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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
MEET & EAT ANNUAL 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 28-30, 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 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

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.

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


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