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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).

April 4, 2015
34th ANNUAL MAC-A-THON - HONAUNAU
Hawai`i Island's oldest foot race, Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club's Mac-A-Thon, takes place annually the day before Easter. This fun-filled family event includes a 5k & 10k race, a Super Silent Auction, and a Mac Nut Pancake Breakfast. Time: 7 a.m. race start at Keoua Canoe Club Halau, Honaunau Bay. Free to the public; fee for runners. For more information, call 808-328-8721, email acurrie@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.keouacanoeclub.com.

April 5-11, 2015
THE 52nd ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL - HILO
A week-long festival of cultural events including Hawaii's most prestigious hula competition at Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium. The festival begins with a Ho'olaule'a at the auditorium behind the Stadium on Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lots of music, food and fun. Don't miss the by-invitation-only crafts fair that takes place beginning Wednesday, with incredible fresh lei, cream-of-the-crop Hawaiian crafts, and free, live music performances by some of Hawai`i's most beloved entertainers in the building adjacent to the Stadium (http://www.merriemonarch.com/merrie-monarch-invitational-hawaiian-arts-fair). On Wednesday, Ho`ike Night, there is also a free hula exhibition at the Stadium that begins at 6:30 pm (get there very early to stand in line!); Thursday is the solo Miss Aloha Hula competition; Friday & Saturday are the group Kahiko (ancient) and 'Auana (modern) hula competitions. A grand parade winds through Hilo-town on Saturday morning. Visit www.merriemonarch.com for more info. View the competitions online here: K5TV.

April 8, 2015
ANNUAL FOCUS LUNCHEON WITH GOVERNOR - SHERATON KONA RESORT
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm. Governor David Ige will make his inaugural visit to West Hawai`i to speak on issues of importance to the community, and, time permitting, answer questions from the floor. This event, presented by The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Bank of Hawaii and Hawaii Water Service Company, is timed to coincide with the legislative session so community members can hear his priorities and share their concerns. Admission for the banquet is $46 for KKCC and Rotary members and $56 for non-members. Tables of eight can be reserved. Reservations are required by Friday, April 3, no refunds afterwards. Registration is available online at www.kona-kohala.com or call the Chamber office at 329-1758.

April 11, 2015
RUN/WALK BENEFIT FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS WEST HAWAI`I - KAILUA-KONA
The 30th Annual Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run/Walk is a non-competitive run/walk named after fallen Honolulu police officer Troy Barboza, who volunteered as a Special Olympics coach and participated in the first Torch Run held in Hawai`i in 1985. Event begins at 8:30am at First Hawaiian Bank, Lanihau Center. Donations of $30 are requested; donors will receive a 2015 commemorative Torch Run t-shirt (sizes & styles limited). For more info and entry forms, call Sharon Young at 756-2186 or email sowhdenise@gmail.com.

April 11, 2015
THREE TENORS ULTIMI IN CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Ultimi 3 Tenors will be performing their first show in the state of Hawai`i at the elegant Evans Estate on Keauhou Bay. Proceeds benefit the Kona Hospital Foundation. Ultimi will be accompanied by professional Slovenian concert pianist Petra Persolja. There will be a wine and "light bites" reception on the ocean lawn. Evening aloha attire is suggested. Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Tickets start at $125 per person, general seating. For more information, please call 808-322-4587, email skinsey@khfhawaii.org or visit www.khfhawaii.org.

April 18, 2015
HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OPEN HOUSE
You are invited to attend an Open House at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge (Hilo, HI) on Apr 18, 2015. Guided rainforest hikes will be offered between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to observe rare and colorful native birds and plants and to learn about refuge management practices. You will also have the option to tour a 130-year-old koa cabin and the refuge greenhouse. Visitors must provide their own four-wheel-drive transportation to the Refuge, which is a two-hour drive from Hilo, Waimea or Kona. Reservations are required, and may be obtained by calling (808) 443-2300 by Wednesday, April 15th. A map, directions and additional information will be mailed to all participants. Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Free to the public. For more information, email cashell_villa@fws.gov or visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hakalau_forest/.

April 18, 2015
"RAINING CATS & DOGS BLAST" BENEFIT - HONOKOHAU HARBOR, KONA
The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise will be hosting a fundraiser to support a major Rotary work project later this Spring to assist in the renovation of the Hawai`i Island Humane Society's New Animal Community Center. This event will be held at the Hawai`i Big Game Fishing Club at Honokohau Harbor, and will feature the rockin' sounds of Jack and the Rippers. The Kona Brewing Company will provide the beer, and there will be wine too. Food will include pupus, a prime rib dinner (a vegetarian entree' will be available as well) with soup, salad,, dessert, and Kona coffee, catered by Big Island Grill. There will also be a wonderful silent auction and door prizes. Time: 5-8 PM. Cost: $40 per person, which includes food and first beverage. Tickets can be purchased at Queen K Tesoro and the Kailua Candy Company. For more information, call "Big Dog" Mike May at 756-5565 or email him at miketransworldhawaii@gmail.com.

April 18, 2015
KAILUA "KANIKAPILA" COMMUNITY CONCERT/PICNIC
Relax. Kick back. Bring your own chairs and mats. Enjoy the sunset. Pack a picnic and bring the whole family down to Hale Halawai for a Hawaiian style picnic including live entertainment. Time: 4 pm until sunset at Hale Halawai, 75-5760 Alii Drive. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-936-9202, email hkvevents@gmail.com or visit http://historickailuavillage.com/.

April 18, 2015
WILLIE K IN CONCERT - HONOKA`A PEOPLES THEATER
"He's an amazing guitar virtuoso, a Hawaiian Jimi Hendrix; he's Gabby Pahinui, Andres Segovia and Eddie Van Halen rolled into one. Willie can mimic seemingly any style, moving easily between screaming Stratocaster, sweet slack key and jazzy, almost baroque, acoustic 12-string" - The Honolulu Weekly. Honokaa Peoples Theater: 45-3574 Mamane St. Honokaa 96727. Venue phone: 808-896-4845. Tickets: $28 Adv/$35 at door/$55 Gold Circle. Doors open 6:30 pm.; Show at 7:30 pm. For videos and more info, visit http://www.lazarbear.com.

April 19, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs Men's Glee Club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

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


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