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Still time to donate to Papaikou Hongwanji rummage sale

The Papaikou Hongwanji Spring Rummage Sale is slated for 7-11 a.m. Saturday in the multipurpose hall. It is in Papaikou on the Onomea Scenic Route, makai of Highway 19.

Members and donors have been doing their spring cleaning, so they have an abundance of men’s and women’s clothing, kitchen things, dishes and dish sets, household items (dis-n-dat), vases, purses, suitcases, shoes, holiday items, toys, books, magazines, paperbacks, records, small stands, electronics, furniture and other miscellaneous items for sale.

All proceeds raised from the rummage sale project will be directed toward the temple’s facility repairs and general operating expenses.

They are truly grateful to all church and family members and supporters who already generously donated items. They are still accepting donations.

For more information, contact May Navarro at 936-6283.


Student Allyzsa Acidera had a very different school day Feb. 24, which she shares with the readers.

She and the other Honokaa High and Intermediate School eighth-grade agriculture students spent the day planting trees and shrubs at Pu‘u Wa‘a Wa‘a. The students were accompanied by their agriculture teacher, Manuel Jadulang; social studies teacher, Cindy Navarro-Bowman; and math teacher, Sofia Infante.

The students planted Kokio trees, which are extinct in the wild, and awe‘owe‘o, a plant that smells like fish.

After outplanting, the students collected data with yellow tags.

Allyzsa said, “It helped me have a better understanding of what we can do to help future generations. Pu‘u Wa‘a Wa‘a is one of the most diverse dryland forests in Hawaii and we were very lucky to go there and make a difference.”


Beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, kumu Kimo Awai will chant the dedication for the opening ceremonies for “Men of Wood and Stone.”

This gathering and exhibit will be on the grounds, in the gardens and in the Motonaga Garage Gallery, at Akiko’s Buddhist B&B in Wailea, the Hakalau area.

This event honors the work of Fred Soriano, Randy Takaki, John Brault, William P. McKnight and Mike Rossetto.

Please be there by 12:45 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin promptly at 1 p.m.

For those of you who know Fred, or have seen his work in downtown Hilo or on his stonewall at Haihai and Alu streets, we especially request your presence to be witness to this event.

Light refreshments and talk-story to follow.

Directions to Akiko’s: Drive along the Hamakua Coast on Highway 19, to mile marker 15. Look for the overhead sign that says “Wailea” and turn left, and then another quick left. (Do not go up the hill on Chin Chuck Road). You will be back tracking to Hilo, but on the old highway. Pass the baseball park on the left. Drive for 50 yards or so, and park. There will be “parking guides” and other cars parked there. Then, walk back in time, down to the Motonaga Garage Gallery.

This event is sponsored by the Wailea Village Historic Preservation Community.

The exhibit will be up for one month, with visiting by appointment only. Please email or call 963-6422 to arrange an appointment.


Get your tickets now to see John Sebastian at 7 p.m. March 22 at the Honokaa People’s Theatre.

Lazar Bear Productions presents the evening with the founding member of The Lovin’ Spoonful, whose original songs became Top 10 hits immediately.

You remember these songs: “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice,” “Daydream,” “Younger Girl,” “Summer In The City,” “Rain On The Roof,” “Nashville Cats,” “Six O’Clock,” “Darling Be Home Soon,” “Younger Generation,” “Do You Believe In Magic?” and “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?”

These songs did more than simply answer the British invasion of Beatlemania, they carried the American musical tradition into the future.


Mayor Billy Kenoi officially launched the drive to develop a clean, modern and efficient waste reduction technology for Hawaii County with the release of Stage 1 of the county’s request for proposals (RFP) March 3.

The RFP process will allow the county to select a proven, economically viable and environmentally friendly process for managing solid waste from East Hawaii for at least the next 20 to 30 years, Mayor Kenoi said.

“For the past two decades, this county engaged in study after study to determine the best way to cope with the required closure of the South Hilo Sanitary Landfill,” Kenoi said. “It is now time to act. We are inviting the best and brightest in the industry to submit their proposals for a state-of-the-art facility that will benefit our community, and allow us to transform our solid waste from a liability into an asset.”

The county will continue its commitment to recycling, including a program to provide mulch made from green waste for agricultural and other uses.

In 2013 the county recycled more than 217 tons of materials per day, including metals, glass, plastics and green waste. The waste reduction project will not affect those efforts, Kenoi said.

The design-build-operate RFP calls for a facility that can accommodate about 300 tons of solid waste per day. The facility will be built near the existing county sort station, and will be privately financed.

Stage 1 of the RFP will identify the most qualified teams and technologies for the project.

Communications from potential vendors regarding the project must be directed to county purchasing agent Jeffrey Dansdill at

Responses to Stage 1 of the RFP are due April 15.

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


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