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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 3, 2016
HAWAI'I OPERA THEATRE PERFORMANCE - KAILUA KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
At the Kailua Kona public library on Tuesday, May 3rd at 5:30PM, Hawai'i Opera Theatre will present an abbreviated interactive opera featuring three singers performing six different roles from Mozart's The Magic Flute. To arrange a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation please call the library 10 days in advance at 327-4327. Children under five years must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Presented by Friends of the Libraries, Kona, this program is free to the public. For more information, call (808) 327-4327, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

May 5, 2016
BOYS' DAY AT THE KONA COFFEE LIVING HISTORY FARM
Tango no Sekku or Boys' Day is an honored holiday in Japan and Hawai'i. Each May 5th, families raise the carp-shaped koinobori flags. These fish-shaped wind socks resemble carp because of the legend of a carp swimming upstream becomes a dragon, a symbol of a strong and healthy boy. Visit the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, an outdoor museum in Captain Cook, and learn about this tradition and the Japanese coffee pioneers' story during the 1920s to 1940s in Hawai'i. On this day, the farm will display samurai dolls, samurai helmets and cloth carp wind socks will be hung up. Visitors can make their own origami samurai helmet and mini Koi Nobori (carp display). Visitors may walk through the coffee and macadamia nut orchards learning the methods used for farming back then, tour the historic farmhouse and visit with the farm animals. Along the way, costumed interpreters are available to "talk story" and answer questions. Cost: Included with paid admission. The farm is open Monday through Friday, 10:00am-2:00pm. For more information, call (808)-323-3222, email khs@konahistorical.org or visit http://www.konahistorical.org.

May 6 and 7, 2016
KONA ORCHID SHOW, PLANT & CRAFT SALE - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK MAKA'EO PAVILION
Annual Mother's Day Weekend Orchid Show and Plant Sale. Many hand-made island craft items and fine arts, from 9 am till 6 pm on Friday, May 7th; from 8 am till 4pm on Saturday, May 7th. Orchid vendors from all over the island will be present, with exotic orchid species and new hybrids for sale. There will also be pottery, ceramics and lava pots; real flower jewelry; nurturing gemstones and jewelry, orchid & fine art, cards, fabric art, photography, driftwood sculptures; succulents; desert roses; dragon fruits; protea plants and flowers; air plants; native plants; day lilies; herbs; fruit trees and more. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-333-0889, email orchidbob1@gmail.com or visit http://www.konaorchidsociety.org.

May 7, 2016
"WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT ELDER ABUSE" PRESENTATION - KONA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Lexi McKay will discuss the many forms and various aspects of elder abuse, how someone can recognize possible potential problems for an older friend, family member or neighbor, and simple ways to refer someone for immediate help or advice. Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm at Kona Community Hospital conference rooms, Kealekekua. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 324-6645, email KCHAuxiliary@hotmail.com or visit KCHAuxiliary.org.

May 7, 2016
4th ANNUAL HAMAKUA YOUTH FOUNDATION HULA FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER - HONOKA'A
The event will begin at 4 p.m. at the historic Honoka'a Peoples Theatre, and will feature the Beamer Solomon Halau O Po'ohala, Kumu Hula Hulali Solomon Covington; Halau O Aloha, Kumu Hula Aloha Dela Rosa; Halau Na Lei Punahele, Kumu Hula Punahele Andrade; and Hula Me Ka Honua led by Lanakila Mangauil. With a wide variety of styles, tradition and hula lineage, these four troupes will showcase an exciting and diverse collection of hula, mele and oli, highlighted by authentic and colorful costumes, lei, and musical implements. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m.; performances begin at 4 p.m. with an opening chant by children from the Hamakua Youth Center. Admission is $20 for adults; $10 for students; keiki 12 and under free. Advance tickets are available at Taro Patch Gifts, the Sea Dandelion Cafe, the Hamakua Youth Center or from HYF Board members. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. For more info, call (808) 775-0976 or visit https://hamakuayouthcenter.wordpress.com.

May 7, 2016
MOTHERS DAY CONCERT/BENEFIT - PALACE THEATER, HILO
The Palace Theater's annual Mothers Day Concert will be on Saturday, May 7th at 7pm. Featuring Kris Fuchigami and his Mom Keiko, with Special Guests Mark Yamanaka and Brittni Paiva. Time: 7-9pm. Cost: $20-$35. This event is a benefit for the Palace Theater's air conditioning project. For more information, call (808) 934-7010, email meadowlambert@hilopalace.com or visit www.hilopalace.com.

May 10, 2016
"BIRTH OF STARS" PRESENTATION - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
On May 10th at 5:30pm, Keck astronomer Josh Walawender will give a presentation on the birth of stars. As young stars age and grow, they will destroy their parent cloud through stellar winds, outflows, radiation, and supernovae. In this talk, these processes will be explored and examples of them seen in action. Studying how stars form can give us clues to the origin of our own sun and its collection of planets. Free to the public. For more information, contact the library at 327-4327, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

May 13-14, 2016
BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL, SO. KOHALA
With the theme, Lavalicious - A Chocolate Salute to the 100th Birthday of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, the fifth Big Island Chocolate Festival includes a cacao plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, a college culinary competition and several public foodie and agriculture-themed seminars. Activities culminate with an indoor/outdoor festival gala on May 14, offering sweet and savory tastes presented by top isle chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners. See a large volcano created from fine chocolate, chocolate body painting and culinary booths decorated to the Park's centennial theme. Music, dancing, silent auction. Events' times and costs vary. Ticket sales online at www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com. For more information, call 808-324-6100.

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


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