Details: On display during most of September and then continuing with a smaller exhibition indefinitely.

Details: Features the largest survey of women artists of Hawaii in state history, covering more than a century of diverse responses to the places and people in the islands. At its core, this show celebrates the 90th anniversary of The Seven, a coalition of Honolulu-based women artists who first exhibited together in 1929.

Details: Analise and Jessica Cogan are mother and daughter artists who are sharing their art with the community. They are originally from Africa, and some of the art reflects that history. Pieces vary in style and medium, from a surfboard to pour art to more traditional work.

Details: What do you think most people would say when asked if art was important in their lives? What would you say?Join artist Mahoe as he shares past and current adventures while he paints Hawaii. Examples of his work will be on display.

Details: From the initial pros and cons of being your own boss to copyright basics to branding your product, you’ll discover what’s right for you and your art. This is a wonderful opportunity for fine artists and crafts people to gain unique insights resulting in profitable solutions. Cost is $55, or $50 for VAC members. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their own artwork for review. Call the number below or visit to register.

Details: Learn how to make a pillow, quilt, etc. Patterns, starter fabric, sewing notions and thread available. Everyone shares in their knowledge and experience.

Details: Learn how much sleep you need, why you need it and how to get more (and better) sleep. Free; registration required. Call the number below or visit for additional information or to register.

Details: Free family conference with workshops for parents and child care for keiki ages 3-10. Light breakfast, buffet lunch, local resources and T-shirts, and planetarium show for keiki. Parent workshops on special needs planning and IEPs from local professionals. RSVP to 800-533-9684.

Details: An introductory course on how to grow your own food from yard to table. Learn tips to efficiently grow, harvest, cook and store more than 50 key plants that easily thrive in Hawaii. Program suitable for adults.

Details: Second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Exercise and fun — learn older traditional dances, as well as contemporary upbeat dances. Also learn the history and background of the dances. Donation of $5.

Details: Enjoy America’s original swing dance style, the Lindy Hop, with the Hilo Hep Cats. Learn Lindy’s iconic move, the swingout, as well as rhythm, footwork and partner communication. Cost is $45 for all six weeks, $30 if you bring a new student; $10 drop-in. No partner or experience needed.

Details: Free. Learn how to spot the crooks before they spot you. Find out about today’s leading scams and hear some tips learned directly from the con artists themselves about who they target and why. Learn to safeguard against identity theft and fraud and get information to protect yourself and your family. Visit resource tables and learn how to order your free credit report and check your Facebook security settings.

Details: Learn how to use a computer more effectively to improve your life in the digital age. Every other Thursday in the computer lab. Registration required; limited to six students per session. Call the library or visit the reference desk to register.

Details: Learn fancy cut applique techniques as you decorate two fabric napkins and embellish them with easy embroidery stitches. No sewing experience necessary. All materials and tool use included, but feel free to bring your own patterned cotton fabric. Cost is $25; register at

Details: Being prepared will ensure you, your family and your property have the best chance of riding out any storm as well as recovering quickly after. Come and learn a few insider tips in preparation for the next hurricane.

Details: This month’s speaker for this Kuikahi Mediation Center series is Kimberly Dark on the topic “Handling Unconscious Bias: Our Own and Others.’” Learn tips to recognize, acknowledge and work with your and others’ deeply engrained stereotypes and how to kindly help when others are acting on them.

Details: Bridges to Zion invites the public to attend a seminar with David and Josie Silver of Out Of Zion Ministry based in Carmel, Israel. Friday night will be a shared Shabbat dinner; seminar on Saturday, lunch will be provided. Free, but those interested in attending are asked to register at Participants can attend either Friday or Saturday or both. A free-will offering will be taken for the Silvers.

Details: Reach your weight loss goals with good nutrition, regular exercise and other healthy behaviors. Workshops open to HMSA members at no cost. Nonmembers can attend if space is available; space is limited. Free.

Details: Learn how to make your own cards, home decor and other handmade papercraft items. No experience necessary; club suitable for all ages. Cost is $10. All supplies included.

Details: Learn mosaic basics while creating your own glass mosaic candle votive holder. All materials and tool use included. Cost is $25; register at

Details: Participants will learn valuable defensive driving skills, proven safety strategies, how to stay current with the latest driving technologies, current rules of the road specific to your community and how to manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Many participants could be eligible for a multiyear insurance discount after taking the course. Open to drivers of all ages. Cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Register by calling or texting the number below; leave your name, telephone number and email address.

