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It’s Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate moms

Happy Mother’s Day: This is a day to celebrate your mom, or whoever has been that special person in your life.


The Sew Fun after school sewing program will be holding its Fourth Annual Open House & Showcase on Wednesday, May 15, at 4 p.m. at the Honokaa United Methodist Church. Light refreshments will be served. Parents, friends and the general public are invited to attend and enjoy viewing items participants have made during the past year.

Those participating in the program this past school year will proudly display quilts, clothing, pillowcases, purses and other interesting projects. This is the fifth year that ages 9 to adult have gathered on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 4 p.m. to learn hand sewing and proper use of a sewing machine from adult volunteers.

After four initial projects, participants select and/or design the projects they wish to make. This year, each Sew Fun participant made a lap quilt which will be donated to North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea and a long, terrycloth bib that will be donated to Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua.

Sew Fun is sponsored by the Honokaa United Methodist Church. Coordinators are grateful for the support of various individuals and community organizations. For further information, call the church at 775-0566.


Waimea Community Theatre presents the “hysterical” comedy “Four Weddings and an Elvis” this weekend and the next at Parker School Theatre. Shows are May 17-26. The play details the adventures (and misadventures) of the owner of ‘Sandy’s Wedding Chapel’ in Las Vegas by recounting some of the unusual weddings that have occurred there.


Hawaii Island Humane Society’s sixth annual Hawaii Horse Expo will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11, on the Big Island. Proceeds from the event benefit the Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which helps abused and abandoned horses on the island. Visit

The Paniolo Preservation Society’s Annual Dinner Fundraiser is Saturday night during the Hawaii Horse Expo weekend. This is a gala event to celebrate paniolo heritage as well as raise awareness and funds for the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables in Waimea.


The Hamakua Community Development Plan, CDP, continues to grow and flourish. The next steering committee meeting will be Tuesday, June 4, at 5 p.m. at the Papaikou Community Center, where dinner will be served and public testimony will be taken. On the agenda will be a presentation of the Draft CDP Outline, and an overview of the Natural and Cultural Resource Section of the Analysis Document.

The team is continuing to work on the CDP Analysis document, which is the background information for the CDP itself and will become the plan’s appendix. The analysis document is divided into three categories that correspond to the Three Pillars of Sustainability — aina, community and economy.

The team estimates they are 75 percent complete on the analysis on each of the pillars: aina section, community and the economy section. The team is continuing to collect information and vet the data as they develop each section and will keep the community updated on their progress. Mahalo again for all your community support. The Steering Committee looks forward to seeing you at their next CDP Steering Committee meeting and as the Hamakua CDP process moves forward!


On Saturday, to the Honokaa People’s Theatre, it’s the British Blues Explosion in Hawaii, featuring two British blues icons, John Mayall, the “Godfather of British Blues,” with special guest Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds in a fundraiser for the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association’s Junior Lifeguard Program. The theater opens at 7 p.m., and show is at 7:30 p.m.

Mayall’s hottest band ever will be performing a four-island tour. The new band boasts Texas guitar slinger Rocky Athas, Greg Razb on bass and Jay Davenport on drums as the powerhouse behind Mayall. Simmonds will open the show with a special rare acoustic set and then join Mayall.

There will be a live auction of a signed guitar and other instruments, with proceeds benefiting the lifeguard program


In partnership with the Pacific Tsunami Museum, the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association and the Hilo Improvement Program are offering a Tsunami Preparedness Workshop for businesses, community and families on Tuesday, May 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pacific Tsunami Museum at 30 Kamehameha Ave.

Featured speakers will include Gerard Fryer of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Oahu, Stafford Oyama, chair of the DIA Public Safety Committee, and Bill Hanson of Hawaii County Civil Defense.

The workshop will provide tools and important information for business owners whose duty is to protect employees and customers. Everyone will learn to protect irreplaceable assets and better prepare for the next tsunami warning. In the past two years there have been multiple tsunami threats, both from Japan and Canada, and the DIA/HIP encourages all residents and merchants to come and learn more about a phenomenon that is an ever-present threat.

Seating is limited at the Pacific Tsunami Museum, and registration is required. Registration is free for DIA members (visit to join) and just $5 per person for non-members. To register, or for more information, please send an email to or call 935-8850.

The Hilo Improvement Program is a project of the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association, and is funded through a grant from the Hawaii Corporation for National Community Service.

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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