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Spaghetti open house Tuesday night in Honokaa

Please come Tuesday evening when Honokaa High and Intermediate will be hosting an Open House and Spaghetti Dinner Night from 4:45 to 7 p.m. Come by and meet our new principal, talk story with your kids’ teachers, check out the campus and enjoy a free dinner.

Questions? Contact Miriah Petruzzi in the College and Career Center 775-8800, ext. 308.


It’s the 2nd Annual Hamakua Youth Foundation Hula Festival this Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Honokaa People’s Theater. Enjoy this evening with a community celebration of Hawaiian music, dance and culture. All proceeds go to programs and activities at the Hamakua Youth Center. Doors open at 4 p.m. with an opportunity to bid on some great silent auction items donated by Youth Center supporters. Hula, song, and likely some special surprises, begin at 5 p.m. with Eddie Ku as emcee. The program will feature both kahiko and auana hula performances.

Groups and halau represent some of the best that North Hawaii offers, including Halau o Po‘ohala, with kumu lo‘ea Hulali Covington; Halau Na Lei Punahele, kumu hula Punahele Andrade; Halau Hula Helele‘i Pua O Waipio, kumu hula Haleakala Sakata, and Lanakila Mangauil’s community group, Hula Me Ka Honua.

The first festival, held in April of last year, attracted over 300 people. According to festival spokesperson Joel Cohen, “this year’s event will again be a memorable experience for all who attend. We are expecting a big crowd, so, it’s best to purchase your tickets in advance.” Tickets are on sale at $20 for adults and $5 for keiki 18 and under. They may be purchased at the Youth Center at 45-3396 Mamane St. in Honokaa or by contacting HYF Board members. Remaining tickets will be available at the door.

The Hamakua Youth Foundation Board, staff and participating performers look forward to your attendance and experiencing the sharing of aloha. It will be a great time for all, knowing that you are also supporting valuable programs for youth. Please contact the Hamakua Youth Center at 775-0976, if more information is needed.


The Friends of Laupahoehoe Library are planning a book sale. For sale at rock bottom prices are 15 years of inventory to liquidate. Check this out: 25 cents for paperback books and 50 cents for hardback books. There is a wonderful large selection of DVDs and CDs available.

This book sale is on Friday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Laupahoehoe Library multipurpose room. There will be great buys in the categories of fiction, Hawaiiana, romance, travel, cookbooks and hobbies. There are many child and young adult DVDs and CDs. The last book sale was 15 years ago. Literally there are thousands of items on sale. All proceeds are used to support Laupahoehoe Public Library with book purchases, magazine/newspaper subscriptions, programs, supplies, etc.


Plans are under way for the annual community Thanksgiving dinner, one of several service projects planned and implemented for the community by Honokaa area students. The event provides a free turkey dinner to all who attend. Turkeys, purchased with donations to the event, will be prepared by the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. There will be entertainment and door prizes for those in attendance. The event serves as an opportunity for the school and community to come together for a celebration of thanks. Meals are delivered upon request to the housebound in the Honokaa area, which includes Honokaa, Kukuikaele, Haina, Paauhau and Kalopa.

If you are housebound or know of someone who would like a meal delivered to them, please call Austin Makana Loo, Kayla Kalauli, or Angela Brandt at 775-800, ext. 264.

The Thanksgiving dinner is made possible through generous donations from school classes and clubs, Hamakua Energy Partners, HLP Hamakua Community Foundation, Aloha Care and the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, as well as other community organizations, individuals, and the fundraising efforts of the students of the Leadership Training Program.

Over 810 dinners were served during last year’s event, and much aloha and gratitude is expressed to all those who have contributed to this dinner in the past. Without the generosity of these community members, this dinner would not have been possible. If you are interested in making a donation for this year’s dinner, please contact Angela Brandt 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 e-mail


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