The North Hawaii Education and Research Center (NHERC) is pleased to announce a special rummage sale which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the NHERC pavilion located below the Heritage Center. Items to be sold include clothes, dishes, furniture and other items donated to NHERC. They are accepting items for donations from individuals as well as organizations in the community. Items may be dropped off at 45-539 Plumeria St. below Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua. All proceeds from the sale will go to the NHERC special event fund. This fund supports North Hawaii students taking college classes at NHERC in Honokaa. Thank you for supporting higher education in North Hawaii.
It’s coming soon. The Paauilo Elementary & Intermediate School Blue & White Fair is just around the corner with all the “special & unique” items the community has come to expect. It’s time to stock up for Christmas. Come on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to the school grounds and to check it out. For more information, please call 776-7710.
The Hawaii Island Veterans Ka Hui Koa will hold their first East Hawaii Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at the Nani Mau Gardens at 421 Makalika St. in Hilo. Proceeds will benefit the Hawaii Island Veterans building fund. For ticket information, please call Bob Williams, 964-5764, or Collins Tomei, 935-3952. Entertainment includes Na Hoku-nominated artists Kahulanui & Keahi Conjugacion, Elena Welch and LouAnn Gurney, to name a few. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
With a new location and a refreshed attitude for an upbeat economy, the eighth annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival will take place Nov. 7-9 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Three exciting nights of top international hula competition, an expanded Made-in-Hawaii Marketplace and unique Hawaiian cultural workshops make Moku O Keawe a winning choice for the classic Hawaii Island resort setting.
Here are the venues to expect:
There is an International competition night. Moku O Keawe brings together halau from Hawaii, Japan, Mexico, the U.S. mainland and elsewhere with high-caliber hula competition in Hula Kahiko, Hula ‘Auwana, and Kupuna divisions, group and solo. Competition nights feature live music onstage and mistress of ceremonies, KAPA radio personality Ka‘ea Alapa‘i.
Everyone will enjoy the cultural workshops. Essential to the festival is the element of Hawaiian cultural education through a series of hands-on workshops, presented by the competition judges in their chosen fields of expertise. Dance workshops include hula kahiko and ‘auwana by pre-eminent na kumu hula such as Nani Lim Yap, Nalani Kanaka‘ole, Iwalani Kalima, Cy Bridges, Chinky Mahoe and others. The arts of hula are explored in depth, with workshops such as lauhala weaving, crafting shell lei, and an excursion to Kalaemano (near Hualalai Resort) with Ku‘ulei Keakealani.
To promote the many local businesses, visit the Made-in-Hawaii Marketplace to start your Christmas shopping early. Featuring a wide variety of some of the best products from over 50 Island of Hawaii vendors, the new Marketplace at Hilton Hawaiian Village will showcase hula implements, fresh lei, silk-screened clothing, woven lauhala hats and purses, food products, fine arts, jewelry, fragrance, soaps and more.
“We are very grateful to the Hilton for reaching out to us with their support,” said Moku O Keawe Board Advisor Sherron Rosenberger. “It became clear that we had to make a change in order to keep our festival going strong and focused on the future. By hosting everything in one location, the Hilton has provided a way to continue our mission to perpetuate hula, the arts of hula and Hawaiian culture with the local community and our visitors from near and far.”
The Moku O Keawe International Festival is sponsored by the Moku O Keawe Foundation, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing, enriching and educating the practice and development of hula and its associated arts. For information and tickets to events, visit www.MOKIF.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.