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56th Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade “Starlight Christmas” December 3rd   Leave a comment

Leading this year’s 56th Annual Waimea Christmas Parade will be a large entourage of Waimea youth from virtually all Waimea schools sharing a chant, “Malana Mai Ka’u,” written by Queen Emma, that likens Hawai’i Island to a canoe. The youth cohort, wearing the uniform of their respective school, will be swarming around this year’s Grand Marshall, PWO Navigator Milton “Shorty” Bertelmann of Waimea.

“Shorty” was chosen this year’s Grand Marshall because this year’s theme is “Starlight Christmas” – intended to honor this community’s celestial navigation past, present and future, and because of his decades of work to master and help perpetuate the celestial navigation skills of ancient Polynesian voyagers.

“Shorty” apprenticed for 32 years with the late revered Polynesian navigator, Papa Mau Piailug from Satawal, starting in 1975 on the Hokule’a. Later, he helped co-found Na Kalai Wa’a with Waimea’s voyaging ‘ohana and has served as navigator, captain and educational leader on numerous voyages on the Hokule’a and Makali’i. He also supervised building of the Alingano Maisu voyaging canoe that was gifted by Na Kalai Wa’a to Papa Mau.

“Shorty” is currently President of Na Kalai Wa’a.

But there’s more. Coinciding with parade weekend is an annual meeting here in Waimea – hosted by Na Kalai Wa’a – of the entire Hawaiʻi waʻa community leadership representing about nine canoes around the state. All have been invited to join “Shorty” in the parade. While participation is voluntary, parade organizers expect an impressive representation of the leaders of the statewide voyaging community to join in.

Parade spectators who know the “Malana Mai Ka’u” chant – and many do because of widespread interest in Hokule’a’s ongoing worldwide voyage and because most schools have taught the chant to students – these individuals are invited to join in and chant along with the students walking with the Grand Marshall. In so doing, the parade will also honor the worldwide voyage’s “Malama Honua” theme that advocates caring for Mother Earth.

Part of caring for our planet includes being sure no one is forgotten. Thus, as has become a tradition for Waimea’s Christmas Parade, the event also supports Big Island Giving Tree’s outreach programs to be sure the community’s children, kupuna (seniors) and others facing difficult times are remembered during the holidays. Just before the start of the parade, a Big Island Giving Tree Bucket Brigade Blue Crew will canvas spectators for donations. BIGT is an all-volunteer organization so every penny donated goes to families, kupuna and others in need in this community.

Hawai’i’s second oldest Christmas parade will again include dozens of units representing Waimea keiki to kupuna including churches, schools, youth groups, community organizations, farms, ranches and businesses, plus a huge brigade of festively lighted trucks. As always, Santa has promised to again ride in our parade and afterwards, visit with keiki at Parker Ranch Center’s Fireside Food Court.

Traffic Advisory – Road Closure: 5:30-6:45 p.m. Expect delays! Only emergency vehicles will be permitted to pass through the center of town during the parade.

Public Safety & Respecting the ‘Aina: Please watch keiki and stay on the curb – emergency vehicles may need to pass. Absolutely no candy throwing. Please respect the ‘aina – don’t park on landscaped areas at hospital & shopping centers, pick up rubbish and no tents on private property except for permitted food booths.

Lighted Trucks & Santa: These are “signatures” of our Waimea parade. We love our truckers but they can be noisy! If noise is difficult for you or for infants, find a spot near the Church Row or Keck narrator stations; trucks are asked not to blow horns until they pass the hospital. Mahalo to NHCH staff and Brailey Pastorino for our annual Santa float!

