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The Green Flash!   Highlighted Events of the Next Two Weeks

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April 24-May 3, 2015
KA`U COFFEE FESTIVAL
Ka`u Coffee Festival celebrates its award-winning brew with multiple events at different venues over 10 days. The fun kicks off with the Pa`ina Open House at Pahala Plantation House April 24 and continues with the Triple C Recipe Contest and Miss Ka`u Coffee Pageant at Ka`u Coffee Mill; Ka`u Mountain Water Systems Hike in Wood Valley; Coffee & Cattle Day at Aikane Plantation; and Ka`u Star Gazing. The event culminates with the all-day Ho`olaule`a May 2nd and Coffee College May 3rd at Pahala Community Center. The Ho`olaule`a offers Hawaiian entertainment; craft, coffee and food booths; and Ka`u Coffee Experience with guided coffee tastings and farm tours. Times, dates, locations vary each day at Pahala Community Center, 96-3208 Maile St., Pahala, HI 96777. Some events have fees; some are free. For more information, call 808-929-9550, email cmanfredi@kaufarmandranch.com or visit www.KauCoffeeFest.com.

Saturday, April 25
STUDENT LEADERSHIP DAY - KEALAKEHE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL, KAILUA-KONA
This free day of fun and learning is for students of all ages, grades K-12. The day is meant to develop students' leadership skills, and to provide resources to parents and families to support learning and strengthen the community. There will be workshops for all ages, booths including The Food Basket and Kona Public Library; and college booths (including UH-Hilo); information about financial aid; arts and crafts; and much more.Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Check in starts at 9:15 AM) at Kealakehe Intermediate School. For more information, call 808 769 4526, email anais.gude@teachforamerica.org or visit http://hawaiistudentleadership.weebly.com/.

April 25, 2015
LAUPAHOEHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL
On Saturday, April 25, the 10th Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival will take place at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park. Music, crafters, game booths and food/ drinks will be present. The Laupahoehoe Music Festival is a Hawaiian Music and Cultural Event in Laupahoehoe presented by Malama Hawaii Nei and Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School. Malama Hawaii Nei is a non-profit that donates proceeds to the children and kupuna of Laupahoehoe. This is an alcohol and drug free event. No coolers. Buy tickets online at www.laupahoehoemusicfestival.org. Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, 36-1043 Laupahoehoe Point Rd., Laupahoehoe, Hawaii 96764. Cost: Ages 10 and under are free; presale $12; at gate $15. For more information, call 808-962-2200 or email gerry.delgado@lcpcs.org.

April 25, 2015
MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE - HILO
There will be thousands of vegetable starts and hundreds of ornamental plants for your yard, and a few hundred native plants available also. Time: 8:00AM to 12:00 noon at Komohana Research & Extension Center, Hilo. Free parking. For more information, call 808-982-8290, email mariner472000@yahoo.com.

April 25, 2015
METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD - MAKALAPUA STADIUM CINEMA
The best known double-bill in all of opera - Pagliacci and Cavelleria Rusticana. This is the final opera in the 2014-2015 season. Time: 12-4pm. Cost: $24; $22 Seniors. For more information, call 329-7133 or email sscadden@hawaii.rr.com.

April 25, 2015
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER FREE MONTHLY CONCERT
Featuring Aunty Diana Aki, "The Miloli`i Songbird" at 5pm. Admission is two cans of food for the Hawai'i Food Basket, per person. Each can over two, receive an entry win a prize from the event sponsors Jams World, Kona Stories Bookstore and Sheraton Kona. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited.

April 25, 2015
KONA CHORAL SOCIETY'S "25 ON THE 25th" CELEBRATION
Mahalo dinner celebrating 25 years of bring masterworks to the community. The entertainment will involve revisiting the history of the chorus through pictures and music. 5-8 PM at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. $55 per person or $650 to reserve a table for 10. For more information, call 808 334-9880, email Info@konachoralsociety.org or visit www.konachoralsociety.org.

May 1, 2015
LEI DAY CELEBRATION - HILO
The celebration in Hilo's old Town Square, Kalakaua Park, begins with Hawaiian music, hula, lei-making demonstrations, and features the heritage, history and culture of the lei. Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Kalakaua Park, Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call 961-5711 or visit www.LeiDay.net.

