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❖ H A P P E N I N G S ❖ creations, cook-off, propagation information, culture and history, arts and crafts and more. Free. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. 808.960.3727 or


Breadfruit Festival—Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu Saturday, Sept. 24 Captain Cook “Rooted in the Past and Bearing Fruit for the Future,” celebrates breadfruit or ‘ulu at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The garden also unveils its new visitor center at noon with a dedication. Enjoy cooking demonstrations by local celebrity chefs, food booths featuring breadfruit; judging and sampling of the “I Love Breadfruit” Cook-Off Contest, where anyone can enter their favorite breadfruit dish. Contest is open to all Hawai‘i Island residents (see details online). Entries due Sept. 12. Enjoy Hawaiian and Pacific Islander cultural activities including ‘ulumaika (breadfruit bowling), talks on the culture and history of breadfruit, ‘olelo no‘eau

Earthdance 2011 Friday – Sunday, Sept. 23 – 25 Honoka‘a Part of the world’s largest synchronized music and dance festival for peace, presented by Off the Grid Productions and uniting over 500 locations in 80 countries

(proverbs), woodworking, quilting demonstrations, tapa making, ‘ulu poi making and more. Workshops on breadfruit propagation, tree care and maintenance, economic opportunities, the Hunger Initiative and other topics presented by experts Dr. Diane Ragone and Ian Cole of the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Art exhibit of finalists in a fine art contest and a youth poster contest. Breadfruit trees are available for sale on festival day, but supplies are limited and advance purchase for pick-up at the festival is encouraged by contacting hooulu@hawaiihomegrown. net. Photo by Craig Elevitch

worldwide. Come and join in the weekend of camping, music, art, vending and dancing on 250 acres at the Kava Farm in Honoka’a. Located between Honoka’a and Pa’auilo, around the 39-mile marker. Live bands, DJ, laser light show, fire dancing, visual art, organic food venders and more. or

Breadfruit Festival Saturday, Sept. 24 Captain Cook [See Spotlight] A celebration of the culinary culture of this staple of the Hawaiian diet. Breadfruit cooking demos by local chefs, food booths with breadfruit

Saturday, Sept. 24 Hilo Panaewa Rainforest Zoo celebrates Namaste’s 14th birthday with his traditional “ice cake” featuring 14 bone candles this year—presented at 9 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., he receives a special birthday present. Free cake and ice cream for everyone at noon while supplies last. A special turkey dinner will be given to Namaste at 3:30 p.m. Live music all day; keiki games, crafts, petting zoo, face painting and more. Fundraiser supports Friends of the Zoo. The Panaewa Zoo’s hours are 9 a.m. -4 p.m. daily. Free. 808.959.9233 or

Lions Feast 2011 Saturday, Sept. 24 Kailua-Kona Lions Club of Kona fundraiser at Maka’eo Pavilion at Old Airport Beach Park, 5:30 – 9 p.m. A feast featuring local grass-fed steak and fresh Keahole lobster. Lots of pupu, fresh fruits and desserts, including a chocolate fountain. Entertainment by Ernie Cruz Sr., Jeff “Kumu” Keanaaina, and Kona Daifukuji Taiko Youth Group. $55 presale/$65 at the door. 808.987.1029 or www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/konahi/calendar.php.

Sunday, Sept. 25 Hilo Annual festival celebrating the birthday of Hawai‘i’s beloved Queen Lili‘uokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawai‘i—held in the beautiful surroundings of the queen’s historical namesake, Lili‘uokalani Gardens. Music, food, hula, flower drop and multiethnic dancing. Hula by worldwide hula hālau; music by major island entertainers. Shuttle to and from Civic Auditorium parking area. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 808.961.8706.

Nonfiction Book Club Tuesday, Sept. 27 Keauhou Kona Stories book store in the Keauhou Shopping Center hosts the “Just the Facts” Nonfiction Book Club on the fourth Tuesday each month, 6:30 p.m. Call in advance to find out what the group is reading; bring a pupu or beverage to share and join in. Free. 808.324.0350.

Art and Traditions of Hula at Kīlauea Saturday, Sept. 24 Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Kumu Maile Yamanaka presents a hands-on educational lesson in basic hula 10:30-11:30 a.m., lei making 12-1 p.m. and basic ‘ukulele/Hawaiian music 1:302:30 p.m. at Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply.  808.967.8222 or

Photo courtesy Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival Friday, Sept. 30 Waikoloa Beach Resort The 16th annual ag extravaganza touts the isle’s grass-fed beef industry while bringing together local ranchers, farmers,

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hosted this conference was in 2001, in Honolulu. It is expected to pump about $5 million into the Big Island economy. Registration available in variety of categories, from Life/Emeritus member to student non-members with participant fees varying accordingly—single day participation or full conference. Interested educators may also register for the Education Symposium on the web site. http:// cfm/CID/16/Registration/.

Birthday Celebration For Namaste, The White Bengal Tiger

Ka Queen Lili‘uokalani Hula Festival He Hali‘a Aloha No

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