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VISIT SANTA

Monday – Friday, December 17-21, 2012, 4 p.m.– 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 22 and Sunday December 23, 2012, Noon – 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Visit with Santa at the Queens’ MarketPlace Rotunda. Bring your own camera and capture pictures of Santa and your Ohana. FREE

HPA MIDDLE SCHOOL HANDBELL CHOIR TO RING IN THE HOLIDAYS

A series of free performances scheduled:

Fri., Nov. 30 - 5:30 p.m., Parker Ranch Tree Lighting at Pu’uopelu.

Sun., Dec. 2 - Noon, Parker Ranch Center Food Court to support the “Big Island Giving Tree” project to collect donations to be sure not one is left out in our community this holiday season.

Sat., Dec. 8 - 9 a.m., Waimea Town Market at Parker School.

Sat., Dec. 8 - 5 p.m., Kings’ Shops.

Sun., Dec. 9 - 1 p.m., Prince Kuhio Plaza.

For more information call 885-2500.

‘LIGHT UP A LIFE’ REMEMBRANCE ORNAMENTS

All are invited to honor loved ones this holiday season with a remembrance ornament from Hospice to place on the memorial tree in Parker Square. Watch for sales in front of Parker Square, KTA, Foodland and Parker School Farmers Market starting the weekend after Thanksgiving. Ornaments also can be picked up at NHH office.

Info: 885-7547 or go to: www.northhawaiihospice.org

Wednesday, November 21

MEET & EAT THANKSGIVING DINNER - KAILUA-KONA

Where: Kealakehe Intermediate School Cafeteria

When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21

Details: The Kona Task Force on Feeding the Hungry’s “Meet & Eat” program, a Thanksgiving Dinner with all-the-trimmings. The free meal is open to the public, and there will be live music performances.

Thursday, Nov 22

KALANI’S ANNUAL THANKSGIVING FEAST

Where: Kalani Oceanside Retreat

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, November 22

Details: Kalani chefs will prepare organic free-range turkey with all the fixings, seitan roast for the vegetarians, and side dishes made with fresh local produce.

$29 guests / $24 kama`aina. Reservations are necessary. Call Kalani at (808) 965-7828 to reserve your place today.

KALANI GRATITUDE FILM FESTIVAL

Where: Kalani Oceanside Retreat

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, November, 22

Details: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Kalani presents a series of short inspirational films on the theme of gratitude. Free Admission.

“CELEBRATE THE BOUNTY” COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER

Where: The Pantry, Waimea

When: Thursday, Nov. 22

Details: The Pantry, an innovative and collaborative nonprofit group, presents their First Annual Community Thanksgiving: “Celebrate the Bounty.” Celebrate the Bounty is a community event, with the focus on bringing people together; all are welcome. To RSVP, volunteer or make a donation, please contact Beth Mehau at 887-2289.

Friday, November 23

NOVEMBER HARVEST MUSIC

Where: Hale Halawai, Hualalai and Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23

Details: The West Hawaii County Band will showcase its low brass section with “Them Bases” and “Lassus Trombone” and perform the beautiful “Highlights from Pocohontas” in celebration of giving thanks. Hear these and other selections at this free concert hosted by the Hawaii County Parks and Recreation Department.

Contact: Lisa Archuletta (808) 987-5652 maestrolisa@yahoo.com

HOLIDAYS AT THE QUEENS’ MARKETPLACE

Where: Queens’ Marketplace

When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23

Details: Black Friday! Join Eddie O at the Queens’ MarketPlace from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for giveaways from your friends at the Queens’ MarketPlace. Shop Black Friday with savings up to 75% off.

Saturday, November 24

DMAC HOLIDAY AFFAIR

Where: Donkey Mill Art Center 78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy Holualoa

When: Noon, Saturday, Nov. 24

Details: Get into the holiday spirit with the Donkey Mill ohana. Artist demonstrations, family art activities, food and treats, hot beverages and handmade, original artwork that make the best gifts for family and friends. Want to participate as a vendor? Visit www.donkeymillartcenter.org for details.

Contact: Anne Catlin (808) 322-3362 donkeymill@gmail.com

JAZZ MELE THANKSGIVING BASH

Where: Hilo Town Tavern, 168 Keawe St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. November 24

Details: Jazz Mele welcomes guest vocalist Elena Welch performing jazz,

swing, blues and Latin tunes. Annu Shionoya piano, Robin Jensen sax, John

Parker bass, Bruce David drums. Full bar, ono pizza, burgers and more.

