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Public hearing on Papaikou beach access set

Last Tuesday, the County Council heard comments from the public on a resolution to acquire an easement over the trail leading from the end of Mill Road to the beach at Papaikou Mill.

At Councilman Dominic Yagong’s request, the council decided the next step would be to have a site visit and a public hearing. The site visit will be at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, followed by the public hearing at 5 p.m. at Papaikou Gym.

The future of access to Papaikou Mill beach is at stake, so this is very important to our community. Please come and give your support.


The North Hawaii Education & Research Center is taking registrations for its upcoming classes. “Filipino Culture & Language” will be taught by Romel Dela Cruz.

The history and story of the last Paauilo sakadas and other related topics including general Filipino history, food demonstrations, culture, and language will be covered in more depth in this introductory course beginning Oct. 10 for six Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. Tuition is $25, plus a $5 materials fee.


Got really old photos?

Perhaps they’re shoved in a box somewhere and some are stuck together, damaged, or faded to the point where you can’t identify the people in the them?

Learn what you can do to restore these old photos or prevent other photos from becoming damaged in this upcoming “Preserving Your Old Photographs” workshop scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, from 1-3 p.m. and will be taught by NHERC’s Heritage Center staff, Dr. Momi Naughton and Gail Chanley.

Participants are encouraged to bring in an old photo that they would like to have restored. The class tuition of $15 includes a print out of the restored photo.

For more information or to register, call NHERC at 775-8890 or email


The Third Thursday Thrive is Oct. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at NHERC, North Hawaii Education and Research Center, in Honokaa. It is a grassroots community group gathering and potluck that supports sustainability and expands connections within the Hamakua community.

Bobby Grimes will share his passion and insights into bamboo – nature’s miracle grass that you can wear, eat, build with, store carbon, prevent erosion, and make instruments and hundreds of practical everyday items. There will be a talk about growing, harvesting, curing and working with bamboo. All welcome.

Bring a dish to share and drink for yourself. Also bring your own non-disposable plates and silverware. For more information call Diane Scheurell at


Candidates vying for votes in four key North Hawaii races will face off during a non-partisan forum beginning at 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Waimea School Cafeteria.

All candidates in the four races have been invited and the following have confirmed participation: U.S. Senate, Linda Lingle; State Senate, Kelly Greenwell and Malama Solomon; Hawaii County Mayor, Billy Kenoi and Harry Kim and Hawaii County Council District 9, Sonny Shimaoka and Margaret Wille. Congresswoman Mazie Hirono has declined participation due to a schedule conflict.

Sponsored by Waimea Community Association and a diverse group of community organizations, the forum will dedicate about 30 minutes to each of the four key races. This forum, the third of the election cycle to be sponsored by this hui of community organizations, will follow a traditional question and answer format with Hawaii Island News journalist Sherry Bracken facilitating.

Questions are being provided by the various event sponsor organizations. In addition, all who attend are invited to submit written questions. A panel will review these questions and select the most timely and appropriate ones for various offices.

Everyone is invited to the Waimea forum and there is no charge but a donation of non-perishable food items is suggested, or attendees are invited to make a tax-deductible donation to Annunciation’s Waimea food pantry. There also will be steaming hot coffee – donated by Starbucks — and light snacks will be provided by sponsor groups.

For more information, call Paul Johnston (938-4540) or Sherman Warner (885-1725).


Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra’s ninth season begins Sunday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. at the Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Grand Ballroom, featuring internationally known violinist Rosalie Macmillan performing the “Violin Concerto in D major, Opus 77” by Johannes Brahms with the orchestra.

Also on the program are “Il Matrimonio Segreto, Overture” by Domenico Cimarosa and “Symphony No.104” by Franz Joseph Haydn. Admission is free, and audience members who have their parking stubs stamped after the concert will receive a $5 reduced parking fee from Hilton Waikoloa Village. A no-host bar will be available.

Despite Kahilu Theatre’s “intermission,” Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra under Musical Director Dr. Madeline Schatz hope to continue to promote local music education and introduce their music to diverse audiences by keeping admission to concerts free with partners such as the Hilton Waikoloa and community donations, which are tax-deductible. There will be a calabash at the concert.

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In Caregiving 101, Hospice shares practical information and tips. The next session will be on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parker School Hall and Auditorium. Learn what to expect when the time comes to assume the role of caregiver and address the questions many experience about “How am I ever going to manage this?”

It will include a short film and panel discussion plus informational packets with resources. The session is presented in partnership by North Hawaii Hospice and North Hawaii Community Hospital. Call Katherine Ciano (885-7547) or email

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 (46-1240 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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