Details: Learn how to use UV resin with wires, bezels and molds to create your own unique handmade jewelry or charms. No experience necessary; class suitable for beginners and intermediate students. Cost is $12. All supplies included.

Details: This four-Part class will teach the basics of the honeybee hive (hive management; hive equipment, construction and maintenance; pests of the hive; products of the hive; and how to extract honey and use extraction equipment). Cost is $120 for materials (ventilated jacket, hive tool, bee brush, frame grip, text book and smoker); $250 for whole course, with $120 deposit due in September to cover materials and hold your seat. The $250 is due the first day of class.

Details: Create an adorable trio of wood pumpkins (4 inch, 8 inch, 12 inch) for indoor or outdoor Halloween and Thanksgiving decor. All materials and tool use provided. Cost is $30. Register at

Details: Learn melt-and-pour techniques while making a set of colored and scented jack-o-lantern soaps. All materials and tool use included. Cost is $25. Register at

Details: This popular series returns with fun, new acrylic paint pouring techniques to create abstract paintings. No paint brush required. Create four unique pieces. Cost is $45. Register at

Details: Learn to make your own scented bath fizzies and decorate them with mica paints for your home spa experience or as gifts. Cost is $20. Register at

Details: Nancy Chaney and Pat Richardson will talk about “Underwater Photography.” Free and open to the public.

Details: We provide free, professional assistance for obtaining benefits and services, outreach programs, and representation at all governing bodies. Any man or woman, honorably discharged, who was wounded, gassed, injured or disabled in the line of duty during time of war, while in any branch of service or even still on active service are eligible for membership. Second Saturday of each month.

Details: James Rose, owner of Cal-Orchid in Santa Barbara, Calif., will speak about his 10 favorite orchids. Public welcome. Free.

Details: An afternoon full of friendship, light refreshments, entertainment and more, featuring highlights about the club, community projects and history. Members, guests and the community are invited.

Details: General membership quarterly meeting. Newly elected president Evelyn Togashi will introduce new officers, directors and committee chairs for 2019-21. Discussion on new meeting start time. Political action calendar, membership, speakers forum, telephone tree reorganization, Mahie Trask, unit administrator report. Iris Higa with the county Department of Parks and Recreation Elderly Recreation Program, also will present information about program classes, senior activities and events.

Details: Regular chapter meeting. Will be celebrating Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23). The meeting will feature highlights from Continental Congress 2019, committee updates, installation of new members, community service for National Day of Service on Oct. 11 and NSDAR Day of Prayer on Oct. 13, nominating an Outstanding DAR Service for Veterans Volunteer and an Outstanding Junior Member, and much more.

Details: Monthly meetings first Thursday of each month. Celebrating 100 years of the American Legion, 1919-2019. The post has lots of activities planned for the year. Come plan and celebrate with post members.

Details: Check in is at 1 p.m. All proceeds will be used toward the issuing of registration scholarships for youth. Win some great prizes and enjoy the classic Hawaiian-style game of trumps. Register your team at

Details: Explore this ancient art of touching energy points on the body. Learn touching points that can be self-applied to improve health and a simple immune-boosting routine. Each session will include new material, but they can be attended individually. Plan to arrive early to meet sensei and become comfortable in the space. Wear comfortable clothing. Advanced registration preferred by phone or email below. Fee by donation (suggested $15 per session).

Details: Meet new friends, share experiences and provide mutual support in an environment that’s friendly and safe. Meets the third Saturday of each month. Open to all ostomates, pre-ostomy patients, caregivers, interested medical professionals and the public.

Details: Monthly support group that helps people gain understanding and empathy for loved ones living with and recovering from mental illness. Learn more, connect with others and feel empowered.

Details: September is Library Card Sign up month! Matinee is free and suitable for all ages. A post-Christmas playdate takes a scary turn when a set of action figures become delusional, so Trixie must get her pals safely back to Bonnie’s room. Rated G. Runtime 30 minutes.

Details: Board games are a great way to get young minds thinking in fun and creative ways. Youngsters are invited to play games after school on this special day. Some of the games encourage friendly rounds of competition while others encourage participants to have fun. Free and suitable for kids of all ages and families. Games may be borrowed from the librarian at the reference desk during this time.

