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The Green Flash!   Highlighted Events of the Next Two Weeks

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May 27-30, 2015
20th ANNUAL LAUHALA CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP - KAILUA-KONA
Weaving classes are sold out for this year's conference. To be held at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Aunty Elizabeth Maluihi Lee, founder and president of Ka Ulu Lauhala o Kona, who is a designated Living Treasure, plus dozens of master weavers from all over the state will gather to share their knowledge and skills to perpetuate the beloved and ancient art of lauhala weaving. Students of all levels are welcome to attend, along with those who just love lauhala products. The conference will include a ho`olaulea (crafts fair), a talk story, a lu`au, and a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. For more information, contact Barbara Kossow at 808-938-0806 or email bkossow@co.hawaii.hi.us.

May 30, 2015
ANNUAL BIG ISLAND AIDS WALK - HILO
The Hawai`i Island HIV/AIDS Foundation is proud to host the Big Island's Annual AIDS Walk. The event will be an easy 2 mile walk around Lili`uokalani Gardens. Walk registration opens at 8am and the walk starts at 9am. All funds raised will provide services for nearly 300 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS on the island of Hawai'i. Funds will also go to support education, community outreach and free, confidential 20-minute HIV & Hepatitis C testing. Time: 8am to 1pm. Free to the public. For more information, call 808/982-8800, email david@hihaf.org or visit www.bigislandaidswalk15.com.

May 31, 2015
"SYMPHONIC SENSATIONS" CONCERTS - KAILUA-KONA
Chamber Orchestra of Kona, under the direction of Conductor M!chaeloha Elam, will showcase accomplished violinist Ursula Vietze in a special solo presentation of "Symphonie Espagnole”." Also featuring a full orchestra with 45+ musicians performing classics like Berceuse and Finale by Igor Stravinsky, Brahms First Symphony, Orpheus and The Underworld by Jacques Offenbach and New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak. Time: 3pm and 7pm at Sheraton Kona Resort's Kaleiopapa Center, Keauhou. Tickets on sale now at www.ChamberOrchestraofKona.com.Tickets $22; $20 Seniors and young adults.

Beginning June 2, 2015
FREE BON DANCE PRACTICES THRU MONTH OF JUNE - DAIFUKUJI SOTO MISSION, HONALO
Preparing for the Mission's bon dance celebration on July 11th (from 6:30-10pm), free dance practices will be held every Tuesday in June, from 7-8:30pm, led by sensei Winifred Kimura. All are welcome. For more info, call 322-3524.

June 4, 2015
YOUNG ADULT LEGO PROGRAM - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Kailua Kona Public Library is offering a LEGO Program for Teens (7th to 12th grade). Projects are the property of the library and LEGO bricks will be recycled for future programs. Participants may opt to have their creations on display for the month following the program. Time: 9AM-12PM 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.

June 6, 2015
BIG ISLAND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL - SOUTH KOHALA
The 5th annual Big Island jazz and blues festival will bring in Grammy jazz and blues legends. Time: 5-9pm at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala coast. Tickets $50, and $100. For more information, call 808-283-9070, email Jazzontv@aol.com or visit www.bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com.

June 6, 2015
OCEANFRONT MUSIC FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
Free Oceanfront Music Festival at Daylight Mind Coffee Company, from 5pm-9pm. Come out for drinks, fun, and show support for local artists! Three Live Bands: The Robbie Calvo Band, Maka Band, The Kilt Lifters. Outdoor Stage, Oceanfront Venue, Drink Specials, Local Vendors. Time: 5-9pm at Daylight Mind Coffee Company, Waterfront Row, Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona. For more information, call 615-305-7539 or email info@oceanfrontmusicfestival.com or visit www.oceanfrontmusicfestival.com.

June 11, 2015
NORTH KOHALA KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION
From 7:45 to 9 AM, Lei Draping at the statue of King Kamehameha in Kapa`au will take place; from 9-10:30 AM, enjoy a traditional Pa`u Parade with horses and riders adorned in flowers and colors representing each Hawaiian Island. Parade from downtown Hawi to Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au; from 10:00am-4:00pm, Ho`olaule`a (crafts fair) at Kamehameha Park, where you can eat local food, see masters create traditional arts and craafts, watch beautiful hula dancers and listen to award-winning Hawaiian musicians.  . For more info, call 808-557-6042 or visit www.kamehamehadaycelebration.org.

June 11, 2015
KAMEHAMEHA FESTIVAL - HILO
This year's festival will feature sweet Hawaiian music and beautiful hula from various artists and hula halau. There will also be ono (delicious) food, and art and craft vendors. Proudly presented by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Mamalahoa, the festival is free, open to the public, and remains a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free event. At Mokuola (Island of Life) from 10am-4pm. For more information, visit http://www.kamehamehafestival.org/.

June 12 and 13, 2015 HAWAI`I SONGWRITING FESTIVAL CONCERTS - SOUTH KOHALA COAST
Two concerts will be presented as part of the Hawaii`i Songwriting Festival, taking place on the Big Island from June 11-13:
Friday, June 12 is Island Night: A celebration of Hawai`i's songwriters featuring Henry Kapono, John Cruz, Kimie, Kainani Kahaunaele, John
Keawe, Nathan Aweau, and more!
Saturday, June 13 is The Hit Makers concert, featuring the songwriters behind your favorite hit songs: Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman (of
Blue Sky Riders), Brett James, Glen Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket), "Big Al" Anderson, Richard Harris, and more!
  Both concerts are open to the public. Showtime: 7pm. Get your tickets early, as they are for General Seating and available on a first come, first served
basis. Ticket prices are $25 for one concert (either night); $45 for both concerts when purchased together in advance; $30 for one concert at the door.
For more information, call 808-989-1540, email jb@palmrecords.com or visit http://www.kauaimusicfestival.com/concerts.html.

June 12, 2015
CAREGIVERS FIRST: CAROUSEL OF CARE, A CAREGIVER CONFERENCE - SOUTH KOHALA
The Hawaii Community Caregiver Network (HCCN) and Hawaii County Office of Aging (HCOA) invite family caregivers to attend Caregivers First: Carousel of Care, A Caregiver Conference, on Friday, June 12, 2015, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort, 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa Beach Resort, South Kohala, HI 96738. The event will take place in the Kohala Ballroom. A registration fee of $20 includes admission, breakfast, breakout workshops, lunch and interactive sessions. Keynote speaker Dr. Michael Cheang will present The New Normal of Caregiving: Myths and Reality. Breakout sessions will offer tips on Legal Health for Seniors; Avoiding Falls; Medicare Fraud; Fire Prevention; Prescription Drug Misuse Awareness; Healthy Habits; and Navigating a Hospital Stay: Understanding the Process. Carousel of Care interactive sessions will offer caregiver healing activities such as massage, art therapy, caregiver support group, acupressure and more. "This conference is for family caregivers who provide care for their loved ones 24/7, yet often neglect their own self-care." Besides HCCN and HCOA, conference sponsors include Moonglow Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation, Young Brothers, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, Project Dana, and Regency at Hualalai.
Deadline to register for the conference is June 5. Download a registration form or call 961-8600 to request a registration form by mail. Financial assistance to cover the registration fee may be available as well as off-site respite care. For more information, call Mary Keola Kenoi-Okajima at 961-8600 or email mary.hcoa@hawaiiantel.net. For more information call (808) 961-8600 or visit www.hcoahawaii.org.

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


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