Details: Define Artifact: Starting in December and continuing until the end of January, the Makai gallery of the East Hawaii Cultural Center features a solo exhibition by Shelby B. Smith exploring ceramic media through alternative processes. Formation: The Central Gallery at EHCC will feature ceramic sculpture by a diverse array of Big Island ceramicists illustrating the malleability of the material in formation. For more information, visit

Details: This intricate, handcrafted village will be on display. Admission is free. The gifted artistry and spirit of the late artist is reflected in this Christmas village wonderland. All of the artifacts featured in the display are from the attic and tool shed of Greenwell’s in-laws, Frank and Violet Greenwell of Palani Ranch.

Where: East Hawaii Cultural Center, 141 Kalakaua St., Hilo; ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, 600 ‘Imiloa Place, Hilo

Details: Featuring live music by local artists, new plays created by a diverse ensemble of community members and students from Waiakea High School and University of Hawaii at Hilo, a short film festival, puppetry, visual arts and conversations that build community by celebrating the rich and complex identities of Hilo’s residents. All programs are free of charge. During the week leading up to the festival, LAAF artists will lead community workshops in songwriting, community-engaged theatre and puppetry. Some workshops will be on closed campuses, but the puppetry workshop offers a unique opportunity for any community member. The second annual #Puppets4Peace parade is planned for Jan. 10. For additional information, visit or the Facebook event page at

Details: Create unique art with vibrant colors, by using this watercolor-like medium. The possibilities are endless. Suitable for beginners and intermediate students alike. There is a variety of examples to choose from, all aquatic-themed.

Details: Training to solve behavioral problems or just give your dog a great social experience. Bring a bowl for water; all training tools, treats, etc., as needed, will be provided.

Details: Swing dancers with Lindy Hop experience are invited to improve their technique and learn new moves with the Hilo Hep Cats. No partner necessary, but dancers should already be comfortable with the Swingout. Cost is $45 for six weeks, $10 drop-in.

Details: Open to all. Children younger than 18 years old must provide permission from a parent to attend. Cost is $10 per person. Arrive a few minutes early. 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. Bring a drawing board or easel; 11-by-14-inch or larger pad of paper is recommended. All mediums are fine to use. If you wish to paint using traditional oils you must use a low odor, artist-grade solvent.

Details: Swing into the New Year by learning the Lindy Hop. The Hilo Hep Cats will teach eight-count Lindy moves, including the essential, iconic Swingout. No experience or partner necessary. Cost is $45 for six weeks, only $30 if you bring a new student with you; $10 drop-in.

Details: Free classes designed to inspire students about the Hawaiian culture. Take part in hands-on craft demos and learn about local history all while learning the Hawaiian language, too. Sign up at the reference desk.

Details: If you love films and are over 55, this class is for you! For only $20 for the entire 10-week session, we’ll discuss a different way films work each week and then watch a movie to explore the topic. No experience necessary, just a passion for films. Contact us or drop in to learn more!

Details: Learn sitting meditation, tai chi basic movements and tai chi theory. The classes consist of gentle movements that can promote well-being, energy, strength and balance. All are welcome.

Details: Couples, singles, beginners and experienced dancers are welcome to enroll. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 15, and 22. Fee for both classes is $35 per student. East Hawaii Chapter annual membership is $15 per student. First-year membership fee is waived for students who are cardholding members of the Hawaii Medical Service Association.

Details: It’s never to late to have fun: Wednesday night dance classes with the Big Island Ballroom Dance Club. You do not need a partner to sign up for the classes. Classes begin Jan. 8 and will be held at the Church of the Holy Cross at 440 W. Lanikaula Street in Hilo. Learn the country two step, night club two step and foxtrot. The annual membership fee is $15. Each dance class is $6 for the quarter. Payment by check is preferred. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and classes start at 7 p.m.

Details: Participants will learn about entrepreneurship, key ingredients for business success, steps involved in starting your own business and sources of capital. Participants will be introduced to services offered by Hawaii SBDC as well as other resources for the start-up business. Fee: $25 early registration; $30 at the door. Register at by Jan. 7. The fee is non-refundable. For more information contact SBDC Office at 933-0776.

Details: The Winter Senior Lectures 10-week series starts on Jan. 9 this year. On Jan. 9, Andy Collins, who manages the Mokupapapa Discovery Center, will present “Saving the endangered Monk Seals: Fieldwork in the Northwestern Islands.” Andy will talk about NOAA‘s efforts in the Hawaiian Archipelago to monitor and recover populations of endangered Hawaiian monk seals. Cost for the 10-week session is $10.

