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Kalanianaole School to present its ho‘olaulea

Kalanianaole Elementary and Intermediate School is having its sixth annual ho‘olaulea May 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the school grounds. Come to this fantastic event and support the keiki.

The funds raised support the children’s non-school hours programs including hula, ukulele, robotics and agriculture, students even receive small group tutoring before and after school from their teachers and other support staff, how about that!

Come early and watch the keiki’s performances, and stay around, there will be a variety of local entertainers for everyone to sit back and listen to. In the past, the school was blessed with the talents of: Cyril Pahinui and Mark Yamanaka, to name a few. It’s a surprise, who will be on hand this year; they have a lot of talent all around! But you gotta come to find out!

There is much to do at the event, like visiting the variety of vendors selling their goods and getting your fresh produce right here!

Hungry? There’ll be Filipino dishes — pork adobe, pork and peas, cascaron, to name a few. Hawaiian dishes like fresh-out-of-the imu kalua pig! All kind of ono local food! You won’t go hungry!

Come and see your old friends, meet the kids and enjoy your day at their annual ho‘olaulea!


This year’s Hawaii Performing Arts Festival announces an “open concert” program. The internationally renowned summer classical music festival held on Hawaii Island each July has just created a program which will help disadvantaged, disabled and challenged music lovers attend HPAF concerts at no charge.

On the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to experience great music, 5 percent of HPAF’s available summer concert tickets will be given to worthy individuals who may not otherwise be able to attend. HPAF is asking for help from local nonprofit organizations in Hilo, Kona and Waimea in identifying and nominating deserving recipients of these free tickets.

These complimentary tickets are disseminated on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact HPAF Executive Director Genette Freeman at or 333-7378.

The festival runs from July 9-28, with concerts taking place in Waimea, Honokaa, Hilo and Kona. This summer’s lineup heralds the return of Korean American violin phenomenon Chee-Yun, as well as theatrically staged operas and an exciting Broadway review.

British Jazz Vocalist of the Year Liane Carroll opens the season on July 9 with a highly anticipated performance at the Kahilu Theater. A complete concert schedule will be released in early April.

For more information, visit

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival is supported by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Richard Smart Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation. HPAF is made possible in part by the generosity of numerous private individuals, businesses and foundations.


Gordon Motta, Pat O’Kiersey and Joseph Ruesing, all Hawaii Island artists, are having an art show on both sides of the Kahilu Theatre Lobby Gallery in Waimea through April 18. The show helps to get Kahilu Theatre fully up and running again. The show is not run-of-the-mill. Each presenter has put together the best of their artwork. Regular gallery hours are in the mornings from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m., weekdays. We can probably arrange to open on some afternoons with a few days’ prior notice.


One hundred years ago — on March 30, 1913 — the congregation of St. James’ Episcopal Church held the first service in its new chapel in Waimea. About a dozen people gathered that day to hear the good news preached by Fr. Frank Merrill, who traveled by horseback and buggy over the Kohala Mountains from Kapaau, a journey that then took many hours.

Today, St. James’ Church is a thriving congregation of more than 130 people attending one of the three weekend services, including a beach mass at Kawaihae Harbor Saturdays at 5 p.m. St. James’ also hosts the Marshallese Full Gospel Fellowship on Sunday afternoons. It is also home to the Waimea Community Chorus on Tuesday evenings, and to a full weekly schedule of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous 12-Step program meetings.

To mark its 100th birthday, the St James’ Centennial Committee has embarked upon a year-long celebration, including a luau on April 20 at the Paniolo Preservation Society’s Pukalani Stables with a traditional luau menu, music and dance, followed by a special celebratory Mass the next day, Sunday, April 21, at 9 a.m.

Members of the History Committee are hard at work compiling a written history of the church’s first 100 years, including pictures of the first church building, members and activities which depict the church’s role in the life of Waimea throughout the years.

The public is warmly invited to all of these events. For more information and service times, contact the St. James’ Church office at 885-4923 or visit the website at

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 email


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