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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).

March 29, 2017
PAINTED TREES PRESENTATION - KEALAKEKUA PUBLIC LIBRARY
On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 5:15 to 6:15PM, the Kealakekua Public Library will host Kelly Dunn of The Painted Trees of Hawaii Foundation. He will present a one-hour program (suitable for all ages) about the natural beauty and preservation of the Eucalyptus Deglupta tree and will display his collection of photo art images. Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona, this program is free to the public. For more information, contact the library at 323-7585, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

March 30, 2017
2017 HAWAI'I LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - WEST HI CIVIC CENTER, KONA
This West Hawai'i Forum is your opportunity to speak directly with your State and West Hawai'i County representatives. Share your thoughts on the issues and priorities for Hawai'i that are important to you, your family, and the community. West Hawai'i Forum presenters will be Senator Josh Green, District 3; Senator Lorraine Inouye, District 4; Representative Richard Creagan, District 5; Representative Nicole Lowen, District 6; and Representative Cindy Evans, District 7. Time: 6-8 pm at West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers. For more information, call (808) 339-7593, email bbugbee@westhawaiiforum.org or visit www.westhawaiiforum.org.

April 1, 2017
20th ANNUAL AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HILO HEART & STROKE WALK
Enjoy a 5K (3 mi) walk with family and friends to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke on Hawai'i. Free health and keiki fairs are offered to participants, entertainment, snacks and refreshments, and walker and team prizes awarded based on level of funds raised. Time: 6:30 to 11 a.m. at Liliu'okalani Gardens/Isles Park, 189 Lihiwai St., Hilo, HI 96720. Free to the public, but donations encouraged. For more information, call (808) 282-3107, email ann.oshiro-kauwe@heart.org or visit www.hiloheartwalk.org.

April 1, 2017
WEST HAWAI'I RAPID 'OHIA DEATH SYMPOSIUM - KAILUA-KONA
To be held at West Hawai'i Civic Center, County Council Chambers! From 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Researchers will share the latest updates on ROD, including the: Rapid 'Ohia Death discovery timeline, origins of the disease, how the fungus spreads, wood treatment research, effects on the forest, and management actions. Plenty of time for questions will be provided after each presentation and during two 30 minute Q&A sessions. Snacks and refreshments will be available through generous donations from KTA, Costco, Kona Coffee & Tea, Starbucks, and Sustainable Island Products. This symposium is free, but attendees are asked to register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rapid-ohia-death-symposium-west-hawaii-tickets-31824014484. Check out the ROD website at www.RapidOhiaDeath.org for more information and updates about the disease. For more information, email cmyanger@hawaii.edu.

April 1, 2017
"SKATERS GONNA SKATE" FAMILY SKATE NIGHT & OUTDOOR MARKET - KAILUA-KONA
Bring your family down to the Old A Skate Rink (Old Airport Beach Park) on Saturday April 1st from 6-9 PM for an 80's themed Family Skate Night and Outdoor Market. There will be music, food, shopping, an '80s costume contest, and special guest appearances for all keiki in attendance. All ages are welcome and anything with wheels goes! $5 entry includes raffle ticket; parents and keiki 2 yrs. and under are free. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to West Hawaii Hockey Association. Time: 6-9 PM. Non-Profit Vendor Booths are free. Learn more about the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/641105979411787/. For more information, call (808) 217-4990 or email sgskona@gmail.com.

April 2, 2017
LAVAMAN TRIATHLON - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Motorists are cautioned that approximately 1600 cyclists will be on the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway between 8am and 11:30am on Sunday, between Waikoloa Beach Drive and the 88 Mile Marker. Cyclists will be crossing the highway at Waikoloa Beach Drive, and traffic will be stopped there to give right-of-way to the cyclists, resulting in significant delays between 8:30 and 10:30am. Motorists are encouraged to detour "up Waikoloa Drive at the north end of Ka'iminani Drive from the South end to the Upper Highway (190)." This will add approximately 25 minutes to travel time, but will avoid potentially longer delays. The speed limit on Queen Ka'ahumanu will be reduced to 45 mph during the race. Call 329-9718 for more info.