Details: “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds encourages youngsters to explore art with a simple dot. A girl thinks she has no artistic talent until her teacher pins up her dot with a golden frame around it. She is inspired to create more dots, leading to her artwork being showcased in the school’s art show.

Details: Participants glue painted wooden sticks to represent bumpers and tires. The frame is decorated with foam shapes or fluffy balls to make headlights on the bus. Participants can also make labels for the bus and license plates using paper.

Details: For children ages 12 and older. Art journaling is a creative process that combines visual and written mediums. The journals will be provided, along with various crafting materials. Registration is required; supplies are limited. Register at the young adult desk.

Details: Create planets from coffee capsules of various colors and shapes. Participants glue and tape their planets to ribbons of varying lengths onto a wooden dowel. Youngsters color and glue planets onto colorful cardstock to complete their mobiles. Program suited for ages 5 and older.

Details: Hopie is a rescue dog at Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary that visits schools where kids read and share stories with me. This summer, Hopie is visiting the library and hopes to see you here.

Details: The Hawaii Island Palm Society is sponsoring a tour of a 24-acre estate in lower Puna to see how rare palm species from around the world can be incorporated into a spectacular tropical landscape. The tour is free, but online registration is required by visiting

Details: Meet at the Kipukapuaulu parking lot off Mauna Loa Road off Highway 11. Help remove troublesome plants. Bring clippers or pruners, sturdy gloves, a hat and water. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting permanently stained from morning glory sap. Be prepared for cool and wet or hot and sunny weather. New volunteer? Contact Marilyn Nicholson at for more information.

Details: Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, long-sleeve shirts and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. No advance registration required; no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kilauea Visitor Center. Visit for additional planning details.

Details: Features distances from half-marathon (21 km), 10K and 5K. Register online at either or

Details: Entry blanks can be picked up at the pro shop. Cost is $120 per team. Entry fee includes team prizes, closest-to-the-pin competitions and bento lunch. Cart rental fees not included. Limited to the first 24 teams; deadline to enter is Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Details: Calling all volunteers. Rain or shine. Wear sturdy shoes. Bring a hat, gloves and water. Trash bags provided and everyone gets a free T-shirt. Children younger than 18 must preregister.

Details: Meat and vegetarian chili available with rice, cornbread, fresh garden salad and desserts for a donation of $10. Two bingo cards are included with dinner; additional cards are available for $1 each. The canteen will be open. Play for prizes. All welcome.

Details: Participate in an introductory swing dance lesson and continue with a dance party. Presented by the Hilo Hep Cats every first and third Saturdays of the month. On Sept. 7, the event is downstairs. Entry is sliding scale $8-$15 (pay what’s right for you) or only $5 with a pupu. If this is your first Swinging Saturday, get in free. No partner or experience needed.

Details: Sausage, scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, fruit cocktail, tea and coffee for a donation of $8 for adults, $5 for children 7-12. Children 6 and younger are free. All welcome.

Details: Adults 18 and older only. Enjoy the fourth annual Cabaret Circus Experience. Tickets available now at the Palace box office.

Details: Free. This week, Na Wahine A Me Na Kane Laulima O Hawaii entertains. On Sept. 17, Ricky Alaniz and hula maiden Noe Noe Kekaualua perform, and on Sept. 24 our lively Halau Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna return. All are welcome.

Details: Featuring vocalist Shallon Craddock and musicians Clarence Pestano, John Tafaoimalo, Matthew Cordero and Ray Kapuni. Admission is free; donations welcome. Proceeds benefit the Ohana Pregnancy Center of East Hawaii.

Details: Come and listen to a blend of classic sounds of Hawaiian music with fresh rhythms and melodies. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

Details: Aerial Arts Hawaii returns with a 15-act aerial jazz cabaret featuring 16 aerial artists and, for the first time ever, live vocals. In this 1920s-inspired evening, enjoy aerial fabric, hoop, trapeze, straps, acrobatics and more. Rated PG13 for occasional acts of sensual self expression. Call or stop by the Palace box office for tickets.

Details: “He Mele Aloha” used as a “textbook,” so bring yours along. If you want to lead a song not from “He Mele,” bring lead sheets to share. Players of all abilities welcome. Bring whatever instrument you want and play and sing along.

Details: Playwright and librettist Olejniczak will present excerpts from the first draft of an audio drama about the natural history and future of Hawaii Island. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

Details: Roman Coleman, a convict in prison who struggles to escape his past, rediscovers his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang, Marcus. Free; proceeds from dinner benefit the library. Reservations required. Cost for dinner is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children.