Here’s your chance to dance off some of that Thanksgiving dinner. Fun! No

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Contact: Hilo Town Tavern, 935-2171, lagsings@mac.com

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Where: Connections Public Charter School, Kress Building 174 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo

When: 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24

Details: Connections Public Charter School Invites you to have breakfast with Santa and shop our holiday vendors. Advance tickets: Adults $5. Kids 4-12 $3 and children under three. At the door: Adults: $8, kids 4-12 $5. Interested vendors, please call Lauren at laurenwear@live.com or 966-8481.

Contact: Lauren Wear 966-8481 laurenwear@live.com

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Where: Kona Stories Book Store, 78-6831 Alii Drive #142, Keauhou

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24

Details: On this day we encourage shoppers to spend at least one day during the holiday shopping season supporting small local businesses. Special events at the bookshop include photos with the Grinch from 1-3 p.m. Brenda’s famous sangria, door prices, gift wrap and a drawing.

Contact: Brenda Eng, 808-324-0350, Brenda@KonaStories.com

18th ANNUAL NA LIMA HANA CRAFTS & COLLECTIBLES FAIR

Where: Grand Ballroom, Hilton Waikoloa Village

When: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat.-Sun., Nov. 24-25.

Contact: 886-2885 or e-mail: nalima.hana@hilton.com

Thursday, Nov. 29

ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Where: Parker School

When: 6 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 29

Details: To formally kick of the 2012 Big Island Giving Tree Project – a gathering of donations so that everyone in our community is remembered during this holiday season. Entertainment including caroling, collecting of donations, food and warm beverages available, stories of Waimea Past and more culminating with the lighting of the giant Norfolk tree fronting historic Barbara Hall. Bring own chairs please.

Friday, Nov. 30

ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Where: Parker Ranch Headquarters

When: 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30

Details: Gathering to light the majestic Cook Island Pine at Parker Ranch Headquarters at Pu’uopelu both to honor the memory of the late Richard Smart and celebrate the season. Free and all invited. Boy Scout Troop 27 will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to support local food pantry.

Saturday, Dec. 1

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS OF PAST WAIMEA CHRISTMAS PARADES

Do you have photos or other memorabilia from past Waimea Christmas parades? Waimea Preservation Association (WPA) will host an Open House, photo display and share stories of Waimea Christmas Parades over the years, stretching back to the first parade in 1960 on parade day - Sat., Dec. 1. WPA info: www.WaimeaPreservation.org

HAWAII-MADE ‘CRAFTY HANDS AND GIFTS TOO

Where: Thelma Parker Gym

When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Details: Featuring locally made items by dozens of island artisans. Free and includes plate lunches and other food, plus lucky number drawing throughout the day. Food donations suggested for Annunciation Pantry. Christmas music too.

Contact: Benita Salazar (960-9944).

ALOHA TEEN THEATER CHRSITMAS SHOWCASE

Where: Aloha Theatre

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Details: Aloha Teen Theatre will present a Christmas Showcase featuring live performers sharing holiday tunes new and old at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 1 at the Aloha Theatre followed by a showing of Tim Burton’s classic film “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” All tickets $5

HOLUALOA MUSIC AND LIGHT FESTIVAL

Where: Holualoa Main Street

When: 8:30 p.m. December 1

Details: Witness the lighting of the town Christmas tree, hear various musicians perform Christmas music through the evening at stages around the village, and receive treats from the galleries and shops in this charming art colony in the middle of Kona coffee country. You may even see Santa himself!

Contact: Paul Maddox 808-322-8484 www.holualoahawaii.org

JINGLE BELLES

Where: The Palace Theater, 38 Haili Street, Hilo

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Details: “Jingle Belles” top-notch local female entertainers, fabulous female impersonators, and special guest: Elvis. It will be an evening of light-hearted song & dance, side-splitting comedy, amazing acrobatics & twirling, an appearance by the Sugar Plum Fairy, and crooning by Elvis, plus an amazing array of talented performers. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door, available at Hilo’s own historic Palace Theatre.

Contact: Call 934-7010 or email safetypinproductions@gmail.com for more information or visit www.hilopalace.com

BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE

Where: KTA’s Waimea Center

When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1

Details: Free entertainment featuring ‘Aoi’a, Beamer-Solomon Halau o Po’ohala, Kevin Haleamau & Friends, Gary Washburn’s Honoka’a Jazz Band, KAPA deejay Darde Gamayo (the funniest ever), and Darlene Ahuna and Duane Yamada with emcee Penny Keli’i Vredenburg.

WINTER STAR PARTY

Where: Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope’s Waimea headquarters

When: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. after parade

Details: If inclement weather, the public will be invited in to watch live scientific observations being conducted at the summit from the remote observing room. Free including snacks, coffee, hot chocolate. Rain or shine, everyone welcome to join the fun regardless of the weather!

