Honokaa Jazz Band to open Big Island Jazz Festival


Honokaa tops the news with the Honokaa Jazz Band opening the Big Island Jazz Festival at the Shops at Mauna Lani; the Hotel Honokaa Club presentation by Hugh Montgomery of “BIG BANG Theory, Honokaa or BUST,” and to top it off, the Honokaa First Friday June Event.

A select group of the members from the Honokaa Jazz Band will be opening the third annual Big Island Jazz Festival June 6-7. On June 6, they will perform at 4 p.m. at the Shops at Mauna Lani; June 7, they will be at the Mauna Kea Luau Grounds at 5 p.m. The members include Elizabeth Sekona, Jackie Lacanlale, Cjay Carvalho, Christian Potter, Jadelyn Alvarez, Halana Birch, Clayton Soros, Payton Cawagas, Nick Rohfeld, Ron Jon Pira, Hildang Adona, Kamea Phenecie, Camelia Witt, Keith Nerida and Leila Gomera. They will play a wide variety of music including the music of New Orleans, funk, jump jazz, R&B and Latin jazz.

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And look at what is coming for Honokaa School students this summer. Honokaa High and Intermediate School is having a Summer Meal Program from June 9 to July 18 at the Honokaa School Cafeteria. Breakfast is from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Anyone age 18 or under is welcome to participate. There is no cost or registry. Just come and eat.

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Honokaa High &Intermediate School is happy to announce a summer program for all incoming freshmen. The Summer Bridge Program will focus on preparing students with skills to be successful in high school. This program will provide an opportunity for students to review, refine and build skills necessary for academic success in the areas of math, organizational skills and language arts while becoming acclimated with the campus and surrounding areas. Students will receive a one-half credit for participation in this program. The program will run from Monday, June 9, through Friday, June 27, from 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. daily, except for June 11, which is Kamehameha Day.

Transportation from Waimea will be provided. The school will be a summer feed site, so all students will be able to have breakfast and lunch at no cost. Students will rotate through three different classes and have a 20-minute break during the three-hour session. Should you have any questions regarding the program, please call Angella Brandt at 775-8800, ext. 264, or Lynn Richards at 775-8800, ext. 308. Please register your child by Wednesday, June 4.

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Hotel Honokaa Club invites everyone to come to listen and interact with Hugh Montgomery as he talks about the “BIG BANG theory, Honokaa or BUST.” Planned are two times on Friday, June 6: the first is at 2 p.m. and repeats again at 7 p.m. Both are free, fun and for free thinkers. Don’t miss this. Hugh Montgomery, the former owner of Hawaiian Walkways, is a noted trailblazer and educator. Come and be stimulated as you listen to geology, botany, birds, and more as it relates to the founding of Honokaa town.

Yes, you will have a chance to ask those questions to which you always wanted to get a straight answer. Hotel Honokaa Club welcomes you; here you will find lots of parking, and refreshment.

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Honokaa first Friday is this week on June 6 from 5 to 8 p.m., all along Mamane Street. This evening is sponsored by the Honokaa Business Association and features free live music, classes, demonstrations, booths and more. Shops in town will stay open later. For more information, please call Alison Higgins of Grace Flowers or Michelle Barthel of Big Island Grown to get involved. Free and all welcome. Info: 443-3999 or email: graceflowershawaii@gmail.com.

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The Honomu Henjoji Mission (Odaishisan) will be holding their annual O-Bon service and O-Bon dance on Saturday, June 14. The O-bon service will begin at 5 p.m. and the O-Bon dance to follow at 7 p.m. The public with their family and friends are all welcome to attend this festive evening. We will have lots of delicious food sold in our concession so please come and check it out. If any questions, please call Rev. Clark Watanabe at 963-6308 or Charlyn Yamamoto at 964-1716. Location: From Highway 19, take the Akaka Falls turnoff. The temple is next to Mr. Ed’s Bakery.

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An Ahu Moku Island Council informational meeting is Monday, June 2, at 5 p.m. at Spencer Park Pavilion. All residents of North and South Kohala are invited. This council was established in 2013 to identify and mitigate issues relating to traditional culture, history, practices in fishing, hunting, weaving, gathering, trails and education, etc. The island council is looking for committee members and leadership. If you have questions, please email Jojo Tanimoto at Homesteadlady001@yahoo.com.

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The First Saturday Flea Market of Arts &Collectibles is this Saturday, June 7, at the New Hope Gym from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is a free indoor market open to community groups and individuals to raise funds and also contribute to the Gymnasium Improvement Fund. It offers antiques, collectibles, crafts, plants, Hawaiiana, clothes, books, food, art, rummage, jewelry, toys, etc. There is space available: Please call 989-4422. There is ample parking behind the gym or along Cherry Blossom Park.

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‘Walking Meditation In The Wild’ is this Saturday, June 7, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and on the first Saturday of every month, rain or shine. Come to Kohala to ‘Iole, the Historic Bond Homestead at 53-496 ‘Iole Rd., Kapaau. Join with Gavin Harrison for the not-strenuous walk. Refreshments to follow. Please make sure to bring a hat, comfortable hiking shoes, sunscreen, bottled water, a towel or cushion for rest stops, raingear and mosquito repellent. A $10-15 donation is suggested. For more information, please email info@iolehawaii.com or call 889-5151.

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The Waimea Community Association, WCA, monthly town meeting is this Thursday, June 5, starting at 5:15 p.m. at the Waimea School Cafeteria. The agenda will include a presentation by Steve Durst, director of the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA), based here in Waimea. The talk focuses on efforts to advance human knowledge of the cosmos through observation from our moon within the decade. Also to include CTAHR update on fireweed and fire ants and a briefing on North Hawaii Education and Research for-credit and non-credit course offerings for the coming weeks and months. Everyone is invited. Hot coffee is provided by Starbucks. The attendees are urged to support Waimea Food Pantry with cash or checks (receipts available) or non-perishable food donations. For more information, please call WCA President Sherman Warner (885-1725) or Patti Cook (937-2833).

To reach the Kokua Way, email waiukahenutz@gmail.com or call Carol on her cellphone at 936-0067.

 

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