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Community briefs for February 9

Hilo girl earns scouting award

Erica Sampaga is the recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

Starting in 1916, the best and brightest undertook projects that improved their communities and the world. Sampaga joins the ranks of generations of young women who have led with courage, confidence and character.

The Gold Award encourages girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities.

Sampaga is the daughter of Arthur Sampaga Jr. and Penelope Pung of Hilo. She was a 2012 Hilo High School Valedictorian graduate and is currently attending the University of Washington in Seattle. She was a member of Troop 334, Hilo district.

Know a special older American?

This year marks 45 years of celebrating outstanding older Americans of Hawaii County.

Nominations are sought through March 5 for Big Island older American for the Outstanding Older Americans Award. Nominations are being accepted until March 5. The annual Outstanding Older Americans Awards luncheon will be from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Hapuna Ballroom.

Tickets are $25. Buses will be provided; limited to first 300.

Call the Hawaii County Office of Aging at 961-8600 to make reservations and to obtain nomination applications.

Drink wine, help a good cause

The Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will host its winter fundraiser, an evening of wine tasting, open pupu buffet, live music and art by Christina Skaggs.

The public is invited to attend the Friends’ “Winter Fundraiser — Wine Tasting & Art” at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel in the Waioli Lounge from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Wine tasting will include four specially selected wines, with unlimited visits to the wine bar. Open pupu buffet to complement the wine selections, live music, silent auction and the enjoyment of fine art — all while supporting a good cause.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Wine tasting-only tickets available for $20, and pupu buffet-only tickets are $20. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. For tickets, call 985-7373 or visit


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