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Kokua Way: Dance, Mardi Gras and more in Honokaa

The Honokaa Community Theatre Spring 2014 session commences at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Honokaa People’s Theatre.

Also at noon Sunday, join the Noveau Gypsy Bellydance Workshop with Stephanie Bolton. The cost is $10 with early registration recommended.

For more information, call (808) 854-1270.

And it’s the BUTOH Spring 2014 session at 2 p.m.


Are you are in for a show?

Well this is it!

Mardi Gras Hawaii 2014 tour of Buckwheat Zydeco and C.J. Chenier will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Honokaa People’s Theatre.

Lazar Bear is proud to present Mardi Gras Hawaii 2014, featuring two of the hottest Zydeco Bands to come out of Louisiana.

American musical legend and preeminent ambassador of Zydeco music Buckwheat Zydeco and Ils Son Partis Band together with C.J. Chenier &Red Hot Louisiana Band will perform a four-island tour in Hawaii, playing their signature brand of Zydeco and Cajun music backed by their incredible bands, complete with accordion and rub board players.

Buckwheat and C.J. both grew up under the influence of the legendary Zydeco icon Clifton Chenier, and their incredible careers are a tribute to Clifton.

“Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulet” — let the good times roll — and come join us for this hot dance party with Cajun food, jambalaya and Mardi Gras beads.

This year’s Mardi Gras event will benefit the 36th annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk with a signed instrument auction and some festive Mardi Gras traditions.

For information or tickets, call 775-9963.


The Hawaii Preparatory Academy Community Book Club will host its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Dyer Memorial Library, Upper Campus.

Community Book Club meetings are free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served and participants are invited to bring a snack to share.

Lois Inman, Dyer Memorial librarian, and Jaime Johnson, Upper School English teacher, will lead the group. The current book selection is “The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout; Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times bestseller Lois Inman, Dyer Memorial librarian; and Jaime Johnson, Upper School English teacher.


I’m sharing this letter from Pete Sparks about the Ahualoa Community Association, which has been working on its Path Project for about two years.

They are clearing pedestrian paths through the overgrown rights of way of some of the 100-year-old “paper roads.”

Considerable effort has been spent on clearing a path up Kapena Road to Puaono Road, and then east through the center of Ahualoa to Kinimaka Road.

Such a route would provide a safe track for our pedestrian residents, visitors and families and pets to walk and connect without having to worry so much about the cars and heavy trucks that seem to be everywhere else.

When we started, in many places it was difficult to even find the ROW; Kapena Road, for instance, which fords Kuilei Gulch twice on its way up to the Old Mamaloha Highway, in the olden days, was probably never traversed by trucks or automobiles, only by pedestrians or riders of animals or wagons.

So, we were surprised to see the CDP Regional Transport Map of Honokaa, which shows Kapena Road, Puaono Road and Kinimaka Road all as interconnecting, paved, “collector roads” and, according to the map key, equivalent to the Old Highway.

As it stands now, the Regional Transportation Map is somewhat misleading.

I once met a young Japanese couple walking up Kapena Road shod in rubber slippers, looking for the Volcano Honey Farm and clutching their Google printout showing a big blue line from their car down by Highway 19 right up Kapena to Puaono Road.

I told them they couldn’t get there from here, and drew a new map for them. We don’t need more maps like theirs out there.

Before the ACA Path Committee cleared the path, the Japanese couple would have been hard-pressed to make it in real hiking boots; it was an ancient tangle of fallen wood and we had to climb down to the first ford on a giant mossy fallen eucalyptus tree and I was always afraid I would slip off and fall into the bamboo patch below.

The descent is much easier now, but still no rubber slippers.

It would be nice to have an authoritative sign to that effect; maybe you guys could put one in the budget for the CDP?

We have been in contact with Lucas Mead of the Planning Department regarding pedestrian access at Puaono and Kumupele and also at Puaono and Kinimaka.

The latter intersection warrants timely interest. The land concerned is being considered for subdivision (THERIOT FAMILY TRUST SUB-13-001301), so this is an opportune time to review and restore an old easement connecting Puaono to Kinimaka that is clearly shown on older, more accurate maps dating back to the early 20th century.

We have seen gates on old fences and other traces of old roads suggesting the pedestrian residents of Ahualoa have lost a lot of foot-path access in the last 100 years.

We hope to reverse this trend.

Mr. Mead has some maps previously sent to him that clarify my long-winded explanations, and two letters asking for county help on separate aspects of our pathproject.

Someone from our Ahualoa Community Association Path Committee would be happy to show you our project if you want to establish some ground truth in this matter.

Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes with good traction. And please ... no rubber slippers.

For more information, take a look at the Hamakua CDP or call Pete Sparks at 640-5504.

Carol Yurth’s column is published every Sunday and spotlights activities on the Hilo-Hamakua coast. She welcomes items for her column. Reach her by mail (46-1250 Kalehua Road, Honokaa HI 96727) at least 10 days before the requested publication date, call her at 775-7101, or e-mail


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