Parade Route & Narrator Stations: The parade will begin on the east (Hilo) end of historic Church Row Park and will turn right onto Mamalahoa Highway thru town center, then turn right onto Lindsey Road at the main intersection, passing Parker School to disband in Waimea Park. There will be 10 narrator stations:
Starting Line – East/Hilo end of Church Row Park (sponsored by New Hope Church)
Soccer Field East of hospital’s Emergency Entrance (sponsored by HPA)
Bottom (West end) of Church Row Park (sponsored by Voyage Church Waimea)
W.M. Keck Observatory (sponsored by Keck)
Kamuela Ace Hardware (sponsored by Kamuela Ace Hardware)
Radio Shack (sponsored by Puna Plantation Hawai’i)
Hui Malama building (sponsored by Puna Plantation Hawai’i)
Bank of Hawaii Corner (sponsored by Parker Ranch Center)
Shell Gas Station (sponsored by Puna Plantation Hawai’i)
Parker School’s historic Barbara Hall Lanai (sponsored by Parker School)

The Big Island Giving Tree’s Bucket Brigade Blue Crew: Waimea’s Christmas parade both welcomes the season and encourages community generosity to be sure no one is left out, so we urge everyone’s support of The Big Island Giving Tree. Suggested contributions include a check (payable to The Big Island Giving Tree – fully tax deductible!), cash or a gift card from KTA, Foodland, Longs, Costco, Wal-Mart or local gas stations. BIGT now serves our community year-round and donations are welcome throughout the year. All parade entries are required to contribute and also a Blue Crew Brigade of volunteers will canvas spectators along the parade route for BIGT donations beginning about 5:15 p.m. Please be generous to support our kupuna and families who have experienced hardship. Absolutely no other organizations are permitted to collect donations along the parade route. Watch for the Blue Crew with their buckets! Every penny given to BIGT is used to help individuals and families – all involved are volunteers.

Lua: Portaluas will be placed along the parade route. On parade day, North Hawai’i Community Hospital is unable to provide public restrooms.

SPONSORS & EVENT PARTNERS: Waimea Community Association, Waimea Center, Puna Plantation Hawai’i, Ltd., KTA SuperStores, Rotary Club of North Hawai’i, Rotary International, Kamuela Ace Hardware, Parker Ranch Center, Lex Brodie, First Hawaiian Bank, Redeeming Light International, Inc., dba The Big Island Giving Tree, Waimea’s beloved truckers, Around The Clock, North Hawai’i Community Hospital, Big Island Portables, Waimea Middle School, Parker School, BOH as Trustee of the Richard Smart Article 20 Trust, Mana Christian ‘Ohana, New Hope Christian Fellowship, W.M. Keck Observatory, Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope, Costco-Kona, Waimea Instant Printing, S&R Trucking, and the County of Hawai’i (Department of Parks & Recreation & South Kohala Community Policing).

WINTER STARGAZING PARTY AFTER WAIMEA CHRISTMAS PARADE: 7-9:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 3 at Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope’s Waimea headquarters. CFHT astronomers and members of the West Hawai’i Astronomy Club to host Open House and “Ask An Astronomer” talks. Free and all invited – includes hot cocoa and cookies! Info: Mary Beth Laychak (885-3121).

PARKER RANCH CENTER’S ‘BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE’ CELEBRATION: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun., Dec. 4. PRC’s Fireside Food Court. Emcees Penny Vredenburg and Leighton Bell will welcome the community to enjoy entertainment and throughout the program, donations to The Big Island Giving Tree will be accepted (prefer gift cards or monetary donations – tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Donors asked to bring these gifts and drop them in the glass donation box!) Santa will be there to take pictures with keiki; donations for photos may be made to the Waimea Lions and North Hawai’i Hospice. Info: Rhonda Bell (880-1984) or Nancy Carr Smith (896-2239). All invited! Entertainment will include:
11-11:45 a.m. – Handbell Choir
Noon-12:30 p.m. – Waikoloa Community Church Keiki Choir
1:30-2 p.m – Taiko Drummers
2-2:30 p.m. – Youth Rock from Solid Rock North Church
2:30-3 p.m. – Te ‘Ea O Te Turama Tahitian Dancers
MORE INFORMATION & PARADE APPLICATIONS/RULES: http://www.WaimeaTown.org, or call Parade Co-Chairs Lani Olsen-Chong (936-0670) and Kalae Kawamura (936-4376). For updates on the parade, follow us: http://www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation

Waimea Christmas Parade

Saturday December 3, 2016

5:30-6:45

Parade starts at Church Row

Article courtesy of: Waimea Community Association

Waimea Outdoor Circle Holiday Wreath Making Class   Leave a comment

23571133259_20ca35e600_zEnjoy complimentary treats and coffee at the Annual Holiday Wreath Making Class at Waimea Nature Park this Saturday, November 26, 2016. Natural plant materials that have been collected from the Waimea area will be used to make the wreaths. Read more here…

