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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).

August 1, 2015
2015 HAWAIIAN CANOE RACING ASSOCIATION STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - HILO
The original sport of Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing takes center stage this August as an estimated 7,000 canoe paddlers and supporters from around the state gather at Hilo Bay for the 2015 HCRA Championship Races on Saturday, August 1. Held every August on shorelines across Hawaii, this year Hawaiian koa outrigger canoes will line up across Hilo Bay. Opening ceremonies begin at 7:30 am, with the first race set to start at 8:15 am. HCRA is comprised of six associations and individual clubs competing in all age divisions, starting with young girls and boys in the 12 year-old division and continuing through men and women in the 65 year-old division. Time: 7:30 am-4:30 pm. The event is free to the public. Craft and food booths are open to everyone throughout the day. Commemorative 2015 Hilo Bay HCRA State Championship Race merchandise will be available for purchase starting on Friday, July 31 and all day Saturday, August 1st at the bayfront merchandise tent. For more information, call 938-8577, email unclebo13@gmail.com or visit www.hcrapaddler.com.

August 1, 2015
7th ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Annual Mango Festival will take place on the beautiful Bayfront Lawn of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, from 10am-5pm. The festival presents the magic of fresh, ripe, delicious Hawai`i Island grown mangos. There will be displays of the many varieties of mangos locally grown on Hawai`i Island. Hawaiian mangos, which are not exported to mainland USA, will be showcased in a variety of horticultural and culinary activities. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide array of mangolicious treats and smoothies offered by local vendors. An amateur recipe contest offers the local home chef a chance to to create and share delicious recipes using mangos in salads, entrees and desserts. Browse among arts and crafts booths and enjoy non-stop live entertainment. This is a Zero Waste Event. For more information, call 808 936-5233, email randyldna@earthlink.net or visit www.mangofest.org.

August 7-9, 2015
HILO ORCHID SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE
Thousands of orchids in displays created by top notch growers and amateurs entice audiences in this three day extravaganza. Visitors can expect to see exotic species, beautifully grown specimen plants and the latest hybrids, many created by Big Island orchid breeders. Judging of plants will be conducted on Thursday August 9th by certified American Orchid Society judges with dozens of trophies and ribbons awarded. There will be a preview party Thursday night, benefiting the Ku`ikahi Mediation Center. Information about orchids and their cultivation will be offered in free mini-classes conducted by experts during the show. The show will feature a refreshment area with a silent auction, and entertainment each afternoon. Sales areas offer orchid and plant related products plus, of course, magnificent orchids for purchase, including many not found in typical retail garden stores or nurseries. Purchases may be shipped to the mainland. Time: August 7th (9am-6pm), 8th (9am-5pm) and 9th (10am-2pm) at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, Hilo. Cost: $5 general admission; free for children 12 and under. For more information, call 808-935-7991, email rrobison@hawaii.edu or visit www.hiloorchidsociety.org.

August 8, 2015
4th TRADITIONAL HALE BUILDING WORKSHOP - HILO
Join Hawaii Forest Institute for its Traditional Hawaiian Hale Building Workshop to construct the Hale Mala. The free workshop helps perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and teach the skills of building a structure out of materials from the `aina. Unko Waltah brings a wealth of knowledge and aloha. Time: 9am-12:30pm at Pana`ewa Zoo Rainforest and Gardens, 800 Stainback Hwy, Hilo. Please wear closed-toed shoes, sunscreen, and bring rain gear. Space is limited, so RSVP by August 5th via email at hfia@hawaiiforest.org or call 808-933-9411.

August 15, 2015
DON THE BEACHCOMBER MAI TAI FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
A full day of fun at Royal Kona Resort, including a Battle of the BBQ from 11am-2pm, Marketplace from 11am-4pm, a Pool Party with Henry Kapono from 2:30-4pm, and The Mai Tai Mix-off from 4:30-7:30pm, where bartenders will compete for the title of Best Mai Tai, cash prizes totaling $17,500 and more. Call 808/329-3111 or visit donsmaitaifest.com/ for more info.

August 15 & 16, 2015
PU`UKOHALA HEIAU NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE'S ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - KAWAIHAE

On Saturday, there will be special sunrise cultural ceremonies at the heiau itself from 6-9:30am. Afterwards, festivities for the public to participate in will take place until 3pm. On Sunday, public festivities will commence at 9:30am and continue through 3pm. Over 20 arts and craft workshops and demonstrations will be available for visitors to experience and learn hands-on, including Lei Haku Ame Lei Wili (ancient lei making), Ulana Lauhala (lauhala weaving), Holo Wa`a (canoe rides), and more. There will be local musicians playing songs of Hawai`i. Park Superintendent Daniel Kawaiaea, Jr., invites the public to join the festivities, with only one stipulation - that each visitor learns at least one craft to help preserve part of the Hawaiian culture. PNHP is located about a mile south of Kawaihae on the Kohala Coast. Parking will be on the coral flats south of Kawaihae Harbor. Call (808) 882-7218 for more info or visit www.nps.gov/puhe for more info.

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


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