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Buddhist women group hosts convention today

The Hawaii Island United Hawaii Buddhist Women Association will hold its 59th annual convention today at the social hall of Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Honokaa. The theme of the event is “Path of Entrusting: Live the Teachings.” One of the featured speakers will be Katherine Werner Ciano, director of North Hawaii Hospice. Entertainment will be provided by the Honokaa High School Jazz Ensemble, led by Hawaii’s 2013 Living Treasure and Grammy Award winner, Gary Washburn.

Other presenters include, from the East Hawaii Cultural Center, Kay Yokoyama, coordinator of the publication, “Aloha Aina: Big Island Memories,” a book chronicling the memories of treasured kupuna; Charlene Asato, multimedia artist; Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson, chair of the University of Hawaii at Hilo Performing Arts Department; Randall McEndree, lecturer at Hawaii Community College, and Frances Chang Sherrard, founder and former executive director of the East Hawaii Cultural Center.


The College of Continuing Education and Community Service at the University of Hawaii at Hilo invites the public to a book talk by the founding director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Pacific American Program and acting chief of the Asian Division at the Library of Congress, on Friday, Nov. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center Moanahoku Room. Dr. Franklin Odo will discuss his newly released book, “Holehole Bushi, Voices from the Canefields,” much of which was drawn from interviews and information from Hawaii Island families.

“Holehole bushi” are the folk songs of the Japanese plantation workers describing the experiences of this particular group caught in the global movements of capital, empire, and labor during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A book-signing and light refreshments will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Special guests from Hilo Meishoin Tsukikage Odori Kai group will also perform traditional holehole bushi dances. RSVP is requested. Call 974-7664, email or register online at


Here’s a look at the spring semester classes now finalized to be held at NHERC, the North Hawaii Education and Research Center in Honokaa:

— “Astronomy 110: General Astronomy,” for three academic credits, will guide students in studying the structure and evolution of the solar system, stars, stellar systems and the universe. This course is intended for non-science majors. It fulfills a General Education Natural Science requirement;

— “Art 109: Introduction to drawing and painting,” for three academic credits, is a studio course for non-majors. Students in this course will learn the formal concepts in drawing and painting. It fulfills a General Education Humanities requirement;

— “Computer Science 200: Web Technology 1,” for three academic credits, is a course designed to introduce students to web page authoring. It fulfills a General Education Language Arts requirement;

— “English 289: The Rhetoric of Food,” for three academic credits, is the course where students will learn how and why food plays a central role in cultures around the world, with special attention to how food affects political, religious, economic, social and cultural activities and decision-making in various countries or regions. Students must have taken “English 100.” It fulfills a General Education Humanities requirement;

— “History 274: History of Hawaii,” for three academic credits, is the course which explores the history of the Hawaiian Islands from Polynesian origins to contemporary multicultural society. It fulfills a General Education Social Science requirement, as well as a Hawaii Pan-Pacific requirement, and

— “Marine Science 171: Marine Biology-Diversity,” for three academic credits, has students studying marine organisms: classification, structure, physiology, ecology and adaptations to the marine environment. It fulfills the General Education Natural Science requirement. The associated “Marine Science 171 Lab: Marine Biology Laboratory,” for one credit, fulfills the General Education Natural Science lab requirement.


Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Ka Makani Players will present “42nd Street” Nov. 7-10 at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 7-9 and at 4 p.m. on Nov. 10. Tickets, which only are available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

HPA theater instructor Marina Tichotsky is the director, music director and costume designer. Jared Terpak is technical director and set/lighting designer. “42nd Street,” the musical for people who love musicals, is a big, bold production set in 1933. It is a celebration of Broadway and the people involved in shows and the story of hard work, being in the right place at the right time, talent, and love.

The story focuses on aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer, and takes the audience on Peggy’s journey to stardom. Musical hits include “Lullaby of Broadway,” “42nd Street,” “We’re in the Money,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me,” “Dames,” and “I Know Now.” The cast features Miller White as Julian Marsh, Kimi Cantyne as Peggy Sawyer, Leilani Bostock as Dorothy Brock, Kharim Barthson as Billy Lawlor, DJ Sekiya as Pat Denning, Churchill Crean as Abner Dillon, Tyler Alt as Andy Lee, Eugene Kao as Bert Barry, and Harmony Graziano as Maggie Jones. Thirty-five other HPA students play supporting roles, with 55 more students in the orchestra and assisting with production. For information, please call 881-4002.

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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