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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 23, 2014
ONE DAY CLEAN-UP OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS FROM ISELLE - KAPOHO, PUNA
From 8am-3pm. Meet near the Kapoho mailboxes. Bringing a mask for protection from fumes is recommended.

August 23, 2014
FAMILY FUN FEST 2014 - HILO
The County of Hawai`i in partnership with Destination Hilo, Young Brothers, Hawai`i Explosives, Hilo Jaycees and the State of Hawai`i present the "Family Fun Fest 2014," an end of Summer Celebration on August 23rd from 10am at the Mo`oheau Park at Hilo Bayfront. Festivities for the day will include children's games/activities and entertainment that will culminate with a fireworks exhibition set to blast off at 8pm. On stage at the Bandstand beginning at 3pm will be Braddah Waltah & Friends, Colt Cabana, the Michael Strand Band and Girls Night Out. Bayfront Highway will be closed from 6-10pm. Gates at the Mo`oheau Bus Terminal, Mo`oheau Park Ball Field and adjacent soccer field will be opened to allow access to this area during the fireworks exhibition. This is an alcohol, drug and litter free event! More information can be obtained by calling the Culture & Education Office at 961-8706.

August 23, 2014
SPIRIT DAY AT KALOKO-HONOKOHAU NATIONAL PARK
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the "Spirit of Kaloko, Honokohau," an eloquent document that was written in 1974 and proposed the establishment of a Kaloko-Honokohau National Cultural Park. Please come and partake in some history, some kanikapila music and light refreshments at 'Ai'ōpio Fishtrap (Honokohau Beach) on August 23, 2014 from 9 am to 12 noon. An attempt is being made to reconnect Kaloko-Honokohau descendants to their wahi pana (legendary place) and they are encouraged to come enjoy the park, participate in park programs, and help build the park community volunteer program. Time: 9 AM to 12 NOON. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-640-8330 or email rae_godden@nps.gov or visit www.nps.gov/kaho

August 23, 2014
GREAT WAIKOLOA CANOE RACE - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The Waikoloa Canoe Club will be holding their annual Great Waikoloa Canoe Race at Anaeho`omalu Bay. Racing starts at 8 AM and will last until noon. Approximately 80 teams will be competing from the islands and all over the world. For more information, call (808) 883-2447 or visit www.waikoloacanoeclub.com

August 23, 2014
HAWAI`I ISLAND FESTIVAL'S ANNUAL POKE CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
11am. Both home cooks and top professional chefs compete against their peers for the championship recipe of this popular Hawaiian dish that is made from the freshest fish or shellfish plus seasonings - and after the judges announce the winners, the audience gets to taste too! For more info, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.

August 23, 2014
ANNUAL KINDY SPROAT FALSETTO & STORYTELLING CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
5:30pm. This unique folk music competition features talented male singers of all ages who can not only sing in the unique falsetto style, but can also captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs. For more info, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.

August 23, 2014
16th ANNUAL TASTE OF LIFE BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
This year's gala, themed "A Masquerade Under the Stars," will be held at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, beginning at 6pm. Savor food from the island's top chefs and support the Hawai`i Island HIV/AIDS Foundation in the fight against Hepatitis and HIV. Live music. There will also be a silent auction. If you would like to volunteer, please email or call. VIP tables and sponsor packages are available. For more information, call 808-331-8177 or visit eventbrite.com.

August 24, 2014
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 Ui 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

August 24, 2014
NORTH HAWAI'I HOSPICE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY - FAIRMONT ORCHID
From 5-7:30pm. A meaningful ceremony to honor and remember loved ones that have passed. There will be a sharing of music and hula, Taiko drummers, chanting, and prayers, followed by a lantern release into Pauoa Bay at sunset. Admission is free. Floating lanterns for decorating and inscribing messages will be provided for a suggested donation of $10 (pre-reservation of lanterns is suggested since supply is limited). Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Complimentary self-parking will be provided by The Fairmont Orchid. For more info or to reserve a lantern, call North Hawai`i Hospice at 885-7547 or visit www.northhawaiihospice.org

August 25, 2014
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of the National Park Service's 98th Birthday, there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

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


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