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POUND MOCHI TODAY — Volunteer Brad Kurokawa pounds mochi rice during last year’s 14th annual Wailea Village Mochi Pounding. Today’s edition of the popular New Year’s event, as usual, also includes a local-style lunch, crafts, calligraphy, kadomatsu arrangements, Okinawan taiko drumming and Hawaiian entertainment. Everyone is invited to the free, family-style event.What's HotWhat's Hot

 TODAY, Dec. 29 


Where: Akiko’s Buddhist B&B, Wailea Village 

When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 29 

Details: All invited to 15th annual mochi-tsuki celebration. Make traditional rice cakes the “old-fashioned” way. Take a turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. Fire-building at 6 a.m. to steam the rice. Hearty chicken and vegetarian hekka plate lunch for $5 by Miyo. New Year’s crafts, calligraphy, kadomatsu arrangements, fortune telling and I Ching readings, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment and more. 

Contact: Akiko Masuda, 963-6422, 

TUESDAY, Jan. 1 


Where: Throughout Hawaii Island 

When: Starts Jan. 1 

Details: January is Hawaii Island’s fourth annual Volcano Awareness Month. Talks about Hawaiian volcanoes will be offered throughout the month. A detailed schedule is posted on the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website at hvo. 

Contact: Janet Babb, 967-8844, 

FRIDAY, Jan. 4 


Where: Aikido of Hilo, 29 Shipman St. No. 203 (Koehnen’s Alley, downtown Hilo) 

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 4 

Details: Aikido sixth-dan black belt instructors and students give a free public demonstration of this Japanese martial art. Aikido is an effective self-defense and a path of development, integrating the whole person — physically, mentally and spiritually. Training improves self-confidence, discipline and awareness. Physical benefits include greater flexibility, endurance, coordination and balance. 

Contact: Barbara, 935-2454, 


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