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* SCAVENGER HUNT Aiea Library sponsors a “Twelve Days of Christmas” scavenger hunt starting Dec. 2, with one clue released each day – for infants through grade 6. The hunt culminates in holiday crafts, storytime and a prize drawing at 10 a.m. Dec. 21. Call 483-7333.

* UKULELE DESIGN Luthier Bob Gleason shares how to create your own ukulele at 5 p.m. Dec. 4 at Waipahu Library – for ages 8 and older. Call 675-0358.

* BLOOD DRIVES Hawaii Blood Bank has donor drives from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at Island Pacific Academy in Kapolei, 7 a.m.-noon Dec. 7 at the LDS Kalaeloa Chapel cultural hall at 2074 Lauwiliwili St., and 7 a.m.-noon Dec. 14 at Kapolei Shopping Center. Call 848-4770.

* DAHN YOGA Kaiser Permanente sponsors free public senior summit lectures on Dahn Yoga at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 4 at Leeward YMCA, 94-440 Mokuola St. (671-6495), and at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 at Kaiser’s Waipio Clinic, 94-1480 Moaniani St. (432-2260). Come prepared to exercise.

* CENTERPIECES Halawa Xeriscape Garden sponsors a workshop on succulent holiday centerpieces from 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at 99-1268 Iwaena St. Fee is $5 for nonmembers. Call Diane Moses at 748-5363.

* WREATHS Halawa Xeriscape Garden sponsors a holiday wreath-making workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at 99-1268 Iwaena St. Fee is $10 and $5, and students should bring a list of supplies. Call 748-5363.

* SOCIAL SECURITY Financial consultant Nelson Secretario explains strategies for optimizing Social Security benefits at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at Aiea Library. Call 483-7333.

* RECYCLING Kapolei High School has a Going Green recycling drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7, when all kinds of items are welcome – from metal to batteries and computers, as well as donations for Hawaii Foodbank. Also planned: Breakfast with Santa, Christmas tree sales, a craft fair, food, produce, train rides, pony rides, a bouncer, carousel, petting zoo and more. Call 291-6151 or 692-8200, ext. 2246.

* GABBARD HOUR State Sen. Mike Gabbard hosts his “Listen Story” at 9 a.m. Dec. 7 at Pray Eat Love Cafe on Manawai Street, across from Kapolei High. Call 586-6830.

* WAIPIO PARADE Gentry Waipio Community Association has its parade at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 throughout the neighborhood, beginning and ending at Waipio Shopping Center with more entertainment at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Email

* BOOK TALK Rob Simbeck discusses his book Daughter of the Air: the brief soaring life of Cornelia Fort, at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at Kapolei Library. Fort was an East Coast debutante-turned-flight instructor just before the attack on Pearl Harbor, becoming one of only a few women pilots in WWII. Call 693-7058.

* SANTA SNOW Kapolei Shopping Center brings “mounds of Hawaiian snow” to the lawn near Kapolei Safeway for its free Santa Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7. Also planned: photos with Santa, crafts, reindeer visits and more. Call 695-4316.

*AIEA HIKE The Sierra Club leads a beginners hike on Aiea Loop Trail at 9 a.m. Dec. 8. Call Randy at 942-0145.

* NATIVE SCHOLARS UH West Oahu hosts a Native Hawaiian Scholarship Aha at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in the student center to brief students, parents and educators about financial aid opportunities. Call OHA at 594-1888.

* DRIVER SAFETY AARP Driver Safety Program for those over 50 is offered at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at Kaiser’s Waipio Clinic, 94-1480 Moaniani St. Fee is $14 and $12. Call 545-6024.

* NEIGHBORS Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Kapolei High cafeteria, and Ewa meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Ewa Beach Library. Call 768-3710.

* EVENING FAIR Hawaii Okinawa Center hosts “An Evening in Waipio” craft fair from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 at 94-587 Ukee St., featuring food, door prizes, a silent auction, 60-plus vendors, entertainment, Santa and more. Call 676-5400.

* SANTA NIGHT Kapolei Library hosts Santa Night and a puppet show at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 with Puppeteer Christy Lipps, followed by a visit from Santa and his elf. Call 693-7050.

