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The Green Flash!   Highlighted Events of the Next Two Weeks

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February 27, 2015
YEAR OF THE GOAT FORTUNE FESTIVAL - THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI, SOUTH KOHALA
The Fortune Festival honors the Year of the Goat with colorful Chinese celebrations, food, music and more. A powerful hundred-foot Dragon will parade through the shopping center while firecrackers frighten off any evil spirits, and the traditional Lion Dance, with drums and cymbals, lets onlookers "feed" the Lion for good fortune in the year ahead. A Chinese fortune teller, martial arts demonstration, fire-blowing and costume contests for children and adults, plus Asian-inspired cuisine, crackling shrimp chips, and a beer and wine garden add to the festivities.

Februray 27 & 28, 2015
BIG ISLAND ASSN. OF NURSERYMEN'S SPRING HORTICULTURAL & PLANT SHOW - HILO
Friday, February 27, from 5-9pm; Saturday, Februray 28, from 9am-2pm. More than 20 nurseries will be ready to present the largest selection and presentation of plants in the state. Location: Edith Kanaka`ole Stadium. Free admission. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.

February 27 and March 1, 2015
JAPANESE KAGURA DANCING PERFORMANCE - HILO AND KEAUHOU-KONA
Kagura is a ceremonial type of dance with roots in Shinto, and is believed to predate both Noh and Kabuki. The Kurisu Kagura group from Hiroshima, Japan, will perform the dance from 6-8pm in Hilo on February 27th at the Sangha Hall, and at the Sheraton Kona Resort on March 1st. The concert will be opened with a performance by innovative marimba player Hiroko Tsuji. A Hiroshima Food Fair will take place before the dance performance from 4-6pm featuring specialty Japanese food for sale. Performance tickets are $25 Reserved; $15 General Seating; $10 children 5-17. Tickets will be available at the door. For more info/tickets, contact Matt Carter at 936-2179.

February 28, 2015
GROW HAWAIIAN FESTIVAL - AMY B.H. GREENWELL ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN
The Annual Grow Hawaiian Weekend is a celebration of Hawaiian cultural and natural history at Amy Greenwell Garden in Captain Cook, from 9:00am-2:30pm. Admission to the Garden and all of the activities are free.There will be presentations, demonstrations, and booths about Hawaiian cultural traditions, and displays and booths on plant identification, insects, and conservation. There are many hands-on activities for adults and children. Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is Bishop Museum's native and Polynesian introduced plant collection, located 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona on Highway 11, just south of mile marker 110. More information about the Festival, and a schedule, is posted at www.bishopmuseum.org/greenwell. For more info, please call 323-3318 or email agg@bishopmuseum.org.

February 28, 2015
JOHN AND HOPE KEAWE CONCERT/BENEFIT - MOUNTAIN VIEW
Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning slack key guitarist John Keawe will entertain with his wife, Hope. Tickets $10, will benefit musician Ronnie Harris, who is battling a brain tumor. 2-5pm at The Oneness Center, 17-7946 Kulani Rd., Mountain View. Also appearing will be Dennis and Christy Soares. Call (808) 345-1800 to purchase tickets.

March 1, 2015
FREE FAMILY DAY AT IMILOA ASTRONOMY CENTER - HILO
From 9am-4pm enjoy free access to the exhibit hall, 20 minute planetarium programs and garden tours. Also a variety of "Journey through the Universe" presentations will be given.

March 7, 2015
WOMEN AND TEEN GIRLS' FREE CLOTHES SWAP - KAILUA-KONA
Bring a bag or two (or more!) of new or gently used clothing (no stains or tears, please), jewelry, shoes, purses and other accessories to share, and go "shopping" for free. Dressing Rooms available; wear bathing suit under clothes for easy try on in the spacious Events Pavilion. Come and go throughout the morning. Thrift store reps may come at noon to take as much as they'd like. Time: 8:00 AM-!2 noon at Grace Community Church, 74-4889 Palani Rd., Kailua Kona. For more information, call 808 326 9580 or email women@gracekona.org or visit www.gracekona.org.

March 7, 2015
WAIKOLOA `UKULELE FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Free `ukulele workshop with Roy Sakuma from 10am-11:30pm in the Hilton Waikoloa Village's Monarchy Ballroom. Festival with live music from 1-7pm at the Kings' Shops and the Queens' MarketPlace. Special Self-parking fee of $ at the Hilton; there is also parking at the Kings' Shops or Queens' MarketPlace - catch the Waikoloa Shopping Trolley - one way $2/roundtrip $4.

March 7, 2015
"LIHAU'S JOURNEY" HULA DRAMA - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
Featuring keiki to kupuna members of the Beamer Solomon Halau O Po`ohala and special guests Kumu Keala Ching and musician Gary Washburn. 4:30pm Doors open; Showtime 5:30-7:30 p.m. Presentation follows the Beamer-Solomon halau's recently released film by Ari Bernstein about a young Hawaiian woman's spiritual journey to connect with her cultural roots and the true meaning of the hula. This performance will take audiences on a similar journey blending video footage with stage performances of both kahiko and auana hula. Conceived of and presented by E Hula Mai Kakou, a new educational nonprofit to perpetuate and preserve the hula, and in particular, the Beamer-Solomon method of dance and oral cultural tradition. The performance will explore the halau's multi-generational commitment to empowering children, young teens and adults to find their spiritual center through the dance disciplines of hula. Accompanied by Russell Paio on lead guitar with Kama Hopkins on rhythm guitar, Ha'i Kelly on bass, and Hula Loea Hulali Solomon Covington on `ukulele and ipu heke. Special guest musician Gary Washburn will present several piano solos, including the `ohana's beloved song, Paniau, written by their Great Grandmother Helen Desha Beamer. Cost: $20/Presale; $25/Day of event. For more information, call 808-938-8620 or email poohala1860@ymail.com.

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


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