April 4, 2017
PLAY AND PLAY - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, from 5:30-6:30PM the Kailua Kona Library will host the Aloha Teen Theater. Young people ages 10 to 19 years old are invited to participate in "Play & Play," an opportunity to see a play, and then play theatre games with the cast! Engela Edwards, award-winning actor, playwright, and director of Aloha Teen Theatre will be directing the play "Melting” by Eddie Zipperer, a free program that teaches leadership through performance. Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona. For more information, contact the library at 327-4327, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

April 7, 2017
REACTIVATION CEREMONY AT WAIPI'O FISHPOND - HAMAKUA COAST

At 8am, the Lalakea Loko Wai Hui, the Honoka'a community and members of the Kua'aina Ulu 'Auamo (KUA), a statewide network of Hawaiian fishpond care practitioners, will gather at the lookout for welcome protocols. At 9a.m., they will descend to the valley floor to gather at the punawai (spring) of Lalakea fishpond. At the spring, KUA members will add a rock from their Loko I'a to a kuahu built to commemorate the pond's rebirth. This event will take place almost 71 years ago to the day that the Aleutian Island earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that struck the Hawaiian Islands on April Fool's Day, 1946, killing 159 and devastating Lalakea Loko I'a in Waipi'o Valley. The Hamakua community cordially invites all people who share a love for na wahi pana o Waipi'o e Lalakea Loko I'a to join them for the reactivation ceremony at the fishpond. Contact Kenrock Higa at (808) 393-5463, Jeff Alexander at 505-620-7725, or email jalexanderone@gmail.com or kenineshiga@yahoo.com.

April 8, 2017
6th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND AIDS WALK - HILO
The 6th Annual Big Island AIDS Walk will be held on Saturday, April 8th. It is an easy 2-mile walk around Lili'uokalani Gardens. There is no registration fee to participate in the walk. Every registered walker who raises $20 or more will receive a commemorative event t-shirt. Ask your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to sponsor your participation and raise funds for HIHAF. There will be a Community Health Fair featuring local community organizations, entertainment and raffle prizes. Light refreshments will also be served Time: 8:00 AM to 11:30 PM. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 982-8800, email david@hihaf.org or visit www.bigislandaidswalk17.kintera.org.

April 8, 2017
WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE SPRING PLANT SALE
At Waimea Nature Park, behind the Canada/France/Hawai'i Telescope headquarters, from 9am-1pm. For more info, email wochawaii@gmail.com or call (808) 433-4482.

April 8, 2017
LAUPAHOEHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival will take place at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, 36-1043 Laupahoehoe Point Rd., Laupahoehoe, Hawaii 96764, from 10am-3pm. Music, crafters, game booths - Hawaiian-style food will be available for sale. This is an alcohol and drug-free event; no coolers. Buy tickets online for a discount at www.laupahoehoemusicfestival.org. Tickets at gate are $20; ages 10 & under free.

April 8, 2017
SPRINGFEST AT LANIHAU - KAILUA-KONA
Hop on down to Lanihau Center for their Springfest on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. There will be a craft fair and live entertainment throughout the day. You could win an Easter Basket filled with cool prizes from our local radio station The Wave, and the Easter Bunny will be there from 12 noon to 4:00PM for free photos, too! The coolest wheels will be on display at the Springfest Show n' Shine Car Show, in front of Verizon Wireless from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. It is a benefit for the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa. Your support will help "The Mill" continue the broad array of art classes, demonstrations, and workshops that they offer and programs bringing the art into public schools. For information, call (808) 960-1392, email lanihaucenterkona@gmail.com or visit www.lanihau.com.

April 9, 2017
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 over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside 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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