Details: Adults and seniors are invited to attend free weekly Hawaiian language classes during this 10-week session. Beginner and intermediate classes available. Class size is limited; registration is required. Contact the person below for additional information.

Details: Learn to live more in the moment, think on your feet, let go of self-judgment, bring more joy in your life and recapture your playful spirit. This is a six-week course, but attendance to all classes is not required. No prior experience necessary. The cost for each class is $40, or $35 for VAC members. The cost for all six classes is $235, or $205 for VAC members. Pre-registration is required. To register, call the number below or visit

Details: Interested in signing up for email or creating a document? Need to troubleshoot common computer problems? 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.

Details: If you have always wanted to explore creative writing, here is your opportunity. No experience necessary, and all types of writing welcome.During each class, we’ll share our work and discuss how each writer is successful. We’re all about having fun and learning a little along the way. If you’re over 55, we’d love for you to join us. Contact us for more information or just drop by on Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. Only $10 for the entire ten-week session!

Details: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche has taught all around the world after escaping Tibet. The Dzogchen master and author of many books is founder of the Heruka Institut. Call 854-7837 for additional information and to reserve space. Donations appreciated.

Details: Open to those starting out as creative writers or those who are old pros. Three-hour workshop provides time for learning new literary tools and sharing your work in a supportive environment. All welcome. Ten weeks for $90.

Details: Try your hand at making stained glass art. All the basic techniques will be covered, from glass cutting, foiling, soldering and completing with patina and polishing compound. Students will learn the skills involved in working safely with stained glass and creating a beautiful, sturdy piece of art. Class fee is $100, or $90 for VAC members plus a $20 fee. Attendees are asked to wear long pants, snug fitting gloves, covered shoes and safety glasses. Advance registration is required; workshop limited to six adults. To register, call the number below or visit Students will complete this workshop series with a finished glass panel.

Details: Keli Semelsberger, Anawah shaman, medicine woman and improviser, is bringing a blend of teachings form her life of ancient studies into one deeply powerful and profoundly fun class. Each week will consist of some movement, ancient philosophies, artistic activity and ceremony/meditation/journey. Must be 18 or older. Just bring an open heart and a notebook.

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: An advance Health Care Directive — do you have one? Let us help you complete a free Advance Health Care Directive that documents your end of life wishes. It does not require an attorney. Bring the names of 2 people who will be your “agents,” with addresses, phone numbers and emails. They will be your Health Care Power of Attorney, “agents.” If you already have a Living Will, a Health Care Power of Attorney, or an Advance Health Care Directive, learn how to review it to be sure it meets your needs. To register, call Tony Kent at 292-4559 or Amy Hamane at 935-1500. Sponsored by Community First’s Committee on Advanced Health Care Directives. We are giving presentations in Hilo every month.

Details: When we learn to craft and share stories, we shift mindsets that have been holding us back and allow for a more authentic, clearer message that will stand out among a sea of marketing and short attention spans. But how does one get started and how do we find our most powerful stories? Learn why and how of story marketing and begin to create and share your stories. Fee is $30 for advanced registration or $35 at the door. Register at by Jan. 14.

Details: This month’s Brown Bag speaker is JoYi K. Rhyss on the topic “Mindfulness and Forgiveness: Skills for Daily Living.” In this talk, learn the importance of mindfulness from the work of Dr. Fred Luskin, which focuses on the 7 steps to forgiveness and self-care skills to heal old wounds and prevent new ones.

Details: Learn about the different types of pastels, different papers, fixing and mounting on paper and backing. Then use newsprint to get the flow of arm movements to keep loose. Next, begin forming shapes and move into colors on pastel paper from close observation of the setup still life. Students will complete a 9-by-12-inch project. Materials will be provided. Cost for the workshop is $50, or $45 for VAC members, plus a $15 fee. Beginner and intermediate artists welcome. To register, call the number below or visit

Details: Whether you are a beginner or returning to the game, it’s the perfect place to start. Come with a friend or make new ones during this Hilo Bridge Club event. See why bridge is the world’s most popular card game. Cost is $40, which includes workbook, lunch and a goodie bag. Pre-registration required.