Details: Vendor setup starts at 7 a.m. Shoppers enter for free. Sale managed by Leilani Estates Neighborhood Watch. Contact the person below for additional information.

Details: Fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and LPs. All proceeds benefit the library and the Friends scholarship fund.

Details: September is Library Card Sign-up Month. This program is free and suitable for all ages. Rated G.

Details: From wildfires to hurricanes, deep below the earth and high above the atmosphere, James Balog uses his camera to reveal how the four elements are impacting everyday Americans. Free screening to be followed by a panel discussion with local climate leaders.

Details: Anthropologist Peter Mills will discuss his 18 years of archival research and fieldwork related to Big Island ranching, particularly on the upper slopes of Maunakea in Humu‘ula.

Details: Hawaiians shaped, carved, wove, braided and fashioned items essential for everyday life. Today, using traditional and modern tools, a new generation of skilled craftsmen carry on these traditions. Join rangers Keoni Kaholoaa and Rick LaMontagne for an opportunity to see and touch 21st century Hawaiian artifacts. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

Details: Expand your business through exporting products from Hawaii to the world. Get an overview of the export process, learn the keys to reaching global consumers via your website, find buyers and partners worldwide, learn about the hot markets and the government resources available to help your business. Cost is $10. Pre-registration required by calling the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce office at the number below or emailing to

Details: Join Aunty Mahealani Kuamoo-Henry and friends and journey through the teachings of Hoopono Pono Ke Ala. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

Details: General meeting. Hawaii County Councilman Tim Richards will present “Agriculture, Water, Energy: A Food Nexus.” Registration is at 9:30 a.m. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Details: Will be hosted in the Waimea Center parking area behind KTA. This is a great opportunity to meet other electric car owners, learn about electric car benefits and ownership experiences and see the latest electric cars. Representatives from local electric car dealers will be in attendance to share information about their latest electric cars. Members of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and special guest speakers also will be at this event.

Details: Proceeds help support special programs and the needs of the Kona libraries. Teachers receive special discounts with their official school ID, and F.O.L.K. members receive a 20% discount. As always, volunteers are welcome. Book donations are accepted at the library.

Details: Whatever your faith, if you are looking to strengthen your spirituality stop by to hear a poetry presentation about three of your spiritual gifts: compassion and empathy, prayer and intuition.

Details: Renowned Captain Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa introduces the beauty and the little-known history of some special maritime landing sites on the southern coast of Hawaii Island. Cost to attend is $3; free to museum members.

Details: Q&A session that will provide updates on recycling and waste for Hilo as well as facts on waste, where it’s from and its environmental impact. Get answers to your questions.

Details: Join Megan Porter, cave biologist and University of Hawaii associate professor, in learning about what lives in Hawaii lava tubes. Porter will introduce you to the unique community of lava tube animals found on the Big Island and how these species are intimately linked to native forests on the surface. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

Details: Celebration will include the blessing of our new GO/Library Building, schoolwide open house, student performances, entertainment, food and a community potluck. Free.

Details: For complete information, contact Dennis Miyashiro at 935-3890 or dmiyashiro

Details: Will be hosted in the Waimea Center parking area behind KTA. This is a great opportunity to meet other electric car owners, learn about electric car benefits and ownership experiences and see the latest electric cars. Representatives from local electric car dealers will be in attendance to share information about their latest electric cars. Members of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and special guest speakers also will be at this event.

Details: Everyone is invited to find their park and experience live music, family-friendly activities, hikes and more. The Kahuku Unit is located by mile marker 70.5 on Highway 11, about an hour drive southwest of the main park entrance. Free.

Details: Meet Kurt Rix, new director for Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School. He will discuss his previous educational experiences and current priorities for LCPCS, as well as provide a brief presentation on the significance of extracurricular reading for elementary students and its impact on their development. Light refreshments will be served.

Details: The pu ohe is the Hawaiian bamboo trumpet. With a deep sound similar to a conch shell, like other native instruments it takes the spirit breath to produce the proper sound. Join rangers and Hawaii Pacific Parks Association partners as they share their knowledge and help you make your own pu ohe. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

Details: Big Island Housing Foundation and Hawaii Island Community Development Corp. are coordinating new construction to replace 10 aged senior rental units and a community center, and add an additional 10 senior rental units in Papaaloa.

