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Kea’au Youth Business Center Adding New Classes

Kea`au Youth Business Center (KYBC), an award-winning program, is proud to announce a new round of After-School training classes starting in April. These 7- to 8-weekly classes are hands-on and students aged 13-19 years old will have the opportunity to train with professionals in the field and participate in “real world” projects which serve the community and develop skills for the 21st century.

Recently celebrated it’s 5th birthday, Keaau Youth Business Center has served many area youths and a new round of after-school program is slated to start in April. Pictured from left to right: Attendees of the KYBC 5th birthday bash – Larry Czerwonka, Board member of Grassroots Community Development Group; Aunty Ulu, Hawaiian cultural practitioner; Trina Nahm-Mijo, KYBC Director; J Yoshimoto, Hawaii County Councilman District 3; Charmaine Shigemura, County of Hawaii Executive Assistant; Fred Blas, Hawaii County Councilman District 5, and Gil Kahele, State Senator for Hawaii Island District 2.

Starting Monday April 2, vocal artist and sound engineer Damon Williams will run a 7-weekly “Sound Recording/Music Production” class  from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Learn the art of music production and pop, island, hip-hop, rock, and alternative music making in KYBC’s professional studio. Topics such as recording, editing, mixing, and mastering will be covered.  Students are encouraged to bring their original material for the recording sessions. Fee is $40/person.

Also starting April 2, Chef Extraordinaire Jon Aynessazian will be offering an “Ohana Culinary Arts” class from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. High school students interested in the culinary arts? Bring your moms, dads, aunties, uncles, or tutus and learn to cook with your ohana. No matter what your experience level is, you can prepare foods that are easy, yummy and healthy. Other kitchen basics will be covered as well. A team of two can sign up for this 8-weekly class for $50, with cooking ingredients included in this fee.

On Wednesday April 4 starts a “Story in Pictures: Creating the Graphic Novel” class, from 3:00-5:00pm. Illustrator and author Diane Thornton will help you create your own mini graphic novel; no prior drawing experience is required. Learn drawing basics, language of comics, story sequence, composition, character development, and much more. Basic Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator skills may be covered as well. Fee for this 8-weekly class is $40/student.

To register for any of these classes, please log onto: www.kybc808.com and fill out the application and consent forms. Class enrollment is limited so sign up today!

KYBC is located at 16-540 Kea`au-Pahoa Highway, Ste. 6, in Kea`au Town Center across Ace Hardware.  For questions, please call Lily at 966-6354.

“Huaka‘i: A Polynesian Adventure” Premiers APRIL 20-21 ‘Hula Theatre’ Scholarship Benefit

“Huaka‘i” (hoo-ah-kah-ee) means “trip, voyage, journey, mission, or procession.”  “Huaka‘i: A Polynesian Adventure” means the community has an opportunity to experience the world premier of a new hula theatre production, April 20-21 at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 5:30-8:30 p.m.  The premier is a scholarship benefit for the students of ‘Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy (APDA).

"Huaka'i: A Polynesian Adventure" premiers April 20-21 at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Ballroom, Photo courtesy of 'Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy.

“Huaka‘i” is an adventure expressed in dance, created by Kumu Hula Lani Isaacs and shared by the APDA students.  Fully-produced for the Hapuna Ballroom, with vivid costumes, live music and professional staging, the show will craft a story with hula from Hawai‘i, Tahiti and New Zealand, rich in music, myth and emotion.

“E pūlama nā liko – ‘Treasure the Youth’ is our mission,” said Isaacs, a lifelong dancer, teacher, professional entertainer and choreographer.  “We think of our Academy as ‘hula with a purpose,’ and that purpose is to honor and educate our young people, and to pass to them the traditional wisdom of our kūpuna.”

Hula is the art of sharing from the heart and soul. Dancers, from a young age, study the intricacies of this indigenous art form, as well as the music, language and chant, crafting of musical instruments, costume and adornments–and the history and culture that embrace them.  With “Huaka‘i” Isaacs’ goal is to keep these traditions alive by artistically presenting the stories of our ancestors on a formal stage setting, where it rightfully belongs, as with other performing art disciplines.

Tickets are $20 Adults, $15 Students 13-24, $10 Keiki 6-12. Keiki under 6 are free. A limited number of VIP Sponsor Tables of ten are available for $250. Tickets are available at Sleek to Chic Salon & Day Spa and Big Island Surf in Waimea, and may be purchased from APDA Hālau Members or at the door.  Food and beverages will be available for sale, as will craft items, Polynesian jewelry, hula implements and a Silent Auction.

For more information, call 887-0369, email: contactAlohiPDA@gmail.com or visit www.alohidanceacademy.com.

Worm or Slug?

I was just outside and I saw what I thought was a worm crawling around

But then I looked closer and it had tentacles!


So my question… is this a worm or a slug?

Video – 14th Annual Big Island Woodturners Exhibit

The 14th annual Big Island Woodturners Exhibit held at the Hilo Shopping Center ended this week.

Here is a video that was taken from the exhibit:


In 1997, the Big Island Woodturners Club became the first chapter of the American Association of Woodturners in the state of Hawaii. Formed by founding members, Jack Straka, Elmer Adams, Doug Leite, Barry Ching, and Kelly Dunn, the club has grown in numbers now exceeding 70. A volunteer driven organization, the club is vital and active.

Through bi-monthly meetings held at various woodturners studios on the east side of Hawaii Island, the club members share their experiences and learn from one another. A monthly club challenge encourages members to try something new and is always a fun affair. Membership in the club is simple- just attend the meetings. There are no dues to pay, the only requirement is participation.

A couple times a year, a professional demonstrator is brought to the island to share their knowledge and experience with interested members. Opportunities for hands-on classes and lectures enrich our membership and open new possibilities.

The big event is our Annual Exhibit this year being held at the Hilo Shopping Center. The exhibit features turnings from members all over the island, including members of the West Hawaii Woodturners Club. With an opening reception, a silent auction, a professional critique, and an opportunity to view over 200 turnings- there is always something wonderful going on during the exhibit. Increasing public awareness for the art of turning is made easy during this event.