Article courtesy of KonaWeb.com

Image courtesy of Sheila Sund/Flickr.com

Waimea Nature Park

November 26, 2016 from 9 AM to 1 PM

Karen E. Bail, REALTOR (B), CIPS, TRC, ePro
Elite Pacific Properties
Call: 808-936-4640
kebail@aloha.net
www.karenbail.com

“Uncorked” Food and Wine Festival   Leave a comment

Big Island Events“The “Uncorked” Food & Wine Festival on Saturday, November 5th, is a one night getaway for those who love exceptional food and wine, in the friendly, open-air atmosphere of The Shops at Mauna Lani.” Proceeds benefit the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai’I Island. Don’t miss fantastic cuisine, wine, live music, a silent auction and more. Read more here…

Article courtesy of KonaWeb.com

Image courtesy of Sponchia/Pixabay.com

November 5, 2016 at 6 PM

The Shops at Mauna Lani
68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive
Waimea, HI 96743

Karen E. Bail, REALTOR (B), CIPS, TRC, ePro
Elite Pacific Properties
Call: 808-936-4640
kebail@aloha.net
www.karenbail.com

Waimea Paniolo Parade   Leave a comment

Big Island EventsSee paniolo and pau riders, princesses on horseback with attendees, the Royal Court, local hula halau and more at the Waimea Paniolo Parade this Saturday. There will be a craft show with island foods, games, arts & crafts, live music and Hawaiian products following the parade. Read more here…

The Parade will start at “Church Row” and proceeds to Waimea Park.

September 17, 2016 at 10 AM

Article courtesy of KonaWeb.com

Image courtesy of Gabi L/Flickr.com

Karen E. Bail, REALTOR (B), CIPS, TRC, ePro
Elite Pacific Properties
Call: 808-936-4640
kebail@aloha.net
www.karenbail.com

Big Island Chocolate Festival   Leave a comment

Big Island Chocolate Festival This year’s Big Island Chocolate Festival theme is Lavalicious – A Chocolate Salute to the 100th Birthday of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. There will be a silent auction, music, dancing, a college culinary competition, foodie and agriculture-themed seminars, a cacao plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory. “Activities culminate with an indoor/outdoor festival gala on May 14, offering sweet and savory tastes presented by top isle chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners.” Read more here…

Article courtesy of KonaWeb.com

Image courtesy of la-fontaine/Pixabay.com

May 13-14, 2016

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
62 Kauna’Oa Drive
Waimea, HI 96743

Karen E. Bail, REALTOR (B), CIPS, TRC, ePro
Elite Pacific Properties
Call: 808-936-4640
kebail@aloha.net
www.karenbail.com

Mauna Kea Presents LOVE LETTERS   Leave a comment

background-683302_640“One of America’s greatest plays, LOVE LETTERS, is coming to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel for one night only on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14.”

“Performed on and off-Broadway, A.R. Gurney’s LOVE LETTERS is a Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist. The one-time performance in Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s NEW Kaunaoa Ballroom, featuring panoramic ocean views, is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.” Read more…

Article courtesy of BigIslandNow.com

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February 14, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s Kaunaoa Ballroom
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr
Waimea

Karen E. Bail, REALTOR (B), CIPS, TRC, ePro
Elite Pacific Properties
Call: 808-936-4640
kebail@aloha.net
www.karenbail.com

Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival   Leave a comment

cherry-blossoms-679868_640The Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival will feature activities at locations throughout Waimea from 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, February 6. “The festival showcases the 60+ year old cherry trees planted at Church Row Park and the Japanese tradition of viewing them – hanami. Enjoy an all day lineup of Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony, and mochi pounding, and a host of colorful craft fairs.” Read more here…

Article courtesy of KonaWeb.com

Image courtesy of leechentou/Pixabay.com

February 6, 2016 from 9 AM to 3 PM

Karen E. Bail, REALTOR (B), CIPS, TRC, ePro
Elite Pacific Properties
Call: 808-936-4640
kebail@aloha.net
www.karenbail.com