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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).

June 28, 2017
2017 NA HOKU HANOHANO WINNER JEFF PETERSON AT KEALAKEKUA PUBLIC LIBRARY
In celebration of the 2017 Summer Reading Program, from 5:30-6:15PM slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson will discuss his life in music and perform some songs. His focus on slack key guitar, classical and jazz music has allowed Jeff to develop a unique voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage. This program is free and suitable for all ages, but young children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. For more information, contact the library at 323-7585, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

July 4, 2017
HILO BAY BLAST
Family activities around the Hilo Bayfront, including games, cook-offs, music and more. Fireworks at 8pm over Hilo Bay. For more info, call 961-8706.

July 4, 2017
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION - VOLCANO VILLAGE
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Volcano Post Office and proceed for one half mile along Old Volcano Road to Cooper Community Center. For more info, call (808) 967-7800.

July 4, 2017
4th of JULY SILENT AUCTION BENEFIT - VOLCANO VILLAGE

This annual fundraiser is a much anticipated part of Volcano's popular 4th of July parade and festival, which attracts hundreds of residents and visitors each year. The auction is held at the Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village. There is something for everyone at this fun and popular silent auction! Proceeds benefit Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (tax deductible donations welcome through July 3). For more info, call985-7373, email admin@fhvnp.org, or visit www.fhvnp.org.

July 4, 2017
KAILUA-KONA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA
The 22nd Annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade will take place on Tuesday, July 4, at 6:00 p.m. Starting at the Kekua'okalani Gym/Pool Complex, the parade will proceed south on Kuakini Highway to Palani Road, on to Ali'i Drive, and then south on Ali'i Drive to Walua Road, just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. The parade operates with an all-volunteer committee with the support of the Rotary Clubs of Kona. Entries include neighborhood and community groups, nonprofit or commercial entries along with musical entries and floats of all kinds, multiple color guards and numerous members of the armed services as part of the parade. There will be several announcer locations throughout the parade. Following the parade, there will be a Fireworks Extravaganza over Kailua Bay, starting at 8:00 p.m. Financial help is needed to make the fireworks event happen. Please visit the website for more information on individual or corporate fireworks sponsorship forms and a PayPal link. For an entry application for the parade visit www.paradesinkona.com.

July 4, 2017
"FAMILY FOURTH"/ANNUAL RUBBER DUCKIE RACE BENEFIT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT, KOHALA COAST

Kicking off at the Kings' beginning at 10:30am with an opening chant and Hawaiian music, followed by the annual Rubber Duckie Race Benefit for United Cerebral Palsy Assn. of Hawai'i at 3pm, followed by music by music by John Cruz, one of Hawai'i's most popular entertainers. To adopt a duck, call Kings' Shops office, at 886-8811. Special promotions will be offered from select merchants throughout the Shops. Queens' Marketplace present the Salsa Latinos at the Coronation Pavilion at 12 noon - bring your dancing shoes! At the same time, attendees can enjoy a fun selection of carnival games with prizes, amazing balloon-twist art, cotton candy and popcorn stands. Popular local bands will fill the day with music. Doors open to Waikoloa Bowl at 4:30 p.m., for an exciting concert by Tomi Isobe Blues Band and the powerful sound of the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific, followed by a fireworks extravaganza. After the fireworks display, music by Full Circle till 9:30pm at the Coronation Pavilion will wind down the night. Visit waikoloabeachresort.com for more info and a detailed schedule, or call Queens’ MarketPlace office at 886-8822.

July 4, 2017
PARKER RANCH ANNUAL JULY 4th HORSERACES & RODEO
Big Island ranchers participate in fast-paced horseraces and rodeo events with Parker Ranch cowboys. Ribbon mugging, ranch mugging, dally team roping, Po'o Wai U and more. Keiki activities including roping practice and pony rides. Lots of food and mementos for sale at the Parker Ranch Store booth. Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena, Waimea. Pre-sale tickets available at the Parker Ranch Store in Waimea (at Parker Ranch Square). For more information, call 885-2323, email nguilloz@parkerranch.com or visit www.parkerranch.com.

July 8, 2017
RELAY FOR LIFE OF KONA
There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, food, family fun and a chance to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Reservations for the dinner and reception should be made at 989-7067; please call the same number if you are interested in having a team or to volunteer. For more information, email anne.p.rflkona@gmail.com or visit www.RelayForLife.org/konahi.

July 8, 2017
ANNUAL LGBT PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL - HILO
This annual event will be held in downtown Hilo. The celebration will be followed by a festival at the Mooheau Bandstand Park featuring live music, food, crafts, information booths, and a play area for keiki. Any individuals or organizations who want to walk in the parade can submit a free parade entry form online at http://hawaiiislandpride.org/.

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


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