Contact: 885-7944.

Sunday, Dec. 2

THE “CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION”

Where: University of the Nations Campus —75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kona

When: Sunday, Dec. 2 from 2 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Details: Free Story Book Film Festival! Fun Family Event. Fine Arts & Crafts and a variety of stalls. Music concerts and Dance performances. Children’s Activities and Campus Tours.

Cost: It’s free!

HILO COMMUNITY CHORUS

Where: Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo

When: Sunday, December 2 at 3 p.m.

Details: The Hilo Community Chorus will present “Let Carols Ring,” a free concert to usher in the joyful holiday season. There will be a calabash, and audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food for the Food Basket Ministry.

The Chorus will also participate in the sixth annual Messiah sing-along at Holy Cross on Sunday, December 16 at 3 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 7

HOLIDAY TRASHION SHOW

Where: Queens’ MarketPlace, Coronation Pavilion

Details: Waikoloa Middle School Trashion Show. Free!

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Where: East Hawaii Cultural Center

When: December 7, 14, & 21 at 7:30 p.m. / December 8, 15, & 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Details: “Christmas Carol Performance” - Director Arval Shipley will be putting on a Christmas Carol performance which will be showing for three weekends every Friday and Saturday starting December 7.

Saturday, Dec. 8

‘BREAKFAST W/ SANTA & CHRISTMAS FAIR’

Where: Pa’auilo Gym.

When: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.

Details: Santa Breakfast $5 w/ pancakes, smokies and hot coffee and chocolate from 7-10 a.m. Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All invited. Vendors welcome – call Maurice (776-7601) for information.

VOLCANO FESTIVAL CHORUS

Where: Kilauea Theatre on the Kilauea Military Camp.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8

Details: The Volcano Festival Chorus, under the direction of Roch Jones with accompaniment by Cinnie Decker, will perform a selection of holiday music entitled Comfort and Joy, on December 8. The holiday performance will be at the Kilauea Theatre on the Kilauea Military Camp. Free admission.

Sunday, Dec. 9

ANNUAL WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS MUSIC FESTIVAL

Where: At the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Kapiolani Street

When: 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9

Details: All welcome to enjoy sacred choral music presented by several community choral groups. Free.

Contact: Kanani Kapuniai (936-0157).

Wednesday, Dec. 12

PAT ROCCO: CHRISTMAS CD SIGNING

Where: CD Wizard (near Walmart in Hilo), 23C Pohaku St., Hilo

When: 11 am Wednesday, Dec. 12

Details: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pat Rocco will sign copies of his Christmas CD

“Christmas in Hawaii” featuring more than seventeen songs; some old

favorites, some new ones written by Pat, and the most original Christmas album from the only recording artist from East Hawaii who made a Christmas album.

Contact: CD Wizard, 969-4800

Saturday, Dec. 15

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF KONA CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Where: Waikoloa Elementary School

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15

Details: Under the direction of Michaelaloha Elam, Chamber Orchestra of Kona will perform you favorite holiday music. Free admission.

Contact: Andrea Jasper 322-6555, www.chamberorchestrakona.com

‘CHRISTMAS CROSSROADS’ CHORAL CONCERT

Where: Kahilu Theatre

When: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.

Details: Waimea Community Chorus presents a combination of traditional and modern Christmas music in an original and intriguing juxtaposition with the first half of the concert featuring the classical holiday masterpiece, “Magnifcat” by noted choral arranger/composer John Rutter. Tickets: $15/Adults; $13 Students/Seniors; $10/Children 10 years and under.

Contact: www.waimeacommunitytheatre.org/chorus.html. Info: 885-5818 or 938-3062 or visit Waimea Community Theatre on Facebook.

HOLIDAY DANCE SHOW

Where: Queens’ MarketPlace, Coronation Pavilion

When: Saturday, Dec. 15

Details: Waikoloa Dance with Sasha Knowles, Holiday Dance Show. Free!

KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC BAROQUE CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Where: Hilton Waikoloa Luau Grounds

When: 4 p.m. December 15

Details: First Annual Candlelight Baroque Christmas Concert.

Contact: www.kamuelaphil.com

Saturday, Dec. 17

WINTER INTERSESSION AT ‘IMILOA

Where: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center 600 ‘Imiloa Place, Hilo

When: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17-21

Details: Drop off is available at 7:30 a.m. with pick up by 4 p.m. Lunch and snacks are not included, so pack a snack and healthy lunch. The week-long program will delve into sustainability, the many wonders of our land that sustain life. Visit wwwimiloahawaii.org to register.

