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: Learn ways to lift yourself to a higher state of consciousness so you can find a happier, more contented life now. Gain the strength and tools to meet life, no matter what is occurring.

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: 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: 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: 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: Learn how trusts can sometimes be used to accomplish additional goals, such as avoiding the probate process, protecting property in the event of a lawsuit or a divorce, minimizing taxes and reducing chances of disputes following a person’s death. Learn how a will works, how a trust works and the benefits of each. There will be time for questions.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Monthly meeting. Planning for the next year’s 75th anniversary of the battle for Iwo Jima and the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi. Donations for the Hawaii Food Bank also will be taken. Bring canned goods or dry goods to donate.

Details: The final event of the 2019 RTP Championship season. The all-day event is open to spectators and competitors. Come out and watch, ride along with competitors or compete with your own car. Classifications exist for most street vehicles.

Details: Improve the looks of your 2020 vision with updates from the world of coins and currency to help with your present and future health, wealth and well-being.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: It’s that time of year again at KMC! The public is invited to come out and vote for their top three decorated cottages/activities. Come out during the day to see the special details or in the evening when the cottages are ate lit up, then cast your ballots at the front desk, Crater Rim Cafe, general store or recreation lodge.

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: 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: 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: Rated R. Crime, drama. In 1950s New York, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend. Tickets available now at the Palace box office; $8.50 general admission, $7.50 students and seniors 55 and older.

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: Experience what has become a tradition for many locals and visitors alike, making traditional rice cakes the “old-fashioned” way. Everyone takes their turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. Fire building starts at 6:30 a.m. to steam the rice. Miyo’s chicken hekka plate lunch available for $5, plus a variety of food vendors. Crafts and calligraphy, kadomatsu (bamboo arrangement), fortune telling, I Ching readings, prayers and blessings, massage, Okinawan taiko drumming at noon and other entertainment throughout the day. A great cultural mix of everything that makes Hawaii so extraordinarily special.

Details: A community celebration of the light that shines within us all. This cultural experience is for all ages, faiths and beliefs. Sweet Cane Cafe will provide an assortment of vegetarian Hanukkah treats with a twist. Live music, dreidel, arts and crafts,storytelling, keiki activities and more.

Details: Foreign exchange student Fidan “Alex” Akifzada will share information about her home country. She will talk about her country’s history, culture, cuisine and much more. There will be photos and, perhaps, a brief dance performance. Delectable Azerbaijani treats also will be available for sampling, courtesy of Alex’s mother’s care packages.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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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