Real estate sales are increasing in the Puna district and decreasing in South Hilo for the first quarter of 2014.
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The Haili Church Choir will present its annual Easter Contata, “Because He Lives,” at 7 p.m. today, which is Good Friday, at the church at 211 Haili St. in Hilo.
Hawaii Preparatory Academy performing arts students will present their spring production, “An Evening of Song, Dance, and Music About Beginnings, Rainbows and Love,” at 7 p.m., on Thursday and Friday, April 24-25, at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center. Tickets, which only are available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Tessa Sarr of Volcano has been named to the dean’s list at Bucknell University for the fall semester of the 2013-14 academic year.
The University of Hawaii at Hilo School of Education will host an informational session on admission requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching Cohort from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, May 5, in UCB Room 312.
Commencement ceremonies for the Hawaii Preparatory Academy will be held starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 23, in Castle Gymnasium at the school’s Upper Campus. The ceremony is open to the public. One hundred eight graduating seniors will take part in the program. Headmaster Lindsay Barnes will preside. Rika Inaba, senior class leader and Upper School Japanese teacher, will deliver the commencement address. For more information, call 881-4002.
Hilo High School students who entered this year’s PTSA Reflections Contest — “Dream. Believe. Inspire.” — placed in almost every category on the state level.
Two Big Island students made the academic deans’ list at Azusa Pacific University.
Irvin T. Carlsen celebrated his 100th birthday at the Pahoa Senior Center April 8 with his family and friends. The Hawaii County Nutrition Program honored their member with hula performances by the Hula Mai O Mo Ani Ani under kumu hula Mary Jane Kamoku and Nohealani Akioka-Sarong’s ukulele group.
The Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Buddhist Women’s Association has schedule a church service to celebrate the lives of Lady Eshinni and Kakushinni, wife and daughter, respectively, of Shinran Shonin, founder of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. The event will be at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 27, at the temple at 398 Kilauea Ave. in Hilo. Rimban Jeffrey Soga will officiate.
Happy Science Hawaii, an ecumenical Buddhist organization based in Japan and on Oahu, will host a free meditation session and Dharma talk titled “Rebuilding Your Life” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in room 301 of the University of Hawaii at Hilo Campus Center.
Waiakea High School will celebrate He Lei Ho‘oheno, “A Cherished Lei,” at its annual May Day program at 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, in the WHS Warrior Gymnasium. Tickets are $5 from WHS students, or call 974-4888, ext. 362, or buy them at the door that evening.
Berklee College of Music announces that Jacy Anderson of Honokaa has earned placement on its dean’s list for the fall semester.
The Computer-Assisted Learning Center (CALC), an independent literacy project housed at the Hilo Public Library, is re-opening after being closed due to remodeling.