Details: Bring washed, gently worn clothing (women’s, men’s, kid’s) in your own bag or box. Receive 1 credit per piece. Pay $2 participation fee to shop for new-to-you clothing and checkout with your credits. Do not bring torn or stained clothing, underwear, jewelry, household items, furniture, home decor, sheets, towels, toys or shoes. Wear a swimsuit under your clothing to use a community fitting room. Non-swapped clothing will be donated to local nonprofit charities.

Details: Fundraising event. Support the keiki of Hawaii during National Diaper Need Awareness Week. Cost to attend is $65 for adults, $15 for keiki ages 3-18. Tickets include unlimited food and drinks, entertainment and fun keiki activities. Silent auction and diaper drive also slated. Bring a pack of diapers or wipes for a chance to win some great prizes. For tickets and list of drop-off locations, visit

Details: For all graduates. Cost for graduates is $10; guests will pay $25. Deadline for registration is Sunday, Sept. 15. Come and enjoy entertainment, prizes and talk story time about the good old days in Hilo.

Details: This presentation aims to educate the public how the Census impacts our communities and the importance of a complete and accurate count. Speaker will be a partnership specialist from the Census Partnership and Engagement Program of the U.S Census Bureau.

Details: From wildfires to hurricanes, deep below the earth and high above the atmosphere, James Balog uses his camera to reveal how the four elements are impacting everyday Americans. Free screening to be followed by a panel discussion with local climate leaders.

Details: The conference signifies the important role HCC, its sister institutions and the community play in advancing the aspirations of Filipino students and their higher learning experiences. This year’s conference theme is “SULONG! SULONG!” which means to move forward or advance. Conference topics will focus on Filipino education gaps and action steps to address the needs of Filipino students in the University of Hawaii system. The keynote address will be given by Kevin Nadal, professor of psychology and leading scholar on microaggressions, Filipino-American identity and LGBTQ issues in the U.S. In commemoration of October’s Filipino American History Month, there also will be a student track on Filipino indigenous history and culture featuring Lane Wilcken, author and cultural practitioner of the ancient arts of the Philippines with an emphasis on indigenous hand-tap tattoos as a spiritual practice. Participants must register in advance. Space is limited; register at

Where: Venues in Waimea, The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Details: Festival passes available online starting mid-August at, with extra early purchase pass rates available. The festival brings an immersive visual experience to the island, offering guests heart-pounding adventure, giant surf, marine life, international expeditions and ocean action, all while garnering greater insight and understanding into the ocean environment and island culture. More than 70 films to be featured.

Details: Easy to learn, easy to do. Eight-week classes. All ages and abilities welcome. Reduce stress, increase energy, build muscle and flexibility, improve mental focus, improve immune function.

Details: Hilo Veterans Center has new office hours. A benefits briefing is hosted the first Thursday of each month from 9 a.m.-noon, with several other opportunities for veterans and their family members. Contact the center for more information. Also available are: shore fishing group, kanakapila group, art therapy group, stand-up paddling group, various golf activities, yoga, tai chi and a book club.

Details: Come explore the park with a ranger and discover an ever-changing landscape, learn about the Hawaiian culture and understand the ecosystem around you. Bring sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack is recommended. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area.

Details: Family fun with a mix of these games set up in the back of the young adult section: “Scrabble,” “Rummikub,” “Sorry,” “Monopoly,” cribbage, checkers, “UNO,” “RISK” and “Connect Four.” Feel free to bring games from home to use, and the library will also accept donated games.

Details: Come and enjoy the various local vendors showcasing fresh produce, plants, handmade jewelry, honey,crystals and much, much more.

Details: Features local farmers, fresh produce, artisanal products and ono food. Weekly entertainment, workshops, informational booths and youth-focused activities. SNAP/EBT purchases welcomed.

Details: Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word “origami” is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin.

Details: Do you need your dog to become a certified service dog to help you with your disability and go everywhere with you, or would you like your dog to become a therapy dog to help others? Now you can do so for free. The Yukio Okutsu Veterans State Home in Hilo will pay for your tuition for this training if you volunteer at their location twice a month for six months using either your dog or their full-time therapy dog, Yuki.

Details: The goal of this series is to teach Hawaii residents how to efficiently grow their own food at home to provide a fresh organic balanced diet from field or backyard to table. Each class will include an engaging colorful, photo-rich slideshow, informative handout and site tours and/or hands-on projects, weather permitting. Cost is $15-$25 online sliding scale; $17-$25 at the door or $12 with student ID or EBT card. Drop-ins welcome. Different topic each week.

