching, Kanani Enos, Micah DeAguiar and Sean Robbins.

October 2, 2014
CANDIDATE FORUM - STATE HOUSE AND SENATE - KAILUA-KONA
The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce will host a State House (Districts 5 and 6) and Senate (District 4) forum from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, October 2 at the Kealakehe High School cafeteria. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 808-329-1758, email marketing@kona-kohala.com

Beginning October 3, 2014
BIG ISLAND 'UKULELE GUILD'S 10th ANNUAL EXHIBITION - HILO

The `Ukulele Guild's 10th annual Handmade Instruments Exhibit will be held at the Wailoa Center throughout the month of October. The show formally opens Friday, Oct. 3, with a reception from 5-8 p.m. A drawing for a free `ukulele also will take place at the opening. The `Ukulele Guild is comprised of members from across the island who build by hand either recreationally or professionally. The mission of the guild is to share and promote the art and tradition of `ukulele making as it continues to evolve in modern day. These events will be presented during the show from noon-3 p.m. Saturdays: Oct. 4, Kanikapila (jam session) with Alan Hale; Oct. 11, `ukulele-building demonstration; Oct. 18, Kanikapila with Andy Andrews and Mike Perdue. Contact Guild President Chris Stewart thru the Guild's website at http://www.bigislandukuleleguild.org/ or get Wailoa Center info by calling 933-0416.

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


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