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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 28, 2015
SHOWING OF THE FILM "TRASHED" - NATURAL ENERGY LAB (NELHA)
5pm screening of Jeremy Irons' film at 5pm, followed by a talk story session with Dr. Paul Connett, chemist and author of "Zero Waste Solutions," and Rick Anthony, author of the Zero Waste Implementation Plan for Hawaii County, Recycle Hawaii, Hawaii Wildlife Fund and more. $5 suggested donation. NELHA is located at 73-4460 Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway #125, approximately a 20 minute drive north of Kailua-Kona. For more info, call 969-2012 or email zero waste@sustainablebliss.org.

January 28, 2015
FREE VOLCANO STATUS REPORT/TALK - MAKAE`O PAVILION, OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK
Frank Trusdell, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist, will report on the status of Mauna Loa and provide an update on Kilauea's Halemaumau Crater eruption at 6:30pm. He will present a history of Kilauea's 30 years of eruption and an in-depth account of the Pu`u O`o flow that has been advancing toward Pahoa. He will also offer a brief status report on Kona's dormant Haualalai volcano.

January 30, 2015
"THE WHOLE COFFEE" SPECIAL WINE TASTING - DAYLIGHT MIND RESTAURANT, KAILUA-KONA
Experience a culinary adventure unlike any offered before: Daylight Mind's Executive Chef has created a tasting menu that uses every part of the coffee cherry, including the fruit, pulp, and chaff. Special guest Harvey Steiman, editor-at-large of Wine Spectator magazine, will be organizing the wine pairing for the meal. Click here to see the details and menu. Time: 6:30pm. Seating is limited; reservations are required - phone (808) 339-7824.

January 30 & 31, 2015
`IOLANI LUAHINE HULA FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The 13th annual `Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held January 30 & 31, 2015 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 two day event will again include workshops and presentations, and an educational challenge to Kumu Hula with a prize for the one who best demonstrates the values of `Iolani Luahine: education and Hawaiian culture. Friday will feature two hula workshops with Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, a Ni`ihau shell earrings and/or bracelet workshop with Kumu Kele Kanahele and a lei making workshop with Ben Mahi. Saturday will feature a hula workshop by Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and an ipu heke workshop with Kalim Smith. Registration fees and information for the workshops are available at www.iolaniluahinefestival.org. Hula presentations will begin at 5pm on Friday and feature makuahine, makuakane and kupuna hula presentations. Saturday's event will begin at 1pm and will feature the keiki, wahine and kane presentations. A new category this year will feature mixed group presentations. 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. On Saturday, the festival will offer quality Hawaiian arts and crafts by local artisans beginning at 11am. Evening musical entertainment on Saturday will feature five time Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning Hawaiian music group Waipuna, 7pm. Tickets will be available online and at the door: General Admission $10 and Reserved Seating $15, which helps support the festival.

January 31, 2015
KAHULANUI AT KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER FREE MONTHLY CONCERT
The featured entertainer at 5:30pmwill be the fantastic Hawaiian Swing band Kahulanui this month! Admission is two cans of food for the Hawai`i Food Basket, per person. For each can over two, receive an entry win a prize from the event sponsors. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. Opening with Hawaiian music at 5pm.

January 31, 2015
LAURIE LEWIS AND TOM ROZUM AT ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
The wonderfully entertaining bluegrass duo's annual benefit concert for ARC of Kona will take place at 7pm. Voggy Mountain Ramblers to open. Tickets $25 online at www.apachawaii.org, or at Kiernan Music in Kainaliu, Kona Wine Market, Music Exchange Kona, or ARC of Kona.

February 6 & 7, 2015
INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS - UNIV. OF HAWAII, HILO
A long-standing tradition at UH Hilo, International Nights showcases performances from cultures around the world. This year's show includes performances from Tahiti, Micronesia, Burma, Philippines, Japan, Solomon Islands, Ireland, Samoa, Kiribati, Palau, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands and the USA. Time: 7:30-9:30 PM at UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, Hilo. Tickets are available at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Box Office Tuesday-Friday from 9 am-1 pm. Cash or checks only (no online, phone or credit/debit card orders). Call (808) 932-7490 for ticket information. Cost: $12 General Admission; $5 Students/Keiki/Seniors. For more information, email mellon@hawaii.edu or visit www.hilo.hawaii.edu/international/IN.php.

February 6-8, 2015
2015 BUILDING AND DESIGN EXPO - SHERATON KONA
Browse among over 50 exhibits featuring home design, construction and remodel ideas including home decorating; roofing and decking; flooring and window treatments; kitchen and baths; solar products and more. Vendor booths offer products, services and information relating to the building and improvement of homes, apartments and condos. Time: TBA at Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa Convention Center, Keauhou, Kona. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-329-1758, email marketing@kona-kohala.com or visit http://www.kona-kohala.com/.

February 7, 2015
ANNUAL WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL - WAIMEA
The festival showcases the 60+ year old cherry trees planted at Church Row Park and the Japanese tradition of viewing them - hanami. The festival includes a variety of activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at venues throughout Waimea - look for pink banners identifying site locations from the Parker Ranch Historic Homes on Mamalahoa Hwy. 190 to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmerís Market on Hwy. 19. Enjoy an all day lineup of Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony, and mochi pounding, and a host of colorful craft fairs. Enjoy free shuttle transportation among most venues. For more info, please call 808-961-8706.

February 7, 2015
ART AT THE PAVILION & KITE FESTIVAL BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
Presented by the Kona Community Hospital Auxiliary, from 9:30am to 5pm at the Makae`o Pavilion at the Old Airport Beach Park. The admission of $5 (children under 12 free) will be used for purchasing new fetal monitors and bassinets, and for nursing scholarships. The event will feature leading and emerging Big Island artists, and there will be food for sale and free entertainment. For more info, call Kirsten at (808) 937-9163 or visit KCHAuxiliary.org.

February 8, 2015
WHALE WATCH ADVENTURE W/JOHN KEAWE BENEFIT - KAWAIHAE
Purchase a 2 hour whale watch adventure ticket and help support West Hawai`i Community Health Center's mission to make quality, comprehensive and integrated health services accessible to all, regardless of income. Check-in time is noon at Kawaihae Harbor; Tour from 12:30-2:30pm. Famed island slack key guitarist John Keawe will be performing on board. $100 per person. Only 60 seats available. To purchase tickets call Terri at 808-329-0400, or email westhawaiicommunityhealth@yahoo.com.

February 8, 2015
`UKULELE PICNIC - MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL & BUNGALOWS' KEKAHA LAWN
Grammy and Na Hoku award winners meet Japan's finest! Free admission. Opens at 11am; show begins at 11:30am and will go till sunset. Featuring Mark Yamanaka, John Keawe, Kris Fuchigami, Kohala, Sonny Lim, Kunia Galdeira, Kevin Kealoha, Britain Paiva, Kainani Kahaunaele, Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Kimiko Wakiyama, Hiroshi Okada, IWAO and more. Food will be available for purchase. For more info, visit www.ukulelepicnicinhawaii.org.

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


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