Details: Come join the fun and share the love. Goals are problem solving via free training instruction and tools, and offering an advanced socialization experience. Bring a bowl for water.

Details: Bowl a strike with the red pin in the head pin position and get your game for free. Call 967-8365 for more information.

Details: Summer session begins July 9; 10 weeks. Cost is $90. Entry level sessions are open. Learn the nuts and bolts of how to write a compelling character-driven piece, whether fiction or nonfiction. Contact the person below to register or for more information.

Details: Tranquil abiding is a superior state of peace that arises through training stage by stage in deep meditation. Transfer of consciousness is the tantric teaching on the very subtle body and the preparation for death. These teachings are free and open to those with Buddhist meditation background or a very sincere interest in Buddhism.

Details: Learn how to calm your breathing, calm your mind, release stress and tension, let go of anxiety, have harmony in your relationships, mindful eating for health and total relaxation. Free; open to public.

Details: Geared toward street-oriented self-defense and rooted in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Students will learn stance, footwork, striking techniques, defense and much more. For class schedule, visit

Details: Seated Zumba workout. Strengthen your core, increase your range of motion and stamina with this low-impact fitness class that offers the same benefits of Zumba Gold. All welcome.

Details: Low impact class. Students welcome to sit or stand. Geared toward all fitness levels. All welcome.

Details: Beginners class, 5-6 p.m.; advanced class, 6-7 p.m. Visitors welcome to observe and participate.

Details: Donation. Great for beginners and valuable for advanced students. Warming up the joints and ligaments of the body, stretching, self massage, spinal alignment and breathing techniques. No yoga mat needed; can do in a chair if necessary. Preparing the body for comfortable meditation.

Details: Fun, upbeat and sure to be a good workout. All are welcome. Free and open to the public. Visit for all class dates and times.

Details: Students learn skills on different apparatuses including silks, hammock, straps and hoop. You won’t get bored. Beginners welcome. Preregistration with payment required.

Details: The exotic sound of Javanese gamelan (an orchestra of bronze gongs and metallophones) has been described as “moonlight and flowing water.” Whether you are already an accomplished musician, or just someone who wanted to learn to play an instrument but never got around to it, you might enjoy learning gamelan. Classes are free and open to all. New members can start any time as long as space is available.

Details: An all-inclusive jam session with a rotating house band. Created to strengthen the Big Island jazz community through networking and jamming. Bring your favorite charts and the instrument of your choice or enjoy the vibrations of people improvising together in the jazz tradition. Free; all ages welcome.

Details: Join Taishoji members for zazen (sitting meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation). Access from Kilauea Avenue. Free.

Details: Open to the public. Two levels: Beginning and intermediate. Classes held in K107 and K109. Practice English, make friends and have fun.

Details: For local business professionals who value word-of-mouth marketing and are seeking to network, refer business to each other and build a better business community.

Details: Bring your ukulele and guitar and play along. Everyone welcome. Mostly Hawaiian music, but some oldies and pop also. Free

Details: Free use of computers; free training. There are limited computers, so call for reservation at 935-0711.

Details: Walk back to 1912, and meet the founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Thomas A. Jaggar, at the edge of Kilauea Volcano. Dressed in period costume, Ka‘u actor-director Dick Hershberger brings the renowned geologist to life. Space is limited; pick up free ticket at the Kilauea Visitor Center’s front desk the day of the program. Program includes climbing stairs and entering a confined space. Meet at the Kilauea Visitor Center.

Details: Basic stretches and muscular endurance exercises that will help improve your flexibility and strength. Designed for all ages; geared toward those needing to maintain or increase mobility, and those wanting a gentle stretch. Free.

Details: Do you want to become a confident public speaker and strong leader? If so, Toastmasters is the place for you. You’ll find a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace.

Details: It is not a diet club, but a fellowship of people recovering from compulsive overeating. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. No dues, fees or weigh-ins.

Details: Island, organic produce, pizza and other hot food, raw honey, desserts, arts and crafts and live music provided by the Alternative Medicine Band.

Details: For children ages 8-11. Students learn self-discipline, respect, greater focus and awareness in noncompetitive classes featuring exercise, strengthening and aikido’s nonviolent self-defense. Cost is $60 per month; families $90.

