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The Green Flash!   Highlighted Events of the Next Two Weeks 20/18

(For a more complete listing of events, go to KONAWEB's Big Island Events Calendar).

November 18, 2018
AFTERNOON AT THE PALACE CONCERT/HULA AND VILLAGE STROLL
Hawaiian music by the Hawai'i County Band and hula from Kumu Etua Lopes' halau Hula Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i on the grounds of Hulihe'e Palace on Alii Drive from 4-5pm. 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. **Hulihe'e Palace will undergo repair work starting July 2018. The concert schedule may be impacted during the repair which may result in cancellations of the concerts. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about the Stroll, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

November 18, 2018
4th ANNUAL GOING NUTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS FESTIVAL - HALE HALAWAI, KAILUA-KONA
A free, community Zero Waste event highlighting Hawaiian island-grown macnuts and coconuts. Live entertainment featuring Hawaiian and local musicians. Local arts, crafts, deliciously healthful food preparations. Coconut and macnut food and recipes. Time: 10 am to 5 pm at Hale Halawai, Ali'i Drive in downtown Kailua-Kona. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 936-5233 or email randyldna@earthlink.net or visit www.hawaiisanctuary.org.

November 21, 2018
MEET & EAT ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER - KONA
Presented by the Kona Task Force on Feeding the Hungry. The public is invited to a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the Kealakehe Intermediate School Cafeteria on Onipa'a Street from 5:15-7pm. It is free, but if you can, please bring a bag of rice for the rice bag pyramid to help the Food Basket, as rice is normally at a minimum during this time of year. Canned goods are also welcome. The task force is made up of community organizations, churches and businesses joining together to feed the needy in West Hawai'i. Those wishing to volunteer or contribute can contact Ardie Ikeda at 987-1664, or email him at Ikedaa004@hawaii.rr.com.

November 23-24, 2018
KAMAHALO CRAFT FAIR - VOLCANO VILLAGE
Shop handcrafted artisans and home grown products during this 2-day craft fair at The Cooper Center in Volcano which coincides with the Volcano Village Art Studio Tour & Sale. Time: 9AM-4PM. For more information, call 808/936-9705, email kilaueatutu@gmail.com or visit http://thecoopercenter.org/.

November 23-24, 2018
36th ANNUAL JOANN WILLIAMS' CHRISTMAS TREASURES ART, JEWELRY GIFT & CRAFT FAIR - KAILUA-KONA
Times: Friday, Nov. 23rd - 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday, Nov. 24th - 9 am to 4 pm at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, in the Foyer, Ballrooms, Herb Kane Foyer (where canoes are), and Garden Tent Area. Free admission; donated prizes from each vendor will be given away throughout the fair. Featuring vendors from all over Hawai'i with a wide assortment of unique items.

November 23-25, 2018
VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI ANNUAL ART STUDIO TOUR & SALE
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, from 10am-4pm, visitors are invited to meet the Volcano Village Artists in their studios and see artworks in a wide variety of media. Pottery; raku masks; hand blown art glass; wood & metal sculpture; hand-tooled metal and fiber art; as well as photographs; paintings; drawings and block prints will be on display and available for purchase. A special drawing for pieces contributed by the artists will be held on the last day of the event. Maps to the artists' studios will be available at local businesses in Volcano Village, as well as at www. VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 987-3472 or email eherb@hawaii.rr.com.

November 24, 2018
HAPPY "BIRD-DAYS" EVENT - HAWAI'I WILDLIFE CENTER, NORTH KOHALA
Hawai'i Wildlife Center (HWC) hosts a day filled with family-friendly activities such as carnival games, arts & crafts, prize drawings, facility tours, and of course cake and ice cream! The event takes place at HWC's Ho'opulama Discovery Center, 53-324 Lighthouse Road in Kapa'au. Admission is free. Halau Hula Kalaniumi a Liloa and Na Kupuna o Kohala will perform the opening hula. Wildlife hospital facility tours happen at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., with signups requested at the welcome table. At the event, each $5 donation includes a chance to win prizes from HWC’s unique retail store, including art and handcrafted works by Claudia Hafner, Dayna Weber, Jack Jeffrey, David Hayes, Liz Miller, Elaine Kollias, and Caren Loebel-Fried. For more information, visit www.hawaiiwildlifecenter.org/happybirddays.

November 24 and 25, 2018
HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE'S 'OHANA CHRISTMAS CRAFT FESTIVAL - GRAND BALLROOM
Hilton Waikoloa's 'Ohana Christmas Craft Festival will be held from 9am to 5pm (Sat) and 9am to 4pm (Sun). It will be a day of Christmas spirit and aloha, with amazing and unique Christmas gifts, entertainment, Silent Auctions, Santa Claus, a "football room," children's crafts, hula lessons, lei making and more! Free to the public. For more information, email trina.ashcraft@hilton.com.

November 24 and 25, 2018
SPECIAL OLYMPICS BIG ISLAND ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT ICE CREAM @ HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE'S 'OHANA CHRISTMAS CRAFT FESTIVAL - GRAND BALLROOM
Tickets $5, available by calling Special Olympics West Hawai'i at (808) 756-2186 or Special Olympics East Hawai'i at 360-358-3873. See the above listing for general info about the Festival.

November 30 and December 1, 2018
NA MAKUA INVITATIONAL CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR - HILO
The Annual Na Makua Invitational Christmas Gift Fair showcases Hawai‘i’'s best artists and producers with their finest one-of-a kind holiday gifts. Enjoy free entertainment by some of Hawaii’'s top entertainers, hourly drawings for prizes and ‘ono food by Liko Lehua Cafe. This is a FREE event. Time: Friday, 12 pm-6 pm; Saturday, 9 am-6 pm at Ah Fook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, Hilo. For more information, call 808-966-4647, email puna@namakua.com or visit www.namakua.com.

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

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