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Honomu bazaar, Honokaa and Waipio runs on tap

The Honomu Henjoji Mission — the Buddhist temple next to Mr. Ed’s Bakery in Honomu — is having its annual bazaar and rummage sale on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to noon. On sale will be maki sushi, spam musubi, mouth watering baked goods and desserts such as cookies, cakes, mochi and manju, various seasoned rice and lots more.

Rummage will include clothing galore especially assorted children’s clothing, a huge variety of household items, toys, books and purses. Also, available will be craft items and plants and produce. Everyone is welcome to come and check out the great bargains.

Directions: Drive to Honomu on Highway 19, then take the Akaka Falls turnoff and follow the signs. For further information, call the Rev. Clark Watanabe, resident minister, at 963-6308 or Charlyn Yamamoto at 964-1716.


The First Annual Honokaa 5K and Half Marathon plus 30K Waipio Challenge also is on Saturday, Oct. 20. This event is sponsored by Brantley Center, which provides quality rehabilitation services to people with disabilities empowering them to participate independently in their community. For more information contact Brantley Center at 775-7245. Email

Here is the Hamakua Community Development Plan – CDP Update for October 2012. Following the initial review, the CDP Team identified several improvements needed in order to produce a plan that addresses the aspirations of the community’s Vision and provides the guidance necessary for a legal and implementable long range plan. For more information go to or call 961-8136.


Waimea Elementary School Country Fair & Concert is this Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Waimea School field. Bring chairs or a mat and enjoy delicious BBQ and the concert on the lawn. Presale tickets for BBQ and Country Western Concert with Joni Morris’ tribute to Patsy Cline are available from students in grades 2-5 and from both the Waimea El and Waimea Middle offices. All proceeds will fund playground equipment for both schools. For information or to be a vendor please call 887-7636, ext. 221.


Waimea Middle and Elementary School families and the entire community are invited to check out Mala’ai school garden’s new weekly student-run “Farm Stand,” Located in the back — or south side — of the school campus near the entry to the ¾-acre organic Mala‘ai learning garden, the Farm Stand will offer a variety of fresh produce — most of which has been grown by students.

Mala‘ai’s Farm Stand will primarily operate from 2:15 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays. The Farm Stand will continue for the next eight weeks, concluding on Thurs., Nov. 29, but it also will be moved to Wednesday, Nov. 21, to provide an opportunity for school families and community friends to purchase fresh produce for Thanksgiving, which is Thursday, Nov. 22.

Produce offered for sale will include a variety of leafy greens, kabocha squash, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, cabbage, green beans, herbs, organic eggs and cut flowers. There may also be some produce donated by local farmers. Not everything will be available every week, but each item listed, plus more will be sold over the course of the eight weeks that students run the Farm Stand.

“Our Mala‘ai Farm Stand was conceived to provide students with the real experience of growing, harvesting, cleaning and preparing produce to sell, and then handling sales and learning all the steps and entrepreneurial skills required to manage a small business. Students will be making signs, running the market, using scales, pricing the produce, recording sales and handling cash transactions. It also will help students gain an understanding of the value of what they are growing in their school garden,” said Mala‘ai garden teacher Holly Sargeant-Green.

“Money is a powerful force to be managed and handled. It will be a great experience for the students,” she said. Funds raised by the Farm Stand will be used by students for a specific project to enhance their outdoor garden classroom.

“This project is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time but have not had sufficient volume of produce. Under the guidance of Charles Oldfather, WMS students opened up, planted and cultivated additional plots adjacent to the existing garden to increase the volume of food produced. This additional mentorship of students was made possible by a grant from the West Hawaii Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Mala‘ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School is a not-for-profit community organization working in close partnership with Waimea Middle School. Mala‘ai’s Mission is to “cultivate the relationship between students and the land through growing and sharing nourishing food in our outdoor living classroom. Our work reaches beyond the boundaries of our garden connecting land stewardship, culture, health and pleasure with lifelong learning.”

For more information, go to www.mala’, or call Alethea Lai (989-7861) or email:

Please note that the Kokua Way column email address has changed- email to or call either 936-0067 cell or at night the home no. 775-7101.

Carol Yurth’s column is published ever y Sunday and spotlights activities on the Hilo-Hamakua coast. She welcomes items for her column. Reach her by mail (46-1240 Ka lehua 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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