* TOUCH Salvation Army’s Kroc Center has “A Touch of Christmas,” a free family party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 with gingerbread house-building, gingerbread cookie decorating, a live Nativity, ornament projects, games, prizes, face painting, balloon making, bungee run, photo booth, food and music. Call 693-8374.

* MARSH CLEANUP Hawaii Nature Center volunteers help clean up Pouhala Marsh in Waipahu from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14. Call Pauline at 955-0100, ext. 118.

* AIEA PARADE DAY The Aiea Community Christmas Parade starts at 9 a.m. Dec. 14, with two bands, Santa, schools, businesses and community groups moving from Pearl Ridge Elementary to the Old Sugar Mill site on Halewiliko Street, where a fun fair is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with entertainment, a lunch truck, shave ice and keiki activities. Call 741-6047.

* KUHIO CRAFTS Prince Kuhio Community Center has a Christmas Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at 91-1270 Kinoiki St. in Kapolei with food, giveaways, music, Keiki ID and hula. Call 394-0050.

* HIGHLANDS SNOW Pearl Highlands Center predicts 40 tons of snow beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 for keiki in front of Regal Cinemas. Visit


* HABITAT HELP Habitat for Humanity Leeward Oahu seeks volunteers to help with its mission of self-built housing for low-income families in Kapolei, Ewa Beach and Waianae. Call Toni at 696-7882.

* SPRING FOOTBALL Hawaii Islanders seeks players 8 to 14 years old for 2014 Spring Tackle Football for boys, as well as coaches and team moms, for the Pearl City, Aiea and Moanalua areas. Call or text 352-5294.

* YOUTH RUGBY USO Athletics seeks players and coaches for the upcoming youth rugby season (U19 to U10), with practice and games beginning in January in West Oahu. Call Ray at 275-6134.

* LIBRARY HOURS Waipahu Library is now open from Tuesday through Saturday, instead of Monday through Friday – in response to community requests. Call 675-0358.

* SOCCER SIGNUPS Leeward Region 269 AYSO is registering boys and girls age 4 to 18 (from Makakilo to Makaha) for spring soccer, with the season starting in January. Fee is $70. Visit

* FITNESS Fit Wiz Hawaii offers classes in Pilates, yoga, Tabata and TRX Beach Boot Camps (suspension training) in Kapolei and Ewa Beach for ages 12 and older, with the first class free. Visit

* YOGA Free classes in Holistic Energy Yoga meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Waiau District Park. Call 381-4376.

* HIDEAWAY BAND 11th Hour performs original and cover rock music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every third Saturday at the Hideaway, 1 Coral Sea Road in Kalaeloa. Free admission for ages 21 and older with military ID. Call 347-1323.

* TACKLE BALL USO Athletic Club is signing up players in grades 5-8 for tackle football (no weight limit) and grades 1-4 for flag football (Jr. Prep league). Coaches also are needed. Call Leilani at 275-6134.

* VEGGIE COOKS Down to Earth has free vegetarian cooking classes at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at its Kapolei store, and at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday at its Pearlridge store. Call 947-3249.

* STRIDERS Leeward Stroller Strides group meets at 8:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursday at Central Oahu Regional Park, offering a fitness walk for moms and tots in strollers. Fee is $60 a month. A Kapolei group meets at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call 398-6275.

* ROLLER DERBY The Aloha City Rollers are recruiting new players and referees for league play in the West Oahu area. All men and women ages18-50 are welcome to learn and compete in this fun team sport. Call 454-3847 or visit

* MASTERS SWIM The Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center has launched a U.S. Masters swimming program, meeting at 7 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday at Central Oahu Regional Park. Call Ruthie Heuton at 677-8510.

* SLACK KEY Yameen Fong conducts beginner slack-key guitar classes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Ewa Beach Community Park on North Road. The course consists of four sessions, and students should bring their own guitars. Call 685-6035 evenings or visit

* KEIKI COUNCIL The Leeward District South Community Children’s Council meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday at the State of Hawaii building, 601 Kamokila Blvd. in Kapolei. All parents of children with special needs are welcome. Call 586-5363.

* COMIC JAMS Pearl-ridge hosts Comic Jam Hawaii from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays Uptown by Hot Unique Images, welcoming professional and amateur artists. Call 488-0981.