Details: $40 includes all materials and juice/breakfast bar. Piko Press, Hilo’s newly relocated community art studio, will be hosting a Breakfast Sip and Draw with instructor Jessica Brand. Come ready to laugh with her witty impromptu style while you enjoy locally sourced brunch, fresh green juices, coffee and tea. In session Jessica Brand will go over basic drawing techniques. All supplies are included. To register visit

Details: Inviting club members for annual holiday luncheon meeting for good food, entertainment, and fun games. Pre-pay $15 for lunch buffet. Collecting $10 annual dues at the door. Bring grab bag of $10 or more to participate. Collecting non-perishable food items for ongoing Food Bank Drive. Bingo and lucky number drawings provided by club. Groups 13, 14 and 15 for desserts. Not member yet? Call now for more info, registration and attend!

Details: Members Ken Jackson and Susan Miyasaka will present “Tripods & Monopods.” Jackson will discuss which tripods can be used with which lenses. Miyasaka will demonstrate taking multiple images using a tripod to produce a high dynamic range images. Free and open to public.

Details: Hilo Trollers will hold their annual spring meeting at the Wailoa Boat Ramp. The 2020 Board will be elected, the 2020 tournament dates will be finalized, and some rules changes will be considered. All 2019 captains are encouraged to attend. The Trollers always welcome new captains and boats. Participating in Trollers tournaments is a way to enjoy friendly competition and fishing fun.

Details: Group is dedicated to empowering veterans, their families and widows by ensuring they have access to their full range of benefits. Get free, professional assistance for obtaining these 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 still on active service are eligible for membership. Meets the second Saturday of each month.

Details: Former Hilo Orchid Society president Julie Goettsch will speak on Spathoglottis, a frequent-flowering and easy to grow orchid. Public welcome. Free.

Details: The American Rhododendron Society HI Chapter (aka Vireya Society) returns to its old meeting site and day. The program kick-off for the New Year will be a free sharing session about companion plants for vireyas. These are plants that like the same growing conditions and enhance the beauty of the plantings. After a 12:30 potluck, members and guests can share photos showing how plant combinations work in their gardens, and also bring seeds, cuttings, and small plants to share. All gardeners welcome.

Details: Big Island Ballroom Dance Club’s Valentine’s Day dinner dance will be held on Feb. 14, so save the date! Tickets will go on sale Jan. 8. The price for members is $25 and non-members is $30. Last day to buy tickets or refunds is Feb. 5. Payment by check is preferred. For more information call Hiroko at 935-5111 or Violet at 938-069.

Details: Relax, re-energize and rebalance with this QiGong style called QiGA. Suitable for all ages. Walk with a doc at 8 a.m. in the same location.

Details: This group offers free peer support for children and teens who lost anyone close to them in a safe and comfortable environment where they can build resilience to go through the grieving process. First and third Tuesdays of each month for children in grades K-1; second and fourth Tuesdays for children in grades 7-12.

Details: The East Hawaii District Tennis Association is putting on a free tennis event for adults who are interested in learning about or just starting to play tennis; returning to tennis after several years or those who are playing with a USTA rating of 2.5. Wear appropriate shoes, bring water. If you need to borrow a racquet, please contact us.

Details: Do you need any of the following? Reduction of pain and discomfort, more care and support at home, coverage for medication and medical equipment, caregiver support, or access for 24-hour help line? If you answered yes to any of the above, don’t miss this presentation to find out what healthcare resources are available to both the patient and the caregiver.

Where: Oki Conference Rm, 688 Kinoole St., Suite 115A, Hilo (Conference Room is located along driveway)

Details: The National Alliance on Mental Illness Hawaii presents this monthly support group that helps people gain understanding and empathy for loved ones living with and recovering from mental illness. Join us to learn more, connect with others and feel empowered.

Details: Youngsters are encouraged to practice and improve their reading skills by reading to Pierre, a certified therapy dog. Readers choose their own books to read during this special time. We encourage youngsters to meet Pierre and owner Maile, during their special visit twice a month.

Details: Learn to speak the Hawaiian language at the library! Free classes designed to inspire students about the Hawaiian culture. Take part in hands-on craft demos and learn about local history. Please sign up at the reference desk. Held in the Program Room.

Details: Come try the new Nintendo Super NES classic edition video game console. Two players can play at one time; bring your gaming partner or meet a new one. Free and open to ages 11-17.

Details: Join us for a special story time and craft with the YWCA of Hilo. This local organization offers educational resources for sustainability on Hawaii Island. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate. This program is free and open to all ages.