Contact: Front Desk 969-9703 info@imiloahawaii.org

Friday, Dec. 21

HOLIDAY YOGA RETREAT

When: December 21 - December 26

Join us over the holiday period for this special yoga retreat, celebrating and honoring ourselves and our spirits through the winter solstice, the entry into the new Mayan calendar, and Christmas. Taught by yoga pioneer and Practical Yoga TM founder, Will Donnelly, of FitTV (Discovery Channel.)

kalani.com/workshops/2012/holiday-yoga-retreat - prices vary, commuter rates for kama`aina available - contact for details.

HOLIDAY EVENT AT QUEENS’ MARKETPLACE

Where: Queens’ MarketPlace, Coronation Pavilion

Details: Ali`i Keana`aina and He Mele No. Free!

Saturday, Dec. 22

HANDEL’S ‘MESSIAH’ AT KAHILU THEATRE

Where: Kahilu Theatre

When: 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22.

Details: Presented by Kona Music Society. Tickets $25/Adults, $10/Children 10 years old and under.

Contact: Call Kahilu Theatre Box Office for tickets: 885-6868.

Sunday, Dec. 23

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF KONA CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Where: Hale Halewai on Alii Drive

When: 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23

Details: Under the direction of M!chaelaloha Elam, Chamber Orchestra of Kona will perform you favorite holiday music. Free admission.

Contact: Andrea Jasper 322-6555 www.chamberorchestrakona.com

Monday, Dec. 24

KALANI’S CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER

Where: Kalani Oceanside Retreat

When: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Monday, December 24

Details: Gather with your loved ones at Kalani this Christmas Eve, where our chefs are poised to deliver yet another festive feast to celebrate the holiday season, featuring fresh, local produce. $29 guests / $24 kama’aina. Reservations are necessary. Call Kalani at (808) 965-7828 to reserve your place today.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF KONA CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Where: Aloha Theatre

When: 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24

Details: Under the direction of Michaelaloha Elam, Chamber Orchestra of Kona will perform you favorite holiday music.

Contact: Andrea Jasper 322-6555, www.chamberorchestrakona.com

INTUITIVE GIFT EXCHANGE

Where: Kalani Oceanside Retreat

When: 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24

Details: Please bring a non-commercial gift appropriate for either gender if you wish to participate in this special ceremony. Gifts will be distributed amongst all participants through a fun ceremony, using each person’s intuition to deliver a gift to another. Free Admission.

Tuesday, Dec. 25

CHRISTMAS MORNING WITH WILL DONNELLY

When: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 25

Join Practical Yoga TM creator and teacher Will Donnelly for a beautiful alternative way to celebrate Christmas morning. Using meditation, breathwork, and gentle exercises, we will explore the holiday meaningfully and powerfully.

$15 guests / Free/by donation for kama’aina.

CHRISTMAS MORNING BRUNCH

Where: Kalani Oceanside Retreat

When: 10:30 a.m. - Noon Tuesday, December 25

$19 guests / $14 kama’aina. Reservations are necessary.

Contact: Kalani at (808) 965-7828 to reserve your place today.

Thursday, Dec. 27

KADOMATSU MAKING & MOCHI POUNDING

Where: Donkey Mill Art Center 78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy Holualoa

When: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27

Details: Join us in this Japanese New Year’s celebration. Let your inner rhythm be set free during mochitsuki (rice pounding) and practice centering and a bit of visual poetry while making a kadomatsu (gate pine) for your home. Enjoy ‘rice spirit’ for purity, strength and spiritual wealth Cost is $25 per family. Please call to reserve your space.

Contact: Anne Catlin (808) 322-3362 donkeymill@gmail.com

Monday, Dec 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER

Where: Kalani Oceanside Retreat

When: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31

Details: Kalani chefs will prepare another spectacular meal, serving prime rib and all the trimmings with an array of vegetarian and vegan options also available.

$29 guests / $24 kama`aina. Reservations are necessary.

Contact: Kalani at (808) 965-7828 to reserve your place today.

SOAR! AN INSPIRATION NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION

Where: Kalani Oceanside Retreat

When: 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31

Details: Celebrate New Year in an inspirational, uplifting setting! Kalani’s EMAX will be transformed into a wonderland of interactive art, wellness, and creative expression. Our guest DJ will be playing danceable, feel-good tracks. Let go of that which no longer serves you, and set your intentions for the New Year, so you truly soar! This is a substance-free event - no alcohol on premises.

$10 guests / Free/by donation kama`aina.