Details: Beginners and experienced welcome. Designed for all ages. Get active, increase flexibility and improve your overall health. Free and open to the public. Visit for all class dates and times.

Details: Free. Feel stronger, younger and healthier. Safe, easy-to-follow cardio dancing to Latin-inspired and contemporary hits.

Details: Exercise your body, mind and spirit with this Japanese martial art, which is an effective self-defense and path of self-development, integrating the whole person — physically, mentally and spiritually. Improves flexibility, endurance and coordination, self-confidence, discipline and awareness. Special rate of $60 for this six-week session. Other class times for adults, teens and youth available; also a special $10 session of aikido exercise class for seniors.

Details: Open to all; participants younger than 18 must provide permission from a parent to attend. Cost is $10 per person. Sessions feature drawing from a nude or partially draped model in a traditional format, starting with one-minute gesture drawings and working up to 20-minute poses. Chairs are provided; however, participants must furnish their own drawing materials. Please bring your own drawing board or easel; an 11-by-14-inch or larger pad of paper is recommended. All mediums are fine to use. If you want to paint using traditional oils you must use a low odor, artist-grade solvent. For more information, call Robert Weiss at 557-0097.

Details: Explore the variety of styles and expressions of this unique American partner dance. Learn basics such as shifting your partner’s weight, body isolations and ways to move across the floor. No partner or experience required; beginners welcome. Six weeks; cost is $35 or only $20 if you bring a new student. Drop-ins $10.

Details: Learn the basic footwork, rhythm and pulse, as well as essential partner connection for six-count Lindy hop. Add a few turns and you’ll be on the dance floor having fun in no time. Small, personalized classes; no partner or experience necessary. Six weeks for $35; $10 per class drop-in. Bring a friend who is new to the Hilo Hep Cats and get your own series for only $20.

Details: Free. Take a self-guided hike or join rangers on Sundays this month for a two-hour guided trek at 9:30 a.m. (The trail will vary depending on visitor interest). Enter on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Kahuku is located in Ka‘u, about a 50 minutes south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes.

Details: Designed for Parkinson’s patients, as well as for other patients who need to improve ambulation, core strength, flexibility and breathing. Yelling and shouting exercises are encouraged. Dancing to the beat of the songs is a very uplifting and fun experience for everyone. Caregivers welcome.

Details: This nonprofit group supporting writers on the Big Island will meet weekly through June and July. Drop in with your ideas or pieces on which you are currently working. Group topics vary according to pieces being discussed.

Details: Award-winning Hawaii artist Ken Charon conducts weekly drawing lessons for kids after school. Sketching and drawing will be done on site at downtown Hilo locations, weather permitting, and in the studio at the Armory. Cost is $5 per session. Classes are recommended for art lovers from 8-14 years old. Supplies needed: one HB and one 4B drawing pencil, a white eraser, a sharpener in a pencil case and a 9-by-12-inch drawing pad.

Details: Gather for a beginner-friendly community yoga class to benefit our bodies and help calm our stresses. BYO mat, but if you don’t have one, you can borrow one. All levels, all ages and all bodies are welcome to explore this mindfulness-based yoga class. Donation based; suggested contribution $3-$5.

Details: Low-impact, high-intensity core strength, flexibility and balance workout inspired by Pilates and yoga, choreographed to popular music. Bring a yoga mat and water. Donations welcome.

Details: Weekly exercise group for graduates of SPEAK OUT! therapy, specifically designed for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonism. The group helps to maintain speech with ongoing vocal practice, accountability, support and encouragement.

Details: Hosted by Sam Lightning. Full band stage setup. Take the stage, join in, network, meet or just enjoy some of the best local and visiting musicians. Must be 21 or older; no cover.

Details: Sponsored by the Big Island Chapter of the Hawaii Handweavers Hui. For details and fee information call the number below.

Details: Pottery classes available for all skill levels. Wheel, hand-building, high-fire gas kilns. Lots of fun, spacious studio and beautiful setting.

Details: BNI was founded in 1985 by Dr. Ivan Misner “for the primary purpose of building powerful referral networks.” If you want to grow your business by giving and getting referrals, you’re encouraged to call and/or attend.

Details: Children ages 3 and older are invited to bring loved ones to weekly story time. This is a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to make connections and build friendships with fellow youngsters.

Details: Classes on Thursdays through March 22. Cost is $55 for 11 sessions. This class focuses on hula through the Hawaiian language and cultural experience.