Details: Story time is fun and fosters a love of reading and literacy skills. It also demonstrates strategies parents and caregivers can use to help their children’s reading ability. Keiki will sing songs, read and talk about stories, play, write and do crafts. For children of all ages.

Details: Mochi is a service dog that loves to be read stories. This program free and open to children who are at an elementary school reading level. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Details: Paper plates can be used for more than eating food! Our craft will feature how to make a basket out of only one paper plate and tape. Participants can make and decorate their paper plate basket as a gift or to hold their favorite stuff in it. All materials will be provided.

Details: Children ages 12 and older are invited to join. Art journaling is a creative process that combines visual and written mediums. Materials to create will be provided. Bring your own art journal. Meetings will be the fourth Saturday of every month. Bring your creativity and make new friends.

Details: Volunteer to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in the park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Younger than 18? Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent is required. Meet at Kilauea Visitor Center.

Details: Join USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist emeritus Don Swanson on a two-hour walk, during which participants will learn about the past 500 years of Kilauea Volcano’s history as revealed by rocks, craters and cracks. Meet at the Devastation Trail parking lot on Crater Rim Drive. Arrive early, as Swanson begins the guided walk to Keanakako‘i Crater promptly at 8 a.m. A park ranger will be available to answer questions about the park. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

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: RCUH-Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists Katie Mulliken and Lil DeSmither lead this guided hike along the Pu‘u o Lokuana trail. Learn about the eruptive history, structure and current status of Mauna Loa, Earth’s largest active volcano, and traverse lava flows from its 1868 eruption. The geologists will explain the volcanic features along the trail and tell the story of the destructive eruption and associated earthquakes in 1868. They also share information about how HVO monitors Mauna Loa. A park ranger will assist with the hike to answer questions about the Kahuku Unit

Details: USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Carolyn Parcheta leads this guided walk along the fissure that started the Mauna Ulu eruption May 24, 1969. Lava continued to erupt over the next five years, making it the longest observed effusive rift eruption at the time. During the walk, Parcheta will describe how fissures form, how lava fountains erupt, how these eruptions create the environment you see and why some lava drained back into the ground. She also discusses her research that revealed just how deep the fissure extends into the ground. A park ranger assists to answer questions about the park. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

Details: Come dance to Jazz Mele — music that will get you movin’. A beginner-friendly dance lesson starts the evening; the band plays a mix of classic jazz standards, swing, Latin, boogie-woogie and jump blues from 7:30-10 p.m. No partner needed, and toe-tappers are welcome. Entry is on a sliding scale $10-$20 (pay what’s right for you) or only $5 if you bring a pupu to share. Hosted by the Hilo Hep Cats.

Details: A delicious dinner that includes Salad, Garlic Bread, Desserts, Coffee and your choice of sauce with veggies or meat. Bingo is played for groceries Eagle Style with multiple winners each game. Total cost for guests is $9 with no charge for bingo. Other beverages available for purchase.

Details: A musical treat for this Christmas season. Amahl and his mother are visited by the Three Kings, who are on their way to the manager. Tickets are available at Kilauea General Store, Keaau Natural Foods, Basically Books and The Most Irresistible Shop. Tickets also available at the door.

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, taking participants on a tour of the tiny lab below Volcano House to see original seismograph equipment and other early instruments. Learn what motivated Jaggar to dedicate his life to the study of Hawaiian volcanoes and how his work helps save lives today. Space is limited; pick up a free ticket at the Kilauea Visitor Center front desk the day of the program. Program includes climbing stairs and entering a confined space. Free (park entrance fees apply).

Details: Free hour of Hawaiian music and hula. This week, enjoy more lovely music and dance with the Hula Sisters. Christy Lassiter and friends perform on Jan. 7. Na Wahine a me Na Kane Laulima O Hawaii entertains on Jan. 14. The lovely Hula Sisters return Jan. 21 and Hilo’s Halau Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna returns Jan. 28.

Details: All ages, all types of actors welcome to audition. Also seeking gymnasts, aerialists, tumblers, jugglers and performers with circus skills. All those auditioning should prepare 16-32 bars of an uptempo musical theater or pop song. Bring your own accompaniment tracks or sheet music. A piano accompanist will be provided. Those auditioning also will be asked to read from the script and dance. Wear comfortable clothes. Bring a resume and list of all conflicts (classes, jobs, etc). Performances are March 20-22 and 27-29 at the Palace.

