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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).

May 5, 2015
"FROM NUCLEAR FUSION TO BLACK HOLES" PRESENTATION - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Keck astronomer Dr. Luca Rizzi will give a presentation on the lives of stars. Time: 5:30-6:30PM at Kailua Kona Public Library. Free to the public. For more information, call 808 327-4327, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

May 8 & 9, 2015
KONA ORCHID SOCIETY'S ORCHID SHOW & PLANT SALE - OLD AIRPORT PAVILION
There will be several island orchid vendors selling their plants. The show/sale will open at 9AM on Friday and 8AM on Saturday. Closing is 6PM on Friday and 5PM on Saturday. A nice selection of craft vendors will also be offering jewelry, scarves, and lavapots for purchase. Free to the public. For more information, email kos@konaorchidsociety.org or visit konaorchidsociety.org.

May 8-9, 2015
BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL - FAIRMONT ORCHID RESORT
The two-day chocolate extravaganza includes a Big Isle cacao farm tour, a student competition and public culinary and agriculture-themed seminars. Activities culminate 5:30-9 p.m. May 9 with the festival gala in the Grand Ballroom - enjoy a host of sweet and savory culinary stations presented by top isle chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners. General admission tickets to the gala are $75. VIP tickets are $100 and include early event access at 5 p.m., table seating and specialty wines. Culinary stations will be vying for awards in a variety of categories judged by a panel of celebrity chefs. Attendees can get in on the friendly voting by casting a ballot for the People's Choice Award.  Also on tap will be fine wines and handcrafted ales, chocolate sculptures, chocolate body painting, live entertainment, dancing and a silent auction. Presented by the Kona Cacao Association (KCA), event proceeds benefit the "Equip the Kitchens" campaign for the future Hawai`i Community College-Palamanui and a capital campaign to build a community kitchen at the Waldorf-inspired Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua. For more info, visit www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com or phone 808-324-6400.

May 9, 2015
ANNUAL VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK - FAIRMONT ORCHID HOTEL, SO. KOHALA

Registration for the 3 mile Charity Walk will be at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel from 5:30-7am. Run starts at 6:30am; Walk at 7am (For safety reasons, walkers should not be on the route prior to the runners). Those under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult and walkers under the age of 18 must have their application signed by a parent or guardian. A minimum donation is required to participate, and includes a T-shirt and the Beach Party. The Beach Party following the Walk will include a brunch, games and top-notch live entertainment. Registration forms can be requested at http://www.charitywalkhawaii.org/registration.html. For more information, call Darren Matsumoto at (808)887-7333 or visit www.charitywalkhawaii.org.

May 16 & 17, 2015
HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK BIOBLITZ AND BIODIVERSITY/CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Grab your daypack and join the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, 2015. During the free, two-day event, teams of scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, students and the public will join forces to discover and inventory as many living plants and creatures as possible in the 333,086 acre national park. Expert-led inventory teams will be dispatched through the park to explore the biodiversity that thrives in recent lava flows and native rainforests, from coastline to the summit of Kilauea volcano. Entrance fees are waived both days. The Festival will offer hands-on science and cultural exhibits, food, art and entertainment, plus the opportunity to meet individuals and organizations at the forefront of conservation, science and traditional Hawaiian culture - and learn how to join their efforts. All events are free and open to the public, however, advance online registration is required to secure a spot on a BioBlitz inventory team; the Biodiversity & Cultural Festival does not require advance registration. Whether you have a couple of hours or a full day, there are activities to engage the whole family. To learn more about the BioBlitz, go to www.nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz or call (800) 638-6400 ext. 6186. For more information about the park, visit www.nps.gov/havo.

May 17, 2015
"KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. 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

May 17, 2015
FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY - KAILUA-KONA
Ikaikamauloa Youth Foundation & Kona Boxing Club present a Floating Lantern Ceremony. Share in the faith, hope and love, as we take a moment to honor our loved ones who have passed. Floating Lanterns will be available for purchase. Time: 6-8pm at King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, Kamakahonu Bay. For more information, call 808-854-4469, email teamsamson@yahoo.com or visit www.teamsamson808.com.

May 18-25, 2015
HONOKA`A WESTERN WEEK PARADE & BLOCK PARTY
Everyone is invited to dress up western-style and visit Honoka`a town merchants, plus join in different paniolo-themed activities every night. The town Block Party will take place on Friday, May 22nd, and the Hawai`i Saddle Club Rodeo will take place Sat-Mon, May 23-25. For more information, call Steve at 808-775-0888.

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


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