Details: Adults and seniors are invited to attend free weekly Hawaiian language classes. Instructor Puakea Sun will teach Hawaiian chants/oli, songs and prayers. Beginner and intermediate classes available. Class size is limited; registration is required. Contact the person below for additional information.

Details: Classes on Thursdays through March 22. Cost is $55 for 11 sessions. This class focuses on hula through the Hawaiian language and cultural experience.

Details: All ages and skill levels invited to join the study group. This is a group of motivated learners who support each other in increasing their Hawaiian language skills. Newcomers welcome.

Details: Papa ‘Olelo Hawai‘i Part One, beginning Hawaiian language courses taught by University of Hawaii at Hilo instructor ‘Alika Guerrero, will be offered for eight weeks. This basics class will focus on simple vocabulary, conversation, grammar and sentence structure. Cost is $90 or $80 for VAC members. The required workbook for the class is “Na Kai ‘Ewalu,” available at the UH-Hilo bookstore. To register or for more information, call VAC or visit

Details: Free. GO, also know as Igo, is an ancient game of strategy played with black and white stones. The objective is to claim the most territory by placing your stones on the intersections of the line-grid playing board. It’s simple yet complex and can sharpen your mind. Beginners to experts welcome. We can teach you if you’ve never played before.

Details: This drop-in style class will allow island residents and visitors the opportunity to try their hand at creating with clay on the potter’s wheel, without having to commit to an eight- or 10-week series. Emphasis will be placed on getting a feel for working on the potter’s wheel and experiencing the thrill of hand-forming a pot in motion. Students with all levels of clay experience welcome. Cost is $35 or $30 for VAC members.

Details: Low-impact, high-intensity core strength, flexibility and balance workout inspired by Pilates and yoga, choreographed to popular music. Bring a yoga mat and water. Donations welcome.

Details: Learn this ancient traditional martial art of Japan and modern-day sport, founded on virtues of samurai training. Cost is $10 per month.

Details: Through Dec. 28; class and party every Thursday. For Elks members and their guests. Cost is $3.

Details: Babies and toddlers up to 2 years old are invited to attend. During this time, the library will offer books, music and action rhymes, and encourage toddlers to stay and play with toys after.

Details: For those interested in understanding the words and appreciating the themes of popular Hawaiian songs. A native speaker will teach. No previous knowledge of Hawaiian language necessary. Call if you are interested and for details.

Details: Have fun and sweat while learning West African dance. Taught by Michal Anna Carrillo of Lavaroots Dance Company in Hawi. All levels and drop-ins welcome. Live drumming. Cost is $15.

Details: Meet new people for fun, fellowship and friendship put to music. Led by Bill Yoeman, ACA certified square dance caller and instructor.

Details: Until 9 p.m. Open dancing, great for practicing ballroom, swing, bachata, salsa, cha cha, waltz and various other styles. Open to the public. Free.

Details: Seniors 55 and older can participate in classes including beginning tai chi with instructor Verne Presnall, ceramics, line dancing, hula and ukulele. Classes run through Dec. 8. Call for additional information.

Details: Learn vocal power and confidence. Weekly lessons arranged according to student and teacher schedules. Cost is $30 per lesson. Call or email for more information or to register.

Details: For seniors who need to be driven to a doctor’s appointment, the store, the park for a walk or just to get out of the house. Call or text.

Details: Exercise your body, mind and spirit with aikido, an effective self-defense and path of self-development, integrating the whole person — physically, mentally and spiritually. Improves flexibility, endurance and coordination, self-confidence, discipline and awareness. Various days and times for classes. Cost is $60 per month; families $90. Check for additional information.

Details: Through March 7. Features two step, swing, waltz and other requests. Learn to spin, dip and weave through traffic. Call or email for more specific information.

Details: Through March 6. Get a strong foundation and variations that will last a lifetime. First lesson is $1. Call or email for more specific information.

Details: Are you troubled by someone’s drinking? Call for free support, meeting places and times. For more information, visit

Details: Presented by Laulima Pahoa, this six-month documentary is geared toward helping residents impacted by the latest lava flows in lower Puna. Informational signups and questions will be answered, and TV interviews and filming will be conducted. Second Saturdays of each month are for signups and questions for the following month. A monthly Na Leo community TV show also will be produced. A final “1 Year After Lava” community party is slated for the final Saturday. Call or email the contact below for additional information.

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