May 1, 2015
2nd ANNUAL KAULUWEHI LEI CONTEST - HILO
A lei contest featuring traditional and modern lei styles, this contest is a juried lei competition celebrating native species, Hawaiian culture and sustainable picking practices on the Big Island. Lei makers of all ages and skill are encouraged to enter. Entries due on April 30th to Division of Forestry and Wildlife between 3pm-6pm. Awards Ceremony and Reception on May 1st. Time: 5-7pm at Wailoa Center, Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 443-4245, email anya.h.tagawa@hawaii.gov or visit dlnr.hawaii.gov..

May 2, 2015
DOWNTOWN HILO MULTIMODAL MASTER PLAN COMMUNITY KICKOFF EVENT
The Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan (DHMMP) celebrates its public kickoff on Saturday, May 2nd, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. The event is free. All are welcome to come and participate in a wide range of activities designed to educate, collect input, and engage all ages in helping to create a more walkable, bikeable, livable Downtown Hilo! Time: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM at Yamada Technologies & Mokupapapa Discovery Ctr (2nd Floor). For more information, call (808)628-5861, email mwhite@ssfm.com or visit hawaiicountycompletestreets.com.

May 2, 2015
HAWAIIAN MUSIC AND HULA UNDER THE STARS - WAIKOLOA BOWL AT WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Na Wai Iwi Ola, under the direction of Kumu Keala Ching, presents Pana Ka Pu`uwai Ho`okahi (Our Hearts Beat As One). Gates open at 4 pm; show begins at 4:30 pm. $20 General Admission; $30 Reserved Seating. General Admission is lawn seating. Mats and folding chairs welcome. No coolers or alcohol please! An evening of music and dance under the stars featuring musical guests Hoku Zuttermeister, Aunty Diana Aki, and The Ladies of Waiku`i with Konabob. Bring the family and come share the joy of hula and Hawaiian music. Tickets are available online at www.nawaiiwiola.org and at the door. For more information, call 898 348-7047 or email jr.lyle@hawaiiantel.net .

May 3, 2015
BIG ISLAND BITES GOLF TOURMANENT/BENEFIT - SOUTH KOHALA
The Golf Tourmanent is a foursome scramble at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel's golf course that will include a collection of Big Island restaurants that will serve tasty bites from various hole locations along with specialty drink stations throughout the course, compliments of Young's Market. The event benefits Make a Wish Foundation, Kona-Kohala Chefs Foundation and Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Foundation. The After Bite awards reception will feature Big Island restaurants serving bite sized dishes and specialty drink stations. There will also be a cigar bar on site featuring a complimentary cigar for each golfer. $155 per person (including tax). 10:00-10:45am Check-in; 11:00am Shotgun Start. Guests of participating golfers can attend the The After Bite Reception for $47 per person (including tax). For more information, call 808-882-5406 or email wblizzard@maunakearesort.net.

May 3, 2015
2nd ANNUAL "MAY DAY" BRUNCH ON KAMAKAHONU BAY - KAILUA-KONA
Celebrate May Day Hawaiian-style. Brunch with Amy Hanaial`ii and LT Smooth on the makai oceanfront lawn at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Time: 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Makai Lawn. Cost: $39. Tickets on sale now, online only at www.HistoricKailuaVillage.com. For more information, call 808-936-9202 or email HKVevents@gmail.com.

May 3, 2015
"A TASTE OF SPRING FASHION" BENEFIT - SO. KOHALA
The Shops at Mauna Lani and Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar present "A Taste of Spring Fashion" to benefit ARC of Kona. ARC of Kona has over 50 years of experience on the Big Island supporting people with disabilities. Enjoy a 3-course luncheon and a complimentary Mimosa provided by Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar. The latest Spring fashions will be presented from The Shops at Mauna Lani featuring Tommy Bahama, Hulakai Surf, Jams World, The Fine Hawaiian Gift Gallery, Jourabchi and Hawaiian Island Creations. Time: 12-2PM at Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar. Seating is limited. Pre-sale tickets are $50; $60 on the day of the event. Tickets are available at Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, The Fine Hawaiian Gift Gallery or at www.shopsatmaunalani.com. For more information, call (808) 885-9501 or email cheryl@shopsatmaunalani.com.

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.

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


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