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King’s Chapel Honokaa to host ‘no fear fest’

King’s Chapel Honokaa is hosting a free event for the community — called the “no fear fest” — on Thursday, Oct. 31, Halloween night, in the Honokaa School cafeteria.

This event is an alternative to the traditional trick or treating that children enjoy. Everyone is encouraged to come in a costume. There are door prizes, games and lots of treats.

“Honokaa Loves Music” is on display at the NHERC, North Hawaii Education and Research Center Heritage Center, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free and all are invited. This new exhibit celebrates the unique heritage of music in North Hamakua from ancient chants to plantation bands. The Hamakua County Band, which was originally called the Honokaa Band, was formed in 1884, making it the second-oldest band next to the Hilo Band on the island. This year also marks the 35th year since Gary Washburn became the band teacher at Honokaa High School, so the exhibit will feature a retrospective on the Honokaa Jazz Band and Ensemble. The NHERC Heritage Center is located below the old Honokaa Hospital at 45-539 Plumeria St.


The Waimea Ballroom Dance Club cha cha lessons have two weeks remaining for this six-week intermediate class on Monday evenings in Waimea School cafeteria. One hour lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. are followed by a half-hour practice mixer. Lance Oliver is the instructor; for more information, please call President Peter In at 885-4776.


It’s the October Blow-Out Sale at Mama’s House Thrift Store in Waimea: They’re moving to a new location soon so everything must go by the end of the month. Help Mama make a smooth move into a new place and satisfy your urge to splurge on new and gently used clothes for kids and grownups, Halloween costumes, toys, books, household goods and much more. The hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Info: 887-2287.


At 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, The Honokaa People’s Theatre will feature jazz guitarist Andrea Razzauti, violin maestro Adonijah Imgrund, keyboardist Salvador Godinez and percussionist Jesse Seymour. This event is a benefit for The Puna Community Medical Center in Pahoa. All invited. Tickets are $20, available online at or by calling 885-6868.


The Waimea Middle School ‘Ka ‘Ike Kupuna’ Classes are being extended to help perpetuate use of “unique-to-Waimea” knowledge, phrases and traditions.

“Aloha Kakahiaka!” is the standard Hawaiian language phrase for saying “Good Morning.”

But in Waimea, paniolo kupuna would say, “Kakahiaka No!” – which translates as “Indeed, It Is Morning!” – or “Morning Indeed!” and the deep, moving beauty of this expression is that, in addition to being a person-to-person greeting, it also expresses aloha for the morning itself.

While there is no right or wrong here — standardized Hawaiian words and phrases are all correct — at Waimea Middle School we are looking at perpetuating the words and phrases used by the kupuna here in Waimea and in nearby areas, explains ‘Ike Hawai’i Resource Teacher Pua Case.

To help with this perpetuation of word and phrases, WMS’ ‘Ike Hawaii Program, in partnership with the Paniolo Preservation Society (PPS) and the Waimea Education Hui, presented three classes during September featuring revered paniolo Uncle Sonny Keakealani and daughter Ku‘ulei. School and community response to these classes has been so overwhelming that three more classes will be offered in coming weeks – on Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. (Please note time change – the September classes ran from 4:15-5 p.m.)

Classes are free and everyone is invited to historic Pukalani Stables but it is helpful to confirm attendance ahead of time, preferably by email:, or by calling 938-5550. While there is no charge, those who attend these classes are asked to make a personal commitment to utilize the Hawaiian terms shared, so the ‘ike (knowledge) of today will continue tomorrow, and beyond.


The West Hawaii Community Healthcare Forum is on Oct. 15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Makaeo Pavilion (Old Airport Park). This event is hosted by Community Enterprises, a community group dedicated to holding informative, educational, interactive forums for West Hawaii residents; this will feature state officials and West Hawaii legislators to answer questions on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare.

Participating legislators include Health Committee Chair Della Au Belatti, Sen. Josh Green, Rep. Denny Coffman, Rep. Cindy Evans and Rep. Nicole Lowen. Primary presenters include Tom Matsuda, implementation manager of the Affordable Care Act in Hawaii, and Coral Andrews, executive director of the Hawaii Health Connector, Hawaii’s new online health insurance marketplace. Event will include panel discussion with representatives from the West Hawaii Community Health Center, Hope Services Hawaii, and the HIV AIDS Foundation who have been trained as marketplace assisters. Moderating the panel will be LAVAFM and HPR newswoman Sherry Bracken. Pupus and beverages will be served. Free and all invited. Info: John Buckstead (326-9779) or email


Health matters: An “Introduction To Kinesiology Taping” is coming this Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Tutu’s House from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Becky Bond, physical therapy assistant at North Hawaii Community Hospital, will share how kinesiology taping, using a special, readily available thin, stretchy, kinesio therapeutic tape, can help with a wide variety of injuries and inflammatory conditions. She will cover the history, theory and use of this inexpensive tool, plus teach you how to properly apply kinesio tape. Kinesio tape will be provided by NHCH for attendees to sample. All welcome. No advance reservation requested. For more information call Tutu’s House at 885-6777.


Not to be missed: Waimea’s annual Oktoberfest is this Friday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Historic Pukalani Stables. Sponsored by the North Hawaii Rotary as a fundraiser to support many community projects, it will include onolicious foods, beer, costume contests, a silent auction benefiting Waimea Country School, music, dancing, including the famous Chicken Dance, and lots of fun. Tickets are $60, which includes two drinks and game tickets and all food stations. New this year are VIP tickets for $100, which includes all food and beverage stations and four game tickets. Tickets are available online at: or from Rotary members. For more information, or to participate, contribute or become an event co-sponsor, call Alethea Lai at 989-7861.

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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