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Music, meetings, more on tap in Honokaa area

The Honokaa Ensemble 2013 Alumni Finale Blowout is this Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Honokaa People’s Theatre. This is the final show and you do not want to miss it! Come and enjoy the music one last time. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show is at 7 p.m. And, the Honokaa High School Jazz Band will perform at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10.


Do you want to make a difference? The Carteret Atolls are rapidly becoming a community of “climate change refugees,” as their homes are inundated by rising oceans. These low-lying atolls, part of Papua New Guinea, cannot provide fresh water or food other than coconuts, because of salt water contamination, leaving the people entirely dependent on outside resources.

The population must now relocate to Bougainville, 50 miles across the water, to make a new life for their ohana. Progress is under way. Land has been secured, and the first group of “clan houses” for extended families is nearly complete.

Join in a fund-raising initiative continuation by Steve and Jacinta Hanks, teachers at Honokaa High and Intermediate, for the Carteret Atolls, especially for the people of Piul, Jacinta’s home island. Come this Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to the Honokaa High & Intermediate School cafeteria for a rummage sale where purchases, goods and monetary donations of any kind are most gratefully appreciated.

Donated items can be brought to the school cafeteria on Friday, Nov. 8, between 2 and 5 p.m. These funds will be used to build additional clan houses for the people of Piul. Amazingly, the cost for a solid home with bath and cooking area is minimal, only $7,000. The goal is to construct 10 more clan houses. To learn more about the Carteret Atolls community and the intensive relocation projects under way, please call Jacinta at 989-0924, visit, or just google tulele peisa.

More fundraisers will be coming up, but please help kick off the effort to “adopt a clan house” and make a difference for the people of Piul before it’s too late.


The possible affiliation of Queen’s Health Systems with North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) will top Waimea Community Association’s (WCA) Town Meeting agenda at 5:15 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 7 in Waimea School cafeteria. The entire community is invited to all WCA Town Meetings, and there is no charge for membership, though donations are encouraged to support the organization’s ongoing programs. Queens Health Systems (Queen’s), corporate parent of the Queen’s Medical Center recently entered into an agreement with NHCH to explore the possibility of a formal affiliation with NHCH. In line with this, and in keeping with Queen’s recognition of the importance of reaching out to local communities to build positive relationships, being a good community partner, and investing in a healthy Hawaii, Art Ushijima, CEO of Queen’s, is planning a series of community forums in North Hawaii. He will be conducting a community “talk story” as part of WCA’s November Town Meeting. He also will be conducting two more community “talk stories” as follows:

The first meeting is in Hamakua from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, at North Hawaii Education and Research Center (NHERC). This will be hosted by Hamakua Health Center. For more information, call Sue DelaCruz at the Rural Outreach Services Room (775-0617).

The last meeting is in North Kohala, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, in the Kohala High School cafeteria. This will be hosted by Kahua Pa‘a Mua Inc. For more information, call Carol Fuertes (889-5391). These community talk-stories are part of Queen’s Hospital’s in-depth due diligence being conducted before moving forward.

“The community attendance and views are important to Queen’s and will help determine how Queen’s can best serve the growing health needs of North Hawaii and Hawaii Island and be a partner for healthy communities in our State,” said WCA President Sherman Warner. While this month’s town meeting will be primarily dedicated to the Queen’s-NHCH talk-story, there will be brief update on this community now-annual Big Island Giving Tree (BIGT) holiday project, which ensures that our working poor families ¨especially the children ¨and our kupuna are remembered during the Christmas season.

BIGT will launch its gathering of donations on Thursday, Dec. 5, with a festive tree lighting with caroling, entertainment and a light dinner offering at Parker School, and everyone is invited. BIGT is closely integrated into the 53rd annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade and all-day celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7, too.

BIGT welcomes donations and also invites community members, churches, clubs, businesses and families to consider adopting a family or a child. Applications are being accepted for individuals or families who might need this extra support during the holidays. For more details — including an application for the BIGT and the famous Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade, with its brigade of festively decorated trucks, and, of course, Santa — visit

For more information, please call WCA President Sherman Warner (885-1725) or Patti Cook (937-2833) or go to


An upcoming workshop in Hilo is “Web Based Marketing for Small Business.” Do you want to learn how to market your business online? The Hawaii Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present “Web Based Marketing for Small Business” on Friday, Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Hawaii Innovation Center at Hilo, 117 Keawe St.

Brent Norris, Co-founder of Green Collar Technologies, will teach participants online marketing tips, techniques and methods for reducing costs and attracting sales. Registration fee is $35. Advance registration is required. Deadline to register is Nov. 13. To register for this workshop, please call 933-0776 or visit

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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