Details: Rated R. Drama. Spanish with English subtitles. A film director reflects on the choices he made in life as past and present come crashing down around him. Tickets available now at the Palace box office.

Details: Laulima Pahoa community project. Looking for volunteer actors, silly skits, songs, poetry, whatevahs. Also needed are stagehands and other organizational skill sets. Auditions will be filmed, so dress accordingly. Once there is a cohesive production, which will take regular time commitments, there will be a monthly show on Na Leo Community Public Television and afterward available at

Details: Robi Kahakalau, Wade Cambern and Bryan Kessler, along with Shawn Pimental on drums, Mike Grande on keyboards and Alex Morrison on bass, take over the Palace stage for an evening of iconic island music. Enjoy the big vocals and big sound of this legendary group reuniting live in concert. Tickets are $35 general admission, $40 side reserve and $45 center reserve. Prices increase by $5 the day of the show.

Details: All buyers enter for free. Non Leilani Estates Residents sellers pay $5 for space. Leilani resident sellers are no charge. Sellers can start set up at 7 a.m.

Details: Join us for free origami crafts. Programs will be held on Saturdays. 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.

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: Join us on Saturday afternoons for some family fun with cards and board games. We will have a mix of games available including: Chess, Scrabble, Rummikub, Sorry, Monopoly, Cribbage, Checkers, UNO, RISK, and Connect Four. Please feel free to bring games from home to use that day and we will also accept donated games. This program will not be held on state holidays.

Details: The 4-mile Kilauea Iki Trail is one of the park’s iconic hiking trails, a popular destination for hikers who cross a steaming crater floor through the intersection of eruption and native rain forest. Delve into the secrets of Kilauea Iki with park ranger Michael Newman. Discover how fountains of lava from the giant brick-red cone, Pu‘u Pua‘i, jetted up 1,900 feet in 1959 and left behind a 50-foot bathtub ring of lava residue on the crater walls. Free, but park entrance fees apply, except Jan. 20 on the fee-free day in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Meet at the Kilauea Iki Overlook parking lot.

Details: Susan Collins will give a short introductory talk about growing tea in Hawaii and methods on how to prepare tea from leaf to cup. Gaby Casart will provide a variety of teas and tasty treats. Fancy dress optional. Space is limited.

Details: An illustrated lecture about mushrooms and other fleshy fungi found in the Hawaiian Islands. Edible and poisonous species will be shown and discussed. Learn about fascinating fungi such as bracket fungi, puffballs, earthstars, bird’s nest fungi and stinkhorns. Feel free to bring mushrooms for identification.

Details: USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Tina Neal recaps HVO’s situation since having to vacate its Kilauea summit location in 2018 and shares information about the exciting next steps for the observatory in 2020 and beyond. Neal also will talk about the current status of Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes. Free and open to public.

Details: Aunty Edna Baldado discusses eating and living healthier with native Hawaiian foods. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

Details: USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Tina Neal recaps HVO’s situation since having to vacate its Kilauea summit location in 2018 and shares information about the exciting next steps for the observatory in 2020 and beyond. Neal also will talk about the current status of Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes. Free and open to public.

Details: A special opportunity for families to meet educators from eight different preschools in a low-stress environment and receive registration information. Learn about the resources PATCH offers. There is no cost to attend.

Details: Help our Hilo High School boys soccer team fundraise for states. Lots of varied items, tools, clothes, housewares, toys, etc. Free cookie decorating for keiki and maybe a soccer lesson or two.

Details: Rachel Mason, research communication specialist, will explain how and why raising cattle contributes to climate change (it’s not just methane), what can be done to reduce those emissions and why food choices matter. This talk will conclude with a few basic principles for people who want their diets to go easy on the planet.

Details: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and University of Hawaii at Hilo scientists Lopaka Lee and Cheryl Gansecki share what they learned about the magma within Kilauea through chemical analyses of lava samples they collected during the 2018 eruption. Free and open to public.

Details: Instead of making a New Years resolution, create a vision board for change! A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. This program is free and all supplies will be provided. Recommended for ages 15 and older. Registration is not required.

Details: Learn how to set up a simple home composting system that can fit in your garage or on your lanai. Home composting is one of the most effective ways households can reduce their climate impact while saving time and money. Join Dani Burger for this information session. If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date.

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: 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: Donations welcome. All ages, all styles, all mediums, all levels, all love. Bring your instrument and a heart to share. Free.

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: 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

2000lbs Hammock Tree Strap

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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